How to Make A Bad Land Use Plan

1) At the outset, survey residents.
2) Report that a majority of residents want to restore the small scale and low  key beach town that was lost in the commercial building frenzy; which began in the 1980s and has not abated.
3) Call the report “Emerging Themes,” publish it, and ignore it.
4) Hire a regiment of uber consultants, including a traffic expert    from San Francisco.
5) Rig “community workshops.”
6) Make “intensified urban form” a top priority, over the objections of residents.
7) Load Planning Commission with architects.
8) Oppose residents’ ballot measures.
9) Truckle to developers.
10) Spend six years on the plan.
The Council is in the midst of “endorsing” the LUCE plan. The next session is Thursday, July 1.
The special interests will be there. Residents should be there, too.
We didn’t pay attention in 1984, and got over 9 million square feet of new commercial development and traffic nightmares.

Whither…Whatever

By Ava Tramer
Beaches
AM clouds, PM sun
Highs: 66-69; Lows: 57-61
Inland
AM clouds, PM sun
Highs:72 – 87 ; Lows: 56-60
Deserts
Clear, sunny, and hot
Highs: 101-108; Lows: 70-76
And Santa Monica…
Happy summer, ladies and gentlemen!  I wish I had something more exciting to share with you, but unfortunately, it’s the same old boring weather news.  With the arrival of summer comes the traditional morning clouds and afternoon sun.  It is conducive more to sleeping in and then lazily tanning in the afternoon in your backyard or on your porch, rather than playing frisbee and swimming and having barbecues at the beach; if you want to do any of these activities, you either have to do them chillily in the morning (and who wants to go swimming under cold cloud cover?), or only do them for half the day once the sun comes out, and that doesn’t really feel like summer, now does it?  So I guess the moral is, wait for the fall, when it’s hot and then summer will feel like it’s here!

Whither…Wnatever   By Ava Tramer
BeachesAM clouds, PM sunHighs: 66-69; Lows: 57-61
InlandAM clouds, PM sunHighs:72 – 87 ; Lows: 56-60
DesertsClear, sunny, and hotHighs: 101-108; Lows: 70-76
And Santa Monica…Happy summer, ladies and gentlemen!  I wish I had something more exciting to share with you, but unfortunately, it’s the same old boring weather news.  With the arrival of summer comes the traditional morning clouds and afternoon sun.  It is conducive more to sleeping in and then lazily tanning in the afternoon in your backyard or on your porch, rather than playing frisbee and swimming and having barbecues at the beach; if you want to do any of these activities, you either have to do them chillily in the morning (and who wants to go swimming under cold cloud cover?), or only do them for half the day once the sun comes out, and that doesn’t really feel like summer, now does it?  So I guess the moral is, wait for the fall, when it’s hot and then summer will feel like it’s here!

California Incline Up and Downdate

By George  Wolfberg,
President, Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association
The Draft Environmental Impact Report for the California Incline is scheduled for circulation within the next month or so. We are currently working with Caltrans, reviewing the document prior to circulation.  During the circulation of the DEIR, the City will conduct public meetings on the DEIR.  The best way to stay on top of the project developments and DEIR circulation is through the City’s engineering website http://www.smgov.net/departments/publicworks/civeng.aspx or PCH

Our Schools Have a Problem Money Won’t Fix

A letter By Jean Sedillos published on Surf Santa Monica

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive.”

–Sir Walter Scott, 1808

March 29, 2010 –Since my oldest daughter started kindergarten in 1977, I have volunteered in probably 50 capacities (Stairway of the Stars, parcel tax and bond committees, PTAs, and Band Parents among them) for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. For the past 12 years I have chaired Restore Barnum Hall, a group that raised $1 million and monitored the restoration of Santa Monica High School’s auditorium. For several years, that was an unpaid full-time job.

Yet last December I walked out of a school board meeting wanting the SMMUSD to take a flying leap.

Continue reading Our Schools Have a Problem Money Won’t Fix

Whither…sameness

By Ava Tramer

Beaches
Mostly sunny
Highs: 65-67; Lows: 57-60

Inland
Partly cloudy
Highs: 80-88; Lows: 55-60

Deserts
Clear and hot
Highs: 94-103; Lows: 67-77

And Santa Monica…
I hate to be a bore, but if you look out the door,
You’ll see that it’s all one and the same.
I could say something more, but it’d just be lore,
So here’s the deal for this week:
Morning clouds and then sun, morning clouds and then sun,
Again and again and again.
So I hope you enjoy it, because that’s what it’ll be.
With weather, indeed, there are things worse than boredom