Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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Councilman wants to permanently close Silver Lake tunnel

SILVER LAKE In 1924 a 75-foot-long tunnel was opened underneath Sunset Boulevard at Golden Gate Avenue to create a safe passage for children and other pedestrians walking to Micheltorena Elementary. It has been many years, however, since school kids have passed through the tunnel on ...

Is Silver Lake’s Rowena road diet a disaster?

Traffic after the Rowena Avenue Road Diet 6-27-2013 5-23-06 AM

SILVER LAKE — It’s been more than two years since a nearly mile-long section of Rowena was put a on a “road diet” that left the street with only two traffic lanes instead of four. The reduction of lanes for cars and trucks has made congestion worse, and conditions have not improved, according to some residents. Last week, Public Works Commissioner Matt Szabo called that Rowena road diet “a bit of a disaster.”

Ryu defeats Ramsay in Council District 4 race

David Ryu captured more than 53% of the vote | Courtesy Ryu for Council

David Ryu will become Los Angeles’ first Korean-American City Council member after he defeated Carolyn Ramsay in the race to represent Council District 4, which sprawls from Los Feliz and Silver Lake to Sherman Oaks. Ryu will replace Tom LaBonge, a Silver Lake resident who is termed out after 14 years in office.

What’s going on at the former MJ’s gay bar in Silver Lake?

The new look of the former MJ's in Silver Lake

SILVER LAKE -- It's been more than a year since the dance floor went dark and the Go-Go Boys stopped gyrating after MJ's, one of Silver Lake's last gay bars, closed up early last year. Since then, the owners have remained quiet about what's planned for the Hyperion Avenue venue while construction has been on and off during the past year However, construction has resumed, and it looks like MJ's is getting a major makeover.

Meat-loving chef cooks up a meatless burger to satisfy Silver Lake

The meatless burger at Hache LA

SILVER LAKE -- Chef Michael “Mick” Schepers opened Haché LA on Sunset Boulevard last fall with a menu featuring 100% Angus Sirloin burgers, made-from-scratch, triple-cooked fries, homemade drinks and select beer and wine. The menu is similar to his restaurant in Irvine, Mick’s Karma Bar. But Silver Lake is a far cry from Irvine, Schepers found out. Read More »

Seconds count when walking across Sunset Boulevard

Pedestrians crossing Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake

SILVER LAKE -- Nina Sorkin was walking across Sunset Boulevard at Lucile Avenue when she found herself in the midst of traffic. The signal had turned red before Sorkin, who walks with a cane, could finish crossing the busy boulevard. “Since cars continue to go through the yellow and even the red light ... a pedestrian loses some of the precious time allocated to cross," she said. But Sorkin and other Silver Lake pedestrians might soon be getting a little bit more time to cross the road.