Author: The Argonaut

Renaissance Man

Actor Will Rothhaar on his career, latest project and helping others heal By Sara Edwards Actor Will Rothhaar grew up around the excitement of theater and acting. His father was a managing director who owned a small theater in South Central Pennsylvania and his mother was an actress. Rothhaar and his brother spent a good portion of their childhood hanging out backstage, and when they were old enough to roam the theater on their own, they would spend free time with actors during cigarette breaks and costume changes. “The one thing that was really great about having parents who were actors was wanting to get into it myself,” Rothhaar said. “My parents understood, they were never stage parents and didn’t push me to do anything I didn’t want to do.” Rothhaar began acting at the age of four and his first role was in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” a play directed by his father in 1991. The experience made him want to keep going and pursue an acting career. In the 1990s, Rothhaar and his family moved to Santa Monica to further their acting careers. While he continued to book auditions and land roles, his parents made sure that he still had a normal childhood by setting boundaries like not signing him up for recurring roles until he graduated from high school. They also regularly checked in...

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Santa Monica Libraries in Peril Editor: “The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.” – Albert Einstein On June 22, the city leaders could decide to drastically cut funding the public libraries in Santa Monica. The role of public libraries has evolved from just simply checking out books to being a vital community resource. They are public spaces where people of all ages and races get together to have their lives enriched by the workshops, lectures, computer learning classes, even real dogs to help shy children learn to read, and so much more. After the isolation we endured during the pandemic, we need a place to go that’s free of charge. A place to recharge our spirits and our minds. It is hard to fathom that shuttering our libraries because of funding issues is even considered. Money spent on costly consultants, boondoggle projects and overpaid city employees could be trimmed to keep our libraries open. For more information contact: Lou Steiner Homeless Common Sense Remedies Re: Moving Homeless Encampments (May 27, 2021) Editor: It is good to know there are community leaders with just good old common sense as exemplified by the short-term remedy to the present crisis of 66,436 homeless persons in Los Angeles County as proposed by Mr. Clark Brown in his letter to the editor. The legality mentioned...

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Corona by the numbers & local updates

Compiled by Kamala Kirk Cases and deaths by neighborhood as of June 12: Culver City: 2,235 (deaths 110); Del Rey: 32 (deaths 1); El Segundo: 741 (deaths 6); Marina del Rey: 396 (deaths 4); Mar Vista: 2,082 (deaths 37); Palms: 2,625 (deaths 61); Playa del Rey: 115 (deaths 1); Playa Vista: 613 (deaths 9); Santa Monica: 4,849 (deaths 183); Venice: 1,738 (deaths 13); Westchester: 2,555 (deaths 49) Total Westside cases: 17,981 Total Westside deaths: 474 Total confirmed cases in LA County: 1,246,123 Total deaths in LA County: 24,415 Total new cases as of June 12: 474 Total new deaths: 4 Hospitalizations: 236 Positivity rate (seven-day daily average): .40% Total number of people tested: 6,879,557 (Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public...

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Opinion: Santa Monica’s Main Street Without Traffic

Experimental pilot program advances while opinions abound By Tim Tunks Santa Monica’s lower Main Street is the center of Ocean Park commercial activity and has long been an interesting local attraction. The past 14 months of pandemic mitigation were disastrous for most of the district’s businesses, some of whom had been struggling even before Covid concerns. Revitalizing Main Street as a pedestrian piazza is a promising plan — a plan that gained both strong public opposition and effective political support. The following collection of quotes from interested people reflect the various forces at play. I’ve had to edit some of the quotes to make space for more opinions and I’ll try to keep my commentary brief for the same reason. I’ve used initials only to protect privacy. The largest group to send comments complained about displaced traffic patterns and private cars intruding on the nearby residential streets and parking. Some perceived fault with the city’s processes prioritizing big money interests over small property owners and renters enjoying their accustomed small town benefits. P. M. wrote, “City survey polling a bunch of folks who don’t live near Main Street and who won’t be impacted by all the traffic forces into residential neighbors. City Council ignored local resident comments and there’s no traffic studies to back it up. Yet again, residents come after business interests.” S. G. wrote, “The re-routing of vehicles into the local residential...

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Authentic Washoku

Imari brings traditional Japanese cuisine to LA By Kamala Kirk Traditional Japanese cuisine, known as washoku, consists of various dishes that feature seasonal ingredients, well-balanced flavors and beautiful aesthetics. Imari is a new culinary concept from restaurateur Philip Camino and Camino Industries (The Hudson, Fellow, Earthbar) that is rooted in authenticity and serves washoku, using only the finest and freshest ingredients available. Renowned chefs and esteemed Japanese cuisine experts, Derek Wilcox and David Schlosser, are at the helm of Imari’s culinary program. Wilcox is formerly of Shoji, NYC’s celebrated sushi and kaiseki restaurant, while Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassador David Schlosser, is also of Michelin-starred Shibumi in Downtown Los Angeles. Prior to its full official dine-in opening in Brentwood on July 11, Imari is offering a selection of three sashimi bento boxes that are available in limited quantities from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 5 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for pick-up or delivery across the Westside via Tock, Postmates, DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats. For the sashimi bento boxes, Imari imports fresh seasonal seafood from Japan, which is flown to Los Angeles International Airport and delivered directly to Imari. The bento boxes include albacore, salmon, New Zealand tai sea bream, and more. The pickles for each bento box are made in-house in small batches, and Japanese salt is used, along with water from...

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