TONIGHT: L.A. COUNTY SHERIFF CANDIDATES FORUM

TONIGHT: L.A. COUNTY SHERIFF CANDIDATES FORUM

at the Church in Ocean Park; 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Free Parking at Washington West Parking Lot
On the west side of Fourth Street, South of
Hill Street.

RESIDENTS’ PETITION PASSES FIRST TEST

RESIDENTS’ PETITION PASSES FIRST TEST

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, the
Council received and filed the Certification
of Qualification for a petition entitled “Ref-
erendum Against an Ordinance Passed by the Ci-
ty Council, referencing Ordinance No. 2454
(CCS),” and directed City Staff to prepare the
necessary documents for City Council action.

The petition contained 13,512 signatures ab-
out twice as many of the 6,525 signatures that
had to be collected in 30 days. The official
count of the signatures stopped at 8,434, when
it was clear the requisite number had been sur-
passed. At that point, 1,634 signatures had
been rejected, but officials estimated that a
total of at least 10,000 valid signatures had
been collected.

At its next meeting,on May 13, the Council will
choose one of three options. It can reverse its
original decision to approve the Hines mega-pro-
ject,and repeal it, or it can schedule a special
election on the question, which would cost $200,
000, prior to the general election on November 4
2014, or it can be put on the general election
ballot.

As the discussion wound down, Mayor Pam O’Connor
responded to a reference to the 10,000 valid sig-
natures, by saying “and 45,000 to come.”

Earlier in the evening, Jerry Rubin, who apparen-
tly attends City meetings solely to pander shame-
essly to developers and praise their projects,
however wrong they are, scolded the residents who organized the referendum and collected the signa-
tures. He said it was “very unSanta Monica…
very, very unSanta Monica.” In fact, Armen Melko-
nians’ Residocracy.org. that provided an effic-
ient means for assembling the referendum and re-
viving direct democracy, and the neighborhood
organizations’ herculean efforts at every level
and the residents who worked tirelessly all day
every day, were, separately and together, Santa
Monica at its best and brightest..and truest.

HERRERA LEAVES DAILY PRESS, GOES DOWNTOWN

HERRERA LEAVES DAILY PRESS, GOES DOWNTOWN

An email from Kevin Herrera arrived yester-
day.

Not Kevin Herrera, Editor-in-chief of the
Santa Monica Daily Press. but Kevin Herrera,
“Senior Communications Manager, Downtown
SantaMonica,Inc.”

Herrera is by no means the first journalist
to abandon journalism for what is politely
called “public relations.” Generally speak-
ing, the primary lures are more money and
less work, but, of course, DowntownSantaMon-
ia is a non-profit.

However, an incident that took place several
years ago tells us something about Herrera’s
prospects. The then-Bayside District Corpora-
tion began an intense and extended search for
a more apt name, as no one knew what the “Bay-
side District” was or where it was. Bayside
was said to have promptly budgeted $100,000
for the task, which included stationing an
anthropologist on the Promenade to interview
random shoppers and diners. But countless
residents who had always objected to the baf-
fling “Bayside” moniker immediately plumped
for “Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.” That’s
what it is and therefore what it should be
called, they said, and neither asked for nor
expected to be paid for their “work.” But,
ultimately, Bayside spent $60,000 on its
search for a new name, what with ringing in
“experts” such as the anthropologist. Thus,
we can confidently conclude that Herrera
can look forward to many lucrative, if pecu-
liar adventures.

Meanwhile, the Daily Press has run thorough-
ly fulsome ads, seeking a new editor-in-chief,
but here and now, managing editor Daniel
Archuleta and staff writer David Mark Simpson
are the only journalists on its very lengthy
masthead.

SUNDAY PIER PARTY TO BENEFIT SCHOOLS

SUNDAY PIER PARTY TO BENEFIT SCHOOLS

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Dis-
trict’s Education Foundation is giving a
Pier Party Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
to raise money for programs at schools
throughout the District.

Tickets ranging from $25 to $175 will give
people access to the unique pleasures of
the 104-year old pier, which range from
the aquarium to the Ferris wheel. There
will also be music, food and games, and
VIP ticket holders will have a continental
breakfast with district superintendent
Sandra Lyon, and brunch and cocktail tast-
ing later in the day.

Rachel Faulkner, program director with the
Education Foundation, told Surf Santa Mon-
ica, “ This raises money and it builds com-
munity spirit. The point is to gather our
community together and have a fun, family
day that’s accessible to any family who
wants to come…over time, the Pier Party
could become the Foundation’s signature
event for an annual $4 million fundraising
drive…We’ve increased our staff size, And
we created a really good fundraising plan
to adhere to.”

Five years ago, the School Board adopted a
radical fundraising policy that ended par-
ents’ habit of making donations exclusive-
ly to their children’s schools to pay for
a variety of extras. Now all gifts are spread
across the entire district.

But in order to continue all the services dis-
trict officials, teachers and students want
and need, the Education Foundation has to
raise $4 million annually to supplement state
funding.

Last year, the Foundation raised $3.2 million
and the School Board voted to make up the ex-
tra $800,000.

In its first three decades, the Foundation
raised about $500,000 a year. but this year
it’s raised almost $4 million.Sunday’s Pier
Party should bring in another $50,000, acc-
ording to Faulkner.

To find out more about the Pier Party, go to PierParty.org.

HISTORIC MEETING TO BE HELD THURSDAY

HISTORIC MEETING TO BE HELD THURSDAY

On Thursday, April 24, an African American
Parent Family Summit will be held at 2200
Virginia Avenue Park.

Dinner at 5:30 pm will be followed by this
ground-breaking gathering.

The meeting was requested by Santa Monica-
Malibu Unified School Assistant Superinten-
dent Terry Deloria to begin a dialogue about
the School District’s plan to identify and
deal with educational practices and mind-
sets that contribute to inequities in achie-
vement.

It’s a unique opportunity for Black parents,
caregivers, and students to identify educa-
tional barriers and describe the ways in which
they contribute to the achievement gap. The
feedback from parents, care-givers and stu-
dents will assist and inform District offic-
ials in making district budget decisions that
will soon be made for the 2014-15 school year.
All Black families with students in the Dis-
trict are urged to attend and take part in
this uniquely valuable discussion.

If you’re planning to go or encouraging other
families to attend, you can also attend at
least a portion of a second important meeting
of the evening when you leave Virginia Ave.
Park.

It’s an L.A. Sheriff Candidates’ debate,Thur-
sday, April 24,6:30-9:30 pm, Church in Ocean
Park, 235 Hill Street, Santa Monica.

Sheriff Lee Baca quietly resigned some months
ago, after disclosures of mismanagement, cor-
ruption and brutal mistreatment of County Jail
prisoners on his watch.

On June 3, Los Angeles County voters will de-
cide who the next sheriff will be. It’s one
of the most important decisions voters will
make this year.

To be informed before you vote, please join
us for the L.A. Sheriff Debate in Santa Moni-
ca, moderated by the League of Women Voters.
Find out where the candidates stand on the
issues that matter most. The L.A. Sheriff’s
Department runs the nation’s largest jail
system and provides law enforcement services
to 41 of the 88 cities in the county.

All seven candidates will take part in the
debate, which is being co-sponsored by
Dignity Now, ACLU of So. CA, Justice Not
Jails, and LARRP.

NEW PAPER IN TOWN

NEW PAPER IN TOWN

Aaron Kushner was an executive with a greet=
ing card company before he decided to become
a newspaper publisher several years ago. We
can understand his wanting to move on. Writ-
ing, printing and distributing greeting cards
probably isn’t very exciting. But moving from
greeting cards to newspapers –- Orange County
Register, Los Angeles Register, etcetera —
in one step — or 100 — can only end badly -–
especially since Kushner’s opening shot re-
sembles nothing so much as a greeting card —
welcoming L.A. to Orange County.

CITY SUFFERS SELF-INFLICTED BLOW

CITY SUFFERS SELF-INFLICTED BLOW

Santa Monica was founded in 1875. In its 139
years,its officials should have learned quite
a lot about what they call economic develop-
ment, but evidence accumulates that the offi-
cials have learned very little.

The latest evidence resides in the thoroughly
bizarre movie theater deal that Andy Agle,
the City’s director of housing and economic
development, has overseen.

A large number of residents work in the film
industry. Movies are much more than entertain-
ment here. They are what a lot of us do, and
love. But Agle and his predecessors have man-
aged to make hash of the movie theater busi-
ness in Santa Monica.

In 1989, as the finishing touches were put
on the Third Street Promenade, City Hall
decided that in order to get the Promenade
off to a fast start, the town’s movie theat-
ers should be concentrated there, and so
the City closed one popular neighborhood
theater, the Brentwood at 26th and Wilshire,
and allowed the Wilshire, about ten blocks
west on Wilshire, to languish, and eventual-
ly close. Thus residents who could walk to
those theaters were forced to drive to the
Promenade, and pay more for everything.

In addition, the developer of the big new
building at the south end of the Promenade
wanted to take over the Criterion Theater,
which was adjacent to his building. As it
happened, the Criterion was one of the few
Spanish language theaters on the west side
of L.A. The City arranged the turn-over of
the Criterion to the developer, while sol-
emnly promising the Latino community that
it would replace its theater. It didn’t,
of course, and now the Criterion itself is
being replaced by a store.

Time passed. Other Promenade theaters were
becoming technological antiques and losing
customers to fancy new theaters in L.A. AMC
was about to move out, when the City offer-
ed it a sweet deal in a City-owned parking
structure on Fourth Street.Ironically,there
would be no parking in the remodeled garage.
But, soon, AMC backed out of the deal and
went on its way.

And Arclight entered the picture. Its theat-
ers are very advanced,and ticket prices are
very advanced, too. Someone – Arclight, Agle,
Macerich, owner of Santa Monica Place – pro-
posed that a gang of theaters be built on
the top level of Santa Monica Place.

Wow!Cool! It wouldn’t require too much addi-
tional height, according to Agle, but it
would add a healthy bump to Macerich’s income,
and bring movie-goers back to Santa Monica.

Then it got better, according to Agle. Arc-
light and Macerich would take over the Fourth
Street parking structure, and install theat-
ers, and all the usual amenities – except park-
ing. But, as Vivien Leigh said in “Gone With
the Wind,” “tomorrow’s another day….”

Apparently, Macerich would have a say as to
what movies will be shown in “their” theaters.
It’s a perfectly natural request on their part
– showing films that will attract customers
to their stores, but it bodes badly for ser-
ious film goers, and, as noted, there are a
great many serious film goers in Santa Monica
and neighboring communities.

Another problem. There will be a total of 29
screens in the two locations. That gives Arc-
light something like a monopoly – not a good
idea in any industry, but especially unfort-
unate in the movie business.

The Laemmle’s response to all this agitation is
to add more screens but fewer seats in each of
the new mini-theaters.The Laemmle has long been
the hometown theater, so to say, doing its best
to book films of genuine value and interest,
which rarely open “wide.” We wish it well.

Having given Macerich and Arclight a monopoly,
Agle and company have asked them for extraordi-
nary “community benefits” that do more for the
City than the community, and nothing for film-
goers. They include, in return for the Macerich
deal, “funding for the Esplanade development
and downtown wayfinding, having three screens
made available for the American Film Market
(AFM), ensuring local hiring provisions for
concessions and theater operations, and prov-
iding for a Transportation Demand Management
(TDM) program and sustainable design.”

The final blow: the City didn’t do anything
to improve existing theaters until it was too
late and much of the audience had defected,
and the new theaters won’t open until 2016 –
at the earliest.

NON-RESIDENTS SEEK LOCAL SUPPORT FOR INITIATIVE

NON-RESIDENTS SEEK LOCAL SUPPORT FOR INITIATIVE

The last dozen years have been hard on dem-
ocracy – tea party people and billionaires
savaging the Bill of Rights and wreaking ha-
voc with voters’ rights. Republicans in Con-
gress determining that poor people are their
own fault even as Wall Street wizards’ in-
comes soar to obscene levels.

It’s been a particularly bumpy ride for San-
ta Monica.Though residents found major flaws
in the Hines mega-project from the moment it
was unveiled, and expressed their objections
over and over again at countless meetings
and workshops, the majority of the members
of the City Council, whose only real task is
representing the residents, ignored them and
voted for the Hines project.It was probably
not a coincidence that all four of the Coun-
cil members who voted for Hines had accepted
campaign contributions from developers’ Pol-
itical Action Committees.

Angered by what they saw as the Council maj-
ority’s betrayal of them and their town,res-
idents immediately adopted a plan devised by
Armen Melkonians –Residocracy.org.,a form
of direct democracy, and collected more than
twice the number of petition signatures need-
ed in less than the requisite 30 days.

At the end of last week, the City Clerk con-
firmed that the number of valid signatures
was sufficient to require the Council to
reverse its previous vote for the Hines pro-
ject and reject it, or put it on the Novem-
ber ballot for local voters to okay or re-
ject.

But a new assault on residents’ autonomy is
already underway. In the face of residents’
desire to shut down a portion of the Santa
Monica Airport or the the entire airport and
replace it with a park, the aviation indus-
try, led by the 400,000-member Aircraft Own-
ers and Pilots’ Association (AOPA) is coll-
ecting residents’ signatures in support of
an initiative that would require any alter-
ation in or diminution of the existing air-
port to be approved by a residents’ vote.
(SEE FOLLOWING STORY)

An overwhelming number of AOPA members are
not residents of Santa Monica and don’t
share residents’ interests, concerns and
problems, but are attempting to manipulate
residents in order to maintain the status
quo at the airport.

In order to win residents’ hearts, minds
and allegiance, the pilots are claiming
that the City wants to shut down the air-
port in order to make way for a huge com-
mercial development. It’s not true, of
course. Under pressure from residents,the
City went on the record at a recent Council
meeting, confirming its interest in a low
key park, not a big, busy shopping center.

In fact, residents have been trying to shut
the airport down for decades.In 1982, when
brand-new Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights
candidates ran for City Council seats,they
said they wanted to open a Farmers’ Market
and close the airport. But the Federal Avi-
ation Administration (FAA) has consistent-
ly blocked any effort to shut the airport
down. Citing high levels of pollution, con-
stant noise, accidents – some fatal, airport
neighbors in Los Angeles and Venice as well
as Santa Monica continue to agitate for
closure.

Apparently, the flying business people’s
paid signature collectors are hanging ar-
ound the supermarkets and trying to sell
the line that the City wants to close the
airport in order to build a major commer-
cial development. Don’t listen, and don’t
sign.

RESIDENTS ADVISED NOT TO SIGN AIRPORT-RELATED INITIATIVE

RESIDENTS ADVISED NOT TO SIGN AIRPORT-RELATED INITIATIVE

From:Board of Directors, Friends of Sunset
Park
To:FOSP members
Re:Opposition to the Airport-Related Ballot
Initiative

Signature gatherers have begun collecting
petition signatures to qualify an Airport-
related initiative for the November 2014
ballot. Santa Monica Airport lies within
the boundaries of the Sunset Park neighbor-
hood. As the city-recognized neighborhood
organization for this area, the Friends
of Sunset Park Board of Directors opposes
this proposed ballot initiative regarding
the future of the Santa Monica Airport,
and urges FOSP members not to sign the pet-
ition.

Although supporters of this proposal are
selling it as an “anti-development” ini-
tiative similar to the recent Residocracy-
sponsored petition for a November referen-
dum to stop the large Hines/Bergamot pro-
ject, it seems to be more of a wolf in
sheep’s clothing.

While pretending to protect residents from
large development projects at the Airport,
it’s actually designed to prevent the City
Council from considering any alternative
uses at the Airport, such as shortening the
runway or expanding parks.

The City of Santa Monica owns the 227-acre
Santa Monica Airport property — it was pur-
chased with park bond funds. The 1984 Agree-
ment with the FAA, which ends in 2015, is an
operating agreement, not a lease.The City,
not the pilots, should decide what happens
on the land.

And City Council members publicly stated at
the March 25, 2014 Council meeting that the
City is not planning any large development
projects on the Airport property.

The initiative’s supporters, including the
400,000-member nationwide AOPA (Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Association), can afford
to hire numerous paid signature gatherers
to stand outside Bob’s Market, Albertsons,
and other locations around town. If 9,200
registered Santa Monica voters sign the pe-
petition, and this initiative passes in
November:

1) It would prevent the City Council
from looking at reducing the length of the
runway, and would allow the number of jet
takeoffs and landings over homes and schools,
currently about 13,000 per year out of
about 100,000 total takeoffs and landings)
to continue increasing for the foreseeable
future.

2) It would prevent the City from
expanding parks and playing fields on the
Airport property.

3) It would prevent the City from
bringing current far-below-market-rate
leases up to market rate, forcing the City
to continue subsidizing Airport operations
out of the General Fund.

4) It would prevent the City Council
from making even the slightest change at
the Airport without a ballot measure.

5) Instead, it would maintain the
“status quo” at the Airport in perpetuity
– for the benefit of a few, but at the
expense of many residents in both Santa
Monica and the neighboring communities.

In conclusion, the FOSP Board strongly
urges FOSP members not to sign the peti-
tion that would qualify this Airport-re-
lated initiative for the November 2014
ballot.

WE DID IT!!! RESIDENTS TRIUMPH!!!

WE DID IT!!! RESIDENTS TRIUMPH!!!

On Tuesday – Earth Day – City Council will
hear a report of the official certification
of the Referendum on the Hines DA when the
City Clerk reports it out at the Council
meeting. (see the Council agenda Item 8-C
and Exhibit A, which is the letter from the
County Clerk with the verification:

http://www.smgov.net/departments

/Council/agendas/2014/20140422/
a20140422.htm.)

BIG RESIDOCRACY WIN!!!

On Friday April 18, 2014, the City Clerk
officially certified the Hines referendum
petition as successful – Santa Monica City
Council must accept the certification on-
on Earth Day (Tuesday April 22, 2014)

CONGRATULATIONS, RESIDOCRACY
VOLUNTEERS!

We are one big step closer to taking
Our City Back from Developer Interests.
On Friday April 18, 2014, the County
Registrar sent the official Hines Ref-
erendum signature verification results
to the Santa Monica City Clerk and the
City Clerk certified the Referendum as
successful.

Ironically, our majority Pro-Develop-
ment City Council must now accept the
City Clerk’s certification on Earth
Day (Tuesday April 22, 2014) which
will officially reverse their approval
of the Hines Development project that
was slated to add 7,000 new daily car
trips to Santa Monica.

THE BREAKDOWN OF THE
NUMBERS

* A total of 6,525 valid signatures
were required in 30 days to Stop the
Hines Project and the 7,000 new dai-
ly car trips that the City Council
Approved on February 11, 2014.
* 13,512 signatures were gathered
by over 350 Residocracy volunteers
and other community groups and sub-
mitted by Residocracy to the City
Clerk on March 11, 2014.
* The County Registrar reviewed
8,434 of the 13,512 signatures that
were submitted and determined that
1,634 of these signatures were not
sufficient and that 157 of these
signatures were duplicates.
* This meant that 8,434 (reviewed
signatures) minus 1,634 (non suff-
icient signatures) minus 157 (dupl-
icates) which equals 6,643 was suf-
ficient (more than the required
6,525 signatures) to certify the
referendum as successful.
* 21.2% of the 8,434 signatures
that were reviewed were determined
to be invalid or duplicate.
* 78.8% of the 8,434 signatures
that were reviewed were determi-
ned to be valid.
* Assuming that for all 13,512
signatures that were gathered,
78.8% were valid, this means that
a total of 10,643 valid signatures
were obtained.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT AT
CITY COUNCIL?

After accepting the certification
at the City Council Hearing sched-
uled for April 22, 2014 (under
Agenda Item 8C), the City Council
will direct the City Staff to
place on a future City Council
agenda actions either to repeal
the ordinance, set it for a Time-
ly Election, or set it for the
Regular Municipal Election on
November 4, 2014, with approp-
riate resolutions.

At that future meeting the Council
will decide whether to repeal the
Ordinance, call a Special Election,
or place the item as a measure on
the Regular Municipal Election bal-
lot.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT FOR
RESIDOCRACY?

We have won the battle, but the war
is not over

As our majority pro-development city
council now prepares to vote on whe-
ther to repeal the Hines Development
project altogether (most likely on
May 13, 2014) or to place it on a
special election or on the November
Ballot, we must now begin to ramp
up for our forces on our war on
over-development and our efforts
to fully take back our City from
Developer Interests. In the weeks
to come, the Hines Developers will
be trying to convince the City Coun-
cil to not repeal the project alto-
gether. It will be our job to let
our City Council members know that
it is not an option. The Residents
of Santa Monica have spoken loudly
and clearly and it’s time that Our
City Council listens to its con-
stituents.

STAY TUNED!

Residocracy will hold a Rally and
General Meeting (time and place to
be announced soon) as we grow our
army to win the war on over-devel-
opment and to Take Back Our City
once and for all.

Thank You again for all your hard
work and efforts and Congratulations!

Armen Melkonians
Founder of Residocracy.org

OUR SYSTEM IS BROKEN! WHO ARE WE AND WHERE ARE WE HEADING?

OUR SYSTEM IS BROKEN! WHO ARE WE AND WHERE ARE WE HEADING?

FRIDAY, APRIL 18th
THE CURRENT SYSTEM IS BROKEN. It’s not work-
ing for developers, the city, or the commu-
nity. Over 40 development agreements (DAs)
have created a tsunami of activity — in
stark contrast to the handful of DAs the
prior 25 years. The 20-year growth antici-
pated in the general plan is taking place
in only three years since the plan was ap-
proved! And it should not have taken the -
Hines Bergamot Transit Village applica_
tion seven years to be processed and then
be challenged in a community-wide referen-
dum. The city needs to protect itself from
this feeding frenzy or the warmth and
charm of our city will soon be gone. Res-
ident concerns have taken a backseat to
developer and business interests.

As design professionals and long-time res-
idents, we feel it is critically important
to inform the community by discussing ways
in which the process can change direction.


Next week we will discuss traffic where
we’ve already lost the goal of being a
drivable city — a city you could cross in
15 minutes. We are told that abandoning
cars will make it easier to get around,
but the city’s proposed “transportation
demand management” policies will be ine-
ffective unless reliable and accessible
transit alternatives come first. We will
explore more realistic remedies to recap-
ture mobility and avoid total gridlock.

The following week, height will be the
topic. City Hall promises that bigger
and taller will make the city better.
Staff is recommending that Downtown,
eastern Santa Monica, and maybe boul-
evards have height increases from 100
percent to over 300 percent! We will
discuss ways to avoid our streets be-
coming canyons lined with walls of
buildings that replace sunlight with
shade. Santa Monica is a beautiful
community — not a metropolitan city.
Both Santa Barbara, twice the size
of Santa Monica, and Manhattan Beach,
half our size, have maximum 30 foot
height limits, more open space, and
are economically sound! A “prescrip-
tive code” with a simple height, den-
sity, and open space ratio allowing
for reasonable growth and creative
design will benefit both the devel-
oper and the community.


Then we’ll address Downtown, which is
not about height and density — it’s
about wider sidewalks, better building
design, open space and sunlight. But
plans for Downtown are being shaped by
stakeholders, not the community, and
overdevelopment is slowly covering our
Downtown like a cataract.

Like other successful and economically
healthy beach cities, we need a simple,
creative, transparent “prescriptive”
code where developers and the community
know what is allowed and community ben-
efits simply become part of the permit
fees and expended infrastructure costs.
No amount of community benefits can
make a poor project a good project.The
DA process requires not just reevalua-
tion but complete elimination. Quality
is far more important than quantity,
and it’s our quality of life that’s
iconic. 
We’ll discuss the infrastruc-
ture that needs to be in place before
development! We live in a democracy of
consumerism and gratification with
its offspring of waste. How do we bal-
ance this with a healthy environment?
With the onslaught of development, we
need to realistically address a broad
spectrum from water conservation to
classroom education, while also consi-
dering emergency response in a grid-
locked environment. City Hall never
addressed whether existing infrastruc-
ture can accommodate extensive devel-
opment. Instead, the city is being
driven by revenue from developers
needed to cover current costs and
pensions without accounting 
for the
huge expense of increased infrastruc-
cture. The damage left in the wake
of this feeding frenzy is not only
reducing our quality of life, but we
will also be left to pay the bills.

Regarding the city’s obsession with
opportunity sites along with greater
community benefits, this is simply
more opportunity for developers than
for the community. Height doesn’t eq-
uate with iconic architecture, but
sunlight and open skies do equate
with an iconic environment. And more
traffic and shade with less sunlight
and local business are not exactly
community benefits. 
In considering
parking, we’re caught in a shell
game where community benefits are
paid for by decreased parking req-
uirements. And the reduction of on–
site parking will inevitably spill
into adjacent residential neighbor-
rhoods. Enough unbundled parking,
shared parking, etc. — let’s begin
to look at this realistically. Santa
Monica may be an urban planner’s
dream, but for the rest of us, it
has become a nightmare.


We’ll then focus on development a-
long our boulevards. The Land Use
and Circulation Element general
plan calls for only 4 percent of
our city to be further developed
with the remaining 96 percent pre-
served. But with the dissolution
of redevelopment funds, the city
is anxiously looking at the major
corridors to provide funding in the
way of development fees and furth-
er benefits. Density and overall
environment are oxymorons. For ad-
jacent residential neighborhoods,
quality on our boulevards is more
important than quantity.


And our heritage of historical
buildings and adaptive reuse of
smaller scale buildings with
their built-in character, along
with our courtyard housing, and
human scale makes Santa Monica
different and special. Inflated
property values and community
benefits have become reasons to
tear down small and rebuild large.
With appropriate incentives, up-
dating and reusing buildings which
have built-in character will
blend old and new, retain local
business, and maintain a beach-
front village of variable charac-
ter. The greenest buildings are
the ones we don’t tear down. 
We
strongly feel Santa Monica can re-
main iconic while still providing
for growth and economic health.
With more than 40 pending DAs,
it is a clear indication of Santa
Monica’s desirable position. Yet
City Hall continues to follow the
money and it’s sad to see the
city ruined by outside business
interests who won’t even be here
to experience the consequences of
their greed. We need to stop this
runaway train and answer some bas-
ic questions:
 Will downtown be af-
fordable? 
Will the city be drive-
able? 
Will water bills increase?

Who will pay for the expansion of
infra
structure? 
If we focus on our
friendly beachtown
charm as well
as the new, we can connect past
and future and enjoy the best of
both. Balancing between residents,
business, and tourists will allow
Santa Monica to flourish while
preserving its quality of life.
The fate of our city will be de-
cided in our town hall! We hope
you will become further inform-
ed over the next eight weeks and
better understand the immediacy
and gravity our town finds it-
self in.


Ron Goldman FAIA for SMa.r.t.
SMa.r.t. (Santa Monica Architects for a Responsible Tomorrow)
Thane Roberts AIA

Robert H. Taylor AIA

Daniel Jansenson, Architect

Mario Fonda-Bonardi AIA

Samuel Tolkin AIA

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VENICE EXTRAVAGANZA: WESTMINSTER ARTS CLUB AT BEYOND BAROQUE TONIGHT

VENICE EXTRAVAGANZA: WESTMINSTER ARTS CLUB AT BEYOND BAROQUE TONIGHT

Music. Paintings. Photographs. Hosted by mus-
ician Michael Jost and artist Brian Mylius.
Peter & Hailey Demian, Street Smart, Golden
Buddha and Michael will perform. Brian and
two other artists will show paintings. Marg-
aret Molloy will show Venice photographs.
7:30 pm

S.M. DEMOCRATIC CLUB TO ENDORSE CANDIDATES

S.M. DEMOCRATIC CLUB TO ENDORSE CANDIDATES

Members of the Santa Monica Democratic Club
will vote to endorse candidates running in
the June 3rd Primary Election on Wednesday,
April 23, at 6:30 PM in the Community Room
in the Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa
Boulevard.

Club members will vote for candidates for
Congress (33rd District), LA County Super-
visor (3rd District), Secretary of State,
Governor,Lt. Governor, State Attorney Gene-
ral, Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner,
Board of Equalization, and Secretary of
Education.

Candidates who are planning to attend the
meeting include: Congress: Wendy Greuel,
Kristie Holmes, David Kanuth, Ted Lieu,
Matt Miller, Barbara Mulvaney, Zein Obagi
LA County Supervisor: Pamela Conley-Ulich,
John Duran, Sheila Kuehl
Secretary of State: Derek Cressman

The public is welcome to attend the meeting,
but only club members may vote on the endors-
ements. Club memberships may be renewed at
the door, or online at https://secure.actblue.
com/page/smdcmembers)

No charge. Light refreshments will be served.
Underground parking is available at the lib-
rary. The Library is on the Big Blue Bus line.

Candidates for State Senator (26th District),
Assembly (50th District), and Controller will
be endorsed at the Club’s May 14 meeting.

“TAKING THE PLUNGE” AT SHINE TONIGHT

“TAKING THE PLUNGE” AT SHINE TONIGHT

Storytellers will “take the plunge” at SHINE,
the popular Westside storytelling event,Thur-
sday, at 7:30pm at the YWCA Santa Monica/West-
side.

This month’s stories include launching a dream
career at 60, taking a gamble on love, risking
a major medical procedure and overcoming fears
to literally plunge into scuba diving!

SHINE is a storytelling series featuring pro-
fessionals and amateurs coming together on the
third Thursday of every month to share inspir-
ing true stories. Participants and audience
members enjoy a relaxed community atmosphere,
powerful and entertaining stories, refresh-
ments, mingling, and live music.

Live music this month will be provided by
Bray Ghiglia, a singer, songwriter and music-
ian. Ghiglia has performed in Los Angeles
clubs such as Gazzarri’s, the Troubador and
the Sagebrush Cantina. He toured extensively
in the U.S and Canada with The Roberts/Meis-
ner Band (Rick Roberts of Firefall and Randy
Meisner of the Eagles), playing flute, sax,
guitar, keyboards and singing.

Professional storytellers for SHINE are chos-
en from some of the nation’s top award-winn-
ing storytellers and writers. Amateur story-
tellers of all ages and walks of life also
take the stage. Submissions are accepted be-
fore the event and two slots are reserved
for audience members selected through a ran-
dom drawing.

Storytellers scheduled for April include:

Sarah Fazeli writer and actress. She holds
an MFA from CalArts. Her essays, memoir, and
opinion pieces appear weekly on xoJane.com.
Other work, including creative non-poetry,
appears in A Cup of Comfort for Christmas,
Girlwise, Zenith, Fierce and Nerdy, and You
Here, a Writegirl Anthology. She has inter-
ned for BBC’s Radio Drama division, as well
as the Royal Court Theatre in London. She
wrote and performed a woman show, Of Wonder-
bras & Haagen-Dazs, a “tour de farce” exp-
loring beauty, sex, and full-fat ice cream,
and has studied acting with William H. Macy,
David Mamet, and Felicity Huffman.

Lee Gale Gruen has lived in Los Angeles
since childhood. She has two children and
three grandchildren. She graduated from UCLA
and had a 37-year career as a probation of-
ficer. She started acting 12 years ago, and
has appeared in commercials, film, televis-
ion, theater, and print. Her transition to
becoming an actress in her senior years has
been written about in Time magazine and the
Los Angeles Times. Her memoir is “Adventures
with Dad: A Father and Daughter’s Journey
Through a Senior Acting Class.” She blogs
under the title: “Reinventing Myself in My
Senior Years” to inspire Baby Boomers and
seniors to find a passion as a motivation
to embrace life.

Kellen Kaiser was born in San Francisco. She
is loved and supported by her four lesbian
mothers and one younger brother. As a child,
she frequently represented the gay community
as a speaker on panels and in the media.Her
story has appeared on CNN, in Marie Claire
and in the Seattle Times. Kellen attended
NYU Tisch where she founded a dialogue group
about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that
is still in existence. She is an actress,
as well as an avid blogger and is working on
her first book, “Moms and Bombs: Lesbians,
Israel and Love.”

Amy Levinson is the Artistic Associate and
Literary Director at the Geffen Playhouse
in Los Angeles. As a dramaturg, Amy has over-
seen over fifty productions including the
commissions and world premieres of Donald
Margulies’ “Time Stands Still” and Jane
Anderson’s “The Quality of Life.” She has
worked with numerous writers on premiere
productions including Neil Simon, David
Rambo, Neil LaBute and Jeffrey Hatcher.
Production dramaturgy credits include “The
Weir,” “Wait Until Dark,” “Atlanta,” “Boy
Gets Girl,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Equi-
vocation” and “Extraordinary Chambers.”
She holds an MFA in dramaturgy from The Uni-
versity of Massachusetts, Amherst.
www.pairofgenes.com

Glen Merzer is an author, playwright, and
screenwriter. He has had dozens of produc-
tions ofhis plays throughout the country,
including two at the John F. Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Three of his plays have been published by
Samuel French. Merzer directed his play,
“The Sizemore Interviews,” in Hollywood
in 2001. Merzer is co-author, with Howard
Lyman, of “Mad Cowboy” and “No More Bull!.”
He is also a lead editor of “The HappyCow
Cookbook,” a vegan cookbook to be released
in June.

Bernard Sklar has been writing stories since
he was ten years old. His first job was a
reader at the Scott-Meredith Literary Agency
in New York City. But his career followed a
very different path, a Ph.D. in engineering
from UCLA, where he still teaches. Since 1984,
his consulting company, Communications Engin-
eering Services, has kept him moving around
the world. Now that he is mostly retired, he
has time for being a student at Santa Monica
Emeritus College, and for doing volunteer work
at the WISE and Healthy Aging Center. Best of
all, he can now pursue his original passion,
writing stories.

David Ivan Temianka has been telling stories
to children and his own two boys for the last
15 years. He is putting together a collection
of his stories and essays for publication,
and recording them as podcasts. David is also
an accomplished photographer and multimedia
artist. Recognized for his unique “Electric
Paintings,” these limited edition artworks are
in a number of collections and have been exhi-
bited in several galleries. The underlying con-
cept in all his work is the same: Tell the
Truth! www.temianka.com

Claire Winters spent several years acting in
New York and regional theater before making
the move west. Highlights include “Enrico IV”
at American Conservatory Theater, developing
a new work at The Guthrie Lab, and a season
on Shakespeare ingenues at Shakespeare Sedona.
She played Philip Seymour Hoffman’s daughter
in the HBO miniseries “Empire Falls,” and her
recent television credits include appearances
on “The Mentalist” and “The Bold and The Beau-
tiful.” Claire was co-founder of the influen-
tial acting blog BrainsofMinerva.com.

Those interested in becoming a Guest Story-
teller are encouraged to visit www.Stories-
Bloom.com in advance for monthly theme and
guidelines.

SHINE is produced by Isabel Storey and present-
ed by Santa Monica Repertory Theater, Storey
Productions, UCLArts and Healing, and the YWCA
Women’s Partnership.

WHEN:Thursday, April 17 from 7:30-9:30pm.
Doors open at 7:30 pm for live music and mingl-
ing.Stories start at 8:00 pm. Series continues
monthly on third Thursday of each month. YWCA
Santa Monica /Westside, 2019 14th Street, San-
ta Monica. For more information, www.smywca.org
or 310-452-2321.

ADMISSION:$10 Suggested donation at door. PARK-
ING: FREE and plentiful parking on-site and
street.

GLOBAL MOTION AT THE BROAD

GLOBAL MOTION AT THE BROAD

Santa Monica College’s Global Motion World
Dance Company will present “12 Stories 1
Night,” showcasing dance styles from around
the world at The Broad Stage Friday and Sat-
urday.

It features traditional and contemporary
dance styles – including Tahitian, Salsa,
Indonesian, Mexican, Hip Hop, Ballet, Con-
temporary Jazz, Chinese, Persian, Flame-
nco, Irish Step, and African – that have
evolved and been infused with a distinct-
ly American influence.

Global Motion, founded by Judith Douglas,
is under the artistic direction of Raquel
Ramirez and Sri Susilowati.

Faculty choreographers are Argelia Andrade,
Seda Aybay-Owens, Laura Canellias, Kealii
Ceballos, Angela Jordan, and Sri Susilowati.

Guest choreographers are Maire Clerkin and
Alondra Ramirez.

Student choreographers are Nazanin Badiei,
Timothy Nunez, Xiang Xu, and Martika Yuille.

Global Motion has toured extensively and per-
formed at schools, festivals, and special
events throughout California and Mexico
for more than 30 years. The company recent-
ly returned from performances in Beijing,
China, and is invited to perform there a-
gain in Summer 2014.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 16,
and 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17
at The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing
Arts Center, Santa Monica Boulevard and
11th Street, Santa Monica.

Tickets range from $15 to $18. Parking is
free.For tickets, go to www.smc.edu/events
info or call (310) 434-3005. For more infor-
mation, please see www.smc.edu/dance or
call (310) 434-3467.