News Briefs


Final candidates

named for SMC president position

The Santa Monica College Presidential Search Committee announced last week that it has reduced the number of candidates to three. Each of the finalists will spend a full day on campus for interviews with the SMC Board of Trustees and appear at public forums to speak and answer questions.

The finalists to replace former SMC President Piedad F. Robertson, who stepped down late last year, are Deborah Blue, vice president of policy and research for the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges in Novato, Calif.; Dr. G. Jeremiah Ryan, president of Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey and Dr. Chui Tsang, president of San Jose City College.

The public forums will take place Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Talent show to raise money for charity

A team of students from the Pepperdine University’s SIFE team is holding a talent show on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Elkins Auditorium on the Pepperdine campus. The show, “Talent For Life, ” will raise money for Ryan’s Reach, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of people with brain and spinal cord damage. Ryan’s Reach was created for and named after Ryan Corbin, a Pepperdine alumnus who was paralyzed after being involved in a roofing accident.

Tickets to the show are $3 if purchased ahead of time and $5 at the door.

Organization to send 30,000 care packages to deployed troops

Operation Gratitude will kick off its third annual Holiday Drive on Nov. 10, with the goal to assemble and mail more than 30,000 care packages to deployed troops for delivery by the holidays.

Throughout the Veteran’s Day Weekend, Operation Gratitude, together with the California Army National Guard, 746th QM BN and more than 1,000 volunteers, including the cast and crew of the hit TV series “NCIS,” will assemble and ship at least 30,000 Holiday Care Packages filled with assorted snacks, Girl Scout Cookies, Computer Flash Drives, DVDs, CDs, games, stuffed animals, T-shirts, toiletries and personal letters of support.

For more information on Operation Gratitude, go to

Jazz concert to raise money for hurricane relief

The Malibu Jazzmaster Funkadelics, a jazz/funk band made up of Malibu High School students and adult musicians, will perform at Cabrini’s Jazz Alley in Los Angeles as part of a fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina relief.

Jazz vocalists Kiri Van Santen, a Malibu resident, and Jessi Quinlan will also perform on Sunday. The two attend the L.A. County High School for the Arts. Malibu resident Rick Friend will accompany the singers on the piano.

Cabrini’s Jazz Alley is located at 5664 West 3 St. in Los Angeles. For more information on the performance, call 323.938.0259 or go to www.cabrinisjazzalley.

Malibu resident picked to head company

Richard Clemmer, 53, was recently named chief executive officer of Agere Systems, a Pennsylvania-based company that makes chips for cell phones, disk drives and telecommunications equipment.

Clemmer began at his new position on Oct. 25, replacing John Dickson. Clemmer was previously a partner at Shelter Capital Partners, a private investment fund focused on technology startups.

-Brian Foy and

Jonathan Friedman