Power to the People!

Note: The SMa.r.t. guest author this week is longtime Santa Monica resident Richard Orton. He is concerned about the direction our beach town is taking and has been actively engaged in our community for decades. I moved to Ocean Park in January 1970 when I was going to UCLA and I’ve lived and rented in … Continue reading Power to the People!

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Is Santa Monica destined to become a Notopia?

If what is called the development of our cities is allowed to multiply at the present rate, then by the end of the century our world could consist of isolated oases of glassy monuments surrounded by a limbo of shacks and beige constructions, and we will be unable to distinguish any one global city from … Continue reading Is Santa Monica destined to become a Notopia?

Santa Monica citizens in the dark as planning goes rogue

This is the first in a series of articles on the neighborhoods of Santa Monica, addressing resident experiences with the impacts of development and the reasons why they support the LUVE Initiative. Northeast Neighbors made front-page news in 2013 when the neighborhood group exposed a “mistake” on the official planning map in the City of … Continue reading Santa Monica citizens in the dark as planning goes rogue