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West Los Angeles Town Hall with Mayor Garcetti Tonight

The Mayor will be in Mar Vista tonight to discuss his "Back to Basics" agenda. Here are the details and a form to RSVP. If anyone goes, please post an update here.

February 26, 2014 at 6pm - 8pm

Mar Vista Recreation Center

11430 Woodbine St…


Added by Orli Belman on February 26, 2014 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Top Sawtelle Restaurants According to the Los Angeles Times

We've been spending a lot of time on Sawtelle Blvd recently. It's walking distance, buzzing at night and emerging as one of LA's best dining streets. I still have yet to get a table at the no-take out Tsujita or the Tsujita Annex. And judging by where they rank on this Los Angeles…


Added by Orli Belman on January 9, 2014 at 12:03pm — No Comments


Just saw today that the old Boston Market space across from Westside Pavilion is going to be an Einstein Brothers Bagels opening on Jan 6th it looks like.

Added by John A. Abel on December 24, 2013 at 10:08pm — 1 Comment

Residents Near Expo Line are Driving Less and Exercising More

Since the Expo Line opened, people who live within a half mile of a station are driving 10 - 12  fewer miles each day, according to a new USC study looking at before and after impacts of the light rail line. 

Among the report’s findings:

• Residents living near Expo Line stations produced about 30 percent less carbon emissions from their vehicles after the opening of the rail line than did residents living farther from the stations.

• Those living near the Expo Line…


Added by Orli Belman on December 16, 2013 at 10:53am — No Comments

Middle School Panel at the Palms-Rancho Park Library Tonight

Wondering about middle school? Head to the Palms-Rancho Park Library tonight from 6:00 - 7:00 pm to hear from area middle school representatives from Palms, New West Charter, City Charter School, Emerson and Paul Revere.


Added by Orli Belman on October 22, 2013 at 2:36pm — 1 Comment

Noodles Anyone? Check out these West LA Ramen Recommendations

I don't usually think of car companies for food reviews but General Motors is getting into the content creation craze and has put together this list of West Los Angeles ramen restaurants that has me wanting some warm noodles on this relatively cool fall day. I'm at work so I don't have a Pho-to (get it? Pho!) of any noodles to add but if anyone is in the…


Added by Orli Belman on September 26, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

California Supreme Court Denies Neighbor's For Smart Rail's Expo Line Petition

This just in...

The California Supreme Court says Expo Line Phase Two construction can proceed without any further study. The court affirmed the appeals court's Expo Line decision and denied Neighbors for Smart Rail's petition to have the line's environmental impacts restudied.…


Added by Orli Belman on August 5, 2013 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Fourth of July Fireworks in Rancho Park

Rancho Park's skies are home to a great fireworks show thanks to our neighbors at the Hillcrest Country Club. Launch time is 9:00 pm but the lawns and fields at  the across the street Cheviot Hills/Rancho Park are open for kickball, frisbee, picnics and family fun. Rancho Park residents, where will you be this Fourth of July?…


Added by Orli Belman on July 3, 2013 at 9:54am — No Comments

Palms Park Movie Nights this Summer

Palms Park will be showing free movies under the stars this summer. The fun, sponsored by the Westside Neighborhood Council, begins Wednesday, June 26 with Despicable Me beginning at dusk (8-8:30 pm).

Bring blankets and chairs. Popcorn, hot chocolate and candy can be purchased.

Upcoming dates and movies:

July 10, Casper

July 24, Up

August 7, E.T.

For more info click…


Added by Orli Belman on June 25, 2013 at 5:20pm — No Comments

President Obama in West LA Today- Traffic and Delays Expected

The LAPD has issued the following traffic information for President Obama's visit to West LA and Santa Monica today. Here are the areas to avoid:

The area near Centinela Avenue and West Olympic Boulevard from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The area around West Olympic Boulevard and Cloverfield Boulevard from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The area around 26th Street and San Vicente from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and… Continue

Added by Orli Belman on June 7, 2013 at 7:19am — No Comments

Palms Park Open Again!

Palms Park, nestled between the Palms Rec Center and Library on Overland and the under-construction tracks of the Expo Line, has been closed for months and months and months, walled off behind forbidding fences. Last week, it opened again in a discreet…


Added by Eric Mankin on May 31, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

LAFD's Sidewalk CPR Day is Today - Learn CPR at the Ralphs on Olympic near Beverly Glen and other LA locations

The Los Angeles Fire Department CERT Unit is hosting today's Sidewalk CPR Da…


Added by Orli Belman on June 4, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Rancho Park Girl Scouts Observe Memorial Day by Planting Flags at Los Angeles National Cemetary in Westwood

This Memorial Day weekend, local Rancho Park brownie troops joined with other area Girl and Boy Scouts to honor those who served our country by participating  in a flag planting ceremony at the Los Angeles National Cemetary in Westwood.…


Added by Orli Belman on May 27, 2013 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Your duty as a citizen -- pick your shade of grey

Tomorrow's election day. We've been bombarded with mail and tv, millions of dollars worth, and it still seems to me (and I usually try to follow these things) about very few tangible effects for the neighborhoods.(Interestingly, almost all the millions on the mayoral campaign have come from our neighbors on the westside.) The differences between the mayoral candidates are…


Added by Eric Mankin on May 20, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

New Blood at Saint Johns - and Some May Have Been Spilled

It's located in Santa Monica but it's a big hospital Rancho Park adjacent, and it's just undergone a total architectural overhaul largely funded by Patrick Soon Shiong, an LA billionaire with an amazing background. (Briefly: Chinese parents, born in South Africa, educated in Canada, became a surgeon in LA, got UCLA professorship, resigned UCLA professorship to found startup which exploded, now may be richest man in town, …


Added by Eric Mankin on May 19, 2013 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Bike Safety for Westwood Blvd

Westwood Blvd has been designated a backbone of the LA 2010 Bike Plan Network and targeted for the extension of now fragmentary bike lanes.

The many cyclists who ride this corridor everyday, along with those would-be cyclists who have been afraid to get out there under current conditions, have welcomed this news.  The stretch between Santa Monica and Pico presents particularly dangerous conditions for cyclists as now configured.  This…


Added by Calla Wiemer on May 15, 2013 at 10:14am — 3 Comments


The utilities in the Cheviot / Rancho area are old and outdated resulting in outages like we had earlier this week.  A whole house serge protector provided by DWP will prevent electrical panel burn outs caused during incidents like the one this week.  DWP will install a protector when the power enters your home.   The added charge is around $3.99 a month extra.  Our oven panel burned out several times and the appliance repair company recommended a house surge protector. .  We haven't had…


Added by Paul Hockley on May 7, 2013 at 5:38pm — 2 Comments

Some in Rancho Park Still Without Power! Others Left with Damaged Appliances, Water Heaters and More

Following the very exciting 4:30am power surge(s) yesterday, some folks in our neighborhood are still without power. DWP trucks were parked along Veteran at Brookhaven this morning, presumably working on the problem.  Neighbors report varying degrees of damage ranging from fried tankless water heaters and microwaves, to non-functioning outlets and fritzed-out X-boxes.  In our house a number of bulbs blew out, outlets fried, and appliances are malfunctioning (including our bedroom ceiling fan…


Added by Debra Silverman on May 7, 2013 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

Update: Power Outage Affects over 3500 Customers in Rancho Park, Cheviot Hills and Palms

Updating my earlier post to note that over 3500 customers in the Rancho Park, Cheviot Hills and Palms area are affected. Are you one of them?

Added by Orli Belman on May 6, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

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