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December 29, 1991 | CHRISTINA V. GODBEY and Items can be mailed to People, The Times, Suite 200, 1717 4th St., Santa Monica 90401.
Three years ago, Santa Monica resident Sonja Hagel was visiting her husband's family in Yugoslavia. While there, she met Mile Marasovic, an 11-year-old boy from Croatia, who had been burned severely as a child. Although his family had managed to raise funds for several cosmetic surgeries, he was still terribly disfigured. Hagel, an associate administrator at Century City Hospital, wanted to help this young man.
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NEWS
August 18, 1991
Well, the opening salvo has been fired by Santa Monica Councilman Dennis Zane in the campaign to change the charter to pay our City Council. I guess we're to feel sorry for him that he can't make a living and be politically active. Once again a politician is willing to work for us if we'll pay. If we made this a full-time paid position, does that mean he would never burn out? Doesn't he understand that people who hold regular jobs burn out? Perhaps it's time for a career change.
MAGAZINE
June 9, 1991
"The Capital of Hip," by Jill Stewart (April 28), was much too glib. Ten years ago, when Santa Monicans for Renters Rights (SMRR) won a majority on the City Council, we were told that our city would turn into a seedy, seaside slum and that business would abandon the city. The evidence is clear that just the opposite has happened. In fact, as a result of the policies promulgated by SMRR-elected government, our city has prospered while maintaining its diversity. Because we have stood firm to protect rent control, we have been able to provide secure housing for our low-, moderate- and middle-income residents.
NEWS
August 9, 1990 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights and rent control, long the dominant organization and dominant issue in Santa Monica politics, will have to compete for voters' attention in the Nov. 6 city election with issues of growth and homelessness. The more complex political agenda was acknowledged, in effect, by the tenants' organization known as SMRR at its endorsement convention last weekend.
NEWS
May 20, 1990
Why is there such turmoil with Santa Monica rent control and its board? Very simple, it doesn't work. As much as (Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights) and the proponents of this unjust system proclaim that it works, the results are obvious. We have deteriorating apartment buildings, under-the-table bribes for vacant units (which are going to wealthy tenants), an out-of-control Rent Control Board whose budget is greater than the Los Angeles board's. This uncontrolled monster, rent control, forces some of our elected officials to push for unwanted projects, like the airport development, for the sole purpose of increased revenue for the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1990 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dissatisfied with their city attorney's tolerant attitude toward the homeless, a group of Santa Monica residents has launched an initiative drive to make the office elective rather than appointed. Organizers of the initiative drive, who call themselves Santa Monicans for the Citizens Protection Act, say City Atty. Robert M. Myers' policy of not prosecuting homeless people for some misdemeanors has created an unsafe environment, particularly for the elderly and children.
NEWS
March 25, 1990 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dissatisfied with their city attorney's tolerant attitude toward the homeless, a group of Santa Monica residents has launched an initiative drive to make the office elective rather than appointed. Organizers of the initiative drive, who call themselves Santa Monicans for the Citizens Protection Act, say City Atty. Robert M. Myers' policy of not prosecuting homeless people for some misdemeanors has created an unsafe environment, particularly for the elderly and children.
NEWS
August 24, 1989 | SAM MARCHIANO, Times Staff Writer
In the little town of Henley, historic boathouses line the Thames. Whether it is a 60-year-old gentleman in his one-man scull out for a pleasant afternoon on the river, or a heavyweight university team trying to beat its best time, rowing has been, is and looks to always be a way of life in England. And in this particular town, the sport is celebrated in elaborate fashion.
NEWS
June 1, 1989 | TRACY WILKINSON, Times Staff Writer
Six months after her debut on the Santa Monica City Council, Judy Abdo has scored her first notable political victory. But the road to success has been a stormy one. Abdo, reeling from an unusually bitter barrage of public attacks, managed to unite the city's diverse political factions behind an emergency moratorium on commercial development. The 10 1/2-month ban received unanimous council approval last week, after Abdo spent more than a month lobbying her colleagues. But even Abdo, a veteran community activist, recognizes a secondary purpose in her sponsorship of the moratorium.
NEWS
February 18, 1988 | ROSANNE KEYNAN, Times Staff Writer
Gertrude Stein might have said: "A bus is a bus is a bus--but poetry on a bus is really something." Then again, she might not have said it quite that way. But the American expatriate poet surely would have approved of Santa Monica's decision to turn 136 buses into vehicles for poetic self-expression. Beginning this month and continuing until the end of the year, riders on Santa Monica municipal buses will have more to contemplate than ads for cigarettes and correspondence schools.
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