FILMS4CUBAN5 presents IN THE WRONG BODY

Tweet In the Wrong Body En el Cuerpo Equivocado Saturday, July 7, 7 pm At the Home of Rachel and Jay, 601 9th Street, Santa Monica, California, one block East of Lincoln, one block North of Montana, Southeast Corner, Easy Parking Before Film: Meet at Izzy’s Deli, 15th and Wilshire, 5:00 PM Free street parking @ Izzy’s Deli, rear lot, computer store lot on 15th. After Film: Discussion, end the embargo on CUBA COFFEE, Izzy’s cookies. RSVP: RachelJay@earthlink.net... Read More

HEARTRENDING STORIES & ACCOUNTS OF DAMAGE

Tweet By Brenda Barnes We have handwritten petitions with signatures of about 200 of our neighbors in Mid-City and Pico Neighborhood, from just one guy going out for a few hours on two Sunday afternoons. Not one person said they were in favor of the development, 200 people signed, and five said they were watching the game and couldn’t take time to talk about anything right then. That’s the way support for us goes. When we picket in front of the Park 5:30-6:30 Mon-Thur... Read More

WRITER/DIRECTOR NORA EPHRON DIES AT 71

Tweet LAObserved Ephron grew up in Beverly Hills, made a name for herself as a journalist in New York, got into screenwriting via collaboration with then-husband Carl Bernstein on a version of “All the President’s Men,” and grew into what People magazine calls today “one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood as the creative force behind such blockbusters as ‘You’ve Got Mail,’ ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ and ‘When Harry... Read More

FOURTH OF JULY PARADE TO ROLL OUT 6th EDITION

Tweet Summer’s here. Can Santa Monica’s sixth Annual Fourth of July Parade on Main Street, presented by the Ocean Park Association, be far behind? This year parade’s theme is science and technology, so put on your propeller hats and activate your anti-matter pods as organizers hope to see a spirited display of the imaginative, inventive spirit of our nation’s founders — Benjamin Franklin was an inventor, after all. Applications to participate in the 4th of July... Read More

FIREWORKS AT SMC SATURDAY

Tweet Once upon a time, Santa Monica’s Fourth of July fireworks were legendary. They were shot off the the beach, and they were glorious, dazzling, overwhelming — as well as legendary –- everything we want great fireworks to be. People came from all over Southern California to see them, and came every Fourth of July. But the City didn’t like them. The town filled up early. By mid-afternoon, driving in downtown Santa Monica was impossible. Crowds, throngs of happy... Read More

BIGGER IS NOT BETTER

Tweet In their letter of support for the Miramar Hotel’s plans to double its size and substantially increase its height, the “Friends of the Miramar,” who number about 300, say that it will fulfill LUCE’s “vision of downtown Santa Monica as a vibrant mixed use place… enhance our downtown and make a gateway to the City…and make it relevant and competitive.” At a hearing on the Miramar plans, Kathleen Rawson, who heads Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (formerly known... Read More

THE MAGNIFICENT BIRDS OF BALLONA

Tweet Two White Tailed Kites in flight soared toward each other, locked talons and dive bombed together towards earth, only to separate just before crashing. The rarely seen bird ritual was captured on film in the early 1960s by the young photographer Bill Beebe, and it sparked a passion in him to document the birdlife of the Ballona Wetlands, which he continues to this day. Birding aficionados from all over the world know they can arrive at LAX and in 10 minutes see Heerman’s... Read More

SEMINAR ON FUTURE OF UNLEADED AVGAS

Tweet Saturday, June 30, at 9 a.m., Lars Hjelmberg, founder of Hjelmco Oil, will take part in a seminar on the development of unleaded aviation fuel at the Santa Monica Museum of Flying. Attendance is limited to the first 250 people to register. Register at http://futureofavgas.eventbrite.com. In 1979, Hjelmco Oil, developed an UN-Leaded 80/87 grade AVGAS. In 1991, the company developed an 91/96 grade UN-Leaded AVGAS, which is VERY close to 100 Octane. Coninental, Lycoming, Rotax... Read More

CITY REJECTS SETTLEMENT IN PARKING TICKET CASE

Tweet At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, during the closed session, a City Attorney will inform the Council that the City and ACS/Xerox are ending settlement negotiations of the case concerning violations of California statutes governing parking enforcement. Deputy City Attorney Jeanette Schachtner gave attorney Eric Benick, whose clients, Stanley and Harriet Epstein brought the case, the news on Friday. Four weeks ago, the City submitted a redraft of the agreement to... Read More

TALKING TRUTH TO THE RENT CONTROL BOARD

Tweet Re: Case 447R-D, per 2930 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica Dear Rent Control Board Members, I’m now running out of patience. And please do not misunderstand me here. There are a lot of hard-working, well-meaning souls in our City’s government. You know that. You work with them, yes? As always, I intend no personal antipathy toward you reading this or anyone who will come to be involved in these regards… But, the action of our over-worked, insufficiently informed, and... Read More