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School district facing mid-year budget cuts BY MELODY HANATANI Daily Press Staff Writer

SMMUSD HDQTRS Budget problems brewing in the state capitol could have the local school district deep in the red within a few years. A series of different scenarios were outlined in the first interim budget report that the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District recently submitted to the Los Angeles County Office of Education, including a worst case projection showing a $9 million deficit in the 2011-12 academic year. The district also faces anywhere from $3 million to $9 million in mid-year cuts this year but won’t be sure of the damage until officials in Sacramento reach a resolution. “Every day we hear something else,” the district’s Chief Financial Officer Jan Maez said. “There is a lot of uncertainty.” The report basically shows a best-of-theworst and worst-of-the-worst case scenarios, both of which assume the expenditures remain the same as they are today, with the exception of some staffing ratio changes because of declining enrollment. The better of the two projections assume there is no cost of living adjustment in the state’s allocation to the district next year, with a 3.5 percent increase in 2010-11. The scenario projects that the district, which is required to maintain 3 percent of its budget in reserves, would be about $4 million in the red by 2011-12. The worst-case-scenario assumes there are no cost of living adjustments for the next two years, resulting in a negative cash flow of approximately $9 million in 201112. “Our goal would be to make reductions and to eliminate that deficit spending and as we eliminate that deficit spending, we bring ourselves out of the problem with that $9 million,” Maez said about how the district could react if the worst-case scenario came true. While other districts have responded to the possibility of budget cuts by imposing spending freezes, Maez has suggested that the SMMUSD not react as drastically, rather looking at expenditures on a case-by-case basis.

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AIRPORT COURTHOUSE A former Lincoln Middle School teacher will spend the next 14 years in prison after pleading guilty on Monday to multiple counts of sexual molestation involving nine female students dating back to 2000. Thomas Arthur Beltran, 61, sat quietly in his orange jumpsuit and stared straight ahead as Deputy District Attorney Robin Sax Katzenstein read all 10 counts one by one, Beltran only responding when she asked how the defendant would plea. The 30-year-veteran of the Santa MonicaMalibu Unified School District was arrested in May after a 12-year-old student came forward to investigators that she had been sexually abused. Beltran spent the past two decades teaching English as a Second Language at Lincoln. Facing life in prison, he entered the guilty plea shortly before the preliminary hearing was scheduled to commence. The sentence by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Hollingsworth comes without the possibility of parole. “He hopes this brings closure to the situation,” defense attorney Robert Berke said. “It’s a regrettable situation.” The 10 counts involve nine female victims, and include seven counts of continuous sexual abuse, two counts of lewd act on a child and one count of sexual penetration of a foreign object on a child under 14. Beltran also admitted to sexually assaulting two other students who were not included in the criminal complaint because the crimes took place outside the statute of limitations, according to the prosecutor. SEE BELTRAN PAGE 8

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Commit to a safer commute BY ROB LAWRENCE Special to the Daily Press

CITYWIDE A New Year’s resolution often involves losing weight or making more money, but a better resolution may be driving safer. A good time to begin that resolution would be on New Year’s Eve because the Santa Monica Police Department will be out in force in the 2600 block of Main Street looking for drunk drivers passing through a sobriety checkpoint. “New Year’s Eve has always been a night of concern when it comes to intoxication,” said SMPD Lt. Kathy Keane. “We realize it is a celebratory night and people tend to drink more than usual. That was really the reason behind [the checkpoint].” Around 20 SMPD officers will be looking for red and watery eyes and sniffing for the scent of alcohol on drivers. Their checks will be random and Keane said they will be pulling over about every fifth car to check for intoxication. Those thinking about celebrating on New Year’s Eve with copious amounts of alcohol should make the necessary arrangements so they don’t wake up New Year’s Day in a jail

cell, said Dave Rosenberg, a local agent for State Farm Insurance. “I would tell [drinkers] what I tell my kids when placed in those situations,” Rosenberg said. “Certainly the penalties are immense in today’s times. If you’re going to drink either take a taxi or designate a driver, and don’t think twice about it.” Getting caught driving drunk at the SMPD checkpoint would probably not be the best way to end the year, but if that happens there are plenty of tips that can educate people on how to be a better driver next year. Keane pointed out some of the obvious safe driving techniques: Don’t drink and drive, (because of stormy weather) slow down, and be vigilant about pedestrian safety. Rosenberg rated the city of Santa Monica (on a scale of one to 10) a seven in terms of safe drivers. He had to sympathize with Santa Monica because of its high density, which he said “lends itself to problems.” “People are generally courteous,” Rosenberg said. “It’s much better than other parts of the city. I think we’re pretty courteous here.” SEE DRIVING PAGE 9

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Come on and take a free ride L.A. Metro will offer a special Holiday Free Fare Program for all Metro bus and rail lines operating on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The free fare program, approved by Metro’s Board of Directors, will be in effect between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. only on the nights and early morning hours of Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1. Patrons boarding a Metro bus, including the Metro Orange Line or the Metro Red, Purple, Blue, Green or Gold rail lines during the hours designated will receive a free ride to their destination. The free rides are being offered during this period to promote safety during the holiday season. Metro is an option for people attending holiday parties so they don’t drink and drive. Metro’s fleet of more than 2,200 buses, the Metro Orange Line, a dedicated bus transitway in the San Fernando Valley, and Metro rail lines offer patrons alternatives to driving solo in their vehicles with travel opportunities throughout the region. The Metro Purple Line operates from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to Wilshire/Western and the Metro Red Line from Union Station to North Hollywood in the San Fernando Valley. The Metro Blue Line operates from Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles; the Metro Green Line runs between Norwalk and El Segundo, and the Metro Gold Line operates between Union Station and Pasadena. For complete route and schedule information patrons can call (800)-COMMUTE or visit Metro’s Web site and access the Metro Trip Planner at www.metro.net. DP

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As bicycling continues to grow in Santa Monica both for pleasure and in light of the coming of hard times, I came across this interesting observation by Russian Dmitry Orlov, from the recent Community Solutions Conference, in Michigan. “If we know what’s coming, we can start ignoring the things that we will not be able to rely on. If we do enough of this, we may find ourselves in a different world, quite possibly a better one, rather quickly. Here is a personal example. “Some years ago, I decided to give up the car, finding it quite impractical, and started bicycling instead. It wasn’t that easy at first, but once I got used to it, a strange thing happened to my perception: I started seeing cars quite differently. “On the way to work in the morning, I would ride along a stretch of highway, which was always packed with cars. When you are driver, you see it as normal, because you are part of this herd of mechanized insects. But what I saw was sheet metal boxes with people imprisoned inside them, strapped down to a chair inside a tiny padded cell, and most of these poor crazies were just pictures of misery: an angry, desperate, lonely mob, condemned to move about in circles. “And then I would happily pedal away, through a park and around a pond, and leave that horrible, dying world behind,” he said. Perhaps his experience reflects a bright side to the apparent demise of the American auto industry.

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I have to agree with Aric Leavitt. I didn’t read David Pisarra’s column so I can’t comment on that, but as far as Ron Lowe is concerned, I can. The Letters to the Editor column should be for comments from residents of Southern California or for visitors who have recently visited the area and wish to comment on their visit. Ron Lowe is just a political hack for the Democratic Party, from Northern California. You notice he almost never talks about Santa Monica but only about his gripes with President Bush or the GOP.

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Right to refuse could be dangerous Editor:

Bush’s “Right to Refuse Health Care on the Basis of Conscience” can hurt a lot of other people besides those wanting abortions. What if a doctor is morally against the use of alcohol or drugs? Will that medical professional have the option to choose to refuse medical attention in time of need? What if there is alcohol on the breath of a pedestrian who is hit in a crosswalk by a vehicle? Might that victim be refused medical care? Where does it stop?

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New Year’s eve, we’re in the middle of Hannukah, and Kwanzaa is coming right up. The holidays are times of gatherings and reflection. This year as we go through the events of the day, I’d like to invite you to find a piece of yourself in everyone you come across. This is not an easy task some days. I’ve had a particularly hard time of it lately. My anger and resentment towards organized religion has been venting itself in many ways, most of which are unpopular with those of proclaimed faith. My inbox was filled this year with religious zealots who are sure they know what is best for everyone else. I find that annoying. Someone offered to put me on a “prayer roll.” I took offense at the notion that I needed to be prayed for by people who want to relegate me to second-class status because of my sexuality. That pretty much terminated our conversation, because he couldn’t see why that would be offensive to me. Much in the same manner as many Jewish people don’t want to be baptized by Mormons, before or after they are dead, I took offense at the notion that I was somehow in need of being prayed for. This sort of religious arrogance, whether rooted in the Bible or not, leads to wars. It is an arrogance that I personally don’t think Christ would have embraced. When I read the Bible, I actually look for what Christ is alleged to have said, not the support for the interpretations of the meaning of what some preacher thinks I should think. As we progress as a society, we are moving towards a more secular world, the more we understand science the less we rely on the mysticism of religion — a fact that I find most hopeful since I believe that more harm has been done in the name of religion than good. It is also my experience that there is an increase in spirituality. I make a very large distinction between religion and spirituality. Religion is rote rule following. Spirituality is an openness of the heart and mind that allows for many paths. More and more people are finding their way towards a new spirituality, one that allows for variety of opinions and beliefs. This is, to me, the more Christian view of the world. My God, and my reliance upon Christ as a teacher, are based on the view that I cannot know what is spiritually good for another human being. I cannot pass judgment on who they sleep with, or don’t sleep with regularly. I cannot tell someone else that they should act in a certain way, because it is “God’s

Plan” for them. This Christmas, or Hannukah, or Kwanzaa or whatever your religious holiday, I would like to invite you to see yourself in others. Find your humanity in them. Whether they are the grocery store clerk, the homeless person in the doorway trying to stay warm, or your banker, lawyer or doctor — seek the similarities.

MY ANGER AND RESENTMENT TOWARDS ORGANIZED RELIGION HAS BEEN VENTING ITSELF IN MANY WAYS, MOST OF WHICH ARE UNPOPULAR WITH THOSE OF PROCLAIMED FAITH.

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Penn Jillette, the Las Vegas magician, has a wonderful video of his experience dealing with an extremely devout man who tried to carry the message of God. Mr. Jillette is an avowed atheist, but he was touched by this man, not by the message of what he was trying to convey, but in his manner. The sincerity of his views, and his concern for Jillette’s well being are what touched him. I’ve had my own experience with that. My ex’s father is a very devout Mormon. Obviously we have differing views, but I never once felt condescended to. I was never made to feel that I was deficient by him. I believe one of the main reasons we got along so well was his sincerity, and his actually following the example of Christ, in his reaching out to meet me halfway, and his respect for my choices as a possible “right choice” for me. As we move through this holiday season, it is in the seeking that we can find our commonness. I hope you have a blessed holiday, whatever it is, and share some joy with those around you, whoever they are. DAVID PISARRA is a family law attorney focusing on father’s rights and men’s Issues in the Santa Monica firm of Pisarra & Grist. He can be reached at dpisarra@pisarra.com or (310) 6649969.

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orange juice on the spot, while others cooked enticing hot dogs, onions, chiles on portable stoves atop shopping carts — entire business enterprises in a 2’ x 3’ space. At the Zócolo (plaza) at the top of Olvera Street, I watched “el baile de los viejitos (the dance of the little old men).” The dancers wore old-man face masks, head pieces of huge ribbon loops and wooden sandals that clacked with the mesmerizing rhythm of traditional regional music. I had been there an hour when Sheri called to report that she was still inching her way through traffic. I crossed to the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles to see the mural of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Thousands of bouquets had been stacked by the faithful and a sea of white candles shimmered at the base of the Virgin’s image; I felt a quiet reverence among the crowd. The glow from the many candles warmed my face in the cool evening. Nearby, there was a series of staged settings with the Virgin on the backdrop in decorated scenes to represent the miracle. Here, proud parents placed their costumed children to be photographed. Some children beamed, others cried, but each scene they created was a delight to those of us who observed. At 5:30 p.m., after nearly two car-bound hours, Sheri found a $14 parking place and we met up. We enjoyed traditional churros and horchata as we wandered the happy and colorful atmosphere of Olvera Street. This was another terrific car-free experience in Los Angeles. Little would I have known, that seeking to avert some pain at the gas pump, would provide me with such new delights in nuestra ciudad de Los Angeles, our city of angels.

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more manageable level, you may wonder why I continue to seek car-free transportation opportunities. My new interest to get about town via bus is also fueled by the promise for interesting adventures. I would have missed, for example, a fabulous cultural experience on the evening of Dec. 12. Just the thought of driving east on the 10 Freeway on Friday afternoon and scouting for a parking space would have kept me home. I took the bus to downtown Los Angeles to see the annual celebration at Olvera Street, the birthplace of Los Angeles of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico. My friend Sheri drove from Irvine to meet me. This event marks the anniversary of the miracle that took place outside of Mexico City in 1531. According to the story, the Virgin appeared three times to a simple peasant named Juan Diego with the message that a church be built in that location so she could bring comfort to those who visit it. Juan Diego could not convince the Catholic bishop to build such a church without proof of the Virgin’s request. A few days later, Juan Diego returned with roses from the Virgin and the miraculous imprint of her vision on his tunic. The church was built and yearly millions of Mexicans visit the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City. The No. 10 Rapid Big Blue Bus from Fourth Street and Santa Monica Boulevard took me to Union Station and I arrived relaxed from passenger travel. My appreciation of the $1.75 bus fare increased as I noted parking lots that advertised $13 flat rate parking for the evening. I stepped off the bus into a heightened festive atmosphere. Families streamed from Union Station headed for Placita Olvera: parents carried flower bouquets; children were adorable in traditional dress of various regions of Mexico. Little girls wore red, striped or embroidered skirts, ruffled blouses and ribbons woven in their hair. The boys wore pint-sized sombreros and mustaches drawn on their little upper lips to represent Juan Diego in 1581. Flowers were sold to offer the Virgin of Guadalupe at her shrine. One vendor squeezed

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Toyota projects first loss in 70 years BY YURI KAGEYAMA Associated Press Writer

NAGOYA, Japan Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it will report the first operating loss in 70 years, acknowledging that after a decade of rapid growth it can no longer escape the slowdown plaguing the global auto industry. The Japanese auto giant also lowered its global vehicle sales forecast for the second time this year and said it was putting ambitious expansion plans on hold, in large part because of a precipitous drop in demand in the key U.S. market. “The tough times are hitting us far faster, wider and deeper than expected,” Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe told a gloomy news conference at the company’s Nagoya headquarters. “This is an unprecedented crisis requiring urgent action.” Toyota had reported strong growth in recent years, boosted by heavy demand for its fuel-efficient models like the Camry sedan and Prius gas-electric hybrid. But Watanabe said a severe drop in demand, especially in the U.S., which accounts for one-third of vehicle sales, and profit erosion from a surging yen were too much for Japan’s No. 1 automaker. Overall U.S. auto sales fell to their lowest level in 26 years last month. “The change that has hit the world economy is of a critical scale that comes once in 100 years,” Watanabe said. Toyota said it expects an operating loss of 150 billion yen ($1.66 billion) for the fiscal year ending in March, compared with an operating profit of 2.27 trillion yen ($25.2 billion) a year earlier. Toyota said it would still post a small net profit of 50 billion yen ($555 million), thanks to outside dividend income, down from year-earlier earnings of 1.7 trillion yen ($18.89 billion). But operating income is seen as the best reflection of its core business. The outlook was a dramatic change of fortune for the iconic company, which in recent years had outlined ambitious expansion plans and weathered an industry slowdown much better than its U.S. rivals. Toyota, which started in business as a loom maker, began making trucks and passenger cars in 1937. Its first and only operating loss came the following year, before it started reporting formal results in 1941. At the time, Toyota was still far behind the American automakers. With World War II, Toyota started a side business making aircraft engines, but that group company switched to making auto parts and sewing machines after the war. In its forecast, Toyota lowered the number of vehicles it expects to sell globally this calendar year to 8.96 million, down 4 percent from last year. Earlier this year, Toyota had projected worldwide sales of 9.5 million vehicles. Initially, it had an even more aggressive target of 9.85 million, and expectations had been growing that the tally would reach 10 million in coming years — allowing Toyota to dethrone General Motors Corp. as the world’s top automaker. Tsuyoshi Mochimaru, auto analyst for Barclays Capital in Tokyo, warned worse

THE TOUGH TIMES ARE HITTING US FAR FASTER, WIDER AND DEEPER THAN EXPECTED.” Katsuaki Watanabe Toyota President

may be ahead. U.S. auto sales aren’t expected to start recovering until late 2009, and the dollar — already at a 13-year low against the yen — could lag further, he said. A strong yen hurts results because overseas profits must be converted into the Japanese currency. “The problem is next year,” said Mochimaru. “It’s unmistakable that things are extremely tough for Toyota.” Watanabe and other Toyota executives repeated a recent announcement that expansion plans will be on hold, including a new plant in Mississippi and projects in India. Toyota said there were no plans to lay off any full-time employees, though it plans to cut the number of temporary workers at its Japanese plants in half to about 3,000. Toyota is a relatively old-style Japanese company that offers lifetime employment, and only in recent years has hired and let go of temporary workers to adjust production. It said it was reviewing overseas jobs but had not reached a decision. Watanabe vowed Toyota would grow so lean it would realize profitability even if its worldwide sales fall as low as 7 million vehicles — what he called the basic “bottom line” for Toyota. “We must change to become more slim, muscular and flexible,” he said. The automaker will focus on hybrids and small cars, and invest in ecological technology to prepare for long-term growth, officials said. While Japan’s automakers are in far better financial shape than their cashstrapped American counterparts, the global slowdown is hitting them hard. Last week, Japan’s No. automaker, Honda Motor Co., also lowered profit and sales forecasts and declined to give a vehicle sales goal for 2009. Monday marks the second time Toyota reduced its forecast. Initially, it had projected net profit of 1.25 trillion yen ($13.9 billion) for the fiscal year, but last month lowered that to 550 billion yen ($6.1 billion). Also Monday, it lowered its revenue forecast to 21.5 trillion yen ($239 billion), down about 18 percent from a year earlier. Toyota’s U.S. vehicles sales plunged by a third on year in November, when overall sales fell to their lowest level in more than 26 years. And there is little hope for a quick fix as consumers hold back big purchases amid a credit crunch, rising unemployment and fears about the future. The company’s stock fell 5 yen, or 0.17 percent, to 2,895 yen in Tokyo. The benchmark Nikkei 225 stock average rose 1.5 percent.


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ideas for last-minute shoppers who need to buy something for a car enthusiast like myself. We’re thinking green this holiday season and so can you. Admittedly, this first gift is more something you’d give your own car, but if you’re trying to convince someone of your personal dedication to an oil-less society, this could be the way to their heart. We’re talking synthetics. “Conventional” engine oils are made from that stuff which comes from the ground. Not good. “Synthetic” oils are made from nonpetroleum-based elements and chemicals, resulting in lubricants so slippery that the biggest complaints about them are they may leak a bit onto driveways and they cost more than conventional oils. Synthetic/conventional mixes are also available, called “semi-synthetic” or “synthetic blends.” All that slipperiness results in a lessstressed engine, meaning improved mileage, as much as a mile per gallon. And change your oil filter whenever you change the oil (which is when the vehicle’s owner’s manual says you should). Around $10 to $12 per quart of synthetic oil. Now who wouldn’t want a little less friction in their lives? Another great gift is a tire gauge, available at Pep Boys (closest: 10644 W. Pico Boulevard near Overland) or any other car parts store. Having a good, accurate gauge encourages a person to check their tire pressure more often, and the proper pressure helps tires last longer and improves fuel mileage, all for about $20. Now this is a gift you cannot buy in the store — cleanliness. Clean out your loved one’s trunk or the back of their SUV. Every 100 pounds saved translates into a minimum 1/10th mile in gas mileage improvement. Then get a trunk organizer to hold what they really need: from $25 to $50. Have drinking water on board? A handcrank radio? Flashlight and batteries? Jumper cables? Safety flares? Basic first-aid kit? Those Pep Boys-type stores sell mobile safety kits, which everyone should have. They make great gifts for family and friends: from $35 to $75. I do some consulting for the KNBC/TV4 and KVEA/TV52 automotive show Whipnotic, and contribute to the Whipnotic.com Web site. Al & Ed’s Autosound is the show’s electronics expert (closest: 2410 Wilshire Blvd.). The following items are at www.al-eds.com, where you can also check the Al & Ed’s gift registry (yes, they actually have a gift registry). If you’re still holding your cell phone to your ear while driving, you’ve been breaking California law since July 1, 2008. If your ride

has a Bluetooth system built-in, learn how to use it if you haven’t. If Bluetooth isn’t in the car, buy one of the many available headsets (then you, too, can be like those people seemingly talking to themselves and looking like Mr. Spock). Units range from $80 for a simple headset to over $300 for sophisticated, multifunction systems. Portable GPS is all the rage, especially among thieves. If you get or give one, tell your giftee to hide it (trunk, glovebox, etc.) when they’re not in the car. And the units can now legally be attached to the windshield; Google the state’s DMV information for where they can be mounted. They range from $150 to over $650; built-in GPS costs between $1,000 and $2,000. XM and Sirius Satellite Radio are now more-or-less merged into a monopoly (thank you, Bush’s FCC) and now offer TV, too. Sirius Satellite TV works in any vehicle with rear seat headrest or overhead TV monitors; systems cost about $325 plus a $20 monthly fee. Many smart cell phones offer great Web access, like the iPhone 3G, but a new product looks good for those who can’t live without their laptops. Autonet is a wireless Internet router which can turn your car into a WiFi zone, allowing several different users in one vehicle (great for carpools and vanpools). The unit is about $400, plus $40 for monthly usage. HD Radio receivers range in price from $150 to over $600 and bring digital quality and satellite radio-like features to local radio; most LA-area stations already broadcast in HD Radio. Super last-minute gifts for car nuts: For snow bunnies, tire chains (with a video showing how to install them), tickets to local race tracks and events (Irwindale, California Speedway, Long Beach Grand Prix), a professional car or truck detailing ($50 to $300) and the always-appreciated gift certificates and cards. I hope these ideas help you cross the giftgiving finish line. And remember, always drive responsibly during the holiday season. STEVE PARKER has covered the world’s auto 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 allautomotive blog on The Huffington Post at www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-parker. Contact Steve through his own automotive issues Web site at www.SteveParker.com.

Hawaii Chevrolet dealer crushes auto competition BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HILO, Hawaii A Hilo Chevrolet dealer who tried to crush his Asian auto competition found the stunt a little harder to pull off than expected. Island Chevrolet general sales manager

James Severtson arranged for a Chevrolet Suburban SUV outfitted with massive tires costing $5,000 apiece to drive over a Honda Accord. On the first attempt Friday, the monster truck blew a hydraulic hose and leaked vital fluid while the Honda remained intact and ready for more.

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“We think this was a disposition that was in the best interest of everyone,” Sax Katzenstein said. The mother of one of the victims read a prepared statement before the sentencing, often turning to look at Beltran who sat to the right as she spoke about a daughter whose eyes fill up with tears when she hears the word, “abuse.” “Why? Why her?” the mother, whose identity was kept confidential by the court to protect her child, said. “What had she done?” The parent said she noticed changes in her then 11-year-old daughter around the winter of 2006, acting lethargically, snapping at her siblings, putting on more weight and avoiding skirts. She had thought it was the beginning of puberty until her daughter came forward one night crying to tell the truth. “The rest of her confession is still fresh and hurtful in our memory,” the mother said. The arrest last spring shook the school community and led to a number of policy changes within the district to avoid a similar situation in the future, including requiring that any claims of sexual molestation be immediately reported to the superintendent. The policy was added after it was revealed that Beltran was investigated on a similar allegation in 2006 when a student told a school administrator that she did not want to remain in his class because she was uncomfortable with the way he was touching her. The student was removed from the class and the principal informed Beltran of the accusation. The teacher responded that he was shocked at the accusation and upset his actions had been interpreted as inappropriate, according to a letter written at the time by former principal Kathy Scott to Detective Lloyd Gladden of the Santa Monica Police Department. The teacher was instructed not to touch any of his students to avoid further

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misinterpretation. The district received a copy of the letter shortly after Beltran’s arrest. An administrative regulation was also recently added that requires criminal background checks for district volunteers. “We’re certainly relieved that it’s over and the district is updating its policies to reduce the chances of this kind of (incident) from occurring again,” Ralph Mechur, the Board of Education president, said. Rebecca Kennerly, the president of the Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs and Lincoln parent, said the focus going forward should be on the education of students and not let the sexual molestation case define the school’s identity. “Our children go to school every day and learn every day and a crisis like this is intensely sad but for children life goes on so quickly and so immediately,” Kennerly said. “As educators and as parents, it’s our job to help them move on and I think they’ve been doing probably a better job at that than many of the adults.” melodyh@smdp.com

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District’s reserve fund may need to be tapped to avoid cuts FROM BUDGET PAGE 1 The district might be able to weather the storm this year thanks to a healthy reserve of roughly $21 million, including a $6 million rainy day fund for economic uncertainties. “We don’t have any plans to make midyear cuts,” Interim Superintendent Tim Cuneo said. “Our plans are to be very prudent in the way in which we look at any potential cuts in the next year.” The news of the district’s financial outlook didn’t come as a surprise to school officials. “I think since the governor announced what his intentions were in September, we were well aware,” Board of Education President Ralph Mechur said. “We knew we were going to be looking at difficult times ahead.” The Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs is also readying for an education outreach campaign next month to inform all of its members of the district’s budget situation, according to president Rebecca Kennerly.

OUR PLANS ARE TO BE VERY PRUDENT IN THE WAY IN WHICH WE LOOK AT ANY POTENTIAL CUTS IN THE NEXT YEAR.” Interim Superintendent Tim Cuneo “We anticipate there may be the need for additional and continuing local advocacy to help protect the quality of education for our district,” she said. “The PTA will certainly be very mindful to understand exactly what all the implications would be and to weigh in and be an active participant in the budget process.” melodyh@smdp.com

A resolution for safer streets FROM DRIVING PAGE 3 To keep that seven or even raise it, Rosenberg offered some of his own safe driving advice: “Number one: No texting. Texting is probably the number one distraction,” Rosenberg said. Rosenberg suggests eliminating cell phone use altogether in the car, even hands free. He wants drivers to be completely focused on the job at hand, which is driving. He said all distractions should be eliminated. Other tips for safer driving include: • Use your turn signals: Letter other drivers know where you are heading avoids crashes; • Maintain your car: Check all fluid levels, change the oil if it’s due, clean the car’s windshield, windows and headlights, making sure lights and directionals are working properly. Check tire tread and air pressure; • Know where you are going: If you make a wrong turn, just keep going. More often than not, you can return to the correct road pretty quickly and do it without endangering others; • Get an emergency kit: A first aid kit should minimally include bandages, tape, wash and dry cloth and a topical antiseptic. A car kit should include oil, anti-freeze, transmission and brake fluids, basic tools, signal flare, flashlight (with fully charged

batteries) and duct tape. Operator Mark Brown for Cheap Saturday or Anyday Comedy traffic school in Santa Monica said safe driving comes down to personal responsibility and obeying traffic laws. “That’s all there is to it,” Brown said. However, the SMPD is doing their part as well. Keane reported that the SMPD has seen a minor reduction in traffic collisions in 2008 compared to 2007 for the period of Jan. 1 through Nov. 30. She said the SMPD gave out 18.9 percent more traffic citations. Keane attributed the reduction in accidents to stricter police enforcement. Keane said one thing the SMPD traffic division will be looking for in 2009 are gridlock violations. If you block an intersection during rush-hour traffic don’t expect leniency. “If there is no opening on the other side of the intersection just wait and take a deep breath,” Keane said. “Being safe is much more important than getting somewhere in record time.” Keane added that drivers who experience road rage need to take it easy and remember that, “we are all in the same boat.” “We do live in a society where there is a lot of traffic and there’s not a lot we can do about it,” Keane said. news@smdp.com

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Doctor recommends knee surgery for Farmar BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES A doctor has recommended surgery for Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar, who hurt his left knee last week against the Miami Heat. Team doctor Steve Lombardo examined Farmar on Monday in Los Angeles and con-

firmed the guard has a torn lateral meniscus. The team says Farmar has not decided whether to have surgery, and it's unclear how long he will be out. Farmar was hurt Friday after going for a layup and landing awkwardly in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 89-87 loss to the Heat.

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Court rejects appeal of Angels name change verdict BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ANAHEIM A California appeals court has ruled against the city of Anaheim in its battle to restore the name Anaheim Angels to its major league baseball team. The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled

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late Friday against the city, which claimed that team owner Arte Moreno violated the city-owned stadium lease agreement when he changed the name to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. An Orange County Superior Court jury sided with the Angels in 2006.

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★★★★ Your instincts carry you to a new level of understanding. If you are clearheaded, listen to news from an associate. You’ll want to rethink a situation involving friends, associates and goals. Tonight: Stop and take time for a friend.

★★★★★ Evaluate and decide what is important, especially with finishing up Christmas gift-giving and holiday errands. Others find you to be delightful, especially the manner in which you approach them. Go for what you want. Tonight: Your treat.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20) ★★★★ Defer to others, and you’ll gain a greater sense of direction. Rarely are you in this position. Watch someone reveal his or her true colors. How you handle a problem and the direction you choose could define a relationship. Tonight: Listen to others’ suggestions.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

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★★★ Know your limits and be direct with others. Deal with those in your daily life. What feels like a restriction could loosen up. Realize what is going on within yourself. Your creativity will be enhanced by asking and identifying with others. Tonight: Relax at home.

★★★ Take your time making a decision. Think positively, knowing what must happen. Your unique style is a marker, and one that needs to expressed. Holding back will only add to the intensity of the moment. Tonight: Take your time.

★★★★★ You are on top of your game, and this is quite clear to others. Don’t underestimate the end results of a spontaneous demonstration of affection. Others respond warmly. Tonight: The world is your oyster.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) CANCER (June 21-July 22) ★★★★★ Let your imagination dictate more of what is going on. Keep communication fluid. You’ll discover just how much you have to offer. A partner or associate might be imaginative too, but also most unrealistic. Tonight: Take a midweek break.

★★★★★ Where your friends are is where you want to be. Listen to feedback, allowing greater give-and-take. Your communication delights many, though you could be taken aback by others. Tonight: Hang out, maybe under the mistletoe.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) ★★★★ Basics count, and you cannot avoid handling them. For some, this might mean having an important talk with a family member; for others, it could look like paperwork. A spontaneous invitation is appealing. Tonight: Go for what you want.

★★★★ Be willing to take a stand. Be sensitive and stay in touch with the needs of someone you look up to. Listen well to this person’s feedback. Investigate what seems like a dynamic idea. It just might not be. Tonight: Burning the candle at both ends.

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★★★★★ Keep communication active and flowing. You might be surprised by everything that you hear. Realize your limits, and allow someone else to pitch in. Recognize when enough is enough. Listen more often and more acutely. Tonight: Start calling others and wish them holiday cheer.

★★★★★ Open doors, but make sure you are grounded in reality. You could be overly tired and drawn. Take a walk or relax to some great music, even for a few moments. You will recharge. Tonight: Think in terms of someone special at a distance.

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JACQUELINE BIGAR’S STARS The stars show the kind of day you’ll have: ★★★★★Dynamic ★★ So-So ★★★★ Positive ★ Difficult ★★★ Average

This year you must listen to your inner voice more often. What looks like a good financial risk could backfire. Stay with the tried-and-true. If you do, you could be delighted by the end results. Achieving your desires will be possible, but only with even, steady planning. The unexpected earmarks your daily life, so much so that you might do nearly anything to have peace and quiet. Don’t react; take each issue individually. If you are single, you will meet someone very special through friends or a group of associates. This person will help you feel good about yourself. If you are attached, both of you will enjoy socializing together and making new friends. SCORPIO reads you cold.

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Sudoku

By Justin Borus and Andrew Feinstein

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).

The Meaning of Lila

By John Forgetta & L.A. Rose

King Features Syndicate

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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SOLUTIONS TO YESTERDAY’S PUZZLE

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By Dave Coverly

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â&#x2013; In several European countries, identifying the "naughty" kids at Christmastime is not Santa's job but is left to unsavory legendary icons who have endured for centuries (according to a December series of articles in Germany's Der Spiegel). In Italy, determinations are made by the extremely ugly witch La Befana, who has the ability to fly her broomstick through keyholes into bad kids' houses. In Austria, Krampus pays the naughty ones visits as a 7-foot-tall horned devil with a long tongue and a goat's head. And in the Netherlands, Sinterklaas' helper is Zwarte Piet ("Black Pete"), who, unlike Sinter, gets sooty when climbing down chimneys delivering twigs to the shoes of misbehavers. (However, the Netherlands pair has a big advantage over the North Pole-dwelling Santa, in that they reside in sunny Spain and arrive at Christmastime by steamship.) â&#x2013;  The British Federation of Herpetologists announced in November that the number of reptiles kept as pets in the U.K. is probably greater than the number of dogs (8.5 million to about 6 million, with cats at 9 million). One benchmark the federation uses for its calculation is the booming sales of reptile food, such as locusts, frozen rodents and crickets (now about 20 million a week).

TODAY IN HISTORY the National Broadcasting Company set up a permanent, coast-to-coast network. during World War II, American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese. former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and six other Japanese war leaders were executed in Tokyo. the experimental airplane Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, completed the first nonstop, non-refueled, round-theworld flight as it landed safely at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

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