Author: The Argonaut

20th annual Coastal Cleanup seeks to make local beaches free of debris

Teams of volunteers will comb through area beaches rounding up litter and debris from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, September 18th, for the 20th year of the annual statewide Coastal Cleanup effort. Residents statewide who want to help the beautification effort can choose a local beach and join the volunteer cleanup crew the morning of the event. Coastal environmental group Heal the Bay is the coordinator for Los Angeles County Coastal Cleanup Day sites. Local beach cleanup sites include Santa Monica Beach, Venice Beach and Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey. A special kayak cleanup will take place at Mothers Beach in Marina del Rey where participants will remove floating debris from the water while partaking in a morning of kayaking. Santa Monica Baykeeper will be organizing the cleanup in Marina del Rey. On-site coordinators from Heal the Bay will provide trash bags, gloves and tally cards, in order to tally up data on what types of junk are most commonly found beachside. The most prevalent item collected in past years has been cigarette butts. There is no charge to participate in the cleanup activities. However, those under 18 that wish to participate must bring a liability waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Waiver forms can be found on the California Coastal Commission Web site, On Santa Monica Beach, cleanup sites will be stationed at Towers 4,...

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Landlords settle with city after mother was denied rental unit because of child

The Santa Monica city attorney has reached a settlement with two local landlords accused of refusing to rent an apartment to a woman because she had a child living with her. May and Alan Wong, owners of an apartment building in the 1000 block of 19th Street in Santa Monica agreed to the $1,000 settlement after a city attorney investigation confirmed the allegations of Donna Thomas, who attempted to rent a one-bedroom apartment from the Wongs. Thomas, a single mother, alleges that she saw a listing for the apartment on the Internet and called owner May Wong to set up an appointment to see the unit. During that phone call, Wong asked Thomas how many people would be living in the apartment and Thomas said two — herself and her seven-year-old daughter — the city attorney alleges. Wong allegedly told Thomas that the one-bedroom unit would not accommodate two people and hung up, city attorney’s officials say. Feeling as though she had been shut down from renting the apartment because her daughter would be staying with her, Thomas had a friend call May Wong and express interest in a one-bedroom apartment rental for himself and his child, who would be living with him for half the year. Wong allegedly hesitated and Thomas’s friend allegedly told Wong that he would arrange for the child’s mother to take the child for...

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CRAAP brings out 11 candidates for Santa Monica City Council

The wonderfully named CRAAP (Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution) group drew 11 of the 16 candidates on the November 2nd ballot seeking four Santa Monica City Council seats to a Monday candidate forum at Ken Edwards Center. The airport in question here is not Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) but the general aviation Santa Monica Airport. And the “concerned residents” include not only residents of Santa Monica but neighbors in the City of Los Angeles who live near and who are impacted by the Santa Monica Airport. As for the host’s delightful name, a CRAAP member reminded us that you’ve gotta have a gimmick if you want to get attention these days. CRAAP is headed by Martin Rubin, brother of Santa Monica activist Jerry Rubin. Bill Rosendahl emceed the forum. JURISDICTION ISSUE — The big problem, of course, is that Santa Monica faces the same jurisdiction issues at its airport that Los Angeles has at LAX. But even worse for Santa Monica, the city entered into a long agreement with the federal government through the Federal Aviation Administration in 1988 that pretty well limits the city’s authority over its airport until the agreement ends in 2015. None of the present City Council members were on the council when that odious agreement was signed in 1988. But the incumbents have been on the City Council all, if not most, of...

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The following is compiled from reports of the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station.

BURGLARY A laptop valued at $3,000, a GPS valued at $450, binoculars valued at $400 and binoculars valued at $150 were taken in the 13500 block of Mindanao Way between 9 p.m. Monday, September 13th and 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, September 14th. Computers, a fax machine and a safe were taken in the 13700 block of Fiji Way the night of Wednesday, August 25th. An out-drive and propeller valued at $5,000, a water exhaust system valued at $2,000 and a bimini cover valued at $300 were taken in the 13400 block of Mindanao Way between July 22nd and September 10th. A wallet valued at $50, U.S. and European currency valued at $800, two watches valued at $1,000, two rings valued at $2,800, a camera valued at $400 and a camcorder valued at $500 were taken in the 4200 block of Marina City Drive between 9:30 p.m. Monday, August 30th, and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 31st. Sailing hardware valued at $489 and a pulley valued at $84 were taken from a boat in Basin E between 4:30 p.m. Saturday, August 7th, and 8 p.m. Sunday, August 26th. GRAND THEFT A watch valued at $500, a ring valued at $500, and a necklace valued at $500 were taken in the 13900 block of Fiji Way between 10 and 11 a.m. Thursday, September 2nd. PETTY THEFT Two bicycles, each valued at $100 were...

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Marina del Rey: First private boat enters Holiday Boat Parade

Although the summer heat has continued into mid-September, Marina del Rey boat owners are already beginning to think about the 42nd Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, planned for Saturday, December 11th. A Malibu couple and their 27-foot sailboat, Tina Marie, are the first private entry in the boat parade. “We placed third in 2002 and second in 2003 in the Channel Islands Holiday Boat Parade,” said David Smith, who moved his boat from Ventura County to Marina del Rey this year. “Now our objective is to win first place in the Marina del Rey boat parade,” he said. “My passion is music,” Smith adds. Every year, Smith and his wife, Tina, record a song that is played on their boat during the boat parade. “This year we’ve selected a very popular Christmas song and have changed the lyrics to nautical terms and kind of personalized it,” he says. The couple says it has big plans for their Cal 27 in the Marina del Rey boat parade. Besides the original music, Tina Marie will be decked out with thousands of lights. “Last year, we had in the neighborhood of 4,000-plus lights. This year, we’re adding another 1,000 lights,” David Smith says. He says he and his wife plan to set an eight-foot-tall Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman and a Christmas tree on the boat. The couple says it...

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