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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?

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Ask Before You Sign – Or Think Before You Ink

Posted Feb. 17, 2014, 8:00 am

Dear Editor, Recently, supporters of a referendum on a development in Santa Monica have hit the streets to gather signatures to get their issue on the ballot.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Natural Resources Defense Council Supports Santa Monica "MANGo" Plan

Posted Feb. 11, 2014, 12:46 pm

Editor's Note: Below is a letter on behalf of the Southern California Ecosystems Project supporting the MANGo project, which will be discussed at Santa Monica City Council tonight.

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

Letter To The Editor: Bergamot Transit Village Could Be A Lot Worse

Posted Feb. 11, 2014, 9:19 am

Dear Editor, The proposed Bergamot Transit Village (BTV) is big enough to cause “significant and unavoidable” impacts to much of the Santa Monica/Venice/West LA area.

Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: I’m My Own Voice On Santa Monica Development

Posted Feb. 8, 2014, 6:44 am

Dear Editor, I recently attended my first Santa Monica City Council meeting after moving here a year and a half ago from the Valley. I came to speak and support the Bergamot Transit Village project and sat through hours of public comments.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Why Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor Gets My Vote

Posted Feb. 4, 2014, 9:23 am

Dear Editor, We are undergoing difficult transitions. Heck, even CEQA is changing. There is a lot of pain amongst drivers caught in congestion, especially those who still expect to drive themselves wherever they want to go.

Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Bergamot Transit Village Is Good For Traffic & Transit

Posted Feb. 4, 2014, 9:21 am

Dear Editor, On Tuesday of last week, Hines brought their plans for Bergamot Transit Village before the Santa Monica City Council. At the hearing, community feedback ran the gamut with those opposed to the project making it clear that their primary fear was increased traffic.

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

Letter To The Editor: Best & Worst Of Santa Monica Public Meeting Disagreement

Posted Feb. 4, 2014, 9:18 am

Dear Editor: I am increasingly concerned about the inability of Santa Monica residents to disagree civilly on matters of public policy. Prevalent though that problem may be in national politics, vituperative debate seems worse here on the local level, where we bump into each other at the supermarket, the doctor’s office, the deli or the movie theater.

Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: How Much Does The City Council Believe In Their Own LUCE?

Posted Feb. 2, 2014, 9:15 am

I want to add my voice the growing chorus of people who recognize that change may be hard and controversial, but continuing on the path we are on is the far less attractive alternative.

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

429 Residents Sign E-Petition Opposing Hines Project: Letter To The Editor

Posted Jan. 26, 2014, 8:30 am

Dear City Council members, Residocracy is an all-volunteer based non-profit organization which represents the voice of our Community Network of Residents in local government.

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