|FROM THE SORELY MISSED Los Angeles Fire Department blog:|
"On Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 1:00 AM... 24 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Captain Greg Olsen responded to an auto fire with civilian fatality on the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway south of Fletcher Drive in the Atwater Village area of Los Angeles...
February 28, 2007
|I JUST NOTICED TODAY that Google Maps has a new button: traffic. There, alongside the satellite and hybrid buttons. Whoa. How long has it been there?|
[UPDATE: At least since 9:01 this morning.]
Where does Google's data come from? Is it up to the minute? Why are parts of some freeways - the 2, the 110 - gray? No data?
This screen capture comes from 6:45pm on Wednesday, February 28, 2007. Other traffic services seem to report nearly identical rush hour conditions: highways 110 and 101 flowing blood red.
February 27, 2007
|FROM THE BEST LIST of Los Angeles maps ever blogged comes this nugget about Atwater Village:|
Thanks to LA City Nerd (bookmarked!) for the tip to UCLA's Walkable Neighborhoods Map (PDF)."Using a street file provided by ESRI, the Thomas Guide, and the map of barrier land uses... Several areas identified in the analysis coincide with neighborhoods considered walkable: Atwater Village, Boyle Heights, and West Hollywood."
|IF YOU HAVEN'T READ it by now, you've missed your chance. Arthur, the peace-and-love, music-and-drug five-year-old 'zine headquartered at an Atwater Village apartment, has gone cold turkey.|
In the publishing industry quote of the year, editor Jay Babcock told the Village Voice, "The magazine can't be restarted. It's a done deal. It's dead. The situation can't be unfucked.""As of Friday, Feb. 23rd, Arthur Magazine is on indefinite hiatus... Thank you to staff, contributors, distributors, readers and advertisers for all your dedication."
|SPEAKING OF THINGS NEWSPAPERS might be sniffing for, our Atwater Village non elections could catch the eye of the LA Times reporter behind this piece about neighborhood councils being "blunted by infighting, poor community outreach and a lack of influence with key city departments."|
Particularly newsworthy since the mayor appointed Carol Baker Tharp as LA's new Department of Neighborhood Empowerment general manager.
A hundred bucks says AVNC is already on her list.
February 26, 2007
|SOMEONE AT THE LOS ANGELES TIMES is curious about Atwater Village. Today the Newbie blog saw two visitors from latimes.com. (Maybe one visitor twice?)|
One hit came from a search for industrial lofts in Atwater Village. The other from Googling Jill's Paints Los Angeles.
They viewed a total 13 pages. Article research? Or personal relocation? Perhaps I can help: atwatervillagenewbie at gmail.
P.S. - I love Sitemeter.
|MORE FALLOUT FROM LAST WEEK's canceled election for Atwater Village Neighborhood Council.|
The candidate accused of breaking election rules responds. The council co-chairs respond. See if you can follow the bouncing balls. My eyes are... beginning... to... glaze... over.
Do they ever say fourth time's a charm? If so, good luck pulling it off.
February 25, 2007
|DURING THE RECENT RAINS, a homeless lady on an island in the middle of a swollen Los Angeles River yelled, "Please don't call help. We're OK." But someone did call help. And photographed the rescue involving more than 100 Los Angeles and Glendale firefighters. Here is the story. With 20 great pictures.|
|WHILE YOU'RE BUSY DEFENDING your nonprofit status and your executive director's quarter million dollar salary, |
Read more about Oscar avoidance in this article from yesterday's LA Times."Sunday night at the Bigfoot Lodge on Los Feliz Boulevard [in Atwater Village] Spencer Lee, 'the Movie Guy,' breaks open his massive collection of 8- and 16-millimeter films and plays them all night, starting at 10.
This is the same paper, of course, that fails to disclaim in its other article how it sponsors (and perhaps sees a tax benefit from?) the Los Angeles Film Festival, run by the same umbrella nonprofit as the Independent Spirit Awards.
I suppose if the LA Times donates ad space to LAFF, then Film Independent can well afford to drop $265,000 a year on a Harvard grad.
February 24, 2007
|BLATANTLY SUGGESTIVE HEADLINE replaces crudely clinical headline, "Oscars, traffic and a cup of sperm," in today's Los Angeles Times.|
The story: a hapless fertility patient tries to get across LA with a warm specimen. From Atwater Village to Beverly Hills, she attempts Hollywood Blvd. during, of all times, Oscar week.
The rest of the story on latimes.com (subscription required, sometimes). Please note that the writer "teaches stand-up at UCLA." She does not teach geography."You don't appreciate how easily sperm travels through a vagina until you try to drive it across Los Angeles during Oscar week."
February 23, 2007
|SURELY THERE ARE HAPPENINGS in our little slice of northeast Los Angeles beyond grammar violations and canceled elections, yes? Yes:|
|FROM AN ATWATER VILLAGE forum post:|
"They really did a good job getting the word out on the day. Sucks to see that someone didn't get it together to make sure it went through. I ALMOST participated this time. Now it seems like they lost my/our attention or will."
|WITH THE ATWATER VILLAGE Neighborhood Council election canceled for the third time in less than a year, one has to wonder:|
1. Why cancel an entire election for alleged infractions of only two of the 14 candidates?
2. How can someone from Reseda cancel an AVNC election, issue a 660-word
3. Shouldn't the election be postponed instead of canceled?
4. Who gains from eliminating two of the three candidates for business representative?
5. Will Mrs. Newbie and I ever get to vote in a neighborhood election?
February 22, 2007
|THE INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATOR assigned to the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council election - canceled for the third time in less than a year - reports this via Valleynews.com:|
That's the gist of the 660-word "non election recap" from Reseda's Walt Sweeney. I can see disqualifying a couple of candidates, but canceling the entire election? Over grammar?"After investigation I discovered that the candidate statements posted on the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council's website were altered from the original submitted version. The two altered candidates were Michel Khalil and Luis Lopez. The altered text corrected the grammatical errors on Luis Lopez's statement and suggested looking at a website. It also stated 'Vote for Luis and Mike on February 24th!'"
Sweeney said he doesn't want to "waste taxpayers money," but what about the reported $12,000 cost of this election, canceled just days in advance?
This statement is sure to be parsed further in days to come. Stay tuned.
|LOCAL TV WAS A NO-SHOW at the Los Angeles River rescue in Atwater Village two months ago, but made it to one on Monday. KCAL 9 gets an earful from "Issis," the rescued woman who lives on a strip of earth in the river:|
More than 100 LA and Glendale firefighters were involved in the midday rescue."I've lived down there for like seven years. We watched the weather. We're river rats. We know. I mean, look at it. It's beautiful now. The water has gone down like five, six inches already.
"They were real Christian about it. Just real kind. Made sure we were OK."
|LET'S FOLLOW THE RAPID RISE of one Atwater Village youngster:|
Photo from TLC
|IT'S OFFICIALLY A MEDIA DARLING. Atwater Village bistro Canele (3219 Glendale Blvd.) has been positively inked by the leading daily, weekly and, now, monthly print publications in Los Angeles.|
As follow-up to its restaurant award dessert blurb, Los Angeles Magazine gives Canele the full photo-and-caption treatment:
"Chef Corina Weibel, formerly of Lucques, is bringing aioli-intensive, Cal-Mediterranean cooking to Atwater Village. The walls are exposed brick, the kitchen is open, and the atmosphere is relentlessly festive. A pissal-adiere appetizer crowns a browned and blistered crust with tangy cooked-down onions. Herb-roasted leg of lamb with braised endive and grapefruit and Israeli couscous whips around several cultures before finding its own perfect place. The flan's an ideal dessert. Reservations not accepted."
|AFTER A BANNER YEAR for resignations (June, July, August, September) and three delays of the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council elections, I think the neighborhood deserves an explanation.|
We could just roll our eyes and move on. But elections cost money. Banners, mailings, publicity and promotion take money and time.
Does anyone know why this election was canceled and what will happen next? Is this the end of the AVNC? Leave non-libelous comments below or email:
February 21, 2007
|SO MUCH FOR THE NEXT Atwater Village Neighborhood Council election. It was supposed to be this Saturday, Feb. 24. But then this note appears atop atwatervillage.org:|
"Due to election irregularities. There will be no candidate forum on Thursday, February 22 and there will be no election on Saturday, February 24. Further information will be available from the Atwater Village Board shortly."The note is signed by Walt Sweeney, RNC Chairman. Is that RNC as in Republican National Commitee? Highly doubtful. Though there is a Walt Sweeney who chairs the Reseda Neighborhood Council. Is the Valley annexing Atwater Village once and for all?
A quick recap of our neighborhood's attempts at democracy:
|LET PEOPLE SLOBBER OVER New York skyscrapers. So what if Los Angeles ranks no higher than 75 among AIA's top buildings.|
As much as I personally dig architecture, I often see it as a 19th century pursuit. It's so industrial age - gathering stone and glass and metal to see who can make the biggest, sexiest pile.
LA strikes me as a 21st century pursuit. (No matter what the History Channel says.) We're flickering lights, not piling rocks. We're more about dreams, ideas and zeitgeist. Buildings, as is the Hollywood custom, are simply set pieces in a big picture show.
Or simply a tire factory converted to an outlet mall.
February 20, 2007
|Taco stand on Fletcher 'off the hook' [Goodgoings]|
Canele: 'My new favorite restaurant' [Daily Nosh]
Pirate Chai at Kaldi Coffee: 'Relish' it [Food and Music Club]
Tam O'Shanter fish and chips: $19 [LA Times]
Guac Bowl crushes hopes, dreams [Cooking Critic]
February 16, 2007
|It's three weeks since the second anniversary of the worst Metrolink commuter railroad disaster. A new memorial stands near Seneca Avenue and Los Feliz Boulevard. But old feelings continue.|
Patty Alcala writes intimately about becoming a widow on January 26, 2005. Read her blog here:
February 15, 2007
February 14, 2007
|THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT. The Newbie doesn't do endorsements.|
This chart ranks Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) candidates based solely on reported length of time living and/or working in our northeast Los Angeles neighborhood.
Mary Lou Watkins, for example, "raised my family in Atwater Village, residing here since 1960." Karl F. Schmid, on the other end, moved here "early this year."
Neighborhood residents: clip this chart and bring it to the Feb. 24 AVNC election. Vote on your taste for new blood. Oldbies vs. newbies. Tradition vs. inspiration.
(Four candidate statements - from David Negrete, Luis Lopez, Tim Warner and Joshua Lewin - did not specify length of time in Atwater Village.)
|FACING STIFF COMPETITION from all the other glossy lifestyle/city Los Angeles magazines and Web sites, Real Talk LA is due in May with this angle:|
"...New glossy lifestyle/city magazine targeting Los Angeles' 'neglected' majority - the upscale apsirational Multiculturals; Latin, African-Americans, Asian, Middle Eastern, Indian, and European-Americans.With all these targeted ethnicities, I wonder what language the medium will be recreated in.
February 13, 2007
February 12, 2007
|WHO ARE YOU, LUX DECOR? Tell me of your furniture, accessories and antiques. All I know now is how you sit between LA Bread and Soler Dental on Los Feliz Boulevard.|
Mine may not be the best-written or most-read blog in Los Angeles. But it does attract at least 150 readers every weekday. On good days, when I bait Curbed LA, Franklin Avenue or LAist into linking to me, it's closer to 250. Last month: 5,000 total visitors.
Most are looking for information about Atwater Village. (Duh.) Some specifically want to learn about neighborhood restaurants and businesses. (Canele, anyone?) So keep me in the loop:
atwatervillagenewbie [at] gmail [dot] comThat's atwatervillagenewbie, all one word, followed by the @ sign (shift-2 on most keyboards), followed by gmail.com (the world's greatest free email service).
Send me a flier or a coupon or something. I can't promise coverage. And if I do, I might not say nice things. But I'm spittin' distance from all the business districts along Los Feliz Blvd., Glendale Blvd, and Fletcher Drive. And it's just an email we're talking about.
|BURNING RUBBER AS GATEWAY CRIME? Looks like it takes about two months to go from popping wheelies to popping caps in someone's ass. Broken window theory? Maybe they should call it flat tire theory.|
|"YOU GONNA POST THOSE?" wondered a Disneyland "cast member" assigned to re-starting the Mad Tea Party attraction after this weekend's rain.|
Yes sir, I think I might.
Now, back to your mopping!
Explains Wikipedia, the 1955 attraction is "unable to run in the rain, once the turntables are saturated with a moderate amount of water they slip and can no longer spin."
Explained another cast member to the disappointed father of two-year-olds: "It'll be about an hour before the tires dry."
February 8, 2007
IT'S AWARD SEASON IN GANGLAND. And the Rascals of Atwater Village were left off Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's list of most dangerous gangs. (PDF here.)
Hardly one of LA's largest multi-level outdoor marketing and youth leadership organizations, the Rascals will no doubt continue to terrorize northeast Los Angeles residents with persistent re-painting of the backside of murals and giant purple walls.
And the winners are:
- 204th Street (Harbor Gateway)
- Canoga Park Alabama
- 18th Street (Westside)
- Avenues (Northeast Division)
- Grape Street Crips (Southeast)
- Black P-Stones (Southwest)
- La Mirada Locos (Rampart, Northeast)
- Mara Salvatrucha (Rampart, Hollywood, Wilshire)
- Rollin' 40s (Southwest)
- Rollin' 30s (Southwest)
- Rollin' 60s (77th Street Division)
|LIKE A LANDLOCKED ATLANTIS, the lost city of Tropico, California (1911-1917), exists only in our imaginations. And on some old maps.|
This map from 1912 shows a suggested Sunday drive from Los Angeles to points north, winding along the macadamized (paved with crushed stone) Los Feliz Avenue.
Drivers would pass Griffith Park and cross into the Los Angeles neighborhood of Atwater Village, bordering the City of Tropico. (Where the symbol indicates "gas and oil" and "garage.")
Tropico voted itself out of existence in 1917, and was annexed to the City of Glendale. It remains today as a Glendale neighborhood [PDF], bordered by Chevy Chase Drive on the north, Glendale Avenue on the east and Atwater Village on the west.
February 7, 2007
|GREAT IDEA, DON SWEENEY. And in Atwater Village we already have transit-oriented development to go with it!|
Unless you were thinking yuppies in multi-story condos rather than squatters in riverbed camps.
|BIKE PATH ACCESS AND EARTHQUAKE-PROOFING might be nice. But how about the ability for pedestrians to cross the bridge without wading through inches of garbage and broken glass? Surely the bridge improvement budget will afford a broom.|
UPDATE! A few weeks later the trash was bagged up. The bags sat by the side of Glendale Blvd. for a while, maybe a week, but now they're gone.
February 6, 2007
|A budding Rolling Stone "journalist" whines: "Tony Toni Tone lied to me. They told a young girl that 'It Never Rains in Southern California.'"|
Tony Toni Tone? If Albert Hammond had a grave, he'd be the one rolling.
RELATED: Hear new tracks from the next generation of Hammonds. Rock Insider and Cause=Time post new songs by Albert Hammond Jr., he of The Strokes fame. (Even more embarrassing for above journo.)
February 5, 2007
|This afternoon I felt the temperature suddenly rise. Like the LA River had belched hot air. Yum! Let's taste some other neighborhood noise.|
|Our sliver in northeast Los Angeles gets a whole page to itself in yesterday's LA Times West Magazine. Covered:|
February 4, 2007
But now we live in Los Angeles - a great city, to be sure, but not one that bothers much with the NFL. Oscar Night clears grocery shelves, but what would Super Bowl Sunday bring?
We ventured downtown, on advice of Thrillist, to see what was what. The plan: park at Metro Rail, ride downtown, and gulp beer and fried food under giant screens at Trifecta.
Not so fast, said the Avenue 26 park-n-ride. We don't take your fancy plastic. Cash only, bub. Back to your car. Forget saving the planet. Hope you saved enough for parking downtown.
Oh no you don't, repeated Trifecta. Without reservations there's a 30-minute wait and a $50 minimum per person. Or you can stand behind the people standing at the bar. Quipped a clever hostess: "Way to plan ahead."
Good luck here too, smirked Grand Avenue Sports Bar. "Maybe someone will share a table with you."
Venturing on from these sellouts, we noticed an unusual attribute both joints had in common: quiet. No one was yelling at the TV. No one was color commentating from their beers. We heard the game and the occasional clinking glass. Not much else. (How... respectful?)
One final attempt to salvage Super Bowl Sunday led us to Casey's Irish Pub & Grille. Table for two, facing the screen, no waiting, no minimum. Happy hour prices with $3 Guinness and decent pub food. Reminded us of My Brother's Bar, a favorite from Denver.
February 2, 2007
|Atwater Village's re-opened Canele (3219 Glendale Blvd.) gets slicked up by the Potatomato blog:|
February 1, 2007
|Bike path would be nice. But how about making the Glendale-Hyperion viaduct and bridge system more earthquake proof? The city of Los Angeles is required to recruit public suggestions. First chance: Feb. 8, 7:00pm, Glenfeliz Elementary School, 3955 Glenfeliz Blvd.|
|With barely a thud this week my new AT&T phone book arrived. Moving from a city that jams dozens of suburbs into a single metro-area encyclopedia, I was excited to see this slender volume in my new hometown.|
One handy book with only listings from Silver Lake, Los Feliz and Atwater Village? Count me in. As a resident of northeastern Los Angeles, I fully intended to use it. (Next time my computer was off, of course.)
Then I opened the phone book.
Inside is a different story. And a different geography. The listings, the maps and the ads are all for northwestern Los Angeles.
Under Birds & Bird Supplies (p. 55) for example, you don't find Pampered Birds on Glendale. But you do see Omar's Exotic Birds on Santa Monica. (Omar's, by the way, is not on Santa Monica any more. And it has a new phone number.)
So thanks anyway (new!) AT&T for all the fascinating information about West Hollywood and environs. But I'll just keep my computer on.