Category: Marina Del Rey

Women Rule the (Opening) Day

A festive start to Marina del Rey’s ‘yachting season’ showcases an unprecedented number of female commodores helming local clubs By Julia Michelle Dawson Marina del Rey’s traditional Opening Day Weekend festivities, which happened to fall directly after the March 8 observance of International Women’s Day, showcased an unprecedented number of women helming local yacht clubs. Female commodores now lead the California Yacht Club, Del Rey Yacht Club, Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club and the Marina Yacht Club. “More than any other opening this truly feels like we have come out of winter. Yesterday being...

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Body Found on Marina’s South Jetty

Cause of death remains unknown for 50-year-old woman wearing a hospital bracelet By Gary Walker Investigators have identified a woman found dead on the rocks of Marina del Rey’s south jetty on Feb. 3, but how she died remains a mystery. Sgt. Brent Carlson of the Marina del Rey Harbor Patrol said deputies discovered the woman, pronounced dead at the scene, while responding to a call just before 3 p.m. that a human body had apparently washed up on rocks of the jetty that runs along the harbor’s main channel. “We don’t know any details of how she got...

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No News Was Bad News

Slow public notification during Marina del Rey oil well blowout prompts county review By Gary Walker The Jan. 11 blowout at an abandoned 1930s oil well along Via Marina and an apparently unrelated gas pipeline leak about a block away on Jan. 30 do have at least one thing in common: nearby residents received little to no information about what was happening until well after the fact. In response to concerns voiced on social media and complaints directed at public officials, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn received unanimous support from board colleagues on Tuesday for directing county public...

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On the Water: Looking Out for the Coast Guard

When the government shutdown suspended Coast Guard paychecks and the Halibut disappeared, a Marina del Rey boater rose to the occasion By Paul M. J. Suchecki Nearly 42,000 U.S. Coast Guard members dedicated to protecting mariners, the maritime environment and our nation’s nautical borders served without pay during the longest government shutdown in history, ironically due to a political impasse over border security. Because it falls under the Department of Homeland Security rather than the Department of Defense, the Coast Guard was the only branch of the military that wasn’t being paid during the shutdown. During those 35 days,...

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Sea, Sails and Speed

Berger-Stein Regatta begins with a rainy round trip from Marina del Rey to Malibu By Julia Michelle Dawson How long does it take to drive to Topanga Beach in Malibu from Marina del Rey? At midnight, 21 minutes. (On a Saturday afternoon in summer, don’t even consider it!) How long does it take to sail there and back in January? As much as five hours, 15 minutes and 35 seconds. At least that’s how long some sailors endured competing in the cold rain last Saturday for the first of five races in the Del Rey Yacht Club’s annual Berger-Stein Regatta....

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