Month: February 2021

Reclaiming an Erased History

City of Santa Monica to unveil park and art installation honoring African American legacy By Elizabeth M. Johnson The city of Santa Monica will host a virtual grand opening for Historic Belmar Park, Santa Monica’s newest open space, on Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. The online celebration and site dedication will pay tribute to the historical significance of the park at 4th and Pico Boulevard, an area where the city’s earliest African American residents lived during the first half of the 20th century. The dedication of the 3.5-acre multipurpose sports field complex next to the Civic Auditorium will feature...

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Sharing the Love

City of Culver City, Culver City Exchange Club and Girl Scouts Bring Valentines to Seniors By Kamala Kirk The city of Culver City and the Exchange Club of Culver City recently joined together to distribute more than 600 Valentine’s Day plants to residents in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities throughout the community. The Exchange Club of Culver City is a community service organization that is made up of members who reside, own businesses or work in Culver City and the surrounding area. The City’s Economic Recovery Task Force’s Nonprofit Working group worked with the Exchange Club to develop...

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News in Brief

Compiled by Kamala Kirk Judge halts Ballona Wetlands Tree removal pending court review On Feb. 11, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff granted a preliminary injunction to the Ballona Wetlands Land Trust, halting the removal of multiple mature trees in the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve. The Land Trust filed suit on Nov. 30 alleging that plans by the Friends of Ballona Wetlands to cut down various palm and pine trees within the ecological reserve didn’t have a valid coastal development permit as required by the Coastal Act, and also that the project was not categorically exempt from...

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Plenty of Fish in the Sea

Krispy Rice, Tinder partner to fete National Flirting Week and Singles Awareness Day By Kamala Kirk Krispy Rice, the delivery-focused Japanese concept from C3 and sbe, has teamed up with global dating platform Tinder for a “Plenty of Fish in the Sea” partnership in honor of Singles Awareness Day and National Flirting Week. The collaboration includes a limited-edition combo box from Krispy Rice along with a free one-month membership of Tinder Gold, which offers Tinder’s most exclusive features. The promotion is available through Feb. 28 at select Krispy Rice outposts across the U.S. including Umami Burger in Santa Monica,...

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Advancing Achievement

Westside Neighborhood School helps students succeed during the pandemic By Kamala Kirk Schools are the cornerstones of communities and COVID-19 has impacted educational institutions around the world, resulting in the shutdown of schools and posing major challenges to teachers, students and families. As a result, children’s academic performance has been affected, along with their progress in cognitive, emotional and social developmental. Since the onset of the pandemic last March, Westside Neighborhood School (WNS) in Playa Vista quickly pivoted and worked diligently with public health officials to address ongoing changes to health and safety regulations while supporting students’ academic needs...

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