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Former Donkin’s Inn co-owner Helfried Fahrenholz (right), then-Donkin’s manager Suzanne Lenz and an unidentified friend entered a 1977 chili cook-off at the Marina City Club that was organized by resident automotive designer and race car driver Carroll Shelby 
(Shelby Mustangs).

MdR 50 Contest Winners: A Toast to Good Times Past

By Joe Piasecki Our recent special issue marking 50 years since the April 1965 formal dedication of Marina del Rey covered a lot of local history. Thanks to the Marina del Rey Historical Society, plenty of historical records an...


Marina del Rey’s 50th Celebration Videos

Marina Del Rey Hotel Grand Opening | Marina Del Rey, CA from Pure Cinema on Vimeo.…


Sea Lion Pup Nabbed from Dockweiler

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has opened an investigation into the removal of a baby sea lion from Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey early Sunday morning. NOAA spokesman James Milbury said the federa...



ay Griffith and his dog Joe at 
home in Pacific Palisades. Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Nurturing Nature

Groundbreaking landscape architect Jay Griffith helps grow the Venice Design Series By Joe Piasecki   As Jay Griffith creates nature, he lets nature guide his hand. A genuine Griffith landscape loosely melds plants and tre...


A city-commissioned artist’s rendering imagines a revitalized Wilshire Boulevard 
that would have taller buildings and pedestrian enhancements
Image: City of Santa Monica

A New Front in the Fight for Santa Monica’s Future

Residocracy and Santa Monica Forward do battle over a city plan to change building height and housing density restrictions By Bonnie Eslinger Two Santa Monica political action groups and a divided city council went head-to-head...


Mayor Eric Garcetti was at The Proud Bird on Saturday to celebrate the restaurant’s 20-year lease extension

With New Lease, Sky’s the Limit for The Proud Bird

The Proud Bird restaurant, a cultural staple of Westchester for nearly 50 years, quite literally has a new lease on life. Once expected to shutter over a rent dispute, the LAX-adjacent aviation-themed restaurant reached a deal ...



Creative Accounting

Tech, design and the arts lead a new Los Angeles economy By Gary Walker and Joe Piasecki Techies really are taking over the world, starting with the local economy. A study commissioned by Otis College of Art and Design in…


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Venice Council Pushes for Topless Sunbathing

By Gary Walker Venice Beach, already well-known for its international flavor and laid-back vibe, could soon add topless sunbathing for women if a resolution by the Venice Neighborhood Council gains traction. The board voted 12...


The Santa Monica Urban Runoff Recycling 
Facility cleans and repurposes wastewater for irrigation and other uses. Photo by Ted Soqui.

The drought gets real

With water rationing imminent, Westsiders get serious about conservation By John Conroy Within an hour of Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1 announcement mandating a 25% cutback in water use statewide, Marilee Kuhlman’s phone began...



A political cartoon being circulated by Stop the Commuter School.

$30-million School Construction Plan Comes Under Fire

Mar Vista group assails expansion of Mark Twain Middle School as disruptive for residents, unfair to some students By Gary Walker An increasingly vocal contingent of Mar Vista homeowners is vigorously pushing back against a $30...






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