TO GOVERNOR: SIGN AUTISM BILL NOW

Share with othersTweet SB 946, California’s autism insurance reform bill, needs only Governor Brown signature to become law, but he must sign it in the next three days. Autism Votes urges all Californians to inform the governor that by signing SB 946 into law, he will create 20,000 new jobs, save the state $140 million and help 30,000 children with autism live more independent... Read More

Work on Urban Forest Master Plan Continues Tonight

Share with othersTweet 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... Read More

INSURANCE INDUSTRY LOBBIES AGAINST AUTISM INSURANCE REFORM

Share with othersTweet The insurance industry is pressing Governor Brown to veto SB 946, and permit insurance discrimination to continue against children with autism in California. Autism Votes, an initiative of Autism Speaks, is urging all California voters to use Facebook to counter the insurance companies’ campaign. Suggested sample text: “URGENT ATTN CALIFORNIA FRIENDS!... Read More

AIRPORT “VISIONING PROCESS” BIASED

Share with othersTweet 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... Read More

NO DICE, a Santa Monica Murder Mystery, by Mar Preston

Share with othersTweet Last section posted on 9/24 Chapter Nine, second two The faces of the cop by her door and the old fellow with the measuring tape kept popping out at Ginger, jumping in her face, startling her, scalding her with what-might-have-beens. Stress clamped down all her muscles and she ached from head to toe like an abscessed tooth. She forced herself to get through... Read More

SPEAKING OF TREES…

Share with othersTweet 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... Read More

Former SM City Manager Takes Helm in Compton

Share with othersTweet The Los Angeles Times reports that “Amid financial turmoil and changing political tides, the Compton City Council has voted to fire its third city manager in five years. “The council voted to bring in Lamont Ewell, a former Compton firefighter who went on to serve as city manager for cities including San Diego and Santa Monica before retiring in 2009,... Read More

TO SANTA MONICA URBAN FOREST TASK FORCE

Share with othersTweet 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... Read More

HOUSE VOTE ON AUTISM BILL IS TUESDAY

Share with othersTweet The Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) will be heard on the House floor tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday, September 20th, for a final vote. In order to ensure that our Congressman, Henry Waxman, votes for this vital bill, please call and email him and ask him to vote yes for Reauthorization. Ideally, his phones will ring off the hook until the vote is... Read More

A PLETHORA OF ICONS

Share with othersTweet 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... Read More

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