Featured Blog Posts – February 2011 Archive (12)

Westwood Blvd's Hoboken - A Taste of New Jersey in the Heart of Rancho Park

My Rancho Park hyperlocal year continues with my first-ever visit to Matteo's Hoboken on Westwood. We went on a cold February evening and the hearty Italian (East-Coast Italian) fare hit the spot. On a warmer evening, we would have opted for one of the sidewalk tables. Nice touch  - and not something we have enough of here on the Westside.

 

Matteo's Hoboken

2323 Westwood Blvd, LA 90064

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Added by Orli Belman on February 25, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Rancho Park News - Neighbors for Smart Rail Expo Line Lawsuit is Denied

Superior Court Judge Thomas McKnew issued a ruling yesterday to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Neighbors for Smart Rail, challenging aspects of the final envirnomental impact report for Phase 2 of the Expo Line, which travels from Culver City through Cheviot Hills and Rancho Park to Santa Monica. You can read the whole decision…

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Added by Orli Belman on February 23, 2011 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Rancho Park and Westwood Digital Billboard Update

It seems billboard battles are still brewing here in the Rancho Park and Westwood areas. The latest blow is a lawsuit filed by billboard companies seeking to overturn restrictions on digital billboards. I recently got this background and update from the folks over at the Westwood South of Santa…

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Added by Orli Belman on February 21, 2011 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Where is Rancho Park? Can Someone Give Me a Sign? Or at Least Tell Me What Happened to the Rancho Park Signs That Were on Pico near Sepulveda and Westood near National?

Does anyone know what has become of the Rancho Park neighborhood signs that I could swear used to be posted. The only one I can find these days is this in-need of-attention sign located on Overland Ave. just south of Olympic Blvd. Are there more around and where are they? If they are gone, who took them down and…

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Added by Orli Belman on February 12, 2011 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Rancho Park Safety Alert: Coyote Sightings in and around Rancho Park, Westwood and West LA - Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe

This is a post from last year, but I am reposting it today as I have gotten reports of coyote sightings and heard about several neighborhood cats who may have been killed by coyotes in recent weeks.

I've been getting a lot of emails about coyotes attacking cats and dogs in and around Rancho Park. Here are some safety tips courtesty of the Westwood South of Santa Monica Homeowners…

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Added by Orli Belman on February 11, 2011 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Steingarten LA - West LA's Newest Gastropub Opens Soon in Rancho Park, Hiring Now

First The Wellesbourne and now Steingarten LA! Rancho Park is making up for lost nightlife with some high-concept themed bars and restaurants. Steingarten LA, which is taking over the old Kay n Dave's location on Pico Blvd., describes itself as a German inspired restaurant and biergarten in West Los Angeles. When they…

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Added by Orli Belman on February 9, 2011 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

School Cents News - Update on the Westside Pavillion's Aid Program for Rancho Park and West LA Schools

If your kids attend one of the public or private schools in and around Rancho Park, then you may already be familiar with the Westside Pavillion's School Cents Program, which gives area schools from $350 to $3000 in prize money based on which school collects the most points during the school  year, from Sept 15, 2010 to May 15, 2011.

 

No surprise that you earn points by spending money…

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Added by Orli Belman on February 6, 2011 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Dinner at La Serenata Gourmet- Making Saturday Night Special in Rancho Park

My hyperlocal year continues with dinner with friends at La Serenata Gourmet, a Rancho Park institution serving up some of the city's best Mexican food. Who knew spinach sauce could taste so good! I am glad I can walk here from…

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Added by Orli Belman on February 4, 2011 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Rancho Park News - Expo Authority To Award Construction Contract for Phase 2 of the Expo Line

Now it is official. For the portion of the Expo Line that starts in Culver City and runs through Cheviot Hills, Rancho Park, West LA to Santa Monica, the MTA's Expo Authority will award the design-build contract to  Skanska/Rados a joint venture involving Skanska USA Civil West, a subsidiary of Skanska USA, and Steve P. Rados Inc., based in Santa Ana. The contract is expected to be officially awarded at the March 18 Expo Authority board meeting.

 

An initial review had raised…

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Added by Orli Belman on February 3, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Happy Hour at Gyu-Kaku, My Rancho Park Hyperlocal Year Sizzles

Gyu-Kaku West LA on Pico is officially my kids' new favorite restaurant and I'm not just saying that because it is right here in Rancho Park.  They were so excited at the prospect of making smores right at our table, they gobbled down all…

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Added by Orli Belman on February 3, 2011 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Sew Modern Opens in Rancho Park - Sew Cool!

I stopped by Sew Modern's Grand Opening yesterday and am really excited about this bright, sunny store in our neighborhood.  I do hope we will all soon be crafting our own quilts, bags, coats and more here. Debra and I hope to take the handbag…

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Added by Orli Belman on February 2, 2011 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Expo Authority Close to Awarding Design-Build Contract for Phase 2 - Rancho Park Community Meetings Coming Soon

With Phase 2 of the Expo Light Rail crossing through Rancho Park's main thoroughfares of Overland, Westwood, Sepulveda and Sawtelle, we are keenly following any development developments. So thanks to Karen Leonard and Sarah Hays of Light Rail for Cheviot, for this heads-up about the Expo Authority being close to selecting construction joint venture Skanska/Rados for the  Phase 2 design-build contract.

 

You can…

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Added by Orli Belman on February 1, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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