Neighborhood Preparedness Program; LAPD Boosters; Senator Feinstein to speak

Westchester’s 13-year-old Babe Ruth Baseball All-Stars have been mowing their way through the competition and have advanced to the Babe Ruth World Series in Jamestown, New York.

Playing in the Pacific Southwest Regional Tournament in Richfield, Utah, the team trounced Utah 26-0 in the opening round and went on to defeat teams from Bakersfield and Vallejo to advance.

The World Series will be held at Russell E. Diethrick, Jr. Park in Jamestown, New York August 16th through 23rd and features a series of other festivities, including a home run contest, in addition to the games.

Westchester will open pool play on August 17th with a game against the Southwest Regional representative and will play again on August 18th, 19th and 20th. When pool play is completed, the top three teams in each five-team pool will play a single elimination tournament to determine the World Series winner.

The championship game will be played on August 23rd.

Simply reaching the World Series tournament is a tremendous accomplishment. Congratulations to all team members Hans Hansen, Jeff Elliot, Javier Tamayo, Matt Ronay, Khalil Denson, Rigo Perez, Chris Gutierrez, Mike Brown, Skylar Blocker, Eric Gronhagan, Ben McKendall, T.J. Buckley, Mike Pagan and Ashton Edior, as well as manager Hector Zamora and coaches Josh Fernandez and Chris Lynch.

CITY’S AMBASSADOR PROGRAM — The City of Los Angeles Neighborhood Preparedness Ambassador Program is a program designed for residents and neighborhood groups to discuss the potential impacts of disaster and the importance of individual and neighborhood emergency plans and procedures.

Preparing our neighborhoods is no longer one person’s, one department’s or even one city’s responsibility. It takes a united effort of government, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, neighborhoods, neighborhood blocks and individual households.

It is everyone’s responsibility to prepare his or herself and then take initiative to engage others around them to be prepared, too.

To foster this spirit of preparedness and readiness, the City of Los Angeles Emergency Operations Organization sponsors a three-part series, train-the-trainer program. This series offers participants an opportunity to get involved in the city’s emergency preparedness program. The presenters will include the Los Angeles Fire Department, American Red Cross, Department on Disabilities, Operation HOPE, Department of Mental Health, Department of Animal Services, Department of Recreation and Parks, Los Angeles Police Department and others.

Training for this unique program is provided by the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on three consecutive Saturdays, September 27th, October 4th, and October 11th, in the Community Room at Fire Station No. 5, 8900 Emerson Ave. in Westchester.

The classes are free, but space is limited.

To sign up, please contact Mona Curry, mona.curry@la or call (213) 473-9921.

FEINSTEIN TO SPEAK TO CHAMBER — United States Senator Dianne Feinstein is scheduled to speak to the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, August 19th.

Feinstein will address housing issues, global warming, gas prices, transportation and LAX aviation issues. She has also agreed to answer questions after her Congressional Update. This is a great opportunity to ask the senator questions on issues that affect our communities and businesses.

The event will begin with registration at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon, at The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5400 W. Century Blvd., in Westchester. Tickets are available for $45 per person and tables of ten are available for $450.

To purchase seats, the Chamber office, (310) 645-5151.

LAPD BOOSTERS MUSICAL MYSTERY — The Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Area Boosters Association will hold a Musical Mystery and Dinner Show on Saturday, August 23rd, at the Marina del Rey Hotel, 13534 Bali Way in Marina del Rey.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails (no-host bar), appetizers and a silent auction, followed at 7 p.m. by the dinner and show.

Tickets are $75 per person, and proceeds will go to benefit Boosters programs, including the Pacific Area Deputy Auxiliary Police (DAP) and Explorer programs.

The mystery show includes a four-course dinner and an evening of comedy, craziness, ’40s music and mystery as the crowd follows the exploits of the Rumsfelds ñÝa family doing its best to capitalize on Alma Rumsfeld’s “first runner-up” finish in the 1947 Miss America contest.

To purchase tickets, Jann Brauer, (310) 822-0074, or