Past Stories

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

City officials attempting to regulate short-term vacation rentals get an earful in Mar Vista “I’ve counted no less than 24 separate rentals, with an average of two cars for three nights and four people over 87 days. That’...

Has Mar Vista Become the Rehab Capital of Los Angeles?

Angry homeowners say their neighborhood is being overrun by sober living homes By Gary Walker Worried about a perceived overabundance of sober living homes and other residential care facilities in their community, Mar Vista res...

Musician Tony Hazel, comedian Kat Radley and comedian Joshua Turea perform sets during a recent Wednesday open mic at Grand View Market
Photo by Mia Duncans

Say Anything (but please be funny)

Mar Vista’s Grand View Market hosts a supportive comedy and music open mic on Wednesday nights By Shanee Edwards Every Wednesday night at about 7 p.m., Grand View Market serves up a side of entertainment to go with its organ...

Bicyclists took over the intersection of Venice Boulevard and Centinela Avenue during the May 2013 CicLAvia event
Photo by Sarah Auerswald /

A Test Drive for Mar Vista’s Future

It’s no coincidence that Venice Boulevard is a hub for Sunday’s CicLAvia By Joe Piasecki The tens of thousands of bicyclists expected to trek Sunday’s CicLAvia route from Culver City to Venice will have to get off and wal...

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...

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