Author: The Argonaut

Council okays $2.2 million

contract for environmental assessment, remediation BY ANITA VARGHESE The Santa Monica City Council authorized the city manager to negotiate and execute contracts worth approximately $2.2 million to ICF Consulting for environmental assessment and remediation services. Council members agreed Tuesday, November 9th, to enter into three contracts with the environmental consulting firm to assess and clean up city-operated fueling facilities and underground storage tanks at the City Yards, Big Blue Bus Yard and Santa Monica Municipal Airport. “As a result of these fueling operations, spills and leaks have occurred in the past, which require assessment and cleanup,” said Craig Perkins, city Environmental and Public Works Management Department director. “At each of these sites, remediation systems have been installed and are currently in operation,” Perkins said. Consulting services amount to $804,516 at the City Yards, $1,273, 977 at the Big Blue Bus Yard and $157,228 at the Santa Monica Municipal Airport. The contracts also include a 15 percent contingency fee. “A contingency of this amount is recommended due to the variable nature of environmental investigatory and remediation activities, whereby changes in field conditions, contaminant distribution and regulatory requirements often compel immediate response by the city,” Perkins said. City staff proposed that the contracts be in effect for two years with a third-year option to renew. A committee consisting of representatives from the city Environmental and Public Works Management, Big Blue Bus...

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Benefit cruise Saturday for 11-month-old girl

A fundraising cruise to assist in the medical needs of an 11-month-old girl is planned by the girl’s aunt, Cheryl Appleman, between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, November 13th, aboard the Shoreliner boat in Marina del Rey. Hailey Cayo was born in December 2003 with a severe heart condition called Ebstein’s anomaly, which carries with it a high mortality rate. The child underwent life-saving heart surgery when she was three days old and has had two more heart surgeries and many corrective surgeries. Hailey remained hospitalized for the first eight months of her life and has only recently gone home. Hailey has a tracheostomy connected to a ventilator and requires daily medical supervision, Appleman says. “Hailey is getting stronger all the time,” her aunt says. “She is beautiful, so alert and happy. “She is a survivor.” Local businesses have donated prizes and services, which will be raffled off during the cruise. Event tickets are a $30 cash donation per person. Live acoustic music by the local band nNeptep is planned. Boarding will begin at 4 p.m. at Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. Information and reservations, Cheryl Appleman, (310)...

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Ninth-graders volunteer at St. Joseph Ctr.

Six ninth-graders from the National Charity League of Los Angeles Ticktockers celebrated pre-Halloween Thursday, October 28th, at the St. Joseph Center in Venice by making decorations, helping with homework and sharpening literacy and computer skills after school. “This is a new group of high school girls who are volunteering at the center on a grassroots level,” said Maria Alderete, St. Joseph Center coordinator of volunteers. “And they have already worked with the children by putting on a production of The Wizard of Oz for the family center’s parents and children.” The National Charity League is a nonprofit organization of mothers and daughters involved in community projects. League volunteers have provided childcare, served meals, mentored elementary school children, painted faces at the center annual Christmas parties and painted a mural at the St. Joseph infant toddler development center. St. Joseph Center assists more than 7,000 working poor and homeless men, women, and children each year. The center’s goal is to help these people achieve self-sufficiency through various programs at the...

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East LA’s Self Help Graphics brings Mexi-Chicano printmaking to SM

Self Help Graphics & Art, a printmaking studio and resource for artists, will bring the style and vision of East Los Angeles Chicano/Mexicano art to Santa Monica through the art program at Crossroads School. Innovation/Collaboration: Prints from Self Help Graphics, an exhibit with limited edition prints by 16 artists, opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 17th, at the Sam Francis Gallery at Crossroads School, 1714 21st St., Santa Monica. Admission is free. The selected prints were made through Self Help’s Printmaking Atelier program, which has provided training, materials and a facility to about 200 artists to become heavily engaged in silkscreen printmaking. Printmaking Atelier has been Self Help’s most successful and well-known program, according to Self Help, and is intended to encourage the development of professional careers among its artist participants. Self Help Graphics & Art started with a small group of artists working out of a garage in East Los Angeles in the early 1970s and was dedicated to creating art that reflected the cultural values and spirit of the local Chicano community. It’s mission is to foster and encourage the empowerment of local Chicano/Latino artists; to present Chicano/Latino art to a wide audience through its programs and services; and to promote the cultural heritage and contribution of Chicano art and artists to contemporary America, according to the group. Self Help has its own on-site...

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Pro basketball player, coach Bill Sharman named grand marshal of Holiday Boat Parade

Former professional basketball player Bill Sharman will serve as grand marshal for the 42nd annual Marina del Rey Holiday parade at 6 p.m. Saturday, December 11th. Sharman will join the Los Angeles Laker Girls on the grand marshal’s boat, Chelsea II, which, along with the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Halibut, will begin the two-hour parade down the Marina main channel. A fireworks show at 5:55 p.m. will be the official kickoff of the 6 p.m. boat parade. “We’re thrilled that Bill Sharman will take the helm as grand marshal,” said Cindy Williams, boat parade president. “Bill Sharman is an NBA (National Basketball Association) legend and we feel very honored to have him on board as part of our Holiday Boat Parade,” Williams said. Sharman’s basketball career began in high school and continued to the University of Southern California, where he was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame. He played for the NBA Washington Capitols for one year, then spent ten years with the Boston Celtics, where he played on four championship teams. In 1961, he retired as a player and began a coaching career that included one season coaching the Lakers. He then became the Laker general manager and team president from 1982 to 1988. He is currently a special consultant to the Lakers. As a player, coach, general manager and consultant, Sharman has 15 NBA championship rings....

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