Posted Jul. 20, 2014, 8:56 am
There are few worse feelings for a driver than receiving a letter purporting to show that person in the act of running a red light.
Posted Jul. 19, 2014, 8:53 am
For a state that has long been a symbol of youth, there’s been a lot of age among California’s preeminent politicians of the last decade. But that began to change in 2012, and the shift accelerated this summer as many of the old guard chose not to brave the “top two” primary system that threatened to expose them to serious intra-party challenges.
Posted Jul. 14, 2014, 9:17 am
Dear Editor, I am recently back from college and looking at the city with fresh eyes, I was astonished at the new bus benches. In fact, I’m pretty sure I doubled over with laughter when I laid my eyes on my first one. Yep, you guessed it, this is yet another Letter to the Editor about possibly the biggest mistake carbon footprint-conscious Santa Monica has ever made…ever.
Posted Jul. 13, 2014, 9:05 am
For almost seven months, California parents have been free to claim without offering any proof that their religion forbids getting their children vaccinated against once dreaded and disabling diseases like polio, mumps, pertussis and smallpox.
Posted Jul. 12, 2014, 8:27 am
In light of the recent report by SmartGrowth America and George Washington University stating that Los Angeles is on the cusp of becoming a “major” walkable urban area, and having been inspired by a stage piece in which a young man talks about his conquest over obesity, and also because I had two rum and Cokes on the airplane… last week I walked home from LAX. Walked. From United terminal 7 to Santa Monica. According to online estimates, that’s about eight and half miles. It wasn’t the pentathlon, but near the end I was hurting all the same.
Posted Jul. 12, 2014, 8:20 am
The chorus of global warming deniers has not shrunk. Outcries claiming the entire issue is fraudulent are not going away.
Posted Jul. 6, 2014, 8:55 am
From early in his career, Gov. Jerry Brown has had a proclivity for dismissing problems with wisecracks or aphorisms. As early as 1975, in the first term of his first go-‘round as California’s top official, he mocked university professors’ pleas for pay raises by saying they didn’t need more money, but could make do with “psychic rewards.”
Posted Jul. 5, 2014, 9:10 am
Elected officials, poets, librarians, community activists, educators, architects, writers, community residents, and park and library users gathered together on Saturday, June 28 for a daylong celebration of the opening of the first new public library to be built in Santa Monica in 50 years, the Pico Branch Library.
Posted Jul. 5, 2014, 9:08 am
For more than a decade, while California has been among the most liberal of America’s “blue” states, its highest court has been dominated by leftovers from two of its more conservative governors.
Posted Jun. 29, 2014, 8:55 am
Nothing is more important to California’s large privately-owned utilities than the virtual monopolies they enjoy in most of the state.
Posted Jun. 28, 2014, 1:58 am
If parents want to seek out a pony ride for their child they should be free to do that. But our city is not required to knowingly support outdated practices,especially when there’s even a whiff of potential abuse involved.
Posted Jun. 28, 2014, 1:55 am
The base closures are one reason California ranks 43rd among all states in federal per capita spending, getting back just 78 cents for every dollar its taxpayers put into the U.S. treasury.
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.
Posted Jun. 22, 2014, 8:57 am
For decades, Californians who use the most electricity have paid extra for that privilege, on the theory that high prices might provide an incentive for them to use less.
Posted Jun. 21, 2014, 6:56 am
The much-revered Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” I shudder to think what this peaceful warrior would say if he passed by the Santa Monica farmers market on Main Street.
Posted Jun. 21, 2014, 6:54 am
There was a clear message when the state Senate in mid-June first rejected a ban on legislators taking campaign contributions during the last 100 days of each lawmaking session, and then partially reversed itself to finally pass a watered-down version covering a much shorter time period.
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.
Posted Jun. 15, 2014, 9:01 am
Democrats and other detractors of California’s “top two” primary system have been whining ever since the June 3 primary election that it would be wrong to have two Republicans vie in the November general election for the state controller’s job, considered by many the fourth most significant statewide office.
Posted Jun. 14, 2014, 8:56 am
Who among us that drives on our freeways and streets has not experienced the following cycle of realization: There’s some kind of traffic jam. The fact that you’re at a standstill in the middle of the day brings you to the second thought: that there must have been an accident up ahead. And then that third thought: Somebody may have just been killed in their car… and I’m sitting here cursing out the traffic and the heat.
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.
Posted Jun. 14, 2014, 8:53 am
As the round of memorial services for the six students fatally stabbed and shot in late May by the psychotic killer Elliot Rodger recedes into memory, a serious public policy question remains even while families and friends are left with their private grief:
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.
Posted Jun. 8, 2014, 8:53 am
Results like those from this week’s primary cause detractors to call California’s four-year-old “top two” election system the “jungle primary” because it often features races with a dozen or more contestants and outcomes that can be completely unpredictable.
Posted Jun. 7, 2014, 10:47 am
Santa Monicans take elections seriously. Usually it’s the top of the ticket that brings people out to vote. But the top of the ticket was a no contest race with Governor Jerry Brown, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and State Attorney General Kamala Harris handily keeping their place on the November ballot. In Santa Monica the races were a lot more exciting.
Posted Jun. 7, 2014, 9:34 am
No candidate campaigned harder this spring that Neel Kashkari, the former federal Treasury Department official and ex-Goldman Sachs executive who just become the first Asian-American ever nominated to for governor of California.