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...

The Myth of “Public” Art in Santa Monica

Over the past few years, the Stanton MacDonald Wright murals at the entrance to Santa Monica City Hall have stirred up a controversy. They...

A Clean(er) Energy Future in SM

Where do we get our electricity? Until now, from Southern California Edison. But beginning next month, Santa Monica residents will have a second option:...

We’ll Find Out if Prop. 13 is Still a Sacred Cow

It’s been almost 41 years since Proposition 13 passed in 1978, lowering property taxes for every home, apartment building, commercial structure, farm and parking...

Column: Regulating Medium-Term Rentals

By Avi Sinai Last month Santa Monica City Council announced that it is considering stricter regulations against ‘medium-term rentals.’ This is just one decision in...

The City Must Redo and Recirculate the EIR for the Massive Project at 4th...

Let’s just say it: This is Hines ALL OVER AGAIN! An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that doesn’t select qualified alternatives to the project that...

Will Asians Spur New Political Changes?

The same sort of panic that hit California’s Latinos after the 1994 passage of the anti-illegal immigrant Proposition 187 is now hitting many of...

Does Santa Monica’s New Water Ordinance “Hold Water”? (Part 2)

While few would question our City's need to conserve our precious water resources, some might take issue with the City's current strategy. As discussed...