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Community Voices: How Measure LV increases housing costs

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The following is a response from downtown community member Babak Mozaffari in an online forum about how Santa Monica's measure LV will increase housing costs. It is reprinted with the permission of the author. You are right...

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....

Gruber : That Boot Dropped at SMO

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This article appeared last week at The Healthy City Local. Last week I asked whether the other shoe, namely an FAA boot, was about to drop with respect to the Santa Monica Airport (SMO), i.e., would...

Let’s Make It Official : We’re No on LV

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We don’t think it’s a surprise to say that Santa Monica Next encourages a “no” vote on Measure LV. Given that this publication was alone in calling for people to not even sign the...

Gruber: Is a Boot About to Drop at SMO?

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(This article initially appeared at The Healthy City Local) I became active in Santa Monica politics more than 20 years ago, and from the start of my involvement people told me that come 2015, the City...

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...

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...

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...

SMRR to members: go away

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At the Santa Monicans for Renters Rights (SMRR) convention on Sunday a friend asked me if it was more fun attending the convention now as a regular member than as a candidate, referring to...

Opinion: Is This SMRReally Happening?!

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Santa Monica Next received the following opinion piece with a specific request that we not use the writer's name. After a back and forth, we consented to publish it because the author feared reprisal,...

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...

No LUVE in Santa Monica: The Problem with Real Estate Referenda

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The following post was authored and submitted by Bryan Schonfeld, a Ph.D student in Politics at Princeton University. Last week, the United Kingdom voted, via referendum, to leave the European Union, harming its economy and much...

LUVE: What We Don’t Need Now

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This article first appeared on The Healthy City Local. When voters submit an initiative to enact a law, Section 9212 of the California Elections Code authorizes the relevant legislative body to commission a report analyzing the...

Moving Goal Posts and New Players: The Plight of Anti-Development Politicians

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When it comes to the goals of the anti-development side, as soon as one goal is achieved, a new, more extreme goal is created. After Tuesday night’s City Council meeting Councilmember Sue Himmelrich might understandably...

Housers, United By LUVE

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This article originally ran on The Healthy City Local. The proponents of LUVE know that they have a problem politically with the housing issue. In their statements and writings in support, they deny that LUVE...
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