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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.

05-06-21 Meeting Agenda

Nov 11, 2020 Meeting Cancellation Notice

Measure V Adopted Committee Rules of Order   

FY19/20 Annual Report

Committee Liaison
Curtis Castle, P.E., Watershed Program Manager, 

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May 2020, August 2020, November 2020 meetings were cancelled.

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 rigorous 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 the 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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Mary Marlow, Chair

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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Debbie Dyner Harris, Vice Chair

Debbie Dyner Harris is a long time resident of Santa Monica’s Wilmont area and is pleased to be participating in her Santa Monica community through the Clean Beaches Citizen Oversight Committee.  She works as District Director for Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, overseeing all District operations, supervising field activities, and generally making sure that the Councilmember’s constituents are well taken care of.  During her many years with the City of Los Angeles, she has overseen field operations and land use for four other City Councilmembers in three different parts of the City.

Debbie is a product of local universities, with a BA from UCLA in History and a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from USC.  When not in the office, she can be found listening to music, at a Samohi baseball game, or with her nose in a book.




Vanessa Meier

Vanessa Meier grew up along the beaches of the Santa Monica Bay. Her father, who started surfing in Santa Monica in the 50s, taught her to respect our oceans and all of nature. An avid surfer herself, Vanessa inherited her father’s passion for the oceans and is committed to doing her part to protect the natural environment. Vanessa obtained her B.S. and M.S. in geology and has worked in the environmental sciences, in the environmental nonprofit world and in philanthropy.  She is currently the grants manager for a nonprofit grantmaking foundation. She also serves on the steering committee for the Southern California Grantmakers Environmental Funder’s Group. She is happy to give back to her community and to the oceans by being a part of this committee. 

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