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The crazy hazy days beginning in May

The crazy hazy days beginning in May
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I think I’ve been writing so much because the next couple of weeks will be crazy busy with other things.  Mostly with preparations and presentations.  It’s a lucky life I lead that I am invited to participate in a lot of different venues and do a lot of different things. This work week will be […]

Bulletin Board: Section of L.A. River bike path to be closed on May 6

Bulletin Board: Section of L.A. River bike path to be closed on May 6

Submitted by Scott Levin Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge will host a 5K Fun Run on Sunday, May 6 in celebration of the Los Angeles River. The route will take runners (and walkers!) along the banks of the river  in celebration of its beauty. Cyclists should note the closure of the Los Angeles River bike path from 4 AM until 11:00 AM. on May 6th from Los Feliz Boulevard to Marsh […]

News & Notes from Atwater, East L.A., Highland Park & Silver Lake

News & Notes from Atwater, East L.A., Highland Park & Silver Lake

Victorian Charmer, Historic Filipinotown | Photo by David Kimbrough/Flickr Silver Lake pushes back on Sunset Junction Development. The Eastsider Pedestrian killed on East L.A. freeway after being struck by multiple vehicles. ABC7 DWP plans on raising water and electric rates over the next two years. Daily News Atwater Village Neighborhood Forum has a new home. […]

Tasty bits of history

Tasty bits of history

While at LA Plaza on Sunday, I wandered through the exhibit, and saw this book – Pio Pico’s Spanish/English Conversation Manual – on display.  Seeing items like this excites most historians.  We like, political wonks, have some sort of coding in the DNA that not only allows for this response in what some think a dry […]

Storefront Report: Pioneering Echo Park coffee house changes ownership

Storefront Report: Pioneering Echo Park coffee house changes ownership

The Downbeat Cafe opened more than a decade ago in an Alvarado Street storefront as the first of many coffeehouses that popped up across Echo Park.  As new competitors opened across the neighborhood, The Downbeat  continued to brew coffee but began to look a bit tattered and started closing on Sundays.  But in February, new […]

What you’re supposed to be doing

What you’re supposed to be doing

Saturday was a very full day.   It began with a quick visit to Adelante Mujer Latina at PCC.  2,000 young women – with mentors, mothers, and role models learning about or sharing the value of higher education.  It’s the eighteenth year of the conference.  It was brought back from the edge by dedicated work […]

Who is that masked Dodger?

Who is that masked Dodger?

Photo by LBT Buckets of blue paint, a skateboard and tarp were some of the signs of artists at work this weekend painting a new Dodger-themed mural on an Echo Park retaining wall on Sunset Boulevard at Sutherland Street.  Perhaps the upcoming change in team ownership inspired the new mural, which replaces an older piece […]

Fidel B. Vargas, presente

Fidel B. Vargas, presente

As a young Catholic Chicana growing up in the 50s and 60s our family calendar was full; Saturday and Sundays were filled with Baptisms, First Communions, and Confirmations.  Nowadays folks I know don’t seem to have as many kids, and they are as likely as not to get married.  There goes about 3/4 of the […]

Man shot in Echo Park drive-by

Man shot in Echo Park drive-by

One man was injured in Echo Park early this morning after multiple shots were fired from a vehicle near the intersection of Alvarado Street and Sunset Boulevard, according to Patch. The shooting, which took place at about 1 a.m., is believed to be gang related, police said.  The victim was shot in the arm and […]

On an almost clear day

On an almost clear day

It seems hard to keep up with the weather.  The past couple of days have had the sort of heat that kills plants that haven’t become established.  As proof at our house there are several alyssum that will never live to seed another day.     It was just a week ago Friday that I […]

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