Past Stories

Immigration Reform

On Nov. 20, President Barack Obama announced an executive order to place a three-year temporary deportation reprieve for undocumented immigrant parents of children who are American citizens or have permanent resident status. Th...


Sheriff-elect Jim McDonnell surveys the harbor 
from the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station dock. Photo by Ted Soqui.

‘It’s a New Day’

Sheriff-elect Jim McDonnell’s plan to boost morale and restore public trust in the 18,000 members of L.A.’s largest law-enforcement agency Interview by Joe Piasecki When it comes time to take the cover shot, Los Angeles Cou...


County health officials are addressing an infestation of rats that centered on this Westchester home, where the animals were apparently being fed

County sends rodents packing

County sends rodents packing Public health officials tackle a rat infestation that had residents of Westchester’s tony Kentwood neighborhood saying ‘Eek!’ By Gary Walker An infestation of rats in an affluent Westchester n...



Photo by B Brinson Photography

Westside Scrapbook

The holiday season got off to a festive start last Thursday in Santa Monica, with Santa and a team of dancing elves leading a parade down Third Street Promenade that concluded with a community tree-lighting ceremony at the Sant...


A coyote roams the Ballona Wetlands earlier this year

Year of the dog

Coyote sightings have increased dramatically this year in the Westchester and Playa del Rey bluffs By Gary Walker Like opossums, raccoons and other wildlife, coyotes have become just another part of the landscape for those livi...


Campsites on Venice Beach have become a flagrant public nuisance, the lawsuit claims

Where debris meets the sea

Group sues city to remove campsites on Venice Beach; others urge compassion for homeless By Gary Walker Complaining of “dangerous conditions” that include drug use, violence and vandalism by homeless people camping on the V...



Mar Vista Chamber of Commerce leaders - from left, chamber VP Staci Boggeri, President Sarah Auerswald and Treasurer David Kent - have organized an inaugural pop-up shopping event that highlights Mayor 
 Garcetti’s Great Streets plans for the area

Pop ‘n’ shop

The Mar Vista Small Business Pop-Up and an entrepreneurial jeweler await Saturday shoppers By Michael Aushenker When Black Friday gives way to Small Business Saturday, the pop-ups will be waiting. At the inaugural Mar Vista Sma...


Dry cleaning fluid and other hazardous waste has pooled below the former Del Rey Cleaners, seen here before it shuttered in 2007
Photo courtesy of Julie Ross

Toxic trouble in Playa del Rey

Toxic trouble in Playa del Rey  An underground chemical plume near the Ballona Wetlands complicates an already controversial development slated for Culver Boulevard By Gary Walker A subterranean plume of potentially carcinogen...


Photo by Paul Rubenstein

Westside Scrapbook

Los Angeles Clippers star forward Blake Griffin and newly drafted shooting guard C.J. Wilcox stopped by St. Joseph Center in Venice on Friday to help distribute hundreds of frozen Thanksgiving turkeys, plus food baskets with al...



News in Brief

Penmar Park killer faces life without parole A gang member who gunned down two teenagers at Penmar Park in Venice was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder on Nov. 13. Michael Anthony Mariscal, now 22, faces up to two&...






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