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2013 AltCar Expo in Santa Monica - September 20/21

2013 AltCar Expo in Santa Monica - September 20/21 | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it
ALTCAR Expo 2013 is free, open to the public, two-day Event and Ride & Drive with what's new and available in the world of alternative energy transportation options .

 

Click through the photo for the event's website.

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2012 Green Car Guide - AAA's Top Scoring Vehicles for 2012

2012 Green Car Guide - AAA's Top Scoring Vehicles for 2012 | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"The Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center (ARC) compiles an annual Green Car Guide including evaluations of most of the “Green” models (hybrids, electric vehicles, alternative-fueled vehicles, PZEVs, and conventional vehicles with class-leading fuel efficiency) available at the time of publication.

 

For the 2012 edition of the Green Car Guide, 62 vehicles were tested. Specific tests were conducted using procedures from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), US Environmental Protection agency (EPA), and from the ARC itself."

 

For the results, click through the photo. Spoiler alert - not a very impressive showing for the Prius. Note to self: must check out the Lexus dealer. :-D

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Can you say "bloated?" Westchester-Playa NC has 3x as many members as nearby communities

Can you say "bloated?" Westchester-Playa NC has 3x as many members as nearby communities | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"A conversation that began in May about what some members of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa call “special interest seats” and what to do with them has accelerated in recent weeks due to a new dynamic that has come into play.


Neighborhood council Vice President Mark Redick broached the subject May 16 of eliminating certain board positions that some on the council and some of their constituents believe exist for the sole purpose of catering to a specific entity or organization.


“To some people, (having special interest seats) looks exclusionary, not inclusionary,” he said.


Redick and board member Craig Eggers had anticipated having discussions about what to do with these seats prior to the 2014 neighborhood council elections, which were set to occur next summer. Those elections have now been moved to the spring, shortening the time period to decide whether or not the special interest seats should remain in place before the elections, Redick says.


“This now increases the sense of urgency,” Redick said."


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Westchester Residents denounce parking survey, ask LMU to close southern entrance

Westchester Residents denounce parking survey, ask LMU to close southern entrance | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

LMU met with 90045 residents to discuss creation of a preferential parking district to mitigate neighborhood angst resulting from LMU's new hefty on-campus parking fees.

 

In ostensible support for creating such a district, LMU presented results of a survey it conducted showing 63% of respondents supporting a one year pilot permit parking district. As pointed out in the comments to the article, however, only a fraction of the affected residents may have responded to the survey.

 

This is likely to be a sticky situation for Mike Bonin, the City Councilmember representing 90045, as it is the City that ultimately creates and regulates parking districts.

 

Parking districts are not without their problems. Residents are not guaranteed parking and permits for residents and their guests cost money and require trips dowtown to obtain guest permits.

 

One solution being floated by affected residents is for LMU to close its South entrance, thereby discouraging students from parking in the surrounding residential neighborhoods.

 

Click through the photo for the full story from The Argonaut.

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Next Neighborhood Council Meeting on Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013

Next Neighborhood Council Meeting on Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

The LA City Charter requires the City of Los Angeles to promote organized neighborhood empowerment in the form of Neighborhood Councils. Our local council is the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa (NCWP).

 

NCWP's next meeting is Tuesday, September 3rd at 6:30 pm in the Community Room of the Westchester Municipal Building, located at 7166 Manchester Avenue.

 

Click through the logo for the Agenda. One item that caught my attention is recognition for our Babe Ruth teams and their recent successes at the Championship tournaments over the weekend.

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24 Ways to Pack a Healthy School Lunch

24 Ways to Pack a Healthy School Lunch | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it
To ensure your child gets nutrient dense foods, there is no question that you will need start packing a healthy school lunch.

 

Bacon, anybody? Click through the photo to find out why saturated fats are your secret weapon for sustained energy and brain power.

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Making Fruits & Veg Fun For Your Kids

Making Fruits & Veg Fun For Your Kids | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it
If getting your kids to eat their fruits and veggies has become a daily chore, maybe it's time to switch up your approach.

 

Click through the photo for 12 healthy and yummy smoothies. Bonus - all you need is a blender.

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10 must-have tech tools for an organized family

10 must-have tech tools for an organized family | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it
Say farewell to chaos and hello to a smooth school year with these online tools that will keep your family on track, on schedule, and on the same page.

 

We use and highly recommend most of these tools. Headed over now for the docu-sign app. Brilliant!

 

Click through the happy family photo for the full story from GreatSchools.org.

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Jet to Jetty Saturday

Jet to Jetty Saturday | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"Saturday, Aug. 24 will mark the 29th running of the Jet to Jetty 5K/10K run/walk for mental health. The Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation is once again the name sponsor for the event that benefits Airport Marina Counseling Service, and the Jet to Jetty is running again at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey.


There will be a 5K walk/run a 10K run, 10-mile and 20-mile family bike rides and a kids’ fun run."

 

For all the deets, including information on the expo, click through the photo.

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10 Cute and Convenient Reusable Snack Bags For Back To School Lunchboxes

10 Cute and Convenient Reusable Snack Bags For Back To School Lunchboxes | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"Remember back in the day when Mom would give us our aluminum lunchbox stuffed with a cheese sandwich and maybe an apple? It seems like school lunches have gotten fancier than ever, but instead of wrapping all these tasty treats in plastic, we’ve gone eco-friendly (and you should too!)."

 

Click the photo for 10 practical, reusable and uber-cute snack bag options.

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Ten LA Stores to Help You Organize Your Life

Ten LA Stores to Help You Organize Your Life | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"The semi-cold weather season is just around the corner and with it comes a fresh start. If you're like us and missed the chance for a spring cleaning overhaul, now is the time to get down and dirty and start fall on a tidy foot. To help bring order to your jumbled up messes, we've mapped out ten neat-happy shops stocked with nifty organizational goods that will do the job for you."

 

Click through the photo for the list and map.

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Fiesta La Ballona - Party in the Park This Weekend

Fiesta La Ballona - Party in the Park This Weekend | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it
Culver City's Party in the Park - Fiesta La Ballona, Join us in August at Veterans Park for live music, carnival rides, arts & crafts and food & drinks.

 

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The Conyers Family Gets Their Green On

The Conyers Family Gets Their Green On | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

I couldn't resist sharing my husband and daughter participating in a beach clean up for Earth Day last Spring.

 

Around the country, Parsons Brinckerhoff employees, friends and family planted trees, cleaned trash and restored beaches.

 

Here in LA, volunteers teamed up with The SEA Lab in Redondo Beach for beach clean up, composting education and a bag exchange.

 

Click through the photo for the full story.

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Top Ten Free Days at LA Museums

Top Ten Free Days at LA Museums | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"Filled with incomparable art, priceless learning experiences, and crisp cool air conditioning – who doesn’t love a day at the museum?  They’re a parent’s secret weapon for those hot or “I’m bored” days. But here’s the rub:  they ain’t all cheap.  And who wants to spend $30 to bring your little angel for a day of culture only to have them scream at The Scream, try to touch a Titian or melt before Monet?  It can happen at even the best of kid friendly spots and to even the best of kiddos when you run afoul of naptime, or if the munchies strike.  So we love to test the waters (and mind the wallets) by trying out a museum for the first time on a day when the museum is free."


Click through the photo for the list.

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Tender Greens Sails Into The Marina

Tender Greens Sails Into The Marina | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

Three things caught my attention with this restaurant review - fast, cheap and good prominently placed in the headline.

 

Read a little deeper and you'll also discover gourmet and organic. What's not to love? 

 

Click through the photo for the full review on The Argonaut.

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LAX: Garcetti seeks mostly new leadership on Airport Commission

LAX: Garcetti seeks mostly new leadership on Airport Commission | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"Garcetti announced his choices for the Board of Airport Commissioners for Los Angeles World Airports Aug. 14, less than three months after he was elected to office.


The board oversees Los Angeles International Airport as well as Ontario International and Van Nuys airports. Sean Burton, Gabriel Eshaghian, Jackie Goldberg, Bea Hsu, Matthew Johnson and Cynthia Telles are Garcetti’s new appointees, as the mayor looked to make nearly a clean sweep of the commission.


Valeria Velasco, the board vice president and a Playa del Rey resident, was the only commissioner who was retained from former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s administration."


For the full story, including 90045 City Councilmember Mike Bonin's prediction that Garcetti's announcement supports his campaign promise to block movement of LAX's north runway closer to 90045, click through the photo.

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Westchester 14-year-olds take home first Babe Ruth World Series crown

Westchester 14-year-olds take home first Babe Ruth World Series crown | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"The Westchester 14 and under Babe Ruth baseball team captured its first World Series Championship in its 57-year history with an 8-0 shutout of a team from Oregon Aug. 24 at Moses Lake, Wash.


Westchester, which won each of its World Series games by four or more runs, was riding a 10-game winning streak heading into the title game, which pitted the California team against the Oregon team it defeated 8-1 in the tournament’s opening game. Oregon was this season’s Pacific Northwest Regional champion.


The Westchester 15 and under Babe Ruth team also reached the World Series final in Virginia but was defeated 8-3 by the Greater Loudoun squad from Virginia.

 

For the full story, click the photo.

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Never Built: Los Angeles at the A+D Museum

Never Built: Los Angeles at the A+D Museum | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

Showing now at the Architecture + Design Museum through October 13th:

 

"Never Built: Los Angeles explores the “what if” Los Angeles. A thorough compendium of projects that only saw the drawing board, the exhibition asks: Why is Los Angeles a hotbed of great architects, yet so lacking in urban innovation?


Co-curated by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin and designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects, the show looks at visionary works that had the greatest potential to reshape the city, from buildings to master plans, parks to follies and transportation proposals any of which could have transformed both the physical reality and the collective perception of the metropolis. The stories surrounding these projects shed light on a reluctant city whose institutions and infrastructure have often undermined inventive, challenging urban schemes."


For information about hours, address and price, go to http://aplusd.org/visit-a-plus-d.


Interestingly, this exhibition was funded in part as a Kickstarter project. See more at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1371435920/never-built-los-angeles.

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7 Local Labor Day Getaways

7 Local Labor Day Getaways | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it
Ahh, the last long weekend of summer.  The aptly named Labor Day can translate into a lot of work – getting ready for fall, getting back into the groove with school and classes, fighting the traffic now that everyone is back in town.  What you need...

 

Click through the photo for 7 get away ideas that won't have you wishing you'd bought plane tickets 21+ days ago.

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Why Virtual Public School is Not Really Homeschool

Why Virtual Public School is Not Really Homeschool | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"There has been much debate in homeschool circles over the past couple of years about whether families using virtual programs like K12 or the Connections Academy, offered through the public schools, are truly homeschoolers. Some of these discussions result in hard feelings, and leave many parents asking, "Why can't we all just get along?"

 

As a homeschooler who works hard to get along with other parents regardless of their educational choices, I don't like to see virtual schoolers offended or feeling left out. Online public school is a great option for many families, but it is important, especially for parents who are leaving conventional public school for the first time, to know all you can about your educational options, and to know where you stand in the eyes of the law."

 

For the full story, click through the photo.

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Westchester Teams Advance To Babe Ruth World Series Final In Their Brackets

Westchester Teams Advance To Babe Ruth World Series Final In Their Brackets | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

In a 7-0 drubbing,Westchester beat the team from Saginaw Valley, MI yesterday to advance to the finals today in the 2013 Babe Ruth Baseball 13-15 World Series.

 

Today’s championship game gets underway at 1 p.m. local time (10 a.m. our time). Westchester plays the team from host city, Greater Loudoun, VA, who squeaked by Brazoswood, TX to make it to the finals.

 

Meanwhile, our 14 year old team blew rival Bryant, Arkansas out of the water last night in Moses Lake, WA, winning 8-3. The 14 year olds play Tualatin Hills, OR today in Moses Lake at 1 pm.

 

Best of luck to both teams!!!

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Loyola Village Elementary School holds Arts Alive fundraiser Saturday

Loyola Village Elementary School holds Arts Alive fundraiser Saturday | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"Teachers and parents at Loyola Village Elementary School in Westchester take pride in their institution’s “LoVE” acronym and nickname – and they are investing love and pride into putting together the third annual Arts Alive Festival on Saturday, Aug. 24.


The community of Westchester will be awash in the fine and performing arts this weekend, when 60 parents and an additional 30 student volunteers from Westchester Enriched Science Magnets host the festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Loyola Village Elementary’s campus, 8821 Villanova St."

 

For the full story from The Argonaut, click through the photo.

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9 Eco-Friendly Back to School Essentials

9 Eco-Friendly Back to School Essentials | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it
Get the kids psyched to hear that school bell ring with eco-friendly (not to mention adorable) school supplies that will have all their classmates asking to borrow a pencil.

 

Click through the photo for the list.

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Exploring the Metro Green Line: From Nowhere to Nowhere and All Points in Between

Exploring the Metro Green Line: From Nowhere to Nowhere and All Points in Between | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

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On July 26, 2013 the Metro Gold Line celebrated its tenth birthday, an occasion that did not go unreported by much of the local media, who in some cases described the line as the Metro's "most lovable light rail line" as well as its "most picturesque." August 12 is the 18th birthday of the Metro Green Line, an event that I suspect will likely receive comparatively muted fanfare. The Green Line, when mentioned at all, is most often disparaged as "the train from nowhere to nowhere."

 

The Green Line was, until recently, the only Metro rail line of which I had not ridden the entire length. When I mentioned my intention to write about it most friends told me that they'd never been on it, and several even asked where it was. For those who are familiar with the Green Line, they likely know it as the rail that doesn't quite reach either the ocean or LAX. If they think about it further, they might realize that it's also the only Metro rail line that doesn't connect to Downtown Los Angeles.

 

It might come as a surprise then that according to Metro's most recent figures, more people ride the Green Line than the Gold. It's also the fastest of the light rail lines, due to its not intersecting with any streets. Finally, although it doesn't connect to anything that most would consider to be major tourist traps, it does carry commuters not just between home and work, but also to shopping and dining destinations, as well as lesser-known attractions."

 

Click through the photo to "ride" along with KCET reporter Eric Brightwell, as he travels the Green Line.

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Final Marina del Rey Summer Symphony Concert In The Park TONIGHT

Final Marina del Rey Summer Symphony Concert In The Park TONIGHT | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

The final performance by the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony in the free Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series will take place tonight at Burton Chace Park.

The performance will feature Rufus Choi on the piano and performances will center around the theme "Russian Reprise."

The performance will include pieces from Russian composers including a performance of Tchaikovsy's "Piano Concerto, No. 1." 


The concert, which begins at 7 p.m. in Burton Chace Park, is free and open to the public.


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