The Rotary Club of Westchester is currently soliciting applications for community service grants. If your Westchester-area community service organization has a special project or need for which you would like the club’s support, you are encouraged to submit a written request.

Applications must be received by Wednesday, April 30th, and must directly serve the Westchester community. The application should also include:

— a description of how the money would be used for a special project or need rather than being part of the organization’s operating budget;

— a description of how this project fits into the object of Rotary (for more information on the object of Rotary, http://www.rotary .org/aboutrotary/object.html);

— information about the organization; and

— specific amount of the request.

Requests will be evaluated based on the criteria listed above. All submissions should be no more than two pages and mailed to 2007/2008 Community Grants, Rotary Club of Westchester, P.O. Box 91543, Los Angeles 90009.

The Westchester Rotary Club hopes to announce recipient selections by May 15th.

For more information or questions about requesting a grant, contact Rob Hupp, club community service director, (310) 426-2604.

STATE SENATE CANDIDATES FORUM — The Westchester Democratic Club will host a State Senate District 25 candidate forum from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19th, at Loyola Marymount University’s McIntosh Center, 3900 University Hall, 1 LMU Drive in Westchester.

The 25th Senate District is currently represented by Ed Vincent and includes Westchester, Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale, Gardena, Compton, Long Beach, San Pedro, Rolling Hills and Rancho Palos Verdes.

Co-sponsored by Loyola Marymount University State Government Relations and the Lawndale, San Pedro and West L.A. Democratic Clubs, the forum will provide voters in the region with an “early look” at Democratic Senate candidates seeking election in the June 3rd primary and their stance on issues affecting voters throughout the region as well and their plans to deal with the $8 billion California budget deficit.

Democratic candidates vying for the seat include Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally; Kevin Biggers; former Mayor of Gardena and West Basin Water Board member Donald Dear; and former Assemblyman Rod Wright.

Westchester Democratic Club controller and political science professor Robert Shurtz will moderate the forum.

The candidates will also take questions from the audience.

The forum is free and open to the public.

Information, Robert Shurtz, (310) 494-0477; or Mark Waier, LMU State and Federal Government relations manager, (310) 258-4618.