The Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey will hold a public counting of the ballots for its annual election of board members at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 7th, at Visitation School, 8740 Emerson Ave., Westchester.

Though the counting will be open to the public, the school can only accommodate approximately 20 people in its library, where the counting will take place.

Nevertheless, the decision to count the ballots publicly is designed to avoid any controversy about the accuracy of the election totals that have plagued previous elections.

It is expected that the Neighborhood Council election administrator, the only person allowed to touch the ballots, will be able to count the ballots and announce the winners that afternoon.

The Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey was certified by the City of Los Angeles in 2002 and held its current election over two days — Monday, April 4th, at the Westchester Woman’s Club in Westchester and Wednesday, April 6th, at the CenterPointe Club in Playa Vista.

Polls were open for eight hours each day and voters cast their ballots using Scantron forms, similar to those used to take multiple-choice tests in schools.

The Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey board of directors has 31 board positions, representing residents, business people, community volunteers and other groups in the community.

The Neighborhood Council area is divided into 15 residential districts, designed to assure that each segment of the community is well represented on the board.

The remaining 16 seats are comprised of five at-large members and a series of seats designed to encompass the widest representation of the community as possible.

In the most recent election, three-year seats were on the ballot for Residential Areas 1, 4, 7, 10 and 13, as well as two at-large seats, an income property seat, a religious seat, and a seat representing Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Candidates for four seats ran unopposed — John Ruhlen (Residential Area 7), Kathy Bartlow-Santos (Residential Area 13), David Gray (Religious seat) and Barbara Yamamoto (LAX seat).

Information on the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/

Playa del Rey, or (213) 473-7023.


The Westchester Family YMCA will receive close to $7,000 from Nike as part of an event in Culver City at the Fox Hills Mall that includes members of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Westchester Y is one of three Westside Ys sharing $20,000 from Nike.

Twenty-five basketball players from the Westchester Family YMCA participated in the Fox Hills event.

The funds will go to the YMCA’s Junior Lakers and Junior Sparks programs —Ýone of the Westchester Family YMCAs most popular youth sports programs.

The programs currently serve more than 800 young athletes in the Westchester area.

“The kids had a blast meeting Kobe and the rest of the Lakers, and the best part is that the money donated by Nike will go to a great cause,” said Anthony D. Brisco, Westchester Family YMCA program director of youth and adult sports.

“Our Junior Lakers-Sparks program takes kids from the ages of five to 18 and teaches them about the fundamentals of basketball and the importance of teamwork with an emphasis on good sportsmanship,” he said.

Information about the Junior Lakers-Sparks program, (310) 670-4316.

EDDY AWARDS — For the 22nd year, the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce will recognize the outstanding contributions of teachers at local schools during the annual Teacher Eddy Awards Dinner at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 17th, at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport, 5711 Century Blvd. Westchester.

Teachers at schools from the elementary through the university level will be honored.

The event will also recognize the 2005 Friends of Education, selected from the business and education community for their support of education in Westchester, Playa del Rey and Marina del Rey.

“This is our version of the Oscars for our teachers,” said event chair Gwen Vuchsas.

“Teachers seldom get the recognition they deserve, but we want them to know how special they are,” she said.

Each teacher will receive a crystal Eddy Award funded by Playa Vista. Teachers and principals will also be eligible for a series of prizes at the event.

Dinner tickets are $30 and can be reserved by calling the chamber, (310) 645-5151.

Last year’s event drew more than 500 people, so be sure to mark your calendars and make your reservations now.


Registration is now open for the First Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Tennis Classic and Dinner Auction Monday, May 16th, at Mountain Gate Country Club in Sepulveda Pass.

For its inaugural year, both men’s and women’s doubles participants will be grouped by level of play and receive an on-site coach for the afternoon.

There will be an additional competition court for families, including children.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the LMU Tennis Center.

Information, Jamie Sanchez at (310) 338-7506 or

Registrations must be received by Friday, April 15th, so be sure to get your spot early.