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Memorial Park Neighborhood Plan Process Begins, Workshop Next Monday

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A new specific area plan process in Santa Monica is kicking off next Monday for what is being called the Memorial Park Neighborhood Plan, encompassing the area immediately adjacent Memorial Park and the future...

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...

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...

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...

Local Hotel Workers Union Backs 4th/5th and Arizona Project

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The new 12-story mixed-use project by world-renowned architect Rem Koolhaas' firm, OMA, proposed for a prime piece of 2.5-acre City-owned land in Downtown Santa Monica got an extra bump from the regional hospitality workers'...

Wednesday Poll: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Santa Monica

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The Santa Monica Daily Press reported Tuesday about language in the zoning ordinance update that would allow for up to two medical marijuana dispensaries in Santa Monica. What do you think?

Support Santa Monica Next’s Award-Winning Journalism

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Twice a year, once in the summer and once at the end of the year, Santa Monica Next reaches out to you, our readers, to ask you to donate funds to help us continue...

Tell Santa Monica City Officials Where You Want to See Bike Share Hubs

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Last week, the Santa Monica City Council unanimously approved what could be the County's first public bike share program. The Council tapped CycleHop, LLC to operate the 500-bike system with about 65 to 75...

Early Returns: Few Trainers Paying the Price to Teach in SaMo’s Parks

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Santa Monica’s new law regulating group exercise classes in city parks got its first full workout this week. From the looks of things Tuesday morning in Palisades Park, what some city officials hoped would...

How Santa Monica Lost Its Second Trader Joe’s

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On the corner of 12th Street and Wilshire Boulevard sits Fidelity Investments. Located along a major transit corridor, served by two bus lines, and walking distance from hundreds of Santa Monica homes, the squat,...

Santa Monica Next Looks for New Editor as Jason Islas Moves On

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Big Bird GIF from Bigbird GIFs Astute readers may have noticed a very small, almost insignificant change. the last couple of days. Jason Islas, who has been the editor at Santa Monica Next for just...

FlyAway Service to LAX Coming to SaMo Next Summer

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The Monday meeting of the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners included a presentation on the status of the expansion of FlyAway to develop eight new FlyAway sites by 2015 as part of a...

The Residents

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In the time that I have participated and written about local political issues in Santa Monica, one of the nuances that I've increasingly become acutely aware of, is the deceptive manner in which the...

Why I’m Joining Santa Monica Next

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After three years covering all things Santa Monica exclusively for the city’s oldest news website, The Lookout, I have decided to join the Santa Monica Next team. My decision to do so, while I didn’t...

Santa Monica Launches Next Century Cities Tech Initiative

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Officials from more than two dozen cities across the country gathered at Cross Campus in Santa Monica Monday morning for the launch of Next Century Cities, an initiative designed to help municipalities develop locally-controlled...
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