Past Stories
Michael C. Ford, who recently recorded a spoken-word album backed by surviving members of The Doors, sees language 
in a unique way
Photo by Jill Jarrett

‘Look Each Other in the Ears’

Westside language artist Michael C. Ford still strives to perfect his craft, whichever medium it takes By Bliss Bowen There are writers, and then there are artists whose medium is language in all its kaleidoscopic nuance and r...


On Aug. 6, Venice nonprofit ALL’SWELL hosted surfing lessons for disabled or chronically ill children

Volunteering 101

From nature cleanups to working with kids to saving animals, local volunteering opportunities offer dozens of ways to make your community a better place By Allie Teaze Editor’s Note: Starting next week, The Argonaut will regu...


The Marina del Rey breakwater would be one of only a few legal places to fish if PETA succeeds in its ban

Shark attack prompts calls for fishing ban

PETA says anglers off Santa Monica and Venice piers could draw the predators into swimmers’ paths By Gary Walker In the wake of a shark attack on a swimmer near the Manhattan Beach Pier, People for the Ethical Treatment of&he...



Ross Chapman rents his three restored 1920s Venice bungalows to tourists hoping to get a taste of life as a local

Home Sweet Hotel

More than 1,000 Westside homes have become short-term vacation rental properties, letting tourists live like locals while regulators worry about zoning and taxes By Gary Walker and Joe Piasecki A luxury waterfront master suite ...


L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin is proposing greater oversight of developers who invoke state density bonuses

Bonin calls for housing audit

Westside councilman suspects law that allows developers to increase density in exchange for affordable units is being misused By Gary Walker Months after city approval of an unpopular five-story building in Westchester prompted...


Election night brings high drama, low turnout

Crowded fields in Westside races narrow for November runoffs By Joe Piasecki and Gary Walker Autumn Burke knocked out rival Simona Farrise in the race for an open state Assembly seat, Santa Monica school board member Ben Allen ...



Turnout big in some neighborhood council elections

Officials even ran out of ballots for Westchester – Playa races, where voter participation increased fivefold over two years ago By Gary Walker Voters turned out in such high numbers for one Westside neighborhood council elec...


Candidates pledge action on climate change

Six who hope to replace Waxman zero in on one of Waxman’s top legislative causes By Gary Walker In many ways, the conversation about who should replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D- Beverly Hills) has been more about Waxman ...


Many of the political mailers reaching Westside homes this year, including all of those pictured, were paid for by independent expenditure committees  Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

The money behind the mailers

Nearly $1 million in campaign spending outside the candidates’ control has influenced political messaging during a Westside state Senate race By Gary Walker Of all the hotly contested June 3 primary election campaigns for Wes...



Simona Farrise (left), Wendy Greuel, Sandra Fluke and Autumn Burke share a casual moment on the campaign trail Photo by Ted Soqui

The year of the Woman in local politics

Strong female candidates emerge as leading contenders for West L.A.’s top political offices, all of which are currently held by men By Gary Walker In 1992, California sent Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer to the U.S. Senate...






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