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Community Outreach Organizations Launch Education and Awareness Efforts for Santa Monica’s New Minimum Wage Law: Year-long outreach kicks off with a workshop on October 20

 WHEN: Thursday, October 20, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

WHERE: Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The City of Santa Monica has selected three partner organizations to lead a year-long community outreach and education effort for the new minimum wage law. Santa Monica businesses and the public are invited to a business-focused outreach meeting onThursday, October 20 where they can learn more about the minimum wage law.  The workshop will be led by Lee Andrews Group.  Here is more information on the City’s outreach partners:

·   Lee Andrews Group serves the City’s businesses through sector and geographic-focused workshops, and one-on-one outreach. 

·   Restaurant Opportunities Center Los Angeles (ROC LA) will reach out to the City’s restaurant workers through one-on-one outreach, training, and counseling. 

·  KIWA will reach Santa Monica workers outside the restaurant industry, and will connect with the City’s Korean-owned businesses and workers. 

Throughout the year, the three groups will conduct a series of workshops, trainings, and one-on-one outreach to Santa Monica’s employers and employees. The workshops are free, open to the public, and will address different business sectors and geographic areas. The groups will also approach businesses and employees proactively with wage law information. All will have clear identification to demonstrate their partnership with the City of Santa Monica.  Event information and more on minimum wage education can be found at www.smgov.minimumwage


The City selected these groups based on their knowledge of the Santa Monica community and the City’s specific wage law, as well as demonstrated expertise in labor law outreach and advocacy.  Representatives from Lee Andrews Group and ROC LA served on the Santa Monica Minimum Wage Working Group, established by City Council last year, which recommended final adjustments to the law.  KIWA has significant background in worker outreach and training, and serves as the lead community partner organization for Los Angeles County’s minimum wage law. 

In addition, the City has contracted with Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs to provide minimum wage enforcement services for Santa Monica.  Any Santa Monica employee can call, email, or go in person to an LA County office to ask questions about an employment practice, report a problem, or file a wage claim.  This regional approach was deemed most cost effective in the year ahead as Santa Monica, LA County and the City of Los Angeles have all adopted similar minimum wage laws this year.  Services are available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and Armenian. 

City of Santa Monica staff will continue to serve as the primary source of information on Santa Monica’s minimum wage law.  You can contact the City with minimum wage questions atminimum.wage@smgov.net, or 310-458-8281.

All minimum wage information is available at www.smgov.net/minimumwage



Constance Farrell 
Public Information Officer

Office of Communications, City Manager’s Office
City of Santa Monica

1685 Main Street | Santa Monica, CA 90401

310.458.8301, ext. 2352 | 424.280.0008 (cell)


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Scholarships Improve Lgbtq Students’ Lives

Point Foundation, Nation’s Largest LGBTQ Scholarship Provider, 
Welcomes Applications Beginning November 1

Los Angeles, October 19, 2016 – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, andqueer (LGBTQ) students seeking financial assistance for their undergraduate or graduate school education are encouraged to apply for a Point Foundation Scholarship. Students enrolling in undergraduate or graduate programs for the 2017-2018 academic year are eligible to apply for Point’s multiyear scholarship.

Applications open online at www.pointfoundation.org/apply

 on November 1, 2016.

Students may submit the application until 11:59 p.m. PST January 30, 2017. A short application FAQ video is available online

. Additional FAQs may also be found on our website

"All students struggle with the cost of college, but LGBTQ students also face the additional challenges of bullying, harassment and often lack family support,” said Jorge Valencia

, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “These same young people often look toward going to college as a way to overcome their difficulties and succeed despite the adversity they face. Point Foundation exists to help turn their dreams of higher education as the means for personal and professional growth, into a reality.”

Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit and currently provides financial assistance and programmatic support to 84 students. Point’s scholarship support addresses the particular challenge LGBTQ students face paying for college: 83% of LGBTQ students are using their own money for school, compared to 53% of all first-year college students. Even then, about 70% of LGBTQ students need financial assistance to start school, compared to 44% of all first-year students.

The selection process for awarding Point Foundation Scholarships requires candidates to demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skills, and community involvement. Attention is given to applicants who lost financial and social support as a result of revealing their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Once selected, each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development training with fellow Point Scholars. Point Scholars also give back to the LGBTQ community by completing an individual community service project each year. After graduation, scholars become part of Point’s growing alumni network where they continue to be a vital part of Point’s events, conferences, and other activities.

“Point Foundation’s resources and support help me make my voice heard as an active and proud member of my LGBTQ community,” said 2016 Point ScholarHadden Kelley

, who is studying Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Introductions to current Point Scholars are on Point’s YouTube channel

. Theactivities and accomplishments of Point Scholar and Alumni are featured on theViewPoint blog


Suggested Social Media post:  #LGBTQ students – apply for a @PointFoundation scholarship 

About Point Foundation
Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.

Point Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit. Thanks to the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations, Point has invested $18 million in education and support of LGBTQ scholars since 2001. The Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development and community service training. www.pointfoundation.org


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