CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1989
The Santa Monica City Council is considering raising its tax on hotel guests in Santa Monica from 10% to 12%, beginning in October. The transient occupancy tax would bring in an additional $897,000--most of which has already been worked into this year's budget. "We'll be generating revenue, which this city needs from sources that can afford it," Councilman David Finkel said. City Manager John Jalili said a hotel marketing consultant had calculated that the increase would not have an adverse impact on the industry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1995
The Santa Monica Fire Department is handing over one of its fire engines to firefighters in Mazatlan, Mexico, this weekend as part of the sister city program. Eight Mazatlan firefighters have been visiting Santa Monica all week to learn how to operate the 1980 fire engine, officials said. Although the donation was approved by the Santa Monica City Council a year ago, officials had been unable to find a way to get the vehicle to Mazatlan. But the U.S.
April 20, 1989
Santa Monica's Arts Commission approved the corner of 14th Street and Olympic Boulevard for the installation of cartoonist Paul Conrad's proposed statue of an atomic bomb mushroom cloud. The statue, which has yet to be built, was turned down by Beverly Hills' Fine Arts Committee last week. But the Santa Monica panel voted 5-0 to recommend the site in front of Memorial Gymnasium. The offer is also scheduled to go before the city's Recreation and Parks Commission at its meeting Thursday evening.
March 10, 1994
In response to the tenant who complained that "to permit this pass-through (of repair costs to tenants) is to change for all time the face and character of Santa Monica" ("Quake Puts Dent in Rent Control," March 3), I say it's about time! I've been a renter for 30 years in the L.A. area and have never been a landlord sympathizer. Owners of rent-controlled units in Santa Monica, however, I view quite differently. They are unfairly treated by the Santa Monica City Council. How appalling that renters enjoying ocean view apartments at $350 per month think it is their God-given right.
June 28, 1990
The city of Santa Monica will purchase a block of 200 tickets for residents to attend anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela's appearance at the Coliseum Friday. One hundred tickets will be distributed free to teen-agers, and the remaining 100 tickets will be sold to residents for $10, the face value. The city will also provide free bus transportation to the Coliseum. The Santa Monica City Council voted Tuesday night to use Councilwoman Judy Abdo's unused travel budget to fund the tickets.
May 19, 1989
The Santa Monica City Council has passed a 45-day moratorium on residential building permits in a 14-block area north of Wilshire Boulevard. Members of the North of Wilshire Residents Group told the council last week that their quality of life was deteriorating because of construction projects--mostly condominiums--that have brought traffic, noise, air pollution, dirt and litter to their neighborhood. Councilman David Finkel, who originally proposed the ordinance, said the moratorium will allow the council to "stop (construction)
December 15, 1988
The Santa Monica City Council introduced an ordinance Tuesday night that would allow the city to charge people for removing trees, plants or shrubs from city property. Recreation and Parks Director Don Arnett said the ordinance is necessary because the city does not have the means to be compensated for trees and other plants that are destroyed in the course of home improvement or other construction. "Basic city policy is that no living tree is removed from the city," he said.
April 15, 1993
"At Cross-Purposes in Safety Debate" (Times, March 14) captured the essence of the debate over crosswalks. Given the universality of their use, there has been surprisingly little discussion of their quiet disappearance. There were people trying to do the right thing on both sides of the issue, but my hat is off to the majority of the Santa Monica City Council who voted to have the city's traffic engineer figure out a way to make crosswalks safer rather than eliminating them. That hasn't been the traffic engineers' natural approach to the problem over the past 40 years; they prefer instead to protect pedestrians by making foot travel impractical.
January 6, 1994
The Santa Monica City Council and RAND Corp.'s Civic Center "Titanic" have just collided with the iceberg of public opinion. The excuses and rationalization have just begun. It will be interesting to see who survives. After 4 1/2 years of repeated warnings, the council's fifth consecutive major development defeat calls into question the very legitimacy of the city's at-large election process. How can a City Council be so misguided and isolated? On the 2,500th anniversary of the establishment of democracy as a form of government, 8,500 voters of Santa Monica (not such a small minority)