Photographer Glenn Marzano recently returned from an assignment for the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C., where he photographed the Presidential Inauguration as well as a host of events surrounding the swearing in of George W. Bush for a second term.
Marzano, who has a master’s degree in fine arts from the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television, has had a long history of photographing Presidents and other elected officials, but his real love is moviemaking.
During his trip to Washington, he sealed plans to begin making an independent film centering on the war in Iraq. Marzano said the film would not focus on the political aspects of the war but rather the interpersonal relationships of his characters, using the war as a backdrop.
He has secured a position as an embedded reporter with the U.S. Marine Corps and will leave shortly for a research trip to the war-torn nation.
“This will be an experience of a lifetime,” Marzano said. “This war has a lot of intricacies, and I thought it was important to travel to Iraq and see firsthand what is happening there.”
WESTCHESTER MAYOR CANDIDATE EXCLUDED —
Westchester resident Walter Moore, who is running for mayor of Los Angeles, filed a lawsuit Wednesday, January 26th, in L.A. County Superior Court regarding his exclusion from upcoming televised debates for candidates for mayor.
Two 90-minute televised mayoral debates are scheduled for Monday, February 7th, and Monday, February 28th, and are sponsored, in part, by the Alliance of Neighborhood Councils.
The City Attorney has issued a formal opinion letter, based on federal and state constitutional law, stating that Neighborhood Councils holding a debate must invite all candidates, not just some of them.
But despite the letter and the law, the Alliance of Neighborhood Councils has invited some of the candidates — five, to be exact — and excluded Moore.
“The Alliance of Neighborhood Councils explained its decision to exclude me by claiming, among other things, that the Ethics Commission defines a ‘viable’ candidate for mayor as someone who has raised $150,000 in contributions from individuals in amounts of less than $500,” Moore said.
In fact, Moore contends, the Ethics Commission does not have a definition of “viable.”
Through his lawsuit, Moore is asking the court either to put him in the debate, or to require the sponsors of the debate to disclose on TV that, among other things, the five candidates participating were selected because they each raised $150,000 from contributors and that Moore deposited $100,000 of his own money into his campaign, but was excluded because he did not raise $150,000 from third parties.
“I want you to know I am fighting for what I believe is right,” Moore said.
PLAYA DEL REY SEWER — In January, contractors for the city began work to rehabilitate a 5.5-mile section of the 80-year old Lower North Outfall Sewer (LNOS) that runs through the communities of Westchester and Playa del Rey.
The project consists of two construction activities — lining the inside of the sewer with a corrosion protective material, and grouting (a nontoxic cement-like material) around the outside of the sewer tunnel to improve the condition of the soil.
In order to minimize impacts to the community, the major part of the work will take place inside the sewer tunnel.
The contractor will access the pipeline from three different locations ñ at the Gas Company site located off Falmouth Avenue, on Los Angeles World Airport property on Vista del Mar south of Waterview Avenue, and on a portion of Playa Vista property located at Kentwood Court and Arizona Circle.
Construction will cost approximately $61 million. The project is being paid for by sewer service charges that have been collected over the past several years. Work is scheduled to be completed by spring 2007.
The city is undergoing rehabilitation of its major sewer lines, many of which were built 50 to 100 years ago, and are challenged by age, insufficient capacity, and corrosion due to pollutants in the wastewater in the sewer system.
ELKS HONOR OFFICERS —The Westchester Elks recently hosted 100 officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Marina Station, El Segundo Police Department, Inglewood Police Department, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Division and LAPD West Traffic for dinner.
Representatives from each department were nominated by their department and honored with a plaque and scroll from the Elks presented by Stan Clark, exalted ruler; and Melvin Tabilas, field representative to State Senator Debra Bowen.
District deputy grand exalted ruler Bill Wittenberg and state vice president James Rocha were also on hand to relay their commendations to all officers.
CHP Captain Calvin Aubry nominated Officer Giovanni Trejo for his superior work as an auto theft investigator, which resulted in numerous arrests, the recovery of approximately 20 stolen vehicles, and the seizure of hundreds of thousands of dollars in asset forfeiture.
LAPD Pacific Division Captain John Incontro nominated Detectives John Hong and Timothy Jones for their excellent record in solving auto theft, burglary theft from vehicles and other felony cases. Incontro also nominated Sergeant-II Michael Carodine for his distinguished career of 20 years with LAPD. Reserve coordinator Michelle Eskridge nominated Reserve Officer David Gelbmann for arresting two suspects who later pled guilty for burglary.
Captain James Bower of the LAPD LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) Detail nominated Officer Mary Becerra for coordinating a system of assigning LAPD Officers to work overtime at LAX to monitor the passenger screening process. This involved 1,500 to 2,500 shifts per month.
West Traffic Division Captain David Bacca nominated Officer Dan Gregg, who has introduced many innovative ideas for utilizing reserves in West Traffic.
Sheriff’s Department Marina Station Captain Samuel Dacus nominated Detective Jay Yelick for investigating and obtaining evidence that led to felony charges being filed against two suspects for numerous boat thefts and burglaries.
From among those nominees, Elks exalted ruler Stan Clark presented the perpetual Officer of the Year plaque to Officer Mary Becerra.