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

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…

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Added by Orli Belman on May 19, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Why So Many Mattress Stores?

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…

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Added by Orli Belman on May 3, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Expo Line to Santa Monica to Begin Service May 20

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…

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Added by Orli Belman on February 25, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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

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…

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Added by Orli Belman on January 12, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

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

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…

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Added by Orli Belman on November 12, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Overland Traffic Safety on NBC News

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…

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Added by Orli Belman on May 28, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Nordstrom is Leaving the West Side Pavillion for Century City in 2017

The rumors are true.

Nordstrom announced yesterday that after 30 years in the area, they are leaving their anchor location at the West Side Pavillion…

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Added by Orli Belman on February 25, 2015 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

Rancho Park's Toddle Tunes New Policy: Only Vaccinated Children Can Attend Classes

In what may be a first for a child-focused business, Rancho Park music school Toddle Tunes announced on Tuesday evening that unvaccinated children will no longer be permitted to attend classes, unless they have a medical reason for not being vaccinated. Calling the health and safety of students, infants and pregnant mothers their number one priority, the company posted the following statement on their Facebook page:…

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Added by Orli Belman on February 4, 2015 at 1:13pm — No Comments

2015 West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Business Directory & Community Guide Available Online - Features Rancho Park and Rancho Park Online

Celebrating 70 years of service, the West LA Chamber of Commerce has released their 2015 Business Directory and Community Guide.

Thepublication, available in hard copy and …

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Added by Orli Belman on February 4, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Palms Park Parenting Workshop

Palms Park Rec Center is hosting a parent support workshop with child-rearing expert Karen Dudley tomorrow at 6:30 pm. Space is limited. See below for sign up details.…

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Added by Orli Belman on December 1, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Vote Today - Find Your Rancho Park Polling Place

Don't forget to vote today.

If you don't know the location of your polling place, you can look it up here.

Added by Orli Belman on November 4, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Rancho Park's Pico Playhouse To Premiere "Adventures in Candyland" - A Play By Kids for All Ages to Enjoy

Saturday, November 1 marks the sold-out world premiere of "Adventures in Candyland", a  sugary saga written, performed and produced by a group of students from Overland Avenue Elementary School.

The delicious drama features friends on a journey, goblins up to no good, and royalty in peril.

The …

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Added by Orli Belman on October 29, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Eat at Pitfire Pizza on Westwood Blvd Thursday 10/23 Good Food for a Good Cause

Join us for a Night of Great Food, Friends, Family and Fundraising

 

Who: Everyone is welcome.

 

What: Support the  Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES is an LAUSD public middle and high school) while you and your family enjoy delicious artisan pizzas, fresh chopped salads made with locally grown ingredients, fantastic pasta and paninis!

When: 5:00 – 9:00 pm, Thursday, October 23. Arrive anytime…

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Added by Orli Belman on October 17, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

The Book Truck at Children's Book World - Bring or Buy Books for Underserved Teens

Children's Book World Rancho Park's Children's Book World and The Book Truck are holding a teen book drive to reach readers all across Los Angeles. Stop by tomorrow to donate new or gently used books to this great cause.…

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Added by Orli Belman on September 26, 2014 at 8:53pm — No Comments

Watch Willy Wonka Under the Stars Tonight at Palms Park

Join your friends and neighbors for a night time screening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

When:  dusk, Wednesday, August 6

Where: Palms Park, 2950 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90064

No charge for attending. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Popcorn and candy can be purchased.

Added by Orli Belman on August 6, 2014 at 10:19am — No Comments

Rancho Park's Best Spot for Fireworks

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…

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Added by Orli Belman on July 2, 2014 at 7:45pm — No Comments

President Obama to Visit West Los Angeles

May 7, 2014 - LAX & Bel Air…

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Added by Orli Belman on May 6, 2014 at 4:28pm — No Comments

West Los Angeles Town Hall with Mayor Garcetti Tonight

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.

WHEN
February 26, 2014 at 6pm - 8pm
WHERE

Mar Vista Recreation Center

11430 Woodbine St…

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Added by Orli Belman on February 26, 2014 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Top Sawtelle Restaurants According to the Los Angeles Times

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…

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Added by Orli Belman on January 9, 2014 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Residents Near Expo Line are Driving Less and Exercising More

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…

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Added by Orli Belman on December 16, 2013 at 10:53am — No Comments

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