Past Stories
With $31 million to spend on sidewalk repair this fiscal year, will city officials finally tackle the east side of Sepulveda Boulevard in Westchester?
Photo By Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Fixing L.A.’s Broken Sidewalks

The city has money to spend, but how much of it is headed our way — and when? By Gary Walker Near 77th Street in Westchester, the east side of Sepulveda Boulevard looks more like a series of small ramps…


Artist Maharjan creates a Danger Dog in Nepal

The Art of Rebuilding Lives

Fair Trade art broker who survived April’s magnitude 7.8 quake in Nepal throws a fundraiser in Mar Vista By Kathy Leonardo Global media may have moved on to the next story, but the people of Nepal are still feeling the…


Grand opening ceremonies included face-painting and games for kids

A Legacy of Wellness

Venice Family Clinic opens a broad-based pediatric health center named for the late Lou Colen By Bonnie Eslinger While grand openings are usually all about ribbon cuttings and photo ops, last Saturday’s celebration for the Ve...



Police chase, capture assault suspect

A male suspect accused of assaulting a police officer was arrested Thursday afternoon after leading police on a chase through Marina del Rey that eventually ended in Westchester. The chase began at Venice Boulevard and Centinel...


L.A. traffic enforcement officer Marcia Bulpitt calls in a tow truck to remove an RV from Globe Avenue in Mar Vista after it had been parked 
there for several days
Photos by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Day in the Life: Traffic Law & Order

For veteran L.A. traffic enforcement officer Marcia Bulpitt, writing tickets is only part of the job description By Gary Walker As a Los Angeles traffic and parking enforcement officer for 13 years, Marcia Bulpitt has learned t...


Josh Taylor (left) and Ryan Baber of 9 Dots help students with a coding exercise.
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Reading, Writing and Computer Code

Students at Beethoven Street Elementary School are learning to program computers — starting as early as kindergarten By Gary Walker The students’ tiny fingers navigate the keys of laptop computers as they try to make a digi...



Mark Twain Middle School won’t be hosting elementary-level immersion students next year

School’s Out

LAUSD scraps plan to build $30-million home for popular language immersion program in Mar Vista By Gary Walker A decision last week by LAUSD Supt. Ramon Cortines to halt construction of a $30-million addition to the Mark Twain ...


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...


A variety of drought-tolerant and native plants thrive in the Sears’ new water-saving garden.

How Green Is Your Garden?

Mar Vista gears up for its annual tour of the best in sustainable landscaping By Gary Walker Mary Ann and Bill Sears are two of Mar Vista’s most recent converts to a more sustainable lifestyle. The front lawn of their…



Last year’s Water Wise 
team, from left: Sherri Akers, Mike Bonin, Shelley Wiseman, Christy Wilhelmi and Sarah Auerswald
Photos courtesy of Sarah Auerswald

Water Wise Expo at Mar Vista Farmers’ Market

As anyone riding local freeways lined with “serious drought” signs knows, Los Angeles is currently experiencing its fourth consecutive year of unusually warm winters, low levels of rainfall and minimum snowmelt — all cont...






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