Sweatin’ Bullet Points: 8/29/06… Katrina, Jiffy Lubes, etc…

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2006/08/katrinaearth-thumb.jpg‚Ä¢ Today is the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Councilman John (at Mayor Sam) points out that NWNC President Jim Alger is being recognized in Biloxi today for using his own airplane and coordinating relief and rescue efforts that saved countless lives. But, John asks, “The bigger question remains, what has the Federal Govenment learned from Katrina? Are we ready for a large disaster in Los Angeles? Do YOU have a plan?”

‚Ä¢ The city of Glendale plans to celebrate its 100th birthday on Monday at the annual Old-Timers Picnic. Also on hand will be 100 year old Glendale resident Gertrude Ness. The Old Timers Picnic has been a “Glendale staple since 1907” and had been held at the Casa Adobe de San Rafael since 1953… and if that doesn’t date far enough back for you, Casa Adobe was built in 1865. And some say Los Angeles doesn’t have a history (source: Glendale News Press).

‚Ä¢ A few months ago NBC4 LA reporter Joel Grover did an investigation into consumer fraud at area Jiffy Lubes. The reports led to five Jiffy Lubes (in Encino, Canoga Park, Glendale, Sherman Oaks, and Burbank) being closed for a couple days to “retrain” the staff. The Consumerist presents a video compilation of all four reports.

‚Ä¢ Congratulations to LA Observed’s Kevin Roderick for being named a finalist for the Southern California Booksellers Association 2006 Book Awards. His book, Wilshire Boulevard: Grand Concourse of Los Angeles, is up against such titles as Barkley: A Dog’s Journey and Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood. Winners will be announced October 21st.

‚Ä¢ Brandon at Down With Pants, a blogging.la reader/commenter (heck, I’ll call him a fan!), is soliciting managers for his fantasy football league. “Am I the only one who thinks it would f-ing awesome to compete head-to-head with your blogging friends during this football season?” If only I could compete with my fantasy football cheerleader squad…

2 thoughts on “Sweatin’ Bullet Points: 8/29/06… Katrina, Jiffy Lubes, etc…”

  1. A little background from a former GNP reporter: The problem with the Old Timers picnic in the past has been that it was known to be mostly for residents who lived in the city for 20 years or more – which mostly included more wealthy, white people. They never really excluded anyone verbally or on paper, but past flyers have stated that qualification. But as more and more ethnicities have moved into the city (Armenian, Latino, Filipino, Korean), they’ve had to open it up.

  2. I believe the Onion is sponsor a Fantasy Football League with some Beef Jerkey company. I think the idea is that you have to pick the worst players and have the worst team in football in order to win.

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