The community is invited to a discussion on “What role can we play in fighting hate online?” sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League’s Asian Jewish Initiative and NextGen Community on Wednesday, February 15, at Google, 340 Main St. in Venice, at 7 p.m. There will be a NextGen-hosted happy hour following the program.
The ADL Asian Jewish Initiative is a partnership with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, Japanese American National Museum, Korean American Coalition, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, and Search to Involve Pilipino Americans.
The ADL NextGen community introduces ADL’s mission, policies and initiatives to new, youthful audiences and emerging community leaders.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is one of the nation’s premier human relations and civil rights agencies and is dedicated to combating anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defending democratic ideals, and protecting civil rights for all.
Part of Monrovia Association of Fine Arts mission is to help artists develop their business. The second in a series of seminars is this Saturday June 18 at the Monrovia Community Center.
The seminar on how to build your Art Business will be taught by Margaret Danielak, is a well-known art consultant and I have her excellent book entitled “A Gallery without Walls” about this topic. http://www.danielakart.com/consulting.html The discounted member fee is only $20.00 and can pay for itself in increased sales. Non-members $30.00, students $10.00. You can reserve a seat and pay HERE. The price of admission includes your course handouts, Starbucks’ coffee, juice and snacks. Hurry as seats are limited.
Deets: Monrovia Community Center Iris Room, 119 W. Palm Ave, Monrovia, 10 a.m. to noon.
Every so often I get a press release that interests me a lot and I start asking questions and getting more detail for a post. In this case Nathanael Welch from the Hatchery Los Angeles reached out with info on an Art Walk featuring artists with disabilities he works with.
The Hatchery in short form is a theological school that is focused on building “common cause” community based churches. Fair enough, but the program Nathanael is working on is special. Its about giving artists with disabilities a way to showcase their art and share it in pop up galleries that pop up all over Los Angeles.
The event in Culver City will be the #CityWalk, where they take pictures and explore the area. Then they will have the pop-up gallery at a different location at the end of the month. They will meet downtown and then walk around the main street on June 12th. He said you can also have people contact him directly at his email address: [email protected] if you have questions. To follow Nathanael’s events you can sign up for Email Notices.
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?
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:
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.
I met Gayle Montgomery quite a while back and impressed with the depth of concern she has for her fellow human beings. Through her job she met Sergeant Major Acosta. A disabled Vet who lost his eyesight during a batle in the Middle East. Gayle also works on a local committee trying to find solutions to our homeless problem and became aware that a large percentage of our homeless are Vets with no resources to help themselves. Sergeant Major and Gayle got to talking about the problems the expected El Nino will bring for them. Here are a few of the things they discussed.
Homelessness in Vets was reduced from 4 years ago. Now 1 in 10 who sleep on the streets is a veteran.
There has been a 6% spike in the last year of homeless veterans, probably attributable to the spiraling cost of housing in combination with the draw down.
The largest concentration of homeless Vets anywhere in our nation is in LA County where there are over 4,000 Vets who sleep on the street.
It is the position of the group that has who have joined hands in lockstep across a wide geographical area, that no person who honorably served our nation should have to sleep on the streets.
No person who served our nation should have to suffer such adverse weather conditions without supplies and without knowing that, Gayle’s employer is Glad to Be of Service to those who faithfully served us.
This project very closely parallels the Soldiers Angels Program which serves those on the battlefield. This project serves those who were on the battlefield, came home, and have had difficulty reintegrating into society.
From that conversation came the idea to create Thank a Vet Inc and their first mission “Operation Save a Vet”. It will consist of a multipronged approach to help the homeless vets trying to survive on the streets during the coming rainy season. First is getting in kind materials donated to them for distribution. Second is to raise funds for care and shelter for these vets, men and women trying to cope with life outside the military. Continue reading “Operation Save a Vet launches this Friday – start your Holiday Giving early”
Well, I suppose its fitting I write the obit for Fresh &Easy since I announced its arrival here back in May ’07 before they even opened their doors. I’m going to miss these guys. They fit the fickle attitudes of my picky eaters as well as my schedule and budget like no other store ever has in the past. I could always count on them for a good selection of fresh, even organic items at best possible prices.
They weren’t without their growing pains. Cheeky “hybrid parking only” signs meant well but drew the ire of a few. Unions tried to bust them and unionize the workers…who were paid more and had benefits directly from Fresh and Easy at the get go. Some larger grocers didn’t like the self check out and lobbied to have it such that booze had to be checked out by an employee which did put a slow down on the checking out process. In the end it came down to a concept us ‘mericans for the most part didn’t get…food shopped fresh daily, quality preservative free prepared meals, sammy’s and salads to go when you don’t have time to cook in a neighborhood market that killed them. Sad.
I certainly feel for all the employees who suddenly got notice and are now out of a job…at the worst possible time of the year to find a new job.
Today I went through the Duarte store. The up to 30% off wasn’t on many items. Everything is off its sale price and listed as full price. Booze and beer was only 10% not enough to get me into frenzy stock up mode. Most canned goods were only 10%, Rice/Beans and Jelly were 20% off. Frozen foods were 30% off and yes, I cleaned them out of every last molten lava cake they had in stock. Ditto their bulgogi Korean BBQ marinade.
Sometimes it is more than the car, its the perfect mix of ambition and heart.
Last night started out like any other manufacturer party. This time hosted by Dodge. It was different as instead of rolling out a red carpet for a shiny new car, it was to give a gift to suburban Los Angeles based “A Walk on Water“. AWOW for short.
Until last night I hadn’t heard of them or their mission. AWOW is there to support families with autistic members. They provide the entire family, not just the person with autism, with the chance to spend a fun day together learning to surf. They believe in the theraputic powers of the ocean and surfing as a way to bridge the communication gap and give a family with special needs a fun learning experience they can share.
Actor Danny Trejo gave a moving introduction to the group and shared how is own family is affected by autism. Its just not the person with special needs that needs help, but the entire family that is affected and need help with coping and learning. The board members of AWOW also shared with us their personal stories on why what they do is important to them and the families they help. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house after one board member talked about how his non-verbal son spoke his first words after his first surf ride. He’s skilled now on the board that he’s ready to be a teacher in the group. The power in belief in abilities and that you can make always find a way to make a positive out of a challenge.
The big news dropped at the end of the presentations is that Dodge, a division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was donating $20,000 to AWOW to kick start their growth and expand beyond the Los Angeles area. Dodge/FCA together are also pledging an additional $50 for every test drive at authorized dealerships in the coming days up to $5,000 additional for AWOW. (list of authorized dealers after the jump). It was hinted that Danny Trejo himself will be at some of the dealerships during their day of sponsored test drives to meet and greet those helping out AWOW by taking drive in a shiny new Dodge.
To further sweeten the pot, Nacional Records, our host for the evening festivities, is going to give away 2 tickets per test drive to the October 3 Supersonico Festival at the Palladium.
A detective loses his Dodge Patrol car with a hemi and cries…
I could add a few more snarks, but bottom line a few electric cars in the LAPD make sense in the right applications. No I can’t imagine them used in a high speed pursuit, but contrary to local TV that is not a constant occurrence. There’s plenty of things they do that involves just slogging around town and idling in traffic that an electric car and its zero emissions at the tail pipe make sense. Detectives cold calling witnesses and victims on follow up doesn’t need speed nor lights flaring. Parking meter slugs idling around town issuing tickets is another area that kinda makes sense.
Regardless of what you think of the EV, they make sense in some applications and if we can save some gas money swapped for electrons cheaper off the grid to power these little beasts its better for the cities bottom line.
Personally, I like the BMW i3, Drives very much like what you expect from BMW, with its aggressive regeneratvie braking systems a quick lift of the throttle feels more like downshifting a gasser than just idle coasting. My full review from a few years ago HERE that included an interview with the BMW i project manager.
Free subscription to blogging.la for the first person who captures a pic of the BMW i3 in action on the streets of L.A.
Paint n Play Art Studio and Gallery in Monrovia has just the thing to keep kids entertained and busy this summer. Art classes. Several to choose from and all expert taught by Lisa Barrios and her loving staff. Real working pros sharing their talents with kids. Does it get better than that?
From basic ceramics to Parent and Tot classes its a learning experience and freeing little minds to create. I really love this stuff. Most is ages 6 and up, though some are as young as 4, and others you need to be at least 8. Hard core elementary ages that need some structure and learning activities in the summer…that are fun.
Click the flyer to embiggen and get the full deets on the classes they offer. Call Lisa Barrios the owner of Paint n Play for the details and to get your kidlet signed up. You won’t regret it and you’ll be a hero to your kid for doing so.
Deets: Paint n Play Art Studio and Gallery, 418 S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia 91016 626-256-4648