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Bringing City Hall to the People

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How much housing ought to get built in the next 20 years? How can we make it affordable? How much job growth should the city plan for? How can we design streets to safely...

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...

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...

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...

In Defense Of The Humble Traffic Diverter

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I am excited to see the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo) proposal move forward with council approval, along with the connecting Safe Routes to School plan for Santa Monica High School. It has been quite...

O’Connor, Garcetti, and Bonin Launch Santa Monica’s New FlyAway Bus Route

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. Councilmember Mike Bonin joined Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor Monday morning to welcome the LAX FlyAway bus to the bayside city. The three officials gathered outside the Santa...

Weekly Event Preview: Bergamot Transit Village at Council, Textile Recycling Event, Free Fridays at...

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In a city that prides itself on working towards a sustainable future, textile recycling remains an oft-overlooked practice. Although glass, paper, and plastic recycling are all important steps in developing a zero waste city,...

Happy New Year, See You Tomorrow

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Barring any breaking news, Santa Monica Next is taking the day off to with a Happy New Years to all those celebrating today.

Throwback Thursday: Santa Monica Critical Mass

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For those that don't know, Critical Mass is a monthly bike ride that takes place on the 4th Friday of the month. The purpose of the ride is to gather so many cyclists that...

Thinking Ahead: Big Blue Bus Seeks Input on Expo Line Integration

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Big Blue Bus (BBB) has just begun the gargantuan process of figuring out how to best integrate its system with the Metro Expo Line Phase 2, set to open in early 2016. Three of...

Why I Moved to Santa Monica

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This month's Santa Monica Next Salon asks the question, "Why do you live in Santa Monica?" The first person to answer the challenge was recent UCLA graduate Jasneet Bains who loves the city's historical...

One Year Later, the City’s Happiness Survey Continues

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When Santa Monica hatched a plan to measure the happiness of its residents, Mayor Pam O’Connor admitted that “our idea may seem a little out there to some.” The city’s proposal, however, wasn’t so far...

Under the Dome 2: Giving Some the Santa Monica They’ve Always Wanted

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In a surprise announcement, CBS television announced today that it will reboot the cancelled Under the Dome television series as a show set it in Santa Monica. But there's a twist, instead of trying to...

Santa Monica and the Myth of Overdevelopment

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It is election season in Santa Monica and, as a result, there is a lot of rhetoric being tossed around. This year, the candidate field for City Council is awash with folks stumping against...

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...
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