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Progressives Score Wins in City Council and School Board Races and Other Thoughts on...

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This year's midterm Congressional elections saw a surprisingly strong turnout from progressive voters hold back and nearly completely dissipate a 'red wave' that pundits expected to sweep over the country. Santa Monica was no...

Malibu Attorney Who Could Net Millions from Lawsuit Against City Physically Intimidates Santa Monica...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej-maK6eWkg A video showing Malibu attorney Kevin Shenkman physically intimidating a Santa Monica resident who attempts to ask questions of city council candidate Armen Melkonians surfaced over the weekend, drawing concerns from many, including State...

Early Halloween as New PAC Dresses Up as SMRR

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You’ve doubtlessly seen them. If not, you’ve certainly heard of them. Spoofing the name of the political party that’s been a major player in Santa Monica Politics for the better part of half a...

Builder’s Remedy Debacle Shows Council Delivers the Wrong Kind of Change

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During the 2020 campaign for Santa Monica City Council, the “Change Slate” swept into power promising to support the police department and to limit new housing development. Three members of the slate were elected,...

Change for Who? Another Santa Monica PAC with Murky Donors Groups Influences Local Races

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The Santa Monicans for Change PAC was described in an October 3 Santa Monica Lookout article as a “slow-growth organization”, but they are in fact a far-right organization with major overlap with the local...

D.A.’s Office Clarifies That Negrete Is No Longer Under Investigation for Gift Card Giveaway

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In response to an inquiry from Santa Monica Next, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office (D.A. 's Office) stated this afternoon that Santa Monica City Councilmember is no longer under investigation for her...

Community Corporation of Santa Monica Celebrates 40 Years with New Video

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Community Corporation of Santa Monica posted a video to its website earlier this morning to celebrate its 40th Anniversary. Founded in 1982, the non-profit affordable housing developer has built or restored more than 100 properties throughout...

Complaint Alleges CM Negrete Improperly Distributed Gift Cards to SMPD Officers

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(Update: October 4, 2022 4:00 pm. - The Los Angeles District Attorney, responding to a request for more information from Santa Monica Next has confirmed that Councilmember Negrete is no longer under investigation and...

Dark Money Group “A Brighter Future” Endorses Four Challengers in School Board Race (Updated)

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Endorsements, and mailers that tout those endorsements, are a common place in Santa Monica politics. Local news covers endorsements from political parties such as Santa Monicans for Renters Rights or Santa Monica Forward. Statewide and regional groups such as Streets for All and the Sierra Club blast out endorsement announcements to hundreds or thousands of people on mailing lists. 

Bayside Owners Association’s Quest for Armed Personnel on the Promenade

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This is part 2 of a series on Downtown Santa Monica.  Part 3 will look at the close relationship between council members and the Santa Monica Bayside Owners Association. Part 1 can be read,...

Can Santa Monica Residents Represent the City of Santa Monica on the Downtown Board?

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A group of property owners who have sought greater influence in the affairs of the organization formed the Santa Monica Bayside Owners’ Association. The group has argued that Santa Monica residents are not downtown stakeholders because they haven’t invested their money in the downtown, a view supported by Councilmember Phil Brock.

Dear City Council: An Open Letter on Policing in Santa Monica.

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Dear City Council: If you had asked my opinion of the Santa Monica Police Department on May 29th, my response would have been very positive. My personal interactions with SMPD have been pleasant and professional....

Aligning Santa Monica’s assets to its mission

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This post, by Frank Gruber and Juan Matute, first appeared on The Healthy City Local. We wrote in our last piece that although the City of Santa Monica is experiencing an unprecedented financial crisis during which revenues are...

A Local New Deal for Santa Monica

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This post, by Frank Gruber and Juan Matute, first appeared on The Healthy City Local. The City of Santa Monica is experiencing a financial crisis unprecedented in living memory. If left as is, planned expenditures...

Apocalypse Now

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This story first appeared on The Healthy City Local. The 19th century saw a great expansion of global connectivity and vast increases in productivity. The century didn’t begin in 1800, but at Waterloo in 1815;...
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