Brown’s Mixed Legacy of Big Fixes, Some Corruption

About a month from today, a new governor will sit in the state Capitol’s “horseshoe” suite and face some problems that not even the...

SMa.r.t. Column: Housing the 950 Homeless in SM

Homelessness is a painful reality and needs to become a top priority along with the more practical issues of water and traffic. Is homelessness...

Fire Insurance Crisis Almost Upon Us

Californians already know about the wildfire crisis that’s been afflicting this state for the last few years, highlighted by a rash of huge blazes...

SMa.r.t. Column: Burning Lessons

It is too early to capture all the valuable lessons of the November 8 Woolsey Fire, but it has a depressing familiarity. Before full...

SMa.r.t. Column: A Thanksgiving of Drama and History

As Thanksgiving approaches our thoughts turn to the blessings so many of us have enjoyed, and the needs that so many continue to have...

The Silliest State Split Idea Yet

When it comes to splitting California into two or more new states, silly season never seems to end. Since 1940, at least 27 efforts to...

Earth, Wind, Fire…and Less Water

The recent fires along California's coast have been unusually destructive this year. Many lives were lost, along with many square miles of forest burned,...

SMa.r.t. Column: Saving the Past and the Future

SM.a.r.t. (Santa Monica Architect’s for a Responsible Tomorrow) is always scanning the virtual horizon for threats to our urban fabric. We try to align...

Inching Toward Electrical Independence

California has an ambitious goal (SB100) of getting all the electricity for the entire state from renewable energy sources by 2045. The mandated incremental...

If There Really Is a Blue Wave, Which Seats Go Dem?

Nowhere has talk of an impending “blue wave” sweeping Democrats into Congress and Republicans out been louder and more constant this fall than in...