Neighborhood council election April 11; LAPD Crisis Response Team; Westchester Rotary Club grants

BY GEOFF MALEMAN

This isn’t your father’s taco truck.

On Tuesday, April 6th, nine of Los Angeles’ top food trucks will gather at Gateway to Go,—a special event to celebrate the best food on four wheels and raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Food trucks like the Buttermilk Truck, Don Chow and Nom-Nom will be serving up food at a street feast open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5985 W. Century Blvd., Westchester.

Attracted by Tweets and Facebook posts, food trucks have developed their own unique following with “foodies” tracking them from location to location throughout Southern California.

“People are really excited about this event” said Laurie Hughes, executive director of Gateway to L.A., which is sponsoring the event. “It’s one thing to chase down the Buttermilk Truck to get your pancake fix, but we will have nine trucks all in one location. There will definitely be something for everyone.”

Gateway to Go will be a confluence of tastes from around the world. Each Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gateway to L.A. will host a group of L.A.’s best food trucks, providing unique and different choices every week.

Among the trucks scheduled to be part of the inaugural event on April 6th are:

Buttermilk Truck — pancakes, biscuits, breakfast pastries, waffles, donuts and more, all made from scratch and cooked to order;

Don Chow — Chinese/Mexican fusion cuisine, featuring dishes from tacos, burritos and tortas to Chinese BBQ pork, soy ginger tofu and Kung Pao chicken;

Kabob n’ Roll — Mediterranean cuisine, including salads, pitas, hummus, tabuli and, of course, kabobs;

India Jones — Indian specialties, including a variety of curries, paratha and Samosa spring rolls;

Nom-Nom — “Bahn Mi,” or Vietnamese sandwiches, and other Vietnamese-inspired dishes;

Komodo ——street food with a gourmet twist, including unique dishes like Indonesian shrimp, guacamole rolls and Fish n’ Grapes;

World Fare ——billed as L.A.’s only “bustaurant,” World Fare features eclectic dishes from across the globe, including its signature dish ——Bunny Chow, a South African street food of hollowed-out bread filled with chicken curry — served from a double-decker bus;

Reggae Chicken ——authentic Jamaican jerk chicken served in tacos, wraps and burritos or alongside rice or fries; and

South Philly Experience —cheesesteak sandwiches, chicken pizza steak and buffalo steak sandwiches.

“By bringing together some of these incredible street food trucks, we’re hoping to provide local residents and those working along Century Boulevard with a unique lunch experience,” Hughes said. “Beginning April 6th, people don’t have to go out to lunch on Tuesdays, lunch will come to them at Gateway to Go.”

Hughes said Gateway to L.A. will continue to look for the hottest and most popular food trucks each week for Gateway to Go and added that the business improvement district will consider suggestions sent to info @gatewaytola.org/.

“We’ve already had lots of great feedback, and with L.A. quickly becoming the capital of gourmet food trucks, there’s no shortage of fabulous food on four wheels,” she said.

NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL ELECTION

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

This is an opportunity to get involved, select those candidates who will serve on the neighborhood council and help make a difference in the community.

The neighborhood council is a group of local residents and representatives of local businesses, churches and schools who work together to address important issues in the neighborhood.

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

The election for the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa board of directors will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11th at the CenterPointe Club, 6200 Playa Vista Drive in Playa Vista.

There will be ample parking under the building and plenty of street parking along Playa Vista Drive. ADA accessible parking is available from the underground lot beneath the building. Additionally, parking should be available at the library next door since the library is closed on Sundays.

The election is open to any member of the community who is at least 18 years of age and lives, works or owns property in Zip Codes 90293, 90045 or 90094.

According to the election procedures, voters must verify their stakeholder status by providing documentation acceptable to the city clerk’s Election Division. Stakeholder status may also be established by means of declaring a stake (or interest) in the neighborhood and providing documentation acceptable to the city clerk. Factual basis stakeholders will also be required to provide a form of documentation to substantiate their factual basis claim.

It is suggested that those planning to vote in the election, bring with them to the polling location proof of stakeholder status, including driver’s license, utility bill, property tax statement, pay stub, business tax registration certificate or other documentation that proves they live, work or own property in the aforementioned zip codes.

For more information about the candidates, please visit the neighborhood council Web site at www.ncwpdr.org/ or attend the candidates forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 6th, following the regularly scheduled neighborhood council board meeting in the Westchester Municipal Building community room, 7166 Manchester Ave. This will be an opportunity to hear from the candidates and mix and mingle with them before the election.

LAPD RECRUITS FOR CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM

The Los Angeles Police Department is currently recruiting members of the public to join the department’s City of L.A. Crisis Response Team.

Community volunteers will be trained to join LAPD’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between April 13th and June 3rd at the Los Angeles Police Academy in Westchester.

Crisis Response Team members respond to traumatic incidents and provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention to victims and their families affected by a death, a violent crime or other traumatic incidents. These include homicides, suicides, serious traffic accidents, natural deaths and multi-casualty incidents. The CRT program is managed by the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Public Safety.

Among the areas in which CRT members will be trained are: Police and Fire on Scene Protocol with police detectives and fire personnel; Hospital Emergency Rooms Environment with E.R. social workers; Victims of Crime Programs with city and county Victim Assistance Programs and the county coroner; as well as a variety of other topics ranging from suicide prevention, the grief process, working with the elderly, cultural and religious diversity and more.

Volunteers must fill out an application and be approved through the screening process. To get an application and for more information, Crisis Response Team Manager Jeffrey Zimerman at lacrt@lacity.org/ or https://local.nixle.com/alert/1635062/.

ROTARY GRANTS

The Rotary Club of Westchester is currently soliciting applications for its Community Service Grants.

Westchester-area community service organizations that have a special project or are in need of the club’s support are encouraged to submit a written application.

The application letter should include a description for how the money would be used for a special project or need rather than being part of an organization’s operating budget. The application should also outline how the grant would fit into the object of Rotary.

Information, www.rotary.org/aboutrotary/object.html/.

The application should also include information about the organization, who it serves and how long it has been in existence.

Requests will be evaluated based on the criteria listed above and how the grant would directly impact the greater Westchester community. All submissions should be no more than two pages long and should be mailed to:

2009 Community Grants

Rotary Club of Westchester

P.O. Box 91543

Los Angeles, CA 90009

The Rotary Club hopes to announce recipient selections by May 15th. For more information, Glenn Marzano, the club’s community service director, at glennmarzano@yahoo.com/.

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