New Los Angeles Farmer’s Market in Miracle Mile

New Farmer's Market in Miracle Mile

There is nothing like the produce you can get in a farmer's market, and now there is a beautiful, new one in the Miracle Mile area.  It will be located at the Wilshire Courtyard at 5700 Wilshire Blvd. Tishman Speyer is graciously hosting the market on their property, and a farmer’s market in walking distance to residents or potential homeowners is a really nice amenity for the neighborhood. The market will begin July 10, every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m, – 3:00 p.m.  This is one among … [Read more...]

The Biggest Complaints About Los Angeles — And Why They’re Wrong

Los Angeles | Some Myths Dispelled

Los Angeles often gets a bum rap.  It is a wasteland.  There is no culture.  The traffic is horrendous.  There is no center.  And on an on. If you are a visitor to Los Angeles, I don't blame you if you have this misconception.  But once you live here and get to know the City, it is one of the most diverse and beautiful places around. The sunsets, the views, the ocean, the architecture, the wide palm tree-bordered boulevards, and yes, even the culture. The article below dispels some of … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Thanksgiving events 2012

My favorite times of the year in Los Angeles are the holidays.  People leave town and there is little traffic on the roads.  It is an absolute pleasure to get around. And if you are staying in L.A. over Thanksgiving there are things to do: Want to volunteer? The Los Angeles Mission will continue its annual Thanksgiving Dinner tradition since 2007.  They need volunteers to and out food and donate clothing.  And who knows, if you go down and help you may see the odd star or two … [Read more...]

Pedicabs Coming to Los Angeles?

Pedicabs coming to Hollywood and Santa Monica?

In a transport-challenged city such as Los Angeles, news the Pedicabs may be on the way is of particular interest. The city of Santa Monica and the community of Hollywood are considering joining around 45 other cities, including San Francisco and San Diego in California, to introduce pedicabs to their streets. In Hollywood this will help relieve the congestion on Hollywood Boulevard which is all but impossible to navigate with all the tourist traffic.  People can take the Red Line, jump on … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Halloween Events 2012

Los Angeles Halloween Events 2012

Let's take a break from real estate for a few minutes and check out some of the Los Angeles Halloween events for 2012. West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval: advertised as “the largest Halloween street party in the world”.  This is a parade you need to attend once as you will see by  This is not for the shy and retiring.  An area of West Hollywood is closed off from La Cienega to Doheny, with hundreds of thousands of people crammed together looking at the amazing costumes of the participants.  The … [Read more...]

New Green Dry Cleaners in West Los Angeles

$3 a garment at Green Lux Cleaners in WLA

There is a new green dry cleaners in West Los Angeles aptly named Green Lux Cleaners. Located at 1840 Westwood Blvd, southeast corner of Westwood and Santa Monica Blvds., Green Lux Cleaners  charges $3 a piece for almost any garment.  And if you take your garments in in the morning you will get them back that evening. How much better can things get than that.  And it is green.  Until the end of the month, if you bring in 5 pieces they will dry clean them for $2.50 each. Faheem, the … [Read more...]

Carmageddon 2, The Sequel

Carmageddon 2, September 2012

Carmageddon 1 was a non-event.  It took place a year ago to much fanfare and fear.  We thought that Los Angeles would shut down.  Amazingly enough everyone stayed home and driving on those days was a pleasure. Then we had The Rampture.  It was delayed from last year to a couple of months ago and continues, with on and off-ramps to the 405 being intermittently closed . Do we have congestion on the Westside, yes, but it is not as traumatic as first thought. Carmageddon 2 is scheduled to … [Read more...]

Things to do This Summer in Los Angeles

Los Angeles | Some Myths Dispelled

The L.A. Times put together a great list of 100 things to do this summer.  Below is a selection: The Los Angeles Film Festival - June 14 - 24 The Festival opens with Woody Allen's new movie "To Rome With Love" and includes discussions with creators of popular TV series. Roger Medearis at the Huntington Library - June 16 - September 17 Painter Roger Medearis' sculptures, landscape and life paintings. Fathers' Day Post Game Catch at Dodger Stadium - June 17th The program will benefit … [Read more...]

Solar Eclipse in Santa Monica, May 20, 2012

Sitting at Peet's on 14th and Montana in Santa Monica. … [Read more...]

Be Prepared For Bike Sharing in Los Angeles

Bicycle Sharing Program in Los Angeles

Following this weekend's CicLAvia, Mayor Villaraigosa announced that Los Angeles will be starting a bike sharing demonstration project towards the end of the year. This program will be run by Bike Nation, which will install 400 booths with a total of 4,000 bikes.  How does this work?  There are many of these bike-sharing programs around the world and in the U.S.  It is all self-service.  The bikes are checked out from the booths and cost will be determined on the length of time the bikes are … [Read more...]

Surf Air to Provide Unlimited Travel Along California Coast

Unlimited First Class Flights in California

Santa Monica-based airline, Surf Air, will start launching a new, unlimited travel between four cities, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Monterey, and Palo Alto. The program is geared towards executives who travel frequently on business and are willing to pay a monthly membership fee of $790 for first-class service on mid-sized executive jets, concierge benefits, and numerous benefits. Some of these benefits will include 30 second booking and cancellation, travel from uncongested airports which … [Read more...]

405 Freeway Wilshire Boulevard Off Ramp to Close for Two Weeks

Beware traffic when Wilshire off ramp on 405 closes

Starting yesterday, February 3, 2012, the eastbound off ramp off the northbound 405 Freeway will be closed  on and off for two weeks.  The Rampture is finally here. This is part of the ongoing widening of the 405 Freeway which will add a 10-mile HOV lanes and widen lanes from the I-10 to US 101. This particular project is to clear trees and plants from the area. The closures will take place periodically from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. but workers will be there most of the day. If at all … [Read more...]

New Los Angeles Traffic Fines Effective January 2012. Watch Out! California Needs the Money

Watch out for those radar guns, Los Angeles traffic fines are going up once again

Effective January 6, 2012 the price of Los Angeles traffic tickets is going up by $4 a ticket on already steep fines.  And be extra wary.  It is rumored that there is extra pressure on traffic officers to bring in more revenue. Local agencies have even been authorized to attach cameras to street sweepers in order to catch parking violators. Los Angeles Traffic Ticket Fines (Effective 01/06/2012) VC 12814.6 $214 Failure to obey license provisions VC 14600(A) $214 Failure to notify DMV … [Read more...]

L.A. Love & Leashes, Helping Los Angeles’ Homeless Pets

L.A. Love & Leashes, Friends of L.A. Animal Shelters

Los Angeles has been hit hard by the economic downturn and Animal Services is one of the many departments whose financial resources have been severely cut.  Friends of L.A. Animal Shelters, a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping L.A.'s city animal shelters raises funds to provide veterinary care and innovative adoption programs for which the city shelters do not have funding. Their goal is to increase the live save rate of L.A.'s city animal shelters. L.A. Love & Leashes … [Read more...]

Let it Sparkle on Rodeo Drive

Christmas on Rodeo, Let it Sparkle

Every year, world-renowned Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills puts on its best show for holiday season.  In 2004 they decorated with $1 million worth of Baccarat crystal chandeliers.  This year, together with Harrods in London and  Takashimaya stores in Tokyon and Singapore, Swarovsky holds sway with Sparkle 90210. Swarovsky Elements have installed Swarovsky crystals along the median of Rodeo Drive featuring a helix-shaped sculpture with embedded LED lights which scrolls people's holiday messages … [Read more...]

Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo Coming to Santa Monica January 20, 2012

Cirque du Soleil's Ovo Coming to Santa Monica January 20, 2012

The always entertaining Cirque du Soleil is bringing its latest production, Ovo to Santa Monica,  on January 20, 2012. The them of Ovo is set in the world of insects.  Just like us, they are looking for love, and the quest is satisfied when an egg appears delivering an insect who falls in love with a beautiful lady bug. The music for this productions is a Brazilian theme, that alone should make it a must-see. And, as usual, the show gets  rave reviews, highlighting the fact that, as … [Read more...]

Santa Monica Bike Action Plan Passed Vote

Santa Monica Bike Action Plan Passes

Santa Monica City Council unanimously approved the Bike Action Plan, 20 years in the making, which is an effort to get people out of their cars and onto bikes. $2.5 million will be spent over the next two years to make  30 miles of streets bike friendly, starting with 14 miles of bike lanes and 17 miles of green buffered lanes along Broadway, Main St., 2nd St. and Ocean Park Blvd.  An additional 2,500 bike parking spaces will be available in the next five years.  Also opening in the next few … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Holiday Events 2011 – My Picks

Los Angeles Christmas Events 2012

The holiday season is fast approaching and there are plenty of Los Angeles holiday events from which to choose. Let's take a look at some of them: 52nd Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration Saturday, December 24th, 2011 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. There will be a mix of choirs, dance troupes, from many Los Angeles cultures.  Watch the website for an updated list of participants. This is a free program. 44th Annual Annual Look In Home Tour and Boutique This … [Read more...]

Los Angeles gets HipSwap app for Buying and Selling in your Neighborhood

HipSwap Buying and Selling Cool Stuff in Your Neighborhood

Want to Buy & Sell Items in Your Neighborhood? HipSwap has an App for That A friend of mine turned me on to a very cool app that makes local buying and selling enjoyable. It's created by Santa Monica-based HipSwap, and I must say I am quite impressed! HipSwap makes it fast and easy to post and find items to buy and sell in your community with friends, neighbors and local merchants. And you can use HipSwap on iPhones and the web, with Android coming soon. HipSwap GPS locates any … [Read more...]

Pacific Standard Time Art Show 2011

Pacific Standard Time Art Show 2011

Los Angeles has long lost its reputation as a cultural desert.  It is taking its place with other Californian cities from San Diego to Santa Barbara to host the Pacific Standard Time Art Show 2011. Close to 170 exhibitions in 130 museums will make it the area's largest cultural event ever.  Funded with $10 million from the Getty Pacific Standard Time:  Art in L.A. 1945-1980 will tell the tale of Los Angeles' rise in the art world to rival New York, London and Berlin. The Art Show opened … [Read more...]