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Just another ‘Holiday in Paradise’

 Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade brings nautical joie de vivre down to a neighborhood scale By Paul M. J. Suchecki Sunday marks the return of the annual Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade, a colorful and carefree grassroots event founded 33 years ago to help coalesce community spirit in a neighborhood like no other. Under the theme “Holiday in Paradise,” the parade kicks off at 4 p.m. at the intersection of Eastern and Carroll canals. “It’s my favorite event on the canals,” said Sandy Berens, the parade chairperson for the past 15 years. “It always attracts a crowd and has...

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Making room for the monarchs

How Venice residents turned a neighborhood eyesore into a way station for migrating butterflies Story and photos by Paul M. J. Suchecki    Now that the annual Monarch butterfly migration to Mexico is peaking, one of the best places to view this plucky but threatened species is Monarch Manor, a pocket park in Venice that used to be a rundown public lot. The bright orange butterflies are more than just a delight to the eye. Though not as efficient as bees, monarchs are also plant pollinators — and, unlike bees, travel great distances in doing so. Groups of monarch...

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Sail the single seas

Learn to sail, make new friends and maybe even find your soul mate with Single Mariners of Marina del Rey By Paul M. J. Suchecki The wind tickles your hair and the sun caresses your back as you taste the sea. If you’ve watched sailboats glide past the beach and have yearned to be on board, you’re in luck — if you’re single. Single Mariners of Marina del Rey is a grassroots active singles club that matches boat owners and aspiring sailors for low-pressure mix-and-mingle outings on the water. Newcomers to the sport can sail for practically nothing compared...

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Health care reform is good medicine for Venice Family Clinic

More than 5,000 clients now receive Medi-Cal benefits, paving the way for expansion of services By Paul M. J. Suchecki                             The Westside’s largest community health center is weathering the sea change of Obamacare with optimism, hoping to expand a client base that already exceeds 24,000 low-income Westside residents. Meeting the demands of the Affordable Care Act was a major challenge for the Venice Family Clinic, but the effort is paying huge dividends. “We have worked for the last two years to identify people who would...

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Mayoral hopefuls share views on issues impacting Westside

                        By Paul M.J. Suchecki On May 21, voters in the city of Los Angeles will decide whether Eric Garcetti or Wendy Greuel will be the next mayor. Both candidates spoke recently to The Argonaut in separate interviews to discuss their views on some issues impacting Westside constituents. The former City Council colleagues are vying to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is termed out after serving since 2005. Since 2009 Greuel, 51, has been the Los Angeles city controller, the city’s independently elected, chief taxpayer auditor. Born and...

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