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Mineta commencement speaker at SM College

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta will speak at the Santa Monica College 74th commencement ceremony Tuesday, June 15th. About 500 students are expected to receive Associate of Arts degrees at the graduation ceremony, scheduled for 6 p.m. at the college Corsair Field, 1600 Pico Blvd. Mineta, appointed to his position by President George W. Bush in January 2001, oversees an agency with 60,000 employees and a $56.3 billion budget. Created in 1967, the U.S. Department of Transportation oversees air, maritime and ground transportation. In response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, the department oversaw the Transportation Security Administration until last year, when the passenger screening service was transferred to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining Bush’s administration, Mineta was a U.S. Commerce Secretary under President Clinton and represented California’s Silicon Valley from 1975 to 1995 in the U.S. House Representatives. Mineta was the first Asian Pacific American to serve as a presidential cabinet member. He graduated from the University of California at...

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Assembly okays Canadian medicine imports

The California State Assembly passed legislation Wednesday, May 26th, that would allow consumers to purchase safe, more affordable prescription drugs from state-certified Canadian pharmacies and allow California state agencies to increase their negotiating power with prescription drug companies. Assembly Bill 1957 was passed on a 48 to 18 vote. It would require the State Department of Health Services to establish a Web site providing comparisons between U.S. and Canadian pharmaceutical prices and links to Canadian pharmacies certified by the state for safety, access and affordability. “The Legislature has a chance to provide much-needed relief to Californians who are struggling to obtain the prescription drugs they need because of skyrocketing costs,” said State Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer. “Americans are funding one-third of the research and development of lifesaving drugs that we can’t afford to buy when we’re sick.” In 2002, U.S. consumers paid $48.6 billion in out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs, an increase of 15.3 percent from the previous year. On average, U.S. residents spend $654 on drugs annually, while a resident in Britain pays $197, according to Time magazine. It is estimated that more than one million Americans spent a total of $800 million last year on prescription drugs from Canada, where drugs are, on average, 40 percent cheaper, according to news reports. The bill is expected to be before the State Senate prior to Tuesday, August...

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Elks win four awards at state Elks convention

The Santa Monica Elks won four achievement awards at a state Elks Club convention in Ontario. The first award was for conducting recommended projects in a satisfactory manner. A second award was for the largest per capita donation to the Elks’ major project that funds scholarships and youth activities. A third award was for overall performance at a district level. The fourth award was presented for representing Elks principles. Raedean Kiesz served as exalted ruler during the period for which the awards were...

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Community Calendar

Thursday, June 3rd LEADS CLUB OF MARINA DEL REY — Breakfast meeting, 7:30 to 8:45 a.m., Marie Callender’s, 4356 Lincoln Blvd., Marina area; $11. Judith Gordon-Donahue, (310) 453-9496. Friday, June 4th COWAN AVENUE TALENT SHOW — Cowan Avenue Booster Club and Speedticket Entertainment present a talent show fundraiser; 6:30 p.m. Orville Wright Middle School Auditorium, 6550 W. 80th St., Westchester. $5. Saturday, June 5th CAREGIVER CONFERENCE — UCLA Healthcare sponsors the Westside Caregivers Conference; includes information about community resources, new technology, legal and financial planning and other services; 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Emeritus College, 1227 Second St., Santa Monica. (800) 516-5323. Thursday, June 10th CHAMBER DINNER — A Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce installation dinner with the theme “A Man of Many Hats,” honoring Nat Trives, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Marina del Rey Marriott Hotel, 4100 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Information, (310) 393-9825. Tickets are $125. UNDERSTANDING MEDICARE — UCLA Healthcare 50-Plus hosts; 7 to 8:30 p.m., Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center Classroom B, 1250 16th St., Santa Monica. (800) 516-5323. Friday, June 11th USING MEDICINES WISELY — UCLA Healthcare hosts; includes information on prescription and over-the-counter medications and how to develop a personal medication record; 10 to 11:30 a.m., Santa Monica Place Community Room, Broadway and Fourth Street, Santa Monica. Free. (800) 516-5323. Saturday, June 12th ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY — Adopt-A-Highway volunteer highway trash cleanup program...

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Kiwanis give scholarships to four seniors

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica has awarded college scholarships to four seniors from St. Monica High School and Santa Monica High School. The awards, which total $6,000, are given to students who show achievement in academics, community service and leadership. Angel Kittiyachavalit, of Santa Monica High School, received the Ray Carriere Scholarship. Monica Melgar, of Santa Monica High School, received the Robert Ziebarth Memorial Scholarship. Kesha Ram, of Santa Monica High School, received the Leo Collins Memorial Scholarship. Louis Zeledon, of St. Monica High School, received the Alice Carriere...

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