On rainy afternoons in Los Angeles

Sun, Dec 21, 2014

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The forecast looks pretty rain-free for the next little while, at least, but our recent rainy days have had me navel-gazing. I used to like it when it rained in LA because it reminded me of home. I...

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The ever patient Mia Doi Todd

Sun, Dec 21, 2014

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There exists in musician Mia Doi Todd’s voice a controlled element; a dam holding back an immeasurable presence. Elements that make up Todd’s arsenal include her long, drawn out syllables, both...

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“City Terrace needs some murals”

Sun, Dec 21, 2014

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That’s what Willie Herron III recalls thinking in the 1960s after moving to City Terrace, which lacked public art, let alone any museums or galleries. Herron, who later emerged as one of the area’s...

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Found in Atwater Village: Cute Small Male Terrier Mix

Sun, Dec 21, 2014

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Very cute two-year-old male, tan and white terrier mix. 10 pounds. Found 2 days after Thanksgiving, Saturday, November 28 in central Atwater Village on the street, thi n with matted hair. Has since...

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Gunman gets life in prison for Echo Park & Glassell Park killings; Building & Safety plays waiting game with Eastside complaints; Boyle Heights job center

Sat, Dec 20, 2014

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Morning Report: A Superior Court judge sentenced Andre Uphshaw to two consecutive life sentences for a pair of gang-related killings in Echo Park and Glassell Park in March 2009 ... The Building...

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12 Days of Giving: Donate Blood

Sat, Dec 20, 2014

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This is the one of several posts by us outlining charities and non-profit causes near to our heart. It isn’t always about monetary donations for these groups. Tight on funds? They welcome your time...

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Happy Holidays from Tracy Do Real Estate

Sat, Dec 20, 2014

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We're grateful for a remarkable year, and especially grateful that we met so many wonderful people along the way. Some are clients and some are agents with whom​ we​ collaborated. Some are just nice...

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12 Days of Giving : Monrovia Association of Fine Arts

Fri, Dec 19, 2014

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This is a group that I have devoted tons of energy and time to over the last 10 years.  Their mission statement sums it all up: “Enhance the lives of those within our community through...

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Reap the benefits of The Eastsider during your holiday shopping

Fri, Dec 19, 2014

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  Don’t forget to take advantage of your Eastsider Reader Benefits Card when you go holiday shopping this weekend. The growing list of participating businesses honoring the card now...

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Eastside Open House: Eagle Rock post-and-beam; Silver Lake condo & more

Fri, Dec 19, 2014

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A post-and-beam Midcentury home in Eagle Rock, a Silver Lake condo and several properties in Highland Park make up this weekend’s relatively short list of open houses.  Always check to make...

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Stunning Highland Park Contemporary Home in “L.A’s Greatest Neighborhood” Open This Weekend

Fri, Dec 19, 2014

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Style, perfection and location best describes this stunning contemporary revival, located in Los Angeles' trendiest 'hood, two blocks from the cool York Corridor.

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Eastside Weekend: Closing out La Boheme; “Piñata Dreams” at Casa 0101; Margaret’s story at Bootleg Theater

Fri, Dec 19, 2014

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A play about piñatas, an exhibit of one-of-kind holiday ornaments, posadas and a show by a Guatamalan rock group are on tap for this weekend before Christmas.

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New lights fail to keep Silver Lake tire slasher at bay; the cost of revitalizing L.A. River likely to rise above $1 billion; Elysian Park twigs turned into art

Fri, Dec 19, 2014

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Morning Report: Councilman Mitch O’Farrell unveiled new street lights in a section of Silver Lake where an estimated 100 vehicle tires had been slashed ... The cost of the L.A. River revitalization...

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Lost in Silver Lake: Large Orange Cat

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

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We lost our beloved cat Nibbler on Wednesday afternoon. He got out of our backyard in Silver Lake near Glendale Blvd. and Rowena. He’s about 9 years old, fairly large, light orange in color,...

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A family-owned Christmas tree lot returns to Highland Park for another holiday season

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

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IGHLAND PARK -- Chris Miali plucks a handful of pine needles from a Douglas fir in his tree lot at the corner of York Boulevard and Figueroa Street. He inhales the tree’s sweet, lemony aroma and...

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A family-owned Christmas tree lot returns to Highland Park for another holiday season

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

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HIGHLAND PARK -- Chris Miali plucks a handful of pine needles from a Douglas fir in his tree lot at the corner of York Boulevard and Figueroa Street. He inhales the tree’s sweet, lemony aroma and...

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Floating chairs? Solar lights? Christmas tree ornaments? What to do with 400,000 Silver Lake shade balls

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

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SILVER LAKE — For the past six years, 400,000, black plastic balls have been floating on the surface of the Ivanhoe Reservoir, shading the water from sunlight and preventing a chemical reaction...

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12 Days of Giving: Back on My Feet

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

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This is the one of several posts by us outlining charities and non-profit causes near to our heart. It isn’t always about monetary donations for these groups. Tight on funds? They welcome your...

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Boyle Heights mural restored; Northeast L.A. homeless find a home

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

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Morning Report: About a dozen Northeast L.A. homeless persons may finally find a home in new Glassell Park apartments. Boulevard Sentinel ... A faded mural of the Virgen of Guadalupe at the Ramona...

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12 Days Of Giving: spcaLA

Wed, Dec 17, 2014

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Preamble/Disclosure: There’s a subset of the fine folks who know I’ve been a scrivener for Blogging.la going way back to March 2004, who also know that back in 2011, despite all...

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Shopping for a used car? Perhaps it’s time to head to Evergreen Cemetery

Wed, Dec 17, 2014

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BOYLE HEIGHTS — There are no pushy sales persons or colorful plastic flags flapping overhead. But the streets surrounding Evergreen Cemetery have turned into an unofficial used car lot, with...

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Crime Check: Robbers strike Boyle Heights & East L.A.; Glassell Park crime cluster; more burglaries across Echo Park & Silver Lake

Wed, Dec 17, 2014

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This week’s review of CrimeMapping.com revealed numerous robberies and attempted robberies in Boyle Heights and neighboring East Los Angeles.  Burglaries and vehicle theft remained a problem...

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Burglars steal $10,000 from Silver Lake restaurant; parents sentenced in Boyle Heights kidnapping; American Apparel fires Dov Charney

Wed, Dec 17, 2014

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Morning Report: Burglars broke into a Silver Lake restaurant and pried off two wall safes containing $10,000. The entire break-in took 8 minutes ... The parents who abducted their four children...

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12 Days of Giving: The Peace Project

Wed, Dec 17, 2014

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2014 has been a great year for my family.  It wasn’t always like this.  We’ve had some pretty lean years in the past but hard work, faith, and determination put us on a blessed path....

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Sales Report: A million-dollar year for Eagle Rock; Echo Park stairway home sells for $530k & more

Tue, Dec 16, 2014

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Hill Drive continued to reign as one of Eagle Rock's priciest streets, with this six-bedroom, three-bath Spanish Colonial with a pool selling for $1.757 million. The December sale capped a year when...

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The Kids Are Alright…But Life Is Hard. Cobalt Cafe to Close After 23 Years

Tue, Dec 16, 2014

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The beloved all-ages venue in the far west Valley that has given thousands of local kids their start in music, tens of thousands of poets a chance to read their work, and probably millions of young...

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Echo Park area school to offer Spanish Dual-Language program

Tue, Dec 16, 2014

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Mayberry Street School, which serves Echo Park and Silver Lake, will have an informational session for the community Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 8:15 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. in the school library. We...

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Silver Lake area middle school to be surrounded by a chain-link gallery

Tue, Dec 16, 2014

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The chain link fence that wraps around Thomas Starr King Middle School will be turned into a wall of art under an ambitious mural project that is about to get underway.

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