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Madre Fire in Azusa out of control still

8:49 am in Fires, Law Enforcement, News, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal by frazgo


It started around 6PM yesterday evening. CA highway 39 is closed at Madre to traffic.  I have friends that live in the canyon in the area where some homes were evacuated.  Where I sit right now its smokey and ashy.

Do stay away from the area close to the fire and keep it free or firefighters and police to move people in and out as needed unimpeded.  If you really want a good view of the ‘copters and superscoopers going in and out of Azusa Canyon the Lario Bike trail off of Foothill Blvd in Irwindale/Azusa is the best spot.  Good clear view of the fire zone as well as the airborne fire fighting equipment.   The Lario Bike trail is between Mt Olive Drive in Duarte and Irwindale Ave in Azusa.  The parking lot entrance is just east of the San Gabriel River Bridge.  MAP HERE.\

Pics by me with my phone from my front porch yesterday evening and again at dawn.  Click to embiggen

UPDATE 9AM.

I’m not sure how this will affect the Lario Trail Parking area but this just in from LA County Sheriff via Nixle.

Temple City Sheriff’s Station reports street closures in the Duarte area due the fire burning north of Fish Canyon. Huntington Drive is closed at Encanto Parkway. All residential streets that intersect with Encanto Parkway north of Huntington Drive into Fish Canyon have also been closed. Encanto Park has been closed and is being used as a staging area for water dropping helicopters. At this time there is no threat to the cities of Duarte or Bradbury. Approximately 50 acres have been burned in the mountain area. There are no evacuations anticipated at this time. There has been no information regarding any structures being threatened. The percentage of the fire containment is unknown at this time

UPDATE 5:30pm

Via Monrovia PD-Fire Nixle alert:

The Madre Fire in Azusa is 250 acres and 30% contained with 450 personnel assigned, including 6 aircraft.  There is no threat to Monrovia.

For full details, view this message on the web.

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First ever Snapcious iPhone safari in DTLA 9/28/2013

11:41 am in Downtown, Entertainment, LA, News, People, Photography, Shopping, Technology by frazgo

snapcious logo

I wrote about Snapcious when it launched earlier this year.  Its a fun game you play on your cell phone taking pictures then posting it to Snapcious for the other players to rate and comment on.  Snapcious even lets you cross post to FB, twitter, flickr, pinterest and a host of other social media.  You can download the app here for your iphone.   Enough of the nuts and bolts…the meet up details.

Snapcious is hosting a meet up Saturday 9/28/2013.  Any Snapcious player is welcome to attend.  It will be fun to meet with other like minded folks and geek out with the app documenting downtown L.A.  After the event is over a bunch of us will likely end up lunching somewhere in the area.  To attend the event you just need to sign up for it at  Meetup.  Wear your comfy shoes.

NOTE we are meeting at the Hill Street entrance to the Grand Central Market.

DEETS:Saturday, September 28, 2013 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM Grand Central Market, 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA  MAP HERE

for the press release you need to make the jump. Read the rest of this entry →

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23rd Annual Street Rods Forever show in Monrovia Saturday

9:10 am in Driving, Entertainment, Food & Drink, News, San Gabriel Valley by frazgo


This show is one of my all time favorites, not because its where I live, its because its a terrific show focused on one type of car…street rods and other customs.  Every car has a story and the owner will gladly tell you how he took it from who-knows-what-condition to the street rod or custom you see now.  Seriously, they love to talk about the trials and tribulations of getting that car to show quality or at least driveable. Read the rest of this entry →

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RIP Cal Worthington

2:01 pm in Celebrity, Entertainment, Long Beach, Obituaries by frazgo

Dude, I moved here and nearly fell over the first time I saw your ad on TV.  It was too funny for words and soon I was watching  just to see what was would be your dog “spot” each time around.  Never, bought a car from you though, being a Valley or SGV dweller you were just a bit far off the beaten track for me.

RIP.  Thanks for all the laughs.

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Found on Craigslist can humanity get ANY LOWER?

12:56 pm in News, Rants, Social issues by frazgo

vile and disgusting

vile and disgusting, click to embiggen

I heard about it on the news this morning and did a quick Craigslist  search and found one post on point.  Seriously, women are selling positive home pregnancy tests.  The purpose…to trick guys into marrying them.

Vile and disgusting.

And sweetheart, if you need to trick a guy into marrying you, is it really “love” or just some desire not to be alone?  Any guy that needs to be tricked really isn’t the catch you imagine, if he were and love was part of the equation, which it should be in my book, then he would have “popped the question”  What you are doing is plain evil.  Doesn’t even address what happens in 9 mos when you are supposed to pop one out.

I find the preggo selling positive dipsticks for this purpose a vile and disgusting waste of human flesh.  As reprehensible as this post is I still obliterated your phone number and address, consider it a favor.

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Grazing your way through the L.A. County Fair

4:59 pm in coffee, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, LA, News, Seasonal, Shopping by frazgo

official post card

Official Post Card of the L.A. County Fair

Well, its that time of year again, and boy howdy did I have fun grazin’ my way through the Los Angeles County Fair the other day. It was Foodie night the other night, an invitation only event for us media and blogger types.  A great selection of vendors were open showing off their wares for our consumtion…and blogging later.

Of course for me it wasn’t all grazing, it was imbibing in some wonderful booze and wine and a detour through the Los Angeles County Model Railroads exhibit next to the food court.  The best part about the latter is that you get to go beyond the fence and get up close and personal with the trains and dioramas.  Win!  Read the rest of this entry →

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Moving Waters

9:41 am in Entertainment, environment, Events, News, Seasonal, Sports by Will Campbell

As part of a pilot program this summer, a section of the long-lost Los Angeles River coursing through Elysian Valley was reopened to the public for use as a recreational resource, an opportunity angelenos have not had since the 1930s when the river’s channelization was begun to prevent flooding.

As a boy I accidentally discovered the river, and from that single experience I have never stopped being enamored with and zealously protective of what so many others have dismissed as our city’s woeful waterway — little more than a drainage ditch to the sea. Though I’ve been aware of its potential, I never imagined that one day I’d see such a sea change in perception so that  the river would made accessible and embraced not as a prohibited place but as public parkland to be explored and experienced and as something to connect with after so long a disconnect.

River route as seen via Google Earth. Click the image for the bigger picture.

River route as seen via Google Earth. Click the image for the bigger picture.

So for me, thanks to L.A. River Expeditions (Facebook), to be among the first wave during this historic first season and doing what you see in these clips at the top and after the jump: putting a kayak into its waters and putting my butt into that kayak and paddling — however awkwardly — downstream for a water-level perspective of my beloved river, it’s not a dream come true. Because I never dared to dream this could ever happen. Not in my lifetime.

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Did you get the rude awakening too with the statewide Amber Alert during the night?

9:12 am in Law Enforcement, News, Social issues, Technology by frazgo

screengrab of the rude awakening this morning - click to embiggen

Imagine my horror this AM when my phone started buzzing and ringing and I wasn’t even awake yet.  Didn’t know what was making my phone buzz, ring and vibrate so violently.  I stumbled out the kitchen and saw the Amber Alert.  Didn’t even know there was a Boulevard, CA until now.

This isn’t the first Amber Alert I’ve been rudely awakened too, but my first here In CA. The first was not quite 4 weeks ago while I was in Vegas and Nevada Highway Patrol saw fit to alert everyone, even non-residents of the alert.

I know from my FB feed that at some point during the night all of my friends got such a message to their phone.  I’m not sure what I think about being pushed Amber Alerts, especially at all hours of the day.  What’s your thought on the idea of 24/7 push notices on Amber Alerts?  Is it good use or abuse of technology?

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Seriously 286+ Dui’s this weekend and Saturday hasn’t even started

7:18 pm in Holidays, Law, Law Enforcement, News by frazgo

OK  I leave town for a few days and I came back to this nixle message from the L.A. County Sheriff.  Has the city lost its collective mind?  DUI arrests are up 23% over last year and not all agencies in the county have been counted.  Have we forgotten about the designated driver or cab option?  Sheesh.

This from LASD Nixle:

The Independence Day Weekend (Multi-Agency) Anti DUI crackdown is reporting a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 100 DUI deployments in Los Angeles County.

From 12:01 AM Thursday July 4, 2013 through midnight Friday, July 5, 2013, officers representing 100 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 286 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Last year, 233 individuals were arrested during same the 48 hours. (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**).

DUI arrest data collection will continue through midnight Sunday July 7, 2013. Law enforcement officials are continuing DUI efforts throughout the county and region. Additionally, CHP throughout the state have all available officers patrolling freeways and county roads throughout the weekend for their Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP). Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911.

Avoid programs, named for the number of law enforcement agencies in each county, will also concentrate crackdowns during the 18-Day August/Labor Day period. In recognition that the summer season is among the deadliest time of the year, law enforcement agencies throughout the county will be making every effort to arrest drunk drivers before another life is lost. Read the rest of this entry →

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Have you joined Nixle for the latest crime and civic information?

11:36 am in Law, Law Enforcement, News by frazgo

Sample text alert...click to embiggen

If you haven’t heard about Nixle let me give you the details.  Its a service many local police and fire agencies use that you as a citizen can get alerts on what is going on in your community.  I signed up for a few in my area so I know when streets are closed due to some sort of fire or police emergency.  They always include a link to get more details if you need them.

Today its a heat emergency and it will exist through the weekend.  Two of the agencies I follow included links to cooling centers in the area.

In recent weeks I’ve learned of street closures because of fires, accidents or other police activity.  Some directly affected me and I was able to use the info to avoid the problems.

Sign up is easy.  You get to pick as many agencies as you want to get alerts from.  You can have sent to you via email or text message.  The information you get is well worth the few clicks it takes to get signed up

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Rest In Peace, Mr. Cataldis

7:02 am in Obituaries, People by Will Campbell

You don’t know him, but please indulge me in a few moments of reflection here for my neighbor, Mr. Cataldis, and allow me a circle of love drawn for and around his wife, children, family, and friends.

Home is so often little more than temporary here in transient Los Angeles, where the earth and its people move with such ceaseless regularity. In such a region of motion and shallow roots, home is more conceptual than concrete. And that’s what makes his story so unique in this city.

Mr. Cataldis was raised in a lovely 104-year-old craftsman bungalow down the block from me (pictured), then owned by his father — perhaps he was even born there. Drawn back to his childhood home as an adult, he purchased it, raised his children in it, and lived in it his entire life, which came to an end yesterday.

For the fixture he was, it’ll be sad when I pass by now and don’t see him sitting comfortable and proud out there on the porch with his wife. But as a native angeleno who’s had no less than 16 addresses in my far shorter existence, I’ll remember him as someone who proved that one can plant deep roots in these shifting soils and have them hold strong.

Rest in peace, Mr. Cataldis.

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LA County Clerks office issues statement RE Prop(H)8

12:59 pm in News, Politics, Social issues by frazgo

Ok, I couldn’t find a snazzy graphic or avoid the snark in the headline.  In short the US Supreme Court has ruled that the lower courts initial ruling holding Prop 8 as unconstitutional will be upheld as the petitioners in support of it weren’t the proper entities to appeal and bring the case to them.  Got that readers digest version of the events that made same sex marriage legal again in CA?

When the ruling was read this morning Gov Brown stepped up and ordered the various county clerks offices to begin issuing marriage licenses again with the CAVEAT that nothing can happen until the circuit court removes the stay on that order. (The stay was put in place pending this appeal when the lower court ruled Prop 8 was unconstitutional a few years ago).  It could happen in hours (most likely outcome) or days (least likely and for some of my friends I really hope that is not the case).

To read the LA County Registrars and Clerk’s office statement on the topic you have to make the jump. Read the rest of this entry →

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For The Sake Of The Lake

11:35 am in Events, LA, News by Will Campbell

The return of Echo Park Lake to the people this past weekend after an almost two-year closure for renovation, was both a highly anticipated event for those in the surrounding communities, and big enough to warrant coverage by a lot of the local media outlets.

Me? I stayed the heck away on Saturday, opting instead to visit on the far less-hectic day after, with the crowds far less madding and the number of pontificating politicians reduced to zero.

What a beautiful old new place it is. An absolute jewel. My favorite sight? This specimen (click it for the bigger picture):

It did my heart good to see the lotuses once again thriving in the north lagoon.

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Monrovia Fire: 100% Containment expected by this evening

6:28 am in News, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal by frazgo

Evacuation orders have been lifted for most neighborhoods in my area, with only 2 streets still under them.  According to the city web, which has done a bang up job of keep us updated, the command for the fire will shift back to the Emergency Operations Center at City Hall this morning.

Where I sit right now there is no visible flames or smoke, with luck the hot spots will be done with and containment will happen sooner.

Isn’t this an early start to the “fire season”?

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Fire in Monrovia growing by the hour

4:36 pm in News, Parking Tards, Seasonal by frazgo

A fire broke out this morning on Avacado Place in Monrovia near the “M” that is visibile from the 210 Freeway.  It was started by a gardener accidentally.  (Contrary to popular rumor it was not a 420 celebration).

Snarks aside this is a serious matter being made worse by lookie loos.  As of 4PM it was over 90 acres and a 3 alarm fire.  The lookie loos are so bad and thick it is getting hard for the fire fighters and law enforcement to get up to the fire.  Please stay away from the fire zone and use the parking lots at Santa Anita Mall, strip malls along Foothill and Huntington in Monrovia if you have to come see the smoke and flames.  Thats a good vantage point to watch and not interefere with evacuees leaving or those of us in the affected area from getting in and out of our homes.

As I blogged a while back during another brush fire, the hills above Monrovia and Duarte haven’t burned since the early 60′s and that is nearly 50+years of fuel to feed a fire.

More as this story develops.

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