October 18, 1992
The elections are a few weeks away, and candidates are strategically positioning themselves to appeal to the greatest number of voters. Of course this is true in Santa Monica. Now comes City Council candidate Paul Rosenstein's assertion, as reported in the Times Oct. 1, that he has just been following the development standards in place in Santa Monica, and that "the proper way to slow growth is to change those standards, which he claims he has fought to do." But those who follow Mr. Rosenstein's actions as a Planning Commissioner every week, as I do, know otherwise.
August 11, 1994
Laurel Roennau's recent letter to The Times (Westside section, Aug. 4) presents an inaccurate view of council member Kelly Olsen's actions regarding the Civic Center. She bases her conclusions on an assertion that he presented a motion to the City Council which ultimately permitted increased maximum heights in the proposed RAND developments on Ocean Avenue. Council member Olsen's motion did not raise the maximum permitted heights as stated in the Specific Plan by 14 feet, as Ms. Roennau claims.
May 4, 1995
I read, with interest, the various letters to editor complaining about the Montana Traffic Plan. As a person in business on Wilshire Boulevard, I can add that we have been severely impacted by the Mid-City Traffic Plan, which has eliminated using Arizona Avenue or Broadway. All that additional traffic is now on Wilshire, Santa Monica and Colorado boulevards. When people moved on Broadway, Arizona or the other busy streets they knew there was traffic on the street. Residents now affected had no way to know this would happen to them.
January 5, 1995
In an article in Westside ("Uniting a Quarrelsome Council Tops New Mayor's Agenda," Jan. 1) discussing this year's agenda for the city of Santa Monica, my position (and the city's position) has been misstated on public indoor smoking. This is not surprising since the issue involves two old ordinances (Los Angeles and Santa Monica) and two new ones (state and local). All four take a tough approach to dealing with the harm to the public and to employees from secondhand smoke. The nuances of differences between them leads to confusion and more heat than light.
April 25, 1993 |
Smear tactics are part and parcel of politics, but a recent smear effort in Santa Monica was messier than usual: The perpetrators used cream cheese. Mayor Judy Abdo was one of the victims of the wave of junior-high-style vandalism in the council office. Her nameplate was discovered the morning after a council meeting slathered with cream cheese by someone who is probably not a fan. Councilman Paul Rosenstein was also singled out for defilement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1994
The fractious Santa Monica City Council has broken a weeklong deadlock and named Councilman Paul Rosenstein as the city's new mayor. Rosenstein became mayor after a compromise agreement before Tuesday's council meeting that assured Councilwoman Asha Greenberg of becoming mayor pro tem. Last week, the council made more than a dozen attempts to choose a mayor, but no council member could garner the necessary four votes of among the panel.