Author: Joe Piasecki

Missing Cat: $20,000 Reward

Bentley, an 8-month-old male savannah cat, went missing from Marquesas Way in Marina del Rey By Joe Piasecki A Marina del Rey woman whose exotic hybrid cat escaped from her apartment on Marquesas Way is still looking for him — and still offering a $20,000 reward for his safe return. Bentley, an 8-month-old savannah (a cross between a domesticated cat and a wild African serval cat), went missing on Feb. 26. He has long legs, big ears, deep brown eyes and small black spots. He was still missing as of Friday evening. The size of the reward for Bentley’s...

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Just the Three of Us

Indie Chicks Int’l Film Fest features the story of a woman with many possible lives By Brian Welk In the new short film “Me3,” actress Amber Higgins plays one woman named Megan, but she’s portraying three separate roles reflecting different possible outcomes for her life: Megan the Mom, Megan the Working Woman, and the Megan who chose love. Higgins is just right for the part, because in addition to playing three roles in front of the camera, she’s wearing numerous hats behind it. “Me3” plays on Friday at the Laemmle Monica Film Center as part of the Indie Chicks International...

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A Maker’s Mindset

Westside Neighborhood School is launching an experiential preschool in the heart of Silicon Beach By Menaka Gentle Anticipating high demand for early childhood education among the young families of Silicon Beach, Westside Neighborhood School will expand its Playa Vista-adjacent campus in order to begin enrolling preschoolers next year. The prestigious K-8 private school is converting a former industrial warehouse across the street into an indoor-outdoor classroom, and activity space designed to foster experiential learning. The finished red-brick building will feature artificial-turf flooring, high ceilings with translucent blue skylights and large rollup doors to give the veranda-like setting a bright...

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It’s Official: City Council wants to shut down Santa Monica Airport

By Gary Walker In a long-anticipated move, the Santa Monica City Council voted Tuesday night in favor of closing Santa Monica Airport as soon as legally permitted, hoping to do so by July 1, 2018. “Through our unanimous vote, the council demonstrated our commitment to stop the harmful impacts the airport has on our community. Transitioning our land into a ‘great park’ is the single most transformative action this council can take,” Mayor Tony Vazquez said after the vote. Local advocacy group Airport2 Park has been lobbying the city to transform land currently occupied by airport-related businesses into a...

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Fatal Shooting at 7th and Brooks in Venice

Los Angeles police have swarmed Venice’s Oakwood neighborhood in their search for a gunman who shot and killed a man just after 4 p.m. Wednesday at 7th Avenue and Brooks Court. According to a police scanner transmission, initial reports described the still-at-large shooting suspect as a 25-to 30-year-old black man, 5’8” to 5’9” tall, last seen running westbound on Brooks. The suspect was said to be wearing a black hoodie, black sunglasses and black jeans, and the weapon was a chrome revolver. Police have set up a roughly three-block perimeter around 7th and...

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