Santa Monica, a Lifelong Learning Community


Lifelong Learning Community News - February 2006...
 
As the new Main Library and Virginia Avenue Park continue to ramp up lifelong learning community services and opportunities, two future-defining land use planning processes are evolving:

LUCE:
At their January 24th meeting, the Santa Monica City Council seems to have taken a pause to more clearly articulate goals for updating our Land Use and Circulation Elements (LUCE). However, based on the public comments and council discussion, it appears there is strong interest in developing the concept of "neighborhood centers" and concerns about providing open space and other amenities to every neighborhood.

OUR SCHOOL PLAN:
While the Council rethinks their planning process, the School District just had a kick-off "Convening" to get their facilities planning process started. The meeting on January 28th encouraged "thinking outside of the box" and mentioned schools without fences, schools as community centers, and also schools that integrate more fully with the community to extend traditional learning opportunities. All of this sounds to me like it might fit very nicely with the City's land use goals and I'd like to encourage community members and staff from both agencies to remain involved in both processes. I'm not sure what the next step is now for LUCE but the next public workshop for Our School Plan is:
  • Workshop #1: "Where are we now?"
    Saturday, February 25, 9:30am-12:30pm
    Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica
    Childcare will be provided. For reservations, call 310-450-8338, ext 100.

Our School Plan is forming a COMMUNITY PLANNING COMMITTEE (CPC) to come up with a set of recommendations to the District Administrators and School Board at the end of the public process. If you are interested in participating in the CPC and/or would like more information, please contact Project Coordinator, Ayde Gonzalez at agonzalez@concordia.com, 310-428-5461. The website for Our School Plan is www.ourschoolplan.com


The new LIBRARY is a hit!
If you haven't been to the new library yet, go! For more information on how residents are reviewing the new library, please read "Patrons Give New Library Enthusiastic Thumbs Up" at http://surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2006/January-2006/01_31_06_Patrons_Give_new_Library_Thumbs_Up.htm

The new facility is being showcased with some wonderful programming. Please be sure to scroll through the many listings in this month's Lifelong Learning Community Calendar at http://smllc.org/calendar.html to find the events that most appeal to you. There is definitely something for everyone!

BOOK (ETC) DONATIONS NEEDED!
Another feature of the new library is the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library Bookstore. The Bookstore is seeking donations of books, both hardcover and paperback, videotapes, CDs and DVDs on an ongoing basis. Sales of all items go directly to support Library programs.

Drop-off is at the Check Out counter where donation receipts also are available. Inspectors are onsite to assist unloading if needed. Donations continue to be accepted at Fairview, Ocean Park and Montana Branches.

The bookstore's hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 1:30-4:30 p.m. The direct line to the store is 310 395 1591. For more information, please contact Kent Lewis, 310-450-9633 or klewis@aol.com.


CITY BUDGET PRIORITY SETTING
This agenda item was carried over to February 14th so there's still time to let the Council know how you'd like to see City money spent. The mid-year budget adjustment includes an upward adjustment of an additional $5.5 million. (See "Council loosens its belt" at http://www.smdp.com/site/archives/012706.pdf). Looking forward to next year and the January 2007 rebasing discussion of the City's annual contribution to our schools, I'm pleased to note that the revenue benchmarks for the first year have all been met and the projections for year two are also good. For those who would like to give input to Councilmembers on additional funding areas for this year, submit your budget suggestions online at http://santa-monica.org/communication/cityforms/budget_suggest_06.htm or attend the meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, February 14th, at 7pm.


WELCOME DR. TSANG!
SMC's new President and Superintendent, Dr. Chui L. Tsang assumes his duties here on February 27th. Welcome!


Now, please take a few minutes to go to the Santa Monica Lifelong Learning Community CALENDAR at http://smllc.org/calendar.html for listings, in chronological order of the above events plus many more, including a new parenting group offered by Family Services,the Santa Monica Historical Society’s lecture and exhibition for Black History Month, a really fun, adults-only Comedy Night benefiting John Adams Middle School PTSA, a Dinner/Dance to benefit John Muir PTA, LOTS of events at the new library, LOTS of events courtesy of Santa Monica College, a performance by our own Santa Monica High School Orchestra at the Disney Concert Hall, and more!
 
Also use LLC Links (http://smllc.org/links.html) to quickly take you to the websites of lifelong learning providers and resources here in Santa Monica.

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