“COURAGE & RESISTANCE TOUR” LOOKS AT GOVERNMENT SPIES

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“The Courage and Resistance Tour” on government spying on American citizens in
the 1960s and 1970s, was put together by Glendale Community College, History Department Chair Peggy Renner, and her husband, Bob Nelson.

The tour features a variety of panel discussions with John and Bonnie Raines,
two of the eight burglars who broke into a Pennsylvania FBI office in 1971,
stealing over 1000 documents exposing J. Edgar Hoover’s program of illegal surveillance (COINTELPRO).

Also on the panel this week is Betty Medsgar, the only journalist willing to
defy threats by the U.S. Attorney General, publishing in her newspaper the evi-
dence of agents instructed to infiltrate activist communities so as to “enhance paranoia,” (making people think there was “an agent behind every mailbox”) and blanket surveillance of black communities throughout the nation.

The 1971 revelations enraged the public, leading to the first congressional in-
vestigations of all intelligence agencies, establishment of permanent congress-
ional oversight, the 1974 strengthening of the Freedom of Information Act, and
the first national discussion of the role of intelligence agencies in a democra-
tic society.

Decades later, when Medsgar learned that two of the burglars (the Raines) were
old friends of hers, she interviewed them, and the other six burglars. That mat-
erial appears in her recent book, “The Burglary, the Discovery of J. Edgar Hoo-
ver’s Secret FBI.” In addition, this week’s programs will screen the compelling
film on the topic, “1971,” directed and produced by Johanna Hamilton. and co-
produced by academy award nominee Laura Poitras, whose Edward Snowden documen-
tary, “Citizenfour,” is now playing across the country.

Although the focus of the week’s events vary, Peggy Renner and Bob Nelson’s int-
erest in constructing this tour is to encourage greater public activism against government intrusion in our private lives and the further erosion of social jus-
tice. As Renner wrote in her letter to the campus community: “This event offers
us and our students a wonderful opportunity to meet a journalist, victims of
the FBI’s COINTELPRO program and two ordinary American citizens who changed our country’s history. Given recent revelations surrounding the NSA’s secret surveil-
lance programs, the issues addressed in the documentary and subsequent panel discussion continue to be relevant to our lives today.”

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
6 p.m. Screening of 1971,
7:30 p.m. Panel discussion and book signing with Betty Medsger and John and Bon-
nie Raines. Moderated by Robert M. Nelson and Tess Saxton-Fox
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena Beckman Institute Auditorium. Co-sponsored by the Caltech Y Social Activism Speaker Series/ Moore-Hufstedler Fundand the Pasadena ACLU

The Glendale events will take place on Wednesday, January 28, as follows:

11am-12:30: Screening of “1971.” Glendale Community College Auditorium

12:30pm: Book signing with Betty Medsger, lunch

1:30pm: Panel discussion, book signing with Medsger, the Raines. Moderated by
GCC Superintendent/President David Viar, Glendale Community College Auditorium 7-8:30 pm

Events hosted by Peggy Renner, Chair, Department of History.
prenner@glendale.edu (campus phone: 818/240-1000, x5461)

If interested in the Glendale events, you are welcome to attend. . Parking per-
mits can be purchased for a small fee at the large lot and structure just off
the Mountain exit of the 2 Freeway, up the hill from the GCC Campus). All pro-
grams are free.

Screening (11 a.m.) of 1971. Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles Universi-
ty Hall 1000—Ahmanson Auditorium. Panel discussion with Medsger and the Raines.
http://theburglary.com. Moderated by LMU President David Burcham. Hosted by the Department of Student Media and the William H. Hannon Library.
Registration, event details, and driving directions: http://lmu.libcal.com/event.php?id=855778

ANOTHER CHERISHED CITY RESOURCE ANNOUNCES ITS DEPARTURE

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Cathy Tauber and Patting Polinger announced via email today that after 30 years
in business they would close Vidiots, on April 15,

“It is no secret to our customers and the community at large that we have been struggling to stay open for the last few years. Please be assured that we have
done everything possible to continue our mission but it was not enough to make
up for the precipitous drop in rental income — a 24 percent drop in the last
five months alone.

“Unless a sustaining benefactor steps forward within the next month, we will
close as planned and focus on the future of our collection. Our heartfelt
thanks go to all our generous donors, who through online auctions and direct donations, have enabled us to keep our 30-year collection together. It has
been a wonderful journey and we thank all of our staff, past and present, as
well as our loyal customers throughout the years for making Vidiots a prime
resource for Los Angeles film lovers.”

The City urges us to “shop local,” but it does nothing to help uniquely valu-
able and beloved local businesses to survive, much less thrive. There used to
be nearly a dozen independent bookstores on or near the Promenade. They’re
almost all gone – including the legendary Midnight Special, and Arcana, which
has moved its books on the arts to Culver City. Only Hennessey & Ingalls has withstood the Barnes & Noble blitzkrieg, which was engineered by…lo…the City.
Not because it was the right thing to do, but the most lucrative thing to do.
Like the late and still lamented Midnight Special, Vidiots has everything –not
just the “Top Ten.” And it’s staged “special events” that really are special,
and sold “lifetime memberships” for very little and handed out free videos
when construction on site made parking difficult.

The owner of the Midnight Special found a perfect new location a block away
from its old location. but, it closed before it opened, “killed by red tape,”
the owner said succinctly and finally, and Santa Monica lost another treasure.
Vidiots is a treasure, too. Benefactors needed now.

RESIDENTS QUESTION FIRE DEPARTMENT BUDGET

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To: City Council

From: Board of Directors, Friends of Sunset Park

RE: 1/27/15 Council agenda item 8-B: FY 2014-15 Midyear Budget — Fire Department

The January 27th City Council agenda will include the midyear budget review.
There has been some discussion as to whether to add:

a) 6 paramedics to staff one rescue ambulance 24/7, or

b) 12 personnel to staff one reserve fire engine 24/7 with 2 paramedics
and 2 EMT’s.

The FOSP Board of Directors urges the City Council to maintain the current
response model by funding an additional 12.0 FTE firefighters to allow for
the full-time 24/7 staffing of one of the Santa Monica Fire Department (SMFD)
reserve fire engines with 2 paramedics and 2 EMTs.

We think that the staff recommendation for 6.0 FTE firefighters to allow for
the full-time staffing of one rescue ambulance (RA) with 2 paramedics 24/7
is insufficient, in addition to being an unwise and unnecessary change in the
city’s current model of responding to calls for both fire suppression and
emergency medical assistance with a fire engine staffed by 2 paramedics and
2 EMT’s.

The Santa Monica Fire Department received a Class I rating in 2012 (one of
seven cities in California with that rating currently — http://www.isomiti-
gaion.com/ppc/1000/graphs/CA.html) with the current model of sending a fire
engine with 2 paramedics and 2 EMT’s in response to calls for both fire sup-
pression and emergency medical assistance.

The FOSP Board does not understand the rationale for the Santa Monica Fire De-
partment to start switching to a different, and seemingly less effective, res-
ponse model.

We understand that affordable housing is a funding priority for the City Coun-
cil. However, it seems puzzling that the Council would fund housing for resi-
dents less likely to be able to afford health insurance, less likely to visit
a primary care physician for regular check-ups, more likely to use the ER for
primary care, and therefore more likely to need Emergency Medical Assistance,
at a time when we apparently can’t afford to maintain the city’s current high-
ly effective model for Emergency Medical Assistance.

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BACKGROUND

Growing demand for service:

Calls for Service to the Santa Monica Fire Department (SMFD) have increased dramatically over the years, from 1,800 calls in 1972, when the department
had 5 engines and 1 ladder truck, to 13,000 calls in 2013, when the department
had 6 engines and 1 ladder truck. http://www.santamonicafire.org/dailyreports.
aspx

Insufficient staff for fire suppression:

Due to the increase in calls, SMFD apparently has to call on the Los Angeles,
Culver City, and Beverly Hills Fire Departments for “mutual aid” more and more
often.

At the time of the November 18, 2014 attic fire in a 7,000 sq ft home in the
2300 block of La Mesa Drive, due to the size of the structure and the type of
roof construction, the incident commander had to call a “2nd alarm,” i.e., add-
itional equipment and staff. However, SMFD does not have enough firefighters
for a 2nd alarm, so the dispatcher contacted other cities for “mutual aid.”

Unfortunately, none was available, although the LA Fire Department eventually
sent an engine and an ambulance. According to the Daily Press, “A total of 35 firefighters were on the scene.”

Fire Department responds to structure fire” — Santa Monica Daily Press –
11/20/14 – p.12 — http://smdp_backissues.s3.amazonaws.com/112014.pdf

Santa Monica only has 31 firefighters on duty at any given time, so this one
fire apparently required nearly the entire Fire Department. What if another
emergency had occurred in Santa Monica at the same time, and the nearby fire departments couldn’t provide mutual aid?

When the Expo Light Rail starts bringing even more people into the city on a
daily basis in 2016 and tying up north-south traffic, there will apparently be
only two engine companies to serve the neighborhoods south of the light rail,
i.e., the Pico neighborhood, Sunset Park, and Ocean Park.

Fire Station 2 is on Hollister in the Ocean Park neighborhood.

Fire Station 5 is on 25th and Ashland, next to Santa Monica Airport.

An additional concern is that when Engine Company 5 is out on a call, there is
no one to man the Aircraft Crash Rig at Station 5, which is specifically de-
signed to suppress flammable liquid fires in the event of an aircraft accident.

Medical emergencies:

Approximately 78% of emergency responses in Santa Monica are medical in nature.
All firefighters must possess EMT certification at the minimum. Almost half of
the SMFD firefighters are licensed as paramedics. All the EMTs and paramedics
are also firefighters, which allows the SMFD to provide a full service response, whether it’s a medical emergency, fire traffic collision, or any other emergency. http://santamonicafire.org/Content.aspx?id=9428

According to the City of Santa Monica, “More than 1/3 of Santa Monica residents
are over the age of 50, and the percent of adults 65 and older will increase dramatically over the next 10 or 15 years.” This will inevitably result in an increase in the need for emergency medical services.

http://www.smgov.net/Portals/Seniors/content.aspx?id=19273

According to the Center for Disease Control’s “Leading Causes of Death” as of
2010, heart disease was the leading cause of death for males and females of all
races and ethnicities. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/deaths.htm

From the American Heart Association: “We’ve all seen the movie scenes where a
man gasps, clutches his chest and falls to the ground. In reality, a heart
attack victim could easily be a woman, and the scene may not be that dramatic. Although men and women can experience chest pressure that feels like an ele-
phant sitting across the chest, women can experience a heart attack without
chest pressure….

“Instead [women] may experience shortness of breath, pressure or pain in the
lower chest or upper abdomen, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, upper
back pressure or extreme fatigue. Even when the signs are subtle, the conseq-
uences can be deadly, especially if the victim doesn’t get help right away…
Even though heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, women often chalk up
the symptoms to less life-threatening conditions like acid reflux, the flu
or normal aging.”

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/WarningSignsofaHeartAt-tack/Heart-Attack-Symptoms-in-Women_UCM_436448_Article.jsp

2-person Rescue Ambulance squads vs. Fire Engines staffed with 2 paramedics
and 2 EMT’s:

With 4-person response, for example, if the call is to an apartment building
with a security door, one person secures the entry door and guides the cont-
ract ambulance crew to the apartment, while a second person documents the call, contacts the hospital(s) and gets a destination, talks to the family, gets the patient’s medical history, and finds out what medications the patient takes.
This leaves the third and fourth to perform Advanced Life Support (ALS) proce-
dures — check vital signs, start IVs, attach 12 leads for EKGs, perform capno-
graphy and intubation, or whatever is needed.

If the patient suffers a heart attack, all 4 stay with the patient:

1 – airway (intubation)

2 – chest compressions

3 – connect the patient’s 12 leads to the EKG monitor

4 – start an IV with cardiac drugs

According to Wikipedia, capnography is increasingly being used by EMS personnel
to aid in their assessment and treatment of patients in the pre-hospital envir-onment. These uses include verifying and monitoring the position of an endotra-
chael tube or a blind insertion airway device. A properly positioned tube in the trachea guards the patient’s airway and enables the paramedic to breathe for the patient. A misplaced tube in the esophagus will lead to the patient’s death if
it goes undetected.

If only a 2-man squad responds to a call, one does chest compressions while the second person does CPR with a bag valve mask (which can inadvertently push air
into the stomach, causing vomiting), and they wait for back-up to arrive. From
what we understand, a 2-man squad can’t start an IV, and they can’t intubate air directly into the lungs.

The advantage of starting an IV to administer cardiac drugs is that these drugs apparently strengthen the heart in case shock treatment is required (which para-
medics can do, but not with a 2-man crew).

Complications from using the bag valve mask, rather than intubation, are related
to over-inflating or over-pressurizing the patient, which can cause 1) air to
inflate the stomach, 2) lung injury from over-stretching, and/or 3) lung injury
from over-pressurization.

When a face mask is used in conjunction with a manual resuscitator, the intent
is for the force-delivered air or oxygen to inflate the lungs. However air
entering the patient also has access to the stomach via the esophagus, which
can inflate if the resuscitator is squeezed too hard (causing air flow that is
too rapid for the lungs to absorb alone) or too much (causing excess air to
divert to the stomach).

Gastric inflation can lead to vomiting and subsequent aspiration of stomach con-
tents into the lungs, which has been cited as a major hazard of bag-valve-mask ventilation, with one study suggesting this effect is difficult to avoid even
for the most skilled and experienced users. Stomach inflation is a complex prob-
lem that may cause regurgitation, gastric acid aspiration and, possibly, death.

For these reasons, it seems that maintaining the current model of sending a Fire Engine with 2 paramedics and 2 EMT’s in response to calls for emergency medical assistance would be safer than sending only a Rescue Ambulance with 2 paramedics.

LONG LOST SPEECH BY MARTIN LUTHER KING IS FOUND

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In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Democracy Now featured a long lost record-
ing of a speech he made in London on December 12,1964 delivered a few days be-
fore he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

“Suggesting a new organization, the International Association for the Advance-
ment of Creative Maladjustment, Dr. King declares:

“There are some things in my own nation, and there are some things in the world,
to which I am proud to be maladjusted and to which I call upon all men of good-
will to be maladjusted until the good society is realized. I must honestly say
to you that I never intend to become adjusted to segregation, discrimination, colonialism and these particular forces.

“ I must honestly say to you that I never intend to adjust myself to religious bigotry. I must honestly say to you that I never intend to adjust myself to ec-
onomic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to
the few. I must say to you tonight that I never intend to become adjusted to
the madness of militarism and the self-defeating effects of physical violence,
for in a day when Sputniks and explorers are dashing through outer space and
guided ballistic missiles are carving highways of death through the stratosphere,
no nation can win a war. It is no longer the choice violence and non-violence;
it is either nonviolence or non-existence…. “

The recording of this newly found speech is available at

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/19/exclusive_newly_discovered_1964_mlk_speech.

The Dispatch thanks Susan Hartley for sending it to us.

FRANK GEHRY’S HOUSE IS SET TO MUSIC

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The world premiere of “Frank’s House,” the musical version, by composer Andrew
Norman will take place on Thursday,February 5, at 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater.

Inspired not by any of Frank Gehry’s distinguished buildings here and abroad, “Frank’s House” is a tribute to the celebrated architect’s home in Santa Monica,
and spotlighted in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Westside Connections
series “exploring connections between music and architecture.”

“Frank’s House” may be the most unusual work in the series.

Several decades ago, Gehry bought a conventional house on a conventional corner
in a serene, green Santa Monica neighborhood, and he and his family moved in.
Then Gehry, who was virtually unknown at the time, began adding to and sub-
tracting from the house and garden.

A large gate into the backyard, at one point, had three large sliding doors. Some neighbors complained that the ever-changing house house was “ugly…a mess…an eye sore…” and threatened their “property values.”

It is said that the first speed bumps in Santa Monica were placed in the street
near his house to slow sightseers down.

The “strange” house notwithstanding, Gehry’s practice grew and his reputation went international. With the opening of his Guggenheim Museum in Bilbau, Spain, he was acclaimed as the “world’s most influential architect.”

But he and his family continued to live in the “strange” house, and he continued
to tinker with it.

The preniere of “Frank’s House” will be hosted by LACO Concertmaster Margaret
Batjer. Also on hand will be Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne, the Juilliard School’s Ara Guzelimian, LACO Music Director Jeffrey
Kahane, LACO Principal Timpani/Percussion Wade Culbreath, Pianist Joanne Pearce Martin and Percussionist Ted Atkatz. In what must be an unprecedented event,
the group will explore the “compelling connections” between music and architec-
ture.

The Westside Connections series concert, curated and hosted by Batjer, includes conversations with the special guests as well as musical offerings connecting
form, structure and line featuring Kahane, LACO Principal Timpani/Percussion
Wade Culbreath, percussionist Ted Atkatz and pianist Joanne Pearce Martin.

Also on the program are Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion (1937)
and two works by Bach, transcribed by Kurtág for piano four hands, Chorale Pre-
lude, “O Lamb of God most holy” (VIII), and Sonatina from Actus tragicus, “God’s
time is the best time,” BWV 106, as well as the world premiere by Norman, whose
music has been hailed by The New York Times for its “daring juxtapositions and dazzling colors.”

Gehry is renowned for his bold, iconic postmodern designs including architect-
ural masterworks such as Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Guggen-
heim Museum, Dancing House in Prague and the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris,
which opened in late 2014 to great acclaim.

Still based in Los Angeles, Gehry received the Pritzker Prize in 1986, was the subject of a documentary film by director Sydney Pollack, and has become a lead-
ing figure in mainstream culture, appearing in an Apple commercial and playing himself in an episode of the hit television show “The Simpsons.”

Comparing architecture to music, Gehry has said, “It’s like jazz. You improv-
ise, you work together, you play off each other, you make something.”

Norman is considered among the most intriguing musical voices of his generation.
As a lifelong enthusiast for all things architectural, he draws on an eclectic
mix of instrumental sounds and notational practices and writes music that is of-
ten inspired by forms and textures he encounters in the visual world. He is the recipient of the ASCAP Nissim Prize, Rome Prize and Berlin Prize, and his The Companion Guide to Rome was named a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Mu-
sic. Norman teaches at the USC Thornton School of Music.

The Ann and Jerry Moss Theater is at at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica.

Ticket prices, Beginning at $60; Subscription to all three Westside Connections concerts is $135. TICKETS/INFORMATION: 213 622 7001 x 1 and laco.org

ARTHUR MILLER PLAY, THE PRICE, IN REHEARSAL

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Rehearsals began this week for the Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum pro-
duction of “The Price” by Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and National Medal of Honor-winner Arthur Miller. The family drama by one of America’s greatest playwrights
will open the Mark Taper Forum’s new season February 11 through March 22, 2015,
with the opening set for February 21.

Directed by Tony Award-winner (“The Beauty Queen of Leenane”) Garry Hynes, this poignant story about the cost of choices made over a lifetime, features Kate Bur-
ton, John Bedford Lloyd, Alan Mandell and Sam Robards.

“The Price” also features set design by Matt Saunders, costume design by Terese Wadden,lighting design by James F. Ingalls and sound design by Cricket S. Myers. Casting is by Meg Fister and the production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

Two brothers who haven’t spoken to each other in 16 years come together to set-
tle their late father’s estate. Victor (played by Sam Robards), a police offi-
cer of 28 years, his brother, Walter (John Bedford Lloyd), a successful surgeon,
and Victor’s wife, Esther (Kate Burton), gather in the attic of the family’s New
York brownstone, where they are met by Solomon, a wise and wily antiques dealer
(Alan Mandell). It is not only years of accumulation of family belongings that
need sorting out, but also the hidden motives that long ago fractured the bro-
thers’ relationship.

Kate Burton is Richard Burton’s daughter. Sam Robards is the son of Lauren Bacall
and Jason Robards.

12TH ANNUAL VENICE FILM FEST IS SUNDAY

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SUNDAY, Jan 25, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd. 7-10 pm free. LAUGHTEARS.com. 310-306-7330 – Colorful history of films made in Venice California, with:

Jeffrey Stanton’s (author of “Venice California – Coney Island of the Pacific”)
talk and rare film clips

Two special films by documentary filmmaker and Venice resident, Mark Steven
Shepherd: VENICE- DAY AND NIGHT (2013, 14 minutes) World premiere of Shepherd’s poetic insider look at Venice with majestic Time Lapse of local beauty, a uni-
que look inside the 2010 Art House, a “Banksy” inspired refuge where Venice art-
ists could paint, create, dance and sing inside a condemned building on Abbot
Kinney, and the Venice Centennial 100th birthday party, with low riders, bikers,
and Treeman. It climaxes at night on the Venice Circle, where the fire breath-
ing group, The Mutators close the party. and

STREET LIFE (1981, 28 minutes) with SWAMI X and Butch Mudbone.

Tim Corvin’s Venice Beach -1985 (1985-2014) 45 minutes, colorfully documents
the spirit of the Venice Boardwalk with Jingles, Daisy, Limpopo, Peter Demian
and more fascinating time travel in our metamagical community. .

Ultra rare trailer for VENICE RALPH documentary, the most iconic wino-philoso-
pher ever to prance the Venice Boardwalk.

Plus- Live Music by the Boardwalk’s Maestro Alan Robinson.

Climaxes at night on the Venice Circle, where the fire-breathing group, The
Mutators close the party. and STREET LIFE (1981, 28 minutes) with SWAMI X
and Butch Mudbone.

LOCAL WATER USE TO BE CUT 20 PERCENT IN TWO YEARS

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By Jon Christensen and Mark Gold |

LAOBSERVED Story

Mark Gold writes: The water conservation battle is on! Last week, the Santa
Monica City Council voted to approve a water shortage response plan with the
goal of achieving a 20 percent citywide reduction in water use by December
31, 2016. As you may recall, Mayor Garcetti has already set a Los Angeles
goal for a 20 percent reduction for January 2017, just a flip of the calend-
ar behind Santa Monica.

The cities are taking different approaches to reaching these ambitious goals. Starting in April, individual “water allowances” will begin appearing on San-
ta Monica consumer bills with 20 percent reduction targets compared to the
water households used in April 2013. The target levels will be 274 gallons-
per-day for single-family homes and 137 gallons-per-day for customers in mul-
ti-family units, such as apartments. These targets are based on water use
data from a residential user study conducted by the American Water Works
Association and guidelines from the state of California. No conservation
threshold has been set for commercial customers because of the variability
in usage in that sector. In the coming months, Santa Monica will toughen its
water conservation ordinance, provide incentives for owners to install met-
ers in multi-family units, streamline drought tolerant landscape permitting,
and establish more stringent conservation requirements for new development –
and significant redevelopment projects The biggest proposed change would re-
quire no net increase in city water use for all new developments. These bold
moves are in response to the Governor Jerry Brown’s declaration of a drought emergency in California and Santa Monica’s subsequent declaration of a “stage
two water supply shortage.” Santa Monica has also declared itself committed
to being 100 percent self-reliant on local water by 2020. Conservation will
be crucial to reach that goal.

The big stick in Santa Monica is a new penalty system. When customers exceed
their water allowances, they will incur financial penalties: $10 for every 100
cubic feet of water (around 750 gallons) they use over their allotment. For a
typical resident, this won’t amount to much. I can’t imagine a resident runn-
ing up against the $1,000 maximum penalty per two-month billing period, because
that would be an additional 100 billing units or 75,000 gallons of water! But chronic violators who exceed their allowances seven times or more would be
subject to $10,000 fines or the installation of flow restrictors on their prop-
erty.

Unfortunately, Santa Monica opted not to approve a penalty multiplier for less
severe chronic violators. An earlier proposal had customers who exceeded their allowance three times paying three times the penalty of first time violators.
This approach would have offered a greater deterrent for water wasters. The
city also opted not to institute a more steeply tiered billing structure that
would have more severely penalized water wasters and encouraged conservation
Not exactly the approach one might expect from a city that adopted an enforce-
able environmental bill of rights ordinance and successfully sued oil compan-
ies for $250 million to get its groundwater cleaned up. But the city council
feared liability based on a district court judge’s ruling in San Juan Capist-
rano that customers cannot be required to pay for more than the services they
receive from the water utility. Imagine customers not being on the hook for
the cost of water treatment and conveyance infrastructure because they might
not personally receive water from particular critical infrastructure improve-
ments that benefit the whole city. Numerous cities, water districts and envir-
onmental groups have appealed the district court decision, and the appeal is
expected to be heard this year.

Like Los Angeles, which will pay $3.75 per square foot of lawn residents tear
out and replace with drought tolerant landscaping, Santa Monica is beefing up
its turf replacement programs, which offers $3.50 per square foot of lawn resi-
dents replace, as a catalyst for permanent conservation. Outdoor landscaping
uses between 40 and 70 percent of the water used in single-family homes. Santa
Monica is also beefing up its water patrol staff to improve education and is-
sue more tickets for violations of existing ordinances against wasting water
through irresponsible irrigation and washing “hardscapes” such as driveways.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s directive is focused on a more voluntary approach to persuading the public to conserve. But the city of LA is ratcheting down on
city government water use to try to lead by example. LA’s Department of Re-
creation and Parks hasn’t used potable water for irrigation at its parks for
nearly two months. The Department of Water and Power, the Bureau of Sanita-
tion, Building and Safety, and others have identified a wide variety of policy recommendations and projects that will result in major water savings if the-y
move forward. Among the areas being investigated are strengthening conserva-
tion requirements for new development and redevelopment projects, creating a
tiered rate structure, advocating for a list of priority projects for funding
from Proposition 1, the water bond that passed statewide in the fall, and re-
ducing residential watering days to two days a week. Look for major announce-
ments from the city of LA in the next few months.

It’s great to see this kind of friendly competition between cities! A 20 per-
cent savings in Santa Monica will get the city down to about 113 gallons of
water per capita per day. A 20 percent reduction in Los Angeles will lower
the average to about 105 gallons per capita per day. But when it comes to
better managing California’s precious water resources, there are no losers
in conservation.

In other regional water news, the Malibu City Council unanimously approved an environmental impact report for a moderately sized water recycling facility in
the city’s civic center–a courageous move that shows Malibu is finally grow-
ing up as a city. The controversy over water recycling was one reason Malibu
broke away from LA County to become a city. The county had proposed a large, environmentally damaging treatment plant in Corral Canyon, now part of the San-
ta Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The recently approved plant,
which is scheduled to be completed in 2017, is a third of the size, will large-
ly discharge water underground, and includes a major water recycling component.
The end result will be a much needed local water supply and less nutrient and pathogen pollution going into Malibu Lagoon and Surfrider Beach.

Full disclosure: The author serves in a voluntary advisory role on water policy
for both the cities of Santa Monica and Los Angeles.

PLANNING THE FUTURE OF THE CIVIC AUDITORIUM

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The Civic Working Group that has been discussing possible futures for the his-
toric Civic Auditorium will hold a second Community Workshop on the future of
Santa Monica’s historic Civic Auditorium on Saturday and Sunday, January 31 & February 1.

It will be “a hands-on exploration” of potential uses and costs.Workshop parti-
cipants will explore possible uses for the landmark structure and site, and
then calculate what it would cost to turn those possibilities into reality, in dollars and cents.

“The features of the remarkable interactive budgeting tool that we are bringing
to the workshop will take the public beyond their aspirations for the Civic to explore the practical aspects of implementing them. Participants will be able
to experiment with the balance between different uses for the Civic Auditorium
and the adjacent site with the financial realities of construction and opera-
tion.” said Civic Working Group Chair Nina Fresco. “The Civic Working Group is bringing a complex set of issues and data together in this tool, which is tail-
ored to the Civic’s unique features and circumstances.”

The two-day workshop will be held 9:30 am to 1 pm both days in the East wing of
the Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St.

People who can’t attend the workshop, can take part online, February 2-14, shar-
ing their ideas and priorities online, including the interactive budgeting exer-
cise from the workshop.

For more details on line.www.santamonicacivic.org.

SM COMMITTEE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE AND CULVER CITY SOCIAL JUSTICE AND MISSION TEAM SHARE RESPONSE TO MASS INCARCERATION

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The Committee for Racial Justice will next meet on February 8th (more in-
formation to follow). In the meantime, it is sharing an announcement from
the Social Justice and Mission Team of Culver Palms United Methodist Church.

WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM: RESPONDING TO MASS INCARCERATION!

The United States has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s
prison population. More than 60% of those in U.S. prisons are Black or Hi-
spanic. How did this happen? Is there anything we can do about this?

Please join us for a presentation and discussion featuring Rev. Timothy
Murphy, Executive Director, Progressive Christians Uniting! on Sunday,
February 1st, 2015, Noon to 2:00 p.m. Culver Palms United Methodist Church!
4464 Sepulveda Blvd! Culver City, CA 90230

Lunch will be served. Please call or e-mail the church office to reserva-
tions for lunch.

Phone: 310-390-7717! E-mail: culverpalmsumc@yahoo.com! Suggested donation: $7

Presented by the Social Justice and Mission Team of Culver Palms U.M.C.