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OPINION

Letters to the editor..................................... 4

NEWS

State lawmaker takes on feds over NSA surveillance................................................ 6 Assault victim blames ‘knockout game’ ........ 8 A new Forum takes flight with the Eagles... 9

FEATURE

Popeye, Santa Monica’s most famous mariner, turns 85...................................... 10

THIS WEEK

The epic creative odyssey of “An Iliad� to The Broad Stage . ................................... 13 Art scene rises from holiday slumber ...... 15

Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo plays a secret show at TRiP............................................ 16 Venice’s Ooks of Hazzard are no novelty act ............................................... 16

Detectives seek Shores murder suspect

Westside happenings................................ 14

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. has released a sketch of a man suspected of killing an unarmed security guard at the Shores apartments in Marina del Rey. Patrick Odoikyene was found shot to death at around 3 a.m. on Dec. 30 outside the complex at 4201 Via Marina. A resident told The Argonaut she heard three gunshots. Detectives describe the shooting suspect as a black man

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in his late 30s to early 40s with a stocky or muscular build, shaved head and goatee. The man, about 5’10� to 6’1� tall and considered “armed and dangerous,� was seen running from Shores towards Del Alley and the 3400 block of Via Dolce. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact detectives at (323) 8905500. — Joe Piasecki

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Re: “Council tables Legado Del Mar project for two months,” news, Dec. 12 What a shame we cannot move forward to improve that sorry little triangle (Jake’s lot) in downtown Playa, especially after having five years to negotiate a plan. Concessions, yes. Unreasonable conditions, no. One cannot help but conclude that some among the neighborhood opposition would have that eyesore blight our neighborhood forever, denying an entire community the right to enjoy their own backyard. Bonnie Keady Playa del Rey

Bad for the fish, bad for the kids?

I read with great interest the article about potentially dredging the Marina because of pollution caused from copper boat paint that is damaging the environment. We must visit Mothers Beach in the marina at least 15 to 20 times in a year. My two young kids love to play there, and its never crowded like the main beaches. What concerns me is whether this copper boat paint is harmful to children and adults who play in that same water. The California Regional Water Quality Control Board report states that “the water in the marina is toxic.” I’ve noticed just how black the sand is getting when the tide is out at Mothers Beach and a strange and funky smell to the sand at low tide. Should the many families who come to the beach and play in the water throughout the year be concerned? I would love to hear from The California Regional Water Quality Control Board on this. This is information we should know today, not after a study that may take months or years. Steve Wallace Mar Vista

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Sheriff Lee Baca did a great job for Los Angeles County. He was a no-nonsense sheriff during a time when we needed just such a leader. Baca was controversial at times, loved many times and even hated some times. When you do your job in law enforcement correctly, such opinions go with the territory. Baca did not view his position as a popularity contest. He simply did what he felt was right at all times for the people and the

County of Los Angeles. Thank you for your service, Mr. Baca, and for a job well done. George Vreeland Hill Beverly Hills

It’s past time for a virtual town hall

I have been advocating a virtual town hall on Santa Monica’s website for close to a quarter century, so I am delighted that my friend and fellow council candidate, Armen Melkonians, is taking the first step to creating one with residocracy.org. But for such a grassroots tool to be effective it must have a user base in the thousands if it hopes to compete with the powerful developer lobby that currently owns four of the seven city council members. The three other council members are in the pocket of the equally powerful city employee associations, with their massive pension and benefit packages approved by the city council.  This wealthy city can well afford to reward city workers for their enthusiastic endorsements and generous financial support of its elected officials, putting grassroots candidates like myself and Armen at an insurmountable disadvantage. Most city residents are unaware of the short work weeks that allow SMFD and SMPD employees to pick up massive overtime. I thought the idea of a three-day work week was so our public servants would come to work rested and fully prepared to defend the lives and property of the local citizenry?  The local media needs to do in depth investigative journalism in Santa Monica, exposing cronyism, incompetence, conflict of interest, (especially with city staff and developers), golden parachutes and outrageous salaries being paid to various city administrators, (many of whom are pulling down salaries of $200,000 and above), continuing mismanagement of city revenues, and malfeasance of public officials. Long before developer interests took over our city, it was the 200 members of Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights, its powerful 13-member steering committee, (many of whom are also feeding at the public trough), and its alliance with city employee associations, who controlled City Hall in opposition to developer interests. This coalition is no longer opposed to development and has entered into a tacit alliance with developers. They just call it “smart” or “slow” growth. I would like to know how many city employees and grant money recipients are members


of Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights, and who on the SMRR Steering Committee, past and present public officials, are receiving consultant fees? It’s long past time for a voter revolution. Defeating Robert Holbrook and Pam O’Connor in the 2014 election will open the door to turning this city over to the residents, but that is not enough. Whoever replaces the incumbents must truly represent the interests of the residents.  The most effective way to truly give the citizenry a voice over special interests is to put forums on the city website as soon as possible and require public officials to respond to questions posted online. If City Hall does not listen to residents, it only takes a few thousand voters to elect someone who will. Jonathan Mann Santa Monica The author ran for a Santa Monica City Council seat in the Nov. 6, 2012, election.

suggestions: - Ban all wildlife killing contests — inhumane, ecologicallyunsound and give all hunting a black eye - Ban the use of electronic duck decoys (“roboducks”) — unethical and unsporting - Ban the sale of non-native turtles and frogs for human consumption - Ban elephant rides—dangerous for animals and public alike - Ban the cruel “farrowing crates” at state and county fairs - Ban the giving away of goldfish as prizes, and the sale of hermit crabs as pets at fairs and

carnivals; most will die an early death All legislators may be written c/o the State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814. As The Lorax says, “If somebody like you doesn’t care a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better. It’s not.” Eric Mills Action for Animals coordinator Oakland

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Re: “No room for Outlaws in Playa del Rey,” news, Nov. 21 I’m sorry to hear that Outlaws has closed. We had gone there

multiple times per week for years until the restaurant was sold. We went a few times thinking the new owners needed time to acclimate, but this wasn’t the case. The quality of the food noticeably and consistently declined. After being loyal customers for years, we stopped going there. In my opinion, this is why they closed down. They offered a poor product and lost customers. Lylagirl Re: “Board overturns South Venice Boulevard condo plan” news, Dec. 26 This article barely touches on

how out of scale and character the project would have been. It would also have been taking up public land along its full length on Venice Boulevard. This land was set aside by the state to be landscaped. This provides a buffer, safer breathing room and sight lines, and, once open and landscaped, allows Venice to be a ceremonial gateway to Venice Beach, as planned. The city Planning Department ignored our local planning codes and the legal process that exists. Thank goodness our councilperson and the hearing commission saw through the smokescreen. Robin

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Local lawmaker moves to counter electronic spying California Sen. Ted Liu would ban state workers from aiding feds in collecting data By Gary Walker Outraged by the National Security Agency’s sweeping domestic spying program, a lawmaker who represents Westside neighborhoods in Sacramento wants to make it illegal for state employees and contractors to help the federal officials collect data on Californians without a search warrant. State Sen. Ted Lieu (D- Torrance), whose district includes Marina del Rey, Venice and Westchester, introduced the “The Fourth Amendment Protection Act” on Monday with a Republican co-author, state Sen. Joel Anderson of San Diego. Senate Bill 828 would specifically prohibit state agencies and corporations working for the state to provide “material support, participation or assistance in any form to a federal agency that claims the power, by virtue of any federal law, rule, regulation or order to collect electronic data or metadata of any person pursuant to any action not based on a warrant.” Lieu described the federal government’s collection of telephone and electronic data on its citizens as “a direct threat to our liberty and freedom,” namely constitutional prohibitions against unreasonable search and seizure.

While he acknowledges that some people, including members of Congress, argue widespread collection of electronic data is needed because of terrorist cells’ access to technology, Lieu told The Argonaut he believes the program goes too far. “If we lived in a totalitarian society, there’s no doubt that we would be much safer. But life would also be a lot more miserable,” Lieu said. “I agree that we live in a dangerous world, but that’s why we have the Bill of Rights. The founders understood how dangerous an out-ofcontrol government could be.” Erwin Chemirinsky, a critic of domestic spying and dean of the University of California at Irvine Law School, said Lieu’s bill is likely itself unconstitutional because a state law cannot supersede a federal statue. “California cannot stop it or interfere with it since it is a federal program. It is no different from a state saying it would not help the federal government carry out an order to desegregate schools,” Chemirinsky, who could not be reached, told the Daily Breeze. Lieu, who has a law degree from Georgetown University, also said he

was not concerned about potential legal challenges to a state law that conflicts with federal mandates. He cited the TRUST Act, signed Oct. 5 by Gov. Jerry Brown, which prevents police from transferring undocumented immigrants who have been arrested for non-violent crimes to federal immigration authorities for deportation. “State-funded public resources should not be going toward aiding the NSA or any other federal agency from indiscriminate spying on its own citizens and gathering electronic or metadata that violates the Fourth Amendment,” Lieu said. Karl Manheim, a Loyola Marymount University law professor who specializes in constitutional law, said passage of Lieu’s bill may force the courts to address the federal program. “A federal law must be constitutional in order to preempt a state law. [State laws] cannot be displaced by unconstitutional laws,” Manheim said. “Sometimes legislation can serve an educational purpose as well as a public policy purpose. If the federal government were to bring a lawsuit [to force California to cooperate with federal authorities],

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Police investigate pair of alleged punch-and-run assaults Despite public claims — including those by a Hollywood actress — investigators aren’t convinced ‘the knockout game’ was a factor Police are investigating but have not been able to locate the victim, leaving investigators unable to determine what motivated the attack, Sgt. S. Kinchla of the LAPD’s Pacific Division said. The division has no records of any knockout game attacks in the area, he said. “We are taking the incident very seriously,” Kinchla said, asking anyone with information to call police at (310) 482-6313. “If this is going on we want to know about it and put a stop to it, because it’s pretty serious. There are reports this [phenomenon] has happened in other cities, and it’s something we don’t want happening here.” Earlier this week, a 45-year-old Los Angeles resident claimed in a press release and an indiegogo. com appeal for help paying medical bills that he was the victim of a Dec. 11 knockout game attack on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. Keith Chase Watson said he and a friend were out walking near Santa Monica Boulevard at about 10 p.m. when a man who appeared to be in his early 20s yelled and then lunged at him. Watson said he walked away from the encounter but moments later was struck in the face from behind — the blow breaking his nose and causing small fractures around his right eye, sending him to a local hospital and leaving

him with chronic headaches and a twitchy eye. Watson complained that Santa Monica police officers responded but failed to arrest his assailant even as the man, who carried an iPad, yelled at Watson from across the street. His attacker and another man “were taunting me, high-fiving each other,” Watson said. “My friend pointed him out to police. He was yelling obscenities.” Santa Monica police refute aspects of Watson’s account and his assertion that the assault was a knockout game-related sneak attack. “Words were exchanged” between the two men prior to the attack and the suspect fled before police arrived, SMPD Sgt. Jay Moroso said. According to a police report that included statements by Watson and a witness, the attacker “seemed to antagonize [Watson], and the victim basically said ‘What’s your problem?’ or words to that effect,” Moroso said. “It was when the victim was walking away that the assailant came up from behind and punched him. The assailant ran across the street until, according to a witness, the suspect noticed police coming and that’s when he fled.” Moroso also said that an officer on patrol arrested a suspect three hours later and held him on an unrelated warrant, but Watson

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By Joe Piasecki The victim of an assault on Third Street Promenade and a Hollywood actress who came to the aid of an elderly man punched by a masked assailant in Venice have taken to the Internet with claims the attacks were motivated by “the knockout game” — a term describing episodes of random violence intended to render unsuspecting victims unconscious with a single punch. Police aren’t so certain, however, saying they have no evidence that knockout game attacks have occurred in Westside neighborhoods. On Jan. 2, actress Rose McGowan took to Twitter writing that she witnessed a seemingly random assault shortly after 6 p.m. near Ocean Front Walk. According to McGowan’s Twitter feed — followed by more than 450,000 users — a masked man on a skateboard struck the victim on the head and fled the scene as she gave chase. “I just witnessed a 65-year-old man get punched by an evil guy playing that goddamn knockout game. #criminal #heartbroken #whattheF?!” typed McGowan, who starred in the television series “Charmed” and the films “Scream” and “Grindhouse.” “Bleeding from the ear. Called an ambulance for him. His little dog tried to protect,” reads another tweet.

Keith Chase Watson was hurt in a Dec. 11 attack on Third Street Promenade

hasn’t answered police requests to identify his attacker in a photo lineup. Watson said he first heard of the arrest on Tuesday. “I don’t want to give the police a hard time. They’re not the bad guy,” Watson said, but believes footage from nearby surveillance

cameras may verify his story. “I just want to let people in Santa Monica know to be careful.” Moroso said police are reviewing video footage. As for any past knockout gamestyle attacks, “nobody’s heard of it happening here,” he said. § Joe@argonautnews.com

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The Forum re-enters the Westside entertainment landscape Following an ambitious $100-million remodel, the historic venue comes back to life on Wednesday with a concert by the Eagles proximity to an underserved Westside market puts the venue at a competitive advantage, said concert promoter Sepp Donahower. Donahower cofounded Pacific Presentations in 1970 and saw the company grow into one of the largest event promoters in the country, with partners later spinning off to begin efforts that evolved into entertainment giant Live Nation. “When the Staples Center and L.A. Live came along, The Forum kind of fell into disrepair, but now it’s going to be a formidable venue,” Donahower said. “There are scheduling issues with Staples Center because you have so many teams playing, and that eats up a lot of nights. The Forum is going to be at an advantage for musical presentations in that an artist can go in there and take their pick [of dates], essentially, for engagements of multiple nights.” A founder of the Save the Civic group working to reopen the mothballed 3,000-seat Santa Monica Civic Auditorium,

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By Joe Piasecki When it comes to large-scale music events in Los Angeles, the action moves a lot closer to Westside neighborhoods next week with the re-opening of The Forum as a dedicated concert venue. The Madison Square Garden Co. purchased The Forum in 2012 and has spent roughly $100 million remaking the historic Inglewood venue into a destination for major artists and competition for downtown’s Staples Center and L.A. Live. With a capacity crowd of 17,500, The Forum is roughly the size of Staples Center, but it won’t have to juggle concerts with professional basketball and hockey schedules (having lost the Lakers and the Kings to Staples in 1999). The Forum’s seating arrangement can also be modified down to 8,000 seats for smaller events, according to statements released by the venue. The Forum’s specialization in entertainment and close

A rendering of interior renovations to The Forum, which reopens as a concert venue next week

Donahower is optimistic that revitalization of The Forum will create synergy that could help the Civic. The Forum’s opening concert series of the new era is a sixshow run by the Eagles that starts Wednesday. Justin Timberlake comes next with a one-off Jan. 20 gig, and Sting, Paul Simon, Imagine Dragons and Kings of

Leon are also performing there in coming weeks. The Eagles’ first large-scale concert series was a threenight stand at The Forum, said Donahower, whose company booked that appearance as well as multiple-night gigs at The Forum by The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Rod Stewart in the 1970s.

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pon discovering his pet Bernice the Whiffle Hen confers magical powers of luck to its keeper, greedy Castor Oyl enlists Ham Gravy, his sister Olive’s bland boyfriend, in a bid to score some quick cash with a trip across the water to Dice Island. All they need is a ride off the pier. “Hey there! Are you a sailor?” Castor Oyl asks a craggy man with giant forearms and an anchor tattoo. “Ja think I’m a cowboy?” the stranger responds. And with that, Popeye the Sailor Man was born on Jan. 17, 1929. ***

E. C. Segar created Popeye in his Santa Monica office

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It was in the mid-1920s that Santa Monica cartoonist Elzie Crisler Segar, nearly a decade into his syndicated comic strip “Thimble Theater,” suddenly felt the urge to paint. Segar struck up a bargain with an artist he saw sketching on the Santa Monica Pier: if Segar would lease a studio and equip it with art supplies, the man would give him painting lessons. Segar, an avid fisherman who liked to cast a line off the pier and would allude to the Santa Monica Rod and Reel Club in his strips, procured an office at a brand new building at Broadway and Fourth Street, now long gone but at the

time the tallest in the city. While the painting lessons never happened, Segar held onto the office as a workspace, where — while reportedly in the grips of a deadly flu bug that was going around — Segar created one of the most enduring cartoon characters of all time, or so writes Segar’s assistant, Forrest “Bud” Sagendorf, the cartoonist who later inherited the syndicated strip, in his 1979 book “Popeye: The First 50 Years.” Launched in 1919 in William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal, “Thimble Theater” had initially starred the squat

Castor Oyl and Popeye’s skinny future paramour, but the homely one-eyed sailor — whom Olive initially found repugnant — became so beloved by readers that the strip was later renamed “Popeye” after its show-stealing star. “Popeye is one of the great creations of the 20th century,” said film and animation historian Leonard Maltin. “I think of Segar as an American Charles Dickens.” For the likes of Maltin and many cartoonists, such high praise is not hyperbole. Along the way of chronicling the Sailor Man’s saga, by-products


ArgonautNews.com of Segar’s fertile imagination entered the lexicon as American idioms. The word “goon” comes from the character Alice the Goon, a lackey of the Sea Hag, the last witch on Earth and an early Popeye nemesis. “Jeep,” today associated with the former military vehicle, was swiped from Eugene the Jeep, a mysterious magical animal who joined Popeye on various adventures. Popeye became so popular with children in the 1930s that sales of spinach spiked dramatically across the U.S. “Segar was a great storyteller at a time when people really immersed themselves in the comics section of their daily newspaper,” said Bill Griffin, who created “Zippy the Pinhead” for King Features Syndicate, a division of Hearst Corp. that has been home to Popeye since his inception. “He didn’t just create memorable, funny characters. He brought a whole world to life [including Popeye’s hometown] Sweethaven — populated by a wonderful cast of supporting characters.” That cast also included Swee’ Pea, a foundling left at Popeye’s doorstep; Popeye’s father, Poopdeck Pappy; and Wimpy, the world’s most loveable money-welching mooch. “Segar’s character design alone puts him in the Hall of Cartoon Giants,” Dan Piraro, creator of the single-panel cartoon “Bizarro,” wrote in an email interview. “I’ve been an avid fan of Popeye since I was a small child. He was perhaps my first cartoon hero. I wanted to eat more spinach to be like him but alas, could never stand the stuff.” *** Born and raised in Chester, Ill., Segar was 18 when he learned to cartoon through a correspondence course. After moving to Chicago, he befriended cartoonist R. F. Outcault (creator of “The Yellow Kid” and “Buster Brown”), a founding father of the American comic strip. Outcault helped Segar land a comic strip gig in 1916 with the Chicago Herald, where he drew “Charlie Chaplin’s Comedy Capers.” In 1918, Segar married Myrtle Johnson and Hearst’s Chicago Evening American hired him to create a strip. That strip failed, but it was less than a year before Segar bounced back with “Thimble Theater.” Popeye’s arrival came less than three decades into the birth of American comics, when the longest running strip at the time was “The Katzenjammer Kids,”

which debuted in Hearst’s New York Journal supplement the American Humorist in 1897. In Segar’s era, the American comic strip had little competition from other media, with movies still a nascent phenomenon and TV and the Internet mere science fiction. But Popeye’s fame only grew with the advent of new technology. Animated theatrical shorts by brothers Max and Dave Fleischer, which Paramount Studios put in movie theaters before feature films, cemented Popeye’s position in the American imagination. It was in these black-and-white cartoons, beginning with Popeye’s screen debut during a Fleischer Betty Boop cartoon, that key elements of the Popeye mythos surfaced: Popeye’s trademark laugh and mumble, the catchy theme song, Bluto as Popeye’s eternal adversary, the can of spinach as augmenter of Popeye’s supernatural strength to Superman proportions. “The Fleischer cartoons are the Holy Grail for animation students and Popeye is the crown jewel,” said King Features Syndicate Editor Brendan Burford. But where Segar’s cartoons imbued Popeye with a sense of danger, “the Fleischers softened him somewhat,” Maltin said. The tradeoff, of course, was “they also extended his life through the enormous popularity of those cartoons.” Roger Langridge, who recently wrote a Popeye comic book series, agreed. “The Fleischer cartoons, I think, made Popeye a much safer (and, to my mind, more boring) character, so, in that regard, I’m sure they’re in a large part responsible for Popeye’s wider success in the culture generally, and the reason he’s remembered today by anyone rather than a few hardcore comic strip aficionados,” Langridge wrote in an email interview from his home in New Zealand. That did not, however, alleviate tensions behind the scenes. Max Fleischer’s son, Richard Fleischer — a major entertainment figure in his own right, having directed “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” “Fantastic Voyage,” “Dr. Doolittle” and “Soylent Green” — chronicled strife behind the cartoon in his 1993 memoir “Just Tell Me When To Cry” and his 2005 book, “Out of the Inkwell: Max Fleischer and the Animation Revolution.” Popeye was also the center of a bitter rivalry between the

Fleischers and Walt Disney over animation supremacy. It was with a trio of Popeye two-reelers (“Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor,” “Popeye Meets Ali Baba and His Forty Thieves” and “Popeye Meets Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp”) that Fleischer Studios innovated full-color animation and depth of field, but Disney beat them to the big screen with the first full-color animated feature, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,” in 1937. By 1941, internal friction had turned brother against brother within Fleischer Studios, and the two were fired by Paramount. Popeye shorts continued, adding the sailor’s nephews Peepeye, Poopeye, Pipeye and Pupeye but losing the Fleischers’ wit. Segar did not live long enough see Popeye’s success as other companies, including HannaBarbera, kept the cartoon going. Segar died in Santa Monica from complications of leukemia and liver disease in October1938. He was 43. Bud Sagendorf continued Popeye until 1986, when Bobby London took over the dailies, leaving the Sundays for „

Segar sports a pipe modeled after his cartoon sailor's

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Sagendorf. Since Sagendorf’s 1994 death, King Features continues to syndicate “Popeye,” rerunning Sagendorf’s weeklies, while Hy Eisman, 87, draws new Sunday episodes. Burford admits that circulation for “Popeye” has fallen off in recent years, but he attributes it to the character’s success in other media “eclipsing his identity as a comic strip and making him more global.” That said, “it’s worth keeping it going [as a comic strip],” Burford said, adding that King Features still offers original Segar strips for syndication. Today, a permanent exhibit of Popeye history stands at the Santa Monica History Museum. At Woodlawn Cemetery, walking distance from the building where Popeye was created, E.C. Segar and Myrtle Segar, who died in 1978, lay side by side. “It’s a shame [Segar] didn’t live long enough to see how popular he became,” said Debbie Brooks, operator of Spinach Can Collectibles, a Popeye-themed museum and store in Segar’s hometown of Chester. *** Myriad publishers have printed Popeye comic books over the decades, but kicking the spinach

ArgonautNews.com can forward has recently been a struggle. “Segar’s always going to be a tough act to follow,” wrote Langridge, who received critical acclaim for his “The Muppets” licensed comics and took up Popeye for San Diego-based IDW publishing. “Segar was not a natural cartoonist. The first year or two of ‘Thimble Theatre’ are pretty amateurish. It’s clear that Segar really pushed himself hard to make himself better. Complacency seems not to have been Segar’s style,” Langridge continued. “The editors and I were all in sync about wanting to get as much of a Segar flavor in there as possible, so we thought it was worth the effort.” Even with the blessing and oversight of King Features, IDW’s “Popeye” struggled in the market. After its April 2012 re-launch, “Popeye” sank like an anchor from 12,250 monthly copies to 4,621 by February 2013 (a one-off mash-up, “Mars Attacks Popeye,” sold 7,748 comics in December 2012). Compare that to the all-ages licensed-comics phenomenon “My Little Pony,” which hit the market with 95,384 units in November 2012 and has

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averaged 40,000 ever since. Whereas Popeye had once been a television staple — famously for Westside locals on host Tom Hatten’s Sunday morning KTLA telecast “Popeye and His Friends” (1952-1985) — the fracturing of America’s collective attention span has cast Popeye adrift. Despite a pedigree of talent that included director Robert Altman, screenwriter/cartoonist Jules Feiffer, stars Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall and a Harry Nilsson soundtrack, a 1980 live-action film underwhelmed commercially and critically. But Popeye could be poised for a major comeback on the silver screen *** In 1987, Frank Caruso was working as an artist for MAD magazine rival Cracked when King Features’ Grant King needed a freelancer to draw Popeye. Now 27 years later, he’s a vice president on the creative side of the company. Caruso said he has a deep personal connection to Popeye and takes his role as custodian of the character’s visual integrity very seriously. “As a kid growing up in New Jersey and hanging out at the

boardwalk, I always loved Popeye,” he said. After winning a concession stand game, “I had my choice of the whole stand. Every character figurine was there, and I took Popeye. I kept it all through the years — through high school, in my jacket.” With artist Steve De Stefano (creator of DC Comics’ ‘Mazin Man), Caruso continues to create Popeye art and contends the character’s brand may not be as dormant as it appears, with requests for product licenses and packaging art remaining strong. “Not a day goes by when a request [for Popeye] comes in from around the world,” Caruso said. From the early days of Popeye’s Chicken to the Boy Scouts of America to a TV Guide cover in which the Sailor Man hoists fellow nautical toon SpongeBob, Popeye has been around us all along. Caruso produced Popeye art for the MGM Grand’s 1993 Las Vegas opening as well as for Universal’s Orlando theme park in 1999, where Toon Lagoon features an animatronicspeppered Popeye ride. In 1997, Caruso worked with Wilco to achieve a faux Fleischer feel for the video for “Dawned on Me” — the lead single off the popular

alternative-country band’s eighth album — after Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy approached King Features about his idea to insert band members into a vintage black-and-white Popeye cartoon. Brooks, a former cosmetics chemist who, with computer programmer husband Michael, has run Spinach Can Collectibles since 1994, said many people continue to embrace the Sailor Man. As heads of the official Popeye fan club for decades, they also serve as organizers of the annual Popeye Picnic. For 35 years, Chester — an hour south of St. Louis; population: 5,000 — has held a three-day celebration of Segar’s legacy on the weekend following Labor Day Weekend, a parade and fair attracting thousands. Chester’s police officers and firefighters wear Popeye emblems on their uniforms throughout the year. “It’s three days of Popeye. The town totally celebrates Segar,” said Caruso, who oversaw design work of statues in Chester based on Popeye, Wimpy, Bluto, and one featuring Olive with Swee’ Pea and Eugene the Jeep. Brooks said she receives customers from more than 70 countries and all 50 states in search of Popeye goods, which are becoming scarcer in recent years. “Internationally, they’re still making it like crazy,” she said. “They’re making Betty Boop like crazy. But not in the United States. And usually it’s aimed at the baby boomers. We need stuff for kids.” While Popeye’s street cred may have sunk among American kids, there is movement to remedy that. Sony Animation is currently in production on a 3D Popeye animated feature set for release in 2015, directed by “Samurai Jack” creator Genndy Tartakovsky from a screenplay by Jay Scherick and David Ronn (“The Smurfs”). Avi Arad, the man who put Marvel super heroes in multiplexes, is producing. In the meantime, King Features also lends the strips’ characters to public events nationwide, allowing Popeye and Olive Oyl to champion the cause of eating more greens (spinach included) during last year’s inaugural Eat Well Santa Monica campaign. “When I think of iconic characters, Popeye is there with Santa Claus and Mickey Mouse,” Burford said. “That’s me saying this as a fan of comics, not as the editor of King Features. I love the Popeye and that world.” § Michael@argonautnews.com


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“An Iliad,” Homer’s classic tale re-imagined by director Lisa Peterson and actor Denis O’Hare, arrives at The Broad Stage By Michael Aushenker When “An Iliad” reaches The Broad Stage on Saturday, the opening will mark the culmination of a nine-year creative conversation between actor Denis O’Hare and director Lisa Peterson. For readers of Homer’s original, that’s one year shy of the Trojan War. Based on Robert Fagles’ translation of Homer’s “Iliad,” Peterson’s take on the material comes in a minimal, elemental fashion: O’Hare on a bare stage supported only by lighting effects. “When we started back in 2005, it was as a response to the U.S. invasion of Bagdad: What does it mean to be at war?” Peterson said. “Over the years, it shifted a bit to have both a focus on warriors and war and the impulse to fight, but also as much about storytelling and

getting back to basics.” Peterson’s friendship with O’Hare originated in the Windy City when she directed him in a Chicago production of Richard Greenberg’s one-act play “The Author’s Voice.” Since then, O’Hare has snagged a Tony for his performance in Greenberg’s “Take Me Out” and he’s been a regular on “True Blood,” “American Horror Story” and “The Good Wife.” He’s also enjoyed parts in the films “Half Nelson,” “Milk” and the recent “Dallas Buyers Club.” “The text you will hear on opening night is 30% Fagels’ translation and the rest is brand new writing that Dennis and I did,” Peterson said. The writing process was a dialogue that included exchanging videotaped storytelling in an attempt to sharpen the ear for quirks and

cadences. “We imagined he was Homer,” she said of O’Hare’s character, “if Homer was sort of condemned to walk the Earth forever telling the story of the Trojan War.” The process took a long time for Peterson and O’Hare because “Dennis is an actor first and I am a director first” and both have kept busy, she said. The pair workshopped the piece In New York (where Peterson lives), on a Seattle stage in 2010 and at Sundance’s theater lab in Utah. “An Iliad” has also been staged with other actors in Chicago and San Francisco while O’Hare was too busy to perform it. Critics in other parts of the country have raved about “An Iliad.” In a March 2012 review of stagings by O’Hare and another

actor at New Work Theater Workshop, The New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood wrote that “the strength of ‘An Iliad’ resides in the combination of a naturally exciting narrative and the engaged, virtuosic performances.” In a warning to purists, “this is not simply a condensed recitation of the poem,” he wrote, “but a retelling that emphasizes contemporary vernacular over poetry.” In April, Don Aucoin of The Boston Globe wrote that a performance of “An Iliad” by O’Hare in Boston was “a starkly powerful experience that leaves you with not just a sense of the horror and absurdity of war, but also — and this part makes the heart sink — its inevitability.” For Peterson, the arrival of “An Illiad” in Santa Monica represents

something of a culmination of those geographical and intellectual travels.Although Peterson worked from 1995 to 2005 at the Mark Taper Forum — where she directed productions including “The House of Bernarda Alba” and Culture Clash’s “Water and Power” — she has yet to see the inside of The Broad Stage since moving to New York. “An Iliad” premieres at 8 p.m. Saturday and continues on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 2 at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $59 to $98. Call (310) 434-3470 or visit thebroadstage.com for show times and tickets.§ Michael@argonautnews.com

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Vintage Messenger Bag Sewing, 1-4 p.m. Sew a comfy lined cotton shoulder bag as Sewcranky brings a fleet of their lovingly restored antique hand-cranked sewing machines to the Camera Obscura Building, Palisades Park, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. Beginners welcome; park in Structure 6. Cost: $25. (310) 4582239; smgov.net/reserve House music, 8 p.m.-midnight K. Smith presents a DJ party with Domestic Partners (deep house), Poohbeezie (bounce house) and Jonas Abbs (electro house) at the Good Hurt, 12249 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. goodhurt.com Wooden Man, Hana Kim, Elizaveta, Frankie Boots and the County Line, 7 p.m. An alternative rock line-up tonight. All ages; one item minimum. Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com The Incredible Heavies featuring Che Zifandel, The Harsh Carpets, OMBB, 8 p.m. Surf rock, blues and jam music collide tonight at TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com

Sunday, Jan. 12 Santa Monica Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market, 8 a.m.3 p.m. A recurring monthly flea market featuring antiques, jewelry, artwork and more held every first and fourth Sunday in the parking lots at Airport Avenue and Bundy Drive at Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica. $7. (323) 933-2511; santamonicaairportantiquemarket.com “Intolerance,” 7:30 p.m. D.W. Griffith’s classic 1916 film covers the titular theme across the centuries, from the persecuted French Huguenots to the crucifixion of Christ and the fall of ancient Babylon. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 466-3456; aerotheatre.com Wallace Hartley & the Icebergs, Daniel Jacobs’ AM Exchange Unplugged, Jonathan Morrow, Scott Allan Knost, 8 p.m. It’s a folk-pop throw-down at TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com

Monday, Jan. 13 “Before Midnight,” 7:30 p.m. Co-star and co-writer Julie Delpy appears in person for this screening of her collaboration with actor Ethan

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Tuesday, Jan. 14 Classical Guitar, 6:30 p.m. Taro Wayama and Tom Foster perform music spanning the Renaissance through 20th-century folk and world at Venice-Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org/ branches/venice Jenni Alpert, Andrew Young, Clare Means, 8 p.m. Three diverse singersongwriters perform their respective sets tonight. All ages; one item minimum. Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com Jonathon Rowden Group, 8 and 9:30 p.m. The jazz band swirls things up at Typhoon Restaurant, Santa Monica Airport, 3221 Donald Douglas Loop, Santa Monica. $5. (310) 390-6565; typhoon.biz

Wednesday, Jan. 15 Speakers by the Sea Club, 11 a.m.noon The Toastmasters welcome world champion toastmaster Don Johnson to their open house to discuss “The Oomph Ingredient.” Conference room 230A, Pregerson Technical Facility, 12000 Vista Del Mar, Playa del Rey. (310) 415-8815 Meditate/Create, 7-8:30 p.m. A creative writing workshop taught by Terry Wolverton to help beginners and experienced writers to combine Kundalini meditation with their writing practice. Continues Wednesdays through Jan. 29. $20 per session (cash) or $70 for the series. The Camera Obscura Building, Palisades Park, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. Park in Structure 6. Cost: $25. (310) 458-2239; smgov. net/reserve Our Lady J, Terra Naomi, 8 p.m. The singer-songwriter and the YouTube sensation perform back-to-back. All ages; one item minimum. Witzend, 1717 Lincoln


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Breaking the Westside art scene’s holiday hiatus, several galleries start the year with new exhibitions on Saturday By Michael Aushenker With the holiday lull behind us, it’s back to business for the Westside art scene, with several prominent galleries breaking out the brie and pinot noir to celebrate openings this weekend. At the William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station, “Shape,

Shift” — a group show featuring Dawn Arrowsmith, Michael Braden, Chris Trueman and Peter Lodato — opens Saturday. Both Braden and Lodato are Venicebased abstract artists. Lodato, who for an earlier exhibit drew inspiration from Goya, El Greco and other Spanish artists, continues to

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Thursday, Jan. 16 Claydar, Ohannon, Arian Saleh, Dylan Starrs, 7 p.m. Love music. All ages; one item minimum. Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com Cities, City of Blue, Sun Warshippers, 8 p.m. Southern rock and some jam music at TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com

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Rivers Cuomo sneaks into TRiP In between Weezer albums, the singer/songwriter played a secret show for Japanese TV in the cozy Santa Monica venue By Michael Aushenker “Konnichiwa, Nihon!” they shouted. “Hello, Japan!” Taking the stage in matching blue plaid shirts, the band introduced themselves as Scott & Rivers. “Scott” was Scott Murphy of the alternative rock group Allister; “Rivers” was Rivers Cuomo. Yes, that Rivers Cuomo. As the lead singer/songwriter of Weezer, Cuomo has played to audiences by the thousands at stadiums, arenas, Lollapalooza and Coachella. But on Monday night, Cuomo and Murphy played an unpublicized acoustic guitar set at the intimate TRiP in Santa Monica before about 150 people … much of it in Japanese. “Say it ain’t ahso!” “Arigato! I’m used to no one understanding what I’m talking about,” joked Cuomo, a selfdeprecating wink-wink to his image as an introvert, before launching into a song called “Splash.” But this time, he had a good reason: He and Murphy were taping a performance for Japanese television. With the help of Santa Monica resident Rico Tanaka, director Mino Chiemi, who has spent 20 years directing variety shows in Japan, oversaw a pair of cameramen set up in a corner to film Rivers & Cuomo for “Cool Nation,” a show on Japan’s NHK

network. She and her crew flew from Japan solely to film Scott & Rivers at this appearance. After an hour of preparations in which Cuomo and Murphy set up their own sound check, the “Cool Nation” cameras began rolling and the duo delved into a handful of tunes from their “Scott & Rivers” EP, released last March on Universal’s Japanese label. The half-hour set included “Homely Girl,” a song Cuomo wrote with Japanese songwriter Shusui in 2009, and another called “Freakin’ Love My Life.” In most songs, the hooks (sample: “It’s a party every night/I freakin’ love my life!”) were sung in English with verses in Japanese. With Weezer, Cuomo is best known for melodic radio rock staples such as “Say It Ain’t So,” “Hash Pipe,” “Island in the Sun,” “Beverly Hills” and “Pork and Beans.” But for the closer, Rivers and Murphy reserved the song that broke Weezer into the big time: 1994’s “Buddy Holly” (and there’s no Japanese word for “Mary Tyler Moore”). Hot off their set, Murphy and Cuomo spoke to The Argonaut about the genesis of their J-Pop love affair as Cool Nation’s crew interviewed eager attendees near the bar (“We want to know what American people think about Japanese [culture],” explained Chiemi).

Scott Murphy of Allister and Rivers Cuomo of Weezer perform “Buddy Holly” in Japanese at TRiP

With Chicago-based Allister in 2001, Murphy explained, “we recorded a song [‘Shima Uta’] that did really well.” So in 2006, Allister recorded “The Boom,” an entire album in Japanese. It went gold. After 15 years, Allister broke up following their 2010 album “Countdown to Nowhere,” and, as a solo act, Murphy found himself digging deeper into recording songs in Japanese. Cuomo, who had learned the language after meeting his Japanese wife, caught wind of Murphy’s act and reached out to him via “Countdown” producer Shawn Everett, who also coproduced Weezer’s last two releases, “Hurley” and “Death to False Metal,” in 2010. “I wanted to play Japanese songs,” Cuomo said. “It’s so hard!” Japan has a special kind of energy, according to Cuomo.

“I just have the best time when I go there with Weezer,” he said. Although Allister has reunited and Weezer is due back in the studio to record their next album, Cuomo said he wants to continue with Scott & Rivers. “I’m in it for life!” Cuomo said. “It’s a completely different experience for me. It’s definitely necessary.” As for the matching shirts, Cuomo pointed to the monogrammed “S & R” stitched over his heart, demonstrating that these were custom-made. The Weezer singer had figured that cartoon-cute appearances play well with the Japanese. Hosting this impromptu concert were TRiP’s new owners, Jon Stevenson and Hans Goplen. Goplen — a seasoned chef who has worked at The Farm in Beverly Hills and has a new restaurant, El Diner, opening up at Mid-Wilshire’s El Rey Theatre

in March — said to expect more high-profile appearances at the new TRiP, which will also “tone it down” on its past reliance on psychedelic blues and jam bands. Eyeing the rock star Cuomo onstage, “it’s part of what we’re going to do as the new owners,” said Goplen. In six weeks, TRiP will go through renovations to create an environment designed “so any artist can pop in and jump onstage,” he said. After the short-but-sweet set, Cuomo graciously posed with a steady crush of fans for smartphone photos. Scott & Rivers next play Pomona before moving onto bigger fish Feb. 13 through 17 — opening for Cuomo’s bacon-bringing band on the Weezer Cruise, a concert at sea with a private beach party in the Bahamas. “Island in the Sun,” indeed.§ Michael@argonautnews.com

Not ‘just’a good ol’ boys’ The Ooks of Hazzard have grown from a Venice open mic night act to a nationally touring band By Michael Aushenker Yes, the Ooks of Hazzard play ukuleles. But no, don’t ask them to sing that familiar TV theme song by Waylon Jennings. And while the Ooks’ cover of MGMT’s electronic rock hit “Kids” quickly landed 100,000 hits after it was posted to YouTube (and has since climbed to more than 674,000 views), yet another hipster, tongue-in-cheek novelty ukulele act is not what the Ooks of Hazzard strive to be. The goal, said Ed Marshall, one of the band’s tenor ukulele players and chief songwriters, is to defy people’s expectations of the ukulele. “We just like the feel and the sound of it. PAGE 16 THE ARGONAUT January 9, 2014

It’s different, it’s fresh, it’s new,” he said. Venice resident Marshall founded Ooks with fellow tenor ukuleleists Charlie Diaz and Patrick Hildebrand after they first performed in 2010 at an open mic jam at Talking Stick on Lincoln Boulevard. The Ooks began, in truth, with a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Tuesday’s Gone.” “It sounded good and people liked it. We invited other friends to come along with us,” Marshall explained. And so, the band swelled to its current roster, which also includes Nick Dean on ukulele bass, Rick Torrez, another tenor ukulele, drummer Matt Pecu, baritone ukulele player Sam Morrow, and Diana Hobbstetter (a.k.a. Misses Hobbs), on accordion.

Out of fear of falling into novelty or karaoke territory, the founding Ooks boys make a concerted effort to craft original songs. They include “Waiting,” which lyrics talks of a geographically challenged couple in love who feel connected when they’re gazing at the moon; “Tumbleweed,” a number written by Diaz about “being pushed around and not having any control or power,” according to Marshall; and “Smile Like a Baby,” a ditty championing an adult’s drive to retain his or her insouciant, childlike spirit. “There’s a lot of satisfaction when we all get together and play,” Marshall said. Marshall was working on production for

Devo when the New Wave rock legends were scheduled to play “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and got the inspiration to film the MGMT cover video in an attempt to get Ooks of Hazzard on Kimmel’s show. While the talk show appearance never materialized, the Ooks’ MGMT cover went viral. Since then, the Ooks have been invited to play nationwide. Last October, the band played the Denver Ukulele Festival. In November, the Ooks traveled to the South to perform on Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, a program that reaches 500 radio stations, and they played with the Conservatory of Music in Sioux City, Iowa.

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slight saltiness and meatiness added to the flavor, but made the dish more difficult to eat since the Italian ham was harder to cut than the soft eggplant. We suggested to the owner that he might want to chop the prosciutto in the future, and he agreed that it might be a good idea. We’d order this again either way, because the eggplant, cheese and rich marinara was a fine way to start a meal. My wife’s dinner included a house salad, which turned out to be a mix of lettuces with tomato, cucumber, purple onion, olives and garbanzos, topped with mozzarella. The very mild dressing didn’t shift the focus from the natural flavors of the vegetables, which works just fine when the mix is this varied; had it been the usual bowl of lettuce with minimal accompaniments, a more assertive dressing would have been needed. The entrees came only minutes after we finished the salad — good kitchen timing, but since we were alone in the restaurant that evening and there were only a few take-out orders, it wasn’t much of a challenge. My wife had ordered a special of roasted salmon in a lemon-caper and herb sauce, while I decided on linguine alla puttanesca. Puttanesca sauce — literally “prostitute’s sauce” — is spicy, cheap, fast and easy. (There are arguments about whether it’s so named because any whore could make it, that whores liked it or that they concocted it to lure in customers, but the term dates back to Sicily in the 1950s.) It has the typical Sicilian ingredients — pasta, olives, capers, peppers and

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Gorgeous Views

“This two bedroom, two bath unit offers incredible Marina Del Rey, Catalina and ocean views,” says agent Charles Lederman. “Completely remodeled and upgraded, the kitchen boasts granite counter tops and stainless appliances. The second bedroom has dual translucent walls that open completely. Enjoy all amenities of Marina City Club including executive gym, free classes, swimming pools, tennis, paddle tennis and racquet ball courts, gourmet restaurant and bar, cafe, convenience store, 24 hour gated/guarded security, all within easy walking distance of the beach and many restaurants. The property is offered at $775,000. Information, Charles Lederman, Marina City Realty (310) 821-8980.

Unobstructed Views from The Regatta

“This two-bedroom, 2.5 bath home boasts a large open and private floor plan, offering views of the city, mountains and marina,” says agent Jesse Weinberg. “The extra-large wrap-around balcony can be accessed from all the rooms, and has BBQ hook-ups. There is a gourmet kitchen, and a fireplace in the living room with glass from the floor to the nearly nine-foot ceilings. Building services include pool, spa, fitness center, library, theater/ media room and more. HOA includes earthquake insurance, water, gas, DirecTV with HBO and two car parking.” The property is offered at $855,000. Information, Jesse Weinberg, Keller Williams Marina/LA Realty, (800) 904-9132.

Favorable Real Estate Market for 2014

Bob Waldron, a leading realtor and area specialist with Coldwell Banker’s Westchester/Playa Vista office, is pleased to report that economic forecasts for 2014 are favorable and positive. The economy is expected to rise from 2% to 3% this year, and a strong economy is always good news for the real estate market because it stimulates stronger job growth, bigger income gains, more buyers of first homes, and homeowners moving up. Says Bob, “I am enthusiastic, and ready for a productive year!” Information, Bob Waldron, Coldwell Banker Westchester/Playa Vista, (310) 337-9225, www.bobwaldron.com.

Venice Home

“This charming three-bedroom, one-bath home is conveniently located between the beach and Penmar golf course,” say agents Linda Black and Dennis Kean. “The bright living room and open dining area are flooded with light, and there are newer windows and hardwood flooring under carpet throughout. The bath has separate shower and tub, and the hallway has built-in cabinets. A separate laundry room leads out to a private backyard next to the two-car garage with extra storage. A new main sewer line was installed recently.” The property is offered at $900,000. Information, Linda Black and Dennis Kean, Coldwell Banker Venice, (310) 804.6432/(310) 292-5326.

Westport Heights Home

“This remodeled three bedroom single-family home is available for lease in a desirable location of Westchester,” says agent Kim Williamson. “The bright and open floor plan features a brand new kitchen, refinished hardwood floors throughout, two full baths, a two-car garage, ample closet space, central heat, a front porch with city views, and a park-like backyard, ideal for entertaining.” The property is offered at $3,350 per month with a one year minimum lease. Information, Williamson and Pagan, RE/MAX Estate Properties, (310) 722-4200.

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repair can clean up your credit rating and help you get substantial savings over the duration of your policy. Nowadays, many employers check an applicant’s credit history as an essential step of the screening process. Wonder why? Well, credit reports usually disclose what resumes may never tell. Employers check credit reports to determine if an applicant has unpaid child or spouse support, has a verdict against him or her, or pays bills promptly. In instances like these, you can get a fresh start by opting for credit repair. A low credit score can have a negative impact on your ability to get loans. If lenders find a poor credit score on your report, they can lower your credit limit, making the loan even more expensive for you. If dealerships turn you down for loans or offer very high interest rates, you should consider credit repair. This will increase your chances of getting the vehicle you want, or owning your dream home. Since credit scores and reports can affect you and your loved ones in a number of ways, it is important to keep your credit score in superb condition. Credit repair doesn’t only benefit individuals with a low credit score, but can do wonders for people with average credit by getting negative items off their reports, disputing late payment information and correcting any inaccuracies on the report. This week’s question is answered by Bob and Cheryl Herrera, Professional Real Estate Services, (310) 306-5427, www.bob-cheryl.com.

Venice Breezes

“This sunny, west-facing 1956 traditional home, on a 5,100 square foot lot, captures the ocean breezes,” says agent Janet Jung. “The living area, with its wood-burning fireplace, opens to a private, landscaped backyard with a beautiful, mature pepper tree. The home still has its original floor plan, with lovely wood floors, original bathroom tiles and a laundry room off the kitchen, a two car garage and a long driveway for additional parking. Restaurants, shops and beaches are just a mile’s bike-ride away.” The property is offered at $999,000. Information, Janet Jung, Abbot Kinney Real Estate, (310) 720-4165.

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forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 257519 The following person is doing business as: Enjoeat Classico, 3918 Van Buren Pl., Culver City, CA. 90232. Registered owners: Windy Pizza Plus, LLC, 15500 S. Broadway St., Gardena, CA. 90248. This business is conducted by a limited liability company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/ Name: Windy Pizza Plus, LLC. Title: President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Dec. 17, 2013. Argonaut published: Dec. 26, 2013 and Jan. 2, 9, 16, 2014. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 258336 The following person is doing business as: Bleu Octopi, 5618 Kinston Avenue, Culver City, CA. 90230. Registered owners: Mathew Aihara, 5618 Kinston Avenue, Culver City, CA. 90230. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/ Name: Mathew Aihara. Title: N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Dec. 18, 2013. Argonaut published: Dec. 26, 2013 and Jan. 2, 9, 16, 2014. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code).

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 258747 The following person is doing business as: Ehrlich Fisher Architects, 10865 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA. 90232. Registered owners: Steven David Ehrlich, 700 Palms Blvd., Venice, CA. 90291. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on Dec. 12, 2013. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/ Name: Steven David Ehrlich. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Dec. 18, 2013. Argonaut published: Dec. 26, 2013 and Jan. 2, 9, 16, 2014. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 262162 The following person is doing business as: 1) HomegrownUSA, 2) Homegrown, 3) Homegrown Authentic American Beer, 4) Homegrown Craft Beer, 5) Homegrown Variety Pack, 6) xoxohomegrown.com, 7) Homegrown Beverages, 121 Outrigger Mall, Marina Del Rey, CA. 90292. Registered owners: Funsten Asset Management, 121 Outrigger Mall, Marina Del Rey, CA. 90292. This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name: Funsten Asset Management Co. Title: President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Dec. 24, 2013. Argonaut published: Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 264690 The following person is doing business as: Zoyyoz, Inc., 4750 Lincoln Blvd. #158, Marina Del Rey, CA. 90292. Registered own-

ers: Zoyyoz, Inc., 4750 Lincoln Blvd. #158, Marina Del Rey, CA. 90292. This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name: Zoyyoz, Inc. Title: President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Dec. 30, 2013. Argonaut published: Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014 001567 The following person is doing business as: 1) Mojo Music Productions, 2050 S. Bundy Ave. Suite 232, Los Angeles, CA. 90025. 2) Mojo Music Publishing, 14014 Northwest Passage Apt. 232, Marina Del Rey, CA. 90292. Registered owners: Joseph Ellis Dean Jr., 14014 Northwest Passage Apt. 232, Marina Del Rey, CA. 90292. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/Name: Joseph Ellis Dean Jr. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles Jan. 3rd, 2014. Argonaut published: Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2014. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014 003280 The following person is doing business as: A to Z Soccer Academy, 12000 Waterview Dr., Los Angeles, CA. 90066. Registered owners: Manuel J. Abondano, 9741 Pico Blvd. Apt B, Los Angeles, CA. 90035. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business

under the fictitious business name or names listed above on Jan. 7th, 2014. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/Name: Manuel J. Abondano. Title: CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Jan. 7th, 2014. Argonaut published: Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2014. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20163 264435 The following person is doing business as: Stay In Home Healthcare, 266 Redlands Street, Playa Del Rey, CA. 90293. Registered owners: Victoria Maria Gutierrez, 266 Redlands Street, Playa Del Rey, CA. 90293. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name: Victoria M. Gutierrez. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Dec. 27, 2013. Argonaut published: Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Date of Application: December 20, 2013. To whom it may concern: The name of the applicant is: 740 S. Western Ave. LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 740 S. Western Ave. Unit 115 &116, Los Angeles, CA. 90005-5902 Type of license applied for: 41 – On-Sale Beer and Wine – Eating Place. Argonaut: January 9, 2014.


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