AIR MAIL: Waxman and Harman to FAA

Tweet Randolph Babbitt Administrator Federal Aviation Administration 800 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20591 Dear Administrator Babbitt: We are writing to urge the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to produce a thorough Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) examining flight traffic at Santa Monica Airport (SMO). As you know, SMO is a uniquely situated airport directly abutting densely populated neighborhoods. Both sides of the airport’s single runway face... Read More


Tweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Mostly sunny and cooling Highs: 70-90; Lows: 58-65 Inland Partly cloudy Highs: 92-110; Lows: 58-63 Read More SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Whither…HOT!", url: "" }); Read More

Who’s Running the City?

Tweet The sad, sour truth is that this great old beach town and its mostly smart, funny, spirited, wildly diverse, progressive residents are ruled by a handful of people. We are not referring to the Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) City Council majority, which has reigned for 22 years, but to  the SMRR “steering committee,” which rules the rulers. In 2008 and again this year, the committee overruled SMRR members to add candidates who had been rejected... Read More

Reckless Spending?

Tweet Dear Editor: I have recently reviewed the details of our city’s 2010-11 budget, and the list of the salaries for all city jobs, on the city’s website.  Reviewing this information has caused me to have great concern that city has replaced its historic sound fiscal management with reckless spending on excessive salaries for city employees.  The new city manager (CEO of a city of 85 Thousand), who is paid 20% more than the Mayor of Los Angeles (CEO of a city of... Read More

Y and YY: Tricks On Us

Tweet Dear Editor: I am very concerned that concerned parents are being tricked about the city’s real intentions with Prop YY.  Many people have been pointing out that YY has no legal authority, and is merely a suggestion, however YY has a much more fundamental problem.  The supporters have been implying that YY asks City Council to double the city’s current annual contribution to the school district.  But that is not what Prop YY says.  YY only asks City Council to... Read More

Mayor, Council Disagree

Tweet Photo credit Once again, Mayor Bobby Shriver and his  City Council colleagues  divided  sharply on fundamental issues. During a discussion of a proposed development agreement with Agensys, a biotech company,  at last Tuesday’s Council  meeting,  Shriver criticized both the staff report and company officials’ answers to several questions, and  subsequently cast the sole vote against approving the agreement. Agensys, which currently has three separate facilities... Read More

Santa Monica Story: Residents Vs. “The System”

Tweet By Dish Taylor and Titus Wapato Residents in the neighborhood of San Vicente Boulevard and Ocean Avenue are appealing a Planning Commission decision that would allow the construction of a condominium complex at 301 Ocean Avenue without an Environmental Impact Report. They believe that the demolition of the existing 47 rental units that are affordable to the majority of Santa Monica’s middle class to make room for 20 condo units that would be affordable to less that... Read More

Whither…mother nature

Tweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Mostly sunny Highs: 62-67; Lows: 54-57 Inland Clear and sunny Highs: 84-95; Lows: 54-56 Deserts Hot and clear Highs: 98-109; Lows: 68-74 And Santa Monica… Angle on SUN SHINE, 17, focusing intently on a college application. We FOLLOW his pen as he fills out the COMMON APPLICATION. “Common Application for the Class of 2015 Name: Sun Shine Hometown: Santa Monica, CA GPA: 3.54 Intended college major/s: Meterology, Musical Theater Extracurricular... Read More

Pugh Goes Solo. Adds “Urban Planning” To His Roster

Tweet Pugh + Scarpa Architects  announced yesterday that firm principal Gwynne Pugh FAIA ASCE LEED launched Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio on September 1. The new architectural and urban design firm that will  specialize in the design of structures, urban design, planning, sustainability, and consultation to companies and public entities. Pugh + Scarpa will continue to operate under its current name, business structure and leadership under the direction of Lawrence Scarpa and Angela... Read More

McMillen at LA Louver = A Must

Tweet An exhibition of work by legendary Santa Monica artist Michael McMillen at LA Louver Gallery, Venice, opens Wednesday, September 15, from 6 to 8 PM. The gallery is at 45 N. Venice Blvd. McMillen’s installations have been shown at LACMA and the Long Beach Museum of Art, as well as LA Louver. If you have seen McMillen’s previous installations, you will want to see this new work. If you haven’t ever seen his work, you must see this exhibit. He... Read More