Many car owners like their mechanic. But Molly O’Brien of Silver Lake liked her mechanic so much she decided to create a video of Doug McCleod of Precision Motors in Silver Lake. O’Brien, who has taken her 30-year-old Mercedes wagon to McCleod for several years, was prompted to create the video after she learned that McCleod was considering leaving his long-time location at the corner of Silver Lake Boulevard and Effie Street if his rent keeps rising. “I trust him,” said O’Brien, who lives within walking distance of Precision Motors. “Getting my car fixed at Precision Motors makes me feel like I live in a community where I am cared about.”
O’Brien spent two days to shoot the video, which is the first in a series of videos devoted to “working life.” Said O’Brien via email:
I wanted to make the video because I value places like this, places that are run by people like Doug that really care about what they do, where they work, and the people they are working with. Also, Doug is a great character — a neighborhood icon. The fact that he may have to move or go out of business (he is a renter) makes me sad. While I am happy that Silver Lake is thriving economically, it makes me very sad to see the old shops and cafes either go out of business because they can’t pay the rising rents (I was really sad to see the Back Door Cafe go), or have to move to a more affordable area. Doug is considering San Fernando road I think.