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SKIRBALL CENTER BECOMES A THEATER SET FOR EXODUS STEPS

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This Passover season, the Skirball Cultural Center transforms its campus into a theater set for “Exodus Steps,” an installation-based performance piece by internationally acclaimed British theater company, Stan’s Cafe (pronounced “caff”). The specially commissioned work dissolves traditional boundaries by eschewing professional actors and inviting the audience to perform the show.

Inspired by teach-yourself-to-dance floor mats, it will use brightly colored vinyl footprints, handprints, dialogue bubbles, and artwork to guide visitors on the Israelites’ journey from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land. Admission to Exodus Steps is free.

“’Exodus Steps’ completely rethinks how the timeless tale of the Exodus is told,” says Jordan Peimer, Skirball Vice President and Director of Programs. “Instead of reading the story around the Seder table, visitors re-enact the Exodus, moving from place to place as the story unfolds and interacting with fellow participants. It’ll be a fun, meaningful way to mark the holiday of Passover and celebrate its universal message of rising up against injustice in the pursuit of liberty.”

“Exodus Steps” is self-guided and designed to be performed by friends, families, and couples. Visitors of all ages discover the story by following the vinyl footsteps and decoding cues in the colorful trail of graphics, which will portray lambs, frogs, locusts, the Red Sea, a burning bush, and many other objects central to the story.

The trail will lead to different sites across the Skirball, including garden walkways and terraces and the Skirball’s core exhibition, “Visions and Values: Jewish Life from Antiquity to America,” which features a nearly life-sized replica of Lady Liberty’s torch.

Stan’s Cafe was last in Los Angeles in 2007, when the troupe presented the popular rice-based performance installation “Of All the People in All the World.” “Exodus Steps” represents the U.S. debut of Stan’s Cafe’s critically hailed Step Series, which has been performed in nearly twenty settings. Each rendition of the Step Series is unique to its location and tells a new story.

The Stan’s Cafe team, led by James Yarker, Artistic Director, was in residence at the Skirball from February 20 through February 26 to lay out and fine-tune the Exodus trail.

“Exodus Steps” is made possible in part by support from an anonymous gift
and an award from the national endowment of the arts.

The Skirball Cultural Center is dedicated to exploring the connections between 4,000 years of Jewish heritage and the vitality of American democratic ideals. It welcomes and seeks to inspire people of every ethnic and cultural identity. Guided by our respective memories and experiences, together we aspire to build a society in which all of us can feel at home. The Skirball Cultural Center achieves its mission through educational programs that explore literary, visual, and performing arts from around the world; through the display and interpretation of its permanent collections and changing exhibitions; through an interactive family destination inspired by the Noah’s Ark story; and through outreach to the community.

The Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. FREE on-site parking. The Skirball is also accessible by Metro Rapid Bus 761. Museum hours: Tuesday–Friday 12:00–5:00 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; closed Mondays and holidays. Admission to Exodus Steps is FREE. Admission to other Skirball exhibitions: $10 General; $7 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12; $5 Children 2–12. Exhibitions are always free to Skirball Members and Children under 2. Exhibitions are free to all visitors on Thursdays. For general information, the public may call (310) 440-4500 or visit www.skirball.org. The Skirball is also home to Zeidler’s Café, which serves innovative California cuisine in an elegant setting, and Audrey’s Museum Store, which sells books, contemporary art, music, jewelry, and more.

GANGSTA RAP VS. HIPHOP: THEIR IMMENSE AND LASTING IMPACT

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Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology and Social Services at California State University, East Bay, Benjamin P. Bowser has done extensive research on the topic of hip hop and gangsta rap’s influence in American culture and the effects, positive and negative, that will endure.

His most recent publications are: “Gangster Rap and Its Social Cost: Exploiting Hip Hop and Using Racial Stereotypes to Entertain America” (Amherst, N.Y: Cambria Press) and with Paul Lovejoy (eds.) “The Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery: New Directions in Teaching and Learning” (Trenton and London: Africa World Press).

Dr. Bowser will make his second visit to SMC for Black History Month today, Thursday, February 28. His first lecture received rave reviews from the students and staff who attended! 11:15 – 12:35, room HSS 165.

SUPREME COURT IS ANYTHING BUT SUPREME

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L.A. Times story
WASHINGTON — The historic Voting Rights Act appeared to be in deep trouble
Wednesday after the after the Supreme Court’s conservative justices argued during a racially charged debate that targeting the South for special scrutiny was no longer fair.
The unusually tense discussion split along ideological lines. Justices
from the left and right took turns arguing the case — and arguing with
one another over whether racism and racial discrimination remain problems.
At one point, Justice Antonin Scalia referred to the law as a “perpet-uation of racial entitlement,” a phrase that irked Justice Sonia
Sotomayor, who voiced strong objection earlier this week to a Texas prosecutor’s focus on defendants’ race. After Scalia spoke, she
repeatedly pressed a lawyer for Alabama’s Shelby County to say
whether “the right to vote is a racial entitlement.” He steered
around the question.
When the Obama administration’s top courtroom lawyer rose to defend
the law, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. asked whether the admin-istration thought “citizens in the South are more racist than citizens
in the North.”
No, U.S. Solicitor Gen. Donald Verrilli Jr. said, but there is reason
to believe that discrimination in voting remains more of a problem
across the South.
The case concerns the 1965 law’s Section 5, which requires nine states, mostly in the South, to submit changes in voting rules or election laws
to federal officials for”pre-clearance” before they can take effect. In 2006, Congress renewed this requirement for 25 more years.
Shelby County sued to challenge the law, arguing that it is outdated
and unfairly singles out Southern states based on their history of discrimination. If the high court were to strike down this part of the
law, it would still be illegal for cities or states to change their
voting rules or election districts so as to discriminate against
African Americans or Latinos. Congress could still revise the law,
and the government or civil rights lawyers still could file lawsuits
to contest such changes. This often takes much time and money, however.
Civil rights advocates say the Voting Rights Act remains a powerful
tool for stopping changes in election rules that hurt minorities and prevent them from voting. They include changes as simple as switching
the location of a polling place weeks before an election.
“There are thousands and thousands of these under-the-radar-screen
changes,” Verrilli told the court. The current law serves as a
“deterrent” to this “kind of mischief,” he said, but a lawsuit could
come too late to fix the problem.
The conservatives did not sound convinced. When Verrilli noted that the Senate had voted unanimously in 2006 to extend the law and its special oversight for much of the South, Scalia said he was not impressed.
“Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult
to get out of them through the normal political processes,” he said.
“This is not the kind of question you can leave to Congress.”
Justice Elena Kagan objected, noting that the Senate extended the
law by a 98-0 vote.
“That sounds like a good argument to me, Justice Scalia,” she said.
It means “every senator from a covered state” in the South said the
law was still needed.The four liberals expressed surprise that the challenge to the law had come from Alabama. “Under any formula that Congress could devise, it would capture Alabama,”
Kagan said, noting the state’s prominent history of discrimination.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cited testimony that Alabama, Mississippi
and Louisiana had the “worst records” for voting discrimination.
Roberts countered that the South had done a good job of registering
black voters.
“Do you know which state has the worst ratio of white voter turnout to African American turnout?” he asked Verrilli. “Massachusetts,” Roberts
said in answer to his own question. “Do you know what has the best,
where African American turnout actually exceeds white turnout?
Mississippi.”
Ginsburg conceded that registering black voters may not be a serious
problem today, but she said Congress had evidence that Southern municipalities still sometimes redraw election districts to screen out black candidates.

As usual, all eyes were on Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, whose vote is
likely to be decisive. He criticized Congress for not revising the
1960s-era formula for deciding which states received special oversight.
“If Congress is going to single out separate states,” he said, “it
should use criteria that are relevant” to current problems.
Verrilli responded that both the court and Congress had steadily
supported the law in the past.
“Well, the Marshall Plan [after World War II] was very good too,”
Kennedy replied. “But times change.”
Four years ago, Justice Clarence Thomas voted alone to strike down
the Voting Rights Act. Although he did not ask questions Wednesday,
he is certain to join with the other conservatives in the case of
Shelby County vs. Holder if they strike down Section 5.

DISPATCH: Since passage of the Voting Rights bill in 1965, which was
nearly 200 years late, African Americans, most of whose families have
been in this country far longer than most white Americans, have had
the right to vote, though they have often been challenged, assaulted or killed when they have tried to vote.
Now southern states want the federal government to stop monitoring
them, and, given the reactionary tilt of the Court majority, it may
agree.
If indeed, the court chooses to elevate states’ alleged rights over
voters’ actual rights, the offending justices should be immediately
removed from the court for violating the Constitution they have pledged
to uphold. These witless jurists have made foolish decisions before,
but to willfully deny an entire class of voters their “inalienable
right” to vote is vile, unconscionable and a kind of murder.

ROUTE 66: THE ALLURE OF THE ROAD

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The destination of the legendary Route 66 is among Santa Monica ‘s claims to fame. Route 66 was America ‘s Main Street, the Mother Road, leading adventurers from Chicago to the West Coast. In 1926, it rolled into to Los Angeles. In 1936, it was extended to Santa Monica — but where exactly?

Dan Rice, past president of the California Route 66 Association, current National Vice President of the Route 66 Alliance, who has traveled the route 27 times, will present a virtual tour of the famed highway and reveal its true final location in Santa Monica. He will host the upcoming TV series, “Road Scholar.”

Made obsolete by the interstate highway system in the 1960s, Route 66 has enjoyed a nostalgic resurgence, hosting numerous road-tripping visitors every year. Rice has a shop, “66-to-Cali,” on the Santa Monica Pier.

Rice will reveal Route 66’s secret on Sunday, March 3, at 1:30 p.m. in the Santa Monica Main Library, Multi-Purpose Room. The lecture is free but reservations are advised. Register online at www.smconservancy.org/route66, by sending email to rsvp@smconservancy.org or by leaving a message at (310) 496-3146. Refreshments will be served.

Have you taken the Santa Monica Conservancy’s Downtown Walking Tour? It takes place every Saturday morning at 10 AM. Reserve a place with email to dwt@smconservancy.org, or just come check in a few minutes early at 1436 2nd Streer (the Hostel, next to the historic Rapp Saloon). Have a group of friends or family visiting? We’re happy to schedule a private group tour with at least four weeks’ notice.

Are you a current member of the Conservancy? Your annual membership contributions support its invaluable work to preserve the architectural and
cultural heritage of our city. You will receive our informative quarterly
newsletter and discounts on tours and events – as well as complimentary
admission to our annual Holiday Party.

Questions? Call 310-496-3146 or email info@smconservancy.org.

RON RIZK’S SECOND SOLO EXHIBITION OPENS SAT.

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Lora Schlesinger is pleased to announce Ron Rizk’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. New Paintings features thirteen masterfully rendered oil paintings by the artist. The exhibition opens with the artist’s reception on Saturday, March 2 from 5-7 pm and is on view through April 13, 2013.

Rizk’s new paintings continue a long-time consideration of man-made small objects, their uses, and their intimate history both actual and fictional or invented. Strange tools that have become obsolete in a mechanized age, worn and forgotten toys and fragments of torn photographs and paper are all reborn on his panel. Rizk reminds the viewer of the history of each object with great attention paid to their surfaces. Juxtaposing his perfectionism with imperfect objects. Each painting reveals a glimpse into the imaginary world Rizk has created for each object and its environment.

Rizk was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He received a diploma from
the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his MFA form the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana. He is a Professor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing
at the University of Southern California Roski School of Fine Arts.He
has exhibited nationally since the late 1960’s in galleries across the United States and with museums including the Denver Art Museum, CO; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Grand Rapids Museum of Art, MI; Laguna Beach Museum of Art, CA; Long Beach Art Museum, CA; Oakland Museum, CA.

The East Gallery presents Patsy Krebs’ Parable of the Oxherder, featuring new aquatint etchings by the artist. Parable of the Oxherder is based on the Zen parable the Ten Oxherding Songs. Traditionally the koan-like narrative describes in poem and/or image the drama of the Oxherder and
Ox as they lose and find one another, exchange ascendency, achieve equilibrium and finally transcend the world of phenomena altogether. Envisioned here in abstract form, the Songs are understood as various conditions of being, or interior situations, along the Way; the Dao.
The painting “Untitled (Pale gold/maroon)” is a continuation of a body
of work Krebs began in 2008. The image is made up of very thin washes
of acrylic, feathering out from a central rectangle, with undertones
and overtones creating a subtle complex interior pattern echoing the
notion of a painting as a window into an unknown place.

Krebs’ work is featured in the collections of the Achenbach Foundation
at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, CA; Denver Art Museum, CO; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Norton Museum, West Palm Beach, FL;
San Jose Museum of Art, CA; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA. She has been featured in publications and new-papers such as Art in America, ARTnews, San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times. Krebs has received numerous awards including the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Artist’s Grant and The National Endowment for the Arts Grant. She currently teaches at Dominican University of California.

The shows open with the artist’s reception on Saturday, March 2 from 5 – 7 pm. The gallery is located in the Bergamot Station Art Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue, T3, Santa Monica. For additional information please call (310) 828-1133, view our website at www.loraschlesinger.com, or e-mail: gallery@loraschlesinger.com.
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 -5:30 pm

UNIQUE HAPPENINGS

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UNIQUE HAPPENINGS

The Kinsey Collection: Black History Explored Through Art and Legacy, Thursday, February 28, 7:30pm, The Broad Stage

Take a fascinating tour through the little-known stories of struggle
and triumph that have shaped African American history with the Kinsey Collection. Bernard and Shirley Kinsey’s prodigious personal collection
of invaluable art and artifacts, from rarely seen slave owners’
documents to glimpses into private eighteenth and nineteenth-century
lives, reflects a rich cultural and historical heritage which the
couple hopes to preserve for future generations. Don’t miss this
exclusive narrated tour through the privately-owned collection
that won the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and has
been displayed in museums across the country, including the
Smithsonian.

Tickets: $15 – B, $20 – A, $35 – Premier. 310-434–3200
The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St.

Opening Reception, Big Mouth, 2009, mixed media, Cyrus Kabiru
C-Stunners, Sculpture, with photography by Amunga Eshuchi
Saturday, March 2, 5:30 – 8:30pm

Kenyan sculptor and painter, Cyrus Kabiru stands at the forefront of a generation of artists whose innovation and creativity is shaping the
way in which not only art from Africa is viewed, but Africa itself.
As the work of this generation travels across borders challenging perceptions and stereotypes, Kabiru’s work has caught the imagination
of the art world worldwide. C-STUNNERS are a series of wearable
eyewear sculptures that reside on the boundary between art, fashion performance and design. Weaving together found materials such as
bottle tops, shoe polish tins, wire and cutlery, his C-Stunner body
of work is built on the notion of, in Kabiru’s words, ‘giving trash
a second chance.’

Free admission. 310-315-1937. Frank Pictures Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Suite A5

“Coming Out Kinky: A Grown Up Story,” Saturday, March 2, 8:30 pm

Three parts sugar and one part spice, “Coming Out Kinky” follows an adventurous woman’s curious exploration of her sexuality. Written and performed by Jean Franzblau and directed by Karen Aschenbach.

Franzblau has been developing “Coming Out Kinky: A Grown Up Story”
for over three years and is excited to be part of the arts and culture
scene in her beloved Santa Monica.

Admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For mature audiences
310-394-9779 x 1. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 14th St.

“ It’s Just My Life” Sunday, March 3, 2pm

“It’s Just My Life” is a collection of personally written and shared stories, chronicling profound and poignant moments that a group of
women has
faced in their lives. What may seem extraordinary and overwhelming
to some, just becomes part of the fabric of each life. In “It’s Just
My Life,” each participant is willing to open up her life – not to
be judged, but to share from the heart de¬fining and life-changing
moments. Refreshments will be served after the reading.

Suggested donation : $10 at door or online. 310-452-3881 or at the
front desk, YWCA, 2019 14th St.

SMC BIKE PARKING LOT HAS GRAND OPENING

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The Santa Monica College bicycle parking lot opened on February 11,
but it will have its official grand opening Thursday, February 23,
11:30 am to 1 pm. It’s on Pearl Street between 17th and 20th streets
in Santa Monica

There will be a parade, featuring riders from SMC’s Bike Club, free
bicycle tune-ups, a cycling safety workshop, and free food. Santa
Monica Mayor Pro Tem Terry O’Day, SMC Board of Trustees Chair Dr.
Nancy Greenstein and SMC President Dr. Chui L. Tsang will probably
speak.

Responding to an increase in bicycle ridership by SMC students and employees, the college built the $600,000 south campus bike parking
lot with 400 spaces, bringing the campus total of bike parking 710
spaces. The new lot also has secure racks for skateboards. The
facility, on three-quarters of an acre, is “notably secure,” accord-
ing to college officials, with bright lighting, security cameras and emergency phones. It’s located across the street from the Campus
Police office.

Funded by Measure AA, the 2008 $289 million Santa Monica-Malibu bond measure, the parking lot took six months to complete.

RESIDENTS ASK FOR PLANNING CONSULTANT’S DISMISSAL

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February 27, 2013

Dear Santa Monican,

Residents all over our city are calling for the dismissal of planning consultant Jeffrey Tumlin, who, as you can read below, has shown himself to be incapable of providing an objective analysis of our traffic and parking problems.

We will be sending the following open letter to City Council, signed by as many Santa Monica residents as possible. If you would like to add your name to it, please go to www.SMCLC.net.

Here is the letter:

Dear City Council:

We are writing to urge you to dismiss planning consultant Jeffrey Tumlin.

While we are concerned by Mr. Tumlin’s proposal to decrease the amount of parking required by new developments in our city– this in spite of residents asking for MORE parking not less– we are even more troubled by Mr. Tumlin’s contemptuous attitude toward Santa Monicans.

In his own bio (on his website, http://www.nelsonnygaard.com/Resumes-NN/TUMLIN-J-resume.pdf as of 2/24/13) Mr. Tumlin describes Santa Monica residents concerned about overdevelopment and traffic, as: “…NIMBYs who used traffic fear as their primary tool for stopping development.”

This dismissive attitude toward residents’ legitimate concerns is alarming coming from a man who is tasked with finding solutions for ALL stakeholders in our community. Mr. Tumlin should be listening to residents– who not insignificantly, are paying his salary– rather than vilifying them.

Mr. Tumlin’s attitude also betrays his belief that all development is good. He has shown that he has already made up his mind: residents’ concerned about development are not to be taken seriously.

Additionally, Mr. Tumlin is dead wrong when he states, (also on his website, dated 2/24/13) “For decades, Santa Monica politics had been dominated by NIMBYs…”

The development history of Santa Monica is one of rapid growth, with over nine million square feet of new development added during the period Mr. Tumlin cites. (Which greatly exceeded our 1984 General Plan.) No one can reasonably say that “NIMBYs” have stopped development in Santa Monica or “dominated” Santa Monica politics. Indeed, such an assertion is outrageous.

Mr. Tumlin has also espoused the controversial idea of decoupling parking from new apartment projects; that is, allowing new apartments to provide less parking than currently required, this despite the fact that many Santa Monica neighborhoods have a history of terrible parking shortages. Requiring new units to have less parking benefits no one but developers.

Mr. Tumlin is wrong to demonize residents and he has demonstrated no interest in knowing or understanding the unique characteristics of our city. Instead, he calls residents names meant to diminish us.

Worse, he has undermined his credibility. If those with whom he disagrees are mere “NIMBYs”, he must already know the results he’s looking for. His conclusions and suggestions are now irrelevant.

As residents we urge you to terminate his employment immediately.

Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City | 1223 Wilshire Blvd. #1002 | Santa Monica | CA | 90403

CHAMBER PROTESTS PROPOSED NEW CITY FEE

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Dear Mayor O’Connor and Council members:

We are writing with respect to Staff’s latest revisions to the
proposed Transportation Impact Fee. While we commend Staff for
making some positive changes from the previous proposal
(e.g., auto dealership rates, reoccupancy), we remain extremely
concerned with the high rates proposed. The unprecedented
magnitude of the proposed fees, in combination with other City
fees (both those in effect and those being studied), would
have the unintended consequence of being a barrier to the
quality development that the LUCE envisions for a small
percentage of Santa Monica land, including projects that would
be fiscally beneficial to the City as well as a source of
the community benefits envisioned in the LUCE.

Particularly, we are troubled that the proposed retail fees are dramatically higher than our neighbors (West LA and Culver City).
This creates an incentive for retailers to locate on the other
side of our borders in cities with more reasonable fees, and will
lead to a loss in sales tax revenue. Paul Silvern’s report on the
potential impact of the fee does not explore the cumulative
impact of the proposed TIF with the new impact fees that will be
coming before Council this year (e.g., affordable housing linkage
fee, parks fee). Additionally, some of the assumptions the
report makes are based on figures that have changed since its
publication. (Please see page 12 of the Staff Report – recent DA procedural changes have now set a 20% minimum of on-site affordable housing).

On November 13th the Chamber submitted a report to City Staff
prepared by David Shender of Linscott, Law & Greenspan, Engineers.
Mr. Shender’s report focuses on the City’s proposed TIF as it
relates to residential uses, neighborhood/local-serving retail
uses, credits for existing uses to be removed, changes of use,
auto dealers, and vacant buildings. Below are three
recommendations from Shender’s report we believe should be
included in the TIF:

• Multi-Family Residential: All multi-family residential uses
should be exempt from payment of TIF fees (i.e., like Los Angeles
and Culver City). Alternatively, in addition to the current
proposal to exempt all deed-restricted very-low and low income
affordable housing units, exempt housing units for Santa Monica’s
workforce where the owner is required to do marketing and
outreach to local employers and employees and to give a preference
to local employees.

• Neighborhood or Local-Serving Commercial Uses: The first 20,000
square feet of any new commercial floor area should be exempt from
payment of TIF fees (i.e., similar with West Los Angeles’s exemption
of the first 30,000 square feet of retail). Also, the City should
exempt TIF fees for ground floor retail related to projects processed through the CEQA infill development streamlined environmental review provision where such retail space is legally restricted to primarily neighborhood-serving uses only.

• Changes/Intensifications of Existing Uses: TIF fees should only
apply to conversions from an existing residential use to a future commercial use (i.e., consistent with the Culver City ordinance).
No fee should be charged when a space is converted from one non
-residential use to another non-residential use.

The Chamber supports the City enacting a TIF in principal, but
asks that in preparing the TIF, Council considers reducing these
fees to more reasonable levels, and includes the recommendations
provided in this letter.

On behalf of the Santa Monica Chamber Commerce, we thank you for
considering our comments and recommendations.

Sincerely,

Chairman
Ellis O’Connor, MSD Hospitality

President & CEO
Laurel Rosen

Editor’s Note: Incidentally, the Chamber’s Chairman Elect is
Bradley Cox, Trammell Crow Company’s managing director in Los
Angeles. Last year,the Chamber gave him its “leadership award.”
He chairs the four-member Alliance, which has two Chamber
members and two City members. Its mission is to attract business
to Santa Monica.

Trammell Crow evicted all the tenants in 301 Ocean Avenue
over two years ago in order to demolish it and build Spanish
Colonial condos on the site. But, thus far, the original
building stands boarded up and mute.

Not long ago, Trammell Crow proposed building a large mixed
use complex on the former site of the Grammies’ HQ. Among
other problems, some of the proposed apartments were only
19 feet from the freeway. Every single one of the residents
who spoke about the project opposed it. We have heard that
Trammell Crow is now contemplating rehabbing the old Grammy
building.

MODEL SHOP OWNER DIES AT 92

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L.A. Times story

Colby West Evett, a long time Santa Monica resident and owner of Evett’s Model Shop on Ocean Park Blvd. passed away Feb. 16, 2013 at the age of 92 surrounded by loved ones.

He was born on March 9, 1920 in Easley, South Carolina to Dora May Leopard and Samuel Edward Evett. He married Mary Gwinn in 1938. He worked for McDonnell-Douglas aircraft prior to his service in the US Navy from 1944-46.

Colby and his first wife Mary, opened Evett’s Model Shop in Jan 1948. With his knowledge of aviation, he became a pioneer of radio controlled airplanes. Colby often commented that he was fortunate enough to have a hobby that also provided a good living.

Colby continued to work at the model shop seven days a week until shortly before his death. He was preceded in death by his first wife Mary Evett. Surviving are wife Yvonne, son Robert Alan Evett, daughter Cathy Jean Evett, grandchildren Cheryl Palacio, Timothy Gomez, Matthew Riley, Trevor Riley, Jeremy Riley, & 7 great-grandchildren.

Visitation on Friday, 6 PM-8 PM. Funeral Services on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 12 noon in The Little Chapel of the Dawn. Kingsley & Gates Moeller Murphy Funeral Directors – 1925 Arizona Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404 – (310) 395-9988