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Bill to expand authority of Airport Police heads to governor By Vince Echavaria Legislation that would give Los Angeles Airport Police the same authority as other local police agencies, including the Los Angeles Police Department, has moved on to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill (AB) 128, authored by Assemblyman Steven Bradford (D-Westchester), which would expand the law enforcement powers of the police agency that patrols four Southern California airports, including Los Angeles International Airport, received
the approval of the state Senate and Assembly after prior versions failed at the committee level. Under the legislation, the Los Angeles World Airports police division would be reclassified from California Penal Code 830.22(d) to 830.1 status, a recommendation by the state Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). The LAPD, which operates out of a substation at LAX, and Los Angeles Port Police are currently classified as 830.1 agencies, identifying them as peace
officers. Bradford noted that with their existing classification, airport police officers lack the legal authority to perform rather routine duties such as seizing firearms at the scene of a domestic violence case, removing unsafe vehicles off the street, seizing explosive and incendiary devices, possessing explosives for canine training and enforcing laws related to false bomb reports. In some emergencies, airport police may have to call LAPD for assistance with such functions, (Continued on page 7)
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Interactive environmental center displays sustainability goals By Gary Walker High-ranking city officials joined students from the Los Angeles Unified School District and sanitation representatives at the grand opening of an interactive educational facility at the Hyperion Treatment Plant in Playa del Rey Sept. 16. The Los Angeles Environmental Learning Center is a 20,000-square foot learning laboratory, where children and adults can learn how the wastewater treatment plant functions, engage in interactive games and simulations designed to teach lessons in sustainability and receive a wealth of information on how city officials are planning their strategies for improving the region’s water quality. Braving an unseasonably hot morning, more than 100 people listened to city authorities talk about the history as well as the functionality of the new facility. Mayor Eric Garcetti told the
audience at a press conference prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony that it was possible to live a sustainable life in Los Angeles. “People say that we can’t live off what we have, but we can,” Garcetti said. The mayor talked about the history of Los Angeles and how water from the Owens Valley was used to transport water to Los Angeles approximately a century ago, and those same engineering techniques that export it from as far away as the Colorado River to be washed out in a more polluted way indicates “how we have our priorities backwards.” “But today we can begin to change that,” Garcetti continued. “We can change that through things like Proposition O, which refiltrates our water and puts it back into our aquifers.” Proposition O is a 2004 bond measure passed overwhelmingly by Los Angeles voters that allowed city officials to authorize
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The defeat of AB 976 – It’s Groundhog Day for the coast By David Ewing With the recent defeat of Assembly Bill 976, our legislature has once again failed to give the California Coastal Commission the tool it most needs to protect our coast and our access to it: fines. The California Coastal Act became law in 1976. By guaranteeing public access, the Coastal Act gives all of us a stake in protecting this spectacular natural treasure. However, for all its protections on paper, the Coastal Act has an Achilles heel: enforcement. The Coastal Commission is under-funded and underempowered. Most Coastal Act violations are never even dealt with. Its enforcement staff of 12 people to cover 1,100 miles, acts only when someone files a complaint – when a beachgoer is confronted by private security guards, or a resident wakes up to see the hillside next door being bulldozed. The commission’s cease and desist orders are often ignored. It has no practical way to enforce them, short of getting the state’s attorney general to take violators to court. That may work for a few big cases, but it’s a bit like telling a traffic cop he can’t write speeding tickets, he can only sue the speeders. The result has been a logjam of complaints dragged out for years – and all the while, we the public remain shut out of our own beaches. In 2008, the state legislative analyst finally recommended giving the Coastal Commission the authority to levy fines, like nearly all other state boards, commissions and agencies. The purpose, like the cop writing traffic tickets, is not to punish; it’s to deter scofflaws, remedy violations, and reduce the caseload to a manageable level, all of which would save the taxpayers money. The pushback was immediate. The Pacific Legal Foundation and lobbyists for building and agribusiness tarred the Coastal Commission as an overreaching bully that would abuse this power. Looking back, three simple facts show this was theater of the absurd: 1) Over the last 10 years, the Coastal Commission has filed only four lawsuits. 2) Not one of its many penalty orders since 1992 has been overturned in court. Never. Not one. 3) Tickets could be challenged in court. The opponents’ strategy, however, has been effective. Almost every year since 2008, some legislator has introduced a bill giving the commission the power to fine. Every time, it goes down in defeat - a sort of coastal Groundhog Day. Every year, the commission’s backlog of open cases has grown longer. In 2008 there were 1,200 cases pending. Five years later, it’s up to 1,944.
This year, Assemblywoman Toni Atkins brought AB 976, with safeguards against abuse. The Assembly passed it. The Senate passed it with amendments. The amended version went back to the Assembly - and lost. As Angelenos, we take the brunt of this loss. About a third of the open violations are for obstructing public access, and almost 700 are near Malibu and the Santa Monica Mountains; so we’re the ones being kept out. Most cases, like forged “NO PARKING” signs or a locked gate across a beach entrance, don’t rate a lawsuit any more than a speeding violation would. The point is to discourage bad behavior, not to clog the courts. Yet collectively, they prevent us from getting to our beaches. Fines would fix this. Someone will bring another bill next year. If we want it to pass, we need to start raising awareness now. Most people had no idea there was a bill called AB 976, so legislators felt free to vote their lobbyists’ wishes. By next year, we should make sure they all know we want our beaches back. David Ewing is a Venice activist and member of the Venice Action Alliance.
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In the case of Los Angeles, with 80 percent of all registered voters staying home rather than bothering to participate in the last election, you get what you didn’t want and that’s your fault L.A. For what passes as actual accomplishment is disturbing and embarrassing given the dismal turnout figures in a city where elected officials live in a bubble immune from any sense of accountability or public scrutiny. Since July 1, the new mayor and City Council voted to approve construction of a skyscraper on an earthquake fault line despite widespread criticism. This same governing body then voted to exempt drivers from receiving a parking violation when a meter is broken, even though the city rarely if ever cites a driver for such a trivial infraction. Is this what’s really on the mind of voters and residents alike? Skyscrapers on fault lines and broken parking meters? What happened to tackling the hard issues like pension and health care cost containment - an issue that could potentially bankrupt Los Angeles much the way it did Detroit. The silence is deafening. Why is renaming a freeway somehow important? Why are residents expected to knock on doors and participate in politically masked events rather than an honest dialogue on the issues where residents get a real opportunity to engage and hold these elected officials accountable? Here in Venice, Ocean Front Walk continues to deteriorate with no plan of action and no one in charge. Instead of inflated revenue forecasts from private ziplines no one seems to be riding, how about some clean restrooms at the beach and a strategy to make the boardwalk a tourist destination and revenue generator L.A.
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Yesterday, for the first time in years, I stopped at a Baja Bud for dinner and picked up your Sept. 12 issue - also for the first time in years. I liked the food better than the paper. Your cover story on Tongva Park in Santa Monica glossed over the most amazing fact - the park cost over $42 million. Really? In this day and age of cutbacks on everything? It is interesting that the remaining 400 members of the Tongva tribe (I have had the pleasure of representing the tribe) hardly have the funding for social services for their members. The land would have been better used as a Tongva reservation. Less important, but related in terms of financial absurdity, was your puff piece on Cafe Luxxe. I know that Montana Avenue is lined with suckers, but I tried their 5-buck cappuccino, which would have been a good 2-buck cappuccino. In conversation I asked the manager his opinion of the Nespresso home brew machines, and he thrust his nose into the air and said, “oh it’s fine for instant coffee.” Maybe they can open a coffee
cart in the park and give Tongva tribal members a discount. Jack Schwartz
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The residents of Marina del Rey are not captives. We need to be able to get in and out of the Marina. With Admiralty Way blocked due to construction, Washington Boulevard is becoming a parking lot. Going east on Washington takes maybe five to six long lights to get through Lincoln Boulevard. In large part this is because if you want to make a left on Lincoln you need to wait until you are almost on Lincoln to get into the two left-turn lanes. At every light drivers with guts and no patience are driving on the wrong side of the street to reach the turning lanes. Since so many are doing it, why not legalize it and put in a middle lane west of Lincoln so drivers can navigate to the turning lanes, thus reducing the number of cars stacked up on Washington? Russ Colby Marina del Rey
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said Bradford, who represents the 62nd District, which includes LAX. “For years now these officers have been the victims of politics. I am pleased they will now enjoy the legal distinction befitting their training and service,” Bradford said. Referring to prior attempts that have fallen short, Marshall McClain, president of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association, said the union is pleased to finally have wide support for the status change from the state Legislature. “It’s been a longtime coming; we’re elated,” he said, adding that the Senate’s approval on the anniversary of 9/11 was particularly meaningful. The bill had received the backing of former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and current Mayor Eric Garcetti, McClain noted. He credited the recent success in the Legislature in large part to the “tenacity” of Bradford to carry on the fight. The goal of the classification upgrade is to ensure that Airport Police can be the best law enforcement force at all aspects, and that LAX, which is considered a top terrorist target on the West Coast, has the best law enforcement agencies to protect it, McClain explained. Airport police officers undergo the same training and hiring practices as LAPD and attend the same police academy, the airport police union president said. “We just wanted to make sure we weren’t having to divert LAPD resources from their primary function, which is the city of L.A., to the airport, for things that we’re already trained to handle,” he said. Bradford concurred that a primary focus of the measure is to enhance security at the airports. “LAX officers protect 65 million passengers every year,” the assemblyman said. “It is about time they get all the tools necessary to do the job of protecting our nation’s thirdbusiest airport.” McClain acknowledged that the 830.1 peace officer classification for airport police comes with a “definite level of respect.” He stressed that because Airport Police is a proprietary agency funded by airport revenue, no city or state taxes will be used to enact the status change. Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon said while the new classification would
not dramatically change his department’s role, he believes it would grant officers authority they previously lacked. “It’s really a matter or respect for the type of work that they do,” Gannon said. “This is a fullfledged law enforcement agency that should be recognized as such and by a quirk of the law, as it stands right now, they don’t have that.” “It puts you on par with everybody else in the region and with their counterparts at the port who also have it. I think it enhances the partnerships that are there.” Opponents of the bill have argued that there is no need for such a reclassification measure.
McClain claimed that opposition has been primarily expressed from the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union representing LAPD officers, which he said argues that the airport would be best patrolled solely by LAPD. A prior measure to merge the LAPD and Airport Police forces at LAX was rejected by city voters. Police Protective League President Tyler Izen could not be reached for comment on AB 128. McClain said he is confident that the bill will receive the governor’s signature, noting that it fulfills the recommendations of POST, a board whose members are appointed by the governor. § Vince@ArgonautNews.com
STATUS CHANGE – Los Angeles Airport Police would have their law enforcement powers expanded as an 830.1 agency under Assembly Bill 128, which has moved on to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.
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New 20,000-square foot environmental facility welcomes students, city officials (Continued from cover)
general obligation bonds of up to $500 million to clean up pollution from the city’s beaches and the ocean. According to Bureau of Sanitation Director Enrique Zaldivar, while the learning center will welcome visitors of all ages, the target audience that sanitation and city environmental representatives are trying to reach is fourth to eighth graders. Addressing the students sitting in front of him, Garcetti said it would be their charge to continue towards creating a healthier environment in the coming years. “Those of you who are the strongest leaders are the ones who are sitting in the front row,” the mayor told the children. “You will change the behaviors in your household, of your parents, in your community, and in your neighborhood.” Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents Playa del Rey, remembered a time when he was a deputy for former Councilwoman Ruth Galanter and a facility such as the Environmental Learning Center was being discussed. “I can remember when this facility was just a gleam in the eye of a commissioner under (former mayor) Dick Riordan. A guy named Todd Burnett called me up one day and said, ‘hey, wouldn’t this be cool?’” Bonin recalled. “A few years later, people like Enrique and others picked up that ball and decided to make this a reality.” Inside the two-story learning center are a variety of colorful exhibits on sustainability. There is an area dedicated to alternative technologies, explaining what a transfer station does and a model of a sustainable kitchen, featuring a refrigerator and other sustainable appliances. There are also interactive games where visitors can test their sustainability IQ by placing items flashing on a screen into the appropriate container. Players have a choice of directing the items into a hazardous waste or e-water container, a trash bin or a recycling container. Zaldivar said the learning center was designed to be interactive. “We wanted it this way because the primary audience that we wanted to attract was
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fourth through eighth graders,” he reiterated. “With them, what works best are interactive tools, computers and electronics.” Westchester resident Denny Schneider was impressed with the facility’s exhibits and learning stations. “Los Angeles has lofty goals, but few projects exceed them like the Environmental Learning Center. The Sanitation Department deserves accolades for its national leadership in conservation and clean water programs,” said Schneider. Bonin also paid tribute to local environmental leaders such as Mark Gold and Andrew Lipkis. Gold, who attended the grand opening, is the former executive director of the environmental group Heal the Bay, a nonprofit organization working to improve the water quality of the Santa Monica Bay. He is now the associate director of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Lipkis is the founder of Tree People,
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Zimmer outlines education initiatives designed for local schools
LAUSD BOARD MEMBER STEVEN ZIMMER, shown here with a group of students earlier this year, spoke to the Venice Neighborhood Council’s Education Committee about the potential for growth in Mar Vista and Venice schools. By Gary Walker The state of schools in the Venice and Mar Vista region was the main course on an assorted menu of educational items at Mark Twain Middle School Sept. 12, when many local schools were hosting “Back to School Night.” While parents outside the school’s auditorium served a variety of different foods to parents, children and visitors, the Venice Neighborhood Council’s Education Committee invited Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Steve Zimmer to serve up his thoughts on different initiatives and policies that could strengthen the academic lives of students who attend schools in Venice and Mar Vista. Zimmer believes that four initiatives that the school board recently approved can help stabilize and grow existing academic models that local principals have put in place or are creating. They involve plans to increase enrollment, assist existing language programs, build on the arts in schools and create sustainable schools and environmental initiatives. In a wide-ranging discussion that touched on the state of education in LAUSD but largely focused on how to improve local schools, the school board member wove together the threads of the worldwide financial crisis, the explosion of charter schools and the inability of the school district to plan for a number of different scenarios and talked about the effect these occurrences have had on schools. Zimmer, who represents District 4 schools, which include Mar Vista, Venice, Del Rey and Westchester said survival had been the watchword for many schools during the last several years. “The very existence of public education as we know it has been in great peril,” he began.
LAUSD has been unable to invest in programs that could bring families back to public schools, he said, because of what he called a “perfect storm” of unprecedented factors. “The economic crisis facing our schools has been the biggest single worst public sector crisis since the Great Depression,” Zimmer continued. “The crisis in Los Angeles has had some unique elements to it.” Against the backdrop of the recession was the proliferation of charter organizations. “There should be a robust set of choices that best match instructional and academic needs of each child,” Zimmer said. “And several of these initiatives speak to that. “We don’t criticize the notion of choice; we just recognize that we’ve been in this dual pressure public storm that has caused us to cut, cut and cut more due to the economic crisis, and for the first time really having to face a type of competition that we haven’t seen before.” In a normal situation, the school board member, who serves as board vice president, said LAUSD would have been able to make investments in initiatives to offer what he called “congruent options” versus independent charter schools. “Our charter partners could have operated differently, but they chose not to,” he said. “They chose to use the crisis to have a type of expansion and saturation that we haven’t seen before.” Zeena Pliska, a teacher at Walgrove Avenue Elementary School in Mar Vista who is also an education committee member, said what resonated with her is what Zimmer said about the confluence of the financial crisis and the charter movement’s full-steam-ahead approach to expansion. Zimmer said all the ingredients for
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a successful educational pipeline are in place in Venice and Mar Vista. “We have the opportunity to capitalize on the diversity of this community and make the commitment, as a school community, as a Los Angeles community, and say your child can come through our Venice system and be multi-lingual and multi-cultural at a level that upon graduation from Venice High School, they would have a choice to study wherever they wanted,” Zimmer said. “That they would have the choice to study anywhere in the United States or in a country where they speak Spanish or French or Mandarin because they would have that level of competence of fluency.” Zimmer mentioned some of the language initiatives in Venice and Mar Vista that are succeeding and have in some ways helped reinvigorate their schools. He spotlighted Grand View Boulevard Elementary School in Mar Vista as a standout school that features a dual language program. “We have simply the best dual immersion program in LAUSD and I’m sure one of the best in the state,” he asserted. “It has weathered the storm of budget, cuts, of pedagogical changes, and it is battle-tested.” The Mandarin program at Broadway Elementary School in Venice is another example of success, Zimmer said.
like to see in their locals schools,” she said after the meeting. After Zimmer addressed the audience, Pliska facilitated a group of parents to ostensibly talk about how the initiatives would work for local schools, but the conversation took an unexpected detour. “We became entangled in a ‘charterneighborhood schools’ discussion,” the teacher said. “I see that as a reflection of what many neighborhood schools are going through now.” Local schools have seen an uptick in their Academic Performance Index. Venice High, Grand View and Mar Vista Elementary School, Marina Del Rey Middle School in Del Rey and Broadway increased their API scores for the 2012-13 school year. The API measures the academic performance and growth of schools on a variety of academic measures. Test scores of students in the Mandarin program at Broadway were not included in this year’s scores, as the API only factors scores from third grade and above. At Venice High and Grand View, the jump in test scores has been impressive, the former making a 23-point jump and the latter gaining 29 points on its scores. “We’ve seen significant academic improvement, even with the budget cuts and the loss of students,” Mendoza said. “It’s been a collective effort by our
“We have the opportunity to capitalize on the diversity of this community and make the commitment, as a school community, as a Los Angeles community, and say your child can come through our Venice system and be multi-lingual and multi-cultural at a level that upon graduation from Venice High School, they would have a choice to study wherever they wanted,” — Steven Zimmer Lausd Board Member “Despite the struggles that we have had with finding the right home for them, you can’t deny that it is an incredible program,” he said. “The first middle school program in district history we’re doing here at Mark Twain.” Venice High School Principal Dr. Elsa Mendoza also attended the meeting and said she found it to be a very good way to meet parents whom she had not previously known, as well as hear the community’s concerns about education. “I enjoyed hearing and participating in the conversations about what parents would
students, faculty and parents.” Zimmer implored the audience to consider what they want the future of education to be locally. “So I ask you to think about what (that future) could look like in and around Venice. Because why not?” he asked. “Why not be the leaders that show that we can have families return to public education without penalizing and devaluing families who have been in the public education system for years?” § Gary@ArgonautNews.com
Venice beats Two different all-day music events descend on Venice Sept. 21 By Michael Aushenker Grab the family! Text the friends! Two all-day music festivals - one venerable, one brand new - will rock Venice on Saturday, Sept. 21. Now in its eighth year, Venice Beach Music Fest 8, a free beachside music festival with a fine arts, performing arts and a literary component, will return to Windward Plaza at 1 Windward Ave., with a full day of programming and food from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Music Fest has evolved into a sizable beachside draw, organizers say. “Showcasing the best of Venice musicians, artists, and dancers, as well as preserving (founder) Abbot Kinney’s vision for Venice of America as a place to enjoy world class arts and entertainment at the beach,” has been the mission of Milton Rosenberg, producer of Music Fest and its sister festival, Venice Spring Fling. To pay the bills, the Marina del Rey resident oversees the research department at the University of Southern California. But he says his love of rock, ska and reggae has driven him to raise the sponsorship and manpower to put on a rock show every year.
This year’s Music Fest will begin with a samba parade down Ocean Front Walk, led by the dance troupe Samba Da Mudança, onto the festival site, where a non-stop day of music will follow on the Ocean Stage. Headliners will include Willie Chambers, original member of the soul group The Chambers Brothers; The Familyhood Nextperience, a dub reggae/ AfroSoul/ska dance party collective featuring founding members of Fishbone and The Skeletones; Venice ska/punk band Meet Me at the Pub; electronic dance music act Champa 51; Venice-based psychedelicflamenco guitar virtuoso Michael Jost, with guests Joey Maramba of Ricki Lee Jones on bass and multi-platinum drummer Andy Kravitz; Westside guitarist Stevie Starlight; San Diego-based rock/reggae outfit Jet West; and LOONER, featuring composer Zoë Poledouris Roché and Angel Roché, Jr. of Ziggy Marley. Headliners in previous years have included Planet of the Abts (featuring Gov’t Mule drummer Matt Abts); violinist Lili Hayden; The Chuck Dukowski Sextet (featuring Dukowski of Black Flag and Milo Gonzalez photo By Venice Paparazzi
Fishbone’s Angelo Moore (left) and John Norwood Fisher (center), as Dr. Madd Vibe and Trulio Disgracias, play at 2007’s Venice Beach Music Fest.
PHOTO by Rich Saputo.
Samba Da Mudança is among the local dance troupes performing at Venice Beach Music Fest 8 on Sept. 21.
of Insects vs. Robots); Trulio Disgracias and Dr. Madd Vibe (Fishbone’s John Norwood Fisher and Angelo Moore); and The Tracii Guns Band (the eponymous band of the early Guns ‘N’ Roses and L.A. Guns’ guitarist). This weekend’s Music Fest has no shortage of locals participating. ATS Bellydance and Drums, also known as the Tribal Dance Jam Collective, will perform American Tribal Style dance, which embodies everything from folkloricinspired dances to a fusion of ancient dance from North India, the Middle East and Africa. Ya Harissa, a Venice-based dance company, will perform a mix of different styles from traditional to cabaret. The dance performances will take place in between the sets. Guitar virtuoso Starlight, who has been fretting away on the Venice live rock scene for more than a decade, has also performed at Viper Room in West Hollywood and, most recently, the Lightning in a Bottle festival in Temecula. Champa 51 consists of husband-and-wife team Marc and Andrea Blackbird, early practitioners of electronic dance music. Meet Me at the Pub, which has shared the stage with Fishbone, The Untouchables, Horny Toad, Eek-a-Mouse, and Toots & The Maytals, formed in Venice in 1999 and has built up a rabid local fan base of surfers and skaters, famously throwing offthe-wall parties at their weekly shows at the recently shuttered Malibu Inn. Two of Familyhood Nextperience’s band members, Fisher and “Dirty” Walter Kibby II, are founding members of Fishbone, the Moore-fronted neo-ska band from the 1980s who scored such underground classics as “U.G.L.Y.,” “Bonin’
in the Boneyard” and “Slow Bus Moving.” In addition to founding members Fisher and Kibby, current Fishbone members -drummer Steward, trombonist Jay Armant and guitarist Rocky George - will perform alongside the Skeletones’ Kip Wirtzfield (tenor sax) and Paul Hampton (keyboards/percussion). Familyhood’s set will also feature guest vocalists Israel Joseph of the seminal African-American hardcore band Bad Brains, Bronx Style Bob Khaleel and Neb Luv of Da 5 Footaz. With his brother Joe, Chambers co-wrote the 1968 song, “Time Has Come Today,” a timeless slab of psychedelic soul that has been used on the soundtracks of well over 100 film and TV soundtracks, including Oliver Stone’s “The Doors,” and Spike Lee’s “Crooklyn” and “Girl, Interrupted.” The Chambers Brothers also scored hits with a string of staples: “People Get Ready,” “Can’t Turn You Loose,” “Love, Peace and Happiness.” Several gourmet food trucks will be on site at the festival: Schmuck with a Truck, a New York-style delicatessen on wheels; the fusiony Firehouse Chefs; and The Paradise Truck, crafters of cookies and ice cream. Also showcasing their wares: Love Nail Tree clothing and accessories; Eclectic Hoops; and Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps. Music Fest will also feature a slew of fine artists, including Audrey McNamara-Garcia, art by sky, Brian Mylius, Alex Avila, Dave Wrathall, Mario Mancia and Ukeim Ortiz. An after party at Danny’s Venice, 23 Windward Ave., will take place from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., top-lined by Venice band The Boaters, as well as encore sets by Jost, Fisher, and surprise guests. Meanwhile, further inland along Lincoln and Abbot Kinney
boulevards, the second Venice Music Crawl of 2013 launches at a clutch of clubs and businesses, from the Boys & Girls Club of Venice down to Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., with each venue featuring 10-12 acts. Propelled by a clutch of 20and 30-somethings spearheaded by founders Mark Rojas and Ben Adamson, the inaugural Venice Music Crawl in June shot off to a good start with more than 50 acts playing places such as Witzend. On Sept. 21, Venice Music Crawl returns with its second event, linking Lincoln Boulevard venues Witzend, RG Club and Venice Love Shack with spots such as Wurstkuche to host some 70 music acts. RG Club’s roster will include War Child, Strange Love, Tropicool and Shae B. Rocking the Love Shack will be Matthew Tembo and Afroroots, Remi Kabaka, Nichole Michelle Jones and Noa Belilti. Wurstkuche welcomes Walla, Sea Lions, Megafauna, Spaceships, Omniflux and Decorator. Floyd’s Barbershop will open its doors to Planet Rock, niceFingers, Das Tapes and A DJ Named Gal, while the Boys & Girls Club of Venice will offer Crash Landon, Jake from Beat Mass, and Jimmy Maheras, among others. What WitzEnd is calling its “Summer of Love” will include the sounds of Kenton Chen, Karen Goh, Amanda Dumas, Drew Ryan, Keaton Simons and The Strands. Young Artists United Space and the Talking Stick will also participate. However, their line-up was not available at press time. SoFar Sounds will host surprise performances at a secret location. Information, VeniceBeachMusicFest.com; VeniceMusicCrawl.com.§ Michael@ArgonautNews.com
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PHOTO by Michael Aushenker
When the music’s over
Despite dwindling venues and a lag in the zeitgeist impacting the Westside’s live scene, some locals are refusing to ‘turn out the light’ By Michael Aushenker
Across the summer, a veritable Greek chorus emerged from many of the upand-coming young bands based in coastal communities such as Santa Monica and Venice: If you want your group to be seen and heard, “go east, young band!” “Venice is struggling. We have to hit the Eastside to make a name for ourselves,” Ben Rothbard, lead singer of Terraplane Sun, told The Argonaut point blank in June as he readied to open this year’s Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier. Such sentiments have been echoed by a number of Westside-based acts. “On the Westside in particular, most of the nice venues have been shuttered,” said local music festival producer Milton Rosenberg. “That’s been going on for 10 years now.” Cary Sullivan, former booking agent of the now-defunct Temple Bar in Santa Monica who in the last decade has helped mount AfroFunke, a weekly world music evening at Zanzibar in Santa Monica, agrees with Rosenberg that many area live music destinations have fallen by the wayside in recent years: 14 Below, The Central, Waterfront Café, The Stronghold — all gone. But she does not see the Westside’s future as completely dire. “There is less live music than there was (a decade ago), but, in the last six months, I’ve been seeing a lot of new clubs coming up,” Sullivan said. “There’s two or three clubs on Lincoln [Boulevard]. They’re smaller, but I definitely see movement, especially in Venice.” One of those clubs on Lincoln taking proactive steps to revive the Westside scene is TRiP in Santa Monica. “The bands are here, the music fans are here,” said TRiP founder John M. DeCoster. “They just need a place to play.” Two bands who have benefited from TRiP’s largess: Space Hurricane and The Texas Instruments. Both bands credited TRiP as a ray of light in the opaque darkness that is the Westside’s music scene. “They give bands opportunities,” Space Hurricane guitarist Justin O’Reilly said of TRiP. “They cater to free music, the love of music.” Don Novack, whose live music venue, Hal’s Bar & Grill, has been around for more than 25 years, told The Argonaut, “We need more rock n roll on the Westside.” The owner of the venerable jazz club on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, who has kicked around Venice since the 1960s, confirms that L.A.’s coastal communities have always had a scattershot homegrown music scene. The Westside has been home to some formidable bands, most notably The Doors, whose frontman Jim Morrison paid tribute to his neighborhood with lyrics such as “blood stains the roofs and the palm trees of Venice,” but the group’s music, in fact, exploded in West Hollywood, where the Venice band and
contemporaries such as The Byrds and Love performed on the Sunset Strip. In the 1980s, The Strip became relevant again as ground zero for the glam metal scene while Hollywood cultivated big alternative acts (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction). By the mid-90s, Silver Lake and Los Feliz flourished (Beck, Eels, Silversun Pickups, Elliot Smith) and the Eastside remains L.A.’s leading bohemian incubator as skyrocketing rents drive young adults out of Venice and Santa Monica. “When I took over TRiP, the Westside was a ghost town,” said DeCoster, who, five years ago, bought Nocturnal, a Lincoln Boulevard dive bar catering to the death metal crowd. “The neighbors hated it! I saw this place as a big lump of clay.” DeCoster, a Marina del Rey resident juggling many endeavors - commercial real estate, management consulting, Jeep parts - became overwhelmed booking bands himself. “We book more live bands here than any other place in L.A.,” he said of TRiP, which averages five bands nightly. Yet he wanted to remain a hands-on club owner, so he hired Josh Wiener. “This is my passion, putting on good shows,” said DeCoster. “Booking here is a full-time job,” said Wiener. “TRiP is kind of a destination spot; a place to discover new bands. Every variation of rock is here.” One component Wiener has made a part of the TRiP experience for upand-coming bands playing there is artist development. TRiP burns CDs of select bands as giveaways, gives acts such as Space Hurricane residency to hone their skills, introduces bands sharing a bill to each other, and Wiener uses computer software to provide data on how bands can better promote themselves. “The guy lives and breathes music,” DeCoster said. “Our mindset is different. We don’t buy talent. We pay the bands. We want to have free shows all the time.” So what is the solution to boosting the Westside’s wan scene? The future might lie on Lincoln Boulevard. “Lincoln Boulevard is becoming a hot spot, which is crazy because no one ever wanted to spend time on Lincoln,” said performer Sasha Haley Stern, a.k.a. Punch, who frequently plays Witzend in Venice. With venues TRiP, Venice Love Shack, RG Club and Witzend anchoring the boulevard, Wiener sees Lincoln as the area’s “main vein.” And TRiP is not the only one thinking this way, as Mark Rojas and Ben Adamson intend to underscore this notion Sept. 21 with their second Venice Music Crawl (VMC). Rojas, who with Adamson runs Sparkwave, an interface design company, told The Argonaut that he and Adamson “started working on (VMC) over a year ago.” The pair rallied a team of about a dozen, many of them schoolmates from their USC days, including Santa Monica resident Christina Chu, the music crawl’s
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TRiP’s booking manager Josh Wiener and bartender Shane O’Reilly, who also leads the Westside band Surgeon Marta. The scrappy Santa Monica bar, which walls bear murals by Venice artist Jules Muck, is among the forces trying to fire up a music scene along Lincoln Boulevard.
director of marketing. Chu says locals dismiss the boulevard as “stinkin’ Lincoln,” but she believes this will soon change. “Venice is thriving,” she said. “It’s growing and [Mark and Ben] want to tap into that now. They’re not getting paid. This is born out of passion, out of people trying to cultivate a music scene (and) a sustainable culture, which is sort of lacking right now; a pity given so much talent out here.” According to Chu, the first VMC in June rallied more than 4,000 music lovers to take in just under 60 musical acts at seven venues. On Sept. 21 (a date designated as “World Peace Day”), VMC will return with more than 70 acts across nine venues, with more sponsors, including Myspace, Vita Coco Water and Newcastle. Inspired by the esprit behind the fine arts doppelganger, Venice Art Crawl, on which he was a founding member five years ago, Rojas devised VMC to address Venice’s “non-existent” music scene, which he chalks up to “a lack of structure, and more clubs on the Eastside that are better equipped for sound.” Lincoln Boulevard, in Rojas’ eyes, has been neglected but is pregnant with possibility. “We’re trying to start something new here,” said the Oakwood Park resident, who also assisted last weekend’s inaugural TED X Venice event, a day-long problemsolving symposium aimed at Silicon Beach movers-and-shakers. In fact, Rojas will employ some local tech creativity by introducing a Venice Music Crawl app this week. Partnering with Liveriot, the app will livestream the event’s acts direct from their soundboards. “Given the fact that we had zero promotion and everything was grassroots, 4,000 (attendance) is pretty amazing,” said Chu, who added that VMC’s blending of music, technology and charity components emulates the South by Southwest model in Austin, TX. Novack commended VMC’s organizers: “We really have mostly centered on The Doors, but there’s so many young, cool musicians in Venice.” In fact, Novack intends to be part of the remedy, working on bringing more rock acts to Hal’s. Another Venice
restaurant owner, Esther Kim, has been letting musical acts play the parking lot she owns next to her Hama Sushi during Venice Art Crawl. Riding a different model with his annual festivals, Rosenberg has produced Venice Beach Music Fest (VBMF) - and now sister concert Venice Spring Fling - annually, purely out of a passion for music. “I do it to help maintain the creative spirit of Venice and to keep it vibrant by creating a world class outlet,” Rosenberg said. On Sept. 21, VBMF 8 will feature Willie Chambers and members of Fishbone and Bad Brains, among other acts, as well as dance, fine arts and food. “It’s evolved in every way (over the years),” Rosenberg said. “We started with carpets, now I have a 24-by-16-foot stage with professional (equipment). The largest expense of the show is to the city to get the permits to use the park.” Back in 2006, Rosenberg’s sole sponsor was the owner of the now-defunct Markie D.’s cheesesteaks on Westminster Avenue. Over time, Rosenberg’s free festival has blown up from “a few hundred to several thousand.” Localism is always a priority for Rosenberg, who splits the bill between area acts and outside musicians. “Music is generally a dying thing,” he continued, “and we’re trying to keep it alive by working together. (Despite the challenges of the Westside every year), you gain additional momentum. I’m personally very proud of our own contributions with the two festivals each year. How many free festivals in the United States can you name?” In the long-term, Rojas, whose greatest wish is to get entrepreneurs to open more music venues on Lincoln, wants to make the blocks between Rose and Venice Boulevard “walkable and saturate it before I start to expand.” Despite this soft exclusion, the affable DeCoster believes Venice Music Crawl is “great for the Westside. I want to see more of a scene develop.” A beat later, he turns to Wiener with a grin. “We’ll start our own crawl,” he says.§ Michael@ArgonautNews.com
Remembering the Grievous Angel
Locals look back on the legacy of alt-rock pioneer Gram Parsons By Michael Aushenker He was no Jim Morrison; was not nearly as famous or had as many hits. But country rock pioneer Gram Parsons, in hindsight, had much in common with the leader of the Venice-formed band The Doors and, in some ways, has proven himself as influential on today’s rock music, some say. As Sept. 19 marks the 40th anniversary of the untimely death of the singersongwriter - who at one time led The Byrds and formed his own group, Flying Burrito Brothers - musicians with a local connection paid tribute to Parsons’ legacy, which includes a heavy influence on the Rolling Stones’ stylistic changes in the early 1970s. A contemporary of Morrison, Parsons had much in common with the Doors leader, who died in 1971 at the age of 27. Two years later, Parsons was dead from a mix of alcohol and drugs at 26. Both singersongwriters were handsome and charismatic front men with long dark mains, originated from Florida, and bucked musical trends, choosing instead to march to the beat of their own drummers. Whereas Morrison, save for a few tight leather pants, was a low-key, rag-tag dresser, Parsons infused his persona with flamboyancy courtesy of Nudie Cohn, Elvis Presley’s Nashville-based tailor who designed Presley’s and Parsons’ flashy, rhinestone-studded outfits. “Growing up in the South,” said Westchester-based teacher and former City Council candidate Odysseus Bostick, “Gram Parsons was a legend, revered as the thinking man’s version of The Eagles. Where they had steeped themselves in emotion-driven songs of love and loss, Parsons was the embodiment of a generation’s struggle to deal with its own national identity and who they should be within it. This was clear to me in my favorite song of his, ‘How Much I’ve Lied.’ For me, it was the line ‘don’t you forget how much I’ve lied’ that rang truest, almost like Parsons was more concerned with the broken idealism of his lies than he was worried about losing his lover.” Doug and Alyssa Grahams of The Grahams, who played McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica on Sept. 6 in support of their new album, “Riverman’s Daughter,” are among the neo-country rock musicians impacted by Parsons’ music. “He didn’t care if he was too country for rock, or too rock for country and his personal sound developed out of that disregard for traditional boundaries,” said Doug Graham. ”Unfortunately, we feel Gram Parsons is not acknowledged enough as a groundbreaking artist and one who was instrumental in shaping the history of today’s alt country music scene. Without Gram, we wouldn’t have artists such as Ryan Adams, Wilco, Sheryl Crow, the list goes on and on.” Parsons’ “A Song For You” touched the Grahams. “I was drawn to the desperation and soul in Gram’s voice,” said Alyssa Graham. “It’s the most heartbreaking kind of love song… having to leave behind a love because the possibility of sticking around too long is more devastating than losing love.” The Grahams normally shun performing
covers, with the exception of an occasional tune by Neil Young or Parsons, each of whom have “an imperfect voice,” Doug Graham said, and an “ability to break your heart with one word or one phrase.” Singer-songwriter Jonny Kaplan was not only influenced by Parsons, he portrayed him in singer Allison Moorer’s video for “Send Down an Angel.” As the Marina del Rey resident explains it, six years ago, he got a call from a producer looking for someone who could play Gram’s ghost in the clip. “I’ve been compared to Gram Parsons,” said Kaplan, whose group, Jonny Kaplan and the Lazy Stars, has a new album, “Sparkle and Shine,” out Sept. 26. “We’re both countryish. I sort of resemble him a little bit. (His music has) been a strong influence on my music for sure.” Outside of his resemblance to the late singer, Kaplan learned that his criteria for the role in Moorer’s video hinged on something material. “It was sort of like Cinderella,” he said. “They told me, ‘We want to see if you fit the suit because we already made it.’” The suit fit, Kaplan got the part, and the video eventually won awards. Parsons’ music “had a profound influence on me,” continued Kaplan, admitting that his gateway to the singer came through his influence on the Rolling Stones before he delved deeper into The Byrds’ “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” and various Flying Burrito Brothers albums. Before the release of the Rolling Stones’ album “Sticky Fingers,” Parsons had befriended Stones guitarist/songwriter Keith Richards and they spent hours playing together and doing drugs. It was during this period when Parsons reportedly influenced Richards’ experimentation with country music, exemplified by tunes “Dead Flowers” and “Wild Horses.” With the latter, Parsons had asked Richards and his collaborator, Stones frontman Mick Jagger, if he could record it, and while Parsons’ version appeared on the Flying Burrito Brothers’ “Burrito Deluxe” in 1970, the Stones reclaimed “Wild Horses” and put it on 1971’s “Sticky Fingers.” Debate continues to this day, Kaplan noted, as to whether Parsons had a much greater hand in penning the Stones’ countrified rock songs during that period. What happened right after Parsons’ death only gave Parsons an eerie, Morrisonesque mystique. On Sept. 19, 1973, Parsons was found unresponsive in room 8 at Joshua Tree Inn. An autopsy revealed he had overdosed tequila, pharmaceuticals and morphine at Hi-Desert Memorial Hospital. In a lurid, posthumous escapade that inspired the 2003 film “Grand Theft Parsons” starring Johnny Knoxville, Parsons’ pal, Phil Kaufman, and a friend (supposedly following Parsons’ wishes) stole Parsons’ body from Los Angeles International Airport as it was being transported to the South for burial and tried to burn it in the Cap Rock section of Joshua Tree. Spotted by police and engaged in a car chase, the pair managed to escape but were arrested days later. They were ultimately
Forty years ago this week, country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons died at age 26.
fined $750 for stealing the coffin and released. Today, Parsons’ body is buried in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Metairie, La. By no means a Parsons impersonator (outside of his video gig), Kaplan, with his band, will nevertheless take part in a concert tribute to Parsons on Oct. 5 in Joshua Tree, where the infamous room 8 has become something akin to Morrison’s grave in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris for Parsons fans. Kaplan described the Parsons legacy and influence as “a blurred line. Essentially, it sounds ridiculous, but he showed longhaired rock ‘n’ roll people how cool and beautiful country music can be,” he said. “Back then, it was different. There were definite lines drawn. People who liked rock did not listen to country.” Parson’s legacy is two-fold: “A true window into his soul filled with nothing but pain, honesty and love which he graciously was willing to share,” Graham said. He added that another influence is singer
Emmylou Harris, the member of Parsons’ touring band The Fallen Angels whose big break was dueting with Parsons on the posthumously released “Grievous Angel” and “Sleepless Nights” albums. Music historians continue to parse whether it was Parsons or Bob Dylan’s 1969 album “Nashville Skyline” which technically proved the catalyst for the sound that would beget The Eagles, the Neil Youngs and the Lynrd Skynrds of the music world. But whereas Dylan flirted with country rock, some say Parsons personified it. “It’s such a tragedy he passed away (and) never got the recognition he deserved,” Kaplan said. In the early 1970s, from the Eagles to Jackson Browne to Linda Ronstadt and Fleetwood Mac, “every single artist was country rock and it’s pretty much because of Gram Parsons.” “He’s a legend that never became worldfamous,” Kaplan said.§ Michael@ArgonautNews.com
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By Michael Aushenker Actress Lucille Ball, paintings of voodoo dolls and people on stilts in the middle of a living room. These are just a smattering of the eclectic sights to be witnessed at the penultimate Venice Art Crawl of 2013, taking place at a series of galleries, restaurants and home studios throughout Venice and bordering Marina del Rey on Thursday, Sept. 19. At the core of this Venicecentric event is the cheekily titled “Obey-thoven,” a Venice Symphony Orchestra-toplined fundraiser at 1410 Main St., billed as “a night of food, drinks, art and music’ and featuring art by the creators of the 1400 Main St. Mural, including Jules Muck, Daniel Silvas, Kelcey Fisher, Jonas Never and The WLA Crew. Proceeds will support the orchestra’s music education program and free concerts. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the first show beginning at 8 p.m. “Off the Wall,” an evening of performance art, will bounce from 6 to 10 p.m. at Shulamit Gallery, 17 N. Venice Blvd. The curated evening promises a series of presentations, video work and performances by various regional artists. Described as one last “Aloha Party” bash for the departing Kiki Designs/Street Craft L.A., “Aloha Nui Loa” will take place at 100 Market St., Suite B, from 7 to 10 p.m. Windward Circle’s Hama Sushi restaurant and bar on 213 Windward Ave. will display works by photographer Dan Wecal and American primitive art practitioner John Christensen. “I Really Love Lucy,” an exhibit of 3-D mixed media images from the “I Love Lucy ” show by Richard Glass of Glass Hair Design, will air live at 1501 Main St. from 6 to 10 p.m. The Canal Club at 2025
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Pacific Ave. will feature artist Todd Goodman. Gotta Have It on 1516 Pacific Ave. will also have a show running from 6 to 10 p.m. Danny’s Venice at 23 Windward Ave. will host the musical improv group One Night Only, which features comic talent from the Second City, Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade and 10 West improve groups, will perform “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?”-style improv games from 7 to 8 p.m. There will be an art show on the back patio of Cairo Cowboy restaurant on 46 Windward Ave. that will feature artists Duke Santiago, Cody Brown and Cayla Penenberg, with music by DJ Niceman and the live band Metaphors. Small World Books Gallery on 1407 Ocean Front Walk will feature fiber artist Sherry Kleinman, 6 to 9 p.m. Venice Art Show at 132 Brooks Ave., from 5 to 10 p.m., will feature the art of Lesa Noelle, Jhoseph King, Sande Sisneros, Sandra Zebi, and photography by Vladi Sytnik. C.A.V.E. Gallery Presents: A Group Exhibition, featuring local artist John Park, Randy Noborikawa from Costa Mesa, Mexican artist Bayo and Pure Evil from the United Kingdom will be held at James’ Beach, 60 N. Venice Blvd., where DJ Bu$r13r will provide the music. Venice Breeze Suites at 2 Breeze Ave. will feature Dcastro, Sandrea Zebi, and Portfolio with DJ Pistolpete from 6-10 p.m. Unique Boardwalk Art on 1500 Main St. will be the site of a sponsored Venice Beach Bike Tour from 6-10 p.m. Piroc Media will host an art exhibit by Jean S. Kim of Short Stories Real People at Big Bill’s automotive repair shop at 630 Venice Blvd., from 6-10 p.m. with live music by JPS. Brian Mylius will host an event at his home studio at 20
Photography by Sara Swaty, which takes place from 6-9 p.m. at Art of Studio, 1346 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; and the group show Mirror, Mirror, which features 30 area artists paired up with at-risk kids from Safe Place for Youth for a collaborative art show at 8 Dudley Ave. Eco Heads Salon on 306 Westminster Ave. will hold a reception for artist Merika Pilato at 6 p.m. Photo stories by Yoko Morimoto and Ilona Bicevska will punctuate Who Cares About Jefferson?, a show at 248 Main St. dedicated to capturing the Mexican, Japanese and Creole cultures paralleling Jefferson Boulevard’s jaunt from runs through Culver City to downtown LA. Curated by Eric Czar at 15 Brooks Ave., 15 Brooks Show, from 6-10 p.m., will feature artists Laurel Holloman, who Photo by Sunny Bak
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Westminster Ave., Venice, from 6-10 p.m. Pieces by Juan Carlos, Munoz Hernandez and Ernie Miranda of Venice Glassworks will be open to the public at 49 Westminster #1 Studios. Nicholas Malinowski will hold his opening from 6-10 p.m. at VB, 38 Washington Blvd. Sunny Bak Studio at 2214 Pacific Ave. will host “Burning Child,” a happening with art installations, film, live art and performance art elements (Tickets: $4.) At the home studio of photographer Bak, Monica Palacios will perform excerpts of Queer Chicana Soul, “bold and provocative stories about love, life and the pursuit of a good bra.” Pili Valdes will perform beat poetry, with Steven Avila on percussion. Onscreen, Nana Ghana will star in “The Last Mango in Venice” by Bak. Mary Pat Green will appear as a special guest, and stilt walkers will traipse through the living room. The Moon Scribe Mixer at 1320 Main Studios will showcase Hawaii-inspired art by Sarah Haywood and illuminated art by Sarah Engelhart. Susanne Buck will be the featured artist at The Terrace restaurant, 7 Washington Blvd., where complimentary appetizers and drink specials will be offered. Located above Mao’s Kitchen at 1514 Pacific Ave., Gumbo Kinney Vintage Upstairs will display paintings of voodoo dolls by Brook Bergeron, a recently arrived artist from Lafayette, La. All day long, rohiTRASH at 1637B Electric Ave. will show off Rhoitash Rao’s repurposed trash culled from the streets of Venice. Over at 20 Grill on Washington Blvd. from 6-10 p.m., Michelle Page curates 18 sign painters from Nepal. Works by Omar Odeh, Alaa Ismael, Khalid Alaani and Wadhah Madhi, four Iraqi artists representing seven years in exile, will be shown at Café Man Sour, 308 Westminster Ave. from 6-10 p.m. Feel The Love, a group show at the recently reopened Venice Love Shack on 2121 Lincoln Blvd., will hold its reception from 4-9 p.m. Jules Muck, Christina Angelina and VOVA are among the participating artists. Described by the artist as a mash-up of Cubism and Piet Mondrian, informed by advertising such as “billboards in Third World countries with heavily distressed surfaces,” Zach Touchon’s latest paintings can be seen at 925 Howard Ave. Gender stereotypes are explored in the exhibit In Between & Outside:
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took part in the 55th Venice Biennale, Tadeusz Torzecki, a Warsaw-born master metal sculptor and furniture maker, and Simone Drucker, an explorer of Nature Surrealism who began her career creating pieces for Joep Van Lieshout at his Rotterdam studio. Painter Sean Boyce will set up an easel at the corner of Pacific and Windward avenues from 7-9 p.m. A couple of bordering Marina del Rey sites will also join the mix. Via Dolce Salon at 330 Washington Blvd., Ste. A, will hold its Venice Art Crawl mixer, featuring photographer Kay Erickson, from 6-10 p.m. uWoWi at Yoga’s Nest Venice, 38 Washington Blvd. will host its first official showcase from 6-11 p.m. Artists will include Amy Goalen, Matthew Moore and Richmond Knight, along with musicians Alpine, Satellite Empire, Eion and Kendra and Ice Cream Fire. Information, freshbakedbakery.com.§ Michael@ArgonautNews. com
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continued, and the September 2012 open house event attracted some 1,200 people, according to Schlesinger. As if the fine arts were not enough, Michael Ruskin founded the Ruskin Group Theatre, which mounts plays and conducts acting classes. At the Sept. 21 event, artist Cassandra Tondro will lead each participating child to create their own abstract painting out of recycled, non-toxic latex paints (a project supported by the city Office of Sustainability and Environment). This activity, “Cans to Canvas,” will be held on the front lawn of 3200 Airport Ave. The open house will include self-guided walking tours and guided mini-bus tours, Civil Air Patrol talks regarding aircraft on display, a MaxFlight 360 Flight Simulator at the airport’s
Museum of Flying, and a chance for children to meet members of the Santa Monica Fire Department and pilots of the Ninety-Nines, the international organization of female pilots founded in 1929 by 99 women that included their first president, Amelia Earhart. Schlesinger added that the site’s Airport Administration Building will be awarded the city of Santa Monica’s first Green Office Award. Admission and parking are free, and, in addition to Airport restaurants Typhoon and Spitfire Grill, a trio of food trucks will be parked on the tarmac: Gastropub, Dogtown Dogs and S’cream Ice Cream Truck. Information, facebook.com/ SantaMonicaAirportOpenHouse. § Michael@ArgonautNews.com
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Community Calendar AN EVENING WITH CHUCK McFADDEN – The author of “Trailblazer: A Biography of Jerry Brown,” the first biography of the sitting governor of California in more than 30 years, will speak at 7 p.m. at Santa Monica Public Library, Ocean Park Branch, 2601 Main St., Santa Monica. Information, smpl.org. ‘WHISPERS AT BAR PICO’ – Singer/ songwriter Jesse Sarr, comedian Christopher Smith Bryant, Latin pop singer Omar Perez-Then, comedian/DJ/filmmaker Jasten King and filmmaker Michael Frost take part in this new “Gay Night” event. 7-9 p.m. (happy hour). Bar Pico, 2819 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Information, barpico. com; (310) 310-8872. ‘THE MIKADO’ – Pacific Opera Project mounts this production of Gilbert and
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VISITATION FOOD TRUCK NIGHT – Visitation A+ Back to School presents Food Truck Friday Night, featuring more than 14 gourmet food trucks, 5-10 p.m., 8740 S. Emerson Ave., Westchester. Information, Terry O’Connor, (310) 994-9904. “ROBERT KYLE-BRAZILIAN EXTRAVAGANZA” - Tenor saxophonist Robert Kyle explores his deep passion for the music and culture of Brazil. Tickets: $10. Edye Second Space at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, Santa Monica Blvd. at 11th Street. Information, (310) 434-4323; smc.edu/eventsinfo. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – The Kentwood Players present the classic horror-comedy musical based on the film by Roger Corman and screenplay by Charles Griffith, 8 p.m., Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. Tickets: $23; $2 discount for students, seniors, servicemen and Metro riders. Information, (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.com. (Also Sat., Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 22 at 2 p.m.)
Saturday, Sept. 21
GARAGE SALE BENEFIT – Sponsored by Westchester Mental Health Guild, garage sale will support the Airport Marina Counseling Service. Runs 7 a.m.-2 p.m. at 7755 Hosford Ave. (corner of Kentwood and Hosford), Westchester. Information, Marlene, (310) 645-9698. COASTAL CLEANUP DAY – Thousands of Southern Californians will gather to remove trash at over 50 beach locations,
including Santa Monica, from 9 a.m.-noon. Information, healthebay.org/volunteer/ calendar/coastal-cleanup-day. INQUIRING MINDS – Every third Saturday, Playa Vista Branch Library holds this program designed to foster discovery learning. This month’s topic: comedy. 1 p.m. – grades K-6; 3 p.m. – grades 7-12. Playa Vista Branch Library, 6400 Playa Vista Drive, Playa Vista. Information, (310) 437-6680. “PEACE L.A.” LECTURE – Billed as “a celebration to create and build a more peaceful world on the International Day of Peace,” SGI-USA hosts its Distinguished Speaker Series in partnership with the Peace Alliance. This year’s speakers: Marianne Williamson, Azim Khamisa and Bob Baskin. Free admission. Begins at 5 p.m. at Santa Monica Culture of Peace Resource Center, 606 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Information and RSVP (required), thepeacealliance.org/peacela. “WHAT WOULD BEYONCE DO?” – Comedienne Luisa Omielan brings her Edinburgh Festival performance to Santa Monica Playhouse. Written and directed by Omielan, the British entertainer’s one-woman show addresses the ups and mostly downs of still living at home at age 30. Begins 8 p.m. Admission: $15. Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. Information, SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com.
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ANNUAL GUATEMALA PROJECT SALE – This benefit for Weaving Widows of Guatemala takes place from 11 a.m. to noon at Westchester United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 8065 Emerson Ave., Westchester. Woven goods, jewelry, textiles and crafts will be up for sale. Information, (310) 670-3777.
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STANDUP SHTICK – The Talking Stick’s comedy night, hosted by Solange Castro, will feature such comedians as Jim Coughlin, Raj Desai, Hailey Boyle, Jennifer Vally, Carol Anne Leif, Alli Breen and Hannes Phinney, beginning 8 p.m., Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Information, searchforsanity.com.
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STANDUP COMEDY – Every Monday at 7 p.m., Comics on the Spot hosts an allstar lineup. Admission: $5. Warehouse Restaurant, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Contact and RSVP: Vicky, (310) 883-4177; comicsonthespot.com. COMEDY NIGHT – Every Monday at 8 p.m. is comedy gold at Danny’s Restaurant, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. This week, Cat Rhinehart, Mike Oldroyd, Josh Filipowski perform. No cover. Information, Like2Laugh.com. SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK –featuring keynote speakers such as former NBC Universal co-chairman and television producer Ben Silverman and YouTube star Michelle Phan, takes over ROC Santa Monica, beginning Sept. 23. Speaking times: various. ROC, 604
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13020 Pacific Promenade Playa Vista. 310-496-3966. We usually think of a picnic as a casual meal, a bite in a park between softball games or some outdoor attraction. The food is chosen for portability, and we are thankful if the ant population in our sandwiches is at a minimum. This wasn’t always this way; if you look at images of Victorians of French Impressionists at play, you’ll see elegantly dressed people enjoying elaborate meals. It’s refined dining that happens to be outdoors, with velvety grass for a seat instead of more conventional furniture. The seats at Piknic restaurant in Playa Vista are of the conventional rather than herbaceous variety, and the atmosphere is sufficiently upscale that a tuna salad on white, even sans ants, would be out of place. There is a very stylish curved waterfall by the bar to give a sense of the outdoors even inside, as well as bench tables by a firepit outside, so the picnic theme is subtly present. The menu is what I think of as conservative cosmopolitan cuisine – steakhouse entrees and pastas with enough international touches that it’s clear what century we’re all living in. Thus the chicken Parmesan, bucatini al pesto, and Surf and Turf are joined by Jambalaya, pumpkin ravioli, lamb kefta and swordfish with mango papaya relish. The cranberry-sunflower rolls that arrived with the menus were another modern touch, but not a positive one – they were dry and served with an oily “tapenade” tasting mostly of sundried tomato - not a good pairing. Some fresh sourdough or baguette might have
suited the dip, but not these rolls that were obviously not baked inhouse. We decided to start with cocktails and ordered classics – a Bombay gin martini and a Ward 8, a pre-Prohibition tipple traditionally made with rye whiskey, lemon and orange juices, and grenadine. The version here substituted Pama pomegranate liqueur for grenadine and was all the better for it, and we were happy with the drinks. We began our meal by sharing the most interesting starter, a crab papaya salad. I checked first to confirm this was not the richly spicy and vinegary traditional Thai salad (the presence of feta cheese suggested it wasn’t). Instead, the fresh crabmeat was spread atop a green salad, flanked by slices of jicama and papaya, and topped with toasted almonds and crumbled feta. The dressing, if there was one, was so subtle as to be invisible, and I wondered whether the salad might have been less a visual delight and tastier if it had been served with the ingredients mixed. My wife disagreed and pointed out how interesting it could be to combine the textures of the various ingredients to see how they modified each other. After a bite in which I combined the toasted almonds, feta and papaya, I decided I agreed with her. It was a hearty and interesting starter for two and would have been a delightful light meal for one. Since we had been happy with our server, Jackson’s, recommendations so far, we asked him to pick from anything on the by-the-glass wine list to pair with our meals. Jackson brought tastes of an Oregon Syrah and Liberty School Cabernet to complement my steak, and a Babich Sauvignon Blanc for my wife’s chicken picatta. The Liberty School was the clear favorite and a wine I’ll
keep in mind whenever red meat meets live coals. The ribeye was very nicely done, dusted lightly with pepper and seasonings and served with mushroom sauce. It was tender, had a tasty char, and was done almost exactly the medium rare that I requested. The only thing I didn’t like about it was that both available steaks were 14 ounces, and I would have been happy with about half as much. I took half home, and it was still delicious the next morning. Several sides were offered, and I selected broccolini and vegetable risotto. (The latter wasn’t actually on the menu, but was offered when I was unenthusiastic about the mashed or scalloped potatoes that are normally offered). It wasn’t that I don’t like scalloped potatoes, but my wife had ordered them with her meal and I wanted to try something else. Mundane as scalloped potatoes might sound, it was a highlight of the meal - layers of thin vegetable and mild seasonings baked gratin style with butter and herbs. It takes time to make right, which I assume is why so few people do it, but when done well it’s excellent. The chicken picatta hit the spot too - the pounded breast was nicely tangy with lemon, garlic, capers and chopped tomato. The sautéed spinach that my wife ordered as her other side had been lightly cooked and left alone, as it should be. We saved just enough room for dessert and ordered a housemade tiramisu that was artistically served but a little out of balance. I like a bit more dark chocolate and coffee to balance out the sweet flavors and rich cheese, but the bitter flavors were muted here. It was better than the tiramisu served at many places, and if you like sweet desserts this may be your nirvana. Dinner was $132 with two drinks each, of which $83 was food, and we considered it money well spent. There is a grassy park just across the street from Piknic where you could presumably take your food for an actual picnic, but I’m not likely ever to avail myself of that option. I like the atmosphere and service too much, and won’t have grass stains on my good pants, but as summer wanes to fall the idea might be attractive enough that I take the name literally. Piknic is at 13020 Pacific Promenade in the Playa Vista development. Open Mo-Fri 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sa 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Su 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Full bar, children welcome, patio dining. Corkage $15, wheelchair access good, street parking. Menu at piknicplayavista.com. 310-4963966. §
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Going for ‘Baroque’ in Venice Disillusioned by Hollywood, Jon Clark has fine-tuned his quirky, downright odd films for the fine arts scene By Michael Aushenker In the mid-2000s, Lafayette, La. native Jon Clark came to Los Angeles in search of a film career and ended up with a fine arts career instead. And he’s fine with that. After all, Clark’s sensibility, even when poking fun at tropes from 1980s and 1990s Hollywood films with short films such as 2006’s “Baggz,” seemed to be more commentary than camp and too abstract for dead-on parody. His latest film work, an odyssey of a half-hour movie called “Spectrum Hunter,” will screen at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd. in Venice at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. “It’s kind of dark but it’s not a horror movie,” Clark said. “It’s eerie and bizarre and kind of uncanny in the way nostalgia can be uncanny.” Just like most of the 30-year-old Clark’s body of work, which includes underground comics, ‘zines, collages, and sticker and flyer art for a clutch of bands he played in, “Spectrum Hunter” derives its surrealness from the world of 8-bit video games (as in Atari 2600 consoles and 1980s-era arcades), in which life, story, history and mythology are reduced, simplified and abstracted to the point of weirdness. No doubt augmenting that odd vibe is the Japanese prism through which many of these games originated. Clark said he has picked up on that Filmmaker Jon Clark.
sense of randomness – not just in video games but in the 1980s- and -90s-era TV and music he grew up on. “It’s kind of a comment on a drug culture and the subculture in general,” Clark said of his film, which he debuted at Synchronicity Space in Hollywood last year with a complementing installation recreating the Night School Store from his film. The loose narrative of “Spectrum Hunter” follows Rotten Robbie (Nathaniel Nunez) as he stumbles into an “Alice in Wonderland”-esque odyssey that essentially propels him into a living video game. He and other characters fall under the auspices of a cult built around the Spectrum Hunter (Tom Cooney). They get together and they eat Pogs (disk pieces from the 1990s novelty game). Depending on the symbol (on the Pog) that they eat, they gain these powers. At one point, Robbie is locked in a puzzle room and must complete the puzzle to unlock the door and get to the next level - just like in a video game. He also faces off against animal-masked goons not unlike the lion-headed King from “Tekken.” The bizarre characters, awkward dialogue and theatrical acting is all “extremely intentional,” Clark said. “It feels very ‘90s, almost like a ‘90s period piece. It also has a timeless feel. There are scenes that are light-hearted – a soap-opera, afterschool special, Power Rangers vibe.” Clark shot his film piecemeal at a North Hollywood studio, a graveyard in Oakland, a forest in Olympia, and his bedroom in Echo Park. The avatars and idioms of those old Atari games “abstracted to a degree that I had no idea what the historical content was,” he said. “Growing up I really would search out the obscure media and strange worlds, strange video games, strange moments,” he said of the random, ephemeral experiences he tries to capture with his art, be it via film or collage (the medium of his (Continued on next page)
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, takeout, 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
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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.jnich-
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
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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
Also an animator, cartoonist and musician, Clark will screen his latest quirky, video game-influenced short film, “Spectrum Hunter,” at Beyond Baroque in Venice.
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the band,” created a maelstrom of comics and fliers building on the mythology created around their act. He was also cartooning, creating what he calls an epic “Cold War-era (Continued from previous page) arcade soap opera” called “Hollywood Zap,” upcoming project). He can remember back in inspired by an obscure movie distributed by Louisiana growing up going to video stores Troma Entertainment. and seeing the covers of video cassettes That proved fortuitous as it was Troma of B-movies he had never heard of with that “zapped” Clark to Hollywood in 2005, imagery and titles so removed from context when he relocated to serve as a production as to be rendered surreal and abstract. assistant on the film “Poultrygeist: Night While attending Evergreen State College of the Chicken Dead.” While working on in Olympia, Wash., Clark DJ’d at raves and the 2006 zombie chicken film, Clark said parties and also belonged to what he called he learned a lot hanging around the special “Nintendo punk bands,” playing drums effects department, working in traditional and synthesizers for groups playing 8-bit special effects, and working alongside electronic music (the kind heard on early Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman. video games). While playing and touring “Lloyd is the single greatest punster with one of his musical acts, a duo with I’ve ever met,” Clark said. “He can turn friend “Sir Stephen” Breaux dubbed Maniac everything you say into a pun.” Mansion, Clark, as “the visual spark plug of “On camera, he’s a very wacky,
caricature of a B-movie guru but he’s also a very smart businessman. A ruthless director but a genuine and goofy guy.” Attracted to the DIY (do-it-yourself) aspect of creating ‘zines, Clark came up with a succession of zany booklets molding drawings, comics and essays together: “The Newer Testament of the Bible Featuring Tom and Tom,” “Middle School Hot,” about his school years, and its sequel, “Devastated College Guy.” He created a comic based on the wacky events on the set of “Poultrygeist” that he titled “Holy [expletive] Comics” and handed out to his Troma co-workers. All the while, Clark pursued a career as a director. Thanks to a video he shot for Maniac Manson, he was not intimidated to pick up a camera and direct. He had followed up a succession of short films with “Baggz,” a late-1980s teen comedy-flavored outing starring his Louisiana pals Jeff Farshad and brothers Beau and Ben McGeehee that was well received in local film circles. Then he got into Hollywood, which he said became increasingly soul-crushing. He said he had a blast working as a production assistant on “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!,” a cult favorite live action show on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, and being in the proximity of stars Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim and their fellow writers. “They’re the funniest people I ever met,” he said. “It was really inspiring to see the work they churned out that was of that high quality.” Conversely, he realized, “I am not really funny enough (at least in the traditional Hollywood way).” Things only worsened when he did similar work on “Launch My Line,” what Clark referred to as a failed “Project
Runway.” Despite learning “a lot of techniques and practical knowledge, even about casting,” he was not a happy camper. “I was reacting against it,” Clark recalled. “I would go to work and work on my script and my weird poems and rebel against this world. I don’t want to be a part of this, my work is opposite of this.” The script he came up with was “Spectrum Hunter,” co-written by its star, Cooney. In effect, Clark rebelled against reality shows by “recontextualizing obscure elements from the past” and making surreality shows. “Spectrum Hunter” got its moniker “magnetic poetry”-style: Clark shuffled a bunch of “cosmic” words that he found in the pages of Marvel Comics until his title and basis for his central concept was born. While many of his friends are artists, Clark sees the fine arts community as more of “a framework to do work.” And with each passing year, he says he feels less and less connected with Hollywood as a home for his craft. “I have no interest in these tropes of modern film at all,” said Clark, who, by day, works as a customer service rep at Hulu in Santa Monica. “I’m not trying to reach a broad audience. I can still talk about film tropes and bizarre (corners) of the pop culture.” Clark is also not interested in making films that are “ironic or making fun of an era.” In other words, he doesn’t like forced humor. “I want to be the creative force behind whatever I engage with,” he said. Information, jonclarkvideo.com.§ Michael@ArgonautNews.com
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NEW LISTING Marina City Club, 2 Bed + 2 Ba $3,950/Mo
12828 Short Avenue Fabulous location! Close to the beach! This 50’s era gem has two bedrooms, one bath, and is adjacent to Marina life, i.e., shopping, theatres, entertainment, fine restaurants, all within walking distance away. This fenced-in property boasts a peaceful neighborhood and has upside potential galore. Newly painted with hardwood floors throughout. Bring your ideas and designs.
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FURNISHED. This beautiful remodel boasts phenomenal, panoramic Marina and channel views from its floor-to-ceiling windows. Enjoy a stunning and spacious remodeled kitchen with ample custom cabinetry and granite counters. Perfect for entertaining with a large patio overlooking the Marina. Entirely furnished with refined and chic, contemporary designer finishes.
Penthouse .........................Marina/Ocean Views .................................................$1,190,000* 3 bed + 2 ba ......................Ocean/Harbor Views .................................................$659,000* 3 bed + 2 ba ......................Ocean/Harbor View ...................................................$590,000* 3 bed + 2 ba ......................Bank Owned- Harbor View .......................................$501,000** 3 bed + 2 ba ......................Serene Marina Views ................................................$599,000* 2 bed + 2 ba ......................High Floor. Ocean/Harbor View ................................$649,000* 2 bed + 2 ba ......................Remodeled with Marina View ...................................$710,000* 2 bed + 2 ba ......................Marina and Ocean View ............................................$699,000 1 bed + 1 ba ......................Marina and Harbor View ...........................................$360,000** 1 bed + 1.5 ba ...................City/Mtn Views ..........................................................$450,000*
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7747 Midfield Avenue
Quaint lovely turnkey Westchester home on a quiet tree-lined street. 3 bedrooms, 2 updated bathrooms, recently remodeled kitchen and amazing living room with lots of light. Gorgeous hardwood floors. Large fenced back yard with covered patio, great for family and entertaining. Close to schools, shopping, public transportation and LAX.
Offered at $659,000
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2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Unit with Cherrywood Floors, Black Granite Counters, Gorgeous Wood Cabinets. Head-on Unobstructed Views of Marina and Ocean!
Lovely, Bright and airy 2 bedroom , 1 bath home with updated kitchen and bath. Converted garage in back has been tastefully renovated into a 1bedroom, 1 bath studio, perfect for rental, Inlaw quarters, or office. Great neighborhood, close to shopping centers and restaurants, easy access to 405 and LAX.
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Marina Channel and Harbor Views
“Enjoy serene Marina and channel views from this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, located on the coveted Plaza level of the Marina City Club,” says agent Charles Lederman. “This charming unit, perfect for entertaining, features track lighting, a granite bar area, breakfast bar and two patios. Revel in Marina City Club’s unparalleled amenities: 16,000 square foot executive gym, 3 swimming pools, free classes (yoga, spinning, cardio and more), 6 tennis courts, 2 paddle tennis courts, 3 racquet ball courts, restaurant and bar, room service, café, convenience store, beauty salon, car wash and more.” The property is offered at $579,000. Information, Charles Lederman, Marina City Realty, (310) 821-8980.
“Situated above the street on a spacious corner lot, this 4 bedroom, 2-bath Kentwood home is an exceptional find,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “The 1,520 square feet of living space includes a sunny living room with picture window, and a spacious kitchen with breakfast bar and tons of cabinet space overlooking the formal dining area. An expansive backyard with two large wooden decks, succulent garden and vegetable garden, hardwood floors, copper plumbing and central heat, plus a great Westchester location make this home a winner.” The property is offered at $749,000. Information, Stephanie Younger, Teles Properties, (424) 2031828.
“This WestEnd unit is right in the heart of the Marina Arts District, around the corner from Marina Marketplace, and just over a mile from the beach,” say agents The Heather Group. “This two-level, 2 bedroom loft has unique design elements with create a light, airy and open living space with exposed wood beam columns and 18 foot soaring ceilings. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, a Wolf oven and Viking hook, Italian cabinetry, Caesarstone counters and a gorgeous custom 11 foot solid walnut butcher-block kitchen island with great storage.” The property is offered at $850,000. Information, The Heather Group, Gibson International (310) 600-9519.
Hermosa Beach Home
“This total remodel features beautiful stainless steel and dark wood accents throughout,” says agent Debra Berman. “The upstairs level is perfect for entertaining with a wide open floor plan, and the living area flows directly into the kitchen and dining-room, all with direct access to a lovely balcony creating an amazing indoor/outdoor living space. The lower level contains all three bedrooms, two of which have access to the patio and backyard. Features include brand new stainless steel Viking and Frigidaire appliances, custom built-ins and “Radio-Thermostat,” custom LED mood lighting.” The property is offered at $1,499,000. Information, Berman Kandel, RE/MAX Properties, (310) 424-5512.
Marina City Club
“This 2-bedroom, 2-bath unit in East Tower North has city and mountain views,” says agent Eileen McCarthy. “Marina City Club offers a five-star resort lifestyle with tennis courts, racquetball courts, pools , spa, executive gym, beauty salon, convenience store and 24-hour guard gated security.” The property is offered at $419,000. Information, Eileen McCarthy, RE/MAX Estate Properties, (310) 822-8910.
Loyola Village Home
“This charming Spanish-style 4-bedroom, 3-bath home has over 2,100 square-feet of living space,” says agent Dan Christian. “Private backyard hosts fruit trees galore and a detached garage. Features include open floor plan, country kitchen, new carpets and fresh paint. Close to shopping, restaurants, transportation and LAX. Bring your ideas and designs!” The property is offered at $949,900. Information, Dan Christian, Shorewood Realtors, (310) 251 – 6918.
Contemporary Westchester Home
“Located on an inviting cul-de-sac on an extra large lot of approximately 10,962 square feet, this exceptional custom home welcomes you with beautiful contemporary design and outstanding curb appeal,” says agent Bob Waldron. “The gourmet kitchen is highlighted with granite counters, an abundance of cabinets including two pantries, built-in appliances and breakfast bar. A luxurious upstairs master bedroom suite has a walk-in closet, new carpet and a balcony with tree-top views. A beautiful park-like rear yard offers an inviting and spacious area for outdoor enjoyment and entertaining.”The property is offered at $949,000. Information, Bob Waldron, Coldwell Banker, (319) 337-9225.
Coronado in Playa Vista
“This 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath, plus den, townhouse-style condo is perfectly appointed with many upgrades,” says agent Linda Black. “This spacious home has an open-floor plan with an oversized gourmet kitchen with stainless steal appliances and a breakfast bar. The open dining and living areas are prefect for entertaining and have patios that are prefect for BBQ-ing. The master suite features a separate retreat area, a huge bath with double vanities, a soaking tub, and walk-in closet. This includes all the amenities the Playa Vista community has to offer.” The property is offered at $799,000. Information, Linda Black, (310) 804-6432. Dennis Kean, Coldwell Banker, (310) 292-5326.
“This fabulous peaceful retreat is in the heart of Venice,” says agent Pam Ross. “This corner lot home has privacy while being within walking distance of the hustle of Abbot Kinney, Venice Canals and the Beach. A bright oasis with an open floor plan allows for great use of indoor and outdoor space. The kitchen is a cook’s dream equipped with Viking appliances. No expense was spared in the upgraded finishes. Step outside to the wonderful tropical backyard with waterfall, koi pond and built in outdoor kitchen.”The property is offered at $1,649,000. Information, Pam Ross, Coldwell Banker Venice/Marina del Rey, (310) 616-6979.
Views from The Cove
“This is a fabulous state-of-the-art 2 bedroom, 2 bath + office with over 1,900 square feet,” says agent Jesse Weinberg. “The unit boasts unobstructed city and mountain views from all rooms, floor to ceiling glass, 9-foot ceilings, gourmet kitchen with Studio Becker cabinetry, Bosch stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, Kohler fixtures, marble-stone baths and dark maple hardwood floors. Unit comes with extra storage locker/unit in the garage and rare side-by-side parking. Amenities include concierge, valet parking, gym, pool, spa and sun deck.” The property is offered at $1,095,000. Information, Jesse Weinberg, Keller Williams Realty (800) 804-9132.
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How do I price my home to sell in today’s market?
How much your home is worth to you and how much it is considered to be worth in the real estate market can be two very different numbers. If you’re planning to put your home up for sale, one of the most important factors in making a quick sale is pricing the property correctly. Your real estate agent can be your guide in making this all-important decision, but there are a few important guidelines for you to remember so that you understand how to put a price tag on your home without letting sentiment get in the way of sense. It’s obvious that pricing your home too high for its value or your neighborhood can mean it might end up sitting on the market. Pricing it too low means that you’re losing potential revenue and leaving money on the table. By pricing your
home “just right,” you will not only ensure that it will appraise for approximately the same value (increasing the likelihood that your buyer will secure financing), but you will likely see an offer or two – and if you’re lucky, multiple offers. So, what is the best way to determine how you should price your home? It’s best to look at recent, comparable sales, or “comps,” in your neighborhood or surrounding area. Your real estate agent should be able to pull this information for you, but you can get an idea of recent sales from various Internet sites as well as public record. To determine which homes you should compare against your own, you’ll want to target a search area of about a quarter- to half-mile radius around your house. It
“This a great opportunity for a buyer who wants to jump in and create their ideal home,“ says agent Steve Cressman. “Located on a wonderful street near LMU featuring 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and family room, this home has been well maintained by the original owners for years. The house is a spacious 1,452 square feet, with room to expand on a lot of approximately 5,610 square feet.” This property is offered at $685,000. Information, Steve Cressman, The Real Estate Consultants, (310) 337-0601
helps if the homes you research are in the same school district as yours, and the neighborhood is generally the same as your own. You’ll want to focus on homes with approximately the same square footage and number of bedrooms that are a similar age, condition and style, with comparable features and upgrades. All of these factors will help determine how a home is priced. Once you have a “feel” for comps in your area, your agent can help you decide how your home stacks up. Using his or her expertise can be helpful if you don’t have a lot of specifics about how your home compares against others in terms of features and upgrades, additions or renovations. Your agent will be able to tell you about
market conditions and may point out any special features or deficits that might affect your listing price. Your agent will also be more objective about whether the unique aspects of your home that you may love (for example, a swimming pool or an in-law suite) will hold the same appeal for buyers when you try to sell. With the market in better shape now than in recent years and inventory levels low, your chances of selling your home quickly are good – but this still depends greatly on pricing. With a little research and the expert advice of your agent, you‘ll be able to price your home just right to make that sale. This week’s question was answered by Bob and Cheryl Herrera, Professional Real Estate Services, (310) 306-5427.
“Feel the ocean breezes in a rare Venice Art Lofts 3rd floor pièd-a-terre,” says agent Suzy Frank. “This is a one-bedroom, one-bath unit with a roof deck. The open stainless kitchen leads to a living area and a small balcony. There are polished concrete floors and modern barn doors throughout. There is two-car tandem parking and extra storage as well. Hurry, this unit won’t last.” The property is offered at $899,000. Information, Suzy Frank and Penny Muck, Abbot Kinney Real Estate (310) 396-2600.
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2/2 Zen-like atmosphere with great view s of lagoon 4/2 Beautiful hm w/charm & character, prime area 3/2 Largest flr plan in Villas del Rey, corner end unit 4/4 360 Panoramic views, 2741sf 2 blks to beach 2/3 W/great entertaining space in/out
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Lieu bill would give reporters protection from secret surveillance By Gary Walker A national scandal involving the federal government that secretly sought to obtain the phone records of Associated Press reporters has sparked potential landmark legislation that passed the state Senate Sept. 5. Senate Bill 558, authored by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Marina del Rey), would mandate that news organizations and reporters be given five days’ advance notice for subpoenas served on them for their records that may be held by others. Those records include phone calls or other newsgathering communications. The senator introduce the legislation in the aftermath of a wiretapping scandal where federal prosecutors targeted reporters of the Associated Press by secretly collecting records of phone calls of 20 reporters over a two-month period. Federal investigators claimed they were trying to track down a leak of top-secret information regarding a terrorist attack plot in Yemen. “The government has shown on some occasions a disregard for freedom of the press,” Lieu said. “(This) bipartisan vote makes it clear: California will protect the First Amendment.” The bill was sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association.
news organization’s knowledge. Lieu said his legislation would also strengthen the state’s shield law by closing an existing loophole, similar to what Ewert described, on accessing a reporter’s records through alternate means. “Without this bill, government agencies can bypass the shield law by third parties,” the senator explained. The California Shield Law provides legal protections to journalists seeking to maintain the confidentiality of an unnamed source or unpublished information obtained during newsgathering. The shield law protects a “publisher, editor, reporter, or other person connected with or employed by a newspaper, magazine, or other periodical publication, or by a press association or wire service” and a “radio or television news reporter or other person connected with or employed by a radio or television station.” The law only protects a journalist from being adjudged in contempt by a judicial, legislative or administrative body, or any other body having the power to issue subpoenas, for the failure to comply with a subpoena. The shield law does not protect the journalist from other legal sanctions. Thus it generally does not apply
“We’ve seen time and time again, whether it’s the Pentagon Papers or the Bell scandal how essential it is to have an active, vital and free press.” — Mike Bonin, Los Angeles Councilman Jim Ewert, counsel of the newspaper association, thinks Lieu’s bill can have far-reaching consequences for reporters and news organizations. “If SB 558 is signed by the governor, it will prevent the circumvention of the existing protection that the federal government has been using to pierce journalists’ protections of confidential sources,” Ewert told The Argonaut. Ewert says if the bill become law, the government would no longer be allowed to obtain, for example, information being stored outside the newsroom on a computer server without the
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In a school district led by a superintendent whom many parents feel at times appears to value test results over everything else, meeting the baseline of 800 on the Academic Performance Index (API) is a goal that all schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District strive to reach. After years of academic improvement amid a sea of instability, populated by a reduction in teachers and the possibility of a colocation, Grand View Boulevard Elementary School in Mar Vista crossed the
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Businessman donates $1 million to open Mar Vista Gardens Boys & Girls Club branch The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica’s new community branch at the Mar Vista Gardens apartment complex in Del Rey has received a $1 million donation from real estate businessman John D. “Jack” Jones. Jones, who has served on the club’s board of directors, said he hopes to provide youths with a solid foundation to achieve their life goals. That success can be achieved, Jones believes, when children not only have a safe place to live but have access to a positive learning environment. “We are very grateful for Jack’s support of this important endeavor”, said Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica President and CEO Aaron Young. “Jack’s commitment of giving back to the Los Angeles community in this way is truly inspiring. The Mar Vista Gardens project would not be possible without Jack’s vision and dedication.” The club’s newest branch - The Jack and Cindy Jones Youth Center - is at 4901 Marionwood Drive in Mar Vista Gardens. Working with the Housing Authority of the city of Los Angeles, the facility will undergo a major refurbishment over the next few months. “I believe the Mar Vista Gardens Boys & Girls Club site represents a safe, secure and positive learning environment for starting and keeping youngsters on the right path,” said Jones. “All children deserve an opportunity to reach their full potential and modest beginnings need not limit opportunities for success. Our community’s future strength lies in the minds and actions of children – they are our future.” The youth center will provide a range of recreational and educational resources for club members.
JACK AND CINDY JONES present a $1 million check to Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica President and CEO Aaron Young (right) to be used for the new community branch at Mar Vista Gardens in Del Rey.
When the Housing Authority of Los Angeles considered closing down the existing community center last year due to budget cuts, the agency solicited bids from non-profits to operate the facility for the benefit of the community. After the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica was selected, club officials said it allowed Jones to follow through on his hope of opening up a local club. “I hope that my support for the club will influence others to make similar investments in our communities,” Jones added. “Local executives have the means and desires to see the community’s children grow and prosper. My wish is for my own children and grandchildren to carry on our family’s tradition of investing in our community and supporting local kids.”
Coastal Cleanup Day set for Sept. 21 Billed as the world’s largest single-day volunteer event, the 24th annual Coastal Cleanup Day, will be held at local sites from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 21. Coastal Cleanup Day provides Southern California residents with the chance to beautify their neighborhood, local waters or beach, and it’s also a chance to band together and enjoy the outdoors, say representatives of Heal the Bay. Since 1990, the Santa Monica-based environmental organization, one of the beach cleanup’s primary organizers, has mobilized hundreds of thousands of volunteers for the Los Angeles County event. This year’s effort will feature volunteers walking, kayaking, paddle boarding and SCUBA diving to remove debris from local beaches, rivers, parks, school campuses and streets. Last year in California, 62,668 volunteers removed 728,289 pounds of trash and 143,291 pounds of recyclable waste, according to Heal the Bay. Approximately 50 coastal and inland cleanup sites will be managed this year, spanning close to 1,500 square miles. As part of a global effort, Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers around the world last year collected two million cigarette butts, enough to fill approximately 94,000 packs of cigarettes, according to the Ocean Conservancy, which spearheads the worldwide event each year. Cigarettes continue as the No. 1 debris item found by volunteers on Coastal Cleanup Day. In Los Angeles last year, more than 9,000 volunteers kept nearly 20 tons of debris from
heading to the ocean, Heal the Bay officials said. This year’s Coastal Cleanup Day highlights include a stand-up paddleboard clinic from 11a.m. until 2 p.m. and dory race at the Santa Monica Pier scheduled to begin at noon after the cleanup, sponsored by LandShark Lager. Cleanup participants will also be eligible for giveaways of customized stand-up paddleboards and other items, as well as drink and food specials at Rusty’s on the Pier. The first 100 volunteers at city of Los Angeles sites will receive a free reusable bag to help prepare for the single use bag ban that goes into effect this winter. SCUBA-certified divers will get a chance to clear underwater debris at dive sites at Santa Monica Pier. Kayakers are also welcome to join the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation for a kayak cleanup in Marina del Rey from 9 a.m. to noon. Last year, the kayak event drew 160 volunteers who collected 158 pounds of trash and 33 pounds of recyclables. At the Santa Monica Pier (Tower 1550), Naam Yoga will additionally organize a human peace circle at 8:30 a.m. before the cleanup begins at 9 a.m. No special training or equipment is required to take part in the cleanup. Heal the Bay encourages volunteers to bring their own buckets, reusable bags and gloves to pick up trash. An online map of all cleanup sites with registration information can be found at www. healthebay.org/ccd2013.
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motorists or damaged the gate arm after it closes. They say the presence of bike riders in the lot can be an inconvenience for RV users who do not expect cyclists to speed through the area. In an effort to resolve the problem, the county Department of Public Works is proposing to construct a 385-foot-long, 12-foot-wide bike path connection between the Marvin Braude trail and the county service road along Marine Avenue. The county Board of Supervisors voted Sept. 3 to approve a grant application for up to $300,000 to fund the connector project. Kerjon Lee, a spokesman for county Public Works, said the department would have three years to complete the estimated $150,000 project if and when the grant funding is received. Baker said Beaches and Harbors agrees that a beach path connection between the service road is needed and is pleased that Public Works is pursuing the project. “It should solve the problem (of cyclists riding through the RV lot),” she said. Public Works officials believe the new trail linkage will improve the situation by allowing bicyclists to access the beach path while bypassing the RV lot and restroom area and minimizing the potential conflict between cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. The project will include the installation of wayfinding and signage.
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FICTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT File No. 2013 143406 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 150535 The following persons are doing business as: Land Images 501 N. Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. 90004 County of Los Angeles. Registered owners: Thomas A. Lockett 501 N. Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. 90004 Michael C. Williams 501 N. Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. 90004 This business is conducted by a general partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 05/01/1977. 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: Thomas A. Lockett. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 19th 2013. Argonaut published: July 25, Aug. 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 172591 The following persons are doing business as: Matador Combatives 1180 Nelrose #2 Venice, CA. 90291 Registered owners Brady T. Chin 1180 Nelrose Ave. #2 Venice, CA. 90291 This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name Brady T. Chin Statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Sept. 19, 2013. Argonaut published:
Sept 12, 19, 26, 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 175126 The following persons are doing business as: FindMyCharter.com 5301 Beethoven St. #265 Los Angeles, CA. 90066 County of Los Angeles, American Sailing Assoc. 5301 Beethoven Ste 265 Los Angeles, CA. 90066 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 Cynthia Shabes Statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on August 21, 2013. Argonaut published: August 29, Sept 5, 12, 19, 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 175516 The following persons are doing business an Parklet Studies 5206 Shearin Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90041 Registered owners: Robin Abad Ocubillo 320 Church #1 SF, CA. 94114 Kevin Ocubillo 5206 Sheerin Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90041 This business is conducted by a general parntership. 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:Kevin Ocuillo Parnter This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on August 21, 2013 Argonaut published: Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3. 2013 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 175820 The following persons are doing business as: Wunderbar Travel 1900 Vine Street Apt 402 Los Angeles, CA. 90068 County of Los Angeles. Registered owners: Christiane Busch Nyfield 1900 Vine Street Apt 402 Los Angeles, CA. 90068 This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.)Registrant Signature/Name Chistiane Busch Nyfield Statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on August 22, 2013. Argonaut published: Sept 5, 12, 19, 26 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 177456 The following persons are doing business as: Stage Right Home Staging 18 Privateer St #3 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 County of Los Angeles. Registered owners: Julie M. Lane 18 Privateer St #3 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information
in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name Julie M. Lane Statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on August 23, 2013. Argonaut published: Sept 5, 12, 19, 26 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 178714 The following persons are doing business as: C & M Essentials LLC 4452 Verdugo Road Los Angeles, CA. 90065 Registered owners C & M Essentials LLC 4452 Verdugo Road Los Angeles, CA. 90065 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 C & M Essentials LLC Owner Statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on August 26, 2013. Argonaut published: Sept 12, 19, 26, 2013 Oct. 3, 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 182900 The following persons are doing business as Sharon’s Laundromat 214 W. Rosecrans Ave. suite 104 Compton, CA. 90222 Registered owners Fblobel Inc. 13082 Mindanao Way unit 60 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 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 Fblobel Inc. President Fred B. Lobel Statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Aug. 30, 2013. Argonaut published: Sept 19, 26, 2013 Oct. 3, 10, 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 184249 The following persons are doing business as REAL | Los Angeles 8225 Handley Avenue Los Angeles, CA. 90045 Registered owners Kathleen Marinaccio 8225 Handley Avenue Los Angeles, CA. 90045. Tino Cho 4974 S. Centinela Ave. unit B Los Angeles, CA. 90066 This business is conducted by a copartners. 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 Kathleen Marinaccio co partners Statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Aug. 4, 2013. Argonaut published: Sept 19, 26, 2013 Oct. 3, 10, 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 184750 The following persons are doing business as: Dragontail Creative 7225 Crescent Park West unit 150 Playa Vista, CA. 90094 County of Los Angeles. Registered owners Stephanie Jones 7225 Crescent Park W unit 150 Playa Vista, CA. 90094 This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name
or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.)Registrant Signature/Name Stephanie Jones Statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Sept. 4, 2013. Argonaut published: Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 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 186063 The following persons are doing business as: Venice Liberty 617 Oceanfront Walk Venice, CA. 90291 Registered owners Patrick Liberty 617 Oceanfront Walk Venice, CA. 90291 This business is conducted by a individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name Patrick Liberty Statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Sept. 5, 2013. Argonaut published: Sept 12, 19, 26, 2013 Oct. 3, 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 188518 The following persons are doing business as Santa Monica Malibu Tow 1626 Lincoln Blvd Santa Monica, CA. 90404. 12244 1/2 W. Pico Blvd. WLA, CA. 90065 Registered owners Mike Terashita 12244 1/2 W. Pico Blvd West Los Angeles, CA. 90064 This business is conducted by a individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A I declare that all information
in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name Mike Terashita Statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Sept. 9, 2013. Argonaut published: Sept 12, 19, 26, 2013 Oct. 3, 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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L o s A n g e L e s T i m e s s u n d Ay C r o s s w o r d P u z z L e “EPICENTERS” By PAUL HUNSBERGER
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58 Webmaster’s code 59 __ circus 60 “__ Shoes”: 2005 Cameron Diaz film 61 Abstains from 64 Monet subject 65 It may be a sign of chilling 68 O’Hara home 70 Construction site sights 72 Moon-related phenomena 73 Postgame postmortem 74 Gorbachev’s land: Abbr. 75 Perfume, as at High Mass 76 Parts of some baby splits 78 Laundry supply 81 2012 Stanley Cup champs, initially 82 Swatch, e.g. 84 Port of Crete 85 It can be used in dating 87 Baseball teams 88 Ducked down, say 89 Some IRAs 91 Some hieroglyphic squiggles 94 Top parts 98 “Call me” 102 “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” singer 103 Grimm menace 104 Maple yield 105 Plays guitar chords, in a way 106 Atlanta-based airline
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LEGAL ADVERTISING & PUBLIC NOTICES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 188524 The following persons are doing business as Mick Buchanan Cabinetmakers 5020 Jefferson Blvd Los Angeles, CA. 90016 Registered owners Michael Buchanan 2101 Glyndon Avenue Venice, CA. 90016 This business is conducted by a individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.)Registrant Signature/ Name Michael Buchanan Owner Statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Sept. 9, 2013. Argonaut published: Sept 12, 19, 26, 2013 Oct. 3, 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).
Play Productions LLC Statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Sept. 9, 2013. Argonaut published: Sept 12, 19, 26, 2013 Oct. 3, 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 188534 The following persons are doing business as Long Play LLC 1801 Grace Ave. #33 Los Angeles,CA. 90028 Registered owners Long Play Productions LLC 1801 Grace Ave. #22 Los Angeles, CA. 90028. 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 July 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 Long
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013 191681 The following persons are doing business as 1) The Veterinary Spot 2) The Vet Spot 3)Vet Spot 4) Veterinary Spot 534 N.
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