CLASS ACTION SUIT FILED AGAINST CITY

Share with othersTweet In a virtually unprecedented move, Santa Monica attorney Stanley Epstein spoke briefly to the City Council Tuesday night before it went into closed session about item 1-C “Existing Litigation” brought by Epstein and his wife against the City and others for violating the California Vehicle Code laws regarding parking tickets. Epstein’s tone was brisk; his message clear: he had tried since mid-February to resolve the case without resorting to litigation.... Read More

CIVIC AUDITORIUM: ONCE AND FUTURE MASTERPIECE

Share with othersTweet The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium was designated a City Landmark by the Landmarks Commission on November 12, 2001. The City Manager was directed by the Council to execute a presenting agreement with the Nederlander Organization to act as partner with the City once the Civic Auditorium improvements are completed on March 8 this year. The $46,800,000 renovation of the Civic was included in the FY2011-12 budget. This week, the City chose Morley Construction... Read More

THE SANTA MONICA TREE WARS CONTINUE

Share with othersTweet The City talks about creating an urban forest, perhaps making the entire town an arboretum — while quietly tagging large numbers of trees for extinction. This time the target was palm trees. Residents reacted quickly. 1.THEY CIRCULATED A PETITION HELP PRESERVE SANTA MONICA’S PALMS Dear neighbors, We recently learned, to our alarm, that the City of Santa Monica’s Urban Forest Master Plan Task Force is recommending a change that will adversely... Read More

Fourth of July Parade Is Coming Up Fast

Share with othersTweet Santa Monica’s 5th Annual Fourth of July Parade on Main Street, presented by the Ocean Park Association, will roll Monday. This year parade’s theme is “Fourth of July at the Beach” and the Grand Marshals are the LA County Fire Department Lifeguards, led by Captain Angus Alexander, a 31 year veteran of our local ocean lifeguards. The parade starts at 9:30 am on Monday, July 4th on Main Street at Pico Boulevard and proceeds down Main Street to the... Read More

A NOOSE IN THE LOCKER ROOM

Share with othersTweet : Racism Inside and Outside of the Santa Monica High School by David J. Leonard It was likely just another day for a Santa Monica High (CA) student when he headed to wrestling practice. Entering the locker room, things were anything but “normal.” A noose was inside the room nearby a wrestling practice dummy (the specifics are unclear based on current reporting). When an African American wrestler entered the room, he was then accosted by two teammates.... Read More

Brown Kills Redevelopment Agencies

Share with othersTweet Mark Lacter • June 29 2011 3:13 PM It’s part of the budget package that the Democratic-led legislature finalized Tuesday night. The measure would strip the state’s redevelopment agencies of their funding – essentially kill them off – and then use that money for education, social services and other programs. The plan does allow the agencies to continue operating under new funding parameters, but that’s not what proponents have... Read More

COUNCIL LETS ST. JOHN’S OFF THE HOOK

Share with othersTweet It should come as no surprise to anyone that the City Council voted 5-0 (Council members Bobby Shriver and Kevin McKeown were absent) to amend St. John’s hospital’s 1998 Development Agreement with the City by relieving the hospital of’ its long-standing obligation to build a 442-car underground garage on its premises. The hospital will continue to rent space in the Yahoo Center garage and will expand its valet parking staff to trundle cars back and... Read More

WILMONT TO COUNCIL: NO ON ST. JOHN’S PLAN

Share with othersTweet As you know, Wilmont is an area characterized by very serious scarcity of parking. The Yahoo Center and St. John’s Hospital are outside of Wilmont, but the proposed amendment to the DA can have an impact on parking and traffic, particularly in the southeast portion of Wilmont. At our annual general membership meeting on June 11, 2011, our membership voted almost unanimously for resolutions that deal with parking issues related to the proposed DA changes.... Read More

CITY RUSHES TO OKAY ST. JOHN’S “PLAN”

Share with othersTweet Some years ago, the City virtually abandoned public review of proposed commercial projects in favor of development agreements, which were chiefly notable for what has always been a controversial policy: a negotiated exchange in which the City allows a developer to breach certain zoning requirements —such as height limits, if he or she includes some “public benefits” in his project – such as “open space.” City Hall likes the arrangement,... Read More

NEIGHBORS QUESTION ST. JOHN’S ETHICS

Share with othersTweet Committed To Helping Neighbors Improve Their Neighborhood Dear Friends and Members of Mid-City Neighbors, Tuesday night, City Council will be considering St. John’s Health Center’s request to be released from its 13-year-old promise to build an on-site subterranean parking structure for its staff, patients, and visitors who need easy parking near the hospital. • Instead, St. John’s proposes to fill almost every available parking space... Read More

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