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Caltrans to shed more light on 110 Freeway

Earlier this week Danny Duarte posted a message on the ASNC Yahoo Group asking residents for help to restore the lighting along the 110 Arroyo Seco Parkway, including the Avenue 43 Bridge in Montecito Heights, by filling out an MSR or Maintenance Service Request. Duarte wrote: It’s a rather simple form and can be filled out in a minute or ... Read More »

Caltrans to shed more light on 110 Freeway

Earlier this week Danny Duarte posted a message on the ASNC Yahoo Group asking residents for help to restore the lighting along the 110 Arroyo Seco Parkway, including the Avenue 43 Bridge in Montecito Heights, by filling out an MSR or Maintenance Service Request. Duarte wrote: It’s a rather simple form and can be filled out in a minute or ... Read More »

Silver Lake park builders now wait for their work to take root

Volunteers completed their eighth and final work day on Sunday at the Parkman Triangle, a patch of green space created out of a once barren section of asphalt at Parkman Avenue and Silver Lake Boulevard. Silver Lake residents Ara Babaian and John Southern spent more than two years working on the project, which is now 98% complete. Said Babaian: “We ... Read More »

Trash brings neighbors together

This morning’s Echo Park Clean Up brought together residents from near and far to sweep up trash, pick weeds and paint out tagging. One group of six volunteers – mostly from Echo Park and a helper from Los Feliz -tackled Sunset Boulevard from the Glendale Boulevard bridge to Alvarado Street, which is often a vortex of trash and grime. Most ... Read More »

Name that neighborhood council slate

Another round of elections is scheduled on Thursday for six Eastside neighborhood councils that cover communities from Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights to Eagle Rock and Highland Park. Most of the vote seekers will emerge victorious since there is only one neighborhood council – Lincoln Heights – where there are more candidates than open seats, according to a review of ... Read More »

Echo Park neighborhood council goes missing in action

The Echo Park neighborhood council earlier this year held a block party to celebrate the grand opening of its new office and community space behind the Bank of America. That grand opening appears to be the group’s last burst of activity because the neighborhood council’s Board of Governors has not met at the new office or any other place since ... Read More »

The Silver Lake Earth Day Ball won’t be rolling home anytime soon

The highlight of last year’s Silver Lake Earth Day Celebration was a giant ball created out of 7,000 plastic bags, which represented the number of bags neighborhood businesses had pledged to not use in favor of more eco-friendly alternatives. The Silver Lake Earth Day Ball – the creation of a group called Sustainable Silver Lake – didn’t stand still for ... Read More »

New green space takes shape at Silver Lake & Parkman *

Volunteers spent another Saturday this past weekend transforming a former barren patch of asphalt at Parkman Avenue and Silver Lake Boulevard into a piece of parkland. The most recent work day saw the planting of drought-resistant grasses, giving the Parkman Triangle in Silver Lake a greener – as well as fuzzier – look. Another volunteer work day is scheduled for ... Read More »

Traffic will get worse before it gets better on San Fernando Road

There’s a lot going on San Fernando Road as it slices through Cypress Park and Glassell Park. A trio of new schools have or are in the process of opening along the busy roadway and city officials have banned the opening of new auto repair shops and salvage yards as part of a campaign to reduce blight. A public meeting ... Read More »

A show of support for the Silver Lake Recreation Center

The almost daily barrage of bad news about the city budget and threats of service cuts has spurred many residents like Janet Upjohn of Silver Lake into action. The social worker helped organize a rally scheduled for Sunday morning to show neighborhood support for the Silver Lake Recreation Center. What’s the threat? One staff member has received a layoff notice ... Read More »

Did college district misspend bond funds at Van de Kamps project?

A group that has been tracking the redevelopment of the former Van de Kamps bakery in Glassell Park by the Los Angeles Community College District said there is more evidence of problems with the way the district has handled construction bond money. The Van de Kamps Coalition has claimed that the district has misspent construction bond funds at the Glassell ... Read More »

Elysian Park reservoir cover up *

Advocates of Elysian Park and other residents are planning to speak out today against a DWP proposal to cover up the 55-million gallon Elysian Reservoir with an aluminum roof and possibly solar panels. Peter Lassen with the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park said the recommendation before the Board of Water & Power Commissioners* today comes after agency leaders had ... Read More »

Echo Park resident organizes airborne animal rescue

Most people return home from a trip with perhaps a souvenir t-shirt, hundreds of photos that will never leave their digital camera and other trinkets. But after a month working on a TV shoot in Puerto Rico, costumer and Echo Park resident Christine Peters is today awaiting the arrival of two living reminders of her visit: a stray dog named ... Read More »

Easter weekend finds Silver Lake musicans co-op hopping around town

During seven days last December, volunteer musicians organized by the Silver Lake Musicians Co-op raced across town to convalescent homes and other institutions to spread holiday cheer in the form of a dozen, free musical performances. After that rewarding but exhausting experiment, music co-op director Gary Gamponia has tweaked and expanded the mobile music program, which now plans to stage ... Read More »

Wildflower season to bloom again on the Ascot Hills of El Sereno

Spring usually finds the Ascot Hills covered in a blanket of the yellow blooming mustard plants. But the 100 acres of rolling El Sereno hillside – like much of the surrounding terrain – once saw a more diverse springtime bloom of native plants, like California Poppy and Arroyo Lupine. In January, a small group of the Ascot Hills Park Advisory ... Read More »