Monthly Archives: March 2011

Community Meeting Saint John’s Health Center

Community Meeting for Proposed Saint John’s Health Center
Development Agreement Amendment
1328 22nd Street, Santa Monica


When:     Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Where:    Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard,
Multi-Purpose Room, 2nd Floor

You are invited to attend a community meeting to learn more about and provide feedback on the pending Saint John’s Health Center Development Agreement Amendment.

Saint John’s Health Center proposes to amend its approved Development Agreement with the City of Santa Monica for the Saint John’s Hospital and Health Center Project.  In lieu of constructing an on-site parking structure and the Entry Plaza as proposed by the original project approved in 1998, the Amendment would authorize a modified Entry Plaza and parking program to meet the peak parking demand of SJHC’s various user groups, and ensure that parking that is functionally equivalent to the previously-approved North Subterranean Parking Garage is provided.  The proposed Amendment would allow for the coordinated planning and design of two adjacent Phase II sites approved for health care facilities and subterranean parking.

The parking program and modified Entry Plaza would consist of the following key components:

  • Provide approx. 1,540 parking spaces on Saint John’s property and at leased, off-site facilities.
  • Provide a full-service parking valet at the hospital’s main entrance on Santa Monica Boulevard for visitors, patients, and physicians.
  • Provide a modified Entry Plaza at the hospital’s main entrance on Santa Monica Boulevard (signalized u-shaped drive with new landscape/hardscape design).
  • Implement a new Transportation Demand Management Program to reduce vehicle trips to the facility.

Community comments from this meeting will be provided to the Planning Commission and City Council in advance of their review of the pending Development Agreement Amendment.  For more information, please contact Roxanne Tanemori, AICP, Senior Planner, at (310) 458-8341, or by e-mail at RSVP appreciated to (310) 458-8341.


The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please contact (310) 458-8341 or (310) 458-8696 TTY at least 72 hours in advance. Every attempt will made to provide the requested accommodation. The Main Library is served by the following Big Blue Bus Lines: 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Esto es una noticia de una reunión de la comunidad para revisar el diseño de la applicaciónes proponiendo desarrollo en Santa Monica.  Si deseas más información, favor de llamar a Carmen Gutierrez en la División de Planificación al número (310) 458-8341.



1st Sunday Funday Ride:
Cross-town Traffic

Date: Sunday, April 3

Time: Meet at 9:30 AM; Ride at 10:00 AM

Location: Westwood Recreation Center – 1350 South Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 (on Sepulveda Boulevard side of the park near the Aidan’s Place children’s play area)

This ride is an exploration of some of our favorite crosstown routes. When you are used to driving places on the freeway, switching to bike commuting can be a shock. What’s the best route? Which streets are really bike friendly? How can I avoid hills, dangerous intersections, etc. when getting from point A to point B? Planning a route from a bike map or Google maps is certainly an option, but it’s a lot more fun discovering routes with a group!

Led by LACBC Board Member Greg Laemmle, this ride will help you explore options for getting from the Westside to Hollywood Bowl, Dodger Stadium, and Downtown LA on a day when car traffic is a little lighter. This ride will also hit some key streets in new City of LA Bike Plan, where the addition of traffic calming measures or road diets could make a real difference in making Bike Friendly Streets even more friendly. Meet at the Westwood Recreation Center, and we’ll ride through Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Echo Park, and MacArthur Park (with a lunch stop at Mama’s Hot Tamales). Return through Hancock Park (via 4th Street) and Beverly Hills.

Length: 28 miles. Estimated to last 4 to 5 hours including ride, food, and rest.

Difficulty: For all riders, including beginners. Ride is relatively slow paced, and if you get tired, easy return via Metro 704 (Echo Park and Sunset) or Metro 720 (Wilshire & Alvarado).

What to bring: Water and snacks as you see fit. Tools and tubes recommended. Dress accordingly. Also bring money (for food and possible bus fare), helmet, bike lock, and sun screen.

Weather: Heavy rain cancels the ride, but with light rain or a drizzle, the ride will go on!

Sunday Funday Rides are free and open to LACBC members plus one guest. Interested in becoming a member? Visit our membership page ( or become a member at the ride at a discounted price.

To RSVP or if you’re interested in volunteering as ride marshal, please contact Carol Feucht, Membership Manager, at

Event photo courtesy of Historic Echo Park (

Bill Cunningham New York,
a film by Richard Press

Bill Cunningham is obsessively interested in only one thing—the pictures he takes that document the way people dress. “We all get dressed for Bill,” says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the New York Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Bill has lived in the same small studio above Carnegie Hall for fifty years, never eats in restaurants and gets around on a worn-out bicycle—his sole means of transportation. The contradiction of his monk-like existence and the extravagance of his photographic subject matter is one aspect of his private life revealed in the movie. Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace. Official Web Site

Film opens on Friday at the Nuart and plays until March 31

Special Appearance at the Nuart Theatre (Los Angeles, CA):
Director Richard Press and producer Philip Gefter will appear In Person Friday, March 25 for a Q&A after the 7:30pm show and to introduce the 9:45pm show.



Santa Monica seeking artists to design and create functional bicycle racks!

An idea we presented to the city early last year during our roundtable meetings with then Assistant City Manager Jennifer Phillips and other city staffers including Lucy Dyke and Sam Morrissey.  This is great news!

Public Art Coalition of Southern California

CITY OF SANTA MONICA: RFP – Artist Designed Bicycle Racks

In RFP on March 17, 2011 at 10:34 pm

The City of Santa Monica’s Public Art Program is seeking artists to design and create functional bicycle racks to be integrated into the Ocean Park Boulevard “Green Streets” Project.  This is an exciting opportunity for artists—both experienced and emerging, located in Los Angeles County. We will select two (2) concepts to fabricate for this project and up to six (6) more concepts to develop into a final, fabrication-ready design, with the intention of creating limited editions (not to exceed 5) for use in future City projects.  Artists whose designs have been selected for the limited editions for future City projects will receive a $2,000 stipend to develop a final design suitable for fabrication.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 4, 2011

CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION: Malina Moore, 1437 4th St., Suite 310, Santa Monica, CA 90401; (310) 458-8350;



Bike Event REI Santa Monica,
Take A Seat

From Jennifer Day at REI Santa Monica

We wanted to invite the cycling community to join us for Take A Seat

When:     Thursday, March 31st
Where:    7-8:30pm at REI Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica
Free: Register for the event at REI Santa Monica

In 2006 Dominic created TAKE A SEAT which uses a tandem bicycle as a means of cultural immersion and story telling. In his projects Dominic rides his bicycle over long distances spontaneously inviting those he meets along the way to hop on his empty rear seat and share his journey. Over 2 years he traveled the full length of both Americas picking up over 270 passengers. Dominic’s book and award winning documentary TAKE A SEAT chronicle his adventure covering 18,449 miles, passed through fifteen countries. In 2010 Dominic documented his second adventure: TAKE A SEAT: SHARING A RIDE ACROSS AMERICA. The original series on Universal Sports shares the story of ten companion adventurers of varying disabilities as they assume a spot on a specially designed tandem bicycle for special needs cyclists. Together they journeyed a 4300 mile route across the United States. Come hear Dominic speak about both of his incredible adventures and watch an exclusive sneak peek of the original series that premieres April 4,th 2011 at 9 pm on Universal Sports.

Please spread the word! Hope to see you there!