Larchmont News - The Buzz

Customer Rips off Cell Phone at Village Pizzeria

Customer Rips off Cell Phone at Village Pizzeria

Last night, it appears that a customer walked out with an employee’s cellphone at the Village Pizzeria. According to owner Steve Cohen, a couple -a man and a woman – ate dinner at the restaurant early Monday evening. After paying their bill in cash, the male waited around then grabbed an employee’s cell phone that was […]

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City Council PLUM Committee will Vote Tomorrow on Baseline Mansionization Ordinance

City Council PLUM Committee will Vote Tomorrow on Baseline Mansionization Ordinance

In a special meeting tomorrow, the Los Angeles City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee will vote finally on recommended revisions to the city’s Baseline Mansionization Ordinance, a process that has been in the works for several years now and is intended to close loopholes in the original 2008 ordinance which did more to […]

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New 12-story Development Planned for Wilshire and La Brea

New 12-story Development Planned for Wilshire and La Brea

It’s long been accepted that the Purple Line subway station at Wilshire and La Brea will be just the start of a major transit-oriented re-development of the area, and we now have some idea of what at least one other part of that process will bring. On January 10, real estate development firm CGI Strategies announced that it […]

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Larchmont Life - The Honey

Transit and Local Real Estate – Some Emerging Thoughts

Transit and Local Real Estate – Some Emerging Thoughts

According to the real estate website Redfin, Los Angeles’ historic West Adams district is now one of the 10 most competitive real estate neighborhoods in the country. And it’s the only Los Angeles neighborhood on the list, ranking with other ultra-hot areas in San Francisco, Boston and Seattle. In its analysis, Redfin notes that median home […]

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Landis Gifts & Stationery Fifth Annual Cash-Only Pre-Inventory Sale

Landis Gifts & Stationery Fifth Annual Cash-Only Pre-Inventory Sale

Sponsored Post Landis Gifts & Stationery will be open Friday and Saturday, January 6th-7th, for its fifth Annual Winter Sale, offering big discounts on all items in the store. Sale items include boxed stationery and invitations,  journals, home decor items, and fine Christmas decorations and holiday cards. A variety of gifts from Simon Pearce are also on […]

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2017 Rose Parade

2017 Rose Parade

Yesterday,  I had the good fortune to attend the Rose Parade with grandstand seats, allowing a wonderful view of the parade. Though it was a cloudy, chilly day, the floats were just as spectacular. If you ever have a chance to see the parade in person, take it, you won’t be sorry. It really is […]

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Larchmont People - The Hive

Local Grassroots Organizing

Local Grassroots Organizing

It is fitting on this Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday that we report on a group of neighbors who are organizing their voices to be part of the national discussion on healthcare reform. This past Sunday over 20 people gathered, on just one week’s notice, at Doreen Braverman and Stuart Rudnick’s Hancock Park home to be part […]

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Community Leader Julie Stromberg Runs for California Democratic Party Delegate

Community Leader Julie Stromberg Runs for California Democratic Party Delegate

Windsor Village resident Julie Stromberg ran in elections over the weekend to be a delegate for the California Democratic Party, representing Assembly District 50, which covers our local neighborhoods. Stromberg, who also serves on the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, narrowly missed winning a delegate spot by a slim six-vote margin…but she won the right to be the first […]

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June Street Winemaker Jeff Strauss

June Street Winemaker Jeff Strauss

It took going to the westside to a wine tasting to meet Hancock Park winemaker Jeff Strauss and his wife Mindy Schultheis, owners of Longtable Winery in Mount Veeder, Napa Valley.  Windsor Square resident, wine expert and publisher of food and drink journal Zester Daily, Corrie Brown introduced me to Strauss and Schultheis and their three […]

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Larchmont Events - The Swarm

Weekend Buzz – Events for January 14-16, 2017

Weekend Buzz – Events for January 14-16, 2017

Art, film, food, cars…and a big parade.  All good options for your holiday weekend. Starting with the art, the LA Art Show: Modern|Contemporary, at the LA Convention Center, is worth checking out this weekend.  Last year, the self-described “fulcrum for art commerce, connecting galleries, artists, curators and collectors” drew nearly 70,000 attendees and the organizers […]

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Pianist Robert Thies to Perform at the Historic Ebell Sunday, January 22

Pianist Robert Thies to Perform at the Historic Ebell Sunday, January 22

The Ebell of Los Angeles will host award winning pianist Robert Thies in concert at the Historic Ebell of Los Angeles on Sunday, January 22 at 3:00 pm. Thies, who now lives in Los Angeles, first captured worldwide attention in 1995 when he won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. […]

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Weekend Buzz:  Events for January 7-8, 2017

Weekend Buzz: Events for January 7-8, 2017

This is one of those weekends when you’ve got no excuse to be bored – so many fun things to do…and a great number of them this week involve film (not surprising since Hollywood’s awards season kicks off this weekend, with the Golden Globes presentations on Sunday). But first, for comics and sci fi fans, […]

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Sage Lifestyle to Close at the End of January

Sage Lifestyle to Close at the End of January

| January 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

After two years, Sage Lifestyle is leaving Larchmont at the end of January, owner Sage Machado told the Buzz this week. “It’s been a wonderful two years on Larchmont and I am going to miss it,” Machado told the Buzz.  For Sage fans, Machado will continue to sell her hand-made fragrances and candles on her website […]

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Tree Removal and Replacement Plan for Larchmont Blvd.

Tree Removal and Replacement Plan for Larchmont Blvd.

| January 12, 2017 | 1 Comment

According to Greg Monfette, of Tree Case Management, an arborist hired by the Larchmont Business Improvement District (BID), the ficus trees planted on Larchmont almost sixty years ago have outlived their welcome on the street, and it’s time for them to be replaced through a process of rotational management. The BID, a consortium of property owners […]

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Cooking in the Rain

Cooking in the Rain

| January 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

This week of rainy days has forced me to stay inside, but inspired me to cook from my garden…which is really loving all the moisture.  (A great benefit of working from home is that I can cook in between answering emails and texts!) Here’s a simple recipe for a vegetable frittata that makes a healthy hot lunch […]

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New Plans for the Old Firestone Building

New Plans for the Old Firestone Building

| January 11, 2017 | 1 Comment

Last year, when the car repair business at the streamline moderne Firestone building at 8th and La Brea suddenly closed, neighbors worried that a developer would swoop in and tear it down.  But new owners Conroy Commercial said at the time that they were definitely interested in preserving the structure, a Los Angeles Historic Cultural […]

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City Council Member David Ryu Backs Preservation Effort for Norton Properties

City Council Member David Ryu Backs Preservation Effort for Norton Properties

| January 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Last week, we reported on efforts to preserve two apartment buildings at 412 and 424 N. Norton, for which a demolition permit was applied last month.  Neighbors spoke out against the planned demolition, noting that the city’s SurveyLA project deemed the buildings eligible for both city and national historic status. At the time of last week’s […]

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Ryu and other City Council Members Call for Ban on Developer Contributions

Ryu and other City Council Members Call for Ban on Developer Contributions

| January 11, 2017 | 1 Comment

Yesterday, CD4 Council member David Ryu joined four other colleagues to call for a ban on campaign contributions from developers who have projects being considered by the city. In an effort to avoid the appearance of “pay-for-play,” David Ryu, Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, Mike Bonin, and Joe Buscaino urged the city’s Ethics committee to draft […]

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Wet Weather Tips from LAFD

Wet Weather Tips from LAFD

| January 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

With rain in our forecast for the next four days (we may not see the sun again until Friday), it’s time for some periodic reminders about how to prepare for wet weather. One of the best sources for this information is the Los Angeles Fire Department, which notes that the number one rainy-day safety precaution […]

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Two Quigg Bankruptcy Properties Now on the Market

Two Quigg Bankruptcy Properties Now on the Market

| January 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Two properties in the Robert Quigg bankruptcy are now on the market: 347 S Arden Blvd in Windsor Square and 1516 Stone Canyon Road in Bel Air. Both properties are listed by Michael Sahakian of Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills, and the sales are subject to court confirmation. Local real estate insiders tell the Buzz that […]

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