Council Meeings Need Radical Redesign

Share with othersTweet A 20-year old piece of bad advice has become the mantra of the current City Council, as well as the rationale for the apparently endless nattering of Council members. A while ago, in the face of a rising tide of impatience at the excessive length of Council meetings, Council member Ken Genser cited the advice a School Board member gave him when he won his first term 20 years ago. She said that he should always remember that the meetings were for Council... Read More

Treesavers Lose in Court

Share with othersTweet In a hearing this morning, Superior Court Judge Ann Jones rejected Treesavers’ contention that the City of Santa Monica should be barred from removing 50-plus trees from Second and Fourth Streets in downtown Santa Monica. Treesavers, a group of Santa Monica residents, has been fighting to save the trees since the City Council approved their removal, as part of An $8.2 million downtown “improvement” plan several months ago. Over 2,000 residents have... Read More

Nude on the Promenade

Share with othersTweet According to LAObserved, a nude woman was seen on the Third Street Promenade at lunchtime today. She seemed to be posing for a camera.  Read More

Dutton’s to Close April 20

Share with othersTweet Store owner Doug Dutton met with his staff Sunday morning and gave each staff member a copy of the following statement. “It is with profound regret and sorrow that Dutton’s Brentwood Books must announce that it will be closing on April 30, 2008. “As our regular customers and friends well know, the past year for the store has been one of upheaval and turmoil. Hard on the heels of the closure of the Dutton’s Beverly Hills location came word that the... Read More

We Were Just Wondering…

Share with othersTweet A working group, City Council and staff members, consultants, Bayside District officials, and property and business owners have labored on and discussed a new “management plan” for downtown Santa Monica for what seems an eon, but has only been a year or so. But, according to a recent story by Jorge Casuso in SurfSantaMonica, a few “key points, including the makeup of the new board that will run the agreed proposed assessment district” have been... Read More


Share with othersTweet For the smartest, sharpest, most complete coverage of yesterday’s Independent Spirit Awards and today’s 80th Annual Academy Awards, go to The Oscars, hosted by John Stewart, will be broadcast on ABC-TV (channel 7) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.. It will be preceded by the red carpet show, which, if weather forecasts are accurate, will be as wet as they are witless (channel 7, from 3 to 5:30 p.m.). E! (channels 26 and 108 in Santa Monica)... Read More

Whither the Weather 2.23 – 2.29

Share with othersTweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Mostly sunny with a wet Sunday Highs: 57-67; Lows: 46-52 Inland Partly cloudy Highs: 60-74; Lows: 42-47 Deserts Sunny Highs: 66-79; Lows: 46-52 And Santa Monica… With March just around the corner, it may seem like sunshine is inevitable. Highs will reach the upper 60s this week, and in the deserts highs will rest just below 80. The skies will be mostly clear, with only a few puffball clouds happily floating to and fro. But before... Read More

Students Shine ar Council Meeting

Share with othersTweet As we reported earlier this week, the City Council denied the appeal of the Landmarks Commission’s denial of a landmark application filed by a residents’ group, Treesavers, for 50-plus ficus trees on Second and Fourth Streets that the City wants to remove. Over 40 residents spoke on behalf of the trees. Though the Council denied the appeal, given the vehement community opposition to the proposed removal of the trees, it could have reconsidered its... Read More

University Campus Choir Tunes Up

Share with othersTweet The University Campus Choir, under the direction of Alexander Ruggieri, will present “Sing of Spring,” the 2008 Silent Auction and Musicale, with musical performances by the Upstairs Studio Dancers as well as the Choir on Sunday, March 2. The auction will be held and High Tea will be served from 2 to 3 p.m. at which time the performance will begin. It will take place at the John Carroll Parish Center, St. Paul the Apostle Church, 10750 Ohio Avenue.... Read More

Trees Get Six-Day Reprive

Share with othersTweet With the City Council’s rejection of Treesavers’ appeal of the Landmarks Commission’s decision not to designate trees on two downtown stress as landmarks, the fate of 50-plus trees the City wants to remove returned to the courts. Treesavers and the City of Santa Monica were scheduled to appear in court today for a preliminary hearing on an injunction Treesavers is seeking. But at a hearing on the hearing Thursday, the court granted the request of Treesavers’... Read More