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Lack of training at root of robotic surgery mishaps, says local surgeon Photo courtesy of Marina Del Rey Hospital
By Gary Walker The use of robots in the operating suite is no longer the stuff of science fiction or films. Robotic technology has been employed for more than a decade and hospitals have engaged in intense public relations campaigns, advertising its accuracy and other advantages to traditional surgery to promote the innovative surgical machinery. But recent headlines have forced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take a look at a company that manufactures equipment for robot-assisted surgery and the use of robotics as a surgical tool in general. The federal agency has received over 200 reports of incidents since 2007. These include cuts, burns and infections that have occurred during robot-assisted surgery. In investigating these claims, much of the government’s focus has been on the equipment used in the operations. But a local doctor who has been performing surgeries using robotic technology for a decade strongly believes that a distinct lack of training on the part of surgeons using the machines is the greater concern and that this dearth of experience is what can lead to the aforementioned complications, some often crippling or life-altering. Dr. S. Adam Ramin is a urologic surgeon at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica and one of the first surgeons in the United States to perform robot-assisted surgery. He believes with this operating technology, it largely depends on the skill and experience of the carpenter and not as much on the tools. “In my experiences, almost all problems associated with robotic surgery are due to a lack of surgical training with the robot,” Ramin told The Argonaut. “We see major complications with surgeons who are not properly trained to use this technology.” Dr. Daniel Marcus, a general surgeon at Marina Del Rey Hospital near Marina del Rey is in complete agreement with Ramin.
Dr. Daniel Marcus of Marina Del Rey Hospital with the da Vinci Surgical System. “The issue is not so much the technology but the person on the other end of the technology,” added Marcus. “There has not been one case where the robot has been implicated in (surgical complications).” On Sept. 8, 2008 in Silverdale, Wash., a routine prostatectomy for 67-year-old Fred Taylor went horribly wrong during a robot-assisted operation that left him with a colostomy bag and he was rendered incontinent. Taylor passed away last year but the New York Times reported in March that his wife Jossete decided to bring a legal action against Intuitive Surgical Inc., a Sunnyvale, Calif. company that specializes in robotic surgical systems.
A prostatectomy is the partial or complete removal of the prostate gland. In the Taylor case, the surgeon, Dr. Scott Bildsten, reportedly had never used the robotic equipment without supervision. Nearly 400,000 robotic-assisted surgeries were performed last year, according to the California-based company, which manufactures da Vinci surgical robots. The machines cost approximately $1.5 million. As of 2009, Intuitive had installed 1,242 systems worldwide. In an inspection report sent May 30 obtained by (Continued on page 4)
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Talk of elimination of Westchester-Playa council ‘special interest’ seats intensifies By Gary Walker A conversation that began in May about what some members of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa call “special interest seats” and what to do with them has accelerated in recent weeks due to a new dynamic that has come into play. Neighborhood council Vice President Mark Redick broached the subject May 16 of eliminating certain board positions that some on the council and some of their constituents believe exist for the sole purpose of catering to a specific entity or organization. “To some people, (having special interest seats) looks exclusionary, not inclusionary,” he said. Redick and board member Craig Eggers had
anticipated having discussions about what to do with these seats prior to the 2014 neighborhood council elections, which were set to occur next summer. Those elections have now been moved to the spring, shortening the time period to decide whether or not the special interest seats should remain in place before the elections, Redick says. “This now increases the sense of urgency,” Redick said. Those who support an overhaul of the number of seats on the local council say that next year will be too late to talk about the possible changes on the board and are asking to begin deliberations on this controversial matter soon. The Westchester-Playa council has three seats for business directors, one income property (Continued on page 6)
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Homelessness impacted by high rental housing, low incomes
Back to the subject of the unattended or abandoned possessions of homeless people, I agree with the letter writer (“Argument is not about property, but on numbers of homeless”, Argonaut, July 25), that it is the problem of homelessness itself that is not addressed by officials, civic leaders and activists, and given real focus. The numbers of homeless people here in Los Angeles, and elsewhere in this country, have grown markedly in recent years, as the bad economy has torn apart the middle class. It is true that a number of homeless people are mentally ill, substance abusers or alcoholics, and that a number of homeless people are also veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or other medical
issues who are not receiving adequate treatment or services. But a growing block of homeless people are older adults who have been pushed out of the job market due to age discrimination, who have battled lengthy unemployment, and who have lost their homes or apartments, particularly apartments, because they could no longer afford to live in their places – either having to leave on their own, or being forced out by eviction action, often with no place to go. For many older adults, family members and other relatives who could be of assistance may have either already passed on, or are scattered and live far apart, or they may no longer be in contact with them. So older homeless people often have no family resources to draw on, particularly if they are childless with no grown children of their own, when faced with homelessness. These are homeless people who are not VOL 43, NO 31
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mentally ill, or alcoholics, or drug addicts. There are also many other financially struggling older adults who are scraping by on meager incomes, who also face unemployment, and who are at high risk of losing their apartments and becoming homeless. These can be couples, and men, but they are often women. I know of an over-50-year-old unemployed woman who recently lost her longtime apartment to eviction who is now homeless, I know an over60-year-old woman, who is currently struggling to have enough paying work, who went through a homeless period herself a decade ago, and who is still at high risk of becoming homeless again and losing her apartment. I knew another over-50 woman who was unemployed for some time, who came close to becoming homeless herself. In looking at the causes of homelessness, my anger grows at all the greedy property management companies who have mostly overtaken individual landlords these days as apartment complex owners and managers, who force out longtime tenants, particularly elderly or low-income tenants, in order to raise rents because they want higher-income tenants, and who do not want to have anything to do with Section 8, or with providing affordable rental housing for low-income people. For many struggling people who are apartment tenants and have lost income due to unemployment, or from taking lower-paying work, property management companies make it difficult for them to remain living in their apartments. Along with focusing on homelessness in this country, the high cost of rental housing that pushes out low-income people – the very people who need affordable rental housing because they cannot, of course, afford to buy houses – is another issue, alongside gun control or immigration, where changes are badly needed. Yet property management companies continue
to have large apartment complexes of 400 units or more constructed, that will rent at high prices, and in which only those who earn $60,000 a year or more are able to afford, not those who are earning meager wages working at McDonalds or at Wal-Mart, or who subsist on disability checks. It is also an obstacle for lower-income people to qualify for a new apartment if they do not meet the requirement that their monthly takehome earnings are three times the amount of the cost of the monthly rent, and if others, including family members, refuse to be co-signers on rental agreements, which property management companies also require. Expect to find our homeless numbers growing more all the time, along with the possessions they carry around with them, thanks to unemployment, low-wages, meager incomes, and the high-cost of rental housing. Patricia Estes Westchester
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Re: “Removing wetland drains would impact plant resources,” (Argonaut letters, July 25). The letter writer has squandered any credibility he might have had on this issue by consistently defending powerful and monied interests at the expense of the public interest. He has gone so far as to defend the Annenberg Foundation’s absurd suggestion that the ecological health of the Ballona Wetlands can be enhanced by constructing a giant dog and cat center on restorable upland habitat in Area C, an area that his organization was more than happy to have converted into condos and office space almost a decade ago. Now he is defending a drainage system that the California Coastal (Letters continued on page 8)
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FDA has cited manufacturer of surgical robot, victims claim injuries Photo by Roy Persinko
MAR VISTA DERMATOLOGIST KEN ALPERN agrees with fellow surgeons that the doctor is typically at fault when complications arise during traditional or robot-assisted surgery. (Continued from cover)
The Argonaut, the FDA notified Intuitive about four instances where they faulted the company for failing to report a correction or removal conducted to reduce a risk to health posed by a device, for illnesses and injuries that were not reported and not adequately establishing procedures for design changes. The federal agency reported that Intuitive sent a letter to da Vinci clients Oct. 10, 2011 with “suggestions and recommendations for the proper use of instruments with tip covers
and the correct generators that should be used with monopolar instruments.” Three days later, Intuitive sent another letter to da Vinci clients to let them know that the surgical systems were not cleared to perform thyroidectomy indications. Representatives of Intuitive did not return calls for comment at Argonaut press time. But Medscape Medical News reported that Geoff Curtis, a spokesman for Intuitive, said in an email that the FDA had reclassified these various field actions from nonreportable to reportable. “We take our regulatory obligations seriously,” Curtis wrote. Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, a St. Louis-based personal injury law firm, is representing families and individuals who say they have been injured by the da Vinci robotic equipment. Michael Kruse, the lead attorney on the da Vinci cases, could not be reached for comment. Robotic technology is now employed frequently in gynecological operations as well as prostate surgeries, heart and colorectal surgeries and treatments for the bladder, prostate and kidney. “Now, almost all residency
programs provide robot training,” Ramin noted. Surgeons operate the da Vinci robot remotely using a variety of controls and joysticks. Ramin, who has testified as an expert witness in trials involving robot-assisted surgeries, including in the Taylor case, thinks 20 proctored or supervised surgeries with the da Vinci machine would give doctors the training they need to use robots properly in the surgical suite. “That would allow a surgeon to avoid any major complications,” he said. The standards for how much training is required seem to vary from hospital to hospital, where the credentialing baselines are set. “The protocols at most hospitals are not as stringent as they are at (Saint John’s),” Ramin said. “Hospitals tend to only look for proof of training in robot-assisted surgeries and an evaluation by another doctor.” According to some hospitals and surgeons – including Marcus and Ramin – robotic technology offers doctors the advantages of high definition, three-dimensional images. Marcus said in robot-assisted operations, the infection rate for patients tends to be lower than in those without the technology. Ken Alpern, a Mar Vista
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dermatologist, does not use robots in his practice. But he agrees with Ramin and Marcus that a successful operation is more often than not dependent upon the carpenter and not the tool. “As with a scalpel, when a surgery goes wrong – robotic or otherwise – it’s the equipment operator, and not the equipment, that’s almost always to blame,” Alpern asserted. Marcus said the new technology can allow for additional improvements in the surgical suite. “Robot-assisted surgery has the potential to be even safer, more precise and more refined,” he said. Ramin said the way that hospitals have advertised robot technology has unintentionally contributed to downplaying the skill of the surgeon and placed more emphasis on the robot. “The use of robot-assisted surgery has almost become romanticized. It has been marketed in such a way that it reduces the abilities of the surgeon,” he said. “But the robot is only a tool.” Ramin said patients should inquire about the doctor’s history with robotic equipment prior to undergoing surgery. “How many of these specific surgeries has the surgeon
performed in the past, how long have they been using robotic technology, how many surgeries has the surgeon done within the last few months and their success and complication rates are good questions to ask,” the surgeon recommended. Marcus said there are many advantages to using robotics in surgery but one stands out to him among the others. “One thing that is very clear is that there is a distinct advantage to robotic technology because we can see things much more clearly,” the doctor asserted. While complications and even severe injuries have transpired with robot-assisted technology, Ramin is convinced that better training will minimize them and make patients feel more confident about the device’s use in the surgical suite. “In the proper hands (robotic technology) gives us a tremendous advantage but it can be very dangerous in the wrong hands,” the surgeon concluded. “If you are a pilot and you only have experience in propeller planes and then you are asked to fly an F-15 Eagle (a U.S. Air Force fighter airplane) without any training, there would probably be complications.”§ Gary@ArgonautNews.com.
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Council vice president believes time to talk about board seats is now seat, one position each representing senior citizens, community organizations, youth organizations and religious organizations, a service club seat, an education seat and one seat each set aside for Los Angeles World Airports and Loyola Marymount University. That is approximately one quarter of the seats on the local council, which at 31 is among the largest in the network of neighborhood councils in Los Angeles. Nora MacLellan, who is a member of the WestchesterPlaya council, thinks the idea of having fewer board seats has merit. “At first glance, I think it’s a good idea,” said MacLellan. “I think our board is too unwieldy.” The Del Rey Neighborhood Council has 11 members, while the Mar Vista Community Council is comprised of 13 board seats and the Venice Neighborhood Council has 21. “I look at these other neighborhood councils that have fewer members and they seem to get a lot more done than we do,” added MacLellan, who said she is willing to listen to the argument for reducing the
number of board seats and its counter argument. Westchester-Playa President Cyndi Hench says the aforementioned seats are held by residents or people who are recognized by the city as being eligible to hold them. “By definition, what some are calling ‘special interests’ are arguably included in the city’s definition of ‘stakeholder,’” she said. Redick said his idea of dissolving the special interest positions on the board is not designed to oust those who occupy them. “I want to be fair to the current occupants of those seats,” he said. “They would still be able to run for office, just not under the current designation.” One possible reconfiguration would be to convert some of those seats into area positions by ZIP code, which is how the existing business director seats are arranged. Others would be eliminated outright. Redick said that he would like to see a committee assembled in the near future to outline in detail how the board could be restructured. He noted that the city Board of Neighborhood
Commissioners, a subset of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, the city agency that supervises neighborhood councils, recently approved a request from the Mid-Cities West Neighborhood Council to reduce its seats from 45 to 35. Asked if she felt any urgency to begin discussions about the seats in question now that the neighborhood council elections have been moved up, Hench responded, “The urgency that I feel is for us to get a better understanding of what a neighborhood council board should look like versus a homeowners association.” MacLellan has noticed there are frequently more members of the council than attendees to the monthly meetings and she thinks doing more outreach to non-members would improve participation. “I would rather see fewer board members and more community members on our committees,” she said. Another reason Redick would like to see certain seats eliminated is because he thinks that it would allow the council to function more efficiently. “It’s not just the size of the board; it’s about bringing more accountability to the council,” he
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LET’S TALK – Mark Redick, vice president of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa, would like to see his colleagues initiate conversations about a possible reduction of certain seats on the council sooner rather than later.
explained. The local council recently amended some of its governing guidelines, so MacLellan does not see any potential problems in that regard. “We’ve had two recent bylaw revisions. If we can do that, why
can’t we consider (eliminating certain board seats)?” she asked. Hench said she plans to invite DONE General Manager Grayce Liu to the council’s next meeting Tuesday, Aug. 6. § Gary@ArgonautNews.com
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Landing fee program set to increase at city-owned airport this month By Gary Walker Users of the Santa Monica Airport will see a hike in landing fees beginning Thursday, Aug. 1. The Santa Monica City Council passed a resolution at a special meeting in April raising the fees to $5.48 per 1,000 pounds of aircraft, and these new price guidelines could increase up to $5.89 per 1,000 pounds of aircraft by 2016. The Federal Aviation Administration is requesting that city officials be upfront with the business owners at the airport regarding the fees. Many of the merchants own businesses related to air travel, including six pilot schools. “The FAA is aware that Santa Monica Airport plans to increase the landing fee charges for airport users on Aug. 1. As is standard practice, the FAA has asked (Santa Monica Airport) to be transparent and fully disclose information to its tenants regarding the landing fee charges,” said Ian Gregor, an FAA spokesman. “The FAA encourages tenants and airports to use all reasonable efforts to reach agreement on airport rates and charges.”
Edward Storey, a pilot and board member of the Friends of Santa Monica Airport, argued against raising the fees. “The airport is the destination for the economic roadway in the sky,” he told the council. “The raising of landing fees is madness.” Approximately 95 people spoke at the special meeting, which also included an update of the city’s visioning process of what businesses and residents would like the general aviation airport to look like after 2015. Many of the speakers opposed
to the hike in fees were pilots and flight instructors who claimed that the new prices could put many of them out of business. Others suggested that raising the rates is part of a larger plan to eventually close the airport, which some organizations and residents are in favor of doing. Resident Gavin Stokes was not shy about accusing the council of what other speakers hinted at. “We all know that these fees are about trying to drive airport business away,” Stokes alleged. “What they will do is invite
litigation by violating some of the federal requirements that have already spelled out.” The fact that the airport is breaking even is an “incredible accomplishment in this economic climate with astronomical fuel prices,” Stokes added. Former Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl was and remains firmly in the camp of those in favor of closing the airfield. “I support the closure. I think that we have a strategy that can work and I would like you to explore that possibility with (the
Los Angeles) city attorney,” the former councilman, who resides less than a mile from the airport in Mar Vista, told the council. After one pilot spoke, Santa Monica Councilman Tony Vazquez asked, “Are you aware that we’ve been subsidizing the landings for pilots at the airport for at least the last 10 years?” Prior to Aug. 1, the landing fees were $2.07 per thousand pounds of certificated maximum gross landing weight. § Gary@ArgonautNews.com.
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Commission acknowledges was installed with no permit. The letter writer and Friends of Ballona Wetlands should join other conservation-minded individuals and groups in pushing for a thorough investigation and an objective, science-based study of the impacts of these drainage systems on the ecosystem. Whatever the letter writer’s views on the drainage system itself, it is alarming that he would be so cavalier about a private developer installing such devices without any consultation of the appropriate authorities. What kind of precedent does he believe that will establish for other developers regarding coastal development elsewhere in the state? The Friends of Ballona Wetlands are finding themselves in an increasingly precarious situation in which their consistent and unconditional support for whatever entity wields the most power and money is beginning to attract attention. Because of the valuable programs that the Friends operate in Area C of the reserve, we’ve been as diplomatic as possible in our comments. However, this organization is dangerously close to “greenwashing” territory and we urge all of its board members, staff, and supporters to evaluate its positions and public statements on issues like this. Walter Lamb President Ballona Wetlands Land Trust
Grateful to ‘miracle workers’
Literally within a few minutes following my backward fall in the adult pool area of the Marina City Club on Saturday afternoon, June 29, paramedic team leader Stan Fung was kneeling next to me, asking questions for recognition, while his team was busy checking my pulse, temperature, heart rate and other vitals statistics.
The care and assistance rendered was unbelievable. It was not the first time I witnessed these “angels of mercy” in action – my wife had their benefit for three years until she finally passed. That’s why I call them the “miracle workers.” I apologize for the late recognition of their great work, but I spent 10 long days at Cedars Sinai taking X-rays, several MRIs, CT scans and more X-rays. I have just finished five days at home. Again, thank you Stan and your crew! Elias J. Papachristos Marina del Rey
Marina projects not in favor of the citizens
The Westchester-Playa Neighborhood Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee must be celebrated. We have no council here in Marina del Rey where more than 1,500 apartments in just three buildings along three blocks have been promised to developers. We were plowed under by phony traffic reports and a bogus and partial environmental impact report. Now, after the fact and after our Local Coastal Program was amended to suit the county supervisors, the Department of Regional Planning wants us to “vision” (page 31). At a recent meeting (reported in your July 25 edition), group leaders would only discuss the promenade when it’s traffic, traffic, traffic that’s at stake along with safety. None of us who lives here will be able to see the Marina without hiking along the promenade. All we shall see as we drive home are apartment buildings. Why live in the Marina? And for those who visit on weekends, there will not be enough public parking as the lots have been given over to commercial and residential
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Help with the root of the problem
I am a proud native Angelino and for the last 15 years have been a Mar Vista resident and homeowner. I have seen so much positive growth locally in new businesses and a wonderful farmers market. However, I am shocked by the condition of our streets and sidewalks and I know I am not alone in this opinion. I currently have a dangerous situation in front of my own home. A city owned 60-plus-foot tall and over 75-year-old Camphor tree’s roots have split and separated my sidewalk, leaving it at a dangerous pitch. I’m hoping our new Los Angeles Councilman Mike Bonin will read this letter and offer some assistance. My certified letters/photos to L.A. Street Services and attending local council meetings for guidance has fallen on deaf ears. We pay some of the highest property and state taxes; let’s see our dollars put into the safety of our families and community. Christina Segler Mar Vista
Don’t rush to judgment on wetland drainage system Re: “Removing wetland drains would impact plant resources,” (Argonaut letters, July 25). The presence of the drains is curious, and rather than taking a stand about whether they should be removed or not, first I would suggest we find out the following: 1) the extent and intended purpose of the drainage system; 2) how the drainage system actually functions, including the effect on all the wetland areas, not just the created, managed freshwater marsh; 3) what effect removal of the drainage system would have on the Ballona Wetlands; and finally, 4) whether the presence of the drainage system affects the baseline hydrology and vegetation studies already completed to inform the proposed Ballona Wetland restoration plan. The letter writer seems to feel that a “properly functioning wetland” needs to “enjoy twice daily tidal action.” This may be true for an open tidal system but is not necessary for all coastal wetlands. His view is in apparent contradiction of the historic condition of the Ballona Wetlands before major impacts by humans. The data gathered for the Historical Ecology of the Ballona Creek Watershed (Dark et al. 2011) suggests that before a jetty was constructed to open it to the ocean in the late 1800s, the Ballona Wetlands (called Ballona Lagoon in the study) had only moderate or no tidal influence and was dominated by freshwater inputs from the watershed. Tidal connection was only accomplished in high rainfall years when the sand dune that separated the lagoon from the ocean was opened. Herbarium records cited in this study reveal species from fresh to brackish marsh with some salt marsh species, but no species that would be found in perennially open tidal wetlands. I am not sure what the letter writer means by the state restoration plan “correctly” reshaping the Ballona topography. So far the preferred
alternatives for the Ballona Wetlands restoration that I have seen show perennially open tidal wetlands. If using historic ecology records as a guide, the planned reshaping of the Ballona topography is not correct. I would like to see a plan to restore the wetlands that is appropriate to the current conditions, and in as much is possible to the historic conditions. Such a plan would establish sustainable and resilient habitats that would likely require far less initial disturbance to establish and likely less management over time. The writer states in his letter that removing the drains “could cause long-term freshwater ‘drowning’ of the wetlands’ salt-tolerant flora and fauna” in high rainfall years. This implies he knows the purpose of the drains. Based on the original report in The Argonaut and the letter, the drains could be for flood control. Or, might they be protection against saltwater intrusion into the freshwater marsh or other parts of the Playa Vista development? It is hard to know without more information on the drainage system. However, the letter writer worries that removing the drains will eliminate the salt marsh plants. First, this implies that the drainage system is really important to the Ballona Wetlands, which at this point we do not know. And second, in my experience establishing salt marsh and brackish marsh habitat, many salt-adapted plant species’ seeds germinate in years of high rainfall and greater freshwater input. Natural systems are not static. While prolonged (over several seasons) freshwater in a brackish or salt marsh may cause changes in vegetation over portions of a wetland, a return to previous, normal rainfall conditions will result in salt-tolerant species expanding with some tidal influence. By way of background, my own wetland restoration experience ranges from establishing coastal saltmarsh with twice daily tidal action to establishing inland alkali meadows on soils far saltier than the ocean, including both unmanaged systems and highly managed systems. At Ballona in 1990-91, I completed an initial analysis of water requirements for the riparian and marsh vegetation for the riparian corridor east of Lincoln Boulevard and freshwater marsh west of Lincoln for the Playa Vista development. I hope that the California Coastal Commission staff asks for more information on the drainage system before any decision is made for removal. And, until the effects of this drainage system can be determined, the baseline hydrology and vegetation studies for the Ballona Wetlands restoration will be incomplete and inadequate to plan a sustainable wetland restoration. Margot Griswold, Ph.D. Restoration ecologist
Where’s enforcement on medical pot law?
Its been several months since the Los Angeles City Council voted to accept the new medical marijuana ordinance allowing 135 legal and legitimate dispensaries to operate within the city limits. I read an article that stated around 1,2001,500 dispensaries were actually open and selling marijuana. When there is an ordinance, a law, why is it not being enforced? Most of these dispensaries are still open, dealing drugs and no one is doing anything about it? Is Los Angeles, with a new city attorney in Mike Feuer, still a lawless city where you can deal drugs all day long and the City Attorney’s Office just allows it to happen with no enforcement? Why was this even at the City Council for a vote if the outcome means nothing happens? Steve Wallace Los Angeles
All that (free!) jazz
A pair of music festival series kick off in Santa Monica and Westchester By Michael Aushenker Long gone are the days when Thelonious Monk jammed with John Coltrane on “In Walked Bud” and “Epistrophy” live at the Five Spot Café in New York’s Bowery section. At its peak in the late 1950s and 60s, jazz represented the cutting edge in music, offering a certain amount of danger that has since caved in to a daisy link of cliches and has marginalized this once-thriving American art form into the shadows of newer genres such as pop, rap and electronica. Well, two Westside festivals in August intend to keep the saxophones blowing, the ivories tickling, and the vibes tinkling straight through the remainder of summer. Westchester’s Westside Jazzfest promises five Saturdays of funk, Latin, world beat, bop and contemporary at The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center. The Gumbo Brothers, hosted by Helen Borgers, will open Jazzfest, sponsored by KJAZZ 88.1 on Saturday, Aug. 3. Hosted by Nick Tyler, Elliott Caine will blast his mighty horn on Aug. 10. Borgers returns on Aug. 17 to introduce the North Hollywood Jazz Quintet, while Bubba Jackson will emcee the Aug. 24 night with headliners Western Standard Time. All performances will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Meanwhile, the eighth annual Jazz on the Lawn concert series returns to Stewart Street Park in Santa Monica every Sunday. Presented by Santa Monica Cultural Affairs and the city of Santa Monica, Jazz on the Lawn invites the public to bring picnic baskets, blankets and beach chairs for a weekly dose of jazz delivered by Latin jazz and salsa act Conganás (Aug. 4), the hard bop and Afro-Cubana of Elliot Caine Quintet (Aug. 11), KoTolán, which combines groove jazz, Latin jazz, disco and soul (Aug. 18),
and The Overstreets New Orleans Jazz Band, offering Preservation Hall-esque stylings with a touch of Andrew Sisters (Aug. 25). In addition to the music at Jazz on the Lawn are frozen desserts, and Hubert’s Lemonade and O.N.E. Coconut Water will provide complementary drinks. According to those playing such series, the free jazz festivals offer the musicians a chance to preserve a dwindling genre for area jazz purists while hopefully introducing the “A-B-C’s” of the genre to music lovers too young to remember those slick Miles Davis Elite scooter commercials. Recently, representatives of two of the bands playing Jazz on the Lawn, the Latininfused Conganás and the Cajun-flavored ONOJB, explained to The Argonaut why such festivals are crucial to L.A.’s cultural welfare. “It has affected the whole jazz scene what has happened with pop music, especially with electronic sequencing,” Conganás director and percussionist Christian Moraga said from his Hawthorne home, discussing today’s catch-22 dilemma. “You want to grab some of that sound and do something that’s contemporary. If you want to play straight ahead, it’s very limited. Unfortunately, it’s getting harder and harder. People are not buying it, if you want to make a living (playing pure jazz). That’s the sad part.” For two and a half years, Conganás has played as a group. “All of the musicians, we do more than one thing,” Moraga said, adding, “I do the octopus kind of thing (playing multipleinstruments in concert).” Moraga, who relocated from Chile to Los Angeles because the latter represents the heart of the entertainment business, has
The Overstreets New Orleans Jazz Band will play Santa Monica’s “Jazz on the Lawn” concert series on Aug. 25.
been playing as a freelance musician for two decades. But he admitted that it hasn’t been easy for him as a jazz musician. “This tells you people want this,” Moraga said of the festivals. “(However,) the (music) industry is not putting it out there. They don’t want to make the people smarter.” The rest of his band, mostly Cuban, all live in the San Fernando Valley. As freelancers, they’ve had to adapt to changing musical trends to eke out a living, but they insist on creating new contributions to the jazz form, he said. “We have a couple of originals,” said Moraga, who will sell Conganás’ self-titled
debut CD at their Aug. 4 show. Like the concert set, their disc will include a mix of Puerto Rican salsa, Cuban salsa, and tunes by Art Blakey and Clifford Brown, who capitalized on the mambo craze that gripped America in the 1950s. “They took their own understanding and put that post-bebop era in a Latin context,” Moraga explained, “mixing it up with United States jazz. People can dig it a little more, you know?” Explaining the difference between the two kinds of salsa his group will perform, Moraga described Puerto Rican salsa as playing more to the dancer while Cuban (Continued on page 16)
Parade fit for a king The annual Festival of the Chariots march will follow in Lord Krishna’s footsteps, accompanied by a daylong arts-and-food-filled celebration By Michael Aushenker Call it a “Namaste mainstay” – the color and the majesty of the Westside’s re-enactment of Lord Krishna’s epic journey to birthplace Vrindavan, returns to Santa Monica and Venice with the 37th annual Festival of the Chariots. “We’re alive and well!” reported a sanguine Svavasa Das, president of the West Los Angeles branch of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. The local Hare Krishna procession will trek from Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to Windward Plaza in Venice (where Windward Avenue meets the Boardwalk) Sunday, Aug. 4, beginning at 10 a.m. Annually each August, three towering 40-foot steel chariots, pulled by revelers wearing their traditional
saris and dhotis, come barreling down Main Street to the fanfare of thousands, in a re-enactment of the ancient traditional procession attended by millions of pilgrims in Odisha (formerly Orissa), known as “the soul of India.” The Festival of the Chariots derives its theme from the Vedas, ancient Indian scriptures recounting the story of Krishna, who, as a king, visited his cowherd village birthplace. His grand chariot was pulled by old friends he re-encountered to his native rural village of Vrindavan. “He’s living as a king in a city called Dvarka,” Das explained. “He wanted to go back to his birthplace.” In Venice, devotees will partake in the bhakti-yoga, a personal devotion for the Supreme Lord Krishna, a.k.a. “the Lord of the Universe,” a.k.a. Jagannatha. While a few years shy of rounding its fourth decade Three 40 foot-high chariots will wind their way down Main (Continued on page 16) Street from Santa Monica to Venice Beach Aug. 4.
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From cartoons to shoes and sticks
Charles Swenson traded a career in animation for Santa Monica’s fine arts scene By Michael Aushenker A funny thing happened to Charles Swenson on the way up the ladder in animation: he became a fine artist. “I sort of worked myself out of the business,” said Swenson, who will attend a reception for new paintings at Santa Monica’s haleARTS SPACE from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9. “I became executive producer. It takes a long time for things to happen between meetings, with each meeting not sure what’s gonna happen next. Rather than sit and wait, I started to paint. At some point, when the call came, I didn’t answer.” Swenson, who in the 1990s worked at Hollywood’s Klasky-Csupo animation studio on such Saturday morning TV fare as “Santa Bugito” and the Emmywinning “Rugrats,” began his career in Downey, drawing cowboys and Indians in the shadow of the restaurant that quickly morphed into the world’s largest fast food franchise. “I went to the grand opening,” Swenson recalled of those 19-cent burgers at the “Speedee McDonald’s” in 1953. After graduating from the Art Center and the Disney-sponsored Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute for the Arts in Valencia), Swenson spent a year working as an apprentice for iconic architects and furniture designers Charles and Ray Eames, a pair of married Palisadians working in Venice. “They were wonderful; it was the best first job that you could imagine,” Swenson remembered. At the Eames compound, such personages as “Bride of Frankenstein” star Elsa Lanchester and composer Leonard Bernstein visited and “(geodesic dome inventor) Bucky Fuller would come by for lunch. “They had a warehouse in Venice that they had taken over and it had no interior walls,” Swenson continued. “It was an
open space (that) had a really art studio feel to it.” Swenson soon landed at the Hollywood animation house run by Jimmy Murakami and Fred Wolf, where he worked for 15 years. Most notably, Swenson worked on the 1971 animated TV special “The Point!,” singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson’s pet project. “Harry was wonderful,” he said. “He had a really crack mind. He was incredibly sharp and witty and very childlike.” Nilsson had stumbled onto Swenson’s short subject “The Magic Pear Tree,” which ran before a screening of “Midnight Cowboy,” the controversial 1969 movie starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman, for which Nilsson famously recorded “Everybody’s Talkin.’” Nilsson loved Swenson’s style, which brought the “Without You” musician to Swenson’s place of work to create “The Point!,” featuring such Nilsson chestnuts as “Me and My Arrow.” “It was a very different time,” Swenson said of Nilsson’s ability to get the quirky “Point!” made. “Harry was extremely magnetic. You could do everything. These days animation is much more of a business.” Unfortunately, as a movie of the week, “The Point!” bombed in the ratings because ABC, deciding “The Point!” was family-friendly, switched the “Movie of the Week” time to 7:30 p.m. but neglected to inform TV Guide. Swenson also co-directed, with Wolf, 1978’s “Puff the Magic Dragon,” an animated movie based on the song by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame. “Peter is a very different guy, very bright,” Swenson recalled. “I didn’t work with any musicians who I didn’t think
One of the paintings from former animator Charles Swenson’s “Sidecar” series.
were absolutely bright,” including Frank Zappa, for whom Swenson worked on an animated sequence for “200 Motels.” After exiting TV animation in the 2000s, Swenson began juxtaposing old shoes in the foreground at live modeling sessions and painting series such as “Nudes and Shoes.” “The female figures became background features and the shoes asked a question of some sort,” Swenson explained. “People have had different responses to what the shoes represent – fashion; the price of beauty; the rising role of women in the work place. All these questions are asked.” Swenson followed this series up with “Stick Figures,” making similar organic juxtapositions between women and tree branches. Swenson still has a few fond memories from his TV animation days, including fellow former Klasky-Csupo animator
Igor Kovalyov. Through Kovalyov, a gaggle of Moscow animators who had fled the former Soviet Union arrived at Klasky-Csupo, where Hungarian cofounder Peter Csupo embraced their Eastern European sensibility at his quirky studio. Swenson, who befriended the Russian contingent, has kept in touch with Kovalyov, since he returned to his native country to work on a 3D animated children’s series. Next month, Swenson will reunite with Kovalyov when he embarks on a 10-day trip through various Russian towns during the 20th KROK International Animated Film Festival. Swenson will exhibit alongside sculptor Jerry Shevick and photographer Phyllis Stuart at haleARTS SPACE, 2443 Main St., Santa Monica. The exhibition runs through Aug. 21. Information, (310) 314-8038; halearts.com; CharlesGSwenson.com. § Michael@ArgonautNews.com
Abe Levitow animation legacy now open to the public
Sidekick Robespierre (voiced by Red Buttons) from Abe Levitow’s animated feature “Gay PURR-ee” (1962). PAGE 10 THE ARGONAUT August 1, 2013
By Michael Aushenker He was the envelope-pushing animator who worked at the innovative UPA animation house (home of Mr. Magoo) and who directed such MGM features as 1962’s “Gay Purree,” a feline-driven, Paris-set tale voiced by Judy Garland, Robert Goulet and Red Buttons, and 1970’s “The Phantom Tollbooth,” based on Norman Juster’s classic children’s novel. Recently, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced it had inherited Abe Levitow’s professional effects, a collection comprised of hundreds of feature animation cels, backgrounds, storyboards, and related materials and film prints. Thanks to Levitow’s children –Santa Monica resident Roberta Levitow, Culver City resident Judy Levitow, and son Jon of Los Gatos – these materials can now be accessed by the public. The Levitow collection will be housed in both the academy’s Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy Film Archive. All of the production materials may be accessed at the library, located in the academy’s Fairbanks
Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills. Many pieces can be viewed online at collections.oscars.org/ prodart. Abe Levitow enjoyed a robust career as an animator in Chuck Jones’ unit at Warner Bros. (home of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck). Beginning at age 17 at Warner Bros. Cartoons-precursor Leon Schlesinger Productions, Levitow animated at the studio for 15 years. He headed to UPA, where he supervised two Mr. Magoo series and the “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol” special at a time when TV animated programming was still developing. Levitow also served as animation director on UPA’s first feature film, “1001 Arabian Nights.” Roberta Levitow recently spoke to The Argonaut from Utah, where the co-founder and co-director of Theatre Without Borders was staying at the Sundance Resort for the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab. “We agreed that we wanted Dad’s enormous talents to be fully appreciated in their historical context,” the Santa Monica resident said.
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Late animator Abe Levitow.
‘Gay-Purr-ee.’” Coming from the irreverent WB (Continued from previous page) sensibility, Levitow “never lusted to work (for Disney),” she added. Abe Levitow died at 52 in 1975, and Despite its shakiness, UPA “(seemed) wife Charlotte kept his belongings until she like a magical place to work,” Judy said. passed away in 1997. That’s when “we had “There were always peals of laughter to start thinking seriously about what we coming from other rooms and artwork had and what we were going to do with it,” everywhere.” Roberta said. “Our brother Jon spent over Roberta remembers her childhood a year cataloguing what turned out to be a surrounded by a houseful of art books and substantive collection of materials.” peppered with Sunday outings to the Los The Levitows grew up largely in San Angeles County Museum of Art. Fernando Valley. “You can see Dad’s love for (fine) artists “Our dad was not a flashy guy,” Judy in the sequence of painterly portraits of recalled. “He hung out mostly with friends Mewsette in ‘Gay Purr-ee,’” she said. he grew up with in Boyle Heights, not his Today, Roberta loves her coastal Santa fancier friends from ‘the business.’ Our Monica environs; the seeds were planted father was very beloved in our home and in childhood when her parents and aunts in the family. We often had ‘art night’ at and uncles pooled together to purchase a home – painting, clay projects, drawing all small house one block from the shore in San together.” Diego’s Ocean Beach. Levitow’s wife was also an artist who “Every summer, all the parents and worked in animation as an inker and painter. kids would descend on the beach house for “Learning about current art and culture weeks of beach baseball, ocean swimming, was important to our parents,” Judy recalled. pier fishing, sand hiking and spaghetti “Our dad was quiet and gentle but when dinners for 16. It was my idea of heaven,” in the mood, he was very funny and would she said. amuse us by talking in accents and funny So when Roberta Levitow met husbandvoices. He would get the whole family to-be Mitch Greenhill in 1989, she embraced laughing.” abandoning her “cottage in Silver Lake” Jon recalled how seeing his father’s for his Ocean Park neighborhood: “I really drawing board and “the floor of Mom and Dad’s room covered with publicity materials felt my dreams were coming true on many levels,” she said. like the punch out books for ‘Mr. Magoo’s Increasingly, as Roberta’s work has Christmas Carol’ seemed like magic to me.” taken her around the world, “I long for our “At the time, animation was still the little home by the sea. I’m so appreciative neglected step-child of the film business,” of our neighbors in Ocean Park, the Santa Judy explained. “It didn’t achieve the glorious status it now holds in our culture.” However, she remembers how Abe was well received during a trip to the former Yugoslavia that he took just before he died to visit some studios there. “He was treated like a king there and was surprised to see that Eastern Europeans considered cartoons there true art,” she said. Judy described Abe’s years at the groundbreaking UPA “a struggle.” She A Mr. Magoo character sheet by Levitow, remembered plugging “Mr. Magoo’s among her father’s materials Santa Monica Christmas Carol” on her school resident Roberta Levitow and her siblings chalkboard to remind classmates to watch have donated to the Academy of Motion it on the day of its TV debut. Picture Arts and Sciences. “All those artists were really sticking their necks out trying to create something Monica community spirit, the fresh ocean new and different from Disney but UPA was breeze, the sound of the fog-horns, the solar always on the brink of disaster, so that made pier. it a little challenging,” she said. “There were “People come from all around the world worries if the job would last and where to to visit Santa Monica, and I’m always go next. I think that’s why, at the time, Dad grateful that I can call it home.” was often taking jobs on the side and going For more on Levitow, abelevitow.com. § back and forth with Chuck Jones developing Michael@ArgonautNews.com
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By Michael Aushenker When you think of rapper Andre 3000, R&B singer Usher or funk-punk rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers, the ukulele doesn’t exactly come to mind. And yet, the Hawaiian instrument and hit singles from all of these acts will unite under one daring performance Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Witzend in Venice, courtesy of one lady from Santa Monica: Livi Yiu. The songstress/songwriter, a multiinstrumentalist who moved to L.A.’s Westside by way of Arlington, TX and her native Hong Kong, mastered the piano at an early age, eventually moving onto cello and guitar. A couple of years ago, she fell hard for the ukulele, of all string instruments, after hearing a musician refer to the uke as “an instrument of peace.” “You can’t help but smile,” Yiu insisted. “You can’t help but be happy. That’s what I wanted my music to bring – happiness. It’s so pleasant and the tone is so sweet.” If you think it’s jarring to hear “PumpedUp Kicks,” Foster the People’s terminally tongue-in-cheek ode to schoolyard mass shootings, interpreted as a mellow Polynesian-style ballad, it’s not as weird as it may seem, Yiu says. A-Ha’s 1980s hit “Take on Me” becomes another natural for her “Yiu-nique” interpolations. The daughter of graphic designers, Yiu moved from Hong Kong to the U.S. by age 12, relocating to Arlington, because they had relatives already living there. “I didn’t speak the language,” recalled Yiu, who today speaks flawless English. “I was in ESL (English as a second language), which made me pour myself into music even more.” This “universal language” led to her becoming “more comfortable” and making friends with fellow musicians and artists. At Southern Methodist University in Dallas, she majored in film and composed her first song for a student film. “We wanted to make a musical (like the movie) ‘Once,’” she said.
Since becoming enamored with the ukulele, Yiu has made some interesting musical choices with her covers, including the Chili Peppers’ “Hard to Concentrate,” Usher’s “Nice ‘N’ Slow,” and the Outkast classic “Hey Ya!” (one small caveat: she omits the part about the Beyonces and Lucy Lius). Currently, her biggest obsession is tackling Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ tagpoppin’ uber-hit “Thrift Shop.” Sparing Yiu’s career from spiraling into novelty shtick is the fact that this musician can write originals (including “Daydreaming”). Married to college sweetheart and aspiring novelist Steven Kittinger, Yiu has a few more covers in the works. She’s currently toying with the idea of interpreting Daft Punk and Pharrel’s ubiquitous hit, “Get Lucky.” She also has a pair of Queen ditties in her sights – “Fat Bottomed Girls” and the British group’s masterpiece, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” And her flirtation with the Westside will not end with Witzend; she’s already booked to play holiday music at the Santa Monica Farmers Market on Main Street, Dec. 22. In the past couple of years, Yiu has gigged all over town, including Santa Monica’s UnUrban Coffee House and Venice’s Talking Stick on the Westside, and House of Blues, Genghis Cohen and Molly Mallone’s elsewhere. But Santa Monica, Yiu insists, is where her heart remains. “I love the fact that it’s 20 degrees cooler,” she said “I love the beach, I love water. I personally think Westside people are nice. I lived in Hollywood for two or three years. It was busy; helicopters, people all the time. It was just tiring. I love this community.” Yiu is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Admission is $10. Information, (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com; liviyiu. com. §
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CRAFTS AND CULTURE WORKSHOPS – host Kundalini Yoga Detox every Thursday through Aug. 29 where you can practice different kriyas (yoga sets) to help balance emotions and increase awareness. Recipes and dietary tips are provided to help you cleanse. Beginners to yoga and drop-ins welcome. 5-6:20 p.m., non-residents $95, residents $83, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, smgov.net/1450ocean or (310) 458-2239. SANTA MONICA PIER – Twilight Concert Series features Xavier Rudd and Aus Rocks Us. Free, 7 p.m., info@ santamonicapier.org, (310) 458 – 8901.
CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH – presented by the Talking Stick Coffee Lounge, benefiting the families of victims of Rana Plaza building collapse and Tazreen Fashion factory fire, featuring Andy Manoff, Carol McArthur, Smokey Miles and Michael Simmons, with special guests Eric Charles, Dennis Davis and Jeff Gold, 7-10 p.m., $10 suggested donation plus one drink or food item, 1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, (310) 4506052.
and inhabitants of the Santa Monica Bay during Ocean Appreciation weekend. Through games, arts and crafts projects and naturalist’s presentations, visitors can explore each of the unique habitats of the Santa Monica Bay – the sandy bottom, the kelp forest, the rocky shore and the open ocean – while gathering fun facts about the animals that inhabit it. 12:30 – 6 p.m., Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, free for children 12 and under, $3 admission, healthebay.org/smpa, (310) 393 – 6149. Neighborhood Council’s seventh annual Venice Community Potluck welcomes new L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin and other elected officials with a variety of musical acts. Please bring a side dish, salad or dessert to receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of the many prizes donated by local businesses. Fun games for adults and kids. Free, noon-4 p.m., Oakwood Park, 767 California Ave., Venice, venicebbq@ venicenc.org.
Friday, 8/2 WESTSIDE COMEDY – hosts “Unnecessary Evil,” a night of stand-up comedy featuring Drennon Davis, Annie Lederman, Ali Wong, Auggie Smith, Neel Nanda, and hosted by Rivers Langley. $10, 8 p.m., beer and wine bar with no drink minimum, 1323-A Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, (310) 451 – 0850, westsidecomedy.com. TRiP – hosts bands Bunnynose and Sand & Fire. Bunnynose will play at 8 p.m., Sand & Fire at 9 p.m., free, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010.
Saturday, 8/3 CRAFTS AND CULTURE WORKSHOPS – hosts a soap making
class with Angharad Caceres, where participants will learn how to make bar soap from olive, coconut and other oils, aromatics and lye. 2-4 p.m., $20 plus $15 material fee, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, smgov.net/1450ocean or (310) 458-2239.
POP SATURDAYS – Marina del Rey’s free summer concerts features dance pop music diva Taylor Dayne, who has garnered three Grammy nominations and sold more than 75 million albums worldwide. 7-9 p.m., Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, marinadelrey.lacounty.gov, (310) 305 – 9545. UPS AND DOWNS OF BLOOD PRESSURE – Dr. Anjay
Rostogi, UCLA nephrologist, will discuss how to better manage blood pressure including new modalities, as well as recent research. 10-11:30 a.m., free, UCLA Medical Center, Conference Room 3-G-370, 1250 16th St., Santa Monica. To RSVP, (800) 516 – 5323.
FISHERMAN’S VILLAGE OUTDOOR CONCERT – features Rockabilly by The Crown City Bombers, free, 2-5 p.m., 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, (310) 301 – 9900. SANTA MONICA PUBLIC LIBRARY – presents El Fresco Summer Concert with the swing band Big Town, which performs as a five- to 12-piece ensemble and specializes in vintage dance music ranging from the swinging 1930s to the soulful 1950s. Free, noon-1 p.m., Main Library’s North
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LIFE AND FINANCIAL SKILLS WORKSHOP – serves to WESTSIDE COMEDY – hosts “Talkin’ Walkin,’” a comedy allay the concerns about adulthood issues and is ideal for teens podcast featuring Kevin Pollak, speaking only as Christopher Walken, while discussing life and the cornucopia of things that fill it. Pollack was named one of Comedy Central’s Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time. 8 p.m., $10, beer and wine bar with no drink minimum, 1323-A Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, (310) 451 – 0850, westsidecomedy.com.
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first Tuesday of the month to learn about divorce options, specifically understanding the legal, financial, psychological and social issues of divorce, learn how to talk about it with your children, learn from experts who have guided other people through divorce, and discover community resources available to you. The workshop is presented by Family Law Professionals of The Collaborative Practice Group of Culver City and the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association. 6:30 – 8 p.m., $25 per session, YWCA Community Room, 2019 14th St., Santa Monica, register online at smywca.org or (310) 452 – 3881.
PLAYA VISTA CODE CLUB – presents a weekly workshop on computer science, ages 12-18, 4 p.m., Playa Vista Branch Library, 6400 Playa Vista Drive, Playa Vista, (310) 437 – 6680. HIROSHIMA CANDLELIGHT REMEMBRANCE AND PEACE VIGIL – will be held to remember the victims of the Aug. 6,
1945 bombing of Hiroshima, and to support efforts leading to a nuclear weapons-free world. The vigil will include speakers from Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles and other peace group activists, as well as community activists with Save Chain Reaction. 6-8 p.m., the vigil will be held at the 26-foot tall Chain Reaction nuclear mushroom cloud peace sculpture in the Santa Monica Civic Center, located in the 1800 block of Main Street, Santa Monica, conradprojects.com, (310) 399 – 1000.
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By Michael Aushenker Tango instructor Ilona Glinarsky has a saying: “Every relationship is a dance, every dance is a relationship.” The Kiev, Ukraine-born Glinarsky told The Argonaut that it means nothing where one lives or what one drives, on the dance floor, it’s all about “forgetting the difference and getting to know people. Social dance is such an equalizer.” Glinarsky will offer free Argentine tango instruction at her night-long dance event “Milango LAX” at the Elks Lodge in Playa del Rey Sunday, Aug. 4, beginning at 6 p.m. Dancing for 17 years and teaching for 12, the Redondo Beach resident brought “Milango LAX” (milango is an Argentine term for a tango
party) to Playa del Rey two months ago, where her event has attracted 150 people a month. The first hour involves free dance instruction. Then the professionals take over, and “Milango LAX” becomes a spectator spectacle, she says. “Argentine tango is not like a Zumba class,” Glinarsky insisted. “It’s a lead-and-follow dance and it’s improvisational. With tango, you develop communication skills and relationship skills.” Most of all, she added, this taste of Beunos Aires gets participants away from their computer to interact with people in person. First hour of instruction is free; $12 after. Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave, Playa del Rey. Information, livingtango.com; (310) 621-0622 § Michael@ArgonautNews.com
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Restaurants EL ABAJENO Latin American, Mexican cuisine served is described fondly by satisfied customers who have eaten here for 25 years as a “mom and pop home cooking in the neighborhood restaurant,” and having “the best chilaquiles and menudo around.” El Abajeno serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, specialties, beer, burritos, carnitas, super tostadas, guacamole and chips, chilaquiles, seafood, open 7 days, opens at 8 a.m., take-out, catering, 4515 Inglewood Blvd. (at Culver Blvd.), Culver City, (310) 390-0755
EL RINCON CRIOLLO “The Creole Corner,” presents authentic and always fresh, Cuban cuisine, known for roast chicken dishes and the leanest, firmest lechon (pork) dishes, served with rice, black beans, plantains, and lots of wonderfully seasoned onions. Eleven seafood dishes, Generous portions at good prices in a warm, friendly atmosphere. The walls are covered with paintings imported from Cuba, and many are for sale. Cuban and Spanish catering, take-out, 4361 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, 9310) 391-4478, www.bestcubanfood.com.
HACIENDA PLAYA DEL REY Great traditional Mexican food and margaritas, this restaurant joins the original restaurant, established in Westchester in 1973, and owned by the Hernandez family. The popular menu includes their famous homemade tortillas, tacos, combo dishes, seafood, nachos, guacamole. The full bar with ample seating. On Sundays at 9 p.m., a live Mariachi band performs at the Lincoln Blvd. location only, 8415 Pershing Drive, Playa del Rey, (310) 751-6135, and 8347 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester, (310) 670-8588
HAL’S BAR AND GRILL Eclectic bar and grill is a renowned Venice locale, home to specialty cocktails, an extensive wine list, a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, and a diverse clientele. Distinctive American cuisine for lunch and dinner. Half-price for featured wines on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Live jazz every Sunday night from 8 to 11 p.m., Monday night from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., no cover charge. Hal’s upstairs hideaway is perfect for private parties/events,1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, (310) 396-3105, www.HalsbarandGrill.com
HINANO’S CAFE A permanent fixture at Venice Beach, Hinano’s is a beer and wine bar legendary for its cool and unpretentious atmosphere, terrific burgers and ice-cold beer. Sawdust on the floor gives it that folksy flavor, and the popcorn machine and jukebox are favorites among locals and visitors alike. Three pool tables are continuously busy, and strangers get to know each other over a friendly game, 15 Washington Blvd., Venice, (310) 822-3902, www.facebook.com/hinanocafevenice
HUMBLE POTATO The “Original Hambaga” combines American comfort with a Japanese kick. A neighborhood eatery, the menu includes burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, salads, fries, sweet tooth, and beverages, Hours: MonFri: 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Sat-Sun: noon - 10:00 p.m. 8321 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Phone: 323-989-2242 or visit: www.humblepotato.com
HURRY CURRY Enjoy Indian and Pakistani cuisine at this friendly neighborhood restaurant. Local residents say this is the place to go for delicious, authentic food. Appetizers include Samosa, a crispy pastry with mildly spiced potatoes and peas, and Chicken Chat, flour crisps with diced potatoes, garnished with yogurt, tamarind and chat masala. Tandoori dishes, cooked in an Indian clay oven, include marinated whole/half/quarter chickens, served with rice and salad, 12825 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista, (310) 398-2948, www.hurrycurryla.com
J. NICHOLS KITCHEN Nichols Restaurant opened in 1974 as a casual neighborhood coffee
shop and diner, served traditional comfort favorites and service with a smile. Still family-owned and operated, Nichols evolved to keep pace with dining habits, never losing sight of its roots as a diner, staying true to its humble beginnings. Food is still made from scratch daily, with fresh, whole ingredients. The menu showcases many original dishes, and includes a new, broad assortment, 4375 Glencoe Ave., Marina del Rey, (310) 823-2283, www.jnicholskitchen.com
JONI’S CAFE This is the place to go for coffee roasted on the premises, brewed one cup at a time, great food, and meeting friendly people. Breakfast is served all day, 7 days a week, and lunch starts at 11 a.m. Owners Julie and Jim Jungwirth say they take great pride in Joni’s being a second home, the pulse of the neighborhood, and are dedicated to maintaining this feeling of community, 552 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey, (310) 305-7147, menu online, www.JonisCoffee.com
KABUKI Kabuki is a form of traditional Japanese theater that began performing during the 17th century, with performers traveling the land and sharing their stories. We hope that while you dine with us, you too can share stories with those around you. The wide variety of the menu includes appetizers, salads, seafood, sushi and sashimi, specialty rolls, entrees, and signature dishes. A kid’s menu is available, Howard Hughes Center, 6081 Center Drive, #203, Westchester, (310) 6415524, www.kabukirestaurants.com
KILLER SHRIMP Serving our signature dish for 20 years, Killer shrimp, cooked to order in spicy, secret sauce. Enjoy the tasty Killer Mac and Cheese, fresh seafood, steak, salad and soup. Every seat boasts fabulous waterfront views, outdoor seating, special banquet room, Happy Hour daily. Full breakfast menu at Killer Cafe, including the Killer Bloody Mary. Use the dock-and-dine boat dock, bike in, free parking for cars and bikes. 4211 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, (310) 578-2293, www. Killershrimp.com
LE CELLIER WINE BAR & RESTAURANT A neighborhood gastro pub and wine bar, perfect for business lunches and networking, dining or private events and functions. A convivial atmosphere with good food and conversation. Bernard, the general manager, is a wine connoisseur, with a strong background in importing. Serving lunch and dinner, fine wines and microbrewed beers, paired with contemporary French-Vietnamese cuisine. The menu includes starters, salads, charcuterie and cheese items, sandwiches, small bites, large bites, platters, 417 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey, (424) 228-5491, www.le-cellier-winebar.com
LIBRARY ALE HOUSE This pub offers a wide variety of microbrews, select imports on tap, and beers from around the world that are difficult to find, and a selection of white and red wines. This unique restaurant has a diverse and eclectic menu, with clever descriptions for food items, such as Light Reading (salads), The Stacks (burgers), and Endnotes (desserts). The menu includes fish and chips, taco sliders, pasta primavera, and more, 2911 Main St., Santa Monica, (310) 314-4855, www. libraryalehouse.com
MACCHI’S BISTRO This long-established Italian dining spot offers traditional fresh pasta dishes, such as ravioli, linguini al pesto and gnocchi. Popular seafood dishes include Linguine Pescatore. Locals and visitors say the atmosphere is warm and family-oriented, and say they can’t get enough of the fresh, warm bread with a garlic/olive oil dip. Tiramisu and Caesar salad are on the menu. Chicken and veal dishes include Pollo al Limon and Veal Marsala. 425 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey, (310) 823-9838
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12034 Venice Blvd. Mar Vista 310-437-0144. I wanted to like Curious Palate in Mar Vista as soon as I laid eyes on the place – the name so epitomized the first step on the way to adventurous dining. I do know people who approach unusual food without a sense of wonder, who lack culinary adventurism, but I don’t understand them – how can you not want to try what just might be the most wonderful things you ever tasted? I get that items like durian fruit and edible insects might be beyond the pale for most people, but don’t they wonder even a little about what it would be like? The Curious Palate focuses on quality and style rather than outlandish food – you can get a high-end turkey sandwich, BLT, or even peanut butter and jelly, albeit with housemade peanut butter as well as jelly. Seeing this made me want a PBJ sandwich for the first time since I was a kid, and there were other everyday items that were described so alluringly that it took quite a while to decide. The glass case of arcane cheeses and meats (available by the pound), freshly made salads, and other goodies certainly whets the appetite, and the specials board deserves a look. We finally picked starters of corn and lentil salad and so-called double pork chili – actually three kinds of pork with beans, apricot puree and ale in the mix. The restaurant doesn’t serve alcohol but has some unusual soft drinks, so we ordered three kinds of ginger ale for a comparative tasting. The corn and lentil salad was a simple thing – fresh corn, cooked lentils, chopped green onion, cold slivers of roasted red bell pepper and just the barest hint of any dressing. I had ordered it at the suggestion of the woman who took our order, who said that it was the most popular of their specials. I see why, since the simple fresh flavors were well suited to each other and needed no embellishing. The chili, on the other hand, went a bit overboard on the oddness quotient, and was the only stumble in an otherwise excellent meal. Mixing Berkshire pork shoulder and belly with bacon wasn’t a bad idea, but
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the chili hadn’t simmered long enough for the fatty belly to meld its flavors into the stew. The cupful was mostly meat by weight with no perceptible heat, and the slight apricot sweetness blunted the cumin and spice that gives chili its character. There were good ideas here, but they didn’t come together. Of the soft drinks we ordered, the hands-down winner was Bruce Cost brand ginger ale with passion fruit and turmeric, which was spicy and fruity. The astringent but refreshing Blenheim was second, followed by Grown Up Soda Extra Dry with real ginger root, which had a lighter character and less flavor than the others. For main items we selected a Thai chicken satay sandwich and an Italiano panini – three kinds of cold cuts, lettuce, tomato, purple onion, roasted peppers, gruyere cheese and balsamic dressing on sourdough. Sopressata, salametto, and rosa are all variants of salami, and I pulled pieces of each out of the sandwich to see what they were like and savor the balance of garlic, pepper and pork. Together with the gruyere and dressing, the meats made a fine sandwich, and the kitchen gets points for not over-toasting the bread. Paninis may look better with heavily browned crust on the outside, but it’s not worth having the sandwich shatter at first bite. The Thai chicken satay sandwich was unlike any I have had before – the grilled chicken thighs topped with peanut sauce were layered with Japanese pickled cucumber and avocado. The combination works well –
the avocado richness combines with the peanut sauce, and the cucumber is a refreshing counterbalance. I’d order this again but for the many other intriguing possibilities on the menu. Both sandwiches were served with a slice of homemade pickle and a scoop of quinoa salad with curry and currants – another idea I’m going to try duplicating at home. We should have split an appetizer, or even gone without one – the tab for lunch was on the high side at about $46, but the two appetizers and sandwiches were a morethan-ample meal, and we took leftovers home. The Curious Palate offers breakfasts and lunches and is open until 8 p.m. most days, so whenever you’re looking for gourmet light meals to dine out or eat in, they’re an option. We dined at an outdoor table in Mar Vista, which had people watching at the cost of street noise – we’ll probably dine inside on our next visit. They have another location in Santa Monica, so we now have two destinations for those days when we get curious. The Curious Palate is at 12034 Venice Blvd. in Mar Vista (other location at 395 Santa Monica Place, different opening hours, phone 310-395-2901). Open Mo-Sa 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Su 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. No alcohol served, parking in rear, wheelchair access good. Menu at thecuriouspalate.com. 310-4370144. §
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Parade fit for a king (Continued from page 9)
on the Westside, “this has been going on for hundreds of years” in India, Das noted of the celebration. Das, who grew up Catholic in Chicago, eventually hit a wall with his birth religion. He first attended the Krishna festival in Denver in 1973. Das took the vows eschewing eating meat, gambling and alcohol. Twentyseven years ago, he became president of the West L.A. temple, based at 3764 Watseka Ave. “We’ve been here since 1969,” Das said of his 2,000plus congregation, adding how on Sundays, the center welcomes all people to its weekly open house from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. for food and inspiration. Das called Festival of the Chariots “one of the larger religious activities in that area, if not West L.A. This is our biggest (annual) event.” He estimates “more than 30,000 people that come” to celebrate the parade and festival each year. In fact, there are 50 such celebrations nationwide in the U.S., including in North Carolina, where the American Hare Krishna movement is based. There are also celebrations in every major Canadian city. Worldwide, millions celebrate Lord Krishna’s ancient journey. “It also gives us an opportunity to bring the Lord Krishna for the public to see,” Das said. “We turn it into a big festival.” Fun for the entire family, Das continued,
“it’s very cultural, a snapshot of Indian culture and an idea behind the science of Krishna consciousness and to taste it in the form of our (vegan) food.” Das promised that those who keep an open mind will be culturally, even spiritually, rewarded. He is highly aware that the Hare Krishnas have been the butt of bad airport jokes from the 1980 spoof “Airplane!” to myriad comedians dotting the late-night TV talk show terminals. “People just see guys with shaved heads and some robes on, handing out pamphlets,” Das said. “There’s more to us than that. The misconception is that we’re just out there distributing books.” For instance, the temple’s Food for Life program assists those in need. Visitors can expect music and dance on three different stages (including performances of the Bharatnatyam dance in costume), as well as food kiosks, informational booths promoting meditation and art, a children’s activities tent, and complimentary vittles for visitors. In addition to the annual festival, the temple will celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna on Aug. 28, from 6 p.m. to midnight with a program including food, dance, chanting and cultural presentations. The Festival of the Chariots takes place Aug. 4 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Santa Monica Civic Center, with activities at Windward Plaza in Venice running from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Revelers replicate and celebrate Lord Krishna’s epic Information, festivalofchariots.com, lalive.us. § journey to Vrindavan at last year’s Festival of the Chariots parade in Venice. Michael@argonautnews.com
All that (free!) jazz (Continued from page 9)
salsa, boasting “more challenging harmonies and structures,” caters more to musicians. For bandleader Andy Comeau and singer wife Dawn Lewis, Overstreets New Orleans Jazz Band started two years ago as an offshoot to their ongoing Vaudevillains orchestra cabaret show (which formed in 2008). About a dozen musicians strong, the jazz band first gigged at Ariel in Santa Monica. At their Aug. 25 show, they’ll play traditional New Orleans jazz, mostly standards culled from 1915-30: “Tiger Rag,” “Bei Mir Bist Du Schon,” “That’s a Plenty” (sung by Louie Armstrong), and “Ain’t Gonna Give You None of My Jelly Roll.” While Comeau recognizes his group plays “early New Orleans jazz that is a dying art form,” he says the band is not as concerned about the advancement of jazz music as much as they are on preserving it. “We play what we think is entertaining to people and what would be fun to watch,” Comeau told The Argonaut. “It’s something a little more dynamic than a guy with a guitar.” His strain of jazz reached its apex in the 1930s, following the New Orleans flood of 1927 and the Great Depression. “After that, (the musicians) went to Chicago,” he says. “Kids today don’t think of it as jazz, they think of it as
Latin jazz and salsa combo Conganás will open “Jazz on the Lawn” Aug. 4.
old timey music. When we think of jazz, you’re thinking of Miles Davis or John Coltrane. (New Orleans-style jazz) sort of predated that by many decades,” Comeau said. Comeau said Overstreets New Orleans Jazz Band is one of L.A.’s very few practitioners of this style. “There’s a couple other bands that do it (in L.A., however) I’ve never actually seen them,” he said. “If you go see (audiences at these types of concerts), they’re all old folks.” And yet, he says a “young kitsch factor” has set in with the appreciation of this type of jazz routinely found on the soundtrack of a Woody Allen film. For Comeau, the joys of New Orleans jazz amount to a generational transmission of ditties his father used to play on the organ and the banjo
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when he was a kid in New Boston, NH. “They’re songs which have withstood the test of time,” he said. “They’re a throwback to the bands of the 20s and 30s. They’re fun.” Moraga feels jazz in L.A. in 2013 feels its most vital at clubs such as The Blue Whale in downtown L.A. and Upstairs at Vitello’s in Studio City, “which has some cool stuff happening all the time.” He also loves Hollywood’s Catalina Bar & Grill and La Descarga near Western Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. “That’s where we started,” Moraga said of the latter, (Spanish for “jam session”). “That’s where we created our sound.” The Westside’s free twin concert series should, at the very least, provide some nice aural ambiance as the sun sets on summer and August segues into autumn. “We love doing (the festivals) because there’s not a lot of exposure today to live music unless you’re that way and you go and look for it,” Comeau said. “It’s good to have it in the community.” Jazz on the Lawn at Stewart Street Park will include a variety of amenities: a children’s playground, restrooms and nearby parking. Stewart Street Park is at 1836 Stewart St., Santa Monica. Information, smgov.net/jazz. Westside Jazzfest runs every Saturday night in August at the Promenade, 6081 Center Drive, Westchester. Information, hhpromenade.com.§ Michael@argonautnews.com
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Beautiful Remodeled Westchester Home
“This lovely, expanded home has over 3,700 square feet of living space,” says agent Michelle Martino. “Beautiful hardwood floors and soaring ceilings give way to a 2-story home with 2 wonderful spacious master suites upstairs. Each master suite has its own spa bath with sunken whirlpool tub and dual sinks. Fabulously large walk-in closets with custom shelving for each suite. Tree-top view patio off one master suite upstairs. Perfect for in-law living. Downstairs offers open, gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and all stainless steel appliances. Two lovely bedrooms share a dual sink and full bath. Full separate dining room and spacious family room that features its own vintage bar with large pantry, and extra powder room for guests. Energy efficiencies include a tankless water heater and solar panel electricity. There is a 3-car garage with custom shelving for extra storage.”
This property is listed for $1,299,000. Information, Michelle Martino, Keller Williams Marina/LA Realty, (310) 880-0789.
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4106 Minerva • Culver City • Open Sunday 2–5 Lovely 3-bedroom and 1-bath home on tree-lined street in the Culver City School District. This corner lot residence is move-in ready with fresh paint, hardwood floors, stainless steal appliances and the windows have been recently replaced. There is a spacious backyard with room for a garden and plenty of shade with a mature avocado tree. The garage has been converted to a bonus room but can easily be changed back into a 2-car garage if you desire. Great location between Downtown Culver City and Marina del Rey.
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920 Burrell st. Special Offering!!! Premier Location and Extra Large street-to-street lot in MdR’s GOLDEN TRIANGLE. Spacious 3+2 Coastal Retreat plus HUGE, Bright, Studio/Guest House above over-sized double garage and workshop. Perfect for entertaining, with beautiful patio areas and LUSH grotto with fish pond, peaceful waterfall and ultra-private spa. Loads of guest parking on-site & street. Gated parking for RV/Boat. MUST See. DO COMPARE with all other Venice & MdR offerings - VERY RARE.
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Westchester Home Premiere WestChester estate! West “Absolutely spectacular custom home renovated
7214 mCCool ave This 3 story, 5 bedroom and 5.5 bath custom-built home features open plan living with dramatic cove ceilings, state-of-the-art kitchen with professional series appliances, gracious living room with French doors to the large entertainment deck -- a perfect setting for California living at its finest! The luxurious master suite has French doors leading to a private balcony.
in 1999, this is a turn-key home with a long list of features,” says agent Terry Ballentine. “This is a perfect home in a great area close to restaurants, shopping, schools, and transportation. 2-story, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, plus family room, dining room, office, foyer, 2nd floor landing, huge master suite with 20 inch solid wood vaulted ceilings, fireplace, walk-in closet, balcony, and spa tub in bath. Large designer cook’s kitchen with glass cabinets, glass shelves, maple cabinets, maple floors, full granit counters, double oven with convection, high-end stainless appliances, abundant storage, built-in speakers and 2 garden windows. Private, enclosed backyard with large spa tub.” The property is offered at $1,325,000. Information, Terry Ballentine, RE/MAX Estate Properties, (310) 351-9743.
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“This south-facing corner home is in the coveted Silver Strand,” say agents Peter and Ty Bergman. “Hardwood floors throughout, high ceilings with fireplace in living room, and double French doors leading out to patio garden. Large, open upgraded kitchen with granite countertops, KitchenAid dishwasher and separate breakfast area. Guest powder room, second floor with large bedrooms, bath and separate family room area. Large master bedroom with vaulted ceiling, fireplace and 3 closets. Master bath with double sinks, granite countertops and separate shower. The property is offered at $1,799,000. Information, Peter and Ty Bergman, Bergman Beach Properties, (310) 821-2900.
Westport Heights Home 8034 Nardian Way, Westchester
1st Floor: Living Room, FDR, Gourmet Kitchen with Island, FR w/Fireplace, 1 Bed + 1 Bath 2nd Floor: 2 Large Bedrooms, Loft, Full Bath, Master Suite with Fireplace, Walk-In Closet, Jacuzzi
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“This fabulous Westchester home has so much to offer with 4 bedrooms, 2 gorgeous remodeled baths, and a private office,” say agents Kevin and Kaz Gallaher. “With a wonderful open floor plan from the kitchen overlooking the dining area and family room to each bedroom having their own corner of the home, makes this a real great find. The master bedroom suite is extremely spacious and a delight, with ample closets space and superb remodeled bathroom designed with embedded mosaic tile, Caesar & travertine stone.” This property is offered at $819,000. Kevin and Kaz Gallaher, RE/MAX Execs, (310) 410-9777.
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Q: Is the end of the road for the American Dream in suburbia?
- in and around Los Angeles, the number of poor households increased 5% in the city and 17% in the suburbs. - In and around San Francisco, the number of poor people increased 18% in the city and 56% in the suburbs. - In and around San Diego, the number of poor households increased 24% in the city and 50% in the suburbs; and - in and around Riverside, the number of
poor people increased 47% in city and 63% in the suburbs. The suburban increase in poor households was due both to: - suburbanites slipping into poverty due to job loss and - -already impoverished people relocating from cities to the suburbs. The main culprit behind the rise in suburban poverty is the lack of jobs outside of city centers. The number of unemployed suburbanites nearly doubles between 2000 and 2011. And jobs available in the suburbs lack the same quality as those in the cities – suburban jobs pay less and are generally less attractive to educated job seekers. So why does an un- or underemployed individual leave the city, where jobs can be found, to move to the suburbs where it’s more difficult to make a living? The reason:
Capri Court 1 Home
“Back on the market, this newer construction modelhome is in Playa Vista,” says agent Debra Berman. “The 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home is drenched in upgrades from travertine floors, chef’s kitchen, second floor living/dining area for entertaining, surround sound throughout and upgraded bathrooms. Lower bedroom is a large flex room that can be used as a home office, theater room or guest suite with a full bath. The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet and outdoor patio. Walking distance to brand new elementary school, Concert Park, The Shops at Playa Vista, dog park and children’s playgrounds.” The property is offered at $1,250,000. Information, Berman Kandel, RE/MAX Estate Properties, (310) 424 – 5512.
“This beautifully remodeled two-story penthouse boasts 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths with 40 feet of floor-to-ceiling living room windows, providing magnificent panoramic city lights, mountain and ocean views,” says agent Charles Lederman. “Expansive living room has high ceilings and an electric fireplace. Enjoy a gourmet kitchen with upscale appliances, granite counters and gorgeous custom cabinetry. State-of-the-art sound system in each room and hardwood floors throughout. Circular stair case leads to a luxurious 400 square foot master bedroom suite and two bedrooms.” The property is offered at $896,000. Information, Charles Lederman, Marina City Realty, (310) 821-8980.
Marina Loft District
“This is a fantastic opportunity to own on the Westside in the Marina Loft District, be close to the beach, and for under 400k,” says agent Jamie Austin. “Come see this freshly painted 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo in the luxurious Del Rey Terrace complex. Brand new carpet, high ceilings, granite counter tops, washer/dryer in unit, plus south-facing balcony. The complex boasts a fitness center, pool, spa, media room, conference center, bike room and clubhouse. Walking distance to theater and new restaurants, retail stores and Equinox gym. It’s Marina living at its best.” The property is offered at $379,000. Information, Jamie Austin, Keller Williams Realty Marina/LA, (310) 862-1751.
“Located on one of Kentwood’s most desirable streets, this 2 bedroom, 2 bath home will delight you with its lean, modern lines and dynamic floorplan,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “A large, open-plan kitchen with stunning granite counters, custom cabinetry, farmhouse sink and breakfast bar overlooks a generous family room with beamed ceiling. A lushly landscaped backyard with mature foliage and sprawling lawn, beautifully refinished hardwood floors, fresh paint, and a great location make this home a winner.” The property is offered at $789,000. Information, Stephanie Younger, Teles Properties, (424) 203-1828.
the cost of living is exorbitant in cities compared to the suburbs. This is reflected in home prices and rents. The cost to buy or rent housing is high in cities because of restrictive zoning. Zoning ordinance strangely limit the housing supply in attractive, downtown areas. Restrictive zoning (particularly that which limits building heights and density) leads to a scarcity of housing in cities where the good jobs are. This persistent scarcity unreasonably inflates home and prices rents – a cyclical sickness of the city that is easily alleviated with proper zoning.
first tuesday has long been an advocate of looser zoning in cities, especially along Metro lines. Less restrictive zoning allows demand for urban housing – not myopic lobbyists bearing NIMBY signs to control housing inventory. Looser zoning also goes a long way to help us avoid the price bubbles that push all but the wealthiest out of cities. This week’s question was answered by Carrie Reyes, first tuesday Journal Online, P.O. Box 5707, Riverside, CA 92517
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A: Between 2000 and 2011, the number of poor households in U.S. suburban populations increased by 64%, according to a study by the Brookings Institution. In contrast, the number of poor households increased 29% in cities. A poor household makes less than $22,350 annually for a family of four, as defined by the Brookings Institution. In California from 2000 to 2011, the percentage of poor households varied by region, though the overall trend was the same:
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3/3 Elegant 2 story townhouse with city views 3/3 Capri Court 1 home w lavish upgrades throughout 3/3.5 Newer highly upgraded model home in Capri Ct 1 2/2.5 Luxury loft with view of Concert Park top floor 3/2.5 Turnkey twnhse, beautiful bldg, island kitchen
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LEND ME A TENOR The Kentwood Players’ production of Lend Me a Tenor continues through Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave. On a historic night at the Cleveland Opera Company, world-famous tenor Tito Merelli is set to perform Otello. Through a series of mishaps, misunderstandings and mistaken identities, Tito receives a double dose of tranquilizers, causing the house manager and his timid assistant to believe he is dead and setting off a chain reaction of slapstick and hilarious escapades. The production promises a fun and laugh-filled evening. Tickets are $18 per person with a $2 discount for seniors, students and military. THE ENVELOPE, Reservations are required. PLEASE To purchase tickets, (310) The Westchester-based a-cappella group Westside Voices 645-5156 between 4 and 7 p.m. Wednesday through will present “The Envelope, Please,” an a-cappella adaptation Saturday. Information, www. kentwoodplayers.org. of Academy Award-winning Kentwood Players’ upcoming songs, beginning at 3:30 shows include: Little Shop of p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 in the Horrors from Sept. 13 through Fellowship Hall of Westchester Oct. 19 and It’s A Wonderful United Methodist Church, 8065 Life: A Live Radio Play from Emerson Ave. The event will also include a Nov. 8 through Dec. 14.
VISITATION FOOD TRUCK NIGHT Visitation School will host “C.S.I. – Cuisine Scene Incredible,” a food truck event, from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at 8740 S. Emerson Ave. in Westchester. At least 14 gourmet food trucks, including favorites like Meat the Greek, Border Grill and Ragin’ Cajun, will highlight the event that will also include a performance by the rock band Good Cop, Bad Cop. The event will also feature O’Malley’s Pub (serving beer, wine, margaritas), the Dessert Stop Café (serving bakery goods and ice cream treats), magicians Fantastic Fig & Newton, “Hoop Dancing with Josie,” Melissa’s Airbrush Tattoos, Euro Soccer by Coach Denver, and movie screenings at 6 p.m. (“The Great Mouse Detective”) and 7:30 p.m. (“The Pink Panther,” featuring Steve Martin). In addition, Visitation School, participating food trucks and event sponsors will be providing complimentary dinners to the 387th Quartermaster Corps, whose mission is to search for and recover the remains of fallen soldiers on the battlefield. The public can contribute to the effort as well by visiting www. visitationschool.org. At 8 p.m., the event will feature a special recognition event to honor the 387th Quartermaster Corps, veterans and members of the military who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Information, Terry O’Connor at (310) 994-9904.
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Saint Anne School in Santa Monica has been selected by Seton Education Partners as one of two sites to expand the Phaedrus Blended Learning Initiative, making Saint Anne the first Catholic school in Los Angeles to fully implement the program. Founded in 2009, Seton Education Partners is a New York-based nonprofit education consultancy that works to provide traditionally underserved students an opportunity to receive a high quality Catholic education that builds knowledge, character, and faith. The Phaedrus blended learning program was launched in 2011 at Mission Dolores Academy in San
strong school culture, a Seton spokesperson said. Michael Browning serves as principal of the K-8 Catholic school. “I am eager to see Seton Education Partner’s Phaedrus initiative implemented in Los Angeles Catholic elementary schools,” said Dr. Kevin Baxter, superintendent of Catholic elementary schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. “I am confident that the launch of blended learning will be a success and one we hope can be replicated with other Catholic schools in the Archdiocese. This program has the potential to attract more families to our strong network of Catholic elementary schools and to strengthen the rich resource that is
our Catholic school system.” Seton Managing Director Stephanie Saroki de García, added, “We are especially excited to work with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. In part because of the leadership of Archbishop Gomez, who has a clear heart for the poor and sees the importance of Catholic education, and in part because of the large Latino community here, as Latinos represent an important and growing part of our great nation, and so many of them are in need of better educational options.” According to Seton, the Phaedrus initiative blends direct instruction from a teacher, collaborative learning among students, and individualized learning on computers or laptops.
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market as the first place prize. Other contests include corn shucking and seed spitting as well as square dancing with the First Page String Band and caller Susan Michaels at 11:30 a.m. RJ Comer (Americana) and Mar Vista resident Al Keith’s band Al’s Peace (soul and reggae) will also perform at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. Paul Kolling of Nana Mae’s Farm in Sebastopol in Sonoma County will be featuring a truckload of Gravenstein apples to showcase at the anniversary as well. The Mar Vista Farmers Market is at Grand View and Venice boulevards. It is open Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free Venice Community Barbeque returns to Oakwood Park The Venice Neighborhood Council’s seventh annual free Venice Community Potluck Picnic and Barbeque will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 at Oakwood Park, 767 California Ave. in Venice. Chicken, burgers, hot dogs – including veggie – and pulled pork will be served by Venice’s own firefighters from Los Angeles Fire Department Station 63. Capt. Jeremiah Johnson (Ret.), Barklie Griggs and Todd von Hoffmann will be on the grill. Among the local elected officials scheduled to attend is
Los Angeles Councilman Mike Bonin. Entertainment will be provided by a variety of musical acts including blues and funk bands, and headliners the Bonedaddys. Visitors are encouraged to bring a side dish, salad or dessert to receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of the many prizes donated by local businesses. Activities will include games for adults and kids, including watermelon-eating contests, a rope pull, and a bounce house. Admission is free and open to all. Street parking is available.
Royal baby bump in business on the British block, by George! With last month’s birth of heir to the throne came a surge of interest in all things English in Santa Monica
News of the royal baby’s birth spurred an increase in commotion at Santa Monica’s Britishthemed businesses last week.
royal baby watch, along with many ex-pats,” said Lisa J. Powers, operations manager at Ye Olde King’s Head British Pub & Restaurants. “We had news crews in all day long. Santa Monica has a reputation
of being home to ex-patriots from the United Kingdom, with British-themed restaurants and bars dotted mostly along Santa Monica Boulevard between Second and Fifth streets, as well as on Lincoln Boulevard. On Saturday night, July 27, people working at and frequenting English establishments in the area weighed in on the postbirth excitement. “I was quite surprised,” said Connie McGibbon, a 30-year Santa Monica resident still speaking in a thick accent reflecting her native Glasgow. The Scottish woman was convinced Middleton was going to deliver a baby girl. Anecdotally, the longtime Gift Shoppe staffers said they had received many calls and saw a 40 percent surge in business at the storefront, which sells flags, apparel and all things emblazoned with the Union Jack. Dympna Madeley and Frances Burns mentioned how, on the Tuesday George was born, they popped open a bottle of champagne and shared some bubbly with customers. “We’ve ordered stuff but it will take three weeks to ship,” said Burns. Shoppers can expect tea cozies, tea towels, T-shirts, mugs and plates to arrive at the Gift Shoppe before month’s end. Burns added that they had no choice but to wait for the birth of the baby before ordering the merchandise, which will have George-specific details on it. When asked if interest will wane while the store awaits the memorabilia, Burns responded not at all, as people still come in looking for items commemorating the April 2011 marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee last year. Less interested in the baby news was a Ye Olde King’s Head restaurant hostess who originated from southern Ireland. However, she did acknowledge that British
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By Michael Aushenker President Washington may be pictured on the dollar bill, but it was a different George circulating dollars around Santa Monica late last month: George Alexander Louis. In the aftermath of last month’s royal birth in England, vendors and patrons at local English businesses saw a surge in interest, according to vendors and patrons who spoke to The Argonaut. On July 24, news broke from Buckingham Palace that the royal newborn George, the much-anticipated son of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (a.k.a. Kate Middleton) had finally entered the world. In the week that followed, workers at Ye Olde King’s Head British Pub & Restaurants in Santa Monica said their complex – which includes the Gift Shoppe, the Bulldog Pub and a pastry shop – was teeming with media such as news teams from local channels 5, 7, 9 and 11. “Last Monday, we were on
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patrons at the restaurant were enthused about the news, as did a fellow hostess (an American). “The royal baby definitely increased our business,” Powers concluded. “It was an exciting week for all things British.” Two blocks away, Joseph Minenko, a gregarious chap with a colorful mustache visiting his sister Monica for four weeks from Australia, held court just outside Britannia bar. Chomping on a cigar, the jovial, beret-sporting Aussie called the birth of George “a great asset to the royal family.” Facetiously boasting among his family members that he had predicted the royal baby’s first name, Minenko, a builder who used to be a café owner, said William and Kate have helped smash the barriers between “red bloods and blue bloods,” humanizing the royals and making them more relatable, a trend that began with Prince William’s mother. “(Princess) Diana was a big influence on the monarchy,” Minenko opined. “She changed the way people think about the royals.” Some of the businesses capitalized on the royal news. One restaurant held an afternoon tea last Tuesday through Saturday. “We had a busy week as it put all things British in the media,” Powers reported. “We sold special ‘royal cupcakes’ in our bakery, which were very popular. We also named a drink after the new prince.”
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Minenko believes countries such as his nation and Canada still enjoy their ties to Great Britain. He said that the day before, he had paid a visit to the Natural Science Museum near downtown L.A., where he saw the Endeavour space shuttle on display. The Melbourne native enjoyed the symbolism of the retired space shuttle’s name, as Endeavor was also the English
vessel that discovered Australia. He added that he felt even many people in the United States maintained a respect for their former colonizing parent country. “You see how Americans embraced the royal baby and the royal family,” he said, quickly adding, “but they do love their independence!”§ Michael@ArgonautNews.com
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The Venice Neighborhood Council’s Environmental Committee will host a recycling event for used electronics at the Venice Farmers Market Friday, Aug. 2. A truck from Electronic Recycling Solutions will be onsite at the market from 7 to 11 a.m. Depending on the needs of the community, the neighborhood council will bring the electronic waste truck to the market on a regular basis. According to Electronic Recycling Solutions, each person generates an average of 12 pounds of e-waste per year and only 15 percent of that waste is
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Former Santa Monica resident Steve Picciolo, Jr. dies at 85 Steve Picciolo, Jr., a World War II veteran and former Santa Monica resident who formerly owned the Ocean House assisted living facility in Santa Monica, passed away peacefully July 20. He was 85. Picciolo was born Feb. 15, 1928 in New Kensington, Penn. and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was a teenager. “Pic,” as he was known, served in the U.S. Army where he was an athletic instructor and paratrooper. Upon his return from World War II, Picciolo became very active in the Santa Monica community and married Joyce Lake, with whom he had two sons, Tony and Steven. Picciolo had a great love for older people and because of that admiration and respect, he was responsible for the development of Ocean House, a retirement residence in Santa Monica, his family said. In 1961 he sold Ocean House to build Casa Descanso, a licensed board and care facility in Los Angeles. Picciolo later married Beth Wayne, who brought to his family Brad and Patty Wayne. Picciolo had a true passion for real estate and acquired many properties through the years. Among his many hobbies were golfing, playing gin rummy, boating and body surfing. He won several member golf championships at Riviera Country Club and was active at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey and Sand and Sea Club for over 30 years. During his retirement, horse racing brought
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Santa Monica Fire Department awarded $22,500 grant for medic program The Santa Monica Fire Department has received a $22,500 grant from DeWitt Stern and the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company to help support the department’s bicycle medic program. The grant, which was presented July 30, is part of a nationwide philanthropic program funded by the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Fire officials note that during special events and with large crowds, emergency response can be difficult for first responders. Funding from the grant will help provide specially outfitted bicycles, uniforms, saddle bags and automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) that allow trained EMS teams to respond to medical emergencies faster and keep participants safe, fire officials said. “It’s critical that our firefighters have the tools and training to provide the best service possible to the community,” said Capt. Michael McElvaney. “We are extremely thankful for this grant. This truly enables us to provide an increased level of service to the community and
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Classified advertising Auto ServiceS
CASH FOR CARS, any Make or Model! Free Towing. Sell it TODAY. Instant offer: 1-800-454-6951 (CADnet)
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Auto inSurAnce $18 month Auto Insurance Instant Quote Any Credit Type Accepted Get the best rates in your area 877958-7003
AutoS For SAle 2006 Mercedes SLK 2 dr coupe 12.5k mi silver blue, xlnt cond $26.5k obo 941-725-7725
volunteerS WAnted VOLUNTEER DRIVERS needed. The Disabled American Veterans (DAV), a non-profit org serving CA Veterans, seeks dedicated drivers to transport Vets to the WLA VA Hospital. Vehicle & gas provided. Info, contact: Blas Barragan, 310478-3711 (then immediately enter) x-49062 or 310-268-3344
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CAREGIVER: Will exchange room and salary 800/Mo for help with personal care/home care 310-678-7070
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310.612.3137 clubS & orgAnizAtionS CITY OF HOPE - MdR Chapter Meets 1st Wednesday of each month,7:15 pm Villa Del Mar Apts, 13999 Marquesas Way, MdR. Open to all, admission free. For further info: Mike (310) 916-2035. www.cityof hope.org FRIENDLY SENIOR Couples Club looking for new members. Meet at Adat Shalom Temple. Call (310) 839-5416 for more information. MAKE-A-WISH Foundation of Greater Los Angeles. Donate today & help brighten children’s lives. Call 1-888-217-WISH (9474) or go to: SeasonOfWishes.org THE MAR VISTA SENIORS Club meets on Fri, 9:30a to noon at the Mar Vista Park recreation center, 11430 Woodbine St, 90066. This friendly club for seniors aged 50+, will celebrate its 24th anniversary in 2013. The Club’s activities incl trips & tours, Bingo, entertainment, speakers, parties & holiday celebrations. For info call President: Jo Perugini: 310-838-2981. Westchester SENIOR Center, 8740 Lincoln Blvd or phone number: 310-649-3317. The place to get into shape, socialize & make new friends. Call or drop in for our bulletin. Membership: $10 a year. Ongoing activities include: Tai Chi, Yoga, golf, needlework, travel/ trips, bingo, walking, harmonica club, Karaoke Kraze, line dancing, bridge, and movies. Westchester WOMAN’S CLUB Meets 3rd Thursday monthly (except July/August) 11am, Tony P’s, MdR, meeting & lunch, $16. Enjoy literary, home/garden, philanthropy sections. Information/membership, PO Box 45372, Los Angeles, CA 90045
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EXPERIENCED REAL ESTATE AGENTS for a PdR office. Great splits. Some leads available. Call: 310-301-3090, Martin
Help Pets Find a Home two husky/ shephard mix female 8 yrs old shots given owner must move No cost (323) 750-3451
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gArAge & yArd SAleS
Bargain Seekers, Treasure Hunters & Collectors!!! Westchester is holding a neighborhood wide Garage Sale with over 30 Participating Homes!!!
Find furniture, appliances, toys, household items, estate sales and more! For more inFo visit
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MULTI FAMILY GARAGE SALE 5822 Abernathy Dr at 78th Westchester near LAX Sat. August 3rd 8am-3pm Furniture Tools Xmas Decs Collectibles & MORE !!! Westchester 8401Barnsley Ave. nr Airport Blvd. & Manchester Sat. and Sun. 8/3 & 8/4 10am-4pm. clothing, furniture, household items
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roomS For rent
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For Rent PdR House: Min 6 mos, single. Sep quarters, pvt entr thru lg yrd w/ BBQ, opens into 2 rms, partially frnshd. 1 pvt sm ba, 2nd lrg ba sometimes shrd. Fully equipped kitch. Indoor lndry. Rent $950/mo, 1 mo rent + 1 mo dep, adj util. Req’d clean background chk, refs. N/S, N/D, N/P. Own trans req’d. Street prkng. Avail 8/1. E-mail: wwhizzie@ yahoo.com PdR: Private room in 3+2 apt All privileges. Parking. $900/mo + utils. Call: 949-675-8579
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2BD + 2BA • $1895.00/Mo. 3614 Faris Dr.
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toWnhouSeS For SAle MdR PEN: 3 + 3.5 + LOFT. Over 2,200 sf. 1 block to beach. $1,399,000. Jennifer Portnoy, Agt, Portnoy Properties: 310-420-7861 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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MdR PENN: 2bd+1 1/2 Stove, micro, gas fireplace.1Ω blocks to beach. Laundry in bldg, parking. Sorry no pets. N/S. $3000. 310729-3231 PdR: 1 bedroom, $1350/mo. Laundry room, 1 car parking. No pets. 310-306-0771
unFurniShed condoS MdR: Oceanfront Penthouse 3+3.5 $8995. Oceanfront master, Jennifer Portnoy, Agt, Portnoy Properties: 310-420-7861 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
unFurniShed duPlexeS WESTCHESTER 2+1 rear unit. Hdwd flrs, all appls, W/d, pvt yard w/ deck, gar. N/smkg. Cat ok; NO dogs. $2200/mo. 310-384-5687.
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legal advertising FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 132776 The following persons are doing business as: The Pond Boss LLC 5167 W 138 Street Hawthorne CA. 90250 County of Los Angeles. Registered owners: The Pond Boss LLC 5167 W 138 Street Hawthorne, CA. 90250 This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name: The Pond Boss LLC This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 25, 2013 Argonaut published: July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 2013. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 135359 The following persons are doing business as: Dream Artifact 13924 Panay Way #617 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 County of Los Angeles. Registered owners: Charlie Bischof 13924 Panay Way #617 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 This business is conducted by a individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name: Charlie Bischof owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 28, 2013. Argonaut published: July 18, 25, Aug. 1, 8, 2013. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 137442 The following persons are doing business as: Westwood Hills Preschool 1989 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. 90025 County of Los Angeles. Registered owners: Westwood Hills Congregational Church 1989 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. 90025 This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name. Westwood Hills Congregational Church This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 2, 2013. Argonaut published: July 18, 25, August 1,8, 2013. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code).
legal advertising FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 137990 The following persons are d doing businees as Golden Pool Care and Repair 5008 Valley Ridge Avenue Los Angeles CA. 90043 .Dean P. Golden 5008 Valley Ridge Aveune Los Angeles, CA. 90043 This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/ Name: Dean P. Golden This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 2, 2013. Argonaut published: July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 1, 2013. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 142026 The following persons are doing business as: 1) Dolt Publications 2) Nardo Online Enterprises 3) Combat Rock 5914 Manola Way Los Angeles, CA 90068 Leonard LasaLandra III 5914 Manola Way Los Angles, CA. 90068 County of Los Angeles. Registered owners: Leonard LasaLandra III This business is conducted by a an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names list-
ed above on I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/ Name: Leonard Lasalandra III This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 9, 2013 Argonaut published: July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 2013. NOTICEIn 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 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). FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 143396 The following persons are doing business as: Sun Basin Properties 1555 Bradbury Road San Marino, CA. 91108 Suzanne Badawi 1555 Bradbury Road San Marino, CA. 91108 County of Los Angeles. Registered owners: Suzanne Badawi This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name: Suzanne Badawi This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 10, 2013. Argonaut published:July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 2013. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the
end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 143400 The following persons are doing business as: Pinch Hanger Systems 921 Pacific Ave. Apt 9 Long Beach CA. County of Los Angeles. Registered owners: Samuel Tanis 921 Pacific Ave. Apt 9 Long Beach, CA. 90813 This business is conducted by a indivdual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name: Samuel Tanis This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 10, 2013. Argonaut published: July 18, 25, August 1, 8, 2013. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state
of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 143400 The following persons are doing business as: Marina Weight Loss Center 4644 Lincoln Blvd. suite 450 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 County of Los Angeles Registered owners: CFHS Holdings, INC This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name: CFHS Holdings Inc. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 10, 2013 Argonaut published. July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 2013 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration .The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 146886 The following persons are doing business as: Curb your Clutter 13603 Marina Ptr. Dr. D628 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 County of Los Angeles. Registered owners Diane Salzberg 13603 Marina
Pte. Dr. D628 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 This business is conducted by a an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name Diane Salzberg: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 15, 2013. Argonaut published: July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 2013. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code).
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Name:Eric Ludwig . This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 24, 2013. Argonaut published August 1,8, 15, 22, 2013 . NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 154214 The following persons are doing business as Sharon Hardy Photography 10949 Palm Blvd. #2 Los Angeles, CA. 90034 County of Los Angeles. Registered owners Sharon Ludwig 10949 Palm Blvd #2 Los Angles, CA. 90034. This business is conducted by a an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 7/17/2013 I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/ Name. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 24, 2013. Argonaut published: August 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013. NOTICEIn 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). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 154220 The following persons are doing business as Reliance Hospice and Care Inc. 7715 Burnet Avenue #C Van Nuys, CA. 91405 County of Los Angeles. Registered owners Burnet Hospice Care Inc. 7715 Burnet Ave. suite C Van Nuys, CA. 91405 This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name: Jean Hunn. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 24, 2013. Argonaut published: August 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013. NOTICEIn 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 viola-
tion of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 158087 The following persons are doing business as:Kalt Fitness 4646 Manhattan Beach Blvd. suite E Lawndale, CA. 90260. 6020 Seabluff Drive unit 219 Playa Vista, CA. 90094 County of Los Angeles. Registered owners: KALT EBC LLC 6020 Seabluff Drive unit 219 Playa Vista, CA. 90094 This business is conducted by a limited liability company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/ Name: KALT EBC LLC This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 30, 2013. Argonaut published: August 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). ORANGE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT SUMMONS Case Number 30-2013-00633666CU-PA-CJC NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: Michael Bromley , an individual. YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF Katherine Therses Manzella, an individual; Date July 1, 2013. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online SelfHelp Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/ selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. The name and address of the court is Orange County Superior Court Central Justice Center 700 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana, CA. 92701 The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is: Joel W. Baruch, 2020 Main Street suite 900 Irvine, CA. 82614 949-864-9662 DATE: March 4, 2013 Alan Carlson Clerk of the court by Natashah Deputy PUBLISH: Argonaut 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 2013
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