Andrew Keegan can’t seem to catch a break. International media have had a field day poking fun at the teen heart-throb actor’s latest role as co-founder of the Rose Avenue spiritual center Full Circle. The situation was no different last week after we broke the story of a May 8 state Alcoholic Beverage Control raid to confiscate kombucha, a low-alcohol fermented tea popular in New Age circles, during a Full Circle-hosted charity fundraiser. We got the kombucha raid scoop in the course of reporting a much bigger story: the fatal police shooting of an unarmed homeless man in Venice. Two days after the raid, Keegan attended a public memorial to Brendon Glenn, who was killed on May 5 in front of a popular bar on Windward Avenue. He spoke about bringing local leaders together to come up with concrete ways that Venice can alleviate its homelessness epidemic and address growing tensions between the very wealthy and the extremely poor. To Keegan’s credit, Full Circle hosted such an event that night. The conflict that set Glenn’s death in motion — a spat between a destitute panhandler and the bouncer for a trendy bar, both men trying to occupy the same space — is an anecdote for the larger socioeconomic dynamic at play. Venice is a community at war with itself. It’s a turf battle fueled by a rapid influx of...Read More
It’s time to push back against the over-concentration of alcohol sales in Venice By Ilana Marosi I am writing as a concerned resident who has lived in Venice for 14 years. I appreciate its artistic spirit and diversity, which is what originally drew me here from 8,000 miles across the globe. However, as anyone who lives here knows, development is at a fever pitch — and that includes applications for new restaurants. These places, obviously, want to make as much money as possible. Their first and seemingly only consideration isn’t about the quality of life of the people who live next door or nearby. As a result, multiple applications are being considered for restaurants that would be very close to people’s homes, including some with large open patios where alcohol would be served past midnight. Everyone in Venice likes people to have a good time, but to have a party that goes until 2 a.m. right outside your window every night — especially if you have young children — is no one’s idea of fun. What right do we have as a community to keep this from happening? As it turns out, the best mechanism to stop this is broken. According to state law, the Public Convenience or Necessity (PCN) process is supposed to exert controls over the unchecked growth of alcohol businesses in communities in order to keep them safer and more livable....Read More
Santa Monica Airport Measures We aren’t convinced that closing the Santa Monica Airport is a good idea. Whether to give up such a significant piece of transportation infrastructure is not the kind of decision to make lightly or based on political expediency. That is, however, why we oppose a city ballot measure intended to protect it. Santa Monica City Council members are seeking to wrest control of the airport away from the federal government by as early as next year, presumably to limit or shutter operations. The feds and every court that’s heard the issue have ruled that city...Read More
Deciding which candidates to support for local, state and federal offices usually gets easier as Election Day draws near. This, however, is not a typical election cycle. The June 3 primary narrowed a head-spinning number of choices for Congress, the state Senate, the state Assembly and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors races down to just two hopefuls per contest. What makes choosing among fewer candidates more difficult is that we’ve gotten to know the candidates a little bit better, and in many of our local races both candidates have made very convincing cases that we would do...Read More
It has been a long time since The Argonaut has weighed in with opinions about the subjects we cover. We know that Westsiders have come to rely on our straightforward and in-depth reporting on local news and cultural events to stay informed about their communities, and we consider that role both a remarkable privilege and a serious duty. With our mission firmly in mind, The Argonaut will, on occasions, have an editorial voice that speaks to and for the community on matters where the level of complexity and amount of information can be daunting. Whether you agree or take issue with our conclusions, this and future editorials are intended to facilitate a better understanding of the important issues we all face together. For complicated decisions that impact our lives, look no further than your June 3 primary election ballot and its list of dozens of candidates seeking local office. Westside voters have so many choices that it’s a challenge to keep track of them all, but there are several candidates who stand out from the pack for either strong records of public service, deep understanding of local issues or accessibility to voters. Congress – 33rd District The contest to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman includes 18 hopefuls from a variety of backgrounds, including former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, author Marianne Williamson, public radio host Matt Miller and...Read More
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