SMC STUDENT IS FINALIST IN NY TIMES “MODERN LOVE” CONTEST

Witty perspective offered in “Swearing Off the Modern Man”

Santa Monica College student Jochebed (Jo) Smith was one of four finalists in the
New York Times Modern Love College Essay Contest. In “Swearing Off the Modern Man,”
she takes a witty, stripped-down look at the contrasts and overlaps in modern and
old–school approaches to dating, developing relationships, and simple communication.

“Jo’s voice really comes through in that essay, and so does her talent,” said SMC
English instructor Joelle Adams. “I wasn’t aware that Jo was writing a piece for
contest, but I’m not surprised that she did, or that she placed as a finalist. She’s always stood out as a very engaged student, with insightful questions and comments.
Jo has demonstrated determination and insight in all of her work for my classes.”

“This whole thing happened because I was browsing social media late one night, and
saw a tweet about the Modern Love contest,” said Smith. “I thought, ‘Oh, wow! I have plenty of material to work from for this, and everything that hurts and is awful will
be funny in time,’ so I decided to take the challenge.”

An art history major, Smith said, “I’m really thrilled. This is the first piece I
feel I’ve ever really finished.”

Smith works at the Hammer Museum, and her current favorite artist is British architect and designer Thomas Heatherwick. “But I love any type of creative expression,” she
said, adding that her plans include incorporating acting back into her life.

Smith said she enrolled at SMC because “I’m shooting for UCLA, and this seemed like
the best and fastest way to get there.” Her goal is to apply next fall for transfer
in 2016 to continue her studies in art history at UCLA.

Smith’s essay – online at www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/style/swearing-off-the-modern-man.html – was published under the headline “The Allure of an Old-School Romance” –
in the Sunday national edition of the New York Times (page ST6) on May 17, 2015.

The Modern Love College Essay Contest – a feature of the New York Times Modern Love column dedicated to reader-submitted essays exploring the ups and downs of love – attracted works from almost 1,800 students from 489 colleges and universities nat-
ionwide, according to Daniel Jones, the column’s editor and the author of “Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject (With the Help of 50,000 Strangers).”

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Jo-Smith-NYT.jpg OR Jo-Smith-NYT-1.jpg: Santa Monica College student Jochebed (Jo) Smith holds a copy of the New York Times with her essay “Swearing Off the Modern Man,” selected as one of the four finalists in the Modern Love College Essay Contest.

LA’S NEW MINIMUM WAGE PUTS LA OUT IN FRONT OF NATION’S MOST PRESSING ISSUE

Sometimes it’s hard to recognize history in the making. But let there be no doubt that this week’s move by the Los Angeles City Council to raise wages for nearly 800,000 women and men ranks as one of L.A.’s greatest accomplishments.

Though it’s not official yet (a final vote is expected in the next few weeks), L.A. will soon become the largest U.S. municipality to enact a citywide minimum wage increase. When passed in its final form, the hike will not only gradually lift wages to more than $15 an hour — it will set some of the toughest enforcement standards in the nation. The proposed ordinance’s wage theft protections are a crucial component, serving as a deterrent to employers who may be tempted to skirt the law. And L.A. is now on a path to reach another milestone: paid sick leave for workers across the city.

LAANE is proud to be a part of the incredible Raise the Wage Coalition that has brought Los Angeles to the brink of a momentous achievement. There is much work ahead as we strive to create an economy that works for all, but this is a moment for all of us to savor.

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COMMITTEE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE TO TAKE PART IN THREE IMPORTANT EVENTS

TODAY, Thursday (5/21), 6:30 p.m., the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District
Board will hear a significant report from Sandra Lyon and Terry Deloria, Re Equity and Access. An Analysis of African American and Hispanic Students Performance and System Response.” In other words, we’ll get an hour-long update on their efforts to narrow the achievement gap between white students and students of color.

Study session Item No.5.02 190 minutes.

Historically, African American and Hispanic students have underperformed both nationally and locally. While recent school efforts have seen improvement in the Hispanic perfor-mance, African American performance remains flat.

It is vital that we are in attendance to voice our support for a program that will address the needs of Black and Brown youth. We must be sure that the board and staff understand the importance of programs that uplift ethnic histories and addresses issues of importance to Black and Brown youth; programs like Village Nation.

2. Most of you know that we on the Committee for Racial Justice have been working on this issue for almost four years. This year, the Intercultural Equity and Excellence District Advisory Committee. have recommended to the Board that it bring The Village Nation to SAMOHI in the fall as an addition to the Restorative Justice program in place there – so far there’s been no response. We’ll also hear about efforts to help disengaged students achieve their potential in grades K – 12.

Come join us at 6:30pm this evening Thursday, at the School District offices to express our concerns or just to give support to community members who will speak on this important issue.

Hope to see you there,

3. Next Thursday night, May 28th , the Santa Monica City Council will hear the budget proposal from the Police Department for next year. In light of the recent Virginia Avenue Park incident in which an African American man was brutalized by police while trying to charge his electric car, as well as the long history of racial profiling experienced by people of color in Santa Monica (we’re not exempt from the experiences that are prompting current national discussions about problems in police culture),

We urge you to attend the meeting and voice your concerns about discriminatory policing and use of excessive force. Details about time and place will be sent out next week.

4. Save the evening of June 5th for our next CRJ workshop. The topic will be equity in policing. More details to come. We know that some of you haven’t heard from us much in recent months because of glitches in our email list. Sorry about that, but we have reconstituted the listserve from our old sign in sheets so that it is more complete now. If you don’t want to receive emails from the Committee for Racial Justice, reply to this one and ask to be removed. As ever, we’ll start with a potluck supper at 6 pm

If you don’t want to receive emails from the Committee for Racial Justice, reply to this one and ask to be removed.

THE SANTA MONICA DEMOCRATIC CLUB PRESENTS!!!

“ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE! THE INSIDE STORY”

DATE: Wednesday May 27, 2015, TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
PLACE: Pico Branch of the Santa Monica Public Library
2201 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica 90404

(Note new location http://smpl.org/PicoBranch.aspx)

Local Democrats to hear insider report on last week’s California Democratic State Convention

Regional Director Susie Shannon and Democratic Club Board Members Barbi Appelquist, Jon Katz, and Shy Roy will recap the State Democratic Party Convention.

Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders (Is Bernie a Democrat?), and will anyone else get into the Democratic primary race?

Plus a rundown of the clown car on the Republican side.

The US Senate: How Democrats can win back control of Congress in 2016, plus Kamala Harris vs. Loretta Sanchez vie for Senator Barbara Boxer’s seat. All the inside stories, plus predictions!!!

ELIZABETH WARREN: “We don’t win what we don’t fight for.”

Members will vote on Bylaw changes.

Light refreshments, parking available, public invited, no charge.

SMC IS ONE OF FIRST TWO-YEAR COLLEGES TO OFFER B.A. DEGREE

Santa Monica College received final approval from the California Community Colleges Board of Governors today to participate in a landmark pilot program allowing it to offer a Bachelor’s Degree in Interaction Design. SMC and two other colleges that were approved today join 12 colleges that were approved in March.

“Community colleges are uniquely positioned to deal with the flexible and changing world,” said Governor Jerry Brown, who attended today’s board meeting and signed SB 850 sponsored by Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego) which allowed up to 15 community college districts to offer bachelor’s degrees in a field of study not offered by the California State University or University of California. “I think we have to get a very broad sense of what higher education is – and higher education now is breaking free of the more traditional parameters, constraints and images.”

California Community Colleges Board President Geoffrey L. Baum called the move “a win for our students and our economy.”

“For us, this has been about our students first, and also about fulfilling our mission to create a competitive workforce to keep California on the economic cutting edge,” said SMC President Dr. Chui L. Tsang. “We are thrilled at the prospect of training our students for a career that pays well and will launch many of them into the middle class, while meeting a dire need in our tech industry.”

Only two private universities in California offer a bachelor’s level degree in interaction design, often referred to as “user experience design.” The programs at these two universities cost around $160,000 – the four-year degree at SMC will cost just over $10,000. More than 100 letters of support affirmed the need for SMC’s degree from Los Angeles tech and entertainment companies including giants like Microsoft, Warner Brothers, Disney, Fox TV, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Amazon Web Services.

SMC Board of Trustees Chair Rob Rader called SMC’s bachelor’s degree “a natural choice” for a college that sits in the heart of Silicon Beach and the LA entertainment industry.

“This decision cements our place in the greater LA entertainment and tech industry,” said Rader, pointing out that SMC’s Interaction Design program will be housed in a design and media campus undergoing an $89 million redesign and slated for a spring 2016 opening. It will also be the new home of SMC’s public radio station KCRW 89.9 FM.

“This innovative curriculum will train students for 21st century jobs in the entertainment industry, Silicon Beach, and in any other enterprise where the public accesses information online,” said California State Senator Ben Allen. “I am proud of Santa Monica College for once again innovating to provide an excellent educational opportunity for students, and contributing to the strength of our regional economy.”

Assembly member Richard Bloom who represents the college in the State Assembly echoed the sentiment.

The legislation sunsets after the 2022-23 school year, after which the Legislature and Governor may renew it pending two Legislative Analyst’s Office reviews of the pilot program, in 2018 and another one in 2022.

Santa Monica College will be posting a list of suggested lower division courses for the first two years of the Interaction Design Bachelor’s Degree on www.smcdesigntech.org where interested students can also sign up for updates. Upper division courses for the final two years of the degree will be offered beginning in the fall semester of 2016.

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IMAGE CAPTION (SMC_exteriorviews.jpg): Santa Monica College received final approval today from the California Community Colleges Board of Governors for its Bachelor’s Degree in Interaction Design, which will be housed in its expanded design and media campus on Stewart Street in Santa Monica, California.

MID-CITY NEIGHBORS’ MONTHLY MEETING BEGINS IN 20 MINUTES

AGENDA
Monday, May 18th, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Location: Colorado Center Community Room, 2500 2500 Broadway (across from Helen’s Cycles)Garage Parking Validated & Broadway is Free after 6:00 pm

GUEST SPEAKER: MATTHEW WELLS, SM URBAN FORESTER, CARING FOR YOUR PARKWAY TREES

1. ANDY HOYER WELCOME, INTRODUCTIONS (5)
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES (5) from Previous Meetings
3. ELLEN HANNAN TREASURER’S REPORT (5) AND ELECTION
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5. GUEST SPEAKER: MATTHEW WELLS, SM URBAN FORESTER (25)

CARING FOR YOUR PARKWAY TREES

6. MAKE MUSIC DAY 2015 (25)
7. ST JOHN’S WORKING GROUP (10)
8. ZONING ORDINANCE UPDATE (30) S
9.UNBUNDLED PARKING
10. RESIDOCRACY ACTIONS (10)
10. UPCOMING CITY MEETINGS (5)
11. NON-AGENDA ITEMS

COME TO MEETINGS! GET INVOLVED! IT’S YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!

CITY BREAKS ANOTHER PROMISE

From Santa Monica resident Tricia Crane –

Unless parents and students act now we will lose the Civic Center Playing Field promised in the 2005 Civic Center Specific Plan.

The Recreation & Parks Commission fought long and hard under Chair Frank Schwengel and many residents to establish a soccer field that would be used jointly by Santa Monica High School and the community on Civic Parking Lot land. That vision and promise has been forgotten

It’s time for the community to speak out for our children, our teens and our residents. Hundreds of residents filled out surveys asking for a playing field when the Civic was redesigned. Those requests were ignored.

Tell the City to keep their promise! Send emails to civic@smgov.net, brd@smmusd.org and
ommissionerbrock@gmail.come by Tuesday evening with your support.

The word civic doesn’t include hotels, offices and restaurants…it does include public use. The Civic Auditorium and the Soccer Field must be retained.

MAYOR HAS CONSTITUENTS ON TWO CONTINENTS

At the California Democratic state party convention, which was held in Anaheim over the weekend, Santa Monica’s Mayor, Kevin McKeown, was re-elected southern vice-chair of the Irish-American Caucus.

McKeown, who has lived in Santa Monica for 30-some years, holds dual citizenship in the United States and the Republic of Ireland.

His effort to forge a sister-city relationship with the Irish city of Galway was supported by the Caucus. Galway, like Santa Monica, is a small west coast town, on a bay, with a strong tradition of arts and culture. McKeown has explored the creation of formal ties with Galway Mayor Donal Lyons and the Santa Monica Sister City Association. Santa Monica currently has ties with cities in Mexico, Germany, Italy, and Japan. In August, he will visit Fujinomiya, Japan, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of sisterhood with that small city, which is located on the flanks of Mt. Fuji.

The Irish-American caucus also unanimously backed McKeown’s motion to support the “RaiseLA” campaign, which aims to create living wages for hospitality workers in Los Angeles. Santa Monica failed to pass a citywide living wage 15 years ago, due primarily to the vigorous opposition of local hotels. Recently, the City set a $15.37-an-hour wage floor in hotel development agreements.

“Too long we have let wages lag behind productivity, creating ever greater hurdles for working families. Children miss out on parental support and education opportunities when mothers and fathers must work two jobs just to make ends meet,” said McKeown.

Eliminating income inequality was a major theme of the weekend convention, with keynote speaker Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren receiving thunderous ovations for her call for a progressive campaign to give lower-income families a path upward and restore the American middle class, which has been decimated by the
financial machinations of the 1 percent.

CITY ISSUES “MEDIA STATEMENT” RE “INCIDENT” IN VIRGINIA AVE. PARK


DATE May 14,2015 
CONTACT: Debbie Lee, Communications & Public Affairs Officer
Office of the City Manager
(310) 458-8301

SANTA MONICA, Calif., – The City of Santa Monica and its Police Department are committed to fostering long
term relationships with our diverse community. At the request of several community members, the City Manager and Chief of Police are scheduled to meet Thursday to listen to their concerns and share information on the
Police Department’s commitment to Constitutional and values-based community policing.


As to the incident on April 21st at Virginia Avenue Park, Mr. Justin Palmer filed a government claim with the
City of Santa Monica on May 8, 2015. Pursuant to City practice, the claim was forwarded to the City Attorney’s Office that is in the process of evaluating the merits of the claim.