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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...

Better Mobility For Seniors? TNCs and the Santa Monica MODE and GoMonrovia Programs

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Older adults are mobility challenged. More than 20 percent of those 65 and older, according to a Rand study, do not or no longer drive. Those who do drive go shorter distances, are fearful of...

Car-Centric Biases Show in Coverage of Deadly Hit-and-Run Car-Scooter Crash

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Last Friday, Santa Monica experienced what appears to be L.A. County's first e-scooter rider death - which is to say, the first time that a person driving a car has killed a person riding...

Who Needs A Border Wall When We Have Exclusionary Zoning?

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As we watch our brave politicians compromise to build a ‘barrier’ in lieu of a border wall, it’s a good time to remember we have a weapon that’s far more effective at keeping the...

Santa Monica Next Releases Endorsement Matrix for Local Ballot Propositions

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Data on endorsements compiled from press releases or organization websites. The SMArT endorsement is based on their column in the Santa Monica Mirror.

Pam O’Connor Joins Metrolink Board

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Via Metrolink press release : Today, the Metrolink Board of Directors announced the appointment of Santa Monica City Councilmember Pam O’Connor as an alternate director, representing the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board. Los...

Ask a Lawyer, Answered!: How Can Cities Make Their Streets Safer

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This is the first in what we hope will be a series of questions and answers between readers and personal injury attorney James Pocrass. If you have a question you'd like answered, email damien@streetsblog.org...

Vote Local Meet the Candidates: Ashley Powell

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As she walks down a bustling Fourth Street in downtown Santa Monica with almost every walk of life imaginable, she reminisces of the simpler days of her youth, but is also eager of...

Legislative Update: Brown Signs Bills on Electric Vehicles, Bike Miles Driven, Street Vending

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Note: Governor Brown has until the end of September to decide the fate of a slew of bills passed by the legislature just before it ended its session in August. Streetsblog continues to cover...

Would the Big Blue Bus’s on-demand proposal work for you?

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The Santa Monica Big Blue Bus has proposed new on-demand service to replace fixed-routes with very low ridership. Big Blue Bus isn’t the first transit agency in California to make this switch, but it...
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