Santee Education Complex Global Debate Team publishes a pamphlet about LA’s Backbone Bikeway Network

Santee Debate Team with Jeremy Grant

Los Angeles, Ca. (May 13, 2010) – Yasmin, Richard, and Jackie of the Santee Debate Team announced today that they are making a pamphlet about their recent bike tour of the Backbone streets of Vermont, Wilshire, Crenshaw, Venice, Exposition, Figueroa, and La Brea. The pamphlet is a service project to increase awareness that fossil fueled vehicles cause climate change.

The Backbone streets are major traffic arteries extending to all parts of LA, and could be used for bikes as well as motor vehicles. However, the Global Debate Team and Jeremy, their guide from the LA Bike Working Group, have determined that those streets are unfriendly to cyclists and need more bicycle infrastructure and traffic calming.

The pamphlet will include students’ views and a map of the Backbone. It will be available at Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA as of May 13.

The pamphlet will also be available at the City Hall Farmer’s Market at 200 North Spring Street.


As a result of their participation in the Global Debates, Santee Education Complex will be highlighted throughout the UN Foundation website and be eligible to win prizes that include a $2,000 UN Foundation school grant and a trip to the Open Society Institute’s Youth Forum in the Netherlands.


Since their inception, the UN Foundation Global Debates have been held in more than 90 countries.  From Moldova and South Africa to Los Angeles and Mississippi, this program continues to grow, educating and activating new communities of students and teachers from around the world. As Ambassador Susan Rice and other UN leaders remind us, young people are ready to serve and take action.  By engaging students and their teachers on issues of poverty reduction, global health, climate change and more, the UN Foundation is inspiring young people to be a positive force for change in the world.  More information is available online at

The United Nations Foundation is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems.


Nick Richert, Santee Education Complex, English Teacher, Debate Advisor 310-428-4222

Amber Young, Santee Education Complex, Math Teacher, Debate Advisor 310-256-6267

Skylight Books (323) 660-1175

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