When word hit that Christmas morning would bring with it a rare full moon (last one to happen on December 25: 1977), of course I got up in time so you wouldn’t have to and snapped it (click the pics below to enlargify) setting over the ridge to the west of our humble Silver Lake abode.
This story in today’s Los Angeles Times (link) explores the incident from which I derived a foundation-level disdain for Donald Trump, and I, like much of 1989 Los Angeles, was only all too relieved when his proposed tower plan was killed.
It’s understandable given Trump’s recent and meteoric rise as a politician that the article’s tone is chest-thumpy about how he “got schooled,” but still it’s interesting (and disappointing) given the ultimate loss of the Ambassador Hotel. The irony, of course, is that at the time of the clash the subtext of the LAUSD’s efforts to build public opinion against the project wasn’t just how distasteful it was for Trump to erect a quarter-mile phallic monument to himself, but that the Ambassador deserved the far better fate of being preserved and repurposed as a school, rather than razed in vein for so vain an endeavor.
Here’s a surprise: Turned out school and civic officials were rather disingenuous in their commitment to preserving the historic landmark. And while one could well argue that the new school there now is better than a giant tool and how, what we’ve learned a quarter-century after Donald’s failed deal is that the Ambassador was doomed to be collateral damage either way.
To the delight of the kids on my street the MPD and MFD escorted Santa through my neighborhood the other night. Call it recon looking for the kidlets and getting them amped for his arrival Christmas Eve. Kidding aside this is a wonderful tradition in Monrovia one that helps build community and break down walls between neighbors. I love it.
Yup…we end our
Christmas Holiday Parade with Santa. Not some fat lady singing an operetta. AND in 2 short weeks he’ll be cruising the streets of “M” town with escorts rolling code up and down every street and cul de sac in town. It’s Merry Christmas in my ‘hood.
Bah humbug to Black Friday, Small Biz Saturday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday is where its at. Its the true fulfillment of the holiday dream. Giving back to your community and those less fortunate. It started with a whimper last year, but this year its getting promo’d to the nth degree by the big guys like Facebook.
There are multiple ways to help the many local charities and non-profits in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.
First up…good old cash. Cold hard cash fills their coiffers and ensures that they have operating capital to cover their overhead and fund programs. Its usually tax deductible if they’re a 503(c) non-profit. Also check with your employer, they often match cash contributions which is a nice way toy double down your good deed.
Volunteer “in kind” gifts. Socks for the homeless, food for the hungry drives will take those donations. If you buy new for the cause save your receipts as those too are tax deductible.
Donate your time to them. EVen some employers will make a cash donation for your time donated to a qualifying non-profit. As an example a friend at the Gas company helped out the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts at this fall’s Celebrate the Arts and ChalkFest. The Gas company made a cash donation for the 16 hours she donated at the rate of $10/hour.
Check with your local food kitchens. They need help putting out meals daily, not just for the holiday. Check what they need and if your skill set fits jump in and help them prep, cook, serve or bus tables.
The point is, give back to your community and make lives a little better. There are so many options and ways to help you can’t go wrong for trying.