Thanks in part to the work of one local student, more than 100 people recently joined L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin for an exploratory community bike ride around Del Rey and Playa Vista. As part of her sixth-grade Environmental Stewards Project earlier this year, 12-year-old Westside Neighborhood School (WNS) student Stella Vaughan-Verk wrote to Bonin about challenges for bicycle and pedestrian access in the area. The project, developed by WNS sixth-grade dean and science teacher Kaitlin Lester, has two guiding questions for students: (1) How can I make a difference in my community? (2) What impact do my actions...Read More
Category: Del Rey
The Del Rey Cup makes community happen one goal at a time By Gary Walker Standing on a playing field in Mar Vista Gardens, Enrique Fernandez allowed himself to dream that a neighborhood soccer tournament could become a beacon for unity and revitalization. “I can remember thinking that if we could just get people to come and play soccer, that would be the start,” recalled Fernandez, who grew up in the public housing complex and now serves on the Del Rey Neighborhood Council. “If we could get people interested in coming to Mar Vista Gardens, we could get the...Read More
The house band at Casa Sanchez puts a modern spin on musical tradition By Evan Henerson Finding a solid mariachi band in this town isn’t like splitting the atom. Festivals, parties, community events and certainly upper-end Mexican restaurants offer a fair share of brightly costumed musicians bearing horns, violins and guitars. But how do you know the musicians you’re checking out are worth their cielito lindo? Devotee Edgar Rivera has taken in mariachi performances all over the city and beyond, from East L.A. to the San Fernando Valley to his native Guadalajara. By now he knows quality and, to...Read More
By Max Rothschild The Del Rey American Little League 10- and 11-year-old All-Stars are heading into sectional tournament play this weekend after clinching their first district championship in three years on July 4. The 5-3 win over Hollypark was a nail-biter of a game that forced the Del Rey All-Stars into high gear to scrape out the victory. Del Rey began the district tournament with relative ease, winning their first two games (against Lennox and Wiseburn); however, they almost lost their next game against Hollypark, as they fought to hold on to a 7-5 lead after a late surge...Read More
Former Teledyne plant on Culver Boulevard may become tech-friendly creative office space By Gary Walker Playa Vista may be ground zero for Silicon Beach, but the Culver Boulevard corridor east of the 90 Freeway is about to enter the burgeoning local tech industry landscape. Where Teledyne Technologies once manufactured electro-mechanical sensors and transducers, a new creative office campus is planned. The Alla Road Creative Campus would raise a cluster of three contemporary two-story buildings on the six-acre footprint of the recently demolished Teledyne plant at Culver and Alla. In addition to 155,000 square feet of office space, plans for...Read More
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