Our year-end wrap-up continues this week with what we believe are the most memorable quotes from our local news stories for the second half of 2008. The dates in parentheses are Argonaut issue dates, not the dates the statements were made.
In our January 8th issue we will revisit some of the best comments from our Letters to the Editor pages.
We at The Argonaut hope you enjoy this new year-end format and wish you all a happy and prosperous 2009.
“We’re very disappointed in the court’s decision, but it’s not totally surprising,” Santa Monica Mayor Herb Katz said of the federal court’s decision to put the Santa Monica City Council’s ban on Category C and D airplanes (typically among the faster planes that use the Santa Monica Airport) on hold. (May 1st)
“Materials get more expensive. Fuel gets more expensive. Water gets more expensive — the water that we purchase from Metropolitan [the Metropolitan Water District]. Without a rate increase, we look at depleting our funds for fiscal year ’09-’10,” said Gil Borboa, Santa Monica’s water resources manager, on why the city’s water and waste water rates could increase. (May 1st)
“If we can create local sources of water and reduce our reliance on imported water, that’s a good thing,”
Mar Vista Community Council chair Rob Kadota said, regarding Santa Monica’s Charnock Well Field restoration project. (May 1st)
“It was not a burglary; it was a mistaken location,” said Andrew Stein, attorney of Len Nguyen, field deputy for Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl. Nguyen was charged with vandalism and assault after he tried to enter the wrong condominium unit in West Hollywood, said Rosendahl. (May 1st)
“He learned to sail a sabot around Marina del Rey before he had a bicycle,”
Zac Sunderland’s father Laurence said of his then-16-year-old son, who is currently sailing solo around the world. If he completes the journey successfully, he will become to youngest person to ever circle the globe alone. (May 1st)
“For a couple of years, tensions have really brewed about the RVs (recreational vehicles) parked on public streets and a lot of people are unhappy,” said Venice Neighborhood Council president Mike Newhouse, who has worked to address the ongoing situation of vehicles, primarily RVs, parking on Venice streets for extended periods of time. (May 8th)
“After over three years of dedicated service to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, I find that it is time for me to pursue other opportunities and part ways with an organization that has been a very important part of my life,” said Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) deputy superintendent Tim Walker, who sudden- ly resigned, effective June 30th. (May 8th)
“Both the school board and Mr. Walker believe it’s mutually beneficial for his resignation to occur,” Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) board president Oscar de la Torre said of Walker’s resignation. (May 8th)
“The Green Line is part of our strategic long-range plan, but currently there is no funding for a Green Line. Due to budget shortfalls on the state and federal levels, we are severely limited in our ability to fund new projects,”
said Michael Turner of Metro’s government relations department describing the lack of funding that exists for the extension of the Green Line to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). (May 8th)
“I’ve always wanted my degree. It started out like a hobby and turned into a goal. It’s an honor to be able to graduate with my kids,” said Julie Schultz of Westchester, who graduated from LMU (Loyola Marymount University) in May along with her two children, Cory and Ashley. (May 8th)
“It’s kind of unfathomable, all of the volunteering that people have done for our family. It means so much to me,” said Westchester resident Jackie Hunt, who was left wheelchair-bound after a stroke at age 46 in 2001.
With the help of Westchester community volunteers who worked together over a weekend in late April to give Hunt’s home a makeover, the home is easier for her to access without the help of her children, who live with her. (May 8th)
“It would have extremely serious consequences for Santa Monica and all other California cities. It would be a dramatic erosion of local control,” said Santa Monica city attorney Marsha Moutrie concerning the situation if Proposition 98 passed.
Proposition 98 would eliminate rent control and renter protections, threaten land use planning and jeopardize laws that protect the environment, including efforts to ensure a reliable water supply of clean, safe drinking water and preserve coastal resources.
It did not pass in June. (May 8th)
“Proposition 98 will seriously undermine state and local government ability to protect our environment, increase our water supply and improve our crumbling infrastructure. It is reckless and would tie the state’s hands in dealing with a wide range of critical issues,” said U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein on Proposition 98. (May 8th)
“We believe this ruling represents among the first successful victories halting the runaway development in Marina del Rey. We are elated that the court has recognized the detrimental effect that massive, unchecked development is having on our community’s environmental and quality of life,” Dan Christy, president of the Marina Strand Colony II Homeowners Association, said of a judge’s ruling to temporarily halt construction at the Shores Project, a 544-unit five story development at 4201 Via Marina in Marina del Rey. (May 15th)
“[Legislators] don’t normally have parents coming to see them in Sacramento. We’re letting them know that we’re watching them and we will be watching how they vote,” said Westchester/Playa del Rey Education Foundation president Kelly Kane, who went to Sacramento along with four local parents and several dozen teachers to lobby state legislators and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger against planned cutbacks to education. (May 15th)
“This was an easy choice for Diana and me to make — I never imagined the state would make it so difficult,” Michael Bijon said of not realizing what a hassle it was going to be to do something that so many women easily do when they get married — change their last name to their spouses’. With some trouble, Michael was eventually able to change his last name to his wife Diana’s last name, Bijon. (May 15th)
“It’s devastating to me personally, to all the Treesavers and the community in general. Some might say, ‘Oh, stop whining, it’s only trees,’ but they were gorgeous trees. And most of those 23 did not need to be cut down. Their lives were ended long before their time,” local peace activist Jerry Rubin said of the City of Santa Monica removing 23 ficus trees as part of its $8.2 million Second and Fourth Street Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements Project on the morning of May 16th. (May 22nd)
“The [reductions in the district’s budget] are going to impact us dramatically,” Los Angeles Unified School District board member Marlene Canter, who represents Westchester and Venice schools, said of budget cuts. (May 22nd)
“The moment that it was announced, I called Gary right away. I remember getting all choked up when I heard it and being so swept up in the excitement of the moment, because this was a really big decision,” Venice resident Scott Storey said recalling phoning his now-husband Gary DeLossa when the California Supreme Court ruled on May 15th that it would allow same-sex couples to marry. (May 29th)
“It’s a matter of looking at gay people as equals to straight people in a genetic sense, a civil sense and a philosophical sense. One of my beliefs is that there is still some feeling that homosexuals should not be viewed as equals to heterosexuals,” DeLossa said.
“It is somewhat bittersweet because, while it was a huge victory for gay rights, we’re immediately faced with a group of people who are trying to take that right away,” DeLossa said of the California Supreme Court ruling, knowing that some would try to overturn the verdict. (May 29th)
“It’s a good effort by the city to reach out to the residents and listen to our concerns and the plan to reevaluate the 202 carob trees is appropriate and the right thing to do,” Santa Monica resident Brian Varnum said of the City of Santa Monica’s decision, after a community meeting to reassess 202 carob trees slated for removal and determine whether a phased removal plan for the trees was feasible. (May 29th)
“This bill is one of those truly good government bills. AB [Assembly Bill] 1950 not only puts in place a program that prevents derelict vessels from being abandoned, but it is also one of those rare bills that saves government money by making an existing program more efficient,” Randy Short, a board member with the Marina Recreational Association, said of AB 1950, which gained Assembly approval this month. (June 5th)
“We are disappointed that instead of being a partner in this fight against these outrageous and disastrous budget cuts, [LAUSD, the Los Angeles Unified School District] is being anything but a partner,” A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), said of the school district attempting to deny the teachers union the right to protest over budget cuts. (June 5th)
“I had an epiphany last summer when I turned 50 that life is pretty short and I want to spend quality time with my husband. I want to have a much healthier balance between my personal life and my professional life,” former Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Dianne Talarico said of her decision to leave the district for a superintendent job near San Francisco, where she could be closer to her husband. (June 5th)
“This was an incredible day for the City of Los Angeles and for public education in Los Angeles. I am proud of teachers who stepped up and took a stand against the budget cuts. They were willing to do the right thing for kids,” said A.J. Duffy, president of the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) union, of teachers who participated in a protest against planned state budget cuts. (June 12th)
“I think the revised policy is more detailed and more helpful to individual schools and the district to be able to make sure that our kids are safe, which is the most important thing,” said Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board member Barry Snell, of the proposed revision of the district’s child abuse policy. (June 12th)
“I always had a dream to create a place where all the artistic disciplines would come together in one place. I had this vision and I kept talking to my vision,” Michelle Danner, executive artistic director of The Edgemar Center for the Arts, said of making her dream come true and starting the center in Santa Monica. (June 12th)
“You get addicted to writing because it’s so much fun,”
said longtime Westchester resident Ken Jacobs, of his Westchester-Emerson Community Adult School’s “life writing class,” where he has written about the year and a half he served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. (June 12th)
“It’s very gratifying to know how many kids we’ve been able to help over the years,” said Dr. Clarence Shields, Jr., an orthopedic surgeon in Westchester, who runs a foundation that provides medical, dental and visual care to high school athletes and offers careers in nutrition and sports medicine training. (June 12th)
“The most important thing for me as a most likely descendant, as designated by the Native American Heritage Commission, is my responsibility to the tribe, to the Indian community at large and to the general public, to make them understand it is very important to us that our ancestors have a peaceful, restful place for their repatriation,” said Robert Dorame, the “most likely descendant,” a title issued by the commission that empowers him the discretion to select the final resting place for the remains of his Native American ancestors, on the selection of a new burial ground in Playa Vista. (June 19th)
“All of my memories are here. I didn’t ever plan on having to move from my home. My whole life is here,” Venice resident Darlene Coulson said of her concern that she might have to leave her affordable housing unit at Venice Manor.
She fears that the affordable housing component could be threatened with a plan to construct luxury homes at the site. (June 19th)
“We are not expanding our footprint and we are not increasing our enrollment. What we are looking at is changing the quality of the institution that we are,” Lynne Scarboro, senior vice president for administration at Loyola Marymount University (LMU), said about concerns that LMU is expanding. (June 19th)
“We’re really looking forward to having a field that’s in good condition all year long, regardless of the water,” Greg Brown, SMC’s director of facilities planning, said of the new turf field coming to SMC. (June 19th)
“This project is great for the community, great for the environment and great for the homeless,” Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl said of the 12 new blue recycling bins that came to the Venice Boardwalk, which will not only help the environment, but create ‘green collar’ jobs. (June 19th)
“If it saves one life, it will be worth it,” said Mark Redick, president of the Del Rey Neighborhood Council, on the new cell phone restrictions for motorists that went into effect July 1st. (June 26th)
“Considering that Venice is the birthplace of the skateboarding sport, this is an iconic project,”
said Paul Tseng, project manager with the Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Engineering Architectural Division, of the $2 million skate park planned at Venice Beach. (June 26th)
“I decided that there needs to be a prophetic witness that God loves everyone equally,” the Rev. Janet McKeithen of the Church of Ocean Park said of her decision to perform wedding ceremonies for both heterosexual and homosexual couples. (June 26th)
“People all over Los Angeles and other parts of the state are flocking to public transit because of spiraling, out-of-control gas prices,” said Stephanie Negriff, director of transit services for Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus, in light of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro or MTA) board of directors considering a ballot measure to up sales tax a half-cent for public transit. (July 3rd)
“The kids said goodbye to their principal for the summer. They had no idea they were saying goodbye to her forever — that she’s no longer going to be the principal at their school,” said Charlene Nakamura, a parent of two students at John Muir Elementary School, where the principal of five years, Martha Duran-Contreras, was transferred. Many students and parents found out the day after school ended, when it was too late to say goodbye. (July 3rd)
“AB [Assembly Bill] 506 is an important child protection measure that will ensure that school districts properly investigate allegations of serious misconduct by certified employees of our schools. This measure will also close a loophole in existing law that will allow law enforcement to notify school districts when one of their certified employees has committed serious sex offenses or narcotics offenses,” Los Angeles County deputy district attorney Daniel Felizzatto said of AB 506, which would offer increased student protection following school sexual misconduct scandals. (July 3rd)
“Anytime someone crosses a runway when they are not supposed to, it’s a dice roll as to where aircraft are in relation to each other,” Mike Foote, National Air Traffic Controllers Association union president for LAX Tower air traffic controllers, said after an Los Angeles International Airport runway incursion. (July 3rd)
“My heart will never operate fully normally, but it has gotten me across the finish line of two triathlons,” said Marina del Rey resident Kyle Garlett, a triathlete who had a heart transplant in 2006. (July 3rd)
“I consider L.A. to be sort of the birthplace of my running, so it feels like going home in a way, even though I now consider Eugene home,” said legendary runner Mary Decker Slaney, who served as the spokesperson for Keep L.A. Running. (July 10th)
“Now is not the time to burden the residents of Los Angeles County with yet another tax increase. Taxpayers in our county already pay the second-highest tax rate in California, behind only Alameda County,” said Supervisor Don Knabe, who opposed the sales tax proposal to continue transit projects in progress. (July 10th)
“This agreement between LMU [Loyola Marymount University] and LAUSD [Los Angeles UnifiedSchool Districtr] is a first for public education in the Los Angeles region. It allows for charter-like reform and redesign of public schools from within the district with a unique set of community-based partners,” Shane P. Martin, dean of the LMU School of Education, said of the partnership between LMU and five Westchester schools. (July 17th)
“We’re on the low end of the totem pole in terms of pay. We’re the first face you see when you walk in the hospital. We police the hospital, help you receive information — we’re involved in so many ways,” said Santa-Monica UCLA security officer Carlos Young, one of the service workers from Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center who went on strike for better wages. (July 17th)
“That’s my name. I’m proud of my name. I wanted my name to be a reminder of the ongoing responsibility I have to actively promote peace. It’s meaningful,” Jerry Peace Activist Rubin said of his middle name, “Peace Activist.” He legally added the middle name in 2003 for $300 as a birthday present to himself. (July 17th)
“He has a spotless disciplinary history and I know him to be a person of the highest integrity. He is one of the brightest police minds I have ever worked with,” former Santa Monica Police Chief James Butts said of Santa Monica Police Capt. Mark Smiley, who sued the Santa Monica Police Department for $10 million and claimed retaliation for alleging misconduct by a superior. (July 24th)
“It’s devastating. He was a young teacher who took a vacation, and from one day to the next, he’s gone. It’s a big loss for us,” Santa Monica High School principal Hugo Pedroza said of the death of Santa Monica High School teacher Joey Lutz, who was swept away by a riptide in Panama. (July 24th)
“California is the hot fuel capital of the world and our consumers lose more money than any other state,” said Judy Dugan, Consumer Watchdog’s research director.
Due largely to the state’s climate, California motorists purchase gasoline that is at least 15 degrees warmer than the government standard of 60 degrees. Gasoline expands when it heats up and when it is sold by volume, this results in a hidden increased cost to motorists, which can be as much as an extra eight center per gallon more, Consumer Watchdog says. (July 24th)
“It’s clear that this is another wave in a long, continual tsunami that hits community clinics, but we know how to surf this wave. We’ve done it before.” Dr. Rishi Manchanda, a physician at the Venice Family Health Clinic, said of the severe financial cutbacks to community health clinics. (July 31st)
“We think it’s a great step in the right direction and it will have huge positive impacts on [Santa Monica Bay] and all the creeks in Los Angeles County,” Heal the Bay’s water quality director Kirsten James said of single-use food containers being banned from all city events and facilities in Los Angeles. The ban will go into effect July 1st, 2009. (July 31st)
“We can’t buy our way out of our public safety issues. We can’t keep building more jails and put more police officers on the streets. We have to invest a considerable amount of money into youth development. We have to give kids something to do in order for them not to do wrong,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks, a county supervisor candidate, as he gave a campaign speech at the Mar Vista Farmers Market. (July 31st)
“The Civic has a special place in the hearts of people who live in Santa Monica,” Santa Monica Mayor Pro Tem Richard Bloom said on the Civic Auditorium turning 50. (August 7th)
“I think that it’s disgusting that the governor is using state workings in his battle with the Legislature over the budget. I think that it’s a real cheap shot at the citizens who work hard for the state,” said Susan Hartley, an activist and attorney based in Santa Monica, on the Gov.’s executive order which pushes state workers back to federal minimum wage levels. (August 7th)
“We want to start a new culturally enriching, family-friendly concert series for free at Venice Beach. Venice Beach belongs to the people and if you ask the people if they want a concert series, they’re going to tell you yes,” said longtime Venice resident and record producer Michael “Micky” Schuman, who proposed a free weekly music series in Venice. (August 7th)
“As young adults dealing with the cancer experience, the immediate feeling is of isolation. I wanted to ensure that the students knew they were not alone. You can feel very helpless and passive at times and I wanted to give the students an opportunity to become active and involved,” said Jeffrey Schwartz, Santa Monica resident and Lincoln Middle School teacher who created a support group and discussion forum for students and faculty members affected by cancer at his school. He called it “Kids Livestrong.”
Schwartz, who battled and overcame testicular cancer, received the 2008 Livestrong Award from the Lance Armstrong Foundation. (August 7th)
“There was an incident that we became aware of where someone asked if they could personally take leftover food and donate it, and the restaurant that catered the event refused. That got us thinking about the need for this kind of legislation,” State Senator Jenny Oropeza said of a bill that would allow caterers and restaurants to donate meals to food banks. (August 14th)
“This bill will help those boat owners who are thinking of abandoning their boats to have another option, which is to turn them in to an agency that will accept them,” Assemblyman Ted Lieu said of Assembly Bill (AB) 1950, which he authored, and which would allow boat owners to voluntarily turn their vessels over to county authorities when they can no longer maintain them properly. (August 21st)
“When you’re riding in a car, the scenery just passes by, but when you’re riding on a motorcycle, you have so much more than a visual experience. You feel the heat or the cold and you smell the landscape around you. You’re not just passing by the scenery; you’re passing through it,” said Westchester resident Steve Zickerman, who loves motorcycling and helping those less fortunate. (August 21st)
“Venice has significant parking challenges and this represents a concrete step forward in helping to solve those challenges,” Venice Neighborhood Council president Mike Newhouse said of 115 new parking spaces to serve the Abbot Kinney Boulevard area of Venice. (August 21st)
“It is very exciting to bring my administrative experiences back to a school where I spent the best years of my teaching career. I look forward to working with the students, teachers, staff, parents and the community to making this a positive and smooth transition,”
said Suzanne Webb on being appointed the new principal of Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, where she had previously taught pre-algebra and algebra to eighth-grade students for six years. (August 21st)
“Venice Family Clinic is more than a doctor’s office — it’s a medical home. So we want it to feel like a home. The SPARC [Social and Public Art Resource Center] murals are here to welcome our patients,” said the clinic’s chief executive officer, Elizabeth Benson Forer, on the Venice-based SPARC murals finding new life at the clinic. (August 21st)
“I think it’s important to not lose contact with your past. We’re living it; we’re breathing it. Why not preserve it so we can maintain our identity?” said Marina del Rey resident Willie Hjorth, who, along with Greg Wenger, created the Marina del Rey Historical Society. (August 28th)
“Anything that happens in this Marina happens to its neighbors.”
Said DeDe Audet, president emeritus of the Venice Neighborhood Council on Marina del Rey affairs. (August 28th)
“I always felt that the creative energies that [the entertainers] bring to the boardwalk was amazing. Venice has changed somewhat in the time that I’ve been here, and I wanted, in some way, to preserve that creativity and that artistry that so many people have experienced,” said Marty Poole who collaborated with photographer Rich Wysockey to create Venice Beach: Heart & Soul, a 110-page coffee-table tome of photos and short stories about some of the memorable artists who are a part of Venice Beach. (August 28th)
“This is an Atlantic City boardwalk type of project. It’s a Berlin Wall created around Mothers Beach,” said local resident Bruce Russell on a proposed waterfront development at Mothers Beach in Marina del Rey. (Sept. 4th)
“We used to have two party houses on our block, with maybe 20 to 30 students at one time. Now it seems like there’s ten times as many students on our streets,” said Jess Echeverry, a Westchester homeowner describing how the influx of Loyola Marymount University students attending house parties has grown over the last several years. (Sept. 11th)
“This is a very serious matter. When you have people abusing their positions and, in this case, to smuggle aliens into the U.S., it’s certainly a cause for concern. There’s the potential that it would have an impact on national security,” said U.S. attorney’s office spokesman Thomas Mrozek following the arrest of an elevator mechanic at Los Angeles International Airport who was accused of smuggling undocumented immigrants into the country. (Sept. 11th)
“I didn’t want to be arrested. I wanted to save the trees,” said peace activist Jerry Rubin after his arrest for chaining himself to one of seven ficus trees in Santa Monica that were later removed. (Sept. 11)
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To beat LeBron, I can’t describe it. You only get one shot to do it,” said La Habra warehouse manager David Kalb on beating Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James in a game of HORSE at Venice Beach. (Sept. 11th)
“By hiring people from the community, Whole Foods is showing its commitment to being an integral part of the Venice community and that they want to provide economic opportunities for local employees,” said Councilman Bill Rosendahl regarding the grocery store hiring local residents to work at its Venice store. (Sept. 11th)
“It’s been a success because they can walk or bike to work, they see friends and family coming in to shop, and it’s turned out to be a great experience for everybody,” Venice Whole Foods team leader Mike Bowen said, speaking of the benefits of hiring employees from local neighborhoods. (Sept. 11th)
“This is a historic day for Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica as we begin work on the second-largest facility on the Westside,” said club president and chief executive officer Allan Young at a ground-breaking ceremony for a new clubhouse at John Adams Middle School. (Sept. 18th)
“When you’re in a room and you’re looking at all of those young [faces] who are looking for another way, and you have 3,000 of them who want to change the world, it’s inspiring and it’s heartbreaking,” Nobel Peace Prize winner Betty Williams said at the PeaceJam at Loyola Marymount University, a global event, where thousands of young adults joined forces to engage in “one billion acts of kindness.” (Sept. 18th)
“I think they told [the story] because it was not to their advantage to tell the truth in their mind. In their mind it was important to establish some type of glorious story,” said Mary Tillman, the mother of former NFL (National Football League) star and Special Forces soldier Pat Tillman on why she feels the military sought to cover up his death by his fellow soldiers in a “friendly-fire” accident. (Sept. 18th)
“It is not an easy issue,” Councilman Bill Rosendahl said, addressing the volatile topic of limits on the height of fences and hedges in Venice.
“We need to find common ground on this issue, because there really isn’t any way to [design it] one way or another without a lot of animosity in the community,” said Venice resident Colette Bailey of the need to craft a collaborative plan for fence and hedges regulations. (Sept. 25th)
“Once again, a legal body has ruled against LAUSD [Los Angeles Unified School District] and the heavy-handed way in which they trample on the rights of teachers and health and human services professionals,” said United Teachers Los Angeles president A.J. Duffy after a state employees board lodged an unfair practice complaint against the Los Angeles Unified School District for canceling teacher professional days. (Sept. 25th)
“We strongly disagree with the charge, but we’re not surprised [by the unfair labor practice charge],” said Kate Collins, associate general counsel for the school district, of the state board’s action. (Sept. 25th)
“This has been quite a challenging, long road. It’s been eight years — a long, long time. This is one of those miracles that started with an idea,” said Steven Hilton, co-chair of the St. Joseph Center fundraising committee, of the center’s new building, which was inaugurated in September.
“As I walk through this facility, I am overwhelmed by the magnitude of the legacy that I have become a part of,” said St. Joseph Center executive director Va Lecia Adams at the dedication of the new 30,000-square-foot facility. (Sept. 25th)
“What Microsoft is to operating systems, the Peters Procedures are to the school culture,” said Genevieve Peters, the creator of an educational framework called the Peters Procedures, which some Westchester schools are considering implementing. (Sept. 25th)
“It’s definitely a hot-button issue on campus,” Oscar Borboa, Loyola Marymount University senior and editor of the Los Angeles Loyolan, said referring to complaints from nearby homeowners about what they feel are out-of-control student parties in the adjacent neighborhood.
“I see myself standing apart from the stereotype that many people have about us,” said Adrienne Wright, an LMU senior who rents a home on Holy Cross Place, regarding comments that some neighbors have made about Loyola Marymount students who attend off-campus parties on their streets. (Oct. 2nd)
“In these difficult economic times for airline contractors and for hard-working Angelenos, I am pleased that we have avoided a costly strike by bringing the union and passenger service contractors together to reach a deal,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa after an agreement was reached between airport service workers union and four of nine airline contractors. (Oct. 2nd)
“This will create a safer environment for drivers if they follow the law, and if they don’t and they’re in Santa Monica, our motor officers will cite them once the law is in effect,” Santa Monica Police Department Sgt. Renaldi Thruston said of the statewide ban on cellular phone use without a wireless device. (Oct. 2nd)
“Our friends and neighbors on Purdue Avenue have a real problem. We need to address the problems of our neighbors in that area and what we can do through the [camera] process is post another set of eyes,” Del Rey Neighborhood Council president Mark Redick said regarding his proposal to install security cameras along the Ballona Creek bike path to deter crime instead of locking the path gate. (Oct. 2nd)
“I thought that today was an auspicious day, being the New Year in the Jewish calendar and the beginning of a new seven-year cycle, a year of hope. [October 1st] is the end of Ramadan, so we had a very spiritual 48-hour period, and I was grateful that Robert allowed me to be part of the ceremony,” Councilman Bill Rosendahl said after participating in a sacred Native American ritual with Robert Dorame, the Gabrieleno/Tongva tribe’s most likely descendant.
“I have never allowed anybody to come to the ceremony who wasn’t a Native American. Ancestral bundling is a very closed and very sacred ceremony, but because [Rosendahl’s] dedication and his mediation [with Playa Vista] has been so helpful, it was an honor having him there,” said Robert Dorame, explaining why he allowed the councilman to take part in the ceremony. (Oct. 9th)
“We were willing to work with a developer to help create a project that would be beneficial to the community, but we do not want a mega-development. The size and scale of the project was just too dense,” said Ken Alpern, co-chair of the Planning and Land Use Committee Mar Vista Community Council, on why the council rejected a developer’s proposal to build a mixed-use project at the site of the former Fire Station 62. (Oct. 9th)
“For any nonprofit that succeeds and continues to grow with quality programming for 40 years, I think it’s remarkable,” Cathy Hession, board president for the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, said at the club’s 40th anniversary.
“From a historical context, it’s amazing that you can have a community-based organization last in the same location for 40 years, and in that 40-year history only three have executive directors,” Boys & Girls Club of Venice executive director Erikk Aldridge said on the history of consistency of the club’s executive staff. (Oct. 9th)
“What I wanted to do is create an event that would revolutionize racing and show a clear path as to how to increase its attendance,” said Mike Guccione, founder/organizer of the Saturday Night Races series for the Del Rey Yacht Club. (Oct. 9th)
“He was known for his strong work ethic, outgoing personality and optimistic attitude. He died doing the job that he loved,” Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Captain Steve Ruda said at a ceremony in Westchester where a plaque was dedicated to fallen firefighter Brent Lovrien, who was killed in a blast in May.
“He saved lives at the very last moment of his life,” Councilman Bill Rosendahl said, speaking at the dedication of the plaque. (Oct. 16th)
“The concept of normal weather in the future will become less frequent while extreme weather conditions will be more likely,” said Loyola Marymount University professor Jeremy Pal, who co-authored a new study on global warming findings. Pal was one of the contributing authors on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes (IPCC), an international collaboration of scientists that shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore. (Oct. 16th)
“We can’t afford not to make the necessary investment into this type of work,” said Stan Muhammad, founder of Venice 2000, regarding the need for continued municipal funding for gang prevention programs. (Oct. 23rd)
“My biggest fear so far has been the fear of falling asleep and not waking up for an alarm,” said Zac Sunderland, a 16-year old Marina del Rey resident seeking to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone. (Oct. 23rd)
“It’s complicated and costly to monitor something that’s constantly growing,” Sunset Park resident Zina Josephs said, commenting on a fence and hedges grandparenting clause that the Santa Monica City Council was considering.
“I think it has been a tough issue. I do think it’s inevitable that some people are going to be disappointed,” said Santa Monica Councilman Bobby Shriver on the passage of the city’s fences and hedges ordinance. (Oct. 23rd)
“We’ve seen many times that enforcement can be a gateway to services, and this project has been an effort that’s reached 142 participants,” Santa Monica’s human services manager Julie Rusk said regarding the creation of a service registry of the city’s most chronically homeless. (Oct. 23rd)
“With overdevelopment, we’ve dug ourselves into a hole on traffic congestion. When you realize you’ve dug yourself a hole, the first thing is to put down the shovel,” said Santa Monica City Councilman Kevin McKeown, who supported Proposition T, a measure seeking to limit local commercial growth.
“Really, what it is is a lack of planning by people who are not trained planners. It’s very dangerous and a regressive ordinance. There’s no way I would support this,” said Santa Monica Mayor Herb Katz, explaining why he opposes Measure T. (Oct. 30th)
“[This is] not about serving Santa Monica students; it’s not about education. It’s about expansion and recruitment,” said Phil Hendricks, a Santa Monica College employee who opposed Measure AA, an infrastructure bond to modernize and upgrade the college campus and facilities.
“This bond measure brings us up and is in keeping with all of the other community colleges,” SMC Board of Trustees vice chair Louise Jaffe said of the infrastructure initiative. (Oct. 30th)
“The law is the law, and if you’re an elected official your job is to uphold the law or work to change it,” said Venice Neighborhood Council president Mike Newhouse after his board voted to reject recommendations to revise existing fence and hedges regulations. (Oct. 30th)
“This is an example that shows that people don’t have to feel powerless. When you’re determined, you can get city officials to pay attention to you,” said Dennis Hathaway after learning that the Department of Building and Safety agreed to assist residents of Venice and Mar Vista in recording the number of outdoor advertisements.
Hathaway is a Venice resident who is president of the Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight, an organization that is seeking to reduce electronic and traditional billboards throughout the 11th District.
“It’s a very big task and by far a monumental task to pull this together. It’s very important for us as a department to make sure that the people’s wishes are executed,” Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety assistant deputy supervisor David Lara said at a press conference announcing the agency’s plan to assist the 11th District residents. (Oct. 30th)
“We can’t afford not to make the necessary investment into this type of work, ” Venice 2000 executive director Stan Muhammad said about his request that the City Council continue funding his gang intervention organization. (Oct. 30th)
“I regret to inform you that United States Postal Service may be forced to suspend mail delivery to the residents at the Mar Vista Gardens apartment complex due to continuous threats of dog attacks and gang violence against our letter carriers,” said Al Santos, the senior operations manager for the Los Angeles District of the Postal Service writing to the Los Angeles Housing Authority, which operates Mar Vista Gardens.
“Armed guards is an over-the-top suggestion. I am not going to accept anything less than regular mail service,” Councilman Bill Rosendahl stated after hearing one of the options regarding mail delivery for residents of Mar Vista Gardens put forth by the Postal Service.
“The mobile [postal] units are inside the complex. If [the postal workers] feel safe enough that they can come inside the complex, why can’t they deliver the mail like before?” asked tenant Joann Harvey Dixon, reacting to the decision by postal authorities to send mobile mail units to Mar Vista Gardens instead of direct mail delivery. (Nov. 6th)
“I was concerned that the property that belonged to the public would be sold without any public input and I thought that the community should have a chance to say if they wanted it for a community purpose,” said Venice resident Dennis Hathaway, commenting on a city-owned lot that was saved by his neighbors from being auctioned.
“I believe that once a public property is lost for private use it’s virtually lost forever,” said Grace Godlin, president of the neighborhood group Voice of the Canals on the prospect of losing the lot to auction. (Nov. 6th)
“Anyone in the room not registered to vote should slink out now. This is historic, don’t pass it up,” said Congresswoman Jane Harman shortly before election day. She was reelected on November 4th. (Nov. 6th)
“I’m very appreciative to the people that voted for me. I take it very, very seriously. And I’m going to try to do the best I can like I did last time. It’s great to be accepted in your chosen hometown. It’s fantastic,” Santa Monica City Councilman Bobby Shriver said on winning reelection on November 4th.
“Needless to say, I’m very pleased. Being reelected for another four years is very flattering. It will be the start of my fifth term. That’s a long time,” Santa Monica Mayor Herb Katz said, the day after the election. (Nov. 6th)
“When residents see the amount of pending development in the pipeline that this unleashes, I think they’ll be shocked,” said Santa Monica City Councilman Kevin McKeown, who, along with Shriver, supported Measure T, a local ballot proposal that would have placed an annual cap of 75,000 square feet on new commercial development in the city. (Nov. 6th)
“We have two extremely important issues here. One is healthcare; one is folks’ ability to live with protections and rights in their tenancies and rental units here,” said Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom after the City Council decided to reconsider an extension of the municipal smoking ban to indoor and outdoor common areas of multi-unit residential housing. (Nov. 6th)
“There have been a lot more [repossessions], which isn’t totally surprising, given the economic situation that we’re in. I would say that if people have to decide between their homes and their boats, they’d obviously choose their homes,” commented a bank official on how the economic crisis has affected boat purchases in Marina del Rey. (Nov. 6th)
“First and foremost, we have a constitutional right to be here and to express our passion and our love, and we’re going to make the world see that we’re not going to lie down and accept hatred and discrimination,” said Maurice Carrier, who attended a rally at the Santa Monica Pier on November 11th against the passage of Proposition 8, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman.
“This is the movement of our generation, and it’s really great to see people coming out tonight, gay or straight, to support this,” said Venice native Jessica Otterbine at the Santa Monica rally.
“It is disturbing that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being singled out for speaking up as part of its democratic right in a free election,” said Kim Farah, a spokeswoman for the Mormon Church, responding to boycotts and protests outside the Mormon Church in Westwood. (Nov. 13th)
“It’s a visual asset of the community as well as an environmental reserve,” said William Ballough, a Del Rey Lagoon neighbor and former president of a lagoon neighborhood association on a proposal to build a 13-unit development at the area known locally as “Egret Park.”
“It’s nice housing along the ocean,” said David Schwartzman of D.S. Ventures, who owns the property near the lagoon.
“It would absolutely decimate the migration path of the endangered least tern,” said Ballona Institute co-director Marcia Hans- com, responding to the proposed development. (Nov. 13th)
“In general, it’s very humbling and honoring, especially given the challenging times we face,” said Kesha Ram, a Santa Monica High School graduate who won a seat in the Vermont House of Representatives on November 4th. (Nov. 13th)
“The boat was just lodged in the sand. It was not coming up. The windows leaked, the boat filled with water and there was sand in it,” Nick Campbell of Sea Tow said, describing an unsuccessful rescue attempt of Larry Beane’s 46-foot sailboat, which washed ashore in Playa del Rey during a storm. (Nov. 13th)
“I think we finally have the mechanism in place to get the three holes done,” said Roger Johnson, deputy executive director for environmental affairs at Los Angeles World Airports, on the airport commission’s plan to restore three holes to the Westchester Golf Course, which currently has 15.
“We’re very happy they’re going to put in a par 5 hole, which will make it more challenging — something we all look for,” said Bill Skura, a Westchester resident and longtime player at the golf course. (Nov. 20th)
“Playa [Vista] is gratified that the court found that the City Council acted correctly on this matter,” said Playa Vista Capital officials after a court ruling upheld a Los Angeles City Council decision that no additional environmental review was necessary was needed for underground water systems at the residential development.
“The City Council is allowing Playa Vista to build residential high-rises on one of the largest methane gas areas in the western United States,” said Todd Cardiff, the attorney for the plaintiff who brought the lawsuit against Playa Vista. (Nov. 20th)
“The narrow focus in our decision-making was whether it was consistent with the Coastal Act and whether it would interfere with public access to the beach and commercial areas. With the information we were given, we found that it would not [affect public access],” said Public Works Commissioner Paula Daniels, explaining why her commission ruled against the appeals filed against the issuance of permits for overnight parking districts in Venice.
“The majority of people in Venice don’t want this and it’s being shoved down their throats. No public vote has ever been taken in Venice on this,” Peggy Lee Kennedy, Venice activist said, discussing her feelings on the push for overnight parking districts. (Nov. 20th)
“I realized that, ultimately, one of the best ways to help improve my patients’ lives was to help them get more involved in civic life, and an important part of that is voting,” said Dr. Rishsi Manchanda, a physician with the Venice Family Clinic, who is the founder of Rx: Vote, a nonpartisan effort by the National Physicians Alliance (NPA) to help their patients become more involved in the political process by registering to vote.
“When you are not at the table, your interests are often left off the menu,” said Manchanda, on the importance of voting.
“Any effort to promote civic engagement and encourage more people to register to vote is something that we would view very positively,” said Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/ County Clerk Dean Logan on registering more citizens to vote. (Nov. 20th)
“It was completely humiliating and dehumanizing for him,” said Matthew McNicholas, the attorney for Donald Bender, a Los Angeles Police Department officer who was awarded $3.6 million in a retaliation lawsuit after he came to the defense of a female officer who had filed a discrimination complaint against the department. (Nov. 20th)
“It’s an incredible turn of events to go from the kind of team we were to the kind of team we are now,” Venice High School head football coach Angelo Gasca said, on his team winning five straight games to capture the Western League title after losing their first five games of the season. (Nov. 20th)
“I think the [City] Council as the proprietor of the airport has a federal right to protect the neighborhood and to decide what aircraft can use or not use the airport so long as that decision is reasonably based and consistent with constitutional protections,” said Marsha Moutrie, Santa Monica city attorney, addressing an appellate court that was hearing the city’s appeal on the City Council’s desire to implement a ban on certain aircraft at its municipal airport, which the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) opposes. (Nov. 27th)
“Santa Monica stands alone in unilaterally making changes on aircraft operations over the FAA’s objections,” said Alisa Klein, an attorney from the Department of Justice representing the FAA. (Nov. 27th)
“It’s a huge accomplishment. When was the last time 600 acres of land was saved anywhere in L.A.?” said Marcia Hanscom, co-director of Playa del Rey-based Ballona Institute, regarding the fifth anniversary of the Ballona Wetlands being acquired by the state.
“It is honoring political leaders as well as journalists, and to tie the two together is a very positive thing. This is a celebration and appreciation of how politicians and journalists can work together on a significant environmental issue,” said Councilman Bill Rosendahl at “Celebrate Ballona,” an event held at The Ritz-Carleton Marina del Rey, where politicians and journalists were honored for their work on the acquisition of the wetlands. (Nov. 27th)
“I am honored by the vote of the Democratic Caucus delegation,” said Congressman Henry Waxman following his election to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which will tackle topics such as global warming, among others.
“Along with President-elect [Barack] Obama, this will certainly steer the U.S. in the right direction of addressing the problem of climate change and our foreign dependence on oil,” Loyola Marymount University professor Jeremy Pal said regarding Waxman’s selection to the powerful house committee. Pal has published several studies on climate change. (Nov. 27th)
“Our opposition to this route and the impact it would have is steadfast. I am pleased to have the unanimous support of the Board of Supervisors,” said Supervisor Don Knabe, whose district includes Marina del Rey, on the board’s opposition to the route of a proposed dual force sewer line through Marina del Rey. (Nov. 27th)
“I leave feeling that the district is heading in the right direction,””
said Santa Monica-Malibu Unified school board member Kathy Wisnicki at her last board meeting. After serving only one term on the board, Wisnicki chose not to run for reelection.
“I have learned to be a part of Santa Monica. I have had a great relationship with my students and they’ve had a good relationship with me. It’s on their behalf that I thank you for pointing that out,”
said Santa Monica High School teacher Jose Lopez, who is the recipient of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s first Exceptional Latino Educator.
“He has a lot of experience. He’s a true Renaissance man,”
said Santa Monica High School principal Hugh Peroza, describing LopÈz. (Nov. 27th)
“First stop county, next stop city,” said Jataun Valentine, a Venice resident, regarding the approval of a revised affordable housing policy for Marina del Rey by the Board of Supervisors that includes requirements for very-low-income tenants. (Nov. 27th)
“We support the opportunity to make the center a more attractive venue for our students who are pursuing their education,” said Douglass Gore, the director of the Pepperdine University business school on how the proposed additions to the Howard Hughes Center can benefit the school’s student population.
“The cumulative development that surrounds us is a very big concern to me and many of my neighbors,” Myra Kriwanek, a 25-year Westchester Bluffs homeowner said regarding her concerns about the newly proposed Hughes Center buildings. (Dec. 4th)
“This is an important bill that will really benefit the environment and help to keep our beautiful beaches and parks cleaner,” said State Sen. Jenny Oropeza. “But as a result of my personal experience, I have tried to take the initiative to sponsor this kind of legislation. So, yes, Senate Bill 4 is very important to me,” Oropeza, a cancer survivor, said concerning a bill that she is sponsoring that would prohibit smoking at state beaches and parks.
“We think that it’s definitely an important bill for helping to rid our beaches of unsightly debris like cigarette butts,” said Kirsten James, the water quality director at Heal the Bay, regarding Oropeza’s proposed legislation. (Dec. 4th)
“To be able to walk again — how much is that worth?” Harold Leon Bostick asked upon winning a $18.5 million lawsuit after being paralyzed during a weightlifting accident at Gold’s Gym in Venice.
“Justice finally prevailed,” said Bill Chapman, Bostick’s attorney after the verdict. (Dec. 4th)
“Our kids love this school. We feel that we have a gem here and that LAUSD [Los Angeles Unified School District] is trying to take that away from us,” said Lynette Conover, a parent at Playa del Rey Elementary School after learning that the Los Angeles Unified School District was considering closing schools with student enrollments less than 300.
“In the event that there are budget cutbacks, the focus should be on cuts at LAUSD headquarters, and not at local schools,” Bill Ring, an organizer of the Local District 3 Parent Community Advisory Council, said regarding how the school district should refrain from closing schools like Playa del Rey Elementary to save money during the budget crisis. (Dec. 4th)
“This is a milestone in cleaning up our water and becoming self-sufficient,” said Santa Monica Mayor Pro Tem Richard Bloom after the City Council approved the proposed Charnock Well Field Restoration Project, which involves building a water treatment facility to remove groundwater contamination at the Charnock Well Field site in Mar Vista.
“I think Santa Monica took our concerns on the draft EIR seriously,” Mar Vista Community Council chair Rob Kadota said after Santa Monica passed the environmental report for the well restoration project. (Dec. 4th)
“In my professional opinion, a carob tree that has a risk rating of eight or above is too risky a tree to keep in place,” Walt Warriner, Santa Monica city forester, told the City Council on his recommendation of the removal of 189 of the city’s 202 carob trees.
“You know, when the Farmers Market tragedy happened, did we shut down the Farmers Market? When we had the tragedy at our public schools and some of our children got molested, did we fire all the teachers? Look, I’m no tree expert. Trees are going to fall. Trees are going to die. We need to have a policy that manages our tree canopy appropriate to the risk,” said Mark Armour, a board member of North of Montana Association, responding to Warriner’s carob tree removal plan. (Dec. 4th)
“I am so energized and inspired by the many loving and caring people who attended the party to recognize us. They are the ones who are doing so much for so many,” said Westchester resident Denny Schneider after he was honored by the Los Angeles City Council for his longtime community service. (Dec. 4th)
“[December 13th] will be a very emotional day for me and for all of the Indian community and tribal governments,” said Robert Dorame, reflecting on the day that his Native American ancestors remains will be reburied. (Dec. 11th)
“As we go forward with the overnight parking signs, I want to have a place where these folks can legally sleep,” said Councilman Bill Rosendahl regarding his proposed amendment to the municipal code that would allow citizens to sleep overnight in their vehicles in certain areas.
“We’ve seen it work in Santa Barbara and Eugene and it’s in the spirit of what this ordinance would be looking to do,” said Venice Neighborhood Council president Mike Newhouse on designating certain areas to permit citizens to sleep in their vehicle overnight. (Dec. 11th)
“The bottom line on the survey results was that they were evenly divided between those who support the general use of the medians and those who oppose the general use of the medians,” said Lee Swain, Santa Monica’s director of Public Works. Swain was referring to a survey taken regarding the use of median strips for activities other than walking or jogging, which is prohibited by a city ordinance.
“The reality is that you cannot walk down Adelaide, you cannot park a car on Adelaide, you cannot walk your kids down Adelaide. You pick up trash all day, you pick up bottles, people urinate, people leave their personal belongings as they go up and down the stairs,” complained Elaine Culotti, a Santa Monica resident who lives near Adelaide Drive, where exercisers use the steps near her home and the median near Fourth Street to exercise. (Dec 11th)
“A very big burden has been lifted. My heart really does feel lightened now,” said Robert Dorame, most likely descendent of the Gabrieleno/Tongva tribe after a reinterment ceremony of his tribe’s ancestral remains.
“Our ancestors have already taken the journey to another life, so this will be the second time that they will be returned to their final resting place. They should never have been disturbed and removed from their burial ground in the first place,” said Anthony Morales, chief of the Gabrielino/Tongva Tribal Council of San Gabriel, concerning the reinterment of Native American remains at Playa Vista. (Dec. 18th)
“I applaud [the Los Angeles Department of] Recreation and Parks for doing the exercise. It’s starting some very important conversations,” said Chris Nevil, president of the Del Rey Homeowners and Neighbors Association regarding a city Department of Recreation and Parks report that stated that Los Angeles residents would like to see more recreation programs geared toward adult fitness and wellness.
“I think it’s important to get out and see what the people are saying about recreational issues,” said Mar Vista Community Council member Sharon Commins, referring to the city report. (Dec. 18th)
“We were really concerned about saving our school. It’s a wonderful community,” said Julia Chien, a teacher at Playa del Rey Elementary in Del Rey upon learning that the school would not be closed, as officials at the Los Angeles Unified School District were considering.
“Due to the hard work of our teachers, parents and community members, Playa del Rey Elementary is safe for now, but our community cannot be complacent,” wrote Del Rey resident Alan Krumme after learning of the decision to keep the elementary school open. (Dec. 18th)
“There simply is too much perfectly good food being wasted in California. Sadly, too many people are struggling financially and going to bed hungry,” said State Senator Jenny Oropeza, explaining why she resurrected a bill that would permit caterers and restaurants to donate leftover and unused meals to soup kitchens and food banks.
“That’s almost unheard of. We’re seeing the need for food really going up this year,” said Genevieve Riutort, director of development for Santa Monica’s Westside Food Bank regarding a 32 percent drop in donations to food banks in 2008. (Dec. 18th)
“I’m really excited about having the opportunity to give back and serve the school district that raised me, that’s now educating my little niece and so many kids in our community,” said Ben Allen, the newest member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District after he was elected. (Dec. 18th)
“I think it’s great that crime is not as bad but I’d hate to see it turn around and go the other way,” former Mar Vista Community Council chair Tom Ponton said at a community meeting where Los Angeles Police Chief William Briton announced that his department would be reassigning officers from the Pacific Area to help staff two new police stations.
“It’s simply a growing pain we need to go through in an effort to make all of the police stations more manageable and to do a better job policing those areas,” said Capt. Joseph Hinter, commanding officer of the Pacific Area station about losing officers in the departmental restructuring. (Dec.18th)
“It gives me great pleasure to announce that regular door-to-door mail delivery will return to Mar Vista Gardens,” Rep. Maxine Waters announced to residents of Mar Vista Gardens at a press conference.
“Representative Waters really came through for us when we needed her,” said Joann Harvey Dixon, coordinator of the Resident Advisory Council at Mar Vista Gardens, after Waters’ announcement. (Dec. 25th)
“Our focus has always been on trying to protect the students that brought the allegations forward. Now that there seems to be some confirmation by this [guilty plea], we hope that there will be some closure,” Santa Monica-Malibu school board president Oscar de la Torre said after former Lincoln Middle School teacher Oscar Beltran was sentenced to 14 years in state prison on December 23rd after pleading guilty to multiple charges of sexually molesting nine of his female students.
“It’s nice to have him take some responsibility. It was a huge relief and a good decision,” Los Angeles County deputy district attorney Robin Sax said of Beltran’s plea. (Dec. 25th)
“A full six-month moratorium would have been the optimal goal, but the shorter timeline might force the city to focus on writing a good sign policy,” Venice Neighborhood Council president Mike Newhouse said after regarding the City Council’s decision to halt the construction of outdoor advertising signs for three months.
“The good news is that in the 11th District, we’re ahead of the curve because we already know how many billboards we have which are illegal, and how many have switched to digital, thanks to the Department of Building and Safety working in coordination with my office and Dennis Hathaway and his group,” City Councilman Rosendahl said, noting that a number of his constituents had already voluntarily counted the billboards in his district. (Dec. 25th)