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Cool Local House Stories

Cool Local House Stories

Stories about two local houses on the market caught our attention this week. In case you missed them, here’s the scoop. The spectacular 8 bedroom, 5 bathroom, 9,918 square foot Higgins-Verbeck-Hirsch House — also known as Historic-Cultural Monument No. 403 — is on the market for $4,495,000, for the first time in 23 years.  The distinctive Windsor Square […]

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Could ‘Granny Flats’ Solve LA’s Housing Crisis?

Could ‘Granny Flats’ Solve LA’s Housing Crisis?

Could ‘granny flats’ and ‘guest houses’ (also known as Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADUs) be the solution to LA’s housing crisis?  Locally, many of us have guesthouses which formerly functioned as household staff quarters. But many are being renovated for family members or “guests” who want to live in our quiet single family neighborhoods. Currently, […]

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Fire Tuesday Night in Larchmont Area

Fire Tuesday Night in Larchmont Area

Photo by Anne Loveland Local residents were startled on Tuesday night to see smoke rising from a fire in the Larchmont area, around 6:15 in the evening. The fire was originally reported to LAFD at 6:19 p.m., at 301 N Beachwood Dr.…but the address was later corrected to 327 N. Plymouth Blvd.  According to the Fire Department, the fire […]

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Larchmont Life - The Honey

Kali Reviewed by NY Times

Kali Reviewed by NY Times

The New York Times calls Larchmont’s Kali “California Cuisine Without the Pretension,” in its review of our newest local restaurant at 5722 Melrose Avenue. “Kevin Meehan and Drew Langley have constructed a world as colorful, complex and wild as the Golden State itself,” writes Leslie Pariseau in her Bites column for the Times.  “Too often, California-style restaurants […]

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Urban Coyote Study Provides “Unexpected Revelations”

Urban Coyote Study Provides “Unexpected Revelations”

Coyotes are a common sight in our residential neighborhoods these days…but a lot of myths about them persist, so it was very interesting yesterday when radio station KPCC reported on the first year of a National Park Service study of Los Angeles’ urban coyotes. According to the story, the study turned  up some “unexpected revelations,” […]

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Backyard Renovation TV Show Seeks Contestants

Backyard Renovation TV Show Seeks Contestants

Here’s your chance to win a new backyard! We’ve heard buzzing that the “Property Brothers” on HGTV are looking for contestants who want to battle it out for bragging rights for the “ultimate entertainment space.” According to the casting announcement we got from a reader, the ideal contestant is outgoing, has construction knowledge, has their […]

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Larchmont People - The Hive

Nick Fagnano Foundation Celebration of Life Monday, July 25 at Venice Beach

Nick Fagnano Foundation Celebration of Life Monday, July 25 at Venice Beach

Mary and Jay Fagnano, founders of the Thrive in Joy Nick Fagnano Foundation, have expanded their celebration honoring the passing of their son, Nick Fagnano, to include other families who have lost children and young loved ones. Planned for Monday, July 25, 2016, from 2:30-8:00 pm, the event was originally organized to mark their son Nick’s passing — […]

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Tragedy In Nice, France Touches Local Family

Tragedy In Nice, France Touches Local Family

Last week we learned that a Windsor Square family had a son studying in Nice, France at the time of the recent attack that killed 84 people.  (On July 14, a cargo truck was deliberately driven into crowds of people celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais, along the Nice waterfront.) Thankfully 16 year-old Colin Kruse, […]

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Wilshire Girls’ Softball Shines at CalState Games

Wilshire Girls’ Softball Shines at CalState Games

On July 6, the Buzz shared a request from Wilshire Girls’ Softball to help send its 12-and-under (12U) Gold All-Stars team to the prestigious Cal State Games in San Diego.  We’re thrilled to report that the team’s fundraising efforts paid off, and the girls got to take the trip this weekend.  Team parent Tara Kelly provided this update to […]

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Larchmont Events - The Swarm

Tiny Book Show Today at the John C. Fremont Library

Tiny Book Show Today at the John C. Fremont Library

Join the folks at the John C. Fremont Library (6121 Melrose Ave.) today, Saturday, July 30, from 12:00-4:00 pm for a Tiny Book Show presented by The Creativity Caravan, a traveling organization that works to build community through creative projects. Also known as artists Amy Tingle and Maya Stein, the Creativity Caravan travels the country in a vintage trailer named […]

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Weekend Buzz – Events for July 30-31, 2016

Weekend Buzz – Events for July 30-31, 2016

It’s still pretty warm this weekend, but it shouldn’t be too hot to enjoy your L.A. weekend. Starting early on Saturday, you have three great local bargain-hunting opportunities.  The first is an estate sale at 174 S. Highland. Running Saturday (the second day of the two-day sale), from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the home […]

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Homeless Connect Day Provides Free, One-Stop Resources

Homeless Connect Day Provides Free, One-Stop Resources

From 1:00 to 5:oo p.m. today, Thursday, July 28, a large group of city, county and non-profit agencies will gather together at the Pan Pacific Park Senior Center, 141 S. Gardner Ave., for a Homeless Connect Day to provide free, one-stop services to people experiencing homelessness.  Resources will include healthcare, legal services, housing connections, food, clothes, yoga, and a homeless court […]

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Counting LA’s Trees

Counting LA’s Trees

| July 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Fortunately, we have lots of trees in our neighborhoods. One study estimates about 40 of our neighborhood is covered with trees, compared to nearby Koreatown with only 7 percent.  But overall, trees cover only about 21 percent of the City of Los Angeles putting us well below the national average. Now, after several years of drought, the number could be […]

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GWNC Land Use Committee — Huge Agenda Tonight

GWNC Land Use Committee — Huge Agenda Tonight

| July 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

One good measure of the pace of development in our area is the number of projects the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council’s Land Use Committee is asked to review each month.  In years past, agendas tended to contain 3-5 projects per month, and there was often a slowdown in the summer months. This year, however, the number […]

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Airbnb Deal Helps Local Hosts

Airbnb Deal Helps Local Hosts

| July 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

The recent deal between the City of Los Angeles and short-term home rental company Airbnb is seen as a “massive step forward in the right direction,” by at least one local host. Starting next month, Airbnb has agreed to collect lodging taxes from its hosts and pass them along to the city. (Note that hosts have […]

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Metro Construction Updates: Closures Moving East of La Brea This Weekend

Metro Construction Updates: Closures Moving East of La Brea This Weekend

| July 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

At its bi-monthly Construction Community Meeting this past Thursday, July 21, Metro announced that concrete decking installation at the Wilshire-La Brea intersection would be completed over the July 22-24 weekend and closures this coming weekend (July 29-31) will move east of La Brea, leaving that street fully open once again for weekend north/south traffic. According to Billy Parent, […]

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SCAQMD Issues Smoke Advisory/Air Quality Alert for Today

SCAQMD Issues Smoke Advisory/Air Quality Alert for Today

| July 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Even though we’re about 40 miles from the Sand Fire near Santa Clarita, local residents are waking up to very smoky skies today.  As of 7:00 this morning, according to local news reports, the fire has burned about 5,500 acres, with 0% containment. Late last night, the South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a Smoke Advisory for today, […]

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Mo:Vint Clothing and Blends Sneakers Open on Larchmont

Mo:Vint Clothing and Blends Sneakers Open on Larchmont

| July 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mo:Vint Clothing and Blends Sneakers have opened in Larchmont in the last week, within a few doors of each other. Both boutiques are new outposts for specialty clothing companies with other retail locations. Larchmont is the first LA space for Mo:Vint, which also has a Soho, New York store (though the company is based in […]

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Weekend Buzz – Events for July 23-24, 2016

Weekend Buzz – Events for July 23-24, 2016

| July 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

This weekend’s going to be a scorcher, so it’s probably best to do your running around early in the day, then aim for indoor activities later.  And evening’s probably a good time for a movie…either indoors or out. To beat the heat on Saturday, you can start with a rummage sale at Hope Lutheran Church, […]

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Activist Shelley Wagers Reflects on the Recent Planning Commission Vote on the BMO

Activist Shelley Wagers Reflects on the Recent Planning Commission Vote on the BMO

| July 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last week, the City Planning Commission voted to forward the latest draft of a revised Baseline Mansionization Ordinance to the City Council’s PLUM Committee for a final review before it goes before the full City Council for approval.  The Commission also made a couple of last-minute changes to the proposed ordinance, including reducing the allowable […]

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