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May 29, 1997
An Ocean Park neighborhood group presented its concerns about a contentious building proposal to the Santa Monica Planning Commission this week. The proposal to change the Edgemar building from a museum to a live performance theater and increase the size of a restaurant there sparked a heated debate in the community.
August 11, 1988
A Santa Monica apartment project for low-income senior citizens is looking for tenants. The Liffman House, a project in the Ocean Park neighborhood, is open to people at least 62 years old who want to join a community-living arrangement with other elderly people, said Janet Witkin, executive director of Alternative Living for the Aging, which opened the building in January. The 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartments rent for $396 a person. Senior citizens can apply together as roommates or alone.
April 26, 1995
Dora Ashford, 51, coordinator of Santa Monica's Fair Housing Project that pioneered rent control. From 1977 to 1981, Ms. Ashford was also executive director of the Fair Housing for Children Coalition in Santa Monica. In that capacity, she worked for the adoption of an ordinance banning housing discrimination against families with children. Her community activities prompted her to study criminal justice at Cal State Long Beach and to obtain a law degree from UCLA.
August 15, 1997
Water at most beaches bordering Santa Monica Bay received high marks for cleanliness for a second consecutive month, officials from the environmental group Heal the Bay said Thursday. Of the 61 locations where water is monitored daily or weekly for bacterial content, 53 spots received grades in the A or B range for July, said Heal the Bay spokesman James Alamillo. Fifty-two locations received As and Bs in June.
October 9, 1998
In response to opposition from businesses and residents in the Ocean Park neighborhood against parking restrictions, hours of parking meters operation on Main Street will be reduced beginning today. In July, parking meter hours in the Main Street commercial area were extended from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. as part of a pilot program implemented by the city and the Main Street Merchants Assn.
June 17, 1990
In the controversy surrounding the University Elementary School move to Ocean Park we see the interests of UES parents pitted against progress. The proposed relocation of University Elementary School to a site adjoining a beautiful neighborhood park in Santa Monica is an unusual opportunity for the UCLA School of Education, the Santa Monica Unified School District, and parents and children of the Ocean Park neighborhood. By extension, the benefits of this model will extend to public education throughout the state.
December 22, 1988
Dora Ashford, a well-known community activist, has been sentenced to five years in prison for the 1986 shooting death of a former boyfriend. Superior Court Judge James Albracht, saying Ashford suffered from physical and mental stress at the time of the killing, gave Ashford a minimum 3-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter and another two years for using a gun. The sentence was handed down at a hearing Tuesday.
A delegation of parents flew into Sacramento Monday and persuaded State Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig to support their campaign to keep the University Elementary School on the UCLA campus and not move it into the Santa Monica public school system. Until Monday, Honig favored the move because he likes the idea of university-run lab schools in public school settings.
June 21, 2009 | Claire Noland
Frances Dean Smith, a Santa Monica poet known as FrancEyE who was inspired by Charles Bukowski, lived with him and had a child with him in the 1960s, has died. She was 87. Smith, who had been living in a nursing home in San Rafael, Calif., died June 2 at Marin General Hospital in nearby Greenbrae of complications from a broken hip, her daughter, Marina Bukowski Zavala, said.
February 26, 2012 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
Sometimes a change of place is much more than a change of scenery. The way Richard Diebenkorn told it, moving from the Bay Area to Southern California in the fall of 1966 was a catalyst that changed the direction of his painting. Before then, the artist was known for abandoning the mission of Abstract Expressionism and reintroducing the human figure into his work. Six or eight months after the move, and after taking over painter Sam Francis' studio a block from the beach in the Ocean Park neighborhood of Santa Monica, something broke wide open.
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