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Santa Monicas That Weren’t

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If you haven't been to see the A+D (Architecture and Design) Museum exhibit Never Built: Los Angeles, it's definitely worth a trip and the price of admission for anyone interested in the history of...

Gruber: A Candidate’s Perspective on the Santa Monica City Council Election, Part One

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Editor's note: Below is the first in a series of blog posts by former City Council Candidate and long-time political observer, Frank Gruber, taking a closer look at the November 2014 election. The original...

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 --...

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...

Throwback Thursday: Watch A Century of Santa Monica Growth in 20 Seconds

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Jamie Horton contributed to this report. Watch a century of Los Angeles history unfold before your eyes in a matter seconds with Built:LA, a new interactive visual database that lets you see the built environment...

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...

Coming Up: Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade Turns 25, Park(ing) Day, and Our City...

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Mark your calendars! Santa Monica's world-famous 3rd Street Promenade is turning 25 (and you can bet there will be some fanfare), Santa Monica gets ready to celebrate Park(ing) Day, and our City Council Candidate...

Gruber: Multiple Character Disorder

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Editor’s note: This post first appeared in Healthy City Local. It is reprinted below with the author’s permission. Santa Monica Next welcomes guest contributions and editorials. We look for fact-based content relevant to the future of...

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...

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...

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: 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...

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...

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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