New law requires buffer between bikes and cars

CITYWIDE — A new law requiring a three foot buffer zone between cars and bicycles is now in effect statewide and local officials said they are using the law as a chance to educate residents on safe road use. Governor Brown signed AB1371 into law on Sept. 23. It requires drivers to maintain three feet of separation from bicycles and if... Read more →

Culture Watch

Mommies, Mummies, M & M’s

  Hossein Khosrojerdi, “Seeing and Not Seeing” Mommies, Mummies, M&Ms   Japan has created “robots with a heart” to keep the elderly company.  Perhaps this is what inspired playwright Jordan Harrison to write “Marjorie Prime,” a play about memory, loss and love – sort of, because what’s missing is... Read more →



Council approves vaping ordinance

CITYWIDE — E-cigarette smokers, the clock is ticking. You have about a month left to puff those battery-powered vaporizers while riding the Ferris wheel, sitting at a bar, or on the beach. Make the most of it. City Council voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance that will treat the e-cigarettes like traditional tobacco cigarettes in all... Read more →

Play Time

The Gang’s All Here

PLAY TIME — There's a happy ending, except nearly everybody dies. It all happens in the grubby underworld of Brooklyn, where men new to the crime scene in America vie with the old established gangs. (Until recently, who ever heard of mobsters from Chechnya?) In fact, in author Dennis Lehane's new film, “The Drop”, it's practically... Read more →

Play Time

Sam Shepard’s Flock — Not By Norman Rockwell

PLAY TIME — Sam Shepard's plays are almost always a little weird. His people live in a world of their own, usually hostile and dysfunctional. And so it is with “Buried Child”, Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama that is currently celebrating its 35th birthday at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. The principals in this unhappy... Read more →