Archive for ‘April, 2013’


Left Coast Literary

Left Coast Literary

I love this photo of Pamela Tartaglio. I took it yesterday at the Los Angeles Times Festival of books. I don’t usually think of myself as much of a portrait photographer. It helps when you have a good model. Pam is the 2013 Past President of Women Writing the West, and the current Chair of Women […]

Scenes from the Echo Park Art Walk

Scenes from the Echo Park Art Walk

Photos by Martha Benedict The sidewalks of Echo Park Avenue and nearby streets were lively this afternoon as the Echo Park Art Walk attracted fans of art and crafts as well as music and performance. And for those in search of a deal and a meal, there were merchant specials and food trucks, too.  Martha […]

Brushfire in Monrovia [UPDATED]

Brushfire in Monrovia [UPDATED]

by Timothy Rutt That’s what you’re smelling: there’s a brushfire in Monrovia, several agencies involved. We’re monitoring the scanner. Two firemen down with injuries so far. City of Monrovia is tweeting (3.20 PM): Be advised @MonroviaPolice closing streets north of Foothill Blvd, Lincoln to Myrtle to thru traffic. Residents can still get to/from homes You […]

Bookmarks: Bank of America and Jeezus

Bookmarks: Bank of America and Jeezus

Don’t mess with Liz Raci. When Liz and her family bought their home during the last housing bubble, they got a 5-year fixed, 25-year adjustable rate loan. Their plan was to refinance before the end of those first five years. (We’re entering a new bubble. Don’t do this.) At the time, many people did the […]

Annual picnic is off this year as the Altadena Community Garden revitalizes landscape

Annual picnic is off this year as the Altadena Community Garden revitalizes landscape

by Timothy Rutt Silvera Grant holds up a diagram of the Altadena Community Garden revitalization project at the March meeting of the Altadena Chamber of Commerce. The good news: the Altadena Community Garden is planning to revitalize the landscaping outside of the garden. The bad news: the work means there’ll be no picnic this year. […]

Shared History in the Crown City

Shared History in the Crown City

The Pasadena Digital History Collaboration is a partnership that is focused on discovering and sharing the images that tell a bit more about our history. You wonder what kids were wearing at the schools that no longer exist – the images are part of the collection.  Ever wonder where our longstanding appreciation for architecture comes […]

How should colleges handle on-campus sexual assault?

How should colleges handle on-campus sexual assault?

In Eagle Rock, California, Occidental College’s Thorne Hall; Credit: victoriabernal/Flickr (Creative Commons-licensed) A case brought against Occidental College by several current and former students alleges that the school failed to respond adequately to sexual assault on campus. The group of Occidental students and alumni includes some who say the college failed to protect against sexual […]

Product Review: NeatDesk Scanner is a terrific entry level business organizer

Product Review: NeatDesk Scanner is a terrific entry level business organizer

Last summer, I signed up to be a product tester for the Viewpoints Blogger Review Panel. I was lured into this product testing detail because of the catch: We’d test products and donate the products to our favorite charities once we had finished the reviewing process. A win-win. But here’s the rub, all of the […]

Save The Date for Femmes: A Tragedy; Spring In Frogtown and Echo Park Art Walk

Save The Date for Femmes: A Tragedy; Spring In Frogtown and Echo Park Art Walk

Femmes: A Tragedy/Photo courtesy Gina Young A busy weekend coming up for arts and performance. Tonight,  Femmes: A Tragedy, a contemporary Lesbian take on Clare Booth Luce’s 1936 comedy  The Women, opens at the Lyric-Hyperion Theater in Silver Lake.  On Saturday in Atwater Village, artist Margaret Adachi substitutes animals for humans in a one-day exhibit […]

Abbey San Encino

Abbey San Encino

We’re in Highland Park, a not-fancy part of the LA sprawl. The Abbey San Encino, which is not an abbey but a private home, hides quietly behind a chain-link fence as though it has taken a vow of silence. The fence is necessary. The house is too famous to let people approach just any old […]

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