Author: The Argonaut

True Originals

X makes a poetic return to their Westside roots for the Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series By Bliss Bowen “Beyond Baroque was great because it gave me everything, really. If it wasn’t for that, I would never have met John; if it wasn’t for that, there would be no X. If it wasn’t for that, my whole life would have been completely different. Who knows what would have happened? Would I have had a better life? Who knows, maybe. But it certainly has been a great life because of that.” For X frontwoman Exene Cervenka, Venice’s Beyond Baroque...

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The Dirty War on the Free Press

Calling journalists “the enemy of the people” is politically expedient but patently un-American Today’s hyper-polarized, ideology-driven political culture makes it nearly impossible to question, criticize, praise or even simply analyze the words and actions of President Donald Trump without many readers leaping to conclusions about perceived bias and imagined ulterior motives. As an organization that is primarily dedicated to local affairs and has endorsed both Republicans and Democrats for elected office, we ask you to momentarily put such reflexes aside and consider the dangers — both to democratic society and your own mind — of allowing someone who has power over you to dictate what and whom you can or cannot believe. The president’s unrelenting campaign to destabilize, demonize and delegitimize the American free press may energize the most aggrieved among his fervent political base, but it’s a dangerous Machiavellian game that leaves nothing to believe in except power for its own sake. Repeatedly declaring journalists “the enemy of the people” utilizes tactics of the French Revolution’s bloody “reign of terror,” Nazi Germany, Maoist China and the Soviet Union to eliminate dissent and discourage free thought. There could be nothing more un-American. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to...

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Stay Tuned for the Sequel Re: “Battle for the Berm,” News, Aug. 9 We’re all looking forward to “Battle for the Berm – Part II,” where the plot thickens. Some highlights from the rushes might include: (1) how grateful the Del Rey neighborhood is for Council member Mike Bonin’s public support of the appeal (previously unnoted) opposing Toyota’s plans for an auto storage and display facility along the 90 Freeway; (2) how proud the neighborhood is of the Del Rey Neighborhood Council, rescinding its 2016 support of Toyota and stating its current opposition to the Toyota auto storage and...

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Bye-Bye Birdies?

Santa Monica might replace Bird and Lime with electric scooter fleets run by Lyft and Uber By Gary Walker Electric scooters will continue to zip along Santa Monica streets for the foreseeable future, but the companies that were first to launch the polarizing alternative transportation phenomenon here may be forced out of town as early as Sept. 16. Under a pilot program to regulate electric scooters and electric bicycles that would sanction only two private fleet operators in each category, a committee of city staffers ranked proposals by potential operators based on various criteria that included specific operational plans...

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Don’t Redline the Coast

Legado’s attorney says opponents are twisting the Coastal Act to reduce beach access By Benjamin M. Reznik Reznik is a land use attorney representing the Legado Companies in their efforts to build on Culver Boulevard. The commercially zoned lot at 138 Culver Blvd. in Playa del Rey — two blocks from the ocean and owned by my client, Legado — has been empty for many years, having been a gas station in the past. We obtained approval from the city Planning Department for a density bonus project of 72 units, of which eight units (11%) are very low income...

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