Posted Dec. 16, 2015, 9:38 am
We the executive board of the Santa Monica Democratic Club wish to convey our appreciation for your calm and courageous response to the fear and fear-mongering over the issue of Syrian refugees.
Posted Nov. 25, 2015, 8:57 am
Mayor McKeown, Last spring, the Santa Monica City Council made headlines when it banned the short term rental of a full unit or house for less than 30 days. Now, last month, the council voted unanimously to amend the equally draconian 2004 prohibition of corporate rentals with a ban on advertising them. Is this short sighted? What could be next?
Posted Nov. 1, 2015, 8:12 am
Dear Editor, The Past, the Present and the Future: For four years The Committee for Racial Justice has been working for greater racial equity in the Santa Monica school system. We have won some battles and lost some. Some we are still fighting. One thing is for sure: it’s been a learning experience.
Posted Nov. 1, 2015, 7:24 am
Dear Editor, SCE is raising the residential electricity rates for the poor to keep the electricity rates the same for the well-off.
Posted Oct. 26, 2015, 10:09 am
Dear Editor: The Santa Monica Disabilities Commission, comprised of eleven Santa Monica residents with and without disabilities, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA is an accommodation and anti-discrimination statute signed into law twenty-five years ago on July 26, 1990.
Posted Jul. 19, 2015, 9:43 am
Dear Editor: I am pleased to learn that both California Senators Feinstein and Boxer are supporting President Obama’s Iran nuclear agreement, and encourage our fine Congressman Ted Lieu—reportedly still on the fence – to also choose peace. To those who oppose the Iran agreement, I ask, “What is the alternative?” War on 75-million people? Destabilization of the entire middle east? Unimaginable bloodshed?
Posted Jul. 11, 2015, 10:41 am
Dear City Council, As a matter of good governance and transparency, SMCLC strongly supports Santa Monica enacting a much-needed ordinance requiring the registration and timely reporting of paid lobbyists.
Posted Jun. 14, 2015, 10:23 am
Dear Editor, We, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Health and Safety District Advisory Committee, strongly support funding for the Venice Family Clinic (VFC) as the lead agency of a Health and Wellness center at Santa Monica High School (SAMO High).
Posted Jun. 13, 2015, 9:45 am
Dear Editor, As a long-time supporter of our local public schools, I have followed with great interest the recent successes of the Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation.
Posted Jun. 1, 2015, 9:25 am
Dear Editor, The debate about development is still raging. How high? How much parking? How much density? All of these questions are irrelevant. Traffic is destroying Santa Monica and the City has its head in the sand when it comes to this truth.
Posted May. 13, 2015, 9:18 am
Despite attorney Don Chomiak's suggestion that I somehow single-handedly ended the shackled pony ride at the Main Street farmers market, most of us are savvy enough to know that one voice is only that -- one voice. In reality, over 2,000 people signed my petition calling for the closure of the animal exhibit that had been the subject of controversy since 2005, when neighbors conducted a year-long protest against tethering ponies to a metal bar to force them to circle a tiny circumference for hours, shoeless on concrete, often in the sun.
Posted May. 12, 2015, 9:55 am
Dear Editor, Admit it. You probably think Zoning is pretty dull. And I feel your pain, because it is. But the Zoning Ordinance Update is also the most important decision facing our City Council right now and will change our city more than anything else over the next 15 years. The good news is you’ll know everything you need to know about it by the end of this letter.
Posted May. 12, 2015, 9:49 am
Dear Editor, This past Sunday, Tawnis Ponies and Petting Farm, Inc. ended its 12-year tenure at the Main Street Farmer’s Market. Last September, the Santa Monica City Council voted to give preference to non-animal activities at the market once Tawni’s contract ended this month. In expelling Tawnis Ponies, the Council ignores the will of the people in the fine tradition of cronyism.
Posted Apr. 29, 2015, 10:01 am
Dear Editor, As members of the Malibu community, we are greatly troubled by the manner in which district officials have publicly addressed the enrollment decline in Malibu schools, characterizing the problem as "demographic."
Posted Apr. 26, 2015, 9:10 am
Dear Editor, Santa Monicans for Safe Access (SAMOSA) should like to comment on your article Santa Monica Zoning Ordinance Update Meetings: Childcare, Cannabis, Cars & Capacity published on April 17. Your article mentioned that the permissible areas where a medical marijuana dispensary might be located are, essentially, along Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvds. East of Lincoln. In fact, it is far more restrictive than that.
Posted Apr. 15, 2015, 9:15 am
Dear Editor, When I moved to Santa Monica over 15 years ago, I chose to live near Wilshire, a few blocks away from Von’s market. This choice provided access to transit and a grocery store to walk to.
Posted Apr. 15, 2015, 8:47 am
Dear Editor, I am very happy to be a part of a community in which not only does the city provide amazing resources that are not available in other places but the civic engagement is astounding. Santa Monica is a place where community members truly care. I was not born here, nor did I grow up here but I am still a Santa Monican.
Posted Apr. 13, 2015, 9:51 am
Dear Editor, This week, the Council will consider the first comprehensive update of our zoning ordinance in more than three decades. This document should reflect the values of our community. Equitable access to safe, affordable, high quality early childhood education for working families is truly indispensable for our community.
Posted Apr. 11, 2015, 11:08 am
Dear Editor, Pardon me if I don’t cue my violin and sing the praises of the so-called ‘community’ group ‘Santa Monica Forward’ as it launches its altruistic crusade to create a ‘progressive, sustainable, diverse and inclusive’ future for our city.
Posted Apr. 11, 2015, 10:26 am
Psychology in the service of the dark side is not new - and it's also not pretty. Rather than having a civil and rational discourse about differences of opinion with regard to land use and development policies in Santa Monica, Ms. Gordon, a supporter of the newly launched pro-development group “Santa Monica Forward,” while admitting she doesn't know it all, has gone so far as to diagnose those who do not share her opinion. To her, we are:
Posted Apr. 4, 2015, 9:29 am
Dear Editor, Given the public concern over the fate of Santa Monica’s historic post office and over the broader plans for reducing service – ending Saturday and door-to-door delivery, slowing the mail – Mirror readers were well served by Susan Cloke’s recent column on the U.S. Postal Service.
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.
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!
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.
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.