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By Gary Walker Although Washington, D.C. is nearly 3,000 miles away, the potential after-effects of the federal sequester could stretch all the way to the coast of Santa Monica. The air traffic control tower at Santa Monica Airport is on a list of airport facilities released by the Federal Aviation Administration March 1 – the day the sequestration officially began – that might be closed soon due to potential furloughs of airport personnel, including air traffic controllers. Nearly 100 air traffic control towers at airports with fewer than 150,000 flight operations or 10,000 commercial operations per year are on the endangered list as sequestration moves past its first week of implementation, and from headlines into real life. Sequestration is a budget cutting mechanism that was agreed upon by President Barack Obama and Congress last year following the battle over raising the debt ceiling. It mandates $1.2 trillion in budget cuts over 10 years, with $85 billion coming in the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year. Santa Monica Airport Director Robert Trimborn is uncertain when or if the tower will be shut down.

Santa Monica Airport’s air traffic control tower is on a list of facilities that is slated for closure due to sequestration.

Election Results Bonin victorious in City Council bid; Zimmer wins second term on school board By Vince Echavaria and Gary Walker After years of serving as a chief deputy to Los Angeles City Council members, Mike Bonin won his own seat on the council March 5, avoiding a runoff with a convincing victory in the primary. Bonin, the chief of staff to Councilman Bill Rosendahl, won his bid for his boss’ 11th District seat by tallying 17,566 votes, or 61.2 percent of the vote, with 100 percent of precincts reporting. Rosendahl chose not to seek reelection to a third term to focus on his battle with cancer. Bonin’s closest competitor in the race for the coastal district, which includes communities such as Venice, Westchester and Playa del Rey, was city prosecutor

Tina Hess, who received 5,155 votes, or nearly 18 percent. Two other candidates, community advocate Frederick Sutton and teacher Odysseus Bostick, finished with 3,343 and 2,639 votes, respectively, according to unofficial results. With his significant margin of victory, Bonin, who previously served as deputy chief of staff to former Councilwoman Ruth Galanter and chief of staff to former Rep. Jane Harman, avoided a potential runoff election in May. “I feel overwhelmingly grateful by the victory and tremendously humbled by the margin of victory,” Bonin said the day after the election. Bonin said he was hopeful, but did not expect to avoid the runoff, noting that surpassing 50 percent of votes is particu-

larly challenging with four names on the ballot, all of whom were first time candidates. Election results show that slightly more than 16 percent of registered city voters went to the polls. Bonin, who received the most votes among City Council candidates, said that despite the low turnout, the 11th District had the highest number of voters. When Rosendahl announced that he would not enter the race, he immediately tapped Bonin, who has served as the councilman’s chief of staff throughout his eight years in office, as his preferred successor. Bonin won the support of numerous elected officials and community groups in his first campaign for council. (Continued on page 9)

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Re: “What a way to stand out,” (Argonaut letters, Feb. 14). Regarding the letter writer who calls The Shores’ choice of paint colors garish: Are you kidding me? A reader says what the Marina needs is even more bland, muted colors? Many of my associates and I are thrilled to finally see some bright colors in the Marina again. I’ve always been bewildered that the Marina area did not utilize such an obvious theme in all aspects of architecture, signage and design. If you look at L.A. through the eyes of a tourist, this destination is extremely disappointing. For example, the grand “entrance” to the Marina on Fiji Way – what the heck is

that? Design by committee has killed any authentic joy of Marina life. As a graphic designer and Westside resident for over 30 years, I was particularly horrified when Caruso Affiliated remodeled the “Marina Waterside” with little reference to the actual nearby water, making it look the same as all the other properties they do: The Commons at Calabasas, The Promenade at Westlake, The Village at Moorpark… the list goes on. That is somewhat understandable, as those are places with no real history or thematic reference. So they can afford to look as if someone plunked down a vaguely Mediterranean village in the middle of Los Angeles. But now… so does the Marina Waterside! Really, can’t we do better than that? VOL 43, NO 10

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Why, yes, we can – remember when Fisherman’s Village received its facelift? Bright, festive colors enhanced the inherent strong theme of boating and marine life, whether bringing it out into the sunshine or providing a happy place to be on otherwise overcast days. What the Marina needs is more thematic energy. Let the bright colors prevail. LJ Westchester

Thanks for donation, mayor

Re: “Bloomberg’s $1 million donation creates controversy in local school board election” (Argonaut, Feb. 21). Kudos to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Steve Zimmer, a former high school teacher, has been a negative force on the board when it comes to innovation. He has actively attacked the district’s slow trudge toward reform, in little ways and in big ones. Zimmer wants to move the largest Los Angeles Unified School District dual immersion program out of the Venice family of schools. Broadway Elementary School’s Mandarin immersion has been a success by any measure and shows how LAUSD can stop the outflow of local residents to private schools, charters, and neighboring districts. Zimmer is ready to spend $2.5 million LAUSD doesn’t have by uprooting several hundred Venice students and families so that 100 kids don’t have to walk five blocks for no good reason. I am grateful for the contribution from Bloomberg to support district administrators

who will focus their efforts on replicating the success of this program in the proposed location rather than uprooting these students and families. Erika Kirsten Beck Marina del Rey

Keep language immersion private

Re: “An open letter to public school parents.” I just read the above referenced advertisement on page 11 of the Feb. 28 edition of The Argonaut, with dismay. The suggestion that 100 kids currently at Broadway Elementary School in Venice should be transferred over to Westminster Elementary to make room for the Mandarin immersion program is absolutely appalling. I am 100 percent against it. I support an English immersion program at Broadway Elementary, where those who need to learn to speak English have that opportunity. This is a public school system supported by American taxpayer dollars. I do not know whom this Mandarin immersion program is designed to benefit, but I think it is a concerted effort to “enforce” a policy which is attempting to embrace and foster, forcibly, immersion of students into learning Mandarin. Let them establish a private institution for such immersion, rather than demanding that it be instituted by the public school system. Perhaps I don’t know all the facts, but Bah Humbug! Julia Reeves West Los Angeles

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REELECTED - LAUSD Board member Steve Zimmer won a second term March 5 by defeating challenger Kate Anderson in a race that drew national attention.

is on the Mar Vista Community Council. Perenchio and Broad are the primary “I’m just delighted. Mike is a fantastic funders of the Coalition for School guy and I’ve had the pleasure of having Reform, an organization that is very him around me for nine years,” Rosendsupportive of LAUSD Superintendent ahl said. “It’s certainly satisfying for me John Deasy and the charter school to know that I believe in him and a lot of movement. At the behest of outgoing people who believe in me believed in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Bloomberg, him.” Bonin says that as the next council- an unabashed backer of charters, man, he hopes to incorporate skills from contributed $1 million to the independent each of the legislators with whom he has expenditure in an effort to get Anderson worked and like his current boss, to beelected. come an accessible public figure. As he United Teachers Los Angeles, which prepares to take office July 1, Bonin will donated heavily to Zimmer’s campaign, work on transitioning his team while MIKE BONIN, shown with supporters on election night, earned 61.2 percent of the vote addressed the influx of outside money in helping Rosendahl complete his agenda to win the City Council seat that his boss, Bill Rosendahl, has held for the past eight the school board race. years. and recognizing the service the council“UTLA is pleased that veteran man has brought to the community. “I really wanted to run a positive, opti- teacher Steve Zimmer appears to have mistic campaign, to talk about real issues retained his seat on LAUSD’s Board of Education,” the union said in a statement. and solutions. I wanted a really smart, “Voters were not swayed by outsiders disciplined organization that empowered people and invited people in, and I’m re- and their millions. School board seats are not for sale. Zimmer has been a champion ally happy we were able to do that,” Bonin said. of students and an important voice on the State-of-the-art equipment and In the race for the next mayor, former school board.” City Council President Eric Garcetti and Anderson conceded early March 6. techniques designed to give you City Controller Wendy Greuel are headed “I lost the election last night. But this the ultimate workout experience. to a May runoff after garnering 32.9 per- defeat is just a setback for a movement cent and 29.2 percent of votes, respective- and a community that is and always has ly. been larger than this campaign,” she • TRX The race for city attorney is also head- wrote in an email to Zimmer’s campaign. ed to a runoff, as former Assemblyman • Circuit Training classes “I want to congratulate Steve and Mike Feuer received 43.8 percent of votes wish him well in the four years ahead. He • Indoor Cycling to 30.2 percent for City Attorney Carmen puts his heart and soul into this work.” Trutanich. • Personal Training The challenger said she will continue LAUSD District 4 election her work with a statewide nonprofit • Yoga Despite an avalanche of outside education organization, Children Now, money and a barrage of negative attacks • Physical Therapy where she is the regional director. “I look on radio and television, Los Angeles forward to continuing to be part of the • AlterG Anti Gravity Treadmill Unified School District Board Member Steven Zimmer was returned to office by change in education that inspired me to • Sport-specific training classes run (for the school board),” Anderson the voters of District 4 on election night, said. March 5. • Massage Zimmer, whose district includes Zimmer, a teacher and counselor for schools in Mar Vista, Venice, Del Rey 17 years, withstood a late challenge by One free class to new clients and Westchester, did not return calls for parent advocate Kate Anderson to hold onto his seat, beating Anderson with 52.1 comment on the election. Zimmer’s victory represents a percent of the vote to 47.9 in a race that had national implications. setback to an ethos that has sprouted Billionaires Eli Broad, A. Jerrold on the Westside in recent years around Perenchio and New York Mayor Michael the proliferation of charter schools 6826 Centinela Ave Bloomberg poured millions of dollars into as an improvement on what many Culver City, CA 90230 an independent expenditure to help fund charter advocates call “failing” LAUSD Anderson, a Mar Vista homeowner who neighborhood schools. § Owned and operated by licensed physical therapists.

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Sequester could force closure of airport tower, cause flight delays (Continued from cover) “It’s a very fluid situation right now,” Trimborn said. “I don’t think that anyone has experienced (the effects of a federal sequester) before.” In a Feb. 22 letter, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood outlined the potential consequences of the sequester and how the department and the FAA would be addressing them over the next several weeks. “To prepare for the possibility of a budget sequestration on March 1, 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration is making plans to reduce its expenditures by approximately $600 million for the remainder of (fiscal year) 2013,” LaHood wrote. “The purpose of this letter is to advise you of the operational changes we are considering to enable you to make your own plans to minimize the impact to the operations of your organizations and members.” Michael Foote heads the air traffic controllers union at Los Angeles International Airport. Because of the sequester, he said operations at LAX could be impacted for several weeks. “I think those who travel to

Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution, said the tower at Santa Monica Airport is not the part of the airport that should be shuttered. “I consider (Santa Monica Airport) to be an unsafe airport even with a control tower; without one it would be even less safe,” said Rubin, who advocates for the airport’s closure. “Don’t close the tower; close the airport.” LaHood’s department plans to furlough the vast majority of the FAA’s nearly 47,000 employees, including all management and non-management employees working within the Air Traffic Organization for approximately one day per pay period until the end of the fiscal year. In September, that will increase to a maximum of two days per pay period. There are also plans to eliminate midnight shifts in over 60 towers across the country. According to LaHood, Santa Monica’s control tower could be closed by next month. “All of these changes will be finalized as to scope and details through collaborative discusMARTIN AND JOAN RUBIN on the observation deck at Santa Monisions with our users and our ca Airport, with the control tower in the background. Martin Rubin has unions. We will commence furadvocated for closure of the airport.

“All of these changes will be finalized as to scope and details through collaborative discussions with our users and our unions. We will commence furloughs and start facility shut-downs in April.”

LAX and Santa Monica can expect delays and departures,” Foote said. Reductions in defense are a large component of sequestration, and the president warned that other sectors of government – food inspection, education, federal construction workers and public safety – could also eventually be impacted. Santa Monica Airport is a general aviation airfield that has been a flashpoint of intense community debate over the last several years regarding the rights of airport businesses to exist, air pollution generating from the aircraft that depart from and land there, noise, and the proximity of its runway to adjacent neighborhoods near Santa Monica. Martin Rubin, the director of an anti-pollution group called

ty,” the mayor said in a March 1 statement. “In Los Angeles, we stand to lose $115 million in critical programs and — Transportation Secretary services this An addiRay LaHood year. tional $37 million in cuts loughs and start facility shutwill directly impact our kids at downs in April,” the transportaLos Angeles Unified School tion secretary wrote. District.” “As a consequence of emRep. Maxine Waters (Dployee furloughs and prolonged Westchester) warned that the auequipment outages resulting tomatic reductions could spread from lower parts inventories and to other sectors of the economy fewer technicians, travelers as well. should expect delays. Flights to “The $85 billion in automatic major cities like New York, Chi- spending cuts will have a devascago and San Francisco could tating impact on families experience delays of up to 90 throughout the country, and will minutes during peak hours beslow economic growth and job cause we will have fewer concreation,” the congresswoman trollers on staff.” stated on her website. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa “If sequestration occurs, sersaid Los Angeles will feel finan- vices and programs that millions cial pain because of Washingof Americans rely on like Meals ton’s inability to work together on Wheels, Head Start, and rentcollaboratively. al assistance programs for low“Due to the failings of Conincome families would be affectgress, the American people are ed,” Waters continued. “In faced with a fiscal calamity out addition, sequestration would of their control. Sequestration is eliminate funding for state and no longer a maybe, it’s a realilocal grants that support fire-

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fighter positions and local emergency management personnel, force furloughs for patrol agents who secure our borders, and food inspectors who make certain that the food we eat is safe.” Villaraigosa, who has been the subject of speculation for several months as a potential member of Obama’s cabinet, called on federal legislators to reach an agreement soon. “We need Congress to put aside their partisan bickering, and put the needs of the American people first. The devastating effects of these cuts will only worsen as the full impact is felt throughout the country over the coming months,” he implored. “We cannot imperil our nation’s recovery through indiscriminate cuts. Congress needs to do its job and get to a compromise immediately.” Rubin said those who fly into Santa Monica Airport in private airplanes should be cautious of using the airfield if the tower does close next month. He feels there could be visual hazards that could make arrivals unsafe. “VIPs who use (the airport) shouldn’t pressure their pilots to land when marine layer conditions roll in,” he said. “They should land elsewhere. Without a tower to help them, I fear the unthinkable.” §

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By Gary Walker An audit by City Controller Wendy Greuel indicating that Los Angeles had lost funding from a private contractor by not approving permits in time has reactivated a conversation among some Westside neighborhood council leaders that has been dormant for the last 18 months. The topic of street furniture and the contracts awarded to certain companies by the City Council has been a sore spot for some local transportation advocates as well as those who say its advertisements are akin to visual blight. The audit by the city controller, who is running to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, states that the city has lost approximately $23 million because city officials have been slow to approve necessary permits. The report additionally highlights a complaint that Councilman Bill Rosendahl has repeated for years: that Los Angeles, and especially his 11th District, is not receiving its fair share in revenue from street furniture advertising and billboards. Street furniture is a term used to describe objects and pieces of equipment installed on streets and roads for various purposes, such as bus benches and kiosks, public restrooms and waste receptacles. “I view this as a lost opportunity to do something wonderful for transit riders and instead has allowed one company to make a lot of money,” said Ken Alpern, a transit advocate and a member of the Mar Vista Community Council. “This entire thing has been a debacle for transit users and for the city of Los Angeles.” Alpern was referring to CBS/Decaux, which has a 20-year contract with the city to install street furniture and to place advertisements within or upon the structures. Greuel’s audit is not the first time that it has been discovered that the permitting process for street furniture has been less than adequate. In 2009, The Argonaut reported that kiosks, bus benches and other structures throughout Venice did not have coastal permits, which are required on development west of Lincoln Boulevard. The state Coastal Commission considers structures such as street furniture development. “We have delegated the city the authority to obtain coastal permits for street furniture, and we are expecting the city to process these permits,” said Charles Posner, a Coastal Commission analyst. Alpern said he understands that the city makes a great deal of revenue from the shelter advertisements, but takes issue with how the money is allocated. “Most of the city’s street furniture is on the Westside, but the revenue goes to the entire city,” he noted. Rosendahl, who represents Venice, Mar Vista and Westchester, where a great deal of street furniture has been established, considers this an injustice to his district, as the profits are divided among the 15 council districts. “It’s unfair that my district has been the one that has been bombarded with more street furniture advertising and more billboards and visual blight than any other district,” he said. “So we get all of the

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High court upholds ruling invalidating digital billboard permits in L.A. By Gary Walker Outdoor advertising firms Clear Channel Communications and CBS Outdoors were dealt a severe blow in their quest to keep over 80 converted digital signs in place after the state Supreme Court chose not to review an appellate court ruling Feb. 27 that reversed an earlier ruling and revoked the permits of dozens of digital billboards. The state high court’s decision upholds a Dec. 9 ruling invalidating an agreement between Los Angeles, Clear Channel and CBS Outdoors in 2002 that allowed the billboard companies to convert 840 of their signs from static to digital. Venice resident David Ewing was thrilled with the judge’s ruling but is still concerned that the billboard companies will not fade into the night without a fight. “Clear Channel has just threatened the city with a lawsuit for ‘substantially in excess of $100 million’ if it messes with their digital billboards,” he said. Ewing was referring to a Feb. 22 letter to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and City Council President Herb Wesson from Sara Lee Keller, Clear Channel’s executive vice president and general counsel. In her letter, Keller outlined the outdoor advertising firm’s intention to protect the signs that they have erected, including through litigation. “Clear Channel has submitted (on Feb. 22) the city’s required form for monetary damages, which provides notice of Clear

Channel’s potential claims against the city. These would accrue if the city seeks to revoke Clear Channel’s permits or to have Clear Channel turn off or take down its signs,” Keller wrote. “If the city takes any such action, it would be exposed to liability to Clear Channel for the fair market value of such signs, which substantially exceeds $100 million.” Trutanich’s office denied Clear Channel’s application to relocate 79 of its 84 digital signs and rejected a determination in Keller’s letter that the outdoor advertising firm’s 84 digital signs have “vested rights.” “The appellate decision concludes that Clear Channel has no rights to these digital signs or digital permit signs, vested or otherwise,” the city attorney wrote in response to Keller’s letter. “Without a valid permit, vested rights are not created.” Trutanich instead invited the company to participate in a working group called the Digital Signage Visioning Group, which is working in tandem with the city Planning Department in crafting digital sign legislation that will be part of Los Angeles’ new sign ordinance. The case was brought by Santa Monica-based Summit Media, which contended that the 2002 settlement was unfair to them. Summit Media vs. Los Angeles was the latest victory for the city against billboard companies. In addition to the city prevailing in court Dec. 9, U.S. District Court Judge

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WE WON! – Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and the City Council won another victory against billboard companies when the state Supreme Court chose not to review an appellate decision invalidating dozens of digital sign permits.

Audrey Collins ruled against Liberty Media Company Sept. 28, 2009 in a case where the billboard firm was seeking to enjoin Los Angeles from imposing a ban on all new supergraphics, billboards and other outdoor signage. The City Council had previously issued three moratoriums on digital signs during the time that it was working on a new sign ordinance. Clear Channel representatives accused city officials of dismissing their overtures to reach an out of court agreement. “We are disappointed in the court’s decision, and disappointed that the city has rejected out of hand our proposed options including non-binding arbitration and relocation applications,” said James Cullinan, a Clear Channel spokesman. “Nevertheless, Clear Channel Outdoor continues to be an active, committed participant in the working group created by the City Council that is working to find solutions that allow for the reasonable use of digital signs while addressing the concerns raised by community groups.” Ewing joined dozens of others, including Councilman Bill Rosendahl, in identifying unpermitted billboards in Venice, Mar Vista and West Los Angeles four years ago and has been a longtime critic of outdoor advertising firms for what he and others feel are their attempts to influence city officials through campaign donations in exchange for allowing them to erect their signs. He feels Summit may seek to exploit the high court ruling for its own advantage. “Summit Media brought the lawsuit

because the settlement which allowed the digital billboards froze Summit out,” he noted. “So I wouldn’t be surprised to see Summit and others pushing to level the playing field by opening up to allow more digital billboards instead of removing the existing ones.” An anti-billboard group, Take ThemDownLA, is pushing for the billboards that were converted to digital by the outdoor advertising companies to have their permits invalidated and taken down. “The settlement agreement between the Los Angeles City Council and CBS Outdoor and Clear Channel Outdoor led to the city’s landscape being littered with over 100 digital billboards, none of which were allowed under our city’s own laws,” the organization wrote on its website after the ruling. “After almost six years of litigation, the Court of Appeal has finally ruled that the agreement was illegal and that the permits for those illegal billboards must be revoked.” Representatives of Clear Channel said the company will work with city officials to reach an agreement favorable to all parties, but warned that the threat of litigation was still a possibility. “We prefer a comprehensive legislative solution that protects the critical economic and public safety benefits which digital signs deliver to the city, Los Angeles residents, local businesses and the economy,” Cullinan said. “However, these digital signs are valuable company assets and if we are forced to turn them off or take them down, we will, as a last resort, seek appropriate compensation.” §

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Stairway of the Stars spotlights Santa Monica-Malibu student musicians middle and high school choir. Overall, there are about 1,000 student performers involved in the event. This year’s Stairway concert will focus on the choir program, and the guest conductor for the performance will be Dr. Chris Peterson. Peterson is a professor of music at California State University-Fullerton, where he directs the concert choir, the Titan men’s chorus, and teaches classes in choral music education. He was named the 2010-11 Cal State Fullerton ASI Outstanding Educator of the Year. Additionally, the district’s 23 music teachers nominate and vote on the “Stairway Honor Award Recipient” each year. The award, which recognizes a former student, teacher or organization that has contributed to the advancement of music and arts education in the Santa Monica-

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The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will present the 64th Annual Stairway of the Stars at Santa Monica High School’s Barnum Hall Thursday and Friday, March 7 and 8. This year’s event features 26 bands, orchestras and choirs. Stairway of the Stars remains one of the most popular annual events in both the cities of Santa Monica and Malibu, as it spotlights the talents of the district’s music students, teachers, and music curriculum, school officials said. In previous years, Stairway of the Stars was held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Thursday and Friday evenings, but due to the Civic’s recent closure, the event is being held at Barnum Hall. The March 7 performance will include the elementary, middle and high school bands, while the March 8 concert includes the

THE STAIRWAY OF THE STARS is presented at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium last year (above). This year’s event is being held at Santa Monica High School’s Barnum Hall, featuring approximately 1,000 student performers over three nights.

Malibu Unified School District, will be presented to the Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica for 2013. Tickets are $15 and available

at the Barnum Hall box office on Santa Monica High School is the night of each performance at 601 Pico Blvd. starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold only for same-day shows.

Musical Avenue Q to be staged at Morgan-Wixson Theatre The Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q will be performed at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica beginning Saturday, March 9 through April 6. Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at Morgan-Wixson, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Avenue Q tells the story of a

recent college graduate named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the Internet “sexpert”), Lucy “the slut” and other colorful personalities who help Princeton finally discover his purpose in life. Avenue Q ranks 23rd on the list

of longest running shows in Broadway history. The show ended its Broadway run on Sept. 13, 2009, and then reopened offBroadway at New World Stages in October 2009. Making his directorial debut at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre, director Kevin Noonchester most recently played the role of Marlin in Disney’s Finding Nemo: The Mu-

sical and prior to that was in the Las Vegas company of Avenue Q. The creative team includes Anne Gesling (musical director), Thomas A. Brown (set designer), William Wilday (lighting designer), and Kristy Pace (producer).  The cast features Aric Martin (Princeton, Rod), Keith E. Wright (Brian), Rachel Hirshee (Kate Monster, Lucy), Matthew Artson

(Nicky, Trekkie Monster), Kristina Reyes (Christmas Eve), Celia M. Rivera (Gary Coleman), Anna Younghan (Mrs. T.), and Daniel Jared Hersh and Traci Zazarowitz (ensemble). The musical is not suitable for children due to adult themes. Reserved seats are $25-30. For tickets,, or (310) 828-7519.

Exhibit of Ron Rizk paintings on view at Schlesinger Gallery The Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica is presenting Ron Rizk’s New Paintings, a solo exhibit featuring 13 of the artist’s oil paintings. The exhibit opened March 2 and will be open through Saturday, April 13 at the Bergamot Station gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. T3, Santa Monica. Rizk’s new paintings continue a longtime consideration of manmade small objects, their uses, and their intimate history both actual and fictional or invented, a gallery spokesperson said. Strange tools that have become obsolete in a mechanized age, worn and forgotten toys and fragments of torn photographs and paper are all reborn on his panel. Through each of his paintings, Rizk aims to reveal a glimpse into the imaginary world he has created for each object and its environment, the gallery spokesperson said. Rizk, who was born in New

Brunswick, New Jersey, is a professor of fine arts in painting and drawing at the University of Southern California Roski School of Fine Arts. He has exhibited nationally since the late 1960s in galleries across the United States. Schlesinger’s East Gallery is presenting Patsy Krebs’ Parable of the Oxherder, featuring new aquatint etchings by the artist. Parable of the Oxherder is based on the Zen parable the “Ten Oxherding Songs.” Krebs has received numerous awards including the PollackKrasner Foundation Artist’s Grant and The National Endowment for the Arts Grant. She currently teaches at Dominican University of California. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information, (310) 828-1133, or http://loraschlesingergallery. com.

DUCK BLIND, an oil on panel painting by Ron Rizk, is one of the artist’s works that is featured in the New Paintings exhibit at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica. march 7, 2013 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 13

Community Calendar Thursday, 3/7 THE BROAD STAGE — author Jane Hamilton joins Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) for second of three Westside Connections concerts, orchestra explores relationship between music and story,, guest soprano Stacey Tappan, LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer curates and hosts, program, Osvaldo Golijov (Tenebrae), Brahms (String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36, 7:30 p.m., Tickets $50, purchase by phone, (213) 622-7001, ext. 1, or online,, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica.

the Trumpet,” includes John Beasley, Henry Franklin, Ramon Banda, full bar, no cover, validated parking, $15 food and beverage minimum, 7 – 10 p.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5985 W. Century Blvd., Westchester (310) 642-7500,

BEYOND BAROQUE — presents 7 Dudley Cinema: “Harry’s Hip Hop Film Nite,” dancer Harry Weston pops, locks, breaks and b-boys street dance history, with rare film clips, live demonstration, free, but donations always appreciated, 7:30 p.m., 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, (310) 8223006,

from 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. daily, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 396-9010, www.tripsantamonica. com.

HARVELLE’S — presents American Monster, Burlesque and Blues Show, 9:30 p.m., doors open 8 p.m., tickets online, 1432 Fourth St., Santa Monica, (310) 395-1676, MAR VISTA LIBRARY — pres-

ents Quilting Workshop, 1 p.m., 12006 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista, (310) 390-3454,, www.

VENICE-ABBOT KINNEY FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE — weekMEMORIAL BRANCH ly comedy/variety show, hosted by TRiP — Spin Cycle presents: LIBRARY — Chess Club, ages 6 David Corrado, 8 p.m., free, open Damngivers, Saturn Returns, Northern Strangers, 8 p.m., free, no cover, kitchen open from 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. daily, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 396-9010,

– 15, all levels, parents welcome, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m., 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice (310) 821-1769.

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Storytime, stories, songs, stretches for newborns to three-year-olds, 3:30 p.m., 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice (310) 821-1769.

a benefit for Sojourn, which provides a safe space for battered women and their children to regroup, rebuild and reestablish their self-esteem and lives, with Rebecca Sullivan, The Conlons, The Strands, Tapia Corel, Clare Means, auction, music, fun (one food/ drink minimum please), $5 suggested donation, 7 – 10 p.m., 1411 C Lincoln Blvd., Venice, (310) 450-6052, http://

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VENICE-ABBOT KINNEY MEMORIAL BRANCH LIBRARY — presents organic gardening, sowing seeds by Eco-Pots for

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marks the 60th anniversary of the parish, presents the annual fundraiser ball, theme is “That’s Amore,” features cocktails, gourmet dining and dancing to swinging sounds of John Nau Quintet and the Roberto Cordero Jazz Quartet, and a live DJ, silent and live auction, balloon pop, wine grab bags, other fun party events, 6:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., tickets, (310) 645-8816,, The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5400 W. Century Blvd., Westchester.

garden, noon, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice (310) 821-1769.


comers invited to try exciting team water sport, 8 a.m., Mother’s Beach, Palawan Way south of Admiralty, Marina del Rey, Information, Steve, (310) 997-2313, e-mail,,

BEYOND BAROQUE — presents SANTA MONICA PLACE — Eve Brandstein’s “Poetry in Motion,”

the Easter Bunny will be at the mall throughout March, welcome Bunny’s arrival for a special breakfast with a free gift, purchase a special photo of your child with the Easter Bunny, tickets for breakfast are $5 per child above two years of age (breakfast for children only), portion of proceeds donated to Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Bunny hours, Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., (breaks at 1:15 p.m. - 2 p.m., 5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.), Sunday, noon – 6 p.m. (break 2:15 – 3 p.m.), The Market, Level 3, 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, (310) 260-8333, self-parking available in structures 7 and 8, first 90 minutes free, valet parking available on Second Street,


on the plaza one hour before each show, antics of ClownMa dell’Arte, a commedia dell’Arte clown troupe, West Coast premiere of award-winning LEO, described as mind-bending, absurdist magic, integrates continuous live video projections, this oneman, one-of-a-kind physical theater piece, takes “off the wall” to a new level, two days, Saturday show at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 10 two shows, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., buy tickets online, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 Eleventh St., Santa Monica, LEO.

SANTA MONICA PUBLIC LIBRARY — presents screening of

1985 film, “Mask,” followed by question and answer with screenwriter Anna Hamilton Phelan, true story of Rocky Dennis, afflicted with craniofacial condition that disfigures his face, 2 p.m., free, open to all ages, seating is first-come, first-served, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 458-8600.



— five artists from Co-op 7 present “What’s Up?”, a group art show of new work in various media, monotype, oil, watercolor, includes Adria Becker, Abira Breskal, Selina Cheng, Susan Gesundheit, Eileen Hecht, opening reception, 3 – 7 p.m., Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., E-3A, Santa Monica, (310) 453-5757.

MAR VISTA LIBRARY — presents Parenting 101: Goals and Values, 1 – 3 p.m., 12006 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista, (310) 390-3454, mrvsta@lapl. org,

writers from Hollywood and literary world, check online for list of performers, 7:30 p.m., special admission, $20, students/seniors, $10, members $5, tickets at eventbrite, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, (310) 822-3006, www.

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Punk Rock at TRiP: Entropy, Unglued, The Defects, Murdered by Drifters, DMF, 8 p.m., free, no cover, kitchen open from 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. daily, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 396-9010,

HARVELLE’S — presents Zac

Harmon Show, 9:30 p.m., doors open 8 p.m., tickets online, 1432 Fourth St., Santa Monica, (310) 395-1676, http://


presents Peter Case, writer, rocker, teacher, troubadour, first show back since moving to San Francisco, 8 p.m., $20, buy tickets online, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 8284497,

FREE OUTDOOR CONCERTS — music by the sea, rhythm and

blues by Blue Breeze, 1 – 4 p.m., two hours free parking with validation, Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.


The Angelic Auxiliary’s 11th annual event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (pier opens to public at 1 p.m.), admission includes private use of park, unlimited amusement park rides, lunch and carnival snacks, game tickets ($12 value), exciting raffle photos at Push2Start photo booth, hip-hop dance performances, free parking, tickets purchased at gate increase to $90 for adults (16 and older), $45 for children (4-15 years), raffle $5 each ticket, $20 for book of five tickets (winners don’t need to be present), Pacific Park, 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica,


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Community Calendar BEYOND BAROQUE — presents poet Frank Samapri Trilogy: Quadrifariam, Prefiguration, Lumen Gloriae, 4 p.m., admission, $7, students/seniors, $5, members free, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, (310) 8223006, TRiP — presents Nicole Lexi Davis, Nikki Kelly, Cali Shaw, Alex Maryol, Sara Thacker Band, 7 p.m., free, no cover, kitchen open from 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. daily, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 396-9010,

WOMEN’S SAILING ASSOCIATION — Michelle Kearney presents infor-

mation on Dockweiler program, for volunteers who educate boaters and others on safety and environment while boating, distribute boater kits with pollution prevention tools, educational material, 6:30 p.m., social hour, no-host cocktails, hosted dinner, meeting begins 7:30 p.m., free parking, Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, Information, e-mail, .

KINNEY HARVELLE’S — presents The VENICE-ABBOT Toledo Show, 9:30 p.m., doors open MEMORIAL BRANCH LIBRARY 8 p.m., tickets online, 1432 Fourth St., — presents Pajama Storytime, celSanta Monica, (310) 395-1676, http://


music with Ian Whitcomb, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., 193 Culver Blvd. (cross street Vista del Mar), Playa del Rey, (310) 821-0018,


tures live jazz Sunday nights from 8 to 11 p.m., and Monday nights from 9 p.m. to midnight., no cover charge, musical stylings of such internationally acclaimed musicians as Vince Wilburn, Cal Bennett, Thom, Rotella, John Nau, Louis Taylor, Quentin Dennard, Greg Poree, you never know who might be sitting in with the band, 1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, (310) 396-3105,

FREE OUTDOOR CONCERTS — music by the sea, bossa and samba

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Monday, 3/11

ebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a tall tale and a wee craft, 6:30 p.m., 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice (310) 8211769.


Spring Sprinkles, join Mr. Jesse and his puppet pals for stories and songs, program for ages 3 – 7, tickets are free but must be picked up after noon the day of the performance, 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m., 2601 Main St., Santa Monica, (310) 458-8683).

TRiP — presents Tuesday Blues

Jam, bring your axe, 8 p.m., free, no cover, kitchen open from 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. daily, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 396-9010,

HARVELLE’S — presents “Service

to the Soul,” hosted by Hunter and the Dirty Jacks Show, 9:30 p.m., doors open 8 p.m., tickets online, 1432 Fourth St., Santa Monica, (310) 3951676, http://santamonica.harvelles. com.

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bring a mat and get ready to breathe, one hour of Hatha yoga, open to all levels, 10:15 a.m., also Toddler Storytime, stories, songs, fingerplays for newborns to 3-year-olds, 11:30 a.m., also, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice (310) 821-1769.


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HARVELLE’S — presents Double

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Food&Drink Curry, Chardonnay and collaboration

Chef Avinash Kapoor has made it a custom to offer innovative Indian food with an extensive wine list at his three Akbar restaurants.

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2627 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica. 310-586-7469. “Pairing food with alcohol of any kind isn’t traditional in India, but I have been doing it for over 10 years,” explained chef Avinash Kapoor of Akbar Restaurant. “I think it likely that I was the first restaurateur in the U.S. to offer Indian meals with wine pairings.” Kapoor’s offerings of innovative Indian food with an extensive wine list has been very successful; he owns three Akbar restaurants in Marina del Rey, Hermosa Beach and Santa Monica. His ambitious approach has been groundbreaking, since some wine lovers doubted that the pungent and piquant spices used in South Asian food could be matched with their favorite beverage. The proof is in the tasting, and a large crowd of wine aficionados was on hand for a wine dinner at the Santa Monica location last week. Wine expert Peter Kerr had brought bottles from Kistler Vineyards, a boutique winery in Sonoma that has received critical raves. Kerr, a nattily dressed fellow with the bearing of a history professor, has worked with Kapoor on pairing dinners for years - when asked how many, they guessed 50 or 60. Kapoor credits Kerr for taking the guesswork out of the process, explaining, “I used to be back in

the kitchen with a bottle of wine, thinking ‘What will go with this?’ but not any more. I have worked with Peter so many times that we are good at communicating with each other.” After welcoming glasses of Prosecco, we had the first course, mussels in a coconut curry gravy paired with a 2010 Russian River Chardonnay. The curry was deceptive; on first taste I exclaimed to my neighbor, “He has toned down the heat to make it fit the wine.” By the third taste I had revised my opinion; the cumulative heat of the Serrano chili had become assertive. It was interesting to see how my perception of the wine changed too, as the initial peachy flavors faded and citrusy elements became more pronounced when paired with the heat. Serrano chili isn’t traditionally used in Indian food, but it produced a remarkable effect here. The pairing that followed, of tandoori mahi mahi with a 2009 Vine Hill Chardonnay, was slightly less effective thanks to the fennel seed and coriander in the coating on the fish. I like both of those flavors, but in this case they were a bit overpowering. I preferred the accompanying vegetables, which included squash, mushrooms, cabbage and green beans – these were richly spiced but had no single dominant flavor, and went better with the wine. This Chardonnay had a flowery scent, and when I tasted it alone it seemed too light and subtle to match the cuisine. When

I had the fish in small portions alongside the wine I could see what was intended. The idea was sound, peppery flavors against floral and lightly acid wine, and it was interesting even though not entirely successful. Things were back on track with the tandoori duck breast paired with a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, a symphony of rich, smoky flavors matched with a wine full of strawberry and cherry overtones. The duck was incredibly tender and served over a vinegary katchumber, the Indianstyle pico de gallo of purple onion, cucumber and tomato. The flavors of vegetable, duck, and wine were brilliantly calibrated – had I tasted them separately I would have never guessed that they would complement each other so well. The final savory item was beef tikka with wild mushroom sauce, paired with a 2010 Kistler Estate Pinot Noir. The wine had strong, spicy notes of its own that stood up to the beef topped with richly seasoned mushroom sauce. The side dish was potatoes cooked with aromatic ajwain seeds, which taste like mildly peppery thyme – very different from the mushroom sauce and nicely complementary. The beef was chewy but flavorful, and was well matched to musky mushroom gravy with an underlying flavor of chili, garlic, pepper and ginger. It was a fantastic combination with the Pinot, which had ample fruitiness to contrast with smoke, pepper, and mushroom funkiness, and it finished the dinner on a high note. A chocolate-dipped strawberry finished things along with coffee or tea, but it was an anticlimax – something to nibble while everyone discussed the parade of flavors we had just experienced. Avinash, the chef, and Bart, the wine expert, circulated around the tables, sipped wine with guests, and no doubt made notes for future explorations in pairing. At $99 inclusive for five courses paired with samples of expensive wine, it was an enlightening evening at a very reasonable price. Akbar is at 2627 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica. Open daily except Sunday for dinner, Mo-Fri for lunch. Menu at 310-5867469. The wine dinner was arranged by Gourmet Wine Getaways, which also arranges events at other restaurants. Send email to Bart Lynn at to get on their mailing list, or call 310-393-9994. §

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Farewell to The Argonaut’s Rikki Barker operations. Barker noted that she looked forward to the needed revitalization of the newspaper, and its growth and success in the community. “I very much appreciate the work that Rikki did for the paper and her community service during her tenure,” said David Comden, publisher of The Argonaut. “She is a true professional, a wonderful person and we wish her the very best in the fu-

an event or advocating for business, Rikki’s involvement makes our community a better place,” said Christina Davis, president and CEO of the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce. Barker said, “I dearly love The Argonaut, and know that it will continue to be a great success.” In addition to her numerous other duties, she also oversaw The Argonaut’s Pet Corner, working with rescue groups to assure that the many animals looking for homes had the opportunity to be seen in the Rikki Barker paper. Barker is an advocate for animals and rescued pets, and she and her husband, Earnie, have adopted three rescues, of which their remaining dog, Skeeter, is one. When Barker left the Los Angeles Times, her severance package had just ended when she joined The Argonaut. “Now, the day after I leave the newspaper, I’ll be editing the newsletter for the Del Rey Yacht Club, The Signal.” Barker and her husband are members and residents at the club. “My husband Earnie is looking forward to my retirement so that we can spend more time together,” said Barker. In her free time, she has been a hula hoop instructor, and also crafts jewelry. She will be starting her own jewelry business, and will continue as a member of the LAX chamber’s Board of Directors as a small business owner. “I’m really looking forward to continuing my work with the LAX chamber and serving the community,” said Barker. §

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By Helga Gendell Rikki Barker, general manager of The Argonaut, will be retiring on Thursday, March 14 after 12 years with the newspaper. Prior to joining the newspaper, she had been employed by the Los Angeles Times for 10 years as sales manager for the direct mail program. Barker began working in sales at The Argonaut in February 2001, and was later promoted to sales manager. She said she was excited to be joining a community newspaper with such an auspicious reputation, getting an opportunity to learn all aspects of the business, including editing and photography, and representing the newspaper in the community. When the newspaper’s former owner, Carol Hector, became ill and was hospitalized, Barker took responsibility for the daily running and layout of the paper for over a year, and after Hector’s death, she became one of the three owners. Southland Publishing purchased The Argonaut in 2012 and Barker assisted in the transition and managed day-to-day

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What is the median price of homes right now? The median price of homes is going up. We ended 2012 with sharp gains, rounding out the first solid year of sustained improvement in the real estate industry after nearly five years of frustration. This gain has also helped to pave the way for further improvement in 2013. The region’s median home price registered a 19.6 percent burst in December, real estate firm DataQuick recently reported. A record level of cash buyers flooded into the market and more move move-up homes sold last month. While housing is on the road to recovery, the recent steep increase in the region’s median price probably reflects several factors, such as the mix of what we sold in December, and the run-up may not continue at that brisk pace, experts said. The median is the point at which half the homes in the region sold for

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more and half for less. “There is no possible way that number can be sustained nor should anybody look at that as a long-term trend,” said Stuart Gabriel, director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA. “No one should think we’ve shifted from bust back to bubble, and it’s not likely that we will.” The median is heavily influenced by the types of homes selling, and some of last month’s pricier sales may have been driven by fears of increased tax burdens on the wealthy, as Washington wrangled with the “fiscal cliff” negotiations. A rise in prices will mean more homeowners who had been underwater – owing more on their mortgages than their homes are worth, a condition also known as negative equity – can now put their properties on the market. That would help ease the

region’s inventory squeeze, which is another major factor driving up prices. The 2012 housing rebound came after foreclosures declined, housing inventory plummeted, mortgage interest rates hit record lows, and demand from investors surged last year. “Consistent price increases throughout 2012 have started the process of lifting households out of negative equity, which will support home sales and refinancing volumes,” Paul Diggle, an economist for Capital Economics, wrote in an e-mailed analysis. “Lower levels of negative equity is good news for housing market activity and sets up a virtuous circle of rising activity leading to rising prices and pushing negative equity down further.” The decline in foreclosures has been aided by an increase in short sales, as The Times recently reported, as well as other

loan aid for borrowers. The drop in foreclosures should continue to help lift prices. “For 2013, we largely expect more of the same,” Sean O’Toole, chief executive of ForeclosureRadar, wrote in a blog post this week. “Demand will remain strong thanks to Federal Reserve-manipulated low interest rates and affordability. Housing supply will remain constrained, largely due to government foreclosure intervention. As a result, prices will rise, though likely at a slower pace.” The increase in the median home price in Southern California reflects market dynamics as fewer sales are logged in cheaper neighborhoods and pricier places take off. This week’s question was answered by Debra Berman and Pat Kandel, now with RE/MAX Estate Properties, 124 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey, (310) 424-5512.

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“This south-facing, contemporary jewel on the last mall before the ocean is at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in the exclusive Silver Strand,” says agent Jesse Weinberg. “The five-bedroom, seven-bath home has been extensively renovated with the finest custom features. Spacious living and dining room areas, an exquisite chef’s kitchen with Italian marble, top-of-theline appliances, and a wood-paneled screening room and bar provide an elegant ambiance to this distinguished home. The master suite offers copper plumbing, ample storage, and a two-car a marble fireplace, a custom, high-end walk-in garage.” The property is offered at $599,000. closet, and a personal gym. Features include an The home is in escrow and has received 30 elevator, an extraordinary rooftop penthouse offers. Information, Stephanie Younger, The complete with a spa and fireplaces, a four-car garage, and spectacular views of the ocean Stephanie Younger Group, (424) 203-1828.

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Culver City

February ‘12

February ‘13

18 $381,500

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15 $625,000

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25 $625,000

22 $719,500

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February ‘13

Homes Sold MediaN Price

8 $392,500

6 $740,000

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“This spacious, split-level townhome is located in the peaceful and serene, private-gated community of Villa Vallarta,” says agent Charles Lederman. “The well-designed multiple level floorplan features three bedrooms, two and a half baths, high ceilings, an enclosed patio and private garage. The complex offers four pools, racquetball, lush landscaping, and is within walking distance to a park, restaurants, cinemas, shopping and more. The property is offered at $690,000. Information, Charles Lederman, Marina City Realty, (310) 821-8980.

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“This impeccable one-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath remodel has extraordinary ocean, sunset, mountain and city lights views,” says agent Charles Lederman. “The open kitchen has custom cherry wood cabinets, brand new appliances, and granite counter tops. This luxurious turn-key condo is the ultimate bachelor pad, with top-of-the-line technology: a Kocom security and cameras throughout, a Brinks security camera, surround sound speaker system, six TVs and more. The master bath boasts a lavish shower and jet tub with TV monitors. A five-star resort lifestyle complements the unit with three swimming pools, six tennis courts, three racquetball courts, a gym/spa, a restau-

February ‘12

February ‘13

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1 $500,000


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February ‘13

Homes Sold MediaN Price

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30 $1,250,000


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February ‘13

Homes Sold MediaN Price

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February ‘13

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Santa Monica woman charged in fatal hit and run in Malibu A 44-year-old Santa Monica woman has been charged in connection with a hit and run collision that killed a tow truck driver in Malibu last month. The incident occurred shortly before 8:50 p.m. Feb. 11 on Pacific Coast Highway, north of Tyler Drive in Malibu, where a tow truck driver was struck by a passing vehicle while he was assisting a stranded motorist, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Philip Brooks said. The victim, identified as Ronald Carver, 45, of Newbury Park, later died of his injuries, Brooks said. The suspect’s vehicle did not stop to render aid to the victim, police said. Several minutes later, a second collision occurred about two miles south of the first accident, where a witness allegedly identified the vehicle in the second collision as the same vehicle that struck the tow truck driver, Brooks said. The suspect, Jill Rose, 44, of Santa Monica, was injured and transported to a local hospital for treatment. Rose was later charged with felony hit and run and vehicular manslaughter in the collision that left Carver dead, Brooks said.

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City begins process for Michigan Avenue greenway project The city of Santa Monica is moving forward on plans for its next greenway project. Following the installation of the complete green street project on Ocean Park Boulevard, between Main Street and Lincoln Boulevard, the city is exploring a similar proposal for Michigan Avenue. The Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway project is envisioned to enhance the pedestrian and cyclist experience along a three-mile corridor on Michigan and adjoining streets within Santa Monica. The city will host the first interactive workshop for the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway project from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Virginia Avenue Park’s Thelma Terry Building, 2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica. The workshop will introduce the project objectives and solicit ideas, feedback, and concerns

JILL ROSE, 44, of Santa Monica has been charged with felony hit and run and vehicular manslaughter in the crash that killed 45-year-old Ronald Carver of Newbury Park.

of the surrounding community. After an overview and interactive mapping activity, community members will participate in a one-hour walk or bike audit. The audit will consist of groups visiting the project areas with city staff and the design team to discuss opportunities for improving the public realm. The greenway project aims to provide residents and visitors with a safe and comfortable place to walk or bike, interact with neighbors, play, travel, and relax, as well as connect the community to key destinations and neighborhoods. Project features include increased landscaping, crosswalk improvements, cycling features, installation of benches, wayfinding signage, public art, and other amenities. The project has been funded by a California Department of Transportation environmental justice grant.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Malibu/Lost Hills Station at (818) 878-1808.

Driver sentenced to state prison in collision that killed Santa Flight Path board elects new officers Monica teen The board of directors of Flight Path Learning Center and Museum at Los Angeles International Airport has appointed its new officers. Westchester resident Rowena Ake was re-elected president and board chair of the nonprofit organization. Ake, who has served as Flight Path president since 1999, is past president of the Westchester Rotary Club and the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce. She is a charter member of the Westchester Vitalization Corp. and earned the Silver Beaver Award for her extensive volunteer service to Boy Scouts of America. Ake was proprietor of a local dry cleaning business for 40 years and more recently has worked as a real estate broker. The Flight Path board named Nancy Niles to the new position of presidentelect, designating her to succeed Ake next year. Niles, a resident of Pacific Palisades,





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A 29-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in a hit and run collision that left a Santa Monica teenager dead has been sentenced to 19 years in state prison. Tina Marie Silva was sentenced March 1 by El Monte Superior Court Judge Steven Sanora after four family members of the victims of the June 2012 collision made impact statements, Deputy District Attorney Casey Jarvis said. Santa Monica resident Maximillion Petrakos, 13, was killed and his mother, Mary Hively, then 41, was injured when they were outside of their disabled car on the shoulder of the 60 freeway in Hacienda Heights and struck by another vehicle June 3. Hively’s other son, then 10, was asleep inside her car and sustained injuries, including a fractured cheekbone, police said. Hively suffered major injuries in the

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Santa Monica Arts Foundation honors local arts leaders these awards highlight the importance of their contributions,” said George Minardos, foundation chairperson. Honorees of the nonmonetary award received a signed lithograph by Santa Monica artist Lita Albuquerque. Assemblyman Richard Bloom also presented the honorees with state certificates of recognition. The Arts Leadership Awards program was launched in November by the Santa Monica Arts Foundation to celebrate leadership and recognize the breadth of efforts that support Santa Monica’s artistic, creative, and cultural community. A selection committee of foundation board members and representatives of the local arts and business communities met in December to review nominations SANTA MONICA MAYOR PRO TEM Terry O’Day (far right) meets with honorees of the inaugural Arts and make the final selections Leadership Awards (from left) Abby Sher, Arts Patron Award;, Bruria Finkel, special recognition; Jon based on the award guidelines. Swihart, Artist in the Community/Bruria Finkel Award; and Wayne Blank, Creative Community Innovator.

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Three Santa Monica arts activists have been recognized for their service to the community by the Santa Monica Arts Foundation. In its inaugural Arts Leadership Awards ceremony at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel late last month, the foundation honored Wayne Blank with the Creative Community Innovator award; Abby Sher with the Arts Patron award; and Jon Swihart with the Artist in the Community/Bruria Finkel Award. Also honored was artist Finkel in recognition of her leadership in making Santa Monica a place that values artists and the arts, according to the foundation. The Artist in the Community award was named in her honor. “Volunteers, philanthropists, and creative entrepreneurs are essential to Santa Monica’s extraordinary arts community, and

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Environmental organization receives $45,000 DWP grant The Ballona Institute is one of 15 recipients of a grant from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The public utility awarded $765,000 in grants to 17 local nonprofit organizations to promote energy efficiency and water conservation. Organizations in all 15 City Council districts were given $45,000 and the Playa del Reybased Ballona Institute was chosen for Council District 11, represented by Councilman Bill Rosendahl. “We at Ballona Institute are so grateful for being selected to receive this grant, and we look forward to providing information through this program that will help 11th District residents save money, save water and save energy,” said co-director Marcia Hansom. The selected grant recipients will target a broad cross-section of residential and commercial customers, encouraging them to reduce their energy and water use to benefit the environment and help lower their utility bills, said a DWP spokesman. “LADWP has long needed to do a better job reaching nonEnglish speaking and underserved communities and last year, with federal funding provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, we began to do just that,” said DWP General Manager Ronald Nichols. “We were very encouraged by the results, and this year we’ve extended the program

with department funds to build on our success and spur more of our customers to conserve power and water.” Hanscom said the grant arrives just in time for spring. “This program will contribute to beautifying our communities as neighborhoods begin sprouting fragrant and colorful native plants,” she said. Nichols said the grants are a component of a strategy for helping consumers become more efficient in their consumption of energy. “The conservation partnership grants are one part of a comprehensive package of energy efficiency and water conservation programs offered by LADWP and will help meet the department’s goal of reducing energy consumption among customers by at least 10 percent by 2020

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Westchester student advances to regional finals of Lions Club speech contest Gateway to L.A. begins advertising program for airport commercial vehicles By Geoff Maleman For the 76th consecutive year, Lions Clubs throughout California are holding speech contests for high school students. This year’s topic was “How Do We Create and Keep Jobs in America?” David Citrin, a junior at Hamilton High School; Roxanne Echavarria, a senior at Venice High School; and Amber Brown, a senior at St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey competed at the Venice-MarinaLAX Lions Club contest on Feb. 20. A panel of judges selected Citrin, a Westchester resident, to advance and compete at the Zone D Contest on March 2 in Lomita. Citrin’s speech was selected by judges in that competition as well, and he will advance to the Southern Regionals competition, which will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24 at the Wilmington Senior Center. The public is invited to attend. The purpose of the contest is to provide an opportunity for competitive public speaking among students on a subject of vital interest to the contestants and to the American people as a whole, to stimulate self-expression and independent thinking, to present to the public the problems surrounding the maintenance of this country as a free nation and to consider the means at the public’s disposal of meeting the present and future world problems. In 1937, the then-district governor of Lions was looking for a project that would give all the clubs in the district something they would have in common,

bringing them closer together. A Lion member, who was also the superintendent of schools in Oxnard, suggested a student speaker contest for high school students in the district. It was a great success, and the competition quickly spread statewide. The Student Speakers Foundation was organized in 1960 and provides scholarships for the winning speakers. Foundation funds come entirely from voluntary donations and income from the accumulated assets. In 201213 alone, more than $103,500 will be paid out in scholarships to winning students. GATEWAY CHAMPIONS PILOT AD PROGRAM Thanks to the efforts of Gateway to L.A. and City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, Los Angeles International Airport has begun a new pilot program that allows advertising on ground transportation commercial vehicles. Current rules, agreements and contracts describe policies for advertising, marking and colors on commercial vehicles operating at the airport. Gateway’s intent was to create this program so that the airport could review the impacts of advertising and markings on customer service and airport operations. And while the key priorities for the airport’s commercial vehicle program remain ease of identification, customer convenience and customer service, Gateway officials say they are hopeful advertising on commercial vehicles will become part of the equation. “We believe shuttle operators

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THE VENICE-MARINA-LAX Lions Club held a speech contest for local students on Feb. 20. Pictured (back row from left) are Marc Costello, judge; Ken Blackman, Zone D chairman; Christina Davis, judge; Angie Mahboob, Lions Club president; Sibyl Buchanan, Student Speakers Contest chairperson; John Musella, judge; Terry O’Connor, judge; and Don Chinery, past district governor. (Front row from left) are David Citrin, junior at Hamilton High School; Roxanne Echavarria, senior at Venice High School; and Amber Brown, senior at St. Bernard High School.

and others who operate at the airport should not be prohibited from including advertising on their vehicles because those ads provide a significant source of potential income,” said Laurie Hughes, executive director of Gateway to L.A. “We are confident that this pilot program will help establish what we already know – advertising on commercial vehicles does not impact the ease of identification for customers or negatively affect airport operations.” The pilot project will continue through Aug. 15.


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By Helga Gendell Six Westchester women, who have participated in local 5K races approximately once a month for a few years, want people to know that you’re never too old or too out of shape to actually begin a fitness program and feel good physically. The concept began with two of the women in the group motivating others to start exercising and some to continue exercising despite not feeling great at times. They range in age from 52 to 55, with two of them turning 56 this year. The group consists of Donna Lasman, executive director of the Venice Chamber of Commerce, Merri Walles and Fran Chodosh, both of whom started entering 5K runs approximately five years ago, Robin Adams, the volunteer coordinator for the Jet to Jetty run, Wendy Aleman and Natalie Brill. They all met one another when their children were in preschool. “On Sundays, Merri, Fran, Natalie and I used to drop our kids off at religious school and head for the beach to walk, chatting over coffee afterward,” said Lasman. “As our kids grew and we went our separate ways, I found myself missing our Sun-

From left: Donna Lasman, Merri Walles, Robin Adams, Wendy Aleman, Natalie Brill, and Fran Chodosh at the VA Run, October 2012.

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my friends had hip replacements when she was younger – she walks the whole way with one of our team members. I think her story would appeal to people who think they can’t work out,” Lasman said. “On the other end

of the spectrum, one of us never thought to try a 10K until she started working out with us. She has since finished two 10K races,” said Lasman. Brill said, “I’m the youngest at 50, but the slowest. I’ve had many surgeries on my hips, and have had both hips replaced. These women keep me walking and in good shape. I’ll never win a medal but I am doing the 5K in less than an hour. I truly enjoy walking with my friends and it motivates me to exercise. Without this great group of women, I’m not sure I would be in the shape I’m in now. Although they know my limitations, they always support me and walk at my pace to ensure I remain healthy and safe. I am one of the women who have to take Aleve to deal with the pain of weakened muscles. I encourage everyone to find a buddy or two and exercise.” (Continued on next page)


Waters to be honored by LMU African American Alumni Association Rep. Maxine Waters (DWestchester) will be among the honorees of the African American Alumni Association of Loyola Marymount University at its 11th annual awards reception and scholarship fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Sheraton Gateway LAX hotel in Westchester. Waters, whose district also includes Playa del Rey, will receive this year’s Hon. Irma Brown Dillon Community Service Award. The congresswoman, who represents California’s 43rd Congressional District, was reelected in November to her 12th term with the U.S. House of Representatives. She heads the

House Financial Services Committee. Waters’ 37 years of public service have been devoted to confronting issues such as poverty, economic development, equal justice under the law and other areas that affect people of color, women, children and the poor, said an LMU spokeswoman. Other honorees at this year’s reception include LMU alumna Gail Mitchell from the class of 1975. Mitchell has been a senior editor of Billboard Magazine since 1999, overseeing coverage of R&B and hip-hop. She also serves on the board of the African American Alumni Association and is on the advi-

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her friends last January. “I never thought about running a 5K race (Continued from previous page) before then, but I ran for fitness on and off for years, always Lasman said, “We never doing the same routines,” she imagined that at our ages, we said. “The race brought out a litwould actually get stronger as tle competitive part of me I we got older.” Their original didn’t know I had. I ran my first walking times were about 45 5K and did better than I thought minutes. Some of them wanted I would, and it motivated me to to increase their times so they work out more regularly.” started interval running, first Aleman said she had never jogging one minute and walking two minutes. They gradually in- done intervals before running creased the running to one-and- with her friends, and noticed that she could run farther by a-half minutes and decreased walking to one minute. Between using the walk/run intervals. She races, they walked in the neigh- decided to use the intervals and add a distance run to her workborhood for exercise, and are out. “I was able to run much farnow doing the interval runs for ther than I thought I possibly workouts. could,” she said. “I was then The team has two upcoming motivated to run a 10K for my races in March. One in Brent53rd birthday in December. I wood for the Upward Bound House (Home run for Kids), and finished with a good time (for me) and completed a second in El Segundo (Run for Educa10K on Feb. 10, taking 90 section). Lasman explained that onds off my time.” once she hit 55, she was in a “Each time I run I am comnew age division and had peting against myself, trying to jumped in her ranking. She had better myself each race. I am usually placed in the top 10 in amazed that at this age, I can her age division, and in smaller improve my times and run farraces in the top five. Her goal ther than I did when I was 20. this year was to medal, which And on top of it all, it’s fun. I she achieved in January, in a small race with 10 other women even took up golf this year, and in her age group, and she placed I’m not very good at it, but with third, finishing the race in 32:39. my experience with running, I “My favorite part of the race know that I’ll get better eventually and have fun doing someis regularly seeing my friends thing new. Running with our and trying to beat my times. It group has given me the confialso feels good to know that with every race we enter, we are dence to take on new experiencin a small way contributing to a es,” said Aleman. Adams describes herself as worthy cause. One of my future goals is to pick one race and ask “the tall one in the group,” and said that at 54, she hasn’t had a my network of family and friends to sponsor me,” Lasman strong history of working out, at least not since high school. “My said. big exercise splash was training Aleman began racing with

for and completing the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk in 2000, about two-thirds of it in the rain, with a friend who is a breast cancer survivor. It was an amazing experience, challenging and very fulfilling, but not anything I want to repeat,” she said. Adams became involved with walking after some of the women did the Airport Marina Counseling Service Jet to Jetty 5K. She worked at the clinic for two years. Lasman offered some tips for people wanting to start their own group, and said that some running stores may have running clubs, and links to local events. Most importantly, she said, is to pick an activity you enjoy – walking, biking, dancing – and set achievable goals. She noted that her cousin didn’t begin exercising until she was 52, on a challenge from a friend, first walking only a few blocks and now walking two miles a day. Her advice – find friends, coworkers, family or community groups with a common interest and compatible schedule; set a weekly calendar date (it can always be changed if something comes up); bring your walking shoes to work and trade your lunch time for walk time; if there’s no time at lunch, leave your exercise clothes in the car and hit the gym before you go home; trade a two-hour breakfast with a friend for one hour of activity and coffee/tea time afterward; and trade an afternoon lunch for a stroll in the park, followed by a light snack. §


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made without a car, and the “car-free” miles will count towards monthly incentives. One competition target is to be the first class to walk and bike enough miles to reach San Francisco. The event will continue until May during National Walk to School Week, when students will celebrate Bike It Walk It. Prizes will be provided to recognize the students who walk and bike the furthest, as

well as the class who accumulated the most car-free miles. The Car(e) Free contest is part of the larger Safe Routes to School pilot project managed by the city of Santa Monica in partnership with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, and Parent-Teacher-Student Associations. Funding for the project has been provided by Metro, California Department of Transportation and the city of Santa Monica.

Expo light rail connection to Santa Monica gets funding from state transportation commission The second phase of the Metro Exposition Light Rail between Culver City and Santa Monica has received $28.3 million in new funding from the California Transportation Commission. The light rail project, which is currently under construction, is one of 91 projects designed to improve the state’s transporta-

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Marina del Rey Halibut Derby returns in June Anglers will compete for the title of “biggest catch” when the 38th Annual Marina del Rey Halibut Derby takes place June 8 and 9. Hosted by Marina del Rey Anglers, the derby is billed as Los Angeles’ largest salt water angling tournament. “The halibut are bouncing back and a lot of fun fishing is expected,” said Marina del Rey Anglers club president Keith Lambert. “The most recent years have seen a resurgence of fish in our local waters. We are keeping the derby in June to

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The Third Annual Wetland Research Symposium: “Climate Change in Urban Estuaries” will take place at Loyola Marymount University Monday, March 25. The event – followed later in the week by a climate change conference focused on the Los Angeles River – is presented by the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, the Center for Urban Resilience, and LMU. The scientific symposium will focus on the impacts of changing climate on the ecology and resilience of urban wetlands. Scientists from throughout

California will be presenting on topics ranging from sea level rise to erosion and thermal stress. Presentations at the wetland symposium will cover a wide range of climate change topics related to wetland research and restoration. Among the presenters are Dr. Meg Caldwell, executive director for the Center for Ocean Solutions and director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program at Stanford Law School; Dr. Jeremy Pal of LMU, who will present research on climate

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Biz Buzz Longtime local hair stylist Richard Baier is opening a new shop, All About Color, focusing on hair coloring, makeup, proper colors to complement skin and eye color, hair color classes for stylists, facials and nails, 12324 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 612-3137. Spa Nautica, a Spanish nautical-themed spa at The Ritz-Carlton, 4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, held a grand opening Feb. 28. The spa features a full-service menu with seven treatment rooms, nail salon and outdoor treatments on the hotel’s pool deck. (310) 574-4356.


AMC Theatres has announced plans to open a sixscreen movie theater in the fall at Marina Marketplace, complementing an existing dine-in theater at the shopping center near Marina del Rey.


Jin Patisserie, a 10-yearold Venice sweets shop and café, will close its doors on Sunday, March 24. Owner Kristy Choo, while looking for a new retail location, has opened a new production facility in Culver City, focusing on wholesale orders. Retail orders will be continued via their website, or customers can contact them and pick up orders, WiSC (Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing) restaurant at 1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice has closed. A new restaurant, Willie Jane, offering lowcountry Southern coastal cuisine, is slated to open at the

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Megan E. Silva, a Marina del Rey resident, financial advisor and financial planning specialist with Morgan Stanley’s wealth management office in Beverly Hills, has been named to the firm’s Pacesetter Club, a global recognition program for financial advisors who, within their first five

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Four citizens honored by Santa Monica Fire Department for actions during emergencies The Santa Monica Fire Department has honored four residents for their actions in responding to emergency medical situations. Efforts by two of the honorees were crucial in helping to save the life of a runner in a Santa Monica race, fire officials say. When Santa Monica firefighters responded to a call of a runner down in a 10K event Oct. 7, they found citizens Tom Burbank and Jorgen Person performing CPR on a runner, who was not breathing and without a pulse,

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