Author: The Argonaut

The Willy Wonka of Retail

Ron Robinson has a remedy for America’s slumping brick-and-mortar sales: Make Shopping Fun Again By Christina Campodonico When you arrive at his namesake store in downtown Santa Monica, Ron Robinson wants it to feel a bit like you’re entering his home. “I wouldn’t let you stand there and not offer you a drink,” says the longtime L.A. fashion retailer and Venice Canals resident as he makes me a latte at the in-house coffee bar. A few taps on an iPad, and steaming hot coffee and milk flows from a sleek spout seamlessly integrated into the white marble countertop. “This...

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A Surprise Civics Lesson

An SMMUSD board member may be in hot water for voting to approve public contracts with companies that employed her city councilman husband By Gary Walker As L.A. County prosecutors and school district attorneys investigate votes cast by a Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education member that appear to benefit contractors that employed her Santa Monica city councilman husband, school board members are already beginning to rethink how they do business. SMMUSD board member Maria Leon-Vazquez, one of the leading voices against Malibu’s efforts to break away and form its own independent school district, appears to have cast several votes...

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Give Thanks, Give Back

Five ways to make volunteering part of your Thanksgiving tradition By Christina Campodonico Thanksgiving is a time to fill your belly, but it’s also a time to fill your soul. From preparing and serving free turkey dinners to delivering some holiday cheer, here are five ways you can give back while giving thanks.   Thanksgiving Dinner and Clothing Boutique @ St. Monica Catholic Community Auditorium Join the St. Monica community from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday as they host a free Thanksgiving Eve dinner and a pop-up boutique offering free clothing, blankets, sleeping bags and toiletries for those in...

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A Comeback Story Continues

New murals at Playa Del Rey Elementary celebrate community engagement and academic success By Gary Walker For a school that was on the brink of closure seven years ago, Playa Del Rey Elementary School has become a phoenix rising from the ashes of budget cuts and declining enrollment. As resource specialist teacher Melanie Mack puts it, “We’ve redefined who we were, what we were and become a school for academic success.” Those aren’t just words. The K-5 LAUSD school just north of Playa Vista has not only boosted its enrollment, but also established a much more engaged parent support...

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A Relatable President

The chief photographer of the Obama White House discusses his work at The Getty By Bliss Bowen When considering Barack Obama’s presidency, many images spring to mind: Obama bending down so a small boy visiting the Oval Office can feel that the president’s hair is like his own, bumping fists with a White House custodian; playing in the snow with daughters Sasha and Malia; bumping foreheads with First Lady Michelle, grimly receiving news of the Sandy Hook shooting, laughing with Vice President Joe Biden, and soberly huddled with cabinet advisors. Those humanizing photos did much to boost public perception...

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