Author: The Argonaut

First phase of RAND study addresses short-term speedy improvements

The first phase of a study by the RAND Corporation on improving Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) security and reducing the impact of a potential terrorist attack at LAX has been unveiled. The first phase of the study calls for a security analysis of LAX and recommends short-term security improvements that could be adopted during the next two years. “We know that LAX is a major terrorist target, which is why I am committed to working with partners such as RAND to enhance our efforts to improve security at LAX for the hundreds of thousands of passengers, employees and visitors who pass through the airport every day,” said Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn. The RAND report concludes that speeding up passenger check-in at terminal curbside and in the airline ticketing lobbies and processing passengers more quickly through the security screening stations are the most cost-effective and short-term measures available to improve security and reduce the impact of a terrorist attack. The study will be made available to Los Angeles City Council members as the council weighs its decision on the proposed LAX Master Plan. “RAND’s security study provides LAWA and other decision-makers with information and analysis necessary to assess the threats facing LAX and its vulnerabilities to those threats,” said Los Angeles City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski. In the second phase of the analysis, RAND plans to review specific projects...

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St. Joseph Center student serves at Farmers Market

Culinary students at the St. Joseph Center in Venice are getting some hands-on experience from some of the region’s top chefs and leading restaurants. St. Joseph culinary student Ardalur Atkins is the latest student to receive elbow-rubbing food preparation and serving tips from a well-known local restaurant. Atkins helped serve up Border Grill delights at a recent Santa Monica Farmers Market. Atkins was all smiles as he found himself between Border Grill chef Raquel Naranjo and Border Grill manager Christine Staggs, helping prepare and serve Border Grill outdoor “modern Mexican” delights at the outdoor Farmers Market. “I love the people in the food industry,” Atkins said, “the managers, the chefs, the customers. “There is such positive energy. “And I believe that once you set your goal, you must follow your dream.” Atkins’ dream is to start a soul food restaurant “that everyone can afford.” Atkins’ experience with the Border Grill was not the first time the restaurant has shared its expertise with culinary students at the St. Joseph Center. During the past three years, the Border Grill has opened its kitchen doors to two tours of its restaurant for the culinary training students. Last year, the students got to attend a media lunch prepared by 20 top chefs in a program called “Share Our Strength.” The students met with community activists and got to taste the dishes featured in...

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Holiday Boat Parade will expand to second day

For the first time, the annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade will be expanded to a second day and held on Friday and Saturday evenings, December 10th and 11th. The Friday evening boat parade will be run between 7 and 9 p.m. and the Saturday evening boat parade between 6 and 8 p.m. Traditional fireworks that annually noted the beginning of the boat parade will be shot off the south jetty at 5:55 p.m. Saturday. As in previous years, the parade boats will be judged on Saturday evening. The theme for this year’s boat parade is “Sights and Sounds of the Holidays.” The parade boats will circle the Marina main channel several times on each of the two nights. “We wanted to try something different this year,” said Cindy Williams, boat parade president. “For people who are not able to attend the Saturday parade, this will give them another opportunity to enjoy the parade,” she said. Extending the boat parade to a second night will also give boaters participating in the parade an extra night to show off their lights and decorations, she said. The entry fee for the boat parade is $25 for individual and family boats. “There is also a “two for one” deal going on, where past participants’ entry fees will be waived when they bring in a boater who hasn’t entered the boat parade...

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Hannon Foundation helps St. Jerome School get new campus communications system

The William H. Hannon Foundation — founded by the late Catholic philanthropist and real estate developer William H. Hannon — has provided a $30,000 matching grant to St. Jerome School in Westchester for an integrated telecommunications system. The SBC-installed system will provide a telephone in each classroom, with voicemail and announcement capabilities. For the first time, the telephone system will link the school building with six other buildings on the property. Prior to the installation of the phone system, St. Jerome School relied on a few incoming phone lines, did not have telephone access in each classroom and used a walkie-talkie system for communication across the property. “Without the help of the William H. Hannon Foundation this phone system would not have been possible,” said St. Jerome School principal Sr. Donna Anne Bachman. “Our school is now a safer place with phones in every classroom and our new outdoor public address system as well as our ability to connect with the church, gym and other buildings on our property with just the push of a button,” she said. “This was a special donation. My late uncle and our foundation have supported St. Jerome School for the last 14 years,” said Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead, William H. Hannon Foundation president. “And today, one of our director’s children, Katherine Herbst, attends first grade at St. Jerome. “We enjoy our special connection to...

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Shots fired in 2400 block of Virginia Avenue

Several shots were fired in the 2400 block of Virginia Avenue, behind Edison Elementary School in Santa Monica, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 28th, according to the Santa Monica Police Department. A 16-year-old boy suffered an injury and was treated by paramedics responding to the scene. The injured boy suffered a laceration to his face and told police he was injured when he ran to safety. No one else was injured. Santa Monica police are searching for what they describe as two male Hispanic suspects. One of the suspects is described as being in his 20s, with a thin build. The suspects’ vehicle is described as a dark gray compact car. A town hall meeting discussing the shooting, was held Monday, October 4th, at Edison Elementary School. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Santa Monica Police Robbery/Homicide Unit, (310) 458-8451 or the watch commander at (310) 458-8426. Callers who wish to provide anonymous information may also call the We-Tip national hotline at (800)...

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