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Contents

VOL 48, NO 20

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Local News & Culture

THIS WEEK

COVER STORY Birds of a Feather Wounded veterans and rescued parrots heal together at Serenity Park on the West L.A. VA campus ............................... 16

Where the Action Isn’t Incumbents in local races are a foregone conclusion — and the smart choice .......... 9

MOVIE & A MEAL

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Unnecessary Trouble? Some candidates for State Board of Equalization want to abolish the obscure agency .................................... 10

Double Your Pleasure MarinaFest and Discover Marina del Rey Day join forces for a weekend of tall ships, public art and fun ............................... 13

INTERVIEW The Art of ‘Difficult Things’ Venice Art Walk honoree Sam Durant on walking the tightrope of political art ..... 11

OPINION The Road Diet Isn’t Working A year after the city tightened traffic flow on Venice Boulevard, things have only gotten worse ................................... 12

ARTS & EVENTS

A Margot Robbie antihero and Ingo’s Tasty Diner reboot 20th-century cool ................. 24

THE ADVICE GODDESS Waif Watchers The skinny on why women shame other women for being thin ..................... 35

A School Learns to Roar Disney births the La Ballona Elementary theater program by shepherding “The Lion King” .................... 14

Meaning Beyond the Messages Students on the autism spectrum speak through images in Santa Monica ............. 14

WESTSIDE HAPPENINGS Playa Vista Goes Country ........................ 36 On The Cover: Afghanistan combat veteran Albert Gallegos gets a nuzzle from a blue hyacinth macaw named Yogi at Serenity Park, a parrot sanctuary on the West L.A. Veterans Affairs campus where veterans and birds help each other heal the mental wounds of trauma. Photo by Courtnay Robbins. Design by Michael Kraxenberger.

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L e tt e r s Abbot Kinney Hotel Makes Sense Re: “Venice Place Project Plays the Long Game,” News, April 26 In a community that is ravaged by Airbnbs, more hotel rooms is logical and the least stressful on parking and traffic. The tax dollars and proximity to LAX makes sense for Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Do we really need more expensive housing and maybe a single unit of affordable housing (whatever that means) to keep the guilty conscious

NIMBYs content? People who complain about density are the same people who want to abuse the Airbnb loopholes for their own profit and financial gain. They oppose this small and modest hotel because it could take money out of their greedy pockets. This has nothing to do with parking, and everything to do with those who want to charge $200 a night to stay in some back hut behind a house. Nick Antonicello, Venice

The Future is Electric Re: “Reliable and Affordable Energy for All,” Opinion, May 3 This piece is filled with nothing but corporate talking points. It echoes a similar op-ed submitted by SoCalGas to the Sacramento Bee in April in opposition to Assembly Bill 3232, which would increase home energy efficiency standards at the expense of gas appliances. I find it ironic that a local utility monopoly like SoCal Gas is suddenly concerned about

consumer choice. Their entire business model is based on consumers not having a choice. Their opposition to Los Angeles and California moving away from dirty natural gas (there is no such thing as “clean” natural gas) is motivated by one thing, and it’s not consumer choice. It’s money. They said as much in their Form 10-K Filing (annual report) this past year: “A substantial reduction or the elimination of natural gas as an energy source in California could

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Just say yes to a solid roster of proven incumbents who are getting the job done Westside political junkies and antiTrumpers who can hardly wait for midterm elections to potentially alter the balance of power in Washington will have to watch from the sidelines. The blue wave that some are predicting this year crested west of the 405 a long time ago. Local seats for state and federal office are held by strong Democratic incumbents who can safely book flights back to D.C. or Sacramento. In 2018, such predictability isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Putting aside the national political divide, these officeholders have represented our communities well and deserve your support to keep doing so.

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Depending on where you live, it’s either Maxine Waters (Westchester, Playa), Karen Bass (Mar Vista, Del Rey, Culver City) or Ted Lieu (Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey). While each may be best known as a Trump antagonist, it’s their credibility on local issues that keeps them in office. Before Lieu was trolling Trump on Twitter, he had (and still has) a solid record on economic, environmental, civil liberties and veterans issues. Lieu faces an earnest but underwhelming challenger from the right and an unusual dark horse Democratic challenge from the left (where there isn’t much room to breathe). Waters is a national figure because the alt-right just can’t stand a strong black woman who speaks her mind and acts on her convictions — it’s all the antagonism from Fox News, Breitbart and kooky Alex Jones that’s made her a national figure. Ignore all that (and perfunctory challenges from three peanut gallery Republicans and a Bernie Bro running as a Green), because she’s proven herself an accessible ally for Westchester and Playa del Rey residents

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on airport and infrastructure issues. Bass faces a challenge from a former Democrat who decided he should be a Republican after Trump got elected, even though it wasn’t California voters who created that hot mess. Bass has been great on foster care, health care and other issues that impact local families, and not just recently but starting 15 years ago in the state Assembly. Vote for Ted Lieu, Maxine Waters and Karen Bass.

STATE SENATE

Four years ago, The Argonaut missed the chance to endorse former Santa Monica school board president and current state Sen. Ben Allen, and we’ve lived to regret it. Allen has been just fantastic these past four years. We deeply admire his political courage for tightening state childhood vaccinations requirements despite his own district being perhaps the largest pocket of resistance to such common-sense, science-based reforms. It was the hard thing to do, but the right thing to do. The California Clean Money Campaign, fighting the good fight against the corrupting influence of campaign contributions, named Allen its No. 1 state

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legislator last year, calling Allen a “Clean Money Hero” for his work to disclose the sources of political spending. He’s also shined on environmental issues, fighting to keep beaches clean and protect public lands, with pending legislation that would create more open space in the Santa Monica Mountains and beyond. Facing a Libertarian challenge based on the vaccines issue and the earnest Libertarian-turned-Independent Baron Bruno, who would merit consideration in a different district or for another office, Allen is not only the clear choice, we wish he were running for governor. In other Westside neighborhoods, Holly Mitchell and Richard Bloom are running unopposed and deserve voter support for their recent work to reform the criminal justice system and address the housing crisis, respectively. Vote for Ben Allen, Holly Mitchell and Richard Bloom.

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Autumn Burke has kept in good touch with the district while pursuing state-level health care equality, consumer advocacy, environmental protection and economic justice initiatives. She faces a long-shot challenge by Al Hernandez, a Republican

small business owner who describes himself as a NIMBY and doesn’t like road diets, the gas tax or high-speed rail. If Hernandez were more active before or during this election cycle, he might get some traction; however, Burke’s the one putting in the work. The incumbent in the 54th Assembly District (which includes Mar Vista and Culver City) has only been in office since winning a special election on April 3, but former L.A. Community College District board member Sydney Kamlager stood out then as the most capable candidate and continues to now. The only challenger who stands out is RAND Corp. scientist Tepring Michelle Piquado, who is rock solid on policy issues but hasn’t been very active in our area before or even during the campaign. Vote for Autumn Burke and Sydney Kamlager.

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Unnecessary Trouble? Some candidates for State Board of Equalization are running to abolish the obscure agency By Gary Walker Some lawmakers want to abolish the State Board of Equalization. Others believe it’s still a viable governing body. Whatever its ultimate fate, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature have already stripped much of the tax-collection board’s authority and duties in the wake of a 2017 audit that uncovered rampant nepotism and the mishandling of tens of millions of dollars. Campaigns for geography-bound seats on the board get little voter attention, overshadowed by a glut of advertising and news coverage for higher-profile statewide contests. Although board members received a salary of $146,000 last year for overseeing the collection of about $60 billion in sales and use taxes on jet fuel, marijuana and hazardous waste, the agency is practically invisible to the average voter. “There are so many offices up for election it is tough for voters to keep track of them all,” said Robert Stern, vice president of Californians Aware, a nonprofit government watchdog and free speech advocacy group. This year might be a little different, if only due to public outrage over the findings of the audit — like a $130,000 expenditure on designer office furniture by Board Chairman Jerome Horton, who currently represents Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties on the board but terms out this year. Five hopefuls are vying to replace Horton in June 5’s nonpartisan “jungle primary” free-for-all: Santa Monica City Councilman Tony Vazquez, former Culver City Councilman Micheál “Mehaul” O’Leary, Los Angeles Community College District Board President Scott Svonkin, tax attorney Cheryl Turner, and retired economist and television reporter Doug Kriegel. The top two vote getters will move on to a November runoff. Meanwhile, former members of the board and some major newspapers are

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calling for a constitutional amendment that, with voter approval, would abolish the agency — a plan O’Leary and Kriegel support. “It’s time to get rid of the board. I want to continue that fight once I’m elected,” said O’Leary, former owner of the pub Joxer’s Daly. “It’s been a lovely landing spot for termed-out elected officials, but not [good] for government efficiency.” “It needs to be reformed. The story about the scandal didn’t get much coverage. I want to run to get the story about the corruption out to the public,” said Kriegel. “I think [the Legislature] should let the people decide whether they should get rid of it.” Stern agrees, in part because the five-member board (four district representatives and the state controller) isn’t what it used to be. “The power of that office has been so seriously depleted by the Legislature that the office probably should be abolished,” Stern said. Others running for Horton’s seat say they’re running to restore the board’s viability. “This is an agency that was created by the state constitution. Why would we abolish something that was created to provide protection to taxpayers?” said Turner. “We need to reform it, but not abolish it.” “The Board of Equalization is a constitutionally created office designed to help California taxpayers and to ensure that

continues to dominate the energy sector, SoCalGas can see business back in the 1920s, and in their time is coming to an end. They prop up their safety almost 100 years they’ve done next to nothing to diversify their measures put in place after Aliso Canyon disaster, even though portfolio. A forward-thinking the L.A. Times reported in company would have seen by September that a third of the now the future is not in fossil wells retrofitted in Aliso Canyon fuels and begun planning with the new safety measures accordingly. had to be taken offline within As the costs of solar and wind power continue to drop, as battery weeks of being put back in operation. They claim that technology improves and natural gas is clean and cheap, investment in renewables (Continued from page 6)

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corporations pay their taxes. It’s clear that these two candidates don’t understand how the board works or its authority,” Svonkin said of O’Leary and Kriegel. Vazquez says his budgeting experience on the Santa Monica City Council and a number of other local governing boards proves he knows how to “get things done,” but he and his wife are also under investigation by the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office for alleged conflicts of interest due to his Santa Monica school board member wife voting in support of contracts benefitting companies that Vazquez represented. State lawmakers will ultimately decide whether to consolidate the functions of the board with other state departments, “but at this point the department exists and it should be run efficiently,” said Vazquez. “I believe that the Board of Equalization can perform an important role in providing services to taxpayers and small businesses.”  In an unusual move for a state race, Svonkin has challenged the other candidates, especially Vazquez, to publicly release their tax returns, as he has chosen to do. “I believe that in order to restore the public trust we have to be open and share our plans and our taxes with the public. That goes double for my opponent Tony Vazquez, who is running for an office that should be about ethics and transparency, yet refused to be transparent on his personal financial disclosure forms, and

but only because their company has never had to pay for the broader environmental costs of their product: fossil fuel emissions and resulting climate change. They do not pay for the rebuilding homes or businesses after devastating hurricanes, wildfires or landslides. They do not pay for medical bills when someone gets sick breathing in airborne toxins. They rake in profit while putting the true cost of their product on the backs of

is under investigation for conflicts of interest,” Svonkin said. Elected officials and candidates for office in California are not required to release tax documents but must disclose their personal holdings by filing a Statement of Economic Interests with the Fair Political Practices Commission. Vazquez and Turner called Svonkin’s focus on taxes records a distraction. “The financial disclosure forms that every candidate and office holder files is the best mechanism for preventing conflicts of interest. Asking candidates to release tax records is a campaign stunt,” Vazquez said. Turner said candidates without a background in finance or tax policy should raise red flags, and that she’s not about to let Svonkin force her to behave in a way that isn’t customary for the office. “The tax return issue is a red herring. The real issue is Scott Svonkin’s fitness to serve on the Board of Equalization when he has repeatedly demonstrated a propensity to bully others whenever and wherever he has served as an elected official,” she said. Svonkin said he’s running for the board primarily to ensure that taxes owed becomes taxes paid. “If I can work to collect taxes from corporations that don’t pay their fair share, we will be able to afford to make public education stronger and keep our neighborhoods safe,” he said. O’Leary and Kriegel said they would make their returns public if they won, even as they worked to abolish the agency. “There’s nothing that I need to hide from the public. It would be disingenuous to get on a tax board and not open the doors to your books,” O’Leary said. “You can say that I’m running to get rid of the board, but if I am elected I could certainly do the job,” said Kriegel. “But even if I don’t get the job, I’m going to continue to push for [abolishing it].”

consumers and the taxpayers. SoCalGas’ forerunner, Los Angeles Gas Co., started as a gas lantern company back in 1867 before being displaced by the electrification of the lightbulb. It seems history is repeating itself as SoCalGas finds itself being pushed aside for a brighter, cleaner, healthier future powered by renewable electricity. Robert Vaghini Protect Playa Now Westchester

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The Art of ‘Difficult Things’ Venice Art Walk & Silent Auctions featured artist Sam Durant on his controversial “Scaffold” and walking the tightrope of political art By Christina Campodonico A few things keep Santa Monica-based artist Sam Durant up at night — the novels on his nightstand, our current political climate and lingering feelings of grief over a controversial piece of his called “Scaffold.” The sculpture — a representation of seven historical gallows, including one that carried out the U.S. governmentordered execution of 38 Dakota men in 1862 — made headlines nationwide last year when Native American activists successfully rallied for its removal from the sculpture garden operated by Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center, just a two-hour drive from the site of the hangings. After mediating with the museum and Dakota elders, Durant signed over the rights to “Scaffold” to the Dakota people, who decided to bury the sculpture’s wood in a secret location. Some cried censorship. Others believed it was the right thing to do. Durant — who has also tackled the desegregation of Boston public schools, the memorialization of Native American war heroes and the complex connection between New England’s Walden Pond and slavery in his work — is one of the featured artists in this Saturday’s annual Venice Art Walk & Silent Auction, benefitting the Venice Family Clinic. The Venice Art Walk includes a gallery showcase and silent auction of artistdonated work at Google L.A. on Main Street, with tours of three dozen local art studios happening simultaneously during the afternoon. For the fundraising silent auction, Durant, who used the clinic as a young and struggling artist, has created a limited-edition signed print called “Everyone Deserves Healthcare” to articulate his belief in this universal human right. The Argonaut spoke with him about the aftermath of “Scaffold” and making work that wrestles with America’s fraught sociopolitical history. What attracted you to exploring darker topics of American history such as slavery, racism and oppression of marginalized groups? I think growing up in Massachusetts near Boston in the late ’60s and ’70s, I was just surrounded by all the politics of the time — the anti-Vietnam War movement, the Civil Rights Movement, and particularly in Boston the desegregation of the public schools, which was a very big, highly contentious situation. I think I became aware of it as a very young person, that this was such a big issue.

Sam Durant’s “Scaffold” installation stirred controversy last year, but the artist is still taking strong stands on political issues As a white man, how do you approach topics of race? Well, race affects everyone. Inequality affects everyone. It affects people differently. I don’t mean to say that whites and non-whites have the same effects from

Have you found closure? No, there’s not any closure on a situation like this. On the one hand, I really believe in the concept of freedom of expression and freedom of speech. Those are foundational rights that lead to all other kinds of

“We haven’t come to terms with our own history. Unfortunately, I was the messenger of that history, and often times the messenger gets attacked when people don’t like the message.” inequality and systems of white supremacy. No, I don’t mean to say that at all. But, these are systems that have been set up to benefit one group of people at the expense of another. It’s gonna take all of us to dismantle those systems. A year later, how do you feel about “Scaffold”? I learned that I really need to pay a lot more attention when I pick an older work, and bring it to a new context. … I think paying attention to the context of where any work is shown is the key thing. Who are the communities and stakeholders? Because normally, I always reach out to those folks wherever I’m showing or doing a project. … That was something I didn’t do with “Scaffold.”

freedoms that we have as people. … The theory is that anyone can say anything about anything; it’s just a matter of how you do it. I think with that “Scaffold” piece, the point was that I still feel like I could talk about the issue of capital punishment in U.S. history. I would just do it differently. What I’m sorry for is that I had a public sculpture in a wonderful place in the city of Minneapolis, which I really love, that’s no longer there. I am sorry about that. That is a painful loss. I think any artist, no matter what, if your work is removed, that’s sad. That said, I think I did the only thing that I could do because I didn’t want my work to harm the Dakota community. I didn’t want them to feel traumatized, and angry, and

unheard. I didn’t want my work to do that. Those are the very people that I want to support — support their struggle for justice, and coming to terms with that history, and moving forward. There were some people in the Dakota community who saw the work as I intended it, and thought that it would be a way of raising awareness, particularly among the larger mainstream population that doesn’t know anything about our history. Part of the problem really there is that people don’t know history. We haven’t come to terms with our own history. Unfortunately, I was the messenger of that history, and often times the messenger gets attacked when people don’t like the message. What’s the role of the artists in this current political moment, when we’re talking about “safe spaces” but we also have a president on the attack? We’re not all going to agree on everything, but that’s OK. It would be boring if we did. I think artists need to fight for that. Particularly institutions now, all kinds of institutions. Institutions of art, journalism, museums, art schools, we all have to work together to try and hold space for cultural producers, filmmakers, writers, musicians, artists, everybody to do things that are difficult and maybe unpleasant, and to do that in a way that’s generous and (Continued on page 12)

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A year after losing traffic lanes on Venice Boulevard, things have only gotten worse By Selena Inouye Inouye is a retired social worker and chief grassroots organizer for the road diet opposition group Restore Venice Blvd. Venice Boulevard isn’t a neighborhood street. It’s a former state highway whose purpose is to allow people to travel from their neighborhood to all the other places they want to go in Greater Los Angeles. Sunday, May 20, marks one year since Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation installed a road diet on Venice Boulevard between Inglewood Boulevard and Beethoven Street under the guise of making the street safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers. They called it Great Streets and Vision Zero. They said it would enhance neighborhood character, improve access and mobility, increase economic activity, promote greater community engagement and result in a safer community. Today, Venice Boulevard is a visually confusing mess of bollards and white and green paint. Drivers can’t figure out where to drive or park and can’t see the bicyclists behind the parked cars in the reconfigured parking lane. Cyclists often choose the sidewalk over the protected bike lane. And the sidewalks still need repair. This road diet — these lane thefts — aren’t making Venice Boulevard safer. Why? Traffic is like water: it travels along the path of least resistance. Removing vehicle lanes restricts flow and causes gridlock during peak travel hours on the weekdays and weekends. Emergency vehicles get stuck in the gridlock. Restore Venice Blvd.’s Neighborhood Traffic Watch program has seen what appears to be an increase in fender-bender and chain reaction accidents because of it. So now locals, commuters and the Los Angeles Fire Department redirect their trips to keep off Venice Boulevard. Cut-through traffic flows onto adjacent residential streets, where kids play and neighbors walk their dogs. Local small businesses struggle because their customers avoid Venice Boulevard, and six have closed their doors for good. Our community is very concerned.

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civil. To disagree with each other but not make enemies out of each other — that’s a tricky one. What do you think American leaders of the past would think of our current political climate? PAGE 12 THE ARGONAUT May 17, 2018

Calculations by Restore Venice Blvd. cast doubt that tightening traffic flow has reduced collision rates When we point out the project’s lack of transparency, ask questions and attempt to hold those in charge accountable, we are characterized as drivers unconcerned

Venice Boulevard between Inglewood and Beethoven, creating 53 conflict points between cars and bicycles. Did those in charge prepare us for their

Venice Boulevard is a visually confusing mess of bollards and white and green paint. about the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians. Never mind that all of us are pedestrians at one point or another, or that most cyclists own cars too.   We’re very concerned about the 15 cyclists involved in accidents in the new protected bike lane, according to our Neighborhood Traffic Watch. There are those who think the old bike lane was much safer. We think we know why. The L.A. Department of City Planning Complete Streets Design Guide says protected bike lanes should be applied: “… along streets with long blocks and few or no driveways or midblock access points for vehicles.”  We’ve counted. There are 43 driveways and 10 un-signalized intersections on

lane thefts? In Mar Vista they collected 450 surveys, but failed to ask, “Would you support removing vehicle lanes from Venice Boulevard?” They did some pop-up outreach at the Mar Vista Farmers Market, CicLAvia and a few coffee shops, but in Venice and other surrounding neighborhoods they did no outreach at all. We submitted a California Public Records Act request on Aug. 8, 2017: 283 days later, no response from LADOT. What little we got from Councilman Bonin’s office revealed that certain members of the Mar Vista Community Council and Mar Vista Chamber of Commerce knew about the lane thefts but chose to keep them quiet.

It’s a very polarized moment. I think we’re in a very dangerous point. Whether the United States has been in this situation before, I don’t know. … I think one of the key things for us is to really look at our history in a real serious way. We need a truth and reconciliation process, we need reparations and restorative policy in the country. I don’t know if that’s going to happen or not, but

until we do that, we’re gonna have to keep having these kinds of battles with each other. I think art is a great place to bring up these difficult things. I think with Trump’s election, we have so much anxiety, and fear. And reacting to things that we don’t like, that artwork, or literature, whatever, provokes a strong response. I’m not going to give up. Not that I want to have

The city’s top-down planning approach to this pilot project shows they didn’t care about community engagement. And they might have gotten away with it if it weren’t for the widespread public outcry. As of the six month mark, LADOT data shows the road diet was not working. Using data presented at a March 2018 Great Streets Open House, the city-run website veniceblvdmarvista.org and a road segment rate calculation formula that considers collisions and traffic flow, we have calculated that: • Collisions per 1 million vehicle miles traveled went up from 3.00 pre-project (May 20, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016) to 3.22 post-project (May 20, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2017). • Injury collisions per 1 million vehicle miles traveled went up from 1.95 pre-project to 2.33 post-project. The pilot project on Venice Boulevard, what LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds calls “the gold standard” for Vision Zero, isn’t working. But that isn’t stopping Mayor Garcetti from asking for $91 million for Vision Zero in the 2018-19 city budget. We’ve asked several times for our councilman and LADOT to hold a town hall meeting so we could come together as a community to get the answers to the questions that we have been asking since day one. But they refuse. Councilman Bonin and Mayor Garcetti, you said this was a one-year pilot. Time’s up! Stop imposing on the goodwill of the residents of Mar Vista, our neighbors in Venice, Del Rey, Culver City and Marina del Rey, and all the pedestrians, cyclists, commuters, emergency responders, businesses, beachgoers and tourists using Venice Boulevard. Return Venice Boulevard to its previous configuration and put an end to the gridlock, cut-through traffic, increased collisions and injury collisions, negative impacts to our local small businesses, and all the other collateral effects. It’s time to restore Venice Boulevard. And if this matters to you, now is the time to make your concerns known to Councilman Bonin, Mayor Garcetti, LADOT and the Mar Vista Community Council. Join us at restoreveniceblvd.com to learn how. something like “Scaffold” happen again. I don’t, but I’m going to keep doing the same work I’ve always done. The Venice Art Walk happens from noon to 6 p.m. at Google L.A. (340 Main St.) and various artists’ studios throughout Venice. Visit theveniceartwalk.org for full schedule and studio tour information.


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Twin tall ships Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson return to Marina del Rey harbor this weekend

Double Your Pleasure L.A.’s MarinaFest and Discover Marina del Rey join forces for two days of family fun By Joe Piasecki The Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s twin 110-foot tall ships Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, contemporary brigantines modeled after those that brought early European explorers to the Americas, drop anchor in Marina del Rey Harbor this weekend for a pair of festive annual events that have now joined forces: the Discover Marina del Rey festival and L.A.’s MarinaFest. While the names imply a desire to attract weekend visitors from the inland urban sprawl, the festivities offer plenty of reasons for locals to come and have a stroll (or sail). L.A.’s MarinaFest is the immediate area’s largest annual in-water boat show, a two-day exhibit of sail and power boats co-produced by locals Steve Curran and Russ Carrington. But it isn’t just a boat show. L.A.’s MarinaFest emerged during the Great Recession as a more community-based revival of large local boat shows past — the culmination of “a desire to pull the community together to promote itself,” as Curran told The Argonaut a

few years ago. As the economy has improved, L.A.’s MarinaFest has grown. In addition to some pretty impressive vessels lining the harbor around Burton Chace Park, expect

throws more seaside fun into the mix with the Discover Marina del Rey festival (formerly in October), which brings in extra family activities like games for kids, face-painting, dance jams, a marionette

Shearn and students from London’s AAV School of Architecture brought the dazzling “Liquid Shard” art installation piece to Pershing Square in 2016. Remember that mesmerizing Mylar streamer wave that blew up your Instagram feed? Expect to see something similar but different … dozens of marine and community exhibitors (including an Argonaut booth), harbor boat tours, food trucks, music and, of course, short sails and tours of those majestic tall ships (one on Saturday, both on Sunday). On Sunday, the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors

show and family kayaking. Building off the success of last year’s ArtSea event, at the stroke of noon on Sunday the L.A. County Arts Commission teams with Beaches and Harbors to unveil a temporary 5,000-square-foot art installation by Patrick Shearn of interactive art-makers Poetic Kinetics.

Shearn and students from London’s AAV School of Architecture brought the dazzling “Liquid Shard” art installation piece to Pershing Square in 2016. Remember that mesmerizing Mylar streamer wave that blew up your Instagram feed? Expect to see something similar but different floating over Burton Chace Park, strung up between the pergolas. It’s definitely worth checking out. L.A.’s MarinaFest happens from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (May 19 and 20) at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Landside events are free; boat show and dock admission is $10 (or free for kids 12 or younger accompanied by a paying adult). Visit marinafest.org for more information. Discover Marina del Rey happens simultaneously on Sunday in Burton Chace Park, offering most landside activities free of charge. See visitmarinadelrey.com for more information. May 17, 2018 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 13


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A School Learns to Roar Disney births the La Ballona Elementary theater program by shepherding “The Lion King” Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging.

By Brian Marks Theater is a relatively new occurrence at Culver City’s La Ballona Elementary School. Though the arts aren’t completely unfamiliar to the students, their new production of “The Lion King” is the first school-wide musical they’ve staged. But this won’t be a mere trial run for future shows — in addition to stagings at the school, the students are performing a number from their production at the Ahmanson Theatre on Monday. The songs from “The Lion King” are just as catchy as they were over 20 years ago, but the impetus for La Ballona choosing it had to do with their partner, the Disney Musicals in Schools (DMIS) program. The program pairs five Los Angeles County schools with theater professionals from the Center Theatre Group. The goals of Disney’s theater program are far reaching — they’re not just putting on a single show, but training teachers to put on their own programs in future years. “The Lion King” is just the start for La Ballona. Christine Abraham, one of the teaching artists working with Disney and Center Theatre Group, has been making 90-minute visits to La Ballona for the past 17 weeks. “Our main job is actually to train the school team, not the students,” she says shortly before the first dress run-through. “We’re here to teach the school team how to put on a musical in six months, and

La Ballona Elementary School students create set pieces for their production of “The Lion King,” part of Center Theatre Group’s inaugural Disney Musicals in Schools program teach them how to be directors, choreographers, musical directors. Of course, we teach the kids along the way, too.” The first run-through has a predictable series of hurdles. The actors playing the lions are have a hard time keeping their hands off their brand new tails, and one half of the essential Timon and Pumbaa duo is absent. Yet there are also some vivacious performances, particularly from young and grown-up versions of Simba, as well

as from his suave nemesis, Scar. Fourthgrader Randy Depaz plays Scar with a perpetual smile, as if he’s amused by his own evil. “It’s like an experience, because it’s not something you would regularly get to do,” says Randy about playing a villain. “Now I have to be mean and evil to other people.” Even for students with smaller roles, “The Lion King” offers a chance to try something new and meet new people.

Luna Sands is part of the ensemble of villagers who populate the show. “At the beginning I was a little bit upset that I didn’t get a bigger role,” says Luna after rehearsal. “But then I was happy because it was my first play and I appreciated my role.” Putting on a musical is a new experience for most of the students, but it’s just as fresh for the teachers learning how to put on shows. Brittney Welch normally teaches second grade, but for the last few months she has moonlighted as stage manager for “The Lion King.” The Disney program is designed to show her and other teachers how to put these productions on all by themselves. “Some teachers took on shows themselves, but there wasn’t a schoolwide dramatic arts program,” she says after rehearsal. “This grant really filled in that gap for us and has started to take teachers out of the classroom and has broadened the scope of what they can do.” What comes next year is mostly uncertain, but Welch is sure of one thing: they want to put on another show. See “The Lion King” at 7 p.m. Friday or 4 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday (May 18 and 19) at La Ballona Elementary School, 10915 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults. Monday’s performance at the Ahmanson Theatre is invitation-only. Reach the school at (310) 842-4334.

Meaning Beyond the Messages Students on the autism spectrum speak through images in Santa Monica By Brian Marks Art has always been a way to communicate, to share our deepest thoughts and feelings. For those on the autism spectrum, everyday communication can be challenging — making art an avenue for personal expression that’s simultaneously powerful and practical. The Help Group, a local education nonprofit serving young people on the spectrum or with other learning challenges, honors the creative voices of its students with “The Festival of Arts: A Celebration of Young Artists,” an art show and sale happening Sunday at Santa Monica Art Studios. The theme for this year’s show is “The Great Outdoors,” so the students have made paintings evoking scenes of animals and landscapes, sometimes modeled off nature photography. PAGE 14 THE ARGONAUT May 17, 2018

Pamela Clark is the director of The Help Group’s specialized autism-specific schools, which serve more than 1,000 L.A.-area students. Clark considers participation in the festival, sponsored by the nonprofit Bear Givers and made possible through its EmpowerART program, a valuable outlet for selfexpression. “At The Help Group we really strive to help these students overcome their challenges and recognize their strengths, because every student, despite their challenges, has strengths to lend to their community,” she says. “Many of our students are on the autism spectrum or have developmental challenges, so their perspective may not necessarily be like typical perspectives. So it’s really nice to see those perspectives.” A week and a half before the show, art

class at the Village Glen school on The Help Group’s campus in Sherman Oaks is bustling, with students collaborating and commiserating over contributions in progress. Gabe S., a student, is clearly proud of his painting depicting the noble silhouette of a pacing bear. “Could you mention that there’s a kid named Gabe, and he has the coolest bear in the whole entire classroom?” he says, gleaming with pride as he displays his painting, before launching into a more earnest explanation. “Bears and all the other animals in the world are starting to lose their homes and have to go to cities to eat from trash cans.” Tia Bruno, an art teacher for The Help Group, attributes the value of the art for their students to its ability to create a sense of accomplishment. “I think arts education is really

important because it’s another way for the kids to convey something, to communicate what they need, what they want, and de-stress,” she says. “Because there’s not so much structure and demand, it’s a way for them to feel really successful.” Most of the students participating in the Festival of Arts are not destined to become artists, yet their paintings provide them with another valuable gift: a chance to let others see through their eyes. “The Festival of Arts: A Celebration of Young Artists” happens from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday (May 20) at Santa Monica Art Studios - Arena 1, 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. Paintings are available for purchase. To RSVP, call (818) 779-5212 or email events@ thehelpgroup.org.


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Wounded veterans and rescued parrots heal together at Serenity Park Sto ry By B l i ss B ow e n · P h oto s by C o u r t n ay R o bb i n s A moment ago, as a passing helicopter’s blades sliced blue sky overhead, we nearly had to shout to be heard above the piercing, disorienting cacophony of 42 shrieking parrots, barely visible through thick wire mesh beneath a sun-dappled canopy of trees. Then, suddenly, the noise cut out. Silence now weighs on skin like a physical presence, a surreal feeling that heightens the sense of slipping into an alternate dimension far from the city. A calico cat pokes through grass and cactus, either blasé or deaf.

Feather: A True Story of Hope, Healing, and the Power of Animals,” about her circuitous journey to becoming a patron saint of abused parrots. Burly director of operations Matt Simmons offers a hearty handshake. Intense and conversational, Simmons served as a Navy yeoman in Iraq during Desert Storm and gives the alert appearance of someone who’s never met a stranger. In her book Lindner calls him “the most sensitive macho man I had ever met.” After chatting briefly, he spins

“He got abused, and I think that’s why we connected. … I feel he’s really scared at times. He’s a big bird and could do a lot of damage because this beak is no joke, but he’s a sweetheart.”

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— Desert Storm veteran Albert Gallegos This shady oasis of green is a nonprofit sanctuary for parrots and military veterans with trauma issues. Founded by clinical psychologist Lorin Lindner, Serenity Park is a stone’s throw from Jackie Robinson Stadium, tucked inside the 387-acre Veterans Administration Medical Center grounds in West L.A. Within the sanctuary, the mad vehicular rush on Sepulveda Boulevard and the 405 Freeway sounds as muffled as eucalyptus leaves soft-shoeing on an April breeze. Serenity Park’s name conjures visions of calm ponds and St. Francis statues, but amidst the parrots’ high-decibel “flocking” — calling out to one another for reassurance — the thought occurs that these birds could make Metallica sound acoustic. “Hello! Are you hungry?” Lindner emerges, lithe and smiling, and waves a hand toward a picnic table laden with sandwiches, cookies, and a pitcher of water left from a morning meeting. We discuss the release date for “Birds of a PAGE 16 THE ARGONAUT May 17, 2018

off to oversee sanctuary business. The book depicts the organic evolution of Lindner’s pay-it-forward convictions, love of parrots and staunch belief in nature’s healing powers, which combined to birth the sanctuary. Cycling through the pages is a recurring theme of homecoming. In 1987, while still a UCLA behavioral science grad student, the New York native rescued a screaming Moluccan cockatoo, Sammy, then adopted a companion with broken tail feathers, Mango. In 1997, motivated by homeless veterans she was helping, Lindner started working as clinical director for New Directions, a one-year residential treatment facility housed at the VA; it was there that Mango seeded the idea for Serenity Park, when a hard-case veteran lowered his previously impenetrable defenses with the cuddly parrot in Lindner’s office. After she established a sanctuary in Ojai, the VA granted permission to relocate it to a decaying basketball court alongside

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Vet’s Garden. Serenity Park has been operational since 2005. Everything, she says, has been built with donated materials. Since then, veterans gripped by wartime trauma, suicidal depression, and addictions — many are in the recovery community — have found reason to keep moving forward here. Lindner emphasizes that Serenity Park is a haven for both “humans and birds who suffer from the same stressinduced disorders,” where they can learn to earn trust, live in the moment, and accept themselves. Veterans come and go, but parrots stay for life, and they generally select “their” veterans.

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future. “I haven’t seen them in two years,” he says, eyeing Yogi. “He’s healing me, that’s for sure. “He got abused, and I think that’s why we connected. He understood me to that level. It’s pretty intense. I feel he’s really scared at times. He’s a big bird and could do a lot of damage because this beak is no joke, but he’s a sweetheart. [Chuckles] He’s like a little baby, y’know? All this information I got … is not gonna cut it. This bird has helped me so much it’s ridiculous. I love him.”

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A few other ballcapped veterans rotate quietly through a workroom, and nosh on ‘HE JUST LOCKED ON ME’ chips and sandwiches from the picnic Albert Gallegos says he was sweeping table. A pair of pink rubber gloves lay the floor, not interacting, when a blue across a hose snaking between rear enclohyacinth macaw named Yogi swooped sures, looking like neon zombie hands down from his corner. reaching up from the leaf-strewn soil “I thought he was going to attack me, but beneath our feet. Fresh fruit, vegetables, that was just my brain, the way it was seeds and nuts fan across platforms wired in combat,” the Ventura resident beside water bowls inside the 16 aviaries, recalls. “He just locked on me. It was securely enclosed to protect against crazy. … I don’t really connect with raccoons and other predators. Inside, people. I went from war and killing to jail Lindner points out indentations carved

“I believe in eco-therapy, and the fact that nature is healing, that nature and animals are part of our evolutionary roots, that we evolve together. We’re inextricable.” — clinical psychologist Lorin Lindner

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Maggie, a young green Amazon parrot, keeps watch over her corner of the aviary A painted tree trunk doubles as signage in the cacophonous calm of the space A blue hyacinth macaw named Yogi has formed a special bond with Afghanistan combat veteran Albert Gallegos A Moluccan cockatoo named Cloud is curious about visiting journalists Serenity Park launched in 2005 on the grounds of the West L.A. Veterans Affairs campus

and being labeled to like fighting gangsters. I come from the bottom to, like, amazing things happening.” In a long, airy enclosure, Yogi eyes strangers warily from his privacy box (kept bottomless to discourage breeding). Finally he nestles companionably on Gallegos’ shoulder against his cheek, his brilliant blue-and-gold plumage draping the back of the Navy veteran’s American Fighter T-shirt; despite his dagger-pointed beak, he seems vulnerable. Bacardi, another macaw, observes this touching tableau as he grips the wire mesh of an adjacent enclosure. Speaking in polite, tight bursts, Gallegos recalls working “14-hour shifts, seven days a week” with sci-fi-like technology in Kandahar, Afghanistan. When he returned, he says, “I couldn’t talk about stuff. I tried to connect with the world around me, but I didn’t have the tools. I needed space and time. My wife was fed up. I just spiraled down so bad.” Gallegos veers into a meaty exchange about self-created reality, the duality of construction and destruction, and his hunger to understand his “sentient experience.” Working at the sanctuary, he says, he discovered his “gift” for nonverbally communicating with animals, and now he can finally see his kids in his

into chewable, tree-like trunks where birds can forage for toys and treats, as they would in the wild. She coos at some voluble Goffin’s cockatoos and jokes, “They’re like the terriers of the bird world.” Little Girl and Cloud, two Moluccan cockatoos, sweetly groom one another. Across the walkway, two extravagantly colored Eclectus parrots — one scarlet, one emerald — stare at enraptured humans gazing up at them. Nearby, a framed sign warns, “FORBIDDEN: Food or fingers fed to our fine feathered friends.” “All birds bite,” Lindner advises. As if to demonstrate, Cashew, a vividly hued green, orange, white and yellow caique parrot, starts chewing on her right pinky. He isn’t aggressive, but beaks are appreciably sharper than feathers. Cashew is a particular favorite of Coast Guard veteran Lilly Love, but she is not on site today, and the bird responds to Lindner’s maternal affection by ducking his head into her blouse, nibbling on the neckline’s decorative beading. Passing more enclosures another bird calls out, “How are you?” Lindner’s voice brightens as she responds, “Hi, darling! (Continued on page 42)

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2017. Students, teachers, parents and our neighboring businesses and friends are thrilled about the expansion, as it allows not only more room for educational growth, but opportunities for community use as well.  In addition to the brand-new preschool, WNS offers a Parent-Toddler Program. Classes take place Tuesdays and Saturdays for children ages 18 to 32 months and their parents. For more information about WNS, please visit www.wnsk8. com, call 310-574-8650 or email admissions@wnsk8.com.

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playing more anti-heroines and badasses than ever before (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “ThoroughAs the 20th century recedes breds,” “Tomb Raider,” “Wonder into the rearview mirror at a Woman,” “Red Sparrow,” “Black frightening pace, some of its Panther,” “Annihilation”), the trappings remain, however anachronistically. Neon, cigarette future, if not very peaceful, is at least looking more equitable. smoke, diners, siren-red lips The ability to bring a fresh perand Venetian blinds all have one spective to an old standby serves foot firmly planted in the past while maintaining a provocative both film and food. A little tweak turns donuts into cronuts, tacos stiletto in the present. into tostadas, and diners into, “Terminal,” a neo-noir starring well, Modern American Cuisine. girl-of-the-moment Margot That brings us to Ingo’s Tasty Robbie, tells a twisty tale of Diner on Wilshire Boulevard, hitmen and revenge in an which replaced the ancient (and, anonymous city of a dystopian future. The movie feels a bit like truth be told, musty) Callahan’s (but I still adored it!). While “Amelie” crossed with “Blade Runner” dipped in Candy Crush, keeping the spirit of the original with loads of textural references, restaurant with booth seating, a long counter and cozy food, from “Alice in Wonderland” Ingo’s kicks the diner firmly to “Third Man” and “One into our new century: stylish Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” yet comfortable. (R.I.P. Milos Forman). The menu trumpets fresher, Director Vaughn Stein (with more exotic food without taking cinematographer Christopher things too far. Cheeseburgers, Ross and production designer prime rib and deviled eggs Richard Bullock) clearly loves somehow make sense sitting cinema and revels in the goralongside stinging nettle toast and geous, creepy corridors and spiced red lentils, while burgers platforms found in the decrepit train station that houses much of come augmented with aioli and the eggs with goat cheese. the action in “Terminal” — the One giant improvement in this actual station is in Budapest, but new iteration is the addition of a feels otherworldly. Steeped in full bar. At this point in our American iconography, “Terminal” plays with people’s presump- National Timeline, drinks are a must. Like the food menu, the tions based on class and gender, cocktail list celebrates the past uniquely positioning this film in while dragging it into the present. this post-#MeToo era (or are we Gimlets and old fashioneds make post yet?). “I have an unquenchable blood- an appearance, but gussied up lust for darkness and depravity,” with basil, kaffir lime and hand cut ice. Green chile vodka and says Margot Robbie’s waitress, blood orange coexist with Arnold Annie, in the film. With women PAGE 24 THE ARGONAUT May 17, 2018

Palmers and Old Forrester Bourbon, the seamless harmony of ingredients doubling the pleasure of the concoction. Desserts factor big time in diner life, and Ingo’s doesn’t drop the ball. The banana cream pie comes in a graham cracker crust and topped with shaved Callebaut chocolate. Gelato, with a vegan option, comes via Grateful Spoon. Come for the menu, stay for the jazz. While not typically dinerish, the jazz Sunday brunch at Ingo’s will make you wonder, “why in the heck not?” With an emphasis on West Coast Jazz, the Ray Mehlbaum Quartet plays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., giving you time to fuel up and mellow out. Sometimes the shock of the new is difficult to accept, no matter how seductive. I keep telling myself that if I insist on staying in the city I was born in, living in the house I grew up in, I can’t be a hater about every change. The future is only going in one direction, right? “Terminal” is showing at Laemmle’s Monica Film Center in Santa Monica. Ingo’s Tasty Diner is at 1213 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 395-4646; ingostastydiner.com


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“Enjoy courtyard and bluff views from this two-bed, two-bath, townhome-style penthouse,” say agents Jesse Weinberg and Vivian Lesny. “This unit features vaulted ceilings, and a bright living room with a cozy fireplace. The cook’s kitchen boasts Caesarstone counter-tops, stainless steel appliances, and custom cabinetry. Downstairs you will find both bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. This unit also boasts two parking spaces and an inside washer and dryer. Live in modern comfort in Playa Vista.”

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“Relish in exceptional Marina Harbor, Mother’s Beach, Oxford Basin, and sunset views from this highly renovated three-bed home,” says agent Charles Lederman. “The gourmet kitchen offers high-end appliances, while the bathrooms feature Carrera Marble. The large living area extends to a generous patio, overlooking the Marina. Luxuriate in beautifully and thoughtfully chosen finishes throughout, creating the perfect modern coastal abode. Enjoy all the amenities the Marina City Club offers.”

“This brand new coastal Cape Cod home’s classical beauty is located on one of the most sought after streets in North Kentwood,” says agent Amir Zagross. “The open floor plan encompasses five bedrooms and six baths. A dramatic two-story foyer entry leads to an open living room. The gourmet kitchen is anchored by a large center island and a generous family breakfast nook. The house is wired with Adobe 5 Wi-Fi control surround sound, surveillance cameras, and media lines. Make this home your paradise.”

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“Boasting extensive upgrades and multiple outdoor leisure areas, this contemporary two-bedroom townhome, in the sought-after Manhattan Beach, has been lovingly renovated to precision,” says agent Charles Fisher. “The home’s primary living space boasts white oak floors, a marble fireplace, and a sun-lit courtyard. Gracing the upstairs master suite is a walk-in closet, blissful patio, and spacious bathroom. Other details include the all-new siding, windows, and doors, and a private, two-car garage.”

“Experience quintessential living, with scenic ocean- and mountain-views, in this quaint beach town,” say agents Jeffrey J. Fritz and Laura Buffone. “The private courtyard leads into this spacious home, showcasing the richness of wood and an inviting design appeal. Make yourself at home in the window lined family room. The home exudes a charming mix of California comfort and modern aesthetic. Multiple outdoor areas are offered, including a sunroom and a deck to bask in the sun’s rays.”

The ArgonAuT REAl EstAtE Q&A

Homeownership has declined almost everywhere since 2000 Ask almost anyone what the state of the housing recovery is today and their response will be: “Isn’t the recovery over?” By many accounts, the housing market finished recovering from the 2008 recession years ago. Home prices in many markets have reached and exceeded pre-recession levels. Inventory is near historic lows as demand for homes outstrips available listings. But one thing has not yet recovered: the homeownership rate. Lenders were practically giving away mortgages in the early-to-mid-2000s. Nodoc loans and predatory lending became more common, encouraging renters without sustainable financial qualifications to take out mortgages and become homeowners. As a result, homeownership soared during the Millennium Boom, far past sustainable levels. Then the recession hit, pulling homeownership back to earth — where it still remains today. From 2000 to 2016, the homeownership rate fell in nine-out-of-ten metro areas nationwide, according to Trulia.

Across California, from 2000 to 2016 homeownership declined:

bottom. This leads us to wonder: is today’s lower homeownership rate the new normal?

the economy by raising key interest rates, impacting mortgages.

• 5.2 percentage points in Bakersfield; • 4.7 percentage points in Riverside-San Bernardino; • 4.2 percentage points in Orange County; • 4.1 percentage points in Ventura; • 4.0 percentage points in Fresno; • 3.4 percentage points in San Jose; • 3.1 percentage points in Oakland; • 2.7 percentage points in San Diego; • 2.2 percentage points in Sacramento; • 2.2 percentage points in Los Angeles; and • 0.3 percentage points in San Francisco.

California’s homeownership rate has historically been about ten percentage points below the national average. The state average peaked at just below 61% in 2006 and has since trended down, hovering around 54% since 2012.

As mortgage interest rates continue to rise in 2018 and in the coming years, homebuyers will find themselves qualifying for smaller mortgage amounts. This will hold back the homeownership rate somewhat. But this action will also be tempered by the pentup demand from homebuyers who have been shut out of the market due to lack of inventory.

Editor’s note — Trulia’s analysis stops at 2016. But in case you were wondering, the average homeownership rate in California has remained flat-to-down since 2016, so there has likely been little change in the reported homeownership losses from 2016 to 2018. Will the homeownership “recovery” ever arrive? Ten years on from the 2008 recession, and homeownership has barely budged from its

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Homeownership has remained low due to a number of factors, including those mentioned earlier: • the rapid home price increases in California, which have stifled would-be homebuyers; and • the lack of for-sale inventory available to meet rising homebuyer demand.

So it goes. Some will be discouraged into remaining renters and others will be determined to find their place in the American Dream. Therefore, expect homeownership in the coming years to remain flat.

These two factors stem directly from insufficient residential construction across California. But the good news is construction is picking up (slowly). The bad news for homeownership: even as construction picks up and we head into the next economic expansion, the Federal Reserve (the Fed) has an eye further down the road and is already working to cool off

This week’s quesTion was answered by

Carrie b. reyes, editor first Tuesday Realty Publications, Inc. Copyright © 2018 first Tuesday P.O. Box 5707, Riverside, CA 92517


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Waif Watchers I’m a 33-year-old woman, and I’ve always been thin. I lost about 12 pounds after a tough breakup. I’m working on getting back to a healthier weight. However, people keep making cutting remarks about how thin I look. Yesterday a friend said,“You’re so skinny it’s gross!” I’d noticed that she’d gained quite a bit of weight, but I didn’t say anything … because that would be rude! She made other digs about my weight, and upon hugging me goodbye, she said,“Eww, is that your shoulder bone?!” What’s with this double standard? There’d be hell to pay if I said the slightest thing about anyone’s weight gain. — Tempted to Lash Back

er guy a beat-down or publicly dis him: “Yeah, bro, sure you can get a chick to go home with you … if you’ve got five grand for a sex robot.” Psychologist Tracy Vaillancourt explains that women seem to have evolved to avoid physical confrontations (and in-your-face verbal attacks that can lead to them), which jeopardize a woman’s ability to have children or fulfill her function as an infant’s principal caregiver and meal provider. Women instead engage in “indirect aggression” to “reduce the mate value of a rival,” like by “disparaging the competitor’s appearance … or using derisive body and facial gestures to make the rival feel badly about herself and thus less willing to compete.” It is more taboo than ever to make (Yeah, that’s right. It seems “Mean Girls” cracks about a woman’s weight — was a documentary.) that is, unless she doesn’t have a whole The tricky thing about these indirect lot of it. Then it’s open season: “Wow, attacks is the plausible deniability what happened to you? Forget where they confer. Call a woman out for the supermarket is?” thin-shaming you and she’s likely to However, it probably is not “people” but duck behind “I’m just worried about “people who are female” who are your health!” So instead, simply tell her thin-shaming you. Welcome to female that remarks about your weight hurt intrasexual competition — competition your feelings. Speaking up like this says between women — which is covert and that you aren’t likely to let any future sneaky (and thus poisonous) in a way digs slide, yet you remain on moral male-on-male competition is not. Men, high ground — instead of giving back who evolved to be the warriors and in kind: “Wow, looks like you’ve been protectors of the species, tend to be exercising a lot. Do you do the backopenly aggressive. A guy will give anoth- stroke in frosting?”

You Had Me at Hell I’m a married gay man, and I hate my in-laws. They were disgustingly abusive to my husband when he was a child. They’re in failing health now, and it’s important to him to visit them a couple of times a year. How do I get through these mandatory trips? — Dreading It

priority, on a moment-by-moment basis. For example, as Gottman puts it: “Can I trust you to be there and listen to me when I’m upset? … To choose me over your mother, over your friends? … To help with things in the house? To really be involved with our children?” So, though you can’t undo the past, when you’re on one of these visits, you It’s probably tempting to buy his family can shift your focus from hating your the sort of classic furniture you think in-laws to showing your love for your they deserve. Unfortunately, they only husband. Listen. Tell him, “I know this is ship that model of chair to prisons with really hard for you.” Hug him. Rub his a death row. feet. Once you’re out of the inlaw There is actually opportunity within this inferno, you might discuss trying to biannual awfulness you two have to go make a habit of this sort of thing — through. In the movies, people show really being present for each other their love through grand gestures: “We’ll in the numerous “unimportant” moalways have Paris!” In real life, according ments of life. to psychologist John Gottman’s reThis will keep you from being one search, the strongest, happiest relationof those couples frantically trying to ships are made up of constant munplug gaping holes in their relationship dane little loving interactions: “You were with extravagant gestures. Typically, so sweet to me in Costco.” these are ultimately futile — too little, Gottman finds that the key determitoo late — and tend to not come off nant in whether a relationship succeeds as planned. For example, if you’re or fails is the ability to trust one’s partner. having 150 doves released over you This means not just trusting that they as you renew your vows, you’d better won’t cheat but trusting that they’ll see that they’re all wearing tiny gold continually make you and your needs a lamé diapers.

Got a problem? Write to Amy Alkon at 171 Pier Ave, Ste. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email her at AdviceAmy@aol.com. ©2018, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Alkon’s latest book is “Unf*ckology: A Field Guide to Living with Guts and Confidence.” Follow @amyalkon on Twitter and visit blogtalkradio.com/amyalkon.

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DaVinci International Film Festival, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. This festival honors the best independent cinema from around the world in both long and short format narrative films. Check the website for the schedule. Laemmle Monica Theater, 1332 2nd St., Santa Monica. $8 to $39. davincifilmfestival.com Westchester Woman’s Club, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This social, philanthropic organization meets the third Thursday of the month for lunch and entertainment. The club supports Airport/Marina Counseling Service, LMU Feed the Hungry and other local non-profits. Tony P’s Dockside Grill, 4455 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. $16; yearly membership is $35. aiportmarina.org Beach Eats, 4:30 p.m. Thursdays. The weekly festival of food trucks with a scenic harbor backdrop returns to Mother’s Beach, Lot 10, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 305-9545; lotmom.com/beacheats Family Origami Workshop with Peggy Hasegawa, 6 p.m. Papermaker, and origami artist Peggy Hasegawa teaches simple origami techniques to fold and create amazing paper objects. All supplies provided. Ages 6+. Montana Avenue Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8682; smpl.org Mar Vista Community Council Aging in Place Committee, 6 p.m. L.A. Curbed urbanism editor Alissa Walker discusses infrastructure, transportation and policy as well as what it means to age out of being able

to drive. The committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Windward School, 11350 Palms Blvd., Room 1030, Mar Vista. marvista.org Venice Art Crawl, 6 to 10 p.m. The Venice Art Crawl returns with restaurants, businesses, cultural institutions and artists’ studios along Venice Boulevard (between Lincoln Boulevard and the beach) hosting displays of artwork, readings, art workshops and more. info@veniceartcrawl.com; facebook.com/theveniceartcrawl “Women, Meditation, and Power” Book Discussion, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Author Liz Lewinson discusses her latest book “Women, Meditation, and Power.” A Q&A and short meditation exercise follow the talk. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415; colapublib.org Raise a Child Event, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Are you or someone you know interested in fostering or adoption? Have all your questions about the process answered and meet other Raise A Child parents and agencies who want to help. Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station #E3, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (323) 417-1440; raiseachild.org Single Mariners of Marina del Rey, 7 p.m. Enjoy dinner, a day sail and social hour to celebrate the longer days of spring. The club matches skippers with crew for a fun, relaxing day of weekend sailing on the bay. Pacific Mariners Yacht Club, 13915 Panay Way, Marina del Rey. $7 (cash only).

RSVP to Alan (310) 721-2825; singlemariners.net Art & Music at The Rose Room, 7 to 11 p.m. In participation with the Venice Art Crawl, this event brings exposure to local artists, musicians and brands with various members of the Venice community through laid-back, grassroots experiences. Stop by for entertainment, drinks and art. Rose Room, 6 Rose Ave., Venice. $10. facebook.com/muyingoevents Turtle Races at Brennan’s, 9 p.m. Each third Thursday of the month, local Irish pub Brennan’s resumes its 45-year tradition of turtle racing. Brennan’s, 4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. No cover. (424) 443-5119; brennansla.com Live Music Thursdays, 9 p.m. to midnight. Discover new bands by the beach. A different blues, reggae, rock or hip-hop artist is featured each week. Surfside, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (424) 256-7894; surfsidevenice.com

Friday, May 18 Beer & Boots, 6 to 10 p.m. Grab your cowboy boots for Western night at Runway with country rock group the Morgan Leigh Band and folk-country indie musician Elijah Ocean performing. Line dancing, a mechanical bull ride, food trucks, raffles, a craft beer garden with wine and cocktails and a pop-up artisan marketplace round out the evening. Runway Playa Vista, 12746 W. Jefferson Blvd., Playa Vista. runwayplayavista.com

SoFar Sounds Behind the Scenes & Concert, 6:45 to 10:30 p.m. This panel discussion takes a look at how artists and venues are picked around the world for these secret live shows that create an immersive experience. The concert begins at 8:30 p.m. General Assembly Santa Monica, 1520 2nd St., Santa Monica. Free. Search “Behind the Scenes SoFar Sounds” on eventbrite.com Open Temple: Shabbat Take Me Higher, 7 to 9 p.m. Finger foods served at 7 p.m., Shabbat services begin at 7:15 p.m., and Shabbat After Dark starts at 9 p.m. Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. Free. RSVP to (310) 821-1414 or info@ opentemple.org Westside LGBTQ + Prom, 7 to 10:30 p.m. All LGBTQ youth 16 to 24 years old are invited to this magical rite of passage, during Santa Monica College Pride Week. Come by early for hair and makeup from Benefits Beauty Bar consultants. The Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., Santa Monica. Free. Search “Westside LGBTQ Prom” on eventbrite.com DJ Jedi & Anthony Valadez Dance Party, 9 p.m. Deejays are on the decks spinning new and old soul, funk, blues, rock, hip-hop, beats, breaks and anything else that gets the dance floor going. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com Barelesque: Frisky Friday, 9:30 p.m. The Dollface Dames bring an intimate evening of burlesque, circus acts, singing and variety acts, featuring top

dance hits to Bareburger, 2732 Main St., Santa Monica. $17.50 to $35. thedollfacedames.com

Saturday, May 19 Climate Fest, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Beautify Earth and Climate Action Santa Monica host this full-day community event celebrating initiatives to combat climate change. Begin with a bike ride with the mayor at 8:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. Participate in workshops and presentations after lunch. Bicycling 101 begins at 1:30 p.m. 725 California Ave., Santa Monica. Free. Search “Climate Fest Santa Monica” on eventbrite.com Coffee with a Cop, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Neighborhood resource officers Ricky Verbeck and Gus Cortez and crime prevention coordinators Myesha Morrison and Alexandra Sanchez join the community for coffee and conversation at the Virginia Avenue Farmers Market, Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica. facebook.com/santamonicapd L.A’s MarinaFest Boat Show, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. This two-day festival features historic harbor tours, a boat show, food trucks, DJ and live music, 40+ exhibitors and kids activities. Family-festival Discover Marina del Rey merges activities with MarinaFest on Sunday. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. marinafest.org Starting a Business: What You Need to Know, 10:30 a.m. to noon. This (Continued on page 38)

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one of the 20th century’s most astute and funny cultural critics and her Roaring ’20s world. Limited engagement: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (May 18, 19 and 20) at The Edye at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $45 to $55. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org

“Die, Mommy, Die!” is a Greek tragedy with a contemporary twist True North:“SHINE: Far and Away” @ Santa Monica Playhouse The SHINE storytelling series goes quarterly, kicking off their new schedule with true stories about traveling far from home (literally or figuratively) to find your own path. Moth StorySlam winner Deana Barone hosts, with live music by Liokness. One performance only: 7 p.m.

Thursday (May 17) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12. (310) 452-2321; storeyproductions.com High Society:“Dorothy Parker Unscripted” @ The Broad Stage Impro Theatre continues their residency with riffs on the witticisms, criticisms, poems and screenplays of

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Revenge of the Kids:“Die, Mommy, Die!” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre In this dark comedy with a “gay Hollywood twist,” a fading starlet (portrayed in drag by Drew Droege) murders her husband to be with her lover. But in true Greek tragedy style, her children find out and decide to unleash their wrath! Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $70. (213) 628-2772; centertheatregroup.org Human Nature:“Angels, Devils and Other Things” @ The Actors’ Gang Nurtured by Academy Award winner Tim Robbins and actor-director Brian T.

Finney, up-and-coming players in the Actors’ Gang present 11 original, selfdirected short plays in this festival-style production exploring habit, compulsion, anger, trauma, liberty and the contours of human nature. Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 16 at The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $20 to $34.99 or pay-what-you-want at the door on Thursdays. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com Time Zone Tango:“Boeing Boeing” @ Morgan-Wixson Theatre One swinging ’60s bachelor, three attractive stewardesses (who all think they’re engaged to him), one Parisian flat, and a brand new jet airplane that brings them all together at one inconvenient time. What could go wrong? (This farce by French playwright Marc Camoletti is rife with adult situations and sexual innuendo, so keep kids under 16 at home.) Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 27 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627

Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20 to $23. (310) 828-7519; morgan-wixson.org For the Kids:“Finding Belle” @ Santa Monica Playhouse Cinderella, Snow White, Little Bo Peep and Mother Goose team up to track down Belle and confront the mysteries of modern life. Now playing at 2 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays through June 24 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12.50 to $15. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com A Family Affair:“Bad Jews” @ Odyssey Theatre Joshua Harmon’s criticallyacclaimed Roundabout Theatre play about three cousins duking it out over a prized family heirloom gets a West Coast run. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and some Wednesdays and Thursdays through June 17 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda, West L.A. $10 to $35. (310) 477-2055; odysseytheatre.com


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Bobbi, a severely traumatized Goffin’s cockatoo, makes her entrance in “Birds How are you?” More bird cries overlap of a Feather” after being rescued from a in ear-pummeling crescendo. dresser drawer by police at a drug raid. “This is the problem,” Lindner says She had bitten her chest and leg feathers of the parrots. “They’re beautiful to look so deeply she destroyed the follicles, at, and people buy them for that reason, baring stunning blue, purple and brown but they really don’t make good pets for skin tones. She’s a poignant example of the casual bird owner. They’re noisy, abuse inflicted by unscrupulous dealers they’re messy, they bite, they attach to and neglectful owners. Yet after a few one gender or another, so someone’s weeks at Serenity Park, she began riding always the odd person out. And they can on one soldier’s shoulder. (Sadly, Lindner be pretty aggressive when they become says Bobbi recently died.) sexually mature.” Feather-shredding is an avian version of Some exotic birds may have been self-cutting. Stevie, one of several captured in the wild and traumatized by handsome umbrella cockatoos at the park, seeing family members nailed to trees as has plucked his chest and upper leg bait before they themselves were snared feathers so much that metal-gray patches in dark, overheated containers and of skin peek through the fuzzy bits still shipped overseas. Amazon parrots and left. Surrendered by an owner whose macaws can live for 50 years and African boyfriend could not tolerate him, he greys for 60 years or more, and few people endears himself to visitors by calling out, are prepared for lifelong caretaking — or “Hello, sweetheart!” But he doesn’t let the large aviaries healthy birds need. them too close. He watchfully eyes Veterans are conditioned to handle interlopers while stepping sideways on a extreme behavioral quirks. Per Lindner, rope near his perch. Serenity Park hires eight to 12 veterans No such qualms inhibit the birds around each year to feed birds, hose down Simmons or Lindner. Simmons, a Blueenclosures, repair fences, hide treats, tooth piece curved around his left ear, and give hands-on TLC to 42 intelligent wisecracks about “feathered Paxil” as he birds who depend on social interaction. eases into a shaded corner chair in a She says veterans who work there as part spacious enclosure, doffing his cowboy hat of their therapy — like Gallegos and to allow three hovering cockatoos to settle Simmons — usually stay for about on his arm, lap and shoulder. Murmuring six months. Simmons never left, even gently, he bends his head close to theirs as after therapy finished. he strokes their feathers; a fourth bird “Matt’s been here 12, 13 years,” Lindner peers down curiously from a wooden says with a laugh. “He’s never taken a beam. His tightly coiled demeanor loosens salary. Neither have I.” and, like other veterans here, he seems to Post-rehab, Simmons was sent to be savoring momentary respite. Serenity Park by a New Directions Lindner and Simmons married in June therapist (not Lindner) in 2006. Feeding 2009 at Serenity Park, where the bride and administering medicine to a wounded carried a bouquet of Mango and Sammy’s young lilac-crowned Amazon named Ruby feathers. They now reside with at least half vanquished his doubts that parrots could a dozen dogs, a Goffin’s cockatoo named help his PTSD, a mushrooming problem Bobcat, horses and pigs at Lockwood for veterans. (In 2015, the congressionally Animal Rescue Center, the wolf sanctuary mandated National Vietnam Veterans they founded by Los Padres National Longitudinal Study determined that Forest in Ventura County. Their conversa271,000 Vietnam veterans still showed tions are sprinkled with “babe,” “honey,” “war-zone-related PTSD”; according to a and “I love you.” Lindner maintains a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs behavioral health center nearby in Frazier study, 13.5% of Operation Enduring Park; Simmons shoulders day-to-day Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom oversight of his Warriors and Wolves veterans screened positive for PTSD.) program at Lockwood, and commutes to Simmons soon took charge of managing Serenity Park several days a week. the space. Ruby and sister Maggie have The relationship between the two since been adopted by a double yellowsanctuaries is somewhat symbiotic. Both headed Amazon named Joey, who is at bring together wounded animals and least 30 years old and regurgitates food veterans with trauma issues, and some to them as if they were his biological Serenity Park veterans (including Galdependents. legos) cross-train to work at the wolf sanctuary. During a hike around Lock‘WE EVOLVE TOGETHER’ wood, where Animal Planet has been It’s easy to sentimentalize the sanctuary’s filming a series slated to air in August, avian tribe as feathered angels, but that Lindner raises a question answered in her trivializes their very earthly demands: book: how “two vegetarians feed carnispace to forage, mental stimulation, vores, predators, without killing a single and physical touch. Most need partners animal.” It sounds like a high-concept almost as much as food. Many have logline, and Lindner is promotionally developed fearful nervous tics: bouncing, savvy, but sustainability is key to the pacing, plucking. mission at Serenity Park and Lockwood. 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Cashew responds to Lindner’s maternal affection by ducking his head into her blouse, nibbling on the neckline’s decorative beading Both facilities survive on food from a LEED-certified food recycling program. “We pick up 20,000 pounds of food every Monday, Matt does,” Lindner explains. “We get this through Walmart. Everything that’s sell-by date is getting close to expiration, they have to get rid of, and we pick it up. They have vendors who pick it up all around the country. It’s essentially their trash. They’re mandated [to donate the food to nonprofits] by a landfill diversion program.” They share food with other regional groups that rescue predator animals, and store meat for their own sanctuary charges in a bedroom-sized freezer at the Lockwood barn. “First choice of all the good produce” goes to Serenity Park’s feathered denizens; Lindner says she won’t feed them anything she wouldn’t eat herself. The physically arduous process of selecting that produce, trucked weekly to the VA grounds, inspired a sweaty, amusing scene toward the end of “Birds of a Feather” that illustrates their dedication to both sanctuaries. Lindner says they are not paid for their work. “I need a fundraiser,” she states forthrightly. “Matt and I both write grants at night.”

She’s unable to visit West L.A. often these days, so it’s ironic that a book about the sanctuary she created there is being published now. But it’s another circle coming around. Love of her own birds and the veterans she aided inspired Serenity Park, which eventually led to the wolf sanctuary. Now, even while discussing veterans at the wolf sanctuary, Lindner’s comments cover Serenity Park and the work she and Simmons do in totality. “Being outdoors, in addition to being with the animals, is a real key component” to the therapy offered at the sanctuaries, she says. “We can heal more easily by being in a tranquil, quiet setting without a lot of people, without a lot of the triggers that normally set off a PTSD episode. “I believe in ecotherapy, and the fact that nature is healing, that nature and animals are part of our evolutionary roots, that we evolve together,” she declares. “We’re inextricable.” St. Martin’s Press publishes “Birds of a Feather” on May 15. For details, visit lorinlindnerphd.com; to learn more about Parrot C.A.R.E./Serenity Park and Lockwood Animal Rescue Center, go to lockwoodarc.org.


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