CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1995 |
The Rev. James P. Conn, an unorthodox Methodist minister grounded in the civil rights and anti-war movements, came to Santa Monica in 1973 to revive a moribund church. Instead, he shook up the whole town. Whether acting as a minister, political activist, community organizer or mayor, Conn--who leaves his post to begin work today as the "urban strategist" for the United Methodist Church in the Los Angeles region--played an important role in reshaping Santa Monica's identity and values.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1988 |
By the time church was over, James Conn's congregation had planned a vigil against the AIDS initiatives, announced a fund-raising fast for a human rights organization and offered spiritual uplifting to the Hopi Indian tribe. This was a typical Sunday at the church in Ocean Park, a progressive, non-traditional United Methodist Church where Conn, the retiring mayor of Santa Monica, presides. "Preside" might be a formal word for a church short on formalities.
March 8, 1987 |
Overwhelmed by crowds at its traditional Fourth of July fireworks display, Santa Monica officials have proposed beginning the event at 5:30 a.m. to attract fewer people and eliminate some of the traffic and violence encountered in recent years. The early morning show, dubbed "By the Dawn's Early Light," is one of several ideas for Independence Day celebrations that the Santa Monica City Council will consider Tuesday as replacements for the city's trouble-prone July 4 evening fireworks display.
June 15, 1987 |
Authorities arrested 158 people, including actor Martin Sheen and several Santa Monica city officials, during an anti-nuclear demonstration today at the entrance to the Nevada Test Site. Energy Department spokesman Jim Boyer said most of those arrested were charged with misdemeanor trespass and released after being given a citation. Santa Monica Mayor James Conn, City Atty. Robert Myers and Deputy City Atty.
April 14, 1988
Car owners who park their automobiles in their front yards face fines as high as $100 following the City Council's adoption of an ordinance Tuesday night. The new law takes effect May 12 and is intended to help preserve the residential character of Santa Monica neighborhoods.
July 28, 1988
The city's dominant political group, Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights, meets this weekend to choose its candidates for City Council elections in November. The organization will hold its nominating convention Sunday at the McKinley School, 2401 Santa Monica Blvd., from 1 to 4 p.m. Four seats on the council are up for election. Two incumbents, James Conn of Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights, and Alan Katz, an independent, have announced they will not seek reelection.