Author: The Argonaut

Venice Place Project Vetoed by City Council

The ‘mixed-use’ hotel project moves back to local planning commission despite ‘significant’ community support By Kellie Chudzinski The long-awaited and controversial Venice Place Project was vetoed with a 14-0 vote by the Los Angeles City Council in a motion led by Councilmember Mike Bonin on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Next, the project moves back to the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission (WLA APC), with a meeting scheduled for Oct. 21. In his remarks, Bonin said he was prepared to approve the project, though advisement from the LA City Attorney’s office determined that it would not withstand “legal scrutiny.” Along...

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From the Trees to the Seas  

Santa Monica College’s Green Screen Series offers a virtual esacpe into nature By Caden Sullivan Bored of Netflix? Take the opportunity to attend a free online film festival and “escape” to the great outdoors. Santa Monica College is bringing its fall Green Screen Series online, starting next Monday (Sept. 21). From the trees to the seas, the festival will present a number of different landscapes, ecosystems, characters and environmental conflicts from the real world through the lens of film. Presenting both educational documentaries and compelling narrative films, the festival aims to enlighten audiences on the importance of nature. It’s...

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Corona by the Numbers & Local Updates: Westside reaches over 2,500 cases; LA County positivity rate drops to 3.4%

Compiled by Christina Campodonico Reported Cases & Deaths by Neighborhood as of Tuesday, Sept. 15 Culver City: 376 (Deaths 29); Del Rey: 336 (Deaths 10); El Segundo: 128 (Deaths 1); Marina del Rey: 68 (Deaths 1); Mar Vista: 305 (Deaths 6); Playa Vista: 133 (Deaths 0); Playa del Rey: 27 (Deaths 0); Santa Monica: 834 (Deaths 42); Venice: 275 (Deaths 3); Westchester: 403 (Deaths 15) Total Westside Cases: 2,885 Total Westside Deaths: 107 Total Confirmed Cases in LA County: 255,049 Total Deaths in LA County: 6,273 Total New Cases as of Sept. 15: 474 Total New Deaths: 47 Hospitalizations:...

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OPINION: Building an Innovative and Inclusive Community

In addressing Los Angeles’ housing needs, Westchester can be a leader By Tara Barauskas Tara Barauskas serves as Executive Director at Community Corporation of Santa Monica, a nonprofit organization that builds, restores and manages affordable housing for people of modest means. As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its sixth month, it has become clear to millions of Angelenos that the virus and its associated political, economic and social effects are here to stay. With autumn on the horizon, many in our community are still out of work or facing indefinite furlough. Students from our LAUSD and private schools, and even...

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In Memoriam: Rahim Javan 1938 – 2020 | ‘Welcome, My Brother!’  

The big and boisterous life of Marina del Rey’s Sports Harbour founder was defined by immigrant grit, wrestling & incredible generosity By Sweet William Rahim Javan’s celebrated Sports Harbour was not only his bar and business – it was his living room. The kitchen is where he ate, as could his patrons, and he slept in the house behind. Nightly he would be surrounded by Santa Monica College football coaches, NBC news broadcasters, young wrestlers from Culver City and sports wannabes, all of them going over the day’s sporting events. Eventually, Rahim installed a “Captain’s Chair” at the bar’s...

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