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Saturday, December 10, 2016

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Debs Park native plant nursery gets growing without El Niño rains

Photo by Martha Benedict

MONTECITO HEIGHTS -- Plenty of gardeners in Northeast Los Angeles are wondering when – if ever – the El Niño rains will appear. “We were hoping that the rains would do our watering for us this winter,” says Justin Yee, National Park Service restoration technician and nursery manager at Los Nogales Nursery, which is located on the grounds of the Audubon Center at Debs Park. “It’s been so unusually dry and hot here; maybe next month it will unload on us. We hope.” Read More »

December dusk

Photo by Martha Benedict

MONTECITO HEIGHTS — Martha Benedict took the photo above as the setting sun turned the clouds shades of orange and crimson at the end of what she noted was the second shortest day of the year. Read More »

A “crazy beautiful” December dawn

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MONTECITO HEIGHTS -- Martha Benedict was up early today to catch images of what she described as a "crazy beautiful dawn." A trio of photos show how the clouds changed from a dusty pink to a golden orange as the sun rose. Read More »

One crash too many on Griffin Avenue

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MONTECITO HEIGHTS — A speeding car crashed into parked vehicles this afternoon in the 3600 block of Griffin Avenue, the third collision in recent months on this stretch of the street, according to one resident. A blue car heading south on Griffin smashed into a parked ... Read More »

Another day of heat, humidity and colorful skies

Photo by Martha Benedict

MONTECITO HEIGHTS– The hot and humid weather have made things uncomfortable but have also been accompanied by some dramatic clouds and sunsets. Martha Benedict snapped this shot earlier tonight as sunrays burst through clouds just before day’s end. Read More »

Found in Lincoln Heights: Cute female miniature pincher

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FOUND – 9 lb female miniature pincher, possibly chihuahua mix. Wandering on Griffin near Avenue 39 on Saturday, June 27. She is sweet, friendly, house trained, socialized, responds to some commands. Used to other dogs and cats. No tags or microchip. About 9 lbs. We would ... Read More »

A red hot night as seen from Montecito Heights

Photo by Martha Benedict

MONTECITO HEIGHTS – The temperature topped 90 degrees today and is expected to do the same on Sunday, when more than 20,000 runners pour through the streets for the L.A. Marathon. There won’t be any relief from the heat for runners and residents until the middle ...

Northeast L.A. gathers for a Homeless Town Hall

A Homeless Town Hall this week focused on the homeless problem along the Arroyo Seco covered a wide range of questions and issues, from the need for more affordable housing to concerns about public safety and the cost of encampment clean ups. The Tuesday night panel discussion and forum at Ramona Hall included not only residents, police officers and homeless advocates, but some homeless individuals as well.

A primer on the urban bobcat

Photo courtesy National Park Service/Flickr

The bobcat, although rare in urban settings, sometimes crosses paths with a surprised Angeleño in their neighborhood. After another recent sighting in Montecito Heights and what some described as a “hysteria or unnecessary fear,” a wildlife expert was invited to give residents a lesson in Bobcat 101. Read More »