If you go by the Expo Line construction in Rancho Park/West LA you’ll see test trains, new crossing gates, and lots of construction vehicles and workers between Overland Ave. and Westwood Blvd. This wide swath of public land has been a staging area for the Phase 2 construction and is now a dumping ground for extra asphalt, unused catenary poles, and broken-down equipment.
However, a group of dedicated community members has been looking beyond the construction and envisioning the Westwood Greenway: there will be neighborhood-friendly open space with a constructed stream using dry weather flow from the Overland storm drain, low maintenance native plant communities, a walking path and an outdoor learning center on the north side of the tracks, and the Expo bike/ped path on the south side. Throughout it all will be interpretive signs to educate students and the public about watersheds, drought tolerant landscaping, water quality, and reclaimed water use. Students from Overland Elementary and from Expo-adjacent schools like Dorsey High School and Foshay Learning Center will be able to use the Greenway for field trips and research projects in conjunction with groups like LA Audubon. A video showing our vision for the space is on our website.
And the Greenway is not just the vision of a few neighborhood volunteers. The Department of Sanitation and its Watershed Protection Division have developed the Greenway’s conceptual plan for water treatment which will reduce the pollutants entering the Santa Monica Bay. The Greenway is included in their draft Enhanced Watershed Management Plan for the Ballona Creek Watershed, which aims to meet Clean Water Act compliance deadlines coming in 2021. Former Mayor Villaraigosa…Continue
Californians keep hearing about the drought all over the news and lots of us have taken steps to address this dire situation but as we already know, there's still plenty of room for improvement.
Wanted to share this fun infographic created by SERVIZ, an on-demand home services booking tool, because it addresses how certain cities in California are handling their water usage at the local level, plus has some home conservation tips that everyone should be implementing if they're not already.
Cities like Long Beach got an A for water usage while cities like Beverly Hills and Westlake Village got F's.
Check it out:
The drought tips at the bottom of page will help us save over 28,000 gallons of water a year per person so let's get going!
I personally can't wait to see more people embrace the change and start having a healthier respect for our liquid friend.
P.S. Please click on the sheep to see them in action =^)
Last week an accident on the corner of Overland and Esther led to a car landing on its side on the sidewalk. Some residents feel Expo Line construction, specifically the the loss of a curbside parking lane along Overland may be partly responsible for the crash.
NBC 4 spoke to parents at Overland Elementary School about the their safety concerns. According the the report, Los Angeles City Council member Paul Koretz is working with parents to organize a meeting with the police and transportation officials to talk about more safety measures.Watch the story here. Overland folks, you will likely see some familiar faces.
WE LOST A MIN PIN/CHIHUAHUA
FROM 10584 PUTNEY ROAD AT MANNING AVE
FRIENDLY BUT TIMID, CALL HIM LITTLE BOY OR TINY DUMBY AS HE IS VERY SMALL
MOSTLY BROWN W/TAN MARKINGS & EYEBROWS
HE IS WEARING A RED COLLAR WITH PHONE# WRITTEN INSIDE
(310) 839-1522 HOME
(310) 936-4386 CELL
I WILL ATTACH A PHOTO SOON
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On February 12, 2015, the City of Los Angeles for the first time publicly issued a proposed interim control ordinance, prohibiting the issuance of building permits for home construction in our area for up to two years if certain restrictions are not followed. These restrictions include removing the 20% bonus density so that homeowners will only be able to build up to 50% of their lot size, as well as counting mandatory covered parking, detached accessory buildings, porches, patios, and breezeways as livable residential floor area. By way of example, construction of a house on a typical lot size of 6,250 square feet in our neighborhood would be limited to a maximum of 2,475 square feet of livable interior floor space given that garages and porches will count as habitable living space. What's equally disturbing is that there is no explanation as to why our neighborhood has tighter building restrictions than neighboring communities. While the buildable area in our neighborhood may be limited to 30% of the lot size, other neighborhoods can build up to 58% of their lot size. This differential treatment appears quite unfair and discriminatory. Moreover, this ordinance does not necessarily protect the aesthetics in our neighborhood. On the contrary, this proposed ordinance may encourage building box-like homes in order to maximize habitable square footage. There is no provision in the proposed ordinance which would limit the building of ultra-modern or other styles which some would find out of character for this neighborhood. In short, this ordinance will deflate our property values compared to our neighboring communities and lower property values mean less financial resources for our public schools and for other City services. Our community has not had a chance to vet, outreach, and consider reasonable alternatives to this ordinance and until such a dialogue occurs, this ordinance should not be passed. Accordingly, I strongly urge you to click on the…Continue
Nordstrom announced yesterday that after 30 years in the area, they are leaving their anchor location at the West Side Pavillion and moving to Westfield's Century City mall, which is nearly doubling its retail space in an $800 million dollar redevelopment effort.
"We are grateful for the nearly 30 years we've been able to serve customers in West Los Angeles in our current location but we believe we can offer customers a better shopping experience in a new store that will include our latest design concepts," said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores for Nordstrom in a press release. "We're excited to join Westfield Century City, a truly exciting shopping and entertainment destination."
The move is expected to take place in 2017.
No word yet on what the Westside Pavillion will do but on his blog, Places Worth Caring About, planner and urbanist Patrick Prescott suggests that the Rancho Park corner location, a short walk from the soon-to-open Expo Westwood station, is ideal for a mixed use commercial-residential development. A development - or redevelopment - that he says could provide more housing in the area and open up the corner, eliminating what he calls, "the fortress-like appearance" of the mall.
Photo from Places Worth Caring…Continue
Hello to the Rancho Park Online Community
Per the request of your Facebook and website coordinator, I'm posting this outreach in hopes of gathering feedback from your neighborhood.
My name is Elizabeth Bogumil and I am a Master’s student in Sociology at California State University Northridge. As part of the requirements for my M.A. program and Thesis I am conducting research examining the relationships between community walkability, attachment to place, sense of community and quality of life. The CSUN IRB has approved this research project.
I would like to invite you to contribute to this research. Anyone over eighteen years old who is a resident of Los Angeles County is encouraged to participate in the survey. If you are able to share this survey with fellow fellow Rancho Park community members, Los Angeles community members, friends, colleagues or family members who may be interested in participating in the survey, it would be much appreciated.
Your responses are anonymous (unless you provide your email to receive a project update) and your participation and feedback about your community is much appreciated. Also, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at the email addresses noted below. I would love to share and discuss my research with any and all who are interested.
CSUN | Graduate Student
In what may be a first for a child-focused business, Rancho Park music school Toddle Tunes announced on Tuesday evening that unvaccinated children will no longer be permitted to attend classes, unless they have a medical reason for not being vaccinated. Calling the health and safety of students, infants and pregnant mothers their number one priority, the company posted the following statement on their Facebook page:
“While I respect the right of parents to make their own decisions, it is not appropriate to put others at risk because of those decisions," said Uslan, an associate professor of Infectious Diseases at UCLA Health and a Rancho Park resident. "Just as we may restrict peanut products from class to protect children with peanut allergies, it is similarly appropriate to only accept vaccinated students in class to protect those who cannot be vaccinated. I applaud Toddle Tunes’ decision and hope others follow suit."
On Facebook, parents chimed in as well. The announcement earned over 200 likes and a chorus supportive comments, numbering close to 40 at the time of writing this entry.
"Good for you for taking a bold and necessary stand to protect all children that are part of the Toddle Tunes community. A hearty bravo to you," stated one.
Toddle Tunes' popular music enrichment program offers parent-and-me…Continue