Debra Bowen, the California State Senator for the 28th District who announced her candidacy for secretary of state, will be the keynote speaker at the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce Business Recognition Dinner Wednesday, November 30th, at the Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport, 6225 Century Blvd., Westchester.

The event will begin with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $65 per person and are available by calling the chamber office, (310) 645-5151.

A lawmaker for more than a decade, Bowen continues to focus her attention on helping Californians improve their quality of life.

Giving people tools to protect their privacy and their pocketbook, investing in California’s natural resources and helping citizens gain access to and make sense of state government are the underlying themes that sum up Senator Bowen’s overall approach to being a state lawmaker.

Born in Rockford, Illinois, Bowen graduated from Michigan State University in 1976 and earned her law degree from the University of Virginia in 1979.

In 1984, she started her own California law firm, specializing in small business start-ups, tax law, land use, and environmental issues, while her long history of community activism began when she got involved with her local Neighborhood Watch program.

Bowen was elected to represent the 53rd Assembly District in 1992 and was re-elected in 1994 and 1996 before being elected to represent the 28th Senate District in 1998.

Bowen was re-elected to her second and final four-year Senate term in 2002, representing the reapportioned 28th District, which stretches from Venice in the north, down the coast to Redondo Beach, then east to include all or parts of Carson, San Pedro, Long Beach, and Wilmington.

In addition to honoring businesses celebrating milestone anniversaries, the event will honor a local business with the chamber Business Recognition Award and another with its Community Service Award.

ETHICAL NEWS — Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA, the city department that operates the city’s airports) announced Monday, November 7th, the interim appointment of Barbara Yamamoto as ethics officer to head the agency’s first Office of Ethics and Business Conduct.

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners unanimously voted October 17th to create the office, which will report to LAWA executive director Lydia H. Kennard and a committee of the board.

The new high-level office will serve as a third-party independent resource for information, advice and resolution of problems and issues.

“As employees of Los Angeles World Airports, we are public servants to the citizens of Los Angeles. As such, we must commit ourselves to a standard of business conduct that maintains and earns the public’s trust in government,” said Kennard.

“I believe Barbara is an ideal person to take on this assignment. She is well known in the department and throughout the community as a person of high integrity and someone worthy of our trust and confidence.

“Her broad work background and experience make her ideally suited for this crucial position.”

Yamamoto’s career spans 18 years in the public affairs and government relations fields at all three City of Los Angeles proprietary departments — Water and Power, Harbor, and LAWA — in addition to several years in the private sector.

She has served the last five years as LAX community relations director, and has been credited with establishing LAWA’s first Community Relations Division.

Through her leadership, the Community Relations team has expanded to include a number of new programs and initiatives to help LAWA improve relations with its neighboring communities and to create a positive image of the City agency.

She was recently selected as Honorary Mayor of the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to her chamber activities, she has also served on the boards of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey; Gateway to LA Property Business Improvement District; Westchester Family YMCA; and the Westchester Rotary Club.

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