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Skater Scott Hamilton to be honored at dinner by Jennifer Diamond Foundation

Scott Hamilton, Olympic Gold ice skating medallist, four-time World Champion, and cancer survivor will be honored by the Jennifer Diamond Foundation in Marina del Rey Saturday, July 24th. The foundation assists people afflicted with cancer and will honor Hamilton at the Second Annual Jennifer Diamond Celebrity Sailboat Regatta dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 24th, at the Marina del Rey Marriott Hotel. Musical entertainment will be provided by The Tokens. Veteran disc jockey and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honoree Lee Marshall will be master of ceremonies. Singer Neil Diamond is scheduled to attend. The Jennifer Diamond Foundation was created by her parents, Harvey and Alice Diamond, in memory of their daughter who died from appendiceal carcinoma in 2002. The goal of the foundation is to help people in their fight against all forms of cancer. Net proceeds from the event will go to research, education and outreach programs. Information, (310) 551-0800 or www.JenniferDiamond...

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Lots happening these days in and near Venice

There have been a lot of things happening in the Venice area over the past few weeks. One of the most inspiring was the lighting of the Olympic torch by Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn in the hands of actor Sly Stallone. The crowd was cheering and excited that the cross-country run started at our own Venice Beach. The “Beach Toys” and the LMU (Loyola Marymount University) Choir provided the entertainment, but the focus was on the torch and all that is to come. SUMMER FUN FOR KIDS —Speaking of Mayor Hahn, I hope that everyone has been listening to his daily announcements on K-BIG 104 FM during the past week. Each day around 7 a.m., he has been telling us where to take our children for fun in the city park system. He started with Carrillo Beach Pier for fishing in San Pedro and then moved on to the Benjamin Franklin Library with Teen Screen, a program that teaches teens about making films. Next, he mentioned cooling off at the splash pads, which allow kids to run through fountains and other waters in parks without pools, and today he discussed the Griffith Park Zoo and the Destination Dinosaur exhibit. You can find out about these and other available activities provided by the City of Los Angeles at www.laparks.org. VENICE-MARINA ROTARY — The Venice Marina Rotary Club held a...

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The following is compiled from reports of the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station.

BURGLARY The following items were taken in Marina del Rey burglaries: silverware valued at $1,500 and platters valued at $500 in the 14000 block of Tahiti Way between March and June; and a television set valued at $1,800 between 5 p.m. Friday, June 18th, and 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 23rd, in the 4600 block of Admiralty Way. GRAND THEFT An outboard motor valued at $6,800 was taken in the 13500 block of Bali Way between 3 p.m. Friday, June 25th, and 1 p.m. Sunday, June 27th. PETTY THEFT A bicycle valued at $258.58 was taken in the 4400 block of Admiralty Way between 5 and 8 p.m. Sunday, June 27th. VANDALISM A Lexus was scratched in the 4100 block of Via Marina between 2 p.m. Monday, June 21st, and 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 22nd. Damage was estimated at...

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SM College optimistic its enrollment will rebound to avoid big funding loss

Officials at Santa Monica College are optimistic that enrollment at the college will rebound by spring to avoid a cut in state funding that could be as high as $10 million. During fiscal year 2003-04, which concluded at the end of June, the college lost between 7,000 and 7,500 students, according to Tom Donner, college vice president of business and admissions. The state mandates that a college must regain its lost enrollment or lose state funding. Donner linked the student enrollment losses to a cut in college revenues and a need for drastic expenditure cuts during the previous 2003-04 fiscal year. Donner pointed to three issues that hurt the college. 1. The college was locked into multi-year contracts with its employees and under collective bargaining mandates, the college could not reduce employee costs without union participation. 2. The state changed the contribution that the college district had to make; and 3. Uncontrolled increases in health and benefit costs for employees skyrocketed during the fiscal year. While the ability to cut costs was limited, revenues for the college also declined during the fiscal year. The college was forced to move funds from unrestricted accounts to areas where the college had little or no flexibility in how the money was spent. Donner said college district trustees soon realized that the college district wasn’t going to be able to balance its budget...

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on the agenda

The City of Los Angeles Planning Commission is scheduled to meet to discuss Playa Vista’s Phase II – “The Village at Playa Vista,” at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, July 8th, at City Hall Council Chambers, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 340. Information, www.lacity.org/pln The Del Rey Neighborhood Council Board of Directors is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 8th, at the Westchester Municipal Building Community Room, 7166 Manchester Ave., Westchester. The Santa Monica Landmarks Commission is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday, July 12th, in the Santa Monica City Council Chambers, 1685 Main St., Room 213, Santa Monica. Information, (310) 458-8411. The Mar Vista Community Council is scheduled to host a Safety and Security Information Fair and Neighborhood/Zone Director Receptions at the MVCC quarterly stakeholder meeting, 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 13th, at the Mar Vista Park Auditorium, 11430 Woodbine Ave., Mar Vista. Information, www.MarVistaCC.org The County Small Craft Harbor Commission is scheduled to meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 14th, in the Burton Chace Park Community Building, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, to consider: a discussion of regular reports, including a report from the Marina Sheriff’s Station on crime statistics in the Marina, and enforcement of the seaworthy and liveaboard sections of the county harbor ordinance; and from staff members, a report on special events upcoming in the Marina and on county beaches; a discussion of...

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