On April 16, 2015, the Dispatch posted a long story about the extended battle the writer, her family and her neighbors were engaged in with a developer who was intent on building an outsized apartment complex, with garages, driveways, sidewalks, fences, streetlights, long blank walls and all the usual accessories in their midst. [scroll down to “802 Ashland: Asbestos and the Health and Safety of Our Neighborhood” to see the
original story].

Written on behalf of her family, her neighbors and their neighborhood, where they had lived happily for 20 years, the letter made a very strong case against the proposed project. Their opposition was supported by other residents in the area and many other residents, because it was quite simply the wrong project in the wrong place. .

Subsequently. the Architectural Review Board approved the project, and the residents appealed the decision to the Planning Commission. Last night, they made their case against the project once again. Architect Hank Konig spoke for the project.

The Commissioners were generally sympathetic to the residents’ objections, but,under the current rules, if they
had simply wanted to grant the appeal, they couldn’t, nor could they impose any major changes. Ultimately, they simply denied the appeal.

The Commissioners may, at some point, suggest some simple changes. But, of course, the sad truth is, given the fundamental problems with the site and the design, the project should never have made it out of the planning department. .


Wednesday, April 22, 7 PM

LA Louver will present a lively conversation with artist Enrique Martinez Celaya and T.D. Neil in the context of
Martinez Celaya’s current exhibition, LONE STAR.

His fourth exhibition at La Louver, LONE STAR begins and ends with installations. In the first, a bronze sculp-
ture of a young boy stands in a pool of water made by his tears. In the second, the same boy stands in a wire cage shaped like a house. Holes in the figure’s chest serve as a refuge for five live birds that live in the cage.

lalouver pic

According to Martinez Celaya, the paintings and sculptures that navigate between the two installations, “point to a world that is familiar and unknown, radiant and brutal, personal and vast….throughout this environment the friction between images and their negation suggest the instability of recognition (which is) often the only kind of recognition available to us.”

Martinez Celaya was born in Cuba, spent much of his time in Spain and Puerto Rico. He studied Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell, Quantum Electronics at Berkeley, and took an MFA at UC Santa Barbara. He has taught. at Pomona, Claremont, Nebraska and Dartmouth.

His work can be seen at LACMA, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Whitney, the Met and major museums all over America, Europe and Russia.He currently lives and works here.

Jonathan T.D. Neil is the Director of the Center for Management in the Creative Industries, a collabora-tion between Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Los Angeles, The Getty Leadership Institute, the Drucker School of Manage-
ment and the School of Arts and Humanities of Clarenont Graduate University. He also serves as associate editor
of Art Review/ Art Review Asia magazine and is editor of the Held Essays on Visual Art for the Brooklyn Rail.

Conversation begins promptly at 7 pm, LA LOUVER half a block from thr beach, 45 North Venice Blvd.Validated parking provided

The event is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP to310-822-4955 or The exhibition at
LA Louver will run to May 16.

Founded in 1975. LA Louver is one of America’s most esteemed galleries. .


Anna Deavere Smith is one of America’s most talented and compelling people – an actress, a teacher, a director,
a playwright, and winner of a MacArthur genius award, and she is in Santa Monica this week in several of her guises.

On Tuesday, April 21, at 7 pm she will participate in “Voices of Youth” Workshop at Miles Playhouse in Reed Park in Santa Monica. RVSP to

On Wednesday, April 22, at 7 pm, she will participate in a panel discussion, “Finding Beauty through Struggle” at the California African American Museum. It will be moderated by Sandy Banks. In addition to Deavere Smith, Mark Steven Greenfield, Joe Hernandez-Kolski and Cheryl Bookout will take part. RVSP to

On Saturday, April 25, at 2 pm, a panel discussion on “The Price Paid for Freedom of Expression” will take place on The Broad Stage, at 11th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard in Santa Monica.

It will be moderated by Carolina Miranda. Panelists, in addition to Deavere Smith, will include Phillip L. Sanchez, John D. Spiak, and D’Artagnan Scorza. RVSP to

ANNA DEAVERE SMITH, “NEVER GIVIN’ UP,” in collaboration with violinist Robert McDuffie and pianist Anne Epperson, in a powerful exploration of the voices and stories that gave shape to the civil rights movement. Featuring new theatrical works performed in her signature style, NEVER GIVIN’ UP delivers contrasting threads of strength, love, reason and outrage to the stage and shares the potency—and timeliness—of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s seminal text, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”


These performances made possible in part by a generous gift from Lloyd E. Rigler – Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation.
Run Time: 90 mins, no intermission. 
Assisted listening devices available. Please see usher on show night for details. For performance days, times, tickets: community@the


A free organic produce giveaway, workshops on making natural sunscreen, building your own bike generator, and a cultural festival and upcycled art show are just a few highlights of Santa Monica College’s celebration of Earth Week, to be held April 20-24.

The college – considered one of the “greenest” campuses in the state – has a full lineup of activities for the week, all free and open to the public.

· Monday, April 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: “Students Feeding Students” will feature free organic produce donated from local farmer’s markets. The student-run Club Grow will organize cooking demos, food preservation and seed bomb workshops. Organic Learning Garden.

· Tuesday, April 21, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: “Can you be an environmentalist and still eat meat?” Debate hosted by SMC Staff and the Center for Environmental and Urban Studies (CEUS). Theater Arts Building.

· Tuesday, April 21, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: “Cowspiracy” Movie Night. Screening of a documentary that chronicles the pressing environmental issues of the meat industry, and finding a true path to sustainability. Free snacks. Cayton Center.

· Wednesday, April 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: “Workshop Wednesday” covers Do-it-Yourself workshops on making natural sunscreen, building a bike generator, urban foraging, greenwashing in the media, and more! Organic Learning Garden.

· Thursday, April 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: “Thriving Thursday” features a Cultural Festival & Upcycled Art Show with musical and native dance performances, live art, craft workshops, upcycled art displays, food truck and more! Main Campus quad.

· Friday, April 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: “Day of Service” for the SMC community to come together in a day of cleaning up the coast. Volunteers will meet at Tower 20 on Santa Monica Beach at the end of Bay Street.

SMC offers a number of innovative environmental courses and programs, including the state’s first Associate Degrees in Recycling and Resource Management and also in Solar Photovoltaic Installation. In 2008, Santa Monica College joined over 600 colleges and universities in committing to reduce its carbon footprint through the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment.

In 2014, the college became the first community college in California – and one of the first two nationwide – to get a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) certification. Through its “Any Line, Any Time” program, SMC and its Associated Students provide free transportation to all students, faculty and staff on Big Blue Bus lines.

SMC partners with the Center for Environmental and Urban Studies on its main campus to provide a “live laboratory” and a hub for all the campus’s environmental activities, and features a recycling program for electronic waste and commercial worm composting. A smoke-free campus, SMC also has an organic learning garden and practices a “zero-waste” and recycling policy.

Earth Week events are sponsored by the SMC Associated Students, student clubs Eco Action Club Grow, Plastic Free SMC, Bike SMC, and CEUS. For more information, visit or call (310) 434-3911.



From: Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association
Date: Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 2:16 PM
Subject: PCH Construction Projects Update

Here is today’s PCH Construction Projects Status Report. Updates always will be pasted below the “hints”
section (which now includes a 24 hr number for California Incline Information). It is our goal to keep
you informed of the details of any project which may impact your access to and convenient use of the Pacific
Coast Highway between Pacific Palisades and the McClure Tunnel. We will track timing and the details of any projects or scheduled activity.

Here are a few hints:

* Santa Monica has implemented a 24-hour hotline for California Incline project information: 888.303.
6026. Information is also available at; cityofsantamonica on Facebook and @CAincline on
* The City of Santa Monica will host weekly informational meetings at Ken Edwards Center, located at 1527
4th Street, Rm #106, every Thursday evening from 5 pm to 7pm.
* will give you a real time snapshot of traffic conditions on the Coast Highway and local freeways and includes a link to a camera located where the Santa Monica Freeway begins.
* If you have a smartphone, google maps has a traffic monitoring feature based upon tracking of the movement of gps enabled cellphones. And,
* you can download the free WAZE app from Play Store. This cloud-source app depends on reports from
other app users.
* Santa Monica Constructs is a City of Santa Monica website that provides updates on construction in that city including the Expo II light rail project. You also can find links to various weekly updates and real-time parking information.
* PCH Partners is a website created to provide information regarding projects that may impact the highway.
* Wilshire Blvd. Bus Rapid Transit Information can be found here. This is the Bus Lane from downtown to
Santa Monica on Wilshire that is under construction. The section from MacArthur Park to Federal Avenue is
now operating (does not include the City of Beverly Hills; don’t ask!) and the lane will eventually extend to Centinela Ave.
* Respond to this email and we will try to answer any of your questions; comments are welcome.


(CIRS [Sewer Project] project completion is currently estimated to occur in mid-July. Santa Monica will close the California Incline roadway this Monday morning (April 20). SM projects related to light rail will reduce options for commuters in the short run.

CIRS. The completion of the 900’ sewer project has been delayed. The City now believes the project will be completed by mid-July 2015. The basic project is on schedule. The tunneling is complete and the sewer pipe is being installed. During construction it was discovered that the PCH roadway was lacking a proper base and there was subsidence around the pipe. Correction of these unexpected soil deficiencies will require significant work to bolster the area. This will result in an estimated three-and one-half month overlap with the California Incline Project (see next paragraph).

CALIFORNIA INCLINE. The road will be closed to through traffic Monday and the contractor will begin positioning equipment on the incline and also in the lanes currently used by vehicles turning onto and from the Incline to Ocean Avenue. Santa Monica has implemented robust communication media including internet, Facebook and Twitter as well as a 24/7 hotline, all detailed in the first bullet under “hints,” above.

As promised, Santa Monica has installed several fixed and dynamic CMS (changeable) message signs warning of the project. There are five CMS beginning from North of Topanga Canyon Road. Expect these signs to list times to various streets such as Sunset, Temescal and Chautauqua (Think of the signs on the freeway that state: “15 minutes to downtown,” for example). There are signs on the 101 freeway in Ventura and Agoura Hills to discourage discretionary cross-mountain drivers. North of Wilshire Blvd, “Local Access” signs have been erected to discourage traffic detouring through northern Santa Monica and Santa Monica Canyon. Northbound Route 1 (pch) drivers will be directed to 7th Street and Moomat Ahiko (Ocean Ave. next to the pier). Southbound traffic to downtown Santa Monica will be directed to use Moomat Ahiko, Lincoln and 20th Street. New digital signs at beach parking lots are being used to notify highway drivers. The Santa Monica City Traffic Engineer promises a “fluid process” of changes as needed.

Moomat Ahiko will be restriped at Ocean Ave. to funnel two lanes toward downtown Santa Monica and only one lane toward Marina del Rey. Project completion is expected by Memorial Day 2016. Santa Monica rightly points out that the signal at the bottom of the Incline will be mostly green which will speed highway traffic.

Santa Monica has funded LADOT “white glove” traffic control officers at the Canyon School traffic light during peak to and from school hours and Summer beach commute times. These officers may be moved around as needed. Expect to see a greater police presence in the canyon. Left turns will be prohibited from Ocean Avenue onto Mabery Rd. LADOT has “refreshed” the traffic markings in the canyon.

NEW SANTA MONICA PROJECTS. On the other hand, Colorado Blvd is now westbound only at Ocean Avenue and a large Expo Line terminus station is under construction at 4th and Colorado, resulting in fewer options for drivers
using Moomat Ahiko to access downtown Santa Monica.

SMCCA along with BOCA, PPCC and a representatives of LA City Councilman Mike Bonin met with Santa Monica representatives to review the status of the various measures this week. We will meet again to review the success of the various measures. Let us know what you think.

Here are a few photo illustrations of the Incline proposal from the staff report to city council:

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NOTE: I’ve known George for years. He’s a very smart man, and probably knows more about traffic, roads, highways, streets, likely detours, construction projects and so on than anyone else. Trust him, and you’ll have an easier time during the upcoming construction period.

Peggy Clifford



I am forwarding an email I sent to the Santa Monica City Council and Planning Commission Members concerning a development proposed in our neighborhood. For more than a year, my neighbors and I have voiced our opposition to the project because of its many troubling aspects (mass, density, lack of conformity, health and safety, and traffic). Our neighborhood will be appealing the approval of this project on April 22nd before the Planning Commission. Because city staff has deemed this project ministerial (or conforming), we are not able to voice our opposition on some of the most concerning aspects of this project as they stand outside of the purview for approval. Therefore, I see the press as my only opportunity to air my concerns. The public should be informed on how city staff has treated its constituents. I welcome the opportunity to discuss this project further with you. This email to the city represents one of several I intend to write before the appeal hearing, and I will forward all to you for your consideration. Email me or call if you care to discuss this further.

Thank you,
Rachel Kelley

Dear City Council & Planning Commission Members,

My name is Rachel Kelley and I am writing you regarding the proposed development referred to as 2919 Lincoln Blvd./802 Ashland Ave. which is scheduled for an appeal hearing before the Planning Commission on April 22nd. My husband and I are 20-year Santa Monica homeowners and the 70′ rear yard lot line of our property shares a portion of the 120′ eastern boundary of the property on which the planned 10-unit apartment complex is proposed to be built. Our house is situated directly downwind of the proposed project and, due to the hillside at this location, there are nearly constant (often strong) ocean breezes blowing in our direction.


Since March 17th, 2014 when this project first appeared before the ARB for review, a group of neighbors have been speaking out against its approval because of numerous safety and non-compliant zoning issues that we feel have not been adequately responded to by the Planning Department as well as other city departments.

Today, specifically, I want to once again inform city staff of the presence of translite (asbestos) shingles littered about the subject property on the soil surface and just below. It appears that at some time in the (distant) past, someone dumped construction debris on the property and shallowly covered it with dirt. Time and weather have slowly revealed some of the trash over the years. These shingles are especially dangerous because they are deteriorating and friable. (Please see attachment ‘Asbestos_litter’).

Although I have repeatedly reported the presence of hazardous waste on the project site at the ARB meetings, my concerns have been ignored or minimized by city staff. Last spring, assistant planner Rachel Dimond said that any “issues” such as this would be “handled” during the inspection phase once the project was approved!

It is apparent to me that city staff are not taking my concerns seriously. The 2919 Lincoln Blvd./802 Ashland Ave. proposed development is designated as a “Preferred Permitted” project, and the Planning Department maintains that the project is ministerial due to its size and scope, and that since their claim is that it conforms to code, it stands outside of CEQA review citing exemptions from sections 15268 and 15061(b)(3) of the CEQA guidelines. However, the University of California CEQA Handbook states the following in Section 2.1.1 -Project Definition:


Defining the Project
CEQA applies to all “discretionary projects.” The term discretionary refers to situations in which a governmental agency can exercise its judgment in deciding whether and how to approve or carry out a project. The term project refers to the whole of an action that has the potential, directly or ultimately, to result in a physical change to the environment (CEQA Guidelines Section 15378). This includes all phases of a project that are reasonably foreseeable, and all related projects that are directly linked to the project.

For the University of California, typical projects that could have a significant effect on the environment include capital construction projects, LRDPs, leases, acquisition of property, substantial changes in the use of facilities, and series of actions such as seismic renovation or asbestos removal. Real estate transactions such as leases and acquisitions of property may be considered projects that could have a significant effect on the environment. The proposed location for the project is also essential as it is frequently the site of a project that determines the type, intensity and extent of the environmental impacts. [emph. added].

Moreover, land use attorney John Murdock in a May 30, 2014 letter addressed to the ARB speaks to air quality issues and CEQA requirements:

“….This letter is presented on behalf of Rachel Kelley in furtherance of the reasons and the evidence previously provided by her and other residents in opposition to this project, which has improperly been given an exemption from CEQA review and therefore cannot be approved in any city discretionary action until CEQA has been satisfied by way of a Negative Declaration, Mitigated Negative Declaration, or full EIR. Which one of those choices will be proper depends on an analysis which has not yet been done because staff has determined the project is exempt. The grounds for the exemption are somewhat of a moving target, which is a red flag telling you this is an unusual case and not a proper one for any of the stated grounds.

Since in this case no environmental review under CEQA was undertaken, due to initial staff reliance on a categorical exemption under State Guidelines Section 15332, the lower threshold standard was whether Petitioner presented evidence supporting a fair argument that there may be adverse impacts in need of review and mitigation. See, Azusa Land Reclamation Co v. Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster (2d Dist. 1997) 52 Cal. App 4th 1165, 1202.

However, staff apparently abandoned this exemption when it was pointed out that it does not apply, due to the limitation in subd.(d), which reads as follows:
15332. IN-FiLL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS: Class 32 consists of projects characterized as in-fill development meeting the conditions described in this section.
(d) Approval of the project would not result in any significant effects relating to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality.
(14 Cal. Code Regs. 15332(d); emph. supplied).

Further, the standard of review here must also take into account the prohibition embodied in State CEQA Guideline 15300,2(c), adopted in reliance on the Supreme Court’s decision in Wildlife Alive v. Chickering (1976) 18 Cal. 3d L90,1 and other cases cited by the Agency, providing that the party opposing the exemption need
only show a “reasonable possibility” for significant effects:
[c) Significant Effect. A categorical exemption shall not be used for an activity where there is a reasonable possibility that the activity will have a significant effect on the environment due to unusual circumstances.
[14 CaL Code Regs., L5300.2[c); emph. added).

…..As we see fairly often in CEQA cases, city staff doesn’t always get it right
and the Boards, Commission, and Councils who make the decisions to approve or deny
a project cannot simply rubber-stamp what staff presents to them. It is equally
clear in the present case, where there was no attempt at mitigating the acknow-
ledged impacts, that it would be error for the Board to rely upon the cited categorical exemption.

Section 15061[b)[3), also apparently cited (more recently) by city staff is the so-called “common sense” exemption, i.e., no CEQA review is required when it is so obvious under anyone’s reading of common sense there will be no impacts from a project. However, it cannot be used as an excuse for an exemption here because it does not meet the criterion of that section, to wit, it only applies “Where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment”. [emph. added). Here there is most certainly more than a “possibility” of a significant effect on the environment….

…State law commands that no discretionary approvals can be given by any city for
a project that does not have proper CEQA review. This project does not have proper CEQA review, it has a claimed exemption that does not fit the facts on the ground. Hence, we respectfully submit that the proper course of action for this Board is to deny any approval whatsoever and hold the matter over until city staff has conducted the proper review and presented it to you again with the application for approval.”

(Please see attachment 3-Letter).

Last Spring I observed from my backyard fence that many of the visible asbestos shingles were no longer present on the soil surface. Later that day, I saw a few piles of shingles stacked on a concrete gutter behind the former Ozar Brothers Tire Store that fronts on Lincoln Blvd and shares a boundary line at the 802 portion of the property. That was the first time I observed asbestos in that location, and it seemed obvious to me that they had been collected from the hill and stashed there. (Please see attachment ‘Asbestos_pile’).

Because of the dismissive attitude I experienced from the Planning Department, in August 2014 I reported the asbestos to the AQMD, and based on what I described, Inspector John Anderson came out to my address. He made a finding of hazardous waste in the form of translite asbestos shingles based on observations made from my rear yard and the property gate at Ashland Ave. He told me to report to the AQMD any further action of removal or commencing of construction as his findings absolutely required a hazardous waste abatement.

The EPA establishes National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) whereby regulated asbestos-containing material (RACM) means (a) Friable asbestos material. No one in the Santa Monica Planning Department can possibly know the quantity or volume of RACM present below the soil surface behind my house without a proper environmental review. To minimize the reported presence of a known and federally regulated carcinogen is an untenable position for city staff to take. The fragile condition of the visible asbestos on the hillside indicates a high probability of finer particles dispersed in the soil. Common sense and the law require nothing less than a proper investigation by the appropriate authorities. Regarding the proposed project at 2919 Lincoln/802 Ashland, the casual attitude Santa Monica Planning Department has demonstrated regarding public health and safety is unconscionable.

Before the flush of spring growth on the lot, I noticed that some of the remaining “uncollected” asbestos shingles were no longer visible, suggesting another “pass” at removing them had been made. However, I have eyewitnesses, photographs, and the report by the AQMD inspector not to mention federal and state law that says that the proposed project 2919 Lincoln Blvd/802 Ashland cannot be approved in any city discretionary action until CEQA has been satisfied by way of a Negative Declaration, Mitigated Negative Declaration, or full EIR. The health and safety of our neighborhood demands that the city act lawfully and appropriately.

Thank you for your attention,

Rachel Kelley


If the City Council ignores residents’ opposition to a number of proposed changes in the Zoning Code
update, Residocracy may proceed on a Referendum/Initiative/E-petition update (ZOU) (Too Tall, Too Big,
Too Much)

* 1,135 E-Petition signatures from our Community Network of Residents (Congratulations!)

* Pledges of 10,500 signatures on a referendum and/or an initiative to limit development should City Council ignore the E-Petition

Thank you to all of our Community Network of Residents who have already signed the E-Petition.

If the City Council ignores you and the E-Petition, Residocracy predicts a high likelihood of success should a referendum and/or an initiative petition be launched by Residocracy.

If you have not yet signed the E-Petition, you still can by clicking on the following link: Read and Sign E-Petition

(Our E-Petition on the ZOU can be signed until such time that City Council Votes on the Zoning Ordinance Update at a later hearing)

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In honor of its move to a new venue this month, SHINE will feature true stories of “New Beginnings,” inspiring tales of fresh starts in relationships, careers,
locales, and personal reinvention.

The event will be held Sunday, April 19 at 7:00pm at The Promenade Playhouse in

SHINE has grown into a highly popular storytelling event over the last two-and-
-half years in Santa Monica. Launched at the YWCA, it features experienced and
new storytellers coming together once a month to share inspiring true stories.
The event is known for its relaxed community atmosphere and powerful, entertaining stories.

This month, SHINE will be hosted by Andrea Schell, a dynamic performer, writer,
and producer. Andrea recently performed her solo show “From Seven Layers to a
Bikini Top in Less Than Five Hours,” as part of Santa Monica Repertory Theater’s Solo Series. She is Associate Producer on the indie film Tiger Orange; created, produced and hosted the web show What Would Men Say? (; and can be seen telling stories at SHINE and around Los Angeles.

Professional storytellers for SHINE are chosen from some of the nation’s top award-winning storytellers and writers. Amateur storytellers of all ages and walks of life also take the stage. Six storytellers are booked in advance, and one is chosen from the audience in a random drawing.

Starting now, SHINE will be held monthly on Sunday evenings at the Promenade Playhouse, 1404 Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Doors open at 6:30pm and show starts at 7:00pm.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance at Cash and checks only at the door.

Those interested in becoming a SHINE storyteller are encouraged to visit in advance for monthly theme and submission guidelines.

SHINE is produced by Isabel Storey and presented by Storey Productions in association with Santa Monica Repertory Theater and UCLArts and Healing.
For more information, or 310-452-2321 Those interested in becoming a SHINE storyteller are encouraged to visit in advance for monthly theme and submission guidelines.

City parking structure behind theater.


Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) is pleased to announce its second annual Pier Party, a fundraising event to benefit all students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD).

Pier Party will be held Sunday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The private event,
open to everyone who buys a ticket, expects to draw about 1,500 families and community members to Pacific Park on the historic Santa Monica Pier.

Tickets range from $25 to $175 for general admission and VIP.

There will be rides, games, a live DJ, food vendors, face painting, touch tanks from the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, interactive games by Marbles, The Brain Store, arts and crafts with P.S. ARTS, and other activities for children.

VIP ticket holders will enjoy a breakfast reception and brunch tastings from favorite restaurants, including: Caffe Luxxe, FIG, Pier Burger, Border Grill and Cookie Good.

“Pier Party is SMMEF’s premier community event,” said Kathleen Rawson, President of the SMMEF Board of Directors and CEO of Downtown Santa Monica. “It brings together families from every school in SMMUSD to celebrate and support our students and teachers. We were thrilled by the success of the inaugural Pier Party last year and are very excited for year’s event.”

All proceeds from the event support SMMEF-funded programs in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. SMMEF raises funds annually to fund programs that ensure excellence for every student and school in the district. SMMEF-funded staff and programs include instructional assistants, literacy coaches, elementary arts education, additional middle and high school faculty members, teacher training, and discretionary grants for all 16 schools in the district. Many schools use these discretionary grants to provide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) or visual and performing arts programs. Some schools also use these funds to hire additional health clerks, augment on-site counseling programs, or run other programs focused on student wellness.

“SMMEF’s work to raise funds and community awareness on behalf of SMMUSD students is vital,” said Mary Ann Powell, CEO and General Manager of Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. “Pier Party is a wonderful, unique way for local businesses to actively better our community. Pacific Park enthusiastically supports SMMEF and is proud to partner in this district-wide event.”

Other event sponsors include Skydance; Santa Monica Next; Related; Huntley Santa Monica Beach; Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows + MSD Capital, L.P.; MINI of Santa Monica; The Plaza at Santa Monica; Santa Monica Place; Stifel; Bob Gabriel Co. Insurance; Casa del Mar and Shutters; Chase; DFH Architects; Equity Office Management, LLC; The Georgian Hotel; Harding, Larmore, Kutcher & Kozal, LLP; Hudson Pacific Properties; Islands Restaurant; Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica; Morley Builders; NMS Properties, Inc; Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs; Taxi! Taxi!; Gary Limjap; Khedr Management Company; Stacy White and Brad Simpson of Partners Trust; NMS Properties, Inc.; Vidi Volo; Santa Monica Daily Press; TREATS Frozen Yogurt and Dessert Bar; and Free Associates.

For more event information and to purchase tickets, go to

The four ticket pricing levels are:
• Ticket Level 1 ($25 each or $100 for 5), which includes unlimited rides and one popcorn or cotton candy;
• Ticket Level 2 ($50), which includes unlimited rides, one popcorn or cotton candy, a meal voucher, and a $5 game card;
• Event ($125), which includes breakfast reception, brunch tastings, wristband for unlimited rides, and a $7 game card; and
• VIP Event with Parking ($175), which includes breakfast reception, brunch tastings, wristband for unlimited rides, a $7 game card, and a reserved parking pass to Lot 1 North.

Established in 1982 by a dedicated group of parents, community leaders, and local business owners, SMMEF enhances and supplements the curriculum of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. SMMEF’s mission is to engage the community to invest in a vibrant educational experience for all students in the Santa Monica and Malibu public schools. The Foundation works hand-in-hand with the District to allocate funds in ways that result in the greatest impact. To learn more about SMMEF visit, follow on Twitter: @smmef or like SMMEF on Facebook:

About Pacific Park
Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, LA’s only admission free amusement park, offers 12 amusement rides, 17 midway games, an oceanfront food plaza and retail shops. In addition to the Pacific Wheel, the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel, Pacific Park’s signature rides include The West Coaster, a steel roller coaster that races 55 feet above the Santa Monica Bay; and Inkie’s Air Lift Balloon Ride, the high-flying, family-sharing kids’ ride. For additional information and hours of operation, call 310-260-8744, visit, follow on Twitter: @pacpark and Like at Facebook:


Tonight, at 6:30, A DEBATE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF SANTA MONICA will get underway in Council Chambers, City Hall. It will be long and heated, and crucial.

Virtually simultaneously, at 6 and again at 8, across Fourth Street and up the
hill in Barnum Hall, Cathedral Classics Concert will feature the Chamber Singers
and Madrigal Ensemble, Samohi’s most advanced choirs, performing their European
Tour repertoire.

Tickets are available only at the door. $10 donation for adults, $5 for Students
and Seniors. Free Parking at the Civic Center Lot

Five centuries of choral music, including works by Palestrina, Byrd, Pachelbel, Sweelinck, Lotti and Whitacre, and four early American folk hymns will be performed. All will be conducted by Jeffe Huls, Santa Monica High School’s Director of Choral Music.

The choirs will also present the American premier of a newly commissioned choral
work entitled “The Blessing of Aaron” by composer Julia Seeholzer, a Samohi alum
and Fulbright scholar.

The foyer of historic Barnum Hall is the setting for these intimate concerts; the acoustics mimic those of the glorious cathedrals and historic venues of Holland, Brussels and France, in which our students have recently performed.

Following the film will be a Q&A with Director Varda Bar-Kar and Samohi’s Director
of Choral Music Jeffie Huls.

You can ask the City Council to approve a zoning code revision that will preserve
our gloriously idiosyncratic beach town and its priceless and unique assets AND
you can attend the concert – at 6 or 8 – which vividly demonstrates why residents must prevail.

We have made a town like no other, and we must keep it.