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VOL 44, NO 41 Local News & Culture

OPINION Election Endorsements......................................................................5 Letters to the editor............................................................................5

NEWS Trial nears for alleged Penmar Park killer......................................... 6 Memorial honors slain deputy...........................................................6 Meet Heal the Bay’s new CEO..........................................................6 Sheriff’s, LAPD build new biometrics database............................... 11 Election 2014: Grose vs. Burke........................................................ 12 Election 2014: Carr vs. Lieu............................................................. 13

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FEATURE Venice Beach is the center of the paddle tennis universe............... 14

THIS WEEK The Other Venice Film Festival keeps it reel.................................... 17 Westside Happenings...................................................................... 18 ARTBLOCK, round four.................................................................. 33 Stars go all-in at The Reserve.........................................................34

FOOD & DRINK Meals that fly high at Spitfire Grill................................................... 25

INTERVIEW The founder of Pancakes & Booze has fun for a living................... 30 ON THE COVER: Former WNBA star Michelle Greco, right, and partner Noelle Orsini were the only women to play in the top division during last month’s paddle tennis doubles championship in Venice. Photo by Edizen Stowell / Venice Paparazzi. Design by Ernesto Esquivel.

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Letters Shriver for Supervisor

Re: "For this job, it's all about the résumé," news, Oct. 2

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is antiquated and out of touch. Bobby Shriver will bring fresh, intelligent energy to county government. His compassion, integrity and positive outlook on life will serve every constituent well. The contrast between Shriver’s receptiveness to people and the dismissiveness I experienced from his opponent, Sheila Kuehl, is striking. In 2005 the California Assembly approved a bill that authorized a one-year pilot off-leash dog zone at Dockweiler State Beach. The members of my advocacy group, Freeplay, were elated. We and others had worked for more than 10 years collecting thousands of signatures on a petition supporting legislation like this. The bill then went to Kuehl’s Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water. There, it died. Kuehl informed us that because she didn’t have a dog beach in her backyard, we didn’t need one either. We realize there are two sides to the dog-beach issue. People have a right to disagree. But Kuehl’s sheer arrogance and the flippant way she dismissed a decade of work by hundreds of her constituents absolutely floored us! Bobby Shriver could not be further from that kind of Sacramento politician. He comes out of local

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Re: Volunteering 101 I used to hear dedicated volunteers say that they usually got more than they gave when volunteering, but I was skeptical. Then I began volunteering for Westchester Playa Village, and now I know they were telling the truth. Two years ago an article about Westchester Playa Village caught my eye. The group supports local seniors trying to stay in their homes by providing transportation, companionship and other services. I was searching for just those things for my wonderful 90-year-old mom who lived back East and was trying to remain independent. I had been visiting her as often as I could and would drive her to appointments and around town. We had our favorite daily rituals — working the crossword puzzle together every morning and playing two games of Rummikub every night before bed. But I felt bad when I had to leave. When I read the article a light went on, and I realized that even if I couldn’t be there for my own mom each week I could be there for someone else’s. I called to volunteer as a driver. The driving schedules were flexible, and I could choose what I wanted to do each week. If I was very busy I’d tell the office that I wasn’t available, or that I could only drive one way of a trip. In addition to driving I did small sewing jobs, wrote articles, made baked goods and arranged centerpieces for social events — all things I love to do. I’ve met the most delightful and appreciative people: retired art teachers and doctors, homemakers and businessmen and women. They all have amazing stories to tell — some fascinating or funny, and some that could break your heart. And then, six months ago, I met Linda. Linda is a great grandmother, painter, baker, gardener and flower arranger extraordinaire. She joined Westchester Playa Village to see if she could use their services and give up driving. I started taking her grocery shopping on Tuesdays, and a bond quickly formed when we realized how many interests we had in common. Tuesdays are now more than a one-hour trip to Ralph’s and back. After we put the groceries away, I set the table while Linda makes lunch. We chat and share recipes at the kitchen table, and then the Rummikub game comes out. It turns out that’s another thing we have in common. My mom died a year and a half ago and I miss her very much, but I’ve found a delightful new Rummikub partner and friend in Linda. I remember those wise folks who said, “When you volunteer you usually get more than you give,” and I couldn’t agree more. Martha Horn Westchester

The Argonaut’s Election Endorsements, Part One Deciding which candidates to support for local, state and federal offices usually gets easier as Election Day draws near. This, however, is not a typical election cycle. The June 3 primary narrowed a head-spinning number of choices for Congress, the state Senate, the state Assembly and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors races down to just two hopefuls per contest. What makes choosing among fewer candidates more difficult is that we’ve gotten to know the candidates a little bit better, and in many of our local races both candidates have made very convincing cases that we would do well to put them in public office. The good news is that tougher choices likely mean better outcomes for voters — a choice of the better of two goods rather than the lesser of two evils, which is so often the case. And that’s important because elections aren’t really about the candidates: they’re about you and your aspirations for our community’s future. Love our choices, hate our choices — what matters is that you exercise the right to choose. Because if you don’t, someone else will. For democracy’s sake, we can’t urge you enough to mail in your ballot or turn out to the polls on Election Day. Next week: State and local ballot measure endorsements

CONGRESS — 33rd District

of Rush Limbaugh’s venom while standing up to congressional bullies over women’s reproductive health care, Fluke may be a first-time office seeker but she’s been in the big game for a while.

Vote for Sandra Fluke. STATE ASSEMBLY – 62nd District

Autumn Burke is a wellrounded candidate who knows the issues and the district well. She grew up the daughter of L.A. political royalty — former L.A. County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke and former Coastal Commission member William Burke — but she has established her own strong political identity this year, even as a first-time candidate for public office. As the owner of a business development consulting firm, part of that identity is pledging to support local small businesses, which could use an advocate in Sacramento.

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Spoiler alert: We’re sticking with our June primary endorsement of former state State Sen. Ted Lieu comes legislator Sheila Kuehl. But to the race with a record of this is another one of those serving the Westside well in choices that didn’t get any Sacramento, and we believe easier this time around. he would continue to do so in Before the primary, we weren’t that impressed Washington. with Bobby Shriver — mostly because we Lieu would also carry couldn’t even get him to take our calls. The former outgoing Rep. Henry Waxman’s torch on several Santa Monica mayor still isn’t the easiest person important issues — especially climate change, to reach, but this time for good reason: He’s been which is perhaps the most important issue of this busy. Since June, Shriver has been much more century. He has pledged to us to bring back a active on the campaign trail, and in doing so made version of Waxman’s American Clean Energy and himself more accessible to voters. Security Act proposal, potentially game-changing In last week’s package of candidate interviews, legislation that Waxman leaves unfinished in Shriver gave some pretty good answers about retirement. addressing the needs of the district, particularly when it comes to housing affordability, delivery of Vote for Ted Lieu. services and transportation infrastructure. But Sheila Kuehl is also hip to these issues, and STATE SENATE – she has dealt with them before. Representing the Westside for 14 years in Sacramento, Kuehl 26th District shepherded 177 bills from inception to law, The most difficult decision including many signed by Republican Gov. Arnold this election cycle was Schwarzenegger. choosing between Santa In setting health, economic, public safety and Monica-Malibu school board social services delivery policies for 10 million member Ben Allen and social people, the county supervisors oversee a territory justice attorney Sandra Fluke. more populous than many states. In managing a Both candidates are exciting $26-billion county budget, they must navigate and full of potential — they’re young, capable, approachable and generally on target complex funding mechanisms (and unfunded when it comes to the issues. Essentially, this race is a mandates) that often come down from Sacramento — territory Kuehl knows well. win for voters no matter the outcome. Kuehl’s track experience and comprehensive We endorsed Fluke in the primary, and in the end understanding of a supervisor’s role, in addition to we’re sticking with that endorsement due to her track record of legislative advocacy that has included her special focus on foster care and juvenile justice bills on early childhood education, student loan debt reform, makes her the right woman for the job. relief and workers’ rights. Tested in the crucible Vote for Sheila Kuehl.

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Trial nears for alleged Penmar Park killer

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Playa Vista developer gives $500,000 to school

Playa Vista master developer Brookfield Residential will give $500,000 to the Friends of Playa Vista Elementary School in annual installments of $50,000 over the next decade. Playa Vista Elementary School is an LAUSD “demonstration school” focused on a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum. The friends group is the school’s booster organization. Playa Vista Elementary Principal Rebecca Johnson said the money will be put to good use. “Loyola Marymount University, our educational partner, has agreed to match the first-year donation and that will pay for a curriculum writer,” Johnson said. Brookfield officials credited the school for a high level of parent involvement and an exceptionally high 900 Academic Performance Index rating, based on state standardized test results. “A neighborhood school is invaluable in creating a true sense of community and connection, and Playa Vista Elementary School is an important part of our community story,” said Brookfield spokeswoman Alison Banks.

Council hopefuls to ‘squirm’ in Santa Monica

Santa Monica City Council and school board candidates are taking part in an election forum from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. The annual “Squirm Night” is hosted by the Santa Monica Daily Press in partnership with Santa Monica College and ProCon.org, which has collaborated with the paper in producing an interactive candidate survey to help voters discover which candidates’ views best reflect their own. School board candidates take the stage at 6 p.m.; council candidates at 7 p.m. Also on Monday, council candidate Zoe Muntaner and Compassionate Santa Monica are screening the documentary “Pay2Play” at 2 p.m. at The Broad. A food truck gathering begins at 1 and a panel discussion follows. “Pay2Play” explores the influence of money on politics, arguing that the free flow of cash by large donors undermines democracy by influencing policy decisions and the issuance of government contracts.

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Memorial honors slain deputy

Harbor Patrol Cpl. Harold Edgington was killed in the line of duty 35 years ago at Mother’s Beach By Gary Walker Sept. 30, 1979, is a date Det. Tim Hazelwood of the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station will never forget. It was on that day that Hazlewood’s mentor in law enforcement, Los Angeles County Harbor Patrol Cpl. Harold Edgington, was killed in the line of duty. Edgington, who was 55 and a 15-year veteran of the harbor patrol, was stabbed to death at Mother’s Beach while writing a citation to Marina del Rey resident Stuart Schwebel, who deputies described as mentally disturbed. Hours later, Schwebel was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies responding to the stabbing. Edgington “was like everybody’s dad at the Harbor Patrol,” Hazelwood said. “When I heard that he was killed I thought, ‘No way.’ But then I found out the next day that it was all too real.” Hazlewood, who at the time was just starting out on the Harbor Patrol, was among some three dozen people who gathered at Mother’s Beach on Sept. 30 to remember Edgington on the 35th anniversary of his death. The event was attended by Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station Capt. Joseph Stephen and more than a dozen of his deputies as well as members of the California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Edgington’s wife Donna, daughter Sharon and son Gary also attended the memorial. Eight months after Edgington’s death, county officials dedicated

Retired Sheriff’s deputy Al Cohen greets Edgington’s widow during the memorial ceremony

the small park at the corner of Admiralty Way and Via Marina in his honor. A memorial plaque in Edgington’s memory also hangs in the Marina Sheriff’s Station, and a Harbor Patrol boat is named after him. The station also gathers annually for a memorial service in his honor. “Our presence here is a reminder to each of us that our chosen professions are not without risk. They’re not without loss,” Sheriff’s deputy Bryan White said. “All those who are walking by and questioning why are these people gathered here, we are reminding them that our professions are not without mourning or sacrifice.” Retired Sheriff’s deputies Al Cohen and David Cowan recalled responding to Edgington’s stabbing. They were the deputies who shot and killed Schwebel across from Mother’s Beach in a vacant lot where the Marriott Hotel now sits.

“I had coffee with [Edgington] that morning,” recalled Cowan, who came to Marina del Rey in the early 1970s. “He was a good man. He was one of my friends. He was a genuinely a nice guy.” “Every time that I hear about an officer being killed or hurt, it brings it all back,” Cohen said. Hazlewood said each gathering to remember Edgington includes a new element — last year it was a helicopter flyover and patrol cars stationed at each end of the beach with Edgington’s name emblazoned on them. This year it was the presence of a Sheriff’s honor guard. “We seem to get a better turnout every year,” Hazelwood said. Addressing Edgington’s family, Stephen said: “I speak for the 20,000 men and women of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. when I say we will never forget.” ª gary@argonautnews.com

Heal the Bay gets a new CEO Alix Hobbs started at the Santa Monica nonprofit as a teenage volunteer By Gary Walker Alix Hobbs was a teenager when she began volunteering for Heal the Bay in the summer of 1993. On Oct. 1, the Santa Monica nonprofit’s board of directors named her its new president and CEO. Hobbs takes over the leadership reigns from Ruskin Harley, who is returning to the San Francisco Bay area to be closer to his family after about 13 months

with Heal the Bay, a spokesman said. Hobbs’ appointment also came a day after Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a statewide ban on the distribution of plastic grocery and carryout bags, an issue the water-quality group had campaigned for heavily. “As we get closer to our 30th anniversary next year, we really have a unique opportunity to take a fresh look at our programs and see what works and where we

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Trial dates for the owners of two medical marijuana clinics alleged to be operating illegally in Westchester have been delayed yet again. Attorneys for Clean Green Caregivers, located at 8338 Lincoln Blvd., will be in court on Oct. 23 with a trial to follow within 30 days, said city attorney spokesman Rob Wilcox. Attorneys for Green Cross LAX, which closed its 5593 W. Manchester Ave. location subsequent to the filing of misdemeanor charges on July 2, attended an Oct. 2 pretrial hearing and could find themselves at trial by early next month. Trial dates for both cases were delayed in July and again

in August. Operators of both clinics are accused of violating Proposition D, which capped the number of marijuana clinics in Los Angeles and restricted the areas they could operate.

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A reputed gang member accused of gunning down two teenagers and shooting a Venice High School sophomore in the leg three years ago in Penmar Park and Recreation Center in Venice is expected to stand trial for murder later this month, according to prosecutors. Michael Anthony Mariscal, 22, of Culver City is scheduled to appear for a pretrial hearing at the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s Airport Courthouse in Westchester on Oct. 17. Trial is set to begin within 10 days of the hearing, said Deputy District Attorney Eugene Hanrahan of the district attorney’s office Hardcore Gang Unit. Mariscal has been charged with two counts of capital murder with the special circumstance of multiple murder, three counts of attempted premeditated murder, one count of street terrorism and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. It is unknown whether prosecutors with seek the death penalty, which is possible in a special circumstances murder case. Mariscal is accused of shooting and killing Salvador Diaz, 18, and Alan Mateo, 19, on June 22, 2011, in the park and shooting the third victim in the leg as he attempted to flee. He was arrested six days later by LAPD Pacific Division detectives. Mariscal has been in custody since he was arrested in 2011 and is currently at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. inmate records. “The main reason for the [threeyear delay] is that the defendant has changed attorneys and the new attorney had to get up to speed on the case,” Hanrahan said.

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Alix Hobbs has come full-circle to (Continued on page 34) lead Heal the Bay


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Stop and scan Using technology pioneered by the military, local law enforcement agencies are gearing up to collect iris scans and other biometric data during traffic stops and other encounters By Ali Winston, The Center for Investigative Reporting Without notice to the public, Los Angeles County law enforcement officials are preparing to widen what personal information they collect from people they encounter in the field and in jail — by building a massive database of iris scans, fingerprints, mug shots, palm prints and, potentially, voice recordings. The new database of personal information — dubbed a multimodal biometric identification system — would augment the county’s existing database of fingerprint records and create the largest law enforcement repository outside of the FBI of so-called next generation biometric identification, according to L.A. County sheriff’s Department documents. On Sept. 15, the FBI announced that the Next Generation Identification System was fully operational. Now that the central infrastructure is in place, the next phase is for local jurisdictions across the country to update their own information-gathering systems to the FBI’s standards. When the system is up and running in L.A., any law enforcement official working in the county, including members of the Los Angeles Police Department, would collect biometric information on people who are booked into county jails or by using mobile devices in the field. This would occur even when people are stopped for lesser offenses or pulled over for minor traffic violations, according to documents obtained by The Center for Investigative Reporting through a public records request. Officials with the sheriff’s department, which operates the countywide system, said the biometric information would be retained indefinitely — regardless of whether the person in question is convicted of the crime for which he or she was arrested. The system is expected to be fully operational in two or three years, according to the sheriff’s department. All of this is happening without hearings or public input, yet technology companies already are bidding to build the system, interviews and documents show. Officials would not disclose the expected cost of the project or which companies are bidding, but said it would be a multimillion-dollar undertaking. The new system is being readied as the public has become increasingly concerned about privacy invasions by the government, corporations and Internet

sources. Privacy advocates worry the public is losing any sense of control over the widespread collection of data on its purchases, travel habits, friendships, health, business transactions and personal communications. At the same time, cities and counties across the country are facing renewed scrutiny for accepting the transfer of military technology from the Pentagon. The national biometric database is part of the transition of military-grade technologies and information-gathering strategies from the Pentagon to civilian law enforcement. During the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past decade, the U.S. military collected and stored biometric information on millions of civilians and militants. In 2008, President George W. Bush required the Defense, Homeland Security and Justice departments to establish common standards for collecting and sharing biometric information like iris scans and photos optimized for facial recognition. Law enforcement agencies have been testing mobile systems for documenting biometric information, including a facial recognition program uncovered in San Diego County last fall. Authorities in California already collect DNA swabs from arrestees booked into county jails, a practice upheld last year by the U.S. Supreme Court and this year by a federal appeals court in California. Dozens of other states also collect DNA samples from arrestees.

The national biometric database is part of the transition of military-grade technologies and information-gathering strategies from the Pentagon to civilian law enforcement. During the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past decade, the U.S. military collected and stored biometric information on millions of civilians and militants. Documents from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department show its database will house information on up to 15 million subjects, giving the department a major stake in the Next Generation Identification program, a billion-dollar update to the FBI’s national fingerprint database and the largest information technology project in the history of the U.S. Department of Justice. For privacy advocates, the development of the Los Angeles biometric system without any public oversight or debate and an indefinite data retention policy are

causes for concern. Jeramie Scott, national security counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said it’s critical for the public to be aware that this new technology is being rolled out, because the information held by law enforcement poses unique threats to privacy and anonymity. “Biometric data is something you cannot change if it is compromised,” Scott said. “There are privacy and civil liberties implications that come from law enforcement having multiple ways to identify someone without their consent.” Scott, whose organization has sued the FBI to release information related to Next Generation Identification, added: “It becomes a one-sided debate when law enforcement alone is making that decision to use new technologies on the public.” Hamid Khan, an organizer with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition who studies police surveillance, said the arrival of Next Generation Identification means Los Angeles is now a frontier in the battle for privacy. “Now our whole bodies are up for grabs,” Khan said. The multimodal biometric system under development by the sheriff’s department

will collect four out of the five “inputs” used by the Next Generation Identification program — fingerprints, mug shots, iris scans and palm prints. Voice recordings are the fifth input. The L.A. system is designed to transmit and receive data to and from the FBI and the California Department of Justice, which has its own biometric database. Originally announced in 2008, Next Generation Identification is being rolled out across the country this year after pilot projects were carried out in Michigan, Maryland, Texas, Maine and New Mexico. About 17 million facial records already were integrated into Next Generation Identification as of January. Earlier this year, residents and city officials in Compton were outraged that Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials had experimented with a cutting-edge aerial surveillance tool known as widearea surveillance without any prior public notice. “A lot of people do have a problem with the eye in the sky, the Big Brother, so in order to mitigate any of those kinds of complaints, we basically kept it pretty hush-hush,” sheriff’s Sgt. Douglas Iketani told CIR earlier this year. (Continued on page 33) October 9, 2014 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 11


Election 2014

Assembly race sees a partisan divide

Republican Ted Grose and Democrat Autumn Burke have worked in real estate and emphasize support for small businesses, but that’s where the similarities end Unlike other Westside contests this election cycle, the race for the newly drawn 62nd Assembly District has come down to two candidates who would be newcomers to holding political office. Republican Ted Grose and Democrat Autumn Burke entered the race unknown to voters, though Burke's name carries plenty of weight in local politics thanks to her parents: former L.A. County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke and former Coastal Commission member William Burke. Grose and Burke have each worked locally in the real estate business — Grose for more

than 30 years — and both say they’d make support for small business a top priority in serving the district, which includes Marina del Rey, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey, Venice, Westchester and El Segundo as well as Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lennox and Gardena. But that’s where the similarities end. As a Republican in a district that tilts overwhelmingly Democratic, peeling off natural support from Burke is a must for Grose, even if voter turnout is very low. No Republican has won election to the state Assembly (or the state Senate and Congress,

production of affordable housing? I’m not that familiar with Assembly Bill 2222. I think SB 1818 in its current incarnation is a destroyer of neighborhoods. There was no mechanism to measure outcomes of affordable housing. If it can protect the integrity of our communities and provides for measurable accountability, I’m in favor of taking a look at Assembly Bill 2222. Ted Grose Party: Republican Age: 60 Residence: Westchester Occupation: Small business owner Endorsements: Did not seek endorsements What makes you the better choice in this race and sets you apart from your opponent? First of all, I have raised a family in this district. I have lived in this district for 36 years and have been in the real estate business in this district for 32 years. I’ve been both a renter and a homeowner in this district. But the defining difference between me and my opponent is that I have no IOUs. I don’t owe anyone anything and I can be as independent as I want to be. Unlike my opponent, who is owned and operated by a political machine, I have no debts to pay upon going to Sacramento. What is your position on AB 2222, which would amend the existing state law (SB 1818) that allows housing developers to increase the density of their projects beyond local limitations in exchange for

What is your position on the Annenberg Foundation’s controversial plan to build a nature education center, including an animal adoption and care component, in the Ballona Wetlands? The wetlands are very important to me. I remember the amount of fill that was taken out of what is now Playa Vista and dumped in the wetlands. If the Annenberg Foundation’s efforts help bring public awareness and funding to the wetlands and speed up the analysis for the restoration process, I think that serves a good purpose. I think the area has become a dump, and to think that it could go back to being wetlands the way that it was is a bit farfetched. Do you support a statewide minimum wage increase? Raising the minimum wage will be good for those who have jobs and will keep their jobs and bad for those who lose them. County redevelopment proposals for Marina del Rey would reconfigure the area. What would you like to see happen? As a state legislator I would have very little influence on the footprint of Marina del Rey, and

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for that matter) in several decades. Burke has also outpaced Grose in fundraising. Grose had raised about $10,000 and loaned his campaign another $15,000 as of the last summary reporting period, which ended June 30. Reports since July 1, which include only contributions of $1,000 or more, have Grose picking up another $5,800, more than half of it out of Grose’s pocket. Grose’s highest-profile donor is Charles T. Munger Jr., the physicist son of Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger who helped bankroll the 2010 state ballot measure

that created the Citizens Redistricting Commission. Burke’s campaign, meanwhile, had received $428,000 in contributions as of June 30, with donors including current and former elected officials, organized labor and committees representing a wide range of industries—many of them committees that give regularly to Sacramento incumbents. During the hard-fought primary, Burke’s cause also got a boost from more than $500,000 in support spent by independent political committees. — Gary Walker

I’d defer to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on how they plan to make the community more environmentally progressive and user-friendly. As a Republican In a district that is overwhelmingly Democratic, what is your strategy to attract Democratic voters on Election Day? The strategy that I have is to get the word out about who Ted is. I believe that the voters of this district will vote for the better candidate who knows the issues. I know the issues and I understand the issues that matter to people, not to the special interests. And I’m the better candidate for the district, plain and simple. Your opponent has a lot of donor support and has benefitted from independent expenditures. Is this something you can overcome? That just points to the fact that my opponent has a lot of IOUs. I’m the better candidate because people want someone who is not running just for the title. I want the job. If elected, what would your highest priorities be? My top priorities are intertwined. We need to reform our education system, be more supportive of teachers and beef up our community colleges and vocational schools. In order for people to enter the middle class, we have to have middle-class jobs — and for that we need an educated workforce. We need to create a business environment where businesses want to grow and want to come to our district. Our business environment should be as attractive as our climate. ª

Autumn Burke Party: Democrat Age: 40 Residence: Marina del Rey Occupation: Small business owner Endorsements: California Democratic Party, Assemblyman Steven Bradford, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin, Sierra Club California, Peace Officers Research Association of California What makes you the better choice in this race and sets you apart from your opponent? We live in a very complex district that has urban communities as well as coastal communities. I think one huge difference is that I have tried to understand the entire 62nd Assembly District, not only certain communities. I have made a concerted effort to try to listen to and to understand all of the concerns of the district as a whole. What is your position on AB 2222, which would amend the existing state law (SB 1818) that allows housing developers to increase the density of their projects beyond local

limitations in exchange for production of affordable housing? Obviously the net loss in affordable housing is a big concern. As someone who has worked for years in real estate, I have a real understanding of the importance of having affordable housing in the district. I know that a lot of people in Westchester have worked on getting an amendment to SB 1818.We want to see developers come to our district, but we also need affordable housing. So I think AB 2222 is a good improvement on SB 1818 and we need to move forward on it. What is your position on the Annenberg Foundation’s controversial plan to build a nature education center, including an animal adoption and care component, in the Ballona Wetlands? For me, it’s about seeing the Ballona Wetlands become a place where people can be much more involved with it than they are now. I would like to see kids and adults get educated about and understand nature. We need a center like that, but where it’s placed is something that might have to be discussed. Do you support a statewide minimum wage increase? Absolutely. I completely support raising the minimum wage. County redevelopment proposals for Marina del Rey would significantly reconfigure the area. What would you like to see happen? I would like to continue to see us be an active community in Marina del Rey. Mayor Eric Garcetti has a plan to create more walkable streets [in Los (Continued on page 34)


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Filling Waxman’s shoes

State Sen. Ted Lieu and prosecutor Elan Carr talk global warming and immigration reform as they seek to replace Rep. Henry Waxman in the nation’s least-popular political body On Nov. 4, Westside voters will send a new face to the House of Representatives for the first time in nearly two generations. With the impending retirement of Rep. Henry Waxman (D- Beverly Hills) after 40 years on Capitol Hill, state Sen. Ted Lieu and Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Elan Carr are vying to take over the reins of California’s 33rd Congressional District. A longtime member of the California Legislature, Lieu has already represented much of the district, which includes Santa Monica, Venice, Mar Vista, Marina del

Rey and a portion of Playa del Rey as well as Beverly Hills, Malibu and much of the South Bay. Carr, a gang prosecutor, has recently begun to introduce himself to district voters through television commercials touting his prosecution of a gang member who received a life sentence for the murder of a popular high school basketball player. Both candidates have compelling personal biographies as first-generation sons of immigrants — Carr’s family came from Iran; Lieu’s from Taiwan — and have

our district, but there should be conditions placed on some of the funding that we receive. For example, I think we need more funding for education. Why should there be a condition where teachers receive merit pay but we don’t talk about tenure reform? We also need to fix the Affordable Care Act by keeping the good things in it but making it so it doesn’t suffocate doctors out of the medical profession and limit patient choice. Elan Carr Party: Republican Age: 46 Residence: Beverly Hills Occupation: Criminal gang prosecutor Endorsements: Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, Sen. John McCain, L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, former L.A. County District Atty. Steve Cooley, L.A. County Assoc. of Deputy District Attorneys What makes you the better choice in this race and sets you apart from your opponent? Elan Carr: The key in this current climate is to find ways to bring people together. My whole campaign, my whole persona, has entirely and consistently been about bipartisanship and moving the country forward. As a gang prosecutor, I get to see in a very visceral way our broken schools and our broken communities and I want to lift both of them up. Where do you see crucial funding opportunities for the district that you think could continue to bolster the economy? We need federal funding in

What should be done about the Santa Monica Airport at the end of 2015, when several local groups are advocating for its closure? There is absolutely a need for measures to ameliorate the noise and discomfort for residents living near the airport. But rather than close the airport it could be used to attract businesses. We should employ all the assets that we have to attract and keep businesses in California, and transportation jobs are a part of that. This is a largely coastal district. Considering warnings about sea-level rise, what is your position on climate change and would you vote for legislation to combat it? There’s no question that the global climate has changed and temperatures have been rising, and I think there is sufficient evidence that a lot of this has been caused by humans. I’m in favor of measures to reduce greenhouse gases. I also think that it’s very important that in our efforts to reduce greenhouse gases we aren’t being punitive to American businesses and California businesses. I’d also be in favor of challenging countries like China and India to do more to reduce greenhouse gases.

emphasized their service as officers in the U.S. Army and Air Force, respectively. Carr won the higher percentage of votes in the June primary (21.5% to Lieu’s 18.8%), though Lieu faced stiff competition from his own party in former L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel (16.6%) and public radio host Matt Miller (12%) as well as left-leading Independent candidate Marianne Williamson (13.2%). Two other Republicans in the race combined for less than 10% of the vote. Carr had raised $824,319 in campaign cash and spent $578,735 as of June 30, the

Like your opponent, you are the son of immigrants. What is your position on immigration reform? I think it is an absolute outrage that we do not have comprehensive immigration reform done. I think fixing this problem is a moral imperative and it should be fixed immediately. Part of immigration reform is border security. I view this is a public safety issue, not a political issue. Border security has been unnecessarily politicized. So we’ve got to secure our borders for the safety of our families. We also have to find a sensible and humane solution for decent, law-abiding, patriotic undocumented residents to eventually get a path to citizenship. The district’s demographics heavily favor a Democratic candidate. Given the highly partisan nature of national politics, what is your strategy to overcome this advantage? Voters of all stripes are craving new leaders, and they’re looking for candidates who want to protect them and work in a bipartisan way. We’ve noticed lately that Democratic women in our district between the ages of 35 and 55 are gravitating towards me because these women are mothers and they care about taking care of our kids and our communities. So my strategy is to appeal to all voters of the district because the issues that I’m running on are not Democratic or Republican issues — they’re American issues. What would your highest priorities be if elected? The top priority of any government is to keep its

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last federal reporting deadline. Lieu had raised $1,208,248 and spent $1,057,883 during that same period. Each candidate boasts prominent endorsements — Carr has former presidential candidate Mitt Romney; Lieu has Waxman — but the winner will join a government body that is the most unproductive and unpopular at any time in history, with a reputation for gridlock and hyper-partisanship. Unlike the House, however, this contest has so far remained civil. — Gary Walker

Ted Lieu Party: Democrat Age: 45 Residence: Torrance Occupation: State senator / Air Force reserve officer Endorsements: Rep. Henry Waxman, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Don Knabe, former L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel, Peace Officers Research Association of California, California League of Conservation Voters What makes you the better choice in this race and sets you apart from your opponent? Ted Lieu: I have a record of delivering results to the district that I have represented in both the Assembly and the state Senate. I have fought for funds for the district on climate change and transportation, and I have a record of accomplishments in the district. Where do you see crucial funding opportunities for the district that you think could continue to bolster the economy? I still believe growing our economy and job creation is

critical, and I will look at where we can fund some of these initiatives that I think will grow our economy. I don’t believe that we’re going to compete in the global economy here in America by making socks. We have a growing sector of the economy in Silicon Beach, with innovation and creativity in Venice and Santa Monica. We have the travel and tourism sectors that we have to continue to invest in. We have the ports as well, and we have to help incentivize these industries so we can keep jobs in California. What should be done about the Santa Monica Airport at the end of 2015, when several local groups are advocating for its closure? I support the City Council’s positions (Measure LC) and its decision not to renew the airport’s lease with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). As a member of Congress I would make sure that Santa Monica’s decision is implemented. This is a largely coastal district. Considering warnings about sea-level rise, what is your position on climate change and would you vote for legislation to combat it? I authored legislation, Senate Bill 1066, that made $1.5 million available to coastal communities for research on how to address sea-level rise, which is a result of climate change. I would also reintroduce Waxman-Markey [legislation sponsored by Waxman and Senator Edward Markey, also known as the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, that was designed to reduce global warming gas emissions]. I was (Continued on page 34)

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Feature

‘ of tennis’

Photos by Edizen Stowell / Venice Paparazzi

The sexy sister

Venice Beach is the epicenter of paddle tennis, an often overlooked sport that everyone — especially more women — should try

By Esme Gregson “The best way I can describe it is oxygen for the soul,” says Sonia “The Machine” Ode Lucci. She pauses midstride to take a long and deep breath, closing her eyes as she demonstrates the metaphor. By the time I’ve finished taking my breath and open my eyes, she’s already out of earshot and back on the court. Ode Lucci, owner of the Maximo Beauty hair salon in Culver City, is talking about paddle tennis — a sport she’s played for more than 20 years. Also known as street tennis, it’s essentially a faster, dirtier version of tennis that’s played on a smaller court and with paddles instead of strung rackets. The rules are virtually the same, with the exception of the serve: it must be underhanded and, if you

miss it, you lose the point. And the tennis balls are depressurized with needle pricks to keep them from flying off the courts, which look like miniaturized tennis courts minus the doubles lines. Surrounded by sandy beach, the constant freewheeling parade of the boardwalk and the clanking iron of Muscle Beach, the paddle tennis courts in Venice are basically the Mecca of the sport. Paddle tennis is only considered popular — meaning public courts have been built with taxpayer dollars — in three parts of the country: New York City; St. Augustine, Fla.; and (mostly Westside) Los Angeles, where the 11 recently refurbished paddle tennis courts in Venice (25 years ago, the only decent public courts in L.A.) stand as the sport’s crown jewel. The Venice courts hosted the

United States Paddle Tennis Association’s open singles championship in August and its national doubles championship the weekend before last. Invented in the early 20th century as a way to keep kids busy, paddle tennis enjoyed a golden era of popularity from the 1970s to the ‘90s before drifting back to relative obscurity — which is a shame because the game, which I call “tennis for the rest of us,” comes without the ladies-who-lunch manners and is a fantastic workout, surprisingly easy to learn, ridiculously fun and relatively inexpensive. (It’s free to play on the public courts, and the Venice Recreation Center rents paddles for $5 an hour). “Paddle tennis is the sexy sister of tennis,” says Victoria Van Trees, who wore a pink pleated

The ladies of Venice paddle tennis pause for a group shot during last month’s doubles tournament: (top row, from left) Alexandria, Tanya, Henrike “Henny” Moll, Esme Gregson, Michelle Greco, Sydne Kelter; (bottom row, from left) Alejandra, Angelica, Caroline, Sonia Ode Lucci, Trisha Fortuna and Connie PAGE 14 THE ARGONAUT October 9, 2014

Sonia “The Machine” Ode Lucci took second place in her division at the U.S. Paddle Tennis Association singles championships in August at the Venice paddle tennis courts — and did it playing all her matches against men

skirt and argyle knee socks while playing in last month’s doubles tournament. “The smaller court makes the game faster, more intense and much more social than regular tennis. So much of this game is about taking over the net — you’re literally in your opponents’ faces.” Unfortunately, “the rest of us” barely know the game exists, says retired WNBA player and former UCLA basketball phenom Michelle Greco — a regular on the Venice courts who was last year’s champion at the national tournament in St. Augustine. “I have some friends who are tennis players, and some that are basketball players with a tennis background like me,” says Greco. “I tell them about paddle tennis and they’re like, ‘Wait, that’s a sport?’” Some famous tennis players have been known to hit the paddle tennis courts at Venice Beach, including Andy Roddick, Marty Fish, John Eisner and, most recently, tennis “it couple” Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov.

“The smaller court makes the game faster, more intense and much more social than regular tennis. So much of this game is about taking over the net — you’re literally in your opponents’ faces.” — Victoria Van Trees, paddle tennis enthusiast “I go to Venice for the high caliber of play and the more diversified player pool,” says Nick Kahrilas, who won the doubles tournament’s high-skill amateur A division with his 20-year-old son Cole. “I want to play the best players, at the highest level of the game.” Sharapova aside, however, it’s widely acknowledged that most female paddle tennis players tend to shy away from the competitive and, some would say, circuslike atmosphere in Venice. The gender gap widens during tournaments. Several women entered the doubles


ArgonautNews.com avoiding tournament play would be inaccurate and shallow. “Even though men are often considered to take competition in sports too seriously,” she theorized, “there is a possibility that actually it is women who attribute too much significance to the question of victory or loss on the court. Perhaps it is the woman’s fear of social comparison and the inferences others might draw in regards to where she stands relative to

schoolteacher and top female player, responded with just two words — “the bathrooms.” So we may be on to something there. But Scott Freedman, a Venice regular and the only player in the sport to win a grand slam — that is, all four major U.S. paddle tournaments in a single year — believes there just isn’t enough being done to market the sport to women. “There’s too much focus places

reports Van Trees, who would usually practice at the Jonathan Club’s Beach Club in Santa Monica. Trisha Fortuna, who manages the Ocean Front Walk restaurant Poke Poke and is one of popular women’s coach Gino Bejarano’s best students, won the doubles B division championship with partner Gaston Ferrando. “During finals, there was this little girl watching with her mom. She was rooting so hard for me, since I was the only girl player left in the tournament, and when we won she was so excited,” Fortuna says. “After that her mom came up to me and said ‘Now she’s begging me to buy her paddle tennis lessons.’” For me, paddle tennis has become something of an addiction — an obsession, — Michelle Greco, former WNBA star almost. I organize all my free time around it. I schedule her female peers that lets her on the men’s open [high-skilled] doctor’s appointments so as chicken out of tournaments.” division, and not enough on the not to conflict. It’s starting to Daryl Lemon, a former women’s or the [lower-skilled] A eclipse all my other hobbies ... stockbroker who founded and and B brackets,” Freedman says. which, from what I’m told, isn’t chairs the American Paddle Maybe we just have to take the unusual. Tennis Association (which also plunge and see what happens. “It’s a great game,” says Ode hosts tournaments) has another “The first time I visited the Lucci, who also works as a idea. courts at Venice Beach I felt a promoter for Wilson Sporting “It’s a marketing problem,” bit intimidated, as Venice is the Goods. “I tell people, ‘Come feel he says. “When they can play epicenter of the sport, where the energy: energy from the sun, at the Bel Air Bay Club, where the big dogs play. But my fears energy from the competition and you don’t have all these people dissipated quickly as I started to camaraderie, energy from the drinking and smoking and meet people. Everyone I have people who watch. All kinds of carrying on, acting crazy in line met so far has been welcoming energy, all for free.’” ª at the public bathrooms … that’s and encouraging. As a newbie, Call (310) 399-2775 to reach really it.” I was treated not as a nuisance, the Venice Beach Recreation Romy Hightower, a but as a fellow enthusiast,” Center.

“I don’t really mind playing against men, because they’re so much fun to play against, but for some women it’s frustrating knowing that they’ll have to beat the top guys to win.”

Tanya Pignatelli attacks the net during a doubles tournament match at the Venice Beach courts

But if you practice all week long, why not compete? Are women really less aggressive and less competitive than men?

championship — which had a women’s division (my partner and I took second!) — but the singles tournament in August included only two women. One of those women was the fearless Ode Lucci, who scored a second-place finish in her division after playing all her matches against men. Greco, whose ferocity on the court is truly terrifying if you’re playing against her and thrilling if you’re lucky enough to be her partner, has her own take on the issue — basically that having few female competitors often means having no women’s bracket, and not having a women’s bracket perpetuates a lack of female players.

“I don’t really mind playing against men, because they’re so much fun to play against, but for some women it’s frustrating knowing that they’ll have to beat the top guys to win,” Greco says. She and partner Noelle Orsini were the only women who played in the doubles tournament’s most competitive division. Head coach of the St. Bernard High School basketball team, Greco goes after every ball like it owes her money. But let’s face it: she’s about as common as a unicorn in a spaghetti Western. The average female paddle tennis player is not a former professional athlete nor still in her 30s, and she doesn’t want to have to compete against aggressive younger guys for the entirety of a tournament, thank you very much. But if you practice all week long, why not compete? Are women really less aggressive and less competitive than men? I asked my doubles tournament partner — Henrike “Henny” Moll, an assistant professor of developmental psychology at USC and a recent paddle tennis convert — and we agreed that such an explanation for women

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Venice muralist Jules Muck is featured in “Freedumb,” a documentary about the local arts scene that screens Friday as part of the Other Venice Film Festival

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The Other Venice Film Festival’s roster of 72 screenings includes ‘Freedumb,’ a new documentary profiling six local artists By Michael Aushenker “Freedumb.” It’s a word tattooed across muralist Jules Muck’s knuckles. It’s also the title of a new documentary by Laura Rudich and Sean VanLoozen that features Muck and five other creative Venetians, a film being screened publicly for the first time on Friday as part of the Other Venice Film Festival. Now in its 11th year, the Other Venice Film Festival is less an alternative to Italy’s Venice International Film Festival than it is a nonprofit community event dedicated to screening full-length, short and animated films that somehow embody the creative spirit, energy and diversity of Venice, California. Launching with just 14 films, the festival’s offerings doubled each of the subsequent three

years and has grown to include 72 screenings across three days at the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center. In addition to “Freedumb,” the Friday night roster includes a screening of the indie flick “ERS,” starring Michelle Rodriguez and Rie Rasmussen. Both director Francesca de Sola and Rodriguez are expected to attend, said festival organizer Reuben De La Casas. Another festival highlight, screening Saturday morning, is “A Man Called God,” a documentary on 1970s cult leader Sai Baba created by actor Christopher St. John (“Shaft”) and his actor son Christoph St. John (“Days of Our Lives”). “Prison Through Tomorrow’s Eyes,” which explores the inequities of our prison system through the eyes of 24 college

students who tour several California state prisons, screens Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, the festival announces the recipients of its annual Abbot Awards for outstanding people and projects. Previous winners have included such industry luminaries as Werner Herzog, Roger Corman, Oliver Stone, Catherine Hardwicke, Stacey Peralta, Tony Alva, Orson Bean, Danny Trejo, Tony Bill and Zak Penn. As usual, screenings and awards are punctuated by live music sets. Performers this year include multinational rock music outfit Musiciens Sans Frontieres, Kim Corliss’ and one-armed guitarist Paul Gunby’s Natural Hi-Fi and rock fusionists Ship of the Rising Sun. New this year is a festival art tent, curated in the spirit of

Filmmakers took inspiration from Muck’s “Freedumb” — also a word tattooed on her knuckles

Burning Man. “This tent thing excites me because it’s the first time we’re trying it,” said De La Casas, who insists that film submissions have not appeared online and relate somehow to the zeitgeist of Venice. At 56 minutes, “Freedumb” is a cinematic portrait of “the Venice artists who come here from other areas and call Venice their home now,” De La Casas said. “Freedumb” filmmakers Rudich and VanLoozen now live in Venice after moving from their native Michigan two years ago. But don’t ask either of them to put their finger on why they’re so attracted to the beachside community. “That’s why we set out to make the project — to find answers to that. That kind of became the story [of the film],” Rudich said. In addition to England-born Muck, “Freedumb” subjects include artist Divine Love (Shelley Gomez), Venice Symphony Orchestra Director Wesley Flowers, painter Jason Christman, glassblower Ernie Miranda and musician Tony Fernandez, who embodies Jim Morrison in the Doors tribute band Peace Frog. Fernandez participated in a tribute to late keyboardist Ray Manzarek in last year’s festival, footage of which is included in “Freedumb.” The Venice Symphony Orchestra also performed at last year’s fest. “Most of them were just standout artists that we saw,”

Rudich said. “Jules was the first one. We saw her work all over town. She moved here right after I moved to Michigan.” Christman started off making Magic Marker drawings but people kept requesting paintings in the style. “He kept saying, ‘No, I don’t paint.’ Then eventually he started painting in that style,” Rudich said. After a private February screening of an initial cut of “Freedumb” in February at the Venice Love Shack, the filmmakers re-edited their picture to expand the segment on Miranda because of an ambitious project the glassblower had completed. Up next for Rudich is a short film memorializing legendary skateboarding pioneer and Z-Boy Jay Adams for an upcoming gallery show to be curated by Zephyr shop co-owner Jeff Ho, but for now all eyes are on “Freedumb.” In the end, Rudich finally figured out what keeps her rooted in Venice. “We just met so many great people who constantly inspire me,” she said. “That’s the draw of this place for me. Every day I can go out and see people creating.” “Freedumb” screens at 8 p.m. Friday. For a complete listing of events — all taking place at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd. — visit othervenicefilmfestival.com. Tickets are $10 per screening. michael@argonautnews.com

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Westside Happenings Thursday, Oct. 9 Blood Drive in Marina del Rey, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The American Red Cross needs your help to save lives. Hosted by L.A. County Department of Beaches & Harbors in the community room at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way. Appointment necessary. Visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code LACBH. Chess Club, 4:15 p.m. Kids ages 5 to 16 can learn to play chess or improve their strategy through free classes each Thursday at VeniceAbbot Kinney Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl. org/branches Spirited Thursdays, 6 to 9 p.m. Set against the backdrop of the allnew, Michael S. Smith-designed lounge, guests at Terrazza can mingle with a rotating roster of beverage professionals — from winemakers and brand founders to celebrated mixologists — showcasing new boutique wine, beer or spirits weekly. For every specialty drink ordered, guests receive a complimentary small plate to pair from Executive Chef Jason Bowlin. Hotel Casa del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica. Specialty cocktails are $12 to $16 each. (310) 430-7144; hotelcasadelmar.

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Beatnik Artist Earl Newman Book Signing, 6 to 8 p.m. Beatnik poster artist Newman, now in his mid-80s, occupied the space where Small World Books stands today back in 1960, when he created posters for The Troubadour, Insomniac Café, The Gas House, The Ash Grove and Venice West. Newman has created Monterey Jazz Festival posters for five decades. He also created a poster series for P.O.P., reprinted in the book "Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles' Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier," which the artist is signing. Domenic Priore, the book's author, will interview Newman for a Q&A. Small World Books, 1407 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. (310) 399-2360; smallworldbooks.com Balance and Fitness Class, 7 p.m. Free class offered Thursdays; also 9:45 a.m. Saturdays. Class builds total core strength with squats, pushups, lunges and other techniques utilizing StrongBoard Balance, a new fitness product. Equipment provided on a first-come, firstserved basis. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. $5 donation recommended, with proceeds earmarked for Heal the Bay. (310) 804-0514; strongboardbalance.com Del Rey Neighborhood Council meeting, 7:15 p.m. The council

meets the second Thursday of every month at Del Rey Square, 11976 Culver Blvd., Del Rey. delreync.org “The Magic Flute,” 7:30 p.m. Performed in English by South Africa’s Isango Ensemble. Runs through Sunday at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Tickets: $63 to $108. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com “A Hard Day’s Night,” 7:30 p.m. Richard Lester captured peak Beatlemania in this 1964 comedy starring the Fab Four. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com Sundown Stand-Up: Venice Beach Revival, 8 p.m. On Thursdays, area comedians bring spoken word and comedy performance back to the Venice Bistro, 323 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. No cover. (310) 3923997; thevenicebistro.com L Young with special guest Lina, 9 p.m. The Kentucky native sings his brand of soul music. 21 & over; twodrink minimum. Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. (310) 395-1676; harvelles.com Rapper Crown, 9 p.m. The Brooklyn MC delivers reality raps over the full sound of his lush 10-piece band the M.O.B. Hip Hop Funk and Soul Nite at 6 p.m.,

Habit at 7 p.m., and Jackie Gage at 8:15 p.m. Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. All ages; oneitem minimum. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com

Friday, Oct. 10 Venice Arts Preview Event, 6 to 9 p.m. Get a sneak peak of Venice Arts’ 21st annual gala exhibition on Nov. 1 featuring professional and student photographs. Venice Arts, 1702 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 392-0846; venicearts.org “Stop Making Sense,” 7:30 p.m. From Jonathan Demme, who went on to direct “Silence of the Lambs,” comes this 1984 film capturing the Talking Heads live at their peak which many music-heads consider to be one of the greatest concert films of all time. Includes Heads head David Byrne in a big suit crooning opener “Psycho Killer,” Heads numbers “Life During Wartime” and “Burning Down the House,” and the married percussion half of the band Chris Franz and Tina Weymouth performing their signature cult hit, “Genius of Love.” Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com Other Venice Film Festival, 8 p.m. The 11th annual film fest runs through Sunday and spotlights local talent. Beyond Baroque,

681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.org ; othervenicefilmfestival.com “Orphans,” 8 p.m. Also at 8 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 18. Lyle Kessler’s classic play about two abandoned boys, a predatory thief and a reclusive man-child who become divided after the elder sibling kidnaps a drunken, wealthy businessman named Harold. Adult language. Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org Gabe Rosenn, 11 p.m. Come celebrate the release of Rosenn’s new bluesy EP, “A Little Bit of Everything,” featuring songs inspired by influences Paul Simon and Otis Redding. Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. All ages; one item minimum. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com

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N O I CT Rotary Club of Playa Venice Sunrise E S L A I C SPE Cultural Dinner Honoring Sibyl Buchanan Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club will hold its 8th annual Cultural Dinner on Tuesday evening, October 21, 2014. This year’s event is entitled “Noche Espanola” and celebrates the country of Spain with authentic tapas, paella, sangria, flamenco dancers and a hosted bar. The dinner event is the largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds help fund Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Foundation projects such as Teacher Mini-Grants, Teacher Eddy Awards, Holiday Adopt-AFamily program, the Santa Tour, Airport Marina Counseling Service, feeding the homeless, 4th of July Parade, Christmas party and toy giveaway for the McBride School for handicapped children, high

WELCOME By Katie Butler Litsey, MPH, President, Rotary Club of Playa Venice Sunrise

Vibrant, diverse and effective. These three words best describe the personality of the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club. The enthusiasm of our club members and partners drives the success of our projects. And this year, the energy to serve others is more contagious than ever with a total of 61 members who share a wide range of

school scholarships, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, support of local area firefighters, and clean water projects in third world countries, to name a few. Each year at the cultural dinner the club presents one special award, the Sunrise Community Service Award, to a person who has made a difference in the lives of others, gives back to

backgrounds, experiences and passions. Our service projects truly reflect the diversity of our members’ interests and areas of expertise. Reaching an alltime membership high, we are now in a position where our collective passion for the Rotary motto “Service Above Self” can accomplish bigger and bolder projects in our local and global communities. An important goal of our club this year is to ensure sustainability of our service projects, so our efforts have

This year’s cultural dinner honoree Sibyl Buchanan

long-lasting impacts. We strive to incorporate education and vocational training components into our service projects to help community partners and future generations carry on project success. The path to sustainability is difficult, but our vision of a brighter world depends on it. It is a privilege to serve as Club President this year, and to be a part of a network of 1.2 million community and business leaders who work together to solve some of our world’s toughest challenges from polio eradication to peace and conflict resolution. There are so many different ways to participate

People ask all the time “What is Rotary?” Rotary is a worldwide nonprofit organization of more 1.2 million business, professional and community leaders. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, the workplace and throughout the world. You will find members in more than 200 countries with more than 34,000 clubs in the world who volunteer in communities at home and abroad to support education and

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job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation and eradicate polio. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious and open to all cultures, races and creeds. The Rotary Club of Playa Venice Sunrise is one of 66 clubs in District 5280 which covers the geographic boundaries of the Pacific Ocean to downtown and Woodland Hills to San Pedro. We represent the areas of Venice,

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the community and lives their life by the Rotary 4-Way test. This year’s honoree is Sibyl Buchanan who has been a wonderful volunteer and supporter of so many organizations. Sibyl recent retired as the Community Affairs Director for Playa Vista after 25 years and will be moving to Brentwood, Tennessee with her husband Mitch. This is a huge loss to our community. However you can come to our event, pay tribute to Sibyl, and bid her farewell on October 21.

in Rotary’s priority areas: fighting disease, providing clean water, supporting mothers and children, promoting education, growing local economies, and strengthening peace efforts. The opportunities in Rotary are endless, and we encourage community members to ask how they can get involved! An environmental epidemiologist working with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Katie Butler Litsey’s Rotary service began with Interact club in junior high school. In high school, she went on a Rotary youth exchange trip to Germany. Currently a resident of Redondo Beach, Katie, her husband Michael and American Eskimo mix dog are hosting a 16-year old Rotary exchange student from Japan.

The club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:15 a.m. at the Marina City Club, Center Tower, 3rd Floor Restaurant, Marina del Rey. We look forward to serving the community with you. For more information about Rotary or how you can help support a local project, please visit our website, www.playasunrise.org, contact our Director of Membership John Mercato (310) 740-6469 or visit us at a weekly breakfast meeting.

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Mama Hill’s Help Mama Hill’s Help, a Watts-based after school program founded in 2001, is a refugee for children and their families and a place for learning and for once in their lives, a violence-free zone. It is a drug-free safe haven where three times a week neighborhood children come to eat, get assistance with tutoring, job skills, violence and molestation prevention, gang intervention, anger management, conflict resolution, college preparation, music appreciation and most of all, LOVE. Members of the Rotary Club of Playa Venice Sunrise have become involved with Mama Hill’s by hosting monthly pizza parties, mentoring students, donating money to buy school uniforms and bus passes and most recently participating in a neighborhood block party fundraising event

Project Amigos After a four-year hiatus, due to unrest in Mexico, Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club will be traveling to Mexico to help a worthy family living out of a cardboard box in Baja California, by building them a house. This Rotary project requires about 20-25 Rotarian volunteers to build the house in a single weekend with a

Sister Club in Ajijic, Mexico

As sister club to Rotary Club of Ajijic in the Mexican State of Jalisco, Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club has initiated a project to renovate and refurbish the Fire Department of Ajijic/Chapala. In its efforts, the club has successfully recruited “Los Bomberos”, a Latin Club of Los Angeles firefighters, and the Rotary Club of Santa Monica. Los Angeles fire fighter and President of Los Bomberos Roger Rubio recently went to Mexico with Playa Venice Sunrise Rotarian Don Culton to present the Chapala Fire Department with tools and fire retardant personal safety gear including jackets, pants, shirts, and hoods. The donations are valued at more than $10,000. There is another $20,000

Joe Chehade of Playa Pharmacy at his flu shot booth, at a recent event for Mama Hill’s Help

to support some of the students and their families. Playa Venice Sunrise Rotarian and owner of Playa Pharmacy Joe Chehade set up a booth to give free flu shots to the local kids and family members at the event. pitched roof, four windows, and a front door that locks. The family is selected by Casa de Los Pobres (House of the Poor). Rotarians that have participated in this program never fail to become emotional when at the end of the day, the keys to the house are turned over to the family. Rotarians realize how just a couple of days of service can change the life of an entire family!

worth of equipment gathered by fireman Roger Rubio waiting to be shipped across the border. The Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club has enlisted the aide of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica in its efforts to obtain a Rotary International Global Grant to upgrade the outdated and damaged fire equipment currently in use by the Fire Department that serves a community in excess of 60,000 people. The Fire Department responds to 350 calls a year. Its current equipment limits their ability to help save lives and property. They have sixteen 16 firefighters who get paid minimal wages. They have limited training and no budget for equipment.

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ROTARY CLUB OF PLAYA VENICE SUNRISE such as a classroom whiteboard. Teachers who very often pay for these types of projects or basic The Teacher Mini-Grant Program is one of needs out of their own pockthe largest and most successful programs ets can now apply for funding of the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club through the Rotary Teacher MiniFoundation. The program is in its 19th Grants program. year and has grown from a first year disEach year over 150 grant tribution of $1800 in funding to approxiapplications are received and mately $15,000 last year. The purpose of approximately 50% of them are the program is to fund creative and innofunded through the program vative projects for the classroom teacher. Mini Grant (left) Dr. Cynthia Hoepner, with the partnership and donaThe grants range from $75 to $400 and Principal of St. Bernard High School, receives Teacher Mini-Grant check tions from other organizations are awarded annually for teachers in all from Rotarian Christina Davis. such as the Howard Hughes grades for both public and private schools Center/Equity Office, Playa Vista, in the local community. the Jim Bunch Charity Fund, Los Angeles Commercial Over the years the projects have ranged from Realtors Association (LACRA), LAX Coastal Chamber planting and growing vegetable gardens, making of Commerce and private donations from individuals book bags, computer software, special literacy proand businesses in the local community. grams to outdoor education and basic simple needs

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January 14, 2014. Education is a priority of the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club. In addition to the thousands of dollars given to teachers for these worthwhile projects through these grants, the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club proudly supports education through a book donation program, as well as a sponsor of the Chamber’s very successful Teacher Eddy Awards and awarding of numerous high school scholarships

Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club Foundation created a new program a couple of years ago through the generous donation of Los Angeles Commercial Realtors Association (LACRA) members. The local area schools are asked to submit “Wish Lists” and the items are purchased through the funding from LACRA and distributed to the schools at the Teacher Mini-Grant Awards Boxes of supplies donated to local schools through the Rotary Club of Playa Venice Sunrise’s School Breakfast that will be held on Supply Program.

LAPD, LAFD, Santa and Rotarian Elves just prior to annual Santa Tour through Westchester, Playa del Rey and Playa Vista neighborhoods.

Holiday Activities The Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club celebrates the traditional holiday season with their Family Adoption program, a Christmas Party at the McBride School for handicapped children, and joins forces with LAPD and LAFD for the annual Santa Tour through Westchester, Playa del Rey and Playa Vista neighborhoods. Best of all, the world-famous Mark Twain Bell Ringers (nothing to do with telemarketing) are planning a special visit to Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club’s regular breakfast meeting at Marina City Club, Wednesday, December 10, 2014. “While all of our meetings are open to the public, this is expected to be “standing room only,” so guests should RSVP in advance (ciancimino@aol. com) They appeared at the London Olympic Games, so you won’t want to miss them,” says club President Katie Butler Litsey. Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club brings a special holiday celebration each year to five very needy local families. The club also arranges a special visit from Santa to the McBride School. Rotarian elves are busily planning to make the 2014 holiday season a special time for those in need.

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January 14, 2014. Education is a priority of the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club. In addition to the thousands of dollars given to teachers for these worthwhile projects through these grants, the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club proudly supports education through a book donation program, as well as a sponsor of the Chamber’s very successful Teacher Eddy Awards and awarding of numerous high school scholarships

Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club Foundation created a new program a couple of years ago through the generous donation of Los Angeles Commercial Realtors Association (LACRA) members. The local area schools are asked to submit “Wish Lists” and the items are purchased through the funding from LACRA and distributed to the schools at the Teacher Mini-Grant Awards Boxes of supplies donated to local schools through the Rotary Club of Playa Venice Sunrise’s School Breakfast that will be held on Supply Program.

LAPD, LAFD, Santa and Rotarian Elves just prior to annual Santa Tour through Westchester, Playa del Rey and Playa Vista neighborhoods.

Holiday Activities The Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club celebrates the traditional holiday season with their Family Adoption program, a Christmas Party at the McBride School for handicapped children, and joins forces with LAPD and LAFD for the annual Santa Tour through Westchester, Playa del Rey and Playa Vista neighborhoods. Best of all, the world-famous Mark Twain Bell Ringers (nothing to do with telemarketing) are planning a special visit to Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club’s regular breakfast meeting at Marina City Club, Wednesday, December 10, 2014. “While all of our meetings are open to the public, this is expected to be “standing room only,” so guests should RSVP in advance (ciancimino@aol. com) They appeared at the London Olympic Games, so you won’t want to miss them,” says club President Katie Butler Litsey. Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club brings a special holiday celebration each year to five very needy local families. The club also arranges a special visit from Santa to the McBride School. Rotarian elves are busily planning to make the 2014 holiday season a special time for those in need.

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to practice peaceful, compassionate Youth with Rotary Peace Resolution 85 Teacher Mini-Grantsmit Help Sister City Club Build a Service Better Benin behavior forLocal the rest of Classrooms the year and thus Los Angeles City Council recently adopted living the ideals of peace.” Playa Venice The Teacher Minia resolution that officially recognizes Sunrise Rotary Club President Katie Butler Grant Program one the United NationsisInternational Day of Litsey was present for this special occasion. of the largest and most Peace and designates Los Angeles as an Los Angeles will become the 87th successful programs International City of Peace. International City of VeniceVenice Sunrise ofPlaya the Playa Peace worldwide, joining Rotarian Bruer, cities such as Hiroshima, SunriseScotty Rotary Club. founder of PeaceNow.com, Nagasaki, New York, The program is in its joined others in drafting and Atlanta, Detroit, Toronto, 18th year and has presenting the resolution, and Philadelphia. Los grown from“The a first which states, United Angeles will be the first year distribution of 21 Nations has designated major West Coast city to $1800 in of funding to to September each year become an International beapproximately the international Day $20,000 City of Peace. The oflast Peace, devoted to comgoal is with to have year. The purpose through the program the1,000 partnerKatie Butler Litsey, Councilman Paul Koretz memorating and sowing and International Cities of of the program is to fund creative and the resolution), (who sponsored Vicki ship andDr.donations from other organurturing the seeds of peace Radel (Past District Governor of Rotary Peace by 2020. innovative projects for the classroom nizations such as the Howard Hughes and inspiring citizens to comDistrict 5280)

teacher. The grants range from $75.00 Center/Equity Office, Playa Vista, to $400 and are awarded annually for Westchester Rotary Foundation, the teachers in all grades for both public Jim Bunch Charity Fund, Los Angeles and in the local comwithprivate Westschools LA College Commercial Realtors Association munity. (LACRA), LAX Coastal Chamber of Summer and Semester Programs Over the years the For projects the Best have EducationalCommerce Experienceand private donations from ranged from planting andLife growing individuals of Your – No Problem What Ageand businesses in the local vegetable gardens, www.interedstudy.org making book bags, community. Additionally, the club crecomputer software, special literacy ated a new program a couple of years (310) 745-4243 programs to outdoor education and ago through the generous donation of basic simple needs such as a classroom LACRA members. The local area schools whiteboard. The teachers very often have submitted “Wish Lists” and the pay for these types of projects or basic items have been purchased through the needs out of their own pockets and funding from LACRA and distributed to can now apply for funding through the the schools at the Teacher Mini-Grant Rotary Teacher Mini-Grants program. Awards Breakfast. 14 schools received Last year 150 grant applications were numerous boxes of supplies from this received and 85 of them were funded program in 2013.

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Interact is a self-run The Rotary Club ofyouth Playaservice Veniceclub sponsored by partnered Rotary. It iswith the Rotary Sunrise has Sarah Club’s job to provide support and guidance. Chapman, Founder of “Build A Better Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary proud Benin” to help Sarah withClub her is project to sponsor two high school Interact Clubs, in Benin, Africa. The club fell in love one at Venice High School and the other at with Sarah sheHigh came to speak to Animo Venicewhen Charter School. them about assistance for a little vilStudent Maina Cioni was inspired to lage in Western Africa “Benin”. Sarah start the Interact Club at Venice High startedbecause her program after to visiting School she wanted help people Benin a traveling who areas less privileged.nurse. It didHer notmission seem fair toto herdeliver that they work twice hard was healthcare andaseducatotion getto what already had.third The world Venice theshe people of this High Interact Club completed 42 prohours country. Through educational ofgrams, servicesafe thishousing, past yearsustainable with two service projprojects: Relay for Life (cancer ects and smart partnerships,research hopefully fundraising) and the sponsorship of a

Peruvian school child. Rotary This fallClub they plan Playa Venice Sunrise to do clean-ups, charity races service recently reached out to the and Rotary projects. Maina believes Interactors Club of Ajijic, Mexico to enter intodevela op leadership, international sister city clubbuild partnership. Thisunderprostanding learn personal responsibility. gram willand continue the club’s efforts Maina has shared that being a leader does to create International opportunities not mean being in charge of everything, it and Rotary good will. The two clubs means guiding a group to work together will combine efforts in worthy causes to achieve a goal. such supplying to elementary Theas Playa Venice milk Sunrise Rotary Club school children in the Club Ajijicwhich area and also sponsors a Rotaract is a scholarships to highclub. school students. college-based service The club is chartered at Otis Artnorth and Design Ajijic, Mexico is College located of just of inGuadalajara, WestchesterMexico. and members of the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Clubmembers look forward In November several of to working with these young people to make the Rotary Club of Playa Venice Sunrise our community and world a better place. will fly down to Ajijic and visit the sister

major improvements in the quality of city club to learn more of their needs. In life will occur in Benin under Sarah’s addition to creating fellowship with the direction and leadership. She has Ajijic members, the Playa Venice club plans to build an orphanage, improve transportation to medical facilities and members will have an opportunity to view some of the projects in which the build clean water wells. Playa Venice 4030 del Rey club willAvenue be assisting Ajijic. Sunrise Rotary Club is very proud to Marina del Rey 90292 Rotary has no boundaries when it have joined the Build A Better Benin comes to world peace, good will and project and to assist Sarah in serving understanding and helping mankind! the children of Africa.

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Restaurants CONTEMPORARY CALIFORNIAN Bin No. 73 This ultra-cozy wine bar next to sister restaurant Mercede’s Grille has a ceiling decorated with bottles from its ever-changing wine list. The menu features gourmet tapas, lavash flatbread pizzas and decadent meat and cheese plates, salads, sliders, steak and weekend $5 brunch specials. Craft beer is on tap and a special drink menu includes flavorful twists on the classic mojito, margaritas and a pair of delightful champagne cocktails. 18 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey | (310) 577-0035 | mercedesgrille.com

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Louie’s of Mar Vista A lively atmosphere compliments quirky Southern California cuisine that’s sure to impress. Unique dishes are influenced by recipes from all over the world, including New Orleans, Japan and Hawaii. Best of all, Louie’s raises its own bees to combat a worldwide honey shortage and is conscious of humane practices in meat production. Everything in this restaurant is custom and memorable — try a signature Bee Sting cocktail at the friendly bar. 3817 Grand View Blvd., Mar Vista | (310) 915-5300 | louiesofmarvista.com

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3300 Airport Ave., Santa Monica (310) 397-3455 spitfiregrill.net The oldest living culinary tradition in Southern California is hard to spot because it looks like something else. And I mean that literally: Los Angeles started the craze for theme restaurants. By the 1920s you could go to Cliff Dwellers Café to dine amid a Southwest Pueblo, Temple of the Sun for Aztec motifs, or to L.A.’s first film-themed restaurant, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, decorated like what was then called a lunatic asylum. L.A. also had a restaurant themed like a jail where you ate in a cell, and the wonderfully named Pink Rat Café, a Norman castle where the waiters dressed like pirates. At all of these eateries the menu was usually steak and seafood, because back then nobody really wanted to eat the cuisine of the Anasazi, whatever meals are favored by German expressionists, or the food served in a psychiatric hospital. They wanted the scenery, not the authentic experience. So it fits our tradition that the Spitfire Grill, the aircraftthemed restaurant across the street from the Santa Monica airport, doesn’t serve airline food — or, even worse, the food Englishmen ate during the Battle of Britain. Their big mural of Spitfires taking off outside and the posters of vintage civil aircraft and airliners within are just decoration, and are done quite artfully: having the door between the dining room and bar look like an aircraft exit is a particularly nice touch. If you have lunch on the patio, as we did on one visit, you miss the vintage feel but get a view of the real thing — that is, private planes taking off over the neighboring terminal. The menu items are mostly American favorites given cute aircraft-themed names, some clever — the Blue Angel burger has blue cheese; the Japanese Zero has teriyaki and pineapple. As such, the merits of a

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restaurant are all about execution rather than concept, and three out of the four things I tried were very good. A lunch soup and sandwich combo was a lot of food wellprepared. The soup was a decent clam chowder, and for the sandwich we picked a fresh tuna salad with plenty of celery, a dash of spices and not much mayonnaise. It was served with a substantial green salad and was a very full meal. The omelet we ordered at the same time didn’t come out as well; I had ordered a daily special of housemade chili topped with a Spanish sauce and salsa, and I presume that the chef forgot to add the chili because this isn’t a regular item. When I called the server’s attention to the fact that the omelet had no filling she was momentarily incredulous, then apologized profusely and almost ran to the kitchen to get some. She showed commendable service instincts, but as it turned out the chili made little difference — it was quite bland. The hashed browns that came with it were properly crisp, and I’d have them again with one of their other breakfasts. The best item I had from the Spitfire Grill was on my next visit, when I ordered a widgeon salad. A widgeon is a species of duck, but no waterfowl were

actually served over greens — the item was named after a type of seaplane. What I got was a green salad with artichoke hearts, topped with grilled steak and tortilla chips. The steak was marinated in something that included citrus and herbs and done to the medium-rare I requested, and it worked very well with the other flavors. I had been told that all their salad dressings were made in-house so ordered blue cheese, which is usually my favorite. Theirs was very good but didn’t really match these flavors; I’d order this with a plain salad but would pick something lighter that would harmonize better with the marinade. I noted that most of the customers here were regulars who were greeted by name — this is obviously the café of choice for local private pilots and airport employees, and it has a small town café feel. Those who are aviation buffs will fall in love with the place on sight, and it won’t take much longer for those who just like a good meal at modest prices served in quirky surroundings. ª The Spitfire Grill is open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Full bar. Vegetarian options; menu online. Good wheelchair access. Free parking in the lot. October 9, 2014 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 25


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“This charming two story home has lovely landscaping and a white picket fence,” says agent Jane St. John. “The open living room has a fireplace, and the dining room leads to bright white and blue kitchen with breakfast nook, laundry room and pantry. Downstairs, there are two bedrooms and an office or nursery, one remodeled full bath and a powder room, and a family room that leads to side and rear patios and yards. Upstairs, the master suite has a huge bathroom with tub and separate shower, double sinks, walk-in closet, and loads of natural light.” The property is for lease at $4,600 per month. Information, Jane St John, RE/MAX Estate Properties, (310) 577-5300 x303.

“This remodeled two bedroom, 2.5 bath condo in Marina del Rey has a spacious open floor plan and a huge private landscaped terrace,” says agent Jesse Weinberg. “The home boasts floor-to-ceiling glass walls, with direct access to the terrace from every room, and a newer kitchen with bull nose granite counters, breakfast bar and stainless appliances. Amenities include 24-hour security, concierge, pool, spa and gym. Located close to shops, restaurants, the beach, bike bath and boating, with easy access to freeways and LAX.” The property is offered at $1,059,000. Information, Jesse Weinberg, Keller Williams Realty, Marina/LA, (800) 804-9132.

“This spacious home has four bedrooms, four baths and two bonus rooms,” says agent Nanci Edwards. “The living room has vaulted ceilings with dark wood beams, hardwood floors, and a bay window. The large formal dining room also has a bay window, with a high ceiling, an antique chandelier and beautiful inlaid wood floor. The cook's kitchen has a Wolf stove and a SubZero refrigerator. The family room has glass doors to the spacious backyard, with avocado and lemon trees, and the large master suite has sweeping mountain/city views.” The property is offered at $1,195,000. Information, Nanci Edwards, The Real Estate Consultants, (310) 645-7785.

“This two bedroom, two bath Center Tower unit is one of a kind,” says agent Charles Lederman. “The kitchen boasts a granite island, dual dishwashers, stainless appliances, double ovens and beautiful cabinetry. The master bedroom overlooks the Marina and has an en suite bath with jet-tub and walk-in closet. The guest bathroom has a large shower, and the second bedroom can be used as an office. Enjoy Marina City amenities: gym, free classes, swimming pools, gourmet restaurant & bar, daytime cafe, room service, car wash, convenience store, 24-hour gated and guarded security.” The property is offered at $769,000. Information, Charles Lederman, Marina City Realty, (310) 821-8980.

“This classic two-story home, with high ceilings and stained glass windows, is near the coveted Windward Circle,” say agents Peter and Ty Bergman. “Just moments from the beach, shops and the restaurants of Abbot Kinney, this warm and bright gem has four bedrooms, three baths, two fireplaces, a dining room and a country kitchen. The master bath has been upgraded with tumbled marble. There is an interior brick courtyard and rooftop sundeck, perfect for entertaining, and a two-car garage.” The property is offered at $1,850,000. Information, Peter & Ty Bergman, Bergman Beach Properties, (310) 821-2900.

“This beautiful single-level ultra-modern home is in a guard-gated community,” says agent Richard Chernock. “The large living room has a marble fireplace, and the dining room has wood floors. The huge master suite has a brand-new modern bath with a spa tub and glass shower, and there is another bedroom and bath. The modern kitchen has recently been remodeled, and there is a large balcony.” The property is offered at $825,000. Information, Richard Chernock, Keller Williams Realty, Marina/LA, (310) 301-4520.

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Interview

How to have fun for a living

Santa Monica’s Tom Kirlin on turning his Pancakes & Booze art-and-music happening into a full-time job and a global phenomenon

How did the first Pancakes & Booze event come together in 2009? I was renting [the photo space] out, but never five days a week. I was trying to find ways to utilize the space. So [Venice artist] David Phillips [a.k.a. WinoStrut] said, “Why don’t you throw an art show?” He wanted to exhibit his stuff, and I thought, hey, why don’t I get on Craigslist and we’ll make more of a party of it. We’ll get beers. I went to Home Depot, got some wood, some lights, built a little bar. Why pancakes and booze? I always kind of had this idea for a pancakes-and-booze restaurant. IHOP is the only place serving food after a night of drinking. I used to think how great it would be if IHOP served booze. At what point did Kriozere become Flapjack Master? By the third or fourth one. Originally, I let people make their own pancakes, but people

started making a mess when we began getting hundreds attending. I was overwhelmed. Steve had come to the show. One time, he brought this cowboy hat and apron and started making pancakes. I’m a pretty shy guy. Steve’s a decent-looking dude; he loves to talk and I don’t. At what point did P&B hop to its current Loft 613 location downtown? The cops in the area [of the original location], they were used to dealing with much bigger problems but they would come by. They would hang out and see that we were selling beer. After a year, [a policeman] came in and said, “Hey, this has got to be the last one.” They were getting complaints from neighbors. So that’s when I sought out to rent a legitimate venue with a liquor license. Once I rented a space in L.A. [in 2011], that’s when I realized I could rent a space anywhere. That year, I did one in Nashville.

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The premise is simple enough: a big party featuring a pop art group show and a lineup of local bands. Add batter, water, syrup and a goodly amount of alcohol and you have the recipe for Pancakes & Booze, a biannual Los Angeles happening that has gone global and even spawned a sister event, the Zombie Fashion Show & Creature Art Exhibit. Both are the brainchild of Santa Monica resident Tom Kirlin, who worked as a cameraman shooting videos for the Foo Fighters and Marilyn Manson, travelogues for the National Geographic Channel and “a lot of indie movies you’ve never heard of,” he says, before starting to burn out on the film business. “It was such a competitive business. You could never build any long-term relationships,” says Kirlin. “I wanted something secure.” Using some of the entertainment industry contacts he had been able to compile, Kirlin launched a 1,500-square-foot photography studio in a warehouse building in South Los Angeles not too far from The Forum. Able to rent out the space only part of the time, he decided to use some of the downtime to throw an art party. And so in May 2009, Pancakes & Booze was born. Today, Pancakes & Booze is a traveling art show with visits to more than 20 cities, including San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Denver, Austin, New Orleans, Chicago, Boston and, for the first time six months ago, New York. Last Friday, Kirlin staged his first overseas Pancakes & Booze in Toronto, with more P&Bs in the works for London and Bangkok. Most Pancakes & Booze shows are one-night engagements, except in L.A. and San Francisco, where the event runs over two nights and attracts between 3,000 and 4,000 people. Kirlin’s friend Steve Kriozere, a television writer whose credits include “NCIS” and “Castle,” joined Kirlin early on as the P&B machine’s self-appointed Flapjack Master. Kriozere’s distinctive cowboy hat and red apron has made him the de facto mascot on P&B poster art. “Tom has a chill vibe that makes all the artists and performers feel comfortable. This is their art show. He makes them top priority,” says Kriozere of the secret to Kirlin’s success. As for his own: “Everyone loves free pancakes,” Kriozere says. “That night, I am everyone’s best friend.” — Michael Aushenker

Tom Kirlin lives it up with the beautiful undead after one of his Zombie Fashion Show events

How long before more cities followed? Almost immediately. A couple months later, I did another Nashville show, Minneapolis, Denver. I did those on rotation, then San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, New Orleans, Seattle, Philadelphia, Phoenix. I’m doing around 22 cities. How do you know which neighborhoods to stage an event in outside of L.A.? That’s part of the risk. It’s not cost-effective for me to fly around, so I research online. I flew blind. Later on, in Nashville, I met this girl who said, “I’m from Atlanta, I know the perfect space for this show.” That’s how I got Atlanta. That’s actually happened a lot. How did the Zombie Fashion Show event come about? It started as part of Pancakes & Booze. I love makeup effects. It’s kind of what I wished I would’ve done instead of camera. Three years ago, I decided to do a zombie fashion show. A week or two before Halloween, I got a couple of effects guys to help me. People

“I’m a pretty shy guy. … When you run an event, people find you.” — Tom Kirlin loved it. In October 2012, we held the first Zombie Fashion Show & Creature Art Exhibit at the Alexandria Hotel [in downtown Los Angeles]. I really liked the Alexandria; it had a history of being haunted.

I’m not as stressed out. I’ve done over 100 shows, so it makes it easier. I can hang artwork like a whiz and I don’t need a tape measure anymore.

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“When we look at the multiple contractors and subcontractors and who will have access to this information, the whole issue of identity theft comes to mind.” — Hamid Khan, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition that that will compensate some of the biometrics to maybe better identify this person,” Thai said. The sheriff’s department declined to release information on which companies were already bidding to install the new system. According to federal guidelines for the storage of biometric data in Next Generation Identification, information on an individual with a criminal record will be kept until that person is 99 years old. Information on a person without a criminal record will be purged when he or she turns 75. The FBI’s guidelines for keeping biometric data on individuals, regardless of whether they have criminal records, “amounts to an indefinite retention period,” said Peter Bibring, a senior staff attorney with the Southern California ACLU. If the Next Generation Identification database simply were an update to the FBI’s existing fingerprint database, Bibring said the project wouldn’t be problematic. However, he said the biometric database “significantly expands the type of data law enforcement collects and creates a more invasive system” that may

encourage police officers to make more stops in the field to gather photographs and biometric data for the new database. Experts say the collection and storage of biometric information creates challenges for the legal system and personal privacy — challenges that have not been adequately considered in the planning and implementation of Next Generation Identification. Bibring said the new database, if paired with facial recognitionenabled surveillance cameras, could drastically increase law enforcement’s ability to track a person’s movements just as license-plate readers track vehicles. “The federal government is creating an architecture that will make it easy to identify where people are and were,” Bibring said. “It threatens people’s anonymity and ability to move about without being monitored.” Scott, of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said FBI documents obtained by the center make it clear that uncertainty lingers about who has access to the biometric data that will be stored in the new federal database, and he has doubts regarding the security of such information. Dozens of Southern California law enforcement agencies have been using mobile fingerprinting devices in the field for roughly a decade. Gang officers routinely submit fingerprints, mug shots and photographs of tattoos and unique scars of suspected gang members to the statewide CalGang database, which contains information on over 130,000 individuals statewide. The national biometric database also has come under fire from privacy advocates and civil libertarians because it is being implemented without a thorough study of its impact on privacy – which is required by federal law. “They need to do this before any pilot programs, of which they've done two for facial recognition and iris recognition,” Scott said. “They're not meeting their legal obligations, which is now being followed up by state and local authorities.” The Stop LAPD Spying Coalition’s Khan said such sensitive information in the hands of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department raises further questions about oversight and information security. “When we look at the multiple contractors and subcontractors and who will have access to this information,” he said, “the whole issue of identity theft comes to ª mind.” This story was produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at cironline.org.

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ARTBLOCK makes another round Now a collaboration 60 artists strong, the biannual open studio tour heads into its fourth outing on Sunday By Kathy Leonardo Venice has long been known as an artistic community and, as of late, it’s building quite the reputation for public arts events. There’s the annual Venice Art Walk and Auctions benefit for the Venice Family Clinic, the quarterly Venice Art Crawl and the relatively new Venice ARTBLOCK Open Studio Tour — a free, self-guided public exploration of local artists’ studios that takes place twice a year, including this coming Sunday. Venice ARTBLOCK Open Studios was born in May 2013 as an event to celebrate several longtime Venice art studios that weren’t included in that year’s Google-hosted Venice Art Walk & Auctions. “The ARTBLOCK decided to include everyone by opening artists’ studios for free,” said artist Juri Koll, founder of Venice Institute of Contemporary Art. “More importantly, it helps artists sell their work and allows them to stay in Venice.” Koll said the event is all about preserving and protecting the artists and creative culture that have made Venice what it is. “Otherwise,” he said, “we’ll lose the most important cultural resource L.A. has ever produced.” So far, the event has been all about bringing people together. “Venice ARTBLOCK was created by six artists who barely knew each other,” said Pamela WierQuiton, one of the original six who came up with the idea. “Currently we are 60 artists who have evolved into a synergistic alliance that allows us to manifest our bigger vision and share it with the everchanging Venice community. Things are now possible that were

not possible before.” Sandy Bleifer, part of the first ARTBLOCK, said organizers were overwhelmed by the initial public response — that people were thrilled to see inside the studios and have a chance to talk to the artists. “We now have a network that is poised to respond to the accelerated gentrification of Venice that threatens the continuing usage of the studio space that has, for generations, accommodated artist studios," Bleifer said. ARTBLOCK participant John Mooney started Moonlight Glass in 1996. Located next to Beach Boys Racing on Hampton Drive, he teaches the art of glassblowing and creates original glass works. “ARTBLOCK is taking Venice back to its future — as community enriches art, art enriches community," Mooney said. “ARTBLOCK is all solution.” In addition to noted ceramicist William Attaway, Ellwood T. Risk will also be showing work at the same complex. For over twelve years (in the 90s), he kept a Venice studio. Due to rising rents, he relocated to San Pedro. He has participated in the last two events and said it brought him back to his Venice days. "It felt like all for one and one for all," said Risk. "We were all young and hungry, and everybody seemed to be in the same boat for the most part … and that spirit was tangible.” For the first time, Scott Mayer’s famed Venice home, the Lantern House, will be part of the event. Built in the early 1900s, the property consists of four bungalows surrounded by gardens, lanterns, antiques and art. Here the work of Aurelia Dumont,

Marybeth Fama, Leonardo Ibanez and Jens Lucking will be on display. Fama said visitors seemed delighted to see the studios, meet the artists and hang out in the relaxed party atmosphere — all for free. “One guest described [ARTBLOCK] to me as a treasure hunt. Some people said there was so much to see it was hard to get to it all,” Fama said. Artist Teresa Accardi said that being a part of the ARTBLOCK pushes her to create more. Nearby her studio on Sunday, the studio of artist Helen K. Garber is hosting a display by Venice Beach Book Arts. Garber recently attended a class at Otis College of Art and Design taught by renowned book artist Rebecca Chamlee, where she met other artists who shared a passion for making handmade books. Raised in Venice, Ara Bevacqua was part of the initial creation of ARTBLOCK along with his father, longtime Venice artist Alberto Bevacqua. “Venice holds a wealth of talent in many mediums and techniques,” said Ara Bevacqua. “It is great to see so much of it in a day.” Nearing its fourth outing, ARTBLOCK has evolved from a response to what many felt was rejection and blossomed into something incredibly positive and transformative. ª The Venice ARTBLOCK Open Studio Tour takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, with locations bounded by Rose Avenue, Lincoln Boulevard, Washington Boulevard and the ocean. Pick up a map anywhere the ARTBLOCK flag is flying or visit veniceartblock.com.

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Go ‘all in’ for charity at The Reserve

Heal the Bay... (Continued from page 8)

Microsoft and actor Adrian Paul host a poker tournament to fund water wells in West Africa Photo by Georges Seguin

By Shanee Edwards The Microsoft Technology Center at The Reserve campus in Playa Vista will look more like a casino in Vegas on Saturday when it holds a star-studded poker game to bring freshwater wells to remote villages in West Africa. Wells Bring Hope (wellsbringhope. org) not only drills wells, it provides education on sanitation and hygiene to people in rural areas of the world’s most underdeveloped continent. In addition, many women and girls are freed from the back-breaking work of finding and carrying water each day, allowing them time to go to school or earn a living. The poker game is a collaboration between Microsoft and The PEACE Fund, a nonprofit founded by actor Adrian Paul — best known as the immortal Duncan McLeod of TV’s “The Highlander” — to support small, underfunded nonprofits. Former Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti, father of Mayor Eric Garcetti, founded Wells Bring Hope after a trip to West Africa in 2001. The idea for a power tournament percolated back in February when Microsoft’s giving campaign got in touch with Paul after he discussed the statistic that a child dies every four seconds from diseases associated from unsafe water on his PEACE Fund radio show. “We created this poker tournament based on the fact that we wanted to fund one or two wells in Niger, which is actually the world’s poorest country,” Paul said. The actor/ philanthropist and the tech giant are betting on Westsiders’ generosity to get the job done. If you want to help out but aren’t confident in your poker face, Paul says there are actually three different ways you can contribute: “You can register to play, straight out. Or you can sponsor a player, much like a marathon. Or you can adopt a celebrity. You can even sit next to a celebrity for a slightly higher premium. So, people can mix with celebrities for this event or support them online at the same time. The top prize is a ticket to the World Series of Poker.” The game is hosted by professional poker player George Kozel. Celebrity players, in addition to Paul, include comedian Michael Ian Black and actors Corey Feldman (“The Lost Boys,” “Goonies”), Carl Weathers (“Predator”), Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi (“Shahs

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Autumn Burke... (Continued from page 12)

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If elected, what would your highest priority be? Without question my top priorities would be to create an environment for small businesses to grow and come to our state and to thrive. That would be my No. 1 priority. As a small businesswoman, I can relate to other businesses owners and I know what they need to grow and to thrive. We can’t allow jobs to leave the state anymore. For so long we could count on the beach and the sun to draw businesses here, but not anymore. We ª have to compete for them.

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citizens safe, so that is also one of my top priorities. But that doesn’t mean only handcuffs and jails. Good schools are a public safety issue as much as it is about education. And we also need to have good jobs for when students graduate from healthy, wholesome, safe schools. And we need to return American leadership overseas. We can’t keep Americans safe at home unless we have leadership overseas.ª

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Kent Hayward is interviewed by host Gerry Fialka. Unurban, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. laughtears. com/mess “Pink Floyd’s The Wall,” 7:30 p.m. In 1982, Alan Parker (“Mississippi Burning”) helmed this film interpretation of British prog rockers Pink Floyd’s now-classic concept album, tracing beaten-down anti-hero Pink (musician Bob Geldof) from his early childhood during World War II to his numbing rise to rock stardom. Parker’s mix of sets, special effects and costumes gives the musical movie a disturbing surrealism akin to that of Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica. $14. (310) 2601528; aerotheatre.com DJs and Waves, 8 p.m. Dance under the stars and enjoy special summer dinner and cocktail menus at Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-4522; whiskeyreds.com The King’s English, 10:45 p.m. The duo, comprised of L.A. natives Derek Brambles and Eric Johnson, plays cuts off their debut EP “Feel Me.” Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. All ages; one

typically show up for the game, which raises as much as $15,000 each year, Schur said. Donors pay $150 to take the field or can sponsor a Galley girl to play in their place. The game is followed by lunch at The Galley — founded in 1934, Santa Monica’s oldest restaurant — at 1930s menu prices. “Seeing those kids change is what keeps you motivated,” Schur said. The Homerun for Kids softball game starts at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Santa Monica High School Baseball Field, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Call (310) 7015096. — Brian Adigwu

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Sunday, Oct. 12 Classical Ballet at 10 a.m.; Cardio Dance at 11 a.m. Continues Sundays through Nov. 23. Hour-long classes, followed by “Cardio Blast Dance Mania,” both held by Sandra Catena. Each of the ongoing class sessions cost $89 for residents and $102 for non-residents. 1450 Ocean, 1450 Santa Monica, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 458-8644. Discover Marina del Rey, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free family-oriented event features water events, live music, rides, games, marionette shows, arts and crafts, food and information booths from various organizations on health, safety and the environment.  Presented by L.A. County Dept. of Beaches & Harbors, in cooperation with the Dept. of Parks & Recreations and the L.A. County Arts Commission. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Purchase of a $5 wristband gives guests access to all attractions. (310) 305-9545 or marinadelrey.lacounty.gov.


Salsa Aerobics, noon to 1:30 p.m. Every Wednesday through Oct. 27. 1450 Ocean, 1450 Santa Monica, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 458-8644. $89 for residents; $102 for non-residents. (310) 458-8644. “Documentary as Subversive Art” Workshop, 4 to 6 p.m. Gerry Fialka conducts his free workshop during the Other Venice Film Festival at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006; othervenicefilmfestival.com Sunday Jazz Suppers, 7 p.m. Local bands create a lounge atmosphere on the patio of Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 8234522; whiskeyreds.com The Toledo Show, 8 p.m. A cabaret show held on Sunday nights at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $10. (310) 395-1676; santamonica.harvelles.com Live Blues and Soul at the Brig, 10:30 p.m. The Abbot Kinney bar features live blues and soul every Wednesday night. No cover. The Brig, 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 399-7537; thebrig.com

Monday, Oct. 13 Optimist Club Meeting, 9:30 a.m. Meets on Mondays at the Coffee Bean, 13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista. (310) 215-1892

Walk With Ease, 10 to 11 a.m. Free six-week program Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Begins today. Join Carol Hahn, MSN, RN for this evidence-based exercise program that can reduce pain and improve overall health. Sessions include stretching and walking. Space is limited. Westchester Senior Citizen Center, 8740 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. RSVP to (310) 6957030

to four years old in both Russian and English, includes guitar, drums, voice and violin lessons. Kids can enjoy singing and dancing to music, learning rhymes, counting and colors. $18 per class. Music Teacher LA, 1400 Palawan Way, Marina del Rey. (424) 488-3361; musicteacherLA.com Comics on the Spot, 7:45 p.m. Weekly Monday-night standup comedy show, following a 7 p.m. open mic, at the Warehouse Restaurant, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey; $5, no drink minimum. To sign up, call Vicky at (310) 883-4177

Balance and Mobility Program, noon to 1:30 p.m. For people who feel unsteady on their feet and have concerns about falling, this program helps improve confidence, posture and reduce risk of falling. $15 per class; also meets Thursdays. Holy Nativity Parish, 6700 W. 83rd St., Westchester. (310) 670-4777; spiritedbalance.com

Stand Up Mondays, 8 to 10 p.m. Live comedy every Monday at Danny’s Venice, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 566-5610; dannysvenice.com

Documental, 6 to 10 p.m. Showcase of live poets, music improv and avant-garde films includes Rag ‘n’ Bones, Nicolas Drolc’s historical documentary “Sur Les Toits,” and Guantanamo Circus. Unurban, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. laughtears.com

Session Squad, 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. An army of jazz musicians descend on the Santa Monica Airport-based restaurant. Typhoon, 3221 Donald Douglas Loop S., Santa Monica. $10. (310) 390-6565; typhoon.biz

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Westside Happenings (Continued from previous page) An Introduction to Transmission Meditation, 7 p.m. Speed the transformations leading to an improved world. Free. Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 3147511; smpl.org Life Drawing Tuesdays, 7 to 9:30 p.m. YWCA offers uninstructed life drawing classes with diverse models each Tuesday. $15 per week or buy four sessions at discount. YWCA Santa Monica/Westside, 2019 14th St., Santa Monica. (310) 452-3881; smywca.org Republican meeting, 7:30 to 9 p.m. The L.A. County Republican Party Central Committee 54th Assembly District Board meets every second Tuesday at Lenny’s Deli, 2379 Westwood Blvd., West Los Angeles. (323) 251-5682. Live Foyn Quintet Featuring Scott Bramer, 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Experience the jazz ensemble from the glass-encased dining room overlooking Santa Monica Airport’s runways. Typhoon, 3221 Donald Douglas Loop South, Santa Monica. $5. (310) 390-6565; typhoon.biz

Wednesday, Oct. 15 Speakers by the Sea Toastmasters Club, 11 a.m. to noon. Improve your skills for public speaking. 12000 Vista del Mar, Conference Room 230A, Playa del Rey. (310) 559-2834 Salsa Aerobics, noon to 1:30 p.m. Classes each Wednesday through Oct. 27. $63 for residents, nonresidents $72. 1450 Ocean, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 458-8644 Knowing Your Brain, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Learn about the basic areas of the brain and its importance in aging and living effectively, how to confront the factors that could lead to a depressed brain, and simple mindfulness skills that can boost the brain and its functioning. Speakers include David Bruce, LMFT and Nancy Walker, LMFT. This informational seminar is courtesy of Westchester Playa Village and Kaiser Permanente. Yvonne Burke Senior Citizen Center, 4750 W. 62nd St., Westchester. RSVP: (310) 695-7030 Unkle Monkey, 6 to 9 p.m. Local duo performs tropical music and folk rock on guitar, ukulele, congas and steel drum each Wednesday, with special guests each week. No cover. All ages. The Warehouse, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-5451; mdrwarehouse.com Sunset Live, 7 p.m. Waterfront music series features emerging singer/songwriters and bands under the stars, with extended happy hour until the sun goes down. For bookings, contact jason@hlpresents. com. Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 8234522; whiskeyreds.com

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Media Discussion, 7 to 10 p.m. Gerry Fialka hosts this panel at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. venicewake.org

Live Blues and Soul at the Brig, 10:30 p.m. The Abbot Kinney bar features live blues and soul every Wednesday night. No cover. The Brig, 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 399-7537; thebrig.com

Thursday, Oct. 16 “Akira,” 7:30 p.m. Landmark 1988 post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller set in Neo-Tokyo from Katsuhiro Ohtomo (who would not make another animated film until “Steamboy” 16 years later) largely credited for ushering in the anime craze in America. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $14. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com Jacob Jeffries, 9 p.m. Join the singer-songwriter published by Warner Bros. and sponsored by Baldwin Pianos who incorporates influences spanning from The Beatles to Ben Folds. Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. All ages; one-item minimum. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com Miss Dakota’s Gypsy Rose, 10 p.m. Presented by Dollhouse Entertainment, high-end burlesque unfurls. Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. 21+; twodrink minimum. (310) 395-1676; harvelles.com

Galleries & Museums “All the Wrong Places,” opening reception 6 p.m. Saturday. New works by Kyle Hughes-Odgers on display through Nov. 1 at CAVE Gallery, 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 450-6960; cavegallery.net Andrea Kichaven, Sue Keane and Alison Lowe Platt, through Oct. 25. New works by the artists, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, at TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Ste. D3, Santa Monica; (310) 829-9556; taggallery.net “Smile Isle,” through late October. Group show featuring a roster of pop artists including Rick Morris, Camilla Taylor, Jon Stich, Gregory Siff, Alisa Yang and Amory Sanford continues its run as the gallery’s inaugural show, curated by art writer and scenemaker Daniel Rolnik. 1431 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. danielrolnikgallery.com “Invasion!,” through late October. The theme of the gallery’s latest group show is cheesy B-movie scifi. Hero Complex Gallery, 2020 S. Robertson Blvd., Studio D, West L.A. (310) 876-0668; hcgart.com “Filling the wHole.” Through Dec. 4. The newly opened P32 presents an art exhibition of new works assembled by Ariel Gold and gallery owner and Malibu-based real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist Howard Spunt, with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 25. Percentage of proceeds to support the Chase Foundation in Santa Monica. P32, 3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. p32gallery.com


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LEGAL ADVERTISING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 201267173 The following person is doing business as: The Right Guys Plumbing 432 Inglewood Blvd. STE. 10 Los Angeles, CA. 90066. Registered owners: The Right Guys INC. 4032 Inglewood, CA. STE. 10 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 any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/ Name: Momchil Radev. Title: President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on September 23, 2014. Argonaut published: October 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2014. 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. 2014236934 The following person is doing business as: Eighth & Grand 800 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90017. Registered owners: CP IV G8, LLC 1000 Sansome St. STE 180 San Fransisco, CA. 94111. 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 any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/Name: Don Campbell. Title: EVP. COO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on August 20, 2014. Argonaut published: September 18, 25, October 2, and 9, 2014. 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. 2014241165 The following person is doing business as: Alder 19401 Parthenia Street Northridge, CA. 91654. Registered owners: CP IV Parthenia, LLC 1000 Sansome St. STE 180 San Francisco, CA. 94111. 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 any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/Name: Don Campbell. Title: EVP COO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on August 25, 2014 Argonaut published: September 18, 25, October 2, and 9, 2014. 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. 2014246686 The following person is doing business as: Deepstrat 227 Broadway #302 anta Monica, CA. 90401. Registered owners: Thinkgasm! LLC 340 S. Lemon 1775 Walnut, CA. 91789. 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 any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/ Name: Anthony Greenberg. Title: Manager. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on September 2, 2014. Argonaut published: September 18, 25, October 2, and 9, 2014. 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. 2014255500 The following person is doing business as: Papelaria 7453 Beck Ave. North Hollywood, CA. 91605. Registered owners: DíAra Nazaryan 7453 Beck Ave. North Hollywood, CA. 91605. This business is conducted by a general partnership.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 any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/ Name: D'Ara Nazaryan. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles

on September 10, 2014. Argonaut published: October 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2014. 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. 2014257740 The following person is doing business as: Corrective Skin Therapy Day Spa 2816 Glendon Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90064. Registered owners: Michael OíShea 2816 Glendon Ave. Los Angeels, CA. 90064 and Erin OíShea 2816 Glendon Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90064. This business is conducted by a general partnership. 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 any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/ Name: Michael OíShea. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on September 12, 2014. Argonaut published: October 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2014. 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. 2014258055 The following person is doing business as: Voice Smart 800 N. Whittier Drive Beverly Hills, CA. 90210. Registered owners: Voice Technology Solutions, LLC. 800 N. Whittier Drive. Beverly Hills, CA. 90210. 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 any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/ Name: Dave Loftus. Title: President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on September 12, 2014. Argonaut published: October 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2014. 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. 2014258580 The following person is doing business as: The Law Offices of Payvand Moghaddas, and Moghaddas Law Firm 1512 Amherst Ave. #405 Los Angeles, CA. 90025. Registered owners: Payvand Moghaddas 1512 Amherst Ave. #405 Los Angeles, CA. 90025. 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 any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/ Name: Payvand Moghaddas. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on September 15, 2014. Argonaut published: September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 2014. 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. 2014267368 The following person is doing business as: Instyle Travel International 13924 Marquesas Way Unit #2308 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292. Registered owners: Tania Nicholls 13924 Marquesas Way Unit #308 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292. This business is conducted by a individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/ Name: Tania Nicholls. Title: Sole Proprietor. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on September 23, 2014. Argonaut published: October 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2014. 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. 2014273032 The following person is doing business as: Give Plus Take 1740 Ocean Park Blvd. Suite A Santa Monica, CA. 90405. Registered owners: Give Plus Take LLC 1809 Oak Ave. Manhattan Beach, CA. 90266. 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 any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/ Name: Celina Amaya. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on September 26, 2014. Argonaut published: October 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2014. 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. 2014279546 The following person is doing business as: Aces profit 4080 Glencoe Ave. #112 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292. Registered owners: Marcel Gaston Doumerc 4080 Glencoe Ave. #112 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292. This business is conducted by a individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/Name: Marcel Gaston Doumerc. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on October 1, 2014. Argonaut published: October 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2014. 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. 2014283828 The following person is doing business as: Speedway policy Associates 8401 Tuscany Ave. STE. 3 Playa del Rey, CA. 90293 and P.O. Box 58664 Santa Monica, CA. 90409. Registered owners: James R. Bickhart Jr. 8401 Tuscany Ave. STE. 3 Playa del Rey, CA. 90293. 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 any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/Name: James R. Bickhart Jr. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on October 3, 2014. Argonaut published: October 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2014. 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. 2014283849 The following person is doing business as: Home Life Partners and Home Life Partners INC. 2555 E. Colorado Blvd. 4th Floor Pasadena, CA. 91107. Registered owners: Huntington Care LLC 2555 E. Colorado Blvd. 4th Floor Pasadena, CA. 91107. 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 any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/ Name: Charles Nelson. Title: CFO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on October 3, 2014. Argonaut published: October 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2014.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. 2014283842 The following person is doing business as: Steamer Music Group 23901 Calabasas Rd. #210 Calabasas, CA. 91302. Registered owners: Jonas Matz and Lisa Matz 4710 Santa Lucia Dr. Woodland Hills, CA. 91364. This business is conducted by a married couple.. 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 any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/Name: Jonas Matz. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on October 3, 2014. Argonaut published: October 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2014. 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. 2014272905 The following person is doing business as: Maison La Queue 4079 Glencoe Ave. #320 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292. Registered owners: La Queue LLC 4079 Glencoe Ave. #320 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292. 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 any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/Name: Christopher Garvey. Title: EUP & General Counsel. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on September 26, 2014. Argonaut published: October 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2014. 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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