Important Meeting Tomorrow Regarding Light Rail In 90045

Light RailWe asked for it and it looks like we’re getting it. Light rail is coming to Westchester.

For the latest information on the project, join your neighbors tomorrow night for the Quarterly Meeting of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project Community Leadership Council (CLC).

From the official meeting flyer:

Learn the latest about our community’s 8.5-mile light rail transit project, including Metro updates on the Design-Build Contract Award, Project Labor Agreement/Construction Careers Policy, and Construction Relations. CLC members will also share reports from their Project Oriented Discussions (PODs) work from the Business Sustainability During Construction and Economic Development PODs.

Word on the street is that Westchester’s Hindry station and the LAX train will be highlighted at this meeting.

The date and location:

Thursday, July 25, 2013
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
First Church of God
9550 Crenshaw Boulevard
Inglewood 90305


These meetings are open to the public and members of the public are invited to speak. See the agenda at the meeting for public comment periods. They are asking for RSVP’s to Donald Taylor (310.308.2136 or if you plan on attending. For a printable flyer for the meeting, click here.

For more information about the meeting or to find out about carpooling, contact us and we’ll get you what you need.

Metro has set up a very impressive website where you can follow this project as it progresses: Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor.

If you’d like to look at the history of this project, check out Metro’s articles archive.

See you at the meeting?

Kentwood Players Now Playing – “Lend Me a Tenor”

Kentwood Players’ current live-stage Comedy is “Lend Me a Tenor” by Ken Ludwig.

From the Kentwood Players website:

On a historic night at the Cleveland Opera Company, world famous tenor Tito Merelli is set to perform Otello. Through a series of mishaps, misunderstandings and mistaken identities, Tito receives a double dose of tranquilizers causing the House Manager and his timid assistant to believe he is dead and setting off a chain reaction of slapstick and hilarious escapades. A fun and laugh filled evening!

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Westchester Babe Ruth Teams Advance to Pacific Regional Championship

Westside Baseball’s Westchester Babe Ruth’s 15U and 14U teams won their respective State Championships this past week, and each now advance to the Pacific Southwest Regional Championships in Arizona this weekend.

Westchester Babe Ruth encompasses players from Culver City, Westchester, Hawthorne, Ladera, Inglewood, Playa del Rey, Santa Monica, Venice, and various areas in Los Angeles.

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It’s Hot Out There – LA County Cooling Center Info

hot tempIt’s hot, hot, hot out there, but LA County offers Cooling Centers to help you survive the summer heat.

For more information, call the LA County Information line at 2-1-1. Information is also available from this downloadable document furnished by the LA County Public Health Department. This document covers the entire county, so share it with an elderly friend. 🙂

It is advisable to call ahead to confirm seating is available.

Any local library is a great place to hang out in the heat, including our local Westchester library. The Lloyd Taber library in the Marina is listed as an official LA County Cooling Center:

Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library
4533 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey 90292
(310) 821-3415
Days & Hours of Operation
Mon – Thur: 11am – 7pm, Tue-Thur: 11am – 8pm, Fri: 12pm – 6pm and Sat: 10am – 5pm

What are you doing to survive the heat in 90045? Leave your great tip for your 90045 neighbors below.

LA Kids Weekend Events: July 12 – 14

Bonjour!  This Sunday is Bastille Day, which means it’s a great time to indulge in French fries, macarons, crepes and other Gallic delicacies.  You could also celebrate by storming the city (in lieu of the Bastille) and making it to as many of these…

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South Bay Art Department — 2 for 1 Art After Dark

We love this place for casual art! From their website:

Get two tickets for Art After Dark for just $30 (Regularly $60) Limit: 5 per customer. Never expires. Tonight, we’re not following directions or rules. We aren’t being judged as good or bad. We’re going to escape all of the rigid results-oriented tasks of our daily lives by making spontaneous, personal art. Be an artist for a night. No experience necessary!

Click here to buy. Tip: We let the kids paint while the moms sit on the patio and gossip. There have been wine sightings on occasion, but don’t tell. 😉

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New Westchester charter school finds its own home in time for September opening

Once adrift among the sea of schools seeking refuge at one of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s campuses, Westchester Secondary Charter School ended its odyssey last month when it found a home at a Westchester church.

The charter’s co-founders, Ann Wexler and Janet Landon, have always wanted to be in Westchester as the students of the community are their target audience. They say they have received applications from students from the surrounding areas of Mar Vista, Playa del Rey and Del Rey but also from the student feeder pattern of Westchester schools, Ladera Heights and Windsor Hills.

The site of the new charter is at 8820 East Sepulveda Speedway near La Tijera Boulevard, the former location of WISH Charter.

They are planning to open their doors for the first time Sept. 3.

The school will serve middle school students as well as ninth graders and plans to eventually add 10th, 11th and 12th grades.

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