Category: Santa Monica

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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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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Thousands honor Reagan in Santa Monica

The body of 93-year-old former President Ronald Reagan, who died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease Saturday, June 5th, was in a Santa Monica funeral home for two days. Reagan’s body was taken to Gates Kingsley & Gates Moeller-Murphy Funeral Home, 1925 Arizona Ave., shortly after he died. Funeral directors prepared the body and casket for upcoming services in Simi Valley and Washington, D.C. Upon hearing news that Reagan had died, thousands of people arrived in Santa Monica to honor him. People created a memorial with cards, flowers and flags outside the funeral home, and reminisced about Reagan’s two terms as president. Reagan’s casket stayed at the funeral home until Monday morning, June 7th, when former First Lady Nancy Reagan and family members arrived to follow the casket to the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, where the public paid their respects to the 40th president until Tuesday evening, June 8th. Santa Monica and Los Angeles Police Department officers and the Secret Service controlled the crowds and traffic for the motorcade Monday. After being flown to Washington, D.C., Reagan’s body was to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda from Wednesday evening until Friday morning, when services will be held at the National Cathedral. Reagan’s body will then be flown back to California to be buried at the Reagan Library Friday evening, June 11th. Reagan and his family chose...

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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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Group endorses two candidates for November trustee election

A coalition formed last month to change the way Santa Monica College and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District are governed has endorsed candidates Susan Aminoff and Doug Willis for the Santa Monica College board of trustees election scheduled for Tuesday, November 2nd. The coalition, known as Santa Monica’s Education Team, is a joint campaign by the Santa Monica College Faculty Association and the Santa Monica-Malibu Classroom Teachers Association. The coalition’s aim is to assist the campaigns of candidates who are “pro-student, pro-academic, pro-teacher and pro-faculty,” and hoping to win seats on the Santa Monica College board of trustees and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board of education. “Five candidates sought our endorsement for the board of trustees,” said Lantz Simpson, an English professor and president of the Faculty Association at Santa Monica College. “We endorsed two candidates. “It wasn’t so much that the other three had shortcomings. We just believe the two we endorsed best fit with our needs.” Endorsements for the school district will be announced at a later date. Aminoff is a Santa Monica resident, sociology professor at Pierce College and chair of the Los Angeles Community College District’s Joint Labor-Management Benefits Committee. Willis is a member of the Santa Monica Rent Control Board, Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights and an accountant at the University of California Los Angeles. Aminoff and Willis hope to win...

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