A young volunteer cleans up Venice beach on Saturday  Photo by beth Mintzer

A young volunteer cleans up Venice beach on Saturday
Photo by beth Mintzer

Venice: Town hall examines Ocean Front Walk safety
The Venice Neighborhood Council will host a town hall meeting on Tuesday to discuss Ocean Front Walk safety concerns following the Aug. 3 death of an Italian tourist who was struck by a car.
Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, who has called for temporary traffic bollards to prevent vehicular access to Ocean Front Walk, is expected to speak, according to organizers.
After the town hall, members of the neighborhood council will take a vote on Bonin’s plan.
Alice Gruppioni, 32, and her husband were visiting the Venice Boardwalk on their honeymoon when she and 16 others were struck by a driver who witnesses said appeared to target pedestrians intentionally. The driver, 38-year-old Nathan Louis Campbell of Colorado, has been charged with murder.
The town hall starts at 7 p.m. at Westminster Avenue Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

Del Rey: Police investigate Friday shooting
Los Angeles police are investigating a shooting that injured two teenage boys on Friday in Del Rey.
The shooting occurred at about 11:30 p.m. near the intersection of Braddock and Marionwood drives. The 16- and 17-year-old victims were seated in a car after dropping off a friend when multiple suspects exited another vehicle and opened fire, Los Angeles police Lt. Paola Kreefft said.
A bullet grazed one boy’s shoulder and the other teen was struck in the hand or arm area, she said.
The wounds were not life threatening and the boys drove themselves to Brotman Medical Center in Culver City for treatment.
It is not clear if the shooting is related to others that occurred last month in the area, but the attack does not appear to be gang-related, Kreefft said.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at (310) 482-6402.

Santa Monica: New group targets global warming
California Climate Exchange, a Santa Monica group that aims to curb global warming, will host its inaugural meeting on Sunday.
State Sen. Fran Pavley, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability lecturer Jonathan Parfrey and Santa Monica College Earth Sciences professor are expected to speak.
The meeting takes place from 12:45 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., Santa Monica.
RSVPs are required. Visit churchop.org/ca_ccx_forum to register.

Westchester: LMU wins library grant
Loyola Marymount University’s William H. Hannon Library has received a $363,500 grant for a three-year effort to improve the research capabilities of librarians working in higher education.
The grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services will fund training for more than five dozen librarians in fundamentals of academic research, starting next summer with the first of three nine-day symposiums at LMU, according to the college.

Santa Monica: Corsair cleans up in contest
Santa Monica College’s student newspaper, the Corsair, won 20 awards in a Journalism Association of Community Colleges contest earlier this month.
Honors included four first-place wins, including awards for general excellence, spot news and criticism.

Venice: Volunteers take on trash at the beach
Volunteers with Heal the Bay were at Venice Beach on Saturday as part of the group’s monthly cleanup activities.
More than 700 volunteers removed nearly 200 pounds of trash from the beach, Heal the Bay spokesman Matthew King said.
The organization’s next cleanup happens from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 16 at Will Rogers State Beach, 15800 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades.  Visit healthebay.org for more information.

Mar Vista:  Middle schools reach out to parents
The Venice Neighborhood Council’s Education Committee will host a Westside Middle School Forum from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today at Mark Twain Elementary School, 2224 Walgrove Ave., Mar Vista.
Representatives from a dozen area middle schools are expected to answer parent questions.
For more information, contact Sandi Wise at sandiwise@gmail.com or Julia Morgan at julia.morgan@lausd.net.

Marina del Rey: Dealership offers car wash for school supplies
Marina del Rey Toyota is offering gift cards free car washes through Oct. 31 in exchange for donations of cash or much-needed school supplies for students at Beethoven Street Elementary School in Mar Vista.
Items in high demand include crayons, markers, copy paper, tissues, No. 2 pencils, highlighters, children’s scissors, glue sticks, wide-ruled composition notebooks and anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, according to a statement by the dealership.
Donations can also be made via fundly.com/MDRToyotaCarWashForCrayons, with online donors receiving an email gift card.