Category: Santa Monica

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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SM High school students re-enact 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom

The Santa Monica High School student Civil Rights Coalition commemorated the past, present and future of civil rights by reenacting Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom Monday, May 31st, in Santa Monica. The participants started at the corner of Seventh Street and Michigan Avenue and marched down Lincoln Boulevard to Reed Park. “At the beginning, attendance seemed to be lacking,” admitted Molly Strauss, Civil Rights Coalition vice president. “But as we started marching, I realized that our procession took up the sidewalk of more than one city block. “The feeling was indescribable.” Students, parents and community members held signs and banners reading “No U.S. Dough to Help Jim Crow Grow” and “We Ask Congress to End Racial Bias.” Copying the format of the original March on Washington that ended in a park, the Santa Monica procession stopped at Reed Park. At Reed Park, students from the Santa Monica High School choir and orchestra performed the national anthem. Civil Rights Coalition members repeated speeches from past civil rights leaders and read their own poetry. The event ended with remarks from the group’s president, Sara Milstein. “We are working toward a place where the color of our neighbors’ grass does not matter because we are all colorblind,” Milstein said in a speech she wrote. Civil Rights Coalition faculty advisor is Michael Felix, a U.S. history...

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Posie Carpenter returns to SM-UCLA Medical Ctr. as nursing director

Westchester resident Posie Carpenter has returned to the UCLA Healthcare system as director of nursing at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. Carpenter held several managerial and staff positions at UCLA Medical Center in Westwood from 1989 to 1998. She left UCLA in 1998 to join the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys as a director of surgical services. Before 1989, she was executive director of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Carpenter holds dual master’s degrees in nursing and public health from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Georgetown...

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Six Samohi seniors get Emblem Club scholarships

The Santa Monica Emblem Club presented college scholarship funds to six Santa Monica High School seniors Wednesday, May 26th. Past exalted rulers of the Santa Monica Elks also participated. The students all had grade point averages of at least 3.5 and had contributed many hours of community service, including working with Heal the Bay, Community Art Center, Santa Monica Hospital, National Youth Advisory Council, UCLA Ocean Discovery Center, and underprivileged children. The students and the colleges they plan to attend are: n Maud Arnold, Columbia University; n Emily Brundige, University of California at Berkeley; n Lynna Jirpongopas, University of California at San Diego; n Ivy Kuperberg, Rice University; n Devora Kaye, Vanderbilt University; and n Erin Rowan, University of California at...

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Proposed budget could shrink city’s deficit from $16 million to $4 million

Santa Monica City manager Susan McCarthy is optimistic about a 2004-05 fiscal year proposed budget, which will shrink the city’s current budget gap of $16 million to a $4 million gap. McCarthy presented the Santa Monica City Council with the proposed budget Tuesday, May 25th. “The proposed budget for fiscal year 2004-05 and the budget plan for fiscal year 2005-06 reflect cautious optimism about the city’s financial future,” McCarthy said. The budget for the fiscal year beginning Thursday, July 1st, is approximately $377 million. The Santa Monica City Council is expected to adopt the budget Tuesday, June 15th. The proposed budget is a decrease of $5 million, or 1.3 percent, from the current 2003-04 budget, which is approximately $382 million. However, McCarthy is relieved that a current $16 million gap between revenues and expenditures will be reduced to an estimated $4 million gap. TIGHT BELT — McCarthy said the proposed budget includes “reorganizations, redeployments and/or position reductions” for six full-time employees. Those employees work in the city Environmental and Public Works Management-Maintenance Management Division and the Community and the Cultural Services-Open Space Management Division. Employees at the Main Library, which is under reconstruction and has yet to be opened, are also affected. If the proposed budget is approved, currently vacant police positions will be frozen and landscape maintenance services will be reduced. The proposed budget also includes reductions in...

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