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Rancho Park's Best Spot for Fireworks

Posted by Orli Belman on July 2, 2014 at 7:45pm 0 Comments

Head to Cheviot Hills Park on this Fourth of July to for a low-key, crowd-free celebration courtesy of the Hillcrest Country Club. You may have to be a member to golf there but the club's annual fireworks display lights up the Rancho Park sky for all to see. The best seats in the house are free - across the street at Cheviot Hills Park on Motor Ave, just south of Pico.

The fireworks begin at 9:00 pm but the fun starts earlier. You can bring picnics, blankets, sports equipment and your family and friends and enjoy the park before dark.

President Obama to Visit West Los Angeles

Posted by Orli Belman on May 6, 2014 at 4:28pm 0 Comments

May 7, 2014 - LAX & Bel Air

The President will likely arrive to LAX late morning or early afternoon before attending a function at a private

home in Bel Air, he will either travel by helicopter to an area on the west side to meet up with his motorcade

or could motorcade from LAX to Bel Air.
In either case we can expect west side traffic to be affected in and around the 405 and 10 freeway intersection,

including all surface streets in the area. Wilshire Blvd. and Sunset Blvd. could be heavily impacted.
At the conclusion of the event, it is believed the President will travel directly from Bel Air to Century City.

While these two destinations are relatively close to each other, there is the potential for severe traffic

issues on the west side during that time. The exact time of travel has not been determined.…

New Candy Pop-Up Shop At The Mall!

Posted by A Real Treat Candy Boutique on February 28, 2014 at 12:00am 0 Comments

Hey Rancho Park, we're an all natural candy boutique that just opened a pop-up shop at the Westside Pavilion inside of the wonderful Jaxx Children's Boutique. None of the candy has corn syrup or artificial colors, and there's lots of options for gluten-free, vegan, kosher, and allergen-free folks. Come sample over 25 different pick-n-mix options, and over a 100 different kinds of caramels, chocolate, lollipops, licorice, taffy, and more!  

Can't wait to see you guys!

Best from,

A Real Treat Candy Boutique

10800 W. Pico Blvd. - Ste 123 (Inside Jaxx Children's Boutique)

Los Angeles, CA 90064



Westside Town Hall Budget Meeting - Engaging, Informative, and Inspiring

Posted by Adrienne Luce on February 27, 2014 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

More than 200 people packed the Mar Vista Community Center last night for Mayor Garcetti's Budget Town Hall meeting. Daniel Tamm who represents Mayor Garcetti on the Westside (and was the Regional Field Director for Obama) introduced Deputy Mayor Rick Cole (who happens to be the former Mayor of Pasadena, and former City Manager of Ventura and Azusa) who gave a very informative presentation on the City of LA budget. Rick started out by saying, that there are two words to keep in mind when thinking about the City of LA budget:

1. The news is sobering
2. Solutions must be collaborative

Even though the State of CA may have surpluses and seems to have recovered, the City of LA is still facing a shortfall and is very much in recovery mode. 
The $242 million shortfall actually represents only about 5% of the total City of LA budget.
He explained that the two biggest sources of city revenue are sales tax and property tax. Property taxes do not rise significantly and internet sales have impacted retail on the local level. 

Two additional challenges that the City faces are:

1. Pension costs - The City will be paying to restore lost pension money during the Great Recession over the next 30 years

2. Salaries are going up this December after a 3 yr. freeze on raises for city workers

Another challenge is that the city has already made cuts so there is not a lot of fat left to trim. For example the city has already have reduced its…

West Los Angeles Town Hall with Mayor Garcetti Tonight

Posted by Orli Belman on February 26, 2014 at 4:58pm 0 Comments

The Mayor will be in Mar Vista tonight to discuss his "Back to Basics" agenda. Here are the details and a form to RSVP. If anyone goes, please post an update here.

February 26, 2014 at 6pm - 8pm

Mar Vista Recreation Center
11430 Woodbine St
Los Angeles, CA 90066
United States

Top Sawtelle Restaurants According to the Los Angeles Times

Posted by Orli Belman on January 9, 2014 at 12:03pm 0 Comments

We've been spending a lot of time on Sawtelle Blvd recently. It's walking distance, buzzing at night and emerging as one of LA's best dining streets. I still have yet to get a table at the no-take out Tsujita or the Tsujita Annex. And judging by where they rank on this Los Angeles Times list, it will probably be even more difficult.

Sawtelle question of the day...Brian's Shave Ice or Blockheads?


Posted by John A. Abel on December 24, 2013 at 10:08pm 1 Comment

Just saw today that the old Boston Market space across from Westside Pavilion is going to be an Einstein Brothers Bagels opening on Jan 6th it looks like.

Residents Near Expo Line are Driving Less and Exercising More

Posted by Orli Belman on December 16, 2013 at 10:53am 0 Comments

Since the Expo Line opened, people who live within a half mile of a station are driving 10 - 12  fewer miles each day, according to a new USC study looking at before and after impacts of the light rail line. 

Among the report’s findings:

• Residents living near Expo Line stations produced about 30 percent less carbon emissions from their vehicles after the opening of the rail line than did residents living farther from the stations.

• Those living near the Expo Line stations who were the least physically active before the line’s opening increased their moderate or vigorous physical activity by 8 to 10 minutes per day, as compared to those living farther away.

You can read the full report here.

The study was also covered in the Los Angeles Times.

Middle School Panel at the Palms-Rancho Park Library Tonight

Posted by Orli Belman on October 22, 2013 at 2:36pm 1 Comment

Wondering about middle school? Head to the Palms-Rancho Park Library tonight from 6:00 - 7:00 pm to hear from area middle school representatives from Palms, New West Charter, City Charter School, Emerson and Paul Revere.

Noodles Anyone? Check out these West LA Ramen Recommendations

Posted by Orli Belman on September 26, 2013 at 11:30am 0 Comments

I don't usually think of car companies for food reviews but General Motors is getting into the content creation craze and has put together this list of West Los Angeles ramen restaurants that has me wanting some warm noodles on this relatively cool fall day. I'm at work so I don't have a Pho-to (get it? Pho!) of any noodles to add but if anyone is in the area, please snap and pic from your favorite Rancho Park, Westwood, or Sawtelle area place and post it here. Hopefully, we'll soon have an album of oodles of neighborhood noodles.

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