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Category: Opinion


SMa.r.t. Column: Does Increased Density Lead to Increased Affordability?

June 18, 2021

June 18, 2021

Much of recent debate in Santa Monica has centered around the idea that changing zoning in single-family zones would result...

Guest Columnist: A Perspective…

June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021

Six or so years ago,  I started reading some pieces in a local Santa Monica paper.  I was struck by...

Letters to Editor: Main Street Closures

June 7, 2021

June 7, 2021

The following are two letters sent to the Santa Monica Mirror, one in support and one in opposition, regarding a...

When Reality Meets the Housing Element

June 4, 2021

June 4, 2021

Affordability is the housing issue in Santa Monica (SM). Densification of the City is the primary objective of the draft...

Is Permanent Housing the Real Homeless Solution?

June 1, 2021

June 1, 2021

The ultimate goal of city and county agencies trying to solve California’s homeless problem is to get this transient populace...

SMa.r.t. Column: Community vs Commodity

May 27, 2021

May 27, 2021

The cost of housing in a capitalist society is primarily determined by who owns it. While housing can be bought,...

Opinion: A Man, a Mural, and a Mess

May 22, 2021

May 22, 2021

By Will South A mural is being covered over inside the historic landmark Santa Monica City Hall building. This decision...

SMa.r.t. Column: Everyone Has a Plan……

May 21, 2021

May 21, 2021

In the summer of 2010 your City adopted its Land Use and Circulation element (LUCE). This legal document, a product...

SMa.r.t. Column: Power to the People

May 13, 2021

May 13, 2021

Electrical power is now determining much of modern life from smartphones, to electric toothbrushes, to scooters to cars and beyond...

How to Heal the Soil and Why

May 11, 2021

May 11, 2021

By Andy Lopez We all know how important the vital role the soil plays in your plants’ health, trees, and...