Past Stories

No Fast Track to Safety

Five deaths have Playa del Rey calling for safer streets, but cures could mean more congestion By Gary Walker Dozens of car crashes over the past eight years — at least five of them fatal — have Playa del Rey…


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Fun in the Sun

A volleyball tournament like no other, The Gillis celebrates 45 years in Playa del Rey By Bonnie Eslinger Way back in 1971, when he was just a teenager, David Cressman and his brother Steve gathered a group of guys from…


Barbara Hunt

Senior Class

Serving in the Peace Corps inspired Playa del Rey’s Barbara Hunt, 71, to get her doctorate By Gary Walker It’s never too late to become a doctor. Playa del Rey resident Barbara Hunt, 71, proved it on June 12 when…



Sea Lion Pup Nabbed from Dockweiler

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has opened an investigation into the removal of a baby sea lion from Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey early Sunday morning. NOAA spokesman James Milbury said the federa...


A Western Snowy Plover forages along the shoreline at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey
Photo by Ted Soqui

Tiny bird, big challenge

Can the threatened Western Snowy Plover make a comeback at Dockweiler Beach? ( Click here for stories about human efforts have given several threatened or endangered species a fighting chance in the Ballona Wetlands) By Rebecc...


“50 Shades of Earl Grey” is the newest flavor in a line of teas by Angie McCartney

From Liverpool with love

Angie McCartney, stepmother of Sir Paul McCartney, launches a line of tea from her Playa del Rey garage By Michael Aushenker With “50 Shades of Grey” poised to be the hot ticket at this weekend’s box office, there’s a P...



The Legado Co. has been cited by the city for doing construction work on Jake’s Lot without a permit
Photo by Johnny Davis

Legado del Mar opposition grows

Councilman’s office comes out swinging against controversial Playa del Rey project By Gary Walker Citing safety concerns related to an underground chemical plume in the commercial heart of Playa del Rey, Los Angeles City Coun...


Annenberg suspends $50-million Ballona involvement

Controversial plans to build a 46,000-square-foot environmental education center in the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve have apparently been shelved, with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announcing late Tuesd...


Dry cleaning fluid and other hazardous waste has pooled below the former Del Rey Cleaners, seen here before it shuttered in 2007
Photo courtesy of Julie Ross

Toxic trouble in Playa del Rey

Toxic trouble in Playa del Rey  An underground chemical plume near the Ballona Wetlands complicates an already controversial development slated for Culver Boulevard By Gary Walker A subterranean plume of potentially carcinogen...



Obit

Morrey Plotkin, 1916 – 2014

Community volunteer and philanthropist was ‘the quintessential civic leader’ By Geoff Maleman Morrey Plotkin, who founded the Flight Path museum and provided critical support for Westchester Playa Village and the LAX Coasta...






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