Santa Monica, a Lifelong Learning Community

Lifelong Learning Community News - August 2006...

July 31st is the deadline for senior exemptions for the School District's parcel tax for 06/07.
When voters approved school funding Measure S in June of 2003, they included an exemption for senior citizens. Seniors (over 65 by June 30th) who wish to apply for or renew their exemption, must file an application by July 31st, 2006.

For more information and to apply for an exemption, please go to and click on "Senior Exemption." or call (310) 450-8338, ext. 269.
Applications must be received and/or postmarked no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 31, 2006.
Congratulations to Santa Monica College Trustee Carole Currey who has been chosen as the recipient of the 2006 Pacific Region Trustee Leadership Award from the national Association of Community College Trustees. Ms. Currey is one of five community college trustees nationally to be selected for this award which will be presented in October in Orlando, Florida. For more information, please go to
Speaking of leaders....

Hello and welcome to:
  • New School Superintendent: Diane Talarico
    Santa Monica Malibu public schools will have a new superintendent beginning August 14th! Diane Talarico comes to us from Ohio with a background in special education and a strong record of bringing the community together and raising student achievement. For more information, please read

  • New Principal for Lincoln Middle School: Tristan Komlos
    Former M House Principal at Samohi, Tristan Komlos has been appointed as the new principal for Lincoln Middle School. (I do not yet have information re when she begins and/or who will become the new M House Principal at Samohi.)

  • New City Planning Director: Eileen P. Fogarty
    Eileen P. Fogarty, director of Planning & Zoning for the city of Alexandria since 2000, will take charge of Santa Monica's Planning and Community Development Department in mid-September. She will be instrumental in moving forward the Land Use and Circulation Element that will guide Santa Monica development for the next twenty years. For more information on Ms. Fogarty, please go to

  • New City Information Officer: Mona Miyasoto
    Mona Miyasoto will replace Judy Rambeau Franz who is retiring as the City's top spokesperson. Ms. Miyasoto has been serving as Acting Human Services Manager this past year and was selected for this new position in preference to more than 200 applicants.

  • And, goodbye to Judy Rambeau Franz who is retiring at the end of August. I have had many conversations with Ms. Rambeau and all of them have been enjoyable and fruitful. Good luck, Judy!

The leadership may change but the work remains...

This Thursday, August 3rd, 5:30pm, there will be a special meeting of the Board of Education to decide whether or not to place a facilities bond measure on the ballot for the November 7, 2006 election.
SMMUSD Board Room, 1651 16th Street
The filing period for prospective candidates interested in running for seats on the City Council, the Rent Board, the School Board, and the College Board is now open. For more information on vacant seats and eligibility requirements, please go to
Citywide Reads.... what?
Suggestions are now being accepted for a book for next year's Citywide Reads. Please fill out the online survey at if you have a book you'd like to recommend.

For a listing of library programs tailored to children and teens, please go to
Join a library book group.... or three or four!
Santa Monica Public Library currently hosts and moderates book groups at the main library and all branches. These include California Classics, Mysteries, Biographies, and literature groups. Please see the LLC Calendar for listings or go to
There are many summer events occurring this August including free movies and concerts on the Pier. Please be sure to check out the Lifelong Learning Community Calendar at

That's all for now. Enjoy what's left of the summer!

Thanks, Cheers, and Onward,
Louise Jaffe

Please note that Lifelong Learning Community Links include many local theatrical companies – listed under "Local Museums and Special Venues" as well as other useful websites. Please use these links to stay abreast of these wonderful local organizations. Links can be found at

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