This Saturday is the most important game of the year for Angelenos: the annual USC vs. UCLA football game. One team notoriously the underdog and finishing this year winning only 4 games out of 11. The other, ending their “Useless Season” under sanctions that prohibit them from going on to a bowl game. Pranks have been played, sacred team icons desecrated, threats and insults hurled. It all comes down to one game that will decide who goes home from the Rose Bowl on Saturday with a year’s (or maybe a lifetime) worth of bragging rights.
As different as the two schools claim to be, there is one thing they have in common: The Red Car. Prior to the 1940′s both USC and UCLA were served by the same Pacific Electric Red Car line that went by way of USC and Westwood from Vernon to Inglewood. And while there are no plans to reconnect USC and UCLA with the Expo Line currently under construction, it is nice to think how convenient those Bruin and Trojan pranksters had it years ago.
This Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 1 pm is the 66th Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade & Winterfest!
The city’s second oldest holiday parade (Don’t ask about who’s the oldest) is now in its 66th year on what was originally part of Route 66, Figueroa Street. While this year’s East Los Angeles Christmas parade is canceled after 35 years, Highland Park’s parade will soldier on again this year. Never a glamorous parade, but always fun, and filled with people you know. Our local dog parkers, preservationists, activists, community boosters, organizations, beauty queens, drill teams, marching bands, churches, schools, and politicians (including the Mayor) will be there. This year’s parade Grand Marshal is actor, Francesco Quinn.
As of this post there is a 30% chance of rain in the forecast for 90042 on Sunday. But if you survived the 2004 Christmas Parade deluge, this threat of rain shouldn’t scare you. I’ll be live tweeting the parade at HLP90042 on Sunday from along the route. See you there!
Holidays on Route 66
66th Northeast Los Angeles
Holiday Parade & Winterfest
Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 1 p.m.
Figueroa Street from Avenue 60 to Sycamore Grove Park.
Saturday, December 4th at 12:00 pm, Los Angeles City Councilmember, Eric Garcetti will officially dedicate the just completed Elysian Valley Pedestrian and Bike Path on the Los Angeles River.
For decades, people and cyclists have used what was an access road that ran along the L.A. River through the Elysian Valley (Frogtown) neighborhood. While once considered trespassing, residents cut holes through this formerly fenced-off section of the L.A. River just to gain access to this open space. This more natural section of the LA River (thanks to natural springs that prevent paving over) has long been used as a place for people to play, bike, fish, kayak, camp, and relax. (The place has also been a well-known spot for taggers, and local gang, Frogtown 13.)
The project was first approved in 1999, but became bogged down in a what seemed like an endless struggle with easements, property rights, contractors, funding, legal concerns, environmental concerns, jurisdictions, and general bureaucratic laziness. But thanks to constant prodding from activists, and determined leadership, the new bike path is here at last.
As an added bonus this weekend, the bike path-adjacent, Romero Studio will be open for its 29th Annual Christmas Sale. This will be the public’s last chance to visit the Romero’s Frogtown Studio. With sadness and envy we say goodbye to the Romeros who have lived and worked at their Frogtown studio for the past 30 years. Frank and Sharon Romero are selling their building to spend more time in the Rhone River valley of France where they practice their latest love, plein air painting.
The studio is open on Saturday, December 4 & 11, from 7-midnight; and Sunday, December 5 & 12, from noon-6p, and is located on the corner of Blake Avenue and Eads Street in Frogtown, AKA Elysian Valley.
As an added added bonus, stop by and see Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority’s newest pocket park titled, Confluence Park, located where a million pigeons once lived at the corner of Figueroa and San Fernando near the end of the bike path. Again, with all things L.A. River, check out L.A. Creek Freak for more on this development.
As an added added added bonus, former Eagle Rock pop-up coffee shop, Cognoscenti has now popped-up inside newly opened, Proof Bakery at 3156 Glendale Blvd. in Atwater Village. The shop is just a few blocks from the L.A. River Path, and serves the best coffee and pastries in Northeast Los Angeles. –Which should be delightful on a cloudy December Saturday with a 30% chance of rain.
Imagine it is 4 O’Clock on a Saturday afternoon and you’re sitting with your family in a booth at the local greasy spoon, in this case, Troy’s Burgers on the corner of York Boulevard and Armadale Avenue in Highland Park. One second you’re grubbing on one of Troy’s tasty burgers, the next second a car has crashed through the wall, killing you or your family member.
That is what happened to the Peña family at on Saturday afternoon when a male driver in his early 20′s lost control of his Nissan and drove it through the wall of Troy’s, killing 52-year-old Martha Peña of Highland Park.
On Sunday morning there was much talk around Highland Park about the crash at Troy’s. Many not realizing the severity of the tragedy. -Joking about the car “Missing the drive through,” or how “Dangerous fast food is,” not realizing the lives of the Peña family and the driver will be forever altered from this tragedy.
The driver passed a field sobriety test, and as of this post, police have no reason to arrest the driver for any crime. That said, this accident should be a reminder to all drivers the need to put down their phones and pay attention to their driving. As seen in the following videos, it only takes a second to lose control of your car and end the lives of innocent people.
Sincerest condolences to the Peña family.
(These videos are only to illustrate the severity of the crash.Warning, the footage is disturbing.)
Floyd B. Bariscale informs us, that This Sunday, November 28th, the Smith Estate, AKA El Mio, AKA Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument No. 142, AKA the Spider Baby House, AKA the Judge Hatch Residence, AKA Headquarters for the Milford (Utah) Archaeological Research Institute, AKA that old house on top of the hill, will be open to the public for a special tour and Craft Fair from 12 noon to 6pm.
Tickets are $5 and benefits the non-profit organization M.A.R.I., dedicated to archeological research of the Desert Southwest. For more info call (213) 309-8854, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s hope “Spider Baby” Virginia isn’t home.
Its coming! Its coming! The Highland Park Survey 2010 is only a month away from today!
Starting at 12:00:01 am December 25th and going until 11:59:59 pm on New Year’s Eve, photographers are invited to join the survey, take photos, and submit their flicks taken within the zip code of 90042. Now in its 4th year, The Highland Park Survey seeks to document the neighborhoods and daily life within 90042. This is an opportunity for anyone to share what they see and experience here. There is no cost to join, no cost except time to participate. So participate, won’t you?
Just as thankful as last year, even more so. Hope you and yours are enjoying the best of friends, family, and food today. Happy Thanksgiving!
(For more photographic feasts, check out Highland Parker artisan extraordinaire, Allison Achauer’s flickr stream! Gorgeous work, mostly shot in 90042)