NATIVE SON REDFORD MOURNS SANTA MONICA’S DECLINE

Tweet The Santa Monica Daily Press has exposed Robert Redford for allegedly “bashing” Santa Monica. In Esquire. The Press story says, “Native son, an accomplished film- maker and environmentalist, bashes the city where he was born in an article featured in the April issue of Esquire magazine. The Oscar winner told writer Scott Raab in an interview at his Santa Monica office — Wildwood Enter- prises — that he visits the city by the sea only when he has to. ‘I’m never... Read More

Obligations and Motivations In the Battle for Dell

Tweet BY ANDREW ROSS SORKIN NEW YORK TIMES STORY Leon Cooperman, the billionaire investor and longtime Wall Street denizen, was railing on Monday about the deal of the moment: Michael Dell’s $24 billion effort to buy out the troubled computer maker he founded. “Management-led buyouts are a giant case of inside trading by management against their own shareholders,” Mr. Cooperman told me, continuing: “Dell has a moral responsibility to work for his shareholders. “He’s... Read More

ANNUAL RED TIE AFFAIR ON APRIL 6 SALUTES ARMED FORCES

Tweet The cast of CBS-TV’s top drama, NCIS and a “Red Carpet for Heroes” will spark the eighth annual American Red Cross Red Tie Affair on Saturday, April 6. Hosted by Fox 11 News anchor/reporter Christine Devine. this year’s fundraiser will feature A Salute to the Armed Forces, honoring men and women from all branches of service, together with the NCIS cast and executive producers, beginning with red carpet arrivals at 5 pm at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel. The Crystal... Read More

RACIAL JUSTICE SUBCOMMITTEES TO MEET SUNDAY

Tweet The Committee for Racial Justice will not have a speaker at its April meeting, but will gather at the Church in Ocean Park as usual on the First Sunday of the Month, April 7, at 6 pm, for Potluck Dinner, which will be followed by subcommittee meetings. They include: 1) School District Issues 2) Outreach (including educating the dominant culture about systemic racism and motivating them to action, back/brown tensions, PR and more) 3) Mass Incarceration (Gauriel Sherman... Read More

NEWS FROM THE CANYON: COYOTES & BIKE PATH CLOSURE

Tweet By George Wolfberg, President Emeritus SMCCA It is Spring and the local coyotes are active. They no longer are the nocturnal animals of old and can be seen throughout the day. Small dogs and cats are a favorite meal, along with rodents and other small animals. If you are in the pet-owner demographic, take precau- tions to protect your animals. Do not leave food out for any animals — except bird feeders, which should not be a problem. There are many common sense articles... Read More

OSCAR WILDE’S SALOME OPENS AT SMC FRIDAY

Tweet Oscar Wilde was among the world’s wittiest and wisest writers. The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will open its production of his erotic tragedy, “Salome” tonight. The play, which Wilde originally wrote in French, reinterprets the story of Herod’s stepdaughter Salome, whose illicit pas- sion for John the Baptist leads to a tragic end. “Salome” had its world premiere in Paris in 1896, while Wilde was in prison, but wasn’t staged in England until... Read More

PASSOVER AND SPRING….

Tweet …Passover and spring. Just as the season of spring arrives before the weather indicates a change, so we can count on social change arriving in the same, hidden, unexpected manner. The faith stories of Western civil- ization remind us of that reality. So when spring bursts out in color we revel in it, just as when change occurs bringing justice and enlivening hope. Here’s the reflection: http://fryingpannews.org/2013/03/26/springs-awakening -and-the-dawn-of-change Hope... Read More

GEHRY’S PROJECT GETS MIXED REVIEWS

Tweet Hannah Heineman Over one hundred residents gathered at the Santa Monica Main Library last week to get a first glimpse of Frank Gehry’s Ocean Avenue Project. Most of the speakers expressed their admiration for Gehry’s architectural eminence but were not happy with his design for a 22-story, 244-foot tower that contained 125 guest rooms , 22 condos and affordable housing, and smaller buildings at its base, including restaurants, retail, and a “museum complex.” It would... Read More

WORST TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK IN 18 YEARS IN SANTA MONICA

Tweet On Saturday, March 23, 2013, I went to the annual meeting of Mid-City Neighbors (one of the 7 off- icial neighborhoods in Santa Monica) held at the main library. I exited the parking structure on 7th Street at about 3:15 PM, turned west to Santa Monica Blvd, which was solid with cars. Traffic was at a stand-still. For the next 20 minutes I sat in gridlock traffic. In 20 minutes my car had progressed one block and a half. I live just south of the pier, and figured that... Read More

COULD MICHAEL DELL LOSE IT ALL?

Tweet Los Angeles Times story With a bidding war now underway for Dell, efforts by its founder to regain control of the once-mighty computer maker could be backfiring. Dell announced Monday that it had received two competing offers — one from a group led by private equity firm Blackstone Group and the other from activist investor Carl Icahn. The rival bids came after investors slammed Michael Dell’s $24.4-billion buyout plan, saying it undervalued the company. If one of... Read More