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November 1, 1992
The Santa Monica City Council needs thoughtful and experienced people who understand the long-term interests of the city, people like Paul Rosenstein. Paul is being attacked by the zero-growth element because he does not share their mindless commitment to the status quo, which leads to stagnation. He has worked hard in opposing overdevelopment and in maintaining building and zoning standards. Rosenstein would be a moderating influence between warring factions in the city. SAMUEL AND IRENE ZIVI Santa Monica
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Martha Groves
"Chain Reaction" lives. After years of uncertainty over the anti-nuclear war sculpture's fate, the Santa Monica City Council voted 6 to 1 on Tuesday night to use more than $100,000 in public donations and to provide city funds to cover the rest of the cost of refurbishing the towering work near the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Designed by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Paul Conrad and completed in 1991, the piece is made of tangled chains in the shape of a mushroom cloud.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles County supervisorial candidate Sheila Kuehl is taking aim at rival Bobby Shriver's absences on the Santa Monica City Council, saying the former local elected official should have made it to more meetings instead of "spending so much time in Hyannis Port. " Shriver, who last week announced his candidacy for the west county seat being vacated by longtime Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, missed nearly one out of five meetings during his eight years on the council, a Times review found.
NEWS
October 26, 1986 | ALAN CITRON, Times Staff Writer
Alan Katz delivered his declaration of independence on the day he was appointed to the Santa Monica City Council. Katz said he did not want to be tied to the All Santa Monica Coalition or Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights. On the other hand, he did not want to be opposed by them either. The 33-year-old insurance executive got his wish. Both political factions are staying out of his campaign for a special two-year term on the council, and the independent Katz is heavily favored on Nov. 4.
NEWS
October 18, 1992 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When a field of candidates is large enough to fill two baseball teams, it's hard to tell the players even with a score card. Yet that is the task facing Santa Monica voters as they pick and choose among a jumble of 18 candidates seeking four City Council seats. The size of the field is evidence that Santa Monica is, along with much of the country, in the throes of an election season of discontent, in which the hallmark is voter dissatisfaction with government and politicians.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1997
The Santa Monica City Council has decided to issue up to $18 million in lease revenue bonds to help fund a new public safety building after voters rejected a $29.5-million bond measure to pay for the facility. Police officials said a new building is needed to house the city's police, fire and emergency operations because the 40-year-old headquarters now in use is overcrowded and run-down.
NEWS
November 3, 1994 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the past four years, Bob Holbrook and Tony Vazquez have stood out as the gentlemen of the Santa Monica City Council. While others clawed and back-stabbed, Vazquez and Holbrook built a reputation as go-along, get-along guys. Civility was their method, and they could agree to disagree with no hard feelings. There are similarities in private life too. Both are family men, and both hold degrees from USC, where Holbrook is a professor of pharmacy. Vazquez is a community planner for United Way.
NEWS
October 29, 1992 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Monica Fire Fighters Assn. officials have been fending off what they deem "inappropriate" calls from two irate members of the City Council who are upset by the union president's contention that rent control is not the central issue in next week's city election. Despite lobbying efforts by Mayor Ken Genser and Councilman Kelly Olsen, union President Rob Wirtz said he is sticking to his view that residents should vote for council members who emphasize public safety.
NEWS
July 28, 1994 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dogs in Santa Monica won the right to romp in city parks, beggars were prohibited from panhandling near automated teller machines, and voters may soon decide a bond measure to pay for a much-needed Santa Monica police and fire station. Decisions on the three disparate but significant matters were reached--in all cases unanimously--at an action-packed Santa Monica City Council meeting Tuesday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Bobby Shriver on Tuesday will formally jump into the race for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, injecting the Kennedy-family mystique - and possibly some of his own wealth - into the contest to replace termed-out Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Shriver, 59, the son of Sargent and Eunice Shriver and the nephew of President Kennedy, said he has been pondering running for a seat on the board for nearly a decade, as he watched Yaroslavsky work on helping the homeless while Shriver was a member of the Santa Monica City Council.
NEWS
November 19, 2012 | By Carla Hall
As the holiday season kicks off, it appears there will be no manger in Palisades Park, on the bluff overlooking the ocean in Santa Monica. But there also won't be anything else in the way of religious or anti-religious offerings for the holidays. For six decades, the city had allowed an elaborate panorama of Nativity scenes to line Ocean Avenue. Last year, atheists insisted on equal access. Because the city was legally obligated not to consider content when it apportioned space -- even for the purpose of doling it out equally among applicants of different beliefs -- city officials resorted to a lottery.
OPINION
July 24, 2012
Re "Santa Monica goes too far," Editorial, July 22 Your editorial on Santa Monica's pending ban on smoking in condo and apartment units says the proposal intrudes too far into the "lives and homes of residents. " The law does absolutely nothing to curtail current residents' smoking rights. It covers only prospective residents who, by definition, are not yet residents when they learn that the unit they are considering is a nonsmoking unit. They can choose to reside in a community with smoking units.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2010 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Between blood-sucking mites and the mysterious phenomenon known as "colony collapse disorder," honeybees in California have been dropping like, well, flies. That's why Daniel Salisbury, 47, says the city of Santa Monica should halt its policy of exterminating feral bees and instead legalize beekeeping and create a bee yard that would operate as a temporary holding pen for colonies awaiting relocation to agricultural zones. At the Santa Monica City Council meeting on Tuesday, Councilman Kevin McKeown hopes to win support for a study of whether to amend or repeal the old ordinance that prohibits beekeeping.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2010 | By Mike Boehm
The Santa Monica City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on an "agreement in principle" that could hasten Eli Broad's plan to create a museum next to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to house his 2,000-piece contemporary art collection. City Manager P. Lamont Ewell has recommended approval of the preliminary pact, which spells out both sides' basic obligations but doesn't constitute a final go-ahead. That would have to await reviews of the final design of the $40- to $60-million building and its environmental impact on the surrounding Civic Center area.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2009 | Yvonne Villarreal
The Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to launch formal negotiations with philanthropist Eli Broad to secure the land for a museum he intends to build for his contemporary art collection. In a report, City Manager P. Lamont Ewell proposes that Broad build on 2 1/2 acres of city-owned land next to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. He also calls for the city to lease the land to Broad's foundation for a "token" amount, to supply about $1 million for design and construction, to provide parking and to plant and maintain the exterior landscaping.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1993 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite predictions that they would be inciting the homeless to riot, the Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday enacted an ordinance that in effect will banish meal programs for the homeless from the city's parks and public places. The ordinance requires a permit for a gathering of 35 or more people, with a limit of two permits a month for any one group. Violators will face escalating fines starting at $100.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2009 | Dan Weikel
A federal appeals court has upheld a legal order obtained by the Federal Aviation Administration that prohibits Santa Monica from banning the fastest private jets from its municipal airport until the FAA's review of the restriction is complete. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals left in place a preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge George Wu last May to halt implementation of a controversial jet ban that the Santa Monica City Council adopted in late 2007.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2009 | Sherry Stern
Cirque du Soleil is returning this year to the Santa Monica Pier, where the troupe first pitched its tent in 1987 but hasn't performed since 1999. Saying it had resolved traffic and parking issues, the Santa Monica City Council voted this week to allow Cirque to return to the Pier Oct. 16 through Dec. 20 with its touring production "Kooza." Daniel Lamarre, Cirque du Soleil's president, said, "It has long been our desire that Santa Monica be the site to which Cirque du Soleil returns with its touring shows when we visit the greater L.A. area."
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