Tweet Landscape architect James Corner, whose firm is designing Santa Monica’s Civic Center parks, “will draw from his experiences exploring the intersection between urbanism and landscape design to discuss the importance of parks to urban settings” in an appearance in the Martin Luther King, Jr. auditorium at the Santa Monica Public Library on Monday, June 13, at 7 pm. James Corner Field Operations has done many projects abroad as well as in this country. His “High Line”... Read More

Autism Insurance Reform Shelved

Tweet The State Assembly Appropriations Committee once again demonstrated its skewed priorities when it voted last Friday to defer all bills relating to health insurance coverage until next year. Among the bills that were put on hold was AB 171, an autism insurance reform measure Autism Speaks/Autism Votes organized a phone campaign on behalf of AB 171, which targeted the Assembly Speaker and the Committee chair, but they were apparently unmoved. SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title:... Read More


Tweet I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project Office: 310-846-2357; Hotline: 213-922-3665 As part of the ongoing water line relocation in the Sunset Boulevard Bridge, the contractor will implement a full closure of South Church Lane between Sunset and Kiel Street for approximately four months, and will implement nightly closures of the bridge. Full Church Lane closure is expected to start on Friday, June 3, at 9 pm and remain in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for approximately... Read More


Tweet Delayed by pending CalTrans sign-off, the LA City Sewer upgrade (CIRS– Coastal Intercepter Relief Sewer) finally started this morning. Work on this water quality improvement project will begin with the installation of concrete barriers (k-rails) on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway, today, May 31, through Saturday, June 4. The ongoing sewer installation will begin Monday, June 6, on PCH between Temescal Canyon and Entrada Drive. Construction equipment and crews... Read More


Tweet Saturday, June 4, at 3 PM in Barnum Hall on the Samohi campus, the award-winning Samohi Jazz Bands & the Samohi Jazz Combo will be featured in their last concert of the year. In this special event called, “Jazz For Japan,” the Samohi Jazz program has partnered with the Santa Monica Chapter of the American Red Cross, to raise money for the Japanese people who were devastated by the terrible chain of events that occurred recently in their country. Half of... Read More


Tweet Watching the City’s annual budget marathons is not unlike reading tea leaves to forecast the future. According to the meeting “wrap-up,” which is a product of the City Manager’s Office, “… The two-year budget maintains core municipal services, enhances emergency preparedness, addresses emerging community needs, avoids any new tax proposal, layoffs and furloughs, maintains city staffing levels and competitive compensation, supports critical infrastructure needs,... Read More

Marina Fourth of July Fireworks Canceled

Tweet According to LAOBSERVED, The county’s Department of Beaches and Harbors announced on its website that the traditional July 4 fireworks in the Marina won’t be held this year. Budget “curtailments” were blamed. The Marina fireworks have been, I’m pretty sure, among the best attended on the Westside. They were shot from a barge in the main channel and were visible for miles around, drawing large crowds to the beach on the Marina Peninsula and on... Read More

Correction & Apology

Tweet For reasons that are altogether too Byzantine to explain, we attributed an exemplary commentary, “More Crimes Against Trees and People,” (see below) to Cosmo Bua, when, in fact, it was written by Louise Steiner. Our apologies To Ms. Steiner. We hope that, despite this initial botch-up, she will write more for us. Peggy Clifford SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Correction & Apology", url: "http://www.santamonicadispatch.com/2011/05/correction-apology/" }); Read More

St. Johns’ Nurses Vote to Join Union

Tweet Culminating years of efforts to win union representation to improve patient care, registered nurses at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica Thursday night voted by 64 percent to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, the state and nation’s pre-eminent organization of RNs. Saint John’s RNs greeted the election victory with cheers and hugs. “This was the most wonderful, one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It was harder than giving... Read More


Tweet Thanks to an excellent turnout at the City Council meeting last night, and the flood of communications that Council Members received from supporters of the Civic Auditorium, that iconic mid-century structure will be seismically strengthened and renovated for use as a performance center. Four Council members voted to use Redevelopment funding for this purpose and all spoke movingly of the Civic’s important place in this community’s past and its potential to serve... Read More