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From Peaceful Protest to the Rabble: Anger Burns at the Beach A Mother’s Tale

June 4, 2020

June 4, 2020

By Julie A. Werner-Simon My 16-year-old daughter joined with fellow Santa Monica High School students on Sunday to protest the...

Santa Monica Overwhelmed

June 4, 2020

June 4, 2020

“Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech…or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition...

A Fresh Start for a City Mired in Old Solutions

May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

When the COVID financial crisis struck it cut the city’s income in half, causing widespread layoffs and suspension of popular services....

Letter to Editor: Protect Santa Monica Seniors

May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

Dear Editor, As a long-time resident of Santa Monica, I raised my daughters and worked as an educator for close...

Landmarks Commission Dead or Alive?

May 22, 2020

May 22, 2020

As undoubtedly you’ve heard, the City of Santa Monica and therefore its residents have entered a disastrous multi-year dive because...

SMa.r.t. Column: Out of Chaos, Rebirth!

May 14, 2020

May 14, 2020

“We’re still out here, kicking and screaming,” a resident wrote to me, repeating her email to the Planning Commission about...

Virus Proving How Disastrous SB 50 Could Have Been

May 4, 2020

May 4, 2020

As Californians shelter at home, eagerly awaiting the eventual reopening of myriad businesses and hoping for the quick rehire of...

SMa.r.t. Column: The Budget Hits The Fan!

May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020

Wow! Our city faces unprecedented amounts of high drama over the next seven weeks as a byproduct of the COVID-19...

Column: Newsom Loses Transparency, Unity It Brought

April 30, 2020

April 30, 2020

Californians have shown with great clarity during the coronavirus pandemic that if they’re convinced something needs to be done, they’ll...

Column: COVID-19 Protestors are Health Insurrectionists: They Endanger Public Health

April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020

(Updated as of Sunday Evening, April 26, 2020, revising death and confirmed cases since published print version, Friday, April 24,...