Share with othersTweet The Tuesday, November 1, City Council meeting will be devoted entirely to a study session on “Santa Monica Business Districts and the Local Economy.” Given the events that took place at the Village Trailer Park Monday morning (see RESIDENTS RALLY TO DEFEND VILLAGE TRAILER PARK below), we hope that the staff and the Council will devote some attention to the unavoidable and sometimes sharp conflicts between business interests and residents’ needs,... Read More


Share with othersTweet Dear Friends and Members of Mid-City Neighbors, Early this morning, Marc Luzzatto had a Golden West Demolitions crew come to Village Trailer Park to demolish 10 trailers–in violation of the Draft EIR, which states that “no trailers are proposed to be demolished” (p. 168). Fortunately, David Lathem, a resident of VTP, had called me early Saturday morning to ask for help. He sent me the notice he received last Thursday, announcing that... Read More


Share with othersTweet I grew up as an only child, with a single mother. Because we were poor and because I knew my father had emigrated from Syria, I imagined he looked like Omar Sharif. I hoped he would be rich and kind and would come into our lives (and our not yet furnished apartment) and help us. Later, after I’d met my father, I tried to believe he’d changed his number and left no forwarding address because he was an idealistic revolutionary, plotting a new world for... Read More

Management To Demolish Trailers in Village Trailer Park

Share with othersTweet By Zina Josephs Residents at Village Trailer Park (VTP) have been notified that management will begin demolishing 10 trailers on Monday, October 31st. My understanding is that this demolition should not be occurring at this time due to: A) the Draft EIR process, B) current Planning Department research into the historic significance of VTP, and C) state mobile home residency laws. Is there anything the City of Santa Monica can do to delay this demolition? *******************************************************************************************************... Read More


Share with othersTweet The City Planning Department is currently planning: (1) the proposed EXPO Light rail line — its maintenance yard, the route through the city, three stations, the areas adjacent to the stations and the “gateway to Santa Monica” at the end of the line; (2) the construction of over two million square feet of new commercial projects in the Bergamont station area; (3) major additions to the Civic Center – the mega-housing project that is called... Read More

Palisades Comments: Incline Reconstruction Draft EIR

Share with othersTweet October 28, 2011 City of Santa Monica, Public Works Department Civil Engineering Division 1437 4th Street, Suite 300 Santa Monica, CA 90401 Re California Incline Bridge Replacement Project Re-circulated Draft EIR/EA The Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) has been the voice of the Palisades community for over 38 years. The Pacific Coast Highway and Sunset Blvd. are literally our lifelines. Anything which hinders traffic flow on these arteries is... Read More

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

Share with othersTweet Last section posted on 9/22 Chapter 11, second section Rafi called Ginger out of the blue. “I’ve got something for you.” “Tell.” She slapped a row of staples in the machine and kept on assembling sets of handouts for the precinct walkers. She had to do something physical to get her mind off things. “I’ve got somebody in Lawrence’s firm talking to me.” “How do you do this?” She went to her desk and sat down, hunched over the phone, eager... Read More


Share with othersTweet Mark Cuneo. P.E. City of Santa Monica, Civil Engineering 1437 4th Street – Suite 300 Santa Monica, CA 90401 California Incline Reconstruction EIR/EA (“Project”) Public Comment Dear Mr. Cuneo, The Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association is one of the oldest community-based organizations in the state. We were incorporated in 1946 and succeeded the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. Part of our mission is to represent our community’s interests before... Read More


Share with othersTweet Last night, Scott Olsen, a Marine who served two tours in Iraq, was struck in the head by a “nonlethal” projectile fired by the Oakland police. The round fractured his skull, leaving him in critical condition. Olsen had joined with other members of Occupy Oakland to peacefully protest the group’s eviction that morning. When a group gathered to help Olsen after he was hit, a police officer threw a flash bang grenade into the group from... Read More


Share with othersTweet H.G. Wells, English socialist and author of over 100 books, including THE WAR OF THE WORLDS and THE TIME MACHINE, toured America in the first years of the 20th century and wrote a book about what he observed, THE FUTURE IN AMERICA. It was published in 1906 and, in it, he concluded that America’s most significant accomplishment was to make feudalism efficient. Today, 105 years later, feudalism continues to rule in America, but it’s no longer efficient.... Read More