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Rick Cole: Focus on Fixing Government, Not Bashing It

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This piece was originally published on Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole’s blog, The Long View. Santa Monica Next also covered this issue here and here. I recently wrote about the always controversial issue of public employee compensation. In...

Santa Monica’s Long Municipal Nightmare

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This piece originally appeared in The Healthy City Local. For a liberal like me, it’s hard not to be cranky after Donald Trump’s TKO (i.e., Electoral College) defeat of Hillary Clinton. True, my mood was elevated...

Community Voices: Why Is Everyone Else Traffic?

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This post originally appeared on the blog of local community activist and organizer Luke Klipp. It was republished on Santa Monica Next's sister site, Longbeachize. Klipp serves as a Metro Board Deputy to Long Beach Mayor...

Op-Ed: Silicon Beach Misses Chance to Curb Rising Rents

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For being the envy of entrepreneurs the world over and the vanguards of the global economy, the tech superstars of Silicon Beachers are oddly oblivious to what goes on in their own backyards. Assuming,...

Editorial: The LUVE Initiative is No Way to Run A City

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At the moment, there is a group of committed no-growth activists circulating a petition to put an initiative on the ballot that would effectively make it impossible to build anything over two or three...

Beginning the End at SMO

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With the latest developments concerning the future of Santa Monica Airport (SMO), I’m willing to say that we’re at the beginning of the end. One way or another, the future of the airport will...

Six Years of Process, and Then… Boom!

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This post originally appeared on The Healthy City Local. At the City Council meeting last Tuesday night on Santa Monica’s Downtown Community Plan (DCP) the ironies abounded. As planning staff has told us many times, the...

When the Wealthy and Privileged Hijack All the Narratives—Including Convincing the Poor that Housing...

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This piece was originally published on Santa Monica Next's sister site, Longbeachize. It’s frightening when the wealthy hijack the narratives of the good. And they did so brilliantly in 2016 and will continue to do so this...

A Note on Next’s Opposition to the LUVE Initiative

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There has been a lot of discussion about a meme we posted last week as part of our editorial encouraging Santa Monica residents not to sign the petition to put the LUVE proposal on this fall’s...

Community Voices: It’s Time to Make Santa Monica’s Streets Safer

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In the past few weeks, Santa Monica has experienced five more violent pedestrian crashes and almost as many deaths, reminding us all that we are unsafe in our city, whether crossing the street for...

When The Sky Isn’t Falling

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This article was originally published on The Healthy City Local. I’ve been mulling over an article I read in the Daily Press a couple of weeks ago. The article was about how the owner of Cars...

U.S. Reps to FAA: Make Up Your Administrative Mind

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This article originally appeared on The Healthy City Local. A few weeks ago U.S. Representatives Ted Lieu and Karen Bass organized a meeting in Washington where Santa Monica officials and local residents could express their grievances...

Opinion: The Only Certain Thing is Uncertainty

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On Tuesday, the Santa Monica City Council faced a difficult choice: whether to require 20-30 percent of units in new construction downtown be affordable, or whether to leave the requirement at only 15-20 percent. This...

Tale of Two Projects

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This originally appeared at The Healthy City Local. It’s been a while since I’ve written about a specific development project in Santa Monica. About a year ago I was busy writing articles about the Downtown Community...

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...
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