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Photos: Tongva Park Soft Opening

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The fences have come down, and Tongva Park, which you may have seen growing to fruition while peaking behind the mesh, was been soft opened to the public this week, starting on Tuesday. The...

The Dream of the 2010s Marches on with Passage of Bergamot Area Plan

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This post first appeared on Sirinya Matute's personal blog. Juan, the city council passed the Bergamot Area Specific Plan: I think we can stay.    With the passage of a plan for the redevelopment of a...

CEQA Reform Passes Senate for LOS, Basketball Team

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Steinberg's hasty press conference after passage of SB 743 Last night, both California's Senate and Assembly passed SB 743, Senator Darrell Steinberg's legislation that was basically designed to streamline the environmental review for a proposed...

Bergamot Area Plan Adopted By Council

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After 3 years in the works and dozens of public workshops and meetings before commissions and the council, the Bergamot Area Plan has finally passed Tuesday night (really Wednesday morning) with a 6-1 vote....

Event of the Week: Santa Monica Airport Bike Ride

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In its current incarnation, Santa Monica Airport serves as a drain on the surrounding community in a number of ways. Flight loops cause almost continuous neighborhood noise; toxic air pollution is dispersed into all...

CEQA Reforms Could Spell the End for LOS

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(This article first appeared on Streetsblog Los Angeles.) Finally, some sanity may be coming to California's most important environmental protection law, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Under current law, all projects, be they rail...

Gruber: Bergamot, That Other Specific Plan

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Compared to other “specific plans,” such as the 1993 Civic Center Specific Plan, or the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) currently being drafted, the Bergamot Area Plan (BAP), in the more than two years it...

Video: Meet the Santa Monica Business That’s Going to Change the Way Cities Think...

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Did you know Santa Monica has the largest bike parking facility of its kind in the country? The wildly popular Bike Center, with locations at Santa Monica and Main and 1502 4th Street, should...

Bergamot Area Plan Goes To Council For Possible Adoption Tuesday Sep. 10th

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This next coming Tuesday, the Bergamot Area Plan is going to the city council for possible adoption. The Bergamot Area Plan, is one of the key pieces of the Land Use and Circulation Element...

Big Blue Bus Survey Wants Your Help to Plan for Expo

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Yesterday, we warned you that change is coming to Santa Monica. The good news is, it appears that the city's transit agency is readying itself for that change. The Big Blue Bus has long been...

Here’s the Video for Tour Da Arts, Vol. 5

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Santa Monica Next was proud to participate in the Santa Monica Museum of Arts' Tour da Arts event last month and we're happy to share the official video of Tour Da Arts Vol. 5....

Gruber: Change Is Going to Come, No Kidding

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(This article first appeared on The Healthy City Local. It is reprinted with the author's permission. - DN) I don’t know about in your neighborhood, but in Ocean Park two “little free libraries” have popped...

Updates On Michigan Ave. Neighborhood Greenway From Recent Meetings

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Last week, Santa Monica held two meetings for the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway proposal, following an earlier presentation to Santa Monica Spoke. I've now seen the latest developments on this project presented and discussed...

Don’t Forget to Join us for the Santa Monica Next/Streetsblog L.A. Fundraiser on 9/22

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With our successful launch in our rearview mirror, it's time to start thinking ahead for our joint fundraiser/party with Streetsblog Los Angeles scheduled for 9/22 from 11 am to 3 pm at Wilshire and...

Michigan Ave. Greenway Proposals Go To Planning Commission & Neighborhood This Week

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The public process to explore the potential for Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway continues, with two more milestones this week. On Wednesday, the latest planning work exploring possible alternatives will be presented to the planning...
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