Whither the Weather 6/27 – 7/5

Share with othersTweet By Ava Tramer Paris Beaches Warm and sunny Highs: 73-77; Lows: 61-65 Inland Sunny and clear Highs: 95-101; Lows: 60-65 Deserts Hot and sunny Highs: 109-114; Lows: 77-83 And Santa Monica… Around the world, people have heard of Los Angeles. The celebrities, the palm trees, and the beaches. But has everyone heard of Santa Monica? With its cool ocean breezes, we have not only the celebrities, the palm trees, and the beaches, but also the fresh ocean... Read More

All Politics, All the Time

Share with othersTweet It’s here. It arrived quietly, with no fanfare – just a slight rise in the temperature in the room, a faster tempo and an edge in the speakers’ voices. Yes. Alas, the 2008 election campaign got underway in Santa Monica at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, during the City’s analysis of the Residents’ initiative to Fight Traffic (RIFT). Read More  Read More

On the Council Agenda Tonight

Share with othersTweet The agenda for Tuesday night’s City Council meeting is as notable for what won’t be heard as for two items that will be heard. As we previously reported, last week’s staff report on the circulation element of the General Plan left the Council speechless, and so it was continued to this week. But now it has been continued to next week No question, circulation, or, more accurately, lack of circulation, or, even more accurately, gridlock is a knotty... Read More

Mayor Katz and Honorable Councilmembers:

Share with othersTweet Think back to the beginning of the LUCE process, several years ago when residents were still involved in large numbers in the dialogue over the future of our city. What did they ask for? Retaining the existing scale of our town, alleviating traffic congestion and promoting sustainability. Does a LUCE which offers building heights of 78 feet, more commercial growth yielding more car trips and a short term build out which leaves no room for future growth (i.e.... Read More

Remembering George Carlin

Share with othersTweet by Paul Krassner via Jerry Rubin In December 1962, when Lenny Bruce was arrested for obscenity at the Gate of Horn in Chicago, the police broke open his candy bars, looking for dope. They checked the IDs of audience members, including George Carlin, who told the cops, “I don’t believe in IDs.” Then they arrested *him* for disorderly conduct, dragged him along by the seat> of his pants and hoisted into the police wagon. “What are *you* doing... Read More

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A Modern Vision

Share with othersTweet Opening Today: New Paintings By Danny Heller In his first show, Los Angeles painter Danny Heller’s focus was suburbia. This new exhibition at Terrence Rogers Fine Art features the houses that California developer Joseph Eichler built in the San Fernando Valley. Between 1950 and 1974, Eichler teamed up with some of the era’s most noted architects to produce houses that sported wide expanses of glass, beamed ceilings, courtyards and atriums. Architecturally... Read More

Santa Monica: At the Tipping Point

Share with othersTweet As former City Planning Director Suzanne Frick said when we embarked on the state-mandated revision of the land use and circulation elements of the General Plan (LUCE) four years ago , it’s our Constitution, for it determines our priorities and our destiny for the next two decades. The City Council is now reviewing the “Strategic Framework” for the LUCE. It’s big, about 350 pages, and very dense, and it’s the basis for the revision. For the record,... Read More

No Fireworks on the Beach on the Fourth…Again

Share with othersTweet Some years ago, the City of Santa Monica staged a magnificent, spectacular fireworks show on the beach north of the Santa Monica Pier every Fourth of July. It was one of those glorious Southern California moments that became legendary, But the City decreed that it was too much trouble, and, in the bizarre belief that would-be trouble-makers would still be in bed dawn, it moved the fireworks to dawn on the Fourth of July. and called it “Dawn’s... Read More

Whither the Weather 6/20 – 6/27

Share with othersTweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Mostly sunny and hot Highs: 70-80; Lows: 60-65 Inland Clear and hot Highs: 92-105; Lows: 60-66 Deserts Hot and sunny Highs: 105-116; Lows: 75-84 And Santa Monica… Summer arrives here on June 21, and he wants to make sure we know it! With clear skies, hot temperatures, and plenty of sun, Mr. Summer is making it obvious that he’s officially arrived! After announcing himself with scorching temperatures, Mr. Summer takes pity... Read More