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Santa Monica Daily Press Jan 9 08
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Santa Monica Daily Press Jan 9 08
Santa Monica Daily Press Jan 9 08
Santa Monica Daily Press Jan 9 08
Santa Monica Daily Press Jan 9 08
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  1. 1. INSIDE SCOOP COMMENTARY HOROSCOPE ENTERTAINMENT OFFERING A FINE BOUNTY PAGE 3 MAMA KNOWS HOW TO ROLL PAGE 4 IN THE STARS PAGE 11 FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009 Visit us online at smdp.com Volume 7 Issue 360 Santa Monica Daily Press IS IT YELLOW OR MIMOSA? Since 2001: A news odyssey SEE PAGE 10 THE PONDERING CHANGES ISSUE Services set SMMUSD officials to for Monday ask council BY DAILY PRESS STAFF for money CITY HALL A public memorial service will be held on Monday, Jan. 12 at St. Monica Catholic Church for Councilman and for- mer Mayor Herb Katz, who died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 78. BY MELODY HANATANI Following the memorial, a graveside bur- ial service will be held at Woodlawn Daily Press Staff Writer Cemetery in the Pico Neighborhood. CITY HALL More than 18 months after the City The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made in his memory to Council decided to withhold half a million either the John Wayne Cancer Institute at dollars from the district over troubles in its 2200 Santa Monica Blvd., or the USC/Norris special education program, school officials Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los plan to return Tuesday to request the release of Angeles. Any flowers sent in addition should the money. be at the church prior to 9:30 a.m. on the day Interim Superintendent Tim Cuneo sent a of the service, city officials said. letter earlier this week to Mayor Ken Genser The Santa Monica fire and police depart- outlining the steps the Santa Monica-Malibu ments color guards will be present. Unified School District has taken since the To accommodate the funeral and proces- council voted in June 2007 to keep approxi- sion, parking will be restricted from 8 a.m. to mately $530,000 in school aid, stipulating the noon in the 1000-1100 block of Seventh money would remain put until a series of con- Street, 1000-1100 block of Lincoln Boulevard, ditions are met, including imposing a morato- 600-800 block of California, 1400 block of rium on confidentiality agreements in special Michigan, and on 14th Street from Olympic education contracts. to Pico boulevards. Guests arriving at St. The money is part of approximately $7 mil- Monica’s will be directed where to park via lion in city funding that the district receives signs and by police department personnel. annually through its joint-use agreement in From St. Monica, the processional route which the SMMUSD allows public use of will head west on California to Seventh Street, school facilities in exchange for added revenue. south on Seventh to Wilshire, west on Wilshire The half-million dollars represents the increase to Ocean, south on Ocean to Colorado, east on that the district was set to receive when City Colorado to Main, south on Main to Olympic Hall and the SMMUSD renegotiated the terms Drive, east on Olympic to 11th, (passing by of the contract in 2007. both City Hall and the Public Safety Building) The figure that could be released has south on 11th to Michigan, east on Michigan increased since that fateful council meeting in to 14th, south on 14th to the cemetery ‘07 to $804,470, which includes half of the SHE HAS GAME entrance. Upon arrival, guests will be directed amount — approximately $274,000 — that is to parking by police department personnel. budgeted for the district in the current fiscal Morgan Genser news@smdp.com For more information, contact City Hall year. Santa Monica College forward Chantel Diaz (right) gets off a shot against a tough Los at (310) 458-8301. Cuneo said he feels it is the right time to Angeles Valley College defense during the Corsair's 63-55 home victory Wednesday. With the win, SMC is now 1-0 during Western State Conference Southern Division play. SEE DISTRICT PAGE 5 news@smdp.com Study claims SoCal water polluters not cited BY KEVIN HERRERA for the last eight years by failing to create nearly 900 instances in which samples Water Quality Control Board only imposed precise enforcement standards to hold pol- proved harmful to aquatic species, the effects penalties in about 1 percent of those cases. Editor in Chief luters accountable. being stunted growth, impaired develop- Water board chairwoman Fran Diamond DOWNTOWN Environmental watchdog Heal In a report released Thursday, Heal the ment, reduced reproduction or increased says it’s hard to act because the state doesn’t the Bay claims state regulators have let toxic Bay looked at discharge from 42 industrial mortality. SEE POLLUTION PAGE 8 pollutants foul Los Angeles County waters and sewage treatment plants and found The report says the Los Angeles Regional Gary Limjap Five generations BACK or of family jewelers UNFILED TAXES? (310) 586-0339 ALL FORMS • ALL TYPES • ALL STATES In today’s real estate climate ... Experience counts! SAMUEL B. MOSES, CPA (310) 395-9922 Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm 331 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica garylimjap@earthlink.net 100 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1800Santa Monica 90401 2 Hours Free Parking (Behind Store) 310.451.1349 • www.readersjewelers.com
  2. 2. Calendar A newspaper with issues 2 FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009 Hoop it up Santa Monica High School Gym 601 Pico Blvd., 7:30 p.m. Catch the Samohi boys basketball team take on Palos Verdes Peninsula in varsity action. Gazing at stars Santa Monica College 1900 Pico Blvd., 7 p.m. quot;Mars Exploration Update,quot; on two Fridays, Jan. 9 and 23, will look at how our overall picture of Mars has evolved with incredible speed, due to the flood of information coming to Earth from three landing missions and three orbiters. We will also preview upcoming missions for the Red Planet. Tickets are $5 each or $9 for the quot;double bill,quot; with discounts for children and sen- ior citizens. For information, call (310) 434-4223 or (310) 434-3000. Time for zydeco Harvelle’s 1432 Fourth St., 9:30 p.m. THE Gino Matteo brings his zydeco, funk, roots and soul sound to this local main- stay. Cover is $10. These moms rock Talking Stick 1411 Lincoln Blvd. #C, Venice, 7 p.m. This musical showcase features a bevy of moms that can really rock. Rockin’ Moms features The Conlons, Jan Roper, Stacy Robin, Eileen Carey and Arlene Kole. This free show is open to all ages. For more information, call (310) 450- 6052. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 SANTA MONICA SALE Lively literature Fairview Branch Library 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 11 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Join a lively discussion of “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London, the classic adventure tale set in the frigid Yukon. Call (310) 450-0443 for more informa- tion. Balance & posture Santa Monica YMCA 1332 Sixth St., 11 a.m. — 12:15 p.m. Attend a workshop that involves a unique exploration of movement, focusing on the feeling of how parts of your body relate to each other as well as to your environment. Live with more power, grace, and vitality than you imag- STARTS FRIDAY JANUARY 9TH ined possible, all while using less effort. Admission and parking are free, pic- ture ID is required. Call (310) 393-2721 ext. 129 for reservations and informa- tion. 50% OFF The longer, the better 11301 Wilshire Blvd., West L.A., 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. Calling men of all ages! Cultivate and preserve your life through Tantrika practices at this event. Extend your life through effective use of your body and mind to preserve youth and stamina. Yes, young men, that means you too. Visit longevity-for-men.resolve.at or e-mail tantrapsychologyevents@gmail.com for more information. ‘Works for Everyone’ TAG Gallery 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., 5 p.m. — 8 p.m. TAG Gallery will be kicking off 2009 with a group show. The show will cele- brate the diversity and talent of over 40 artists. E-mail theartistgaller@veri- zon.net for more information. For more information on any of the events listed, log on to smdp.com and click the “Events” tab for the given day’s calendar. 420 & 500 BROADWAY SANTA MONICA MON-SAT 10-7 SUN 12-6
  3. 3. Inside Scoop Visit us online at smdp.com 3 FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009 Business offers rewards to locate buyers and sellers BY MELODY HANATANI Daily Press Staff Writer DOWNTOWN Bounty hunting goes beyond finding fugitives these days. Finding an authentic Mexican restaurant in town or locating a buyer for a set of vin- tage folding chairs could be accomplished by simply posting a reward. That’s the message Santa Monica resident Camille Landau is spreading through her new online business, ReferQuest.com, where clients can save on the time spent searching for buyers and sellers by offering incentives to have someone else do the work. The site, which launched in November of last year, allows customers to post notices on what they are specifically seeking, whether it be a set of drums or a buyer for a house, pro- viding a reward to the first person who can MOVING TIME successfully accomplish the task. The busi- ness earns a 20 percent commission — based Fabian Lewkowicz FabianLewkowicz.com on the price of the reward — for completed Pacific Park’s maintenance crew takes down Robert Wyland's environmental mural, ‘Years of the Ocean,' on Wednesday. Wyland (born in referrals. 1956 in Detroit) is an artist best known for painting large, outdoor murals of whales and other oceanic life. The idea for the business came to the 40- year-old mother of two sons in September 2006 when she was days from giving birth to Ex-eBay executive Former movie studio head Tanen dies at 77 her first child and was juggling numerous different tasks at once, including finding a seeks to reclaim buyer for a convertible, a nanny and office THE ASSOCIATED PRESS he was involved in “American Graffiti,” a space for a start-up business. name in cyberspace low-budget movie by then-unknown “I had naturally e-mailed friends and SANTA MONICA Ned Tanen, a former director George Lucas. asked them to e-mail their friends,” she said. Universal Pictures and Paramount chair- He was president of Universal from “I wished I could offer a reward to help this BY JULIET WILLIAMS man who green-lighted a string of hits, 1976 to 1982, a tenure marked by Oscar- go faster.” including “Top Gun” and “E.T.: The winning successes such as “Coal Miner’s A total of 125 referral requests have been Associated Press Writer Extra-Terrestrial,” has died. He was 77. Daughter,” “E.T.” and “On Golden Pond.” posted on the Web site since its launch, but SACRAMENTO She’s regarded as an Internet Tanen died Monday at his Santa He quit at the height of his success, only four have been successfully closed. The pioneer, credited with helping turn a Web Monica home, his friend Alisa Covington telling the Wall Street Journal he was tired completed tasks include a request to find a site used for trading Beanie Babies into a said. of playing the “Hollywood game” and Twister rug and suggestions for a Sri Lankan multibillion-dollar company with 15,000 “He taught me about integrity, that it wanted to concentrate on the creative side restaurant in Los Angeles. employees. was never about the flavor of the month, of movies. Tanen went independent. He The rewards range in price from $5 — the But Meg Whitman, the former chief exec- that it was always about the talent,” for- was producer or executive producer for minimum — to $100,000 to find a buyer for utive of eBay, has been unable to control her mer Paramount Motion Picture Group three movies that portrayed the angst of two properties in Hawaii. The rewards aver- own name online. What began as an irritant head Sherry Lansing said. “And he had a white youth in the 1980s: “Sixteen age around $40, Landau said. has evolved into a distracting legal spat as she wicked sense of humor.” Candles” and “The Breakfast Club” by Linda Harris, a professor at the University explores a run for California governor. Tanen’s entertainment career began director John Hughes and Joel of Hawaii and Brigham Young University A Santa Monica man has registered at with MCA in 1954. He became a talent Schumacher’s “St. Elmo’s Fire.” Hawaii, posted the $100,000 reward on the least five Internet domains with Whitman’s agent, packaged television shows and then The young actors in those movies site about three weeks ago to broaden the name, prompting her to sue him in federal founded MCA’s Uni Records, which included Rob Lowe and Emilio Estevez. market for a buyer for the ocean-front home court in an attempt to get them back before helped launch stars such as Neil Diamond, “He launched so many people’s and 38 acres of land. Harris, who is selling her anticipated 2010 campaign. Elton John and Olivia Newton-John. careers,” Schumacher said. “He believed the properties because she is retiring, has In the 1970s he moved to MCA’s in you, and he would put his money SEE DOMAIN NAMES PAGE 7 SEE REWARD PAGE 7 movie division, Universal Pictures, where where his mouth was.” Since 1967 Quality & Value Always! 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  4. 4. OpinionCommentary A newspaper with issues 4 FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009 PUBLISHER LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Laughing Matters Ross Furukawa ross@smdp.com Send comments to editor@smdp.com Jack Neworth Send comments to editor@smdp.com EDITOR IN CHIEF More cooperation needed Kevin Herrera editor@smdp.com Editor: Thank you for mentioning the hard work of my crew MANAGING EDITOR and I in your editorial about maintaining the Downtown Daniel Archuleta alleys (“It’s time to lay out the welcome mat,” page 4, daniela@smdp.com Jan 8.). However the editorial had some important omissions. STAFF WRITER First of all, some corporate responsibility is essen- Melody Hanatani tial in contributing to a customer-friendly environment melodyh@smdp.com in the alleys. The city, the private sector and the STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS Bayside District need to work together in a partner- Brandon Wise ship. It is obvious to any aware observer that the rear brandonw@smdp.com private property areas of many businesses and proper- Morgan Genser ty owners are poorly maintained if at all and many toxic news@smdp.com materials are stored there, contributing to the odors, trash and toxic spills. CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Another problem is that the restaurants are using Bill Bauer, David Pisarra, improper disposal bags with larger amounts of trash Meredith Carroll, Kenny Mack, than these bags can sustain. Therefore when their Jack Neworth, Lloyd Garver, Taylor Van Arsdale, employees attempt to dump them the bags split open Dane Robert Swanson, Ryan Hyatt, and are being left where they drop. We have posted Steve Breen, Elizabeth Brown, Merv signs in English and Spanish in the bin areas with little Hecht, Ron Scott Smith success. My staff and I, in addition to cleaning, have Mike Heayn, Brian Hepp outreached to the managers of Downtown businesses Mariel Howsepian, Cynthia Citron, to work together to improve the process. We have like- Amanda Cushman, Steve Parker and wise assisted many businesses to clean better, cheaper Phyllis Chavez and more efficient with an introduction to our environ- mental program. CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Traffic control needs better attention as well. Fabian Lewkowicz Yesterday was the Farmers’ Market day and the grid- NEWS INTERNS lock was there for all to see. Taxi drivers dump the Catherine Cain, Saba Hamedy, Rob trash out of their cars into the alleys on a regular basis Fabian Lewkowicz FabianLewkowicz.com Lawrence, Teddy Lashnick SHE ROCKS! Liz Bevington, also known as ‘Skateboard Mama,’ during one of her rides near the and much credit goes to Elaine Polachek, the deputy news@smdp.com city manager, for working on the solution to this prob- boardwalk. Bevington is 84 and skates, bike rides or rollerblades at least once a day. lem. Your recent article of this was indeed excellent. PHOTOGRAPHY INTERNS Look at her go Under the Community Maintenance Department, Raymond Solano, Rachel Dardashti many older models of cleaning machines are being news@smdp.com replaced, and with enough staff these and other Downtown alleys are receiving greater attention than ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Rob Schwenker ever before. The Bayside District has always been and schwenker@smdp.com will continue to be the finest coordinator among all the parties to work together for the best results. ADVERTISING ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Eddie Greenberg A FEW WEEKS AGO I WROTE ABOUT old to be saying “off the line,” but then again, Julie Martinez seniors in Santa Monica who seem to have almost nothing Liz does is what you’d expect. Promenade Maintenance Supervisor juliem@smdp.com discovered the fountain of youth. I did a lit- In the morning, Liz loads up the Mini Robert Hertel tle journalistic research and there does, in with her various equipment: inline skates, Israel pounds Gaza roberth@smdp.com fact, appear to be such a fountain. This one skateboard, her sail and sometimes her Editor: isn’t in St. Augustine, Fla. but rather at Big mountain bike. Once at the boardwalk, for ADVERTISING TRAFFIC FACILITATOR Dean’s Bar on the boardwalk, just south of two hours or more, Liz skateboards, wind- After Israel voluntarily left the Gaza Strip in the Amber Kessee the Santa Monica Pier. At the risk of sound- sails, bike rides or blades (or some combina- amberk@smdp.com hopes of peace, the Palestinians elected Hamas as ing like Norm from “Cheers,” the elixir that tion) for miles upon miles. I know from per- their leaders. Hamas is a terrorist organization whose OPERATIONS MANAGER flows from this fountain is beer. Only it’s not sonal experience that you want to give her a charter calls for the destruction of Israel. Since being Connie Sommerville from a fountain from which this magical wide berth because, like in the Mini Cooper, elected, Hamas has terrorized Israelis with cross-bor- connies@smdp.com fluid flows, but rather a spigot. Liz knows only one speed, fast. der raids, suicide bombers and indiscriminate PRODUCTION MANAGER In all the years I’ve lived in Santa Monica, Liz ends her day at Big Dean’s where she rocket/mortar fire on Israeli civilians, including 80 mis- Robert Summa I’ve never stopped at Big Deans. As I walk by, has two beers to “get her buzz on.” Again, siles in a single day (6,500 to date). Severe action summa@smdp.com however, I’ve always noticed everyone looks hearing her use this term, I just about spit against Hamas has long been coming. like they’re having a good time. Maybe even out my beer. She asked if I was all right. I can The Palestinians brought their poverty and despair CIRCULATION too good of a time. only say Liz is the other side of unbelievable. upon themselves. They chose not to develop their Keith Wyatt Osvaldo Paganini Big Dean’s is the quintessential beach dive She gave birth to her son at age 44 and took country economically, preferring armed aggression circulation@smdp.com bar. The crowd is eclectic, and because up skateboarding at 52 and wanted to take against Israel. With 70 percent unemployment, they tourists are drawn there, the beer and burg- lessons. It turned out Liz was a natural. rely on the United Nations (U.S. tax dollars) and others ers are world famous. The list of celebrity From just hanging out with Liz, I can for handouts. A newspaper with issues customers of Big Dean’s over the years safely say her energy, spirit and athletic Hamas chose to build their security centers and includes, among others, Cher, Linda prowess, defies logic. An 80-year-old any- other military needs in heavily-populated areas, know- 410 Broadway, Suite B Ronstadt, Cary Grant, Jerry Brown and cur- thing shouldn’t be this fit. And, trust me, Liz Santa Monica, CA 90401 ing civilians would be killed in reprisal raids by Israel. OFFICE (310) 458-PRESS (7737) rently, an 84-year-old German woman shows zero signs of slowing down. Their strategy is to gain worldwide sympathy with civil- FAX (310) 576-9913 named Liz Bevington, also known as One of Liz’s best friends at Big Dean’s is ian deaths, unfortunately many fall for their ploy, espe- Visit us online at smdp.com “Skateboard Mama.” Ebba Rosenblad, who is a mere babe in the cially the Middle East, who rally their masses and call Weather permitting, Liz comes down to woods at 77. But whippersnapper Ebba has for the destruction of Israel. Fred Alexander the beach almost daily from her condo near won 18 Senior Olympics Gold Medals in gym- Bundy. She drives a bright red 2004 Mini- nastics. The gal pals have their two beers and Santa Monica Cooper that is festooned with giant white life is good. Guess what? I’m thinking about The Santa Monica Daily Press lettering, “Skateboard Mama.” The car was joining the club. I may not be able to skate- WRITE A LETTER is published six days a week, Monday through Saturday. an 80th birthday present from her son in board for hours or do a routine on the paral- Texas. Frankly, I don’t know too many 84 lel bars, but I can drink two beers. I think. 19,000 daily circulation, 46,450 daily readership. Circulation is audited TO THE EDITOR year olds who could sit in the tiny Mini- If you want to see Liz in action go to and verified by Circulation Verification Council, 2006. Serving the City of Cooper much less drive it. YouTube and type “Skateboard Mama.” Santa Monica, and the communities of Venice Beach, Brentwood, West LA. Did I say drive? That sounds like the little However, I have one suggestion — you Members of CNPA, AFCP, CVC, EMAIL TO: EDITOR@SMDP.COM OR FAX TO (310) 576-9913 old lady from Pasadena. Liz is a bit more lead- might want to take a nap first. Associated Press, IFPA, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. footed. She brags that her Mini is the fastest Published by Newlon Rouge, LLC car “off the line,” at which point I almost spit Visit us online at smdp.com JACK can be reached at out my beer. One doesn’t expect an 84-year- © 2006 Newlon Rouge, LLC, all rights reserved. Jackneworth@yahoo.com. OPINIONS EXPRESSED are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of the Santa Monica Daily Press staff. Guest editorials from residents are encouraged, as are letters to the editor. Letters will be published on a space-available basis. It is our intention to publish all letters we receive, except those that are libelous or are unsigned. Preference will be given to those that are e-mailed to editor@smdp.com. All letters must include the author’s name and telephone number for purposes of verification. Letters also may be mailed to our offices located at 410 Broadway, Suite B, Santa Monica, 90401, or faxed to (310) 576-9913. All letters and guest editorials are subject to editing for space and content.
  5. 5. Local Visit us online at smdp.com 5 FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009 Superintendent’s letter to mayor met with criticism FROM DISTRICT PAGE 1 Hamilton, who has a child in special educa- tion, recommended to the superintendent that request the money, citing that all of the he may want to ask the council for continued requirements imposed by the council, includ- oversight, adding there is opportunity to ing conducting an independent review of the include that in the contract renegotiations special education program, have been fulfilled. with City Hall this year for the joint-use agree- “I think we’ve met them and have gone ment. above and beyond what they had asked for,” He added that some parents were also con- Cuneo said. cerned that while the letter lists a number of The upcoming presentation has been met actions, there are still ongoing problems with with some doubts from parents who believe it the culture and that change hasn’t yet fully may be too early to ask for the money, arguing happened. that while some changes have been made to Hamilton said he believes the money improve the special education program, one of should be released. the biggest issues — feelings of discomfort and “I would hope that the City Council con- fear during contract negotiations over the stu- tinues to be closely connected to what is going dent’s individualized education plan — has on in the district and that they consider that as not been resolved. the district enters into negotiation on the Cuneo, who took over as the interim head remainder of the money,” Hamilton said. of the district during the summer, stressed that The superintendent’s letter lists steps taken there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. including moving supervision of the program “There are some community members that to Chief Academic Officer Sally Chou, the feel like their interests haven’t been met,” he publication of the parent handbook, and the said. “We will continue to improve in this dis- formation of a parent network in which each trict and this process will never stop as far as school will have at least one person to provide I’m concerned.” support and resources to the special education The issue of releasing the money has not community. been discussed in depth since former Cuneo said that he didn’t include one Superintendent Dianne Talarico appeared important aspect of the district’s efforts to before the council in April of last year, ulti- change the program — staff development — mately asking that the half million remain but plans to address it at the meeting. in the possession of City Hall because she He said that staff development — which is Are You Ready? felt there was still work to be done. During crucial to changing the climate and culture of that same meeting several members of the the program — is taking place. community testified that they were coerced “It is going to take a while to make that hap- into signing a confidentiality agreement pen,” he said. after the board in 2007 imposed a moratori- School Board President Ralph Mechur said Hypnotherapy can help you turn um on clauses that remained in effect unless he understands the concerns of parents and they were specifically requested by the par- the district has been working hard to under- on the no-smoking sign for good ent. stand the issues and address them in a produc- Genser said the council will need to evalu- tive fashion. (310) 235-2883 www.hypnotherapylosangeles.com ate the request against the conditions that were “The district is committed to seeing this John McGrail, C.Ht. imposed more than a year and a half ago. through,” he said. Hypnotherapists are not licensed by the state of California as healing arts practitioners; for your benefit and protection, work on some issues may require a written referral from a licensed physician or mental health professional. “That should be the basis of the decision,” The council meeting in 2007 set into he said. motion a number of actions, including the hir- The interim superintendent on Tuesday ing of Lou Barber & Associates, who conduct- GERMAN CAR SERVICE attended a meeting of the Santa Monica- ed the independent review of the program. Malibu Council of PTAs Special Education The release of the report last spring spoke of Specialist in Repair of Porsche VW Audi BMW Committee, asking for its support. The letter some positive aspects of the program, but did was met with a mixed reaction. confirm that there was a number of problems Best alternative to high dealer prices The committee ultimately decided not to that needed to be addressed. I take a vote on the letter. “It highlighted a long frustrating problem Complete service and repair I “There’s fear I believe in the special educa- at the district with respect to the way special I 6 month or 6000 mile guarantee tion community that without some measure education was handled and with the way spe- I Locally owned and operated since 1965 of oversight, which is what all of this is predi- cial education families were treated,” Genser cated on, the release of the funds doesn’t guar- said in reference to the council’s action. “It’s antee that further changes that are needed will very clear that out of this the district has heard 2202 OLYMPIC BLVD., SANTA MONICA (310) 829-2563 happen,” said Craig Hamilton, a member of loudly and clearly the community as a whole, the committee.“It becomes one of those things including the City Council, that this was inap- where at what level of faith do you take the propriate and needed to be corrected.” RECYCLE NOW! word of the superintendent and district to fol- low through on those things.” melodyh@smdp.com WE PAY THE BEST RATES! What’s next? Every year, Santa Monica sees a fair share of big stories. Last year’s top issues included changes in the school district, trees (of course) and the battle over the airport. Aluminum Plastic Glass Bi-Metal Newspaper So this week’s Q-Line question asks: CardboardWhite/Color/Computer Paper Copper & Brass What issues taking shape around town do you think will grab headlines in 2009? Santa Monica Recycling Center CLOVERFIELD MICHIGAN Call (310) 285-8106 before Friday at 5 p.m. and 24TH X we’ll print your answers in the weekend edition 2411 Delaware Avenue in Santa Monica of the Daily Press. Please limit responses to a DELAWARE AVE. minute or less. (310) 453-9677 10 WEST
  6. 6. Local A newspaper with issues 6 FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009 CRIME WATCH BY DAILY PRESS STAFF Vice busts prostitute, pimp Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. SATURDAY, JAN. 3, AT 8:15 P.M., Vice officers conducting a prostitution sting placed a woman under arrest for allegedly offering to have sex with an undercover officer for $100. While questioning the woman, officers noticed a man walking around the hotel property. Officers made contact with the man and later determined he brought the woman to the hotel. The woman was booked for prostitution, while the man was booked for assisting in prostitution. The woman was identified as Sheila Lynn Trautman, 22, from Chula Vista. Her bail was set at $2,000. The man was identified as Raymond Sixto Tojos, 21, from Lemon Grove. His bail was set at $500. MONDAY, DEC. 29, AT 6:30 P.M., Officers responded to the 1400 block of Third Street Promenade — Guess — regarding a report of a theft in progress. When officers arrived, they made contact with store secu- rity who said they saw a woman place a bottle of cologne and two pairs of pants in her CITY OF SANTA MONICA purse and a plastic bag and exited the store, failing to pay for the items. Once outside the store, security confronted the woman and placed her under citizen’s arrest. Officers NOTICE INVITING REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS accepted the arrest and later booked the suspect for petty theft. She was identified as Juana Camero Valle, 36, of Los Angeles. Her bail was set at $1,000. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Santa Monica invites sealed Request for Proposals (RFP) for: WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31, AT 1:40 P.M., RFP: Dark Fiber Expansion Program Officers working a DUI checkpoint in the 2600 block of Main Street stopped a vehicle that had the odor of marijuana emitting from the inside. Officers conducted a field sobri- ety test on the driver and determined he was under the influence of a controlled sub- The City of Santa Monica is seeking qualified companies to submit detailed 3 stance. He was placed under arrest. The passenger was searched and officers found him proposals regarding the expansion of the City’s fiber optic network. Through leasing dark fiber, the City wishes to enable local businesses to obtain additional to be in possession of marijuana. He was arrested for possession. Both suspects were connectivity options. The City’s objective may involve a distribution of bandwidth cited and released. The driver was identified as Taylor Andrew Clinton, 18, from Riverside. obtained and transported via the dark fiber lease to our local businesses. This RFP The passenger was identified as Kyle Everette Sweet, 18, from Moreno Valley. is solely requesting proposals which provide dark fiber leasing. No requests for services known as “lit” services, bandwidth services, and related services are THURSDAY, JAN. 1, AT 5:05 P.M., encompassed in this RFP. A copy of the RFP can be downloaded at Officers responded to the 1500 block of 10th Street — Allied Waterproofing Systems — www.smgov.net/finance. regarding a report of embezzlement. When officers arrived, they made contact with the business owner who said his office manager was writing checks to herself and purchas- Please submit five (5) signed copies of your entire proposal and one (1) electronic 3 ing personal items with the company credit card. The owner said he recently discovered copy in Microsoft Word format or Adobe PDF format to the City of Santa Monica’s the embezzlement started in March 2008 and that the estimated loss was $138,000. Information Systems Department, Attn: Mr. Gary Carter, at 1685 Main Street, Room Officers went to the office manager’s home in Los Angeles and placed her under arrest 110, Santa Monica, CA 90401 by 5:00 PM on January 23, 2009. for embezzlement and forgery. She was identified as Maricela Ponce, 29, of Los Angeles. Her bail was set at $20,000. For further information, please contact Mr. Carter at (310) 434-2612 or gary.carter@smgov.net. FRIDAY, JAN. 2, AT 2:20 P.M., An officer at the corner of 10th and Grant streets encountered a woman and during their conversation she said she was in possession of two crack pipes and a small quantity of NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING crack cocaine. The officer also discovered the woman had two outstanding warrants. She BEFORE THE SANTA MONICA PLANNING COMMISSION was booked for possession of a controlled substance, paraphernalia and for the warrants. She was identified as Chevonne Victoria Reed, 41, from Santa Monica. No bail was set. SUBJECT: Public hearings will be held by the Planning Commission on the following: FRIDAY, JAN. 2, AT 1:30 P.M., The Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing to discuss general policy mat- An officer on patrol in the 1600 block of Lincoln Boulevard made contact with a suspect ters and issues pertaining to the City’s ongoing effort to prepare new Land Use and to see if he was drinking alcohol in public. While talking with the suspect, the officer con- Circulation Elements of the City’s General Plan. This will include input, discussion, and ducted a computer check and learned the suspect was a parolee at large and a sex possible action on policies, process, materials, timeline, participation strategies and offender who had not registered with the police department in four months. He was related issues pertaining to the Land Use and Circulation Elements of the General Plans. arrested and later booked for violation of parole and failing to register. He was identified Regular policy discussion meetings are scheduled on the first Wednesday of each month. as Roderick Allen Daniels, 57, a transient. No bail was set. Discussion topics are set in advance of the meeting are available at City Hall and online at www.santa-monica.org. SUNDAY, JAN. 4, AT 2:07 A.M., Officers responded to the 200 block of Bicknell Avenue regarding a report of a suspi- cious person loitering at an apartment complex. When officers arrived, they made con- When: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 7:00 pm tact with the reporting party who said the suspect followed him into the secured apart- ment complex. The suspect appeared to not know anyone in the complex and refused to Where: Council Chambers, City Hall leave, police said. Officers placed the suspect under arrest for wandering on private 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica, California property. He was identified as William Roland Deal, 47, a transient. His bail was set at $5,000. HOW TO COMMENT The City of Santa Monica encourages public comment. You may comment at the MONDAY, DEC. 29, AT 9:40 P.M., Planning Commission public hearing, or by writing a letter or e-mail. Information Officers responded to the 1400 block of Ocean Avenue at the Ocean View Hotel after received prior to the hearing will be given to the Planning Commission at the meeting. receiving a report of a burglary in progress. When officers arrived, they made contact with the alleged victim who said he returned to his hotel room with his family to find an MORE INFORMATION unknown man inside of his room. The suspect was in possession of the victim’s backpack. If you want additional information about this project or wish to review the project, please contact Sarah Lejeune, AICP, Principal Planner or Bruce Leach, Special Projects The victim detained the suspect until police arrived. He was later booked for burglary Administrator (310) 458-8341. The Zoning Ordinance is available at the Planning and violation of parole. The suspect was identified as Akeem Maurice Jones, 26, a tran- Counter during business hours or available on the City’s web site at www.santa- sient. No bail was set. monica.org. The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. If you have any disability- related accommodation request, please contact (310) 458-8341, or TYY Number: Editor in Chief KEVIN HERRERA compiled these reports. news@smdp.com (310) 458-8696 at least five (5) business days prior to the meeting. Santa Monica “Big Blue” Bus Lines #1, #2, #3, and #8 serve City Hall. Pursuant to California Government DO YOU HAVE COMMUNITY NEWS? 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  7. 7. Local Visit us online at smdp.com 7 FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009 Woman offers $100,000 to find buyer for house FROM REWARD PAGE 3 and children. She is also looking for buyers for her cus- also hired realtors. tom-made dog sweaters and asking for extra “Asking for bounty hunters who are on yarn to use on blankets that she is crocheting contingency, which means they don’t get for premature babies and battered women. the reward until they deliver a buyer, allows Pyne-Hapke has received a number of the network to grow geometrically,” Harris responses to her requests, but none have said. “We find the bounty hunter not only panned out. themselves are using their network, but “For the custom dog sweaters, I’ve had 11 also asking other people to use their net- responses, but not everyone who is referred work.” is quiet reachable,” she said. About two people have responded to Landau said she thinks the site will be Harris’ request. successful because people in current times Nancy Pyne-Hapke, who lives in Valley are looking for financial shortcuts. Glen, which is located in the San Fernando “It’s freeing up their transactions because Valley, recently posted four rewards, asking time is money,” she said. for a co-writer and illustrator for a book she is putting together on brain development melodyh@smdp.com Whitman lost arbitration before property association FROM DOMAIN NAMES PAGE 3 that helps companies and people protect their name online. Tom Hall beat Whitman’s legal and polit- Hall, 50, said he might have given the ical experts to the Web sites megwhitman- domains to Whitman for free if she had forgovernor.com, whitmanforgovernor.com, asked. whitman2010.com, meg2010.com and meg- Henry Gomez, a spokesman for whitman2010.com. He registered them in Whitman, said her attorneys initially con- January and March 2008, after news stories tacted Hall “to try to work something out,” reported her as a potential candidate for the but he never responded to e-mail or tele- Republican nomination. phone messages. More recently, Hall registered seven “Mr. Hall does not return our calls, so we Whitman-related campaign committee have not had an opportunity to talk to him,” names with the California Secretary of Gomez said. “We don’t understand what Mr. State’s office. Hall’s approach is. But if he is open to a dis- Attorneys for Whitman lost an arbitra- cussion, we’d be happy to talk to him.” tion hearing before the World Intellectual Whitman, 52, made a fortune as head of Property Association, which ruled in eBay from 1998 until early last year, when December that Whitman’s name is not she left the company to test her affinity for famous enough to prove she has her own politics, first as finance chairwoman for Mitt unique brand. Romney and then as a national co-chair of Whitman sued Hall in U.S. District Court John McCain’s presidential campaign. in San Jose on Dec. 31, alleging he is violat- Her lawsuit claims Hall is a professional ing federal anti-cybersquatting laws. She also cybersquatter who has registered dozens of claims his actions violate the California domain names related to famous people or Political Cyberfraud Abatement Act, which institutions. He’s even registered at least is intended to protect would-be political three in case Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s candidates from similar tactics. wife, Maria Shriver, a Democrat, decides to Hall, a Democrat who described himself run for governor in 2010. as a paid political writer and media consult- Hall acknowledged he owns more than ant, said he registered the domain names for 1,000 domain names but said he mostly reg- less than $10 apiece. isters them for fun, as a sort of Internet col- “All along, I had no idea what I was going lector. He said he makes very little money to do with these,” he said. “I just thought it from them and cannot afford to hire an was kind of funny.” attorney. He said Whitman never called him to ask Hall also registered the names of seven for the Web sites or even offer him money. committees with the California Secretary of Instead, he said her Washington, D.C.-based State’s office, allowing him to legally run a attorneys wrote him a letter calling him a political campaign and accept donations. He cybersquatter and threatening to sue him for hopes his campaign — either an opposition as much as $100,000 if he didn’t turn them campaign or a parody, he hasn’t decided — over. will prevent Whitman’s attorneys from He noted that he bought the domain harassing him. names after news articles in which Whitman “I hope she fails miserably in her race for speculated about her own political future. governor, and if this is how she treats people “You would think she’d be smart enough — hiring law firms outside of the state of to buy the domain before she tells everyone California and then running for governor — she’s thinking about running for governor,” it’s insane,” Hall said. he said. The body that oversees California’s cam- Instead, the former Silicon Valley CEO is paign finance regulations, the Fair Political likely spending anywhere from $50,000 to Practices Commission, is concerned about $200,000 in her legal quest to gain control of Hall’s committee registrations. Executive the Whitman Web sites, said Frederick Director Roman Porter said the committee Felman, chief marketing officer of is investigating whether he violated any MarkMonitor, a San Francisco-based firm campaign finance laws.

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