City Council Is Ho Hum

Share with othersTweet At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, the Council and City staff did not discuss any of the major issues facing Santa Monica. The General Plan revision, the rising traffic congestion, the proposed Civic Center Village project, the removal of over 50 healthy trees from downtown streets and the continuing plight of long-time renters who make too much money to qualify for affordable housing and not enough money to buy a house or condominium were not... Read More

Suspect Arrested in Rape. Robbery Case

Share with othersTweet 14 hours after a Santa Monica woman was robbed and sexually assaulted in her home in the 1100 block of Princeton Avenue, a suspect was in custody. The suspect left the victim’s house in her Mercedes convertible shortly after 2 a.m. yesterday morning. At 4 p.m. that afternoon, patrol officers from the Santa Monica Police Department with the assistance Oxnard Police Department officers arrested the suspect. He was apprehended in the victim’s car in the... Read More

An Exaltation of Morons

Share with othersTweet According to a story in the Santa Monica Daily Press, the second annual Convention and Visitors Bureau beach summit was held Tuesday, as part of a continuing effort to create “a new identity for Santa Monica that can be marketed to tourists around the world and to those right here at home… [as well as} a brand for Santa Monica that conveys a powerful message to consumers, enticing them to come back time and time again. .. “The current brand promise... Read More

Resident Robbed, Sexually Assaulted at Home

Share with othersTweet A Santa Monica woman was sexually assaulted and robbed in her house on Thursday night. The woman told Santa Monica police officers that when she arrived home at 10 p.m. her house had been ransacked and she was confronted by a man armed with a knife who tied her up and sexually assaulted her. At 2:10 a.m. Friday morning, the man took the woman’s ATM card and left in her car, a tan 2003 Mercedes Benz SL 500 convertible with California license plate... Read More

City Loggers Attack…Again

Share with othersTweet As everybody knows by now, a great many residents are opposed to City Hall’s plan to remove about 50 healthy ficus and palm trees from Second and Fourth Streets in downtown Santa Monica as part of an $8.2 million downtown “beautification” plan. Some of the opponents recently staged a protest, posting “Save This Tree” placards on the targeted trees, and they have vowed to chain themselves to the trees on the appointed day to prevent their removal. In... Read More

Santa Monica Writer”s 10th Book Is Published

Share with othersTweet Barbara Abercrombie’s latest book, “Courage & Craft: Writing Your Life Into Story” has just been published by New World Library. By our count, it’s the Santa Monica resident’s tenth book. She teaches creative writing in the Writing Program/UCLA Extension, and at the Wellness Community. Abercrombie will celebrate the publication of her latest book on Friday, October 12th at Dutton’s Brentwood Books. Things will get underway at 7 p.m.  Read More

Grading the City’s Report Card

Share with othersTweet Some City Hall documents are designed to explicitly trumpet its accomplishments – real and imagined, while implicitly chastising the rest of us for not doing more. The third annual “Sustainable City Report Card,” which was released last week, is such a document. Herewith, our First Annual Report Card on the Sustainable City Report Card. Resource Conservation According to the City Report Card, “Solid waste generation exceeds the Sustainable City... Read More

Good News for Buses…But…!

Share with othersTweet According to a story in SurfSanta Monica, “The Big Blue Bus will break ground next week on a new eco-friendly maintenance facility that will service a growing fleet and features solar panels, reclaimed water and recycled materials. “The 66,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility…will feature 5,000 square feet of offices…20 new repair bays, including two chassis wash bays, The new maintenance facility will feature locker rooms, a training room,... Read More

Tour of Local Landmarks Set

Share with othersTweet Space is still available on the Landmarks bus tour, September 30th, 2 to 5 p.m. that will feature many of Santa Monica’s historic treasures, as well as some unusual sites. Highlights of the tour include the Strick House, the only work in the U.S. of famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the controversial Teriton Apartments on San Vicente Boulevard and the town’s historic landmark trees. Tour goers will also see historic hotels, buildings and houses... Read More

Whither the Weather 9/21 – 9/26

Share with othersTweet By Ava Tramer Beaches RAIN?!?!?!?! And then sunny and clear Highs: 67-71; Lows: 55-58 Inland Clear and hot Highs: 73-90; Lows: 50-58 Deserts Clear and gradually hotter Highs: 81-100; Lows: 57-74 And Santa Monica… Something unique is about to happen in our fair city. It’s positively rare for us to have an occurrence like this. It will be fresh, it will be different, and it would be totally unexpected if I didn’t happen to be warning you about it right... Read More