County Supervisor, 3rd District: Sheila Kuehl 140,056, Bobby Shriver, 124,387

Santa Monica College Trustees (4), Nancy Greenstein 13,761, Jean Jaffe
13,628, Barry Snell 11,709, Andrew Walzer 10,453

Dennis Frisch 9,538 Maria Loya 8,589

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (4) Laurie Lieberman 14,361
R. Tahvilderan Jessvein 11,615 Craig Foster 11,409, Oscar de la Torre 11,224

Ralph Mechur 10.358 Patty Viner 4,798, Dhun May 4,794.


This is the second email sent today regarding the upcoming Town Hall meeting
on the Zoning Ordinance Update. In today’s earlier email we gave detailed
information about the current situation, speaking at the meeting, and resi-
dents’ concerns. This email gives simplified talking points that you may wish
to consider. Remember, you can speak for 30 seconds or 2-4 minutes. If you
don’t wish to talk, please attend to support those who do. .

These are issues you might want to address at the Town Hall meeting:
1. Limit height on ALL blvds. to 47 ft. (no Tier 3).
2. Eliminate “Activity Center” sites throughout the city on major blvds.
3. Eliminate so called Opportunity Sites that exceed zoning height, massing
and density standards.
4. Keep current parking standards as they are to protect neighborhoods from commercial encroachment and allow for visitors in residential areas.
5. Make lot consolidation rare in neighborhoods to maintain residential scale
and character, to preserve courtyard apartments and condos.
6. Encourage adaptive reuse of both commercial and residential buildings.

Councilmember Kevin McKeown went through all 540 pages of the draft, making
hundreds of comments and suggestions, but these were not included by staff
in the released redline. Many points raised by McKeown were protective of neighborhoods, but may be at risk of being passed over as land use attorneys representing developers make alternate suggestions to the Planning Commission.
Please join us. Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 19 2014 @ 7:00 PM, Lincoln
Middle School Auditorium, 1501 California Ave,Free parking.

Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway, across from Helen’s Cycles. (Parking val-
idated in structure located below Center)

Topics will include: Preparation for the Town Hall, Election impact,Guest
Speaker Andrew Maximous, Acting Principal Traffic Engineer to discuss the new
parking meters to be installed in Mid City.

If you want to read the “Redline,” it is available on the City website:

1. Full Redline Document (hundreds of pages long) shows what is now in the
Zoning and what could be removed or added:

2. Comments document contains public comments that have been recorded thus

3. Cross Reference Chart between existing zoning and proposed:

If you have any questions, come to tomorrow’s meeting and/or contact me

Thank you very much for your participation in making our neighborhoods better.

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

Copyright © 2014 Santa Monica Mid City Neighbors, All rights reserved.


Northeast Neighbors want the zoning update to:

Prevent traffic-generating over-development on Wilshire Blvd. – Density and
height on Wilshire should be the same as Santa Monica Blvd. with no Tier 3;
Activity Centers must also be removed on Wilshire as they would be out of

Ensure adequate parking for customers and employees to prevent spillover –
Parking standards must be set to protect neighborhoods as promised in the

Create human scale buildings to prevent mega-development by prohibiting the consolidation of parcels throughout the city – This will increase the number
of neighborhood serving businesses and improve the pedestrian experience as
planned in the standards being advanced in the Zoning for Main Street.

Maintain Planning Commission authority over new development by removing prop-
osals for increased “administrative approval” – This would give too much power
to staff, prevent public accountability, and end any appeals process.

Prevent changes to residential lot designations throughout the city – These
parcels serve as important buffers between homes and commercial boulevards.

Remove from the new Zoning Ordinance “Purpose” language that calls for regu-
lations to “enhance the City’s fiscal health” – Regulations should enhance the quality of life for residents, not the City coffers.

Preserve open, green space – Zoning should not allow developers to buy their
way out of providing open, green space accessible in each project by paying
“in lieu fees.”

Protect courtyard apartments in all residential districts – The character and
scale of all neighborhoods will be better preserved.

Remove the potential for commercial Daycare Centers from single family home neighborhoods – These are commercial businesses that currently are not al-
lowed in these neighborhoods and should not be allowed in the future.

Reduce the maximum allowable density for affordable housing projects along Wil-
shire Blvd. – If allowed, the current proposal would result in projects that
are too big for the surrounding neighborhoods.

Direct Community Benefits for Tier 2 projects to flow to and benefit the neigh-
borhood that is impacted – The proposed new Zoning Ordinance would direct Com-
munity Benefits for Tier 2 projects to a general city fund even though our gen-
eral plan requires that these benefits should go to the impacted neighborhoods
to mitigate the negative impacts of the projects.

The “redline” it is available on the City website:

Three documents are included and available for review:

1. Full Redline Document (hundreds of pages long) shows what is now in the Zon-
ing and what could be removed or added:

Cross Reference Chart between existing zoning and proposed update:

For more information on the Town Hall Meeting or to request disability-re-
lated accommodations call: 310.458.8341


Town Hall Meeting, Zoning Ordinance Update, Wednesday, 7 pm,
Lincoln Middle School Auditorium, 14th St. and California Ave.

Residents MUST outnumber developers at this meeting. Attend,defend our quality
of life against the against the over-development machine in Santa Monica.

After more than a year of fighting to stop traffic-generating overdevelopment
in our city, residents must not allow their voices to be drowned out by devel-
opers and their lawyers who are working overtime to influence the Planning
Commission to allow them to maximize their projects. Residents MUST outnumber developers at this meeting. Even if you don’t plan to speak, just being there
will send a message.

The Zoning Ordinance Update – currently in a proposed “redline” form to show
proposed changes – spells out what can be built in our city for the next two
decades. The redline lacks many of the protections for residents that the
current Zoning provides. That’s why this Town Hall meeting and your partici-
pation at this point matters.

Wednesday night’s Town Hall will be more relaxed than Planning Commission
meetings. Speakers can comment without time limits.

Residents want the new Zoning Ordinance Update to:

* Prevent traffic-generating over-development on boulevards – Density
and height should be limited by the removal of Tier 3; Activity Centers must
also be eliminated as they’’re out of scale, too big for our town.
* Ensure adequate parking for customers and employees to prevent spill-
over. Parking standards must be set to protect neighborhoods as promised in
the LUCE.
* Create human scale buildings to prevent mega-development by prohibit-
ing the consolidation of parcels throughout the city – This will increase
the number of neighborhood-serving businesses and improve the pedestrian ex-
perience as planned in the standards being advanced in the Zoning for Main
* Maintain Planning Commission authority over new development by remov-
ing proposals for increased “administrative approval” – which gives too much
power to staff, dilutes public accountability, and ends the appeals process.

* Opposes residential lot designations throughout the city. These parcels
serve as important buffers between homes and commercial boulevards.
* Remove from the new Zoning “Purpose” language that calls for regulat-
ions to “enhance the City’s fiscal health.” Regulations should enhance the
quality of life for residents, not increase the City coffers.
* Preserve open, green space. Zoning should not allow developers to buy
their way out of providing open, green space accessible in each project by
paying “in lieu fees.”
* Protect classic courtyard apartments in all residential districts,
as they preserve and enhance the character and scale of all neighborhoods.

At a recent public meeting, developers persuaded the Planning Commission to
NOT include in the Zoning Update important issues that we have fought for
and staff and the Commission had previously supported (such as removing Act-
ivity Centers from Wilshire Blvd.)

T he Commission needs to hear from residents from all parts of town and re-
ceive and read written comments for the record from residents NOW and con-
tinuing through the City Council approval of the final Zoning document some-
time next year..

The “redline” update is available on the City website:

1.The Full Redline Document is hundreds of pages long, shows what is now
in the Zoning and what could be removed or added:

2. Comments document contains public comments that have already been recorded
thus far. You may find your comments recorded here if you attended any of the
Zoning Update meetings or sent emails to the Planning Commission for the public record:

For more information on the Town Hall Meeting or to request disability-related accommodations call: 310.458.8341

Free parking and bike valet parking will be available.

You may also take the Big Blue Bus lines #2 on Wilshire Blvd. and #3 on Mont-
ana Avenue, which both stop near the workshop location.

Copyright © 2014 Residocracy, All rights reserved.

Residocracy, 1112 Montana Ave, #358, Santa Monica, CA 90403


The Planning and Community Development Department has scheduled a Town Hall
meeting at which the Planning Com-mission will comment and hear residents’
comments on the Redline Public Review Draft Zoning Ordinance Update, which
the Commission has been working on for many months.

Feedback from residents will be solicited on the project, which will implement
the 2010 Land Use and Circulation Element, and is a vital part of the City’s
planning process, as, in effect,it is a map of our future.

Residents may provide staff with their comments in advance of the Town Hall
Meeting by following the link to the Redline Public Review Draft Zoning Ord-
inance Update COMMENT FORM.

Your input will inform the Planning Commission as it reviews the redline
version of the public draft. Opportunities for public comment will continue
to be available throughout the Planning Commission’s review of it, as well
as throughout the City Council’s review of the draft Zoning Ordinance Update.

Staff will also describe the process, timelines and schedule for completing
the Update, as well as noting additional opportunities to provide feedback.


Long-time Santa Monica resident Elizabeth Riel, plaintiff in a First Amendment
civil rights lawsuit against the City of Santa Monica, filed papers with the U.S. District Court Thursday, November 14, to stop the City from continued stonewall-
ing and lengthy delays in the case.

Ms. Riel’s lawsuit alleges that, in 2014, the City of Santa Monica and City Man-
ager Rod Gould violated her fundamental right of free speech under the U.S. Constitution by rescinding her employment contract as Chief Communications and
Public Affairs Officer because of political opinions she expressed in 2006.

In September, federal District Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell denied Motions to Dismiss filed by the City and Mr. Gould, ruling that Ms. Riel’s Complaint prop-
erly asserted a charge of wrongful termination in violation of the U.S. Consti-
tution, and that the City and Mr. Gould both failed to demonstrate a legal rea-
son for discharging her. Judge O’Connell stated, “Because Defendants offer no justification for Plaintiff’s termination independent from her protected speech,
the Court finds Defendants fail to satisfy their burden. Accordingly, the Court finds Plaintiff sets forth valid claims for First Amendment retaliation against
both the City and Gould.”

Since Judge O’Connell’s ruling, the City of Santa Monica has taken advantage
of procedural loopholes and engaged in legal maneuvers to stall the case for at
least a year. Both the City and Mr. Gould filed appeals to the Ninth Circuit
Court of Appeals after their Motions to Dismiss were denied by Judge O’Connell.

“It is deeply disappointing that the City has chosen to pursue the filing of a frivolous, unmeritorious appeal and waste the Ninth Circuit’s valuable time and limited resources, especially when the District Judge issued a very strong deci-
sion,” said Ms. Riel’s attorney, Steven J. Kaplan. “This is nothing more than a maneuver to unfairly delay moving forward with the case and to distract attention from the merits of the case and the truth of what happened.”

In order to move the case forward and enable Ms. Riel and the citizens of Santa Monica to learn exactly what prompted the City’s illegal decision to fire her,
Ms. Riel filed a Notice with the District Court dismissing City Manager Rod Gould from the litigation.

Mr. Kaplan explained, “Because he is an individual, Mr. Gould has special rights
to appeal his defeat of the Motion to Dismiss. The City’s appeal rides Mr. Gould’s coattails and unnecessarily delays progress toward trial. After due consideration, we have dismissed Mr. Gould personally, subject to filing suit against him again at some future date. The City should now stop hiding behind Mr. Gould and address this case responsibly by dismissing its appeal and proceeding with depositions and other discovery.”

Ms. Riel expressed political opinions in 2006 which included criticism of City Council member Pam O’Connor’s receipt of political contributions from the Macerich real estate development firm prior to voting on Macerich’s proposal to redevelop Santa Monica Place mall. Ms. O’Connor, now Mayor, recently became the subject of pending criminal complaint filed by the Santa Monica Transparency Project accusing her of taking illegal campaign contributions from Macerich and other developers in violation of a City Charter provision known as the Oaks Initiative. That complaint is now under investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

In her September ruling, Judge O’Connell stated that “…Plaintiff’s speech sought
to expose the public to potentially illegal activities.”

Regarding today’s filing dismissing Mr. Gould, Ms. Riel said, “This case about our country’s First Amendment rights, and the rights of Santa Monica residents and citizens everywhere, is too important to allow the City to continue its stonewal-
ling tactics. We should not have to wait one to two years for an appeal to wend
its way through our court system just to get to the facts.”

Plaintiff’s counsel Steven J. Kaplan concluded, “Now that Mr. Gould has been dismissed from the case and his appeal is moot, we ask the City of Santa Monica
to do the right thing: stop looking for procedural maneuvers to unnecessarily and unfairly delay the litigation, immediately dismiss its frivolous appeal, and allow the parties to focus on the merits of this case.”

Ms. Riel, a 10-year resident of Santa Monica, is a national communications expert
who most recently helped restore marriage equality to gay and lesbian Californ-
ians through her work with the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which successfully overturned Proposition 8 before the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Riel,who has a Master of Public Administration degree from USC, has more than 15 years’ experience conducting local and national communications efforts for high-profile issues including early childhood education, foster care adoption, anti-smoking education, and Santa Monica’s own Youth Wellbeing Report Card.

By Lawyer Sreven Kaplan


Some time ago, without any sort of explanation, a City official announced, rather casually, at a Council meeting, that the older people who had used the “Camera Obscura” building in Palisades Park for years wwere being moved into the Ken
Edwards Center on Fourth Street.

The building in the park became what seems to be some sort of crafts center for members of the public.

So it is that the older people who spent their days at the building, which, of course, has a gorgeous view of the beach, the Santa Monica Pier, the ocean and
the sky in all its colors, shades and permutations, now look out small windows
at Fourth Street traffic,the blank back wall of Bloomingdale’s and its parking structure.

The City’s annual budget is currently over half-a-billion dollars annually, and, according to a recent report from the Finance Director, is ending this year with
a handsome surplus. Surely, it could have maintained the “senior center” in
the park.

Perhaps the older people complained about being out there in the grand park with
the dazzling views, and begged to move into small rooms overlooking traffic, shoppers. and general hurly-burly? But we doubt it.

Perhaps the Convention and Visitors’ Bureau whiz kids, in their zeal to please visitors, complained that the visitors didn’t pay the ever-escalating bed tax to
see old geezers hanging out in the “world-famous” Palisades Park.

This weekend, the City is staging a free “Artist Resource Fair .” in the older people’s former habitat. It’s open to all artists, and its principal “theme”
seems to be ““Financial Wellness for Artists.”

Apparently, City Hall has sufficient time, resources and talent To take on EVERYTHING, but it couldn’t manage to simply leave the older people in the


In the last several years, the Santa Monica population has increased, but both the number of registered voters and number of people voting have fallen.

In 2010, there were 59,214 registered voters in Santa Monica. In 2012, voter registration rose slightly to 60,909, but this year it dropped – to 58,803, and the number of people voting fell dramatically.

Apparently, the low key “Vote Local” campaign was too low key. Or perhaps voters were put off by the fact that City Hall and the majority of Council members were in thrall to developers. Or perhaps too many recent residents are here solely to make money.
The good news is that the majority of the next City Council favors, for the first time in decades, slow growth, preservation of our gloriously idiosyncratic beach town character, and an increase in affordable and rent controlled housing in order to maintain the diversity we cherish.

The latest vote count (11/14) shows incumbent candidate Kevin McKeown (9169) and Planning Commissioner Sue Himmelrich (8378) maintaining their long leads, over current mayor Pam O’Connor (6290), Phil Brock (5531), Frank Gruber (4930), Jennifer Kennedy (4738), Richard McKinnon (4642) , Michael Feinstein (3480), Terence Later (1778), Jerry Rubin (1514), Jon Mann(1484), Nick Boles (1231), Whitney Scott Bain (1217), Zoe Muntanere (720).


When life knocked you down or fear gripped you, how did you move for-
ward? These are questions storytellers will answer at the next SHINE
event with their inspiring true stories of “Finding Bravery.” SHINE
will be held Thursday, November 20 at 7:30pm at the YWCA Santa Monica-
/Westside, 2019 14th Street in Santa Monica.

SHINE is a storytelling series highlighting experienced and new story
-tellers coming together on the third Thursday of every month to share
inspiring true stories. The event features a relaxed community atmo-
sphere, powerful and entertaining stories, refreshments, mingling, and
live music.

SHINE will be hosted this month by Ruthy Otero, an actress, writer and
solo performer. To date, Ms. Otero has written and performed four succ-
essful solo shows. She was chosen by Variety Magazine as one of the 10
Comics to Watch for her one-woman comedy Dancing With My Demons, which
she just performed at the One Festival in New York. She recently start-
ed a podcast about solo shows called The ABCs of a One Person Show.
Live music will be provided by Josephine Johnson, an LA-based singer/
songwriter. Johnson’s resonant voice is infused with the influence of
the small Indiana farming community where she grew up, a bit of Savan-
nah jasmine, Humboldt’s long winters and great trees, and Asia’s anc-
ient rituals. She has played at an eclectic collection of venues across
California. Johnson released her first album, Elemental, in 2010 and
is currently touring with her 2014 release, Let It All Out.

Professional storytellers for SHINE are chosen from some of the nation’s
top award-winning storytellers and writers. Amateur storytellers of all
ages and walks of life also take the stage. Submissions are accepted
before the event and two slots are reserved for audience members selec-
ted through a random drawing.

Storytellers scheduled for November:

Brandon Burkhart is a screenwriter and a veteran of the Los Angeles com-
edy scene. As an actor, he’s starred in the low-budget indie features
“Match” and “Hollywood and Vine.” He currently writes jokes for morning
radio DJs and for the pun blog Brandon would love
for you to follow him on Twitter: @burkhartbrandon.

Rachel Gebler Greenberg is a writer, storyteller, artist, and dating coach.
In the late ‘80s, she moved to Los Angeles with her young son and has made
a living assisting CEOs. Rachel is currently writing a memoir about her
husband Glenn’s sudden passing last year. Some ofher past literary readings
have been held at Beyond Baroque in Venice.

Michelle Joyner is a professional actress who has had a simple goal: to
live until the third act. That dream was seldom realized, and she is still
recognized as the girl that Sylvester Stallone dropped 4000 feet off a
mountaintop in “Cliffhanger.” She took a decade-long hiatus from dying on
screen to raise twin boys and write eight studio screenplays, now sitting
on eight studio shelves. She has now graduated from playing the victim to
playing the mother of the victim in recent guest star roles in “Bones,” “Lie
to Me” and “Perception.” She has shared her stories at many literary venues
around L.A.—- and in all of her stories, she gets to live!

David Muchnik is a writer, performer and future therapist. He was born in
Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to the United States 13 years ago. He
feels blessed that stories come to him, trusting he will find a way to
share them with others.

Burt Ross was born in New York and lived in New Jersey until two years ago,
when he and his wife moved to Malibu. Burt graduated with honors from Har-
vard College and got his law degree at NYU Law School. After working on Wall
Street, he was elected Mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey. Known for turning down
a $500,000 bribe from the mafia, his story was told in the book “The Bribe.”
Burt went on to be Administrator of the New Jersey Energy Office and then
founded Burt Ross Realty Corp. Since moving to Malibu, he has written humor
columns for Malibu Patch and The Malibu Times.

Carol Schwalberg’s short stories have appeared in Penthouse, Independent Ink,
Steam Ticket, Verdad, Wordplay and The Los Angeles Times (chidlren’s page)
(USA), Women in Judaism (Canada), Woman (UK), Ita (Australia) and Fair Lady
(South Africa) as well as in the anthologies, If I Had My Life to Live Over,
I Would Pick More Daisies (Papier-Mache), Am I Teaching Yet? (Heinemann),
Rite of Passage (Lonely Planet), ParaSpheres (Omnidawn). She won first prize
both for her story in Verdad and her parody of Joan Didion’s work in the 2008
Happy Endings Contest sponsored by Humanities Montana, and Life is a Roller
Coaster (Kind of a Hurricane Press).

Sara Mayer is an actress, educator, activist and self-described troublemaker.
A member of Santa Monica Repertory Theater, she has performed in classical
theater Off Broadway in New York City and original works here in Los Angeles.
Sara has a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and has studied with The
Actors’ Gang, the Beckett Center at Trinity College Dublin and BADA at Oxford University. Sara’s wanderings have taken her through the Middle East, East
Africa, Europe, Central America, Asia and the Antipodes. If her life is a
story, she desperately hopes it is an ‘80s style adventure-comedy.

Marian Silverman is a writer, Licensed Family Therapist and Educational Psych-
ologist whose life’s work has been in education, counseling and psychology. Her memoir was published in 2014: White Rose/Stories of Love, Loss and a Dog Named
Holly. See An Animal Assisted Therapy specialist, she
was consultant for the People-Animal Connection Program at UCLA Medical Center
with her canine partner, Holly Go Lightly. She has published articles about
the power of the human-animal bond and offers Bereavement Counseling for Pet
Loss. Marian lives in Culver City with her two feline companions, Gracie and Tabatha.

Those interested in becoming a SHINE storyteller are encouraged to visit in advance for monthly theme and guidelines.

SHINE is produced and hosted by Isabel Storey and presented by Storey Productions in association with Santa Monica Repertory Theater, UCLArts and Healing, and the YWCA Women’s Partnership.

Presented by Storey Productions in association with Santa Monica Repertory Theater, UCLArts and Healing, and YWCA Women’s Partnership.

ADMISSION:$10 Suggested donation at door. PARKING: FREE and plentiful parking in venue parking lot


Once again, the City Manager is trumpeting a “City Talks” event in
which City Manager Rod Gould and his staff will appear. The City’s
announcement leads with three rhetorical questions. “What’s happen-
ing in our vibrant city? What does the City’s future hold? How can
you get involved?”

When will City Hall siart listening to residents?. We live here. We
know what’s happening. We know that Santa Monica is paradise and a
mess, thanks to the City’s inability to manage traffic.And we know
it’s unique, glorious, idiosyncratic, the real thing, but it’s not
“vibrant.” No real beach town is “vibrant.” What does the future
hold? Trouble for City employees who think they can outsmart us.

We ARE involved — far more involved than anyone in City Hall. We
live here. We are the people who joined Armen Melkonians in Resid-
ocracy to rescind the Hines mega-project. Armen is the resident who
made a three-D mock-up of downtown Santa Monica, which the entire
planning staff was unable, or unwilling to do it.

The City announcement continues, “”Santa Monica Talks is a community
event for people who live and work in Santa Monica and want to learn
what’s happening in the city.”

As noted, that’s us, residents, the people who live here, the people
who know what’s happening. That’s why dozens of people speak at
the Council on Tuesdays, and usually know more than staff.

Retiring City Manager Rod Gould will share his perspective on City
services and Santa Monica’s future,” though it’s unlikely he will
talk about his lawsuit.

“…City staff will answer questions and provide essential information.
about current city programs, initiatives, and ways you can get invol-

No they won’t. They never have. There’s no reason to think they’ve
changed. “The same information will be available at each event.Come
to whichever event works best for you.”

“After Santa Monica Talks, you’ll find that knowing more about where
you live, work, and play makes life easier and more interesting.”
We already know more, and City staff would know more if they list-
ened to us.

The meetings will be held at Tongva Park, November 13, 6:15 pm,
the Civic Auditorium, east wing, November 18, 6:15. Real Office
Centers November 20 6:15.

Each of the three sites accommodates less than 250 people. There
are close to 90,000 residents, so we must assume the staff doesn’t
want to talk to very many of us and still doesn’t want to listen
to any of us.