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Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation Names New President

The foundation has been involved with work at the Malibu Lagoon over the past six months and the Ballona Wetlands, which stretch from Playa del Rey to Venice.

The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation has named Laurie Newman, an environmental activist, as its new president.

“I’m honored and excited to elevate my involvement with the SMBRF,” Newman said in a statement. “I have been involved with the Bay Commission since 1995. I am so proud to see the growth of the organization, one that has always been about bringing stakeholders together to clean up local waters."

Newman, who was elected by the foundation's board a few months ago, highlighted the work of Shelley Luce, the foundation's executive director, in using science and research to clean up the local watershed.

"I am excited to serve as President of the SMBRF, an organization that will continue to work collaboratively and lead the way in restoring Santa Monica Bay,” Newman said.

The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation is one of several organizations that has been working with California State Parks on the Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project, which began in June.

Newman was involved in drafting legislation that led to the creation of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission in 2002 under State Senator Sheila Kuehl. 

She has also served on the Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women, Santa Monica Bay Area Human Relations Council, National Council of Community and Justice Santa Monica Bay Area Chapter Member, Santa Monica AIDS Project and Santa Monica Democratic Club.

The foundation serves as the non-profit partner of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission. The foundation aims to restore the Santa Monica Bay, which stretches from Point Dume in Malibu to the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Jacky Tomlinson December 06, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I think she stepped into a mess with what has been done to our beautiful Malibu Lagoon. I wonder what her plans are to fix this?
Ann Salisbury December 07, 2012 at 12:12 AM
She could start by refusing to fund the commission ever again.
Marshall Thompson December 07, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Another self-important, self-appointed, un-elected, un-accountable environmental organization that sues individuals and communities into submission. They know better than we do how to run our own community's affairs. Go away you meddlesome nightmare and mind your own business!
Ted Vaill December 07, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I thought Betsy Butler would get the job, as she must have made herself very popular with the SM Bay Destruction Commission by casting the deciding vote to kill SB633 in the Assemby (which passed the Senate unanimously, Pavley voting yes).
Ima Waterqualityactivist December 07, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Hey you blowhard know-nothing, please tell us what "individuals and communities" have been "sued into submission" by this organization. Go ahead, name ONE. What a jackass.
Jessica E. Davis December 07, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Please refrain in the future from that type of name calling and language @Ima Waterqualityactivist. Thank you.
Marshall Thompson December 07, 2012 at 11:17 PM
"Ima Waterqualityactivist" has proven itself to be a cowardly loudmouth hiding behind a phony name on a website. Thus, your scrawl and your opinion accounts for NOTHING. AMF!
Ima Waterqualityactivist December 07, 2012 at 11:36 PM
So funny that I call you out as a blow-hard, but Patch feels it's ok for you to call me a cowardly loudmouth. Not surprised though. And I guess it's ok to make false accusations on this site as well. Still waiting for you to tell us what "individuals and communities" have been "sued into submission" by this organization. But you are famous for changing the subject when you're wrong.... Mr. Thompson.
M Stanley December 07, 2012 at 11:45 PM
You used a derogatory term for the rear end of a specific animal. Read to the very end of your own statement to find your downfall and the reason that you received a 'calling out'. I'm not surprised at all that you received a response calling you a C.L.M.
Marshall Thompson December 07, 2012 at 11:55 PM
"CLAM?" LOL, Mari!
Ima Waterqualityactivist December 07, 2012 at 11:59 PM
OK I guess I get that, although "jackass" doesn't seem particularly worthy of being called out considering what I read on this site every day. What's a C.L.M? And for that matter, what's AMF (per Mr. Thompson)? My apologies to all male donkeys for the comparison.
Ima Waterqualityactivist December 08, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Still waiting
M Stanley December 08, 2012 at 02:07 AM
I just didn't want to repeat it - C.L.M. is Cowardly LoudMouth as per the post by Marshall T. Sorry, it looks even worse with capitalization.
Ima Waterqualityactivist December 08, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Thanks. Good to know that Patch approves of that. Still waiting for Mr. Thompson to offer evidence that Commission has sued ANYONE.
Ima Waterqualityactivist December 08, 2012 at 02:44 AM
still waiting
Brenda Barnes December 08, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I read on another site that the SM Bay Restoration Foundation was misusing the money donated to start it and should be audited. This is so the money would be used to really clean the Bay, which Richard Bloom the former chair did not do according to that post. If any of what is being said about this Foundation is not true, why isn't it independently audited? Non-profits that are legitimate should not oppose that..

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