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Gruber: Santa Monica and the Great L.A. Late 20th Century Transfiguration

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For my last post I reread parts of Mike Davis’ City of Quartz to give me some perspective on what’s going on today in Santa Monica with anti-development politics. As perceptive as Davis was, however, it was also...

Gruber: When History Repeats As Farce, It’s Not Always Funny

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“If the slow-growth movement … has been explicitly a protest against the urbanization of suburbia, it is implicitly—in the long tradition of Los Angeles homeowner politics—a reassertion of social privilege.” —Mike Davis, City of...

Up For Solving Santa Monica’s Affordable Housing Crisis on Valentine’s Day?

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Santa Monica, like the rest of the region, is experiencing a historic housing crisis that is driving up prices and forcing working and middle-class families out of town. While Santa Monica requires about 30 percent of all new housing...

Coming Up: Santa Monica’s Kidical Mass, Retreat on Affordable Housing, and the Chamber Honors...

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Coming up in Santa Monica, we have a special Valentine's Day Kidical Mass bike ride, a retreat on affordable housing hosted by the Housing Commission, and the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce's Organization of Women...

Gruber: When It Comes to Housing Santa Monica’s Next Generation, Whose Side Are You...

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Editor's note: This post was originally posted on The Healthy City Local, the blog of long-time political observer and former Planning Commissioner, Frank Gruber. It is reprinted here with the author's permission. Let’s see, a few days ago I...

Lack of Office Space, Housing Squeeze Santa Monica’s Growing Tech Industry

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While most of the message at Tuesday's State of the City event focused on the many positive trends in Santa Monica, one trend came up that could have a devastating impact on the bayside city's...

Event: Santa Monica’s Annual State of the City Breakfast

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It's a new year and that means it's time for Santa Monica's annual State of the City breakfast. Billed as an "networking and educational event," the breakfast is a chance to hear from business and...

Happy New Year, Santa Monica

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Welcome back! We hope that everyone enjoyed their holidays. At Santa Monica Next, we were able to get some much-needed downtime. Now we're rested and ready to get back to work. What are you most looking...

Help Santa Monica Fight Homelessness this January

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Editor's Note: Happy holidays from the Santa Monica Next team. We will return in the new year with regular coverage.  The City of Santa Monica is calling for volunteers to help in the fight homelessness in the bayside city...

The War Against Santa Monica’s Future: Attacking “Fiscal Health”

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Increasingly it seems that people who live comfortable, established lives in Santa Monica are just not interested in making room for new people to have the same opportunities they did when they first moved...

The War Against Santa Monica’s Future: Fighting the Zoning Update

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If you have been to a public meeting in Santa Monica recently, you know that they sometimes get downright ugly. But, even by normal Santa Monica standards, the Planning Commission's Town Hall meeting on...

Coming Up: Zoning the Future of Santa Monica, Tree of Life, and Spread the...

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Welcome back from the holiday, Santa Monica. You may have noticed that we're finally getting some much needed rain, but that doesn't mean we can stop conserving water, so don't forget to turn off...

Sustainability “Writ Large” in the Spotlight at Santa Monica Talks Events

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Did you know that in the last 13 years, the number of people biking in Santa Monica increased 356 percent? Or that in the last three years, 45 miles of bike lanes, share rows, and...

Santa Monica City Council Approves First (and Likely Last) Housing Project of 2014

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With three meetings left in 2014, the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a small, 32-unit housing complex along Pico Boulevard, the first -- and likely last -- housing project to get discretionary...

More Housing, Less Sprawl: Tackling the Regional Affordable Housing Crisis through Smart Growth

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(Note: This article was originally published at Los Angeles Streetsblog. The issues, however, are regional and remain vitally important to the future of smart urban planning in Santa Monica and other cities in the county.) It...
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