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Yes on Measure M

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(This editorial also appears on Streetsblog Los Angeles.) There is a lot to like about Measure M, the Los Angeles County sales tax that would fund a mix of transit and other transportation projects throughout...

An Inconvenient Truth: Climate Change Takes A Backseat to Slow Growth in Santa Monica’s...

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The purpose of plans is to help communities confront and prepare for their future. On preparing for a future with climate change, the downtown plan is an utter failure. Instead of focusing on the...

LUVE’s Labour’s Lost

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Residocracy wants to reduce traffic—the time price of accessing Santa Monica—by limiting the number of people who live here. That’s like trying to reduce the cost of the box seats behind home plate by...

Community Voices: A Letter from a New Resident to the Santa Monica City Council

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The following is a letter sent by a recent Santa Monica resident to the City Council. It is reprinted here with his permission. Dear City Leaders, I am writing regarding the Downtown Specific Plan. Although...

The Downtown Community Plan On Its Final Stage

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This post originally appeared on The Healthy City Local. After, in words taken from the staff report, “nearly six years in development” (not too much longer than it takes to get approval to build an apartment...

Act Locally – A Call for our State and Local Leaders to Protect Our...

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Tomorrow, the South Coast Air Quality Management District will vote on a long-term regional clean air plan for the urban portions of four counties—Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, and San Bernardino—under its jurisdiction. The plan...

LUVE: What We Don’t Need Now

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This article first appeared on The Healthy City Local. When voters submit an initiative to enact a law, Section 9212 of the California Elections Code authorizes the relevant legislative body to commission a report analyzing the...

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...

The Real Challenge for Santa Monica’s Public Employee Pay Scales

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This piece was originally published on Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole's blog, The Long View. In a recent post, I acknowledged public concerns about the City of Santa Monica’s salaries and benefits, sparked by a misleading...

Transit Overflow from the Women’s March Demonstrates Need for Better Rail Transit

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Via Streetsblog California This weekend's Women's March was an unparalleled event in United States history, with over three million people taking to the streets in cities and towns across the country. Timed to coincide with the...

Downtown Santa Monica Ain’t Broke

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This piece originally ran on Healthy City Local. There are good ideas in the Downtown Community Plan (DCP): ideas about the role of Santa Monica’s downtown, about nurturing community in “our town” with more and better...

Community Voices : Ernie Powell on Why He is No on LV

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(Ernie Powell was a resident of SM for 26 years and still remains active in city politics out of wanting to protect the gains we made during is time here.) The Santa Monica we all...

The Past Isn’t Quite Dead Here, Either: How Racism Shaped Santa Monica

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This piece originally ran on The Healthy City Local. When Fay Wells went national to write, in the Washington Post, about what happened when a neighbor called 9-1-1 on her, she brought the issue of...

An Open Letter from Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer on Diversity and Immigration

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Tuesday night, the Santa Monica City Council passed a resolution reaffirming its commitment to an inclusive city and that makes clear the beachside city won’t cooperate with federal authorities on enforcing immigration laws. Below is an...

The Santa Monica Civic: The Beat Goes On, And On

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This article originally appeared in The Healthy City Local. At its meeting tomorrow evening the Santa Monica City Council will once again consider how to save the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Specifically, it will consider recommendations...
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