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Five questions for the new Executive Director of Heritage Square

MONTECITO HEIGHTS -- The painted ladies of Heritage Square welcomed Kori Capaldi as new Executive Director last month. Born and raised in Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley, Capaldi attended USC and worked for the USC School of Architecture at the Gamble House for 17 years. She ran public programs and organized events as well as oversaw fundraising aspects including the ancillary group, the Friends of the Gamble House Read More »

The story of an Eagle Rock abortion rights activist in the days before Roe v. Wade

EAGLE ROCK — KPCC presents the story of Carol Downer, an Eagle Rock resident and long-time advocate of abortion rights. Haunted by the experience of having an abortion without an anesthetic,  Downer was involved in creating a secret network in the early 1970s to educate women about an abortion method called menstrual extraction. Downer and others considered menstrual extraction less traumatic ... Read More »

Miry’s List: How an Eagle Rock woman uses crowd sourcing and social media to help refugees

EAGLE ROCK -- When Miry Whitehill visited the home of refugees who had arrived from Syria only weeks before, she was shocked by what she saw. The family’s apartment was nearly empty and lacked some basic essentials, like a refrigerator and a crib. “This woman had a baby the same age as mine and was not able to put her baby down because she didn’t have anywhere to put him,” said Whitehill. That’s when Whitehill decided that something needed to be done. Read More »

Neighbor Spotlight: Atwater Village woman focuses neighborhood attention on L.A. River

ATWATER VILLAGE– Karen Barnett stumbled upon Atwater Village out of pure luck. She was house hunting and happened to find one that offered everything she wanted, a neighborhood with a walkable lifestyle. After moving into the neighborhood in 2012, the business owner became involved in her community and sits on the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council Board and is the Chair of the AVNC River Committee Read More »

Neighbor Spotlight: Zen and the art of bicycle maintenance – Jimmy Lizama and The Bicycle Kitchen

EAST HOLLYWOOD -- This month The Bicycle Kitchen marks its fourth year on Fountain Street, offering tools, parts and floating helpers so cyclists can learn to fix their own bikes. But the story really begins 16 years ago, when Jimmy Lizama, then a 25-year-old bike messenger, began learning to do his own bicycle repairs in an unoccupied studio of Eco-Village -- in the studio’s kitchen, to be exact. Read More »