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The Oscars, hosted by John Stewart, will be broadcast on ABC-TV (channel
7) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.. It will be preceded by the red carpet show, which, if weather forecasts are accurate, will be as wet as they are witless (channel 7, from 3 to 5:30 p.m.). E! (channels 26 and 108 in Santa Monica) will be there, too, beginning at noon..

Whither the Weather 2.23 – 2.29

By Ava Tramer

Mostly sunny with a wet Sunday
Highs: 57-67; Lows: 46-52

Partly cloudy
Highs: 60-74; Lows: 42-47

Highs: 66-79; Lows: 46-52

And Santa Monica…
With March just around the corner, it may seem like sunshine is inevitable. Highs will reach the upper 60s this week, and in the deserts highs will rest just below 80. The skies will be mostly clear, with only a few puffball clouds happily floating to and fro. But before you leave winter behind completely, I thought that, as your weatherwoman, I should warn you that it will most likely rain on Sunday – Oscar notwithstanding. Please, don’t be upset with me about this. It’s really not my fault. I am only the messenger, and I felt it was my duty to warn you. So while you may dream about pure sunshine, just don’t be shocked when the skies open up on Sunday…and rain on the Oscar red carpet parade.

Students Shine ar Council Meeting

As we reported earlier this week, the City Council denied the appeal of the Landmarks Commission’s denial of a landmark application filed by a residents’ group, Treesavers, for 50-plus ficus trees on Second and Fourth Streets that the City wants to remove.

Over 40 residents spoke on behalf of the trees. Though the Council denied the appeal, given the vehement community opposition to the proposed removal of the trees, it could have reconsidered its original approval the $8.2 million improvement” project, which included the excising of the trees.

Councilman Kevin McKeown. who has opposed the tree removal from the beginning, suggested it, but his colleagues remained silent.

The Council’s failure to be moved by the residents’ passionate defense of the trees was so depressing that the somber mid-year 2007-08 budget and five-year financial forecast, which followed, was, comparatively speaking, a laugh riot.

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University Campus Choir Tunes Up

The University Campus Choir, under the direction of Alexander Ruggieri, will present “Sing of Spring,” the 2008 Silent Auction and Musicale, with musical performances by the Upstairs Studio Dancers as well as the Choir on Sunday, March 2.

The auction will be held and High Tea will be served from 2 to 3 p.m. at which time the performance will begin.

It will take place at the John Carroll Parish Center, St. Paul the Apostle Church, 10750 Ohio Avenue. West Los Angeles.

Advance admission is $10 (order by Monday, February 25). $20 admission at the door. Orders: (310) 820-8503, or www.

Trees Get Six-Day Reprive

With the City Council’s rejection of Treesavers’ appeal of the Landmarks Commission’s decision not to designate trees on two downtown stress as landmarks, the fate of 50-plus trees the City wants to remove returned to the courts.

Treesavers and the City of Santa Monica were scheduled to appear in court today for a preliminary hearing on an injunction Treesavers is seeking. But at a hearing on the hearing Thursday, the court granted the request of Treesavers’ attorney, Tom Nitti, that the preliminary hearing be held next Thursday, February 28. In addition to acceding to the delay, the City’s attorney agreed that in the interim no trees would be removed – unless they threatened public safety.

Contrary to an earlier announcement, there will be no vigil.