Santa Monica, a Lifelong Learning Community

Lifelong Learning Community News - August 2005...
Summer is zipping along. Just a few notes for August...
From the July 26th Santa Monica City Council meeting: Per "Council meeting Wrap Up" at "SMC BUNDY CAMPUS ACCESS  After hearing from more than 25 speakers, the Council authorized a short-term extension of the temporary pedestrian access agreement.  Council further directed staff to analyze Santa Monica College's 7-26-05 access proposal and to re-engage with SMC and city of L.A. staff on options to resolve outstanding issues related to pedestrian and vehicle access to the Bundy Campus and to include consideration of the college's 7/26/05 proposal, neighbor concerns, Airport staff concerns and Airport Park construction impacts in developing options for Council review (as early as August 9, if possible).  Council also directed that ample time be given for the community to weigh-in on any short- and long-term options to be considered."
 You can read SMC's letter to the City Council containing their access proposal at
(City Council, Planning Commission, Rent Control Board, and School Board public meetings are replayed on CityTV2, Cable Channel 20.)

SMC's Bundy Campus Summer School Session ends August 11th. 181 enrolled students are currently in high school and 126 of them attend Santa Monica High School. Up until a few years ago, Santa Monica High School was able to offer "get ahead" summer school classes to students. The State however no longer provides funding for those services so we are fortunate that SMC is able to fill that gap. (Samohi continues to offer summer school for students who need to retake a class and for students who need to enroll in courses that should have been taken in a previous year. SMMUSD also offers additional support through summer school for elementary and middle school students who are struggling to be successful in school.)

Every year the Santa Monica Malibu PTA Council and the Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation co-sponsor Summer School Adventures, an enrichment summer school program for elementary school students. New this year, they also offered a Middle School Summer School (at Lincoln Middle School) which served 197 middle school students with a fun and productive summer learning experience. 645 elementary school students participated in the K-5 summer enrichment program. For more information on the PTA/Ed Foundation Summer School Adventure Program, please go to
Summer schools are ending but there's still much to do in Santa Monica!
The Cove skateboard park is now open at Memorial Park (check out for hours and fees) and don't forget the opportunities and classes that the PAL Youth Center continues to offer at Memorial Park too. See
On the subject of classes: Instructors Wanted!
The City of Santa Monica is looking for people to teach classes that emphasize "Active Living." Proposals must be received no later than 5pm on Friday, August 12th. For more information and a proposal guideline, please contact the Community Classes office at 458-2239.
The Cove skatepark at Memorial Park is now open, work on Virginia Avenue Park is almost complete, work on Airport Park is about to start, and work on 415 Pacific Coast Highway is being designed. If you'd like to provide input into the design process for the former Marion Davies estate on 415 PCH, please join the e-workshop at
Bergamot Station galleries have some wonderful exhibitions up. I have not been able to visit all of the galleries but spent some time in the G Galleries recently:
In G4, the Ikon Ltd./Kay Richards Gallery, there's an exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints by Jean Michel Basquiat (through August 27th), and in G5, the Rose Gallery, there is an exhibition of beautiful photographs by André Kertész (through August 20th). And, the central corridor of the G Building is featuring 3-D art projects from participants in the first session of Rosie's Girls, an award-winning program of the City of SM for girls in grades 6-8. (The second session begins August 8th. I don't know if there is any space still available but you can call 458-8540 to ask.) For more information on Rosie's Girls, go to
For more information on Bergamot Station, go to
The Convention and Visitors Bureau has a great website for residents as well as tourists to remind us of all the wonderful opportunities available in our community. Bookmark it at and visit regularly!
On a more somber note: The Santa Monica Police Department  recently sent out the following Missing Person Alert:
"Baker, Roland  -   male, African-American, 73 years old, 5' 3", 160 lbs., gray hair, brown eyes, medium complexion; has a beard and a moustache.
 Mr. Baker is missing from his Holiday Villa Hospice care residence located at 1447 17th Street, Santa Monica.  He was last seen on July 28, 2005 between 5:15 a.m. and 7:15 a.m.  He suffers from Alzheimer's disease.
 Mr. Baker was last known to be wearing dark pants, a dark shirt with stripes, and black shoes with his name on them.  He wears a "Safe Return" bracelet that lists a 24-hour hotline to reunite him with his caregivers.
 If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Baker, please contact Santa Monica Police Department Watch Commander (24 hours)
(310) 458-8427 or Investigator Don Doss at 310-458-8928
Refer to Incident # 05-70895"
If you would like to receive SMPD Community emails, please contact Ana Montalvo at Community Relations at Ana.Montalvo@SMGOV.NET  or call (310) 458-8774.
Please be sure to go to (and bookmark) the Lifelong Learning Community website  for calendar listings in August at There are, as usual, a lot of wonderful events available.
We are now updating the calendar section on an ongoing basis so please check frequently and forward information about Santa Monica lifelong learning community events (especially at no or low cost) that we may have missed.
Please also check out "Links" on the Santa Monica Lifelong Learning Community website at

For more information about the Lifelong Learning Community, contact

Louise Jaffe











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