Los Angeles’ Second CicLAvia Takes Place Sunday, April 10th

Santa Monica Bike Action Plan Passes

The second Los Angeles CicLAvia will take place tomorrow, Sunday, April 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The "ciclovia", meaning bicycle path, in Spanish started in Bogota, Columbia  over 30 years ago as a result of all the pollution and congestion, something Los Angeles can relate to. The cicLAvia will bring people into the streets, almost eight miles of which will be closed to traffic, on bicycles, skateboards, roller blades and on foot to socialize, and have fun.  They will also be … [Read more...]

Size of Los Angeles Hillside Homes to be Restricted

Los Angeles to Limit Size of Hillside Homes, Hillside Homes in Los Angeles will be limited in Size

Mayor Villaraigosa has signed an ordinance to restrict the size of hillside homes, effective May 9th. The restriction also applies to the steepness of the lots and zone. and imposes a minimum lot size limit in order to standardize developments and set grading limits.  Height will be limited to between 28-36 feet depending on the zone and slope of the roof. A neighborhood can adjust restrictions according to their needs. Stifling creativity is one thing, stopping tearing down of … [Read more...]

Lowest Los Angeles Gas Prices

Lowest Los Angeles Gas Prices, Find the Lowest Gas Prices in Los Angeles

Driving around looking at Los Angeles homes for sale, you are going to be using up a lot of gas. And we all know prices are up and going to rise further. Check out the lowest Los Angeles gas prices below to help you decide where to fill up for the least amount of money.  The chart below shows some stations on the Westside of Los Angeles. Lowest Gas Prices in Beverly Hills, Culver City, Hollywood, Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles Los Angeles Gas Prices … [Read more...]

In the Interest Of Accuracy, Maria the Echo Park Goose is Actually Mario

Maria the Goose Becomes Mario, Draining Echo Park Lake

In a follow up to my previous story about Maria the Echo Park Goose who was to be relocated, with all the other geese and ganders at the lake, it turns out that Maria is in fact Mario! The now famous gander was moved to the L.A. Zoo for her own protection.  You know, the price of fame.  It was there that the mistake was discovered. In any event, Mario will be quarantined at the Zoo for a month and then put on display. Dominic, his longtime friend at Echo Park Lake, was him this week and … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Area Farmers’ Markets

Los Angeles Farmers Markets, Farmers Markets Around Los Angeles

The first, Farmer's Market inLos Angeles , and probably the most famous in the U.S., started in 1934.  Since then numerous local farmers' markets have sprung up all over the Los Angeles area. Farmers' Market at The Grove is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 pm, Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m., Sunday, 10:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. Here are a few of these neighborhood markets where you can shop for fresh produce, flowers, breads, specialty items and much more.... Beverly Hills Farmers' Market … [Read more...]

Does the Mubarak Family Own Property in Beverly Hills?

Homes for Sale in Beverly Hills

After doing a tongue-in-cheek-post on a real estate blog site, about the Mubarak Family possibly owning property in Beverly Hills, specifically on Rodeo Drive, I was inundated with calls from the media, including an international newspaper. It is alleged that the Mubarak Family own property all over the world, in Manhattan, London, and Beverly Hills, most prominently, and that their Swiss bank account was frozen.  But no one knows for sure. However, the story caught enough attention for me … [Read more...]

Beverly Hills Post Office on its Way to Broadway

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Work is under way to turn the Depression-era Beverly Hills Post Office into a world class cultural center, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, due to be completed in late 2012. Built in 1933 on the site of the Pacific Electric Railway Station, the Beverly Hills Post Office is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The United States Postal Service decided to close it in 1993 and sell it to the City of Beverly Hills who in turn offered a long term lease to the Beverly … [Read more...]

Google at Home in Venice Los Angeles

Google Leasing Space in Venice Los Angeles, Google Planning Huge Expansion in Southern California

Los Angeles is an extremely desirable place to live.  Just look at the weather going on around the country right now.  Google also loves Los Angeles and just leased 100,000 sq. ft. of space in buildings in Venice, CA.  One of them is the Frank Gehry Binoculars Building, previously leased by the advertising giant Chiat/Day. This lease is part of a major expansion by Google in Southern California and great news for the Los Angeles real estate market and the employment sector, as the company is … [Read more...]

Santa Monica Place – Never Lose Your Car Again

Santa Monica Place Santa Monica, Santa Monica Mall, Santa Monica Real Estate

Ever parked your car in a large mall like Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica, gone shopping, and then come back to realize that you have forgotten when you left it? Santa Monica Place has installed the first camera-based "Find Your Car" system in the country. How does it work? You punch your license plate number into the touch screen of a kiosk.   A photo comes of up your car's location. Park Assist is the company who developed the "Find Your Car" system along with the red and green lights … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Christmas Tree Lighting Events

Christmas Tree Lighting at The Grove

The Grove 'Tis the season for the lighting of Christmas trees around Los Angeles.  Among the most popular event, and one to rival the lighting of the tree at Rockefeller Center in New York, is the Christmas Tree lighting event at  The Grove. This year it will take place on Sunday, November 21st at 7:30 p.m.  The tree is 100 ft. tall with 10,000 ornaments and 15,000 lights.  There will be fireworks, a magic snowfall, and entertainment will include American Idol star, David Archuleta, … [Read more...]

ICE at Santa Monica Now Open

ICE at Santa Monica Opens

ICE at Santa Monica is now open and includes a new art exhibit. The rink at 5th St. and Arizona opened on November 10th and has teamed together with Portraits of Hope an organization originally developed to help seriously ill and disabled children.  Portraits of Hope builds large art projects which mix public art with creative therapy for hospitalized children and provides educations for students of all ages. The ICE rink which encompasses 80 0 sq. ft of  real ice and a 400 sq. ft. child's … [Read more...]

Santa Monica Place is Open

Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica is now open and it is certainly a vast improvement over the old one. Today was packed with people and live entertainment and Nordstrom and Tiffanys are not yet open, but there is still a tremendous amount to see.  The new Bloomingdales is spectacular.  It's loft style, apparently the only one of its kind outside Manhattan, has a wonderful, open feel and is sure to attract visitors from all over Los Angeles. There are plenty of  upscale restaurants on the … [Read more...]

Sunset Concerts at the Skirball

The Skirball Cultural Center will be celebrating summer with a series of free concerts every Thursday from July 22 to August 26. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and shows commence at 8:00 p.m. Parking is $5 per car for three or more passengers otherwise it is $10. Seating is on a first come basis. Tonight, July 22nd Parno Graszt will be performing. Parno Graszt will be performing authentic Hungarian gypsy music in their L.A. debut. Find out about the concert series and more on the Skirball. … [Read more...]

Santa Monica Twilight Dance Series

Santa Monica Pier Dance Series

Starting July 8th, every Thursday through September 2nd the Twilight Dance Series takes place on Santa Monica pier, starting at 7:00 p.m. In 1983 the storms took off part of Santa Monica pier and a week long festival "Santa Monica Pier Save the Pier" was organized which started the idea of the pier being a great venue for concerts. For two years after the organizer of the concert, Katharine King organized concerts under a tent and due to those concerts' popularity the City of Santa Monica … [Read more...]

Culver City Music Festival

New listings on the market in Culver City

Every Thursday, starting July 8th and running through August 26th Culver City will be having concerts in front of City Hall. Events are from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. This is the 16th year of the music festival which includes a variety of styles including salsa, blues, rock, Zydeco and more. Parking is free under City Hall for two hours in nearby structures. With the wonderful weather we are having presently, and the variety of fabulous eating establishments in Culver City a good time should … [Read more...]

Annual Meeting Westside Homeowners

There will be an Annual Meeting for West of Westwood Homeowners Association and Westside Neighborhood Council. Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m. Westside Pavilion Meeting Room B Landmark Theatre side 3rd floor Across from Barnes and Noble Contact: West of Westwood Homeowners Association 310-475-212 Discussion includes:  Pico/Olympic One-Way, Expo Light Rail, Marijuana Dispensaries, Crime Update and New Developments. Guest Speakers: Councilman Paul Koretz, West L.A.P.D. Captain … [Read more...]