Author: The Argonaut

The Long Shadow of Aliso Canyon

Activists raise safety concerns about the underground gas storage facility in Playa del Rey By Gary Walker Invoking the memory of the disastrous October 2015 leak at the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility in Porter Ranch, a national corporate accountability group is joining local efforts to push for additional safety precautions at the Southern California Gas Company’s underground gas storage facility in Playa del Rey. Food & Water Watch, a spinoff organization from the consumer rights advocacy group Public Citizen and the first organization to call for a national ban on fracking, is calling for tighter safety controls at...

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Free Speech for Sale

The director of ‘Nobody Speak’ sees Hulk Hogan v. Gawker as a case of Big Money silencing public debate By Bliss Bowen When a Florida jury awarded Terry Gene Bollea $140 million in damages against Gawker Media in March 2016, story headlines trumpeted the outsized award and the sleaziness of the case. Bollea, internationally known as cartoonish wrestler Hulk Hogan, had sued Gawker for publishing a clip from a sex tape of him with the wife of his then best friend (and provider of the tape). An infamy-inviting website that broke sensational stories about Bill Cosby, former Toronto Mayor...

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Pooches in Paradise

The interactive Wallis Annenberg PetSpace opens Saturday in Playa Vista By Christina Campodonico The signs in Playa Vista’s Campus Central Park may say “Sorry, No Dogs Allowed,” but right next door a pet paradise awaits. The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace — a companion animal adoption, education and play center like nothing else in the world — opens Saturday afternoon with a family-friendly festival celebrating the human-animal bond. Inside the two-story, 30,000-square-foot PetSpace, pups in need of forever homes can play with prospective pet parents on lawns of synthetic grass or lounge in a roomy adoption suite equipped with a television...

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Inside a Magic Kingdom

“Echoes of Bhutan” opens the exotic — and progressive — world of the eastern Himalayas By Bliss Bowen The first time you travel to a place is always the most dramatic, says photographer Barry Shaffer. Even knowing that, he was unprepared for Bhutan. Shaffer, an Encino-based photographer who likens the surreality of his experience to being in a movie, has traveled to the small eastern Himalayan kingdom three times since 2001. He and his wife Barbara authored the just-published “Echoes of Bhutan,” a fine art collection of his photos accompanied by essays from Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, National Geographic...

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Grab & Go, Go, Go

The chefs behind The Mar Vista are doing double duty (at least) with its quick-serve companion across the street By Jessica Koslow Westside powerhouse chefs D. Brandon Walker, Jill Davie and Jorge Rivas set out to elevate Mar Vista’s dining scene with The Mar Vista, the elegant and airy farm-to-table eatery that replaced The Good Hurt on Venice Boulevard. In just five months, the concept has been so successful they’re now splitting their time between that collaboration and a sister restaurant — The MV Grab & Go — directly across the street (between the Venice Grind coffee shop and...

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