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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.
SAVE SMC has celebrated its first birthday back in September. We've taken a few weeks off writing on the SAVE SMC blog over at blogger to do some much needed revisions and additions to the companion website. You can access it HERE. The first page is our PHP beta version. We've integrated cascading stylesheets as well. We're currently working on version 2, which will be much more improved.
In addition to the new PHP page, we've given the old pages a facelift. We've also added an exclusive page for Santa Monica College as well as its vocational campus, the Academy of Entertainment and Technology. We've also added a profiles page where you can read about Santa Monica College faculty and students. For general information on civil rights, entertainment, the California Public Records Act, and news and politics, visit our home page. There's a bit more, but I'll leave some room for your much anticipated explorations.
For those interested to read more about AET Professor Jim Keeshen (a.k.a., James Keeshen), you can check out his expanded profile HERE. Topics include quotes, comments, hobbies, financial, ethics, facts, and a general about page with links to projects by Jim Keeshen Productions.
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