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  • The Santa Monica Urban Runoff Recycling 
Facility cleans and repurposes wastewater for irrigation and other uses. Photo by Ted Soqui.

    The drought gets real

    With water rationing imminent, Westsiders get serious about conservation By John Conroy Within an hour of Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1 announcement mandating a 25% cutback in water use statewide, Marilee Kuhlman’s phone began...
  • A political cartoon being circulated by Stop the Commuter School.

    $30-million School Construction Plan Comes Under Fire

    Mar Vista group assails expansion of Mark Twain Middle School as disruptive for residents, unfair to some students By Gary Walker An increasingly vocal contingent of Mar Vista homeowners is vigorously pushing back against a $30...
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    ‘Women’s Libbers’ and Valley Girls — Gag Me with a Spoon!

    Stories by and about women have certainly changed for the better since the days of ‘Marina Men’ By Ellie O’Brien Leading The Argonaut’s social media campaign for Marina del Rey’s 50th anniversary, I scoured 44 years ...
  • NEWS In Brief

    Arrest made in disappearance of autistic Mar Vista teen Man charged with rape after girl, 15, was found Monday in Culver City A 15-year-old Mar Vista girl with autism who went missing on March 24 during a walk at the…
  • Don Knabe and a band of tall ship pirates cut the cake during Marina del Rey’s 50th anniversary ceremony on Friday at Burton Chace Park.

    Marina del Rey Turns 50 with a Bang

    Weekend celebration draws big crowds for tall ships, historic tours and Three Dog Night By Gary Walker and Joe Piasecki You know it’s a party when pirates help a Los Angeles County supervisor cut a cake with a sword. Marking&...
  • A variety of drought-tolerant and native plants thrive in the Sears’ new water-saving garden.

    How Green Is Your Garden?

    Mar Vista gears up for its annual tour of the best in sustainable landscaping By Gary Walker Mary Ann and Bill Sears are two of Mar Vista’s most recent converts to a more sustainable lifestyle. The front lawn of their…
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    Interview: Divided We Stand

    Actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith examines the conflicts that bind us in an MLK-inspired show at The Broad Stage A stereotype of playwrights has them conjuring characters from air in solitary quarters. In contrast, Ton...
  • Hal’s Bar and Grill to Close

    Venice says goodbye — but not yet farewell — to an Abbot Kinney original By Joe Piasecki Before Abbot Kinney Boulevard became GQ’s “Coolest Block in America” — dirty, dangerous, economically distressed and then know...
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    MdR Hotspots Past

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    Marina del Rey’s 50th anniversary Celebration

    Party on, Marina del Rey Weekend festivities include cannon battles on tall ships, a classic car show and a free concert by Three Dog Night Pictures of our Past Watch Marina del Rey come to life before your eyes Good…
 
 This Week
Beth Pecora’s “Reaper” riffs on John Van Hamersveld’s movie poster for “The Endless Summer”

Art goes to Pot

As 4/20 approaches, so does a three-day pot-flavored pop-up of psychedelic art in Santa Monica — hash tag ‘hash’ By Michael Aushenker 4/20 is almost here — so close, you can almost smell it, taste it and, this weekend, ...
ABOVE: Actor Creed Bratton has left Dunder Mifflin behind to embrace music once again
 
 Food And Drink
Scopa Italian Roots’mezcal menu reads like a wine list
Photo by  Gillian Ferguson

Mezcal steals the spotlight

Bar-centric restaurants offer an education on the breadth and complexity of tequila’s smoky cousin By Gillian Ferguson (gillian.ferguson@gmail.com) “Would you like worm salt with that?” The first time I heard this questio...
The trendy-for-a-reason La Reina salad, grilled oysters and a pulled-pork taco
Photo by  Richard Foss


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