Share with othersTweet “Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design,”  the first exhibition to present the life and work of  McCoy (1904-1989), opens Wednesday, September 28, at the MAK Center. The exhibition recognizes her as an American original and affirms her unassailable role as a key figure in American modernism. Esther McCoy and Marshall Ho'o, Zuma Beach, Malibu, California, c. 1933. Courtesy of Esther McCoy Papers,... Read More

NO DICE, a Santa Monica Murder Mystery, by Mar Preston

Share with othersTweet Last section posted on 9/24 Chapter Nine, second two The faces of the cop by her door and the old fellow with the measuring tape kept popping out at Ginger, jumping in her face, startling her, scalding her with what-might-have-beens. Stress clamped down all her muscles and she ached from head to toe like an abscessed tooth. She forced herself to get through the essential things at the top of the To Do list. Get to work. Check email, do press calls. Say hello... Read More


Share with othersTweet From Dispatch national correspondent Linn Bayne The national campaign to Abolish Corporate Personhood and Defend Democracy. Sign the Petition: Protecting and Defending our Democracy… Dear friend, Our elected officials appear to be more interested in making political points than they are in making good policy. The policy they do create clearly benefits corporate America more than it benefits the American people,... Read More

Student Gives SMC Financial Aid Office An F

Share with othersTweet Ms. Gomez: As you are my financial aid technician I am contacting you regarding a discrepancy in funds. I have tried emailing Damon McLeod (a detailed email) and calling the Financial Aid office as well as your personal extension – and have been unable to get a response. When I received my disbursement for my Pell Grant my award letter shows that I am entitled to something like $2700 but I only received like $1350 and no explanation as to why this... Read More


Share with othersTweet Here is my correspondence with the city tree coordinator about the trees proposed for in front of my house, which, according to the web, “smell like semen.” My inquiry was not taken seriously. If it does have the unpleasant odor that has been observed in Santa Cruz and San Francisco, they are not likely to stay in place very long! There are a lot of people taking walks in this neighborhood who would notice a tree that is not pleasant to be around. Abby... Read More

Former SM City Manager Takes Helm in Compton

Share with othersTweet The Los Angeles Times reports that “Amid financial turmoil and changing political tides, the Compton City Council has voted to fire its third city manager in five years. “The council voted to bring in Lamont Ewell, a former Compton firefighter who went on to serve as city manager for cities including San Diego and Santa Monica before retiring in 2009, as Norfleet’s replacement. Ewell’s contract is slated to be approved next week. “Ewell,... Read More


Share with othersTweet Copies to: Santa Monica City Council, City Manager, Planning Commission, Task Force on the Environment, Recreation and Parks Commission, city staff, interested citizens, media representatives We are writing to express concern about recent events that are having the unfortunate effect of discouraging public participation in the Urban Forest Master Plan Task Force’s process and inciting public mistrust of the Task Force. 1. When completed, the Urban... Read More

To Friends of St. John’s Nurses

Share with othersTweet Since you have been with us through the long struggle for union recognition at Saint John’s, we thought you would appreciate an update on the progress we’ve made and the challenges we’ve faced recently. In late July, we notified management that we would be ready to begin negotiations in August. Management responded with a single date in September. That kind of set the tone for management’s approach to scheduling dates. But we did meet for the first... Read More

Autism Reauthorization Bill Passes Senate, Goes to Obama

Share with othersTweet Autism Speaks hailed the passage of the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 by unanimous consent in the United States Senate earlier today. The bill now goes to President Obama for signature and enactment. The bill allocates $693 million in new dedicated funding to the autism community for research and treatment for the next three years. Autism Votes is an initiative of Autism Speaks. For more information on Autism Votes, please visit  Read More

Hines Project Must Be Put On Hold

Share with othersTweet To the City Council of Santa Monica September 26, 2011 RE: Agenda Consent Item 3-R: Planning Services Related to the Bergamot Area Plan This report to the City Council from the Planning Director, recommending the hiring of a professional design firm to “develop and complete” the Bergamot Area Plan confirms that no developments currently proposed within the 140 acres under the Plan legally can or should be negotiated or approved until the Plan is... Read More