As we hope you noticed, the Dispatch computer went blooey the other day. A
number of stories vanished and the posting ofsome new stories was delayed.
We apologize for all of it.

There may be a few more blips, but we will prevail, because our only reason
for being is to give this splendid gathering of residents a voice and preserve
the character of this gloriously idiosyncratic beach town.


Sunday , October 19, Robert Berman Gallery (Gallery B7 at Bergamot Station) will host live jazz fusion, instrumental, and original music performed by local artists between 2 and 6 pm.

!The musicians will feature the current music of L.A. In the words of one of the organizers, “Come kick it, Angelenos, and hear the music that’s emerging around you. And bring your children.”

Casablanca Grill’s chef Mohammed Boutarbouche wll be serving an accompanying cold brew coffee and LA Coffee Club’s lemonade tent “will satisfy all your food and beverage needs.”

The event is free , but A donation of $10 per person is encouraged. It will go directly to the musicians, The Brothers Grand.


Chair Nina Fresco, of the Civic Auditorium Working Group, has announced that the group’s regular meeting on Monday, October 27, will begin at 5:00 pm in order to accommodate the two council candidates among us who have a city tv thing to go to.

This will be a regular meeting, not a workshop. The group will hear a report on parking in the civic center and will plan the next workshop. Come if you can!


Health and Safety Concerns for Children Cited

SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs, representing more than 7,000 members, has joined a growing coalition of civic, environmental and neighborhood groups in opposing Measure D and supporting Measure LC on the November 4th ballot.
Measure D is sponsored by two national aviation industry lobbying groups and would restrict Santa Monica’s ability to regulate operations of the Santa Monica Municipal Airport or to convert the city-owned land into public parkland or recreational space.
Measure D would also specifically prohibit any restrictions to fuel sales or restrictions on the “full use of aviation facilities” – any of these changes would require ballot measures to be approved by a majority of all registered Santa Monica voters.

Citing concerns about the effects of lead and other air emissions on school children and families who live near the airport, PTA Council president Rochelle Fanali stated, “The PTA opposes Measure D because it could thwart or delay necessary efforts to improve the health and safety of airport operations.”

A UCLA study of Santa Monica Airport emissions published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology (UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, 2009) found that people who live and work near Santa Monica Airport are exposed to unusually high levels of air pollution — a significant health concern that has been largely associated with major commercial airports such as LAX.

In 1998, the California State PTA adopted a special resolution titled “Protection of Children from the Harmful Effects of Aircraft Emissions,” recognizing that children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of toxic emissions from the operation of aircraft, especially in and around airports, and urged the appropriate agencies to initiate immediate remedial steps to ensure the protection of school children from these harmful effects.

“For nearly two decades, PTA has recognized that children are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of airport emissions. The U.S. EPA warns that exposure even to low levels of lead early in life have been linked to effects on IQ, learning, memory, and behavior. There is no known safe level of lead in the body,” said Fanali.


Maria Loya announced Friday that she has been endorsed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, in her campaign to represent Santa Monica and Malibu on the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees.

“Maria is the type of person we need serving on the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees,” said Torlakson. “She has the vision and energy necessary to ensure that the residents of Santa Monica and Malibu have access to affordable higher education. As a product of the community college system herself, Maria is well aware of the opportunities afforded by higher education. I look forward to working with her on making Santa Monica College more affordable and accessible for the communities it serves.”

“I am proud to have Tom Torlakson endorse my campaign for Santa Monica College Board of Trustees,” Loya said. “For the past year, our campaign has been talking to voters about the issues important to them: accessibility, affordability and responsibility. Tom’s endorsement goes to show that our message is resonating beyond the local reaches of the college. I look forward to working with him on making higher education affordable and accessible.”

Torlakson helped lead and win the battle to stop budget cuts to California’s schools and put decision-making about how to spend education dollars back in the hands of local parents, teachers, and community leaders. He supported providing local flexibility for $13 billion in state education funds. Earlier this year, he led successful efforts to provide schools with $1.25 billion in locally controlled funding for new textbooks, teacher training and school technology.

Torlakson joins the Los Angeles County Democratic Party and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor in endorsing Loya for Santa Monica College Board of Trustees.

Loya is running for one of four open seats on the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees. The election will be held on November 4, 2014.

She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Pico Neighborhood Association and PTA Board member at Edison Language Academy. She also serves on the steering committee of Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights and is a member of Residocracy’s Advisory Board.

For more information on Maria Loya’s campaign visit her website:

Rounding out his surprise visit on Friday to Santa Monica’s Pico Neighborhood, Torlakson also endorsed Oscar de la Torre for re-election to the SMMUSD Board of Education. “Oscar is the youngest person running for school board but with 12 years of service he has the most governance experience. Parents, educators and residents in both Santa Monica and Malibu have supported Mr. de la Torre in the three past elections because it is clear that Oscar has a personal commitment to serving our students and supporting our schools,” Torlakson said.

Oscar de la Torre and Maria Loya are husband and wife, parents of two boys and both have been very active in local schools, neighborhood concerns, and local political and economic issues, and frequently speak at Santa Monica City Council meetings on
a variety of issues


Santa Monica Planning Commissioner and City Council candidate Richard McKinnon has called for an immediate end to large-scale development in Santa Monica based on Development Agreements, saying they are no longer viable in Santa Monica because of an ongoing lack of water.

The halt is part of McKinnon’s environmental policy – Deep Green – which he released Thursday.

McKinnon said this was the worst drought in 50 years, headed towards the worst on record.

“The drought is already forcing a 20 percent reduction in water for residents,” McKinnon said. “Santa Monica cannot keep building larger, denser buildings, and cramming in over-development when water is nonexistent. We are ignoring reality.
“The 35 proposed DA agreements of developers, with dozens more to come, would create a line of huge luxury hotels on Ocean Avenue, hundreds-of-thousands of square feet of new office space, and thousands of new units. This, in a city that is already stretched to water capacity.

“Santa Monica’s 35-year-long over-development has created water scarcity, endless traffic jams, and an unsustainable future. This cannot continue.”
The other features of McKinnon’s Deep Green Policy include: — Making Santa Monica carbon-neutral by 2030, including all modes of transportation and industry. — Creating a City utility to supply 100 percent renewable energy within five years.
— Insisting that all new buildings be LEED Platinum. — Toughening new rules for Average Vehicle Ridership to force commercial and retail interests to cut daily car usage and trips. — Establishing rules for new development to safeguard scarce water resources.

McKinnon said climate change must be recognized and dealt with.

“There has been an ongoing 30-year cutback of residential water to allow huge, new commercial development and thousands of new apartments,” McKinnon said. “This must stop. Santa Monica is about to lose its skyline to luxury hotels and receive almost nothing in return. Our regionally-important and famous beachfront will be unrecognizable. To continue to build on is folly.”

McKinnon is a renter, small business owner, and former Parks & Recreation Commissioner. He currently serves on the Santa Monica Planning Commission, where he said he works to improve the quality of life in the city.

A committed environmentalist, McKinnon is the former Chair of “Bike It!” Day.He has been a leader in several non-profit organizations within the Santa Monica school system. McKinnon and his family immigrated to the United States from Australia 14 years ago, saying they are “proud to call Santa Monica home.”

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Given the strong opposition voiced by our members, the Board of Northeast Neighbors has voted to oppose ballot measures H & HH.

While our members consider maintaining the affordability of housing in Santa Monica to be an important policy objective of our city, in our view the combined ballot measures H & HH are not the right approach to achieve this goal.

Advocates of H & HH state that the increased fee would affect only “the very affluent.” In fact, H & HH combined would impact long-term members of our community of modest and low income whose homes may be their only asset to provide security in retirement. Increased transfer tax fees would also make new homeownership less achievable. Families whose mortgages are “under water” and seniors who may need to sell their homes for long term care would experience this increased fee as a heavy burden.

Santa Monica already has one of the highest transfer tax rates in the state. Additionally, measures H & HH have no sunset clause, which means the increased fee would go on forever.

To increase the cost of housing in the name of increasing the affordability of housing makes no sense.


The Committee for Racial Justice (CRJ) will hold a community forum
for candidates running for Santa Monica’s College Board of Trustees,
SM/MUSD School Board and Santa Monica City Council on Sunday, Octo-
ber 19.

College professor and psychologist Karen Gunn, will moderate the evening
which will focus on non-typical concerns of residents, such as, educating
the culturally diverse students of SMMUSD and SMCC, addressing the commer-
cial growth in historical neighborhoods, homelessness, and pubic safety’s
response to the city’s diverse community.

Gunn is a community and organizational psychologist with over 20 years exper-
ience as a manager, administrator, teacher and trainer in the public, private
and volunteer sector. As a featured speaker and facilitator, she has present-
ed programs on community and organizational development, human resources, stra-
tegic planning and leadership. She is an active practitioner and research con-
tributor in the areas of program evaluation, human relations, cross-cultural
skills, needs assessment and empowerment.

Dr. Gunn has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels for over 20 years,
and been a faculty member of the Psychology Department at Santa Monica College
since 1985.

The forum will take place at the Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill Street, Santa
Monica on October 19th from 4:00 to 8:30. The Santa Monica College Trustee candidates are scheduled for 4:00 pm, SMMUSD School Board candidates at 5, and
City Council candidates at 6:30 pm.

The Committee for Racial Justice is a non-partisan group focused on supporting residents in addressing the needs of our communities through collaboration, communication, and education. The group was originally formed in August 2012
by a core group of parents, neighbors, and community leaders in Santa Monica.
It holds monthly workshops on a variety of relevant issues. Everyone is wel-
come to participate.


A forum featuring all 14 Santa Monica City Council candidates will be held
Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm (program begins 7 pm). It will be held
at Cross Campus, which is located at 929 Colorado in Santa Monica.

As parking is extremely limited, a free shuttle will operate from 5:45 pm at
the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard. Only attendees with disabled
placards will be permitted to park at the venue’s parking lot. Parking rates
at the library are $1 per hour for the first two hours and 30 minutes. After
that, the rate is $1 per 30 minutes.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and the SM Mirror, a piquant partnership.

To attend, RSVP to

SMMUSD Board / SMC Board
A forum featuring all seven SMMUSD Board of Education candidates and six SMC
Board of Trustees candidates will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22. It will be
held at the Santa Monica Main Library’s Martin Luther King Auditorium, which
is located at 601 Santa Monica Boulevard from 5:30 pm to 8 pm (program begins
6 pm).

Parking rates at the library are $1 per hour for the first two hours and 30
minutes. After that, the rate is $1 per 30 minutes.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. To attend,


Santa Monica Next, which appeared on the net a while ago, and may, or may
not, be at least partially funded by one of City Hall’s numerous P.R.
cells, carried a rather piquant report of President Obama’s visit to Cross
Campus Thursday.

Unfortunately, its report bore only a vague resemblance to a report of
what actually happened in insurancenewsnet.

It quoted the President saying, “There are a couple of people here
I want to acknowledge because they are encouraging the kind of
start-up culture here in the Los Angeles, which has really gotten going.
We’ve got Mayor Eric Garcetti here in the house. Where did he go?
(Applause). There he is. We’ve got the mayor of Santa Monica, which
sounds like a really good job – Pam O’Connor (Applause). And I want
to thank all the folks at Cross Campus who helped bring this together.
So Cross Campus folks, stand up. Where are you? (Applause)

“So both Pam and Eric and a lot of folks here are working very hard to
make L.A. a model for innovation here in California, but also a model
for what we need to see all across the country.”