Mayor’s Day of Service, Councilman Rosendahl sworn in, LMU players selected in draft

BY GEOFF MALEMAN

Westchester resident Diane Barretti was selected as honorary mayor for 2009-10 by incoming LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce chairman Thomas Flintoft at the chamber’s Installation Dinner Friday, June 19th.

The ceremonial position has been selected by the chamber since the early 1950s, and previous honorary mayors have included actress Esther Williams and local developers Howard Drollinger and Fred Marlow.

Raised in Brooklyn, Barretti graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York before moving to Los Angeles in 1978. She joined the Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce in 1985, serving on the board of directors and chairing the Marina del Rey chamber’s Food and Wine Festival.

A dedicated volunteer, she has helped raise money for Los Angeles Police Department bicycles, and served on the board of directors for the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, the LAPD Pacific Area Boosters Association and the Rotary Club of Westchester. She has spent many years on the board of the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce and, in 2004-05, served as the organization’s president.

Barretti follows Howard Pollack, owner of Rainbow Acres Natural Foods, who served in the position during 2008-09.

“I am very honored,” Barretti told the crowd at the event. “I have some big shoes to fill.”

MAYOR’S DAY OF SERVICE

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently announced to much fanfare his decision not to run for governor of California in 2010, and since he’s staying in the City of Angels for at least a little while longer, he is calling for all Angelenos to participate in the Mayor’s Day of Service Saturday, June 27th.

Since the first Day of Service four years ago, the City of Los Angeles and its community members have worked hand in hand to rehabilitate neglected homes of senior citizens, create art in local parks, and plant gardens throughout the city. Church groups, community organizations, office workers, and schoolchildren have participated in numerous service projects that have benefited hundreds of non-profits and their local neighborhoods.

Whether it’s planting trees, painting murals, cleaning streets or volunteering in retirement homes, anyone can participate in Day of Service as long as they are willing to give their time.

Following is a list of the local projects being done in conjunction with the Mayor’s Day of Service this year within the Argonaut coverage area. Participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes and clothes.

Venice Eco-Fest Beach Clean-Up

Scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. Meet at the information booth on Ocean Front Walk near Windward Avenue in Venice.

Ballona Wetlands Clean-Up

Scheduled from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Meet at the Shallow Water Nature Store, 221 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey.

Mar Vista Fire Station #62 Clean-Up

Scheduled from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the former Fire Station #62, 3631 Centinela Blvd., Mar Vista.

Youths will not be allowed in the building, but they will be able to help with the outside portion of the property.

Job Certification –

Mar Vista Gardens

Organizers are looking for volunteers to conduct mock interviews and help with this job certification program for teens and young adults.

Scheduled from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at 11965 Allin St., Mar Vista.

Information, Jennifer Badger at jennifer.badger@lacity.org/.

ROSENDAHL SWEARING-IN

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl will be sworn in to his second term representing the 11th Council District at a ceremony at the Mar Vista Farmers Market.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28th at the market, located at the intersection of Grand View Boulevard and Pacific Avenue in Mar Vista.

The event will include free ice cream.

LMU PLAYERS SELECTED IN MAJOR LEAGUE DRAFT

Earlier this month, four Loyola Marymount University (LMU) players were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.

Two Lions were selected on the draft’s first day. Junior Angelo Songco was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth round as the 127th overall pick; and junior Ryan Wheeler was selected in the fourth round as the 156th overall pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

On the draft’s second day, senior Kyle Spraker was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays with the 1,039th pick and junior Xavier Esquivel was selected by the New York Yankees with the 1,485th pick.

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