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SAMOHI coach arrested for alleged unlawful sex with minor

A coach at Santa Monica High School was arrested Wednesday, June 2nd, for allegedly having unlawful sex with a minor and for outstanding traffic warrants. The coach, Los Angeles resident Michael David Hearn, is an assistant football coach and a junior varsity basketball coach for the high school, which is in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. “The alleged victim is not or was never in the district,” said school district superintendent John Deasy. Santa Monica Police detectives arrested the 37-year-old Hearn at the high school Wednesday afternoon, June 2nd. He was taken to Santa Monica Jail to be booked. He was released on Thursday, June 3rd, after posting a $42,174 bail. The Los Angeles district attorney’s office has charged Hearn with one count of unlawful sex with a minor. His arraignment is forthcoming. Santa Monica Police detectives had been investigating Hearn for several weeks. Deasy said Hearn has been suspended and would not be returning to the district or campus until the allegations are...

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Residents of Villa Marina and local members of the Westches-ter/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce are warming up their efforts to “calm” some of the traffic at Lincoln Boulevard and Maxella Avenue.

There are a number of issues: n the drivers on eastbound Mindanao Way who tie up traffic by trying to make an illegal left-hand turn onto northbound Lincoln Boulevard; n the drivers who bring traffic on eastbound Mindanao Way to a screeching halt by trying to make a still-legal left-hand turn from Mindanao Way into the Chevron station; and n those wonderful drivers who tie up traffic by pulling out from the Chevron station and into about half of a traffic lane — and then stop. Don’t you just love drivers who do that? With traffic clogging the lane to your left and these guys half-way into your lane ahead, there’s not much you can do except sit there, waiting for the traffic to clear. So now comes the Westches-ter/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber and the Villa Marina residents with some possible solutions. 1. Have the City of Los Angeles put up a row of those rubber stanchions with “no left turn” signs along the first block of eastbound Mindanao Way. This would at least make illegal any left turn from the eastbound lane of Mindanao Way into the Chevron station. 2. Have Chevron — now ChevronTexaco — follow through on the commitments the company made eons ago when it sought permits to refurbish its parcel and upgrade the McDonald’s operation there. Some five or six years ago, the County...

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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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