A forum with the three candidates for the local Los Angeles City Council 11th District seat is planned for 6 p.m. Monday, January 31st, at Loyola Marymount University.

The event will be sponsored by the Westchester/LAXñMarina del Rey Chamber of Commerce, the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey, Loyola Marymount University and the Westchester Vitalization Corp.

Candidates expected at the forum include Flora Gil Krisiloff, Angela Reddock and Bill Rosendahl — the three candidates seeking the Los Angeles City Council seat that will be relinquished in July by Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski because of term limits.

The free forum, which will include issues impacting District 11, will be held at 6 p.m., January 31st, in the LMU Hilton Business Center.

LMU political science professor Matt Streb will moderate.

As the Tuesday, March 8th, Los Angeles city primary nears, please be aware of some important dates:

ï the last day to register to vote by mail is Monday, February 7th; and

ï the last day to register to vote in the March 8th primary election is Tuesday, February 22nd.

MARINA BOAT SHOW — Plans are moving forward for the 30th Annual Marina del Rey In-Water Boat Show Thursday, January 13th, through Sunday, January 16th, in Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.

Show hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

In addition to hundreds of boats and accessories, the Marina Boat Show will feature marine services companies, including Breeze Easy Inc., which provides incorporation and management services for fractional ownership of yachts and sailboats.

Companies like Breeze Easy provide an opportunity for people to own and enjoy a much larger and more luxurious boat than they would otherwise be able to afford.

Companies have set up programs that allow buyers to share the ownership of a large yacht or sailboat. Buyers can enjoy a new yacht with fewer of the standard ownership hassles and at a fraction of the cost of sole ownership.

This may be the perfect alternative for a novice boater.

The yacht Breeze Easy will be featuring at the show is the new Nassau 60 Pilothouse Motor Yacht.

The Nassau 60 features an innovative stepped hull with reduced wetted surface, which provides increased stability and allows more speed with less power.

This twin engine-powered yacht comes with everything from a Wesmar bow thruster and a Northern Lights 20-kilowatt generator to a Maxwell windlass and a Brower hydraulic rotating davit, all as standard equipment.

The interior is outfitted with a package of luxury amenities. Standard furnishings include a 42-inch Plasma TV in the main salon, a bathtub in the master stateroom head, granite countertops, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a GE washer and dryer — all included as standard equipment.

Boat show admission is $10 and children 12 years and under will be admitted free.

Information, (310) 301-9019 or www.mdrboatshow.com

LMU COACH HONORED — Loyola Marymount University (LMU) baseball head coach Frank Cruz has been named USA Baseball National Development Coach of the Year by USA Baseball.

In his second overall coaching stint with USA Baseball and first as a head coach, Cruz led the 2004 USA Baseball National Team of collegiate players to the program’s first gold medal at the FISU (International University Sport Federation) World University Championships in Tainan, Taiwan this past summer.

In 20 years of national team competition, USA Baseball has now won five gold medals. In his two stints with the national team, Cruz has played a role in two of those five gold medals.

He is now one of just three coaches to be a part of multiple gold-medal-winning squads.

Cruz and Team USA went a perfect 6-0 in round robin pool play and then defeated Taipei (5-2) and Japan (4-2) to capture the gold medal.

The Americans entered the championship with a 10-7 record, but then won eight straight in Taiwan and 12 of their last 14 under Cruz.

The Americans captured the gold with a combined dominating performance at the plate, on the mound, and in the field.

Cruz’s offense led the eight-team field hitting .307 with six home runs. His pitching staff was nearly untouchable, combining for a 1.19 ERA (earned run average) and striking out 83 batters in 68.0 innings.

For continuing a tradition of excellence with the national program, Cruz was named the 2004 USA Baseball Developmental Coach of the Year.

Cruz, along with the other national award winners named by USA Baseball, now advances to the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) pool of award winners from every Olympic sport’s national governing body.

Overall winners for the year will be selected by the USOC in April.

At LMU, Cruz was honored last season as the West Coast Conference (WCC) Coach of the Year by his conference peers, giving him his third career coaching selection. In his eighth year with the Lions, Cruz took the squad that was picked to finish fourth in the WCC in the preseason coaches’ poll and guided it to its third division title in six seasons.

Cruz and the Lions open the 2005 season hosting Cal for a three-game series at George Page Stadium at LMU Friday, February 11th, to Sunday, February 13th.

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