Archive | March, 2011

Los Angeles Provides Free Recycling Bins for Your Building

30 Mar

If you’re inter­ested in going green, but the lineup of trash cans out­side is sus­pi­ciously devoid of blue — you might be inter­ested to know that the City of Los Ange­les pro­vides recy­cling bins for free to multi-family res­i­dences (aka apart­ments). How do you get a recy­cling bin? Easy, just send an email:

TO: multifamily@lacity.com
SUBJECT:  Enroll­ment in Recy­cling Pro­gram
Dear Multi-Family Res­i­den­tial Recy­cling Program,

I am a ten­ant and would like to enroll my build­ing in the multi-family res­i­den­tial recy­cling program.

Address Line 1
Address Line 2
Los Ange­les, CA ZIPCODE

Res­i­dence Type: Apart­ment, Condo, Etc
# of Units:

Ten­ant Name:
Ten­ant Phone #:

Owner/Property Man­ager Name:
Owner/Property Man­ager Phone #:

Sin­cerely,

YOUR NAME

Once the City of LA receives your email, they’ll give your man­ager a call and arrange to drop off the blue bins. Easy peasy franks and beansies.

In just a few short days-to-weeks you’ll be the proud “owner” of your very own blue recy­cling bin. Here’s mine, isn’t she darling?

My build­ing has gone from not recy­cling at all to fill­ing two bins to the brim on a weekly basis.

Please con­sult the LA Bureau of Sanitation’s web­site for the most up to date appli­ca­tion information:

http://www.larecycles.org/enrollment.htm

For prop­erty own­ers: http://www.larecycles.org/owner.htm
For prop­erty man­agers:  http://www.larecycles.org/manager.htm

If you’d pre­fer, you can also give them a ring at:
1–800–773-CITY (2489)

 

Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council Seeks New Members

28 Mar

The Greater Grif­fith Park Neigh­bor­hood Coun­cil (GGPNC) is look­ing for new coun­cil mem­bers, specif­i­cally: busi­ness, edu­ca­tion, recre­ation, pub­lic safety, and a dis­trict representative.

Appli­ca­tions are avail­able here: http://ggpnc.org/go/node/369 and are due by Fri­day, April 22nd.

If you apply you’ll have a chance to intro­duce your­self to other can­di­dates and the community:

Tues­day, May 17th
7:00 PM
Citibank Cen­ter
1965 Hill­hurst Ave.

Down­load as iCal

These sorts of elec­tions are typ­i­cally decided by tens of votes, not thou­sands. So if you’ve ever had an inter­est in pol­i­tics here’s your chance to re-enact your favorite scenes from “The West Wing.” Or, you know, make a dif­fer­ence in your community.

Los Feliz Neighborhood Blogs

25 Mar

Appar­ently quite a few blogs already cover the Los Feliz beat. Let my slap-to-forehead moment save you some trou­ble. I now present:

Los Feliz Blogs (Active)

Los Feliz Ledger (Since 2005): Brain­child of Alli­son C. Fer­raro this is the online edi­tion of our monthly com­mu­nity news­pa­per and prob­a­bly the most com­pre­hen­sive source of infor­ma­tion about Los Feliz’s busi­nesses, peo­ple, school sports, and gen­eral hap­pen­ings. There are a num­ber of con­tribut­ing writ­ers and arti­cles range accord­ingly from qual­ity local jour­nal­ism to self-promotional pieces by busi­ness own­ers. They’ve even got some crack­er­jack reporters who haven’t hit dou­ble dig­its report­ing on school news. Aver­ages about 11 posts a week.

Los Feliz Today (Since 2009): Cre­ated and main­tained by Alex Gol­shan and Lou Arake­lian, “Los Feliz Today” cov­ers a wide vari­ety of top­ics from local pol­i­tics to restau­rant open­ings. Arti­cles tend to brief and to the point. Aver­ages about two posts a month.

Los Feliz BID (Since 2010): The online home of our local busi­ness asso­ci­a­tion (Busi­ness Improve­ment Dis­trict). Their pri­mary goal is to pro­mote local busi­nesses, but their twice monthly updates often fea­ture arts events in the area.

The Hill­hurt Hus­tler (Since May 2012): With a focus on liv­ing cheaply in Los Feliz this will quickly become a favorite among those giv­ing up their day jobs to chase the dream.

Los Feliz Blogs (Dead)

Los Feliz Weekly (May 2011 — ??): The lat­est addi­tion to what is quickly becom­ing a crowded Los Feliz blo­gos­phere. The site design is gor­geous, with cat­e­gories for Art, Events, Music, and Things to Do. It’s early days yet, so the blog has yet to fully exert its per­son­al­ity — nor is it clear what the post­ing sched­ule will be like. The site appears to be entirely down.

Chris Laeb’s Los Feliz Blog (Pub­lished 5/2009 — 5/2009): The sec­ond and last post on this blog ends “Next time – real estate!” Blog­gers aren’t well-known for their years-long inves­tiga­tive reports — but we can always hold out hope.

The Skunks of Los Feliz (Pub­lished 7/2003 — 4/2006): Because, accord­ing to this author “any­one who lives in Los Feliz is aware of the strange con­cen­tra­tion of the noc­tur­nal odor­if­er­ous striped ones in the neigh­bor­hood.” Myself, I mostly see coyotes.

Not Quite Los Feliz

Grif­fith Park Way­ist (Since 2009): A blog writ­ten anony­mously by “park users, enthu­si­asts, envi­ron­men­tal­ists, and pub­lic employ­ees” who as they see it are speak­ing truth to power.

Grif­fith Park Blog (Since 2007): Ranted by car­toon­ist Donna Barstow this opin­ion­ated and some­times funny blog touches on all things Grif­fith Park with a strong ani­mal rights perspective.

Los Feliz Yoga Classes

22 Mar

Los Feliz seems to have every­thing a per­son could want: cheap apart­ments, an art house cin­ema, and soon: an Ital­ian gro­cery. The one glar­ing omis­sion is a gym. While end­less rows of human ham­ster wheels (aka tread­mills) are MIA we have a num­ber of bou­tique yoga studios:

Yogavi­dala
4640 Franklin Ave
Los Ange­les, CA 90027
(818) 207‑0973
http://www.yogavidala.com/

Rates: $15 Dona­tion ($10 minimum)

Yogavi­dala offers a wide assort­ment of classes in a beau­ti­ful hard­wood space with a view of the Grif­fith Obser­va­tory. For a relax­ing wind-down after a long week, try “Sat­ur­day Night’s Alright for Yoga” with Nina.

KARUNA YOGA
1939 Hill­hurst Avenue
Los Ange­les, CA 90027
(323) 665‑2742
http://www.karunayoga.net/

Rates: $15 Drop-in, $10/class if you buy a 5-pack

PANTHER ENERGY TOTAL FITNESS
5535 Hol­ly­wood Blvd
Los Ange­les, CA 90028
(323) 466‑1990
Rates: $5/class when you buy a 10-pack.
Sched­ule: Tues­days @ 8pm

As a Tae Kwon Do dojo, Pan­ther Energy Total Fit­ness is not your typ­i­cal yoga stu­dio. In fact, at the time this post was writ­ten, only one yoga class was offered. That said, this is some very cheap yoga if it works for your schedule.

SHAMAN’S VISION SACRED ARTS
5222 Hol­ly­wood Blvd
Los Ange­les, CA 90027
(323) 661.8318
http://shamansvision.org/

Rates: $10/class
Sched­ule:  offers Kun­dalini Yoga three days a week

This busi­ness opened less than a year ago and seems to offer a mish mash of yoga and heal­ing arts classes and prod­ucts. The floors are hard con­crete, so be sure to bring a mat with you.

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