Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sign the Letter

Letter to Superintendent Cuneo and Principal Pedroza about Mr. Ari Marken, Santa Monica HS teacher

Please click if you would like to sign this letter.

Dear Superintendent Cuneo and Principal Pedroza,

We have learned that on December 4, 2008, the SMMUSD found that Mr. Ari Marken, math teacher at Santa Monica High School, sexually harassed a thirteen-year-old student in one of his classes, in violation of SMMUSD policy 5145.7.  He was placed on leave for five weeks while the investigation took place.  We are also aware that Mr. Marken was placed on leave again in December 2009 while the SMMUSD investigated him for improper electronic communications with present and former students.  We are aware that Mr. Marken did not return for the entire 2009-2010 school year, and resumed teaching at Santa Monica High School in September 2010.  

For more information about this case, please see the web page: 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Updated: Grayson Vaughn's best interest

Grayson Vaughn is now an endangered child, victim of flaws in our justice system that ignore the best interest of children. After a three-year legal battle, parents Christy and Jason Vaughn lost custody of their son Grayson to his biological dad, who many have said is unfit to be a parent. 
Please, if you would be willing to take a moment to tweet and ask your followers to help support the Vaughn family during this terrible time, it will go a long way. We are still working to bring this child home to his adoptive parents who love and miss him!
Read my updated article on Huffington Post

Twitter: Follow @KeepGraysonHome

Facebook: thousands of “Like” supporters already, join the fight at

Website: You can learn more about Grayson Vaughn's story at 

Friday, November 12, 2010

It is time to DEMAND Justice

Please consider attending and/or sending out this information about an important march/rally and Press Conference happening tomorrow, Saturday November 13. Some background:

With the arrest of Phillip Garrido in August 2009, the entire nation learned how broken the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has become. Investigative findings by California State Inspector General David Shaw and the State Attorney's General' office concluded that a number of parole agents over a period of nine years had failed to do their jobs properly surrounding the parole supervision of Phillip Garrido.

Other CA parolees making the news for their horrific crimes include: John Gardner (murdered Amber Dubois and Chelsea King), Charles Samuel (murdered Lily Burk), Omar Armando Loera (murdered Chere Osmanhodzic) -- to name a few. It is time to DEMAND something be done. Join me in a rally tomorrow to demand justice and accountability!  Here are the details:

March and rally will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in El Sereno from 1974 N. Marianna Ave. to the 1800 block of Landsdowne Ave to demand an investigation of the Division of Adult Parole Operation and that those responsible for the breakdown in parole supervision be held accountable.

Cal State LA (1800 block of Landsdown) -- at the University Hills sign flagpole

Marching, speeches and Press Conference will begin at 1:30pm tomorrow, Saturday Nov. 13

Contact Information:
carolineaguirre@sbcglobal.net, 323-254-3221 (or call me at 310-470-9955 with questions)

Ron Kaye LA announcement about rally
City Watch article by former parole agent

Mayor Sam