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Kudos and the Living Wage
May you continue to prosper and report accurately the news for the Santa Monica community. You have been fair and direct in your reporting.
I wish you growth so you can cover ALL stories fit for the press.
March 20, 2000
Happy Anniversary to the Lookout! It's the first place I look for local
March 19, 2000
Since when is the ballot box "a theft of democracy?" Why is he so afraid of the voters? The real thefts have been committed by the Council and SMART:
First, they misappropriated the phrase "living wage" by attempting
Second, this extreme measure was prepared by a small group meeting in
Third, the Council then voted to study the proposal with no attempt to
Finally, the Council, in a ludicrous process and over concerns expressed
Is it any wonder that the business community feels totally
Unfortunately, the Council is not listening to "all voices" and is obviously not prepared to do so. There is nothing in our proposal which will prevent the Council from completing its study, listening to as many voices as it wishes and placing a final product on the ballot for consideration by the voters. This issue is too important to be left to the discretion of 4 or 5 members of a City Council which has already made known its attitude towards business and this issue.
The Chamber has consistently supported true "living wage" measures
March 19, 2000
I think we all want to get past the process issues and get on to the hard work of solving the School District's problems. However, I need to correct a misunderstanding that appeared in Our Times today.
The article reported that the District had met the City's conditions for the release of the $2.1 million and the check should soon be in the mail. But the conditions stated in the exact wording of the Council's motion say, "The grant will be released when the School District publicly notifies the City that it has established an independent Financial Oversight Committee . . ."
The Board has now decided to set up the Committee, but it has not yet
ESTABLISHED it. The details listed in the Our Times article are good
I know that the City and the District do things a bit differently. When I read the District's staff recommendation to the Board, I was not sure what would happen next. So on Thursday, I called the Superintendent.
We agreed on the following scenario:
On Wednesday, the Board decided to set up an independent Financial Oversight Committee, and it authorized the Superintendent to return to the Board with a plan containing the details for final Board approval.
The Superintendent will spend the next few weeks preparing a recommendation on who should be on the committee, what its charge should be, how it will function and have access to information, what its resources (consultants) will be, etc. When that plan is approved by the Board, the District will publicly notify the City and the money can then be released.
I have no reason to believe that the above scenario will not happen and the Superintendent has already started on getting the plan together. He has made it clear that the cash is not needed immediately. What was needed was the assurance that the district will get it and he feels comfortable that he has that assurance.
March 16, 2000
Mr. Mosher is a carpet beggar who was hired by big business in this city to derail a grass roots cry for the living wage. Go home, Mr. Mosher. We don't need the likes of you here.
The Chamber of Commerce should show some grace and citizenship instead of trying to fool this community. Taking positions in wolf's clothing does not work here. It fails. Remember the YES NO-vote on PCH.
This community is an intelligent and caring community, and they will find you out.
Remember: DO NOT SIGN the petition. Those who claim to be for the living wage are not.
I just read that six of the seven current school board members were endorsed by Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights (SMRR). Does this mean that 6/7 of the $5 million or so that school district has squandered from mismanagement is SMRR's responsibility? If so, my calculations say that's $4.28 million.
If we asked nicely, do you think SMRR would give us some of that money back? Maybe we can get SMRR to take the cash they have earmarked toward running their new candidates for the school board and convince them to give it directly to the schools instead.
So, SMRR, what do you say? Please?
March 7, 2000
My son participates in the music program at Santa Monica High School. He is a member of the marching band and expects to continue participating throughout his high school career. I have another child who attends Lincoln Middle School. She is plays the flute and wants to join the Santa Monica High School Marching Band after she graduates middle school.
I believe that music programs are important components of our children's
It would seem that you would want to promote programs that have such benefits rather than cut them back. California seems to be searching for methods to improve its educational programs to address deficiencies highlighted by the standardized testing programs. Why ignore vehicles like music that can have a positive impact on developing the overall knowledge of our children and that can facilitate their understanding of mathematics and language?
I would appreciate your efforts to reevaluate the budget to find the
March 6, 2000
Please do not cut elementary school music, or the music aids. If you do cut elementary school music you will be sorry, because it will not just affect elementary music, but junior high and high school.
If you cut music AIDS, the teachers will be so upset. If a student has something wrong with his/her instrument the teacher can not stop the whole class and individually help that person, so she sends him/her to the AID so she can continue with the class, how is she going to handle all of this by herself. Who is going to be able to do all of this?