Friday, November 15, 2013
“An unnamed artist is working with the Southwest Museum to try and bring attention their way. They are in danger of closing down due to the Autry National Center buying them out and putting all the artifacts in storage. 8 Native Soil chiefs are being sculpted and installed around Los Angeles before thanksgiving. They are made of dirt and if left to their own devices will deteriorate and become part of the earth again – a spiritual depiction of the journey of the Native Americans. – Cindy Jackson”
Here are some quotes from a recent protest by the Southwest Museum Coalition reported by CBS Los Angeles (click here):
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Save Chain Reaction ~ Sunday, November 17 ~ Santa Monica
Monday, October 28, 2013
RAC DESIGN BUILD has an idea, and it’s one that many in North East Los Angeles think might be a good one. The basic concept is to turn the Historic Riverside Drive Bridge, which is set to be demolished, into an urban park and land bridge. This would have the benefit of creating new open space, and making biking/walking in the area much easier. Keep reading for a full list of benefits, some facts about the proposal, and a link to a petition you can sign.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Our friends at KPCC report today on a new website released by Mayor Eric Garcetti which attempts to shine a light on city finances by making all expenditures public.
A new city website unveiled Wednesday allows the public to snoop through the city’s expenditures, revenue and audits.
Control Panel L.A., released by the office of Controller Ron Galperin, is in line with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s efforts to “open up” City Hall to the public.
“This data is not our data. It is the public’s data,” Garcetti said at a morning press event to launch the website. “The more tools we give to people to look at data, to track important measures, the more power that they will have to control the direction of their city government.”
Of course the first thing we searched for was tacos, which revealed only one hit– a $1,432.76 expense for Sky’s Tacos on 7/6/12 for the Mayor’s Office.
Monday, October 14, 2013
L.A. Taco’s master of Dia de los Muertos events, Erick Huerta, has outdone himself with this year’s listings by plotting them all on a map! Click on any event to check it out and get a link to the official event page. The full map also contains a text list of every event. If you have an event we missed, please send to email@example.com.
View Ultimate 2013 Día de los Muertos Event Guide in a full screen map
Friday, September 13, 2013
French artist Combo has a street campaign going in Los Angeles in favor of reforming marijuana laws. He’s putting up his art, and that of street artists from all over the world and also asks for submissions via social media using the hashtag #EverybodySmoke. Check out some of the art that’s up in L.A. right now…
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Artist EnikOne met Jack a couple of days ago. Here is his report…
You don’t know Jack! Neither did I, till I kept driving by & seeing this flashing sign “NO WAR” off the 5 freeway. I just wanted to get a up close pic. As I was getting closer this guy comes out of the dark. After some conversation he tells me his name is “Jack” has been arrested 54 times & was sentenced to 7 years in federal prison denouncing the Iraq war and Bush on ham radio. He’s in his early 80′s & I have a feeling he’s not going to stop.”
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Grand Theft Auto is returning to “Los Santos”, which means Los Angeles. Check out the map above, which includes Morningwood (Westwood/Brentwood), Pacific Bluffs (Pacific Palisades), Vespucci (Venice), Little Seoul (Koreatown), Vinewood (Hollywood), and much more. “Blaine County” looks to be something more like Ventura or Santa Barbara rather than the Bay Area stand-in from the previous Los Santos game. There is also use of native tribe names throughout the map such as Chumash and Tongva. Spot anything interesting?
Monday, September 9, 2013
Learning another language is something everyone should do. It makes you smarter, more worldly, a better global citizen, and can increase your career prospects among many other positive benefits. And yet when you suggest to some Angeleños that they ought to learn Spanish, they are taken aback and can even get angry. The culture of fear includes among its adherents those who believe that if you learn Spanish in California, you’re somehow destroying your native language, or perhaps helping along the reconquista. Another common thing you’ll hear is that people who speak Spanish only should learn English, in order to convenience the English speakers. In other words, only other people should learn to speak multiple languages. The reality is that if you speak Spanish and English in Los Angeles, there is more for you to enjoy about the city, end of story. Learning a new language isn’t easy, but it is rewarding and there is no other metropolis in the United States that you’ll be getting more use of your newfound skill.
A startup from New York called Fluent City is offering Level 1 and Level 2 Spanish classes in Santa Monica starting Sept 23. They emphasize their young, cool teachers and affordable prices along with their success with the program in NYC and other cities. If you’re interested, use code LATACO at checkout to get a 15% discount. There are many other options as well such as conversational Spanish meetup groups.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Part of the fabric of Los Angeles, equal in some regards but in others even more essential than the mighty taco truck, are our street food vendors. With products ranging from bacon-wrapped hot dogs to grilled chicken to fresh-cut fruit and juices, these hard working entrepreneurs serve a huge number of people every day in the city of Los Angeles. By and large, they do so on the fringes of legality. In fact, it’s illegal even if the vendor has paid the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health for official street vending permits and the vendor’s cart is able to pass a sanitation inspection. Subsequently, street vendors are vulnerable to police and inspector harassment, intimidation, and loss of property.
Friday, August 16, 2013
An article in today’s Weather Channel asks the question some Angeleños have been asking for a month– where’s the cruel summer heat, with hot summer streets when the pavements are burning?
Downtown Los Angeles finally reached the 80s on August 13, ending the longest non-80s streak to start August on record, according to the National Weather Service.