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Holiday festivities continue this weekend ........................................ 34
LAPD Gets Tougher on Venice Crime Chief Moore has deployed more officers and strategies near the beach ........................ 8
On the Scene Venice Sign Lighting is a rockin’ affair ....... 36
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Venice Stories Beyond Baroque Founder George Drury Smith ............................... 10
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Mary Gauthier brings the voices of veterans to McCabe’s ............................ 32 Historian John Meacham on America’s soul ...................................... 37
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ARTS & EVENTS A Wonderland on the Water Marina del Rey’s favorite yuletide tradition returns to the harbor ........................... 12
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L e t t e rs ‘A Smile on Everyone’s Face’ Re: “Old Friends, New Friends: GrandPals helps preschoolers and seniors laugh, play and dance across the generation gap,” Feature, Nov. 21 Thank you for the article on Sunrise Senior Living and
Voyages Preschool. My mother spent the last three years of her life at Sunrise and participated in the activities with the preschoolers. She especially enjoyed coloring with them. Her great grandchildren live out of state, so she didn’t have that many
opportunities to be with little ones. Many of the residents don’t have young family members nearby, and this partnership provides a social engagement that all participants enjoy. Those little preschoolers put a smile on everyone’s face. Hopefully this
article will encourage other senior living communities and preschools to form partnerships like this one. Carol Baer Westchester This program makes so much sense. Being around little ones helps keep older people feeling young, and in our busy world it is rare for little ones to have people around who are not rushing and racing and checking their phones. It must be wonderful to see everyone just enjoying being together. I lived in Europe for a few years, and this type of program seemed common — preschools were often built near senior centers for this exact reason. Bravo for bringing it to Mar Vista! Allison Bragard Culver City Thank you for the wonderful article. My 89-year-“young” mom is a resident of Sunrise Villa Culver City and looks forward to the visits from the children. It is such a special time for the young and young at heart to connect. For my mom it brings back memories of her own children and grandchildren. The smiles and joy are evident from the children and the seniors. It is so important that
our community embrace multigenerational programs. As the saying goes, it takes a village. Bringing local children to interact with seniors creates such a positive and upbeat connection. Thank you for the lovely article highlighting this wonderful program! Randi Rawlins Mar Vista Loved seeing the article about intergenerational activities at Sunrise. There is a beautiful reciprocity in these relationships. To me, the most important thing in cultivating an inter-generational friendship is getting past cultural differences to discover a shared interest. Sahar Edalati Culver City Thank you so much for writing the GrandPals article. My dad lives at Sunrise Villa. It’s a wonderful and safe place for my dad, and the staff takes great care of the residents. Having a program where children come in and simply “play” with the residents, without fear or judgment, is so wonderful for everyone. To see the residents light up with joy when they see these children walk in is truly a heartwarming (Continued on page 11)
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LAPD Gets Tougher on Crime in Venice Chief Moore has deployed 10 more officers and new enforcement strategies near the beach A11: VENICE BEACH VIOLENT & PROPERTY CRIMES 2010-2018 Violent Crime
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By Gary Walker In late October, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore promised a raucous audience at a town hall about homelessness in Venice that he would soon return for an in-depth discussion of local crime and try to station more patrol officers on the Venice Boardwalk. Venice now has 10 additional police officers assigned to the boardwalk, Moore announced to an attentive audience of more than 150 people last Thursday during a town hall meeting at Westminster Avenue Elementary School. “We’re here to listen and to work with you on solutions for the issues that you care about in a very challenging area to do police work,” said Moore, who took charge of the LAPD in June. LAPD Capt. James Setzer, the commander of the Pacific Division, credited the combination of the additional officers and several new enforcement strategies implemented by former Pacific Division Patrol Capt. James Roberts (promoted to a new assignment last week) for a reduction in crime along the boardwalk in the last month.
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Violent crime is up but property crimes have fallen in 2018 in zone A11, which encompasses Ocean Front Walk and the surrounding areas One strategy has been to enforce the overnight curfew on Venice Beach and the boardwalk, asking people to remove tents from the area. During the meeting, police showed a map of 81 encampments they had identified near the beach in October. Due to a rise in the number of illegal bicycle “chop shops” in the vicinity of the
boardwalk, these strategies included the creation of a local task force dedicated to identifying stolen bicycles and breaking up bike theft rings. Of the 359 thefts reported on or near the beach area this year, 79 were stolen bicycles. “We’re putting a special emphasis on stolen bicycles. We’re compiling all of
the reports that we have of stolen bicycles and the tips that we get about chop shops, and we’re going after them,” said Lt. Randy Goddard, commanding officer of the Pacific Detective Division. Despite the 10 new officers, some (Continued on page 11)
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Del Rey will soon get a Dog Park Residents of Del Rey have been campaigning for a dog park for years, and it looks like they’ll soon get their wish. Plans for an off-leash play area for dogs at Glen Alla Park are beginning to take shape after a Nov. 28 announcement by L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin that he has secured funding for the project. The plan is to repurpose parts of the existing park to create play areas for both large dogs and smaller or more timid digs, plus benches for pet owners, water stations for dogs and dog waste cleanup bag dispensers. “The new Glen Alla Dog Park is coming to the neighborhood beYelp Photo by Susan O.
Glen Alla Park will soon accommodate public off-leash play areas for dogs
cause of true community collaboration,” Bonin said. “This dog park will be a testament to what can happen when neighbors work together to create the community they want for their families and for future generations.” Much of the momentum towards creating a park for Del Rey’s fourlegged friends began with a prior neighborhood council, and the current board has continued the push for it. “This is a win for everyone. Our children will have a safer place to play, and dogs will have a muchneeded, legal and properly designed area,” said Del Rey Neighborhood Council member Matt Wersinger, also a member of the Glen Alla Park Community Park Advisory Board. The city’s Recreation and Parks Commission will formally consider the proposal later this month, and officials expect construction could begin as early as February for a grand opening next summer. “A dog park will not only create a space for man’s best friend and their owners, but also create a safe place for kids and families to enjoy the park as well,” said Del Rey resident Keith Jeffries, who said his grandchildren were almost bitten by dogs at the park last year. “I think it’s great that we are building a dog park at Glen Alla Park.”
Bass will lead Congressional Black Caucus Rep. Karen Bass (D- Los Angeles), whose district includes Culver City as well as Mar Vista and Del Rey, will become the first woman to lead the Congressional Black Caucus when the 116th Congress convenes on Jan. 3. “I’m humbled by the support I’ve received from my colleagues,” Bass said. “I look forward to continuing the progress we’ve made on behalf of future generations, not only in Los Angeles but throughout the country.” A frequent and outspoken critic of President Trump, Bass will also serve on the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees federal law enforcement agencies. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), a Trump antagonist chosen last week to help guide Democratic messaging strategy in the House, is also a member of the Judiciary Committee. Bass has been a trailblazer since first taking elected office in 2004. In 2008 she became the first AfricanAmerican woman to serve as Speaker of the California Assembly. On Nov. 6 she was reelected to her fifth term in Congress with more than 88% of the vote.
Rep. Karen Bass (D- Los Angeles) “I’m truly excited to see the energy and determination Karen Bass will bring to her role as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus,” reads a statement by current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Created in March 1971, the caucus describes its goals as “positively influencing the course of events pertinent to African-Americans and others of similar experience and situation.”
‘Can the Trash!’ campaign encourages kids to think green
Local third, fourth and fifth graders are encouraged to submit their artwork for a chance to have it displayed on beachside trash barrels For decades, beach cleanups have undoubtedly helped take tons of debris off local beaches, usually with the help of teens and adults. Now Los Angeles County officials want to instill the importance of keeping trash out of watersheds in the next generation. The county Department of Beaches and Harbors is sponsoring a countywide contest for third, fourth and fifth graders called the “Can the Trash! Clean Beach Poster Contest,” which
county representatives say is designed to educate children on the dangers of ocean pollution that often shows up on Playa del Rey’s Dockweiler State Beach, in the Venice Canals and on Santa Monica Beach. A music video called “Clean and Blue,” which can be viewed at https:// youtu.be/r6MQcYcKkD8, is part of the educational beach cleanup campaign as well as an activity guide for youngsters.
“The main point of this is to convey that keeping trash and other pollutants off our beaches can begin at home. If we can convince people to clean up oil leaks from their cars, pick up after their dogs and keep stormwater runoff on their property, maybe we wouldn’t have to do as many cleanups,” said Nicole Mooradian, a spokeswoman with Beaches and Harbors. “We hope that kids will watch the video and in turn educate their
parents and friends about the importance of keeping debris off the streets.” Five winners from each grade will be chosen and their artwork will be wrapped around beach trash barrels along the coast. Contest entries will be accepted until Jan. 12, 2019. “We hope to make this an annual contest,” Mooradian said. Winners will be announced at the Dockweiler Youth Center in early 2019. December 6, 2018 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 9
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From left to right: Former Pacific Division Patrol Commander Capt. James Roberts, Former Pacific Division Commander Dominic Choi, Pacific Senior Lead Officers Jennifer Muther and Kristan Delatori, and LAPD Chief Michel Moore were on hand during a Venice town hall
LAPD Gets Tougher on Crime in Venice (Continued from page 8)
residents insisted Venice should have even more, considering the taxes resulting from the neighborhood’s high property values and the escalating rents that some businesses pay as the reason for additional personnel. Moore said he took the new officers from other parts of the city, making Venice now one of the best-patrolled communities of Los Angeles. “We’ve allocated more funds for Venice than we have for many other parts of the city. Crime rates here are lower than in other parts of the city,” Moore told the audience. Setzer cited a 3% dip in crime along and in the vicinity of Ocean Front Walk and Pacific Avenue over the past month. But in the same area, he acknowledged, violent crime is up 22% so far this year. “The crime areas where they’re up are sexual assaults, robberies, aggravated
assaults and thefts. We’ve had 19 sexual assaults to date, a 70% increase — 17% [among] acquaintances; six cases [31.5%] where transients were involved but those assaults came against another
east of Lincoln Boulevard and west of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, but violent crime is up 21% overall for the year. That includes 12 robberies and 48 aggravated assaults: “Again, we had the criminal
your [homicide] numbers don’t reflect that,” said Shelle Moeller, who with her husband Klaus owns the Ben and Jerry’s Ice cream shop on Ocean Front Walk. Setzer answered that when someone dies, police have to determine if the cause of death was by suicide, an accidental death or murder, and the latter is not always the case. Overall, those who attended the town hall seemed happy that the LAPD’s high command had taken the time to come to — LAPD Chief Michel Moore Venice. Alex Poe, who lives near on a walk street near the beach, said he hopes police homeless person,” Setzer reported. “So homeless preying on the helpless homedo more on the boardwalk, including we’ve had criminal homeless preying on less,” said Setzer. There have been 153 continuing to enforce the boardwalk the helpless homeless.” thefts reported in the area, including 50 curfew. There have been 12 robberies, an uptick stolen bicycles, he said. “I appreciate that the situation on the of 12%, and 111 aggravated assaults, a “That’s a pretty realistic picture of what boardwalk is complicated, and I’m 21% increase. Of those aggravated we’re facing in the Venice community,” encouraged that they’re listening,” he concluded. assaults, 71 happened on the boardwalk, A group of residents challenged some of Poe said. 49 were transient-related, 28 were Setzer also announced a new email the statistics as possible undercounts determined to be homeless-on-homeless address that residents can use to air despite that assertion. violence. grievances and report crimes: “There was someone killed in front of Crime dipped this month in the Oakwood neighborhood and surrounding our store recently, and I want to know why email@example.com.
“We’ve allocated more funds for Venice than we have for many other parts of the city.”
Thank you for the great article about the Grand Pals program at the Culver experience, and something this world City Sunrise. It is so nice to see people needs more of. I am so grateful for this like Sherri and Paola get positive program. attention for a program that has Alan Schilt become so important to many of the Mar Vista residents. I know my mother lights up
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Marina del Rey’s biggest party on the water returns Saturday, Dec. 8, and those of us who help put it all together couldn’t be more excited. We have many returning participants this year as well as some promising first-time entries, and we wish them all luck. Our theme this year is “Holiday Water Wonderland,” suggested by Ed Robbins. Our grand marshal is Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, who will ride aboard the grand marshal yacht Undaunted, owned by Marty Schorr and writer-photographer Pat Reynolds. We’d extend our heartfelt thanks to announcers Lisa Osborne and Mickey Laszlo, who will again be stationed at Burton Chace Park, and to this year’s awards judges: L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin, LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Ryan Gales, local real estate specialist Olivia Patterson-Ryans, and recent Rotary International District 5280 Governor Cozette Vergari. Personally, I wish to thank all of those who volunteer so many hours of their own time to bring it all together. Thank you to our officers: Vice President Lowell Safier, Treasurer Phil Seelig, Secretary Judith Ciancimino, and Past President Cindy Williams. Thank you to our board of directors: Diane Barretti, Jerry Magnussen, Christine Rohde, Louis Scaduto and Bob Singer. Thank you to prize coordinator Melanie Williams, and thank you to all of our many, many volunteers on the day of the event. Your devotion and hard work ensures that the community enjoys a spectacular parade. Happy holidays, everyone. Here’s the 56th annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade! Kelly King President, Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
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By Paul M. J. Suchecki Banish thoughts of “bah humbug” to another day with an outing to the 56th annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, an innovative nautical spectacle of lights returning to the harbor Saturday night. From the moment fireworks light at the harbor at 5:55 p.m. sharp, dozens of local boaters spread joy with animated lights and musical spectacles that spread humor and good cheer for thousands of spectators along the marina’s main channel. This year’s theme says it all: Holiday Water Wonderland. “Every year people do an incredible job decorating their boats, and this year should be no
exception,” says Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, grand marshal of this year’s parade. “No matter what you celebrate — Christmas, Hanukkah, or Festivus for the Rest of Us — bring your family and friends.” Though synchronizing Christmas lights for intricate displays is getting easier thanks to outdoorrated LEDs and new software designed for the task, decorating a boat raises a new set of challenges, including the most basic: safety. Saltwater makes an excellent electrical conductor, so everything has to be tightly insulated, and you don’t want to overload circuits. “It takes an awful lot of work if
you want to make a good showing, but it’s fun,” said Lynn Silverman of Del Rey Yacht Club, who took the Best Overall honors last year for an animated light display that included sea lions “tossing” gifts to each other with their noses. His 44-foot Hunter sloop Senia Jade returns to this year’s parade with a new display. “This year we’re shifting the lights and changing out different elements. We’re really excited,” he says. Longtime favorite entry and former Best Overall winner the Ellis Island II is also returning this year, says Skipper Peter Ellis, who one year used 8,000 bulbs to (Continued on page 16)
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come. Hornblower Cruises & Events throws a floating party on board during the parade each year. Who is the only person to serve as grand marshal of the parade twice?
What’s the largest boat to ever join in the parade?
At a length of 145 feet, The Entertainer is as big as parade entries
The parade announcers at the park are a riot! Who are they?
Lisa Osborne and Mickey Laszlo have been announcing the parade together since 2004. Osborne is a radio news anchor who’s also been a traffic reporter, talk show host and program director. Laszlo is a voice actress and professional emcee.
Thousands watch the parade from Burton Chace Park. Who was Burton Chace?
The late Burton W. Chace (19011972) is the founding father of Marina del Rey. A member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors from 1953 to 1972, Chace fought for and successfully oversaw the dredging and development of Marina del Rey as a unique public-private partnership.
Viewers of the first parade watched from Pieces of Eight. Where’s that?
Pieces of Eight was the original name for Shanghai Red’s, which is now known as Whiskey Red’s. In 1963 it was about the only thing standing at the end of a dirt road now called Fiji Way. The Sheraton Hotel at the end of Bali Way, then the temporary home of the California Yacht Club, was another popular hangout for spectators.
He helmed the boat parade in December 2009, shortly after his 18th birthday.
Do winners get prizes?
You bet! The boat voted Best Overall gets $1,000 cash and a ceremonial plaque. Category winners get prize packages donated by local merchants, including gift cards for meals, activities, hotel stays and hull cleanings.
Is it too late to sign up?
The late actress and local personality Florence Henderson, who for years lived aboard the Big Flo III, was grand marshal of the parade in 1991 and 2015.
No! The parade encourages early registration, but many sign up the day before launch.
Who was the parade’s youngest grand marshal?
Zac Sunderland became the first under 18 years old to sail solo around the world, leaving Marina del Rey in June 2008 and returning in July 2009.
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create an animated dancing Elvis and elves. Efforts like that require a lot of power, so Ellis plans to have four working generators and one backup on board. “We’ll be putting together an amazing display that will entertain the children and folks on shore,” Ellis says. “We like to challenge ourselves to do things that we don’t think are possible. We build everything on the boat, making everything ourselves. There’s a lot of passion and pride that goes into that.” Expect 40 to as many as 60 participating
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