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City Attorney settles with another local gold company BY ASHLEY ARCHIBALD Daily Press Staff Writer

CITY HALL A Santa Monica-based precious metals dealer has agreed to pay up to $2 million to approximately 250 customers that alleged the company had taken money for gold coins and provided nothing in return. The settlement comes over a year after a court placed the company, Superior Gold Group, under receivership and froze its accounts. It requires that owner Bruce Sands put up $200,000 immediately to compensate former customers and commit between 20 and 25 percent of his future net income until he has paid out the full $2 million. Under the settlement neither Superior Gold Group nor Sands admit to any wrongdoing, but Sands is barred from owning another precious metals business or using SEE GOLD PAGE 8 Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com

SPEAKING UP: Jennifer Conrad with the Paw Project holds a tranquilizer gun that she says could have helped sedate a stray mountain lion that was shot and killed by Santa Monica police last week. She was a part of a press conference staged on the lawn of City Hall on Wednesday.

Groups want policy change after mountain lion death BY ASHLEY ARCHIBALD Daily Press Staff Writer

CITY HALL Animal rights advocates gathered outside City Hall Wednesday afternoon to lobby for a change in police policy that they feel would have saved the life of a young male mountain lion killed in Santa Monica last Tuesday. Members of In Defense of Animals, the Paw Project and Animal Advocates called on city officials to require that police officers contact animal experts and veterinarians when confronted with a wild animal rather than killing the creature. “Public safety and animal safety,” said Bill Dyer, director of In Defense of Animals (IDA). “Why can’t we have both?” Last week, a 75-pound male mountain lion was killed by a Santa Monica police officer when it moved toward first responders after officials with the Department of

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Fish and Game hit it with a tranquilizer dart. IDA announced Wednesday that they would posthumously name the animal “Innocence.” Animal advocates including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals immediately condemned the action, saying that the death was unnecessary and demanded an investigation. Department spokespeople, backed by the Department of Fish and Game, said that the officers did what they had to do to protect the public. Many people had stopped at the police tape to watch the proceedings, some of whom had classes at the Santa Monica College Emeritus College building where the mountain lion had holed up. The animal’s body has since been taken to a lab in San Bernardino for a full necropsy.

Rather than go after police for the actions taken, speakers at the Wednesday press conference focused their comments on how to improve a future response. Key to that would be to take advantage of people in the nonprofit and private sectors that have experience dealing with large and wild animals rather than forcing police and even Fish and Game officials to deal with them, said Jack Carone, IDA communications director. “For hindsight to truly be 20/20, they need a plan of what to do to collaborate with local resources,” Carone said. Local resources like Jennifer Conrad, Conrad is the director of the Paw Project, a group that works with “big cats” that have been declawed. Just as veterinarians aren’t trained to deal with dangerous people, law enforceSEE LION PAGE 9

Magnitude-4.0 earthquake rumbles off Malibu shore ASSOCIATED PRESS MALIBU, Calif. A small earthquake has jolted the Southern California coast but there are no reports of damages or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey says in a preliminary report that the magnitude-4.0 quake struck in the Channel Islands region at 10:14 p.m. Tuesday. The USGS says the earthquake was centered 30 miles southwest of Malibu and was felt throughout the Los Angeles area, especially in West L.A., Santa Monica and the San Fernando Valley. Sheriff ’s and fire officials say there are no reports of damages or injuries from the quake, and the Los Angeles Fire Department is not in earthquake mode. Brandon David Wilson, a school teacher who lives in the Culver City area, said on Twitter that he felt the earthquake, but it was “just a sharp jolt. No big whoop.”

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Will again Miles Memorial Playhouse 1130 Lincoln Blvd., 8 p.m. Colonials, an American Shakespeare company, is producing the great playwright’s beloved “Much Ado About Nothing.” For more information, go to theatreforasmallspace.com. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Call (310) 804-6745 to buy. Fine wine Ruskin Group Theatre 3000 Airport Ave., 8 p.m. — 10 p.m. “Sideways the Play,” adapted by Rex Pickett from his own novel, follows two friends — Miles and Jack — on their journey across the Santa Ynez wine country on one last blowout trip before Jack gets married. Along the way, Miles and Jack must face their uncertain futures … just as soon as they figure out how to survive their chaotic present. This performance

also runs Saturdays and Sundays through July 22. For more information, call (310) 397-3244. Belt it, swing it The Broad Stage 1310 11th St., 7:30 p.m. — 9 p.m. Frederick Keith Fiddmont and the SMC Jazz Ensemble are putting their heads together with Cindy Bourquin and the SMC Jazz Vocal Ensemble to present a collaborative performance of blues, swing and improv. Seating is strictly on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets: $10. For more information, call (310) 434-4323.

Saturday, June 2, 2012 Call me Asher Main Library 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 2 p.m. In the first in a new series of staged readings of classic and contemporary plays, the Santa Monica Rep Theater Company presents Aaron Posner’s “My Name Is Asher Lev,” at the library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium. “My Name Is Asher Lev” is the story of a young painter, brought up in strict, Hasidic Jewish home, who struggles with issues of faith and tradition versus art and individualism. For more information, call (310) 458-8600. Snapshot Hamilton Galleries 1431 Ocean Ave., 5 p.m. — 10 p.m. Tony Shalhoub and Hamilton Galleries present a photo exhibition featuring children from all across the world. The event will be put on by 100cameras, a nonprofit that gives cameras to marginalized children in order to tell their stories through photography. The event will include wine, stories of the children and opportunities to buy their work — proceeds raise funds to better their communities. To RSVP, e-mail RSVP@100cameras.org. For more information, go to 100cameras.org.

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CORRECTION Incorrect information appeared in the May 29 article “Seniors face challenges as Meals on Wheels prices increase.” Meals on Wheels West pays its caterer $25,000 to $30,000 a month.


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The state Senate approved Wednesday the Energy Security Coordination Act of 2012, Senate Bill 1409 on a unanimous, bi-partisan vote. Authored by state Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) and co-authored by Sens. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) and Ted W. Lieu (D-Torrance), SB 1409 directs the governor’s director of planning and research to coordinate energy policies with the U.S. Department of Defense in order to resolve conflicts that might arise in the military’s research, development and deployment of clean energy in California. The DOD had cited climate change and oil dependence as national security threats to the armed forces’ personnel. “Every day, the United States sends about $1 billion overseas for oil,” Pavley said in a statement. “Middle class families are being disproportionately impacted by the cost of those foreign subsidies while men and women serving in our armed forces put their lives at risk every day protecting our national security.” SB 1409, sponsored by the Truman National Security Project, will prompt the governor to implement policies that increase energy security with the DOD and will ensure that the state is supporting the armed forces’ energy security mission at home and abroad. “Putting into place more efficient energy policies will help create demand for increased investment in cleaner, alternative energy,” Lieu said in a statement. “This bill is a win-win for California residents.”

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Member groups within the Waterkeeper Alliance launched the Swim Guide application on Wednesday as a means of helping communities stay informed about their rivers, creeks and beaches. The Swim Guide app accesses water quality data from government authorities to inform users if it’s safe to swim at their local beaches. “Every year, millions of people get sick from coming into contact with polluted water,” said Western Director for the Waterkeeper Alliance Pete Nichols in a statement. “The Swim Guide provides a free, easy to use, way for beachgoers to find a beach where their families can swim and enjoy the beach safely.” The app also allows users to find directions to beaches, view photos, learn what beaches are kid friendly and share information — such as pollution updates — via social media. “The Swim Guide will provide beachgoers with the upto-date information that they need to locate and discover the closest and safest beaches along the L.A. County coastline,” said local Waterkeeper Liz Crosson in a statement. For more information, visit theswimguide.org. SFG

Student Athlete of the Year — sprinter Michael Tobin, Jr. — in an announcement last week. Tobin was named one of 15 outstanding SMC students as 2011-12 Student Athletes of the Year in their individual sports, but never before had the college picked an overall

winner. All the student athletes were selected for demonstrating scholastic achievement as much as athletic talent and persistence. The awards to the diverse group of students were presented at the annual awards breakfast sponsored by the SMC General Advisory Board, a community support group. SEE ATHLETE PAGE 9

Lawmakers to amend specialty license plate bills HANNAH DREIER Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. California lawmakers trying to establish new specialty license plates this year said Wednesday they are moving quickly to amend their bills and enact safeguards to ensure the money is spent as promised after an Associated Press investigation raised questions about oversight of the program. Several lawmakers said they are changing their bills to include regular audits as a way to assure the public that the extra fees drivers pay for the specialty plates are going to the right place. Some also are calling for ongoing oversight of all the specialty license plate funds and say the state should return the millions it has borrowed from one of them.

A key lawmaker leading a transportation committee said he plans to hold legislative hearings to examine the program. Brown on Tuesday ordered an audit of California’s specialty license plate program after a review by the AP found there was little oversight of the $250 million raised in the 20 years since the Legislature authorized it. “I’m going to support maximum transparency and accountability,” Assemblyman Jared Huffman said in an interview on the floor of the Assembly. “I saw that the governor’s calling for an audit, and that’s great. Let’s make sure we’re keeping faith with the voters and whoever buys these license plates.” The San Rafael Democrat is leading a high-profile effort to SEE PLATES PAGE 8

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I agree with the comments of Liliana Isella (“One to learn from,” Letters to the Editor, May 27). Here are my own: I first learned that a mountain lion was in the city whilst having breakfast at approximately 7:45 a.m. in Schoops Deli on Main Street when SMPD officers suddenly exited. About three hours later, Larry Mantel made a KPPC radio announcement that the lion had been shot dead. I put in two calls — one to the police and the other to the mayor’s office. The representative in that office told me that the mayor knew that a lion was in the city but she must get off the phone with me in order to tell the mayor of the lion’s death. Most of us, hopefully all of us, know that when a child is distressed, angry, frightened it is best to communicate quietly, calmly and kindly with that child or any creature — human or otherwise. By all accounts, the least we should expect from both our police and the mayor is a letter to each and every one of us living in this beautiful city “twixt ocean and mountains” setting out the steps that will be taken next time this happens — as indeed I think it will happen. Surely in a community packed with intelligent, experienced, knowledgeable individuals, a positive future plan can replace the shocking negativity of last week’s death on our streets. We all agree with the sanctity of human life — next time, let’s give equal sanctity of an animal life and without the Involvement of the Department of Fish and Game.

Britt Allcroft Santa Monica

Not a fan of negativity Editor:

Regarding Mr. Bennet Kelley’s article (”Hayden’s hatchet job and the race for the 50th District,” The Soap Box, May 25); I just received my umpteenth mailer from the Osborn campaign today. Like other mailers from Osborn, it is not on recycled paper (as would be identified by the recycle logo.) During austere times, the amount of junk mail coming from the Osborn campaign is not just wasteful of paper and postage; the contents of them are completely disingenuous. Additionally, Osborn is the first candidate to go negative in this campaign and it is disgusting. Voters deserve someone who will lead not someone who just wants to win at any cost. I am pleased to see the SMDP print an article that exposes and addresses the negativity from the Osborn campaign.

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I am about to graduate college and after four years here in Los Angeles, I am having trouble deciding whether to stay here or go home which is across the country. I love it here and have been happy. I have been able to forget family problems but on the other hand, I miss my family and friends that I grew up with. My family is also urging me to come home. My family is completely dysfunctional. My father comes from an alcoholic family and he himself has an unacknowledged drinking problem. My mother is completely codependent and even though she is my best friend, I really feel like an orphan and have for years. She is almost glued to my father after discovering one shocking behavior after another. A nanny who I adore but is no longer with our family basically raised me. My parents both worked long hours and we rarely even had dinner together. I have several siblings but we actually are not all that close. We seem to have all gone our own ways. I would probably have to live at home again unless I get a fantastic job right away. I think the job market is better back home but I feel free and happy here in Los Angeles. I really am torn and do not know what to do. Obviously, I haven’t got long to decide. Please help with any thoughts you might have. Signed, Tortured DEAR TORTURED,

Tortured is a very strong word to describe your situation and feelings. I really understand it though because your situation seems like a lose-lose with pain in whichever way you go. I find myself wondering if you can’t find a way to stay just a little bit longer so that you give yourself some time to process your feelings and perhaps start checking out the job market? If you can, I would also recommend you find some unbiased and professional help in making the best decision for yourself. On the one hand you say you are happy and have a sense of freedom and it sounds like well being here in Los Angeles. You didn’t mention friends here but after four years in college you must have made some good friends. Are any of them staying here in Los

Angeles; can you create a support group here? Also, you are too young to know it yet, but most people make a fair number of friends in their jobs. We spend a good amount of time in our working life and it is unusual if we do not make some pretty good friends. The exception of course, would be if you worked alone. But even then you could create a network and of course, there is always your alumni association. On the other hand, long-time friends and family are very important attachments that generally speaking, we are lucky to have and I really understand your missing them. But if your family is so unhealthy for you, I think you had better have a really good game plan if you do return and have to stay with them for a while. You are not likely to change them so you had better be prepared for the emotional state you may find yourself in. Living with them again is likely to activate a lot of memories and old feelings. This is part of the reason I recommend that you get some help to process your feelings and the things that happened and didn’t happen for you. But also, I cannot tell you how important it is to recognize that we cannot just bury feelings alive. It never works; they always come back to haunt us in one way or another. You have escaped these feelings temporarily by being away but they will catch up with you whether you go or stay here. In fact, your feeling so tortured right now is a significant sign that they really are not that far away. I hope the small things that I can say will help you some but more so, I really hope you can find a way to take the pressure off and get some help in figuring this out before you find yourself making a decision that you regret. It is not where you live, it is how you live that will make the difference. I wish you the best of luck. DR. JOANNE BARGE is a licensed psychologist and licensed marriage and family therapist with offices in Brentwood. Visit her at www.drbarge.com or email your anonymous questions and reactions to newshrink@gmail.com. Got something on your mind? Let us help you with your life matters because it does!

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This week I simply have to rave about the film that moved me to laughter and tears, mostly joyous, called “The Intouchables.” Based on a true story, it’s about a wealthy paraplegic, his ex-con caregiver, and their remarkable relationship. Newcomer Omar Sy won the 2012 Cesar Award (France’s Oscar) for this performance, and he’s mesmerizing as Driss, the caregiver from the projects, where the actor actually grew up. It’s nearly impossible not to compare François Cluzet, as the paraplegic millionaire Philippe, to Dustin Hoffman in looks and acting skills. This film was inspired by “A La Vie, A La Morte,” a documentary about Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, whose paragliding accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, and his caregiver, the streetwise Abdel (real name). Philippe also wrote a memoir, “Le Second Souffle” (Second Wind), which shaped the screenplay. The filmmakers had his full cooperation provided that they treat “The Intouchables” with humor. They do. I won’t give away any plot points because the blessing of this film is its ability to surprise. It’s hilarious at the most unexpected moments, the music’s irresistible (funk versus classical) and I call it the feel-good movie of the year. Now showing at The Landmark Theatres in West L.A. For more information, visit www.landmarktheatres.com. DEAF WEST EXTENDS ‘CYRANO’

One of the most surprising and consistently excellent companies working in the small theatre scene in Los Angeles, Deaf West Theatre has another hit on its hands. And it’s wonderful that they’ve chosen the challenge of a play whose very essence concerns language. Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” is re-imagined by Stephen Sachs in this world premiere production of “Cyrano.” It’s simultaneously spoken and signed. Set in Los Angeles, it’s the story of a deaf

poet hopelessly in love with a hearing woman who doesn’t understand sign language and instead loves his brother. Cyrano expresses his feelings through his hands but may have to rely on his brother to woo her by “speaking his words” for him. American Sign Language becomes the language of love in this new spin on a classic romance. Extended through July 8, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at The Fountain Theatre. www.FountainTheatre.com MORE WORDS

If you’re not busy tonight, swing by “Tale Spin” at the Vidiots Annex, 302 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. A monthly gathering where people tell true stories, bring their own appetizers and beverages, and toss your name in the hat to tell a story in five minutes or less about “Winning,” this month’s theme. Socialize at 7 p.m., storytelling names are drawn at 7:30 p.m., and since only 35 people fit in this intimate space, RSVP to pk.meyer@verizon.net to guarantee your seat. It’s only $10 and helps keep this beloved video institution in business. MADE IN L.A.

Now that Pacific Standard Time has wrapped up, those in need of another multivenue art experience can find it at The Hammer’s Made in L.A. 2012, the first in a series of biennial exhibitions featuring new work created by Los Angeles area artists, working in every imaginable medium. With 60 artists in this first show, Made in L.A. 2012 opens on Saturday, June 2 at The Hammer in Westwood; at LA><Art in Culver City; and Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park. In addition to the exhibitions and other events, there’ll be billboard projects by participating artists at various locations across the city. And there’s a free iPhone app, “Made in L.A. Soundmap,” a site-specific mobile audio experience for listening while traveling between the three venues. Audio segments, featuring interviews with artists talking about L.A., are placed on a city map and using first-of-its-kind geo-locative technology, they’ll play as the user moves through the city. Speaking of sounds: DJs from my career alma mater, public radio station KCRW, take up residence in the Hammer’s outdoor courtyard, selecting sets inspired by Made in L.A. and representing the wide array of music created here. Featuring late night museum hours, free SEE WATCH PAGE 7


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‘Hatfields & McCoys’ big ratings draw DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer

NEW YORK There’s nothing like a backwoods blood feud to excite television viewers on Memorial Day. The first part of the History network’s miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys” was seen by 13.9 million viewers on Monday night, more than 17 million when the immediate repeat was added in, the Nielsen company said. The numbers held up for part two on Tuesday, which was watched by 13.1 million, Nielsen said. Those are huge numbers in the cable television world. No scripted series on the broadcast networks last week came close. By contrast, Fox’s series finale of “House” last week reached 8.7 million people. “Hatfields & McCoys” had a couple of big-name stars in Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton and is airing over three nights in two-hour chunks. Broadcast television was dominated by competition shows again last week, led by the 21.5 million people who watched the “American Idol” finale on Fox. “Dancing With the Stars” and “America’s Got Talent” also did well.

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From Pacific Standard Time to the Pacific Coast Highway, there’s a beautiful and intimate museum just up the road from us, The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University. On view now is On Location in Malibu 2012: Paintings by the California Art Club through Aug. 4. Director Michael Zakian says, “We do a variation of this theme every three years (1999, 2003, 2006, 2009) and I think this exhibition is the most beautiful of them all.”

Perhaps crowded by the marketplace, ABC’s “Duets” finished a modest No. 23 in the ratings, with 6.8 million viewers. Fox’s summer series “So You Think You Can Dance” also came out of the gate slowly, with 6.3 million viewers. Led by “Idol,” Fox won the week with an average of 8.3 million viewers in prime time (4.9 rating, 9 share). ABC had 7.4 million (also 4.9, 9), CBS had 5.8 million (3.9, 7), NBC had 4.6 million (3.0, 5), ION Television had 1.1 million (0.7, 1) and the CW had 680,000 (0.5, 1). Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with 3.7 million (2.0, 3), Telemundo had 1.1 million (0.6, 1), TeleFutura had 510,000 (0.3, 0), Estrella had 210,000 and Azteca 110,000 (both 0.1, 0). NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.8 million viewers (5.3, 11). ABC’s “World News” was second with 7.2 million (4.9, 10) and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.4 million viewers (3.8, 8). A ratings point represents 1,147,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation’s estimated 114.7 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show. All the work is done “en plein-air” (”open air”), painted on location by artist-members of the California Art Club, the oldest continually operating art association in the state. Many were produced over the past year especially for this exhibition. What you’ll see are beautiful images of our storied neighbor to the immediate north, home to not just the rich and the famous but some very picturesque coastal, canyon, mountain and roadside landscapes. Because they are working “on location” in the great outdoors, the artists capture subtleties of lighting and atmosphere that a photograph can’t, lending the works a poetic, interpretive feel. It’s a nice respite from the traffic on PCH. For more information, visit arts.pepperdine.edu/museum. SARAH A. SPITZ is a former freelance arts producer for NPR and former staff producer at public radio station KCRW-Santa Monica. She reviews theatre for LAOpeningNights.com.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. Assembly Democrats have approved two bills that would expand protections for California workers, acting over the objections of Republicans who called the bills “job killers.” Lawmakers approved legislation Wednesday by Democratic Assemblywoman Julia Brownley of Santa Monica and Assemblyman Sandre Swanson of Alameda, sending both to the Senate.

PLATES FROM PAGE 3 create a new license plate that would help the financially embattled state Department of Parks and Recreation, which is trying to avoid the closure of dozens of state parks because of the state’s ongoing budget deficits. Organizations and agencies participating in the specialty plate program must report annually to the state Department of Motor Vehicles about money collected and the percentage spent to promote the specialty plates, which isn’t supposed to exceed 25 percent of the revenue. Other than that, there is no direct over-

GOLD FROM PAGE 1 false or misleading advertising. Superior Court Judge Cesar Sarmiento accepted the final agreement on May 24. The $2 million will trickle in slowly, and won’t cover even the majority of the $7 million in claims that have been brought to the City Attorney’s Office, said Adam Radinsky, who heads Santa Monica’s Consumer Protection Unit. “It’s a slow process and it’s a lot less than we would have liked, but this is the reality of the situation,” Radinsky said. City officials take it as a victory, however, because the 2010 legal action put a stop to what they allege were illegal activities and will lead to the restoration of some customers’ money. The trial was to take place later this year. The City Attorney’s Office first became aware of customer complaints about Superior Gold Group in 2010. That’s the same year that customers of another Santa Monica-based precious metal dealer, Goldline, came forward claiming that the company had bilked them out of cash. City Hall eventually settled with Goldline. The City Attorney’s Office and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Sands and the Superior Gold Group in December 2010. The court agreed to freeze the assets of both Sands and the company, and put Superior Gold Group’s finances in the hands of attorney Dean Pucci. Over the course of the next year, Pucci and lawyers in the Consumer Protection Unit investigated financial records to turn up assets that could be used to pay back customers that had lost money. They were unable to locate any substantial assets, according to a release. In an opposition brief filed on Jan. 4, 2011 by David Rosen, Sands’ attorney, the company was not using clients’ money to pay back old clients, as alleged by the city and county attorneys, but was actually a victim of its own success. Superior Gold Group boomed unexpect-

Brownley’s bill, AB1999, adds “family caregiver status” to the list of employees protected under the Fair Employment and Housing Act. Swanson’s measure, AB2039, expands the list of family members for whom workers can take unpaid leave if they need to provide care. Under the bill, the list would include grandparents, parents-in-law and siblings. Swanson said the bill was “about family values,” but Republican lawmakers said it would increase the burden on struggling business owners and employers. sight. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office has never examined the program, nor has the independent state auditor’s office. The AP also found questionable use of millions of dollars raised from the sale of special memorial license plates created in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Brown and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had taken $3 million from that fund to help close state budget deficits. The money was supposed to provide college scholarships to children whose parents perished in the attacks and help law enforcement fight threats of terrorism, yet only a fraction ever went to scholarships and millions funded operations that have little to do with directly fighting terrorism. edly and had fallen behind on filling orders when attorneys from Los Angeles and Santa Monica asked to freeze the assets. The company was on pace to fill the back orders of precious metals promised to customers when Pucci took control of Superior Gold Group. “The irony is that, in the month that the receiver has been in place, no back orders have been fulfilled, no funds have been returned and the receiver has made it clear he does not intend to continue to run the business, thus destroying any hope the back orders will be filled,” Rosen wrote. According to the document, Sands oversaw two sales managers, an operations manager and a general manager who had approximately 20 account executives working for them. The company’s growth — from a few hundred thousand dollars in revenue in 2007 to more than $19 million in 2009 — caught the outfit unawares, causing a supply problem. At the same time, the company was losing money on salaries and advertising. In July 2010, a second company called Superior Equity began operating. Its profits went to fill Superior Gold Group’s back orders. At the same time, Sands put more money into Superior Gold Group’s coffers than he withdrew, according to the brief. In December 2010, attorneys from the County of Los Angeles and Santa Monica got a temporary restraining order to freeze Sands’, Superior Gold Group’s and Superior Equity’s assets. Sands disagrees both with the amount of money that attorneys have said that he owes, as well as the plaintiff ’s explanation that he or the company had taken money without the intent of providing the precious metals customers had purchased, Rosen said Tuesday. “The reason this resolution works for us is that we’re able to set up a mechanism so that customers that don’t get what they’re entitled to can share in the fund. It’s all done without any admission of wrongdoing and the need to litigate that issue,” he said. ashley@smdp.com


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LION FROM PAGE 1 ment doesn’t have the experience to handle a wild animal, she said. Conrad, who says she has anesthetized big cats over 500 times in the last decade, made herself available to the police that Tuesday morning, but never heard back. “Call on the experts that live here, and let us do it,” Conrad said. “You can’t learn that in a five-hour weekend class.” If an expert can’t get there in time to help deal with the situation, at least have them on the phone to help assess the severity and suggest a plan of action, she said. The group urged residents of Santa Monica and abroad to contact local officials and request that the police department inte-

ATHLETE FROM PAGE 3 Tobin, who was named for track and field and is coached by Larry Silva, graduated from high school with honors in the San Francisco Bay area. He also received the President’s Educational Award for academic excellence as well as the Outstanding Alameda County Scholar Athlete Award. He was raised by his single mother who instilled in him dedication to hard work, focus on education and resistance to negative pressures in his environment. He attributes whatever success he has had to, in his words, “the outstanding parenting of my mother and best friend.” Track and field has been his focus at

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he permanent record from our youth may have been a ruse cooked up to keep children in line, but these days, we are close to having permanent records due to our rapidly all encompassing digital world.Thankfully, personnel files are not yet in digital format.While we still can, we should at least always be prepared to have access to these records to check and to fix any wrong information.We may also want access when we think we should get a raise and want to use former evaluations, client letters, or training records to get it. Thee Why: More often than not, employees do not even know how to access this information until they talk to a lawyer.And if you are talking to a lawyer about work, something's already gone wrong. Lawyers want to see what your performance record is, any personnel actions and the basis, or any other records that could help determine whether, say, a termination was legally wrongful or justifiable in light of the bigger history. Most of these employment cases turn on performance, the reason the employer gives for the termination, versus whatever you as a plaintiff will show. For example, one good way to maintain better records in your file is to put in writing what you disagree with, such as in a negative evaluation. Later when these are reviewed, and the employee has these notes, it will be more difficult for a bad employer to justify their wrongful behavior through performance issues. Another reason to keep track is that personnel records can be subpoenaed by a third party,which is something that could happen in any type of legal action where you are involved.The law does require that you are given a notice and opportunity to object to the subpoena.If any of it is relevant to whatever legal action is happening,not necessarily even an employment case,then usually the subpoena is allowed.

Thee How: There are no federal laws about these records, but California has very clear laws. Still, some employers do not know them or follow them properly so it is better to know your rights and educate your employer if needed. Here are the types of records that you are legally entitled to get: Pay Records: Employers have to keep for at least three years of your pay records and give their employees a copy within 21 days of request or face civil penalties (Labor Code 226).Personnel Files: Employers have to keep records and give you access to them within a reasonable time (Labor Code 1198.5).All documents you signed:These are the ones signed at hire or as continuing term and condition of employment (not documents signed in the course of conducting business). (Labor Code 432). Tips: Though these requests do not have to be in writing, it is usually better so that you can keep track of the response time. Employers may have part of your personnel file in different offices. Be sure to know where yours is kept so when the time comes you know how to find it without being given the run around. Ask for or make copies of all personnel documents as they come up and hold on to the hiring paperwork so that you have your own set for comparison later. Unemploymentt Benefits:: Do o I Qualify?

The news is not getting better about the economy and the unemployment office has to be really picky when it comes to claims.You were not laid off, but instead quit or were terminated. How can you file for unemployment and be approved? This is one of the most often asked questions from my clients. Some who are still working want to know if they should quit or wait to be terminated.The decision will vary from person to person to situation.The decision can also be personal or health related or that you just want to be out of there. Here are some legalities to consider in your decision. Thee Quit: In a situation with a quit, there is generally just one type of circumstance that will get you these benefits. If you can show that you quit because the work conditions were such that no reasonable person could be expected to work there, then you can still qualify for the benefits.This is a high standard limited to what the law requires of the workplace, such as safe conditions, free from harassment, being paid, and free from retaliation.This is not an easy showing to make and so arguments based on personality, rudeness, bad bosses, etc, will not fly. Thee Terminatio on: Most people think that if you have been terminated, there is no unemployment for you. However, there are exceptions to this. Of course, if you have been terminated based on policy violations, gross misconduct, and other severe actions, then you are disqualified. One way to overcome that, if the facts are there, is the exception that the conduct may not have been appropriate but it was an isolated instance of poor judgment, or something excusable that happened the one time for a good reason. Criminal activity at work or assault or harassment is never excusable. Thee Wrongfull Termination: If you have been "wrongfully terminated" in the legal sense,you may still qualify for unemployment.Most employees who file lawsuits have been terminated.If the facts are there for a lawsuit,then they should be there to qualify you for unemployment.You need to show that the termination was not based on whatever the employer is claiming,but because of some legal violation they have committed.For example,if you complain of sexual harassment,then a week later,you are terminated for some work issue that happened two months ago,then the termination was retaliation.When an employer retaliates for your report of a prohibited workplace activity,that employer just violated anti-retaliation laws. Tip: If you are unemployed but develop a disability and you can't work, then you no longer qualify for unemployment.At this point, apply for State Disability Benefits.Again, these is not easy to get and you will need medical proof, but it is one safety we are lucky to have here in California.

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Tips to help your kid be ‘bullyproof’ BETH J. HARPAZ Associated Press

NEW YORK Teaching kids to become “bullyproof ” is all the rage. Books, videos and websites promise to show parents how to protect their kids from being bullied; school districts are buying curricula with names like “Bully-Proofing Your School,” a well-regarded program used in thousands of classrooms. Even martial arts programs are getting into the act: “Bullyproofing the world, one child at a time,” is the motto for a jujitsu program called Gracie Bullyproof. But can you really make a child invulnerable to getting picked on? And even if you could, should the burden really be on potential victims to learn these skills, rather than on punishing or reforming the bullies? Parents and educators say when bullyproofing programs are done right, kids can be taught the social and emotional skills they need to avoid becoming victims. But bullyproofing is not just about getting bullies to move on to a different target. It’s also about

creating a culture of kindness, beginning in preschool, and encouraging kids to develop strong friendships that can prevent the social isolation sometimes caused by extreme bullying. WHO’S GOT YOUR BACK?

Bullies “sniff out kids who lack connections or who are isolated because of depression, mental health issues, disabilities or differences in size and shape,” said Malcolm Smith, a family education and policy specialist at the University of New Hampshire who has been researching peer victimization for more than 30 years. “So if you’re worried about your child being a victim, the best thing a parent can do from a very young age, starting in preschool, is ask, ‘Who’s got your back? When you’re on the bus, when you’re in the hall, who’s got your back?’ If they can’t name someone, you should help them establish connections to their peers.” Smith, who is working on a program called “Courage to Care” that’s being tested SEE TIPS PAGE 11

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TIPS FROM PAGE 10 in three rural New Hampshire schools, cited an example of a new boy who was being pushed and shoved by other boys in the hallway. “We didn’t know how to empower him,” Smith said, until the staff noticed that he’d become friends with a girl. “This girl is sweet but really assertive. What are seventh grade boys more afraid of than anything? Girls! So having her walk down the hall with this boy was the immediate solution to ending the bullying.” Psychologist Joel Haber, a consultant on the recent documentary “Bully,” says kids should also have “backup friends” outside school through sports, hobbies, summer camp or religious groups. “That’s hugely important, especially as kids move from elementary to middle school.” EMOTIONAL SKILLS

Haber says “most kids can learn skills to make themselves less likely to have the big reactions” that feed bullies. “Let’s say you’re one of those kids who, when I make fun of your clothes, you get really angry and dramatic. If I taught you in a role-play situation as a parent or a therapist to react differently, even if you felt upset inside, you would get a totally different reaction from the bully. And if you saw that kids wouldn’t tease you, your confidence would go up,” said Haber One way parents can help is to normalize conversations about school social life so that kids are comfortable talking about it. Don’t just ask “How was school today?” Ask, “Who’d you have lunch with, who’d you sit with, who’d you play with, what happens on the bus, do you ever notice kids getting teased or picked on or excluded?” advises Haber, who offers other bullyproofing tips and resources at RespectU.com and is co-authored of a new book called “The Resilience Formula.” BODY LANGUAGE

Bullies “feed on the body language of fear. It’s a physical reaction — how the victim responds, how they hold their head and shoulders, the tone of voice,” said Jim Bisenius, a therapist who has taught his “Bully-Proofing Youth” program in more than 400 schools in Ohio and elsewhere. Teaching a kid to appear confident physically can sometimes be easier to teach than verbal skills, Bisenius said. “If a kid who’s never been mean in his life tries to fake it, or tries to outdo a bully with a verbal comeback, the bully sees right through that.” Lisa Suhay, a mom in Norfolk, Va., said her 8-year-old son Quin was helped by Gracie Bullyproof, a martial arts program taught in 55 locations that combines verbal strategies with defensive jujitsu moves. Quin had been bullied so much on the playground that Suhay stopped taking him there. But she decided to give the park one last try after he completed the Gracie training. No sooner did Quin begin playing on a pirate ship than a bigger boy knocked him down and ordered him to leave. But this time, as his mom watched in amazement, Quin grabbed the other kid around the waist “and landed on him like a big mattress, all while saying, ‘That was an incredibly bad idea you just had. But I’m not afraid of you.’” The other boy swung again, and Quin took him down again, then asked, “Now do you want to play nice?” They played pirates for the rest of the afternoon. “It’s about respect and self-confidence,” said Suhay. “You’re not teaching them to beat up the bully. But they’re not cowering. They make eye contact. They talk to the bully. So much of the time they avert the situation because the bully doesn’t expect them to say, ‘I’m not scared of you.’” HOW NOT TO RAISE A BULLY

The classic bully profile is a child who was neglected, abused, or raised in an authoritarian home where punishment was the norm. But lack of discipline is just as bad: Children who have no boundaries, who feel entitled to whatever they want, can also become bullies. Smith worries that misguided efforts to boost kids’ self-esteem have produced a “sense of entitlement that we’ve never seen before.” He worries that we’re raising “the meanest generation” and says schools and parents must create a culture where meanness is not tolerated. “Kindness, empathy, caring and giving — you can teach those things.” Haber says parents and schools can start in preschool years by discouraging hitting, pushing and teasing: “Ask, how would you feel if someone did that to you?” Children can even be taught that being kind is fun. “Addict your child to kindness,” said Smith. “There are

releases in the brain that feed endorphins that are very positive when you act with kindness. Encourage your kids to go over to a kid who’s alone and bring them in.” Some kids who bully need help learning to read social cues. “If I tease you and you cry, most kids will realize they crossed a line and will apologize, but if I’m a bully, I want more power, more status, and I see there’s an opportunity to go after you,” said Haber. “If you see your child bullying a child, the child not only has to apologize but do something nice, practice atonement. Being a bully is less exciting when you have other skills.” And beware the example you set when you treat a waitress or clerk rudely. “If you’re the kind of person who is constantly criticizing, you’re unconsciously role-modeling behaviors that kids will test out,” Haber said. PROSPECTS FOR SUCCESS

Given what Smith calls “a history of failure” in reducing bullying, it’s easy to be cynical about whether bullyproofing can work. At one time, bullies were seen as having low self-

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esteem; now they’re seen as narcissists who think they’re superior. Conflict resolution was big in the ‘90s, but that didn’t work because bullies don’t want to give up the power they have over their victims — even when they pretend to be conciliatory. “They say what we want to hear. But they’ll go back and do it again when nobody’s watching,” said Bisenius. But experts are hopeful about this new generation of bullyproofing programs, which teach social and emotional skills while promoting a caring school culture. Susan Swearer Napolitano, a Nebraska-based psychologist and co-director of the Bullying Research Network, who recommends a half-dozen bullyproofing programs on her website TargetBully.com, says “if these programs are implemented with fidelity and the messages are consistently communicated across a school community, then bullying prevention and intervention programs can help change the culture of bullying behaviors. However, ultimately it’s about people treating each other with kindness and respect that will stop bullying.”


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McCourt sold the team for $2 billion earlier this year after a protracted divorce battle and placing the team in bankruptcy. In bankruptcy filings, attorneys for Major League Baseball said McCourt looted more than $180 million in revenues from the club for personal use and other business unrelated to the team. Divorce documents laid out the couple’s expensive tastes, including the purchase of several luxurious homes, trips on chartered jets, country club memberships and even a six-figure hair stylist on call for the couple. Their spending habits were likened to using the money from the team as if it was their personal ATM or credit card. Court documents also revealed two of the couple’s four grown sons were on the Dodgers payroll at a combined annual salary of $600,000, even though one was working at Goldman Sachs and another attending graduate school at Stanford University. The former couple didn’t pay federal or state taxes between 2004 and 2009, court records show. As part of the divorce settlement with his former wife and one-time Dodger CEO, Frank McCourt took responsibility for any outstanding tax liabilities.

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CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING CONDITIONS: REGULAR RATE: $7.50 a day. Ads over 15 words add 30¢ per word per day. Ad must run a minimum of twelve consecutive days. PREMIUMS: First two words caps no charge. Bold words, italics, centered lines, etc. cost extra. Please call for rates. TYPOS: Check your ad the first day of publication. Sorry, we do not issue credit after an ad has run more than once. DEADLINES: 3:00 p.m. prior the day of publication except for Monday’s paper when the deadline is Friday at 2:30 p.m. PAYMENT: All private party ads must be pre-paid. We accept checks, credit cards, and of course cash. CORRESPONDENCE: To place your ad call our offices 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, (310) 458-7737; send a check or money order with ad copy to The Santa Monica Daily Press, P.O. Box 1380, Santa Monica, CA 90406. OTHER RATES: For information about the professional services directory or classified display ads, please call our office at (310) 458-7737.

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THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012

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Santa Monica Daily Press, May 31, 2012  

The daily newspaper of record for the City of Santa Monica and surrounding areas.

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