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Letters

The Homeless Have Rights Re: “It’s Time to Decriminalize Rest,” opinion, April 16 At last, an intelligent and compassionate story about decriminalizing homelessness. They have as much right to be here as we have — moral...


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LaVida SoCal: Three Dirty Little Secrets about Autism

Finding the right school for our son showed us just how many people are doing it wrong By Tony Peyser April being Autism Awareness Month, I’m setting the dials on the time machine back to 1997 — the year my…


Chicago transplants Mike Waszkowski, left, and Manny Aranda create authentic Old World flavors on the West Coast
Photo by Richard Foss

Spilling Smokehouse Secrets

Inside the Los Angeles area’s only authentic Polish sausage factory By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) There’s an old saying that those who like laws and sausage shouldn’t watch either being made. Though the lawmak...



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Living Large In Limbo: Nick Ut’s Photo Finish

Pulitzer-winning photographer, in Venice on Saturday, altered the course of history but worries today’s press faces too many roadblocks By Kelly Hayes-Raitt Can a photo really finish a war? I ask Nick Ut that question. Ut sna...


LETTERS

Pony Rides Are a Cruel Anachronism Re: “Animal rights battle heads to court,” news, March 26 It boggles the reasonable mind that, in 2015, any parent would choose to introduce their young children to horses by way of ploppi...


Scopa Italian Roots’mezcal menu reads like a wine list
Photo by  Gillian Ferguson

Mezcal steals the spotlight

Bar-centric restaurants offer an education on the breadth and complexity of tequila’s smoky cousin By Gillian Ferguson (gillian.ferguson@gmail.com) “Would you like worm salt with that?” The first time I heard this questio...



The trendy-for-a-reason La Reina salad, grilled oysters and a pulled-pork taco
Photo by  Richard Foss

Clutch is clutch

Venice’s new smokehouse truly rises to the occasion By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) Ambiguity in language has its good and bad points — it makes poetry possible, but also confusion. This thought was brought to min...


LETTERS

Pony rides don’t belong in 2015 Re: “Animal rights battle heads to court,” news, March 26 This is not the first time people have campaigned against the pony rides at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market — there was also a...


Karen Wolfe is an LAUSD parent
Photo by Miranda Brackett

Power to speak: School Choice = Whose Choice?

The education marketplace concept — a competitive, not comprehensive model — is wrong for public schools By Karen Wolfe Last week’s cover story about local schools competing in an evolving education marketplace represents...



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Opinion LaVidaSoCal: Home Sweet McMansion

City leaders are right to keep these godawful vanity projects from ruining Kentwood, Mar Vista and east Venice By Tony Peyser As The Argonaut reported on March 19, city leaders have finally taken notice of McMansions — those...






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