2007: The Year City Hall Vetoed the People

By any measure, Santa Monica City Hall’s most significant accomplishment In 2007 was vetoing the residents.

It has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars staging “community workshops” that are run by visiting “facilitators,” who know little about Santa Monica but a great deal about rigging the workshops and manipulating participants to get the responses the City wants.

The responses are further diluted or adjusted when they are run through the City filter, interpreted, summarized and inserted into staff reports.

At the last City Council meeting of the year, another $350,000 was allocated for another round of workshops.

The City also spends enormous sums of money on consultants, an unusual number of whom seem to be from San Francisco, and, more often than not, accepts their assessments as gospel.

Residents’ opinions. ideas, complaints and critiques – spontaneous, unrigged, unmanipulated, unfiltered, uninterpreted, unabridged and occasionally downright brilliant – are presented to the City Council free of charge at every Council meeting. but they are almost always ignored by the powers-that-are.

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Whither the Weather 12/28 – 1/4

By Ava Tramer

Beaches
Mostly sunny and gradually warming
Highs: 58-67; Lows: 45-51

Inland
Partly cloudy
Highs: 60-70; Lows: 37-43

Deserts
Sunny
Highs: 60-71; Lows: 40-50

And Santa Monica…
As the new year dawns so hopeful and bright,
Be warned that New Year’s Eve will be chilly at night.
Under your sparkles and suits and nice hair,
Remember to wear good ol’ long underwear.
As the clock strikes midnight, and people do cheer,
We’ll all hope for sunshine in the upcoming year.
Chances look good that our hopes will come true,
For we live in Santa Monica, with skies always blue.

Treesavers Dub 2008 “Year if the Trees”

Treesavers will proclaim 2008 the “The Year of the Trees” at a mobilization meeting and vigil on Thursday, January 3, 2008.

The vigil will begin at 5 p.m. in front of the Natural Resources Defense Council at 1314 Second Street around one of the threatened Ficus trees.

The mobilization meeting is scheduled to take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the NRDC Center.

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More Trees, Less Bush

“More Trees, Less Bush” will be the theme of a New Year’s Eve peace and environmental celebration e on Monday, December 31, at 7 p.m. at The Church in Ocean Park.
The celebration will feature the “Pre-Primary Comedy Review,” with comedians Rick Overton, Denise Munro Robb, David Zasloff and Larry Hankin.The all-activist band The Peace Tree with Steve Fine, Dennis Davis and other longtime peace and environmental activist musicians will play. Singer and KPFK-FM radio host Maria Armoudian and “singer/songfighter” Ross Altman will also perform . Jerry Rubin will be master of ceremonies.

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Kennerly on Today Show Wednesday

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly will appear on the Today Show Wednesday, December 26, the first anniversary of President Gerald Ford’s death.

The Santa Monica resident is scheduled to appear in the 8:30 a.m. segment during a celebration of the 38th President’s life.

Kennerly’s new book, “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford,” has just been published by the Center for American History, The University of Texas, Austin.