Archive for ‘February, 2013’


Car Wash in Echo Park

Car Wash in Echo Park

Just me, the kid, and random vatos hosing down our precious autos. A carvac hiccups, coughs and whines. With hard work, fenders almost shine. A single boom box emits notes, and from our unsuspecting throats the dark blue of a song we know rises like a u.f.o. We belt it out. Then almost blush, lean […]

Walter Hoving Home, 2

Walter Hoving Home, 2

Continuing from yesterday: Many of the women at the Walter Hoving Home come there from jail. Others are literally found on the streets of neighborhoods I avoid, by founders John and Elsie Benton. John Benton’s little red book, One Lady at a Time, recounts harrowing adventures of witnessing about Jesus in places where I might […]

Altadena’s Walmart Neighborhood Market to open March 1

Altadena’s Walmart Neighborhood Market to open March 1

by TImothy Rutt Altadena’s Walmart Neighborhood Market will open for business on Friday, March 1, according to a Walmart spokeswoman. Wall said that it would be a "celebration weekend, opening the store to the Altadena community," with product giveaways and sample for customers. Wall said the store will host a grand-opening celebration at 7:30 AM […]

Ask the Chief: LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on the Dorner case and more

Ask the Chief: LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on the Dorner case and more

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, center, talks about the $1 million reward for accused killer and fired Los Angeles police officer, Christopher Dorner as Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, left, and Irvine, Calif., Mayor Steven Choi look on during a news conference at the Los Angeles police department in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 10, […]

Echo Park journalist pursues a different kind of beat

Echo Park journalist pursues a different kind of beat

When she’s not writing stories for the L.A. Times, reporter Kate Linthicum of Echo Park performs as a vocalist for a group called Basement Babies, which this month released a music video featuring a new song, “Avenues.”  Most of the “Avenues” video seems to have been shot in Echo Park, including scenes on the Laveta […]

Hillside Produce Cooperative

Hillside Produce Cooperative

WHY Free backyard fruit, vegetables and herbs from thoughtful urban farmers. WHAT Actress Hynden Walch started this nonprofit co-op, through which residents from Glassell Park, Silver Lake, Los Feliz and Eagle Rock drop off their excess backyard crops at a pre-set time and place, and Walch and volunteers bag up assortments that are then delivered […]

Our Recent Graduate

Our Recent Graduate

Living on the streets and counting on the kindness of strangers can lead to a minimalized range of social skills.  We’ve learned about this second hand via Pánfilo.  We think he was in a home and then was a stray for some period of time before being taken in by the good nuns. Near as […]

Jerry Buss and his effect on the sport and business of Los Angeles

Jerry Buss and his effect on the sport and business of Los Angeles

In this June 18, 1981 file photo, Jerry Buss holds a Los Angeles Lakers shirt in Los Angeles. Buss, the Lakers’ playboy owner who shepherded the NBA franchise to 10 championships, has died. He was 79. Credit: Uncredited/AP Jerry Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers owner who led the team to 10 NBA championships died at […]

Poetry Corner: the cat came back

Poetry Corner: the cat came back

"Shuggie Comes Home" from gloriana casey A lost cat then is found again, and neighbors, they do laugh. For Shuggie is a courtyard cat, so cute, yet also daft! For curiosity is said to be cats’ nemesis. But neighbors make the difference then, when kitty cat is missed. Behold the hero, Zach his name this […]

Sponsored Post: 1864 Lemoyne Street in Echo Park open this coming weekend

Sponsored Post: 1864 Lemoyne Street in Echo Park open this coming weekend

2013 begins with a revitalized real estate market, the L.A. landscape churning again with profit-minded flippers gunning for quick rehabs. But among them is a firm carving their own, more mindful path: Re-Inhabit. A design+build partnership of passionate, highly skilled artisans, the Re-Inhabit approach can be found in the roots of their name, “restore and […]

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