Caltrans Working on PCH

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is currently installing “adaptive signal controls” at various locations along the 20-mile stretch of Pacific Coast Highway between the McClure Tunnel in Santa Monica to Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Malibu.

“Adaptive signal controls” enable Caltrans to automatically adjust signal timing based upon real time traffic flow.”

Caltrans crews are working now on the two-mile portion of northbound PCH between the McClure Tunnel and Temescal Canyon Road.

Construction activities are limited to Sunday through Friday nights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Intermittent lane closures will be limited to one lane in each direction.

Motorists are advised to expect delays during construction hours.

“TEMPORARY NO PARKING” signs will be posted where needed. Use of the street and access to properties will not be impacted.

Work should be completed in October.

The controls should improve traffic flow and safety, according to Caltrans.

For more information, contact Marcia Graves at (213) 897-7602 or via e-mail at marcia or the Public Affairs office at (213) 897-3656.

City Gets It Wrong…Again

Council members Bobby Shriver and Ken Genser’s frustration at Tuesday night’s Council meeting was almost palpable as they each tried, and failed, to engage their fellow Council members and City staff in a serious discussion of whether the City should declare a city-wide moratorium that would put proposed projects on hold until the revision of the General Plan is complete.

Planning Director Eileen Fogarty’s report to the Council had summarized some of the possibilities for development in the industrial lands that would be considered during the drafting of the revision of the General Plan. In addition, she had outlined ways of dealing with the large number of potential projects that City Hall has received. The alternatives are a moratorium on all development, a moratorium with exceptions for projects undertaken via a development agreement, revised development standards and maintenance of the status quo.

City Attorney Marcia Moutrie and Deputy City Attorney Barry Rosenbaun had evaluated the efficacy of the alternative means of dealing with current projects – from a legal point of view. Their preference was an interim ordinance that would cover only the industrial lands.

Several residents had spoken in favor of a city-wide moratorium.

When questioned by Genser and then Shriver, the attorneys continued to focus on the legal aspects, alleging that a city-wide moratorium would be hard to craft and defend.

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Billionaire Questions Bush’s “Mental Stability”

Billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife really didn’t like Bill Clinton and spent most of the 1990s and quite a lot of dough, relatively speaking, financing far right wing think tanks’ assaults on President Clinton’s polices, as well as subsidizing a series of so-called exposes of his Arkansas years that proved to be more shrill than factual.

Now, to the surprise of nearly everyone, the ultra-conservative Scaife has savaged the ultra-conservative George W. Bush in print.

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Shakespeare’s Here

It was the great Yale scholar Harold Bloom who said that William Shakespeare invented human beings. As a species, we have not evolved a whit since then and so his plays remain vital and pertinent, as well as perfect works of art.

The fourth annual summer Shakespeare Festival is now underway in Reed Park – outdoors on tennis court #1 and indoors in Miles Memorial Playhouse, featuring three of the wizard’s plays in rep through July 29.

A one-hour and 20-minute version of “Twelfth Night” will play Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on the tennis court. “Richard III” will be performed Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. and an all-woman cast will do “Taming of the Shrew” Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. – both in Miles Memorial Playhouse.

Reed Park is located at Wilshire Boulevard between Lincoln Boulevard and Seventh Street. Miles Playhouse is on Lincoln a half-block north of Wilshire.
Admission is free for anyone 18 years old and under. Tickets range from $20 to $25, with discounts for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased by calling (310) 270-3454, by emailing or visiting

Making Do In Limbo

As the 1983 iteration of Santa Monica’s state-mandated 20-year General Plan became obsolete in 2003 and the revision will not be finished until 2009, Santa Monica is out of compliance, and in limbo.

In this no-plan land we now inhabit, unprecedented problems proliferate, along with the same old problems.

Most cities of this size have no hospitals. Santa Monica has two first-rate major hospitals, and both are currently in the midst of multi-million-dollar expansions. At the same time, the number of local extended care facilities is in decline. But the City doesn’t know how many such facilities exist, much less how many are needed. As a result, though we have a surfeit of luxury condo complexes, another one, which would displace an extended care facility, is now making its way through the review process.

Surely, City Hall should know precisely what Santa Monica has in the way of vital services and what it needs.

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