Author: The Argonaut

Swinging for Success

Coach Vic Buttler and the Westchester Comets eye a return to baseball glory — and the lessons it can teach By Gary Walker For most of his life, a baseball diamond has been Vic Buttler’s second home. Now his job is to welcome others inside. A standout player for the Westchester High School Comets in the 1990s, Buttler was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2000 and spent a decade as an outfielder in the minor leagues before returning to his alma mater (now Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets) to coach. The Comets baseball program of Buttler’s youth was a...

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From Venice with Angst

Challengers to Bonin’s reelection bid draw from frustration about homelessness and development By Gary Walker Long-simmering tensions over the impacts of rampant homelessness and rapid development on quality of life in Venice have boiled over into a hotly contested Los Angeles City Council race. In the March 7 primary contest, incumbent Mike Bonin faces two opponents — both of them from Venice — challenging his bid for a second term representing nearly 400,000 residents of L.A.’s primarily coastal 11th Council District. The challengers are working to build public support for their campaigns by hammering what they see as Bonin’s...

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‘A Crucible of Creativity’

LMU is opening a Playa Vista satellite campus for graduate film students and tech-friendly special events By Gary Walker Eyeing a greater presence in West L.A.’s ever-growing creative technology sector, Loyola Marymount University is expanding its footprint into Playa Vista. The private Jesuit school just up the hill has signed a long-term lease deal for more than 50,000 square feet at The Brickyard, the newly completed multi-structure creative office complex adjacent to Playa Vista Central Park. Set to open in the fall of 2018, the LMU Playa Vista Campus will house graduate-level programs for the LMU School of Film...

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An Acrobatic Kitchen Confessional

Intimate circus show employs music, movement and memories to share the joy of cooking By Bliss Bowen The stereotype of circus and theatrical troupes creating their own families proves doubly true with Les 7 Doigts and their current show “Cuisine & Confessions,” which tumbles into The Broad Stage this weekend. According to Shana Carroll, who choreographed and co-directs the show with husband Sébastien Soldevila, it is a sensory exploration of cast members’ personal memories. The trigger for those memories seems an unlikely inspiration for a circus piece: food. “My husband and I were brainstorming on the next show we...

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Inside Santa Monica: Seismic Sticker Shock & Samohi’s Trump Guy

By Beige Luciano-Adams Although Santa Monica spans only 8.3 square miles, this is a city that tends to go big: world-class sunsets over the Pacific, astronomical housing prices, strict environmental standards and, coming soon, a massive citywide seismic retrofit program. City leaders are considering a law that would require some 2,000 “potentially vulnerable” buildings to undergo earthquake safety testing and upgrades, the majority of them “soft story” structures — i.e. those ubiquitously SoCal apartment buildings that hang over carports, like the kind that infamously collapsed during the Northridge quake. Better safe than sorry, surely, but the question of who’ll...

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