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"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
"I am afraid that Professor Keeshen may retaliate against me for representing
the truth as I witnessed it. I addressed this fear with the campus police."
-- Lindsay Berkovitz, AET Student
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...
"I'm gonna come after you. I'm going to find out who the spy is in this class and in ET 2 and I'm going to get you to the letter of the law and have you either kicked out or whatever other consequences they can do to you in terms of doing this. Got it?" -- Jim Keeshen
"Lying is better than not lying."
-- AET Professor Jim Keeshen
"What I have found is that SMC has been plagued with budget
instability for the past several years ... What this means is that the college
has been spending about $6 million more than it takes in ... If we continue
down this road, we face serious financial consequences-even bankruptcy."
-- SMC President Chui L. Tsang
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.
California Laws SMC Has Allegedly Violated:
California Constitution, Article I,
Declaration of Rights, §§ 1, 2, 3, 31
Education Code § 220
Education Code § 66301
Education Code § 72011
Education Code § 76034
Education Code § 76120
Education Code § 76230
Education Code § 76232
Education Code § 76233
Education Code § 76242
Government Code § 6250
Government Code § 54950
Penal Code §§ 118, 118.1, 422.6, 626.6 and Extortion
Federal Laws SMC Has Allegedly Violated:
U.S. Constitution, First Amendment (Free Speech, Free Press & Redress of Grievances)
U.S. Constitution (Due Process Amendments)
U.S. SUPREME COURT RULING
"We have recognized that the university is a traditional sphere of free expression so fundamental to the functioning of our society that the Government's ability to control speech within that sphere by means of conditions attached to the expenditure of Government funds is restricted by the vagueness and overbreadth doctrines of the First Amendment."
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Here are a few examples of quotes and comments from various faculty, staff, and students at Santa Monica Community College. This is only the surface of the deep underlying problems that have plagued the campus over the last several decades.
"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 (2004)
"I have noticed more and more of an oppressive feeling of gloom on the campus. Morale is sinking farther. I have not spoken to many people in my travels across the campus who are generally happy in their working lives here at SMC." -- SMC Classified Senate President's Report (1999)
"The Board of Trustees clearly shows disregard for the public interest. ... Way too much waste and irresponsible spending. ... Integrity? I don't think they know what that is." -- CSEA Survey Comments
"The last ten years at SMC have been marked by a no confidence vote, lawsuits, labor strife, conflicts with the community over property acquisitions, deep cuts in employees and services, budget squeezes, and an ever growing cadre of management. Meanwhile, SMC’s two-faced public relations machine continued to make cheery proclamations on the one hand and to spew budget doom on the other." -- Lantz Simpson, SMC Faculty Association President (April 2006, How SMC Is Run Like WAL-MART)
"Where did this money go if few AET students received jobs, scholarships, or an adequate education? Where is that over $1.25 million given to AET from then Governor Pete Wilson in 1997? Why did the theme park entertainment and entertainment business occupational certificates meet untimely deaths? Was the $8.8 million paid to the Gemological Institute of America for the AET satellite campus worth the taxpayers' money? And why was there a surplus of donations according to the Santa Monica College Foundation tax returns? Why did those scholarships never reach the AET students? Why can't SMC find the $200,000 Mary Pickford Foundation endowment?" -- Des Manttari (January 2006)
"At Santa Monica College, the Chair of the Board of Trustees long ago traded her gavel for a durable rubber stamp. Margaret Quiñones and Piedad Robertson found a way to turn that rubber stamp into an ATM." -- Carl Gettleman & Phil Hendricks (October 2004) [AET Money Tree of Wasteful Spending]
"It is becoming Santa Monica Corporation. Everything is about money and numbers, and education is not what they are about anymore. Santa Monica College has become a slave ship for some administrators and faculty, particularly the part-timers, to the detriment of the students." -- SMC Professor Debbie Tataranowicz (December 1999)
"Further, it is the information and belief of some students that the college purposely hid the importance of the Accreditation Team from the student body in a conspiracy to brainwash the Accreditation Team into a whitewash over a pattern of deteriorating student conditions and a wide-range of facts that could point to criminal and civil improprieties by the administration against student interests. ... Dr. Peidad Robertson blackmailed and extorted the student government to secure her Public Relations Account. ... The college is collecting illegal fees from students adding up to hundreds of thousands of dollars every year." -- Ryan Flegal, SMC Student Body President (Spring 1998, "Administrative Misconduct" Report to Dr. Robert Agrella, California State Accredtitation Team)
As a public institution, Santa Monica College must be both fiscally and morally accountable to its people. The college must disclose its records under the California Public Records Act and its must keep its meetings open. However, SMC has has not only failed to comply, it has retaliated with a vengeance. A formal report shockingly revealed hidden funds and widespread distrust. The Los Angeles District Attorney has recently cited the college for violations. Read Our Mission Statement ...
Topics: SMC, Finance, CPRA, Fraud, Public Corruption
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Topics: News, Politics, Education, Entertainment, Civil Rights
SMC's lawsuits are a sad testament to its unwillingness to adhere to our rights. SMC has violated free speech clauses, due process, faculty contracts, and other state and federal laws, including those against harassment and discrimination. SMC's litigation machine is well-oiled by several large law firms that bill out at hundreds of dollars an hour, some for decades on end. How much does all this litigation ultimately cost the taxpayer? Read More ...
School: Santa Monica Comunity College
Go to: SMC Civil Rights Violations
Associated Students of SMC: First Amended Complaint [CV 98-5279 RSWL (CWx)]
Associated Students of SMC: Third Amended Complaint [CV 98-5279 RSWL (CWx)]
KCRW Petition For Reconsideration Before the FCC [MM Docket No. 95-31]
Associated Students of Santa Monica College:
Opposition to Motion to Dismiss Third Amended Complaint [CV 98-5279 RSWL (CWx)]
Santa Monica College Public Records Request (Set Six)
CPRA Verified Complaint (LASC Case No. BS104928)
CPRA Notice of Motion (LASC Case No. BS104928)
Jeff Higley's Public Records Request (Set One)
- 06-19-06: Jeff Higley's CPRA Compliance Demand Letter
What was Sony Executive Hope Boonshaft's role in establishing AET? Which state grants did she secure for the purpose of building a "trained digital workforce?" Did Boonshaft help to obtain the $1.25 million infusion of state funds from then Governor Pete Wilson? Why did an animation vocational school hire two former presidential advisors as key consultants? Was it their ability to lobby in Washington, D.C. that made them so appealing? Read More ...
In spring 2006, Professor Jim Keeshen published online in his ET2 Storytelling course syllabus that he both produced and directed the Family Guy pilot pitch. The credits to the pilot clearly state that it was "created, written & directed by Seth MacFarlane." To make matters worse, Keeshen passed out copies of the Family guy scripts, calling them a "piece of shit." And Keeshen did all of this after he sued MacFarlane and Fox Broadcasting. Read More ...
Company: Jim Keeshen Productions
Piercing Jim Keeshen's Various Corporate Veils
Jim Keeshen's Studio Animatics SMC Contracts Exposed
Santa Monica College's Failed Forgery Attempt
With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies?
- SMC Skullduggery & Creative Refinancing of Federal Funds