Sustaining Susstainability

Share with othersTweet To the City Council: A couple of years ago I read a City publication which boasted that Santa Monica was the fifth most sustainable city in the U.S. More recently I came across literature from City Hall which crowed that our town was one of the top ten sustainable municipalities in our country. Last I checked they don’t give out medals in horse races or beauty pageants to finishers out of the top three, so I don’t see why the government and the... Read More

City Schedules Transportation Workshop

Share with othersTweet The City of Santa Monica will hold a citywide community workshop focusing on how, in its words, transportation can help meet the community’s goals of sustainability, affordability and active recreation” on Thursday, December 6, from 6 to 9:00 p.m.. Part of the Planning and Community Development Department’s community outreach for the revision of the land use and circulation elements in the General Plan, the workshop will, in the City’s words,... Read More

Whither the weather 11/30 – 12/6

Share with othersTweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Extreme Highs: 58-70; Lows: 43-50 Inland Ranging from cool to hot Highs: 57-77; Lows: 36-46 Deserts Mostly sunny and warming Highs: 57-79; Lows: 40-55 And Santa Monica… Well, ladies and gentlemen, prepare yourselves for the unexpected, the very harsh, the most extreme, and the hardcore: this weekend will prove to be intense. Friday will bring a 30 percent chance of showers. Yes, showers. So drag out your rainboots and raincoats... Read More

Mr. Kucinich Comes to Town

Share with othersTweet The Santa Monica Democratic Club will host a campaign fundraiser for Dennis Kucinich, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, on Sunday, December 9. Kucinich, who will be joined by his wife Elizabeth, will meet the public and speak on his candidacy and issues facing the country and the world from 1 to 3 p.m. at 939 San Vicente Boulevard. Everyone is welcome. Free parking is available. Refreshments will be served. Contributions will be... Read More

Landmark and Trailer Park

Share with othersTweet In addition to hearing the first reading of an ordinance banning larger jets from Santa Monica Airport (story below), the City Council made some other significant decisions at its Tuesday night meeting. First, it denied an Appeal of the Landmarks Commission designation of a garden apartment at 423-431 Ocean Avenue as a City Landmark. Later, despite eloquent appeals by its residents and the objections of other members of the public, the Council directed... Read More

Babble On By the Bay

Share with othersTweet As has happened at almost every City Council meeting recently. Mayor Richard Bloom re-opened the public session of Tuesday’s City Council meeting by apologizing for the Council’s tardy return. Then he and other Council members examined the evening’s agenda for items that might be continued to a future meeting in order to end the session by midnight. The examination included lengthy conversations about several agenda items, so even as the Council... Read More

City Acts to Ban Big Jets

Share with othersTweet by Brian Bland Friends of Sunset Park Board member Years of community effort to make the Santa Monica Airport safer for residents and pilots paid off when the City Council unanimously approved a ban on the largest, fastest, jets currently using the airport. The move came Tuesday night on the first reading of an ordinance that will become law after a second reading in January. The 7-0 vote to approve the ban came despite a last-minute threat from the Federal... Read More

Conservancy Party Is Sunday

Share with othersTweet This year’s Santa Monica Conservancy holiday party will be held in one of Santa Monica’s most beautifully restored and renovated Craftsman houses. The house is owned and has been meticulously restored by Diane and Victor Fresco. It’s located at 514 Palisades Avenue. Among the party’s highlights will be refreshments, live piano music, and a silent auction of artworks to benefit the Conservancy’s Shotgun House restoration project. The party... Read More

Meeting on “Village” Is Thursday

Share with othersTweet The City has scheduled a community meeting on Thursday, November 29, At 7 p.m. at the Ken Edwards Center. According to a City press release, the purpose of the meeting is “to review the design for the Civic Center Village residential project, an approximately 325-unit mixed use housing and commercial project, including both for sale units and affordable rental units, related commercial uses, and public open space in the Santa Monica Civic Center. “The... Read More

Malibu Burns Again

Share with othersTweet Malibu had just recovered from the wildfires that roared down its canyons to the beach about a month ago, when a new wildfire powered by cold Santa Ana winds raced through the canyons and over the mountains early Saturday. The fire started at 3;30 a.m. at the head of Corral Canyon and ranged wide, burning about 4,600 acres and destroying 49 houses and three other structures. At one point, over 14,000 people had been evacuated. But, by late afternoon, fire... Read More