By Geoff Maleman
The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the achievements of innovative Los Angeles-area leaders at its annual City of Angels Awards gala on Nov. 5 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel. I was there as emcee.
Honorees included Liam Collins, head of YouTube Space LA; Javier Cano, former head of the Airport Marriott and now general manager of the JW Marriott Hotel at LA LIVE; Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander; Coca-Cola; and Boeing.
Real estate brokers Brookfield Residential honored Gail Goldstein, regional director of leasing at the Equity Office, with the 2013 Spirit Leadership Award for community Westchester, Playa del Rey and Playa Vista. She has shown exemplary involvement in the community, largely through her leadership efforts with the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club and extensive involvement with the Los Angeles Realtors Association.
The award included a $5,000 prize for the charity of Goldstein’s choosing, and she selected the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Foundation, which helps fund a variety of that club’s community service projects.

On Saturday, the LAX Coastal Chamber is partnering with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division, the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa, and the LAPD Pacific Area Boosters to host a public safety summit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 7726 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey.
This event gives us the chance to meet the Pacific Division’s Capt. Brian Johnson and other top police officials. The event is free, and children are invited to attend. Music, face painting and other activities will be available for all to enjoy.
For more information, please call (310) 645-5151.

The annual Playa del Rey Toy Drive for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Animal Shelter Drive benefitting the SPCA-LA pet adoption centers will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, in Triangle Park, at the intersection of Trask Avenue and Waterview Street in Playa del Rey.
Children’s toys should be new and unwrapped. New books or gift certificates from Target or grocery stores will also be accepted.
For the animal shelters, clean out your linen closets to bring old towels, blankets and sheets. Shelters also need collars, leashes, pet sweaters, animal crates and unopened pet food as well as unopened cat litter and grooming items. Los Angeles’ animal shelters really need anything that will keep the animals warm and dry while they wait for their new forever homes.
Of course, this is also the time to think about adopting an animal from a local shelter. There is lots of unconditional love waiting for you for nothing more than a small adoption fee.
“It’s the 10th year for the Toy Drive, so we’re hoping to celebrate with a raffle for prizes from our local businesses and a silent auction,” said organizer Donna Manders. “It’s a wonderful, generous way to launch the holiday season and a fun visit with neighbors.”
To donate time or items for the silent auction, please contact Pam Stacey at For information regarding the Animal Shelter Drive, please email Manders at

The William H. Hannon Foundation has renewed its support of the Westchester Healthy Start afterschool tutoring program at Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets (WESM), formerly Westchester High School. Since 2006, the foundation has provided an annual grant to support the after-school tutoring program. Funding helps ensure the ongoing no-cost to the student tutorial service.
“I have witnessed firsthand the ongoing need to provide support services to our students and families within the Westchester community,” said Marvin Cooper, Westchester Healthy Start Coordinator. “For many of our students and families, our Healthy Start programs have been the key to their continued advancement on to college, as well as a needed resource for school staff and administrators alike.”
The Healthy Start program began in 1997 to offer academic support services, behavioral counseling to discourage truancy and parenting classes to support the needs of families entering the 9th and 10th grades on the Westchester campus. Afterschool tutoring is currently offered two days a week in the high school library. Students from Loyola Marymount University service organizations as well as members of the National Society of Black Engineers at UCLA provide tutoring support on an individual and group basis.
“My late uncle, our foundation’s founder, had his office within walking distance of the WESM campus. Each year, he enjoyed participating in the academic jacket presentations to the high school’s top students,” said Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead, president of the William H. Hannon Foundation. “He felt that Westchester’s public high school was an important asset to the community.”

The Venice-Marina-LAX Lions Club recently offered free vision and hearing screenings in the Lions Eyemobile as part of the second annual Community Wellness Fair held Nov. 9 at Marina Del Rey Hospital. The fair was a community and family-oriented event, offering educational information on health, fitness and wellness.