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SMRR Steering Committee Backs Council Candidates, Skips Top Vote-Getters

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The 11-person steering committee in charge of Santa Monicans for Renters' Right, the city's single-most influential political organization, announced the group's endorsements for City Council Sunday. A week after the SMRR members made local history...

Did the Sierra Club Just Say NIMBYism Is an Environmental Value?

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Sometimes, up is down in Westside politics and when it comes to environmental policy, that seems to be all too true this year. While the Sierra Club has a general policy position in support of...

Vote Local Election Guide

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We have been talking a lot about the shakeup in Santa Monica – and Westside Los Angeles – politics happening this year. Today’s election is the last chance you have to determine, out of the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Election Season Starts in Santa Monica

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  The 2014 election season is only a day old in Santa Monica and already it is off to an exciting start. It's going to be a crazy election year, so make sure you are...

Santa Monica City Employees’ Unions Endorse O’Connor, McKeown, Feinstein for City Council

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Incumbents Pam O'Connor and Kevin McKeown, along with former City Councilmember Michael Feinstein, will get the backing of the City employees' unions this November. The Coalition of Santa Monica City Employees (CSMCE), which represents all...

Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights Makes History, Again

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For the first time in its nearly 40 year history, Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights -- the city's single-most influential political organization -- failed to endorse a single candidate for City Council at the...

What About Traffic Safety? A Chat with Richard McKinnon

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In an election season that has been dominated by discussion of development, traffic, and the relationship between the two, precious little time has been spent on the deadly cost of car-culture measured in the...

City Council Wants Rival Airport Initiative on November Ballot

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There's a new push to put the future of Santa Monica Airport before voters, but this time it's coming from the City Council. As part of its Tuesday agenda, Mayor Pam O'Connor, Mayor Pro Tempore...

Santa Monica NIMBYs Target Low-Cost Housing Funding Measure with Lawsuit

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Two companion ballot initiatives proposed by Santa Monica City Hall that would raise as much as $10 million a year to fund low-cost housing production became the target of a lawsuit Monday. The lawsuit, filed by...

Hear from Santa Monica’s City Council Candidates on Their Records on Bikes

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Two weeks ago, the California Bicycle Coalition — the state’s leading bicycle advocacy organization — announced that it had made a rare endorsement in a local race, backing Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor’s reelection bid to the City...
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