Category: Marina Del Rey

Norma Diamond Blauer dies; 24-yr. Marina resident

Norma Diamond Blauer, a longtime resident of Marina del Rey, died on Monday, May 31st, after a lengthy illness. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 2nd, at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Simi Valley. She lived in Marina del Rey for more than 24 years. She once owned the Something International jewelry business located in the L.A. Fashion Mart. She also owned the Norma Diamond Bed, Bath and Gifts store in the Waterside Shopping Center in Marina del Rey. She was a member of the Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce and its Ambassador Committee and particapated in various Marina City Club activities. She is survived by her husband, Ron Blauer; sons Jeffrey Diamond, Russell Diamond and Glenn Diamond; sister Jo Anne Snyder; and seven...

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December boat parade already in planning stage

It may be the first week in June, but some folks in the Marina are already thinking about the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, scheduled for Saturday, December 11th. “In fact, we already have five entries and a theme,” boat parade president Cindy Williams told the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce Harbor Committee this week. Theme for the holiday boat parade this year will be “Sights and Sounds of the Holidays.” Boat parade organizers believe the theme will bring more music to the annual boat parade, always the largest event of the year in the Marina. Also this year, boat parade planners have lowered the entry fee for boat owners, hoping the new $25 entry fee for individual boats and $50 for nonprofit organizations will stimulate more entries in those two categories. Charter boats and corporate boats will pay $2 a foot to enter their boats. In past years, the Marina boat parade has had ties to boat parades in Tokyo and Fort Lauderdale. The folks who put on the boat parade in Fort Lauderdale — considered the largest in the country — have already signed up to participate in the December 11th Marina del Rey event, Cindy says. And there is indication that the folks connected to the boat parade in Tokyo Bay also want to continue their relationship with the Marina boat parade. Owners of...

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Services Friday afternoon for Liz Taber; was widow of Marina lessee Lloyd Taber

Lelah Almeda Taber died at her Marina Peninsula home Thursday, May 27th. She was 84. Known as “Liz” Taber, she was the widow of Lloyd W. Taber, one of the original lessees of Marina del Rey. The County Marina del Rey Library is named for Lloyd W. Taber. The Tabers moved to the Marina area about 1971 and to the Marina Peninsula in 1976. Liz Taber was active in the California Yacht Club and a regular member of the yacht club’s Wednesday bridge group. She was active and served as an officer of the Assistance League of Santa Monica. For years, she volunteered for the league’s thrift shop and other activities. She was a longtime member of a local P.E.O. chapter before the chapter moved to San Diego many years ago. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica. With her husband, Mrs. Taber was active in Marina del Rey lessees activities and participated in many of the social events of the Marina community. She is survived by two daughters, Linda and Terri Taber. Services for Liz Taber are planned at 3 p.m. Friday, June 4th, at the First United Methodist Church, 1008 St., Santa Monica. The family suggests that those who wish to make memorials in the name of Liz Taber may make such memorials to the Friends of the Marina del Rey...

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Tax attorney files suit against county regarding Archstone-Smith Kingswood Village lease

A tax attorney has filed a complaint against the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, claiming that the county “gave away” $85 million by allowing Archstone-Smith — the trust company that recently acquired the Kingswood Village lease in Marina del Rey — to lease the county land on which Kingswood sits for an additional 20 years for $2.1 million. The county and Archstone-Smith agreed to the additional 20 years Wednesday, March 31st. Archstone agreed to spend $24 million in renovations to the property and in exchange the county agreed to extend the Kingswood lease 20 years for $2 million. Earlier, on Wednesday, March 3rd, the county approved assignment of the remaining 18 years of the original 50-year Kings-wood lease to Archstone. Archstone purchased the remaining 18 years of the lease for $87 million. Attorney Richard Fine filed the complaint against the county for receiving only $2.1 million from Archstone in the second transaction, which extends the lease for 20 years from 2022. “Nobody just gives away $85 million, that’s just unheard of,” says. At issue is whether the county “extended” the Kingswood lease or whether Archstone acquired a “new” lease. County officials claim the county “extended” the term of the existing lease, but Fine says the county issued a “new” lease to Archstone and therefore should have put the lease out to bid. Fine claims that the county did...

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