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Building Affordable too Costly? Use existing units to house homeless. By Sam Catanzaro As the Los Angeles City Controller reports that the cost of developing affordable housing in Los Angeles is too high, a city councilmember is suggesting housing individuals experiencing homelessness in already available units to address the homelessness crisis. On October 8, 2019, Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin released a report titled “The High Cost of Homeless Housing: Review of Proposition HHH” in which he suggests that lawmakers reallocate money intended for certain costly projects to fund temporary projects that will yield more immediate results. “Tens of thousands of people spend each night in Los Angeles living on the streets, in temporary shelters, or in parked vehicles. Recently published data shows the crisis is becoming increasingly tragic throughout the region – more than 1,000 people

experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County will likely die this year. The City, County, and service providers have sought to address the homelessness crisis through a combination of strategies, including street outreach and placement in temporary shelters or supportive housing – but it has been a particularly difficult challenge,” Galperin said. Los Angeles voters approved Proposition HHH in November 2016, authorizing the City to issue up to $1.2 billion in bonds to partially subsidize the development of up to 10,000 supportive housing units for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. HHH funds can also be used to support new affordable housing units, temporary shelters and service facilities. The City’s initially estimated that the cost of building each studio/one-bedroom supportive housing unit would be $350,000 and a two-bedroom unit or larger would cost $414,000. While construction costs have increased across-the-board since these estimates were developed, the current costs far exceed the original projections. “These resources are finite; it is critical

that the City and developers minimize development costs in order to build as many housing units as possible,” Galperin said. According to Galperin, the median cost of building these units is $531,373 and approaches – and in many cases, exceeds – the median sale price of a condominium in the

City of LA ($546,000) and a single-family home in Los Angeles County ($627,690). The report cites one of the main drivers of costs to regulatory framework surrounding the development of affordable housing

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LAPD finds a body found Wednesday morning.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is investigating a dead body that was found on Venice Beach Wednesday morning. According to the LAPD, officers and the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) re-

sponded to 600 block of Ocean Front Walk around 7 a.m. near where Sunset Avenue meets the beach. Homicide detectives responded to the scene as well. Police say the victim is an adult male. It is unknown presently how or when the man died and if he died on the beach or washed ashore. The man’s identity has not been released. Check back for more details as this story is developing

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Avenue and Speedway near Venice Beach. The victim, described by the LAPD as a 48-year-old woman, suffered multiple stab wounds and was taken to a hospital. According to the LAPD, the woman remains in critical condition. Police describe the man as the woman’s husband. He was detained near the scene of the stabbing and arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, according to the LAPD. Witnesses said they could hear the victim screaming for help near the time of the stabbing Friday night.

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Thatcher Yard to Break Ground in 2020 98 units of housing for seniors and formally homeless families By Sam Catanzaro

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Melinda Guttry (left) was last seen on Sunday, September 28, 2019, around 3:00 p.m. at Sprouts Market, 8985 Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles (right).

Culver City Senior with Dementia is Missing Melinda Guttry last seen September 28 at Sprouts Market. By Sam Catanzaro

The Culver City Police Department (CCPD) is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing Culver City senior with dementia who was last seen at a market in the Palms area of West Los Angeles. According to the CCPD, Melinda Gutt-

ry was last seen on Sunday, September 28, 2019, around 3:00 p.m. at Sprouts Market, 8985 Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles. Guttry is female, 67 years old, 5’8” tall, 170 lbs. and blond hair, blue eyes says the CCPD. According to the CCPD Guttry suffers from dementia and was wearing a blue top and blue sweat pants when she went missing. Guttry lives in Culver City. Anyone with information regarding Guttry’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the Culver City Police Department Watch Commander at (310) 253-6202.

According to a report recently released by the City of Los Angeles, construction on the Thatcher Yard development will begin in 2020, a project that will bring 98 units of affordable and supportive housing for senior citizens and formerly homeless families. A City of Los Angeles Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessment published in September states that construction is anticipated to begin in the third quarter of 2020 and completion is expected in the second quarter of 2022. The over 100,000 square-foot project, nestled in the Oxford Triangle abutting Lincoln Boulevard and Admiralty Way, is a private-public partnership developed by Thomas Safran & Associates with funding from Measure HHH. 68 units will be reserved for seniors in one two-to three-story building and 30 units will accommodate families in several one- and two-story buildings. 82 parking spaces will be pro-

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A rendering of the Thatcher Yard development.

vided in a subterranean parking level. The Oxford Triangle Association, a group of Oxford Triangle residents and neighbors who oppose the development of any dense multi-family housing on the Thatcher Maintenance Yard has been successful in retaining more of a single-family look for the development after meeting with Thomas Safran & Associates (TSA) many times in the planning process. The Thatcher Maintenance Yard is one of 10 parcels of property owned by the City of Los Angeles that was set aside in 2016 for the construction of affordable and permanent supportive housing.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Bringing Homeless into Policymaking? Dear Editor: It was ironic to see your cover story (Bringing Homeless into Policymaking? – 9/26/19), with yet another dubious suggestion by our hapless Councilman Mike Bonin – that the homeless have a say about homeless services. In other words, Bonin is seeking consent and advice from the un-housed on how not to find a solution, but to enable this public health crisis and epidemic to continue to spin out of control! I guess asking the homeless what to do

or tenant, business owner or stakeholder alike. He refuses to engage in dialogue with anyone who disagrees with him when it comes to his flawed approach to governance as it applies to homelessness. Instead, he has created a “them versus us” mentality and his “my way or the highway” point-of-view has created a public hostility on this issue that his personality and temperament makes him simply unqualified and able to lead on this issue of systemic homelessness here in this seaside community. It is hard to alienate an entire community and neighborhood on this volatile issue, but Mr. Bonin has done it in a way that resiCoping with Dementia – This UCLA dents and constituents see him as a Machiaresearch study provides group eduvellian political figure obsessed with being cation and counseling for families to right versus properly representing the resiCoping with Dementia – This UCLA research provides group education anddents counseling families of Venicefor and beyond. help understand the diagnosis of dementia andstudy adjust to life changes. It is certainly a disturbing situation and to help understand the diagnosis of dementia and adjust to life changes. The total participation in this case study on how not to represent voters The total participation in this research study will be for 5 weeks, for research study will be for 5 weeks, for patients recently diagnosed with mild dementia, Alzheimer’s who at some juncture need to be heard. patients recently diagnosed with mild dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or disease or other memory disorders and a care partner from a different generation,For either a child or adult whatever reason, Mr. Bonin has deother memory disorders and a will carereceive partner from a different generation, cided that contact: homelessness grandchild. Eligible participants compensation at the end of the study. Please (310)is a Venice probeither a child or adult grandchild. lem, not an LA issue and his intention of 267-5144. keeping the homeless in Venice by taking prime pieces of public real estate worth Eligible participants will receive compensation at the end of the study. tens of millions of dollars and turning Please contact: (310) 267-5144. those sites into modern day ghettos leaves me speechless as to why an elected official now isn’t that insane given Bonin’s miserable record that has seen homelessness skyrocket here on the Westside and specifically in Venice Beach where encampments are now the norm and not the exception! What makes this so ironic is that Mr. Bonin is basically reaching out to transients, alcoholics; the drug addicted and mentally unstable individuals who need help from the government, not the other way around! Moreover, Mr. Bonin has ignored and lectured those of us exhausted by his policy failures that reside in Venice, homeowner

would act in this fashion? For whatever reason, Mr. Bonin has decided that homelessness is a Venice problem, not an LA issue and his intention of keeping the homeless in Venice by taking prime pieces of public real estate worth tens of millions of dollars and turning those sites into modern day ghettos leaves me speechless as to why an elected official would act in this fashion? Nick Antonicello Where is it written that the homeless must remain in Venice? Gentrification has seen thousands of longtime residents forced to move due to escalating home and rental costs, where is there relief? The City of Los Angeles owns hundreds of acres of properties that can be converted to permanent housing. Eminent domain seizure can be applied to help assist in rapid construction, not temporary shelters that forever have not been what an un-housed individual seeks or wants. Instead of focusing on the failures of his policies or addressing the failures of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), Bonin displays outright contempt for those tired of the public defeca-

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School of Rock Kids Can Jam! By S taff W riter

Kids looking to rock out, have a fabulous time and get a top-notch education in all things rock ‘n’ roll can do so, right here in West L.A. When the classic film “School of Rock” was released in 2003, starring Jack Black as a tech school rock teacher, there was an actual school in Philadelphia open at the time with the same name, teaching children the craft of rock ‘n’ roll and musical performances. “School of Rock’s” screenwriter contends that the similarities between the fictional School of Rock and the music school are coincidental, with the school benefitting from the increased exposure of its brand name due to the success of the film, which has gone on to be a cult classic. School of Rock the school has also enjoyed great success, expanding internationally with locations in nine different countries, including three on the Westside of Los Angeles: one on Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista, one on Wilshire Boulevard in West L.A. and one on Artesia Boulevard in South Bay L.A. School of Rock opened in West L.A. in 2010, in South Bay L.A. in 2013, in Venice in 2015 and has been giving young musicians truly unique opportunities to perform at iconic L.A. venues, on stages where rock stars have stood. These include the Troubadour, Whisky a Go Go, Tommy’s Place and

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the Mint. And under a new partnership with the NFL, students are experiencing arena rock. Before every home Chargers game, a different L.A. area School of Rock group gets to perform at the StubHub Center. In addition to opportunities for private lessons and house jams with other young rockers, there’s even more for those who take their rock music seriously at School of Rock. “Our more experienced and dedicated students have the opportunity to audition

for our House Band which is a free program that offers an extra weekly rehearsal and the chance to perform at local events such as charity benefits, grand openings, street festivals, and even radio and television shows. Past House Band gigs include the Santa Monica Pier, Brentwood Art Festival, Runway Playa Vista, Abbot Kinney Fest, Timewarp Music for KXLU’s “Demolisten” radio show, and even the Conan O’Brien Show,” said Ryan Schiff, the District Manager for the four L.A. schools.

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Rock bands like The Rolling Stones and The Who have not let age stop their pursuit of rock n roll and neither has School of Rock. Different programs at the school encompass all ages, with a “Little Wing” program serving students as young as 3 years old, a “Grad School” program designed for adults, and a comprehensive lineup for those in between. “School of Rock offers a fun and safe place for all kids to learn music and meet new friends, regardless of athletic or academic inclination,” added Schiff. Beyond teaching students how to be a rock star, School of Rock gives kids valuable skills in team building and comradery, very much like touring bands need on the road and we all need in real life. “Besides learning the technical skill required to master an instrument, School of Rock students learn leadership skills like responsibility, respect for others, and reliability as a bandmate. School of Rock is a completely merit-based program where stage time is earned through hard work and dedication to the craft,” Schiff explained. The intro to their Performance Program is called Rock 101, starts at ages 7 with no experience necessary, and has a rolling admission. For more information and to book your FREE 30-minute trial lesson, visit www. schoolofrock.com and choose the location closest to you!

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backyard, roof or balcony. To overcome this issue, start a container garden. While decorative pots can be lovely, they don’t improve the quality of your plants and can be expensive. Instead, you can use a large bucket from a garden store, which is a low-cost and effective option. Or upcycle containers not in use, such as crates, old toys or paint cans. Plant Selection: There are vegetable, flower and herb varieties that are easy to grow in urban spaces. When planning your garden, think about what to plant – shallow-rooted veggies, such as herbs, lettuce and radishes typically do

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Once the plants are large and summer is hot, they will probably need watering in the evening, too. A little afternoon shade can keep them from drying out too quickly. Soil Smart: A common mistake urban gardeners make is not making sure their soil is good quality. While those made with pesticides promise great results, they are loaded with chemicals. Go for organic soil and grow well from the beginning. Have Fun: Gardening not only results in food or flowers, it is a great way to relieve stress, have fun and get in touch with nature. Just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t experience the joy of eating what you grow. Grab your container, select your seeds and see how beautiful, nutritious and delicious your results could be. Find more details about Gardens for Good and urban gardening at naturespath.com.

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The Greenest, Most Effective Carpet Cleaner Oxi Fresh comes to the Westside By Keldine Hull Santa Monica and West Los Angeles residents now have access to the greenest and arguably most-effective method of carpet cleaning with the expansion Oxi Fresh into the Westside area. For nearly 14 years, Oxi Fresh has led the carpet cleaning industry in providing environmentally friendly cleaning services that use the power of oxygen to clean rather than harsh chemicals. Through their innovative wall to wall carpet, area rugs, upholstery and tile cleaning techniques that utilize non-toxic agents, customers are provided with superior services safe for the family, pets and environment. Regular carpet cleanings play an important role in improving indoor air quality by removing trapped allergens and dust mites. “The environment and our impact on it is a concern for millions, if not billions, of people,” Oxi Fresh explained. “In order to combat waste and pollution, new green companies, including those who specialize in green carpet cleaning, have emerged who use efficient technology, low-energy solutions, and safe materials in order to reduce any negative effect on the environment. Oxi Fresh is one of those businesses.” Oxi Fresh products are specifically designed and tested for their effectiveness and impact on the environment. According to Oxi Fresh, one of their core products earned the EPA’s Safer Choice label. “Our method stands out from our competitors in the fact that our products/solutions are patented to be nontoxic and completely biodegradable,” Oxi Fresh explained. “After we are done with our services, very little residue gets left behind.” Their low moisture process uses approximately 5 percent of the water typical carpet cleaners use. Oxi Fresh explained, “Although fresh water is one of the most precious commodities on earth, it is often wasted right here in our country.

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Steam cleaners, for example, require 40 or more gallons of water in order to clean a home. Water they mixed with chemicals used to extract dirt and oil inevitably gets dumped into the environment.” In comparison to other less experienced companies, Oxi Fresh uses about two to three gallons of water to clean a standard sized house. In addition to using less water, Oxi Fresh cleaning methods also require less energy. “Rather than relying on a vehicle to power our system, all Oxi Fresh needs is a wall outlet,” Oxi Fresh explained. “We also don’t need windows and doors to be left open for our cleaning, meaning any warm or cool air in your home stays there.” Good products and machines can only do so much to get carpets clean. Oxi Fresh continued, “To be the best carpet cleaner you have to have a method that capitalizes on both of those. That’s why our technicians are trained to go over the carpet from multiple angles, to pre-spray difficult

areas, and to do a hundred other tricks to help get your carpets truly clean.” Oxi Fresh machines not only get carpets clean; they also lift and rejuvenate the carpet pile rather than compressing it. Oxi Fresh added, “We have a saying, ‘If spots come back, so do we.’” Through consistently creating new and advanced products, Oxi Fresh provides customers with a more effective cleaning process compared to other carpet cleaning companies. Oxi Fresh explained, “Not only do the carpets dry quickly with our revolutionary, oxygenated cleaning system, but stains and dirt seem to vanish whenever we clean. Customers really like our deep, green carpet cleaning service, and the company Jonathan Barnett started in 2006 has now expanded to nearly every state and has won numerous awards from Entrepreneur Magazine, the Franchise Business Review, and the Franchise Times.” With locations in Tustin, Irvine, Orange Hills

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Feng Shui For Your Home

Dr. Mao’s Wellness Living. By Staff Writer

While you are preparing for fall and a new school year, putting your home in order might be high on the to do list! The Chinese art of feng shui is based on the science of energy alignment in one’s living and workspaces to help optimize health, wealth, and happiness in one’s life. You can learn how to use it to empower yourself and unblock your vast potential. Here are a few tips to move you toward a happy home! Welcome The Positive The entrance to your home is very important in feng shui. If a road or path leads directly to the front door, trouble can come right in. Plant shrubs or meander the pathway in order to soften the impact of a straight line to the door. The entry hall should be spacious and bright so that chi can flow easily. If your hallway is small or dark, use bright lighting and decorations, and install mirrors to reflect as much light as possible. The entry should be light; dark ceilings signify a stormy sky. Clutter tangles the flow of chi energy and creates a stagnant environment. Keep your hallways and entry clear of clutter and tidy to encourage a health flow into your home. Remove Chaos From Closets Not only is feng shui fun to read about, it is also very practical.

One of the basic tenents of feng shui theory is to maintain an uncluttered home in order to have an uncluttered spirit. Most of our closets are probably just the opposite… wouldn’t it be great to clean them out? Closet organizers estimate that we wear about 20 percent of our wardrobes. In Chinese traditions, crowded closets impede the smooth flow of Chi and the worst offenders are unworn items that have been hanging around, no pun intended, sometimes for years. Of course we all have wonderful excuses for hanging on to old stuff: it was expensive, I’m going on a diet, I might wear it someday. To get started on a closet clean-up, wear your usual wardrobe for a month. Place these favorite items in one part of the closet, and then be absolutely brutal about weeding through the rest. Box up anything you can bear to part with and donate it to charity. When you donate, you win, the charity wins, and your closet will look great. Your energy will be lighter and by creating a bit of empty space, you have increased your energetic ability to attract prosperity. Grow Fruitful Finances A traditional Chinese symbol of wealth and prosperity is orange fruit. Consider planting kumquat or orange trees on your property, in pots on your balcony, or even a bowl of oranges on your dining room table. Images of fish, such as koi or carp, symbolize abundance and should be a welcome addition.

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Venice Fifth Grader Raises $1,000+ for Hurricane Dorian Victims 10-year-old Scarlett Johnson raises money for Direct Relief By Keldine Hull As students around the world become more vocal about their concerns for the environment, a Venice fifth grader is doing her part to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian. The strongest hurricane on record to hit the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian made landfall on September 1, claiming over 50 lives and leaving approximately 70,000 people homeless. 10-year-old Scarlett Johnson and her family vacationed on the Abaco Islands weeks before Hurricane Dorian hit. “Our close friends live right at the core of where the storm hit – the towns of Marsh Harbour and Little Harbour on Great Abaco island. Luckily, their house was spared and they are safe,” Scarlett said. “But I’m heartbroken be-

cause the devastation there is extreme – the entire main business district of Marsh Harbour has been completely destroyed – buildings, docks, boats, cars. Very little left standing. Massive flooding. They need our help urgently!” Inspired to help, Scarlett started a fundraiser on Facebook through Direct Relief. Scarlett also posted videos in both English and Mandarin to hopefully reach more people. “The hurricane was such a huge catastrophe and it hit a big area,” said Scarlett in one of her videos. “We are going to donate this money to Direct Relief, which is a very high quality charity with a good reputation, which is going to help rebuild the Bahamas…It breaks my heart that this happened.” Through her fundraiser, Scarlett raised $1,801. “We know that they’ll rebuild but I hope that aid can get to everybody across the spectrum. Everybody that really needs it,” said Scarlett’s mother, Toni Balfour, to ABC7. Even though the fundraiser ended, more information is available at: Scarlett’s fundraiser for Bahamas/ Abaco Aid through Direct Relief.

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Can Lawmaking Really fix the Housing Problem? TOM ELIAS Yo! Venice Columnist

There were smiles all around and a lot of back-slapping the other day, when Governor Gavin Newsom signed a package of bills he firmly believes will work quickly toward ending California’s undeniable housing problems of high prices and low availability. The package imposes rent controls statewide, despite last year’s vote on Proposition 10 which saw the majority in 56 of 58 California counties oppose similar controls for fear they would discourage building of enough new apartments to seriously dent the availability shortage. There are also new limits on single-family zoning, designed to encourage building of backyard “grandma” units, and provisions that may encourage some companies to buy up existing homes, then install new partitions to create a dozen or more rental units in one house. The new laws will also lower fees on low-income housing projects and forbid local moratoria on new housing. But one underlying question remains unanswered: Can California legislate its way out of the housing crisis? It’s a query similar to what was asked during the 1960s, an era when the federal government passed myriad laws banning racial discrimination in voting, housing, employment, education and other parts of life. “You can’t legislate morality,” critics said then. But it’s turned out differently. America is far from free of discrimination, but official racial discrimination has been largely turned around, to the point where some cities and states now face lawsuits over alleged “reverse discrimination,” which claim minorities get hiring preference over whites who are equally or

more qualified. California realtors don’t phrase it the same way opponents of civil rights laws once did, but their argument is essentially the same: The state can create conditions it thinks should increase or enhance the building of new homes, be they apartments or condominiums or individual houses, but it can’t make anyone build or buy them. Before developers turn their first shovel of dirt, they must be convinced they’ll make a profit. These days, they apparently don’t feel that way. As of early fall, just over 111,000 permits had been issued statewide for new houses this year, 12 percent less than a year ago, according to the California Association of Realtors. Apartment development, the realtors said, was down 52 percent. At the same time every developer in the state knew the housing law package was sure to pass the Legislature and get Newsom’s signature. Which means the new laws may not spur even nearly the 500,000 new housing units the governor has said are needed each year for the next seven in order to solve the state’s problems. And yet…officials charged with fighting the parallel problem of homelessness report that for every 33 persons they can place in the transition quarters now going up in various parts of the state, 150 more persons will become homeless, largely because of high rent and other affordability problems. This poses an enormous conundrum: High rents have driven thousands to live in the streets, either in tents or vehicles, but without high rents, who’s going to build enough new apartments to resolve the shortage? If there’s a solution to this problem, it may be geographic. Why not build much of the new housing where land is cheap rather than forcing cities in the state’s most expensive, affluent ZIP codes to allow more construction? For in many areas, especially

along the coast and in the Silicon Valley, land prices are the single largest expense in homebuilding and – along with demand – the foremost driver of high prices. Newsom has tried to be completely egalitarian about enforcing his policies, which dictate that all cities approve new housing permits in amounts proportional to their existing population. That has not worked. The inventory of unsold homes did not shrink in the last year, stymying new development that could resolve at least part of the problem. The new laws, wrote CAR president Jared Martin the other day, will “make it more difficult for hard-working Californians to

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Film Review: “Judy” By Whitney Scott Bain

Judy is a mixed bag of a story focusing on the spiraling destructive last days of Judy Garland’s life though Rene Zellweger’s performance of the late actress/singer is impressive. She is truly one of the best actresses on screen today recreating Miss Garland’s mannerisms, singing and persona worthy of a Best Actress Oscar. The story takes place in London at the Talk of the Town Club run by Bernard Delfont (portrayed by Michael Gambon.) to sold out performances which are physically and emotionally taking her toll on her sometimes cursing the audience or falling down on stage partially due to her alcoholism and drug addiction built up over the years. Told in a series of flashbacks we see how MGM movie mogul, Louis B. Mayer (Richard Cordery) cruelly dominated little Frances Gumm who became Judy Garland through the MGM factory. As a teenager (Darci Shaw) Mayer calls her a fat ankled, gap tooth rube and that she should start smoking, take “diet pills” and starve herself to keep her figure guaranteeing her a million dollars and stardom before she’s twenty which she did make, but was it worth the price on the toll it took on her when she died at 47? We feel Miss Garland’s loneliness and her insecurity. We wonder about her poor choices in past husbands with her final marriage to bartender Mickey Deans (Finn Wittrock) and the estranged relationship between Miss Garland and her children with Sid Luft and Liza Minnelli

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from page 4 is briefly seen at a party in Hollywood. There is also a lack of the relationship between Miss Garland and Mickey Rooney where they teamed up in several MGM hits (Rooney would have been her fourth husband had things worked out.) who is curiously absent in this film. Director Rupert Goold delivers a dark subject matter movie that is depressing from a paint-bynumbers script by Tom Edge, but it’s Miss Zwelleger that owns this film and delivers the goods on the silver screen.

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tion, urination and lawlessness that occur every given day here at the beach. The residents of Venice have seen over a period of time an abdication of representation by an individual who cannot admit that what he’s done is made a problem an epidemic that demands state and federal intervention. So the next time Mr. Bonin floats these kinds of reckless and irresponsible suggestions, when will he actually listen to those here in Venice who pay his salary to

represent those who have a right of representation? The madness created on Bonin’s watch can only be fixed by a new council member who will begin by listening to those most concerned and affected by this tragedy that continues to go unchecked and unsolved. Sincerely, Nick Antonicello The writer was the former chairman of Venice Neighborhood Council’s Ad-hoc Committee to investigate secession and Cityhood for Venice.

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1 Lyric is water resistant, not waterproof, and should not be completely submerged in water. 2 Individual replacement needs may vary. Duration of device battery life varies by patient and is subject to individual ear conditions. 3 Professional fees may apply. Annual subscription begins the first day of the trial. Lyric is not appropriate for all patients. 4 Based on results from two surveys totaling 109 patients who had worn Lyric for at least 30 days. See a Lyric Provider to determine if Lyric is right for you. Lyric, Distributed by Phonak, LLC ©2017. All rights reserved.

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