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NEWS Twelve Years and Out? Santa Monica voters will be asked to adopt city council term limits in November ........... 9

Cashed Out Marina del Rey’s “Bitcoin Maven” is sentenced to a year in federal prison ........ 10

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L etters Identity Politics Exhaustion Re: “White Protest Privilege,” Opinion, June 28 I am so tired of being told what I can and can’t or should and shouldn’t do as a white person. Society has become overly sensitized, overly accountable, and operates on double-standards. A white person found using the N word gets fired. Others use it to make millions in album sales. In Germany, the swastika and SS logo is considered so vulgar and deplorable that it’s illegal for all — I can’t say it’s OK if I use it because I’m a disabled Slovak homosexual. We need to stop overcorrecting and hold all people equally accountable for their words and actions. We’re all Americans and we’re all in this together! Furthermore, many businesses deny services to homosexuals for same-sex weddings, and refusing service to members of Trump’s staff is no different ... and attacking people on Twitter shows what an extraordinarily low IQ person you are. Morgan Jackley Playa del Rey

Rent Control is Long Overdue in Marina del Rey Remember last year’s failed Measure S, or rather the counterargument — that if we were to control development in L.A, rents would go up? While that may sound logical, the massive new developments on unincorporated L.A. County land — specifically in Marina del Rey along Via Marina — are causing rents to go up. Residents living in older complexes such as Mariners Village, for example, have seen rent hikes between 8% and 9% over the past few years because the new complexes are being used as comps. For residents on a fixed income or receiving very little in the way of a cost of living raise, 8% to 9% increases are pretty much eviction notices, and Mariners Village has become a revolving door. It’s similar to the European settlers virtually telling the Native Americans at the other end of a musket: “This land is more valuable to us than it is to you … so get lost!” Today, landowners and leaseholders use the “market” to justify resettling people. The net

effect is that renters have to pick up and move inland to hotter and dryer “reservations,” farther from their families, friends and workplaces. They shoulder the lost time and financial costs of moving and subsequently commuting, which only puts more wear and tear on roads and public transit, which of course are funded by taxpayers. Some people may argue that the rent hikes are to cover an increase in property taxes, but original leaseholders are currently protected under Proposition 13, as are renters from new leaseholders passing property taxes onto them; but what protects renters from “market increases” if they live in areas without rent control? According to the California Housing Partnership Corporation, housing prices in the county have grown four times faster than incomes since 2010. Inflation-adjusted median rent in L.A. County grew by nearly 25% between 2000 and 2012, while inflation-adjusted incomes declined by 9%. The effect of

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Don’t Let Them Tell You That You Can’t Talk Back Local leaders are taking a more confrontational approach to activism, and we respect them for it

L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin joined local activists and clergy in blocking the doorway of an immigrant detention facility last week, an act of civil disobedience that resulted in his arrest Before marching bands took to locking them up. Before his they’re not welcome anymore, the streets and fireworks lit up arrest, Bonin told fellow anywhere.” the sky to celebrate Indepenprotestors and observers that This is what she said a week dence Day, Los Angeles City “we need, by the millions, to be later, after a barrage of threatenCouncilman Mike Bonin and coming out and blocking the ing letters and phone calls: “I firebrand area Congresswoman entrance to federal detention have no fear. I am in this fight Maxine Waters were making centers … [and] surrounding the … And I know that there are national headlines in the House of Representatives and those who are talking about emerging cultural debate about the U.S. Senate and the White censuring me, talking about the social etiquette of political House,” reported the Los kicking me out of Congress, protest. Both elected officials Angeles Times. talking about shooting me, have taken a firm stance that The Saturday before Bonin’s talking about hanging me. All I confrontation and disruption are arrest, Waters spoke defiantly at have to say is this: If you shoot a necessary response to the the Families Belong Together me, you better shoot straight. Trump administration’s forced rally in downtown Los Angeles There’s nothing like a wounded separation of immigrant families about death threats she had animal.” and other political controversies received in response to her Is this really what America has that fall under the umbrella of advocacy for verbally confrontbecome in the Trump era? human rights. ing Trump administration Last week a letter to the editor On July 2, Bonin and a small officials in public places — and took issue with both Waters’ group of local activists allowed a tweet from the president June 23 comments urging themselves to be arrested for warning her to “be careful,” confrontations with Trump blocking the entrance to an which she has interpreted as a administration officials and immigrant detention center in not-so veiled threat. Trump’s chilling public redowntown Los Angeles. In a This is what Waters said during sponse. The writer argues that television interview with HLN a June 23 immigrant rights rally rather than pouring gasoline on anchor Michaela Pereira, (co-organized by Bonin) at the a fire, “We need civility in formerly of KTLA News, Bonin West L.A. Federal Building: “If politics or our nation will be spoke of being emotionally you see anybody from the torn apart.” shaken and morally outraged by cabinet in a restaurant, in a Journalism can be a dangerous what he called a “sinful and department store, at a gasoline job — on June 28, the LAPD’s evil” practice of taking immistation, you get out and you Pacific Division sent two grant kids from their parents and create a crowd and you tell them officers to check on The PAGE 8 THE ARGONAUT July 12, 2018


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Congresswoman Maxine Waters has received death threats over what she said during a recent political rally in West L.A. Argonaut after a mass shooter killed five people at The Capital Gazette in Maryland in retaliation for its news coverage — so we stand firmly against the use of violence and threats of violence. We also hope that civility will triumph over antagonism and hostility in the public conversation. But we also caution against conflating civil disobedience with physical harm or intimidation. It’s one thing to interrupt a public official’s dinner or to block the entrance to a government building; to inflict terror by threatening physical harm is another. And those who choose to serve a president who has advocated mob violence against journalists won’t find much sympathy from us for getting heckled in a restaurant by fellow diners. Rather, we applaud Bonin for standing up for his

moral beliefs, and we respect Waters putting herself in harm’s way to support ordinary citizens who verbally confront — not physically intimidate — the privileged few who whisper in the ears of the world’s most powerful man. Such confrontational activism isn’t for everyone, and aside from special circumstances it may not be the most effective way to move public conversation away from entrenched ideological divisions. You don’t have to like it or agree with it. But where would we be if the Sons of Liberty hadn’t tossed some tea into Boston Harbor, or if Rosa Parks had simply gotten off that segregated bus and walked home? Speaking up and speaking out is ingrained in America’s DNA. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.

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Santa Monica Will Vote on Term Limits A good government group wants to stimulate city council turnover, but others argue a 12year cap on public service would strip power away from the people By Gary Walker A local initiative that would limit Santa Monica City Council members to three four-year terms in office has collected enough signatures to qualify for the November city ballot, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder’s Office. Supporters argue that the status quo of not limiting the number of terms a council member can be re-elected effectively shuts out people who might run for office but are reluctant to challenge longtime incumbents. “The power of incumbency is strong. It’s hard for some people to go against the entrenched interests,” said Mary Marlow,

And even if voters approve term limits, incumbents have little incentive to plan for retirement. The initiative is not retroactive, meaning term limits wouldn’t stop anyone from seeking re-election until at least 2030. By then McKeown would be an octogenarian and quite possibly serving his 32nd year as a city council member, so he’s opposed to term limits for a different reason: the belief that they ultimately limit voter choice. “Every four years each councilmember is judged on whether she or he has represented voters’ interests. Forcing effective councilmembers out of office on an arbitrary calendar gives more

interests and money donated by those with business before the council. We think too much power, concentrated in the same hands over decades, as has occurred in Santa Monica, discourages qualified candidates from running,” the organization wrote in a statement. Members of the California Legislature, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and the city councils of Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Culver City are currently held to term limits. In Culver City a council member can serve two consecutive four year terms before they are required to step down but can run again after two years of

“We have a situation now where incumbents almost automatically get reelected.” — Mary Marlow of The Transparency Project leader of the Santa Monica city government watchdog group The Transparency Project, which is sponsoring the initiative. Five of Santa Monica’s seven city council members have won at least three elections, and only one incumbent council member has lost a re-election bid since the mid-1990s. “We have a situation now where incumbents almost automatically get reelected for decades. They are frequently backed by wealthy special interests with business before the council who pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into each election cycle,” said Marlow, a former telecom executive. However, only two current councilmembers have held office for more than 12 years: Pam O’Connor, first elected in 1994, and Kevin McKeown, who took office in 1998 — both of whom must seek re-election in November.

power to special interests, who can always find a fresh face to fund,” McKeown said. “Why should a voter give up the power to retain an effective councilmember?” Councilman Terry O’Day, who took office in 2010, is also against term limits. He argues that seasoned lawmakers are an asset to the community. “I oppose [the ballot measure] because experience matters and the voters should be able to choose experience,” O’Day said. Councilwoman Sue Himmelrich, who is expected to seek a second term in November, has supported the term limits initiative. So does the slow-growth Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City, which lists Marlow as an advisory member. “We want a city council that is more responsive to residents and less beholden to the special

being off the council. The Transparency Project initiative would set a three-term limit, consecutive or not. “We thought having a measure that was simple to understand would be best,” explained Marlow. “Three terms is a lot.” The Transparency Project was instrumental in pushing the council to rewrite its statutes on lobbying in 2016 and has consistently challenged the status quo at City Hall over perceived violations of ethics. In 2014 they challenged O’Connor about violating the voter approved Oaks initiative by accepting campaign contributions from developers whose projects she had voted to approve. O’Conner returned contributions that had been called into question and the city did not pursue an ethics investigation. gary@argonautnews.com

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The brand-new LeBron James mural in Venice was vandalized over the weekend, but co-creator Jonas Never made quick work of restoring it Not everyone in Los Angeles is excited about NBA superstar LeBron James joining the L.A. Lakers. A mural of James in a Lakers uniform painted Friday on the side of Baby Blues BBQ in Venice was defaced over the weekend, the vandal spray-painting “LeFraud,” “We don’t want you” and other insults over the fresh artwork. Prolific local muralist Jonas Never, who also painted the “Touch of Venice”

mural on Windward Avenue, co-created the “King of L.A.” mural with street artist Menso One. Never repaired the mural on Sunday, telling TMZ Sports it was an easy fix. According to Sports Illustrated, a Twitter account had offered a cash bounty to anyone willing to vandalize the mural.

B r i ef Marina ‘Bitcoin Maven’ is Headed to Federal Prison A Marina del Rey woman who went by the name “Bitcoin Maven” on a web platform arranging digital currency transactions has been sentenced to a year in federal prison after pleading guilty to money laundering and running an unlicensed currency exchange business, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday. Theresa Lynn Tetley, a 50-year-old former stockbroker and real estate investor, oversaw transactions valued as much as $9.5 million, one of which facilitated money laundering for a man who’s been charged with selling large amounts of marijuana, cocaine and oxycodone on the dark web. The IRS and DEA busted Tetley with a Bitcoin-for-cash sting operation in which an undercover agent

explicitly stated that his digital currency had been gained through narcotics trafficking. Tetley has been ordered to forfeit 40 Bitcoin, $292,000 in cash, and 25 gold bars acquired through illegal transactions. According to sentencing documents, the government argued that “[i]n light of the growth of the dark web and the use of digital currency, unlicensed exchangers provide an avenue of laundering for those who use digital currency for illicit purposes.” The government asserted that Tetley’s business “fueled a blackmarket financial system” that “purposely and deliberately existed outside of the regulated bank industry.” — Joe Piasecki

Court Grounds Santa Monica Airport Closure Challenge

A federal court has dismissed a Venice Dual Force Main Project — Joe Piasecki lawsuit challenging last year’s FAA consent decree allowing Santa Fact Sheet Monica officials to close Santa Monica

“With this ruling, as with several similar rulings from other courts in the past eight months, the U.S. District Court reaffirms the validity of the historic agreement between the city of Santa Airport after 2028. The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works will construct a 54-inch diameter force Monica and the FAA as a Consent Plaintiff Barry Rosen had sought to main sewer to supplement the 48-in diameter force main sewer built in 1960. Decree,” Mayor Pro Tem Gleam Davis invalidate the agreement and force The Project in city statement released the city to reverse lastoperate year’sin reduction The new parallel system will conjunction with said the existing 48-inch force main. With the systems together, sewage flow5,000 from theto Venice Pumping Plant can be conveyed to the legal Wednesday. “Despite frivolous of theworking airport’s runway from Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant in Playa del Rey using either or both force mains. The project challenges overobjectives the pastareyear, 3,500 feet, which restricts jet traffic. will also replace backup generators of the Venice Pumping Plant. The project to the city course to of improve the lives of increase sewage capacity, pipeline redundancy allow on for maintenance the system. U.S. Central Districtcreate Court Judge Philip andkept S. Gutierrez dismissed the case on July residents by shortening the runway The existing aging and deteriorating 50-year-old sewer is at risk to overflow during peak wet weather and sewage reducing large jets flying over our 5, rulingLAthat Rosen did notthe have conditions. Sanitation must protect public from a potential spill by adding capacity and redundancy. neighborhoods by over 80%.” standing to continue pursuing a case that has been rejected and amended Project Timing multiple times last year. — Joe Piasecki The project will start since in Spring 2017 and be complete by Summer 2020.

Sewer Replacement Work Begins in Marina del Rey Tunneling and trench work to replace an aging sewer line that runs under Via Marina began last weekend near Marquesas Way, temporarily reducing traffic flow to a single lane in the immediate work area. The Venice Dual Force Main Project connects the city’s Venice Pumping Plant on Hurricane Avenue to the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant in Playa del Rey, replacing an existing line that sanitation officials say is more than 50 years old and at severe risk of rupture. “We expect tunneling activities to occur for several months in the marina,” said Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation Engineer Gevork Mkrtchyan, construction manager for the sewer project. Work has already been under way near The Jungle neighborhood of lower Playa del Rey, where residents have complained about lane closures on Culver Boulevard, Pacific Avenue and Trolleyway causing potentially dangerous conditions for drivers and pedestrians. “With summer bringing more people, strollers, children and bicycles, this intersection must be monitored by police who can enforce illegal stops, illegal U-turns and illegal three point turns,” reads an email complaint by neighborhood activist Jan Hagaan. PAGE 10 THE ARGONAUT July 12, 2018

What should I expect during construction? The Final Environmental Impact Report has been adopted. A micro-tunneling construction method will be used along the alignment to reduce construction impacts. The only exception is the southern-most 1,000 feet of the sewer which will be constructed by open trenching.

Homeless Man Suspected of Starting Venice Pier Fire

The Venice Dual Force Main Project cuts across Marina The sewer will originate at the VeniceaPumping del Rey Harbor between Plant located on Hurricane Street and cross city pumping station and the Grand Canal, travel east to Marquesas Way, then south along Via Marina crossing the Marina Hyperion Water Reclamation del Reyin andPlaya Ballona del CreekRey Channels to meet an Plant existing Coastal Interceptor Sewer on Vista del Mar near Waterview Street.

Expected construction hours are as follows: City of Los Angeles: Mon – Fri, 7am – 7pm; Saturdays Arson investigators Los Mon – Friday, 8am – 5pm; Saturdays as needed, as needed, 8am - 6pm; County from of Los the Angeles: City Fire Department are still 8am Angeles – 5pm. Night work, if required, will be from 7pm to 7am with advance notice.

looking for the person responsible

Traffic will be affected. There will be temporary parking restrictions. Signs will be posted in for the June 26 firebarriers that closed down advance with details. Safety will be used in all construction areas. Trucks and large equipment will be used construction. Dust will be controlled at all times. Driveway access the Venice Pierduring for several days. will be maintained for businesses and residents for deliveries and trash pickup.

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that the fire was caused by a single Website Bureau of Sanitation officials homeless man attempting to www.lacitysan.org/san/faces/home/portal/s-lsh-sp/s-lsh-sp-vdfm deny that their work is putting access electricity under the pier Facebook anyone at risk. and not a homeless encampment Arson investigators believe the https://www.facebook.com/lacitysan/ “We have no knowledge of living there, as had been previously Venice Pier caught on fire after anything at that intersection Email reported. a homeless man tried to tap PublicWorks.PublicAffairs@lacity.org causing life-threatening situations,” Firefighters received a call at into an electrical line Mkrtchyan said. “We have desigLA Sanitation Public Affairs approximately 4:37Office a.m. reporting (213) 978-0333 nated U-turns on Pacific Avenue flames at the pier, said LAFD spokes- million on June 27 to repair and For inquiries after 5:00 p.m. and on weekends, please call the LA Sanitation Customer Care Center and soon we’ll be adding more reopen the 1,300-foot pier in time woman Margaret Stewart, and at (800) 773-2489. signage in The Jungle to guide for the July 4 holiday. found “a 15-foot section of the pier motorists in the right direction so The pier was built in 1963, and city that was well involved in the fire.” they’ll know where construction is officials have been planning to The fire ultimately damaged a LA Sanitation – protecting public health and the environment through clean water, solid resources and watershed protection. For more taking place.” visit www.lacitysan.org. make seismic upgrades to it. information, 40-foot section of the pier and As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does discriminate on the basis of disability upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure forced its not temporary closure. Theand,Los equal access to its programs, services and activities. PAO 03/17 — Gary Walker — Gary Walker Angeles City Council approved $5


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clean up the former encampments. It’s a win-win because bridge Rapkin is a local homeowner, housing will include storage part-owner of a restaurant on facilities, meaning there will be Ocean Front Walk, and an much less personal property attorney who advocates for the strewn about Venice’s public homeless. areas. It’s a win-win because bridge Many homeowners and renters housing will provide 24/7 in Venice have complained bathroom access and security, vociferously for years about the large number of homeless people preventing public health and nuisance issues. There will also sleeping on local sidewalks, in alleys and on Ocean Front Walk, be on-site management and access to food, mental health and maintaining their personal professionals, employment possessions in those areas. specialists and anti-addition They’ve complained about human waste left in public areas, experts to facilitate residents’ and voiced concerns about public journeys toward permanent housing. safety among so many unshelThis will not be a homeless tered men, women and children. shelter, only providing an These are legitimate concerns, but these are also good reasons to evening meal and overnight bed. Venice already has a popular support a temporary housing bridge housing program for facility at the former Metro bus pregnant women called Harvest depot on Main Street. Created Home. Venice does not have any specifically to serve people homeless shelters, which is no currently living in Venice doubt one of the reasons we encampments, this local rollout presently have 854 unsheltered of the city’s “A Bridge Home” initiative is going to be a win-win neighbors, as of the county’s January homeless count. for residents and the local Because bridge housing will homeless population alike. provide shelters, services and It’s a win-win because at any given time 100 people otherwise security for those already on the streets, there’s no reason for sleeping in tents or under the locals to anticipate an increase in stars will be able to leave the streets for a temporary roof over crime. Nor is there evidence that home values in Venice — which their heads on the way to have only increased in value permanent housing, and when people move from encampments despite the presence of hundreds of unsheltered homeless people to bridge housing the city will By Michael Rapkin

— will decrease if we trade tent encampments for city-regulated temporary housing. And the Metro lot appears to be an ideal location because it is large and already buffered from existing residences. Venice residents, you know we have a crisis on our hands. You see it every day. You want to reduce homelessness. And it’s worth noting that the homeless folks we see are mostly longtime residents of Los Angeles County. More than three-quarters of those experiencing homelessness in our county have lived here for at least five years, and 57% of those living on the streets have been in Los Angeles for more than 20 years — many of them losing their homes due to sharp increases in housing costs. It’s a myth that homeless people prefer living on the streets. While it is true that many homeless people decline to live in emergency shelters because they’d have to leave behind property and be separated from family members and beloved pets, the bridge housing in Venice is not a shelter and this will neither separate families nor forbid pets. Help is finally on the horizon for homeless families, military veterans, seniors, victims of domestic violence, the mentally ill and those who self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. Locals should not stand in its way.


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One Man Army Todd the Volunteer is cleaning up local streets to blaze a trail out of homelessness Story and photographs by Kyle Knoll When people see Todd Olin picking up trash on the side of the road, their instinct is often that something doesn’t add up. There’s the white T-shirt and a Dayglow orange vest, but he’s not part of a city work crew — it’s just him out there, and a single handcart bursting with well-worn tools. But three words emblazoned in thick black marker on handwritten signs and the back of his vest identify this man as someone who has christened himself with a unique identity rooted in dignity through selfless hard work: “Todd the Volunteer.” In recent weeks, Todd the Volunteer has stuffed hundreds of plastic trash bags with litter and debris he’s singlehandedly picked up along local streets, arranging them in neat piles or orderly rows that can stretch for a whole city block. He scoured the intersection of Abbot Kinney and Washington boulevards, traversed the Marina (90) Freeway onramp from Mindanao Way to Lincoln Boulevard, PAGE 14 THE ARGONAUT July 12, 2018

Todd Olin carts his tools wherever he thinks his efforts are needed and says being homeless allows him to sleep near his worksites


ArgonautNews.com Back in December 2016, he got hit by a car while riding a motorized bicycle and ended up loading his gear into two shopping carts and pushing it for four miles with an injured leg. Two days later, “I took the brace off my leg and just went back to work,” he recounts. “I missed working a year straight by two days.”

and transformed the edge of the Ballona Wetlands from Fiji Way to Ballona Creek. He picked the Culver Loop clean — even trimming overgrown weeds in the median — and continued east along the wetlands all the way to the 90 freeway entrance. “Every person that has ever stopped has said, ‘Man, I wish there was more people like you!’” says Olin, a 52-year-old with salt-and-pepper hair, a deep mahogany tan, faded tattoos, clear brown eyes and hands made rough from years of working outdoors. “People call me ‘Sir.’” As Todd the Volunteer, Olin has been laboring to win recognition of the dignity and untapped potential of homeless people since becoming homeless himself in 2015. “A lot of people don’t think I look like a homeless person. … But what does a homeless person look like?” he remarks.

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*** Olin describes himself as a “pioneer” who’s carving a path along which any able-bodied person of sound mind can work his or her way off the streets and out of homelessness. “There’s barriers, when you’re homeless, to getting a job— like not having a resume or being able to get ready for an interview. It’s difficult to wake up behind a dumpster and get to your job at eight o’clock,” Olin says. But the way he sees it, “Your interview is right there on the street. I’ve had over 60 job offers doing that.” He recognizes that his decision to remain homeless despite other opportunities confounds some of those who stop to donate water, clothing or cash. “I could have been off the street after three months, when I got my first job offer, but I knew that I was on to something. I couldn’t take a job without doing everything I possibly could to get this to become a national thing,” he says. “I believe in my mission. If I can get this plan out there and available to homeless people as an option, what greater accomplishment could there be?” In Olin’s mind, his work isn’t really done until others who face seemingly insurmountable barriers to landing a job start building their own tangible resumes by contributing to their communities. “I’m just one person and I make a difference,” he says. “Imagine if there were 20 of me out there cleaning the streets. Homeless people would be fighting over places to clean!” *** Olin’s wish for others to walk in his footsteps hasn’t come true yet, but he has been getting widespread recognition from locals who value his work. Since beginning his mission nearly three years ago in the Anaheim area, more than 750 people have pledged in excess of $23,000 to fund the continuation of his work via a GoFundMe page — hundreds of those donations pouring

Olin filled dozens of trash bags with litter and debris while clearing a walking path through a formerly impassable stretch of Lincoln Boulevard alongside the Ballona Wetlands in as he’s worked on the Westside these past few weeks. Marina del Rey resident Cynthia Shabes, president of the American Sailing Association, said she and her husband stopped to give Olin some money in appreciation of his complete turnaround of the Culver Loop’s appearance. “I am inspired by him,” says Shabes. “I think he’s doing a wonderful job, and I would like to see this man recognized.” Recently an L.A. County Sheriff’s

ordinary fact of life without a permanent address. He came to West L.A. in hopes of purchasing a motorhome to sleep in, but says the deal went sour and left him stranded — and noticing all the work he could do here. These days, however, the other concern gnawing at the back of his mind while he works is finding his lost puppy. Bingo, a six-month-old Chihuahua- dachshund mix with an amber red coat, went missing two weeks ago while leashed to

“I’m just one person and I make a difference. Imagine if there were 20 of me out there cleaning the streets.” — Todd Olin Department deputy noticed Olin working near the Culver Boulevard Bridge on a very hot day and awarded him a Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station “challenge coin” — a small medallion used to recognize special achievements and signify acceptance within a police or military organization. “He cleans more than anyone I’ve ever seen,” says Lt. Chris Johnson, the station’s second in command, who has also taken note of Olin’s work. “I hope people join the cause.” *** Olin possesses uncommon grit, but bad breaks have become an increasingly

the wrist of Olin’s sleeping girlfriend near the McDonald’s on Lincoln Boulevard and Coeur d’Alene Avenue. Olin was working along the 90 Freeway at the time and doesn’t know if Bingo was stolen or just wandered off, just that he hasn’t seen the dog since. In May, Olin lost the motorhome where he, his girlfriend and Bingo had been sleeping in Huntington Beach. The engine was dead and he couldn’t repair it in time to avoid it being towed away. For a while Olin had been able to tow it with an old four-wheel drive Nissan, he says, but that truck was totaled when someone rear-ended him one night on his way back from a laundromat.

A native of Long Beach who has two adult children, Olin says he initially became homeless two months after a November 2014 motorcycle crash on Lincoln Boulevard left him temporarily unable to work and pay rent. “It’s kind of ironic that I wound up out here cleaning the streets three years later,” he says. Leading up to the crash, he’d been in and out of jail while in the grip of methamphetamine addiction. After hitting rock bottom, Olin decided to start cleaning up his life by cleaning up trash, and now celebrates more than two years of sobriety. Olin started out cleaning up underpasses in Buena Park and eventually made his way to Anaheim in July 2016 and Garden Grove in early 2017. “I cleaned all of the underpasses of the 22 from the Harbor exit to Golden West — that’s 13 underpasses. It took me six months,” he recalls. In Garden Grove his work was so prolific that the mayor dispatched public works crews to pick up his bags and local police awarded him his first challenge coin for those efforts, according to a November 2016 story in the Orange County Register. *** Olin acknowledges that the notoriety from his work affords him both a sense of personal accomplishment and a level of community status that’s often rewarded with free meals and other gifts, but he’s found hope to be much less abundant among others who are living on the streets. “Once you become homeless, people pretty much give up hope. What I’m doing is I’m bringing back hope,” he says. “There is an escape, there is a way out. And this is it.” His big dream is to appear on a national talk show and distribute a self-help booklet guiding homeless people on how to work their way off the streets through volunteer efforts to improve neighborhoods. “It will work for anybody that wants it,” he says. “As an achievement in life, there’s nobody that will ever be in a better positon than I am right now to kick this thing off.” Search “Todd the Volunteer” on GoFundMe or email toddthevolunteer@ gmail.com to contact Olin or fund his ongoing work. July 12, 2018 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 15


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A Call for Deep Listening Opium Moon’s fluid, hypnotic sounds give voice to a ‘Venice underground’ that’s all about love By Bliss Bowen With a band name inspired by Sufi poet Hafiz’s seductive imagery, Opium Moon violinist Lili Haydn and fretless bassist Itai Disraeli teasingly call the quartet’s music “the sounds of Venice underground.” Partners in life as well as music, Haydn and Disraeli are longtime Venice residents; but their improvisation-rooted “fluid compositions” with percussionist MB Gordy and santoorist Hamid Saeidi on Opium Moon’s new self-titled album rhythmically span the globe. Transcending boundaries, according to Haydn, was vital. “It was so important to all of us that we really defy genre,” she says. “There may be anchor points, but what is more important is allowing the serpentine themes to go where they want to go.” More poetically, Disraeli likens their creative process to “making love; you come and bring your best and you listen and respond. … The paramount idea is deep listening — deep listening, love and respect for each other’s ideas and feelings … [and] not playing any notes that we don’t hear, so to speak. It’s not the fingers flying because they can; it’s the heart singing because it’s allowed.”

The petite Haydn is the best known of the four, having played with the likes of Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Sting and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, in addition to releasing five acclaimed solo albums and 2015’s classical-leaning “Evocations”

follows a dancer twirling on a beach; footage of the band’s performance is projected onto her face and shimmering veils, creating images that magnify the tune’s inherent sensuality. Persian dancers will likewise dance at

Gordy’s resonant percussion and Saeidi’s santoor (Persian hammered dulcimer) arose from each artist’s peaceful convictions. “Music is sound, right? It’s sound and silence. If you look at the world as sound, you’ll see that there’s so much being put out there right now that creates discord, separation, animosity, and hate, whether “If you look at the world as sound, from the mouth of ignorant politicians, you’ll see that there’s so much being advertisers — the dividers and conquerors, so to speak. We feel it’s very, very put out there right now that creates important to put music out there that’s discord. … You can’t listen to this and go encoded with a feeling of unity, love, openness, and respect. … In a place where out and hate on your neighbors.” they sow division, let us sow unity.” — Itai Disraeli “And inclusion,” Haydn adds. “And inclusion,” Disraeli agrees. with pianist William Goldstein. Since Opium Moon’s concert this Sunday at the “Because the truth is this is one world. And it’s one family, the human family. … recuperating from brain damage caused Moss Theater, which will also feature You can’t listen to this and go out and hate almost a decade ago by toxic Chlordane in guest vocalist Sussan Deyhim and live on your neighbors. [Laughs] You’ll be her home, she has — like her bandmates, painting by Norton Wisdom, an onstage all of whom have scored or performed presence at Opium Moon shows whenever like, ‘Hey, can I give you cookies?’” music for film and television — increasscheduling permits. (“In my mind,” Opium Moon play at 7 p.m. Sunday ingly focused on composing for the screen. Haydn says, “he’s a fifth member of the (July 15) at the Moss Theater, 3131 The cinematic sway of Opium Moon’s band.”) Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. Tickets instrumental single “Caravan” lends itself As organic as their music’s creative are $25 to $100 at (310) 998-7171 and to visual interpretation. The dreamy video origins may be, Disraeli maintains that ticketor.com/cmp. Preview the album for the piece, filmed by Oscar-nominated its ruminative exchanges between his at opiummoon.com. “Genghis Blues” director Roko Belic, grounding bass, Haydn’s emotive violin, July 12, 2018 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 17


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A gem in El Segundo’s quiet beachy downtown, Sausal is named after the Rancho Sausal Redondo farmstead that once encompassed most of the South Bay. “Sausal really stands out. It’s casual, but not too casual,” said Sun. Start with the ceviche mixto followed by arroz con pollo from the two-course lunch menu ($20). But to get the most bang for your buck, opt for the $39 three-course dinner which includes a free margarita and Sausal sampler appetizer. Start your nuevo rancho cuisine journey with a savory shrimp tostada, followed by lamb barbacoa enchiladas and a sampling of Mexican truffles to say adios.

Done right, dineL.A. can be a flavorful field trip through the Westside’s food scene the Eastside: start in Koreatown with the charred sticky ribs (soy glaze, kimchee aioli), then travel up the 101 to Thai Town with drunken noodles (rice noodles, Chinese broccoli, Thai basil and fried egg). Head south and east into Boyle Heights for dessert, with a churro-Belgian waffle combo dusted with cinnamon sugar, then topped with Mexican caramel and vanilla gelato.

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The Mar Vista (12249 Venice Blvd.) epitomizes California cool: farmer’s market ingredients, a chef-driven menu and live music to boot, a nod to the space’s former life as bar/night club The Good Hurt. The $39 dinner menu plays into the contradictions of being Californian, a mix of healthy and hedonistic. If you’re the former, go for the carrot hummus starter but know that the Thai chili bacon belly bites do sound delicious. Stay seasonal with the seafood-driven summer boullabaise hot pot (mussels, clams, bass) as a main and the summer

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fruit cranked bowl (nutella, vanilla, meringue, molasses) for dessert. Taiwanese soul food spot Little Fatty (just down the street at 3809 Grand View Blvd.) also serves up local favorites on its lunch and dinner menus ($15; $29). Satiate your inner pudgy child with their dynamite chili wontons, sweet and crispy walnut shrimp and tastes-likeit’s-homemade orange chicken.

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The Meditteranean in Playa del Rey Perched atop the triangular strip where Culver Boulevard and Vista del Mar meet, Bacari PDR (6805 S. Vista Del Mar Lane) has become a happy hour staple in Playa with its delectable assortment of cicchetti, or Italian-style small bites. With most of their small plates priced between $9 and $12 on the regular, the spot is a great place to mix and match flavors. With a $29 prix fixe dinner menu, you can try four tapas-style dishes

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tagliatelle al ragu — a Bolognese recipe made without cheese, milk or cream — a side of roasted cauliflower and a glass of wine. Also notable in the neighborhood: Estate’s (1519 Wilshire Blvd.) $39 dinner options include the filet mignon and yuzu cheesecake. Belcampo (1026 Wilshire Blvd.) has been undergoing a remodel since June, so what better way to experience the meat haven’s new digs than with a $15 two-course lunch of beef tartare and a double fast burger. Hearty new American fare is what Upper West (3321 Pico Blvd.) does best; for dinner, start with the creamy burrata, pan roasted seabass (lentil mujadara, tomato chutney, tahini) as a main and brioche bread pudding (rye whiskey caramel, creme anglaise, berries) for a sweet ending, all for $39. Arts & Events Editor Christina Campodonico contributed to this roundup. For full menus and to book reservations visit dinela.com.

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“Gracious living is exemplified in this North Kentwood home,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “Perched above the street with a freshly landscaped lawn and brick walkway, this home offers an elegant floor plan, ideal for entertaining. Enjoy lively discussions in the formal living room, meals with loved ones in the dining room, and dessert or drinks around the fireplace and bar. The lavish kitchen offers ample counter and cabinet space, and an elegant center island. Adjacent morning and family rooms are accented by a stone fireplace, bay windows, and wall-to-wall French doors. With a swimming pool, pergola, and mountain views, the backyard is the perfect setting to enjoy summer. Relax next to the downstairs master bedroom’s fireplace, or exit the sliding doors to the backyard. A spa-like en-suite offers three vanities, a jetted tub, and glass-walled shower. Upstairs four wellappointed bedrooms are a wonderful addition to this remarkable Westside residence.”

I n f o r m at I o n :

Stephanie younger Compass 310.499.2020 6898ArizonaAve.com price upon request

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in escRow 13700 MaRiNa PoiNte dR. #1505, MdR 3 bd & 3 ba 2,331 sq.ft. www.Azzurra1505.com $3,195,000

open sun 2-5 7354 tRask aVe., Playa del Rey 3,126 sq.ft. 5 bd & 4 ba $2,295,000 www.7354trask.com

Just Listed 6 Voyage st. #103, MaRiNa del Rey 2 bd & 2 ba 1,000 sq.ft. $1,899,000 www.6Voyage.com

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in escRow 13600 MaRiNa PoiNte dR. #307, MdR 2 bd & 2.5 ba 1,850 sq.ft. www.Regatta307.com $1,349,000

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COLDWELL BANKER Inglewood  |  $743,000

Ladera Heights  |  $1,599,000

Ladera Heights  |  $1,498,000

Leimert Park  |  $839,000

3619 W Medici Ln | 4BR 3BA | Spacious MB suite, home office w/ storage, built in desk

Modern Mid-Century home! 4BR 2.5BA. Classic + modern upgrades. Sparkling Pool + Spa!

Top of Ladera Heights! Best location! 3 BR, 3.5 BA,open floor plan,remodeled kit + baths!

Beautifully renovated English Tudor | 3BR 2BA, new hardwood flrs, windows, remodeled kit

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Los Angeles  |  $2,290,000

Los Angeles  |  $759,000

Los Angeles South  |  $529,000

Malibu  |  $2,995,000

1074-8 Cloverdale Ave | Upgraded 6 unit apartment complex, in prime Miracle Mile location

4046 W 60th St | Charming 3bd/2ba Spanish style in View Heights Windsor Hills

1635 W 60th Pl | Spacious 5BR 2BA w/ open flr plan, hardwood floors + light throughout

Immaculate 3bd / 3ba beach house in an enclave of homes adjacent to a sandy pocket beach

Linda Light 310.963.7010

Janet Singleton 310.722.0679

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Mitch Hagerman 310.963.4358

CalRE# 00786737

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Manhattan Beach  |  $3,799,000

Mar Vista  |  $1,295,000

Marina Del Rey  |  $1,328,000

Playa Vista  |  $1,235,000

Build your dream home or update this comfy cozy cottage! 3BR 2BA | 2707 lot sqft

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Open Sun 2-5 | 522 Indiana Ave | Peaceful Venice 3bd/2ba home 5 blocks from the beach

Open Sun 2-5 | 3008 Ocean Ave | Charming 2 bd/2 ba Venice Beach Bungalow 5 blocks to beach

2205 Ocean Ave | 2bd/1ba Quintessential Venice cottage adjacent to historic Venice Canals!

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James Allan 310.704.0007

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COLDWELLBANKERHOMES.COM Marina del Rey 310.301.3500 | 590 Washington Boulevard, Suite 590, Marina del Rey, CA 90292 | Playa Vista 310.862.5777 | 6020 South Seabluff Drive, Suite 3, Playa Vista, CA 90094 Venice 424.280.7400 | 1611 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291 | Westchester 424.702.3000 | 8840 South Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045 Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker and the Coldwell Banker Logo are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. CalBRE# 00616212

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Demand the highest standards from your Real Estate Broker. You are worth it. No dual agency. No self interest. Trusted advice & service. Listed by Kerry Ann Sullivan of Halton Pardee + Partners, Inc.

Contact me for more information on why this matters to you and Contac your wallet when buying or selling real estate.

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REAL ESTATE WITH HEART! Adoptable Pet of the week: “Blue” is a young male kitten fostered through ASPCALA. Fun & friendly with people, dogs, & cats. Contact Lisa Phillips for more information.

Currently $9.99M | Selling as a collection or 742 Brooks Avenue individually Open Daily 1-4PM & by Appointment Contemporary design meets a laid-back coastal vibe at these eco-friendly and technologically advanced homes in Venice. 742-748 Brooks Avenue, Venice, CA 90291

Broker Associate | NAR Green Certiied 310.701.2407 Lisa@LisaPhillipsEsq.com www.LisaPhillipsRealEstate.com BRE #01189413

ConciergeAuctions.com | 416.903.0078 This property is listed for sale by Kerry Ann Sullivan (#01927932) of Halton Pardee and Partners, Inc. (#01858429) – 1524 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291; 310-907-6517. Concierge Auctions, LLC is a marketing service provider for auctions, is not a licensed Real Estate broker, and possesses California Auctioneer’s Bond #62662376 — 800 Brazos Street Suite 220, Austin TX 78701; +1 (212) 202-2940. Licensed Auctioneer Frank Trunzo (CA Bond #511522). All measurements, property corners, etc. to be verified by buyer to buyer’s full satisfaction. The services referred to herein are not available to residents of any state where prohibited by applicable state law. Interior images are of 742 Brooks Avenue, Venice CA 90291. Concierge Auctions, LLC, its agents and affiliates, broker partners, auctioneer, and sellers do not warrant or guaranty the accuracy or completeness of any information and shall have no liability for errors or omissions or inaccuracies under any circumstances in this or any other property listings or advertising, promotional or publicity statements and materials. This is not meant as a solicitation for listings. Brokers are protected and encouraged to participate. Equal Housing Opportunity. See Auction Terms and Conditions for full details.

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Jessica Heredia ©2017 Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation. Coldwell Banker is a registered trademark licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Owned and Operated by NRT Incorporated. Coldwell Banker does not guarantee the accuracy of square footage, lot size or other information concerning the condition or features of property provided by the seller or obtained from public records or other sources, and the buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information through personal inspection and with appropriate professionals.

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Stunning new home in Loyola Village, open floor plan w/ living room, dining room, gourmet kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths. $1,649,000

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Distinctive & spacious home on prestigious street in North Kentwood, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, family room, great rear yard. $7,995/month. PAGE 26 At Home – THE ARGONAUT’s Real Estate Section July 12, 2018

Great opportunity in North Kentwood on large corner lot, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, family room, MBR suite.


COMING SOON | $3,995,000

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126 THORNTON PL, 90291

5266 VANALDEN AVE, 91356

FOR SALE | $11,995,000

FOR SALE | $9,000,000

12262 SKY LANE, 90049

LAND DEVELOPMENT, 500+ ACRES, 91342

FOR SALE | $7,995,000

FOR SALE | $3,500,000

1558 TOWER GROVE DR, 90210

FOR SALE | $1,999,000 13600 MARINA POINTE DR. #1901, 90292

JUST SOLD | $6,585,000 4322 HAYVENHURST AVE, 91436

PANOS PAPADOPOULOS

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IN ESCROW | $3,195,000 13700 MARINA POINTE #1505, 90292

JUST SOLD | $1,350,000 13600 MARINA POINTE #1403, 90292

www.SoldByARIA.com JUST SOLD | $1,030,000

JUST SOLD | $595,000

13600 MARINA POINTE #525, 90292

1203 N SWEETZER #110, 90069

Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated. If your property is listed with another Broker, this is not a solicitation. Display of MLS data is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed accurate by the MLS.The Broker/Agent providing the information contained herein may or may not have been the Listing and/or Selling Agent.

The ARIA Properties ad that was included in the July 5th issue of The Argonaut was erroneous. We apologize for the mistake and any confusion it may have caused.

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700 Local Agents • 16 Offices • Luxury Residential Premier International Network • Executive Relocation Divison Commercial Investment Division • www.RealEstateLosAngeles.com

CONGRATULATIONS

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Venice • West LA /Westwood • Marina del Rey • Silicon Beach • Beverly Hills • San Pedro • Torrance • El Segundo • Manhattan Beach Downtown Manhattan Beach • Hermosa Beach • Redondo Beach • Palos Verdes Estates • Rolling Hills Estates • Rancho Palos Verdes Los Angeles Business Journal #4 Residential Broker • #28 RIS Media Top 500 Power Broker • 2017 Best of the Beach • Broker of the Year Join our expanding team, contact James Sanders (310) 378-9494 or JSanders@eplahomes.com

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700 Local Agents • 16 Offices • Luxury Residential Premier International Network • Executive Relocation Divison Commercial Investment Division • www.RealEstateLosAngeles.com

WELCOMEJACK DAVIS

BRANCH MANAGER SILICON BEACH | WESTCHESTER | PLAYA DEL REY

We are proud to welcome Jack Davis to our company and family. Jack looks forward to sharing the opportunities he has discovered at RE/MAX Estate Properties. Call or Text 310.490.0274 | Office 310.802.3000 ext. 284 | Lic. 01248332 | JDavis@eplahomes.com

Venice • West LA /Westwood • Marina del Rey • Silicon Beach • Beverly Hills • San Pedro • Torrance • El Segundo • Manhattan Beach Downtown Manhattan Beach • Hermosa Beach • Redondo Beach • Palos Verdes Estates • Rolling Hills Estates • Rancho Palos Verdes Los Angeles Business Journal #4 Residential Broker • #28 RIS Media Top 500 Power Broker • 2017 Best of the Beach • Broker of the Year Join our expanding team, contact James Sanders (310) 378-9494 or JSanders@eplahomes.com

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700 Local Agents • 16 Offices • Luxury Residential Premier International Network • Executive Relocation Divison Commercial Investment Division • www.RealEstateLosAngeles.com

WE GIVEFor The Children

Record-Breaking Fund Raising for Children’s Miracle Network! Children’s Hospital Los Angeles celebrates with RE/MAX Miracle Agents: our Realtors donate a portion of each sale to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. CMN is an essential non-profit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals, research, and community awareness. As a company, we are humbled by our agents and staff who give and raise significant funds for those who need it most. RE/MAX Estate Properties proudly raised over $130,000 for CMN during 2017. Celebrate with us by giving back!

Venice • West LA /Westwood • Marina del Rey • Silicon Beach • Beverly Hills • San Pedro • Torrance • El Segundo • Manhattan Beach Downtown Manhattan Beach • Hermosa Beach • Redondo Beach • Palos Verdes Estates • Rolling Hills Estates • Rancho Palos Verdes Los Angeles Business Journal #4 Residential Broker • #28 RIS Media Top 500 Power Broker • 2017 Best of the Beach • Broker of the Year Join our expanding team, contact James Sanders (310) 378-9494 or JSanders@eplahomes.com

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4/3 Remodel across from Culver West park 2/2 Beautiful California bungalow

$1,849,000 $995,000

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mArinA del rey Sun 2-5 4342 Redwood Ave. #C203 Sun 2-5 4314 Marina City Dr. PH20 Sun 2-5 4335 Alla Rd. #5 Sun 2-5 4350 Via Dolce #207 Sun 2-5 6 Voyage St. #103 Sun 2-5 4346 Redwood Ave. #A108 Sun 2-5 4315 Roma Court Sun 2-5 4200 Via Dolce #227

2/2 Extensively renovated, spacious unit 3/2.5 Luxurious penthouse with Marina and Catalina views 2/2.5 C-plan w/ family room, private garage 2/2 Sunny southwest corner Marina Strand condo 2/2 Extensively renovated oceanfront condo 2/2 Extensively renovated unit over tennis court 4/4 Custom Cape Cod classic 2/2 Wonderful West facing condo

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“This ultimate luxurious, two-story, three-bed, two-anda-half-bath, penthouse has sweeping ocean, and Catalina views,” says agent Charles Lederman. “Enter into an open space with a wood burning fire place adjacent to a renovated kitchen. The dining room leads to a patio overlooking the marina. Upstairs are the sumptuous master suite and a beautiful en-suite bathroom. Other features include floorto-ceiling windows, hardwood floors, plantation shutters, hand-crafted built-ins, and a loft.” Offered at $1,675,000 Charles Lederman, Charles Lederman & Associates · 310-821-8980

“Perched above the Ballona Wetlands, the marina and the ocean, this lovely two story townhouse style condo offers a relaxing environment,” says agent Jane St. John. “Details include the high ceilings, beautiful hardwood and tile floors, two fireplaces, and a gourmet's kitchen and custom bar. Luxuriate in the updated bathrooms and three spacious bedrooms, one of which has been remodeled as a loft. Enjoy ocean breezes from balconies on both levels. The unit comes with two parking spaces and a wine cellar.” Offered at $1,795,000 Jane St. John, RE/MAX Estate Properties · 310-567-5971

“Located in one of the best luxury high-rise condos in Los Angeles, this home has it all,” says agent Yasuko Hiroha. “There is a side-by-side open concept floor plan with no wasted space. Custom wooden floors and luxury window shadings are found throughout the unit. The balcony, accessible from multiple rooms, overlooks the pool and the marina. The huge kitchen features granite countertops and maple cabinetry. The master suite offers a spa-like bath. Enjoy the amenities of the building.” Offered at $1,328,000 Yasuko Hiroha, Coldwell Banker · 310-699-3056

“This gorgeous waterfront home is located just blocks from the beach,” says agent Jesse Weinberg. “A bright and spacious home, it features an open floor plan that leads to a waterfront patio. Exquisite vaulted ceilings and skylights flood the living areas with light. The island kitchen is ideal for entertainers. On the second floor is a sumptuous master suite overlooking Grand Canal. The secondary bedrooms also have en-suite baths. Also included are triple-paned windows, dual zone HVAC, and a three-car garage.” Offered at $3,288,000 Jesse Weinberg, KW SIlicon Beach · 800-804-9132

“Don't miss this opportunity to own a penthouse with a private roof deck, just steps to the beach” says agent Linda Phillips. “This single story two-bed, two-bath is in a well maintained building with low HOA dues and no shared walls. The open living area and kitchen enjoy the ocean breezes. There is lots of light, and a balcony with ocean and canal views. This roof deck is a very large space on the northwest corner of the building, with 360 degree views. Enjoy the Marina beach lifestyle in time for summer.” Offered at $1,199,000 Lisa Phillips, Real Estate Collective · 310-701-2407

“Situated on a prime corner lot, this residence strikes an outstanding balance of craftsmanship and conveniences,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “Soaring ceilings and oversized windows bathe the two-story foyer with light. A formal living room and dining room lead into the open space kitchen that leads to the private backyard. The adjacent family room provides extensive space for hosting. Ascend the staircase to reach the three large bedrooms and two baths. This home is not to be missed.” Offered at $1,789,000 Stephanie Younger, Compass · 310-499-2020

THE ARGONAUT REAL ESTATE Q&A

“Much ado about ADUs” What are Accessory Dwelling Units? Whether they’re called ADUs, Converted Garages, Studios, Granny Flats, or Mother-In-Law Suites… secondary residential structures are nothing new in LA. In fact, citywide there are over 50,000 such homes. But in 2016/17, a series of state laws designed to curb housing shortages eased permitting restrictions on ADU construction and allowed the structures to be legally rented. What kinds of structures are people building? We are seeing the market focus primarily on 3 types of ADUs: 1) walk-ups above existing garages: 2) garage conversions; and 3) detached new construction homes. Each such structure will have its own kitchen, bathroom, and separate entrance. What is the primary reason people are building these units? For the most part, homeowners are interested in creating a new source of rental income on their property. With high rents and record home prices, ADU rental income can help offset rising monthly mortgage payments.

If I build an ADU, do I add resale value to my property? ADUs generally do add value, but the market is still trying to determine whether the value should be based on potential income multiples (ie. gross rent multiplier or cap rate) or simply additional square footage and comparable $/SQFT. In many cases, the latter determination drives ADU property values, but the $/SQFT of the ADU is discounted compared to the square footage of the main residence. That said, value can be property and market specific, so it’s best to consult a realtor with experience in the ADU arena before deciding to break ground on a brand new ADU. THIS WEEK’S QUESTION WAS ANSWERED BY

GEOFF TAYLOR, J.D./M.B.A. Managing Director of the Stephanie Younger Group With years of experience repositioning LA real estate, Geoff has been closely studying ADUs to help Stephanie Younger clients make better investment decisions.

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THE ARGONAUT

HOME SALES INDEX HOMES SOLD

AVERAGE PRICE

-12.5%

+11.2%

JUNE ‘17 Homes Sold

JUNE ‘18

Average Price

Homes Sold

Average Price

Culver City

29

$906,800

33

$1,155,900

Marina del Rey

30

$1,090,600

28

$1,232,900

Palms/Mar Vista

56

$1,482,300

32

$1,565,900

Playa del Rey

29

$947,100

25

$1,269,500

Playa Vista

19

$1,378,900

13

$1,596,500

Santa Monica

78

$2,061,500

65

$2,174,800

Venice

21

$2,086,700

30

$2,300,500

Westchester

41

$1,150,800

39

$1,357,600

Total

303

265

The Argonaut Home Sales Index is presented the first week of each month. Figures are sourced from sales reported to MLS as of 7/10/18. Argonaut Home Sales Index © The Argonaut, 2018.


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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 Dates: 6/21/18, 6/28/18, 7/5/18, 7/12/18 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2018153529 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: BLISS INTERNATIONAL; 13911 Old Harbor Lane 201 Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Arda and Tunca Meric, 13911 Old Harbor Lane 201 Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a General Partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: 06/2018. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Arda Meric. TITLE: Partner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: June 22, 2018. NOTICE ñ 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. Dates: 6/28/18, 7/5/18, 7/12/18, 7/19/18 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2018159222 Type of Filing: Original The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: KLOSTERMAN SERVICE; 5911 S. Wilton Place Los Angeles, CA 90047. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Kurt D. Klosterman, 5911 S. Wilton Place Los Angeles, CA 90047. 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/: Kurt D. Klosterman. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: June 28, 2018. NOTICE ñ 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

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rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 7/5/18, 7/12/18, 7/19/18, 7/26/18 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2018160491 Type of Filing: Original The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: WELLBEINGS THERAPY; 2120 Huntington Dr., Ste. A South Pasadena, CA 91030, 1221 S. Almansor St. Alhambra, CA 91801. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Lindsay Anne Rosser, 1221 S. Almansor St. Alhambra, CA 91801. 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/: Lindsay Anne Rosser. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: June 29, 2018. NOTICE ñ 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: Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 7/5/18, 7/12/18, 7/19/18, 7/26/18 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME Case No. SS027314 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES. Petition of SEMEN GLADKOSKOK, for Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1.) Petitioner: Semen Gladkoskok filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a.) Semen Gladkoskok to Semyon Gladkoskok 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: 08/10/2018. Time: 8:30 AM. Dept.: K Room: A203. 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: June 8, 2018. Gerald Rosenberg, Judge of the Superior Court. PUBLISH: The Argonaut 6/21/18, 6/28/18, 7/5/18, 7/12/18 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. usstoragecenters.com/auctions on 7/19/2018 at 10:00AM. Unless stated otherwise the description of the contents are household goods and furnishings. James Joseph Herman; James Arthur Grate; Dana Marie Douglas. 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, 7/5/18, 7/12/18

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Eat, Drink and Be Merry Weed Better Get Some Febreze I’m sober, but my boyfriend smokes pot. I’m fine with that, but I don’t want him smoking in the house. He says it’s his house, too, so I’m not being fair. Plus, it is cold in the rural area where we live and rains a lot, so to smoke he’d have to put on a jacket, go on the porch, etc. I get it, but I hate the smell, and I don’t want to go to 12-step meetings smelling like weed. That’s just not right. Help. — Upset Girlfriend Surprisingly, the road to respect and good standing in the 12-step world does not involve strolling into meetings smelling like you live in a one-bedroom bong. Your taking care not to show up all “I just took a bath in Chanel No. 420!” at 12-step meetings — lest you trigger any recovering potheads — is what I call “empathy in action.” I write in my science-based manners book, “Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck,” that empathy — caring about how your behavior affects others — is “at the root of manners.” Rudeness, on the other hand, is the lack of consideration for what one’s behavior does to another person. I explain it in the book as a form of theft: theft of “valuable intangibles like people’s attention (in the case of cell phone shouters who privatize public space as their own).” In this case, there’s the theft of your reputation in a group that’s an integral part of your life (and maybe even of your sobriety). Somebody reading this might make the argument, “Ha, dummy — wouldn’t empathy involve her caring about how her ‘no toking in the house’ thing affects her boyfriend?” Well, yes. But

generally speaking, the person whose behavior changes an environment — in negative ways for others in it — is the one who needs to bear the burden of whatever they’re doing. (This is why considerate people have long asked others “Mind if I smoke?” rather than expecting others to ask “Mind if I breathe?”) And let’s have a look at the level of “burden” here: Oh, boohoo, might your boyfriend sometimes have to put on a parka to smoke some weed? Put both arms into the sleeves and everything? You could try to fire up some empathy in Pol Pot-head by explaining that coming into 12-step meetings smelling like you just smoked a bowl is embarrassing on the level of strolling in swigging from a big bottle of Jim Beam. (Of course, it’s also completely understandable to want to live in a place that doesn’t reek of reefer.) You might also consider whether his stubbornness on this points to a bigger issue: a general lack of generosity and/or interest in your happiness. We are self-interested mofos, but when we love somebody, we’ll often set aside our immediate self-interest and do what’s best for them. And because we love them, it ultimately benefits us to benefit them. This is why you see people do extraordinary things for the ones they love: Give a kidney! Build the Taj Mahal! Move to the jungle for a year so they can do their anthro fieldwork! And then there’s your boyfriend, all “Honey, you’ll just need to stand outside a window and participate in your meeting from there: ‘Hi, my name is Belinda, and I’m an alcoholic … who’s about to be mauled by a bear.’”

Angry Bards I’m tired of being angry at my exboyfriend. My best friend suggested I write an email to him, saying everything I want to say, but send it to her instead. It seemed like a bad idea, delving into those feelings even more, but I did it anyway. Miraculously, I felt much better afterward. A fluke? — Puzzled I get it: You were all, “Write a letter he’ll never read? Um, I wasn’t dating Santa.” However, psychologist James Pennebaker finds that writing about upsetting events in our lives can act as a sort of mental crime scene cleanup — in a way that simply thinking about these events or venting emotions does not. Pennebaker theorizes that the process

of organizing your thoughts to write them down coherently leads you to reinterpret and make sense out of what happened, thus diminishing the power of the events to keep upsetting you. Accordingly, Pennebaker’s research suggests you could speed your healing by using what I’d call “explainer” words (such as “because” or “caused”) as well as insight words (like “understand” and “realize”). The research also suggests it may help to do this writing thing more than once — even repeatedly. So you might want to keep hammering out those emails as long as you continue to have, um, strong feelings about him — like, say, the recurring idea that he should part his hair down the middle. Ideally with an ax.

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.

Westside Food & Wine Festival offers a panoply of flavors with a panoramic view

Discover an assortment of culinary pairings at the Westside Food & Wine Festival By Audrey Cleo Yap Get ready to wine, dine, and feel fine in the summertime: The second annual Westside Food & Wine Festival will be held on the rooftop of the parking structure at West L.A. College on July 21 and 22. Festival ticket proceeds benefit Culver Palms Meals on Wheels. “There’s plenty to do, plenty to eat, plenty to see, plenty to drink,” says event organizer Todd Elliot of Swing Entertainment. Last year’s event drew between 350 to 400 people, and Elliot expects more to turn out this year. Rebranded from the 2017 Culver City Centennial Food & Wine Festival, this year’s event will feature a mix of gourmet and casual eats from local vendors. Among the highlights: Santa Monica and Westchester favorite Truxton’s, modern Italian eatery Wildcraft, Marina del Rey’s L.A. Gastronomy, and Smitten liquid nitrogen ice cream from El Segundo. Imbibers can look forward to adult beverages from Paquera Life Mezcal, Wilson Creek Winery, Obvious Wines, and Boochcraft Alcoholic Kombucha. Non-alcoholic options are also aplenty with vendors like Vita Coco coconut water, Topo Chico sparkling water, and antioxidant-infused Bai Beverages. Celebrity chef Susan Feniger (Border Grill) also makes an appearance on Saturday. Consumer cannabis retailer MedMen, cryotherapy studio CryoZone, and South Bay artist Phyllis Ferrara are among a variety of vendors, and various festival sponsors (including The Argonaut) are also tabling during the event. Entertain-

ment includes photo booths, magicians, and a silent auction of artwork, photos and sports memorabilia (benefitting a hospital fund to help Elliot’s father with medical bills). Among the items up for bid are a signed Dodgers collage, a signed “Black Panther” poster and signed artwork by Mr. Brainwash (aka street artist Thierry Guetta). The sophomore festival includes live music from a variety pop/swing band on Saturday and a Beach Boys tribute band on Sunday — bonus entertainment that Elliot has added since last year’s event at the Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Westside in Culver City. Elliot adds that moving the venue to West L.A. College will let festivalgoers enjoy expansive cityscape views without having to worry about overheating, thanks to an oversized solar panel covering. He is also organizing a fall version of the festival in October at the Courtyard by Marriott, but Elliot hopes a summer version celebrating the Westside’s unique epicurean offerings is a tradition that continues for many years to come. “To my knowledge, there’s not really any food and wine festivals that are annual, that are specifically catered to the Westside,” says Elliot. “I just want everyone to have a great time — to say, ‘Wow, this was even better than last year.’” The Westside Food & Wine Festival happens from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday (July 21 and 22) at West L.A. College, 9000 Overland Ave., Culver City. 21+ with valid I.D. only. Tickets are $85 to $190 at swingentertainment.com. July 12, 2018 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 35


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Service and Self-Discovery Military veterans share true-life struggles and triumphs as stars of “Marching On” By Brian Marks If there’s one thing Navy vet Paul E. Johnson is sure of, it’s that his first theatrical production will also be his last. Johnson is adamant about that after the opening performances of the military veterans-driven play “Marching On,” which premiered at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills at the end of June. “It’s not something I want to do,” says Johnson. “But I can appreciate it, because I always appreciate people doing what they enjoy doing. And the other actors enjoy doing it.” But he’ll have to continue with his acting career — at least for a little while — when he and the military veteran cast of “Marching On” transfer to The Blue Door in Culver City this weekend. “Marching On” is the latest play produced by CRE Outreach, a nonprofit organization that brings the performing arts to underserved communities throughout Los Angeles. One of CRE’s projects is to put on plays that not only star vets, but also bring their stories and experiences to the spotlight. “CRE Outreach is all about serving people who don’t normally have a voice,” says CRE co-founder Greg Shane, who directs “Marching On.” “I felt that veterans needed a place to share their stories, because there’s so much that happens from boot camp to civilian life that they lock in their bodies and don’t have a place to share it.” The seed for “Marching On” began with cast members sharing their service tales, then Shane and assistant director Jefferson Reid shaping those stories into a cohesive script. Rather than the often jingoistic stories of valor presented in war films, the play conveys both struggles and triumphs of military service through an unvarnished gaze. One of Johnson’s scenes recounts a tumultuous period during his Navy service. He’s stopped after buying some marijuana, though a fellow soldier has warned him to dispose of anything illegal he’s carrying. In the absence of marijuana, the lint in his pocket is inspected and tests positive for cannabis. Johnson had other run-ins with military justice over minor drug issues, which he mentions in the play, but he believes his treatment was racially motivated. Johnson is black, like the majority of the cast, and had seen white officers using cocaine, seemingly without repercussions. “I know this guy sold cocaine to the officers,” Johnson told me. “I’ve sat there on some of the deals! As a matter of fact, I had to do some cocaine when they came in so they knew I was cool.” Another harrowing vignette is presentPAGE 36 THE ARGONAUT July 12, 2018

On stage, vets like Mason Vokes and Josie Benford reveal vulnerable moments from their military service ed as a monologue by Carla Brame Wilkerson, a former Marine. She recounts how soldiers in her all-woman barracks started to notice their posses-

She chased after him and alerted security, leading to his arrest. Wilkerson stopped the man’s nightly reign of terror, but the event left her with hidden scars.

“I could actually cry on cue right there because I feel it in that moment. And I still sleep with the lights on.” — Marine Corps veteran Carla Brame Wilkerson

sions were disappearing, and that doors and lights seemed to have been disturbed in the middle of the night. One night, she awoke to find the lights on in her room and a man grabbing at her chest. “I said ‘Excuse me,’ and he said ‘No, excuse me,’ and ran out of the room,” recounts Wilkerson.

Her sleep has been chronically affected ever since, she says. Her eyeballs have thin red lines running across them, the result of years of sleeping with her eyes partially open. Even now she reports that she only gets about two and half hours of rest a night (the daytime being more hospitable for sleeping). But “Marching On” has forced her to

confront that trauma. “I was reserving my emotions for the actual performances,” she says. “When I go through the most traumatic part in rehearsal, I try to go through it fast. But when performing it, I get emotional — I could actually cry on cue right there because I feel it in that moment. And I still sleep with the lights on.” Other stressors didn’t help matters in the wake of her attack. Wilkerson lost her home and her job in the midst of the Great Recession. Since then her situation has improved, and Wilkerson has explored new opportunities — including stand-up comedy, a skill that has helped her be more comfortable on stage. “I felt empowered once I started doing stand-up,” says Wilkerson. “If I think of something and I think it’s a joke, I jot it down.” Not every story in “Marching On” recounts traumas from military service, however. There are also stories of personal growth and discovery. Some of the veterans recount learning to cope with anger problems, substance abuse and mental health issues. Acting out their experiences and sharing their stories with an audience also has its own benefits. “They talk about ‘the therapy,’” says Johnson. “If there’s any therapeutic value [in “Marching On”] for me, it really gave me an opportunity to look at what I’ve accomplished and feel proud of that.” For Josie Benford, a retired Army sergeant, dramatizing her time in the military is all part of her growth. In the play, she acts out a scene in which an Army doctor informs her that she’ll never be able to have children as the result of surgery for fibroid tumors. Benford is defiant, certain that a child is still a possibility. Sure enough, Benford found out she was pregnant two years after leaving the Army, and now her five-year-old son even has a small part in the play. “For me, it’s a healing process,” reflects Benford. “I wasn’t always sure that getting out of the military was the right thing for me — until I had my son. He’s enhanced my life in so many ways that I never would have imagined. I feel like I’m on the right path, and this play is helping me continue on that right path.” “Marching On” opens at Friday (July 13) and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through July 22 at The Blue Door, 9617 Venice Blvd., Culver City. Tickets are $15. Call (310) 902-8220 or visit creoutreach.org.


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Compiled by Nicole Elizabeth Payne Thursday, July 12 Marina del Rey WaterBus, 11 a.m. to midnight Thursday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy a water’s-eye view of Marina del Rey with eight boarding stops throughout the marina for opportunities to shop, dine and recreate. Bikes and strollers allowed. No pets. Service extends through Sept. 3. $1 each way. (424) 526-7900; visitmarinadelrey.com/ transportation Silicon Speech Toastmasters, noon. Learn tech talk. Develop your communication skills and practice explaining your vision. Playa Vista Runway District. Call for details (310) 890-2709. Beach Eats, 4:30 p.m. Thursdays. The weekly festival of food trucks with a scenic harbor backdrop returns to Mother’s Beach with live music by the second-generation band Kalama Brothers from 6 to 8 p.m. Mother’s Beach, Lot 10, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (424) 526-7900; visitmarinadelrey.com/beacheats West Coast Swing, 6:15 p.m. Move your body and free your mind with a swing class and open dance. The beginner class is at 6:15 p.m., the intermediate at 7 p.m., and the

intermediate/advanced at 7:45 p.m., followed by open dancing with deejays at 8:30 p.m. $10 per class; $15 for class and open dance. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. (310) 606-5606; philandmindiadance.com Bay Cities Coin Club Meeting, 6:30 to 9 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. El Segundo Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo. baycitiescc@gmail.com Serving Up Comedy Two-Year Anniversary, 7 to 9 p.m. This special comedy celebration features headliner Lydia Cornell (“Too Close For Comfort” and “The Love Boat”) as well as a new lineup of standup comics. An open mic follows. Money collected goes to the Marina del Rey Fire Station. The Warehouse, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. No cover; charity donation accepted. (310) 823-5451; servingupcomedy.com Del Rey Neighborhood Council, 7:15 p.m. The local advisory body to the Los Angeles City Council meets the second Thursday of each month at Del Rey Square, 11976 Culver Blvd., Del Rey. delreync.org

Hammer Summer Concerts: Still Woozy with Neil Frances + DJ Jeremy Sole. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. KCRW presents evenings of live music and beats under the stars with food trucks, a cash bar and extended gallery hours for the Hammer’s “Made in L.A.” art exhibit. This week Oakland-based artist Sven Gamsky (aka Still Woozy) and L.A.-based duo Neil Frances perform. KRCW’s DJ Jeremy Sole also spins tunes. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. Free. (310) 443-7000; kcrw.com “Happysad” Album Release Party, 9 p.m. L.A.-based pianist and producer Kiefer Shackelford releases “Happysad,” a complex album inspired by jazz titans Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans. Hip-hop, rap artist Swarvy opens the night. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $10+. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com Live Music Thursdays, 9 to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from a collaboration of Fishbone, The Pharcyde, and Pink Floyd musicians (to name a few) as the super-group Back of The Hand All-Stars. Surfside, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (424) 256-7894; surfsidevenice.com

Gopher VI: “The Varmint’s Revenge!!” 10:30 a.m. The greatest, unauthorized “Caddyshack” tribute golf tournament and benefit for Venice Heritage Museum returns. Bagpipes start promptly at 10:30 a.m. Penmar-by-the-Sea, 1233 Rose Ave., Venice. Info and registration at (310) 948-0031; gopherscramble@ gmail.com Brennan’s Grand Re-Opening & Ribbon Cutting, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Celebrate Brennan’s official re-opening with the debut of new food and drinks, live music, badminton games and more. A ribbon cutting ceremony happens at 6 p.m. Take advantage of a free tattoo pop-up with artists from Lincoln Tattoo Company. Brennan’s, 4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. No cover. (424) 443-5119; venicechamber.net

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Additional Content, 8 to 10:30 p.m. Three experimental films trade off with three experimental music sets for a thrill-ride through the psyches of six

Alex Hahn, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Saxophonist Alex Hahn has performed with the greats and recorded on Michael Bublé’s latest album. Hahn performs with Michael Ragonese (piano), Colin Cook (guitar), Brian Ward (bass) and Nolan Byrd (drums) at Sam First, 6171 W. Century Blvd., Ste 180, Westchester. $15. (424) 800-2006; samfirstbar.com DJ Anthony Valadez & DJ Jedi Dance Party, 9 p.m. Deejays are on the decks spinning new and old soul, funk, blues, rock, hip-hop, beats, breaks and anything else that gets the dance floor going. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

Saturday, July 14 SMPL at the Beach, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Santa Monica Public Library pops up with Seaside Story Time, nautical crafts, music lessons, hula hooping and more at Dorothy Green Park, 1 Ocean (Continued on page 38)

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Beach Movie Nights: “Coco,” 8 p.m. Young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician despite his family’s ban on music, so he embarks on an adventure to unlock the mystery of his family’s history in the colorful Land of the Dead. Dockweiler Youth Center, 12505 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey. Free. (310) 726-4128; beaches. lacounty.gov

boundary-pushing artists. Rotating your chair 90 degrees between each act swivels the senses between film and music for a one-of-a-kind sensory experience. Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. Free. (310) 306-1854; electriclodge.org

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“Modern Times” Screening, 6:30 p.m. Mind Over Movies screens this Charlie Chaplin classic of the conflict between a man and a mechanized society. A discussion and Q&A follow the film. The Christian Institute, 1308 Second St., Santa Monica. Free. facebook.com/MindOverMoviesLA KJAZZ Blues Cruise, 8 p.m. Friday, and noon Saturday and Sunday. Jazz lovers can enjoy a two-hour harbor cruise dinner or buffet. Friday night features live music by Lightnin’ Willie, dancing under the stars, dinner and a boarding glass of champagne. Saturday brunch includes live jazz, free-flowing champagne and a brunch buffet. Day or night you can’t beat the view. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $75 to $95; reservations required. (310) 301-9900; hornblower.com

Friday, July 13

Fall in love with the magic of “Coco” during Beach Movie Nights. SEE FRIDAY, JULY 13.

Charangoa keeps the rhythm going at KXLU’s Salsa Fest. SEE SUNDAY, JULY 15.

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Dancers audition in El Segundo for Christy Buss’ upcoming Las Vegas show By Brian Marks It’s a pleasantly breezy and cool June afternoon in El Segundo, but inside Christy Curtis Buss’ dance space — The Studio Art of Dance — the climate is closer to sweltering. Amid this heat of expectation, a dozen or so dancers, all women, are stretching in preparation for their audition to be part of Buss’ upcoming Las Vegas production, “Floored: The Show,” a survey of dance from its earliest origins up through contemporary styles. Buss, who was formerly married to Lakers dynasty member Johnny Buss, has had a wide and varied career. She was the dance captain for the Los Angeles Rams, a choreographer on “Days of Our Lives” for 19 years, danced with the Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dance Team, directed choreography for the L.A. Sparks and has toured the world giving USO performances. She plans to direct “Floored,” which will be produced by Lee Ann Groff-Daudet. For her new show, Buss is looking for fresh talent. “What we’re doing at this stage of the game is trying to find the diamond in the rough, versus very talented dancers who are already working, and they’re worried about a paycheck,” she says of the June 10 tryouts. “What we’re working these particular auditions for is that hungry dancer that just hasn’t had the chance yet to show her talent.” Skyla Johnson, one of the young

dancers auditioning, comes from a long line of dancers, but hopes to gain more professional experience by showing off her dancefloor skills today. “I’ve had dancing within my family for four generations,” she says. “My mom opened a show called ‘Jubilee,’ and my grandmother came over from England with the Lido de Paris,” a renowned Parisian dance show. After introductions from instructor Jason Holley, the audition kicks off with a salsainspired number set to CubanAmerican singer Camila Cabello’s “Havana.” The dancers are here to show off their personal expertise and style, but for this song they perform in pairs, though not in any traditional gender roles. There are no male or female parts, and the dancers neither lead nor follow. After the salsa, the group shifts back to the vaudeville era for a tap dance number. The floor, looking like a Jackson Pollock painting of streaks and scuff marks, is too soft for tap shoes, so most of the dancers switch over to regular sneakers. They dance to a simple, minimalist ballad that’s mostly just vocals and guitar. Though tap dancing has roots going back to 19th-century minstrel shoes, the audition song uses the style in startlingly modern ways. The tap rhythm approximates the feel of hip-hop beats, superimposed onto a simple pop song, which completely changes its context.

For the final number, a more modern hip-hop piece, instructor Dylan Sapanza leads the dancers in a particularly athletic dance to a Cardi B rap. It’s physically demanding, mostly performed while crouching, and utilizing every appendage. Some of the conventions of other styles are forgotten with the hip-hop dance — the performers are free to let their exertion show on their faces, rather than plastering on traditional bright smiles. The audition ends with some disappointed looks from the dancers, not because they didn’t make it, but because Buss and her advisors won’t be announcing the final cut today. Natalia Garcia, flushed and with a patina of sweat across her brow, sounds positive about the audition. “The past couple of auditions I’ve been to have had so many people and it’s hard for you to stand out,” she says. “Today, because it was so small, you get the advantage of treating it like you’re taking class. It gave me more opportunity to let go, so if I can bring that into other auditions, I’m hoping that will really help me.” Epilogue: Skyla Johnson made the cut. The Studio Art of Dance is at 13 Main St. in El Segundo. Call (310) 433-1228 or visit thestudioartofdance.com for studio information. To find out more about “Floored,” visit flooredlv.com.

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Airport/Marina Counseling Service, LMU Feed the Hungry and other local non-profits. Tony P’s Dockside Grill, 4455 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. $16; yearly membership is $35. airportmarina.org El Segundo Art Walk, 5 to 9 p.m. Downtown El Segundo creative businesses open their doors for studio tours during this self-guided art tour, featuring over 35 artists. The event’s headquarters features art installations, live music and a beer garden. 314 Main Street, El Segundo. elsegundoartwalk.com Annenberg Community Picnic, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Pack a picnic dinner and revel in good ole fashioned fun, including games, dancing, a slackline, crafts and an epic tug-o-war at the Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-4904; annenbergbeachouse.com Venice Art Crawl, 6 to 10 p.m. Mosey around art pop-ups, parties, performances and activities along the Venice section of Washington Boulevard. Free. veniceartcrawl.com “Chicano Rock: the Sounds of East Los Angeles” Screening, 5:30 p.m. This PBS documentary examines the musical influences of generations of

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Look into the boardwalk’s past, and don’t forget to bring your board OG Venetians may not believe their eyes, but there’s actually a slice of Old Venice in Chinatown. Since early May, a 40,000-square-foot warehouse art space in the neighborhood just north of downtown has lured in over 60,000 visitors with a mega exhibition of immersive graffiti and street art environments, called “Beyond the Streets.” Among the installations are a hand-painted, playable handball court by New York artist Lee Quiñones, a rebuild of street art duo Faile’s stoneand-mosaic “Temple,” and a sight pre-millennium Venetians would probably find familiar: a recreation of the historic Venice Pavilion. A collaboration between adidas Skateboarding and Los Angeles graffiti artist RISK, the reconstruction (about a third of the size of the actual Pavilion) was christened on site by a multitude of graffiti artists who used to write on the cement recreational facility’s surfaces back in the day, says “Beyond the Streets” curator Roger Gastman. “RISK, one of the original artists that painted there a crapload, is the artist that

“Beyond the Streets” resurrects the historic Venice Pavilion for a mega art pop-up led everybody to paint, and he brought in Piro. He brought in Krush … Tame. There were a lot. There’s too many to mention,” says Gastman. “They came in over a weekend and just enjoyed themselves and painted.” For those who missed out on the heyday of the Pavilion — a canvas for artists, an amphitheater for street fights and a playground for skateboarders — the Venice Pavilion installation not only offers a peek into the past, but also serves as an ode to the instrumental role Venice played in developing L.A.’s street art culture during the ’60s,’70s,’80s and ’90s. “We did that for respect to

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the city we were in and also just the respect of the culture, because [the Pavilion] was such a hotbed for it,” says Gastman. But this new recreation isn’t simply stuck in the past. Skaters take note: you can actually skate on it. — Christina Campodonico “Beyond the Streets” is on view from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 26 at Werkartz, 1667 N. Main St., Chinatown. $25. Call (888) 718-4253 or visit beyondthestreets.com.

young Mexican-Americans in East Los Angeles, including Ritchie Valens, Cannibal and the Headhunters, Los Lobos and more. Lloyd TaberMarina del Rey, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415; lacountylibrary.org Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ + Thursday Night Cruise-In, 6 to 10 p.m. Bring the whole family and your collector car for an evening of skating under the disco ball and listening to great music. Bring your roller skates, roller blades, Razor scooters or skateboards. Enjoy a laidback car cruise-in, games, food trucks, an ice cream parlor and more. Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St., El Segundo. $5 to $10. Ages 10 and under free. (310) 909-0950; automobiledrivingmuseum.org Del Rey Neighborhood Council Land Use and Planning Committee, 7 p.m. The committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at Del Rey Square, 11976 Culver Blvd., Del Rey. delreync.org Single Mariners of Marina del Rey, 7 p.m. Enjoy dinner, a day sail and social hour to celebrate the longer days of summer. We match skippers with crew for a fun, relaxing day of weekend sailing on the bay. Pacific Mariners Yacht Club, 13915 Panay Way, Marina del Rey. $7 (cash only). singlemariners.net Equinox Group Fitness Body Challenge, 7 to 8:30 a.m. Experience Body Challenge, a group fitness class mixing high intensity cardio and strength training. Refuel afterward with light bites. Platform, 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Price provided upon sign up. RSVP to kirsten.wright@equinox.com

Venice Metal Arts, 18 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. facebook.com/ VeniceMetal “Supplies and Demands,” 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 15. From coffeemakers to microwaves, artists Carmen Argote, Will Benedict, Maryam Jafri, Nonfood, Michael Queenland and Asha Schechter explore the social, personal, and utilitarian values associated with consumer goods and appliances. Ben Maltz Gallery, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. (310) 665-6800; otis.edu “People, Places & Things,” through July 25. Painters, photographers and sculptors give wing to “our better angels,” focusing on the positive and healing effects of harmony in this era of social conflict. Blue 7 Gallery, 3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 449-1444; blue7gallery.com “Sacred Resistance,” through Aug. 1. Laurie Katz Yehia uses oils and mixed media to interpret stories from the Tantras of Shaivism to Dante to the Song of Songs. The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. jewishwomenstheatre.org “LUXTC,” through Aug. 5. New York-based painter Ann Pibal uses color and structure to create a visceral clarity that bridges the lyrical and analytical with a painterly awareness that color and light exist in tandem. team (bungalow), 306 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 339-1945; teamgal.com

Sofar Sounds: Venice, 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Venice. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com

“Rock and Roll Legends: The Lost Negatives of Michael Friedman,” through Aug. 12. Former manager and music producer Michael Friedman presents a remarkable collection of his never-before-seen, candid, black and white photos of iconic musicians and performers, including The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, The Band and others. The California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-8537; californiaheritagemuseum.org

Turtle Races at Brennan’s, 9 p.m. Each third Thursday of the month, local Irish pub Brennan’s resumes its 45-year tradition of turtle racing. Brennan’s, 4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. No cover. (424) 443-5119; brennansla.com

“Things We Said Today,” exhibit runs through Aug. 11. New Yorkbased artist Joanne Greenbaum uses a language of abstraction that toggles between chaos and order. Ben Maltz Gallery, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. (310) 665-6800; otis.edu

GENR8R!, 9 p.m. This eight-piece instrumental group formed by Venice natives Gabe Steiner and Ian Roller features a variety of guest artists from singers and rappers to tap dancers and visual artists. Expect the unexpected. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

“Latinidad in Focus: Sin Fronteras,” through Sept. 6. Three first-generation Latinx photographers explore their multinational heritages, forged between the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala and Brazil. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica. beachculture. eventbrite.com

Museums and Galleries Venice Metal Arts Open House, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 19. Venice artists Leila Levi and Brad Smith launch their new art space during the Venice Art Crawl. The studio focuses on the craft of metalsmithing and offers classes as well as a workspace.

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