Author: The Argonaut

Letters

Pedestrians Are People Too Re: “Road Diet Opposition Won’t Relent,” News, Aug. 17 Traffic is terrible and it will continue to be terrible, and become even worse, as long as so many insist on driving everywhere, all the time. The population of Southern California continues to increase through new arrivals and in-region births. I try to do my part to reduce traffic, avoid polluting the air, and lessen my carbon footprint by riding public transit as much as possible. This makes me a pedestrian, and the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa’s suggestion to install pedestrian bridges in lieu of safer...

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Still Standing Tall

A controversial Mar Vista development is moving forward despite concerns about height and scale By Gary Walker After months of public wrangling, two L.A. City Council vetoes and a bitter war of words between developer Pamela Day and Councilman Mike Bonin, a development proposal that has divided Mar Vista due to its height and scale is now moving forward — albeit with a few small adjustments. At 83 feet, the seven-story residential and retail complex planned for 12444 Venice Blvd. would be taller than any other building in the heart of Mar Vista. Opponents also objected to its density:...

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A Big Step for the Smallest of the Poor

New legislation makes alleviating child poverty a state priority By Gary Walker A hard-fought bill by Assemblywoman Autumn Burke (D- Marina del Rey) to make addressing child poverty an integral component of state policy and budget decisions has finally become law, albeit without all the provisions she had hoped for. Assembly Bill 1520, which faced a six-month uphill battle to survive the Legislature, won state Senate approval on Sept. 15 and was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 2. Burke’s legislation creates the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Taskforce, which will submit reports to...

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Safety Counts

Bonin touts a statistical drop in Venice Boulevard crashes following traffic lane reductions By Gary Walker Under threat of a recall campaign fueled by opposition to a reduction of traffic lanes on Venice Boulevard, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin has released new city-generated statistics indicating a reduction in crashes on the boulevard since its reconfiguration. The numbers conflict with assertions by recall organizers and road diet opponents, who not only challenge the accuracy of those figures but argue that Venice Boulevard has become less safe than before. In a letter to constituents dated Oct. 9, Bonin cites LAPD traffic...

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Faces in the Crowd

Ai Weiwei’s absorbing ‘Human Flow’ delivers visually arresting images and provocative meditations on the global refugee crisis By Bliss Bowen Early in director Ai Weiwei’s visually arresting film “Human Flow,” the renowned Chinese artist and dissident trains his camera on a succession of refugees at a camp. Rather than the usual quick establishing shots, these are lingering presentations; subjects’ eyes dart toward the edge of the frame, their lips tighten and brows wrinkle self-consciously as they stand, motionless. The silence and stillness are discomfiting — and that’s the point. The viewer gradually notices the folds of a balding older...

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