Work on Urban Forest Master Plan Continues Tonight

Tweet The review process for the City’s Urban Forest Master Plan continues. So far, it hasn’t gone well. Promises have not been kept. The City has failed to acknowledge, much less incorporate residents’ wishes, in the plan and the war on palm trees continues. But perhaps if residents persist, the City will finally listen. The Urban Forest Master Plan Task Force will continue... Read More

AIRPORT “VISIONING PROCESS” BIASED

Tweet To: Mayor Bloom and Honorable City Council members From: Board of Directors, Friends of Sunset Park (FOSP) Re: City Council Special Meeting – October 4, 2011 – Agenda Item 4-A It has become very apparent from the language of the Staff Report for 10/4/11 agenda item 4-A that the City staff is reluctant to pursue airport closure as an option. Not only... Read More

SPEAKING OF TREES…

Tweet Here is my correspondence with the city tree coordinator about the trees proposed for in front of my house, which, according to the web, “smell like semen.” My inquiry was not taken seriously. If it does have the unpleasant odor that has been observed in Santa Cruz and San Francisco, they are not likely to stay in place very long! There are a lot of people taking... Read More

TO SANTA MONICA URBAN FOREST TASK FORCE

Tweet Copies to: Santa Monica City Council, City Manager, Planning Commission, Task Force on the Environment, Recreation and Parks Commission, city staff, interested citizens, media representatives We are writing to express concern about recent events that are having the unfortunate effect of discouraging public participation in the Urban Forest Master Plan Task Force’s process... Read More

A PLETHORA OF ICONS

Tweet Like James Corner, who’s designing the Palisades Garden Walk in the Civic Center, Peter Walker, who’s designing the Esplanade at the western end of Colorado Avenue, is a “world-class” landscape architect. As noted in “Santa Monica Talking Hype, Not Truth” (see below), the Santa Monica City Council is crazy about “world class” people and “world class” stuff.... Read More

SM Conservancy Awarded Significant Grant

Tweet The Santa Monica Conservancy has been awarded a $7500 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from its Los Angeles County Preservation Fund. The funds will be used to support a portion of the rehabilitation costs for the adaptive reuse of Santa Monica’s 1890s Shotgun House as a Preservation Resource Center. The Shotgun House is a survivor from the early... Read More

SMC TRAFFIC TROUBLES PERSIST

Tweet While residents on and near Pearl Street praise local law enforcement for traffic control assistance around SMC, other areas heavily affected by local school traffic are completely ignored, causing gridlock, frustration and headaches for neighboring residents. Among the worst traffic in Sunset Park is the two-block long stretch of Maple St. between 14th & 16th. In addition... Read More

TOO MUCH

Tweet We have lived in the Pico Neighborhood for over 30 years. The Bergamot Transit Village development is huge. The revised Papermate site pending development is still too large and will negatively impact all of the surrounding areas with the increased traffic and congestion. With this development project, in addition to all the other pending projects, the density of commercial... Read More

Work on Expo Light Rail to Santa Monica Starts

Tweet The Los Angeles Times reports: Los Angeles transportation officials readily admit that building the first phase of the Expo Line has been trying, costing hundreds of millions of dollars more than originally budgeted and suffering nagging delays. But city and county leaders hoped to leave those problems behind when they gathered in Santa Monica today to mark the start of construction... Read More

SANTA MONICA: TALKING HYPE, NOT TRUTH

Tweet L.A. Observed reports that “the San Diego book store Mysterious Galaxy is opening a second store on Artesia Boulevard in Redondo Beach” later this month. And …”Diesel, a book store, Malibu’s beloved indie bookstore, is coming back….their new location to be up and running by mid-October…” Santa Monica once had nearly a dozen independent book stores on and... Read More