The American Renaissance Begins

Share with othersTweet 2008 isn’t over, but it’s already one for the books, one of those historic years in which America was changed in profound ways, a benchmark. On November 4, 2008, America elected its first African American president, and gave him more votes than it had ever given a presidential candidate. The moment he was declared the president-elect was electrifying, stunning, overwhelming, and millions of Americans smiled, wept, and laughed. In 2008, the worst president... Read More

Whither 2009

Share with othersTweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Mostly sunny Highs: 58-68; Lows: 41-49 Inland Warm and sunny Highs: 57-73; Lows: 33-43 Deserts Clear and sunny Highs: 56-72; Lows: 39-49 And Santa Monica… Santa Claus has been nice this year, piling any cold, wet weather on his sleigh and riding off with it into the night, leaving us with only sun and warmth. Temperatures will warm up over the weekend, leaving us in the high sixties to welcome in the new year. As you make your... Read More

Santa Monica as Fantasyland

Share with othersTweet We are well and truly lodged in fantasyland now, courtesy of the SMRR/City Hall/Chamber/ developer axis, which brought us the recent election, in which up was down, in was out, good was bad and truth was very hard to find. Though the election is over, the fantasy rolls on. Last eek,ΩurfSantaMonica reported that a “New Guard” now heads the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education. The “new guard” turned out to be Ralph Mechur... Read More

Whither Winter

Share with othersTweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Partly cloudy with possible showers Highs: 56-63; Lows: 41-48 Inland Sunny with showers Highs: 56-65; Lows: 35-42 Deserts Mostly sunny Highs: 55-66; Lows: 41-48 And Santa Monica… Ho ho ho! Dreidel dreidel dreidel! The holidays are here! But there’s no white Christmas or Chanukah for us. Cry and complain all you want, but it’s not going to happen. Wait another decade or so and maybe global warming, not Santa, will... Read More

Watch Out!

Share with othersTweet When winning is the only thing, anything goes. Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) has dominated what passes for politics in Santa Monica for three decades, It now virtually owns a majority of seats on the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education, the Rent Control Board and the City Council. It was founded by residents to protect and serve the 70 percent of residents who were tenants... Read More


Share with othersTweet In our most recent article about the nightmare that is LUCE, we reported that Council members Ken Genser and Bobby Shriver voted against the recommended increases in building height and density in LUCE. Council member Kevin McKeown also voted against the increases, but his name and his vote did not appear in print. We apologize to our readers and McKeown for the omission.  Read More

Whither The Rain

Share with othersTweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Rain?!? Highs: 55-58; Lows: 42-50 Inland Cloudy with a chance of showers Highs: 57-62; Lows: 35-43 Deserts Mostly cloudy Highs: 59-63; Lows: 44-49 And Santa Monica… This is, by far, the most exciting and un-Santa Monican forecast I have ever shared with my loyal readers. For the first time in all my years of weatherwomanship, every single day this week until Thursday has at least a 30 percent chance of rain, rising at times all... Read More

Lula Washington Dance Theater

Share with othersTweet The Lula Washington Dance Theatre will appear at the new Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m. The acclaimed Los Angeles-based company will perform to live jazz, African drumming and 60’s music by the Beatles, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and others. Washington’s appearance is a kind of homecoming. Years ago, when the drive to raise $45 million to build the theater had... Read More

Annual Toy Drive Underway

Share with othersTweet Young volunteers from the American Red Cross of Santa Monica will collect toys and gifts as part of the annual “Spark of Love Toy Drive” again this year for children and teenagers who might otherwise go without. In addition to spearheading the collection, the young volunteers will help distribute the presents to children in Santa Monica and nearby communities. The American Red Cross of Santa Monica, KABC Channel 7 and local Firefighters... Read More

Cuba in Santa Monica

Share with othersTweet The Los Angeles Coalition in Solidarity with Cuba will screen “Cuba Mia,” on Friday, Dec 19, at 7 p.m. in Santa Monica. Winner of over 14 film awards and distinctions, including the CINE Golden Eagle Award and the TELLY Gold Award, “Cuba Mia” captures the music of Cuba faithfully in this story of the talented and spirited musicians of Camerata Romeu, an all-women orchestra, that is especially notable for its th dazzling faces and fiery performances. Conducted... Read More