Quake Shakes Region

Share with othersTweet A 5.4 earthquake shook Southern California at 11:42 this morning. The epicenter was 10 miles south of Chino Hills, and the quake was felt as far away as San Diego. There were 27 aftershocks in the hour following the quake. Immediately after the quake, system overload caused cell phones to go dead, but service was soon restored.. Disneyland closed its rides, and Metroline trains stopped running for a short time. There were reports of minor damage... Read More

All Politics, All the Time

Share with othersTweet VI. Deranging the Townscape Like the beach itself, beach towns are in constant motion, endlessly evolving, and, over time, shedding whatever is not vital, essential and useful. Unfortunately, like the beach itself, beach towns are often assaulted by litter, meaning anything that violates, insults or deranges them.. In its 133 years, Santa Monica has suffered all manner of litter, but the last three decades have been especially rough — with... Read More

Spot Closures on PCH Continue

Share with othersTweet The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close one lane of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in alternating directions in spot locations between La Tuna Canyon and the McClure Tunnel for manhole frame and cover adjustment and between Cross Creek and the tunnel for pavement markings and striping from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly Monday, July 28 through Thursday, July 31. The closures are part of a $7 million, 11.6-mile paving project from Malibu... Read More

Whither the Weather 7/26 -8/1

Share with othersTweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Mostly sunny Highs: 69-76; Lows: 61-65 Inland Hot and sunny Highs: 91-96; Lows: 62-65 Deserts Clear and hot Highs: 105-110; Lows: 79-82 And Santa Monica… This weekend will be sunny and bright, not to mention hot, with highs in the mid 70s, so slather on the sunscreen, perch those sunglasses on your nose, and head on down to the beach to soak in the sun! But come Monday, be sure to bundle up. Get out your parkas, boots, and mittens,... Read More

Sore Winners

Share with othersTweet Last night, as the City Council’s final review of the planners’ “Strategic Framework” for the revision of the land use and circulation elements of the General Plan (LUCE) got underway, four Council members were out of sorts. At the previous review, they had voted to approve increases in height and density limits, as recommended by the planners. And they had prevailed: 4-3 . They were winners! But they were not happy. Apparently, not everyone... Read More

The NAYS Have It!

Share with othersTweet It was 3 to 4 over and over again at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Council members Ken Genser, Kevin McKeown and Bobby Shriver voted consistently against increased density and height limits as proposed in the planners’ “Strategic Framework” for the revision of the land use and circulation elements of the General Plan (LUCE). But virtually every time they voted No, Mayor Herb Katz, Mayor Pro Tem Richard Bloom, and Council members Bob... Read More

“That does it!”

Share with othersTweet Why I Support RIFT by Jay P. Johnson, Planning Commissioner As my mother said to me, after being divorced for 30 years from my father, and learning he was now, 30 years later, dating another woman: “That does it!” After last nights’ city council meeting, where Ken Gensers’ valiant fight against taller and more dense LUCE recommendations for Wilshire, Santa Monica Blvd and Pico were defeated 4-3, I realized that the final nail in... Read More

Beyond Baroque in Lease Limbo

Share with othersTweet The Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution unanimously on February 29, renewing Beyond Baroque’s lease on the space at 681 Venice Blvd that it has occupied for many years. But, five months later, the 25-year lease remains unsigned. Beyond Baroque officials reported yesterday that they “have learned from sources inside City Hall that, contrary to the City Council resolution , the nationally recognized cultural institution may lose the... Read More

All Politics, All the Time

Share with othersTweet V. Thorns In the Townscape Based on what we’ve seen so far, the revision of the land use and circulation elements of the General Plan (LUCE) that’s now in the final stage before the final stage contains virtually everything but a coherent plan for the next two decades in the life of this iconic beach town. Rather than developing a comprehensive plan for this 133-year-old town, which currently has a really bad case of traffic, the planners and the... Read More

PCH Closures Continue

Share with othersTweet The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close one lane of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in alternating directions in spot locations between La Tuna Canyon and McClure Tunnel for manhole frame and cover adjustment, and between Cross Creek and the Tunnel for pavement markings and striping. The closures will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. nightly from Monday, July 21 through Thursday, July 25. The closures are part of a $7 million, 11.6-mile... Read More

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