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South Pasadena: Classic Car Heaven

South Pasadena: Classic Car Heaven

You guys know I can never resist an old car.  Don’t believe me?  Just look at how many I’ve found: Take a joyride with me through South Pas… and marvel at all the vintage cars. South Pasadena was part of transportation history — a destination for early rail as well as home to one of […]

South Pasadena: Classic Car Heaven

South Pasadena: Classic Car Heaven

You guys know I can never resist an old car.  Don’t believe me?  Just look at how many I’ve found: Take a joyride with me through South Pas… and marvel at all the vintage cars. South Pasadena was part of transportation history — a destination for early rail as well as home to one of […]

Vroman’s Bookstore – Pasadena Landmark by Kwei Quartey

Vroman’s Bookstore – Pasadena Landmark by Kwei Quartey

Mystery author and friend of the store, Kwei Quartey, has given us a little praise with this wonderful blog article on his website. The full article is below. Original post can be seen here. VROMAN’S BOOKSTORE–PASADENA LANDMARK by Kwei Quartey From time to time, I blog about an independent bookstore of note, e.g. Marcus Books. A […]

Amidst flatlining scores, we check in on standardized testing in CA

Amidst flatlining scores, we check in on standardized testing in CA

Standardized test scores are plateauing in California schools, and some are calling for a fundamental shift in teaching strategies.; Credit: Stock photo by Shannan Muskopf/flickr Creative Commons AirTalk® California implemented new standardized tests in 2015, so it was expected that scores would dip before rising once students acclimated to the new format. But three years […]

A visit with Echo Park stylemaker Beatrice Valenzuela; Civil Coffee’s two-year party; will celebs follow Creatures of Comfort to Silver Lake?

A visit with Echo Park stylemaker Beatrice Valenzuela; Civil Coffee’s two-year party; will celebs follow Creatures of Comfort to Silver Lake?

BY CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL The L.A. Times spends time with longtime Echo Park resident and designer Beatrice Valenzuela. After co-founding the Echo Park Craft Fair and  a line of  of popular sandals, Valenzuela last year launched a ready-to-wear women’s line that features “undeniably feminine and party-ready” dressed and floral, Mexican-type prints inspired by her heritage. In other  […]

Concrete Ideas

Concrete Ideas

This is my favorite concrete doodle in South Pasadena.  My first? Who’d have guessed? (I actually like that second one so much, I put it on a few things at my store.  Have a look.) For more little South Pas details, have a look at my video below. It’s all in the details… Feel free […]

Will Echo Park’s The Lost Knight find its way under new owners?

Will Echo Park’s The Lost Knight find its way under new owners?

ECHO PARK —    New owners have applied to takeover the state liquor license of The Lost Knight, a British-style pub and night spot that opened less than three years ago in the former home of Barragan’s Mexican restaurant. Michael Francesconi and Matthew Glaser, who are listed on the liquor license application,  also own the Wolf & Crane bar […]

LA looks to ban street vending from hot spots, nightlife

LA looks to ban street vending from hot spots, nightlife

A Horizon Zero Dawn machine character takes interest in a street vendor on opening day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.; Credit: David McNew/Getty Images AirTalk® It’s been four years since the debate over street vending in LA began. Now, a […]

Working it Out…

Working it Out…

These two South Pasadena parrots had been having quite a squabble.  The one on the right had been chasing after the one on the left for most of the morning.  The one on the left had no problem divebombing and pecking the one on the left.  After about twenty minutes of talking it out on […]

For Sale: 4 Units – Blocks from York Blvd in Highland Park

For Sale: 4 Units – Blocks from York Blvd in Highland Park

Sponsored Post 5746 Aldama St | $1,149,000 | Property Website Dana Coronado, Northeast LA Market Specialist, is pleased to present a value-add property blocks from the center of Highland Park’s hot spots and hip hangouts on York Blvd! The 4 Unit is a rare find and enticing opportunity to both owner-users or investors. The property […]

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