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SMRR: The More Things Don’t Change, The More They Remain The Same

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This piece originally ran on The Healthy City Local. As a member of Santa Monicans for Renters Rights (SMRR) I attended last Sunday’s annual membership meeting during which 11 members of SMRR’s Steering Committee were...

Coming Up: The League of Women Voters of Santa Monica Hosts Annual Meeting, Celebrate...

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This week, the local League of Women Voters invites you to the organization’s annual meeting, at which Santa Monica Director of Planning David Martin will speak. Also, come celebrate 150 years of the end...

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...

Tell Us Your Favorite Santa Monica Next Story of 2015!

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With only about 10 days left in 2015, we thought we'd ask our readers to tell us what their favorite Santa Monica Next stories of the last year have been. Maybe you particularly liked one of our Throwback...

SaMo’s Camera Obscura Building Offers a Glimpse into the Past

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Often overlooked, Santa Monica’s Camera Obscura is a noteworthy relic of photographic history. Stepping into the attraction’s small, darkened space transports today’s media-saturated visitors to a time when the public viewed the projection of...

Throwback Thursday: That Time When Santa Monica Made… Missiles?

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To hear people talk about Santa Monica in the "good old days" -- of course, when those days specifically were always depends on who you are asking -- you might get the sense that...

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...

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"...

Throwback Thursday: Peace, Influenza, and Car Parades

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"War is over -- Now for business as usual" proclaimed the headline on The Evening Outlook from November 11, 1918. This month, 97 years ago, Santa Monica celebrated the world's very first Armistice Day --...

Looking back on 3rd Street on the Promenade’s 25th Birthday

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Visiting the Third Street Promenade on any given day – let alone on a holiday weekend – it's hard to imagine the three block stretch between Wilshire Boulevard and Broadway in Downtown Santa Monica...

Throwback Thursday: The Hipsters Take Santa Monica

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The Santa Monica City Council took a historic step Tuesday and greenlit what could be Los Angeles County's very first public bike share system. With the Council's approval, CycleHop, LLC is on track to...

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...

Moving to Santa Monica: A How-To Guide

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  So, you’re moving to Santa Monica, the eight-square miles of eco-friendly paradise on the western edge of Los Angeles County. Your new home – we’re guessing it’s an apartment since about 70 percent of...

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...

The Santa Monica Life: Valentine’s Day Family Bike Ride, Romantic Dining for V-Day, Lunch...

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“The Santa Monica Life” is a semi-regular roundup of the local fun, food, drinks, and lifestyle goings-on in Santa Monica. When the fun is so close, it’s easy to leave the car at home...
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