DISPATCH MISSING IN ACTION

When Chris Zielin and I founded the original Mirror, we never missed an issue. When we
created the Dispatch, we never missed an issue — until about two weeks ago when our fine
but exhausted Apple simply stopped. We immediately replaced it with a new Apple, but Chris
was on leave and I was, as ever, mechanically deficient. With crucial aid from a couple of hemi-demi geniuses and friends, we’re on our way again.

In our line, silence is anything but golden and there are some major stories that need our
attention…and yours. Stay tuned.

TRANSPARENCY GROUP FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST GOULD

Three members of the Santa Monica Transparency Project, Mary Marlow, Elizabeth Van Denburgh and Nancy Coleman, have filed a lawsuit against former City Manager Rod Gould. The lawsuit alleges that after Mr. Gould approved a series of contracts between the City and Management Partners, Inc., he then illegally accepted employment with the company in violation of Santa Monica’s anti-corruption law, the Oaks Initiative.

When the Transparency Project brought this conduct, which occurred at the highest level of city government, to the attention of the City, the City did nothing other than to remind us of residents’ right to file a lawsuit to enforce the Oaks Initiative, which we have now done.

“As residents, we can no longer stand by while our city ignores its laws so that those in key public positions can violate them with impunity,” said Mary Marlow, a Plaintiff and Chair of the Transparency Project. “It is a straight forward law—don’t go to work for a company that you have recently awarded public contracts to.”

Oaks was overwhelmingly enacted by voters to ensure that there would not even be the appearance of our public officials looking to their own benefit, such as future employment opportunities, when conducting the people’s business. Laws with similar restrictions can be found in other government bodies throughout the country. Santa Monica’s website prominently makes clear that the City Manager specifically is prohibited by law from engaging in this conduct.

“Our lawsuit focuses on a breakdown in law, ethics and transparency at the highest level of our city government by our top appointed public official, the former City Manager,” said Mary Marlow. “There is a corrosive influence that will stain our city if the City Manager is able to get away with violating the law, as we allege.”

Under the Oaks Initiative, Mr. Gould could be required to pay into the City’s General Fund up to five times the monies he has received from Management Partners, be ordered not to continue to work for them and be responsible to pay plaintiffs’ attorneys fees and costs.

The three Plaintiffs are represented by Fred Woocher, Bryce Gee and Beverly Grossman Palmer of the law firm Strumwasser & Woocher, LLP. The lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court in Marin County, where Mr. Gould now resides.

The Transparency Project, founded in 2010, is an all-volunteer group of Santa Monica residents concerned about openness and accountability in our city government.

A DIALOGUE ON THE FUTURE OF POLICING

On Sunday, August 16, sponsored by the Committee For Racial At the Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill. It’s TOO important
to miss.

Potluck supper at 6pm. Program at 6:30

Our Day of Dialogue will be facilitated by the Institute of Non- Violence in LA that is headed by Avis Ridley-Thomas. The INVLA will provide trained facilitators and an inform-
ative brochure with questions for small group discussion to help participants delve into the future of policing. More and more people are talking about reforming police culture in light of an epidemic of racial profiling and the use of excessive force, both on a national and local level.

The event will be co-sponsored by the Human Relations Coun-
cil ofSanta Monica, NAACP Santa Monica/Venice chapter, Afri-
can American Parent/Student/Staff Support Group, and the Church in Ocean Park.

Free extra parking will be available at the SMMUSD parking lot on the West side of 4th St. between Hill St. and Ashland.

This is part of an ongoing series of monthly workshops hosted by the Committee For Racial Justice.

Call 310-422-5431 for more information.

August 16, 2015 #futureofpolicing www.futureofpolicing.org

REBIRTH, PEACE, UNITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

pyfc gala 2015Pico Youth and Family Center 8th Annual Gala
Saturday, August 29th, 6:30pm 10:00pm,
Le Meridien Delfina Hotel, 530 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica

PICO YOUTH & FAMILY CENTER INVITES YOU to join us at our annual Hope and Unity Awards Gala and bring hope and positive transformation to the lives of the youth we serve,

Funds raised support excellent programming in Art, Enter-tainment and Technology for the youth of our community.

For tickets and information, call 310 396 7101
This is our biggest Fundraiser of the Year.Your support will help us continue to bring Hope and Positive Transformation to the lives of the youth we serve.

MONICA YOUTH AND FAMILY CENTER 8th ANNUAL GALA, SATURDAY, ,AUGUST 29, 6:30 t0 . $100

Live Entertainment, Silent Auction, Five Star Dinner

SAN VICENTE COURTYARD WALKING TOUR SUNDAY

Sunday, August 9 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Santa Monica Conservancy, in collaboration with the Historic San Vicente Coalition, will host free, guided walking tours of historic courtyard housing on San Vic-
ente Boulevard, stretching from Ocean Avenue to Seventh Street on Sunday, August 9 at 11 am, 11:30 am and noon. Tours last about 1.5-2 hours.

This corridor of courtyard housing was recently nominat-
ed for designation as a historic district by the city’s Landmark Commission with support from a number of local organizations and courtyard residents who are working
to retain the architecture and character of this unique neighborhood.

If designated, this courtyard district would become the third in Santa Monica, and very significant.

Courtyard housing is unique to Southern California.
This corridor contains the most significant and cohe-
sive concentration of courtyard buildings in Santa
Monica. Built between 1937 and 1953, it was a distinc-
tive neighborhood of architecturally noteworthy build-
ings,

The buildings are two-and-three stories, configured
around a landscaped open space, and designed in vari-
ous architectural styles such as Streamline Moderne, American Colonial Revival, and Mid-Century Modern.
This tour will provide an opportunity to learn more
about Santa Monica’s courtyards and the distinctive character of the San Vicente corridor.

The tours will begin at the northeast corner of San
Vicente Boulevard and 4th Street. Advance reservat-
ions are required and can be made here.

If you are a member of the Conservancy, your annual membership supports our work to preserve the archi-
tectural and cultural heritage of our city. Members
receive our informative quarterly newsletter and
discounts on tours and events – as well as complimen-
tary admission to our annual Holiday Party.

New: We are pleased to introduce automatically re-
newing memberships for those who pay by credit card,
making membership renewals easy for you and helping
us reduce our costs and environmental impact. If your circumstances should change, future automatic renew-
als can be canceled at any time.

When you click through to our membership form, you can select two or three year automatic renewals. (Please
make sure that the credit card you use will remain
valid for the final payment!)

Join or renew now! You may join online as an Indivi-
dual or Household Member or as a Business/Corporate
Member. Or send a check to the address below.

Thank you! Together we will protect Santa Monica’s his-
toric places for generations to come.

Mailing Address: Santa Monica Conservancy, PO BOX 653
Santa Monica, CA 90406. Contact Name: Santa Monica Conservancy Telephone Number: (310) 496-3146