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    Police search for gunman in Mar Vista shooting

    A Friday morning shooting near the the corner of Centinella Avenue and Washington Place has triggered a massive police search for the suspect in surrounding areas that continued into Friday afternoon. The shooting occurred at 1...
  • LAX to spend big on light rail connection

    Connecting light rail to Los Angeles International Airport moved a giant step forward today, with the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners unanimously approving a $4 billion ground transportation plan to transport passeng...
  • Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

    Never say never

    Passed over for 16 years, Kevin McKeown finally becomes mayor of Santa Monica on the strength of a new slow growth majority By Gary Walker   It may have taken him 16 years, but city council slow growth stalwart Kevin…
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    Westside Scrapbook

    Hollywood renaissance man James Franco teamed up with local artists this weekend to paint a mural on the side of an apartment building at 19th Avenue and Ocean Front Walk on Venice Beach. Franco designed the mural based on cast...
  • Bonin aims to regulate vacation rentals

    Councilman would embrace the practice but limit impacts on neighborhoods By Gary Walker The proliferation of homes and apartments being sublet to tourists for short-term vacation rentals is both an opportunity for economic grow...
  • More than 51,000 skaters visited ICE at Santa Monica last year
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    Skate rink on thin ice

    Venice leaders clash with chamber over bringing family-friendly attraction to the boardwalk By Gary Walker   Despite an all-hands-on-deck call from the Venice Chamber of Commerce to its supporters, plans to bring a tempora...
  • Get a B.A. at a J.C.?

    Santa Monica and West L.A. college plan bachelor’s programs By Gary Walker West Los Angeles College and Santa Monica College may each begin offering highly specialized bachelor’s degrees as early as next year, pending appro...
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    Holiday Boat Parade Winners

    Click here to see videos of the boat parade. The 52nd annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade went off in grand style Saturday, with 63 brightly lit sail and power boats cruising up and down the harbor — the…
  • Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade videos

    This year Liquid TV streamed live on YouTube the entire Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade. The live broadcast is hosted by Lisa Osborne and Mickey Czegledy (Laszlo). The first 22 minutes consists of an introduction by Lisa and...
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    Tragedy strikes at Mar Vista post office

    A 91-year-old motorist ran over two people Monday morning while backing out of a parking space at the Mar Vista Post Office parking lot off Grandview Boulevard, according to Los Angeles police. A 74-year-old woman struck by the...
 
 This Week
Jeff Ho, who has modeled his new collection handcrafted surfboards after his own, surfs the Venice Pier last Thursday
Photo by Steve Christensen

Still riding high

Z-boys founder Jeff Ho displays his latest surfboard creations in Mar Vista By Michael Aushenker Jeff Ho is a man in the present. Stacy Peralta’s 2001 documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys” and the Peralta-written 2005 Heath L...
Alfonso Redenas and Victoria Scott take the 
Blue Dolphins electric at WitZend
 
 Food And Drink
Tamara’s Tamales chef Alice Trapp, who wrote a book on tamales, shows off her banana-leaf and corn-husk creations
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

An ancient tradition in good hands

Tamara’s Tamales puts a contemporary spin on a Mexican classic By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) The modern chef is assumed to be a versatile character, a jack-of-all-trades who moves effortlessly between techniques a...
From Persian kebabs (above) to Italian classics, Jino’s Pars brings out the best 
in two cuisines


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