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Hong Kong Supermarket FINALLY opens in Monrovia

July 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm in Food & Drink, LA, San Gabriel Valley, Shopping


After over a year of delays and general dicking around the Hong Kong Supermarket finally opened.  I am ecstatic.  No more trekking to Alhambra or China Town just for miso paste, thai red chili, or kecap manis (sort of a sweetened soy sauce).  I can get it where I live.  Yahoo…especially handy since we do meatless mondays around here. Read the rest of this entry →


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Happy 7-11 Day run out and get your free Slurpee

July 11, 2013 at 11:10 am in Food & Drink, Seasonal

Today is the unofficial birthday of the Slurpee and 7-11 celebrates the day with free slurpees for everyone.   I’m in, not because its some healthy concoction, but because it tastes sooooo good.  Its my sometimes treat for the week and will take it in all its sugary laden artificial taste and color glory.  Might I suggest you try the “Watermelon Lime” as its quite tasty.

The good folks at 7-11 even upped the ante this year.  Instead of the miniscule 7.11 oz glasses of years past its supposed to be a full 12 oz this year.  Yeah.  Of course they have a disclaimer…not all 7-11 locations will participate.


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L.A. County DUI arrests up 43% over last year’s July 4th

July 7, 2013 at 7:02 pm in Holidays, Law, Law Enforcement

There must be a lot of folks sitting with their heads on their hands going “man did I eff up this time”.  DUI arrests this year are 490 compared to 343 a year ago for the same period.  Thats a lot of sorry folks looking at huge legal bills, fines and some jail time.  What happened?

This from nixle:

“Community: 490+ DUI Arrests So Far in #LACounty: Independence Day Weekend AVOID #DUI Campaign (Multi-Agency Update 3)

Avoid the 100 (policing agencies) Los Angeles County DUI Campaign

The Independence Day Weekend Anti DUI crackdown is reporting 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 Saturday 6, 2013 officers representing 100 county law enforcement agencies have arrested

490 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**). Last year during the same time period there were a total of 343 arrests for DUI.

Law enforcement officials are continuing DUI efforts throughout the county and region. DUI arrest data collection will continue through midnight tonight. Additionally, CHP throughout the state have all available officers patrolling freeways and county roads throughout the weekend for their Maximum Enforcement Period.” 

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

July 6, 2013 at 7:18 pm in Holidays, Law, Law Enforcement, News

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 →


Putting The Anger In “Ranger”

July 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm in Entertainment, Filmmaking/Filmmakers, Movies, Rants

Being an adorer of the western film genre as a whole, I was all set to put aside my misgivings about the Disneyfied Pirates-of-the-Caribbeanification of “The Lone Ranger” and go see it.

But now I won’t, thanks to a TV spot for the movie that made me yell “Whoaaaaa!” Specifically, it was the split second within the commercial that changed my mind so drastic and definitively when Johnny Depp’s Tonto — basically a more stone-faced Native American version of Cap’n Jack Sparrow — turns to the camera just as he’s about to be yanked hard off the top of a speeding train.

As his overly maked-up and crow-covered head swing around toward the lens, I see what’s coming next and futilely yell “Don’t do it!” out loud not at the TV so much as at the director, at the screenwriters, at the producers, at the marketers, at the studio, and of course at Depp… But to no avail he does it anyway. Does what? He cheap-ass smirks at the audience, like so (click to biggify):

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

June 27, 2013 at 11:36 am in Law, Law Enforcement, News

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


Rest In Peace, Mr. Cataldis

June 27, 2013 at 7:02 am in Obituaries, People

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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Nice parking ace…did you really have to do it?

June 26, 2013 at 4:42 pm in Driving, LA, Transportation

Ok…I’m in as much a hurry as anyone. Today was my neuro appt at Kaiser Sunset. Parking was always rough there until 2 years ago when they instituted complimentary valet parking. Its well signed too.

So…I left early to allow for parking dilemmas, and knew that if all else failed I could use the handy valet service.  Zipping around the corner in my nifty new compact I came across this idiot hogging 2 compact spaces.  Absolute genius.  Didn’t even make an effort to fit in one compact space, but angled in blocking another.  It was clearly marked as they pulled in “small car” and “compact car” only, a redundancy that escaped them.  The worst thing was that if they followed the signs up one more level they would have had the use of free valet service.

There’s an app being tried somewhere in Canada that will PAY people to report parking ‘tards such as this one.  Not sure when or if ever it will make it to L.A.  But when it does I will be rich.

Pic by me…love how the license plate glows in the dark.


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

June 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm in News, Politics, Social issues

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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ICME: Scarecrow L.A. Style…

June 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm in ICME, The Valley

surfcrow

My friend Jeff Hailpern spotted this in a friends yard somewhere in Chatsworth.  Country kitsch meets L.A. surf culture.  Love it.

(Photo by Jeff Hailpern and used with his permission)


For The Sake Of The Lake

June 17, 2013 at 11:35 am in Events, LA, News

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.


LA Taco Blog Puts The “Urge” In Burger

June 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm in Food & Drink, South Bay

LA Taco Blog is one of my must-reads. I’m WAY out of its demographic, practically none of its topics are written with anyone of my middle-class unhip ilk in mind, and it covers people, events, things in areas of the greater LA/SoCal region I rarely if ever visit, but I enjoy the hell out of it anyway. It’s like sitting in the back of a clubhouse fulla koolkidz who don’t care you’re there while they talk shop and share shit.

So it was that on a recent click over to their site last month, I found a post extolling the virtues of an eatery called Corner Burger, which is so named because it sits on a street corner on 147th Street a block west of a street called Hawthorne Boulevard. In a city called Lawndale. Which is all a big “Huh?” to me.  You have to understand: up until I googled the place’s address, I had no idea where Lawndale was. A native angeleno and I had not a clue. That’s the way it was and is for me and much that region. I just don’t get out there (unless crawling along the 405 around the South Bay Curve counts — and it doesn’t).

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Re Creo Underground Supper

May 21, 2013 at 12:49 am in Downtown, Food & Drink, LA

Lately, most of my adventures have been in food.  A great deal of it has centered around my proximity to Ricardo Zarate and Stephane Bombet of Mo-Chica, Picca and now Paiche fame.  They are my bosses.  (Amazing bosses, by the way.)  So, I’ve had the chance to eat some of the best food being created in LA.

Part of what happens when you are in the nexus of awesome energy is you meet a vast array of amazing people.  DTLA people are quickly becoming my favorite sorts.  They are artsy, creative, edgy, a little dangerous and full of life.  One of those people is Jean Francoise Valcarcel.

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Dim Sum 101 from the 626 Foodettes

April 25, 2013 at 12:38 pm in Entertainment, Food & Drink, San Gabriel Valley

You may think I’m a little obsessed with the 626 Night Market that shared this video.  I am.  Can’t help it as its one of the biggest cultural events out here in the SGV and its fun too!


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Monrovia Fire: 100% Containment expected by this evening

April 21, 2013 at 6:28 am in News, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal

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”?