Category: Opinion

Residents of Villa Marina and local members of the Westches-ter/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce are warming up their efforts to “calm” some of the traffic at Lincoln Boulevard and Maxella Avenue.

There are a number of issues: n the drivers on eastbound Mindanao Way who tie up traffic by trying to make an illegal left-hand turn onto northbound Lincoln Boulevard; n the drivers who bring traffic on eastbound Mindanao Way to a screeching halt by trying to make a still-legal left-hand turn from Mindanao Way into the Chevron station; and n those wonderful drivers who tie up traffic by pulling out from the Chevron station and into about half of a traffic lane — and then stop. Don’t you just love drivers who do that? With traffic clogging the lane to your left and these guys half-way into your lane ahead, there’s not much you can do except sit there, waiting for the traffic to clear. So now comes the Westches-ter/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber and the Villa Marina residents with some possible solutions. 1. Have the City of Los Angeles put up a row of those rubber stanchions with “no left turn” signs along the first block of eastbound Mindanao Way. This would at least make illegal any left turn from the eastbound lane of Mindanao Way into the Chevron station. 2. Have Chevron — now ChevronTexaco — follow through on the commitments the company made eons ago when it sought permits to refurbish its parcel and upgrade the McDonald’s operation there. Some five or six years ago, the County...

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Westchester Y volunteer honored

On Friday, June 4th, West-chester Family YMCA members and guests gathered at a dinner honoring the spirit of volunteerism to show that volunteers really do “Rock.” The inaugural Volunteer “Rock”ognition Awards Dinner and Dance spotlighted special individuals, groups and businesses that demonstrate the critical role volunteerism plays in building strong kids, strong families and strong communities. Six dedicated volunteers of the Westchester Family YMCA and two outstanding organizations that best exemplify the spirit of volunteerism were honored. Honorees in the category of Outstanding Program Volunteers were Bob Neece, Service; Allan Mylander, Aquatics; Helen Rupp, Healthy Lifestyles and Mario Lafaurie, Camping/Youth & Government. In addition, Covenant Presbyterian Church was honored as Outstanding Community Partner, and Arden Realty, Inc., was honored as the YMCA’s Outstanding Business Partner. Honored as this year’s West-chester Family YMCA Volunteer of the Year was Mike Arias of Arias, Ozzello & Gignac LLP. Arias has been an active member and volunteer of the Westchester Family YMCA for over ten years, serving as chairman of the Board of Managers, Golf Tournament chair, Financial Development chair and Major Gifts chair. Arias also has served as a volunteer coach and mentor and has offered legal counsel to the branch on several occasions. His dedication to the YMCA, his willingness to help others and his generous spirit made him a natural to receive the award. The highlight of the evening was...

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CYC’s Cal Race Week draws 99 boats June 5-6

Race boats from San Francisco to San Diego gathered to contest one another in California Yacht Club’s Cal Race Week regatta, held Saturday and Sunday, June 5th and 6th. Up 20 boats from last year, 99 boats raced for ten Class Trophies, the Thomas K. Armstrong Team Championship, the PHRF (Performance Handicap Racing Fleet) Charles Tanner trophy and the Fred F. Harris One Design Trophy. Because of the prestige with which the regatta is regarded, two one design classes have chosen to present their class championship perpetual trophies to the winners of this event — the Jimmy Morris Perpetual to the top Schock 35, and the Dr. Bob Crum Memorial to the Martin 242. The 20 to 30 degree oscillating breezes on Saturday drove the crews — especially the tacticians — crazy. Since I hadn’t raced Saturday, on Sunday morning at California Yacht Club’s dock I asked the first three skippers I ran into how it went. “Aarghh. ” was the universal reply. The huge wind shifts changed boat places willy-nilly. “It was painful,” said overall Martin 242 winner Mike George later. On Course #2, racing was delayed Sunday, because the readings at the windward mark were different from the race committee boat anchored a mile downwind. They were waiting for more consistency over the course. On Sunday, the southerly wind was very consistent, but another big culprit for...

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A 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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Many WWII observances held around the world this past Memorial Day weekend

There wasn’t much active boating competition in Santa Monica Bay this past Memorial Day weekend. While the major naval exercises weren’t in Marina del Rey over the holiday weekend, there were many Memorial Day observances in other parts of the country. This past weekend, there were World War II observances on the Coral Sea, Midway and Guadalcanal and over the English Channel. We were immersed in Memorial Day remembrances tied to dedication of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. As the nation’s capital signaled its summer-long tribute to those who had fought in WWII both abroad and at home, media joined in, including newspapers, and all of the various sections in the dailies, including the travel section. TV joined with news, commentary and movies concerning World War II. A glutton for all the old black-and-white WWII movies, I indulged myself in the movie marathon with all those extraordinary naval and army battles being fought with the likes of young Gregory Peck, Marlon Brando, William Holden, Richard Widmark, John Wayne, Dean Martin and Montgomery Cliff. Many of these actors in the movies were the ages of most of the men who went to war. “Twelve O’clock High,” “Enemy Below” and “The Young Lions.” The movies were in black in white, which added to the mythic drama. Can you imagine “Stalag 17” in color? Also can’t imagine getting in...

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