It’s true, hard to believe but true. Five years ago today we launched this site, which lead to the creation of the entire metblogs network. Here’s Jason’s first post on the site ever and my followup announcement. It seems like forever ago, a whole different world back then and yet still kind of the same on so many levels. We hope you’ve enjoyed the last 5 years, it’s certainly something that changed our lives.
You can twitter about your experiences, concerns & ideas without creating a twitter account.
In addition to the email for your fire stories, concerns & questions (see post below this one), I’m also conducting an experiment: I’ve created a twitter account that anyone can login to and twitter about the fire, whether it’s just about your experience or whether it’s breaking news. I’m hoping no one abuses it. Let’s see what happens:
To login: You can login with the email metblogsfirestories (at) gmail (dot) com (of course please change the “dot” to a . and the “at” to an @, and remove any spaces). Your password is bigdumbfire.
I dunno if anyone will use it, but I’m curious to see how it’ll work.
All: If you’re not getting already tracking it, go see the LAFire Twitter feed.
L.A.’s Twitter users, especially LAFD are posting a good running newsstream on evacuations, is carrying a pretty good running tally on evacuations, weather, firefighting progress and relief efforts.
As grim as things are, some very good people are doing very good work out there. Please keep safe, everyone.
Regardless of spelling issues, this can’t be good:
In the age of Twitter, you had better bring you’re ‘A’ game. Especially if you’re opening a new restaurant.
- heading over to blu la cafe to pick up lunch for me and @jimw about 1 hour ago from web
- Waiting to order lunch at Blu LA Cafe about 1 hour ago from twitterrific
- Lots of nervous energy from the waitstaff and owners. No turkey panini today, they don’t know their menu yet. Stressing me out. 42 minutes ago from twitterrific
- Blu LA Cafe messed ip my order so leaving to to to Raw Materials empty-handed. 31 minutes ago from twitterrific
- 30 minutes later and Blu LA Cafe hasn’t delivered the lunch order they took 20 minutes to screw up. Phone goes straight to voicemail. 9 minutes ago from twitterrific
- Blu LA Cafe completely forgot about the order I’ve been waiting 1.5 hours for. FAIL.
This photo taken by Rick Loomis for the LA Times shows @panasonicyouth and @formerme being detained, presumably by the LAPD. Frequent readers will recognize both from regular comments. Both were attending the Prop 8 protest in Westwood and were live-twittering along the way. They went silent a few hours ago and then this photo went up. I don’t have any more info at the moment, but as soon as I do I’ll update this post. Anyone with any more details or info please post in the comments.
UPDATES: From friends on twitter… @whatevernvrmind says he’s on the phone with authorities and they were both arrested and being transferred to Pacific Station. @Japhy79 says there’s rumors of protester(s) being beaten up by a truckdriver which may explain the last tweet by @panasonicyouth, or maybe not. More when I hear it…
UPDATE : Unconfirmed news that they are being held on misdemeanor battery charges with $20K bail set, scheduled to see a judge in the morning. FOX news also posted an article about this with another pick of Mark aka panasonicyouth.
UPDATE 4: Here’s some video, arrest takes place right around 2:40. You can’t see what gets the police’s attention but you can see Mark and Rich walking away and police following, and then pushing Mark to the ground very aggressively. Crowds gathered quickly, unfortunately there’s no audio.
UPDATE 5: The guys have been bailed out and according to Panasonicyouth’s twitter stream they were originally picked up and charged with “unruly behavior” but sometime after the arrest that turned into “battery on an officer.” Mark said he also got he camera back and has photos of the “yes on 8” truck driver who punched a “no on 8” protester in the face, the truck driver was not arrested.
UPDATE 6: Just talked to Mark, he’ll be posting updates on his blog shortly!
UPDATE 7: Mark’s post is online now.
As distracted as I was in my search for the ultimate Ricky Ricardo costume last week, I overlooked an e-mail from the Studio City Neighborhood Council regarding NBC’s proposed development over the Universal City Red Line subway station. It is a call by Communities United for Smart Growth to hold a town hall meeting about the project.
Once upon a time, there was a lovely green park with cottages at its edge. Birds sang, dogs romped, lovers swooned & children played.
The fable goes on to list the ways in which these things shall be destroyed. By towers, digital billboards, and construction dirt. It boasts that “local champions” Tom LaBonge and Zev Yaroslavksy warned us of the imminent danger to birds, dogs, lovers, and children, but that we did not listen.
So, Communities United for Smart Growth is holding a town hall meeting to re-write the fable. How can we ignore the needs of rompers and swooners?
SCNC Town Hall Meeting
East Valley High School
North Hollywood 91601
November 12, 2008
#8: With gay marriages will come gay divorces. Does our country need more divorces? Didn’t think so.
#7: Brad Pitt said he wouldn’t get married until marriage is available to everyone, meaning gays. Do gay men or straight woman want Pitt off the market? Didn’t think so.
#6: If being gay becomes more mainstream, there will be less need of closets. Do you really want closet manufacturers to be laid off? Didn’t think so.
#5: Gay marriage would apply pressure on more men to “commit.” Really, fellow men, do you want to encorage this sort of behavior? Didn’t think so.
#4: Married same sex couples will stop referring to themselves as cryptic “partners” and instead as “spouses.” Do you hate mysteries? Didn’t think so.
#3: The further mainstreaming of gay marriage will result in more movies like, “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry.” Do you hate America? Didn’t think so.
#2: Under Governor Mitt Romney, Massachusetts made gay marriage legal. Do you liberals want to be like Mitt Romney? Didn’t think so.
#1: More weddings, gay or otherwise = more wedding showers and wedding gifts. Do you really want to spend more time browsing wedding registeries at Pottery Barn for anything affordable besides something called a soup tureen? Didn’t think so.
As of this writing, there were at least 24 fatalities in yesterday’s collision between a northbound Metrolink passenger train and a Union Pacific freight train. Among the dead was LAPD Officer Spree Desha. LAist has coverage, including photos from Zach Behrens, who arrived on scene minutes after the accident.
Local supplies have been quickly depleted following yesterday’s tragic train accident, and with dozens still in care, additional supplies are urgently needed. Coming on top of resources recently used in the wake of Hurricanes Ike and Gustav, the American Red Cross is in deperate need.
Blood donation centers were kept on late last night, and reopened today. To find out which locations will be open tomorrow, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543), or search online for one near you (a rep from the Red Cross says that calling the phone line may have more up to date information).
I found one blood drive listed for tomorrow at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church (250 N. Union Ave, 90026) from 9am to 3pm, but you should first call ahead or go online to make an appointment.
Join a local CERT Team
LAFD spokesman Ron Meyer says that CERT members are trained to assist in responding to emergencies including earthquakes, fires, and disasters such as yesterday’s train accident, helping maintain triage areas, crowd control, search and rescue, and more. Continue reading Metrolink Crash: How to Help
Find out where and when your neighbors last got a smog test on their car with the California Department of Consumer Affair’s Smog Check lookup. All it takes is a license plate number.
If anyone can suggest a practical use for this sort of info, please leave it in the comments. For everyone else, file it away as useless fun!
[found via random comment on The Consumerist]
The anti-Scientology group known as Anonymous announced that at 7:30am this morning they will be picketing outside of the New Village Academy private elementary school in Calabasas due to the school’s use of “Study Technology” developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. New Village Academy was founded by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.
In a brief email exchange with “outed” Anonymous member Ryan Benno, aka Blvd Nights, explained:
We have decided that we will stay as far away as possibly away from the kids. None of us want to scare the kids at all. But this is a hugely profiled school and we want to bring attention to Study Tech. I personally think its robbing real education away from these kids. I am sure a few parents are unaware of what Study Tech is and most likely will like to know what we have to say. That is why we are doing it.
Benno adds that member of Anonymous have spoken with the Calabasas Sheriff’s Department to alert them to the protest.
A brief summary of what Study Tech is after the jump. Continue reading Anti-Scientology protest this morning at Will Smith supported elementary school
I just wanted to make a brief post sending our best wishes to the folks at our sister site New Orleans Metblogs (as well as everyone in that area) who have just been the subject of mandatory evacuations thanks to Hurricane Gustav which is headed their way. Of course, like with Hurricane Katrina a few years ago many people aren’t leaving. There’s very detailed and insightful posts on the site already and I expect more on the days to come. We’re thinking of you all, stay safe!
As I write this, three brush fires continue to burn in the northeast corner of Griffith Park. The first was reported by the Los Angeles Fire Department at 2:17pm near the Travel Town area, followed by reports of two additional fires 30 minutes later.
According to ABC7, City Councilman Tom LaBonge has described the fires as “suspicious.”
Additional note from Lindsay Williams-Ross at LAist:
This is the third fire since July 27 to strike the same general area of Griffith Park. The second fire was on August 4 burning approximately 3 acres while the one in July scorched around 25 acres.
Is a serial arsonist at work in Griffith Park?
*Update (6:42pm): In an email, LAFD spokesman Brian Humphreys responded to me:
Barring some formal statement today from our Arson Investigators or our PIO’s (Captain Hogan or Captain Haro), the earlier fires in Griffith Park remain – as far as our office is concerned [emphasis added] – under investigation.
He adds that LaBonge’s comments “should rightfully be attributed to him as a City elected leader.”