Santa Monica, a Lifelong Learning Community

Lifelong Learning Community News - January 2007...

A slightly belated Happy New Year!
For a recap on major developments in Santa Monica during 2006, please read"Top Stories of 2006" on at

Santa Monica begins 2007 with lots of new faces in leadership positions at all levels of local government and with plans for reorganizing staffs and tackling ongoing issues with renewed vigor.

Richard Bloom is our new Mayor and Herb Katz, Mayor Pro Tempore. Kathy Wisnicki is the President of the School Board and Oscar de la Torre is Vice President. Susan Aminoff now Chairs the SMC Board of Trustees with Rob Rader as Vice Chair. Congratulations to all!

Welcome to Carol Swindell, City Manager Lamont Ewell's latest hire and Santa Monica's new Finance Director. Welcomes also to Samantha O'Neil, recently hired to fill a new position, Director of Government Affairs for the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and to new President and CEO James Lynch.

The work of the new year rightly begins with a focus on funding and process:

Saturday, January 6, 9am-3pm
Special Workshop for Santa Monica City Council
Santa Monica Main Public Library, 2nd floor Community Room
601 Santa Monica Boulevard

This workshop will include information on the School District Joint Use Agreement (Master Facilities Use Agreement) between the City and SMMUSD which provides our schools with a base annual payment of $6 million which is up for re-basing this January.

Also on the agenda, presentations on the economic forecast and mid-year budget, homelessness, the City's reorganization, and planning strategies. You can find the agenda and staff reports at

Tuesday, January 9, 6:45pm
City Council Meeting: Public Input on Budget Priorities for 07/08

City Hall

Tuesday night is the public's opportunity to let City Council know your budget priorities for 07/08. Those who live and work in Santa Monica are invited to participate in the city's 2007-08 budget development process by submitting their budget priority suggestions to the City Council via an on-line form at or by attending the public hearing. You may also fax your ideas to (310) 917-6640 or mail them to City Council, 1685 Main St., Room 209, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Our community has made remarkable progress in supporting high quality public education and lifelong learning opportunities; however, much work remains to be done. Please remind the council that you see this as a quality of life issue and ongoing budget priority.

I'm just going to highlight a few upcoming lifelong learning community events and institutions.
The Santa Monica Art Palette is now online!
Every week the City of Santa Monica Community and Cultural Affairs Department sends out a friendly reminder about art openings, exhibitions, and special events in Santa Monica. If you would like to receive this weekly update, please send a blank e-mail with the word "Subscribe" in the subject line to: or look online at
The Santa Monica Historical Society Museum recently celebrated the lease signing for its future permanent home in the Santa Monica Main Public Library. The new 5,000-square-foot facility is expected to open to the public in mid-2007. To contribute to the $5 million capital campaign for the build-out and operation of the new museum, please call 310-395-2290 or visit
If I could make just one change in our society, I think it might be to require every high school student and/or expectant parent to take a class like this one:

6 week parenting course - Mondays, 6:30-9:36pm, starts January 8
Early Childhood Education 50: Parenting Skills Development

Instructor: Judi Hauswirth
Bundy Campus, Third Floor – Room 329
3171 Bundy Drive
Cost: $20 (1 unit)
Free parking
To enroll go to

This SMC introductory course parenting skills is based on principles of child development, with a focus on active listening, problem solving, developmentally appropriate expectations, and discipline techniques. For additional information, please call Laura Manson-Weingarten at 310.434.3530.
Saturday, January 13, 9:00am - 3:00pm
YWCA Annual Open House
1332 6th Street

Free and Open to the Community! Introduce the YMCA to your friends and family. All guests will receive a guided tour of the facility and a complimentary pass for one week.
Saturday, January 13, 3:30pm
"Through Our Eyes: Santa Monica Teens and Self-Expression"

Santa Monica Public Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium
601 Santa Monica Boulevard.

All ages are invited to attend this presentation and panel discussion. For more information about the presentation, please go to the LLC Calendar at or contact Erica Tang, Young Adult Librarian, at (310) 458-8620.
Monday, January 15, 9am
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Celebration*
Keynote speaker: Reverend Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter Sr.
SM Symphony Commemorative Concert to Follow at 2:30pm

SGI, Inc. World Culture Auditorium
525 Wilshire Boulevard

The free event - which has become one of the largest and most diverse celebrations of its kind in Southern California - is coordinated by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition, a nonprofit coalition whose missions are consistent with King's legacy.

The multi-ethnic, interfaith program will also include inspirational readings, music, and presentations of scholarships. The theme is "True Peace is the Presence of Justice."

For more information about the event, please go to the LLC Calendar at or call (310) 434-4003.

* Last year this event culminated with a march to the new main library. It is hard to believe that the wonderful new library is already (or only) one year old – it has become such an integral part of the community and of course, of lifelong learning!
Saturday, January 27, 10am-noon
Community Volunteer Fair
Fairview Branch Library
2101 Ocean Park Boulevard

Many community organizations need volunteers. Please make time to drop by the Community Volunteer Fair to find out how you can help. Representatives from many nonprofit groups will be available to tell you how your energy, enthusiasm and expertise can be of service to our community. We have planned a representative sampling of agencies serving the arts, literacy, the environment, social services, emergency preparedness, and populations such as at-risk youth, senior adults, women's shelters and more. The Fair is a collaborative effort of the Santa Monica Public Library, the City of Santa Monica Volunteer Program, and WISE Senior Services. For more information, please call 310-450-0443.
As always, there are many more wonderful lifelong learning events listed on the Lifelong Learning Community Calendar at

Please also note that Lifelong Learning Community Links include many local theatrical companies including The Santa Monica Playhouse, Powerhouse Theatre, Ruskin Group Theatre Company, the Morgan-Wixson Theatre, and Miles Memorial Playhouse – listed under "Local Museums and Special Venues" as well as other useful websites. Please use these links to stay abreast of these wonderful local organizations and their offerings. Links can be found at
That's all for now. I wish you a happy and healthy 2007.

Thanks, Cheers, and Onward,
Louise Jaffe

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