NO DICE, A Novel by Mar Preston

Share with othersTweet Previous section posted on July 22 Chapter Four, continued Delgado took time off to stage a war council with Maria and her six brothers and sisters. Prudencio couldn’t take the old lady because his mother-in-law lived with them and helped out with their four kids. Eduardo was a druggie with no fixed address. Raul thought he was hot stuff because he had his AA degree and worked for the state. His wife didn’t do anything but sit on her fat ass and watch... Read More

THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUT PALM TREES

Share with othersTweet Editor’s note: Residents on Marguerita between 17th and 22nd Streets, 18th Street north of Washington, and 22nd Street north of Montana have devoted much of the last month attempting to ensure that if the City replaces the palm trees on their streets for whatever reason, it replaces them with three specific species of palms. But as one resident reports in an email to her neighbors. the City doesn’t seem to be listening. Here’s the latest chapter... Read More

RED CROSS HOLDS BLOOD DRIVE, OFFERS CPR TRAINING

Share with othersTweet The American Red Cross of Santa Monica and 95.5 KLOS Radio will host the 30th Annual American Red Cross/KLOS blood drive in Santa Monica Friday, July 29, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those wishing to participate in the drive are encouraged to make an appointment. Local residents can call the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Persons in good health over the age of 17 (age 16 if accompanied by... Read More

WHERE ARE THE PLANNERS WHEN WE NEED THEM?

Share with othersTweet Last night’s City Council hearing on a Development Agreement and Final EIR for the proposed four-story, 191,982 square foot creative arts and entertainment production facility, 2834 Colorado Avenue Creative Studio, at Colorado Avenue and Stewart Street demonstrated how muddled our planning and development process has become. Gridlock has seized all of our major streets, as well as the 10 and PCH and an ever-increasing number of once-serene residential... Read More

TO THE CITY COUNCIL: HONOR THE LUCE

Share with othersTweet July 26, 2011 To: City Council From: Zina Josephs RE: Colorado Creative Studios Project — 7/26/11 agenda item 7-B I am writing this letter only on my own behalf. 1) This project is one of three adjacent projects: Colorado Creative Studios (Lionsgate), Roberts Business Center, and the Village Trailer Park. The three projects total over 9 acres in a 19-acre block, and will stretch along Colorado Avenue between Stewart/28th and Stanford. 2) Two... Read More

REPEAT PERFORMANCE

Share with othersTweet Second chance — if you missed it the first time, or would like to see it again. FILMS 4 CHANGE PRESENTS INSIDE JOB Exposing economic crisis, shocking truths SUNDAY, July 31, 2011, 3:00 PM From filmmaker Charles Ferguson comes this sobering, Oscar-winning documentary that presents in comprehensive yet cogent detail the pervasive... Read More

STUDENT NOT HAPPY

Share with othersTweet To: Mike Tuitasi: Santa Monica College Vice-President of Student Affairs From: David Krouse: SMC Student Dear Mr Tutasi, My name is David Krouse, I emailed your office once before and as I only got an out of the office email saying you would be back on Monday the 18th (when I sent my email Tuesday 19th) I am trying again. I am a student who has been trying to transfer into your school since June. So far your school has lost my first set of academic transcripts... Read More

SMC NAMED “BEST COMMUNITY COLLEGE”

Share with othersTweet Santa Monica College has been named “Best Community College” in the Los Angeles Times’ “Reader’s Choice Best of Southern California 2011” poll. “The results of the poll are a wonderful affirmation of what we have known for many years: that Santa Monica College maintains the highest academic standards anywhere in preparing students for the first two years of higher education,” said SMC President Dr. Chui L. Tsang. “From our record as the... Read More

COUNCIL IN DENIAL

Share with othersTweet Dear Friends & Members of Mid-City Neighbors, Our City Council reminds me of the corporate heads of the railroad with a train run amok in the film Unstoppable: They seem in complete denial that a major train wreck is headed for our neighborhood. With the Expo coming to town and no plans to park cars as soon as they leave Freeway 10 or Pacific Coast Highway, these Council members seem to have their heads buried in staff reports about the next development... Read More

To the City Council: Have You No Shame?

Share with othersTweet Sirs: Another development project — unnecessary and unwanted, unreasonable and ill-conceived — for the already struggling Pico Neighborhood? Are you serious? Overcrowding, traffic, environmental and humanistic concerns all shout out against this project. Safety and health notions dictate against it, and yet in all likelihood, as with nearly every development project that comes across your tables, the Council will hem and haw, make a sham... Read More