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Downtown Santa Monica: Where It Doesn’t Take A Village (With Lots of Pictures!)

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The following post originally appeared on Healthy City Local. It’s back! The latest (and promised final!) version of Santa Monica’s Downtown Community Plan (DCP), is being dragged through the Planning Commission, with an ultimate destination of the...

California Coastal Commission’s New Leadership: Fresh Breeze Promising Enhanced Partnership and Collaboration

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Via Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole's blog, The Long View. There is a dynamic and positive new tone coming from the California Coastal Commission. The California Coastal Commission has had just five leaders since it was...

Viva Cesar Chavez

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In commemoration of Cesar Chavez Day, Santa Monica Next will be taking the day off from publishing. Below is a short piece by long-time Santa Monica activist Ernie Powell about his experience working with Cesar...

Community Voices: It’s Time to Make Santa Monica’s Streets Safer

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In the past few weeks, Santa Monica has experienced five more violent pedestrian crashes and almost as many deaths, reminding us all that we are unsafe in our city, whether crossing the street for...

Community Voices: Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer on the Deaths of Three Young Community...

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The following is a letter from Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer addressing the recent deaths of three young people in the community.  I received the devastating news of the tragic circumstances that led to the...

Community Voices: Santa Monica High School Principal Addresses Recent Student Death

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The following letter is by Santa Monica High School principal Dr. Antonio Shelton to the Santa Monica High School community regarding the recent death of a ninth grade student at the school. Dear Santa Monica High...

Rick Cole: Focus on Fixing Government, Not Bashing It

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This piece was originally published on Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole’s blog, The Long View. Santa Monica Next also covered this issue here and here. I recently wrote about the always controversial issue of public employee compensation. In...

Can We Cool It with the Ballot Box Planning Measures Already?

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Last night, Los Angeles voters soundly beat Measure S, a poorly-conceived and draconian attempt to control the city’s planning process at the ballot box. The defeat of Measure S comes only a few months...

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...

Editorial: To Help End Homelessness in Los Angeles County Vote Yes on H, Tell...

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Every night, tens of thousands of people bed down in shelters, in their cars, or on the street. The causes are myriad. Some are homeless because of bad luck. Some are trying to escape...

Victory in the Air

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Via The Healthy City Local “Belts and suspenders.” That’s a phrase that we lawyers use to describe how we write contracts and other documents repeating the same concepts multiple times. (“Repeating” and “multiple times”—you see, belts...

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...

The SMO Settlement, Eternal Vigilance, and the Beginning of the End

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Via The Healthy City Local Procrastination can pay. For the past two weeks the top item on my to-do list has read, “Blog on SMO—read dox.” “Dox,” meaning the pleadings and briefs that have been...

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...

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...
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