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Volume 3, Issue 217

Santa Monica Daily Press A newspaper with issues

NEWS OF THE WEIRD BY CHUCK SHEPARD

■ In Denver in May, a 13-year-old girl, who was sometimes taunted by classmates because she has a small right arm and leg from cerebral palsy, was threatened with a knife and had her hair set on fire by a seventh-grade boy, but after the incident was reported, officials at Martin Luther King Middle School sent her home for the rest of the school year (for her protection, they said) while the boy remained in class. (The school’s interim principal admitted several days later that her staff had botched the investigation.) ■ Walt and Kathy Viggiano of Wichita, Kan., convinced Judge James Burgess to return their four children from foster care in 1999, following their removal because of excessive unsanitariness of the family's mobile home. Unlike in many such cases, Judge Burgess realized, the Viggianos loved their kids, had not abused them and had no alcohol or drug problems. Also, according to police who made the initial investigation, Walt and the kids seemed to have warm conversations, even though entirely in Klingon (from "Star Trek").

TODAY IN HISTORY ON JULY 23, 1886, New York saloonkeeper Steve Brodie claimed to have made a daredevil plunge from the Brooklyn Bridge into the East River. ■ In 1885, Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, died in Mount McGregor, N.Y. at age 63. ■ In 1892, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was born. ■ In 1904, 100 years ago, by some accounts, the ice cream cone was invented by Charles E. Menches during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Troubles impending always seem worse than troubles surmounted, but this does not prove that they really are.”

– ARTHUR M. SCHLESINGER JR. AMERICAN HISTORIAN

INDEX Horoscopes Don’t go far tonight, Leo

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Local Relay for Life

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Les Yeux Noirs performs Thursday night at the Santa Monica Pier twilight dance series.

Teachers, district resolve contract dispute BY JOHN WOOD

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Entertainment The Bourne Supremacy

In 2002 living wage backers lost a ballot initiative, but in 2004 they plan to install their candidates on the city council. The 2002 plan would have instituted an $11.50 base wage for the employees of high-end hotels, restaurants and retail stores close to Santa Monica’s beaches. The City Council has already taken steps last month to set $11.50 as minimum pay for local government workers and government contractors. Next year’s budget has $300,000 set aside to cover the extra expense of the new wage, which is expected to be passed by the council this fall, city officials said. The 2002 initiative would have covered far more than just government workers. But exactly who would be covered was a divisive issue in the unsuccessful campaign. “We’re still interested in getting our living wage passed,” said Vivian Rothstein, a member of the Coalition for the Living Wage. Rothstein, the director of the Santa Monicans Allied for Responsible Tourism, has been a key player in several of the living wage proposals. Rothstein said the coalition is

committed to both a living wage for city employees and the hotel workers targeted by the 2002 initiative. She expressed frustration with the defeat of the 2002 measure, faulting business interests for misleading voters. Instead of pursuing a living wage ballot measure in 2004, the group will work to get its candidates on the council, she indicated. Buria Finkel, a volunteer for the coalition, has been compiling a list of candidates who will be interviewed early next week. She said the group had talked to about seven candidates as of Thursday, and will continue granting interviews until 5 p.m. on Friday. “This is an extremely important issue for all people everywhere,” she said. “If we are a society that cares about parity and fairness, it is very important that we try to equalize our efforts in making all people that work get a decent living.” Buria said the coalition has already been approached by each of the five candidates seeking the SMRR endorsment— incumbents Richard Bloom, Michael Feinstein and Ken Genser as well as Patricia Hoffman and Maria Loya. Unlike SMRR, the coalition won’t give

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BY JOHN F. MULLER Special to the Daily Press

Teachers lose some PPO benefits, receive modest pay raise. Committee to seek alternatives to CalPERS

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DISTRICT HDQTRS. — After more than a year of negotiations, local teachers and school officials this week agreed to a contract that scales back health care benefits, but provides for a modest 1 percent pay raise. The health care changes are expected to save the cash-strapped school district more than $500,000

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a year and help curtail future escalating medical costs. According to the deal, single teachers with the most expensive PPO plan will pay for the portion of their coverage that exceeds the basic HMO plan. Families and couples already had to pay that difference. Also agreed was the need to look into alternatives to the health care provided by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. An exploratory commit-

tee will be set up by teachers and administrators, officials said. “I’m very pleased with the contract,” said John Deasy, superintendent of schools. “It was a struggle to reach it. People worked hard to reach it. It wasn’t acrimonious or hostile, people just worked really hard.” The 1 percent pay raise becomes effective in February and is expected to cost the district about $225,000 this coming year. Another 1 percent pay raise became effective July 1, but that pay raise was guaranteed to the teachers, who last year deferred

the raise to help with the budget crunch. Harry Keiley, president of the local teacher union, said the deal reflects an appealing compromise for all sides. “It’s important to acknowledge that these were some of the most complicated and important discussions in recent memory, due in part to the unprecedented cuts in the last 24 months and the skyrocketing health care costs,” said Keiley, adding the new contract expires next summer. “The settlement is creative in that we were See SCHOOLS, page 6

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Friday, July 23, 2004 ❑ Page 3

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Corporate presence still need at Relay By Daily Press staff

Later this month, Santa Monicans will rally together for 24 hours to battle cancer. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is an overnight team event that raises awareness of cancer in the community and raises money to fight the disease. The team event begins Saturday, July 24, at 9 a.m. and runs continuously until 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 25. Leading up to the event, the Daily Press will highlight volunteers’ stories: Summer Smith 2. Age: 32 3. Residence: Santa Monica 4. Title and what committee is responsible for: Kick off event chair and corporate sponsorship co-chair 5. Profession: CPA at KPMG, LLP How did you get involved in Relay for Life? I served as co-team captain of the KPMG team in the 2003 Relay, which I became involved in while my mom was battling cancer. What have you gotten out of the experience of Relay For Life? Last year, my experience with Relay was even better than I had originally expected. I planned to stay a few hours and ended up staying 24 hours. I met great people on my team, individuals I didn’t have the opportunity to work with in the office, who I strengthened my relationship with during the Relay. The event itself was so moving, most of all the Luminaria ceremony, which symbolized the hope that we all share that one day a cure will be found and provided a special opportunity for everyone to remember and honor their loved ones.

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OPINION

Pollsters pinpoint pizza election as ‘04 battle begins POLITIGIRL BY BETH SOLOMON

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Work with them, not against them Editor: Has it occurred to Phil Hendricks and Carl Gettleman (SMDP, July 21, page 4) that they should be working with Santa Monica College as opposed to writing negative letters that do nothing but draw a rift between them? Neither Phil nor Carl have acknowledged that the fiscal problems at SMC are the result of the lack of funds they receive from the state of California, the main financier of community colleges. For years, SMC has operated without adequate state funding, and under those circumstances, I think they did a pretty good job. Phil, Carl, this criticism is getting you nowhere. Work with the college, not against them, and you will have a greater chance of getting what you want. Bill Yates SMC graduate (1960s) Santa Monica

Beach shouldn’t go to the dogs Editor: I go to the beach on a regular basis. It’s normal and healthy and lots of fun. It is probably the most popular thing around here, and the reason so many of us and the tourists like it here. Why would anyone want to spoil the experience, pollute the environment in any manner whatsoever, by wanting to run large numbers of annoying, loud barking, defecating and urinating dogs at all hours there? It’s a looney idea that pristine public “people” space — something that cannot be replaced — and should be heavily protected from small groups of people who want to deprive the public of its intended uses, to have it just for themselves and their loud barking, intimidating, messy animals. If the animal lovers want to have a place to walk their dogs, I suggest they do so in their own back yard. Jane Wright Venice Beach

Put the homeless to work Editor: It’s been several months now that the two largest city contracted construction projects have been moving along — the reconstruction of the Main library at Santa Monica Boulevard and Sixth Street, and the Virginia Park reconstruction project on Pico and Cloverfield boulevards, and still no one has done anything to encourage the homeless to get work on those projects. Not all, but certainly a lot of homeless could improve themselves, and thereby ease their impact on Santa Monica if just given the opportunity to do so. Since Oscar de Torre went before the City Council demanding that his “at risk youth” ought to get some sort of priority in hiring onto the Virginia Park project, that site has a 100 percent Latino workforce. There is no diversity to be seen. The main library has very few non-Latino workers. Both of these huge city projects need a much more diverse mix of ethnicities working on them, and that doesn’t seem likely to occur as it should. From the employers simply hiring a good healthy mix of different ethnic peoples, without some of those cheated out of a chance to participate in this abundant work sending in complaints to the state contractor’s licensing labor board. Don Krok Santa Monica

WASHINGTON — Some people have already cast their votes for president this election year. They’re voting early and often. They’re Republicans. They’re Independents. And they might be working for the DNC. This is not a case of voter fraud or hanging chads. Scusi. This is about pizza. Specifically, it’s the Pizza Election at Teatro Goldoni, a restaurant on K Street — the most important lobbying gulch in the most important city in the world. Behind these glittering walls, tax cuts, constitutional amendments, and national parks are born. Sure, members of Congress eventually cast their votes. The president has to sign. But the money and the people who know what to do with it come here first. So you might say, the Pizza Election at Teatro Goldoni is an early battleground. A polling precursor. A harbinger of pepperoni — I mean politics — to come. Here’s how it works. Goldoni owners Fabrizio and Ingrid Aelli have whipped up a special menu evenly divided between Republican, Democratic, and Undecided pizzas. During happy hour up until election night, diners’ choices are recorded and tallied. On K Street, as in the nation, it’s a neck-and-neck race. On the first night Democrats tallied seven pizzas, Republicans scored six, and Undecideds got three. The tie for that night could have been broken by co-owner Ingrid, who earned a write-in vote. Washington whisperers noted that her warmth and charm could come in handy on the Democratic ticket. Kerry-Edwards supporter Cidalia Akbar got to the restaurant before her husband the other night and promptly ordered a Democratic pizza named for Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It had everything on it — one of the more expensive pies. She had a strategy in mind. “They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so I’m trying to convert him from the hard Republican state he’s in to a more liberal Democratic state,” she said. Her husband Masud Akbar said he liked the pizza. But he wasn’t changing his politics. Truth be told, Cidalia — CEO of a road construction company — might not like it if he did. “It’s great to disagree about politics,”

she said. “It’s great to have an intelligent conversation, not a conversation of ‘Yes dear, I agree, you’re right’ but to really, fundamentally defend your views and your opinions. It’s fabulous.” “We end up getting a little hot-headed about it, and then we end,” added Masud, a stockbroker. They’ve been enjoying the disagreement for 16 years. At the other end of the bar, another couple was munching on a Republican pizza called the “Teddy Roosevelt.” Unbeknownst to Sharifa Sharazi, her friend Tim Lee had ordered a Republican pie, albeit a moderate one. Even so, she raised her eyebrows. “We both like white pizza,” Lee said in his own defense. He said his strong support for President Bush had not been a factor in his pizza choice. Sharazi said she too is a Republican, but she’s undecided about this year’s presidential election. “I’m looking at the war, I’m looking at people’s welfare, I’m looking at social security and job security,” she said. Financial advisers at Merrill Lynch, Lee and Sharazi stayed away from the “Calvin Coolidge,” named for the president who presided over the stock market bubble that led to the crash of 1929. They weren’t too interested in the “Jimmy Carter” either. Restaurant founder Ingrid Aelli said the Pizza Election is a way to generate business — and enthusiasm about the election. “My husband and I just became U.S. citizens, so it’s the first election we’ll be voting in,” she said. Ingrid met Fabrizio, her Italian chef husband, in what is now Slovakia in 1989. They fell in love, came to the U.S. for a visit, and vowed to return to open their own restaurant, which they did in 1994. Aelli said the United States is still the only country in the world that offers unlimited freedom to succeed in the profession of your choice. “In other countries, you don’t have SBA loans, you don’t have opportunities for young people. So the only place to be if you want to do something, you go to the land of opportunity — the U.S.” Despite her inexperience, Aelli already sounds like a savvy politico. While she says she’s undecided about her November vote, her message about pizzas and politics is the same. “If you don’t vote,” she says, “it’s a vote for the opponent.” (Beth Solomon is reachable at bethsolomon@earthlink.net).

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Life is so sweet in the kingdom of the Queen PISTACHIO PERSPECTIVE BY SUSAN ANN CONNOR

The other day as we discussed the upcoming elections and each party’s platform, a fellow philosopher asked me if I could devise my own “kingdom,” what would it look like. First off, I would be Queen. And I would look no further for my King because in my land, the Queen thinks the thought and it is done. Consequently, I’d have to be really careful about those thoughts. No wishing I had 12 hands, this computer stinks, or I’m sick of the sunshine. The King appears instantaneously. He, of course, is perfect. So am I. We’re a perfect match. Now for some of the laws. Very simply, if you lie, your nose grows. With each lie, it extends a little longer. And there are no surgeons to alter the growth. This liar law would include everything from the mere “hey, it happened” when it didn’t, to the unfaithful marriage partner (no, only the nose grows), to the entertainment industry’s tradition of friendly exaggeration. Cancellations are only misdemeanors, though they could easily fit within the confines of the liar law. Since there’s a purer intent in trying to correct the wrong, the nose would not blossom. However, here’s where the three strikes rule emerges. After three cancellations of an appointment, your feet would widen. This would expand the shoe industry, with unlimited growth potential. There are no guns. Or even slingshots. This is a peaceful kingdom. Weapons advocates have found other means of enjoyment and ways to kill time. Like haying. Or shuffleboard. Or catching flies with their bare hands and letting them go. If found with any arms whatsoever, besides those connected to the body, the guilty person is required to travel by pogo stick for the rest of his or her life. Pollution is wiped out. Any business found dumping waste where they shouldn’t, or using harmful pollutants must shut down, and those responsible would have a new career in raking leaves. The rake has returned as a popular tool, since the leaf blower was unanimously cast away, as

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present,” Trives said. “(The 2002 ballot measure) seemed ludicrous to us. It wasn’t for the whole of Santa Monica.” Councilmember Herb Katz, one of a three-member minority that has opposed the $11.50 minimum for city employees and contractors, expressed similar frustration with the policy. “It just doesn’t make sense to me,” he said. “We’ll just do this, then we’ll slip in a little more next time, a little more next time, and so on. It’s not going to be cheap, and it’s not the right approach.” With money allocated to living wage expenses for this year, Katz said it would be unlikely that the four councilmember majority of Bloom, Feinstein, Kevin McKeown and Ken Genser would lose the control required to write the living wage for city employees into law.

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Early ‘90s near demise prompted course to brighter future BY BOB FICK Associated Press Writer

BOISE, Idaho — It’s one of the nation’s most storied companies, with achievements around the world. It helped build Hoover Dam and the San Francisco Bay Bridge. But in 1995, Morrison Knudsen Corp. stood on the brink of ruin after a misguided effort to diversify beyond construction and engineering. Now, nine years later and bearing the new name of Washington Group International, the company is bigger, more diverse — but within the business it knows best — and regaining its reputation. “In the ‘80s and ‘90s, people had the feeling they could buy anything,” Philadelphia-based business consultant John Reddish said. “A lot of companies lost their way.” “When you get back to your knitting, you can focus on your core business and spread out from there,” Reddish said. “They’re coming back. It’s a testimony to paying attention to the trade skills they needed to pay attention to.” Sweeping dams, long power transmission lines and huge industrial plants are still part of the company’s portfolio, but it also now includes destroying weapons of mass destruction, cleaning up and managing radioactive waste and even analyzing isotopes protecting and powering the Mars rovers. It’s a long way from what many say were the misguided efforts of ex-chief executive William Agee to diversify Morrison Knudsen Corp. beyond the construction and engineering prowess that had earned it international acclaim. Agee’s friend, Chief Financial Officer Stephen Hanks, recommended Agee’s dismissal. “It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. I don’t want to have to do that again,” Hanks said. “But it was the right thing for the company at the time.” Now, Hanks holds the reins.

In an effort to diversify beyond heavy construction with its up and down cycles, Morrison Knudsen moved into real estate and shipbuilding in the 1980s only to see both go sour in a matter of years. Then Agee, the former Bendix chairman, was hired and moved Morrison into the uncharted waters of manufacturing rail cars — a business neither he nor other Morrison executives knew very well. That move foundered, too, combining with Agee’s personal extravagance to hasten his ouster. “Were the problems of the early 1990s a wake-up call? Absolutely,” Hanks said. “Did they refocus us on what we’re good at? Absolutely. I can tell you that because I lived through it.” Montana construction magnate Dennis Washington was critical to the recovery, first bailing the company out of bankruptcy and then seeing a broader, brighter future. “We wanted to build a foundation of talented people as good as any other company in our industry,” Washington said in a statement. “We also wanted to diversify into markets that tend to offset each other in their normal economic cycles.” He capitalized on the experience of the people responsible for Morrison Knudsen’s reputation and built on it with the purchase in 1999 of Westinghouse Government Services Group and the decision a year later to buy out Raytheon’s engineering and construction division. All three units gave Washington Group 27,000 employees worldwide. Jettisoned were shipbuilding, railroad and transit car manufacturing and real estate development and the focus was returned to engineering, construction and management services. But beyond the heavy construction and mining projects Morrison Knudsen was known for, the evolving company’s portfolio was expanding into power, government and industrial processing fueled by the technological expertise the new acquisitions provided.

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It offered the cyclical balance Washington was looking for — government work to pick up the slack in times when heavy construction is down and energy contracts in times when sluggish economies rein in industrial projects. Resolution of the bankruptcy gave the company a debt-free balance sheet and protection from federal taxes on their first $80 million of annual operating profits for the next decade, setting the stage for what analysts say is the company’s final shot as a publicly traded company. “They’ve gone under twice. That’s a fact,” said Sanjay Shrestha, an analyst with First Albany Corp. “But this is a company that has a pretty darn good resume. ... Does the company have enough to take it to the next level? What I’ve seen out of bankruptcy, they are kicking on all cylinders.” It is a culture with roots that go back 92 years to Harry Morrison and Morris Knudsen. Their regional construction company gained the national stage when Morrison organized the joint venture and oversaw construction of Hoover Dam. The San Francisco Bay Bridge followed as did the Grand Coolee Dam, the largest private enterprise hydroelectric project for the Aluminum Co. of Canada and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. The projects were big and made a difference in the way people lived. In 1954, Time Magazine called Harry Morrison the one builder in history who had done the most to change the face of the earth. “The name Morrison really carried a

lot of weight,” said 27-year-veteran Keith Prince, a former executive vice president fired by Agee as the company began its slide in 1991. The company also had a reputation of backing government in times of war — a reputation that was dramatically enhanced in 1941 when its 1,150 workers building airstrips on Wake Island joined Marines to try holding off a Japanese attack. They failed and most were sent to prison camps in China. But 98, who were kept behind to finish the runways, were killed by the Japanese after digging their own mass grave nearly two years later. The company was also a major civilian presence during the Vietnam War, lost 13 employees from its New York office in the 2001 World Trade Center attacks and now has more than 100 people in Iraq overseeing hundreds of millions of dollars in reconstruction work. Morrison was also drawn to Iraq by oil and natural gas. Hanks expects more than $100 billion to be spent over the next decade to convert natural gas from the region into a liquid that can be shipped elsewhere. “If the coalition is successful, then Western companies, and it’s not just U.S. companies, but European companies, even companies from Korea and Japan, will have a long-term future in providing services in that part of the world,” Hanks said. “And we want to be a part of it. In fact, we have to be a part of it. If this company is going to continue to grow, we’ve got to go where the world’s markets are.”

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Entertainment WHAT’S PLAYING ... I, ROBOT Earthbound sci-fi entertainment most everybody can appreciate, and one that merits mention alongside such popular favorites as “The Terminator” and “The Matrix.” Starring: Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan

THE DOOR IN THE FLOOR Combines the whimsy of “The World According To Garp” with the profundity of “The Cider House Rules.” An amply-layered study of relationships and how they form and come apart. Starring: Kim Basinger, Jeff Bridges

A CINDERELLA STORY A vapid collection of clichés and stereotypes that have already been exhausted in at least three other teengirl-in-turmoil films this year. Starring: Hilary Duff

METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER Head-bangers with feelings. We knew they had them, and now they’re accessible and cleverly juxtaposed. Starring: Metallica

MARIA FULL OF GRACE It’s easy to see why this gut-wrenching film won the Dramatic Audience Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Starring: Catalina Sandino Moreno

ANCHORMAN Ron Burgundy is Will Ferrell’s most side-splitting character to date. Starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate

RIDING GIANTS There’s plenty here to capture the imagination of damn near anyone with the slightest sense of adventure. An entertaining and highly informative tutorial on the history of big-wave surfing. Starring: Laird Hamilton, Greg Noll

KING ARTHUR Nothing but another bromidic swordfighting flick. A hocus-pocus-less downer from the Jerry Bruckheimer factory. Starring: Keira Knightley, Clive Owen

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SPIDERMAN 2 Outclasses any of this summer’s bigbudget pretenders. The best comic book flick of all time. Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina

BEFORE SUNSET A most unusual entity in American cinema: An exemplary sequel motivated by aestheticism rather than avarice. Starring: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke

THE CLEARING A conventional kidnapping caper elevated to excellence by deftly nuanced performances by a veteran cast. Starring: Robert Redford, Helen Mirren and Willem Dafoe.

DELOVELY Fans of the golden age of jazz will no doubt revel in this celebration of the era’s most accomplished songwriter, Cole Porter. Starring: Ashley Judd, Kevin Kline

FAHRENHEIT 9-11 No matter which side of the political fence you choose to stand on, it’s impossible not to be moved by the film’s most powerful images. Welldeserving of all the attention it’s garnering. Starring: Michael Moore

The Bourne Supremacy is quite a ride BY DAN DUNN Special to the Daily Press

The summer of stellar sequels continues with Matt Damon returning as Jason Bourne, a former CIA hit-man with mad skills and a nasty case of hypomnesia. Two years removed from a Review deadly run-in with his past, Bourne wants nothing more than to be left alone with his scattered memories and his girl (Franka Potente, back – but not for long – from the first film) at their beachfront hideaway far off the grid in India. That, of course, ain’t gonna happen. A covert op in Berlin goes wrong, Bourne is framed, and quickly set upon by both the government agency that created him and a band of murderous Russians who set him up. The hunted, however, soon becomes hunter – and this oneman wrecking crew is hellbent on avenging his lover’s death and maybe even righting a few

past wrongs. Paul Greengrass (“Bloody Sunday”) seamlessly takes over the directing duties from Doug Liman, shooting most of the action sequences with a hand-held camera that conveys a strong sense of spontaneity while heightening the intensity. It feels like we’re there, especially in a climactic car chase through the streets of Moscow that ranks among the most the goose-pimply getaways of

all time. Damon– a star who doesn’t get enough credit for his acting ability – is superb as the super-spy who operates on instinct and brute force. The instant recall of suppressed espionage ability is pulled off effortlessly, but what most impresses about Damon is the way he imbues this innately impenetrable killer with such palpable vulnerability. It’s all the more impressive given that this time around, there’s no love interest to lay bare his humanity. You DO NOT want to mess with Jason Bourne, but you might give the poor guy a hug. The supporting cast is top-notch, with Joan Allen as the CIA boss in over her head trying to nail Bourne, and the eminently watchable Brian Cox as an old-school Langley manipulator who may hold the key to the film’s central mystery. (Rated PG-13 for violence and intense action, and brief language. Running time: 108 minutes)

Matt Damon: It was fun to be deeply flawed BY DAN DUNN Special to the Daily Press

Boston’s own Matt Damon returns as memory-challenged assassin Jason Bourne in the espionage thriller, “The Bourne Supremacy,” which co-stars Joan Q&A Allen, Brian Cox and Julia Stiles. Here are some highlights from a recent interview: QUESTION: Did the rigors of this physically demanding role take a toll on you? MATT DAMON: The interesting thing about all the running in this movie is that I run a lot to stay in shape. I jog a lot, but I haven’t actually sprinted in my adulthood. I can’t even really remember the last time I’d sprinted. Sprinting is kind of a rare thing when you’re an adult, so I was shocked at how tired I got and how my legs just stiffened up. I felt kind of old out there. Q: What appeals to you about Jason Bourne? MD: I love that he’s a deeply flawed character with a really dark past. Rather than be a cookie-cutter, one-dimensional hero he’s an anti-hero in some ways. It gave me a lot to do, and made it fun to go to work in the mornings. Q: Summer movies tend to be judged by how well they do financially. Do you worry at all about how this film will perform at the box office? MD: For me, now, I really feel the lifting of any pressure. The pressure that I felt on me wasn’t to have this movie open well, it was to make a movie that I was proud of. I didn’t want to add my name to the list of people who make crappy sequels.

Q: Both “Bourne” films have featured terrific supporting casts. MD: The great thing about these movies is that they really are ensemble movies. The whole theory behind (making them) is we go to the studios and say we need the best actors we can get. Going into the second one, we had to fill the hole that was left when Chris Cooper got killed at the end of the last one. We were looking for a legendary American actor, and that of course, is Joan Allen. Q: “The Bourne Supremacy” was directed by Paul Greengrass, whose biggest prior undertaking was the documentary-style feature, “Bloody Sunday.” Were you concerned at all, going in, about his ability to deliver on a big-budget film such as this one? MD: Paul’s goal, when he made “Bloody Sunday,” was to create a common narrative between the British and the Irish about a day that was one of the most combustible moments in recent history. That’s a Herculean undertaking. He shot the thing in, like, 25 days, and in the end both sides agreed that it probably went down (the way it was presented in the movie). To me, I figure if you give a guy with that level of skill a budget like ours, we’re going to be in really good shape. Q: You’re an old hat at stardom now, but does the notion of your own celebrity ever freak you out anymore? MD: I was in Boston recently, and that’s my home town, so it’s a little more surreal there. I was driving with one of my nephews and he said, “Uncle Matt, is that you?” I looked up and there’s this huge billboard in which I’m holding a sniper rifle, and I said “no, no, no.” That’s just someone who looks like Uncle Matt. So it’s still very surreal, yes.

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Meee-ouch! Catwoman misses the litter box BY DANIEL DUNN Special to the Daily Press

The compulsion to make a kitty litter box joke is damn near too powerful to resist, but that would be an affront to decent feline bowel movements the world over. Suffice to say sitting through “Catwoman,” which stars a reeling Academy Award-winning actress in serious need of a stern talking to (and a new agent), is about as pleasant an experience as staying up all night listening to alley-cats in heat. All right, maybe not ITALS>that<END bad. After all, it isn’t every movie that you get to see Halle Berry strut around like a pointyeared bondage diva while aging sexpot Sharon Stone tosses the last shovel-full of dirt over her lifeless career. Plus, Benjamin Bratt’s perennial “Why the hell didn’t I do ‘Miss Congeniality 2’ instead?” face is quite amusing. From the outset, “Catwoman” teeters precariously

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‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ has a few missing links in it BY CHRIS ALLEN Special to the Daily Press

How crazy do you have to be to fly over the cuckoo’s nest? Crazy as a fox, or at least have such a love of life that nothing will stop you from pursuing your own happiness. In the play “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Dale Wasserman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey and directed by Dr. Frank X. Ford, we are introduced to a marvelous group of institutionalized mental patients and their health-care supervisors. The Santa Monica Civic Light Opera’s stage is set to resemble a corporate work area, complete with cubicle-esque workstations and a conference table center stage. The only thing out of the norm is the conspicuous control booth where the ward supervisors keep an ever-vigilant watch over their patients. Truthfully, the patients don’t seem to need any supervision. Most are docile and content with the one occasional outburst of Tourrette’s syndrome. Everything is controlled and peaceful until the arrival of R.P. McMurphy played wonderfully by Ryan Hurst (recently seen in ‘The Ladykillers’). It’s arguable whether McMurphy is truly insane or simply looking for a way out of the responsibilities of socialized life. Regardless, he commits himself into this mental institution and quickly assumes leadership over this oddball mix of inmates. However, McMurphy’s free-spirited leadership clashes with the ward’s stiff and starched head nurse, Ms. Ratched played by Cynthia Marty. The play is a little slow to start and spreads itself too thin with the sudden inundation of the inmates and Ms. Ratched (Marty) and how they respond to each other. A little more than halfway through the first act we hit the conflict of the play — nurse Ratched’s strict and calm institutional bureaucracy versus the free spirit and passion for life of McMurphy (Hurst) and how he enlivens the comatose inmates. The battle begins, which plays out more like McMurphy being a snotty 2year-old seeing what he can get away with from a strict enforcing mother. There are moments of humor and moments of heartwrenching drama, and even moments of

on-stage shock treatment. The first act ends with an inspiring scene sincere leadership and imagination as the inmates following McMurphy’s lead cheer for a World Series game on a blank television. This was a good play with some bits missing that — if present — would make it a great play. These are small pieces that make up a greater whole. This is a play that is driven by character actors. There is no dashing leading man or sexy leading lady. Every single character on stage needs to be able to play from one extreme to the other. The ensemble of inmates did a great job of portraying the feeling of being broken and controlled by the institution. When McMurphy arrives, they must become their full and bright crazy selves. Being an ensemble, the cast is as weak as its weakest actor. In this case, I turn my gaze to nurse Ratched played by Marty. Don’t get me wrong. She’s a wonderful actress and has a strong presence on stage. However, her physicality for nurse Ratched was off the mark. It felt that there was no base physicality for her character, so when it came to those extreme moments, there was nothing and it came across awkward. Nurse Ratched must have an underlying sense of sensual sexuality very much like a dominatrix. Yet, that sexuality should be totally masked by a complete and utter control of emotion. Also, she must have a total efficiency of movement — no extraneous gestures. Then, when it comes to those extreme moments — electric shock scene and the climax — her sexuality can peek out just a bit and we’ll see just how horrible a villain she really is. There is a small cameo appearance by Stuart Damon (as seen on “General Hospital”) as the hospital’s chief administrator, Dr. Spivey, for which he is billed opposite Ryan Hurst on the program. I feel that this is an egregious error and the more deserving Marty who had the female role should replace Damon’s name on the program. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is the first production of the new Santa Monica Civic Light Opera’s Viking Underground theatre company. It is playing at Barnum Hall Theatre on the Samohi campus. The show runs until July 31. For additional information visit www.smclo.org.

Free Henri Mancini music series starts this Saturday BY MONA DAY Special to the Daily Press

It’s that time of the year again. The Henri Mancini has announced its eighth season of free community concerts presented by its summer training program for emerging musicians under the direction of artistic director Patrick Williams, as well as guest musicians. This year’s crop consists of 84 trainees from around the world on full scholarships. The concerts take place over several different venues throughout Los Angeles — from downtown to Marina del Rey, as well as a range of ensembles. From swinging big bands, small jazz combos to a full symphony orchestra, performing a tribute to American film music. With the free summer music festival drawing more than 50,000 people in LA each year, HMI hopes to help Angelenos make the connection with music and its importance to their daily lives. HMI now counts 476 working musicians in 41 states and 27 countries as alumni. Working in major symphonies, Broadway shows, jazz festivals, international touring companies, recording sessions, music education, film scoring, chamber groups, composing, and conducting, they are shaping the future of music, HMI official said. The schedule of eight free concerts is

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Friday, July 23, 2004 ❑ Page 11

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Environment important to Californians BY TERENCE CHEA Associated Press Writer

SAN FRANCISCO — Worried about air pollution and related health problems, most Californians want lawmakers to make protecting the environment a top priority, even if it hinders economic growth, according to a poll released Thursday. The poll by the Public Policy Institute of California found wide support across racial, ethnic, regional and political lines for environmental protection programs to reduce air pollution, reduce auto emissions and develop alternative energy sources. “As our state becomes more racially and ethnically diverse, concerns about environmental issues are being seen across a broad spectrum of the population,” Mark Baldassare, the San Francisco-based institute’s survey director, said in an interview. The poll, which surveyed 2,505 residents in five languages, found that 54 percent of likely voters believe the environment should be a top policy priority, even at the expense of the economy. Fifty-five percent want funding for environmental protection programs to remain at current levels. Among environmental issues, Californians ranked air pollution as their No. 1 concern, with 35 percent saying it was a big problem in their region and 59 percent saying it posed “at least a somewhat serious threat to themselves or their families,” according to the poll. Blacks and Latinos were most likely to see air pollution as a serious threat. Concern about it was highest among residents of the Central Valley and the Los Angeles County, where smog remains a major complaint. Air quality worries may be linked to growing public support for laws and programs to reduce pollution. The poll found that 81 percent of res-

idents support requiring automakers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in new cars by 2009. About 66 percent back a $6 increase in vehicle license fees to pay for cleaner engines on older diesel vehicles. The poll also found that 63 percent of residents would seriously consider buying or leasing a hybrid vehicle, which runs on both gas and electricity, because of rising fuel prices. About two-thirds favor allowing hybrid cars in car pool lanes when driven alone. Californians support Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposals to encourage development of alternative energy sources such as hydrogen fuel cells. But despite interest in his programs, only 37 percent of residents approved of the governor’s handling of environmental issues, even though he enjoys a 64 percent approval rating among likely voters. “They just don’t see him as showing leadership on environmental issues at this point, even though they like some of his proposals and ideas,” Baldassare said. The survey found Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry holding a sizable advantage over President Bush on environmental issues. About 56 percent of likely voters said they trusted Kerry on the environment, while only 32 percent said they approved of Bush’s handing of environmental issues. More than 80 percent of likely voters said a candidate’s environmental positions were at least somewhat important to them in deciding for whom to vote, and 37 percent said it was very important. Some environmentalists said the poll’s findings should remind state politicians about how strongly Californians feel about the environment. “The one big takeaway for lawmakers right now, especially during budget negotiations, is that voters and Californians really care about environmental protection,” said Craig Noble, a spokesman for the Natural Resources Defense Council. “They want them to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink and the environment in general.”

Golf developers dream big, gamble bigger BY TIM BOOTH Associated Press Writer

ROSLYN, Wash. — Towering pine trees, empty mine shafts and rising slag piles serve as reminders of this town’s history, while finely trimmed fairways and greens embody a dream of its future. A mere 90 minutes east of Seattle and little more than a driver off Interstate 90, developer Lowe Enterprises and manufacturer Jeld-Wen are banking that this sleepy foothill town can become a glossy golfer’s resort destination. “When you go into a project like this, there is a lot of risk involved,” said Bill Hunt, the onsite Managing Director of Suncadia Resort. “But it’s a risk well worth taking.” In a dream that echoes in small towns around the rural West, developers hope to reap a share of the affluent Seattle vacationers who now travel to golf-oriented resorts in Oregon, California or British Columbia. The resort opened to the public earlier this month with the first nine holes of a planned 54-hole golf complex. All 18 holes of the first course, Prospector, designed by the Arnold Palmer Development Co., are scheduled to open around Labor Day. It’s stage one in a multi-development plan that could include more than 3,000 residences, a hotel, village, conference center and numerous other recreational activities. Developers are investing $80 million into the project just this summer alone and by 2014, Suncadia officials expect the property to be worth $1 billion in real estate alone. The model for this dream is nearly 300 miles south: Sunriver, Ore., a hugely popular resort community with world-class golf courses, fancy boutiques and high-end restaurants. “This place has the land and the landscape to be the next Sunriver,” said assistant golf pro Jeff Gay. “But on our scale.” The resort sits on a massive 6,000-acre plot as the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains begin their decent into the high desert of the Columbia Basin. Yet, Roslyn and its neighbor 5 miles south, Cle Elum, would hardly be considered resort fodder. Roslyn’s claim to fame is its stand-in role as the fictional town of Cicely, Alaska in the television show “Northern Exposure.” The two towns’ combined population was less than 3,000 according to the 2000 census. Streets are lined with gas stations and small family restaurants that serve mostly as pit stops for passing travelers. Most shopping aside from groceries requires a trip over the mountains to the Seattle area or 30 miles southeast to Ellensburg. Sunriver, meanwhile, is filled with stores, restaurants and recreational activities aimed at the non-golfers in the family. In winter, it’s a popular base for downhill and cross-country skiers. Suncadia will try to capitalize on winter as well, with cross country skiing on the property and downhill at Snoqualmie Pass 30 minutes away. Upping the ante for the developers is the glut of golf courses in the country. More courses were built during the 1990s than any other time

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310-440-8500 x.104 OFFICE SPACE: Santa Monica, 400 sq/ft, street parking, located by UCLA Medical Center, new carpet and paint, water included. $800-Call Mike at 310-395-6618 PACIFIC PALISADES Village 1,000 Sq/ft 3 offices, sub-lease, 2 years. Furnished or unfurnished. Call Rick at 310-459-6256; 310-466-9066 WEST L.A. PRIME PROF. OFFICE- Share 1,367 sq/ft. office w/patio view, conference/filing room, dsl line. $1350/mth. Available 7/1. CALL 310-479-4484

Real Estate 1250 AMHERST St. Los Angeles, Santa Monica Adj. Desirable condo unit w spacious,open floor plan. 2bd 2ba,2 fireplaces,2 balconies.Great complex w/low HOA. Close to beaches,shopping & freeways. Unit vacant.Owner needs quick sale. $530K 310-283-4970 Agt BEACHFRONT CONDOS for Sale! Private Party in Rosarito. www.oceanfrontrosarito.com DOUGLAS PARK Condo 3bd 3bath Townhome,end unit. Fireplace,gated bldng, wet bar, W/D Hookups, Patios, 2 secured & covered parking spaces. $665K Agent-714-743-3252 GREAT FAMILY Home in Pacific Palisades, 4BD 31/2 Bath. Great View $2.15 Million 310-255-5460 310-454-9337 LUXURIOUS HIGH Rise Condominium Century City Large 2bd+2ba Corner unit, two balconies, Ocean & City views. $650,000 2160 Century Park East Agent 562-634-7437 TOPANGA CANYON Three Story Charming European Country English 2bd2ba. Riverock Terrace Backyard, Sherwood Forest, Woof! 416 Short Trail, 3 miles from Ocean. Open House SatSun,2-6 $950,000-Must Sell 310-263-1944 or 310-455-0631

Chiropractic & Accupuncture

310-828-7525

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NAI CAPITAL Commercial (310)440-8500

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THIS BUILDING is very convenient for any commute.It is on a quiet street. There is plenty of street parking beyond the assigned space. 1 year lease, no pets. $895. 310-466-9256

Commercial Lease

Upper 1 bed, pool, new carpet, laundry room, walk to San Vicente

1723 Barrington, WLA, $1450

Front, upper 2 bed, 13⁄4 baths, dishwasher, new carpet

11615 Darlington, BW, $1495 1

Upper rear 2 bed, 1 ⁄2 baths, remodeled, walk to San Vicente

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EXQUISITE, INTUITIVE, strong and tender relaxing bodywork by mature European. Professional Lady Sonja (310)397-0433. FULL BODY Swedish to light fingertip massage by classy European therapist. Serious callers only. (310)826-7271. OCEAN THERAPY: nice relaxing massage Spanish & Asian Staff (310)899-3709. REVITALIZE & Rejuvenate. Body, Mind & Spirit with an exquisite full body Swedish/Deeptissue massage.Laura (310)394-2923(310)569-0883.

ESTATE SALE SATURDAY 9-3 Unbelievably beautiful leather couch by Tetrad, Antiques, Mexican Bookshelves, Round Pine Dining Table, Queen-size higher-end Futon. Big, Exquisite Fine Wood Planters. Antique, hand-painted storage chests. 927 21st Street HUGE SALE! Table, chairs,clothes, sports gear,aquarium equipment, kitchen stuff & much more! 721 Enchanted Way in Pacific Palisades. Sat/Sun 8-3 No Early Birds!

NEW SELECTION! Lots of Great Stuff! 1640 Armacost Ave. Saturday 7/24 9-5 No Early Birds! SM/Armacost SATURDAY 8-1 Tons of Children’s Clothes in MInt condition & much more. 814 23rd Street

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A.C. CONSTRUCTION comA/C CONSTRUCTION mercial & residential remodel. Honest and Reliable. Free estiBeverly Hills/Beverlywood mates. Call (310)278-5380. General Contractor Lic# Fax: (310)271-4790. Residential Remodel & 801884 Fully insured.

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A1 CONSTRUCTION, framing, drywall, electrical. 30 years in this area. Free estimate. (310)475-0497 or (310)4157134.

CONCEPTUAL CARPENTRY

CONCEPTUAL CARPENTRY Custom Woodworking Mouldings • Decks • Windows Doors • Remodeling • Repair • Cabinetry

B.C. HAULING clean-up; all types big truck; hydrolic liftgate -small truck. No Saturdays. (310)714-1838. BEST MOVERS No job too small. 2 men, $50 per hour. Fully insured. We make it No&job tooDiscount small for EZ. Free prep. boxes. handicap & seniors. Since 1975. Lic. T2 MEN, $59 PER HOUR 163844 $30.00 OFFinsured. with thisWe ad make it EZ. Fully (323)263-2378 (800)2GO-BEST Free prep. &orboxes. Discount for handicap & seniors! Since 1975 Lic. T-163844

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GET ORGANIZED! For filing system unpacking from GETset-ups, ORGANIZED! major move, uncluttering closfor filing system set-ups, ets and other home/office paper unpacking fromproblems, a major move, management etc. Hire uncluttering a professional closetsorganizer. and Call Christine Cohen. (310)2744988other home/office paper management problems, etc. Member: National Association of Professional Organizers

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HOME THEATER AND MUSIC: system design,installing and troubleshooting.16 years experience with audio/video systems,satellite,cable,telphone and computer networks. (310)450-6540.

NOTICE TO READERS: California law requires that contractors taking jobs that total $500 or more (labor or materials) be licensed by the Contractors State License Board. State law also requires that contractors include their license number on all advertising. You can check the status of your licensed contractor at www.cslb.ca.gov or 800-321-CSLB. Unlicensed contractors taking jobs that total less than $500 must state in their advertisements that they are not licensed by the Contractors State License Board.

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SANTA MONICA RESIDENTS ...

SANTA MONICA FORD IS THE We are currently the #!1 volume Ford dealership in the U.S.A. *based on a combination of retail and fleet sales and to maintain this distinction we MUST not lose your business.

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It is imperative you contact us before you purchase that next Ford.

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MSRP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$23,205 Santa Monica Ford Savings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,210 Factory Rebate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,000 *Ford Credit Bonus Cash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,000 **College Grad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$400

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2004 Focus ZX3 3-Door

$9,5 95 1 at this cos t

Santa Monica Ford Price . . . . . . . . . . . . $12,595 Factory Rebate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,000

VIN: 125787

CONVENIENTLY LOCATED IN THE HEART OF SANTA MONICA

HAVE WE GOT SERVICE DEALS FOR YOU! Tire Rotation & Brake Inspection $

19.95

Inspect brake friction material, caliper operation, rotors, drums, hoses and connections. Inspect parking brake for damage and proper operation. Rotate and inspect four tires. Dual-rear-wheel vehicle extra. See Service Advisor for details. Must mention this ad at time of write up. Taxes extra. Expires 6/30/04

4-wheel alignment & Tire Inspection $

69.95

Check and adjust camber and toe. Check tread depth and condition all four tires. Additional parts and labor may be required on some vehicles. See Service Advisor for details. Must mention this ad at time of write up. Taxes extra. Expires 6/30/04

10% OFF

SERVICE BILL Bring this coupon to your Service Advisor and receive the above savings applied to your entire service bill, when it does not include services listed on this ad.

Must mention this ad at time of write up. Taxes extra.

Expires 6/30/04

Santa Monica Ford will meet or beat any OEM tire price 10% OFF any body repair over $2500 10% OFF of parts purchased from the parts dept.

2-wheel alignment & Tire Inspection $

39.95

Check and adjust camber and toe. Check tread depth and condition all four tires. Additional parts and labor may be required on some vehicles. See Service Advisor for details. Must mention this ad at time of write up. Taxes extra. Expires 6/30/04

Minor Service for only $39.95 Oil Change & Oil Filter Replacement, Lube Hinges, Latches & Applicable Chassis Parts, Silicone Protection of Window Weather Strips, Check Fluid Levels & Top Off to Factory Specifications, Inspect Cooling System, Hoses & Belts, Check Running Lights for Proper Operation, Check Suspension System, Inspect Exhaust System for Corrosion, Inspect & Rotate Tires, Adjust Pressures, Multi-Point Inspection Report Card Must mention this ad at time of write up. Excludes diesels & HD “E” & “F” series vehicles/OP code PMinor. Expires 6/30/04

If you purchased elsewhere ... you probably paid too much!

SANTA MONICA

1230 Santa Monica Blvd. • 310.451-1588

Santa Monica Daily Press, June 23, 2004  

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

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