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change on the north side.” Contrary to Lindsey’s remarks, LAWA only owns the land in the current buffer Re: “Future of LAX takes shape under zone; it doesn’t own the land or homes airport director’s watch” (Argonaut, Dec. within an expanded buffer zone. An ex20). panded buffer zone would be required just In the interview with Gina Marie Lind- to maintain the same relative buffer zone sey, regarding Los Angeles World Airports’ between the community and the noise. preferred options for Los Angeles InternaMoving a runway 260 feet is very sigtional Airport growth, she stated “...move nificant, where historically only a line on a the runway 260 feet closer to the neighbor- map delineated which homes received hood; we own all of the property… that LAWA soundproofing and which didn’t. If doesn’t have a very significant noise the source of noise moves 260 feet closer VOL 43, NO 1 Local News & Culture.
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to a neighborhood, the noise buffer zone would also have to move. But increasing the buffer zone doesn’t solve the problem. While the relative buffer zone would remain the same, all homes on the north side would still suffer an involuntary encroachment from being 260 feet closer to the noise source. And LAWA does not own any of the airspace above the homes it proposes to encroach on. LAWA’s options to mitigate their noise encroachments will not be acceptable. Additional soundproofing doesn’t address increased noise outside a home, whether in a backyard, or in the neighborhood in general. A “voluntary” residential acquisition program (i.e. Manchester Square), that slowly creates a blighted community as an incentive for remaining homeowners to “volunteer” to move, will not be embraced. LAWA is not expanding its footprint in this community. Lindsey is obviously an educated woman, with an arrogant disregard for our community. Soliciting public comment is just an illusion as it doesn’t seem to have had any impact on LAWA’s decision where it competes against financial concerns and business interests. Steven Pawera Playa del Rey
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in Santa Monica to be a pleasant reminder that the Christmas season was upon us and did not see them as threatening, intrusive or an attempt to recruit converts. Most atheists are themselves intensely moral people who don’t need to be part of a club or a movement; it’s simply a world view that many people hold. There’s no need to stigmatize, antagonize or intrude on others who hold different views. By fighting these trivial battles and taking such an antagonistic approach, they confirm a belief that there is a “war on Christmas.” In terms of comparing an atheist to Rosa Parks, the letter writer compounds his error. Parks was herself a devout Christian, as were most of the brave people who surrounded her in a fight that really mattered. I would remind the letter writer that atheism, like religion, can also be turned into a divisive and cultish force. Stalin did exactly that. Get a life guys... there are more important things to worry about than Nativity displays in a country which is 75 percent Christian. Mark Standring Venice
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Airport officials express ‘strong commitment’ for light rail station By Gary Walker Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) authorities announced Dec. 17 their “strong commitment and desire” to have a Metro light rail station connection into Los Angeles International Airport. The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be exploring the possibility for such a station at LAX later this month. LAWA officials believe an airport-owned property west of Sepulveda Boulevard in Westchester, on the east end of the Central Terminal Area within LAX, is one possible option for a direct nexus onto airport property with the Crenshaw/LAX Line. Other proposed options include an intermodal transportation facility in the vicinity of Economy Parking Lot C or Manchester Square in Westchester. Airport officials believe the stations could have a direct con-
Gina Marie Lindsey told The Argonaut in a Dec. 6 interview that she strongly backs having light rail come into the airport. “I’m a big believer in transit connections with airports,” Lindsey said. “What we are doing is acknowledging that the MTA is building a (Crenshaw Line) station at Aviation and Century (boulevards) and we will connect with that station – there will be a circulator.” The airport director reiterated that the site that LAWA officials think would be a good end point for the light rail line would be close to an area near the administration tower at the Central Terminal area. “We could not be more supportive of a very good, robust connection between light rail and the airport,” Lindsey added. “I feel like that means that you should get it as close to the airport as you can. Airports more and more are going to become
“We could not be more supportive of a very good, robust connection between light rail and the airport,” Lindsey added. “I feel like that means that you should get it as close to the airport as you can. Airports more and more are going to become transfer centers for people’s lives, and the more modal connections that you can tap into at an airport the better.” — Gina Marina Lindsey nection to a future automated people mover system that would bring a “high level of service and connectivity” for passengers at LAX. During a recent meeting of the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners, LAWA reported that it has “substantially accelerated planning work and coordination with Metro staff to evaluate the best interface of our (airport) facilities with transit.” Craig Eggers, the chair of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa’s Airport Relations Committee, welcomed the news that airport authorities would like to have a light rail station that goes into LAX. “I’m thrilled,” said Eggers, a Playa del Rey resident. “Anything that can be done with ground transportation other than a Rapid Bus is good stuff.” LAWA Executive Director
transfer centers for people’s lives, and the more modal connections that you can tap into at an airport the better.” County officials feel that federal representatives have an important role to play in making the Crenshaw/LAX Line connection to the airport happen. “Not only is it necessary, but I am also very pleased to support this proposal and I will do everything that I can to work with our officials in Washington on this project,” pledged Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Westchester). Proponents of light rail have been calling for a connection into LAX for years. “I am thrilled that Gina Marie Lindsey and Los Angeles World Airports are dedicating various sites for a decades-overdue airport/rail connection, and I praise her and the hard-working Metro team led by Roderick
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REP. MAXINE WATERS (D- WESTCHESTER, standing to the left of the podium) has pledged to support a light rail connection with transportation facilities at Los Angeles International Airport.
Diaz and Cory Zelmer for working together for such a worthy cause,” said Ken Alpern, who chairs the light rail advocacy group, the Transit Coalition. Alpern had previously been critical of Lindsey’s views on light rail entering LAX, citing statements in a transportation blog that quoted her as expressing more support for a rapid bus instead of a light rail connector. The transit advocate noted that the public has supported having a Metro Green Line connection to the airport as well but there would be a cost for having it go into LAX. “The taxpayers favor this project as much as any transportation-related project that has been proposed for this region and state, but they should be under no illusions about the price,” Alpern cautioned. “Whether it’s an indirect Metro rail/LAX people mover connection at Century/Aviation or a more direct Metro rail station in the Central Terminal Area, the cost to the taxpayer will be approximately $1.5 billion or more.” Eggers thinks that it was inevitable that airport officials would eventually publicly back a connection with light rail to LAX for many reasons. “I think it was a matter of time for this to happen,” he said. “It’s hard to imagine anything happening without this being a key component of (airport modernizations).” Alpern, who is a member of the Mar Vista Community Council, thanked two county supervi-
sors who are also Metro board members for their support of a light rail connector to LAX. “I am equally thrilled that Supervisors Don Knabe and Mark Ridley-Thomas are so supportive of an expedited connection to be built by 2020, and look forward to their efforts to work with the city and county of Los Angels., as well as with Sacramento and Washington (D.C.), to fund this worthy project,” said Alpern, who also co-chairs Council District 11’s Transportation Committee. Knabe submitted a motion at the Metro Board of Directors’ Oct. 25 meeting, asking for a “detailed strategy” for a transit connection to the airport by 2020. “Frankly, it’s embarrassing that the second largest city in America with the third busiest airport still does not have a direct transit connection,” the supervisor told the board. “While Metro talks about accelerating projects, there could not be a higher priority than connecting our airport to all regions of Los Angeles County.” Metro officials are expected to report back to the board on Knabe’s motion at its Jan. 24 meeting. The Federal Aviation Administration would be consulted on building such a connection to LAX. Other agencies that the FAA recommends that airport officials consult with include the state and local transportation departments and the Federal Transit Administration. §
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The Argonautâ€™s year-end wrap up for 2012 is a two part retrospective of some of our favorite photos, most chosen from our news section. Last week covered January through June; this week, July through December. We hope you enjoy these glimpses of people and events from the local area. Photo by Gary Walker
WE ARE FAMILY- Female veterans at Mitchell House in Mar Vista will be displaced if a proposed Los Angeles community care ordinance is passed, says an executive from New Directions, which advocates on behalf of homeless veterans. From left to right: An unidentified resident, Lillian H, Veronica O and residential manager Kim Andreason.
FISHERMEN raise a female mako shark weighing approximately 800-900 pounds onto the scale at Del Rey Landing after it was caught off the coast of Marina del Rey
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GOOD NEWS â€” Over half of the patients who visit Venice Family Clinic will soon have access to Medicaid due to the Affordable Care Act. Shown left to right are Venice Family Clinic Executive Director Elizabeth Benson Forer, Denise Horton and Venice Family Clinic Medical Director Dr. Karen Lamp.
STATE OFFICIALS are in the process of initiating a restoration of the Ballona Wetlands. Research from the Ohio State University indicates restored wetlands can actively play a role in helping to offset certain effects of climate change.
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NEIGHBORS REUNITE – Lincoln Place residents Tony Murphy (left) and Jeffrey Nash, who were evicted with dozens of others in 2005, have moved back to the post World War II-era Venice complex and were pleased with renovations that have been done.
THE DEL REY AMERICAN LITTLE LEAGUE 11- and 12-year-old allstar team captured the District 37 championship with victories over teams from Compton, Lawndale, Hawthorne and Westchester.
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THE DEL REY LITTLE LEAGUE 10-11-year-old all-stars (above) also won the District 37 title. The league includes players from Westchester, Playa Vista and Playa del Rey. The 9-10-year-old all-star team finished in second place in District 37.
CONNIE KAY was one of a group of Mar Vista homeowners who considered secession from Los Angeles due to what they believe to be the city’s inattention to their infrastructure needs. The movement died after other Mar Vista residents urged them to go public with their demands.
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BACK IN TOWN – Santa Monica Police Chief, Jacqueline Seabrooks, who previously served 25 years with the department before returning, is excited about the caliber of men and women in the police force and their dedication to serving the community.
OLYMPIC MOMENT – Bell ringers from Mark Twain Middle School in Mar Vista performed at the direction of Ron Theile behind the world famous Trinity Choir from Perth, Australia at Southwark Cathedral in London during the Summer Olympics. The cathedral, built in 606 A.D., is the oldest in London.
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Year in Review July-Dec 2012
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REGIONAL CHAMPS - The Boys & Girls Club of Venice’s RBI junior division team earned the west region championship trophy with a 12-2 defeat of Hawaii Hilo RBI.
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a new ordinance that bans all medical marijuana dispensaries across the city but allows small groups of patients to grow the plant. The council voted in October to rescind the ban. Promoters at the Green Doctors in Venice (above), which approves medical pot cards, are among opponents of a total ban on the operations.
THE WESTCHESTER BABE RUTH BASEBALL 14 and under team has won the Southern California State Baseball title. The team includes Avery Allen, Christian Amador, Jordan Caines, Reggie Castro, Anthony Chavez, Grant Craddolph, Angel de la Torre, Lawrence “LJ” Gilliam, AJ Inatsugu, Carlos Jacobo, Matthew Kanfer, Matthew Kaplan, Ethan Lazar, Mario Morales, and Jason Zeidman. The team is managed by John Lopatto and coached by Barry Craddolph and Alex Galaviz.
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America, a 139-foot replica of the ship that won the first America’s Cup, was docked at the Del Rey Yacht Club Aug. 29.
VENICE RESIDENT Ronald Weekley, Jr. (second from left) was arrested by police for allegedly skating on the wrong side of the street. An officer was captured on a cell phone camera striking Weekley, sparking a series of protests and meetings with Los Angeles Police Department officials.
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Waxman, Waters back Sen. Feinstein’s call for ban on assault weapons By Gary Walker Lawmakers who represent communities within The Argonaut coverage area are backing proposed legislation by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that would again outlaw the sale of semiautomatic rifles in the United States. The legislation would ban weapons that have been used by gangs and bank robbers in criminal activities but are also utilized by gun enthusiasts who say the rifles can be used for hunting. “On the first day of the new Congress, I intend to introduce a bill stopping the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of assault weapons as well as large ammunition magazines, strips and drums that hold more than 10 rounds,” Feinstein stated late last year. “I am in the process of gathering support for the bill in the Senate and House (of Representatives).” “I have been working with my staff for over a year on this legislation,” the senator added. “It will be carefully focused on the most dangerous guns that have killed so many people over the years while protecting the rights of gun owners by exempting hundreds of weapons that fall outside the bill’s scope. We must take these dangerous weapons of war off our streets.”
remaining silent for nearly a week after the Sandy Hook killings, came out swinging at a Washington, D.C. press conference in response to the proposed ban. NRA Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre, in a combative Dec. 21 appearance before a group of reporters, called out several entities that he considers the main culprits in the tragedy that occurred in Newtown. He castigated politicians and the makers of violent video games, and said “genuine monsters” like Lanza walk among law-abiding citizens every day and the only way to deal with them was with more guns. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” LaPierre told the audience of reporters. The NRA executive also challenged Congress to put armed security guards “in every school in the United States.” California lawmakers appear to be one of the nation’s congressional delegations most open to considering some form of gun control. While many Republican legislators still remain silent on Feinstein’s proposal, Republican Rep. Tom McClintock told a Northern California newspaper that such laws tend to “create a society in which criminals are as well-armed as ever
“On the first day of the new Congress, I intend to introduce a bill stopping the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of assault weapons as well as large ammunition magazines, strips and drums that hold more than 10 rounds. I am in the process of gathering support for the bill in the Senate and House (of Representatives).” — Sen. Dianne Fienstein Feinstein was the author of the 1994 assault weapons ban. It was not reinstated under President George W. Bush in 2004. The senator’s proposal comes on the heels of the tragic killings of 20 children and six adults Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn. at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The gunman, Adam Lanza, 20, used a Bushmaster 223 military-style rifle in the mass murders. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Venice) said he would back legislation brought by Feinstein when Congress reconvenes this month. “I have been a strong supporter of an assault weapons ban,” Waxman said, noting that he supported the 1994 version. “Assault weapons are military weapons and should not be used for hunting.” Gun rights proponents counter that many hunters enjoy using rifles that fire bullets at high velocity while hunting. Rep. Maxine Waters (D- Westchester) said she would also lend her voice to Feinstein’s bill. “It appears that we have reached a tipping point in this debate,” Waters responded when asked by The Argonaut if she thought enough political will existed to pass a ban on assault weapons and magazine clips that hold more than 30 rounds of ammunition. The National Rifle Association, after
and law-abiding citizens are rendered increasingly defenseless.” McClintock also said the Bushmaster rifle functions with “the same firing mechanism as many handguns, sport and target rifles,” even though it might resemble an assault weapon. William Spengler, Jr., an ex-convict in upstate New York, killed two firefighters with a similar rifle as they responded to a fire on Dec. 24. As a convicted felon, he was not permitted by law to own or possess a gun. At the press conference, LaPierre addressed his organization’s silence on the Newtown shooting until a week after the killings transpired. “While some have tried to exploit this tragedy for political gain, we have chosen to remain respectfully silent,” he explained. “But now we must speak.” Waters said the NRA has long held a powerful grip on many Republicans in Congress, despite its recent losing efforts to defeat lawmakers whom they consider “anti-gun.” “The gun lobby has held a very strong influence in Congress for many years,” she noted. She echoed Waxman’s earlier comments rejecting the need for a citizen to own an assault rifle. “These weapons are only used for killing human beings,” Wa-
REP. HENRY WAXMAN (D-Venice) says he will support legislation that would outlaw military-style weapons when Congress reconvenes.
ters said. LaPierre also lashed out at safe school sites, Hollywood producers and a usual NRA straw man, the media, for its “complicity” in what he called “a corrupting, shadowing influence” on the public. “The media acts as silent enablers” in promoting violent video games and movies, LaPierre said. “The media demonize lawful gun owners instead, rather than face their own moral failures.”
On “Meet the Press” on Dec. 23, LaPierre doubled down on his earlier remarks and rejected outright any discussion on gun reform legislation. “If it’s crazy to want to put an armed police officer in every school in America, then call me crazy,” the NRA executive responded to a question by host David Gregory. President Barack Obama has also weighed in on gun reform. In an interview on “Meet the Press” Dec. 30, Obama said he would seek gun reform in 2013 as part of his legislative agenda. “Something fundamental in America has to change,” the president said. “(The Newtown massacre) was the saddest day of my presidency.” Obama added that it could be difficult to pass any legislation unless there is significant public support. “We’re not going to get this thing done unless the American people decide it’s important to them,” he stressed. Waxman concurred. “It’s imperative that citizens get involved and contact their representatives in Congress,” said Waxman, who also represents portions of Santa Monica and Marina del Rey. A Gallup poll taken Dec. 31 showed that 58 percent of the nation now favors stricter controls on guns. Waxman said the assault weapons ban is needed again in the wake of the Newtown killings. “It should never have been eliminated,” the congressman asserted. “The time is right for it to be reinstated.” §
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WHAT’S THE RUSH? — That is the question that was asked by David Ewing and other critics of the Los Angeles City Council’s Oct. 16 vote requesting an ordinance that would regulate digital billboards, like the one in the background at Washington and Lincoln boulevards in Venice. Ewing said the council should wait until a pending court case is settled. Stash Maleski, director of ICU Art, the curator of the Venice Art Walls, is confident the program will be able to carry on under new management of two local groups.
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THE SANTA MONICA COLLEGE Corsairs men’s soccer team won its first three games in its first season back on campus since 1993.
Building owner Alan Ruzicka teamed with Venice Beach videographer Tony Vera to honor the memory of the late singer and former Venice resident Teena Marie with a mural on Pacific Avenue.
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Capt. Jon Peters – Portrait of a leader, Part I By Betsy Goldman The foundation of parental guidance and religious education influenced Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Jon Peters of the Pacific division to become a police officer. “My mom and dad are two amazing individuals that taught myself and my siblings the value of service, giving back, being there for others, hard work and dedication,” he says. That, combined with the focus on compassion and social justice issues taught by the Jesuits at Loyola Marymount University, set Peters on track to work with people. The purpose of college for Peters was an education, not a career. He majored in biology, thinking he might pursue a field in medicine because he wanted to help others. But he soon realized that was not going to happen. The idea of sitting behind a desk doing the same tasks day in and day out was not appealing to him. There were aspects of the LAPD he liked – helping the public, being in a job where no two days are alike and the ability to participate in sports. “I’ve always been involved with sports and physical activities,” he says. “I have an opportunity to still compete because we have a number of police Olympics and sporting events.” On Dec. 14, Peters celebrated 25 years with the LAPD. “I moved around a lot in my career,” he says. “The longest I’ve ever been (in one place) is four years. I kind of get an urge to move on. It keeps you fresh because you’re learning new things, meeting new people you work with and new people you’re supervised by. It’s almost like starting a new job every time.” As a young officer, Peters started on patrol in South Los Angeles. “I love putting the bad guys in jail,” he says. He had a passion for narcotics enforcement and asked the senior officers how he could be part of the “Major Violators” section of the narcotics units that work the big cases. They told him to become a detective and that’s exactly what he did. “That was my career path,” he says. Changes aren’t always welcomed but
occasionally there is a positive outcome. It was at this time that former Chief Bernard Parks decided it would be a good idea to rotate detectives out of specialized units after one year as part of their training. Peters was in the first group of detectives under the implementation. “I got to my dream job in narcotics and I was rotated out,” he recalled. The next assignment was at the West Valley division working domestic violence cases. “This was nothing I had ever anticipated doing,” he says. But, he said he learned an incredible amount and really appreciated the experience. He then worked robbery cases where, again, he learned a lot from senior investigators. Whereas at one time, Peters would have been happy staying in narcotics for his LAPD career, the experiences and opportunities afforded to him by moving from one unit to another opened up other avenues. Peters recalled how he took the sergeant’s exam after seeing a bulletin. “I had done the detective’s exam and a lot of the stuff was the same,” he said. “I figured, what the heck.” Peters made sergeant and was transferred to the Rampart division. He then went to Van Nuys division as the officerin-charge of the North Hills Task Force, Internal Affairs Group, and as the aide to the commanding officer of Advanced Planning Group. In this position, he performed a dual role of planning and coordinating the department’s hosting of the 2004 International Associate of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference. For his efforts, he was awarded the Los Angeles Police Commission’s Distinguished Service Medal and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Distinguished Service Medal. Peters concluded his time as a sergeant while assigned to the Firearms Training Unit of Training Division. Without intentionally doing so, Peters said he prepared himself well for being a lieutenant because he had earned investigative experience as a detective and supervisory experience as a sergeant, as well as training experience from his time as a police officer in charge of physical
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but, it’s a really good training program. I’m very proud of that program and the work they do.” He had the unique experience of going through the entire 12-week SWAT training school with new officers who were coming into the unit, including the first woman who ever made it into SWAT. “The officers are so professional, so committed, so good at what they do,” he says. He also acknowledges that the SWAT perspective has put him in a better position to run incidences, like those involving barricaded suspects, that are part of his duties as captain. Where did Peters go next? Stay tuned for Part II. §
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Grassroots Acoustica show to pay tribute to producer Ed Tree Los Angeles-based modern folk artist Dudley Saunders will participate in a tribute concert for veteran American music producer Ed Tree, “One Degree to Ed Tree,” from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Talking Stick Coffee Lounge, 1411 C Lincoln Blvd., Venice. The concert is in its sixth year of production courtesy of Grassroots Acoustica and celebrates the work of Tree, known for his work as a musician and producer for award-winning acts like Rita Coolidge, the Spencer Davis Group, and local independents like David Serby. Saunders recently released his fourth independent record, “Monsters,” which he recorded with Tree at his South Pasadena studio. Frequently compared to Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Joni Mitchell, Saunders combines harshly poetic lyrics with unusually complex folk melodies, said event spokesperson Margo Drgos.
“Ed is primarily known for his work in the Americana and the roots world, so when he took on an experimental-alternative folkie like me, he actually ended up handling my notoriously ‘weird’ music better than all of my previous uber-hip producers combined,” said Saunders. The event will feature over a dozen acts, including notables such as Lisa O’Kane, David Serby, Mark Islam, Severin Browne (Jackson Browne’s brother), and percussionist Debra Dobkin (The Eagles, Bonnie Raitt). The five-year-old songwriter showcase Grassroots Acoustica meets on the second Saturday of every month at the Talking Stick. There is never a cover charge and it operates as a non-profit. The organization has raised over $56,000 in voluntary contributions supporting education, arts, social services, medical research and animal rescue organizations to date, event organizers say.
MODERN FOLK ARTIST Dudley Saunders will join over a dozen musical acts in a tribute concert for veteran American music producer Ed Tree at the Talking Stick Coffee Lounge in Venice Jan. 12.
Arena 1 Gallery to exhibit works ‘Plexi-drawings’ by Joanne exploring concept of infinity Lefrak to be on view at outcomes, Duval said. sions this as the first of a series The Arena 1 Gallery in Santa that will explore various aspects Monica will present Infinity+1, Los Angeles artist Reas has Leslie Sacks Contemporary part 1, an exhibit of works by art- of infinity. been writing generative software The Leslie Sacks Contemporary gallery in Santa Monica will present Treasure Sites, an exhibition of works by Joanne Lefrak, beginning Saturday, Jan. 12 through Feb. 23. An opening reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Bergamot Station gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. B6, Santa Monica. Lefrak, who is based in Santa Fe, NM, creates intricate drawings on Plexiglas that when illuminated, cast shadows onto the wall behind them. Lefrak’s “plexi-drawings” are rich in detail and borrow much from the school of Photorealism, a gallery spokesperson said. Like photorealists, she starts her process first by capturing images on her camera and then using the photographs as templates for her drawings. Her subject matter also merges past with present, and her drawings depict locations that have rich histories, the spokesperson said. These locales tell stories about the past, revealing memories, mysteries and myths about a place — an island that harbors the legend of Blackbeard the pirate; a Santa Fe plot of dirt that is revered as holy; and a plot of land in New Mexico that marks the site of the first atomic bomb test.
BLACK HOLE (INSIDE) is among the Plexiglas drawings by Joanne Lefrak that will be exhibited at the Leslie Sacks Contemporary gallery. The work is part of the Trinity series, named for the New Mexico site where the first atomic bomb test took place in 1945.
Black Hole (Inside) is part of Lefrak’s Trinity series, named for the Santa Fe site where the first atomic bomb test took place on July 16, 1945. The work depicts the eerie image of a surplus store in Los Alamos, where objects used in the making of the atomic bomb are sold, said the gallery spokesperson. Information, (310) 264-0640, or www.lesliesackscontemporary. com.
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ists Mitra Fabian, Debra Greene, Robert Strati and Casey Reas, beginning Saturday, Jan. 12 and continuing through Feb. 9. An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 12 at the gallery, 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. The works featured in the show flirt with the idea that infinity can be made tangible. Using tools of science like computer software or invented rules that are based on science but are actually fake, the artists employ similar processes of repeated patterns to investigate infinite outcomes, a gallery spokesperson notes. Curator Christine Duval envi-
Fabian works with atypical materials like glass vials, plastic films, tape, various office and scientific products. As she builds with these materials she deconstructs and alters them in such a way that they are not immediately recognizable. Their “reconstruction” is determined by what the material is capable of doing, not meant to do, Duval said. Greene said she has always been interested in subverting materials and their relevance. She approaches each piece with the same rule, but proceeds by slightly altering a component in exploring how a repetitive process is subverted to allow for different
for artistic purposes since he graduated from MIT in 2001. His prints, often presented as a diptych, represent a moment frozen in time which the software will never be able to reproduce as it survives into infinity, Duval said. Strati said he is motivated by the interactions of art, architectural theory, music and science. He draws upon musical notations, engineering schematics, architectural plans, alphabets, nodal networks and maps for inspiration. Information, (310) 397-7449, or www.santamonicaartstudios. com.
Edgemar Center gallery to display paintings by Marianne R.K. The main gallery at Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica will display paintings by Santa Monica artist Marianne R.K., also known as Marika, beginning Saturday, Jan. 12 through March 24. An opening reception is scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at Edgemar, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. Works displayed will be acrylic on canvas, with subjects including abstracts, landscapes, flowers and
figurative pieces. Each of the paintings display a strong sense of color, a gallery spokesperson notes. A longtime Santa Monica resident, Marika was born in Budapest, Hungary and later lived in Paris. Marika, who attended Montreal School of Fine Arts, has had her works shown in Montreal and Los Angeles. She is the author of a memoir, “All the Pretty Shoes.” “For the past many years, I ex-
perimented with different mediums such as oil, water and acrylic,” she said. “Today, I use mainly acrylic, although at times I experimented with mirrors and impasto. I find there are a few things in life I could not live without: music, colors and shapes. I am grateful that I can create images that come straight from within my soul.” Information, (310) 392-7327, or www.edgemarcenter.org.
PAINTINGS such as this (above) by Santa Monica artist Marianne R.K. will be exhibited at the Edgemar Center of the Arts’ main gallery in Santa Monica beginning Jan. 12.
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As a general rule, if a restaurant has an item in its name, I order it. If a place is called Joe’s Pizza, Howie’s Rib Joint, or the like, I have a good idea about what the chef thinks is the best item in the house. I wasn’t able to use that strategy at Ninjin in Santa Monica, because “ninjin” means carrot in Japanese – and the only carrot I saw while I was there was a few shreds on the side of a plate. When I asked why the restaurant was named after something they don’t serve, the server smiled and said that the owner’s wife likes carrots. The name does make a little sense in an oblique fashion, since the flavors of seafood are modified with simple natural flavors from garden and field rather than the baroque sauces that are splashed around at modern sushi bars. Blowtorches are not wielded ostentatiously here, sriracha and garlic butter are not featured, and at least as much traditional nigiri sushi is served as fancy rolls. It’s sushi without the tricks that can cover mediocre ingredients, and it’s served in a low-key place about the size of an average living room. We started with nigiri, the traditional sliced fish on squares of rice, while considering what else we might order. The Spanish mackerel and bigeye tuna were fresh and delicious, and if there was any wasabi under the fish it was the merest hint. The tuna was unadorned, the mackerel had a mild ponzu sauce with a scattering of chopped scallion, and the portions of both fish were perfect – a good mouthful each, so you can enjoy the flavor without being overfilled. (After some recent experiences where we were served unwieldy slabs, we both appreciate moderation.) We continued with rolls – a riceless Jessica roll and the ninjin roll (and yes, I ordered it because it was named after the restaurant, so it had to be something they’re proud of). The ninjin roll turned out to be tuna, salmon, yellowtail tuna, crab and avocado, with just a dab of sweet eel sauce on the side. It was tasty but not daring, which makes it appropriate as a metaphor for the restaurant. The Jessica roll, made from raw vegetables, tuna, yellowtail,
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salmon, and whitefish wrapped in thinly sliced cucumber, was more memorable. It wasn’t technically sushi at all, since that word refers to vinegared rice, but it was a delicious mélange of fresh flavors, with a seafood and vegetable salad as finger food. We continued with a daily special – sliced yellowtail in a ponzu marinade with herbs and tiny slices of jalapeno. The jalapeno had been seeded so it wasn’t fiery, adding as much flavor as heat, and we would order it again in a heartbeat. Even my spicetimid wife was delighted with the touch of heat along with seafood and citrus. The scallop crunch roll that followed wasn’t quite as successful – the flavors of crabmeat, avocado and tempura scallop were fine, but the roll had been covered with a vast heap of crispy tempura bits. A few of these would have been a nice texture contrast, but there were too many – this scallop crunch roll was more crunch than scallop. We paired our meals with two different sakes of the Junmai Gingyo style – Kikusui and Hakushika. Both were dry with flowery overtones, and the two small bottles shared between three people were the perfect amount. The sake menu here is limited but well-chosen and moderately priced; those who just enjoy a moderate tipple will find something they like; those seeking a sake library can go else-
where. After a few more orders of nigiri – octopus, salmon roe with quail egg, and a double order of yellowtail – it was time for the bill. This was $109 for a comfortably full dinner for three; a bargain by L.A. sushi standards. We left Ninjin with a renewed appreciation for the virtues of traditional sushi, a cuisine that is all about pure and natural flavors modified and combined with exquisite taste. Ninjin is at 607 Colorado Ave. in Santa Monica. Open Mo-Thu 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri 11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m., Sa noon 10:30 p.m., Sun 5 - 10 p.m. Small parking lot in rear or street parking, wheelchair access OK. §
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Fantastic Marina Beach Home with Fabulous Views
The property is offered at $2,995,000, and is also for lease at $12,000 per month. Information, Jesse Weinberg & Associates, Keller Williams Marina/LA Realty, (800) 804-9132.
“This architectural masterpiece, designed by architect Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA, is directly on the sand, with spectacular oceanfront views,” says agent Jesse Weinberg. “This three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home has approximately 2,300 square feet of interior living space, and nearly 800 additional square feet of decking and patios. The open, airy step-down living room has vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass. The living area has custom-built, contemporary wall furniture and a stone fireplace. The gourmet kitchen is an entertainer’s dream with a custom breakfast bar, and Wolf and SubZero appliances. The property comes fully furnished, with a third bedroom set up as an office.”
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Marina del rey – 3 Bed + 3 Bath Marina del rey – 3 Bed + 3 Bath 1 Eastwind #303 13700 Marina Pointe Drive #1205 Furnished at $2,995,000/Lease for $12,000 Offered at $1,850,000
Marina del rey – 2 Bed + 3 Bath 13650 Marina Pointe Drive #1003 Offered at $1,295,000
Marina del rey – 3 Bed + 3 Bath 4521 Alla Road #2 Offered at $775,000 or Lease at $4,200/Mo
Marina del rey – 3 Bed + 3 Bath 13230 Fiji Way #J Offered at $575,000
Marina del rey – 1 Bed + 1 Bath 13700 Marina Pointe Drive #422 Offered at $370,000, Lease for $2,500
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Marina del rey – 1 Bed + 1 Bath 4625 Marina City Drive #1005 Lease for $3,300 Furnished
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Marina del rey – 2 Bed + 2 Bath 13700 Marina Pointe Drive #716 Lease for $4,200
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712 WASHINGTON BLVD., MARINA DEL REY
MARINA CITY CLUB FOR SALE NEW LISTING! Exquisite and Luxurious 2Bd 2 Ba with Captivating Ocean, Marina and Harbor Views. Enjoy a Spacious Living Room with Recessed Lighting, Adjacent to an Open and Fully Remodeled Kitchen that Features Granite Counter Tops, a Large Island that is Ideal for Entertaining and Top-of-the-line Stainless Steel Appliances. Walk-in Closet, and Beautiful Bathrooms. The Gem of the Marina City Club! ................................$689,000 NEW AND SPECTACULAR! Highest Floor 2Bd + 2Ba. Panoramic and Marina Views. Gorgeous Flooring, Open Kitchen with Top-of-theLine Stainless Steel Appliances. Fully Equipped, Luxurious Master Bath Spa. Very High Quality Remodel With Many Built-ins. Priced To Sell. Must See!...................................................................................... $699,000 NEW LISTING! 2 Bedroom + 2 Bath, Exceptional Marina Channel, Ocean, and Harbor Views. High Floor. Fantastic Deal! ......................................................................................................$575,000 NEW LISTING! 1 Bedroom + 1.5 Bath, Impeccable Remodel with Striking Wood Panels and Intricate Marble Floors. Top-of-the-Line Technology, Security Systems, 6 Built-in TVs, Open Kitchen, Custom Finishings and More. A Luxurious Turn-Key Unit with Phenomenal Ocean/Mountain/City Lights and Sunset Views. Ultimate, FullyLoaded Bachelor Pad ......................................................................... $449,000 3 Bedroom + 2 Bath, Serene Marina Views. Contemporary Gorgeous Remodel. Hardwood Floors Throughout, Open Kitchen with SS Appliances, Maple Cabinets, Double Oven. Modern Baths, Marble Floor, Jet Tub, Huge Shower. Built-in Designer Closets. ....$599,000 NEW LISTING! 3 Bedroom + 2 Bath, Marina/Ocean Views. Beautifully Appointed with Custom Cabinets, Flooring and Wall Treatments. Quiet Location..................................................... $610,000 NEW LISTING! 2 Bedroom + 2 Bath, Spectacular Ocean and Harbor Views. Great Location, Must See! .......................................... $719,000 Studio Turn Key Unit with Bamboo Floors, W! Built-in Murphy Bed and ESCRO INQuickly! Remodeled Kitchen. Will go ..........................................$174,900 2 Bedroom + 2 Bath, Breathtaking Marina and Ocean Views. Coveted Location, East Tower South ....................................................... $479,000 2-Story Penthouse with the Very Best Marina/Ocean Views in Marina City Club. Gorgeous, Top-of-the-Line Remodel, 2 Bedroom + Loft + 2.5 Bath, ............................................................. $1,190,000
Marina City Club with Views
“This exquisite and luxurious two-bedroom, two-bath condo has captivating ocean, Marina and harbor views,” says agent Charles Lederman. “Enjoy a spacious living room with recessed lighting that is adjacent to an open, fully remodeled kitchen boasting stainless steel appliances, a large island ideal for entertaining, and granite counter tops. The master bedroom leads to a large walk-in closet and a stunning, en-suite bath with an oversized shower, and his and hers sinks. The guest room has plantation shutters and large closets, with an equally impressive bathroom. Enjoy all of Marina City Club’s amenities with the unit.” The property is offered at $679,000. Information, Charles Lederman, Marina City Realty, (310 821-8980.
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Mariners Bay Apartments proudly introduces our luxurious furnished apartment homes. These apartments feature majestic marina and mountain views with the iconic Hollywood sign in the distance. Luxurious designer interior includes stainless steel appliances, stone counter tops, gourmet kitchenware, fine linens, customized closets and 3 large flat screen tv's with Blu-Ray players for your entertainment. Enjoy stunning sunsets & inspiring ambiance from your private balcony. When you drop anchor at Mariners Bay you know you’re home. Amenities Heated Pool & Hot Tub Fitness Center Saunas Business Center Clubhouse On-Site Laundry Sand Volleyball Court 24 Hour Emergency Maintenance
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“This exquisitely remodeled three-bedroom, three-bath townhome is located in the heart of the Marina,” says agent Jesse Weinberg. “The spacious floor plan has a split-level living/dining area, a fireplace, custom distressed hardwood floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows. French doors open to a private, enclosed brick patio. A gourmet kitchen has stainless steel appliances, European cabinetry, Caesarstone counter tops, and a custom pantry. The luxurious master bedroom has a bath with soaking tub, separate shower, Italian tile, and high-end fixtures. Located in a gated community with pools and spas, the townhouse includes a private, attached garage with storage. Walk to shops and restaurants.” The property is available for lease at $4,200 per month/two year minimum term, or for sale at $775,000. Information, Jesse Weinberg & Associates, Keller Williams Marina/LA Realty, (800) 804-9132.
Happy Holidays from the Flexner Family
Tessa and Lila Flexner Erik and Jenna Flexner recently became the proud parents of twin girls, Tessa and Lila. The family would like to extend holiday greetings and wishes to all for a healthy, prosperous new year. “We now have a large presence in both markets and can list and show properties quicker and easier than before,” says Flexner. The Flexner Group has now been specializing in the Playa-Marina market for 10 years, and they rank top 1% internationally among realtors. Information, Erik Flexner, Coldwell Banker, (310) 754-8144, www.theflexnergroup.com.
Eileen McCarthy Sells
Marina City Club!!! For Sale One-bedrOOm 825 CTN Ocean City & Mountain Views . . In . . EscrOw . . . . . . . . $299,000 524 CTS Ocean & Marina Views . . . . . . . . . .sOLD . . . . . . . $350,000 126 CTS Marina Views . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .sOLD . . . . . . . $275,000
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Spectacular Marina del Rey Condo with Views
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“This stunning, sleek contemporary condo is in the prestigious, full-service high rise, The Cove,” says agent Jesse Weinberg. “The two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath unit offers nearly 1,800 square feet of living space with an oversized, wraparound balcony. Breathtaking ocean, Marina and city views from every room surround an open floor plan. The kitchen boasts Studio Becker cabinets, granite counters, a large center island, with Bosch and Thermador built-in appliances. The master bedroom has its own bath with dual sinks, oversized tub and a separate shower, a large walk-in closet, and floor-to-ceiling glass. Features include a separate laundry room and two-car parking. The full-service building has a 24-hour desk, valet, gym, pool and spa tub, and an indoor recreational lounge. Easy access to shopping, restaurants, bike path and boating.” The property is offered at $1,295,000. Information, Jesse Weinberg & Associates, Keller Williams Marina/LA Realty, (800) 804-9132.
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“This two-bedroom, two-bath condo is in the East Tower North of Marina City Club, and offers fabulous city and mountain views,” says agent Eileen McCarthy. “The unit is furnished and club amenities include a state-of-the-art private gym, his and hers spa, a restaurant, café, beauty shop, tennis and racquetball courts, swimming pools and 24-hour guard gated security.” The property is available for lease at $3,500 per month. Information, Eileen McCarthy, Marina Ocean Properties, (310) 822-8910.
“Discover Old World charm in this picturesque and artful 2-story, 2-bedroom plus office, 2-bath 1928 Spanish home with Mexican paver tile, wood floors, arched doorways and original details,” says agent Betsy Goldman. Features include an interior with antique fixtures combined with modern conveniences traveling from a past era to the present, a spacious beautifully landscaped yard with built-in barbeque and three seating areas perfect for entertaining. Pick your own herbs from an herb garden and lemons and peaches from the trees. French doors open from the master bedroom to a balcony and from the living room to a patio providing an indoor/outdoor flow and many windows give light and air throughout. May be completely or partially furnished. Plently of closet space and storage including a 21’ x 2 1/2’ garage area. This property is offered for lease at $5,225 a month. Information, agent Betsy Goldman, Abbot Kinney Real Estate, (310)392-1014.
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be responsible for small children, the elderly or handicapped. Check smoke detectors periodically to be sure they’re working properly. Fire departments recommend changing batteries twice a year – when you change your clocks to and from daylight saving time. Be sure that your house numbers can be easily seen at night from the street. Safe electrical practices. Minimize outlet extenders or plug-in power bars; these can overload an electrical circuit. Repair or replace worn, frayed, or broken electrical cords. Use only extension cords that match (or have a larger capacity than) the wattage of the appliances that you plug into them. Make sure your receptacles and appliances are properly grounded. Check the maximum size of bulb allowable for lighting fixtures, and don’t exceed the maximum wattage. Be especially careful not to use improperly-sized bulbs in recessed lighting fixtures because of heat buildup. Never replace a blown fuse with an improperly-sized substitute. Keep two fire extinguishers in your home, one in the kitchen area or service porch, and one in the garage, located in clear view near the exit. Fire extinguishers are coded according to the types of fires they can extinguish. An “A-B-C” multi-purpose extinguisher puts out all common types of fires. Be sure your extinguishers are large enough to handle home fires. The minimum size to have on hand is a classified “2A10BC” on the label. Periodically check your extinguishers to be sure they are fully charged; this is usually just a matter of looking at a small gauge mounted on top of the unit. This week’s question was answered by Linda Black, Assistant Manager, Coldwell Banker Previews, (310) 804-6432.
Prepare your house. When it’s time to make choices about new roofing and siding materials, choose fire-resistant building materials such as asphalt-fiberglas or masonry roofing, particularly if you live in a fire-prone area. Unless properly treated with fire retardant, wood shingles and shakes are a clear invitation to disaster and are outlawed in many communities. Clean leaves and debris from rain gutters and trim off dead branches that overhang your roof, chimney and power lines. Be sure your chimney is equipped with a spark arrestor. Wood decks can also be problematic because they offer a source of fuel with plenty of air circulation, which makes them burn all the better. Be sure to keep dry vegetation and trees trimmed away from decks. Also beware of where you position a barbecue- don’t put it on a wood deck, beneath a patio overhead, or near flammable vegetation. Prepare your family. Though the possibilities of a fire in or around your home can be a scary thought, developing strategies for your family to follow in the event of a fire emergency isn’t just smart, it’s critical. Fire is one of the most immediately devastating home disasters. Begin by taking these steps: be sure each room has at least two exits that can serve as fire escapes. If one of these is an upper-story window, provide a hook-on fire escape ladder (available at home improvement centers). Be sure that even children know how to attach and climb down these ladders, and keep the ladder in an easily accessible place (of course, make sure they are not used unless there is a fire). Develop an escape plan and practice it with a family drill. Everyone should know how to get out of the house and where to assemble safely outdoors. Establish who will
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Life Beyond 50 By Helga Gendell Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 62 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2013. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 56 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January. Increased payments to more than eight million SSI beneficiaries began on Dec. 31. According to the Social Security Administration, the purpose of the COLA is to ensure that the purchasing power of Social Security and SSI benefits is not eroded by inflation. It is based on the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) from the third quarter of the last year that a COLA was determined to the third quarter of the current year. If there is no increase, there can’t be a COLA. On Dec. 6, Michael Astrue, commissioner of Social Security, announced that 35 additional compassionate allowance conditions are in effect, bringing the total number of conditions in the expedited disability process to 200. Compassionate allowances are a way to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that, by definition, meet Social Securi-
ty’s standards for disability benefits. The program fast-tracks disability decisions to ensure that Americans with the most serious disabilities receive their benefit decisions within days instead of months or years. These conditions primarily include certain cancers, adult brain disorders, and a number of rare disorders that affect children, said Astrue. “We have achieved another milestone for the compassionate allowances program, reaching 200 conditions,” Astrue said. “Nearly 200,000 people with severe disabilities nationwide have been
quickly approved, usually in less than two weeks, through the program since it began in October 2008.” By definition, these conditions are so severe that Social Security does not need to fully develop the applicant’s work history to make a decision. As a result, Social Security eliminated this part of the application process for people who have a condition on the list, according to the Social Security website. For information and a complete list of conditions, www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances.
Celebrations scheduled in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day The city of Santa Monica will host three Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events Jan. 18-20 to commemorate the life of the slain civil rights leader. Nat Trives, former Santa Monica mayor and longtime civic activist, will be the keynote speaker at the largest of the events, the celebration of King’s birthday Saturday, Jan. 19. The annual celebration of the official King holiday has become one of the largest and most diverse celebrations of its kind in Southern California, organizers said. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Redeem the Dream.” The schedule of events includes the following: •Friday, Jan. 18, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast at the Calvary Baptist Church, 1502 20th St., Santa Monica. The suggested donation is $25 per person or $200 for a table of 10. The event will feature Dominique Washington’s “Ready for the Dream;” a “Table Talk” conversation on “Courage in Action;” gospel music and more. • Saturday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m.: 28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, a multiethnic interfaith program that includes inspirational readings, speakers, music, dance, singing and the MLK Education Awards. SGI Auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. The celebration is followed by a Community Involvement Fair from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the SGI Youth Center, 606 Wilshire Blvd. Both events are free. • Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3:30 p.m.: The Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra performs a free Martin Luther King memorial concert after Barack Obama is re-sworn in as president of the United States. SGI Auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd. Trives, a Santa Monica City Council member from 1971 to 1979 who served as mayor in 1975-77, has been active in a wide range of civic and community ser-
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Community meeting on LAWA plan for north runway The Los Angeles Planning Department will host a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the Proud Bird Restaurant in Westchester regarding a proposal to move the northernmost runway at Los Angeles International Airport. An open house is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Los Angeles World Airports staff have recommended moving the runway 260 feet north, which various entities, including the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa’s Airport Relations Committee, oppose. Some residents argue that this proposal will increase noise, air pollution and traffic along Lincoln Boulevard. Airport officials counter that the move will allow them to enhance safety on the airfields as well as accommodate some of the larger aircraft at LAX, which are arriving with increased frequency. The newly refurbished Tom Bradley International Terminal, which is slated to partially open this summer, will have larger terminals to house these larger aircraft, such as the Airbus A-380.
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