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Real estate & lifestyle news from Westchester 90045, curated by Westchester CA realtor and lifestyle expert Tracy Thrower Conyers.
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Streetcars along the Crenshaw/LAX Line alignment from the mid-1950s compared to today

Streetcars along the Crenshaw/LAX Line alignment from the mid-1950s compared to today | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

Nice "then & now" commentary comparing streetcars in the 50's to today's streets. The author worked hard to recreate the original photos and he tells a great story about the photographer who took the original photos. 

 

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LMU School of Film and Television makes Hollywood Reporter’s top 10

LMU School of Film and Television makes Hollywood Reporter’s top 10 | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it
Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television has cracked the Hollywood Reporter’s list of top 10 film schools in the nation.

 

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5 Tips for Reducing Your Water Footprint

5 Tips for Reducing Your Water Footprint | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"There is no doubt that conserving water is a crucial element in the fight to save the environment. Organizations, corporations, and homeowners have all made this issue a priority. It is important to be mindful of your home’s usage of water as responsible global citizen, but let’s not overlook the fact that it can also save you a lot of money."


For five tips on reducing water usage around your home, click through the photo.

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It's Hatch Chile Roasting Time Again In 90045

It's Hatch Chile Roasting Time Again In 90045 | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"Authentic New Mexico Hatch Chiles are a favorite Southwestern chile. These chiles are named after the original growing area in Hatch, New Mexico. Growers say that the intense sunlight and cool nights in this valley result in a uniquely flavored chile. Hatch chiles are a distant parent to the Anaheim chile with a meaty flesh and mild to medium hot heat."

 

"Unlike other chile varieties, New Mexico Hatch Chiles are only available for 6 weeks each year during the months of August and September."

 

Bristol Farms is roasting Hatch Chiles on Saturday, August 17th from 8 am to 2 pm at our local 90045 store. Click through the photo for all the details.

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Proud owners of a case of those babies! Rumor has it that they just keep getting hotter in the freezer....
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Orange County 405 Shutdown Coming Our Way This Weekend

Orange County 405 Shutdown Coming Our Way This Weekend | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

3-1/2 days left until #BridgeBash.

 

Orange County seems far far away, but the 405 is certainly near and dear. Be warned. :-)

 

From the OCTA website:

 

"The southbound I-405 connector to the eastbound SR-22 freeway has been reconstructed in order to make room for the new carpool connector. Once construction on the new connector is complete, the old connector must be demolished. In order to demolish the old structure, portions of the eastbound SR-22, northbound I-405 and southbound I-405 freeways will be closed for approximately 20 hours, the weekend of August 17 to 18.

 

WHEN

 

9 p.m. on Saturday, August 17 to approximately 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 18, 2013"

 

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Kentwood Players to Hold Auditions for IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY, 9/14-15

Kentwood Players to Hold Auditions for IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY, 9/14-15 | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"Kentwood Players will hold auditions [for] 'It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play' by Joe Landry on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 11am-4pm and on Sunday, September 15 from 6-9pm with possible callbacks on Monday, September 16 at 7pm at Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue, Westchester, CA 90045.

Production dates are November 8 to December 14, 2013 for a six-week run on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm with Sunday matinees at 2pm. The production is directed by Gypsy Foster and produced by Alison Mattiza by special arrangement with Playscripts Inc.


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11 bar cookies and brownies: Grab a glass of milk and dig in

11 bar cookies and brownies: Grab a glass of milk and dig in | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it
No disrespect to cakes and cookies, but bar cookies and brownies are the way to go when your sweet tooth wants something quick and easy.

 

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Westside Drivers Looking At More 405 Closures and Construction

Westside Drivers Looking At More 405 Closures and Construction | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

Demolition of the Sunset Boulevard offramp from the northbound 405 starts this weekend. The ramp will be closed until at least Thanksgiving. Save your teeth knashing, though. The challenges get more fun in a couple of weeks when the eastbound Wilshire onramp to the northbound 405 closes on August 22nd.

 

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A few words from our new City Councilmember - Putting neighborhoods first

A few words from our new City Councilmember - Putting neighborhoods first | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

By Councilman Mike Bonin, contributing columnist to The Hometown News:

 

"Opinion: I grew up in a small town. A town where kids played in the local park. Where families gathered together to watch the Fourth of July parade. Where parents volunteered at the local school or coached youth sports teams. It was a place where neighbors mattered, and where neighborhoods came first.

 

Putting neighborhoods first is what I intend to do as your new councilperson. I took office July 1, and while my job is to govern Los Angeles, my goal is to give voice and priority to our neighborhoods.

 

Los Angeles is a huge and wonderful metropolis, blessed by natural beauty, great weather, and a diverse, creative population. But our greatest strength is our neighborhoods. Whether it is Kentwood in Westchester, the Jungle in Playa del Rey, or Fountain Park in Playa Vista, the concerns and needs of our neighborhoods must come first at City Hall.

 

“Putting neighborhoods first” is more than just a slogan– it is...."

 

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Sepulveda sidewalks still in need of repair 8 months after trees are cut down

Sepulveda sidewalks still in need of repair 8 months after trees are cut down | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

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In January of this year, the Westchester Streetscape Improvement Association (WSIA) completed the removal of trees along the west side of Sepulveda as part of its Westchester Landscape Entry project. The 50-plus-year-old Ficus trees and their massive roots, many of which were diseased or structurally unstable, had made sidewalk repair impossible and impractical. While pedestrians walking the stretch of Sepulveda between Manchester and 80th street were fully aware of the extent of the crumbling sidewalks, with the massive trees now gone, the sidewalks are painfully visible to anyone traveling down Sepulveda creating a massive eyesore."

 

"While the project was slated to begin in March or April of this year, eight months after the trees were taken down, however, the project remains on hold. According to WSIA president John Ruhlen, the city’s Bureau of Engineering, which is overseeing the project, has now rescheduled two or three times and the project is now tentatively scheduled to begin...."

 

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LADWP Issues Scam Alert - Living90045.com

LADWP Issues Scam Alert - Living90045.com | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

LADWP has issued a Scam Alert warning customers to beware of fraud involving energy efficiency programs.

 

The Scam: Someone asks for money in advance of providing energy efficiency equipment.

 

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LAX: New Tom Bradley International Terminal draws rave reviews

LAX: New Tom Bradley International Terminal draws rave reviews | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

The public was recently given sneak peek at the newly renovated Bradley International Terminal at LAX.

 

For some background on the project and comments from local dignitaries, click through the photo.

 

For some pics that I snapped during the public tour, head on over to www.Living90045.com/bradley-terminal.

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Parking, traffic concerns lead committee to table Legado project

Parking, traffic concerns lead committee to table Legado project | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

From The Argonaut:

 

"Citing disappointment with a traffic study and a string of missed opportunities to demonstrate how the developer was willing to work with Playa del Rey residents, the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa’s Planning and Land Use Committee tabled a vote on a proposed project by the Legado Co. July 16.

 

Legado, a development and real estate firm owned by the family of Edward Czuker, was seeking approval to construct a 72-apartment mixed-use project with 16,000 square feet of retail space that the company calls Legado Del Mar at 138 Culver Blvd., a triangular shaped parcel known to locals as 'Jake’s Lot.'”

 

The earliest the project can come back to the agenda is September, according to Patricia Lyon, Chair of the Planning & Land Use Committee.

 

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Playa Vista: Drainage system continues to draw ire of some wetlands organizations

Playa Vista: Drainage system continues to draw ire of some wetlands organizations | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"Attention surrounding a drainage system at Playa Vista that apparently was installed without permission from the state Coastal Commission has not dissipated since the discovery of the network was reported in June.


The underground system was discovered earlier this summer and was reported to the California Coastal Commission. The installation is now under investigation by the commission, which confirmed that it does not have a coastal permit."


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Westchester Babe Ruth baseball sends two teams to World Series

Westchester Babe Ruth baseball sends two teams to World Series | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it
For the first time in its 56-year history, the Westchester Babe Ruth baseball league is sending two teams to the Babe Ruth World Series. The under-15 team earned a World Series berth in Virginia af...

 

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Is Our Housing Recovery At Risk?

Is Our Housing Recovery At Risk? | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"Interest rates are climbing to 4.4% on a 30-year fixed mortgage. Coldwell Banker Real Estate CEO Budge Huskey, offers insight on whether the housing recovery is at risk."

 

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Airport Relations Committee Meeting on Aug 22, 2013

Airport Relations Committee Meeting on Aug 22, 2013 | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

This informational meeting was rescheduled from August 15th to August 22nd.

 

According to NCWP's website, Christopher Koontz from LAWA Planning will update the Committee on LAX projects including the Sign District Ordinance, Airside Plans & Upgrades, Intermodal Transportation Facility, West Area Maintenance Facility, and the Northside Project.


Val Velasco, the NCWP's community representative on the Board of Airport Commissioners is scheduled to share her thoughts on the new Board.


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Deconstructing Obama on Housing

Deconstructing Obama on Housing | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

Rob Hahn - aka Notorious R.O.B. - analyzes three of President Obama's recent interviews and speeches on the topic of housing.

 

Is the Mortgage Interest Deduction dead? Click through the photo for the full story.

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Planning On Selling Your Home? Great Advice On Staging For Photos & Opens

Planning On Selling Your Home? Great Advice On Staging For Photos & Opens | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

If you're putting your house on the market, you want your real estate agent to take pictures and lots of them!

 

Click through the the photo for a handy checklist to get ready to put your best foot forward.

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A Beach Town Filled With Family Fun

A Beach Town Filled With Family Fun | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

Explore our neighbor to the south - Manhattan Beach - with this great guide from Red Tricycle. 

 

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Jet to Jetty Race set for August 24

Jet to Jetty Race set for August 24 | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

From The Hometown News:

 

"This year’s Jet to Jetty will mark the 29th year of the 5K/10K run/walk for mental health. The Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation (DFCF) is once again the name sponsor for the event that benefits Airport Marina Counseling Service (AMCS). The Jet to Jetty will take place on Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey on Saturday, August 24. Attendees can participate in a 5K walk/run; a 10K run; a family bike ride and/or the “Kid’s Fun Run.” This year, for the first time, there will be a USA Track and Field Road Mile challenge run.

 

'This year’s edition of the Jet to Jetty has something for everyone and we encourage broad community participation,' said DFCF’s President Karen Dial. 'It’s a great community event that supports a critical community service.'

 

Before and after the event, there will be an expo featuring vendors offering healthy foods and drinks, chiropractic services and running gear, as well as free after-race snacks. Teams are encouraged to have fun and dress in costumes or themes. Prizes will be awarded for fastest team, team with the most participants and best individual costume. All participants receive a race t-shirt, and awards are given to the top three finishers in 15 age categories as well as to the overall first place male and female finisher in both the 5K and 10K."

 

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Hometown News - Temporary parking district on agenda for next LMU NAC meeting

Hometown News - Temporary parking district on agenda for next LMU NAC meeting | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"With Loyola Marymount University’s (LMU) fall semester set to begin on August 26, community members, LMU and Councilman Mike Bonin’s office have made it a priority to help find a solution to the LMU parking problem that will hopefully lead to more students and faculty parking on campus and not on residential, neighborhood streets.

 

The next quarterly LMU Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC), made up of neighborhood stakeholders appointed by the council office, as well as LMU representatives, will meet on Thursday, August 22 to discuss solutions to the parking issue that has plagued the streets surrounding the university. While neighbors have been complaining for years about residential parking being used by students, the situation has been exacerbated by the university’s decision to charge its students, staff and visitors for parking."

 

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Westchester Family To Set Sail On 5 Year Adventure Round The World

Westchester Family To Set Sail On 5 Year Adventure Round The World | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

"Our Southern California family of four leaves the comfort of shore life to explore the world and over 70 countries.  The adventure begins with a plan to sail around the world, parents set aside long-built careers in favor of exposing their two sons to foreign cultures, scientific data-gathering, and the lessons of nautical life.  Join us as we electronically share the experience with middle and high school students."


See their itinerary here: http://www.rigneyskandu.com/destinations/.


Follow their adventure through the Captain's Blog: http://www.rigneyskandu.com/captains-blog/.


Very, very exciting! Bon Voyage!

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Solar Water-Heating Basics Workshop This Week

Solar Water-Heating Basics Workshop This Week | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

Mark your calendars for a free workshop on Wednesday, July 31st, from 7:30 pm to 9 pm at Bergamot Station to learn about using solar power for heating your home’s water.

 

Click through the Go Solar California! logo for more information.

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The Argonaut - Digitally - Living90045.com

The Argonaut - Digitally - Living90045.com | 90045 Trending | Scoop.it

Want to catch up on a little Argonaut reading with your cuppa joe, but don’t want to run out for the paper? Maybe you missed the last copy at Trader Joe’s?

 

I just stumbled on a cool website that let's you read The Argonaut digitally, flipping through each page with the same layout as the print edition.

 

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