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 By Leonard Brophy    News    July 22, 2020

Kristen McCowan Appointed to Greg Morena's Seat on Santa Monica City Council

History was made on Tuesday when the majority of council members voted for Kristin McCowan to join them on the virtual dais. With that decision, McCowan became the first black Santa Monica council...

 
 By Leonard Brophy    News    July 1, 2020

As The Plaza is Tabled and a Seat is Vacated, Santa Monica City Council Shakeup Continues

Two months after Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole called it quits in the wake of the City's serious financial problems coming to light, another local official has stepped down. City Councilman...

 
 By Leonard Brophy    News    June 15, 2020

Movement to Remove SM Police Chief Renaud Gains Inevitable Momentum

With people protesting worldwide against police violence, the most liberal city in the United States will likely be experiencing major changes over the coming months. What specific direction the movem...

 

Santa Monica Unemployment Rate Mega Jumps From Covid-19

Santa Monica is doing better than the county as a whole but worse than the state in unemployment, according to the latest statistics from the California Employment Development Department. The EDD...

 
 By Leonard Brophy    News    June 5, 2020

George Floyd Looters Come to Santa Monica as "Demonstrations" Continue

Sunday afternoon began positively in Santa Monica with a peaceful march protesting police violence that moved down Ocean Avenue from the Montana Avenue intersection to Colorado Avenue and back. But...

 
 By Leonard Brophy    News    May 25, 2020

Good News Unless You're a Landlord: Forced Rent Freeze Could Be Coming

Never a stranger to trying to do things they have no legal authority to do, the Santa Monica Rent Control Board is thinking about instituting a rent freeze in Santa Monica. Board Chair Nicolle...

 
 By Leonard Brophy    Opinion    May 8, 2020

The Plaza at Santa Monica Project Would Positively Transform Our Downtown Area

Earlier this year back in a time when we were able to touch each other, then-City Attorney (now city manager) Lane Dilg put a halt to The Plaza at Santa Monica, a mixed-use development proposed for a...

 
 By Leonard Brophy    News    April 26, 2020

California Bans Protests as Coronavirus Lockdown Gets Political

Although there has been some grumbling online about the severe stay-at-home orders in Santa Monica, so far there has been no organized (or even disorganized) protesting on the city streets. That has...

 

Buying or Selling a Home? Expect to Struggle in the Era of Social Distancing and Covid-19

While most of us non-essential employees are staying at home, some people are trying to find a new place for more sitting around, playing video games, and spraying Easy Cheese straight into the mouth...

 

Paying Rent in the Corona Era: Why bother?

As we all sit at home surrounded by our family 24/7 while searching for excuses to leave the premises for a brief break, many of us are wondering in this city where more than 70 percent of the...

 

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