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Standing Rock Water Protectors Rally in Santa Monica .................... 10 ‘Everyone Here Knew Her as Flo’ Florence Henderson

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ARTS & EVENTS Modern Family Lore Snacks on a Mission How local startup success story This Bar Saves Lives actually does save lives ....... 16

leaves a neighborly legacy in Marina del Rey ........... 11

COMMUNITY BULLETIN Students Reach for the Sky at LAX Aviation Career Day . ....................... 12

Tasty Words hosts an evening of poignant and funny true adoption stories . ............. 37

A Soundtrack for Hope Musicians raise funds to help homeless people reunite with their families ............. 42

THIS WEEK A Daredevil Ahead of Her Time A new film tells the heroic Westside story of the first Asian-American woman in flight ......... 19

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L e tt e r s Playa del Rey Natural Gas Facility Needs Upgrades Southern California Gas Company has appeared twice before the Manhattan Beach City Council and both times failed to address a serious problem that threatens the health and safety of beach cities residents. Their deteriorating Playa del Rey natural gas storage facility contains 2.6 billion cubic feet of pressurized toxic natural gas stored in 54 wells that date back to 1934. Only nine of the 54 wells have subsurface safety valves. Should one or more of the wells have a failure and a serious leak occurs, the impact could be comparable to the toxic/carcinogenic methane gas leak at the company’s similar Aliso Canyon storage facility that forced Porter Ranch area residents from their homes. The facility has been beset by gas leaks and mechanical failures, causing state regulators to conduct over three dozen inspections this year. Some of the wells at the facility “failed to demonstrate mechanical integrity” during an inspection, according to a state report by the

California Department of Conservation (Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermic Resources). They are concerned about the deteriorating condition of wells that are older than the ones at Aliso Canyon. Underground gas stores can also move through cracks in the earth (especially during seismic activity), where they escape into the air or collect under a structure and become an explosive hazard. Please contact the California Department of Conservation (conservation.ca.gov) and demand that the facility be urgently repaired or shut down. Also, contact your state and federal elected representatives. Wayne Powell Manhattan Beach City Councilmember Los Angeles County Beach Commissioner I’m Why the Polls were Wrong Perhaps one reason why pollsters were wrong about the recent election results is their dependence on exit polls. With somewhere between 20% and 25% of the American public

now voting by mail (likely an older and more conservative electorate), any exit polling is going to be skewed towards these younger and more liberal voters. I’m a senior and conservative Republican businessman who has been quietly voting by mail for over a decade, and more established voters like me are impossible to reach by exit pollsters at any voting precinct. Roy Reel Culver City

FROM THE WEB: Re: “LAUSD Eyes New Middle School in Westchester,” News, Nov. 23 Don’t forget about the Incubator School, a small middle school that is also on the Westchester High campus. Incubator has grades 6 to 9 and focuses on technology and entrepreneurship. John Derevlany HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE ARGONAUT: Send to letters@argonautnews.com.

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Pregnant Woman Dies in Venice Knife Attack Jasmine Preciado, 22, grew up locally and had a 3-year-old daughter according to the LAPD. Investigators later found a vehicle matching that description on Milwood Avenue in Oakwood, about a mile away from the crime scene. “Anyone who met Jasmine felt the light and the love she carried. She deserves justice, and her daughter deserves to know that the judicial system does work,” said Ortiz, who has launched a GoFundMe page to help cover Preciado’s burial costs and benefit her daughter. Preciado’s murder is the fourth this year in Venice. Marvin Ponce, a 37-year-old father from out of the area, was shot to death on Aug. 3 while working at a residential construction site near 7th and Brooks avenues in Oakwood. His killer remains at large. In July, an elderly woman was shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide by her husband on Palms Avenue. In January, 44-year-old Mark Gonzalez was shot and killed at 7th and Flower avenues in Oakwood. LAPD Pacific Division Capt. Nicole Alberca was not available to discuss

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By Joe Piasecki, Gary Walker and Christina Campodonico A group of unidentified assailants stabbed a 22-year-old pregnant woman to death on Nov. 21 just steps away from the iconic Venice Sign at Windward and Pacific avenues. Jasmine Preciado — also the mother of a 3-year-old girl — grew up in and was eventually priced out of Venice’s rapidly gentrifying Oakwood neighborhood east of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, said longtime friend and former Mark Twain Middle School classmate Mayra Ortiz. Ortiz, who is godmother to Preciado’s daughter, described her friend as an extraordinarily generous person who did her best to rise above life’s challenges while also lifting the spirits of those around her. “There were days when I didn’t have a dollar in my pocket and she’d split her $5 with me so we could both have something,” Ortiz said. “She went through a lot of hardship and heartbreak. Despite everything, she still managed to keep a smile on her face.” Police say witnesses saw Preciado, who was four months pregnant and out on a

A photo of Jasmine Preciado is part of a memorial on Windward Avenue, where she was stabbed to death not far from the Venice sign date with her boyfriend, confronted by Preciado suffered multiple stab wounds two women and one man just prior to the and died at a local hospital. 9:30 p.m. stabbing, which appears to be The three murder suspects are described corroborated by footage from a surveilas Latino and were last seen fleeing east lance camera on Windward Avenue. on Windward in a dark-colored SUV,

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‘Basically, I Had to Act’ Lincoln Boulevard store owner grapples with an armed robber and wins By Joe Piasecki Simon Mellor has a tomato in his right hand and is about to head home to eat it when a young man in a black hooded sweatshirt walks through the door of Mellor’s new market on Lincoln Boulevard and starts waving a gun around. The robber points the pistol at the clerk behind the register and then at Mellor, who responds with a seemingly compliant wave of his tomato-holding hand and a few sedately uttered words. The crook turns his attention back to the register. Seconds later, Mellor is wrestling the gunman from behind — smashing him headfirst into the counter, a metal snack rack and a wall, all of it captured on highdefinition video by a security camera. “I can’t remember, but I probably said ‘Whatever you want to do.’ And so he turned all of his attention to the cash register — all of it, with a hoodie, with no peripheral vision. And if someone’s pointing a gun at one of my friends or one of my employees and I think maybe I can help the situation, I will. So I took him from behind,” Mellor says of the scuffle, which happened just before 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21.

Security camera footage shows Simon Mellor subduing the gunman The fight spilled out the door, where the robber eventually slipped away after pulling a second handgun. He remains at large. “I should have done a lot of things different: I should’ve tripped him, I should have put him on the floor, I should’ve whipped his head back and

gave him a concussion. There’s a lot of things, but basically I had to act,” says Mellor, who does not have formal self-defense training. “There’s 0% chance that I would have been comfortable going home knowing that I just held a tomato in my hand while someone’s pointing a gun at me and one of my employees — that I

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All westbound lanes of the Santa Monica (10) Freeway between Cloverfield and Lincoln boulevards will close for signage replacement from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Dec. 5, 6 and 7. Traffic will exit the freeway at Cloverfield and follow Olympic Boulevard as a detour, according to a city of Santa Monica information bulletin. The improved signage is intended to

prevent last-minute weaving at ramps, improve lane assignments, and reduce congestion through more efficient lane utilization. The closures are necessary for hoisting large signs over travel lanes. Additional weeknight closures between Dec. 7 and Dec. 25 will be announced via smgov.net/kbug. — Joe Piasecki

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Eagle Tail stands in solidarity with water protectors on Santa Monica Beach The ongoing water protector protests to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from carrying crude oil through Native American land briefly expanded last week to include Santa Monica Beach, where a group of young activists rallied support for the cause. Carrying on an indigenous tradition of spreading important messages on foot, the Oceti Sakowin Standing Rock Youth Runners called for unity around a message of environmental protection during an afternoon rally on Nov. 21. “Send love and strength to [the water protectors]. Send love to Mother Earth,” said Eagle Tail, a member of the Rosebud Sioux tribe who took part in the Youth Runners’ journey from Big Sur to Los Angeles.

In July, Youth Runners traveled from North Dakota to Washington D.C. to deliver a petition against the pipeline to the Army Corps of Engineers. One of the Youth Runners described “getting pepper-sprayed for offering an officer an apple and water” during protests at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, which have been ongoing since April. Water Protectors have also been shot at with rubber bullets and sprayed with cold water hoses in freezing temperatures, and this week state officials announced new plans to block food and supplies from reaching protest camps by levying heavy fines against couriers. — Stephany Yang

County Plans to Cut Down Trees in the Marina The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works plans to cut down 13 trees at five locations in Marina del Rey this month, including along Admiralty, Fiji, Mindanao and Palawan ways. The trees slated for removal are not healthy and must be removed for public safety reasons, according to

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The dredging barge Heidi Renee will remove 425,000 cubic yards of sediment from the harbor’s entrance Plans to dredge roughly 425,000 cubic yards of sediment from the entrance of Marina del Rey harbor were temporarily delayed this week after bad weather in Oregon held up the barge slated to do the work, the L.A. County Department of Beaches and Harbors announced. The 220’-by-60’ dredging barge Heidi Renee is expected to arrive Dec. 5 to begin ’round-the-clock digging on the north side of the harbor’s mouth, leaving the south side open for vessels to pass. The $2.7-million job is being paid for with federal funds.

“During the rougher winter and fall seasons, heavy shoaling can occur within this port and waterway entrances, causing a restriction or ‘bottle-necking’ effect in water depth and vessel maneuverability,” U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Andrea Anderson said. “Once the dredging is completed, the water depth and channel width will increase and allow for much larger passages and maneuverability for Coast Guard vessels into and out of the harbor.” — Gary Walker


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Florence Henderson, who died on Thanksgiving, was “very much a local gal” her to be, and even warmer and more personable than comes across on TV. … She was so gracious to whoever wanted a picture with her. She had time for everybody.” Rohde also noted that Henderson was “very much a local gal” — a “fixture” and “ambassador for the marina” who could be spotted regularly at the California Pizza Kitchen on Fiji Way and at J. Nichols Kitchen, where the staff named a special made-toorder sandwich in her honor. The Florence Reuben has all the trimmings of a regular Reuben sandwich, says J. Nichols server Christian Beltran, except Henderson would substitute turkey for the typical corned beef. “She was the only one to come in and order it” but it quickly became a staff favorite, Beltran said. “She got us hooked.” Beltran described Henderson as not only a regular customer, but also a “motherly figure” who emanated a friendly glow whenever she came in.

“Everyone here knew her as Flo,” he said. Henderson was also a familiar face at Café del Rey, where maître d’ Jan Mizuno often interacted with the star and her daughter Barbara. Over the years, Mizuno found Henderson to be as genuine and kindhearted as the TV mom she portrayed. For instance, when Mizuno’s mother died about four years ago, Henderson personally delivered a signed sympathy card. “She’s so famous. For her to take the time to write the card and bring it in, that really touched me,” said Mizuno. “To do such a kind thing, it just shows she’s down to earth.” Henderson, who is survived by four children and five grandchildren, reveled in the hometown feel of Marina del Rey. “Being somewhat well-known, there are places that I can go here by myself, if I choose, and I know everybody,” Henderson told The Argonaut in 2015. “I feel at home here. This is my community.” christina@argonautnews.com

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Hollywood called Florence Henderson “America’s Favorite TV Mom.” Marina del Rey locals called her a neighbor and friend. Henderson, best known for playing Carol Brady on the hit 1970s television series “The Brady Bunch,” succumbed to heart failure on Thanksgiving Day at age 82. She died surrounded by friends and family at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to her manager. The Broadway veteran and former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant moved to Marina del Rey in the mid-1980s and remained “in the marina right up to the end,” publicist Sanford Brokaw said. Over 30-plus years in the marina, Henderson lived with her late husband Dr. John Kappas on a 90-foot yacht for over a decade, was a member of the California Yacht Club and served as grand marshal for the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade twice — first in 1991 and again in 2015. Participating in the boat parade was a memorable experience for Henderson. “It’s very interesting, you know, that you can hear people who are on the sidelines, watching the parade,” Henderson told The Argonaut in anticipation of last year’s parade. “They’ll sing along with you and you can hear people saying, ‘Hi Florence!’ … you know, ‘Hi Carol Brady!’ I’m always surprised about how many people participate and how important it is for people.” Christine Rohde, a member of the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade Board of Directors, escorted Henderson on the grand marshal boat last year. She recalled how Henderson “rallied the troops” with her enthusiasm and exuberance. “She was so gracious, welcoming everybody, shouting to the crowd,” said Rohde. “Her fans were along the parade route and she’d yell back at them and wave. She was so appreciative of everyone’s attention.” “It was a very special evening,” continued Rohde, recalling that Henderson generously paused to take pictures with her fans before boarding the boat. “She’s everything you would imagine

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Enterprising Teen Rallies Support for Safer Bike Routes in Del Rey and Playa Vista Thanks in part to the work of one local student, more than 100 people recently joined L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin for an exploratory community bike ride around Del Rey and Playa Vista. As part of her sixth-grade Environmental Stewards Project earlier this year, 12-year-old Westside Neighborhood School (WNS) student Stella Vaughan-Verk wrote to Bonin about challenges for bicycle and pedestrian access in the area. The project, developed by WNS sixth-grade dean and science teacher Kaitlin Lester, has two guiding questions for students: (1) How can I make a difference in my community? (2) What impact do my actions have on the environment?   The work offers students the opportunity to focus on environmental issues close to their hearts. From making small changes at home to participating in restoration work or beach clean-ups and writing letters to government officials, students realize they can have a direct role in improving their environment. “Everyone was planting a tree; I wanted to do something different,” said Vaughan-Verk, who enjoys biking — when she has the time —

Stella Vaughan-Verk and Councilman Mike Bonin lead the way during a community bike ride she helped organize

with family, friends and her pet boxer Roxanne. Vaughn-Verk’s letter led to a meeting with Bonin, and later she and father Jonathan Verk co-coordinated the ride, which launched from the WNS campus just south of Ballona Creek. “We couldn’t be prouder of Stella for demonstrating great initiative to inspire and help with such a successful event,” WNS Head of School Brad Zacuto said. Supporters included Bike Attack, the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition and L.A. Metro Bike Share as well as TOMS Shoes, Priority Bicycles, Deutsch, Wiredrive, Maser Condo Sales and CTRL Collective. Before the ride, Bonin acknowledged the risks associated with biking on Centinela Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard, the only access points for bikers crossing Ballona Creek on their way to Playa Vista. Community members have long been requesting a safe route connecting Playa Vista and Del Rey to the Ballona Creek bike path. Last year local architect Paul Howard proposed a pedestrian/cyclist bridge which might reuse the existing concrete supports of the former L.A. Pacific Electric Red Car crossing. Bonin included a bridge in Metro’s Active Transportation Strategic Plan (adopted in June 2016) so the project’s design and construction could be eligible for Metro and grant funding. ”Providing access to regional bike paths like this encourages more biking and walking, helping to take cars off the road and move Los Angeles toward a more sustainable and less-congested transportation future,” Bonin said.

High-schoolers check out a state-of-the-art Coast Guard Eurocopter at LAX More than 700 local teens headed to Los Angeles International Airport on Nov. 9 for the inaugural LAX Aviation Career Day, a special event showcasing entry-level employment opportunities for high school graduates. Students from St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey and Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet were among those who participated in the event, hosted by the airport’s community relations department. More than 30 exhibitors represented various airlines as well as the TSA, Customs and Border Protection, the Los Angeles Airport Police Department, air cargo companies and other aviation and aerospace companies. Attendees met industry professionals, toured Beechcraft and Cessna aircraft, viewed interactive exhibits and saw live demonstrations. For many, the day’s highlight was a U.S. Coast Guard crew taking off in their search-and-rescue Eurocopter HH65 Dolphin to go out on patrol. “Career Day shows students the

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A police line separated Windward Avenue from the beach immediately after the stabbing crime trends in Venice, but L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin said he has been in close contact with the department. “As with any terrible tragedy in our neighborhood, I have faith that the Venice community will rally around the victim’s family and do what we can to help the LAPD solve this shocking stabbing,” he said. In the context of skyrocketing real estate values and a tech-industry boom, the evolving character of Venice is a hot topic of discussion for longtime locals and newcomers alike. Public safety is also a cornerstone of that discussion.

1970s who isn’t convinced that the proliferation of new expensive homes and high-end businesses has made Venice a safe place. “It’s not Brentwood. People like to forget that,” said artist MB Boissonnault, who moved to Oakwood in 1999. Many newcomers “just ignore all the socioeconomic implications of paying for a $4-million, $6-million house next to a Section 8,” she said. “You have a bunch of people protecting themselves with all their wealth, so it doesn’t make for a community. They go behind their fences and we never see them.”

“Anyone who met Jasmine felt the light and the love she carried. She deserves justice.” — Mayra Ortiz

“Anytime you have a violent crime like this it’s a black eye on the community,” said Nick Antonicello, head of a neighborhood council committee weighing the possibility of Venice becoming a selfgoverning municipality. “I think locals are worried more about crime and public safety than tourists are, and I think that’s why you see the boardwalk essentially close down at sundown.” Venice commercial property owners recently voted to launch a business improvement district that is expected to fund increased security patrols on the boardwalk starting next year. “Crime is a critical issue,” said Venice Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Donna Lasman. “We have some businesses that are thinking of leaving because they think the boardwalk is unsafe.” Others spoke of increasing friction between long-established blue-collar residents and more affluent newcomers — wealth and poverty rubbing up against each other in potentially volatile ways. “Stuff happens here. It’s still dangerous,” said prominent Venice artist Laddie John Dill, a local since the turbulent early

Simon Mellor, who fought off an armed robber at his market on Lincoln Boulevard just 90 minutes before Preciado’s murder (see ‘Basically, I Had to Act,’ page 9), made similar observations about people walling themselves off from each other. “A lot of upscale people building upscale houses, and they’re not any safer just because they’re moving into a hip environment,” he said. “When I wave to them and they don’t wave back, that’s not a neighbor.” Ortiz said she and Preciado were priced out of Venice when the building they lived in was cleared out to make way for renovations that brought in higherpaying tenants. “I walk around my old neighborhood and don’t recognize a single soul,” she said. Anyone with information about Preciado’s murder is asked to call LAPD West Bureau Homicide Detectives at (213) 382-9470. Visit gofundme.com/JPreciado to learn more about fundraising efforts for Preciado’s burial and daughter.

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I will never forget Florence... By Denise Fast The Oxford Triangle loses a great neighbor and a wonderful friend. It was Thanksgiving day when I received a call from Julie Jungwirth that Florence Henderson had passed. She had been such a dear friend to Julie and Jim, especially over the last couple years while Jim has been at home in his hospital bed. She would stop by all the time to give him hugs and a kiss on the cheek and warm Julie’s spirits. They all laughed a lot together, as Florence always had a great sense of humor. They were truly there for each other. When Julie would host her annual Christmas party for all of her customers at Joni’s Coffee Roasters, Florence was always there. We would sit at a crowded little corner table — Florence, Julie, Julie’s best friend Nancy, and my mother and I. We had lots of laughs. She was always very approachable and seemed to remember everyone’s name. I originally met Florence on an open house in the Oxford Triangle. When I ignorantly asked her what she did for a living she very kindly and graciously responded, “Oh, I’m in entertainment.” She and her husband John Kappas were members of the Cal Yacht Club and had Big Flow 3 anchored there. John was a hypnotherapist. He had helped Florence get over stage fright and taught her hypnotherapy. I remember she used to volunteer at City of Hope and used these techniques to help cancer patients relieve their pain. In 2002 when John passed away, Florence called me and asked me to write his eulogy and deliver it at his memorial. I was truly honored to accept, and Randy and I canceled our trip to Hawaii to attend. I remember her parting words to him were, “John, is it time to call it a day?” He said, “Yes dear, it is time to call it a day.” Although we shared a neighborly friendship for years, I felt that I really got to know her best when I attended her one woman show at the Magic Castle. It was musical and magnificent! It confirmed what I recognized in the very beginning, that in her heart of hearts she was truly a songbird. I had no idea that she had grown up with no electricity and no running water. As a little girl she would literally sing for her supper at the corner grocery store and pass the hat afterwards to help feed the family. She was the youngest of 10 children abandoned by her mother, and to sum up her childhood, “it was not the conditions that made her content it was the attitude of gratitude for blessings sent.” Florence’s book, “Life is not a Stage” is an inspiring book to read and would make a fabulous “Rags to Riches” movie. For anyone who might be sitting at home feeling sorry for themselves, it should snap you right out of it. I take comfort in knowing that when Florence passed over her husband John was standing there waiting to greet her with open arms along with so many other family and friends who have gone before her. White roses, silver ashes, and a simple gold band, “Yes they walk with the Gods, Yes he still holds her hand.” “She is as close as your heartbeat, as near as your breath.” PAID ADVERTISEMENT

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Snacking Ryan Devlin is on a mission to feed the hungry with This Bar Saves Lives By Stephanie Case In 2011, Ryan Devlin started his Washington Boulevard-based granola bar company with a simple email to a friend. Its subject line: “Just a little idea to save the world.” Attached to the email was a photograph from a humanitarian trip the two friends had taken to Liberia a few years prior. They’d visited a refugee clinic, filled with emaciated children suffering from dire malnutrition. Parents and nurses stood by their sides, struggling to keep them alive. “It was one of those scenes where once you see it, you can’t un-see it,” says Devlin. “It just hit us. We were talking to the doctors and the nurses there, and we asked, ‘How do we help? What do you need?’ “They said, ‘We need more of this,’ and then pointed to some boxes of emergency food aid.” The needs of these children — and thousands like them across the globe — are at the heart of This Bar Saves Lives, Devlin’s granola bar venture. For each bar the company sells, they donate a packet of emergency food aid to youth in need. The back of each wrapper reads: “Buy a bar. Feed a child. We eat together.” “There’s something very human, very communal, about the practice of eating,” says Devlin, 36. “There are children throughout this world, through no fault of their own, who do not have the nutrition that they need, and we can do something about it. We can link our meals here to nutrition abroad.” While customers snack on fruit and nut blends like Wild Blueberry Pistachio and Dark Chocolate, Cherry & Sea Salt, malnourished kids in pockets of Haiti, the Philippines and Guatemala consume medical-grade food aid, like Plumpy’Nut: a high-calorie, high-nutrient peanut butter paste that can rapidly reverse severe hunger. A twice-daily dose sustained over eight to ten weeks, Devlin says, can bring a kid from the brink of starvation to full health.

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Grinnell (“Desperate Housewives,” “Grace & Frankie”) and Ravi Patel (“Master of None,” “Grandfathered”), along with board member Kristen Bell (“Frozen,” “Veronica Mars”) — are also Hollywood regulars.

“It’s becoming increasingly clear that consumers are now demanding more than just a good product: They’re demanding an impact with their purchase.” “A lot of people might look at our company and say,‘It was started by actors, and they have celebrity friends,’ and assume it was easy. But we started small. … We made a lot of mistakes.” — Ryan Devlin

tons of food to communities in crisis, according to its quarterly giving report. “I think social impact business is the future of all business,” says Devlin. “It’s becoming increasingly clear that consumers are now demanding more than just a good product: They’re demanding an impact with their purchase.” One of Devlin’s business icons is Paul Newman, the late Oscarwinning actor who started his own food-based social impact company, Newman’s Own, funneling his profits straight to charity. Like Newman, Devlin splits his time between the food industry and acting. He’s guest starred on a slew of television shows, like “Jane the Virgin” and “Cougar Town,” and his This Bar Saves Lives partners — cofounders Todd

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“I think a lot of people might look at our company and say, ‘It was started by actors, and they have celebrity friends,’ and assume it was easy,” Devlin says. “But we started small. [The first years] were the Wild West for us, because we were just getting out there and trying to figure out how the heck to do this thing. “At first, we made a lot of mistakes — we were in tiny stores, we lost accounts, we had bad recipes, we had packaging and distribution problems — but none of them sunk the company. … We’re stronger for it.” After three years of grinding away, This Bar Saves Lives has finally broken into big-name stores such as Target and Whole Foods Market. The bars, which retail for between $2 and $3, are also available at every Starbucks counter in California, plus a handful of boutique

Los Angeles spots such as Rainbow Acres on Washington Boulevard and Intelligentsia Coffee in Venice. Back at their 10-person office in Culver City’s western panhandle, Devlin’s team spends their days working on new products and flavors. “We’ll get 10 different recipe variations from our chef, and we’ll do blind taste tests. It’s like a sports tournament: Everybody will rank them, and we’ll whittle them down, through semi-finals and finals, until we have a winner,” he laughs. It’s painstaking work, but Devlin wants each bar to taste as good as the message behind it. “I think there’s a big pitfall in saying, ‘You know what? We can sell anything, slap a ‘give back’ mission on it, and it’ll sell fine,’” he says. “I think we have to be the best product with the wrapper off. Then, with the wrapper on, and with our mission, the bar means that much more.” For more information about the company and to read quarterly giving updates, visit thisbarsaveslives.com.

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This Bar Saves Lives cofounders Todd Grinnell, Ravi Patel, Kristen Bell and Ryan Devlin have chemistry on screen and in the boardroom B E L O W : Inspired by meeting the children he helps, Devlin keeps track of each packet of food aid the company donates — a tally that climbed to 1.5 million between May and September A B OVE :

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A Daredevil Ahead of Her Time “Aviatrix” introduces a new generation to the first Asian-American woman in flight By Brian Welk In the mid-1930s, a pilot flying over Southern California ran out of gas and made an emergency landing at an American Army base. The pilot was of Chinese descent, and the Army assumed the pilot must be a spy. But as a member of The Ninety-Nines, she was sent on her way with free gas and a hearty lunch. The Ninety-Nines are an association of female pilots founded by Amelia Earhart at a time when only 1% of pilots were women. The pilot was Katherine Sui Fun Cheung, the first Asian-American woman to have a pilot’s license in the United States. In a new documentary short called “Aviatrix: The Katherine Sui Fun Cheung

Story,” director Ed Moy chronicles Cheung’s life as a pilot in West Los Angeles and how her story has inspired others in aviation and the community. Featured in the film is Cheung’s daughter Dottie Leschenko, a Mar Vista resident who’s lived in the area her entire life. Now 87, Leschenko remembers first flying with her mother when she was just 6 years old. “My sister and I went up with her. We took our safety belts off and stood up in the airplane. Our hair was standing straight up! Then she took us down, and our mother gave us a big lecture,” Leschenko said. But that would not be their last flight together.

“She even lent me the controls one time,” Leschenko recalled. “That was not too good because I didn’t follow a pattern, but it was fun.” Leschenko describes Cheung as a daredevil at heart, and she took for granted her mother’s trailblazing spirit until she was much older. “She should’ve been the man, and my dad should’ve been the woman. She just liked excitement,” Leschenko said. Earlier this year, “Aviatrix” won the Audience Award at the Marina del Rey Film Festival. A longer version — about an hour — is screening on Tuesday, Dec. 6, during the Culver City Film Festival. Highlights of the film include original 1930s footage of Cheung doing stunts at

the Long Beach Air Show in the 1930s, and commentary by a contemporary female stunt pilot and flight historian. The film also gives a nod to other filmmakers who have made shorts likewise inspired by Cheung’s legacy. Moy hopes his film will make the rounds at other festivals before becoming available for streaming. The project has been in the works for a while, with Moy finding more and more people who feel inspired by Cheung. “What surprised me is how many people over the years have gravitated to this story. I didn’t know all these people were touched by her story,” Moy said. “We’ve (Continued on page 20)

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Cheung and other members of The Ninety-Nines, pictured with pioneering air racer Roscoe Turner and his famous pet, were truly lions of their day more interested and do whatever they wanted to accomplish,” Leschenko said. The Culver City Film Festival screens “Aviatrix” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at ArcLight Culver City (9500 Culver Blvd., Culver City) as part of a bloc of films. Tickets start at $10. See

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9 Westminster Ave., Venice (310) 314-6458 zeldascorner.com “Hi Greg!” shouts Edward Klevens, the new chef/owner of Zelda’s Corner. The sandwich shop at the corner of Westminster Avenue and Speedway is probably best known for its cinnamon-sprinkled mini donuts, but Greg comes in about once a week for a cup of chili and bread. “Hi Katya,” Klevens greets another customer, who hugs him and declares she’s addicted to his food. Then there’s Andy, who has a special sandwich named after him, although it’s not on the official menu. “It’s an East Coast thing,” explains Klevens. “I split the bread. There’s three kinds of cheese, homemade Italian dressing, lettuce, tomatoes, lots of onions, lots of meat on top.” Klevens bought Zelda’s Corner about one year ago from the original owners, a local couple who set up shop at 9 Westminster Ave. in 1999, after a few years of selling only mini donuts out of a much smaller space across the street. Klevens is the type of owner who leaps to help a woman who asks for her sandwich to be wrapped to go, even with staff at the counter ready to serve. In other words, he’s perfect for a boardwalk sandwich shop that caters to the surrounding community. Though it seems like a natural fit, owning a restaurant is sort of an unexpected turn for Klevens. He started in publishing, selling advertising, and worked for Trader Joe’s. Then he stumbled into a culinary class at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, and he was hooked. He took another class. And then he was hit with the news that his mother — his very first cooking teacher — was diagnosed with cancer. “She told me, ‘If you’re going to do this, go to real school,’” Klevens remembers. So he enrolled in a two-year

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“I want people to tell me this is the best sandwich they’ve ever had. If I hear that, I know I’m doing my job.” — chef/owner Edward Klevens

worked at The Langham Huntington Pasadena for a couple of years, and then decided to sign up for an intensive two-month sushi program. “That was a whole different ball game,” Klevens says, eyebrows raised. He worked at a few sushi bars — as the only white, left-handed sushi chef — then landed at Chaya Beverly Hills and LAX. When his friend who brought him on at Chaya moved up north to work at The Barrel House in Sausalito, he invited Klevens to join him. That job lasted three months, and then he

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New owner Edward Klevens has raised the bar at Zelda’s Corner “People might come for the donuts, but they try the food and then come back for it,” he says. Klevens enjoys getting to know the locals and what they like. He took the records off the wall and hangs local art instead. “This is exhausting, but it’s my baby,” he says. “I’m here seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the spring, we might extend the hours till 7 or 8.” But what’s the biggest surprise

about opening his own spot? “The paperwork,” he sighs, “so much paperwork. I spend more time doing paperwork than I do playing.” One day that might change, and he’ll get to play more in the kitchen. But for now, Klevens won’t rest until his mission is complete: “I want people to tell me this is the best sandwich they’ve ever had. If I hear that, I know I’m doing my job.”

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You’ll be “Home for the Holidays” OPEN SUNDAY 1- 4 PM 8042 ALTAVAN AVENUE, WESTCHESTER OFFERING 2 BEDROOMS WITH 2 BATHROOMS PLUS A PERMITTED REAR REC. ROOM WITH KITCHENETTE AND A HALF BATHROOM FOR YOUR OUT OF TOWN GUESTS. WALK INTO THIS SEXY, MODERN REMODELED HOME. A SUNNY, OPEN FLOOR PLAN WITH A RAISED CEILING AND DESIGNER COOK’S KITCHEN OFFERING SAMSUNG STAINLESS APPLIANCES AND A LARGE EXTENDED STONE COUNTER TOP EATING AREA. ORIGINAL MAPLE WOOD FLOORING THROUGHOUT, STAINED LIGHT GRAY, NEW DOUBLE-PANE WINDOWS, CENTRAL HEATING AND A/C, GLASS SLIDING DOORS LEAD TO THE PRIVATE BACK YARD WITH A WOOD DECK FACING THE 5’ GAS FIRE PIT WITH SITTING AREA AND NEW LANDSCAPE. JUST A BLOCK TO ONE OF THE MOST STUNNING SUNSET VIEWS LA HAS TO OFFER. WALK TO BRISTOL FARMS, STARBUCKS AND ALL THE RESTAURANTS AND SHOPS ON LINCOLN BLVD.

$1,049,000 Call your third-generation Venice Local and Realtor since 1999 for all your Real Estate needs.

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The Seychelle in SanTa MOnica “Experience luxurious coastal-city living with mesmerizing ocean view,” says agent Mary Cronin. “This highly sought-after ocean-facing corner unit, offering a large wrap-around terrace, is in the newly-developed, 24-hour concierge-serviced building, The Seychelle. A spacious condo, it boasts two bedrooms, plus a den, as well as two full bathrooms. Luxurious features include marble flooring, a chocolate oak vanity, a glass-enclosed shower framed by a mosaic tile wall, and motorized shades on all windows. An open gourmet kitchen features polished Pearl quartzite counters, grey oak cabinetry, and appliances, including a wine fridge, by Thermidor. There is abundant closet space, and an additional extra large storage room downstairs. Make use of the two prime side-by-side parking spaces, with a car charger, in the indoor garage. The serene roof-top resident lounge offers a heated salt-water pool and a Jacuzzi, two barbeques, and fully equipped kitchen along with indoor and outdoor dining areas.”

Offered at $3,950,000 i n f O r M aT i O n :

Mary cronin, URBAN Living Real Estate 310-633-4257 seychelleoceanave.com mary@urbanhomeslosangeles.com

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CULVER CITY

LADERA HEIGHTS

LEIMERT PARK

MARINA DEL REY

Private & Bright top floor 2 bdrm condo w/ treetop views in small complex w/pool/spa/BBQ.

4BD/3BA Completely remodeled! Living room w/ fplc, cook’s kit, cov patio & sparkling pool.

Bright & Spacious Spanish Home. 3BR,fam rm, rear yard w/ fruit trees. Granite counter tops

Open Sun 1-4p. Sunny 3+3 highly upgraded 2-story Marina Strand penthouse w/ocean breezes.

Mary Suliman (310) 699-3990

Carla & Molly Lowe (310) 435-0520

Olivia Ramirez (310) 694-7581

Sue Miller (310) 821-5090

MARINA DEL REY

PLAYA DEL REY

PLAYA VISTA

PLAYA VISTA

End unit town home w/2 master suites, 3 baths, living room w/fireplace, remodeled kitchen.

OPEN SUN 1-4PM. Just completed 4bd/4ba gorgeous contemporary Mediterranean w/ ocean views.

Spacious 3-story Capri Court 1 single family home in quiet cul de sac/3BR 3BA / 2849 sqft

Designer unit, sophisticated w/large living rm & library wall. Best deal in Playa Vista!

James Cook (310) 645-4842

James Allan (310) 704-0007

Sam Araghi & Rudi Behdad (310) 415-1118

Yasuko Hiroha (310) 699-3056

SANTA MONICA

SANTA MONICA

TOPANGA

VENICE

Drive by only! Location, location, location! Fantastic well maintained Santa Monica 4-plex

Spacious 2bd/2ba single level condo w/ private patio steps to 3rd St Promenade, & ocean!

Open Sun 1-4p. Ocean View Vineyard Estate! Private 5bd/6ba oasis. Entertainer’s dream!

Price Reduced! Beautiful 2-story 4bd/3ba Cape Cod w/guest house, blocks from beach/canals.

Mauro Metini & Craig O’Rourke (310) 266-3502

Sandy Berens & Steffi Berens (310) 448-5961

Mitch Hagerman (310) 963-4358

Monnie Fanning & Brett Ross (310) 344-3736

VIEW PARK

WESTCHESTER

WESTCHESTER

WESTCHESTER

Fine living in View Park! 5BR 5BA w/ formal entryway, family rm, fireplace + wet bar

7740 Boeing Ave | 6BD/5.5BA Gorgeous home w/ great style, lots of space & all amenities

6402 Wynkoop St | 4BD/3BA | Stunning custom home in prime Upper North Kentwood

7803 Naylor Ave | 4BD/3BA Impressive home w/ top quality & exceptional design

Jo Ramsey (323) 295-5317

Bob Waldron & Jessica Heredia (310) 780-0864

Bob Waldron & Jessica Heredia (310) 780-0864

Bob Waldron & Bobbie Stark (310) 780-0864

$425,000

$849,000

$1,900,000

$1,200,000

$960,000

$2,695,000

$1,500,000

$2,385,000

$750,000

$1,749,999

$4,000,000

$1,725,000

$1,200,000

$732,000

$2,499,000

$1,369,000

©2016 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office is owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker® and the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Previews International® and the Coldwell Banker Previews International Logo, are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Broker does not guarantee the accuracy of square footage, lot size or other information concerning the condition or features of property provided by seller or obtained from public records or other sources, and the buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information through personal inspection and with appropriate professionals.

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n 0–4 p E1:3 O n Su

7740 BoeiNg Ave, Westchester

Luxury! Style! Space! Stunning home with incredible appeal inside & out, 6 Bdrms, 5.5 Baths, Pool & Spa. $2,385,000

n 0–4 E p :3 O n1 Su

6402 WyNkoop st, Westchester

Exceptional & captivating custom home in prime Upper North Kentwood, 4 Bdrms, 3 Baths. $1,725,000

n 0–3 p E12:3 On Su

7803 NAylor Ave, Westchester

Gorgeous & impressive remodeled home w/ great room & gourmet kitchen, 4 Bdrms, 3 Baths. $1,369,000

Bob Waldron

Broker Associate

310.780.0864

www.bobwaldron.com CalBRE# 00416026

OPEN SUN 1-4

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310.913.8112

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Jessica Heredia

©2012 Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation. Coldwell Banker is a registered trademark licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Owned and Operated by NRT Incorporated. Coldwell Banker does not guarantee the accuracy of square footage, lot size or other information concerning the condition or features of property provided by the seller or obtained from public records or other sources, and the buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information through personal inspection and with appropriate professionals.

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7863 Flight Ave, Westchester

Spacious duplex on large corner lot with development potential. Each unit with 2 Bd, 1 Ba, updated kitchens & laundry facilities. $995,000

$1,649,000

3 BeD/3 BaTh + OFFICE

1 IRONSIDES ST. #11, MDR $1,399,000

2 BeD/2 BaTh

$1,325,000

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3 BeD/2.5 BaTh

$865,000

2 BeD/2.5 BaTh

$799,000


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OPEN SUNDAY 1–4 PM

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8408 Regis Way, Westchester Classic Westchester Home 3 Bed | 2 Bath | $899,000 OPEN SUNDAY 1–4 PM

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8121 Westlawn Avenue, Kentwood Traditional Charm 5 Bed | 4 Bath | $1,749,000 OPEN SUNDAY 1–4 PM

4767 Imlay Avenue, Culver City Timeless California Style 3 Bed | 2 Bath | $929,000 OPEN SUNDAY 1–4 PM

Coastal Condo Living 2 Bed | 2.5 Bath | $699,000

7965 Chase Avenue, Kentwood Meticulous Kentwood Remodel 4 Bed | 2 Bath | $1,569,000

12975 Agustin Place, #304, Playa Vista Luxury Living in Playa Vista 2 Bed | 2.5 Bath | $899,000 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

8056 Kentwood Avenue, Westchester Unparalleled Kentwood luxury 5 Bed | 6 Bath | $2,195,000

Coastal Contemporary 2 Bed | 1 Bath | $579,000 OPEN SUNDAY 1–4 PM

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

8828 Pershing Drive, #138, Playa Del Rey

8300 Manitoba Street, #205, Playa Del Rey

8027 Westlawn Avenue, Kentwood Timeless Kentwood sophistication 3 Bed | 3 Bath | $1,199,000

To make a difference in our community, we will Give Together by donating a portion of our net proceeds from every home sale to the local charity of our client’s choice. Call me today for more information or to find out what your home is worth!

Compass is a licensed real estate broker (01991628) in the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdraw without notice. To reach the Compass main office call 310.230.5478. CalBRE# 01365696

December 1, 2016 At Home – THE ARGONAUT’s Real Estate Section PAGE 29


Lovely Playa del Rey Home Cozy 2 story beach home 5 bedrooms, 3 1/4 baths 2,932 sq foot home On the hill in Playa del Rey Hardwood floors Mountain & airport view

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7505 Earldom, Playa del Rey

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Playa del Rey Hillside View Home 7308 Earldom Avenue Charming 4 Bedroom plus 3 Bath home with family room/ den and city lights views. Main Level: Open living room/ dining area, bright kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms. Lower Level: Two bedrooms, one bath, laundry room/ pantry, and family room/den. 2,002 Sq. Ft. List Price: $1,275,000

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Dana Wright

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tom Corte ERA MAtillA REAlty 225 CulvER Blvd. PlAyA dEl REy

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Address

Bd/BA

price

Agent

cOmpAny

pHOne

Sun 2-5

4172 Baldwin Ave.

3/3 Remodeled modern duplex in Carlson Park

$2,089,000

Todd Miller

KW Santa Monica

310-560-2999

Sun 1-4

4767 Imlay Ave.

3/2 Timeless California style

$929,000

Stephanie Younger

Compass

310-410 2020

Sun 1-4

6305 Green Valley Circle #109

2/2 Grand floor corner unit w/ large enclosed patio

$465,000

Brian Christie

TREC

310-910-0120

636 California St.

3/3 Beautiful remodel, high-end finishes

$1,399,000

Dan Christian

Dan Christian Homes

310-251-6918

6154 W. 76th St.

4/3 Sellers say sell now! Bright beautiful remodel

$1,089,000

Lisa Potier

TREC

310-780-2850

$1,200,000

Sue Miller

Coldwell Banker

310-821-5090

$799,000

Jesse Weinberg

Jesse Weinberg & Associates

800-804-9132

culver city

el segundO Sun 12-4 lOs Angeles Sa/Sun 2-5

mArinA del rey Sun 1-4

4150 Via Dolce #335

3/3 Sunny 2-story 2000+ sq ft Marina Strand penthouse

Sun 1-4

4730 La Villa Marina #A

2/2.5 Renovated townhome overlooking courtyard

Sun 1-4

4730 La Villa Marina #J

2/2.5 Town-home overlooking courtyard

$759,000

Jesse Weinberg

Jesse Weinberg & Associates

800-804-9132

Sun 1-4

1 Ironsides St. #11

2/2 Remodeled South facing unit steps from the sand

$1,325,000

Jesse Weinberg

Jesse Weinberg & Associates

800-804-9132

Sun 1-4

4310 Glencoe Ave. #2

3/3 West facing townhome with great open floor plan

$775,000

Jesse Weinberg

Jesse Weinberg & Associates

800-804-9132

Sun 1-4

12721 Admiral Ave.

2/2 Tastefully rebuilt gem in del Rey

Laura Kellam

Berkshire Hathaway HomeSer.

310-748-5344

Sun 1-4

8300 Manitoba St. #205

2/1 Coastal contemporary

$579,000

Stephanie Younger

Compass

310-410-2020

Sun 1-4

8828 Pershing Dr. #138

2/2.5 Coastal condo living

$699,000

Stephanie Younger

Compass

310-410-2020

Sun 1-4

12883 Runway #2

3/2.5 Unique single-level in rare 3 unit Camden building

Nora and Peter Wendel

Coldwell Banker

310-918-2064

Sun 1-4

12975 Agustin Pl. #304

2/2.5 Luxury living in Playa Vista

$899,000

Stephanie Younger

Compass

310-410-2020

Sun 1-4

13031 Villosa Pl. #109

2/2.5 Townhouse style condo w/ Concert Park views

$979,000

Jesse Weinberg

Jesse Weinberg & Associates

800-804-9132

Sun 1-4

521 Vernon Ave.

Stunning custom Venice Beach home

$3,380,000

Janin Paine

KW Santa Monica

310-560-5088

Sun 1-4

687 Washington Blvd.

3/3 Newer contemporary home blocks to the beach

$1,649,000

Jesse Weinberg

Jesse Weinberg & Associates

800-804-9132

Sun 1-4

8100 Bleriot Ave.

3/2 Elegance & style, fabulous backyard

Kevin and Kaz Gallaher

RE/MAX Execs

310-410-9777

Sun 1:30-4

7803 Naylor Ave.

4/3 Gorgeous remodel w/ all amenities

$1,369,000

Bob Waldron

Coldwell Banker

310-780-0864

Sun 12-3

7863 Flight Ave

4/2 Spacious duplex, 2 bd/1 ba in each unit

$1,070,000

Bob Waldron

Coldwell Banker

310-780-0864

Sun 1:30-4

6402 Wynkoop St.

4/3 Prime No. Kentwood, impressive style

$1,725,000

Bob Waldron

Coldwell Banker

310-780-0864

Sun 1-4

7407 W. 82nd St.

3/2 West of Lincoln, north of Manchester

$1,249,000

Anna Kadinowa

KW Santa Monica

323-828-5023

Sun 1-4

8408 Regis Way

3/2 Shown by appointment

$929,000

Stephanie Younger

Compass

310-410-2020

Sun 1-4

8121 Westlawn Ave.

5/4 Shown by appointment

$1,749,000

Stephanie Younger

Compass

310-410-2020

Sun 1-4

7965 Chase

3/2 Meticulous Kentwood remodel

$1,549,000

Stephanie Younger

Compass

310-410-2020

Sun 1-4

8056 Kentwood Ave.

5/6 Shown by appointment

$2,195,000

Stephanie Younger

Compass

310-410-2020

Sun 1-4

8027 Westlawn Ave.

3/3 Newly updated, close to beach

$1,249,000

Stephanie Younger

Compass

310-499-2020

$1,375,000

plAyA del rey

plAyA vistA $1,648,000

venice

WestcHester $989,000

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The ArgonAuT PRess Releases inviting WestChester home

playa vista Condo

Offered at $989,000 Kevin and Kaz Gallaher, RE/MAX Execs 310-410-9777

Offered at $979,000 Jesse Weinberg, Jesse Weinberg & Associates 800-804-9132

playa del rey home

historiCal loft

Offered at $1,275,000 Jane St. John, RE/MAX Estate Properties 310-577-5300 X 301

Call for more information Miranda Zhang, TREC 310-650-2066

marina City Club

Captivating Cape Cod

“Soak in the spectacular ocean vistas, as well as city lights and mountain views, offered by the floor-to-ceiling windows this lovely single bedroom unit,” says agent Charles Lederman. “Enjoy an oversized patio, ideal for entertaining and watching the city lights sparkle. This is the perfect place to call home, with storage space and superior views to match. Revel in all the amenities that the Marina City Club offers. Ideally located, this home is walking distance to the beach and offers a priceless lifestyle.”

“The traditional shingle siding of this captivating Cape Cod home is enhanced and reflected in the clean lines and contemporary details found the moment you step through the door,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “Walk through the Dutch door into the open-concept floor plan. The statement master bedroom features post-and-beam vaulted ceilings, and French doors to the private patio. The two-car garage even offers a studio space."

Offered at $449,000 Charles Lederman, Charles Lederman & Associates 310-821-8980

Offered at $1,549,000 Stephanie Younger, Compass 310-410-2020

“This home is a terrific combination of traditional character and quality improvements,” say agents Kevin and Kaz Gallaher. “Inside, freshly painted walls and beautifully refinished hardwood floors accentuate the ideal floor plan. A roomy master suite features ample closet space and a gorgeous attached bath. Three additional well-sized bedrooms, another two bathrooms, an attached two-car garage with direct entrance complete this jewel of a home."

“Warm, sophisticated and welcoming, this two-bed, twoand-a-half-bath townhouse-style condo in the desirable Serenade is a delightful combination of the classic and modern,” says agent Jesse Weinberg. “The open floor plan, perfect for entertaining, features a gourmet kitchen with European-style raised-panel cabinetry, and sliding doors to the patio. Make use of the side by side parking for two, with a car charger. Embrace the comforts of a traditional home with all of the amenities that Playa Vista offers.”

“See the city lights from this charming four bed, three bath, home with on the Playa del Rey hill,” says agent Jane St. John. “A courtyard entrance and front porch invite you into this comfortable home. The main level includes open living and dining areas that flow to the rear deck. Also on the main level is the master suite, featuring two walk-in closets. Two of the bedrooms are on the lower level, as is a large laundry room, and a family room with an access door out to grassy rear yard’s spa tub.”

“A historical Lincoln Heights loft is coming soon,” says agent Miranda Zhang. “This 930-square-foot, chic loft provides gated parking, both private and for your guests. Here, you are only seven minutes away from downtown Los Angeles, and are situated close to the 5 and 110 freeways. It is a peaceful, wellintegrated historical building with a lovely exterior and interior layout. You will love its style, and you will be spoiled by its convenience.”

THe argonauT

Home SaleS Index Home SaleS

average PrIce

-4.2%

+9.3%

Culver City homes solD average PriCe mariNa Del rey homes solD average PriCe Palms/mar vista

November ‘15

November ‘16

31 $739,900

31 $878,400

November ‘15

November ‘16

26 $1,065,100

19 $1,256,600

November ‘15

November ‘16

homes solD average PriCe

28 $1,146,200

33 $1,394,000

Playa Del rey

November ‘15

November ‘16

homes solD average PriCe

11 $772,300

16 $898,500

November ‘15

November ‘16

6 $898,300

12 $1,116,600

November ‘15

November ‘16

47 $2,200,100

49 $1,957,100

November ‘15

November ‘16

Playa vista homes solD average PriCe saNta moNiCa homes solD average PriCe veNiCe homes solD average PriCe WestChester homes solD average PriCe

total # of sales

20 $2,069,400 November ‘15 21 $1,075,100

190

17 $2,227,000 November ‘16 21 $1,171,100

198

The Argonaut Home Sales Index is presented the first week of each month. The November figures are sourced from sales reported to MLS as of 10/30–11/29 Argonaut Home Sales Index © The Argonaut, 2016.

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The ArgonAuT REAl EstAtE Q&A What a Trump presidency means for the housing market What will happen in the jobs market? Jobs are integral to a healthy housing market. Without jobs, homeowners and tenants are unable to make housing payments, and tenants can’t save to become homebuyers. In turn, home values suffer. The volume of real estate fees slow or become insufficient to non-existent for agents and brokers, as occurred following the 2007 housing bust. Therefore, job growth is a top priority for housing professionals (and anyone who owns or lives in a housing unit). Trump’s campaign promise to “bring back jobs” was perhaps his most compelling argument for his more rural and economically depressed supporters. But what are his methods to successfully do so? He claims his jobs plan will create 18 million additional jobs over ten years, on top of what is expected due to population growth. He says he will do this by increasing GDP growth by 1.5% per year to an average 3.5% GDP growth, which he says will create an additional 1.5 million jobs each year. But, as the New York Times points out, his math doesn’t add up, even if he’s able to stoke GDP growth to 3.5% (unlikely, as presidents don’t have that sort of power). Demographically, there simply aren’t enough adults prepared to enter the labor force — especially if he deports the undocumented labor force and slows legal immigration into the nation needed to support our economy as we now know it. While the labor force participate (LFP) rate includes all working-age adults, many of these adults won’t be able to enter the labor force, as they are students, are disabled, retired, etc. Even at the maximum LFP rate experienced in history, we still fall far short of attaining anywhere near the 18 million additional jobs he calls for without more immigrants from other nations. Worse, his restrictive trade policies are likely to actually shrink GDP growth for lack of ability to compete by exporting, decreasing the number of jobs available. The Peterson Institute projects a loss of 4 million jobs due to Trump’s trade policies, when enacted, according to MarketWatch. However, he has also promised to rebuild infrastructure, a la Eisenhower, and promises this will create millions of jobs. If indeed his fiscal approach to stimulate the economy is successful, more jobs may be created — just not to the impossible tune of 18 million. Further, his Republican colleagues in the House and Senate are “austerity bound” and unlikely to support such a stimulus program, according to Politico. But you need to suspect they will permit the stimulus, together with a reduction in top tax rates and a massive increase in national debt to avoid that Hooverinduced recession in 2018-2019. An increase in defense spending is also on Trump’s bucket list, which will greatly benefit California, home to 13% of the nation’s active military. Contractors that work closely with the military like Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, both with offices in California, saw their stocks climb following Trump’s election. Still, Trump unlike Reagan is likely to run into congressional problems coming up with the funds to ramp up defense spending, and his current plan of eliminating wasteful Pentagon spending to come up with the billions of dollars needed to meet his goals has experts scratching their heads. The big upside for California is, while it may see some of the benefits from federal spending on infrastructure, it is also still a Democratic-controlled state with a gargantuan economy on an independent roll in our global economy. Therefore, it will be able to push off most of the other reforms Trump proposes that will decrease the labor force. To be continued...

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legal advertising FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT 2016 258809 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) Drama Kids of Westside of Los Angeles 11301 W. Olympic Blvd. suite 367 Los Angeles, CA. 90064 Take the Stage LLC 11304 W. Olympic Blvd suite 367 Los Angeles, CA. 90064 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 05/2016 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)) TAKE THE STAGE LLC SECRETARY This statement was filed with the county on Oct. 21, 2016 Argonaut published: Nov. 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 2016. 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 2016 260498 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) The Guard 1550 N. El Centro Ave. 603 Los Angeles, CA. 90028 Bitcrush.FM Inc. 1550 El Centro Ave. #603 Los Angeles, CA. 90028. This business is conducted by an 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)) BITCRUSH.FM INC. This statement was filed with the county on Oct. 25, 2016 Argonaut published: Nov. 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 2016. 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 2016 271200 The followiersons is (are) doing business as: 1) Pascale’s Atelier 13308 Kansas Ave. Gardena, CA. 90247. Pascale StromsSchellenbach 13308 Kansas Ave. Gardena CA. 90247. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 5/2016 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) PASCALE STROMSSCHELLENBACH Owner This statement was filed with the county on Nov. 4th 2016 Argonaut published: Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 2016. 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 2016 272155 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) 1508 1508 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA. 90291. AMT Retail Venice LLC 1508 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA. 90291. 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)) This statement was filed with the county on Nov. 7, 2016 . Argonaut published: Nov. 10, 17, 24 Dec. 1, 2016. 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

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under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT 2016 272156 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) Dr. Lori Petrie and Associates 6601 Center Dr. West suite 523 Los Angeles, CA. 90045. Lori M. Petrie 6601 Center Dr West suite 523 Los Angeles, CA. 90045. This business is conducted by an 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)) LORI M. PETRIE This statement was filed with the county on Nov. 7, 2016 Argonaut published: Nov. 10, 17, 24 Dec. 1, 2016. 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 2016 275677 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) ORIGIN-L Real Estate 4421 Alla Road #7 Marina del Rey, CA. 90202. Lynx Leorisa 4421 Alla Rd #7 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true 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)) This statement was filed with the county on Nov. 10th, 2016 Argonaut published: Nov. 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 2016. 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 2016 275713 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) Crumpet’s Corner 2439 Louella Ave #A Venice, CA. 90291 Denise St Jean 2439 Louella Ave. #A Venice, CA. 90291. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 07/2011 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)) Denise St. Jean Owner This statement was filed with the county on Nov. 23, 2016 Argonaut published: Dec.

1, 8, 15, 22 2016. 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 2016 275832 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) Dreyfuss Construction 8616 La Tijera Blvd suite 212 Los Angeles, CA. 90045. J. 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 Dreyfuss & Associates Inc 8616 La Tijera Blvd. suite 212 Los Angeles, CA. 90045 This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 05/2016 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)) J DREYFUSS & ASSOCIATES Title PRESIDENT This statement was filed with the county on Nov. 10th, 2016 Argonaut published: Nov. 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 2016. NOTICEIn accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name 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 2016 279323 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) WORKCOMPWIRE 12963 Runway Rd #120 Playa Vista CA. 90094. Nextwire Media Inc. 12963 Runway Rd #120 Playa Vista, CA. 90094 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)) NEXTWIRE MEDIA INC.CEO This statement was filed with the county on Nov. 16, 2016 Argonaut published: Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 2016. 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 2016 279869 The followiersons is (are) doing business as: 1) Passion8media 1204 California Ave. unit 6 Santa Monica, CA. 90403 Christina Kline 1204 California Ave. unit 6 Santa Monica, CA. 90403. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 01/2016. 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)) CHRISTINA KLINE This statement was filed with the county on Nov. 17th 2016 Argonaut published: Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 2016. 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 2016 280691 The followiersons is (are) doing business as: 1) Well Grounded Electric 12621 Caswell Ave. Apt 5 Los Angeles, CA. 90066. Bobby Reynoso 12621 Caswell Ave. #5 Los Angeles, CA. 90066 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)) BOBBY REYNOSO Owner This statement was filed with the county on Nov. 17th 2016 Argonaut published: Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 2016. 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 2016 283159 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) Ecole Claire Fontaine 352 Westminster Ave. Venice, CA. 90291 Joelle Dumas 325 Westminster Ave. Venice, CA. 90291. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true 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)) JOELLE DUMAS Owner This statement was filed with the county on Nov. 21, 2016 Argonaut published: Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 2016. 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 2016 285236 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) Reidenbaugh Finish Carpentry 932 Palms Blvd Venice, CA. 90291 Andrew Reidenbaugh 932 Palms Blvd Venice, CA. 90291 This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 07/2016 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)) ANDREW REIDENBAUGH Owner This statement was filed with the county on Nov. 10, 2016 Argonaut published: Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 2016. 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 2016 270857 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1)The Fox’s Den Millinery 3964 Michael Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90066. Karen L. Fox 3964 Michael Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90066. 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)) .KAREN L. FOX OWNER This statement was filed with the county on Nov. 4, 2016 . Argonaut published: Nov. 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 2016. 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 2016 260639 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) Venice Beach FC 21 2) VBFC 21 Westminster Ave. apt 107 Venice, CA. 90291 Dillion Chapman 21

Westminster apt 107 Venice, CA. 90291. Tim Walsh 101 Dudley Ave. apt 305 Venice, CA. 90291 This business is conducted by a general partnership The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 10/2016. 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)). DILLION CHAPMAN OWNER This statement was filed with the county on Oct. 25, 20106. Argonaut published: Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 2016. 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. SUPERIOR cOURT OF cALIFORNIA, cOUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, SUmmONS cASE NUmBER Sd035304 NOTICE TO RESPONDENT (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): Kevin James, an individual, YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF (LO ESTA DEMONDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): Kendall Wilson an individual NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo. ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia. org), the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo. ca.gov/selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. The name and address of the court is (El nombre y dirección de la corte es): Santa Monica Courthouse 1725 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA. 90401. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is (El nombre y el numero de telefono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante que no tiene abogado, es): David Pisarra 1305 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA. 90405 310-664-9969 The Date the Complaint was filed: June 22, 2016. Clerk Issuing Summons: Evyone N. Brown, Deputy, PUBLISH: The Argonaut Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2016


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model, i.e., getting men to stick around to invest in their children. Men often benefit more from a “short-term sexual strategy” — a lack-of-commitment model, i.e., sticking it into a long line of sexfriends. That’s because a man can have sex with thousands of women and never end up pregnant with something that needs to be fed, clothed and sent to hipster day care. Though a man gets more shots to pass on his genes with the short-term “I love a parade!” approach, it’s sometimes more advantageous for him to opt for a Picture a zookeeper coming long-term strategy. It’s a huge to work in the morning and going, “Crap, we’ve got a new time-, energy- and resourcegiraffe. How did he get in here?” suck to perpetually be on the hunt. Also, Buss explains, On one level, a man pining because “highly desirable for a life in sexual captivity women” can hold out for makes about as much sense as a wild animal breaking into commitment, men can get a much better woman if they’re a zoo. Evolutionary psycholowilling to go for a long-term gists David Buss and David thing (buying the relationship Schmitt note that we humans stroganoff instead of living off evolved to choose between two different sexual strategies: the free samples in the supermarket). short-term and long-term. Whether to commit generally Women typically benefit more doesn’t play out in men’s from a long-term sexual heads in such clear cost-benstrategy — a commitment

efit terms — like calculations on whether to go all in on pork futures. It’s emotion that pushes them toward commitment — loving a woman who happens to insist on a commitment and wanting to make her happy. Economist Robert H. Frank calls love “a solution to the commitment problem.” Mushywushy feelings are what keep you with that special someone — instead of running off the moment somebody who’s objectively a better deal moves in next door, or your beloved is tossing their cookies on the side of the road: “Bye, hon … hope somebody nice comes along to hold your hair back!” So a man’s being willing to officially take himself off the market — even if he isn’t particularly hot on the idea of marriage — is a really big deal. There are two major reasons you spend the rest of your life with one person: Either you realize you love them more than you love your freedom, or you’re serving a sentence for a string of really bad felonies.

In Thickness and Health My wife isn’t smart. She also doesn’t read books or newspapers or know anything about current events or politics. I knew that when I married her, but we were both kids and I thought it was kinda sweet and funny. Fifteen years later, it bothers and embarrasses me. I still love her, but I’m depressed by the idea of spending the rest of my life with someone who can’t share some of what I see as life’s basic pleasures. — Hating Myself for Sounding Snobby It’s something of an attraction-killer when you look deep into a woman’s eyes … and feel pretty sure you can

see clear out the back of her head. Yes, 15 years ago you pledged to spend forever with this woman — surely intending to follow through, despite how she probably makes major life decisions by consulting fortune cookies. The truth is we can lack foresight when we’re younger. (As late as eighth grade, I announced to my parents with great gravitas: “Rollerskating is my life!”) Though you care about her, what you’re missing — being similar in essential areas — is called “assortative mating.” Psychologist Michelle Shiota notes that “studies have repeatedly found that similarity between romantic partners

in domains such as socioeconomic status, educational background, age, ethnicity, religion, physical attractiveness, intelligence, attitudes and values predicts higher levels of marital satisfaction and lower likelihood of separation and divorce.” Sure, you could focus on what you love about her and try to get your intellectual needs met elsewhere. However, if what makes you feel alive and connected to somebody is engaging intellectually, this might just be a bridge too far — being with someone who believes the Electoral College is where your 18-year-old niece is going next fall to study bioengineering.

Got a problem? Write to Amy Alkon at 171 Pier Ave., Ste. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email her at AdviceAmy@aol.com. Alkon’s latest book is “Good Manners for Nice People who Sometimes Say F*ck.” She blogs at advicegoddess.com and podcasts at blogtalkradio.com. December 1, 2016 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 35


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Compiled by Nicole Elizabeth Payne Thursday, Dec. 1 Toys for Tots Collection, ongoing through Dec. 18. Donate a new, unwrapped toy to brighten the holidays for a child in need. Consult toysfortots.org if you’re not sure what to buy. Drop off toys in the main lobby of Marina Del Rey Hospital, 4650 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. (310) 577-5534; marinahospital.com Kids Club, 4 to 5 p.m. Children ages 8 to 11 meet each Thursday for art activities, board games and other after-school activities. Materials supplied; creativity wanted. Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Ave., Culver City. (310) 559-1676; colapublib.org Makey Makey STEAM Workshop for Tweens, 4 p.m. Kids learn how to turn everyday objects into keyboards and game controllers using a Makey Makey Invention Kit. Ages 8 to 16. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org West Coast Swing, 6:30 p.m. Move your body and free your mind. Celebrate swing with a class or open dance. Intermediate swing dance

Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056; unurban.com Copyright Basics: Theater, Literature and Music, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Entertainment attorney Keith Cooper discusses the basics of copyright owners’ rights, public domain, fair use and copyright infringement. Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St., Rm. 105, Santa Monica. $20. showclix.com Stephen Lockwood & Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Jazz and classical pianist Stephen Lockwood teams with a vocalist and woodwind quintet to perform Normand Lockwood’s music from the 1920s to 1980s. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org RuPaul and Andy Cohen at Live Talks Los Angeles, 8 p.m. TV host and “real Housewives” producer Andy Cohen joins fellow TV personality and author RuPaul to discuss Cohen’s new star-studded memoir “Superficial: More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries.” Santa Monica High School, 600 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $40 to $75. livetalksla.org Salsa Night at Wokcano, 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Dance teachers Nicole Gil and Charlie Antillon lead a beginner lesson at 8 p.m., an intermediate class at 9 p.m. and social dancing from 10 p.m. until close every Thursday at Wokcano, 1413 5th St., Santa Monica. $8. facebook.com/DanceSalsaLA

Friday, Dec. 2 Mar Vista Senior Club, 9:30 a.m. to noon. The club meets each Friday for speakers, bingo, live entertainment, parties, trips and tours for people 50-plus. Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine St., Mar Vista. (310) 351-9876

RuPaul joins TV host and “Real Housewives” producer Andy Cohen in conversation about Cohen’s new memoir. SEE THURSDAY, DEC. 1. classes start at 6:30 p.m., beginner and intermediate/advanced classes at 7:30 p.m., followed by open dancing with deejays at 8:30 p.m. $15 includes the class; $10 just to dance. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. (310) 606-5606; philandmindiadance.com Winemaker Dinner, 7 p.m. Winemaker Brandon Sparks-Gillis teams up with wine expert Peter Kerr to pair five wines from Dragonette Cellars in Santa Barbara County with dishes prepared at Sam’s by the Beach, 108 West Channel Rd., Santa Monica. $99. Reservations required. (310) 230-9100; samsbythebeach.com Live Music Showcase, 7 p.m. Stop by for a showcase and open mic night each first Thursday of the month.

Mat Pilates, 11:30 a.m. Work out your core muscles and stretch away stress. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org Rotary Club of Santa Monica, noon. The Rotary Club of Santa Monica meets each Friday at Riviera Country club, 1250 Capri Drive, Pacific Palisades. (310) 917-3313

John’s, 11208 Culver Blvd., Culver City. (310) 397-0276; dearjohns.net Mind Over Movies, 6:30 p.m. Kick off the holiday season with a screening of the modern holiday classic “Elf.” The film is followed by a discussion and Q&A. The Christian Institute, 1308 Second St., Santa Monica. Free. facebook.com/ mindovermoviesla Friday Night Trivia, 7 p.m. Test your knowledge while having a brew and win prizes. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com SongWriter Soiree, 7 to 11:30 p.m. (Sign up at 6:30 p.m.) Show up and prove your talent, then stay to support your fellow singers and musicians during the open mic each Friday at Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. unurban.com Rusty’s Rhythm Club, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Andy Cowan & The Nina Beck Trio play swing-era tunes and big band hits in varying tempos, plus some Sinatra and Big Band hits. A half-hour beginner swing dance class with a DJ starts at 7:30 p.m., followed by two sets of live music from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m. $15 includes the class; $10 just to dance. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. (310) 606-5606; rustyfrank.com Surf and Birthday Ball, 8:30 p.m. Skeeters Pool Party Band hosts a night of classic rock and vintage surf songs. All drummers invited to show up and play “Wipeout” on a communal drum. Bring your own sticks. Guitarists welcome to jam on “Crossroads.” Bring your own guitar. Texas House Party opens the show at 8:30 p.m. Brennan’s Pub, 4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-6622; brennanspub-la.com

Saturday, Dec. 3 Open Wetlands at Ballona, 9 a.m. to noon. The Los Angeles Audubon Society hosts its monthly Open Wetlands event at Ballona Salt Marsh. Take a stroll through the sand dunes to the creek and explore your neighborhood wetlands. Enter through the gate in the northeast corner of the parking lot behind Alkawater/Gordon’s

Get into the spirit of the season with the Holiday Magic Toy Drive & Cocktail Mixer at Hotel MdR. SEE SUNDAY, DEC. 4. Market in the 300 block of Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. No baby strollers. (310) 301-0050; losangelesaudubon.org

cold one. Open to all. First come, first play. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $5. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, 9 to 10:30 a.m. A 12-step program for anyone struggling with their relationship with food. Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Youth Center, 3838 S. Centinela Ave., Mar Vista. Free. (310) 902-3040; foodaddicts.org

Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra, 3 to 5:30 p.m. Showcasing Brahms’ brilliant range of compositions, the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra opens the holiday season with this free all-Brahms concert. Santa Monica High School, 600 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 395-6330; smsymphony.org

Mar Vista Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, 9:30 a.m. Look for classics or find old favorites at the Mar Vista Branch Library, 12006 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 390-3454; lapl.org Friends of Playa Vista Library Big Book Sale, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Look for classics or find old favorites at the Playa Vista Branch Library, 6400 Playa Vista Dr., Playa Vista. (310) 437-6680; lapl.org INCA, Peruvian Music Ensemble, noon to 1 p.m. Director and President of INCA, Guillermo Bordarampe, plays guitar, mandolin and bass with his Peruvian ensemble. Playa Vista Branch Library, 6400 Playa Vista Dr., Playa Vista. (310) 437-6680; lapl.org Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a reggae and ska concert by Upstream. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com Open Mic, 2 p.m. Hang out with musicians, jam on stage and enjoy a

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Dante Vittorio Durand: “Portals, Fantasy and Magic,” 7 to 11 p.m. Inspired by the visual counterculture of graphics, Durand explores themes of ego, futurism, eroticism and the tension between beauty and destruction found within the human condition. Project M, 1510 Pacific Ave., Venice. Free. (310) 500-0039; facebook.com/amsmediaarts

Sunday, Dec. 4 Aqua Aerobics, 8:15 and 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Build strength and endurance during the early shallowwater workout or the later deep-water workout at the Santa Monica Swim Center, 2225 16th St., Santa Monica. $2.75 to $11. (310) 458-8700; santamonicaswimcenter.org/ adult-fitness Music at the Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Baila Baila perform live at Santa Monica Farmers Market, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. smgov.net

5th Annual Venice Holiday Sign Lighting, 6 to 9 p.m. Join the Venice Chamber of Commerce for the changing of the lights on the Venice Sign from white to red and green for the holidays. Windward Avenue east of Pacific Avenue will close for the event, which includes live music, exhibits and a poster contest. Windward and Pacific Avenues, Venice. Free. (310) 822-5425; venicechamber.net Jimmy Brewster, 6:30 p.m. to close. Get the full American steakhouse and classic cocktail bar experience featuring the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tom Jones and The Beatles each Friday night at Dear

Sofar Sounds: Venice, 4:45 and 7:45 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Venice. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com

Abbot Kinney Holiday Stroll and Snow Day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hang out with Santa, join an Instagram scavenger hunt and go sledding in real snow along Abbot Kinney Boulevard at Santa Clara Avenue. abbotkinneyblvd.com

Rusty Frank’s Rhythm Club heats up the dance floor in Playa del Rey. SEE FRIDAY, DEC. 2.

Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a jazz funk concert by Chazzy Green, aka “The Funky Sax Man.” Fisher(Continued on page 38)


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Modern Family Lore Tasty Words stages funny and poignant stories of adoption By Bliss Bowen Standup comedy experienced a popularity explosion in the 1980s and ’90s, after the likes of George Carlin, Steve Martin and Robin Williams — not to mention “Saturday Night Live” — pushed wide the door in the ’70s for more attitude and commentary in comedy. They were followed by bold voices like Roseanne Barr, Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg, Dennis Leary and Eddie Murphy, among numerous others. At the same time spoken word, both spoken-word poetry and storytelling, was coming into its own as a cathartic pop-culture art form. All of that formed a cultural backdrop for the emergence of series like Tasty Words, now in its 15th year. The “spoken word salon” is the brainchild of actor, comic and producer Wendy Hammers, who is presenting her latest show at Moss Theatre in Santa Monica this Sunday.  “There are a lot of storytelling shows in town that are more cynical than mine,” she says. “Mine are not cynical, but they’re also not sugarcoated. They’re powerful, they’re true, they’re lifeaffirming, and we need that right now.” A South Jersey native whose rapid-fire speech is punctuated by frequent laughter, Hammers launched Tasty Words after enduring the triple whammy of divorce, a close friend’s death, and 9/11. “I thought, ‘If I do not create a place for my friends and I to get onstage and speak our truth, our heads will explode,’” she recalls. “It was a very simple concept; I never knew it would turn into a thing. It was literally just, ‘Let’s get together.’” After starting in the now-shuttered Montana Avenue children’s bookstore Every Picture Tells a Story, Hammers presented up to 11 shows a year in a 99-seat theatre. In recent years she’s been presenting four Tasty Words nights annually at the 350-seat Moss Theatre on the campus of the New Roads School. Each show is themed. Past themes have included “I’m Too Sexy for My Shirt” and “I’m Still Here,” a to-hell-and-back survivors’ message Hammers promises to revisit in the future. Sunday’s theme is “Our Family Looks Like This,” with a lineup of professional and amateur writers, storytellers, actors and comics that includes Amy Anderson, Christopher Brune-Horan, Betty Goldstein, Annie Korzen, Cathy Ladman, Alec Mapa, Greg Swartz and Ian Wallach. All will be sharing personal tales of adoption, from varying perspectives. “Two of them have been adopted, and

Actress and comic Wendy Hammers launched Tasty Words after enduring a triple whammy of divorce, a close friend’s death, and 9/11 six of them have adopted,” says Hammers, who will host. “One is a grandmother of an adopted child. The rest

Assuming you weren’t raised with knowledge of your birth parents, the sudden discovery that you are not

“They’re powerful, they’re true, they’re life-affirming, and we need that right now.” — Wendy Hammers

are parents. One is a couple in process of adopting who haven’t gotten the baby yet; there’s also a young gay couple that are married and are in the process of adopting.”

genetically connected to your closest kin can be a confidence-shattering event. On the face of it, you’re the same person you were five minutes before learning about your adoption; yet five minutes

afterward, the world is permanently changed. And if you are a parent striving to adopt — or a grandparent compelled by circumstances to fill a void created by your own child — the hurdles that must be overcome can be gut-wrenching. All of which confronts Hammers, as curator, with a very specific challenge: ensuring the show has balance. “I personally am drawn to that which lifts people up,” she explains. “I am drawn to funny. Years ago I read an article in The New York Times by playwright Sam Shepard. He said by the five o’clock news, people are saturated, they’re up to their eyeballs in bad news; we don’t have the capacity to take more in. It doesn’t mean you can’t do work of value that’s impactful and that moves people. But you have to use humor as a tool. “This is what I’ve told my writing students for years: humor is a perspective; it’s a tool that opens people’s hearts. Once you do that, you can share any message you want. But if people are bombarded with terrible all the time, it’s meaningless; they can’t hear any of it.” A recent survivor of pancreatic cancer (“I am on the other side of it and I feel like a million bucks — before taxes”), Hammers presented her own story at a show last fall: “Winter, Spring and Donna Summer: My Season With Cancer,” now posted on her YouTube channel. Its poignancy’s liberally spiked with wisecracks. “I had my last chemo treatment six days before I was onstage,” she recalls. “That story is a moving story and people tell me it helped them, but it can never be as powerful as it was that day because of the immediacy it had. The audience was a part of it, and I loved it.” Similarly, she says, storytellers she brings to the stage connect with audiences via personal essays. Unlike, say, Appalachian storytellers who draw upon folklore, their stories are taken from real life — including punchlines. “These stories are all true stories, told by the people who wrote and lived them. We’re not telling made-up stories. I have great respect for that, but this is a different thing. I’m interested in someone’s vulnerability and speaking their own truth.” Tasty Words presents “Our Family Looks Like This: The Adoption Show” with storytellers Amy Anderson, Christopher Brune-Horan, Betty Goldstein, Annie Korzen, Cathy Ladman, Alec Mapa, Greg Swartz and Ian Wallach, at 7 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 4) in the Moss Theater at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. Tickets are $25. Call (310) 828-1500 or visit tastywords.com. December 1, 2016 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 37


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Gateway to Go Food Trucks, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A rotating lineup of some of the city’s best food trucks gathers each Tuesday at the Sky View Parking Lot, 6101 W. 98th St., Westchester. gatewaytola.org Read with a STAR!, 3 to 5 p.m. Share books with STAR volunteer reader Judy. Kids can discover great stories and learn how to earn a free book to keep. Parents should call to confirm/ RSVP. Westchester Loyola Village Branch Library, 7114 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. (310) 348-1096; lapl.org Gourmet Food Truck Night, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Each Tuesday night, a diverse array of tent vendors and gourmet food trucks takes over the California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-8537; californiaheritagemuseum.org Marshall McLuhan-Finnegans Wake Reading Club, 6 p.m. This open reading club meets the first Tuesday of each month for literary discussions. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 306-7330; laughtears.com

The Toledo Show, 9:30 p.m. This long-running cabaret show continues to shake up Sunday nights at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $10 plus a two-drink minimum. (310) 395-1676; santamonica.harvelles.com

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Seated Breath Meditation: Naam Yoga, 10:15 a.m. This class aims to calm and clear the mind through controlled breathing, mudras (hand-seals) and simple seated movements that promote balance and rhythm in our emotions, thoughts and physical bodies. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org

Go sledding in real snow during the annual Abbot Kinney Holiday Stroll and Snow Day. SEE SUNDAY, DEC. 4. African dance and spoken word performance group. Virginia Avenue Park, Thelma Terry Bldg., 2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 399-1631 Sofar Sounds: Santa Monica, 7:15 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Santa Monica. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com

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Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary, 7:15 a.m. Wednesdays. Make connections in your community each Wednesday at Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. Call Brady Connell at (323) 459-1932 for breakfast reservations; or for more information call John Marcato at (310) 740-6469 or Michael Warren at (310) 343-5721 Westchester Storytime, 10:15 a.m. Each Wednesday morning kids ages 18 months to 4 years can participate in stories, songs, rhymes and more. Storytime lasts about 30 minutes followed by 15 minutes of free playtime with boardbooks and toys. Westchester Loyola Village Branch Library, 7114 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. (310) 348-1096; lapl.org Westchester Life Story Writing Group, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Memoir-writing workshop meets Wednesdays at the YMCA Annex, 8020 Alverstone Ave., Westchester. $10 donation per semester. (310) 397-3967 Toastmasters Speakers by the Sea Club, 11 a.m. to noon. In this workshop to develop better presentation

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There is an open mic strictly for musicians on Friday nights. Grand View Market, 12210 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 390-7800 “Racing Extinction” Documentary Screening, 7 p.m. Oscar-winning director Louie Psihoyos assembles a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation, spanning the globe, to expose the hidden world of endangered species, to infiltrate the world’s most dangerous black markets and using high tech tactics to document the link between carbon emissions and species extinction. A panel discussion follows the screening. Free to Santa Monica residents. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $11. swracingextinction.eventbrite.com Internet and Social Media Legal Issues for Artists and Business Owners, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Don Dennis addresses a constantly evolving topic by examining new legal issues arising from the use of online social media. Workshop topics include, maintaining ownership after you hit “post,” what to do if work is used without permission, and free speech versus defamation. Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St., Rm. 105, Santa Monica. $20. showclix.com

Velvet Guerilla Cabaret, 9 p.m. Open mic poetry each Wednesday at Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056; unurban.com Venice Underground Comedy and Bootleg Bombshells Burlesque Show, 9 and 11:30 p.m. Start the night with some of L.A.’s best comics, and finish it with a burlesque show featuring special guests Missy May & Erin Bridges. No cover. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com Triptease, 10 p.m. Live music begins at 8:30 p.m. and the Dollface Dames perform burlesque at 10 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $5. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com

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Galleries & Museums Nathalie Berthon Jacob’s “Bouche,” 5 p.m. Artist Nathalie Berthon Jacob unveils her latest collection of paintings at F45 Training Venice, 2321 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Ste. 102, Venice. An after party follows at French Market Café, 2321 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Ste. 200, Venice. Live band the Venice Demons performs. RSVP to (310) 577-9775. “SHTF,” through Saturday, Dec 3. Tokyo-based, Norwegian-born artist Gardar Eide Einarsson engages with the suburban, domestic setting of the gallery, responding to the historically potent tension in the current global political climate by casting the bungalow space as a doomsday prepper’s home. team (bungalow), 306 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 339-1945; teamgal.com “Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes,” through Sunday, Dec. 4. Working with a carpet artisan, Polly Apfelbaum designed four large area rugs inspired by a Tree of Life mosaic in Otranto, Italy, New Age spirituality, Czech Fluxus artist Sonia Svecova’s eye collages and Chilean film director Alejanrdo Jodorowsky’s film “Holy

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Moody Machinations: “The Lion in Winter” @ Pacific Resident Theatre In this historically and psychologically insightful play by James Goldman, King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine maneuver against each other to position their favorite son in line for the throne. Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 707 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15 suggested donation. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com

Season’s Greetings: “All About Santa” @ Santa Monica Playhouse In this family-friendly yuletide musical, the perky elves, zany

inventors, toy soldiers and porcelain dolls of the North Pole almost succumb to sinister hijinks, but with the help of the audience Christmas cheer conquers all. Now playing 2 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12.50 to $15. (310) 394-9779, ext. 2; santamonicaplayhouse.com Life in the Limelight: “Giving Up is Hard to Do” @ Santa Monica Playhouse In this one-woman show, veteran actress Annie Abbott opens up about breaking into and surviving show biz. One performance only: 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Santa Photo by Cydne Moore

Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Bee: “The Wholehearted” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre A female boxing phenom grapples with lost love, an abusive husband and the high cost of fame in this world premiere production featuring live projections, film and a thumping rockabilly score. Opens at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, after a preview performance at 8 p.m. on Dec. 2. Run continues at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 11. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9829 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $45. (213) 628-2772; centertheatregroup.org

Stalker Alert: “Devil’s Salt” @ Odyssey Theatre In 17th-century Plymouth, Massachusetts, young midwife Hannah Mulwray is put on trial for witchcraft, accused by the New England colony’s Governor Hooker Wainwright, who’s obsessed with religious order — and with her. Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $18. (310) 477-2055; johnstarkproductions.com

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A Shadowy Scrooge: “A Christmas Carol” @ Miles Memorial Playhouse In this highly theatricalized version of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, Santa Monica Rep uses shadow puppetry and a Greek chorus to show the evolution of Scrooge’s character. Recommended for “brave” children ages 8 and above. Opens Thursday, Dec. 1, and continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18 at the Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. Tickets start at $20 for adults; $10 for children. (844) 486-2844; santamonicarep.org

The Tipsy Elf: “The SantaLand Diaries” @ Santa Monica Playhouse Patrick Censoplano dons the candy-cane tights to revive a one-man play by NPR humorist David Sedaris. The story follows Sedaris’ experiences as an unemployed writer taking a job as an elf at Macy’s in New York City, and in doing so learning how the holiday season brings out the best and worst in everyone. Leave the kids at home. A preview performance happens at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, and the show continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $29.50. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com

A Modern Maven: “Thoroughly Modern Millie” @ Morgan-Wixson Theatre This youth production of the madcap Broadway musical follows flapper Millie Dillmount as she navigates New York City in the 1920s, falls in love and uncovers a plot to sell young girls to the Far East. Now playing at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 17 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 8287519; morgan-wixson.org

Wedded Bliss? “Waiting for Grace” @ Odyssey Theatre A successful New York actress who’s spent her entire life focused on her career wakes up one morning yearning for marriage and a child. But is it too late? And is matrimony really what she wants? Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 11 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $25 to $50. (323) 960-7788; plays411.com/waiting

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“Bridges and Walls,” through Dec 13. Featuring artwork by 23 local artists, this exhibit illustrates the ideas of connection and separation through paintings, photographs, sculpture and jewelry. Blue Seven Art Gallery, 3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 449-1444; blue7gallery.com “Watchers and Winks,” and “2006,” through Dec 16. Taking a significant departure from her previous work, Annie Lapin’s third exhibition is a series of evocative, otherworldly spaces that involve multi-faceted combinations of poured stains, digital deconstruction and augmentation, resulting in environments that record her efforts to picture the processes of perception and cognition. Demonstrating an interest in the traces of humanity existing in the impersonal structure sand aesthetics of the internet, Guthrie Lonergan explores the concept of the years around 2006 as a transitional era in which the internet was rapidly evolving. Honor Fraser Gallery, 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd., Palms. (310) 837-0191; honorfraser.com “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell,” through Dec. 17. Copenhagenbased artist Alexander Tovborg presents paintings based on William

Blake’s book of prose of the same name. Each work references a specific proverb from the Proverbs of Hell incorporating Greek and Celtic mythological symbolism with historical icons, religious ritualism and metaphysics. Blum & Poe, 2727 La Cienega Blvd., Palms. (310) 836-2062; blumandpoe.com “100 Years of National Parks: The West,” through Dec. 24. This is the fourth and final installment of a year-long series celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service. The show highlights the 11 western states of the continental United States representing the vast diversity of geography, climate and beauty of the American west. The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 452-2842; theg2gallery.com “Recent Work,” through Dec. 24. Approaching the figure from an abstract painter’s perspective, Hilary Taub works and re-works images allowing the final painting to emerge out of controlled chaos, leaving final interpretation to the viewer. First Independent Gallery, Bergamot Station G6, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 829-0345; figgallery.com “Jeffery Vallance: Now More Than Ever,” through Dec. 31. An immersive experience of mixed-media drawings, sculpture, and performance.

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Edward Cella Arts & Architecture, 2754 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City. (323) 525-0053; edwardcella.com “Los Angeles: Detailed,” ongoing. Nine diverse photographers drawn to different specifics of this everchanging city focus on what makes L.A. made for pictures, battling cliché vs. reality and documenting those places that might otherwise go unnoticed. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica. (310) 458-4904; annenbergbeachhouse.com “Questionable History,” ongoing. Objects from the museum’s collection of Cold War artifacts are presented in a way that highlights what we don’t know, either due to lack of information or contradicting sources. The exhibit raises questions about history and how museums present it. The Wende Museum, 5741 Buckingham Parkway, Ste. E, Culver City. (310) 216-1600; wendemuseum.org Historic Photos of Tongva Native Peoples, ongoing. Historic black-andwhite photographs of the Tongva, who were the first peoples in our area, are on display at the Playa Vista Branch Library, 6400 Playa Vista Dr., Playa Vista. (310) 437-6680; lapl.org Send event information at least 10 days in advance to calendar@argonautnews.com.

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Folk artist David Poe (pictured) joins Dixie Chicks and Bonnie Raitt collaborator Maia Sharp, local songstress Kim Michalowski, and alt-country tunesmith Will Hawkins for a benefit concert to help homeless people off the streets of Venice By Joe Piasecki and Christina Campodonico Music, perhaps more than any other art form, has a way of bringing people together. The inaugural Home for the Holidays benefit concert and party aims to do just that: help reunite homeless people in Venice with estranged family members who may be willing to welcome them home again. For five days leading up to the Sunday show, outreach workers with Safe Place for Youth and the St. Joseph Center are teaming up with Miracle Messages, a nonprofit that uses social media to deliver video messages from homeless people to their loved ones. After a promising connection is made, proceeds from the concert will fund any travel costs needed to send a homeless person home again. Miracle Messages chapters in San Francisco, New York and other places have delivered 20 video messages, resulting in 11 reunions. “I watched the videos and was moved by them,” says Venice Neighborhood Council ad hoc Homeless Committee Chairman Will Hawkins, who organized the

Miracle Messages collaboration in Venice and hopes to make it a lasting presence here. “The city’s coordinated entry system costs tens of thousands of dollars; this doesn’t cost taxpayers a dime. We have to continue to look outside the box for solutions,” he says. “The community has to get their hands dirty.” Jessica Day, director of programming for Miracle Messages, is calling for local volunteers to form a permanent Venice chapter. To increase the effort’s chances of success, Hawkins tapped local nonprofits who have already built trust relationships with locals living on the streets. To pay for it, the marketing manager and alt-country tunesmith tapped a few friends in the industry and will round out the bill with his own voice and guitar. Headlining the show is singersongwriter Maia Sharp, who has had her songs recorded by the Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Keb’ Mo’, Cher and Art Garfunkel and released her sixth solo album last year. She’s sharing the stage with contemplative local songstress

Kim Michalowski, who owns the Ananda boutique on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and folk artist David Poe, who often lends his talents to social causes. Poe has done ‘miracle messages’ of his own over the years, lending his time and his smart phone to helping homeless people in Manhattan reconnect with long-lost relatives. “This kind of outreach is so critical,” he says. “The best advice I ever got from a friend of mine who worked in a homeless shelter was when you encounter these folks and they ask for money, get them a meal. And if you have time, eat with them and talk to them, because so often it’s that connection with another person that [homeless] people are missing.” The “Home for the Holidays” benefit concert and party is from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Safe Place for Youth, 2469 S. Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Individual tickets are $75 to $150. For tickets, search “Home for the Holidays Benefit Concert” on Facebook or Eventbrite. To volunteer, call (415) 545-8406 or visit miraclemessages.org.


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