RIFT Makes Progress Report

Share with othersTweet The Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC) issued a progress report over the weekend on, in its words, “our campaign to take Santa Monica back from developers,” which, again, in its words,” is moving full steam ahead!” It goes on to say, “Before it’s over our resident volunteers will have sent personalized letters to over 10,000 Santa Monica voters! “We will have called over 8,000 additional voters! “We’re going to tell people... Read More

America Is Back

Share with othersTweet America, the world’s “last best hope,” in Lincoln’s words, emerged from the Bush-Cheney “dark side” as the Democtatic Convention got underway in Denver this week. In the course of the triumphant four-day celebration of the nation’s restoration. history was made and the American promise was renewed. The journey from Independence Hall in Philadelphia in 1776 to the Mile-High Stadium in Denver in 2008 took 232 years. Barack Obama’s profoundly... Read More

Exhibit Devoted to Local Artists at SMC

Share with othersTweet “Emphasis: Santa Monica,” a new exhibit of works by Santa Monica artists curated by Bruria Finkel opened yesterday, August 20, at Santa Monica College’s Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery. It will run through October 18. The exhibit, which features works in all media by 49 local artists, coincides with the grand opening of the 499-seat Eli & Edythe Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center, where the gallery is located. On October 4,... Read More

What Democratic Process?

Share with othersTweet Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights’ (SMRR) steering committee’s decision to over-ride the membership and endorse incumbent Jose Escarce for re-election to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education has rendered the election itself superfluous and virtually ensured the perpetuation of the status quo in the District. There are four ostensibly open seats on the board. Escarce’s fellow incumbent Maria Leon-Vasquez is also... Read More

Anything Is Possible

Share with othersTweet Santa Monica resident Emily Josephs came home last week, ending a 66-day 3,800-mile transcontinental bicycle trip. She left Boston on June 11, and pulled up in Santa Barbara on August 14th. Josephs, the daughter of Bill and Zina Josephs, rode with 30 other young people under the auspices of “Bike and Build,” a non-profit organization that organizes cross-country bicycle trips to benefit grass-roots affordable housing groups in the United... Read More

What Took Them So Long?

Share with othersTweet In what now seems a lifetime ago, in May, 2005, at a joint meeting, the Santa Monica City Council and Planning Commission approved, in concept, the 12 “emerging themes” that the planners and their cadre of consultants had pulled out of the initial round of surveys, questionnaires and workshops on the State-mandated revision of the land use and circulation elements of the General Plan. The 12 themes were: 1) A unique city with a strong sense of... Read More

Santa Monica Artists on Display

Share with othersTweet “Emphasis Santa Monica,” an exhibit of the work of 49 Santa Monica artists, anging from John Baldessari to Frank Gehry, has opened at the Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery at Santa Monica College’s Performing Arts Center on Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street.  Read More

Do Coyotes Know Something We Don’t Know?

Share with othersTweet George Wolfberg, President of the Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association, has received a number of reports of coyote sightings and pets being attacked since the initial sighting that we reported several weeks ago. In response, he has issued a “Coyote Alert” from the LA Department of Animal Services. COYOTE (CANIS LATRANS) The California Department of Fish and Game surveys an estimated population range of 250,000 to 750,000 coyotes throughout... Read More

.All Politics, All the Time

Share with othersTweet VI. The Fallacy of the Urban Form Initially distracted by the plethora of “visions” in the “Strategic Framework” for the revision of the land use and circulation elements of the General Plan (LUCE), I have finally found its throughline — “urban form.” In certain areas of Santa Monica, according to the “framework,” “urban form” is lacking, in other areas it’s present and in still others it’s the goal. But what is “urban... Read More

More PCH Closures Set

Share with othersTweet The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close one lane of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in alternating directions from Malibu to the McClure Tunnel on Thursday, August 21 and Friday, August 22 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for pavement markings and striping. It’s all part of a $7 million, 11.6-mile paving project from Malibu Lagoon Bridge to the tunnel. The existing concrete pavement is being replaced with Rubberized Asphalt Concrete (RAC). Raised... Read More

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