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Holiday Lighting Contest

Posted by Jessica D. Winstead on November 12, 2015 at 1:04pm 0 Comments

After delicious holiday baking, my second favorite part of the Holidays is seeing how everyone decorates!  This season, in honor of sparkling lights everywhere,  my company is giving away $1,000 in prizes to homeowners who go the extra mile including a $500 cash payout for first place!  

You can enter for free on our website, link below, or contact me anytime with questions.

Look forward to seeing how everyone celebrates this year!

UCLA to Build Private Middle School and High School in Westwood with $100 Million Gift from Geffen

Posted by Orli Belman on November 12, 2015 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Billionaire David Geffen is giving UCLA more money  - $100 million more - to build a private school in Westwood that will serve children of UCLA faculty and staff as well as children from the wider Los Angeles area.

The reported goal is an economically and ethnically diverse student body reflecting the city. The Los Angeles Times covered the story this morning. According to Geffen, UCLA has "not been able to attract certain talent because of the costs of educating their children."

The Geffen Academy is expected to begin serving about 125 students, from sixth to ninth grades, in the 2017-18 school year, with plans to increase to about 600 students through 12th grade. No word yet on what tuition will be but, according to the Times, a $25-million endowment will provide financial aid to about 40% of the student body and help support the school's operations, officials said.

LAUSD Board Member Steve Zimmer had this to say to the LA Times:

"My first thought is that I would rather have this be [an] LAUSD public school, but I don't have any doubts about UCLA's School of Education's commitment to improving public schools in the most impoverished and vulnerable communities," Zimmer said. He cited UCLA faculty's work at the UCLA Community School, a public K-12 school that is part of the Robert F. Kennedy complex in the Wilshire district.

Zimmer said he hoped that Geffen would focus on helping public education when he donates money in the future: "My door is wide open in terms of what I feel are some amazing philanthropic opportunities in LAUSD."

I can't help but wonder what underfunded - and underappreciated -  UCLA neighborhood schools…


Westside pavilion *updated with comment from mall management

Posted by Sueska on September 17, 2015 at 9:30pm 4 Comments

I was at Westfield shopping town in century city the other day and was speaking to one of the mall attendants about the renovations. Was told that Westside pavilion is going To be closing and Nordstrom moving to century city. Was wondering if anyone has further info on whether WPavilion is in fact going to close once nordstroms moves in 2017.

#Cat Chronicles Creamy Cat Available for Adoption

Posted by Jenelle Jones on August 16, 2015 at 2:57pm 0 Comments


Neighborhood Abandoned Cat Creamy that was rescued off the street is in a foster home with a kind neighbor and her 21 yr old female cat who is not accepting him at all. Creamy is looking for a quiet home and a patient owner who will just let him be himself. He is not a lap cat but is gradually getting use to being inside and once food is around will let you pet him. Hes about 1 yr old, fully vetted and ready to be loved. Please share.


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…


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:

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 - - 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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