Saturday, September 11th, is the day for the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa del Rey communitywide picnic, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Westchester Park, near the intersection of Manchester Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard.

The picnic, billed as the ìStars of the Neighborhood Picnic,î will include a free barbecue lunch, music, entertainment, games for children and a bake-off.

The Neighborhood Council will also honor a variety of local ìstarsî who have been nominated by local residents.

ìThese are the people who don”t have all the awards hanging on their walls,î said Neighborhood Council president Gwen Vuchsas. ìWe want to recognize the everyday stars of our neighborhood.î

The purpose of the awards is to identify and honor those unsung heroes of our community who quietly, persistently and without fanfare voluntarily perform good deeds that serve the needs of their neighbors and the community.

E-MAIL PRIVACY BILL — Should your boss be able to secretly read your e-mail and track the Internet Web sites you visit?

A bill by State Sen. Debra Bowen says ìno.î

Bowen”s bill takes the same privacy protections people already have when using their office telephone and applies them to e-mail and Internet use.

The Bowen bill is headed to the governor”s desk.

The measure is backed by consumer and privacy advocates and passed the State Senate 23-11 and the Assembly 44ñ34.

The governor has until Thursday, September 30th, to sign or veto the bill, or let it become law without his signature.

ìThe governor hasn”t been tested on privacy, but since he”s used to seeing the details of his personal life plastered all over the tabloids, I”d hope he”s sensitive to people”s interest in protecting their privacy,î said Bowen, who authored three similar e-mail privacy bills in 1999, 2000, and 2001 — all vetoed by former Governor Gray Davis.

ìJust because your boss owns the computers and pays for the Internet access doesn”t mean he should have the right to spy on you without telling you.

ìI understand why companies don”t want to come out and tell employees point-blank “Guess what? We read your e-mail,” but people deserve the right to know if it”s company policy to snoop.î

The Bowen bill requires employers to give employees a one-time written notice if they plan to read e-mail, track Internet use, or use other electronic devices to monitor employees on or off the job.

The bill requires employers to explain what will be monitored.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST — The Water and Power Community Credit Union (WPCCU) will hold a community pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, October 2nd, at the WPCCU Westchester branch, 8800 Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester.

The event is open to the public and will benefit local schools and police and fire departments. In addition to eating yummy pancakes for a great cause, the $3 ticket — $2 for children under 12 years old — provides access to unlimited pony rides and petting zoos, as well as one free raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes donated by area merchants.

Information, www.wpcu.org or (310) 556-4443.

FLIGHT PATH EVENT — The Flight Path Learning Center of Southern California will present ìCome Fly With Us,î a first birthday celebration for the center”s new museum in the Imperial Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 29th, at the museum, 6661 W. Imperial Highway.

The event will feature a buffet dinner and music by the Hyperion Outfall Serenaders.

There will also be a Chamber Airport Business Fair in the museum Wednesday, November 3rd.

Tickets for the September 29th event are $75. Proceeds will benefit Flight Path, an organization dedicated to recognizing and preserving Southern California”s aeronautical heritage and encouraging young people to pursue careers in the aviation and aerospace industry.

Information and tickets, (310) 417-0949.

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