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Senator Fran Pavley Responds to Historic Water Deal

Senator Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica), the Chair of the Natural Resources and Water Committee, issued the following statement in response to the legislature’s passage of the water package:

“With California in the midst of a water crisis, it was imperative that we as lawmakers take action to protect the deteriorating Delta ecosystem and ensure a reliable supply of water to our farms, our homes, and our businesses. There are some significant environmental victories in the package of bills. I am pleased the final package includes a Natural Community Conservation Plan, a Delta Water Master and a Delta Conservancy to manage ecosystem restoration. While I would have liked to see more stringent groundwater monitoring and water rights regulations, I believe the package of bills is moving California water policy in the right direction. The package includes a first step in groundwater monitoring, 20 percent urban conservation targets, and additional enforcement to crack down on illegal water diversions. The bond includes billions of dollars for cleaning up groundwater, recycling and reusing water, improving watershed programs, restoring the L.A. River, and other regional water projects. I believe this historic water deal strikes a balance between protecting the environment of the Delta and providing clean, safe water to California families.”

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Michael Brennan Joins Rand as Fundraising Chief

Veteran fund-raising professional Michael Brennan has joined the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research organization, as executive director of development.

Brennan, who will be based at RAND’s Santa Monica headquarters, will oversee RAND’s institutional and programmatic fund-raising efforts.

“Philanthropy enables RAND to take on the big and timely questions and offer decision makers fact-based analysis in a context that is too often driven by opinion or partisanship,” said James A. Thomson, RAND president and CEO. “Michael Brennan brings outstanding experience and strong leadership to our efforts to harness the generosity of donors to support RAND’s work in the public interest.”

Brennan was formerly assistant vice chancellor for health sciences development at UCLA. In that capacity, Brennan was the chief advancement officer for UCLA’s health sciences schools. He previously served as executive director of three related organizations at UCLA: Corporate, Foundation, and Research Relations; The UCLA Foundation; and UCLA Development. Prior to joining UCLA, Brennan served in several fund-raising roles at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego, and his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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The Boys and Girls Club of Venice, Gets a Little Help from Local Performers

NY Blues Dynamo Kathy Leonardo performs Wednesday, November 18th at Dannys Venice Beach Bistro & Bar ( 23 Windward Ave right at the Beach) from 7:30 p.m. till 10 p.m. . At this special performance, Kathy will be donating 50% of all CD sales to The Boys & Girls Club of Venice , who will be on hand at the performance, giving out info at Dannys Venice

Leonardo has invited Vinnie Caggiano, eclectic Jazz guitarist to open the show with jazz standards, Then Singer/Songwriter/Comedienne Kathy Leonardo keeps the show hopping with her side splitting comedy and original sassy blues. At this special performance Kathy will also be singing some standards such as “Stormy Weather”, “My Funny Valentine” and others.

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