Santa Monica Talks is the City’s front page: A forum to share community-centered news and events. Learn about what’s happening in your city and get involved!

  • 10 things you don’t want to miss at the Community Climate Action Summit

    The City of Santa Monica will be hosting its first ever Community Climate Action Summit on October 29th to galvanize support around it's forthcoming Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. This is an opportunity to collaborate on Santa Monica’s future environmental policy.

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  • A City Clerk’s Perspective on Why Voting Matters

    You’d be hard pressed to not have heard about the upcoming presidential election.  And most people think they only need to vote every four years.  But the issues that impact our daily lives are often decided by our local government.

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  • Inclusion and Economic Diversity in Santa Monica

    Throughout most of its history, one of Santa Monica’s hallmarks has been its economic diversity and spirit of inclusiveness...Today, the combination of changes in state law and strong market forces are threatening Santa Monica’s tradition of inclusiveness and diversity. 

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  • Drowning in Data

    We are drowning in data.  People took more than a billion photos last year, posting 250 million of them a day to Facebook.  We post 500 million Tweets per day.  This year Internet traffic will exceed one zettabyte.  That’s 1021bytes = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes.  It’s expected to double by 2019.

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  • SMPD Launches Body-worn Camera Pilot

    Policing that works hinges on maintaining public trust. That’s why I’m proud to announce that the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) is implementing a Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Pilot Program.

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  • Taking Action Now on Traffic

    Warm weather, an expanding economy and the strength of Santa Monica’s brand have attracted record numbers of visitors to our Downtown this summer.  If you think traffic has never been this bad, you are not alone.  Our traffic professionals say they've never seen this number of people and volume of traffic, especially on Twilight Concert Series nights. We want both residents and visitors to enjoy their experience -- and particularly to encourage them not to drive, especially into the heart of Downtown. Ultimately the answer is not to make it easier to drive and park in Downtown – it is to make it easier to use all the other options we are promoting with our GoSaMo efforts. 

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