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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...

Looking Back at the History of Downtown Santa Monica with Frank Gruber

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https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdvvXDmllNggYww6VqhXFY6U7oGBRAb9e Downtown Santa Monica today is one of southern California's premiere destinations. People flock there from everywhere in the city, the region, the state, and even the world. But it wasn't always that way. In fact,...

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...

About Maynard and Sheila Ostrow

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The following piece was co-authored by Ernie Powell, former community organizer at the Church in Ocean Park and founding member, Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation and Sharon Gilpin, 26-year former resident, former Santa Monica Planning...

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...

Throwback Thursday: Santa Monica’s Apartment Boom

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Today in Santa Monica, there is near-constant talk about the jobs-housing imbalance. The problem, simply put, is that because of decades of minimal growth policies, the city doesn't have enough apartments, condos, or single-family...

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...

The Past Isn’t Quite Dead Here, Either: How Racism Shaped Santa Monica

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This piece originally ran on The Healthy City Local. When Fay Wells went national to write, in the Washington Post, about what happened when a neighbor called 9-1-1 on her, she brought the issue of...

Throwback Thursday: “Big Amusement” Comes to Ocean Park

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Let’s take a trip down memory lane with the help of the Santa Monica Public Library’s digital archives to a hundred years ago this week when The Evening Outlook announced the deal that would...

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 --...

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...

A Review of “Save the Pier”: A Play Recounting the Fight to Stop the...

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The following is a review of “Save the Pier,” a one-hour play recounting the grassroots fight in the early 1970s to stop the demolition of the Santa Monica Pier. Let me be blunt – I...

Sprawl Repair

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This article originally appeared on Healthy City Local. here is one boulevard in Santa Monica that is so degraded that even people who rarely accept the idea that Santa Monica might stand to change for...

Throwback Thursday: The Last Train from Santa Monica

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"END OF THE LINE," the headline screams in all caps from the yellowed newspaper. The story is buried in the Communities section of the Evening Outlook, announcing a bit of L.A. County rail history. "The last train...

Infographic: Historic Housing Trends in Santa Monica

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Editor's note: The above infographic traces the historical trends of housing in Santa Monica. Data are from existing housing stock. As is clear from the graphic, in the last 30 years, relatively little housing...
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