GOVERNOR BROWN ON THE STATE OF THE STATE

Share with othersTweet Monday, January 31, 2011 Thank you Lt. Governor Newsom, Speaker Perez, President Pro Tem Steinberg, Senate Republican Leader Dutton, Assembly Republican Leader Conway, constitutional officers, members of the legislature, distinguished guests, and my fellow citizens: First of all, I wish to thank all of you in this chamber for the cordiality and good will that you have extended to my wife and me during these opening days of what will be an extraordinarily... Read More

RED CROSS ASSISTS AT PEARL ST. FIRE

Share with othersTweet The American Red Cross of Santa Monica responded to a call from Santa Monica Fire Department Battalion Chief Jose Torres at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, January 29, to an apartment fire in the 800 block of Pearl Street in Sunset Park. At 8:40 a.m., a fire in a top floor apartment in the Pearl Street building was reported. Firefighters went immediately to the scene. One adult and one teenager occupied the apartment. The teenager jumped from the second floor of the... Read More

STATE OF CITY: SUITS BUSINESS, NOT RESIDENTS

Share with othersTweet City Manager Rod Gould told the audience in Santa Monica College’s Broad Stage Thursday morning that the State of the City was basically sound, despite the state’s continuing fiscal crisis and the nation’s wobbly economy. “The State of the City” is an annual event staged by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. On the job for about a year, Gould cited fiscal discipline and strong leadership as the keys to success in the coming... Read More

HAZARDS OF JET EXHAUST TO BE STUDIED

Share with othersTweet On January 9, 2010, the Board of Friends of Sunset Park asked the City Council to support a request by Council Member Kevin McKeown establishing toxicity standards for aircraft-generated particulate matter. “The Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) lies within the boundaries of the Sunset Park neighborhood. Friends of Sunset Park is the city-recognized neighborhood organization that represents residents living adjacent to the northern and western borders... Read More

THE RISE AND FALL OF SANTA MONICA COLLEGE: PART ONE

Share with othersTweet On October 5, 2010 the White House hosted its first ever conference on community colleges. No President in the history of the United States has been as proactive in promoting community college education as Barack Obama. Though President Obama is himself a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard University, he has made a point of extolling the critical importance of community college education to workforce development and the future competitiveness... Read More

COUNCIL FINALLY BANS BAGS

Share with othersTweet After talking about it for four years, the City Council finally approved the first reading of an ordinance prohibiting the use of “single use plastic carry out bags” and “regulating the use of paper carry out bags” at last night’s meeting, thanks in large part to Santa Monica High School students. Some of the students were freshmen when they first asked the Council to ban the bags and are now seniors. Their appearances have been notable for... Read More

BLOOM, O’DAY AND O’CONNOR OPPOSE DISCLOSURE

Share with othersTweet Mayor Richard Bloom and Council members Terry O’Day and Pam O’Connor just don’t like disclosure. Two weeks ago, Council member Kevin McKeown proposed that Council members report campaign contributions from people or companies seeking Council approval of their projects before they voted on the projects. Bloom, O’Day, O’Connor and Council member Gleam Davis voted against the measure for perfectly ludicrous reasons, but chose not to say that in fact... Read More

CITY LOSES ANOTHER ROUND TO FAA

Share with othersTweet Once again, it was the City of Santa Monica’s concern for safety versus the Federal Aviation Administration’s authority, and the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. came down on the side of the FAA’s authority. The court refused to review a FAA decision that would not permit the City to ban big jets from the Santa Monica Airport on Friday. In 2007, the Santa Monica City Council voted for the ban, which “would have prohibited jets with approach... Read More

Conservancy To Hold Annual Meeting Sun.

Share with othersTweet The Santa Monica Conservancy’s Annual Meeting will be held at 2 PM, Sunday, January 23, at the historic Church in Ocean Park, a contributor to the Third Street Historic District. The program will include an illustrated talk by author and historian Jeffrey Stanton on the history of Ocean Park and its amusement piers, presentation of preservation and service awards, board elections, a brief review of 2010 projects and activities. There will be refreshments. The... Read More

Statement to the Planning Commission

Share with othersTweet As we all know, the LUCE recognizes the inter-connected nature of our City. Area plans and development agreements are tools to improve and preserve the quality of life for all who live, work or do business in Santa Monica. The Wilshire/Montana Neighborhood Coalition has endorsed the LUCE, including the requirement for community process to achieve public benefits if a development exceeds 32 feet. It is important that provisions of the LUCE become effective... Read More

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