Author: The Argonaut

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The Santa Monica Rent Control Board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 10th, in City Council Chambers, Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main St., Santa Monica, to consider; 833 11th St., No. 2; a tenant appeals the decision awarding a decrease for reduction in parking amenity and loss of storage; 501 Santa Monica Blvd, No. 610; landlords appeal hearing officer decision that found a double garage is unit’s parking amenity; 2308 28th St. and 1115 Maple St.; applicants request an exemption of a three-unit property based upon owner occupancy pursuant to section 1801( c) (4); public hearings on presentation of 2004/2005 operating budget; proposed annual general adjustment — 2004/2005; and proposed regulation 3026 — general adjustment number 27. Information, (310) 458-8751. The Del Rey Neighborhood Council (DRNC) board of directors is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 10th, at Marina del Rey Middle School Library, 12500 Braddock Drive, to consider: a new project on Redwood Avenue; a motion to support Area E residents (1) petition to the Culver City DMV to mitigate its parking lot spillover so that residents within a three-block radius have space at all times to park along unrestricted frontage before their homes; (2) specific proposal to move commercial and motorcycle driver testing to another office; (3) initial petition for city preferential parking; and (4) effort to modify time-limited parking signage...

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Norma Diamond Blauer dies; 24-yr. Marina resident

Norma Diamond Blauer, a longtime resident of Marina del Rey, died on Monday, May 31st, after a lengthy illness. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 2nd, at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Simi Valley. She lived in Marina del Rey for more than 24 years. She once owned the Something International jewelry business located in the L.A. Fashion Mart. She also owned the Norma Diamond Bed, Bath and Gifts store in the Waterside Shopping Center in Marina del Rey. She was a member of the Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce and its Ambassador Committee and particapated in various Marina City Club activities. She is survived by her husband, Ron Blauer; sons Jeffrey Diamond, Russell Diamond and Glenn Diamond; sister Jo Anne Snyder; and seven...

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Community Calendar

Thursday, June 10th CHAMBER DINNER — The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce hosts an installation dinner with the theme “A Man of Many Hats,” honoring Nat Trives; 6:30 p.m., Marina del Rey Marriott Hotel, 4100 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Tickets are $125. Information, (310) 393-9825. UNDERSTANDING MEDICARE — UCLA Healthcare 50-Plus hosts a lecture “Understanding Medicare,” 7 to 8:30 p.m., Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center Classroom B, 1250 16th St., Santa Monica. Free. (800) 516-5323. Friday, June 11th USING MEDICINES WISELY — UCLA Healthcare hosts a lecture, “Using Medicines Wisely,” with information on prescription and over-the-counter medications and how to develop a personal medication record, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Santa Monica Place Community Room, Broadway and Fourth Street, Santa Monica. Free. (800) 516-5323. Saturday, June 12th ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY — Adopt-A-Highway volunteer highway trash cleanup program meets for its monthly cleanup of Lincoln Boulevard, 9 a.m. at the Santa Monica BayKeeper office, 3100 Washington Blvd., Venice. Free. Information, (310) 822-4522. SHOTS FOR TOTS AND TEENS — Immunization shots and tuberculosis skin tests for infants, adolescents and teenagers under the age of 18; 10 a.m. to noon at the Saint John’s Health Center Cafeteria, 1328 22nd St., Santa Monica. Free. Information, (310) 829-8234. NEW SCHOOL — Amino Venice Charter High School hosts an information session to recruit students for the college-prep school; 11 a.m. at the Broadway Elementary School auditorium, 1015 Lincoln...

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Westchester Y volunteer honored

On Friday, June 4th, West-chester Family YMCA members and guests gathered at a dinner honoring the spirit of volunteerism to show that volunteers really do “Rock.” The inaugural Volunteer “Rock”ognition Awards Dinner and Dance spotlighted special individuals, groups and businesses that demonstrate the critical role volunteerism plays in building strong kids, strong families and strong communities. Six dedicated volunteers of the Westchester Family YMCA and two outstanding organizations that best exemplify the spirit of volunteerism were honored. Honorees in the category of Outstanding Program Volunteers were Bob Neece, Service; Allan Mylander, Aquatics; Helen Rupp, Healthy Lifestyles and Mario Lafaurie, Camping/Youth & Government. In addition, Covenant Presbyterian Church was honored as Outstanding Community Partner, and Arden Realty, Inc., was honored as the YMCA’s Outstanding Business Partner. Honored as this year’s West-chester Family YMCA Volunteer of the Year was Mike Arias of Arias, Ozzello & Gignac LLP. Arias has been an active member and volunteer of the Westchester Family YMCA for over ten years, serving as chairman of the Board of Managers, Golf Tournament chair, Financial Development chair and Major Gifts chair. Arias also has served as a volunteer coach and mentor and has offered legal counsel to the branch on several occasions. His dedication to the YMCA, his willingness to help others and his generous spirit made him a natural to receive the award. The highlight of the evening was...

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Mayor signs $5.4 billion budget for fiscal year beginning July 1st

Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn Thursday, May 27th, signed a $5.4 billion budget for the City of Los Angeles for the fiscal year that begins Tuesday, July 1st. The city budget had been approved by the Los Angeles City Council Monday, May 24th, after making what are being called “minor revisions” to the mayor’s proposed budget. A week earlier, Monday, May 17th, the City Council gave preliminary approval to the budget but cut many of the mayor’s proposals. The council restored several small departments that the mayor had proposed eliminating and restored money for business tax reform. The City Council also increased the mayor’s proposed reserve fund for emergencies. After the City Council’s preliminary approval of the budget May 17th, the mayor said he was “pleased” with his budget and intended to approve the budget without any changes after the City Council’s final approval. “These are tough times and we have to be careful in the future but I think the (City Council) was prudent with what we submitted,” Hahn said after the City Council’s preliminary approval May 17th. “I firmly believe the recommendations are consistent with the priority outcomes I identified in my proposed budget and have the broad support of those we serve,” Hahn said May 17th. The seven-inch-thick city budget includes slight increases for police and fire services, street improvements, libraries and a city after-school program...

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