YMCA heroes luncheon honors Morrey Plotkin; LMU Wine Classic January 31st

BY GEOFF MALEMAN

The Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa will hold its board elections Sunday, April 11th along with a number of other Westside advisory councils.

The elections offer an opportunity to residents to get involved and make a difference in their community by running for a seat on the neighborhood council.

Those who have served on the neighborhood council know that it is often a thankless job that includes the investment of scores of volunteer hours, but improving our community makes the hard work worth it.

Neighborhood councils can be viewed as a group of local residents and representatives of local businesses, churches and schools working together to address important issues in the neighborhood.

Most decisions of the council are simply advisory, but the neighborhood council does receive annual funding from the city with which to fund community projects, conduct outreach to the public and otherwise promote and assist the community and community organizations.

As part of the city’s charter, neighborhood councils are considered an integral part of how local government operates, providing elected officials with a direct line to the community and how it stands on all issues.

All 31 seats of the neighborhood council’s board of directors will be up for election, and the candidate filing period will run through Wednesday, February 10th.

The following seats will be available (qualifications to run for each seat follow each seat’s name):

At-Large Affirmation Director

Stakeholder who is at least 18 years of age and lives, works, owns property, or declares a stake in the Westchester-Playa community and affirms the factual basis for it.

15 Residential Directors

Stakeholder who is at least 18 years of age and lives within the boundaries of the residential district seat for which she/he is running, as indicated on the map above.

Three At-Large Directors

Stakeholders who are at least 18 years of age and live, work, or own property within the council’s boundaries.

Business Director (90045)

Stakeholder who is at least 18 years of age and is a business owner or manager of a business licensed with the City of Los Angeles and located within the 90045 ZIP code.

Business Director (90094)

Same as above and located within the 90094 ZIP code.

Business Director (90293)

Same as above and located within the 90293 ZIP code.

Community Organization Director

Stakeholder who is an officer or director of a non-political community organization located and regularly meeting within the council boundaries.

Education Director

Stakeholder who is an educator or administrator affiliated with a K-12 school within the council boundaries.

Income Property Director

Stakeholder who is a residential or commercial property owner, or his/her representative, who rents or leases to others within the NCWP boundaries. The stakeholder does not have to reside or have his/her primary place of business located within the council boundaries.

Los Angeles World Airports Director

Stakeholder who is an employee of LAWA and involved with the operation of Los Angeles International Airport.

Loyola Marymount University Director

Stakeholder who is an administrator or staff member of LMU.

Religious Director

Stakeholder who is a spiritual leader of a house of worship located within the NCWP boundaries.

Senior Citizen Director

Stakeholder who lives within the council boundaries and is at least 60 years of age.

Service Club and Fraternal Organization Director

Stakeholder who is a member of a service club or fraternal organization located within the NCWP boundaries.

Youth Organization Director

Stakeholder who is affiliated with a youth organization within the NCWP boundaries.

KIDS NEED HEROES LUNCHEON

The Westchester Family YMCA will hold its Third Annual Kids Need Heroes Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, February 11th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel LAX, 5985 Century Blvd. in Westchester.

The event will honor Morrey Plotkin as the 2010 Hero of the Year.

For more than six decades in the community, Plotkin has exemplified a commitment to the fundamental principles that are the cornerstone of the YMCA’s mission, Westchester YMCA officials said. He has personified the character that is the foundation of the organization’s efforts to build community and strengthen the body, mind and spirit of local youths, and to teach, by example, the next generation of leaders, officials said.

Tickets to the luncheon are $125 per person and can be obtained at the YMCA or by calling Kimberly Hoffman at (310) 670-4316.

LMU WINE CLASSIC

Loyola Marymount University will host its 2010 Wine Classic, a wine tasting event that brings together owners and vintners from 46 prestigious California wineries, from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, January 31st.

All told, more than 150 wines will be featured at the event, and proceeds will benefit LMU student scholarships.

Tickets are $90 per person, of which $40 is tax-deductible, and are available online at www.lmu.edu/.

For more information, (310) 338-5278.

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