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Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27– 11 AM to 4 PM
2008 Celebration For The Arts!
Santa Monica Pier

(presented by the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation)

Music, drama, dance performances, and original art, by SMMUSD students!
Mural painting, face painting, silent auction, artisan vendors, celebrities
from Disney & Nickolodeon
Admission is FREE!


Saturday, April 26

S.M. Civic Auditorium (Pico and Main St.)

The expo is free and open to the public, offering the first official presentation
by the Green Cities California collaborative, a coalition of cities throughout
the state committed to policies that reduce carbon footprint and impact
on the environment. Speakers and exhibitors.


Sunday, April 27, 4 PM

SMC Wind Ensemble
Concert Hall
1900 Pico Blvd.

Program includes the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2

For more information, phone 310-434-3000 or 310-434-4323.


Monday, April 28th — 2:30 PM

Court hearing (USA v City of Santa Monica)

(FAA attempt to prevent Santa Monica from implementing the
ban on C and D aircraft at S.M. Airport.)
U.S. District Courthouse
Courtroom 10, Judge Wu
Spring Street Courthouse (across from L.A. City Hall)
Los Angeles 90012


Monday, April 28th, 7:30 PM

Airport Commission meeting
City Hall
Annual Noise Report Workshop. For the agenda,
go to http://www.smgov.net/airport/ and click on “SMAC Meeting Agenda.”


Monday, April 28, 7 PM

Samohi Spring Orchestra Concert
Barnum Hall
Santa Monica High School

The Symphony toured Vienna, Prague and Salzburg during spring break.


Tuesday, April 29, 7 PM

Samohi Choir Concert
Barnum Hall
Santa Monica High School

Samohi choral groups received accolades at the recent
Heritage Music Festival in San Francisco.


Tuesday, April 29th

City Council meeting
City Hall

Agendas posted at http://www.smgov.net/cityclerk/council/agendas/2008/
Contact City Council members at council@smgov.net
Council discussion and vote on Third Street Historic District appeal;
Public hearing on the 2008-2014 Housing Element — goals and programs
that will guide the city’s efforts to maintain housing affordability and to
produce new housing for the community.


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Whither the Weather 4/25 – 5/1

By Ava Tramer

Warm and mostly sunny
Highs: 64-76; Lows: 50-59

Hot and sunny
Highs: 73-94; Lows: 47-57

Very hot and sunny
Highs: 84-100; Lows: 60-72

And Santa Monica…
Lovely weather ahoy, me hearties! Santa Monica has scored some sunny booty this week, as our favorite glowing piece of eight will shine brightly in the sky all week long. Hot temperatures in the high 70s will visit us over the weekend, but as next week progresses, they will be forced to walk the plank, leaving us marooned with warm temperatures in the 60s. So take advantage of the sunny springtime and make sure to enjoy your grub al fresco, or climb up to the crow’s nest and look down at all the happy Santa Monicans enjoying the lovely weather.

RIFT Headed for Ballot

A few hours ago, members of the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City turned in 10,295 signatures, or nearly twice the number needed, in support of a ballot measure to the City Clerk’s office. The deadline for the submission was today.

By law, signatures of 10 percent of registered Santa Monica voters, or 5,800 signatures, are needed, and the signatures must be verified by the City Clerk. Since the Coalition has submitted twice the requisite number, it is very likely that the measure will qualify for placement on the local ballot in November.

The measure, “Residents’ Initiative to Fight Traffic” (RIFT), would limit commercial development in Santa Monica to 75,000 square feet a year for fifteen years.

According to the Coalition, commercial projects generate three to four times as much traffic as residential projects.

More than 100 volunteers worked on the signature drive.

“We found that residents in overwhelming numbers agree with us that development and traffic in our city is ‘out of control’,” said Diana Gordon, co-chair of the Coalition. “Santa Monicans are tired of commercial erdevelopment and ever worsening traffic… If City Hall can’t choose the interests of residents over developers, we need to do it ourselves on the ballot in November.”

A number of other Southern California communities are putting traffic congestion and overdevelopment limits before local voters. Newport Beach, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard and Redondo Beach are either working on traffic-related initiatives or have enacted them in recent years.

City Council 10, School District 0

Late last spring, three parents of children with special needs, appeared before the City Council and described the pain, emotional abuse, isolation and fear that they and their children had suffered as participants in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s special education program.

Their horrifying and heart-breaking stories moved Council members Bob Holbrook, Herb Katz and Bobby Shriver to take immediate action.

They proposed withholding a $520,000 allocation to the District until it conducted an independent study of the special ed program, accepted its findings and complied with and implemented its recommendations.

They also asked the District to declare an immediate moratorium on the confidentiality agreements that parents were required to sign when they negotiated courses of education for their children.

Joined by Councilman Ken Genser, Holbrook, Katz and Shriver approved the course of action on June 12, 2007.

The study went forward and was delivered to the District a couple of weeks ago. It not only confirmed everything the parents had said, it was an indictment of the entire special ed program.

The reaction of the School Board as a whole and the administration has been at best, tentative.

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Council to Grade District Tonight

Thanks to the thoroughly addled City Council agenda order, the most significant item was scheduled dead last at the April 8 meeting. At the last minute, it was continued to tonight’s meeting.

It’s still the most significant item, but it will be heard early in the evening.

It, of course, is the Council’s first take on the independent study of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s special education program that it mandated last year.

The Council took the unusual step, after hearing several parents’ detailed and horrifying descriptions of all the ways in which they and their children were mistreated by District personnel and policies. It ordered that $520,000 of the City’s annual allocation be withheld until the District ordered the independent study, accepted it, complied with and implemented its findings.

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