Author: The Argonaut

West Nile virus information drive begins

The state wants Californians to have more information about the mosquito-borne West Nile virus. There have been 11 human cases of West Nile virus — but no fatalities — in California this year. The virus is expected to become a very serious health threat in the state as mosquito season heats up this summer, says Deborah Bass, Mosquito and Vector Control public relations committee chair. Last year the virus killed 264 people and sickened nearly ten thousand others in the U.S., she said. The Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California launched a statewide public service announcement campaign last week featuring actress Lindsey Wagner — television’s “Bionic Woman.” In TV and radio announcements, Wagner urges Californians to “fight the bite” and West Nile virus by dumping standing water so mosquitoes can’t breed and spread the disease. “Our local mosquito control agencies are hard at work protecting public health, but the proposed state budget cuts our funding by 25 percent this year and next,” Bass said. “Like never before, we need residents to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds and contact their mosquito district when they have mosquito problems or questions,” said Bass. Information, (877)...

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Boating Calendar

Saturday July 10th WOMEN ON THE WATER/WOMEN AT THE HELM — For One Design, Performance Handicap Racing Fleet; sponsored by Women’s Sailing Association, (310) 397-8585; South Bay Yacht Racing Club; Marina Venice Yacht Club, (310) 822-9082, Sunday July 11th WOMEN ON THE WATER/WOMEN AT THE HELM — Day 2 of two-day event; see above, Saturday, July 10th. Friday July 16th SUNDOWN SERIES — Sundown Race 3; for Performance Handicap Racing Fleet and Cruiser Class; Del Rey Yacht Club, 13900 Palawan Way, (310) 823-4664; Saturday July 17th MALIBU AND RETURN — For Performance Handicap Racing Fleet and Cruiser Class; Dave Wall Series 2; Pacific Single Sailing Association, (818) 952-0053. HOWARD ABEL TROPHY — Predicted Log racing; Marina Venice Yacht Club, 4333 Admiralty Way, (310) 822-9082, Sunday July 18th JENNIFER DIAMOND REGATTA — For Performance Handicap Racing Fleet and One Design Class; Del Rey Yacht Club, 13900 Palawan Way, (310) 823-4664; Saturday July 24th ONE DESIGN WEEKEND — For One Design; Day 1 of two-day; South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club, 13445 Mindanao Way, (310) 306-2787; CATALINA 38 NATIONALS — For Catalina 38s; Day 1 of 2-day; Del Rey Yacht Club, 13900 Palawan Way, (310) 823-4664; LELAND CUP — Predicted Log races; Santa Monica Bay Power Fleet; Marina Venice Yacht Club, 4333 Admiralty Way, (310) 822-9082; COWAN TROPHY — Predicted Log races; South Monica Bay...

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Man found dead in 1300 block of Sixth St.

A body of a man was found dead in the 1300 block of Sixth Street in Santa Monica around 6 a.m. Wednesday, June 30th, according to Santa Monica police, who were called to the area at 5:52 a.m. on a report of suspicious circumstances. Officers believe the man was a victim of an assault. The Los Angeles County coroner’s officer will determine the exact cause of death. The victim’s identity had not been released, pending notification of the next of kin. The victim was described as in his mid-30s, African American, and alleged by police to be a transient. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Santa Monica Police Department Robbery-Homicide Department, (310) 458-8451, or the watch commander, (310) 458-8426. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can do so by calling The We-Tip national hotline at (800) 782-7463...

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President’s director of Faith-Based Initiatives visits St. Joseph Ctr.

The director of President Bush’s Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Jim Towey came to the St. Joseph Center in Venice to serve hot meals to 100 homeless men, women and children at the center Bread & Cafe Friday, June 18th. Representatives of the Faith-Based center in Washington, D.C. visited St. Joseph Center last November and called the Venice center “a model of innovative and comprehensive human services provided by faith-based social agencies in Los Angeles County,” according to Rhonda Meister, St. Joseph Center executive director. “I’ve never seen anything like this before and it’s great,” Towey said during his visit to the St. Joseph Center. Towey brought his nine-year-old son Joe to help serve meals. “The sense of community at the Cafe and the gratitude of the clients is tremendous,” Towey added. “What an honor it is to be recognized for our years of work on behalf of working poor families and homeless persons,” Meister said. “Our programs will certainly benefit from the support of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives,” she added. St. Joseph Center provides emergency services, childcare, case management, employment training and senior services to more than 8,000 annually. Information, (310) 396-6468 or...

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Big turnout for San Diego race over July 4th weekend

— BY LYNNE HAMMETT The 37th annual Marina del Rey to San Diego Race celebrated the Fourth of July weekend in style and growth. The annual yacht race is co-sponsored by the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club (SMWYC) in the Marina and the Southwestern Yacht Club (SWYC) in San Diego. The year’s event began with an 11 a.m. start Saturday, July 3rd, off Marina del Rey. With the generous assistance of Pusser’s Rum and a lot of diligent work by the various “volunteers” to the race, this “granddaddy “of our local races enjoyed a 24 percent increase in entries from last year. In 1967, John Hammett of the then-Windjammers Yacht Club and Dr. Buford Saul of Southwestern Yacht Club — along with several others from both clubs — shared a conversation about putting together a long-distance race over the Fourth of July. There was great applause and some groans, as there were other local events on the race calendar and this additional event might impact the participation in the other events. The gentlemen sat and discussed and agreed. This event would be special, so “Let’s go for it.” And the race has survived. One year the race attracted 350 boats and you could walk across “G” Basin on boats that had been rafted. It took several hours to get the “raft” separated and the boats to the start line....

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