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Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: A Better Way To Unclog Congestion On Santa Monica Streets?

Posted Mar. 29, 2015, 12:01 pm

Dear Editor, Thursday afternoon, March 26, at 3:30 pm, I left my Emeritus class and drove from Arizona onto Ocean Avenue headed south. Construction had created gridlock. When at last I reached the next corner I turned left to try another route. But the cross streets were clogged by drivers who, like me, were trying to escape, as well as by more construction. On Second and Fourth Streets there was the same humongous blockage and it took me an hour just to get out of the downtown area.

Santa Monica community activist Armen Melkonians.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter: The Residocracy Residents’ Petition To Protect Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 26, 2015, 8:48 am

Dear Editor, When government fails, it becomes time for individuals to act. Our local government has failed the residents of Santa Monica. The time for action is now!

Health, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica, Smmusd

Letter To The Editor: SMMUSD Health & Safety DAC Supports Vaccinations

Posted Feb. 17, 2015, 8:43 am

Dear Editor, We, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Health and Safety District Advisory Committee, strongly support the school district’s efforts in educating the public regarding the importance of vaccination given the recent cases of Measles we’ve seen in the district.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Democratic Club Commends Immunization In Schools

Posted Feb. 14, 2015, 9:17 am

The Santa Monica Democratic Club executive board commends our new State Senator, Santa Monica’s favorite son and former SMMUSD Board President Ben Allen, for co-authoring legislation with Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), who is a pediatrician, to repeal the personal-belief exemption that currently allows parents to decline on behalf of their children the immunizations schools require as a condition of attendance.

One of the ponies at the Santa Monica farmers market every Sunday.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: PETA - Marcy Winograd A Hero For Exposing Animal Exploitation

Posted Jan. 31, 2015, 9:21 am

Dear Editor: To those of us who believe that forcing animals into servitude is ethically indefensible, Marcy Winograd is a hero. As are those city councilors who recognized that there are many family-friendly activities that don’t involve animal exploitation. Being tethered to turnstiles or spending days in pens is no quality of life for animals.

Latest Santa Monica Airport news.

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

AOPA Objects To Santa Monica's Claim Over Airport In Federal Appeals Case

Posted Jan. 24, 2015, 9:41 am

The City of Santa Monica’s efforts to absolve itself from an agreement with the federal government are obviously intended to restrict or end operations at Santa Monica Airport in violation of longstanding federal law and a specific contract it signed, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) argued in a federal appeals court filing Thursday.

Ocean Park beach bathroom workers are fighting for their jobs.

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

Letter To The Editor: Keep Our Santa Monica Beach Bathrooms Clean, Safe

Posted Jan. 9, 2015, 9:26 am

Dear Editor, I’d gamble my teacher paycheck that every woman alive has experienced a feeling of dread walking into a public bathroom. Will it be clean? Will it be safe? Will the door lock? Will there be enough paper? The anxiety is enough to give a woman a stomachache.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Pro-Ponies Petition Reaches Nearly 1,300 Signatures

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 9:39 am

Dear Editor, I am the attorney representing Tawni Angel and her company in the lawsuit against the protestors at the Main Street Farmer’s Market, but this letter is not about the lawsuit. It’s about the ponies.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Council Should Act On Ride-Sharing Apps Before It’s Too Late

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:37 am

Dear Editor, In 2011, the City Council passed the Santa Monica Taxi Franchise law that at the time took almost 300 rouge taxis off of our streets with the intent of making the streets safe for pedestrians especially near busy venues like the Third Street Promenade.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: First Amendment Guarantees Freedom Of Speech

Posted Nov. 17, 2014, 9:53 am

Dear Editor, In the United States of America, and to an even stronger extent in the State of California, the First Amendment to our federal Constitution (and its state counterpart) guarantees freedom of speech.

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

Letter To The Editor: After The Santa Monica Airport Vote, The Time Is Right

Posted Nov. 17, 2014, 9:47 am

Dear Editor, Thank you Santa Monica voters for seeing your way through the thick smoke of deceit blown over the city by the aviation interests' lobby groups. With 60 percent to 40 percent voting against the pro-Santa Monica Airport (SMO) Measure D and in favor of the City's Measure LC, the only thing simmering in smoke now is the more than $750,000 spent trying to fool Santa Monica voters.

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

Letter To The Editor: Plea For Decency & Transparency Following SMMUSD Election

Posted Nov. 11, 2014, 9:34 am

Dear Editor, The elections are over, people are assessing failures and successes and preparing to move on. Before we do, let’s ask ourselves: In this age of rampant dirty politics how much of our integrity are we willing to sacrifice to win?

Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica, Parking

Letter To The Editor: Parking Woes Continue To Evolve For Santa Monica Residents

Posted Nov. 10, 2014, 10:00 am

Dear Editor, I’ve been a Santa Monica resident for years, and apparently I reside in the “SMC Madison Campus” area. I received postcards in the mail informing me that additional parking meters will be installed in my area.

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

Letter To The Editor: How To Lose Control Of "Our Land"

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 9:44 am

Dear Editor, The Yes on Measure LC Committee loudly complain that, if voters closed the airport under the terms of Measure D, nothing in that measure directly addresses the development process that would follow.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Election, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Why You Should Vote No On Measures H, HH

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 9:42 am

Dear Editor, According to campaign finance statements on file with the City Clerk, the majority of the funding for the Development Tax, aka H+HH campaign, are developers, their lawyers and architects who will reap financial rewards from the building of new high density low income rental housing projects throughout Santa Monica, primarily North of Wilshire and in Sunset Park.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Why I Support Measures H & HH

Posted Oct. 28, 2014, 9:36 am

Dear Editor: Why I support H & HH. Unlike some of my NE neighbors I support H and HH. Why, when this will mean I, a 33 year resident in Santa Monica, will have to pay considerably more transfer tax when I sell my home?

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

Letter To The Editor: SMO & The Old North Bridge

Posted Oct. 28, 2014, 9:18 am

Dear Editor, I was born and raised in Concord, Massachusetts, the town where the American Revolution began. Maybe it's my attachment to my origins but I can't help but compare the defeat of measure D to Paul Revere's fateful ride and the Old North Bridge where American patriots made their famous stand.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: The Common Sense City

Posted Oct. 19, 2014, 8:49 am

Dear Editor, Every resident in our city has experienced frustration with some aspect or another of the city’s policies. Wonderful as it is, our city can improve in many different ways. What is needed is a common-sense approach, based on solving real-world problems. Some of these are physical and space-related issues. Others are related to the way projects are approved and built. Here are a few items we feel are important.

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

Letter To The Editor: Santa Monicans - Disenfranchisement Anyone?

Posted Oct. 8, 2014, 9:35 am

Dear Editor, Why would anyone vote to disenfranchise themselves? That's what Santa Monica City Council and backers of Measure LC on the local ballot are asking voters to do.

Letters To The Editor, Election, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: League Of Women Voters Of Santa Monica On Ballot Measures

Posted Oct. 6, 2014, 9:32 am

Dear Editor, The League of Women Voters of Santa Monica (the League) has taken positions on all five local ballot measures coming up for a vote on November 4.

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

Letter To The Editor: Venice Residents Affected By SMO Can't Vote On The Problem

Posted Oct. 6, 2014, 9:27 am

Dear Editor, As Venice residents of 22 years, we have noticed the increasing invasion, pollution and fear of SMO into our community. There are now six flight schools and the number of huge personal/corporate jets has increased dramatically!

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor - Santa Monica: Pedestrian Strike Back Measures

Posted Oct. 4, 2014, 7:23 am

Dear Editor, Oh, the joys of the pedestrian in Santa Monica – at least apart from 3rd Street Promenade, where – so far – no cars have yet mowed down our fellow featherless bipeds.

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

Letter To The Editor: Santa Monica Airport Is More Than A Historical Landmark

Posted Sep. 23, 2014, 7:38 am

Dear Editor, Santa Monica Airport is more than a historical landmark. It is the first responder for emergencies and life-saving transplants, a place of refuge for all West Los Angeles residents, and currently cuts down on airport noise and pollution, based on current guidelines within Measure D.

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.

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