Where exactly to start. The California State Water Resources Control Board decided to that LA. County doesn’t do enough to capture rain water and cycle it into our water supply. Fair enough. This group of appointees, not elected officials came up with a plan to use “green streets” and parks to capture rain and get it into the ground water tables and our water supply. The cost? A tidge more than $20BILLION with no provisioins for funding. They dropped that bombshell due bill on the county this week and left it as figure out how to pay it. Full plans HERE
I learned of this from community leaders as it was a topic of conversation at this weeks Council Meetings that my little corner of L.A share of this some $250M. The city can’t afford it and was told by the county, state board either add it as a tax (Approx $2.000 per household) or as a fee to monthly water bill of $200/mo per household. Indefinitely. Needless to say the mayor and council don’t want to do either option.
This affects every homeowner and renter in the county and various cities. No one was left untouched. To save you the look up, Los Angeles share is $8.7B and I know Mr Garcetti doesn’t have a slush fund to cover that.
The turds dumping this on us say the normal 2/3 vote required to pass a tax can be circumvented through loopholes provided in State Initiative 15-0116,
I know my corner of L.A plans of fighting this as we just can’t afford it. I’d imagine other cities and the county will resist as well. Do check with your city council, representative to see what actions if any they are taking.
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.
screen grab of the app in action…click to embiggen
Has anyone use this new app called Fixed? In short its like mobile deposits for your banking app, you take a picture of the ticket, upload and they fight the parking ticket for you. For a fee. 35% of the ticket. Seems a little steep, but prolly cheaper than taking the morning off of work and standing in a line in traffic court to fight. FWIW they say 50% win in traffic court, I’ve done 100% just by showing up.
Comment if you’ve used and the results. Anyone test it with the parking Nazi’s in Pasadena that post-date times and hope you arrive after the time they “posted” as observing your expired meter?
The good folks at Esotouric Bus Tour Adventures, Kim Cooper and Richard Schave do a lot more than give really nifty tours of the city. They are historians with a major heart on for the city. In the best way of course.
This weeks newsletter outlined the winners and losers in their efforts to help preserve the cities architectural history. It outlines 25 things this year, good bad and ugly, that happened in terms of historic preservation.
The most exciting bit was the passing of city ordinance 13-1104 requiring public notification when any building more than 45 years is to be demolished. Why does this matter? It will give preservation groups around the city the chance to speak up and stop the destruction of those building with a history or architectural significane from being trashed in the name of progress and a new high density mixed use project. Not all buildings need to be preserved that are that old, but many should as it is part of the texture and character of the city that shouldn’t be trashed for a new parking lot or apartment jungle.
Pic by me of the Broadway Arcade while on an iphone safari. Click to embiggen
A crowd estimated at 75-200 folks is marching along Hollywood and Highland area. Twitter @Hollywood311 has been giving out info as far as where they are and what they’re doing.
What is unclear is what they are protesting. Appears to be disorganized. One person commented that its in protest of some sort of alleged police brutality in the area recently. The consistent theme I’m seeing is that LAPD is trying to keep them off the streets to minimize traffic disruptions.
Anyone have details on the beef? On why they insist on inconveniencing others? If so sound off in the comments.
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The tweet itself wasn’t threatening. He said he wished obama’s plane would crash. Its free speech. He certainly didn’t tweet he was going to take him out or similar that should have warranted eyebrows being raised. Certainly in bushys day there were plenty of hostile thoughts tossed out by the left that weren’t so aggressively looked at. What has become of us? Is the division between left and right so extreme now that no one can say whats on their mind if its contrary to anothers political beliefs?
If you desire you can follow the rants and missives of SABO on twitter as @Unsavoryagents
Personally I’d love to meet the guy and find out more about him and his art.
Man, it snuck up fast. Today is the last day to register to vote for the June Primary. You can do it online HERE.
June 3rds election has a few things to decide. Some will be to decide who the various candidates in the November general elections as well as 2 propositions.
Prop 41 is the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act where we are asked if CA wants to step in and do the Fed’s job of housing our returning service men and women. Its a $600M bond we are being asked to approve.
Prop 42 is the Public Records, Open Meetings. STATE REIMBURSEMENT TO LOCAL AGENCIES. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. This propostion seeks to shift the cost of complaince from the state to the cities and counties. Could add Tens of Millions to local governments for compliance.
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Person of interest in Paint n Play burglary, click to embiggen
Monday night, early Tuesday morning my friend Lisa Barrios business, Paint n Play 2 Art Studio and Gallery located at 418 S Myrtle Ave in Monrovia was burglarized and ransacked. I’ll be helping with the inventory of stolen art work, but our best guess tonight is easily 10K in art alone was stolen from the upstairs gallery.
Shortly after midnight the neighboring business caught this persons image trying to open their door at the rear courtyard. He stopped long enough for his picture to be taken, then went one door south to the Paint n Play 2 Art Studio and Gallery. From there, someone, presumbably this person of interest, broke open the rear door and entered Paint n Play. About 15 minutes later a figure is seen on the Myrtle Avenue side of the business loading stuff into a shiny dark sedan possibly a Honda or Toyota. Read the rest of this entry →
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Today was hot, miserable is tomorrow when most of us inland valleys will break 100 with room to spare. Ugga.
Red Flag warning has been extended until Wednesday night at 8PM. If you live in an area with parking restrictions on Red Flag Days…pay them heed and respond accordingly.
Pets and little ones need extra water to stay hydrated and cool in this premature blast of late summer weather. I put a big block of ice in the dogs outdoor dish to keep it cool and palatable as well as avoid evaporating faster. For the toddler I keep his water bottle filled with ice in it as well.
It should go without saying don’t leave your pets or children unattended in the heat, but at least one dolt will do it with a tragic ending. It is against the law, but some folks seem to pack their brain away in the glove box. If you see it happen, please do the following.
check the door…is it unlocked and you can open the door and let cooler air in:?
note make, model, color and license plate of the offending vehicle
call 911 and alert them of the problem and location of the car.
go into nearest store and see if the owner is there
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This alert was sent via nixle and bears forwarding and repeating. Scammers are out there.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been advised that citizens are receiving phone calls from individuals who are representing themselves as Department employees. The caller usually tells the citizen that there has been a warrant issued for their arrest for failure to appear for Jury Duty. The caller will tell the victim that they have to pay a sum of money or deputies will come and arrest them. The caller will instruct the victim to either get a Money Order, conduct a wire transfer, or buy a Gift Card (usually Green Dot) and send it to “pay the fine.”
BE ALERT, BE ADVISED, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department or any Government Agency will NEVER call and solicit money for fines. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department does not solicit warrant information by phone. The Sheriff’s Department or any Government Agency will NEVER ask you to get a Money Order, Gift Card, or wire transfer. Sheriff Department personnel will never go to your home to collect a fee for a warrant.
BE AWARE, NEVER give your personal information to anyone over the phone. DO NOT give callers information about your bank account, pin numbers, Social Security number or any type of identifying information.
Phone Scam Thieves are just that “Thieves” they will try and trick you into giving them money and information. If you receive a call protect yourself, your information and DO NOT SEND MONEY!
If you receive a phone call, always verify who the caller truly is, DO NOT use a phone number they provide you as verification. Usually numbers provided by the thief will go to a voice recording/message. Call your local Sheriff Station to verify any solicitation.
If you have sent money or believe that you are a victim of a crime, please call your local Sheriff’s Station or Police Department and report the incident.
If you receive a suspicious phone call/solicitation that you believe is not from a real government agency, please contact The Department of Consumer Affairs at (800) 593-8222. You can also file a complaint on the DCA website at dca.lacounty.gov.
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There is much anger over the cancellation by civic officials of tomorrow’s Marathon Crash Race bike ride. The event, which was hatched by my friend and tireless bike advocate Don “Roadblock” Ward the year after freshly minted L.A. Marathon owner Frank McCourt (‘memba him?) decided in his infinite dimwittedness in 2009 to kill the companion landmark bike event to the annual footrace held every year since 1995 apparently because he didn’t need the cash-cow like money generated by the entry fees paid by some 10,000 cyclists to freewheel at their leisure and pleasure along the race course at dawn each year.
I did it every year from its inception to its end. Here’s my timelapse of the final LA Bike Tour:
In its first couple/three years the Marathon Crash Race was a guerilla-style ride, steadily building its participation through word of mouth in the greater Southern California bike community and beyond. But its popularity fully kablammo’d! last year. Depending upon which story you read about it there was anywhere between 2,000 to 4,000 participants. Kray. Zay.
So for this year with the race threatening to be even bigger Don went to some pretty great pains to take the informal cooperation provided previously by LAPD, city and marathon officials, and make it formal. This past week, those officials collectively said “Oh HAIL nah!” leaving Ward dejected and many of those who planned to ride threatening to crash the the marathon and ride the route regardless.
If you’re one of those protesting threateners, here’s the thing to consider: The very public slaying of the Marathon Crash Race by the bureaucrats has been coupled to subsequent very real threats of prosecutorial action to be taken against any and all riders who take to the course in the aftermath of the cancellation. In addition those two elements are linked inseparably to the heightened security concerns brought to the fore by the Boston Marathon bombing last year.
Bottom line to any one in the wake of those facts who is still deciding so unwisely to ride the closed course, you should damn well budget and prepare for and accept the VERY REAL possibility of being stopped most impolitely WELL short of the finish line potentially to stand facing officers barking orders from behind guns/batons/tasers/pepper spray canisters prior to being separated roughly from your bikes and subsequently handcuffed and arrested, with pronation and dogpiling being part of the process. And quadruple the woe and injury that could befall those who ride wearing a damn backpack of any size. For that level of dumbo idiocy I am NOT even in the slightest kidding: it could be your funeral.
I am sad to have to posit such horrible possibilities and scenarios. In a way it means the terrorists have won. But heartbreak aside, from where I’ll be safely sitting, the time and energies that would be expended getting processed into jail, bailing oneself out, dealing with any injuries incurred and a lawyer and eventually facing a court proceeding and penalty would be better spent tapping those cancel-happy bureaucrats — and extraspecially Frank McCourt — on their collective noggins repeatedly until they either bruise or finally come up with the idea that resurrecting the LA Bike Tour might be a pretty decent compromise.
1,520 DUI Arrests by LA County Policing Agencies Dec. 13-25
A couple of weeks ago I posted a warning that DUI check points were going to increase this year as the various local law enforcement agencies got Federal Grants to up enforcement. Yikes…up over last year by 95 arrests. AND New Years isn’t here yet. Save yourself the hassle and HUGE expense and get a destignated driver, use AAA Tipsy Tow, call a taxi, use the UBER app, use METRO, but don’t get behind the wheel as its not worth it.
In my corner of L.A, as well as the whole city there will be a huge increase in DUI Checkpoints starting this tonight through New Years. The press releases with details after the jump. Read the rest of this entry →
Hat tip to Ed Padgett long time friend of blogging.la for this bit of news. I can’t help but wonder if Scrooge taken over the hearts and minds of L.A. city council? Recently the issued a ban on feeding the homeless. Yes, charities, people with big hearts and do-gooders in general will be banned from feeding the homeless even though their acts cost the city nothing. A protest is planned at 4PM on 12/14 at the Intersections of
Just a little idea. One that maybe L.A City Council can wrap its warped little head around. Homelessness and the hungry aren’t going away soon. Rather than limit or prohibit the charities and the like from helping the homeless and hungry they work with them to find a solution. Maybe centralized into the warming shelters in place and it wouldn’t cost us if they do the work.
A big lump of coal to each of them for hitting those in need below the belt this time of year.
The Holidays are here and with all of our festivities comes drinking. Unfortunately not every one has a designated driver which often leads to tragedy. L.A. County Sheriff has some DUI enforcement nights already set aside to help catch the drunks before they can cause an accident. The press release with important dates and locations after the jump. Read the rest of this entry →
I’ve suggested in the past folks visit Griffith Park for a view of the hills and the sign. Its not up close and personal but it gets the point across without disrupting the lives of those that live close to it. It certainly doesn’t put folks at risk with life and limb from that vantage point.
Tourists aren’t going to go away. And that I suppose is a mixed bag. The L.A. Times article has one resident suggesting the city post armed check points to keep tourists out of the neighborhoods. Thats just a tad excessive. What would you suggest to help the problem? Where would you suggest they go so as not to interrupt traffic or cause damage to peoples property for that great shot?