Author: Joe Piasecki

Lifeguards Rescue Five People Caught in Riptide Near Hyperion

Los Angeles County lifeguards rescued five people who became trapped in a riptide — including two women taken to the hospital in critical condition — around 4 p.m. Thursday along the coast near the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant on Vista Del Mar. It was not immediately clear whether the victims had been swimming or boating. Four women were taken to the hospital and an adult man was treated at the scene, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange said. Los Angeles Fire and El Segundo paramedics assisted lifeguards in the rescue. — Gary...

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Car Strikes Scooter Rider in Playa del Rey During High-Speed Police Chase

By Gary Walker A multi-city car chase that crossed three counties and saw the driver slam into a man riding a Bird scooter in Playa del Rey before leading police on a mad dash through Orange County ended hours later with an afternoon arrest in San Diego County. The pursuit began in Culver City after police officers tried to pull over a red Honda Accord just before 11:30 a.m. at Washington Boulevard. The suspect then sped away, racing through surface streets and crisscrossing Westside communities of Westchester and Playa del Rey as Culver City police notified LAPD Pacific Division...

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Hal’s Bar & Grill is Suddenly Out of Business

The iconic Hal’s Bar & Grill has gone out of business, shuttering its locations in Playa Vista and Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice this morning. Notes on the doors of both restaurants state that the business in liquidating and instruct employees to meet in Playa Vista this afternoon to settle final paychecks. The mood inside the building was a mix of shock and sadness, as the surprise closure comes about a month after the restaurant hired a new executive chef and rebooted its dinner menu. The restaurant’s owners could not be immediately reached for comment. Hal’s original Abbot Kinney...

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Trader Joe’s is Heading to the Marina

By Gary Walker After months of stop and go negotiations, grocery store chain Trader Joe’s has confirmed that they will be part of the new boating and commercial complex Pier 44 in Marina del Rey. “The store will be located at 4575 Admiralty Way and will have an approximately 10,800 square-foot sales floor,” confirmed Trader Joe’s spokeswoman Rachel Broderick to The Argonaut on Dec. 19. Broderick did not offer any additional details about the new store, seen as the linchpin of the soon- to -be revitalized 13-acre parcel at the corner of Admiralty and Mindanao ways. Pacific Marine Ventures...

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Magic in the Kitchen

Get schooled in holiday baking this December By Jessica Koslow “’Tis the season,” announces Chef Clémence Gossett, co-owner and head pastry chef at The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories, as she welcomes us into its state-of-the-art kitchen on the third floor of Santa Monica Place. It’s a cliché as old as time. But when it comes to holiday baking, well, ’tis really the season. It’s the time of year when Candyland ceases to be just a child’s board game and becomes the world in which we live — a world of sweets. It’s a time of family gatherings,...

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