While the rest of the city was chasing #hiddencash I was doing something a lot more entertaining yesterday. I learned about solar powered cars. Then again, I nerd out on technology and cars so this was a double win for me.
I spent a nice chunk of yesterday listening to Mike Tinskey at Fords Los Angeles Regional office talk about the future of electric cars. Mike is the Global Director of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure so he knows a few things on the topic. Read the rest of this entry →
Los Angeles book launch party/reading! Amy Alkon’s “Good Manners For Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck”. Tuesday, June 3, 6:30p-8pm at Diesel Books at the Brentwood Country Mart (address/map below). Wine and snacks will be served.
And Wharton School’s Adam Grant called the book “outstanding work” and wrote this:
This book is a gem, hysterically funny and grounded in science. Amy Alkon explains why so many people are rude and how it’s possible to be courteous, even if you’re foul-mouthed and clueless about etiquette. If anything will convince my wife that my manners are better than she thought, this is it.
~Adam Grant, Wharton professor and bestselling author of Give and Take
Amy Alkon aka The Advice Goddess is syndicated columnist in about 100 newspapers. She is also all over the web at blogging daily: http://advicegoddess.com. She also has a weekly radio show: http://blogtalkradio.com/amyalkon (Nerd your way to a better life! with the best brains in science) 7-8pm Pacific Time, or available at the link and on iTunes or Stitcher
If you can’t make the reception but really want the book NOW, you can get it on Amazon HERE.
Details. Diesel Books, Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Suite #33, Santa Monica CA 90402 (310) 576-9960 MAP HERE
Nearly 4 years ago the island country of Haiti was devastated with an earthquake. International aid helped, but they have a long way towards rebuilding. Their education system took a huge hit and is in need of contnued help. Taste of Haiti comes to Los Angeles as a fund raiser to continue rebuilding their schools and stuff.
Taste of Haiti is a celebration of all things Haitian and will take place on a rooftop in DTLA on Wilshire. Food, Dance, and Music to celebrate their culture and share with those of us who can help with the cause. High light of the event is food by Chef Jacques Laventure.
This isn’t free, tickets range in price from $20 to $100 with perks commensurate with your tax deductible donation. Ticket purchase and more about the L.A. Event here. More on the total Taste of Haiti Here.
Details: May 28, 2014 7:30PM, 3100 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90005
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.
The Video is pretty self explanatory. Los Feliz resident “Steve” is in it to bring the message of peace. First time I saw him, I wasn’t too sure what to make of it. Interesting way to bring out your message and promote peace.
The event brings together people from all walks of life and seeks to end the cycle of violence by transforming lives and unifying families. Organizers anticipate over 2,000 participants attending and showing their love and support for all victims of crime.
The event begins with a peace walk around the South Central neighborhood of Central Alameda and continues with a presentation of awards and resource fair. The peace walk begins at 9:30 AM. This year’s awardees include Senator Ricardo Lara for Civic Leader Award, Mike Kim for Corporate Responsibility Award and Natali Cabrera for Youth Recognition Award. These individuals will be recognized for their outstanding commitment and leadership to the residents.
Empty Bowls is an international grass roots movement. In simplest terms ceramists donate their talents, and sell bowls filled with donated food to support local food banks and hungry families. The cost of the finished and filled bowl is $10 and you get to keep the bowl to take home with you. The proceeds from this event will be split between donations to the Foothill Unity Center and MUSD families.
In my little corner of L.A Empty Bowls is being coordinated by Meaghan McCarthy. She is working with the local adult school go create bowls. Not just a few, but a goal of 500 bowls to be finished and ready for sale with food by the June 21, 2014 sale. Read the rest of this entry →
About 8 years ago Dave Bullock and a group of photographers created the Skid Row Photography Club. It was put together to help the folks document where they are and that corner of the city. They’ve relied on donated cameras for the members. Now they are crowd sourcing via crowdwise a fund raiser to buy some cameras, tripods and memory cards. All to help the folks on Skid Row find the encouragement to move forward and off the row. You can read more about them on boing boing from a few years back HERE.
Donate what you can, doesn’t have to be much, any little bit you can spare will help. Do it HERE.
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.
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 →
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 →
The movement is gathering momentum. Some of the major local media has picked it up. In short the Monday Night Mission is organizing the protest in response to discussions based on neighborhood proposals to ban feeding the homeless in Los Angeles. In short a bunch of gentrifying NIMBY’s somehow think banning the feeding of the homeless will end the problem and remove them from their neighborhood.
Do contact your local council person and tell them to vote NO on this proposal. Contact Mayor Garcetti as well and ask him to kill the discussion.
Somehow, somewhere, things have gotten out of hand in the Hahamonga Watershed area nestled below JPL and abutted by LaCanada and Altadena/Pasadena. After many community meetings, a questional EIR and just plain upset folks it looks like the plan to completely dredge out and obliterate every living thing is moving forward. An important natural recreation and wildlife spot will be lost if they move through with their plans.
Concerned citizens are being asked to gather on either side of the dam for a holding of the hands protest. It will take place on Saturday 12/14/2013 at a11AM. Full details on where to meet up is on the flyer you can click to embiggen. There is a FB page with more information on the protest as well as the plans by L.A. County Public Works to dredge and expand. MAP HERE
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 →