Tonight, March 26, at 6:30 PM, there will be a special screening of “90404 Changing” in Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium at the Santa Monica Main Library.

Produced and directed by Michael Barnard, the film captures
the historically rich and culturally diverse neighborhood in the 90404 zip code that is disappearing.

The film follows a local Latina teacher and an African-American poet in their quest to piece together the history of this area.

Barnard and Paulina Sahagun, lead actress and co-producer, will answer questions during a Q&A after the screening.

Blending narrative and documentary forms, “90404 Changing” includes a wide range of personal stories of former and current residents, clergy and business owners of the area. The trailer can be viewed here.

Admission is free, but seating is limited so come early to assure a spot. Doors will open at 6pm.


When government fails, it’s time for individuals to ACT.

Our local government has failed the residents of Santa Monica. The time for action is NOW!

The planning commission last week finalized two years of deliberations on the Zoning Ordinance Update (ZOU). The ZOU, when approved by our City Council, will codify the failed Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) policy document that allows for massive over-development.

In 2010, the LUCE promised to protect Santa Monica and yet we have already seen the massive developments it has incentivized and those that are in the pipeline. The LUCE is the shaky foundation of the ZOU and they both bring massive developments and increased traffic congestion to our beach town. They are just TOO BIG, TOO MUCH, and TOO TALL and do not belong in Santa Monica.

The time for individuals to Act is NOW!

Since 2007, the LUCE and the ZOU process have been heavily controlled and influenced by special interests. Residents have been ignored, cast aside, marginalized, and even ridiculed in the seven plus years of public input and debate that has shaped the ZOU.

The Planning Commission released the draft ZOU on November 12, 2013. A “redline” edit was released in October 2014 followed by a “greenline” edit. The final product, the “brownline” ZOU, is now being forwarded to City Council – ready to be flushed by residents. When government fails, it becomes time for individuals to ACT – the guiding principle of RESIDOCRACY.

Our City Council has scheduled just two days (April 14th and 15th at City Council Chambers) to review, opine, and make modifications to the ZOU. In the final hours of the imminent release of an explosion of density and traffic congestion slated to affect Santa Monica for generations to come, some of our elected officials are now shifting the focus by demonizing the Planning Commission as the pro-development forces responsible for producing a ZOU catered to special interests.

Some council members have even stated that they will “fix” the ZOU on April 14th and 15th and restore residents’ faith in the process. Two days is not adequate. Two days defies common sense. Fixing a complex 500 page document, seven years in the making and tailored to special interests, in just two days of deliberations, after ignoring resident input for these seven years, is impossible and frankly offensive to Santa Monica residents.

The time for individuals to ACT is NOW.

It’s time that residents once again take control, as we did last year when Residocracy organized and vetoed the City Council approval of the massive Hines Development project through our constitutional right of referendum.

When the City Council originally approved the massive Hines Development Project, they claimed that it met the policy goals and objectives of the LUCE. A policy document that falsely claimed to protect Santa Monica and its’ residents.

Again, our elected officials are now telling us that the ZOU will protect Santa Monica. That the ZOU is good for residents. That the ZOU is better than the existing zoning code. That the ZOU will limit development. That the ZOU can be fixed in just two days. They were wrong about Hines and they are wrong about the ZOU. They are both Too Big, Too Much, Too Tall and don’t belong in Santa Monica.

Get ready and don’t be fooled!

On April 14th and 15th, in the final hours of this seven year process, the Council may throw a bone to residents as they witness a sea of residents oppose their imminent approval of the ZOU and the final codification of the failed policies of the LUCE. Surely, in their two days of deliberations, they may remove a couple of proposed Activity Centers on Wilshire Boulevard and even slightly reduce proposed heights and densities across a portion of Wilshire Boulevard or Pico Boulevard. But these so called “fixes” and “politicking” by our elected officials, claiming to listen to residents in the final hours, just won’t cut the mustard. It will be too little, too late.

When government fails, it becomes time for individuals to ACT.

And Residocracy is currently in the process of doing just that. Residocracy will soon unveil a revolutionary ACT to take back control of our city once and for all.
It’s time for residents to provide the “real” fix. It’s time for special interests to take the back seat. It’s time that residents control the future of Santa Monica. It’s time that the residents’ vision of the future of our city is unveiled.

Please watch for us as Residocracy prepares for the release of our revolutionary “Resident Petition to Protect Santa Monica.”

All of us – together – proved once before that the power to protect our interests lies only with us, the residents. Only residents can protect and preserve Santa Monica for ourselves, for our children, and for the future.

Government has failed and the time for individual action is NOW!

Are you with us? Please send comments to

Armen Melkonians, Residocracy Founder
Kate Bransfield, Residocracy Advisory Board Member


The following email was sent to us yesterday by Friends of Sunset Park and regards tomorrow night’s City Council meeting.

1) Action alert!
2) FOSP Board letter to the City Council
3) Background
4) Airport in the news — 1/4/15 to 3/20/15
5) Airport parcel map (attached)
1) Action alert!
The City Council will be making decisions about Santa Monica Airport on Tuesday, March 24th. Below is the FOSP Board letter to the City Council. You may or may not agree with the FOSP letter, but it’s important to let the Council members know what you think. You can:
a. Send email to City Council members, preferably by Monday evening, at:,,,, gleam.davis@sm ,,,,
b. Attend the Council meeting at 6:30 PM on Tuesday at City Hall. You can park in the Civic Center Parking Structure on 4th Street at Civic Center Drive (opposite the Doubletree Hotel). You can speak for 2 minutes during Public Comment by filling out a Speaker’s Card.
c. At 5:30 PM, there will be a rally in front of City Hall (not connected with FOSP).
2) FOSP Board letter to the City Council
March 22, 2015
To: City Council
From: Board of Directors, Friends of Sunset Park
RE: 3/24/15 agenda item 8-A: Future options regarding the operation of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) and the City’s future use of its land currently occupied by the Airport. htm
1) Because of existing litigation, SMO is extremely unlikely to close within the next 3 years.
Litigation documents:

2) Decisions about the leases at the Airport after July 1, 2015 should:
a. Minimize the risk of lawsuit or injunction
b. Aim to increase/maximize revenue
3) Measure LC, which passed in November 2014, amended the City Charter to:
a. Prohibit new development on Airport land, except for parks, public open space, and public recreational facilities, until the voters approve limits on the uses and development that may occur on the land; and

b. Affirm the City Council’s authority to manage the Airport and to close all or part of it.
4) Therefore, the FOSP Board urges the City Council to:
a. Instruct staff to start the planning process to expand the current Park on the southern “Non-Aviation” parcel adjacent to Airport Avenue with the additional 12 acres that will become available on July 1, 2015.
b. Increase Airport leases to market rate, with no sub-leasing allowed.
c. For maximum flexibility on the western “Quit Claim” parcel (which the federal government returned to the city in 1949, after leasing it during World War II), allow only month-to-month leases, as the ability to modify land uses on this parcel will more likely occur prior to any changes on the e astern “Instrument of Transfer” parcel.
d. Consider conditional lease terms of no longer than 3 years on the southern “Non-aviation” parcel and the eastern “Instrument of Transfer” parcel that wauld
maximize revenue for the City but maintain its ability to transform land uses as desired or as litigation is resolved.
In addition, we see no need for a 2016 ballot measure.
Thank you for your consideration.
3) Background:
With respect to the Non-Aviation land, moving forward to create this new/expanded park is can safely be done without raising a claim by the pilots that the City is effectively closing the airport. It will also help in the current lawsuits, showing that the City is sincere in doing what the public wants. Finally, it can be done under the provisions of Measure LC without requiring another vote of the people.
With respect to raising rents to market rate, this can be done despite the current lawsuit.
With respect to the month-to-month leases on the western 1949 Quit Claim parcel, this land arguably will be freed up sooner than the rest of the Airport and, at that time, the City should not be burdened with longer leases.

For those who attended the Airport2Park meeting on March 13, the recommendations the FOSP Board is proposing would lead to implementation of Phase I of the Airport2Park plan:
— Phase I = expand Airport Park on the Non-Aviation parcel from 7 acres to approximately 19 acres;
— Phase 2 = further expand Airport Park to include the western 1949 Quit Claim parcel;
— Phase 3 = further expand Airport Park to include the eastern 1948 Instrument of Transfer parcel.
Here is a video of John Fairweather’s presentation at the Airport2Park meeting:

July 1, 2015:Measure LC begins

Here is a video of Airport Commission Chair David Goddard’s presentation at the February 2015 Airport Commission meeting, which is somewhat different:

4) Airport in the news – 1/4/15 to 3/20/15
Opinion: “When It Comes to Santa Monica Airport, It’s Hurry Up and Wait” — Frank Gruber
3/20/15 — The Healthy City Local blog

Opinion: “Harrison Ford Crashes into the Santa Monica Airport Issue” — Steve Stajich
3/21/15 — Santa Monica Mirror

Opinion: “Plane Crash Is a Wake-Up Call” — Alan Levenson
3/20/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“Santa Monica Airport lawsuits abound”
3/20/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press

“City Hall Suggests Cautious Plans for Santa Monica Airport”
3/19/15 — Santa Monica Daily Press

Opinion: “Former Airport Commissioner Offers Advice to Council” – Ofer Grossman
3/17/15 – Santa Monica Dispatch

“FAA Would Likely Win Court Battle to Prevent Santa Monica Airport Closure”
3/19/15 – Santa Monica Lookout

Editorial: “Stronger ozone standards are more than a moral and legal imperative”
3/16/15 — Los Angeles Times

“La Vida So Cal: Keeping Up with the Indiana Joneses” — Tony Peyser cartoon
3/11/15 — The Argonaut

LaVidaSoCal: Keeping up with the Indiana Joneses

“Harrison Ford’s Plane Crash Stokes Calls for Airport Closure”
3/11/15 — The Argonaut — “For Carlos Gomez, actor Harrison Ford’s crash-landing in Venice was a little too close for comfort. A Dewey Street resident, 39-year-old Gomez lives less than 100 yards from Penmar Golf Course, where Ford brought down his vintage Ryan PT-22 airplane last Thursday. ‘This is the fifth time I’ve seen a plane crash here, and I’m afraid that someday some big jet is going to crash into my house or one of my neighbor’s houses. Just imagine if that happened,’ he said.”

“Harrison Ford’s Plane Lost Power following Santa Monica Airport Takeoff, NTSB Says”
3/11/15 — Santa Monica Lookout

“Federal Authorities Confirm that Harrison Ford’s Aircraft Lost Power after Takeoff”
3/10/15 — Santa Monica Mirror

Sent by Stacy Dalgleish, Vice President and Communications Officer, Santa Monica Mid City Neighbors (SMMCN)

SAVE THE DATE! Santa Monica Mid City Neighbors, Annual meeting.April 11, 11 a.m. The Edye at Broad Stage.
Guest Speaker: SMPD Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks


The headline on a Surf Santa Monica story today said, “Inglewood Mayor Quietly Succeeds Santa Monica’s MTA
Board Member.”

It did not say, but could have and should have said that Inglewood’s mayor, James T. Butts, was Santa Monica’s Chief of Police for 15 years.

The story went on to say that “a power shift quietly took place last month at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Authority as Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Jr. officially replaced Santa Monica Council member Pam O’Connor on the MTA Board of Directors.

“(O’Connor) had never been challenged for her MTA Board seat until the Southwest Corridors Cities subcommittee voted to replace her with Butts, the mayor of a South Bay city.

“Based on their populations, three South Bay cities, Torrance, Inglewood and Carson, make up a majority vote on the subcommittee.

“Butts, who was elected Inglewood’s mayor in November by an overwhelming majority, will serve a four-year term on the MTA Board.”

O’Connor served on the board for 13 years.


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We worked so hard to defeat D and win LC. Now the City wants to take away our victory and negotiate 3-year aviation leases. NO! NO! NO! 2015 needs to happen, not the 2018 or even later the City is proposing. The City is even considering having another election about the airport! We need to tell them we won, not the pilots and their D!

Join us Tuesday, March 24 at 5:30 for this rally and attend the City Council meeting afterwards to show your opposition to this sell-out to the pilots. It will be a long night, but this is your life, your families’, your friends’, your neighbors’, and your pets’ lives. Bring warm clothes (the City Hall Chamber can be chilly), your ipad, a book, whatever. Stick around for the final vote!

Wear black. We’ll have stickers for your shirts to show your solidarity with opposing perpetuating the disaster waiting to happen because of Santa Monica Airport. Do NOT wear the Airport2Park green shirts. The Board members of Airport2Park etc.) are joining with the pilots in supporting 3-year leases. I wish I could tell you it isn’t so. They’re wrong, wrong, wrong. We need to make it clear to City Hall we won’t stand for giving Santa Monica Airport 3 more years!

Read what former Airport Commission Chair Ofer Grossman has to say about NO 3 year leases in the Santa Monica Dispatch:

Stand with current Airport Commission Chair David Goddard in opposing 3-year leases. Check out his message that follows.

Wear black. See you Tuesday!
Susan Hartley