To: SMC Board of Trustees and President Chui Tsang

Share with othersTweet From: Board of Directors, Friends of Sunset Park Re: Final EIR for the SMC Facilities Master Plan 2010 Update On Tuesday, August 3rd, the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees will review and vote on the Final EIR (Environmental Impact Review) for its Facilities Master Plan 2010 Update. 1. How will the plan impact residents? a. Demolitions: The Master Plan 2010 Update includes plans to demolish the 3-story cement Corsair Stadium structure on 16th... Read More

Salsa vs Reggaeton

Share with othersTweet When: 7PM, Fri/July 30 What: ANIMALS OF CUBAN MUSIC Pre-show: minute trailer of work-in-progress documentary about the return of Cuban music groups to the United States and new voices for change in Miami’s Cuban Community. Film: “Animals of Cuban Music” takes a look at the state of the contemporary dance music scene in Cuba. This is the second film by director Jen Paz whose first film “¡Popular!” followed the legendary band... Read More

Local Business Committed to Local Schools

Share with othersTweet As the “Save Our Schools” campaign heads toward $900,000, support for our schools continues to grow, with local businesses digging deep. The giving begins at ZJ Boarding House at 2619 Main Street this Friday, July 30th, from 7 to 10 pm. As part of their regular Last Friday of the Month Celebration on Main Street, ZJ Boarding House will host a Save Our Schools fundraiser for the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation. Read More  Read More

FAA vs. Us: Useful Information

Share with othersTweet 1. Agenda item 6C is a staff report on the status of the FAA test and on the City’s efforts to quantify the impacts from the test. (more info on the agenda below) 2. Online Petition — FAA test — http://www.ASafeSantaMonica.com/Petition_Form.html This web site was set up by a group of Sunset Park and Ocean Park residents who live under the FAA test 250 heading and oppose its being made permanent. 3. City Council — Tuesday, July 27,... Read More

Whither…Whoa

Share with othersTweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Partly cloudy Highs: 67-68; Lows: 58-62 Inland Mostly sunny Highs: 87-90; Lows: 58-63 Deserts Sunny Highs: 102-109; Lows: 73-80 And Santa Monica… It’s going to be very blustery this week, with a definite chance of icicles, hail, and possibly even a blizzard thunderstorm.  The National Weather Service is recommending heading to the grocery store and stocking up on provisions, boarding up your windows, and making sure you... Read More

Council Approves Jumbo LUCE

Share with othersTweet Last night. the City Council approved the LUCE, the Jumbo version that Hank  Koning and .Gwynne Pugh sold it last  week.  (see story below) But it continued to waffle on the moral issues raised by residents, ranging from elderly people to students. They want “social and environmental justice”for the Pico Neighborhood, beginning with the end of the ‘Toxic Triangle.’ which has ssaulted nearby residents for years. The fate of the... Read More

City Council Strikes Out

Share with othersTweet Having lost its way several years ago, on July 1, 2010, Santa Monica lost its collective mind. City staff, innumerable consultants, developers, lawyers, other “special interests,” and residents spent seven years and untold millions of dollars revising the land use and circulation elements of the General Plan (LUCE). and Thursday night, the City Council succumbed to the blandishments and buncombe served up by architects Hank Koning and  Gwynne Pugh,... Read More

Sticking to the Facts

Share with othersTweet In his column today (Just Stick to the Facts, Guys) Mr. Chris Harding says that “virtually every significant practicing architect in Santa Monica–including Frank Gehry– supports the..recommended 2-6 additional feet in height…” above the draft LUCE’s height limits, ostensibly to provide “quality architectural design.” The increased height proposed here may help increase building rents but it will do nothing to improve... Read More

Saint John’s Found Guilty

Share with othersTweet On June 21st, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) convicted Saint John’s management of breaking federal labor law and interfering with its Registered Nurses’ right to form, join or assist a union. The Administrative Law Judge found that hospital management illegally interrogated RNs, illegally prohibited RNs from wearing ribbons reading “Saint John’s RNs for Safe Patient Care,” illegally threatened RNs with discipline if they continued... Read More