February 2011 Blog Posts (17)

Get your photos up!

I just signed up and I've got my mug up in this piece already. So where's yours, hmmmm?

Sooo, I have to admit, I'm technically in Palms, but I'm hoping I will be embraced by the RP faithful. I can be your spy in the south and let you know of happenings down here. Here's one little nugget. The Versailles restaurant on Pico at Motor has a big problem. Their big, colorful mural/sign has a typo on it. "Cuban Food at it's Best"  See it? haha. They don't seem to have an e-mail contact on…


Added by Dennis Trojan on February 27, 2011 at 12:06am — 2 Comments

Westwood Blvd's Hoboken - A Taste of New Jersey in the Heart of Rancho Park

My Rancho Park hyperlocal year continues with my first-ever visit to Matteo's Hoboken on Westwood. We went on a cold February evening and the hearty Italian (East-Coast Italian) fare hit the spot. On a warmer evening, we would have opted for one of the sidewalk tables. Nice touch  - and not something we have enough of here on the Westside.


Matteo's Hoboken

2323 Westwood Blvd, LA 90064

310 474…


Added by Orli Belman on February 25, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Rancho Park News - Neighbors for Smart Rail Expo Line Lawsuit is Denied

Superior Court Judge Thomas McKnew issued a ruling yesterday to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Neighbors for Smart Rail, challenging aspects of the final envirnomental impact report for Phase 2 of the Expo Line, which travels from Culver City through Cheviot Hills and Rancho Park to Santa Monica. You can read the whole decision…


Added by Orli Belman on February 23, 2011 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Rancho Park and Westwood Digital Billboard Update

It seems billboard battles are still brewing here in the Rancho Park and Westwood areas. The latest blow is a lawsuit filed by billboard companies seeking to overturn restrictions on digital billboards. I recently got this background and update from the folks over at the Westwood South of Santa…


Added by Orli Belman on February 21, 2011 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

A Conversation with LAUSD School Board Candidate Eric Lee

You're invited to a conversation with school board candidate Eric Lee being hosted by St. Agnes and OneLA. Here's the skinny:

March 3, 2011
St. Agnes -- 2621 S. Vermont (90007)

The event is being held in the church's Korean Center. Please enter the parking at the far west of the church (off Adams).

I hope to see you there!

Added by Debra Silverman on February 21, 2011 at 8:08pm — 1 Comment

UPDATED!! Conversations with the School Board Candidates -- District 1

Yesterday I had word from Marguerite LaMotte's office that she's unavailable for the Tuesday event. The Eric Lee event is still going forward on March 3rd. Stay tuned to Rancho Park Online for more information!

On February 22nd Temple Isaiah and OneLA are hosting a conversation with school board member -- and candidate -- Marguerite LaMotte at Temple Isaiah (10345 W. Pico Blvd.). The event begins at 6:30 pm. Please RSVP via this link:… Continue

Added by Debra Silverman on February 19, 2011 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

Where is Rancho Park? Can Someone Give Me a Sign? Or at Least Tell Me What Happened to the Rancho Park Signs That Were on Pico near Sepulveda and Westood near National?

Does anyone know what has become of the Rancho Park neighborhood signs that I could swear used to be posted. The only one I can find these days is this in-need of-attention sign located on Overland Ave. just south of Olympic Blvd. Are there more around and where are they? If they are gone, who took them down and why?

Any leads appreciated.


Stay tuned for…


Added by Orli Belman on February 12, 2011 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Rancho Park Safety Alert: Coyote Sightings in and around Rancho Park, Westwood and West LA - Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe

This is a post from last year, but I am reposting it today as I have gotten reports of coyote sightings and heard about several neighborhood cats who may have been killed by coyotes in recent weeks.

I've been getting a lot of emails about coyotes attacking cats and dogs in and around Rancho Park. Here are some safety tips courtesty of the Westwood South of Santa Monica Homeowners…


Added by Orli Belman on February 11, 2011 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Rancho Park News - Selling Ads in Parks and The Latest on Medical Marijuana Tonight on KCET's SoCal Connected

As a neighborhood with two parks, Rancho Park and Palms Park, tonight's SoCal Connected is must-see-tv. It airs at 9:00 pm tonight on KCET and you can also watch online.


This heads-up comes from my good friend and former colleauge, Karen Foshay, who brings her award-winning investigative…


Added by Orli Belman on February 10, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Steingarten LA - West LA's Newest Gastropub Opens Soon in Rancho Park, Hiring Now

First The Wellesbourne and now Steingarten LA! Rancho Park is making up for lost nightlife with some high-concept themed bars and restaurants. Steingarten LA, which is taking over the old Kay n Dave's location on Pico Blvd., describes itself as a German inspired restaurant and biergarten in West Los Angeles. When they…


Added by Orli Belman on February 9, 2011 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

School Cents News - Update on the Westside Pavillion's Aid Program for Rancho Park and West LA Schools

If your kids attend one of the public or private schools in and around Rancho Park, then you may already be familiar with the Westside Pavillion's School Cents Program, which gives area schools from $350 to $3000 in prize money based on which school collects the most points during the school  year, from Sept 15, 2010 to May 15, 2011.


No surprise that you earn points by spending money…


Added by Orli Belman on February 6, 2011 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Dinner at La Serenata Gourmet- Making Saturday Night Special in Rancho Park

My hyperlocal year continues with dinner with friends at La Serenata Gourmet, a Rancho Park institution serving up some of the city's best Mexican food. Who knew spinach sauce could taste so good! I am glad I can walk here from my house, but a meal here is worth the trip even if you have…


Added by Orli Belman on February 4, 2011 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Rancho Park News - Expo Authority To Award Construction Contract for Phase 2 of the Expo Line

Now it is official. For the portion of the Expo Line that starts in Culver City and runs through Cheviot Hills, Rancho Park, West LA to Santa Monica, the MTA's Expo Authority will award the design-build contract to  Skanska/Rados a joint venture involving Skanska USA Civil West, a subsidiary of Skanska USA, and Steve P. Rados Inc., based in Santa Ana. The contract is expected to be officially awarded at the March 18 Expo Authority board meeting.


An initial review had raised…


Added by Orli Belman on February 3, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Happy Hour at Gyu-Kaku, My Rancho Park Hyperlocal Year Sizzles

Gyu-Kaku West LA on Pico is officially my kids' new favorite restaurant and I'm not just saying that because it is right here in Rancho Park.  They were so excited at the prospect of making smores right at our table, they gobbled down all their steak, shrimp, chicken, broccoli, sweet potatoes and zucchini…


Added by Orli Belman on February 3, 2011 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Sew Modern Opens in Rancho Park - Sew Cool!

I stopped by Sew Modern's Grand Opening yesterday and am really excited about this bright, sunny store in our neighborhood.  I do hope we will all soon be crafting our own quilts, bags, coats and more here. Debra and I hope to take the handbag making class from 1 - 4 on Sunday, Feb 20. Anyone want to join…


Added by Orli Belman on February 2, 2011 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Expo Authority Close to Awarding Design-Build Contract for Phase 2 - Rancho Park Community Meetings Coming Soon

With Phase 2 of the Expo Light Rail crossing through Rancho Park's main thoroughfares of Overland, Westwood, Sepulveda and Sawtelle, we are keenly following any development developments. So thanks to Karen Leonard and Sarah Hays of Light Rail for Cheviot, for this heads-up about the Expo Authority being close to selecting construction joint venture Skanska/Rados for the  Phase 2 design-build contract.


You can…


Added by Orli Belman on February 1, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Yes on Measure L -- Restore Library Hours

I'm a big fan of libraries and love to spend time with my kids at the Palm-Racho Park branch on Overland. But last year, as I'm sure you know, funding for libraries was cut drastically.  Libraries across the city were hit hard; hours were drastically slashed and many library workers were laid off.  I discovered this the hard way by showing up on a Monday afternoon to find the doors locked.  I've always believed that like a sound public education that's free and equally available to all…

Added by Debra Silverman on February 1, 2011 at 7:12pm — 2 Comments

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