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at home with their families on Thanksgiving Day, due to leaving their homes earlier in Re: “Why I’m not shopping on the day for possible lengthy Thanksgiving Day,” opinion, commutes as well as getting Nov. 27 things set up in the store. For Odysseus Bostick made good retail workers, working until points about the powerlessness 11 p.m. would also require of underpaid retail workers, more time away their families, who are indeed moving toward especially if they commute by becoming what he termed bus. Then these workers must an underclass in light of the get up early to go to work again disappearing middle class and on Black Friday. So they do not growing inequality of wealth have a restful Thanksgiving. occurring in this country. If retail employees are going Although various retailers to work the Thanksgiving Day opened their doors on holiday, they should be paid Thanksgiving Day between 8 double their hourly pay for doing and 11 p.m., store employees still so, which would help them and had to arrive to work earlier to their families economically and prepare for opening their stores be the morally correct thing to for the onslaught of shoppers. do. Or, as in the case of people who work in the medical, police This meant missing more time VOL 43, NO 50 Local News & Culture

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and emergency fields (doctors, hospital workers, ambulance drivers, firemen, nurses and police officers), retail workers who work on family-oriented holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas should be able to have time off to schedule alternative holiday get-togethers with their families. Retail employees, however, are not in the same category of workers who are needed all the time, who tend to be professionals or skilled workers earning salaries many levels higher than retail workers. Big box retailers are simply exploiting their workers to get ahead of competitors by opening on Thanksgiving Day. Patricia Estes Westchester

The problem is polluted water, not the basin

Re: “County plans big makeover for Oxford Basin, news, Nov. 27, and subsequent letters to the editor I write this note regarding the proposed construction at the storm water basin as an architect licensed by the

state with a responsibility that includes considering the impact of construction on the health and welfare of its citizens. I am recipient of a consultant service grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, have published research in the Journal of the Association for Preservation Technology, and I have served as featured program speaker at international preservation conventions and as expert an witness. In regard to the contemplated Oxford project, Mr. Kay and Mr. Fay are squabbling over a non-issue; the restoration of the storm water runoff basin is a trivial matter, brushing aside the publicity that accompanies the proposal. The problem posed actually relates to the remediation of a poorly designed storm water system designed by the Corps of Engineers in the 1960s, then called a “bird sanctuary.” People may disagree on how to fix it without inviting invective. The Corps is notorious for designing defective storm water control systems and this one is no exception. Because storm

water in Los Angeles contains raw sewerage, including human and animal waste among many other dangerous contaminants, it was clearly a poor idea to design the system to send the overflow into the Marina harbor. Furthermore, it was even a worse idea for the county to name this outlet Mother’s Beach and to invite generations of families with children to bathe in these contaminated waters. The public has yet to receive an explanation from county officials about this supposed public benefit. It isn’t clear why Mr. Kay, who presumably writes in the name of a public interest organization, objects to the idea of an EIR; but a sludge pit of the size contemplated by the proposal as a permanent feature of the landscape will certainly evoke memories of the infamous Love Canal disaster, and nearby residents, including Mr. Fay, have both a right and a reason to ask questions about the effect of the proposed project on aquifers, infiltration rates, cross connections, the level of air borne pollution, anticipated (Continued on page 7)

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Venice lights up the holidays Actress Anjelica Huston and City Councilman Mike Bonin flipped the switch to mark the second year of a growing local tradition Photo by Michael Angelo / adocumentree.com

By Joe Piasecki Who needs a tree to celebrate the holidays? Venice residents welcomed the season in their own way Friday night during the second annual Venice Sign Lighting, with actress Anjelica Huston and Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin flipping the switch to change the Windward Avenue landmark’s colors from white to red and green. Huston, a Venice resident, encouraged the crowd of more than 1,000 people who gathered at Windward Circle to bask in local pride. “I think one of the best decisions I ever made was coming down to live in Venice 20 years ago. I was hidden behind my gates in Beverly Hills, you know, becoming inhuman. And all of a sudden I came down here and it was the opening of a great many doors for me. I made so many friends in the community, and I think that’s what the Venice spirit is all about,” Huston said.

The Treeman of Venice Beach poses with Anjelica Huston during the Venice Sign Lighting street party

“I’m so happy to celebrate our Venice sign, to be able to celebrate who we are,” Huston said. “My husband always used to say this is the one place that’s totally unpredictable in Los

Angeles. This is outside the limits — we are who we are, and we’re allowed to be who we are. We all understand that. There’s a great harmony in this community. It took me very little time to

recognize the fact that I was safe here in this place everyone said was so dangerous.” Huston’s late husband, sculptor Robert Graham, erected the female torso that stands in

Windward Circle about 18 months before his death in 2008. Bonin said Huston “represents the artistic spirit of Venice.” The Venice Sign, a near-exact replica of the original lighted banner installed by community founder Abbot Kinney in 1906, went up in 2007 — a milestone for the revitalization of Windward Circle, local businessman Daniel Samakow said. Samakow, a Venice Chamber of Commerce board member who owns the Canal Club and Danny’s Venice, hatched the idea of a ceremonial sign lighting last year in hopes that the sign would become “more than just an historic symbol,” he said. Sponsored by public agencies, local businesses and the chamber, Friday’s event also included performances by the volunteer Venice Symphony Orchestra, itself not much more than a year in the making. Joe@argonautnews.com

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Council tables Legado Del Mar decision for two months Developer concessions not enough to reverse the tide of neighborhood opposition in Playa del Rey By Gary Walker Just two weeks after getting the apparent blessing of a Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa subcommittee, the proposed Legado Del Mar development at 138 Culver Blvd. hit another roadblock on Dec. 3. Failing to reach consensus about the adequacy of concessions offered by real estate firm Legado Co., the council punted the question of whether to support or oppose the development to its Feb. 4 meeting. The mixed-use complex would include 72 apartments, 14,500 square feet of retail space and two levels of underground parking on the undeveloped triangular parcel known to locals as “Jake’s Lot.” Legado Co. has offered to make crosswalk improvement, install decorative landscaping, upgrade street trees, install bike racks, allow public access to its parking lot and contribute $100,000 to a special fund for other community improvements. The developer has also reduced the project’s retail footprint but

The latest rendering of the proposed Legado Del Mar development in Playa del Rey, which was recently scaled back to include a smaller retail footprint

intends to take advantage of residential density bonuses for inclusion of affordable housing. During the meeting, some council members said the proposed six-figure payout was insufficient in light of such a potentially lucrative project. The Legado project has faced intense opposition for five years

from residents who live near Culver, some of whom accused supportive council members of getting into bed with the developer. “You might as well have a price tag in front of each one of you,” said Michael Gemme, who lives less than a block from the project site.

Gemme is also upset that council member Tom Flintoft works as a lobbyist for the project, though Flintoft has recused himself from voting on it. Julie Ross, who lives near the planned development, accused the council’s planning and land use committee of “having their minds made up long ago” when

they voted last month to call for a final decision by the council as a whole. Ross also called for the strongest possible environmental review for the project and two other potential Legado developments on nearby parcels. Benjamin Resnik, an attorney for the company, said there are (Continued on page 8)

Venice council divided over boardwalk safety proposals

Members oppose traffic barriers but can’t make up their minds about police security cameras By Gary Walker Acting on a number of public safety improvements proposed by city officials in the wake of August’s deadly vehicular attack on Ocean Front Walk pedestrians, the Venice Neighborhood Council came out strongly against installing new traffic barriers but fumbled over the idea of rolling out more security cameras. The local advisory board to the Los Angeles City Council voted on Dec. 2 to oppose traffic controls that included installing automatic gates and additional removable traffic bollards on streets that intersect the Venice Beach boardwalk. A motion to formally oppose installation of security cameras operated by the Los Angeles Police Department got more support than not, but ultimately failed due to numerous abstentions by council members — enough to outnumber the yea and nay camps. A bid to formally support the cameras met a similar fate, also due to abstentions. Both times,

seven of 16 board members declined to take a position. Proposals that did win board approval included more LAPD foot patrols on the boardwalk and lighting upgrades. A special committee of the Los Angeles Dept. of Parks and Recreation proposed increased public safety measures after a young Italian tourist died and 16 others were injured by a car speeding on the boardwalk, which is off-limits to all but public safety vehicles. The driver who allegedly targeted pedestrians during the Aug. 3 incident has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge, 16 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and 17 charges of felony hit-and-run. According to neighborhood council reports, locking gates and traffic bollards at boardwalk intersections could cost $1.5 million or more. Thomas Elliot, who chairs the neighborhood council’s Ocean Front Walk Committee, said the price tag was an important

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factor in that committee’s recommendation that the neighborhood council take a formal stand against installing the barriers. Neighborhood council member Matt Kline said he favored a gate and bollard system on the boardwalk, saying he felt many Venice residents were demanding increased security. “What cost do we say a human life is worth?” Kline countered. “I’m concerned that we’re saying no for the wrong reasons.” At a town hall meeting in September, however, many residents had voiced opposition to bollards, cameras and most other public safety measures, preferring to leave the boardwalk as it is in order to preserve a sense of openness and personal freedom. Kline cited Santa Monica’s decision to place similar traffic blockades at Arizona Avenue and Third Street after a 93-year-old motorist killed 10 pedestrians and injured 63 others attending a farmers market on the Third

Street Promenade in 2003. Neighborhood council member Ira Koslow, who has been outspoken in his belief that the traffic barriers would not act as an effective deterrent, countered that the driver charged with attacking pedestrians on Venice Beach entered and left the boardwalk through intersections where similar traffic bollards had already existed. Others council members complained the barriers were unsightly and noted that some had already been broken. While some said an increased rollout of police surveillance cameras would deter criminal behavior, others voiced privacy and civil liberties concerns. Elliot said security cameras currently operating on the boardwalk are maintained by local home and business owners, while others installed by police were not functioning. Ron Kramer, an Ocean Front Walk resident who installed security cameras at his home, said “since we’ve put them up,

crime has nearly ceased to exist” on and around his property. Neighborhood Council member Sevan Gerard, a member of the council’s public safety committee, disagreed. “Maybe I’m too traditional, but I don’t think that a government agency should be monitoring the public’s behavior,” said Gerard, who is a Los Angeles city firefighter. The vast majority of residents who spoke at the September town hall also opposed more security cameras, many citing concerns about civil liberties. Installation of surveillance cameras by cities around the globe “is a very contentious issue and it has opened a Pandora’s Box,” added Gerard, also a security consultant. The neighborhood council’s votes go to Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, who called for more traffic barriers in the wake of the boardwalk tragedy, for review pending formal action by the city council.§


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W e st s i d e r s m a k i n g a d i f f e r e n c e Heroes don’t always wear capes, rescue puppies from burning buildings or make one-handed catches in the end zone as the clock expires. Those who go to extraordinary lengths to make the world or even just their own neighborhoods a better place are also heroes. These heroes rarely call attention to themselves — they’re too fixed on the mission, whatever it may be. And so it goes that they are often taken for granted or overlooked, even when their work is not. In this special issue, The Argonaut recognizes 12 Westsiders who quietly and without fanfare go about doing exceptional work for the benefit of others.

Almost all of them were nominated as local heroes by our readers, showing that consistent good works seldom go wholly unrecognized. There’s Maria Atake, whose animal rescue efforts have saved more than 1,000 dogs while boosting the spirits of other animal welfare volunteers. Orson Bean and Alley Wells, residents of the Venice canals who have helped keep the local art scene afloat while coming to the aid of many others in need. Alison Hurst, who brings homeless youth in from the cold. Lee Lodawer, who has spent more than 20,000 volunteer hours in service to injured veterans. David Malki, whose efforts with 826LA in Mar Vista teach

Taking over for parents behind bars The late Mildred Cursh set a strong example of service for her daughter to follow. Cursh volunteered for years with Prison Fellowship International, an international organization that provides chaplain work for prisoners and services for the families they leave behind. She also worked with the Concerned Parents Group of Venice’s Oakwood neighborhood, formed in the 1980s to combat the proliferation of drugs in the area at the time — for many, a pipeline into the criminal justice system. When her mother died 11 years ago, Antoinette Reynolds established the Mildred Cursh Foundation, a Venice-based nonprofit that provides mentorship and other assistance for children of incarcerated parents. The foundation offers after-school tutoring, a food pantry and spirit-lifting educational and summer break events. “My mother was the real hero,” said Reynolds. “She wanted her work with families who had relatives in the criminal justice system to continue, so I decided to create this foundation in her name.” Reynolds said some of the children who visit

the nonprofit talk about the loneliness they feel with one or both parents in prison, or how one parent has to work two or more jobs in order to provide for them. “We try and bridge the gap that may exist by keeping them involved with different extracurricular activities,” she said. Reynolds has also worked with Angel Tree, a project that provides holiday gifts for children on behalf of parents who cannot because they are in prison. Hunter Cressman, a 2009 graduate of Loyola Marymount University who volunteered at the Cursh Foundation, had its learning center at the First Baptist Church in Venice added to the school’s Ignatians service organization’s list of volunteer assignments. “Antoinette Reynolds is my tutor and mentor,” Cressman said in a statement about his service. “I hope one day to be as committed to service as she is.” Also in keeping with her mother’s passions, Reynolds also works at the Phoenix House in Venice, a drug and rehabilitation organization. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree. — Gary Walker

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Arun Storrs

Giving orphans a home Aspiring actresses working at restaurants in Los Angeles are about a dime a dozen. Socially conscious aspiring actresses working at L.A. restaurants are not. In 2010, Arun Storrs, a catering coordinator at Whiskey Red’s in Marina del Rey, started The Kumari Project, a nonprofit devoted to helping orphans in Katmandu lead stable and fulfilling lives. Storrs can relate to the experiences of these orphans because she was one of them. Adopted from Nepal by Caucasian parents, Storrs grew up in Eugene, Ore., before attending Yale University and moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting. “They don’t really know what happened to my parents,” she said, “but it said in my file that my birth mother had died three days after I was born in the hospital.” Nepal “is this magical place that is so raw and terrifying, disgusting and dirty,” said Storrs, whose adoptive parents had taken her there on visits, “but also the most beautiful mountains in the world are there. The people there don’t think twice about offering you everything they have, even though you have twice as much.” Storrs has volunteered annually at Bal Mandir,

the very Katmandu orphanage her birth father gave her up to, since her junior year of college. Now 27, Storrs wants to create a safe house in Nepal to shield 25 orphaned girls from the kind of instability that often leads to abuse and exploitation. Hoping to open the shelter this summer, Storrs has organized a series of fundraisers to reach her $60,000 goal, starting Tuesday with an event at Whiskey Red’s. Following in the footsteps of Audrey Hepburn, who famously devoted herself to Third World causes, Storrs has a simple reason for prioritizing needs beyond her own: She feels blessed. “I’ve lived the American dream. I grew up in a beautiful community and went to a great college. I’ve always felt a strong sense of social responsibility to use my resources on [the kids’] behalf. They really need advocates,” she said. — Michael Aushenker The Kumari Project’s S’mores and Whiskey Wonderland fundraiser is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $25. Visit thekumariproject.org.

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Being good neighbors Nobody personifies the community spirit of the Venice canals better than actors Orson Bean and Alley Mills, who take being a good a neighbor to a whole new level. The couple owns three connected houses on the canals — “a compound, like the Kennedys,” jokes Bean — and have frequently used their ample living space to temporarily house local artists, actors and friends of neighbors who’ve fallen on hard times. The couple has also written checks and drummed up other support to help keep the Pacific Resident Theatre on Venice Boulevard afloat. For more than a decade, Bean has funded, produced and starred in a light-hearted hourlong production of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” that’s free to all but especially designed for kids and families who couldn’t otherwise afford to attend live theater. This year’s production runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Venice Lutheran Church after a special staging tonight for disadvantaged South Los Angeles youth. “But don’t say all that,” Bean, 85, cautioned. “They won’t want to see me play Scrooge.”

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Bean, who has worked in film and television since the 1950s, and Mills, best known for her starring role on “The Wonder Years,” said they’re not really doing anything special. If anything, the couple (known to occasionally invite strangers to coffee on their front porch) is just behaving as canal residents would in the more freewheeling days of the 1960s and ‘70s. “The canals have definitely gentrified, but the spirit of Venice lingers. We hang tight in this neighborhood,” Mills said. Bean, a canal resident for more than 40 years, grew up in a house full of life and discussion, his father being a founding member of the ACLU’s New England branch. But Bean says it’s more a sense of well-being that makes him who he is. “I wake up every morning feeling grateful that I’m not in the obit page, feeling happy and horny, and I like to share it — the happy, not the horny, I mean.” — Joe Piasecki Bean’s production of “A Christmas Carol” runs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 5 p.m. Sunday at Venice Lutheran Church, 815 Venice Blvd., Venice. Kids sit up front.

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Helping homeless kids The tragedy of homelessness is doubly sad when it comes to children, especially when they are living alone and vulnerable on the streets. Often runaways are fleeing dangerous and difficult situations at home, and these teens or even pre-teens seek shelter wherever they can find it. On the Westside, that often means along the Venice boardwalk. Since December 2011, homeless youth in the area have been able to find a helping hand at a Safe Place for Youth, a resource center founded by Venice resident Alison Hurst at the First Baptist Church on Westminster Avenue. Hurst has long been active in assisting homeless children in Venice. Before founding the center, she was a volunteer street outreach coordinator for a group that distributed, food, clothes, toiletries and other necessary supplies to kids living on or around the boardwalk and connected them with social services. “Allison is an inspiration because she helps vulnerable, homeless, sad and scared young people who are completely on their own and are disconnected from their families for any number of reasons,” said Linda Lucks, a

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plays and advertising spots at the studio space. Shane, who has lived in Mar Vista since 2000 with his wife and two daughters, looks forward to teaching pupils at the new facility. “It brings current music technology within reach for high school students,” he said of the studio, where formal coursework begins in January. “They don’t have to wait until community college. The ideal scenario is that Uni students will be trained to do the engineering.” Shane is himself an accomplished musician, who relocated from New York to Los Angeles in 1986 after matriculating into USC’s film scoring program. As a keyboardist and accordionist, he has played jazz clubs all over L.A. and will be playing French music on Tuesday at the Sofitel Hotel in West Hollywood. Shane said he takes glee in knowing his efforts will benefit budding musicians for many years to come. “The campus has really been transformed,” he said. “It’s gratifying to see that you have some impact on the next generation.” — Michael Aushenker

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At 89, Lee Lodawer has become something of an institution at the Veterans Administration’s West Los Angeles Medical Center. She’s volunteered there five hours a day, five days a week for longer than a decade — more than 20,000 hours in all. “When I first met her, I actually thought she was an employee,” said Shirley Bearden, the VA’s voluntary service specialist and Lodawer’s current supervisor. “They can throw a room number at her and she can tell you exactly where it is.” Lodawer’s parents were not religious, yet they instilled in her the Jewish concept of tikkun olam (“healing the world”). Lodawer started helping out at the VA through husband Isadore “Izzy” Lodawer. After marrying in 1977, the World War II Air Force vet began assisting his fellow service members at the medical center. “They were just so cute,” said the VA’s Marianne Davis, who supervised Lodawer for 10 years. “They would have lunch together. They were totally devoted to each other. They would split off to their different assignments.

Lee would hold down the desk; Izzy, the medical library.” Lodawer’s husband died in 2010, but she continued to show up. “She’s one of the best,” Bearden said. “Ms. Lee has put in over 20,000 [volunteer] hours at the VA.” “People love her,” Davis said. “They bring her flowers and gifts all the time.” Lodawer, who made a home with her husband in Marina del Rey, said she misses him profoundly and feels compelled to continue their work. “I have a lot of respect for all of these veterans, so I try to make life a lot easier for them,” Lodawer explained. “She brings sunshine to the front lobby,” Utilization Review Nurse A.J. Brown said of Lodawer, one of the center’s 2,500 volunteers. “It’s always refreshing to see her looking very put together with that big smile, greeting and assisting veterans and visitors.” — Michael Aushenker

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Marie Atake Saving animals

Marie Atake was at a coffee shop one day when out the window she saw an animal control truck picking up a large stray dog. A woman at the scene told her the 125-pound shepherd mix had been abandoned by its owner, and the animal control officer said it would likely be euthanized at the pound. Atake, who weighed about 40 pounds less than the dog, adopted it the next day. That was more than a decade ago. The experience inspired Atake, a Marina del Rey resident who had been working as a video game company executive, to start Forte Animal Rescue — an all-volunteer dog rescue and adoption agency that has since saved 1,100 dogs from being euthanized at public animal shelters. Some years, Forte spends as much as $40,000 of her own money to keep the effort going. “Seeing those dogs and the families they make happy, that makes it all worthwhile,” she said of the rescue group, named for Atake’s fateful first pet.

Most of the dogs that come to Forte are rescued from animal shelters by volunteers who get attached to them, Atake said. The organization currently can handle about 45 dogs at a time, using a network of foster homes and boarding facilities to house them until they can be adopted. Rising boarding and veterinary care costs have been a struggle. “The people who volunteer at the shelters, they’re the heroes,” Atake said. “They come in every week and care for animals they get attached to, and sometimes when they return those animals have been killed. I don’t know how they do it. So when we save these dogs, we are giving moral support to the volunteers at the pound.” Forte Animal Rescue hosts a weekly dog adoption from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays at Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies, 3860 S. Centinela Ave., Mar Vista. For more information about the group, visit farescue.com. — Joe Piasecki

Bringing kids’ creativity to life An author and illustrator who also heads his own publishing company, David Malki produces some of his most important books for free. As a regular volunteer for the youth literacy nonprofit 826LA at its Mar Vista Time Travel Mart location, Malki helps students of local public elementary schools bring their imaginations to life as published authors. Two or more times a week, Malki leads visiting students through a writing exercise in which they’ve been hired to work for a book publishing company in immediate need of new titles. With some creative prodding, the kids leave as published authors. “My role, depending on the day, is either as an illustrator for the stories they come up with or on the microphone to play the curmudgeonly Mr. Barnacle — the publisher who is never satisfied with anything but is gradually won over by the stories they come up with,” said Malki, a Mar Vista resident. Malki, who created the syndicated comic Wondermark as Photo By Ernesto Esquivel

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well as the game “Machine of Death” and the companion book “This is How You Die,” also illustrates monthly book projects complied by older students in 826LA’s afterschool programs. “David’s positivity is infectious and his passion for our programs and our students is undeniable,” said Lauren Humphrey, who coordinates 826LA volunteer efforts in Mar Vista. “He brings not only his artistic and comedic talents to the table, but also the ability to inspire and encourage the students who leave our center as proud, published authors.” If that wasn’t enough, Malki has hosted Westside fundraisers for the nonprofit and donates $1 from every sale of the “Machine of Death” card game to 826LA. “Volunteering can seem like taking your medicine — what you do to be a good person, not because you want to — but I’d go there every day if I could because it’s fun,” Malki said. — Joe Piasecki

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David and Inge Scheinfarb Making the ocean accessible David and Inge Scheinfarb love being on the water. It’s a passion they share not only with their three adopted children, but also scores of disadvantaged youth and disabled military veterans whom they teach the art of sailing through the Challenges Foundation. The Scheinfarbs’ Marina del Rey-based nonprofit was founded in 1998 by Army veteran Nicholas Coster, who handed the organization — and its 64foot wooden sailing vessel docked at Slip F800 — over to the couple in 2011. Investing their own money, the Scheinfarbs refurbished the aging craft and expanded the mission of the foundation. Local donors, including local restaurant Killer Shrimp, later pitched in. “We’ve completely reworked it. Though our main focus is still veterans, we added a community and a youth program,” David Scheinfarb said of the program. The couple currently takes Veterans Administration hospital patients on sailing trips about twice a month, with other trips serving children involved with Boys and Girls clubs, scouting groups, a school for the

disabled and the Sheriff’s Youth Activity League. An Iraq War veteran, Navy reservist and emergency rescue diver, David Scheinfarb is a deputy sheriff based out of the Marina del Rey station. Inge Scheinfarb is a real estate agent. They adopted their three special needs children from South Korea and have each previously served as president of the Los Angeles chapter of Disabled Sports USA. “Dave and Inge have funded [Challenges Foundation] out of their own bank accounts and put in their time and effort to provide this memorable experience and opportunity for members of the local community,” said Bryan Cole, a business associate. “These are two people who have a passion for helping others.” Asked why they were willing to take over the foundation on their own dime, Inge Scheinfarb had a simple answer. “We didn’t want to see it sink,” she said of the boat and its purpose. — Gary Walker


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Lights, boats, action! The Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, now in its 51st year, circles back to the spotlight patrolled the area. He laughingly said at the time that he and the Harbor Patrol would make the rounds, but since there were no other boats the job was quite easy. Longtime Marina del Rey resident and cofounder of the Marina del Rey Historical Society Willie Hjorth remembers those first days as less of a public spectacle and more of a bonding celebration between the few boaters who inhabited the new space. Hjorth later became a driving force in the progression and modernization of the parade, which led to events including more than 100 boats. Under her watch, parade participation broke records that still stand today. of the holiday spirit. Folding chairs and by Pat Reynolds The Marina was a more intimate place blankets are the order of the day for in the early to mid 1960s. Without a Saturday marks 51 years since spectators who are guaranteed a hearty detached breakwall, a powerful ocean a handful of boats circled a then blend of Christmas spirit and homespun surge would often roll in and wreak brand-new Marina del Rey for the LED (light emitting diode) artistry. havoc for the few boats inhabiting the community’s first ever Holiday Boat space that now harbors over 4,000 Parade — a remarkable milestone for an Marina del Rey and its signature vessels. Boaters would band together idea that started with just a few creative parade have come a long way since the inaugural 1963 outing of some 20 and help each other manage the chaos. sailors and some Christmas lights. During this year’s festivities under the decorated boats that rounded a course in Illustrating how small and tight knit a harbor which had very few buildings, the early community was, one of the theme “Holiday Magic,” NBA legend no public park and not even a separated first Marina del Rey tenants, Margie Phil Jackson and Los Angeles Lakers breakwall at its entrance. Bragg, said in an interview that the President Jeanie Buss will be acting as The first non-commercial boat in entire town came to watch the first grand marshals, a sign of the parade’s the Marina was also named the bestparade at the Pieces of Eight and there continued vitality. decorated in what was then called was room for everyone. Back in those first days, before the Christmas Boat Parade. The Pez “Twice we had a Christmas tree on a celebrity grand marshals and giant Espada, an 85-foot motor sailor, was raft out in the middle of the main basin, fireworks displays, a bunch of boats in owned by George and Elizabeth Floyd with a generator to light it,” Bragg the nearly barren harbor simply strung and maintained by a young man named recalled of the first few parades. “We some colorful lights over the spreaders kept it there throughout the holiday or fly-bridge of their vessels and circled Jack Sells. Jack had the Pez’s rigging adorned with lights and a full choir season. John Erskine and my husband, the harbor to celebrate Christmas singing on her decks as she passed by Steve, took turns rowing out every boater-style. the Pieces of Eight restaurant (now night with gasoline to keep the lights Today, thousands of people from all Whiskey Reds), where the judges were burning.” around the Greater Los Angeles area Thanks to the driving force of the main located. line the sidewalks around the water to boater advocacy organization of the Sells was also in charge of the very witness how creative the boating breed time, the Pioneer Skippers Boat Owners can be and take in a unique expression first boat in the harbor, a fireboat that

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Association, the boat parade began to become something significantly more substantial by 1968. Hjorth said a definite turning point was when parade organizers looked to people affiliated with the Tournament of Roses Parade to share the plethora of knowledge they had accumulated about how to run a holiday event. In the early days, “We all thought that if you had 20 strands of lights you were really great,” Hjorth said. With some help from Pasadena, “We had some decorating seminars.” Through the 1970s and into the 1980s, boats began to reflect the influence of the Rose Parade and the city of Los Angeles began to take notice. By this time Burton Chance Park had been built in the heart of the Marina and was a perfect viewing area for city residents. As years passed, LED bulbs, more compact generators and years of experience yielded more sophisticated and ambitious designs. Celebrity grand marshals became part of the tradition, citywide press coverage ensued and Marina del Rey’s streets were filled with spectators watching a spectrum of lights reflect off the harbor’s calm waters. Hjorth said there was a stretch where the creativity and affection for the event was contagious and the interest sincere, but around 1990, volunteerism began to fade and participation numbers reflected the dilemma. Shifts in lifestyle seemed to have affected the parade, but it remained and continues to be an event with character and roots that will likely always exist in this area. Organizers for this year’s event are very excited about this 51st edition — particularly the involvement of Buss and Jackson. “Having Phil and Jeanie has really (Continued on page 22)


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the effort year after year and the numerous volunteers who work behind the scenes to bring it all together. This year, a big thank you goes out to: parade vice president Lowell Safier, secretary Judith Ciancimino, treasurer Riley Walters and advisor Willie Hjorth; our board of directors, including Diane Barretti, Vivian Callahan, Kelly King, Jerry Magnussen, Louis Scaduto, Phil Seelig, Bob Singer, Debbie Talbot and Greg Wenger; and our many volunteers: Chuck Daugherty, Wanda Davis, Carolyn Epstein, Sue Foltz, Michael

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coming out to enjoy the parade and cheer on our boaters. Most importantly, I’d like to extend many thanks to the boaters — without you there would not be a parade! May the magic and the

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Back in December 1963, slips within the fledgling marina housed only about 100 boats —20 of which were decked out in Christmas lights and paraded around the harbor for the inaugural parade, boating columnist Darien Murray wrote in a 1972 column for The Argonaut (the paper being only a year old at the time). Vessels docked at the marina in those days were often jostled by stormy seas before the 1965 completion of a protective breakwater. The first boat parade, in part, was a statement of the marina community’s recovery from a devastating storm the previous winter. Its grand marshal was David D. Jennings, Marina del Rey’s first leaseholder, who at the time was building the original Mystic Cove Marina. But by the time Murray wrote her column, Marina del Rey — and, by extension, its boat parade — had become an important destination. That year “Rat Pack” member Joey Bishop led the parade as

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its grand marshal, taking the helm from 1971 grand marshal Buddy Ebsen, who ushered in an era of celebrity participation (both as parade leaders and yacht club partygoers) that continues to this day. In addition to Hollywood stars, top sports figures, local elected leaders and radio personalities have also reigned over the parade. Los Angeles Lakers President Jeanie Buss and former “Zen Master” Coach Phil Jackson, lead the parade this year as co-grand marshals under the theme “Holiday Magic.” In honor of 51 years of nautical holiday tradition, former boat parade organizer and Marina del Rey Historical Society co-founder Willie Hjorth dug through her extensive archives to help The Argonaut spotlight many of the famous faces that have celebrated the holidays on our shores.

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1986: Ed McMahon, television host and announcer 1984: actor Ernest Borgnine 1983: Olympic gold medalist Mark Spitz 1982: entertainer Dick Van Dyke 1979: Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke 1978: singer Robert Goulet 1977: radio personality “Sweet” Dick Whittington 1976: actor Stuart Whitman 1975: actor Tim O’Connor 1974: actress Barbara Rush 1973: actress Ann B. Davis 1972: entertainer and “Rat Pack” member Joey Bishop 1971: actor and dancer Buddy Ebsen 1964: actor Leif Erickson 1963: David D. Jennings, developer of Mystic Cove Marina on Bali Way

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Succumbing to pier pressure Tony winner Paul Sand turns his lifelong connection to a Santa Monica landmark into a cabaret tribute to composer Kurt Weill By Michael Aushenker If it weren’t for his parents’ chance meeting on the Santa Monica Pier, Paul Sand wouldn’t exist. And now the Tony-winning actor, whose lengthy résumé includes roles on classic TV programs such as “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Taxi,” is returning the favor by giving the pier its theatrical birth — namely, a pop-up cabaret devoted to the songs of composer Kurt Weill. “I’m looking at the pier now,” Sand said over the telephone from his Ocean Park condo between performances of his “Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel.” Sand, who won his Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play in 1971 for his role in “Paul Sill’s Story Theatre” on Broadway, explained his strong existential connections with the pier. “My parents met on the pier at a dance. I took my first steps as an infant on the pier,” said Sand.

“I lived with my first girlfriend in an apartment over the merrygo-round” — in a turret where, for a summer, the calliope drove them bats. “We thought we could will it to break. We would shout, ‘Break! Break! Break!’ Then it would stop and we were scared. We thought we had some kind of power,” he said. Although they lived in Silver Lake, the Sanchez family (Sand is his stage name) would summer in a small shack along one of the alleyways leading down to the pier. For Sand, a walk along the pier for is like strolling down memory lane, and it was during one of those walks that he became inspired to repurpose an underutilized corner at the end of the pier into his pop-up presentation. “Three months ago, I was literally taking a walk on the pier and I thought, ‘Wouldn’t this be a great place for Kurt Weill’s songs of murder and revenge?’” Take “Mack the Knife”: “It’s

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the waterfront and it’s danger, and I thought ‘What a good match!’” Sand, who also guest starred on “The X-Files” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” subsequently received an arts grant from the Judith McBean Foundation. He then contacted Jim Harris, deputy director of the Santa Monica Paul Sand (far right) rehearses with fellow performers (from left) Pier Corp., who enthusiastically Sol Mason, Megan Rippey and Shay Astar for a performance of embraced Sand’s idea for a Weill “Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel” tribute. Utilizing canvases with Roth serves as music director, musical figure waiting to be backdrops painted by Marie and Sand, who croons the rediscovered. Lalanne, Sand transforms numbers “Forgiveness” and “The “These are deep, angry songs,” the observation deck next Call From the Grave,” said he Sand said. “This generation will to Mariasol Restaurant into and his cast perform the songs really like it.” homage to Weill, the Germansans segues. “Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Jewish composer known for “I call it Kurt Weill’s greatest Hotel” continues at 7:30 p.m. his collaborations with Bertolt hits,” Sand said of the 10 tunes on Dec. 13 and 20 (Fridays) Brecht on “Threepenny Opera” he handpicked. and at 9 p.m. on Dec. 14 and (including “Mack the Knife”) as What attracts the actor to 20 (Saturdays) next to Mariasol well as “The Alabama Song” for Weill’s music is “basically, Restaurant on the Santa Monica the play “Mahagonny.” the theatrics of it and the Pier. Tickets are $20, and Sand, who produces and directs spookiness,” he said. parking is available on the pier “Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Despite popular recognition of and at beach level north of the Hotel,” performs alongside a few Weill songs (including a pier. For more information, Megan Rippey, Shay Astar and cover of “The Alabama Song” call (310) 425-8308 or visit Sol Mason (as the narrator). by The Doors), Sand said the thewestendtheatre.com.§ Santa Monica resident Michael composer remains an underrated Michael@argonautnews.com

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A collective of veteran ska and hip-hop musicians play in Venice and Santa Monica this week By Michael Aushenker “It’s not about the perfect song or a perfect show, it’s about a perfect vibe!” So goes the funk- and souldrenched maxim of House of Vibe (a.k.a. House of Vibe All Stars), a collection of session musicians from L.A.’s alternative funk-rock and rap scene playing two local gigs this week. The band traces its roots to Culver City, where local recording artists, including Kanetic Source of Ozomatli and rapper Chali 2na of “backpack rap” group Jurassic5, and musically inclined friends such as former pro-baseball right fielder Tony Tarasco, gathered to make music in the home studio of keyboardist Anthony ‘Brew’ Brewster. More notables, including Darius Rucker of Hootie & the

Blowfish, began dropping by what was quickly dubbed “the house” to “hang, record and ‘vibe’ together,” according to the band’s website. Brewster, DJ Dez of the Detroit rap collective Slum Village and Pocket, a guitarist for Erykah Badu, became regulars of the House of Vibe lineup, with the band landing gigs backing majorlabel recording artists such as Justin Timberlake, De La Soul, Talib Kweli and Nikka Costa. While not a founding member of either group, Brewster has played keyboards for both Fishbone and The Untouchables — two important bands linking British Mod ska of the 1970s and ‘80s with the Orange County ska pop of the 1990s. With a staccato horn section, rubbery basslines and plenty of tommy-gun beats, House of Vibe

carries on a co-mingling of ska, funk, punk, rock and jazz. A Friday night performance at House of Vibe in Venice promises a show as energetic as the lineup is eclectic, part of a joint birthday party for three friends, including Tarasco. The party continues midweek as the band resumes its weekly “Westside Wednesdays” residency at Harvelle’s in Santa Monica. House of Vibe performs at 9 p.m. Friday at Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. Call (310) 305-4792 or visit witzendlive.com. The band’s “Westside Wednesdays” residency resumes at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $5 plus a two-drink minimum. Call (310) 395-1676 or visit harvelles.com.§ Michael@argonautnews.com

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Speak.” I said, “What about a man who saw the crucifixion live 2000 years ago?” and he said, “Oh Boy.” We did it for 10 years as a game for friends before people said to make an album. The Jewish accent had been removed from comedy after World War II, and that helped bring it back. Mel had not done anything theatrically with film until “The Producers.” But the raft of things he did afterwards was a testament to the fact I was right about his being the funniest man alive. You’re in “Two and a Half Men” now, playing the very randy boyfriend of Jon Cryer’s mom, saying things you never could have said back in the “Dick Van Dyke” days. Do you feel comedy is better or worse off for becoming coarser? I don’t know if it’s better or worse, but it reflects the times. You go with the show. “Two and a Half Men” was my dirtiest show ever, and it was hysterical. I’m a dirty old man, and it was written for me. The audience ate every line up and I loved every moment. I’m back on a big episode in February. What about the worlds of comedy and filmmaking do you share with your son? Rob is one of the smartest human beings I know. He never stops amazing me with his depth of knowledge about what’s going on in every corner of the world and politics. The movies he’s done — from “A Few Good Men,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “Spinal Tap” — every time they come on the air I can’t stop watching. I saw “Princess Bride” the other day, and then Mel and I were watching “When Harry Met Sally” the other night. We got captured by it. We’ve done a few movies that had the same crew, and they all say he knows what he’s doing and is such a nice guy. A director is also a social director, making everyone feel capable and wanting to contribute their best. If you do that, you’ll get a project that stands the test of time. “An Evening with Carl Reiner” starts at 7 p.m. at the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Tickets are free and will be released at the library on a first-come, first-served basis one hour in advance of the show. Call (310) 458-8600 or visit smpl.org.§


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the menu, and so on this visit we were concerned about whether standards were slipping. We hesitated over the idea of investigating the “jet fuel hot wings challenge” but decided that whatever the game was we didn’t want to play, and considered other starters or a salad before deciding that we would skip to main courses. I selected what was described as a braised pork hash, while my companions had a pulled pork sandwich, hanger steak with onions, and a burger with bacon and smoked cheddar. The hash was misnamed but delicious — it was a stew of fingerling potatoes, mushrooms and pork in a fragrant herbed broth, topped with a fried egg. I had expected a griddled hash and was momentarily disappointed, but came to enjoy this dish on its own merits. It paired well with a Duchesse de Bourgogne Belgian sour ale, one of the great beers of the world, and I was delighted. The pulled pork sandwich was slightly unconventional but very good, with tender meat in a sweet and spicy ginger sauce topped by a slice of pineapple, and it went well with a Los Alamos Malbec (we had a wine drinker at our table of beer snobs). The salad that came with the sandwich was large and nicely varied, with cherry tomatoes and shaved onion over mixed greens. The steak was even better, tender and served with an excellent demi-glace and sautéed kale. The surprise was the burger, which was world class — a thick patty smoky from the grill, on a brioche bun with cheese, bacon and avocado, and served with hot, crisp fries.

We paired it with a Schnee Bock, a fine beer for the purpose. I have been eating at Brewster’s for years and was concerned when I saw that the menu had changed, but this was easily the best meal I’ve had there. Unfortunately, the service was not of the same caliber as the food or drink. Our waiter was amiable but not very informative when it came to details about entrees, and water refills took multiple requests. Friends at an adjacent table who had a different server also had problems with slow service. I saw their waitress fiddling with a TV remote for some time while they were trying to signal her. It was a remarkable lapse for a place where so much else had been done right, and I hope it was an aberration. Brewster’s at the Four Points by Sheraton claims to have the largest selection of beers of any hotel in the world, and I believe them. It is a well-curated selection and has garnered them a local following that is unparalleled for the area. Craft beer lovers will love this place, and even if you never have a sip you can find something on the menu to enjoy. I can’t guarantee that a friendly storyteller from Ghana will regale you with a folk tale in the lobby afterward, but it happened to me, and you may be as fortunate. T.H. Brewster’s is deep inside the Sheraton Four Points — go through the main entrance and keep going straight. Meals are $16 to $24 per person, with vegetarian and vegan options available. High tables make wheelchair access a challenge. Parking is validated. §

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fun, host Rocky Dawuni oversees the final month of his long-running weekly world soul music showcase, featuring a celebration of Afrobeat, Brazilian, Dub, Reggae, Cumbia, Samba Disco, Batucada, Afro-Latin House, Indian Beats and Makoss music genres. Runs 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Zanzibar, 1301 5th Ave., Santa Monica. Afrofunke.com

Friday, Dec. 13 A View From Malibu: The Malibu Art Association holds its holiday show, opening with a reception from 3 to 7 p.m. Show runs through Dec. 21 at Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. 310-453-5757; Schomburggallery.com ‘Number’ One Play: The Venice High

School Performing Arts Department proudly presents its new production, “Any Number Can Die,” a comedy-mystery by Fred Carmichael, produced and directed by Traci Nichols-Thrasher, through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Continues at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the auditorium at Venice High School, 13000 Venice Blvd., Venice. $ 5 in advance; $ 7 at the door. Venicehigh.net

Cajun Concert: BeauSoleil with Michael Doucet, the only Cajun-style musicians to have won a Grammy, play tonight at 8 p.m. Prepare for a real hoe-down as there will be ample space for audience dancing. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com

Saturday, Dec. 14 Rock ‘n’ Roll Toy Drive: Venice the rock band, fresh off of a European tour supporting their latest album, “What Summer Brings,” is partnering with Santa Monica Bay District for its annual toy drive. Venice will play a holidayminded mix of music from 7 to 11 p.m., while Heather, Liza and Jes of Bowled & Beautiful food truck (as seen on season 4 of “The Great Food Truck Race”) set

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and the Emerson Avenue Community Gardens are co-hosting a holiday singalong at Emerson Avenue Community Garden from 4 p.m. until dark. Located on the west side of the Orville Wright Middle School campus on Emerson Avenue between 80th St. and 80th Place in Westchester, the garden welcomes attendees to ring in the holidays with song, hot drinks and holiday cookies. Orville Wright Middle School, 6550 W. 80th St., Westchester. wrightms.org

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crazy-raunchy, politically incorrect cabaret comedy, “El Grande de CocaCola,” continues at 8 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica. Tickets: $25 ($20 for students, seniors, and guild members). Free parking. (310) 397-3244; ruskingrouptheatre.com  

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chance to bid Pastor Steve Fiechter a blessed journey begins 12:15 pm in the Parish Hall, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica. (310) 452-1116; Mtolivelutheranchurch.org

Nativity turns 60: Santa Monica

Nativity Scenes, a life-size display chronicling the birth of Jesus, features a new location this year as well as a large new scriptural banner telling the story of Christmas. Now along Maple Street, one block north of Ocean Park Boulevard, west of 14th Street. (310) 452-1116; Mtolivelutheranchurch.org

Chesne at O’Brien’s: Paul Chesne Band performs from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at O’Brien’s Pub, 2941 Main St., Santa Monica. No cover. Paulchesne.com

Monday, Dec. 16 Groundswell for Groundwork:

Groundwork Coffee Company, purveyors of organic coffees and teas, celebrates the Christmas Wrappy: Loews Santa Monica opening of a seventh shop from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 1601 Montana Ave, Santa Beach Hotel will offer weary shoppers a Monica. Groundworkscoffee.com much-deserved break this holiday season with Wrappy Hour, featuring specialty holiday cocktails alongside complimentary ‘Stand’ and Deliver: Stand-Up Mondays, a live comedy and happy hour, gift wrapping, with donations accepted for DonorsChoose.org, an online resource starts each Monday at 8 p.m. at Danny’s Venice, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) for providing teachers with classroom 566-5610; dannysvenice.com supplies. Sit fireside, poolside or in the lobby lounge and enjoy expansive views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Comedy Central Showcase: StandPier. Holiday cocktails ($10 each) will up comedy line-up beginning 8 p.m., include the Mistletoe Mojito, Merry Apple hosted by Greg Santos, to include Daniel Bourbon and Christmas Cosmo. 3 to 5 Sloss, Cy Amundson, Tom Sibley, Pat p.m. Also: Saturday, Dec. 21. 1700 Ocean Regan, Rob Christensen, Tone Bell, Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 458-6700. Alice Wetterlund and Whitmer Thomas Santamonicaloewshotel.com at Westside Comedy Theater, 1323 3rd

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The Art of ‘Snowflake’: Dynamic painting duo Yutaka Sone and Benjamin Weissman exhibit their season-friendly imagery in “What Every Snowflake Knows in its Heart,” which runs through April 5 at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 586-6488; smmoa.org

Wednesday, Dec. 18 Wreath Out and Touch Someone:

Westchester Family YMCA is holding its annual Youth & Government Fundraiser Christmas tree and wreath sale. The Hugo Francis Tree Lot will feature Douglas and Noble Fir trees from 3 to 9 feet high, with proceeds going to Westchester Family YMCA’s Youth and Government program, which teaches skills such as speechmaking and defending ideas. Lot hours are: 4 to 10 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat.; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Wreaths and centerpieces sold in front of the YMCA for the Y Service Club from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mon-Sat. Westchester Family YMCA, 8015 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester. (310) 670-4316

‘Life’ Goes On: Westchester Life Story Writing Group meets 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the YMCA Annex, 8020 Alverstone Ave., Westchester. Donation: $6 a semester (310) 397-3967

Thursday, Dec. 19 “I Went To Collage For The Wrong Thing: A Pop Show:” No, that’s not a

typo. Maxwell Coppola goes to town on collage work in this exhibit. Opening reception runs 7 to 10 p.m.; exhibit runs through Dec. 22. Trunk Gallery, 12818 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 483-7221; trunkgallery.org

‘Peak’ Your Interest: A bill featuring Peak, No Longer Idle, and City of Blue begins at 8 p.m. at TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com

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James Caan plays the jewel robber in Michael Mann’s “Thief”

Hughes biopic, “The Aviator.” In his most recent directorial effort, Mann went back to portraying the criminal element with “Public Enemies,” a telling of the John Dillinger story in which Johnny Depp portrayed the Notorious bank robber. With the aid of Christian Bale as FBI agent Melvin Purvis, Mann applied his stylized cinematic eye to this intense period piece and upended the slick,

contemporary crime stories he excels at — cementing how, when it comes to underworld epics, it’s pretty much Mann’s world. Michael Mann appears at 7:30 p.m. Sunday during a double feature of “Thief” and Paul Schrader’s “American Gigolo” at The Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. Visit aerotheatre.com.§ Michael@argonautnews.com

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legal advertising FIcTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT File No. 2013 231638 The following person is doingbusiness as: Ink Print House 1250 Long Beach Ave. #128, Los Angeles, CA. 90021. Registered owners: David Robinson 1250 Long Beach Ave. #128, Los Angeles, CA. 90021. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name: David Robinson. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on 11/07/2013. Argonaut published: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 12/26, 2013. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FIcTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT File No. 2013 233143 The following person is doing business as: 1) Seesaws and Slides 1920 Violet St. Unit 200 Los Angeles, CA. 90021. 2) Mini Scrapes & Little Bits 1920 Violet St. Unit 200 Los Angeles, CA. 90021. Registered owners: Left Production Co., LLC 1920 Violet St. Unit 200 Los Angeles, CA. 90021. This business is conducted by a limited liability company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/ Name: Marta Miller. Title: Managing member. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on 11/12/2013. Argonaut published: 11/27, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 2013. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on

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FIcTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT File No. 2013 240093 The following person is doing business as: RMA Wealth Advisors 5777 W. Century Blvd. Ste 1580 Los Angeles, CA. 90045. Registered owners: Richard W. Moon 8001 Denrock Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90045. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 7/1/2013. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name: Richard W. Moon. Title: Owner.This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on 11/20/2013 Argonaut published: 11/27, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 2013. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code).

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FIcTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT File No. 2013 252473 The following person is doing business as: Canna Care Relief 1716 Main Street, Ste. C Venice, CA. 90291. Registered owners: Relief Corp., 1716 Main Street, Ste. C Venice, CA. 90291. This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above in 2006. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/ Name: Relief Corp. Title: CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Dec. 10, 2013. Argonaut published: Dec. 12, 19, 26, 2013 and Jan. 2, 2014. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FIcTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT File No. 2013 252477 The following person is doing business as: Ocho Grande, 1344013454 Beach Avenue, Marina Del Rey, CA. 90292. Registered owners: 1) Craig J. Jennings, 5593 West Camino Cielo, Santa Barbara, CA. 93105. 2) Gregory Y. Jennings, 6720 Langley Canyon Rd., Salinas, CA. 93907. 3) Joanne J. Thompson, 3957 Calle Alta Vista, Newbury Park, CA. 91320. 4) Dianne J. Jennings, 871 Longleaf Plac, Minden, NV. 89423. 5) Karen L. Horst, 80 Las Praderas, San Luis Obispo, CA. 93401. 6) Judy J. Jennings, 5593 West Camino Cielo, Santa Barbara, CA. 93105. 7) Dennis M. Jennings, 15955 E. Crestridge Circle, Aurora, CO. 80015. 8) John R. Thompson, Calle Alta Vista, Newbury Park, CA. 91320. 9) Steven D. Jennings, 6600 Digier Rd., Lebec, CA. 93243. 10) Robert P. Jennings, 6641 86th Pl., Westchester, CA. 90045-3710. This business is conducted by copartners. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name: Craig J. Jennings. Title: Manager. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Dec. 10, 2013. Argonaut published: Dec. 12, 19, 26, 2013 and Jan., 2, 2014. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must

be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FIcTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT File No. 2013 252919 The following person is doing business as: Sailutions, 3853 Inglewood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 90066. Registered owners: Jerome Sammarcelli, 3853 Inglewood Blvd., 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 Dec. 9, 2013. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/ Name: Jerome Sammarcelli. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Dec. 10, 2013. Argonaut published: Dec. 12, 9, 26, 2013 and Jan. 2, 2014. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FIcTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT File No. 2013 252925 The following person is doing business as: Harry Fradkin Bail Bond, 4568 Centinela Ave., Los Angeles, CA. 90066. Registered owners: Harvey Robinson, 1534 Cardiff Ave., Los Angeles, CA. 90035. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name: Harvey Robinson. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Dec. 10, 2013. Argonaut published: Dec. 12, 19, 26, 2013 and Jan., 2, 2014. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code).

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FIcTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT File No. 2013 252928 The following person is doing business as: Expand LA, 712 Georgina, Santa Monica, CA. 90402. Registered owners: James Richwine, Georgina, Santa Monica, CA. 90402. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name: James Richwine. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Dec. 10, 2013. Argonaut published: Dec. 12, 19, 26, 2013 and Jan. 2, 2014. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FIcTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT File No. EU93487 The following person is doing business as: Botan, Ltd. 2815 Back B Colorado Av., Santa Monica, CA. 90404. Registered owners: 1) Edward Cannan, 2815 Back B Colorado Av., Santa Monica, CA. 90404. 2) Augustin Quancard, 2815 Back B Colorado Av., Santa Monica, CA. 90404. This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name: Edward Cannan, 2815 Back B Colorado Av., Santa Monica, CA. 90404. Title: Chief Executive Officer. This statement was filed with the Secretary of State in the State of California on Nov. 5th, 2013 Argonaut published: Dec. 12, 19, 26, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). STATEmENT OF AbANdONmENT OF USE OF FIcTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE File No. 2013 243047 Current File No.: 2011130567 Date Filed: November 9, 2011 The following person(s) has abandoned use of: New Light Learning Center, 9032 E. Mission Drive Rosemead, CA. 91770 Registered Owner(s): 1) Derek Truong, 12151 McGirk Ave. El Monte, CA. 91732. 2) Hanh Pham, 12151 McGirk Ave. El Monte, CA. 91732 Business was conducted by: A married couple. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on Novemeber 25, 2013.


PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF GOODS TO SATISFY LIEN AUCTION LOCATION: 4291 Campbell Dr., Los Angeles,90066 In accordance with the provisions of the California Commercial Code, Sections 7201-7210, notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at the hour of 10:00am of said date, at 4291 Campbell Dr. in the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, State of CA the undersigned will sell at public auction for cash, in lawful money of the United States, the articles hereinafter described, belonging to, or deposited with, the undersigned by the persons hereinafter named at Elephant Moving & Storage, located at 8727 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. Said goods are being held on the accounts of: J. Tucker Elm, All other goods are described as household goods, furniture, antiques, appliances, tools, misc goods, office furniture, items of art, rugs, office and/or business equipment, electronics, sealed cartons and the unknown. The auction will be made for the purpose of satisfying the lien of the undersigned on said personal property to the extent of the sum owed, together with the cost of the sale. For information contact Elephant Moving and Storage at 310 815-8304. Terms: cash only, payment and removal day of sale, 10% buyerís premium, inspection the morning of sale 9:30am to sale time. For additional information contact American Auctioneers LLC at (800) 838-7653, or www.americanauctioneers.com. Bond #FS863-20-14. NOTICE OF SALE OF ABANDONED PERSONAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that under and pursuant to Section 1988 of the California Civil Code the Property listed believed to be abandoned by Paraneh Showrai. Whose address was 155 Entrada Drive, Apt 9, Los Angeles, California 90402 Will be sold at public auction at 155 Entrada Drive, Los Angeles, California 90402 On Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 10 AM. Description of Property: Dining room table, white sofa, two wooden arm chairs, womenís clothes, Dishes, silverware, pictures, and other personal items. Dated: December 3, 2013 Signed: David Wilkinson This form is to be published on two consecutive weeks 2nd week must be five days prior to sale of property.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR MARINA DEL REY WATERBUS SERVICE The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors is seeking a qualified and experienced operator to provide the WaterBus service in Marina del Rey from June 20, 2014 through September 1, 2014. Selection of a contractor will be based on the qualifications and price of the submitted proposals for performing the requested work. A MANDATORY Proposers’ Conference will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2013 at the Dockweiler Youth Center, 12001 Vista del Mar, Los Angeles, CA, 90293. The deadline for submitting proposals is 2:00 p.m., January 7, 2014. Contractors submitting proposals must have a minimum of five years experience providing a water bus or similar transportation service and be able to provide five vessels for the WaterBus service. The County may require additional minimum qualifications. Further information regarding the RFP is available at: http:// lacounty.info/doing_business/ main_db.htm. To view and print a copy of the RFP, please visit: http://beaches.lacounty.gov/ wps/portal/dbh/government/_/, and click the “Request for Proposals” link. The County reserves the right to cancel the RFP and to modify any and all terms and conditions of the RFP, including minimum requirements. For further information, call Nicolette Taylor at (310) 577-5736.

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