Special Announcement

Join us for a vigil after the grand jury in Ferguson announces their decision. 

WHO: The Committee for Racial Justice, NAACP, Church In Ocean Park, Universalist Unitarian Church, African American Staff Student Parent Support Group, and Pico Youth and Family Center

WHAT: Candlelight Vigil

WHERE:  Santa Monica City Hall

WHEN: We will gather with candles at  5pm on the evening of the announcement unless the announcement comes after 5pm—then we’ll gather on the next evening at 5pm.


What’s going on?

Featuring the news and activities of the HRC

  • Dr. Karen S. Gunn was elected as the 2014-2015 Chair at the Annual Board Meeting on October 28. Immediate Past Chair Ilda Jiménez y West will continue to serve on the Executive Committee with Debra A. Farmer, Treasurer, and Carolyn Baugh, Secretary.
  • December 1st will mark the launch of the new Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards Program. Stayed tuned for an exciting update!
  • HRC Board Member Nat Trives is celebrating his 80th birthday on December 9 with a Birthday Charity Fundraiser “Celebration of Community” at Pacific Park. Donate to one or more of the 30 local non-profit organizations and charities that Nat has served while you enjoy food, rides, music and friends at Santa Monica Pier. Coordinated by the Coalition for Engaged Education (formerly New Visions Foundation). Go to Nat’s Invitation and 3-Step RSVP.


Contact: Laura Rosenbaum  [email protected]  310.729.0278

Contact:  Chris LeGagnoux  [email protected] 310.487.3341

HUMAN RELATIONS COUNCIL SANTA MONICA will Host a Celebratory Photo Exhibition and Reception featuring Kids With Cameras

SANTA MONICA, CA, August 22, 2014 – The photos of HRC-Santa Monica’s Kids With Cameras will be featured in a photo exhibit on Wednesday, August 27 at Bergamot Station, G Building Courtyard, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica.  In addition to the photo exhibition, there is a free and open reception for students and their families and members of the community beginning at 6 pm.

Kids With Cameras, a program of the Human Relations Council Santa Monica, is a 6-week workshop in photojournalism offered to Santa Monica middle school students through collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica, the Police Activities League (PAL), and Santa Monica Family YMCA.  It is designed to encourage students to build both skills and to understand the inter-connections of all members of the community.

Supported by local photographers and other volunteers, the students took photos of life in Santa Monica through a Parks and Recreation lens, in search of ways to demonstrate how a community moves beyond intolerance towards tolerance, and in this way, creates understanding and acceptance of and respect for all people.  The students visited six Santa Monica landmarks: the Fire Training Center, Palisades Park, the Santa Monica Airport, Tongva Park, Woodlawn Cemetery and the Santa Monica Pier.  The culmination event is an opportunity for them to share the results of their work with the community.

Photographer-mentors included program director Fabian Lewkowicz, and photographers Charles Haskell, David Hurwitz and Nick Steers who volunteered their talents and time.  Santa Monica Fire Chief Scott Ferguson chaired the Kids With Cameras program along with volunteer co-chairs Chris LeGagnoux and Laura Rosenbaum.  The Committee included representatives from the three youth service organizations and several members of the community who helped with logistics.

For further information about the Human Relations Council of the Santa Monica Bay Area and its programs, visit www.hrcsantamonica.org.


Around the Bay

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

Aug 23 — Dynamic Consultation: “9 Keys to Unity” with Trip Bartel of the Neighborhood Mediation Center from Reno, Nevada. Online materials at www.9facets.org/9f. Sat, Aug 23 | 12-4pm | Free | Santa Monica Bahá’í Center | 3102 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica 90404

Aug 25 — OPCC Fundraiser Night! Mon, Aug 25 | 5-10pm | 15% of your bill goes to OPCC | The Counter | 2901 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica 90405

Sept 28 — OPCC 50th Anniversary Picnic for Friends and Families celebrating 50 years of providing hope. Sponsorships for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity are available now. Sun, Sept 28 | 1-4pm | Contact Kait Peters [email protected] or 310-2648646 x270.

Oct 1 — Westside Family Health Center’s Lunch and Learn topic: Community Panel on the Biggest Issues Facing Teens in Santa Monica today. Wed, Oct 1 | 12-2pm | Mt. Olive Lutheran Church Auditorium | 1343 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica 90405

Around the Bay

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

Aug 14 — Open House and School Supplies Drive with Assembly Member Richard Bloom. Thurs, Aug 14 | 5-8pm | District Office | 2800 28th St, Suite 150, Santa Monica 90405

Aug 17 — The Role of Women in Building Community: A Sunday Gathering. Sun, Aug 17 | 11:45am | Santa Monica Bahá’í Center | 3102 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica 90404

Aug 21 —  Pico Better Together: Pico Improvement Organization’s Summer Mixer for businesses, neighbors and friends. Thurs, Aug 21 | 5:30-7pm | Lazy Daisy Café | 2300 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica 90404

Save These Dates!

What’s going on?

Featuring the news and activities of the HRC

C*E*L*E*B*R*A*T*E — Kids With Cameras 2014 “Parks and Recreation” Program Culmination. Wed, Aug 27 | 6:00pm | Bergamot Station | 2525 Michigan Ave | Building G

Around the Bay

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

  • 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.


What’s going on?

Featuring the news and activities of the HRC

  • 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