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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...

Global Climate Action Summit Brings Thousands to San Francisco

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“I didn't expect to see it in my lifetime,” said former California Senator Fran Pavley, author of the Global Warming Solutions Act. “When we wrote our report in 2001 we didn't expect it to...

Healthy City Local: Putting New Modes in Multi-Modal

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(This post first appeared in The Healthy City Local.) The silicon-enabled “new economy” is now disrupting transportation much as it previously disrupted retail, journalism, entertainment, publishing, etc. Starting with ride-sharing, and now with dockless scooters...

An Open Letter to Santa Monica Planning Director & Feedback On the Proposed Shared...

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(Reminder: Comments on the City of Santa Monica Scooter Selection Process, Submit your comments via email to kyle.kozar@smgov.net by 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, Friday August 17, with the subject line – Shared Mobility Pilot Program. For more information, click...

Solidarity: A Free Press Is the Friend of the American People

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Today, newspapers, news magazines, and news websites across the country are publishing editorials in solidarity as our industry defends itself against President Donald Trump's irresponsible attacks against the free press. Santa Monica Next has...

City Proposal Would Leave Dockless Bike and Scooter Operations in Hands of Ride Hail...

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City staff from the Santa Monica Planning and Community Development Department released today its recommendations for granting four exclusive shared mobility permits. The somewhat surprising results, if adopted by the Director of Planning and...

Legislative Committee Hearing Focuses on Sexual Harassment of Employee at Santa Monica Hotel

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A former employee of the JW Marriott Le Merigot Hotel in Santa Monica described a workplace in which sexual harassment was tolerated during a July 16 hearing of the California Assembly Select Committee on...

Something to Celebrate – Santa Monica’s New Commitment to Equal Pay for Equal Work

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With the approval of a compensation philosophy that explicitly commits the city to equal pay for equal work, Santa Monica took a remarkable step forward in defining a new approach to government compensation. At...

Welcome Back to Santa Monica Next

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Hi everyone! Our summer vacation has ended, and now it's time to get back to our labor of love, providing you the news and opinion pieces that help you be the best Santa Monica resident...

Santa Monica Next Is Going on Summer Break

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Friends, We're going to be taking a short break at Santa Monica Next until early July when we'll be returning with some major changes. We're still working out some of the details, but we think...

Santa Monica Next and Partner Publications Honored by LA Press Club

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Last night was the L.A. Press Club's Annual awards dinner. As usual, the Southern California Streets Initiative team (Streetsblog Los Angeles, Santa Monica Next, and LongBeachize) left the event with armfuls of first place...
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