Author: The Argonaut

New high-speed ferry to Two Harbors on Catalina Island, begins Friday

Catalina Ferries will begin a new high-speed ferry service between Marina del Rey and Two Harbors on Catalina Island Friday, August 20th. Initially, direct ferry service between the Marina and Two Harbors — with a stop at Avalon — will be offered Fridays through Mondays. Service between the Marina and Two Harbors will initially not be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Catalina Ferries continues its daily service between the Marina and Avalon, Catalina Island. The ferry service is provided on the 106-foot, 149-passenger Catalina-Marina del Rey Flyer, a 30-mile-an-hour catamaran. The catamaran is equipped with storage space for camping gear, bicycles and kayaks and has two levels of inside lounge seating, an outside sundeck and a galley. The ferry service will depart the Marina at Fisherman’s Village, 13737 Fiji Way. Parking is provided at the site for $8 a day. The initial Marina del Rey to Two Harbors service will be provided, leaving the Marina: on Mondays, at 9:35 a.m. and 3 p.m.; on Fridays, at 9:35 a.m. and 6 p.m.; on Saturdays, at 8:20 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and on Sundays, at 10:05 a.m. Ferry service to Avalon from the Marina leaves the Marina: Mondays, at 9:35 a.m. and 3:05 p.m.; Tuesdays, at 9:35 a.m.; Wednesdays, at 10:05 a.m.; Thursdays, at 9:35 a.m.; Fridays, at 9:35 a.m. and 6:35 p.m.; Saturdays, at 8:20 a.m. and 1 and...

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Police to ticket for seat belt non-use

Santa Monica police officers will again be issuing tickets to persons not wearing seat belts between Thursday, September 2nd, and Wednesday, September 8th, which includes the upcoming Labor Day weekend. The special enforcement period is a part of the California Seat Belt Compliance Campaign. Santa Monica police conducted a similar seat belt ticket program earlier this month. For more information, Santa Monica Police Sgt. Jay Trisler, Traffic Enforcement Division, (310)...

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Airport department honored in national competition for marketing, communications

The City of Los Angeles department that operates Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and three other city-owned airports has been honored for its marketing and communications efforts. LAWA (Los Angeles World Airports) was recognized by the Airports Council International-North America and named winner in the council’s annual Excellence in Marketing and Communication Contest for this year. LAWA’s newsletter to its 2,500 employees, Aerogramme, was selected as the best internal publication among U.S. airports. LAWA uses the newsletter to keep employees at four airports informed through a printed and Internet version of the newsletter. LAX staff also combined a 1971 song, “LA International Airport” with a new version promoting the contributions of the airport. The program won a second place award in a contest of “creative innovations” in the promotion category. Both songs can be heard on the LAWA Web site at:...

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Liberty House Foundation grant goes to SM Responsible Tourism group

Santa Monicans Allied for Responsible Tourism (SMART) has received $30,000 in a second-year grant from Liberty House Foundation — a Santa Monica organization that offers grants to community organizations “to combat poverty and injustice and build a future for Los Angeles that promises safety, equality and opportunity for everyone who lives here.” SMART is active in organizing community members and low-wage workers in the tourism industry in Santa Monica “to increase wages and benefits for tourism workers.” “They have successfully challenged a local hotel’s [alleged] union-busting strategy and secured worker protections,” said Liberty Hill executive director Torie Osborn. “Their grant supports continued work to pass a living wage as well as creating a climate in the city friendly to those who clean its hotel rooms and bus its restaurant tables,” Osborn added. SMART was one of 23 organizations that shared in $650,000 given by Liberty Hill Foundation to organizations “that find innovative solutions to Los Angeles’s most challenging problems,” Osborn said. “This year’s grant recipients include groundbreaking organizations addressing criminal justice reform, poverty wages, unsafe and sweatshop working conditions and lack of affordable housing,” Osborn said. Since 1976, Liberty Hill Foundation has given away more than $17 million to grassroots community organizations in Los Angeles County. Information,...

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Incoming LMU freshman at U.S. Amateur Golf Tourney this week in New York

Incoming Loyola Marymount University freshman Jason D’Amore, a recent graduate of Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, qualified for the 104th United States Amateur Golf Championship, being held this week through Sunday, August 22nd, at the famous Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. D’Amore will enter the Lions golf program this fall, starting school just days after playing in one of the oldest golf tournaments for amateurs. He is considered by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best golfers to come out of the Bay League. D’Amore shot a school- and league-tournament record seven-under-par 65 at the Wilson Golf Course in Griffith Park to finish with a school-record ten-under 134 and clinch medalist honors in the Bay League tournament Thursday, May 6th. He also qualified for the Southern Section Northern Regional tournament, where he was the reigning champion. He shot a three-under 68 last year at the Sterling Hills Golf Club in Camarillo. D’Amore joined the Mira Costa varsity golf team as a freshman and immediately became the Mustangs’ top golfer despite never having taken a professional lesson. He was selected the team’s most valuable golfer by coach Bob Timberlake. Golf fans can track D’Amore’s progress throughout the tournament, which will be broadcast on ESPN2. The second round will air from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, August 19th, and the quarterfinals will air between...

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