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A Vote Tally, Local Holidays, Olympic Athlete, Earthquake Preparedness and Economic Forum

Rumor has it that teachers will ratify the contract put to them for a vote, school kids enjoy a couple of days off, Mayor Wayne Powell honors and prepares, and the chamber hosts an economic forum that includes successful locals.

1. Students in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District had Monday off, theoretically for Rosh Hashanah, and will have Wednesday, Sept. 26 off for Yom Kippur, which begins at sundown the day before. The school calendar posted on the MBUSD website doesn't mention the two Jewish holidays, instead calling each a "Local Holiday."

2. The Manhattan Beach Unified Teachers Association expects to tally all of its members' votes on a proposed contract with MBUSD Tuesday. Word is MBUTA will ratify the proposed contract, which would then have to pass muster with the school board and the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

  • Related: Teachers, District May Be Closer to Contract

3. An Olympic athlete is listed on the City Council agenda for recognition during the "ceremonial calendar" during the Tuesday, Sept. 18 meeting. The Olympian will receive Mayor Wayne Powell's "I Heart MB Award."

4. Mayor Powell's free Town Hall Meeting on Earthquake Preparedness is set for Thursday, Sept. 20, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Manhattan Beach Fire Apparatus Bay at 400 15th Street. Dr. Margaret Vinci, CalTech, Office of Earthquake Programs and the Earthquake Country Alliance, will speak at the event, which will cover the latest understanding of earthquake hazards and potential losses, earthquake preparedness resources and information and help attendees empower themselves to be ready for the next large earthquake.

5. Distinguished speakers and a panel of local experts will address how to successfully navigate and prosper in today's evolving economy during the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce's economic forum called "Navigating Through Economic Evolution" on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 7-10 a.m. at the MB Marriott, 1400 Parkview Avenue. MB entrepreneurs Mike Simms and Michael Zislis will be on the panel. The fee per person is $40. 

Gary Osterhout September 18, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I'm not certain a "town hall" is the right term for a presentation on earthquake preparedness, unless there's an associated proposed policy change or some controversy against earthquake preparedness I'm unaware of. Such distinctions about the type of meeting to be held are important in public process, as advertising something as, to me, a "town hall" connotes a different type of meeting than what is advertised here, and there is no reason to blur the distinction. Per Wikipedia: A town hall meeting is an American English term given to an informal public meeting derived from the traditional town meetings of New England. Everybody in a town community is invited to attend, voice their opinions, and hear the responses from public figures and (if applicable) elected officials about shared subjects of interest.
Sharon Arias September 18, 2012 at 06:16 PM
"Town Hall" is a very appropriate term for this important and timely meeting on earthquake safety. Thank you Mayor for having this great event!

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