Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton will be in West-chester to help generate support for a proposed City of Los Angeles ballot measure that would raise revenue to improve public safety by increasing the city sales tax by a half cent.

The open meeting to discuss the proposed measure will be at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, January 13th, at the Covenant Presbyterian Church Reception Hall, 6323 W. 80th St., Westchester.

Attendees are asked to enter through the parking lot behind the church.

Bratton claims the meeting will be an unprecedented opportunity to provide input on a possible city ballot measure that would raise revenue to create about $200 million a year for more police officers, improving fire and paramedic service, and expanding or creating gang intervention and prevention programs.

The police chief claims that this is the first time the public has been involved to this extent in providing input and shaping the options that will go to the Los Angeles City Council.

In the past, the public’s first chance to speak on a specific proposal was moments away from the concept being considered by a City Council committee.

In addition to the presentation by Bratton, the Los Angeles City Fire Department will make a presentation and the public will have a chance to comment.

There will also be a survey where attendees will be asked to answer three questions:

(1) Do you favor a ballot measure to raise revenue to improve public safety?

(2) Which methods of generating the new money, if any, would be acceptable to you?

(3) What would you like to see the money used for?

The results of the survey will be presented to the Los Angeles City Council.

The meeting will be conducted by the Los Angeles DONE (Department of Neighborhood Empowerment), assisted by the Westchester Neighbors Association and the Public Safety Committee of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey.

Information, (310) 649-6034.

OFFICER OF THE YEAR —

Westchester Elks will host peace officers during an awards event at the Elks Lodge in Playa del Rey at 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 25th.

Those being honored include police officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), including LAPD Pacific Area detectives, Pacific Area reserve officers, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Police, and officers from LAPD West Traffic Bureau, El Segundo and Inglewood Police Departments, California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The event will be at the Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey.

An officer from each agency has been nominated for “Officer of the Year” and each nominee will receive a plaque from the Elks and a scroll or certificate.

Last year, the Elks hosted 87 officers for this appreciation dinner.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Dinner will be offered at 7 p.m. for $10. Dinner reservations, (310) 821-3005.

Other information, Curt Curtiss, (310) 645-8989.

HALL OF FAME DINNER —

The 2005 Loyola Marymount University Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner will be held Friday, January 28th in the LMU University Hall Roski Dining Room.

The dinner will celebrate the induction of some of the most recognized and accomplished former student athletes in the history of LMU athletics.

The LMU Hall of Fame Class of 2005 includes Terry Buckley (’57), Hank Gathers (’91), Tracy Holman (’98), Bo Kimble (’91), Anthony Napolitano (’94), Mardell Wrensch (’96) and the 1989-90 Men’s Basketball Team.

As a group, the 2005 Hall of Fame class won ten conference championships, 18 all-conference honors, nine academic all-conference honors, three All-American honors, a trip to the Sweet 16 in volleyball and the Elite Eight in men’s basketball.

With those honors, it is no surprise that four of them have their numbers retired.

The evening celebrating their accomplishments will include a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125. To purchase tickets or for more information, (310) 338-3047.

In addition to the dinner, the new inductees will be recognized during halftime of the LMU vs. Pepperdine men’s basketball game Saturday, January 29th.

The 2004-05 basketball campaign marks the 15th anniversary of the Lions’ famed 1990 squad that went to the NCAA Elite Eight.

Also scheduled to attend the event are Jeff Fryer, Lucille Gathers-Cheeseboro (the mother of Hank Gathers), Bo Kimble, Terrell Lowery, Tom Peabody, Jeff Roscoe, Christian Scott, Marcus Slater, Per Stumer, Greg Walker, Paul Westhead, Jr., and Bruce Woods.

Both Gathers and Kimble had their number retired in 2000, and joined the retired jerseys of Wrensch and Holman of women’s volleyball.

While Gathers and Kimble and the rest of the 1989-90 men’s basketball team are the most remembered student-athletes at LMU, Wrensch and Holman were key in putting LMU women’s volleyball among the nation’s elite.

Joining the list of retired jersey winners in this year’s Hall of Fame is Napolitano, another three-time first-team All-Conference selection with the men’s baseball team and one of the most consistent players in LMU history.

Earning his way into the Hall of Fame thanks to his tireless support of LMU athletics is 1957 alum Terry Buckley. Known for his spirit during LMU athletics events of the years, Buckley has been seen joining the student section in chants at crucial moments of most LMU contests.

In 1956, he met his wife, Claudy, at a Loyola-USC basketball game. Buckley and his brother, Russ, formed an endowment to LMU that has been helping student-athletes with fifth-year scholarship funds enabling them to graduate.

Hall of Fame Dinner information, (310) 338-3047.

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