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VOL 45, NO 19 Local News & Culture

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Breaking Bread

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Keep Mariner’s Village Green There haven’t been any recent updates about the proposed remodel of Mariner’s Village. Hopefully the public will continue to be informed about these plans.

I live at Mariner’s Village and have found it to be a wonderful oasis in contrast to many other quite sterile areas along the main channel of Marina del Rey. It is hard to understand why so many trees must be removed from this area as well as along the median on Via Marina. If the trees are taken out in Mariner’s Village, then each unit will need air conditioning. That will surely increase the electrical energy use. Not ecologically wise! The wildlife (and not the party kind) in this area would also be at risk. There are a great number of beautiful birds and creatures who rely on these trees for their habitat. Why must they relocate … and to where? At least human residents can make choices. If the walkway and driveways of Mariner’s Village are opened up to more traffic, there will be a compromise in safety in this community, including the possibility of increased crime. Residents of Mariner’s Village and nearby homeowners have expressed deep concern about losing the unique quality of life that this area offers. This truly is a “village” and it will be tragic to lose that uniqueness in the name of progress. Yes, some progress is positive, but when such a sweeping change is proposed, residents are entitled to a bigger voice in the process. I am not privy to county government procedures, but interest in increasing tax revenue is surely part of this proposal. County commissioners do not have the same accountability that other officials in government must have. Could this be taxation without representation? How will such increased revenue benefit residents? Please help to save this beautiful little area! A. Whitney, Marina del Rey (Continued on page 18)

HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE ARGONAUT: We encourage readers to share thoughts on local issues and reactions to stories in The Argonaut through our Letters to the Editor page. You too can have a voice in the community. Letters should include your name and place of residence (for publication) and a telephone number (not for publication). Send to letters@argonautnews.com.

Was I right to Bike on the right? J.B. in Marina del Rey: While riding my bicycle southbound on Lincoln Boulevard in Marina del Rey and approaching a red light, I began passing cars on the right and very near to the sidewalk. Some of these cars were making a right at the intersection, but the lane allows cars to go straight or turn right. I passed two or three cars until one that did not have a turn signal on started moving closer to me. I said a loud “Hello … Bike over here!” and then I slapped the side of the car to get their attention. It worked. The driver apologized for not seeing me, and we were both smiling when a guy behind us starts yelling at me for harassing the driver. “You can’t pass on the right!” he screamed. The driver and I just looked at each other and parted ways, but the words of that irate witness have stayed with me and upset my riding mojo. I was passing cars on the right only because the light was red, but was it the right thing to do? Bicycle Safety Expert Ron Durgin: J.B. presents a common situation in which cyclists drive themselves into high-risk situations for no good reason. Rather than get too caught up in a particular situation, I prefer to follow some basic traffic principles to guide my decisions when riding on public roadways. My end goal is to be predictable and visible to other roadway users with proper lane position and courteous behavior. There are three basic principles that I follow every time I approach an intersection: • First, choose the rightmost lane that leads to your destination. • Second, get in line and take your turn based on first come, first served. In this case the other motorists were in line at the light first, so budging toward the front creates unnecessary tension. • And third, pass on the left if traffic ahead is turning right. Filtering up on the right side of a queue of cars waiting at a stop light puts a cyclist in the blind spot of motorists and invites the all-to-common “right hook” collision. J.B. describes the rightmost lane as a “lane that allows cars to go straight or turn right,” otherwise known as a multi-destination lane. If we accept the three basic principles described above as best practices, we can analyze the situation further. If J.B. was using the rightmost lane to his destination, he would have been in the correct lane whether going straight or turning right. However, based on the first come, first served principle, J.B. was out of position in the rightmost lane as soon as he began filtering up the right side of the motor vehicles in the queue. We all have a duty of care toward each other when using our public roadways, and adhering to basic traffic principles helps motorists and cyclists alike make safe and predictable movements. The good news is that no one got hurt and that J.B. is able to examine his contribution to the incident and avoid such problems in the future. Ron Durgin is a managing partner of the Santa Monica Bike Center and executive director of Sustainable Streets, a bicycle education and advocacy group.

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New Rules for Driving on Speedway Having lived on Marina Peninsula for over 16 years, I have been an avid journeyman on Speedway — whether by foot, bike or skateboard. Sometimes walking with my wife, sometimes with my terrier, and of course the occasional late-night heel-toeing boogie with an imaginary friend. And I can honestly say that the lack of safety and courtesy in the driving etiquette of residents and nonresidents has become appalling. So let me set the record straight. Here, in my humble opinion, are the new Resident Rules for Driving on Speedway: 1. Speedway isn’t actually supposed to have speed demonstrated on it. Ease off the pedal, lead foot. 2. We know you love your music, but it’s your music, so keep it down or at least keep ‘em rolled up. You don’t want to end up like Pete Townshend. 3. If you drive your beloved Harley with a blaring muffler, no one cares. Keep it slow and keep it down. Actually, just don’t drive it down Speedway, Easy Rider. 4. Living here doesn’t give you the right to drive down Speedway the wrong way. Is getting home 60 seconds quicker so important you can’t take the time to go one more block down Pacific Avenue to drive the correct way? Leave driving in the wrong direction to the tourists. 5. Stop signs are meant to be stopped at, not rolled through — and certainly not when turning onto Speedway. 6. Racing to work in your car in the morning to the job you either hate or love does not give you the right to act like a drag racer. You live on the beach for a reason. Go easy. 7. When met with the decision of whether to squeeze through a parked delivery truck and a pedestrian, choose this option: Wait, let the person walk by, and then drive through. Non-resident Rules: 1. Actually, it’s just advice: There is no parking for the beach here. Go north. Michael Burns, Marina Peninsula

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Breaking Ground to Break Bread Westchester church is adding an outdoor public bread oven to its well-established community garden meal and conversation is quite compelling.” Spearheading the project is an adjunct group of the church called the Environmental Change-Makers. A group of amateur artisan bread bakers is also involved. “It’s a really sweet thing,” said L.A. Bread Bakers organizer Eric Knutzen. “I’m really excited about this.” The oven should be ready for its first firing in mid-July, said Joanne Poyourow, a cofounder of A section of Holy Nativity’s Environmental Change-Makers community garden along with Rood. The group will also train and appoint “oven mass,” and the construction masters” to oversee use of the technique is similar to that of wood-burning appliance. adobe structures. “Any group can use the oven, Holy Nativity pastor Peter Rood calls the oven a “natural progres- they just have to make a reservation and ask one of the masters to sion” of the garden, which has come and supervise,” Poyourow increasingly become a place for said. locals to congregate. The Holy Nativity oven project is “We’ve created this place, a remarkable place of belonging and being funded through about sharing,” said Rood. “The idea of $2,000 in donations and the sweat equity of volunteers, according to having us gathering together Poyourow. around that oven and sharing a Photo by Bonnie Eslinger

By Bonnie Eslinger Seven years ago, parishioners at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Westchester ripped out a portion of the church’s manicured lawn and planted a community garden — a public green space that each year yields several hundred pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables that are shared with hungry families through the LAX Food Pantry. They’ll soon bring freshly baked bread to the table. A coalition of church members, neighbors and local bread bakers broke ground in April on an outdoor clay bread oven behind the church that will be available for public use. Plans for the seven-foot diameter cob structure also include nearby seating to encourage people to gather in the area while bread and wood-fired pizzas are baked. Cob structures are built from earth mixed with materials such as sand and straw. The word “cob” comes from an Old English root meaning “a lump or rounded

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The garden is hosting a free adobe brick-making workshop on Saturday for anyone who is willing to get their hands dirty for the project. “These will be the bricks that will form the base of the cob oven,” Poyourow said. There’s also a four-day class scheduled for June in which participants will pay $175 to $200 to build the earthen oven and learn how to make their own in the process. “A lot of this is a project in creative financing,” said Poyourow. “But this is for a community-scale oven that will be able to hold up to 10 loaves of bread.” Although produce from the church’s garden is currently distributed through the local food pantry, there is no immediate plan to use the oven for large-scale baking. The Bible puts plenty of significance on bread — Jesus calls himself the “living bread” in John 6:51. But Rood steers clear of

putting a religious spin on the oven project to ensure that the community at large feels welcome to use it, as they do with the garden and other church offerings such as yoga classes. “I want to be sensitive,” Rood said. “One of the things that Jesus did when he brought people together is offer food, but the danger in using that language is it makes it seem exclusive.” Poyourow imagines the oven being fired up about once a week for events such as a pizza party for the Girl Scout troop that meets in Holy Nativity’s community room. “Bread is something that people gather around,” she said. “If you have a feast, you have bread.”

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Fisherman’s Village May Get a New Look Conceptual drawings will debut Wednesday at a public meeting in Marina del Rey Photo by Pat Reynolds

By Gary Walker The leaseholder for Marina del Rey’s iconic Fisherman’s Village is expected on Wednesday to unveil early conceptual drawings that contemplate a significant makeover of the waterfront retail and recreation destination. Gold Coast Village LLC, the lessee developing the 1.2-acre parcel at 13755 Fiji Way, is slated to present the renderings during a 10 a.m. meeting of the Los Angeles County Small Craft Harbors Commission at the Burton Chace Park Community Room. Aaron Clark, a land use consultant representing Gold Coast Village, spoke largely in generalities about the proposed makeover because concepts are still evolving. But Clark said he believes the public will be happy about many elements of the plan. “I think it will be very exciting for the community. [Fisherman’s Village] doesn’t presently have any real connection to the water, and that is something that we took very seriously in this proposal,” Clark said. “The type of environment that they’re creating is something that you won’t find elsewhere in Los Angeles County.” In addition to better integrating waterfront activities with the outdoor mall area, Gold Coast Village is considering more “high-quality” retail shops, new restaurants and even a hotel, Clark said.

The operators of Fisherman’s Village are considering an extensive remodel that would better integrate waterfront activities Fisherman’s Village is an integral part of Los Angeles County’s redevelopment “visioning” plan for Marina del Rey, but public officials say it would need upgrades to keep pace with future development. While it remains a weekend recreational destination and a launching point for boat rentals and harbor cruises, county officials consider Fisherman’s Village outdated and underutilized. “Fisherman’s Village should be the No. 1 visitors spot in the marina,” said Small Craft Harbors Commissioner Russell Lesser. “I

think the whole world is in agreement that something needs to be done there.” Members of the Small Craft Harbors Commission and the county’s Design Control Board reviewed a remodeling proposal by Beverly Hills architects Jack Hollander & Associates last year, but the firm is no longer involved with the project and Gold Coast Village is instead working with Long Beach-based architects Studio One Eleven. “I’m going to reserve judgment until I see the new designs, but what I’ve seen so far is a good start,” Lesser said.

Last year’s renderings integrated Fisherman Village’s iconic New England-style lighthouse into the new design, but Clark said no decision has been made about the lighthouse for the current proposal. At this time last year, the future of Fisherman’s Village was uncertain at best. County officials were proposing to relocate the public launch on Fiji Way to the Fisherman’s Village parcel, which would have meant demolishing Fisherman’s Village and rebuilding something like it in place of the boat launch.

L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe intervened to scrub that proposal last May following a flurry of public opposition. He declined to comment about current plans coming before the Small Craft Harbors Commission. Michael Leneman, owner of the boat design shop and brokerage Multi Marine on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, was among the most vocal opponents of moving the boat launch. Leneman said that after the meeting last May he toured Fisherman’s Village with a member of the Pashaie family (one of two families who lease the Fisherman’s Village parcel from the county) and suggested incorporating a stand up paddleboard dock into any new design. “There are a lot of people who use paddleboards in the marina, and it would give people in the marina with small boats somewhere to go. They could come to [Fisherman’s Village] to shop without using a car,” said Leneman. Leneman disagrees with redevelopment opponents who say the quaint and brightly painted wooden buildings of Fisherman’s Village should remain in place as a matter of historic preservation. “There’s nothing California or significant about that kind of architecture,” he said. gary@argonautnews.com

news in brief Police fatally shoot suspect during altercation in Venice A man who reportedly fought with a bar bouncer and was harassing passersby near Windward and Pacific avenues in Venice was shot and killed Tuesday night during a scuffle with police. Officers from the LAPD’s Pacific Division responded to the intersection at 11 p.m. after receiving reports of the fight and the suspect’s aggression toward others, LAPD officer Jane Kim said. “Officers confronted the suspect and a physical alteration occurred, resulting in an officer-involved shooting. The suspect was transported to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries,” Kim said.

A description of the man was not immediately available, and police were not yet able to confirm reports that he was homeless, she said. Police use of force in the incident is under department review and investigators are still seeking out witnesses and surveillance camera footage. Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD’s Force Jerry Rubin Investigation Division at (213) Rubin was headed to the public 486-5230. — Joe Piasecki art landmark once again yesterday — this time to begin a fast to call for the abolishment of Rubin begins fast for nuclear nuclear weapons. disarmament Rubin, 71, said he’s engaged in Having led the successful about 45 fasts during his 35-year charge to save Paul Conrad’s career as an activist, largely for anti-nukes Chain Reaction environmental causes and sculpture from the scrap heap, opposition to nuclear arms. He Santa Monica activist Jerry

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plans to drink only water and juices during his month-long fast, which he expects to continue until Aug. 6 Rubin’s fasts have been inspired by social justice leaders Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Knowing they fasted strengthens me personally, and it’s something that I can do to inspire others to help,” he said. Rubin begins his fast at 6 p.m. Wednesday near Chain Reaction, in the 1800 block of Main Street in Santa Monica. Considering his age and the physical toll of fasting, Rubin said he won’t take chances with his health. “I’m not as young as I once was. I want to clearly emphasize that if [the fast] harms me I’ll

stop it. I’m not trying to be a martyr,” Rubin said with a chuckle. — Gary Walker Walgrove fundraiser planned Friends of Walgrove Elementary School, the parent-led fundraising arm for the Mar Vista campus, will on Friday host its fifth annual Walk-A-Thon to fund physical education classes at the school. Walgrove Elementary’s P.E. program is paid for by families, not LAUSD funds. The group hopes to raise $20,000 to keep the program going next year and has so far collected $8,700 in donations. Visit friendsofwalgrove.com for more information. — Joe Piasecki


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Another Look at Oxford Basin Lagoon County officials release new drawings that they say better depict planned upgrades to the Marina del Rey flood-control area and nature preserve By Joe Piasecki Los Angeles County officials ignited environmental controversy in January with the removal of 650 trees from Oxford Basin Lagoon in Marina del Rey, the first step in a plan reboot the area as a thriving nature preserve and public recreation destination while improving water quality and flood-control capacity. In sharp contrast to what’s now a barren landscape — and what was previously a hodgepodge of non-native vegetation that ranged from stately eucalyptus trees to decaying shrubs — county workers intend to plant 745 native trees and 45,000 native or drought-tolerant plants after dredging some 10,000 cubic yards of sediment and debris. Work to dredge out and replant Oxford Basin Lagoon, paused for three months during the rainy season, is expected to resume during the final week of May, said Los Angeles County Department of Public Works spokesman Kerjon Lee. The 10-acre project site is bordered by Admiralty Way, Washington Boulevard and Oxford Avenue. Last time workers entered the basin, local environmentalists staged protests over concerns that seabirds, Monarch butterflies and other wildlife would be harmed by the wholesale removal of the existing habitat. Project leaders countered that studies showed cutting trees prior to spring nesting season would minimize habitat disruption. With work about to resume, county officials are making an effort to address lingering concerns and improve public perception of the project by releasing a series of new architectural renderings depicting the future landscaping of Oxford Basin Lagoon. The drawings emphasize the return of lush vegetation and highlight structural upgrades that include a perimeter walking path with scenic view stations, connectivity to the existing bike path and landscape separation from Admiralty Way. Upgrades also include a water-circulating vegetative berm as well as new street furniture, lighting and decorative fencing. Lee and other department officials first revealed the renderings during the Marina del Rey golden anniversary celebration at Burton Chase Park in early April. “The artwork we originally had was great at giving a sense of place and talking about concepts, but it didn’t really paint a picture

Flowering native plants flourish at one of several viewing stations along a serpentine walking path that county workers plan to install around Oxford Basin Lagoon. This new L.A. County Department of Public Works rendering, looking southwesterly with a Marina City Club tower in the background, depicts the area as it is expected to look 15 years from now.

Oxford Basin is depicted as it should appear one year from now to passersby along Admiralty Way. The vegetative berm inside the flood control pool is intended to help circulate and naturally filter storm water runoff. in the minds of neighbors,” Lee said. “The reception these drawings received at the Marina del Rey 50th Birthday Bash was overwhelmingly positive. People were excited to hear there would be a rich and diverse habitat returning to the basin.” Neighbors also appear pleased that putrid smells caused by stagnant water and

The bike path crossing at Washington Boulevard becomes a gateway to the new Oxford Basin Lagoon public recreation area in this rendering of what the space should look like after 15 years of vegetation growth.

rotting debris will be an inconvenience of the past, he said. “I don’t want to debate what makes an ecosystem, but those trees were not healthy. They were overgrown and some of them dying, depositing decomposing leaves and other material in the water. We’re replacing this with a healthier

ecosystem that’s more California-friendly and will grow in balance with the wildlife there,” Lee said. For more information about the project, see the Jan. 22 article “Speaking for the Trees” at argonautnews.com or visit dpw. lacounty.gov.

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F Ea t u r e George Barris inside his Munster Koach

Back in the Driver’s Seat Custom car builder George Barris returns to the Culver City Car Show with his Munster Koach and DRAG-U-LA Story by Michael Aushenker Photos by Jorge M. Vargas Jr. You may not know his name, but you’ve seen his rides. A pioneer of Southern California’s custom car industry, George Barris took the mid-century hot rod ethos to Hollywood as creator of TV’s original Batmobile, Jed Clampett’s jalopy in “The Beverly Hillbillies” and, among others, the two cars featured in “The Munsters.” Made from three chopped Ford Model T bodies and a Ford Cobra engine, the 18-foot-long Munster Koach shuttled Herman, Lily, Eddie and Marilyn throughout the satirical mid-1960s TV sitcom. In helmet, goggles and scarf, Grandpa (that old bat) commanded Barris’ DRAG-ULA, a coffin-body V-8 dragstrip racer.

A fundraiser that benefits local youth programs and the club’s scholarship fund, the event also features live surf and rockabilly music and singer Lynda Kay — “Patsy Kline for the New Millennium,” Cohn says — and a reboot of its annual throwback fashion show in keeping with the Munsters theme. Does that mean sexy Lily Munsters? “One could hope!” Cohn said with a laugh. “I’m not a car guy, but I love these car shows because you really see a cross-section of humanity.” Barris, now 89, left small-town Northern California as soon as he turned 18 to join the nascent post-war hot rod culture in Los Angeles. Culver City, particularly Washington and Venice boulevards, was a hotspot for cruising and pink-slip racing

Culver City is also where Adam West learned to drive Barris’ Batmobile. “Our first test drive was on Sepulveda,” Barris said. On Saturday, Barris brings the Munster Koach and DRAG-U-LA back into public view for the 12th annual Culver City Car Show. The free-to-attend cruising culture nostalgia event shuts down Culver and Washington boulevards from the Kirk Douglas Theatre to the Culver Hotel, showcasing nearly 500 vintage or custom automobiles and 80 vendors for an anticipated crowd of more than 15,000 people — gearheads and Sunday drivers alike. This year’s car show and competition celebrates roughly 50 years since the birth of “The Munsters” with celebrity grand marshal Butch Patrick, who played wolf-boy Eddie Munster in the 1964-to1966 television series. “The Munsters were America’s macabre version of ‘Leave It to Beaver,’” said car show co-organizer John Cohn, a member of the Exchange Club of Culver City. PAGE 16 THE ARGONAUT May 7, 2015

in the late 1940s and the 1950s. “Culver City is like my home. That’s where we really created street racing,” said Barris, who participates in the Culver City Car Show year after year even though his Barris Kustoms shop is in North Hollywood. Culver City is also where Adam West learned to drive Barris’ Batmobile for the beloved 1966-to-1968 television series. “Our first test drive was on Sepulveda [heading north],” Barris recalled. “Adam West was the best. He was kind to everybody.” For the Batmobile, Barris had only about two weeks to trick out a 1955 Lincoln Futura convertible concept car shipped over from Italy. He recalls blowing through a lot of conceptual drawings as Team Barris worked to chop and elongate the car while adding its iconic finishing touches. Those included the world’s first and most famous car phone — the Batphone — as


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Barris made his elongated Munster Koach using three Ford Model T bodies

George Barris crafted TV’s original Batmobile from a Lincoln Futura convertible

Barris’ showroom includes cars he customized for Bo Derek (pictured), Hugh Hefner, Ringo Starr and Elvis Presley

well as the Batchutes, functional race-bar parachutes that shot out the back to help stop the car. Barris recounted how he and his men were busted by the California Highway Patrol while freeway-testing the Batchutes. “I said, ‘Wait a minute! This is the Batmobile! We’re trying to stop the Riddler!’ to which the officers responded, ‘Oh, yeah! We heard it all!’” Also legit were the rear exhaust flames, an effect achieved by cans that sprayed flammable liquid that was ignited as it came through the pipes. “We were always scared we would burn the car,” Barris said, chuckling. For obvious reasons, Team Barris remained on set — “RTG: ready to go,” he says — throughout the show’s two seasons, allowing Barris to bond with cast members, including recurring Batman villains Frank Gorshin (The Riddler) and Burgess Meredith (The Penguin). His Munster Koach was an earlier challenge that Barris also reveled in. “There was never a six-door Model T,”

Barris-Paster and son Brett Barris stepped up to help run the family business. “She was really the force behind him,” Barris-Paster said of her late mother. “They were a team. They rocked it!” About to turn 90 in November, Barris still enjoys attending car conventions all over North America and beyond. A few years ago, his original Batmobile was on display at San Diego Comic-Con alongside every Batmobile ever built for TV and cinema, including the Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan models. He’s off to a big car show in Australia in a few weeks. “These cars have taken me all over the world. Still do!” he said.

said Barris who had to cut the front floor down to the chassis in order to accommodate Fred Gwynne — 6’5” and wearing platform boots — as the oversized Herman Munster. Then the question was “Where are we gonna put Eddie? … Let’s put a chair on top! Let’s give him a baby to play with,’” remembered Barris, holding a replica of Eddie’s werewolf doll, Wolfie. During the same period as “The Munsters” and “Batman,” Barris created the clan-packed crackpot car seen in those famous opening titles for “The Beverly Hillbillies.” He continued doing specialty custom jobs throughout, and later Hollywood work included the eponymous star of “The Car,” a 1977 horror film featuring James Brolin about a possessed 1971 black Lincoln Continental Mark III. In just six weeks, Team Barris created four versions to stand in as the film’s evil automobile: one for close-ups; three destroyed in the course of the stunt work. Barris married his wife, Shirley, in 1958. After her death in 2001, daughter Joji

The 12th annual Culver City Car Show runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday along Washington and Culver boulevards in downtown Culver City. Barris sets up near the intersection of Culver and Main Street. No admission fee for spectators. For more information, visit culvercitycarshow.com.

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Keep Watchful Eye on Sewer Project An open letter to Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman Mike Bonin: I personally attended almost every meeting regarding the Venice Dual Force Main sewer project. On every occasion possible, I asked that the route chosen by the engineers not be used, as it will disrupt public safety and life as we now know it. Many neighbors begged that the project instead run under the channel and southward under the beach rather than under the streets. Now we are at the point that the permits will be issued. The project engineers have stated that work will take three years, but many public works projects have gone months over schedule. I hope that the project will be required to provide traffic control — we need ingress and egress at all times — and that the LAPD and LAFD are kept informed so that they can respond to any emergencies. Please provide weekly updates in The Argonaut so we will know what to expect. We need to have a contact phone number that will remain responsive to public concerns at all times. Carol Kapp, Playa del Rey

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A Musical Homecoming Genre-spanning songstress Perla Batalla returns to Santa Monica for a Mother’s Day concert By Bliss Bowen Growing up in Santa Monica and running around Discoteca Batalla, her parents’ record store “right on the border of Venice and Santa Monica,” Perla Batalla learned early on just how vast the world of music is. So when she eventually entered it as an artist, she innately understood that pop stardom imposes limits while music opens doors and possibilities. Many doors opened to her lustrous contralto and creative curiosity. Batalla was singing in jazz clubs when Leonard Cohen nudged her onto the global stage, first as a backup singer on his 1988 I’m Your Man tour, then on his 1992 album “The Future” and subsequent tour. With Cohen’s encouragement, Batalla made her self-titled solo debut in 1994. She’s released half a dozen concept-driven albums since then, including 2003’s “Discoteca Batalla” and 2005’s “Bird on the Wire: The Songs of Leonard Cohen.” For her “Sings for Everybody and Their Mother” concert Saturday at The Edye — an intimate 43’-by-43’ performance

space alongside The Broad Stage in Santa Monica — Batalla plans to cherry-pick material from her albums and her “Blue House” song cycle written with David Batteau, inspired by the diaries of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. She’ll also dip into Cohen’s songbook.

never get anything done!” she exclaims — but Batalla does value a nugget of advice he offered. “Leonard is the highest of the high, as far as I’m concerned, in the art form of songwriting,” she says. “I’ve watched him work. He will forsake everything else in

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“He’s got such a body of work, and it’s always hard to choose what songs I will do,” she says during a laughter-punctuated phone conversation from her home in Ojai. “I’m considering doing another tribute [album] of Leonard Cohen songs. I barely scratched the surface with ‘Bird on the Wire.’” The independent artist does not think of her mentor or the standard he has set when creating her own music — “I would

his life to get that lyric to where it needs to be, or to finish that song. Part of the encouragement he gave me when I was a young songwriter was, ‘Darling, everyone has a story to tell; just tell your story.’” Onstage, Batalla does just that — she tells stories — in both word and song. “I can’t help it,” she says. “I’m not just standing up there going from one song to another as I know some performers do. For me it’s been a journey. I’ve done all

kinds of music and I feel like I have to.” Her first love, classical music, introduced her to “beauty in the art song.” That steered her to jazz; from there, she says, “everything else fell into place.” Writing songs and singing with artists like Cohen, k.d. lang and Iggy Pop broadened her awareness of songwriters. Later, she recognized her “profound foundation” in the Spanish-language music she’d been immersed in as a child; she now embraces Spanish music forms and sings in Spanish and English. “I feel in a way that I’m a musical anthropologist, and there are things that I’ll see,” she explains. “Pete Seeger, for instance, is one of my heroes. I’ll hear one of his songs and something will touch me in the particular way he does it and the melody itself. I’ll try a new twist on it, and something that feels right for my story unfolds.” Last summer she released “We Shall Overcome,” a simply arranged EP of Seeger-associated songs that fits themati(Continued on page 20) May 7, 2015 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 19


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cally with her own work. It’s an elegant farewell to Seeger, who died at 94 in January 2014, but her motivations went deeper. “A big part of it was current events, and my feeling that music can still be a strong response to what’s happening in the world,” she says. “By that I mean the negative things that are happening: people who are very downtrodden and desperate, the world being in a very economically fragile state. Things have to change. Pete Seeger was a great example of bringing awareness to those issues, civil rights in particular.” Batalla enthusiastically champions causes dear to her, including disadvantaged youth. She frequently performs for students and is a passionate advocate for music programs in schools. “Music in the schools is the thing — there is a lack thereof that scares me. Even though my family were musicians and we had the record shop in Santa Monica, it was getting to sing classical music and learn about music in school that made me truly love it and consider that this is something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. When there were 13-year-old girls in my apartment building getting pregnant and having babies, I was at John Adams in Santa Monica, with Linda Anderson as my teacher. “Music made me want to read more, because reading lyrics led you to think

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12 W. Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey (310) 577-2589 casaado.com Most people strolling down Washington Boulevard to the beach probably don’t notice the gargoyles. The leering bat head on the second story of Casa Ado is at least two feet wide, and there are several smaller cousins above the pillars on the first floor. Perhaps the strangeness of these medieval monsters makes them invisible — your brain tells you that you couldn’t have seen that, so you don’t. Casa Ado looks like it was uprooted from some village in Northern Italy and dropped in Marina del Rey intact, with the menu and some of the staff coming along for the ride; the fellow who welcomed us at the door had both the accent and the graciousness of an Italian professional. We asked for a table with some light so we could read the menu — it’s dim in here, with much of the light provided by candles, and you might do as people at a

neighboring table did and deploy your cell phone as a flashlight. You’ll want to spend time with this menu. Onion marmalade bruschetta with pancetta in a dressing made with saba, the grape concentrate that tastes like balsamic vinegar? Gnocchi with arugula, tomatoes and roasted almonds in spicy olive oil?

spicy chard and a special salad of watercress with heart of palm, pecorino Romano cheese and toasted almonds in a mild vinaigrette. If the watercress season were longer I’d say this should be a permanent menu item, because it was delicious. The cress had a gently sharp flavor that reminds you it’s a cousin to mustard and arugula,

and it made a fine contrast with the rich hearts of palm, nuts and smooth pecorino. The dressing was subtle, just enough to bind the other elements with a whiff of herbs and touch of vinegar. My wife sighed quietly when I ordered the squid with chard because it was predictable — I like both of these ingredients, while she is generally less enthusiastic about them. She tasted the dish anyway and looked visibly startled, then reached for more. The peppery chard and slightly salty grilled (Continued on page 30)

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What are a FeW things We Can Do to inCrease the Value oF our home? With interest rates dipping back down below 4% lately, you may have found yourself wondering if it’s time to move out of your current home and get into your dream house at a low interest rate. That may be a smart move, since interest rates are about as predictable as midday traffic on the 405, and may rise again quickly. For many current homeowners, one big factor with moving into a new home will be having the cash on hand for a down-payment, so selling their current home for the best price possible will certainly help with the new home purchase. Here are some easy home upgrades that can improve your home’s value when you’re ready to put it on the market.

Hire an interior designer for a consultation. Having a professional come through your house and give you recommendations on furniture placement, paint colors and décor that will make your house look its best to the average eye can make a big difference in the perception of your home. Unless you have an interior designer friend, you may have to shell out some cash. But the increase in your home’s selling price will likely more than make up for it. Pro tip: If you don’t want to hire an interior designer, ask your realtor to come by and give their opinion. An experienced realtor will know what types of décor sells, and what puts buyers off.

Invest in your landscaping. Whether you take care of your landscaping yourself or hire someone else to do it for you, having a perfectly manicured lawn and trimmed edges can make a world of difference for your home’s perceived value. As they say, it’s all about first impressions. Pro tip: Succulents are perfect for the California landscape. They not only look great, but they also require minimal care – a big plus for a buyer.

Get rid of clutter. Before you put your home on the market, move out everything that you don’t use on a daily basis. Unless you have a bake sale coming up, you probably don’t need that mixer hanging around on your counter. The same goes for the ski equipment you store in the guest room. Get rid of everything you don’t need right now, so buyers can imagine their own things in the space. Pro tip: Rent a small storage unit to put your things away. Do not put them in the garage where buyers will see it anyway. If you rent a POD, don’t park it in front of your house.

Give your home’s exterior an easy makeover. Part of your home’s first impression includes the condition of the exterior walls and roof. If your home is stucco, a power wash and a fresh coat of paint will suffice. If you have wood siding, invest in sanding down the wood first before you put on that fresh coat of paint. It makes a big difference. Pro tip: Replacing an old garage door – or at least giving it a new coat of paint – will certainly add to the improved look of your home. De-personalize your home as much as possible. You want a potential buyer to picture themselves in the home, and it will be difficult for them to feel that it’s theirs when they’re looking at photos from your wedding and your daughter’s graduation in the living room. Take down all personal items, and put away any personally symbolic decorative pieces as well. That includes that wall hanging you got on your trip to Africa. Pro tip: In order to avoid having your house look empty, buy a few inexpensive pieces of artwork with subdued tones at a low-cost place, like Ikea or Target.

Arrange your closets and cupboards as if they were in a magazine. If you’ve ever looked at a Real Simple, Coastal Living or any other magazine wh4ere they feature houses, you’ll notice that everything looks elegantly organized. Do the same with your own cupboards and closets, and buyers will surely be impressed with how organized their own belongings could look. Pro tip: Putting in organization systems from either Ikea or The Container Store will add to the effect. Refinish your flooring. If you have hardwood floors, take the time to sand them down and refinish them. If you have old or worn carpeting, replace it. A few hundred dollars to update your flooring and make it new again will give your whole house a fresher look. Pro tip: Highgloss varnish on hardwood floors make them pop. Don’t go for the most expensive plush Berber, but don’t go for the cheapest carpeting either. Clean up before every showing. It may not seem like a big deal, but little things like not making your bed, leaving your toothbrush on the

sink and having dog hair on your hardwood floors can put off buyers. The best way to deal with this is to have showings as close together as possible, so there is less chance of getting things messy before the next buyers come through. Pro tip: To keep a clean bathroom, put all products – shampoos, body washes, toothbrushes, etc. – into a small plastic tote. Stow it away under the sink right before a showing. Install a high-tech security system. By high-tech, I don’t mean over-priced; I’m talking about smart security systems you can control from your phone when you’re nowhere near your house. There are plenty of reasonably-priced home security systems with features like this that hot only protect your home from intruders, but also allow you to control the heat or air conditioning, see when your kids are home, or even keep track of what’s going on in your home via a live video feed. A lot of break-ins occur just after someone has moved into a new home and likely hasn’t thought about setting up the alarm system yet, so this can be a nice incentive for buyers. Pro tip: Tell the buyer you’re happy to help move the account into his or her name, lessening the hassle of all the changes they will have to make upon move-in. Update an outdated kitchen. The kitchen is the room of the house where people typically spend the most time. It is also the first place many buyers can see their money going when a kitchen isn’t updated, which gives them a negotiating point – up to $50K in some circumstances – and you a lower selling price. Refacing old cabinets (painting old cabinets or putting in new doors instead of replacing the entire cabinet) and installing sleek appliances doesn’t have to break your bank, and you’ll see a high return on your investment. Pro tip: When purchasing new appliances, ask about floor models or returned appliances for sale. Some may have a small scratch or other flaw, but it’s typically hardly noticeable and will save you some big bucks. This week’s question is answered by Susan Williams, Gibson International, (310) 990-5686, www.susanwilliamsproperties.com. Voted Best Real Estate Agent on the Westsside-Argonaut 2013 & 2014.

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With Zen Aura “Step into this beautiful Mediterranean home and let the Zen begin,” says agent Michelle Martino. “With its open and spacious floorplan and the light that streams in from the garden outside, you’ll see why this 3-bedroom, 3-bath luxury home will feel more like your very own resort hideaway. Masterfully built in 2001, each detail, from the gourmet kitchen with double ovens to the dual fireplaces, you’ll feel pampered and spoiled in over 3,000 square feet of sheer calm and beauty. Ideally located on one of the largest lots in the area, this home additionally offers a downstairs office that can easily become a 4th bedroom with its own entry. An additional surprise is the den/office off the Master Suite and breezy loft studio with its own sun-drenched balcony. Unforgettable living awaits with with the newly developed Marina, Venice boutiques, restaurants,theaters and ocean shores just blocks away.” The property is offered at $1,995,000. Michelle Martino, Keller Williams Realty 310-880-0789 May 7, 2015 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 23


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CalBRE# 01133381 (310) 714-5452 craig.orourke@camoves.com

©2015 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Coldwell Banker® is a registered trademark licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Owned And Operated By a Subsidiary of NRT LLC. Broker does not guarantee the accuracy of square footage, lot size or other information concerning the condition or features of property provided by seller or obtained from public records or other sources, and the buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information through personal inspection and with appropriate professionals. If your property is currently listed for sale, this is not intended as a solicitation.

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24 $1,250,200

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31 $1,035,800

33 $1,235,200

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13 $1,094,300

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CRAIG O’ROURKE

CalBRE# 01897438 (310) 963-4358 mitch@LALuxuryRealEstate.com

7521 W. 89th Street

Create Your Dream Home

5741 W. 76th Street

For More Information On This Property, Please Visit: www.224Horizon.com

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Offered at $1,030,000

Amazing investment opportunity for an owner user or investor. This charming fourplex has the best of both worlds, ideally located just steps from the heart of vibrant Venice and Abbot Kinney’s boutiques, restaurants and Venice Beach. Built in 1921, much of the original vintage Venice charm has been preserved, restored and updated. This property also features a street to alley lot with extremely rare and sought after side-by-side parking for 4 cars.

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Marina del Rey Penthouse

Entertainer’s Showcase

“This gorgeous southwest corner penthouse has whitewater views, “say agents Peter and Ty Bergman. “This two-story condo with 2 spacious bedrooms and 3 baths features loft, family room and a huge master suite with ocean view. There is a separate ocean view sitting area, high quality wood paneling and a fireplace with wood and marble mantle. From the scenic balcony, enjoy ocean air and the sound of crashing waves. You can walk to shops, restaurants and trendy Abbot Kinney”. This property is offered at $2,750,000. Information, Peter and Ty Bergman, Bergman Beach Properties. (310) 821-2900.

“The minute you walk through the front door you see the expansive living room which flows through to the sunny family room and out into the beautiful private yard, “says agent Nanci Edwards. “This spacious home is fabulous for entertaining. The floor plan is fantastic, and includes five good sized bedrooms, lots of builtins and tons of storage. Undeniably, the location west of Lincoln Blvd. adds additional value and desirability. Close to the beach, Playa Vista Development, the new Runway Project, and LAX.” The property is offered at $1,030,000. Information, Nanci Edwards, The Real Estate Consultants, (310) 645-7785.

Marina and Harbor Views

Newbury Park Home

“Enjoy the view from each room in this renovated one bedroom home with ample light and white oak hardwood floors,” says agent Charles Lederman. “The open kitchen has high-end appliances, a glass tile backsplash and quartz countertops. Features include a bonus room with a day bed and desk, floor-to-ceiling windows, a modern bathroom and a large patio overlooking the Marina. This beautiful unit comes fully furnished. Walk to beach, the Marina and many fine restaurants.” The property is offered at $467,500. Information, Charles Lederman, Marina City Realty, (310) 821-8980.

North Kentwood Home

“This exquisitely remodeled four bedroom, two bath home is on a quiet cul-de-sac with mountain and treetop views,” say agents Kevin and Kaz Gallaher. “The large gourmet kitchen has granite counters and custom cabinetry, and the fabulous, private back yard has been planted with fruit trees. The home has dual-paned windows, central heating and air conditioning plus an attached garage with direct entry into the home.” The property is offered for lease at $3,400 per month. Information, Keven and Kaz Gallaher, RE/MAX Execs, (310) 410-9777.

City and Mountain Views

“This showpiece property blends the classic charm of traditional architecture with sleek aesthetics,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “The two-story interior has soaring ceilings and hardwood flooring in a flowing layout. The sunlit living room leads to a gourmet kitchen with marble counters, chrome Grohe fixtures and a Bertazzoni sixburner gas range, with a griddle and a double oven. The master suite has a fireplace, oversized closets, a soaking tub and glass-walled shower, and includes a balcony overlooking the private back yard.” The property is offered at $1,799,000. Information, Stephanie Younger, Teles Properties, (424) 203-1828.

“This two bedroom, two bath condo has gorgeous views,” says agent Eileen McCarthy. “Enjoy Marina City Club’s great amenities: pools, courts, gym, full restaurant and bar, café, convenience store and 24-hour guard gated security. Walk to great restaurants, the marina and the beach.” The property is offered at $509,900. Information, Eileen McCarthy, Marina Ocean Properties, (310) 822-8910.

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Culver City Sun 2-5

5498 Blanco Way

4/4 Modern Hacienda in Culver City, custom built

$1,599,000

Todd Miller

Keller Williams

310-560-2999

Sun 2-5

10738 Braddock Dr.

3/2 Gorgeous 2-story home in Vets Park

$1,249,000

Todd Miller

Keller Williams

310-560-2999

Sun 1:30-4

2328 Holt Ave.

5/4 Spacious showcase home, over 3,700sf +amen.

$1,195,000

Waldron/Heredia

Coldwell Banker

310-913-8112

Sun 2-5

1748 Stoner Ave. #4

3/2 Gorgeous townhome w/loft & rooftop deck

$979,000

Todd Miller

Keller Williams

310-560-2999

Sun 2-5

13082 Mindanao Way #38

2/2.5 large patio home, remodeled kit. New carpet

$1,295,000

Dennis Kean

Coldwell Banker

310-292-5326

Sa/Su 2-5

4322 Glencoe Ave. #8

2/2.5 Large den, private patio & garage

$785,000

Lucille Fontaine

For Sale By Owner

310-821-2461

8675 Falmouth Ave. #122

1/1 Great condo w/bright living room & fireplace

$399,000

James Grant

Coldwell Banker

310-279-2699

13038 Villosa Place

3/4 Impressive tri-level home, fam/great rm

$1,450,000

Waldron/Heredia

Coldwell Banker

310-913-8112

2900 Clune Ave.

3/2.5 Din rm, office, hardwood flrs, large lot

$1,989,000

Terry Ballentine

RE/MAX Estate Properties

310-351-9743

Sa/Su 1:30-4

8031 Bleriot Ave.

4/5 beautiful custom built Mediterranean home

$1,599,000

Philip Gilboy

TREC

310-617-7653

Sun 2-5

5741 W. 76th St.

3/2 bring your paint brush- perfect location

$849,000

Nanci Edwards

TREC

310-645-7785

Sun 2-5

7521 W. 89th St.

5/2.5 Spacious one level home west of Lincoln

$1,030,000

Naci Edwards

TREC

310-645-7785

Sun 1:30-4

7416 Westlawn Ave.

4/2 Outstanding N. Kentwood home, MBR suite

$999,000

Waldro/Heredia

Coldwell Banker

310-337-9225

Sa/Su 12-5

8016 Yorkstown Ave.

3/2.5 +Den. Beautiful updated home w/stunning kit.

$995,000

Cronin/Kean

Coldwell Banker

310-292-5326

Sun 2-5

7520 McConnell Ave.

5/5.5 Incredible remodel in Silicon Beach

$1,799,000

Stephanie Younger

Teles Properties

424-203-1828

Sun 2-5

8418 Loyola Blvd.

4/2 Bright, spacious mid-century modern home

$1,169,000

Stephanie Younger

Teles Properties

424-203-1828

Sun 2-5

7722 Midfield

3/2 Bright, and sunny remodel

$779,000

Stephanie Younger

Teles Properties

424-203-1828

Sun 2-5

7826 Dunbarton Ave.

4/3.5 Formal design meets casual elegance

$1,749,000

Stephanie Younger

Teles Properties

424-203-1828

Sa/Su 2-5

7728 Henefer

3/2 Beautiful N. Kentwood dream home

$1,199,000

Stephanie Younger

Teles Properties

424-203-1828

Sa/Su 2-5

8117 Handley

4/3 Charming Westchester oasis

$879,000

Stephanie Younger

Teles Properties

424-203-1828

Sun 1:30-4

7416 Westlawn Ave.

4/2 Outstanding N. Kentwood home, MBR suite

$999,000

Waldro/Heredia

Coldwell Banker

310-337-9225

Sa/Su 12-5

8016 Yorkstown Ave.

3/2.5 +Den. Beautiful updated home w/stunning kit.

$995,000

Cronin/Kean

Coldwell Banker

310-292-5326

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REAL ESTATE Q&A

Tax-deductible real estate business expenses Practicing real estate brokers and agents are entitled to dozens of possible income tax deductions. Real estate business expenses are tax deductible if they are ordinary and necessary, directly related to their business, and reasonable in amount. An ordinary expense is an expense that is common and accepted in a trade or business. A necessary expense is an expense that is helpful and appropriate for the business. However, an expense does not need to be required to be considered necessary. For example, when a licensed broker’s or agent’s income is solely passive or portfolio type income, a real estate license is not necessary or required to manage these investments. Here, expenses such as the state licensing fee are not considered expenses necessary to these investments. Thus, the fee is not tax deductible since these income category investments are not a trade or business activity. Personal expenses, such as the cost of a home computer used for paying bills, gaming, or other personal purposes, are not deductible as business expenses. When an item is purchased for both personal and business use, such as a cell phone, only the business portion of the expense may be deducted. For example, when the cell phone is only used 50% of the time for business, then only 50% the cost of the phone and its ongoing service may be deducted as a business expense. The IRS does not limit the total amount that may be deducted, as long as the amount is reasonable. As a general rule, an expense is considered reasonable when more economical and practical ways to achieve the same result do not exist. If the IRS deems the deductions as unreasonable, it will disallow only the portion it finds unreasonable, if not the entire deduction. Common business expenses for real estate brokers and agents include: Agent and employee compensation – including fees, wages and benefits; The California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) license fee (broker or salesperson); Business meals and business-related entertainment (50% deductible); Client closing gifts, such as wine (up to $25 per person annually); Continuing education (CE), seminars and training to maintain a license or improve real estate-related skills; Computers used for business; Computer software, such as office management programs; Desk fees;

Home office expenses; Individual retirement account (IRA) contributions (except Roth IRA contributions); Insurance – including health, errors and omissions (E&O), business liability and business equipment insurance; Interest on business loans and business credit cards; Internet service fees; marketing expenses – including newspaper, magazine and online advertising, websites, domain registration, mailing lists, fliers, promotional materials, signs and clothing containing business logos or other branding material; Office equipment; Office expenses – including rent, maintenance and utilities; Office supplies; Open house expenses, such as food and drink; Postage, such as for marketing and FARM letter materials; Professional membership fees – including multiple listing service (MLS), trade union and Chamber of Commerce membership dues; Professional services fees – including bookkeeping, accounting and legal; Referral fees paid to other brokers; Real estate franchise fees; Subscriptions – including professional journals and periodicals; Taxes – including payroll taxes for employees, state and local business taxes; Telephone service (both landline and cellular); Travel expenses for business conventions and training – including lodging, meals, parking, tolls and Transportation; and Vehicle expenses – including business mileage, depreciation, insurance, interest on car loans, lease payments, Department of Motor Vehicles registration fees, vehicle maintenance (either the actual expenses or the Standard Mileage Rate). This week’s question was answered by firsttuesday Journal Online - firsttuesdayjournal.com, P.O. Box 5705, Riverside, CA 92517.

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There was no such caveat with the pasta, because the balance couldn’t have been better. Radicchio has a naturally bitter calamari were perfect together. I know many who enjoy fried calamari but never flavor, gorgonzola a funky sharpness, and order it grilled, and I may send them here either one can dominate a dish when out of proportion. Here they elegantly to expand their palates. complemented the meat, house-made Our server had suggested a California noodles and spices. Lake Country sauvignon blanc and an The portions were Italian rather than Italian Greco di Tufo, warning us that some people find the latter a bit too dry. It American, a good meal but not excessive, so we were satisfied but not full by the was dry and mineral-tasting compared to time we finished our courses. The glasses most New World wines but a delicious companion to the seafood, though slightly of red wine — both Italian this time, a super-Tuscan and a primitivo — contribless so with the salad. The sweeter, fuller California wine went well with both but I uted to our sense of well-being. We ordered a dessert that involved three found it less interesting. I toyed with the idea of ordering the beet chocolates, a crisp crust topped by rich noodles with chicken marsala ragu, but on cream with a dusting of dark cocoa, and our server’s advice chose the pappardelle wished for a proper amaro to follow. The with sausage and radicchio in gorgonzola one remarkable failing at Casa Ado is that cheese sauce and a main course of chicken they have a full bar but none of the Italian bitters traditionally quaffed at the end of a breast stuffed with mushrooms and cannellini beans “ucceletto style.” After I meal. The cocktail offerings are odd, too. got home I looked up this preparation and Do the people who order authentic Italian meals really prefer a mojito or margarita found that it means “cooked bird style,” to a negroni, cardinale or Americano? We which implies that there is some Italian asked the manager when he came by, and recipe for cooking a bird in sage and he offered a shot of good grappa on the tomato sauce. It certainly worked nicely house to go with our dessert, which we with the beans, and they provided a nice counterpoint to the medallions of chicken happily accepted. The dessert was with mushrooms. I might have liked just a delicious, and so rich that we were glad we had only ordered one to split. bit more mushroom in the dish, because High style by the beach isn’t cheap. Our while the flavors were very well matched, dinner for two with four glasses of wine a bit more fungus funk would have made ran $136, but the experience was well it even better. PAGE 30 THE ARGONAUT May 7, 2015

Thinly sliced beef filet mignon served with a grain mustard dressing and warm mushroom salad Righ t: A gargoyle greets patrons at the entrance to Casa Ado AB OVE:

worth it. As we went for a postprandial walk on the pier we were still talking about the marvelous meal we had just enjoyed. Casa Ado is an extraordinary slice of Italy. If you are looking for such an authentic experience in a beachside setting, this restaurant has few competitors and no equals.


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Thursday, May 7 Warrior Awards Dinner, 6 p.m. Military Women in Need honors outstanding women during a dinner and wine-tasting program at Justice Aviation Hangar, 3011 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $150. (310) 458-5905; militarywomeninneed.org “The Lady From Shanghai” / “The Stranger,” 7:30 p.m. The American Cinematheque’s tribute to master director and actor Orson Welles begins with the classic film noir starring his then-wife Rita Hayworth, followed by a taut thriller starring Edward G. Robinson as a Nazi hunter and Welles as the fugitive war criminal he tracks. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com Chef Charlie Palmer in Conversation with Chef Michael Voltaggio, 8 p.m. Palmer discusses his latest cookbook, “Charlie Palmer’s American Fare: Everyday Recipes from My Kitchens to Yours,” with Ink restaurant owner/chef Voltaggio, one of L.A.’s premier artisanal restaurateurs. $20 general admission, $30 reserved seats, $43 includes Palmer’s book plus reserved seating, $95 includes pre-reception admission and all of the above. William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. livetalksla.org Kiki Karaoke, 9 p.m. Participatory live entertainment at The Prince O’

Whales, 335 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey; (310) 823-9826; princeowhales.com

Friday, May 8 Quilting Workshop, 1 to 5 p.m. Sew for those in need of a quilt. All materials provided, but bring a sewing machine if possible. Mar Vista Branch Library, 12006 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 390-3454; lapl.org “Citizen Kane” / “The Magnificent Ambersons,” 7:30 p.m. The first and second feature directed by Orson Welles, with “Kane” often hailed as the greatest American film ever made while the ambitious “Ambersons” is a flawed but oft-brilliant follow-up. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com Friday Night Jazz, 8 p.m. DJ Alfred Hawkins and the Barry Zweig Trio perform at The Townhouse and Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 392-4040; town-housevenice.com “The Little Princess,” 8:15 p.m. (Also at 2:30 and 8:15 p.m. Saturday.) Released in 1938, this is the final movie in Shirley Temple’s childhood acting career after ruling the silver screen as the biggest box office star in the world from age 7 to 10. A kaleidoscope of singing and dancing in Technicolor. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. $20, or $8 for seniors 62+. (310) 322-2592; oldtownmusichall.org

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Alternative Rock Show, 9 p.m. Fat Black Straws Redux, Bruce Ray White and Tom Gramlich perform live at The Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. No cover. (310) 390-1328; thecinemabar.com Michael O’Neal, 9:45 p.m. Live music at the WitZend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. (310) 305-4790; witzendlive.com

Saturday, May 9 Marina del Rey Outrigger Canoe Club, 7:30 a.m. Women’s practices are at 7:30 a.m. Saturdays and 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Beginners welcome. Mother’s Beach, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 9028096, marinaoutrigger.org Breakfast at Toastmasters Club, 9 to 11 a.m. On the first and third Saturdays of each month, a chance to improve your essential communication and leadership skills. Jerry’s Deli, 13181 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Guests pay only for their breakfast order. (310) 658-3158; breakfastattm.toastmastersclubs.org/ WEycle

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KICKING HAROLD AT SOUTH BAY CUSTOMS When L.A. hard rockers Kicking Harold, whose tune “Gasoline” could be heard on the reality show “Overhaulin’,” descend on South Bay Customs on Saturday, it won’t be to get their Harleys fixed. Yes, in recent years, the El Segundo customs bike and car shop has moonlighted as a live music venue, hosting local acts and theme nights such as “The Sinners Sermon,” where artists in bigger national bands execute side projects and acoustic sets. Steve Soto of The Adolescents, Jonny Two Bags of Social Distortion, Russ Rankin of Only Crime and Zander Schloss of the Circle Jerks are among the L.A. punk alums who’ve performed there. South Bay Customs owner Michael Schreiber has worked in the motorcycles and hot rod industry almost his entire life, putting in a solid decade at corporate Harley-Davidson before opening South Bay Customs in 2007. Five years ago, he had what he thought was the ingenious idea to start booking local bands “on a zero marketing budget, thinking that would translate into motorcycle business. Surprisingly, the music side took off with a life on its own.” In terms of gaining music world cred, “I understood that it would take time,” Schreiber continued. “You really have to earn it and I knew that going in.” Schreiber believes his dues have finally

paid off “in the last year for sure. We’ve been getting a lot of attention. “The reason [these music nights] exist is because I grew up a huge live music fan. The older I got, the more frustrated I got with venues that are not based on the music.” With a hard rock sound akin to Stone Temple Pilots or Alice in Chains, the grungy Kicking Harold benefits from Schreiber’s rock fandom. “The one thing that brings everyone is there’s no attitude here. Creating a super, safe comfortable setting on a Friday or Saturday night,” Schreiber said. So Harold — no kicking, OK? — Michael Aushenker

ROTARY IN ACTION WESTCHESTER SENIOR CENTER MAKEOVER ... Thank you to all the Rotarians, volunteers and donors who made our makeover of the Westchester Senior Center a success. Please join us at 9 a.m. on May 18 for a ceremony to mark the grand re-opening of the center. Please support the Annual Rotary Used Book Sale, which helps funds projects like this.

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Kicking Harold play at 8 p.m. Saturday at South Bay Customs, 115 Penn St., El Segundo. $10. (310) 982-1300; southbaycustoms.net

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championing veterans’ causes and Dr. Maggie Dinome, head of the institute’s cancer prevention program and chief of general surgery at Providence St. John’s Health Center. P!nk appeared in support of Dinome, with whom she collaborates for her Power of P!nk benefits to combat breast cancer. Established in 1982 by breast cancer survivors, the auxiliary is currently helmed by Anita Swift, granddaughter of John Wayne. Institute chair Patrick Wayne, the actor’s son, presided over the gala, which raised more than $1.4 million in donations and auction proceeds. Party Time: Attorney Kathy Hao and singer Alecia “P!nk” Moore were among 500 guests attending the Santa Monica-based John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary’s 30th annual Odyssey Ball on April 11 at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Emceed by U.S. Army veteran and “Dancing With the Stars” season 13 winner J.R. Martinez, the event honored actor Gary Sinise for

openings “The Bulletproof Diet” author Dave Asprey celebrated the grand opening of his flagship Bulletproof Coffee café (3110 Main St., Santa Monica) on April 28 with a red carpet party that included appearances by “Dawson’s Creek” star James Van Der Beek and Def Jam Records co-founder Rick Rubin. The brick-and-mortar location is the first to serve Asprey’s “biohacking”

butter-infused brew and other recipes together under one roof. bulletproofexec.com Eric Ong, the man behind Westchester’s Asian-accented American comfort food restaurant The Humble Potato, opened a second location on May 1 in Culver City (12608 #B Washington Blvd.) following a seven-month delay. The location features lively murals by local artists. humblepotato.com/ culvercity Lenny & Larry’s Snickerdoodle Complete Cookie — the latest in a line of all-natural, high-protein, vegan morsels — debuted at Muscle Beach, a location befitting the founders’ bodybuilding roots, during an April 24 “fit family” launch event on Ocean Front Walk. lennylarry.com

Closings The Mann Criterion 6 movie theater on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade remains closed indefinitely due to a sanitation-related issue, according to a City of Santa Monica post on its doors.

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coming soon Turning Point Pilates, voted Best of the Westside by Argonaut readers in 2013 and 2014, celebrates the official grand opening of its new location in Venice (337 Washington Blvd., Ste. 1) with a studio tour and wine-and-dessert party catered by Saints & Sinners on May 16. (310) 846-8419; turningpointpilates.com Former TAG Gallery director Laura Korman, who left the art space collective last year, will return to the Bergamot Station Arts Center this autumn as leader of her own Laura Korman Gallery. Its first exhibit, featuring artist Katherine Rohrbacher, is set to open Sept. 5.

Upcoming events May 13: The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Teacher Eddy Awards, billed as “Oscar night for the educational community,” at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5711 W.

Century Blvd., Westchester. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com May 26: The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce hosts a speed networking event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at a location to be determined. $10 to $25. (310) 393-9825; smchamber.com May 27: The Venice Chamber of Commerce hosts its 4th annual business expo from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice, 2232 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Registration is $80 to $125. (310) 822-5425; venicechamber.net June 5: The LAX Coastal Chamber hosts a lively “Black Tie BBQ” gala at the Marina del Rey Marriott (4100 Admiralty Way) to install Kristen Lonner of Burns & Bouchard as its 2015-16 board chair and announce a new honorary mayor while thanking outgoing chair Kelly King of the Villa del Mar Apartments and Honorary Mayor Rikki Barker of Wrapt in Wire for their year of service. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com

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Shout it out loud, El Segundo! Fans line up to dine with KISS bassist Gene Simmons at Rock & Brews

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By Michael Aushenker Would you pay $80 to dine with your favorite rock star? About 125 exuberant KISS fans leapt at the chance when Gene Simmons (“the Demon” of the ‘70s-spawned rock group) appeared for a congenial book signing and photo op in March at El Segundo’s Rock & Brews, the original outpost of the restaurant chain partially owned by Simmons and KISS leader Paul Stanley. Excitement was in the air even before Gen. Simmons arrived to greet loyal KISS Army infantry. Stacy Young drove down from Berkeley with a stack of KISS memorabilia that included Demon action figures and a vintage vinyl copy of Simmons’ 1978 solo album. Asked which KISS record was her favorite, she held up her copy of 1979’s “The Elder” — the baroque concept album which sped up the departure of original guitarist “Space” Ace Frehley — but quickly recanted, saying she only does that to get a rise out of other fans. “Destroyer” is her real favorite. Simmons’ March 31 appearance launched the publication of a jocular new book celebrating and gingerly mocking his rock-star-meets-Donald-Trump persona: “Gene Simmons is a Powerful and Attractive Man and Other Irrefutable Facts.” Author Christina Vitagliano approached the self-proclaimed “God of Thunder and Rock ‘n’ Roll” about the project while mounting the KISS mini-golf venture in Las Vegas.

Gene Simmons poses with fan Yuko Toyama (left) and Stacy Young arrives with her KISS collection “I said, ‘I have an idea, I want to do something fun,’” Vitagliano recalled, to which Simmons responded, “‘Everything I do has to be different than anything else,’” she said. Though fans know Simmons’ largerthan-life persona through the band or his TV reality series, Vitagliano’s book makes few direct references to his bread-andbutter activities and instead pokes fun at what Vitagliano calls “a likeable arrogance.” A San Diego Comic-Con regular for years — it was superhero comics-loving Simmons who masterminded KISS’s Kabuki doppelgangers — some have also

accused Simmons of sporting an unlikeable arrogance. He was in good spirits at Rock & Brews, however, playfully making his way around the patio to pose and kibbitz with every fan. That included Yuko Toyama of Redondo Beach, who clutched a plush KISS Demon doll throughout the evening. The Tokyo native followed KISS during the band’s 2013 tour in Japan, meeting Stanley and getting drummer Eric Singer to sign her iPhone case, which she also carried proudly. Despite taking a plethora of photos with fans, the towering rock star stuck around

to pose for official pics in front of a Rock & Brews banner that featured the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Rush, Pink Floyd, AC/DC and, of course, KISS. And yes, at the very top of the banner art was an image of Simmons! “The very first Rock & Brews is in El Segundo,” Simmons said of the restaurant, which opened on Main Street in 2012. Since then, other Rock & Brews have opened at LAX, Redondo Beach, Carson, New Mexico, Hawaii, Kansas, Florida and Mexico. Simmons also took a question about Kim Fowler, the late Svengali figure behind the all-female glam rockers The Runaways, who co-wrote two memorable songs on “Destroyer”: “Do You Love Me?” and “King of the Night-time World.” As it turns out, the songs came through co-writer Mark Anthony and KISS never talked to Fowler. “Producer Bob Ezrin showed us the demos,” Simmons said. “They were anthemic. We liked the songs.” Vitagliano’s project is not Simmons’ first foray into illustrated books. He’s overseen a long history of KISS comics, including the recent “House of Horrors” with cinematic horror-meister Eli Roth. While Simmons spent hours with fans, he didn’t actually sign anything. All the books were pre-autographed and ready for sale. As Vitagliano put it, “Everything’s business with Gene.” michael@argonautnews.com


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Not just a punch line anymore The inaugural Gundo Comedy Festival brings the funny to El Segundo By Michael Aushenker Back in the 1970s, Redd Foxx, as irascible sitcom patriarch Fred Sanford on “Sanford and Son,” used to say that his cheap Ripple wine hailed from “the vineyards of El Segundo.” In one episode he plans to commission a religious painting of Moses parting an El Segundo oil spill, and in another Fred says his son’s “Days in Paris” cologne “smells more like ‘Nights in El Segundo.’” In the 2011 documentary “Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest,” Q-Tip reveals that the inspiration for the ‘90s rap group’s jokey hit “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo” came directly from “Sanford and Son.” Starting this week, however, El Segundo elevates itself from punch line to comic epicenter with the inaugural Gundo Comedy Festival, a nine-event engagement that continues through May 17 at venues throughout the city.

Ryan Stalder gives a free show at the Purple Orchid The Gundo Comedy Festival kicks off Wednesday with a noon “Call in Sick to Work” comic storytelling event at El Segundo Brewing Co. and continues with a free 8:30 p.m. stand-up performance by Ryan Stalder at the Purple Orchid Tiki Lounge. Festival organizer David Williamson, an El Segundo

resident, has been a coordinator of the South Beach Comedy Festival for the past three years. As a comic he’s opened for Jim Gaffigan, Lewis Black and Jimmy Fallon. Now he’s assembled a program in his own neighborhood with a lineup that, in addition to Stalder, features Al Jackson (Comedy Central), Mo Mandel (TruTV’s “BARmageddon”), Bert Kreischer and Ryan Connor. “Dave’s been a comedian for a long time,” Stalder says. “He’s connected with a lot of major comedy. This is the inaugural year, so it’s pretty impressive the people he’s got.” A South Bay native, Stalder launched a monthly comedy show at the Purple Orchid that happens the first Wednesday of each month. He lived there, too, until recently moving to Phoenix — “for the women,” he says. “I got tired of looking at that goddamn refinery, [that] blight on humanity,” Stalder adds —

probably only half-jokingly — and of “rock ‘n’ roll eateries,” he adds with a chuckle. Phoenix also offers more stage time for developing comedians — and easier drivers to gigs. Stalder says that when people in Arizona whine about the traffic there, it reminds him of “how kids complain how coloring is hard.” Stalder attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, soaking up the work of late comedians Bill Hicks and Greg Giraldo in the 1990s and early 2000s. To win his admiration, stand-up comics must stand out against the generic, cookie-cutter routines of mainstream fare. “You should be interesting,” Stalder says. “I like doing it, and I want to get to the point where I can just do whatever I want, wherever I want. My favorite shows are always theater-type shows. Places where people aren’t eating or drinking.”

Asked whether he thought stand-up comedy was in a good place in 2015, Stalder says he does — “but I think it’d be more exciting if I were more popular.” Stalder looks forward to hosting the evening program on the first of the event’s five nights. After all, there’s no cover or two-drink minimum, so there’s no need to smuggle in a bottle of Ripple. The Gundo Comedy Festival begins Wednesday with a storytelling show at noon at El Segundo Brewing Co. (140 Main St., El Segundo), $30, and continues at 8:30 p.m. with Ryan Stalder’s free show at the Purple Orchid Tiki Lounge (221 Richmond St., El Segundo). The festival closer is a headliner show on May 17 at Old Town Music Hall (140 Richmond St., El Segundo), $25. For a complete lineup, visit theGundoComedyFestival.com. michael@argonautnews.com

A Feast for the Senses EatSeeHear combines gourmet food trucks, outdoor movies and local rock bands By Michael Aushenker Stuff your face, catch a band and watch a classic movie — that, in a nutshell, is the summer mantra of EatSeeHear. Billing itself “L.A.’s premier outdoor movie, food truck, and live music event series,” EatSeeHear is “an event experience where people can come out and bring their dogs,” says co-organizer Sharon Sperber. “We’ve got the largest outdoor movie screen — 52 feet wide — and a real concert mix.” EatSeeHear kicks off its fourth May-through-September season on Saturday with a screening of “Pitch Perfect,” about competition between college a capella groups, at Santa Monica High School’s Memorial Greek Amphitheatre. Pop singer-songwriter Molly Moore performs before the movie with the culinary accompaniment of more than a dozen food trucks, including India Jones, Brasil Kiss, Coolhaus, the Grilled Cheese Truck, Me So Hungry and the Greasy Wiener. “Pitch Perfect” was no random pick. The Anna Kendrick-starring teen comedy is screening just ahead of the release of

“Pitch Perfect 2” later this month, and Sperber says she’s working with the studio to give away tickets for the sequel’s red-carpet premiere. EatSeeHear events at SaMoHi continue with “Beverly Hills Cop” and music by Milo Bloom on May 16, and “Zoolander” and music by Dutch Party on May 30. “Edward Scissorhands” screens after a performance by OYLS on June 20, “Annie Hall” is paired with music by Haunted Summer with the Brendan Eder Ensemble on June 27, “Jaws” screens after a performance by the band Suspect on July 4, and on July 25 “Love Actually” rounds out the bill west of the 405 with a Christmas in Julythemed celebration featuring music by The Neighbors. Other EatSeeHear events take place in Pasadena, Beverly Hills and at the Autry National Center, where Santa Monica alternative rockers Opus Orange play before a screening of Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs” on Aug. 29. The rest of that slate includes showings of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (June 6), “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (June 13), “Back to the Future” (July 11),

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Crowds gather at Santa Monica High School for movies and munchies “Three Amigos” (July 18), “Wet Hot American Summer” (Aug. 1), “Clueless” (Aug. 8), “The Breakfast Club” (Aug. 15), the original “Karate Kid” (Aug. 22), “Fight Club” (Sept. 5), and Rob Reiner’s beloved 1987 fairy tale comedy “The Princess Bride” (Sept. 12). “‘Princess Bride’ is the one movie we play every year,” Sperber said. “It’s one of those movies that everybody loves: men, women, children and adults. It’s just one of those classics.” Many of the films — including “Annie Hall,” “Breakfast at

Tiffany’s” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” are favorites of Sperber and her co-organizer, husband Jeff Sperber. “That’s what we like to do. Our background is music industry, marketing and consumer production,” she says, adding how the couple decided to “take our areas of expertise and create something that Los Angeles will really enjoy.” Hollywood is, after all, the movie capital of the world and L.A. “spearheaded the food truck movement,” Sperber says.

EatSeeHear begins with food trucks serving at 5:30 p.m., Molly Moore performing at 7 p.m. and “Pitch Perfect” screening at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday at Santa Monica High School’s Memorial Greek Amphitheatre, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Tickets are $14 ($12 advance), $8 for kids 5 to 12, and kids under 5 get in free. Dogs are welcome and get free biscuits at the door. Visit eatseehear.com for tickets. michael@argonautnews.com


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LEGAL ADVERTISING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015082899 The following person is doing business as: Liftt Linda Langer 11822 Kiowa Ave. Suite 1 Los Angeles, CA. 90049. Registered owners: Linda Langer 11822 Kiowa Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90049 Linda Langer 1182 Kiowa Ave. 1 Los Angeles, CA. 90049. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/Name: Linda Langer. Title: Pilates Instructor. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 27, 2015. Argonaut published: April 16, 23, 30, and May 7, 2015. NOTICEIn accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pur-

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Argonaut published: May 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2015. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code).

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was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 13, 2015. Argonaut published: April 30, May 7, 14, and 21, 2015. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015099671 The following person is doing business as: Grab And Go Organics and Grab N’ Go Organics 11664 National Blvd. #101 Los Angeles, CA. 90064. Registered owners: Gisselle Gordon 10777 Rose Ave. #9 Los Angeles, CA. 90034. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/ Name: Gisselle Gordon. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 14, 2014. Argonaut published: April 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 2015. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015100672 The following person is doing business as: Sweet Mystic Creations 12726 Mitchell Ave. #104 Los Angeles, CA. 90066. Registered owners: Negar Shariatmadari 12726 Mitchell Ave. #104 Los Angeles, CA. 90066. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/Name: Negar Shariatmadari. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 15, 2015. Argonaut published: April 30, May 7, 14, and 21, 2015. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally

expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015105470 The following person is doing business as: Ellman Creative 11693 San Vicente Blvd. #377 Los Angeles, CA. 90049. Registered owners: Francine G. Ellman 809 S. Gretna Greenway #105 Los Angeles, CA. 90049. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/ Name: Francine G. Ellman. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 20, 2015. Argonaut published: May 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2015. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015106243 The following person is doing business as: Beach Now 715 Ocean front Walk #5 venice, CA. 90291. Registered owners: Alexandria Yalj 715 Ocean Front Walk #5 Venice, CA. 90291. This business is conducted by an individua. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/ Name: Alexandria Yalj. Title: CEO/Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 21, 2015. Argonaut published: April 30, May 7, 14, and 21, 2015. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name

Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 201510839 The following person is doing business as: MAG Autosport LLC 5535 Westlawn Ave. 355 Los Angeles, CA. 90066. Registered owners: MAG Autosport LLC 5535 Westlawn Ave. 355 Los Angeles, CA. 90066. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company.The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/Name: Adam Perlman. Title: CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 24, 2015. Argonaut published: April 30, May 7, 14, and 21, 2015. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015110824 The following person is doing business as: Wiggett Financial Group 3685 Motor Ave. #100 Los Angeles, CA. 90034. Registered owners: Howard J. Wiggett 3025 Thatcher Ave. Marina del Rey, CA. 90292. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/Name: Howard J. Wiggett. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 24, 2015. Argonaut published: April 30, May 7, 14, and 21, 2015. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code).


LEGAL ADVERTISING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015116699 The following person is doing business as: Salt Rags Property Management 3956 Walgrove Ave. los Angeles, CA. 90066. Registered owners: Salt Rags LC 3956 Walgrove Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90066. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/ Name: Heidi Lemmon. Title: CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 30, 2015. Argonaut published: May 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2015. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015111998 The following person is doing business as: Le Petit Paris 75 3101 Sawtelle Blvd. Suite 103 Los Angeles, CA. 90066. Registered owners: Yon Idiart 3101 Sawtelle Blvd. Suite 103 Los Angeles, CA. 90066 and Georgi Petrov Mitkov 3101 Sawtelle Blvd. Suite 103 Los Angeles, CA. 90066. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/ Name: Yon Idiart. Title: Partner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 27, 2015. Argonaut published: April 30, May 7, 14, & 21, 2015. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally

expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code).

and the Marina del Rey Water System (Waterworks Districts), will hold a public hearing on May 26, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. in the Hearing Room of the Board, Room 381, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, California 90012, in the matter of determining whether or not a water shortage emergency exists in the Waterworks Districts and whether to implement the Phased Water Conservation Plan. On May 23, 1991, the Board of Supervisors approved a multiphase water conservation plan, which was amended on March 3, 2009, and October 21, 2014, for the Waterworks Districts that provided for water usage reductions ranging from 10 to 50 percent depending on a water supply shortage to any or all of the Waterworks Districts. The full text of the plan is available at www.lacwaterworks. org/About/RulesRegulations.aspx. During this water shortage, the average water use in the Waterworks Districts is calculated for customers with a water meter size of 1 inch or smaller. The average amount is defined as the base quantity for customers with a meter size of 1 inch or smaller. Customers with meter sizes larger than 1 inch have a base quantity equal to the amount of water they used during the corresponding billing period in 2013. The target quantity for each customer will be calculated by reducing their base quantity by the percentage mandated by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). The SWRCB has required areas with higher per capita use to achieve proportionally greater reductions than areas with low use. While the SWRCB has required all small water systems including Waterworks District Nos. 21, 36, and 37 to achieve a reduction of 25 percent, they have required Waterworks District No. 40 to achieve a reduction of 32 percent and Waterworks District No. 29 and the Marina del Rey Water System to achieve a reduction of 36 percent. Customers are charged the normal water rate for the water they use up to their target quantity. A conservation surcharge of 1 time the normal water rate is assessed for water use in excess of their target quantity up to 115 percent of their target quantity. An additional conservation surcharge of 2 times the normal water rate is accessed for water use in excess of 115 percent of the target quantity. The Board of Supervisors will consider and may adopt the plan as recommended by the Director of Public Works. The plan will be in effect upon notice in this publication. For additional information regarding this matter, please call (626) 300-4688, Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Si no entiende este aviso o si necesita más información, favor de llamar al teléfono (626) 300-3384. Nuestra oficina esta abierta de 7 a.m. a 5:45 p.m., de lunes a jueves 5/7, 5/14/15 CNS-2748132# THE ARGONAUT

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015113401 The following person is doing business as: The Garage Co. 6519 W. 80th Place Westchester, CA. 90045. Registered owners: Michael Paz 6514 W. 80th Place Westchester, CA. 90045. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/Name: Michael Paz. Title: Owner/ Creative Director. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 29, 2015. Argonaut published: may 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2015. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO IMPLEMENT THE PHASED WATER CONSERVATION PLAN FOR THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY WATERWORKS DISTRICTS AND THE MARINA DEL REY WATER SYSTEM In accordance with the California Water Code, Section 375, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, as the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Waterworks Districts

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