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Local leaders must think beyond slow, expensive solutions to keep pace with rising homelessness ......................................... 8

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L etter s The Next Rent Increase Might Be My Last Here Re: “Homelessness Spikes Double-Digits,” News, June 6 Throughout Los Angeles the hot topic is high rents and how we renters are being priced out of our homes is the hot topic throughout Los Angeles. Marina del Rey, which is built on land owned by Los Angeles County, needs permanent rules to protect all tenants by stabilizing everincreasing rental costs.

Whatever happened to the “good tenant” policies that rewarded tenants who are good neighbors and have been loyal to building management for years? These days property managers are relentless about not only raising rents, but also parking expenses and what they refer to as RealPage Utility Management (RUM) — energy, sewer, water and trash bills of over $100 per tenant each month, on top of our personal LADWP and SoCal Gas bills.

I have always made my home by renting, which was my choice. I moved to Marina del Rey due to the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and at that time I was told “You were only a renter, you didn’t lose your home.” I am still a resident with the same management company in the marina, but now that we’re part of what’s referred to as “Silicon Beach” our worries about rent increases are constant. When it’s time to renew

my lease I actually make myself sick worrying about what the percentage increase will be. There is no negotiating. It is what it is. But where will it end? A better question might be: Where will we go? Will the next rent increase mean moving out of a state I’ve loved and made my home since 1969? Do renters no longer matter in this society? Leslie Michele Clarke Marina del Rey

L.A. Must Think Small to House the Homeless Re: “Homelessness Spikes Double-Digits,” News, June 6 Government is partly responsible for the shortage of affordable housing, and for an obvious reason. Many subsidized or temporary housing projects verify construction costs of $300,000 to $500,000 per housing unit. In some less (Continued on page 8)

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A Crisis of Creative Thinking Local leaders must think beyond slow, expensive solutions to keep pace with rising homelessness Will 59,936 people sleeping in encampments, vehicles and shelters throughout Los Angeles County be the tipping point for local leaders to finally get serious about addressing homelessness? It better be. Angelenos are rapidly losing faith in the ability of social services organizations to address the crisis, the competence of elected leaders to execute effective policy solutions, and the promise of making a life in what has always been the City of Dreams. In highly impacted neighborhoods such as Venice, hardworking people are increasingly frustrated about paying outrageous prices to live among unsanitary, unsafe and frankly Third World conditions. The city’s collective sympathy for the homeless is already beyond tested, and the situation has only gotten worse despite hundreds of millions of dollars in public spending. It may come as a shock that Los Angeles-area government and social services agencies are housing homeless people in record numbers — more than 21,600 in 2018, compared to 17,500 in 2017 and 15,100 in 2016. The rub is that more people are becoming homeless than ever before. Although 48,000 people found their way out of homelessness (or the area) last year, another 55,000 became homeless, according to this year’s Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. The difference represents a 12% increase in homelessness countywide,

and a 16% increase in the city of Los Angeles alone. That city leaders, nonprofit agencies and taxpayers are pushing harder on this issue than ever before but still losing ground indicates that we need to update and diversify our plan of attack. Traditional affordable housing projects can play an important role in maintaining economic diversity in neighborhoods where poor people have been pushed out. But at an average cost to build of around $500,000 per apartment, these projects require too much time and resources to be considered effective solutions to an immediate crisis. Los Angeles voters approved the $1.2-billion Proposition HHH housing bond in November 2016. It took a staggering two years, six months and 24 days for the first of that HHH-funded housing to become a reality — just 49 units of permanent supportive housing and 250 temporary shelter beds that opened in Sun Valley on May 31. That’s 935 days to house roughly 300 people, and at a price tag of $52 million. Three years ago, before Prop HHH, a local nonprofit spent $10 million to house two dozen formerly homeless men and women in the 20-unit Gateway Apartments on Beach Avenue in Del Rey. These apartments are so nice that the average working person could not afford to rent one at market rate. We do not begrudge the good fortune of supportive


others’) enough not to give the money to LAUSD. Now we just have to figure out how to best support the kids in a way that actually benefits them. Tracy Thrower Conyers Westchester

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affluent Los Angeles neighborhoods you could buy a single-family home for that. Housing for the poor must be called what it is and created at sustainable cost-levels. Start with homeless housing that provides beds, sanitation and mental health support — 250 square feet for one person, 400 for a couple, 550 for a family of three, etc. Emergency housing for the homeless should be small and easy to build to ensure that it actually gets built. These projects should have boiler-plate design documents that are reusable with only minor changes, including a superstructure that could be easily transformed for other zoning uses when no longer needed. Peter Griswold Marina del Rey Parcel Tax Opponents Don’t Care About Kids? Re: “Bullets & Bombs: LAUSD Parcel Tax Crashes and Burns,” Hot Take, June 6 I think we care about our kids (and PAGE 8 THE ARGONAUT June 13, 2019

housing residents, but it’s starting to seem ludicrous and unfair when two dozen homeless people hit the housing lottery while tens of thousands of others languish without shelter of any kind. When you have nearly 60,000 people living and dying on the streets — 36,300 in the city of Los Angeles alone — it is a failure of leadership to not pursue more cost-effective solutions to address and prevent homelessness. Los Angeles won’t build its way out of homelessness at roughly half a million dollars per person, couple or family. Just as there are many different circumstances and characteristics among homeless people, there needs to be an investment in many different kinds of housing solutions — and the majority of it should be executed as quickly as possible in order to help the maximum number of people right now, not a small number of them two and a half years from now. College students sleep in dormitories and share apartments, and so can many of the homeless. As seen in The Argonaut in February, Venice resident Heidi Roberts is creating self-sustaining “collaborative” housing by converting duplexes into functioning group homes, with formerly homeless residents sharing facilities and contributing a few hundred dollars in monthly rent to help pay the mortgage. Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents Westside neigh-

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borhoods, approved a $50,000 pilot program for shared housing a few years ago, but in his own words the city has failed to sufficiently fund this strategy. On Tuesday, Bonin proposed levying some sort of fee against landlords who deliberately keep habitable housing units empty for extended periods of time. That’s the kind of thinking we need, but it’s a shame this idea is only coming forward now. Vacancy penalties already exist in other cities, while in Los Angeles there is U.S. Census data to suggest as many as 111,000 housing units remain empty in the midst of a crisis-level housing shortage. As city hall continues to facilitate construction of luxury market-rate housing for the wealthy and very costly subsidized housing for the destitute, it’s the working people in the middle who are getting pushed out of the housing market, becoming so rent-burdened that they are only a paycheck or two away from becoming homeless themselves. Without creative, cost-effective and fast-acting solutions, we’ll continue to see the disappointing status quo: people sleeping in tents and cars in such great number that the average person is overwhelmed by it all — a perverse normalization of homelessness, and hopelessness, for lack of creative thinking in the creativity capital of America.

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Hope for the Hardest Cases

Santa Monica’s chronic homelessness interventions show promising results By Gary Walker As Los Angeles-area communities grapple with rising homeless populations despite increased government spending to combat homelessness, a newly published RAND Corporation study documents positive outcomes of a Santa Monica initiative that intensely focuses social services delivery on some of the city’s most challenging cases. In short, the study finds that proactive social services interventions for the chronically homeless can greatly reduce the frequency of their negative interactions with police, fire and other emergency responders in the process. From September 2016 to June 2018, RAND researchers tracked the efforts of Santa Monica’s city-funded Homeless Multidisciplinary Street Team, which includes housing and substance abuse case managers, a medical doctor, psychiatrist, physician assistant and a formerly homeless peer support specialist. “What makes this approach so unique is that it allows us to engage with the people with the most need and a population that is among the hardest to engage with. Less than 10% of the entire unhoused popula-

who reported being homelessness for 28 years. Reaching people who have been unhoused for so long and who often have mental challenges requires dozens upon dozens of contacts over long periods of time, he said. “There is one person who was engaged by our team 179 times before he got his first apartment,” Haskell said. “It’s about persistence and having a highly skilled “There is one person who was professional staffing that is dedicated.” engaged by our team 179 times before The results of this year’s homeless count found a 3% increase in homelessness in he got his first apartment.” Santa Monica from January 2018 to Janu— Brian Haskell, Santa Monica Homeless ary 2019, from 957 to 985 people. Over Multidisciplinary Street Team that same period, homelessness in Los Angeles increased by 16% to 36,300 homeless clients, followed by an addi“We estimate that the net financial people, and homelessness throughout all tional $150,000 for the second half of savings to the city of Santa Monica on of Los Angeles County increased by 12% 2017, and received $300,000 from Los these decreased encounters is between to 58,936 people — making Santa Angeles County to cover the first half of $103,000 and $259,000 — an offset of Monica a comparative bright spot. 2018. The city has since made additional 17% to 43% of the money invested in the “Large cities such as Los Angeles and investments since last June to continue team. If the current clients continue to New York have created efforts to target the program, serving 37 clients to date — experience a decline in encounters over individuals who are chronically home19 of whom have found housing and are time, then the savings will increase,” write less, but it’s unique for a relatively small no longer homeless, according to street the authors of the RAND report. city such as Santa Monica to undertake team manager Brian Haskell. Haskell said street team clients have such an effort,” said RAND policy During the first 12 months of the experienced a combined total of 300 years researcher Scott Ashwood, the study’s living on the streets, including one man program, the total number of Santa lead author. tion in Santa Monica is chronically homeless” (meaning without shelter for at least five years), said Alisa Orduña, Santa Monica’s senior advisor on homelessness. Santa Monica initially invested $600,000 in the program to target 26

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By Mark Lipman The author is a board member of Power (People Organized for Westside Renewal) who was displaced from Venice and now lives in Culver City. As local leaders continue to reel with “shock” at the release of the latest homeless count numbers — 58,936 in L.A. County, 36,300 of them in the city of Los Angeles — nobody else seems surprised by the confirmation of what we see before our eyes every single day. Writing as someone who was homeless in Venice ten years ago, it wasn’t nearly this bad back then. How could it be that after spending hundreds of millions of dollars on housing and services the problem has gotten substantially worse? Could it be that city officials allowed developers to drastically increase construction costs after voters approved a $1.2 billion city housing bond? I bet that has something to do with it. Pockets need greasing when there’s a big pot of money on the table. Voters were promised 10,000 new housing units in 10 years. Now we’re being told to hope for 6,000. Today the going rate to build one unit of affordable housing is nearly $500,000. And the politicians accept that. There are far cheaper ways to house people, but they only consider funding the kind of projects that enrich developers and their lobbyists. Our local leaders keep telling us that we need to build more housing, but the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey estimates that more than 230,000 rental housing units sit vacant throughout Los Angeles County. Which raises the question: Why does so much housing sit vacant while people continue to sleep on the street? Could it be that the owners of many vacant units, often Wall Street investors, can take a market-rate tax break as a “loss of income” on vacant units, while at the same time fueling the scarcity that enables them to rent one-bedroom apartments for $3,000 per month? Could it be that our housing crisis has been artificially created in order to jack up rents and increase investor profits? Yes, but if you’re going to do that, you have to have customers who can pay those rents. One of the key driving forces to our current homelessness emergency is that existing renters cannot afford the extortion-level rent increases they are facing. For thousands of people, losing their current housing means they will become homeless, even if they still have jobs. What they earn can’t pay what’s being demanded for rent. Many say the problem is gentrification, PAGE 10 THE ARGONAUT June 13, 2019

Homeless encampments line Park Avenue near the Venice Boardwalk but that’s so 2010. Yes, fewer people internet companies would otherwise leave (whiter people, richer people) are taking the city. “We will lose more than $3.4 up more space — you know, moving into million if we don’t do it this year… It’s communities and building huge block the right thing to do on dollars and cents,” mansions the size of a multistory apartthe Los Angeles Times quoted Garcetti at ment complex that only house two people. the time. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. And so in 2011 Google moved to Venice, Without a massive influx of high-paid taking advantage of how they could save workers, you cannot displace enough big by moving a very short distance.

been securely housed for decades — integral members of an existing community — started receiving thousand-dollar increases and eviction notices. Some of those people are the ones who are being stepped over as they sleep on the sidewalks today. In 2013, Mike Bonin won election to the Los Angeles City Council. After a high-profile inaugural bash sponsored by Google, he went out and championed a five-year extension of that same internet The Venice test project was a huge business tax break, which was then due success. Now major corporations, to expire. Once again, Google and other tech working hand-in-hand with developers, companies displacing longtime residents want to carve out their own slice of cool would pay $1.01 per $1,000 in gross receipts instead of the $5.07 city business in a neighborhood near you. tax paid by most other companies. The rest of us got higher rents and more homelessness. That’s when the trouble started. people to justify the tripling of rents. But it doesn’t end there. Pushing In order to market themselves as a And thus we have the rise of the corporathousands of low-income people out of positive presence in the community, tization of key locations throughout the Google sponsored what seemed like every a community while replacing them with Greater Los Angeles region. high-income tech workers served to public event in Venice — putting their It started in earnest in 2010. Google logo up everywhere, literally handing out establish an isolated voting block of wanted to build out their Southern people, all working in the same bubble, cookies, and sponsoring a tiny computer California headquarters, and the only with no prior connection to the commuclass for a select handful of students as problem was that Santa Monica wanted nity, who suddenly see homeless people them to pay their business tax. So Google a so-called “community benefit.” everywhere and get angry that these The single-most important community was looking for a change of address, benefit Google didn’t bring with them was people are sleeping right in front of and next door in Venice was the new hip those well-paying jobs that big companies apartments that are now costing upwards place to be. always promise. Instead, Google imported of $5,000 a month. That same year, then-Los Angeles City This voting block zeroes in on the 2016 Council President Eric Garcetti supported hundreds of high-paid employees and, to Venice Neighborhood Council election promote their eco-friendly image, gave an 80% local business tax break for and installs extremists who want to crimithose employees bonuses to ride their internet-based companies (like Google), nalize poor people while creating a gated bicycles to work. justifying a retroactive $3.4-million tax And that’s when the rent wars started. revenue loss (amid a projected $212-mil(Continued on page 14) lion budget shortfall) by stoking fears that Almost overnight, paying tenants who had

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Rep. Ted Lieu fights for a national ban on gay conversion therapy By Gary Walker As a member of the California Legislature, Ted Lieu wrote the 2012 state law that prohibits mental health professionals from practicing gender identity or sexual orientation “conversion therapy” on minors. Eighteen other states have followed suit. Now representing Westside communities in Congress, the outspoken Democrat is seeking a national ban on the practice. “I’m very pleased to author the first law in the nation to ban gay conversion therapy. We need to ban this evil and fraudulent practice in all 50 states,” said Lieu, who plans to introduce federal legislation similar to a 2015 bill that was quashed by that congressional session’s Republican majority. Lieu announced his legislation on June 6 at the UCLA School of Law during a roundtable discussion with LGBTQ activists and advocates.

Panelists included Kate McCobb, who underwent conversion therapy at age 25 at the urging of a psychiatrist she was seeing to gain clarity about other aspects of her life. Now 39, McCobb settled a lawsuit against that practitioner in February with the assistance of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “My therapist quickly focused on a repressed childhood trauma. He convinced me that I had been sexually abused as a child and told me that was why I was a lesbian,” recalled McCobb, who has no memory of childhood sexual abuse and is now certain she was not sexually abused as a child. “Being LGBTQ is not a trauma response to sexual abuse,” she said. “It’s a natural variation of human behavior.” During eight years of conversion therapy, however, McCobb was convinced to stop dating

women and start dating men under orders from her therapist to “reinvent” herself and dress in a more “feminine” manner. The American Psychiatric Association is formally opposed to “any psychiatric treatment, such as reparative or conversion therapy, which is based upon the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder, or based upon the a priori assumption that a patient should change his/her sexual homosexual orientation,” according to its website. Asked whether a national gay conversion therapy ban could overcome a 53-47 Republican advantage in the U.S. Senate, Lieu was optimistic. “I feel pretty good about getting this through the [Democrat-controlled] House. If enough people rise up to say this is evil, crazy and wrong, [the Senate] might pass it.”


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Home Savings Branch is History Falling short of landmark status, the building faces demolition but its mural will be saved Photo by Peter Leonard

By Danny Karel From the 1950s into the 1970s, a fertile partnership between artistically-minded businessman Howard Ahmanson and architectural designer Millard Sheets produced 40 fortress-like Home Savings bank branches throughout Southern California. The one at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and 26th Street in Santa Monica, Sheets’ twenty-fifth, is unique among them in that the façade features a sprawling, 40’x16’ beach-themed mosaic mural between wings of the building pitched at 45-degree angles. Two related sculptures punctuate the premises, and an interior stained glass design completes the ensemble. A Cellular Fantasy franchise purchased the historic building in 2000 and has shared the space with a New Balance franchise store since 2010. Now, according to a report by the Santa Monica Conservancy, its demolition is imminent. Following years of legal back-and-forth over obtaining an official historic landmark designation for the building, a settlement reached at the end of last year allows the property’s current owner to remove the artworks and tear down the building. He seems poised to do so, and soon. “We supported preserving the entire building,” explained conservancy board member Ruthann Lehrer. “All of the

The Home Savings branch at Wilshire and 26th was commissioned by savings-and-loan giant turned philanthropist Howard Ahmanson artworks and the architectural setting were designed as a unity — they were intended to work together. When you start dismembering a landmark, you lose its significance.” The loss will disappoint many — including this writer, who grew up blocks away from the Home Savings building — but the story has a silver lining. With the help of a small cadre of invested parties, including the late Millard Sheets’ son

Tony Sheets, the building’s unique artwork will be relocated to the Hilbert Museum of California Art in Orange County. Tony Sheets, also an artist, said his father’s large-scale mosaic will be installed on the exterior of the building and face a busy train station. He was also quick to dispel rumors that building owner Mark Leevan had been attempting to crudely expedite the removal.

“He’s been terrific,” Sheets said. “I was given the impression that he was trying to shortcut it, and turns out not at all. He’s been very conscientious, and he’s paying for the removal of everything — he certainly didn’t want to destroy it.” The bank buildings that Sheets designed for Ahmanson is the subject of a book by Adam Arenson, “Banking on Beauty,” describes how the artist designed each building to celebrate local history while projecting an aura of financial stability. But there was still one more rumor that Tony Sheets wishes to dispel: that his father disliked the 26th and Wilshire mosaic. During a Santa Monica City Council hearing in 2016, a recording was played that seemed to show his father, who died in 1989, claiming that he would “wince every time” he passed the building. According to Sheets, the recording was presented out of context — “that was not true in the slightest,” he said. But even if Millard Sheets found aspects of his handiwork disappointing, the sentiment wasn’t shared by the community. For almost 50 years, it has been a revered symbol of our city’s intimate and essential connection with the beach. “The building has been a defining feature of Santa Monica since it was built,” said Lehrer. “It’s going to be a real loss.”

Neighborhood Council Election Results The June 2 neighborhood council elections attracted high voter turnouts in Venice and Mar Vista, with at least one contest still in need of a tiebreaker and elections administrators investigating several allegations of election rule violations. VENICE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL In Venice, incumbent council president Ira Koslow fended off a challenge by outreach officer Hollie Stenson with 1,045 votes to her 632. Venice Chamber of Commerce President George Francisco, Melissa Diner and Hugh Harrison will return as vice president, secretary and treasurer of the council, respectively. Alix Gucovsky finished four votes ahead of Daffodil Tyminski to chair the council’s Land Use and Planning Committee, and Sima Kostovetsky edged out Joslyn Williams for outreach officer. The at-large community officer contest, in which voters could support only one of 36 candidates seeking 13 open seats, produced 12 winners and a tie. Venice Stakeholders Association President Mark Ryavec topped the field with 195 votes, followed by Venice Dogz organizer Jim Robb, Fight Back Venice organizer Christian Wrede, Brian Averill, James PAGE 12 THE ARGONAUT June 13, 2019

Murez, Alex Neiman, Charles Rials, Nisa Kove, C.J. Cole, Matt Fisher, Jaime Paige and Robert Thibodeau. Venice United organizer Travis Binen and architect John Reed tied for the final seat with 55 votes. MAR VISTA COMMUNITY COUNCIL Seven electoral challenges emerged in Mar Vista, ranging from electioneering within 100 feet of the polling location to using city logos or funding in support of candidates. The council’s June 11 meeting was canceled pending the outcome of challenges. Vote totals, however, make clear that the big winners of the day were the Standing Up for Stakeholders Slate, who positioned themselves as independent voices willing to push back against policies of L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin. Incumbent Council President Elliot Hanna defeated challenger Adriana de la Cruz with 716 votes to her 584, and Stakeholders allies

Stacey Shure, Mary Hruska, Armond Seretti, Michelle Krupkin and Christine Stemar (all but two of them incumbents) won each their races, securing majority control the 13-member council that will also include vocal Bonin critic Selena Inouye. Only two of the seven Mar Vista Makes Waves candidates, critics of the current council, won at-large seats: Andrea Ambriz and Gabriel Hill. NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL OF WESTCHESTER-PLAYA Turnout wasn’t very high for the Westchester-Playa election, with contests impacting only 11 of the council’s 31 seats. The highest vote total — 310 — belonged to incumbent Kimberly Fox, who along with Garret Smith retained two at-large seats in an eight-way race. Winners also included Michele CooleyStrickland, Zach Siglow, Andrew Watkins, Sylvia J. Wilson (who defeated

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‘The Word’s Still on the Pages’ A documentary about the aftermath of 2015’s Mother Emanuel church shootings testifies to the power of community and forgiveness

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By Bliss Bowen The slaughter of nine parishioners as their Bible study ended at Charleston, South Carolina’s 200-year-old Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015, was an explosive violation of faith — both civic and religious — that seared the conscience of many Americans like a don’t-forget-this tattoo. Our society has traditionally honored certain spaces as sacrosanct, where tolerance rules by covenant. When 21-year-old white supremacist Dylann Roof methodically shot those nine African-American churchgoers as they prayed, after first sitting through Bible study with them, it was proof (as if any were needed) of his ideology’s coldblooded hate and irreverence. It’s not like sanctuaries haven’t been bloodied before, but the Mother Emanuel “execution” (in the words of one victim’s brother) was different for two reasons that jolt director Brian Ivie’s new documentary “Emanuel,” executive produced by NBA star Stephen Curry and actress Viola Davis, with electric force. First, Mother Emanuel, an anti-slavery church, is the oldest AME Church in the South, an enduring symbol of liberation, social justice and African-American agency. Second, two days after the shooting, at Roof’s bond hearing, families of some of the victims rose one by one in court, shared their intense grief — and forgave him. In the aftermath of the Michael Brown and Walter Scott police shootings, the Ferguson riot and other brutalities, it was a thunderbolt no one — not even the families — anticipated. That astonishing fact alone makes “Emanuel” riveting. But if their forgiveness makes the film uplifting, then Ivie’s

Mother Emanuel AME Church, a target of one of America’s most violent hate crimes, still stands as a beacon of black pride and independence

willingness to listen to critics of their choice renders it more meaningfully provocative. “A lot of ‘Christian films,’ if that’s even a thing, avoid hard topics and that’s why most people outside the church roll their eyes and don’t see them,” Ivie says during an email interview. “The honest truth is that even people of faith struggle, cuss, fail, forgive and don’t forgive. Everyone is on a journey and my job as a documentarian is simply to honor that journey and never impose my will on an interview subject. … “I’m praying that this film challenges us to do the hard work, not just the easy things like taking down flags, to see real lasting change happen.” The flag in question is Confederate, an oppressive symbol finally removed from South Carolina’s statehouse in the wake of the Mother Emanuel shooting. “Emanuel” subtly suggests that if anything good came of the murders, it was how they raised consciousness to help make that goal a reality after decades of activism. “As my friend Reverend Darby says, it

bigger … we ended up meeting the families at Sticky Fingers BBQ in Charleston to talk about making a documentary — not a Hollywood movie,” he emphasizes. “The difference being that they could tell their own story. My protocol is always to meet with people first, without any cameras. It helps remind me and the subject that this isn’t about my career, but more about us telling a story together.” Early scenes take viewers into the kitchen of Nadine Collier, daughter of 70-year-old victim Ethel Lance, as she bakes sweet potato pies and recalls how her mother used to put hot potatoes in her children’s pockets on cold days before they walked to school. It’s a warm, personal introduction to this community, which magnifies the punch when Collier tearfully recalls her mother’s killing, and the angry criticism she weathered for forgiving Roof. “I knew that’s what my mom would want,” she says. “Not to have hatred in your heart, despite what people do to you.” In court, fellow survivor Felicia Sanders held up her Bible for Roof to see its pages stained pink by the blood of his victims, including her son and aunt. “It’s bruised, it’s battered, it’s shot, and it’s stained. And then I started thinking about Jesus. This is my Jesus. The blood that Jesus shed for you, and me, Dylann Roof. I wanted you to see that you didn’t just kill people, you tried to kill the Word. But the Word’s still on the pages.”

was a poor trade to lose nine souls for one flag,” Ivie says, calling it “a very, very small victory in a much more complicated and important battle for racial healing and equity in this country.” Onscreen, Darby calmly discusses Charleston’s “dark history,” referring to the port city as “Confederate Disneyland” for tourists charmed by the rebel flagwaving, antebellum allure that “still fuels mindsets” there. “Charleston was a hub of slavery. There’s an appreciable part of black America that can trace its ancestry back to Charleston,” he notes. Reporter Glenn Smith estimates that “something on the order of 40% of the slaves that entered America came through Charleston.” Ivie, whose 2015 film “The Drop Box” also engaged compassionate themes, says he “stayed away” from the Mother Emanuel story for almost a year, unsure whether he could do it full justice. When the one-year memorial rolled around, he headed to Charleston with a small crew to film the services. “It was going to be a gift to the church, but ended up becoming something much

“Emanuel” screens at 7 p.m. Monday (June 17) at the Laemmle Monica Film Center and Cinemark 18 and XD in HHLA. Visit for tickets and other screenings.

massive construction projects are being built everywhere, like a cookie-cutter operation, each corporation getting their chunk of the city, low-income housing advocates only get a shrug and lip service, as nothing is being done to prepare for what they know is coming in only 18 months. For too long our politicians have remained tone deaf to calls for taxing major corporations to offset the negative impacts they create, accepting token crumbs in place of civic responsibility. For too long major corporations have paid hardly any taxes anywhere, even when they brag to their stockholders about record profits. When it comes to raising public money, no one has a problem putting regressive taxes on the ballot that squeeze poor and

working people (renter and homeowner alike), but the second anyone suggests taxing billionaires to pay for the mess they created, all the politicians cry foul saying voters will never approve it. Well, I for one call B.S. on that. I think the voters are literally dying from not taxing the rich, and it’s about time that we put something on the ballot. Now may be the last chance that Culver City and other jurisdictions get to write new rules that will protect our communities. We need both a Major Corporations Tax and a Community Protection Act to establish community standards and housing affordability safeguards built on a solid business tax base, with real oversight and accountability, to protect us from a hostile corporate takeover disguised as a cookie.

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community for the rich and the white, all coordinated through the local chamber of commerce. The division between rich and poor has never been greater. Now we’re at the next phase of the corporatization of our communities. The Venice test project was a huge success, so now all the major corporations, working hand-in-hand with developers, want to carve out their own slice of cool in a neighborhood near you. It’s no longer about tax breaks — that was just the incentive to get all this started. Now it’s about land grabs, making the cost of land so expensive that only the investment speculators and major corporations (often the same people) can afford to buy it. For its part, Google is growing, expandPAGE 14 THE ARGONAUT June 13, 2019

ing to the former Westside Pavilion, where affordable housing should be built instead, in their never-ending search for growth. Meanwhile, Culver City is becoming the next test subject with a trifecta of major corporations — HBO, Apple and Amazon, with a combined worth of close to $2.5 trillion — ready to move in come 2021, and surely angling to seize control of the city council in 2022. Originally we were told that these companies would be bringing 3,000 new employees to Culver City, but recently that number was reported to be climbing upwards of 10,000 people … and this in a city of only 40,000 existing residents. Local officials know this is coming and state quite openly that there won’t be enough housing for everyone. And while

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Darkoski’s “Illuminate” wants to put you in a Zen state of mind

A Spiritual Awakening Darkoski invites Street Art House visitors to embed themselves in art and refresh the soul By Lisa Beebe A few years ago, Danny Sun was working as a project manager and creative director in Los Angeles. He liked his work, but dreamed of doing something with more personal meaning. When a friend from college told him about launching an artist collective in Goa, India, he decided to move there and focus on developing himself as an artist. Sun, who makes art under the name Darkoski, spent 15 months in India, practicing his art and painting murals. “I’ve always been inspired by ancient cultures and deep spiritual cultures,” he says, “and I feel like a lot of the practices that I’ve implemented in my own life originated in India, like meditation and things like that.” After his spiritual awakening, Darkoski returned to L.A. and now makes art for a living. His current project is an eightweek residency with Street Art House in Runway at Playa Vista. Mikey Meschures and Justin Fredericks co-founded Street Art House, a creative production company centered on visual arts and artists, about five years ago. They’re working with

Runway Playa Vista to turn vacant retail spaces into open artists’ studios and bring more art programming into the community of Playa Vista. They feature artists whose work they believe is culturally relevant, and who are interested in engaging with the public not just through their art, but face-to-face. “We essentially hand over the space as a blank canvas to a selected artist,” Meschures says. “The artist then turns walls into murals, canvas into paintings, objects into sculptures — and the general public can walk in and see the behind-the-scenes process of the artist’s work. It then culminates in a solo show for the artist that exhibits the work that they produce during the residency.” Street Art House’s previous residencies have ranged in ambiance from an upscale gallery atmosphere to a gritty street art feel. Meschures says Darkoski’s solo show, “Illuminate,” which officially opens with a reception on Saturday, is completely different: “It’s much more inviting. There’s incense, there’s candles … it’s kind of got a yoga/spiritual vibe to it.” Instead of a gallery chock-full of

individual works, Darkoski wanted people to feel comfortable hanging out in the space, so he brought in couches, rugs, cushions, beanbags and even a custompainted ping-pong table. “I wanted to take the space and create one massive piece of art that’s compiled from a bunch of smaller, different, beautiful, unique pieces of art,” he says. Overall, the space reflects the calming, meditative patterns in his work, many of which contain positive messages. “I have different alphabets that I use that I’ve sort of developed over the years, inspired by Egyptian hieroglyphics and Arabic texts and things like that,” he says. “A lot of times people will be drawn to the lettering, and they’ll ask, ‘Is this a certain language?’ or ‘What are you writing here?’ and then I explain that this is a language that I’ve made up on my own. I’ve got several different alphabets — in some of them I’m actually writing things, and sometimes I’m just doing abstract work.” What kinds of messages does he include? To that Darkoski says, “I have a few that I write a lot, and one of them is

aeterna lux solis. It’s a Latin translation of ‘eternal light from the sun.’” Much of Darkoski’s recent work is about the presence of light, which is why he called his current show “Illuminate.” He’ll use metallic pens and metallic paints to bring a piece to life, and “when you walk by, it might change from a tan color to a blue color,” he says, “or when you see it in a certain light, it’s glowing.” Darkoski is looking forward to sharing his completed installation with the public and hopes to host additional events in the space before the show closes on July 7. “I feel like my art is a portal for me and that I can connect to the truth within me or within the universe,” he says. “There’s nothing that will make me happier than to be able to share that with other people through their own experience with my work.” The opening reception for “Illuminate” is from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday (June 15) at Street Art House in Runway at Playa Vista (12746 W. Jefferson Boulevard, Unit 115, facing Runway Road). Free, but RSVP via Visit or June 13, 2019 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 15

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Director Kerry David with one of the threatened animals her documentary seeks to protect By Shanee Edwards We’ve all heard the tragic accounts of wild animals being poached on a massive scale in Africa and Asia. Elephants are still being slaughtered for their ivory tusks, rhinos for their horns. Poaching poses a huge threat to these majestic animals — including giraffes, which have recently been placed on the list of endangered species. Playa Vista filmmaker Kerry David’s new documentary “Breaking Their Silence: Women on the Frontline of the Poaching War” tells the story of an unlikely group of women willing to take a stand for these animals. After founding her philanthropic organization Over and Above Africa, David says she wanted to make a film about the poaching crisis but knew it needed to be told from a fresh, hopeful perspective. “I realized there was a lens through which this story had never been told,” says David, “and that was through the female lens. From the moment that thought came to me, I launched into this filmmaking process.” David learned that many women in Africa and Asia were dedicating their lives to protecting the animals they so loved, and she was overwhelmed by their empathy and compassion. “Women,” says David, “have a different kind of strength in this space — a resilience and a humility that is inspiring. I set out with the thought: ‘Could women be the solution that ends the poaching crisis in Africa?’”

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During filming, David and her small, all-female crew traveled to Africa and Asia, often finding themselves in dangerous situations, like a riot in Vietnam, where she was explicitly told not to visit. “Vietnamese citizens were demonstrating against the government, burning buildings down and a strong army presence was out in force,” she recalls. “Soldiers were arresting foreigners and pulling cameras out of journalists’ hands to control the narrative. We didn’t know if we were actually allowed into the country, that we’d be able to film and we had all our media with us — would that be confiscated going in? Ultimately, I made the decision that if these women were courageous enough to go on camera for our film, then we would be courageous enough to show up and film them.” David hopes her film will create awareness around the poaching crisis and motivate people to take action.  “Humans have an enormous capacity for love, and that is what’s needed here,” she says. “We need a global community to become outraged at this poaching crisis.” “Breaking Their Silence: Women on the Frontline of the Poaching War” screens at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, as part of the Silicon Beach Film Festival at HHLA’s Cinemark 18 & XD (6081 Center Drive, Westchester). Individual tickets are $15; festival passes start at $25. Visit or

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Raise a Glass in the Great Outdoors Take advantage of early summer weather at these top Westside beer patios By Angela Matano When you live in Los Angeles, you sometimes forget to be grateful for all the glorious gifts the city has to offer — like radiant sunshine nearly all year round. During the summer, there’s no better way to fill up on gratitude than to pick a venue in the spirit of a German beer garden and order up a libation, en plein air. Whether this place emanates down-home charm or sleek sophistication, take a minute to appreciate what you’ve got. Solidarity The cozy patio at Solidarity, strung up with twinkly fairy lights, sports a fire pit and comfortable, lounge-y seating. Come with friends and pretend like you’re at home, only better. German beer halls get all the glory, but Poland’s been in the business for over a thousand years. Choose an authentic Polish brew, like a Zywiec porter malt or an Ockocim lager. While you’re there, share a pierogi sampler. 1414 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 393-8831; Ashland Hill The patio area at Ashland Hill is so welcoming, the restaurant even delivers a “Yappy Hour” so pets can do their own socializing on the first Tuesday of each month. The meticulously curated beer menu showcases 16 draft beers, including a rotating cider and sour. Try a “Super Local,” like the Ashland Hill Blonde or the Common Space Pale Ale from Hawthorne. Take a date and soak in the atmosphere, great for people-watching and conversation. 2807 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-3300; Elephante Beach House If you’re looking to impress or be impressed, Elephante is the swankiest bet in town. Snag a spot on the balcony if you can and gaze at the Pacific. Beer diehards can choose a Strand pale ale or North Coast Scrim-

Hotel Erwin’s rooftop lounge is a stellar spot for brews … and views! shaw Pilsner, but, if you throw yourself into the extremely capable arms of bar director Julien Calella, you might just find yourself falling in love with a cocktail. The attention to detail, from the house-made pineapple syrup in the Better Republic to the freshly grated cinnamon dusted on the wicked Pisolino, brings summer into focus. 1332 2nd St., Santa Monica. (424) 320-2384; Brennan’s Pub Come for the turtle racing, every first and third Thursday of the month, and stay for the 16 rotating craft beer taps. Recently renovated, the outdoor patio retains the quirky flourishes that have made Brennan’s a local staple since 1972, while sleekifying the bits that were a little rough around the edges. Come with a group of friends or find a new group of companions. This pub bubbles over with friendly types looking for a good time. 4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. (424) 443-5119;

Hotel Erwin The High Rooftop Lounge at the Hotel Erwin puts it very succinctly when they say, “Not to brag, but we’re the only rooftop bar in Venice.” Spectacularly true, this breathtaking spot gives you views, sunsets and romance all day long and through the night. Sip on a Hatuey Cuban Style Ale, chug a Maui Brewing Bikini Blonde Lager, or slurp on a Rekorderlig Cider from Sweden. There are 12 choices of brew to forget your troubles in; why not start now? 1697 Pacific Ave., Venice. (424) 214-1062; Rasselbock Kitchen & Beer Garden It’s technically a covered patio, but that does not detract from the feeling that you’re drinking in an authentic German beer hall … though the potted succulents, deconstructed wallpaper and ironic jackalope antler chandelier do provide a Southern California twist. Large groups (Continued on page 18)

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The Waterfront Venice The Waterfront gives people what they want — the immersive Venice experiment. This café was made for influencers, tourists and locals alike. Sit right up to the edge of the Venice Boardwalk’s motley stream of fascinating strangers as they skate, bop and Bird right in front of you. Choose from a menu of about two dozen draft and can beers and bask in the surreal scene. 205 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. (424) 309-5331;

Prince O’Whales Sometimes the right dive bar just hits the spot, especially in this city, where keeping up with the Joneses can feel completely futile. The lack of pretension inside and out at Prince O’Whales routinely lands this joint on best of lists. The cheap beer doesn’t cramp its style either. Ping pong, live music, karaoke and an ice cold Bud Light all conspire to get you to relax, and I don’t mean saying, “Ommm.” 335 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. (310) 823-9826

Three Weavers Brewing Company A trip to the Three Weavers brewery tasting room is sure to give beer lovers a thrill. This local business features a mix of seasonal, core and collaboration beers on tap that rotate throughout the year, offering anywhere from 12 to 18 varieties. The absolutely cool indoor/outdoor deck features a roll up garage door and informal tables and benches. For daily updates on the brewery’s events and flavor releases, follow the joint on Instagram (@threeweavers). Hold the Lime, a “Seafarer” kölsch with lime zest, looks like a standout for summer. 1031 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood. (310) 400-5830;

Tony P’s Dockside Grill Pick any of 50 domestic, craft or import beers to sip in the tavern or along the harbor-front patio, sails bobbing in the background. On June 26, Tony P hosts one of his special beer dinners featuring five special brews paired with four savory dishes and a desert ($65 including tax and tip, RSVP required). Dig into dry rub pork riblets with Three Weavers’ “earthy and pungent” Expatriate IPA, pair bratwurst sliders with a rich Weinhenstephaner Hefeweissbier from the oldest active brewery in Bavaria, and finish with Belching Beaver Brewery’s Peanut Butter Milk Stout — likened to a dark chocolate Reese’s peanut butter cup in a glass — and a triple

chocolate caramel roasted almond Kahlua brownie with ice cream on top. 4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 8234534; Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken Where can you get beer, fried chicken and a donut under the open sky? Two words: Astro Doughnuts. During the summer, Main Street’s newest donut shop hosts pop-up taprooms on its tucked-away back patio the first Saturday of each month. The pop-up on July 6 spotlights local favorite Three Weavers, and Aug. 3 features the South Bay’s Smog City Brewing Company. June’s event featured a fried chicken drummette slathered in a Boomtown Brewery Barrel Aged Imperial Stout mole, a fried chicken slider sandwich braised with Boomtown’s Hazy IPA, and a Boysenberry Sour Doughnut with a Boomtown Brett Michaels Blonde Sour Ale glaze (available in store through the end of June). 2309 Main St., Santa Monica. (424) 280-4414; Arts & Events editor Christina Campodonico contributed Rasselbock, Tony P’s and Astro Doughnuts.

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“Stunning 180-degree direct views are offered from this amazing two-bed, two-bath unit in the full service Azzurra,” say agents Jesse Weinberg and Blake Taylor. “The unit boasts an open plan with wood floors, tons of natural light, and complete privacy. This unit also offers Nest thermostats, custom doors throughout, a spacious balcony, in-unit washer/dryer, and two-car parking. Just minutes from world famous beaches, Marina access, LAX, trendy shops/ restaurants, bike path, dog walk & more.” Offered at $1,599,000 Jesse Weinberg & Blake Taylor, KW Silicon Beach 800-804-9132

“Exceptionally charming in every way, this designer’s four-bed, three-and-a-half-bath home epitomizes the best of Venice design,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “Eminently walkable to neighborhood hotspots, this home occupies one of the most sought-after locations. The living room is a sun-drenched oasis with fireplace book-ended by built-in benches. Telescoping glass doors open to a private deck. The unpermitted garage-turned-guesthouse offers an ideal vacation space for visiting friends.” Offered at $2,195,000 Stephanie Younger Compass 310-499-2020

“This is a rare opportunity to own a storybook cottage with great curb appeal and European flair,” says agent Denise Fast. “A fabulous location is on one of the best streets in the heart of the Oxford Triangle. It maintains its original character with two bedrooms, a full bath upstairs, and powder room downstairs. The kitchen opens to a den which opens to the back yard. There is a large deck, brick courtyard and lush garden. There is an oversized detached garage in the back that makes a great studio.” Offered at $1,549,000 Denise Fast RE/MAX Estate Properties 310-578-5414

“This Penmar golf course view home offers a solar-heated pool and gazebo on a beautifully landscaped large lot,” say agents Debra Berman and Pat Kandel. “The remodeled kitchen and large dining area create a wonderful area for family gatherings. The living room overlooks the gated backyard and pool. Three bedrooms and one bath are on one wing of the house, with the master suite on other side of home. Both bathrooms are remodeled, and red oak wood and tile floors are found throughout.” Offered at $1,899,000 Debra Berman & Pat Kandel RE/MAX Estate Properties 310-424-5512

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In preparation for this article, I reviewed my articles from last year. We were in an unsustainably high-priced Seller’s Market. The frenzied at premium prices Local Newspurchases & Culture have passed, and that is a good thing. Homeowners are not day traders — a volatile real estate market is dangerous for all. Stability in real estate prices, real estate OCEAN VIEWS volume, and buyer affordability are the “Stunning 180-degree direct views are offered from this things that make homeownership a longamazing two-bed, two-bath unit in the full service Azzurra,” that can rely“The on. unit say term agents investment Jesse Weinberg andyou Blake Taylor.

to prices they believe they could have sold for at another time. The refusal of sellers to acknowledge the downs in market prices rather than just the “ups” causes a lull in real estate sales until, usually about a year later, those sellers accept the market for its current values. This can truly have negative results for a homeowner with delayed acceptance of actual value, chasing a declining market from a step behind is not where you want to be.

wage increase- typically only 3%- making $82,400. Interest rates have also gone up half a point, so the mortgage the buyer can qualify is for less. Even if it were to remain constant, the buyer now has to come up with an additional $16,000 just to meet the 20% down payment. This is why the inflated market prices became unsustainable, and CONTEMPORARY for a healthy economy, HOME require year to year “Exceptionally charming in every way, this designer’s value increases more in line with wage four-bed, three-and-a-half-bath home epitomizes the increases. best of Venice design,” says agent Stephanie Younger.

considered speculators. I see homeowners expecting massive returns on their money MARINA DEL5REY HOME foris less years in their home.cottage “This a rarethan opportunity to own a storybook partly due the factflair,” thatsays while withThis greatiscurb appeal andtoEuropean agent Denise Fast. “A fabulous location is on one of the best homeowners psychologically count their streets in the heart of the Oxford Triangle. maintains chickens when property values Itspike, evenits original character with two bedrooms, a full bath upstairs, though they are not selling, they rarely and powder room downstairs. The kitchen opens to a den engage theback psychological which opens tointhe yard. There is acceptance a large deck, brick of lower values. There a namedetached for courtyard and lush garden. Thereisiseven an oversized garage the back that makes a great thisin–— “sticky pricing” —studio.” referring to the Offered at $1,549,000 insistence of property sellers to hold dear

Did your property really decline in value? No, not really, and here is the best way to think about it. The real estate market is primarily driven by buyer affordabilityeconomic stability, plentiful and well-paying jobs as well as the availability of mortgage financing. In California, while there has certainly been job growth, wages have not increased year to year at the pace real estate prices have grown. A first time buyer may be saving and striving to buy their first home, say with a target price of $800,000; let’s say that buyer earns $80k per year. While saving up their 20% down-payment of $160,000, a year has passed. The same property is now priced at $880,000, a 10% increase from the prior year, but the buyer has received a smaller percentage

What theliving priceroom youoverlooks paid, thethe gated than twenty years as a practicing family matters gatherings.isThe backyard pool. Three bedrooms and rent, one bath years of and enjoyment and imputed andare on real estate broker and attorney. Lisa is also a member of the National one wing the house, the master else suite on the priceofupon sale-with everything is other sideAssociation of Realtors of home. Both bathrooms are remodeled, and red oak wood meaningless. who price realistically “Green Resource Council”, and achieved its and tile floors areThose found throughout.” “GREEN” Designation. will be rewarded with the excellent return Offered at $1,899,000

you deserve. If you have maintained your home well and/or made upgrades, you will also be rewarded. The key is to price your home at the time you plan to sell it — not a year ago or a year from now. Very few people will time the real estate market perfectly- same with the stock market. The key to both is to be in it, and as long as you are a long-term investor, you will as a general rule, be successful. So ignore the spikes on the graphs and keep your eye on “Eminently walkable to neighborhood hotspots, this home the steady horizon- that’s where reality and Your property didn’t butlocations. the number occupies one of the mostchange, sought-after The livingsuccess can be found. ofroom buyers who could afford it did. Simple is a sun-drenched oasis with fireplace book-ended by built-in benches. Telescoping doorswould open tohave a private supply and demand. Whatglass if you The unpermitted garage-turned-guesthouse offers an sold the highest point on the graph? That space for visiting friends.” isideal notvacation a reasonable hypothetical. If you and Offered at $2,195,000 many others had put your properties for Stephanie Younger sale at that time, there would have been Compass 310-499-2020 This week’s quesTion increased inventory and more competition was answered by for buyers, which also would have served VENICE HOME Lisa PhiLLiPs, esq to keep the prices more Whata solar-heated kept “This Penmar golf course viewstable. home offers prices was that people were large NOTlot,” Lotus estate Properties pool andinflated gazebo on a beautifully landscaped say agents Debra Berman and Pat Kandel. “The remodeledLisa Phillips is an active Realtor in selling!

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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: 5/23/19, 5/30/19, 6/6/19, 6/13/19 FICTITIOuS BuSIneSS nAMe STATeMenT FILe nO. 2019 152985 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: STORY HOUSE. 12777 West Jefferson Blvd., 2nd Floor, Building C Playa Vista, CA 90066. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Experience Worldwide Inc., 5000 South Towne Drive New Berlin, WI 53151. State of Incorporation or LLC: DE. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ Daniel Ryan.

TITLE: Secretary, Corp or LLC Name: Experience Worldwide Inc. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: June 4, 2019. 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: 6/13/19, 6/20/19, 6/27/19, 7/4/19 FICTITIOuS BuSIneSS nAMe STATeMenT FILe nO. 2019148091 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: VINO ES VIDA, AMETHYST WINES. 4054

Michael Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90066. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Salomelier Imports, LLC, 4054 Michael Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90066. State of Incorporation or LLC: California. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Limited Liability Company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ Salome Hopkins. TITLE: President, Corp or LLC Name: Salomelier Imports, LLC. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: May 29, 2019. 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: 6/6/19, 6/13/19, 6/20/19, 6/27/19 FICTITIOuS BuSIneSS nAMe STATeMenT FILe nO. 2019140648 Type of Filing: Amended. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: OPERATION PROTECTIVE SERVICESOPS; 9461 Charleville Blvd., #710 Beverly Hills, CA 90212, Post Office Box 251885 Los Angeles, CA 90025. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Don Smith, 9461 Charleville Blvd., #710 Beverly Hills, CA 90212. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: 01/1990. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Don Smith. TITLE: CEO. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: May 20, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement gen-

erally 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: 5/30/19, 6/6/19, 6/13/19, 6/20/19 FICTITIOuS BuSIneSS nAMe STATeMenT FILe nO. 2019145489 Type of Filing: Original The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: IMMERSIVE KID; 41 30th Avenue Venice, CA 90291, PO Box 1105 Venice, CA 90294. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Susan E. Heins, 41 30th Avenue Venice, CA 90291. 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/: Susan E. Heins. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: May 24, 2019. 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: 5/30/19, 6/6/19, 6/13/19, 6/20/19

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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: 6/13/19, 6/20/19, 6/27/19, 7/4/19

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2019139647 Type of Filing: Amended. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: INTEGRATIVE ACADEMIC CONSULTANCY, AVENUES TO HIGHER EDUCATION; 8160 Manitoba St., Ste. 304 Playa del Rey, CA 90293. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Gwen M Part, 8160 Manitoba St., Ste. 304 Playa del Rey, CA 90293. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: 02/2019. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Gwen M Part. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: May 17, 2019. NOTICE – in

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 201914597 Type of Filing: Original The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: FEEL BETTER HQ; 1842 Washington Way Venice, CA 90291. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Cory Dana Reddish, 1842 Washington Way Venice, CA 90291. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: 01/2019. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Cory Dana Reddish. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: May 24, 2019. 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: 6/6/19, 6/13/19, 6/20/19, 6/27/19

PubliC notiCes ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME Case No. 19SMCP00249 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES. Petition of MARIA ELISA MARTINEZ, for Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1.) Petitioner: Maria Elisa Martinez filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a.) Maria Elisa Martinez to Maria Elisa Bleasdale 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: 08/02/2019. Time: 8:30 AM. Dept.: K. 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

28, 2019. Lawrence H. Cho, Judge of the Superior Court. PUBLISH: The Argonaut Newspaper 5/30/19, 6/6/19, 6/13/19, 6/20/19 Notice of Self Storage Sale Please take notice US Storage Centers - Marina Del Rey located at 12700 Braddock Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90066 intends to hold an auction of the goods stored in the following units in default for non-payment of rent. The sale will occur as an online auction via www. on 6/20/2019 at 10:00AM. Unless stated otherwise the description of the contents are household goods and furnishings. John Lewis Tandy; Jose Luis Ledesma; Katerina Georgia Bouras. All property is being stored at the above self-storage facility. This sale may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Certain terms and conditions apply. See manager for details. The Argonaut Newspaper 6/6/19, 6/13/19 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING Los Angeles International Airport Environmental Assessment The Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the city of Los Angeles department that operates City owned airports, will hold a public scoping meeting/information workshop for a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to be prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) for the proposed Airfield and Terminal Modernization Project at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The meeting will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time, on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the Flight Path Museum, 6661 Imperial Highway, Los Angeles, CA 90045. PROPOSED ACTION: LAWA proposes to implement the LAX Airfield and Terminal Modernization Project to provide airfield, terminal, and landside roadway improvements at LAX. The Proposed Action consists of several primary elements including airfield improvements that would enhance efficiency and safety within the north airfield, new terminal facilities to upgrade passenger processing capabilities and enhance the customer experience, and an improved system of roadways to better access the Central Terminal Area (CTA) and reduce surface traffic congestion. The proposed North Airfield Improvements include: westerly extension of Taxiway D approximately 4,000 feet west from Taxiway C14 to Taxiway E17; reconfiguration of runway exits from Runway 6L-24R; and construction of four exit taxiways from Runway 6L-24R in locations that are better suited for today’s aircraft fleet and whose crossing points at Runway 6R-24L would provide better visibility for pilots. The proposed Concourse and Terminal Improvements include: Construction of a new Concourse 0, as an easterly extension of Terminal 1, would have 11 gates (net 9 new gates) with associated aircraft parking apron, two Remain Overnight parking positions, and the easterly extension of Taxiways D and E; and Construction of a new Terminal 9, to be located southeast of the Sepulveda Boulevard/ Century Boulevard intersection.

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Terminal 9 would have 12 gates with associated aircraft parking apron, a taxilane connecting the terminal to the airfield, and the easterly extension of Taxilane C. Roadway Improvements include: new arrival and departure roadways and a parking garage to support Terminal 9; an added station on the previously-approved LAX Automated People Mover (APM) line with a pedestrian connection to Terminal 9; a pedestrian corridor between Terminals 8 and 9 that would bridge across Sepulveda Boulevard; and new roadway segments that would improve vehicle access into and out of the LAX CTA. Utilities: relocation of existing utilities necessary to implement the proposed improvements and new connections to existing utility infrastructure in the area. Various enabling projects, including, but not limited to removal of various airfield support facilities, removal of aircraft parking positions, removal of vehicle parking spaces, reconfiguration of vehicle service roads, and utility relocation to allow for construction of the proposed undertaking. Enabling projects refer to existing uses located in or near the proposed improvement areas that would need to be removed and/ or relocated to accommodate the proposed improvements. PURPOSE OF PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING: The meeting will provide an opportunity for public comment concerning the Proposed Action, purpose and need for the Proposed Action, alternatives to the Proposed Action, and potential environmental effects of the LAX Airfield and Terminal Modernization Project to be analyzed in the Draft EA. The scoping meeting will be held in an informal open house format. Representatives from LAWA and the study team will be available to talk with citizens about the environmental review. Graphics will be on display so citizens can review project details and attendees will have an opportunity to provide oral and written comments on the scope and content of the Draft EA. E N V I R O N M E N T A L ASSESSMENT: The EA will be prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to examine potential impact categories as required by Federal Aviation Administration Order 1050.1F and Order 5050.4B. Once prepared, the Draft EA will be available for public and agency review and comment on the project’s website SCOPING COMMENTS: Comments can be submitted on the LAX website (https:// or sent to Ms. Evelyn Quintanilla, Chief of Airport Planning II, at the following address: Los Angeles World Airports, P.O. Box 92216,Los Angeles, CA 90009-2216, Phone: (800) 919-3766. LAWA recommends that any comments submitted electronically should also be mailed to ensure that comments are received. Comments must be received by LAWA no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 30, 2019. By including your name, address and telephone number, email or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment — including your personal identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Sign Language Interpreters, Communication Access Real-Time Transcription, Assistive Listening Devices, or other auxiliary aids and/ or services may be provided upon request. To ensure availability, you are advised to make your request at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. Due to difficulties in securing Sign Language Interpreters, five or more business days’ notice is strongly recommended. For additional information, please call (800) 919-3766. Si desea esta informaciÛn en espaÒol, llame a (800) 919-3766. 6/13/19 CNS-3263235# THE ARGONAUT

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Venice. $19 to $22. sociallyineptroast

ChamberFest LAeXpo, 4 to 7 p.m. A networking mixer, tabletop expo and food court rolled into one. Over ten restaurants, 80+ businesses and 3,000+ residents join together for an evening of food and community. Playa Vista CenterPointe Club, 6200 Playa Vista Dr., Playa Vista. Free admission; $10 food court. (310) 645-5151; Beach Eats, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. This weekly festival of food trucks with a scenic harbor backdrop returns to Mother’s Beach with live music by Brasil Brazil to keep you dancing from 6 to 8 p.m. Lot 10, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (424) 526-7900; beacheats Bay Cities Coin Club Meeting, 6 p.m. The club meets on the second Thursday of each month to announce coin shows, present a show-and-tell or host a guest speaker. The club is open to the public. Westchester Municipal Building, 7166 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester.; Meditative Evening Yoga, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Shake off the stress of the day and transition into a relaxed evening. This gentle flow yoga helps you shift from your busy day into a quiet state. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library,

Friday, June 14

“The Last Stand: The Struggle for the Ballona Wetlands” documents the controversial development of the Westside’s beloved marshlands. SEE TUESDAY, JUNE 18. 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415; LA Mode 2019, 7 p.m. The Santa Monica College Fashion Program presents its annual student fashion show with 17 collections, reflecting each designer’s future aspirations. Industry professionals judge the collections for marketability, creativity, sustainability and technical achievement. Green carpet begins at 5 p.m. with giveaways. Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School, 600 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $25.

Serving Up Comedy, 7 to 9 p.m. Showcasing a new lineup of standup comics each second Thursday of the month, the featured performers are followed by an open mic. The Warehouse, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. No cover; suggested donations to benefit First Responders. (310) 823-5451; Socially Inept: Tech Comedy Roast, 8:30 p.m. Watch four of L.A.’s hottest comics do stand-up about the tech world and roast techie volunteers from the audience. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd.,

Westside Urban Forum Design Awards, 11:30 a.m. This leading civic organization dedicated to land use and urban issues honors 25 outstanding architectural projects and individuals, including Santa Monica College and KCRW, UCLA’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability Dr. Mark Gold, and California Senate President Pro Tempore Emeritus Kevin de León. The awards ceremony starts at noon. Casa del Mar Hotel, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica. $95 to $125. events Lift Off Fridays, 5 p.m. Come by every Friday and experience one of the hottest party spots in the LAX area. DJ spins for Jet Set Happy Hour at 5 p.m. Melody Bar and Grill, 9132 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester. $5 cover starts at 9 p.m. Melody.grill Friday Night Trivia, 7 p.m. Test your knowledge while having a brew and win prizes. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover before 9:15 p.m.; $10 after. (310) 396-9010;

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; Sweatpants Series: SPY-Chella, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Think Coachella with a cause! This special edition of Monica Aben’s salon-style music night features snacks and young talents who have benefitted from Safe Place for Youth. Come in sweatpants or whatever makes you feel comfortable. Music starts at 7 p.m. Amiga Wild, 2124 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Donations encouraged. Venmo @ teamfeelings; RSVP via eventbrite. com. Friday Dinner Cruise, 8 p.m. With breathtaking views, deejay entertainment, dancing under the stars and a four-course dinner, this two-and-ahalf-hour cruise makes for a quick romantic getaway. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $95; reservations required. (310) 301-9900; House Aquatic Happy Hour Pop-up, 8 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Indulge your inner child and adult sensibilities at these immersive cocktail parties peppered

Toasted Fridays Workshop Open House, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Improve your

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O n Stage – T he w ee k in local theater compiled by Christina campodonico

Hear Her Roar:“12 Angry Men” @ Promenade Playhouse This classic courtroom drama is recast with an ensemble of 12 impassioned women playing the cantankerous jurors in this fictional homicide trial. Last shows: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (June 14 & 15) at Promenade Playhouse, 1404 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. $20. (310) 656-8070; On the Road:“The Way Home” @ Various Locations A group of emerging artists with Jewish Women’s Theatre takes stories about home on the road, including a fabric store in Venice this Thursday and The Braid on Saturday.

Limited engagement: 7:30 p.m. Thursday (June 13) in Venice and Saturday (June 15) at The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Ste. 102, Santa Monica. $18. wayhometix

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Insta-worthy:“The Pink Wall” @ Santa Monica Playhouse This series of original, contemporary one-act plays about different walks of life is unified by The Pink Wall, an iconic L.A. selfie backdrop on Melrose Avenue. Limited engagement: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday (June 13 & 14) at Santa Monica Playhouse $15. RSVP to (716) 348-6406 or Venmo @ThePinkWall with your full name to reserve a spot.

Meta Musical:“Pippin” @ Westchester Playhouse The Kentwood Players present Stephen Schwartz’s award-winning musical about a young prince searching for adventure and meaning in his life and the band of theatrical players who help tell his tale. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 22 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $25 to $27. (310) 645-5156; American Idiot:“Violence: The Misadventures of Spike Spangle, Farmer” @ The Actors’ Gang Co-written by Academy Award winner Tim Robbins, this satire of militarism and media manipulation tells the story of a down-on-his-luck farmer sucked into a whirlwind of celebrity and patriotism. Now playing 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through June 22 at The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $50, or pay-what-you-want at the door on Thursdays. (310) 8384264;

Rogue Machine brings the serious and playful themes of “Ready Steady Yeti Go” to life Stranger than Fiction:“Dana H.” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre This new play by Lucas Hnath recounts his mother’s harrowing true story of being a psychiatric ward chaplain kidnapped by a patient and held in Florida motels for five months. Now playing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through June 23 at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Cul-

ver City. $27 to $72. (213) 628-2772; “Dorothy’s Adventures in Oz” @ Santa Monica Playhouse Follow Dorothy as she battles a vainglorious queen, meets a magical Patchwork Girl and sets a rainbow king free. Now playing 2 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays through June 30 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12.50 to $15.

(310) 394-9779; Lust and Lunacy:“A Streetcar Named Desire” @ Odyssey Theatre Passions and cultures collide in this Tennessee Williams classic about faded Southern belle Blanche DuBois and her tense relationship with her working class brother-in-law. Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through July 7 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $40. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; Not Child’s Play:“Ready Steady Yeti Go” @ Electric Lodge Guillermo Cienfuegos directs this Rogue Machine production of David Jacobi’s play about a perfect storm of “white guilt” that strikes a town after it experiences a stunning hate crime. Meanwhile, two middle schoolers must navigate the pitfalls of falling in love amid the town’s prying eyes. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays through July 29, plus 7 p.m. on Sundays in June at 3 p.m. on Sundays in July, at Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $20 to $35; or $10 on Monday, June 17. (855) 585-5185;

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The Heart Is A Clonely Hunter I’ve heard that we’re romantically attracted to people who look like us. Is that true? I don’t think any of my boyfriends have looked anything like me, but I have seen couples who look so similar they could be related. — Wondering You can kinda see the merits of dating your doppelganger: “I’m looking for myself, but as someone else so I don’t always have to empty the dishwasher and scream out my own name in bed.” There is this notion that opposites attract. Actually, the opposite often seems to be the case. According to research on “assortative mating,” people tend to pair up with partners who are physically similar to them — creating a matchy-matchy assortment more often than would be expected through random chance. To explore how much matchiness is appealing to us, social-personality psychologists R. Chris Fraley and Michael J. Marks used a computer to blend each research participant’s face into the face of a stranger of the opposite sex. They did this to increasing degrees, morphing in 0%, 22%, 32%, 39% and 45% of the research participants’ features. Their research participants rated the strangers’ faces most sexually appealing with the 22% blend — that is, with just 22% of the participants’ own features mixed in. In another morphing study, neuropsychologist Bruno Laeng and his colleagues mixed each participant’s face with that of their romantic partner with 11%, 22% and 33% blending. And again, 22% was picked consistently,

suggesting that people find their romantic partners more attractive when they look just a bit like them. Granted, it could be a coincidence that the exact same percentage (22% morphed) popped up in both studies. However, what’s noteworthy is that more resemblance didn’t lead to more attraction. This jibes with how some degree of similarity is genetically beneficial, increasing the likelihood of desirable traits showing up in partners’ children. (Tall plus tall equals tall.) However, evolution seems to have installed a psychological mechanism to keep us from lusting after extremely similar partners, such as siblings and first cousins. Such close relatives are more likely to have the same rare recessive genes for a disease. A recessive gene when paired with a dominant gene (say, from a genetically very different partner) doesn’t express — that is, the person doesn’t develop the disease. But when two recessive genes get together … PARTAAAY! As for you, though you say you haven’t resembled your partners, it’s possible that you actually have in subtle ways you didn’t notice. Back in 1903, researchers Karl Pearson and Alice Lee looked at 1,000 couples in the U.K. and found correlation in height, arm span and left forearm length between husband and wife. This isn’t to say everyone’s going to resemble their romantic partner, but we seem subconsciously drawn to people who share our features to some extent: “You know, Pooh Bear, looking at you is kind of like looking in the mirror … and for a second, being horrified that I have a forest-like grove of chin hair.”

Groundhug Day I’ve been with my wife for 23 years. I know sex is important, but sometimes we’re tired or not in the mood. I want to keep our intimacy alive. What are some things we can do to stay connected physically? — Embarrassed Having To Ask Many couples do eventually need help from a professional to connect physically — whether it’s an advice columnist, a sex therapist, or a bank robber who leaves them duct-taped together in the vault. It turns out the answer isn’t all that complicated: Basically, you just need to bring in some of the G-rated part of foreplay and afterplay (without the sex in between). Psychologist Debby Herbenick and her colleagues note that researchers have found three things — kissing, cuddling and massage — to be “important aspects of sexual intimacy … associated with relationship and sexual satisfaction.”

Helpfully, the Herbenick team chiseled apart what they call the “KCM composite” — the way kissing, cuddling and massage get mushed together in studies. They felt that this blending might obscure “important differences” in the effect of each. In fact, they found that cuddling seems to be uniquely powerful, increasing emotional intimacy (as well as sexual pleasure) in a way kissing and massage do not. Though you’re seeking a solution for when you’re too zonked for sex, it’s important to make sure that cuddling is often an end in itself. This, paradoxically, should help keep your sex life alive: Your wife will see your cuddles as an expression of your love rather than a sign that you just want something out of the sexual vending machine. Ultimately, cuddling for cuddling’s sake is probably the best way to keep from getting to the point where “taking care of her in bed” involves holding a mirror under her nose to see if she’s still breathing.

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with performances and inspired by “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.” Proceeds benefit Heal the Bay. $45. Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica. smpride. 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;

Saturday, June 15 Roga, 8 a.m. A running group and all-levels yoga class each Saturday morning through Aug. 3. Meet under the Santa Monica Pier sign at the top of the ramp for a brisk two- or fivemile run. Walkers welcome. Afterward, Sara Falugo leads a yoga class. Bring your own mat. Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. Free. CorePower Yoga, 10 a.m. Start your summer with a yoga flow on the beach. This workout combines the intensity of a physical workout with the mindfulness of yoga. Build strength while soaking in the sun. Marina “Mother’s” Beach, 4135 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free; RSVP required. Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids Through Art Workshop, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Learn simple and practical hands-on art activities, inspired by the field of art therapy to help children and teens understand their emotions, communicate without words, strengthen relationships and develop problemsolving skills. Marine Park Auditorium, 1406 Marine St., Santa Monica. Free; RSVP requested. Juneteenth Festival: “Unity for a Purpose,” 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate America’s “Second Independence Day” with music, dance, food and fun. There will be crafts, face painting and games for kids. Stroll through the cultural arts marketplace and grab a meal at the food trucks. Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica. Free.

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del Rey. (310) 683-5019; Yoga 101 with Tulsi, 2 to 3 p.m. Yoga 101 is for students new to yoga with a leisurely, step-by-step introduction. Learn the fundamentals of yoga through discussion, demonstration and participation. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415; Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a Latin jazz concert by Bob DeSena. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; Read and Play, 3 p.m. Sign up for Summer Reading, then stay to play or do arts & crafts in the indoor play space, featuring a short story time for ages 3 to 6 at 3 p.m. Santa Monica Public Library Summer Reading program lasts through Aug. 24. Earn prizes and enjoy free programs for all ages. Fairview Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8681; Pride on The Promenade, 3 to 10 p.m. Celebrate with the LGBTQ+ community with live theatre, musical performances, a DJ dance party, kids crafts, games and curated food vendors. 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica. Free. Dan Navarro, 8 p.m. Navarro releases his first true studio-recorded solo album “Shed My Skin,” performing his blend of folk rock and alternative with special guest James Lee Stanley at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 828-4497;

Sunday, June 16 Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a country-rock concert by Jimi Nelson. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900;

Southern California dance-makers get a spotlight under the sun during Beach Dances. SEE TUESDAY, JUNE 18. Sunday Boat House, noon to 6 p.m. Featuring deejays, weekly themed events and luxury cabana rentals, this Sunday pool party is back by popular demand to refresh you through the summer. Through Sept. 1. Marina del Rey Hotel, 13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey. $5. (310) 301-1000;

Monday, June 17 Live Talks: Ed Levine in Conversation with Nancy Silverton & Kenji López-Alt, 8 p.m. Founder of the website Serious Eats Ed Levine discusses his book “Serious Eater” with Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza co-owner Nancy Silverton and Serious Eats chief culinary consultant Kenji López-Alt. Reception held an hour before the talk. Moss Theatre, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $20 to $95. Mahalo Mondays, 8 p.m. Alton Clemente, DJ Vinyl Don and Record Surplus take over the Townhouse with live entertainment, tiki cocktails,

Hawaiian and Polynesian vinyl, plus special guests. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040;

Tuesday, June 18 Beach Dances: Shared Practice, 8:30 a.m. Come out to the beach for a week of open rehearsals, workshops and performances by local choreographers. Bring water and a blanket to sit on the sand. Dances run through June 23. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica. Free. beach-dances Department of Beaches and Harbors’ Red Cross Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make a difference in someone’s life and donate blood. Burton Chace Park Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. (424) 526-7776; Christopher Watson Concert, 11:15 a.m. Singer and guitarist Christopher Watson sings his soulful music after the Westchester Senior Citizens Club weekly meeting at 11 a.m. Westchester Senior Center, 8740 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. Free. (310) 649-3317 “The Last Stand: Struggle for Ballona Wetlands” Screening, 7 p.m. This award-winning documentary hosted by Ed Asner features scientists, advocates, citizens, actors, filmmakers and politicians examining the controversial land use issues related to the Playa Vista development and Ballona Wetlands. A talk with filmmaker Sheila Laffey follows the screening. Burton Chace Park, Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 613-1175;

#ImpeachTrump Demonstration, noon. and Indivisible along with other progressive organizations will rally as part of a National Day of Action in front of the Wilshire Federal Building, 11000 Wilshire Blvd., West L.A. Playa Provisions’ 5th Year Anniversary Party, noon to 6 p.m. Celebrate five years of this unique, four-in-oneconcept by “Top Chef” winner Brooke Williamson and her husband and co-chef Nick Roberts with familyfriendly activities, a bounce house, face painting and live music. Playa Provisions, 119 Culver Blvd., Playa

Venice local Monica Aben hosts a special S.P.Y. edition of the Sweatpants Series. SEE FRIDAY, JUNE 14.

Live Talks: David Epstein in Conversation with Eric Barker, 8 p.m. Writer and investigative reporter David Epstein discusses his book “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World” with

writer and blogger Eric Barker. Moss Theatre, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $20 to $53.

Wednesday, June 19 VCC Lunch & Learn: Google Cybersecurity Workshop, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Learn how businesses can best protect their data, the future of personal data, and how to implement strategies to protect privacy. Lunch is included. Hotel Erwin, Larry’s Loft, 1697 Pacific Ave., Venice. $25 to $35; registration required. (310) 822-5425; Afternoon Art: Make An Accordion Book, 2 to 3 p.m. Make a charming folded accordion book to collect autographs, photos and memories. Materials provided. Lloyd TaberMarina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415; Connected Families: Robot Play Time, 3:30 p.m. Play with robots and coding toys. Work together to complete challenges or see what sparks your imagination. For ages 4 to 12. Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8681; Meditations on Media, 6 to 9 p.m. Gerry Fialka’s stimulating soiree inventories the psychic effects of media on individuals and society, and muses on why they are ignored. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 306-7330; Meditation for Pain Management, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Learn and practice meditation for pain management. Laura Martorella teaches techniques that can help manage pain and related stress. Each participant can build a meditation applications “toolkit” to take home. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415; (Continued on page 30)

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Improv Diary Show: Backyard Blast, 8 to 9 p.m. Two brave people read from their teen diaries while improvisers do scenes inspired by the readings. M.i.’s Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A (“A” stands for alley) 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica. $6. (310) 451-0850;

Thursday, June 20 Adult Journaling Program, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Practice journaling skills to unleash creativity and get words down on paper. Participants discuss and select fun writing topics. Bring paper and pen. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415; TED Talk Discussion: LGBTQ Pride Month, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Watch and discuss TED Talks that examine LGBTQ issues. Morgana Bailey discusses “The danger of hiding who you are.” Geena Rocero reveals “Why I must come out.” Listen to “Lee Mokobe: A powerful poem about what it feels like to be transgender.” Paula Stone Williams and Jonathan Williams talk about “The story of a parent’s transition and a son’s redemption.” Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415; “Thirdsdays,” 8 p.m. Acoustic rock band The Red Cars led by singersongwriter Adam Snyder with Jeff Schwartz on upright bass and Richard

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Museums & Galleries “Beyond Our Comfort Zone: A Collaboration of Art and Music,” 1 to 5 p.m. Local artists venture beyond their comfort zone with displays of photography, paintings, drawings, mixed media, jewelry and tie-dye. Buckwild Gallery, 12804 W. Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. Free. (310) 839-4748; “Flux in Chroma,” exhibit runs through Saturday, June 15. The Santa Monica College Art Gallery presents an exhibit combining two-dimensional works on canvas and paper with mixed media sculptures, video and audio works, and performance by SMC students. SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3434; “Light & Shadow: Capturing Early Santa Monica History,” through June 15. The Santa Monica Library and the Santa Monica History Museum provide a peek into their photographic archives, capturing the history of the Santa Monica Bay area. Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St., Santa Monica. (310) 395-2290; “Data Doubles,” through June 23. New York-based artist-duo Eva and Franco Mattes explore the possibilities, pitfalls and implications for the creation and dissemination of content and data through the internet’s

influential and powerful role in our lives. team (bungalow), 306 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 339-1945; “Development,” through July 6. This exhibit features four artists Catherine Asanov, Ellen Cantor, Corey Grayhorse and Suda House, who each began with a single question and through their series discovered a solution or an approach to find the answer. dnj Gallery, 3015 Ocean Park, Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-3551; “Magic in Nature,” exhibit runs through July 20. Artists with the Blue 7 Collective display a variety of pieces that remind us of the wonder of nature, representing moments when the magic is easy to see. Blue 7 Gallery, 3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 449-1444; “Tomboys,” exhibit runs through Aug. 16. Artist Christina Schlesinger exhibits a vibrant collection of work that examines the intersections between gender, identity, fashion, sex and representation, including mixed media oil paintings that explore self-portraiture, feminist nudes and lesbian sex. SPARC Gallery, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-9560;

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Food for Thought “The Hate U Give” is the selection for Santa Monica Reads 2019 Summer can be a time for leisurely, light-hearted fun, but it can also be a time for some serious reading. This year’s Santa Monica Reads selection “The Hate U Give” definitely invites contemplation. Echoing real-life incidents of police brutality and seizing upon the zeitgeist of Black Lives Matter, the bestselling YA novel by Angie Thomas tells the story of Starr Carter, a 16-year-old African American girl who witnesses her childhood friend shot by police during a routine traffic stop. Drawn into the center of a national debate as she moves between her elite white prep school and black community, Starr must decide how she will respond to the incident. Will she speak out or shut up? Throughout June and July the Santa Monica Public Library is hosting a variety of programming around the

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and a screening and discussion of Justin Simien’s brilliant satire of race relations “Dear White People” on June 25. You can also express your thoughts on the book and its themes through a “Blackout Poetry” workshop on July 12; a multimedia production of “Race Relay” incorporating drama, music and video on July 13; or participate in the “Race Card Project.” An interactive display in Santa Monica Public Library’s main lobby, it invites you to jot down your experiences or observations about race anytime between 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 — the official start of Santa Monica Reads. — Christina Campodonico Santa Monica Reads continues with free events, book discussions and programming through July 30. Call (310) 458-8600 or visit for more info.






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