Category: Columnists

Art vs. the Homeless

Some creative pursuits fundraise and humanize; others can exclude and displace By John Seeley I saw no official proclamation by Mayor Garcetti, but April must have been Arts and the Homeless Month in Los Angeles. Starting April 13, there was Homeward L.A. — 10 days of homeless-themed theater, melding a dozen short monologues based on stories by recent Skid Row residents, delivered by hundreds of actors at 26 venues from Pasadena to Pacific Palisades. On April 21, as this effusive thespian embrace was winding down, the homeless of Venice found themselves surrounded by equally enthusiastic members of the street-art...

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The Real Question Behind Vexit

Calls for Venice cityhood are more about improving representation than gaining independence By Michael Feinstein The author served on the Santa Monica City Council from 1996 to 2004 and was mayor from 2000 to 2002. A co-founder of the Green Party of California, he is the Green candidate for California Secretary of State in the June primary election. The notion of Venice breaking away from Los Angeles to pursue independent cityhood reached a high-water mark in the public consciousness with last Thursday’s “Uprising: VEXIT Town Hall Discussion” hosted by the Venice Neighborhood Council. The detail-packed two-hour session focused on...

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A Lesson in Democracy

Playa del Rey’s road diet debacle is a teaching moment for future L.A. transportation policy By Todd Dipaola, Brooke Eaton, Jim McCafferty, Nancy Brown and John Russo The authors served on the Playa del Rey Safe Streets Task Force and are writing in response to “The Bully’s Playbook” (Opinion, Nov. 30), which criticized tactics used by road diet opponents to shape public debate. Eaton and Russo have been active with Keep L.A. Moving, which sued to reverse traffic lane closures in Playa del Rey. Safe streets and daily commutes don’t have to be mutually exclusive. So why is Los...

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In Memoriam: Man of Adventure

Author and journalist Bruce Russell traveled the world, but he always ended up back in Marina del Rey By Ivor Davis Ivor Davis, author of “The Beatles and Me: On Tour,” was a reporter for the Santa Monica Evening Outlook in the 1960s and a lifelong friend of Bruce Russell. Robert Bruce Russell, the legendary Australian-born foreign correspondent who wrote bluntly about the checkered history of Marina del Rey in his 2014 book “Chinatown County: The Sell-Out of Marina del Rey,” died Monday at UCLA Hospital after an extended illness. He was 88. Russell, known simply as “Bruce” to...

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Look Out, Landlubber!

Clueless kayakers and paddleboarders need to start heeding boat traffic in Marina del Rey harbor By Lorraine Alper Kramer The author is an experienced boater and paddleboarder in Marina del Rey. The ever-increasing popularity of paddleboarding and kayaking in Marina del Rey harbor has created a dangerous situation for sailors, power-boaters and paddlers alike: Some people just aren’t paying attention to traffic on the water, and I’m afraid that someday soon somebody’s going to get hurt. We all share the same waterway, so this should be a concern for us all. A few weekends ago, my husband and I...

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