Author: The Argonaut

‘Memories That Won’t Go Away’

Michele Gold, whose mother escaped the Holocaust, honors the 81st anniversary of the Kindertransport By Bliss Bowen When Marina del Rey resident Michele Gold lost her mother, Rita Berwald (née Rimalower-Nettler), to cancer in 2008, she found herself grieving not only for the parent she had loved but also for the determined Holocaust survivor whose personal history she had barely known. Not until the end of her life had Berwald begun to share memories of the Holocaust, and the loving family that placed her on a train to England out of Leipzig, Germany, in March 1939. That train was part of...

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Out of the Cold

Emergency shelters in Westchester and Venice were a Thanksgiving blessing for people who have little more than a story to tell By Gary Walker Dressed in a rumpled brown coat and a thick wool scarf, 43-year-old Danielle Scully sat outside the Westchester Senior Citizen Center smoking a Marlboro Red and watching people mill in and out of the building on the cold and rainy Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving. Despite the dismal weather, she was in a thankful mood. “I usually stay over there somewhere,” said Scully, gesturing vaguely around the park. “But tonight I’m sleeping indoors.” Scully was one...

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Homelessness is Terrifying

One of my biggest worries about sleeping on the street is harassment by people who have homes By Tani Elliot The Nov. 14 issue of The Argonaut includes a news article about residents of Mar Vista feeling “under siege” by the local homeless community. One man who was quoted said he believes that sleeping outside must be criminalized. As a homeless person in the area, I want to respond to him and others who share his view. I arrived in Venice about six weeks ago, escaping the cold back east where I was also homeless, even though I was working. I had...

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Letters

Political ‘Purge’ Is Pure Fiction Re: “A Push for Autocracy? Plan to shrink Mar Vista Community Council would expel contrarian minority,” News, Nov. 28 I was disappointed to read Gary Walker’s article in last week’s edition. In it, Mr. Walker made numerous statements that are inaccurate and do not reflect my intent or the intent of the Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC) Board of Directors. As chair of the MVCC, I am correcting such statements so that the public, and most especially MVCC stakeholders, have a clear and honest understanding of the operation of their neighborhood council. The article stated that a proposal was offered at the Oct. 30 meeting of the MVCC Elections & Bylaws Committee “to eliminate the community council’s six at-large seats.” That is categorically false. In fact, the proposal was simply to add a seventh zone. Geographically, Zone 6 is much larger than any other zone and the proposal was being offered to split Zone 6 to provide better representation for its stakeholders. No people were attempting to “purge their remaining political adversaries from the board.” To suggest otherwise is just plain nonsense.That was clearly explained at the committee meeting. With regard to recall, the discussion was concerning a proposal to provide stakeholders with a mechanism to remove a sitting member of the board. Currently, no such provision exists. Instead, a two-thirds vote of the board...

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News in Brief

Compiled by Gary Walker Friends of Historic Fire Station 62 Launch Fundraising Campaign The committee of Mar Vista residents carrying forward the 10-year campaign to restore the former fire station at Centinela Avenue and Charnock Road as an all-purpose community center has announced a $2.6-million fundraising goal. Friends of Historic Fire Station 62 has until June 2021 to exercise an option to lease the property from the city. They hope to raise $1.6 million to pay for interior and exterior structural upgrades to the nearly 70-year-old building, and an additional $1 million for an endowment to fund future activities...

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