Posted Nov. 10, 2013, 9:38 am
Editor’s Note: This is an open letter from the Santa Monica Democratic Club to the Santa Monica City Council regarding a living wage.
Posted Nov. 5, 2013, 9:21 am
Since 1993, the League of Women Voters of the United States has actively supported health care reform, including those policies which promote access to a basic level of quality care at an affordable cost to all U.S. residents.
Posted Nov. 2, 2013, 9:44 am
Dear Editor, I find it ironic that the same City Council member who approved projects that have increased traffic in Santa Monica to gridlock levels has the nerve to complain about the inconvenience to a few people for a couple of hours during a few races a year.
Posted Oct. 27, 2013, 9:08 am
Dear Editor, District wide voting/elections have proven to be more representative than any other form of government. (District voting is having candidates representing certain geographical areas within the city i.e.; Ocean Park, north of Montana, Pico Neighborhood and other established districts). Candidates associated with these areas have a vested personal interest in how they represent their constituents. They live there!
Posted Oct. 20, 2013, 6:00 am
Dear City Council, We are writing to express our extreme disappointment with the City Council’s provisional vote last week to adopt an ordinance that would allow commercial fitness instruction, classes and camps in Palisades Park. We regard commercialization of Palisades Park as a betrayal of the public trust.
Posted Oct. 19, 2013, 6:30 am
Dear Editor: The Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights Steering Committee unanimously urges the Planning Commission and the City Council to just say “NO” to the proposed Hines Project DA.
Posted Oct. 19, 2013, 6:21 am
Dear City Council, The issue of regulating fitness training in Santa Monica city parks has been debated for more than a year, and last week the city council deliberated on an ordinance that would formalize that regulatory and permitting process.
Posted Oct. 15, 2013, 9:14 am
The two proposed hotels at the corners of 5th & Colorado form the gateway from Expo to downtown. What statement will they make? “Welcome,” “I’m on vacation,” “come in and have fun,” “enjoy Santa Monica with its fresh air and sunlight,” or even just to stop and admire.
Posted Oct. 13, 2013, 9:57 am
Dear Editor, In his letter "Tragedy Should Not Be An Opportunity For Political Points" posted Oct. 12, 2013, Bruce Landsberg, President, AOPA Foundation and Air Safety Institute did exactly what he said shouldn't be done. He made the recent aircraft crash at Santa Monica Airport into his opportunity to score political points with wild speculation.
Posted Oct. 12, 2013, 9:00 am
Dear Editor, While an aircraft accident that results in a loss of life is an obvious tragedy, it should never become an opportunity to score political points with wild speculation. But that quickly became the case in Santa Monica earlier this month.
Posted Oct. 7, 2013, 9:47 am
The developments now under consideration with the Santa Monica City Council will irreparably alter the face of our city. Council members are faced with a huge responsibility and hopefully will understand that greed and density are not synonymous with quality of life.
Posted Sep. 22, 2013, 9:35 am
Dear NOMA members and friends, It was standing room only in the Franklin School cafeteria Thursday night, as some 200 Santa Monicans turned out to sharply criticize a development project that has been proposed for the eastern end of the city’s busy Wilshire corridor.
Posted Sep. 1, 2013, 9:11 am
It is hard to believe that summer is over and that school has already started. As we begin the school year it is important that we as a community support our local public schools.
Posted Aug. 7, 2013, 9:18 am
I recently attended the monthly NOMA (North of Montana Association) meeting and shook my head in disbelief when a Big Blue Bus representative explained there is new planning management who will be looking at alternative routes to connect with the Expo line as there is no parking, other than street parking, connected to the three Santa Monica stations.
Posted Jul. 8, 2013, 9:32 am
SMCLC urges the City Council not to move forward with a Downtown Program EIR ("PEIR") at this time for several reasons. To do so would be poor planning and severely limit public input. It would also directly contradict specific assurances made to residents by senior Planning Staff at a recent Downtown community meeting attended by over 300 residents, Councilmembers and the
Posted Jul. 7, 2013, 9:03 am
Attending a meeting last Saturday, the point was made by a Santa Monica architect that FAR (floor area ratio) allows 84’ tall block buildings as seen in construction on Ocean Avenue but high rise would be better allowing space and light around and between. I strongly disagree. A revised downtown zoning code can easily correct this without defaulting to mid-rise or high-rise construction.
Posted Jul. 7, 2013, 9:00 am
Nuisance fees enacted by the Santa Monica City Council regarding future candidate filings for local office discourage political participation and it’s up to voters to decide which candidates are worthy of support (Running for Office To Cost $25, 6-28-13).
Posted Jun. 25, 2013, 9:22 am
Let me get this straight. We’re expected to support the troops, even when we don’t agree with their mission, but we’re not allowed to expect them or their leaders to uphold their oath. Their oath, after all, is not to support the President, or military commanders, or party leaders in the Senate or House, but to “perserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of The United States.”
Posted Jun. 25, 2013, 9:19 am
With the latest shootings in Santa Monica, we must once again turn our attention to the issue of guns in society and the right to bear arms.
Posted Jun. 11, 2013, 1:18 pm
What happened Friday in Santa Monica was a tragedy. It was a tragedy for the victims, for their families, including the family of the gunman, for the students and staff at Santa Monica College, and for our whole community.
Posted Jun. 6, 2013, 8:59 am
It’s that time of year again. Graduations are upon us and students are now preparing to embark on the next stage of their lives. Whether going on to college or entering the military or the workforce, this is a big moment in a young person’s life.
Posted Jun. 5, 2013, 9:25 am
I support the motion of Councilmembers McKeown, Vazquez, and Winterer that the City Council direct staff to bring forward only those Downtown Development Agreement applications where the proposed heights are within the maximum allowed for downtown in the 1984 Land Use Element.
Posted May. 23, 2013, 9:50 am
At the historic January 8 City Hall meeting over 200 people marched to save the PYFC, the only organic youth center built by Pico Corridor residents, and decry the City reports as false (This month the city opens PYFC's allocations to outside groups through an "RFP").
Posted May. 18, 2013, 9:22 am
Dear Editor, My name is Kay Ward, and I'm a 34-year Santa Monica resident. Does the Miramar really need to expand its square footage to over 500,000 square feet to make a profit or achieve its goals as a business?
Posted May. 15, 2013, 9:36 am
Last week more than 350 residents weighed in on the Downtown Specific Plan, and the message came through loud and clear: The overwhelming majority oppose the tidal wave of proposed developments in the down town area.