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 Citizens Oversight Committee

The Citizens Oversight Committee is comprised of five residents of the City of Santa Monica who are appointed by a majority vote of the City Council. The responsibilities of the Committee are advisory to the City Council and consist of: 1) review of proposed capital and operating expenditures from Measure V funds; 2) review of actual Measure V capital and operating expenditures; and 3) review of proposed Measure V capital projects to confirm consistency with the generally or specifically established water quality improvement goals of the program. Committee members meet quarterly on the second Wednesday of the month.

Measure V Adopted Committee Rules of Order   
Agendas &  Minutes

02.08.17 Agenda Minutes
12.07.16 Agenda Minutes
09.14.16 Agenda Minutes

Tom Ford, Chair


Tom Ford is the Director of the Bay Foundation, the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Authority, collectively comprising the Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program. He is also a Co-Director of the Center for Santa Monica Bay Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Tom holds a M.A. from UCLA in Marine Ecology and a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island in Biology. Tom has been engaged in the study and restoration of kelp forests since he moved to LA in 1998. Other current projects include aerial mapping of boats, abalone genetics and disease risk management, sea urchin gonad indices development, and SCUBA based biological monitoring of Marine Protected Areas. In addition, Tom serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Marine Institute and Southern California Academy of Sciences as well as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Oil Spill Prevention and Response Technical Advisory Committee and the City of Santa Monica Clean Beaches and Ocean Parcel Tax Committee. Tom has dedicated thousands of hours to understanding and correcting sources of pollution in Los Angeles; influencing national and international policies and practices that benefit the environment and public health.

Tom's diverse background spans the Atlantic seaboard where his research on sea turtles involved nesting beaches, aerial surveys, and coastal dredging projects. As a commercial shell fisherman in Rhode Island, he developed his deep appreciation for the working landscapes that our coastal waters comprise. Tom and his family live in Santa Monica where they spend their free time surfing and exploring the beaches of Los Angeles County.
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Benjamin Kay

Benjamin Kay, marine biologist and instructor of Life and Environmental Sciences at Santa Monica High School and Santa Monica College, dedicates his life to teaching his students about aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and the anthropogenic impacts that threaten their fragile existence. Benjamin's courses integrate rigorour curricula with inquiry-based methods, hands-on labs, field trips, expert guest speakers, and frequent civic engagement opportunities. As coach of the environmental science teen action group, Team Marine (, and lead advisor of the Solar Boat team, Heal teh Bay Surfrider Club, Teach & Test Ocean Water Quality Monitoring Program, and Gas-to-Electric Vehicle Project, Benjamin engages youth in real research, service learning, and educational outreach activities focused on environmental management and sustainability. Students also compete in several regional science competitions including the QuikSCience Challenge, Edison Challenge, Solar Cup, and LA County and State Science Fairs. Through a myriad of experiences in field, laboratory, and community settings, Benjamin's students hone their higher-order thinking and communication skills, bolster their academic resumes, win scholarships and awards, and receive training in the latest sustainable technologies. Simultaneously, students cultivate both internal and community awareness about effective solutions to modern-day challenges, such as the global plastic pollution, climate, and ocean acidification crises.

Native to LA, Benjamin earned his B.S. in Aquatic Biology from UCSB, then spent four years conducting marine research on the Great Barrier Reef through the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, where he earned his M.S. in Marine Biology. In addition to teaching, he develops curricula in Marine Biology and Environmental Science, directs an international science program for youth (Splash into Science), contributes articles to, and gives public presentations on energy use, climate change, plastic pollution, youth activism and environmental politics. Benjamin channels much energy into his favorite hobbies, soccer, surfing, fishing, and diving, and has played soccer the last five years in the Los Angeles Premier League (
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William Kairala

William Kairala works as a business consultant on renewable energy (solar energy). With an MBA from Woodbury University in International Business, he also holds a certification from the California Resource Recovery Association. He has participated as a volunteer on Heal the Bay beach cleaning programs. He has served as the Executive Assistant for Robert Kaufman Co. and the General Manager for Art One Images.

An avid surfer, he moved to Santa Monica from Caracas, Venezuela in 1981, where he began his studies in International Business. At the time, there were days when he could not or would not go in the water given the levels of contamination in the water by the Pier. Since then, his concern for the environment developed and he began dedicating some of his free time to participate in events to help the environment and the beaches.
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Mary Marlow

Mary Marlow has lived in Ocean Park since 1997. She is a retired AT&T executive with over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing to multinational corporations. She has an MBA from USC and serves as an occasional mentor to current graduate students. She is a past president and current board member of the Ocean Park Association and one of the founders of the annual July 4th Parade on Main Street. Mary was part of the grassroots committee that successfully organized community support for making Ocean Park Boulevard a "green street" with landscaping and urban runoff catchment.
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Grace Phillips, Vice Chair





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