NO on Y and YY

Share with othersTweet By Peter Tigler Voters should be mindful that Prop Y is a tax. Prop Y is a sales tax increase making local purchases subject to a 10.25% sales tax. Voters should note this is near the highest in the state and entire country. The proponents ignore and obscure this basic fact that voters need to know. During the Council discussions regarding this tax, Mayor Bobby Shriver made three very important points. He said: 1.”The City is rich… and to say... Read More

The Dispatch Endorses Susan Hartley, An Independent Woman

Share with othersTweet Susan Hartley, candidate for City Council, two-year term, had just spent most of the day walking the neighborhoods, distributing her hot pink signs and flyers, and talking to the people she met along the way, and she was exhilarated. She enjoys the walks and the talk  –  impromptu, honest, curbside  exchanges with people she hopes to represent on the Council. And every time she goes out, she learns something she didn’t know.   And Hartley... Read More

The Dispatch Endorses Ted Winterer, Ready and Able

Share with othersTweet In a very real sense, Ted Winterer, Council candidate, four-year term, has been preparing to be a City Council member for years. He has been a renter and is a home owner. He has been active in his neighborhood organization, Ocean Park Association, has been a Rec and Parks Commissioner and is a Planning Commissioner. He is a soccer coach and was the co-author of Prop T, which would have limited commercial growth. Winterer and his wife have two young children,... Read More

THE PLOT THICKENS

Share with othersTweet As we report in the following story, the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC) has filed a complaint with local authorities,  citing the makers of bogus mailers that appear  to be issued by the Santa Monica Police Officers and Fire Fighters Associations. A police spokesperson described the mailers as “disengenuous.” They were  attributed to “Santa Monicans for Quality Government,” (SMQG) headed by Fred Huebscher, who... Read More

Whither…dark and stormy night

Share with othersTweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Mostly sunny Highs: 60-72; Lows: 54-58 Inland Clear and warm Highs: 69-83; Lows: 49-53 Read More  Read More

SMCLC Files Complaint Against Deceptive Mailings

Share with othersTweet Linked to Pam O’Connor’s Campaign The Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC) is filing a complaint with the Santa Monica City Attorney and City Clerk today concerning two misleading and widely disseminated mailers to Santa Monica voters by a group calling itself “Santa Monicans for Quality Government.” The complaint will ask the City Attorney and the City Clerk to investigate the following conduct by this group and the role of Council... Read More

HANDS OFF! IT’S OUR BEACH TOWN: PART I

Share with othersTweet Each of Santa Monica’s founders, Senator John P. Jones and Colonel Robert S. Baker, had his own plan for this portion of what Hamlin Garland called “the fortunate coast.” But when their original plans foundered, they folded their holdings into one town site. The first lots were sold in1875. The new town was named for a spring in what is now West  L.A. by a priest who came across the spring and was reminded of  the tears of Saint Monica. Given... Read More

Planning is the Problem

Share with othersTweet “New Council Will Help Shape Downtown’s Future.” The mind reels at the very thought. The Council’s previous essays at “shaping” downtown Santa Monica have not gone well — in large part because it has followed staff’s lead. Staff wanted more than two dozen ficus trees removed from downtown streets. Over 10,000 residents opposed the removal. Staff prevailed. It also convinced the Council to impose an “intensified... Read More

City to Students: Let Them Ice Skate!

Share with othersTweet The state has repeatedly slashed funding for our  schools. The Santa Monica- Malibu Unified School District budget has been drastically reduced by the state cuts. As a community and as individuals, our first priority must be the well-being of our children, which means, among other things, that we are obliged to do what the state has failed to do. We must give the schools the money they need to give our children what they need: a first-rate, complete education,... Read More

The Tyranny of the Majority

Share with othersTweet Plato and Aristotle, Jefferson and Madison saw it as democracy’s great flaw. Jefferson said the tyranny of a legislative majority was as bad as the tyranny of a king. Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) has held all or a majority of all local elective offices for more than two decades. On their seemingly endless watch, have the SMRRs advanced  their interests or Santa Monica’s? What are SMRR’s interests? Is what’s good... Read More