Month: January 2021

Human-Canine Connection

The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace Leadership Institute supports collaborative research on the bond between people and dogs By Kamala Kirk For centuries, humans and dogs have shared a special bond. Dogs are the oldest domestic animals, and in addition to providing companionship, they perform a variety of integral roles such as assistance (service and therapy), detection (search and rescue), as well as protection and apprehension (military and law enforcement). In 2017, Wallis Annenberg PetSpace founded the Leadership Institute to develop curricula that supports education relating to the human-animal bond, convene gatherings to discuss public policy surrounding domestic animals, promote multidisciplinary...

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Opinion: Viewpoints Matter

Community voices can lead to positive outcomes By Edwina Magaña Proposals for development of mixed-use, commercial retail and residential housing on the Westside is not new. Neither is the controversy that surrounds the matter. In this case, “matter” is not meant to be a pun. This new development is an issue that affects local community members in a profound way, considering that it sets a precedence for the opportunity for proactive actions and voices in respect to addressing architectural designs and housing costs relative to post-pandemic conditions. Additionally, there is an opportunity to address the social inequities related to...

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News in Brief

Compiled by Kamala Kirk Venice Family Clinic Launches Mobile Clinic Van Nonprofit community health center Venice Family Clinic announced the launch of a mobile clinic van that will transform the care it provides to homeless families and individuals or those at risk of losing their homes. Until now, Venice Family Clinic’s nine street medicine teams relied on backpacks filled with medical supplies and equipment to provide on-site care to people experiencing homelessness. Thanks to a generous donation from The Barry and Wendy Meyer Foundation, the street medicine teams will have a clinic on wheels that brings the privacy of...

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EDUCATION: New Board Member  

SMMUSD Board appoints Keith Coleman By Kamala Kirk On Jan. 14, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School approved the provisional appointment of Keith Coleman, current co-chair of the district’s intercultural equity and excellence district advisory committee, to fill a vacancy on the Board of Education. He will serve on the board until the next regularly scheduled election of school board members in November 2022. The vacancy was created when former board member Oscar de la Torre was elected to the Santa Monica City Council in the November 2020 election. “Keith has a powerful personal story that speaks to the need...

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Vaccine Update 

Find out how to sign up for your COVID-19 vaccine By Alexander Hutton Like so many other elements of the COVID-19 pandemic, the rules and execution surrounding vaccination efforts are constantly changing. In the past week, both Los Angeles and the state of California have made updates to the processes surrounding COVID-19 vaccines. In one of the most important developments, all LA County residents who are at least 65 years of age are now eligible to receive a shot. The vaccine had previously only been available in California to health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities, referred...

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