LAX Northside workshop, neighbors association election, LMU bleachers auction

BY GEOFF MALEMAN

On January 25th the Westchester Family YMCA honored two business leaders who have exemplified, personally and professionally, a commitment to the fundamental principles that are the cornerstone of the YMCA’s mission.

Playa Vista president Steve Soboroff was presented with the 2007 Hero of the Year award and David A. Herbst, senior vice president of MWW Group, received the YMCA’s 2007 Community Pillar Award, at the first Kids Need Heroes Gala at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5985 W. Century Blvd. in Westchester.

In receiving the award, Soboroff talked about his 40-year match with Terry Williams through the Big Brothers program, now called Big Brothers Big Sisters. He said the two were the first interracial match in the history of the program when the 18-year-old Soboroff became a mentor to the eight-year-old boy.

Williams is now married, with children, and recently became a grandfather.

Soboroff said the two remain close friends and added that the experience changed his life.

In receiving his award, Herbst thanked five mentors of his, all deceased, who helped shape his life and encouraged and fostered a sense of community service, including the late David Asper Johnson, founder and publisher of The Argonaut.

Herbst credited Johnson with “having the talent to make Westchester a real community.”

Assemblyman Ted Lieu and California Secretary of State Debra Bowen were on hand to present the awards.

LAX NORTHSIDE WORKSHOP — Los Angeles World Airports and City Councilman Bill Rosendahl will hold an LAX Northside Land Use Community Workshop to discuss development of the airport property north of LAX and receive community input on potential designs.

The workshop, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, February 13th, at St. Robert’s Auditorium on the Loyola Marymount University campus in Westchester.

Information, the LAX Stakeholder Liaison Office, (800) 919-3766, or laxmasterplanliaison@ lawa.org/.

NEIGHBORS ASSOCIATION — The Westchester Neighbors Association will hold its annual board of directors election during its monthly meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, February 4th, at La Tijera United Methodist Church, 7400 Osage Ave. in Westchester.

The meeting will also include a program on protecting yourself from identity theft and an update on the plans for LAX expansion.

Only members may vote in the board election, but nonmembers are invited to attend the event. The annual dues for a voting membership are $25 per household and can be sent, along with your name, address, e-mail address and telephone number, to WNA, 7929 Breen Ave., Westchester 90045.

Information, (310) 641-4199 or www.westchesterneighbors .org/.

BUY A PIECE OF HISTORY — Loyola Marymount University is selling sections of the original bleachers from Sections 109 and 110 at Gersten Pavilion. The bleachers witnessed such milestone events as the 1984 Olympics, the Hank Gathers game and the highest scoring basketball game in NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) history.

Sections of the bleachers are now on sale for $50 apiece via LMU’s on-line auction. Funds raised by the sale of this and other memorabilia will go to benefit the school’s athletic programs.

For information or to bid on a section of bleachers, lmulions .cstvauctions.com/gallery.cfm.

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