BoyCot This Public Meeting Bring Your BullHorns and Tell City Staff They Are Misrepresenting the PNA’s Efforts to Preserve the Pico Neighborhood.

Bring your protest signs and BullHorns and tell the City to Stop this sham of  a Project Previously Known as the Pico Neighborhood Zoning Ordinance passed by the City Council, Which Planning Staff constantly rebrand as the Pico wellBeing Project  YOU are invited. The Pico Neighborhood Zoning Ordinance is what we want.

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Independent Latino parent group recognized by school district

 

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Latino and Spanish-speaking parents looking for a place to congregate aside from traditional school groups have a new, district-recognized organization to call home: Padres, Estudiantes y Maestros Asociacion (PEMA).

The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District formally recognized PEMA as an independent parent group at the Thursday, September 6 board meeting.

PEMA’s mission is to “provide information and resources to Latino parents and families and to empower them to become involved in the education of their children; with the ultimate goal to have a positive outcome on Latino Student achievement at SAMOHI.”

The group returned to the school board agenda after having their formal recognition and adoption delayed last week due to application issues.

Having addressed application challenges with help from the district and legal counsel, the independent group is now official after unanimous approval from the school board.

“SAMOHI Latino PEMA would like to thank every SMMUSD board member for their unanimous approval of our application,” Dr. Berenice Onofre, founder of PEMA said in an emailed statement. “Latino PEMA looks forward to working collaboratively and in partnership with SAMOHI and district administration & staff to have a positive impact towards accomplishing equity in parent engagement at SMMUSD.”

The school board was enthusiastic about the approval, excited for more parent engagement.

Board member Ralph Mechur says he felt PEMA members seemed “dedicated to working with our community,” saying he hopes engagement of Latino families rises and that he hopes PEMA is a “great success.”

Maria Leon-Vasquez echoed Mechur’s sentiments, saying the group is “much-needed” in a time where the district is attempting to create more family engagement.

She questioned the group’s 501c3 designation, which Superintendent Dr. Drati said was due to the group being independent of the district, providing PEMA an option of fundraising if the group wishes to.

When reached for comment, Onofre said the group may do small fundraisers, if necessary.

While the board was warm to the adoption of PEMA, one public speaker was not.

Lupe Ibarra, Chair of the Samohi Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and President of the District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC), said she felt a Latino / Spanish-speaking parent group would create division within the district and it’s Latino community.

“We have the PTSA, it’s the parent support group for all of us,” Ibarra said. “I feel like we’re separating ourselves and self-segregating. Parents need a Spanish group that they can get an education from, they don’t need a group that needs to raise funds … I don’t feel it’s needed. I feel like we’re going backwards instead of forward.”

Ibarra further added that she felt PEMA would “feed anger”, saying there are “so many things already” for parents. She said parents have asked her why PEMA formed, answering that she doesn’t know why, but that everyone should get along– at PTSA meetings.

Oscar de la Torre pressed Ibarra on her accusations of potential division.

“You’re President of DELAC, correct? Most of the members in that organization, are they Spanish-speaking? Majority of them? Is that self-segregation? Do you feel that type of organization is a problem? Do you feel the African American parent support group is also a problem?” De la Torre asked.

“No, no, no,” Ibarra said. “I feel we already have a big group with all — the PTSA. Just make it one [group] and come to the meetings. We have a lot of education workshops, all that there. Why separate ourselves? We have a PTA already for everyone. I feel we should all be one family.”

De la Torre noted there are roughly 900 Latino students in the district, “which means there must be around 1800 parents,” and a 15% drop-out rate among Latinos, making more engagement and groups necessary. He compared PEMA and the PTSA as Santa Monica and Malibu school districts, realizing they can do better work separately while working for the same goals.

Board President Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein agreed.

“We’re all committed to closing the achievement gap,” he said. “Experience isn’t all the same for Latino parents and I, too, welcome many groups. I hope people attend PEMA, other groups, and the PTA.”

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Tenant Clinic

 

 

for Ellis Evictions & Harassment

 

  • Are you facing eviction because your building was recently Ellised?

 

  • Are you experiencing harassment by your landlord?

Come and get information on resources that can help you and get your questions answered by representatives from the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office, Santa Monica Rent Control Board, CCSM, SM Housing Division, SM Code Enforcement, Legal Aid and St. Joseph’s

 

Date: Thursday July 26, 2018

Location: Virginia Ave. Park – Thelma Terry Room

Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

The PNA will provide food & drinks

 

 

 

 

 

Para inquilinos pasando por desalojo & acoso

 

  • Esta pasando por desalojo por que su edificio fue Ellised?

 

  • Esta pasando por acoso por parte del dueño de su apartamento?

 

Estan invitados a recibir información sobre los recursos que existen en Santa Monica para ayudar a inquilinos que estan pasando por desalojo y haga que sus preguntas sean contestadas por representantes de la Oficina del Fiscal de la Ciudad de Santa Mónica, representates de la Junta de Control de Rentas de Santa Mónica, CCSM, Division de Viviendas, SM Code Enforcement, Legal Aid y St. Josephs

 

Fecha: Jueves 26 de Julio 2018

Local: Virginia Ave. Park – Thelma Terry Room

Tiempo: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

The PNA va dar comida y bebidas

For more information contact Oscar de la Torre at (310) 922-5122 or email Cris McLeod at cristopher1@myway.com

 

City mounts new effort to torpedo voting lawsuit

By Matthew Hall on in News

The City of Santa Monica has filed a new argument to have a lawsuit challenging its voting system thrown out of court.

The city filed a summary judgment motion last week asking the court to rule in its favor and terminate the lawsuit before going to trial.

Plaintiffs (Pico Neighborhood Association, including co-chair Oscar de la Torre and his wife Maria Loya) have accused the city of violating the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) with the use of at-large elections. The suit seeks to force the City to move to a district-based system.

The Act outlaws at-large elections that impair the ability of a protected class to elect candidates or influence an election. According to the suit, racially polarized voting occurred in four instances over the past seventy years: when Tony Vazquez lost in 1994, Josefina Aranda in 2002, Maria Loya in 2004, and Oscar de la Torre in 2016.

A previous attempt by City Hall to have the suit terminated failed last year.

In this case, the city said “the lawsuit fails as a matter of law and undisputed facts, because the at-large election system that plaintiffs challenge under the California Voting Rights Act (“CVRA”) and the Equal Protection Clause of the California Constitution has not caused any dilution of Latino/a voting strength in Santa Monica.  On the contrary, Santa Monica’s Latino/a voters can and do exercise their full voting power to elect the City Council candidates they prefer.”

Kevin Shenkman, the Malibu attorney who has brought the case in Santa Monica after winning a slew of others in cities across Southern California, said the City doesn’t understand the law.

“The City’s motion continues to demonstrate its misunderstanding of the California Voting Rights Act, and we expect that it will ultimately be denied, just like the City’s similar motion was denied by the trial court, appellate court and California Supreme Court,” he said.

In a statement, City Hall said the city’s Latino/a voters live throughout the city and cannot be clustered into a single voting district. The city also argues non-white candidates have been successful in seeking citywide office citing de la Torre’s repeated wins as a member of the school board. According to the City, about “though Latino/as account for just over one-eighth of the City’s population, they hold roughly one-fifth of the City’s elective offices.”

Shenkman said the City’s position perpetuates racist arguments.

“It is particularly disturbing that a purportedly progressive city as Santa Monica would parrot the misguided arguments of only the most racist right-wingers against minority voting rights, and even pay an “expert” who has been responsible for perpetuating and defending some of the most notable episodes of state-sponsored racial discrimination in the United States over the past 30 years,” he said.

In addition to arguing that the lawsuit would create an unconstitutional race-based voting district, the City said the suit was filed by attorney’s “who have filed, or threatened to file, similar CVRA lawsuits against a number of other California cities, seeking, as they do here, payment by the cities of their attorneys’ fees.”

Shenkman said the City’s statement is hypocritical given their use of outside attorneys.

“Finally, with respect to the City’s criticism of Plaintiffs for seeking to recover their attorneys’ fees – for work necessitated by the City’s recalcitrance and refusal to abide by the law – we will discount our fees to the same extent that the City’s high-priced lawyers at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP (the same firm responsible for giving us George W. Bush – see Bush v. Gore) return the millions of dollars the City has paid to them,” he said.

A hearing on the motion is set for June 14, if the motion fails, the City has said it will proceed to trial.

City mounts new effort to torpedo voting lawsuit

By Matthew Hall on in News

The City of Santa Monica has filed a new argument to have a lawsuit challenging its voting system thrown out of court.

The city filed a summary judgment motion last week asking the court to rule in its favor and terminate the lawsuit before going to trial.

Plaintiffs (Pico Neighborhood Association, including co-chair Oscar de la Torre and his wife Maria Loya) have accused the city of violating the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) with the use of at-large elections. The suit seeks to force the City to move to a district-based system.

The Act outlaws at-large elections that impair the ability of a protected class to elect candidates or influence an election. According to the suit, racially polarized voting occurred in four instances over the past seventy years: when Tony Vazquez lost in 1994, Josefina Aranda in 2002, Maria Loya in 2004, and Oscar de la Torre in 2016.

A previous attempt by City Hall to have the suit terminated failed last year.

In this case, the city said “the lawsuit fails as a matter of law and undisputed facts, because the at-large election system that plaintiffs challenge under the California Voting Rights Act (“CVRA”) and the Equal Protection Clause of the California Constitution has not caused any dilution of Latino/a voting strength in Santa Monica.  On the contrary, Santa Monica’s Latino/a voters can and do exercise their full voting power to elect the City Council candidates they prefer.”

Kevin Shenkman, the Malibu attorney who has brought the case in Santa Monica after winning a slew of others in cities across Southern California, said the City doesn’t understand the law.

“The City’s motion continues to demonstrate its misunderstanding of the California Voting Rights Act, and we expect that it will ultimately be denied, just like the City’s similar motion was denied by the trial court, appellate court and California Supreme Court,” he said.

In a statement, City Hall said the city’s Latino/a voters live throughout the city and cannot be clustered into a single voting district. The city also argues non-white candidates have been successful in seeking citywide office citing de la Torre’s repeated wins as a member of the school board. According to the City, about “though Latino/as account for just over one-eighth of the City’s population, they hold roughly one-fifth of the City’s elective offices.”

Shenkman said the City’s position perpetuates racist arguments.

“It is particularly disturbing that a purportedly progressive city as Santa Monica would parrot the misguided arguments of only the most racist right-wingers against minority voting rights, and even pay an “expert” who has been responsible for perpetuating and defending some of the most notable episodes of state-sponsored racial discrimination in the United States over the past 30 years,” he said.

In addition to arguing that the lawsuit would create an unconstitutional race-based voting district, the City said the suit was filed by attorney’s “who have filed, or threatened to file, similar CVRA lawsuits against a number of other California cities, seeking, as they do here, payment by the cities of their attorneys’ fees.”

Shenkman said the City’s statement is hypocritical given their use of outside attorneys.

“Finally, with respect to the City’s criticism of Plaintiffs for seeking to recover their attorneys’ fees – for work necessitated by the City’s recalcitrance and refusal to abide by the law – we will discount our fees to the same extent that the City’s high-priced lawyers at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP (the same firm responsible for giving us George W. Bush – see Bush v. Gore) return the millions of dollars the City has paid to them,” he said.

A hearing on the motion is set for June 14, if the motion fails, the City has said it will proceed to trial.

Community Meeting for the Ocean Avenue Project 101 Santa Monica BLVD

UPDATED MEETING INFORMATION     Location has been changed…

Community Meeting Notices for The 1820 & 1826 14th Street Project

Meeting #1 January 11th, 2018 6:00-8:30 PM

Meeting #2 January 18th, 2018 6:00-8:00PM

Location: Community Corporation of Santa Monica Conference Room

1820 14th Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90404

Community Meeting for The Ocean Avenue Project at
101 Santa Monica Boulevard

January 11, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Santa Monica Main Library:  Multi-Purpose Room, 2nd Floor
601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401
You are invited to attend a community meeting to preview the updated concept plans for a proposed new mixed-use hotel, cultural, retail, and residential development designed by Frank Gehry (“Ocean Avenue Project”) at 101 Santa Monica Boulevard. The project site is approximately two acres in size and located at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Ocean Avenue. A Development Agreement application was originally submitted by M. David Paul Associates in February 2013. City review of the earlier-proposed design was put on hold pending completion of the Downtown Community Plan, which was adopted the City Council in August 2017.  Now that the Downtown Community Plan has been enacted, this revised proposal has been submitted in compliance with the standards for seeking discretionary approval for a project on this site, one of the three Large Established Sites identified in the DCP.

The proposed revised project consists of the following components: a new hotel, 40,000 SF museum, 79 for-rent residential apartments, 24,700 SF retail, 3,500 SF public observation deck on top of the hotel building, and approximately 25% open space at the ground level. The project also includes retention and rehabilitation of two City-designated Landmark buildings.  The proposed maximum height is 130 feet and the Floor Area Ratio of developed space to size of the site is approximately 2.6.

This community meeting is the part of the preliminary concept phase of the Development Agreement process where residents, property owners, and interested parties are introduced to the proposal and have the opportunity to provide direct feedback to the developer and to City staff regarding the project’s conceptual design, size, mix of uses, and proposed community benefits.  This meeting is also the first step in the Development Agreement “float-up” process and occurs prior to the Planning Commission and City Council discussions of the concept plans.  The holding of this meeting is not an official endorsement of this project by the City nor an indication that the project will ultimately be approved in any form — it is simply a preliminary step in the process of ensuring public transparency at the beginning of a lengthy process of public review of the applicant’s proposal.

For more information, please contact Roxanne Tanemori, AICP, Principal Planner, at (310) 458-8341 or via e-mail at roxanne.tanemori@smgov.net.  RSVP is appreciated via e-mail or by telephone.

The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please contact (310) 458-8341 or (310) 458-8696 TTY at least 72 hours in advance. Every attempt will made to provide the requested accommodation.

ESPANOL: Esto es una noticia de una reunión de la comunidad para revisar el diseño de la applicaciónes proponiendo desarrollo en Santa Monica.  Si deseas más información, favor de llamar a Carmen Gutierrez en la División de Planificación al número (310) 458-8341.

 

Care Harbor Offers FREE Medical, Dental and Vision Care – Nov. 17-19, 2017

Care Harbor Offers FREE Medical, Dental and Vision Care – Nov. 17-19, 2017

 

On November 17-19, 2017, nonprofit Care Harbor returns to LA to offer free medical, dental and vision services for individuals who need care they cannot afford. Hundreds of physicians, dentists, optometrists and other professionals will be on site to serve you, with services including:

  • Free Dental Care: cleanings, fillings, extractions and other procedures
  • Free Vision Care: Eye exams, prescription eyeglasses
  • Free Medical Care: Primary and specialty care, women’s health, immunizations & screenings

 

Dates & Location

November 17-19, 2017

The Reef, 1933 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

You must have a wristband to enter!

Wristbands are free and will be given out at the following locations and dates:

  • Saturday, November 11, 2017
    • Ted Watkins Park Fieldhouse – 1335 E. 103rd Street, Los Angeles
    • Beginning at 10:00 AM
  • Sunday, November 12, 2017
    • Los Angeles Trade Technical College – 2115 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
    • Beginning at 10:00 AM

First come, first served until all wristbands are given out at each location. One wristband per person.

For more information visit http://www.careharbor.org or email info@careharbor.org

 


Este mes, Care Harbor veulve a Los Angeles para ofrecer atención gratis a quienes no pueden pagar. Varios dentistas, optometristas, médicos y otros profesionales de salud estarán disponibles para asistirle en la clínica.

  • Servicios Dentales Gratis: Limpieza dental, empastes, extracciones y otros tratamientos
  • Servicios de la Visión Gratis: Examenes de los ojos, lentes de prescripción
  • Atención Médica Gratis: Atención primaria de salud y especializada, servicios de salud para la mujer, vacunas y examenes de salud

Lugar, fecha y horario

Del 17 al 19 de noviembre, 2017

The Reef, 1933 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Necesita tener una pulsera para entrar

Las pulseras gratuitas se distribuirán en los siguientes lugares y horarios:

  • sábado, 11 de noviembre
    • Ted Watkins Park Fieldhouse – 1355 E. 103rd Street, Los Angeles
    • Comenzando a las 10:00 AM
  • domingo, 12 de noviembre
    • Los Angeles Trade Technical College – 2115 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
    • Comenzando a las 10:00 AM

Las pulseras se distribuirán por orden de llegada y hasta que las pulseras disponibles se hayan terminado. Solo una pulsera por persona.

Para obtener más información, visite http://www.careharbor.org o email info@careharbor.org

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MUSIC IN THE PARK JUNE 21 2017

The 2017 Music In The Park Is Been Held On The 21st Of JUNE 2017.

Will Be Held In Virginia Ave Park On The Lawn at The Bottom of The Basket Ball Courts,

Next Too Virginia Ave Parks Parking Lot Pico BLVD Side.

Begins @ 4PM till 8PM, Live Bands and DJ- With Good Food and Refreshments.

Be There Or Be Square.