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Emergency Updates

 

Process to Retrieve Personal Property, Updated 6-12-13, 3 p.m.:

​From Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 15, please follow these steps to claim your personal property items:
 
Autos:
 
Campus parking lots and structures are open, so you may now access your vehicle directly. You do not need to go to the 1510 Pico staging area to retrieve your vehicle.
 
Personal Property—From All Buildings:
  • Personal property items left in all campus buildings have been collected, bagged, and moved to 1510 Pico Blvd.
  • Go to 1510 Pico Blvd. between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • You will be given a Property Claim Form to complete.
  • Satisfactory proof of ownership will be required before the release of any items.
  • If you have a Picture ID, please bring it with you.
  • Items will not be released to third parties or friends.
You may park in the parking structures or as otherwise directed by college staff.
 
Personal Property Retrieval Process Starting Monday, June 17:
  • Personal property items have been collected, bagged, and moved to Campus Police.
  • You will be given a Property Claim Form to complete.
  • Satisfactory proof of ownership will be required before the release of any items.
  • If you have a Picture ID, please bring it with you.
  • Items will not be released to third parties or friends.
 

Message from President Chui L. Tsang, 6-10-13, 3:20 p.m.:

Dear Campus Community,
I want to share with you some information about Ms. Margarita Gomez, age 68,  who was the fifth and final shooting victim of Friday's attack, and the third victim attacked on our campus.
 
An SMC neighbor, Margarita was a familiar figure on campus, visiting frequently to collect and recycle discarded items.
 
Margarita was well-liked by the SMC groundskeepers, students, faculty, and staff that she interacted with, and who remember her as someone  who was always happy.
 
“She was just the nicest lady,” said SMC Bookstore manager David Dever. “She would come by the bookstore regularly, and always had a big smile for us.”
 
Margarita was the mother of two sons, Gabriel and Rafael Torres. She was also active in the Senior Latino Club that meets every Thursday at Virginia Avenue Park. Margarita regularly donated a portion of the money from her recycling activities to the club, which contributes support to organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
 
Saint Anne Catholic Church and Shrine held a vigil and prayers for Margarita over the weekend.
 
The Santa Monica College Foundation has established The Margarita Gomez Family Memorial Fund in her honor. Please visit foundation.smc.edu/GomezMemorial for additional information or to make a donation.
 
Chui L. Tsang
President

 

Message from President Chui L. Tsang​, 6-9-13,​ 7 p.m.:

Dear Campus Community,

I believe “heroism” is the word that will become associated with the events of these past few days:
  • Heroism on the part of the officers who neutralized the attacker. These members of the City of Santa Monica Police Department and the Santa Monica College Police Department have practiced together for years to prepare for events such as Friday’s.
  • Heroism on the part of our staff, faculty, and students in the Campus Library and elsewhere on campus who acted decisively to protect life.
  • Heroism on the part of our students to protect and comfort each other and provide support.
  • Heroism on the part of our faculty in the hours on Friday and this weekend to accommodate students’ end-of-semester needs.
  • Heroism on the part of all of us during these same hours to arrange for the pick-up of belongings, to answer phone inquiries, to counsel those in need, and to take the actions needed to start our work again tomorrow.
This Monday, at 7 a.m., the main campus reopens. All buildings and services will be available except for the Library.

There will be additional security personnel on site tomorrow and Tuesday. We are again grateful to the City of Santa Monica Police Department for this assistance.

Many members of our campus community have suggested a vigil as an important next step, and are coordinating this event to take place tomorrow night (Monday night) at 6 p.m. in front of the Campus Library. All are welcome. Thank you for this helpful action.

We work every day to help students overcome obstacles and to achieve their career and transfer goals. This Tuesday at 6 p.m. we celebrate the achievements of many of our students as they graduate. We look forward to this wonderful ceremony and time of family pride. We hope you can join us if you have not already made plans to do so.

Thank you again for your patience, your resilience, and your strength.

Chui L. Tsang
President​

Message from Counseling & HR Dept.​, 6-9-13, 1:30 p.m.:

Counseling services will continue to be provided to SMC faculty, staff and students throughout the week, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Counseling Complex. Group counseling will be available as will individual counseling. We encourage the campus community to take advantage of this opportunity as we know everyone regardless of their location is experiencing a wide range of emotions.
 
Students for whom Chinese is their first language may consult with a Chinese-speaking therapist on the hotline at 866-315-7370.
 

Message from President Chui L. Tsang​, 6-9-13, 10 a.m.:

Dear College Community,

I am saddened to report that Marcela Franco passed away this morning at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Her family was with her by her side. Marcela had registered to attend classes this summer at SMC and was with her father Carlos when Friday’s tragedy struck.

Our deepest sympathies go to the Franco family. At the appropriate time, the College will convene a campus-wide memorial. We will provide details going forward.

Yesterday, the Santa Monica College Foundation established a memorial fund honoring Carlos Franco and his family.

Donations can be made to The Carlos Franco Family Memorial Fund. Donations may be made by web at foundation.smc.edu/FrancoMemorial​​, or by mail to the Santa Monica College Foundation, 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405. All proceeds will go directly to the family.

Chui L. Tsang
President​

Message from President Chui L. Tsang​, 6-8-13, 2:53 p.m.:

Dear College Community,

It is with deep sadness that I inform you that Carlos Navarro Franco, 68, a groundskeeper and longtime member of the Santa Monica College family, was killed Friday afternoon during the tragic series of shootings that culminated on our Main campus.

Franco's youngest daughter, Marcela, 26, was also one of the victims of Friday's shootings. She is in critical condition at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and is not expected to survive. A student at CSU Dominguez Hills, Marcela was with her father on the SMC campus to purchase textbooks for summer classes.

Carlos was truly a family man. He was a dedicated husband and father and an integral part of the Santa Monica College family. His dedicated work to the campus grounds was enjoyed by students and visitors for two decades. He will be sorely missed.

A groundskeeper whose work was appreciated by anyone who strolled through the Main Campus, especially the quad, Carlos was a dedicated worker for 22 years. Those close to him say that he devoted his life to his work and to his family.

When asked to describe Carlos, Tom Corpus, his supervisor, said: "Carlos was a very, very hard worker. He loved his job. He tried to make people happy and make sure he did the best job he could. He was all about his job. He was just a great asset to the college. Everything Carlos did was for the college and for his family."

The afternoon Carlos died, he was on his way with Marcela to meet his oldest daughter, Leticia, for a doctor's appointment.

"Every time I visited him, he would talk about his daughters and his family," said his nephew Mario Franco, a member of SMC’s Workforce and Economic Development Department. “He was a big family man. Everything he did was literally for his daughters."

The death of Carlos, who died at the scene, and the injuries to Marcela as they exited the lot at 20th and Pearl streets, were not the first tragedy to strike the Franco family. Carlos' son died two summers ago in a car accident.

Carlos' immediate family includes his wife, Ramona, who works at Saint John’s Hospital Child Study Center, and his daughters, Leticia and Marcela.

Carlos’ extended SMC family includes nephew Mario Franco, Student Services Specialist Sandra Franco and Board of Trustee Member Margaret Quiñones-Pérez.

The Santa Monica College Foundation has established a memorial fund honoring Carlos Franco.

Donations can be made to The Carlos Franco Family Memorial Fund. Donations may be made at foundation.smc.edu/FrancoMemorial​ after 3 p.m. Saturday. Or by mail to:

The Santa Monica College Foundation
1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405

The College is in the process of planning a campus-wide memorial and will provide details in the near future.

Chui L. Tsang
President​

Message from President Chui L. Tsang, 6-7-13, 6:42 p.m.:

Dear Members of the Santa Monica College Community,


The emergency situation in our community and on SMC’s main campus is now stabilized. Members of the SMC Police Department, the Santa Monica Police Department, who took the lead in this situation, and the multiple law enforcement agencies that came to their assistance deserve our profound appreciation for their tremendous efforts in making this happen.  They are continuing the investigation on campus. Please stay away from the campus through the weekend to allow law enforcement to complete the investigation.

I want to reiterate that today’s incident was not a school shooting. It began off campus and was the result of a shooting suspect attempting to evade officers by running on to the campus.

We deplore this type of senseless violence.  It has become an unfortunate reality in today’s society, and it is the absolute antithesis of all that we stand for as an educational institution.  Our hearts go out to the victims of these tragic incidents and their families.  We also recognize the impact this type of incident can have on those who were on campus to experience it.  To that end, the College, with the kind assistance of the City of Santa Monica, will be providing counseling for students and staff, beginning this weekend. 

The true measure of a great institution is in how it responds in its darkest hour. I ask our students, faculty and staff to please check in on each other, help those who need it, and make sure your friends and colleagues are aware of counseling and other services we can offer. I want to assure everyone in our college community that we continue to be dedicated to making certain that Santa Monica College is safe and secure and work with law enforcement to accomplish that.

Thank you.

Chui L. Tsang
SMC President


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