Author: The Argonaut

LMU gets more than $2.2 million in grants in ’04

Faculty members of Loyola Marymount University (LMU) have received more than $2.2 million in grants during the year to support research and special academic initiatives. The grants — awarded from a variety of federal, state and foundation sources — include support for study abroad programs for underrepresented populations; research on Korean Patterns of Communications; organic chemistry research fellowships; civic engagement through science; a documentary on Father Junipero Serra, a Franciscan padre and founder of the California missions; and a summer research program in engineering for community college undergraduates. LMU acting academic vice president Albert P. Koppes said this year’s faculty grants reflect “the wide-ranging interests and current needs of the modern...

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Voters Tues., Nov. 2nd, will face long ballot of propositions, bond issues and tax increases

On Tuesday, November 2nd, voters will be asked to vote on: n 16 state measures; n a County of Los Angeles half-cent sales tax increase measure n a City of Los Angeles bond measure to clean up storm water pollution; n a City of Santa Monica measure to increase the hotel bed tax two percent from 12 percent to 14 percent; and n a Santa Monica College District bond measure. The ballot propositions and measures include: State Measures: 1A — Protection of local government revenues Cities, counties and special districts provide services such as police and fire protection, water, libraries and parks and recreation programs. Local governments pay for these costs basically with three types of taxes, fees and user charges — property taxes, local sales taxes and vehicle license fees. But the State Legislature has authority over these taxes and in the past has diverted such local revenues for a variety of other purposes, including reducing state costs. Proposition 1A would amend the State Constitution to reduce state authority over major local government revenue. Proposition 1A and Proposition 65 have many of the same goals but differ in the details. ARGUMENT FOR: The proposition is needed to stop the state from raiding local tax dollars. The state has diverted more than $40 billion of these local tax dollars during the past 12 years. ARGUMENT AGAINST: Proposition 1A does...

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Westchester: Celebration of life of Mary Lou Crockett planned Sat., Nov. 6th

A celebration of the life of Mary Lou Crockett, Westchester Realtor and community leader, is planned from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, November 6th, in the Playa Vista CenterPoint Club, 6200 Playa Vista Drive. Crockett died Friday, October 15th, of what family called natural causes. She was 66. Crockett had been a Realtor since 1963, and began her real estate career with the family firm of Otto Cripps Realty, which became Cripps Crockett Realty in 1992 and later the Cripps Crockett Connection. The firm is now under the business umbrella of RE/MAX. Crockett was a City of Los Angeles airport commissioner from 1979 to 1984 and president of the Board of Airport Commissioners in 1980 and 1981. She served on the City of Los Angeles Library Commission from 1984 to 1993 and was commission president in 1989 and 1990. She founded the Westchester/-Playa del Rey Historical Society and had been Historical Society chair since 1989. Her other civic contributions included: – founding the Westchester Fourth of July parade in 2000 as part of the Historical Society’s celebration of the Millennium. – cofounder of Community Plans, Inc.; president, 1968 to 1974; – cofounder of Friends of the Library of the Westchester/Loyola Village Library; – honorary mayor of Westches ter, 1989 and 1990; – member, Loyola Marymount University Continuing Education Advisory Board; – Westchester Vitalization Corporation president; and – Neighborhood Council...

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Phoenix High begins classes leading to LAUSD diplomas

Phoenix High School — a continuation high school adjacent to Venice High School at 12971 Zanja St., Mar Vista — will begin one-evening-a-week program for 16-to-19-year-olds who did not finish high school but wish a high school diploma. Participants must have a job and will be required to attend classes 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a Los Angeles Unified School District high school diploma fully certified by the school district. Information, (310)...

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Local Halloween haunts get set for rocking, reading, trick-or-treating

Few plan to wait until October 31st to start celebrating Halloween this year. Events have bled down into preceding weeks. Here’s a preview of ghastly arts and entertainment events planned to celebrate Halloween locally. DREAM HALLOWEEN — The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF) has scheduled its 11th annual Dream Halloween Fundraiser costume event from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, October 30th, at the Santa Monica Airport Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. The fundraiser is a celebrity-studded costume party and awards ceremony geared towards families. This year, the event will be hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis, and Doris Roberts will serve as the honorary vice chair. Elizabeth Taylor will receive the Celebrity Hero Award, and other celebrities in attendance will include Ray Romano, and Daryl Sabara, according to organizers. At Dream Halloween, kids trick-or-treat for toys, meet cartoon characters, play games and create arts and crafts. Also, food will be served. CAAF was founded in Los Angeles in 1993 by Joe Cristina, a Mattel, Inc. executive who was inspired by the outpouring of support he received when he was diagnosed as HIV positive. “As our signature fundraising event, Dream Halloween is the major source of funds behind the $16 million that we have raised to help kids in need during the past 11 years,” says CAAF board chair Cristina. CAAF addresses the daily needs of children who...

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