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Hollywood Comes Home
23-year-old may face life in prison for Marina Marketplace murder . ............... 4
Tax credits are bringing film production jobs back to L.A. . ................................... 12
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Race Relations 101 Venice High students accuse popular principal of racial bias . ......................... 8
Playa Vista kicks off free outdoor concert season . .................................... 28
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Happy Hour Hero Melissa Bret connects with big audience from a small stage ............................... 15
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Blogger C.J. Gronner on Venice’s disappearing local culture ...................... 10
The Independence is on its way to gastropub glory . ................................ 17
Surrealist mashup swirls through Santa Monica ......................... 30 On The Cover: Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television students set up a shoot on the LMU bluffs. Photo by Coral von Zumwalt, courtesy of LMU SFTV. Design by Michael Kraxenberger.
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Guilty Verdict in Marina Marketplace Killing Jury returns first-degree murder conviction, but deadlocks on special circumstances enhancement By Gary Walker Following nearly three days of deliberation, a jury in Westchester convicted 23-year-old Cameron Anthony Frazier of first-degree murder for the January 2016 shooting death of 17-year-old Kristine Carman outside Jerry’s Famous Deli in the Marina Marketplace shopping center. The panel of nine women and three men also convicted Frazier, who committed murder during a drug deal, of associated assault and robbery charges, but they emerged deadlocked on special circumstances allegations of intentionally firing a gun. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathryn Solorzano will sentence Frazier on July 26 at the Airport Courthouse in Westchester, said Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Eugene Hanrahan, who prosecuted the case.
Kristine Carman was in the back seat of her big sister’s SUV when she died from a single gunshot wound to the head on Jan. 6, 2016.
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Asked if county prosecutors will seek the maximum sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole, Hanrahan replied: “That’s still being decided.” Kristine Carman, who was in town from Texas to visit older sister Lacey Carman, was in the back seat of her big sister’s SUV when she died from a single gunshot wound to the head on Jan. 6, 2016. Carman was in the car with her sister and her sister’s boyfriend, Tyler Odom, when Odom met with Frazier in an attempt to sell Frazier two pounds of marijuana hidden in the vehicle. Odom, who testified with immunity from drug charges, told jurors that Frazier pulled a gun on him and shot into the car following a brief struggle. Frazier’s attorney, L.A. County Chief Deputy Public Defender Alan Nakasone, argued in court that the gun went off accidentally and asked jurors not to consider Carman’s murder an intentional act — a distinction especially relevant to the special circumstance allegations, which judges can consider during sentencing. Hanrahan said the biggest hurdle in prosecuting the case was when Solorzano allowed Nakasone to argue that the gun was fired unintentionally, as Frazier had
told police in videotaped statements to LAPD detectives. Hanrahan wasn’t buying it: “Once [the jury] learned that the defendant was there to commit a robbery, it had the effect that a mistake or accident was not an excuse anymore,” he said. Police were not able to match the bullet recovered from Carman’s body to parts of a 9mm Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistol found where Frazier told police he abandoned his weapon. LAPD detectives did, however, amass evidence tying Frazier to text messages and phone calls with Odom to arrange the drug deal. That led to a search of Frazier’s home in Vista, Calif., where police found a red backpack that Odom testified Frazier was carrying on the night of Carman’s murder, and that backpack also contained two 9mm bullets. Court testimony did not include Frazier having a prior criminal history, and Hanrahan, who until recently worked in the D.A.’s Hardcore Gang Unit, acknowledged that Frazier was not typical of the defendants he’s used to facing in court. “I also usually don’t have innocent 17-year-old girls as victims,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Herb Alpert’s Star Still Shines Re: “Art Without Limits,” Cover Story, May 18 Thank you for your insightful article on Herb Alpert. I grew up listening to the Tijuana Brass and still hear their songs in my
An Inspirational Story Re: “Venice Stories: DCastro,” May 18 I really enjoyed reading about artist DCastro in The Argonaut.
When a Trolley Served ‘Poor People’s Beach’ Re: “Erasing Black Venice,” Cover Story, April 27 My family lived in Venice from 1954 to 1965. Venice Beach was the “poor people’s beach” because you could get there without having a car. Just take the trolley from downtown L.A. down the center of Venice Boulevard right to the beach. We lived on Venice Way, about one block from Windward
I relate to his paintings on spirituality, and his life story so much resembles mine. When I found the right place to call home, in this case Marina del Rey, my creative aspirations took over because I had so much around me to photograph. I also liked what DCastro said about Venice: “Everybody is an artist here!” Clarissa Cervantes Marina del Rey
Reducing Lanes Won’t Solve Our Traffic Problems Re: “No Shortcuts to Safety,” News, June 1 Ever since Los Angeles took one lane in each direction for a bike path on Main Street in Venice (between Rose and Windward avenues), traffic can become so backed up that it takes up to three lights to make a left turn onto Abbot Kinney Boulevard. It used to be a breeze. I see the same thing happening in Playa del Rey. Reducing traffic flow to only one lane in each direction on Vista Del Mar, Pershing Drive and both Culver and Jefferson boulevards may “calm” traffic, but will not calm irate drivers who will have to deal with even more congestion. Installing safety features is a good thing, but bottlenecking the cars does not solve our traffic problem. It only creates more. Using these streets as a “shortcut” to and from the South Bay should not be considered taboo. If it gets people to their destination and helps ease traffic on Lincoln and Sepulveda boulevards, it’s a good use of public roads. Carol Katona Venice
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Cartoon Was a Little Over the Top Re: The Critical Line “Mexicans Stay Out!” cartoon, June 1 In 1956 my parents, sister and brother immigrated legally from Jalisco, Mexico, directly to Santa Monica. Over the next decade my other brothers and I were all born in Santa Monica. We all went to local schools and grew up here. My parents worked hard and were soon the owners of a fourunit property on 17th Street. My mom still owns and lives on her property, where she has provided rental units to countless tenants for over five decades. My parents never “jumped over the wall” as your cartoon depicts, and the rents were kept low due to The People’s Republic of Santa Monica’s rent control laws. They have never reached the high rates as depicted in your cartoon. Frisk Cornejo Santa Monica
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