Once-Banned Film To Be Shown Here

“Salt of the Earth” was made in 1954 during the black list frenzy. The House UnAmerican Activities Committee and the FBI ruled Hollywood, and they didn’t want this film made, much less seen.

It will be screened in Santa Monica on Friday, February 1, at 7 p.m. by

Shot on location in New Mexico, the film focuses on the plight of the Mexican-Americans who worked for the company that owned the town and the mine in which they labored.

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Arts and Commerce

At last night’s City Council meeting, one of City Hall’s constant critics, Joy Fulmer, fulminated against the City’s plans for the pumping up of downtown Santa Monica in general and the Third Street Promenade in particular.

Following “Managing the Future of Downtown Santa Monica,” the staff report, which featured Bayside’s long-running consultants, Fulmer scolded the Council, noting that residents keep asking for the City to do less in the way of growth and development, but the City persists in doing more.

As it was a discussion item, the Council took no action, and at the conclusion of the discussion, Mayor Pro Tem Richard Bloom, who was presiding in Mayor Herb Katz’s absence, said the Big Blue Bus, the beach, Santa Monica Pier and the Promenade were all Santa Monica “treasures.”

The beach and the Pier are authentic treasures. As buses go, the Big Blue Bus is nice, but no nicer than the MTA or Culver City buses. And by no measure can a three-block stretch of high end chain stores/traffic magnet be called a “treasure.” Indeed, like Fulmer, many residents see it as a nightmare.

But City Hall loves it and. among its many recommendations, is the allocation of $850.000 for “enhancements and additional marketing.”

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American Idealist: Sargent Shriver on PBS

“American Idealist,” a profile of Peace Corps founder Robert Sargent Shriver Jr., will premier on KCET (channel 6 in Santa Monica) on Monday, January 21, at 9 p.m.

In addition to founding the Peace Corps, Shriver also created Head Start, the Job Corps and VISTA, three of this country’s most direct, successful and enduring public service programs. He also spearheaded President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, but though LBJ enjoyed boasting about it, he failed to allocate sufficient funds for it.

In 1972, Shriver was the Democrats’ vice presidential candidate.

Like her husband, Eunice Shriver has always been committed to public service. She founded and has been actively involved in the Special Olympics from its inception.

The Shrivers are the parents of California’s first lady Maria Shriver and Santa Monica City Councilman Bobby Shriver.

Ms. Shriver, a TV journalist, was the documentary’s executive producer. In an interview with TV Guide, she said that she and her brothers call their father “the Elvis of public service.”

To the Dispatch

As a longtime resident of Ocean Park, as director of Beyond Baroque in neighboring Venice, and as a Santa Monica Arts Commissioner for several years, I’ve seen many of my creative friends, and the vast majority of newcomers in the arts, move to Silverlake, Echo Park, and parts further east, north, and south. Artists left here, now losing affordable studios (at the airport and elsewhere), are ready to abandon Santa Monica. A number of galleries have already moved to a more welcoming Culver City, to downtown, and beyond.

The damage has been building steadily for years and has hurt the city I love. Santa Monica’s support for, and receptivity to, artists, both prominent ones and younger ones that are struggling, is very much in question. Some call this the genius of the market. I call it a deadly blight – short-term gain exacting long-term harm on neighborhoods, gathering places, and public life.

A number of Santa Monica residents, consultants, and those serving the city joined together, over hundreds of hours, to conceive a better future. The result, the Creative Capital plan, when it was completed, was widely regarded as a national beacon and blueprint for arts infrastructure and artist support. It was endorsed by the Arts Commission, approved by City Council, and culture was voted a budget priority. That was a year ago.

A year has passed and nothing has happened.

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Rosendahl Calls Airport Meeting

Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl and Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution have scheduled a town hall forum focusing on “the impacts of Santa Monica Airport on the surrounding communities.”

It will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, at Daniel Webster Middle School Auditorium, 11330 West Graham Place in Los Angeles.

The forum will be devoted to reports on the political stance of local. state and federal officials regarding the airport, as well as a panel discussion of the effects of the airport on the health and well-being of its neighbors.

After the reports, there will be a general discussion of next steps.

Parking will be available on the street and also in the school’s rear parking lot (entrance on the west side of Sawtelle Blvd. between Pico and National, at Ivy Place)

For more information, contact Martin Rubin at 310-479-2529, or
JetAirPolluton@earthlink.net, or check the website at w.JetAirPollution.com