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Complaint Filed Against CM Lana Negrete in Possible Bribery Scheme

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Santa Monica Councilmember Lana Negrete and political ally Lucian Tudor conspired to bribe members of the Santa Monica Police Department in the days after at least one woman was assaulted at the restaurant Tudor...

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;...

A Test of Our Values — who takes the hit in a city facing...

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On Friday, Santa Monica released its plan for layoffs to address the city’s acute financial crisis. The numbers are as brutal as we might expect, with over 400 permanent and as-needed positions targeted for...

Slowdown: Excessive Cuts to Transportation Department Will Threaten Safety and Economic Recovery

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This op/ed was submitted by the Santa Monica Safe Streets Alliance: Santa Monica Spoke, Climate Action Santa Monica, SAFE and the NRDC. Our Santa Monica streets are our largest public space, over 20% of our...

Memo to City Council: It’s a start

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Note: This story first appeared on The Healthy City Local. After years of creating procedural and other obstacles to the building of much-needed new housing, the City of Santa Monica is poised to do...

New realities and housing policy in Santa Monica

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The following article first appeared on The Healthy City Local. Wednesday night there will be a joint meeting of the Planning and Housing Commissions to discuss the future of Santa Monica’s housing policies. (Don’t ask...

Santa Monica Extends Pioneering E-Scooter Pilot Program

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Earlier this week, the Santa Monica City Council approved extending the city's initial 16-month e-scooter program through May 2020. In September 2017, the first app-based shared electronic scooters appeared in Santa Monica. The initial Bird...

Gruber: Filling the Workers Rights Vacuum

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(Note: This story first appeared on the Healthy City Local. Two Thousand Nineteen seems remarkable for the number of historical events that are being commemorated with round number anniversaries. Fifty years ago, 1969, saw the...

Streetsblog Los Angeles Reviews Community Corp and the State of Affordable Housing in Los...

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Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority's report showed the dramatic rise in the number of people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles City and County. There is no shortage of pundits assigning blame for...
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