Around the Bay

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  • Next Steps 2014 Graduation Celebration Thursday, June 12 6pm at Virginia Avenue Park Teen Center.
  • Santa Monica Festival Saturday, June 14 at Cloverfield Park.
  • Pico Library Grand Opening Saturday, June 28 11am-4pm.
  • Robert Henderson will cover the topic of models for community building on Sunday, June 29 at noon at the Santa Monica Baha’i Center, 3102 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica 90404. For more information: www.santamonicabahai.org.
  • Annual Fourth of July Parade 9:30am – Parade route goes up Main Street, starting at Ocean Park Boulevard. The parade is sponsored by the Ocean Park Neighborhood Association.
  • Affordable Care Act – Certain people can enroll through July 15. Call the Westside Family Health Center for assistance with enrollment or problems. 1711 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica 90405 310-450-4773 ext. 206.
  • Santa Monica Youth Report Card is available online at www.santamonicayouth.net. A new services finder helps parents, educators and counselors locate youth services, tutors, and camps. The interactive platform allows interaction with the report card’s data on 50 indicators from 10 databases.

 

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  • Kids With Cameras 2014 “Parks and Recreation” kickoffs Wednesday, June 19. KWC teaches local youth about photography and community, builds self-esteem, and helps youth start a portfolio for use when applying to college. The 6-week program’s culmination celebration will be Wednesday, August 27. Stay tuned for more information.
  • Marketing Committee: Next Meeting: Wed. June 11 | 6:15pm | Westside Family Health Center | 1711 Ocean Park Blvd. SM 90405
  • Mark Benjamin Community Heroes Committee: Next Meeting: Tues, June 24 | 5:30pm | P. Rosha-Zamir’s office |2530 Wilshire Blvd, ThirdFl. SM 90403

Voter Registration

Monday May 19 is the Last Day To Register for the Los Angeles County Direct Primary Election on Tuesday June 3

  • Go to www.lavote.net if your current address is on your current California driver’s license.
  • Otherwise pick up a registration form at the closest DMV, U.S. Post Office, or public library. This application must be completed, signed, and postmarked by Monday, May 19.
  • Key elections in addition to the final candidates for State offices include Henry Waxman’s U.S. Representatives seat for the 33rd District, Zev Yaroslavsky’s seat on the LA County Board of Supervisors, the State Senate seat for the 26th District, and the LA County Sheriff. Key propositions include #41: Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014; and #42: Public Records, Open Meetings, State Reimbursement to Local Agencies, Legislative Constitutional Amendment.
  • If you or someone you know needs assistance in Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese, call the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office at (800) 481-8683 or visit 12400 Imperial Highway in Norwalk.

Around the Bay

Featuring the news and activities of the HRC’s partners and friends

  • Westside Family Health Center www.wfhcenter.org is hosting its next free Lunch & Learn health seminar: “Connecting at the Neck: How Can We Reconnect All Aspects of our Mind, Body and Spirit to Become Healthier?” Wed, May 21 | 12-2pm | Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA  90405
  • Santa Monica Festival Sat, Jun 14 | 10am-6pm | Cloverfield Park, Santa Monica 90405
  • Pico Library Grand Opening – Sat, June 28 | 11am-4pm | Virginia Avenue Park, Santa Monica 90404

 

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Meetings! Meetings! Meetings!

  • Marketing Committee: Deb Farmer (Chair), Carolyn Baugh, Donna Gentry, Albin Gielicz, Linda Greenberg Gross, Rehka Parekh. Next meeting: Wed, Jun 11 | 6:15pm | Westside Family Health Center | 1711 Ocean Park Blvd. Santa Monica 90405
  • Mark Benjamin Community Heroes Committee: John Maceri (Chair), Gary Avrech, Jody Priselac, Perry Roshan-Zamir, Lise Reilly, Julie Rusk. Next Meeting: Tues, May 20 | 5:30pm | P. Rosha-Zamir’s office |2530 Wilshire Blvd, ThirdFl. Santa Monica 90403
  • Advocacy & Response Committee: Michele Wittig (Co-Chair), Sheila Banani (Co-Chair), Susan Annett, Gary Avrech, Janet Bregar, Sherri Lee-Lewis, Julie Rusk. Next Meeting: Thurs, May 21 | 5:00pm | S. Banani residence | 2320 Alta Ave. Santa Monica 90402
  • Kids With Cameras Committee: Scott Ferguson (Chair) Next meeting: Wed, Jun 4 | 11am | JAMS Boys and Girls Club, 2441 16th at Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica 90405

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HRC/SMC Public Policy Institute partnership—The PPI Spring Symposium’s theme is “Art and Citizenship.” HRC directors are invited to attend an Art Walk to view various presentations throughout the SMC Main Campus, followed by a luncheon on Tuesday, May 13. The focus for the reflections piece during the luncheon is inspired by the HRC: “How can art support a respectful and socially just community?” Please RSVP to Carolyn or Maria.

Meetings! Meetings! Meetings!

Kids With Cameras Committee: Scott Ferguson (Chair), Chris LeGagnoux (Co-Chair),  Laura Rosenbaum (Co-Chair), Ilda Jiménez y West, Maria Rodriguez, Perry Roshan-Zamir. Next Meeting:  Tues, Apr 1 | 10:30am | Boys and Girls Club satellite station at John Adams Middle School | 2441 Sixteenth St SM 90405

Advocacy & Response Committee: Michele Wittig (Co-Chair), Sheila Banani (Co-Chair), Susan Annett, Gary Avrech, Janet Bregar, Sherri Lee-Lewis, Julie Rusk. Next Meeting: Thurs, Apr 10 | 4:00-5:45pm | S. Banani residence | 2320 Alta Ave. SM

Marketing Committee: Deb Farmer (Chair), Carolyn Baugh, Donna Gentry, Albin Gielicz, Linda Greenberg Gross, Rehka Parekh. Next Meeting: Mon. Apr. 14 | 6:15pm | Westside Family Health Center | 1711 Ocean Park Blvd. SM 90405

Mark Benjamin Community Heroes Committee: John Maceri (Chair), Gary Avrech, Jody Priselac, Perry Roshan-Zamir, Julie Rusk. Next Meeting: Tues, Apr 15 | 5:30pm | P. Rosha-Zamir’s office |2530 Wilshire Blvd, Third Fl. SM 90403

 

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Dr. Stephen Phelps, Physicist, April 13 — A Sunday Gathering entitled, “Social Change and Spiritual Transformation” will be led by Dr. Phelps. Sun, Apr 13 | 12:00pm | Santa Monica Bahá’í Center | 3102 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica 90404

Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation PIER PARTY! April 27 — Join in a fun day at Pacific Park with rides, games, entertainment, food and raffles benefitting all Santa Monica-Malibu schools and the Vision for Student Success. Everyone must buy a ticket to enter. Wristbands are good for the entire day. Sunday, Apr 27 | 10am-2pm | Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier | tickets at pierparty.org

Spring Cleaning Clothes-Out April 27 A clothing exchange to benefit the Ocean Park Community Center. Sun, Apr 27 | 1:00pm | Church In Ocean Park | 235 Hill St., Santa Monica 90405

Santa Monica Festival Sat, Jun 14 | Cloverfield Park, Santa Monica 90405

Pico Library Grand Opening – Sat, Jun 28 | Virginia Avenue Park, Santa Monica 90404

Around the Bay

featuring the news and activities of the HRC’s partners and friends

MARCH 15: 40th Birthday Bash—Get your tickets for the Westside Family Health Center’s 40th anniversary celebration of its past, present, and future. Sat Mar 15 | 7-11pm Food, Drink, Dancing, Silent Auction | 8:30pm Live Auction | Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica | 530 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica 90405 | tickets at wfhcenter.org

MARCH 19: Pico Spring Mixer—Don’t miss the Pico Improvement Organization’s first mixer of 2014. Join the PIO for refreshments, door prizes, and more! The PIO is committed to promoting business and commerce within the Santa Monica Pico Blvd Business Improvement area. The PIO is committed to promoting goodwill between the business community and the residential areas immediately adjacent to the Boulevard. Wed Mar 19 | 5:30-7pm | Vidiots| 302 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica 90405  

APRIL 27: The Ed Foundation’s Pier Party—Save the date for fun at the Santa Monica Pier to benefit our students, our schools, and our community in support of the SMMUSD Vision for Student Success. Ticket Level 1: $25 or 5 for $100 includes wristband for unlimited rides. Ticket Level 2: $50 includes wristband for unlimited rides, 5 games tickets and a meal ticket. VIP event: $175 includes unlimited rides, 5 game tickets, brunch prepared by exclusive restaurants and parking pass. Contact [email protected] or 310-396-4557. Sun, Apr 27 | 10am-2pm | Palisades Park 

APRIL 27: Spring Cleaning Clothes-Out—The Church in Ocean Park’s next clothing exchange will benefit the Ocean Park Community Center. Sun, Apr 27| 1:00pm | CIOP, 235 Hill St, Santa Monica 90405

NEW Community Civic Engagement Strategy—The Office of the Santa Monica City Manager recently raised civic engagement to the level of an initiative with the unanimous support of the City Council. The hope of the Community Civic Engagement Strategy (CCES) is to complement the extant level of engagement in Santa Monica by increasing the number and spectrum of residents who are involved in the civic process of local governance, decision-making, and access to local government. The strategy seeks to create more transparency, two-way dialogue, and greater synergy. The first of various rollouts that are planned for the next two years is The People’s Academy—a free seven-week course about local government in Santa Monica. Twenty residents will be selected from the applications received through March 5th, and will meet once a week from April through mid-May. Seven two-hour sessions are designed for the participant residents to “better understand how to get things done, and ways to become more informed and connected with the community.” Follow the academy at http://academy.smgov.net.

NEW Pico Branch Library—The excitement over the new Pico Branch Library is increasing. The new staff has started to meet. The grand opening is being planned. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

 

Kids With Cameras

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WELCOME Co-Chairs—Maria Rodriguez, the HRC V.P. of Programs, has recruited two new co-chairs for Kids with Cameras committee. Thank you, Maria! She shares the following introductions:

Chris LeGagnoux has been an education volunteer both in the classroom and on the Executive Board of the Santa Monica-Malibu PTA Council.  She has taught regular and special education in the District with a Bilingual Certificate in Spanish. She and her husband have been long-time Santa Monica residents and are the parents of two (twins) Samohi graduates who are currently college sophomores.

Laura L. Rosenbaum is a strategic business and marketing strategist.  In her many executive level-roles in financial services at such firms as Wells Fargo, Washington Mutual, National City Bank, and her consulting work with financial services firms and providers, she successfully led strategic planning, brand and product management, and sales development initiatives.  An active member of the Santa Monica-Malibu education community, Laura been has an active member of the Santa Monica-Malibu education community at SMASH, Crossroads School and Santa Monica-Malibu PTA Council, including SMASH PTSA President, SMMPTA Council President and co-chair of the Inclusion and Involvement Committee, and Crossroads Parents Association Upper School President.

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Five HRC Directors have received prestigious recognition for serving the needs of the community:

Janie Yuguchi Gates—State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, announced that SMMUSD’s Olympic High School under the direction of Principal Janie Gates has been selected as a Model Continuation High School for 2014. The annual, statewide recognition program commends schools for exemplary program effectiveness in school management, curriculum, instructional strategies, educational climate, guidance, and counseling. According to Torlakson, the innovative programs at Principal Gates’ school “demonstrate an enduring commitment to provide young people with the educational options and support services they need to successfully complete high school.”

Jacqueline A. Seabrooks—The Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women, the Organization of Women Leaders (OWL), and the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce will honor Santa Monica Chief of Police Jacqueline Seabrooks at its annual networking breakfast on Friday, March 7th in celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. The OWL Award celebrates the commitment, courage, and character of top women business leaders. Chief Seabrooks is recognized as a hard-working leader in her community and for the outstanding achievement of reducing the crime rates in Santa Monica.

Sandra Lyon—Region 14 of the Association of California School Administrators named Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Sandra Lyon as its Regional Superintendent of the Year for her outstanding leadership. According the SMMUSD Board Member Laurie Lieberman, Sandra Lyon views her work as an ‘occupassion’ and the district is the fortunate beneficiary of the Superintendent’s character, leadership skills, and level of accomplishment. “She is an exceptional team-builder, communicator, and collaborative problem-solver who works tirelessly to address [wide-ranging] issues.”

Linda Greenberg Gross—The Board of Education of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District commended CEO Linda Greenberg Gross for the impressive achievement of its non-profit auxiliary, the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation. Over three years, she built up a dynamic staff, networked with leaders in the Santa Monica-Malibu PTA Council, and raised $3,203.730 from 2,962 donors by January 31, 2014, for the inaugural Vision for Student Success program. This effort, which will impact the 2014-15 academic year, has already allowed our community to reach new heights of collaboration and cooperation with the objective of ensuring “that every child in every school has every opportunity to succeed.”

Debra A. Farmer—The Los Angeles County Medical Association and the Patient Care Foundation of Los Angeles County awarded the Innovation Award to the Westside Family Health Center. The award acknowledges the center’s innovative ways that it uses its 1,500-square-foot facility and resources for excellent patient care and patient satisfaction. Dr. Troy Elander, President of the Patient Care Foundation presented the award to CEO/President Deb Farmer, saying, “You started focusing on women’s health and then morphed, as was needed… With a wonderful attitude, you seemed to continually be asking, ‘How can we best serve the health needs of this community?’”