Recycling workshop; LMU golfer qualifies, Jet-to-Jetty 5K/10K/run/walk/bike ride

Get ready for a new Sepulveda Boulevard. Sure, the traffic might be hard to stomach during the months of construction it will take to complete, but Westchester Streetscape Improvement Association president John Ruhlen says it will all be worth it.

The $11.6 million project has been six years in the making and has included three community workshops during which local residents have voiced their preferences on everything from tree species to sidewalk repairs.

The Westchester Streetscape Improvement Association will host a community meeting to discuss the project at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 18th, in the Community Room of Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office, 7166 Manchester Ave. in Westchester.

According to Ruhlen, this will be an opportunity to meet with representatives from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and the contractor for the project to hear about the scope of the project and the construction timeline. The meeting is free and open to the public.

“We want the community to have an idea what is involved and how long the construction will take,” Ruhlen said.

The new project includes the creation of a full-time parking lane in the central business district south of Manchester Avenue, where traffic is currently reduced to just two lanes in each direction during non-peak hours so shoppers can park along the boulevard.

In the residential area, north of Manchester, the project will provide new turn pockets at strategic locations as well as a variety of sidewalk repairs and landscaping.

The Sepulveda Boulevard Improvement project will stretch from Howard Hughes Parkway on the north to Lincoln Boulevard on the south. The project will result in three full-time traffic lanes in each direction with full-time street parking in the business district. The work schedule will begin this month and will continue through summer 2009.

WHAT TO DO WITH OUR TRASH — The Los Angeles City Bureau of Sanitation is looking for public input as it creates its 20-year plan to reduce waste, increase recycling and manage trash.

Together with residents, it hopes to create a Solid Waste Integrated Resources Plan, which will serve as a master plan for moving the city closer to meeting its zero waste management goals set by the mayor and the city council.

The Bureau of Sanitation hopes that people from all parts of the city — representing neighborhoods, businesses, organizations, churches and temples, agencies and industry — will come to one of several regional workshops to help plan for a clean, green zero-waste future.

The closest workshop to the Westchester-Playa del Rey area will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 22nd, in the Community Room of Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office, 7166 Manchester Ave. in Westchester.

“We need to hear from everyone,” said Reina Pereira, Solid Waste Integrated Resources Plan project manager for the Bureau of Sanitation.

Information, Allen Wang (213) 473-4002 or Allen.Wang@ lacity.org.

LMU GOLFER QUALIFIES FOR U.S. AMATEUR — Brian Locke of the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) men’s golf team qualified for the 2007 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club August 20th to 26th, thanks to a four-under 140 at the Sectional Qualifier at Cypress Ridge Golf Course.

Locke is the second Lion to qualify while still at LMU for the U.S. Amateur, as Jason D’Amore did it in 2004.

Locke, a 2007 All-American for the Lions and two-time WCC (West Coast Conference) champion, shot rounds of 72 and 68 to post a two-round 140. He finished in a tie for second with Nick Delio of Valencia, one stroke behind winner Cameron Tringale of Laguna Niguel.

The 107th Championship will be hosted by The Olympic Club in San Francisco for the third time in its history, having hosted it in 1958 and 1981. The club also hosted the U.S. Open in 1955, 1966, 1987 and 1998, when it was won by Lee Janzen.

The U.S. Amateur, the oldest USGA (United States Golf Association) championship, was first played in 1895 at Newport Golf Club in Rhode Island. The event, which has no age restriction, is open to those with a handicap index of 2.4 or lower. It is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, ten of which are strictly for amateurs.

Throughout its history, the U.S. Amateur has been the most coveted of all amateur titles. Many of the great names of professional golf, such as Gene Littler, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lanny Wadkins, Craig Stadler, Jerry Pate, Mark O’Meara, Hal Sutton, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, grace the Havemeyer Cup, which immortalizes the tournament’s champion.

Robert T. Jones won the championship five times (1924, ’25, ’27, ’28 and ’30), while Woods won the cup three straight times from 1994 to 1996. Richie Ramsay of Scotland won it in 2006.

NOT TOO LATE TO RUN IN JET TO JETTY — You still have time to sign up for Airport Marina Counseling Service’s 23rd Annual Jet to Jetty Run/ Walk.

The event will take place on Saturday, August 25th, at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey and will include a 5K/10K Run/Walk, a Fun Family Bike Ride and a Kids Fun Run.

Check-in and registration begin at 6:30 a.m. and the races begin every half hour starting at 7:30 a.m.

Steve Napolitano, former mayor of Manhattan Beach and deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, will be the event’s grand marshal.

Last year’s event saw some 1,000 participants on the beautiful ocean course and featured fabulous prizes and many giveaways.

This year booths also will have giveaway items that support health, mental health and overall wellness, such as water, stress balls, and energy bars.

For an entry form or information about the Jet to Jetty, www.airportmarina.org/, (310) 670-1410, W2promo@aol.com or (310) 828-4123.

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