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

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

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

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

PRESERVING OUR PALM TREES

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Tweet To The Editor: As people have said how much they enjoyed the poetry about palm trees that I sent out over the summer as part of our effort to preserve palm tree streetscapes on several Santa Monica streets, here is more poetry from various authors about palm trees. •     As the palm-tree standeth so straight and so tall, The more the hail beats, and the more the rains... Read More

THE LESSONS OF THE 2010 ELECTION

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Tweet by Peggy Clifford Anyone from anywhere can come into Santa Monica and set up a fake committee called  “Santa Monicans for Quality Government,”  though he’s not a “Santa Monican” and, as far as we know, is the sole member of the group. And the aforesaid anyone from anywhere can collect money from developers, property managers and developers’... Read More

New Council Term Begins Under A Cloud

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Tweet The five City Council members who won the recent election — four Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights’ (SMRR) members Gleam Davis, Terry O’Day, Pam O’Connor and Kevin McKeown, and independent Bob Holbrook — had a big edge going in. They were all incumbents (Davis and O’Day by appointment), and better known than the other candidates.... Read More

“THE BEST CITY COUNCIL MONEY CAN BUY:” Part II

Tweet By Ty Wapato On November 2, Santa Monica got the best City Council money can buy. The disgrace is that it was big development money that bought it with dirty election tricks. This installment illuminates the connection between the recent election and the City Council decision to deny an appeal to reverse a Planning Commission decision allowing Trammel Crow to move forward... Read More

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