ANNUAL EMERITUS COLLEGE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT OPENS TODAY

The Annual Emeritus College Student Photography Exhibition opens today, Thursday, March 5, and runs through April 22 in SMC’s Emeritus College Gallery, 1227 Second St., Santa Monica.

A reception will be held today from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The salon-style group exhibition features a variety of recent photographic works created by 17 students. The students are: Julie Bucka, John Dalton, Jim Gerstley, Lorraine Ginsburg, Steve Heinrich, Jeff Hogue, Suzie Kim, Christine Metoyer, Doris Power, Ron Siegel, Sam Swarz, Michael Telerant, Linda Velonis, Alex Vital, Gloria
Vitto, James Wang, and Isaac Yusim.

Emeritus College, SMC’s widely praised program offers more than 120 free classes and special programs of interest to older adults. For more information, please call (310) 434-
4306.

The gallery is located on the first floor of Emeritus College, 1227 Second St., in downtown Santa Monica. Parking is available next door in Santa Monica Public Parking Structure No. 2. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit and reception are FREE.

ZONING CODE REVISION NEARS COMPLETION — OR NOT

The seemly endless work on the revised Zoning Code is in its final stages.For some months, the Planning Commission has had one and, often,two marathon meetings a week, rat-
ther than its usual two meetings a month.

Tonight, and possibly tomorrow night, residents will be given time to comment, as well as criticize all or por-
tions of the 500-page tome. At this very late date, a sizable number of residents and some of the neighborhood organizations remain displeased with major portions of
the revision.

The latest iteration of the state-mandated Land Use and Circulation elements (LUCE) was four years behind schedule when the City began work on it in 2004. It was finally approved by the City Council in 2010. Shortly after that, staff and consultants began work on the revised code and the downtown specific plan.

A couple of years ago, the downtown plan was shelved for reasons that have never been explained by the City, but many residents had not been pleased by preliminary staff reports.

Work on the enormous zoning code proceeded. Staff planners revised it and the seven-member Commission reviewed it, and asked for a variety. of changes Some were made. Others were not made. Some were made and unmade.

The Planning Department held a “town hall” meeting at Lincoln Middle School some months ago. Several hundred
people attended, and most of them were angry. There were only a few people from the Planning Department present,
and they maintained a very low profile. The seven Planning Commissioners took the heat – and there was plenty of it..

When someone from City Hall stressed the importance of commercial developments in maintaining City Hall’s “fiscal health,” he was booed, hissed, and shouted down.

Santa Monica, which five generations have had a hand in making, and 90,000 residents currently cherish, is a gloriously idiosyncratic beach town.

Its location on the legendary Southern California coast, which Hamlin Garland described as “the fortunate coast,” is the basis for everything else. Its long, broad beach and the endless ocean determined its destiny long before its first residents, a small number of Japanese fishermen, arrived.

The ocean is in and on everything – the air, the holy bounce of light that illuminates the town, the soil, which accounts for palm trees outgrowing the flimsy dirt they are planted in.

But, to the rising rage of residents,City Hall,its Conven- tion and Visitors Bureau, its Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. its developer pals, its Chamber of Commerce partners, have demonstrated far less interest in preserving the beach town character and developing a smart, workable zoning code than in creating and promoting Santa Monica: The Product, which, here and now, is defined as “the ultimate urban beach lifestyle.”

No wonder people are already talking about a referendum.

OUR CHILDREN NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW

The Santa Monica/Malibu Unified School District’s Inter-cultural Equity and Excellence District Advisory Board
will present a resolution to the SMMUSD Board Thursday night, asking that it fully fund Village Nation at SAMOHI in the fall.

We urge everyone who supports the work of the Committee for Racial Justice to support SAMOHI’s students of color by attending the School Board meeting Thursday night, March 5, approximately 7pm.

The more people who attend the meeting and support funding this vital program, the more likely the Board will be to support it. In addition to attending the meeting yourself, please urge everyone on your social media and other lists to attend the meeting, too.

The school, the community and, most of all, our children need this life-changing program. But in order to secure
the necessary funding, we need to demonstrate our support.

SMMUSD Meeting, 7 pm, March 5, 2015, District Office, 16th St. and Olympic.

ALL OF US OR NONE GOES TO SELMA FOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF BLOODY SUNDAY

On Wednesday, March 4, at 7pm 12 members of All Of Us Or None, an organization of formerly incarcerated people organizing for their civil and human rights, will leave from Oakland to travel 2400 miles by van to Selma, Alabama.

The occasion is the 50th Anniversary commemoration of Bloody Sunday, which will include a speech by President Obama, and a reenactment of the march to the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Fifty years ago on March 7, around 600 people left Selma in a voting rights march headed for Montgomery. Only six blocks away, at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, police viciously attacked them with billy clubs and tear gas. The day became known as Bloody Sunday, and helped lead to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

All Of Us Or None will be at this historic event, talking about voting rights for formerly incarcerated people as well as the need for an executive order to Ban the Box for federal contractors. “Ban the Box” means the removal of questions about conviction history on initial job applications. These needs arise from the disproportionate rates of charge, arrest and conviction for people of color – an issue with serious racial overtones yet to be addressed.

Dorsey Nunn, co-founder of All Of Us Or None and executive director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, said “We want to help increase public awareness that formerly incarcerated people still have not secured our right to vote, and that racialized structural discrimination based on conviction history is very much alive in the US.”

Volunteers and supporters will gather at the offices of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children at 1pm this Tuesday, March 3 to create a banner for All Of Us Or None members to march with at the event. All Of Us Or None members will leave at 7pm this Wednesday, March 4, from
the Coliseum BART station. Journey for Justice activists will be available for interviews via cell phone during
the trip.

All Of Us Or None (AOUON) is a grassroots civil rights organization fighting for the rights of formerly and currently incarcerated people and our families. We are fighting against the discrimination people face every
day because of arrest or conviction history. The goal
of AOUON is to strengthen the voices of people most affected by mass incarceration and the growth of the
prison-industrial complex. AOUON is a project of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children.
.allofusornone.org

Link to Release: http://www.prisonerswithchildren.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/AllOfUsOrNone_Journey-for-Justice_Press-Release.pdf