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Dodgers owner McCourt to be honored at Santa Monica State of The City Breakfast 2010

This year the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce’s State of the City 2010 breakfast Jan. 21, will honor Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and will feature keynote speaker Bill Allen, president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp.

McCourt is being honored for his many contributions to the vitality of the regional economy and, in 2010, for making Santa Monica an active partner with the Los Angeles Marathon.

McCourt, who purchased the Dodgers in 2004, has become an active part of the civic and philanthropic life of the Los Angeles area, including through his charity ThinkCure to fight cancer and the Dodger Dream Foundation.

The event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 at The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College, located on Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street.

SMPD Foils Murder Plot

A man was arrested at his Ocean Park home on Wednesday morning, December 16, for soliciting the murder of a former business associate. “Investigators of the Santa Monica Police Department were able to foil the murder plot and ensure the safety of the intended victim,” said SMPD Sgt. Jay Trisler.

Paul Noel Harwood, 54, was charged in an investigation involving the trucking/transportation business, said Trisler. “Investigators served search warrants at Harwood’s residence; evidence related to the murder-for-hire plot as well as a small amount of narcotics were recovered,” he reported.

Harwood was booked at the Santa Monica jail on two counts of solicitation for murder and one count each of possession of cocaine and manufacture of cocaine. The narcotics did not figure in the trucking/transportation business so far as police are aware.

Volunteer Opportunities for High-School Students Offered by Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association

Volunteer opportunities for high school students entering grades 9, 10, or 11 are being offered by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), announced Kirin Daugharty, manager of volunteer programs. To explore the possibilities, prospective student volunteers and their parents are invited to an information meeting on Saturday, January 10, 2010, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Los Angeles Zoo’s Witherbee Auditorium. Check-in tables will be set up at the Zoo entrance, and pre-registration is not required.

Students entering grades 9, 10, or 11 in the fall are eligible for GLAZA’s High School Student Volunteer program, an academically challenging opportunity to help at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens in a variety of ways ranging from assisting at special events and the Children’s Zoo to supporting public education programs. The training course is offered on Sundays from 9 am to 4 pm beginning February 21. Applicants must attend the day-long January 10 meeting (parents are requested to attend the morning session only), which includes a presentation about the program, group activities and interviews. Applications are accepted through January 10. Reservations ARE NOT required for the meeting, but please contact the Docent Chair at 323.644.4702 with questions.

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