The Santa Monica Mirror's 2012 Year-In-Review: December

Friday, 28 Dec 2012, 6:00:00 AM

Brenton Garen

In what was at times another high-stakes, high-drama year across Santa Monica, here is The Mirror's run-down of the top headlines from December 2012.

Please note that some of the stories mentioned took place up to a week before or after the publication date, depending on whether it was a recap or preview piece.

December 7

• Santa Monica's controversial Nativity scenes found a new home on private property at 2700 Ocean Park Boulevard, which will remain in place through the first week of January.

• The Santa Monica Film Festival returned with 22 screenings at the Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue.

• The Santa Monica Museum of Flying opened its new 3D flight simulator and welcomed the arrival of Santa Claus on a vintage World War II bi-plane.

• Resident Sara Bayles picked up trash between towers 26 and 28 on Santa Monica Beach for the 365th non-consecutive time.

December 14

• Pam O'Connor was appointed Mayor and Terry O'Day Mayor Pro Tem after the new City Council members were sworn in.

• The saga of Village Trailer Park at 2930 Colorado Avenue took a new turn as the new look City Council voted to rescind the second reading and adoption of its Development Agreement.

• Council members approved the proposal to establish the Santa Monica Tourism Marketing District to help fund marketing and sales promotion efforts for the City's hotels.

• City staff was directed to explore whether a state-of-the-art movie theater could still be built in downtown after AMC bowed out of negotiations for a complex at the current Parking Structure 3 location at 1320 4th Street.

December 21

• Residents at the Mountain View Mobile Home Trailer Park at 1930 Stewart Street in Santa Monica sued their landlord, the City of Santa Monica, for $121 million, citing failure to maintain the trailer park, civil rights abuse, and emotional distress.

• Council members tabled a decision on whether to grant tax exemption status to the new owner of the "House of Rock" estate at 2009 La Mesa Drive.

• City Hall contemplated new applications procedures for Development Agreements to alter the pace of growth in Santa Monica. Council members vowed to continue looking at this issue in 2013.

• City staff was directed to look into how Santa Monica can maintain affordable housing units.

• Planning Commissioners reviewed how to balance urban form with open space and arts/culture. The Bergamot Area Plan will continue to take shape in 2013.

A Look Back On Santa Monica’s 2012

Year In Review: January

Year In Review: February

Year In Review: March

Year In Review: April

Year In Review: May

Year In Review: June

Year In Review: July

Year In Review: August

Year In Review: September

Year In Review: October

Year In Review: November

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