Venice Skate Park hosts Harlem Globetrotters

Harlem Globetrotter Hammer Harrison goes up for a dunk at the Venice Skate Park Harlem Globetrotters

Harlem Globetrotter Hammer Harrison goes up for a dunk at the Venice Skate Park
Harlem Globetrotters

They’ve played on the deck of an aircraft carrier, at the Vatican and in a Spanish bullfighting ring. Now the Harlem Globetrotters can add inside the bowl of the Venice Skate Park to their list.

The Globetrotters trounced the Washington Generals in front of an audience of 300 kids from Westminster Avenue Elementary School on Feb. 12, a free event sponsored by the city Department of Recreation and Parks.

— Joe Piasecki

Shooting kills one, wounds another at Mar Vista Gardens

A 50-year-old man died and a second man was wounded late Saturday night in a shooting at the Mar Vista Gardens public housing complex in Del Rey.

Calvin Johnson of Paramount was pronounced dead at the scene at around 11 p.m. in the 4800 block of Marionwood Drive, Los Angeles Police officer Norma Eisenman said. The other man was transported to a local hospital.

The motive for the shooting is so far undetermined and the case remains under investigation, Eisenman said. A description of a suspect was not immediately available.

— Gary Walker

 

Jim Landry to head Friends of Ballona board

The board of directors of the nonprofit environmental group Friends of Ballona Wetlands has elected Loyola Marymount University professor Jim Landry as its new president.

Landry is the director of LMU’s environmental science program and is senior director of operations for LMU’s Center for Urban Resilience, which focuses on the protection of nature and wildlife in cities.

Landry’s current research includes determining the level of heavy metals in Ballona Wetlands soil. He was also involved in the development of the Ballona Discovery Park in Playa Vista.

— Gary Walker

King Tides reign at Mother’s Beach

Tuesday’s King Tide recedes from underneath the lifeguard tower at Mother’s Beach Photos By Joe Piasecki

Tuesday’s King Tide recedes from underneath the lifeguard tower at Mother’s Beach
Photos By Joe Piasecki

Low-lying turf in the Ballona Wetlands and half of Mother’s Beach in Marina del Rey was underwater Tuesday and Wednesday morning, swallowed up by some of the highest tides of the year.

The King Tides phenomenon occurs when the gravitation forces of the sun and moon reinforce one another. Tides exceeded
6.5 feet above sea level between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and dropped in the afternoon to a low of about a foot below sea level, said Friends of Ballona Wetlands board member David Kay.

— Joe Piasecki

LAX readies for Metro connection

Los Angeles World Airports, the agency that runs LAX, is holding two public meetings this week to discuss the start of the environmental review process for Metro light rail connectivity to the airport.

Related projects include an automated people mover to transport travelers from the coming 96th Street/Aviation Boulevard stop for the Crenshaw/LAX light rail line and changes in the central terminal area to receive those passengers. A consolidated rental car facility and a new public parking area east of the station are also part of the plan.

The first meeting will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Feb. 19) and the second from
10 a.m. to noon Saturday, both at the Proud Bird Restaurant, 11022 Aviation Blvd., Westchester. Parking is free. Call (800) 919-3766 or visit connectingLAX.com for more information.

— Gary Walker

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