WHICH WAY IS OLYMPIC?

Tweet In my article, “Downtown Specific Plan; the City vs the Residents” I provide considerable substantive information about why the Plan presented by consultant Neal Payton, is not acceptable to residents, and why it shouldn’t be acceptable to the City. See: http://www.santamonicadispatch.com/2012/12/downtown-specific-plan-the-city-vs-the-residents/ In his response, Neal Payton says “I write this not to engage in a discussion about the issues Ms.... Read More

HAVE A TRULY HAPPY HOLIDAY: ADOPT A DOG OR CAT

Tweet There are many animal shelters in Southern California (check Google and/or yellow pages for the ones nearest you). They are filled with dogs, cats and other animals who have been abandoned by their owners. Tragically, because there is not enough space in the shelters, if animals are not adopted, they are put down. We cannot think of a worthier and more joyful way to celebrate the holidays than to adopt a pet from a shelter. Do it. Adopt a dog or cat from a shelter and have... Read More

MERRY XMAS TO THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE

Tweet We asked the United States Postal Service politely and nicely not to close the Main Post Office, at Fifth and Arizona, as it is not only historically significant architecturally, but is conveniently located in the heart of the city and used by untold numbers of residents. It said NO – flatly, brusquely. It was moving its services to a Colorado Avenue out of the way, inconvenient, and difficult site, and that was that. There was nothing in the USPS response that suggested... Read More

SEASON OF MIRACLES

Tweet The stories of this season are ALL about miracles, one after another. But there are stories right now that can only be called miracles – places where people are turning the tables on power and position – unheralded, unexpected. http://fryingpannews.org/2012/12/11/a-season-of-miracles Read these great breakthroughs for a season when light shines through the darkness and hope prevails. May you experience it this Season. JIM Rev. Jim Conn Santa Monica Associations: The... Read More

BIG BLUE BUS FILLS FOUR KEY SLOTS

Tweet The City of Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus (BBB) just rounded out its staff roster with two promotions from within the City’s ranks and two new hires. According to Director Ed King, “This group brings decades of transit knowledge and experience to supporting BBB’s vision of continual service improvement. “For the Big Blue Bus to improve service and customer communication, we need team members experienced in planning and implementing complex initiatives. I am confident... Read More

THINGS TO DO…BESIDES SHOPPING

Tweet Final Day: Lorraine Bubar, Peter Kempson & Stephanie Visser at TAG Gallery, Saturday, December 22, 11am – 5pm In “Family Trees,” artist Lorraine Bubar layers delicately cut paper, revealing bold color contrasts and lacey textural patterns reflecting the contrast between fragility and strength found in paper itself. For his current show, ”Let’s Have Some Fun!,” artist Peter Kempson engages in humorous social critique digitally layering familiar icons... Read More

PARKME TELLS DRIVERS WHERE TO PARK

Tweet ParkMe, a provider of real-time parking data, is now working with L.A.and Santa Monica to help motorists find available parking. “Born and raised in Los Angeles, I have spent years relying on luck to find a parking spot. Now I can use technology,” said Sam Friedman, CEO and co-founder of ParkMe. “It has been an incredible experience working with the city of Los Angeles to further our mission and provide the best parking solution for drivers, helping them park quickly... Read More

MEMO TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

Tweet Dear President Obama, Probably now too late, but with respect, here are a few comments I think of import. My regrets that time to cobble and better present these has been so short [Aggravating recent news took awhile to move me to them]: ”Fiscal cliff”?—-This contrivance is but the latest obfuscation in the way of other more pressing action needs. ……Keeping too many in debt with corrupted financial systems is much more a problem than could be any fear-fueling... Read More

COLLEGE SPOKESMAN BRUCE SMITH RETIRES

Tweet Every year there seem to be more public information officers and/or press agents and/or public relations people, but, in this as in all things, more is by no means synonymous with better. In fact, the more PR people there are, the less actual news we receive from them – more and more puff, less and less substance. Bruce Smith has been the public information officer for Santa Monica College for 24-plus years. There have been enormous changes there during his run – not... Read More

EVA MAYORAL, JOHN ADAMS’ PRINCIPAL, WINS STATE AWARD

Tweet Eva Mayoral, Principal of John Adams Middle School, has been named the 2013 Outstanding Administrator of the Year by the California Music Educators Association(CMEA), a statewide organization comprised of music educators working in public and private schools, colleges and universities in California. CMEA is dedicated to “supporting and improving existing music programs, and to create a greater awareness of the value of music education through partnerships with other associations... Read More

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