City Mobility Plan in Freefall

Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City’s  (SMCLC) Diana Gordon wrote this wide-reaching report on Santa Monica’s troubled Mobility Plan. SMart shares it with...

From the City’s Desk: Oct. is Disability Employment Awareness Month

By Santa Monica City Disability Commission As we note October’s promise of a changing season, we note too, this is Disability Employment Awareness month....

The School Bond Challenge

In about four weeks we will be voting on a school bond. This $485 million bond will cost over a billion dollars by the...

Why the Ballot Lacks Props That Could Have Been

Folks with little faith in California voters have won at least a partial victory this year. For decades, since the great Progressive (a tag...

Uncontrolled Mobility Experiment

    After about a year of exposure to E-scooters, the City has approved a one year “study” involving up to 2000 scooters. The entire City: visitors,...

Bull in China Shop, or Wrecking Ball? 

I was lamenting the turn our beach town has taken in the last few years. Sadly, not for the better. Crime is up significantly....

California May Soon Assume Proper Presidential Role

By Thomas D. Elias For all three decades since Ronald Reagan left the presidency, California has been all but irrelevant at the top level of...

Memorial Park Master Plan

As you may have heard, Santa Monica is currently planning to expand Memorial Park northward into the 3 acres formerly known as the Fisher...

How Much Anti-Semitism Will College Students See?

By Thomas D. Elias It’s almost fall, and college students are back on many campuses around California, with the rest due to return soon. College...

Not Waiting for Sacramento to Tackle Pension Liability

By Rick Cole City Manager When it comes to assets and liabilities, the City of Santa Monica has one of the strongest balance sheets among the...