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Monday, September 26, 2016

Scenes and Sightings

A Monarch butterfly born and bred in Silver Lake

Photo by Sandy Driscoll

SILVER LAKE — Sandy Driscoll is doing her part to save Monarch butterflies. Last year she planted Milkweed in her yard to create an attractive butterfly habitat.  This week she provided an update and photo: ere is a male Monarch that I released this week. First one that ... Read More »

The colors of Sunset

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MONTECITO HEIGHTS –– A warm and humid day ended with a colorful sunset. Martha Benedict captured an image of the setting sun from Montecito Heights with the hills of Elysian Park in the distance. Got a story, tip, question or photo to share? Submit it here Read More »

Those would be raindrops, in case you forgot

Photo by Martin Cox

ECHO PARK — It was not exactly a downpour but any rainfall – or a few drops, in this case –  is welcome in a time of drought. Martin Cox snapped a photo during a light shower this afternoon at Echo Park Lake. Enjoy it while ... Read More »

Cleaning the scum out of Echo Park Lake

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ECHO PARK –– A job posting with the title “Echo Park Lake Muck Removal” is probably one that many people pass over. But not Van Robinson. He spent his summer removing algae, scum and and other debris from Echo Park Lake as well as the ponds and ... Read More »

In memory of a Mount Washington street tree

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MOUNT WASHINGTON — The cutting down of a large street tree on Avenue 45 near Marmion Way prompted someone to create a memorial to the same tree. Candles and flowers have been placed on the tree stump and a poster hanging on a nearby fence asks “Why?” ... Read More »

The Sound of Boyle Heights: “Churro Man” whistles while he works

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BOYLE HEIGHTS - For some residents of Los Angeles, the sounds of the city are traffic and Metro trains and subways. But, for Boyle Heights residents, the sounds of their community also include the cries of pregones, or, street callers – like a local street vendor who sells churros while whistling “Ya llegó el churrito!” (“The churrito is here!”). Read More »

TV show recreates Silver Lake Schindler – in Atwater Village

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SILVER LAKE — For the past two seasons the FX comedy/drama You’re the Worst frequently filmed  inside a Silver Lake home designed by legendary architect Rudolph Schindler. The Modernist home with views of the Silver Lake Reservoir serves as the residence of one of the show’s main characters, Jimmy ... Read More »

Former Mayor Villaraigosa pays a visit to Boyle Heights

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BOYLE HEIGHTS — Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was spotted this morning with a camera crew at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights. Villaraigosa, who has been reportedly interested in running for governor in 2018, said he was being interviewed on the topic of gentrification for an ... Read More »

Naked Trump exposed in Los Feliz

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LOS FELIZ –– A statue of a naked Donald Trump that was plunked on a street corner this morning attracted plenty of attention – as you would expect. Passersby took selfies and news crews showed up to record segments in front of the naked Donald at ... Read More »

From Behind the Wheel of a Lincoln Town Car: A volunteer’s view of the 1984 L.A. Olympics

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On Friday, July 13, 1984, my journal entry reads: “In DTLA for the Big Picture - 18,000 people gathered for an Olympic welcoming photo. How thrilling! I just LOVE this city!!!” As the Olympic torch made its way through LA, anticipation for the games grew. Some were later sorry they had opted to leave town citing ‘too much smog and traffic’, but we who stayed were rewarded with an unforgettable Olympics. Read More »

What is with those noisy choppers over Echo Park and Silver Lake?

Around and Around They Go: two noisy helicopters have been circling the skies over Echo Park and Silver Lake tonight.  They don’t sound like your typical LAPD or TV news helicopters. The L.A Helicopter Noise Initiative website indicates that the choppers originated from Los Alamitos Army Airfield ... Read More »

From roller derby to demolition derby

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ECHO PARK — Workers and heavy equipment are tearing down the former home of the L.A. Derby Dolls on Temple Street. The all-female roller derby league moved to El Sereno last year because, the league said, the property owner wanted to build condos on the site, ... Read More »

Political commentary in Silver Lake

Photo by Sandy Driscoll

SILVER LAKE — Sandy Driscoll snapped a photo of some political signage posted on a fence near Glendale Boulevard and Rowena Avenue. “Thought it was appropriate for the opening of the Democratic Convention today,” she said. Got a story, tip, question or photo to share? Submit ... Read More »