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The rattlesnake "may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance. ... She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage. ... she never wounds 'till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of treading on her."
-- An American Guesser 
"The true story of Santa Monica College under the current administration and the current
Board of Trustees is a cautionary tale for the future of publicly funded institutions of higher education."
-- CSEA Accreditation Self Study Addendum 
"Des Manttari is a tenacious defender of the rights of Santa Monica College students to be safe on campus, to their right to know..." -- Jeff Higley, Activist
Through his companies, Jim Keeshen Productions and Studio Animatics, SMC Professor James Keeshen recruited both students and faculty to the AET vocational program for his own bidding as cheap slave labor while outsourcing animation work to Korea for his Day of the Dead animated short film. Read more...
SHOCKING COURT RECORDS
"The Complaint contains allegations of misappropriation of student funds and property, illegal fees, abuse of process, and various unconstitutional activities by Defendants with the goal of suppressing dissent and avoiding auditing and oversight by non-conspirators. The Defendants have a history of such activities. The findings of the PERB were that the Santa Monica Community College District, which would include all defendants in this case, were found to have violated state statutes regarding expenditure of funds and activities undertaken to intimidate and suppress the faculty's opposition to the administration."
"Defendants have obtained this control through racketeering activities, including but not limited to: (a) The extortion of property, such as restricted accounts for the defendants' personal use. (b) Robbery or the conversion of Student funds. (c) Bribery of student officials. (d) As well as multiple violations of the Hobbs Act (18 U.S.C. § 1951) that include (i) exerting outside pressure through undue influence and coercision so as to control business decisions, and (ii), the taking of the Student bookstore and other commerce. Defendants' acts of racketeering activity have been unceasing for over fifteen (15) years."
-- Associated Students of Santa Monica College, et. al. vs. Santa Monica Community College District Board of Trustees, KCRW, Herb Roney, Dorothy Ehrhart-Morrison, Illona Katz, Piedad Robertson, Thomas Donner, Robert Sammis, Charlie Yen, Robert Adams, Cheryl Miller, Mark Romano, Eileen Miller, Mark Kessler, Charles Bays, et. al.
Here's some comments from students, faculty, and friends of SMC. I am keeping these comments anonymous to protect the innocent. None of these comments have been edited or otherwise modified except for minor spelling corrections. To each and every one of you, I express my sincerest thanks in your unending support for our battle to SAVE SMC.
HERE'S THE COMMENTS...
Des, Your blog page is outstanding!!!
WOW, WOW, WOW, you go girl:):)
One thing for sure Des, you are my inspiration, You are one strong, and determined woman in spite of all the shit that has been thrown at you. I'm very impressed on how you continue to fight for the right way and the important things in life. No matter what the odds are you stick in there. Good for you, I'm proud of you for sticking to your convictions, no matter what and making folks accountable. No matter what happens there will be some good that comes from alll of this.
Back to law again? Cool!
Wow, Des, good for you! You are prepared for such things much better than many. I never had to deal with any legal eagles before. It’s great you have such an advantage here.
You should still be able to make films to touch a great many people’s lives. Maybe even about such situations?
Thank you, and stay good to yourself. You are not alone.
Des, what's the latest? Your saga is fascinating!
Des, this blog, I feel can teach people so much about their own rights and can definitely show lawyers how beneficial it is to share knowledge with others. You're teaching them all. It opens so many doors and potentials of hope for everyone.
I'm SO SORRY THAT YOUR BEING TREATED SO POORLY AT SMC. There is no reason for that and yes, I believe that it's fear and all of the messes that they have created. Des, you are definitely a woman of courage as you have demonstrated all of your life. Thank God you've been there and done this before. I know that it's not an easy thing that you are doing but a lot of students and faculty will benefit for what your doing. I'm not sure if I would have the courage to do what you're doing. You have my support and love always.
Help me Obi one Canobi. You're my only hope...
It's like a wild monkey jungle out there. You are the only one civilized, doing a real civic thing out there... that's the right thing to do. Best of luck.
Hi Des, keep up the good fight!
I saw the site....Wow!
Keep up the good work Des! I'm glad you have all the support you need now. I'm sorry it is dragging for a long time, but that's the nature of legal battles. Also, don't feel afraid, as you go deeper into the hole. You are doing the right thing, and you are the only light at the end of that tunnel. Without your work, all that money gone, would be nothing but a huge black hole of missing stuff.
Dearest Des, it appears you have found a new family, a network of real friends, and that makes me so happy.
They know this is gonna be hugh! Some people can feel when their skin is being lifted off!!
Sounds very together. I mean, wow!. Thank you for sending me a copy of the letter - this is all very interesting. Peace! May it go well!
Amazing... You are opening the pandora box again!
Des, I just finished reading your blog about the document dump. I can't say I understand everything about it, but it looks to me like they want to baffle you with bullshit. In other words, they are going to drop so much irrelevant material on you that you will get confused over what it all means and maybe even give up. They still haven't met the Des I know yet. Congratulations on the blog and the notice it has already received. Sometimes it amazes me that you absorb so many body blows in life, yet still bounce right back up and do the right thing. Your strength is something I'll always admire about you. Good luck deciphering the document dump.
The work you are doing is unmatchable. It takes tremendous courage...
You're very brave! Many blessings to you on your battle!
Hang in there, your case is big and important.
-- Des Manttari,
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