Whither the Weather 5/31 – 6/7

Share with othersTweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Sunny and warm Highs: 68-71; Lows: 54-63 Inland Clear and hot Highs: 82-89; Lows: 53-61 Deserts Hot and sunny Highs: 96-100; Lows: 66-74 And Santa Monica… May is over, and summer is on the horizon. And as we move to the new season, we’ll have a week of the best kind of Santa Monica weather. The days will be warm, not too hot and not too cold. The evenings will be mild, perhaps a bit nippy (let’s call it refreshing) but never... Read More

Treesavers, Unite!

Share with othersTweet By Jerry Rubin Sure it’s a grind. These meetings! In fact, the entire Treesavers campaign has been and will continue to be A GRIND. But we’ve all met some top-notch, dedicated tree-loving activists and ,in all probability, made some lifetime friends. And we’ve given our best for our trees. And you and I know that we will give our very best for our trees as we continue on this worthy but long and grinding road. What more can we expect... Read More

The Essential Sydney Pollack

Share with othersTweet Sydney Pollack paid tribute to himself this week. He didn’t mean to. He was far too wary, too skittish, too modest to do anything that brazen, but the last film he worked on, “Recount,” premiered on HBO o n Sunday and Pollack, 73, died on Monday of cancer ay home in the Palisades. If you haven’t seen “Recount,” you must see it, If you have seen it, see it again. It’s an account of the vote count mess in Florida in 2000 that led to the Supremes... Read More

KPFK to Broadcast Live from Arlington West Today

Share with othersTweet The Memorial Day tributes to casualties of the Iraqi War at the Veterans for Peace Arlington West ,Memorial on the beach just north of the Santa Monica Pier will include a live broadcast, “Heroes of Peace,” from the beach by KPFK/Pacifica Radio from 12:30 to 3 p.m. today, Sunday, May 25. . The public is invited to attend the broadcast, which will be moderated by Lila Garrett. Scheduled to speak are Ron Kovic, Vietnam War veteran and writer,... Read More

Council Studies Budget; Bloom Plays Pangloss

Share with othersTweet The Santa Monica City Council spent Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights in a marathon “study session,” during which it heard City Manager Lamont Ewell and department heads delineate their take ob how we will live and what we will live for in fiscal year 2008-2009 as made manifest in the proposed $521 budget. Ewell got the proceedings off to a fast start by crediting Santa Monica’s relatively strong performance in the current weak economic climate... Read More

Whither the Weather 5/24 – 5/30

Share with othersTweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Mostly sunny and mild Highs: 61-64; Lows: 52-56 Inland Mostly sunny and warm Highs: 66-80; Lows: 49-53 Deserts Clear and hot Highs: 79-93; Lows: 58-68 And Santa Monica… Well folks, let me tell you, way back when, when I was a wee little kiddie, I remember playin’ stickball in the ol’ back yard with my brother. It was a warm summer’s day in Santa Monica, an’ we were havin’ a rolickin’ good time playn’ ball. But then,... Read More

State Parks Director Comes to Topanga

Share with othersTweet The Campaign to Save Topanga State Park and Environment California have scheduled a “press event” to follow the finish of the 30th Annual Tough Topanga 10k Run. On Saturday, May 24, at 9:30 AM It will be held on the lawn at the Nature Center at Trippet Ranch, Topanga State Park. Ruth Coleman, Director, California State Parks, Dan Jacobson, Environment California, Legislative Director, and Lynne Haigh, Campaign to Save Topanga State Park, and, if his... Read More

To Members of City Council

Share with othersTweet At tonight’s City Council budget study session I asked two questions: a) what measures has the City Manager’s office taken to prevent future financial losses from lawsuits related to improper statements on Environmental Impact Report applications (such as designating trees as “facilities,” leading to the Treesavers’ lawsuit); b) what has the City Manager’s office done to avoid awarding multimillion-dollar contracts to... Read More

Citizens’ Initiative to Curb Growth, Traffic Will Appear on Ballot

Share with othersTweet A citizen’s initiative to curb growth and reduce traffic congestion in Santa Monica has been certified by the County Clerk and will appear on the November ballot. The Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City, which wrote the initiative, collected well over the requisite number of signatures to ensure that the measure would qualify for inclusion on the ballot. Proponents of “Residents’ Initiative to Fight Traffic” (RIFT) collected over 10,000... Read More

Teddy Kennedy: Indispensable

Share with othersTweet In the 1980s, among the tricks that genial showman Ronald Reagan played on America was making “liberal” a dirty word and a dirtier occupation. When the stampede of paper liberals to the middle of the road was over, only a few unabashed liberals were left standing. Chief among them was Teddy Kennedy. Any progress America has made toward full justice and equality for all since then must be credited, in large part, to him. Today, when news came that Senator... Read More