Author: The Argonaut

Playa del Rey: Mira Tweti wins honor for story on plight of parrots

Her article was in LA Times Magazine Magazine Playa del Rey resident Mira Tweti was awarded a national Genesis Award by the Humane Society of the United States. Tweti won the “Outstanding Newspaper Magazine Feature” category for her Los Angeles Times Magazine exposé on the plight of parrots in the pet trade industry. Her article, titled “Plenty to Squawk About,” was published in July last year. She wrote in the article that wild parrots are often euthanized after captivity because they become unwanted pets. The 18th Annual Genesis Awards were presented in a March ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The Animal Planet cable channel televised the ceremony last...

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School district names seven principals, chief of staff

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has selected seven people to fill administrative vacancies in the district. The 2004-05 school year began Thursday, July 1st. MICHAEL MATTHEWS — Dr. Michael Matthews, who was the principal of Malibu High School for more than ten years, has accepted the position of district assistant superintendent/chief of staff. “I view this opportunity as a means for me to accelerate my learning about how to best educate our students,” Matthews said. “I am confident that I can make a difference.” He was a mentor teacher and school improvement coordinator in the San Lorenzo Unified School District. He was also an assistant principal and principal in Stockton before coming to Malibu High School in 1992. Matthews has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Stanford University and an education doctorate from Pepperdine University. “Mike has all the skills, experience and qualities that assure he will be a great asset to the leadership team,” said district superintendent John Deasy. MARK KELLY — Dr. Mark Kelly has been named principal of Malibu High School. Kelly has been an assistant principal, co-principal and associate principal at Santa Monica High School since 1999. Prior to joining the district, Kelly was a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He has a master’s degree in educational administration and a doctorate in educational leadership from UCLA. JANE GATES — Jane...

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Community Calendar

Thursday, July 22nd JULY MIXER — The Westchester/ LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce July mixer, 6 p.m. at Poolside Crescent Park East, 5710 Crescent Park E., Playa Vista. $25 for nonmembers. (310) 645-5151. BOARD OF DIRECTORS — Bayside District Corp. of the Third Street Promenade board of directors meets at 6 p.m., Bayside District Corporation offices, 1351 Third Street Promenade, Suite 201. Information, (310) 393-8355. Saturday, July 24th MOONLIGHT ON THE MARSH — Friends of Ballona Wetlands presents the second Annual Moonlight on the Marsh, featuring food, contemporary jazz by the John Hammond Quintet at 5:30 p.m. at the Ballona Wetlands, Playa del Rey. Casual attire. Participants are urged to dress warmly; flat shoes recommended. Valet parking. For Information call The New Philanthropy Group, (310) 899-9191. Sunday, July 25th BRIDAL SHOW — Festival of Brides Bridal Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Marina del Rey Marriott, 4100 Admiralty Way, includes fashion shows, food and cake tasting, music and other events for brides. (310) 577-7788. $5. Free tickets at www.festivalofbrides.com Tuesday, July 27th CHAMBER COMMITTEE — WestchesterLAX/Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce Airport Relations Committee meets; open to public; 8 a.m., chamber office, 6151 Century Blvd., Suite 514, Westchester. (310) 645-5151. Wednesday, July 28th CHAMBER MIXER — Venice Chamber of Commerce July mixer, 5:30 to 7 p.m., La Cabana Restaurant, 738 Rose Ave., Venice. $5 for chamber members, $10...

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Cornerstone Prep School got high grades from parents after first year

Cornerstone Prep School — an independent charter school in Venice — has received high praise in a survey of parents after the school finished its first year of operation. A recent school survey indicates that 90 percent of the parents surveyed approve of the education their children received from the school in kindergarten through seventh-grade classes. “Teachers here have a quality of caring that extends beyond the classroom,” said Donna Elliott, who has three children at Cornerstone. “I chose Cornerstone Prep School because they offer all-day kindergarten classes for my child,” said Janeth Castillo. During the past school year, the school held kindergarten through sixth-grade classes at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, 2232 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. For the 2004-05 school year, which begins Thursday, September 9th, the school has added seventh-grade classes. Sixth- and seventh-grade classes will be held at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, while kindergarten through fifth-grade classes will move out of Venice to Western Avenue in south Los Angeles. The school follows the same academic calendar as the Los Angeles Unified School District. Cornerstone Prep School educates students by using personal education plans and the Johns Hopkins University “Success for All” curriculum. Information, elementary grades, (323) 779-8596. Information, sixth and seventh grades, (310) 390-4477, ext....

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State loses $6.5 billion from those who fail to file a state income tax form, state controller says

The state expects to raise nearly $450 million by tracking down those who failed to file a state income tax form in 2002. The State Franchise Tax Board has sent out nonfiling notices to more than 700,000 individuals in the state, asking for their 2002 tax returns, according to state controller Steve Westly. Targeted are those who earned money in California but didn’t file a state income tax form. Also being targeted are corporate nonfilers who didn’t file in 2002. The state expects to contact nearly 30,000 businesses this month and raise another $30 million annually from nonfiling corporations. “People who earned money but didn’t file a tax return have some explaining to do,” Westly said. “We’re making sure that everyone who has a tax bill comes forward to pay his fair share.” The tax gap — estimated at $6.5 billion — is the difference between what is owed and what is paid. Each year, Californians voluntarily file more than 14 million state tax returns. Estimates show that compliant taxpayers carry the burden of the tax gap by paying nearly 20 percent more in state taxes to make up for what is lost through tax cheating, Westly said. The state filing enforcement program is reviewing more than 220 million income returns from third parties, such as banks, employers, state departments, the federal Internal Revenue Service and other sources, the...

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