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Police allege man arrested in park had loaded gun

A man was arrested for carrying a loaded handgun in the 2100 block of Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica at 2:35 p.m. Sunday, October 31st. Santa Monica police officers were conducting a community livability check at Crescent Bay Park when they saw people smoking in the park in violation of the municipal code. A search was conducted and police allegedly recovered methamphetamine packaged for sale, and a loaded semiautomatic handgun in the suspect’s possession. John Donahue, described as a 23-year-old transient, was arrested, taken to the Santa Monica Jail and booked for possession of narcotics with the intent for sale, possession of a loaded firearm, felon in possession of a loaded firearm, and felony probation violation. No bail was...

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Seventh grade student attended Washington, DCyoung leaders conference

Samantha Straky, a Mar Vista resident and seventh-grade student at First Lutheran School of Venice, recently attended a six-day Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. Straky was one of 200 middle-school students from around the country who participated in presentations and activities that examined the impact of national leaders in history — from the struggle of independence through the current battle with...

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‘Interim’ title dropped from airport exec director Day

Kim Day has been selected to be executive director of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) — the City of Los Angeles department that operates Los Angeles International Airport and three other city-owned airports. She earlier was interim executive director. Her appointment was made by the City of Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners Thursday, October 21st. The appointment requires confirmation by Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn and the Los Angeles City Council. Day had served as interim executive director since December last year, following the resignation of former airport executive director Lydia Kennard. Day’s appointment as executive director follows a nationwide search and consideration of more than 100 candidates. “The Board of Airport Commissioners is confident that it has made an excellent choice in selecting Kim Day to lead Los Angeles World Airports,” said airport board president Cheryl Petersen. “She is extremely well qualified to lead the department as demonstrated by her accomplishments over the past year as interim executive director,” Petersen said. From November 1999 until she was named interim executive director, Day was airport deputy executive director of project and facilities development, responsible for design, construction and engineering at all four city-owned airports. Day is an architect with more than 25 years of experience in design and implementation, including aviation projects. She began her professional career in 1977 with the firm of Daniel, Mann, Johnson and Mendenhall...

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Traffic collision leaves driver in critical condition

A man — identified by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) as 56-year-old Frederick Jameson — was listed as in critical condition at a local hospital after he allegedly drove his Pontiac Grand AM into a tree at Via Marina and Marquesas Way in Marina del Rey, Tuesday, November 2nd. The Marina del Rey resident’s vehicle spun out of control, jumped the curb and hit a eucalyptus tree, which tore through the car, said CHP Officer Dan Morrison. The CHP is investigating the cause of the accident, said...

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Neoromantic concert

features pieces with lyrics of Blake and Dickinson A concert of Neoromantic compositions by David Avshalomov, fused with the poetry of Emily Dickinson and William Blake, will be performed by Avshalomov and accompanying musicians and ensemble at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 6th, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1220 Second St., Santa Monica. General admission is $15; or $10 for seniors or students. The event is the homecoming concert of a four-concert New York/Los Angeles bicoastal festival showcasing the compositions of Avshalomov. Avshalomov was born in New York, but currently lives in Los Angeles. The Santa Monica Chamber Orchestra Association is sponsoring the event. The program includes Avshalomov’s soulful Sonata Breve, in its West Coast premiere, with oboist Amelia Russo Neustadt, pianist Tali Tadmor; Around the Year, four seasonal miniatures with the Plein Air Woodwind Quintet; Sonata for Solo Harp, played by harpist Maria Casale; and Songs of Life — Songs of Death, with lyrics taken from the poetry of Emily Dickinson. The evening concludes with a group of selections from what Avshalomov considers his grandest choral vision to date, Songs of Innocence and Experience, using lyrics from 18th century British Romantic poet William Blake’s poetic and artistic work of the same name. Information, (626)...

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