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Santa Monica Public Library eliminates fees for overdue books and materials

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Sidewalk vending has been in the spotlight recently and, with livelihoods at the forefront, it’s understandable why. For more than 30 years, Santa Monica has supported vending and has had vending programs in place to create viable pathways for small business owners to thrive through food tru…

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When an elected official assumes public office, that person takes an oath to uphold the Constitution and to fulfill the duties of one’s office. Los Angeles County District Attorney, George Gascón, was sworn in on Dec. 7, 2020, and almost immediately violated his sacred oath, and continues to…

Joy on the Water We are so excited to present the 59th Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade on Saturday, December 11. After we had to modify the parade for 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns, and not knowing whether the 2021 parade was going to happen, our board of directors put together what we […]

Compiled by Kamala Kirk Cases and deaths by neighborhood as of December 5: Culver City: 3,098 (deaths 116); Del Rey: 41 (deaths one); El Segundo: 1,161 (deaths 10); Marina del Rey: 755 (deaths four); Mar Vista: 3,101 (deaths 37); Palms: 3,619 (deaths 67); Playa del Rey: 197 (deaths one); Playa Vista: 932 (deaths 12); Santa […]

Help support the Marina del Rey Historical Society this holiday season By Sebastian Lipstein Marina del Rey is the largest manmade pleasure craft harbor in North America. In 1954, the federal government funded the construction for a boat and recreational harbor in the Ballona Wetlands. Prior to the Marina del Rey that we see today, […]

Blue Pacific Yachting celebrates grand reopening in Marina del Rey By Kamala Kirk In celebration of its grand reopening, Blue Pacific Yachting recently hosted a celebration outside of their brand-new office on the waterfront in Marina del Rey. The event included live music, light appetizers and refreshments, tours of the new office, a ribbon cutting […]

Dancing siblings help bring back holiday classic By Bridgette M. Redman The dancers of Westside Ballet were eager to get back on Santa Monica College’s Broad Stage this year and perform the perennial favorite “The Nutcracker” for the large audiences that they missed last year. The show opened last weekend and will continue for three […]

Compiled by Kamala Kirk Cases and deaths by neighborhood as of November 28: Culver City: 3,069 (deaths 117); Del Rey: 41 (deaths one); El Segundo: 1,144 (deaths 10); Marina del Rey: 742 (deaths four); Mar Vista: 3,069 (deaths 37); Palms: 3,596 (deaths 67); Playa del Rey: 193 (deaths one); Playa Vista: 916 (deaths 12); Santa […]

LAcarGUY opens new dealership in Santa Monica By Michele Robinson Recently, LAcarGuy opened Genesis Santa Monica – their 13th car dealership and sixth in Santa Monica. This award-winning billion dollar company with over 900 employees is run by one family: the Sullivans. The secret driving the company to success is strong family ties. It all […]

Santa Monica High School wins first place in competition By Kamala Kirk Santa Monica High School’s marching band recently placed first in a recent competition at the 27th Annual Irvine Invitational Field Tournament, where they competed against 14 other schools in various divisions. The SMHS marching band, which consists of 117 students from all grade […]

Mobile spa brings feminine healing to homes and events By Bridgette M. Redman Treasure Thompson knows how hard it can be to travel around Los Angeles to seek out needed wellness services. It’s why she bought and renovated a 35-foot bus and is taking the luxuries of NuEnergySpa on the road after having to close […]

CompostableLA shares tips for reducing holiday food waste By Michele Robinson Monique Figueiredo started CompostableLA, a woman-run community composting business, in 2019 because she saw a need for this type of service on the Westside. “I wanted a convenient way to compost and it didn’t exist on the Westside, so I started it,” Figueiredo said. […]

Yearly gathering celebrates art, music, love and community By Kamala Kirk From artists and musicians to burners and everyone else, the Venice Afterburn brought together members of the community for the yearly gathering dedicated to art and community. The two-day official regional Burning Man event recently took place by the beach on Windward Plaza in […]

Compiled by Kamala Kirk Cases and deaths by neighborhood as of November 18: Culver City: 3,035 (deaths 115); Del Rey: 41 (deaths one); El Segundo: 1,126 (deaths 10); Marina del Rey: 722 (deaths four); Mar Vista: 3,022 (deaths 37); Palms: 3,561 (deaths 67); Playa del Rey: 191 (deaths one); Playa Vista: 903 (deaths 12); Santa […]

Upward Bound House helps others find stability and success By Nicole Borgenicht Over the past two decades, executive director Christine Mirasy-Glasco of Upward Bound House in Santa Monica has dedicated herself to working toward better conditions for the homeless. First as the head of grants and programs at Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), then […]

Hiker and author doesn’t let botched surgery steal her passion By Bridgette M. Redman Jo Giese isn’t about to let anything stop her from engaging in her favorite pastime —hiking to waterfalls — not even the loss of her Achilles tendon. A local hiker, author, journalist and community activist, Giese has great advice for hikers […]

The Gentle Barn’s new campaign invites people to protect these intelligent birds By Kamala Kirk The Gentle Barn recently launched its new Turkey Guardian Campaign, which gives patrons the chance to sponsor one of five turkeys (Smudge, Sun, Heather, Luke Skywalker or Romeo) for a $35 donation. The entire flock goes for $150. “With all […]

Compiled by Kamala Kirk Cases and deaths by neighborhood as of November 13: Culver City: 3,020 (deaths 115); Del Rey: 41 (deaths one); El Segundo: 1,117 (deaths 10); Marina del Rey: 713 (deaths four); Mar Vista: 3,007 (deaths 37); Palms: 3,545 (deaths 67); Playa del Rey: 191 (deaths one); Playa Vista: 898 (deaths 12); Santa […]

Kim Gordon opens atelier on Montana Avenue By Nicole Borgenicht Design visionary Kim Gordon closes her eyes and imagines a complete result. As a self-taught interior designer, she was hired by designers to come up with and commiserate on artsy ideas. “I did a 30 x 15 wall, a glass mosaic with light for a […]

Advekit is helping people get the mental healthcare they need By Nicole Borgenicht Alison LaSov and Arielle Garellek teamed up to create Advekit, a Venice-based mental health platform that streamlines the search for a therapist. At no cost to patients, signing up puts the task of insurance billing in Advekit’s hands, whereby the patient pays […]

New studio location brings energizing workouts to Santa Monica By Nicole Borgenicht When Cricket Wardein was on assignment in 2007 in Australia as Yahoo’s chief marketing officer, she got hooked on Pilates with multiple reformers in one room. As a businesswoman and marketing expert, Wardein saw the hole in the marketplace that she would fill. […]

Sharon Kerson celebrates LA Marathon legacy By Michele Robinson Sharon Kerson is a 79-year-old grandmother who hasn’t stopped running since the first Los Angeles Marathon, which she said is what inspired her to run. “If LA didn’t have a marathon, I would have never run,” Kerson said. Kerson is part of an elite group of […]

Compiled by Kamala Kirk Cases and deaths by neighborhood as of November 6: Culver City: 2,991 (deaths 114); Del Rey: 41 (deaths one); El Segundo: 1,104 (deaths 10); Marina del Rey: 703 (deaths four); Mar Vista: 2,965 (deaths 37); Palms: 3,506 (deaths 66); Playa del Rey: 191 (deaths one); Playa Vista: 888 (deaths 12); Santa […]

Fernish makes moving and redecorating easy By Nicole Borgenicht In the millennial climate of moving and contract jobs, remote work, and home-stasis during the pandemic, thriving company Fernish resolves issues. Fernish limits waste from furniture that’s had its day or does not move well and reduces moving expenses and anxiety. It all began with two […]

Westchester Elks Lodge receives $10,000 Focus Grant By Kamala Kirk The Department of Veteran Affairs asked the Elks to focus on serving the homeless veterans in cities (Los Angeles is among the top eight) where the number of homeless veterans is the highest. The Elks then created the Focus Grant, a competitive $10,000 grant given […]

DJ Dillon Francis celebrates bubbly third album By Jordan Houston Platinum-selling artist, producer, songwriter and DJ Dillon Francis has made waves since dropping out of Santa Monica College – including the recent release of his jovial happy-house third studio album. In celebration of his 34th birthday, the Los Angeles-based musician recently launched “Happy Machine,” an […]

Marina del Rey resident saves woman lost at sea By Haley Beyer It wasn’t long after Marina del Rey resident Koz Khosravani had purchased a sailboat, taken American Sailing Association courses, and earned his California boater’s license that he ended up saving the life of a young woman who was alone in the middle of […]

Motor Avenue Farmers Market hosts Halloween and Día de los Muertos activities By Kamala Kirk On October 31, the Motor Avenue Farmers Market featured an array of family-friendly activities in celebration of Halloween and Día de los Muertos. In addition to pumpkin decorating, a Howl-O-Ween dog costume contest was held from 11 a.m. to 1 […]

Compiled by Kamala Kirk Cases and deaths by neighborhood as of October 23: Culver City: 2,933 (deaths 114); Del Rey: 41 (deaths one); El Segundo: 1,085 (deaths 10); Marina del Rey: 678 (deaths four); Mar Vista: 2,905 (deaths 37); Palms: 3,453 (deaths 64); Playa del Rey: 181 (deaths one); Playa Vista: 870 (deaths 12); Santa […]

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch hosts Halloween event in Culver City for families and furry friends By Kamala Kirk On October 14, Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch hosted a special Howl-O-Ween event for families and their furry, four-legged friends at West LA College in Culver City. Pets and their owners dressed up in fun and creative costumes, […]

From scary stories to Day of the Dead parties, check out these spooktacular local events By Kamala Kirk Scary Story Contest Friday, October 29 at 6 p.m. & Saturday, October 30 at noon Celebrate Halloween with the whole family this year by listening to spooky tales written by winners of The Book Jewel’s Scary Story […]

Green House Smoke Shop to close after 21 years By Michele Robinson After 21 years, Green House Smoke Shop will close its doors forever on October 31. This year, Sandor Caplan and Bunny Lua, the shop’s co-owners, will clear out their remaining items and liquidate a business that has been the cornerstone of the Abbot […]

Westside magician practices mentalism to connect with audiences By Bridgette M. Redman Jackson Ridd typically introduces himself as a mentalist who connects with people through their thoughts and feelings. He books himself as a paranormal entertainer who taps into mysteries from the other side of reality — that he has strong premonitions of the future. […]

Letter from the Editor: Best of the Westside 2021 Despite the major impact that COVID-19 has had on society and the economy, our resilient Westside community has bravely faced the challenges brought on by the pandemic, showing just how strong and determined we are. This year’s Best of the Westside issue is dedicated to everyone […]

Local event promotes community, charity and local business By Kamala Kirk Recent, Los Angeles-based pet brands, PetSwapp and TukkaMate, hosted the 1st Annual Pet Pawty at Pan Pacific Park to celebrate the local community of pet owners. The event, which included a raffle worth over $2,000 and a pet costume contest on the red carpet, […]

Kaiser Permanente and Target Corp. offer primary care and check-ups in Culver City By Kamala Kirk A new Kaiser Permanente-staffed retail health clinic in Culver City recently opened to offer convenient care to both members and non-members. The new Target Clinic will offer various primary care services including flu shots, physicals, allergy relief, tuberculosis tests […]

Playa Vista entrepreneur launches pet industry’s first employment search engine By Srianthi Perera Seda Bolulu was looking for a career transition combining her skills in talent acquisition and passion for animals. What the Playa Vista resident found was a niche in the business world. Bolulu noted that it was difficult to search for jobs in […]

OSEA Venice Skincare Studio offers facials that harness seaweed’s nourishing powers By Sara Edwards After starting her skincare line OSEA in 1996, years later Jenefer Palmer opened OSEA Venice Skincare Studio, the company’s flagship spa, in 2018. Located on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in a chic and light-filled space, OSEA Venice offers various facials that incorporate […]

Best of the Westside Dining Best Restaurant 1st Place Scopa Italian Roots 2905 Washington Blvd., Venice (310) 821-1100, READER RECOMMENDED Tony P’s Dockside Grill 4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey (310) 823-4534, READER RECOMMENDED Cantalini’s Salerno Beach Restaurant 193 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey (310) 821-0018,   Best New Restaurant 1st Place […]

EDITOR’S PICK DINING Best Jewish Deli: Wise Sons The beloved Bay Area-based Jewish deli recently opened its first Southern California location in Culver City. After starting as a pop-up in 2011, Wise Sons opened its first brick-and-mortar restaurant in San Francisco in 2012 and now has seven locations in California, in addition to one in […]

Ron Morrissey leads a full life playing for seniors By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Musician Ron Morrissey could not make a living out of performing, but playing for seniors has enriched his life. The Marina del Rey singer/guitarist performs 100 shows a year for isolated seniors in Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills , Culver City, Playa […]

Compiled by Kamala Kirk Cases and deaths by neighborhood as of October 8: Culver City: 2,892 (deaths 114); Del Rey: 41 (deaths one); El Segundo: 1,061 (deaths 10); Marina del Rey: 661 (deaths four); Mar Vista: 2,856 (deaths 37); Palms: 3,403 (deaths 64); Playa del Rey: 174 (deaths one); Playa Vista: 858 (deaths 12); Santa […]

Venice resident to participate in National Charity League Coronet Ball 2021 By Kamala Kirk Young women participating in the upcoming 69th Coronet Ball discussed their excitement about it during a mother-daughter announcement luncheon held by the National Charity League Coronet Debutante Ball, which is a separate but affiliated entity of National Charity League, Los Angeles […]

$390,000 distributed in Santa Monica to assist ongoing recovery efforts By Kamala Kirk Recently, 78 small businesses in Santa Monica received $5,000 grants (totaling $390,000) from community members, business leaders and nonprofits that donated to the City of Santa Monica’s We Are Santa Monica Fund and the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “This has […]

Stefanie Huber created Tucked + Covered to help parents and kids sleep better By Kamala Kirk Tired of being sleep-deprived when her 4-year-old son was waking up in the middle of every night, Stefanie Huber came to the realization that his kicked-off sheets were the reason behind his frequent awakenings. When Huber tested the theory […]

Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital slated for completion in 2026 By Kamala Kirk Cedars-Sinai has selected Rudolph and Sletten Inc. as the contractor to build the new Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital with construction of the technologically advanced community hospital scheduled to begin in October. The new nine-story building will augment and expand the hospital’s […]

Immunization offers best defense against getting or spreading the flu By Kamala Kirk Getting the flu shot is especially important this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to experts. Every year, physicians recommend getting vaccinated as a way to protect against contracting or spreading influenza. But this year, the current global health crisis has […]

Compiled by Kamala Kirk Cases and deaths by neighborhood as of October 3: Culver City: 2,870 (deaths 113); Del Rey: 41 (deaths one); El Segundo: 1,050 (deaths 10); Marina del Rey: 652 (deaths four); Mar Vista: 2,845 (deaths 37); Palms: 3,392 (deaths 63); Playa del Rey: 173 (deaths one); Playa Vista: 848 (deaths 11); Santa […]


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