SHOPPING CENTER GETS FACELIFTThe Shopping Center at Venice & Western is getting a much deserved face lift over the next six months according to the managers of Food 4 Less, CVS, Payless Shoes and Fallas Clothing & Home Decor.  For a number of years neighbors have placed calls to the retailer’s corporate headquarters…

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THE LIVING HISTORY TOUR 2016MAKING A DIFFERENCE: The Bumpy Road toward Civil Rights, Social Justice and Equality The Living History Tour takes place every autumn at the historic landmark, Angelus Rosedale Cemetery. This year it happens on Saturday, September 24 from 9 am to noon.There, amid the elaborate headstones and monuments, costumed actors bring to…

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Lesley N. Shaw Park Opens

Lesley N. Shaw Park OpensThank You to the tireless efforts of residents Sandra Pruitt and Norman Gilmore and a $1,000,000 grant from the California Housing Related Parks program.  The park lies just west of Arlington on Jefferson between the Jefferson Park Library and the Black Seeds Mural.(Sandra Pruitt in Blue)Photos by Dawn Kirkpatrick      

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David Kordansky Gallery

David Kordansky GalleryOpening in late 2014 at La Brea Blvd. and Edgewood Place,  the David Kordansky Gallery is receiving international attention.  Kordansky, a sculptor/performance artist and graduate of Cal Arts, has been one of the youngest gallerists to be invited to the prestigious main fair of the Basel Arts Fair, has…

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TOM BRADLEY FAMILY CENTER STAYS OPENIn June of 2014, we reported that the Tom Bradley Family Center was on the chopping block  along with three other family centers, due to a recommendation from the Housing Department as a result of budgetary concerns.  Councilman Wesson stepped in and the Tom Bradley got a reprieve for a…

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GOING NATIVEOngoing tree planting has been happening all over Los Angeles in recent years but many of the new young trees have suffered much from unseasonal heat and drought. Now Metro and the City will be planting 800 more trees on and near Crenshaw Boulevard, supplementing the tree plantings of recent…

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BECOMING AN HPOZOxford Square is moving closer to becoming one of Los Angeles’s newest HPOZs (Historic Preservation Overlay Zone). According to the Los Angeles City Planning Department, the proposed Oxford Square HPOZ is bordered by the Windsor Village HPOZ on the north, the Country Club Park HPOZ on the east, Pico Boulevard…

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What a GREAT STREET!!The Pico Blvd-Great Street Committee is a group of residents and business people in Council District 10 committed to implementing the Mayor's Great  Streets Initiative.  We started meeting in January of this year to learn how the Mayor’s choice of Pico as one of the city's Great Streets could…

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Crenshaw Revitalization

Crenshaw Boulevard has long been a bastion of L.A.’s car culture. But change is afoot – literally.It’s been more than two years since the groundbreaking ceremonies for the 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Line (which meets the Expo Line at Crenshaw and Expo), and construction of the rail…

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LaFayette Squares Off

LaFayette Squares OffThe usually-polite and quiet gated enclave of LaFayette Square has been roiled this Spring with a controversy over….landscaping. In late February, some residents were surprised to hear that the LaFayette Square Homeowners Associationboard had agreed to move forward with a proposal to replace the existing shrubbery, (grass, plantings and…

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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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