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Silver Lake Neighborhood Council

Fletcher Road Diet Meeting Postponed

The third Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) community meeting to discuss plans to implement a Vision Zero Priority Corridor on Fletcher Drive between Riverside Drive and San Fernando Road has been postponed until further notice. According to Brian Oh, project manager, LADOT is still reviewing community feedback on some form of “road diet” for […]

Words Can Help….and Hurt: Life as an American Muslim

The first in a series of community discussions to explore how “Words Can Help… and Hurt” will take place on Saturday, August 12, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Silver Lake Library. Representatives from one of L.A.’s oldest Islamic cultural centers will guide a conversation on  ”Life as An American Muslim” in Los Angeles, and attendees will be invited […]

LACFD Taps Silver Lake Reservoir to Battle Wild Fires

Since the Silver Lake Reservoir was refilled earlier this year, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACFD) has tapped water from the iconic reservoir to fight wildfires on three occasions. For decades, LACFD’s water-dropping helicopters have pumped up water to drop on area fires, but firefighters were not able to turn to the reservoir when […]

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Poetry Silver Lake style

Silver Lake Verite
       by lalo kikiriki
The boy with the Dodger hat
on backwards
is ordering a 9-grain
egg and cheese
bagel at Winchell's.
"It's delectable!"

he tells his friend,
"So many grains!
So much fiber!"

He's a good-looking boy and
I marvel at his language.
I'm not kidding –
he speaks in exclamations!
His Dodger hat is,
incongruously,
in Raider colors,
black and gray.
He sings along
with Enrique Iglesias
"No me digas de amor,"

and he says he's Jewish
by law
since his mom
is Jewish,
but he looks a little like
Bonnie Prince Harry,
fair hair and zircon gaze:

"I'm likely to denigrate on that one,"
he admits.

 

So many grains!
So much fiber!

If I could give you one thing in this world, it would be the ability to see yourself as others see you.

That way, you would
realize what a truly 
amazing person you are.

Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic partnering with the Valentine Peace Project.org
Sharing poems with you!

— Stefanie of Marlborough High School, LA

"Star twinks at blue heron

Nesting in eucalyptus

As I stroll by

Along Silver Lake.

— Vince

Silver Lake Jubilee’s Neighborhood Haiku project

Culver City Times

(W)rapper Tower in the Hayden Tract

Another incredible building by Eric Owen Moss. Construction is due to begin in October, at the corner of Jefferson and National.

VENICE ARTS FREE YOUTH MEDIA WORKSHOPS – FALL 2017

Since 1993, Venice Arts has reached thousands of youth through our award-winning Art Mentoring Program Free to low-income families, more than 400 youth participate each year at our center in Venice or at an ArtPartner site in other areas of Los Angeles. A low student-to-artist ratio assures educational excellence and visual, digital, and media literacy: all key to future success.

Our programs include photography, filmmaking, and multimedia plus comics, animation, and writing that…

 

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RYU GUARDEDLY OPTIMISTIC RE: OLYMPIC GAMES

After weeks of negotiations with the International Olympic Committee, Los Angeles City officials have agreed to host the 2028 Summer Olympic Games instead of 2024. This agreement brings the Olympics back to the United States for the first time since 2002 and will help generate hundreds of millions in…

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Posted by Betsy Hall on August 15, 2017 at 8:30am

Councilmember in Your Corner: Atwater Village/Chevy Chase Skate Day

Date: Saturday August 19, 2017

Location: Chevy Chase Recreation Center

Address: 4165 Chevy Chase Dr, Los Angeles, 90039

Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm

Join Silver Lake's government reps for family fun: LA Recreation & Parks Skate Day at Chevy Chase Recreation…

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Posted by E Sakaye on August 10, 2017 at 11:30am

The Silver Lake Classic: 2 Mile Reservoir Run

Silver Lake Track Club presents

THE SILVER LAKE CLASSIC

2 Mile Running Race around the Reservoir

Prizes to age group winners

Free to enter, BYOBottled Water

Saturday, September 16, 2017 from…

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Posted by E Sakaye on August 6, 2017 at 11:30am

INTERCHANGE: Action-Oriented Speed Networking

​Betsy Hall of Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Dawn Runge, DC of Zen Wellness, and ​Will and Diana Tiao of ​Tiao Properties invite you to

INTERCHANGE: Action-Oriented Speed Networking

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Tiao Properties office…

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Posted by E Sakaye on August 4, 2017 at 6:15pm

ARTIST RECEPTION: Siri France

Night Palm is a newer shop, across from Leila Thai on Silver Lake Blvd. with curated items to give your pad Silver Lake style. They even have created a gender neutral scent for taking your style out on the town. We encourage you to drop in soon, and then circle back on Tuesday, August 3 for community, beverages and art.…

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Posted by E Sakaye on July 21, 2017 at 2:00pm

SILVER LAKE COMEDY FESTIVAL

The Silver Lake Comedy Fest is coming to El Cid in less than two weeks bringing many, seasoned comedians to Silver Lake's classic location for great eating and entertainment. The expected sold out crowd will benefit a number of our own local charities.

Host: Ryan…

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Posted by E Sakaye on July 17, 2017 at 11:00am

L A YOGA MAGAZINE FEATURED YOGI WHO PRACTICES IN SILVER LAKE

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SILVER LAKE STAR THEA PUESCHEL and many happy returns to our beloved, inspirational Yogi and Hypnotherapist.
​Thea Pueschel has been bringing her "accept your body as is" form of yoga practice to Atwater Village and environs for years. Now, we are happy to announce that she has ​started offering…
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Posted by E Sakaye on July 13, 2017 at 10:00am

SILVER LAKE LIBRARY BOOK SALE - SAT. JULY 29

Fun event, ​plus you can pick up a good book on sale​!​

Friends of the Silver Lake Time Bank will hold a book sale later this month. Members of the Time Bank can earn time credit​.

Volunteer time slots?

SETUP on Fri., July 28, 12:30-3PM and Sat., July 29, 9AM. BREAKDOWN on Sat., July 29,…

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Posted by E Sakaye on July 10, 2017 at 8:00pm

SILVER LAKE TIME BANK

Silver Lakers and nearby folks are welcome to join Silver Lake Time Bank. Check out the About tab on Facebook. Here's one story of SLTB adventures from Lee Conger.

My Time Bank Story for today: Several weeks ago, when Katie from West Adams Time Bank bicycled over here to Silver Lake to help me with unspecified projects, I decided we should go harvest lemons from the un-monitored tree I spotted along the L.A. River several weeks prior. She and I walked and walked, bearing picker and bags, but I had us on the wrong stretch, so we never found the tree. Embarrassing. Recently I made a point of finding the tree and documenting its location. This morning, I saw Leonardo's request for lemons and was able to take him directly there. About 1/3 of the tree hangs over a fence; the fruit drops and rots. We began harvesting. And then the 'Time Bank Miracle' happened. When we offered lemons to passersby, they turned out to be the owners of the tree on the other side of the fence. They were delighted that the lemons would be used. They offered us grapefruit, too. They were interested to learn about the Time Bank and the Neighborhood Fruit Harvest Project and were happy to accept my offer to deliver them a bag of kumquats sometime soon. (Whose story is next?)

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SILVER LAKE CHAMBER - EVENTS

The Silver Lake Classic: 2 Mile Reservoir Run

Attention all Runners, Walkers and Strollers of LA… Chamber Members Hemingway and Sons and Southpaw are proud to be hosting the first Silver Lake Classic 2 mile race around the reservoir this September 16. Silver Lake Track Club presents: THE SILVER LAKE CLASSIC 2 Mile Reservoir Running Race Prizes to age group winners Free to enter, BYOB […]

INTERCHANGE: Action-Oriented Speed Networking

Chamber Members ​Betsy Hall of Marketing Directions, Dr. Dawn Runge, DC of Zen Wellness, and ​Will and Diana Tiao of ​Tiao Properties invite you to INTERCHANGE: Action-Oriented Speed Networking Wednesday, August 16, 2017 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tiao Properties office 2146 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026 Our goal for this event is […]

Member Spotlight: Anthem Films – MTV VMA Nominations

MTV VMA nominations are out and Jerome D’s video for Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Gone”, produced by Silver Lake Chamber members Anthem Films, is up for Best Dance! Congratulations to Anthem Films who are thrilled about the nomination, and are proud to be apart of this project. Watch the Video CREW Director: Jerome […]

CurbedLA for Silver Lake

City committee rejects landmark nomination for Mid-City hamburger stand

But parts of the building may still be preserved

A 1960s-era hamburger stand in Mid-City isn’t likely to gain landmark status after the Los Angeles City Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee voted against adding the structure to the city’s list of Historic-Cultural Monuments Tuesday.

But elements of the Googie-style building may still be preserved as part of a mixed use development project planned for the property, which is located at 6001 West Pico Boulevard.

Earlier this year, Councilmember Paul Koretz led an effort to landmark the property, fearing that it would be demolished to make way for a six-story residential building.

Koretz told Curbed that the tiny hamburger stand was an example of a type of architecture that is “fast disappearing in LA.”

On Tuesday, however, Faisal Alserri, senior planning deputy for Koretz, told the committee that the councilmember had withdrawn his support for the nomination after meeting with developer Matt Nelson to find a way to preserve key elements of the building.

According to Alserri, the project’s developer has agreed to a covenant with the city guaranteeing that the restaurant’s most architecturally recognizable features—its zigzagging roof, facade, and flamboyant signage—will be integrated into the design of the new project.

The 281-square-foot structure once housed an Orange Julius and is today home to a restaurant called LA Burger, which will stay on as a tenant in the new building. Designed by influential architecture firm Armet & Davis (which also designed classic Los Angeles eateries like Johnnie’s Coffee Shop and the La Cienega Norm’s), the building was unanimously recommended for landmark status by the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission.

But Alserri said the compromise with the developer was the city’s best chance to preserve the building—at least in part.

Nelson told the committee that he’s consulted with Armet Davis Newlove—as the firm is known today—on how to integrate the structure into the new development.

Sunny Santa Monica condo seeks $579K

The top floor unit offers open living space and a private balcony

This airy little one-bedroom unit in Santa Monica’s Ocean Park neighborhood is just blocks from the beach in a complex built in the late 1960s.

At 699 square feet, it’s not exactly cavernous, but it includes an open living and dining area, a bedroom with plenty of natural light, and a sliding glass door that leads out to a private balcony.

Per the listing, the building has been recently redone and updates include new roofing, a remodeled swimming pool, and fresh landscaping features.

In addition to the pool, the building offers shared amenities like a hot tub, bike storage room, and a parking space. Shared laundry facilities are offered on-site.

Located on the top floor of the building, the unit is asking $579,000. HOA dues are $395 per month.

Living room Arched doorway in living room Living room looking toward sliding door Balcony View looking down on pool

City planning for new Pico-Union hotel project

The 125-room hotel would be aimed at visitors to the convention center

A small grocery store in Pico-Union could soon be replaced with a new hotel if the LA City Council approves a motion from Councilmember Gil Cedillo.

The motion, which was OK’d by the council’s Planning and Land Use Committee Tuesday, would alter the property’s zoning requirements to allow for a hotel with 125 guest rooms.

According to the motion, an unnamed developer has proposed redeveloping the site, located at 2268 West Pico Boulevard, with “a well-known and reputable” hotel brand. The project would bring “reasonably priced” rooms, as well as a restaurant and meeting place on the ground floor.

Cedillo writes that the hotel would serve visitors to the convention center, though the project site, located on the opposite side of the 110 freeway, isn’t exactly right next door to that particular destination.

City officials have been eager to expand options for convention center visitors lately, offering enticing incentives for developers planning to construct hotel projects in the Downtown area. Last year, developers of a reasonably priced 250-room hotel in the South Park neighborhood even offered up $150,000 to study what kind of incentives the city could provide.

Cedillo also argues in his motion that the potential Pico Boulevard hotel would serve as a “catalyst for the economic development of the surrounding commercial areas.” Right now, the stretch of Pico around the hotel is dotted with a variety of retail and restaurant businesses, mainly in older, lower-slung buildings. But as denser development projects spread out of Downtown, that trend could certainly change.

City of LA closes escrow on Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre

The home of the Oscars will still have the same operator

The Dolby Theatre, the home of the Oscars for the last 15 years, has a new owner: the city of Los Angeles.

Urbanize LA spotted a motion approved by the City Council on Wednesday that authorized $100,000 to buy the Dolby Theatre from CRA/LA, the agency that’s in charge of selling off the properties owned by the now defunct community redevelopment organizations.

“With the CRA's dissolution, the City had to control the property as the City issued $43.21 million in April 1999 in taxable bonds for the construction of the theater,” says Jacqueline Wagner, a chief administrative analyst with the City Administrative Office.

The city put in a bid on the theater in 2015, and in February 2016, the purchase was approved. The city closed escrow on Monday, and all that remains is for Mayor Eric Garcetti to sign off on the whole thing. (Wagner says Garcetti approved of the sale back in February; this approval is purely administrative.)

There is still $28.3 million in city debt on the theater. CIM Group, which owns the Hollywood and Highland shopping center next door, has a 99-year lease to operate the theater and will remain as operator for the duration of the lease, says Wagner.

Another CRA/LA property, Angels Knoll in Bunker Hill, is also being sold off right now. The city’s received four proposals for developing the lot. Final proposals are due in October and the city will decide later in the fall who will get to buy the property.

Bids were due on August 10 for the Westlake Theatre, another CRA/LA property. The theater went up for sale this year after a 2016 request for bids to create affordable housing and retail on the site and four nearby parcels went unanswered.

Developer Crescent Heights files plans for 70-story skyscraper at 1045 Olive

794 apartments

The flurry of development that has taken over Downtown LA’s South Park neighborhood is spreading farther south: Developer Crescent Heights filed plans today to build a 70-story tower with nearly 800 apartments at South Olive and 11 Street, says Sara Hernandez, an attorney with the developer’s law firm, Liner LLP.

That’s just three stories shorter than the newly crowned queen of LA’s skyline, the Wilshire Grand, and, at a height of 770 feet, it could very well earn it the title of LA’s third tallest building.

The new skyscraper would be almost entirely residential, comprised of 794 apartments above a ground-floor restaurant, bar, “market hall,” and 13.5 levels of parking. The parking will be divided between an underground garage and an eight-level podium wrapped in apartments “so as to conceal” the cars, Hernandez says.

New York-based architecture firm ODA is designing the tower “to maximize light and air,” and renderings show a big cutout on the upper levels for a swimming pool and shared open space, plus wraparound-cantilevered balconies on almost every level.

Jerold Neuman, another attorney with Liner, says the design is trying to bring LA’s suburban “sensibility” to dense Downtown.

“LA’s Downtown is really organized by a series of office buildings. Even if you look at the residential towers Downtown, they’re sort of replicative of other office buildings in the area,” he says. “This building breaks that mold. This building makes most of its defining elements horizontal in nature, as you would see in residential neighborhoods.”

Neuman says Crescent Heights has not determined whether to designate any of the units as affordable.

The Los Angeles Business Journal has reported that Crescent Heights purchased the half-acre site at 1045 South Olive Street last spring for $11.5 million

 
 
 

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POLA's Analise De La Roca Is MaxPreps All-State Large Schools

Before officially heading to New Mexico State for college, Port Of Los Angeles High softball pitcher and 2017 graduate Analise De La Roca would garner one final postseason award to cap off her storied four-year high school…

CIF-LACS Adds Open Division Playoffs For 2017 Football

It's a whole new world for CIF-Los Angeles City Section football.

After blowouts were the norm in the opening round where a running clock was…

The Neighborhood Councils of Los Angeles

I’m sorry, but I just have to laugh at all the contentious rhetoric I read (primarily on Facebook) about the Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils in San Pedro.

There are currently 97 Neighborhood Councils within the city limits, each with a $42K annual budget and a corresponding Department of Neighborhood Empowerment within City Hall. "Department of Neighborhood Empowerment," now that’s funny... if it weren't so sad.  Let’s see, 97 X $42,000.  That’s over 4…

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