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...

Making SMa.r.t. Choices This Election

It's local election time and the Santa Monica Architects for a Responsible Tomorrow weigh in on several of the local candidates and issues. As...

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...