Fire Station No. 95 spruced up; LAPD Pacific Station open house; two local concerts
BY GEOFF MALEMAN
The Rotary Club of Westchester recently honored Playa del Rey resident and LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce President Christina Davis as Citizen of the Year. The honor recognizes a non-Rotarian in the community who lives his/her business and professional life by the Rotary’s code of ethics, putting “Service Above Self.”
Davis has used her position as Chamber of Commerce president to not only further the business interests of the community, but to make the community a better place for everyone.
She spearheaded the creation of the Youth Summit, which brought more than 1,200 middle school students — from public and private schools — to Orville Wright Middle School for a full day of interaction with business professionals representing scores of potential careers. The event also included motivation speeches about avoiding drugs and gangs and about persevering against difficult odds.
Davis has also championed the efforts of local businesses to “go green,” providing environmental tips in the chamber’s newsletters, joining in e-waste and other recycling programs and encouraging environmental speakers to present at various chamber committee meetings.
She created a new program to partner with Otis College of Art & Design to have student artists decorate storefront windows throughout the Westchester Business District during Halloween.
Davis also plays a key role in chamber efforts in the community, including honoring local teachers at the Teacher Eddy Awards, organizing the Annual Westchester Fourth of July Parade and recognizing local public safety personnel at the Annual Protectors Breakfast.
GATEWAY TO L.A. FUNDS NEW APPARATUS DOOR AT FIRE STATION NO. 95
Gateway to L.A., the property-based business improvement district along the Century Boulevard corridor, has been helping the firefighters who serve the community since it adopted Los Angeles Fire Station No. 95 in 2007.
The station at 10010 International Road was built in 1954 and is desperately in need of a sprucing up. Gateway members have already worked together to help provide roll-away beds and other equipment that would otherwise need to be paid for by the firefighters themselves.
Now, funds from Gateway’s Annual Holiday Lunch Concert will pay for the installation of a new $5,000 apparatus door at the station. Fire station officials say the electrically powered 14-by-12-foot door will be created out of steel with vision panels and will allow faster response times for the station’s paramedics unit, which previously did not have direct street access and had to make a U-turn when leaving the station.
“We count on our firefighters everyday to keep us safe,” said Gateway to L.A. Executive Director Laurie Hughes. “The least we can do for them is make sure they live and work in a facility that is safe for them, especially now when the city finds itself unable to afford regular maintenance in the midst of its budget crisis.”
Those who work at Station No. 95 are trained to deal with hazardous materials and a variety of airport-related emergencies.
LAPD PACIFIC STATION OPEN HOUSE
The Los Angeles Police Department Pacific area station will open its doors to the public at its annual Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 12312 Culver Blvd. (Culver Boulevard and Centinela Avenue) in Del Rey.
The event will be geared toward families and will include games, prizes, food and a variety of activities, including exhibits by the LAPD dive unit, LAPD mounted division, SWAT, vintage cars and more. Visitors can also join a tour through the station.
In addition, LAPD will be partnering with LifeStream to hold a blood drive during the event.
To register to give blood, visit www.Lstream.org/ and click “donate.” Then search for zip code 90066 and click “August 8th, 2009, LAPD Pacific Division” to pick a time that is convenient for you.
The Venice-Marina Lions Club will also be hosting a mobile vision screening unit at the event to give visitors free vision screenings.
For more information, please contact Community Relations Officer Delatori at (310) 202-2890.
PLAYA VISTA CONCERT
IN THE PARK
Continuing its tradition of concerts in the park, Playa Vista will present “Boogie Knights” on Sunday, August 23rd.
The concert will begin at 5 p.m. in Concert Park in Playa Vista and will feature the band heralded as “the greatest disco revival show in the world.”
So, bring a beach chair or blanket, a picnic dinner and enjoy a great concert in the park.
Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
Westside Voices, the Westchester-based a cappella singing group, will perform a concert of musical classics at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 15th at Westchester United Methodist Church, 8065 Emerson Ave.
The event will include a concert of songs, memories and a few surprises. The suggested donation is $10 per person, and a dessert reception follows the concert.
For more information and to make reservations, please call (310) 670-3777.