Monica Officials Recommend Taking Down Iconic "Chain Reaction"
January 31, 2012 -- Santa Monica officials are recommending that
the Civic Center's iconic "Chain Reaction" sculpture be removed
after structural engineers determined the 26-foot-tall work made of chain
link posed a threat to public safety.
Monica Planning Commission Takes Up Esplanade
Bookmobile Makes Santa Monica Stop
January 31, 2011 -- The Santa Monica Planning Commission will look
at updated plans Wednesday for the Colorado Esplanade, which will go forward
despite the loss of Redevelopment Agency (RDA) funds.
January 31, 2012 -- Avid readers who have yet to jump on the eBook
bandwagon can literally do so next month when the OverDrive Digital Bookmobile
makes a stop in Santa Monica.
Help Shape Future of Downtown Santa Monica
January 30, 2012 -- Santa Monica residents on Thursday began a
discussion to hammer out a new Downtown Specific Plan that will help shape
the future of the beach city's "living room."
Monica Conservancy Hands Out 2012 Preservation Awards
January 30, 2012 -- The stately Builders Exchange Building where
Popeye may have been created, two Roaring Twenties apartment buildings
and a small hardware store that seems to have defied time were among the
buildings recognized by the Santa Monica Conservancy Sunday.
Monica Charged Up About EVs
January 30, 2012 -- Some major Santa Monica destinations and numerous
residences got new EV charging stations that should rev up the beachside
city's reputation for sustainability.
Celebrates 2011 As Year of Success in Santa Monica
January 27, 2012 -- Mayor Richard Bloom reported Thursday that
“the State of our City has never been stronger,” thanks in
part to a healthy crop of tech start-ups that have earned the seaside
city the moniker "Silicon Beach."
Cirque du Soleil’s “OVO” Was Hatched
Monica Police Gets Dedicated Social Worker to Tackle Child Abuse
January 27, 2012 -- When Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte
asked Deborah Colker to direct and choreograph their latest production,
“OVO,” he asked her how many dancers she wanted to hire.
January 27, 2012 -- The Santa Monica Police Department will get its
own social worker dedicated to reducing child abuse and neglect by working
directly with children and families, police announced Thursday.
Santa Monica Hotel Gets Solid Backing
January 26, 2012 -- Plans to bring nearly 300 new hotel rooms to
the northeastern edge of Downtown Santa Monica will likely move forward
after a showing of solid community support during a public hearing at
Wednesday's Planning Commission meeting.
Monica Police Department to Patrol SAMOHI Games
January 26, 2012 -- Santa Monica High School will see an increase
in security following a fight at a basketball game with a rival school.
Arrest Travolta Car Thieves, Bust Ring
January 26, 2012 -- Two suspects arrested in connection with the
theft of actor John Travolta's Mercedes in Santa Monica last September
were part of a "sophisticated" auto theft ring, Santa Monica
police said Wednesday.
Monica Adopts Sustainability Bill of Rights, Rejects Motion for Constitutional
January 25, 2012 -- Santa Monica's City Council voted on Tuesday
to recognize the rights of natural communities to exist.
the Bay Gets New Team at the Helm
Monica's Priority Projects Move Forward
January 25, 2012 -- Heal the Bay announced a new management team
Tuesday that will take over the Santa Monica-based regional environmental
group when long-time leader Mark Gold departs Friday.
January 25, 2012 -- Santa Monica will be moving forward with some
of its biggest priority projects after the City Council Tuesday addressed
in the list of what are essentially house-keeping issues.
Monica Planning Commission to Take Up Hotel Downtown
January 24, 2012 -- A major new hotel expected to revitalize the
northeast corner of Santa Monica's Downtown district will get a hard first
look Wednesday when the Planning Commission devotes most of its meeting
to the proposed 285-room facility.
to Weigh in on the Future of Downtown Santa Monica Thursday
January 24, 2012 -- Downtown Santa Monica has a new name and image,
and new programs are making the area cleaner and easier to get around.
Now, City and Downtown officials are rolling up their sleeves to craft
a specific plan that will guide development for the expanded area.
Monica Takes Up RDA Funds
January 24, 2012 -- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday will
begin dealing with some of the fallout from the recent California Supreme
Court decision to end Redevelopment Agencies throughout the state.
Frank Gruber Announces Bid for Santa Monica City Council
January 23, 2012 -- Frank Gruber, whose weekly column "What
I Say" has appeared in The Lookout for more than a decade,
has announced that he will run in November for one of four open seats
on the Santa Monica City Council.
Monica Goes Buggy with “OVO”
January 23, 2012 -- That behemoth of popular entertainment, Cirque
du Soleil, has opened its 32nd production, “OVO,” under “le
Grand Chapiteau” at the Santa Monica Pier this week, and, judging
from Friday night’s audience reaction, it should be the hottest
ticket in town.
What I Say --
Farewell But Not Goodbye
So Long, Frank
Jan. 23, 2012 -- Department of Personal Announcements: after 578
“What I Say” columns, today’s will be my last. I’m
going to run for election to the Santa Monica City Council, and one can’t
be a journalist and a politician at the same time (despite what you’d
think watching Fox News).
January 23, 20112 -- When Frank Gruber called us last month to tell
us he could not continue to write his column because he would be running
for City Council, our first reaction was "What about Norman Mailer
and Jimmy Breslin?"
Monica Luminaries Apply for Pier Board
January 20, 2012 -- Some of Santa Monica's most influential leaders
of the past two decades have answered the call to steer the city's historic
Pier in a new direction as it embarks on its second century.
Santa Monica Apartment Owner Now in Compliance
Bloom Optimistic Despite Lack of Groups' Endorsements
January 20, 2012 -- A 350-unit apartment complex on Santa Monica’s
east end is now in full compliance of its affordable housing requirements
after City officials found “widespread violations” more than
three years ago.
January 20, 2012 -- In the wake of several Westside Democratic clubs
endorsing Torie Osborn in the Democratic primary for State Assembly, Santa
Monica Mayor Richard Bloom says he remains positive about his campaign.
Monica's Plans for Bergamot Still Undecided
January 19, 2012 -- The Bergamot Area Plan is still a vision that
has yet to come fully into focus. But last year’s public workshops
to seek input from residents and stakeholders didn’t satisfy concerns
that upcoming changes mean the crowding out of Santa Monica's vibrant
Monica Police Hunt for Bank Robber
Monica Showcased as Success Story
January 19, 2012 -- Police are looking for a suspect who robbed
a Santa Monica bank Tuesday afternoon and fled with an undisclosed amount
January 19, 2012 -- Santa Monica has been highlighted as one of California's
most successful cities by two major state organizations.
Monica's Acting Finance Director Named to Permanent Post
January 18, 2012 -- Gigi Decavalles-Hughes, who has run finances
for the City of Santa Monica for the past four months, has been hired
to become its permanent Director of Finance, City officials announced
Santa Monica Business Goes Out in Style
January 18, 2012 -- One of Downtown Santa Monica's longest-running
family businesses closed its doors last month. Willie and Gloria’s
Beauty Shop, on the street-level of Parking Structure 6 on 2nd Street,
unclipped its last roller Christmas Eve, signaling the end of more than
just an era of changing hair styles.
Monica City Manager Holds Final Community Meeting Thursday
Santa Monica Makes Best-of List
January 18, 2012 -- Residents will have a final chance to talk
directly to City staff about the future of their city, when City Manager
Rod Gould holds the last "Can We Talk?" meeting of the current
fiscal year Thursday.
January 18, 2012 -- Forbes Magazine recently named Downtown Santa
Monica one of the nation's "most alluring" downtowns, citing its
scenic beauty, high concentration of shops and restaurants and "lively
mix of people."
Santa Monica Survey Points to Successes, Challenges
January 17, 2012 -- Visitors continue to give Downtown Santa Monica
high marks for shopping, dining and entertainment, but more of them are
likely to say traffic and parking is a problem than they did five years
ago, a recent study indicates. At the same time, homeless issues are seen
as less of a problem, the study adds.
Prepared for Downtown Construction
January 17, 2012 -- Downtown Santa Monica is poised to undergo
a dramatic facelift, and City officials are making sure residents, visitors
and business owners stay informed about the construction to keep things
What I Say--
Democratic Tea Party?
January 17, 2012 -- The political tsunami triggered by the State
of California’s seismic abandonment of redevelopment is ripping
through local governments.
Wanted for Santa Monica Bikeway Advisory Committee
January 17, 2012 -- With plans for a train to Santa Monica gathering
steam, the City is seeking two qualified applicants to help design the
pedestrian and bicycle commuter path along the future Expo Light Rail
Line. Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. Friday.
Ephemeral Art of Lita Albuquerque
January 13, 2012 --Southern California artist Lita Albuquerque
knows that her work might not ever have the chance to be seen by most
people on earth. She generally travels to the remotest ends of the planet
to create her installations, keenly aware that the ephemeral nature of
her art is what defines her vision.
Good for Santa Monica Tourism
Monica Celebrates the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King
January 13, 2012 -- Coming off a year that beat expectations, Santa
Monica's visitor industry expects further improvement in 2012. Increases,
however, may not match the gains of 2011, which were driven by an upturn
in leisure travel and better corporate business.
January 13, 2012 -- A weekend of events celebrating the life of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. in Santa Monica will culminate Monday with one of
the largest and most diverse celebrations of its kind on the West Coast.
Monica Gets New Planning Commissioner
January 12, 2012 -- For the first time in more than two decades,
the Santa Monica Planning Commission is without an architect after the
City Council on Tuesday appointed Amy Nancy Anderson, an urban planner,
to the powerful board.
Gold Leaves Heal the Bay
Santa Monica Police Substation to Shut Down
January 12, 2012 -- After 23 years, Mark Gold, the face of Heal
the Bay and the environmental group's very first employee, will step down
as executive director at the end of the month to accept a post at UCLA.
January 12, 2012 -- The police substation on 2nd Street in Downtown
Santa Monica will be shut down Friday
Decision Casts Shadow over Positive Budget Report
January 11, 2012 -- The Santa Monica City Council got a mixed report
on the status of the budget over the next two years, with good news about
cost cuts tampered by the looming loss of redevelopment funds.
Comes to Santa Monica
January 11, 2012 -- Cirque du Soleil raised its iconic blue and
gold big top tent in the north parking lot of the Santa Monica pier
Drops in Santa Monica During Holiday Season
January 11, 2012 -- During the recent holiday season, serious crime
dropped 26 percent in Downtown Santa Monica and 5 percent citywide, compared
to the previous year,
Monica Car Wash Part of $1 Million Settlement
January 11, 2011 -- Bonus Car Wash in Santa Monica, which became
the only unionized car wash in the country last October, is part of a
$1 million settlement
Phase Two on Track Despite Phase One Setbacks
January 10, 2012 -- Despite recent construction delays on the first
phase of the Expo Light Rail line project to Culver City, the second phase
to Santa Monica will go ahead as scheduled, bringing the light rail to
the beachside city in 2015.
than 80 Testify for Brownley's Campaign Bill
January 10, 2012 -- More than 80 speakers on Monday testified in
favor of a bill by Santa Monica Assembly member Julia Brownley that requires
political ads to identify their top three funders.
Monica School Board Has New Leaders
January 10, 2012 -- Ben Allen, who burst into the political scene
four years ago by topping the race for School Board, and Laurie Lieberman,
who was the top vote getter two years later, will begin the year as president
and vice president of the Santa Monica - Malibu School Board.
January 10, 2012
Gruber hits the nail on the head in his support for the elimination of
redevelopment agencies. ("WHAT I SAY: Ironies of Redevelopment,"
January 9, 2012)
to Consider Santa Monica's First Universally Accessible Playground
January 9, 2012 -- The Santa Monica City Council will decide Tuesday
whether to move forward with plans to build the city's first universally
Monica College Recognized for its Economic Contributions
What I Say --
January 9, 2012 -- The Santa Monica College is the recipient of
the local Chamber of Commerce's 2012 Economic Excellence Award for its
large workforce, job training programs and "top-quality" education.
January 9, 2011 -- The most significant news affecting Santa Monica
in a long time occurred over the holidays when the California Supreme Court
upheld Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislature’s actions to terminate
Arrest Santa Monica Resident for Sexual Assault of a Minor
January 6, 2012 -- A Santa Monica resident was arrested this week
for the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl he met via a mobile texting
application, and police believe there could be other victims.
Monica Playhouse Soldiers On
Monica Crime Dropped in First Half of 2011
January 6, 2012 -- When Mark Twain was informed, more than a hundred
years ago, that his obituary had been published in the New York Journal,
his reported waggish response was, “The reports of my death are
January 6, 2011 -- Crime in Santa Monica was down by almost ten per
cent in the first half of 2011, reflecting a nationwide trend for similar-sized
cities that saw crime drop during tough economic times, according to the
latest Department of Justice statistics.
Monica's Westside Food Bank Vital in Lean Times
January 5, 2012 -- Since its founding in 1981, thousands of people
from the Santa Monica mountains to LAX have relied on the Westside Food
Bank to provide local food pantries with much needed groceries.
Monica College's Bruce Smith Finds Drama in the Everyday
Study Warns of Israel, Iran Conflict
January 5, 2012 -- When Santa Monica College students see G. Bruce
Smith walking around campus, they might know him as the school’s
genial, smooth-pated public information officer, or maybe as the administration’s
champion for SMC’s Global Citizenship Initiative.
January 5, 2012 -- The Santa Monica-based RAND Corporation released
a study Wednesday that warns that Israel and Iran, once "de facto allies,"
could be headed for military conflict.
of Santa Monica Projects Uncertain in Wake of Supreme Court Decision
January 4, 2012 -- Santa Monica will have to reevaluate many of
its capital projects after California's Supreme Court upheld Governor
Jerry Brown's move to ax redevelopment agencies throughout the state.
Blue Bus Hires COO to Steer Daily Operations
Monica Celebrates Birthday of Silent Film Star
January 4, 2011 -- Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus has hired a New
York transportation official to run the day-today operations for the agency,
which operates a fleet of more than 200 vehicles.
January 4, 2011 -- She was a silent film actress and the mistress
of one of the most powerful men in America, and the love nest they shared
was once called "the biggest house on the beach – the beach between
San Diego and Vancouver."
Monica Made Headlines in 2011
January 3, 2011 -- In 2011, Santa Monica may have made more national
-- and international headlines -- than any city its size in the country.
Monicans Can Help Shape the Play
January 3, 2012 -- Playwright and Annenberg Community Beach House
Writer-in-Residence Lucy Wang is starting off her 10-week residency looking
for inspiration from Santa Monica residents.
of Santa Monica Red Cross Steps Down
What I Say --Let’s
January 3, 2012 -- John Pacheco -- who helped turn Santa Monica's
troubled Red Cross chapter into one of the strongest and most successful
in the system -- retired Monday after eight years as CEO.
January 3, 2012 -- I hope everyone had good holidays. Let’s
face it -- the weather was spectacular.