Westchester has new farmers market; Williams leaving LAPD Pacific Station

BY GEOFF MALEMAN

Los Angeles City Council reconfirmed Los Angeles Airport Commissioner Val Velasco to a full term on the Board of Airport Commissioners in an 11-0 vote Friday, July 6th. Her new term will end in 2012.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa first appointed her after his election in 2005 to serve out the term of another member.

Velasco, of Playa del Rey, is one of two community representatives on the commission. She said she views her job as a “balancing act” between the needs of the airport and how noise and traffic affect those who live near it.

“We are the fifth-busiest airport in the world and the third-smallest” international airport by area, Velasco said. “We have challenges and are starting out with an inherent problem. What I have been working on is minimizing the impact on the community and bringing the airport up to speed.”

NEW FARMERS MARKET —The Westchester Vitalization Corporation has announced that it will open its second certified farmers market at the Promenade at Howard Hughes.

The grand opening of the new market is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21st, on the street in front of the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center.

The market will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at the same location, which features free parking.

Entertainment at the grand opening event will include pony rides, face painting, music and more.

Westchester Vitalization continues to operate its original Farmers Market at Westchester Park Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information about the farmers markets or to sign up to receive news by e-mail, www.WestchesterFarmersMarket .com/.

FAREWELL CAPT. WILLIAMS — Capt. Bill Williams, who has served as the head of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division for several years, has been transferred to the department’s Criminal Investigation Division, effective July 15th.

Friends and supporters will hold a farewell celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12th, at Tony P’s Dockside Grill, 4445 Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey.

Williams has been instrumental in increasing community communications and reducing property crime, and he has been a major supporter of youth programs.

He started his career with the Los Angeles Police Department as a police student worker in 1978.

He was appointed as a police officer in February 1980. He moved through the ranks of leadership positions, starting with sergeant in 1987, lieutenant in 1992, and captain in July 2000.

Williams has been assigned to a variety of patrol positions, including 77th Street, Newton, Pacific and Harbor Areas.

Early in his career, he was also selected for specialized assignments in Vice Division, Operations-Central Bureau Task Force and Narcotics Division.

As a supervisor, he was assigned to the Venice Beach detail and served as a patrol area adjutant, as well as adjutant in the Office of the Chief of Police, officer-in-charge of the Los Angeles International Airport Substation, and commanding officer of Pacific Area’s Operation Support Division.

Williams is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 183rd Session, and the inaugural class of the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Point Leadership and Command Class.

He is a member of the Los Angeles County Peace Officers Association, Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives and National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and he is past board member of Toberman Settlement House of San Pedro.

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