Author: The Argonaut

The Hospital That Almost Wasn’t

Thanks to a grassroots campaign to save it, Marina del Rey’s community hospital is planning for growth under Cedars-Sinai By Gary Walker Marina del Rey’s community hospital turns 50 this year — a milestone birthday in more ways than one. Having survived several ownership changes and an attempt to convert the property into a hotel, what’s now Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital is ready to launch an ambitious expansion project to increase the scope and volume of medical services. Construction breaking ground next year will create a brand new nine-story hospital building facing Lincoln Boulevard, allowing the existing hospital...

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In Inglewood, Words Offer Reverence for Victims of Violence and Support for Survivors

Story by Kristin Marguerite Doidge | Photos by Sofia Koyama Brave. Loved. Articulate. Dynamic. Precious. Safe. Beautiful. These were the words called out by community members after three young people touched by gun violence shared their stories on a recent Saturday morning at the Inglewood City Hall Community Center. “You could be anywhere in the world on a Saturday,” said emcee Ashley Wilkerson, “but you chose to come here.” A poet and activist, Wilkerson believes that words have power. And at this second annual “Youth Survivors Speak Out!” event organized by Mothers in Charge Los Angeles, those words have...

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CRIMEWATCH: Homeless Man Shot by Police During Standoff in Venice

New details from police about the Aug. 14 officer-involved shooting of a homeless man in Venice paint the situation as a standoff in which attempts to subdue the man with less-lethal tactics failed repeatedly. LAPD officers responded to a 5:42 p.m. disturbing the peace call about a person screaming in an alley near Thornton Court and Pacific Avenue and encountered a man later identified as 37-year-old John Penny. According to LAPD Pacific Division Capt. James Setzer, Penny was behaving erratically and refused to comply with the officers’ commands to drop a glass bottle that he was waving. Setzer said...

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Opinion: A Promising Start

Westside campuses begin the school year amid significant new investments in facilities and programs By Nick Melvoin Nick Melvoin represents Westside neighborhoods on the LAUSD Board of Education and previously taught English at an LAUSD middle school. It’s hard to believe another summer break has come to a close! This week marks the beginning of my third school year since being sworn in to represent your families and school communities. Throughout my campaign and over the past two years I have heard from constituents like you that our district must put more dollars back into classrooms, expand access to...

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