Author: The Argonaut

Michael Feinstein starts Council re-election effort

Santa Monica City Councilmember Michael Feinstein kicked off his re-election campaign Saturday, June 12th, with a “Meet and Greet” fundraiser in Santa Monica’s Ocean Park Neighborhood. Feinstein is one of four councilmembers whose seats will be on the Tuesday, November 2nd, city ballot. The other three councilmembers whose seats will be on the ballot are Mayor Richard Bloom and Councilmen Ken Genser and Herb Katz. More than 40 people attended the Feinstein event. The gathering was the first in a series of neighborhood-based events Feinstein plans to attend throughout Santa Monica. “I’ve learned a lot on the council over the past seven-plus years, including serving two years as mayor. “But I think it’s critical, as I seek re-election, that I re-engage myself with people on a block-by-block, neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis,” said Feinstein. “That’s why I intend to attend numerous house parties and other gatherings in every neighborhood across the city, as well as making myself available to as many civic groups and organizations as will have me.” Originally scheduled for two hours, the Meet and Greet event lasted four hours, as Feinstein and attendees engaged in a give-and-take regarding community goals and priorities. Among the issues discussed were parks and open space, traffic and parking, City Hall bureaucracy improvements, and the upcoming revision of the city general plan. “As we map out how our city will evolve over the next...

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Two Venice High students honored by mentoring fund

Two students from Venice High School were honored for community service at the Fulfillment Fund 18th Annual Achievement Awards Saturday, June 5th, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Fulfillment Fund is a California mentoring organization and private provider of college scholarships to Los Angeles students. Rosa Sequen, a ninth-grader, won the Sherak Community Service Award, named for Madeline and Tom Sherak. Tom Sherak is a partner with the Revolution Studios entertainment company. Asuncion Santiago, a 12th-grader and her mentor Sabine Schlosser, a member of the Fulfillment Fund, discussed how the mentoring program changed both of their...

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Community Calendar

Thursday, June 24th CHAMBER FORUM — The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce hosts a business technology forum; noon to 1 p.m. at the Santa Monica Chamber office, 501 Colorado Ave. Suite 150, Santa Monica. Space available to first 40 who reserve. Free. Information, reservations, (310) 394-1868. Friday, June 25th DOC TALK — The UCLA Healthcare 50-Plus Program hosts a seminar on patient rights and responsibilities and how patients can improve their communication with doctors, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Santa Monica Place Community Room, Broadway and Fourth Street, Santa Monica. Free. Information, (800) 516-5323. SENIOR LOW VISION — The WISE Adult Day Service Center and The Braille Institute present “Senior Citizens Diabetic Outreach Program: Practice Using Low Vision Devices.” Low vision consultants will be attending the presentation, 11:30 a.m. at the Service Center, 1510 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. Information and RSVP, (310) 452-7802. MEDICARE LAW — The WISE Adult Day Service Center and The Center for Health Care Rights presents “Understanding the New Medicare Prescription Drug Law.” The presentation is for the general public and those who are caregivers of Medicare recipients, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Service Center, 1510 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. Information and reservations, (310) 452-7802. Saturday, June 26th BUDGET TRAVEL — Hostelling International-USA is conducting a World Travel 101 Workshop on Europe. Topics include planning a sensible itinerary, finding affordable accommodations...

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Airline historical group plans July convention at Sheraton Gateway

The World Airline Historical Society 28th annual Airline International Convention will be held Thursday through Saturday, July 8th through 10th, at the Los Angeles Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Westchester. The event features an airline collectibles show that is open to the public. Airline memorabilia items will be on display, with many of the items available for sale, including airplane models, postcards, advertisements, timetables, uniforms, china service, flatware, safety cards, and marketing and promotional items from current and past airlines, organizers say. Attendees will have the opportunity to fly on an antique DC3 airplane on special tours that include visits to the Mojave Airplane graveyard; the Chino Airport, home to many antique airplanes; the Long Beach Airport; a Boeing plant and the Alteon Simulators. A banquet will honor David Banmiller, chief operating officer of Air Jamaica and past president of Pan American World Airways. Three to four thousand attendees from around the world are expected to attend the convention. Information,...

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Firefighters fund drive through Sat. June 26th

Local firefighters will participate in a Fill-the-Boot drive from Thursday through Saturday, June 24th to 26th, to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The county firefighters will be at various locations in the area from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., asking motorists to drop donations into their firefighter boots. Proceeds raised during the street-side campaign will help support MDA services and research programs, including MDA outpatient clinics for people with more than 40 neuromuscular diseases. Firefighters have raised nearly $200 million nationwide for the MDA fight against neuromuscular diseases since 1954. Information, (310)...

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