Santa Monica, a Lifelong Learning Community

Lifelong Learning Community News - July 2006...

July kicks off with SMC's annual big community picnic and fireworks–

Celebrate America!
Sat, July 1, begins at 5pm, Fireworks at Dusk
Santa Monica College, Corsair Field
16th Street and Pico Boulevard
Admission Free (on campus parking off of Pico - $5)

Bring your family and friends to SMC for an early Independence Day celebration. Come early, picnic on the lawn, enjoy continuous entertainment and special exhibits (with plenty of refreshments available for purchase), and cap off the evening with spectacular fireworks. For more information, please call 434-3000.

Rally to Save the Public Beach Club
Monday, July 3rd at 3:30 PM SHARP!
on the Sand in Front of the Marion Davies Estate
415 Pacific Coast Highway, one mile north of the Pier

  • The community dreamed it up....
  • A foundation donated the $28 million to build it....
  • The Santa Monica City Council approved it....
  • Construction is set to begin in less than a year....

And now four wealthy beachfront neighbors are suing to take it all away!

The Santa Monica Conservancy and Friends of 415 PCH are organizing this BEACH PARTY RALLY. The regional media is expected to cover the event and residents are encouraged to turn out in large numbers. This event is part of a strategy to pressure the neighbors with unfavorable media coverage and to reassure the Annenberg Foundation of strong community support. Free hot dogs, popsicles, music, volleyball, bubbles, kites, kids games, face-painting will be provided but most important is a strong showing of community support for public access to this public amenity. Please come and bring your friends and family! For more information, please go to

Wednesday, July 5th, 7pm

Santa Monica Pier. Free

The Performing Arts Center and Music Academy, PACMA, (formerly The Madison Project) of Santa Monica College is pleased to present "Classical Music on the Pier," a free concert featuring three orchestras, the Santa Monica College Orchestra Winds, Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra and Los Angeles Flute Orchestra.
For more information, please call (310) 434-3430.
Speaking of music on the pier, the ever-popular Thursday evening Santa Monica Pier's Twilight Dance Series has returned! Next up:

Thursday, July 6, 7:30pm
Santa Monica Pier's Twilight Dance Series

Santa Monica Pier. Free
Another great community (et al) event!

Here's more music to benefit a wonderful community organization:

Saturday, July 15, 7:30pm
Center for Healthy Aging Benefit Performance

An evening of music from Broadway and the Silver Screen performed by The Concert Singers and also featuring music by Monika White & Friends
First United Methodist Church, Simkins Hall
1008 Eleventh Street
Free parking underground across from the church
Tickets $25. Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information, please call 576-2550, ext. 363

Since 1948, The Concert Singers have been entertainint audiences with universally loved usic – from Cole Porter to Geroge Gershwin, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Lerner and Lowe. Enjoy this music and at the same time support the programs at Center for Healthy Aging. For more information on the Center for Healthy Aging and to download a ticket form for the Concert, please go to

Saturday, July 22nd, 2:30pm
"Mozart's 250th Birthday Concert Series"

Santa Monica Main Public Library,
Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium
601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Free and open to the public
For more information, please call 458-8600 or visit

To see what else is happening at our libraries in July, please go to

Santa Monica High School Project Echo team places 1st in the nation!!
Funds are needed to send the team to Shanghai for the international competition.

Samohi's nine-member Project Echo team placed 1st in the national Students for Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) competition and are headed to Shanghai on July 31st, provided they can raise the $25,000 they need to get there (and back).

To make a contribution, please send your tax deductible donation of any amount to:
Rebel Harrison
Samohi ROP*
601 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Please make checks payable to Los Angeles County Ed Foundation/ROP.

For more information on the team and the competition, please go to

July 31st is the deadline for senior exemptions for School District's parcel tax for 06/07.
When voters approved school funding Measure S in June of 2003, they included an exemption for senior citizens. Seniors (over 65 by June 30th) who wish to apply for or renew their exemption, must file an application by July 31st, 2006.
For more information and to apply for an exemption, please go to and click on “Senior Exemption.” or call (310) 450-8338, ext. 269.
Applications must be received and/or postmarked no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 31, 2006.
Interim Schools Superintendent Mike Matthews has accepted a new job and will leave our school district after 15 years of great service. He will be deeply missed although fortunately, he lives in Malibu and will continue to be an active, informed, and well-liked member of our lifelong learning community! See

Dr. Matthews' resignation comes at a time when many top administrative positions and secondary principalships are open in the School District emphasizing the essential role of the elected Board of Education and a committed and vigilant citizenry in maintaining focus, continuity, and progress in improving our schools. The Board of Education has been interviewing candidates for Superintendent and rumor has it that very strong candidates have applied for the position. Meanwhile, congratulations to Dr. Ilene Straus who has been appointed as Senior Director of Secondary Instruction.
Also on the schools front...
Congratulations Class of 2006!

Members of the Samohi class of 2006 have received college acceptances at more than 180 universities and colleges including our nation's most prestigious schools. For a listing of college acceptances, please go to

City Budget Approved
On June 20th, the Santa Monica City Council approved a $442.6 million budget for 2006-2007. See “Budget Puts Focus Within” at
The Council included $50,000 in bridge funding to continue services provided by the Infant and Family Support Program (IFSP). The IFSP has been funding by Saint John's as part of the Development Agreement and part of their Community Benefits budget. Saint John's is facing severe budget restraints and has cut back on their contributions to non-profit organizations and schools. The IFSP provides parenting workshops, including non-violent parenting, and Mommy and Me, Baby and Me classes for parents of children 0-3. This includes Spanish language classes every morning at the newly reopened and expanded Virginia Avenue Park. How ironic to finally have the park open and to lose the programming for families. Many thanks to Saint John's for their continued support and to the City Council for also recognizing the importance of this program and keeping it afloat. For more information on the Infant and Family Support Program, please go to and click on "About Us," "Programs," and "Services."
Election Results in, Election Preparations Begin!
  • In the June 6th election, both Proposition 81, a bond measure to increase funding for public libraries, and Prop 82, an income tax to fund voluntary universal preschool for all four year olds, were defeated.
  • School Board President Julia Brownley won the Democratic primary and will be the Democratic candidate on the November ballot when a successor to State Assembly Member Fran Pavley will be voted in.
  • Santa Monica and Malibu residents will also be electing candidates for the Santa Monica Malibu School Board, the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees, the Rent Control Board (Santa Monica only) and the City of Santa Monica City Council. The filing period opens on Monday, July 17th when the City Clerk will hold a workshop for prospective candidates.

Candidates Workshop
Monday, July 17, 8:30am and 4:30pm
Ken Edwards Center
1527 4th Street.

For more information on vacant seats and eligibility requirements, please go to

The School Board is also considering placing a local bond on the ballot to repair and upgrade existing schools and improve educational facilities. A recent survey showed that 62% to 68% of likely voters would support such a measure. Stay tuned...

Thanks, Cheers, and Onward,
Louise Jaffe

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