— Compiled by  Gary Walker  and Joe Piasecki

Driver accused of boardwalk rampage headed to court

The man accused of killing an Italian tourist and running down several others in August 2013 while driving his car through the crowded Venice boardwalk may soon get a trial date.

Prosecutors will meet with the attorney representing Nathan Louis Campbell, who is charged with murder and 17 counts of assault with a deadly weapon, during a pretrial conference on Oct. 30 at the Airport Courthouse.

“It will be a formal hearing in court to set a new trial date,” Deputy District Attorney Victor Avila said.

Campbell, who turned himself into Santa Monica police the day of the tragedy, has pleaded not guilty.

His attorney, public defender Phillip Dube, has said Campbell, 38, did not intend to kill Gruppioni or injure the other victims.
 

Friends of Ballona to honor Gray Davis

The nonprofit advocacy group Friends of the Ballona Wetlands will honor former California Gov. Gray Davis — whom they credit with saving the wetlands and turning it into a state ecological preserve — at its 9th annual Moonlight on the Marsh celebration.

The event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Marina del Rey Marriott Rooftop Bayview Ballroom, 4100 Admiralty Way.

In 2003, the Davis administration committed $140 million in state funding to purchase 300 acres of wetland. To create the reserve, that land was combined with another 300 acres that Friends of Ballona Wetlands and other groups had obtained through a court settlement with developers.

Tickets are $100 to $250. Call (310) 306-5994 or visit ballonafriends.org.
 

Burcham to leave LMU

 

Loyola Marymount University President David Burcham, the school’s first non-clergy president in its 104-year history, will leave the post next near.

“At the conclusion of this academic year, I will have served five years as president of Loyola Marymount University. Rather than seek another term, I have decided to step down at that time,” Burcham wrote in an Oct. 6 letter to the university’s board of trustees.

Burcham’s last day in office will be May 31. The school will begin a national hiring campaign to replace him in the next several weeks.

Burcham, 63, began his tenure on Oct. 4, 2010, when the LMU board unanimously selected him as the Jesuit university’s 15th president. He has presided over LMU’s ongoing 20-year master plan that will update its campus infrastructure as well as the school’s $380-million master plan capital campaign.

LMU Board of Trustees Chair Kathleen Aikenhead called Burcham an “exceptional leader” who increased the university’s endowment, helped set records for applicants seeking admission and developed a strategic plan for the school.

“Words cannot adequately convey our thanks to him for his dedication to LMU,” Aikenhead said.
 

 Vistamar to host free college fair

 

Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Cornell, Duke and the University of Chicago are among some 100 colleges and universities with representatives expected to participate in the seventh annual Multicultural Student College Fair on Sunday in El Segundo.

Free and open to all area students, the event is hosted by Vistamar School and runs from 2 to 5 p.m. at its 737 Hawaii St. campus.

The fair, which also includes liberal arts and historically black colleges, is intended to introduce students to schools they may not be afford to visit.

For more information, visit vistamarschool.org.

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