Archive for ‘October, 2013’


Why are our brains wired to connect?

Why are our brains wired to connect?

Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect Psychologist Matthew Lieberman explains in his new book why our need to connect with people is more important than our need for food and shelter. The book explores the brain’s intense need for social interaction with other people. According to Lieberman, each of our brains has been […]

Eastside Property: What does $1 million buy you in Silver Lake? Two bedrooms and a big lawn

Eastside Property: What does $1 million buy you in Silver Lake? Two bedrooms and a big lawn

The listing for this two-bedroom, one-bath Silver Lake house on Redesdale Avenue near the reservoir invites house hunters to map it on Google and take in the grounds of a “Casita compound” that features a classic Spanish-Colonial Revival style home, four outdoor patios and large backyard lawn. “The huge grassy lot awaits your next adventure. […]

News & Notes From Boyle Heights, Eagle Rock, East L.A. and Echo Park

News & Notes From Boyle Heights, Eagle Rock, East L.A. and Echo Park

Judson Studios, Garvanza | Martha Benedict/Eastsider Photo Pool Councilman Huizar supporters remain loyal in wake of sexual harassment charges. Motivational speaker’s wheelchair crushed by bus on York Boulevard. Remembering Elliott Smith 10 years after his death in Echo Park. The story behind the teen drama East Los High. 14 hours with Councilman Tom LaBonge. Sleepy […]

MPYD: turning boys to men at Muir, one lunchbreak at a time

MPYD: turning boys to men at Muir, one lunchbreak at a time

This year’s motto for MPYD on the blackboard at their bungalow. by Timothy Rutt The bungalow classroom prominently displays a list of required dress and behavior. Lunch hour for the young men at John Muir High School is like lunch hour everywhere: eat, hang out, play basketball, maybe try to make time with the ladies. […]

I Have My Reasons

I Have My Reasons

I have my reasons to keep on truck’in, going down the age path, considering $5 haircuts, walking with heavy feet, tired still on antibiotic legs 3 miles for 2 days, listening to my husband sound like an aging pug dog, because he caught my cold, and I have my reasons to keep on going, even […]

Elena’s Greek-Armenian Cuisine

Elena’s Greek-Armenian Cuisine

WHY Terrific homemade stuffed grape leaves, gyros and kebabs for cheap. WHAT How can a tiny restaurant in an out-of-the-way Glendale location with no parking thrive for more than three decades? By offering satisfying, tasty food at unbelievably low prices. We are addicted to Elena’s version of stuffed grape leaves, but occasionally fall off the […]

BART strike renews calls to ban public transit walkouts

BART strike renews calls to ban public transit walkouts

A closure sign is posted on a pay gate at the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Embarcadero station on October 21, 2013 in San Francisco, California. An estimated 400,000 commuters ride BART each day. ; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Trains in San Francisco were once again in service after Bay Area Rapid Transit and union […]

Storefront Report: Tasty Mama’s fills empty Hermon corner cafe

Storefront Report: Tasty Mama’s fills empty Hermon corner cafe

Photo Courtesy Tasty Mama’s Blueberry zucchini muffins await/Courtesy Tasty Mama’s By Nathan Solis Seasonal fruits and vegetables are important at Tasty Mama’s, the new cafe in Hermon that’s boasting a menu with smoothies and pastries made in-store. Owner Sharine Xuan, originally from nearby South Pasadena, champions the idea of ambiance and L.A. pride for her […]

Garcetti on earthquake retrofitting, the L.A. River, and office hours

Garcetti on earthquake retrofitting, the L.A. River, and office hours

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks with KPCC political reporter Frank Stoltze at the Crawford Family Forum on October 21.; Credit: Grant Slater/KPCC  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sat down with KPCC political reporter Frank Stoltze last night at the KPCC Crawford Family Forum to discuss future plans for the city. On the agenda is […]

A very short equestrian history of Altadena

A very short equestrian history of Altadena

Californio horsemen. Illustration from Forbes Magazine, 1839. In Mexican Era, 1821-1846, California’s economy was dominated by cattle ranching By Michele Zack presented on the occasion of the dedication of the newest AHA! (Altadena Heritage Area), the Equestrian Block, Oct. 19, 2013, at Altadena Stables. All photos: Altadena Historical Society. The ground beneath us has history. […]

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