Saturday, Aug. 13, 3-5pm – Meet & Greet with Steve Napolitano

Submitted by Erik Hoffman

Meet & Greet with Steve Napolitano
Saturday, August 13, 2016, 3:00-5:00pm
Spinnaker Mall in front of 5005 Via Dolce, Marina del Rey

Hosted by Civil Engineers for Infrastructure
RSVP to Kevin Wen 562-412-0112 or Volunteers4Napolitano@gmail.com

On Saturday August 13th between 3 pm and 5 pm Civil Engineers for Infrastructure, a non profit dedicated to convincing our elected officials to prioritize Infrastructure is hosting a Meet and greet for Steve Napolitano who is running for the 4th district Supervisor seat for Los Angeles County. Steve serves as Senior Deputy to current 4th District Supervisor Don Knabe, who will be termed out in 2016. Since 2005, Steve has represented Supervisor Knabe in eight South Bay communities and oversees several County departments and special assignments. Working closely with Supervisor Knabe, Steve has a unique knowledge of county government. Steve has worked successfully to promote job growth, expand economic development, improve environmental protections, and support 4th District nonprofits and community groups—while personally answering the calls and emails of constituents on a daily basis.

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Prior to working with Supervisor Knabe, Steve was the youngest person elected to the Manhattan Beach City Council in 1992 at the age of 26. He served as Mayor and Council Member and was overwhelmingly reelected in 1997 and 2001 before being termed out in 2005. Steve fought to preserve the city’s small town atmosphere while improving the local economy, cutting costs and red tape for residents, supporting local schools, and protecting the coastal environment. In the 13 years he served the city, Steve never missed a single Council meeting. Recognized as a county-wide leader in local government, Steve was elected by his peers from cities across LA County to serve as President of the Independent Cities Association for 2002-2003.

While serving on the City Council, Steve worked as a part-time teacher as he put himself through law school, graduating from Loyola Law School and passing the bar in 2000. He then joined a local law firm specializing in education law, where he represented clients throughout the state on a wide variety of issues, including First Amendment rights, labor and employment matters, the Brown Act, special education, and school construction, among others. During law school, Steve also served as a legal intern to the Los Angeles Community College District and Heal the Bay, a local environmental group. Steve graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Fine Arts from Loyola Marymount University, where he also received the Outstanding Graduate in Arts Award.

The supervisor of the 4th district acts as the “mayor” of Marina Del Rey. That office has the say of what is built, how it is built and why. As a candidate for this office, it is a great opportunity to meet him and develop a relationship with him and his office so that when issues come up in the community he knows who is raising those concerns. I urge all that live in the Silver Strand to come and express their concerns about traffic, parking, development, etc so that the County of Los Angeles knows that the Silver Strand is active and passionate about where we live.

Cultural Tips #1

Submitted by Nora Nicosia

I am starting a column in our blog called “Cultural Tips.” I will post information about events in the Los Angeles area that I saw, such as a theater play or musical performance, which you can still attend. I hope that others in the Silver Strand Community will also send in their “Tips.”

First tip concerns a production of a not well known Tennessee William play at our local Pacific Resident Theatre on Venice Blvd. It is called “The Eccentricities of a Nightingale.” It is a splendid production, great acting, singing and staging. Highly recommend it. AND if you are a senior citizen and attend a Friday evening performance the cost is only $22.50. Play may end August 14th or be extended.

The Ahmanson Theatre has their 2016-2017 Series available. Instead of Hot Tix, they do have seats on the side orchestra for only $25. You can buy as many as you want if they are available. I think the series is so good I bought these tickets for all plays or musicals for me and my friends. They just went on sale about a week ago.

Also saw a fabulous very professional production of “Avenue Q”, with large hand puppets, at the Cupcake Theatre in NoHo (North Hollywood). Discounted tickets are $20 through Goldstar. If you join Goldstar they will inform you of discounted tickets to most theatre, and even sporting events, and you do not have to join through Facebook. Look them up online and find number to call if you have a problem.

Next tip is about the Broad Museum. I saw the special retrospective of about 120 large Cindy Sherman photographs. She is a leading woman photographer and it was really interesting.

Last tip for now – On Friday nights at LACMA they offer free jazz at 6 PM. The great way to listen is to book an outside umbrella table at Ray’s Restaurant for about 5:45 PM. You can listen and eat delicious food at moderate prices.