City Council Plots Power Play

Share with othersTweet City Hall is well and truly through the looking glass. Last year, commenting on the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City’s proposed ballot measure that would limit annual commercial development. City Manager Lamont Ewell and Planning Director Eileen Fogerty both declared that the City’s community workshops were a better means of measuring residents’ position on commercial growth than a traditional American election. In one stroke, the City’s... Read More

Whither the Cool

Share with othersTweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Partly cloudy with a chance of showers Highs: 61-69; Lows: 45-55 Inland Partly cloudy Highs: 59-69; Lows: 37-50 Deserts Warm and mostly sunny Highs: 64-72; Lows: 47-54 And Santa Monica… The weather this week will be decidedly un-Santa Monican. With lots of clouds, cooler temperatures, and possible showers, you might think you aren’t in Santa Monica any more! I am only a lowly weatherwoman, and I can’t guarantee anything... Read More

America Moved, and Moving

Share with othersTweet Over 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln said, “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves and then we shall save our country.”. But only a few people listened. Nearly 50 years ago, Martin Luther King, jr. said, “Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face... Read More

Whither the Inauguration

Share with othersTweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Hot and clear Highs: 66-79; Lows: 47-51 Inland Mostly sunny and hot Highs: 69-82; Lows: 41-46 Deserts Hot and sunny Highs: 72-81; Lows: 47-53 And Santa Monica… Temperatures in the country currently range from the negatives to the 80s. In Santa Monica, we’ll be experiencing the upper end of that range this week, with clear skies and lovely highs in the mid-seventies. But no matter how warm or cold people might be wherever... Read More

Lawyers Rule at SMMUSD

Share with othersTweet By Debra Shepherd Our family has been a part of the Santa Monica- Malibu Unified School District for seven years. I am the parent of a child in general education and a child who requires special education services. There are a lot of great things about this district. My youngest daughter had a dynamic teacher for fourth and fifth grade. My kids went to science camp and my youngest daughter was a member of the honor choir. The best thing about this school... Read More

Local Dems Win Seats on Central Committee

Share with othersTweet Three Santa Monica political activists are among a group of 12 delegates elected to represent the 41st Assembly District at the California Democratic Party (CDP). Winning seats on the state party’s central committee were Santa Monicans Ben Allen, a local attorney recently elected to the SMMUSD Board of Education, Jonathan Troen, a member of the Executive Board of the Santa Monica Democratic Club, and Aparna Sridhar, a Santa Monica attorney who was a volunteer... Read More

SMMUSD Vs. Student

Share with othersTweet By Debra Shepherd Good evening Council members. I am the parent of a child in general education and a child who requires special education services. I am also a member of the Working Group. Although the non-disclosure agreements are no longer being used to my knowledge, the environment that brought about the use of those agreements still exists. When a problem arises, there does not seem to be an ability to resolve the problem without input from the attorneys.... Read More

Developer Targets 301 Ocean

Share with othersTweet To the Editor: There is a controversy brewing that may be illuminated at the Landmark Commission meeting at 7:00 PM Monday January 12 at City Hall. The Commission will decide whether to designate the 47 unit apartment complex at 301 Ocean Avenue as a city landmark amid complaints of abusive and possibly illegal gag orders on the part of a developer that wants to demolish the structure that was the home of Clo Hoover, Santa Monica’s first woman mayor, and... Read More

Whither the Santa Anas

Share with othersTweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Warm and sunny Highs: 67-75; Lows: 49-53 Inland Hot and windy Highs: 76-81; Lows: 41-46 Deserts Clear and warm Highs: 76-77; Lows: 46-52 And Santa Monica… For those of you who aren’t exactly fond of the recent holiday gifts you received, I have a present for you that you’ll definitely enjoy. This week, Mother Nature is giving you temperatures in the mid seventies and sunny, clear skies. So while you’re busy... Read More

Honoring Katz, Helping the Children

Share with othersTweet Councilman Herb Katz’s untimely death Wednesday left a problem he cared deeply about – the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s foundering special education program – unsolved. Years ago, Katz’s two young blind sons were ill-served by the District’s special ed program. The boys subsequently died of cancer, but, Katz said, the District’s treatment of them had made “activists” of him and his wife. At a Council meeting 18... Read More