Big news, and something that will liven up Old Town Monrovia with new faces is the for a buck ride on a shuttle from the Gold Line Station in Station Square to Library Park in the heart of Old Town Monrovia. From there its an easy walk to the Krikorian Theatre, and a boat load of mid to high end restaurants and bars in Old Town. The shuttle will run Fridays and Saturdays during prime, 5PM-10PM, time evening fun in Old Town. The Shuttle will be clearly marked and easy to identify.
The shuttle will start at the Round about by the station platforms and Parking garage in Monrovia’s Station Square and end at Library Park about 10 minutes later. The fare will be one thin buck and FREE if you have a TAP card. This sure beats walking, especially when summer hits and its 100+ in the evening still.
Also note, barring rain, Friday nights are “Family Festival” nights in Old Town Monrovia from 5PM-9PM. Family Fesitval is a Farmers market, flea market and stuff for kids like Pony Rides, petting zoo and bounce houses. Numerous restaurants have sidewalk dining set up, add in a host of food vendors and live music you have a real party going on.
In the future they hope to expand advertising for the community Dial a Ride program to include passengers at Station Square so those evenings you desperately need happy hour during the week you can still get into Old Town without a hike.
If you are a collector of vintage comic books, those going back 25-50 years this is the place to be this Sunday in the Valley. Oic your favorite super hero and or action figure comic character and find them in the stacks of goodies at this show.
There will be numerious vendors and exhibits as well as 8 comic book celebrities and/or Hollywood types gracing the show with their expertise in the minutiae of that business. Make not mistake about it, this is an art form and is celebrated at this convention.
They have a facebook page that the randomly update with information on the happenings that will take place Sunday at the convention. With nearly 2.5K followera this is shaping up to be a do not miss.
Deets: San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention. Sunday March 13, 10AM-4PM 11128 BALBOA BLVD, GRANADA HILLS, CA 91344 MAP HERE Admission: $5.00 Children 12 and under FREE!!!
If you love the California and American Fine Art movements this is an event not to be missed. John Moran Auctioneers formerly of Pasadena has moved its showroom and activities to Monrovia. The draw…lots of them and yes, pun intended, bringing them to my corner of the SGV.
They are previewing several paintings my California and American masters that will be in their formal auction on March 22. The preview show is a charity event, your admission is tax deductible with the proceeds to be split between the Volunteer Center of the San Gabriel Valley and Monrovia Association of Fine Arts. The divided proceeds will be used by MAFA for its at-risk teen art workshop program and the Volunteer Center for its Make a Difference Day outreach. Included in your price of admission is food, wine and a catalog of the Fine Art offerings. To purchase your ticket you may do so HERE.
DEETS: March 16, 5-7PM John Moran Auctioneers, 145 E Walnut Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016 Admission:$50 (tax deductible)
Last fall the Foothill Extension signed over the tracks to Metro and testing began. Testing is nearly over and the grand opening is set for this saturday. Duarte station is the site of the official ribbon cutting and opening at the midway point between Pasadena and the end at Azusa. With the ribbon cutting trains start rolling at noon to the new stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and finally Azusa.
Monrovia plans on making a day of it. Bands, food tents, craft tents in the area around the train depot known officially as “Station Square” Their ceremony is set to start at 11AM Saturday with ribbon cutting at 11:30 and first train rolling in at noon. To ensure the community can get to the fun down at Station Square they will be running a free shuttle from Old Town Monrovia down to the station activities.
Metro to celebrate the day has made the Gold Line a free ride from noon to midnight on Saturday. This could be your chance to visit the SGV and cities along the route to see what makes them different and special. Just remember if traveling here from other lines you will need to have your TAP card filled and loaded as those lines will not be free. Failing to tap your TAP can be a big fine.
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.
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti revealed yesterday the new logo for the cities bid to be the host city for the 2024 Olympic games.
It features and upward stretched angel soaring to the sun in colors of our often magnificent sunrises and sunsets. The slogan revealed also yesterday is “L.A.’s Brightest Star”
Full article and press conference clip can be found HERE.
I missed the last games and don’t intend to miss this set of games if we get them. The investment required may seem daunting, but it means jobs while constructing and venues for after the games that will benefit the city. I’m jazzed at the prospect of them returning, are you?
I know they’re calling it #101slowjam where a section of the 101 on the east side is closed for the demo of the 6th street bridge. However, last I took the 110 around DTLA, which is their intended detour route, things were at a standstill crawl and it wasn’t even a peak drive time.
My suggestion is if you need to be downtown this weekend during the 40 hour closure you use metro trains and buses as its going to be a hellish drive. If the intent is catch the 5 or 60 from there find a better spot to grab it and avoid the congestion downtown. This is going to be a long 40 hour closure.
Its that time of year for me. Sorting receipts, wondering what’s deductible or not and what new tax laws affect my art generated income. If you’re an artist looking for guidance to make sure you get all your deductions and not sure what changes this year took place that could affect you, have I got a seminar for us.
Monrovia Association of Fine Arts as the first installment of its Professional Development Series offers up for artists, members and non-members alike a seminar by Abe Carrow CPA “Tax and the Artist”. It will be a one day seminar held Saturday February 13 from 10-noon. The fee is $20 for members, $30 for non-members and $10 for students regardless of membership status and can be paid here.
Deets: Tax and the Artist. February 13, 10AM-Noon, Monrovia Community Center, 119 W Palm Ave, Monrovia 91016.
How cool is this. A charity that helps people here in the SGV and is near and dear to my heart got a big help from the Helpful Honday Guys. The publicity for the brand aside, its nice to see Torrance based Honda and its local dealers step up and help the entire community they do business in. This is what a good corporate citizen does. Thanks Honda.
Its sorta the lull between storms and the homeless are getting a bit of a break from the rain, but not the cold so much. I got this email from former BLA’er Dave Bullock and thought I’d share it with you all here. Its a campaign to raise funds to buy tarps and tents for the homeless on skidrow. Help if you can.
People are dying from exposure in Skid Row and there is something we can do about it.
My long time friend, community activist Don Garza, has been walking the streets of Skid Row before and during the rain storms and handing out tarps and tents to the homeless who don’t have adequate protection from the elements. He needs our help to buy more tarps and tents that he can hand out. Please consider donating and sharing to your friends and social network:
Its that time of year again. The SGV just KNOWS its the New Year when a B2 bomber flies down over the Rose Parade route and on down the 210 before they turn it to its home base. The rest of you get to watch it on TV. Yeah, we’re special.
A lot of cool stuff is happening in Los Angeles this coming year. Sometime this month the NFL is meeting to talk about moving not one but THREE teams to Los Angeles. Feetball isn’t my thing except for the odd Packers game and the Superbowl but a ton of Angelenos are terribly excited by the prospect so I am for them.
The iconic 6th street bridge falls this month sometime to be replaced by something new spanning the Los Angeles River. On the topic of the river…the Corp of Engineers signed off on a plan to turn the river back into a natural stream bed replete with trees and parkways along its course to the sea.
The Gold Line extension opens all the way to Azusa March 5. The Expo line this spring makes it all the way to SaMo. Progress in spite of ourselves. Personally I can’t wait as it will be possible to make a quick jaunt to SaMo from the SGV to lunch with a dear friend instead of spending hours on the 10 trying to get there.
Of course this is a big city and room for lots of voices telling what they saw or did. Care to join me in sharing your L.A stories?
When word hit that Christmas morning would bring with it a rare full moon (last one to happen on December 25: 1977), of course I got up in time so you wouldn’t have to and snapped it (click the pics below to enlargify) setting over the ridge to the west of our humble Silver Lake abode.
The first shot is plain sight from the porch, the latter two at about 40x magnification through a scope, with the last one getting photobombed by a palm tree. So LA! Happy Holidays!
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.
To the delight of the kids on my street the MPD and MFD escorted Santa through my neighborhood the other night. Call it recon looking for the kidlets and getting them amped for his arrival Christmas Eve. Kidding aside this is a wonderful tradition in Monrovia one that helps build community and break down walls between neighbors. I love it.