Your Column Here – Returning home to Santa Monica

first_imgHomeOpinionColumnsYour Column Here – Returning home to Santa Monica Oct. 29, 2020 at 6:05 amColumnsFeaturedNewsYour Column HereYour Column Here – Returning home to Santa MonicaGuest Author7 months agoInterim Chief of PoliceJacqueline Seabrooks has been sworn in as Interim Chief of Police. Courtesy photo. By Jacqueline SeabrooksI am honored and humbled to be asked to return home to the City of Santa Monica to serve as your Interim Chief of Police. I want to express my deep appreciation for retiring Chief Cynthia Renaud and her leadership of the department these past few years. As I step into this role, my primary priorities will be to provide for the safety and wellbeing of the Santa Monica community.Although in many respects I am coming home, I realize I am returning to a very different environment. 2020 has been a tumultuous year for everyone as we’ve all had to adjust to a new way of life during the COVID-19 health emergency, the resulting economic uncertainties, and the national call for social justice and police reform in the aftermath of wide-ranging social unrest. In light of these issues, it’s with both my heart and my head that I’ve agreed to come out of retirement to serve Santa Monica in this moment. My deep appreciation for the Santa Monica community and my experience leading the talented and dedicated women and men of the Police Department will contribute to a seamless transition.I’m eager to work alongside Interim City Manager Lane Dilg as she leads our community’s efforts to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion. Now, more than ever, this is important work. A central tenet of my approach to policing is strong community-police ties. The relationships between this community and its Police Department made my previous service quite rewarding. As I am sure you did, I found the events of May 31 to be quite painful. In speaking on behalf of the Police Department, I want to assure you that we are committed to pushing up our sleeves and participating in the healing work necessary to restore the trust and confidence of this community even as we intently focus our attention on crime, homelessness, and other quality of life concerns.Looking ahead, I am committed to supporting a robust, objective, and transparent after-action review led by OIR Group. I am certain this review will be a valuable resource to promote learning opportunities that will prove beneficial as we move forward. And, in moving forward, my leadership will continue to be firmly rooted in the pillars of 21st century policing. In particular, the focus will be on fostering trust with the community and within the department, strong policy and oversight, the strategic use of technology to supplement traditional crime reduction methods, robust staff training and education, and ensuring the safety and wellness of our officers as we carry out our mission of protecting our community.It’s through the lens of healing and collaboration that I will view the ongoing work on police reform. As I familiarize myself with recent discussions with the community, the Public Safety Reform Advisory Committee, the City Council, and others, it’s my hope that we can work swiftly to make impactful, yet balanced, improvements which ultimately reflect the needs of today’s Santa Monica. There is no magic formula, no guarantees or quick fixes associated with this work; therefore, I will lean on those optimized practices I’ve identified through my involvement with the Institute for American Police Reform and other entities in addressing existing commitments.As the election approaches in an unprecedented year, I want to be sure our community knows the women and men of the Santa Monica Police Department are here and will remain highly visible as we work to keep you safe. Our safety work will include collaborations with our fellow City departments and County partners with the goal being to support a safe and fair electoral process. As always, remember that if you have information that you believe may be useful to SMPD, please email [email protected] your returning Chief, I am here to listen to you, learn with you, and, as always, to do the work necessary to contribute to a safer Santa Monica. I’ll see you around town.Jacqueline Seabrooks is the interim Chief of PoliceTags :Interim Chief of Policeshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentBattle to separate Malibu from Santa Monica school district reignitesLetters, texts, caravans, parades: Advocates mobilize votersYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author11 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more

A Change of Plans

first_imgHusband and wife artists John Rawlings and Souheir Rawlings had two blissful months at their new home in New Mexico last fall before the unimaginable happened.While painting a wall at their house, the scaffolding that Souheir had been standing on collapsed. Souheir fell and received a number of injuries that required an extended stay in the hospital. When she finally returned home, John didn’t to leave the house for long so that he could make sure Souheir received the care and companionship she needed.It was a change for a couple that has never been able to sit still. Both Souheir and John are accomplished artists who split their time between Whitefish and the Southwest. John was a professor at Flathead Valley Community College until retiring in 2014. Since then, John has written a book and the couple oversees an artist-in-residence program with month-long sessions in New Mexico and Venice.But while staying close to Souheir, John began to notice the rocks around his house. Those stones have become the core of John’s new show at the Nancy Cawdrey Gallery in downtown Whitefish. The show opens with a special gallery night on July 11 from 6 to 9 p.m.John was born in London after World War II and moved to Australia when he was young. He began teaching art in the 1960s and later attended the University of Guanajuato in Mexico to earn his master of fine arts degree in sculpture. Afterward he taught at schools in South Dakota, Wyoming and Alaska before landing a part-time position in 1988 at FVCC, where he taught painting, drawing, design and life drawing. In 1993, he became director of the school’s growing art program. He stayed in that position until he retired in 2014, the same year he was named the Association of Community College Trustees Faculty Member of the Year for the North America Western Region.It was at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico where John first began working with stone and developed an appreciation for its staying power.“I spent six months at the University of Guanajuato whacking on one piece of stone and I learned so much from that experience. That’s how I built my relationship with stone,” he said. “Stones are resistant to time. Everything we have from the ancient times is in stone. The paintings and the wooden tools and all the music are gone, but the arrowhead remains while the wooden arrow is long gone.”In the last few months, John has worked on more than two-dozen stones. Using a pneumatic die grinder with diamond bits, John carved spirals and circles into the face rock, a process that can take hours.  John likened the project to dancing with a new person. When he set up the stone in his workshop and fired up the grinder, he was never sure what the final product would look like. Sometimes he would carve a lot, other times he would carve a little and let the rock’s natural beauty take center-stage.“Working with stone can be a humbling experience,” he said.Rawlings’ show, titled “Spirit Stones: Southwest to Northwest, A Journey in Stone,” will run through early August at the Nancy Cawdrey Gallery. For more information, visit or Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

Lights All Night Announces Line-Up: Tiesto, Bassnectar, Axwell

first_imgBy Justin CharlesLights All Night, the annual Dallas based New Years Eve electronic music festival, has announced it’s line-up for this years event. Each night will have two legitimate headliners; Tiesto and Avicii on the 29th, Bassnectar and Calvin Harris on the 30th, and Axwell and Ghostland Observatory on the 31st, among other top notch talent like Diplo, NERO, and Alesso.Lights All Night takes place in Fair Park in Dallas, Texas, and promises a dynamic light show, live dancers, art installations, and New Years celebrations in addition to a stacked line-up. The festival will also expand to Australia in 2013. Check out below for the full line-up:3LAU12th PlanetAbakusAdventure ClubAlessoAlvin RiskArchnemesisAt Dawn We RageA-TrakAviciiAxwellBassnectarBingo PlayersBreak ScienceCalvin HarrisCookie MonstaCrizzlyDiploDoorlyFeed MeFigureFlux PavilionFuntcaseGareth EmeryGhostland ObservatoryGrizKeys N KratesLA RiotsMadeonMarkus SchulzMinnesotaMord FustangNero DJ SetNervoNobody Beats the DrumPlay N SkillsPopeskaRhythm MonksSander Van DoornSupervisionTiëstoTommy TrashWhite PandaZeddZeds Deadlast_img read more

Video: Making of CycleFilm’s CyclePassion Women of Cycling Calendar

first_imgHere’s the blurb about this video, and we really can’t say it any better:Once a year, a select group of elite women cyclists leave behind their world of mud, sweat, blood and pain to slip into something a little more comfortable. See what happens when eight professional cyclists trade in their lycra for latex, lace and leather in the sixth annual production of the ever popular Cyclepassion Bike Calendar. Take an intimate look behind the scenes of each photo shoot and find out what life off the bike is like for each rider. Eyes Wide Open also tells the story of the calendar origins with its founder Anke Wilken, and renowned photographer Daniel Geiger.Above is part one of three featuring teammates Heather Irmiger and Willow Koerber. Click past the break for parts two and three with some of their domestic and international competition…last_img read more

President’s FY 2015 budget harmful to seaports?

first_imgWhile the budget proposal included funding for a new National Infrastructure Investment programme, it also decreases funding for the Corps of Engineers’ modernisation and maintenance programmes for seaports and eliminates the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grant programmer.AAPA was encouraged by the Administration’s plan to increase funding for transportation infrastructure within the Department of Transportation. The President proposed the creation of a USD1.25 billion trust fund for multimodal transportation infrastructure, which would increase and sustain funding of the TIGER grants programme and establish a new freight grant programmer aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of the US in the global marketplace. The proposed new multimodal account for rail, highway and port projects would seek to address the greatest needs for the efficient movement of goods across the country and abroad.”AAPA believes these grants would have strong and positive effects on freight system improvement, although we don’t know yet how much is specifically proposed for improving landside connections with America’s ports and their landside connections,” said Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO. AAPA has strongly advocated for continuing TIGER program funding and dedicating at least 25 percent of the grants to port-related infrastructure, added Nagle.But other areas of the President’s budget request were less encouraging, said AAPA. The Corps of Engineers’ civil works funding decreased 5.8 percent from the FY 2014 budget to USD4.56 billion.”The Corps of Engineers’ budget proposal falls well short of the waterside maintenance and modernisation needs of this country. We were disappointed to see that the budget request for Corps port-related programs decreased from the FY 2014 enacted budget in both the operations and maintenance and the construction accounts, despite the President’s call to upgrade U.S. ports and the goal of doubling exports,” said Nagle.”Our nation is at a critical point in maintaining our international competitiveness, and the FY 2015 budget request would result in trade-related infrastructure losing further ground at a time when we are already behind many of our competitors,” he added.Funding for improved federal channels would take another significant hit under the President’s budget. The budget request contains a 10 percent decrease in FY 2015 from FY 2014 in channel improvements.The enthusiasm generated from the President’s and Vice President’s port tours and discussions in 2013 and inclusion of the need to upgrade our ports in the January State of the Union address has been dampened by the budget request, said the AAPA.”As the Administration and Congress grapple with the multiple goals of reducing the nation’s debt while growing jobs and the economy, federal investments in ports and their connecting infrastructure continue to be an essential, effective utilisation of limited resources, paying dividends through increased trade, jobs and over USD20 billion a year in tax revenues,” said Nagle. McDuffie Terminal, Alabama Port Authority www.aapa-ports.orglast_img read more

Widower, children sue estate of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock for $45M

first_imgeccolo74/iStock/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) — The family of a California woman who died in the Las Vegas mass shooting is suing the estate of gunman Stephen Paddock for $45 million, court documents show.Thousand Oaks resident Keri Galvan was survived by her husband and three children. Each is named in a creditor’s claim electronically filed Wednesday in Clark County district court in Nevada, the court documents state. The court filing was provided to ABC News by The Blast.Each requests $10 million from Paddock’s estate, but Galvan’s husband, Justin Galvan, requests an addition $5 million due to the emotional distress he suffered because he was “physically present at the Route 91 Harvest Festival” when the shooting took place, according to the claim.The figure represents the value of Keri Galvan’s lost wages and financial support as well as loss of her “love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection and emotional support,” among others, the court documents state.Keri Galvan had worked for Mastro’s Steakhouse near her home for almost a decade, her employer, Landry’s Inc., said in a statement after she was killed. A GoFundMe campaign created by her sister, Lindsey Poole, describes Keri Galvan as a “devoted wife and mother.” Her children were ages 10, 4 and 2 at the time of her death.The mother of three was “enjoying a night out with her husband and friends” when she was “senselessly murdered,” Poole wrote. She died in her husband’s arms, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.On Oct. 1, 58 people were killed and hundreds more injured when police say Paddock, 64, opened fire on thousands of concertgoers from the 32nd floor of his suite in the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.After the shooting, Paddock’s brother, Eric Paddock, described him to ABC News as a “wealthy guy who lived to play video poker.”Police found Stephen Paddock dead when they breached his hotel room after the shooting had stopped.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more