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Editorial: In Rush to Improve Coffers, City Shouldn’t Quickly Sell Kiosk Rights

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At tonight's meeting, the Santa Monica City Council is expected to vote on whether or not to approve a contract with BIG Outdoor, an electronic billboard company, for a 20-year contract to own, operate,...

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,...

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...

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...

When in Rome, do as Santa Monicans do: get inspired about building a park...

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The following piece first appeared on The Healthy City Local. I was traveling in Italy earlier this month so thankfully I wasn’t around when the Santa Monica City Council had the mother of all nightmarish...

Power of Two: Pair of Public Commenters Cause Confusion and Delay Before Council Passes...

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(Note: public speaker’s names are removed because I was uncertain of the exact spelling from the audio and didn’t want to misattribute a quote, especially the anti-Semitic ones.) Never doubt the power of one speaker,...

Gruber: LV Isn’t Just Anti-Development, It’s Anti-Capitalist

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(This article first appeared in The Healthy City Local) This is another in my series of posts about the rationalizations that otherwise liberal voters use for supporting Measure LV. Of all of them, the one...

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...

Celebrate Pride by Making Santa Monica a Refuge for LGBTQ+ Youth Fleeing Oppression

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We’re over two-thirds of the way through “Pride Month” and by now a lot of the headline-grabbing furor is passed. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ badly mishandled on-off-and on again Pride Night has happened. West...

Op-Ed: Lack of Transit Funding in Proposed State Budget Conflicts with Climate/Air Quality Goals

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Editor's Note: Former Deputy Executive Officer at the California Air Resources Board Craig Segall wrote this open letter to the legislature, including members of the Senate and Assembly committees currently working on a response...

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...

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...

The Santa Monica Next Guide for Talking to Someone Experiencing Homelessness for the First...

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Recently, the local news has been abuzz with the story of a Santa Monica City Councilmember escalating a random encounter with a person experiencing homelessness and acting erratically on the Promenade. Rather than elevate...

What Would Arcadia Do?

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This post originally appeared on The Healthy City Local. Let me begin my further ruminations and fulminations on the Downtown Community Plan (DCP) with a quibble, namely the failure to include in the DCP’s historical background...

The Downtown Community Plan and the Lingering Impacts of the Great Recession

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The question I ended my post with on Saturday was why would Santa Monica enact a Downtown Community Plan (DCP) that makes it easier to build commercial development than housing? Keep in mind that...
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