BLACK LIVES MATTER: ACTIONS

BLACK LIVES MATTER

NAACP National Call: Michael Brown Decision
Calvary Baptist Church, 1502 20th Street, Santa Monica California 10:00am
Saturday, November 29, 11/29/2014

To: NAACP and Community
Please know that each and every one of us is needed in this struggle to end
racism in America. The discussions around this issues cover institutionaliz-
ed racism, prejudice between individuals and self hatred – all collateral
damage due to racism in America. The unresolved issue of Racism in America
has orchestrated the events in Ferguson, and will continue to cost human lives
unless we as a nation mitigate racism. The clear and ugly truth is all of us
are vulnerable to the act that occurred in Ferguson or to someone we care for.
All of us have something to contribute and we need your participation. We appreciate Calvary Baptist Church for again opening its doors at a moment’s no-
tice to help address this crisis in America. Please join us this Saturday as
we have to renew our efforts to address the life and death issues of racism
in America

RETIRING MAJORITY SHOULD TRY SILENCE

As we have previously noted, the current City Council will end its run at the conclusion of tonight’s meeting. At the next City Council meeting on December
9,the new City Council will be sworn in and take their seats on the dais immed-
iately.

Santa Monica residents’ relationship with the retiring Council has been tumult-
uous at best, as the Council majority took campaign contributions and orders
from developers and dutifully did their bidding, over the objections of most residents – until Armen Melkonians’ Residocracy restored residents’ autonomy by reviving direct democracy and the residents’ veto power.

Though Sue Himmelrich is the only new Council member, her presence will work
a major change in the Council’s posture and priorities. After decades of too
much, too fast, Santa Monica will finally have serious slow growth representa-
tives at the helm. Replacing Bob Holbrook, who’s retiring, Himelrich joins colleagues Kevin McKeown, Tony Vazquez and Ted Winterer to comprise our first dedicated and savvy slow growth majority in decades.

Mayor Pam O’Connor, who’s facing 31 complaints filed by the Santa Monica Trans-
parency Group, alleging that she accepted illegal campaign contributions, was
re-elected, but ran far behind McKeown and Himmelrich.Mayor Pro Tem Terry O’-
Day, Gleam Davis and O’Connor will be the new minority.

In the recent election, O’Day’s PAC (“Responsible Leadership for a Better Santa Monica”) spent at least $50,000, contributed by developers, led by the Miramar
Hotel and the Edward Thomas Company, peddling O’Connor, and Frank Gruber.

Tonight, according to the Council agenda, O’Day will request that the Council
support the reappointment of O’Connor for the L.A. Metro Board of Directors at
the end of her current term. In an earlier story (see below), we chided the cur-
rent Council for seeking to undertake other tasks that should be left to the new Council.

O’Connor, O’Day, Davis and Holbrook ignored our protests and did considerable damage to this gloriously idiosyncratic beach town, Now they should try silence for a
while.

RESIDENTS TAKE THEIR TOWN BACK

Tuesday’s City Council meeting will be long, expensive and will have its con-
troversial moments. It will also be the current Council’s last real meeting,
as at its next meeting, on December 9, the new Council will be sworn in, and
will take its seats on the dais..

Among other things, during its closed session, the current Council will con-
sider “an interim city manager appointment.” This makes no sense at all, as
said “interim city manager” won’t serve with this\Council, but with the new
Council, as he or she won’t assume the office until the end of January, when
City Manager Rod Gould departs.

It’s also scheduled to approve spending “$300,000” on a two-year “Water Con-
servation Communication and Behavior Change Campaign.” Clearly, City Hall
believes that Santa Monica residents are too selfish, too spoiled and too im-
mature to adjust to the drought – without “strategic communication assistance.”
But will they make house calls?

The Council will also be asked to approve a “Bergamot Station Arts Center
Advisory Committee and Guiding Principles” that will consist of one member
designated by each of the following groups: Santa Monica Arts Commission,
Santa Monica Planning Commission, Santa Monica Neighborhood Council, Bergamot
Station Gallery and Cultural Association, and Santa Monica Museum of Art,
and approve guiding principles for the project. To our knowledge, group think
has never improved art. Or commerce, for that matter.

Though many residents have expressed their opposition to the City’s “outsourc-
ing” custodial and other menial jobs, this Council is now preparing to app-
rove multi-million-dollar contracts, outsourcing such jobs, rather than employ-
ing residents, and providing them with promising futures.

Dominated by a majority of four who took campaign contributions from develop-
ers and dutifully did their bidding, this Council’s most significant, and inad-
vertant accomplishment was to mobilize residents. Armed with Armen Melkonians’ Residocracy, which has revived direct democracy .and activated residents’ veto
power, residents stopped the Hines mega-peoject and now look forward to the new
Council’s restoration of our town.

NOW BILLIONAIRES PLAN TO PRIVATIZE PUBLIC EDUCATION

Danny Feingold, publisher of Capital & Main, reports that a week ago in downtown
Los Angeles, hundreds of low-income parents came together for a spirited conven-
tion sponsored by Parent Revolution, creators of the controversial “parent trig-
ger” law that allows public schools to be handed over to a charter school opera-
tion and entire teaching staffs to be sacked.

As Bobbi Murray reports, Parent Revolution looks like a grassroots movement, but
in reality, it’s a corporate-funded campaign to privatize education and turn
schools into just another market commodity. The organization owes its growth not
to a groundswell of public support for its agenda, but to the huge checks it
cashes from billionaires like Bill Gates, Walmart’s Walton Family, and Eli Broad.