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L e t t e r s Muscle Beach isn’t Feeling the Love What possible excuse can the city of Los Angeles have for letting the weight-lifting equipment at Muscle Beach fall into such embarrassing disrepair? A major tourist attraction in and of itself, why isn’t the pit in pristine condition? No other city in America would allow such an iconic locale that draws tourists and commerce to fall into such decrepit shape! The cost to repair this equipment is pennies on the tax dollar when you consider the billions appropriated to operate Los Angeles. Why isn’t the Mayor’s Office or Council District 11 doing anything to correct the embarrassing state of the Muscle Beach pit? I’m sure dozens of private companies would gladly donate the funds to get this place back to a condition that brings pride to Venice and those who work out at Muscle Beach. People ask me all the time why I support independent cityhood for Venice, and here is
Last week’s article about candidates seeking election to the State Board of Equalization (“Unnecessary Trouble,” May 17) misstated what we know about an L.A. County District Attorney’s Office investigation by describing candidate Tony Vazquez, a Santa Monica City Council member, as a target of that investigation. A spokesman for the office confirmed the agency’s Public Integrity Unit is investigating alleged conflicts of interest involving votes cast by SMMUSD Board member Maria Leon-Vazquez, Councilman Vazquez’s wife, in support of contracts for firms for which he had done consulting work. The District Attorney’s office did not state that Tony Vazquez is himself under investigation.
just another glaring example of the outright mismanagement and incompetence by the city to monitor the condition of an important and vital city asset such as the Muscle Beach pit. Venice Beach has been and continues to be ignored for too long when you consider we provide Los Angeles with 2% of L.A.’s revenue while only being 0.6% of the population. My question is simple: Does anyone in L.A. truly care about Venice? Nick Antonicello Venice Streets Aren’t Just for Cars Re: “The Road Diet Isn’t Working,” Opinion, May 17 Last week’s opinion piece contained a request that area residents give their opinion of the Venice Boulevard changes, so I will. I have lived in Venice 24 years. I am not a big fan of Garcetti or Bonin or traffic. But in the past year I have walked down, eaten at, had drinks, and sat outside to have coffee and read the paper within the (Continued on page 9)
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ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS Who Can Fill Gov. Brown’s Shoes? Renewing California’s fiscal stability is a tough act to follow, but John Chiang can do the math . ................................... 6
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The most immediately tangible legacy of Gov. Jerry Brown’s last two terms isn’t cap-and-trade or water infrastructure, it’s the budget surplus. Nearly eight years ago, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger left Brown a $26-billion budget deficit aggravated by borrowing too much before the sucker punch of the Great Recession. This year Brown leaves the state with a $6-billion surplus. It’s like we’ve paid off our credit cards and opened up a savings account. Conscientious voters must make several values-based calculations in determining whom to support as Brown’s successor, and fiscal responsibility should be high among them. Budgets are moral documents — not just in terms of how money is spent, but in that we aren’t depleting the next year’s (or next generation’s) ability to pay for schools and parks and social services. The Argonaut believes California State Treasurer John Chiang has proven himself the most fiscally responsible among the six major candidates vying for the governorship this year. In his four years as treasurer and eight years as controller before that, Chiang has shown the discipline and know-how to manage a $190-billion state budget. Two years ago, he released a very detailed and forwardthinking report about how to do just that, focusing on management of infrastructure investment and increased accountability for borrowing. He also worked with Brown on plans to reduce California’s unfunded pension liabilities. Chiang, a resident of Torrance, isn’t just a policy wonk. As controller he blocked Schwarznegger’s draconian, unsustainable and likely illegal plans for slashing state salaries to minimum wage. He also recognizes that skyrocketing housing costs are of existential concern to many Californians and the health of the state economy, and has campaigned hard on his
paying interest on the bond, and L.A. County would be rewarded with extra money because voters here already approved a local parks tax in 2016. Vote Yes.
Prop 69: This measure wound ensure that the $5-billion in annual revenue from the new gas tax can only be spent on State Treasurer John Chiang, right, is endorsed by Rep. Ted Lieu transportation projects. Even those who with persona foibles and too much me-first oppose the gas tax should want their efforts to cut red tape and work with the ambition,” as the Los Angeles Downtown money spent as intended. Vote Yes. private sector to stimulate affordable News stated in a recent editorial. housing construction. That leaves Republican hopefuls Travis Unfortunately, recent polls suggest that Prop 70: Part of the deal to get cap-andAllen and John Cox running to the right in trade passed, this measure would require California voters are sleepwalking through the June 5 gubernatorial primary, hopes of courting enough Trump voters to a two-thirds supermajority for allocating squeak out a second-place finish to qualify program proceeds already earmarked for and that’s allowing style and flash to for the November runoff. But in doing so, environmental purposes. In practical distract from substance. they drift more out of step with a state Don’t get us wrong. Frontrunner Gavin terms, it would empower one or two where most voters are interested in their Newsom is easy to like. When it comes legislators to hold the program hostage to leaders resisting Trump. to social causes — like standing up for backroom deals and gifts to special That leaves the smart, fiery and boldly marriage equality before it was popular, interests, just like the bad old days of progressive former State Superintendent and taking strong positions on criminal supermajority budgeting. Vote No. of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin justice reform and expanded health care (the only woman in the race) trailing access — Newsom has the most impresProp 71: Successful state ballot in sixth — not far behind generally sive record. As mayor of San Francisco, measures currently take effect the day fifth-polling Chiang. he took bold policy stances that didn’t after an election; this would delay Putting Newsom in a November runoff always work out, but seven years in the implementation until all votes are election against Chiang instead of Villarai- counted. Vote Yes. largely ceremonial lieutenant governor’s gosa would create a more meaningful and chair hasn’t exactly tested his fiscal productive dialogue than a nasty brawl discipline. Whether Newsom would Prop 72: Homeowners who spend between two flashy ex-mayors with budget like Brown or borrow like thousands or even tens of thousands of outsized egos. Vote for John Chiang. Schwarzenegger is anybody’s guess. dollars to install expensive rooftop Former L.A. Mayor and Assembly rainwater collection and recycling STATE BALLOT MEASURES Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa won the systems are helping California conserve Prop 68: There’s a lot to like about this coveted L.A. Times endorsement based water in the face of perpetual drought. $4.1-billion bond to pay for upgrades to on his experience in the Legislature and But these improvements also trigger new parks and water systems. We initially willingness to make tough decisions at property tax assessments, punishing cringed at borrowing money to do work L.A. City Hall. We also believe past homeowners with higher taxes for living the general fund should already pay for, performance is the best predictor of more sustainably. This measure would and in times of budget surplus no less. But treat rainwater irrigation systems like future success, and Villaraigosa’s failing to upgrade infrastructure now leadership of Los Angeles was also solar panels and exempt them from would cost us more in the long run than marked “more by flash than substance, triggering property tax hikes. Vote Yes.
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Venice May Get Temporary Homeless Housing The vacant Metro bus lot at Main and Sunset would address ‘Skid Rose’ encampments Photo by Ted Soqui
Two years ago, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin announced that he and county transportation authorities hope to convert the vacant Metro bus lot at Main Street and Sunset Avenue into permanent affordable housing. Last week, Metro’s governing board identified these three acres of prime Venice property a short walk from the beach as one of five locations citywide under consideration for use as temporary homeless housing. In response to public outcry about the proliferation of homeless encampments throughout Los Angeles, last month Mayor Eric Garcetti announced L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin identified the vacant bus yard two years ago as a potential location for affordable housing his “A Bridge Home Initiative,” which have asked us to focus,” said David housing would receive city sanitation earmarks $20 million to build tempoGraham-Caso, Bonin’s communicafunds to clean up encampment areas rary housing on government-owned tions director. that would be replaced by nearby land in all 15 council districts. The Metro lot is just two blocks from bridge housing. “The city of Los Angeles, the county of Venice’s perpetual homeless encampGarcetti’s initiative “will reduce Los Angeles, the federal government ments along Third Avenue between encampments in our neighborhoods and L.A. Metro are all determining Sunset and Rose avenues, aka the by giving people living in them which government-owned properties notorious “Skid Rose.” Residents nearby temporary or ‘bridge’ housing nearby, are available for use for ‘bridge’ and Councilman Bonin is looking to housing. Nowhere in the 11th District is have publicly antagonized Bonin for the demand to reduce encampments not doing more to reduce the popula- open at least two bridge housing tion of those encampments and to facilities in different parts of the 11th louder and stronger than in Venice, alleviate related concerns about District,” Graham-Caso said. “Whatever and Councilman Bonin is looking at site is selected, there will be opportunigovernment-owned properties in areas sanitation, safety and quality of life. Council districts that embrace bridge ties for public engagement and input near encampments where neighbors
on design, operations and more.” A vocal contingent of Venice homeowners and community activists has already vocally opposed using the former Metro bus lot for development of permanent affordable housing, arguing that city officials should sell the land at market rate in order to generate funds that could build a lot more units of affordable housing where real estate isn’t so pricey. Metro has already begun a process of environmental review and gathering community feedback for Bonin’s 2016 affordable housing proposal, still years away from completion. Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, whose district includes Venice, has expressed support for building affordable housing on the Metro lot and has long supported the concept of bridge housing as a more immediate way to address homelessness. “We are working closely with Councilman Bonin’s office and are supportive of any appropriate site for interim housing on the Westside, since there is a dire shortage of available beds,” Kuehl said. “However, it’s also important to note that no site has been [definitively] selected.”
A Very Violent Weekend in Venice Two shootings appear to be gang-related; boardwalk stabbing was an argument Police believe multiple shootings this weekend in the Oakwood neighborhood of Venice may be gang-related, while suspects remain at large. Meanwhile, the violence shifted to the Venice Boardwalk on Monday night, where a stabbing attack — possibly involving a machete — left two men injured. Brooks and Sixth avenues was the nexus for both weekend shootings. On Saturday a man was sitting in his car at Brooks and Sixth at around 10:15 p.m. when he was approached by an unidentified
assailant and was shot multiple times — including a wound to the head — but was able to drive himself to a gas station near Lincoln and Venice boulevards, several blocks away. Police and paramedics responded to the gas station and transported the victim to a local hospital. Early Sunday morning, about five minutes after midnight, police responded to a radio call in the 600 block of Brooks Avenue, where they found another man with a gunshot wound and transported him to the hospital, said LAPD Officer Lizeth Lomeli.
it appears that others agree with me. Jack Schwartz relevant section of Venice Venice Boulevard, more than I had in the previous 20 years. I like what it FROM THE WEB looks (and sounds) like now. It is more important that the Re: “The Road Diet Isn’t street is enjoyable for residents to Working,” Opinion, May 17 use than whether commuters can So sick of politicians using us get through our neighborhood poor citizens as lab rats for their faster. So, Bonin is doing what nefarious plans! It seems they this taxpaying resident wants him think there’s no business except to do, and from the number of government business. pedestrians on Venice Boulevard Raul Marquez (Continued from page 4)
“There are no suspect descriptions, and both shootings are believed to be gang-related,” Lomeli said. Neither of the victims are cooperating with the investigations, police say. Almost two years ago there was another murder a block away, near Brooks and Seventh avenues that police have not ruled out as a gang killing. Gregory Wherry, who prosecutors say is a member of the Venice Shoreline Crips, allegedly shot and killed construction worker Marvin Ponce on Aug. 9, 2016. Monday night’s dual stabbing ap-
Mister Rogers didn’t adequately prepare me for my neighbors. Some people like this project; others do not. It has been discussed, voted on by the Mar Vista Community Council board numerous times and re-discussed ad nauseam. So if your point of view does not match others’, what to do? I have seen what appear to be childish tantrums causing major rifts in what previously had been a very functional neighborhood council.
pears to have stemmed from an argument. Pacific Division officers were called to Ocean Front Walk and Ozone Avenue at 11:30 p.m., where they found two victims suffering from stab wounds, Lomeli said. According to witnesses, two men were arguing when one suddenly attacked the other. “In self-defense, the victim stabbed the suspect with a sharp object. The suspect was later detained and arrested,” Lomeli said. Police are still investigating whether a machete was involved.
What would Mister Rogers do? Roy Persinko The expiration date on this ill-advised and deceptive “pilot project” is here. The city, Mike Bonin and LADOT forced this down stakeholders’ throats with little outreach and no mention of taking away traffic lanes. And what are the results? Chaos, confusion, and danger. Just like what the article says. Brooke Eaton
Bring back the lanes!! Great article, Selena. Surprised to see The Argonaut was brave enough to publish the truth! Zeke
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Hail to the Chief Cynthia Renaud hopes to increase the Santa Monica Police Department’s presence in the community
While overall crime is down in Santa Monica, major crimes are up 6%. How do you plan to reverse that trend? What we’re looking here in the organization is a combination of several different strategies. One of the most important pieces of that is we need to get up to full staffing, and by that I mean we need to hire the officers that we’re supposed to have on the streets. And not just sworn officers. Organization wide, we have a very strong professional staff here that performs a myriad of functions that are very important to the crime-fighting picture. We’re going to work to get up to full staffing as soon as we can. There are several ways to approach crime. Clearly, you want to prevent it from happening, and one of the most important ways to do that is to make sure that you have a visible and present deterrence in the field. And we’re going to work to partner with our community. A lot of the crimes that we’re working on are property theft crimes and crimes of opportunity. So to the extent that we can encourage our citizens and give them tips to harden their own targets, we will lessen crime in that way as well. How many officers would you like to add? I think we’re looking at 15 to 18 sworn police officers, and we need to fill vacancies in other parts of the organization as well. PAGE 10 THE ARGONAUT May 24, 2018
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By Gary Walker Less than a month on the job, Santa Monica Police Chief Cynthia Renaud has been busy crisscrossing the community in an effort to dialogue with local leaders, learn the character of its distinct neighborhoods and get a stronger feel for a place that she’s long felt connected to but continues to grow and evolve. “It’s a beautiful city. I’m having a lot of fun,” said Renaud, who was Folsom’s chief of police chief for seven years before being tapped to replace Santa Monica’s first female police chief, Jacqueline Seabrooks, who retired last year. A Long Beach native who spent 20 years with that city’s police department, Renaud now oversees — and hopes to grow — a Santa Monica Police Department with 213 sworn officers and an annual operating budget of $86.6 million. Her annual salary is $265,440. The new chief sat with The Argonaut in her fourth floor office to discuss her plans for policing an international tourist destination, including how to tackle a recent uptick in major crimes.
SMPD Chief Cynthia Renaud aims to grow the department by at least 15 sworn officers Do you plan to maintain the department’s current policies for engagement with the homeless? Yes, we will definitely be keeping the social engagement portion of our homeless strategies, and I think social engagement is a great term that you used. Keeping in mind that homelessness is not a crime, the police department is a large part of the work towards a proactive solution to homelessness. With that said, we will address crime where crime occurs, regardless of what community it’s in or what population it’s in. So it’s a multipronged approach. Santa Monica is more diverse than Folsom. Will you factor that into your policing philosophy? Folsom actually has a very large Muslim population and is ethnically and religiously more diverse than people give it credit. However, I began my career in law enforcement with Long Beach, which is an extremely diverse city. And I worked in all divisions and in all communities there. With that said,
there’s no place like Santa Monica, and I know that. And I know enough to know that I need to get out into the community and get to know people, individually and collectively. What have you done so far to survey your new terrain? Before I was hired I tried to attend as many city events as I could. I’ve spent some time driving through the city with officers to geographically understand where some of our different community groups are located. The challenge is to get me out to all of them as quickly as I possibly can, and [former Santa Monica mayor and ex-police sergeant] Nat Trives has been just a fantastic help with a lot of that. [Documentary filmmaker] A.J. Ali lives here in the city and reached out to me on LinkedIn, and I’m working to have coffee with him soon. I have several meetings on my calendar planned with different community groups stretching out into the next month or two. I don’t want anyone to feel excluded, because there is not one community group that will be excluded.
I’m going to work to meet every segment of Santa Monica, but it’s going to take some time. According to the Folsom Telegraph, your plan was to stay in law enforcement “for only three to five years.” Does that window still stand? My window just got elongated. I have at least five years here. The interesting thing is you don’t want the same person as the head of an organization for 30 years. Seven years in Folsom was the right time. And I don’t know what Santa Monica is going to look like. I might stay longer than five years, but there’s no set window. … What I can say is I’m invested in this organization. I’m not a fly-by-night. We’re going to do some great things together and grow this organization, mentor, build a strong bench and grow with this community. In the same article you said you were “happy in Folsom.” So why Santa Monica? I was really happy in Folsom and I was not looking to leave. But I have always
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Mar Vista’s Great Divide Lane closures on Venice Boulevard remain a lightning rod for public discourse By Gary Walker Separated only by the Small Batch ice cream shop, L.A. Brakeless bicycle shop owner Anna Martin and Venice Grind coffee shop owner Demitrios Mavromichalis have both seen Mar Vista’s oncedepressed commercial core morph into a lively downtown area over the past decade. The two remained cordial neighbors until last May, when city officials launched a controversial reconfiguration of Venice Boulevard that removed one traffic lane in each direction to install protected bike lines between the sidewalk and parking spaces. Now they barely talk, reflecting broader community division and acrimony surrounding the project. L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin, who declined to comment for this story, has explained Mar Vista’s road diet as a response to two Garcetti-administration initiatives: the neighborhood-centric Great Streets, which aims to reclaim commuter pass-through zones as pedestrian-friendly public spaces, and Vision Zero, a set of traffic-calming measures in response to rising road fatalities. At the conclusion of year one, the city is still evaluating traffic safety impacts. But the social impacts are clear: social media posts screaming with vitriol, speculation and personal attacks; a recall campaign against Bonin that hasn’t taken flight but still won’t die; neighbors lining up against neighbors.
Supporters welcome the bike lanes and traffic-calming measures as safety enhancements that encourage people to get out of their cars and actually be a part
looked at the city of Santa Monica as a special place. I’ve been around this city for almost 30 years now. I have friends who have worked in this police department and in other city departments and who have lived in this community. Santa Monica has, since my early 20s, been a city that I have always looked at and admired and respected and thought one day I would like to join that community. I did not anticipate this opportunity coming up, but how could I not consider it?
area and our beach. … Probably our biggest strategy is to concentrate officers in the locations people tend to visit most.
Some have attempted to connect crime and homelessness with the completion of the Expo Line. How does public transportation impact law enforcement strategy? With public transportation comes more people, and with more people there’s a larger population for us to serve. We don’t have data that tells us people using public transport are committing crimes, and we don’t have data that tells us where people go when they take public transportation into the city, but we kind of assume they’re coming to shop and visit the downtown
“I’m glad that I know where he stands so I can stay away from them,” she said. Mavromichalis says Venice Boulevard merchants have seen a roughly 30% drop
“I could not tolerate the bullying, threats and mean-spiritedness coming from the opponents of Vision Zero, which drove some of our best community council leaders to resign.” — Lane closure defender Mitchell Rishe
“This was the most painful and unpleasant experience that I’ve had to go through in my 15-plus years of being on the neighborhood council.” — Lane closure critic Ken Alpern
of the neighborhood. Detractors say lane closures have failed to improve safety but succeeded in increasing commute times and encouraging cut-through traffic on residential streets. Martin, who likes the additional bicycle lanes, said she no longer talks to Mavromichalis, largely because of his association with the Recall Bonin group.
What’s one duty of a police chief that most people probably aren’t aware of? We have a mounted unit here, and I will probably be expected at some point to ride a horse. … Another thing that people don’t realize is one duty of a chief is to broker information about what the organization is working on and how the public can help themselves not become victims of crimes of opportunity.
in sales since last May, and he fears the worst is yet to some. “We’re seeing businesses close up and down the boulevard,” he said, citing former Grandview Boulevard restaurant Louie of Mar Vista, the retail operation for local boutique soap-maker Soaptopia, and several others. “A year later, we’re no better; we’re worse.”
At least three Mar Vista Community Council members have resigned over what they describe as threats and innuendo surrounding the ongoing road diet debate. The lane closures have also emerged as a litmus test of sorts for new community council appointees. On May 8, board member Michelle Krupkin — a Vision Zero opponent — asked a candidate for a board seat a series of questions, including “what is your position on the road diet” before the vote. In April, she and two other community council members walked out of a meeting after they were unable to muster enough votes for their preferred candidates for open seats. “This was the most painful and unpleasant experience that I’ve had to go through in my 15-plus years of being on the neighborhood council,” recalled board member Ken Alpern, an outspoken critic of the lane closures who joined Krupkin in the walkout. Mitchell Rishe, a board member from 2012 until 2016, said it was the most divisive topic that he has seen in Mar Vista. Because of it, he no longer follows the business of his former council colleagues. “I could not tolerate the bullying, threats and mean-spiritedness coming from the opponents of Vision Zero, which drove some of our best community council leaders to resign,” Rishe said.
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What would you like to expand or integrate into the department? We’re looking at some technology applications that we hope can help us be a little more efficient and relieve some workload on our officers. What I would like to expand upon, from a policy and strategic standpoint, is technology that can relieve our officers of certain duties so that they can spend more time on their core job, which is people. May 24, 2018 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 11
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Story by Susan Hornik Photos by Maria Martin With the nonstop movement of daily life, it can be easy for a woman to forget how much she has to be grateful for — like having a job, a place to live and reasons to be optimistic about the future. According to last year’s annual homeless census, there are 11,000 women living on the streets without shelter in Los Angeles County. Including those living in shelters or vehicles, women make up roughly a third of the county’s homeless population. Mirroring those statistics, women account for about 30% of clients for Chrysalis, a nonprofit that provides self-sufficiency and job readiness training, transitional employment and job referrals to low-income and formerly homeless adults at offices in downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Last year, for example, more than 430 people who trained in Santa Monica secured employment, said Communications Director Mallory Powers Loring. Chrysalis also offers women a safe space of their own through its recurring specialized Women’s Empowerment Program. The nine-week workshop not only imparts vital life skills for finding and keeping a job, but also fosters dialogue to rebuild PAGE 12 THE ARGONAUT May 24, 2018
self-esteem for those who’ve faced significant life challenges, which sometimes but not always includes homelessness. Topics include goal setting, time management, financial literacy, dealing
personal growth, noted Chrysalis Vice President of Development Molly Moen. “It’s the team of other women cheering them on, the restored self-confidence and the hope for the future that have a truly
“It’s the team of other women cheering them on, the restored self-confidence and the hope for the future that have a truly lasting impact on their success as they re-enter the workforce.” — Chrysalis VP of Development Molly Moen with negative thinking, professionalism in the workplace and mentorship discussions with past Chrysalis clients. In late March, 36 women about to complete this year’s spring session gathered at Salon Tru in Santa Monica, which donated the time and talents of its stylists and aestheticians to provide free haircuts and job-interview makeovers. These physical transformations reflected how participants’ lifted their spirits through sharing struggles, victories and
lasting impact on their success as they re-enter the workforce,” Moen said. Stronger Every Day Tashonna Thompson first came to Chrysalis two and a half years ago, after being homeless in the streets. “I was hopping from shelter to shelter, having had abusive relationships and an abusive childhood. Chrysalis helped me, and now I live in a one-bedroom apartment,” she enthused. “It’s been amazing
to be involved. They make you feel like family and take care of you. When you are down, they lift you up. … I am blessed.” Working a variety of part times jobs facilitated through Chrysalis, she said the Salon Tru makeover made her feel like a celebrity. “They keep encouraging me and let me know I get stronger and stronger every day. And I love being here for the makeover — it’s made me so happy,” she said. Santa Monica Site Director Bianca Smith oversees the Women’s Empowerment Program. Her job may be to inspire others, but she herself finds inspiration through her clients and volunteers. “It might seem small to us,” she says, “but to the people we serve, the work that we do is life-changing. One job can make the difference.” Santa Monica resident Barb Neff, a freelance writer, has been volunteering with Chrysalis for the past 12 years and now co-chairs the Women’s Empowerment Program. “I started as a mentor and went on to teach one of the core curriculum classes, Job Prep 1, which is about soft and hard skills, job searching online, resumes and networking,” she said. Despite her skills as a writer, “I can never come up with the
Salon Tru donated haircuts and job-interview makeovers to Women’s Empowerment Program participants, helping them show the world their renewed self-confidence and readiness to work right words to describe how moving this experience is — it’s so magical.” Not that the work is easy. “At the beginning, they don’t all get along … they have been through so much. Some don’t even talk,” Neff acknowledged. “The stories you hear during the course — it gives you perspective. But then at the end, they are all so very supportive of each other. It’s truly incredible and so moving.” New Look, New Outlook Unlike Neff, this is Salon Tru owner Michael Schoenfeld’s first time being involved with the program. He and his staff jumped at the chance after Chrysalis called asking for help. “It’s such an honor. Salon director Lydia Ghassemi and I immediately started planning how we wanted the day to go, what we could do to help these women,” said Schoenfeld, who was visibly moved during the event. “I saw them quietly waiting in line to come in. As the day progressed, there has been nothing but smiles and laughter. The energy totally changed within the first hour. It’s been incredible,” he said. He recalled seeing one of his hairstylists with tears of joy on her face while
working with a client. “I had to turn away, as I was already in tears myself,” he acknowledged. “Later, I went up to her and said she looked beautiful. She couldn’t even say anything; she just cried.”
their clients learn have staying power. Toni White connected with the organization 11 years ago, when she was an unemployed single mother, and she still participates today. “At that time, I was living in a shelter
“The stories you hear during the course — it gives you perspective. But then at the end, they are all so very supportive of each other. It’s truly incredible and so moving.” — Chrysalis volunteer Barb Neff Schoenfeld, who also donated hair products from Salon Tru’s partners, was thrilled so many of his stylists wanted to participate. “It’s not easy getting hair stylists in on a Sunday night!” he quipped. “But they were all so enthusiastic to participate; everyone has been really excited to give back. It’s very moving to see people who truly appreciated what we are doing.” The Sky is the Limit To Chrysalis’ credit, many of the skills
with my daughter,” White said. “I had left New Jersey with a criminal record and really wanted a fresh start. I was looking for resources that could help me in the Santa Monica area, and I found Chrysalis.” As a woman in her 30s with a high school diploma and an out-of-state warrant, White thought her opportunities were limited. “I didn’t want to raise my daughter on social services. So to find an amazing group of mentors and counselors who
cared about my future was incredible. I went there because I was lost, and they truly helped me find my identity. They truly want us to succeed.” As a result, White was able to secure her notary license, which allows her to be an independent contractor. Chrysalis found her a job that lasted 10 years, and when it ended, she headed back to the nonprofit to find another gig. She recently passed her California Realtor exam. And those old criminal charges? After White returned to New Jersey to ask for forgiveness, a judge dismissed the charges against White based on her personal progress and a letter of support from her daughter, who served six years in the U.S. Navy as an electrician. “I so appreciate them helping me two times. They opened the doors for me to have a community I will be connected to for my entire life. I will always be a part of the Chrysalis family, which is important to me,” White said. “I tell them what I aspire to do and they help me to achieve that. They are interested in what I want for myself and my family. I am 49 years old now; even in this late sector of my life, I could go up or down. With Chrysalis, I see the sky is the limit.” May 24, 2018 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 13
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Compiled by Nicole Elizabeth Payne Thursday, May 24 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 Memorial Day Mixer, 5 to 7 p.m. NOW Santa Monica hosts this pre-Memorial Day mixer to kick off your long weekend. After 7 p.m. mingle with the regulars. The first 275 guests to arrive receive two free drinks. The Bungalow, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. facebook.com/ nowsantamonica LAX Coastal Chamber Networking @ Night, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join the chamber for a Hawaiian-themed night of food and networking. Wear your best Hawaiian shirt or aloha dress. Double Tree by Hilton Los Angeles Westside Hotel, 6161 W. Centinela Ave., Culver City. Members $10; non-members $20. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com Painting and Vino: “Beach Life,” 6 to 9 p.m. Artist Yanna Fabian gives step-by-step instructions on how to recreate a vibrant sunset beach painting. No experience needed. All supplies provided. Stay afterward to play games and enjoy late night food and drinks. Dave & Buster’s, 6801 Center Dr., Westchester. $45. paintingandvino.com West Coast Swing, 6:15 p.m. Move your body and free your mind with a swing class and open dance. The beginner class is at 6:15 p.m., the intermediate at 7 p.m., and the intermediate/advanced at 7:45 p.m., followed by open dancing with
deejays at 8:30 p.m. $10 per class; $15 for class and open dance. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. (310) 606-5606; philandmindiadance.com Jimmy Brewster with Suzanne Taix, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Singing all the classics from Sinatra to rock-n-roll, Jimmy Brewster and Taix perform each Thursday at Billingsley’s Prime Rib & Steak House, 11326 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A. (310) 477-1426; billingsleysrestaurant.com “Transpac 2019: 50th Year of Racing” Lecture, 7 p.m. Entry chair of the Transpac 2019 yachting race John Sangmeister discusses this classic yacht race that covers 2,225 nautical miles from Point Fermin, San Pedro to Diamond Head, Honolulu. California Yacht Club, 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free; reservations requested. (310) 823-4567; email@example.com Soundwaves Series: Steven Vanhauwaert, 7:30 p.m. Pianist Steven Vanhauwaert performs an “All Italia” program of 20th and 21st century solo piano music by Ferruccio Busoni, Sylvano Bussotti, Luca Francesconi, Francesco Balilla Pratella and Giacinto Scelsi. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org Jane Medved Poetry Reading, 7:30 p.m. Israeli-American poet Jane Medved reads from her newest book of poetry “Deep Calls to Deep.” Wine and cheese served. Shul on the Beach, 505 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. No admission; books $10 (cash only). RSVP to (310) 392-8749 or shulonthebeach.com
“Beethoven and Friends,” 7:30 p.m. The Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra performs Dvorak’s “Rondo for Cello and Orchestra in G minor, op. 94,” Canteloube’s “Chants D’Auvergne” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 1 in C major, op 21.” Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles,10361 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A. $15 to $30. (310) 286-0553; tinyurl.com/yaw6j57k “Brave Birds” Reading and Discussion, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Paper artist and writer Maude White reads from her book and discusses the collection of 65 photographed hand-cut paper birds, each paired with a message of kindness and strength. The Lev, 214 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. (424) 262-7120; facebook. com/the.lev.venice Sofar Sounds: Culver City, 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Culver City. Get instructions at sofarsounds.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 25 Mar Vista Seniors Club, 9:30 to noon. Each Friday the Mar Vista Seniors Club meets for trips, tours, speakers, bingo and live entertainment. Ages 50+. Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine St., Mar Vista. Byron Stalcup (310) 559-7798 or (310) 351-9876
Noah Gottlieb’s energetic artwork is on view at the Mar Vista Art Department. SEE MUSEUMS & GALLERIES. ESMoA Drawing Club, 10 to 11 a.m. This informal group meets every Friday. Start with warm-up drawing exercises and then draw, taking inspiration from the featured artworks. All skill-levels welcome, but adults only. ESMoA, 208 Main St., El Segundo. Free. (424) 277-1020; esmoa.org Na’or: Enlightened Shabbat and Soulful Supper Club, 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy a candlelit Shabbat experience with musical prayer, chanting, meditation and a catered vegetarian meal. Services begin at 6:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 8 p.m. Mishkon Tephilo Social Hall, 206 Main St., Venice. $10 to $40; reservations required. (310) 392-3029; mishkon.org/naor
Friday Night Trivia, 7 p.m. Test your knowledge while having a brew and win prizes. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover; after 9:15 p.m. $10. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com Toasted Fridays Workshop Open House, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Improve your public speaking skills in a relaxed atmosphere with food and drinks at this weekly open house. Marina City Club Quasar Room, 4333 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Mark at (562) 508-0260; facebook. com/toastedfridays
Women, Meditation and Power, 7 to 9 p.m. Author Liz Lewinson explains how and why women are the power species on the planet. Mystic VooDeux Duo Performance, 6:30 p.m. Journey Bookstore, 1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. No admission. Jazz group VooDeux Duo performs at 6:30 p.m. $3 house wine and draft beer firstname.lastname@example.org until 7 p.m. Santa Monica WindjamSongWriter Soiree, 7 to 11:30 p.m. mers Yacht Club, 13589 Mindanao (Sign up at 6:30 p.m.) Show up and Way, Marina del Rey. No cover. (424) 209-9887; smwyc.org (Continued on page 33)
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Heir Apparent?:“The Last Schwartz” @ Edgemar Center for the Performing Arts On the first anniversary of a Jewish family patriarch’s death, or Yahrzeit, his descendants come together at the family home. A web of secrets and lies unfolds to comedic effect as the heirs to his
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Young and Old: Westside Ballet @ The Broad Stage Featuring some of the Westside’s brightest young ballerinas and danseurs, Westside Ballet’s spring showcase includes excerpts from “Paquita,”“Coppélia” and “Sleeping Beauty,” as well as a presentation of Santa Monica College faculty member Jae Young Lee’s contemporary work “Entangled Somewhere” and a jazzy number in honor of the 40th anniversary of “Grease.” Two performances only: 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday (May27) at the Broad Stage, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica. $35. (800) 595-4849; westsideballet.com
Mirabelle Weinbach is a star of Westside Ballet’s spring showcase estate reunite and wrestle with their own frustrations over infertility, infidelity, being single and who will carry on the family name. Parental guidance suggested for kids 15 and under. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through July 1. $25 to $40. Edgemar Center for
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the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-7327; edgemar.org Midnight in New York: “The Dorothy Parker Project” @ Pacific Resident Theatre Step back in time to legendary poet Dorothy Parker’s 1950s New York salon as she and 15 of her actor friends regale you with short stories, poems and dramatizations. Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through June 10 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $22. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com 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 festivalstyle 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 Tête-à-tête:“Match” @ Kentwood Players Mike and Lisa set out to the northern tip of Manhattan to interview a legendary dancer and choreographer, but as soon as they arrive their multilayered agenda begins to unravel. What happens next in this comic drama will change them forever. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 16 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $20 to $22. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org 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.) Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (May 25, 26 and 27) at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20 to $23. (310) 828-7519; morgan-wixson.org 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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The great humanitarian Albert Schweitzer said, “Even if it’s a little thing, do something for those who have need of a man’s help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For, remember, you don’t live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here too.” Service is indeed a privilege in which we Rotarians are grateful to take part. Here at the Rotary Club of Westchester, service to others is our life blood. You may have seen the Rotary wheel logo on a city sign post or had an old relative that used to be in a Rotary club. But what exactly is Rotary? Simply put — Rotary is service to others. Here at the Rotary Club of Westchester, service is what defines us. We change the lives of others in need. The Rotary Club of Westchester is not your grandfather’s Rotary club. We are a dynamic, passionate group of friends and colleagues who roll up our sleeves and get to work! Locally, the Rotary Club of
Westchester has been making an impact since 1950. We support many groups in the neighborhood, including the YMCA Youth and Government program, SPY (Safe Place for Youth), the Senior Center, and our local schools and universities. Since 2006, our touchstone project has been the bi-annual “Extreme Home Makeover Project.” During a long weekend, our Rotarians partner with the community to completely renovate the property of a family or organization in need. Through our Makeover Project, we’ve made life a little easier for local families, the Westchester Senior Center, Safe Place For Youth, and in 2019, yet another recipient. The books you purchase at our annual Book Sale contribute to the funds we use for these life-changing projects. Our club is also dedicated to making a difference abroad. Did you know that Rotary International is working to eradicate polio? When we complete this mission, polio will become the second disease ever eradicated from the earth. Our campaign, “End Polio Now”, is dedicated
to immunizing and wiping out this crippling disease. With our partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation and the World Health Organization, we are close to the eradication finish line. Our club is also focused on several international projects, including the sponsorship of an orphanage in Thailand, clean water projects in Africa, and most recently, a humanitarian trip to Colombia. The Rotary club of Westchester is an inclusive, fun-loving group of community leaders dedicated to making a difference. We came to the club for service and we stay for the friendship. Learn more about our mission at www.rotary-westchester. com. We are truly honored to serve here in Westchester. On behalf of the Rotary Club of Westchester, thank you for your support, trust and partnership!
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THE ROTARY CLUB OF WESTCHESTER AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO ST. BERNARD HIGH SCHOOL AND WESM SENIORS The Rotary Club of Westchester recently and proudly awarded five scholarships to well-deserving St. Bernard High School Seniors. The Rotary scholarships were presented at the high school’s Senior Awards Banquet on May 19th. For outstanding leadership in community service, the Jim Hill Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $750, was awarded to
Chase Perry. Khaliq Black received the Kriston Palomo Scholarship in the amount of $500 for his community service activities, while participating in the St. Bernard High School Interscholastic Sports program and maintaining a weighted 4.26 GPA. The Earl Smith 4-Way Test Ethics Essay Scholarship was awarded to Jada Gray, in the amount of $750.
For most improved academic performance over four years, the Most Improved Scholarship was presented to Jada Gray, in the amount of $500. Also awarded a $500 scholarship for her leadership in and commitment to community service was Tatyanna Howard. WESM (Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet) Scholarships
had not been presented at the time this article was written. The following scholarships will be awarded at WESM to graduating seniors: the Judy Young Scholarship, the Jerry Madera Scholarship, the Earl Smith 4-Way Test Ethics Essay Scholarship and the Interact Community Service u Scholarship.
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Rotary Club of Westchester and Vision To Learn Founded in March of 2012, Vision To Learn is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the estimated 2 million students nationwide who lack the glasses they need to succeed in school and in life. Rotary Club of Westchester recognized that what Vision To Learn was doing fit right in with Rotary’s philosophy of ‘service above self’ and asked ‘how can we help?’ The Rotary Club of Westchester started partnering with Vision To Learn in the fall of 2013 and was quickly joined by the H.B. Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation and the Rotary Clubs of Playa Venice Sunrise, Manhattan Beach, Latinos Unidos, Hawthorne-LAX-Lennox, Colombo Americano and Wilmington to bring vision screenings, eye exams and glasses to children in the combined seven clubs’ geographic areas! Other Rotary Clubs saw the great partnership and started their own community service projects for their area . . . there are now 35 Rotary
Clubs doing projects in their areas. You will see Rotarians working with Vision To Learn in our local public, charter and parochial schools, organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs, and health fairs, etc. To date, Rotarians, as part of their Community Service projects, have provided vision screenings for over 144,000 children and as a result over 14,750 children have been provided free eye exams and over 11,800 children have received free prescription eye glasses. All of this since the fall of 2013, and it all started with one Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Westchester. Rotary Clubs have helped not only by providing the all-important volunteers for vision screenings and glasses distributions but, with their community partners, provided some much needed funding to Vision To Learn.
The Need: The problem for so many families is one of access, as most children in low-income communities, for a host of reasons, do not get to an eye doctor. Students with uncorrected vision problems often avoid reading, suffer headaches, and have trouble focusing in class. These symptoms make affected children less likely to reach the important educational milestone of reading proficiency by the end of third grade, which makes them more likely to fall behind and drop out of school. Vision To Learn, with the help of their community partners like Rotary, eliminates this educational hurdle by coordinating vision screenings for children and providing those in need with eye exams and glasses, free of charge. Vision To Learn operates mobile vision clinics that travel daily to school sites and community organizations. The model eliminates
cost and logistical barriers for parents, decreases the stigma of wearing glasses by having Rotarians help dispense glasses to schools full of students at the same time, and encourages ongoing use and care of glasses. By providing access to care for students who would not otherwise receive it, the program benefits kids and their families on multiple levels, including improving reading and math scores, classroom behavior, self-esteem and focus, and quality of life. Over the past five years, Vision To Learn has expanded from a single mobile clinic to 6 clinics serving schools and organizations throughout the greater Los Angeles area. The organization has also expanded into a nation-spanning program helping kids in 12 states and more than 200 cities; it’s now the largest school-based program of its kind in the nation. More than 89% of kids served by Vision To Learn live in poverty, and 87% are kids of color. Since Vision To Learn started they have provided children with over 120,000 eye exams and 90,000 glasses, free of charge.
Evidence-Based Program Model Vision To Learn’s program impact has been documented and analyzed through evidence-based research. In 2013, University of California Los Angeles’ Mattel Children’s Hospital conducted a qualitative analysis of the Vision To Learn model to determine its effectiveness. The results were overwhelmingly positive. Of those surveyed, 92% of teachers and 90% of parents felt their students would not have received glasses without the access provided by Vision To Learn. UCLA discovered that providing glasses in a group setting reduced the stigma associated with getting glasses. Along with allowing kids to pick their own frames, the group dynamic helped to encourage them to wear their glasses at school and at home. UCLA then determined that providing glasses to children improved both their reading GPAs and their math GPAs - up to 8% for boy’s math grades. u
Badges and Boots: Honoring Our First Responders On Wednesday, March 14th President Judith Delavigne presided over the annual celebration and recognition of our community’s first responders. The luncheon held at the Los Angeles Airport Crowne Plaza began with the presentation of national and state flags by the Los Angeles Police Department Honor Guard followed by the National Anthem sung by the Los Angeles Police Department a cappella Singers. After each head of the various law enforcement agencies introduced their honorees, Anna Kozma, Field Deputy for Los Angeles Councilman Michael Bonin, presented Certificates of Appreciation while President Judith Delavigne presented crystal trophies to the following individuals: Los Angeles International Airport
Police Department: Chief David Maggard introduced Officer Douglas Scarborough. Los Angeles Police Department, Pacific Divison: Captain James Setzer introduced Officer Douglas Hartman. Los Angeles Fire Department Station 80: Battalion Chief Scott Quinn introduced Engineer Mike Flores. Los Angeles Unified School District Police Department: Lieutenant Frank Minutella introduced Officers Miguel Mendoza and Jeremiah Williams. This annual luncheon is a small gesture recognizing and celebrating all brave men and women who daily risk their lives to protect every individual in every community across our great u country.
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Pageant of the Arts
Rotaryâ€™s Pageant of the Arts is an annual opportunity for high school students to showcase their talents in a competition against other students in the areas of speech, art, music and dance. Students receive recognition, monetary prizes, an opportunity to display their talent and exposure to accomplished artists in their respective fields and university faculty from Loyola Marymount University and Otis College of Art and Design. Each of the 60+ Rotary Clubs in District 5280 use this opportunity to reach out to the community though public/ private/charter schools, churches, performing arts studios, youth organizations, student clubs, and word of mouth. Our local competition is co-sponsored by the Westchester and Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Clubs and graciously hosted at the LA Arts Collective. For Westchester Rotary, the students who were recipients of $125 cash prize and were selected to participate in the district level are as follows: Art: Alex Lopez from Santa Monica High School, Grade 10 Dance: Sophia Matthews from Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet Schools, Grade 9 Speech: Deven Matthews from Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet Schools, Grade 12 Music: Kathy Syta from Notre Dame Academy, Grade 9 The winners then advanced to the district level at Loyola Marymount University on Saturday, March 10, 2018, for a chance to win more cash prizes of $1,000 (first place), $500 u (second place) and $250 (third place).
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Rotary District 5280 Annual Humanitarian trip
The mission of the Rotary District 5280 Annual Humanitarian trip is to provide hands-on support and fund service projects to benefit people in need. This year 120 Rotarians and guests traveled together for the 2018 Rotary District 5280 International Humanitarian trip to Bucaramanga, Colombia and Bogota, Colombia. Through donations and matching grants by Rotary International and partnering with Rotary Districts in Colombia, Rotarians: Supported sustainability by proudly planting more than 700 trees, facilitated 300 young students getting back and forth to school by providing 300 new bicycles, gave 400 new pack backs loaded with school supplies to children in need, sponsored the design and build of a school water filtration system for potable water, funded Operation Smiles clef palate surgeries over the next two years, funded building a house for a displaced family as well as support for a school after care program, and stocked a room with dental supplies including
a dental chair and air conditioning so that people in need could have access to dental care. Working side by side with Rotarians from Los Angeles and around the world, the District Humanitarian trip facilitates building lifelong friends, fellowship opportunities and life long inspiration and memorable experiences. The 2019 District trip is to u Lima, Peru.
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The Westchester Rotary Foundation Annual Fundraiser The Westchester Rotary Foundation Annual Fundraiser was held at the Annenberg Community Beach House on March 17, 2018. With a theme of “An Evening in Casablanca…Here’s Looking at you Rotary!” the goal this year was to raise monies for the nonprofit Westchester Rotary Foundation. The dinner event recognized the “Citizens of the Year”, Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead and the William H. Hannon Foundation, for their support of thousands of young people – from preschool to college – through scholarships and tuition assistance, mental health organizations, churches and other charities in Westchester and throughout Los Angeles. Nearly 120 guests dined on fine food prepared by The Feast and were entertained by Rick’s Café Jazz Quartet, featuring some of LA’s most renowned jazz musicians, including Dan Barrett on trombone, Chris Dawson on piano, Mike Earls on bass and Brian Newbury on drums. The masterful emcee was Fritz Coleman, comically educating the well-dressed crowd on the calamities
of aging: “it isn’t pretty, but it sure is funny!” District Governor Cozette Vergari started off the evening program reminding Rotarians of the purpose of Rotary and its many benefits to the community. Alison Hurst, Executive Director of Safe Place for Youth, spoke passionately of Westchester Rotary’s role in providing a safe haven for youth and Rotarian Nora MacLellan spoke of her role and the impact of Westchester Rotary’s participation in the Vision to Learn program. 2017-18 President Judy Delavigne delightfully entertained the crowd with personal insights into Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead’s life, followed by a heartfelt commemoration of the Hannon Foundation’s contributions to the community. The funds raised support the Club’s annual community and international service projects that include: End Polio Now, Vision to Learn, Clean Water Projects, Safe Place for Youth (SPY), Scholarships, Teacher Grants, Shopping Sprees for Disadvantaged Children, 1736 Family Crisis Center, and Internau tional Service.
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“Back-To-School Shopping Spree”
At the beginning of the school year our Club contacted 2 schools asking for the names of their 10 neediest children. The children were selected by the school counselor and/or parent coordinator who knew the children and their family situations. Each family provided the sizes for pants, shirts, shorts, jackets, sweaters, and even shoes. Approximately, $100 was spent on each child. On a Saturday in September the children met their “Personal Rotarian Shopper” at their local Target Store. Parents had an opportunity to meet and have
Friend of a Rotarian, SP Andrade, Herman Pass, student from Delores Huerta Elementary School, Lek Pollard
coffee with their school principal and/or counselor while their child shopped with one of our Club members. The shopping lists allowed us to purchase the accurate-sized clothing and shoes. This shopping experience gave the child an opportunity to interact and learn about being a smart consumer of goods with our Rotarian. One child was thrilled to be asked what color pants he wanted, “I’ve never shopped for new pants before! This is my first time!” Here are some stories about this year’s students and their families as provided by the school counselor. There was a mother of two who was a victim of domestic violence and a nonresident who was struggling to make ends meet for her four children. As you can imagine, Fanny and Melvin were overjoyed to be on this shopping spree. Then there was Diego, an only child, who was receiving specialized instruction for his academic challenges. He was always bright, uplifting and grateful for any kindness that came his way. The only kindergartener in this group of shoppers was Delilah who was on the verge of being homeless. The Paz Family were new to the school and community. Although they were homeless the mother had a positive
spirit and had faith things would work out for her family. Her children were thrilled to be part of this shopping spree. Andrew was the little guy whose mother was battling breast cancer when we went shopping. Her joy at seeing her son receive new school clothes was deeply appreciated. We are very sad to report she has since passed away. The Barrera Family, new to the school and community, had to flee a domestic violence situation in Colorado with only the clothes on their backs. This shopping spree restored their faith in the kindness of others. Mario was the “big guy” who looked like he was in middle school but was actually a second grader. Although he was a large boy, his demeanor and attitude was that of a gentle and kind soul. His father was brought to tears when he saw the generosity of our Rotary Club. Mario’s dad has been working on and off in construction. He did not know how he was going to purchase clothes for his growing son. The Rotary Club appeared at the right moment for Mario and his father. Finally, there is Daniela who lost her beloved father approximately one year ago. The kind and thoughtful act of shopping for school clothes brightened
Friend of a Rotarian, SP Andrade, Herman Pass, student from Delores Huerta Elementary School, Lek Pollard
up her day even if her dad was not around to witness such generosity! As Rotarians we did not know the children’s stories when we shopped with them. We just saw the children smiling and excitedly jumping up and down. The hugs we received from the children were heartfelt and sincere. The parents, on the other hand, expressed their gratitude with tear-filled eyes and words such as, “May God continue to bless you. Thank you for being so generous and kind to our children!” It’s another “Rotary Moment” that we shared with children, families, schools, and their communities! u
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Westport Heights Elementary School
The Westchester Rotary Club joined Westport Heights Elementary School for their 5th annual Community and Beautification Day on Saturday, May 5, 2018. There were projects for all ages and abilities including painting murals, painting doors and columns, gardening projects, and general cleaning of the campus. David Russell of Otis College of Art and Design, along with Westchester Rotarians facilitated two mural projects. The “We are Westport” interactive permanent mural project located in the front entryway of the school was painted and designed by their students, parents and faculty/staff. The mural not only represents the mission and values of the school’s culture but also the individual identity of the students. The other mural project was a movable mural on six different panels for primary students — allowing younger students to really experience creativity, while still learning the values of the school which include trustworthiness, caring, responsibilu ity, respect, citizenship and fairness. Erica DeBear, Tori Hettinger, Lek Pollard, Judy Delavigne, Darlene Fukuji, Heather Martillo, Stephanie Daley, Cindy Williams
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This isn’t your grandfather’s Rotary Club anymore! The Rotary Club of Westchester Young Professionals are a young, passionate and diverse part of our club. Most of our young professionals are in their 20s and 30s, and in addition to building their careers, they are also getting their hands dirty and improving the neighborhood. Our young professional Rotarians have spearhead-
ed several projects, including “Paws For A Cause” — an evening dedicated to dog rescue organizations and educating the public on animal adoption; the recent Westport Heights Elementary School beautification day, in which our young professionals worked with Otis College of Art and Design’s Creative Action Program to paint a mural; and organizing holiday parties for the children
at a domestic abuse shelter. Our young professionals are movers and shakers in the community and in their careers. Their jobs span the spectrum — entrepreneurship, real estate, aerospace, education, pharmacy, and so much more. Not only do they bring their diverse backgrounds to the community service they do, but they also build community within our club. From potlucks to
whiskey tastings to pick-up basketball games, our young professionals make this service club fun! Join our Rotary Club of Westchester Young Professionals Wednesday nights at 7:00pm (various locations). Find out how you can make a difference here in Westchester! Contact President-Elect Tori Hettinger u at TLHettinger@gmail.com.
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Sunny War is in a prolific music-making phase since extracting herself from Venice street life
True to Herself Venice’s music community has embraced Sunny War, a singular talent rooted in the blues By Bliss Bowen Most artists with new releases hew to talking points, a business-forward mentality that imposes a promotional structure on interviews that can drain the humanity from discussion about something inherently personal — their music. But longtime Venice Boardwalk busker Sunny War doesn’t talk marketing speak. She doesn’t indulge in customary social filters either. The petite guitarist and songwriter interrupts her sentences and punctuates comments with “I don’t know” as if to qualify her ownership of her experiences. She laughs at herself frequently. The resulting paradoxical effect echoes her music: sly yet shy, tough yet vulnerable, rooted in blues while resisting genre tropes. Recently returned from touring with eclectic Americana darling Valerie June, War released her deeply layered album “With the Sun” in February; “Particle War,” a quasi-psych-folk collaboration with Particle Kid (aka Venice local Micah Nelson), came out last month. She also has a side project with soul artist Chris Pierce, War & Pierce, with whom she’d
just performed at the Joshua Tree Music Festival when we spoke Sunday night. Born Sydney Lyndella Ward to a “bohemian” mom, War found refuge from her nomadic childhood and bullying
Between-song banter is minimal. She communicates with her guitar like it’s an extension of her thoughts. “A lot of times I hear a younger player and immediately know, ‘OK, this person’s
“Her complete-package-at-a-young-age thing reminds me of how Ry Cooder bundled all of his influences into his own sound right from the start.” — Mavis Staples bandleader Rick Holmstrom classmates in her cat and guitar. By 13, settled in Nashville, she was writing songs, schooled in blues by her mother’s boyfriends. By her mid-teens she was busking in Venice, more or less homeless by choice. Fellow musicians and passersby were attracted to her distinctive clawhammer style and fingerpicked covers of punk tunes, Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” and the Beatles’ “She Loves You,” as well as childhood-inspired originals like “Police State.”
into Blind Lemon or Tampa Red or Merle Travis … most never move on to making it their own,” observes Venice resident Rick Holmstrom, a formidable guitarist and bandleader for soul/gospel legend Mavis Staples. “Sunny War is different. Totally unique. She’s made it her own. That’s huge. I mean, sure, I hear Elizabeth Cotton and maybe Rev. Gary Davis or maybe Blind Blake, but she meshed it all into something else. She’s got that thumb-and-forefinger picking thing going,
but she throws in these long single-note runs that run alongside her thumb perfectly. “It’s like she’s walking a tightrope and you think she’s gonna plunge but she just jumps off the rope, does a little ballerina flutter thing with her feet and continues on with a sly grin. In a weird way, her complete-package-at-a-young-age thing reminds me of how Ry Cooder bundled all of his influences into his own sound right from the start.” “I was instantly moved by Sunny’s authentic spirit and musicianship,” Pierce says. “We started making music together on the first day we met. Now, several years later, I consider her family — like a sister that you know is destined for creative success, no matter where the road may take her.” By the time she made her 2013 EP “Worthless,” War had extracted herself from the street life that’s part of her local legend. Fuzzy on numbers and biographical details, she guesstimates she was rotating between San Diego and San (Continued on page 42)
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Street artists transformed fencing behind Google HQ into a celebration of L.A. graffiti culture The bracing odor of spray paint and the rhythm of rap music filled the air behind Google HQ and Gold’s Gym in Venice on April 21, when members of L.A.’s street art community and the nonprofit Setting the Pace foundation transformed fences on Third Avenue between Rose and Sunset into city-sanctioned graffiti art walls. Vendors showing off sunglasses, T-shirts and canvases celebrating
street art culture lined the middle of the road between Sunset and Rose, while graffiti artists suffused mesh-covered fencing on either side of the street with whimsical figures and exuberant graffiti script. DJ Toprank from OG Huskey Radio provided the beats, while female street artist Lashes spray painted a cartoon Pink Panther. San Gabriel Valley-based Lalo made a giant graffiti-style skull.
Street artist Mores of the Compton-based KCC Crew appreciated how the event brought graffiti artists of all ages together. “We’re celebrating 40 years of L.A. graffiti. It’s a good opportunity to meet new, upcoming artists and old pioneers, legends,” he said. “This place is very good for the new generation coming up.” — Christina Campodonico
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for Busch, who at lunchtime was posting signs on phone poles protesting “Art Fascism” and questioning why there was money for art but not for food or a portable restroom. With the promiscuous use of the other “F-word” I rolled my mental eyeballs and figured the few dollars spent for spray cans and canvases wouldn’t translate into many meals or toilets. He’s really over-reacting, I thought, just got up on (well, was pushed out of) the wrong side of the sleeping bag. How can you demand, I asked Busch, that the homeless can veto happenings on “your street,” just like a bunch of NIMBY homeowners? On second thought, there is a moral basis for this proprietary attitude, since an ongoing campaign by property holders
no apparent reason other than to drive camper dwellers away. ACT THREE: Irate after this NIMBY episode, I decided to attend the long-running drama staged early Friday mornings along the Venice Boardwalk and Third Street. “Down These Clean Streets” features a large (if slow and drab) parade — dump trucks, LAPD cruisers, washer trucks. The theme (recalling Lady Macbeth) is washing away sin and crime. The role of the homeless? Exit, stage left. But only with the props you can stuff in a trash-can-size bag. LAPD and the city sanitation department insist they’re supporting actors and point to each other as the lead. Show’s best line: “You can’t take things out of the [dump-truck] scoop –
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The theme (recalling Lady Macbeth) is washing away sin and crime. The role of the homeless? Exit, stage left. continues to push the homeless out of most other Venice sites. So now these fences abutting Google and the storage facility opposite are the walls their backs are up against. Fears of art days displacing the homeless weekly have been so far ungrounded, though many worry that it’s all part of a larger scheme to “push us out,” as one resident who lost her apartment when Google bought a Brooks Avenue building suggested. Others appear not to mind their colorful new wallpaper. INTERMISSION: Sitting at the wheel of the 14-foot camper that was my 2014-17 “home base,” I was accosted by an SUV driver who suggested I should relocate, because “you people” are hurting property values and “scaring the children.” Hmmm, perhaps the “Homeward” play should be adapted for children? Actually, as I told SUV-man, I was there only since the city suddenly prohibited nighttime parking on an all-commercial strip of Venice Boulevard — for
that would be theft of city property.” I followed along with its regular attendees (also perceptive critics) from “Streetwatch,” who record key scenes to ensure that homeless property rights specified in court decisions aren’t violated. Some art was trashed, including a piece by Reed Segovia, who paints on objets trouves and sells them on the Venice Boardwalk. DENOUEMENT: There are talented artists among the homeless: William Laga, a painter afflicted with schizophrenia, moved from Westwood streets to a Melrose gallery show and then an apartment; a homeless heroin user on London streets ascended to international shows. Enough painting around the homeless; we need painting of the homeless, by the homeless, for the homeless, as Lincoln likely said when his log cabin was in the blueprint phase. Perhaps the next season of Homeward L.A. should go beyond humanizing the homeless and segue into the practical problems they face today.
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Los AngeLes Times sundAy Crossword PuzzLe “AUDIBLE SIGHS” By MARK McCLAIN
The Shoo Maker I’m a single dude in my 30s and I really want a girlfriend, but I keep striking out with women. My female co-worker says that if I want a relationship, I need to upgrade my shoes. I wear a pair of super-comfy New Balance sneakers that I’ve had since college … yes, even wearing them on dates. In the summer, I wear Crocs sandals. What’s the problem? Are girls really that shallow? — Footloose Sadly, the CDC has been remiss in informing men of the exceptional protection against sexually transmitted diseases that open-toe shoes can provide. Men’s shoes speak to women. They are a form of what anthropologists and zoologists call “signaling”: communication between organisms. In the mating realm, signals advertise quality in a potential partner — or sound the alarm when it’s lacking. Wearing bad shoes (like your stanky, hobo-ready sneakers) suggests you lack the social intelligence to dress like a grown-up and/or the interest in taking care of more than your own needs, like for the five basic bachelor-dude food groups: beer, Hot Pockets, pizza, Doritos, and pot edibles. Evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller surveyed women — straight single
American women, ages 20-35 — on what they like and loathe in footwear on a potential partner. The women were asked to imagine going on a casual lunch date with guys wearing 32 different types of men’s shoes, from Birkenstocks to chukkas to leather Oxfords. Women’s preferences were “strong” and “consistent” and point to the following advice: Wear leather shoes — nice leather shoes, like Oxfords or loafers — that cover your feet. (Women hated every single sandal, from Crocs to Birkenstocks to flip-flops.) Your shoes don’t have to be expensive. You can probably do just fine with a stylish loafer you get on sale for $50. (Passable sneakers, scoring OK but not so well as the leather shoes, were the classics: Vans and Converse All Stars.) Finally, it isn’t enough to just buy the right shoes; you have to take care of them. (Another important detail that ladies notice.) Learn how to polish and clean them. Take them to a shoemaker for resoling and other upkeep. These might seem like little things, but they are actually part of living like a man instead of a manchild. Admittedly, living the man way isn’t “super-comfy,” but consider where your priorities lie: more in the realm of Dr. Scholl or Dr. Kinsey?
Cloud None I’m in love with my male best friend and unfortunately, I’m pretty sure he’s never been attracted to me. This is very painful, and trying to stop thinking about him so much isn’t working. To be fair, he isn’t emotionally available right now, as he’s still mourning his divorce (a little too long for it to be healthy, I think). I’m thinking that if I stay close and stay available, he may pick me once he becomes emotionally ready again. Is that crazy? I really want a relationship and am willing to wait for him. — Tormented Nothing says “your welfare means the world to me” like clocking a man’s mourning with a stopwatch. Beyond how the guy isn’t up for a relationship right now, you seem pretty sure that you’re just the girl next door to the girls in his sexual fantasies. So mooning over him is not the road to a relationship but the equivalent of trying to get from New York to California by doing endless doughnuts in a Walmart parking lot. If unrequited love isn’t the point — of-
fering you protection from heartbreak and distraction from pursuing a guy who’s a real possibility — you need to disengage. But the answer isn’t trying to stop thinking about him. Thought suppression actually seems to backfire. For example, social psychologist Jennifer L.S. Borton found that asking research participants to suppress a specific thought led to their experiencing it “more frequently” and led to “a more anxious and depressed mood.” Because of this, when you have a thought of the guy, don’t try to shove it away. Instead, shift how you think of him. Focus on how he isn’t emotionally available and then on how he probably never will be for you. Next, take action. You could opt for a thoughtoccupying distraction like watching a movie — or, better yet, make an effort to shift your circumstances by going on dating sites to look for men who might be possibilities for you. This ultimately allows you to be there for this guy as a friend, offering him a Kleenex to dry his tears, as opposed to mentioning that you happen to be wearing a very soft and super-absorbent pushup bra.
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W e s t s i d e Ha p p e n i ng s prove your talent, then stay to support your fellow singers and musicians during the open mic each Friday at UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $5 to participate. (310) 315-0056; unurban.com Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival, 7:30 to 10 p.m. This film festival features works by, for and about the Garifuna community, a unique culture of descendants from the only black Africans who were never enslaved in the Americas, as well as indigenous peoples from across the world. Through June 3rd. The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $25 to $250. (310) 663-5813; garifunafilmfestival.com Denny Laine, 8 p.m. Grammy award winning singer-songwriter, founder of the Moody Blues and co-founder of Wings performs his rock and jazzfusion sound at McCabe’s Guitar, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $30. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.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
Saturday, May 26 Memorial Golf Classic, 9 a.m. The Los Angeles Veterans Home Support Foundation hosts this golf tournament to raise funds to promote and support veterans programs, distribute state-ofthe-art equipment, provide facility improvements and ensure access to activities at the home. The tournament includes a 9-hole scramble, luncheon and awards ceremony. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and tee-off is at 10 a.m. Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration Campus, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., West L.A. $150+; RSVP to Ron Brand at (424) 832-8210; firstname.lastname@example.org Artists & Fleas, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Established to bring together emerging artists, indie designers and vintage enthusiasts in an alternative retail setting, Artists & Fleas provides a community gathering spot and hipster haven every Saturday through Labor Day. Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Free. artistsandfleas.com Open Mic for Musicians, 2 p.m. Hang out with musicians, jam on stage and crack open a cold one. First come, first play. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com Japanese American Internment, 2 to 4 p.m. The Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument Committee presents an afternoon of music, poetry, film and discussion on the forced removal and incarceration of JapaneseAmericans during World War II. Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. $6 to $10; reservations
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Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a blues and zydeco concert by Jimbo Ross & The Bodacious Blues. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com Katalyst Collective, 8 p.m. Inglewood-based future funk, soul and jazz band Katalyst Collective brings their beats to the Del Monte Speakeasy followed by a Dot Dot Dot dance party with DJ Canyon Cody. DJ Shiva spins on the turntables with soul, funk, hip-hop, electronic and dance music upstairs at 10 p.m. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com . DJ Shiva spins soul, funk, hip-hop, electronic and dance music at 10 p.m. upstairs. Henry Rollins, 8 and 10 p.m. Celebrating McCabe’s 60th Anniversary and benefitting Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, which provides instruments to under-funded school music programs, musician and actor Henry Rollins entertains for two shows at McCabe’s Guitar, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $60. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.com What the Float: Venice, 9 p.m. Join this dance club without walls, borders or limits. Depart from Hinano Cafe to dance through streets, plazas and parks, as the music inspires you. Music piped straight to your glowing headphones. Dress comfortably and wear shoes you can dance and walk in. Hinano Cafe, 15 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey. $20+. whatthefloat.com
Sunday, May 27 Music at the Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. SangomaBeat weaves West African rhythms with ethnic vocal arrangements and harmonic guitar riffs into tribal world grooves at Santa Monica Farmers Market, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. smgov.net Single Seniors Book Club and Potluck, 10:30 a.m. Seniors can make new friends while enjoying good food and discussing good books. Contact for address. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org 5th Annual MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street, 1 to 6 p.m. This foodie take on a classic board game brings local businesses together to raise money for Summer SOULstice. Enjoy beer gardens, a “Go Directly to Jail” photo booth, live music, food and drink specials. Wear a “Monopoly”inspired costume. Receive MAINopoly dollars for tastings and get your game board stamped at each location for a chance to win prizes. Main Street, Santa Monica. facebook.com/ mainstreetsm Last Sundays, 1 to 7 p.m. Head down to Main Street the last Sunday of the month to enjoy merchant sidewalk sales, giveaways and extended happy hours from restaurants and bars. Main
Nikki O’Neill can do Keith Richards but prefers Teenie Hodges Nikki O’Neill can throw down blistering rock solos, but soul music guides her originals Like heritage artists who’ve weathered generational shifts from ’90s grunge and riot grrls to Lilith Fair folkery and laptop composing, Playa del Rey’s Nikki O’Neill has responded warmly to the burgeoning field of Americana. It’s not hard to understand why. While mainstream pop (and, to a significant degree, country) have redefined parameters with electronic beats and synthesizers, Americana remains rooted in melodic storytelling and stringed and fretted
instruments, especially guitars. And O’Neill is a fierce, commanding guitarist. Rockers like Robert Plant and Heart’s Ann Wilson have also embraced Americana — the former with deep, insightful understanding of its Appalachian folk and Delta blues history, the latter with passionate relish for an earthy genre that values genuine singing. As a singer, O’Neill is no Wilson — her voice is much lighter — but like the Heart frontwoman she seems to identify with Americana’s melodicism and songcraft. Born in L.A. and raised in Sweden, O’Neill teethed on classic
rock melodies, and she can throw down blistering lead guitar solos like a pro, whether covering Black Sabbath and the Rolling Stones or showing YouTube students how it’s done in instructional videos. She has terrific taste in guitar heroes: Memphis legend and Al Green sideman Teenie Hodges, Prince, and Pops Staples. Those soul influences are more discernible than anything else in the midtempo tunes on her self-titled 2012 EP as well as last year’s “Love Will Lead You Home.” The bright melodic bounce of the latter’s hopeful title track, “In the Waking Moments of the Day,” and the bluesy “A Second Chance” would fit comfortably on a KJZZ “Nothin’ but the Blues” playlist. Songs from the new EP will dominate the set she’ll play with her band at TRiP Friday. — Bliss Bowen Nikki O’Neill performs with her band at 9:15 p.m. Friday (May 25) at TRiP, 2102 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $10. Call (310) 396-9010 or visit nikkioneill.com. O’Neill also participates in a songwriter round from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday (May 31) at UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover.
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What the Float brings a glowing dance caravan to Venice Beach What would a silent disco, pub crawl and raging dance party look like if you rolled them all into one? It might look and sound something like What the Float, a roving (or “floating”) dance party experience that has wended its way through Brooklyn and the streets of New York since 2011. The concept is simple: Meet at a bar, down a drink or two, put on some wireless headphones, maybe wear something sparkly and dance off into the night. A special Venice edition happens on Saturday, when What the Float’s glowing dance caravan departs from the sawdust floors of Hinano at 9:45 p.m. Gear up at the bar starting at 9 p.m. There, you’ll be able to down some specialized liquid courage and pick up a pair of glow-in-the-dark wireless headphones or a receiver for your own buds. But be there by 9:30 p.m., say organizers, or you might miss the float.
Music and movement light up the night From there, the caravan winds its way through a secret labyrinth of streets, parks and plazas throughout Venice before making a pit stop at another secret establishment for a break (another beer). Then the deejays pipe in more beats for another roaming dance session, which brings you back to Hinano. An after party caps off the night till closing time. Be sure to wear comfy shoes, bright clothes and drink responsibly for this event that
promises to glow well into the night. — Christina Campodonico What the Float: Venice meets at 9:30 p.m. Saturday (May 26) at Hinano Café, 15 Washington Blvd., Venice. $20 in advance + drinks (cash only). Visit what whatthefloat.com for specs or check facebook. com/WhatTheFloat for updates.
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Classified advertising 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). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 5/10/18, 5/17/18, 5/24/18, 5/31/18 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2018114439 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: CURB YOUR CLUTTER; 12427 W. Jefferson Blvd., Apt. 216 Los Angeles, CA 90066. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Diane Salzberg, 12427 W. Jefferson Blvd., Apt. 216 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. /s/: Diane Salzberg. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: May 10, 2018. 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). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 5/17/18, 5/24/18, 5/31/18, 6/7/18
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2018111316 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2018111937 Type of Filing: Amended (New). The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: ELLO VIDEO PRODUCTIONS, ELLO VIDEO, AURANEL, AURANEL FILMS, AURANEL PRODUCTIONS, ELLO PRODUCTIONS; 4065 Bledsoe Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90066, PO Box 4367 Culver City, CA 90231 COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Laura K. O’Neal, 4065 Bledsoe Ave. 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. /s/: Laura K. O’Neal. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: May 8, 2018. 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,
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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME Case No. SS027265 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES. Petition of VALERIE GAIL ZIM, for Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1.) Petitioner: Valerie Gail Zim filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a.) Valerie Gail Zim to Valerie Zim Bono 2.) THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: 06/22/2018. Time: 8:30 AM. Dept.: K Room: A-203. The address of the court is 1725 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90401. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Los Angeles. Original filed: May 1, 2018. Judge Gerald Rosenberg, Judge of the Superior Court. PUBLISH: The Argonaut Newspaper 5/10/18, 5/17/18, 5/24/18, 5/31/18
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Wednesday, May 30 Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, 7 to 8:30 a.m. A 12-step program for anyone struggling with their relationship with food. Unitarian Universalist Community Church, The Cottage, 1260 18th St., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 902-3040; foodaddicts.org Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club, 7:15 a.m. Wednesdays. Make connections and discover ways to give back to your community while having breakfast at Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $25. Call Brady Connell at (323) 459-1932 for reservations; playavenice.org (Continued on page 43)
The Toledo Show, 9:30 p.m. This long-running cabaret show continues to shake up Sunday nights at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $10 plus a two-drink minimum. (310) 395-1676; santamonica.harvelles.com
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THE ARGONAUT REAL ESTATE Q&A
The show must go on: Tips for staging property Step 1: Do your research Knowing the breadth of the local inventory will help you to keep up with current market activity in your area. Buyer’s agents and seller’s agents both benefit from thorough knowledge not only of the property marketed and being considered by a buyer, but of other properties like it.
a seller appreciate their agent’s ability to effectively defend the value of their home, but buyer’s agents impress potential buyers with their deep familiarity of the area.
Another reason buyer’s agents need to preview properties is to map a route to the showing. If you are bringing potential buyers to a home, you’ll need to know which parts of the neighborhood are the best Previewing properties is the best way for a buyer’s selling points. Drive and observe the streets around agent and a seller’s agent to get to know the value the property to determine the conditions buyers will of a home. When buyers visit a house, they often ask want to notice, like the local school, playgrounds and questions like: shopping centers, and which areas negatively affect a • Why is this home more expensive – priced higher – buyers’ initial opinion, like an abandoned strip mall. than the home down the street? Step 2: Prepare the property • My friend’s house two blocks down just sold for For seller’s agents, it’s part of the job to help your $XX. Why is this home not the same price? • I see problems with this property. Why is the price seller present the property well. Coach the seller through staging their home, and tell them to try so high? and keep it as pristine as possible until you’re done If you know what similar properties in the area are showing it. really like, you’ll be able to answer these questions Instruct the seller to clean the property thoroughly, with ease. The home down the street may be less including areas not seen on a daily basis, like garbage expensive because it has fewer square feet or amenities, like ﬁreplaces or an extra bath. Not only will bins kept under a sink. Sellers will also need to get
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rid of clutter in both visible and hidden areas. For example, buyers will look into closets for storage space, and clutter makes closets appear smaller than they are. Sellers also need to be aware that furniture arrangements make a difference in a buyer’s perspective of the home. Tell your seller to arrange furniture so that:
your seller make a plan for their pets by keeping them at a friend’s house when prospective buyers inspect the property. Remove any hair, food dishes or other signs of pets before a showing. Be aware of any lingering smells – pet odors cling to furniture, curtains and carpet, as does tobacco smoke – and occupants typically become indifferent to persistent odors. Instruct your seller not to neglect landscaping. Remove old, dilapidated patio furniture. Mow and trim the lawn, and plant flowers or shrubs. A clean and pleasing yard will instantly enhance curb appeal.
• every room is properly furnished; • each room contains no more furniture than absolutely necessary; and • all furniture looks new and complements the house. Step 3: Market properly Tell the seller to remove any furniture that looks shabby or is in disrepair.
When the home is ready to show, it’s time to begin marketing the property. Seller’s agents need to make sure the property is listed with many quality photos on all available multiple listing service (MLS) sites, as well as your agent website.
Suggest minor repairs the seller may be able to perform without major cost. Cleaning the gutters or replacing a stubborn doorknob makes a huge difference to buyers looking for a perfect home. These minor items are distractions misdirecting a potential T H I S W E E K ’ S Q U E S T I O N WAS ANSWERED BY buyer’s attention from the major high points. Pets need to be relocated during showings, too. Have Amy Thomas, Editor first Tuesday Realty Publications, Inc.
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“Architectural elements and a masterful floor plan come together to create a unique opportunity in this home,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “The smart kitchen, dining area, and conversation room create an ideal space for everyday living. The open-plan great room connects to an outdoor deck through glass-paneled doors. The backyard offers an expansive lawn, a pergola-covered sitting area, and lush landscaping. The home’s six bedrooms feature creative spaces, large closets, and natural lighting.”
“Brand new, this highly renovated one-bed, one-bath home boasts floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping views from Point Dume to mountain vistas,” says agent Charles Lederman. “Wood, porcelain, and tile run throughout the unit. The kitchen features a ceramic cook-top and quartz countertops. An open living room leads to the wide terrace. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet, and the bathroom features quartz counters and a Cleaf vanity. This unit enjoys all the Marina City Club amenities.”
“Live in, remodel, or build your future dream home,” say agents Bob Waldron and Jessica Heredia. “Situated in a desirable upper North Kentwood location, this home sits on a prime corner lot on a cul de sac. With three bedrooms, including the master suite, and one-and-three-quarter-baths, an innovative designer can easily imagine and construct a forever home. Live the dream in this outstanding location and enjoy all the benefits of Silicon Beach and the booming technology hub in Playa Vista.” Offered at $1,219,000 Bob Waldron and Jessica Heredia, Coldwell Banker 424-702-3000 PAGE 40 At Home – THE ARGONAUT’s Real Estate Section May 24, 2018
“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.”
“Perched above the Ballona Wetlands, and located in the heart of downtown Playa del Rey, is this lovely two-story townhouse-style condo,” says agent Jane St. John. “This home offers a relaxing environment with beautiful northfacing views, high ceilings, and beautiful hardwood and tile floors. Other benefits include two fireplaces, gourmet’s kitchen and bar, updated bathrooms, and three spacious bedrooms with fabulous views. With balconies on both levels, enjoy the continuous ocean breezes and sun.”
“This unit, in the Marina City Club, offers luxury living and views of the mountains and the sunset,” says agent Eileen McCarthy “This two-bed, two-bath home is idealized by the hardwood floors, and the upgraded kitchen and bathrooms. This home also has access to all the amenities of Marina del Rey City Club, with easy access to Santa Monica, LAX, and Venice Beach.”
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Sunny War’s new music is rooted in the beach as much as the blues (Continued from page 29)
Francisco from 2005 to 2008, before settling in Venice. “I went to jail for a while up north,” she says with a shy laugh, “2008 or 2009, and after that I had court dates. I wanted to try to get a job. But then, I don’t know, I had a bunch of other problems. I had to get sober. I got my GED, and I was maybe gonna learn how to drive. … I was doing everything wrong.” War’s tango with the judicial system can be summarized as: stupid shit that happens when you’re young, fucked up, and too broke to breathe. Wracked by seizures, weighing 80 pounds, she checked into a sober living facility. Since emerging, she’s become more prolific and musically focused. “With the Sun,” recorded at Hen House Studios in Venice with local resident/producer Harlan Steinberger and Micah Nelson, Milo Gonzalez and Nikita Sorokin from Insects vs Robots, flows like melodic ear balm despite themes of depression, violence, sobriety and “accepting adulthood.” War’s playing and vocal phrasing reflect the influences of Joan Armatrading and Billie Holiday, though smoking’s deepened her tones. “I still don’t feel that comfortable singing,” she admits, adding that she’s been listening to “voices that are characters” like Tom Waits and Macy Gray. “I like how Elliott Smith sings and I feel like I can hear his personality. I think I’m trying to get in touch with my own personality. … “I think it’s a beachy album, as much as blues,” she adds, citing the studio’s relaxed communal vibe. “Everybody in it is somebody I met from Venice.” The title track’s loping, Malianinfluenced guitar lines reflect
time spent listening to Tinariwen, and past gigs playing at ayahuasca ceremonies according to a shaman’s dictates (“minor chords had to be paired with major chords”). The wise “If It Wasn’t Broken” and “Gotta Live It” (“I’m a drunk and a dreamer/ I’m a punk, closet screamer”) have been featured in War’s live sets for a couple of years. In 2016 she composed and posted a raw cellphone demo of “I’m Human” on YouTube after seeing a video of a black man being shot in the back by police. “It’s really messed up, because I can’t remember what specific incident that I saw,” she says. “They made him turn around and then they shot him while he was turned around. A lot of stuff was happening like that, a lot in a row.” “Till I’m Dead” is blues (“I don’t wanna live and I don’t wanna die”) without being straight-up blues. “I didn’t feel suicidal but I felt really empty,” she explains. “I felt like I have no money and no friends. [Chuckles] I was trying to think of things that I could be happy about.” With this album she consciously strove to “think of songs more as poems,” rather than using lyrics to “decorate” songs. But channeling emotions through music remains her reflexive response to life. “I don’t know what else to do,” she says. “Now I like writing more, or I feel more like a poet. I want to be a poet. … I don’t know. I feel like I could be obsessed with playing probably for a long time.” Sunny War plays at 8 p.m. Sunday (May 27) at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Country bluesman Todd Albright also performs. Tickets are $12. Call (310) 828-4497 or visit mccabes.com.
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