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Santa Monica’s Huntley Hotel Laundered Campaign Contributions, Fair Political Practices Commission Finds

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The Huntley Hotel, one of the major players in anti-development politics in Santa Monica over the last six years, will have to pay more than $300,000 in fines after the California Fair Political Practices...

Gruber: 2014 Was a Historic Election for Santa Monica

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Editor’s Note: Below is the most recent installment in a series about Santa Monica’s 2014 municipal election by long-time political observer and former City Council candidate, Frank Gruber. This post originally appeared on Gruber's personal blog, The Healthy...

Gruber: Why Two Attack Campaigns Failed in Santa Monica’s Last Election

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Editor's Note: Below is the next installment in a series about Santa Monica's recent municipal election by long-time political observer and former City Council candidate, Frank Gruber. This post originally appeared on his personal...

Gruber: SMRR, Founder’s syndrome, and even bigger problems

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Editor’s note: Below is the third in a series of blog posts by former City Council Candidate and long-time political observer, Frank Gruber, taking a closer look at the November 2014 election. This post and his...

Gruber: Circumstances, or how SMRR came to endorse Sue Himmelrich and a 100% anti-development...

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Editor’s note: Below is the second in a series of blog posts by former City Council Candidate and long-time political observer, Frank Gruber, taking a closer look at the November 2014 election. This post...

Happy New Year, Santa Monica

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Welcome back! We hope that everyone enjoyed their holidays. At Santa Monica Next, we were able to get some much-needed downtime. Now we're rested and ready to get back to work. What are you most looking...

Gruber: A Candidate’s Perspective on the Santa Monica City Council Election, Part One

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Editor's note: Below is the first in a series of blog posts by former City Council Candidate and long-time political observer, Frank Gruber, taking a closer look at the November 2014 election. The original...

Santa Monica in the Regional Saddle

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While Tuesday night's elections created headlines at many levels, there is one story that has been overlooked. Santa Monica, or at least some of its residents, had a great night. Residents of the bayside city...

Dear Santa Monica…

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Hey, Santa Monica. How're you doing? It's me, Jason, your old friend. I went to your schools, hung out at your beaches. Remember, I even took my first steps in one of your many parks. So,...

The Election Results Are In, Santa Monica

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The results came in about 3 a.m. this morning and Santa Monica officially has a new City Council. Pam O'Connor was reelected, as was her colleague Kevin McKeown. They will be joined on the dais...

Get Out and #VoteLocal, Santa Monica

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Happy election day, Santa Monica! If you haven't already, we encourage you to find your polling place and cast your vote. It's vital that, in addition to voting in national and state races, that you...

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...

Zoe Muntaner, a Different Kind of Candidate for Next Week’s Election

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Zoe Muntaner arrived in Santa Monica in 1997, over the past couple of decades she has lived in Brooklyn, Puerto Rico, Dubai and basically all over the world. Coming from a family with a...

Coming Up: Santa Monica Braces for Long Drought, Election Day, and Santa Monica Talks

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The Santa Monica City Council will consider raising water rates and implementing mandatory usage cuts on Tuesday as a response to California's ongoing drought; the bayside city will go to the polls next week...

Housing for All in Santa Monica: A Chat with Frank Gruber

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One of the major issues facing Santa Monica voters on November 4 will be whether to approve ballot measures H and HH. The companion measures, if approved by voters, would create a new local...
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