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Opinion: City Hall Built for a 21st Century Government

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The following is by Susan Cline, city of Santa Monica public works director and Gigi Decavalles-Hughes, city of Santa Monica finance director. Santa Monica City Hall is an iconic and historic building that has served this...

Is L.A. Finally Ready to Close the “Northvale Gap” on the Expo Bikeway?

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It has been a year since I reported on the Expo bike path’s Northvale Gap – something I’ve been doing in Streetsblog since 2015. I want to provide a quick update. But I also want to share...

More Media Friendly Polls Reflect/Manipulate the Public Mood

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It's been just over a month since the last "Pulse Poll" was conducted and released by the anti-union dark money organization "Eyes on 11." This newest poll shows "residents" doubted that a new city...

Gruber : Santa Monica and the California Voting Rights Act, the case continues

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The following first appeared on The Healthy City Local. The California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) case brought by lawyer Kevin Shenkman on behalf of plaintiffs the Pico Neighborhood Association and Maria Loya against the City...

Council Will Discuss Lottery to Pick Members of SMO Development Committee

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When I interviewed Jesse Zwick for the first What’s Next podcast on Santa Monica Next, he proposed for our second segment a discussion of public participation. He argued that the current public participation process...

Yes on Measure M

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(This editorial also appears on Streetsblog Los Angeles.) There is a lot to like about Measure M, the Los Angeles County sales tax that would fund a mix of transit and other transportation projects throughout...

We’ve Had a Hundred Years of Zoning and the World Is Getting Worse

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This article originally appeared on Streetsblog Los Angeles. This week marks a noteworthy anniversary. The first city-scale zoning law in the United States was enacted on July 25, 1916, in New York City. The New York...

Community Voices: Santa Monica Mourns with Charlottesville

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The following is a letter from Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer and Mayor Pro Tempore Gleam Davis. To the residents of Santa Monica, We share the nation’s heartache following the events in Charlottesville. It’s painful to...

Community Voices : Dr. Michael Cahn Reviews SMPD Traffic Enforcement programs

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Road Safety: a huge problem. There were 1.25 million road fatalities worldwide in 2013. Crashes are also the leading cause of death for teenager in this country. California leads the nation for pedestrian fatalities....

Op-Ed: Early Childhood Education is Vital for a Healthy Community

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The following letter was submitted by Marissa Laham, a life-long Santa Monica resident and currently a graduate student at the University of Southern California's School of Social Work. Santa Monica Next welcomes guest contributions and...

A Taco Stand on the Corner in Santa Monica Is a Great Place for...

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In the 2016 presidential election, a Trump surrogate promised a taco truck on every corner if Hilary Clinton won. This is one of many reasons I supported Hilary.  However, as with most policy positions,...

Community Voices: When It Comes to Voting, the Enemy of Your Enemy Is Not...

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The following is a response from downtown community member Babak Mozaffari. For voters in California, the first look at this November's ballot has often been accompanied by a sense of shock and horror. There are...

Act Locally – A Call for our State and Local Leaders to Protect Our...

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Tomorrow, the South Coast Air Quality Management District will vote on a long-term regional clean air plan for the urban portions of four counties—Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, and San Bernardino—under its jurisdiction. The plan...

Raising the Wage

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This article originally appeared on The Healthy City Local. Lately I’ve been writing about politics qua politics, namely the firing of Elizabeth Riel, but I’m going to take a break from that saga to write...

An Emerging Consensus on What to Build in Santa Monica?

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Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on The Healthy City Local. After six years of communal agonizing over the LUCE and then another five spent on a new zoning code to implement the LUCE, is there finally...
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