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LAWA staff gives recommendation to move runway 260 feet north Could the North Runway be moving 260 feet north? At the Monday, December 3 Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) meeting, LAWA staff presented its recommended Alternatives, based on the LAX Specific Plan Amendment Study (SPAS) and the Draft SPAS Environmental Impact Report to the board. The SPAS report looked to identify possible changes to the LAX Specific Plan which called for the “modernization and improvement of LAX in a manner designed for a practical capacity of 78.9 million annual passengers, while enhancing

safety and security, minimizing environmental impacts on surrounding communities and creating conditions that encourage airlines to use other airports in the region.” The report identifies nine potential alternatives to components of the LAX Master Plan, known as “Yellow Light Projects,” and include LAX ground transportation systems, improvements to terminals and north runway configurations. When the SPAS report was released, the public had from July 27 through October 10 to review the document and make public comments. Three public meetings in August were held,

and according to LAWA more than 370 people attended and more than 2,000 individual comments were received. LAWA states the majority of these comments were focused on the selection of a particular Alternative and the importance of moving forward with the SPAS process. At these public meetings, the community largely came out in favor of Alternatives 2 and 9, which are the only proposals that do not call for moving the North Runway closer to Westchester and Playa del Rey. At the time, the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa came out in favor of both of these Alternatives.

At the BOAC meeting, however, LAWA staff made their recommendation for combining SPAS Alternative 1 and 9 as the Preferred Alternative to be considered by the board. BOAC made no decision on the staff’s recommendation at the December meeting, but will consider the issue again early next year. Alternative 1 would move the North Runway 260 feet north and construct a center taxiway between the two north airfield runways. It would also address runway safety area and taxiway/ taxi lane deficiencies, create a new Terminal Zero, redevelop (continued on page 12)

Santa makes stops in Westchester, Playa to spread holiday cheer Fire Station 5, the Pacific Division of the LAPD and Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club are helping spread holiday cheer with their annual Santa Tours. LAPD and Santa on his sleigh will make their first stops on Thursday, December 6. Santa will make the following stops: • 5 p.m.: Corinth between Culver Blvd. and Barman Ave. • 5:30 p.m.: Mesmer Ave. at Beatrice Ave. • 6 p.m.: Kenyon Ave. and Louise Ave. • 6:30 p.m. North Park between Marcasel Ave. and East Blvd. • 7:15 p.m.: Croydon between 83rd Street and 85th Street • 7:45 p.m.: 8431 Truxton Ave. On Wednesday, December 12, Santa will make the following stops: • 4 p.m. Playa del Rey Lagoon • 5:30 p.m. West 85th Place, west of McConnell Ave. • 6 p.m. 8332 Stewart Ave. • 6:30 p.m. 81st at Emerson • 7 p.m. Dunbarton Ave. at Denrock • 7:30 p.m. 6716 W. 87th Street • 8 p.m. 5735 W. 75th Street Stop times can vary between 15

and 30 minutes. Listen for sirens and look for lights to see Santa on his sled. In case of rain, the event will be cancelled. For more info, please call the LAPD Community Relations Office at (310) 202-4524. Santa and his elves will also be making a special visit to Westchester, Playa del Rey and Playa Vista with the help of LAFD Station No. 5 on Monday, December 17. In case of rain, Santa will be at Fire Station No. 5, located at 8900 Emerson Ave. in Westchester between 5 and 7 p.m. for pictures. Santa will be stopping at these location: • 5:15 p.m. Rindge at Barbour Street, Playa del Rey Hill • 5:45 p.m. Stanmoor Drive at 85th Street • 6:15 p.m. Playa Vista Concert Park • 6:45 p.m. Croydon at 78th Street • 7:15 p.m. Midfield Avenue between Osage and 82nd Street Look for the Santa Stop Signs where Rotarians will be set up with tables of cookies, hot chocolate and coffee. For more info, on the Rotary/LAFD stops, please call (310) 306-8525.

At left: Community members will have at least three opportunities to see Santa this holiday season, thanks to LAFD, LAPD and the Venice Sunrise Rotary Club.

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Join Visitation School in the spirit of giving by donating new, unwrapped toys to St. Margaret’s Center for their annual Christmas Program. Every year, St. Margaret’s Center, just a stone’s throw away from Westchester, donates thousands of toys to needy children. Visitation is helping in this effort, by asking the community to help spread holiday cheer to the less fortunate. A drop box for toys is located at the school, at 8740 Emerson Ave. in Westchester. Toys should be valued between $15-$25 and toys for babies and tweens are especially needed. Toys will be collected through Thursday, December 13th, Mondays through Thursdays from 9am -2pm and Fridays from 9am to 11am. Those interested in donating can also visit, choose “wish list” from the blue tab in the upper right corner and in the “find someone’s list” type in St. Margaret’s Center. Toys can be bought and shipped directly to the center. For more info, please contact Terry O’Connor at (310) 994-9904 or at


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T h i s M o n t h B r i n g s Yo u December Features Police, BID warn shoppers to harden the target 4 Rotary welcomes Olympic gold medalist to meeting 8 9 Looking Back... 15 Finding joy instead of stress during the holidays Community Calendar/To Do 16-17 In Pictures 22

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“It’s not easy working the night shift, even when it’s just one night a year. But I always know that if I need something late at night, Ralphs is open ‘til 2 a.m. and CVS is open 24 hours a day, so whether it’s a treat for Rudolph or some medicine for the Mrs., I know where I’m headed. Happy Holidays!”

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Police warn shoppers to harden the target during holiday shopping At its annual meeting, the Westchester Town Center Business Improvement District encouraged shoppers, residents and business owners to pay special attention to security during the holiday season. The meeting included pleas from several LAPD officers to take basic precautions to avoid burglary and theft from motor vehicles and provided a few simple steps to keep from becoming victims of these crimes. While overall crime is down in LAPD’s Pacific Division, Lt. David Crew told attendees gathered at the L.A. Turners building in Westchester that property crime continues to be a concern in and around the airport area. “The irony is that if folks would take a few extra seconds to properly store their belongings, this crime could be eliminated. There is no good reason to be the victim of a one of these crimes,” he said. “These crimes are our own fault sometimes. There’s no good reason to leave your iPad sitting on the seat in your car. Of course, I’ve done it myself. I’ve left a camera on the front seat of my car and become a victim.” According to the LAPD, the average cost of burglary and theft from motor vehicles to each victim is roughly $1,885. “I think the message is loud and

Westchester BID Ambassador Steve Rhodes, left, talks to Westchester FastFrame owner Lew Wright about retail security during the holidays.

clear,” said Don Duckworth, executive director of the BID. “We all need to do a better job of hardening the target, of hiding those things we want to keep, of locking our car doors. Basically, we need to keep from making ourselves easy victims.” The message from LAPD and the BID is simple:

Lock It: Lock your vehicle every time you leave it unattended and take your valuables with you. Hide It: Hide your valuables in your trunk, under the seats, in the glove box, or other compartments within the vehicle. Ideally, take your property with you. Keep It: Personal responsibility is the

best prevention to safeguard personal property and to prevent becoming a victim. Cedric Sutherland, COO of City National Security Services, which oversees the ambassador program for the BID, said his team will be interacting with shoppers, tenants and business owners to promote the LAPD’s suggestions. “Our BID Ambassador, Steve Rhodes, will be on his bike, traveling throughout the BID and reminding people to be safe during the holiday season,” said Sutherland, who added, “We will also be working with local retailers to make sure that businesses do what they can to not only provide a safe environment for their customers but also to protect themselves from would-be thieves.” Det. Alicia Elliott said shoppers, in particular, should be extra vigilant. “When you go shopping and put your purchases in the truck of your car, you’re still not guaranteed to be safe,” she said. “There are plenty of thieves who will follow you from one store and wait for you to go into the grocery store. While you’re in there, they will break into your car and steal the items (Continued on page 10)

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The Marina del Rey Boat Parade is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with what hopefully will be the largest event in the group’s history. This year’s parade takes place on Saturday, December 8 starting at 6 p.m. at Burton Chace Park. This year, the golden anniversary will kickoff with an event for families and kids at Burton Chace Park from 1 to 4 p.m. Activities at the event include crafts, face painting, balloon animals, making a winter bird feeder, fun, music and more. As in past years, fireworks at 5:55 p.m. will make the start of the parade. Organizers are hoping for more than fifty boats to participate. This year, Redondo Beach’s and Newport Beach’s boat parades are taking place on different weekends, which could lead to an even larger

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turnout. Boats of all sizes will be decorated festively with thousands of lights and will circle the main channel. A team of judges will select winners in the following categories: “Best Overall,” “Best Sail,” “Best Power,” “Best Yacht Club,” “Best Organization,” “Best Individual,” “Best Charter,” “Best Theme,” “Best Music,” “Best Band,” “Best Animation,” “Best Spirit,” and “Best Lights.” (Continued on page 6)

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Parade celebrates anniversary with gold medalists (cont’d) (continued from page 3) In honor of its golden anniversary, this year’s Grand Marshall is three-time Olympic gold medalist, Kerri WalshJennings. She will be accompanied by 2012 gold medalist swimmer Rebecca Soni and Steve Hegg, 1984 gold and silver medal cyclist. Walsh-Jennings, who currently resides in Manhattan Beach, began her career on the indoor volleyball court at Stanford University and garnered a number of records before transitioning to the sand. As a beach volleyball player, she has become one half of the winningest team in beach volleyball history with partner Misty May-Treanor. Married to U.S. volleyball player, Casey Jennings, she is also the proud mom of two young sons. Walsh-Jennings won her three gold medals with Misty May-Treanor in Athens (2004), Beijing (2008), and London (2012). She was AVP Best offensive and Most Outstanding Player in 2003 and 2007 and is only the second player in NCAA history to receive First-Team All-American honors all four seasons while at Stanford University (1996 – 1999). She is also the first player in Pac–10 history to record 1,500 kills (1,553), 1,200 digs (1,285) and 500 blocks (502). In 2011, she was inducted into the Stanford University Hall of Fame.

Beach volleyball gold medalist, Kerri Walsh-Jennings will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshal, and will be accompanied by Gold medalist swimmer Rebecca Soni (right) and Mark Steines. COURTESY TEAM USA. PHOTO BY USOC/LONG PHOTOGRAPHY.

Off the court, Walsh-Jennings has formed the “Chase the Stars” foundation, whose mission is to make an immediate and positive impact on the lives of as many children as possible. Walsh-Jennings and the organization have supported various charity partners from St. Jude, to the local Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley. Said parade organizer, Cindy Williams who has chaired the event for

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the last ten years, “I am very excited about celebrating the 50th boat parade and thrilled that Kerri Walsh-Jennings is going to be the grand marshal. What better way to celebrate the golden parade than to have a three-time Olympic gold medal winner lead this year’s special parade.” Soni has medaled in two Olympics and recently took home the silver medal in the 100m breaststroke, gold medal in the 200m breaststroke and

gold medal in the 4x100m medley relay in the 2012 London Olympics. Spectators attending the 50th Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade will be able to park in ten county public parking lots in the Marina, located at the following places: Fisherman’s Village, along Fiji Way; Admiralty Way; Palawan Way; Mindanao Way; Panay Way; and Via Marina. Parking fees for all county lots are waived. Recommended viewing sports include Fisherman’s Village and Burton Chase Park. Those interested can also try and make reservations for a restaurant in Fisherman’s Village, which include El Torito, Sapori and Shanghai Reds. Williams is hoping the community comes out in full force to support this event. Said Williams,“ It takes a lot of time and effort to put this event on. Since this event is put on by a non-profit organization, the fact that the tradition has continued for 50 years is a huge milestone.” Visitors are reminded that there is no street parking in Marina del Rey. For more information about the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, visit To contact parade headquarters, please call, (310) 670-7130.

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First American to medal in five-straight Olympics visits Rotary to share medals and stories about the London games Westchester Rotary had a special guest at its Wednesday, November 28 meeting, when gold medalist Double tap and Skeet shooter, Kim Rhode stopped by to discuss her time at the 2012 London Olympics and to display her medals. Double tap is a shooting technique where two well-aimed shots are fired at the same target with very little time in between shots. Rhode was born and raised in Southern California and started shooting at young age with her family. Winning medals and accolades at club shoots, she gained the attention of scouts and at the age of 13 began training for the Olympics. At just 16, she took home the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and became the youngest female gold medalist in the history of Olympic shooting. She went on to win the bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and a 2004 gold medal in Athens. After double tap was eliminated as a sport in the Olympics, Rhode concentrated her efforts on skeet shooting and took home the silver medal at the games in Beijing. The road to the London Olympics were perhaps the most challenging and “more overwhelming” for Rhodes than previous games. Her team had planned to meet in Denmark to get in last minute training before the

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Olympian Kim Rhode (center) displays her medals while posing with friend Nora Maclellan and Westchester Rotary President Cindy Williams.

games, which could involve shooting an exhausting 500-1,000 rounds a day. Getting to Europe early would also help acclimate the athletes to the time change. With only three shooting ranges in London, the team knew it was going to be difficult to get any training done there. With the rest of the team already in Denmark, Rhode tried unsuccessfully to board a plane to the country three days in a row, each

one cancelled. This left her having to train alone in L.A. without her team. When her dog ate her ticket to London, she began to wonder if all these were events were an omen. By the time she made it to London, however, even with the warm rooms in the Olympic village that made it hard to sleep, Rhode was ready for competition. The London games were the first time she would not participate

in the opening ceremony because her event was the next day. Watching the “best fireworks” she had ever seen from her Olympic village balcony, she had a sense of calm. Said Rhode, “I wasn’t nervous. I was very at ease. I figured I was either going to do it, or not do it.” The next day, Rhode ended up hitting 99 out of a 100 targets, tying the world record. At the podium, Rhode recalls being overcome with emotions. “At the London games many memories flashed in my head...Having my gun stolen, a breast cancer scare. It’s really about the journey and each and every time it has me bawling. It’s what’s gonna get me going for the 2016 games.” Winning a gold medal at the London games made Rhode the first American to medal in five consecutive Olympics and the only woman to win three individual gold medals for shooting. Rhodes estimates she has fired upwards of 4 million shots in her lifetime, and has days were she has shot 500 targets and only missed one or two of them. At the meeting she announced that she has her eyes set on the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.

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Looking Back... Putting Our Town on the Map

By David J. “Duke” Dukesherer

Erasmus wrote, “In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.” Well I am here to tell you, there is nothing royal at all that comes with blindness. As a result of a little malady I was suffering through, I came up essentially blind in the left eye. Through the miracle of modern medicine, however, I have been measured for a new lens, and the problem will be solved shortly. It cannot be too soon for me. Reading and writing have been particularly difficult, and driving an automobile at night is almost impossible. But I am still, “looking back” nevertheless, and wishing you...Happy Holidays from Westchester and Playa del Rey! By the time you read this, you will, I hope, have had a very Happy Thanksgiving, and will be preparing for Christmas. As I wrote last month, Thanksgiving Day was more or less the birthday of Playa del Rey; that being the day in 1904 when the town and the early developments were dedicated. Unfortunately, in just ten or twelve years, nearly all of that first round of development burned to the ground or washed out to sea, although the residents of Santa Monica,“appreciated the firewood.” Until 1921, only a few homes remained and three or four

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buildings. Then the arrival of Fritz Burns permanently put Playa del Rey, and later, Westchester on the map. For many years I have been writing and re-writing a screenplay about our town called Beach of the King. The history of the area is an exciting topic and maybe I will finish the thing one day, beginning with the account and subsequent annihilation of the early inhabitants the Tongva, through the Mexican Rancho Period; the written descriptions of Old California by Richard Henry Dana (Two Years Before The Mast), and William Tecumseh Sherman (Memoirs); the rise and fall of Port Ballona and the first attempt to build Playa del Rey, Mines Field (LAX), the development of Loyola University (LMU); and the glory days of Coach Tom Lieb’s Loyola University football and hockey teams; Sherman’s trolley cars; Daniel Freeman’s Inglewood and purchase of Rancho Sausal Redondo (Westchester); and the mythic boomto-bust-to-boom tale of the great Fritz Bernard Burns. One could write a book on any of these subjects, or in my case nine books, which I did write and I have two more about finished. And there are many interesting people associated with our area as well: Howard Hughes, Mae Murray, Rudolph Valentino, Ronald Coleman, Bessie Love, Father Joseph Sullivan, Barney Oldfield, Don Johns, George Beban, Mel Blanc (What’s Up Doc?), Cecil and Richard DeMille, Carmen

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LAX, LMU and Otis College. At one point, the Tongva roamed the dunes and seashore and crossed the ocean to Catalina in handmade boats, a Southern General and later a Scottish Lord owned most of Westchester, “the Waterman” Mike Doyle surfed at D&W and Gillis Beach was king. Finally, we are the undisputed home of the 1928 Air Races, a 1932 Olympic event, the Spruce Goose, the start of the Laurel Canyon Freeway, Randy’s Big Donut, the “baby” Vons, the Shack Burger, the Buggy Whip, the Loyola Theatre, the Lighted Pylons, Tower Pizza, Thrill Hill, Vinny’s Pizza, Saint Bernard High, Hank’s Pizza, Tompkins “Fireside” Square, the Westchester “cat woman” and “Christmas Candle.” Recently, there has been a great deal of renewed interest in the area, and I was lucky enough to be filmed by AOL Studios discussing the history of Surfridge and Palisades Del Rey. I hope that you have a chance to view it. The program, What Remain (available at takes an interesting look at vanishing America including Surfridge, the Mt. Lowe Railway and the Saint Francis Dam. And the show must go on, even if you have to do it with a bum eye. After all, what we look back on and what we look forward to is up to us. Comments:

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Holiday shopping safety tips (continued) (continued from page 4) you just purchased. It may be safer to take your purchases home instead of going from store to store.” Elliott added that distracted shoppers are also easy targets. “With cell phones, we’re often not aware of our surroundings,” she said. “Most times, a criminal will not approach someone who is paying attention and looks like they know where they’re going. They’ll move on to the next person because they’re looking for a easy target. And that’s exactly what

you are if you’re more concerned about texting or talking on the phone than protecting your purse or the items you just purchased.” Duckworth said the BID will be placing flyers on cars throughout the holiday season and will provide local businesses with posters to put up in their shops reminding shoppers to be safe. “We will make a real effort to harden the target in the BID and make it safer for our businesses and customers,” he said.

Garcetti and Greuel neck-and-neck for mayor according to LMU poll Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel are neck-andneck in the race to be the next Mayor of Los Angeles, though the contest is still anybody’s game, according to an exit poll conducted by the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles (CSLA) at Loyola Marymount University. Among voters who picked a candidate, Garcetti had 36.1 percent of the support, ahead of City Controller Wendy Greuel, at 32.3 percent, and Councilwoman Jan Perry at 15.1 percent. Radio personality Kevin James polled at 8.7 percent. However, those numbers represent only a third of the poll’s respondents – those who made a choice on how they would cast their ballots. More than two-thirds, or 67.2 percent, said they did not know who they would vote for in the March primary. Additionally, when asked how they would vote in a run-off between Garcetti and Greuel, poll respondents gave Greuel a slight edge: 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent. “While Garcetti and Greuel are the front runners, there are still enough undecided voters to swing the primary election in favor of any of the candidates,” said Professor Fernando Guerra, director of the center. The results are based on a tally of 4,411 completed surveys from 50 precincts in the city, collected by more than 150 student volunteers on Election Day last month. All polling places in the city of Los Angeles were eligible for selection, and fifty polling places were chosen representing 10 polling places of each racial/ethnic category: White, Black/African American, Latino, Asian, and Mixed race precincts. The full report can be found at academics.lmu. edu/csla. The margin of error on all questions is +/-2.89%.

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Eric Garcetti at a chamber meet and greet earlier this year.

The survey uses CSLA’s sampling methodology called the “racially stratified homogeneous precinct approach.” This method addresses limitations in standard exit poll sampling that typically has not provided accurate sampling of ethnic groups in urban settings. The exit polls are designed to study the relationships between voting preferences, ethnic relations, policy preferences, community attitudes, government and community action and quality of life, while looking at the effects of precinct qualities on voting patterns. Undergraduate research is the driving force for the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey CSLA. Its students get hands-on experience conducting and analyzing exit polls, surveys, and demographic studies. The Leavey Center’s expertise in leadership studies, voting patterns, and diversity research puts it at the forefront of understanding the complex, dynamic city of Los Angeles.

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NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL OF WESTCHESTER / PLAYA Holidays Are A Time to Practice Safe Shopping The Los Angeles Police Department urges everyone to take extra precautions during the holidays. Here are some of their most important suggestions: When shopping: ���������������������������������������� ��������������������������� ����������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������� �������� ������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������� At Home: ����������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������ ������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������� ��������� ����������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������� ����� ������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������� �������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������� ������ ���������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������� Remember: ��������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������� them out of sight. Do not leave them out. ���������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������� any other enclosed compartment.

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(continued from page 1) Terminal 3, and limit the number of passengers gates to 153. NCWP Airport Relations Chair Craig Eggers doesn’t believe the runway needs to be moved and doesn’t buy the argument that the FAA is the one pushing for it. “People are pointing to the FAA as the ultimate foil for everything that needs to be done, and I get the concept for mandating all of this stuff and policing it all to death,” said Eggers. “But just as a practical matter, if you just look at the geography, most airports operate on waivers. LAX is as safe as it is because of who runs it, the air traffic controllers, the airlines. We have managed to do it this well so far, so beyond a bunch of projections down the road and fear mongering, there is no reason to move the runways fiscally, practically or safety wise.” Alternative 9 only contains options dealing with the transportation elements outside the Central Terminal Area. Alternative 9 features an intermodal transportation facility, an automated people mover connecting LAWA and metro facilities (once those become available), a future light rail station and a consolidated rent-a-car facility and parking at Manchester Square. “Recommending the combination of Alternatives 1 and 9, while not the optimal runway configuration, is an approach that balances the needs of the airport with the stated interests of the

neighboring communities,” said LAWA Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey. “We promised to deliver a plan for LAX that is safe, environmentally balanced, sustainable, and financially responsible all while improving the passenger experience and ensuring that LAX will continue to be L.A.’s economic engine for years to come. We have done just that.” Still Eggers points out that the airport and government officials should be focused on modernizing LAX and regionalization, utilizing other airports like Ontario to help ease air traffic at LAX, rather than pushing for the runways to move north. “LAX has one of the smallest footprints, yet we still try to cram more into this small footprint,” said Eggers. “I must say that it’s really disappointing that Southern California has been unable or unwillingly to address transportation issues like other parts of the country have. I think this is a Secretary of Transportation issue and I think it should be looked at that way.” The final EIR on the project is expected to be completed in January of next year. It is expected that BOAC will then consider the staff recommendations, as well as public comments as part of their deliberations. According to LAWA, the decision, if any, could then go on to the L.A. City Council, the County and the FAA. For more information on SPAS, please visit





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Longtime Westchester resident passes away Lt. Col. Robert Razzeto, 84, passed away peacefully at his home in Westchester on Sunday, October 28. Bob was born in 1928 in Chicago, IL, to Guy Razzeto and Margaret Walsh. He has two brothers, Guy and Jack, and two sisters, Peggy and Pat. When he was 18, Razzeto joined the Army. After serving briefly, he attended San Diego State and joined the Air Force ROTC program. In 1953, Razzeto graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Air Science. After flying B36 and B52 aircrafts in the Strategic Air Command from 1954-1961, he transferred to the Space and Missiles division and moved to Los Angeles. Razzeto retired from the Air Force in 1963 as a reservist. As a civilian, he worked at Douglas Aircraft, Hughes Helicopter, and the FAA. He finally retired in 1991. Razzeto and his wife Beverly married in 1952 and enjoyed almost 60 years of love and family life


together. They have seven children and ten grandchildren. Three of his children and their families still reside in Westchester. The family requests any donations in Robert’s memory be sent to the International Life Services at 2606 1/2 West 8th Street, L.A., CA, 90057 or at

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Random Notes/Opinion Pick up the HTN at any of the following locations:* Drollinger Building Lobby (8929 and 8939 Sepulveda building) Westchester Family YMCA Covenant Presbyterian Church The Guilded Cage Airport Office Center Medical Office Building Chase Bank The Coffee Co. Lucky Cleaner Ayara Thai Cuisine Ted’s Hair Design Truxton’s American Bistro Soundsations Needlepoints West Westchester Watch Works Bill Rosendahl’s Office Loyola Village Library Senior Center Loyola Village Library Elks Lodge Westchester Watch Works Kentwood Playhouse The Real Estate Consultants Office Dario’s Carpet Tower Pizza Chase Bank Paradise Building LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce Wells Fargo Westchester CenterPointe Club Playa Vista Library Picnik Dinah’s Restaurant Playa Vista Urgent Care Coffee Bean Cantalini’s Emerson Pharmacy Howe’s Liquor Ace Cleaners Coin Laundry Felicia’s Coffee Garden Outlaws The Shack Prince of Wales Tanner’s Coffee Holy Nativity Westchester United Methodist Westchester Christian Church Zacha Homes Airport Marina Counseling Service Burton Chace Park Wagz’ Custom Hotel Playa del Rey Florist El Dorado Bowl Buggy Whip *partial list of drop-offs

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Powerful men and emails By Nora Lee Owens Oh, surprise, surprise, as I write this, another powerful man– this time a powerful military man, and isn’t that just the definition of “power–” has fallen victim to the wiles of another heartless, marriage-wrecking woman. So far, I haven’t seen the dutiful wife standing up with her man on the dais while he does his mea culpa, but I’m sure it’s coming, or maybe I just missed it. Why are we always so surprised by this news? I’ll admit that when a young New York Congressman sent lewd pictures in emails to his love interest and got caught at it, I found it just the teensiest bit disgusting. Yuck, ugh, ick! And I liked him. So his case was a bit bizarre. I didn’t really need to know about it, but it was strange. Then we had the governor of South Carolina who told his family he was going out for a walk or something and actually went to South America to see his paramour. That is some long walk, and he must have secretly wanted to get

caught. Or maybe we need look no further than the past governor of our own state who himself looked no further than his housekeeper and managed to have two families merrily living under the same roof for many years. I think that one is another yucky one. Then there is my favorite, with the Speaker of the House calling for the impeachment of the President ostensibly because he was reviling holy matrimony by carrying on with an intern– all the while having an affair himself. Chutzpah, wishful thinking, or just plain politics? Maybe all of the above. Europeans find our political dalliances amusing and maybe they are. Certainly they aren’t funny to the wives who probably thought they could put up with their roving husbands so long as the spotlight weren’t aimed at them and they didn’t have to do the stand-up tragedy thing. The latest edition of “how naive are you America?” has brought out fangs from both the lions and the captives it seems. Some rude individuals are

opining that the latest wife is so frumpy that she deserved to get cheated on, and feminists on the other side are screaming that there seems to be a double standard. I’m trying to figure that one out. Does that mean that it would be okay to cheat on her if she were gorgeous, or does it mean that nobody would size up (no pun intended) the husband of a cheating famous woman? When are we going to grow up enough to realize that, hey, the human condition is not easily monogamous? People fall in love, they get used to each other, one party (or both) forgets to look and smell good, they flirt with another, they have affairs, they (almost always) get caught, and sometimes they get divorced. Are we outraged? Should we be? Is it our business? Can we throw the first stone? Meanwhile, people are still underwater in Staten Island and the Euro is in free fall. Maybe our obsession with infidelity and whether or not someone is a “Pretty Woman” are just escapes from reality. I hope so. Otherwise, we are pretty shallow as a people.

Utilize Westchester Parkway for fitness Editor’s Note: As stated in last month’s issue, organizing guru Mishele Vieira has relocated to Northern California and November was her last column. The HomeTown News wishes her the best of luck and is proud to welcome our new guest columnist, Jeff Blair. By Jeff Blair Like most, you probably face challenges maintaining a consistent exercise routine. Late work schedules and family obligations can wreak havoc on your fitness program and your health. While there are many open spaces to exercise in Los Angeles, such as parks and the beach, the omnipresent L.A. traffic can make it difficult to reach these spaces at times. Since proximity is one of the most important factors in maintaining a consistent exercise routine, these beaches and parks might not always be realistic. When biking, running or walking on L.A.’s busy streets, frequent traffic signals or stop signs can also make it difficult to complete an effective workout. Most exercisers prefer long, open stretches to avoid the “stop and start” frustration of exercising in hightraffic, urban areas. Busy traffic and distracted drivers may also pose a potential safety risk to local runners and cyclists on crowded streets. Local residents trying to overcome these challenges can utilize a local resource in your fitness quest: Westchester Parkway. Originally opened in 1993, the Parkway has long been one of our area’s best-kept fitness secrets. From Sepulveda Boulevard to Pershing Drive, Westchester Parkway

offers a 2.5 mile stretch (each way) of mostly open space to walk, run and bike. At almost any time of the day, runners, walkers and cyclists can be seen enjoying the Parkway. Mostly flat with a few hills, the street’s moderate terrain can be helpful for beginners trying to develop a new fitness routine. Designated bike lanes run on the east and west sides of the street providing a clear route for cyclists. A minimal number of stoplights means you will not need to “stop and start” throughout your cardiovascular workout either. Watching incoming jet planes land on the LAX runway can provide unique visual diversions to the south, while the open green spaces of the Westchester Golf Course can be viewed on the north. Grassy sections run on the south side of the street and trees line much of the middle of the street. The nice ocean breeze frequently blowing is another pleasant aspect you can enjoy in your exercise experience. At times, you may even find yourself exercising along with LAPD recruits who frequently make the Parkway part of the their training run. Follow these important tips when utilizing Westchester Parkway: • Safety First: Users should exercise caution during crossings and obey traffic laws. The speed limit is 50 MPH in places, so use appropriate caution when crossing the Parkway. If you listen to music while exercising, make sure you are aware of your surroundings. Keep a cell phone handy in case of an unlikely emergency. • Schedule your exercise: Calendar your workout like any other

appointment and try to maintain a consistent schedule to improve results. If you exercise only “when you get around to it,” human nature says you will probably not “get around to it” on a consistent basis. • Know your limitations: If you are a beginner, start with a twenty-minute walk or bike ride and progressively increase time and/or speed. Follow the “10 minutes out and back” approach: travel ten minutes from your starting point, turn around and then return to your point of origin. Increase your distance covered every two weeks. • Enlist your friends in your fitness quest: Try to find a workout partner or group. Having another person to answer to increases accountability and can improve results. • Take care of yourself: Users should also use appropriate sunscreen and hats and remember to hydrate, as the sun can be strong along Westchester Parkway, especially in the summer months. Before starting this or any other exercise program, be sure to check with your doctor. JEFF BLAIR (M.S.) owns a personal training studio located in Westchester. He was voted “Best Of” Personal Trainer in the Hometown News 2012 Readers’ Poll. Jeff has been featured in “Men’s Fitness” magazine and as a “Fitness Expert” on ABC’s “Everyday Health” TV show. Email for fitness story ideas or comments.

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Finding joy instead of holiday stress By Fay Craton As the holiday season rushes forward it may be easy to feel like the world is full of Grinches and they have stolen Christmas! Everywhere we turn it seems we can be blinded by the advertising of toys, electronics, and all sorts of things to buy for gifts. The amount of money spent combined with frenzied activity can easily seem to be the entire goal of the season. The pace of the season picks up at a faster and faster pace until there is the grand finale– the family gathering (which in itself may invoke fear into the heart of the strongest of people). In Dr. Seuss’ 1957 book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, when the Grinch looked at Christmas, he had a hole in his heart. As he looked at the folks in “Whoville,” he only saw the importance placed on presents and the trappings of the festivities. It was just too much for him and he decided to keep Christmas from happening. The frantic and seemingly commercial activities overwhelm many people during the month of December! This overwhelm sets up in our bodies the biological stress response of fight, flight or freeze. The Grinch tried a little of it all, he fought, he flew and he attempted to immobilize Christmas! The Grinch is described as being “cuddly as a cactus” and “his brain is full of spiders.” In a way, that is what happens when we become stressed. Our thinking becomes distorted as if spiders are in our heads. Through our distorted thinking, we do and say obnoxious things making it difficult for others to be around us. It is no wonder we may experience tension resulting from holiday celebrations. Historical facts show holidays bring an increase in heart attacks, crime, homicides, and, in the aftermath of Christmas, spikes in divorce filings. There is no question about it, the holiday season can easily stress our ability to cope, stay healthy and communicate with people around us. During the holidays many people may feel not heard, not seen, and of little worth. Instead of relishing the season with joyful hearts, we may be feeling empty and disjointed. Mr. Grinch did a lot of mean things to stop Christmas. He was not a happy person and had a lot of angry behaviors. We each have a choice; we can either respond to holiday stress with an expression of anger, or we can make other choices. Perhaps the folks of Whoville can give us a map to what those new choices can be. In Whoville they were helping each other decorate, they were singing together, and raising their voices in harmonious (if noisy) song. They were even helping dress up “your uncle and your aunt with yards of whofult flay.” The folks of Whoville cared about one another. They were having fun and making light of the holiday. They were connecting with one another with

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exuberance! When we attempt to be present with other people in an empathetic way relationship can transform. Healing within families can happen. The sense of being empty and cut off from other people can magically dissolve. When we find laughter in our activities tension is released. Simply laughing can make us healthier than when we scowl. But the story tells us still more! The Grinch thought he could make the folks of Whoville feel as miserable as he felt. Some people mistakenly think that if they can make a happy person feel sad it will make them more important and less miserable. Mr. Grinch, though his meanness and nasty behaviors, actually stole away all the Christmas stockings, decorations and treats. He took them far away to a mountaintop and placed them on a ledge where they were about to be shattered. He thought he was going to shock the folks of Whoville and they “will all cry boohoo!” But the Grinch was wrong. Nasty behaviors from one person to another person do not necessarily destroy another person’s happiness. People can choose to be happy in spite of mean people. This is done by simply deciding to respond in a positive way. It does not take a process to make the shift. It is a decision that can be made right now. The residents of Whoville knew Christmas was not in what the Grinch stole. Instead of crying, they welcomed Christmas singing, “Christmas Day is in our grasp so long as we have hands to clasp.” Through their happiness and connection with one another, a miracle happened. Grinch heard their song and understood Christmas is in our hearts and not in the gifts and decorations. The hole in his heart filled and healed. Joyfully he flew down the mountain with all the presents and joined in with their joy. He even carved the roast at the feast. During December, I hope you find joy. My wish for you is for you to experience the magic of empathy and connection with people around you. While Dr. Seuss died in 1991, within our hearts we can all join him in singing, “Christmas Day is in our grasp so long as we have hands to clasp. Christmas Day will always be just as long as we have we. Welcome Christmas while we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.” Fay Craton, M.A. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (mfc40011), which is the psychology license specializing in relationships (with ourselves or with others) and she has an office in Westchester. Contact her at (310) 645-6762.

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To Do Rotary Club of Westchester The Rotary Club of Westchester meets every Wednesday at 12 noon for lunch at the Crowne Plaza LAX Hotel, 5985 W. Century Blvd. in Westchester. The cost of lunch is $20 and validated self parking is free. Guests are most welcome! Reservations are not required. For information regarding the upcoming luncheon programs, visit or become our friend (Westchester Rotary) on Facebook. Playa Vista Farmers’ Market Come out to the Playa Vista Farmers’ Market, located in the heart of Playa Vista. Open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and showcasing the freshest fruits, vegetables and flowers direct from the best local farmers’ California has to offer as well as other traditional market fare. This is a Certified Farmers’ Market sponsored by Sprouts of Promise Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit focused on the education of healthy eating habits. Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club Join the Rotary club of Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club at its Wednesday morning meeting at 7:15 a.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, located at 13480 Maxella Avenue in Marina del Rey. The cost of the meeting is $25, which includes breakfast and a guest speaker. Guests are welcome and reservations are not required. For more information, www. or call (310) 4293808. Speakers by the Sea Toastmaster’s Group Improve your public speaking skills every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. by joining the Speakers by the Sea Toastmaster’s Group. Visitors are always welcome - just drop in. The meeting takes place at 12000 Vista del Mar in Conf. Room 230A in Playa del Rey (One traffic light South of Imperial Highway on Vista del Mar) For more info, please call (310) 5592834. Learning how to Plant Season Vegetables The cool months are potentially the most productive season in our Southern California gardens. Join the Emerson Ave. Community Club in the garden at Emerson Ave. and 80th Place in Westchester on December 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. Attendees will learn what to plant now through January to have abundant harvests all through the spring. Topics discussed include seedling care, cabbage white butterflies, feral vegetables and making the most of the rains and cool weather. The class will be taught by Joanne Poyourow who directs the Environmental Change-Makers. Joanne designed the Community Garden at Holy Nativity and was the

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• your community newspaper • your community newspaper • your community newspaper • concept designer for the Emerson Ave. Community Garden. Suggested donation of $10, which benefits both Environmental ChangeMakers and Emerson Ave Community Garden. Westchester Little League Sign-Ups The Westchester Little League (WLL) is holding early bird sign-ups for its 2013 season on Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9. Sign-ups will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Nielsen Field, located at 6000 Will Rodgers Street in Westchester. All players signing-up on these dates will receive a discounted registration fee along with two options for making payment: either a single payment of $150 (more than 15% off the regular fee) or three monthly payments of $55 (nearly 10% savings). An additional $15 discount will also be given to all new players entering the league. Please visit www. for additional information regarding the registration process (fees, required deposits, necessary documents to provide and downloading the 2013 registration form). WLL is open to boys and girls who will be ages 6-12 as of April 30, 2013 and live within our league’s boundaries. A map of these boundaries can be found at: If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering as a coach or umpire, please email or contact the League Registrar, Jen Mulligan, at (310) 606-1467. Westchester Y Service Club Holiday Decorations Fundraising Campaign Share the holiday spirit this year by purchasing hand crafted holiday decorations at the YMCA. Christmas wreaths, table centerpieces and mini trees are available for purchase. All proceeds support Westchester YMCA youth programs. Orders can be fulfilled via telephone, email, or in person. For all orders and additional inquiries, please contact Julie Judge at (310) 670-6589 or These decorations will be on sale through December 21st. Stop by the Westchester YMCA between 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to place your order in person. The Westchester YMCA is located at 8015 South Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester. Kentwood Players Present “Fortinbras” Kentwood Players presents Lee Blessing’s political farce “Fortinbras” through December 15 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Westchester Playhouse. “Fortinbras” is a laugh riot, dark comedy with a delightful outlook on truth and politics– inescapably relevant

to today’s political scene during this election year. Questions are raised about authority and leadership with mocking (and loving) reverence for Shakespeare’s vision and characters, but prior knowledge or familiarity with Shakespeare is absolutely not required to enjoy the play. Full of contemporary wit and modern language, “Fortinbras” takes up where Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” left off. When the lights go up, Hamlet dies and Fortinbras rushes in where flights of angels fear to tread. Tickets are $18 and are available at the box office. For more info or to purchase tickets online, visit Please note that due to adult language and subject matter, this play is recommended for ages 16 and up. LMU Ceramic Sale LMU’s College of Communication and Fine Arts Holiday Ceramic Sale will take place Friday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, December 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will take place in Room 121 of the Burns Fine Arts Center located on the LMU Campus, 1 LMU Drive in Westchester. Parking in the Hannon Parking lot is suggested and parking is $2 per 20 minutes for a maximum of $10. For more information, call the ceramic studio at (310) 338-3056. Holiday Book Sale On Saturday, December 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. stock up on great reading and gift books at bargain prices at the Westchester Loyola Village Library holiday book sale! Most hardcovers are just $1 and this sale is presented by the Friends of the Westchester Library and all proceeds help support the library. There will be hundreds of books, as well as a selection of cds, dvds, and collectibles for purchase. The event will take place at the Westchester Loyola Village Library, located at 7114 W. Manchester Ave. in Westchester. For more info, please call (310) 3481096. Cookie Baking at Holy Nativity Everyone is welcome to join in the annual holiday cookie baking fun on Saturday, December 8 at 12:30 p.m. at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Westchester. Our class this year is being offered by Fresh Food in a Flash with our resident chef Patricia Rose. Patricia will lead a festive group of neighbors and friends in creating magical treats hot from the oven. Everyone leaves with a big basket of cookies . Eight different cookie recipes will be made, and there will be lots of sprinkles for the little ones to decorate the cookies. As is our custom at Holy Nativity, they ask that you bring a can, bag, or box of food for them to donate to the Food Pantry LAX. Bring a bowl to use to take a bunch

of the cookies home and an apron. The cost is $45 to register. Kids under 12 are free. Holy Nativity is located at 6700 83rd Street, between Sepulveda and Lincoln, in Westchester. To reserve your spot, email Patricia@ . For more info, call (310) 670-4777 or visit our website at holynativityparish. org. 14th Annual Westchester Holiday Parade The 14th Annual Westchester Holiday Street Parade will take place Sunday, December 9 at 2 p.m. The parade starts at Loyola Blvd. and Manchester and heads east on Manchester to Emerson Ave. This year’s parade will feature the YMCA, the Salvation Army band, classic cars, Fire Station #5, Santa Claus and more. Face Painting, music, and raffle prizes will also be part of the festivities. For more information, please call Lorrie Leon at (541) 761-5262. Westside Voices “Home for the Holidays” Join Westside Voices as they take you home for the holidays with their annual holiday concert. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, December 9, at 3:30 p.m. at Westchester United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall located at 8064 Emerson Ave. in Westchester Suggested donation is $10. There will be a dessert reception following the concert. To make reservations, please call Penny at (310) 670-3777. For more information, go to or contact Harris Levey at (310) 822-9067. Westchester-Del Rey Republican Women’s Meeting Join the Westchester-Del Rey Republican Women on Tuesday, December 11 a.m. for their Holiday Luncheon meeting at KJ’s Diner and Restaurant, located at 8731 Lincoln Blvd. in Westchester. The group will be entertained by Don Raymond (Surf City Allstars). The cost of the luncheon is $17.50. Reservations are not required. Plenty of parking is available. Playa Vista Orioles Pitching Clinic The Playa Vista Orioles Baseball Academy is bringing in pitching coach Dr. Tom House for a pitching clinic December 14 through 16. This clinic is open to all baseball pitchers ages 1321, as well as parents and coaches. The clinic will help teach the biomechanics of what the best pitchers do and why; how to get more velocity while minimizing injury; as well as techniques for endurance, performance and strengthening/conditioning. For more information or to register, please call (310) 341-3392 or register online at

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December Sunday


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Wednesday Wednesday

Thursday Thursday

Friday Friday

Saturday Saturday

1 NCWP Meeting @ Westchester Municipal Building

Westchester Farmers’ Market @ Westchester Park

Snow @ Howard Hughes Promenade

Gateway to Go @ Crowne Plaza LAX

Speakers by the Sea @ Playa del Rey

Santa Tour

Hanukkah Begins First Friday @ 87th Street & Truxton Ave. (through December 16) WLL Sign-ups @ “Fortinbras” @ Nielsen Field Westchester Playhouse (through December 15) Boat Parade @ Marina Ceramic Sale @ LMU






Westside Voices @ Westchester United Methodist Church

Gateway to Go @ Crowne Plaza LAX

Speakers by the Sea @ Playa del Rey

Snow @ Howard Hughes Promenade

WLL Sign-ups @ Nielsen Field

Westchester-Del Rey Republican Women’s Meeting @ KJ’s Diner

Holiday Parade @ Manchester Ave.

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Westchester Farmers’ Market @ Westchester Park

Snow @ Howard Hughes Promenade

“Fortinbras” @ Westchester Playhouse

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Speakers by the Sea @ Playa del Rey

Snow @ Howard Hughes Promenade

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Westchester Farmers’ Market @ Westchester Park

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“Fortinbras” @ Westchester Playhouse


Snow @ Howard Hughes Promenade

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Pot holders for a good cause. Playa del Rey residents (from left to right) Isabelle Schmidt, Grace Schmidt and Sophie St. Denis, used their craft skills to make pot holders to sell at the 9th annual Playa del Rey Toy Drive for L.A. Children’s Hospital and Animal Shelter Drive. The girls raised $135 to donate. More than $2,500 was raised for Children’s Hospital L.A.

LA Arts Collective. LA Arts Collective celebrated its recent opening with a community open house. LA Arts Collective is a dance studio teaching everything from ballet to hip hop for beginners to professionals, and it also offers theater and fitness classes. The studio is located at 8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 105 in Westchester.

Protectors’ Breakfast. The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce honored local protectors at the December 4th Protectors’ Luncheon. The annual event includes a free luncheon for the protectors in attendance, as well as a parting gift. donated by local businesses. Pictured: Protectors pose with chamber board members and event sponsors. PHOTO BY CHUCK BEHRMAN.

Kentwood Player’s Present “Fortinbras.” “Fortinbras” at the Westchester Playhouse is now playing and will run through December 15. Pictured: Gertrude and Claudius beg Fortinbras for their salvation. From left to right: Nina AmesForbees, Brendan Farrell, Tim Forsyth. PHOTO BY SHARI BARRETT.

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The Endeavour leaves the Drollinger Parking lot and gets ready to head down La Tijera, while the community takes photos on the lawn of WISH Charter School. PHOTO BY AP PHOTO/MARK J. TERRILL, PHOTO POOL.

Community benefits from space shuttle announced Councilman Bill Rosendahl recently announced that the California Science Center (CSC) will assist students and teachers in the 11th District with scholarships and special access to the space shuttle Endeavour. According to a letter from President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Rudolph, the CSC will assist with offering five days for students from within the Westchester/Playa Neighborhood Council’s areas to view the Endeavour; provide at least ten scholarships each year for the next five years; and provide five professional development programs for educators in the 11th District. The CSC offered the benefits as a way to thank the community for its support in making sure the retired space shuttle had a successful journey home. Back in October, teams of specialists throughout the City

orchestrated the slow-paced transport on surface streets from Los Angeles International Airport to Exposition Park. Westchester played a big part in the Endeavour’s journey to downtown and was stationed in a parking lot at La Tijera and Sepulveda for more than eight hours, while crews took down power lines along its route. “I’m thankful that the California Science Center worked so hard to bring the Endeavour to Los Angeles and for extending these generous benefits to my constituents,” said Rosendahl. “The West Coast’s largest science center is a first class operation and a point of pride for Angelenos.” The CSC has been working with Rosendahl’s staff and other neighboring communities to determine how to provide the best educational experience for those affected by the shuttle’s transport.

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