Category Archives: Education

Pacific Palisades Parent Pleads Guilty in Ongoing College Admissions Scandal

According to Sunday’s Washington Post (“Another Parent Is Charged in College Admissions Scandal, Will Admit to Efforts to Get Son into Georgetown”) Pacific Palisades resident Peter Dameris is the 54th person charged in the admissions scandal dubbed “Varsity Blues” and the … Continue reading

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A Little Library Is Vandalized in SM Canyon, But There’s A Happy Ending

Several Santa Monica Canyon residents heard a woman ranting and shouting last night (May 16). They called 311, but there was no response from the City. This morning, when Judi Jensen went to check on the little library at Rustic … Continue reading

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Education Is Suffering Through Distance Learning, But What Can Be Done?

Walking the dogs, I listen to different radio shows. This morning it was Amstrong & Getty, who were discussing schooling at home. Jack Armstrong, who has two young sons, admitted he didn’t feel he was doing a great job—and most … Continue reading

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LETTER TO CTN: How to Support the Student Debt Forgiveness for Frontline Health Care Workers Act?

I recently heard about possible federal legislation forgiving student loan debt for frontline health care workers. My son, who is a medical resident working the frontline fighting against COVID-19, researched it and found this below. There is also a petition … Continue reading

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Catching Up with Readers: A Correction and an Explanation

EVERYBODY VOTE BY MAIL? A CORRECTION: In my May 4 Musings, I wrote: L.A. County Supervisors voted unanimously on May 5 to send vote-by-mail ballots to every person registered for the November general election (six months away), citing concerns about Covid-19 and … Continue reading

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Bruce Schwartz Will Help You Grow Giant Pumpkins in Your Backyard

Need some new ideas to make home schooling more fun during Covid-19? Teaching kids about the environment, botany and community service can be super easy, thanks to Pacific Palisades resident Bruce Schwartz. Schwartz is a local realtor and was the … Continue reading

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Billions of Birds Have Disappeared Since 1990: Create a Safe Habitat for Them in Your Backyard

If you have a problem with crows in your back yard, there’s an easy way to discourage them. “Buy a ‘dead’ decoy crow and put it in your yard,” said Julie Hansen, owner of the Santa Monica Wild Birds Unlimited … Continue reading

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Palisades High Corner Landscaping and Expansion Project Is Finally Completed

“Isn’t the corner of Bowdoin and Temescal fantastic,” one reader wrote in a recent email to Circling the News. “Let’s hear it for a good design — lovely sign and benches added to the landscape. “It’s almost a proper entrance … Continue reading

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PaliHi Physics Teacher David Schalek Renews National Board Certification

  Palisades High School physics teacher David Schalek has just been recertified by the National Board and is one of only 4,786 physics teachers nationwide to do so. He is one of only 122,000 teachers (in all subjects) in the … Continue reading

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Fire Insurance: Residents Need to Consult Their Agents to Learn What Is Covered by Their Policy

Pacific Palisades residents have heard horror stories about numerous Malibu residents, who are still not in their homes a year after the 2018 Woolsey Fire. That couldn’t happen here, could it? Residents have insurance, correct? Then, the October 21 Palisades … Continue reading

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