Thoughts from a terminated member of Wilmont

Share with othersTweet “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead By Alin Wall When I submitted my nominating petition for the board of the Wilshire Montana Neighborhood Coalition (Wilmont) on May 30, 2012 I never dreamed it would set off the chain of events that ended on Friday with a letter from an attorney notifying... Read More

SMRR COMPLETES ITS 2012 SLATE

Share with othersTweet By Hannah Heineman At their annual convention on August 22, Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) members voted to endorse two City Council candidates, Ted Winterer and Gleam Davis, out of the six who sought their backing. However, on Sunday, SMRR’s 13- member Steering Committee voted to endorse incumbent Council member Terry O’Day and former Council member Tony Vazquez. Like the membership, the committee could not agree on a State Assembly candidate,... Read More

NEW WILMONT BOARD REJECTS OLD BOARD’S ORDER

Share with othersTweet On learning that the Wilshire Montana Neighborhood Coalition (WILMONT) past Board of Directors was ending the Wilmont memberships of the newly elected Board, the new Board issued the following statement. In a press release issued today (July 27), Becki Kammerling, the purported attorney for the past Wilmont Board of Directors has reportedly reiterated their position that the election on June 9 was invalid, and that the Wilmont membership of all newly elected... Read More

VENICE: THEN & NOW FOCUS OF EXHIBIT

Share with othersTweet “Venice: Yesterday/Today or Still Crazy After All These Years,” photographs by Helen K. Garber, opens at Universal Art Gallery on August 11th. The photos were taken in the exact locations as vintage photographs Garber and Jill Prestup, president of the Venice Historical Society, culled from the Society archives. Once the two women identified the photographs they wanted to replicate, they studied the Society’s archives and maps to identify the places... Read More

OWN OR OWN & RENT, RESIDENCY CONFERS SOME RIGHTS IN AMERICA

Share with othersTweet Owners of brick and mortar houses and condominiums, as well as renters of apartments and the like, all have habitation rights their ownership or rental agreements guarantee under the law. Mobile home “parks”—there are still many 100’s of them, though at present over 840 nationwide, and over 50 in California, are up for sale—are generally for-profit businesses, which offer ongoing “pad” or “site” residency habitation contracts to the owners... Read More

EARTHQUAKE RATTLES, DOESN’T ROLL

Share with othersTweet Shortly after 3 a.m. this morning, a 3.74 earthquake rattled across Southern California. It was brief, and mild, and thus far there have been no reports of damage. According to the seismologists at the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter was two miles east-southeast of Marina del Ray near Culver City, and was felt as far away as Riverside and the San Fernando Valley. In Santa Monica, it felt and sounded like a door slamming. .  Read More

WATCH THIS!

Share with othersTweet No matter what you read or watch, if you’re not watching NEWSROOM, writer Aaron Sorkin’s latest revelation, you’re not getting the whole story. It tells us more about America here and now than all the alleged news programs. NEWSROOM can be seen on HBO on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. and is rerun several times during the week.. Bravo, Mr. Sorkin!  Read More

WHEN THE PEOPLE TALK, DO THE LEADERS LISTEN?

Share with othersTweet There hasn’t been a City Council meeting like last night’s session for some time. The Council was set to approve an ordinance imposing new restrictions on smokers in apartment buildings on second reading, and pass it into law. But it didn’t.The members were clearly afraid that they had gone too far as, apparently, they’d got lots of complaints from residents about the ordinance after the first reading, and so the proposed ordinance died. Santa... Read More

THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING

Share with othersTweet Novelist William Faulkner said, “The past isn’t dead, it isn’t even past.” Founded in 1875, Santa Monica’s been famous for all sorts of things, but it’s been beloved because it’s the real thing – as natural and odd as the steep bluffs that preside over the northern reaches of the beach, as easy as the old men who’ve been playing beach volleyball on the sand at the foot of the bluffs every day for 40 years, as complete as a town can be... Read More

DEVELOPER GIVES OVER $8,000 TO COUNCIL MEMBERS

Share with othersTweet The Transparency Project has tallied Village Trailer Park project donations to Santa Monica City Council members. In the last two elections, individuals associated with the proposed Village Trailer Park project (the Luzzattos – Marc, Barbara, Asher, and Evan) donated a total of $3,250 to the campaigns of five current Council members (Bloom, Davis, Holbrook, O’Connor, and O’Day). An additional $5,000 was donated for Independent Expenditure... Read More