Santa Monica, a Lifelong Learning Community

Lifelong Learning Community News - November 2005...
By far the most important lifelong learning event this month is the Special Election on November 8th – the outcome of which will depend entirely (as always) upon who among us actually votes. Please be sure you vote on November 8th.
If you are not yet fully informed on the propositions, the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside will be hosting a "Proposition Party"
Wednesday, November 2, their gymnasium
2019 Fourteenth Street. RSVP by Monday, October 31 to 452-3881
Free. Valet parking. Coffee and tea will be provided – feel free to bring finger food to share.
"Come and learn about the 8 measures on the November 8th ballot. Equal time will be given to discuss what a "yes" or a "no" vote will mean. You will learn who is funding each measure and what the fiscal impact will be. There will be a brief time to ask questions. Be an informed voter and make a difference! All are welcome and encouraged to bring friends." (I am the community member presenting "what a no vote on proposition 76 means.")
Local lifelong learning organizations have taken positions on the propositions most affecting education and lifelong learning. The Santa Monica City Council, the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education, the Santa Monica Malibu Classroom Teachers Association and the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica all OPPOSE Propositions 74, 75, and 76.  The Santa Monica Malibu Council of PTAs along with the Malibu City Council and Community for Excellent Public Schools also OPPOSE Proposition 76.  Superintendent John Deasy has written about the implications for public education from Propositions 74 and 76. Please read his analysis online at
Election Day!
Tuesday, November 8th
Elections are won by those that vote.  Please be sure you vote today!
Polls are open from 7am to 8pm.
Find your polling place on the back cover of your Official Sample Ballot, on the web at, or by calling 1-800-815-2666
City Council Meeting
Tuesday, November 8th, 7pm
Santa Monica City Council Chambers
1685 Main Street
According to an article on, a tentative agreement has been hammered out between LA City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor and Mayor Pro Tempore Herb Katz that would provide Santa Monica College nursing and early childhood education students access to the Bundy Campus parking lots. The agreement is subject to SM City Council approval. Read the article at
The Council agenda for November 8th has not yet been posted but you'll be able to find it and the relevant staff report this Thursday at
 Virginia Avenue Park fences come down and the Farmers' Market returns
Saturday, November 12th
Market from 8am to 1pm, "Portraits of a Neighborhood Project" from 10-2.
Although the coming down of fences and the return of the Farmers' Market may not be, in itself, a significant lifelong learning event, the expansion, remodeling, and re-opening of Virginia Avenue Park absolutely is. The Grand Opening Celebration will be on December 4th, from noon to 4pm so save that date! For more information on the activities planned for November 12th, please go to
 Community Conference: Exploring Early Learning Standards Through Play
Saturday, November 19th, 8:30am to 12:30pm
John Adams Middle School Auditorium
2425 16th Street (Pearl Street and 16th Street) Santa Monica
This important conference is a collaborative effort of many Santa Monica Lifelong Learning Community providers including the City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica College, RAND, and SMMUSD for starters. The conference, including lectures and interactive sessions, focuses on understanding and defining the role of play in learning for young children and how to translate that understanding into standards that will lead to high quality curriculum and instruction in preschools. This is an area of emerging and critical need as more and more research confirms the importance of high quality early childhood learning experience and as the state of California moves toward universal voluntary preschool.
For more information including speakers and topics and/or to download a registration form go to  or call Iao Katagiri, RAND Corporation, (310) 451-6974. (You will be asked for the names of the people you are registering, your credit card information, and the name and
contact information for acknowledging receipt of this registration.)
FREE Parking: Available on Pearl Street between 16th and 17th Streets and in the John Adams Middle School Lot, Academic Credit Available (At the Door Only, with an additional $45 by check or credit card; must attend credit session from 12:30pm-1:15pm) Spanish translation will be available; sorry, no childcare for this event.
Also on the early childhood page....
Space is still available for four year olds in the SMMUSD preschools.
Please let friends and neighbors with young children know. They should call SMMUSD's Child Development Services at 399-5865 for more information and to enroll.
SMMUSD's Infant and Family Support Project (IFSP) collaborates with the Santa Monica Public Library and the City of Santa Monica on Monday mornings at Joslyn Park. "Lap time" starts at 9:30am and is followed by "Family Connections" at 10am featuring a discussion led by a well-respected expert. Check out the Lifelong Learning Community Calendar at for information on each week's planned discussion. You can also call IFSP at 452-6132 for more information about this and other programs offered for families and caregivers with infants and young children.
And, fyi, the Samohi Infant/Toddler Center now provides childcare for the children of faculty as well as for high school student teen parents, helping both groups to stay in school!
Save the Date and Buy your tickets TODAY!
FOR THE ARTS Concert Announcement:
DECEMBER 10, 2005 at the Orpheum Theatre in LA
$100 - rear balcony seating
$250  - general seating
$1000 - preferred orchestra

Come see STEVIE WONDER perform and benefit the Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation's FOR THE ARTS at the same time!  This will be an incredible concert and tickets will sell quickly.  Limited seating - please call for your tickets today.  310-559-9334. Don't miss this historic evening!

PLEASE designate FOR THE ARTS as your choice of beneficiary when you order your tickets/package or FOR THE ARTS will not get any portion of your donation! 

If you know of a corporation that would be interested in purchasing a package for Grammy Jam please have them contact the Education Foundation at 396-4557.  Packages are offered at the following levels:  $5000, $10,000, $25,000 and $50,000.

More events on LLC calendar!
There are many, many more lifelong learning events listed on the Santa Monica Lifelong Learning Community Calendar at so please be sure to check the calendar now and throughout the month.
Also use LLC Links ( to quickly take you to the websites of lifelong learning providers and resources here in Santa Monica.

That's all for now. Remember to vote on November 8th!

For more information about the Lifelong Learning Community, contact

Louise Jaffe











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