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California Incline Replacement, Esplanade Projects to Bring Safer Access to Santa Monica Beach

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Two major construction projects are underway that, once finished, promise to make access to Santa Monica's beaches safer by providing protected bike lanes and wider sidewalks. Construction on the Colorado Esplanade, which will add a...

Big Blue Bus Real-Time Arrival Info Coming to an App this Summer

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Riders will finally be able to track real-time arrival information for Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus on their phones or computers by this summer, according to the municipal bus service's director, Ed King. Speaking at...

Mainstreaming Bicycling, Lessons From Davis California

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I’m returned to Santa Monica this week from attending the California by Bike Summit in Oakland, with the theme of mainstreaming the bike in California, and a few extra days in the Bay Area...

Santa Monica’s Wellbeing Project: Rethinking the Role of the City in the 21st Century

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Overall, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days? Are you optimistic about the future? How do you usually get to work or school? How likely or unlikely do you...

Eyes on the Street: BBB’s First New Bus Stop

Moments ago, the Big Blue Bus posted the above picture announcing the unwrapping of the first of the new modern bus stops that will be popping up around the city in the next couple...

Finding Treasure and Trash at Santa Monica’s Annual City-Wide Yard Sale

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What are you looking for in life? How about an 8-track tape of '70s rockers Credence Clearwater Revival? Perhaps some spike-heeled women’s shoes covered in metal studs? Or a vintage grocery scale? This is not...

Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus to Join Regional TAP Fare System

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Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus will join the regional TAP system starting in March, officials announced Wednesday. According to the local transit agency's website, "Starting March 2015, you can pay with Stored Value, an EZ...

Santa Monica Public Meetings: A How-To Guide

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In a day and age when most people are used to making important decisions in group email threads or in virtual meetings with colleagues scattered all across the globe, hours-long in-person meetings are increasingly...

Santa Monica Next Advisory Board Member Carter Rubin Appointed to Planning Commission

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Congrats to Santa Monica Next's own Carter Rubin, who was appointed to the Planning Commission during the wee hours of the morning Wednesday. Rubin was tapped to fill a seat left vacant on the Commission,...

Catching The Bus To LAX, & Thoughts On Making It Better While We Wait...

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There has been a lot of debate and scrutiny over the vision of finally connecting rail service to the LAX terminals (this Metro Source post is a good primer on state of things), correcting...

Three Years Later, Is Santa Monica’s Bike Action Plan Working?

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In November 2011, the Santa Monica City Council unanimously -- and enthusiastically -- adopted the Bike Action Plan (BAP), an ambitious 300-page document that seeks to transform the bayside city into one of the...

New Software Lets You Budget the Revitalization of Santa Monica’s Civic Auditorium

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Santa Monica residents are rarely shy about demanding asking things of their local officials. And while it's easy to ask for more services, more parks, or more parking, rarely do people get a chance to experience firsthand...

Santa Monica Fights Against SMO Crashes, FAA Makes Them Possible (Updated Tuesday at Noon)

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I listened to the wup-wup-wup-wup of the helicopter's flying overhead, I cursed inwardly and got up to double-check the front door was locked. Usually sirens and helicopters mean there's a criminal on the loose,...

Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus Opens First Stops with Real-Time Arrival Information

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It has been a long time coming, but Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus finally opened its first stops with real-time bus arrival information Thursday evening. The first two of what Big Blue Bus (BBB) officials...

Throwback Thursday: City Target Santa Monica

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Should Santa Monica have a City Target? That was the question facing City officials in February 2001. The retail giant had singled-out a location in the bayside city's Downtown – on a parking lot behind...
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