Author: The Argonaut

A New Dawn for KCRW

Santa Monica’s NPR station is moving into a state-of-the-art facility that will expand its mission By Andrew Dubbins After 35 years broadcasting out of a cramped, dimly lit basement on the campus of Santa Monica College (SMC), KCRW 89.9-FM is emerging into the light. In late spring, the trendsetting NPR member station with more than 500,000 weekly listeners will relocate to a new three-story building with tall windows and sweeping views of L.A. “I haven’t seen the sun in years,” joked Madeleine Brand, host of KCRW’s “Press Play,” who emceed the building’s ribbon-cutting last Saturday. KCRW’s new 35,000-square-foot standalone...

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Southern California is Burning

Skirball Fire destroys homes, closes schools and shuts down the 405 Compiled by Gary Walker As the Creek, Rye and Thomas fires continued to destroy homes and displace residents in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, Westside residents awoke on Wednesday to a dangerous wildfire in our own backyard. The Skirball Fire broke out east of the 405 Freeway across from the Skirball Cultural Center and consumed 150 acres and several homes in Bel Air in a matter of hours. The 405 shut down between the 10 and the 101, and the Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District cancelled...

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El Segundo Settles LAX Beef

L.A. will pay $2 million to continue airport light rail connection Compiled by Gary Walker The Los Angeles City Council will pay out more than $2 million to El Segundo as part of a settlement agreement over plans to modernize and bring public transportation to LAX, avoiding a potentially lengthy court battle. El Segundo had threatened to file suit against Los Angeles World Airports over impacts of its Landside Access Modernization Program, which will connect passenger terminals to the expanding Crenshaw/LAX light rail line and a car rental/parking hub via a people mover. The settlement includes $1.9 million for...

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Guiding the Way Home

Venice Homeless Reunification Project finds immediate solutions amid a growing crisis By Joe Piasecki After crashing his car during an eruption of schizophrenic mania, 27-year-old Paul had seemingly nowhere to go but into a downward spiral of chronic homelessness on the streets of Venice. But now he’s back under his mother’s roof in Kansas and receiving mental health care — all because one person chose to intervene. Paul is one of 20 success stories of the Venice Homeless Reunification Project, a grassroots effort by the Venice Neighborhood Council’s Ad Hoc Homeless Committee to connect local homeless people willing to...

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More Local History Lost Re: Local History’s Days Are Numbered: 28 Places Westsiders loved and lost in the past 5 years,” Nov. 30   Our tally of beloved Westside businesses lost in the midst of skyrocketing real estate values triggered a tsunami of emails and social media posts highlighting many that weren’t on the list. Roosterfish came up a lot, but we’re hoping it’ll have the same cultural cache when it reopens early next year.   You missed a place near and dear to my heart: Café Mermaid on Panay Way, which closed on Sept. 18, 2013. I had...

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