Read Our Weekly Column in the Santa Monica Daily Press

"Now that Santa Monica has the Expo line, let's do transit right," By Santa Monica Forward (May 24, 2016)

"LUVE initiative would undermine democracy," By Santa Monica Forward (May 3, 2016)

"No LUVE for Santa Monica Renters," By Santa Monica Forward (April 26, 2016)

"NO LUVE for Affordable Housing," By Santa Monica Forward (April 12, 2016)

"Santa Monica Forward opposes the LUVE initiative; here’s why," (April 6, 2016)

"Santa Monica Forward's Thoughts on the Downtown Community Plan," by Santa Monica Forward (March 16, 2016)

"A future with Real Transportation Options," By Santa Monica Forward (February 23, 2016)

"Continuing the Santa Monica tradition of fighting homelessness," By Santa Monica Forward (February 2, 2016)

"Urban acupuncture, open space, and transforming Santa Monica’s public realm," By Santa Monica Forward (January 26, 2016)

"Working toward a more equitable future for all," By Santa Monica Forward (January 19, 2016)

"Helping our homeless neighbors," By Santa Monica Forward (January 12, 2016)

"Grateful people in a fortunate city," By Santa Monica Forward (December 29, 2015)

"Making our streets safer requires education, enforcement," by Santa Monica Forward (December 15, 2015)

"In search of solutions to Santa Monica's housing Affordability Crisis," By Santa Monica Forward (December 8, 2015)

"Preserving the past while looking to the future," By Santa Monica Forward (November 24, 2015)

"Designing the future of learning," by Santa Monica Forward (November 10, 2015)

"Will you join us in committing to a Vision Zero future?" by Santa Monica Forward (October 27, 2015)

"Santa Monica is overdue for its own 'open streets' celebration," By Santa Monica Forward (October 20, 2015)

"A once-in-a-lifetime chance to create the downtown we deserve," By Santa Monica Forward (October 13, 2015)

"Hack the beach: Time to recode Santa Monica" By Santa Monica Forward (October 6, 2015)

"A lesson in compassion in Pope Francis’ U.S. visit" By Santa Monica Forward (September 29, 2015)

"Let's Keep California's Golden Gate Open" By Santa Monica Forward (September 22, 2015)

"Renewing our commitment to equity in education and access to opportunity" By Santa Monica Forward (September 15, 2015)

"Preserving our community's character" By Santa Monica Forward (September 1, 2015)

"Setting our priorities, remembering our values" by Santa Monica Forward (August 25, 2015)

"Governing by the facts" By Santa Monica Forward (August 18, 2015)

"Santa Monica needs to lead the way in reducing emissions, increasing clean energy" BY SANTA MONICA FORWARD (August 11, 2015)

"Three cheers for the summer Pier concerts" BY SANTA MONICA FORWARD (August 4, 2015)

"The legacy of rent control in Santa Monica" BY SANTA MONICA FORWARD (July 28, 2015)

"The need for workforce housing in Santa Monica" BY SANTA MONICA FORWARD (July 21, 2015)

"The truth about affordable housing in Santa Monica" BY SANTA MONICA FORWARD (July 14, 2015)

"In praise of good leadership on new vaccine law" BY SANTA MONICA FORWARD (July 7, 2015)

"A week of progress in America" BY SANTA MONICA FORWARD (June 30, 2015)

"In Charleston, A Lesson for Santa Monica" by Santa Monica Forward (June 23, 2015)

"Summer is Santa Monica's Time to Shine" By Santa Monica Forward (June 16, 2015)

"Our Streets are for Everyone" By Santa Monica Forward (June 9, 2015)

"Welcome Aboard, Rick Cole" by Santa Monica Forward (June 2, 2015)

Losing ground in the fight against traffic, high rents” by Santa Monica Forward (May 27, 2015) 

Helping family members — even when they’re not close” by Ernie Powell (May 28, 2015)

Silicon Beach City Hall” by Santa Monica Forward (May 19, 2015)

Letter: Santa Monica’s Housing Quandary” by Daniel Shenise (May 16, 2015)

Sustainable Planning Essential to Combating Climate Change” by Santa Monica Forward (May 12, 2015)

Early Childhood Education Center Will Benefit Santa Monica” by Don Girard (May 6, 2015) 

Living Well in Santa Monica” by Mayor Kevin McKeown (April 29, 2015)

Who Speaks for All Santa Monica Residents?” by Santa Monica Forward (April 29, 2015)

Office Conversions Won’t Solve Affordable Housing Dilemma” by Leslie Lambert (April 28, 2015)

Bounded Social Justice” by Santa Monica Forward (April 21, 2015)

Why I Support Santa Monica Forward” by Natalya Zernitskaya (April 15, 2015)

Santa Monica is for Everyone” by Santa Monica Forward (April 4, 2015)

Santa Monica Forward opposes the LUVE initiative; here’s why

The people of Santa Monica face a challenge to our decades-long tradition of grassroots community engagement, progressive planning, and responsible, forward-looking governance. That challenge comes in the form of the so-called LUVE initiative. The initiative is a shortsighted reaction to a complex set of issues facing our community and, if it passes, will have long-lasting and potentially devastating consequences in coming decades.

Taking It To The Streets

As Santa Monica begins to feel the effects of the global climate change crisis -- hotter summers, longer droughts, and increasingly extreme weather events -- our focus on thinking globally and acting locally becomes especially urgent. Climate change represents a challenge to all generations, and we must be willing to meet that challenge with direct action. It is a fight we’re willing to take to the streets, literally.

Santa Monica is overdue for its own “open streets” celebration

With the Expo opening to Santa Monica in a just a few months, our Bike Action Plan transforming our streetscape into a multimodal one, our Pedestrian Action Plan moving forward, and Breeze Bike Share, the county’s first such bike-share program, launching city-wide in just a few weeks, Santa Monica is undergoing a mobility sea change.

Are you coming to our fall mixer this weekend?

Join Santa Monica Forward, Santa Monica Next, and Santa Monica Spoke on Sunday, October 11 starting at 3 p.m. for an afternoon of drinks, food, and bike-related fun! Address will be provided with RSVP to SantaMonicaForward@gmail.com.

Come mingle with friends and neighbors. We will have a chance to hear from city staff about Santa Monica's new bike-share system and the city's bike action plan from city officials.

Then, stick around for a special presentation by Vancouver's Modacity around 5 p.m., hosted by Santa Monica Next and Santa Monica Spoke, about the emerging bike culture in the Canadian city.

"Modacity‘s Melissa and Chris Bruntlett will tell that inspiring story via words, images and films, including what it means for car-lite, multi-modal families such as their own. They will also share ideas and lessons Angelenos can take home, and help build a bike culture worth bragging to the world about."

Walk, bike or take transit. The location is served by multiple bus -- both BBB and Metro -- lines. There is also on-street parking, a surface lot nearby, and underground parking.

New Group Wants “Diverse, Sustainable and Equitable” Future for Santa Monica

A volunteer group of community members, residents and local activists has come together to stand up for a positive vision of Santa Monica’s future.

 Santa Monica Forward, the new organization, is a growing partnership of people who support the values that have made Santa Monica what it is today and want to make sure that those values continue to shape the future of this city.

 “Residents and community members came together to create Santa Monica Forward because there are many people who believe in the Santa Monica we know and love,” said former mayor Judy Abdo, a long-time resident and one of the founders of Santa Monica Forward.

 “Santa Monica today is diverse, sustainable and equitable,” she said. “Thanks to the good work and diligence of community leaders, residents and activists in the past, Santa Monica is a wonderful place to live.”

 “We, in Santa Monica Forward, came together to help build on all the good work of the past to shape an inclusive and forward-looking community in the future,” Abdo said.

 Santa Monica Forward grew out of many people in the community meeting in various small groups to discuss the need to affirm what makes Santa Monica unique, a long-standing commitment to diversity in the broadest sense, to social and economic justice, to affordable education for all from newborns to seniors and to a healthy and sustainable environment.

 “We came together because we believe that a progressive city thrives only with a fact-based, inclusive and civil public discourse that respects the many viewpoints of residents, workers and members of the broader community,” said Juan Matute, a resident and another founder of Santa Monica Forward.

 “I don’t feel as though my views are being represented in much of the public dialogue,” he said. “That’s disconcerting when I hear people say they are speaking for all residents.”

 Whether Santa Monica will continue its many forward-looking policies will be determined in the upcoming months as the city prepares to comprehensively update its zoning ordinance for the first time in 30 years.

 “We are shaping the Santa Monica of 2050, not 1950,” said Abdo. “We owe it to future generations to make sure that they can live in a Santa Monica that is even better than the one we live in today.”