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L e t t e r s The Best of Times Re: “Where Music Lives,” Cover Story, Sept. 19 Thanks for the vivid and nostalgic (in the best way) mini-oral history on McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Steve Appleford. We who remember the “old, weird Los Angeles” had to pretend a little indie pixie dust got in our aging eyes at the memories it evokes as we lament for a time before auto-tuned, Instagrammed

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artists, the salad days of book and record stores (huh?), which we’ll soon enough be trying to explain through the dementia at the old folks detainment center, waxing geriatric about KinkoXeroxed ‘zines, Doc Marten boots and the underground so full of talent and resonant quirk, it couldn’t help but take over the world and lose its soul in the process. Will K. Schilling Los Angeles

Parents Are Entitled to Public School Rankings Re: “Q&A: LAUSD Board’s Nick Melvoin Says School Rankings Will Drive Improvement,” Education Spotlight, Aug. 29 I was one of many parents who advocated for this framework because we needed to create our own report card for improvement. If LAUSD and its teachers want to receive more money from our commu-

nity for education, they need to be transparent about student growth and success. For some reason LAUSD thinks they can get money from voters to solve their problems without being open with parents and the community. If we put the new performance framework on the ballot, I’m sure the community would vote for it! Fabiola Martin Los Angeles

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ON FACEBOOK: Re: “Bonin and the Homeless Crisis,” Cover Story, Oct. 3 Paul Garcia: If I had a do-nothing policy at work, I’d be fired. Mario Velasco: No surprises here. Mike Bonin will never take responsibility for his failures. It’s always easier for him to just point the finger.  Ro Rosenkranz: I love how he uses the rhetorical device of dismissing the criticism by putting it all in the same category of those that would use homophobic, hateful, or even death threats. Fact of the matter is that the vast amount of people who find him feckless —even making the situation worse — are the same ones who voted for him in the first place. To be clear, I don’t think he uses this device to lie to us; I think he uses it to lie to himself. Justin Levine: Bonin’s policies are what helped cause homelessness on the Westside to begin with. Now he wants to portray himself as a fearless leader who can help “solve” the problem. Nobody who has lived in his district for more than a decade can honestly say that the quality of life has been anything but much worse compared to when he first took office. He is a disgrace. Re: “Drug Sting Preceded Closure and Sale of Surfside Venice,” News, Oct. 3

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approach at this new store. A renovated service department is set to be open by November 1st of this year. Cornerstone Automotive Group is also thrilled about shaking up the car buying experience completely. “We would like to transform the future of automotive retail over the next 24 months, shifting to a primarily digital service model,” said Broderick. Experience a seamless vehicle buying experience at this new GM retailer by using a unique digital platform. And it doesn’t end there. Think of Santa Monica Buick GMC as a new location to celebrate and experience local artists. “We would [also] like to support the local arts scene in Santa Monica and offer up our facility for pop-up gallery events and [other] local community

functions,” said Broderick. If you’re interested in a career in automotive retail, Santa Monica Buick GMC would love to meet you. Visit their website for any information on employment opportunities, a grand opening celebration, information on vehicles, and more.

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James J. Gutierrez: They closed down a bar for dealing coke but they do nothing about the heroin-filled encampments. Bruce Choate: Drug deals are going down everywhere in Venice. When did it become a law that employees of an establishment are required to report such actions, let alone get involved? Doing so puts them at risk of retaliation.

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Vandals Trash Culver-Marina Little League By Gary Walker   Vandals have struck again at the Culver-Marina Little League’s baseball field in the Ballona Wetlands, damaging the kitchen and restrooms, leaving league organizers increasingly frustrated and delaying preparations for next season. “We saw that someone had broken the door on the men’s bathroom and spraypainted ‘Tweaker Gang’ on the wall. Someone got into the kitchen through the roof and it looks like they took a lot of pans,” lamented Culver-Marina Little League Vice President Leo Santos, a Del Rey resident. “There was graffiti all over the place.” Santos said he and other league parents discovered the vandalism on Sept. 27, a day or two after removing bedding, clothing and other debris from the dugouts that suggested people had been living and sleeping there. Tucked in the wetlands along Culver Boulevard, the field is largely hidden from public view and is located on state land. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which oversees the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, patrols the

Damages included smashed walls, broken locks and lots of graffiti area — but not full-time, said spokeswoman Jordan Traverso. Fish & Wildlife staff helped clean up debris left in some of the dugouts, she said, but have not been contacted by league representatives about the break-in and believes vandals may have entered through a broken fence. “There were issues in the past with those types of activities occurring, and we authorized the little league to upgrade the scoring booth a few years ago to

prevent future break-ins. The fence was cut in numerous places and literally rolled back,” Traverso said. There have been multiple break-ins at the Culver-Marina field, including one in 2014 that involved destruction that seemed wanton and deliberate: vandals ripped up team banners, stole bats and gloves, broke into the snack bar and restrooms, spray-painted satanic symbols on building walls and left piles of trash scattered throughout the diamond and

dugouts, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damages. LAPD officers arrested two men with outstanding arrest warrants and detained several others in a sweep of wetlands homeless encampments that followed the 2014 break-in. Santos, who owns a landscaping business, said parents and league board members are all volunteers who spend numerous hours maintaining the field and prepping it during the fall for each new spring season. The adults have done their best to shield the most recent damage from the younger children, he said, but some have seen the destruction. “In their own little way they’re mad. But we tell them we’ve got this. Don’t worry about it,” Santos said. The Playa del Rey Trash Fairies, a volunteer cleanup group, heard about the vandalism and pitched in to assist with cleanup efforts. “There was a photo of some kids looking so despondent. It was heartbreaking,” said Trash Fairies organizer Sara Kay. “It was about expanding the idea that neighborhoods take care of each other.”

Police Bring an End to Toes Beach Encampment Standoff By Gary Walker Ever since the Legado Co. bulldozed the Toes Beach dunes on Aug. 9, the talk of lower Playa del Rey has been a group of six or seven homeless men who almost immediately set up camp along the flattened dunes. Last Friday, after months of complaints by neighbors to the California Coastal Commission as well as county and state officials, police escorted one man from the encampment and ordered him to take down three tents and remove coolers and barbecue equipment. They offered him two options — a hotel room or jail — and he chose the hotel room. Police had been to the encampment several times since August to notify

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Locals utilized social media to chronicle the weeks-long persistence and eventual eviction of the encampment by the flattened beach dunes

encampment occupants that it was illegal to sleep on the beach after midnight, citing the city’s beach curfew law. Campers appear to have abandoned the area since Friday’s enforcement effort by four units of LAPD Pacific Division and Beach Patrol officers. “It’s a huge relief to this community,” said Cory Cooper, who has lived in Playa del Rey for almost two decades. “I’ve never seen the neighborhood come together like this, because this affected everybody.” Cooper and others suspect one of the men was using and selling methamphetamine, which enraged him and his neighbors.

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Street medicine teams try to save lives and stop the spread of disease Story by Gary Walker Photos by Jason Ryan This article was produced as a project for the USC Center for Health Journalism’s California Fellowship. They’re found under freeway bridges, on sidewalks, benches, hillsides and the beach. Others wind up in alleys and parking lots, while the lucky few spend their last days or hours in hospitals. But they almost always die alone. Deaths of the unhoused on the streets of Los Angeles have jumped a staggering 76% over a five-year period, according to a Kaiser Health Foundation analysis gleaned from Los Angeles County Coroner’s office data, and the city is quickly moving toward unprecedented territory with nearly 1,000 deaths of homeless people this year. Causes of death are myriad: exposure to the elements while sleeping outdoors, various untreated illnesses, accidents, suicides. The life expectancy for women in California in 2016 was 83 and 79 for men — among the best longevity statistics in the nation. In Los Angeles County, the

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average age of death for homeless people was 48 for women and 51 for men. A surge in homeless deaths coincides with an increase in the number of people who are chronically homeless or avoid shelters, which means more people are living on the streets longer with serious physical and behavioral health issues, experts say. To save lives, some doctors are practicing medicine on the streets. *** Medical professionals from Venice Family Clinic operate nine street medicine teams on the Westside. These include the Homeless Multidisciplinary Street Team in Santa Monica, which works with the chronic homeless, and the C3 Team (City, County, Community), which does outreach in Santa Monica and Skid Row. The Homeless Multidisciplinary Street Team treats illnesses and physical conditions that without immediate care could become more serious and even life-threatening. Dr. Coley King, the director of homeless health care at Venice Family Clinic, says building trust among the homeless population is crucial because so many have been promised things that never

come to fruition. “We try and get people the best medical care possible wherever they are,” King said. “Out here, it’s rare that we find a patient who doesn’t have a chronic health condition.” On a mid-September home visit to formerly unhoused client Robert Crawford, King asked Crawford a series of questions about his health, checked his blood pressure and heart rate. Crawford, 56, wearing blue jeans and a black Rod Stewart T-shirt, mentioned that he had constant chest pains and had fallen and hit his head against a wall the night before. “I think you better go to the hospital. We can take you right now,” King said. After Crawford agreed to go to the hospital with King’s team, doctors at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica diagnosed him with pneumonia. *** Clint Cooper, 62, spends much of his day at Christine Emerson Reed Park (formerly Lincoln Park) in downtown Santa Monica. A C3 Team visited him one day in late September to make sure

that he was picking up his heart medications. When Cooper said he couldn’t make it over to social services center Step Up on Second in Santa Monica to get his medication, street team member Katie Holtz offered to get it and bring it to him at the park. “I’m on blood thinners and beta blockers. I have a couple of stents in my heart. But I haven’t had a heart attack in two years,” said Cooper, adding that he would not be able to pick up his medication without the C3 Team. “My problem is transportation. They bring me my medication when I can’t get it myself,” he said. The same C3 Team later visited a man from Riverside, Kevin DeMarco, sitting on a bench near the beach on the Santa Monica – Venice border off of Ocean Avenue. DeMarco had been complaining for weeks about pains in his abdomen and torso; he said he’s been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but King and doctors who work with him are unsure because they don’t have all of DeMarco’s medical records. Hector Ortiz, a physician’s assistant with the C3 team, says the symptoms that DeMarco presents are similar to pancrea-


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Encampment residents must remove their belongings ahead of city cleanup efforts each Friday titis, “but we won’t know for sure until we see his records.” According to the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, the one-year relative survival rate for all stages of pancreatic cancer combined is 20% and the five-year rate is 7%. “The doctors here think it’s pancreatitis but it’s not. They don’t have my records. They’re in Riverside County,” said DeMarco, who travels with his light brown terrier named Digger. “I’m in pain every day.” *** In the perpetual encampments along Third Avenue in Venice, close to a dozen campers willing to discuss their health talked about various personal aliments such as heart palpitations, sleep apnea, diabetes and back problems. Ashley Kinsley, 30, arrived in Los Angeles from Arizona last year with hopes of becoming a singer. She spends most of her days on the Venice Boardwalk and her nights on Third among one of the Westside’s largest homeless populations. Wearing a red blouse with pink socks and no shoes, the sunburned and diminutive Kinsley only needs one prompt to display her vocal style — a cross between Bonnie Raitt, a young Joni Mitchell and Rickie Lee Jones, who spent her youth singing in Venice nightclubs. Kinsley has a number of abscesses in her mouth but is reluctant to go to the nearby Venice Family Clinic because of prior negative experiences with doctors. “They look down on me in hospitals. I know my body better than a doctor does,” she said.

After prodding from local homeless advocate David Busch, Kinsley made a vague promise to visit the clinic. *** George Kirkland was sweeping up around his tent on Third Avenue on a day when Los Angeles Department of Sanitation employees power-wash the sidewalk as part of weekly cleanups. He then began spreading a large amount of

according to the county Department of Public Health. As of Sept. 27 of this year there were 54 cases. According to Public Health, fatalities from typhus are uncommon, occurring in less than 1% of cases, but it can be a debilitating respiratory ailment. While the number of typhus cases has increased over the last few years, hepatitis A has decreased since the state outbreak in 2017. According to Public

“Out here, it’s rare that we find a patient who doesn’t have a chronic health condition.” — Dr. Coley King, Venice Family Clinic

rocks on a strip of dirt next to where he pitches his tent. “Best rat prevention there is. First you pack in the wet dirt with rocks, and then you put the big rocks on top,” explained Kirkland, who is receiving treatment for hepatitis C at Venice Family Clinic. Business organizations and community activists coexisting near large homeless encampments say the unsanitary conditions often seen in encampments are perfect breeding conditions for rats, and that some rats are carriers of fleas, which in turn carry the virus that leads to typhus. Health experts are indeed seeing a spike in communicable illnesses such as typhus, an infectious disease that is often spread by rodents. Last year typhus cases soared to 109, 42 more than in 2017,

Health, there were 80 cases of hepatitis A recorded in 2017, 40 in 2018 and 19 as of April. In homeless encampments there were nine hepatitis A cases in 2017, three in 2018, and three in the first four months of this year. *** Despite resistance from many communities, Los Angeles city and county elected officials have forged ahead with plans to bring mobile hygiene stations in an effort to combat the possible spread of communicable diseases. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a pilot program last year for hand-washing stations in eight locations throughout the city, and Venice has opened a portion of its restrooms on the beach 24 hours a day so that homeless people living nearby can

use them instead of using the sidewalks or residents’ yards. City officials have also contracted with nonprofits to bring mobile showers to various communities, including Venice, where unhoused residents can shower at least twice a week. L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who authored the hygiene measures at the county level, says the short-term goal is to help maintain good public hygiene and provide individuals with a sense of personal dignity. But, she added, there is more to these services than just the short-term benefits, considered to be stopgap measures until people find permanent housing. “Over a number of years, our office has sponsored many Homeless Connect Days where people experiencing homelessness can get an array of services including showers and haircuts, new shoes, a meal, and basic medical and legal assistance,” said Kuehl, whose district includes Venice, Santa Monica and Hollywood. “By engaging people and providing basic services, we initiate relationships that help put men and women on a path to bridge housing and permanent housing. … That is our ultimate goal, because we have learned through experience that the best solution to homelessness is homes.” *** Las Vegas, Sausalito, Santa Rosa and St. Louis have all created programs that offer mobile showers to homeless residents. That’s not the case in other cities, however, where showers or other homeless initiatives often meet with restsistance. (Continued on page 10)

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Last year, Ft. Lauderdale and Pompano Beach turned off the spigots of a nonprofit that was offering twice a week showers to the homeless. In 2014 that municipality passed a series of ordinances designed to make it more difficult to feed the homeless.  Local lawmakers have also faced united and vociferous pushback against temporary housing from many communities, including in Venice, where a large group of residents have resisted having bridge housing built in their neighborhoods. “We have so much unused land in California. The city and state should be building shelters, homes, bridge homes, rehab, mental health, along with basketball courts, gyms, etc., where land needs to be developed. Or just build along the 10 Freeway between L.A. and Palm Springs,” says Travis Binen, a software executive and Venice homeowner.  “Build where it’s inexpensive and makes economic sense, where it won’t attract more transients, and where it won’t endanger hard-working taxpayers. For the homeless who are working in L.A., refurbish buildings so they can stay in L.A. The working homeless aren’t the people trashing our streets, assaulting people, doing drugs, etc.”

*** Some communities and corporate entities are embracing opposite solutions to reduce homelessness. The Silver Lake, Echo Park, Los Feliz, Atwater, East Hollywood (SELAH) Neighborhood Homeless Coalition is trying to open a homeless services center in their region. Every first and third Saturday of the month, the nonprofit’s volunteers visit encampments in the area and hand out water, hygiene kits, toiletries, showers and clothing. “We were all working in our own communities independently and we really weren’t getting anywhere, so we decided to form a nonprofit and work together,” said board member Dorit Dowler-Guerrero, who works with The People Concern, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, and social services agency PATH Homeless Health Care Los Angeles. “These are our neighbors and we see what we can do to help them.” King says it takes a toll when he loses patients on the streets, but he feels compelled to do this work. “The losses are heavy. You have to personalize every goodbye and personally check out with each one of them. Maybe do a little meditation once in a while,” King said. “But this is what I want to be doing. It’s a natural fit for me.”


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Mike Bonin Doesn’t Care About Venice By allowing homeless encampments to spread and ignoring his critics, councilman’s inaction can be interpreted as indifference By Nick Antonicello The writer is a longtime Venice resident who was chairman of the Venice Neighborhood Council’s Ad-Hoc Committee on Venice Cityhood. He is responding to part one of last week’s cover story interview “Bonin and the Homeless Crisis” (Part One). As L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin desperately tries to resuscitate his reputation as an elected official, his basic tenor and demeanor have not changed in that residents of Venice are wrong — and he is right — when it comes to his failed record on homelessness. The political narcissism, detachment from reality and now the “victimhood” expressed in this interview only demonstrates Bonin’s objective to deflect the fact that he has not only failed to fix or contain the issue of homelessness, but due to his inaction and unworkable solutions has made homelessness in Los Angeles a national discussion to the point that state and federal intervention is necessary. The hard reality is that homelessness has escalated out of control on his watch and he is not willing to admit he is the algebraic constant in this public policy nightmare! With the Machiavellian Bonin, there is no dialogue, just a

monologue — a lecture from someone who has no ability to listen. To see this one only had to attend the Venice Town Hall at Westminster Avenue Elementary School, where Bonin rolled his eyes and attacked the very residents he claims to represent with labels such as NIMBY,

wish and occupy public and private walkways with Bonin’s approval and protection. His outright hatred for Venetians borders on the absurd — it’s as though people who simply want to be safe from the scourge of a problem Bonin has allowed to cascade out of control are

… It’s as though people who simply want to be safe from the scourge of a problem Bonin has allowed to cascade out of control are somehow not Bonin’s problem. when the results of his inaction on homelessness have yet to impact his own residence. Somehow Bonin views himself in myopic fashion as a crusader of good, and dismisses those who disagree with his public policy failures as evil millionaires who now populate Venice. But what about the struggling renters and senior citizens accosted by criminals who mindlessly roam streets where children, too, are now in harm’s way? Drug addicts, alcoholics and the mentally disturbed are allowed to behave as they

somehow not Bonin’s problem, despite his long track record of playing political insider in L.A. City Hall. Councilman Bonin is in fact part of the “generations of elected officials” he blames for his failure. He served as chief of staff to his predecessor and now has been in office for six years: At what point does he admit this is his problem, and the problem is now an epidemic run amok? Bonin claims he supports different alternatives to supportive housing, but why does he advocate for traditional not-for-profits that don’t have the

solutions and are gulping tens of millions of dollars in Proposition HHH funding with little if anything to show for it? Incredibly, Bonin tries to paint himself as an outsider when in fact he’s an embedded political insider — a creature of politics as usual! How can he construct serious public policy solutions while basically ignoring hundreds of Venetians seeking input and avoid meaningful dialogue with them, as witnessed at the town hall? Bonin’s condescending monologue eats away at local democracy, to the point that Venice residents are seriously considering secession from L.A. as a viable alternative to what’s become a mess as far as the eye can see. The Abbot Kinney Festival is probably the most well attended event in Venice, and it’s common for community groups and elected officials to host information booths to communicate with us who live here. State Sen. Ben Allen had a booth, as did L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. The Argonaut had one too. But where was Councilman Bonin? His obvious and intentional absence is clear evidence of his attitude toward this community and the people who live here. He’s an ineffective and disrespectful politician who just doesn’t get it and never will.

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Bonin on Homelessness We’re back on the record, starting with mental illness and drug abuse in encampments {Second of Two Parts} Bonin says encampment sweeps have been “ineffective and counterproductive” By Joe Piasecki The Argonaut’s extended interview of Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin about the homeless crisis continues this week amid some new revelations. On Monday, the Los Angeles Times published its own analysis of Homeless Count data and a UCLA study suggesting that more than two-thirds of L.A.’s homeless struggle with mental illness and/ or substance abuse — that’s more than double the 29% figure reported by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which relied on a much stricter definition for reporting. Nonetheless, the discrepancy appears to confirm what many who live in Venice, Mar Vista and other neighborhoods greatly impacted by homelessness have already seen with their own eyes: public health and safety issues among homeless encampments are much more severe than the powers that be have been willing to admit. Bonin answered two questions about the LA Times and UCLA studies on Monday afternoon; the other questions pick up where last week’s conversation left off. Spoiler alert: Since county (and not city) officials are tasked with social services delivery, Bonin does not waiver in his belief that the city’s primary strategy to remedy homelessness should be housing creation. Housing creation — specifically permanent supportive housing funded by the $1.2-billion Proposition HHH bond approved by voters in November 2016 — fell under the microscope of a Los Angeles City Controller’s Office audit on Tuesday. In short, the findings support existing criticisms (including this newspaper’s) that Prop HHH-funded housing has been too expensive and too slow to

materialize. Bonin said last week that he hopes to shift city housing creation efforts to quicker, less expensive strategies such as shared housing. The Argonaut will dive into details of the audit in future coverage. The Argonaut: If rates of mental illness and substance abuse among L.A.’s homeless exceed two-thirds or more as LA Times and UCLA studies have concluded, how does this change your perspective and how should it change

primarily a function of the county and the state — the entities that provide health care and social services — the story doesn’t really change the city’s main strategy. The city remains focused on trying to provide sufficient housing and shelter. Cities can provide the physical infrastructure, and the county provides the services. So it means at the city level that we need to keep doing what I’ve been pushing, which is finding more ways and faster ways to get people off the streets and into housing or shelter.

What we need to be clear on is the percentage of people suffering from drug abuse or mental health issues doesn’t change or reduce our need for housing as a solution for homelessness. the city’s strategies? Mike Bonin: Monday’s Times story was about a lot of things. They reported numbers much higher than LAHSA [Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority] did about mental health and substance abuse issues among the homeless population, and that understandably is getting a lot of attention. And it strengthens the case for more mental health care programs and facilities and for aggressive drug abuse treatment and prevention for people who are homeless and people who are at risk of becoming homeless. But since all of those services are

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I also think it reinforces the push I’ve been making to overhaul how we deal with encampments. Our outreach needs to be much more focused on providing services at and to the encampments to help people get healthier. Now, some people are going to read the LA Times headline and they’re going to argue against additional housing. But if you read the whole story and the accompanying research and the UCLA study, the data actually argues pretty strongly for housing. It shows that homeless causes addiction and health issues just like health issues and addiction cause

homelessness. And I hope it’s pretty clear to people that it’s a hell of a lot easier to get sober or get treatment for a physical or mental illness when you have a roof over your head than it is if you’re sleeping on the sidewalk. What would you tell residents of Venice and Mar Vista who feel like they’ve been lied to and ignored about the degree of mental health and substance abuse among encampments? If people read the story and were pissed, I don’t blame them. I was livid when I read the story. I’ve been pretty critical of LAHSA lately and the story started my day giving me a hell of a lot of fuel for that sentiment, because I have repeated and relied on the LAHSA data. But as I drilled down and read the story carefully and read the study, the story wasn’t quite as revelatory as the headline made it sound. It took three different sets of data all using different methodologies … and each set had a different definition of mental illness and substance abuse. LAHSA used a very narrow, federally mandated definition of “serious mental health issues,” but the Times used a really broad definition that counted as suffering from a mental health issue anyone who had ever been diagnosed as having depression. That’s a lot of people, including me. … Ultimately I suspect that the more accurate number of how many people need acute and immediate mental health treatment or drug rehab services is probably somewhere between LAHSA’s tight definition and the Times’ broad definition. What we need to be clear on is (Continued on page 27)


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Birth of a Galaxy Babymetal’s rising star takes them from backing Lady Gaga to headlining The Forum By Connor Dziawura Babymetal is growing up. The kawaii metal band —“kawaii” is the Japanese word for cute — joined forces in 2010, when its frontwomen were just preteens. Nearly a decade later and with its members in their early 20s, the group is set to release its third studio album, “Metal Galaxy,” on Friday. That same day the group plays a special albumrelease show at The Forum in Inglewood, its first headlining performance at a U.S. arena. In the years since it began releasing music, Babymetal has garnered the attention of many — winning support from devoted followers and contempt from others who find its melding of heavy metal and Japanese idol music too gimmicky. The act was forced to rethink things over the past two years, however. Originally consisting of Suzuka Nakamoto (Su-metal), Moa Kikuchi (Moametal) and Yui Mizuno (Yuimetal) — and backed by the Kami Band, a collective of metal instrumentalists — Babymetal saw a shift last fall, with the departure of Yuimetal due to health reasons and her desire to carry on as a solo artist. Prior to the October announcement, her absence from live performances since late 2017

was largely a mystery, drawing ire from fans in all corners of the internet. Now, however, the group is adapting, and the band’s image and style have evolved. Among the changes is the addition of several backup dancers to its stage performance. “We wanted to make sure that we kept the core essence of Babymetal, and our focus was to create the best performance for each show,” Moametal says. “The shift in the dynamics of Babymetal after the departure of Yuimetal was not easy for us, but with the change it has brought us to somewhere new and exciting. And I want to be someone who doesn’t fear change and want to continually evolve.” On its new record, Babymetal’s goal was to not just be limited to metal — instead exploring a wider range of musical genres, according to a group statement. And that idea goes right back to the album title: “Metal Galaxy.” Over its 14 songs (16 on Japan’s “complete” version), the band is “traveling on a spaceship to the metal galaxies.” In those galaxies the band has met up with other talents, including Sabaton vocalist Joakim Brodén, Arch Enemy vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, Thai rapper F.Hero, B’z guitarist Tak Matsumoto, and Polyphia guitarists Tim Henson and Scott LePage.

Collaborations aside, based on its singles the album appears to be shaping up to follow Babymetal tradition, drawing inspiration from J-pop and all corners of metal. New single “Shanti Shanti Shanti” even takes influence from Indian music. Such diversity is no surprise, as Babymetal has in the past looked to Limp Bizkit (“Onedari Daisakusen”) and nu-metal in general (“Karate,” “Awadama Fever”), power metal (“The One”), hip-hop (“Iine!”) and even reggae (“Song 4”). “For this album we had the opportunity to collaborate with many artists, and this has widened our range in music and it sounds fresh,” Su-metal explains of “Metal Galaxy.” In support of the record, the group kicked off its first full-scale headlining U.S. tour last month. Aside from its own previous shows, Babymetal has over the past few years toured with the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lady Gaga and even shared the stage with Judas Priest’s Rob Halford for several songs at the Alternative Press Music Awards. “It was so much fun,” Moametal reflects of touring with Lady Gaga, “and to reminisce on that tour always gives me a warm and happy feeling. During that time we weren’t used to touring outside

of Japan, so to have the honor of touring with Lady Gaga was encouraging for us.” Having now traveled all around the world — galaxies, too — Su-metal notes there can be differences between audiences at any given show, in any given country. “We’ve noticed that our Japanese fans tend to sing Moametal’s part and the crowd and us become one,” she says. “When we are touring outside of Japan, everyone does whatever they like. … Some dance to the beat, some scream. This difference in different regions is so remarkable, and I love (how) the way fans react is different because it teaches us so much.” Perhaps the group will learn even more as it continues its journey across the United States. “To be able to go to places we’ve never been before and see people we haven’t met [have] been the motivating factors for this entire tour,” Moametal says. “Through the power of music, to connect with so many people is something I cherish and look forward to the most. I can’t wait to see everyone.” Babymetal plays The Forum (3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. Tickets are $59.50 to $200 at (310) 330-7344 or msg.com.

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COMING SOON

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Marina City Club

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may approve these actions as recommended by the Director of Public Works. For information on water rates for specific service areas or for any other information regarding this matter, please call (626) 300-3338. Information regarding the water rate plan will be available 10 days prior to the date of the public hearing. Para más información relacionada con esta noticia, por favor llame al Departamento de Obras Publicas al (626) 300-3384, de lunes a jueves, 7 a.m. a 5 p.m. 10/3, 10/10/19 CNS-3296724# THE ARGONAUT #24477

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on October 22, 2019, at 9:30 a.m., NOTICE OF in the Hearing Room of the PUBLIC HEARING Board of Supervisors, Room The Los Angeles County Re381, Kenneth Hahn Hall of gional Planning Commission Administration, 500 West will conduct a public hearing Temple Street (corner of to consider the project deTemple Street and Grand Avscribed below. You will have enue), Los Angeles, Califoran opportunity to testify, or nia 90012, in the matter of you can submit written comauthorizing the Director of ments to the planner below Public Works or his designor at the public hearing. If the ee to adjust water rates anfinal decision on this proposnually over a 5-year period to al is challenged in court, pass-through cost increases testimony may be limited to due to inflation and/or the issues raised before or at the cost of purchasing water from public hearing. the wholesale water agenHearing Date and Time: cies serving the Los Angeles Wednesday November 13, County Waterworks Districts 2019 at 9:00 a.m. and the Marina del Rey WaHearing Location: 320 West ter System. The California Temple St., Hall of Records, Government Code allows reRm. 150, Los Angeles, CA tail water utilities to make 90012 these adjustments automaticProject & Permit(s): Project ally without holding an annuNo. R2014-00829, Coastal al public hearing, thereby reDevelopment Permit No. ducing the costs by streamRCDP-201400001 lining the process for adjustProject Location: 4600 Via ing rates when the adjustMarina (Lease Parcel 113) ment is due to inflation only within the Playa del Rey and/or wholesale water Zoned District charges. This streamlining CEQA Categorical Exempwill potentially save the Los tion: Class 1 Angeles County Waterworks Project Description: A request to authorize the unperDistricts and the Marina del mitted removal of nests from Rey Water System and their four trees within the Marcustomers nearly $160,000 iners Village apartment comover a 5-year period. Cusplex pursuant to section(s) tomers will receive written 22.56.2280 of the Los notification no less than 30 Angeles County Code. days before the effective date For more information regardof each annual adjustment ining this application, contact forming them of the adjustKevin Finkel, AICP, Los ment amount. The Board of Angeles County Department Supervisors will consider and of Regional Planning (DRP), may approve these actions 320 W. Temple St., Los as recommended by the DirAngeles, CA 90012. Teleector of Public Works. For inphone: (213) 974-0051, Fax: formation on water rates for (213) 626-0434, E-mail: specific service areas or for kfinkel@planning.lacounty.go any other informationPlumbing regard- Services v. Case materials are availing this matter, please call able online at (626) 300-3338. Information • Repair http://planning.lacounty.gov/c regarding the water rate plan ase or at the Lloyd Taberwill be available • Faucets & Toilets10 days pri- Marina del Rey Library, 4533 or to the date of the public Admiralty Way, Marina del • Drain Cleaning hearing. Para más Rey, CA 90292. All corresinformación relacionada con • Water Heaters pondence received by DRP esta noticia, por favor llame Since be considered a public al• Garbage Departamento 1978 Disposalsde Obras shall record. Publicas al (626) 300-3384, The & Clean PlumbersacIf you need reasonable • Repipe a 5Neat de lunes aSpecialist jueves, 7 a.m. commodations or auxiliary p.m. • Water & Gas Leaks aids, contact the Americans 10/3, 10/10/19 with Disabilities Act (ADA) CNS-3296724# • Sewer Specialist Coordinator at (213) 974THE ARGONAUT Licensed-Bonded-Insured 6488 (Voice) or (213) 617• Tankless Water Heaters #24477 ALL Work Guaranteed 2292 (TDD) withLic.at#799390 least 3 • Camera Inspections 11520 Jefferson business Si neBlvd.,days' Culvernotice. City 90230 cesita más información por • Hydro Jetter 24 hr.favor Emergency llame Service al (213) 9746466. 10/10/19 Check with CNS-3301783# CSLB to THE ARGONAUT Avoid Home Repair Scams#24692

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ally 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). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 10/3/19, 10/10/19, 10/17/19, 10/24/19 #24536 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2019245691

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS business as: CAFÉ BUNA. 552 Washington Blvd., Marina del NAME STATEMENT FILE Rey, CA 90292, 1710 Abbot KinNO. 2019258267 ney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291. Type of Filing: Amended. COUNTY: Los Angeles. Articles of The following person(s) is Incorporation or Organization (are) doing business as: Number: 2451516. REFURRY TAILS & LITTER GISTERED OWNER(S) Pit Dog, Inc., 1710 Abbot Kinney Blvd. PAILS, INC. 12415 ½ WashVenice, CA 90291. State of Incorington Pl. Los Angeles, CA poration or LLC: California. THIS 90066. COUNTY: REBUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY GISTERED OWNER(S) a Corporation. The registrant comFurry Tails & Litter Pails, Inc., menced to transact business un12415 ½ Washington Pl. Los der the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 11/2002. I Angeles, CA 90066. State of declare that all information in this Incorporation or LLC: Califorstatement is true and correct. /s/ nia. THIS BUSINESS IS Carroll Ball. TITLE: President, CONDUCTED BY a CorporaCorp or LLC Name: Pit Dog, INC. tion. The registrant comThis statement was filed with the menced to transact business LA County Clerk on: September 11, 2019. NOTICE – in accordunder the fictitious business ance with subdivision (a) of Secname or names listed above tion 17920, a Fictitious Name on: 10/2014. I declare that all statement generally expires at the information in this statement end of five years from the date on is true and correct. /s/ Traci which it was filed in the office of Cummings. TITLE: President, the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of SecCorp or LLC Name: Furry tion 17920, where it expires 40 Tails & Litter Pails, Inc. This days after any change in the facts statement was filed with the set forth in the statement pursuLA County Clerk on: Septemant to Section 17913 other than a ber 25, 2019. NOTICE – in change in the residence address accordance with subdivision of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement (a) of Section 17920, a Fictimust be filed before the expiratious Name statement genertion. The filing of this statement ally expires at the end of five does not of itself authorize the use years from the date on which in this state of a fictitious busiit was filed in the office of the ness name in violation of the county clerk, except, as rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Secprovided in subdivision (b) of tion 14411 et seq., Business and Section 17920, where it exProfessions code). Publish: The pires 40 days after any Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: change in the facts set forth 9/19/19, 9/26/19, 10/4/19, 10/1019 in the statement pursuant to 23941 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 Call Ann: 310.821.1546 x100 et seq., Business and Professions code). Publish:an TheAd Ar- in The Argonaut’s to Place gonaut Newspaper. Dates: Home & Business Services Directory 10/3/19, 10/10/19, 10/17/19, 10/24/19 #24536

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Captain Hookup I’m a single man in my 30s, and I don’t want a relationship right now. I keep meeting women online who say they only want something casual. Then, on the first or second date, it becomes obvious that they want a relationship, not just fun and sex. What’s with the bait and switch? — Annoyed Nothing like arriving for your reservation at a steak house only to be told, “We’re out of a few things tonight — everything made of cow. But good news! We’ve still got carrot kebabs, cauliflower schnitzel and kelp stroganoff!” Women who bait and switch like this — revealing their relationshippy intentions between the appetizers and the end of date two — are reflecting what evolutionary psychologists David Buss and David Schmitt call men’s and women’s conflicting “sexual strategies.” These are best summed up as “happily ever after” for women versus “hookupily ever after” for men. These differences in sexual strategy trace to differences in “obligatory parental investment.” This refers to how a man can bolt after sex — “Thanks, but I’ll pass on doing the dad thing!” — while a woman can get pregnant and stuck with a kid to drag around and feed. Accordingly, Buss and Schmitt explain that women typically benefit most from a “long-term sexual strategy,” vetting men to see that they’d commit: stick

around to invest in any children that might come out of sex. Men, however, benefit most (that is, leave more descendants carrying their genes) from a “short-term sexual strategy” — having casual sex with a variety of hot-erellas. This doesn’t mean that men never want to commit or that women never want to hook up. They do this when circumstances make it in their best interest. But because men and women coevolved, they are at least subconsciously aware of each other’s intentions and shade the truth to put themselves in the most “marketable” light. So, men often act more interested in commitment than they actually are (in hopes of getting sex) and women often act less interested, in hopes of ensnaring Harry Hookup and turning him into Harry the Husband. It probably makes sense to err on the side of assuming a woman will want commitment, whether she knows or articulates that or not. Opt for my “cheap, short and local” advice for first and second dates: Meet for happy hour drinks or coffee for an hour or two, max. You still might get women who said they just want casual fun going gooey on you at the end of date two. At least you won’t have shelled out for filet mignon and fine wine only to hear the no-strings-attached sex version of “First 100 callers get a free TV!” … “Oh, sorry, sir … you’re caller 101.”

Mail Bonding My girlfriends are all writing out their visions for a partner, as if they’ve met him already (“Thank you, universe, for bringing me this man…”). They claim they’ve gotten boyfriends because of it. Is this just New Age crap, or is there something to writing down what you want? — Boyfriend-Seeking This apparently is a thing, women writing a letter about the man of their dreams and then feeling like they ordered online from the universe: “My man’s on his way. Just waiting for the tracking number!” Once they get a boyfriend, the belief that their letter writing made it happen comes out of a common cognitive bias — a hiccup in rational thinking — called the “illusion of control.” This term, coined by psychologist Ellen Langer, describes people’s tendency to believe they have control over outcomes that they obviously do not. An example of this is gamblers blowing on dice — and not because the dice have complained bitterly that they are

freezing to death and left their tiny square cardigans at home. Ironically, the fact that it’s irrational to do this doesn’t mean it’s unhelpful. Research by psychologists Michael I. Norton and Francesca Gino finds that a ritual, a “symbolic activity” a person performs in hopes of making something happen, tends to increase their “feelings of control” over situations in which outcomes are uncertain. This, in turn, decreases the stress they feel. In other words, it’s possible that the ceremonial act of writing a “Dear Santa” letter to the universe could make a woman more appealing to men by calming her down and getting her to act less crazy and desperate. It’s like putting in an order at a restaurant. You have faith your dinner is coming; you don’t stalk the waiter on Instagram and text him 30 times, alternating pictures of your boobs with plaintive questions and abuse: “Is the chef okay? … Are you on a smoke break? … I bet you gave my steak to a prettier girl. … You’re a terrible waiter. … I hate you.”

Across 1 Dojo maneuver 5 Guitarist Joe of The Eagles 10 Wilts 14 Start of an incantation 18 The last Mrs. Chaplin 19 Slow down 20 Shiraz’s land 21 Trickle 22 Awesome product component? 24 Awesome mattress covering? 26 Step on it 27 Stuck a fork in 29 Glenn Miller Orchestra singer Ray 30 Immortal name in dance 32 Ultimatum word 33 Staringinto-space experiences 34 DEA agent 36 Court game word 39 Routine 40 Stubborn critter 43 Awesome plumbing connector? 48 Tiny toiler 49 Fall collection? 51 More consequence? 52 Poetic adverb 54 “__ & Basie”: 1963 jazz collaboration 55 “True Detective” actor McNairy 56 Bump from the schedule 60 Peacock’s pride 64 QVC sister channel 65 Shot in the arm 66 Wall St. trader 68 Awesome hobby? 70 Awesome hunting

dog? 72 Bit of legal advice 73 Lose control 74 Chicken dinner choice 75 Support 76 Gallivant 78 Sound 80 Wine choice 81 Originally called 82 Tool in a kit 84 Shadowed 86 Low-tech notetaking aid 88 Awesome entitlement? 91 Snake’s sound 92 Zodiac animal 93 Vacation spot 94 “Truly, the souls of men are full of __”: Shak. 96 “We the Living” novelist 100 Big drink of water 104 Retail outlets 108 Low wind 109 Like some receptions 112 In a showily pretentious manner 113 Awesome suit fabric? 115 Awesome predicament? 117 Tennis great Nastase 118 Villain named Julius 119 Points at the dinner table 120 Pepsi rival 121 Picnic staple 122 Cereal grain 123 Mocking sarcasm 124 Arab leader Down 1 Movie mogul Harry and sportscaster Linda 2 Lift

3 Checked out at the library 4 Ease, as symptoms 5 Ring org. 6 Scythe blade shapes 7 Starbucks serving 8 Bar word meaning “cup” in Danish 9 Sage and thyme 10 Pro or con 11 2000s Yankee nickname 12 Sign of something missing 13 Unkind look 14 Whitish 15 Tailgate party recyclable 16 Campaign poster word 17 Most pertinent 22 Org. in Clancy novels 23 Wheel inventor 25 Govt. agency that aids entrepreneurs 28 “Get lost!” 31 Hosp. readout 33 Bolivian export 35 Units of resistance 37 ’80s-’90s Compaq laptop model 38 Prepare sans oil, as a movie treat 40 Israeli leaders? 41 Betray 42 Soldier, at times 44 Electronics whiz 45 “Mending Wall” poet 46 Wrinkle remover 47 Continues 48 Supplier of bills 50 Seductress 53 Far from fragrant 57 It may be skipped 58 Security rounds

59 Locks 61 Bellow title hero March 62 One looking for a switch, maybe 63 Those, in Tijuana 65 Coastal California scenic attraction 67 Basenji and Borzoi 69 Flips 70 Katherine of “Suits” 71 Edible seaweed 74 1970 Kinks hit 77 What’s more 78 Like Miss Congeniality 79 Writer Bagnold 83 Trouble 84 Prominent, after “on” 85 “... but it’ll cost you” 86 __ tax 87 “The Bourne Identity” malady 89 Assist 90 Test for M.A. seekers 92 Yeshiva leaders 95 One involved in a speculative “bubble” 97 Fix, as a hem 98 AIDS-fighting drug 99 Salon overhaul 101 Bridge positions 102 Novelist Shaw 103 Actress Davis 105 Kipling’s “__-Tikki-Tavi” 106 Less well 107 Word of support 109 Small change 110 Bothers 111 Critter on XING signs 114 Notable time 116 Word of reproof

Got a problem? Write to Amy Alkon at 171 Pier Ave, Ste. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email her at AdviceAmy@aol.com. ©2019, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Alkon’s latest book is “Unf*ckology: A Field Guide to Living with Guts and Confidence.” Follow @amyalkon on Twitter and visit blogtalkradio.com/amyalkon.

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Culver City Arts District is on a Roll Saturday’s festival unites creative expression and alternative transportation along Washington and La Cienega boulevards By Christina Campodonico You could arrive at Saturday’s Culver City Art Walk & Roll Festival by foot, electric scooter or e-bike, but how about rolling up in a stretch electric shuttle? Circuit, the company behind Marina del Rey’s electric shuttle service formerly known as The Free Ride, will be giving free and ecofriendly lifts between clusters of participating galleries along La Cienega and Washington boulevards, including five activity-packed Washington Boulevard side streets that will be closed to cars. “It looks like a stretch golf cart,” says Michael Russell, executive director of the Culver City Arts District Business Improvement District. The majority of local galleries, he says, “are doing some sort of activation” — artist talks, opening nights and final closing parties included. Also look for a showcase of electric bikes, scooters and boards at the ReCharge e-wheel showcase, featuring a Micro Kickboard Merlin e-scooter raffle (ESVP at eventbrite.com to enter).

The Art Step into the UCPLA (United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles) Washington Reid Gallery (6110 W. Washington Blvd.) to be inspired by the ingenuity of differently abled artists. The gallery exhibits work by people with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism and other developmental challenges enrolled in UCPLA’s Adult Day Program. Explore the gallery from 4 to 6 p.m., as it puts on the opening reception for “Collective Voice,” a showcase of artwork inspired by each participating artist’s voice. “For ‘Collective Voice,’ I asked the artists to think about something that brings them joy and happiness,” said curator Lori Cozen-Geller, who’ll also be

Brian M. Viveros paints powerful women who Adriana Garcia’s FairymadeArt showcases really are ‘Tougher than a world of ethereal whimsy Leather’ doing a special exhibition walk-through around the micro-mobility test track on that day. “We then recorded these vocal Washington Boulevard, between Sherexpressions of elation, and transformed bourne Drive and Cattarugus Avenue. the vocal renderings into art. Each is Sign a waiver, grab a helmet and go! unique and beautiful. I am thrilled with Mobility design expert Dan Sturges how the project turned out.” stops by the space for on-demand electric Be entranced by the intricate images of vehicle company Envoy (8575 Washingartist Eric Beltz, whose geometric ton Blvd.) to present his ideas on “New treatment of the heavens is on view at Mobility” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Kopeikin Gallery (2766 S. La Cienega A screening of the Dutch bicycle docuBlvd.) in “The Sun, The Moon and mentary “Why We Cycle” follows at Stars, and The Void,” along with Mitch 1:30 p.m. Dobrowner’s epic black-and-white Head over to Helms Bakery (8800 photographs of mother nature. Venice Blvd.) for Riveropolis — a Get lost in the luminescent glow of winding, interactive pop-up river Ruth Pastine’s neon-bright paintings installation to learn more about waterin “Sublime Terror” on view at ways such as Ballona Creek. “You can Edward Cella Art + Architecture build boats; you can talk about infrastruc(2754 S. La Cienega Blvd.).    ture,” says Russell. “It’s an opportunity And, if you find yourself lingering late for people to explore all kinds of ideas in the festival, stop into Thinkspace about rivers and waterways.”  Gallery (6009 Washington Blvd.) for the openings of Brian M. Viveros’ “Tougher Food & Music  than Leather” and  Ken Flewellyn’s Bang your head to indie alt-rock band “Shine,” both featuring hyper-realistic Not From England, sway to the country images of women with attitude, from tunes of Sarah & the Starlights, or 6 to 9 p.m.    groove to folksy jazz funk band Double Batch Daddy near the beer & wine Eco-Mobility garden on Sherbourne Drive. MeanIf wheels are more your thing, take a while, Bollywood psychedelic band spin on an e-bike, e-board or e-scooter Sadubas, power pop band Maux Faux,

and ska band Goin Steady play the mainstage at Washington and cut-through connector La Cienega Avenue (not to be confused with the boulevard). Eat Caribbean-style cuisine from The Tropic Truck, authentic Puerto Rican street food from the Triple Treat Truck, creole seasoned chicken, smoked ribs or tri-tip steaks from BBQ Smokehouse, or sink your teeth into a juicy burger stacked with trimmings from Baby’s Badass Burgers.

Shopping Find a unique work of art to take home among a variety of festival vendors. TreasureLA brings hand-painted nested Russian dolls. Wag City Clothing offers creative bandanas and T-shirts for dressing up your pooch. Santa Monica artist Adriana Garcia showcases a world of whimsical mythical creatures bedecked in elaborate flower crowns under the banner of her FairymadeArt collection, and Dominican Republicforged artist Bibi Estrella displays her watercolor portraits of powerful women in moments of contemplation or repose.   Say “hola” to brick-and-mortar Spanish language learning studio Chiqui Social (8530-B Washington Blvd.) to check out artisan goods from Latin America and Halloween-inspired Loteria games for kids.  And finally, take a look into your future in the Tin Can Tarot pop-up, which operates out of an elegantly decorated vintage trailer. Keep an eye out for this silvery roadside attraction telling fortunes somewhere along the festival route. The Culver City Art Walk and Roll Festival happens from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Visit culvercityartwalk. com for a festival map.

Couch Demons and Secret Robots Santa Monica College hosts IndieCade, the Sundance of independent gaming By Christina Campodonico You could say there are two modes of play at IndieCade 2019, which takes over Santa Monica College’s Center for Media and Design (also the home of KCRW) with cutting-edge interactive games from across the globe this weekend. During the day on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, you can rotate through a bunch of different games during IndieCade’s signature Game Tasting from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., a pop-up show-and-tell where game creators at different stages of develop-

ment can test their games with attendees to showcase their work in progress and get feedback. You can also play games nominated for IndieCade awards and meet with their creators throughout the festival. While IndieCade founder and CEO Stephanie Barish says she loves all the nominees like she would her “own children,” a few that you might want to test out are: • ARBox, which comes with everything you would need to turn your home,

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office or hangout space into an augmented reality escape room.   • Kroma, a colorful Tetris-like game played on a triangular backlit lightboard that encourages players to turn their translucent game pieces into a collaborative work of art.  • And Inhuman Conditions, a card game which challenges players to figure out if their opponent is human or “a robot in hiding” through a series of interrogative techniques and questions.  

Then on Saturday night from 6 to 10 p.m., the Center for Media and Design turns into a game night on steroids with Night Games curated by Glitch City L.A., a collective of independent artists and gamemakers. A few highlights include: • Mad Mixologist, a virtual reality game which challenges two players to concoct the perfect non-alcoholic drink (Continued on page 30)


I n t e r vi e w Bonin on Homelessness, Part 2

ArgonautNews.com

(Continued from page 12)

City Controller Ron Galperin’s audit of the LAHSA contract with the city found some pretty major deficiencies. What were your big takeaways from his report? The controller’s audit looked at one contract with the city — there are several — and what he found actually reaffirmed a lot of things that I have believed in and have been saying. One is that we need more housing. LAHSA is identifying people, is doing outreach, and then they don’t have a place to put them. LAHSA told me the other night that they have identified 30,000 people — 30,000 people who are homeless in Los Angeles County — who are willing to accept a placement and we don’t have a place to give them. The second thing was that the city’s current policy of sweeping encampments and treating them like trash, instead of being proactive and treating it like a public health issue, is ineffective and counterproductive. What the controller’s audit pointed out is that those sweeps that the city has been doing — we’re blowing $30 million or $40 million a year and doing nothing — are actually creating an obstacle to people being housed. … We need to be focusing more on the aggressive social service outreach — not 9-to-5 Monday through Friday, but 24/7 — to get people out of encampments and into services. When you send in a sanitation truck suddenly and without warning, with a bunch of police officers, that disrupts the whole process. Gentrification and homelessness go hand in hand. The city has done much

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the percentage of people suffering from drug abuse or mental health issues doesn’t change or reduce our need for housing as a solution for homelessness.

Bonin holds firm that housing creation is the city’s best response to homelessness to support and encourage the rise of landlords who are doing illegal evictions. Silicon Beach — sales tax breaks, One of the most scurrilous characters, I mayoral ribbon-cuttings in Playa think, in Los Angeles is the owner of The Vista, Google hosting your first Ellison apartments in Venice, who has inauguration party — but what is it repeatedly broken the law to do short doing to keep people from being priced term rentals there and who has [allegout of their homes? edly] harassed tenants out of there. There One of the biggest contributors to are a lot of situations like that. homelessness is the cost of housing and I agree that the city, including me, has housing instability, and there are a been slower than it should have to number of factors to that. There’s an respond to gentrification. But our insufficient supply of housing, which response, in part, is slow because you’re drives prices up. There is real estate dealing with big systemic forces, and it speculation, which keeps units vacant. takes a long time to make big systemic There’s the short-term rental industry, changes. There are a number of different which has taken units off the rental things we’re trying to do. One is I am market for everyday folks in Venice and tightening up the Mello Act, which other communities. And then there are preserves and protects affordable housing

Police Bring an End to Toes Beach Encampment Standoff (Continued from page 6) Friends of the Jungle, a group of homeowners who live near the beach, had organized daily phone calls about the encampment to both police and L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin’s office, and members took turns watching the encampment after midnight to call police when occupants spread out into a cordoned-off dune restoration area. Some locals expressed so much frustration about the lingering encampment and alleged presence of drugs that there were growing concerns about neighbors trying to take enforcement into their own hands. “There was a group that felt that they were backed into a corner and there was nothing else they could do,” Cooper said. “Yeah, I think that was about to happen. There was this undercurrent of anger on social media about this, and that was a little scary.”

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in the Coastal Zone. I am working with some tenant activists to invoke a little known provision of the Ellis Act, which would dramatically slow down evictions on the Westside. I’m proposing that we impose a vacancy tax on units that are being held vacant by real estate speculators to put them back on the market. Short-term rental regulations. And I’m trying to promote, in the entire city, inclusionary zoning, which means that you have to build a certain percentage of affordable units no matter what you’re doing — just an absolute given, and not something that has to be fought over. L.A.’s new short-term vacation rental rules take effect Nov. 1. Is the city prepared to enforce them? The city better be ready to enforce it, because this is a situation that is causing real pain and real suffering. There are a lot of really good short-term rental houses — mom-and-pops, and they should be protected by the provisions of this. But we need to be cracking down on these rogue hotel operators who are costing us thousands of units of rental housing in the middle of the housing crisis. I was disappointed the city didn’t kick into enforcement on July 1. And what I’m hearing now is that Airbnb and the short term rental industry are pushing really hard and lobbying up and lawyering up and trying to delay even further. And if they do that, I’m going to raise holy hell. We asked Bonin about more than housing and homelessness! See argonautnews.com for further discussion of public safety resources, strategies to improve public transportation and efforts to manage traffic congestion.

by Steve Greenberg

When police officers respond to nighttime encampments on beaches or in parks they have the discretion to warn or cite those in violation of city curfew laws, according to Bonin’s office, and some officers issue citations after multiple warnings. Officers made an arrest at the Toes Beach encampment in September, according to Bonin’s office, which did not know the context of the arrest. The Coastal Commission is expected to address restoration plans for the flattened dunes next month, and has ordered Legado to fence-off the area. Locals, meanwhile, are generally relieved the encampment is gone. “We were being held hostage on our own beach,” said Cooper. “It’s a victory for Playa del Rey because we don’t want this to become Venice.” October 10, 2019 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 27


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Compiled by Nicole Elizabeth Payne & Matt Rodriguez Santa Monica Muscle Beach Sunset Movement Hang, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. See the sunset over the Pacific as you exercise. Work out your whole body with acro yoga and monkey swings. Santa Monica Muscle Beach 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. Free. guayaki.com “On Valencia Street”: Poems and Ephemera, 8 to 10 p.m. Eric Mingus, Tate Swindell and others read from “On Valencia Street,” a posthumous collection of previously unpublished writings and ephemera by Jack Micheline. Readers discuss the impact Micheline had on their lives. Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. $10. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.com

Friday, Oct. 11 12th Annual Skate the Coast, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. On Friday, meet other skaters and enjoy live music and drinks for the kickoff of event. On Saturday, ride from Santa Monica to Redondo Beach for breast cancer education and prevention. Must raise a minimum of $50 to join. b4bc.org “Love, Antosha” & “Like Crazy” Double Feature, 7:30 p.m. “Love, Antosha” explores the successes and struggles of actor Anton Yelchin through the journals, writing, photography and music he left behind. In “Like Crazy,” aspiring furniture designer Jacob (Anton Yelchin) and poetry-writing British exchange student Anna (Felicity Jones) meet at a Los Angeles university and find

themselves navigating a long-distance relationship when Anna is barred from returning to the U.S. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $12. aerotheatre.com

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Thursday, Oct. 10

The Green Room at Alana’s Coffee Roasters, 8 to 10:30 p.m. Be entertained by local comedians as you toke up during this a 420-friendly standup comedy show. Alana’s Coffee Roasters, 12511 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. $10+. facebook.com/alanascoffeeroasters “Halloween” Midnight Screening, 11:59 p.m. John Carpenter’s classic about an escaped mental patient who terrorizes his hometown on Halloween night stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence. The Nuart, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A. $12. (310) 473-8530; landmarktheatres.com

Saturday, Oct. 12 Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a blues & zydeco concert by Jimbo Ross & The Bodacious Blues Band. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com

Darling West. McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 828-4497; mcccabes.com The Jazz Bakery: Pharaoh Sanders, 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. American jazz tenor saxophonist Pharaoh Sanders performs his ground-breaking jazz at the Moss Theater, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $45. (310) 271-9039; jazzbakery.org

Sunday, Oct. 13

Canadian folk-pop duo Madison Violet stops by McCabe’s for a dual concert with Norwegian band Darling West. SEE SATURDAY, OCT. 12. band plays your requested song as you sing your heart out on stage. Alana’s Coffee Roasters, 12511 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. Free. facebook.com/ alanascoffeeroasters

Culver City Symphony Orchestra Garden Party, 7 to 9 p.m. Join the Culver City Symphony Orchestra for a soiree under the stars at the Wende Museum, 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City. $25. culvercitysymphony.org

Meet Me at Reed: “The Movement,” 3 to 5 p.m. Instructors teach an all-levels lesson in a specialty dance style with featured deejays playing varied genres of dance music. Pre-show games precede the lessons. Bring lawn chairs, a picnic blanket, food and drink to this outdoor show. Christine Emerson Reed Park, 1133 7th St., Santa Monica. smgov.net/reed

CEK at Alana’s Coffee Roasters, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Become the lead singer of your favorite band with Casual Encounters Karaoke. The live

Cindy Kallet & Grey Larsen, 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Contemporary folk and world music performers Cindy and Grey play their sparkling

tunes and rich harmonies in Santa Monica. Location provided upon reservation. Suggested donation $25. santamonicahouseconcerts.com Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Presenting some of the greatest chamber music pieces of all time, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields performs in a smaller configuration at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $69 to $99. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org Madison Violet plus Darling West, 8 p.m. Juno award-nominated Canadian music duo Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac perform their blend of folk and pop with special guest Norwegian band

Laemmle Live: Elemental Music, 11 a.m. to noon. Elemental Music faculty members perform Rondo from “Duo 2 – Opus 81” by Friedrich Kuhlaum, “Sao Paulo Shimmer” by Jonathan Cohen and Mozart Clarinet Quintet K. Radio announcer Rich Capparela hosts. Laemmle Monica Film Center, 1332 2nd St., Santa Monica. Free. eventbrite.com Womxn Pivot, noon to 4 p.m. This event celebrates Latino Heritage Month and anyone in the middle of a professional pivot or trying to change paths. Professionals share tips on what worked for them, how they took the leap into starting their own business, and major lessons they learned along the way. Dots Space, 3951 Higuera St., Culver City. $20. eventbrite.com LA Westside Food & Wine Fest, 2 to 6 p.m. Enjoy live music and entertainment as you enjoy amazing food and drinks. Proceeds benefit the Westside Food Bank. Courtyard by Marriott, 6333 Bristol Parkway, Culver City. $69+. (646) 781-7359; facebook.com/ SecretLosAngeles

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An Assortment of Plays: The Binge Fringe Festival of Free Theatre (BFF) @ Santa Monica Playhouse Billed as the “only free theater festival on the West Coast,” this annual celebration of the dramatic arts features 55 plays, musicals, workshops and cultural exchange events all for, you guessed it, free! This week, follow one woman’s cancer journey with “Chemo Barbie,” learn how one very blonde Swede lost her hair in “(Im) perfekt,” and hear about one man’s crappy year in “Birthday.” 

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Telling a Yarn:“Gelfite Fish & Chips” @ dnj Gallery Daniel Cainer draws upon his British and Jewish heritages to tell moving tales about his family through observational comedy and entertaining wordplay strung with brilliant rhyming, musicianship and haunting tunes.  One performance only: 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 10) at dnj Gallery, 3015 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. $20 suggested donation at the door. (310) 315-3551; dnjgallery.net Terry Davis and Scott Jackson in Pacific Resident Theatre’s production of “All My Sons”

Now playing at various times from Oct. 12 to 27 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. Free with RSVP. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com Big Brother Returns:“1984” @ The Actors’ Gang Michael Gene Sullivan’s dark and twisty adaptation of Orwell’s literary classic, directed by Academy Award win-

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Tickets are $25 for preview shows on Oct. 10, 11, 12, 17 & 18 and start at $34.99 after that. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com Family Tragedy:“All My Sons” @ Pacific Resident Theatre In this 1947 Arthur Miller play, family secrets are stirred up when two old neighbors show up unexpectedly in a Midwestern town, exposing a scheme that sent defective airplane parts to the skies of World War II. Run extended: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 24 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 705½ Venice Blvd., Venice. $25 to $34. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com Strains of Hitchcock:“Dial M for Murder” @ Westchester Playhouse Hitchcock’s 1954 film starring Grace Kelly made this story of a tennis pro who plans to off his wife famous, but before that it was a hit on the British stage and TV. The Kentwood Players bring this suspenseful thriller back for live audiences.

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PRT’s Sunday Concert Series: Schmaltz, 7 p.m. This weekly concert series continues with a performance by Schmaltz, playing Jewish folk music mixed with classical, blues, jazz and Middle Eastern music. Light refreshments at 7 p.m. and show at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Resident Theatre, 705 Venice Blvd., Venice. $20. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com Sultans of String, 8 p.m. Canadianbased instrumental music group Sultans of String combine elements of flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms and French Manouche gypsy jazz. McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $22.50. (310) 828-4497; mcccabes.com

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Governance in the Digital Age at Moss Theatre, 7 to 9 p.m. Billionaire investor Nicolas Berggruen and journalist Nathan Gardels discuss the impact of globalization and technology on income inequality in Europe and the United States. The Moss Theatre, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $30+. (424) 258-6160; lawac.org Burton Chace Park Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Help save lives by donating blood while enjoying the view of the marina. Set up an appointment for a chance to win one of five $500 gift cards. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. (424) 526-7777; facebook. com/lacdbh Centinela Great Streets Project Walk & Talk with Mike Bonin, 6 to 8 p.m. Join the Centinela Great Streets Project for a walking tour with L.A. City Councilmember Mike Bonin to discuss and reimagine safety and walkability for local neighborhood streets. Refreshments provided. Location provided upon RSVP. eventbrite.com. “Ballona – Past, Present, Future,” 7 p.m. The Sierra Club Airport Marina group hosts a meeting on the past, present and future of the Ballona Wetlands. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Burton Chace Park Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 613-1175

Wednesdays in Art, 6 p.m. Experience a live painting exhibit and demonstration by Norton Wisdom and a live music show by Ireesh Lal. Atmosphere Mar Vista, 12034 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. Free. (310) 4370144; atmospheremarvista.com Improv Diary Show, 8 to 9 p.m. Two brave people read from their teen diaries while improvisers do scenes inspired by the readings. M.i.’s Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A (“A” stands for alley) 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica. $6. (310) 451-0850; westsidecomedy.com Rusty’s Rhythm Club Swing Dance, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Bobby Barron & His Swing Thing Band featuring Grace Fae bring a retro sound influenced by the Great American Songbook. A half-hour beginner swing dance class happens at 7:30 (no partner needed), followed by dancing to live and deejayed music. $15 cover, includes the class. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. (310) 606 5606; rustyfrank.com

Thursday, Oct. 17 Venice Art Crawl Mixer at Amiga Wild, 6 to 10 p.m. Meet local artists and merchants while enjoying locally created art and vegan food from Pizza Plant Food Truck. Amiga Wild, 2124 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $5. (310) 913-1942; amigawild.com

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Museums &Galleries “Down the Rabbit Hole” Discussion, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Exhibit artist Mercedes Gertz discusses her work and her approach to art-making and collaboration. “Down the Rabbit Hole” focuses on dreams and fairy tales as the symbolic language that articulates what words fail to express. SPARC Art, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-9560; SPARCinla.org Preview of Modern Ukrainian Photography, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Gallery director Daniel Miller presents several beautiful handmade prints from Ukraine. Also view new work from Danish photographer Jacob Gils and California photographer Jacqueline Woods. Duncan Miller Gallery, Bergamot Station #A7, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 453-1111; duncanmillergallery.com “The Room,” through Oct. 15. Various artists contribute works to create an immersive life-sized room, exploring contemporary still life and object painting. bG Gallery, Bergamot Station #A2, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. santamonica. bgartdealings.com “California’s Route 66: Hiding in Plain Sight,” through Oct. 19. More than a 2,448-mile highway connecting Chicago to Santa Monica, Route 66 is synonymous with the freedom of the open road. This exhibit emphasizes the Mother Road’s role in westward expansion, featuring early driving guides, historic photographs, iconic signage and vintage ephemera. Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St., Santa Monica. $10. (310) 395-2290; santamonicahistory.org

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