Last night was the pre-rally party for the folks taking part in the Mustangs Across America rally that starts here in Los Angeles and will end up in Charlotte NC a week from now. This event will be the pinnacle of activies surrounding the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang. Read the rest of this entry →
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I’ve mulled over the news from earlier this week of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council declaring the community it serves as NOT a part of The Eastside.
I’d’ve thought I’d be all HELLYEAH! right outta the gate, given my past protestations (that’ve mellowed somewhat in my old age) against those over-insulated 135,938 natives and the 1.6-million transplants who live in the Westside and drink deeply of the koolaid that leaves them to believe with varying degrees of commitment that their vastly superior end of the city begins and ends on the ocean-side of…uh, you name it: Speedway Alley, Lincoln, Bundy, the 405, La Cienega, or La Brea, making the other end THEIR eastside for the simple reason that all that riff raff resides east of them. How proprietary.
But instead I surprised myself at being sort of meh at the strictly symbolic and mostly meaningless action. There certainly was a part of me that was satisfied and tried to rah rah at the decision — especially when I read subsequent news stories that took the idiotic angle that Silver Lake had voted to “secede.” As if it had gone all South Carolina on some sort of Greater Eastside union. How con-veeeeeen-ient!
But ultimately it was just a big shoulder shrug. Because I’ve figured out that it’s a waste of time. We live in a city that has built itself by marginalizing its past, so how can I expect so many of its citizens not do the same? In a city that itself has a history of discarding its history as it sprawled so ever nebulously outward from its core, convincing those residents adamantly ignorant of our city’s socio-geographic foundations to look at a different perspective is about as easy as convincing those entitled aggressive motorists they don’t have a right to run me and my bike off the road.
Ultimately what’s important to me now is not changing anyone’s mind but knowing what I know and respecting what so many others couldn’t care less about: that I reside (somewhere in that orange dot I added to that pictured map fragment above) on the land that ultimately became known as Silver Lake which stands in the northWEST corner of the boundaries of the original 16 Spanish Leagues centered upon the plaza where in 1781 — when the main thing going on in the Westside was waves crashing — was established El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula and incorporated as the City of Los Angeles in 1850.
To me, that’s as easy as 2, 1, 3.
As I write this the Colby Fire has grown to well over 125 acres. Friends in Azusa are under mandatory evacuation orders. A friend just tweeted that 2 folks were in custody for this
ARSON fire. ABC7 Tweeted just now its 3.
WTF..as if we don’t have enough to worry about these assholians are out there starting fires putting so many at risk. Read the rest of this entry →
Take the survey HERE. The USGS, working with a university, is taking a survery of an app for our phones that would tie into a USGS early warning system giving us seconds to prepare for a specific anticipated intensity of shaking. How cool is that? Take the survey, give them their feedback so they can make it a system that works for us.
Nearly 20 years ago this week, the 17th to be precise was the Northridge Quake. An early warning may have given some of us a few seconds to prepare for the violent shaking that took place that morning.
Los Angeles is an important market for the Mustang, one of its biggest. We were one of 6 host cities in the world to host a 2015 Mustang reveal. Yes, world as the next generation Mustang will be a globlal car. The other cities were Shanghai, Sydney, Barcelona, New York and Dearborn that held a reveal on December 5th. The car is really nice looking, still every bit a Mustang with loads of design cues from the past layered onto a very modern body that holds many similarities with the newest Fords.
The Mustang Reveal in Los Angeles was a big deal. It started with a big morning reveal then the car was shuffled off to the Hollywood Walk of Fame for its tire prints to be immortalized there. I missed those two events because I simply have too much going on. What I did make was the Venice Beach reveal and that was a lot more intimate and spectactular. Read the rest of this entry →
Entire Honda Accord Line named “Green Car of the Year”
The rain may have slowed down the award show start yesterday, but the end result was a lot of folks at Honda’s Torrance headquarters must have been elated. Celebratory even. In a crowded field of worthy competitors Honda’s Accord line, not just a single model, but the entire line of 4cyl, V6, hybrid and plug-in hybrid Accords with their “Earth Dreams” technology won Green Car of the Year. Quite an accomplishment and hats off to the folks in the South Bay for bringing the award home.
The 2013 LA Auto Show is without a doubt the best I’ve seen since I started covering it in 2007 for blogging.la There were some 50 World Premiere’s at this years show of some really stunning cars. BMW chose us as the auto show to introduce us to their new “i” program, that will in time be as recognized and as important as the “M” series is to them. For a pic of my winners and losers for this years show you need to make the jump. Read the rest of this entry →
Griffith Observatory doesn’t think so. Its still some 6 weeks to peak viewing which is expected around dawn November 30- December 14, but Griffith Observatory already has their viewing guide up.
Thanksgiving Day about 11am Ison will make its closest approach to the sun and may be visible, with the aid of special filters when it is close to the sun. It should be visible most of the day that day. Wow. Am like a kid in a candy store over this one.
Now that prime viewing charts have been established it looks like a sunset view isn’t gonna happen with this comet. Dawn and pre-dawn look to be the best during that peak viewing period. I had thought about going up the 15 to Stoddard Wells for viewing if it was going to be sunset. Scratch that and now looking at points east, say Joshua Tree pre-dawn excursion and set up to capture the comet in its glory as the sun slowly illuminates the horizon? Might as well start planning now before everyone else gets the bright idea to leave the city for best views without the encumberance of light pollution. Who’s in for leaving LA early enough to be in the desert for that with me? I’m thinking the weekend of 12/7-8 as it won’t have the mad hordes of Thanksgiving Traffic and be right in the middle of the best viewing period?
This post is just about the students, 9 of them at least from the Monrovia Unified School District. They were at the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts 50th Annual Celebrate the Arts show. All were demonstrating their talents in the flat media with a variety of media. Urban art to plein air to abstract it was all there and represented. Nice work by a bunch of talented kids. Also, aside from this YouTube video there is some images of them and their work on flickr HERE.
Today most of them will be back from 1-5PM in Monrovia’s historic Library Park working on their art. All you could want to know about Celebrate the Arts HERE.
This weekend, October 12 and 13, marks the 50th Anniversary of Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (MAFA) annual show, Celebrate the Arts. Celebrate the Arts is a fine art event that has artists representing many media, from oil/acrylics, metal sculpture to photography/digital art it s all there. This is a juried event where you can rest assured there are no simple bead stringers, but fine artists at the top of their craft. But, have no fear, read a bit further and you will quickly realize this is more than some stuffy museum show, as we have our eccentric and unusual coming from the community to spice things up and keep it different.
The event will be held in Library Park in the heart of historic Old Town Monrovia right on Myrtle Avenue. There is ample FREE parking, something Monrovia still believes in providing visitors, all around Library Park. Celebrate the arts is in the Eastern portion of Library Park on Myrtle Avenue between Palm and Lime avenues. The show will run both days from 10AM-6PM Read the rest of this entry →
Yes, water falling from the sky is a rarity but its not entirely unheard of. Its called rain. I just checked sigalert.com and it appears the city has lost its collective mind. I have a doctors appt in Hollywood a bit later this morning. The freeways between here and there are littered with accidents and sigalerts. As long as I’ve been here I’ve never understood why folks continue to drive fast and try to stop short on wet roads, it doesn’t work. Could we all agree to slow down and not run into each other causing more massive traffic jams? Please?