City Needs New Political Party

Share with othersTweet Santa Monica needs a second political party. News media rarely call for new political parties – at least not overtly. We’re taking the unusual step, because Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) has been the only political game in town for nearly three decades, and in that time residents have been gradually reduced to bit players in the civic drama, and we find that profoundly disturbing. Sunday, we posted a screed that we ran in the Dispatch... Read More

Judge Blocks City’s Jet Ban

Share with othersTweet by Brian Bland, FOSP Board member and FOSP Airport Committee member A federal judge has blocked the City of Santa Monica from enforcing its ban on the fastest kinds of jets using Santa Monica Airport (SMO), at least temporarily. The ban, unanimously approved by the City Council, was to have gone into effect on April 24. The Federal Aviation Administration filed a cease-and-desist order against the city and went to federal court to ask for a temporary restraining... Read More

Nightmare on the Way

Share with othersTweet Pacific Coast Highway from McClure Tunnel in Santa Monica to Malibu is simultaneously one of the most beautiful drives in the world, and one of the worst. More and more hours on more and more days, it’s bumper-to-bumper traffic all the way. And it’s about to get worse than worst. The City of Santa Mnica, the City of Los Angeles, the L.A. Department of Water and Power, Caltrans. LADOT and the City of Malibu have embarked on a series of major and unprecedented... Read More

Déjà vu All Over Again

Share with othersTweet In April, 2007, we posted the first round of articles in the Santa Monica Dispatch, a blog. One of the first articles was “We’re BAAACK,” which called for changes we believed were vital, if we were to preserve this iconic beach town. Sadly, the article remains wholly relevant, as there has been lots of commotion in the year just passed, but none of the changes we called for has been made. Herewith, the article, as it appeared in April, 2007. Read... Read More

City, FAA To Meet in Court

Share with othersTweet By Cathy Larson For Friends of Sunset Park On March 26, the day after the Santa Monica City Council voted to implement a new Airport Safety Ordinance that would ban the faster C and D class aircraft, the FAA presented the City with an Order-to-Show-Cause. The City was required to respond within ten days. The documentation was prepared and presented to the FAA. The City prepared and sent out notices to the Airport Users that the new ordinance would go... Read More


Share with othersTweet Assembled by Zina Josephs Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27– 11 AM to 4 PM 2008 Celebration For The Arts! Santa Monica Pier (presented by the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation) Music, drama, dance performances, and original art, by SMMUSD students! Mural painting, face painting, silent auction, artisan vendors, celebrities from Disney & Nickolodeon Admission is FREE! ************************************************************************************ Saturday,... Read More

Whither the Weather 4/25 – 5/1

Share with othersTweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Warm and mostly sunny Highs: 64-76; Lows: 50-59 Inland Hot and sunny Highs: 73-94; Lows: 47-57 Deserts Very hot and sunny Highs: 84-100; Lows: 60-72 And Santa Monica… Lovely weather ahoy, me hearties! Santa Monica has scored some sunny booty this week, as our favorite glowing piece of eight will shine brightly in the sky all week long. Hot temperatures in the high 70s will visit us over the weekend, but as next week progresses,... Read More

RIFT Headed for Ballot

Share with othersTweet A few hours ago, members of the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City turned in 10,295 signatures, or nearly twice the number needed, in support of a ballot measure to the City Clerk’s office. The deadline for the submission was today. By law, signatures of 10 percent of registered Santa Monica voters, or 5,800 signatures, are needed, and the signatures must be verified by the City Clerk. Since the Coalition has submitted twice the requisite... Read More

City Council 10, School District 0

Share with othersTweet Late last spring, three parents of children with special needs, appeared before the City Council and described the pain, emotional abuse, isolation and fear that they and their children had suffered as participants in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s special education program. Their horrifying and heart-breaking stories moved Council members Bob Holbrook, Herb Katz and Bobby Shriver to take immediate action. They proposed withholding... Read More

Council to Grade District Tonight

Share with othersTweet Thanks to the thoroughly addled City Council agenda order, the most significant item was scheduled dead last at the April 8 meeting. At the last minute, it was continued to tonight’s meeting. It’s still the most significant item, but it will be heard early in the evening. It, of course, is the Council’s first take on the independent study of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s special education program that it mandated last year. The... Read More