When Gifts Are Necesities

Share with othersTweet The campaign was called “Save Our Schools,” not “Save Some of  Our  Schools More Than Others.”  It was an impressive community effort, raising slightly more than $1.5 million in 60 days. Last week’s   Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board meeting was not impressive. There are 13 schools in the District. The PTAs at schools in affluent neighborhoods generally raise more money than PTAs in  other schools. No surprise there.... Read More

Facts of Life in Santa Monica

Share with othersTweet FACT: Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights took a hard right turn two years ago when it joined developers to defeat Prop T, a residents’ ballot measure. Fact: The SMRR Council majority has “packed” the Planning Commission. Fact: It virtually abandoned public review in favor of development agreements on new projects. Read More  Read More

Whither..hot and not

Share with othersTweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Clear and sunny Highs: 61-85; Lows: 56-66 Inland Mostly sunny and hot Highs: 84-109; Lows: 56-71 Deserts Hot Highs: 101-117; Lows: 71-87 And Santa Monica… The week will begin sunny and hot, But by the weekend, hot it will be not. Yes, it will still be nice and warm, And true, we won’t experience a storm. But compared with the heat of the early days this week, The weekend’s hot air will seem truly meek!  Read More

Save Our Schools Saves Nearly 20 Teachers & Staff!

Share with othersTweet CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEERS COMMENDED BY BOARD OF EDUCATION The Santa Monica Malibu Board of Education commended The Save Our Schools campaign and the Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation at Wednesday night’s School Board meeting, citing visionary fundraising that will n affect students throughout district schools for the 2010 – 2011 school year. The SOS campaign raised $1,517,201.68 in only 60 days. At the same meeting, the Board of Education restored... Read More

SOS Raises Over $1.5 Million

Share with othersTweet Save Our Schools, the Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation’s emergency 60-day fundraising campaign to restore class sizes and programs lost to state budget cuts ended Sunday with a Grand Finale! Check CEPS blog: http://excellentpublicschools.blogspot.com/  Read More

Mayor Says No on Prop Y

Share with othersTweet Increasing the sales tax is wrong. Mayor Bobby Shriver, in opposing this tax said: “The City is rich…” and to say “the City is in some sort of financial extremis is just not borne out by the facts.” Residents’ objections to Y: 1. Revenues have been secured by a raise in taxes already. A 10% Utility Tax expansion to “preserve essential City services and school programs” was approved by voters in 2008. 2. There are serious unintended... Read More

Don’t Miss the Adventures in Santa Monica Tour – This Sunday!

Share with othersTweet How much fun can you handle in one afternoon? You won’t want to miss the Conservancy’s “Adventures in Santa Monica” tour this Sunday, August 15, from 11am-3pm. The tour will take you to out-of-the way, off-the-beaten track or behind-the-scenes at ten sites in and near Santa Monica. Docents will be stationed at each site to give you the scoop. Read More  Read More

Save Our Schools Grand Finale Celebration

Share with othersTweet The “SOS Grand Finale Celebration” marks the culmination of the Save Our Schools 60- day emergency fundraising campaign. The event will highlight the campaign accomplishments and recognize the people and organizations who helped make this campaign a success. WHAT: SOS Grand Finale Celebration: a community celebration of what we can accomplish when we work together. WHO: Speakers at the event include Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified... Read More

Questions Without Answers

Share with othersTweet QUESTIONS WITHOUT ANSWERS 1. The City recently bought a 52,000 square foot parcel at Fifth and Arizona for $45 million. At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, the parcel was described as the site of a new parking structure. Can you calculate the cost of each parking space (land +materials +labor), and how many cars will have to park in each space to pay off those costs? 2. Two decades ago, there was a Spanish language movie theater on Third Street,... Read More

Save Our Schools Campaign Goes Out with a “Bash”

Share with othersTweet As the “Save Our Schools” campaign begins its final week , plans are afoot for a “SOS Grand Finale Celebration” on Sunday, August 15 from 4pm to 7pm at the Santa Monica High School Science Quad. The event will include announcements of totals raised. The final week of the campaign will rely heavily on last-minute donors and those who are in a position to increase their current commitment. The campaign has already earned over a million dollars, or... Read More