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Egret landing at the Ballona Wetlands Freshwater Marsh

Summer Solstice Photo Contest Winners

The Longest Day Sunrise: 5:25 a.m. Sunset: 8:31 p.m. With 15 hours and six minutes of daylight, June 21 — the Summer Solstice, when the Northern Hemisphere tilted closest to the sun — was our longest day of the year.…


Let’s Fix Mother’s Beach Re: “Mother’s Beach is Second-Most Polluted in the State,” news, June 25 With plans to redevelop much of Marina del Rey, including the Mother’s Beach area, why not hire an expert to create a...

A great blue heron and two chicks roosting in April at Mariners Village
Photo by Lina Shanklin

Save the Great Blue Heron

Don’t let redevelopment efforts destroy their nesting grounds at Mariners Village By William Hicks We can assume that most people who live in West L.A. have at least a general awareness of the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Rese...

The seared ahi tuna salad at Del Frisco’s achieves an excellent balance of seasoning and natural flavor
Photo courtesy of Del Frisco’s Grille

Not just for tourists

Its location is perfect for visitors, but Del Frisco’s Grille has a menu that will keep locals coming back for more By Richard Foss ( Some people take pride in never visiting their own city’s tourist...

The 5 POINTS pop-up store hosts frequent creative happenings

Community Counsel

Whole Foods Playa Vista is equal to the sum of its parts, which were largely influenced by locals By Michael Aushenker Walk into the brand new Whole Foods Market in Playa Vista, and you’ll see things that you won’t see…


Save the Civic — Make It the Googolplex Re: “Saving the Civic,” news, June 11 Regarding the fate of the Santa Monica Civic, let’s get creative. I suggest it be taken over by high-tech giant Google and renamed the Googol...

Killer Café offers killer views of Marina del Rey harbor
Photo courtesy of Killer Café

Get a Nightlife

Killer Café isn’t your typical late-night diner, but it’s now serving big plates 24/7 By Mike Ryan A singles-only tenant policy at many apartment complexes set the tone the swinging ‘70s in Marina del Rey. Perhaps somewh...


Blame Rent Control for Short-Term Rentals Re: “Airbnb Bites Back,” news, May 21; Letters to the Editor, June 3 There would be no incentive for apartment owners to leave their units unrented and vacant except for the oppress...

New ideas for water production can keep taps from running dry

Opinion: A Glass Half-Empty

Conservation may help, but we’ll need to produce more water to conquer the drought By William Hicks “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” Most of us are familiar with that famous line from “Jaws.” It came to mind the o...

Menu highlights include the mutton chop with English peas, pomegranate molasses and mint chutney
Photo courtesy of Belcampo Meat Co.

Sustainable Steakhouse

Belcampo’s new combination restaurant and butcher shop is a marriage of farm and table By Gillian Ferguson ( If paying $25 for a burger, a shot and a beer sounds unreasonable to you, then happy hour...

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