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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1996
In the Aug. 22 story about loiterers in Santa Monica, former Santa Monica City Atty. Robert M. Myers is quoted as saying: "My reaction is to paraphrase Shakespeare" Myers said, bending a phrase from Richard III. "For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of freedom in Santa Monica." I believe the paraphrase is actually of a line in "Richard II." SANDER VANOCUR Santa Barbara
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1996
In the Aug. 22 story about loiterers in Santa Monica, former Santa Monica City Atty. Robert M. Myers is quoted as saying: "My reaction is to paraphrase Shakespeare" Myers said, bending a phrase from Richard III. "For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of freedom in Santa Monica." I believe the paraphrase is actually of a line in "Richard II." SANDER VANOCUR Santa Barbara
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1989
A hardship clause for developers facing a citywide commercial building moratorium has failed before the Santa Monica City Council. The clause would have allowed certain projects near approval to escape the moratorium enacted by the council last week. Councilwoman Christine Reed introduced the ordinance, but no one seconded the motion. When asked by a councilman whether the clause would create more problems than it solved, City Atty. Robert M. Myers said, "I do not recommend the adoption of a hardship procedure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1993
Breaking a lengthy stalemate, the Santa Monica City Council has unanimously selected a city attorney to replace Robert M. Myers, who was ousted 15 months ago in a dispute over the community's policies on the homeless. Marsha Jones Moutrie, a lawyer specializing in municipal law with the Los Angeles firm of Richards, Watson & Gershon, was selected late Tuesday night in closed session. The job pays $110,000 a year.
NEWS
October 27, 1991
Kudos to Santa Monica City Atty. Robert M. Myers in his swift, aggressive and righteous removal of the Sorrento Beach fence (Times, Sept. 22). It's a breath of fresh air to see a bureaucrat take care of business in such a pragmatic manner. Volleyball courts have been an integral part of that beach since B.C.--Before Condos. The blatant arrogance displayed by those who erected the fence is too obvious to require further discussion. JOHN M. WEHNER Venice
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1993
Breaking a lengthy stalemate, the Santa Monica City Council has unanimously selected a city attorney to replace Robert M. Myers, who was ousted 15 months ago in a dispute over the community's policies on the homeless. Marsha Jones Moutrie, a lawyer specializing in municipal law with the Los Angeles firm of Richards, Watson & Gershon, was selected late Tuesday night in closed session. The job pays $110,000 a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1992
Santa Monica City Atty. Robert M. Myers' refusal to prosecute all violators of a new law aimed at keeping people from living in the city's parks has triggered an unsuccessful move to fire him for insubordination. The City Council on Wednesday voted 5-2 against dismissal of their controversial attorney; it also refused to order Myers to prosecute violators of the new law. The law was suggested by the city's homeless task force, endorsed by the police chief and passed by the City Council in April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1992
The Santa Monica City Council has rejected a proposed curfew for minors despite testimony from Police Chief James T. Butts that it would be an essential tool against gangs. Enforcement of a curfew in effect since 1948 was suspended last year after City Atty. Robert M. Myers issued an opinion declaring the law to be unconstitutionally vague. Police officials said the proposed curfew law, modeled on a Los Angeles ordinance, addressed Myers' concerns and was consistent with constitutionally unchallenged policies elsewhere.
NEWS
November 14, 1985
The Santa Monica City Council has ordered City Atty. Robert M. Myers to draft an ordinance abolishing the city's Fair Election Practices Commission. Council members said they would retain campaign finance disclosure laws and campaign contribution and spending limits, but called the commission ineffective. The commission was created 11 years ago to investigate complaints of campaign violations. It has no independent power to prosecute, but refers matters to the county district attorney's office.
NEWS
February 9, 1992
I side with Robert M. Myers, Santa Monica city attorney, in his opposition to prosecuting the homeless. However Herculean the efforts, the attempt to criminalize homelessness is doomed to fail, both morally and constitutionally. Prosecuting the homeless only serves to trivialize the meaning of a crime and is a grotesque misuse of scarce public resources. Only from steadfast opposition to the pervasive public hysteria on this homeless issue may spring a concern and a humanity for the less fortunate among us. To sweep these people up and away in police vans, and incarcerate them in jail cells, seems vastly more suited for stray dogs than lost people.
NEWS
February 7, 1993 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A personal ad: Seaside community recovering from messy breakup of intense attorney-client relationship seeks heaven-sent legal mate who has it all--but doesn't flaunt it--for $110,000-a-year job as city attorney. Send resume, including liberal litmus test on recycled paper, to Santa Monica City Hall. After a decent period of mourning the loss of a uniquely symbiotic and ultimately explosive attorney-client relationship, the Santa Monica City Council has launched a search for a city attorney.
NEWS
September 17, 1992 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A week after firing the city attorney, the Santa Monica City Council majority forcefully rejected Tuesday a move by Councilman Herb Katz to study the economics of contracting out for city legal services. Katz said he wanted the analysis because the city attorney's budget of $3.5 million a year is "bloated" when measured with those of comparable cities. He also deemed the legal staff "defiant" for its continuing refusal to write ordinances with which they disagree. Robert M.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1992 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert M. Myers, the powerful city attorney at the center of Santa Monica's contentious debate over how to deal with the community's large homeless population, has been fired by the City Council. The ouster occurred Tuesday night at an explosive public meeting that verged on a mob scene as dozens of Myers' supporters hissed, stomped and vented their fury at his dismissal. "Shame! Shame!"
NEWS
August 30, 1992
The article regarding the forthcoming Santa Monica City Council elections (Times, Aug. 16) is a prime illustration of why every council election is improperly turned into a referendum on rent control by Santa Monicans for Renters Rights (SMRR). This very sophisticated political machine has succeeded in convincing even The Times that rent control in Santa Monica is dependent upon a "friendly City Council." The true facts are that rent control in Santa Monica is built into the City Charter and may be changed only by a majority vote of the people of Santa Monica.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1992
Santa Monica City Atty. Robert M. Myers' refusal to prosecute all violators of a new law aimed at keeping people from living in the city's parks has triggered an unsuccessful move to fire him for insubordination. The City Council on Wednesday voted 5-2 against dismissal of their controversial attorney; it also refused to order Myers to prosecute violators of the new law. The law was suggested by the city's homeless task force, endorsed by the police chief and passed by the City Council in April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1992
The Santa Monica City Council has rejected a proposed curfew for minors despite testimony from Police Chief James T. Butts that it would be an essential tool against gangs. Enforcement of a curfew in effect since 1948 was suspended last year after City Atty. Robert M. Myers issued an opinion declaring the law to be unconstitutionally vague. Police officials said the proposed curfew law, modeled on a Los Angeles ordinance, addressed Myers' concerns and was consistent with constitutionally unchallenged policies elsewhere.
NEWS
August 30, 1992
The article regarding the forthcoming Santa Monica City Council elections (Times, Aug. 16) is a prime illustration of why every council election is improperly turned into a referendum on rent control by Santa Monicans for Renters Rights (SMRR). This very sophisticated political machine has succeeded in convincing even The Times that rent control in Santa Monica is dependent upon a "friendly City Council." The true facts are that rent control in Santa Monica is built into the City Charter and may be changed only by a majority vote of the people of Santa Monica.
NEWS
February 9, 1992
I side with Robert M. Myers, Santa Monica city attorney, in his opposition to prosecuting the homeless. However Herculean the efforts, the attempt to criminalize homelessness is doomed to fail, both morally and constitutionally. Prosecuting the homeless only serves to trivialize the meaning of a crime and is a grotesque misuse of scarce public resources. Only from steadfast opposition to the pervasive public hysteria on this homeless issue may spring a concern and a humanity for the less fortunate among us. To sweep these people up and away in police vans, and incarcerate them in jail cells, seems vastly more suited for stray dogs than lost people.
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