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One of the ponies at the Santa Monica farmers market on Sundays at Main Street.

City Council, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Santa Monica Council Acts With Compassion For Ponies

Posted Sep. 15, 2014, 9:47 am

Dear Editor, I want to thank the Santa Monica City Council for moving forward with a compassionate heart recently, when it voted to instruct city staff to explore more spacious park-line venues for our animal friends now displayed like pieces of equipment at the Main Street Farmers Market.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Letters To The Editor: Why I'm Advocating Santa Monica Airport Should Be Parkland

Posted Sep. 5, 2014, 10:15 am

Dear Editor, People ask me why I care so much about the future of the Santa Monica Airport, and why I am advocating so fiercely that the land purchased with parkland bond money be restored to being used as parkland.

Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: The Magic Of Adaptive Reuse

Posted Sep. 2, 2014, 9:22 am

Dear Editor, Just like your body, the urban fabric is continually renewing itself: buildings are continually torn down and new ones erected in their place in response to economic, demographic and political factors.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Letter To The Editor: Santa Monica Airport's Competing Ballot Measures

Posted Aug. 24, 2014, 9:44 am

Dear Editor: I would like to weigh in on the competing ballot measures regarding the future of the Santa Monica Airport. There has been a great deal of conflicting information put out about the land which the airport occupies.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Backing Israel Analysis Refreshing

Posted Aug. 20, 2014, 9:25 am

Dear Editor, We enjoyed reading Tom Elias' piece "Senators Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein: Different Routes In Backing Israel" in The Mirror on August 8. We would add to your refreshing analysis that mainstream media glosses over the fact that Hamas is a religious organization with a faith-based contract with Allah, their supreme being - who they believe mandated their mission.

Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Thirsty Development In Santa Monica

Posted Aug. 10, 2014, 8:39 am

Dear Editor, By now everyone knows about the drought, although some people seem to be in denial about the problem it presents. The governor has asked for a 20 percent reduction in use, and our City has followed suit and asked residents to reduce water use by 20 percent.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica, City Hall

Letter To The Editor: Did You Really Have To SLAPP Us?

Posted Aug. 9, 2014, 9:14 am

We residents of Sunset Park have been watching the airport grow into a noisy, polluting, and dangerous jet port. Just days after a unanimous vote by City Council to look into ways to rein in the airport, an out of town airport lobby, funded by of town money, filed a petition to maintain airport status quo and change the Santa Monica Charter.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Election, Santa Monica, Politics

Letter To The Editor: Robbed At The SMRR Convention

Posted Aug. 6, 2014, 9:20 am

Dear Editor, We the Convention Delegates to the SMRR Convention on August 3, 2014 were robbed by the SMRR Co-Chair Patricia Hoffman not allowing us our third round of voting for City Council Candidates.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Election, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: SMRR Steering Committee Post-Convention Process

Posted Aug. 5, 2014, 9:15 am

Dear Editor, I am proud to be a longtime member of Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights and serve on its steering committee. At least one local news organization has speculated that the spouse of a candidate for City Council might not be technically required to recuse herself from the deliberations and any votes of the steering committee in its process for deciding whether to support that candidate and others running for seats on the Council.

City Council, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Santa Monica City Council In Midst Of An Identity Crisis

Posted Jun. 24, 2014, 9:18 am

It appears that our Santa Monica City Council is in the midst of an identity crisis, our identity. They believe that both we and they live or should live in a different much denser urban place.

Planning Commission, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Activity Centers Benefit Santa Monica

Posted Jun. 17, 2014, 9:10 am

Dear Editor, When I moved to Santa Monica about 15 years ago, I chose to live near Wilshire because of transit. I have long seen increased use of mass transit as a very important part of a healthy society. Anyone who looks at the traffic along Wilshire can tell that it’s a transit corridor.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan Has Exciting Possibilities

Posted Jun. 14, 2014, 8:54 am

Dear Editor, The Santa Monica City Council approved funding at their June 10 meeting for consultants to begin work with the community, and the Planning Department, in an effort to improve Lincoln Blvd. south of the freeway.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica, Housing, Rent Control

Letter To The Editor: Is This The End Of Rent Control In Santa Monica?

Posted Jun. 11, 2014, 2:50 pm

Dear Editor, This just happened to my assistant in Santa Monica: My assistant has lived in her Santa Monica rent control apartment since the early 80’s. She was a renter during the era of TORCA conversions and because she could not afford to convert her one bedroom apartment into a condo, she has remained there as a tenant ever since.

Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: The Bergamot Station Arts Center Is Worth Preserving

Posted May. 11, 2014, 9:42 am

The Bergamot Station Arts Center is yet another planned development project. Santa Monica has one of the premier arts centers in Southern California. It’s successful, it has character, it has style, and it has passionate art gallery and theatre operators. It’s worth preserving!

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Hines Lawsuit, Referendum A Big Step In Right Direction

Posted Apr. 14, 2014, 9:22 am

Dear Editor, The lawsuit and referendum against the Hines Project is a big step in the right direction, but the issue at hand is far more than just the Hines project in particular and over development in general.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Letter To The Editor: Why I'm In Favor Of Keeping Santa Monica Airport

Posted Apr. 14, 2014, 9:20 am

Dear Editor, I’ve lived right under the takeoff path (just west of Lincoln) for over 33 years. There are certainly many moments when the sound of the planes is incredibly annoying, although I find the jets far less annoying than the propeller craft, largely because they’re out of the way in seconds, rather than s-t-r-u-g-g-l-i-n-g flatulently along for what seems like an eternity, like the propeller ones.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Relationships Between A Student & Teacher Must Be Valued

Posted Apr. 8, 2014, 9:45 am

Dear Editor, We the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) are concerned about the recent incident that occurred at Santa Monica High School, and we support the decision to place teacher/coach on leave and to launch a complete investigation of the incident.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Letter To The Editor: Helicopter Pilots Endorse Initiative To Keep SMO Open

Posted Mar. 29, 2014, 7:33 am

Dear Editor, The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association endorses the citizen initiated ballot measure that would put the future of any city actions to change the airport in voters’ hands.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Santa Monica Community Shred Day A Success

Posted Mar. 18, 2014, 9:09 am

I want to extend my personal thanks for helping make our first Community Shred Day such a huge success on Saturday, Feb. 22 in Santa Monica.

Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Bergamot Transit “Travesty” - And How We Can Stop It

Posted Mar. 4, 2014, 9:33 am

Dear Editor, After the approval of the “Hines Bergamot Transit Village” (BTV) by the City Council a few weeks ago, many residents are still scratching their heads.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Housing Generates Much Less Traffic Than Offices

Posted Mar. 3, 2014, 9:15 am

Dear Editor, Good public policy demands the ability to be decisive when appropriate, but also the thoughtful willingness to pause, when needed, to learn from new information.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica, Police Department

Letter To The Editor: Stop Signs Needed Where Alleys Meet The Sidewalk

Posted Mar. 2, 2014, 8:08 am

Dear Editor, As a resident of Santa Monica for 17 years, I would like to bring your attention to a very important and ever-growing problem of a necessity of STOP signs where alleys meet the sidewalk.

City Council, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: The Positive Restoration Decision To Restore Chain Reaction

Posted Mar. 2, 2014, 8:03 am

Dear Editor: It is indeed positive that the City of Santa Monica is now supporting the restoration of Paul Conrad's unique and creative 'Chain Reaction' mushroom cloud peace sculpture.

Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Why The Hines Development Should Be Squelched

Posted Mar. 1, 2014, 12:19 pm

I am one of the citizens who is asking citizens to sign the petition to squelch the current approved DA by the Santa Monica City Council.

A rendering of the mixed-used Hines project at 1681 26th Street that will total 765,095 square feet of housing, creative office space, and restaurant and retail space.

Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: The Different Visions For The Future Of Santa Monica

Posted Feb. 20, 2014, 8:26 am

Dear Editor, This letter is to the residents against the Hines project. How do you solve a problem that is already unbearable by rallying to do - nothing?

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