• Eriyah Flynn tried to make a stand for one of the two tall eucalyptus 
trees that remained at Oxford Basin Lagoon shortly before they were cut down on Jan. 15
Photo by Jonathan Coffin

    Speaking for the Trees

    Activists and public officials are at loggerheads over the cutting of 650 trees in Oxford Basin Lagoon   By Joe Piasecki Where Los Angeles County officials see progress toward restoring native flora and fauna to Marina del Rey...
  • Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck tour the Venice Beach boardwalk area on Oct. 29, several months 
after Bonin first asked Beck to deploy more police officers in Venice
Photo courtesy of Mike Bonin’s office

    ‘Venice needs more cops’

    Councilman asks LAPD chief for special boardwalk police detail to combat ‘a growing criminal element and rising climate of fear’ By Gary Walker Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin is calling on LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to...
  • Architect Zoltan E. Pali with wife and creative partner, Judit Fekete

    Interview: Substance in the land of style

    Culver City-based architect Zoltan E. Pali on the ups and downs of building in L.A., mixing work with married life and making peace with the wrecking ball By Michael Aushenker By his own admission, Zoltan E. Pali is the less-ci...
  • The specter of  J. Edgar Hoover loomed large behind Betty Medsger when she received a mysterious package in the Washington Post newsroom
Illustration for The Argonaut by Tony Gleeson

    ‘Behind Every Mailbox’

    The reporter who broke America’s original domestic spying scandal and activists who raided an FBI office to obtain the proof teach ‘Lessons in Courage and Resistance’ at Loyola Marymount University By Kevin Uhrich What wo...
  • Santa Monica and West L.A. colleges get the nod for B.A. programs

    By Gary Walker State officials granted initial approval on Tuesday for Santa Monica College and West Los Angeles College to develop bachelor’s degree programs and could begin to offer the degrees as early as this fall. The tw...
  • Photo by Catherine Lacey Photography

    Westside Scrapbook

    Happy birthday, Marion Davies Singer Janet Klein cut a rug 1920s-and-‘30s-style at the Annenberg Community Beach House last Sunday as costumed Santa Monica Conservatory docents celebrated what would have been the 118th birthd...
  • Venice High gets a recording studio

    Students at Venice High School have something to sing about. On Monday, the school’s music program launched an electronic music recording studio, allowing students to write and record their own songs. Four small rooms in the ...
  • Chris Shilakes, Kaely Orenski and Mackie

    Westchester couple jogs for a cure

    Westchester native Kaely Orenski and husband Chris Shilakes, both 28, fell in love after their first date at Disneyland 10 years ago. On Sunday they head back to the Happiest Place on Earth to participate in the Crohn’s &...
  • A solar energy farm proposed for Westchester would utilize photovoltaic cells — 
the example pictured above is not a project rendering — to generate electricity

    A solar farm in the city

    Westchester committee hears plans to line a half-mile portion of the 405 freeway with 14-foot photovoltaic cells By Gary Walker Like other Westside communities, Westchester is experiencing a sharp rise in residential and commer...
  • Red and purple dots designating underutilized plots of land light up of a screen shot of the map

    Group fills in blank spaces on the map

    L.A. Open Acres helps neighborhoods put vacant land to good use By Elliot Stiller Some 10 million people live in Los Angeles County, but there are still thousands of underutilized plots of land — even in increasingly dense We...
 This Week
Kid Acne’s “Stabby Woman” series, hand-embellished 3’-by-3’ canvases, remain on display through Feb. 2 as part of the artist’s third exhibition in Venice

Scratching the creative itch

Multi-faceted muralist Kid Acne returns to C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice with his latest works By Michael Aushenker As devastating as this month’s attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was for creatives worldwide, im...
With Moshe Ninio’s holographic “Rainbow: Rug” installation in Santa Monica, what 
you see depends on where you’re standing
Photo by Shaxaf Haber
 Food And Drink
Omar Gonzalez carefully cuts and dry ages the meat served at George Petrelli Steakhouse, including this incredible 3.5-pound double-cut of George’s Extra-Large Porterhouse 
Photo By Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Steak with a side of nostalgia

Replay medium-rare childhood moments at George Petrelli Steakhouse By Richard Foss ( In the working class family in which I grew up, steaks were only eaten on special occasions. For significant birthdays...
Marissa Post offers a menu at Brick House Kitchen, expected to close by the 
end of the month
 Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

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