Author: The Argonaut

Commission on Status of Women seeks new member to fill vacancy

The Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women is seeking a new member to fill a recent vacancy. The commission is authorized by the City of Santa Monica to advise City Council and city staff on how policies affect women and girls in the city. Commissioners recently: – reviewed city budget practices and budget impacts on women and girls; – participated in community workshops that focused on a variety of topics such as domestic violence and childcare; – developed a youth intern project for girls; and – developed a cross-generation history project that brought together girls and women who are senior citizens. This year, the commission hopes to implement recommendations that were included in the 2004 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in Santa Monica. The report was formally presented to and accepted by the Santa Monica City Council. Members are required to be Santa Monica residents. Meetings are held the second Wednesday evening of every month at the Ken Edwards Center. Applications, (310) 458-8211 or Commission information,...

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The following is compiled from reports of the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY Someone entered a 33-foot Carver powerboat in the 13500 block of Bali Way between 5 p.m. Saturday, January 22nd, and 11:30 a.m. Sunday, January 23rd, causing damage estimated at $1,150 between 5 p.m. Saturday, January 22nd, and 11:30 a.m. Sunday, January 23rd. Someone attempted to break into a boat in C Basin between 6 p.m. Thursday, December 16th, and 1 p.m. Thursday, December 30th, causing $185 in damages. BURGLARY The following items were taken in Marina del Rey burglaries: a toolbox valued at $500 and two bicycles valued at $100 each in the 4100 block of Admiralty Way between 9 p.m. Saturday, January 22nd, and 11 a.m. Sunday, January 23rd; a laptop computer valued at $1,300, a camera valued at $450, a $500 jacket and a $3,000 wristwatch in the 13900 block of Panay Way between 1 p.m. Friday, December 31st, and 3 p.m. Saturday, January 1st; a laptop computer valued at $1,000, a DVD player valued at $500, a VHF marine radio valued at $300, a tool valued at $40, a knife valued at $100 and a camera valued at $100 in the 13900 block of Panay Way between 4 p.m. Sunday, December 19th and 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 31st; binoculars valued at $700, binoculars valued at $200, a night vision device valued at $1,000, a VHF radio valued at $150 and an emergency broadcasting beacon...

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Marina to Puerto Vallarta race begins next week in staggered starts

The 18th Del Rey Yacht Club 1,125-mile international boat race from Marina del Rey to Puerto Vallarta will begin Wednesday, February 16th — the first of staggered starts in what is the longest sustained international yacht race starting in the U.S. The race is run every two years in odd-numbered years. The race start will be in Santa Monica Bay off the Marina del Rey breakwater. Ten yachts are scheduled to begin the Puerto Vallarta race next week in staggered starts. The PHRF (Performance Handicap Racing Fleet) B class will have a 1 p.m. start Wednesday, February 16th. Yachts scheduled to be at the PHRF-B start include: Bay Wolf, Santa Cruz 50, Kirk Wilson, San Pedro; Chicken Little, S/C 50T, Don Adams and Rick Palmer, Los Angeles; and Horizon, S/C 50, Jack Taylor, Dana Point. On Thursday, February 17th, a 1 p.m. start is planned for yachts in the PHRF-A class, including: Barking Spider, MacGregor 65, David Kory, Point Richmond; Beau Gest, Transpac 52, Karl Kwok, Hong Kong; and Flash, Transpac 52, Mark Jones and Dick Watts, San Francisco. The PHRF-AA class will have a 1 p.m. Friday, February 18th, start. Expected to be at the starting line are: Genuine Risk, Dubois 90, Randall Pittman, San Diego; Magnitude 80, Andrews 80, Doug Baker, Long Beach; Pyewacket, Reichel/Pugh maxZ86, and Scout Spirit, R/P 77, David Janes, Jay Steinbeck, Newport Sea...

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Oakwood Rec Center groundbreaking February 10

Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn, Los Angeles Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks will host a groundbreaking for the new playground at Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave., at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 10th. Miscikowski’s Venice deputy Sandy Kievman says that this has been a long-awaited project that will move the existing playground off of California Avenue to a safer location on top of the existing tennis courts. The playground will be handicap accessible and divided into two areas, one for tots and one for the older children. The relocation of the tennis courts will be a separate project once the community input stage has been completed. VENICE CENTENNIAL —Plans for this summer’s Venice Centennial seem to be progressing, with many exciting events in the making. The Venice Centennial parade is being planned by Jill Prestup and Betsy Goldman. This “old-style” parade will include Joe Wheatley, who is producing events at Muscle Beach this summer. Wheatley is entering a float for the parade honoring Muscle Beach as a part of Venice history and has been recruiting Muscle Beach bodybuilders to pull the float down the streets of Venice. I know that I will be looking forward to seeing that float. Since the first of the year, the Centennial Development Committee has been contacting local and national businesses to discuss ways in...

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Stakeholders group for LAX master plan organizing

The City of Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners has established a new LAX master plan stakeholders group, designed to gather public input on the proposed Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) master plan and to make LAX master plan information available to those impacted by the master plan. The stakeholder group was also requested by the Los Angeles City Council when the council accepted the LAX master plan Alternative D “consensus plan” and adopted a specific plan for the LAX master plan project. Airport commissioners have appointed Bob Gilbert as interim stakeholder liaison. Airport executive director Kim Day is heading a job search for a permanent stakeholder liaison, Gilbert’s assistant, Enrique Valenzuela, told The Argonaut. Airport commissioners want the stakeholder group to include airport-adjacent residents and community members, labor groups, airlines that use LAX and airport tenants. The office of the stakeholder liaison plans to form at least three committees and hold two public meetings a year, Valenzuela said. The first such meeting was held Thursday, February 3rd, and drew about 100 persons, he said. The next such public meeting is planned for August. The stakeholder liaison office is temporarily housed at 6151 Century Blvd., Westchester, but during the coming months an information center will open at 6661 Imperial Highway, Westchester, near the Flight Path Museum. LAX master plan stakeholder information, (800) 919-3766 or (310) 337-8411. LAX master plan...

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