Tuesday, September 16, 2008

News and Links

Directory of measures/propositions on LA County ballots for November election (Smartvoter.org)
True Love the Play, by Miracle Mile resident Walter Williamson, now through October 12

* full disclosure: this blogger sent in the original question.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

News Roundup July 13

LAPD is reporting that a 13 year old Asian girl is missing from her home in the 600 block of South Dunsmuir. She was last seen [July 10] at 7am.

City proposal to encourage productions to film locally (Curbed)
Bob's Big Boy to make way for BMW dealership (Curbed)
Miracle Mile - city's "hair district"? (Militant Angeleno)
Mandeville Canyon motorist v. cyclist road rage incident sparks controversy
LAPD shoots suspect at Fairfax/Olympic/San Vicente intersection after failed robbery (LA Times)
Unofficial results for Mid-City West Neighborhood Council elections.

Wilshire Corridor Forum III Friday July 18, 11am-1:30pm see Chamber of Commerce website for further details
Miracle Mile Art Walk, Saturday July 19, noon-5pm

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

News Roundup, June 25

Welcome reception for Captain Eric T. Davis of the Wilshire Police Station
Monday June 30 2008, 7pm-9pm, Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Washington Blvd.

MID-CITY WEST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL ELECTION: JULY 1, 2008, 2-8pm HANCOCK PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 408 S. FAIRFAX AVE. Member Zach Shepard is running for re-election. Don't forget to vote!

Renters benefitting from vacant/foreclosed homes and condos (LA Times)

City Council proposal for public transit to Dodger Stadium beginning July 25 (LAist)

LAPD could lose 500 narcotic and anti-gang cops (LAist)

Rental prices for the Viridian (Curbed)

Update on 5600 Wilshire (Curbed)

Future project at Wilshire and La Jolla (Curbed)


There is now a copy of the Framework Element EIR on FixLosAngeles.com. This EIR is being used as a mitigation for the New Housing Element that includes almost 113,000 new housing units in LA by 2014. It addresses air quality, water, power and the rest of our infrastructure. The EIR was done in 1996 and updated in 2001. The Framework Element also addresses how community plans will be updated and states that there are serious Environmental impacts but that they can be mitigated by the Framework EIR. We need to weigh in on this and comment.

Go to www.fixlosangeles.com. On the left hand side of the page is the main menu. Go to the bottom and find Library. Click on it and that will take you to the EIR page which has a Growth and Infrastructure button. That is the Framework Element EIR completed in 1996 and updated in 2001. This is being used as the EIR for the New Housing Element.


Paul (the owner of Busby's) is starting a monthly neighborhood meeting for all of us to express any grievances (or positive comments too) about traffic, parking, noise etc. Also, if you have any problems with Busby's this is a good place to air these and speak to the owner about them. Please also feel free to give him positive feedback.

Paul asked that you all meet him the first Sunday of every month in front of Busby's from noon until 1pm and then you'll all go upstairs for free soft drinks, coffee and sandwiches and have a discussion. The first Sunday of every month starting next month.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

To our neighbors in Saint Andrews Square, Rampart, Pico Union, Miracle Mile, Koreatown, Country Club Park,


Time to address the BILLBOARD DISTRICTS along Olympic and Wilshire (St Andrews to Vermont) being proposed by Herb Wesson district 10 and Tom LaBonge.

This will have lasting effect on us all. It deeply effects the hearts and minds of our cities children and youth, and will be surrounding 3 - 6 of our metro trains stations and along our major corradors. What of our historic buildings, our Temples, Churches along Wilshire to be blocked by billboards.

Megatron TV's, billboards, picture Time Square. Imagine the light for renters. We can anticipate them offering small things in return, like a children's or youth program or new sidewalks with .05% of the moneys earned. I will be VERY interested in others research on how much these billboards bring in monthly. For the TV megatrons, are we looking at 50k per month each? Could we eventually be talking about 30 million annually to major land owners big business, and a bit to our council members? Who can help us gather this information? With all or most of that profit going outside of the area, let along the country. All at the expense of our children, youth's quality of life. We need green space, not billboards.

Can you please forward to your committee so we can all join and support the Wilshire Center/Koreatown NEIGHBORS to stop this insanity. The Building sized billboards popping all over are illegal bilboards. No permit has gone thru for these, and there is a moritorium on them. Although approx $150k is set aside for enforcement of illegal signage, no one has acted on this. I think we should charge the major corporations (BMW, SONY, liquor companies) and the owner of the building who is collecting these illegal fees $2,000 each per day, retroactive, and use that money to build a skate board park for our youth, and get those bill boards out of our neighborhoods!

Can we count on a letter from your organization(s) or from you individually ? Might you forward this to those affected ?

Green space not billboards,

Tina Mata

Saint Andrews Square Neighborhood Association

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

News Roundup June 3

Controversial plan to grant businesses PPD permits (LA Times)
Neighborhood Council Bill of Rights (CityWatch)
Apartments at Risk of Demolition (Apartments at Risk)
Support for the Expo Line (CityWatch)
History of the Miracle Mile post office building (Curbed)

there is a pop up store and archive for two local designers in the Chateau Burnside building for next week . Its a recession sale and there is a very exciting dollar room and amazing stuff for 5 10 15 dollars filling up a whole one bedroom app. Just to get an idea the sites are labelnyc.com and ankhbyracquel.com they are only sold at the label boutique in NY .Its a once in a lifetime event celebrating hard times with amazing stuff and a way to get to know our neighborhood.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

News Roundup, May 14

Westsiders oppose Villairaigosa's density agenda (LAWeekly)
Editorial on Prop 98 (Sacramento Bee)
"Prop 98 Hidden Agenda for California June Primary Is Not So Far Beneath the Surface" (California Progress Report)
Marlowe in Hancock Park still under construction (Curbed)

Parking ticket fines may increase (LAist)
Another community's debate over PPD (Curbed)

LADWP approves new rate plan based on two LA temperature zones (LAist)
New USGS report on California earthquakes (USGS)

Miracle Mile Art Walk -- 12pm-5pm Saturday May 17. See MCW website for details.

Used kids' hiking boots wanted for Donate-a-Pack program
Residents needed to speak about people driving the wrong way down one-way streets [particularly Detroit] and about the need for crosswalks on 3rd Street MCWCC Transportation, Parking & Streetscape Committee, June 3, 2008, 7pm, NCJW Building
Local Primary Election (with Props 98 and 99 on the ballot) June 3. Absentee ballots must be mailed by May 27 or hand-delivered between the 27th and the 3rd.
MCW Election July 2, 2008. Deadline to request vote-by-mail ballot is June 24, and such ballots must be returned by June 28. See City Clerk's website for further info.

Monday, May 5, 2008

News Roundup, May 5

Local leaders against Prop 98 (Downtown News)
Judge halts Olympic/Pico One-Way Plan (LA Times)
LADWP asks citizens to reduce power usage and water usage. (LAist, LADWP, ABC7)
LA Public Library faces budget cuts. How you can help. (LAist, SaveLAPL)
City seeks to increase revenue by increasing street sweeping zones (LAist)

Candidate Filing Packet for Mid-City West Neighborhood Council elections (LACity.org)
Caleb Neelon painting on La Brea (LAist)

MMAC Movie Night -- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind -- Wednesday, May 7, 8:00pm, Busby's
Information session for Mid-City West Community Council candidates: May 14, Hancock Park Elementary School auditorium, 6pm-8pm

A letter from Jim O'Sullivan of the Miracle Mile Homeowners Association, about Density Bonus Ordinance lawsuit:

You may or may not have heard that a coalition was formed to fight SB 1818. We hired an Environmental Law firm, Chatten-Brown & Carstens and they filed on 4/14/08. So far we raised the funds for the retainer from Homeowner and Residential Groups (much faster that way) but I now what to broaden it out. We are still in the fundraising mode and we have arranged with the League of Residential Neighborhood Advocates (LRNA) to collect for us and issue a Tax exempt certificate from anyone who request it. We did this with an earlier issue and the result was fantastic. It allowed all stakeholders to become part of and have a stake in the legal action. Since your area would be a prime target for this new density bonus ordinance, with in my opinion devastating consequences I am asking you to forward this information to your group. They can send it far and wide. I am involved with some people in the Pico Union area who are also concerned about this ordinance.
I am attaching the filing and press release which tells the story.
We need to stick together and bring the City Council back to the table to craft a better ordinance or go the distance through the legal system with this issue. We can not afford to loose any more apartments anywhere in LA. Send tax exempt contributions to:

Leonard Hill
4500 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90010