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november 2, 2018

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Prop 10 Debate

We will have speakers on both sides of the issue and there will be time for questions and answers!

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october 26, 2018

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Bruce Reznik

LA Waterkeeper Executive Director

 
 
 

"A Smarter Water Future for LA"

 
 
 
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Bruce Reznik – Executive Director

Bruce Reznik took the helm of LA Waterkeeper (LAW) in September 2015, where he directs the organization’s advocacy and programmatic work. Reznik previously spent eleven years running San Diego Coastkeeper, where- under his direction- the organization grew into the region’s most effective voice for clean water and helped dramatically reduce sewage, stormwater and industrial pollution of area waterways and educated and engaged tens of thousands of San Diegans in clean water efforts.

Immediately prior to joining LAW, Bruce served as Executive Director for San Diego Housing Federation, where he promoted affordable housing and sustainable community development to ensure all San Diegans could afford a safe and stable place to call home. He also has led the Sacramento-based Planning Conservation League, where he directed the organization’s efforts to promote sustainable water, land-use and transportation policies for California, as well as the Sustainable San Diego collaborative dedicated to ensuring the long-term vitality of the San Diego/Tijuana region’s communities, environment, and economy by strengthening and integrating regional planning. Bruce also worked to promote sustainable land-use and transportation planning for the LA based consulting firm Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.

A California-licensed attorney, Reznik holds an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and his law degree from the University of San Diego.

Reznik has served as an Alternate on the California Coastal Commission, and has sat on numerous local, state and national boards and commissions, including the international Waterkeeper Alliance for six years. After too many years away from Los Angeles, Bruce is thrilled to be back home with his rescue dogs, Sasha and Bandit.

 
 

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october 19, 2018

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Rick Cole

City Manager of Santa Monica

 
 
 

"Santa Monica"

 
 
 
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october 12, 2018

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Jon Kean

Actor, Director, Writer, & Producer speaks about what happened Post-Holocaust

 
 
 

"After Auschwitz"

 
 
 
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JON KEAN, WRITER/DIRECTOR

Jon made his film debut in 1999 as the writer/director of the comedy, Kill the Man, starring Luke Wilson and Joshua Molina. He also founded the acclaimed theatre company Theatre-A-Go-Go!, creating over a dozen original works in Los Angeles and New York. Among them are the award winning Patty, Patty, Bang! Bang!: The Patty Hearst Musical and Valley of the Dolls. In 2007 he released the critically acclaimed documentary film Swimming in Auschwitz, which serves as a prequel to After Auschwitz, following the same six women both before and during the war. He is currently working on two new documentaries, including Mythical Creatures, a groundbreaking visual documentary about Los Angeles artist Gary Baseman.

Jon was raised in Philadelphia, where he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He now lives in Santa Monica, California with his wife and two children.

 
 

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october 5, 2018

DARK for Wine Fest on Oct. 7

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Don’t miss this amazing event!

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september 28, 2018

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Craft Talks

SMMUSD Superintendent Ben Drati and Salvation Army Lieutenant Chris Wikle

Come support two of our new members as they tell us their life stories in ten minutes each! It’s a wonderful way to get to know fellow Rotarians!

 
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september 14, 2018

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Alan Smyth

Executive Director of SavingInnocence.Org

 
 
 
 
 
 
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With over 25 years of nonprofit management and experience, Alan Smyth joins the team to cultivate strategic partnership on behalf of SAVING INNOCENCE reporting directly to CEO and Founder Kim Biddle. Most recently, he served for 14 years as the Regional Director for Young Life in the Greater Los Angeles Region and before that he was an Area Director for Young Life in San Francisco Bay for 11 years. During his tenure, Alan was responsible to fundraise for and oversee an overall annual operating budget of 4 million dollars as he led a charge to expand work into South LA. His responsibilities included recruiting, hiring, training & supervising staff as well as volunteers. Additionally, Alan executed hundreds fundraising events, strategic planning activities and developed marketing strategies that proved successful for Young Life in Los Angeles. Alan got his Bachelor of Communication Studies from San Jose State University.

 

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september 7, 2018

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Dr. Chris Evans

Opiate Addiction

 

Christopher Evans received his Ph.D. from Imperial College London, conducting his thesis research on endorphins and enkephalins, at the Medical Research Council Institute in Mill Hill. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, Dr. Evans joined the UCLA faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science. His research accomplishments have included identification of a number of novel endogenous opioid peptides and the cloning of the first opioid receptor. Dr. Evans is currently Director of the UCLA Brain Research Institute and the Stefan Hatos Professor directing the Shirley and Stefan Hatos Center for Neurophamacology in the UCLA Semel Institute. Dr. Evans is also director of a NIH-funded center - The Center for Opioid Receptors and Drugs of Abuse or CSORDA. CSORDA, with continuous NIH funding for over 25 years. The aims of CSORDA are to understand the action of opioid drugs such as morphine and heroin at the molecular, cellular and behavioral levels.

 
 

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August 10, 2018

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Professor Geoffrey Blake

The Search for Other Earths

 
 
 
 

"The Search for Other Earths"

 
 
 
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Geoffrey A. (Geoff) Blake

Professor of Cosmochemistry and Planetary Sciences and Professor of Chemistry

B.S., Duke University, 1981; Ph.D., Caltech, 1986. Assistant Professor of Cosmochemistry, 1987-93; Associate Professor of Cosmochemistry and Planetary Sciences, 1993-97; Professor, 1997-99; Professor of Cosmochemistry and Planetary Sciences and Professor of Chemistry, 1999-. Deputy Director, Owens Valley Radio Observatory, 2000-06; Master of Student Houses, 2009-14.

Geoff (Blake) has been on the faculty in the Division of Geological & Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology since 1987 and jointly appointed in GPS and Chemistry & Chemical Engineering since 1999. His research group works on the formation of stars and planetary systems, specifically on the complex chemistry that evolves long before planetary surfaces are created, using both state-of-the-art telescopes and experiments that study chemistry under the extreme conditions in space.

 
 

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August 3, 2018

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Chuck Rosenberg

Why Trials Are Like Catnip

 
 
 
 

"Why Trials Are Like Catnip"

 
 
 
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Charles Rosenberg is the author of the best-selling legal thriller Death on a High Floor as well as Long Knives, Paris Ransom and Write to Die.  His most recent alt-history novel, The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington, was published by HarperCollins in June, 2018. He was the credited legal consultant to the prime-time television programs LA Law, Boston Legal, The Practice, and The Paper Chase, and was one of two on-air legal analysts for E! Television’s coverage of the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials. He is an adjunct law professor at Loyola Law School, where he teaches Law and Popular Culture, and has also taught at UCLA, Pepperdine and Southwestern law schools, as well as at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. He is a graduate of Antioch College and Harvard Law School.  He practices law at the Santa Monica firm of Rosenberg Mendlin & Rosen.

 
 

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April 20, 2018

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Douglas L. Black

Professor & Vice Chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics

UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.

 
 
 
 

"CRISPR Genetics"

 
 
 
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Douglas L. Black is Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at UCLA and UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.  Dr. Black is an RNA biologist whose work has encompassed a wide range of projects studying the biochemistry of RNA binding proteins and how these regulators affect processes such as neuronal development, tumor progression, and the inflammatory response. These studies have been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and a variety of private disease foundations, and have resulted in over 80 scientific publications.

Dr. Black is a past recipient of fellowships from the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation and the Packard Foundation for Science and Engineering. He serves on the editorial boards for the scientific journals RNAGenes and Development, and eLife, and has served on numerous advisory boards and grant review panels for the NIH and other funding agencies. He is a past President of the RNA Society, and was recently named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Black earned his B.A. with highest honors in Chemistry from UC Santa Cruz and Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University. Prior to his appointment at UCLA in 1992, he did postdoctoral work at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and MIT.

 

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July 13, 2018

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Stephen Solomon

Rotary International Foundation