Friends of the Ballona Wetlands Executive Director Lisa Fimiani, left, presents an award to Karen Dial during Moonlight on the Marsh.

Friends of the Ballona Wetlands Executive Director Lisa Fimiani, left, presents an award to Karen Dial during Moonlight on the Marsh.

By Geoff Maleman
The advocacy group Friends of the Ballona Wetlands honored Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation trustees Ken and Karen Dial during their 8th annual Moonlight on the Marsh event on Oct. 19 at the CenterPointe Club in Playa Vista.
The foundation has given more than $35,000 to Friends of the Ballona Wetlands in support of its decades-long effort to defend and restore the area.
The Drollinger and Dial families grew up in the area and spent much of their childhoods roaming the wetlands. Ken Dial, director of the flight laboratory at the University of Montana, said locals jokingly referred to his family as the “Rep-Dials” for the various lizards and other critters they caught. But those experiences also helped shape his career as a pilot doing research on avian flight, he said.
“It was such a privilege and an honor to be recognized at this event,” said H. B. Drollinger Co. President Karen Dial, whose father developed many projects throughout the community. “We are proud of the work the Friends have done and look forward to the exciting wetlands restoration project that is being planned.”

Meet the mayor at LMU
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city officials who’ve just passed their first 100 days in office will take part in a community forum hosted by local Democratic clubs on Nov. 6 at Loyola Marymount University
The event offers locals a chance to interact with Garcetti, City Attorney Mike Feuer, City Controller Ron Galperin and area Councilman Mike Bonin.
“Eric Garcetti promised more accountability in [city] government. This is a great chance for top city officials to tell us what they’ve put in place to create a more responsive government,” said Westchester-Playa Democratic Club President Sheila Mickelson.
The forum is moderated by KCRW’s Warren Olney, host of “Which Way, LA?” and “To the Point.”
Officials will respond to questions from Olney as well as the audience.
The event starts with a 6 p.m. reception followed by a 7:30 p.m. panel. RSVP by calling (310) 804-6854. Suggested donations of $10 per person are to help defray costs of the event.

Park board seeks advice
The Westchester Recreation Center Park Advisory Board and is seeking public input about how to improve park facilities in the area.
Whether it’s new water fountains, batting cages, improved lighting or more bleachers, the group is anxious to hear what locals want to see at Del Rey Lagoon Park, Westchester Recreation Center and Trask Park.
The Westchester and Playa del Rey area has $1 million in “Quimby” funds — fees that residential developers to must pay to support parks under the state’s 1965 Quimby Act — to spend. The money must be used for capital improvements, not programs or maintenance.
The board is holding a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 in the gymnasium at Westchester Recreation Center, 7000 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester.
RSVP or submit written comments to

Grant supports
services for seniors
Westchester Playa Village has received a $50,000 grant from the Archstone Foundation in support of its volunteer services for seniors.
The village provides residents 55 and older with transportation, grocery shopping and household chore assistance as well as friendly visits to help seniors live independently in their homes for as long as possible. The concept is part of the “village movement” to allow older adults to live at home longer and with a higher quality of life, supported by Archstone with some $2 million in grants this year.
The foundation’s support helps seniors “live longer, fuller lives in the homes and communities they love,” Westchester Playa Village Executive Director Carol Oike Kitabayashi said.
For more information about village programs, call (310) 695-7030 or visit