October 29, 2020 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Kids with Cameras:

Youth from the Mid-City neighborhood of Santa Monica had the opportunity this past summer to photograph their neighborhood by participating in a new Santa Monica Bay Humans Relations Council (SMBHRC) program called “Kids with Cameras.”

The program’s goal, according to the SMBHRC, was to help rekindle the Mid-City Neighborhood group which has been inactive since 2004. The photo essay project was designed to help the youth to get to know their neighborhood better and to help identify and seek solutions to issues in their area.

Fifteen youths who were recruited from local non-profits met once a week for eight weeks to shoot pictures and discuss their impressions of their neighborhood. Their work was coordinated by City of Santa Monica staff members, Police Activity League (PAL) officers, and by Fabian Lewkowicz, a professional photojournalist.

Community members had the opportunity to view the exhibition of the photographs and hear from the youth photojournalists at the McKinley Elementary School on October 3. One of the photographers stated that she learned from the project that “there can be beauty in the simple things.” Another photojournalist found out that “everything can be art through the lens of a camera.” Others spoke of the camaraderie they formed with each other while participating in the project.

After the youth discussed their experiences, those in attendance broke into discussion groups by topic. The topics were organizing Mid-City Neighbors, Building Community in Neighborhoods, Creating Community from Economic Crisis, Organizing a Safer City, Organizing for Better Schools, and Organizing for a More Livable City. The Mirror attended the group on organizing Mid-City Neighbors.

The boundaries of the Mid-City neighborhood consist of the area West of Centinela, East of 5th Street, South of Wilshire Boulevard, and North of Colorado Avenue. Its residents are concerned that they do not have a voice in important City decisions so they want to support organizing a new Mid-City Neighbors group. They also discussed some of the issues they feel should be addressed by a new Mid-City Neighbors’ organization.

Residents mentioned the need to meet face to face with those wishing to develop projects in the area. They also discussed their concerns about having St John’s Hospital as a neighbor do to problems with hospital sewage and worries about siren noise from ambulance trips to the new emergency room. Also mentioned were problems with parking and traffic and ways to increase gardening in the area.

Neighborhood organizer Gregg Heacock hopes by the end of October to have gathered the necessary signatures of 50 active members, to develop by-laws, and elect a Board so that the Santa Monica City Council can approve Mid-City Neighbors for non-profit status.

in News
Related Posts

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s Across Santa Monica Raises $96,000

October 27, 2020

October 27, 2020

Santa Monica and Westside residents walked throughout the city’s neighborhoods, parks and trails, waving flags and sporting purple outfits to...

Edify TV: Halloween Amid COVID-19

October 27, 2020

October 27, 2020

With LA County health officials prohibiting many Halloween activities and discouraging trick or treating, costume stores like Ursula’s Costumes in...

Owner Says Missing French Bulldog Seen With Homeless Man Throughout Santa Monica

October 26, 2020

October 26, 2020

Social media effort to find missing French Bulldog ‘Melo’ By Sam Catanzaro The owners of a missing French Bulldog say...

Courts Dismiss Challengers To Santa Monica Airport Closure: Santa Monica Beat – October, 26, 2020

October 26, 2020

October 26, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Courts Dismiss Challengers To Santa Monica Airport Closure * Early Voter...

Edify TV: Historic Venice Church Damaged in Fire

October 26, 2020

October 26, 2020

A 100 year old church in Venice recently caught fire and some think arson was responsible. Learn more in this...

Santa Monica Police to Increase Presence Ahead of Election

October 26, 2020

October 26, 2020

Elevated police presence to begin October 30 department says By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica police say they will increase their...

Santa Monica School Board Approves Purchases $21 Million Building

October 25, 2020

October 25, 2020

Santa Monica Malibu School Board votes 6-1 to purchase office building at 1717 4th Street By Toi Creel The Santa...

City Council Endorsements: Santa Monica Needs a Change

October 22, 2020

October 22, 2020

Santa Monica City Council endorsements from the Santa Monica Mirror The following are two endorsement articles from Santa Monica Mirror...

Crime in Santa Monica Is Declining: Santa Monica Beat – October, 22, 2020

October 22, 2020

October 22, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Crime in Santa Monica Is Declining * 335 Homeless Residents Housed...

Forma Expanding to Main Street: Westside Food Scene

October 22, 2020

October 22, 2020

Westside Food Scene October 22, 2020 By Kerry Slater Forma Expanding to Main Street Popular Santa Monica Italian restaurant Forma...

California Supreme Court to Hear Santa Monica Voting Rights Case

October 22, 2020

October 22, 2020

Court to rule on future of at-large elections in Santa Monica By Sam Catanzaro The California Supreme Court will determine...

LA County Says Younger Adults and Teenagers Are Driving COVID-19 Cases

October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020

68 percent of new cases among people between ages of 12 and 50 By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles County health...

Santa Monica Has Issued Over 40 Face Covering Citations

October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020

City expanding COVID-19 compliance efforts with the addition of “Health Ambassadors”  By Sam Catanzaro The City of Santa Monica says...

Grand Jury Indicts Former Angel Employee in Tyler Skaggs’ Fatal Overdose

October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020

Fort Wayne grand jury indicts Eric Prescott Kay on drug distribution and drug conspiracy charges By Sam Catanzaro A federal...