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L etters CORRECTION: Last week’s story “Final Bell Rings for Westchester Secondary” misidentified the school’s original location and thus incorrectly stated that First Baptist Church of Westchester had shuttered. That congregation remains active; it’s Westchester Christian Church that closed to make way for new housing.
Capacity vs. Sanity Re: “Building’s Fate Looms Over Mar Vista,” news, April 13 It appears that the L.A. Department of City Planning will approve just about anything nowadays. We need more housing, so let’s build it. Regardless of wether it fits in with the surrounding community. Density is the way to go. The traffic it will cause is irrelevant. This new development in Mar Vista to create 77 rental units sets aside only seven units for affordable housing. Will this really help in our housing shortage? If someone who earns just over minimum wage is really able to afford one of these units,
they’ll apparently have to fight for one. In Westchester they tore down a church and displaced a charter school at La Tijera Boulevard and Sepulveda Eastway in order to build a five-story apartment complex. Behind this complex is a residential neighborhood of single-family dwellings and few duplexes. How does this fit in with the community? It doesn’t, but our Planning Department gave it the OK. Both Sepulveda and Venice boulevards are gridlocked every morning and evening. This building to maximum capacity thing needs to stop. Glen Kacena Westchester City Hall Can’t Be Trusted Re: “Building’s Fate Looms Over Mar Vista,” news, April 13 The many faces of L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin once again make news. Mayor Eric Garcetti and the council are committed to increasing the density of Los Angeles for, I believe, the tax largesse they feast upon. That Bonin is “primed” to oppose the sevenstory building with 77 housing
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It Happened Here 75 years later, a Venice memorial will mark the spot where Japanese Americans boarded buses to internment camps By Gary Walker Arnold Maeda still carries the memory of leaving behind his beloved dog Boy when his family was forced to leave their Mar Vista home shortly after the United States entered World War II. “That still hurts after all these years,” says Maeda, one of more than 110,000 Americans of Japanese descent who were forced into relocation and incarceration camps in 1942 — including many who lived on the west side of Los Angeles. Maeda, 90, will join others who were interned or their surviving family members for the dedication of the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 27. A nine-foot obelisk of polished black granite, the monument displays a map of the Manzanar camp, where Maeda and his family were forced to live for three years. It will stand at the northwest corner of Venice and Lincoln boulevards — the very spot where on April 25, 1942, families like Maeda’s boarded buses bound for internment camps with whatever they could carry.
Retired Venice High School teacher Phyllis Hayashibara, whose parents also faced internment during World War II, is an organizer of the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument Committee, a community group that has been raising funds to create the monument. “The committee has been working on this monument since 2009 and some for much longer. We almost can’t believe that it’s happening,” she said. Hayashibara sees parallels between the internment of Japanese Americans and the Trump administration’s recent attempts to ban refugees and others from several Muslimmajority countries from entering the United States. “This monument is a reminder that the powers of the government can be used to discriminate and incarcerate people without due process. In this political climate, this kind of reminder is even more important,” she said. Venice muralist Emily Winters, who helped design the monument, echoed Hayashibara’s sentiments.
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“We’re hoping people will realize that you can’t discriminate against a group of people because of their race, ethnicity or religion, and we hope this will be a reminder that we don’t want this to happen again,” Winters said during a 2012 ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of locals’ departure to the camps. Dedication ceremony speakers include Thomas Yoshikawa, who was incarcerated at Manzanar, and Dr. Jimmy Hara, a professor at the UCLA School of Medicine who was born in the Gila River War Relocation Center. For Maeda, who still lives in Mar Vista, the past is never that far away. “I’ve always had these gut-wrenching feelings whenever I passed by that corner. But now, when I’m at the ceremony, I don’t know how I’m going to react,” he said. Visit venicejamm.org for more information, including how to participate in a fundraising lunch at Hama Sushi in Venice after the ceremony.
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taking their cause where movements usually go: to the streets. Inspired in large part by the Los Angeles Women’s March in January and successive displays of political activism, the brigade will be part of Saturday’s March for Science Los Angeles. The rally is one of some 400 Earth Day events around the country designed to protest cuts to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, which also funds state and local efforts to combat sea level rise and habitat degradation. The team adopted the moniker after hearing Los Angeles County Supervisor
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In Liberal Santa Monica, a Straitlaced Approach to Pot Persnickety policymaking trails public sentiment, with city leaders treading lightly in uncertain times
By Beige Luciano-Adams Santa Monica voters overwhelmingly approved legalization of recreational marijuana last November, with more than 70% casting a ballot in favor of Prop 64 (versus 60% support countywide). And while medical marijuana has been legal in California for two decades, the city has yet to allow even a single dispensary to operate within its borders. Back in 2015, city officials finally zoned for two medical dispensaries to operate in Mid-City — but applications won’t be considered until the City Council adopts a new ordinance, which the Planning Department aims to present in September. So why is legal marijuana still nowhere to be found in one of the more progressive enclaves of the Left Coast? Attorney Michael Chernis, an expert in state and federal cannabis laws who specializes in guiding clients through the matrix — and currently represents two looking to open dispensaries in Santa Monica — chalks it up to a mix of idiosyncratic bureaucracy and the issue getting a low slot on the totem. “It’s frustrating for those of us in the industry who would like to see patient PAGE 10 THE ARGONAUT April 20, 2017
access. But it’s a little bit of a political hot potato, and also there is a lot happening in Santa Monica ... so it’s just not the burning issue we’d like it to be,” Chernis said. Because Santa Monica is “very deliberate, very professional,” he added, “My guess is we’d be lucky to see a licensed dispensary here in early 2018.” Simone Cimiluca-Radzins, a managing partner with LIV Consulting, which works with established cannabis businesses, offered a more conservative estimate. “L.A. has been working on this for one and a half years ... and that’s with tons of media, tons of lobbyists,” she said. “Clearly Santa Monica is much smaller, but it takes a while. Even if the city rushed it, there’s no way we’d be seeing dispensaries until the end of 2018 or early 2019.” Perhaps it should come as little surprise that Santa Monica officials are taking ample time to do things their way — and starting from scratch, rather than copying existing models. Salvador Valles, the assistant director of planning and community relations who has led City Hall’s efforts on this issue,
said his department is about to begin drafting a regulatory framework. “The reason we need to codify ... is we need to establish criteria. We’re looking for a way to make sure we evaluate everyone consistently and equitably,” he said, explaining that such criteria “is intended to be measurable.” Valles added that a new committee will evaluate applications and rank them; if several companies emerge with similar high scores, at that point the city might use a lottery to narrow the field. “One thing we do know [is] we don’t want to have a straight lottery system similar to what Santa Ana used. We don’t think that’s a good model,” he said, adding that the city is open to best practices suggestions from industry stakeholders. One such stakeholder, attorney Bruce Margolin, said he’s offered to hand the city regulatory frameworks he believes have proven successful in other cities. “It’s a farce. There’s no legitimate excuse any longer [for the delay],” said Margolin, who heads the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Margolin suggests city politicians are
“kowtowing to those people giving the finances to run for office,” and not representing the interests of their constituents. Cimiluca-Radzins, a Santa Monica resident, was more measured, but called the delay “shocking,” particularly given voter support for Prop 64. “I feel like Santa Monica is a little more conservative than Venice or Mar Vista ... but the discussion should be had sooner rather than later,” she said, arguing that the city is missing out on a treasure trove of local tax revenue.
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Chernis, also a Santa Monica resident, attributes the slow start to a new City Hall lineup that had been anticipating changes with Prop 64 — as well as the lack of an obvious “cheerleader inside city hall making that push.” Councilmember Kevin McKeown might disagree. “My hope is that after years of cautious debate we can move more decisively on the legalized marijuana industry than we did on medicinal marijuana. The mandate of voters is clear, and much of the work
we already did considering options for dispensaries will be applicable to retail outlets,” McKeown wrote in an email while attending the National League of Cities in Washington D.C. last month. McKeown acknowledges that Santa Monica remains cautious in light of “outmoded federal policies,” an openly hostile attorney general and its “envied beach location leading to drug tourism, along with other possible impacts,” but wrote that the city is “moving forward on both medicinal and recreational marijuana siting.” The message from Councilmember Gleam Davis at a recent community meeting, meanwhile, was less keen on the recreational side. At a Mid-City Neighbors meeting last month, Davis outlined the city’s cautious approach to allowing limited medical dispensaries. Citing the
“I’m the first person to tell you I believe marijuana has medicinal qualities ... but we just don’t want it to turn into L.A.,” she said. “They got off to a rocky start, so we’re trying to take it a little slower and a little more cautiously.” One of the main concerns Santa Monica officials cite is the peril of cash business — the need for amped-up security surrounding quasi-legal operations with whom banks are afraid to do business. Stanford University professor Keith Humphries, a former senior policy advisor to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy who also served on California’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, argues the days of marijuana’s Wild-West cash economy are numbered. With robberies posing a lower risk than, say, mass tax evasion, he suggests that even those who
“All he has to do is take those to a district federal court [and] the judge issues an injunction and uses contempt power,” says Kleiman. “He could do that, and the result would be a massive illicit cannabis market, given that cannabis is a lot more popular than Donald Trump these days.” But even Sessions talks about respecting medical marijuana. “So California could just go back to the old system. Essentially cannabis would be legal, but with a doctor’s note first. Or they could let people self-declare their medical need,” Kleiman said. Humphries tends to agree: “Of all the senators that could be picked for attorney general, he would be at the very marijuanahating end. So there’s that. The second thing is the political reality: If you look at what happened on election night, recreational marijuana states
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Drug policy expert Mark Kleiman, a professor of public policy at NYU (emeritus at UCLA), said it’s clear that new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions would like to clamp down on the cannabis business and has the legal power to do so — if not the resources to take down illegal marijuana sales. He maintains that Sessions could shut down California’s industry “in a heartbeat” by requesting all applications for state licenses and using those as proof of intent to commit a federal felony.
went for Clinton. So the politics aren’t good, if you are in a recreational state. ... Trump tends to take these things very personally.” Humphries said he wouldn’t put a penny of his own money into the budding recreational pot industry. “It’s still a federal felony. It is still possible for the federal government to intervene,” he said. “On that I don’t think Santa Monica is alone in some concern and hesitation until they figure out what the Trump administration is going to do, and there have been some signals that are scary — again all on the recreational side, not on the medical side.” While Chernis is fairly confident Santa Monica would reach the same decisions regardless of threats by the White House, he hesitates to knock their waitand-see attitude. That detailed approach, he suggests, is also a prophylaxis against corruption. “It’s definitely taken a long time, but at the same time, there hasn’t been a significant misstep. I’d rather be complaining it’s taking too long than complaining that ‘those guys got special access or got in through the backdoor.’”
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Hood Fighting cancer with music, Roses & Cigarettes celebrate life one gig at a time By Bliss Bowen Camaraderie among musicians, especially bandmates, is often referred to as a brotherhood. In the case of classic rock- and country-loving duo Roses & Cigarettes, it’s a sisterhood comprised of New Englandraised vocalist Jenny Pagliaro and Hawthorne-based guitarist Angela Petrilli, and it extends beyond the stage: relatives, Petrilli affirms, “have adopted each of us into their families.” That affectionate kinship animates their conversation, and the music they’re recording for their second album. In contrast to the Fleetwood Mac-meets-Pistol Annies feel of Roses & Cigarettes’ self-titled 2015 debut, this acoustic project reflects their live shows as a duo; Pagliaro’s husky burr is grittier, and there’s more space around Petrilli’s unassumingly solid fretwork. The track list includes a bittersweet reading of what Petrilli calls “Jenny’s favorite song,” the Ray Henderson-Mort Dixon standard “Bye Bye Blackbird.” The uptempo “Back to You” teases bad relationships that feel good, while “Echoes and Silence” builds from a somewhat droney, open-tuned riff Petrilli had been messing around with. Pagliaro added poignant lyrics: “Oh, things are changing now Once was a light, turned dark somewhere … Oh, I got lost somehow, can’t find my way out God, show me how Oh, can’t you hear me now There’s echoes and silence all around”
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“I think her sense of melody from the first album rose into such a beautiful departure, and I just love watching her grow as a songwriter,” Petrilli says proudly. “With these new songs, you’ll really see that.”
“Before, I was writing from a place of heartbreak, and now — I’ve lived more,” Pagliaro says. “I wrote most of that first album between the ages of 27 and 30, and I’m 33 now and have been fighting cancer for almost two years. That’s gonna change perspective.” Pagliaro’s cancer diagnosis was a huge hit for a young band to absorb; it “changes our timeline, it changes everything,” she acknowledges. She’s living with metastatic cancer that’s spread to several organs — and the key word is “living.” An avid dancer and gymnast as a girl, she continues to teach at Santa Monica Yoga, to perform, and to be feisty and funny. “It makes me be OK with being frivolous when I want to be frivolous, and being serious when I want to be serious, and being more balanced,” she says of how diagnosis and treatment reorder her days. “I don’t have to write super-serious lyrics; I’m still a woman living a life, y’know? I can be silly. I can be fun. But I want it all to have value. … I think it has made us stay truer to what music has inspired in us all along.” Fond of dancing onstage, Pagliaro now sometimes adopts a chanteuse’s pose atop a stool and invests her energy in just singing as Petrilli curls over her guitar in supportive concentration; the dynamic created is intimately engaging, and fans have responded warmly. Loose three-hour gigs have been replaced by shorter, less draining shows opening for artists like Luther Dickinson, Jim Lauderdale, the Record Company and Billy Bob Thornton. (Dickinson, in particular, made permanent fans of them both when he grabbed Pagliaro’s then-shaved head, placed his forehead against hers and told her she was a hero. Petrilli describes it as “one of the
ArgonautNews.com sweetest things I’ve ever seen.”) Laughing, the two women talk over each other while describing how they take care to respect each other’s boundaries. “I’m the type of person that likes to push myself,” Pagliaro says, “but … Angela checks me if I try to push myself too hard. Or I’ll check her if she tries to push us too hard [laughs]. It’s about kindness to yourself and saying, ‘Will this give energy to me or take energy from me?’” “It’s important to take care of ourselves and remind ourselves why we are doing this,” Petrilli observes. “We are here to play music to enrich our [spirits], to be creative people. That’s important to both of us.” They’d make “terrible rock stars,” they joke, because they prefer early mornings to late nights.
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In many ways, the climate change protest is a continuation of what has become a relentless campaign of resistance to the Trump administration’s executive orders, policy positions and budget priorities. Like many of her friends, 32-year-old marketing manager Carolyn Kiefer was dismayed after the Nov. 8 election results and felt disillusioned about politics. But then she heard about the Monkey Wrench Brigade. “After the election I felt a real duty to get more involved and to make my voice heard. Rather than feel hopeless, I felt that this was call to action,” said Kiefer, a Mar Vista resident. “The idea was to be more active and not be passive.” Molecular biology student Alex Bradley, a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA, is the lead organizer of March for Science Los Angeles. “Our primary goal is to emphasize science in driving policy decisions. We want to drive that home. We’re concerned that there’s been this trend that the pursuit of ideological agenda is superseding the appreciation for scientific fact in the interest of environment and public health. We want to reverse that trend,” Bradley told the online publication City Watch LA. For Monkey Wrench Brigade member Kathy Seal, a writer who specializes in parenting issues, policies that ignore science-based data are dangerous for society at large. “It’s important for everyone to respect and treasure science. Ignoring and questioning scientific fact after it has been peer-reviewed is playing with fire and harming humanity” asserted Seal, 69. Dale Kiefer, 73, is a marine biologist at the University of Southern California. His research, which includes using satellite
imagery to monitor extreme weather patterns such as El Niño and La Niña, could be directly affected by the proposed EPA cutbacks. “Without information from satellites we’re going to have both of our hands tied behind our backs,” said Kiefer, who is Carolyn Kiefer’s father. “We’re at critical thresholds in a lot of areas.” As a scientist, Kiefer is amazed and appalled at what he sees as an administration-wide ignorance about the importance of science. “The whole goal of science is to find truth. Without truth, you cannot make sound policy about the future,” he noted. Isolde, who participated in the Women’s March, takes inspiration in how that protest was received worldwide and thinks the same can happen with a strong turnout on Saturday. “It’s like dropping a stone into a lake. It’s going to reverberate and have an impact,” she said. Although defending science is the goal of the march, Dale Kiefer said the rally’s undertones are undeniable. “I can’t see it as anything but a political march,” he said. For Carolyn Kiefer, who also took part in the Women’s March, the March for Science is a now-or-never moment. “You either choose to go to sleep and keep your eyes shut or you wake up and start fighting for what you believe in,” she asserted. “And I’m going to fight.” The March for Science Los Angeles starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22, from Pershing Square and concludes at 4 p.m. at Los Angeles City Hall. Visit marchforsciencela.com. firstname.lastname@example.org Photo by Maria Martin
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The Monkey Wrench Brigade’s core organizers include Kathy Seal and Ann Isolde (front), Carolyn Kiefer and Dale Kiefer (second row), Mary Lyon and Katherine Kiefer (third row), and Karen Costello and Amy Bishop (top)
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Movement & Time Heidi Duckler’s ‘Cloud’ initiates a dance series that merges the past, present and future of public art By Christina Campodonico Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre is known for setting dance performances in unconventional spaces — a Laundromat, abandoned movie theater, empty swimming pool and the side of an architectural firm’s building among them. The latter, called “Space Opera,” took place two years ago at Morphosis, the Culver City-based firm of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne. In that work, Duckler’s dancers dangled and slung themselves across that building’s façade — a 40-foot-high metal grid — transforming it into an aloft urban jungle gym perfect for aerial antics. “Picture a dance performance on the sheer vertical cliff face of Half Dome next to El Capitan at Yosemite,” KCRW architecture and design writer Bennet Stein wrote of the show: “… The dancers were scarily plunging off, swinging around and hanging upside-down with the loucheness of one enjoying a smoke in a great big double bed — except at a 90-degree angle to the cement ground.” Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre will attempt to reach such elevated heights again this Sunday when the company
returns to Culver City to perform the first installment of its “1988” dance series, which celebrates Culver City’s Centennial and the city’s adoption of the Art in Public Places Program Ordinance. Entitled “Cloud,” the piece happens at various times between 4 and 6:30 p.m. at Access Culver City, where company soloist Teresa “Toogie” Barcelo will perform around the dance’s namesake — a metal Möbius strip sculpture by Merge Conceptual Design — accompanied by live saxophone music. Duckler worked with the city and former Culver City Cultural Affairs Commissioner Marla Koosed to select the site and bring attention to Culver City’s extensive collection of public art. “It’s a beautiful sculpture right in the middle of this cross-section of Washington Boulevard,” says Duckler of the sculpture. “It’s kind of obvious and hidden at the same time. You drive by and never notice it, so I thought it would be nice to get people to really gather and take a look at it — see it from above and below.” “‘Cloud’ is really a piece that talks about the Earth’s water cycle, both above and below the Earth’s surface,” adds Koosed,
explaining how the sculpture plays with water to disappear and reappear into its urban landscape. “It emits a mist on a frequent basis that envelopes the sculpture into a fog or cloud,” she notes. In other words, sometimes you see it; sometimes you don’t. Duckler was not only intrigued by the somewhat ephemeral nature of the structure, but also that of time itself with regard to Culver City’s Centennial. “One-hundred years — so much change happens during that time,” muses Duckler. “It was an interesting celebration of the possibility of the permanent and the celebration of the temporary.” Koosed, who is also producing “1988,” says that the dance series looks not only to times past but also to the future of Culver City, noting how “Cloud” and “Technicolor Drip” — a psychedelic rainbow mural on the side of the Platform shopping center, where the third installment of “1988” will be performed in August — are in the heart of Culver City’s newly developed areas. “Both artworks are situated in the transit-oriented district area of Culver
City, right across from the Expo Line,” says Koosed. “So it really speaks to where Culver City’s going.” The second installment of “1988” will happen on May 7 among artist Jeff Kopp’s giant question marks, ampersands and commas at Westfield Culver City, with students from Culver City High School’s dance department performing. But fear not, history buffs. The final installment of “1988” will happen in September at Culver City’s historic city hall, among the building’s “La Ballona” fountain piece, “Hanging Garden” stained glass and “Quotation Courtyard” & “Panoramic” outdoor installations. “We want to show the future Culver City and the old, historical Culver City,” says Koosed. With “1988,” the past, present and future move together as one. “The ‘1988’ Series: Cloud” happens at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, at Access Culver City, 8770 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Free. Search “The ‘1998’ Series: Cloud” at eventbrite.com to reserve tickets. April 20, 2017 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 15
A Funny Thing About Tech Silicon Beach Film Festival entries find authentic humor in a digital world By Christina Campodonico The phrase “Silicon Beach” conjures a variety of notions: boundless opportunity, disruptive change and an imperative for creativity among them. This year’s Silicon Beach Film Festival — a cornucopia of shorts, pilots and feature films screening April 22 through 28 at the Cinemark 18 and XD theater at HHLA (formerly The Promenade at Howard Hughes) in Westchester — captures a bit of that zeitgeist while also finding some of the humor that tends to get lost in such heady ideas. Starting with the opening night party on April 21 at Runway at Playa Vista, festival goers can download the Starlenz app to join a virtual scavenger hunt and take virtual selfies with actor J.K. Simmons or 1940s child star Margaret O’Brian. (Simmons’ new comedy “All Nighter” screens at the festival on April 27, as does a documentary short about O’Brian.) But it isn’t all about special effects. Other filmmakers are screening projects that embrace entrepreneurialism to deal with life’s hard knocks in funny ways. At 10 p.m. Sunday (April 23), Westside writer and director Robyn Paris, best known for her role in the 2003 cult classic “The Room,” will be showing episodes from her web comedy series “The Room Actors: Where are They Now? ” Known and beloved for being a notoriously awful film, “The Room” (a.k.a. “the Citizen Kane of bad movies”) could have scarred Paris’ acting career for life, but she decided to take back control of her IMDB legacy and raised $31,000 on Kickstarter to make a fictionalized mockumentary about the lives of “The Room’s” cast post-2003. “It’s a good way to poke fun at ourselves and enjoy the spirit of levity and festivity that surrounds ‘The Room,’” says Paris.
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For writer-director Ray Ramos, making the sitcom TV pilot “Jenn-Trification” (also screening on Sunday) was a way of turning over a new leaf. The Venice native was out of a job and distressed by the socioeconomic impact of tech companies on his beloved community. So he raised $9,000 on Kickstarter and decided to write a parody about the changes he was noticing in Venice — the rising rents, influx of well-heeled tech workers, displacement of longtime locals, shallow chicness of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and a cresting wave of acute homelessness alongside it all — through the eyes of someone who felt as out of place in Venice as he did. “I was in a funk and I just needed something to kind of make me laugh,” says Ramos. “I figured the best way to say something was writing a pilot. I’ve never seen a TV pilot from Venice that was written by someone from Venice.” So he conjured up a “vision of this really pale girl coming to the sunshine.” That figure became Jennifer Mason, or the “Jenn” in “Jenn-Trification”— a wide-eyed young woman, played by actress Krystal Beyer, who moves from Maine to Venice to work for a snazzy but inscrutable tech company called “Fuggle.” Comedy ensues as she tries to navigate the startup’s frat bro antics and Venice’s quirky vibe. “It’s both worlds — the worlds of the old Venice and the new Venice that’s she thrust into it,” says Ramos of his heroine. At the Silicon Beach Film Festival, established creative values and new ideas may also find a meeting of the minds. Screenings happen at HHLA’s Cinemark 18 and XD Movie Theatre, 6801 Center Drive, Westchester. Visit siliconbeachff. com for tickets and full schedule.
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“This classic California bungalow offers a unique contemporary flare, and brings you a truly special indoor/outdoor living experience,” says agent Michael Irvine. “Surrounded by award winning landscaping from Big Red Sun, this three bedroom, two bath home, has recently been remodeled and extended and boasts the very best features, design and fixtures. These include a Bespoke kitchen and bathrooms, skylights, exposed ceilings, wide plank white oak flooring, and a whole home water filtration system, to name but a few. With high ceilings throughout, the airy open plan living areas are flooded with light and lead onto the oversized deck with a fire pit. The spaces are perfect for entertaining or just relaxing. Additional features include a bonus detached living space, perfect for an office or extra family room, as well as ample parking with an electric vehicle charging station. Within a prime location, walk to Rose Ave, Whole Foods, Abbot Kinney and Main Street. Enjoy Venice Beach life at its very best.”
offered at $2,245,000 i n f o r m at i o n :
michael irvine Bulldog Realtors 310-435-3093 www.BulldogRealtors.com
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6300 W. 79TH ST, WESTCHESTER
12059 JUNIETTE ST, CULVER CITY
Impressive North Kentwood custom home on 1/4 acre, 5 Bedrooms, 2.75 Baths, Den/Ofﬁce, Pool & Spa, $1,575,000
Traditional home adjacent to Playa Vista w/ fantastic potential, spacious ﬂoor plan w/ classic style, 3 Bdrms, 2 Baths, $995,000
7892 NAYLOR AVE, WESTCHESTER
4235 DON JOSE DR, LOS ANGELES
Classic Nowell home in Westport Heights, 3 Bedrooms, 1.75 Baths, Den, Detached Bonus Room w/ Bath, $879,000
Exquisite modern industrial style home overlooking Los Angeles, redone w/ impressive luxury & quality, 3 Bdrms, 3 Baths, $7,700/mo
Bob Waldron 310.780.0864
www.bobwaldron.com CalBRE# 00416026
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email@example.com CA bRe #01435805
#1 for properties soLd in marina deL rey 2010-2016
FOR SALE 13700 MARINA POINTE DR. #1705,MDR $3,500,000 3 BD/2.5 BA 2,331 SQ.FT.
12916 DISCOVERY CREEK,PLAYA VISTA $1,679,000 3 BD/3 BA 2,798 SQ.FT.
OPEN SUN 2-5
4050 GLENCOE AVE. #423,MDR 1 BD/1.5 BA 890 SQ.FT. $725,000/$2,950/MO
3310 PACIFIC AVE.,MDR 1,217 SQ.FT. 2 BD/2.5 BA
2630 STRONGS DR.,VENICE 3 BD/4 BA 2,576 SQ.FT.
11278 MONTANA AVE.,WESTWOOD $1,850,000 2,572 SQ.FT. 3 BD/3.5 BA
13650 MARINA POINTE DR. #1206,MDR $1,099,000 1,533 SQ.FT. 2 BD/2 BA
4060 GLENCOE AVE. #231,MDR 1,360 SQ.FT. 3 BD/2.5 BA
338 RENNIE AVE. #C,VENICE 3 BD/2.5 BA 2,241 SQ.FT. $2,100,000
6602 PARA WAY,PLAYA VISTA 3 BD/2.5 BA + DEN 2,444 SQ.FT. $1,670,000
JUST SOLD 1 IRONSIDES ST. #11,MDR 2 BD/2 BA 1,267 SQ.FT.
13650 MARINA POINTE DR. #705,MDR 2 BD/2 BA + OFFICE 1,714 SQ.FT. $1,199,000
OPEN SUN 2-5
4250 VIA DOLCE #320,MDR 3 BD/2.5 BA + LOFT 2,200 SQ.FT. $1,325,000
OPEN SUN 2-5
687 WASHINGTON BLVD.,MDR 2,184 SQ.FT. 3 BD/3 BA
7301 VISTA DEL MAR #15,PDR 1,900 SQ.FT. 2 BD/2.5 BA
13700 MARINA POINTE DR. #PH1901,MDR $2,249,000 2 BD/2.5 BA 1,950 SQ.FT.
OPEN SUN 2-5
OPEN SUN 2-5 $1,155,000
13700 MARINA POINTE DR. #PH1906,MDR 13650 MARINA POINTE DR. #PH1906,MDR $2,799,000 2 BD/2.5 BA 1,993 SQ.FT. $2,495,000 2 BD/2.5 BA + DEN 2,354 SQ.FT.
7433 ARIZONA AVE.,MDR 1,771 SQ.FT. 3 BD/2 BA
6 VOYAGE ST. #103,MDR 2 BD/2 BA 1,000 SQ.FT.
Kw-SiLiCon beACH bRe #02004120 AGent doeS not GuARAntee tHe ACCuRACy of tHe SquARe footAGe, Lot Size oR otHeR infoRMAtion ConCeRninG tHe ConditionS oR feAtuReS of tHe pRopeRty pRovided by tHe SeLLeR oR obtAined fRoM pubLiC ReCoRdS oR otHeR SouRCeS. buyeR iS AdviSed to independentLy veRify tHe ACCuRACy of ALL infoRMAtion tHRouGH peRSonAL inSpeCtion And witH AppRopRiAte pRofeSSionALS. April 20, 2017 At Home – THE ARGONAUT’s Real Estate Section PAGE 21
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