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Former labor secretary Robert Reich to speak Wednesday, June 23

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich will discuss politics and this year’s elections from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 23rd, at the United Methodist Church, 1020 Victoria Ave, in Venice. Hosted by the West L.A. Democratic Club, the event is free and open to the general public. Attendees can participate in a question-and-answer session. “In politically volatile times like these, a strong independent voice in national politics is more important than ever,” said Matt Diamond, a spokesman for the Democratic Club. Reich headed the U.S. Department of Labor during the President Clinton administration. Diamond noted that more than 22 million jobs were created during Reich’s tenure as labor secretary. Other initiatives included the Family and Medical Leave Act, curbing sweatshops and illegal child labor, and various types of job training programs and career workshops. Reich headed a department that employed more than 16,000 workers and won more than 30 awards for government innovation. He also wrote the recently published book “Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America.” He has a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and went to Oxford University in England as a Rhodes Scholar to get a master’s degree. “This appearance by Robert Reich is guaranteed to be a provocative and inspiring experience,” Diamond said. Information, (800)...

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Youth violence event set for Sat., June 12

Congresswoman Diane E. Watson is inviting the public to attend “Youth Violence Dialogue: A Search For Solutions,” cosponsored by the University of Southern California (USC). The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 12th, at USC Davidson Conference Center, 3415 So. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. Free parking is provided at Lot 4, off Jefferson Boulevard, west of Figueroa Street. A panel of experts has been invited to participate with the public in a candid dialogue, in an attempt to stem the tide of youth violence, said Watson. “We are aware of newspaper headlines chronicling violent acts of crime committed by youth in the City and County of Los Angeles, said Watson. “No longer can we pretend it is someone else’s problem. It is ours. Together we must help to eliminate this criminal behavior.” The audience will include a cross-section of individuals who have expertise and many years of experience working with at-risk youth and prevention programs, said Watson. A continental breakfast will be served. To confirm participation, contact Lois Hill Hale, press secretary and event coordinator. Information, (323) 965-1422 or...

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SMC board considering $175 million bond issue for recreation facilities

With Santa Monica College and the cities of Santa Monica and Malibu facing a shortage of parks, physical education and recreational facilities, the college is considering a proposal for a $175 million bond measure to build those facilities. The bond measure would fund a wide range of local projects and use “cooperative partnerships,” which are formal agreements similar to the agreement between the college and the City of Santa for the Monica Swim Center, used by both the college and the city. If the college board of trustees approves the proposal, $100 million of the $175 million would be used for partnership projects with Santa Monica, Malibu and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. The bond measure would require 55 percent approval by voters in the college district, which encompasses Santa Monica and Malibu. For the average homeowner, the cost of the bond would be $6.40 per month. For the average renter, the cost would be $1.12 per month, college officials say. The college board of trustees is tentatively scheduled to vote in July on whether to put the bond on the ballot in the election scheduled for Tuesday, November 2nd. The bond proposal is the result of a yearlong board-ordered study of the college’s facilities and an effort to identify partnership opportunities in areas of physical education, recreation, culture, social welfare and transportation. Santa Monica College president Piedad...

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Santa Monica Little League Championship to be aired on CityTV

For the first time, CityTV of Santa Monica will be airing coverage of the Santa Monica Little League Championship Series. The Minor League and Major League Championships played on Saturday, June 5th, will be aired on a tape-delayed basis starting Friday, June 11th. All replays will be on cable channel 16 in Santa Monica. “We’re delighted to air these championship games,” said Robin Gee, station manager for CityTV. “We hope the community enjoys watching our coverage. We will have play-by-play announcers and commentary about the players,” Gee said. The Minor League Championship game between the Angels and the Mariners will be broadcast at: – 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 11th; – 3 p.m. Sunday, June 13th; and – 7 p.m. Monday, June 14th. The Major League Championship game between the White Sox and the Giants will be broadcast at: – 8 p.m. Friday, June 11th; – 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 13th; and – 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 14th. CityTV is the government cable channel for the City of Santa Monica. Seen on cable channel 16, CityTV airs local public meetings, news and other programs of Santa Monica community...

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Coeur d’Alene teacher wins $5,000 art award

A teacher at Coeur d’Alene Elementary School in Venice has won $5,000 and been selected as a national finalist in the 2004 Barbie Arts Teacher of the Year Search. The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and the Barbie Brand, a charity arm of toymaker Mattel, selected Viktoriya Babchenka Monday, June 7th. The teacher search recognizes outstanding arts teachers nationwide whose talent and creativity have a lasting impact on children. Babchenka will receive a $5,000 grant for her arts education program at the Venice school, which is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. If she wins the final competition, she will receive an additional $10,000 grant for arts education. She was selected as a finalist, thanks to an inspirational essay sent by one of her students, Maya Schulefand. Schulefand’s essay was one of 20 entries picked from the more than 6,000 essays submitted for the Entertainment Industry Foundation National Arts Education Initiative. Schulefand will be awarded a $100 prize package from Mattel. The national teacher of the year will be announced in September. The Barbie Brand has committed $2 million to the Entertainment Industry Foundation National Arts Education...

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