Past Stories

Cars plunge into channel after crash

A two-car collision in Mar Vista on Monday left one person injured after both vehicles plunged into a flood control channel near Sawtelle and Palms boulevard. The cars involved in the 6:30 a.m. crash, which remains under invest...


Fight for Pepy’s continues

Responding to a crowd of more than 200 supporters who gathered Tuesday at the Mar Vista Recreation Center, neighborhood council members lent their voices in support of efforts to stop the eviction of Pepy’s Galley from AMF Ma...


ON THE COVER: Joseph ‘Pepy’ Gonzalez maintains his post at Pepy’s Galley. PHOTO BY JOE PIASECKI.

Closing time

Neighbors unite in support of Pepy’s Galley, facing eviction in June after 44 years at AMF Mar Vista Lanes By Joe Piasecki Some say it’s a sign of changing times. Others see it as a front line in the battle…



Never painted Muscle Beach icon Arnold Schwarzenegger at 18th Avenue and Speedway in Venice

A ‘Touch of Venice’ and Mar Vista

Prolific muralist Jonas Never, discovered by Floyd’s 99 barbershops, leaves his mark by staying true to sense of place By Michael Aushenker Jonas Never’s career as a muralist started over a beer. About eight years ago, Neve...


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...






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