Santa Monica College (SMC) will hold a community forum, “It Only Hurts When I Cut: Impacts of the State and Federal Budget Wars on Everything Local,” Thursday, April 29th.

The free event, which launches the college’s Public Policy Institute, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 123 of SMC’s Bundy Campus, 3171 S. Bundy Drive, Mar Vista. Free parking is available.

The panelists and their topics are:

ï On education: State Assemblywoman Julia Brownley of Santa Monica, chair of the Assembly Education Committee and former president of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board;

ï On social services: West Hollywood City Councilman Abbe Land, co-CEO of The Saban Free Clinic in Los Angeles;

ï On transportation: Metropolitan Transit Authority board member Richard Katz, a former member of the California Assembly; and

ï On local government: former Santa Monica City Manager P. Lamont Ewell;

The moderator is former State Sen. Sheila Kuehl, founding director of the Public Policy Institute of Santa Monica College.

The forum will be divided into two parts — the first hour will be a panel presentation and the second hour will be audience roundtable discussions with the panelists.

The Public Policy Institute is a program designed to explore and analyze social, environmental, political and economic issues in the local communities and to provide a center for civic engagement, community education and student participation.

Seating is limited, and reservations are required.

For more information about the institute and its activities and for reservations, (310) 434-4303.