School Superintendent To Depart

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Dianne Talarico announced Friday that she will leave the District on July 1 to head the Burlingame School District in Northern California.

The Burlingame School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a three-year contract with . Talarico to become the Districr Superintendent.

Michael Barber, President of the Burlingame Board of Trustees, said “We are very pleased and excited to welcome Dianne to the Burlingame School District. The board and members of the school community are looking forward to working with her as we all work to advance the best interests of the Burlingame students.”

The SMMUSD School Board has hired a head hunter to find an interim superintendent to replace Talarico, ago. who came to the District two years ago.

Assistant Superintendent Tim Walker, who submitted his resignation a month ago, is scheduled to leave the District on June 30. His contract had a year to go.

Treesavers Propose Tree Commission

The Treesavers’ proposal that the City create a new commission to develop and oversee policies and practices related to the management, preservation and maintenance of the so-called community forest will be considered by the Landmarks Commission and the City Council this month.

The proposal is on the Landmarks Commission’s Monday, June 9, agenda. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

It will be heard by the City Council on Tuesday, June 24. The meeting is scheduled to begin about 7 p.m. Both of the meetings will be held in City Hall.

The notion of the Tree Commission, like the Treesavers themselves, emerged from the eight-month battle between City Hall and residents over the fate of several dozen ficus trees in downtown Santa Monica. The battle ended when the City removed 23 ficus trees, though over 10,000 people signed petitions objecting to their removal.

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