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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...

Gruber : Where to build housing and where not

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This article first appeared on The Healthy City Local. I ended my blog last week about Santa Monica’s housing policies with some good news, namely that a lot of housing was either under construction in the city...

Whack-a-mole housing policy

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This article first appeared on The Healthy City Local. When in the summer of 2017 the Santa Monica City Council, after six years of work, adopted the Downtown Community Plan (DCP), the then architecture critic...

Santa Monica, Westside Political Leaders Disagree on “Go Zone” Congestion Pricing Proposal

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The big headline from yesterday's news roundup was a new study released by the Southern California Association of Governments that found a congestion pricing charge of $4 at peak hours could reduce car traffic...

Supporting our Hotel Workers is a Winning Strategy for Everyone

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"Hotel workers, community members, and City Councilmembers rally in front of City Hall last night to call for swift action to protect workers against workplace harassment." Photo, courtesy of Unite Here! Tourism in Santa Monica...
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