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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...

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...

Introducing Next’s Vote Local Campaign

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Consider this: 51% of Santa Monicans who are 18 or older who are also under 45. When you read the newspaper coverage of a local issue or listen or watch a hearing in City...

City Council Scuttles Plans for Bergamot Transit Village

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The City Council put to rest Tuesday night what has become one of the single-most divisive development projects Santa Monica has seen in decades when it voted 4-1 to rescind its approval of the...

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.

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...

Thank God, It’s Almost Over

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I'm going to admit it. As a former political operative turned activist turned journalist, I have a pretty high threshold for what I consider unfair or dirty campaigning. That being said, I've been unpleasantly surprised...

No-Growth “L.U.V.E.” Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot

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The so-called “Land Use Voter Empowerment” (L.U.V.E.) initiative, which would require a vote on nearly every new building over two stories, has qualified to be on the November ballot, Santa Monica Next has learned. The...

DNA/Next/NOW Candidate Mixer Is TONIGHT!

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Tonight! Candidate Forum and Mixer w/DNA, NOW, Next October 18, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Santa Monica Brew Works 1920 Colorado Avenue RSVP at Event Brite by clicking here Join DNA, NOW Santa Monica, and Santa Monica Next for a night of...

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...

Video: Meet Bobby Shriver, Candidate for L.A. County Supervisor, 3rd District

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un22E8uL_-s Former Santa Monica Mayor – and nephew of late president John F. Kennedy – Bobby Shriver is one of two candidates running to replace Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who is leaving office...

Does Santa Monica’s Measure LV keep you from remodeling your condo?

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When does the city-wide voter approval requirement in Santa Monica’s Measure LV apply to an existing building?  I’ve heard people say that LV would apply for everything from repair after an earthquake to replacing...

UPDATE NEW VENUE: Join Santa Monica Next for the Vote Local Ballot Initiative...

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UPDATE : Residocracy has called on its supporters to turn tonight's Vote Local Happy Hour into a "Yes on LV" party and show up with signs and flyers. As a result, we have decided to...

Editorial: Yes on LC, No on D

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You're going to hear a lot of arguments for and against ballot Measures D and LC in the coming weeks. Santa Monica Next urges you to vote Yes on Measure LC, No on Measure D this...

Surprise Endorsement: California Bicycle Coalition “Stands with Pam”

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The California Bicycle Coalition, the state's leading bicycle advocacy organization, has backed Mayor Pam O'Connor's bid for reelection to the Santa Monica City Council this November. While CalBike has lobbied for state legislation and policies to...
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