The Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey will hold an annual election of board members over two days —Monday, April 4th, at the Westchester Woman’s Club, 8020 Alverstone Ave., Westchester; and Wednesday, April 6th, at the CenterPointe Club, 6200 Playa Vista Drive, Playa Vista.
Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. each day.
Voters can meet candidates at a candidates forum at the Westchester Senior Center, 8740 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester, at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 31st.
The Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey was certified by the City of Los Angeles in 2002.
The Westchester/Playa del Rey Neighborhood Council Board of Directors has 31 directors who represent residents, business owners and specific groups in the community.
The Neighborhood Council area is divided into 15 residential districts. The remaining 16 seats are comprised of five at-large members and a series of seats representing specific entities in the community.
In April’s Neighborhood Council election, the following seats will be on the ballot for a three-year term:
– Residential Area 1: bounded roughly by Ballona Creek on the north, the ocean on the west, Sandpiper Street and Manchester Avenue on the south and Falmouth Avenue and Pershing Drive on the east.
– Residential Area 4: bounded roughly by Manchester Avenue on the north, Falmouth Avenue on the west, Westchester Parkway on the south and Lincoln Boulevard on the east;
– Residential Area 7: bounded roughly by the Westchester Bluffs on the north, Emerson Avenue on the west, 80th Street on the south and Sepulveda Boulevard on the east;
– Residential Area 10: bounded roughly by 79th Street on the north, Sepulveda Boulevard on the west, Manchester Avenue on the south and Airport Boulevard on the east; and
– Residential Area 13: bounded roughly by Manchester Avenue and Arbor Vitae Street on the north, Airport Boulevard on the west, Century Boulevard on the south and Aviation and La Cienega Boulevards on the east.
The person representing a residential area must live in that residential area.
– Two at-large seats. Any registered stakeholder is eligible to run for an at-large seat.
– Income property seat. The person holding this seat must be an owner of an income property — residential or commercial — within the Neighborhood Council boundary.
– Religious seat. The person holding this seat must be a member of the clergy or affiliated with a house of worship located within the Neighborhood Council boundary.
– Los Angeles International Airport seat. The person holding this seat must be an employee of Los Angeles World Airports, the City of Los Angeles agency that operates Los Angeles International Airport.
A registered stakeholder is defined as anyone who lives, works or owns real property in the area generally included in the ZIP codes 90045, 90293 and 90094. Such registered stakeholders may vote in the April election.
Information on the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/ Playa del Rey, www.ncwpdr.org or (213) 473-7023.
PROTECTORS BREAKFAST — The Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce honored protectors from throughout the community Wednesday, February 16th.
Chamber president Diane Barretti saluted representatives from the California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles City Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Area, Los Angeles Police Department Airport Detail, Los Angeles World Airports Police Division, Los Angeles County lifeguards and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Rear Admiral David Stone, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA), was keynote speaker at the event.
Stone called Los Angeles International Airport a model for airport security and he praised the efforts of airport executive director Kim Day and her predecessor Lydia Kennard in addressing security issues in the wake of 9/11.
Earlier, Stone served as the first TSA federal security director at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
During that assignment, he led the local effort to mobilize, train, and deploy the largest federalized screener work force in the U.S., a monumental effort completed two weeks before the required deadline.
The airport also implemented a 100 percent electronic checked-baggage screening program, screening in excess of 150,000 items a day.
Stone said TSA’s next directive will be to implement a variety of new technological advances, including biometrics, where eye and palm scanners can accurately determine who is moving through the terminals.
CLIFF MOORE BUILDING — The airport renamed its administration building Tuesday, February 22nd, in honor of Clifton Albert Moore, who was airport executive director from 1968 to 1993. He retired in 1993 and died in April 2002.
Moore was called “Mr. Airport” for his leadership in civil aviation and his 25 years as executive director of the city’s four-airport system.
Moore helped transform a two-runway regional airport into LAX and co-wrote the definitive book on airport management, “Airport Operations,” with Norman J. Ashford and Martin Stanton.
Born in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, Moore was hired as a building superintendent at the airport in 1959. He was named deputy general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Airports in 1966 and advanced to executive director in 1968.
He was in charge of the day-to-day operations of LAX and three other city airports, Van Nuys, Ontario International and Palmdale Regional.
Moore served two terms as president of the International Civil Airports Association and president of the Airport Operators Council International in 1976-77, the predecessor of Airports Council International, a Geneva, Switzerland-headquartered organization representing world airports.
He also served on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Task Force on Airport and Airspace Congestion, and was a chairman of the Airport Associations Coordinating Council, a policy-making body for international airport affairs.
Moore also served on numerous Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) task forces. In January 1975, he was awarded the FAA Award for Extraordinary Service, the highest honor bestowed to men and women outside the federal agency, for his pioneering work in managing and mitigating airport noise between Los Angeles airport facilities and neighboring communities.
He also received a special commendation from the FAA in 1985 for his contributions to international air transport.
GATEWAY DONATION — Gateway to L.A., an airport area business improvement district, raised $4,000 through a holiday concert in December and presented a check to the Computer Access Center, which provides computer time and training to people with physical and developmental disabilities.
The center was founded in 1986 by a group of parents, professionals and consumers interested in empowering children and adults who have disabilities to be productive and independent through the use of technology.
This group recognized that although technology had been developed that could serve people of all ages with various disabilities, there was a need for parents, professionals and consumers to have easy access to this information.
The center goal is to increase awareness, understanding and use of assistive technology by those with disabilities.
The center is funded largely through grants secured from local private, public and corporate foundations.