Share with othersTweet LAOBSERVED ( is featuring a video of Nancy Sinatra and a troupe of dancers doing a musical number (“Who Will Buy”) on what was left of the Pacific Ocean Park Pier (POP) after it closed. It’s quite spectacular. Then follow the links to see more of POP – open and flourishing and closed, and L.A. in the 1940s. An indispensible site, LAOBSERVED definitely belongs on your “must see” List.  Read More


Share with othersTweet The special meeting Wednesday of the Planning Commission to consider a proposed fifth amendment to the development agreement for the Yahoo center was canceled owing to lack of a quorum. The amendment would revise the “current base parking ratio for office use from the current requirement of one parking space per 322 square of office floor area to one parking space per 500 square foot of office floor area and would also authorize leasing of up to 1,053... Read More

Landscapes Tour Is Sunday

Share with othersTweet The Santa Monica Conservancy 2011 Landscapes tour will be held Sunday, May 1. The tour features 11 gardens in neighborhoods throughout the city, including homes of landscape designers, avid gardeners, and several recipients of Santa Monica’s Sustainable Gardens grants. Tour-goers will see and hear how gardens have been adapted to reduce water usage while maintaining a lush variety of color and texture, and how they have changed over time as their owners’... Read More

Council Extends Emergency Ordinance to 10/2012

Share with othersTweet At its Tuesday night meeting, the City Council voted to extend the Emergency Interim Ordinance it approved a couple of months ago to October 26, 2012 as amended by staff. It establishes interim development standards and procedures to be applied to new commercial projects, pending the codification of the revised land use and circulation elements of the General Plan (LUCE), incorporates the staff’s modifications and addresses ordinance applicability, CM... Read More


Share with othersTweet California’s historic preservation community will gather in Santa Monica for four days, Sunday to Wednesday, May 15 to18, for the 2011 California Preservation Conference, “Preservation on the Edge,” held by the California Preservation Foundation. National Trust President Stephanie Meeks will be the keynote speaker at the conference’s Plenary Session on Monday night, May 16. Other highlights include: “The Power of Partnerships, Place, and Preservation,”... Read More


Share with othersTweet As you probably recall, Wilmont members endorsed the City’s LUCE at our general membership meeting. We endorsed concepts to require larger projects to include public benefits for people affected by the project (and community involvement in deciding what constitutes public benefits). We also endorsed the idea that projects taller than 32′ need to “give something back” to the community and to undergo community involvement. In January,... Read More

Good Lord!

Share with othersTweet Well, it did it. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that “KCET-TV sold its landmark Sunset Boulevard studio to the Church of Scientology for an undisclosed price…” It “will remain at 4401 W. Sunset Blvd…while searching for a new base of operations…President Al Jerome said, ‘We are now implementing Phase 2 of our transformation from a PBS affiliate to an independent public media center for the 21st century…New facilities and equipment will... Read More

St. John’s Must Abide By Agreement

Share with othersTweet At a community meeting a couple of weeks ago, St. John’s Hospital officials said they wanted to delay building the underground parking for 440+ cars, which was included in a 1998 Development Agreement, for another 10 years, and asked the City to grant them an extension. Hospital neighbors, who had repeatedly protested the size and scope of the project in 1998, specifically citing parking problems, and have endured a chronic shortage of parking on their... Read More

Let’s Hear It for Red Tape

Share with othersTweet I loved L.A. the moment I saw it. I was six years old and I knew perfection when I saw it, and L.A. was perfect. Four years later, I was forced to return to the east coast by my parents. In the years that followed, I lived in a number of places, none of which was perfect – except Aspen, which was perfect, until it wasn’t. But, in all those places and all those years, I knew I’d come back to L.A. And I did. I live in Santa Monica because I love the... Read More

Poll Shows Voters Favor Tax Hikes

Share with othersTweet The Los Angeles Times is reporting that “California voters agree with Gov. Jerry Brown that tax increases should help close the state budget deficit, and they want to vote on his plan for raising the revenue, according to a new Times/USC Dornsife poll. “The Democratic governor has been traveling the state to tout his proposal for a balance of spending reductions and tax increases since it stalled in the Legislature last month amid a bitter battle with... Read More