Pacheco Leaves Red Cross to Head New Company

Share with othersTweet John Pacheco, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Red Cross of Santa Monica, will retire, effective January 2, to become President and CEO of Innovative Disaster Solutions, a new company based on the Westside, which will provide disaster preparedness planning and consulting for small and mid-size companies. Pacheco worked for the American Red Cross in the Los Angeles area for 35 years, spending the last eight in Santa Monica. He began as interim... Read More

City Manager Responds to Court RDA Decision

Share with othersTweet On learning of the State Supreme Court’s decision to affirm the Legislature’s authority to dissolve the cities’ Redevelopment Agencies (see story below), Santa Monica City Manager Rod Gould issued the following statement this afternoon: “It’s regrettable that the Legislature and Supreme Court have stripped cities and counties of the one tool to produce affordable housing, generate jobs, and refurbish critical infrastructure. This is especially... Read More

Court Okays Brown’s Call to Shut Down Redevelopment Agencies

Share with othersTweet From LAObserved: Mark Lacter • December 29 2011 10:49 AM Big win for Gov. Jerry Brown, who sought to shave $1.7 billion from the state budget by abolishing more than 400 redevelopment agencies. It’s also a big loss for municipalities that had come to rely on the funding for a variety of projects – some good ones and a lot of questionable ones. The court ruled that effectively eliminating redevelopment was “a proper exercise of the legislative... Read More


Share with othersTweet The City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and Environment will host the breakfast reception at the 2012 edition of the Chamber of Commerce annual “State of the City” program. To be held at the SGI-USA World Cultural Center, this year’s gathering will focus on trends in technology and business in Santa Monica and honor some local businessmen. Mayor Richard Bloom will deliver the “State of The City” address, “providing insights... Read More


Share with othersTweet Santa Monica Airport officials announced this week that flight schools have agreed not to use Santa Monica Airport for repeated takeoffs and landings while pattern flying during the night in response to repeated complaints of nearby residents. Under the voluntary restrictions, the student pilots will be allowed to fly during those hours, but can only take off once and fly elsewhere, instead of engaging in repeated takeoffs and landings in the pattern.... Read More


Share with othersTweet Assistant Director of Santa Monica’s Community and Cultural Services for 12 years. Karen Ginsberg has been named to succeed her boss, Barbara Stinchfield, who is retiring after 31 years with the City and 14 years as head of one of the City’s largest and most diverse departments. With an operating budget of $47 million and 400 employees, the Department oversees everything from the arts to parks to services for homeless people. Ginsberg, whose salary... Read More


Share with othersTweet 2011 has been principally notable for City Hall and the City Council’s consistent lack of interest in residents’ wishes and concerns. The failure of the residents’ campaign to limit commercial growth, Prop T, in 2008 unleashed the City’s long-held belief that it knew better than we did, and that unfortunate belief reached a sort of climax this year. Prop T failed, not because it was a bad measure, but because it was swamped by the developers’... Read More


Share with othersTweet Representatives from a local architecture firm, DLR Group WWCOT, and Santa Monica College received a design award from the Southern California Development Forum (SCDF) for the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Campus East Wing facility. The $12.5 million project, which has not been built yet, was honored for design excellence in the “Un-built Concepts” category. “This addition is a high quality building with great interior space which utilizes... Read More


Share with othersTweet While some progress has been made, it’s been six months since nurses at St. John’s hospital won representation, and they and the hospital remain far apart on crucial safety issues. Bargaining began September 8, and the struggle over patient safety issues has dominated the discussions, delaying talks on other issues, such as pay raises for nurses (many of whom have not had raises in two years). A new California Nurses Association law to protect RNs... Read More


Share with othersTweet Ruth Mount, one of Santa Monica’s most accomplished and beloved residents, died on December 6, at the age of 84. With her husband, James Mount, she built one of the city’s more successful small architectural firms, raised her four children and five grandchildren on Santa Monica’s beaches, gave freely of her time and talent to the town she loved and enterprises she valued, and, with Jim, gave invaluable help and counsel to City staff. Born... Read More