Sustaining Susstainability

To the City Council:

A couple of years ago I read a City publication which boasted that Santa Monica was the fifth most sustainable city in the U.S. More recently I came across literature from City Hall which crowed that our town was one of the top ten sustainable municipalities in our country.

Last I checked they don’t give out medals in horse races or beauty pageants to finishers out of the top three, so I don’t see why the government and the residents of Santa Monica should be satisfied with anything short of being considered equivocally the most sustainable city around.

Unfortunately, we’re falling short of this goal and will never achieve it until the precepts of sustainability are integrated into every decision made at City Hall. Yet even at the breakfast meeting at the Main Library this fall announcing the latest edition of the Sustainable City Report Card, visitors who arrived by car were given passes for free parking while those who took the bus were not rewarded for their more sustainable choice of transit. Clearly, we have a ways to go when these old habits linger.

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City Schedules Transportation Workshop

The City of Santa Monica will hold a citywide community workshop focusing on how, in its words, transportation can help meet the community’s goals of sustainability, affordability and active recreation”
on Thursday, December 6, from 6 to 9:00 p.m..

Part of the Planning and Community Development Department’s community outreach for the revision of the land use and circulation elements in the General Plan, the workshop will, in the City’s words, “build on previous community input and analysis to guide transportation policy for the city over the next 20 years.”

The focus of the discussion will be on “ways to reduce employee, school and resident trips, parking “strategies” for downtown, neighborhood commercial, and residential areas, sustainable resource allocation, and approaches to transportation that promote green streets and recreational opportunities.

The workshop is open to residents, the business community and employees. . Registration will begin at 6:15 p.m. and the program will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium East Wing, 1855 Main Street. Auto and secure bicycle parking will be provided. Participants are requested to RSVP to or call (310) 458-8341 in order to ensure an accurate refreshment count.

Whither the weather 11/30 – 12/6

By Ava Tramer

Highs: 58-70; Lows: 43-50

Ranging from cool to hot
Highs: 57-77; Lows: 36-46

Mostly sunny and warming
Highs: 57-79; Lows: 40-55

And Santa Monica…
Well, ladies and gentlemen, prepare yourselves for the unexpected, the very harsh, the most extreme, and the hardcore: this weekend will prove to be intense. Friday will bring a 30 percent chance of showers. Yes, showers. So drag out your rainboots and raincoats and umbrellas – it might very well be wet. And as for Saturday, that’s when things really get wintry: expect strong winds with icy temperatures as low as 43 degrees. Yes, 43 degrees. So whip out your scarves and sweaters and jackets and blankets and bear furs. And if you plan to actually venture outside on Saturday, make sure to wear an Eskimo snow suit or two. Sunday will usher in period of rest from extreme weather, so enjoy the partly cloudy day. And the rest of the week should be pretty mild, calm, sunny, clear, and boring.

Mr. Kucinich Comes to Town

The Santa Monica Democratic Club will host a campaign fundraiser for Dennis Kucinich, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, on Sunday, December 9.

Kucinich, who will be joined by his wife Elizabeth, will meet the public and speak on his candidacy and issues facing the country and the world from 1 to 3 p.m. at 939 San Vicente Boulevard.

Everyone is welcome. Free parking is available. Refreshments will be served.

Contributions will be requested,.

Landmark and Trailer Park

In addition to hearing the first reading of an ordinance banning larger jets from Santa Monica Airport (story below), the City Council made some other significant decisions at its Tuesday night meeting.

First, it denied an Appeal of the Landmarks Commission designation of a garden apartment at 423-431 Ocean Avenue as a City Landmark.

Later, despite eloquent appeals by its residents and the objections of other members of the public, the Council directed the staff to pursue a velopment Agreement negotiation and review process with the owners of the Village Trailer Park to determine whether an appropriate project can be identified for the site on Colorado Avenue east of Stewart Street.

The Council also authorized the execution of a Memorandum of derstanding that holds the pending notice of closure that would have been effective January 31, 2008.

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