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New Development Proposed for Culver City Expo Station Parking Lot

Currently, there is a nice big parking lot next to the Culver City Expo Station -- a parking lot that by 8:30 am every weekday is full of the cars of happy commuters. And it remains full each day as people use it park-and-ride to the Staples Center, the Galen Center and other hot downtown…

Actors' Gang Performs "Harry Potter Hamlet" in Media Park in Culver City All August

It has become a very welcome tradition: each Saturday and Sunday in August, the Actors' Gang theater troupe performs a family-friendly adaptation of Shakespeare play in Media Park in Culver City. Last year, it was My Little Pony version of A Midsummer…

Backpacks for Kids Program Will Collect Food This Weekend at Pavilions Culver City

The Program Serves More Than 80 Culver City Students

 and Their Families Every Week!

 

Did you know that more than 39% of CCUSD students receive free or reduced price lunches at their schools every day? For many students, this vital resource includes free breakfast. In some circumstances, healthy, reliable meals on the weekends are not a guarantee.

 

Since 2013, the CCUSD Backpacks for Kids…

Cerveteca in Culver City Makes LA Eater's List of LA's 10 Hottest Cheap Eats Restaurants

According to LA Eater, Culver City's Cerveteca is one of the 10 best place in the whole city to get inexpensive food. Here's what LA Eater had to say about the restaurant:

This low-key tortas and taco spot is open late every night, which is a relief for Culver City…

Rock Musical Based on Matthew Sweet's "Girlfriend" Opens at the Kirk Douglas in Culver City

Ok, this one is kind of crazy in a great way. If you're of a certain age (mine), you may well have fallen in love with a largely unheralded 1991 album by Matthew Sweet. The album is full of classic pop melodies (AllMusic cites "the Beatles, Big Star, Byrds, R.E.M., and Neil Young," and, uh,…

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Don't overlook estate planning: Tamiel Holloway, Attorney

When most people start family planning, they consider buying homes, picking the right schools and choosing a health insurance plan. An important but often overlooked consideration is estate planning. An estate plan typically involves a will, trust and power of attorney.

If you are unsure of where to start, make a simple will. A will can help you dispose…

Business Interruption Fund spotlight: Lula Washington Dance Theater

Associate director Tamica Miller with co-founders Erwin and Lula Washington. (Photo: Gary Leonard/Metro)

Metro’s Business Interruption Fund was started to assist small businesses that may be impacted by construction of

By Joe…

Images of the Crenshaw/LAX Project construction progress

According to Bryan Pennington, Metro Executive of Director Engineering and Construction, the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project has reached 33 percent completion!

The $2.058 billion Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project continues to move forward in July along…

Century Boulevard near LAX to close nightly for 2-weeks to install falsework to build aerial platform for light rail station

REVISED SCHEDULE:

The nightly closure scheduled on Century Boulevard near LAX will begin Monday, July 13, due to a revised construction schedule.


As early as Monday,…

 

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Westwood Greenway…Open Space next to the Expo Line

Posted by Sarah Hays on July 2, 2015 at 4:32pm 0 Comments

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…

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Another Angle on Our Drought

Posted by Jessica D. Winstead on June 29, 2015 at 10:12am 0 Comments

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:

https://www.serviz.com/long-beach-los-angeles/city/1-1035

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 =^)

Overland Traffic Safety on NBC News

Posted by Orli Belman on May 28, 2015 at 9:30am 0 Comments

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.

Vote for Rancho Park today!

Posted by Eddie North-Hager on March 3, 2015 at 8:23am 0 Comments

To find out where you vote, click here -https://www.lavote.net/locator/ - and put in your address. 

If you want your elected representative to care about your concerns and the issues in your community, you need to vote. 

Five percent of eligible voters decide the election and the areas they represent get more attention. Your vote helps those who are working to improve the community because it shows the people care.

So for you and for your community, today is the day. 

Proposed Zoning Change Decreasing Property Values in our Neighborhood Could be Effective Mid-March

Posted by Diane Gross on February 25, 2015 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

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…

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Nordstrom is Leaving the West Side Pavillion for Century City in 2017

Posted by Orli Belman on February 25, 2015 at 7:30am 7 Comments

The rumors are true.

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…

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Graduate Research: Walkability & Quality of Life Survey

Posted by Elizabeth Bogumil on February 24, 2015 at 7:07pm 1 Comment

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.

https://csunsbs.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5BGKSgo9IBxllI1

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.

Elizabeth Bogumil

CSUN  |  Graduate Student

Email   |   elizabeth.bogumil.320@my.csun.edu 

Rancho Park's Toddle Tunes New Policy: Only Vaccinated Children Can Attend Classes

Posted by Orli Belman on February 4, 2015 at 1:13pm 0 Comments

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:

The new policy hit the right note with local expert, Dr. Dan Uslan.

“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…

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2015 West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Business Directory & Community Guide Available Online - Features Rancho Park and Rancho Park Online

Posted by Orli Belman on February 4, 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments

Celebrating 70 years of service, the West LA Chamber of Commerce has released their 2015 Business Directory and Community Guide.

Thepublication, available in hard copy and online, is chock full of facts and features about our area and the people and businesses in it.

It provides a nice explanation of the difference between the Westside, defined as 25 neighborhoods and independent cities including Culver City and Beverly Hills, and West LA, which is the 12 neighborhoods the Chamber represents. They are: Beverlywood, Brentwood/Brentwood Village, Cheviot Hills, Mar Vista, Westdale, Palms, Rancho Park, Sawtelle, Veterans Administration, Westside Village, West LA (proper), Westwood and Westwood Village.

The Directory has interviews with representatives from each of these 12 neighborhoods. And guess who was spotlighted  for Rancho Park? Click here to see the full interview where I discuss the Expo Line and all things Rancho Park. And special thanks to the the great folks at the Pico Playhouse for letting us do the photo shoot there, just before curtain call no less.

Photo by Brandon Wise, brandonwisephotography.com

Living Room Now Open!

Posted by Steve Melendrez on December 29, 2014 at 12:42pm 0 Comments

We are now open at 2234 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in between Pico & Olympic. We offer an array of original, sexy, finely wrought items, including tables, chairs, couches, beds, table and floor lamps, rugs, accessories and art. Most of our furnishings and decorative items are custom-made locally, though we also carry a number of vintage pieces – as well as some distinctive imports (none of which are assembled in sweatshops).

We are open weekdays from 11am-7pm & weekends from 11am-6pm.

For more info,visit our website!

Westside from the LA Times

L.A. Unified begins search for next long-term superintendent

Selecting a new leader for the nation's second-largest school system is a high-stakes decision for a politically divided L.A. Board of Education.

Great Reads: A town (and a band) named Calexico

Hi there. I'm Kari Howard, and I edit the Great Reads (a.k.a. Column Ones) for the Los Angeles Times. Two of my biggest loves are narrative journalism and music, and I'm lucky that my days are filled with both: When reading the stories, I get inspired by songs I think fit the article's theme -...

Opinion: Olympic red for L.A.?

Good morning. I'm Paul Thornton, The Times' letters editor, and it is Aug. 1, 2015. The unusual mugginess in Los Angeles probably doesn't inspire many of us to go outside and exercise; with that in mind, let's start with the Olympics. Subscribe to the newsletter Saying "1984" in most parts of the...

Decision on gay Scout leaders settles the issue - or not

After nine years in the Boy Scouts, Jordan Montgomery is on track to attain the group's highest rank.

Assailant in Garland, Texas, attack bought gun in 2010 under Fast and Furious operation

Five years before he was shot to death in the failed terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, Nadir Soofi walked into a suburban Phoenix gun shop to buy a 9-millimeter pistol.

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2015 Ocean Swim Series

This year, Southern California Aquatics (SCAQ) has expanded its 2015 Ocean Swim Series to include safe, high quality; affordable and fun swim options during the week as well as both morning and evening sessions. SCAQ is an adult swim club that also offers pool practices at nine…

Swimming Strokes the Strokes Away

Lewis Carter, 77, (right) and Jerome Smith, 71, (left) discovered a passion that boosted their health.

State University of New York says swimmers have lower heart rates compared to those of non-swimmers.  Swimming was also found to be a viable workout for people in cardiac…

Local Artists organize an Echo Park Artist Market

A new venue for local artist to show their wares is premiering on Friday, January 30th at the MCAU Gallery, 220 Glendale Blvd from 6pm to 9pm. Besides the works of up and coming local artists (painters, ceramicists, jewelers, clothiers) there will be live music and food. This will be an on-going event, to give the public a chance to meet local artist and buy their works, as well as an opportunity to build community. For more details, and for artists interested in…

 
 
 

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Mar Vista Library Book Sale (Summer Bargains Galore) at Mar Vista Public Library

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Westwood Greenway…Open Space next to the Expo Line

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…See More
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Another Angle on Our Drought

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…See More
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Westwood Greenway…Open Space next to the Expo Line

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…See More
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Another Angle on Our Drought

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…See More
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Triathletes 'Lap Up' Organized Swim Workouts

Jason May and Melanie Webber, two local triathletes, have excelled in competition and both started out in the pool. One has reached the elite level and the other is a novice swimmer, but they both enjoy the sport and the time they spend swimming laps.

Triathlon season is approaching! And they’re gearing up…

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Ocean Swim Series 2015

This year, Southern California Aquatics (SCAQ) has expanded its 2015 Ocean Swim Series to include safe, high quality; affordable and fun swim options during the week as well as both morning and evening sessions. SCAQ is an adult swim club that also offers pool practices at nine locations, including USC.…

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