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The Expo Line Service Starts Friday, May 20 for Culver City, Palms, Rancho Park, West LA and Santa Monica

Posted by Orli Belman on May 19, 2016 at 10:30am 0 Comments

Phase Two of the Expo Line opens for business on Friday, May 20. 

Metro is offering free rides beginning noon on Friday and all day Saturday. 

Steve Hymon at Metro's The Source posted this great guide with info on everything you need to know about the Culver City to Santa Monica Extension, including recommendations to visit the Apple Pan and the Motor Ave Farmer's Market

He also put together a nice feature on the Palms neighborhood.

Join celebrations on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following new stations: Downtown Santa Monica, 17th St/SMC, 26th St/Bergamot, Expo/Bundy, Palms and Culver City. Entertainment, children’s activities, food trucks, bike valet and bike-pit stops and information booths are among the activities, according to Metro.

Metro’s regular fare is $1.75 and that includes two hours of free transfers for those using a TAP card (which cost $1 and can be purchased at vending machines at all Metro Rail stations), the plastic reloadable fare cards used in L.A. County.

All Metro fares are here. You can purchase a TAP card online and/or apply online for discounted fares for seniors, disabled/Medicare recipients, students and low-income households.

For more info watch this fun video from Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

Why So Many Mattress Stores?

Posted by Orli Belman on May 3, 2016 at 10:30am 0 Comments

I've always wondered why we have so many mattress stores on Pico Blvd. in Rancho Park and West LA.

t turns out mattress stores are a big business that is only growing. The news program Marketplace has provided some answers, which I have summarized here:

We buy them more often, we want to test them out in person, they are inexpensive to run, and concentrations of them turn out to be better for business. 

“We have yet to hit peak mattress," says Sam Woods, the mattress man quoted in the story.

Learn more and listen here.

Expo Line to Santa Monica to Begin Service May 20

Posted by Orli Belman on February 25, 2016 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

All aboard! The Expo Line officially opens on May 20. 

Metro's The Source Blog has all the info (or at least 17 things) you need to know about this new service. Here are a few of them. Read Steve Hymon's post for the full list.

•This is the first rail transit to the far Westside since streetcars halted service in 1953

•Trains will run every 12 minutes at most times of the day with service beginning about 4 a.m. on weekdays and ending around midnight. On Friday and Saturday nights, Metro Rail runs until 2 a.m.

•The trip between 7th/Metro Center in downtown Los Angeles and the Downtown Santa Monica Station is expected to take 46 minutes.

•There will be parking available at three stations: Expo/Sepulveda (260 spaces), Expo/Bundy (250 spaces) and 17th Street/Santa Monica College (70 spaces). Metro staff have proposed a test parking fee program for these stations that still must be approved by the Metro Board of Directors. The fee would be $2 a day for those using Metro Rail.

•A regular adult fare on Metro is $1.75 and includes two hours of free transfers. That means you will be able to travel between Santa Monica and destinations such as DTLA, Long Beach, Pasadena and Hollywood for a $1.75. Please see this page for more info on discounts for seniors, students, the disabled and Medicare recipients. There are also other transit subsidy programs for eligible low-income recipients.

•There is a paved bike path along much of the Expo Line’s second phase — between…

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Expo Bike Path Meeting, Wednesday, Jan 13 at Palms Park Library, to Discuss Closing the Northvale Gap

Posted by Orli Belman on January 12, 2016 at 10:00am 0 Comments

The bike path running along the Expo Line has an over half a mile gap here in Rancho Park, between Overland and Motor Avenues.
Tomorrow, the public is invited to a meeting community meeting to provide input on how to close what is called the Northvale Gap.
Here are the details from the LA Department of Transportation:


Expo-Northvale Bicycle Path Open House
Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library – Meeting Room [2920 Overland Ave, Los Angeles]
January 13th, from 6 to 8 PM
There will be limited free parking, and we will need to leave the Library no later than 8 PM.

LADOT and BOE staff anticipates bringing 2 to 3 concepts, though no decisions have been made to date regarding the final alignment.

Hope to see you there!

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.  

https://www.serviz.com/holiday-lighting-contest-2015

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…

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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

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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.

Contact: carolfarescue@gmail.com

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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