Political Incest in Santa Monica

Share with othersTweet Richard Tahvildaran is a professor of political science at Santa Monica College. He is also co-chair, with Patricia Hoffman, of Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR). During the recent political campaign, about 80 of his 300 Political Science 1 students distributed SMRR campaign materials, which, according to local attorney Stanley Epstein, constitutes a conflict of interest and breach of professional ethics. Read More  Read More


Share with othersTweet Last Wednesday night, the Planning Commission approved the Santa Monica Conservancy’s application for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and variance to allow it to relocate the landmark Shotgun House to the parking lot across from the Ocean Park Library, and operate it as a Preservation Resource Center for the community. The CUP is the first major step in a series of reviews required before the project can move forward. The Landmarks Commission, the Architectural... Read More

Santa Monica: Lost Cause

Share with othersTweet City Hall has revived its “Buy Local Santa Monica” campaign, which features a website (www.buylocalsantamonica.com), Facebook and Twitter pages, newspaper ads, community events, and “discount days.” The City’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment, Housing and Economic Development, the City Manager’s Office, City TV, the Chamber of Commerce, the Bayside, Pico, Main and Montana business improvement districts,... Read More

Winterer Narrows Holbrook Lead to 42

Share with othersTweet The County Registrar added 365 votes to Bob Holbrook’s tally and 366 to Ted Winterer’s on Monday, giving Winterer a net gain of one vote, leaving him 42 votes behind. Holbrook is seeking a sixth term on the Santa Monica City Council, Winterer a first term. Information regarding remaining votes to count is still unavailable to the public, but Winterer’s camp believes new totals will be released Friday.  The county must complete the count by the... Read More


Share with othersTweet By Ty Wapato On November 2, Santa Monica got the best City Council money can buy. The disgrace is that it was big development money that bought it with dirty election tricks. This installment illuminates the connection between the recent election and the City Council decision to deny an appeal to reverse a Planning Commission decision allowing Trammel Crow to move forward with the 301 Ocean Avenue development without an Environmental Impact Report to safeguard... Read More


Share with othersTweet The campaign mailers that attracted the most attention during the recent contest were not only bogus,  they were notable as much for what they didn’t say as for what they did say — and they backfired. Their “target,” incumbent Councilman Kevin McKeown, got more votes than any of  the other Council candidates. The mailers stated that the City’s police officers and firefighters, paramedics, School District teachers,  the Community... Read More

An Earlier Landmark Fiasco Recalled

Share with othersTweet The City Council’s rejection of 301 Ocean Avenue as a landmark is reminiscent of another bad Council call. In February, 2004, the owner of Christie Court, garden apartments at 125 Pacific Avenue, applied for a demolition permit. As the apartments were over 40 years old, the proposed demolition had to be reviewed by the Landmarks Commission. Christie Court tenants only learned of their landlord’s plans to destroy their apartments  when a Landmarks... Read More


Share with othersTweet Santa Monica City Council summarily rejected the appeal by a group of neighborhood citizens on Tuesday night that would have required Texas developer Trammel Crow to obtain an Environmental Impact Report before beginning risky excavation at 301 Ocean Avenue, barely 100 feet from the decaying bluffs adjoining Palisades Park. That decision is the latest action by city officials in this controversial development project that will have dire consequences for... Read More

Reconstructing Democracy

Share with othersTweet Thirteen times in the last 30 years, Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) has won a majority of seats on the City Council. The leading members of the first wave — Ruth Goldway, Dolores Press, Jim Conn, Ken Edwards and David Finkel — were classic American radicals, meaning they were dedicated to the Bill of Rights and the American promise of justice and equality for all. If that classic radical spirit had prevailed, Santa Monica might... Read More


Share with othersTweet By Ava Tramer Beaches: Clear and warm Highs: Lows: 48-53 Inland Hot and clear Highs: 69-77; Lows: 42-48 Deserts Sunny and hot Highs: 74-80; Lows: 53-56 And Santa Monica… INT. NEWS ROOM, evening broadcast ELIZABETH ANCHOR:  Thank you, Patti.  Well, we certainly hope those puppies learn to do the Charleston, too! JOHNNY MOOTH: (chuckling)  How adorable. ELIZABETH ANCHOR:  Now, for the weather – what will this week hold in store?  Sunny Skyes? SUNNY... Read More