AMERICA UNITES FOR KIDS & PUBLIC EMPLOYEES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY vs. SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Robert Herrick, senior lecturer on industrial hygiene at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, helped uncover high PCB levels in sealants at a number of schools in Boston; his published research on the topic led to the discovery of more such schools in New York and elsewhere. Said Herrick in a March 27, 2015 TakePart.com article, “If you’ve got buildings full of developing humans who are susceptible to these disruptive chemicals, how can you not be persuaded that you need to reduce that source of exposure?

See TakePart.com article here: http://www.takepart.com/feature/2015/03/27/pcbs-in-schools

Several Malibu High School Teachers Plead with the SMMUSD’s Board of Education for PCB-free Classrooms

See video of several Malibu High School Teachers’ Plea to the SMMUSD’s Board of Education:

See YouTube Video here:

Expert to Community: ‘There Are No Safe Levels of PCB’

Dr. David Carpenter told a group of parents, teachers and community members at a town forum the toxic chemical is unsafe at any level.
For details, go to:

http://patch.com/california/malibu/expert-community-there-are-no-safe-level-pcb-0?utm_source=newsletter-daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=schools&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=article-topstories

Parents battle district over toxic PCBs in Malibu public schools

For details, go to:

http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/03/03/58118/parents-battle-district-over-toxic-pcb-s-in-malibu/

The attached Declarations from Malibu High School teachers Katy Lapajne and Lisa Lambert includes evidence from 33 other Malibu High School teachers that the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) is not complying with their Best Management Practices (BMPs) and is in violation of the EPA Region 9’s guidelines.

Exhibit B to Katy Lapajne’s declaration includes evidence that thirty three (33) Malibu High school teachers have written a letter dated January 15, 2016 to the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District declaring that the School District’s facilities manager admitted on January 8, 2016 that the SMMUSD’s Best Managements Practices (BMPs) for reducing concentrations of toxic PCBs and, therefore, potential exposure to PCBs has not been taking place at all. (See page 2 paragraph 17 of Teacher Katy Lapajne’s Declaration)

See pdf copies of the Declarations from two Malibu High School Teachers:

DECLARATION OF MALIBU HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER KATY LAPAJNE

DECLARATION OF MALIBU HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER LISA LAMBERT

The attached declaration from Malibu High School Parent Matt DeNicola declares that former SMMUSD Board of Education member Ben Allen, now California State Senator Ben Allen admitted in September 2014 that the SMMUSD Board of Education chose not to test for PCBs, because they knew that they would find illegal levels of toxic PCBs and be forced to remove them under the TSCA. (See Matt DeNicola Declaration, pg. 1, paragraph 2)

DECLARATION OF MATT DENICOLA RE CALIFORNIA STATE SENATOR BEN ALLEN

See Declaration from Malibu High School Teacher Carla Bowman Smith declaring that Malibu High School’s condition is horrific, and is infested with rats, feces and urine:

DECLARATION OF MALIBU HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER CARLA BOWMAN SMITH

Declaration of renowned PCB Expert Dr. David Carpenter confirming that PCBs at Malibu High School greatly exceed legal limits under the TSCA, and inhalation of PCB vapors constitutes a continuous hazard to teachers and students:

See pdf copy of Dr. David Carpenter’s Declaration:

DECLARATION OF RENOWNED PCB EXPERT DR. DAVID CARPENTER

See Expert Opinion and Peer-Reviewed Study of Dr. David Carpenter concerning PCBs at Malibu High School:

Report of Expert Carpenter, MD-1

David O. Carpenter
Exposure to and health effects of volatile PCBs

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See the March 26, 2013 opinion of District Court Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. concerning PCB litigation in New York State:

“With the cognitive development of children at stake, it would have been refreshing to see humanitarian concerns trump the compulsion to delay litigation with quite so many spurious arguments. But some dreams remain deferred.”

http://media.wix.com/ugd/561311_431920787e0341dfba8abaf1f68d6ce5.pdf

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT for the CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA (Western Division – Los Angeles)
CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 2:15-cv-02124-PA-AJW

America Unites for Kids et al v. Sandra Lyon et al
Assigned to: Judge Percy Anderson
Referred to: Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Wistrich
Cause: 28:2201 Declaratory Judgment
Date Filed: 03/23/2015
Jury Demand: None
Nature of Suit: 893 Environmental Matters
Jurisdiction: Federal Question

AMERICA UNITES FOR KIDS, and PUBLIC EMPLOYEES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY,
Plaintiffs,

v.

SANDRA LYON, IN HER OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS SUPERINTENDENT OF THE SANTA MONICA MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT,  JAN MAEZ, IN HER OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS ASSOCIATE SUPERINTENDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER OF THE SANTA MONICA MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND LAURIE LIEBERMAN, DR. JOSE ESCARCE, CRAIG FOSTER, MARIA LEON-VAZQUEZ, RICHARD TAHVILDARAN-JESSWEIN,  OSCAR DE LA TORRE, AND RALPH MECHUR, IN THEIR OFFICIAL CAPACITIES AS MEMBERS OF THE SANTA MONICA MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION,

Defendants.

COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT

America Unites and PEER will no longer allow the district to play the games of “Don’t Test, Don’t Know” (as long as they don’t test the caulk, they don’t have to remove it) or “Test, But Don’t Tell” (when they find PCBs over 50ppm and don’t tell the public).

After more than twenty four months. and approx. $8 million dollars spent, it is time for all games to cease.

The Malibu  community has pleaded with the SMMUSD to TEST the caulking, REMEDIATE in compliance with the law & PROTECT students and staff by moving into PCB-free portables, but SMMUSD made it clear on March 20, 2015 that they will continue their plan for Best Management Practices Cleaning (BMPs) as the only method of protection.

EPA confirms that BMPs are not scientifically proven to be effective nor does it comply with the law.

Congress called out only one chemical, PCBs, in the Toxic Substances Control Act, because of the undeniable evidence that PCBs are an unacceptable risk to human health.

What the Malibu community is asking for is nothing more than what Hartford, CT immediately and voluntarily did when they discovered PCBs in their school in Dec 2014. See Hartford, CT news article:
http://touch.courant.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-83034403/

Hartford, CT has spent only $40,000 to identify PCB sources. In stark contrast, the SMMUSD has spent approximately $8,000,000 NOT to identify PCB sources.

Malibu Schools Drain $8 Million From SMMUSD In Legal Fees

For details, go to:

http://www.smmirror.com/articles/News/Malibu-Schools-Drain-8-Million-From-SMMUSD-In-Legal-Fees/45152

Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Timeline:

See letter to Sandra Lyon and the SMMUSD’s Board of Education dated Oct. 7, 2013 from AMPS, Malibu High PTSA, The Shark Fund, The Boys & Girls Club of Malibu, members of the Malibu High School Site Council, & Malibu Special Education Demanding that the SMMUSD take Steps to Keep Our Children and Teachers Safe:

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In January 2014, SMMUSD staff raised concerns about PCB exposure in Malibu High School and Middle School (MHS) and Juan Cabrillo Elementary School (JCS) after three teachers reported thyroid cancer diagnoses.

See letter to Sandra Lyon from 12 teachers at Malibu High School:

http://www.peer.org/assets/docs/ca/1_13_14_teacher_letter.pdf

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The City of Malibu through Resolution No. 14-58 requests that the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) conduct further source testing for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at all Malibu school campuses and in all rooms. Every inch of caulking does not need to be tested to verify there are PCBs. It is reasonable and based on standard building practices is responsible to assume that all like caulking in the same building contains PCBs. 

See City of Malibu’s Resolution below:

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Despite the October 2013, January 2014 letters and City of Malibu passing this Resolution, the SMMUSD refuses to relocate its students and teachers and administer any further testing, even turning down the offer of Malibu parent and supermodel Cindy Crawford to personally pay for the tests. The EPA, in the Oct, 31st, 2014 approval, made very clear that PCBs over 50ppm cannot be left in place. PCBs are not like lead paint and asbestos; they are not chemically the same nor are they handled by EPA the same way.

The SMMUSD is misleading the public with false statements to try and justify their choice to keep exposing Malibu children to cancerous, toxic PCBs. 

PCBs Affect a Whole Building, Not Just a Single Window

If PCB-laden caulking over 50ppm has been found in one classroom, then it is probable that PCB-laden caulk is in all classrooms in that building. It would be absurd to propose removal of only the tested window (which is what the district has proposed) when adjacent windows used the same caulking that contain high levels of PCBs.

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On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, the SMMUSD ordered a “special” cleaning of the classrooms prior to Environ testing the dust and air. They asked teachers to remove all items from all surfaces so they can send a “special” crew to remove dust from surfaces; the same surfaces that Environ will be wipe testing hours later.

This renders PCB results meaningless. The goal of wipe and air testing is to see what the students and staff have been exposed to for the past 4 months. However, if they clean it hours before testing then any evidence of PCB exposure is removed.  Click Here to see email

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This was done to guarantee the results are below EPA guidelines. Sadly, these test results will be nothing more than a PR move by the district to reassure parents and waste taxpayer dollars.

Moreover, the SMMUSD’s Superintendent Sandra Lyon sought the assistance of the California Association of School Administrators to lobby the EPA to not enforce PCB source testing and remediation in Malibu schools.

Thereafter, on August 1, 2014 Laura Preston, legislative advocate for the California Association of School Administrators, sent an email to Jared Blumenfeld, EPA Region 9 Administrator, in which she revealed that her organization had been working with Superintendent Sandra Lyon for several months on the PCB issue in Malibu schools. She expressed that her office had also met with the offices of all of our state and federal elected officials, including the California Governor’s office about this issue.

This email suggested that Blumenfeld’s actions could give the appearance of “preferential treatment “ to Malibu. Preston said that: “…any preferential treatment to the community of Malibu will give the appearance that an affluent largely white community will receive preferential treatment. This can easily become a civil rights issue for all of us.”

See California Association of School Administrators email to the EPA.

This email was obtained through a freedom of information act request.

https://lawofficesofbarryfagan.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/california-association-of-school-administrators-email-to-epa.pdf

This email, unfortunately, reveals the type of political lobbying that has taken place between Sacramento and the EPA to not actively identify and remove the illegals levels of PCBs in Malibu Schools.

The EPA is Rolling Back PCB Safeguards and Has Significantly Raised the Toxic Exposure levels for Our Nation’s Children

https://lawofficesofbarryfagan.wordpress.com/2015/08/22/the-epa-is-rolling-back-pcb-safeguards-and-has-significantly-raised-the-toxic-exposure-levels-for-our-nations-children/

See link to the comparison between the new EPA and old EPA guidance:

http://www.peer.org/assets/docs/epa/8_20_15_Comparison_EPA_PCB_guidance.pdf

See attached pdf copy:

8_20_15_Comparison_EPA_PCB_guidance

See Link to News Article Concerning the EPA’s Stealth Rollback of School PCB Safeguards:

http://www.sonorannews.com/archives/2015/150826/news-EPA.html

ON OCTOBER 24, 2015 AMERICA UNITES FOR KIDS RELEASED ADDITIONAL DISCOVERY CONCERNING SUPERINTENDENT SANDRA LYON

In 2013-14, Superintendent Sandra Lyon did not tell Malibu High School teachers and parents that their children were occupying classrooms that the previous teacher just reported having thyroid cancer as well as other previous teachers also having cancer.

These rooms then tested at 570,000 ppm of PCBs! The highest level ever found in the NATION!
This public records request proves that Sandra Lyon knew and was asked by the Juan Cabrillo principal when Lyon was going to tell teachers and parents about it (which was never!) Anyone thinking Child endangerment?
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The SMMUSD appears to be more interested in attempting to limit their exposure to liability from a toxic tort complaint, rather than to just simply comply with the TSCA, and protects its students and teachers from this continuing harm.

Malibu parents and teachers are not requesting “preferential treatment.” Plaintiffs’ are simply asking the district to comply with Federal law, and for students and teachers in EPA Region 9 to receive the same level of precaution and health protection currently enjoyed by students and teachers in other EPA regions.

Contrary to the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s claim, the EPA has not approved the District’s plan regarding removal of caulk from the 10 PI Rooms.

The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s cynical decision to conduct only limited testing of the caulk has made it impossible for Plaintiffs to detail all the locations throughout the School where PCB contamination can be found.

However, it is a virtual certainty that the contamination is widespread throughout Malibu High School and Jaun Cabrillo Elementary School.

America Unites For Kids and PEER’s Notice alleged that the illegal PCB contamination was throughout these two Schools.

There is no provision in Section 761.20(a) for EPA to review or approve a plan to remove manufactured material (such as PCB contaminated caulk) containing PCB at over 50 ppm.

The use of any such PCB contaminated caulk is per se illegal. By contrast, removal of PCB remediation waste (such as PCB migrating from the caulk to the substrate) is subject to EPA review and approval under 40 C.F.R. § 761.61(c)4, which is what has occurred here.

The fact that EPA Region 9 is not enforcing the law is exactly what TSCA’s citizen suit provision was meant to address: situations where the government “cannot or will not command compliance” with the law. Gwaltney of Smithfield v. Chesapeake Bay Found., 484 U.S. 49, 62 (1987).

Finally, contrary to what the Santa Monica Malibu Unified District has repeatedly told the Court, the EPA did not find that allowing caulk containing illegal levels of PCBs over 11,000 times the legal level to remain in place was safe.

On May 8, 2015 the Court stated the following:

Judge: “Defendant’s citations to EPA’s approvals, which were issued…deal with “remediation waste,” not the caulk itself. Whether intentionally misleading or merely unintentionally confusing, by conflating the PCB-contaminating caulk with the “remediation waste”, Defendants have overstated the degree to which the relief Plaintiffs seek conflicts with EPA’s expertise and considered judgment. As a result, the Court is not convinced that Plaintiffs are unlikely to prevail.” 

The EPA is also clear that the district has NO obstacle stopping them from further testing and removing the caulking. The only thing standing in the way of source testing to identify the nature and extent of PCB contamination at MHS and JC is the decision made by the SMMUSD. 

EPA R9: “Nothing in the approval limits the District’s ability to perform additional caulk sampling or removal.” 

The Judge: “Nothing suggests that an order [from the Court] requiring the removal of PCB-containing caulk would be contrary to or interfere with the EPA’s expertise.”

TSCA law is perfectly clear, PCBs over 50ppm are unauthorized for use and must be removed. The districts own testing has demonstrated that PCBs in caulking are widespread and at high levels.

Judge: “Plaintiffs have established a likelihood of success… The court therefore concludes that Plaintiffs have established that they are likely to prevail on their claims that Defendants must remove the PCB-containing caulk…”

See First Amended Complaint: document-52

See Motion for Preliminary Injunction: document-54

See Reply to Motion for Preliminary Injunction: document-58

See Exhibits in Support of Reply To Motion for Preliminary Injunction: document-59

See Plaintiff’s Memorandum in Opposition to the SMMUSD’s Motion to Dismiss: document-65

“For all of the foregoing reasons, the Court denies Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss. Defendants shall Answer the FAC no later than June 29, 2015.”

IT IS SO ORDERED.

PERCY ANDERSON, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

See attached Order of the Court dated June 15, 2015: document-75

See Plaintiffs’ Motion to Compel due to Refusal to Allow Entry onto Land to Conduct PCB testing: document-71

See the attached Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s ANSWER to the TSCA Complaint: document-79

PCB Contamination at Malibu Schools is Now Part of the Malibu Association of Realtors Newest Disclosure Requirements for Buyers of Malibu Real Estate

The latest version of the Malibu-Topanga Disclosure Addendum, which went into effect on September 2, 2015, is intended to let prospective buyers know about local issues. This disclosure reads:

MALIBU SCHOOLS: “Some Malibu Schools (Juan Cabrillo Elementary, Malibu Middle School, and Malibu High School) have been determined to contain Polychlorinated biphenyl (“PCB”), a known carcinogen, in caulking and other building materials. Environmental assessments are ongoing. Buyer is encouraged to investigate and determine whether he considers the use of said materials a potential health hazard prior to close of escrow.”

See Malibu/Topanga Disclosure form here:

MalibuTopangaDisclosureAddendum0915

(This form does not replace the Statewide Buyer and Seller Advisory (CAR Form SBSA) and is intended only for the exclusive use of active members of the Malibu Association of REALTORS.

See America Unites for Kids October 29, 2015 letter to Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s Superintendent Sandra Lyon concerning new PCB test results showing widespread PCB contamination at Malibu High School:

See Congressman Ted Lieu’s letter To America Unites For Kids regarding the October 2015 PCB Test Results to EPA’s Administrator Gina McCarthy:

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See New PCB Test Results from Malibu High School:

America Unites for Kids Seeks Retraction from the Santa Monica Malibu Classroom Teachers Association for Misleading, Libelous and Inaccurate Statements Concerning PCB Contamination in Malibu Schools

See America Unites for Kids November 23, 2015 letter to SMMCTA:

Letter to SMMCTA Sarah Braff

In a bizarre twist, public school officials have filed a police report against a Malibu parent who allegedly took samples of window caulking from school buildings to test for toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), according to documents released by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

See news articles concerning the SMMUSD Pressing Vandalism and Trespassing Charges Against the Parent who Proved that the Malibu Schools are Contaminated with Toxic Cancer Causing PCBs:

http://westsidetoday.com/2015/11/05/santa-monica-malibu-unified-school-district-want-sheriffs-to-investigate-parent-activists/#comment-123815

http://www.wnd.com/2015/11/mom-who-tested-classroom-for-carcinogens-to-be-charged/

http://fusion.net/story/227803/malibu-schools-pcb-thyroid-cancer/

http://laist.com/2015/11/05/malibu_pcb_case.php

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) is also actively looking for teachers and other community members who may be involved, even as two elected board members have condemned the effort. (see attached emails from Board members Craig Foster and Oscar de la Torre)

See School Board Member emails here:

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See School Librarian’s email here:

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John Ferbas MS., Hyg., Ph.D stated the following:

“The fact that Malibu High School and Jaun Carillo Elementary School contain caulking with PCB levels orders of magnitude above even the most conservative PEL estimates is egregious.” -Ferbas

Read John Ferbas MS., Hyg., Ph.D. July 2014 letter to the EPA and SMMUSD:

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For two years Malibu Middle and High School and Juan Cabrillo Elementary School have been in an uproar as more than 30 Malibu teachers and alumni have come forward with serious health issues known to be related to PCB exposure.

 

Superintendent Sandra Lyon told the board at the December 11, 2014 board meeting that the District has approval to spend $600+ per hour and the use of Pillsbury Law Firm as legal counsel, and now the SMMUSD Board has given her carte blanche permission to spend unlimited amounts of money to protect their decisions.

 

The SMMUSD is now threatening to cut Art and other programs but is willing to spend $775,000 on attorneys (Pillsbury), and $3,225,000 on Consultants (Environ) who have been tasked with creating legal obstacles NOT to identify the sources of PCBs. See list of just some the SMMUSD’s expenditures to date: $8,000,000 and rising!

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July 15, 2015
Aug 12, 2015

See JD Supra Article:

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/the-smmusd-has-spent-six-million-dollars-79259/

There is a statistically significant “relationship” between spending your days at Malibu High School and Thyroid Cancer

For details, go to: https://lawofficesofbarryfagan.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/there-is-a-statistically-significant-relationship-between-spending-your-days-at-mhs-and-thyroid-cancer/

Please see map for more details to which rooms have illegal levels of PCBs.

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CURRENT HEALTH ISSUES WITH STUDENTS AND TEACHERS AT MALIBU SCHOOLS

  • 6 teachers with thyroid cancer;
  • 4 alumni  (28-year-old)with thyroid cancer;
  • 1 current student with thyroid disease, possible thyroid cancer
  • 25 teachers with thyroid disease (including 14 of 30 Malibu Middle School teachers);
  • 10 alumni in their 20s with thyroid disease;
  • 1 alumni (22-year-old) with environmentally induced melanoma;
  • 2 current teachers with environmentally induced melanoma;
  • 1 teacher hospitalized from an environmentally-induced rash;
  • 1 current student with an environmentally-induced rash lasting several months
  • innumerable cases of headaches; persistent rashes; daily migraines; infertility issues; hair loss; immune issues; respiratory issues; and diabetes.

See Malibu Times article concerning a Malibu Parent’s “Call for Action”

http://www.malibutimes.com/opinion/article_b72d0206-e939-11e4-9843-db91a10fb632.html

“It would seem to me that the only way to get this corrupt district to act properly, in addition to the lawsuit, is to boycott the school. If the parents at the schools would keep their children home and put a picket line in front of the schools, the media would attend and the attention would show the world what is going on.”

“The parents must show that they will not put up with the district ignoring the danger that its policy is putting children in.”

See the Town of Princeton’s July 1, 2015, the Town of Westport’s May 7, 2014, and the Town of Lexington’s September 4, 2012 lawsuits against Monsanto:

Re: Exposure to Toxic Chemical Compounds known as Polychlorinated Biphenyls (“PCBs”) in schools:

See also the City of Spokane’s July 31, 2015 lawsuit against Monsanto for decades of PCB poisoning:

1. TOWN OF PRINCETON vs. PHARMACIA LLC, SOLUTIA INC., and MONSANTO COMPANY
The lawsuit alleges that Monsanto knew of the toxicity of PCBs as early as the 1930s, but continued to manufacture, sell and promote the products. Even after the toxicity hazard of PCBs was established by experts, Monsanto continued to promote the product.

2. TOWN OF WESTPORT and WESTPORT COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, VS. MONSANTO COMPANY, & SOLUTIA INC., et al

https://lawofficesofbarryfagan.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/docs-20009344-v1-complaint_-_original_file_stamped.pdf

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/complaint-against-monsanto-re-exposure-78358

Monsanto’s Answer to the Town of Westport’s Complaint. Re: Exposure to Toxic Chemical Compounds known as Polychlorinated Biphenyls (“PCBs”) see link: document-83

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/monsantos-answer-to-the-town-of-wesport-84120/

3. TOWN OF LEXINGTON vs. PHARMACIA LLC, SOLUTIA INC., and MONSANTO COMPANY

See Town of Lexinton’s Complaint against Monsanto. Re: Exposure to Toxic Chemical Compounds known as Polychlorinated Biphenyls (“PCBs”) see link: document-84

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/the-town-of-lexingtons-complaint-agains-87554/

4. CITY OF SPOKANE vs. MONSANTO COMPANY, SOLUTIA INC., and PHARMACIA CORPORATION

See City of Spokane’s Complaint against Monsanto for Decades of PCB Poisoning: document-90

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/the-city-of-spokane-has-sued-monsanto-fo-39589/

These lawsuits allege that Monsanto knew then that PCBs were toxic and could not be contained as they readily escaped into the environment finding their way into bays, oceans, lakes, rivers, streams, soil, and air. Although Monsanto recognized internally that PCBs were becoming “a global contaminant,” Monsanto concealed this information and increased production of these profitable compounds.

Other Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Litigation and Errors in Judgment:

There are many other troubling issues with the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District.

1. Student v Wendy Wax Gellis & Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District:

See link to Santa Monica Dispatch Article Concerning Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Retaliatory Acts Against Students and Parents by filing false claims of child abuse with the Department of Children and Family Services:

http://www.santamonicadispatch.com/2009/01/smmusd-vs-student/

The family alleges that an example of retaliatory action taken by Wendy Wax Gellis and the SMMUSD against this family includes knowingly and maliciously filing a false child rape and domestic violence allegation with the local law enforcement and with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in retaliation for parent’s exercise of their federally protected right to bring claims against the SMMUSD before the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

The family alleges that on December 18, 2013, SMMUSD employee named Wendy Wax Gellis made a knowingly false referral to the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), and to local law enforcement that parent raped her own son. The allegations were determined by all investigating agencies to be unfounded.

For details of this pending Federal lawsuit go to:

https://lawofficesofbarryfagan.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/santa-monica-dispatch-article-concerning-smmusds-retaliatory-acts-against-students-and-parents-by-filing-false-claims-of-child-abuse-with-the-department-of-children-family-services/

2. Student v SMMUSD:

9th Circuit Court of Appeals Case No. 13-55665 &District Court No. 2:12-cv-03059-SVWPJW

The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Did Not Act “Reasonably” When It Chose To Conduct An IEP Meeting Without the Parents’ Presence

For details of this other SMMUSD litigation, go to:

https://lawofficesofbarryfagan.wordpress.com/2015/06/04/student-vs-santa-monica-malibu-unified-school-district-re-the-santa-monica-malibu-unified-school-district-did-not-act-reasonably-when-it-chose-to-conduct-an-iep-meeting-without-pa/

Before: FISHER, BEA and FRIEDLAND, Circuit Judges.
Appellant’s joint motion to continue deadline for motion requesting attorney’s fees, filed June 25, 2015, is granted. The request for attorney’s fees shall be filed on or before July 29, 2015. See June 29, 2015 Court Order: document-87

*Legal Fees in the amount of $215,000 were approved by the SMMUSD’s Board of Education on June 29, 2015.

See June 29, 2015 Board of Education Minutes: Re: Attorney’s Fee Settlement in the amount of $215,000

http://www.smmusd.org/brd1415/min062915_spmtg.pdf

DN-1009-14/15 (Special Education)
Legal fees & other related costs: $215,000
It was moved by Mr. Mechur, seconded by Ms. Lieberman, and voted 6/0 (Ms.Leon-Vazquez was absent) to approve the settlement case. Ayes: 6 (Lieberman, Escarce, de la Torre, Foster, Tahvildaran-Jesswein, Mechur)

The SMMUSD’s Adversarial Posturing is Costing the SMMUSD Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars and Causing Unnecessary Harm to These Special Education Families

See Related case:

DREW BALAGUER, REINA ROBERTS, and MARK BALAGUER v. SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT,

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

Case No.: 2:14-cv-06823-CBM-MRW

THE SANTA MONICA MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS CREATED A TWO-TRACK EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM THAT EXCLUDES MANY STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES FROM MATRICULATING INTO A FOUR YEAR COLLEGE PROGRAM

For details, go to:

https://lawofficesofbarryfagan.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/the-santa-monica-malibu-unified-school-district-has-created-a-two-track-educational-system-that-excludes-many-students-with-disabilities-from-completing-courses-offering-a-to-g-grading-thus-precludin/

3. Other Superintendent Sandra Lyon’s Errors in Judgment:

“SANTA MONICA TEACHER WAS RIGHT, SUPERINTENDENT WAS VERY, VERY WRONG”

April 07, 2014|By Robin Abcarian (LA Times Reporter)

http://articles.latimes.com/2014/apr/07/local/la-me-ra-santa-monica-teacher-was-right-20140407

http://patch.com/california/santamonica/fire-sandra-lyons

https://www.change.org/p/sandra-lyon-and-smmusd-school-board-an-apology-from-superintendent-sandra-lyon-to-mark-black-for-throwing-him-and-all-teachers-under-the-bus-as-well-as-for-making-a-biased-inflammatory-response-to-mark-s-heroic-classroom-actions

4. Severe Bullying at Malibu High School and Superintendent Sandra Lyon’s Ratification of the Conduct:

http://www.santamonicadispatch.com/2014/02/victim-becomes-villain-in-malibu-controversy/

LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT COMPLAINT

SPECIAL INTERROGATORY NO. 13:

LIST THE FULL NAME AND JOB TITLE OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS AT SMMUSD (AND/OR MALIBU HIGH SCHOOL) RESPONSIBLE AMENDING/REVERSING CANCELING AND OR OTHERWISE MODIFYING THE DISCIPLINARY SUSPENSION OF DEFENDANT SEBASTIAN SARTORIUS ISSUED IN OR AROUND NOVEMBER 2012.

RESPONSE TO SPECIAL INTERROGATORY NO. 13:

SANDRA LYON, SUPERINTENDENT OF THE SANTA MONICA MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT.

5. Superintendent Sandra Lyon ordered the use of Fumitoxins and Strychnine on Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 at Malibu High School, Juan Cabrillo and Webster Elementary schools despite hundreds of letters from parents in protest.

Sandra Lyon’s reckless actions put kids and wildlife at risk. The Fumitoxin Tablet warning label says that re-occupancy cannot occur for a minimum of 72 hours, but based on the weather in Malibu, more likely 5 days. Sandra Lyon told parents that in 48 hours kids could return to the fields.

See America Unites For Kids Freedom of Information Act request dated Aug 22, 2015:

Freedom Of Info Act Dec 22-1

America Unites for Kids link to Change.org’s Petition:

Petitioning SMMUSD Board of Education and Superintendent Sandra Lyon

Stop Poisoning our Children and our Environment

https://www.change.org/p/smmusd-board-of-education-and-superintendent-sandra-lyon-stop-poisoning-our-children-and-our-environment?recruiter=92014425&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_facebook_responsive&utm_term=des-md-no_src-custom_msg&fb_ref=Default

6. The City of Malibu Unanimously Passes a Resolution to Form an Independent Malibu Unified School District

See link to Resolution here: CC150916_Item-1

7. STUDENT vs. MARK KELLY & THE SANTA MONICA MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Re: Disability Discrimination

Plaintiffs allege that Mark Kelly’s conduct in baiting student was so outrageous in character and so extreme in degree, as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency,” Mintz, 905 P.2d at 563. Mark Kelly’s knowledge that the plaintiff is peculiarly susceptible to emotional distress by reason of some physical or mental condition rises to both extreme and outrageous conduct.”  (“eggshell plaintiff” principle)

8. Other Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Board of Education’s Errors in Judgment:

Superintendent Sandra Lyon Receives a Three Year Contract Extension:

Despite all of the above facts, on July 15, 2015 the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s Board of Education has awarded Superintendent Sandra Lyon with a new three year Contract.

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Sandra L. Lyon was granted a new three-year contract Wednesday, raising her salary to $239,200 annually, among the highest in California. Sandra Lyon’s total compensation including fringe benefits is hard to determine, although it was put at $282,030 in 2013, according to Transparent California, a website that tracks salary and other compensation for public employees throughout the state.
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