Letter to Editor: United Methodist Church’s LGBTQ Exclusion

Dear Editor, We are writing in reaction to the United Methodist Church’s decision to exclude LGBTQ individuals and their allies from full participation in the...

Letter to Editor: Former Mayor on Voting Rights Case

By Paul Rosenstein Former Mayor of Santa Monica I hope the judge’s order for district elections is stayed during the city’s appeal. This decision is undemocratic...

Open Space… Is There Any Left?

Yes there is. Small as it is, there is about 2.5 acres in the heart of downtown waiting to be designed as a public...

Column: Can we Solve Westside Traffic with more Housing Development?

About the author: Avi Sinai is the principal of HM Capital, a Los Angeles company specializes in hard money real estate loan and private...

No Excuses: Stop the Crime Wave

My mother turned 91 last Saturday. Happy Birthday, Mom! She has walked the streets of Santa Monica her whole life and almost always lived...

SMa.r.t. Column: Gridlocked Best Intentions

On any given evening (and especially weekends) pay a visit to north-bound 2nd Street between Broadway Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, and you’ll encounter...

Column: Adapting to Westside Vacancies

By Avi Sinai We all see the vacant storefronts around the Westside and it begs the question - why are they empty for so...

Is Santa Monica’s Heart for Sale?

Note from SMa.r.t.: This article, in a longer form, was originally published four years ago but is still as pertinent as ever. The Plaza...

AI in the Year 2020… Almost

By Nektar Baziotis In 1966 Gene Rodenberry’s "Star Trek" made its television debut on NBC. Audiences young and old were captivated by the show, particularly by...

Beausoleil: First Parole Test for Newsom

Not many Californians under 60 can recall just who is the 71-year-old Bobby Beausoleil and what evils he did back in his youth. But the...