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Category: Opinion


SMa.r.t. Column: Rocks Ahead

November 22, 2019

November 22, 2019

When a ship with full sails approaches a coastline in a dense fog, you can often hear the waves crashing...

New City Administration Building: Sustainable Design or Vanity Project?

November 14, 2019

November 14, 2019

Santa Monica’s residents may have noticed a new office structure that is nearing completion adjacent to our historic City Hall....

Six Big Lies Keeping the Real Estate Bubble Inflated (Part 2)

November 8, 2019

November 8, 2019

Last week’s SMa.r.t. article was from a guest columnist, Dick Platkin,  who is writing about the Big Lies that the...

Six Big Lies Keeping the Real Estate Bubble Inflated (Part 1)

November 1, 2019

November 1, 2019

Every so often SMart invites a guest columnist to write an article about local planning issues. This week and next...

The Plaza at Santa Monica’s Groundhog Day (Part 2)

October 24, 2019

October 24, 2019

Last week our colleague Thane Roberts, in a reprise of an article from four years ago, said: “Insanity was once...

SMa.r.t.: We Need a Real Plaza at Santa Monica

October 11, 2019

October 11, 2019

SMa.r.t. group’s note: The Plaza at Santa Monica project, at 5th and Arizona, has been generating controversy since it was...

SMa.r.t. Column: Downtown Deception

October 4, 2019

October 4, 2019

Three weeks ago the Planning Commission approved a 140 unit eight story skyscraper downtown which meets all the requirements of...

SMa.r.t. Column: Is Santa Monica’s Heart For Sale?

September 26, 2019

September 26, 2019

Following is the first of several articles previously written about a proposed hotel project in the center of our downtown....

SMa.r.t. Column: ENOUGH!

September 19, 2019

September 19, 2019

Residents are lamenting the turn our beach town has taken in the last few years, and sadly it is not...

SMa.r.t. Column: Civic Center Field Saga – Part 2

September 13, 2019

September 13, 2019

Last week’s article covered the start of the community effort to get a new multipurpose sports field at the corner...