The End of an Airport In January, the FAA reached a settlement with Santa Monica officials over a seemingly intractable battle the city had appeared to be losing for more than a decade: the closure of Santa Monica Airport due to local health, safety and noise concerns. The agreement requires the airport to remain open through 2028, but also allowed the city to shorten SMO’s runway in order to restrict jet traffic. Locals Reject the Alt-Right When activists from the fringe right — including one or two spotted among the violent white nationalist protests in Charlottesville — started disrupting meetings of the Racial Justice Coalition in Santa Monica, locals fought back by gathering in support of diversity outside the meeting hall in Virginia Avenue Park. As one local put it, “they picked the wrong city.” Venice activists sent a similar message by forcing the cancellation of an alt-right rally planned outside the Google offices on Main Street with a preemptive rally for diversity. Gun Violence Despite Safer Streets You wouldn’t know it unless you read The Argonaut, but violent crime actually went down this summer throughout Westside neighborhoods of Los Angeles and on the Venice Boardwalk in particular, according to the LAPD. What held the public imagination were gun tragedies — the death of 32-year-old Marina del Rey resident Michelle Vo in the Oct. 1 Las Vegas mass...Read More
To fight plastic pollution, Marcus Eriksen sailed the Pacific on a vessel made of trash By Bliss Bowen Environmental scientist Marcus Eriksen’s recently published book “Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution” recounts the kind of nail-chomping adventure you see in films. In 2008, he and invaluable co-navigator Joel Paschal sailed from Los Angeles to Hawaii in 88 days using the North Pacific Gyre’s swirling current. Their motor-less “junk raft” floated on six pontoons made of 15,000 recycled plastic bottles, and carried a Cessna plane body where they slept and stored...Read More
CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, The Argonaut incorrectly identified the late Marina del Rey photographer and community leader Greg Wenger by his son’s name in a Sept. 7 event listing for the Marina del Rey Historical Society’s 10th Anniversary Celebration and Sale. We apologize for the error. Risk Without Reward Re: “Playa isn’t Porter Ranch,” News, Aug. 10 The Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa believes everything SoCal Gas tells them as gospel and assumes anyone with a counter opinion is a symptom of misinformation. SoCal Gas has an economic interest in keeping the Playa del Rey facility...Read More
Indulge in craft cocktails, gourmet bites and stunning views during Santa Monica’s best hotel happy hours By Jessica Koslow Why should tourists have all the fun? Santa Monica hotels have mastered the art of fine dining in settings that’ll make you fall in love with Southern California all over again. By sea, sky or pool, here are four great places to sit back, relax and feel like a sightseer in your own backyard — all without breaking the bank. FIG at Five at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel FIG Restaurant, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica | (310) 319-3111 | figsantamonica.com...Read More
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