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City Planning Commission Votes to Support Miracle Mile HPOZ

City Planning Commission Votes to Support Miracle Mile HPOZ

Map of the northern part of the proposed Miracle Mile HPOZ area, including the blocks north of 8th Street, which the CPC yesterday voted to exclude from the protected district. On Thursday, December 8, the City Planning Commission voted 5-3 to support an Historic Preservation Overlay Zone for the Miracle Mile neighborhood, and to support […]

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City Council Approves Better Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO)

City Council Approves Better Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO)

  To the delight and relief of neighborhood preservation advocates all over the city, the City Council Wednesday voted 13-0 to support revised rules that would strengthen the city’s Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO) by closing a garage exemption loophole and reducing the allowable floor area of new homes. More than 50 neighborhood representatives spoke before the City […]

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CD4 Councilmember David Ryu Considering Run for Congress

CD4 Councilmember David Ryu Considering Run for Congress

CD4 Councilmember David Ryu is considering a run for Congress, according to press reports in Korean news media and the Beverly Press-Park La Brea News. Ryu’s spokesman Estevan Montemayor confirmed that Ryu is looking into running for Congressman Xavier Becerra’s seat, representing California’s 34th Congressional District, which overlaps parts of Ryu’s City Council District 4. […]

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Larchmont Life - The Honey

LAFD Holding 24th Annual Spark of Love Toy Drive

LAFD Holding 24th Annual Spark of Love Toy Drive

Looking for a simple way to brighten a deserving child’s holiday season?  ABC7, Southern California Firefighters and the Marine Corps Reserve are teaming with Toys for Tots and other organizations in the the 24th annual “Spark of Love Toy Drive,” which has, over the past two decades, collected more than nine million toys for underserved children […]

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Seeding Your Lawn in Winter is Wasteful and May Not Work

Seeding Your Lawn in Winter is Wasteful and May Not Work

You know it’s winter in Los Angeles because of the aroma of manure coming from lawns that homeowners have over-seeded with winter rye seed and then covered or topped with steer manure.  (The manure topping keeps the seeds warm and protects them from the birds.) Then what follows is the practice of extra watering to […]

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Healthy Tips For the Holidays

Healthy Tips For the Holidays

Thanksgiving starts the season of giving. Giving thanks, giving gifts and …giving ourselves permission to eat whatever we want, whenever we want. There’s something about the holidays; Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s, that unleashes the binge beast in all of us. Perhaps it’s the years of pre-programmed eat-until-you-burst mentality that started in childhood. Perhaps […]

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Larchmont People - The Hive

Natalie Howard Passed Away

Natalie Howard Passed Away

Natalie Anne Howard, owner of Natalie’s Needlepoint, a fixture of Larchmont Blvd. for 27 years in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, has passed away. She died on November 26, 2016 after a three-month long illness, according to an obituary in the Los Angeles Times and San Gabriel Valley Tribune. She was 85 years old. A native […]

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Local Celebrity Real Estate News – Barbara Bain and Nancy Silverton

Local Celebrity Real Estate News – Barbara Bain and Nancy Silverton

The Los Angeles Times reports that actress Barbara Bain has sold her home in the Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles for $1.675 million. Bain, 85, has sold her 1,750 square foot Spanish-style house, built in the 1920s. She purchased the home seven years ago for $1.499 million, according to the Times. In other local real […]

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Bill Funderburk Honored for DWP Data Initiative Helping Low Income Neighborhoods

Bill Funderburk Honored for DWP Data Initiative Helping Low Income Neighborhoods

La Brea-Hancock resident Bill Funderburk was honored recently by the non-profit Mujeres de la Tierra (Women of the Earth) for his work on a DWP data initiative helping low income neighborhoods.  Funderburk received the Benito Juarez Award, which is presented to individuals for environmental leadership while standing up for working class people, at a Mujeres […]

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Larchmont Events - The Swarm

Soles for Souls Holiday Shoe Drive

Soles for Souls Holiday Shoe Drive

If you’re planning a trip to the Wilshire Rotary’s Christmas tree lot on Larchmont this year, you might want to consider bringing a gently used pair of shoes with you.  Hunter Campen, a 7th grader at St. Brendan School, is coordinating a Soles for Souls shoe drive at the lot, to help provide much-needed footwear to […]

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Weekend Buzz – Events for December 10-11, 2016

Weekend Buzz – Events for December 10-11, 2016

This is one of those great holiday-season weekends with something for almost everyone.  Lots of different interests represented! First up on Saturday is the DWP’s monthly Customer Service Saturday and shade tree giveaway, at four of its Regional Customer Service Centers, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  (closest location to our area is 4030 Crenshaw Blvd.). […]

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Weekend Buzz – Events for December 3-4, 2016

Weekend Buzz – Events for December 3-4, 2016

This seems to be the weekend for interesting holiday shopping. Starting a bit early, there’s a stylish estate sale running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Sunday at 434 N. Orange Dr.  It’s the home of the owners of the Garde boutique on Beverly Blvd., and includes personal mid-century modern furnishings, along with […]

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SCAQMD Says No Wood Burning Today and Tonight

SCAQMD Says No Wood Burning Today and Tonight

| December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you’re thinking of lighting your wood burning fireplace or pizza oven, you can’t do it today.  The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has issued a residential no-burn alert effective from midnight last night through midnight Tuesday, December 6, 2016, due to a high concentration of fine particulate air pollution forecast for the area. The […]

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Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association Discusses Metro Plans for Center-Island Excavation Portal on Wilshire Blvd.

Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association Discusses Metro Plans for Center-Island Excavation Portal on Wilshire Blvd.

| December 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

On Sunday, December 4, members of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association (including both residents and local business owners) met with representatives of Metro, its subway construction contractor, Skanska-Traylor-Shea, City Council Member David Ryu, and a few residents of the La Brea-Hancock neighborhood, to discuss details of and concerns about Metro’s recent proposal to locate a long-term […]

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City Council Member David Ryu Moves to Curb Exhibition of Wild and Exotic Animals

City Council Member David Ryu Moves to Curb Exhibition of Wild and Exotic Animals

| December 3, 2016 | 2 Comments

On November 30, Los Angeles City Council Member David Ryu introduced a motion that, if passed, would  direct the City Attorney to draft a new ordinance to “prohibit the exhibition of wild or exotic animals for entertainment or amusement, including circuses, other wild or exotic animal shows, and rentals for house parties.” In an official statement […]

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Marciano Foundation to Open Museum at Former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple

Marciano Foundation to Open Museum at Former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple

| December 1, 2016 | 1 Comment

At long last, it seems the former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple really will be re-opening, this time as a museum holding the art collection of the Marciano Foundation. According to news reports, the Marciano family plans to open the Marciano Art Foundation private museum in the spring of 2017 to display their 1,500-piece collection of […]

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Metro Crews Unearth Ancient Elephant Fossils at Wilshire and La Brea

Metro Crews Unearth Ancient Elephant Fossils at Wilshire and La Brea

| December 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Metro crews working on excavations for the Wilshire-La Brea Purple Line subway station have unearthed what appear to be bones of two “ancient elephant relatives” at the site in the past week.  Metro announced yesterday that these are the first mammal fossils found during the project.  They include “a three-foot section of tusk and mastodon tooth […]

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PLUM Committee Disappoints Neighborhoods on BMO

PLUM Committee Disappoints Neighborhoods on BMO

| November 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Yesterday, the Planning and Land Use Management Committee of the LA City Council appeared to disregard the overwhelming public testimony advocating for a reformed Base Mansionization Ordinance (BMO) by eliminating a square-footage exemption for garages and reducing the ratio of floor area to lot size (known as Residential Floor Area) to ensure that oversize homes would […]

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Fire Damages Vacant Home at 4847 W. Oakwood Ave.

Fire Damages Vacant Home at 4847 W. Oakwood Ave.

| November 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

At 11:23 yesterday morning, the Los Angeles Fire Department received an alert of a fire at a vacant home at 4847 W. Oakwood Ave., just east of Wilton.  “Heavy fire,” extending from the main floor into the attic, was reported (and can be seen in the photo above and videos below).  Thankfully, LAFD crews were […]

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Former Chandler Mansion Back on the Market for $50 million

Former Chandler Mansion Back on the Market for $50 million

| November 29, 2016 | 2 Comments

The Chandler family home in Windsor Square is back on the market for $50 million.  Should it sell close to that number, it would be a record breaker for the area. According to a local realtor, the last time the house sold it went for $9.5  million, in 2014, to the current owners, Nigerian furniture manufacturing […]

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