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Expo Is Coming, Santa Monica! But When Will It Get Here?

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Los Angeles Streetsblog head writer Joe Linton contributed to this report. Expo Phase II completes the long-anticipated rail connection between Downtown Los Angeles and Downtown Santa Monica. Construction on Phase II began in 2011. Currently, the Expo...

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,...

Santa Monica City Council Responds to LAO Report on Housing Crisis

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Last week, the California Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) put out a report calling for coastal communities to build more housing to tackle the dire shortage of homes -- and the resulting affordability crisis --...

Step Forward or Backing Down?: Council Debates Airport Plans

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On July 1, an agreement between the City of Santa Monica and the federal government that requires the city to maintain low cost leases and an extra 2,000 feet of runway at the Santa...

Santa Monica to Take Up USDOT Mayors’ Challenge for “Safer People, Safer Streets”

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On Tuesday, Santa Monica could join the growing number of cities taking up the U.S. Department of Transportation Mayors' Challenge to make streets safer for people. “With citywide (and eventually regional) bikeshare coming this year,...

That Time Santa Monica Banned Dancing

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We wish this was a throwback Thursday post, but believe it or not, this is not a rule from some bygone era when cities were dominated by moralistic, draconian laws. It is something Santa Monica is actually...

Santa Monica Police Step Up “Bike-Pedestrian Safety” Enforcement on March 9

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The Santa Monica Police Department will continue its ongoing sting operations targeting unsafe road users Monday, March 9. The "bike-pedestrian safety" operation is one of several the department has undertaken since late last year, during...

Gruber: The Pipes, the Pipes, Are Calling: “Maintain Us!”

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Note: The original version of this article was published on The Healthy City Local. It is reprinted here with the author's permission. Hey, we’ve saddled the next generation with student loan debt; why not give...

Santa Monica City Council Approves Moderate Water Rate Increase

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Anticipating the rising cost of water delivery and lost revenue for Santa Monica's water fund due to a mandatory water use reduction strategy, the City Council last night unanimously approved a plan that could raise...

Back to Facts, Santa Monica: Water

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The city of Santa Monica adopted a faulty plan when, in 2010, the Council unanimously approved the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE), the policy document that would guide the city’s future for the...

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...

Will Santa Monica Begin Regulating Rideshare Companies?

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Santa Monica could move to regulate rideshare companies operating within the city's borders later this, according to a report by the Santa Monica Daily Press. While the Daily Press report gave no specific date, the Council...

Save the Date: “Live.Ride.Share,” Los Angeles’ First Shared-Use Mobility Conference

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has partnered with several local and national nonprofit organizations, including the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), for Live.Ride.Share, Southern California's first ever shared-use...

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...

What We Learned from Santa Monica Big Blue Bus’ First Reddit AMA

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Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus officials gathered in a small conference room Tuesday at noon for the transit agency's first ever Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session and they invited Santa Monica Next to join them. With...
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