SoCal Connected calls Leimert Park Beat "an excellent blog that chronicles the happenings in and around Leimert Park Village." Tavis Smiley - History of the Blog in 2009 and tour of Leimert Park Village New York Times - South Los Angeles says yes to no more fast food in 2008
KCRW: Warren Olney's Which Way, LA - County supervisor race goes uncovered by the media
LAist - Neighborhood Project in 2007
Curbed LA - West Adams on the down low in 2007
LA Observed - WeAd is the black WeHo in 2007
LA Observed - Winds knock down the sycamore trees on 42nd in 2006
Stories about Leimert Park
NPR: Leimert Park's Struggle with Identity in 2006
Washington Post - Tour of Leimert Park in 2006
Los Angeles Times - Tour of Leimert Park in 2005
LA City Beat - Tour of Leimert Park in 2005
NY Times - Soul Central from 1993
Stuff to Check Out
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Farmers Market - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EVERY Saturday
Babe and Ricky's Inn
Najite and Olokun Prophecy
Vocalist Dwight Trible Los Angeles Jazz LA Jazz Society
Eso Won Books
Leimert Park Movie
Leimert Park Book Fair
The MTA Board with a 10-1 vote approved stops at Leimert Park and Hindry on the Crenshaw-LAX Line the day after the L.A. City Council…Continue
Like most of us, I know too many people whose lives have been touched by cancer. Quite frankly I believe that cancer is big business which is why in all this time scientists and doctors have not come up with a cure. In the meantime I've started participating in the annual Relay for Life event.
They are held in communties across the United States. I will be participating in the Baldwin Hills Relay For Life…Continue
This Saturday artists from Bahia, Brazil are ready to dance with you! All ages are invited to move to the rhythms of Brazil. The FREE Community Dance Party begins at 3:30pm.
Want to learn the correct movements for Brazilian Samba and Samba Reggae? Join the 1pm Samba Workshop with Slleyk da Bahia(Olodum). The workshop is $30 at the door or $25 in advance. No charge for children under 7.
Casa Cultura Yoga and Dance
If you try to avoid the traffic on Crenshaw as much as I do, you may not have noticed that progress is being made on the demolition of the former Rent-A-Center, Rite Aid Pharmacy, and another empty storefront at Rodeo Road. I've attached a few photos that I took a couple of weeks ago. Since then, the building to the north of Ralph's (Comet Clea…Continue
The California African American Museum (CAAM) will celebrate National Children’s Book Week with the literacy event Heads are Turning, Children are Learning on Saturday, May 18, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event co-hosts include actor Thomas Hobson of The Fresh Beat Band; actress Niketa Calame of The Lion King (animation); and actor Donis Leonard, Jr. from Showtime’s House of Lies.
During the literary event, renowned children’s author and…Continue
Join CITYstage for a week of free DANCE, MUSIC & THEATRE instruction for teens.
Registration is now open for CITYstage Summer Camp and it's FREE!
Parents - Get the kids out of your hair for a week this summer.
Kids - Get out of the house and learn dance, music and theatre!
Hundreds of digitally preserved speeches, sermons and correspondence of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be on view at the California African American Museum (CAAM) May 5 -11, 2013 as part of an unprecedented effort to showcase the work of the civil rights leader.
With the help of…Continue
If you live in the Los Angeles area, please join 89.3 KPCC on Saturday, May 13 for a panel discussion on what makes a medical condition "invisible": What is unique about the suffering of someone who has R.A. or chronic migraine headaches? What challenges does that person face in communicating her or his condition to a health provider? And is this a matter of public health?
Conditions like cancer, heart disease and AIDS strike fear into the…
On Thursday, May 2, the Empowerment Congress NANDC neighborhood council voted to award a $2,000 grant to ECCLA's 22nd Annual Teacher Awards. We honor K-12 educators who go above and beyond the call of duty at an elegant event at the Natural History Museum of L.A. County. With all of the challenges facing education, this is our opportunity to highlight the many teachers who do extraordinary work every day with very little attention or recognition. We hope to stream the event live, so stay…
The Associated Press Stylebook and several newsrooms have dropped the term "illegal immigrant." On the AP website, a top editor clarified, "The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term 'illegal immigrant' or the use of 'illegal' to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that 'illegal' should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country…
The Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic is proud to announce its 15th Annual Family FunFest, a mental health awareness event open to the community to commemorate Children's Mental Health Awareness Month. This year, FunFest will be…
Glenn Bailey, Vice-Chair of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition reports:
Tonight the "on the road" public hearing on the proposed $3 billion street repair parcel tax will be held in South Los Angeles beginning at 6:00 p.m. (agenda below and attached). I hope your Neighborhood Council will be represented.
We all agree that many of our streets need some serious repair work -- the question is whether asking homeowners of modest means to pay $3,500 more on…
This time, the question is: Do you know where in Culver City this patriotic geometry is? If you know, enter your response in the comments box of this post! I'll reveal the answer in two…
The men’s and women’s gymnastics teams at Broadway Gymnastics School (BGS) in Los Angeles, CA just completed their 2012-2013 competitive seasons with amazing leaps of improvements. Several gymnasts were able to obtain scores high enough to skip levels…
These are the new and old sounds coming from my corner of Culver City. What have you been listening to?
Parquet Courts - Borrowed Time
This song by Parquet Courts is sturdily constructed with angular but melodic guitar lines and a chanted chorus that fishhooks into the reptile brain. At two and a half minutes it's an epic for the band. Most songs on their newest album, Light Up Gold, are perhaps half as long, earning Parquet Courts a…
In March, I reported that the Annenberg Foundation has proposed to build a $50 million interpretive center and make other improvements in Area C of the Ballona…
Tomorrow's election day. We've been bombarded with mail and tv, millions of dollars worth, and it still seems to me (and I usually try to follow these things) about very few tangible effects for the neighborhoods.(Interestingly, almost all the millions on the mayoral campaign have come from our neighbors on the westside.) The differences between the mayoral candidates are…
It's located in Santa Monica but it's a big hospital Rancho Park adjacent, and it's just undergone a total architectural overhaul largely funded by Patrick Soon Shiong, an LA billionaire with an amazing background. (Briefly: Chinese parents, born in South Africa, educated in Canada, became a surgeon in LA, got UCLA professorship, resigned UCLA professorship to found startup which exploded, now may be richest man in town, …
Westwood Blvd has been designated a backbone of the LA 2010 Bike Plan Network and targeted for the extension of now fragmentary bike lanes.
The many cyclists who ride this corridor everyday, along with those would-be cyclists who have been afraid to get out there under current conditions, have welcomed this news. The stretch between Santa Monica and Pico presents particularly dangerous conditions for cyclists as now configured. This…
I do not understand why there are so many homeless people in our neighborhood. I know most of them have been here for years and have no where else to go, but why do they come specifically to Rancho Park?
The utilities in the Cheviot / Rancho area are old and outdated resulting in outages like we had earlier this week. A whole house serge protector provided by DWP will prevent electrical panel burn outs caused during incidents like the one this week. DWP will install a protector when the power enters your home. The added charge is around $3.99 a month extra. Our oven panel burned out several times and the appliance repair company recommended a house surge protector. . We haven't had…