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Chamber installation was ‘Lance Lipscomb Night’

It was “Lance Lipscomb Night” at the annual installation dinner of the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce Friday, June 18th. The black-tie affair was held at the Marina del Rey Marriott Hotel. Lipscomb, owner of the LAX Travelodge Hotel and a longtime supporter of education, received the Fritz B. Burns Outstanding Community Service and Leadership Award. Lipscomb contributed the $5,000 award to seven of his favorite community organizations. Lipscomb was also honored by outgoing chamber president David Voss with the Jim Bunch Spirit Award — an award named for Lipscomb’s late partner who served as chamber president before his death in 2000. “There can be no more perfect match between an award winner and the award than this one,” said Voss. “After Jim’s passing, Lance was encouraged to become more involved in the chamber and he quickly became instrumental in the success of the Education Committee in particular. “What makes Lance so special is his ability to see the good in everyone and everything and to infuse the room with a positive energy that makes anyone he touches filled with enthusiasm and excitement for the task ahead. “With his cowboy hat and boots, he stands out in any crowd — not for what he wears but because he makes everyone he deals with simply feel good. “There can be no higher praise of character than that.” But the...

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Community Calendar

Friday, June 18th MEDICATIONS — UCLA Healthcare hosts a lecture on how to buy, store and properly take medications, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Santa Monica Place Mall Community Room, Broadway and Fourth Street, Santa Monica. Free. Information, (800) 516-5323. Saturday, June 19th BOOK SALE — The Mar Vista Branch Library hosts a book sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, 12006 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. Free admission. Information, (310) 390-3454. AQUATIC CENTER — The UCLA Marina Aquatic Center hosts an open house, 5 to 9 p.m. at the Aquatic Center, 14001 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. Free. Information, (310) 823-0048. Monday, June 21st LOW BACK PAIN — Dr. Langston Holly will discuss common causes of lower back pain, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center Cafeteria Conference Room, 1250 16th St., Santa Monica. Free. Information, (800) 516-5323. SIERRA CLUB — The Airport-Marina Group of the Sierra Club will hold a discussion of local conservation issues, including Ballona Wetlands and the LAX expansion, 7:45 p.m. at the Burton Chace Park Community Room, west end of Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. Information, (310) 398-6350. Tuesday, June 22nd DIGESTION — Wild Oats Natural Marketplace and Dr. Sandy Tang present a session on how people can restore their digestive functions naturally, 7 p.m. at the Wild Oats Natural Marketplace, 500 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Free....

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Woman who posed as att’y pleads ‘no contest’ to charges

Anita Laureen Clark pleaded no contest to ten criminal charges, including six counts of grand theft, in a settlement reached with prosecutors in Santa Monica Superior Court Tuesday, June 8th. The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office had filed a total of 46 counts against Clark in a paralegal fraud scheme involving 35 different alleged victims. The city alleged that Clark posed as an attorney and bilked dozens of “clients” out of nearly $50,000. In other cases, the city alleged that Clark said she was a paralegal, but then performed “attorney services” and performed those services “incompetently.” As a result, the “consequences” were “disastrous” for the victims in their divorce, immigration and bankruptcy cases, the city alleged. Two of the victims had allegedly paid Clark more than $7,000 each. “This case sends a clear message to consumers with legal problems,” said deputy city attorney Adam Radinsky. “If you try to save money by hiring a non-attorney, beware. They are breaking the law if they perform lawyer-like services without a supervising attorney,” Radinsky said. Clark was released from Los Angeles County Jail Tuesday, June 8th, after being locked up for 33 days for violating the terms of her bail. She was released after paying an initial $5,000 to the City Attorney’s Office to go towards the victims’ restitution. Clark’s sentence includes: – five years of formal probation; – three years in...

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Berger/Jones/Stein and King of Spain races fill Santa Monica Bay

The Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce would have been proud. It was the kind of weekend that vacation brochures write about and why Southern California — especially Marina del Rey — is experiencing a booming housing market. Where else would you want to live? Or vacation? If you were lucky enough to know someone with a boat or if you have one of your own, this was the weekend to go sailing (or motoring, if you must). On Saturday, June 12th, shorts and T-shirts were the uniform of the day as cruising and racing boats headed out the Marina main channel. Not everyone was racing. There were quite a number of women’s teams out practicing for the upcoming Women On Water! (WOW!) Regatta coming Saturday and Sunday, July 10th and 11th. Out in the bay, California Yacht Club was putting on its annual King of Spain Regatta for the International Star class. Del Rey Yacht Club and Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club were starting one of the two concluding races of the William Berger and Mac Jones Performance Handicap racing Fleet and the Ocean Racing Catamaran Associations (PHRF/ORCA) and the Bill Stein Cruiser races. At their start, the Berger/Jones/Stein group — ten classes in all — encountered the beginnings of whitecaps signifying nine or so knots of breeze for their 36-nautical mile race to Catalina Island. Actually, the...

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Third-grader wins poetry contest

Third-grader Andrew Weitz of Westchester has been honored by the Weekly Reader for submitting a poem it describes as “one of the ten best in the nation” in a nationwide contest that saw over a thousand submissions. “The contest gave students a great opportunity to express themselves through poetry,” said Weekly Reader Edition 3 associated editor Rachelle Kreisman. “We received so many wonderful poems. It wasn’t easy choosing the top ten.” The winning students are having their work published on the Weekly Reader Web site, and will receive T-shirts and copies of the World Almanac for Kids. Andrew’s poem follows: Spring Spring is the season when petals of love bloom with redeeming grace, because in the flowers, there’s a sweet nectar, which holds a generous, forgiving...

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