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Timeless Designs

Denmark kitchen design company Reform opens showroom in Santa Monica By Sara Edwards Reform, a Copenhagen-based kitchen design company, is bringing its modern, timeless designs to the Los Angeles area with the opening of its second U.S. showroom. Located at 2630 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica, the showroom will provide a firsthand look at the company’s unique, modular kitchen designs that are also reasonably priced. “Our two largest markets in the U.S. are New York and California,” said Scott Bird, Reform’s U.S. managing director. “There is an incredible design community and appreciation for modern architecture in LA, so it was a natural fit to open our next Reform location here.” Reform was founded by Jeppe Christensen and Michael Andersen in 2014. Christensen was formerly a partner in a design business while Andersen is an engineer. Christensen said the pair wanted to solve a common problem: that a great kitchen design is out of reach for many homeowners so they wanted to create a solution that almost anyone could benefit from. Christensen said that he and Andersen came up with what they call their “IKEA solution,” which essentially means Reform’s cabinet fronts can be installed with the in-house cabinet models or with IKEA’s cabinets for convenience and to keep the price accessible. Along with their own designs, Reform also features kitchen plans from other European designers to create diversity in...

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The Homeless Housing Struggle

Westside is a microcosm of Los Angeles as projects to combat homelessness face logistical and financial challenges By Kellie Chudzinski  Despite state, city, and countywide efforts to house those living on the streets the picture of homelessness on the Westside continues to look bleak with rising numbers, more and larger encampments, increased incidents with residents, and stalled permanent housing projects.  The need for more housing is growing rapidly every year.  The numbers recorded at the start of 2020 show 41,290 people experiencing homelessness in LA city and 70% are unsheltered and struggling to survive in tents, encampments, vehicles, and other locations. In 2019, the Westside saw the greatest increase in homelessness in the county, growing by 19%. Though, that number is likely higher now, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit the states two months after the most recent count, with estimates suggesting homelessness is 16% higher since the pandemic began. Observationally, residents are feeling growth in the unhoused population living on the streets.  Recent numbers by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) shows that Council District 11 on the Westside, has one of the highest numbers of unsheltered people with just under 3,200. Those numbers may not fully reflect the true number as the pandemic has sent more people to the street with high visibility of homeless encampments in Venice. One resident who spoke with The Argonaut estimated that...

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ON THE SCENE: Local supporters and activists honor George Floyd at First Baptist Church of Venice

[URIS id=62022] Story and Photos by Ashley Nash George Floyd’s life has been memorialized across oceans, states, countries and the Westside. At noon on Sunday, June 7, hundreds gathered outside First Baptist Church of Venice to grieve the loss of Floyd and all others whose lives have been impacted by police brutality. Community organization 4 Corners 4 Justice organized the memorial via social media and encouraged attendees to bring flowers, candles and wear masks while social distancing. After an opening prayer, Venice High School history teacher and 4C4J supporter Soni Lloyd spoke about the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland and countless others. While reminding the crowd that Black history, in America, has been a long and painful one, he also encouraged allies to do their part. “This gathering is just to get people to join the fight, joining the struggle against imperialism and racism,” said Lloyd. Venice High School alum Shaya then sang the Black National Anthem to commemorate the sacrifices of Black ancestors, forefathers and foremothers. “Lift ev’ry voice and sing ‘til earth and heaven ring…ring with the harmonies of Liberty. Let our rejoicing rise, high as the list’ning skies. Let it resound, loud as the rolling sea…,” she sang. Following an 8 minute and 46 second moment of silence, the length of time that police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck,...

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Special Delivery!

Area Seniors receive flowers as part of Westside Pacific Villages’ COVID-19 response By Christina Campodonico Last Friday, some area seniors were surprised by an extra special delivery — fresh flowers! After fanning out from Playa del Rey, volunteers delivered around 140 bouquets to seniors in Westchester, Playa Vista, Mar Vista and Ladera Heights. The colorful posies, made possible through a donation by the Delavigne Family of Playa del Rey to up cheer up isolated seniors and support local businesses, were arranged by Culver Boulevard florist Flowers by Felicia and delivered as part of Westside Pacific Villages’ COVID-19 response. The nonprofit is also doing free grocery delivery and pharmacy pickups for area seniors during this time, but WPV’s Executive Director Carol Kitabayashi soon realized that seniors couldn’t live off bread and water alone, so to speak. The idea for weekly care packages came “naturally.” “Once a week, we do a special delivery to the folks … to cheer them up,” said Kitabayashi over the phone last week. “Today, it was a flower delivery.” “Everyone I delivered to lit up when they saw the flowers,” said Darlene Fukuji, a WPV volunteer and President of the Westchester Rotary. “They loved it. They were like, ‘Oh my gosh, flowers! …. I haven’t received flowers in a long time.'” One flower recipient followed up with a grateful message to WPV’s voicemail, recalled Kitabayashi. “This...

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LOCAL VETERANS DAY CELEBRATIONS

  • The Exchange Club of Culver City joins city government and the Culver City Chamber of Commerce to host the inaugural Tribute to Heroes – Field of Valor, displaying a flag for each of the city’s first responders from Nov. 8 through Nov. 12 in Veterans Memorial Park. A ceremony honoring veterans and public safety personnel happens at 10 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 9) at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave. Proceeds benefit New Directions for Veterans’ efforts to help homeless Los Angeles-area vets. culvertribute.org. • Rep Ted Lieu is hosting a Conversations with Veterans forum for veterans and the public from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 10) at the West Los Angeles VA campus. Rose Garden, 11301 Wilshire Blvd. (323) 651-1040 or eventbrite.com • The West Los Angeles VA campus hosts its annual Veterans Day celebration on Monday (Nov. 11) with a formal program from 9 to 10 a.m. followed by barbeque, music and entertainment for veterans and their families. Orlando Quad, 11301 Wilshire Blvd. losangeles.va.gov • Santa Monica Mayor Gleam Davis and other community leaders honor the service of veterans with a program from 9 to 9:30 a.m. on Monday (Nov. 11) at the city’s Veterans Memorial in Palisades Park, erected 20 years ago this week. Santa Monica Police Department explorers will post the colors. The event gives special recognition to Veterans for Peace, which maintains...

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