Planners to Placemake May 7

Share with othersTweet The City will hold a community-wide workshop on Monday, May 7, at 7 p.m., at the Santa Monica Civic Audit- oriun, which it describes as “the next step in the Land Use and Circulation Elements (LUCE) process.” Santa Monica’s Planning and Community Development Department is currently focusing on what it calls “neighborhood outreach and building consensus on ‘Placemaking’ through a series of community-wide workshops. Read More  Read More

SROs Surge, City Reacts

Share with othersTweet If voters had approved state proposition 90 in the election last fall, California cities’ ability to control their own growth and development would have been diminished. Several weeks before the election, in an effort to blunt the potential negative impacts of Prop 90 locally, the Santa Monica City Council imposed more stringent limits on development in most residential and some commercial zones, but excluded “preferred projects,” including affordable... Read More

Why We’re Here

Share with othersTweet Call us sentimental, or naïve, but we not only believe, we insist that residents should have the first, and last, word in Santa Monica. Evidence accumulates that City Hall disagrees. Our elected and appointed officials make a great show of their interest in “community input” and their Herculean efforts at “community outreach,” but, after all the outreach and input are done, City Hall usually does what it wants to do, not what we want it to do. Our... Read More

Santa Monica: 21st Century Anytown, USA

Share with othersTweet photo credit by Jake Samuel I was driving up PCH this morning…..the tide being too low to surf Bay St. I was driving up to Will Rogers to trail run. As I passed the Jonathan Club, I looked to my left and saw the turquoise wrought iron security gate in front of a generic condo building with the word “Sorrento” arched across the top. And then I thought, “Who even knows how beautiful and simple the Sorrento Beach Grill that stood for years on... Read More

Questions Without Answers

Share with othersTweet Why has the Santa Monica Library chosen only one authentic work of literature for its Citywide Reads program in five years? The 1973 “Save Our Piers Forever” Initiative that was sponsored and approved by voters stated that the Santa Monica Pier could not be demolished or altered without the approval of voters. Why is the City proposing significant alterations to he Pier Bridge without seeking voters’ approval? Why is City Hall so determined to reduce... Read More

We’re BAAACK!

Share with othersTweet photo credit OPINION Since we went silent a year ago, a lot has happened, but, unfortunately, nothing’s changed. It’s Time for a Change Santa Monica is a legendary beach town. It was founded in 1875 as a simple real estate development. Five generations of bright, talented, devoted, diverse residents have made it a gorgeous, complex, idiosyncratic, grandly volatile and deeply satisfying place to live and work — perfectly located on the ocean, small... Read More

Homelessness on CityTV

Share with othersTweet Homelessness will be the subject of a new live call-in show that will make its debut on Wednesday, April 25 at noon on CityTV cable channel 16 in Santa Monica and LA36 cable channel 36 in Los Angeles. Hosted by Stephen Solomon and Ralph Saltsman,”It’s Your Call: Homelessness in Our Community” will combine phone calls from viewers and interviews with local experts on homelessness. The series will run until June 13. “Homelessness is the... Read More

Citywide Reads Takes Trip

Share with othersTweet According to a City press release, “Santa Monica Citywide Reads, a community reading program that invites everyone in Santa Monica to read and discuss the same novel in book clubs and other related events held throughout the city,” began April 18 and will run through May 19. In its fifth year, the program is spotlighting a novel by a woman for the first time, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. The Time Traveler’s Wife is described... Read More

Airport Park Takes Off

Share with othersTweet The City of Santa Monica will hold the grand opening of Airport Park on Sunday, April 29, It’s the first new park to open in Santa Monica in 24 years. Scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m., the community party will feature a performance by the Belle Air Brass, food from the two airport restaurants, Typhoon and the Spitfire Grill, soccer on the three-acre synthetic turf field, and a dog obedience demonstration near the off-leash dog area. The 8.3-acre park is located... Read More

Action at 415…Finally

Share with othersTweet In 1929, publisher William Randolph Hearst commissioned architect Julia Morgan, who designed his famed San Simeon, to design a beach house on Santa Monica’s Gold Coast for his mistress, movie star Marion Davies. It was a pretty elaborate beach house – a main house, three guest houses – with a total of 118 rooms and 58 bathrooms, two swimming pools, tennis courts, dog kennels and garages. When Davies sold it in 1957, it became a hotel and then the... Read More