The Good Guys in This Movie

The Old Village Mind Reader (TOVMR), aka SurfSantaMonica columnist Frank Gruber, is at it again.

He failed the last time out, when he assigned crass political motives to City Council members who were actually engaged in righting a wrong, but, undaunted, he’s now divined that certain residents are plotting to sandbag the General Plan revision.

He calls them “Santa Monicans Fearful of Change (SMFC),” and credits the prescience of Council member Pam O’Connor with sparking his divination when, at the October 26, 2004 joint meeting of the City Council and the Planning Commission “that kicked off what was supposed to be a two-year process, [when she said,} “‘We need more time’ is a code phrase for people to use to hijack the process.”

Well, okay, but, more often than not, the people who say “We need more time,” are on the City payroll.

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Whither the Weather 8/31 – 9/6

By Ava Tramer

Warm and sunny
Highs: 76-83; Lows: 65-68

Sunny and gradually cooler
Highs: 92-103; Lows: 65-75

Clear and sunny
Highs: 103-113; Lows: 83-91

And Santa Monica…
As the weekend draws near, expect warm temperatures and clear skies, with highs in the low 80s. Nights should be mild, with lows in the high 60s. After the weekend is behind us and a new week has dawned, expect warm temperatures and clear skies, with highs in the low 80s. Nights should be mild, with lows in the high 60s. Midweek will bring warm temperatures and clear skies, with highs in the low 80s. Nights should be mild, with lows in the high 60s.

Expect LOW TEMPERATURES next Wednesday and Thursday, with
highs in the HIGH 70s and lows in the MID 60s.

City Council Punts

A crowd of residents rallied on the lawn in front of City Hall before the Tuesday night City Council meeting to demand that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) take the necessary steps to make the Santa Monica airport safe.

Many of the same people spoke during the subsequent Council study session. Most of the speakers live near the airport – in Santa Monica and LA — and their list of complaints included the enormous increase in corporate jet traffic, the possibility of planes running off the runway and into houses, jet noise, toxic fumes, as well as the FAA’s alleged lack of interest in the airport’s hazards over the years.

In addition, representatives read statements from Congressman Henry Waxman and Congresswoman Jane Harman and L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, all of whom expressed their displeasure with the FAA’s passive posture, as well as assuring residents of their concern.

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Flash! More and MORE!

Last night at the Farms, Santa Monica’s supreme grocery emporium, Jeff Bixon, the Dispatch’s man on Montana, pointed out an ominous collision of facts in the L.A. Times..

A story on page two in the California section about population density in
American cities contained a graph that ranked the cities. Santa Monica with 11,006 people per square mile was outranked by all the New York boroughs except Staten Island, but it outranks Philadelphia (10,729), Washington D.C. (9,533), and Los Angeles itself (8,208). The figures are U.S. Census Bureau 2006 estimates.

11,006 people per square mile! Seems like more than enough. But it gets better. The City estimates that our population rises daily to 300,000, or 36,144 people per square mile, which puts tiny Santa Monica ahead of all the cities on the list and all the New York boroughs but Manhattan. Wow! City Hall must be very proud.

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Industrial Lands Get Special Treatment

At its Tuesday night meeting, the City Council will be asked by City staff to approve an “emergency interim ordinance” that would make development agreements mandatory for projects with over 7,500 square feet of floor area or more than 15 residential units in the Light Manufacturing and Studio District (LMSD) and Manufacturing Conservation (M1) and for changes in land use on parcels that exceed 32,000 square feet in the LMSD and 15,000 square feet in the M1 district,

At the July 24 Council meeting, City staff made the case for an interim ordinance that applied exclusively to the industrial lands rather than the citywide moratorium that many residents have asked for.

On the advice of staff, but to the dismay of residents who argued for a city-wide moratorium, the Council opted for the industrial lands interim ordinance, but did not explain why a City-wide moratorium or interim ordinance would not be more appropriate.

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