Past Stories
The “pond-less waterfall” in Linda Levine’s backyard garden re-circulates and filters water to prevent waste

Westside homeowners go green

Mar Vista showcase celebrates eco-friendly choices that beautify neighborhoods By Gary Walker The steeply sloping front yard of Mar Vista attorney Les Hairrel’s Granville Avenue home is a dozen shades of green accentuated by ...


Two men were hurt in a March 28 shooting outside El Zacatecas

Mar Vista bikini bar drawing unwanted attention

El Zacatecas comes under LAPD scrutiny following an eruption of gunfire outside the bar last week By Gary Walker A Mar Vista dive bar that sometimes features bikini dancers and was previously slapped by state licensing official...


Forum moderator Loren Scott, center, pressed candidates about Proposition 13 reform

Assembly hopefuls talk pot and taxes

West Los Angeles Democratic Club hosts first political forum featuring candidates in an eight-way race By Gary Walker Questions about how to protect the environment, whether to legalize marijuana use and whether to tweak Propos...



Perry Miyake, who wrote a history of the Westside Japanese-American community, stands outside Mitsuwa Marketplace, where he works behind the deli counter

More than just a market

As contemporary influences flourish nearby, Mitsuwa Marketplace offers Westsiders a more traditional taste of Japanese-American culture By Michael Aushenker Over the past decade, Little Osaka — the Westside Japanese-American ...


Feds call wrap on alleged fake movie scheme

Men from Mar Vista and Marina del Rey are accused of bilking investors out of nearly $2 million by pretending to make a film called “The Smuggler” By Gary Walker A Marina del Rey man previously slapped by the Securities&hel...


The owner of this Granville Avenue home replaced turf with native plants that support butterflies, bees and birds

Mar Vista rethinks its Green Garden Showcase: Overworked volunteers say the annual sustainable living event is no longer sustainable at its present size — unless help arrives soon

                            By Gary Walker In its five-year existence, the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase has blossomed from a small neighborhood tour of ec...



Second graders at Beethoven Elementary School sing during "The Frog Prince 2"

An evening fit for a ‘Prince’: Beethoven Elementary School continued its holiday theater tradition on Dec. 19

By Gary Walker In their annual holiday play, young thespians at Mar Vista’s Beethoven Elementary School have performed as a family struggling to survive in post-World War II Holland and in a play that explored how Alzheimer...


The city has filed a civil action against a proposed medical marijuana dispensary at 3472 Centinela Ave., where protestors demonstrated on Nov. 8.

Officials move to block planned Mar Vista marijuana dispensary: Civil complaint a new tactic in fight to regulate medical cannabis, says city attorney’s office

By Gary Walker Los Angeles City Attorney Michael Feuer filed a lawsuit last week to block a medical marijuana dispensary from opening in Mar Vista. The move comes nearly a month after a community meeting in which a number of&he...


City files suit to block Mar Vista marijuana dispensary

  By Gary Walker Los Angeles City Attorney Michael Feuer filed a lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court to prevent a medical marijuana clinic from opening in Mar Vista. The civil complaint against proprietors of th...



Demonstrators at the corner of Centinela Avenue and Palms Boulevard oppose plans to open a medical marijuana clinic there

Neighbors take pot protest to the streets: Mar Vista residents claims medical marijuana dispensary “doesn’t fit” with city regulations

                            By Gary Walker Mar Vista residents are taking to the streets in an effort to prevent a medical marijuana dispensary, a common sig...