Buzzing About Possible AOL Sale

Share with othersTweet Mark Lacter • August 31 2011 3:24 PM Not much doubt that the idea is at least being considered – company executives have been meeting in recent days with M&A specialists, the NY Post reports. The more relevant questions: –Would anyone be interested in the entire package?
–If not, which units might be unloaded? (Patch seems like a dead duck, as do the other weak revenue generators.)
–Would it make sense to take the company... Read More

BIG WAVES TO HIT BEACHES THURSDAY

Share with othersTweet An Antarctic storm has spun off large swells that are expected to begin pounding local beaches on Thursday. The breakers should build through the weekend and reach ten feet on some south-facing beaches — maybe 20 feet or so at The Wedge in Newport Beach, says outdoors writer Pete Thomas. As with all large Southern Hemisphere swells, there will be long lulls between giant sets. Swimmers are cautioned that monstrous waves may seem to spring up suddenly,... Read More

Stajich’s “Hostages” Opens at Ruskin

Share with othersTweet As comic-actor-playwright-director Steve Stajich says, “Ah, summer time. To many it means hot dogs, lemonade, picnics… and of course two-act dramas about gender and power in the work place.” He’s talking about the premiere of HOSTAGES,” which he wrote and is directing, on Saturday, September 10, at the air conditioned Ruskin Group Studio Theater. It will run with shows on Saturdays and Sundays at 8 p.m. every weekend through October 2nd. Stajich... Read More

Bye Bye Blues VI

Share with othersTweet Sonya Sones, author of the Los Angeles Times best-selling novel-in-verse, THE HUNCHBACK OF NEIMAN MARCUS (HarperCollins, 2011), will post a new poem on her blog (www.sonyasones.com/wp/whats-new/) every day for the next several weeks about how a mother feels when her child heads off to college. As a public service, we will post the poems in the Dispatch. Herewith, installment six: We’re the First to Arrive at Her Dorm We explore the sterile, echoing rooms of... Read More

SUPPORT AUTISM REAUTHORIZATION ACT NOW

Share with othersTweet We have less than 30 days to convince Congress that it must pass the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act, S. 1094. $693 million of dedicated autism research funding and vital funding for the Autism Treatment Network (ATN) hangs in the balance. California’s Autism Treatment Network Centers are in jeopardy of losing federal funding. The centers not only provide treatment for thousands of people with autism, they are striving to establish a standardized... Read More

Congratulations, Santa Monica Voters!

Share with othersTweet You have just won the Grand Prize, the enviable opportunity to share the city streets with an additional 27,000 vehicles, Monday to Friday, from 6AM to 7PM, every week, forever, courtesy of the City Council members you elected to represent your wishes! Six of your ELECTED council members took a brave stand and, despite the overwhelming concerns and opposition expressed by the residents in numerous public meetings, voted to go forward with Development Agreement... Read More

FAA and NTSB INVESTIGATE PLANE CRASH IN SUNSET PARK

Share with othersTweet A student pilot attempting to land at Santa Monica Airport overshot the runway, tried again and, on his second attempt, apparently lost control of the plane, clipped some trees and the corner of a garage before crashing nose first into the ground at a house near the intersection of 21st and Navy Streets. The accident took place about 2:45 p.m. Monday. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane was a Cessna 172. “I think the tree... Read More

IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE TREES, PART III

Share with othersTweet The following letter was sent to San Vicente residents, but everyone in Santa Monica should be aware and concerned. Dispatch Editor Urgent Action: Keep Magnolias as Designated Tree on San Vicente from Ocean to 7th Street!! For those of us who live along San Vicente Boulevard, the magnolias trees along the sidewalks from Ocean to 26th Street present a beautiful, consistent canopy while complementing the coral trees in the center median. The magnolias... Read More

MORE DETAILS ABOUT SUNSET PARK PLANE CRASH

Share with othersTweet A small plane crashed into a house near the intersection of Navy and 21st Street in Sunset Park at about 2:15 p.m. today. According to initial reports, the plane had just taken off from Santa Monica Airport, but later reports suggested that, in fact, the pilot was trying to land at the airport. Officials said that the pilot suffered a broken leg. No one was in the house at the time of the crash, but two painters who were working on the house put out a small... Read More

BYE BYE BLUES V

Share with othersTweet Sonya Sones, author of the Los Angeles Times best-selling novel-in-verse, THE HUNCHBACK OF NEIMAN MARCUS (HarperCollins, 2011), will post a new poem on her blog (www.sonyasones.com/wp/whats-new/) every day for the next several weeks about how a mother feels when her child heads off to college. As a public service, we will post the poems in the Dispatch. Herewith, installment five. Flying Our Daughter to College I’m tucked into the middle seat between... Read More