Past Stories
Steve Zimmer, who represents the Westside on the LAUSD board 
and is now its president, says the California Charter Schools 
Association has taken “a combat approach” to occupying space 
on public school campuses

Interview: Schoolyard Scuffles

LAUSD Board of Education President Steve Zimmer on the winner-take-all attitudes that are hurting public schools The new Common Core state standardized test results are in, and they don’t look great for LAUSD. Nearly a year a...

Capt. Nicole Alberca at the LAPD Pacific Division headquarters 
on Culver Boulevard in Del Rey
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Giving Crime a Fight

Capt. Nicole Alberca, the LAPD’s top Westside brass, battles a spike in crime By Gary Walker Like all Los Angeles Police Department division commanders, Capt. Nicole Alberca has had to confront an upswing in both violent and ...

The bandshell at Playa Vista’s Central Park hosts family-friendly dance and rock bands each summer
Photo courtesy of Brookfield Residential


July and August sizzle, crack and pop with Free Outdoor Summer Concerts up and down the 405 Venues: Marina del Rey Summer Concerts @ Burton Chace Park, 1350 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey 7 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays (310) 305-...

State Sen. Ben Allen introduced his vaccine legislation after the Disneyland measles outbreak

Gov. Brown Signs Mandatory Vaccinations Law

Opponents vow to keep fighting medical mandate co-authored by Santa Monica’s Ben Allen By Gary Walker Following a series of hotly contested votes in Sacramento, legislation co-authored by state Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica)...

Her shirt depicting a unified Korea, a 
North Korean band leader waits to march in a women-led 
May 23 state celebration heralding the cause. Photo by Niana Liu.

Across the DMZ

A local activist visits North Korea and finds the unexpected — strong women leading meaningful lives By Joe Piasecki From behind the windows of the bus, a state-sanctioned interpreter beside her, the cityscape of Pyongyang ...

The 18 winners of this year’s Eddy Awards were nominated by their peers

Fêting the Heads of the Class

Local chambers of commerce honor 31 exemplary Westside teachers By Bonnie Eslinger Two recent events hosted by local chambers of commerce honored Westside teachers who, according to their peers, exemplify selfless dedication in...

Officers used a Taser five times during the arrest of Samuel Arrington

Violent Arrest Prompts Claim of Excessive Force

Attorney for mentally ill homeless man plans to sue LAPD over Venice clash By Gary Walker The attorney for a mentally ill homeless man who was hospitalized after a violent encounter with police along the Venice boardwalk says h...

Students work on a “maker project” at The
Incubator School in Westchester. Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Reinventing School

Classrooms innovate to compete in the ever-evolving Westside education marketplace By Gary Walker The days of a school offering just the basics — reading, writing and arithmetic — seem to be going the way of the abacus. Att...

A neighbor’s back-porch view of a very large new home under construction in Venice
Photo by Katherine Conway

City leaders target ‘McMansions’

New limits on home sizes would impact Mar Vista, east Venice and Westchester’s Kentwood neighborhood By Gary Walker As a Westside real estate agent, Linda Black has had a front-row seat to changing building patterns in local ...

Peter Wallerstein recently rescued this undernourished sea lion pup in Marina del Rey
Photo by Peter Wallerstein

Wave of sick sea lion pups hits the coast

Rescue organizations don’t have room for them all; warmer water may be to blame By Gary Walker Starving sea lion pups have been showing up on Los Angeles-area beaches in such great numbers this winter that animal rescue worke...

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