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Metro Planning Committee Approves Bike Share Contract

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Santa Monica Next Editor Jason Islas contributed to this report, which originally appeared in Streetsblog Los Angeles. As expected, at yesterday’s meeting the Metro Planning and Programming Committee approved the contract for the first phase...

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...

Big Blue Bus Real-Time Arrival Info Is Here!

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Big Blue Bus commuters, rejoice! The days of standing in the middle of the street and squinting in hopes that you might see a blue spot on the horizon are over. Since June 5, real-time arrival...

Planning Commission Recommends Moving Forward with Plaza at Santa Monica Project

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Though it is still very early in the process, the Planning Commission Wednesday recommended moving forward with negotiations for the Plaza at Santa Monica project, slated for city-owned land in the heart of Downtown. While...

As Metro Considers Bike Share Vendor, Concerns Over Compatibility Arise in Santa Monica

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News broke this week that Metro will soon vote on a bike share vendor for the agency’s “Countywide Bikeshare” system, which will start with a 1000-bike pilot program in Downtown L.A. But that has some...

Santa Monica Brings Civic Hacking Home with Big Blue Bus Realtime Data

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The city of Santa Monica and the Chamber of Commerce are hosting a "Hack the Beach" meetup this Saturday, where the city will formally open up new datasets to the public, including real-time bus arrival information. Saturday's...

Iconic Plaza at Santa Monica Project Up for Review at Planning Commission

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The Plaza at Santa Monica could to be one of the most striking new buildings built in the bayside city -- or possibly even in all of L.A. County -- in decades. But first, it...

Sustainability and Equity Champion Tapped for Top Position at Santa Monica City Hall

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Editor's note: This article has been updated to include quotes from Santa Monica and Los Angeles officials. L.A. Deputy Mayor Rick Cole, an outspoken proponent of equity and sustainability in local government and planning and...

Will the Santa Monica City Council Take Even More Housing Options Off the Table?

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Less than a month after the Santa Monica City Council narrowly voted to remove the option of building 4- to 5-story apartments or condos on Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards, Mayor Kevin McKeown wants...

Expo: Phase II Bike Path Will Open with Light Rail in 2016

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Editor's note: This post originally appeared in Los Angeles Streetsblog on May 18. Last week, in a short article celebrating that LADOT was beginning its portion of the bikeway that will run parallel to the...

An Unfortunate Backlash: A Conversation with Ethan Elkind, Part Two

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We sat down to talk to Ethan Elkind, author of Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City, about California’s housing crisis, the need for growth around L.A. County’s transit...

Santa Monica Teen Killed in Traffic Collision

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Update: The City of Santa Monica will offer counseling for those affected by the fatal crash. Drop in hours are this week (May 11-15) from 3 to 5 p.m. Support services are organized by the City...

Santa Monica City Council Says ‘No’ to 5-Story Housing on Boulevards

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The Santa Monica City Council narrowly voted Tuesday to make it harder to build more housing along the city's commercial boulevards. The 4 to 3 vote Tuesday night upheld the recommendation narrowly approved by the...
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