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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...

Breaking News: City Council Rescinds Bergamot Transit Village Project

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About seven years after negotiations began for a mixed commercial and residential project to replace the abandoned Papermate factory in Santa Monica's former industrial corridor, it's back to the drawing board. The Santa Monica City...

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...

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...

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...

Tapping into Santa Monica’s Tech Scene to Engage a New Generation

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The Cross Campus building at 9th Street and Colorado Avenue is a refurbished industrial space, with the exposed ceiling beams and open floor plan of a small mid-century factory. While the building is a testament...

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...

Have Airport Politics Clouded The 2014 Election? Next Chats with Kevin McKeown

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It's safe to say that the 2014 election in Santa Monica has been about two issues: the question of how the city should grow and the future of the Santa Monica Airport. Efforts to...

Santa Monica’s Longest-Sitting City Council Member Won’t Seek Reelection

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Putting an end to months of speculation, City Councilmember Bob Holbrook announced yesterday that he would not seek a seventh term on the Santa Monica City Council. Many close observers of local politics expected that...

Mayor Pam O’Connor Is the Focus of Glowing Piece in The Guardian

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Yesterday, the Guardian's online-American edition published an Earth-Day piece praising the City of Santa Monica for its efforts to work with businesses to create a healthy and sustainable city. While the piece explored some...

Coming Up: Santa Monica Has Election Fever

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Summer is over and election season is in full swing. Register to vote – or update your information – by October 20 if you plan on having your voice heard this election season. It may...

Next and the Santa Monica Museum of Art Team Up for First Vote Local...

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Mark your calendars for Santa Monica Next's first Vote Local event. Join Santa Monica Next and the Santa Monica Museum of Art for a tour of your neighborhood of a different kind. On Saturday, June 28,...

Candidate Lists for Santa Monica’s Four Local Political Races Shake Out

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The filing period officially ended Wednesday for anyone considering running for elected office in Santa Monica, which means we have semi-official lineups for the bayside city's four races this November. This year promises to be...

AOPA, SMO and the Faults with the California Referendum Process

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AOPA Filing 140425 He told me it was a petition to ban large planes from the airport. He told me if I signed it he would be able to eat tonight. He told me it would stop...

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...
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