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.
Posted May. 13, 2013, 11:56 am
Dear Council, Tomorrow night, you are being asked to approve a Development Agreement which in a negligible way addresses the planning staff’s emphasis on “WALKABILITY” or LUCE’s buzzword phrases “GREEN CONNECTIONS” and “GROUND LEVEL OPEN SPACE” reached with over three years of public participation.
Posted May. 11, 2013, 9:05 am
The message from Monday night’s Downtown Specific Plan meeting was clear: The enormous high-rise projects are out of line with the city — and clearly not supported by the residents who will have to deal with the traffic, noise, and shadows caused by their massive towers.
Posted May. 6, 2013, 9:28 am
DUI checkpoints save lives and dollars. I was happy to hear about the DUI checkpoint conducted by the Santa Monica Police Department on April 19.
Posted Apr. 21, 2013, 8:11 am
Readers responded to Steve Stajich’s Mirror column regarding the U.S. Postal Service, and were united in their support of sustaining it.
Posted Apr. 16, 2013, 9:24 am
Food trucks, both daytime and late night, are a welcome service only within certain unique venues /circumstances such as when there are few if any conventional food and beverage operations available to service the public in a particular area.
Posted Apr. 13, 2013, 8:50 am
Regarding yet another development agreement (the Village Trailer Park), the city’s planning director states “we are asking developers to provide roads and connections we’re seeking, and it doesn’t make sense to also penalize them for ceding their property” and adding “that the calculation was a common one used in previous development agreements.”
Posted Apr. 9, 2013, 9:10 am
I read with both interest and some consternation the April 6 article by Thomas Elias touting the potential miracle cure of fracking to what ails the California economy. I think a little more homework and research is required. For eight years I served as a senior advisor to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, a period where with the Governor’s encouragement fracking literally exploded onto the bucolic scene that is rural Pennsylvania.
Posted Mar. 26, 2013, 1:12 pm
On Saturday, March 23, 2013, I went to the annual meeting of Mid-City Neighbors (one of the seven official neighborhoods in Santa Monica) held at the Main Library.
Posted Mar. 21, 2013, 8:29 am
Dear editor, The public meeting hosted by the Worthe Real Estate Group, to sell their proposal for a 22-story hotel designed by Frank Gehry, on Ocean Avenue, will go the same way as the Miramar... Token compromise by the City Council, no matter who shows up to protest. Expect the council to also solicit input from residents and do what they're going to do anyway.
Posted Mar. 19, 2013, 9:21 am
As former Mayors of Santa Monica, we would like to take this opportunity to individually and collectively voice our full support for saving and restoring the iconic "Chain Reaction" public art peace sculpture in our Civic Center, especially now that it has unanimously and rightly been designated a City Landmark by our Santa Monica Landmarks Commission.
Posted Mar. 12, 2013, 9:18 am
Our city landscape could be about to rise with the developers of two buildings submitting plans -- one for a 22 story tower designed by Frank Gehry in downtown Santa Monica, and the Miramar proposing a 21 floor tower. These are the high parts of this story.
Posted Feb. 8, 2013, 11:08 am
The Santa Monica City Council is on record for denying permits for medical marijuana dispensaries, even though Proposition 215 has been state law for over 16 years.
Posted Feb. 5, 2013, 9:28 am
Why do we end up simply taking the best of what developers are willing to give us? Even if the Village Trailer Park developer agrees to provide additional affordable units, I would strongly encourage you to rethink this Development Agreement. Assuming overriding issues of elderly eviction, landmarking, or conservation zoning are regrettably past history, this D.A. should still be rescinded when you consider the overwhelming design fallacies:
Posted Feb. 4, 2013, 9:06 am
Dear Editor, Most Santa Monicans will wake up today and not realize that their city has changed. A part of the city has been lost forever. Today a special place, Renee’s Courtyard Café, has closed to be replaced by another chain restaurant. Today Santa Monica is a little less Santa Monica and a lot more Orange County. To those of you who never stumbled into Renee’s you have no idea what you have missed.
Posted Jan. 31, 2013, 8:23 am
On Saturday night, Jan. 5, I was legally parked in a lot at Yale and Wilshire, where I was a diner in Kimuya restaurant. My son showed up and told a tow truck driver to not hook it up. I came out 20 seconds later and it was hooked up and I was told to pay $81 or my car would be towed. I also had to sign a form. I could not see what I was signing. They released the car, it was pure blackmail and extortion.
Posted Jan. 19, 2013, 8:56 am
The frivolous debate over preserving Paul Conrad's Chain Reaction sculpture in Santa Monica is just another example of how our City Council wastes money on needless studies that no doubt line the pockets of special interests who contribute to incumbents' campaigns for re-election.
Posted Jan. 17, 2013, 8:36 am
Editor's Note: Santa Monica Arts Commissioners will tonight discuss the future of "Chain Reaction" starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Santa Monica Sen...
Posted Jan. 8, 2013, 10:20 am
Below is a letter sent to the Santa Monica City Council regarding tonight's agenda item where Council members will
Posted Dec. 26, 2012, 11:53 am
In reply The Mirror's Dec 21- 27, 2012 front page issue about the lawsuit filed against the City regarding Mountain View mobile home park I can’t believe that four residents of our Park would sue the City over what sounds like nothing. Apparently a few of our residents want to try to embarrass themselves and majority of the rest of us very happy and respectful residents at Mountain View.
Posted Dec. 17, 2012, 1:33 am
All my children were lucky to have escaped long ago from Santa Monica’s schools after grade 6. Why so? Well, stepping out of Von’s Pavilions supermarket this afternoon, I looked across the street only to behold a banner legend across the south-facing wall of our Roosevelt Elementary School. It reads: WE HAVE PRIDE IN OUR SCHOOL.
Posted Dec. 15, 2012, 1:13 am
As a native New Englander, I’ve always loved California. I journeyed to San Francisco in early 1967 after college and stayed for four scintillating, life-changing years. From the early 70’s through today, I’ve spent my summers on Cape Cod and winters in warmer climes, Hawaii, Arizona, Bali, and now Southern California, since 2010. As an outdoorsman and bird lover, living year round in temperate zones has enabled me to see and hear a variety of song- birds on a daily basis.
Posted Nov. 22, 2012, 1:43 am
Dear Editor, I would like to share why I'm fasting even on Thanksgiving, to help save Paul Conrad's "Chain Reaction" sculpture in Santa Moni...
Posted Nov. 22, 2012, 1:12 am
I want to share what happened to me when I lost my car to a reckless driver and no police report was obtained. Last August, I was notified that my legally parked car was hit by another vehicle, traveling on the wrong side of Sixth Street, causing extensive damage, the impact of which knocked the VW Jetta partially on to the curb, and also causing damage to the car parked to the rear of the Jetta.