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L etter s CORRECTION: Our June 13 story about Santa Monica’s Homeless Multidisciplinary Street Team misspelled the name of city of Santa Monica senior administrative analyst Brian Hardgrave. While the Homeless Multidisciplinary Street Team is city-funded, The People Concern is the contracted partner to operate the team, and The People Concern contracts with Venice Family Clinic to provide field-based services.

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It’s Getting Scary Out There Re: “58,936 – Homelessness is spiraling out of control in Greater Los Angeles,” Cover, June 13 I have written to L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin a couple of times now, voicing my concerns about the drastic decline of Marina del Rey and Venice. The homeless are taking over in so many undesirable ways — stealing, defecating anywhere, damaging property,

sleeping wherever they choose, lining the streets with their trash and belongings, and even physically attacking people.I have been attacked twice now on my weekly walks. Both attacks happened on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The most recent incident occurred at 9 a.m. Sunday, and this time we had to call the police because my walking partner was injured and unable to walk. About 10 police officers and four firemen

responded. The incident involved a crazy homeless man swearing very aggressively and lunging at my girlfriend and me. He was obviously trying to scare and terrify us. He was holding things in both hands, and we thought he was going to stab us. The whole experience was very, very frightening — so much so that we will not be going near Abbot Kinney until this anarchy is dealt with.

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Housing these people in an already over populated area is not the answer. It will encourage more to come, and things will only get worse. Los Angeles has many surrounding areas with vast expanses of vacant land. Surely building a shelter there is the smarter choice. Jennifer Jane White, Venice A Careless Mixed Message Re: “58,936 – Homelessness is spiraling out of control in Greater Los Angeles,” Cover, June 13 As a 30-year resident of Playa del Rey, I read your paper frequently. I find your last cover utterly tasteless, insensitive and offensive. You mention homelessness spiraling out of control on top of the page, and advertise a $2.4-million house on the bottom — a home that a lot of hardworking people can only dream of. As a neighborhood paper aspiring to represent community values, you owe your readers an apology. Jay Unger, Playa del Rey Why Leave Them Out? Re: “Neighborhood Council Election Results,” News, June 13 Although you mention that the Mar Vista Community Council election was for 13 seats, you name just nine representatives who won seats. It would have been really nice if you had also informed your readers of the other four winners: Holly Tilson of the Stand up for Stakeholders slate, won as an unopposed incumbent. Martin Rubin, who was not part of a slate, won the Zone 2 director seat against a Mar Vista Makes Waves slate opponent. Rob Kadota, not on a slate, was reelected as an at-large director. Kathryn Wheeler, new to the board and not on a slate, also won an at-large director seat.  Congratulations and good luck to all. Charles Blum, Santa Monica

ON THE WEB & SOCIAL MEDIA Re: “58,936 – Homelessness is spiraling out of control in Greater Los Angeles,” Cover, June 13 Sheena Duggal: Thank you, Argonaut, for this headline. Keep screaming it! (Continued on page 8)

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Shanna Jones: Drug addicts need rehab. The mentally ill need professional mental health facilities. Homeless need low-income housing and job assistance. They don’t have the same issues; they don’t need the same solutions. Re: “A Crisis of Creative Thinking,” Editorial, June 13 Will Hawkins: Nice job,

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although all I’ve been hearing since the release of the homeless count number is how we need more housing. Yeah … we do need housing, but how about we create some prevention programs so we can stop people from becoming homeless in the first place? Billy Kay: You are right, Will Hawkins, but it’s a two-pronged assault: brushclearing and firefighting. The first mitigates the need, but our

encampments are the fivealarm blaze. Heidi Roberts: Thank you for bringing some truth to this crisis and syndrome! I would add that Haaven (my organization) has proposed housing 450 people in a year at a cost of less than $5,000 per person. Not one Los Angeles City Council member has even bothered to respond to the proposal, including Mike Bonin. Lots of words crafted

for the press and zero action in reality. In other words, politics as usual in the midst of a humanitarian crisis. It’s just gross. Ken Marek: If you’re among local residents whose patience has been worn thin by the ineffective actions of our city leaders, consider signing the “Recall City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for Inaction On The Homeless Crisis” petition at change.org.

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HOT TAKE: It’s an RV Free-for-All in Venice Homelessness is on the rise in Venice, especially when it comes to people living in vehicles Many who live in Venice will tell you there have never been so many people living in RVs, vans and cars parked on local streets. Now they have some data to back that up. Amid the 16% year-over-year increase of homelessness within the city of Los Angeles brought to light by this year’s homeless count, the number of homeless people in Venice increased from 852 to 1,101 — a spike of 29% — according to newly posted Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority data. A major driver of Venice’s growing homeless population was in fact more people sleeping in RVs, vans and cars, which increased by 65% (!) from 271 in last year’s count to 447 in this year’s count. People living in cars increased most, from 53 to 118 (122%); people living in vans, not so much (123 to 165, or 34%); and people living in RVs — the most visible of the three — climbed from 95 to 164, about 72%. In other Westside neighborhoods, the number of people living in vehicles decreased. Even though overall homelessness went up 18% in Mar Vista (134 to 159), the number of people sleeping in vehicles went down — especially people in RVs, from 71 to 58. And as overall homelessness actually decreased in Westchester, Del Rey and Playa del Rey (more on that next week), so did the number of people sleeping in cars, vans and RVs — from 83 to 40 in WestchesterPlaya, and from 41 to 24 in Del Rey. Some of the Venice residents organizing in opposition to temporary homeless housing on the former Metro bus yard on Main Street complain that adjacent

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One of Venice’s ubiquitous RVs recently burst into flames streets have become a free-for-all when it comes to people parking and living in RVs. Many are convinced that parking enforcement has basically stopped

fire in late May — and the scorched hunk of metal just sat there for two days — she vented her long-burning frustration in an angry email to the council office and

What appears to be a blanket city policy of looking the other way is testing some people’s patience and draining their compassion for the homeless. writing citations for RVs parked in Venice, thereby encouraging their continued proliferation. One Venice resident tells The Argonaut she received a $93 parking ticket for blocking a bike lane near Main, but a bunch of RVs doing the same thing for days on end weren’t (and aren’t being) cited. After one of the RVs consistently parked on Main near Rose Avenue caught

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LAPD brass. “Are we living in Venezuela?” she asked. Last week the Los Angeles City Council affirmed their belief in the city’s authority to impound vehicles for unpaid parking tickets or expired registration, voting 12-1 to oppose state legislation that would expressly forbid them from doing so. L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin, whose district includes Venice, cast the

lone dissenting vote. “The bill was a mixed bag,” Bonin explains in an email statement to The Argonaut. “The city should absolutely and unquestionably have the right to tow vehicles left unattended for more than 72 hours, but I do not think we should be impounding cars with too many unpaid tickets — unless and until we have a genuine and robust system for people of low income to get reduced fines or pay on installments. Under the current system, towing and impounding vehicles of people in poverty can cause job loss, additional economic hardship, and homelessness — and that is a stupid and counterproductive thing to do in the middle of a homelessness crisis.” Bonin makes a solid big-picture point: Criminalizing homeless people over a parking ticket does them real harm, and it does not feel like justice for the government to be confiscating people’s homes over a flat tire or a dead battery. But for Venice residents who feel overwhelmed by hundreds of people living in vehicles, what appears to be a blanket city policy of looking the other way is testing some people’s patience and draining their compassion for the homeless. Designated “safe parking” lots to serve Angelenos who’ve been priced out of brick-and-mortar housing could take a lot of pressure off highly impacted neighborhoods such as Venice. But in the nine years since the late L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl secured funding for an initial pilot program, safe parking has been implemented slowly and so far on a very small scale. You might say it’s time to shift this program into high gear.

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The Recycling Market is Broken Santa Monica Community Recycling Center shuts down as plummeting global demand turns a former city revenue stream into a financial liability By Gary Walker Santa Monica has built a strong reputation as an ecologically innovative city, but recent disruptions in the international recycling marketplace have left city leaders wrangling over how to continue the practice in a sustainable way. The Santa Monica Community Recycling Center — the facility near Bergamot Station where residents could redeem aluminum cans, plastic bottles, cardboard and other recyclable material for cash — shut down on June 15, about two weeks after Santa Monica City Council members voted 4-2 not to renew a contract with recycling program operator the Allan Co. Curbside recycling collection will continue, but what used to be a revenue generator for the city now costs Santa Monica taxpayers six figures a year. Last year the Allan Co. required a rate increase to cover increased collection costs and declining demand for recyclable materials. That took the city from earning $27.50 per net ton of recyclables, which translated to more than $300,000 in annual public revenue, to paying $25 per net ton — a $275,000 net loss. The math has been similar throughout American cities since last year, when China — which once processed more than half of the world’s recyclable exports, according to the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies — begin implementing its “National Sword” policy ban on imports of recycled materials, complaining that too much unrecyclable waste came mixed with

Feel-good recycling programs are costing taxpayers a lot paper and plastic bundles. “We’re definitely seeing a market disruption,” confirmed Veronica Pardo of the California Refuse Recycling Council. “Recycling revenues are down statewide, and because of China and new regulations around recycling we are going to have to find new markets.” China’s ban also triggered a domino effect of recycling contractors passing on the costs of a losing business model to cities, forcing city leaders to decide whether to pay more or recycle less. “After China decided not to receive much of the world’s recyclables, the recycling market has been thrown into turmoil. That was the pressure that was reflected in the Allan Co. contract,” explained Santa Monica Mayor Gleam

Davis, who voted to continue contracting with the Allan Co. “The global market in recyclables is undergoing cataclysmic change, and I think the majority of the council felt entering into long-time contracts at this point was fiscally imprudent,” said Councilman Kevin McKeown. A group of 10 people, led by a Santa Monica resident employed by the Allen Co., briefly demonstrated against the recycling facility closure outside Santa Monica City Hall. Davis said the council will consider new recycling program options in the fall. “It’s possible that we could move to a redemption center for bottles or other recyclables at another site — a place where people could take them after they

collect them, because we do have people in our community who augment their incomes by turning in recyclables,” she said. Los Angeles Bureau of Public Works spokeswoman Elena Stern declined to elaborate on whether China’s ban could result in facility closures in Los Angeles, but wrote via email that the policy has forced recyclers to seek more stable markets for recyclable goods in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. “While this dependence on China clearly poses a challenge, it also represents an opportunity for an emerging industry with the development of green businesses and creation of new, green jobs here in the U.S,” Stern wrote. Trevor Zink, an assistant professor of management at Loyola Marymount University’s Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainability, has studied the politics and economics of recycling for more than a decade. He believes the current market crisis is an opportunity for Americans to look at environmental sustainability in a new way. “For cities, if there’s no market, then paying all of the associated costs no longer makes economic sense,” Zink said. But, “If recycling makes sense from an environmental standpoint, then maybe it’s worth doing even if it doesn’t makes economic sense. … The only reason it would make environmental sense to continue to recycle is if you’re preventing a higher environmental impact than you’re creating.”

Motels Could Shelter More Homeless L.A. County aims to convert large blocks of rooms into clusters of interim housing By Gary Walker In response to a 12% year-over-year increase in homelessness countywide, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn hopes to expedite getting more of the county’s 58,936 homeless residents off the streets by expanding the use of motel rooms as interim housing. On Tuesday, Hahn proposed purchasing large blocks of motel rooms for extended periods of time, and possibly even converting hotel parking areas into “safe parking” spaces where people who live in their vehicles can sleep overnight. Using motels as interim housing isn’t a new idea, but the county’s current piecemeal implementation strategy has not been very cost effective, with different county departments often PAGE 10 THE ARGONAUT June 20, 2019

having separate contracts with the same motels, according to Louisa Ollague, Hahn’s assistant chief of staff. Hahn’s proposal is for the county to purchase many or even all of a motel’s available rooms for an extended period of time — reducing costs, increasing capacity and facilitating more efficient delivery of mental health and other social services. “In the wake of the current homeless crisis, it is imperative that Los Angeles County harness its immense purchasing power to drive down the cost of motel vouchers by aggressively pursuing master lease agreements with hotels to house chronically homeless individuals,” reads the text of Hahn’s proposal, supported by a unanimous vote of the board on Tuesday.

The plan calls for at least one motel master lease in each of the county’s eight designated service planning areas, and it also directs county agencies to explore the feasibility of using motel parking lots for “safe parking” programs. County officials are expected to report back to the board in a month about details of implementation and at least one motel master lease possibility for each area. Hahn’s office had been considering the strategy for months, but proof of concept came after office staff began outreach efforts to a motel owner in Whittier and residents of a nearby homeless encampment. “It took around three months of engagement, and we did extensive outreach to the encampment before people agreed to

go to the motel. There’s a lot of hesitancy, and sometimes we get a lot of no’s,” Ollague explained. But the good news is that out of 42 formerly homeless people who received temporary housing, 18 have successfully moved on to permanent supportive housing, she said. “It is hard to find affordable long-term housing for chronically homeless individuals, but we cannot let that stand in the way of helping the people who need us,” Hahn said during Tuesday’s meeting. “Using motel rooms as interim housing allows us to help people off of the streets quickly and buys us time while we work to find them a long-term home.” gary@argonautnews.com


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Climate Consciousness Crisis Climate change has us barreling towards humanity’s demise. But we should still recycle, right? By Audrey Cleo Yap Growing up in the ‘90s, I remember watching Recycle Rex, a cartoon dinosaur taking me through the steps of “recycle, reduce, reuse,” by recycling my cans and plastic water bottles instead of tossing them into the trash. Decades later, I can still hear the chorus to that corny blue dinosaur’s song in my head. Throughout elementary school, I celebrated Earth Day, avoided using hairspray that came in aerosol cans (the hole in the ozone layer!) and learned how to budget water usage, since I grew up in Southern California where we seemed to be in perpetual drought. There was power in thinking that with every can I put into a bin and five-minute shower I took, I was helping save the planet. But it would appear that all of my youthful efforts, many of which I have continued into adulthood, have been for naught. In a packed theater at Santa Monica College last month, activists and community organizers discussed the urgency of climate change and its effects as part of the Youth for Climate Action Panel. The outlook, the panelists said, isn’t good — and it’s going to get worse and fast. A recent report released by the United Nations indicated that one million plant

and animal species are at risk of extinc-

tion, an unprecedented rate and number largely human-caused that could result in the planet’s sixth mass extinction event. In 2018, the UN released a report that paints a dire picture of a world on the brink of environmental and economic collapse brought on by extreme weather systems, massive die-offs of coral reefs and food shortages as soon as 2040. “This is not a left issue, this is not a right issue, this is a human rights issue,” said panelist D Garcia, 19, an organizer with Sunrise Movement, a youth-led organization that advocates for the Green New Deal. The Green New Deal is a proposed stimulus program addressing climate change and economic inequality sponsored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA); among its goals are meeting the U.S.’s energy demands through “clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources” in 10 years. If those at the forefront of today’s environmental movement seem especially youthful, it’s because they are. In 2018, a Swedish teenager named Greta

Youth Step Up On Climate Change

Youth Climate Strike activists ZMFK, Arielle Martinez Cohen, Kevin Patel, adult ally Andy Shrader and Jesús Villalba at Burton Chace Park Many teens are worried about the future — not just college applications, impending student debt, crushing housing costs and the desperation of the gig economy, but the near certainty that they will also be aging into a world of climate catastrophe. A handful of local students gathered in Burton Chace Park on June 1 to stage one of many coordinated Youth Climate Strike press conferences around the country that aimed to keep public attention on Juliana v. United States. The lawsuit filed by 21 youth activists argues the federal government’s failure to protect their generation from the impacts of climate PAGE 12 THE ARGONAUT June 20, 2019

change violates their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property. “We decided to come to the marina because it’s one of the low-lying places threatened by rising sea levels,” said demonstrator Arielle Martinez Cohen, a student at New West Charter School. “The science points to a lot of challenges in the next few decades, like up to a billion climate refugees by 2050, and it’s crazy to think I will be alive at that time.” Youth Climate Strike is recruiting members via social media and YouthClimateStrikeLosAngeles@gmail. com. — Joe Piasecki

Recycle Rex isn’t wrong, but cartoon dinosaurs may not have all the answers we need to save the planet from ourselves Thunberg started protesting outside of Sweden’s parliament, distraught over the environment and what she perceived as politicians’ and adults’ apathy towards it. This past March, young people from all over the globe did the same, in a worldwide “Climate Strike.” The rallying cry is if adults aren’t going to do anything about it, well, we will. “I believe that there’s hope, as dire as the science and timeline is,” said panelist Walker Foley, a senior organizer for Food & Water Watch. Foley, who already has a degree, has taken this a dramatic step further, enrolling at SMC with the goal of becoming a doctor so that when it all hits the fan, there will be at least one more medical professional ready to deal with it. “We have no other option but to win.” But anyone who has played in a team sport knows, winning is a group effort and some will help more than others. And right now, the U.S. seems happy to be (global) warming the bench since we withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017. We’re also not part of a recent addendum to the Basel Convention — a treaty that regulates movement of hazardous waste across countries — in which more than 180 nations agreed to restrict the global plastic waste trade. And it’s not enough for everyone in L.A. County to buy a hybrid and stop eating red meat. One of the most complex and frustrating parts about climate change is that it’s an enemy that we can’t see until it’s, literally, at our doorstep, flooding it or setting our backyards on fire. And it’s one that has played a long game that we have been aware of for decades, yet have not successfully grappled with the consequences of its ultimate long con — the con being that somehow, it’ll all work out, that the scientists will figure it out and we will all be safe/saved. And here we are, potentially less than two decades away from environmental and economic collapse. That little blue dinosaur was so so wrong, or at the very least, just way too optimistic about what recycling my Diet Coke cans could do. During the panel, there was a lot of talk

about dismantling the systems and corporations that have facilitated the situation we are in. One audience member talked about joining a revolution that topples the U.S. military. Panelists from Food & Water Watch stressed the importance of electing officials who don’t take money from big oil. An SMC student asked, pointedly, why the discussion was so centered on making personal sacrifices when, in fact, corporations have had the biggest impact. “One hundred corporations are responsible for 71% of pollution,” he said, citing the Carbon Majors Report from 2017. “Frankly, I think, they are the enemy.” He isn’t wrong. Which is why making the “right,” environmentally sound choices as individuals can feel so futile, a point emphasized by panelist Alex Schwartz, Ph.D., who teaches courses on environmental psychology and chairs SMC’s psychology department. “You can eat less red meat. You can eat less meat altogether. You can eat no meat. When you’re planning your family sizes, have fewer children. That’s the biggest one, actually. It’s surprising more environmentalists aren’t talking about smaller family sizes,” said Schwartz. And even then, unless these small actions take place on a massive scale, they will have only negligible impact. Schwartz added that as humans, we suffer from “single action bias” — that if we do just one thing, it will somehow be enough to impact an entire system, and we don’t have to care about it anymore. “Even though eating less meat is necessary,” he said, “it’s not sufficient. It’s not enough.” On my walk home from the event, I stopped at my favorite tacqueria and debated the merits of ordering a carne asada burrito. I thought about whether my husband and I would want to bring children into a world destined for a post-apocalyptic Mad Max-style hellscape by the time they would be in college. I thought about embracing nihilism, accepting my inevitable pummel into existential nothingness in two decades because in the end, aren’t we all — as the wise Keanu Reeves once said — stardust, baby. I ordered the burrito; it didn’t taste that good, and the guilt of picking carne asada over a veggie one gnawed at my conscience, albeit temporarily. “Who cares if I ordered the veggie one?” I asked myself. My one single order wasn’t the root cause of impending environmental collapse, in the same way my choice to take a five-minute shower won’t save the planet from it. But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try, right?


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West Los Angeles Parents of Multiples is a real-life social network for families whose blessings arrive in twos or threes By Debra Eckerling It’s a beautiful spring day in Santa Monica and Clover Park is alive with laughter. Bouncing babies hold court with moms and dads on picnic blankets, while older siblings run and play on the freshly cut grass. Groups of two or three wear outfits that go together but don’t necessarily match — though their faces often do. This is the annual spring picnic of the West Los Angeles Parents of Multiples, a social network that connects parents of twins, triplets and quadruplets on social media and in real life to form a unique and loving extended family community. The grassroots nonprofit (an independent member club of Multiples of America) offers online forums, small group meetings, education, support and philanthropy to parents raising or expecting multiples, assisting with the challenges and sharing the joys of infancy and childhood. The West L.A. group holds large-scale gatherings each year: the spring picnic, a PAGE 16 THE ARGONAUT June 20, 2019

summer beach party, a Halloween party and a parent-only holiday party. “This is my support system, knowing that others are going through exactly what I’m going through,” says Myrna Nejat,

etc.), allowing those families to form an even stronger bond. Groups organize parent nights out, attend informational events and keep regular playdates (hanging out, feeding, talking). On

“When somebody offers help, don’t just say,‘Oh, that’d be great.’ Sign them up!” — Debra Stolberg, mother of six (including triplets) president of WLAPOM and mother of 7½-year-old twin girls Jasmine and Nicolette. “Now that my kids are older, I enjoy giving back and helping other people go through that journey.” West Los Angeles Parents of Multiples organizes kids born within six months of each other into subgroups named after animals (Penguins, Flamingos, Pandas,

playdates everyone’s looking out for everyone’s children. “I know if one of my kids starts to wander away,” Nejat says of her group, the Tigers, “someone will bring her back.” *** During the April 28 spring picnic, Anton and Susan Abaya — parents of identical

twin boys Apollo and Xavier, almost 4, and 6-month-old daughter Iris — point out a couple from their subgroup on the next blanket; they have twin boys around the same age and a little girl born before theirs. Bouncing his baby girl on his lap, Anton says he finds the social aspect, the support group and the social media community very helpful. Members can ask anyone any question, or simply commiserate with others going through similar struggles. “I found [the group] maybe six months before the boys were born,” he recalls. “They were our first, and it was kind of a scary proposition, as you would expect … and I didn’t know where to begin on anything.” Whereas his biggest joy is seeing his boys “discover the world together and watching them grow [and] explore,” the biggest challenge is managing it all while remembering he and his wife also


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Multiples board member Traci Wells, the group has been a vital support system — especially so at the beginning. She and husband Michael Cuculich, who live in Culver City,

“You’ve got to love the experience of having these babies running around to be able to do it right.” — Anton Abaya, father of three (including twins) expecting twins: “The one thing that always kept me going when it was really hard, especially eight weeks after the twins were born, was to remind myself that somewhere out there was a parent of triplets.”

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Although the Stolbergs arrived late for the picnic, they made it in time for the group photo. “I try to come to everything but we’re always a little late for some reason,” she says with a laugh. “It’s been so much fun to come to events and see people over and over again who understand what having more than one child of the same age really means.”  Stolberg remembers being overwhelmed at her first West Los Angeles Parents of Multiples meeting, until she met a woman who had triplets and went on to have a set of twins. “I thought, if she is willing to get pregnant again after having triplets, it must be doable,” she says. “It gave me hope.” Since then she’s concluded that raising triplets is kind of like being a shark: “You just got to keep swimming forward, have a sense of humor, and … let a lot of things go. That’s really our parenting secret: Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Other advice? “Don’t panic,” she says, and get as much help as you possibly can. “When somebody offers help, don’t just say, ‘Oh, that’d be great.’ Sign them up! Give them a day and a time, give them something to do. Have a list of things. One of the most amazing things was to open my door on a Sunday morning, and my neighbors had dropped off bagels and cream cheese.”

Debra and Kip Stolberg have six kids in their family. Their eldest is Kaden is 13; Zoe, 11, and AJ, 9, are adopted. The 5-year-old triplets are their youngest: sons Finley and Paxton, and daughter Ellery. “When the triplets were little and they would run in all different directions, the big ones would go run after them,” Debra recalls.

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By Christina Campodonico Do you remember the viral anthems of Rainbow Vulture? The head-banging concerts of Incendiary Android? The introspective ballads of Misunderstood Clementine? To be fair, those are trick questions. None of these bands actually exist — except in the world of Rohit Records, the brainchild of Santa Monica artist, illustrator, art director and commercial director Rohitash Rao. Born out of an art show and concert hosted by Google’s Venice campus about a year ago (with some inspiration from an animated short Rao created years ago called “Battle of the Album Covers”), Rohit Records has evolved from a collection of over 150 album covers made for “bands that don’t exist” into a faux record store and music label that’s set up shop at conferences, festivals, galleries and even a real L.A. record store. The “label” has even grown into producing songs, music videos, T-shirts and its own vinyl record

filled with singles by a few of its made-up one-hit wonders. Some of these imagined acts (and some real ones too) will play free shows this week at Santa Monica’s FAB Gallery, which is hosting Rao’s traveling album art display through Sunday’s Main Street Summer Soulstice. Rao, who plays accordion, will perform with a few of his “fake” bands on Thursday and Friday nights, and on Sunday Rohit Records bands will play outside the gallery and roam throughout the festival. “This idea just kind of keeps weirdly growing. It’s like the never-ending art project,” says Rao. “Like, this show, I’ve got 14 bands playing. … It’s become a parallel universe, as if these bands and this record store existed … like a cross-dimension that we all can step into for a night.” With marvelously odd names that verge on the ridiculous — Birdfinger, Alone in Your Ménage à Trois, A Million Years of Self-Loathing — embellished on equally eccentric album art, Rao’s bands look and

sound just artsy enough to pass for obscure pop or indie outfits, and that’s kind of the genius of Rohit Records. “I’ve actually had people come in and ask if I had the first album of a band, as if they knew that band,” says Rao. “And they would completely make up stories about how they saw some of my fake bands in concert.” To create the feel of classic vinyl, Rao repurposes old album jackets for his own painting and photography, sands down the edges to make them look vintage, and often slides them into plastic sleeves and applies barcodes on the back to make them look even more authentic. Like a real record store, the wares are for sale — usually $125 to $150. “The great thing about album covers,” Rao continues, “is there’s often no rhyme or reason to what names fit with what art. In a lot of ways, it’s kind of like throwing darts. I’ll throw a dart at a name and I’ll throw a dart at a piece of art and I’m like, OK, that’s going to go together now. And

then I just make that. Weirdly, it works.” Rao’s album art titles range from dry and irreverent —“You Have Three New Likes and Zero New Friends” over an Instagramworthy Venice sunset — to pun-y and provocative. An album by Edible Forests is decorated by a single yellow mushroom, lonesome and brooding, with fungithemed tracks listed on the back (“Cremini make my day,” “Common Button Mushrooms are Best Avoided” and “Shiitake are the sh*t”). As if to comment on music industry patriarchy or the juvenile leanings of many rock bands built in the garage, there are plenty of album covers embedded with subtle and not-so-subtle dick jokes — band names or titles like Phalic Motel (accompanied by a picture of a drooping plant), Electric Hand Job and the fiercely hard-rock Wolfdick. Some are more intentionally ironic and highbrow with names like Ümlaüt Ovërkill (with addi(Continued on page 20)

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compile into a book one day. He’d love to turn an old Tower tional umlauts over the “O” and Records, especially the one on “k” mind you) or Temporary Diva. Sunset Boulevard, into a massive Rao says his cover art creations pop-up, too. But for now, Rao are inspired by “the absurdity of enjoys the elaborate ruse of his my favorite album names and record store and wants to see how bands and the art that comes from far he can take the charade. it,” but Rohit Records is also a “I’ve stopped putting up the tag way to recreate his childhood line of a ‘record store for bands bedroom walls plastered with that don’t exist’ … because I band parapernalia and trips to don’t want to tell people that old-school music stores like before they figure it out. I like Tower Records — his “first art them trying to figure it out — trygallery.” ing to learn that this is perfor“It was just eye candy,” says mance art in a way. Rao, who grew up in 1980s “Somebody compared it to Rancho Cucamonga listening to method acting,” he adds later on. the likes of Van Halen (“Van “It only works because it feels Halen was a gateway drug”), real.” Black Flag, Oingo Boingo, Suicidal Tendencies and many Rohit Records pops up at FAB more eccentrically dubbed bands. Gallery (2001 Main St., Santa “Some of my favorite bands were Monica) from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Poi Dog Thursday, June 20, and from 1 to Pondering, I Love You but I’ve 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Chosen Darkness. And I’m like, Sunday (June 21, 22 & 23). Live these are not only great bands music starts at 7 p.m. Thursday names, but they almost tell a story and Friday, with additional just in their name and often in the pop-up performances happening way the art direction for that outside the gallery Sunday album was created.” afternoon. Visit facebook.com/ Indeed, many of the bands Rao FABstudiogallery or follow @fab. has thought up have elaborate studio.gallery on Instagram for backstories, which he hopes to updates.

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The ArgonAuT PRess Releases StAtely CApe Cod

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“This custom-built home with offers over the perfect family floorplan on one of the most coveted streets in North Kentwood,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “Entertain with ease while preparing dinner assisted by an adjacent walk-in butler’s pantry. Sliding glass doors open to expansive backyard oasis, complete with built-in bar-be-que and fire pit. A guest bedroom with an en-suite, powder room, and secret hideaway under the stairs highlight the homes enchanting attention to detail.” Offered at $2,395,000 Stephanie Younger Compass 310-499-2020

“This beautifully appointed two-bed, two-and-a-halfbath, home features a huge floor plan with a wraparound balcony,” say agents Jesse Weinberg and Blake Taylor. “The pristine unit offers wood flooring, great natural light, complete privacy, a gas fireplace, and bar-be-que hook up. The master bedroom offers access to the balcony, awesome views and a huge bathroom. The kitchen opens to the living space, and features marble flooring and undercounter lighting.” Offered at $1,325,000 Jesse Weinberg & Blake Taylo KW Silicon Beach 800-804-9132

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“The front door of this home is framed by two tall beautiful palm trees,” say agents Bob and Cheryl Herrera. “Step into the welcoming warmth of the open and spacious living/dining area featuring French doors leading out to an enclosed backyard. The elegant touches include hardwood floors throughout, except for the kitchen and baths. There are three bedrooms, one of which is in a private location offering the option to use it as a guest room or office. The detached two-car garage has a storage area. Offered at $1,595,000 Bob & Cheryl Herrera PRES 310-985-2452

“Enjoy unobstructed city, mountain, and partial ocean views,” says agent Charles Lederman. “The open living space is flooded with natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows, and leads to a large patio overlooking the city lights. Second bedroom can be used as a guest room or an office. Revel in all that Marina City Club offers, including a huge gym, gourmet market, room service, car wash, and 24 hr. gated security. Ideally located, this home is walking distance to the beach and offers a priceless lifestyle. Offered at $650,000 Charles Lederman Charles Lederman & Associates 310-821-8980

“This Westport Heights gem has been lovingly maintained over the years and offers endless opportunities to customize into a dream home,” says agent Bob Waldron. “A beautiful Sycamore tree and cheerful brick porch welcome you into a cozy living room. The dining room opens to a kitchen with nostalgic details throughout. Three spacious bedrooms, laundry and an updated bathroom with original charm complete the interior. Features include an attached garage, central heat and more.” Offered at $939,000 Bob Waldron Coldwell Banker 310-780-0864

“Enjoy ocean views from this Marina City Club unit,” says agent Eileen McCarthy. “The spacious living room leads out to a large patio, perfect for entertaining. The new kitchen features a large island, granite counter tops, and recessed lighting. Travartine flooring flows throughout this unit. The bathrooms have been upgraded. Enjoy access to all the Marina City Club amenities.” Offered at $979,000 Eileen McCarthy Marina Ocean Properties 310-822-8910

The ArgonAuT REAl EstAtE Q&A

7 Tips To Help Your Family Survive A Summer Renovation Project The longer days and warmer temperatures associated with the summer makes it the perfect time to complete home renovation projects. However, completing these projects in the summer, when children and other family members are more likely to be home, presents a unique set of complications. The following tips will help you and your family survive a summer renovation project.

Decide What You Will Keep: Before the start of a renovation project, take a close look at the belongings in the area that will be renovated. Decide which of these belongings you and your family would like to keep. Indecision on these matters can cause delays with your project. Anything you do not intend to use in the new place should be discarded or donated.

Find A New Parking Space: The contractor working in your home will need to come and go throughout the day. Your contractor will need to bring workers and materials to your home. You should make sure contractors and workers have easy access to your home. It may be necessary for you to park further away from your home

so your contractor can have access to your home.

like paint and floor finish will at times seem unbearable.

Protect Adjoining Rooms:

This would be a great time to enjoy the many great places to visit in your city or a nearby town. However, don’t let home rennovations get you down this summer. Home renovators can visit the beaches of California and learn to surf, stay at hotels in Utah to visit the national parks, or see the hustle and bustle of Times Square in New York.

Your remodeling project may affect rooms other than the room where the work is being completed. For instance, repair work and drilling in one room can cause items in adjoining rooms to become dislodged and suffer damage. You should declutter these adjoining rooms and place fragile items in a location they will be safe.

Provide Alternative Entryways: You should provide one point of entry to your home for your family and another for workers. You should make sure the entryway used for workers is free of toys, bicycles, and other things that will block the pathway of workers. Make sure the path available to workers provides them with access to the main electrical panel and shut-off valve for the water.

Remember To Enjoy The Summer: There will be times during the remodeling project that the best thing for you and your family to do is leave the home. The noise of repair work and the odors created by things

Minimize Dust Spread: There is a risk of dust spread throughout your home during a home renovation project. Your contractor will try to contain dust in the area where he or she is working but this will not always be possible. There are a number of ways you can help with this goal: • Keep interior doors closed. • Seal doors with painting tape or plastic sheeting. • Protect stairs with runners or plastic sheeting. • Replace HVAC filters both during and after the renovation project.

Protect Kids And Pets:

drawn to the site of the renovation project. Do not allow them in an area where work is being done. They should also not be allowed in a room where a renovation project is underway during non-work hours without supervision. The noise and new faces in your home will also cause your pets to become excited. They will also need to be kept away from the worksite. Many families choose the summertime to schedule home renovation projects. While there are definite advantages to completing renovation projects during the summer months, there are also a few reasons for concern. The seven tips mentioned above will make a summer renovation project more manageable for your family.

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Los AngeLes Times sundAy Crossword PuzzLe “CRUISE CONTROL” By MARK McCLAIN

Baptism By Liar I was talking with this guy whom I’ve known for over six years who lives a plane ride away. It was late at night on a weekend, and he was saying all this mushy sexy stuff and how he wanted to fly me out to his city, blah, blah, blah. Afterward, he never called or texted again. It’s been weeks now. He’s done this before — come on really hot and heavy and then disappeared. And he doesn’t drink or do drugs, so that isn’t an explanation. Why do men do this? — Feeling Dumb For Believing … Again Well, on the upside, he isn’t afraid to express his feelings. On the downside, if you’re like many women, you prefer your relationships long-form — more Nicholas Sparks’ “The Notebook” than 3M’s “The Post-it Note.” You aren’t the only one on these calls who buys into everything the guy says he has in store for you (and no, I’m not suggesting there’s an FBI agent listening in from a “cable company” van). While this guy is on the phone with you, chances are he believes what he’s telling you — which is to say, deception has a brother, and it’s self-deception. Evolutionary biologist Robert Trivers defines self-deception as “the active misrepresentation of reality to the conscious mind.” As for how the self can end up being “both the deceiver

and the deceived,” Trivers and fellow evolutionary researcher William von Hippel explain that our mind seems to have “information-processing biases” that “favor welcome over unwelcome information” in a way that reflects our goals. (Think rose-colored horse blinders.) Trivers and von Hippel note that believing our own hooey helps us sell it to other people: If you aren’t conscious that you’re lying, you won’t be burdened by the mental costs of maintaining “two separate representations of reality” or show physical signs of nervousness at possibly getting caught, such as a higher-pitched voice. Understanding all of this, you should probably go easy on yourself for being a bit of a slow learner on the “fool me twice” thing. If this guy was also putting one over on himself in these phone conversations, that probably made it much more believable to you. Mark him as emotionally toxic and come up with a plan in case he calls again. Options include blocking his number, not picking up, or figuring out how to control the conversation if he veers off into Sweetnothingsville. On a positive note, it does seem he’s accidentally telling the truth in one area: You do seem to be the woman of his dreams — as you always vanish from his consciousness as soon as he wakes up.

Done Juan I went on three or four dates with this dude, and he said it wasn’t really working for him and stopped calling. I’m kind of confused about what went wrong or what put him off. My friends tell me to leave it alone. Doesn’t he owe me more of an explanation for why he isn’t interested anymore, considering we went on multiple dates? — Baffled You are owed: 1. The correct change. 2. The news that a guy you’ve been dating is no longer interested. Period. It is not his job to tell you that you are, say, bad in bed or have all the table manners of a coyote on recent roadkill. Still, it’s understandable that you’re pining for an explanation. Research by psychologist Daniel Kahneman suggests that being in a state of uncertainty — not knowing what’s what — makes us very uncomfortable. It makes sense that we evolved to feel this way, as going through the world in a state of ignorance would not exactly increase our chances of survival,

mating and passing on our genes: “Oh, what a pretty berry! Here’s hoping it won’t cause violent convulsions and death!” However, there is a way to alleviate the mental itchiness from not knowing, even in cases where there’s no way to know what really happened. You could say that we believe what we think —and especially what we repeatedly think. Studies by memory researcher Elizabeth Loftus find that every time we recall a story (or even something we’re told might have happened to us) it encodes it more deeply in our minds, often to the point where it starts to seem like it actually happened. In line with this, come up with a story for why the guy bailed — ideally one that’s easy on your ego — and tell it to yourself repeatedly. For example, imagine him saying, “I just remembered that I’m emotionally unavailable” or, if that seems a little boring, “Your slight nose whistle is actually endearing, but it seems to have a thing for Dave Matthews covers, and I just can’t stand that band.”

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

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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

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. 2019140648 Type of Filing: Amended. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: OPERATION PROTECTIVE SERVICES-OPS; 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 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

Classifieds 2 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 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

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 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 state-

ment 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 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2019159737 Type of Filing: Original The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: ARTOON GALLERY; 578 Washington Blvd., Suite 753 Marina del Rey, CA 90292. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) James Chappel, 578 Washington Blvd., Suite 753 Marina del Rey, CA 90292. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: James Chappel. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: June 11, 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 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

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for a writing reflection, light refreshments, giveaways and photo opportunities in front of a balloon garland. Knockout, 177 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. $25 to $40. facebook. com/TheCrownCollective

Beach Eats, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. The weekly festival of food trucks with a scenic harbor backdrop returns to Mother’s Beach with live music by Upstream to keep you dancing from 6 to 8 p.m. Lot 10, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (424) 526-7900; visitmarinadelrey.com/beacheats 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; lacountylibrary. org Juliana Riccardi in Live!, 7 to 10 p.m. Up-and-coming singer Juliana Riccardi brings her blues & soul infused music to Atmosphere Mar Vista, 12034 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. Free. facebook.com/AtmosphereMarVista “Thirdsdays,” 8 p.m. Acoustic rock band The Red Cars led by singersongwriter Adam Snyder with Jeff Schwartz on upright bass and Richard Hynd on drums perform two sets at Industry Café & Jazz, 6039 Washing-

Sunset Nature Hike, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Ballona Wetlands docents lead you on a leisurely sunset hike through the freshwater marsh. Binoculars provided. Wear close-toed shoes and layers. Park on the southwest side of Jefferson Boulevard and meet at the purple welcome sign. (310) 306-5994; ballonafriends.org

Test your athletic skills at this weekend’s Pier360 ocean sports tournament and beach festival. SEE SATURDAY, JUNE 22. ton Blvd., Culver City. No cover; donations encouraged. (310) 202-6633; industrycafela.com

Friday, June 21 WISE & Healthy Aging Volunteer Information Session, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Learn how to make a difference in the quality of life for the elderly and their families through volunteer experiences as a tutor, instructor or special events assistant. Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 394-9871 ext. 552; wiseandhealthyaging.org Summertime Coffee Break!, 2 to 3 p.m. Get together on the first day of

summer to share a cup of coffee, tea and fun old-school board games. Play fun and challenging games to sharpen your memory skills and sign up for the Summer Reading Program, while taking an afternoon break. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415; lacountylibrary.org Summer Soulstice Creative Arts Therapy Celebration, 6 to 9 p.m. Flower crown company The Crown Collective hosts a night of dance movement therapy in support of Lasting Impressions, which provides free creative arts therapy for survivors of abuse. Participate in an improvisational movement workshop, then stay

Venice Vandals Comedy Show, 8 to 10 p.m. Sit under the stars and enjoy some of the best Los Angeles comics at this monthly Venice comedy showcase. BYOB. Lone Wolfs, 2545 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $8 to $10. Nothin’ but the Blues Cruise, 8 to 10:30 p.m. Enjoy breathtaking views, a live blues bands, dancing under the stars and delectable seated dinner on this two and a half-hour cruise. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $97; reservations required. (310) 301-9900; hornblower.com DJ Jedi & Anthony Valadez Dance Party, 9 p.m. Deejays are on the decks spinning new and old soul and anything else that gets the dance floor going. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

Saturday, June 22 Santa Monica Pier 360 Ocean Sport & Beach Festival, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. This two-day annual festival holds competitions for a variety of disciplines on land and sea—from stand up and prone paddleboarding to beach volleyball, skating and soccer. Compete or enjoy a front row seat to the athleticism. $25 to $65 to compete; free to watch. Events are open to everyone; must have a board, paddle and leash. santamonicapier.org/pier360 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, Maygen Nicholson leads a yoga class. Bring your own mat. Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. Free. santamonicapier.org Football Skills Camp with SMC Corsairs, 8:30 a.m. Train with players from Santa Monica College’s football team and its head coach Kelly Ledwith for the day. The free skills camp is designed for kids in second through 12th grade. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Drills begin at 9:30 a.m. (310) 434-4863; ledwith_ kelly@smc.com (Continued on page 35)

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Drama Queen:“Miss America’s Ugly Daughter” @ Edgemar Center for the Arts In this autobiographical onewoman show, writer-performer Barra Grant opens up about her contentious relationship with her late mother —larger-than-life New York socialite, consumer advocate, target of political scandal, and firstand-only Jewish Miss America Bess Myerson. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 4 at Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. $20 to $40. (323)

285-2078; missamericasuglydaughter.com A Brave New World? “Point of Extinction” @ The Blue Door Sight-impaired actors from Theatre by the Blind and musicians on the autism spectrum from Rex and Friends come together for this sci-fi political thriller. A century after a super volcano destroys much of the Earth’s population and leaves many disabled, survivors must decide whether to follow the president’s orders to take an experimental serum to cure their ailments or stand up and question the new law of the land. Now playing at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through July 7. (No show on Saturday, June 29) at The Blue Door, 9617 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $15 to $20. (310) 902-8220; bluedoorculver.com 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. Last shows: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (June 21 & 22) at Westchester Play-

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Family Drama:“Death of a Salesman” @ Ruskin Group Theatre Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor Rob Morrow (“Number3rs,” “Billions”) steps into the role of Willy Loman, the tragic central figure of Arthur Miller’s classic drama about a traveling salesman, his family and his last hours on Earth. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 4 at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $20 to $35. (310) 3973244; ruskingrouptheatre.com

Deirdre O’Connell stars in “Dana H.” house, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $25 to $27. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org 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.

Last shows: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday (June 20, 21 & 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; theactorsgang.com Stranger than Fiction:“Dana H.” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre This new play by Lucas Hnath recounts the harrowing true story of his mother, a psych ward chaplain captured by her patient and trapped in Florida motels for five months. Last shows: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday (June 20 to 23) at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $27 to $72. (213) 628-2772; centertheatregroup.org Unforgivable? “Mistakes Were Made – coulda-woulda-shoulda” @ Santa Monica Playhouse Dick lets a blue-eyed winker threaten his marriage. Jeff turns down his dream job and regrets it. Mel hires a famous money manager, now infamous for stealing money. And now Dick’s wife knows about the affair. We all make mistakes, but can we fix them? Now playing at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. Sundays through

June 30 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $35. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com​ Lust and Lunacy:“A Streetcar Named Desire” @ Odyssey Theatre Passions and cultures collide in this Tennessee Williams classic about the faded and unstable 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; ddysseytheatre.com A Royal Mess:“Exit the King” @ City Garage Eugene Ionesco’s Beckett-like dark comedy follows the final hours of a megalomaniac king and the two queens squabbling for his failing kingdom. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays through July 14 at City Garage, 2525 Michigan Ave. #T-1, Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org

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Water Wonderland MarinaFest and Discover Marina del Rey show off the harbor By Christina Campodonico Whether you yearn to be out on the water or feel more comfortable watching the sails pass you by, this weekend’s joint celebration of MarinaFest and Discover Marina del Rey provide plenty of reason to celebrate L.A.’s Marina with a visit to Burton Chace Park. MarinaFest, returning to the park on Saturday and Sunday, is both an in-water boat show and a family-friendly party in the park. “It kind of started as an open house for a number of boats,” says MarinaFest co-organizer Russ Carrington, owner of Action Watersports on Lincoln Boulevard. “Fast-forward nine years, we’ve morphed into a full-on festival and boat show. We try to make it super fun and interactive, with something for everybody.” Serious boaters and those intrigued by all things nautical should head to the Burton Chace boatslips to explore a diverse array of watercraft from 16-footers on up. Highlights include a 450 Lagoon catamaran that’s likened to a “floating condo” for its roominess, size and comfort, and a 63-foot Sun Country Prestige yacht — one of the biggest boats in this year’s show, notes co-organizer Steve Curran. Meanwhile, history buffs can visit tall ships parked dockside or take a Horn-

of Discover Marina del Rey brings even more action to Burton Chace Park. There’ll be live music, food trucks, arts-and-crafts shopping, free kayaking lessons, a marionette show, a kids activity zone and even participatory jam sessions with groups such as Bollywood Dance (all ages and skill levels, but wear comfortable shoes). Carrington hopes that Marina Fest and Discover Marina del Rey remind locals and regional visitors alike of the marina’s many options for recreation and play — not just on the water, but around it, too. “There’s so much to do in Marina del Rey that you wouldn’t know about unless you came,” he says. “It really is the crown jewel of L.A. County.”

Tour a replica historic tall ship during MarinaFest

Marina Fest happens from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (June 22) and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (June 23) at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free, but $10 for the in-water boat show dock admission (or $7 advance via Eventbrite). Visit marinafest.org or eventbrite.com.

blower Cruises-sponsored harbor tour guided by a Marina historian, kids can play in bounce houses, and parents can appreciate the fruit of the vine in a

Discover Marina del Rey, happens from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Burton Chace Park. Visit beaches.lacounty.gov or eventbrite.com.

beer-and-wine garden hosted by Rustic Kitchen (get discounted drink tickets if you purchase early via rustickitchen.la). On Sunday, the concurrent celebration

Country in the City Austin honky-tonk standout Carson McHone has honed her talents on the road Growing up in Texas as the daughter of a writer, Carson McHone naturally gravitated toward literate songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and then to writing songs of her own that earned admiration from local legends like Ray Wylie Hubbard. At 16 she talked her way into a regular gig playing Friday happy hours at Austin’s storied Hole in the Wall bar; later, after quitting college, she held down a weeknight residency at an East Austin honky-tonk co-owned by her parents. Those experiences schooled her in essential arts like how to vary a set, keep your guitar in tune, and reel customers in with a tears-in-their-beer melody before releasing them onto the dance floor with a happy shuffle beat. After issuing a self-titled EP in 2013, she released her first full-length album in 2015, “Goodluck Man.” Her new album “Carousel,” made with Spoon/Heartless Bastards producer Mike McCarthy, is an open reach for audiences beyond the Texas bars where she’s been entertaining two-steppers since her teen years. Roughly half of its 11 songs are reprised from “Goodluck Man,” albeit PAGE 34 THE ARGONAUT June 20, 2019

McHone’s songwriting reveals a wisdom about human nature beyond her years with more production polish and sparkling “Drugs,” a staple of her live shows. instrumentation (guitars, fiddle, harmoThe angular Austinite’s songwriting is nium, pedal steel, piano), complemented notable for its no-frills, metaphoric by newer material like honky-tonking poetry and clear understanding of human single “Sad” and the Chris Brecht co-write nature. Toe-tappers like “Maybe They’re

Just Really Good Friends” — a witty spin on classic cheating songs — are unmistakably country, though McHone’s twang is less obvious than before. McHone’s expressive voice, tonally between Kelly Willis and Patty Griffin, has responded to a steady performance schedule like a silkwound steel string, her interpretive skills keenly honed since the more girlish warbling on “Goodluck Man.” Now, giving voice to the humble “Dram Shop Gal,” she sounds less like she’s quoting her characters than walking in their world-weary shoes: “I don’t trust no man/ Who slicked back his hair/ Though he may be/ A millionaire/ He’s got sticky hands/ And too much time/ Leave me to wonder/ How he made that dime.” Just returned from a UK tour, McHone brings those songs and more to McCabe’s on Friday night. — Bliss Bowen Carson McHone performs at 8 p.m. Friday (June 21) at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Tickets are $18 at (310) 828-4497 or mccabes.com.


We s t s ide Civilized Games, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This series of athletic events highlights cannabis consumption as part of a balanced, healthy lifestyle and works to destigmatize the responsible use of cannabis with athleticism. Watch or participate and have a good time. Venice Beach Skatepark, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. Free. civilizedgames.com; info@civilizedgames.com Morning Mindfulness Meditation, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Take time to breathe, focus, relax and clear the chatter from your mind. This class is designed for those who’ve never practiced meditation before. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415; lacountylibrary.org MarinaFest & Discover Marina del Rey, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Marina del Rey hosts its yearly community event celebrating the coastal lifestyle. Enjoy an in-water boat show, boating lessons, 40+ vendor booths, live music & DJ, a kids’ zone, food trucks, paddleboard demos and historic water tours. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free admission; boat Show $10. marinafest.org Summer Fest, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet the merchants behind your favorite

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shops and celebrate creativity with workshops, demonstrations and more. Artists & Fleas, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. facebook.com/ ArtistsandFleasVenice Natsumatsuri Summer Festival, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Bring friends and family to the carnival to enjoy live taiko drums, Ondo dancing, games and Japanese foods. Venice Japanese Community Center, 12448 Braddock Dr., Venice. Free. (310) 822-8885; vjcc.com Venice Neptune Parade, 12:30 p.m. Wear your bathing suit, straw hat, flowers or grass skirt and join in this zany summer celebration. Dance at the pre-parade party before the parade starts at 1:30 p.m. Bands play all day at Surfside Venice, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. facebook. com/propertybyjanin “Be Savvy, Be Safe: Outsmart Financial Fraud,” 1:30 to 3 p.m. A Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs representative discusses how to protect yourself and avoid becoming a victim. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415; lacountylibrary.org LA Opera Concert: A Universe of Stories, 2 p.m. LA Opera artists Alannah Garnier (soprano), Abdiel

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Tuesday, June 25 Red Hen Press: Tina Schumann, Dolores Hayden, Helene Cardona, Marcelo H. Castillo, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Enjoy an evening of poetry read by authors Helene Cardona, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Dolores Hayden and Tina Schumann. Red Hen lead designer Caitlin Sacks gives a short talk about her work and the skills necessary for cover design. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica. Free. santamonica.gov/arts/beach-culture

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Music’s Day Out Roots rockers the Coffis Brothers join 20-plus bands playing Main Street Summer Soulstice By Bliss Bowen With more than 20 acts performing on eight stages at Sunday’s family-friendly Main Street Summer Soulstice, which supports sustainability-promoting nonprofit Santa Monica Spoke, it’s likely to be a lively day in Santa Monica. An information booth at Main Street and Pico Boulevard will have maps identifying stages and participating vendors on the mile-long festival stretch closed to vehicle traffic. The music will range from the Celticinfused folk rock of Ruled By Venus (aka guitarist/songwriter Simon Petty and fiddler Emily Moore) to hard-working local music man Rich Sheldon and his band, to Steely Dan tribute Dr. Wu and buoyant children’s artist Kristen Cook. The new McCabe’s Stage will host three bands, including the Coffis Brothers, a rootsy folk-rock ensemble that’s a product of Santa Cruz’s eclectic music community. “There’s a ton of great musicians and singers up here,” says guitarist Kellen Coffis, who splits singing and songwriting duties with keyboardist brother Jamie. Since they started performing in public nine years ago, they’ve been mentored by “older generations” of Santa Cruz musicians. “They’ve been super supportive, giving us spotlights that in other cities and situations we may not have been able to get, on stages and venues that we were maybe a few years from getting, because we were local.” Despite its size (over 62,000 and growing), he says Santa Cruz still has enough small-town feel that people knew the Coffis Brothers through high school and soccer connections before they’d ever heard the band. “I wonder how that would be if we had come up in San Francisco or L.A. instead,” Coffis muses. “There are

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The Coffis Brothers bring a bit of Santa Cruz cool to this weekend’s Main Street Summer Soulstice certainly things that would have been nice ready to record that first album,” he about that, but there’s a real community admits. “We tracked all of ‘Roll’ to here and a lot of support.” analog tape, which was cool. The process That convivial spirit comes through in we took was, we’re going to set up all the music on their third full-length album, together and play and work for the best 2017’s “Roll With It,” recorded with Santa take on a song and we can’t edit two Cruz producer Andy Zenczak at Barefoot takes together. We’re gonna live and die studio in Hollywood. They’ve recently by that. It puts you in a different headstarted working on their next album with space; you can’t just say you’ll fix it later. Mother Hips folk-rocker Tim Bluhm — “a It has a different sound. It seems a little hero” to the band — for whom the Coffis more raw, in some ways.” Brothers opened at McCabe’s this spring. Some songs translate better than others Backed by longtime lead guitarist Kyle onstage. Coffis says it would be “tough Poppen, bassist and harmony singer Aidan to take on the responsibility” of writing Collins, and drummer Sam Kellerman, anything specifically to lift listeners’ they’re progressing forward from the spirits, but songs like “Everybody classic rock flavor of their 2011 album Falls” and “Better Days” have a Petty“the Coffis Brothers & the Mountain ish, feel-good vibe that connects with Men” and 2014’s “Wrong Side of the audiences. Road.” The hooky “You and Me” is “With my jacket pockets torn almost reminiscent of the Milk Carton Wipe the dirt and pull the thorns Kids, if MCK were plugged in and backed Gonna head out for the storm by a rock rhythm section. “Roll With It” And float away as a whole sounds lighter and brighter California treats me good than its predecessors, which Coffis credits Makes me feel like I think I should to their evolving musicianship. And I know that better days are ahead “I think we probably weren’t even really of me”

The 19th annual Main Street Summer Soulstice happens from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday (June 23) along Main Street between Pico Boulevard and Marine Street. Admission is free, but Firestone Walker beer garden and bar hopper wristbands are $15 to $45 at eventbrite.com. The Coffis Brothers perform on the McCabe’s Stage at 5 p.m., preceded by country-rockers Redwood Black and Driftwood Mac. Ruled By Venus performs at 1 p.m. on the Ashland Hill Stage, followed by Westerner and Weekend Celebrity. The Rich Sheldon Band kicks things off on the La Vecchia Wine Garden Stage at 1 p.m., followed by the Black Stripes and the Cardiac Arrest. The Dr. Wu Steely Dan tribute happens at 5 p.m. on the Edgemar Stage, preceded by Creedence Concert Revival and DJ MP. Kristen Cook opens the Kid’s Corner Stage, followed by the Beatbuds, Baila Baila, and the Dill Kids Live. Bands are also playing at The Victorian, Enterprise Fish Co. and various public spaces.

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