2007: The Year City Hall Vetoed the People

Tweet By any measure, Santa Monica City Hall’s most significant accomplishment In 2007 was vetoing the residents. It has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars staging “community workshops” that are run by visiting “facilitators,” who know little about Santa Monica but a great deal about rigging the workshops and manipulating participants to get the responses the City wants. The responses are further diluted or adjusted when they are run through the City filter, interpreted,... Read More

Whither the Weather 12/28 – 1/4

Tweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Mostly sunny and gradually warming Highs: 58-67; Lows: 45-51 Inland Partly cloudy Highs: 60-70; Lows: 37-43 Deserts Sunny Highs: 60-71; Lows: 40-50 And Santa Monica… As the new year dawns so hopeful and bright, Be warned that New Year’s Eve will be chilly at night. Under your sparkles and suits and nice hair, Remember to wear good ol’ long underwear. As the clock strikes midnight, and people do cheer, We’ll all hope for sunshine in the upcoming... Read More

Treesavers Dub 2008 “Year if the Trees”

Tweet Treesavers will proclaim 2008 the “The Year of the Trees” at a mobilization meeting and vigil on Thursday, January 3, 2008. The vigil will begin at 5 p.m. in front of the Natural Resources Defense Council at 1314 Second Street around one of the threatened Ficus trees. The mobilization meeting is scheduled to take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the NRDC Center. Read More SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Treesavers Dub 2008 “Year if the Trees”", url: "http://www.santamonicadispatch.com/2007/12/treesavers-dub-2008-year-if-the-trees/"... Read More

More Trees, Less Bush

Tweet “More Trees, Less Bush” will be the theme of a New Year’s Eve peace and environmental celebration e on Monday, December 31, at 7 p.m. at The Church in Ocean Park. The celebration will feature the “Pre-Primary Comedy Review,” with comedians Rick Overton, Denise Munro Robb, David Zasloff and Larry Hankin.The all-activist band The Peace Tree with Steve Fine, Dennis Davis and other longtime peace and environmental activist musicians will play. Singer and KPFK-FM... Read More

Kennerly on Today Show Wednesday

Tweet Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly will appear on the Today Show Wednesday, December 26, the first anniversary of President Gerald Ford’s death. The Santa Monica resident is scheduled to appear in the 8:30 a.m. segment during a celebration of the 38th President’s life. Kennerly’s new book, “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford,” has just been published by the Center for American History, The University... Read More

Candlelight Vigil Christmas Eve At Arlington West

Tweet Veterans for Peace. LA chapter, will hold a candlelight vigil at Arlington West Memorial at nightfall on Christmas Eve, December 24. Located on the beach just north of the Santa Monica Pier, Arlington West is an ever-enlarging field of crosses that honors the American soldiers who’ve been killed in the Iraqi war. Veterans for Peace volunteers have set it up every Sunday and on certain holidays since February, 2004. This weekend, it will be set up Sunday, December 23,... Read More

Whither the Weather 12/21-12/27

Tweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Mostly sunny Highs: 59-67; Lows: 40-48 Inland Clear and sunny Highs: 58-67; Lows: 32-38 Deserts Warm and clear Highs: 60-70; Lows: 39-46 And Santa Monica… Well folks, I know you had your hopes up that maybe, just maybe, we’d have a white Christmas this year. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. And we won’t even have white clouds in the sky: Christmas will be clear and sunny, with a high... Read More

Ling Keeps Seat on CRA

Tweet Despite efforts by two Los Angeles City Council members to block her reappointment to the Community Redevelopment Agency Commission, Joan Ling, executive director of the Community Corporation of Santa Monica, was reappointed today by a 10-4 vote of the Council’s housing, community and economic development committee. Following her reappointment, Ling told the Dispatch, “I want to be a commissioner who is fiscally responsible for city resources and socially responsible... Read More

Pillars Rise at 415

Tweet The first visible signs of the resurrection of the long dormant beach club at 415 Pacific Coast Highway were scheduled to rise Monday morning, signaling a new chapter in its long, tangled history. Sixteen monumental white pillars that are meant to evoke the iconic white columns of the original Marion Davies estate were to l be installed over a two- day period, Each of the 29-foot tall pillars was pre-cast off-site from a special brilliant white concrete mixture. The estate... Read More

Cuban Film To Be Shown

Tweet As part of the Cuban film series, the Los Angeles Coalition in Solidarity with Cuba will screen “Viva Cuba,” directed by Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti, on Friday, December 21. The film focuses on the friendship between a young upper class girl and a young boy from a poor, proud socialist family, and their efforts to prevent the girl’s mother from leaving Cuba. 80 minutes Spanish with English subtitles The film will be shown at the home of Rachel Sene and Jay Johnson... Read More