Larchmont News - The Buzz

Ficus Tree Roots May Have Caused Sewage Back-up at Larchmont’s Village Pizzeria

Ficus Tree Roots May Have Caused Sewage Back-up at Larchmont’s Village Pizzeria

Last night, just as the crew at Village Pizzeria, 131 N. Larchmont Blvd., was cleaning up for closing, the floor started rising up in the back of the kitchen, the result of a sewage backup. Owner Steve Cohen told the Buzz this morning that he was up all night dealing with plumbing problems, which may […]

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PLUM Committee to Debate Land Use Appeal Fees

PLUM Committee to Debate Land Use Appeal Fees

  At the August 8 meeting of the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee, committee members heard a city report on current fees for appealing city land use decisions, and recommendations by the City Administrative Officer and Planning Department for revising those fees. This may sound, at first mention, like a very “inside […]

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The Solar Eclipse is Next Monday, August 21

The Solar Eclipse is Next Monday, August 21

What is an Eclips and Where Will You See It Where  will you be next Monday morning around 10:15? With any luck, you will be able to watch the solar eclipse that will cover most of North America.  A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or […]

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Larchmont Life - The Honey

Celebrating Summer Tomatoes

Celebrating Summer Tomatoes

This is the height of summer tomato season and local chefs are making the most of this time of year.  Buzz reader Amanda Parsons told us this week that she had an incredible meal inspired by local tomatoes at Marino Ristorante. According to Parsons, Marino is serving up Tomato Wednesdays through the tomato season. “I […]

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New Neighborhood Mapping Project Gets (More) Things Right

New Neighborhood Mapping Project Gets (More) Things Right

What’s in a (neighborhood) name?  For those involved in their local communities and neighborhood issues, a lot.  Neighborhood names and boundaries define our communities, their history and their grass roots governance, at the most basic level possible.  So when you’re dealing with traffic issues, neighborhood watches, historic designations or new development, it really does make […]

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What I Did on My Summer Vacation

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

When I was younger, I somehow escaped most of the annual “What I Did on My Summer Vacation” essays when school started in the fall.  But when they did pop up, I usually dreaded them.  It’s funny, though, how things change as you get older.  My family just returned from a 10-day road trip, and […]

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Larchmont People - The Hive

Vernetti Gets Its “A” Back

Vernetti Gets Its “A” Back

Vernetti Restaurant has won its “A” grade back from the LA County Health Department, after eradicating insects believed to be coming in from the adjacent construction site and hot August weather. “We were just inspected and we have our A back,” said owner/chef Steve Vernetti in a note to the Buzz on Thursday. “No more […]

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Local Film Producer Anne White’s Doc in Toronto Film Festival

Local Film Producer Anne White’s Doc in Toronto Film Festival

Congratulations to former tennis pro and now film producer Anne White,  whose first feature “Love Means Zero,” about legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, has been selected by the Toronto Film Festival to be part of the festival’s documentary slate. “We are so excited to have been selected to be one of 25 documentaries to be featured at […]

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Local LAPD Senior Lead Officer Running Another Marathon – in Uniform – Tomorrow

Local LAPD Senior Lead Officer Running Another Marathon – in Uniform – Tomorrow

Over the last couple of years, LAPD Olympic Division Senior Lead Officer Joe Cirrito has gained a bit of local notoriety by running in several marathons and half-marathons to earn money for good causes…and doing it in full uniform. On Sunday, July 23 (tomorrow) Cirrito will be at it again as he hits the streets […]

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Larchmont Events - The Swarm

Weekend Buzz:  Events for August 12-13

Weekend Buzz: Events for August 12-13

This is the last weekend of summer vacation before school starts for LAUSD families, so we hope you can get out and enjoy it.  And it looks like the universe is telling you that a great way to do that would be with some vintage music, movement and a classic movie or two…or three…or four. […]

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Weekend Buzz – Events for August 5-6, 2017

Weekend Buzz – Events for August 5-6, 2017

This weekend seems to be the start of the dog days of summer – with just one more week of summer vacation for many families with school-age kids, and not a lot of really big events happening in our area. What there is, however, is a lot of good shopping, especially in the Miracle Mile […]

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LAPD Olympic Division Offering Community Police Academy

LAPD Olympic Division Offering Community Police Academy

LAPD’s Olympic Division will be sending 10 local residents to the next Community Police Academy, starting next Wednesday, August 9.  The ten-week academy is designed to give community members an overview of the Los Angeles Police Department’s policies and procedures. (The curriculum and teaching methods are similar to the traditional law enforcement academy, but the […]

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Traffic Heads-Up for First Day of School

Traffic Heads-Up for First Day of School

| August 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

School starts for our local LAUSD schools tomorrow (Tuesday, August 15), so neighborhood traffic will once again swell to school-year levels, including – inevitably – at least a bit of first-day congestion and confusion near our local campuses at drop-off and pickup times. To help make sure everyone knows how local subway construction will affect […]

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Air Bag Thefts…and Other Crime News

Air Bag Thefts…and Other Crime News

| August 12, 2017 | 1 Comment

LAPD Olympic Division Senior Lead Officer Joseph Pelayo sent out a warning this week about thefts of air bags from local vehicles, parked both on the street and in apartment building garages.  As noted in the flier below, the thieves have targeted a variety of vehicles, and smashed windows to get at the airbags.  If […]

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CD4 Councilmember David Ryu Celebrates Korean Independence and Joins Korean American Call for Peace

CD4 Councilmember David Ryu Celebrates Korean Independence and Joins Korean American Call for Peace

| August 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

CD 4 Councilmember David Ryu, addressed the City Council on Friday along with leaders from the Los Angeles Korean American community. In a speech commemorating the 72nd anniversary of Korea’s independence, Ryu took the opportunity for call for efforts to de-escalate current hostilities between the U.S. and North Korea. “This year marks the 72nd anniversary […]

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Larchmont Village Residents Lose Appeal on Beachwood/Melrose Project

Larchmont Village Residents Lose Appeal on Beachwood/Melrose Project

| August 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Larchmont Village residents lost their appeal on the project 5570 Melrose Blvd. / 647 Beachwood Dr. Tuesday afternoon at the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee meeting. The committee voted unanimously to deny the appeal brought by adjacent residents, who argued that density bonuses provided by the City to encourage more housing have resulted […]

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GWNC Swears in New Alternate Tess Paige, Approves Land Use Motions

GWNC Swears in New Alternate Tess Paige, Approves Land Use Motions

| August 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

At Wednesday night’s meeting of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, Tess Paige,  a resident of the Dover apartments and a realtor for Keller Williams Inglewood, was sworn in as the new alternate for Area 9 – the Oakwood/Maplewood/St. Andrews neighborhood. Paige has served on the on the GWNC’s Outreach Committee since January.  She said she […]

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Parkway Parking Prohibited After August 14

Parkway Parking Prohibited After August 14

| August 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Back in 2011, the city relaxed its old parking rules, and declared it would no longer issue tickets to vehicles parked on driveway aprons and parkway strips between the street and sidewalk.  This helped ease parking shortages in some denser city neighborhoods, but also led to many complaints of abuses such as landscape destruction, blocked […]

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Could LA Learn from Santa Monica and Culver City Developments?

Could LA Learn from Santa Monica and Culver City Developments?

| August 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Could Los Angeles learn from how Santa Monica is dealing with a persistent shortage of low income housing? Or, how Culver City is developing around transit hubs? Recently, the City of Santa Monica passed a new rule that requires developers who want build in Downton Santa Monica to price at least 30 percent of their […]

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LADWP Neighborhood Council MOU Meetings Help Neighbors Keep Up with DWP News and Business

LADWP Neighborhood Council MOU Meetings Help Neighbors Keep Up with DWP News and Business

| August 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Story by Dan Kegel If you’re interested in what’s going on at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and how neighborhood activists feel about it, you can stay on top of things by attending the monthly LADWP/Neighborhood Council MOU meetings. The meetings were created to facilitate communications between the utility and the city’s […]

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