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Santa Monica: SM Chamber to install Eddie Guerboian and other board members

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce will install Eddie Guerboian as new chairman, as well as the 2005-2006 board of directors, during the chamber’s 80th installation dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2nd, at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica. Guerboian represents Readers Fine Jewelers. Also installed during the event will be directors: – Desmond Acheson, Fairmont Miramar Hotel; – Roy Almeida, First Federal Bank of California; – Kristina Andresen, AIA, Andresen Associates; – John M. Bohn, Acceptors Incorporated; – William H. Crookston, WHC Associates; – Laverne Davis, Verizon; – Bill Dawson, Sullivan-Dituri Company Realtors; – Thomas Donner, Santa Monica College; – Tim Dubois, Hotel Casa del Mar; – Aurelia Freeman, SBC; – Bob Gabriel, Bob Gabriel Company Insurance; -Shawn Gracey, Le Merigot, a JW Marriott Beach Hotel & Spa; -Jean Huber, Santa Monica Place; – Iao Katagiri, RAND Corporation; – Brenda Katz, W.I. Simonson Incorporated, Mercedes-Benz; – Jim Keyes, Muselli Commercial Realtors; – Jeff King, Ocean Avenue Seafood; – Rae Lamothe, Esq., Rae Lamothe, attorney; – Bruce Lamoureux, Saint John’s Health Center; – Thomas R. Larmore, Harding, Larmore, Mullen, Jakle, Kutcher & Kozal LLP; – Rick Lopez, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios Incorporated; – Jean McNeil Wyner, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center; – Tom Neary, Morley Builders; – Rose Nordbrock, Bolton & Company; – Sharon O’Rourke, The Gas Company; – Graham R. Pope, CPA, Pope and Associates; – Mary...

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Patrol boat, helicopter, Bert the Camel planned at Sheriff’s Station event Sat.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Marina del Rey Station will host an open house between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4th, at the station, 13851 Fiji Way, in Marina del Rey. Admission is free. There will be guided tours of the station, rides in Harbor Patrol boats and a live demonstration by the Marina del Rey Elite Dive Team. A department helicopter and other equipment will also be on display. Bert, a camel used by the department for community relations purposes, will make an appearance for photo opportunities with children. Also for children will be Bert the Camel coloring books, trading cards, stickers and pens. Face painting is among the planned activities for youngsters. Information, (310)...

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Liberty Hill Foundation gives $250,000 in grants

Liberty Hill Foundation, based in Santa Monica, has awarded $250,000 to 11 organizations that address issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. “Talk about pride,” said Torie Osborn, Liberty Hill Foundation executive director, “this year, we gave away more money than ever to amazing Los Angeles (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) groups. “Year by year, we are expanding equality.” Liberty Hill provided grants to grassroots community organizations that provide a variety of services, ranging from street theater to rehabilitation for gay inmates. The grants are called the “2005 Lesbian and Gay Community Fund...

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Airport expects 18.5 million passengers this summer

This summer Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is expecting approximately 18.5 million passengers — including a record number of international passengers — to pass through LAX, airport officials say. During the first quarter of this year, LAX set a new record for international passenger traffic, and airport officials expect the record pace to continue through the summer travel season. This year’s summer travel season began Friday, May 27th, and continues through Labor Day, Monday, September 5th. During the summer travel season at LAX, international passenger traffic is predicted to reach a record 5.1 million, a ten percent increase from last summer, airport officials said. The airport’s summer record of 4.9 million international passengers was set in 2001. “Low airfares and a weak U.S. dollar, which encourages more foreign travelers to visit the U.S., are combining to make the summer of 2005 extremely busy for the nearly 80 passenger airlines serving LAX,” said Kim Day, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, the City of Los Angeles agency that operates LAX and other city airports. “Passenger terminals are sure to be crowded and flights running full throughout the summer,” she added. The 18.5 million passengers expected to pass through LAX this summer represent an increase of about one million passengers over the same period last year. The airport record for summer travel was set in 2001 when 19 million passengers...

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Bill Rosendahl announces staff for new council post

Local Los Angeles councilman-elect Bill Rosendahl has named Mike Bonin as his chief of staff, Margaret Hasheminejad as his executive assistant, Aaron Gross as his deputy chief of staff and Norman Kulla as his senior counsel. Rosendahl will assume the Los Angeles City Council District 11 seat Friday, July 1st. Bonin served in the same role for former Los Angeles Councilwoman Ruth Galanter and headed Rosendahl’s successful election campaign. Gross will be responsible for coordinating Rosendahl’s legislative portfolio and managing the new councilman’s City Hall office, among other duties. He is a veteran of city government, having worked at City Hall and on the Westside for city attorney Rocky Delgadillo, and councilwomen Cindy Miscikowski and Galanter. In his various city government posts, Gross has served as a field deputy, a legislative deputy, an assistant planning deputy, a caseworker, and a bureaucratic troubleshooter. Like Rosendahl, he is also a trained social worker and most recently served as Rosendahl’s deputy campaign manager. Kulla, an attorney, will handle special projects, including budget analysis, formation of the 11th District Empowerment Congress, and transportation issues. He is the chairman of the Pacific Palisades Community Council and is active with the Pacific Palisades Optimist Club. Kulla is currently an investment advisor with Morton Capitol Management, chair of the Accounting & Audit Committee of the Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts (LASFA) and teaches behavioral finance...

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