CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2003 |
Pink slip protesters paraded through the Third Street Promenade on Saturday. They chanted "save our schools," and denounced state budget cuts to education, which resulted in 207 Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District employees receiving layoff notices last month. Police and protest organizers estimated between 400 and 500 marchers took part. "The cuts proposed by the state of California are unacceptable.
November 8, 1990 |
Santa Monica and Malibu voters ended their ballot on a yes note and approved a school district bond measure to repair decaying local campuses. Proposition ES, a $75-million general obligation bond measure to benefit the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, was approved by 74% of the voters, handily above the two-thirds margin needed.
October 25, 1990 |
Hunks of the stucco walls have fallen off, the paint is curling back, the heating system has a mind of its own, the pipes burst on occasion, and the carpeting--garish orange in some rooms, baby blue in others--is threadbare, stained and ripped. This fixer-upper is Santa Monica High School. The cost of the repairs: about $20 million.
March 14, 1993 |
Neil C. Schmidt, 51, new superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Claim to fame: Schmidt took the helm of the 9,500-student school district in July upon the retirement of Eugene Tucker. Schmidt had been superintendent of the Lodi Unified School District in the San Joaquin Valley. An advocate of the concept that school achievement is dependent on a supportive home environment, he established a family literacy program at several elementary schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1989
The Santa Monica-Malibu School district and teachers' union members reached a tentative agreement for a two-year contract Thursday night. The agreement includes salary increases and improved health and dental benefits for all union members and better opportunities for teacher training, said June Lucas, president of Santa Monica-Malibu Classroom Teachers' Assn. Lucas and school board President Robert Holbrook said the negotiations, which began in April, were "friendly and constructive."
August 21, 2011 |
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is scheduled to vote this week on whether students need sugar to make healthy choices. Of course, the vote won't be structured that way, but sugar is what's at stake. The school board will vote on whether the district should eliminate sugared milk from its lunchtime offerings. Sugar will not go quietly. Last year, 76% of the milk served in the district was chocolate-flavored. Because each half-pint carton of flavored milk contains 8 grams more sugar than skim milk, last year alone about 5,600 pounds of added sugar was smuggled into children's diets through flavored milk.
November 27, 2011
If a well-heeled neighborhood of Los Angeles wanted better police protection, would it be OK for the residents to donate money to their local police station so it could assign an extra patrol car to their streets? Most people would rightly say no. Law enforcement is a public service; taxpayers support it for the safety of all, to be deployed as needed to provide the best protection for the city. Residents might hire a private security guard for their neighborhood, but they cannot reshape public allocations of resources to benefit themselves through private donations.
October 29, 1992 |
Voter suspicion over the opening of Malibu High School has taken center stage in the race for three seats on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Trustees. At a Santa Monica forum last week, Santa Monica residents grilled the five candidates on whether they would take resources away from Santa Monica High School to benefit Malibu High School, which opened this fall.
January 27, 2008
Voter guide: An item in the Jan. 20 California Voter Guide about Measure R in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District identified Measure R opponent Polly Benson-Brown as a former school board member. She did not serve on the board.