Films 4 Change Presents Blue Gold: World Water Wars

This Friday, Films 4 Change presents Blue Gold. The film will be screened August 13, at 7pm at a private home in Santa Monica (address below).

Narrated by Malcolm McDowell, this award-winning documentary directed by Sam Bozzo posits that we’re moving closer to a world in which water — a seemingly plentiful natural resource — could actually incite war. As water becomes an increasingly precious commodity, corrupt governments, corporations and even private investors are scrambling to control it … which leaves everyday citizens fighting for a substance they need to survive.

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SMRR – Redefining Democracy?

The Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times,” is apt.

The deadline for candidates to file for a variety of local offices was Friday afternoon. But before the City Clerk’s office finished processing the candidates’ papers, Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights added a twist.

At its convention last Sunday, August 1, SMRR members voted to endorse City Council incumbents Kevin Mckeown, Gleam Davis and Terry O’Day, Council challenger Ted Winterer, School Board incumbent Barry Snell and firs-time School Board candidate Laurie Lieberman.

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Susan Hartley in Council Race

Community activist Susan Hartley, who lives in Sunset Park, announced Wednesday that she is running for one of the two-year terms on the Santa Monica City Council in the November election.

A member of the board of Friends of Sunset Park, Hartley is a former vice-chair and member of the Airport Commission, a leader of both the campaign to prevent the City from destroying over two dozen healthy ficus trees in downtown Santa Monica and the subsequent successful effort to create the Urban Forest Task Force.

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Save Our Schools Raises $1 Million

The Save Our Schools campaign has hit the $1,000,000 mark as it races toward the August 15th funding deadline.

As a result, students will have more access to libraries and a more complete elementary music program will be offered in the coming year. It also means lower class sizes for many children.

Through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, dozens of local business partnerships and thousands of contributors, the Save Our Schools campaign has raised enough to restore 12 of the 60 positions lost to State funding cuts.

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