The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will hold a public meeting to provide information about a new project set to begin in March on Lincoln Boulevard between La Tijera Boulevard and LMU Drive.

The project will widen lanes and sidewalks on Lincoln Boulevard in both directions, create four lanes northbound where there are now three, and modify signals at major intersections within the project limits.

The meeting is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 28th, in the Community Room of Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office at 7166 Manchester Ave.

For additional information about this meeting, contact Caltrans Public Affairs at (213) 897-3656.

Interestingly, this meeting about a new Caltrans project comes at a time when many local residents are still up in arms about the current phase of the Caltrans project that has torn up Lincoln Boulevard from LMU Drive to Jefferson Boulevard for many months with no end seemingly in sight.

Caltrans officials will also be in attendance at the March meeting of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey to address progress on the current phase of that project.

The regularly scheduled Neighborhood Council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6th, in the Community Room of Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl at 7166 Manchester Ave.

The public is invited to attend.

Caltrans has asked that specific questions related to both phases of the project be presented in advance so that staff can be better prepared to answer questions. Questions should be sent to Steve Donell at steve.donell@jalmar .com to be forwarded to the appropriate party at Caltrans so that clear answers can be delivered to the public on March 6th.

POKER BENEFITS SCHOOL — Team Crockett is one of the sponsors for the Open Magnet Charter School’s Second Annual No Limit Texas Hold’em Tournament, which will raise money for the school.

The poker tournament will be held Saturday, February 24th, at the Elks Lodge, 8025 Manchester Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the tournament begins at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is a $100 donation per person, and all proceeds go to benefit the Friends of Open School.

More than $5,000 in prizes will be awarded, but space is limited. To reserve a seat or sponsor another player, call Patty Crockett, (310) 641-3383.

CERT TRAINING TO BEGIN

— Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk, all-hazard training course designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation.

CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens may initially be on their own and their actions can make a difference.

While people will respond to others in need without the training, one goal of the program is to help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.

In the Community Emergency Response Team training, citizens learn to do everything from managing utilities and putting out small fires to providing basic medical aid and collecting disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts.

Community Emergency Response Team training is offered free by the Los Angeles Fire Department, and a new class will begin Tuesday, March 13th. The classes will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. every Tuesday through April 24th, at the Fire Station #5 Community Room, 8900 S. Emerson Ave. in Westchester.

To sign up, call Cyndi Hench, (310) 779-6706 or send an e-mail to wpdrnw@yahoo.com

You must be at least 18 years of age to participate.

MAXINE WATERS TOWN HALL MEETING — Congresswoman Maxine Waters will hold a public Town Hall meeting to discuss Congress’s first 100 hours, “a new direction for America,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3rd, in the Ahmanson Auditorium (University Hall 1000) on the Loyola Marymount University campus.

Issues will include national security, affordable health care, retirement security, college access for all, energy independence, and more.

Waters’ practice at town halls is to open with remarks, followed by give-and-take with the audience — the heart of the event. At last year’s lively LMU town hall, she stayed an extra two hours answering questions and responding to comments on many points on the political spectrum.

Waters serves 680,000 constituents of the 35th Congressional District, which extends from Playa del Rey to South Los Angeles. Now in her ninth term in the House of Representatives, she chairs the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity. She holds the influential leadership position of Chief Deputy Whip of the Democratic Party. She also leads the Out of Iraq Caucus, the largest caucus in the House.

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