• A Justice Aviation flight school worker demonstrates the controls of a Cessna 172 at Santa Monica Airport. Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

    Which way, Santa Monica?

    The debate over possible closure of the city’s airport heats up with lawsuits and competing ballot measures By Gary Walker and Joe Piasecki First came the lawsuits. Now, the ballot measures. A years-long battle over whether t...
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    Westside Scrapbook

    Surfer Rodrigo “Giraffe” Pires sands a surfboard at AquaTech Glassing in Marina del Rey. More than 20,000 professional, amateur and custom boards have been created at AquaTech since Anderson Surfboards founder Scott Anderso...
  • A female El Segundo Blue deposits her eggs in the flowers of a buckwheat plant. Photo by Patrick Tyrell

    Endangered species flutters against the odds

    Despite drought-related setbacks, habitat restoration work has the tiny El Segundo Blue Butterfly bouncing back in the Ballona Wetlands By Gary Walker The restoration of the Ballona Wetlands may be mired in seemingly endless de...
  • Frank Masters, as seen on his porch in 2014 and in his backyard in 1954

    Venice man turns 107

    Frank Masters, who bought his home near the canals for $7,900 during the post-war real estate boom of 1946, recalls a time before traffic jams and a beach boardwalk made of wood By Remy Merritt In 1907, Theodore Roosevelt was&h...
  • County plans for bigger — but fewer — boat slips

    A $15-million renovation for the Burton Chace Park anchorage is tailored to meet changing demand, officials say By Gary Walker The boat docks at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey will be getting a $15-million facelift that in...
  • Rod Fasone

    Rod’s Day raises funds and spirits

    Playa del Rey gathering celebrates a life cut short by cancer while working for a cure By Gary Walker An avid scuba diver who was captain of his high school swim team, Rod Fasone was the picture of health. Also…
  • Max Netura finds nature in his nature

    Art is ‘Only Natural’ for Max Neutra

    Venice native and great-grandson of architect Richard Neutra takes inspiration from the animal kingdom after finding his own creative path By Michael Aushenker Max Neutra had an epiphany one day while waiting for his cappuccino...
  • Katsu Nakagawa and the “Lady Katsu,” named in her honor

    Sowing the seeds of fun

    For plant lovers, Westchester Begonia Show and Sale is about building community — and the chance to flaunt some rare flora By Allie Teaze They have names like Dragon Wings, Pink Minx, Airy Fairy, Flamingo Queen, Nightmare, Gl...
  • Santa Monica’s Kevin O’Shea bikes down Main Street. Photo by Jorge M Vargas Jr.

    Power to the Pedal

    Commuting by bicycle is becoming mainstream, but are the roadways ready? By Rebecca Kuzins It wasn’t long ago that bicycles were a neglected fifth wheel of the Los Angeles transportation system, basically ignored as a commuti...
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    Westside Scrapbook

    LA Junior Lifeguards Nathan Lopez and Cullen Morris catch up with friends while on break during the six-week LA Junior Guards water safety and lifesaving skills camp. The program is open to kids ages 9 to 17 and takes place&hel...
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Thursday, July 24 Business Travel Seminar, 6 p.m. A high-profile business executive who has traveled all over the world, Stacy Waite explains how to travel safely and successfully around the globe during a free seminar and cock...
Zach Yudin leads Cayucas back home on July 24 Photo by Karen Vandenberghe
 Food And Drink

Five-Star Food at 3 Square Cafe

Chef Hans Rockenwagner’s ‘German California cuisine’ is, like, totally wunderbar By Richard Foss ( There are some mighty strange spaces around LA that operate successfully as restaurants; I’ve ha...
How to improve a harbor view: Tony P’s famous fish and chips (left) and a bacon avocado cheeseburger Photo by Jorge M Vargas Jr

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