Past Stories
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...



Kids take a crack at redesigning Venice Boulevard
Photo by Mia Duncans

Venice Boulevard visioning begins

Hundreds weigh in on city’s Great Streets upgrade plan By Gary Walker Slower traffic. Sidewalk dining. Better parking. The people have spoken — well, at least started to speak — about the kinds of changes they hope Mayor ...


Garcetti, Bonin go door-to-door in Mar Vista

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will join City Councilman Mike Bonin on Saturday for a canvass of Mar Vista, knocking on doors to invite residents and business owners to attend a Jan. 25 information session about improvement pl...


Responding officers immediately established a search perimeter that included a stretch of Washington Place 
(Photos by Mia Duncans)

Mar Vista shooting suspect evades capture during police search

A shooting on Friday morning near the corner of Centinela Avenue and Washington Place triggered a massive police search for the suspect that spanned multiple blocks for several hours but ended without an arrest. Police on the s...



Police conduct interviews near the location of the shooting | Photo by Mia Duncans

Police search for gunman in Mar Vista shooting

A Friday morning shooting near the corner of Centinella Avenue and Washington Place has triggered a massive police search for the suspect in surrounding areas that continued into Friday afternoon. The shooting occurred at 11:27...


Photo by Mia Duncans

Tragedy strikes at Mar Vista post office

A 91-year-old motorist ran over two people Monday morning while backing out of a parking space at the Mar Vista Post Office parking lot off Grandview Boulevard, according to Los Angeles police. A 74-year-old woman struck by the...


Mangabomb founder Kenichi “Keith” Nakamaru

Dropping a Mangabomb

First-time publisher brings English translations of Japanese comics to the U.S. It was a home sale that would change his destiny. When Kenichi “Keith” Nakamaru struggled with confidence issues while beginning a real estate ...



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...






Joe Bretz