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Expo Line trains regularly run behind schedule, posing a challenge for Metro

Posted by Sarah Bullion on August 29, 2016 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Ben Poston and Laura J. Nelson


A major selling point for the Expo Line extension has been the travel time between downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica, which officials touted would be comparable to driving in sluggish rush-hour traffic on the 10 Freeway.

But in June, its first full month of operation, the 15.2-mile Expo Line was the least timely route in the Los Angeles County rail system, according to a Los Angeles Times review of Metropolitan Transportation Authority data. During evening rush hour, more than one-third of trains arrived at least five minutes behind schedule.

Early performance issues have not dimmed L.A.’s enthusiasm for the first rail line to the Westside in six decades. Since the $1.5-billion extension’s debut, weekday trips have risen by 40% and weekend trips have soared by more than half as commuters and beachgoers seek an alternative to driving.

But riders have also griped about punctuality problems, as well as crowded conditions and packed platforms caused by a shortage of rail cars

The Expo Line’s growing pains underscore the challenges Metro faces as its rail system rapidly expands. More than 18 miles of track have…

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Review: ‘My King’ wrestles passionately with complicated issues of attraction and love

Posted by Sarah Bullion on August 26, 2016 at 2:29pm 0 Comments



Filmmaker Maïwenn has an eye for messy behavior and emotional blind spots. Where her ensemble piece “Polisse” explored the interplay of work and home life — and their disconnect — her new feature zeros in on romance.

From tantalizing seduction to fraught legal negotiations, “My King” is a Rorschach-test anatomy of a tempestuous marriage. The central couple’s ups and downs may grow tiresome, but the characters, powerfully realized by Emmanuelle Bercot and an especially riveting Vincent Cassel,…

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LA Rams Hiring Event

Posted by SPMG Media on July 2, 2016 at 10:25pm 0 Comments

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.

Westside from the LA Times

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