Featured Blog Posts – March 2011 Archive (8)

Bootcamp in the Park, My Hyperlocal Year Continues with Some Very Early Mornings


As part of my efforts to stay local and get back in shape, I have been attending a morning bootcamp in Rancho Park for the last week or so. It is called Boot Camp 90210 but don't let the name fool you, the classes are held behind the baseball fields, near where the dogs run their obstacle courses, in the back of Rancho Park. Trainer Chuck leads this ladies-only class with no yelling and screaming…


Added by Orli Belman on March 31, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Historic estate sale on Overland Avenue brings the neighborhood together

I just returned from historic Haines estate on Overland just north of Pico in Rancho Park.


According to RanchoParkOnline.com member Overland Avenue, the Haines have owned the house since it was built in 1930 when there was a dirt road in front.…


Added by Rancho Park Online on March 28, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Laduree on Westwood Blvd - My Rancho Park Hyperlocal Hair Salon

Laduree Hair Salon is so close to my house, I can walk there. But if that doesn't work out, they have parking in the back. I first discoved this Rancho Park hair salon because I was heading north up Westwood Blvd on a Friday evening and needed to find somewhere that would blow dry my hair for an event I was on my way to attend. Owner Rayn fit me in and has contined to do so even though I have never made an appointment more than a…


Added by Orli Belman on March 26, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Expo Line News - Key Station Parking and Elevation Issues Affecting Westwood Station

Big decisions affecting Rancho Park, Cheviot Hills and the entire Westside are slated for Friday, March 18, involving  the Expo Line and its two Rancho Park stations. Up for consideration  -- whether to use city funds to elevate the Sepulveda Blvd station and whether a park or parking lot will be built at the Westwood Blvd. station…


Added by Orli Belman on March 17, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

South of Pico History

Part of the area anyway.  . . .


The area South of Pico, adjacent to Overland Avenue, was owned by Ferdinand R. Bain, head of Southern Counties Gas Co., who came to California from New York in 1911.


Bain built a colonial mansion at the top of what was then called "Overland Hill" and named his 90 acre estate "Rancho La Lomita" (Little Hill Ranch).  The property was used as a dairy farm (Jersey cows).  There was a creek running just south of the Exposition…


Added by Overland Avenue on March 14, 2011 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Rancho Park Secret - No Corkage Fee at Jaipur Indian Restaurant on Pico

Great Indian food at this Pico dining spot and they don't bat an eye or tack on a fee when you bring your own wine. I'll drink to that!…


Added by Orli Belman on March 13, 2011 at 9:37pm — 1 Comment

Rancho Park Writing Classes for Kids

Check out the flier for my latest four writing workshops!…


Added by Risa Okin on March 10, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Rancho Park Action - Parking or No Parking at Westwood Station of Expo Line?

Important decisions affecting the design and construction of the Expo Line Light Rail are coming up fast. This month, the Expo Board may vote on whether or not to incorporate a parking lot as part of the Westwood Station, which is expected to one of the busiest on the line. The current plan calls for building 170 parking spaces with an additional option to forgo the parking, and use it for park space. Sepulveda Blvd, about half a mile away, will have a parking lot.


You can…


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

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