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Los Angeles steps up pot clinic crackdown

Los Angeles steps up pot clinic crackdown | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"Medical marijuana dispensaries operating outside the letter of the law beware: Los Angeles City Attorney Michael Feuer has you in his sights.


Since taking office a little more than half a year ago, Feuer has filed misdemeanor charges against operators of 70 cannabis clinics throughout the city, won a court order to keep another from opening in Mar Vista and compelled several Westside dispensaries to shut their doors.


West of the 405, four Venice clinics and one in Mar Vista have shuttered in the past six weeks — a branch of the Farmacy chain on the 1500 block of ultra-hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Cal Med Access on Washington Boulevard, Tamer El Shaikhs on Pacific Avenue, California Healing Gardens on Lincoln Boulevard and Venice Compassionate Holistic Therapy on Inglewood Boulevard in Mar Vista.

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Word on the street is that one of the two dispensaries in Westchester is on its way out. I'm a live and let live kinda girl, but I haven't been too hip on the traffic in and out these places, which happen to be next door to my daughter's favorite crepe shop.

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Man of Action

Man of Action | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"A taco stand cook has become a local hero after saving a four-year-old boy from a violent Feb. 26 kidnapping attempt in Westchester.


Jesus Delgado, 35, was enjoying a short break in the parking lot of T2 Tacos at Manchester Avenue and Loyola Boulevard when he heard a cry for help. Rushing out to the sidewalk, Delgado saw a man and woman arguing over two small boys. Then the man grabbed the smaller child and started running east along Manchester.


“I didn’t think twice about it when I saw the man take off with the kid. By instinct, I went and chased after him,” Delgado, a native Spanish speaker, said through a translator.


Delgado caught up a few hundred feet later and wrestled the boy away. High school students standing nearby called 911 and distracted the kidnapping suspect until police arrived."

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Silicon Beach tech hub sparks boom in LA’s Westside

Silicon Beach tech hub sparks boom in LA’s Westside | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it
Los Angeles’ blossoming technology start-up industry, known as Silicon Beach, is spawning a real estate boom on the city’s Westside, a mostly affluent area known for housing film executives, star athletes and financial industry heavyweights. In the
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15 DIY candy crafts for your leftover Halloween treats

15 DIY candy crafts for your leftover Halloween treats | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it
Instead of scarfing down those treats, get crafty with your candy instead. Here are 15 sweet DIY candy crafts that will tame your sugar highs.
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Home School Enters The Mainstream

Home School Enters The Mainstream | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it
When he was a toddler, Joseph Biner of Westchester was shy and withdrawn. And yet he couldn’t sit still in a chair for any length of time.His mother, Patty Biner, began to dread the prospect of sending him off to kindergarten.
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Lululemon's Warehouse Sale Is So Crazy It Has Its Own Twitter Feed

Lululemon's Warehouse Sale Is So Crazy It Has Its Own Twitter Feed | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it
Diehards lined up at the break of dawn today to catch Lululemon Athletica's intense warehouse blowout at the LA Convention Center. To tame the crowds (we hear folks have...

 

Ends today at 8 pm. Click through the photo for details. Or, of course, twitter at https://twitter.com/lululemonWHUS.

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90045 Community Clean-Up With Councilman Mike Bonin SUNDAY - Living90045.com

90045 Community Clean-Up With Councilman Mike Bonin SUNDAY - Living90045.com | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

Mike Bonin, our City Councilman, is hosting a Westchester community clean-up event Sunday from 10 am to noon.

 

Meet Mike on the lawn of the DWP building at 7867 La Tijera Boulevard.

To RSVP or get more information, contact Fred Sutton at 310.575.8461 or fred.sutton @ lacity.org.

 

See you on Sunday?

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Venice's G2 Gallery to showcase 3-day environmental film series in the fall

Venice's G2 Gallery to showcase 3-day environmental film series in the fall | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"During its five-year history, G2 Gallery in Venice has attracted patrons and renowned artists alike in its mission to showcase leaders in the various aspects of environmental stewardship and advocacy, primarily through visual art such as paintings and photography.


Soon the gallery will be branching into another realm of the visual arts world with an artistic vehicle that will focus on different areas of environmental protection.


The gallery, which will host its first G2 Gallery Green Earth Film Festival in the fall, is in the process of inviting documentarians and filmmakers who have a passion for environmental protection and sustainability to submit their entries."


G2Gallery is at 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.


For more on the event, including how to submit work, click through the photo.

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Mayor Garcetti Wants To Hear About Our Potholes, 90045

Mayor Garcetti Wants To Hear About Our Potholes, 90045 | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

From our Neighborhood Council website:

 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Bureau of Street Services (BSS) recently launched the Bureau’s Neighborhood Council Initiative, also known as “Operation Neighborhood Blitz,” empowering local communities to survey their streets and prioritize the small asphalt repairs (SAR) that make a big difference in the quality of life.

 

The Bureau is partnering local Neighborhood Councils to act as the Bureau’s eyes and ears, or as the Bureau puts it, BSS Honorary Inspectors.  The effort will dispatch a city pothole repair truck to every neighborhood in the city twice over the next year.

“I’m working to make sure the city responds to pothole repairs in about 48 hours, but I want to do more than react to your calls,” said Mayor Garcetti.  “Government should actively go out to our neighborhoods and work with residents first hand to fix the most pressing problems.  The best way to fix problems in our neighborhoods isn’t from an office in City Hall. It’s on the ground in our neighborhoods.”

The Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa has been working to gather information on potholes in our community and we need your help.  Please forward locations needing repair (pictures can be included) no later than Monday, September 9, 2013 to the attention of the NCWP Governmental Affairs Committee members Mark Redick (Chair) at markredick@gmail.com or Craig Eggers at integritysearch@ca.rr.com.

This is the first of two (2) events. The NCWP will maintain a list of all submissions not repaired for the next event.

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Lights! Camera! Dinner!

Lights! Camera! Dinner! | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

Richard Foss has yet another interesting and entertaining restaurant review over at The Argonaut.

 

This time he reviews Marla's, an unusual Venice purveyor well known in the local film community as a caterer.

 

Apparently Marla has been persuaded to open an eatery and has decorated the place with set pieces picked up from years of film studio catering.

 

Click through the photo for the full review.

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Westchester Family YMCA to honor community leaders at annual Kids Need Heroes event

Westchester Family YMCA to honor community leaders at annual Kids Need Heroes event | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"The Westchester Family YMCA will honor outstanding members of its organization at its Sixth Annual Kids Need Heroes event. This year’s luncheon will take place on Thursday, September 26."


The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel LAX. The keynote speaker is LMU’s Center for Urban Resilience Professor Eric Strauss.

 

For more information about this event or to purchase tickets, please call the YMCA at (310) 670-4316.


For more details from The Hometown News, click through the photo.

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52% of homeowners plan a home improvement this fall

52% of homeowners plan a home improvement this fall | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it
According to the Zillow Digs Fall Home Improvement Trend and Spending Survey, 52 percent of homeowners plan to make a home improvement or addition this fall, with the majority continuing to focus on a home office or playroom.
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School is a prison — and damaging our kids

School is a prison — and damaging our kids | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"Parents send their children to school with the best of intentions, believing that’s what they need to become productive and happy adults. Many have qualms about how well schools are performing, but the conventional wisdom is that these issues can be resolved with more money, better teachers, more challenging curricula and/or more rigorous tests.

 

But what if the real problem is school itself? The unfortunate fact is that one of our most cherished institutions is, by its very nature, failing our children and our society."

 

A very fascinating (and profoundly sad) read. Click through the photo of the bored kid for the full story. It's a wonder this country still finds any innovation to contribute to our increasingly global economy.

 

What are your thoughts on this article?

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Tracking the Creative Economy

Tracking the Creative Economy | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"Rise of the Creative Class,” economist Richard Florida argued that the United States had transitioned out of its prior manufacturing -and services-based economies to an economy fueled by innovation.


A certain brand of smart phone may be assembled overseas, but it’s the company’s programmers, designers and its leadership and support staffers in California who reap nearly all of the product’s economic benefits and, in turn, stimulate the local economy as they spend.


If this new “creative economy” has a capital city, Los Angeles is a top contender, a study released this month by the Otis College of Art and Design in Westchester concludes."

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Part-time faculty push to unionize at LMU

Part-time faculty push to unionize at LMU | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it
SEIU files complaints against the school following an aborted union vote
By Gary Walker
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A campaign to unionize adjunct faculty members at colleges across the nation has hit a roadblock at Loyola Marymount University.
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Council tables Legado Del Mar decision for two months: Developer concessions not enough to reverse tide of neighborhood opposition

Council tables Legado Del Mar decision for two months: Developer concessions not enough to reverse tide of neighborhood opposition | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"By Gary Walker Just two weeks after getting the apparent blessing of a Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa subcommittee, the proposed Legado Del Mar development at 138 Culver Blvd. hit another roadblock on Dec. 3. Failing to reach consensus about the adequacy of concessions offered by real estate firm Legado Co., the council punted the question of whether to support or oppose the development to its Feb. 4 meeting. The mixed-use complex would include 72 apartments, 14,500 square feet of retail space and two levels of underground parking on the undeveloped triangular parcel known to locals as 'Jake’s Lot.'”

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4 Reasons to Let Your Kids Eat Junk this Halloween - Holistic Squid

4 Reasons to Let Your Kids Eat Junk this Halloween - Holistic Squid | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it
Balance is part of healthy living - Here's 4 reasons to let your kids eat junk this Halloween.
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We've certainly seen at our house time and time again that if we don't make a big "no" deal out of things, our daughter has a lot less interest in them. She's 11 now and every year without fail, we put her candy in the cupboard right away. She knows she can ask for it, and sometimes she does, but more often than not, she forgets about it and a couple weeks later I dump it.

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Promenade Repositioning To Entertainment Venue - Will This Help or Exacerbate Recent Problems?

Promenade Repositioning To Entertainment Venue - Will This Help or Exacerbate Recent Problems? | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center, a prominent mall next to the 405 Freeway, will replace stores with restaurants, arcades and other venues that favor recreation over commerce, its owners said. The mall already has a luxury theater complex.

 

The economic downturn took a toll on the center, however, forcing the closure of a Borders bookstore and Calendar Grill. Another major tenant, Nordstrom Rack, is moving to rival mall Westfield Culver City.

 

The departures "gave us the opportunity to reposition the property," said Howard Wong, director of leasing for owner Passco Cos. "We want to take advantage of what's happening in the market."

 

For the full story from the LA Times, click through the photo.

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Fire Department Offers Online Survey in Support of Bonin’s Tech Upgrade Motion

Fire Department Offers Online Survey in Support of Bonin’s Tech Upgrade Motion | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"An online survey has been created by the Los Angeles Fire Department in support of a public safety motion by City Councilman Mike Bonin to equip firefighters with tablet computers.

 

Bonin, 46, introduced the FIRST-IN Master Plan motion to the City Council in early July in an attempt to tap into local technological resources to upgrade the fire department’s technology.

 

The fire department has an upgrade planned for its 911 dispatch system, will be adding a GPS-based vehicle location system and its contract for the laptop computers used to record patient information also is up for renewal, according to Bonin’s motion."

 

Click through the photo for the full story.

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Photo Flash: First Look at Kentwood Players LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Opens Tonight

Photo Flash: First Look at Kentwood Players LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Opens Tonight | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it
Kentwood Players proudly presents the comedy rock musical 'Little Shop of Horrors' with book by Howard Ashman and music and lyrics by Alan Menken, from tonight, September 13 through October 19.

 

For sneak photos of the cast in costume and information on the cast and storyline, click through the photo.

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2 Year Project Gets Underway To Increase Electrical Capacity - Expect Construction Delays

2 Year Project Gets Underway To Increase Electrical Capacity - Expect Construction Delays | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

Construction has begun on a new 230-kV underground transmission cable designed to improve power reliability in the communities of Playa del Rey, Westchester, Marina Del Rey, and West Los Angeles. Phase I of the project is expected to progress from Grand Avenue to the intersection of Grand and Vista Del Mar later this week, and then continue north on Vista Del Mar.

 

Commuters are advised to expect delays during construction on Vista Del Mar. The road will be narrowed to one lane in each direction as construction continues along Vista Del Mar from Grand Avenue to Imperial Highway. Once work is completed at the intersection early next week, construction activity will continue through March, and be in progress 24 hours a day, 6 days a week. No construction will occur between 6 a.m. Sundays and 6 a.m. Mondays.

 

Traffic controls including barricades and flag personnel will be in place as needed throughout the construction period.

 

The new Scattergood-Olympic Transmission Cable Project will reinforce and increase the electrical capacity of the existing transmission system, which is nearly 40 years old.

 

The two-year project, which is scheduled for completion by summer 2015, requires constructing a new 11.8 mile high-voltage line from the Scattergood Generating Station in Playa del Rey to the Olympic substation (RS-K) at Centinela Avenue and Olympic Boulevard in West Los Angeles.

 

Work will involve installing conduit in trenches that are 3 feet wide and up to 12 feet deep, along with underground maintenance vaults every 1,500 to 2,500 feet. Additionally there will be improvements to the existing infrastructure connecting the cable at the generating station and the substation.

 

LADWP thanks motorists for their patience. We will continue to inform the community of construction progress and issue traffic advisories as needed throughout the project. For further information, please visit www.ladwp.com/Scattergood-Olympic.

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Weekly Food Truck Meet Up in MdR at Mothers Beach

Weekly Food Truck Meet Up in MdR at Mothers Beach | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

Since last summer, Beach Eats, with an average of eight trucks per week, has set up every Thursday evening in parking lot #10 from 5 to 9 p.m. off Marina (Mothers) Beach at 4101 Admiralty Way.


As pointed out in a Yelp! review, there are lots of tables and a killer view. What's not to love?

 

For more information, go to Facebook.com/BeachTrucks and/or Twitter.com/BeachTrucks.

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Santa Monica History Museum celebrates silver anniversary with gala honoring founders

Santa Monica History Museum celebrates silver anniversary with gala honoring founders | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

On Sept. 15th, a gala dinner event will honor Santa Monica History Museum founders Louise and Bob Gabriel, museum architect Kris Andresen, and longtime supporter Mary Ann Powell, CEO of Pacific Park at Santa Monica Pier.


The casino-themed gala will echo the Rex gambling ship anchored offshore in Santa Monica Bay in 1939 , with period music by singer Savi Labensart.


The Santa Monica History Museum is located at 1350 Seventh St. Hotel Casa del Mar is located at 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica. The event will be held at the Case del Mar Hotel.


Tickets for the silver anniversary gala are $150 per person. For information and tickets, Danielle Lewis at (310) 395-2290, or dlewis@santamonicahistory.org; santamonicahistory.org.

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How Can I Sell My House Without Too Many People Finding Out?

How Can I Sell My House Without Too Many People Finding Out? | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it
“ If you want a private sale—which, by the way, might not get the highest price—here's how to set up a pocket listing that won't be on the multiple listing service.”
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Have Breakfast With 90045's Local PD On Saturday - Living90045.com

Have Breakfast With 90045's Local PD On Saturday - Living90045.com | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

LAPD is serving up pancakes on Saturday and you’re invited!

 

The open house is free, and includes guided tours of the facility, games and a raffle. Also on hand will be LAPD specialized units and ATV’s, a safety booth sponsored by the CA Highway Patrol and a display from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

 

Pancakes are $5, with proceeds supporting local youth programs and our local Pacific Area Station.

 

Come and meet our local officers, our local lifeguards, representatives from the Department of Public Health and other city employees.

 

Saturday, September 7th

9:00 am to noon

Pacific Station

12312 Culver Blvd. 

 

See you there?

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