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Have Questions for Safety Expert and Personal Injury Attorney James Pocrass?

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As part of a new feature, James Pocrass a personal injury lawyer with the firm POCRASS AND DE LOS REYES LLC will answer questions submitted by you, our readers, that are submitted in the...

Letter from the Mayor: Looking Back at the Last Six Months

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We received the following letter from Mayor Ted Winterer asking us to pass along to our readers. Summer is officially here and I am sure you’ve noticed the seasonal changes that take shape in our...

Flying the Coop

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As my friend and publisher, Damien Newton, noted in a recent post, I am moving on after four years as editor of Santa Monica Next. It has certainly been a transformative experience for me....

Op/Ed: Santa Monica City Leaders Must Also Pay for Parking

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By Homa Motjabi. Mojtabai is a Massachusetts-bred, Santa Monica-based writer and public servant. Read more of her work at her website.  Parking is a hot topic in seemingly progressive Santa Monica – with a second reading and adoption...

Tale of Two Projects

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This originally appeared at The Healthy City Local. It’s been a while since I’ve written about a specific development project in Santa Monica. About a year ago I was busy writing articles about the Downtown Community...

Santa Monica in 2018: Are All Politics Still Local?

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The following post originally appeared on The Healthy City Local. (Note: I haven’t written here about Santa Monica politics since my last blog last summer on the Downtown Community Plan, but I was invited to give...

Community Voices: A Message from Santa Monica’s Interim Chief of Police

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This letter originally appeared at santamonica.gov. Dear Community Members: Over the last several months we have experienced a series of high profile events in Santa Monica, coupled by an increase in overall crime. Naturally, this has...

Community Voices: YIMBYism and the Cruel Irony of Metropolitan History

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The following originally appeared on Streetsblog L.A. It is by David Levitus. Levitus earned his Ph.D. at USC with a focus on the history of cities, policy, and politics in the United States. At NYU, he majored...

Community Voices: Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Weighs in on the Florida Shooting

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The following letter was sent by Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati. Dear SMMUSD staff, parents and community members, Our hearts go out to the families and staff involved in yesterday’s tragedy at...

Senate Bill 827, Equity, and the Need for Coalition Building in the YIMBY Movement

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Last month, State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released a draft of his legislation, Senate Bill 827, which would upend zoning rules throughout California. The bill, aimed at making it easier to build housing at...

Bird Scooters: Public Nuisance or The Future of Transit?

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The following post is by Kevin Herrera,  sr. marketing & communication manager for Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. It originally appeared on Santa Monica Centric. Downtown seems to be littered with them. On almost every street corner...

Santa Monica’s Sunset Park Is Mansionizing: What We Do about It Will Reveal What...

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Carter Rubin is a Santa Monica resident and serves as an advisory board member of Santa Monica Next. Carter has served as an appointed member on the Santa Monica Housing and Planning Commissions. Carter...

Community Voices: Mayor Ted Winterer Reflects on 2017 So Far

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At Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.’s Annual Meeting on August 31, 2017, Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer delivered these remarks reflecting on highlights from 2017 so far, as well as the opportunities and challenges ahead. These...

Community Voices: What Not to Miss at Santa Monica’s COAST Open Streets Festival

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This post by Santa Monica's public information coordinator Joseph Vandenorth originally appeared at santamonica.gov. COAST is just around the corner on Sunday, October 1 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. You might be wondering, "what's COAST?"...

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent’s Statement Regarding DACA

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The following is a message from Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati regarding President Donald Trump's decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. We understand the concern and...
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