I believe it was Raymond Chandler who described Los Angeles as “40 suburbs in search of a city” back in the 40′s. He was wrong there were 88 in Los Angeles County alone and Militant Angeleno took the time to catalog them and explain how they got their names. His post “88 suburbs in search of their names” went live today. Its an easy read that is both informative and entertaining.
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It bears repeating, you meet the coolest people blogging. This time around it was LA vlogger Austin Null an Agent with the Fiesta Movement. The Fiesta Movement is a social media program with Ford that gives folks who blog and vlog 2014 Ford Fiestas to take on missions, adventures if you will, and do posts about the cars they are given. It involves monthly missions from when they get the car in April until the program ends in December or January of next year.
I met up with Austin recently here in Culver City at Fullscreen where he is a “Social Engagement Strategist”. He also blogs and vlogs with his own YouTube channel. Austin is a recent transplant to the Los Angeles area living in the West LA area. The Fiesta Movement has given him missions that have allowed him to explore more of L.A and sunny SoCal. Read the rest of this entry →
Do you write a blog? Like to read blogs? Like to meet the folks behind a blog? Well then this annual event is made for you. There are usually a few dozen local bloggers there and their groupies (not including each other).
This is the 5th annual held at this park, but if you have followed me on blogging.la for a while you will know that we, a large diverse group of us bloggers in the SGV, have been getting together since ’07. This picnic got going when it was determined we needed to do it annually in one location and blogger Timothy Rutt of the Altadenablog got it all rolling for us.
This is a pot luck affair so bring a tasty bit to share with the group. Don’t be surprised if it gets blogged too.
Deets: March 30, 2013, 11AM – ???, Farnsworth Park,568 Mt Curve Ave, Altadena, CA 91001 MAP HERE
So much to talk about so will try to bring it down to a Reader’s Digest condensed version. I will also try to bring you up to date as well as what you missed during Press Days which were this Wednesday and Thursday.
First of all, if you are looking for exotics fuhgetaboutit, there are none. The entire class is represented by Galpin’s stock of Aston Martins. Very nice cars, but not the boat load of Ferraris, Lambos and Rolls of years past. That’s what happens when the L.A. show grows so big with a focus on green cars it alienated that fun bunch of fantasy cars. Read the rest of this entry →
Not happy with the LA Times decision to set up a paywall limiting you to content on the LA Times Web? Blogger and ever diligent lover of all things LA has a way for you to overcome the paywall limits and is explained entirely in his post HERE. Happy reading.
I’m guilty of more than a few. You? I particularly like the dig about moving to the West Side…a place I barely know as there is simply no easy way to get there from where I live and there is never any parking. There, I said it.
Over the course of the last week or so we’ve given you ideas for Holiday giving. These represented a variety of ways to give to charities and causes near and dear to us.
A list of those ways to give back a little of yourself to L.A.:
- Foothill Unity Center
- Cri-Help Treatment Centers
- Occupy L.A.
- Five Acres
- The Library
- Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
- Chihuahua Rescue
Of course it is never too late to chime in with you own ideas for giving back to the community in the comments here.
I’m going for the obvious here, but I don’t care.
Kids. Sick kids and their families.
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Orange County are pretty much tops at what they do. And what they do is help sick kids, not just to feel better, but to feel like they can and will grow into normal, healthy adults, instead of some outcast, freakshow survivor of childhood illness. And that last part is worth a lot.
Go to www.chla.org for more info.
Five Acres is a child services organization in Altadena that specializes in helping abused kids. It started in 1888 as an orphanage for Los Angeles County and today has grown to include full service to families where child abuse and neglect is an issue. They have been creamed with the loss of government and private grants as the economy has tanked yet the kids needs has not changed. They are in need of financial assistance now more than ever.
I apologize for the late notice but they are in need of help with their “Holidays and Family Angels” program. They have a deadline of today to help if you can. What they need is volunteers to adopt a family of 2-10 members and provide them with Holiday gifts. If you can spare the extra right now this is a great way to bring a little joy to the season for a family. More information can be had on this program by contacting Danielle Barr at 626-798-6793 ext 2250 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit their web. Other contact information on the group: Five Acres – The Boys’ and Girls’ Aid Society of Los Angeles County,760 W Mountain View St.Altadena,CA 91001, (626) 798-6793
Over the next several days the writers here at Blogging.LA will be sharing with you ideas to help those in need in the Los Angeles Area. We will cover a variety of ways to help from charities to causes that we hold near to our hearts. And giving doesn’t have to be monetary, it can be your labors, your gifts in kind even raiding your pantry to help others out. You don’t have to be religious either, much of what we share will strike a cord at least with your humanist and spiritual side.
Of course, feel free to jump in on the comments with your favorite charity or cause that needs a little extra help this time of year…include links where possible so others can help if they are so inclined.
Its hard to pick out what is “normal” Hollywood Blvd weirdness vs regular stuff on Halloween. A few more in costumes and begging to be
photographed videoed for free is probably the only difference. Its sort of Halloween Light compared to the insanity that is WeHo but it is subway easy and still festive enough. His original blog post HERE.
The folks over at 8 Asians is running the contest. Pretty simple rules you ask a question of John Cho and Kal Penn, they’ll read them, answer them and pick a winner. All the details HERE at the 8 Asians post. Its very important you ask the questions on their post as they won’t be looking here. Seriously, ask the actors not the character (like my knuckle-headed kids insisted on).
While you are at it take a look at the 8 Asians blog. They look at numerous issues, serious and humorous that affect the Asian American community. The humorous ones are the most fun, but its all good.
Just a simple plug and we are cross posting with permission. As well as using their publicity photo with permission.
Perhaps this one would be more accurately described as “Vlogging” (in) LA, but I think it still applies. I had the pleasure of meeting the Nutty Nomads at the Kalbi Burger Challenge, and have been planning to write them up ever since. Their LA-based videos cover a variety of cultural events and popular attractions, such as the Japanese Obon Festival, Ciclavia, and the San Diego Zoo. (Okay, so they’re not all LA-based videos, but it’s still entertaining!)
On Bunker Hill has blogs and historical archives of the history we lost when Downtown LA grew so explosively after World War II. George Mann has quite the historical archive of images of some of the old homes that once stood on Bunker Hill taken in the 40′s and 50′s. (They are for sale too if you are so inclined). A little quoted from their blog to get you interested in checking out the site:
Bunker Hill is a ghost, and though you may today walk streets named Grand and Hope and imagine that you stand where once were grand Victorian homes turned flophouses, you are in fact one hundred feet beneath the old roads, which the city shaved away to make a wider footprint for the high rise tenants that replaced them.
Its always just a little interesting to see what we have lost in the name of progress.
It’s been just over five years since I first arrived here in Los Angeles, and even still there’s a part of me that wants to tense up a little bit when friends or family threaten to visit. “Where will I take them? What can we do?” This dilemma was one of the first things that really attracted me about Blogging.LA: Hearing firsthand accounts about the good, the bad, and the “meh” that our city has to offer from real live people. The Experience LA Blog (official blog for the bookmark-worthy ExperienceLA.com) is another fine source of that type of experience.