Author: Joe Piasecki

Kids Hit the Beach for World Oceans Day

Today is World Oceans Day, an occasion to reflect on how we can help to restore and protect these life-giving bodies of water that impact all life on Earth. On May 24, students at Citizens of the World Charter School in Mar Vista joined some 4,500 area students at Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey for the 25th annual Kids Ocean Day beach cleanup. Citizens of the World fifth-grader Emmett Kliger won the event’s annual poetry contest and read aloud during the event: “Roses are red, oceans are blue, but that can’t happen without the help of you. “The...

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Picture This

Classic Photographs Los Angeles builds community around images By Sarah Ahern Classic photography never goes out of style. From daguerreotype prints to Instagram posts, it’s an art form that has not only expanded the definition of art, but also who can participate in art. This weekend at Bergamot Station Art Center, more than 30 exhibitors from North America and Japan pay homage to the art form during Classic Photographs Los Angeles, a boutique art show focused on vintage, modern and contemporary photography. Works on display and for sale cover a diverse cross-section of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries,...

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City Will Restore Traffic Lanes on Vista Del Mar

In a video released Wednesday night, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin announced that the L.A. Department of Transportation will soon restore traffic lanes on Vista Del Mar and apologized for gridlock caused by reducing traffic to one lane in each direction. Bonin credited L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn for allowing the city to relocate street parking to a beach lot, making the traffic lane restorations possible while still addressing safety concerns that prompted the lane reductions. Bonin will also convene a Playa del Rey Road Safety task force to address the recent reconfiguration of Pershing Drive and portions of...

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Body Found in Burning Car at LMU

The death of man found inside a burning car near Loyola Marymount University is being investigated as a suicide, according to Los Angeles police. Los Angeles city firefighters noticed flames from a burning car on or near the south end of the LMU campus at 2:15 a.m. Thursday and drove over to the car to extinguish the blaze, LAPD officer Aareon Jefferson said. After they extinguished the fire, the firefighters noticed a body inside the car. “The coroner’s office is investigating whether or not it was a suicide,” Jefferson said. The victim has not been identified pending notification of next of kin. Due to the damage done by the burns, “there won’t be identification for some time,” said Lt. David Smith of the county coroner’s office. — Gary...

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Bonin to Restore Traffic Lane on Culver Boulevard

Return of eastbound lane follows widespread commuter criticism of roadway reconfiguration in Playa del Rey By Gary Walker Following weeks of relentless public outcry about traffic lane reductions in Playa del Rey, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin announced Thursday that he will order city workers to restore a second lane of eastbound traffic on Culver Boulevard. Restriping work to restore the second eastbound lane on Culver is slated to begin Friday and continue into the weekend. Bike lanes on Culver will remain in place, and recent lane closures to Vista Del Mar, Pershing Drive and Jefferson Boulevard will not be impacted. Bonin will also be hosting a public town hall meeting about Playa del Rey traffic concerns from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at Roski Hall on the campus of Loyola Marymount University. In May, city workers restriped Vista Del Mar, Pershing, Culver and Jefferson to reduce traffic flow to one lane in each direction. Bonin has cited 18 months of review and several traffic-related deaths as reason for the reconfiguration; South Bay commuters have launched an organized effort to undo the changes. From the start, Bonin described the reconfiguration as a “pilot program” subject to further review at 30- and 60-day intervals. In a note to constituents on Thursday, Bonin writes that public feedback— specifically “smart, forward-thinking suggestions we’ve received from you and neighbors like you”...

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