Watch Ninth Circuit Court Recording for N. B. F. vs. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District & Wendy Wax Gellis, Case No. 15-56400

Click on link to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Oral Argument dated March 9, 2017:

http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/media/view_video.php?pk_vid=0000011168

N.B.F. vs. Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District & Wendy Wax Gellis:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhpbam0Wdsg

 

For details of this 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/

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N. B. F. vs. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District & Wendy Wax Gellis; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Case No. 15-56400

Click on Link to YouTube Video of:

N.B.F. vs. Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District & Wendy Wax Gellis:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhpbam0Wdsg

Click on link to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Oral Argument dated March 9, 2017:

http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/media/view_video.php?pk_vid=0000011168

For details of this 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/

The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District has Violated their Own Least-Hazardous Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy by Using Sulfuryl fluoride (Vikane) in their Elementary Schools

See PDF copy of the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s Revised Integrated Pest Management Program discussing the District’s adoption of a Least-Hazardous Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy.

IPM-RevisedMay2011

It is the policy of the District to focus and develop long-term pest prevention methods and give “non-chemical” methods first consideration when selecting appropriate control measures. The full range of alternatives will be considered, giving preference to non-chemical methods, and then chemicals that pose the least hazard to people and the environment.

Despite these written policies and procedures the SMMUSD has ordered the use of Vikane (Sulfuryl fluoride) in their elementary schools!

See links to:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulfuryl_fluoride

Sulfuryl Fluoride Regulatory Documents and Activities

See PDF copy of the News Article Entitled:

Police Called on Moms, as Exterminators Poison Termites at Roosevelt Elementary School

Police Called on Moms, as Exterminators Poison Termites at Roosevelt Elementary School – Santa Monica Observer

See Link to News Article:

http://www.smobserved.com/story/2017/04/01/news/police-called-on-moms-as-exterminators-poison-termites-at-roosevelt-elementary-school/2790.html

The SMMUSD continues to show a blatant disregard to the health and well being of its Teachers and Students!

  1. 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.

Her reckless actions put kids, staff and wildlife at risk.

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

Freedom Of Info Act Dec 22-1

See link to Malibu Parent’s letter to Superintendent Sandra Lyon and Published in the Malibu Times on September 4, 2015:

Malibu Parent’s Letter: Protecting Children

http://www.malibutimes.com/opinion/article_fcd1df0e-51c4-11e5-b14c-f35d240585b1.html?mode=story

Malibu Parent Stacie Cox’ Public Comment about Superintendent Sandra Lyon:

An empathetic and confident leader would make all her decisions based on how to best protect children, and not make decisions based on legally what she can get away with. You seem to act on false information, archaic ideals, and without a conscience. Your behavior is unconscionable and you should be ashamed of yourself.”

Rodenticide use at Malibu Schools Rouses Call for District Separation

See Malibu Times Article here:

http://www.malibutimes.com/news/article_09817ee0-4bb1-11e5-b2b0-7f6db2b94b50.html

See City of Malibu Brochure Re: Poison Free Malibu:

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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 September 23, 2014 Resolution No. 14-58 below:

9_23_14_Malibu_City_Council_Resolution

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

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

Special-Cleaning-12-16-2014

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.

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.

Email the SMMUSD Board of Education and tell them to STOP poisoning our children and teachers!

Email the Santa Monica Unified School District’s Board of Education:

brd@smmusd.org

Oscar de la Torre
odelatorre@smmusd.org
Dr. Jose Escarce
jescarce@smmusd.org
Craig Foster
cfoster@smmusd.org
Maria Leon-Vazquez
mlvazquez@smmusd.org
Laurie Lieberman
President
llieberman@smmusd.org
Ralph Mechur
Vice President
rmechur@smmusd.org
Dr. Richard
Tahvildaran-Jesswein
rtahvildaranjesswein@smmusd.org

Think Tank Attacks SMMUSD Salaries: Transparent California Released Data Showing That SMMUSD Employees Are Overpaid By As Much As 40% As Compared To Other California Teachers

For the 2016 – 2017 school year, SMMUSD has total revenue of $100,088,426 with expenditures of $112,437,985 leaving the district with a $12.3 million deficit.

According to the presentation, 86% of the budget goes to SMMUSD employees costs including salaries and benefits. Between 2015/16 and 2016/17, SMMUSD provided a combined salary schedule increase in excess of 8%. Health and welfare costs have increased between 5% and 6% each year. Lastly pension costs continue to increase and will exceed 19% and 24% by 2020.

Now because we have the inefficient administrative performance, we have to cut, cut and cut.” said Santa Monica Resident Berenice Onofre.

See Link to News Article:

http://smdp.com/school-board-update-on-latest-budget-plan/160331

Transparent California released data which shows that employees of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District are overpaid by as much as 40 percent.

See pdf copy of all SMMUSD salaries:

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Transparent California is a tax-exempt Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI), which describes itself as “a free-market think tank that seeks private solutions to public challenges.”

It was also noted that many of the SMMUSD teachers’ salaries for 2015 “far exceed” Santa Monica’s median household income of $74,534. The median household income data is the most recent reported by the U.S. Census for 2014.

The database provided in the press release listed former SMMUSD Superintendent Sandra Lyons’ total pay and benefits as $284,028.

In addition, Transparent California calls out the superintendent of the Ontario-Montclair School District with total pay and benefits of $516,573 in a community where the median household income is only $54,156, far exceeding SMMUSD’s highest paid employee known to date, Sandra Lyons, who recently left SMMUSD to work for the Palm Springs School District. Lyons was replaced by Dr. Ben Drati.

Looking at the data provided by Transparent California, the highest paid teacher in the SMMUSD had total pay of $124,584 in 2015.

Janece L Maez Asst supt/fiscal & bus
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$172,603.00 $201,146.00
Wang Pin-Ju Ho Director,fiscal/business
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$154,812.00 $186,552.00
Terry Deloria Asst supt ed services
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$154,746.00 $185,985.00
Mark Kelly Asst supt human resources
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$154,255.00 $175,875.00
Eva Mayoral High school principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$140,313.00 $160,879.00
Tara Brown Director,student services
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$127,042.00 $155,987.00
John Francisco Castillo Network engineer
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,301.00 $155,170.00
David Albert Marmolejo Network engineer
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$102,008.00 $154,596.00
Steven Richardson Middle schl principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$125,843.00 $154,270.00
Stefanie B. Suffolk Middle school asst. prin
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$117,993.00 $153,063.00
Suzanne Marie Webb Director-human resources
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$132,517.00 $152,854.00
Tristan Komlos House principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$122,250.00 $150,919.00
Florence Culpepper Middle schl principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$121,301.00 $149,192.00
Lori Sue Orum Elementary sch principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$120,334.00 $148,729.00
Natalie Burton Elementary sch principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$120,334.00 $148,229.00
Ruth C Mangle Director information serv
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$119,460.00 $148,166.00
Ellen Edeburn Director,curr/instruction
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$122,871.00 $147,234.00
Deanna Sinfield Elementary sch principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$117,504.00 $146,246.00
Philip Wenker High school asst prin
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$117,721.00 $146,006.00
Virginia Hyatt Director purchasing/whse
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$117,275.00 $145,136.00
Francis John Costanzo Coordinator,special ed
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$117,565.00 $145,071.00
Susan Patricia Samarge Elementary sch principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$116,316.00 $144,936.00
Letitia Murphy Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$123,437.00 $142,974.00
Ngoc Hanh Chung Director, cds
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$118,920.00 $142,901.00
Irene D. Gonzalez-Castillo Director,curr/instruction
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$129,722.00 $142,741.00
Pamela Herkner-Chasse Elementary sch principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$117,327.00 $141,699.00
Kristopher Vegas Coordinator,special ed
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$117,800.00 $141,036.00
Jaime Jimenez Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$114,327.00 $139,403.00
Juliette Boewe School psychologist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$112,130.00 $139,168.00
Gina Kittel Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$120,120.00 $138,796.00
Elizabeth A Ipina Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$103,169.00 $137,415.00
Rebecca Ngo Middle school asst. prin
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$106,561.00 $137,075.00
Daniel Gonzalez Escalera Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$107,890.00 $136,866.00
Carey Wayne Upton Exec dir fac,main,& ops
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$110,813.00 $136,787.00
Mark Demick Elementary sch principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$114,752.00 $135,658.00
Aida A. Diaz Coordinator bil/lang min
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$107,826.00 $135,655.00
Thomas Whaley Coordinator-visual&perfrm
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$107,776.00 $135,588.00
Darci Keleher Coordinator,special ed
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$111,876.00 $135,183.00
Bonita Louise Thoreson Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$97,554.00 $135,162.00
Sharon Klein Hart Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$105,377.00 $134,623.00
Catherine K Baxter Dean high school
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$115,881.00 $134,588.00
Robert W. Seymour Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$110,234.00 $133,843.00
Janis Kingsley-Scott School psychologist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$106,685.00 $133,729.00
Debbie Jo Skaggs Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$106,276.00 $133,524.00
Victoria Hurst Coordinator,special ed
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$114,725.00 $133,321.00
Laura Simone Student support advisor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$105,434.00 $133,112.00
Susan Yakich Elementary sch principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$116,305.00 $132,453.00
Timothy Segesman Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$104,876.00 $131,947.00
Anna Deshautelle Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$104,549.00 $131,945.00
Lisa D. Demirjian Student support advisor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$105,434.00 $131,765.00
Matthew A. Flanders Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$104,975.00 $131,303.00
Randall J Denis Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$104,633.00 $130,971.00
Carolyn Collins Mansour Speech pathologist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$104,454.00 $130,683.00
Patricia E. Martinez School psychologist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$112,412.00 $130,477.00
Meredith Abrams School psychologist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$103,891.00 $130,179.00
Elizabeth Cochran Elementary sch principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$111,734.00 $130,063.00
Michael F. Mulligan Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$103,228.00 $130,022.00
Rose Ann Salumbides Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$102,751.00 $129,899.00
Joni Swenson Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$106,927.00 $129,888.00
Harry M. Keiley Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$103,628.00 $129,828.00
Tracy Anne Levin Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$99,757.00 $129,722.00
Marc J. Sanschagrin Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$97,721.00 $129,686.00
Todd Montgomery Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$103,344.00 $129,501.00
Dana Degregorio Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$103,315.00 $129,431.00
Cheryl J. Center-Brooks Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$102,569.00 $129,265.00
Rozita Moazzez Asgharzadeh Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$103,073.00 $129,080.00
Bertha Roman Director, educ.technology
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$102,246.00 $128,968.00
Cori Lynn Goldberg Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$106,238.00 $128,956.00
Marisa Romano Perry School psychologist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$102,596.00 $128,757.00
Paula Lytz Elementary sch principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$102,610.00 $128,684.00
Tracy Adams Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$98,966.00 $128,561.00
Deborah A Saenz Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$105,760.00 $128,420.00
Susan M. Scheer Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$104,406.00 $128,144.00
Terry Brian Sakow Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$101,553.00 $128,108.00
Martha Duran Contreras Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$103,192.00 $127,867.00
Nancy Marie Levy Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$101,687.00 $127,756.00
Constanza E. Murcia Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,720.00 $127,702.00
Hector Medrano House principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$111,763.00 $127,480.00
Tristen Gartrell Elem asst principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$99,839.00 $126,902.00
Monica Simon Cds-coordinator
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$109,563.00 $126,870.00
Elizabeth H. Cowgill Counselor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$103,359.00 $126,355.00
Luis O. Contreras Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,540.00 $126,326.00
Rachel Bressler Deese School nurse
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$100,366.00 $126,192.00
Miriam Carney Hopkins Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$103,424.00 $125,901.00
Roe Douglas Johnston Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$98,643.00 $124,697.00
Jennifer T. Lipson Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$102,192.00 $124,559.00
Heidi Kleis Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$104,038.00 $124,227.00
Tania Alice Fischer Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$101,466.00 $123,911.00
Mark Larsen Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$101,273.00 $123,841.00
Amy Thiel Stark Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,321.00 $123,683.00
Stuart Alan Sam Director,fac imprvmt proj
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$99,170.00 $123,625.00
Regina Zurbano House principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$108,103.00 $123,467.00
Cynthia Mcgregory Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$97,716.00 $123,370.00
Linda Ann Catanzano Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$96,571.00 $123,326.00
Christine Marie Hovest Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$106,293.00 $123,301.00
Carla Bowman-Smith Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$97,190.00 $123,286.00
Lorissa E. Boxer Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,793.00 $123,021.00
Evan Bartelheim Director eval/assessment
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$112,437.00 $122,949.00
Mary Ann Hirt Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$99,292.00 $122,948.00
Gretchen Gies Mclaughlin Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$96,052.00 $122,920.00
Raymond Avedian Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$89,742.00 $122,919.00
Rowena Corpuz Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$100,629.00 $122,742.00
Rosa Serratore Coordinator
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$104,982.00 $122,655.00
Elisa Francesca Salvaryn Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$96,490.00 $122,601.00
Toni Holmstrom Speech pathologist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$96,915.00 $122,518.00
Steven E. Ravaglioli Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$96,133.00 $122,207.00
James Douglas Hecht Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$96,380.00 $122,183.00
Sylvia Jimenez Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,026.00 $122,183.00
Julie A Jones Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$92,771.00 $122,182.00
Maureen Rosen Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$96,394.00 $122,176.00
Luke A. Sferra Counselor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$105,495.00 $122,104.00
Jill Scheding Matthews Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,630.00 $122,075.00
Lora Morn School nurse
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$96,310.00 $122,013.00
Karen Tomita Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$96,479.00 $121,947.00
Jessica Dawn Rishe Elementary sch principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$96,265.00 $121,837.00
Jeri Dipley Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$104,558.00 $121,714.00
Joseph D. Di Mercurio Librarian
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,202.00 $121,647.00
Anthony Fuller Olympic principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,817.00 $121,643.00
Ashraf Khimani Accountant
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$91,351.00 $121,605.00
Nathaniel Acker Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,443.00 $121,603.00
Meredith Bilson Louria Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,835.00 $121,485.00
Shannon Hale Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,572.00 $121,403.00
Miriam Brock Speech pathologist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$105,024.00 $121,304.00
Wendy Berman-Baker Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,361.00 $121,216.00
Kennith L. Harris Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,056.00 $121,209.00
Yusuf Allahjah Middle school asst. prin
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$98,907.00 $121,204.00
Sheri Hynding Tosa 11-month
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,773.00 $121,145.00
Susan J. Bronstein School nurse
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$98,728.00 $120,952.00
Nancy Grace Skorko Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,604.00 $120,950.00
Adrienne R Mooney Karyadi Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,950.00 $120,923.00
Carl William Hobkirk Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,531.00 $120,825.00
Christina U. Spanos Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,688.00 $120,805.00
Monica Micale Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,622.00 $120,798.00
Sandra Cano School nurse
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,852.00 $120,781.00
Mary Alexandra Kusion Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$100,673.00 $120,768.00
Anabella Large-Fullerton Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,814.00 $120,764.00
Peter Zrinzo Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,531.00 $120,554.00
Amy Bisson Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,520.00 $120,515.00
Amanda B. Valenzuela Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,766.00 $120,439.00
Robert Matthew Duron Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,646.00 $120,407.00
Lori Pollack Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,807.00 $120,209.00
Angela Bickmore Whitman Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,730.00 $120,039.00
Laurel Kantola Thorne Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,702.00 $120,028.00
Kurt B. Schwengel Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,804.00 $120,017.00
Jennifer Lynch Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,520.00 $119,900.00
Lauren Berman Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$103,000.00 $119,884.00
Grant Clark Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,657.00 $119,854.00
Aileen Salmaggi Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$93,866.00 $119,815.00
Sherry Waldorf School nurse
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,521.00 $119,813.00
Margo Dunn Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$97,256.00 $113,358.00
Pamela Held Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,894.00 $113,332.00
Adam Richard Panish Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$96,212.00 $113,184.00
Andrea Cecilia Ware Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$87,830.00 $113,178.00
Rebel Harrison R.o.p. coordinator
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$90,034.00 $113,089.00
Graciela Barba-Castro Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$88,024.00 $113,053.00
Katherine Lee Pomatti Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$91,566.00 $112,995.00
Pedro F. Reyes Electrician
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$71,674.00 $112,925.00
Terance Terrell Venable Mgr building/grounds ops
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$85,515.00 $112,897.00
Carl Avitia-Witt Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$92,578.00 $112,744.00
Deborah Siemer Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$93,334.00 $112,694.00
Harlan Tarbell Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$96,406.00 $112,627.00
James Van Cott Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$88,019.00 $112,578.00
Tina Ustation Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$96,489.00 $112,482.00
Olga Cueva Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$84,388.00 $112,434.00
Carol Wrabel Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,015.00 $112,158.00
Steven Paul Rupprecht Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,986.00 $112,146.00
Didier Beauvoir Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$102,146.00 $112,043.00
Lynda Holeva Elem asst principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$97,963.00 $111,835.00
Brandy King Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,798.00 $111,834.00
Shannon Bishop Speech pathologist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$96,405.00 $111,818.00
Zhanna Shekhtmeyster School psychologist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,843.00 $111,797.00
Amy Beeman-Solano Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$86,548.00 $111,695.00
Alva X. Scotland Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,415.00 $111,644.00
Bruce J Tellier Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$96,133.00 $111,517.00
Brigette Leonard Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,573.00 $111,287.00
Loren Drake Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$97,114.00 $111,253.00
Elizabeth Palumbos Debeech Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$86,462.00 $111,210.00
Margie Holland-Mathews Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$84,414.00 $111,157.00
Steven Michael Reifman Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,531.00 $111,149.00
Theresa T. Luong Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$86,295.00 $111,067.00
Cynthia Smith Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$96,696.00 $111,016.00
Kelly Keith Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$85,475.00 $110,979.00
Ann Rose Whitley Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,792.00 $110,957.00
Sandra Lorraine Brumer Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$93,287.00 $110,907.00
Mary Laine Yarber Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,043.00 $110,857.00
Kelly Okla Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,506.00 $110,845.00
Michael Ostrom Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$90,353.00 $110,759.00
Jennifer Goldman Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,531.00 $110,672.00
Guadalupe Torres Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,621.00 $110,634.00
Sarah L. Braff Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,531.00 $110,580.00
Jeffery J. Huls Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$85,932.00 $110,551.00
Christopher Neier Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$85,098.00 $110,453.00
Judith Hinojosa-Riusech Student support advisor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$85,387.00 $110,445.00
Amy Cordes Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$81,546.00 $110,437.00
Beth Sara Hoffman Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$85,726.00 $110,421.00
Elhamy Aziz Tanios Asst director,fiscal serv
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$84,662.00 $110,415.00
Anette Bolan Administrative assistant
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$71,242.00 $110,349.00
Lisa Wintner Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$82,950.00 $110,233.00
Yunuen Valencia Student support advisor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$82,377.00 $110,206.00
Elizabeth D. Martinez Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$93,162.00 $110,140.00
Lisa Cogan Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$85,623.00 $110,076.00
Michael P Donovan Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$93,577.00 $109,628.00
Yanet Dominguez-Morales Technology support assist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$79,965.00 $109,457.00
Darwin Mendinueto Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$84,816.00 $109,402.00
Ann Carey Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,843.00 $109,394.00
Jill M Chemel Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$93,643.00 $109,270.00
Nancy Friedman School psychologist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$84,300.00 $109,201.00
Lovell Devon Smith Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$84,084.00 $109,041.00
Rhonda Schneider Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$92,924.00 $108,917.00
James Chapman Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$84,032.00 $108,891.00
Lova Lee Ann Hyatt Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$92,866.00 $108,833.00
Katie Hope Dahm Counselor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$84,319.00 $108,808.00
Julie Siegel Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$84,351.00 $108,711.00
Brynn Gormley Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$84,283.00 $108,708.00
Michele Sinclair Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$93,325.00 $108,640.00
Dennis Patrick Jr Chavez Construction supervisor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$80,100.00 $108,507.00
Anne Serapiglia Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$87,651.00 $108,431.00
Eric Moe Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,246.00 $108,369.00
Rachel Stowell Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$83,313.00 $108,296.00
Diane Marie Gonsalves Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$90,855.00 $108,268.00
Vy Andrew Middle school asst. prin
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$83,059.00 $108,013.00
Jennifer Preuss Counselor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$83,097.00 $107,990.00
Gabriela Gonzalez Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$86,348.00 $107,929.00
Edward P Curry Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$92,741.00 $107,881.00
Janine A Galvan Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$92,741.00 $107,818.00
Charles Kertesz Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$83,404.00 $107,711.00
Pete Patterson Technology support assist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,831.00 $107,577.00
Nathaniel Garden Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$81,998.00 $107,298.00
Albert Hodge Trundle Student support advisor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$92,605.00 $107,197.00
Stephanie Y Dew Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$91,963.00 $107,159.00
Tara Kathleen Eddy School psychologist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$85,822.00 $107,115.00
Gregory Pitts Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$90,163.00 $106,978.00
Sitara Rupali Contreras Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,711.00 $106,954.00
Stanley K Wilson Campus security officer
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$53,907.00 $106,657.00
Kristin Jurewicz Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,380.00 $106,518.00
Anne Murphy Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$80,886.00 $106,477.00
Laura Check Counselor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$84,605.00 $106,386.00
Michael Davies Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$85,602.00 $106,244.00
Maricela Gonzalez Student support advisor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$85,391.00 $106,157.00
Barbara Bundschu Ransom Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$80,245.00 $105,942.00
Kim Peter Costalupes Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$84,977.00 $105,757.00
Ermina Devincentis-Waul Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$80,299.00 $105,696.00
Liane Sato Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$84,595.00 $105,523.00
Thor Evensen Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$88,686.00 $105,459.00
Bonnie J Lockrem Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$96,133.00 $105,303.00
Amy Maynard Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$81,226.00 $105,299.00
Christine Ann Cullen Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$81,108.00 $105,114.00
Allison L Jones Behavioral intervention
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$90,048.00 $105,068.00
Veronica Garcia Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,206.00 $104,994.00
Debra Yvette Decray-Kleiser Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$95,313.00 $104,987.00
Robert Alvarado Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$80,423.00 $104,920.00
Martha Cueva Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$79,289.00 $104,905.00
Katheryne Barraza Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$84,435.00 $104,903.00
Laura A. Collin Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$84,328.00 $104,900.00
Judith Alvarez Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$82,478.00 $104,821.00
Nicole Mulkern Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$89,029.00 $104,681.00
Glenn J. Sato Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$83,986.00 $104,652.00
Dana Bart-Bell Librarian
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,812.00 $104,647.00
Carol Chang Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$80,333.00 $104,356.00
Lorie C. Alexander Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$80,322.00 $104,345.00
Luke Henderson Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$84,581.00 $104,302.00
Akiko Gooden Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$80,247.00 $104,270.00
Mayra Herrera Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$88,186.00 $104,253.00
Irene Ramos Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,952.00 $104,162.00
Christian Carter Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$76,367.00 $104,031.00
Pamela Dresher Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,858.00 $103,907.00
Lashawn Moore Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$87,809.00 $103,783.00
Karen Lynn Mendelson Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$94,531.00 $103,718.00
Susy Blair Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,792.00 $103,705.00
Pamela Sever Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$85,022.00 $103,638.00
Kazuki Uema Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$79,263.00 $103,489.00
Joyce Rosenbaum Physical therapist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,861.00 $103,485.00
Sarah Lipetz Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$83,003.00 $103,454.00
Lillian Chen Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$88,144.00 $103,383.00
Sara Utzinger Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,973.00 $103,373.00
Rebecca Urias Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,868.00 $103,245.00
Reham Dabash Asst.director-cds
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$87,689.00 $103,192.00
Jaclyn Ann Sloboda Physical therapist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$84,905.00 $103,151.00
Ayanna Pantallion Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,198.00 $103,128.00
Alicia Gonzalez Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,685.00 $103,103.00
Lourdes Benitez Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$86,545.00 $102,922.00
Cam-An Vo-Navarro Student support advisor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$82,159.00 $102,841.00
Katherine Both Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$81,996.00 $102,835.00
Martha Chacon Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$80,375.00 $102,778.00
Jeffrey Cohn Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$88,046.00 $102,700.00
Brisa Melendez Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,208.00 $102,698.00
Brooke Forrer Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,485.00 $102,660.00
Aisha Blanchard-Young Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,143.00 $102,622.00
Gilda De La Cruz Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$86,594.00 $102,460.00
Lisa Lambert Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,166.00 $102,413.00
Erin Leigh Leister Occupational therapist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,067.00 $102,392.00
Spikes D. Ford Metal worker
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$80,276.00 $102,367.00
Alan Matthew Ceccarelli Tech theater coordinator
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$65,560.00 $102,281.00
Jorge A Cierra Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$85,753.00 $102,236.00
Kimberly Griffin Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,332.00 $102,171.00
Teri Lynn Hakomori Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$76,789.00 $102,052.00
Amy Hylind Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,936.00 $101,991.00
Richard Michael Lawson Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$76,937.00 $101,980.00
Arutyun Gevorkyan Vehicle & equip mechanic
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$75,341.00 $101,843.00
Kate Song Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$76,879.00 $101,843.00
Karina Tejeda De Leon Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$76,291.00 $101,633.00
Julie Abbott Clark Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,464.00 $101,525.00
Tisha Reichle Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$86,085.00 $101,480.00
Amy Turner Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,745.00 $101,421.00
Ashley Benjamin Elem asst principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$88,013.00 $101,391.00
Jennifer Rodstrom Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,567.00 $101,234.00
Amy Elizabeth Bouse Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$86,085.00 $101,230.00
Parisa Jung Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$80,501.00 $101,165.00
Sarah Elizabeth Ryan Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$80,333.00 $101,119.00
Peggy O’Meara Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,229.00 $100,980.00
Claudia Bautista-Nicholas Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$76,609.00 $100,907.00
Ianna Hafft Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$80,704.00 $100,869.00
Jonathan Douglas Badt Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,295.00 $100,843.00
Valita Ruetschle Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$80,509.00 $100,745.00
Eric R Hedges Electrician
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$59,701.00 $100,715.00
Danielle Murawski Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$80,286.00 $100,660.00
Norma Bozin Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,459.00 $100,449.00
Gabriela A. Caamal-Murcia Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$76,043.00 $100,356.00
Jesica Jean Martino Occupational therapist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$79,268.00 $100,325.00
Tamara Mackey Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$76,578.00 $100,293.00
Laurie Gutierrez Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$73,963.00 $100,265.00
Christine Thomas Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$84,551.00 $100,221.00
Louis Walker Custodian i – nsi
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$62,421.00 $100,193.00
Niloufar Berukhim Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$76,248.00 $100,025.00
Shannon Emily Brinkworth School psychologist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$84,373.00 $100,016.00
Janice Threlkeld Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$76,452.00 $100,013.00
Trevor Parker Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$76,171.00 $99,979.00
Melissa Ruth Herman Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$75,702.00 $99,864.00
Tess Dolloso Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$84,368.00 $99,713.00
Katja Alexander Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$75,871.00 $99,696.00
Brian Underwood Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,787.00 $99,576.00
Sasha Piper Speech pathologist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$76,062.00 $99,531.00
Joelin Ferguson Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$74,732.00 $99,484.00
Lorena Cueva Martinez Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$72,689.00 $99,343.00
Janeen Duane Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$74,475.00 $99,261.00
Joseph Whaley Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,731.00 $99,043.00
Craig Chavez Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$84,518.00 $98,972.00
Jeanie Mc Namara Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,552.00 $98,944.00
Edward A Jacobs Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$74,865.00 $98,891.00
Teresita Cruz Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$75,460.00 $98,881.00
Stacy La Duke Counselor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,258.00 $98,834.00
Nancy A. Bon Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$74,366.00 $98,729.00
Paula Cooperband Speech pathologist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$75,066.00 $98,489.00
Rocio Naranjo Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$81,732.00 $98,219.00
Ronaldo Vieira Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,912.00 $98,204.00
Jeffrey Lawrence Frazier Plant supervisor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$75,640.00 $98,044.00
Laura Meshel Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$74,560.00 $97,837.00
Angelique Janean Smith Occupational therapist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$75,476.00 $97,663.00
Maribel Pulido Student support advisor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$82,525.00 $97,616.00
Terry N. Kamibayashi Mgr. maint & construction
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$87,467.00 $97,585.00
Jessica Spike Gravelle Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$74,174.00 $97,508.00
Sofia Cedillo Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$76,896.00 $97,443.00
Natara Warren Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$79,618.00 $97,435.00
Stephanie Sherry Neumann Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$74,068.00 $97,408.00
Alexander Mayle Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$76,011.00 $97,378.00
Sheryl Murdock Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$73,436.00 $97,202.00
Kristina London Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$76,380.00 $97,090.00
Joe Montanez Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$73,229.00 $97,028.00
Sarah Blitz Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$72,923.00 $97,014.00
Marissa Jauregui Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$73,343.00 $96,768.00
Gregory Pelczar Counselor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$70,319.00 $96,733.00
Lauren Walsh Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$72,919.00 $96,714.00
Guadalupe Mireles-Toumayan Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$72,573.00 $96,695.00
Kirsten Bersch Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$81,445.00 $96,644.00
Kelly-Ann Sara Cook Morris Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$72,495.00 $96,642.00
Danielle Drosdick Speech pathologist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$82,544.00 $96,630.00
Andrew J. Meyer Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$73,223.00 $96,569.00
Mariam Guirguis Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,863.00 $96,446.00
Jordan Ervin Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$81,904.00 $96,424.00
Erica Suzanne Ross Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$75,704.00 $96,194.00
Cindy Milwe Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,348.00 $96,004.00
Kristen Mowry Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$71,871.00 $95,962.00
Benjamin Kay Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$72,573.00 $95,947.00
Elaine Robinson Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$72,385.00 $95,765.00
Jesse De La Cerna Bunayog Accountant
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$71,025.00 $95,750.00
Nell Canon Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,643.00 $95,685.00
Rosalynn Moe Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$86,380.00 $95,603.00
Marc Donovan Glazier
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$75,823.00 $95,406.00
Tiffany Estrada Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$80,352.00 $95,405.00
Brandon Duane Tietze Director class personnel
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$82,860.00 $95,233.00
Matthew Hart Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$75,732.00 $95,220.00
Anna Sara Nitti Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$80,333.00 $95,117.00
Eric Reff Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$80,367.00 $95,103.00
Jahan Rajabali Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,292.00 $95,102.00
Amy Prevett Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$71,911.00 $95,029.00
Ladawna Hamilton Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$70,841.00 $94,961.00
Leyla Celina Platz Human resource spec-conf
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$69,756.00 $94,647.00
Rigoberto Carrillo Hvac mechanic
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$65,420.00 $94,627.00
Eric Carrier Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,490.00 $94,609.00
Christopher James. Cline Maintenance supervisor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$71,350.00 $94,459.00
Mary Lynne Flowers Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$86,018.00 $94,452.00
Jayme Wold Florian Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$71,215.00 $94,364.00
Marisa Silvestri Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$79,654.00 $94,325.00
Randall J. Gitter Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$80,332.00 $94,256.00
Ramon Veral Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$74,581.00 $94,239.00
Jeffery Davis Carpenter
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$68,135.00 $94,098.00
Sarah L Wahrenbrock Assistant to superintendt
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$68,077.00 $94,054.00
Mara Chenik Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$80,017.00 $93,946.00
Chon Lee Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,643.00 $93,881.00
Erin Hurst Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$79,663.00 $93,878.00
Jessica Garrido Rosemberg Student support advisor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$85,387.00 $93,797.00
Julie Tomiko Honda Counselor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,941.00 $93,731.00
Alejandro Villa Skilled maintenance skr
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$65,511.00 $93,675.00
Kathleen L. Gold Technology support assist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$66,013.00 $93,530.00
Jose Velasquez Custodian i – day shift
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$49,566.00 $93,485.00
Eduardo A Suaste Lead custodian
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$64,413.00 $93,450.00
Connie Mccollum Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$69,850.00 $93,431.00
Carol L Skowlund Senior admin assistant
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$72,501.00 $93,315.00
Silvia Romero Administrative assistant
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$72,122.00 $93,262.00
Charles Thun Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,459.00 $93,208.00
Ari Jacobs Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$69,996.00 $93,012.00
Martha Simmons Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,026.00 $92,816.00
Bryn Boyd Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,995.00 $92,790.00
Marae Cruce Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,418.00 $92,757.00
Lindsay E. Light Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$73,139.00 $92,725.00
Henry Wadsworth Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$71,247.00 $92,600.00
Rodolfo Gomez Computer operator
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$67,932.00 $92,556.00
Salvador Munoz Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,968.00 $92,527.00
Amy Wechselberger Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,643.00 $92,458.00
Marcia A. Nix Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$72,941.00 $92,423.00
Henry Gonzalez Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$79,789.00 $92,296.00
Emilio Jose Martinez Lead veh & equip mechanic
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$64,092.00 $92,243.00
Charlotte M Campbell Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$69,227.00 $92,202.00
Susan Justin Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$69,287.00 $92,161.00
Elizabeth Ann Papp Human resource technician
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$68,709.00 $92,151.00
Jennifer Brossoit Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,198.00 $92,150.00
Conrad Cuda Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,493.00 $92,113.00
Shirley Kay Tarpley Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$68,930.00 $91,766.00
Maribeth Majewski Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$72,265.00 $91,668.00
Laura Calek Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$70,531.00 $91,665.00
Amanda Levy Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$68,526.00 $91,582.00
Katrina Reyes Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$76,601.00 $91,557.00
Rosa Mejia Counselor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,919.00 $91,528.00
Hayde Lorena Cervantes Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$67,742.00 $91,470.00
Collin Reynolds Speech pathologist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,999.00 $91,448.00
Stephen Parker Carpenter
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$73,634.00 $91,328.00
Therese Treuenfels Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$76,185.00 $91,062.00
Gregory Bushin Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$76,930.00 $90,998.00
Denise Herrera Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,021.00 $90,777.00
Maureen Reilly Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$75,351.00 $90,665.00
Lois Marks Fliegel Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$82,383.00 $90,652.00
Cecile Renee Blanchard Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$67,918.00 $90,652.00
Rachel Mauck Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$66,980.00 $90,527.00
Nancy M. Jordan Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$67,167.00 $90,496.00
Virginia Ripley Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$71,077.00 $90,463.00
Susan Heyler Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$82,543.00 $90,420.00
Martha Mirabal Administrative assistant
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$69,687.00 $90,404.00
Sari Elizabeth Ockner Occupational therapist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$74,551.00 $90,346.00
Susan Croft Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$70,504.00 $90,295.00

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David Jackson High school principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$79,351.00 $90,293.00
Marcia Dgetluck Hagen Credential analyst
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$64,125.00 $90,289.00
Sara R. Greenfield Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$82,155.00 $90,273.00
David Gottlieb Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$76,367.00 $90,157.00
Wendy Wax Elementary sch principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$74,236.00 $89,950.00
Lynne Hampton Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$67,324.00 $89,912.00
Sheri Lou Goodwin Senior admin assistant
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$73,938.00 $89,886.00
Gilbert Lopez Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$76,205.00 $89,742.00
Elizabeth Hartson Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$74,070.00 $89,658.00
Stephanie Pirri Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$70,315.00 $89,633.00
Katherine Jane Hunter Occupational therapist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$74,171.00 $89,511.00
Juliacheri H. Hoos Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$74,598.00 $89,483.00
Shannon Cox Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$66,893.00 $89,450.00
Fereshteh Kunkel Speech pathologist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$70,204.00 $89,430.00
Lisa Elaine Andersen Sr.admin asst-(confident)
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$73,248.00 $89,415.00
Elena Duran Perez Accountant
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$79,758.00 $89,341.00
Jose Luis Brizuela Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$66,788.00 $89,330.00
Jan Steven Strnad Fac permit supervisor
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$68,687.00 $89,177.00
Katherine Lapajne Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$80,374.00 $88,801.00
Veronica Garcia-Nunez Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$67,438.00 $88,586.00
Ari Marken Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$74,901.00 $88,449.00
Brian J Part Sports fac coordinator
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$59,569.00 $88,267.00
Brooke Nicole Lamping Human resources analyst
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$74,108.00 $88,267.00
Jane Gates Olympic principal
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$71,233.00 $88,259.00
Joseph Arthur Ramirez Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$74,036.00 $88,204.00
Sean Ryan Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$74,475.00 $88,144.00
Jamila Banks Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$67,378.00 $88,078.00
Paul Karaiakoubian Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$73,726.00 $88,054.00
Heather Wethern Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$73,382.00 $87,958.00
Hong Le Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$74,560.00 $87,933.00
Adriana Pulido Education data specialist
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$69,383.00 $87,856.00
Remigio Dizon Tabones Electrician
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,563.00 $87,746.00
Emelita N Martinez Cds-teacher/183 day
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$62,827.00 $87,716.00
Amy Beth Chapman Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$79,613.00 $87,469.00
Patricia Mehring Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$64,396.00 $87,394.00
Melisa Andino Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$73,805.00 $87,332.00
Emily Kariya Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$73,826.00 $87,320.00
Ryan Hoffman Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$68,004.00 $87,249.00
Eliana O’Keefe Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$63,745.00 $87,200.00
Karen Verham Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$78,601.00 $87,124.00
Jason M Dodd Facilities technician
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$66,816.00 $87,101.00
Cristi Green Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$75,002.00 $87,060.00
Jennifer Joyce Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$77,492.00 $87,048.00
Tamara Mugalian Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$63,175.00 $87,034.00
Wendy Cerrato Cds-teacher/183 day
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$62,114.00 $87,008.00
Nathan Fulcher Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$72,000.00 $87,007.00
Emma Fujiwara Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$74,507.00 $86,964.00
Eric Marcos Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$73,282.00 $86,910.00
Vanessa Counte Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$67,576.00 $86,888.00
Wendi Mccance Classroom teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, 2015
$69,329.00 $86,866.00

See pdf copy of all SMMUSD salaries:

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In response to questions raised by The Malibu Times about attacks on district spending, spokesperson Gail Pinsker said she was not aware of spending complaints in the past, but said the district has resources and uses them for the betterment of students.

For details, go to:

http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/school-districts/los-angeles/santa-monica-malibu-unified/

Regrettably, the SMMUSD does not spend their tax dollars wisely!

The SMMUSD has spent approx. $8 million dollars on lawyers and environmental expenditures rather than $100 per caulk test. 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. See list of SMMUSD expenditures to date: $8,000,000 and rising!
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July 15, 2015
Aug 12, 2015

http://malibuunites.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Purchase-Orders-Approved-at-Board-Meetings2.pdf

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

Even after wasting so much money on attorneys fees, the SMMUSD lost the TSCA lawsuit and Judge Percy Anderson ordered injunctive relief to Plaintiffs America Unites For Kids.

The Honorable Judge Percy Anderson ruled that Malibu High School & Juan Cabrillo Elementary have illegal levels of PCBs.

The court found the SMMUSD in violation of Federal Law: Toxic Substance Control Act

The court ordered the district to remove all PCBs by 2019.

This ruling confirms how unconscionable the School District has been to spend $13 million to avoid complying with federal law

See Court Order here:

AMERICA UNITES FOR KIDS vs. SMMUSD RE COURT GRANTS INJUNCTIVE RELIEF TO PLAINTIFF 2 15 cv 02124 PA-AJW

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.

The SMMUSD Board of Education people should not be running this school district as they spent $13 million of our tax payer money to NOT-protect the teachers, to NOT-protect the students, and now that they have been proven wrong in a Court of Law, they are STILL not taking responsibility and continue to put their students and teachers at risk!

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

Student vs. Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District;

Sebastian Dane Sartorius: Jordan Clarke et al.

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.

4. STUDENT vs. MARK KELLY, BRANDON GALLAGHER, TARA BROWN, DENA MENDOZA, AL TRUNDLE & 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)

Some students may have vulnerabilities which necessitate a greater degree of caution on the part of school districts and their employees. In M.W. v. Panama Buena Vista Union School Dist., supra,

Abuse of Power

The extreme and outrageous conduct may take place in the course of a relationship in which the defendant holds authority or other power over the plaintiff or the plaintiff’s interests. If the authority — such as police officers, school authorities, landlords, and collecting creditor — abuse their positions in some extreme manner, they may be liable to the plaintiff for IIED.

Demanding Investigation into Mismanagement of Funds and Laurie Lieberman’s Connection to Pillsbury Law Firm:

http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=7f78cd97057aa8eaeb574d18d&id=893ca96972&e=b8bf88a019

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Pillsbury Law Firm’s Legal Bills Reach $3.38 Million after another $500K was approved at the March 3rd, 2016 Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Board of Education Meeting.

6. Liz Soto, Dan Chapman, Tab Chapman vs. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

Case No. 2:15-cv-09339-RSWLDTB

Complaint for Intentional Discrimination and Willfully Ignoring “Child Find Obligations” in Violation of Section 504, ADA, and UNRUH Civil Rights Act

The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District has a demonstrated policy of intentional discrimination and deliberate indifference when it comes to educating students with known disabilities.

The Santa Monica Unified School District (SMMUSD) officials had policies of inaction that resulted in failures to provide adequate procedural safeguards and failure to train their staff.

The SMMUSD’s failure to execute its “child find” duty and evaluation obligations under Section 504 constituted intentional discrimination in that their failure to act was not just negligent; it was a deliberate choice to not act evidencing discriminatory intent.

That SMMUSD acted with deliberate indifference as shown by the facts that the SMMUSD had knowledge of facts tending to establish that Student had a suspected disability:

1) The SMMUSD had knowledge from which an inference could be drawn that a harm to Student’s federally protected right to be identified and evaluated under Section 504 was substantially likely to occur, and

2) The SMMUSD failed to act upon that likelihood when they refused to evaluate Student. These policies included failure to adequately and properly train school staff regarding compliance with their mandatory duties.

Through the policies of the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District, the SMMUSD exhibited a deliberate indifference to the foreseeable consequences of the violations, including the foreseeable consequence of abuse of students with disabilities.

As a direct and proximate result of the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s violations of law, Plaintiffs suffered out-of-pocket expenses and mental and emotional distress.

See JD Supra article:

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/complaint-for-intentional-discrimination-94039/

See pdf copy of Complaint:

STUDENT vs. SANTA MONICA MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT RE VIOLATIONS SECTION 504 THE ADA AND UNRUH ACT

See Notice of Settlement:

STUDENT vs. SANTA MONICA MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT RE STIPULATED SETTLEMENT

7. THE SANTA MONICA MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS FAILED ITS AFRICAN AMERICAN, HISPANIC, DISABLED & ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS AT MALIBU HIGH SCHOOL, SANTA MONICA HIGH SCHOOL & JOHN MUIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

https://lawofficesofbarryfagan.wordpress.com/2015/09/13/the-santa-monia-malibu-unified-school-districts-caaspp-results-has-failed-its-african-american-hispanic-economically-disadvantaged-students-at-santa-monica-high-school-john-muir-element/

Email the Santa Monica Unified School District’s Board of Education:

brd@smmusd.org

Oscar de la Torre
odelatorre@smmusd.org
Dr. Jose Escarce
jescarce@smmusd.org
Craig Foster
cfoster@smmusd.org
Maria Leon-Vazquez
mlvazquez@smmusd.org
Laurie Lieberman
President
llieberman@smmusd.org
Ralph Mechur
Vice President
rmechur@smmusd.org
Dr. Richard
Tahvildaran-Jesswein
rtahvildaranjesswein@smmusd.org

America Unites for Kids Prevails Against the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District As The Court Orders the School District to Remove ALL PCBS

The Honorable Judge Percy Anderson ruled that Malibu High School & Juan Cabrillo Elementary have illegal levels of PCBs.

The court found them in violation of Federal Law: Toxic Substance Control Act

The court ordered the district to remove all PCBs by 2019.

This ruling confirms how unconscionable the School District has been to spend $13 million to avoid complying with federal law

See Court Order here:

AMERICA UNITES FOR KIDS vs. SMMUSD RE COURT GRANTS INJUNCTIVE RELIEF TO PLAINTIFF 2 15 cv 02124 PA-AJW

POINTS: FROM JUDGE PERCY ANDERSON:

“The Court concludes, based on common sense, that it is highly likely that the same products were used to construct each of the buildings on the Malibu Campus. As a result, for the buildings completed at the Malibu Campus prior to 1979, and at which certain locations have been tested and found to contain caulk with PCBs in excess of 50 ppm, it is more likely than not that caulk containing PCBs in excess of 50 ppm remain in “use” at the Malibu Campus in areas that have not been tested or repaired.”

“Although Defendants have removed and replaced the caulk from the specific areas and rooms identified in their testing as exceeding the 50 ppm threshold, and some other areas may have had doors and windows repaired or replaced after 1979, there is no evidence that all of the caulk in the buildings at the Malibu Campus constructed prior to 1979 has been tested or removed.”

JUDGE PERCY ANDERSON ORDERED THAT:

“Defendants are hereby permanently enjoined from using any office, classroom, or other structure at Juan Cabrillo Elementary School (‘JCES’) and Malibu Middle and High School (‘MHS’) (collectively the ‘Malibu Campus’) constructed prior to 1979 in which students, teachers, administrators, or staff are regularly present after December 31, 2019, unless all window and door systems and surrounding caulk at any such location has been replaced.”

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.

Judgment and Permanent Injunction against the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District:

See Court Order here:

AMERICA UNITES FOR KIDS vs. SMMUSD RE COURT GRANTS INJUNCTIVE RELIEF TO PLAINTIFF 2 15 cv 02124 PA-AJW

AMERICA UNITES FOR KIDS vs .SMMUSD RE FINDINGS OF FACTS AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW 2 15 cv 02124 PA-AJW

The SMMUSD Board of Education people should not be running this school district as they spent $13 million of our tax payer money to NOT-protect the teachers, to NOT-protect the students, and now that they have been proven wrong in a Court of Law, they are STILL not taking responsibility and continue to put their students and teachers at risk!

Email the Santa Monica Unified School District’s Board of Education and tell them to stop wasting our money and destroying lives:

brd@smmusd.org

Oscar de la Torre
odelatorre@smmusd.org
Dr. Jose Escarce
jescarce@smmusd.org
Craig Foster
cfoster@smmusd.org
Maria Leon-Vazquez
mlvazquez@smmusd.org
Laurie Lieberman
President
llieberman@smmusd.org
Ralph Mechur
Vice President
rmechur@smmusd.org
Dr. Richard
Tahvildaran-Jesswein
rtahvildaranjesswein@smmusd.org

Defendants’ Craig Foster and Oscar de la Torre Will Testify Against Their Own Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District & Admit That The Other Board of Education Defendants’ Knew That If They Tested The Caulk They Would Find PCBs in Excess of 50 PPMs and Have To Remove Them

The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s Board of Education Defendants’ Craig Foster and Oscar de la Torre will testify against their other Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Board of Education members, and admit that they knew that if they tested the caulk they would find PCBs in excess of 50 PPM and have to remove them!

See witness list numbers 15 (Oscar de la Torre) and 16 (Craig Foster) as located on page 5 and 6 of the attached Plaintiff’s witness list.

See attached Witness List:

AMERICA UNITES FOR KIDS WITNESS LIST WITH BOARD MEMBERS,TEACHERS AND CUSTODIAN WITNESS’

See link to JDSUPRA News:

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/defendants-craig-foster-and-oscar-de-la-33904/

Teachers and Custodians will also testify against their own Santa Monica Unified School District and exclaim that the District failed to comply with their own Best Management Practices (BMPs).

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.

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

Declaration of Jaun Cabrillo Elementary Teacher Robin Levy with allegations that she felt intimidated by Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw and Pittman Law Firm’s Attorney Julia Stein.

See Robin Levy’s declaration signed under penalty of perjury:

DECLARATION OF JAUN CABRILLO TEACHER ROBIN LEVY

Robin Levy has declared under penalty of perjury that she believed she was being coerced to change her testimony to implicate Malibu Parent Matt DeNicola with allegations of trespassing and vandalism to Jaun Cabrillo Elementary School.

Two elected members of the SMMUSD have condemned the criminal complaint, as have several staff members, including the school librarian who decried the “administration’s hounding of staff members for statements and the threat of prosecution.” (See attached emails from Board members Craig Foster and Oscar de la Torre) (See attached email from School Librarian Suzanne Moscoso)

See School Board Member emails here:

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See School Librarian’s email here:

11_4_15_Librarian response

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

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 United States District Court’s Order Denying the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s Motion for Summary Judgment

Order denying summary judgment

U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson rejected the Santa Monica-Malibu School District’s latest attempt to prevent a trial over its failure to protect public school students and teachers from cancer-causing chemicals known as PCBs.

Judge Anderson denied the school district’s motion for summary judgment despite its cynical strategy of restricting PCB testing to bolster its defense against a federal Citizen Suit that seeks a court order compelling the removal of hazardous PCBs from Malibu public schools. The suit seeks no monetary damages. Trial is scheduled for May 17, 2016 in Los Angeles.

The school district has taken the preposterous position that there is no evidence that PCBs exist on its campuses outside of precise areas that have already tested positive, and it has refused testing of any other areas — even of adjacent classrooms built at the same time; even of adjacent windows or doors installed at the same time. PCBs were commonly used in construction materials including window and door caulking until PCBs were completely banned by Congress.

The school district argues that rather than investigate or remove similar caulk to that which tested above legal limits, its application of so-called “Best Management Practices” (essentially wiping surfaces with wet rags) is sufficient, despite it being a violation of Federal law – a law created because Congress determined that PCBs are an unacceptable risk to human health.

Judge Anderson wrote in his ruling: “[T]he District’s own testing has shown PCBs in excess of 50 ppm [parts-per-million] in multiple rooms in six different buildings on the Malibu Campus, 70% of the rooms tested by the District contained PCBs in excess of 50 ppm, 28 out of 32 samples taken by the district contained PCBs above 50 ppm, with most above 100,000 ppm, many of the buildings on the Malibu Campus were built prior to 1979, and caulk and other materials containing PCBs were used in schools built from the 1950s through the 1970s.”

The court also found evidence, from affidavits from custodians, that the school district was not even implementing the promised “Best Management Practices” supposedly designed to reduce levels of toxic exposure in classrooms.

Judge Anderson concluded: “In reviewing the admissible evidence, and drawing reasonable inferences from that evidence, the Court concludes that triable issues of fact exist concerning the continued ‘use’ of PCBs at the Malibu Campus despite the remediation work performed to date by the District. The Court additionally concludes that evidence suggesting that the District has failed to implement and consistently employ BMPs as contemplated by the EPA’s approvals calls into question the amount of deference the Court should give to the District’s purported compliance with the EPA’s guidelines and approvals. For all of the foregoing reasons, the Court denies Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment.”

The Citizen Suit, to enforce Federal law, was brought by America Unites for Kids, on behalf of parents, and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), representing teachers.

“We are ready to go to trial as the evidence, sworn testimony and scientific research will reveal the truth — that Malibu public school classrooms are laden with illegal levels of cancer-causing chemicals that must be removed.”

“It is incomprehensible that in the past two years the district has spent $10 million to mislead parents and the court about the existence of PCBs rather than be honest and work with the parents to remove PCBs and make our public schools safe.” said Jennifer deNicola, a Malibu High School parent who heads America Unites for Kids.

“We hope this ruling convinces the district to end its scorched earth legal approach and embrace a solution which puts the health of students, teachers and staff in the forefront,” stated PEER Senior Counsel Paula Dinerstein, noting that the overwhelming percentage of the district’s own test results show illegal levels of PCBs. “The district’s legal bills already dwarf what it would have cost to clean up all three campuses – and we haven’t even gone to trial yet.”

The Citizen’s Suit was filed after the school district refused to remove toxic PCBs at an estimated cost of $750,000 to $1.5 million. The district’s legal bills to fight removal and the Citizen’s Suit have now hit at least $3.38 million. When consultants and other PCB related costs are factored in, the tab exceeds $10 million.

See attached Order:

Order denying summary judgment

Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s 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 September 23, 2014 Resolution No. 14-58 below:

9_23_14_Malibu_City_Council_Resolution

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. 

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

Special-Cleaning-12-16-2014

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, EPA guidance may have been compromised by the following actions.

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 email below)

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

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 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

 

The SMMUSD has spent approx. $8 million dollars on lawyers and environmental expenditures rather than $100 per caulk test. 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. See list of SMMUSD expenditures to date: $8,000,000 and rising!
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July 15, 2015
Aug 12, 2015

http://malibuunites.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Purchase-Orders-Approved-at-Board-Meetings2.pdf

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

Just what is the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District spending so much money to hide from the public?

The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District 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 protect its students and teachers from this continuing harm.

 

The TSCA suit seeks no monetary damages. Trial is scheduled for May 17, 2016 in Los Angeles.

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. 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.

Her reckless actions put kids and wildlife at risk.

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

Freedom Of Info Act Dec 22-1

See link to Malibu Parent’s letter to Superintendent Sandra Lyon and Published in the Malibu Times on September 4, 2015:

Malibu Parent’s Letter: Protecting Children

http://www.malibutimes.com/opinion/article_fcd1df0e-51c4-11e5-b14c-f35d240585b1.html?mode=story

Malibu Parent Stacie Cox’ Public Comment about Superintendent Sandra Lyon:

An empathetic and confident leader would make all her decisions based on how to best protect children, and not make decisions based on legally what she can get away with. You seem to act on false information, archaic ideals, and without a conscience. Your behavior is unconscionable and you should be ashamed of yourself.”

Rodenticide use at Malibu Schools Rouses Call for District Separation

See Malibu Times Article here:

http://www.malibutimes.com/news/article_09817ee0-4bb1-11e5-b2b0-7f6db2b94b50.html

See City of Malibu Brochure Re: Poison Free Malibu:

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2. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Classroom Teachers Association Urges SMMUSD Officials to Consider the Well-being of its Children and Staff

Santa Monica Teacher’s Public Comment:

“Genevieve Szafran
I am a teacher at John Adams middle School. My classroom has been between 86 and 88 degrees every day since school started. I have not been provided with a fan and I’m using two of my own. It is unbearable . I have been suffering from heat exhaustion. My symptoms include nausea, dizziness and an inability to focus. My students are unable to concentrate. This is not a new issue. It is hot for at least 3 months out of every school year since I started working for SMMUSD 15 years ago. This is unacceptable.”

Dr. Henry Kirolos, a UCLA physician who specializes in preventive and primary care said that one of his patients is a John Adams Middle School teacher who reported that her students couldn’t focus in her hot classroom.

Kirolos added that it’s difficult to teach when students are loosening their shirt collars, fanning themselves and wiping sweat off their faces during instruction time.

He cited a scholarly article by Glen I. Earthman regarding the impact of school conditions on academic performance, which points to a study that determined optimal classroom temperatures to be between 68 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit.

“If children are hot and sweaty inside the classroom, they’re not going to be able to concentrate,” Kirolos said. “It’s not conducive to learning.”

See link to Santa Monica Daily Press New Article dated September 16, 2015:
Concerns over classroom temps heat up

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

This lawsuit alleges that the SMMUSD and Wendy Wax Gellis are criminally liable for violations of California Penal Code § 11166 and 11172(a) et seq. for filing a knowingly false child abuse report with child services and the police.

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 & Family Services.

See link to News Article here:http://www.santamonicadispatch.com/2009/01/smmusd-vs-student/

The lawsuit alleges that an example of retaliatory action by the SMMUSD and Wendy Wax Gellis taken 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/

4. Student v Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District:

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

For details of this SMMUSD litigation, go to:

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

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/

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

See link to the 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

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/

5. 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

6. 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/

For details of this pending litigation, go to:

https://lawofficesofbarryfagan.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/severe-bullying-at-malibu-high-school-the-smmusds-ratification-of-the-conduct/

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Student vs. Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) et al

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.

7. PCBS REMOVED FROM SANTA MONICA SCHOOLS BUT LEFT IN MALIBU SCHOOLS

Superintendent Sandra Lyon cares more about protecting landfills than protecting children and teachers.

http://www.peer.org/news/news-releases/pcbs-removed-from-santa-monica-schools-but-left-in-malibu.html

8. WHISTLEBLOWER PARENT DISCLOSES DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROBLEMS ON MALIBU HIGH SCHOOL’S BASEBALL TEAM

For details, go to:

https://lawofficesofbarryfagan.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/whistleblower-parent-discloses-drug-and-alcohol-problem-on-malibu-high-school-baseball-team/

9. 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)

Some students may have vulnerabilities which necessitate a greater degree of caution on the part of school districts and their employees. In M.W. v. Panama Buena Vista Union School Dist., supra,

Abuse of Power

The extreme and outrageous conduct may take place in the course of a relationship in which the defendant holds authority or other power over the plaintiff or the plaintiff’s interests. If the authority — such as police officers, school authorities, landlords, and collecting creditor — abuse their positions in some extreme manner, they may be liable to the plaintiff for IIED.

10. PROFESSOR MICHAEL CHWE vs. SANTA MONICA MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Verified Petition for Writ of Mandate Directed to Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Ordering Compliance with the California Public Records Act

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/verified-petition-for-writ-of-mandate-di-72936/

See pdf attachment of Professor Michael Chwe’s Public Records Act lawsuit against the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District:

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The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Was Ordered to Release their Investigation Report Concerning the Sexual Harrasment of its Students by their Teachers

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/the-santa-monica-malibu-unified-school-d-42102/

See pdf attachment to the Court of Appeals of the State of California, Second Appellate District’s landmark ruling in Professor Chwe’s lawsuit against the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District:

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The Court of Appeal of the State of California, Second Appellate District, ruled  that “Marken occupies a position of trust and responsibility as a classroom teacher, and the public has a legitimate interest in knowing whether and how the District enforces its sexual harassment policy. . . . the public’s interest in disclosure of this information—the public’s right to know—outweighs Marken’s privacy interest in shielding the information from disclosure.”

In Baez v. Superior Court, 2008 WL 5394067 (Cal. Ct. App.) the defense representing the Burbank Unified School District asserted attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine as grounds for refusing to turn over the file from a investigation report.
The Second District Court of Appeal ordered production of the Sandhu investigative file, holding that disclosure was essential for fair adjudication of the action. (Baez v. Superior Court, 2008 WL 5394067 (Cal. Ct. App.).) Case Number B208294  Description: Petition granted by opinion

See link: http://chwe.net/safety/failures.html

See pdf attachment:

SMMUSD IRRESPONSIBILITY ENDANGERS OUR CHILDREN

 

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Superintendent Sandra Lyon should be fired for not adequately protecting the School District’s students and teachers.

For details, go to:

ITS TIME TO FIRE SUPERINTENDENT SANDRA LYON

https://lawofficesofbarryfagan.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/it-is-time-to-fire-the-santa-monica-malibu-unified-school-districts-superintendent-sandra-lyon/

See pdf copy:

IT’S TIME TO FIRE SMMUSD’S SUPERINTENDENT SANDRA LYON

See link to Change.org Petition:

https://www.change.org/p/the-santa-monica-malibu-unified-school-district-s-board-of-education-it-s-time-to-fire-santa-monica-malibu-unified-school-district-s-superintendent-sandra-lyon

Email the Santa Monica Unified School District’s Board of Education:

brd@smmusd.org

Oscar de la Torre
odelatorre@smmusd.org
Dr. Jose Escarce
jescarce@smmusd.org
Craig Foster
cfoster@smmusd.org
Maria Leon-Vazquez
mlvazquez@smmusd.org
Laurie Lieberman
President
llieberman@smmusd.org
Ralph Mechur
Vice President
rmechur@smmusd.org
Dr. Richard
Tahvildaran-Jesswein
rtahvildaranjesswein@smmusd.org

Declaration of Jaun Cabrillo Elementary Teacher Robin Levy With Allegations of Intimidation and Coercion by Pillsbury Law Firm’s Attorney Julia Stein

Declaration of Jaun Cabrillo Elementary Teacher Robin Levy with allegations that she felt intimidated by Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw and Pittman Law Firm’s Attorney Julia Stein.

See Robin Levy’s declaration signed under penalty of perjury:

DECLARATION OF JAUN CABRILLO TEACHER ROBIN LEVY

Robin Levy has declared under penalty of perjury that she believed she was being coerced to change her testimony to implicate Malibu Parent Matt DeNicola with allegations of trespassing and vandalism to Jaun Cabrillo Elementary School.

District Attorney Will Not Pursue Charges for Alleged MHS Vandalism

Allegations Are Dead in the Water for School District

The District Attorney could not even find $400 in alleged damages despite the fact that the SMMUSD told the Police that damages were in excess of $17,000.

For details, go to:

http://www.malibutimes.com/news/article_b0f6aaea-9325-11e5-8f3e-ef8159f51eb2.html

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

http://patch.com/california/malibu/school-district-seeks-charges-against-malibu-mom-who-tested-classroom-materials-carcinogens

Two elected members of the SMMUSD have condemned the criminal complaint, as have several staff members, including the school librarian who decried the “administration’s hounding of staff members for statements and the threat of prosecution.” (See attached emails from Board members Craig Foster and Oscar de la Torre) (See attached email from School Librarian Suzanne Moscoso)

See School Board Member emails here:

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See School Librarian’s email here:

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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

The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s Board of Education Defendants’ Craig Foster and Oscar de la Torre will testify against their other Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Board of Education members, and admit that they knew that if they tested the caulk they would find PCBs in excess of 50 PPM and have to remove them!

See witness list numbers 15 (Oscar de la Torre) and 16 (Craig Foster) as located on page 5 and 6 of the attached Plaintiff’s witness list.

See attached Witness List:

AMERICA UNITES FOR KIDS WITNESS LIST WITH BOARD MEMBERS,TEACHERS AND CUSTODIAN WITNESS’

See link to JDSUPRA News:

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/defendants-craig-foster-and-oscar-de-la-33904/

Teachers and Custodians will also testify against their own Santa Monica Unified School District and exclaim that the District failed to comply with their own Best Management Practices (BMPs).

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.

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

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

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.

U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson denied the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s motion for summary judgment despite its cynical strategy of restricting PCB testing to bolster its defense against a federal Citizen Suit that seeks a court order compelling the removal of hazardous PCBs from Malibu public schools.

See United States District Court’s Order Denying the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s Motion for Summary Judgment

Order denying summary judgment

The TSCA suit seeks no monetary damages. Trial is scheduled for May 17, 2016 in Los Angeles.

The SMMUSD has spent approx. $8 million dollars on lawyers and environmental expenditures rather than $100 per caulk test. 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. See list of SMMUSD expenditures to date: $8,000,000 and rising!
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July 15, 2015
Aug 12, 2015

http://malibuunites.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Purchase-Orders-Approved-at-Board-Meetings2.pdf

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

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.

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

Just what is the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District spending so much money to hide from the public?

The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District 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 protect its students and teachers from this continuing harm.

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Superintendent Sandra Lyon should be fired for not adequately protecting the School District’s students and teachers.

For details, go to:

ITS TIME TO FIRE SUPERINTENDENT SANDRA LYON

https://lawofficesofbarryfagan.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/it-is-time-to-fire-the-santa-monica-malibu-unified-school-districts-superintendent-sandra-lyon/

See pdf copy:

IT’S TIME TO FIRE SMMUSD’S SUPERINTENDENT SANDRA LYON

See link to Change.org Petition:

https://www.change.org/p/the-santa-monica-malibu-unified-school-district-s-board-of-education-it-s-time-to-fire-santa-monica-malibu-unified-school-district-s-superintendent-sandra-lyon

Email the Santa Monica Unified School District’s Board of Education:

brd@smmusd.org

Oscar de la Torre
odelatorre@smmusd.org
Dr. Jose Escarce
jescarce@smmusd.org
Craig Foster
cfoster@smmusd.org
Maria Leon-Vazquez
mlvazquez@smmusd.org
Laurie Lieberman
President
llieberman@smmusd.org
Ralph Mechur
Vice President
rmechur@smmusd.org
Dr. Richard
Tahvildaran-Jesswein
rtahvildaranjesswein@smmusd.org

America Unites for Kids & PEER Defeats the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s Motion for Summary Judgment

See United States District Court’s Order Denying the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s Motion for Summary Judgment

Order denying summary judgment

U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson rejected the Santa Monica-Malibu School District’s latest attempt to prevent a trial over its failure to protect public school students and teachers from cancer-causing chemicals known as PCBs.

Judge Anderson denied the school district’s motion for summary judgment despite its cynical strategy of restricting PCB testing to bolster its defense against a federal Citizen Suit that seeks a court order compelling the removal of hazardous PCBs from Malibu public schools. The suit seeks no monetary damages. Trial is scheduled for May 17, 2016 in Los Angeles.

The school district has taken the preposterous position that there is no evidence that PCBs exist on its campuses outside of precise areas that have already tested positive, and it has refused testing of any other areas — even of adjacent classrooms built at the same time; even of adjacent windows or doors installed at the same time. PCBs were commonly used in construction materials including window and door caulking until PCBs were completely banned by Congress.

The school district argues that rather than investigate or remove similar caulk to that which tested above legal limits, its application of so-called “Best Management Practices” (essentially wiping surfaces with wet rags) is sufficient, despite it being a violation of Federal law – a law created because Congress determined that PCBs are an unacceptable risk to human health.

Judge Anderson wrote in his ruling: “[T]he District’s own testing has shown PCBs in excess of 50 ppm [parts-per-million] in multiple rooms in six different buildings on the Malibu Campus, 70% of the rooms tested by the District contained PCBs in excess of 50 ppm, 28 out of 32 samples taken by the district contained PCBs above 50 ppm, with most above 100,000 ppm, many of the buildings on the Malibu Campus were built prior to 1979, and caulk and other materials containing PCBs were used in schools built from the 1950s through the 1970s.”

The court also found evidence, from affidavits from custodians, that the school district was not even implementing the promised “Best Management Practices” supposedly designed to reduce levels of toxic exposure in classrooms.

Judge Anderson concluded: “In reviewing the admissible evidence, and drawing reasonable inferences from that evidence, the Court concludes that triable issues of fact exist concerning the continued ‘use’ of PCBs at the Malibu Campus despite the remediation work performed to date by the District. The Court additionally concludes that evidence suggesting that the District has failed to implement and consistently employ BMPs as contemplated by the EPA’s approvals calls into question the amount of deference the Court should give to the District’s purported compliance with the EPA’s guidelines and approvals. For all of the foregoing reasons, the Court denies Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment.”

The Citizen Suit, to enforce Federal law, was brought by America Unites for Kids, on behalf of parents, and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), representing teachers.

“We are ready to go to trial as the evidence, sworn testimony and scientific research will reveal the truth — that Malibu public school classrooms are laden with illegal levels of cancer-causing chemicals that must be removed.”

“It is incomprehensible that in the past two years the district has spent $10 million to mislead parents and the court about the existence of PCBs rather than be honest and work with the parents to remove PCBs and make our public schools safe.” said Jennifer deNicola, a Malibu High School parent who heads America Unites for Kids.

“We hope this ruling convinces the district to end its scorched earth legal approach and embrace a solution which puts the health of students, teachers and staff in the forefront,” stated PEER Senior Counsel Paula Dinerstein, noting that the overwhelming percentage of the district’s own test results show illegal levels of PCBs. “The district’s legal bills already dwarf what it would have cost to clean up all three campuses – and we haven’t even gone to trial yet.”

The Citizen’s Suit was filed after the school district refused to remove toxic PCBs at an estimated cost of $750,000 to $1.5 million. The district’s legal bills to fight removal and the Citizen’s Suit have now hit at least $3.38 million. When consultants and other PCB related costs are factored in, the tab exceeds $10 million.

See attached Order:

Order denying summary judgment

Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s 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 September 23, 2014 Resolution No. 14-58 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. 

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, EPA guidance may have been compromised by the following actions.

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 email below)

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

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 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

The SMMUSD has spent approx. $8 million dollars on lawyers and environmental expenditures rather than $100 per caulk test. 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. See list of SMMUSD expenditures to date: $8,000,000 and rising!
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July 15, 2015
Aug 12, 2015

http://malibuunites.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Purchase-Orders-Approved-at-Board-Meetings2.pdf

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

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.

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

Just what is the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District spending so much money to hide from the public?

The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District 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 protect its students and teachers from this continuing harm.

Perhaps this is the reason why the SMMUSD has Lawyered Up?

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.

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/

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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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The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District 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 protect its students and teachers from this continuing harm.

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. 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.

Her reckless actions put kids and wildlife at risk.

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

Freedom Of Info Act Dec 22-1

See link to Malibu Parent’s letter to Superintendent Sandra Lyon and Published in the Malibu Times on September 4, 2015:

Malibu Parent’s Letter: Protecting Children

http://www.malibutimes.com/opinion/article_fcd1df0e-51c4-11e5-b14c-f35d240585b1.html?mode=story

Malibu Parent Stacie Cox’ Public Comment about Superintendent Sandra Lyon:

An empathetic and confident leader would make all her decisions based on how to best protect children, and not make decisions based on legally what she can get away with. You seem to act on false information, archaic ideals, and without a conscience. Your behavior is unconscionable and you should be ashamed of yourself.”

Rodenticide use at Malibu Schools Rouses Call for District Separation

See Malibu Times Article here:

http://www.malibutimes.com/news/article_09817ee0-4bb1-11e5-b2b0-7f6db2b94b50.html

See City of Malibu Brochure Re: Poison Free Malibu:

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2. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Classroom Teachers Association Urges SMMUSD Officials to Consider the Well-being of its Children and Staff

Santa Monica Teacher’s Public Comment:

“Genevieve Szafran
I am a teacher at John Adams middle School. My classroom has been between 86 and 88 degrees every day since school started. I have not been provided with a fan and I’m using two of my own. It is unbearable . I have been suffering from heat exhaustion. My symptoms include nausea, dizziness and an inability to focus. My students are unable to concentrate. This is not a new issue. It is hot for at least 3 months out of every school year since I started working for SMMUSD 15 years ago. This is unacceptable.”

Dr. Henry Kirolos, a UCLA physician who specializes in preventive and primary care said that one of his patients is a John Adams Middle School teacher who reported that her students couldn’t focus in her hot classroom.

Kirolos added that it’s difficult to teach when students are loosening their shirt collars, fanning themselves and wiping sweat off their faces during instruction time.

He cited a scholarly article by Glen I. Earthman regarding the impact of school conditions on academic performance, which points to a study that determined optimal classroom temperatures to be between 68 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit.

“If children are hot and sweaty inside the classroom, they’re not going to be able to concentrate,” Kirolos said. “It’s not conducive to learning.”

See link to Santa Monica Daily Press New Article dated September 16, 2015:
Concerns over classroom temps heat up

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

This lawsuit alleges that the SMMUSD and Wendy Wax Gellis are criminally liable for violations of California Penal Code § 11166 and 11172(a) et seq. for filing a knowingly false child abuse report with child services and the police.

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 & Family Services.

See link to News Article here:http://www.santamonicadispatch.com/2009/01/smmusd-vs-student/

The lawsuit alleges that an example of retaliatory action by the SMMUSD and Wendy Wax Gellis taken 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/

4. Student v SMMUSD:

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

For details of this SMMUSD litigation, go to:

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

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/

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

See link to the 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

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/

5. 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

6. 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/

For details of this pending litigation, go to:

https://lawofficesofbarryfagan.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/severe-bullying-at-malibu-high-school-the-smmusds-ratification-of-the-conduct/

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Student vs. Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) et al

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.

7. PCBS REMOVED FROM SANTA MONICA SCHOOLS BUT LEFT IN MALIBU SCHOOLS

Superintendent Sandra Lyon cares more about protecting landfills than protecting children and teachers.

http://www.peer.org/news/news-releases/pcbs-removed-from-santa-monica-schools-but-left-in-malibu.html

8. WHISTLEBLOWER PARENT DISCLOSES DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROBLEMS ON MALIBU HIGH SCHOOL’S BASEBALL TEAM

For details, go to:

https://lawofficesofbarryfagan.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/whistleblower-parent-discloses-drug-and-alcohol-problem-on-malibu-high-school-baseball-team/

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

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT for the CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA (Western Division – Los Angeles)

CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 2:15-cv-02124-PA-AJW

The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District is Ordered to Stand Trial on May 17, 2016 for Failure to Protect Students & Teachers from Toxic Levels of PCBs

For details, go to:

https://lawofficesofbarryfagan.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/america-unites-for-kids-peer-v-sandra-lyon-et-al-re-the-santa-monica-malibu-unified-school-district-is-ordered-to-stand-trial-on-may-17-2016-for-failure-to-protect-students-teachers-fro/

See link to America Unites for Kids & PEER’s Complaint against the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District For Violations of The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

https://lawofficesofbarryfagan.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/document-52.pdf

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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10. 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)

Some students may have vulnerabilities which necessitate a greater degree of caution on the part of school districts and their employees. In M.W. v. Panama Buena Vista Union School Dist., supra,

Abuse of Power

The extreme and outrageous conduct may take place in the course of a relationship in which the defendant holds authority or other power over the plaintiff or the plaintiff’s interests. If the authority — such as police officers, school authorities, landlords, and collecting creditor — abuse their positions in some extreme manner, they may be liable to the plaintiff for IIED.

11. PROFESSOR MICHAEL CHWE vs. SANTA MONICA MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Verified Petition for Writ of Mandate Directed to Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Ordering Compliance with the California Public Records Act

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/verified-petition-for-writ-of-mandate-di-72936/

See pdf attachment of Professor Michael Chwe’s Public Records Act lawsuit against the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District:

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The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Was Ordered to Release their Investigation Report Concerning the Sexual Harrasment of its Students by their Teachers

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/the-santa-monica-malibu-unified-school-d-42102/

See pdf attachment to the Court of Appeals of the State of California, Second Appellate District’s landmark ruling in Professor Chwe’s lawsuit against the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District:

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The Court of Appeal of the State of California, Second Appellate District, ruled  that “Marken occupies a position of trust and responsibility as a classroom teacher, and the public has a legitimate interest in knowing whether and how the District enforces its sexual harassment policy. . . . the public’s interest in disclosure of this information—the public’s right to know—outweighs Marken’s privacy interest in shielding the information from disclosure.”

In Baez v. Superior Court, 2008 WL 5394067 (Cal. Ct. App.) the defense representing the Burbank Unified School District asserted attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine as grounds for refusing to turn over the file from a investigation report.
The Second District Court of Appeal ordered production of the Sandhu investigative file, holding that disclosure was essential for fair adjudication of the action. (Baez v. Superior Court, 2008 WL 5394067 (Cal. Ct. App.).) Case Number B208294  Description: Petition granted by opinion

See link: http://chwe.net/safety/failures.html

See pdf attachment:

SMMUSD IRRESPONSIBILITY ENDANGERS OUR CHILDREN

 

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Superintendent Sandra Lyon should be fired for not adequately protecting the School District’s students and teachers.

For details, go to:

ITS TIME TO FIRE SUPERINTENDENT SANDRA LYON

https://lawofficesofbarryfagan.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/it-is-time-to-fire-the-santa-monica-malibu-unified-school-districts-superintendent-sandra-lyon/

See pdf copy:

IT’S TIME TO FIRE SMMUSD’S SUPERINTENDENT SANDRA LYON

See link to Change.org Petition:

https://www.change.org/p/the-santa-monica-malibu-unified-school-district-s-board-of-education-it-s-time-to-fire-santa-monica-malibu-unified-school-district-s-superintendent-sandra-lyon

Email the Santa Monica Unified School District’s Board of Education:

brd@smmusd.org

Oscar de la Torre
odelatorre@smmusd.org
Dr. Jose Escarce
jescarce@smmusd.org
Craig Foster
cfoster@smmusd.org
Maria Leon-Vazquez
mlvazquez@smmusd.org
Laurie Lieberman
President
llieberman@smmusd.org
Ralph Mechur
Vice President
rmechur@smmusd.org
Dr. Richard
Tahvildaran-Jesswein
rtahvildaranjesswein@smmusd.org

Taxpayers Demand Investigation Into The SMMUSD Board Of Education’s President Laurie Lieberman and her Connection To Pillsbury Law Firm

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/

See America Unites For Kids News Alert

Demanding Investigation into Mismanagement of Funds and Laurie Lieberman’s Connection to Pillsbury Law Firm:

http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=7f78cd97057aa8eaeb574d18d&id=893ca96972&e=b8bf88a019

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Pillsbury Law Firm’s Legal Bills Reach $3.38 Million after another $500K was approved at the March 3rd, 2016 Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Board of Education Meeting.

United States District Court Judge Percy Anderson Declares Pillsbury Law Firm’s Request For Attorneys Fees To Be Excessive And Not Adequately Supported by The Record

See Court’s Order here:

AU v SMMUSD RE COURT AWARDS $28000 AND DECLARES PILLSBURY LAW FIRM BILLING EXCESSIVE

Local parents and taxpayers are outraged that the school district has now spent more than $8 million to avoid removing hazardous waste, known as PCBs, from its schools; this includes a whopping $3.38 million spent on the law firm Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw and Pittman in only 2 years. The estimated cost of removing the PCBs is far less than those legal bills alone. Parents and taxpayers have raised questions about why a school district would spend 10 times more to force kids in classrooms with known toxic hazardous waste.

New information expands this questioning into the law firm’s selection, spending and strategy, the propriety of the School Board President Laurie Lieberman’s involvement in PCB-related votes, and the firm’s connections to Monsanto, the leading manufacturer of PCBs.

PCBs and Monsanto are in the news right now due to an ongoing a Los Angeles Superior Court trial where plaintiffs allege cancer as a result of PCB exposure. In addition, there is legislation pending, H.R.2576, to amend the Federal Toxic Substances Control Act in a manner that The New York Times reports may give Monsanto a ‘get out of jail free card’ relating to its PCB liability. Harvard researchers estimate that up to 20 million children nationally may be exposed to PCBs in their schools, making the Malibu case of broad importance.

See America Unites for Kids News Alert concerning Congress seeking to shift PCB remediation costs to school districts, and to abolish Monsanto’s liability for more than 80,000 miles of PCB-contaminated streams and rivers:

http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=7f78cd97057aa8eaeb574d18d&id=88c54fecb2&e=b8bf88a019

Pillsbury is leading the fight on behalf of SMMUSD against parents and teachers who filed a citizen’s suit eleven months ago that does not seek any monetary damages, only an order from a Federal judge to remove illegal and hazardous PCBs from Malibu public schools. Removal is estimated to cost $750,000 to $1.5 million, and parents are shocked that Pillsbury’s legal fees alone far exceed this amount.

When consultant costs are factored in, the Pillsbury-led strategy to prevent identification and removal of PCBs has cost taxpayers more than $10 million, an amount that will continue to rise if the board keeps approving Superintendent Lyon’s spending requests — last week, the board approved an additional $500,000 for PIllsbury.

While public school districts routinely engage in sophisticated and competitive bidding processes for things like books and landscaping services, Pillsbury was hired to perform millions of dollars of legal work based on the recommendation of School Board President Laurie Lieberman through her husband’s law partner, Tom Larmore. Before becoming a law partner with Lieberman’s husband, Larmore was a partner at Pillsbury.

In response to a public records request, Gail Pinsker, SMMUSD’s public relations officer wrote, “In the case of Pillsbury, I am able to confirm that Tom Larmore, who is very involved on the district’s Financial Oversight Committee on which he has served for years, originally referred us to the Pillsbury firm, where he had been previously employed.”

Larmore currently sits on the district’s financial oversight committee and is representing Santa Monica on the committee to create a separate Malibu school district. In 2014, when Ben Allen was elected to the CA State Senate and his board seat was vacated, Larmore asked to be appointed to the board. The only vote Larmore received from the remaining six board members was from Laurie Lieberman.

The connections between Pillsbury, Larmore and Lieberman were not disclosed to the public in advance of the firm’s hiring. Also not disclosed to the public was the fact that Pillsbury represented a Monsanto spin-off (Solutia) in a bankruptcy case from 2003-2008. Monsanto was the only U.S. manufacturer of PCBs, and Solutia was formed through a divesture of its chemical business . Over the past two years, numerous legal teams approached SMMUSD suggesting, at no charge to the district, to file a case against Monsanto and Solutia to pay for PCB removal, as many other school districts have done. Pillsbury recommended against it.

PCBs are dangerous to Children and Teachers: International PCB expert David O. Carpenter, M.D., spoke to the Malibu community for several hours last week at Pepperdine University about the dangers of PCBs.

“What we need to do is get the PCBs out,” Carpenter said. “When I get asked what level of PCBs are safe, I say, ‘zero molecules.’ Any molecule is harmful. The more you have, the more harm.”

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

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

See peer-reviewed article by Dr. David Carpenter concerning the dangers of inhaling PCB vapors:

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SMMUSD sent statements to the press trying to discredit Dr. Carpenter as being a biased expert witness for the plaintiffs, despite his extensive resume and recognition by other world experts. In fact, Pillsbury trusted the expertise of Dr. Carpenter when they retained him as an expert witness for them in 2006 when they represented shareholders of a Monsanto spin off called SOLUTIA in a PCB liability case.

Malibu High School Teachers’ Plea to 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:

https://youtu.be/Kg4hIiiovG0

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.

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

THIRTY THREE MALIBU HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS HAVE DECLARED THAT THE SANTA MONICA MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT IS NOT COMPLYING WITH THEIR OWN BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AND THEREFORE THEY ARE IN VIOLATION OF THE EPA REGION 9 PCB GUIDELINES.

For details, go to:

MALIBU HIGH SCHOOL HAS PROBLEMS WITH CANCER, PCBs, RATS, RODENTCIDES, DRUGS, ALCOHOL, SEVERE BULLYING AND NOW A STUDENT’S GUN FOUND ON CAMPUS

EPA Guidelines that are already ill advised according to renowned PCB expert Dr. David Carpenter.

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

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 protect its students and teachers from this continuing harm.

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has thereby put the health of their students and teachers at risk.

IT’S TIME TO FIRE THE SANTA MONICA MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT’S SUPERINTENDENT SANDRA LYON

https://lawofficesofbarryfagan.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/it-is-time-to-fire-the-santa-monica-malibu-unified-school-districts-superintendent-sandra-lyon/

See pdf copy:

IT’S TIME TO FIRE SMMUSD’S SUPERINTENDENT SANDRA LYON

See link to Change.org Petition:

https://www.change.org/p/the-santa-monica-malibu-unified-school-district-s-board-of-education-it-s-time-to-fire-santa-monica-malibu-unified-school-district-s-superintendent-sandra-lyon

Email the Santa Monica Unified School District’s Board of Education:

brd@smmusd.org

Oscar de la Torre
odelatorre@smmusd.org
Dr. Jose Escarce
jescarce@smmusd.org
Craig Foster
cfoster@smmusd.org
Maria Leon-Vazquez
mlvazquez@smmusd.org
Laurie Lieberman
President
llieberman@smmusd.org
Ralph Mechur
Vice President
rmechur@smmusd.org
Dr. Richard
Tahvildaran-Jesswein
rtahvildaranjesswein@smmusd.org