Upward Bound House Receives Major Gift
Upward Bound House, a leading provider of housing and supportive services to homeless families in Los Angeles, accepted a major gift from Robert and Marion Wilson. The Wilson Family has been long-standing supporters of Upward Bound House and homeless causes.
“We are overwhelmed by the Wilson’s generosity”, said David Snow, Executive Director of Upward Bound House. Snow continued, “This gift will enable us to meet our core operating and program needs, and will play a critical role in filling the final gaps in our capital efforts to complete our new emergency shelter. This is a wonderful blessing for the hundreds of children who will move from the streets to stable homes”
The Wilson’s generous $100,000 gift will be used in efforts to construct Upward Bound House’s newest program, the Culver City family shelter. Which is an emergency shelter for homeless families and children (the only one in the Westside of Los Angeles). This shelter will open in mid-2009 and will serve 240 individual a year, 125 of which will be children.
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Plane Crash in Santa Monica
A fatal plane crash occurred at the Santa Monica Airport Wednesday, January 28, 2009 when a Single engine Marchetti SF-260 aircraft departed westward on Runway 21. Two people died in the accident, both the pilot and the only passenger.
Witnesses say that the plane had immediate trouble after take-off, doing a nosedive straight down from about 500 feet. Authorities responded immediately to the scene, and the airport was closed down until the NTSB and FAA and LA County Coroner complete their investigation. The plane was based out of the Santa Monica Airport, and the names of the pilot and passenger have not been released.
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SMMUSD Board of Education to Appoint Tim Cuneo as New Superintendent
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education is scheduled to approve the appointment of Tim Cuneo as Superintendent of the District on Thursday, February 5, 2009.
Mr. Cuneo is currently the Interim Superintendent of SMMUSD. He has served as Interim Superintendent since July 2008, following the departure of Superintendent Dianne Talarico.
Board President Ralph Mechur held the sentiments of the entire Board in stating, “We are pleased to have Mr. Cuneo agree to lead our district for the next two and a half years. He has brought stability to the district, which will help us to focus on important educational issues and continue the district’s efforts to close the achievement gap.”