Author: helgagendell

Airport officials discuss design guidelines for LAX Northside Plan

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) officials recently held an introductory workshop for urban design guidelines regarding the plan for 340 acres of land north of Los Angeles International Airport. The LAX Northside Plan project that is proposed to encompass mixed-use space such as retail, hotel and office space, community/civic space, education/research/office space, open recreation space and a buffer. The property is north of Westchester Parkway, running from Pershing Drive in Playa del Rey to the east, at Sepulveda Boulevard in Westchester. Other than Los Angeles Fire Station No. 5 on Emerson Avenue, a childcare center for airport employees and the Westchester Golf Course, the land under consideration for development is vacant. LAX Northside Project Manager Lisa Trifiletti told community stakeholders attending the meeting that development is governed by the LAX Plan and the LAX Specific Plan, which established the zoning regulations and development standards. The Specific Plan requires that development comply with design and development standards written in the 1980s, and those standards haven’t received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval, don’t reflect current best-practice standards in sustainability and urban design, and don’t respond to current community and LAWA interests, nor to market conditions, she said. Trifiletti said the goal is to get initial input from local residents to gather their comments on what they want and don’t want to see in the development so that the draft environmental impact...

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Marina Affairs Committee receives update on various development projects in Marina del Rey

Gary Jones, deputy director of the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors Asset Management and Planning Bureau, provided updates on Marina del Rey development projects to the Marina Affairs Committee during its annual tour of the harbor on the Hornblower charter boat June 20. Jones began by recounting that the California Coastal Commission approved an aggregate amendment for several Marina projects in November that would also provide recreational and public areas. Transient docks will be replaced at Burton Chace Park and the peninsula, extending the park to the bulkhead and providing public amenities and more capacity to complement the long-term goal of the department. The Boat House at the park is being retrofitted for seismic and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance . The county took over part of Parcel 44 along Admiralty Way and Parcel 77 on Mindanao Way to improve docks alongside the park. Parcel 47, a county-operated marina at G Basin on Mindanao Way will undergo anchorage expansion with boat slips in a mixture of sizes, modern amenities, upgraded power and pump-outs. The property contains the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club and is on a short-term lease. The parcel will be completely redeveloped with improved amenities, and the yacht club will be shared by members and the public. Slip rates are determined by a survey each year of surrounding marinas, according to Jones. Jones said...

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LAPD car and motorcycle show to support traffic safety education

The Los Angeles Police Department South Traffic division will hold its second annual “Rollin’ South Traffic Style” car and motorcycle show and traffic safety fair Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the LAPD Ahmanson Recruit Training Center, 5651 W. Manchester Ave., in Westchester. According to LAPD Officer Johnny Gil with the Community Traffic Safety Unit, “Our goal is to reach out to the immediate community and surrounding areas with this fun, family-oriented, free event.” Gil told The Argonaut that in his time spent helping to protect the community, it has become very close to his heart, and he has developed a strong sense of respect and care for the community members. “This family-oriented event and the programs it helps to fund are a great way to educate community members about the many safety programs that the LAPD operates to help keep them safe and informed,” said Gil. The event is hosted by the South Traffic Advisory Council (STAC). In addition, an “Academy to Academy Motorcycle Run” will begin at the Elysian Park Academy in Los Angeles at 9 a.m. and conclude at the Manchester Police Academy. A $30 per bike donation includes show parking and a T-shirt. “We’re expecting approximately 250 show vehicles and 80 motorcycles to be entered in this monumental event that benefits the LAPD South Bureau community safety programs, traffic safety programs serving...

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Life Beyond 50

One of the most common conditions affecting older adults is hearing loss. Approximately 36 million, or 76 percent of American adults report that they have some sort of hearing loss. Almost one-third of Americans aged 65 to 74, and approximately 47 percent of those 75 and older have hearing loss. People experiencing hearing loss may have difficulty communicating with family and friends, hearing what their doctor is telling them, and hearing doorbells, alarms, the telephone or warnings. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), men are more likely to experience hearing loss than women. Hearing loss comes in many forms. It can range from a mild loss in which a person misses certain high-pitched sounds, such as the voices of women and children, to a total hearing loss. It can be hereditary or it can result from disease, trauma, certain medications, or long-term exposure to loud noises. There are two general categories of hearing loss – sensorineural hearing loss, which is permanent and occurs when there is damage to the inner ear or the auditory nerve, and conductive hearing loss, which occurs when sound waves cannot reach the inner ear. The cause of conductive hearing loss may be earwax buildup, fluid, or a punctured eardrum. Medical or surgical treatment can usually restore conductive hearing loss, states the NIH. One form of hearing loss, presbycusis, comes on gradually as...

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Marina del Rey company assists military veterans in receiving pension benefit

Many veterans aren’t aware that they may qualify for a little-known benefit, Aid and Assistance, from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which is a need-based, tax-free pension supporting military veterans unable to pay for non-service related medical needs. Because of a great deal of misinformation or lack of knowledge on the part of well-meaning volunteers, this pension information has not been disseminated to veterans or their widows/widowers. Under Title 38 of the U.S. Code, the VA Aid and Attendance Pension is designed to provide qualified veterans and their spouses with financial benefits outside of the traditional VA residential system. This pension provides a direct, monthly, tax-free pension to help defray costs associated with whatever form of long-term care they need. According to AmeriVets, an organization that aids veterans in receiving long-term care, there is a myriad of myths and misconceptions about who qualifies and who doesn’t, and that many veterans give up after the laborious and confusing application process, misunderstood even by the individuals instrumental in reviewing these applications. James Moore of T.T.M. Productions (Things That Matter), a Marina del Rey-based Division 2 Insurance and Financial Services company, told The Argonaut that he and his partners, retired Lt. Commander Ernest Cowell and Patricia Cowell, assist veterans with their financial and other needs, and are advocates for AmeriVets. Moore and his partners offer a free, half-hour consultation for veterans,...

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