Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary to hold cultural dinner

On Sunday, Oct. 28, the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa will hold its board elections along with a number of other neighborhood councils on the Westside. This is the community’s opportunity to get involved to select those candidates who will serve on the neighborhood council and help make a difference in the community.
The neighborhood council is a group of local residents and representatives of local businesses, churches and schools that works together to address important issues in the Westchester, Playa del Rey and Playa Vista neighborhoods.
As part of the city’s charter, neighborhood councils are considered an integral part of how local government operates, providing elected officials with a direct line to the community and how it stands on all issues.
The election for the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa board of directors will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westchester Municipal Building community room at 7166 W. Manchester Ave. in Westchester.
About half of the seats on the neighborhood council’s board of directors will be up for election.
The following candidates will appear on the Oct. 28 ballot:
At-Large Director Seat 1 – Nora MacLellan, Robert Neiwirth; At-Large Affirmation Seat – Mark Redick; Residential District  2 – Gregg Aniolek, Gregory Heffernan; Residential District  4 – Alexandra Bissonnette; Residential District  6  – Christopher Baker, John Loizeaux; Residential District  8 – Thomas Flintoft; Residential District 10 – Matthew Parrish; Residential District 12 – Denny Schneider, Jennifer Stonerock; Residential District  14 – Alex Eychis, Karen Stone; Community Organizations – Sharma Henderson, David Voss; Education Director Seat – Andrew Kamm; Loyola Marymount University Representative – Clarence Griffin; Business Seat 90045 – Geoff Maleman; Business Seat 90293 – Lance Williams; Service Clubs and Fraternal Organizations Seat– Jack Topal; and Youth Organizations – Scott Carni.
The election is open to any member of the community who is at least 18 years of age and lives, works or owns property in ZIP codes 90293, 90045 or 90094. According to the election procedures approved by the city of Los Angeles, voters must verify their stakeholder status by providing acceptable documentation. Stakeholder status may also be established by means of declaring a stake (or interest) in the neighborhood and providing acceptable documentation. Factual basis stakeholders will also be required to provide a form of documentation to substantiate their factual basis claim to vote for the at-large affirmation seat, the only seat for which factual basis stakeholders may vote.
Every voter planning to vote in the election must bring with them to the polling location proof of stakeholder status, including driver’s license, utility bill, property tax statement, pay stub, business tax registration certificate or other documentation that proves they live, work or own property in ZIP codes 90293, 90045 or 90094. Those who do not provide this proof will be given a provisional ballot, which will not be counted until stakeholder status can be verified.
In addition, the council is looking for neighborhood partners who are interested in volunteering as poll workers for the 2012 neighborhood council elections. On Election Day, poll workers will work shifts to assist in the administration of the neighborhood council elections.
To be a volunteer poll worker, applicants must be at least 16 years of age by Election Day, be able to speak, read, and write English and able to provide his/her own transportation.
If you would like to participate in the poll worker volunteer program for neighborhood council elections, please fill the online volunteer poll worker application at If you have any questions or comments for the EmpowerLA Elections Team, send an email to or call (818) 293-VOTE.

The Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club will hold its Sixth Annual Cultural Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 18. This year’s event is a Brazilian-themed evening that will include food and entertainment.
The dinner event is the club’s largest fundraiser of the year and helps fund club projects such as teacher mini-grants, Teacher Eddy Awards, the Holiday Adopt-A-Family program, the Santa Tour, Airport Marina Counseling Service, feeding the homeless, Fourth of July parade, Christmas party and toy giveaway for the McBride School for handicapped children, high school scholarships, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, support of local area firefighters, wheelchairs in Puerto Rico and clean water projects in third world countries, just to name a few.
Each year at the cultural dinner the club presents one special award, the Sunrise Community Service Award, to a person or persons who have made a difference in the lives of others, gives back to the community and lives their life by the Rotary “Four-Way Test.” Playa Vista’s Co-President and General Counsel Patti Sinclair as well as Co-President and Chief Financial Officer Randy Johnson have been selected as this year’s honorees.
Previous recipients of the Sunrise Award, which is the club’s highest honor, include Beverly Moore, executive director of the Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau; John Theuer, chief financial officer of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf; David Herbst, executive vice president of Mercury Air Group; Karen Dial, president of H.B. Drollinger Co.; and Javier Cano, general manager of the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Hotels at LA Live.
The event’s Ipanema Sponsor is Playa Vista and the dinner will be held at the Playa Vista Center Pointe Club beginning at 6 p.m. on Oct. 18. Tickets are $75 person, which includes appetizers, dinner, hosted bar and entertainment. Information, (310) 306-8525. §