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THE LOOKING FORWARD TO A TAX CUT ISSUE

Obama pushes for $300B tax cut plan

Pier drain project moving forward BY MELODY HANATANI Daily Press Staff Writer

BY PHILIP ELLIOTT CITY HALL One of the dirtiest beaches in the

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President-elect Barack Obama, commencing face to face consultations with congressional leaders Monday, is embracing an unexpectedly large tax cut of up to $300 billion. Obama said the country faces an “extraordinary economic challenge.” Besides $500 tax cuts for most workers and $1,000 for couples, the Obama proposal includes more than $100 billion for businesses, an Obama transition official said. The total value of the tax cuts would be significantly higher than had been signaled earlier. “The reason we are here today is because the people’s business cannot wait,” Obama said as he arrived on Capitol Hill in late morning for talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “The speaker and her staff have been extraordinarily helpful in working with our team so we can shape an economic recovery plan and start putting people back to work.” Obama will be sworn in as the nation’s 44th president in just over two weeks. The tax cuts for individuals and couples

TRASHY: Debris found on the Santa Monica beach following a rainstorm in December. More

state is finally set to get cleaned up. Facing criticism over the lack of completed projects funded under Measure V more than two years after it was approved by voters, City Hall is expected to commence the replacement of the Santa Monica Pier storm drain in the late winter. “We are moving forward on a very aggressive schedule,” Lee Swain, the director of public works, said. Construction bids for the estimated $2 million undertaking, which includes replacing deficient storm drain pipes, opened last week and will conclude on Jan. 13. The City Council is scheduled to award a contract at its meeting on Jan. 27, beginning construction several weeks thereafter. The storm drain replacement has been identified as the highest priority for City Hall, mainly because the current infrastructure has led to poor water quality beneath the pier for years, earning it the perennial distinction of being home to one of California’s dirtiest beaches. The project, which is estimated for completion in June, also includes the construction of a

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than two years after voters approved Measure V, which would pay for efforts to clean up Santa Monica Bay, the first major project will go before the City Council for approval later this month.

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Former eBay CEO considers political run BY JUDY LIN Associated Press Writer

SACRAMENTO Former eBay Inc. chief executive Meg Whitman has edged closer to a potential run for office in California, with a spokesman confirming on Monday that she has resigned from three corporate boards. Whitman has been considered as a

Republican contender for California governor once Arnold Schwarzenegger’s term ends after 2010. The seat of Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer also will be up for election in two years. Whitman’s spokesman, Henry Gomez, said she stepped down from the boards of eBay, Proctor & Gamble Co. and DreamWorks SKG as of Dec. 31. He said it was for “personal reasons and time commit-

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speak about her future on the record, says Whitman’s resignations are “a strong indication” that she wants to get clear of any commitments that might interfere with a run for political office. She will announce her intentions in four to six weeks, he said. In a statement, John Donahoe, eBay’s SEE WHITMAN PAGE 8

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Services set for local activist BY DAILY PRESS STAFF DOWNTOWN A memorial service celebrating the life of community activist Clyde Smith, who died last week after a brief illness, will be held this Saturday at the First United Methodist Church. As executive director of the now defunct Neighborhood Redevelopment Corporation (NRDC), Smith helped rehab hundreds of housing units for the elderly and lowincome families in Santa Monica. He also served actively in many of the Westside area service organizations, including the Rotary Club of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Red Cross, Pico Neighborhood Association, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, and Santa Monica College Advisory Board, among others. “Clyde was like the welcoming committee to the neighborhood,” said David Pisarra, a Daily Press columnist, attorney and neighbor of Smith’s. “He would sit outside his house propped up by the fire hydrant waving to, and greeting everyone as they passed. He was that guy who knew everybody.

I’d frequently stop while walking my dog and have a 30-minute conversation with him about the goings on in the hood. He’ll be sorely missed.” Smith along with former Mayor, Nat Trives, co-founded the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition and remained a very active participant in its work. At the time of his death, Smith was also chairman of the Salvation Army Corps in Santa Monica. “Clyde will be remembered and missed as the village wise man, who generously shared his counsel, good advice and loving support with all, young and old, who were troubled in spirit or needed to be pointed in the right direction,” Trives, a longtime friend, said. “He gave unselfishly of his time and efforts to make our world a better place.” Clyde, a USC alumnus, served in the Marine Corps and fought in the Vietnam war. Some of his hobbies included jazz music and singing. SEE SMITH PAGE 9

Huerta cancels keynote speech at MLK event BY MELODY HANATANI Daily Press Staff Writer

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keynote speech by Dolores Huerta at this month’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will have to wait at least another year after the renown labor organizer canceled on the event. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Westside Coalition announced on Monday that Huerta, who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association — later known as the United Farm Workers of America — with Cesar Chavez, would be unable to deliver the keynote address on Jan. 19 because she will be attending the presidential inauguration of

Barack Obama in Washington D.C. the following day. Huerta was invited to attend the ceremony by U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis, D-CA, whom Obama recently nominated to head the U.S. Department of Labor. “I just couldn’t be in two places at the same time,” Huerta said. “I had no idea I was even going to be able to go to the inauguration or be invited.” The coalition had long considered asking Huerta in the past to give the keynote address at one of the largest King celebrations in Southern California, feeling the civil rights icon was a good fit. SEE HUERTA PAGE 9

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Very important date Editor:

On Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at 6 p.m. at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Robert Redford Building, 1314 Second St., one of the most important meetings to protect the environment of Santa Monica will be held. Jerry Rubin and the Treesavers will discuss the need for a tree commission. Those of you who, like myself, are heartbroken when we walk down Second and Fourth streets and see these dead-looking sticks of wood that have replaced our beautiful, year-round, leaf-bearing trees, should come to the meeting and help save what is left of our main protectors against car exhaust that are more and more being able to harm us. No longer should we tolerate perfectly good trees being labeled “diseased.” No longer should we wait to depend on the vigilance of people like Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Silverstein, who, fortunately, discovered a landmarked tree tagged for destruction in time to save it. When they reported this, the “tagger” admitted it could be saved. Please come, protect your city, the people who live here, and, of course, your own family.

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THE WAY WE TAKE CARE OF OUR VETERANS

says a lot about us as Americans, as well as our country. These men and women put their lives on the line in order to defend the Constitution and protect the security and well-being of the United States and its citizens. For those who give their lives in the line of duty, we erect monuments in their honor. Yet those who survive are left to fend for themselves, with little help from the government. As a recent article in the New York Times pointed out, “Tens of thousands of reservists and National Guard troops, whose jobs were supposedly protected while they were at war, were denied prompt re-employment upon their return or else lost seniority, pay and other benefits. Some 1.8 million veterans were unable to get care in veterans’ facilities in 2004 and lacked health insurance to pay for care elsewhere. Meanwhile, veterans seeking disability payments faced huge backlogs and inordinate delays in getting claims and appeals processed.” Furthermore, according to the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, nearly 200,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. And nearly 400,000 experience homelessness over the course of a year. Indeed, it is believed that veterans account for 23 percent of all homeless people in America. Clearly, we have not done enough for our veterans. That’s why it’s so infuriating that when someone finally does, government bureaucrats try to stop them. Take John Miska, for example. If you ever passed the 6’8” Vietnam War veteran, dressed in uniform and clutching a handful of small, delicate red poppies, you wouldn’t forget him. A disabled Vietnam vet, “Big John” spends most of his free time either trying to raise awareness about the plight of today’s veterans or working to alleviate their troubles. Twice a month, Big John makes the two-hour drive from Ruckersville, Va., to Washington, DC, to help with a Sunday brunch for wounded soldiers and their families. Miska drives the troops over from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital. Afterwards, Miska heads over to the National Mall, an area encompassing the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial, to hand out Buddy Poppies, which are the official memorial flowers of the VFW. Strangely enough, after more than 30 years outside the war zone, it’s the Buddy Poppies that have put Big John back in the line of fire. Since 1922, the Buddy Poppy has been synonymous with the VFW and veterans’ issues. As the VFW’s official memorial flower, the Poppy represents the blood shed by American service members and serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by members of the U.S. military. The small, red artificial flowers are assembled by disabled veterans. They are then distributed by VFW members and supporters to raise awareness of veterans’ issues and to promote charitable donations to the VFW. Poppy assembly is

often used as a therapy program for disabled veterans. Attached to the flower’s wire stem is a rectangular paper tag identifying the flower as a Buddy Poppy with the insignia of the VFW. The tag also invites recipients to “WEAR IT PROUDLY” and show support for the VFW, its programs and veterans. The reverse side of the tag also bears the VFW insignia and contains the following message: “Proceeds to the Veterans of Foreign Wars

CLEARLY, WE HAVE NOT DONE ENOUGH FOR OUR VETERANS. THAT’S WHY IT’S SO INFURIATING THAT WHEN SOMEONE FINALLY DOES, GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRATS TRY TO STOP THEM.

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for Veterans Assistance Programs.” Any monies received by Miska are turned over to the VFW and used for veterans’ welfare, for the well-being of their needy dependents, for a disabled veterans’ relief fund and to support veterans’ hospitals. Donations also enable the VFW to pay disabled veterans for assembling the poppies. In most cases, the extra money provides income for the worker to pay for the little luxuries that make hospital life more tolerable. That’s what makes it so outrageous that National Park Service officials in Washington, DC, have repeatedly harassed and threatened to prosecute Miska or confiscate his supply of Buddy Poppies if he accepted donations. Fortunately, Miska refused to back down and, with the help of The Rutherford Institute, filed a First Amendment lawsuit in federal court against the National Park Service. The VFW has a motto that “we remember the dead by helping the living,” and Big John Miska takes that motto to heart. Wounded in Vietnam and recuperating at Walter Reed, he has first-hand knowledge of the price our wounded veterans pay to defend our freedoms. What’s more, having taken an oath to support and defend the Constitution, Miska knows exactly what his rights are. And he’s not about to back down, especially when it comes to standing up for wounded veterans. It’s unfortunate, however, that his opponents are U.S. government officials. They should be ashamed. Constitutional attorney and author JOHN W. WHITEHEAD is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. He can be contacted at johnw@rutherford.org. Information about The Rutherford Institute is available at www.rutherford.org.

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A YEAR AGO I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY

to meet with a young man who was in the Salvation Army recovery center. He was rather lost in his life. He had gone down the all too common road of drugs and alcohol, moving to Los Angeles to “get away from it,” only to find it more accessible and more alluring. In our meeting I was able to share with him some of the advice and things that I had used to get me through my darkest days of law school, days when I had lost all my money, and was watching my brother descend into the pit of drug and alcohol abuse that eventually took his life. A year ago this young man had no job, no home, and what was the saddest thing to me, no self esteem. He had fallen into a cycle of using drugs and alcohol to forget the bad things he did, only to do more of the same bad things while intoxicated. He has since completed the program at the Salvation Army and I had the opportunity to see him this past weekend. He now has a job as a waiter at a local deli, he’s self sufficient, and has risen in his second job to management. He is freshfaced and healthy looking. But more important, at least to my eyes, was that he exuded pride. This handsome young man had become happy and whole in who he was. I am under no illusions that I had any great role in his remarkable turnaround. I am sure it is the result of the effort he put in, along with the program of recovery at the Salvation Army. But I do take pride in knowing that in some small way, I was able to give him a push along the road. Not being a father, I cannot know how often this feeling comes over you. But I imagine that it must be very fulfilling to have this feeling more often. As I was chatting with this young man, in the booth next to me was a father and son. It was obvious, to me at least, that this was a weekend dad. He was explaining to his 5-year-old why pickles were called pickles. The way in which he was teaching his son this essentially useless information was what struck me. He was so happy to be with his son, doing something so mundane as having a

What’s next? Every year, Santa Monica sees a fair share of big stories. Last year’s top issues included changes in the school district, trees (of course) and the battle over the airport. So this week’s Q-Line question asks: What issues taking shape around town do you think will grab headlines in 2009? Call (310) 285-8106 before Friday at 5 p.m. and we’ll print your answers in the weekend edition of the Daily Press. Please limit responses to a minute or less.

Sunday dinner, it obviously meant so much to him, that I couldn’t help but be just the slightest bit envious. I don’t want children at this point in my life. I’ve spent too long taking care of others to want to take on that responsibility right now. I find it rewarding enough to help those dads who want to be there for their children. Many unwed and divorced mothers become over-protective of their children and feel that the father has nothing to offer; they want to limit the interaction as much as possible. It is a shame when I see this, for they are expressing their anger at the father, by denying their child the opportunity to be with a devoted dad. When my parents divorced my father lived in Los Angeles, and my mother in northern California. I went to live with her, so I didn’t see my father every other weekend, I saw him on school vacations. For years I was angry at him for not being around more. Today I see it for what it was. A bad situation made worse by geography. My mother never denied my father access to me, and I suppose that is why, in part, I do the work I do. As much as they were not good to each other, they each recognized that I needed them. I’ve been lucky in my life, even though I didn’t have my father around as much as I might have wanted, I had other men to help me grow up. My oldest brother is, and was, a huge force in my upbringing. My other brother taught me many of the skills I use today. My wrestling coach wrote one line in his letter of recommendation to my college that has carried me through many a dark night. We all need help growing up. Sometimes it comes in the form of our parents, sometimes in the form of a chance meeting with someone who has been down a similar path and can help light the way. 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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New laws for a new year EVERY NEW YEAR’S DAY BRINGS A

slew of new laws affecting how we drive, and 2009 is no different. Here are some new DMV rules you’ll want to know about: Text messaging with a cell phone or “other text-based system” (legaltalk) while driving is illegal. Since July 2008, it’s been illegal to use a cell phone when driving without using Bluetooth or some other hands-free device (the law passed is SB 28). Sometimes, dialing a cell phone is more distracting than talking on one (and my Santa Monica neighbors who daily ply the 405 and the 10 know what I’m writing about). Next year, maybe the state will help clearup that continuing problem, too. Driving while holding a cell phone to your ear is not the crime of the century, but it could be broughtup at a deposition, hearing or trial concerning an accident where one party claims the other was using a cell phone while driving (I knew that would get everyone’s attention). Another new 2009 DMV rule limits temporary operating permits for folks whose vehicles have yet to pass a smog check. The new law mandates a $50 fee for one 60-day temporary operating permit only if the vehicle has been tested at a licensed smog station and failed (AB 2241). Cars and trucks not meeting the state’s strict smog laws are estimated to be pumping one to two tons — per day — of hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen into our air. Here’s a new statute which allows law enforcement to impound vehicles sold by unlicensed car dealers. This has to do with used car sales almost exclusively; there are few, if any, unlicensed new car dealers. I don’t support this law, because it places the punishment on the citizen who simply bought a used car; hard to prove whether they knew if the

person who sold it to them was licensed or not (AB 2042). You may want to know that a DMV “certificate of non-use” now applies only to an owner’s financial responsibility for a vehicle; they can no longer be used to duck registration fees (I had turned evading those annual costs into something of an art form in my long-ago past). Also, the state now says, “it will be a crime to forge, counterfeit or falsify Clean Air Stickers,” the ones which allow “certain low emission vehicles” into High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes; that is, until the state starts letting anyone able to cough-up some bucks into those lanes, too (SB 1720). Some of the cars and trucks allowed in those lanes include specific gas/electric hybrids, EVs, vehicles using compressed natural gas and some ultra-low and super-ultra-low-emission cars and trucks (ULEV, SULEV). A new DUI law (you knew there’d be at least one, didn’t you?) lets law enforcement suspend a driver’s license on-the-spot and impound the vehicle of anyone driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.01 percent or more while on court-ordered post-DUI probation. The 0.08 percent limit remains in-force for the rest of us (AB 1165). Sadly, there’s the necessity for a “Gold Star Family” license plate for family members of those killed in the line of duty while serving in the armed forces during war or military operations (SB 1455). Finally, the definition of a motorcycle has changed, removing the existing weight limitation of 1,500 pounds (of the bike, not its rider). This allows drivers of fully-enclosed, three-wheeled trikes to use those fabled HOV lanes (AB 2272). To see the entire California Vehicle Code (which will note these changes and many more), visit

Chrysler sales drop 53 percent; others not much better BY TOM KRISHER

DRIVING WHILE HOLDING A CELL PHONE TO YOUR EAR IS NOT THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY, BUT IT COULD BE BROUGHT-UP AT A DEPOSITION, HEARING OR TRIAL CONCERNING AN ACCIDENT WHERE ONE PARTY CLAIMS THE OTHER WAS USING A CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING (I KNEW THAT WOULD GET EVERYONE’S ATTENTION). www.dmv.ca.gov and click on the “Publications” button in the upper left hand corner of the home page. 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 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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DETROIT Chrysler LLC’s December U.S. sales plunged by more than half and it sold 30 percent fewer vehicles in 2008, dwarfing the steep declines at the other major automakers as consumers remained uncertain about the economy and their jobs. Chrysler said Monday its December sales dropped 53 percent because of the recession and fewer fleet sales, while Toyota Motor Corp. reported a 37 percent slide and Honda Motor Co. said its sales tumbled 35 percent. Ford Motor Co.’s U.S. sales fell 32 percent in December. General Motors Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. both posted 31 percent declines. Ford’s sales for 2008 fell 21 percent from a year earlier, keeping the Dearborn automaker in third place in the U.S. auto sales race, falling behind Toyota for the second straight year. Toyota’s 2008 sales fell 16 percent to 2.22 million, compared with Ford’s 1.98 million. Detroit-based GM’s 2008 sales totaled 2.95 million, down 23 percent from the year before. Honda’s 2008 sales fell 8 percent. The auto Web site Edmunds.com predicted sales for the full year will total just over 13 million, down 18 percent from 2007 and the lowest level since 1992. Subaru of America Inc. said its U.S. sales crept higher in 2008, making the Japanese company likely to be the only major automaker with a yearly sales increase. Subaru’s U.S. sales rose by 0.3 percent to 187,699 vehicles from 187,208 in 2007, as consumers snapped up its top-selling Forester and Impreza models. Chrysler’s December sales totaled 89,813 vehicles, compared with 191,423 in the year-ago month. Despite the plunge, the recent month’s sales represented a 5 percent increase over November levels. the Auburn Hills, Mich., carmaker said the December drop included a 63 percent decrease in fleet sales. Ford said it sold 138,458 light vehicles in December, down from 204,787 in the same month in 2007. The automaker doesn’t see much hope for improvement in early 2009, but predicted a small uptick later in the year. “We expect the first few months of 2009 to feel much like last three months of 2008,” Emily Kolinski Morris, Ford’s senior economist, said during a conference call with reporters and industry analysts. GM sold 220,030 light vehicles in December compared with 319,837 a year earlier. The recent month’s results were boosted by heavy sales incentives, including financing offers announced near the end of the month after the Treasury Department said it would give $5 billion in federal aid to GM’s ailing financing arm, GMAC LLC. The sales slump continues to mean good deals for consumers. Aaron Bragman, automotive marketing research analyst for IHS Global Insight in Troy, Mich., said large incentives such as zero-percent financing and rebates will continue well into 2009 as automakers try everything they can to boost sales.

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several clumps of dead leaves hanging in a tree. As a breeze came up, those “dead leaves” suddenly took flight in a blast of color and motion. Surprised and in awe we watched as the Monarchs lifted in the air and glided throughout the park.

IT WAS FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND OUR

“to do” list was complete. I’m still not sure if it was due to good planning or just good luck. Rusty and I wanted to head straight for the beach. Richard wanted to go hiking on his favorite trail at Will Rogers State Park. With daylight at a premium, I was not sure we had enough time for that hike, even if we flew. I suggested an urban nature hike to the beach and then some surfing. Compromise reached, Rusty and I slipped into our flip flops and grabbed our boards. We waited and watched as Richard laced up his hiking boots, filled his canteen, donned a khaki vest with about 50 pockets and zippers and popped a safari hat on his head. Finally, we were marching down Ocean Park Boulevard to the rhythm of our slapping flip flops and the clump of Richard’s boots. We love walking with Richard. He notices everything. Without him, we would have missed the tiny, black finches darting from tree to tree as we passed. Who else would insist on stopping at Merrihew’s Nursery to smell the sweet blossoms of the citrus trees that line the fence or notice the different colors and textures of tree bark? At Main and Ocean Park, Richard let out a loud whoop, scaring us both. He shouted, “They’re here! They’ve arrived! The orange and black, did you see it? It glided by and then drifted off on a current of air. It was so beautiful.” Suddenly we knew. The Monarch butterflies had arrived. The royal visitors were in residence. We were excited and relieved to see the Monarchs. There had been a great deal of pressure to develop areas along the coast that was threatening their winter homes. We wondered if the loss of open space had affected their food sources. We worried about warming temperatures, development and habitat destruction upsetting their migration. Their arrival filled us with joy and hope. A few years ago we discovered the wintering Monarchs in Palisades Park purely by accident. I was setting up my camera along the railing for some photos. Rusty was poking his head over the railing peering down into the eucalyptus trees below. He noticed

A FEW YEARS AGO WE DISCOVERED THE WINTERING MONARCHS IN PALISADES PARK PURELY BY ACCIDENT. Rusty became fascinated by the Monarchs. He discovered that most of the Western Monarchs settled in the Monterey Pine Forest of Pacific Grove, Calif. When the Australian eucalyptus trees were introduced here sometime in the late 1800’s, we were able to share the Monarchs. The eucalyptus trees, like the Monterey Pines met all the Monarchs’ needs with an added bonus, they flowered in winter. The flowers provided them with a nearby food source. He was surprised that these delicate looking creatures fly more than a thousand miles at heights of up to 10,000 feet to arrive at their winter homes. He was amazed to learn that the arriving butterflies had never seen their winter homes before and that several generations of Monarchs had lived and died since last year’s butterflies flew home. Every year new migrants make this long journey to a place they have never been, with only instinct to guide them. Rusty pictures them as brave explorers setting out on an uncharted quest that begins anew with each migration. He is happy we can provide an ocean view, bed and breakfast for our royal visitors. A gift of free time, the Monarchs arrival and some surfing, who could ask for more? One last thing about our visitors, although they are Monarchs, it is not necessary to bow or curtsey when you meet. However, if you would like a royal audience, I would suggest adding a little milkweed, zinnias or marigolds to your garden. PHYLLIS and the Quackers may be reached at Phyllis@phyllischavez.com

Newman trustees will meet to decide banning book THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEWMAN, Calif. The trustees of the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District are considering banning “Bless Me, Ultima” from English classes at Orestimba High School. The book by Rudolfo Anaya is a coming of age story about a Latino boy as he reconciles his thoughts about American Indian religious traditions and Roman Catholicism.

Critics say it’s anti-Catholic. Superintendent Rick Fauss removed the book in October after a parent complained, though he said he has not read it. Since then, the American Civil Liberties Union has written asking that trustees overturn Fauss’ decision. Trustees will discuss the ban this week, but have not indicated whether they will take action. The book is adopted by the California Department of Education.

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City Hall to debt finance $22M in Measure V projects

Tax cut proposed for companies that hire new workers FROM TAX CUT PAGE 1

FROM MEASURE V PAGE 1 diversion box that would pump captured urban runoff and divert it to a nearby sewer. Officials said the goal is to eliminate dry weather urban runoff from being discharged onto the beach, which should reduce bacterial contamination on the beach. City Hall also faces a strict deadline of reducing the total maximum daily loads for bacteria levels beneath the pier by 25 percent by 2013. The deadline is enforced by the state Regional Water Quality Control Board. More than three million people visit the pier every year. “The fact that it is … basically the icon for the city and also the most polluted beach along all of Santa Monica Bay makes it by far the largest priority,” Mark Gold, the executive director of Heal the Bay, said.“People voted for Measure V to clean up Santa Monica Bay and the first place to start is the most polluted beach, which is the pier.” Gold has long urged city officials to do their part in cleaning up the bay. “We’re encouraged by the fact that we’re seeing that action move forward,” he said. City Hall has been criticized for the seemingly slow pace in which the projects are being pushed. The reason for delay could be attributed to the collection in Measure V property tax

money, which didn’t begin until about eight months after it was approved. Dean Kubani, who heads the Office of Sustainability and the Environment, said that several mechanisms needed to be established before City Hall could begin collection, including setting up a system to provide exemptions for low-income residents and creating a database to send to the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office. While City Hall began collecting taxes in 2007, the money didn’t start flowing until July of last year. The measure brings in about $2.5 million every year. After the money came in, city staff began evaluating potential projects and starting ranking them in order of priority. Some additional time was also spent determining whether the projects should be funded on a pay-as-you-go basis or debt financed, ultimately opting for the latter which would expedite the process. Up to $22 million — covering roughly 10 projects — will be debt financed over the next two decades. “The number of projects we have to do to meet Clean Water Act requirements exceeds the amount of money that is coming in on an annual basis,” Kubani said. “It makes sense to issue bonds to begin the process rather than wait each year.”

City Hall also needed to establish a Measure V Funds Oversight Committee for which the council has already seated three members, including Gold, Mark Peacor, the director of planning and design for Loyola Marymount University, and Susan Bracey. Two more members could be appointed. The committee is responsible for reviewing projects after they are proposed, including looking at the expenditure of funds after the fact to make sure they are spent in a manner consistent with the language of the measure. The pier storm drain project is just one of several that could be funded under Measure V, including upgrades to the Santa Monica Urban Runoff Recycling Facility, a potential reservoir at Memorial Park, and the greening of both Ocean Park Boulevard and Bicknell Avenue, which would help clean and infiltrate urban runoff. The projects have yet to be reviewed by either the oversight committee or council. Once the projects are approved, they go through a lengthy process that includes hiring a designer, project manager and formal bidding to find a contractor. “The end goal is to meet some of these TMDL requirements and to do what is most cost effective in cleaning up the bay and that involves quiet a bit of science and engineering,” Swain said. melodyh@smdp.com

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Brandon Wise brandonw@smdp.com Santa Monica College students wait in line at the campus bookstore on Monday, the first day of the winter semester. Many students wait until the first week to get the needed books, creating long lines.

would be similar to the rebate checks sent out last year by the Bush administration and Congress in a bid at that time to boost the slowing economy. A key difference is that the tax cuts this time around may be awarded through withholding less from worker paychecks. That provision would cost about $140-150 billion over two years. For businesses, the plan would allow firms incurring losses last year up to take a credit against profits dating back five years instead of the two years currently allowed. Another provision brought to the negotiations by the Obama team would award a oneyear tax credit costing $40-50 billion to companies that hire new workers, and would provide other incentives for business investment in new equipment. “We’ve got an extraordinary economic challenge ahead of us,” Obama said. “We’re expecting a sobering job report at the end of the week.” Of Pelosi, Obama said: “I can’t think of a better partner in doing what is necessary in putting this economy back on track.” Said Pelosi: “It is a great honor and personal privilege to welcome you to this office. Tomorrow we will swear in a new Congress and we will hit the ground running on the initiatives ... to ease the pain being felt by the American people.” Obama had meetings scheduled later Monday with a broad array of House and Senate Democratic leaders and with a bipartisan group of key lawmakers. He had hoped to have Congress enact the recovery plan in time for him to sign when he takes office Jan. 20. But even his spokesman, Robert Gibbs, conceded Sunday night that was “very, very unlikely.” “We don’t anticipate that Congress will have passed, both houses, an economic recovery agreement by the time the inauguration takes place,” Gibbs said. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland said Sunday he wants the House to approve the plan by the end of the month, sending it to the Senate in time for action before Congress leaves on its mid-February break. Obama has insisted that bold and quick action is necessary if the nation is to rebound from the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression. He has said repeatedly he wants a plan that will create 3 million new jobs. “Economists from across the political spectrum agree that if we don’t act swiftly and boldly, we could see a much deeper economic downturn that could lead to double-digit unemployment and the American dream slipping further and further out of reach,” he said in his Saturday radio and YouTube address.

Whitman figures to target independent voters FROM WHITMAN PAGE 1 president and chief executive, praised Whitman’s tenure at the head of the online auctioneer. “Meg’s vision and leadership and her passion for the eBay community have helped create economic opportunity for millions of people worldwide and enabled us to build a

dynamic portfolio of leading online businesses,” he said. “Her experience and insights will be missed, but Meg will always be a part of the eBay family, and we wish her the very best.” Whitman retired last March after 10 years at the helm. A billionaire, she retains a 2 percent ownership stake in eBay. She most recently served as a national co-

chair of John McCain’s failed presidential bid and previously had supported former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who lost to McCain in the GOP primary. Whitman and Romney once worked at Bain and Co., the venture capital firm where Romney made millions. Whitman is one of three Republicans who are considered front-runners in the

2010 California gubernatorial campaign. The others are state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and former Rep. Tom Campbell. The GOP side of the race is wide open. A November Field Poll found that between two-thirds and three-quarters of registered California voters had no opinion of the potential Republican candidates.


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MLK celebration special because of Obama win FROM HUERTA PAGE 3 “She has done a lot of great work in California and we thought she would be an exceptional speaker,” Darlene Evans, the chairwoman of the coalition said. Evans added that there might not be a new keynote speaker, citing the difficulty of finding a replacement during a year when an historic inauguration is on the day following the event. Past keynote speakers have included Baha’i faith spiritual leaders Firuz Kazemzadeh and Wilma Ellis, who gave the address last year, and Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter Sr., the dean of the International Chapel at Morehouse College where King graduated in 1948. “We’re certainly sad that (Huerta) won’t be with us but also understand the importance of the moment and the conflict in terms of supporting her friend at the inauguration,” Evans said. “We think we will (have) a wonderful celebratory event and maybe she can join us at another time in the future.” The 24th annual celebration, which will be held at the SGI-USA Auditorium on Wilshire Boulevard, will feature a performance by the Angel City Chorale and tributes to local activist Clyde Smith and Estella Burnett, who served on the coalition’s scholarship committee. Smith died on Jan. 1 after battling an illness and Burnett passed away several weeks ago to cancer. The main event follows the Interfaith Prayer Breakfast on Jan. 15 at the Calvary Baptist Church, featuring speaker Stephen Rohde, a constitutional lawyer and political activist. The coalition will also hold a con-

WE’RE CERTAINLY SAD THAT (HUERTA) WON’T BE WITH US BUT ALSO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MOMENT AND THE CONFLICT IN TERMS OF SUPPORTING HER FRIEND AT THE INAUGURATION.” Darlene Evans Chairwoman, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Westside Coalition

cert featuring the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra at the SGI-USA Auditorium on Jan. 18. King, who was assassinated on April 4, 1968, would have turned 80 this year. The celebration will hold special meaning for those in attendance as the first black president will be sworn into office the same week. “We have taken a giant step forward as a nation and we have confirmed what we are — a land of opportunity and liberty for everybody,” Huerta said. melodyh@smdp.com

Smith remembered as a lover of music FROM SMITH PAGE 3 “He faithfully attended the Playboy Jazz Festival in Hollywood each year,” Trives said. “He sang with and was president of the Dave Weston Singers, a local Gospel ensemble which performs both locally and statewide at civic and religious engagements. He was a church leader and an exemplary family man.” Smith is survived by his wife of 38 years, Rosemary, and their son, Sean (daughter-in-

law Elizabeth) and seven grandchildren. The memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. at the church, located at 1008 11th St. A repast following the service will be held in Simkins Hall, located in the Shelby Center adjacent to the sanctuary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Santa Monica chapter of the Salvation Army. news@smdp.com

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NCAA BASKETBALL

Pittsburgh ranked No. 1 for first time BY JIM O’CONNELL Associated Press Writer

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SWELL FORECAST ( 3-4 FT ) SW and WNW are expected to drop off, perhaps to waist high. Winds should be lightly offshore in the AM and then moderately onshore in the afternoon.

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Pittsburgh made it to the top of The Associated Press’ college basketball poll for the first time and it wasn’t even close. The Panthers (14-0) took advantage of losses by season-long unanimous No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Connecticut to make the jump from third to first Monday, receiving all but two of the first-place votes from the national media panel. Pitt had been ranked second nine times since 1987-88 but had never reached No. 1 until this week. “I think it means a lot to our fans and our city and it means a lot to our university, much more so than to me and our players,” Panthers coach Jamie Dixon said Monday.“But it is part of the reason why we play and work so hard so I am glad for them.” The Panthers have a lot of familiar names in the Top 25 with them as they are one of a record nine Big East teams in the poll. The 16-team league had a record eight schools ranked for three weeks earlier in the season, but the return of Marquette and the first appearance of West Virginia made it nine Big East teams. Duke (12-1) jumped from fifth to second to start a run of three straight teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina (13-1), which lost 85-78 at home to Boston College on Sunday and received the other first-place votes, was third and Wake Forest (13-0) fourth. Connecticut, which lost to Georgetown at home last Monday, dropped three places to fifth, while Oklahoma, which lost to Arkansas last week, fell from fourth to sixth. Texas was

seventh followed by Michigan State, Georgetown and UCLA. Syracuse was 11th followed by Clemson, Notre Dame, Purdue, Tennessee, Xavier and Boston College. Marquette and Villanova tied for 18th and were followed by Arizona State, Butler and Minnesota. Baylor and Louisville were tied for 23rd and West Virginia was 25th. Boston College, which has won 10 straight games since losses at Saint Louis and Purdue, is ranked for the first time since December 2007. Marquette (13-2) returned after a twoweek absence following Big East wins over Villanova and Cincinnati. West Virginia (11-2) was ranked for two weeks last December. The Mountaineers, whose losses were to Kentucky and Davidson, have won five in a row. The Big East teams in the Top 25 are Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Georgetown, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Marquette, Villanova, Louisville and West Virginia. Gonzaga (8-4), which was ranked as high as No. 4 this season, fell out of the poll from 16th after losing its third straight. The Zags lost to Connecticut and Portland State then was beaten 66-65 by Utah last week. Michigan (11-3) split its first two Big Ten games, losing to Wisconsin and beating Illinois, but dropped out from 23rd. Ohio State (10-2), which lost to Minnesota after opening its Big Ten season with a win over Iowa, fell out from 24th. There are five games between ranked teams this week and four of those are Big East games: Georgetown at Notre Dame on Monday; Connecticut at West Virginia on Tuesday; and Louisville at Villanova and West Virginia at Marquette on Saturday. North Carolina is at Wake Forest on Sunday.

NBA

Clippers acquire Samb from Nuggets THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Clippers acquired 7-foot-1 Cheikh Samb of Senegal from the Denver Nuggets on Monday for a conditional second-round draft pick. The Clippers also waived forward Paul Davis and guard Fred Jones and received cash considerations as part of the deal. Samb played in six games with the Nuggets this season, averaging 0.7 points, 1.5 rebounds in 4.0 minutes. He came to Denver on Nov. 3 with Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess for Allen Iverson. Denver (23-12) was leading the Northwest Division by 2Ω games entering

Monday night. The Clippers (8-25) were 19Ω games behind the Pacific Division-leading Lakers. Samb was assigned to the NBA Development League on Dec. 10 and has averaged 12.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.8 blocks in 10 games. He was drafted 51st by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2006 and played briefly with Detroit. Davis appeared in 80 games for the Clippers from 2006-08. This season, he played in 27 games, averaging 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 11.5 minutes. Jones appeared in five games after signing as a free agent Dec. 28. He averaged 6.6 points and 1.4 assists in 19.6 minutes.

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Lakers’ Walton sidelined by foot soreness THE ASSOCIATED PRESS EL SEGUNDO Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton will be sidelined for at least two weeks by a foot injury. Walton, who started 11 consecutive games before missing Sunday’s 100-86 win over Portland, has sesamoiditis in his right foot and will wear a protective boot for a week, the team said Monday.

The condition is an irritation of the sesamoid bones that extend to the big toe and generally heals without surgery. Walton had averaged 5.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists since moving into the starting lineup. Trevor Ariza started in his place against the Trail Blazers and had four points, five rebounds and two assists while playing 33 minutes.


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MOVIE TIMES Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Ave. (323) 466-FILM

The Tale of Despereaux (G) 2:00, 4:30, 7:15

Slumdog Millionaire (R) 2hr 1min 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:00

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The Spirit (PG-13) 1hr 43min 2:20, 5:00, 7:35, 10:15

Doubt (PG-13) 1hr 44min 12:00, 2:40, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15

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The Day the Earth Stood Still (PG-13) 1hr 50min 1:50, 4:25, 7:05, 9:40

Bedtime Stories (PG) 1hr 35min 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 9:50

Yes Man (PG-13) 1hr 44min 2:10, 4:50, 7:25, 9:50

Bolt (PG) 1hr 36min 1:50, 4:40

Bedtime Stories (PG) 1hr 35min 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:20

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (PG-13) 2hrs 48min 1:00, 4:30, 8:00

Frost/Nixon (R) 2hrs 02min 1:30, 4:15, 7:20, 10:10

Milk (R) 2hrs 08min 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10:00

Twilight (PG-13) 2hrs 9:30

Quantum of Solace (PG-13) 1hr 46min 7:00, 9:40

AMC 7 Santa Monica 1310 Third St. (310) 289-4262 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (PG-13) 2hrs 48min 2:50, 6:30, 10:00

Mann's Criterion Theatre 1313 Third St. (310) 395-1599 Seven Pounds (PG-13) 1hr 58min 12:50, 3:50, 7:00, 9:50 Gran Torino (R) 11:20am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:40, 9:00, 10:30 Valkyrie (PG-13) 2hrs 11:10am, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20

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Marley & Me (PG) 2hrs Digital Projection 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10:00

Revolutionary Road (R) 1hr 59min 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:50

Marley & Me (PG) 2hrs Noon, 3:00, 6:00

Last Chance Harvey (PG-13) 1hr 39min 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

The Reader (R) 2hrs 02min 1:20, 4:10, 7:20, 10:10

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Return phone calls Pisces ARIES (March 21-April 19)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

★★★★ Your finances remain a major preoccupation. Fatigue could play into you decision-making. Knowing this, slow down and take one situation at a time. The unexpected occurs, at least in your mind. Tonight: Make sure all the bills are paid.

★★★★★ Work with one partner, especially as you see this person holds all the cards. Being smart and not bucking the obvious proves to be a great idea. Observe the results. Creativity plays a role, but allow others to test your ideas. Tonight: Swap news with a friend.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) ★★★★★ You are still in the pink. Your creativity could be stronger, but your ability to see past the obvious allows you to step out way ahead of others. Friends might surprise you with their ideas. Listen and brainstorm. Tonight: A must appearance.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) ★★★★ Others continue to call the shots, no matter what you do. Try not to buck the status quo; accept a quieter role. Your imagination easily goes haywire. Avoid risking and keep your feet on the ground. Tonight: Sort through what you hear.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) ★★★ Say less and listen more. Bosses do the unexpected, and you need to roll with the moment. You might want to come from a stronger sense of well-being. Creativity surges when intellectual conversation and brainstorming occur. Tonight: Get a good night’s sleep.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) ★★★★ Get into work or your daily routine. How much you can get done could change radically, as many surprising events could stop you dead in your tracks. Refuse to commit to spending any money until you are sure of the wisdom of an idea. Tonight: Try to cut work and relax.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) ★★★★★ You might want to rethink a meeting or what you are going to contribute to this situation. Sudden insights take you in a new direction. Keep conversations flowing, understanding what others say. Tonight: Where the gang is.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) ★★★★★ Let your imagination and drive merge. Know when to nix what appears to be a great idea if the budget might not be stable. Your sense of what works can make a difference. Tonight: Brainstorm away. Then go for some play.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) ★★★★ Accept a budding responsibility, at least for today. You also realize your limits and understand what others offer. Don’t give away all your power, but see delegating as different and important. Tonight: Try not to burn the candle at both ends.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) ★★★ Listen to basics. Family and home remain high priorities, even if you would like to concentrate on other matters. Suppressed anger might be driving you a lot harder than you realize. Think positively. Tonight: Order in.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) ★★★★ Reach out for others, seeking answers. You understand far more than you realize. A brainstorming session opens many doors. Creativity and understanding help your day-today life. Tonight: Hop on the computer or find someone to play Scrabble with.

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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) ★★★★★ Look to a more positive event, and worry less about a lingering problem or issue. You cannot change what is happening. Display your unique flexibility and ability to see beyond the obvious. Tonight: Return calls.

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

Make it your practice this year to view possibilities with an open mind. Learn to not put people, situations or ideas into categories. The more fluid your thinking, the higher your success ratio will be. Rely on yourself, as others demonstrate an unusual changeability. Others see you as quite unique and very desirable. If you are single, you might have some surprising choices. People will be drawn to you because of who you are, not what you have. If you are attached, open up to your sweetie, and don’t automatically react to new energy or different perspectives. Be willing to do some errands and exchanges differently. CAPRICORN understands more than you think.

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Girls and Sports

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

By Adrian Raeside

SOLUTIONS TO YESTERDAY’S PUZZLE

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DAILY LOTTERY 2 11 19 21 34 Meganumber: 38 Jackpot: $12M 5 14 37 44 47 Meganumber: 25 Jackpot: $41M 1 9 14 33 35 MIDDAY: 6 4 5 EVENING: 4 3 6 1st: 07 Eureka 2nd: 03 Hot Shot 3rd: 04 Big Ben RACE TIME: 1.42.18

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Strange Brew

By John Deering

CHUCK

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â–  Freud de Melo, 73, operates a quirky tourist park in central Brazil that features stone models of Noah's Ark and other sculptures, but he also notoriously suffers from taphephobia, the fear of being buried alive, and one of his sculptures is his own elaborate, fear-assuaging crypt. His vault houses a TV and fruit pantry, has access to fresh air, and features two built-in plastic cones that act as megaphones to the outside, reassuring de Melo that if he is buried too soon, he will be able to protest (as he demonstrated for a Wall Street Journal reporter, for an October dispatch, screaming into the countryside, "Help me! Come quick! I've been buried alive!"). (Taphephobia was more common in centuries past, afflicting George Washington among others, because doctors often missed lingering signs of life in sick patients.)

TODAY IN HISTORY President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, outlined a goal of "Four Freedoms": Freedom of speech and expression; the freedom of people to worship God in their own way; freedom from want; freedom from fear. the Pan American Airways Pacific Clipper arrived in New York more than a month after leaving California and following a westward route. U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese troops launched Operation Deckhouse Five, an offensive in the Mekong River delta. truck driver William G. Bonin was convicted in Los Angeles of 10 of the "Freeway Killer" slayings of young men and boys. figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the leg by an assailant at Cobo Arena in Detroit; four men, including Jeff Gillooly, ex-husband of Kerrigan's rival, Tonya Harding, were later sentenced to prison for their roles in the attack; Harding, who denied advance knowledge of the attack, received probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution.

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