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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...

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...

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: 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 --...

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...

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...

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...

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 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,...

Gruber: Turns Out That When It Comes To Local Politics Santa Monica is not...

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Note: This article originally appeared on The Healthy City Local. It is reprinted here with the author's permission.  In the last couple of posts I’ve been trying, mostly by means of rereading Mike Davis’s City of Quartz, to put anti-development politics...

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...

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...

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...

Throwback Thursday: Santa Monica Bike Week Edition

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It's bike week, so we thought we would celebrate with a special edition of Throwback Thursday. It turns out Santa Monica has had bicycles in its DNA from the very beginning. All clips from the...

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...
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