Street renamed Howard B. Drollinger Way; LAX community liaison; disaster awareness course

The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce will install local businessman Howard Pollack Friday, June 20th, as the area’s honorary mayor for 2008-2009.

Pollack will be installed as part of the chamber’s Installation Dinner festivities, which will include the installation of Jim Ferro as the chamber’s new chairman of the board and the presentation of a series of awards recognizing local business leaders.

The event will be held at the Marina del Rey Marriott Hotel, 4100 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Pollack, who owns Rainbow Acres Natural Foods and Massimo’s Delectables, has served on the chamber’s board of directors for the past three years and is a dedicated community activist. Pollack was also the first recipient of the chamber’s Howard Drollinger Leadership Award given at the 2007 City of Angels Awards Dinner.

Born an entrepreneur, Pollack began selling bags of candy for a five-cent commission at the tender age of eight. By 1967, he had started a natural foods business he called Nature’s Best out of his home kitchen. Since then, Nature’s Best has grown to become one of the largest independent natural food distribution company in the country with sales exceeding $330 million.

Shortly after selling Nature’s Best, Pollack opened Rainbow Acres, which has now been in operation for 28 years. Recently, Pollack began a new venture and opened Massimo’s, an Italian bakery and gelateria that includes a gourmet-style store that sells fine wines.

Pollack is not only a proud business owner, but a proud contributor to many of the area’s local community groups as well. He is past president of the Venice Rotary and is currently a member of the Playa Sunrise Rotary. He was also recently appointed to the board at the Airport Marina Counseling Center.

“Whether it has been the support of our youth through the Venice Boys & Girls Club, the Rotary Teacher Mini-Grant Program or even the ever-present meal that quietly arrives for a meeting, Howard is always giving,” said community activist Judith Ciancimino.

For more information about the chamber’s Installation Dinner, (310) 645-5151.


In honor of the late Westchester-area developer and philanthropist, the City of Los Angeles rededicated a portion of 89th Street (between Sepulveda Westway and Sepulveda Eastway) as Howard Drollinger Way during a ceremony June 16th, which would have been Drollinger’s 86th birthday.

Howard Blaine Drollinger, whose vision and commitment to Westchester helped turn an area filled with bean fields and dirt roads into a thriving community, died of lung cancer August 13th, 2006.

Drollinger’s investment in the community helped turn the sleepy post-war town into a thriving community with a bustling shopping district full of retail stores, many of which were H.B. Drollinger Co. tenants.

Drollinger’s mother, Ella, built Westchester’s first commercial building in 1944, but by the mid-1950s, thanks to Drollinger’s efforts, Westchester’s Central Business District was featured in Life Magazine as a flourishing commercial district that was helping the surrounding residential area take root in the wake of World War II.


Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl has announced that Chad Molnar, the community liaison for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), will host weekly office hours in the Westchester Municipal Building for constituents with concerns regarding the airport.ÝThis will be an opportunity for Council District 11 residents to meet face-to-face with a liaison who can help with a number of airport-related issues.

Molnar will be available each Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. in the Westchester Municipal Building at 7166 W. Manchester Ave.

The LAX community liaison position was created to provide local residents with a one-stop-shop for receiving airport information, having their airport concerns addressed, and relaying community feedback to Los Angeles World Airports officials.ÝThe liaison has helped many residents with concerns related to soundproofing, questions regarding the impact of airport plans on their properties and identifying the right contacts at LAWA.

“I regularly hear from my constituents that they want a go-to person to resolve their airport concerns,” Rosendahl said.Ý”Chad knows the airport inside and out, and is that person for Council District 11 residents.”

Please call (310) 568-8772 to make an appointment to see Molnar or walk in during the scheduled office hours.


The Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey’s Public Safety Committee will host the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Disaster Awareness Course at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 23rd. The course was developed because of the need to educate the citizens of Los Angeles in disaster preparedness.

The two-hour training session will be held at the Westchester Senior Citizen Center at 8740 Lincoln Blvd. in Westchester. The course will provide an overview of basic disaster preparedness and serve as an introduction to the comprehensive, 17 and a half hour-long Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, which will be offered again in the local area in August.

Disaster preparedness and hazard mitigation can minimize the effects of a disaster and facilitate recovery.

The benefits of this program are numerous. It can increase the overall level of disaster readiness, provide emergency skills that people may use in day-to-day emergencies, enhance the bond between government and community, increase community spirit, and improve the quality of life for your family and the people of your community.