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TAKING IT TO THE STREETS: About 100 protesters rallied against Gov. Schwarzenegger's proposed budget cuts on Monday at the Santa Monica Airport, which the governor uses frequently to fly to Sacramento from his home in Brentwood. The state is facing a $26.3-billion budget deficit.
Protesters act out against state budget cuts BY NATALIE JARVEY Special to the Daily Press
SM AIRPORT On the day that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was expected to reach an agreement with legislators on how to solve California’s $26.3-billion budget deficit, members of the community took to the streets to protest potential cuts. The rally was held on Monday on the corner of Bundy Drive and Airport Avenue just outside the Santa Monica Airport, the airport Schwarzenegger uses to commute to Sacramento from his home in Los Angeles. “Whether the budget goes down today or next week, the crisis won’t be over for millions of poor and working Californians and youth who will see drastic cuts to services and education when they need it the most,” said Marqueece Harris-Dawson,
executive director of Community Coalition, an organization based out of South Los Angeles. Protesters from several community organizations, such as the Korean Resource Center and South Central Youth Empowered Through Action, and labor groups showed up in black, carrying tombstones that marked the death of state-funded programs such as Cal Grants and inhome care for the sick and elderly. They beat their signs in the air as leaders with microphones yelled, “The people united will never be defeated.” Leaders in Sacramento have reached a stalemate in budget discussions over such issues as plans to take money from local governments, education funding and state welfare services. After canceling a meeting scheduled last
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DOWNTOWN Planning a trip around town just got easier. The Big Blue Bus recently installed a series of new signs that notify awaiting passengers when their ride is scheduled to arrive, part of an effort aimed at improving technology and communication between the public transportation agency and its growing customer base. Displayed overhead at four stops along Broadway and Santa Monica Boulevard in Downtown, the new electronic signs relay real-time information to riders on which line is due next and the estimated time of arrival. All motor coaches in the system have been outfitted to transmit information of their exact locations via radio channel to the Big Blue Bus, passing that along to select bus shelters. There are approximately 14 signs that have been installed at UCLA, the Rimpau terminal and in Santa Monica with plans to expand to Santa Monica College and other high volume stops, Linda Gamberg, spokeswoman for the Big Blue Bus, said. “Our mission is to provide excellent service and innovation to our customers,” she said. Dennis Lingard, a 64-year-old Santa SEE SIGNS PAGE 8
Sunday, talks have started again and many senators are hopeful that a decision will be made within the next several days. But protesters said any budget solution will involve cuts that would cause higher school drop-out rates, increased levels of crime and an inability to care for the most vulnerable. “We need our state leaders to put the youth of California ahead of their selfish agenda,” said Taylor Griffin, an 11th grader at Dorsey High School, about proposed education cuts. Carlos Cazares, a teacher at El Serrano High School who was recently fired due to budget cuts, echoed Griffin’s argument, adding that it’s important for students to see that the government cares about pro-
FIFTH STREET Two mid-street crosswalks in Downtown may be removed by City Hall because of a decrease in pedestrian traffic and concern for the lack of flashing warning lights. However, some say the street will be more dangerous without them. “First, to be really clear, we’re not removing any crosswalks without community
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Documentary: Gypsy Caravan
Fairview Branch Library 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 7 p.m. — 8:30 p.m. Shot by legendary cinematographer Albert Maysles, this musical documentary follows five Gypsy bands from four countries. Admission is free. Call (310)450-0443 for more information.
“Why string theory?”
The Santa Monica Amateur Astronomy Club 3131 Olympic Blvd. (New Roads School), 7:30 p.m. — 9:30 p.m. For the Santa Monica Amateur Astronomy Club’s July meeting, Tim Thompson will be speaking on “Why String Theory?” Have we found the theory of everything? Where do we go from here? Be sure to join the astronomy club in all 11 dimensions as it explores the developments that have led us to this controversial point in our understanding of the universe. Admission is free. Call (310)495-7595 for more information.
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212 Marine St. #101, 7 p.m. — 8:30 p.m. The transition through divorce can be challenging and overwhelming, but there is a light on the other side. Joining with other individuals who are recovering from divorce can help you move on with your life so you can begin to create a future of happiness and health. Facilitated by a life coach and therapist. Cost: $30 per session for five consecutive sessions. For more information, call (310)439-8964.
Wednesday, July 22 Thespians of tomorrow
Morgan-Wixson Theater 2627 Pico Blvd., 12:30 p.m. Kids on Stage invites you to their fun-filled, family-friendly versions of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Mamma Mia.” Tickets $4 for Santa Monica residents. Call (310) 314-0035 for more information.
Ballroom by the bay
Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club 1210 Fourth St., 7 p.m. — 11 p.m. Free ballroom dance lesson, starting at 7 p.m., followed by dancing on the 3,000square-foot dance floor. Join the Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club for waltz, fox-trot, swing, hustle, and Latin dancing. No partner necessary! Admission: $10. For more information, call (310) 487-0911.
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Club Main 2941 Main St., 7:30 p.m. Get down and shake off your stress with fun salsa dancing. Every Wednesday is Isabelle’s Salsa Night at Club Main. Dance for free after 9 p.m. Beginning and intermediate salsa lessons available from 7:30 p.m. — 9 p.m. for $15. For more information, call (310)392-3493.
Pick up some tips: LeTip business referral club
Best Western hotel meeting rooms Santa Monica Blvd. and 19th St., 7 a.m. — 8:30 a.m. Business owners and professionals meet each Wednesday morning to share tips or referrals to help one another grow their businesses. Breakfast served. First visit is free. Call (310)920-9649 for more information.
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The Christian Institute 1308 Second St., 11 a.m. — 2 p.m. Shop at the Farmers’ Market and Third Street Promenade while your children enjoy arts and crafts. Canvas projects, printmaking, mosaic tiles, theater arts, games and more. Class and parking are free; $20 suggested donation for supplies. Ages 9 and up. Space is limited. To reserve a space, or get more information, call (310)394-4178. Ask for Lydia. For more information on any of the events listed, log on to smdp.com and click the “Events” tab for the given day’s calendar.
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Program gives foster kids chance to excel BY MELODY HANATANI Daily Press Staff Writer
DOWNTOWN The beginning of senior year might still be more than a month away but Tyree Johnson already has big plans laid out for college. Following dreams of becoming a fashion designer, the student from New Roads has compiled a long list of East Coast schools that can expect to receive an application in
the next five months, names including New York University, Hofstra, Syracuse, Bryant and Johnson and Wales. “I’m doing all I can to know what I need to know,” he said recently about the fashion industry. “That is why I want to be in New York, because there are a lot of corporations for fashion lines and studying international business will help me.” Wherever he ends up next fall will likely be quite a distance from home geographi-
cally, but Johnson has already traveled a long journey to get where he is today. Johnson is one of 150 foster children who have been placed in independent and charter schools through the Center for Educational Opportunity, a program under Santa Monica-based New Vision Foundation designed to put at-risk students on the track to higher education, helping them with not only the application process for the secondary schools, but also in securing financial aid. The program, which launched nine years ago with a class of five students, currently works with nearly 60 schools in the Los Angeles area, including New Roads in Santa Monica. Students who come from a stable and supportive foster environment, live within a reasonable commute to school, have a strong grade point average or a history of effort towards academic achievement, are generally considered strong candidates. The center receives referrals from a network that includes schools, court-appointed attorneys and foster family agencies. Once placed, the students continue to receive support from the program through high school graduation, whether it’s finding financial assistance to purchase books and school supplies or tutoring. Graduates have gone on to attend MIT, Brown, Tufts and Dickinson. “We discovered when you place foster children in a quality school, it tends to stabilize their lives,” Paul Cummins, the president and CEO of New Visions Foundation, said. “There is a high percentage of foster children who by the time are 19 are homeless, but if you place them in college, you keep a roof over their head for four years and give them means to keep a roof over their heads the rest of their life as well.” SEE NEW VISION PAGE 10
Wagering declines at Hollywood Park BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS INGLEWOOD Attendance was up slightly but Hollywood Park was unable to overcome the national trend of declining wagering in a tough economy during its spring-summer meeting. On-track attendance at the 55-day meeting that ended Sunday averaged 6,111, an increase of 0.8 percent from the average of 6,063 during a 60-day meeting in 2008. The average on-track handle of $1.4 million was down 9.1 percent from last year, when an average of $1.5 million was
wagered. The preliminary all sources handle of $10.5 million was down 11 percent from last year’s $11.8 million handle. Wagering improved significantly when Hollywood Park cut back to racing four days a week instead of five in mid-May because of a declining number of horses. “Judging by results across the country, we feel we did OK, the best we could under the circumstances,” track president Jack Liebau said. “We feel the move to a four-day week was the correct course of action. At the time, business was off close to 20 percent and a purse cut would have been nec-
essary had we continued to run five days a week.” Hollywood Park will reopen Nov. 13 for its 27-day autumn meeting, although its long-term future appears in doubt. The Inglewood City Council has approved a $2 billion retail and residential development called Hollywood Park Tomorrow on the site where racing has been held since 1938. Del Mar, located north of San Diego, opens Wednesday for a 37-day summer meeting, with racing five days a week instead of six.
Sony offers $50M for Jackson film BY RYAN NAKASHIMA Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES Sony Corp.’s movie studio has bid $50 million to acquire the worldwide distribution rights to a film based on rehearsal footage for Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” comeback concert series, according to a person familiar with the bid. The person said Monday that the bid came after several studios, including Paramount, Universal, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros., were shown footage starting early last week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the bidding had not been completed. The winning studio would produce the film with Jackson’s concert promoter, AEG Live, and his estate. It would go a long way to helping AEG Live recoup some of the $30 million to $32 million it spent producing the concert before Jackson died June 25. Sony Pictures has a leg up on other bidders because Sony Music distributes Jackson’s music and is in a 50-50 partnership with his estate in Sony/ATV Music Publishing. The bidding was reported earlier by the Los Angeles Times and industry blogger Nikki Finke. The estate and AEG Live are also negotiating with several television networks and pay-per-view outlets on a TV special that would be a stage show featuring Jackson’s music and dancing. It would be directed by “This Is It” director Kenny Ortega. The selling price being discussed for the rights to show the TV special is also in the tens of millions of dollars. General Electric Co.’s NBC has been in talks on the TV show, but the concept, air date and cost for the rights has not been finalized, said NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks. “We have no deal for the rights to the Michael Jackson special,” Marks said. The special administrators of Jackson’s estate, attorney John Branca and former music executive John McClain, have been moving quickly to secure Jackson’s assets and cut deals to capitalize on the surge in interest in the pop star since he died. Last week, Branca and McClain received signed court papers authorizing them to act on his estate’s behalf until another hearing Aug. 3.
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When we attended the Santa Monica Pier’s Twilight Dance Series 25 years ago, we were up on our feet enjoying the flow and motion of all types of people. Somewhere along the way the crowd became a “bring a chair and sit down” instead of dance crowd. Chairs take up more room! I stood behind a blanket spread out last week on the pier. It was more lively than the previous week … good! Because that was all packed in on the north side and empty in the rear, where people were frustratingly blocked from entering! I could have used the extra body heat that night! A man near me was afraid to go to the restrooms lest he get trapped outside! I agree with the party who wrote the police can park on the perimeter and walk the sand instead of using noisy, polluting rides. I am looking forward to this week!
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Being poor isn’t a crime Editor:
Side By Side asked the Santa Monica Police Homeless Outreach Team to come to our meeting and clarify City Hall’s camping laws. At our June 3 meeting, SMPD homeless outreach Officer Robert Martinez informed us that in Santa Monica camping in any public space is against the law and is a criminal offense. The city of Santa Monica knows that there are more than 500 people sleeping on the ground here every night. City Hall also knows all (approximately) 460 shelter beds are full. City Hall knows there is a severe lack of shelter beds in every city in L.A. County. As the law officially reads, it is clear that the city of Santa Monica, not the police nor the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, who make it illegal to sleep or camp on the ground here. So the question is this, it may be legal to arrest someone for lying down after having spent all day on one’s feet in public without rest or money or food or a shower or clean clothes, but is it constitutional? Being arrested, handcuffed, jailed, tried, convicted and sentenced for being caught lying down is in my opinion unconstitutional. So is it constitutional to make and enforce laws that criminalize people for simply being poor in public even though there is a huge countrywide shortage of emergency shelter beds for newly dispossessed and chronic homeless people? Why do antihomeless laws and outright neglect continue to be Santa Monica’s approach? Why can’t all of L.A. County cities unify their laws and solutions so that there is a clear and just approach that recognizes and deals with the problem country-wide?
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of all things is a concept that was put forth by science fiction writer and philosopher Douglas Adams in his now six part trilogy that started with the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” As a lawyer I see frequently how one seemingly little thing goes wrong in a relationship, and before you know it, the whole relationship is on the trash heap of history. Little things matter. For example, if you leave from the Santa Monica Pier by sailboat and you’re headed to Hawaii, if your map is off by only 1 degree, you’ll miss Hawaii by about 60 miles. That initial error, which seems so tiny at the beginning of a voyage, casts a huge shadow over the rest of the trip. If it’s an around the globe trip that you are starting, by the time you are trying to navigate back into the Santa Monica Bay, you’d be off by about 600 miles. Which puts you either in Oregon or Mexico. I use that example with people often when I want to communicate how important setting a foundation for a course of action is. It’s important when we start relationships, or are trying to resolve them, that we have a clear and accurate idea of what we are attempting to accomplish. Lately I’ve been doing more mediation. It’s a sign of the times we are in. People want to save money every place they can. I think one of the greatest benefits of this forced practicality is that people have become more reasonable and don’t want to engage in protracted fighting for no purpose. As an observer of societal trends, what I am noticing in my divorce and family law practice is that more and more people are coming to me seeking a mediated divorce. I’m being hired for my knowledge of how the court is most likely to rule, and my ability to work with people in fashioning a solution that is tailored to their individual needs. Ten years ago the first divorce I did out of law school was a couple that was married just over eight years. The two had no children, one house, and a couple of retirement plans. For a little bit more than most retainers, I was able to complete their entire divorce. The reason why mediation is so successful, is that both parties are able to settle on a common goal. It may be the first time in years that they’ve been able to do this, but it is the key to a good mediation experience. They want the emotional and financial benefits of achieving resolution without the blood and gore of two lawyers battling it out over the last dime. My mother used to always say there was no hell like a bad marriage, and she should know. My parents had no business being married after year one. The emotional toll an unhealthy marriage takes on people is devastating. It goes back to that interconnectedness concept. Every area of your life is affected by every other area. Which is why going through a divorce seems so hellish to those people who fight over everything. It taints all aspects of
your life. But for the couples who choose to mediate, they are already on the path to healing the emotional pain. The costs savings are also immense. In these tight financial times, who wants to spend the $40,000 a simple family breakup
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FOR A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN ONE LAWYER’S RETAINER, MEDIATED DIVORCES ARE GENERALLY COMPLETE. THAT MEANS THAT THERE IS MORE MONEY AVAILABLE FOR THE PARTIES TO ESTABLISH THEIR NEW LIVES, GET THE THERAPY THEY BOTH PROBABLY NEED, AND REBUILD THE HOMES THEY WANT. costs some people? For a little bit more than one lawyer’s retainer, mediated divorces are generally complete. That means that there is more money available for the parties to establish their new lives, get the therapy they both probably need, and rebuild the homes they want. By avoiding a scorched earth policy, the parties are also able to rebuild the relationship, which is so crucial if there are children involved. When the parents are able to demonstrate to their children that they can put aside their hurt, and work for what is best for the children, they are setting the stage for a better future. Children learn more by the actions parents take, than by the words they speak. It’s basic, the parent’s relationship will affect the children, and they will repeat what they learn, and they learn by seeing. Mediated divorces are an excellent teaching experience for parents and children because those children are likely to be faced with similar situations in their life, and will remember how their parents handled the breakup. Douglas Adams was correct, it’s all fundamentally interconnected. DAVID PISARRA is a family law attorney focusing on father’s rights and men’s Issues in the Santa Monica firm of Pisarra & Grist. He can be reached at email@example.com or (310) 664-9969.
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Sea life along the edge THE NEXT TIME YOU ARE WALKING
along the seashore, take a closer look at the wave-battered coast. The beauty of this extremely brutal ecosystem is enhanced many fold by a growing understanding of how it works. There is an intriguing collection of animal and plant life that lives along this edge. They are exposed to harsh physical elements: wind, sun and rain when the water recedes at low tide and waves breaking over them at high tide. The area between the high and low tides is the inter-tidal zone. Suzie and I and our children cherish the times when we get to explore this ecosystem. Have you ever seen a starfish eat a mussel? A starfish will drape itself over the mussel, lock its bone-like structures, called ossicles, onto its prey and form a rigid scaffolding. Using its tube feet, the starfish perches between a rock and each shell of the mussel. The starfish contracts its tube feet, prying the shell open. The starfish everts its stomach out of its mouth and squeezes into the narrow gap between the mussel’s shell. The starfish begins to digest the mussel while it sucks it out of the shell. At low tide amongst the exposed rocks you are likely to see clusters of seaweeds, algae, mussels and goose barnacles. Huddled between the rock crevices are starfish. Hermit crabs scurry between the rocks. The crab carries its house, the shell of a dead snail. Sea anemones live in tidal pools below mussel beds. As the tide rises, they wait for the waves to wash their prey into their grasp. The tentacles surrounding the anemone’s face are called an oral disk. The mouth is found at the center of its oral disk. A sea anemone has no anus; after digesting a meal, it spits the waste back out of its mouth — including entire shells! The animal and plant life along the coastline are miraculously adapted to the constant crashing waves. They depend upon the water moving around them to bring oxygen and nutrients, to carry away their wastes, and to transport their offspring to new sites. Floppy 10-foot-long algae and sea grasses flap and flail in the moving water. They hang onto wet rocks with amazing natural glues. Sea spiders crawl along the shoreline rocks and rely upon hooks on the end of their feet to prevent them from being swept out to sea. Snails stick to surfaces using their mucus. The next time a rock is exposed at low tide, notice a distinct pattern in distribution of animals and plants. The top of the exposed rock is usually colonized by acorn barnacles
Home for the homeless? The ACLU filed a suit last week claiming City Hall violated constitutional rights by arresting a group of six plaintiffs for breaking a local law against camping when there is a lack of sufficient shelter beds to accommodate the homeless. So this week’s Q-Line question asks: What do you think of the ACLU’s lawsuit? Call (310) 285-8106 before Friday at 5 p.m. and we’ll print your answers in the weekend edition of the Daily Press. Please limit responses to a minute or less.
and periwinkle snails. Mussels and goose barnacles occupy the next horizontal band. Beneath them are turf algae, and lower still is a zone of larger seaweeds and surf grasses with starfish and sea anemones in tidal pools. Life at the top of the rock can contend with periodically drying out. Starfish and sea anemones at the bottom, on the other hand, cannot tolerate being sun-baked. Scientists and engineers have examined a number of animals and plants from the intertidal zone. Their natural properties are awe-
SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS HAVE EXAMINED A NUMBER OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS FROM THE INTER-TIDAL ZONE. THEIR NATURAL PROPERTIES ARE AWESOME AND HIGHLY BENEFICIAL FOR HUMANKIND. some and highly beneficial for humankind. An entire field of biomimetics has blossomed in engineering. The design of human-made materials, devices and structures is inspired by the design of living things. Non-drip paint mimics the mucus of a snail, which is both a lubricant and a glue. Epoxy glues mimic phenomenal glues from the bottom of barnacles and holdfasts of seaweeds. The shell of a snail is made of calcium carbonate — an otherwise brittle compound, yet it’s tough because of its exquisite architecture. Present-day composite materials mimic this fine detail. One biomimetic design used hundreds of millions of times each day comes from starfish ossicles. The strength of the ossicle is derived from the molecular criss-cross formation of calcium carbonate compounds. This excellent design has been applied to stiffen the fillers in the rubber tires used on cars and trucks. DR. REESE HALTER is a public speaker and a conservation biologist. His upcoming book is entitled “The Incomparable Honey Bee,” Rocky Mountain Books. He can be contacted through www.DrReese.com.
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grandfather has died? This was not a question I had ever wanted to ask. And when faced with answering it, I struggled and stumbled. The irony is that I was just a speaker at a conference on grieving children. My mother wrote a book about my father’s death when I was 4 called “Rachel and the Upside Down Heart” and she was giving a lecture about the benefits of the use of the book by therapists. I made an appearance as “Rachel,” the thriving adult who had once been a grieving child. I tossed around what I thought was helpful advice, about not pretending it didn’t happen, about having objects around that are tangible reminders of the person, about continuing to talk about it. Perhaps it was good advice, but I was still unprepared when my phone rang and I heard my husband’s voice. His “Hi” was softer and less sure than usual. “Are you okay?” I asked. “No, I’m not,” he said. “My dad died.” I stood there crying on the street with my son in his stroller gazing out at the world in front of him unaware that our afternoon walk had taken a tragic turn. And so we raced home to New York and only told our son that we were going on a big airplane. We did not tell him on the plane or once we got to N.Y. or even when he thought we were at a party, which was really our sitting shiva, the Jewish custom of receiving mourners. We were talking about it at all moments in front of him, though. How could he not know, I wondered? He is only 2, just shy of 3, but he needed to be told. I was not sure he would understand. And worse, what if he did? I turned to my mother to see what she had learned at her conference. “Don’t say he’s sleeping,” she advised. “Don’t use the word sick. Then anytime he gets sick he’ll worry he may die.” I tried to remember what I learned when I trained to be a grief counselor years ago. I had gone through the training but had never become a counselor because I was pregnant with my son and wanted to concentrate on life. I called my sister, a therapist, for her advice. “Be direct,” were her simple words. So the day after the funeral I turned to my husband and declared that we needed to spend some time with Ben and tell him. He
was being watched by a rotating amount of grandmothers and friends. We needed a little time alone, just the three of us. And even if he did not understand, I needed to know we respected him enough to sit down and tell him and explain it to him. As his mother, I want to protect him. But I also know I cannot shield him, that he has a right to know, even if it is difficult for us as his parents. And so that morning we headed out to Central Park. We stopped at a bench and sat down in this park in this city where both my husband and I grew up. In this park in this city, we played as children. He, a child of divorce. Me, a child being raised by a single mother. We know the worries children can carry. But it was not up to us to hide this from him. We cannot decide when these lessons are learned. And so I started in about how if he had any questions he could ask me at any time and how we love him. I wanted to tell him about that book Grandpa had bought him called “I Love You All The Time” and how he came out from N.Y. for his first haircut and how he grilled burgers at his first birthday party and how Grandpa’s apartment was full of pictures of him, but I didn’t get there. I babbled and my husband stopped me. “Don’t use so many words,” my husband said. And I remembered my sister’s advice. Be direct. And so I turned to my 2-year-old son, with my husband by my side and said, “Grandpa is not here anymore. And he’s not coming back. Grandpa died.” My husband started to cry. “You sad Daddy?” he asked. And my husband answered him, honestly and truthfully, “Yes, I’m sad.” I do not remember if Ben said, “Be happy” or “I’m happy.” But the sentiment was the same. He saw his father crying and knew that if you are sad, you should try to get happy. It was clear he did not understand. But we did not need to explain it more until he did. There is enough time for comprehending death. And so we got up from that bench and went to look at the big fountain. And we bought him a pretzel. And he played in the pretty park, as we trailed behind him, as 2year-old boys are supposed to do. RACHEL ZIENTS SCHINDERMAN lives in Santa Monica with her family. She can be reached at Rachel@mommiebrain.com.
With big-kid school comes mom’s big-kid worries BY ANGIE WAGNER For The Associated Press
LAS VEGAS My daughter does not know that “Hannah Montana” is a TV show. Or that she could actually go see Miley Cyrus in concert. She thinks “idiot” and “stupid” are bad words and has no idea what a Wii is. I like it this way, but I realize my almost6-year-old can’t live in a bubble forever. She will go to school and pick up phrases I don’t like and make friends I won’t approve of. She will see and hear the exact things I have been
trying to keep her from. In August, my daughter will head to a new, big school where she stays all day, and I will lose some control of her world. I am slowly coming to peace with this, but how do I make sure she navigates this new territory without trading in her childhood on the playground? Dr. Perri Klass, a pediatrician and professor of journalism and pediatrics at New York University, assured me that no matter how much I try to keep certain shows or SEE WORRIED PAGE 7
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Unraveling how children become bilingual so easily BY LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated Press Medical Writer
WASHINGTON The best time to learn a foreign language: Between birth and age 7. Missed that window? New research is showing just how children’s brains can become bilingual so easily, findings that scientists hope eventually could help the rest of us learn a new language a bit easier. “We think the magic that kids apply to this learning situation, some of the principles, can be imported into learning programs for adults,” says Dr. Patricia Kuhl of the University of Washington, who is part of an international team now trying to turn those lessons into more teachable technology. Each language uses a unique set of sounds. Scientists now know babies are born with the ability to distinguish all of them, but that ability starts weakening even before they start talking, by the first birthday. Kuhl offers an example: Japanese doesn’t distinguish between the “L” and “R” sounds of English — “rake” and “lake” would sound the same. Her team proved that a 7-monthold in Tokyo and a 7-month-old in Seattle respond equally well to those different sounds. But by 11 months, the Japanese infant had lost a lot of that ability. Time out — how do you test a baby? By tracking eye gaze. Make a fun toy appear on one side or the other whenever there’s a particular sound. The baby quickly learns to look on that side whenever he or she hears a brand-new but similar sound. Noninvasive brain scans document how the brain is processing and imprinting language. Mastering your dominant language gets in the way of learning a second, less familiar one, Kuhl’s research suggests. The brain tunes out sounds that don’t fit. “You’re building a brain architecture that’s a perfect fit for Japanese or English or French,” whatever is native, Kuhl explains — or, if you’re a lucky baby, a brain with two sets of neural circuits dedicated to two languages. It’s remarkable that babies being raised bilingual — by simply speaking to them in two languages — can learn both in the time it takes most babies to learn one. On average, monolingual and bilingual babies start talking around age 1 and can say about 50 words by 18 months. Italian researchers wondered why there wasn’t a delay, and reported this month in the journal Science that being bilingual seems to make the brain more flexible. The researchers tested 44 12-month-olds to see how they recognized three-syllable patterns — nonsense words, just to test
sound learning. Sure enough, gaze-tracking showed the bilingual babies learned two kinds of patterns at the same time — like loba-lo or lo-lo-ba — while the one-language babies learned only one, concluded Agnes Melinda Kovacs of Italy’s International School for Advanced Studies. While new language learning is easiest by age 7, the ability markedly declines after puberty. “We’re seeing the brain as more plastic and ready to create new circuits before than after puberty,” Kuhl says. As an adult, “it’s a totally different process. You won’t learn it in the same way. You won’t become (as good as) a native speaker.” Yet a soon-to-be-released survey from the Center for Applied Linguistics, a nonprofit organization that researches language issues, shows U.S. elementary schools cut back on foreign language instruction over the last decade. About a quarter of public elementary schools were teaching foreign languages in 1997, but just 15 percent last year, say preliminary results posted on the center’s Web site. What might help people who missed their childhood window? Baby brains need personal interaction to soak in a new language — TV or CDs alone don’t work. So researchers are improving the technology that adults tend to use for language learning, to make it more social and possibly tap brain circuitry that tots would use. Recall that Japanese “L” and “R” difficulty? Kuhl and scientists at Tokyo Denki University and the University of Minnesota helped develop a computer language program that pictures people speaking in “motherese,” the slow exaggeration of sounds that parents use with babies. Japanese college students who’d had little exposure to spoken English underwent 12 sessions listening to exaggerated “Ls” and “Rs” while watching the computerized instructor’s face pronounce English words. Brain scans — a hair dryer-looking device called MEG, for magnetoencephalography — that measure millisecond-by-millisecond activity showed the students could better distinguish between those alien English sounds. And they pronounced them better, too, the team reported in the journal NeuroImage. “It’s our very first, preliminary crude attempt but the gains were phenomenal,” says Kuhl. But she’d rather see parents follow biology and expose youngsters early. If you speak a second language, speak it at home. Or find a play group or caregiver where your child can hear another language regularly. “You’ll be surprised,” Kuhl says. “They do seem to pick it up like sponges.”
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Families have different rules FROM WORRIED PAGE 6 movies away from my daughter, she will pick up all the little details about them at school. “What children find most interesting is what they hear and learn from other children,” she said. But Klass says not to panic. Just because children are exposed to something like a violent movie doesn’t mean they will change their behavior. Besides, keeping
them away from things you deem inappropriate can be tough. Jennifer Morley, a Henderson, Nev., mom of two, said her 6-year-old son asks why he can’t watch a certain movie or play a video game that all his friends play. “I just try and tell him every family has different rules,” she said. Life happens, and you can’t always control what happens. But what you can control is letting your children know they are cared for and protected, Klass said.
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The agency is preparing to roll out the other phases over the next year, including the unveiling of the Info-IVR, which will allow passengers to call the Big Blue Bus and receive real-time automated information about specific lines and stops. Passengers today can receive that same information from the Big Blue Bus but are restricted to customer service hours and also face the added inconvenience of being put on hold to talk to a live operator. Gamberg said that the new application will be tested on focus groups next month. The target date to roll out the Info-IVR is February 2010.
The agency is also redesigning its Web site to allow riders to plan their itinerary online by entering their starting point and destination. Passengers currently have to plan their Big Blue Bus trips through the Metropolitan Transportation Authority site. The new site will also allow users to set up alerts that will be sent to their desktop or phone when their line is about to arrive. Officials are also working with Google to add the Big Blue Bus to its Google Transit trip planning application, a process that was delayed because of issues that the agency faced with its software provider. Gamberg said she expects the Google Transit feature for the Big Blue Bus to be ready before its own Web site is relaunched. The Big Blue Bus has also began the design process for a group of bus shelters that will be redeveloped. All 328 stops in the city have been assigned to one of four categories, receiving certain amenities depending on if they are considered high volume, medium volume, lower volume and special high volume, which have more than 1,000 daily boardings. The only stop to fall under the latter category is located at Pico Boulevard and 18th Street. The redesign project will place new shelters at the 48 high volume stops, which have more than 100 but less than 999 daily boardings. Glenda Phillips, a long-time bus rider who commutes by bus almost daily from West Los Angeles, said the signs haven’t provided much extra help since she’s pretty much figured out that her bus — line 7 — comes just about every 15 minutes. But what she’s looking forward to is the Info-IVR, allowing her to better estimate when she should leave home, which is located about 15 minutes from the nearest stop. “It would be a great thing to have to call and not have to guess,” she said. email@example.com
Budget talks nearing an end FROM PROTEST PAGE 1 viding them with a strong public education. For Leah Johnson, the cuts have already hit close to home. The Compton resident is on welfare and receives food stamps but said the funds she usually receives have already been reduced. “I could barely make it on what they were giving me before,” she said. “They should find another way to fix the budget, not cut welfare.” Schwarzenegger has come under fire in the last two weeks after telling a New York Times reporter that no matter what happens with the budget, he will be fine and will enjoy his Jacuzzi and a cigar at the end of the day. It was this statement that seemed to incite the largest reaction among protesters, with someone in the crowd even dressed as Schwarzenegger complete with a bathrobe and
cigar. Their message was clear; the governor should try to relate to the average Californian.
I COULD BARELY MAKE IT ON WHAT THEY WERE GIVING ME BEFORE. Leah Johnson welfare recipient
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Seniors want to keep crosswalks FROM CROSSWALKS PAGE 1 input,” said Sam Morrissey, principal transportation engineer for City Hall. “Right now the type and level of activity at those two uncontrolled crosswalks is lower than others in the city.” The two crosswalks in question are located on Fifth Street between Arizona Avenue and Broadway. A public meeting will be held today to discuss the possibility of taking away the crosswalks.
A LONG BLOCK FOR SOME OF THE PEOPLE IS A LONG WAY. FROM OUR STANDPOINT, THE MORE CROSSWALKS, THE BETTER.” Emily Seiler Administrator of Silvercrest Senior Citizens
Law requires cars to stop at each crosswalk, but neither has a stoplight or flashing yellow lights, which has raised concerns amongst at least one group — senior citizens. Some seniors believe the crosswalks should be left in place with more signage added.
“I don’t have a car and I do a lot of walking,” said Josephine Herron, a resident of Silvercrest Senior Citizens retirement home, located on Fifth Street a block away from the crosswalks. “Well, I just think it’s more convenient for those of us who walk.” Convenience is not the only concern regarding the crosswalks. “One of our residents was hit a year or so ago and is really a different person because of it,” said Emily Seiler, administrator of Silvercrest. Seiler added the senior had to undergo multiple brain surgeries due to the accident. “I know that right now, some of our residents are wishing that we had [a crosswalk] on Fifth Street between Colorado and Broadway,” Seiler said. “A long block for some of the people is a long way. From our standpoint, the more crosswalks, the better.” Seiler said many cars traveling down Fifth Street exceed the speed limit. Herron has also noted many of the cars leaving the freeway travel at speeds too high for side streets. They think that more crosswalks help to slow cars down. Fifth Street and Downtown in general are fairly dangerous because of the high number of drivers, some said. The question is how to go about fixing this problem: Add more mid-block crosswalks or take them away? A meeting will be held today, Tuesday, at 6 p.m. at the Ken Edwards Center, located at 1527 Fourth St., #106, to gather comments about the crosswalks. It is open to the public. firstname.lastname@example.org
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The founder of Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences and New Roads, Cummins said the program grew out of a lunch he had with philanthropist Peter Morton who said he wanted to do something special for foster children. Cummins told his friend that if he had some money for tuition, the students could be placed in private schools. “One of the things we’re hoping to do is find a patron in New York so we can launch a satellite program,” Cummins said. “One of the advantages of New York is that you have a large number of foster children but not so spread as in Southern California and a ton of private and public schools, so transportation is so much easier.” Johnson said he has little memory of how he ended up in foster care, having spent most of his life in the system. Today he lives in Compton and commutes 2.5 hours each way by bus, writing and decompressing during those trips. School was never at the forefront for Johnson, but he decided to give the program a try when informed about it through his social worker. The transition from public to private school wasn’t always easy for Johnson, admitting that he hasn’t fully adjusted. “It’s something you can’t 100 percent be uncomfortable and the next day be comfortable with,” he said. “I think the most important thing over the years I have found is you have to know who you are and be true to that.” Johnson, who is taking summer school at St. Monica and interning at a fashion public relations firm, said he expects his life would be different had it not been for the program. He would instead be taking courses at Centennial High School in Compton. Other students have also expressed similar sentiments about how the program changed their course in life, including Antonia Johnson, a New Roads graduate who will attend Dickinson College in the fall to major in pre-med. Johnson said she never lived with her mother, who was abusing drugs, and stayed with her aunt until the age of 12, placed in
foster care after she died. A court-appointed lawyer told Johnson about the program with the New Visions Foundation and decided to apply to New Roads where she received a full scholarship.
WE DISCOVERED WHEN YOU PLACE FOSTER CHILDREN IN A QUALITY SCHOOL, IT TENDS TO STABILIZE THEIR LIVES.” Paul Cummins president and CEO, New Vision Foundation
“If it wasn’t for the program, I wouldn’t be going to Dickinson,” she said. “At New Roads, I would have my own personal college counselor and … they even provided me with a college essay writer who helped me do all the college essays and applications online. “If I was at Crenshaw or Dorsey (high schools), I wouldn’t receive all the info I needed to apply.” One of the first group of graduates with the program, Alexis Marion went to Marlborough High School in Los Angeles, starting the same year she was placed in foster care and away from the custody of her mother, who was suffering from a mental illness. She went to Tufts University where she graduated with a degree in political science. She is starting graduate school at USC next month where she will study to become a social worker. “It wasn’t until my junior year when I took child development classes that I realized (there was a track) that didn’t include going to law school and being a high-powered lawyer but work in policy and support kids the way I had been supported,” she said. email@example.com
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Economic indicators up more than expected BY TALI ARBEL Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK More plans to build homes, higher stock prices and fewer people filing first-time claims for jobless aid sent a private-sector forecast of U.S. economic activity higher than expected in June. It was the third straight monthly increase for the New York-based Conference Board’s index of leading economic indicators, and another sign pointing toward the recession ending later this year. The index rose 0.7 percent last month. Wall Street analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected a gain of 0.4 percent. May’s reading was revised up to a gain of 1.3 percent from 1.2 percent, while April was scaled back to 1 percent growth from 1.1 percent. The group also said activity in the sixmonth period through June rose 2 percent, with an annual growth rate of 4.1 percent. That’s the strongest rate since the first quarter of 2006. The index is meant to project economic activity in the next three to six months. If these conditions continue, “expect a slow recovery this autumn,” said Conference Board economist Ken Goldstein. The Conference Board’s leading indicators index bottomed in March after peaking in July 2007. The decline accelerated last fall after investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed and credit markets froze. “We’re now getting data which points to stabilization,” said Josh Shapiro, chief U.S. economist at research firm MFR Inc. “The overall signal they’re sending is the slide in economic activity is poised to end. The jury is still very much out in terms of what happens after that.” Many analysts expect modest economic growth in the fourth quarter after the gross domestic product posted the worst sixmonth performance in about 50 years at the end of 2008 and beginning of this year. Stocks rose on Wall Street after the betterthan-expected index reading and on reports that commercial lender CIT Group had reached a deal with bondholders to avoid bankruptcy. The Dow Jones industrial average added about 50 points in afternoon trading, and broader indices also gained.
Seven of the Conference Board index’s 10 indicators rose in June, including building permits, stock prices, manufacturers’ new orders for consumer goods and positive readings on jobs. Consumer expectations, manufacturers’ orders for capital goods and the real money supply weighed down the forecast. The biggest gainer was the “interest rate spread.” That’s the difference between yields on 10-year Treasurys and the federal funds rate, at which banks lend to one another, which is at a record low near zero. A big difference between the two is viewed as positive because investors are willing to lend for longer periods. A government report last week showed construction of new U.S. homes in June rose to the highest level in seven months. That was the “most positive housing report in ages,” said IHS Global Insight economist Patrick Newport. The slump in housing led the country into the longest recession since World War II. The downturn has pushed the unemployment rate to a 26-year high of 9.5 percent. The Federal Reserve expects joblessness to surpass 10 percent this year and to stay above healthy levels for years. A survey released Monday showed the number of firms planning layoffs later this year has dipped. Twenty-eight percent of the companies polled by the National Association for Business Economics said they were still considering cutting jobs through attrition or layoffs in the next six months. That’s down from one-third in April and 39 percent in January. Only 18 percent of employers polled said they expected to start hiring, but that’s the highest level in a year. The NABE’s survey of 102 forecasters at companies and trade associations was taken June 19 through July 1. Mass layoffs continue across many sectors, but the pace and depth of job cuts have slowed. Harley-Davidson Inc. said last week it’s cutting 1,000 more employees as motorcycle sales slid. Publisher McGraw-Hill Cos. said it eliminated 550 jobs in the second quarter. Cisco Systems Inc. laid off between 600 and 700 employees last week at its San Jose, Calif., headquarters.
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Gates announces Army being increased by 22,000 BY PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Monday that the size of the Army is being increased temporarily by 22,000 soldiers to help meet the needs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other missions around the world. This is the second time since 2007 that the military has determined it doesn’t have a large enough force. Gates had already increased the size of the Army and Marine Corps shortly after taking the Pentagon job. Gates noted that while progress in Iraq will lead to a reduction in the number of troops there, more troops are needed in Afghanistan because of the worsening violence in that conflict. He said the persistent pace of operations in the two wars over several years has meant a steady increase in the number of troops who are wounded, stressed or otherwise unable to deploy with their units.
Also causing a shortage is the decision earlier this year to stop the unpopular practice of keeping troops beyond their enlistment dates, a practice known as “stop-loss.” “The cumulative effect of these factors is that the army faces a period where its ability to continue to deploy combat units (with enough troops) is at risk,” Gates said. “This is a temporary challenge that will peak in the coming year and abate over the course of the next three years,” Gates told a Pentagon press conference. The Army currently has a total troop strength of 547,000. Gates said he would not seek additional money for the extra troops in the 2009 and 2010 fiscal year budgets. Gates also said it was “not inevitable” that more U.S. troops would be needed in Afghanistan beyond the 68,000 American force expected to be there by the end of the year. He had said Thursday that there “may be some increase, but not a lot.”
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Timberwolves, Clippers swing four-player deal BY JON KRAWCZYNSKI Associated Press Writer
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happy in LA also.” Richardson averaged 10.2 points and 4.4 rebounds last season for the New York Knicks. This is the third time the shooting guard has been traded this summer. He went from the Knicks to Memphis in a deal for Darko Milicic in June, then was shipped from the Grizzlies to the Clippers for Zach Randolph last week. The Timberwolves made the deal to try to achieve better roster balance while retaining salary cap flexibility in the future. Richardson has one year remaining on his contract at $9.3 million and gives Minnesota a veteran presence at shooting guard that was not there after they traded Randy Foye and Mike Miller to Washington in June. Rookie Wayne Ellington was the only true shooting guard on the roster before the Wolves acquired Richardson. Minnesota also relieves a glut at the power forward position. Smith, despite being undersized at 6-foot-6, averaged 10.1 points in less than 20 minutes a game last season. With Love and Jefferson considered two building blocks, there simply was no room for him in the regular rotation. And after selecting point guards Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn back-to-back in the first round of the NBA draft last month, Telfair’s days with the Timberwolves appeared to be numbered. In Los Angeles, Telfair will serve as the quality backup to Baron Davis that the team lacked last season. The deal was also fiscally responsible for the Clippers. Madsen and Smith are in the final year of their contracts while Telfair has a player option for 2010-11 at a modest $2.7 million.
NBA defends age minimum BY FREDERIC J. FROMMER Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON The NBA defended its minimum age requirement to Congress, but a critical lawmaker was unmoved and is asking to meet with top league officials to discuss it, according to letters obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The rule, which is part of the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players union, requires that players be at least 19 years old and a year out of high school before entering the league. Last month, Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., urged the league and union to scrap the requirement in the next collective bargaining agreement, calling it unfair. NBA President Joel Litvin told Cohen in a recent letter the purpose of the requirement is to promote the league’s business interests by “increasing the chances that incoming players will have the requisite ability, experience, maturity and life skills” to perform at a high level. The policy also helps teams make informed hiring decisions, he wrote. In addition, he said, players get an extra year to mature and develop, making it more likely they can handle the challenges of being an NBA player. Litvin said the policy is motivated by “business considerations,” not a desire to
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