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It’s now illegal to smoke on Mothers Beach

It is now illegal to smoke on Mothers Beach in the Marina. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to ban smoking on the Marina beach during summer months through Labor Day. Smoking will be permitted in parking lots adjacent to the beach. “No smoking” signs are expected to be posted by the July 4th weekend, county officials said. The Marina Beach smoking ban was supported by Supervisor Don Knabe. But Knabe said he didn’t want lifeguards turning into a “smoke patrol.” “When you are at the beach, you want (the lifeguards) forward, not backward” chasing smokers, Knabe...

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Venice Family Clinic doctor to get help in repaying education loans

Tania Medina, a doctor affiliated with the Venice Family Clinic, is one of seven doctors recognized by the Medical Board of California for providing health care in poor areas of Los Angeles County. Medina will be able to participate in a loan repayment program. Medina and the other six doctors received their first checks from the medical board, which will pay off part of their medical school loans if the doctors work with poor and underserved patients for three years. Last year, the medical board provided $3 million to 32 doctors statewide. Up to $105,000 is awarded to each eligible doctor. The awarding of the checks was announced during a meeting Friday, June 18th, at the Venice Family Clinic. Other doctors recognized who will receive checks are Stephen Chee, Nacemah Ghafur, Potenciano Paredes, Christine Salazar, Ana Saravia and Toya Tillis. Susan Fleischman, medical director of the Venice Family Clinic and president of the California Primary Care Association, acknowledged Gary Gitnick, past president of the medical board, and State Assemblyman Marco Firebaugh, who attended the meeting. Gitnick is an advocate for economically disadvantaged patients, a professor of medicine and chief of the Digestive Diseases Division at the UCLA School of Medicine. Firebaugh, of Bell Gardens, authored Assembly Bill 982, which created a fund with the medical board to support the Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program. “Seven million people in California...

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SM College art professor Marian Winsryg honored with Chair of Excellence

Marian Winsryg, a Santa Monica College (SMC) art professor and gallery director, has been named the recipient of the first Sam Francis/Martin Sosin Chair of Excellence. She is the fifth person to receive a chair of excellence from the college. Others are in physical science, biology, earth sciences and music. Winsryg will receive $5,000 for each of the next three years to be used for projects that will enhance her teaching methods. The awards are administered by the SMC Foundation and are funded from interest earned on endowments. The chair of excellence in art was established through contributions from Martin Sosin, a retired Santa Monica attorney. Sosin wanted to create a tribute to close friend Sam Francis, an abstract painter who hired Sosin as a business manager. Francis died in 1994. Sosin owns a private collection of Francis’s paintings, which were exhibited at the college last year. Winsryg plans to use the funds to get the latest training and do research in the use and impact of digital technologies in fine art. College president Piedad Robertson called Winsryg “not only a gifted artist and distinguished teacher,” but said “she has been on the cutting edge of the use of technology in fine art and developing and teaching new digital courses at SMC.” Winsryg has taught at the college since 1987 and served as the college Pete & Susan Barrett...

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Little League Minors team wins district championship

The Westchester Little League Minor Division Tigers baseball team won the California District 37 Tournament of Champions Saturday, June 19th, with a 7 to 6 win over the Del Rey Minor Division Angels. The Westchester team placed first during its regular season and was undefeated during the Tournament of Champions series, a double elimination district baseball tournament that includes teams from the Aviation, Del Rey, Hollypark, Lawndale, Lennox, Ladera, North Inglewood, and Westchester Little...

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SM College seeks candidates for Citizens Bond Committee

Santa Monica College is seeking applications for two vacancies on the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee. The committee oversees the implementation of Measure U, the 2002 bond measure that is funding capital improvement projects at the college. In spring 2002, the $160 million bond measure was approved by 70 percent of voters from Santa Monica and Malibu. Measure U is funding building replacements, seismic retrofitting, safety and technology upgrades and other projects. One vacancy on the oversight committee is for a representative from a taxpayer organization and the other vacancy is for a student of the college. To qualify for an appointment to the oversight committee, an applicant must be at least 18 years old, cannot be a college employee or official, and cannot be a vendor, contractor or consultant to the college. A screening committee will review all applications and recommend applicants to the college’s Board of Trustees, which will make final appointments to the oversight committee. The application deadline is Monday, June 28th. Applications are available by calling (310) 434-4402 or going online at...

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