Month: March 2018

The Girl & Her Guitar

How Venice’s rough edges taught Cristina Vane to sing the blues By Christina Campodonico Slide guitarist and singer-songwriter Cristina Vane has known the lighter and darker sides of Venice. SoCal’s sunshine noir ripples through her music — a blend of folk and blues, angst and elation. “The Driving Song” recalls a lonely journey down the 10 Freeway at night, gripped with self-doubt and foreboding. “Orange Grove Blues” casts a dark shadow over California’s iconic orange trees. “Sending All My Love” takes “a long drive down the 405” to relay a post-breakup message that, in the music video for the...

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Where Will They Go?

When homeless shelters close for the season, it may be to a sidewalk near you Story by Gary Walker Photos by Maria Martin Five o’clock, for some people, is happy hour — time to relax after a day at the office and contemplate an evening full of possibility. For others, 5 p.m. ends another day of nomadic wandering with a meal, a shower and a bed, at least for the night. That scene plays out seven nights a week at the Westside Winter Shelter, housed in the West L.A. National Guard Armory a few blocks south of high-end shops...

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Election Season Comes Early

Mar Vista and Culver City need a new state rep, and everything’s coming up Kamlager By Gary Walker The Westside’s first ballot contest of 2018 is already upon us, with an April 3 special election calling on voters in Mar Vista, Culver City and parts of West L.A. and South L.A. to choose a new state Assembly member on April 3 — whether many are aware of it or not. There is, however, a clear frontrunner to replace Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, who stepped down in January due to unspecified health concerns. Sydney Kamlager, president of Los Angeles Community College Board...

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Legado is Back in Business

City planners give polarizing Culver Boulevard project a favorable ruling By Gary Walker and Joe Piasecki The largest and most controversial development proposal in Playa del Rey has won a favorable ruling from city planners, forcing opponents to launch an appeal by Monday or prepare for a very big change along Culver Boulevard. Critics say the height and density of the Legado project, planned for the expansive triangular parcel of undeveloped land between Culver and Vista Del Mar, would be out of character with the neighborhood. But on March 16, Los Angeles Planning Director Vince Bertoni cleared a coastal...

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