Thursday, December 31, 2009

HOWS Market to Close?

We're hearing rumors that HOWS Market in NoHo with its wine bar and everything great about it is closing as of next week.

Already, the location is no longer on the company's website.

This is a sad day for NoHo.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

CITY of Los Angeles Griffith Park Holiday Lights

Thursday, December 10, 2009

CONGRATS TO PAUL K -Our New L.A. CD2 CouncilMan


-w/ CD2 Election Over NO phones calls
& NO more crap mail
esp from the Chris E. team;
I found Paul K's peeps very nice though.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

FTC guidelines...

FTC guide (U.S.)
Blogger Disclosure:

who write online review products must
disclose free stuff/$ for writing about it.
(rcvd: NADA)

Sunday, October 11, 2009



The new 'gate' on Lankershim north of Camarillo & Vineland
beckons those who liken to the Arts that NoHo represents.

Saturday, October 3, 2009


• NoHo Cafe Hits the Spot

Right across the street from the Amelia Earhart
statue at North Hollywood Park is a NoHo
regular's 24 hour coffee shop Andrew's .

We had the UUMMM corned beef hash with hash
browns eggs toast plus a sidestack of pancakes
downed with free refill Cokes.
DELISH after midnite snack.

11329 Magnolia Blvd North Hollywood, CA
(818) 761-3341
Open Daily 24 Hours

Saturday, September 26, 2009

NoHo you think you got problems ...

Their Safety is at the hands of the 'BUDGET'


• 5,4,3,2,1 FIRE!
opps ...CLOSED!!

We Love Our FireFighters,
hundreds there recently,
but now -

Sunland Tujunga


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

It's Final....

Final Results of CD 2 Special Election

TAMAR GALATZAN 1,871 12.94 (3)
** CHRISTINE ESSEL 4,104 28.39 (2)
MICHAEL MC CUE 339 2.35 (8)
PETE SANCHEZ 699 4.84 (5)
FRANK SHEFTEL 441 3.05 (6)
** PAUL KREKORIAN 4,929 34.10 (1)
MARY BENSON 1,198 8.29 (4)
AUGUSTO BISANI 158 1.09 (10)

** denotes runoff candidates.

We now return you to your regular programming.

(from RED SPOT)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Panera Bread's Toilet Gender Discrimination

I sent the following email to Panera Bread's customer service department just a few moments ago:

I'm a regular customer at Panera and sometimes come to use the wifi to do work on my computer in your pleasant environment. When I sit for several hours I usually buy a meal a well as drinks and sometimes another meal or snack later.

Today I have done just that at your North Hollywood location when I ordered a meal. I asked to use the restroom and was told it was not working. I asked if i could use the women's restroom and was told no that was not allowed. I was told to go to the Coffee Bean next door which wasn't practical since I had ordered a meal and had my computer out which I wasn't about to either leave unattended nor pack with me to go to the Coffee Bean.

Therefore I am forced to finish my meal and then leave unable to finish my work and having a less than pleasurable experience at Panera. I will probably be back but this is a bit disappointing. I also find it discriminatory to provide restroom facilities to one gender but not another.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Oh Oh Oh Oh NOT Wendy (anymore)

reports on CD2 DEBATE in ST

MIKE HIGBY reports
on CD2 Candidates


With Mike's own pic here,
he gives the most fantastic
views of the CD2 Candidate
race at the "Great Debate"
in Sunland Tujunga.

clic∆here for Mike's
Coverage of the CD2 DEBATE

more info here

( I am so glad Mike did this,
even though I live 8 blocks
away, I was up doing computer
fixin' till 6 a.m. and I am also
employee and with certain
comments I read about
in the 'dee-bate-'
I would be kicked to the curb,
to say the least, by the 'authorities',
WOULD SAY ABOUT...let's stop.)


clic∆here for Mike's
Coverage of the CD2 DEBATE


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Local NoHo Nite Out at the Park

• L.A.P.D.
National Night Out

@ Target Park NoHo

Victory Vineland Park aka 'Target Park' hosted
this years' L.A.P.D. Nite Out with various booths
from Explorers to free live tree giveaways as well
as lightbulbs, free hotdogs and frozen treats.
Law Enforcement vehicles and information
and gifts via drawings.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Sizzling Crosswalks

Hot Summer Nites Crosswalks

July 2009

L.A. Dept of Public Works make street art
on a very hot summer nite in Sun Valley,
which is in between NoHo and Sunland Tujunga.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

City Council Gets LOST !

July 15, 2009


When Free Speech Advocate

Mike Hunt, arrives
"dressed to the nines"

the L.A. City Council
critiques him.

" mr. hunt, are you refusing to remove your hood?"

Sunday, May 31, 2009

When It Comes to Universal City Development Hasty Decisions Will Have Long Term Impact on our Community

As a board member of the Mid Town North Hollywood Neighborhood Council, I feel as I have been entrusted with a deep responsibility to our community as a whole, not just one part of town or demographic. I have the opportunity to help make our neighborhood a better place, and make sure each and every member of our community has all the information they need to make informed decisions when it comes to charting the future and long term viability of our community. That commitment to my community, the one in which I was born and raised, has led me to write this article.

For more than a century, our neighborhood has continued to re-invent itself. If anything is consistent in NoHo, it's change. Starting from our days as a way station for those on the way to the San Fernando Mission, our time as wheat fields and cow pastures (ever wonder why Lankershim is diagonal? The road was based on the way the cows wandered), North Hollywood's reign as the "Home of the Peach," to the film business, television, aerospace and now once again re-branding as an arts and theatre zone. Even our name has constantly been a work in progress from Kawenga to Toluca to Lankershim to North Hollywood to NoHo. Once again, we're morphing into something new. Just take a look around at all the exciting things that are happening. There is new development,new restaurants, stores and nightspots, even the new Laemmle Theatres are coming soon and will complement our thriving arts district. But even with these projects, our community is not immune to the economic struggles facing the nation, our state and Los Angeles County, and many of our neighbors are fighting each day to keep their heads above water.

With that in mind, we need to focus on investment in industries that make our community vibrant and strong -- such as the entertainment industry. We have to search for wise investments with the potential to create new jobs at nearby studios and at local entertainment support companies. We need investments to bring in architectural and software firms, IT companies, public relations firms, law offices and other businesses that pay well enough so that we don’t have to work in Santa Monica in order to afford to live in NoHo. In our neighborhood, we need high-paying jobs close to where we live.

So how does that happen? Smart development needs to be objectively considered in and near NoHo, including development such as NBC Universal’s Vision Plan, which is now called the NBC Universal Evolution Plan.

NBC Universal has proposed a 25-year plan for their 391-acre Universal City property. It’s my understanding that their plan includes new studio facilities, some new retail and other improvements at CityWalk, and, new housing opportunities.

I don’t have all of the details myself, as the City’s Draft Environmental Impact Report or EIR, has not yet been released for public review. But what I do know is that NBC Universal’s plan will create thousands and thousands of new full and part-time jobs, and that our City and County will benefit from tens of millions of dollars in new annual tax revenues. And just as important, the project includes major upgrades to local roads, streets and freeways, all with the goal of improving traffic and circulation in the area.

We all know that Universal City is a major job center for the entertainment industry. So it seems to make sense that locating housing next to or near jobs can help people limit the use of their cars and instead use Metro, take shuttles or walk to where they work, live or shop.

With our economy in shambles, this project could mean the world to the Valley and to greater Los Angeles. But at this moment, we are still missing some important pieces of the puzzle such as the Draft EIR on the project, which once released, will provide answers to many important questions. We have also not had a chance to meet with NBC Universal representatives to hear a presentation on the project -- and with so many pieces of the puzzle missing it would be premature for us to take a position on the project at this time.

Yet there are those who think otherwise. People outside of NoHo have approached the Neighborhood Council and have requested that we take a position opposing this development.

I, for one, would like to refrain from taking a position on any issue brought to this Council until I hear from all parties concerned just as I wouldn’t vote for an important leader without hearing from all the candidates. For me this is about the importance of information and the right and duty we have to make an informed decision.

I, personally, have quite a few questions for NBC Universal and other questions that simply can’t be answered by either side until we have access to the Draft Environmental Impact Report. I’d like to be able to ask those questions and absorb the answers before I vote to support or reject anything. As a board member, I believe that is my responsibility to each and every one of you.

The Neighborhood Council is here as the voice of our local community and I promise to continue to serve to the best of my ability. Please join us and get involved! Come to one of our meetings which are held on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 PM at East Valley High School, 5525 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, June 10th and 6:30 p.m. at East Valley High School, 5525 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601. I hope to see you there.

Monday, May 25, 2009


downtown los angeles

ne time there was only one place in L.A.
where one could 'speak his mind'.
Nowadays anyone and everyone of
all creeds
can be anyway they care to be.

ack then one would get downtown some way
by trolly, bus, car or walking to get to their place of
freedom, and this was not so long ago.
It was not so automatic to address one's ideas, as now.

Remnants from ww1 and ww2 when security was at it's upmost,
people had few areas to express themselves,
something we now expect any day and everywhere.

During World War I, the Square was often the scene for militia
receptions and provided a forum for public speakers.

In November 1918, a week after
Armistice Day ended World War I,
the park was renamed Pershing Square,
in honor of
Gen. John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing

The park is exactly one square block in size, bounded by 5th Street
to the north, 6th Street to the south, Hill Street to the east,
and Olive Street to the west.
a square be it... Pershing Square
During these decades up through the sixty's the park was
lined with palm trees and walkways around the perimeter.

A Speakers' Corner is an area
where public speaking is allowed.

The original and most noted is in
the north-east corner of Hyde Park
in London, England.

In the photo above you see the palm
tree lined walkways with nearby office
buildings in the background,
people enjoying a sunny California day.

n the photo below we see those cement walkways filled
with people on either sides all engaged in many,
yet similar activities, at their 'speakers corners',
freely expressing any views they want.

that in our modern times,
it has always included a place for
anyone to 'get up on their soapbox'
and express any views and debate with anyone on any subject.


"speaker's corner, your soapbox"
...where did this freedom go ?
(you know you can't smell the roses or the cigarettes on the internet)


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Welcome Home Vietnam Vets Picnic in NoHo Park

Congratulations to community leader David Hernandez who put on a great picnic in NoHo Park to honor our Vietnam Veterans, marking the first annual LA County Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day on March 30.  The picnic was an opportunity for vets, family, friends and supporters to get together and have a great time.  Monday, March 30th David Hernandez will lead a rally in support of the veterans on the steps of City Hall with the hope next year of a parade.

Vets sign-in along with my sign I made for my cousins who served.
Official poster, thanks to the Candy Man Frank Sheftel for sponsoring!
Some of the vets chatting
 David Hernandez being interviewed.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Follow the Meter -parking meter that is.

( NoHo too! )

While there are no 'parking meters'
in Sunland Tujunga where I now live,
my hometown North Hollywood
and most of the City of Los Angeles,
not only have these metered parking
areas, but the fees to use them have
increased substantially.

There are new 'pay stations' near where you park with the
convenience of paying the vastly
increased rates with your credit/
debit cards; do not forget which
'number' your vehicle is parked at.
In North Hollywood the City just
raised the rates using the old meters.
Maybe because the 'pay stations'
DownTown L.A. are at $ 3.00/Hr and the
fees in NoHo are just $ 1.00/Hr.

I work in DownTown L.A. and see the parking
'stations' on a street that goes over the freeway,
where people walk to go to the courts or the Cathedral
(which charges $ 5.00 in their building lot).
The fee to park on the street is now $ 3.00/Hr.

You might as well let 'G-d' watch over your car.

Oh, I forgot to say that the times at these meters have
also increased such as from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. now to 8 p.m.
There goes dining, art openings and stage plays,
DownTown L.A., Hollywood or NoHo.


In Chicago the people have, well, revolted somewhat on
this issue when their meters went to $ 4.00/Hr and to 9 p.m.

They started breaking meters.
This is not a cry for this type
of behavior here, yet we can
protest using words to our
elected officials and our votes.

I paid my $ 1.00/Hr the other day when I went to my eye
doctor on Lankershim, parking on the side street Weddington.
I used to throw in a dime.

In NoHo DO NOT park
at the Metro Station BAD, BAD.
This is illegal and your vehicle
could be towed and fined.
-UNLESS you first ride the
escalator down to the Subway
pay machines,
BUY A TICKET ($ 1.25)
and go back up to your dining, art etc.

-at least you paid the fee as if you were on the train.
Kosher, maybe NOT, but at $ 1.00/ Hr metered parking,
you might sneak a savings depending on your stay at NoHo venues.

smashing parking meters and using
so one may be WARNED !

Also, if time allots you could take a ride on the
Metro Redline
to Hollywood
or DownTown L.A.,
which is always fun,
and this would fullfill all the legalities,
who says you can't eat, watch a play and work out at your gym BEFORE your Metro trip.