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Community shaken by gang-related shootings BY MELODY HANATANI Daily Press Staff Writer

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD A series of shootings

“It’s a land use issue,” Gwartz said. “We have a park ranger out there who advises people to obey, and once they’re told [of the rules], people generally cooperate.” George Winters, a Santa Monica resident, drafted a petition just over a month ago contesting the rationale behind the ordinance and the use of resources to enforce it given vagrancy problems at local parks. “Keeping people out of the median is unjust,” said Winters, who collected 71 signatures as of last Friday. “There are ways to crack down on fitness instructors using the area; to just exclude everyone is wrong.” Mentioned in the petition, which has circulated around the community over the last month, is Christine Reed Park, a spot Winters said has “devolved into a Skid Row by the sea and become an infinitely greater

on the Westside over the weekend that left one person dead and injured three others have re-ignited concerns about gang-related violence. At least two of the three shootings were determined to be gang-related, with the latest occurring Sunday night in the Pico Neighborhood where two 17-year-old males were found wounded. A Santa Monica Police traffic service officer reported hearing gunshots at 5:29 p.m. around Kansas Avenue and Cloverfield Boulevard where authorities found one of the two victims. The second teenager was discovered injured and hiding in an apartment in the 2000 block of Cloverfield Boulevard. The wounds were to the lower extremities for both victims. Investigators believe the suspects fled in a silver vehicle. During their search of the building, officers also found a wanted parolee who had barricaded himself in another room with his girlfriend, both of whom later surrendered. The two were not believed to be connected to the shooting. The building was evacuated for several hours for the investigation, during which time residents were asked to wait at two buildings in Virginia Avenue Park. The American Red Cross of Santa Monica offered canteen services to approximately 50 people, including public safety officials and 30 residents. The residents were allowed back in about 3 a.m., according to Mark Solnick, the chapter’s director of emergency preparedness and response. “A lot of the residents didn’t know what was going on,” Solnick said regarding the shooting. The SMPD also received a report on Friday night of a shot being fired in the 1800 block of 16th Street, though there were no reports of any injuries. The Sunday incident took place less than

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BUSTED: Andrea Crannage stretches on a median near the Fourth Street stairs on Monday morning as park ranger Mike Escobar (right) explains the law prohibiting exercising in the medians. Trainers have been known to hold sessions with clients on the median near the stairs, a safety hazard, city officials said. Some residents are calling for more enforcement while others feel it is a waste of taxpayer dollars.

City cracking down on exercising in medians BY ELIZABETH KENIGSBERG Special to the Daily Press

FOURTH STREET Fitness aficionados from all across Los Angeles head to Santa Monica every day to ascend the dozens upon dozens of stairs at Fourth Street and Adelaide, making the stairs themselves and the surrounding area one of the most popular workout spots in the city. For years, though, residents there and city officials have noticed a proliferation of fitness trainers and others flocking to medians near the stairs to stretch, lift weights and even lead and take part in exercise classes — activities forbidden under an ordinance in effect since 1970. In response to several complaints made by neighbors, the Santa Monica Police Department has recently increased enforcement, stationing park rangers there to issue

warnings and citations, if necessary. “That ordinance has been chronically violated by people in that area, which is why we put officers out there,” SMPD Sgt. Renaldi Thruston said. City Hall has also sent out a survey to residents near the stairs to gauge the impact of exercising there on nearby homeowners. City officials will review the results of the survey on Thursday during a meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. “We have developed a process that will hopefully lead us to a conclusion,” Director of Public Works Lee Swain said of the survey initiative. “We need the community to help us identify solutions that will best address the issues.” Adam Gwartz, the neighborhood resource officer for the surrounding district, has worked closely with residents who are bothered by the violation of the ordinance.

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Stories will be told at Annenberg Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of public discussion in the past.

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CITY HALL When the Annenberg Community Beach House opens next April, it will serve as part recreational facility and part museum. Honoring the site’s rich past as the former home of silent film star Marion Davies, the Community and Cultural Services Department is planning on a number of exhibits and features that will highlight the architectural and historical significance of

415 Pacific Coast Highway. The department is planning on asking the City Council tonight to hire Second Story to institute a series of interpretive programs it has developed over the past few months for the public beach house. The estimated $300,000 contract, which will cover the cost of producing a number of exhibits, is part of a more than $2 million spending package that is expected to be approved at the meeting. The beachside locale was once home to a 110-room mansion developed by the late newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst for Davies, who hosted a number of famous stars, including Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, and Cary Grant. The mansion was sold in 1945 and operated as a hotel until the business failed. The mansion was demolished before the state took over the property in 1959.

The Sand and Sea Club operated at the site for the next 30 years until its lease expired. The site has been largely unused since the Northridge Earthquake when many of the buildings were damaged and condemned. The Annenberg Foundation in 2005 donated $27.5 million to rehabilitate the property. What remains today from the Davies estate are the original guest house and pool. Second Story, which is based in Portland, Ore., was selected earlier this year to come up with a comprehensive interpretive program, which would focus on three elements — the site’s ties to Davies, Hearst and famed architect Julia Morgan; the cultural and physical uniqueness of Santa Monica Beach; and the evolution of the property from private ownership to public accessibility. “The overall vision for the interpretive

approach starts with the understanding that the Annenberg Community Beach House is both a portal into the past and a destination for the present and the future,” the city staff report states. “The focus is on telling the many stories of this unique location and ensuring that visitors are offered experiences that are interactive, multi-dimensional and have the ability to change over time.” The new public beach house, expected to be the first of its kind in the country, will include beach volleyball and tennis courts, an event house, splash pool, and gardens and picnic area. The property will also feature an equipment rentals concession stand and renovated Back on the Beach Cafe. City staff held a community meeting on Saturday when they presented a proposed fee structure for the facilities, charging $10 SEE CONSENT PAGE 13

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I am writing in support of Measure AA, the community college bond measure which will fund building renovation, a new math and science wing, and a new career center at Santa Monica College. The college is a much loved community resource; many residents take advantage of the enormously rich and diverse programs at the college, including writing, literature, languages, the arts, and career advancement courses. In addition, by passing this bond measure we will be able to expand much needed career opportunities for the young people in our community. Given our high quality of life, it is fitting that we have a premier educational institution in our midst.

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It’s election time again, time to decide how to vote. The recent financial meltdown is a friendly reminder that the rich and powerful forces in Washington and the private sector don’t always look out for my best interests. It’s the same way here in Santa Monica. I get the feeling City Council and city staff are stone deaf when it comes to listening to my interests. When everybody west of the Pecos was trying to save the ficus trees Downtown, the City Council answered with chainsaws. I vowed then never to vote for any of them seeking re-election. If I can’t trust the people who claim to represent me to vote to save beautiful shade-giving trees, how can I trust their vote on any issue — like development? The city is very good at conducting focus groups to determine what the public wants when new major construction is planned. I have attended many such workshops. But the reports I hear later from city staff are often a shocking distortion of the conclusions reached at the public meeting. Now I hear that the city has conveniently failed to collect [potentially millions] in developer mitigation fees. What wolves are guarding our hen house? How can I trust the city to approve new construction in a responsible way that represents my interests and those of my neighbors? Measure T is on the ballot only because City Hall hasn’t listened to us. Now the public is taking control, reacting with a step that will limit the amount of new construction for years to come, keeping traffic from getting worse than it already is. No wonder developers near and far are spending big bucks on mass mailings to defeat it. Their money may stuff my mailbox with misinformation but developers only get one vote at the ballot box. And only if they live here. This [Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights] member is voting yes on T and against the deforesting four: Katz, Bloom, Genser or Shriver. I am voting for Ted Winterer and Susan Hartley because I think they’ll listen.

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Barack Obama. I have been consistently impressed by his calm demeanor, and his obvious intellect. I want a president who is smart, educated and level headed. PROPOSITIONS

1a — High Speed Rail Bond I like the idea, but I don’t like bonds because they cost twice what they are borrowing. Supporters of Prop.1a seek $9 billion in funding, which would cost $19 billion with interest costs. This is a long-term, multibillion-dollar project that we cannot afford. Vote No. 2 — Humane Treatment of Farm Animals We eat animals. It’s a sad fact of life. At least two living creatures must die for our bacon cheeseburgers. That doesn’t mean that we should not treat them well during their lives. Confining creatures in small cages is just morally wrong. It might be good business, but as a society we can do better, and we should demand it. Vote Yes. 3 — Children’s Hospital Bond Act. It’s an emotional topic, and the images are heartrending. Sick children are another fact of life and the question becomes, what is our obligation as a society to them. This is another bond measure, it seeks almost $1 billion for hospitals, and will cost us $2 billion to repay. It will serve the poorest of the poor. If we can’t look out for the weakest amongst us, who can we take care of? Vote Yes. 4 — Parental Notification of Abortion If this seems familiar, it is. We’ve seen this twice before and twice rejected it. If a minor is having sex she should have access to a safe abortion. Telling her parents may not always be a good option. I don’t like abortions, but I don’t like the idea of scared girls trying to do it themselves more so. Vote No. 5 — Non-Violent Drug Offenses This proposition changes the funding and sentencing laws for non-violent drug offenses. It lessens the fines that are imposed for simple possession of an ounce of marijuana. I believe that treatment is better for non-violent offenders than incarceration. Vote Yes. 6 — Gang Enhancements The criminal justice establishment wants more money to deal with gangs. They want to increase the penalties for recruitment and for crimes committed as a gang member. I don’t think that we need to incarcerate more people, we need to educate them. Vote No. 7 — Renewable Energy Generation This just levels the playing field between those utilities that are privately held and the publicly held ones, and it speeds the process to new power plants. We need this. Vote Yes. 8 — Elimination of Gay Marriage. This hot topic has nothing to do with educating the school kids or taking away the taxexempt status of churches. It’s all about whether two adults who love each other

should be treated equally by the state. It’s about love and family. Let two people who love each other create their own family. This is another one of those “reverse language deals” you have to vote no, if you believe that everyone should have the right to a committed relationship. Vote No.

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relied on my car to do this errand, considering the poor parking, I’d just have likely let that item become a member of the clutter family that lives in the trunk of my car. How satisfying to now have $15 of found money to take myself to lunch. Next, I went to the YMCA where I refreshed by swimming my laps and a shower. Now I was ready for lunch. I crossed the street to the Main Library on Santa Monica Boulevard to make a book exchange and to lunch on my $15 windfall at the library’s Bookmark Café. It is a treat to enjoy a crispy Chinese chicken salad on the patio that is surrounded by a drought resistant oasis and shaded by a flowing sculpture and umbrellas. The patio is large enough to move your table and chair to your preferred sun or shade. It’s easy to take pleasure lunching here, engaged in your own thoughts or the surroundings. Two mothers visited while their two toddlers chased each other in little circles, squealing in delight. Other patio dwellers tapped on computers, read or talked. There’s no urgency here to hurry or to move on, unless you’re uncomfortable with community atmosphere. Errands done, laps swum and lunch enjoyed, as I leisurely cycled home, I felt more like I’d had a mini holiday. By car, the pursuit of errands would have felt like tasks to conquer rather than as part of a day to enjoy. All it took was a little motivation provided by Congressman Blumenauer and The Goddess of Less Gas Consumption. Thank you to both. I might have only saved an ounce or two of fossil fuel, but I gained a few hours of unhurried pleasure. They made a better woman out of me — at least for one day.

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throughout the U.S., and the Los Angeles Auto Show is now officially the first big auto extravaganza on the national calendar, opening Friday, Nov. 21 and running through Sunday, Nov. 30, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Another show which opens sooner, the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA Show) in Las Vegas, sets the stage for car, truck and motorcycle performance enthusiasts, and amateur and professional racers, with exhibits of new products from about 2,000 of SEMA’s 7,000 member companies around the globe. Over 100,000 people attend every year. The show (admittance to the trade, only) opens next Tuesday, Nov. 4 (election day, so we’re voting early this year and planning to celebrate with Obama enthusiasts in Las Vegas that night and after) and runs though Friday, Nov. 7. Both shows will be bellwethers. We’ll see how much gas prices, environmental considerations and the world financial crisis affects SEMA exhibitors, and, at the L.A. Auto Show, see how the world’s carmakers approach a marketplace with many new considerations. We’ll be attending both and will report on them in this space. The SEMA Show is admittedly, and unabashedly, all about high-performance. This might surprise some readers, but I don’t mind someone spending as much as they like on exciting, powerful and interesting cars and trucks. That’s because the problems with car companies aren’t because of products like Chevrolet’s Corvette, Ferrari’s California, Nissan’s GTR, any of BMW’s M-models, Chryslers with Hemi engines or even the $1.6 million, 1,000 horsepower Bugatti Veyron with its quad-turbocharged DOHC 64-valve W16-cylinder engine (try saying that three times fast). Incidentally, a local Bugatti Veyron owner is “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell; if you see one on the Westside, it’s probably his. All these cars are made in extremely limited numbers and priced too high to ever find a home in the average garage. They are often called “halo cars.” Built to draw buyers into showrooms, they can cast a favorable glow over a carmaker’s entire lineup. The problem cars are the ones sold in huge numbers (over 100,000 annually) which should be providing much better mileage and emissions numbers but don’t. There’s no reason why a company that can engineer and produce a car with all the technology of a 205-mile-per-hour Corvette ZR1 can’t make a family car which gets between 40 and 50 miles per gallon. No reason at all, except for perhaps a general laziness among a company’s top executives and the all-too-automatic tears-andhand-wringing which starts every time the government (on behalf of us) asks carmakers for improvements in safety, recyclability, higher mileage figures, lower emissions and more. Which brings us to the other major problem in the American car-buying market-

place: full-size trucks. Big pickups and SUVs were originally made to be work trucks and were usually found only in huge fleets of vehicles bought by some of the world’s biggest companies. Back in the 1980s, when I was editor of an auto industry magazine, Automotive Fleet, about 25 percent to 30 percent of all car and truck sales in the US were to government and corporate fleets.

THE SEMA SHOW IS ADMITTEDLY, AND UNABASHEDLY, ALL ABOUT HIGH-PERFORMANCE. THIS MIGHT SURPRISE SOME READERS, BUT I DON’T MIND SOMEONE SPENDING AS MUCH AS THEY LIKE ON EXCITING, POWERFUL AND INTERESTING CARS AND TRUCKS. Carmakers worldwide took their “truckin’” cue from Detroit in seeing a unique opportunity in the U.S. market, which existed nowhere else. And that involved shoving V8 engines into full-size trucks and selling them to people who had little reason to own, drive (or park) a truck which weighed as much as 6,000 pounds and had all the handling characteristics of an aircraft carrier. Gas prices have thankfully knockeddown the sales number of big trucks; I only hope those numbers stay down as gas gets a bit cheaper (not surprisingly, OPEC is helping, too, by cutting oil production as prices get too low for even their ongoing and continued comfort). We’ll let you know what we find next week at the SEMA Show, and we’ll probably see many of you at the L.A. Auto Show too. Frankly, I’m hoping we have some great news on recycling, safety, gas-saving and emissions-cutting products to tell you about, as we file some of the first reports on the “Great Automotive Downturn of 2008.” STEVE PARKER has covered the world’s auto industry for over 35 years. He’s a two-time Emmy Award-winner and consultant to the NBCTV show Whipnotic and the show’s companion Web site, www.Whipnotic.com. He created, writes and moderates the only all-automotive blog on The Huffington Post at www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-parker. Contact Steve through his own automotive issues Web site at www.SteveParker.com.


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CoT now Car of Today for foreseeable future Anyone in the Sprint Cup garage still complaining about the Car of Tomorrow and hoping NASCAR is planning big changes for 2009 can forget about it. The CoT is now the Car of Today, and it’s going to stay that way for the foreseeable future. “There is no official statement on changes to the new car, but I can say that no changes are planned,” NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said. “Over the course of the year, the teams have adjusted to the new car and have a much better understanding for how to set it up and drive it than they did back in February. “Making changes at this point would likely cause teams to have to further make adjustments to their adjustments and that’s not productive.” NASCAR’s research and development division began planning and designing the bigger, bulkier CoT shortly after the sport’s biggest star, Dale Earnhardt, died in a crash during the 2001 Daytona 500. It first competed at Bristol in March 2007 and was used in 16 races that season before running all the races this year — a year earlier than originally planned. NASCAR’s stated intention was to build a safer car that also promoted close racing and helped keep team costs under control by requiring fewer different cars for a variety of racetrack configurations. Most of that has been accomplished, but the transition from the old cars hasn’t always been smooth. It’s difficult to find the balance on the CoT during the races, and there have been times when Goodyear has failed to come up with a good tire match for the new car. Add in that the CoT is harder to drive and there has been a lot of dissatisfaction bubbling up in Cup. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has complained about the handling of the CoT at times, said, “The car is definitely still a work in progress. “I think ... the car isn’t a finished product. Whenever they decide to move forward and evolve and let that car change and become a better race car, we will be ready to do that. But until then, we really don’t have a choice in the matter.” Jimmie Johnson, winner of six races and seemingly well on his way to a record-tying third straight Cup title heading into Sunday’s race at Atlanta, got off to a slow start this season as he and crew chief Chad Knaus acknowledged they were having problems figuring the new car out at some tracks. The difficulties surfaced early in the year. Johnson’s team arrived in Las Vegas in March thinking it had a decent setup. He finished 29th after a frustrating day in which the usually consistent Johnson was a nonfactor. The rest of the season was a series of ups and downs for Johnson, who seems to have found the right combination during the 10race Chase for the championship. In August, just before the start of the Chase, Johnson said solving the CoT has been difficult for Knaus, considered one of the top minds in the sport. “It’s been tough for him, and it’s been a huge, huge challenge for him,” Johnson said. “But more importantly the go-to moves that we’ve always had with the old car do not work with the COT. And to kind of retrain

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as a mother, so forgive me for straying from the normal mom musings, but I need to comment. I am proud to say I am voting for Obama. I have even taught my son to say, “Obama!” It’s pretty cute and a bit of an accomplishment because his speech is delayed. My son is in speech therapy as well as occupational and physical therapy as well as attending an early intervention school. This is because he is developmentally delayed, though catching up every day. I mention this because though there are several issues I could discuss while bringing up the election (vote No on Prop. 8), the one that is really getting to me is Sarah Palin, that is Sarah Palin as a mom. Specifically, Sarah Palin as a mother with a child with special needs. Sarah Palin’s son Trig has Down Syndrome. Now, I do not know how she raises her children. I hope she is a good mom. It makes me uncomfortable to actually put down in words in this paper the comments and judgments that I admit I have made about her and her parenting based on very little information. After all, I do not know her. But I have never seen her offer a moment to admit to the struggle of having a child with Down Syndrome. I have not seen emotion in her with this issue. Now, for the record, my child does not have Down Syndrome. I do not know that challenge and I would not pretend to. But Down Syndrome children have low muscle tone, hypotonia, and my son has hypotonia. So many of the therapies are similar. If I saw that she too found having a child with special needs challenging, perhaps it would allow me to understand her and her admirers a little more. Still, I wouldn’t vote for her. Our politics are too different. But perhaps I wouldn’t be scratching my head so much. She has said that special needs families have a friend in her, but I feel no connection to her in this regard. And I don’t know if I really believe her. She spoke recently about what her policy would be regarding children with special needs. She would provide quality education to special needs children, even have the government pay for private school if needed. I was happy to hear her address the issue and to be a part of the story. But it took until a week and a half before the election for me to see this in her. Why so late? I sit in the waiting rooms of all of my son’s appointments. I talk with the other moms, the other dads. We all have a certain look in our eyes. We’re all looking to share our stories with each other. Most of us are at different points, some struggling with acceptance, some calm after years and years, but no matter what, we get it and we listen. Regardless of our politics, I would listen to Sarah Palin if she would talk about it. Now, these are personal issues, she owes me nothing in sharing that part of her life, but she has trotted Trig out. He is out on the road with her. She strolls into Wal-Mart with

him to grab some diapers with the press following her. And all the while I am wondering if they are traveling with an occupational therapist as well as her hairstylist? What sacrifices is she making? Whose needs are being met?

MANY HAVE ASKED WOULD WE BE COMMENTING OR ASKING OURSELVES ABOUT SARAH PALIN’S PARENTING CHOICES IF IT WERE TODD PALIN WHO WERE RUNNING. PERHAPS WE WOULD NOT. BUT SARAH PALIN HAS SPECIFICALLY PUT HER STATUS AS A MOTHER AS ONE OF HER QUALIFICATIONS. Many have asked would we be commenting or asking ourselves about Sarah Palin’s parenting choices if it were Todd Palin who were running. Perhaps we would not. But Sarah Palin has specifically put her status as a mother as one of her qualifications. She’s just a hockey mom, she tells us. Well then, as another mom, just as I would if I saw something in the park I did not like, I am making judgments. And with that judgment I will cast my vote. If she does not become vice president, it will be interesting to see if she continues to speak out for special needs families. As a mother in that club, I hope so. The more voices the better. I guess we’ll see. So, as I approach this election day, I will vote this year as a mother. I have not yet decided whether I will bring my rambunctious two year old with me to vote. I have brought him to vote with me several times before in his stroller. In fact, my “I Voted” sticker from the primaries is still stuck to his wipes container in his room. But the anticipated long lines may not be easy for him. This election year motherhood was part of the conversation. And whether I bring my son or not, when I go to vote, my child and all of his needs, special and otherwise, will be there with me. RACHEL ZIENTS SCHINDERMAN lives in Santa Monica with her family. She teaches writing to moms. To learn more, go to www.mommiebrain.com or e-mail her at Rachel@mommiebrain.com.


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Children’s eye problems often emerge in homework battle BY LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON Your 9-year-old’s eyes hurt during homework? Your teen’s a slow reader plagued with headaches? They may have a common yet often missed vision problem: Eyes that don’t turn together properly to read. As many as one of every 20 students have some degree of what eye doctors call “convergence insufficiency,” or CI, where eye muscles must work harder to focus up-close. And those standard vision screenings administered by schools and pediatricians won’t catch it — they stress distance vision. When symptoms such as eye strain, headaches, double vision or reading problems trigger the right diagnosis, doctors prescribe any of a hodgepodge of exercises designed to strengthen eye coordination. Now a major government study finally offers evidence for the best approach: Eye training performed in a doctor’s office for 12 weeks. The right treatment can make a profound difference, says Adele Andrews of Rydal, Pa., whose son Thomas participated in the study when he was 10 — and improved enough to at last start reading for fun. His mother knew something wasn’t right early on: Reading seemed to require a physical struggle of Thomas that his three older siblings never experienced. “He always wanted to buy books but he wouldn’t read them. He wanted to but it was too hard for him,” she recalls. Then homework began and “I don’t even want to tell you how bad it was,” Andrews adds. “He would get frustrated. He wouldn’t do it. ... I tried bribery, I tried everything. It got to the point where it was just a battle.” Why? To bring print or other close-in work into focus, both eyes must turn slightly inward, or converge. As its name implies, convergence insufficiency means the eyes aren’t doing that properly. Words may appear blurry or double, or disappear as readers lose their place. How much extra effort eye muscles must exert to compensate and bring that image into focus determines whether someone has obvious symptoms and how bad they are. Complaints are rare in very young children because pictures and large type don’t

require as much convergence. Parents tend to start noticing a problem once homework and deeper reading begins. Some people complain only in the teen or college years, perhaps when their workload outpaces their ability to compensate. Others find they can read with one eye closed and do fine. Nor does everyone experience obvious symptoms. How many compensate enough that CI truly doesn’t matter — and how many quietly try to avoid reading? No one knows. Dr. Mitchell Scheiman of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University is suspicious when a child’s “behavior is, ‘I don’t want to read, I don’t like reading, I can’t concentrate.” His advice then: “Just rule it out.” Diagnosis requires seeing an ophthalmologist or optometrist trained to treat children who can measure convergence with some simple tests such as moving a pencil steadily closer to the nose until the person sees double. But which treatment works best: The most commonly prescribed “pencil pushups,” practicing that pencil-to-nose test at home? At-home computer eye games? Or more varied eye exercises, including computer-based ones, performed in a doctor’s office with at-home techniques for reinforcement? A study funded by the National Eye Institute aimed to find out, by randomly assigning 221 9- to 17-year-olds to one of those approaches or to a control group given “dummy” exercises at the doctor’s office. Three months later, nearly three-quarters of the office-treated patients had greatly improved — compared with no more than 43 percent of home-treated patients, Scheiman and colleagues report in this month’s Archives of Ophthalmology. The study will continue tracking patients for a year, to ensure the benefit lasts. At roughly $75 a visit, office treatment is clearly more expensive. Why would it work better? First, they got more intense treatment. The NEI’s Dr. Brian Brooks says a combination of more varied in-office exercises may hold a child’s attention better — along with a doctor acting like a personal trainer, ensuring the youngster does each technique properly and doesn’t slack off.

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Vaccine slashes diarrheal illness in kids BY MARILYNN MARCHIONE Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON A vaccine against rotavirus, the leading cause of diarrhea in infants, has led to a dramatic drop in hospitalization and emergency room visits since it came on the market two years ago, doctors reported Saturday. A bonus: the vaccine seems to be preventing illness even in unvaccinated children by cutting the number of infections in the community that kids can pick up and spread. “We’re a little surprised by the degree of impact given the coverage we’ve achieved,” said Jane Seward of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only about half of young children had received the vaccine and very few had received all three doses when the studies were done. Results were reported Saturday at an infectious diseases conference in Washington. Before the vaccine, more than 200,000 U.S. children were taken to emergency

rooms and more than 55,000 were hospitalized each year with rotavirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea, mostly from January through May. Worldwide, the virus kills 1,600 young children each day. Since Merck & Co.’s Rotateq came out in 2006, hospital visits and stays due to the virus have dropped 80 percent to 100 percent, studies by the CDC and several other groups show. Last winter, rotavirus cases started and peaked two to three months later and were much less extensive than in previous years, CDC scientists report. Hospitals in a network that tracks these cases for the CDC saw more than an 80 percent drop in admissions from them, one study showed. Another study, by Merck, found a 100 percent drop in hospitalizations and ER visits during the 2007 and 2008 rotavirus seasons compared to previous ones. The study was based on a review of health insurance claims for about 61,000 infants and diagnoses by doctors in routine clinical practice.

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nuisance and hazard to the public [than the median].” Winters, who lives near Reed Park, plans to present his petition to the City Council tonight. “The situation in parks doesn’t seem to really be on our councilmembers’ radar,” he said. “But they somehow dedicate law enforcement officers all day and every day to regulate fitness trainers, which is really a misallocation of resources.” Callie Hurd, City Hall’s open space manager, said the median’s purpose is to divide the street, and people have used it as a fitness facility instead. “It was never intended to be a park, it’s simply a public landscape amenity,” Hurd said. “The median … gets the use that it does because of the stairs, which provide excellent free aerobic activity, and people think the area nearby provides a place to finish a workout.” Although Hurd acknowledges that the two sets of stairs off Fourth Street, which are under the City of Los Angeles’ jurisdiction, are great places for physical activity, the median, if misused as an exercise space, could put people in harm’s way. “One of the city’s priorities is to facilitate an active lifestyle, and we would like to encourage all of the citizenry to be active and use our open spaces,” Hurd said. “But we would like that to occur in a safe manner.” Many locals feel their privacy has been violated and their neighborhood has been intruded upon with the influx of trainers and other fitness fanatics using the median as a gym.

“It’s not a park; it’s a median strip,” said Elaine Kaufman. “The professional trainers have ruined it for everyone, and they’re paid while using city property, maybe without licenses and not paying taxes.” Kaufman said when she first moved to the area more than 15 years ago the median and surrounding sidewalks were “a very lightly used space,” but within the last few years several magazines and other publications have featured the stairs, leading to their increased usage, which has spread to the medians. “When I first moved here some people would use the steps, and that would be the end of it,” she said. “I would never see the issues I do now of clothing and trash being left around, or the using of private properties to finish a workout.” Kaufman’s neighbor, Jim Sweeney, believes something must be done to restore order in the neighborhood. “Over the course of time the median has become a park, and there is a sense that our neighborhood is being overrun,” Sweeney said. “[The enforcement and City Hall’s survey] are a culmination of a lot of frustration, and I think it would be a shame at this point if there is any weakening in the ordinance.” Winters’ campaign seeks to do exactly that, reduce enforcement of the ordinance, leading on the premise that citizens have a right to use all public space. “Private citizens have the right to be on that median,” Winters said. “It’s so bizarre that people cannot sit or stand or do push ups on public space.” news@smdp.com


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Ray Solano news@smdp.com Rocky Keever (left), owner of Three Dog Bakery in Santa Monica, gives the award for best costume to Binky, a rescued dog, and his owner, John Forrest, on Sunday at the Howl-O-Ween Parade on the Third Street Promenade. Binky, who cannot use his front legs, served as the horse to the Headless Horseman.

Two teens injured in Sunday’s shooting FROM SHOOTINGS PAGE 1 24 hours after a 25-year-old man was fatally shot in a Mar Vista parking lot after two Hispanic men confronted two victims, asking where they were from, a question traditionally asked to identify gang affiliation. The victims reportedly responded that they were not gang members, whereupon the suspects began shooting, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Guillermo Lopez was struck multiple times and died at the scene. The second victim, a 19-year-old friend of Lopez, was shot in the upper torso and transported to the local hospital where he was listed in critical condition, according to Officer Norma Eisenman, spokeswoman with the LAPD. The first suspect is described as 5’5”, 180 pounds, between the ages of 18-20, and was last seen wearing a gray-hooded sweatshirt and blue pants. The second suspect is described as 5’9”, 150 pounds, around the same age as his accomplice, with dark complexion and also wearing a gray-hooded sweatshirt with black pants. They reportedly fled in a gray, four-door Honda. Investigators have not determined whether the shootings are all related. Oscar de la Torre, the executive director of the Pico Youth and Family Center, which works with at-risk youth, confirmed that the two victims in the Sunday night shooting are students at Santa Monica High School. The incidents follow the murder of 31year-old Adam Pacheco who was fatally shot during the Abbot Kinney Street Festival in Venice last month, which was speculated to be gang-related.

SMPD Chief Tim Jackman said he has deployed more officers in the neighborhood since the weekend shootings and plans to meet with community leaders to determine the cause of the violence. “It doesn’t directly correlate to more enforcement,” Jackman said. “We want more of a visible presence so the community feels safer.” While gang-related shootings have appeared to be low the past few years in Santa Monica, there has been a noticeable increase in graffiti and assaults. The SMPD plans to work with law enforcement authorities in Culver City and Los Angeles. “I think gang conflict goes on all the time,” Jackman said. “The question is if this is something new, or is this continuing drama, a misunderstanding? “We’re trying to make sure we understand and make sure the bad folks end up in jail.” The Pico Youth and Family Center plans to hold a panel discussion reflecting back on gang violence over the past decade as part of its Day of the Dead festivities this Saturday. The event honors the 10 year anniversary of the Vigil for Peace, which was one of the largest demonstrations held in the city, responding to the shootings that occurred in late October and early November 1998 that left four people dead and five others injured. de la Torre said he has been meeting with the family members of the two victims. “Violence comes in cycles, but it’s not surprising considering the unemployment rates are increasing,” he said. “Violence exists where hopelessness runs rampant.” melodyh@smdp.com

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New parking machines expected at beach lots FROM CONSENT PAGE 3 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 children, and $24 for families to use the pool, changing room and splash pool. The fee doesn’t include an optional $5 reservation charge to hold a spot in the pool. The council is expected to hear on the proposed fees and policies at its meeting in December. MORE HISTORICAL CONSULTATION NEEDED

Following a busy few months for the Landmarks Commission and city staff over the complexity of a series of historical designation applications filed this year, more money will be requested for outside help. PCR Services Corp., which has provided historic resources analysis to City Hall since 2002, is expected to get an extra $85,900 in its contract to last the rest of the fiscal year.

The amendment, which will cover services for reviewing pending demolition permit applications, landmark designation requests and design review, will bring the consultant’s total contract to approximately $204,000. The extra money is needed because of the complexity of recent designation applications combined with work that PCR is doing in reviewing tenant improvement projects at City Hall, which is an historic landmark and must comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. The consultant was selected in 2004 out of 11 different firms. A bidding process for an historic resources consultant will be opened again in 2009. NEW PAY MACHINES AT BEACH

Fourteen pay machines that are past their

prime will be replaced with more sophisticated technology at the beach parking lots. The council will be asked to purchase 14 new machines by Digital Payment Technologies for approximately $237,000, swapping them with outdated devices that were purchased in 2000 and believed to have a useful life of five years. There are currently 17 pay machines in the beach parking lots, approximately 14 of which will be replaced. The remaining three are the new SHELBY pay machines that will be installed. “They have the functionality of the current machines, as well as features that will facilitate acceptance of electronic payment including credit cards and/or smart cards,” the city staff report states. The machines could be upgraded in the future to accept the SantaMoniCard, which

is a prepaid debit card valid at parking meters in the city. BUYING FUEL FOR BUSES

The council will be asked to award a roughly $1.4 million, four-year contract to Rosemead Oil Products to purchase motor oil and transmission fluid for the Big Blue Bus and Fleet Management Division. “The motor oil and transmission fluid will be used to perform routine maintenance on the city’s transit coaches and other fleet vehicles and are purchased on an as-needed basis throughout the year,” the city staff report states. “Whenever possible, the city uses re-refined oil in keeping with the city’s Sustainable City Plan.” melodyh@smdp.com

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Bynum’s return makes Lakers the NBA favorites BY JOHN NADEL Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES Andrew Bynum celebrated his 21st birthday Monday, making him of legal age to drink champagne. The Los Angeles Lakers hope to be sharing the bubbly with their man-child center next June. Bynum was the missing ingredient 41⁄2 months ago, when he could only watch and hope as Boston dominated the paint in overwhelming the Lakers 131-92 in Game 6 of the NBA finals, giving the Celtics their first championship in 22 years. Even the presence of MVP Kobe Bryant couldn’t put the Lakers over the top. Bynum is healthy now, and that’s one of several reasons the Lakers look to be the team to beat this season. Coach Phil Jackson has expressed that kind of confidence, saying: “The idea that home-court advantage is an important aspect through the playoffs is something that

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lingers in our mind. We want to put ourselves in position to do better than we did.” The Lakers went 57-25 to win the Western Conference last season, giving them home-court advantage throughout the playoffs until they played the Celtics. So Jackson’s observation means he’s already pointing to the finals, at least in some regard. “That’s like an old wound,” Jackson said regarding the Lakers’ 39-point loss June 17 at Boston. “Maybe we were overmatched.” They were in that game, but with Bynum up front along with fellow 7-footer Pau Gasol, that shouldn’t happen often, assuming the Lakers remain healthy. “We want to close the gap between potential and expectation and what we should be doing, and meet it with what we can do, and what we actually will do,” guard Derek Fisher said. “And we feel capable of being the best team in the NBA from Day 1 to Day 100and-whatever, and on into the playoffs.” That didn’t seem possible a year ago at

this time, when Bryant wanted out and the Lakers began the season on shaky ground. But after a 9-8 start, they took off, winning 48 of their last 65 games. “People had us picked to not make the playoffs last year, and by the time we got together in training camp, we kind of knew something special was going to happen,” forward Lamar Odom said. “We kind of got in our mind that we wanted to be one of the best teams in the league, if not the best team. “We want to put ourselves in position to represent the West again in the championship round. Shoot for the moon, you might hit a star.” Bynum sustained a season-ending knee injury Jan. 13, just as he was establishing himself as one of the NBA’s finest inside players. The Lakers acquired Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies three weeks later to fill the void, and they went from there to win the West and make the finals.

Gasol did an excellent job, but when it came to playing the Celtics, the Lakers lacked the inside bulk at both ends of the court to win a best-of-seven series. Bynum would seem to be a solution to that problem, bringing the necessary rebounding and shot-blocking. If things have changed significantly for Bryant in the past 12 months, the same can be said for Bynum, who was averaging 13.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.06 blocked shots when he was injured. “The biggest difference from last year, you know coming in, you’re going to get minutes,” he said. “Last year, I was probably about the third-string center. That’s a big difference. You just approach it a little different with your mind-set.” Regarding his health, Bynum said: “I feel good, 100 percent.” On paper, the Lakers look better now than at any time in recent years, with talent and depth at every position.


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Girls and Sports

Sudoku

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Fill in the blank cells using numbers 1 to 9. Each number can appear only once in each row, column, and 3x3 block. Use logic and process of elimination to solve the puzzle. The difficulty level ranges from ★ (easiest) to ★★★★★ (hardest).

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GETTING STARTED There are many strategies to solving Sudoku. One way to begin is to examine each 3x3 grid and figure out which numbers are missing. Then, based on the other numbers in the row and column of each blank cell, find which of the missing numbers will work. Eliminating numbers will eventually lead you to the answer.

The Other Coast

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■ Awesome: Police in Dortmund, Germany, arrested six Romanian men in June and charged them with stealing from trucks on the open highway. Allegedly, the thieves would drive their own truck carefully up behind a tractor-trailer at highway speed, and a man on the hood would reach out and open the back of the rig with a bolt cutter. He would climb in and loot the rig of computers and cell phones by passing them out to a partner sitting on the hood of the trailing truck. ■ Almost Awesome: Motorist Michael Mills Jr., 38, who was making a getaway from police in Chesapeake, Va. (who wanted him on identity-theft charges), broke through a drawbridge warning arm and tried to jump ("Dukes of Hazzard"-style) onto the span that was being lowered (but which wouldn't be completely down for another several minutes). He missed, and the car plunged into the Elizabeth River, where it sank (but Mills was rescued and arrested). ■ Men Whose Sex Lives Are Worse Than Yours: (1) Police in Fort Myers, Fla., said Jonathon Guabello, 29, who was angry that his girlfriend had denied him sex when they came home from a bar in October, left the room, shot himself twice in the arm, fell, and hit his head on a kitchen appliance, knocking himself out. (2) In Anderson Township, Ohio, in July, another frustrated lover, angry that his girlfriend kept falling asleep one night during sex, retaliated, according to police, by attempting to set fire to her van. (The 46-year-old man who couldn't sustain his lover's interest is Gregory Smallwood.)

TODAY IN HISTORY the Samuel Beckett play "Krapp's Last Tape" premiered in London. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev informed the United States that he had ordered the dismantling of missile bases in Cuba. President Carter and Republican presidential nominee Ronald Reagan faced off in a nationally broadcast, 90-minute debate in Cleveland.

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