Thursday, October 30, 2008
Last year he helped another Glendale resident put up an amazing giant animatronic ghost ship and talking skeleton. This year, that person is putting on another large display with a crashed steam locomotive. Check out this year's display at 1665 Highland Ave, just below Cumberland. Here are some pictures from last year's incredible life size ghost ship.
There are a number of other Halloween events happening this weekend. Kendyl has a thorough list here. Notably, the cast of Wicked will be performing at the Americana on Friday at 5pm.
I'll leave you with a picture of last year's best group costume winners from the costume competition on the Disney lot. These guys were great and very much in character.
Spotted in the Albertson's 8-hour sale circular: A 3 pack of energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs for only $1. That's 33 cents a bulb, plus the money you'll save on electricity!
Stock up now, as this deal is only available Thursday, October 30th from 1pm to 9m at your local Albertson's.
Much like campaign promises, the shortbread and frosting political cookies are far too sweet for my taste. I'm looking forward to a savory Democratic salad of fiscal and environmental responsibility come January.
The Atwater Village Newbie covered Porto's Burbank location cookie poll here.
Unless you really want to get filthy, you'll probably want to use Chevy Chase to Brunswick to Los Feliz or Glendale Blvd as an alternate route into Atwater Village for the next week or so.
Monday, October 27, 2008
My Dad took this one.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
On a related note, last Wednesday evening a sedan jumped a curb and crashed into the Way To Happiness Foundation building at Broadway and Maryland. Way to go, Glendale drivers. Slow down and pay attention: your life and the lives of those around you depend on it. We're very fortunate that no pedestrians have been killed during this week's sidewalk demolition derby.
Monday, October 20, 2008
I also updated the diagram to place the car making a left-hand turn onto California in the correct left-turn lane on Brand. My earlier version just roughly placed the NB car on Brand, and I didn't mean to imply that the left turning car wasn't in the proper lane. I stopped by the crash site this afternoon and added the skid marks I observed to the diagram. Remarkably, the demolished bus shelter has already been completely removed.
Here is some more information regarding the major bus stop car crash on Brand yesterday evening from Glendale PD spokesman Tom Lorenz:
A vehicle s/b Brand collided with a vehicle n/b Brand at the intersection of California. The s/b vehicle continued s/b (over 200 feet of skid marks), jumped the curb, and continued s/b on the west sidewalk of Brand. The vehicle sheared off a light post, demolished the bus stop, and sheared off a 25’ tree, then eventually came to rest as it collided with the Japanese and Argentinean restaurants. The vehicle then caught fire in the engine compartment. The fire was extinguished with a fire extinguisher retrieved from the trunk of a patrol vehicle. Both vehicles were totaled and damage spread debris in the area, to include battery acid from a vehicle battery that was broken in half. The driver of the n/b vehicle suffered a broken leg and was transported to USC in stable condition. The driver and two passengers of the s/b vehicle complained of pain; the driver was transported to a local hospital. Fortunately, no pedestrians or restaurant patrons were injured.Thank goodness no one was waiting for a bus or leaving El Morfi. I made a map of the crash based on the new info. I'm speculating that the NB driver was turning left, I don't positively know that but it seems like the most plausible scenario. The Google Maps image is a bit outdated- the sidewalk is currently much wider, which I indicated with the dotted black line.
Going Carless In Glendale and Montrose
Down and Out at the Americana
Friday, October 17, 2008
From LA Biz Observed:
Directors of the Hayward-based department store chain, now in bankruptcy protection, have determined that a going-out-of-business sale during the holiday season offers the best chance to pay up creditors. After that, the business will wind down and its 149 stores will close, including locations all over Socal.Franklin Avenue's Mike speculated on what might become of the location several months ago (before the Glendale location was scheduled to close):
For the Glendale Galleria, that [Mervyn's closing]could be a good thing. Mervyn's doors represent the Galleria's only entrance on Brand -- and anyone interested in hitting the Galleria from the street has to go through a Mervyn's maze before finally hitting the mall. Now that the Americana has added tons of foot traffic to that part of Brand, the Galleria would be wise to construct a brand new mall opening there, coupled with new, smaller retail space, rather than attempt to find another department store to fill the void.I absolutely agree. Here's the hard, uninviting current entrance:
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Forthcoming walks include:
- This weekend's 26 mile walk down Western Avenue with Metroblogging's Will Campbell and Julia Frey (October 18th).
- The Location Managers Guild of America's Route 66 Project (beginning November 9th)
- The Verdugo Hills Community Hike and Trail Run (November 8th)
- And last but not least, Franklin Avenue's own Great Los Angeles Walk, which I've had a great time participating in for the last two years. No word on what this year's street is. Two years ago we walked the length of Wilshire and last year we tackled Pico. (November 22nd)
One of the best ways to start building your endurance is to join the Sierra Club on a free night hike in Griffith Park. Multiple group hikes from beginner to advanced skill levels depart from the upper merry-go-round parking lot every Tuesday and Thursday night at 7pm.
Also, and I can't emphasize this enough: buy really nice socks. I'm partial to double-layer WrightSocks, which I buy on clearance from REI Outlet.
This weekend I'll be doing some urban walking of my own: I'm driving to Nevada to canvass for Obama. I went to Nevada in 2004 for Kerry and found that pounding the pavement is much more rewarding than sitting at home stewing in anger at the news.
- From the Glendale Public Library's Book Talk blog, a post about a DOG SLEDDING demonstration at the Glendale Central Library this Saturday October 18th. Sounds cool, but I'll be out of town.
- Over at Kendyl's Open House, Kendyl posts about the Miss American Green Cross statue behind the Brand Library and some of Brand Park's hiking trails.
Monday, October 13, 2008
The cafe at Borders has introduced calorie counts to the dessert case, thereby providing a terrifying glimpse of the future. Governor Schwarzenegger recently signed a bill requiring calorie and fat information to be listed on the menus of large chain restaurants in California, so no more munching down on carrot cake in nutritionally ignorant bliss...970 calories in one slice!
Also spotted on Brand.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Here are the features listed on the flyer.
Glendale Chamber Choir
INCA (Peruvian Musical Ensemble)
VISA Band (international/Armenian/Greek)
Japanese Taiko Drums
Chinese Lion Dragon
Kultura Philippine Folk Art
Media City Ballet Russian Nutcracker
Childrens area: bounce castle, obstacle course, pony rides, Book Mobile, Park N' Play, climbing wall, carnival games
Antiques, Collectibles, Crafts and Jewelry
The Montrose Harvest Market will also be at Unity Fest, featuring fresh produce, baked goods, flowers and plants.
Unity Fest is a free event, and free parking is available at the Orange Street garage.
Better yet, walk, bike, or drop 25 cents and take the Glendale Beeline.
1500 block of Royal Boulevard: A 51-year-old South Pasadena man reported Tuesday that the house he was working at as a general contractor was burglarized. A garbage disposal, flat-screen TV, DVD player, sink faucet, dishes, a saxophone and flute were stolen.The burglar in the first incident literally stole the kitchen sink...and the garbage disposal to go with! Also, note to self: do not encrust cell-phone with $6,200 in rubies.
600 block of South Street: A 24-year-old Glendale woman reported Wednesday that her house was burglarized. A $6,200 ruby-encrusted cellphone, $3,000 in cash, a diamond necklace, three watches and personal documents were stolen.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
From The Americana and The Petersen Museum: the annoyingly named "Caruso Concours d’Elegance."
The Green will set the stage for over 25 classic, rare, and in many cases, priceless automobiles, with awards being presented. Come see The Americana at Brand be transformed into every car enthusiast's dream!And, much less ostentatiously named, from the Glendale Historical Society:
Modestly Modern GlendaleMore info at the Glendale Historical Society site and in this article from the Glendale News-Press.
Sunday, October 12th from 10am to 5pm
A self driving tour of 5 mid-20th century masterpieces you've never heard of.
I don't really "get" the whole gourmet cupcake trend, but Crumbs Bake Shop will soon be dishing them out at the Americana, right next to Granville Cafe.
From the Daily News:
Manuel Vincent Martin, 32, of Venice Beach was shot about 2 a.m. while riding his motorcycle on the connector road linking the eastbound Foothill and southbound Glendale freeways, authorities said.
Firefighters and California Highway Patrol officers found Martin's motorcycle in the bushes along the connector and his body nearby.
Police questioned a shirtless motorcyclist with a large tattoo on his back that said "Mongols" - likely referring to the Mongols Motorcycle Club, a motorcycle gang founded in Montebello in the 1970s.
The connector roads linking the 210 and 2 freeways were shut down, along with the Foothill Boulevard on-ramp to the southbound 2, clogging roadways during the morning commute.
This is the fourth homicide in Glendale so far this year. The News-Press article summarizes the others:
The last homicide occurred May 30 on the 600 block of West Stocker Street.
Yvette Hakopian, 36, of Glendale was found strangled to death inside her home. Her ex-boyfriend, Grigor Grigoryan, was later arrested and charged in connection with her death.
On May 17, Hayk Torosyan, 30, of Glendale was stabbed to death by Avetis Barnasyan, 24, during a physical altercation in the Del Taco parking lot at 2101 W. Glenoaks Blvd.
Barnasyan was not charged with Torosyan’s death because police ruled that he had acted in self-defense. The year’s first homicide was that of 20-month-old Mikea Lim.
The baby was taken off life support in March after she was found to be brain-dead from severe head injuries allegedly sustained at her grandparents’ home in Glendale.
Her mother, Anna Regina Lim, was charged with murder.
Just to torment you gasoline drivers out there-- on my way down to San Diego for the Miramar Airshow this weekend, I filled up at a station in Carlsbad for $2.33 per gallon equivalent.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Beset by a distressed economy and a soaring number of city inspections, the FourOneSix mixed-use condominium project on Broadway Avenue has pushed back its opening to January and will wait until its debut to push ahead with unit sales, officials said Friday.Their sales office on Brand has been open for about two years. I like the location - safe (next to the police department) and equidistant between Trader Joe's/Ralphs and downtown Glendale.
After the project was approved more than two years ago, officials have sold just 14 of 115 units, according to officials with the development firm Intercorp, which is overseeing the project.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Here it is this week:
Here is the building before construction began, from the EIR:
For historical interest, here is a rendering of the earlier "Animation Bank" museum that was once proposed for the site:
I found this image on the website of Osborn Architects, who also designed the Park(ing) Day LA temporary park on Brand a few weeks ago.
I work in animation, so it's very disappointing that the animation museum won't be built. On the other hand, it will be a relief to see this building occupied, as it's been vacant during the four-plus years I've been working downtown.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Downtown yogurt shop Twinkles has finally opened on Brand Boulevard, on the same block as Dolci Mango. The interior is over the top, with pulsing lights, costumed employees, LCD screens, and obnoxious thumping techno music.
While the decor left me yearning for the simple comforts of a couch and a newspaper, Twinkles is now the least expensive of the downtown froyo shops at $0.30 cents an ounce with unlimited toppings. They also have a 18 or so flavors available that rotate on a daily basis. In addition to the industry standard plain flavor, a specifically "tart" yogurt option is offered, which I prefer.