Whither Winter

Tweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Partly cloudy and warm Highs: 69-71; Lows: 52-54 Inland Partly cloudy with chilly evenings Highs: 76-82; Lows: 45-47 Deserts Mostly sunny and warm Highs: 75-82; Lows: 52-56 And Santa Monica… We’ll welcome December in Santa Monica in our own unique way. With temperatures below zero in other parts of the country, blustery winds and pounding rains fill up dreary days and frosty nights. December will receive a cool welcome. Yet in Santa Monica,... Read More

“Vietnam: American Holocaust” Will Screen Friday

Tweet “Films 4 change” will screen “Vietnam: American Holocaust” on Friday, December 5, at 7 p.m.. The 87-minute documentary exposes one of the worst cases of sustained mass slaughter in history, planned and executed by presidents of both parties. Our generals and soldiers killed 5 million people using incendiary bombs. Vietnam has never left our national consciousness, and it is more relevant than ever. It documents the White House fabrication of the Gulf of... Read More

Commotion on Fourth Street

Tweet Given the number of sitcom writer/producers who live in Santa Monica, it’s astonishing that none of them has based one on City Hall’s comical, often bizarre efforts to impose its idea of order on the beach town’s naturally rambunctious residents. Remember the hedge wars, which began when the City distributed notices to owners of renegade hedges, threatening to fine then $25,000 a day for every day their hedges remained “out of “compliance,” i.e., more than... Read More

Things To Be Thankful For

Tweet The worst President in American history will finally be out of our lives in 53 days, and we can begin to undo the damage he’s done to our Constitution, our country and the world We made history by electing America’s first African-American President, Barack Obama, who has vowed to not only restore the promise of America, which has been tarnished by 40 years of neglect, but to revive its spirit. Prop 8, the anti-same sex marriage measure, whose recent passage was decried... Read More

Whither the Rain

Tweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Overcast with potential showers Highs: 62-67; Lows: 51-53 Inland Partly cloudy with showers Highs: 67-73; Lows: 44-49 Deserts Mostly cloudy Highs: 69-80; Lows: 54-57 And Santa Monica… The time has come: fulfillment is near, It is a most wonderful time of year. Families gather for good times and fun, And finally, away goes the sun. We dine on turkey, full stomachs in pain, And weatherwoman is happy: finally, there’s rain! She is thankful... Read More

Amplification

Tweet Martin Rubin transcribed Marcia Moutrie’s statements that appear in story below. SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Amplification", url: "http://www.santamonicadispatch.com/2008/11/amplification/" }); Read More

Be Warned!

Tweet The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is warning motorists traveling over the Thanksgiving weekend on the northbound Golden State Freeway (I-5) approximately five miles north of Santa Clarita (and about 20 miles south of the “Grapevine”) to expect holiday-related delays due to an ongoing lane closure on northbound I-5 at Templin Highway. The lane closure is necessitated by storm-related slope stabilization and extensive roadway repairs. Three northbound... Read More

City Challenge to FAA on Audio

Tweet As jet planes have got bigger, faster noisier and more numerous, Sunset Park residents have become increasingly bothered by the noise and pollution that the big planes inflict on people who live under the flight paths in and out of Santa Monica Airport. They are also haunted by the specter of a plane crashing into the densely populated neighborhood and the devastation it would cause. After the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) refused to limit the size of jets using... Read More

High Court to Hear Challenges to Prop 8

Tweet The Los Angeles Times reported today that the state Supreme Court “will review legal challenges to Prop. 8. A hearing is set for March.” Approved in the November 4 election, the voter initiative restored a ban on same-sex marriage that the Court had previously lifted. According to the Times, “Meeting in closed session, the state high court asked litigants on both sides for more written arguments and scheduled a hearing for next March. The court also signaled its... Read More

Court to Hear City/FAA Case

Tweet The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear the City of Santa Monica’s challenge to the FAA’s Interim Cease and Desist Order prohibiting the enforcement of the C and D jet ban at Santa Monica Airport on Wednesday, November 19 – Arguments will be heard sometime between 8 and 11 AM. The hearing is open to the public. If will be held in Courtroom 3, Federal Court of Appeals, 125 S. Grand Avenue in Pasadena. Directions to the Courthouse: take the... Read More