Santa Monica Observer Issue 52 : Page 1

Page 10 Volume XI Number 52 Community, Diversity, and other Overused Words™ Crooners and Dinos December 15 - 21 2008 SamoHi Choir performs outside of Barnes and Noble and 3d and Arizona last weekend. INSIDE: No Birthday Cake for Adolph Hitler, P. 4 Movie Review: Nothing bu the Truth by Rod Lurie, Page 7 by Rod Lurie, Page 7 Services Directory, Page 18 Classifieds, page 18 Calendar, Page 20 Yahoo scales back Santa Monica office, while Google asked to honor privacy, P 3 No Birthday Cake for Judge David Finkel, LC Jaffe Elected to SMC Board Louise Jaffe has been elected chair and David B. Finkel, Judge of the Superior Court (Ret.) vice chair of the Santa Monica Community College District Board of Trustees for 2009. This is the first time that Jaffe has served as chair and Finkel as vice chair. Jaffe succeeds Rob Rader as chair and Finkel suc- ceeds Jaffe as vice chair. Jaffe, who was elected to the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees in November 2006, has lived in Santa Monica for more than 20 years. She first became involved in community and edu- cation issues through her daugh- ters, Maggie and Nora, who have been educated in Santa Monica's public schools. Jaffe has been a PTA leader since the early 1990s, serving terms as PTA President for Will Rogers Elementary School, Santa Monica High School, and the Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs. She has been honored with five PTA Honorary Service Awards and is the proud recipient of PTA's highest award, the Golden Oak. Jaffe founded the Santa Monica Lifelong Learning Community Project to create a shared community vision to real- ize Santa Monica's potential as a model Lifelong Learning Community. She continues to write a monthly Lifelong Learning Community eNewsletter posted at www .smllc.org. She is also a founding mem- ber of the political action com- mittee Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS) www.excellentpublicschools.org and served as Co-Chair from 2003 to May 2006 when she stepped down to run for the College Board. During her tenure as co-chair, CEPS gathered 15,000 signatures from Santa Monica voters to qualify a char- ter amendment that would require the City to increase its funding to Santa Monica's public schools. Just prior to the petition deadline, the City and the School SMC Board, Page 2 Photos by Alyssa Erdley Samohi's fourth annual winter concert of perpetual motion - students sing from all corners of Barnum Hall continuously and as soon as one group ends, another one begins. In this type of concert there is no applause until after the very last choir performs. See Page 2 Holiday Green: EcoFest, 2008 by Kat Thomas Observer Arts Editor Any way you look at it Christmas shopping can be quite the hassle. Not just a has- sle, but a big old unhappy chore that most people dread. Holiday hives can erupt from just thinking about browsing the chain stores of Third Street Promenade, and Westside Pavilion, and the Beverly Center. “Great, here come the Holidays again…” A couple of years ago things got so bad that some friends got together and decided to create another option. The Eco Gift Festival, held last weekend at the Santa Monica Civic Center, was intentionally created to combat these Deck-the-Hall doldrums. The brainchild of Santa Monica yoga instructors Tommy Rosen and his wife Kia Miller the Eco Gift Festival was created as a large-scale eco-conscious gift show that would provide people with an uplifting experience and a solution to the difficult emo- tions, inconveniences and terri- ble waste associated with the holidays and holiday shopping. With local music, a variety of socially relevant speakers, and a place to enjoy delectable organic foods, this event has become a neighborhood icon for people who want more than what corpo- rate America doles out to us. “I love that it’s an opportunity for the community to come together. A cool place where eco friendly companies are all in one place, that is also a fun community builder,” notes Jana Bozeman, volunteer at the festival. The expo offered an array of social conscious holiday gift ideas. From extra long yoga pants for the yogi who is over six-foot to socially conscious travel tours where the tourists spend their vacations helping children in Africa get clean water. Each product is full of caring details, like Pangea organ- ic soap, where all of the packag- ing is made of 100% post con- ECOFEST, Page 10

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