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News, Opinion, Oped

Opinion: SMa.r.t. Santa Monica Architects for a Responsible Tomorrow

Posted Oct. 21, 2016, 10:35 am

Opinion: Our City is experiencing an identity crisis fueled by gluttony. The powers in the City of Santa Monica have apparently decided that bigger is better and that that this “bigger” needs to be fueled constantly by more…more development, taller and denser buildings, structures that are out-of-scale with our town…more people…more tourists…more workers…more residents.

Our TV Past Out on the Sidewalk

News, Oped, Santa Monica

Our TV Past Out On The Sidewalk

Posted Oct. 14, 2016, 11:13 am

Those of you that actually walk the residential streets of Santa Monica, whether taking your dog around the block or heading to Main Street for work on your finger nails, will agree with me that there are stories to be told by the objects set out on our sidewalks.

Hot Flash columnist Barbara Bishop.

Santa Monica, Oped

Hot Flash - The Perfect Size

Posted Oct. 6, 2016, 2:23 pm

You know what really pisses me off? The fact that many in the fashion industry still think that the perfect woman is a size two and 18 years old. I look at fashion magazines, the internet, go into stores, see all these tiny sizes, and laugh about it, because a lot of the editors of those fashion magazines and the-high fashion designers are most definitely not a size two or 18 years old.


Santa Monica, Oped

APB: The Latest from Santa Monica Police Department

Posted Sep. 30, 2016, 12:43 pm

Mission Impossible. On Tuesday, September 20, at 1:25 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department received a call via their police radios informing them that a possible theft suspect was, at that time, involved in physical conflict with some of the employees of The Bike Center, located at 1555 Second St., so the officers rushed to the location to investigate.


News, Santa Monica, Oped

OpEd: I Selfie, Therefore I Am

Posted Sep. 16, 2016, 2:58 pm

Full Disclosure: I still carry a “clam shell” type cell phone. Yeah, it has a camera feature but I’ve never figured out how to get the photos out of it and the pictures are hardly the stuff of current iPhone technology. However, if I wanted to get a fuzzy shot of Bigfoot that might help promulgate the myth of the creature actually walking around somewhere… I’ve got just the phone camera for it.


News, Santa Monica, Oped

OpEd: S.M.A.R.t Macro Problems and Micro Planning Put City’s Future At Risk

Posted Sep. 16, 2016, 2:39 pm

Santa Monica’s Downtown is unique in that it is contained on three sides with cliffs to the west, deep canyon to the north and the Santa Monica Freeway to the south. This limits access to and from the center of our City. Since most major arteries terminate in Downtown, there are few ways for residents to escape the inevitable gridlock.


Apb, Santa Monica, Oped


Posted Sep. 9, 2016, 11:34 am

Burglar Bagged. On Wednesday, August 31, at 10:51 a.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to attend to a report of a suspicious person. The reporting party had stated that they had recently been the victim of a burglary and that they feared that the possible intruder had returned to the location in order violate them once again.

Thane Roberts for SMa.r.t. Santa Monica Architects for a Responsible Tomorrow.Thane Roberts AIA, Architect, Robert H. Taylor AIA, Mario Fonda-Bonardi AIA Planning Commission, Daniel Jansenson Architect, Samuel Tolkin AIA, Phil Brock, Santa Monica Arts Commission.

News, Santa Monica, Oped, Sma.r.t

OpEd: SMa.r.t. on The Soul of Wilshire Boulevard

Posted Sep. 9, 2016, 11:28 am

I was surprised to read an article recently that stated Wilshire Boulevard was in desperate need of height and density. According to the author, it is not a “complete street” and needs “appropriate development.”

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Health, Santa Monica, Oped

Good Taste Santa Monica: Adding Spice to Life

Posted Aug. 16, 2016, 12:11 pm

The front window facade and the lighting fixtures have the look of an old-time country store, and when I walk in I somehow feel that I am at my grandmother’s house. A vintage kitchen displays merchandise, the wood floors give the place a warm, homey feeling and then, there’s the smell of a myriad of spices. Like a kid in a candy store, I want them all!

Night Traffic

Santa Monica, Oped

Reader Reflection: A Drive to Sunday Night Dinner through Downtown Santa Monica

Posted Aug. 10, 2016, 11:34 pm

I live in Santa Monica, and have lived here for over 20 years. My husband and I rarely drive in the city during the weekends, as we prefer to walk and avoid dealing with Santa Monica traffic and parking issues. But last night I decided to drive to dinner thinking ,"What the heck-I never drive to downtown SM. How bad can traffic be? After all, I am only driving 1.2 miles."

News, Oped, Stajich

OpEd: "...with liberty and justice for - Uh, hand me that eraser..."

Posted Jul. 8, 2016, 12:23 pm

Oh, Republican Congress. Why does it often seem that you would be much happier quitting the business on the floor of the House and simply driving around in Professor Brown’s DeLorean from “Back to the Future?” Is it because you find it such hard work to reverse social progress and come up with terms such as “protecting religious freedom” so that you can grab the hands of time and spin them wildly back 50 years in a counter-clockwise direction?

Here Comes The Sun.

News, Oped

OpEd: Here Comes the Sun

Posted Jun. 26, 2016, 6:00 am

OpEd: Anyone from my generation might express a warm feeling for George Harrison’s song “Here Comes the Sun.” First of all, it’s a tune from the “quiet Beatle” that is in many ways perfect in its simplicity: It’s been a long cold lonely winter and now… here comes the sun. The sun in the song is the arrival of better days and even a new clarity about whatever it is that has been troubling you and making you feel blue; perhaps clearing away a fog of depression, making things warm and right again.

News, Oped, Elias

OpEd: There Should be No Waiting Around by Sanchez

Posted Jun. 26, 2016, 6:00 am

OpEd: Once California’s primary election season ends in early June, most candidates go into a sort of statis for almost three months, until just before the traditional Labor Day start of the fall political season.

Pacific Park is currently featuring an alternating American and rainbow waving flags light display to mark the Orlando massacre, in “reverence to Orlando LGBT community and families,” according to the park. The homage began Sunday, June 12, and also displays red, white and blue, and rainbow colors, patterns and transitions.

News, Santa Monica, Oped, Stajich

OpEd: Orlando Americana

Posted Jun. 16, 2016, 9:40 pm

OpEd: The Oxford Dictionary definition of the word "Americana" is as follows: "Things associated with the culture and history of America, especially the United States."


News, Santa Monica, Ywca, Oped, Santa Monica Council

A Letter to City Council re: YWCA

Posted Jun. 16, 2016, 8:59 am

Dear City Council, May I suggest an easy way to save a Santa Monica resource and the city, SMC and Rand a few million dollars at the same time?


Santa Monica, Oped, Steve

The end of the day for "At the End of the Day..."

Posted May. 28, 2016, 11:55 am

OpEd: The English language is possibly one of the most rubbery on earth. In the 1960s, spoken English absorbed so many new enhancements that I can write a sentence like “Let’s get high and jam on our axes” and most of you readers will understand that I’m talking about making some pot-inspired guitar music, not pitching a competitive event involving lumberjack skills.

News, Santa Monica, Oped, Politics

One Nation, in Various Places

Posted Apr. 23, 2016, 10:11 am

Regardless of what we’ve had to suffer – and there has been plenty – from the GOP’s viscous and untidy pageant of choosing a candidate for President, one or two useful things have been revealed in the process with great visual if not mental acuity.

News, Tom Elias, Oped, Politics

Here's a Move to Limit the Revolving Door

Posted Apr. 23, 2016, 10:05 am

The revolving door in Sacramento is decisively alive and well today, but there’s also a move afoot to crimp it at least a little.

News, Oped

Signature Costs Cut Down State's Fall Ballot

Posted Apr. 19, 2016, 8:00 am

It now takes fewer valid signatures to qualify an initiative for a statewide vote than at any time in the last 20 years – 365,880, almost 150,000 less than just two years ago.

Land Use Voter Empowerment

News, Santa Monica, Oped, Luve

OpEd: Will We Love LUVE and Tighten LUCE?

Posted Apr. 18, 2016, 2:01 pm

OpEd: “What is Santa Monica’s current development platform?” and it is the Land Use Circulation Element or LUCE… which LUVE would like to alter.

News, Oped, Elias

UC Anti-Semitism: Now It’s Up To Campus Chiefs

Posted Apr. 10, 2016, 8:00 am

When they finally acted after months of dithering about increasingly frequent acts of anti-Semitism on their campuses, there was little doubt the University of California’s Board of Regents at long last did the right thing.

News, Oped, Stajich

OpEd: Responsibility and the "Whoo!" Guy

Posted Apr. 9, 2016, 9:00 am

It’s not really to anyone’s advantage to keep a drunk drinking until something bad happens. Whether it’s fair or not that servers are put in the position of having to cut people off, that’s what happens. To which a customer might respond, “What are you, my shrink?” Server: “Yes, right now, maybe I am.”

News, Oped, Elias

Biggest Initiative Battle May Be Over Crime

Posted Apr. 8, 2016, 3:13 pm

There will likely be fights this fall over taxes, marijuana, education, water and possibly campaign donations. But if Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to reduce prison populations even farther by easing parole standards reaches the ballot, the biggest battle might be over crime.

News, Oped, Newws

Plastic Bag Ban Repeal: An Irrelevant Vote?

Posted Apr. 2, 2016, 8:00 am

What if California voters repealed a law, but it remained the law anyway? That’s a situation the state may soon face if a yet-unnumbered proposition aiming to repeal a 2014 statewide ban on plastic grocery bags should pass in November.

News, Oped, Politics, Elias

OpeEd: This Senate Race Just Got Better

Posted Mar. 29, 2016, 8:00 am

For many months, California’s ongoing race to replace retiring four-term U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer has bored most voters to the point they’ve virtually ignored it.

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