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Community to discuss future of Larchmont

Community to discuss future of Larchmont

Although indoor restaurant dining, on a very reduced scale, is currently allowed, local Larchmont restaurateurs and some diners are wondering if outdoor dining-in-the-street should stay a focus on the Boulevard. At press time, there were five reasonably expansive outdoor table installations replacing former metered parking spaces in the block of Larchmont between First Street and […]

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Digital billboard ordinance on a ‘dangerous’ path back to PLUM

Digital billboard ordinance on a ‘dangerous’ path back to PLUM

Revisions to billboard and other signage law in Los Angeles are on a dangerous path if you ask Patrick Frank, president of Scenic Los Angeles. His group recently declared victory after the City Planning Commission approved a citywide sign ordinance, Version B-Plus, which would restrict new digital billboards to Regional Commercial Centers, such as the […]

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From the Central Library fire 35 years ago, a story just now being told

From the Central Library fire 35 years ago, a story just now being told

The shocking April 29, 1986 news broadcasts of the senseless fire ravaging a Downtown building so loved — and then burned and waterlogged — led to a cry for volunteer help from every news source region-wide. I was one of many who heard that cry, and I knew instinctively that, early the next morning, the […]

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Academy Museum rolls out virtual carpet

Academy Museum rolls out virtual carpet

While the Academy Museum nears its in-person opening, coming this fall on September 30, a star-studded virtual presentation of the space took place last month. Museum director and president Bill Kramer was joined by a host of Oscar winners during the 45-minute pre-recorded video tour for the media. Almost a century in the making, when […]

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Plan a post-COVID escape to Mexico for food and culture

Plan a post-COVID escape to Mexico for food and culture

Although the coronavirus is still in our midst, progress of the vaccination campaign inspires thoughts of future travel. In 2019, 32 million Americans visited our southern neighbor; why not look ahead and plan a trip to our sister city in Mexico to explore the cultural riches and pure deliciousness offered by Mexico City? Here are […]

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Museums open after yearlong shutdown

Museums open after yearlong shutdown

After a year of lockdown due to the pandemic, all of the four major museums along Miracle Mile’s Museum Row have — or will soon — open, with safety protocols in place. The first among them is the Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., which had its rollout last month. The Los Angeles County Museum […]

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Big Sunday is on the move; ‘Wild and Woolly’ events this month

Big Sunday is on the move; ‘Wild and Woolly’ events this month

Big Sunday — the 20-plus-year volunteer group based just north of Hancock Park and west of Larchmont Village — is looking for a new home. “Our lease is up at the end of the year,” David Levinson, Big Sunday founder and executive director, told us. Levinson is looking for a new site for the group’s […]

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I volunteered at a COVID-19 vaccination site

I volunteered at a COVID-19 vaccination site

In February, I had the opportunity to volunteer at a COVID-19 vaccination site through the Medical Reserve Corps of Los Angeles (MRCLA). The experience was rewarding on many levels and helped me to see the impressive inner workings of our public healthcare system. I wanted to volunteer because, after a year of living in suspended […]

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Girl Scouts cookie season extended; Outdoor boothing begins

Girl Scouts cookie season extended; Outdoor boothing begins

The only thing sweeter than an extra week of Girl Scouts cookie season is being able to purchase cookies from Girl Scouts themselves. After nearly two seasons of digital cookie sales, the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA) extended cookie season until April 18 to accommodate newly approved outdoor-distanced boothing. “The resiliency of our […]

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Youth Sports: Equestrian is an individual sport with a league of its own

Youth Sports: Equestrian is an individual sport with a league of its own

“I would travel only by horse, if I had the choice.” – Linda McCartney My only knowledge about genus Equus is that top fuel funny cars have a representational stampede called horse-power under their hoods (I used to write for “Drag Racer” magazine.) My wife was raised on a Central Illinois farm, and she and […]

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Silver Jubilee for A Silver Lining: 25 years on Larchmont

Silver Jubilee for A Silver Lining: 25 years on Larchmont

A Silver Lining owner Gary Fuss is celebrating his shop’s 25th anniversary, which is often marked, fittingly, as the silver anniversary. When asked about the milestone, Fuss told the Chronicle that he feels “humbled” to still be open and doing business after such a terrible year. When Fuss reopened his Larchmont Boulevard doors last May, […]

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Real Estate News

Kudos to candidates … and be wary of the State Senate

Kudos to candidates … and be wary of the State Senate

Our community owes thanks to the 44 candidates and the 447 stakeholders who voted (and the approximately 590 who attempted to register for the city-mandated, COVID-19-era, vote-[only]-by-mail election for directors of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council [GWNC]). Historically, GWNC elections always have been neighborhood gatherings on one weekend day, with registration issues efficiently addressed before […]

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Assessors seek clarity of inheritance and other Prop 19 impacts

Assessors seek clarity of inheritance and other Prop 19 impacts

California’s 58 county assessors are seeking clarification on the implementation of a new property tax measure with the hope to delay a provision that makes it more costly for children to inherit some homes from their parents. Narrowly approved by voters last November, Proposition 19 partially took effect on Feb. 16, but according to Los […]

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Creative office building planned in Media District, on Melrose

Creative office building planned in Media District, on Melrose

A five-story creative office building targeted to media companies and designed with an open space, post-pandemic perspective, is planned at the northwest corner of Melrose Avenue and Seward Street. Floor-to-ceiling windows, an open stairwell and ample outside spaces are among features of the project by developer Bardas Investment Group. Plans include 68,000 square feet of […]

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Community to discuss future of Larchmont

Community to discuss future of Larchmont

| April 1, 2021 | 1 Comment

Although indoor restaurant dining, on a very reduced scale, is currently allowed, local Larchmont restaurateurs and some diners are wondering if outdoor dining-in-the-street should stay a focus on the Boulevard. At press time, there were five reasonably expansive outdoor table installations replacing former metered parking spaces in the block of Larchmont between First Street and […]

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Kudos to candidates … and be wary of the State Senate

Kudos to candidates … and be wary of the State Senate

| April 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

Our community owes thanks to the 44 candidates and the 447 stakeholders who voted (and the approximately 590 who attempted to register for the city-mandated, COVID-19-era, vote-[only]-by-mail election for directors of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council [GWNC]). Historically, GWNC elections always have been neighborhood gatherings on one weekend day, with registration issues efficiently addressed before […]

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Television City

Television City

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Plan a post-COVID escape to Mexico for food and culture

Plan a post-COVID escape to Mexico for food and culture

| April 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

Although the coronavirus is still in our midst, progress of the vaccination campaign inspires thoughts of future travel. In 2019, 32 million Americans visited our southern neighbor; why not look ahead and plan a trip to our sister city in Mexico to explore the cultural riches and pure deliciousness offered by Mexico City? Here are […]

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