Author: The Argonaut

Venice Gang Coalition meets Tues., June 15th

The Venice Gang Coalition has scheduled a meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 15th, at the Vera Davis McClendon Community Center, 610 California Ave., Venice. A guest speaker will help the group form goals and desires for the Venice Gang Coalition, according to community resource specialist Aaron Gross of the Safe Neighborhoods Division of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office said. Information, Aaron Gross (310)...

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Barretti to be installedm chamber pres. June 18 president Fri., June 18th

Diane Barretti, vice president and director of sales for Sievers/Burnett Press, will be installed as president of the Westchester-LAX/Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce during an installation dinner Friday, June 18th, in the Marina del Rey Marriott Hotel, 4100 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. The black-tie affair will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The event will celebrate the chamber’s 50th anniversary. Barretti will succeed Marina attorney David Voss as chamber president. During the event, Voss will present awards to chamber members for their service during his chamber administration. The chamber’s annual Fritz B. Burns Outstanding Community Service Award will also be presented and Barretti will announce her choice for honorary mayor during her administration. Barretti graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in 1974 and moved to Los Angeles in 1978, working in the fashion industry at the California Mart until 1984. She then was owner of Printing Unlimited until 2004, when she joined Sievers/Burnett Press. She joined the then-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce in 1985 and has been active in local and Chamber affairs. She has received a half-dozen awards from the Marina del Rey Chamber and the Westchester-LAX/Marina del Rey Chamber and served on their boards. She has also served on the boards of the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Area...

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Coeur d’Alene teacher wins $5,000 art award

A teacher at Coeur d’Alene Elementary School in Venice has won $5,000 and been selected as a national finalist in the 2004 Barbie Arts Teacher of the Year Search. The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and the Barbie Brand, a charity arm of toymaker Mattel, selected Viktoriya Babchenka Monday, June 7th. The teacher search recognizes outstanding arts teachers nationwide whose talent and creativity have a lasting impact on children. Babchenka will receive a $5,000 grant for her arts education program at the Venice school, which is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. If she wins the final competition, she will receive an additional $10,000 grant for arts education. She was selected as a finalist, thanks to an inspirational essay sent by one of her students, Maya Schulefand. Schulefand’s essay was one of 20 entries picked from the more than 6,000 essays submitted for the Entertainment Industry Foundation National Arts Education Initiative. Schulefand will be awarded a $100 prize package from Mattel. The national teacher of the year will be announced in September. The Barbie Brand has committed $2 million to the Entertainment Industry Foundation National Arts Education...

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Santa Monica Little League Championship to be aired on CityTV

For the first time, CityTV of Santa Monica will be airing coverage of the Santa Monica Little League Championship Series. The Minor League and Major League Championships played on Saturday, June 5th, will be aired on a tape-delayed basis starting Friday, June 11th. All replays will be on cable channel 16 in Santa Monica. “We’re delighted to air these championship games,” said Robin Gee, station manager for CityTV. “We hope the community enjoys watching our coverage. We will have play-by-play announcers and commentary about the players,” Gee said. The Minor League Championship game between the Angels and the Mariners will be broadcast at: – 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 11th; – 3 p.m. Sunday, June 13th; and – 7 p.m. Monday, June 14th. The Major League Championship game between the White Sox and the Giants will be broadcast at: – 8 p.m. Friday, June 11th; – 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 13th; and – 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 14th. CityTV is the government cable channel for the City of Santa Monica. Seen on cable channel 16, CityTV airs local public meetings, news and other programs of Santa Monica community...

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SMC board considering $175 million bond issue for recreation facilities

With Santa Monica College and the cities of Santa Monica and Malibu facing a shortage of parks, physical education and recreational facilities, the college is considering a proposal for a $175 million bond measure to build those facilities. The bond measure would fund a wide range of local projects and use “cooperative partnerships,” which are formal agreements similar to the agreement between the college and the City of Santa for the Monica Swim Center, used by both the college and the city. If the college board of trustees approves the proposal, $100 million of the $175 million would be used for partnership projects with Santa Monica, Malibu and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. The bond measure would require 55 percent approval by voters in the college district, which encompasses Santa Monica and Malibu. For the average homeowner, the cost of the bond would be $6.40 per month. For the average renter, the cost would be $1.12 per month, college officials say. The college board of trustees is tentatively scheduled to vote in July on whether to put the bond on the ballot in the election scheduled for Tuesday, November 2nd. The bond proposal is the result of a yearlong board-ordered study of the college’s facilities and an effort to identify partnership opportunities in areas of physical education, recreation, culture, social welfare and transportation. Santa Monica College president Piedad...

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