July 23, 2008

Brief Items From Around the South Bay


Councilman asks why airlines are cutting flights

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl called on airport executives Tuesday to explain the implications of a projected 16.4 percent drop in flights at Los Angeles International Airport this November, compared with a year earlier.

Airlines are pulling flights from LAX and airports across the country in response to rising fuel costs.

A team of LAX executives is expected to explain the flight reductions and local economic impacts during the next meeting of the Los Angeles City Council's Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee, according to Rosendahl, whose Westchester-area district includes the airport.

"I want the airport to explain the change in domestic and international flights at LAX and the impact it's having on our regional economy," Rosendahl said. "We care a lot about LAX, not only terms of modernizing it as a gateway to America, but also maintaining the robustness of this airport."


School district outlines free lunch eligibility

The Torrance Unified School District has announced new eligibility requirements for free and reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program, beginning this month.

The free breakfast, lunch and milk will be served to students in the district based on a sliding income scale.

Starting in July, a child from a family of two earning less than $18,200 will be eligible for the free meals each school day. Children from higher income families may still be qualified for meals at a reduced price.

Those who receive food stamps and certain other types of government assistance are automatically eligible. All others should check their mailboxes for applications, to be distributed next month.

District officials will accept applications throughout the school year.


Dodger Day activities will include 1st pitch ceremony

The city of Gardena is selling tickets for its annual Dodger Day event on Friday.

The city will provide bus transportation for $10 per rider.

Tickets are $9 for the top deck, $20 for outer sections, $28 for inner sections, and $35 for right field pavilion seats.

The game will begin at 7:40 p.m., and the bus departs at 6 p.m. from Rush Gymnasium, 1650 W. 162nd St., Gardena.

Mayor Paul Tanaka and City Council members will participate in the first pitch ceremony.

For more information or to buy tickets, call 310-217-9537.


Hospital to explain plans for expansion at new site

Little Company of Mary Hospital will hold an informational meeting Thursday evening to hear feedback from the public regarding its redevelopment plans for the Daily Breeze site in Torrance.

The hospital purchased the 6.7-acre parcel at Torrance and Palos Verdes boulevards last year for more than $14 million.

It plans to demolish the buildings on the site and build two medical office buildings with a combined size of more than 170,000 square feet. Two parking garages with spaces for 790 vehicles also are planned.

The hospital said it will attempt to keep or relocate the large fig tree that sits in front of the newspaper's offices.

The Daily Breeze plans to relocate to another site in the city.

The meeting is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the hospital in the second floor lecture hall of the Del E. Webb Center for Health Education at the corner of Earl and Maricopa streets.

The hospital is requesting that attendees RSVP at 310-326-7011.


City will synch 136 signals to speed airport traffic

Driving to Los Angeles International Airport may be a little easier beginning today, when city officials turn on a system that will synchronize 136 traffic signals.

The $4.9 million signal synchronization system is expected to speed up traffic flows by up to 15 percent for commuters headed to LAX, according to the Mayor's Office.

In addition, the Westchester/LAX Signal Synch System allowed for the installation of nine left turn signals, two traffic information message boards and 10 traffic surveillance cameras.

The new equipment was installed at intersections within a 13- mile area bounded by Howard Hughes Parkway to the north, La Cienega Boulevard to the east, Imperial Highway to the south and Vista del Mar to the west.


Kiwanis barbecue set for Saturday at city park

The Kiwanis Club of Gardena Valley will hold its annual chicken barbecue on Saturday.

Dinners will be $7 each at the event, which will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mas Fukai Park, 15800 Brighton Ave., Gardena.

Advance tickets can be purchased at Sam's Auto Land, 17311 S. Western Ave., or by calling Art Kaskanian at 310-329-7444.

For more information, call 310-217-9537.

- From staff reports

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