Author: The Argonaut

Abundant Joy

West Los Angeles Parents of Multiples is a real-life social network for families whose blessings arrive in twos or threes By Debra Eckerling It’s a beautiful spring day in Santa Monica and Clover Park is alive with laughter. Bouncing babies hold court with moms and dads on picnic blankets, while older siblings run and play on the freshly cut grass. Groups of two or three wear outfits that go together but don’t necessarily match — though their faces often do. This is the annual spring picnic of the West Los Angeles Parents of Multiples, a social network that connects...

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Letters

CORRECTION: Our June 13 story about Santa Monica’s Homeless Multidisciplinary Street Team misspelled the name of city of Santa Monica senior administrative analyst Brian Hardgrave. While the Homeless Multidisciplinary Street Team is city-funded, The People Concern is the contracted partner to operate the team, and The People Concern contracts with Venice Family Clinic to provide field-based services. It’s Getting Scary Out There Re: “58,936 – Homelessness is spiraling out of control in Greater Los Angeles,” Cover, June 13 I have written to L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin a couple of times now, voicing my concerns about the drastic decline...

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HOT TAKE: It’s an RV Free-for-All in Venice

Homelessness is on the rise in Venice, especially when it comes to people living in vehicles Many who live in Venice will tell you there have never been so many people living in RVs, vans and cars parked on local streets. Now they have some data to back that up. Amid the 16% year-over-year increase of homelessness within the city of Los Angeles brought to light by this year’s homeless count, the number of homeless people in Venice increased from 852 to 1,101 — a spike of 29% — according to newly posted Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority data....

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The Recycling Market is Broken

Santa Monica Community Recycling Center shuts down as plummeting global demand turns a former city revenue stream into a financial liability By Gary Walker Santa Monica has built a strong reputation as an ecologically innovative city, but recent disruptions in the international recycling marketplace have left city leaders wrangling over how to continue the practice in a sustainable way. The Santa Monica Community Recycling Center — the facility near Bergamot Station where residents could redeem aluminum cans, plastic bottles, cardboard and other recyclable material for cash — shut down on June 15, about two weeks after Santa Monica City...

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