WE ARE SANTA MONICANS FOR RESPONSIBLE GROWTH

Tweet Ivan Perkins We are a group of residents seeking to discuss growth and development issues with all the City Council candidates, and to help elect those candidates who will manage our City’s growth in a way that puts residents’ priorities, and the best interests of the City, ahead of developers’ interests. Who we are: I, Ivan Perkins, am an attorney, and I have enjoyed walking throughout Santa Monica for many years; my family and I were finally able to move here... Read More

POSTER AUCTION DELAYED

Tweet Due to unforseen restrictions CSPG’s auction will launch on Sunday September 2, between 5 pm and 9pm rather than on September 1. (see story below) SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "POSTER AUCTION DELAYED", url: "http://www.santamonicadispatch.com/2012/08/poster-auction-delayed/" }); Read More

CHAIN REACTION: THE FACTS

Tweet City officials decreed some time ago that the late Paul Conrad’s sculpture, CHAIN REACTION, was “dangerous,” and would require approximately $200,000 to over $400,000 to fix, which the City was not prepared to pay. Subsequently, the City gave residents six months in which raise the requisite funds themselves. Santa Monica lawyer Ken Kutcher (Harding Larmore Kutcher Kozol LLP) has examined the record –- from the making of Chain Reaction, including detailed analyses... Read More

ONLINE AUCTION OF PROTEST GRAPHICS SET

Tweet The Center for the Study of Political Graphics will hold an online Labor Day Auction, Sept 1 – 9. All proceeds will go to support CSPG’s work, its unique collection and programming. Over 120 original political posters will be available including: Rare and vintage U.S. posters from the 1960s & 70s including Women’s Rights, War and Peace, Police Repression, Political Prisoners, Labor, Immigration, Latin America, Civil Rights, the Black Power Movement,... Read More

Westside Democrats Open HQ Here

Tweet The Democratic Convention will get underway next Tuesday in Charlotte, South Carolina, and the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club Westside Democratic headquarters, in partnership with Organizing for America – California and the Westside Democratic Club, will have its grand opening on Thursday on the Third Street Promenade. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled at noon, with a speech-watching party starting at 4:30 when President Barack Obama makes his acceptance speech.... Read More

L.A. HOTELS BOOMING

Tweet From LAObserved L.A. hotels set record: July occupancy averaged 83.9 percent, the highest monthly level in the last 25 years – and the seventh straight month of year-over-year increases. From the LAT: Meanwhile, passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport was up 2% in July over the same month last year. And the Los Angeles Convention Center is scheduled to play host to a total of 24 citywide conventions this year, the most since 2001, according to the tourism... Read More

CORRECTION

Tweet Dear Editor, Thank you for printing my letter (August 23, 2012) regarding the pledge signed by seven candidates not to cooperate with any new group that is “not transparent,” exempting all groups they’ve worked with in the past.I stand by everything I said in that letter with one correction. There were two votes taken at City Council about transparency. On January 11, 2011, the council voted on Kevin McKeown’s motion to direct staff to explore possible... Read More

ON GETTING EXPELLED FROM WILMONT

Tweet Consider this quote from the suppressed Green Movement in Tehran in 2009: If Morsi needs a primer on the democracy movement in Iran (whose Islamic regime broke relations with Egypt in 1979 to protest the peace treaty with Israel) he can read the one offered by Stanford’s Iran expert, Abbas Milani, on the United States Institute of Peace Web site: “The Green Movement reached its height when up to 3 million peaceful demonstrators turned out on Tehran streets to protest... Read More

THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE IN SANTA MONICA

Tweet There are good people in Santa Monica. A lot of them live in the area known as “Wilmont,” north of Wilshire Blvd. and south of Montana Avenue. I am one of them. Most importantly, we are neighbors and we care deeply about our city and our neighborhood. There are bad government policies in Santa Monica. A lot of them. And it’s been going on at an unstoppable pace for 15 years. Change came to our national leadership four years ago. Change has yet to... Read More

MOVEON REPORT: TOMORROW IN WLA

Tweet At their convention in Tampa, FL this week, the GOP is unapologetically touting its war on women, plan to end Medicare, and economic policies that help the rich get richer. Tomorrow night, we’re firing back with grassroots parties that will rev up our get-out-the-vote engine this fall. The polls are neck-and-neck, and in order to win, we need a big voter turnout. We’re gathering in Los Angeles. Please join us! Host: Linda H. Where: Beethoven & Palm (Los... Read More