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Historic Watts Coffee House hopes for revival + Leimert Park’s People Plaza set to open

  Historic Watts Coffee House hopes for revival: Watts Happening Coffee House, which began as a gathering space for artists after the Watts Riots, wants to once again serve as an outlet for creativity. (L.A. Weekly) See also by Katherine Davis-Young for Intersections: South L.A. corner stores try to get healthy + Q&A: Donald Jolly […]

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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
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LA Observed
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LA Observed - Winds knock down the sycamore trees on 42nd in 2006

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Finally! Rodeo Road will closed for two weeks beginning Friday, Oct. 24 at 9 p.m.

Posted by Jose Ubaldo on October 24, 2014 at 7:00am 0 Comments

Metro’s contractor for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project Walsh/Shea Corridor Contractor (WSCC), will implement a full street closure at Rodeo Road and Crenshaw Boulevard for 14 consecutive days beginning Friday, Oct. 24, to finish construction of the wall perimeter for the future underground Crenshaw/Expo light rail station.

Continuing work has been schedule around the clock from 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 through Friday, Nov. 7.

During this time north and south bound traffic traveling…

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La Brea Corridor Community Workshop Wed.,Oct. 15, 6-8pm @ Baldwin Hills Public Library

Posted by Marie Michele Montano on October 13, 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

This Wednesday, October 15th is the last community workshop for the La Brea Corridor Planning Study 

6 - 8pm at the Baldwin Hills Public Library

Come and actively participate in visualizing a pedestrian and bike friendly S. La Brea Corridor.



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Got Junk? Donate it to upcoming fundraiser for Mayme Clayton Library and Museum

Posted by Mayme Clayton Library and Museum on October 10, 2014 at 2:26pm 0 Comments

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum of African American Culture will be collecting donations to its Goodwill Donation Drive Fundraiser.

Come and drop off gently used apparel, household items, books, DVDs, electronics (working or not) at the Goodwill Collection Truck parked in the parking lot of the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum from 9 AM to 1 PM.  

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Onaje Allan Gumbs - Bloodlife: Solo Piano Improvisations

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Rodeo Road at Crenshaw Boulevard set to close for two weeks beginning Friday, Oct. 3

Posted by Jose Ubaldo on September 26, 2014 at 1:30pm 3 Comments



Metro’s contractor for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project Walsh/Shea Corridor Contractor (WSCC), will implement a full street closure at Rodeo Road and Crenshaw Boulevard for 14 consecutive days beginning Friday, Oct. 3, to finish construction of the wall perimeter for…

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Preparing for our presentation this evening with the Victoria – Sanchez – Sycamore Block Club. Meeting starts at 6:30pm we are scheduled to present at 7:20pm. The meeting is located at the Village Gr…

Posted by Marie Michele Montano on September 16, 2014 at 3:24pm 0 Comments

Preparing for our presentation this evening with the Victoria – Sanchez – Sycamore Block Club. Meeting starts at 6:30pm we are scheduled to present at 7:20pm.

The meeting is located at the Village Green Clubhouse (5300 Rodeo Rd. Los Angeles CA 90016)…stop by, say “Hi”, and get the latest information on the project status.

If you can not make it down tonight...We are also scheduled to present tomorrow 9/17, we would love to see you there.

Wednesday, September 17…

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Three Full Street Closures this Weekend on Crenshaw Boulevard to Continue Building Underground Light-Rail Stations

Posted by Jose Ubaldo on September 11, 2014 at 1:19pm 0 Comments

Work on three of the future underground Crenshaw/LAX light rail stations will shut down Crenshaw Boulevard at three different locations this weekend beginning Friday night until Monday morning. The closures are needed to reconfigure traffic lanes at Crenshaw/Vernon and Crenshaw/MLK stations and on Crenshaw/Expo, Metro and Walsh/Shea Corridor Contractors (WSCC) will begin pile installation on the south wall.

Here are the closure schedule and boundaries, detour maps (see below) and…

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Coliseum street closure

City Councilmember Curren Price and the University of Southern California invite you to an informational meeting of the proposed street closures for the remaining 2014 USC home football games.
Date: October 15th, 2014
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Hoover Union Triangle Plaza meeting tonight!

GILBERT A. CEDILLO COUNCILMEMBER, FIRST DISTRICT
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Come Share Your Priorities for the Proposed Improvements to the Union-Hoover Traffic Triangle
Share with us your opinion on:
-Transit Shelters/seating
-Lighting
-Outdoor performance…

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Hoover Union Triangle Plaza meeting

Let's discuss the “Island of Lights” project for the Hoover Union Triangle.

Meet the Artist: Sheila Klein

Friday, September 19, 2014 4-6 PM
The Velaslavasay Panorama Exhibition Hall at the Union Theater
1122 West 24th Street

Please RSVP to indiejean@att.net

The Hoover-Union Triangle itself was formed by the intersection of the original Spanish Pueblo de Los Angeles street-grid crossing at a diagonal with the later Anglo-surveyed street-grid of…

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Portland Suburb: To Fight Climate Change, Expand Highways!

Is more of this the way to reduce carbon emissions in the Portland region? Photo: Bike Portland Clackamas County, outside of Portland, has some opinions about the region’s plan to address climate change. According to Michael Andersen at Bike Portland, county commissioners have drafted a letter to regional planners saying the right way to control carbon emissions [...]

Confirmed: Sprawl and Bad Transit Increase Unemployment

Since the 1960s and the earliest days of job sprawl, the theory of “spatial mismatch” — that low-income communities experience higher unemployment because they are isolated from employment centers – has shaped the way people think about urban form and social equity. Photo: Phrawr on Flickr But it’s also been challenged. The research that supporting spatial mismatch has suffered [...]

Today’s Headlines

A Heady Discussion on the Future of Trains in L.A. with Damien, Juan, Maddie, Gerard (Zocalo) Just Fixing the Asphalt on L.A. County’s Worst Roads Would Cost $19 Billion (My News L.A.) Historic Lankershim Depot Gets Major Refurbishing (The Source) Metro, Caltrans Don’t Have Best Reputation on Telling You About 405 Closures (LAT) Frustration Growing with Metrolink in O.C., [...]

New Chamber of Commerce Excited About Great Streets on Venice Blvd.

Mike Bonin hops on the Venice Rapid for his morning commute. This uncharacteristically damp morning isn’t the best background, but there’s still a lot of work to be done before Venice can truly be considered a Great Street. Photo: Damien Newton Mike Bonin is not someone who is known for thinking small. “There’s a universe of opportunities,” [...]

6 Transportation Ballot Initiatives to Watch Next Tuesday

Activists in Clayton County, Georgia, support a ballot measure that would connect the county with the regional transit system. Photo: STAND UP via Saporta Report Next week, voters in Maryland and Wisconsin may tell state officials to keep their greedy paws off transportation funds. Louisianans will consider whether to create an infrastructure bank to help finance [...]

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Where Am I in Culver City? Game 082 Solution

Periodically, I post a picture of something in Culver City that is 'hiding in plain sight.' Last week I asked: Do you know where in Culver City these "Waves" are?…

Culver City Symphony To Play Faure, Hayden, Beethoven This Saturday

The Culver City Symphony's first concert of the 2014-15 Season is this Saturday, November 1, 2014, 8:00 pm at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

The program includes:

Fauré: Masques et Bergmasques (1919)

I. Overture, II.…

CCEF presents a Check to the Culver City Unified School District Board of Education

At last night’s Culver City Unified School District Board of Education (CCUSD) meeting held at City of Culver City - City Hall, Culver City Education Foundation (CCEF) Executive Director Leslie Adler presented a check to the school board for $125,500—a very generous grant from the Fineshriber Family Foundation to CCEF.

The talented Culver City High School Students Saxophone Quartet first serenaded attendees as they walked into the city council chambers and then performed a short piece…

“Perfect Timing” Saves Taxpayers $10 Million in CCUSD Bond Issuance

CCUSD recently completed a highly successful sale of its $26.5 million Election of 2014 General Obligation Bonds, Series A (Culver City Unified School District General Obligation Bond Program). The bonds were well-received in the market, and the timing of the sale could not have been better. The District entered the bond market one day after the lowest interest rate levels of 2014 year-to-date. Focus on Federal Reserve policy, mixed economic data, uncertainty in Europe, and other…

SideChef to Demo How To Make Memorable Thanksgiving Sides at Surfas Culver City

SideChef, the step-by-step cooking app that rocketed into iTunes’ Top 10 Food & Drinks apps in the first week of its iPhone launch, is hosting "Festive Falls Flavors" at Surfas Culinary District’s Test Kitchen at 8777 Washington Blvd, this Saturday, November 1, from 11 am to 1…

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Rancho Park's Pico Playhouse To Premiere "Adventures in Candyland" - A Play By Kids for All Ages to Enjoy

Saturday, November 1 marks the sold-out world premiere of "Adventures in Candyland", a  sugary saga written, performed and produced by a group of students from Overland Avenue Elementary School.

The delicious drama features friends on a journey, goblins up to no good, and royalty in peril.

The …

Eat at Pitfire Pizza on Westwood Blvd Thursday 10/23 Good Food for a Good Cause

Join us for a Night of Great Food, Friends, Family and Fundraising

 

Who: Everyone is welcome.

 

What: Support the  Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES is an LAUSD public middle and high school) while you and your family enjoy delicious artisan pizzas, fresh chopped salads made with locally grown ingredients, fantastic pasta and paninis!

When: 5:00 – 9:00 pm, Thursday, October 23. Arrive anytime…

The Book Truck at Children's Book World - Bring or Buy Books for Underserved Teens

Children's Book World Rancho Park's Children's Book World and The Book Truck are holding a teen book drive to reach readers all across Los Angeles. Stop by tomorrow to donate new or gently used books to this great cause.…

Watch Willy Wonka Under the Stars Tonight at Palms Park

Join your friends and neighbors for a night time screening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

When:  dusk, Wednesday, August 6

Where: Palms Park, 2950 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90064

No charge for attending. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Popcorn and candy can be purchased.

 
 
 

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SOUL DOGS Celebrates The Holidays @ Pershing Square's DOWNTOWN ON ICE - Tues., Dec. 30th, 2014 - 12:30-2PM!!!

SOUL DOGS Celebrates The Holidays @ Pershing Square's “DOWNTOWN ON ICE” 



Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

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RBG (Red, Black & Green) Costume Party w/ Special Guest DJ Afrika Bambaataa & Brother J Performing Live at Regency West

October 31, 2014 at 9pm to November 1, 2014 at 2am
This will truly be a costume party like no other!  On October 31st Halloween night, come out and celebrate our ancestors at our RBG (Red Black & Green) Costume Party. There were many who came before us who sacrificed so much for our people to be able to live the privileged life we live today.  So in their honor we ask all attendees dress in the colors of Red Black & Green. Music will be provided by DJ…See More
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"In The Village" · THE World STAGE Saturday Jazz Workshop w/ Sensei LATIF ☾Nov.☽ at The World Stage - Art, Education & Performance Gallery "The heart of L.A.'s African-American cultural community." - L.A. Times

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Cubism in African American Art at California African American Museum

October 26, 2014 from 2pm to 4pm
CAAM’s Contemporary exhibition Curvature features artists Michael Kilgore and Anthony “Eve” Kemp, whose artistic styles include Fauvism, Expressionism and Cubism. CAAM invites the media and community to sit in on a discussion between CAAM’s Visual Arts Curator Vida L. Brown and Artist June Emond as they discuss the artworks of well-known African American artists whose works embrace the styles and elements defined in Cubism.Curvature is ongoing at CAAM through January 19, 2014.   The exhibition…See More
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