Month: May 2020

Boundless Generosity

The Herb Alpert Foundation’s spirit of giving fortifies art makers and organizations against COVID-19 By Christina Campodonico The T.S. Eliot saying goes that “April is the cruelest month,” and this year as COVID-19 put its stamp on almost every aspect of daily life, it rang especially true for artists and arts organizations — preceded by an equally brutal March. Late that month, downtown LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) laid off 97 part-time workers. The same day, the Hammer Museum in Westwood dismissed 150 of its part-time employees. In April, a survey of 11,000 artists applying for emergency aid...

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Corona by the Numbers & Local Updates: Retail Reopens in Los Angeles, Deaths top 2,000

Compiled by Christina Campodonico Reported COVID-19 Cases by Neighborhood as of Tuesday, May 26 Culver City: 137; Del Rey: 69; El Segundo: 31; Marina del Rey: 14; Mar Vista: 79; Playa Vista: 22; Playa del Rey: 3; Santa Monica: 256; Venice: 65; Westchester: 92 Total Confirmed Cases in LA County: 47,822 Total Deaths: 2,143 • On Tuesday, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that small retail stores in the City of Los Angeles would be allowed to reopen for in-store shopping starting Wednesday (May 27), with safety protocols. The mayor noted that moving into this phase of reopening allows mom-and-pop...

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Last Chance for Lincoln Apartments?

Affordable housing project in Venice faces community opposition ahead of LA City Planning Commission presentation By Kellie Chudzinski Venice residents gathered last May in the St. Mark parish hall for the first public discussion on what would become the Lincoln Apartments project. Now, a year later, the church community and nearby locals are at odds with the project backers as Venice Community Housing (VCH) prepares for the final approval presentation before the Los Angeles City Planning Commission (CPC) at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 28. Those opposed to the project claim it puts the 300 kindergarten through eighth grade students...

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OPINION: A Letter to the Class of 2020

Your grit, determination and resilience will go down in history By Dr. Ben Drati The author is the superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Dear Samohi, Malibu High School and Olympic High School Class of 2020, The year 2020 will go down in history as an unprecedented global pandemic that has upended life for millions of people in the world, including the Class of 2020. We had envisioned seniors going to prom, looking forward to Grad Nites, attending awards banquets, playing spring sports and sending out graduation invitations to friends and family. Instead, you are stuck at...

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‘Left Out in the Rain’

Westside small businesses struggle with loan programs and rent, ask for more assistance amid pandemic By Kellie Chudzinski As the novel coronavirus lockdown continues to put a strain on small businesses across the country, local business owners used District 11 Councilman Mike Bonin’s phone town hall on May 14 as a chance to voice their troubles and get some answers. “I’m just a little guy. And I feel like I’m just left out in the rain,” said Richard Glass, a hair stylist and owner of Glass Hair Design in Venice. He, along with hundreds of thousands of others across...

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