Sept. 16, 2014 11:10 AM PT FacebookTwitterShow more sharing optionsShareClose extra sharing options Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Copy Link URLCopied!Print The latest news from L.A.'s Westside, Santa Monica, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Culver City and Marina del ReyFood | Arts | Events | Resources | Mapping Project: NeighborhoodsMore news at Westside Now Recent coverage Read more 1 California John Edmond Jr. dies at 67; popular golf teacher at Rancho Park in West L.A. ‘He had a huge following,’ an observer says, and when Edmond’s job was endangered in 2003, protesters helped save it. In 1962, he became the first African American pro to work at an L.A. city course.2Obituaries FrancEyE dies at 87; prolific Santa Monica poet Frances Dean Smith, the mother of Charles Bukowski’s only child, published her work in journals and collections.3 California Tarawa has become a different sort of battlefield A Malibu veteran’s quest to have the U.S. clean up a now-trashed site of Pacific theater carnage is the subject of a TV documentary to be shown this week.4 California U2 guitarist’s Malibu house plans create some reverb David Evans -- also known as the Edge -- wants to build five contemporary houses high atop a Malibu hill. Residents worry that the project would produce an environmental disaster.5California L.A. city attorney candidates hold spirited debate Jack Weiss accuses rival Carmen Trutanich of representing a ‘moral sinkhole’ of clients. Trutanich accuses his foe of having a ‘failed record.’6California In tony Malibu, $195 cargo pants aplenty, but nary a hammer or nail Upscale shopping centers are crowding out small retail stores in the once-sleepy beach community. Residents gripe at having to drive to Calabasas or Agoura for basics like tools and undies.7 California Backyards could become community gardens in Santa Monica Program would match willing homeowners with would-be gardeners, reducing the years-long waiting list for a plot of soil.8 California L.A. city attorney candidates spar in combative debate Carmen ‘Nuch’ Trutanich and Jack Weiss trade jabs over conflicts of interest, development, illegal billboards and gun control. The runoff election is May 19.9California L.A. County judge rules against Malibu homeowners and two taxpayer groups The plaintiffs had sought to prevent the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy from using studies funded by state bond money to prepare a plan to increase public access to parks.10California Malibu Garden Club trowels for new members After more than 50 years of tilling the city’s difficult seaside soil, the club is withering on the vine. It’ll take plenty of spadework to regrow its ranks with younger gardeners.11 California Santa Monica rail yard idea stirs alarm at arts complex Nearby residents suggest Bergamot Station as a site for an Expo Line maintenance yard. They don’t want the facility built, as now proposed, close to their homes.12 Food Cook’s Library’s upcoming closure has chefs mourning a community loss Chefs such as Suzanne Goin and Kerry Simon praise the cookbook store as a prized community resource with a knowledgeable staff.13 California Playa del Rey trying to make it back to the glory days Once a destination spot with killer surf, the beach-side community has lost some of its appeal. Developers have plans for residential and retail space, but residents wonder if they’ll go too far.14 California Jewish Community Library may be bound for new location The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles considers moving its adult collection to a university in Bel-Air, a site the group says would better serve the region’s Jewish population.15Opinion L.A.'s Westside -- trouble in paradise Even the legendary enclave of the wealthy is feeling the pinch.16California Waiting for death, alone and unafraid Edwin Shneidman knows what the end will be: You’re driving down a road in the desert, and the engine suddenly stops.17California Weiss’ style an issue in race for city attorney The two-term city councilman, now seeking a new office, has drawn admiration and animosity in his district.18 California Venice votes to restrict overnight RV parking The measure, which some residents have sought for more than a decade, needs Coastal Commission backing.19 California Marquez descendant hopes to restore family cemetery in Santa Monica Canyon Preservationists aim to learn the boundaries and burial locations of the historic Marquez Family Cemetery to develop a restoration plan and open it to the public.20 California Malibu High School’s queen palms vanish Planted by parents to spruce up the campus, the 80 trees were not appreciated by nearby neighbors. Then they disappeared. The Sheriff’s Department is investigating.