Protected: 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...

So Now What?

The case was tried, the decision is in, and the City lost. The judge has ordered that all future City Council elections be district...

Does Santa Monica’s new Water Ordinance “Hold Water”? (Part 1)

While some natural resources may be optional, water is not one of them. Our body is 60 percent water and cannot survive without it....

Should Undocumented Have All Rights? Brown Said No

There is a school of thought, mostly pushed by Latino activist politicians, which says undocumented immigrants contribute to American life and prosperity and therefore...

Newsom: Income Equality State’s Biggest Problem

More than a year before he won election as California’s next governor, Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom did not hesitate for a moment when asked what’s...

Keep Our Canvas Colorful!

Santa Monica has long been celebrated as an Arts Community where diversity and creativity are prized. The Arts at Bergamot Station, the Santa Monica...

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...