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Assemblymember Richard Bloom Talks Housing Package

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Late last month, Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of 15 bills designed to begin addressing California’s historic housing crisis. Among those bills, the ones that received perhaps the most media attention were Senate Bills...

Expo Line in Santa Monica to Shut Down for Maintenance This Weekend

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The stretch of the Expo line between Downtown Santa Monica and Sepulveda Boulevard will close this weekend for maintenance, according to Metro officials. Starting on Friday, February 24 at 9 p.m. through Sunday, February 26...

GOP Congressmember Challenges Agreement to Close Santa Monica Airport

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A Republican congressmember from Louisiana is not happy with the deal struck between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the city of Santa Monica that would allow the municipality to close Santa Monica airport...

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...

What is the Downtown Community Plan and Why Does It Matter?

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City officials released late last week an updated version of the plan, four years in the making, that will shape the future of Santa Monica’s thriving downtown for the next two decades. Now, city officials...

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...

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.

Test Expo Train Reaches Santa Monica for First Time in Years

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Photos are circulating on Facebook and Ipernity of an Expo Line test train reaching the City of Santa Monica this morning. It is the first time in many, many years that trains have passed down...

City Council Could Tap Hulu as “Presenting Sponsor” for Breeze Bike Share

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Update: Hulu bike-share sponsorship was approved by the Santa Monica City Council at its October 13 meeting. The Santa Monica-based online entertainment company, Hulu, may become the "presenting sponsor" of Santa Monica's Breeze Bike Share,...

Eternal Meadow at Santa Monica’s Woodlawn Cemetery Offers Greener Burial Options

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Above the surface, cemeteries are serene expanses of green, with plenty of trees and flowers. Below ground, however, America’s cemeteries are environmental disasters. Buried along with the deceased are toxic embalming fluids, metals from...

Santa Monica Next’s Most Read Articles of 2015: Bike Lanes, Expo, Jobs, and Housing

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At the end of last year, we asked you to weigh in on what were some of your favorite Santa Monica Next stories of 2015. Your answers covered the gamut and included topics as diverse...

Neighborhood opposition to childcare illustrates the reasons behind the shortage of infant spaces

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(UPDATE, September 8, 8:30 A.M. - Last night the City Planning Commission approved the permit for the location with some small changes including increasing the number of children allowed onsite. The proposal must now...

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...

Big Blue Bus Real-Time Arrival Data Keeps Getting Better and Better

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It has been less than two weeks since real-time arrival information for Big Blue Bus became available online and on certain smartphone apps. And the good news keeps coming. At the Big Blue Bus  General Transit...

City Council to Consider 90-Unit Expo-Adjacent Apartment Building for Former Norm’s Site

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  Update: The Santa Monica City Council voted 6-to-0 (Councilmember Pam O'Connor was absent) Tuesday night to approve this project. The Santa Monica City Council will consider approving a 4-to-5 story mixed-use apartment building that, if...
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