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Santa Monica in 2018: Are All Politics Still Local?

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The following post originally appeared on The Healthy City Local. (Note: I haven’t written here about Santa Monica politics since my last blog last summer on the Downtown Community Plan, but I was invited to give...

Throwback Thursday: Riding Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus Circa 1960

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https://youtu.be/Oril-NKqvUQ Fans of Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus and local history should both enjoy this short film featuring both. The film showcases a day in the life of a bus driver, George Staley, as he drives his...

June at Santa Monica’s Annenberg Community Beach House

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Via city of Santa Monica press release. What’s more fun than summer at the Beach House? Do a lot or do a little! Get active: Try one of our summer-inspired classes! BOGAFiT on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15-8:15...

Santa Monica to Re-Dedicate Landmarked Anti-Nuclear Sculpture on June 26

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"Chain Reaction," the anti-nuclear sculpture by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Paul Conrad, will be re-dedicated on June 26 to mark the culmination of rehab work and the installation of a new "peace garden"...

Santa Monica Conservancy Celebrates L.A.’s First Documented Surfer of African-American and Latino Descent

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On Saturday, June 3, the Santa Monica Conservancy will celebrate Nick Gabaldón Day in commemoration of the Santa Monica resident who is known as L.A.'s first documented surfer of African-American and Latino descent. The celebration will...

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...

Mapping the Culture of Santa Monica’s Pico Neighborhood

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The colorful mural painted on two long concrete walls under the Santa Monica Freeway along the Stewart Street underpass in Santa Monica tells the story of the Pico neighborhood surrounding it. The mural was created...

Video: Woodlawn Cemetery’s ‘Living History’ Tour Gives Voice to Its Most Famous Occupants

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsMrBOYf_0Q Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica held its third annual Living History Tour on Saturday as 14 actors stood by the graves of noted people buried there to deliver monologues highlighting their lives. The community was...

Commission on the Status of Women Invites Santa Monica to Celebrate Women’s History Month

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The Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women announced a line up of community events celebrating Women's History Month all March long. Below is the list of events, starting with the Commission's reception...

Santa Monica Conservancy to be Honored for Reuse of Historic Shotgun House

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Before the tiny house craze, there were shotgun houses, small narrow cottages that were once common in Santa Monica during the turn of the last century. On May 3, the Los Angeles Conservancy will honor...

Big Changes Likely In Store for Summer Pier Concert Series, But Will It Be...

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The Santa Monica Pier Corporation Board Wednesday night voted to recommend some big changes to the annual summer concert series that has been a mainstay at the Pier for more than three decades. The decision...

Looking Back at the News Stories That Defined Santa Monica in 2016

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This past year, Santa Monica continued to advance some very progressive policies aimed at sharing the city’s increasing prosperity with as wide a swath of residents, workers, and other members of the community as...

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...

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...

Searching Through Downtown Santa Monica’s Past for a Glimpse of its Future

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The oldest building in Santa Monica sits in the heart of the city’s downtown. The squat and unassuming brick structure, sandwiched between a youth hostel and an Italian restaurant, doesn’t look like much. But more...
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