The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce recently named Howard Pollack the 2007 Howard Drollinger Achievement Award winner and honored him at the inaugural year of the City of Angels Awards, formerly known as the Business Recognition Dinner, on February 13th.

The Drollinger award is named after Westchester developer and philanthropist, Howard B. Drollinger, who passed away in August at the age of 84. Drollinger was known and admired for his dedication to the area surrounding the airport and he exemplified strong business ethics balanced with a strong belief in supporting the community.

Pollack, owner of Rainbow Acres for the past 26 years, embodies the spirit of the Drollinger award due to his entrepreneurial spirit and his dedication to community service groups, the chamber said.

Along with Pollack, Andy Roeser of the Los Angeles Clippers, Jim Collins of Collins Food, Ruth Lansford of Friends of Ballona Wetlands, and Wendy Greuel, president pro tempore of the Los Angeles City Council were honored with awards at the event.

In addition to their success in the business world, each was recognized for having a special influence on our community.

Roeser was recognized for playing a key role in locating the Los Angeles Clippers’ new state-of-the-art training facility at Playa Vista. Collins was honored for his many philanthropic activities on behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.

Lansford was recognized for her leadership of the Friends of Ballona Wetlands, which brought about the creation of the Freshwater Marsh west of Lincoln Boulevard. That marsh has become home to a wide variety of bird species, some of which are extremely rare.

Greuel was honored for her efforts to pass a city business tax reform package that eased the tax burden on small businesses throughout Los Angeles.

MAXINE WATERS HOLDS TOWN HALL — Congresswoman Maxine Waters invites the public to discuss its thoughts and concerns about our community and our country at an upcoming Westchester Town Hall, at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3rd, in the Ahmanson Auditorium (University Hall 1000) on the campus of Loyola Marymount University.

Waters will speak about Congress’s first 100 hours, her advocacy for a new direction on Iraq, college access for all, and more.

Now in her ninth term in the House of Representatives, she chairs the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity and holds the influential leadership position of Chief Deputy Whip of the Democratic Party.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the event, contact Mark Waier at (310) 258-4619.

‘MANSIONIZATION’ ORDINANCE — The City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning has developed a citywide draft ordinance, which deals directly with massing and scale on residentially-zoned lots. This issue is commonly referred to as “mansionization.”

The department will conduct two open houses and public hearings regarding proposed code amendments which are intended to prevent new construction, additions, and remodels on residentially-zoned lots that are out-of-scale with the surrounding neighborhood, but which comply with the current city zoning regulations.

If adopted, the proposed ordinance will affect all lots zoned single-family residential (R1, RS, RE9, RE11, RE15, RA, RE20, and RE40) which are not located in a Hillside Area or Coastal Zone.

The first open house is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. and the public hearing is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 21st, in the Marvin Braude Building Room 1A, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys 91401.

A similar event is scheduled Thursday, March 29th, with an open house from 5 to 6 p.m. and the public hearing from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Henry Medina West Los Angeles Parking Enforcement Facility, Second Floor, Roll Call Room, 11214 W. Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles 90064.

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