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THE HOMEWORK ISSUE

Calling for a contract extension 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.

BY MELODY HANATANI Daily Press Staff Writer

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HARD AT WORK: Students work on homework at the Teen Center's computer lab at Virginia Avenue Park. After parents expressed concerns about the amount of homework their children receive, school district officials are looking at reforms that could reduce the load.

District reviews homework policy BY MELODY HANATANI Daily Press Staff Writer

SMMUSD HDQTRS While most kids tend to tune out their parents when it comes to homework, perhaps they should pay closer attention. They may just learn that their parents on their side. It seems some parents are concerned that their kids are getting too much homework, which is taking time away from other activities, such as family bonding. Officials with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District are planning on reviewing and possibly revising the current homework policy after hearing concerns from parents and the Health and Safety District Advisory Committee that students receive an inordinate amount of afterschool studies. A new policy is expected to be sent back to the board in the coming weeks. A group of parents addressed the issue at

the Board of Education meeting last Thursday during a discussion about the 19year-old policy, complaining that the heavy workload every night cuts into students’ ability to participate in extracurricular activities and spend time with their families. Leslie Butchko, who has a fourth grader at Roosevelt Elementary and a sixth grader at Lincoln Middle School, said she has noticed her elder child reading less for fun as he spends more time on his homework, opting to watch television after finishing his assignments. “He was a kid who didn’t want to watch TV before because he wanted to read and couldn’t put down his book,” said Butchko, who took interest in the issue last year when her son was still in the fifth grade. The district’s policy currently states that students in grades 1- 5 should be given about 10 minutes of homework per day, per

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grade level, which means that students in the second grade would receive about 20 minutes of assignments every day. Students in middle school receive anywhere from one to two hours of homework, depending on their grade level, and high school students are expected to spend anywhere from two to three hours daily. The policy states that high school students should on average spend 30 minutes per subject every day. Some parents argue the guidelines are not being followed, adding there needs to be communication between teachers when giving assignments to avoid overloading students. The Health and Safety District Advisory Committee has brought up the issue a number of times over the past few years, concerned about the stress level of students.

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CITY HALL The Annenberg Community Beach House may be just six months away from its grand opening but there remains clean-up work for leftover hazardous materials. Construction workers during a recent excavation of the site at 415 Pacific Coast Highway discovered asbestos-encapsulated pipes and soil fill containing the mineral that is often used for insulation. The City Council will be asked tonight to extend Midwest Environmental Control’s contract by $429,000, which would cover the cost of cleaning up the contaminated materials. The contract extension is part of a nearly $3 million spending package that includes street light improvements and new traffic signal controls. The former estate of silent film star Marion Davies is currently in the process of transforming into a public beach house, believed to be the first of its kind in the country. Midwest Environmental Control has spent the past few years providing abatement services of asbestos and other hazardous material, receiving a contract in November 2006 for approximately $747,000. That contract has ballooned since then as more asbestos and lead-containing material were discovered during rehabilitation activities. The contract has been amended numerous times since it was originally signed. If approved, the new contract total would stand at $2.36 million. Another contractor for the project — Smith-Emery Company — is also expected to receive an approximately $54,450 contract extension to perform deputy inspection and materials testing. LET THERE BE LIGHT

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Cops receive DUI grant BY ROB LAWRENCE Special to the Daily Press

IT’S ABOUT THAT TIME

Fabian Lewkowicz Fabian@FabianLewkowicz.com Artists from Scenario, Tom Zimmerman, 45, and Danny Montez, 23, decorate a 25-foot-tall Christmas tree at the Third Street Promenade on Monday, a signal that the holiday shopping season is in full effect. Over the next week Downtown will be transformed to reflect the holiday spirit.

CIVIC CENTER In an effort to reduce the number of people injured and killed in automobile crashes involving alcohol, the Santa Monica Police Department was awarded a $59,500 grant to catch drunk drivers before they’re involved in a collision. Last year alone, there were over 1,867 traffic collisions in Santa Monica, according to the SMPD annual report. The number of drunk driving arrests in 2007 climbed to 414 from 292 in 2006. The funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety was obtained through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Capt. Al Venegas of the SMPD said the grant was direly needed. “With the cooperation of the California Office of Traffic Safety we are able to put additional resources on this very serious problem,” Venegas said. The SMPD plans to create checkpoints and saturation patrols for DUI enforcement, a “hot sheet” program to identify repeat DUI offenders, and to conduct standardized field sobriety training for SMPD officers. The rest of the money will be used to purchase supplies for the sobriety checkpoints and educational materials that inform the general public on traffic safety. “Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills and injures thousands every year in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “This grant will help get drunk drivers off the roadways of Santa Monica, making it safer for everyone.” news@smdp.com

Driving toward a happy holiday for those children in need BY ROB LAWRENCE Special to the Daily Press

DOWNTOWN This year’s economic crises has hit many families hard, leaving parents scrambling to purchase gifts this holiday season. Looking to lend a helping hand, Santa Monica-based Macerich Co., owners of Santa Monica Place, have teamed up with the Bayside District Corp. and the Police

Activities League for “The Best Gift Ever” toy drive, which will kick off this Thursday at the opening ceremony of ICE at Santa Monica. Residents are encouraged to dig deep and donate gifts ranging in price from $10 to $50, with more expensive gifts being auctioned off. Donations will be accepted up until Dec. 16, said Ashley Walkley, marketing manager with Macerich. “[In] today’s tough economic times, fam-

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What’s wrong with this picture? Proposition 2: Frees the chickens. Proposition 8: Clamps down on the humans.

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I thoroughly enjoyed John Blakely’s sense of humor in the campaign for City Council. I am pleased to let him know that he doesn’t have to wait four years to run again. Three more incumbents face re-election in 2010, [Pam] O’Connor, [Bob] Holbrook and [Kevin] McKeown. I do have to warn John that he will need at least $100,000 to guarantee victory and then he may be able to take away Holbrook’s seat, especially if he can get the endorsement of [Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights] and the city employees (by agreeing to deliver their pay raises and other perks). That would be so wrong, however, and there are other candidates who have been part of SMRR network for a lot longer. Sorry, my friend, but that is the reality of machine politics, unless you happen to be a member of a political dynasty. Since you are an actor, that could work, too, if you become famous. Nov. 6’s editorial in the SMDP says it’s just politics, and not personal, but it is personal for those few who dare to rage against the machine. We may only be a vocal minority, but there are many informed voters [who] are also not happy with the way our city is run. I have run for council nine times, now, because of how our representative government refuses to put residents before special interests. I am frustrated at how inefficiently our city is run, and how the council disburses our enormous tax base. We have over half-a-billion dollars in revenues for a city of about 86,000, located in approximately 8.6 square miles. Much of those taxes are soaked up by administrative and bureaucratic waste. Santa Monica would be a utopia if that budget was put to good use, like hiring able-bodied homeless to clean up this city, instead of feeding them, or reducing traffic by making the Big Blue Bus free for everyone, instead of just for students. Santa Monica College no longer serve just the community and the airport never has. The council plans to implement Wi-Fi throughout the city and charge for access, when it could provide it free and link it to moderated public forums on the city website. That won’t happen because our city officials are not about to give the citizens of this city a voice in determining policy. Perhaps in two more years this city will be ready for change, and socialism will no longer be a dirty word. I also will be back, for a 10th run, but I don’t guarantee I will win.

Jon Mann Santa Monica

Putting them on notice Editor:

As a result of SMC Measure AA being passed, with no exemption for seniors, I am stopping all of our annual usual contributions to any other “charity,” including “breast cancer” requests at Vons, where I tell them after Measure AA passed I have stopped contributing to any other charities, including homeless, fire and police departments. Let’s put some burden on SMRR supporting SMC greedy tax, and state Sen. [Sheila] Kuehl, and let Santa Monica know of our actions.

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to my reduce gas consumption and to avoid traffic by not using my car at least one day per week. By doing errands on my bicycle and working in my home office, it is pleasant and easy to do. It can also limit my cultural horizons and cause me to stay AWOL: Always West of Lincoln. Seeking a car-less adventure, I decided to be one of the 400,000 viewers of the Gay Pride Parade in West Hollywood. The MTA and Big Blue Bus Web sites informed me that I could reach the parade route in 45-55 minutes. I packed a bag with my expedition supplies and walked to the corner of San Vicente and Seventh Street to get the No. 4 Big Blue Bus. As I waited I began to get anxious as public transportation can make me feel unsure of myself. Even in public-transportationrich Europe where I traveled with my publictransport-savvy Australian niece, I became nervous despite the well-organized bus system in neat and tidy Vienna. My niece said, “Carol, it’s just the bus, why are you nervous?” Henceforth, she was in charge of public transportation. I drove the rental car on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, otherwise known as Italy. I reviewed my mental checklist for the world outside my car bubble. Is my bus fare easily accessible? Is my wallet zipped safely inside my purse? Will my sturdy sandals be comfortable for walking? Will I miss the parade? None of these feelings would have occurred to me if I were tucked in my car headed toward the parade route. Along came the bus and the nice female driver smiled while I paid my fare and got a transfer. The bus whirred effortlessly up pretty San Vicente while I noticed homes and landscaping that I would not have seen were I driving. At Sawtelle and Santa Monica, I stepped off the bus just as a Spanish-speaking family of four boarded with an array of large and brightly wrapped birthday gifts. My anxiety surfaced again. I considered getting on the next bus back to Santa Monica where I could be in the known territory of the Third Street Promenade in 20 minutes. Yet, I pressed eastward. With my transfer I boarded an MTA bus at the corner of Sepulveda and Santa Monica. We glided through Century City and into Beverly Hills where Jacaranda trees were explosive in their purple-blue. The bus detoured down Beverly, where I got off with other parade goers. I realized that I had never walked by the Pacific Design Center to appreciate its large blue angular architecture. With the moniker “the Blue Whale” I had always thought of it as more round than angular. When I arrived at the parade, it was in full throttle, but that is another story. When the parade was winding down, I

walked back down Robertson for my return trip. How pleasant it was to walk on this section which, during the week is a flurry of cars and people-at-work. In post-parade leisure, and still blocked to cars, I enjoyed the sleek and charming architecture, the snazzy design studios featuring everything from chrome and plastic furniture to handsome Chinese design to gnome side tables. I realized that I’ve wandered in dozens of foreign cities enjoying the local color, but rarely meandered in my own city. As a relief to my now unhappy feet, I sat on some brick steps of a closed business, surrounded by potted flowers and relaxed as other parade goers drifted by.

SEEKING A CAR-LESS ADVENTURE, I DECIDED TO BE ONE OF THE 400,000 VIEWERS OF THE GAY PRIDE PARADE IN WEST HOLLYWOOD.

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Facing return travel was easy. I knew what to do and the bus drivers seemed willing to help. At Cañon and Santa Monica, awaiting the MTA No. 704, I sat on the grass and admired the Beverly Hills City Hall, one of my favorite examples of California/Mediterranean architecture. A man wearing a pink and orange tiedyed shirt and matching sunglasses (yes, they matched) and dragging a big suitcase, soon trudged up to the stop. “You look tired,” I said. He replied, “I feel like I’ve been hit all day with a marshmallow.” He had just finished his work day at the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market where he whips up balloon creations for children. Aboard the bus, all the way to Santa Monica, Jack Gold told me his story of becoming a balloon artist and the inside scoop of the life of a street entertainer At 4:20 p.m. I walked in my front door feeling proud of my adventure, and the fact that it cost only a few dollars. Perhaps it takes gas to be $4.48 per gallon to makes us emerge from our comfortable bubbles and to experience the world differently. CAROL HASTINGS is a corporate training professional and human resources consultant. Her company, Corte Hispana, provides translations to Spanish of human resources-related documents and she trains in English and Spanish. Every day she appreciates living in Santa Monica, especially when riding her bike. She can be reached at hastings.carol@gmail.com

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old-time mandate, President-elect Barack Obama, in his first press conference since the election, said, “The auto industry is the backbone of American manufacturing and a critical part of our attempt to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. I would like to see the administration do everything they can to accelerate the retooling assistance that Congress has already enacted.” But many observers think that grave damage has already been done to the Detroit Three, and that the $25 billion in direct government loans already approved and starting to trickle into GM, Ford and Chrysler will be too little, too late. Several analysts have said that if even one of the Detroit Three files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, when a company dissolves, rather than Chapter 11, which allows a company to stay in business while it reorganizes, more than two million Americans will lose their jobs. Last week, we spent time at the annual automotive high-performance orgy known as the SEMA Show. Founded in 1963, the Specialty Equipment Market Association is a lobbying group and professional organization made up of some 7,000 companies worldwide, which manufacture performance and appearance products for a near $40 billion automotive after-market: consumers wanting to personalize their cars and trucks. Their annual exhibition in Las Vegas draws about 100,000 participants from around the globe, including those from product manufacturers, buyers ranging from teams working for giant chains like Wal-Mart to a single person from a local hot rod shop, members of the enthusiast and general-interest media and the car-makers themselves. Many of the people and companies

we saw at SEMA last week may very well be out of a job or out of business by next year’s show. And those on the losing side could range from a closed two-person aluminum wheel repair company run out of a garage to General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. To its credit, SEMA did try to create some excitement for green products, services and marketing approaches. One exhibit showcased companies active in the development, deployment and marketing of green technologies, while SEMA tried to prove that being environmentally friendly can also be cool. They’ve also begun a new program, partnering with the Auto Club of Southern California, called the Fuel Economy Challenge. SEMA member companies can submit powertrain products for testing to determine their effect on fuel economy. A good outcome of this challenge will be realworld results to help consumers save some of the hundreds of millions of dollars wasted every year on gimmicks and gadgets sold by companies with just one target: Americans’ wallets. While many SEMA member companies make and sell appearance products, from expandable plastic car covers to paints, waxes and cleansers and all the tools to apply them, the membership is firmly rooted in high-performance. These are companies which design, manufacture and sell turbochargers and superchargers, replacement aluminum cylinder heads offering car owners more horsepower, nitrous oxide systems (not the kind used at your dentist, but the kind to add 100or-more instant horsepower), “slick” racing tires, gasoline high-octane additives and hundreds more. To these companies, the majority of SEMA’s membership, all green means is the cash needed to make a car or truck go faster.

A few companies at SEMA did seem to “get it.” One, Snow Performance of Woodland, Colo., takes their existing products, water/methanol injection systems which cool gasoline and diesel engines to produce more power, and is re-marketing them to green buyers. How? The technology can also increase fuel economy and reduce emissions. Powertrain Integration of Sterling Heights, Mich., specializes in small runs of engines and transmissions (from one to several thousand) built to different specifications than those built by the car maker. For example, taxi companies using GM-produced engines and transmissions will hire Powertrain Integration to modify engines to run on natural gas rather than gasoline and modify transmissions with gearing allowing for more miles-per-gallon. With support from the presidentelect and his obvious determination to see an American car-building culture survive and prosper, perhaps SEMA and its members, while rolling with the economy’s ups and downs, will see high-performance and green combined into all-new products which allow everyone to have the car and truck of their dreams, while protecting the environment and keeping “fun” a powerful part of that industry. Steve Park er has covered the world’s auto Parker industry for over 35 years. He’s a two-time Emmy Award-winner who reported on cars for almost a decade at both KTLA/TV5 and KCBS/TV2. He is a consultant to the NBC-TV show Whipnotic and the show’s companion website, 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.

ABC’s decision to leave race puzzles NASCAR BY JENNA FRYER Associated Press Writer

CHARLOTTE It’s been 30 years since a NASCAR driver won three straight championships. Yet, as Jimmie Johnson closed in on the mark, ABC cut away. What could have been so important to force viewers in the Eastern and Central time zones to flip over to ESPN2 for the conclusion of Johnson’s romp at Phoenix International Raceway? A new episode of “Desperate Housewives” might have been acceptable. No such luck, though. ABC ditched its NASCAR coverage for “America’s Funniest Home Videos” with 34 laps left in Sunday’s race. That’s right, Johnson’s seventh win of the season was interrupted by cats running into walls, dancing brides falling and children inflicting unintentional pain on adults. “I knew we were in trouble when I looked at the monitor and saw a monkey scratching its butt,” one team member said after Johnson’s victory. Yep, the network that promised to broadcast the final 10 races of the season on ABC as part of its estimated $270 million a year contract dumped the closing laps of a championship Chase race for home video hijinks. Nice “partner,” NASCAR. In fairness to the network, the race did run exceptionally long because of two red-flag stoppages (one for rain, one for an accident) that totaled nearly 45 minutes. And it is November sweeps, when networks aim for high ratings to set their advertising rates. And unlike the infamous “Heidi Game” when NBC abruptly cut away from a 1968 telecast between the New York Jets at the Oakland Raiders, the NASCAR broadcasting team gave ample notice that coverage was moving to ESPN2. Any justification did little to soothe the NASCAR community, which suddenly felt like a second-class citizen at the height of its season. “It doesn’t say very much,” winning car owner Rick Hendrick said. The drivers seemed incredulous. “I can’t imagine being a race fan and being on the East Coast and trying to watch this, and then going to that,” third-place finisher Jamie McMurray said. “Obviously, if the president was going to talk, or maybe if something big had happened. But I can’t imagine ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ would take priority over us. I mean, I like that show, but I’d rather watch the race, you know?” ABC defended its decision, noting the two red-flag periods pushed the broadcast into its prime-time lineup and partner ESPN gave the network a viable alternative. “ABC’s entertainment viewers and NASCAR fans were both well served in a tough spot, and we are fortunate to have ESPN2 among our networks to serve the fans,” said George McNeilly, ESPN’s senior director of corporate and consumer communications. Of course, the switch didn’t have the same consequences as NBC’s gaffe 40 years ago. That network left the football game with 65 seconds to go when it unexpectedly switched to “Heidi” and only viewers in the Pacific time zone saw the Raiders’ 14-point frantic comeback. But ABC’s swap still had ramifications, particularly the perception of how it views NASCAR. Remember, this wasn’t a meaningless June race at Pocono. This was the next-to-last race of a grueling season, and if challenger Carl Edwards had any sort of problem in the closing laps, Johnson could have become the first driver since Cale Yarborough (1976-78) to win three straight titles. There’s no sense of relief because it didn’t happen — Johnson basically needs only to show up at Sunday’s finale to win it — but it begs the question: Had it been an NFL game or, really, any late-season contest from the traditional sports leagues would ABC have dared turn away? There’s also this to consider: A ridiculously late start time meant the command to start the engines wasn’t even made until 3:52 p.m. EST. But it’s not NASCAR’s fault the race ran long, and ABC didn’t slot enough time for such circumstances even though it makes plenty of accommodations for a prerace show. The NFL’s television partners, in part because of the angry reaction to the “Heidi” fiasco, now force all networks to show games to conclusion in the teams’ markets. NASCAR obviously doesn’t have such a provision, but still deserves some courtesy from one of its partners.


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Parents looking to decrease homework load for students “It reflects the stress teachers feel in being graded by students’ test scores,” Bill McCarthy, the former chair and current community member on the committee, said. “Unfortunately it’s a misleading assumption that if you pile on more homework, that students do better on standardized tests.” McCarthy added that several studies on the topic show that an upwards of 12 hours of homework a week for high school students is acceptable, but anything beyond could lead to declining scores on standardized tests. The committee has also expressed concerns that there is not uniformity in the amount of homework for students taking the same courses but in different sections. Such was the case in Malibu High School, McCarthy said. “Homework for the same course taught by different teachers could be widely different,” he said. “In one class you might have no homework at all and in another have several hours (of work).” Oscar de la Torre, the school board president, mentioned that there is also the socioeconomic inequality that could exist in homework where some parents are able to afford tutors while others struggle to help their children because of a lack of education. He added that there needs to be a change in mindset toward homework, perhaps calling it “home learning.” “The ultimate goal of the board is to strike a balance,” he said. One solution to the homework issue

organizers will accept. In the past they have received large cash donations and used that money to purchase bicycles, which they raffled off so that every kid has a chance to win the more expensive items. If people don’t have time to run out to the shopping mall, the organizers do appreciate cash or check donations. Those checks can be made out to the Police Activities League, and mailed to PAL, 1401 Olympic Boulevard. Write “The Best Gift Ever” toy drive in the memo section of the check. All donations are tax deductible, Walkley said. Organizers would like people to stay away from donating clothes or other items that

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Council to donate scooter to Samohi FROM CONSENT PAGE 1 and improved outdoor lighting. C.T. & F. has been selected to upgrade a series of street light infrastructures citywide, replacing old electrical circuits and replacing them with more reliable and efficient circuits and fixtures. The estimated $1.24 million project, which will cover parts of Sunset Park and the neighborhood north of Montana Avenue, is part of an ongoing effort by City Hall to improve existing street lights. “Replacement of the existing high voltage street light systems will provide a safer, energy efficient system that will reduce operation and maintenance costs and improve performance and reliability,” the city staff report stated. Along with the hefty street lighting contract, the council is also expected to purchase 86 traffic signal controllers from Siemens TS for approximately $151,000. The controllers will be used in the third phase of the Advanced Traffic Management System Project, which aims to improve signals citywide. The third phase of the project focuses on a Transit Priority System, which will cover the major boulevards — Wilshire, Santa Monica, Pico and Lincoln — and include new technology that would reduce delays on the Big Blue Bus and Metro Rapid lines.

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While City Hall considers a comprehensive policy for contracting outside services, the council will in the meantime be asked to extend a month-to-month cleaning contract with L.A. Cha Maintenance Co. to clean up the Public Safety Facility. The current contract with the cleaning company is expected to expire on Nov. 30. The extension will guarantee service through the end of September 2009. The total contract is not expected to exceed $200,000. The council will also be asked to donate a used interceptor traffic scooter to the Santa Monica High School baseball team and Athletic Department, which will connect a field rake to the vehicle and use it to comb out holes and rocks. If auctioned, the scooter is estimated to be sold for $900,000. “The city of Santa Monica regularly rotates the oldest, high mileage vehicles out of the fleet when they are no longer economical to maintain due to the cost and frequency of repairs,” the city staff report stated. melodyh@smdp.com

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★★★★★ Your instincts play a strong role in what goes on. You need to deal with an associate you trust. Work with his or her ideas. Be careful with finances; understand the potential. Tonight: Stop and indulge in a treat.

★★★★★ How you deal with someone defines a situation. If you can, make a decision that incorporates others’ ideas. Listen to your inner voice with a close partner. Your caring makes someone brighten up. Tonight: Be a duo.

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★★★ Your energy level builds in the p.m. You feel revitalized and as if you can deal with anything. Use this optimism. Seek out new ideas. Return calls; schedule meetings. A proposal that involves travel or education could work. Tonight: As you like.

★★★★ Dive into work full steam ahead. Stay anchored, and you’ll quickly accomplish a lot. Your solid approach helps you realize a longterm desire. Investigate what a friend comes up with. This person can be quite somber at times. Tonight: Listen to your inner voice.

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★★★★ Move quickly in the daytime, as toward the evening you will want more privacy or to pull back. Your sense of humor comes out when dealing with others during the day. A meeting proves to be unusually successful. Tonight: Shhh — you don’t have to tell all.

★★★★ Use your unusual imagination to handle what could be a difficult situation. You could be delighted by the outcome. Funnel afternoon energy into completing chores and accomplishing everything that you can. Tonight: Put your feet up.

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★★★ Anchor in and accomplish as much as possible. Others might not agree with you, but listen as much as you can. A brainstorming situation is remarkable. It could solidify your plans. Tonight: Act on a naughty idea.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) ★★★★★ Reach out for someone you care about. If you walk in this person’s shoes, you will see life much differently. Move through a financial matter with care. Others will look to better and more positive changes. Tonight: Out or working late.

★★★★★ Your ability to move a central idea forward earmarks your success. Keep communication open; you could be delighted by what comes up. Your priorities change midafternoon. Don’t fight the change, even if you hadn’t planned on it. Tonight: Happy at home.

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★★★★ Though your checkbook says one thing, your intuition tells you another. Before you act on this changing situation, verify and get more facts. An afternoon discussion could be quite illuminating. Tonight: Catch up on another’s news.

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Your fiery spirit emerges once more this year, allowing you to be a real go-getter. You will have the extra oomph to be first across the finish line. Creativity emerges, especially if you work with friends and other special people in your life. Always be open to a brainstorming opportunity. Many very different people will contribute much to your life, if you let them. If you are single, romance will knock on your door. You have quite a few potential sweeties. If you are attached, let your significant other play a bigger role. Be willing to do more juggling. Accept the fact that “being right” is about ego, nothing more. TAURUS can challenge you a little too much!

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TODAY IN HISTORY fighting in World War I came to an end with the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany. the remains of an unidentified American service member were interred in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in a ceremony presided over by President Harding. Gemini 12 blasted off from Cape Kennedy, Fla., with astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. aboard. President Reagan became the first U.S. chief executive to address the Diet, Japan’s national legislature.

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THIRD STREET PROMENADE. Office in tranquil, architecturally designed six-office suite. Brick, exposed redwood ceiling, original artwork. Must see to appreciate. Excellent location on the Third Street Promenade. Perfect for a professional. 11'X11'.use of waiting room and kitchen. Monthly parking pass available.Steve (310)395-2828 X333

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PRIME SANTA MONICA rent ready 522 San Vicente Blvd $2500 mint condition, 2 large bedroom, fireplace, hardwood floors, large balcony no pets Francis Drooz (310)479-1012

Santa Monica/ West LA $1395.00 & up 1Bdrm, 2Bdrms W/ Lofts . See manager at 2535 Kansas Ave. #101 for list of vacancies

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Santa Monica/ West LA $1295.00 & up 1Bdrm, 2Bdrms W/ Lofts . See manager at 1935 Cloverfield blvd. #19 for list of vacancies

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VENICE 10 Unit Apt. Bldg.2 blks. from beach $4,125,000.00 Must Sell! Agent: Alex 310-273-1975

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CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING CONDITIONS: REGULAR RATE: $5.50 a day. Ads over 15 words add 20¢ per word per day. Ad must run a minimum of twelve consecutive days. PREMIUMS: First two words caps no charge. Bold words, italics, centered lines, etc. cost extra. Please call for rates. TYPOS: Check your ad the first day of publication. Sorry, we do not issue credit after an ad has run more than once. DEADLINES: 3:00 p.m. prior the day of publication except for Monday’s paper when the deadline is Friday at 2:30 p.m. PAYMENT: All private party ads must be pre-paid. We accept checks, credit cards, and of course cash. CORRESPONDENCE: To place your ad call our offices 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, (310) 458-7737; send a check or money order with ad copy to The Santa Monica Daily Press, P.O. Box 1380, Santa Monica, CA 90406 or stop in at our office located at 410 Broadway, Suite B, Santa Monica. OTHER RATES: For information about the professional services directory or classified display ads, please call our office at (310) 458-7737.

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Lost & Found LOST LARGE MALE POMERANIAN

Lost 12 pound male pomeranian, cut to resemble a small lion. Austin" aka "The Flyin' Lion", orange/ blonde. Wears a black harness. Skateboards on Venice Beach Boardwalk with my son, Johnny. Believed picked up in the parking lot behind Venice Beach Fellowship between California and Milton on Lincoln Blvd in Venice. Please call 310-403-9448 or 310-450-6052

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Notices SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department Suffolk Division Docket No. 08d0254 Loraine Toorie, Plaintiff(s) v. Dante Hamoon Samimi, Defendant(s) To the above named Defendant(s): A Complaint has been presented to this Court by the Plaintiff(s), Loraine Toorie, seeking a Complaint for Divorce Pursuant to Supplemental Probate Court Rule 41 1, an Automatic Restraining Order has been entered against the above named parties, and that the said defendant cannot be found within the Commonwealth and that his/her present whereabouts are unknown: that personal service on said defendant is therefore not practicable, and that said defendant has not voluntarily appeared in this action. You are required to serve upon ___ - plaintiff(s) – attorney for plaintiff(s) – whose address is ___, your answer on or before February 12, 2009. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer in the office of the Register of this Court at Boston. Witness, John M. Smoot, Esquire, First Justice of said Court at Boston, this 27th day of October, 2008. To be published in Santa Monica Daily Press 11/11/2008, 11/18/2008, 11/25/2008

DBAS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAMES STATEMENT FILE NO. 20081797095 FIRST FILING. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as SABAL EXPERT CONSULTING, 855 W. EL REPETTO DR. #D-64 MONTEREY PARK, CA 91754. The full name of registrant(s) is/are : DALIA SABALIAUSKAS 855 W. EL REPETTO DR. #D-64 MONTEREY PARK, CA 91754 This Business is being conducted by, an individual. Signed: Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious name or names listed herein.. /s/: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of LOS ANGELES County on 10/7/08. NOTICE: THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED PRIOR TO THAT DATE. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name statement in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411et seq.,Business and Professions Code). SANTA MONICA DAILY PRESS to publish 10/21/2008, 10/28/2008, 11/4/2008, 11/11/2008

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Santa Monica Daily Press, November 11, 2008  

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