Los Angeles Airport (LAX) Police Officers Shawna Smith and Caj Scott represented their honor guard team at the opening ceremony of the California Police Chiefs Association annual conference Tuesday, January 31st, in Palm Springs.

Smith, a four-year veteran currently assigned to the LAX bike patrol, and Scott, a five-year veteran currently assigned to patrol services, participated in the opening ceremonies, which included a procession of representatives from several law enforcement agencies throughout California.

The procession paid tribute to all law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty last year.

The two Los Angeles Airport Police honor guard members represented Officer Tommy Edward Scott, who lost his life April 29th after a pedestrian stop on a street adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport.

The California Police Chiefs Association represents municipal law enforcement agencies throughout the state, and its membership is comprised of many nationally recognized police chiefs.

EDUCATION FOUNDATION — Parents Achieving Results Together (PART) was formed last spring as a resource for parents of local school-age children to come together as a community to discuss school issues and concerns and to increase attendance and support for local public schools in the long term.

In order to provide additional support, the group formed the Westchester/Playa del Rey Education Foundation.

The foundation will be working with seven local public schools from kindergarten to 12th grade, through all the school administrations, PTAs and booster clubs to fund programs, teacher aides, technology centers and beautification projects.

At the foundation’s next meeting, principal Stephen Rochelle of Orville Wright Middle School will discuss “Secrets of the Middle School.”

The event is free and open to the public. Rochelle will make his presentation at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, February 2nd, at the Westchester Municipal Building Community Room, 7116 Manchester Ave., in Westchester.

This will be an opportunity for local parents and community members to discuss important issues about local public schools.



FIFTY YEARS OF BABE RUTH — This year marks the 50th anniversary of Westchester Babe Ruth baseball, and the organization is currently gearing up for a fundraising campaign to upgrade its facility, which it leases from the Southern California Gas Company in Playa del Rey.

Over the past two years, Babe Ruth has made the following upgrades to the facility:

n a new snack stand, which is a 900-square-foot structure that produces critical income throughout the season;

n a new press box that includes luxury seating behind home plate, 200 square feet of announcer and scorekeeper space and a “war room” where official league business is conducted;

n new side-by-side professional batting cages. This 70-by-30-foot structure affords the athletes professional batting work- outs, simultaneously with two separate hitting areas;

n new digital, state-of-the-art scoreboard; and

n refurbished dugouts and backstop padding.

After completing these upgrades, the organization was selected to host the 2005 Southern California 13-year-old State Tournament. The Westchester team advanced to the finals before losing.

This year, Westchester Babe Ruth hopes to complete two additional costly upgrades:

n a new bathroom facility — the league currently rents portable toilets and not only are they expensive to rent, they are an eyesore and very uncomfortable to use; and

n new backstop framing and netting — the original structure dating from 1956 is still in use and is worn out and in need of replacement.

Those interested in supporting Westchester Babe Ruth can contact Chris Lynch, president and director of baseball operations, at (310) 864-2884.