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—Compiled by Gary Walker and Joe Piasecki The Getty lends a hand in Mar Vista Getty Center staff are paying a visit to Mark Twain Middle School in Mar Vista on Monday to paint two murals in the school’s main hall, revamp computer labs and do some other beautification work. J. Paul Getty Trust CEO James Cuno and about 40 of his team members are working from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Getty Community Service Day event. “What an extraordinary partner in education to have,” Mark Twain Middle School Principal Rex Patton said. But this isn’t the first time the Walgrove Avenue language magnet school has collaborated with the Getty Center. The Getty and nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826LA ran a semester-long photography and writing workshop at the school last year. “The program gave one of our eighth-grade classes in-depth experience into what it means to have a career as an artist and writer, as well as delve into theme and analysis of artistic works,” Patton said. Local Dems host candidate forums The Santa Monica Democratic Club is hosting a forum tonight in Santa Monica for Democratic congressional candidates running to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D- Beverly Hills), and the Westchester-Playa Democratic Club and LAX-Area Democratic Club are co-hosting a forum for local state Assembly candidates on Saturday in Westchester. Eight candidates are looking to...

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Woman struck by car at Lincoln and Fiji A woman who was struck by a vehicle while crossing Lincoln Boulevard at Fiji Way in Marina del Rey has survived her injuries, according to police. The victim was struck while using a crosswalk at about 3:35 p.m., Sgt. Clifford Frazier of LAPD’S West Traffic Bureau said. The incident prompted police to close off northbound lanes on Lincoln below Fiji for about an hour. Details about the victim have not been released, but LAPD officer Robert Kim said she sustained minor injuries. At press time, no charges had been filed related to the incident, according to Kim. — Gary Walker Officer hurt in drum circle skirmish A Los Angeles police officer received a minor leg injury on Sunday during a confrontation at a Venice Beach drum circle, according to police. Officers from the LAPD’s Pacific Division responded at about 7:30 p.m. to what they described as an unlawful assembly on Ocean Front Walk. Numerous people among a crowd of about 400 who had gathered to watch a drum circle did not follow orders to disperse, LAPD officer Rosario Herrera said. Gatherings on the beach are prohibited after sunset. The officer received the minor leg injury during a skirmish with members of the crowd. A man and a woman were detained during the confrontation, cited for obstructing a police officer and later...

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Venice: Town hall examines Ocean Front Walk safety The Venice Neighborhood Council will host a town hall meeting on Tuesday to discuss Ocean Front Walk safety concerns following the Aug. 3 death of an Italian tourist who was struck by a car. Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, who has called for temporary traffic bollards to prevent vehicular access to Ocean Front Walk, is expected to speak, according to organizers. After the town hall, members of the neighborhood council will take a vote on Bonin’s plan. Alice Gruppioni, 32, and her husband were visiting the Venice Boardwalk on their...

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Motion redefining ‘factual basis’ voter presented to L.A. council committee

By Gary Walker To many neighborhood council leaders in Los Angeles, the “factual basis voter” has become a pejorative synonymous with fraud and a direct attack on local grassroots democracy. To others it is exactly what city leaders had in mind when they created the neighborhood council system during a revamp of the city charter a dozen years ago. If an Eastside city councilman has his way, the factual basis stakeholder will soon be a thing of the past. Councilman José Huizar is proposing to eliminate the definition of the factual basis voter and create what he calls a...

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Steve Zimmer named new LAUSD Board of Education Vice President

Steven Zimmer, who represents schools in Westchester, Del Rey, Venice and Mar Vista in District 4 of the Los Angeles Unified School District, has been appointed as the school board’s vice president. Zimmer won reelection in March against Mar Vista resident Kate Anderson, despite an unprecedented infusion of outside money from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other supporters of the charter school movement. He was chosen for the two-year term by new LAUSD Board President Richard Vladovic, who defeated Tamar Galatzan by a 5-2 board vote. Zimmer, who has never been a fan of using tests scores to evaluate educators, addressed that topic during his formal swearing-in ceremony. “We should never be data driven. We should be data informed and student driven. We should avoid the seduction of easy answers,” he...

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