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Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Steve Stajich, Bad Behavior

Could Earth Use A Time Out?

Posted Sep. 21, 2013, 9:08 am

I’m not sure where the concept of a “time out” for children began, and I’m not bothering to research it because “time outs” have become something of a “Get Out of Parenting - Free” card with a recognized level of ineffectiveness.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Steve Stajich

A New Life For The Downtown Santa Monica Post Office

Posted Jul. 6, 2013, 9:44 am

There’s no question that the former downtown post office at 1248 Fifth Street (at Arizona) should be saved and preserved. We’re losing important character and style by the minute in our city every time useful older buildings are torn down and replaced with something new that reflects only the present and the desire of developers to claim more turf in our lovely seaside community.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Steve Stajich

Guns In Santa Monica: The Plague Arrives

Posted Jun. 22, 2013, 9:02 am

Some events in life are almost too dark for words. Anyone with a forum for their thoughts is immediately struck by the impotence of adding their “view,” their “two cents” to any reflection on a tragic stretch of gun deaths like the one that darkened our city when the Santa Monica College shootings were quickly followed by more shooting deaths on our streets just days later.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Steve Stajich, Civic Center

Five Don’ts For The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Posted Jun. 8, 2013, 9:25 am

While there was a healthy turnout and a tailwind of positive energy at the community meeting regarding the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Tuesday night, there were also at least two distinct vibes in the room that might cause a fan of our historic Civic Auditorium some sleeplessness.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Steve Stajich

The New Theater Of Response

Posted May. 25, 2013, 8:52 am

On Thursday, May 16th, our city unfortunately got the chance to implement full cautionary measures against a potential campus shooting threat. On that day the Santa Monica Police Department received a message from LAPD that a male subject claiming to be a student at Santa Monica College had called 911 and threatened to shoot up the school and kill himself.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Steve Stajich

Giant Mouse Attacks Holiday, Then Retreats

Posted May. 18, 2013, 9:18 am

When we were kids my father fabricated a Christmas decoration for our front yard out of an old poster and some plywood. The poster had been advertising for Coca Cola that featured the cherry-cheeked Santa Claus often seen pausing to refresh with a Coke during the Christmases of that era.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Steve Stajich

Public Spaces Are Exactly That

Posted May. 4, 2013, 8:56 am

The City has heard the uplifted voices of exercise instructors and, for now, agreed to try and find harmony between what public spaces should be and a desire on the part of fitness trainers to use Santa Monica parks to – I’m sorry everybody – conduct business.

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