CITY: SPEAKING OF TRAFFIC & PARKING…

Tweet By Jim Gerstley Planning Commission meeting, Wednesday, January 30, 7 PM, Council Chambers 6-A Zoning Ordinance Update This ordinance is attempting to address downtown parking. Downtown is already congested, as are the I-10 and I-405 freeways. Building more multiple use developments downtown will add more people and more congestion. Congestion is a combination of cars, transit, bikes and pedestrians. Congestion impacts safety and air pollution. Unsynchronized signals alone... Read More

DEMOCRATIC L.A. MAYORAL CANDIDATES IN PALISADES TODAY

Tweet The four Democratic L.A. mayoral candidates will appear at the annual meeting of The Pacific Palisades Democratic Club this afternoon from 2 to 4pm at the Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club, 901 Haverford Avenue in the Palisades.The meeting is open to the public. L.A. City Councilmember Eric Garcetti, L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel, L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry, and Emanuel Pleitez, a former technology executive with public and private sector experience will answer... Read More

SM REP KICKS OFF THIRD SEASON WITH MOLIERE SALON

Tweet On Saturday, February 2, Santa Monica Repertory Theater will transform the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club into a 17th-century French Salon. The event will begin with a mix and mingle at 4PM, at which guests will be able to make masks, have their hair coiffed, take part in a silent auction and raffle, and listen to live music. The evening’s primary entertainment will begin at 5PM with a fully-costumed staged reading of Moliere’s THE LEARNED LADIES, a remount of the... Read More

CHAINED REACTION GETS TEMPORARY STAY

Tweet LOS ANGELES TIMES STORY Paul Conrad’s anti-nuclear war “Chain Reaction” sculpture in Santa Monica is out from under a cloud — at least temporarily. The City Council voted Tuesday night to authorize funds to patch and secure the deteriorated sculpture and agreed to give admirers until Feb. 1, 2014, to raise funds to rebuild it. “We’ve now got the city on board with us,” said David Conrad, son of the late sculptor and political cartoonist... Read More

ST. JOHN’S IN COURT FIGHT OVER FAILED NURSE RECRUITMENT

Tweet Los Angeles Times story The Santa Monica hospital paid a recruiter in England nearly $700,000, but no nurses ever arrived. The hospital says it was the victim of fraud and bribery. Short of hospital nurses in recent years, St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica hired a recruiter in England and flew one of its top executives to London to interview job candidates. The recruiter’s firm, Stateside Nursing, found 105 nurses and the hospital paid the company nearly... Read More

IF YOU MISSED CAFE SAMO LAST NIGHT, YOU MISSED THE BEST SHOW IN TOWN

Tweet Last night’s show was amazing. If you weren’t there, you missed the best show in town. But you’re in luck. We have a matinee today (Saturday) at 3:30 pm and an evening show at 7:30 pm. $10 ticket donation in the Santa Monica High School Humanities Center. We’ve got everything from Beatles songs, musical theatre and barbershop to original songs by the students themselves. Don’t miss the senior girls a cappella group’s rendition of Lady Marmalade,... Read More

CITY WORKSHOP TO TEACH RESIDENTS HOW TO WALK

Tweet Nothing…absolutely nothing…is beyond City Hall. We are now covering a team that is assembling a program that is meant to ensure our “well-being” – collectively and individually. Monday, another team will give a seminar of sorts on walking. According to a City press release, “Even when you’re taking a car, bike or bus, you start by walking. And walking should be as safe as it is healthy and enjoyable, but it isn’t. That’s why the City of Santa Monica is... Read More

TRUE ORIGINALS APPEAR THIS WEEKEND

Tweet Black Pine Ginkaku-ji, Astrid Preston, Opening Reception Saturday, January 26, 4-6pm Since her last exhibition at the Craig Krull Gallery in 2010, Astrid Preston’s work has traveled further than it did during any other period in her career. Entitled, ”New Territory,” these paintings on wood and linen are influenced by traditional Japanese painting, as well as that culture’s reverence of Nature. Using an analogy of ceramics, she calls it a shift from refined... Read More

BROADWAY COMES TO SAMOHI FRIDAY, SATURDAY

Tweet Santa Monica High School’s CAFÉ SAMO is a delightful cabaret style show produced annually by the Samohi Vocal Music Program and featuring dozens of talented student performers who create and produce their own musical acts. This year, there will be three shows: Friday, January 25, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, January 26, at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The performances will take place in the Humanities Center Theater, Second Floor, English Building. Santa Monica High School... Read More

LAWYER SUE HIMMELRICH IS NEW PLANNING COMMISSIONER

Tweet 20 people applied for the seat on the Planning Commission that was vacated by Ted Winterer’s ascension to the City Council. Tuesday night, the City Council spent less than a minute naming one of the 20, Sue Himmelrich,a lawyer, to succeed Winterer. The Commission is the premier residents’ commission as its primary task is reviewing proposed commercial developments and making recommendations to the City Council. It was also a stepping stone to the City Council for three... Read More