Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rewiring the Bicycle economy

There's a new business in town: Pacific Electric, a worker owned, fully licensed  outfit that will come to your house on their cargo bikes!!! Based out of the Ecovillage, owner Somerset Waters will be hosting a kick-off party there this Friday from 6-11PM.
127 Bimini Pl.
LA, CA 90004

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hafo Safo Moon

I got a call to go see the heavens from a neighbor with a telescope in his garage. We checked out Mars and Jupiter with a couple of it's moons, but the most amazing thing was how close our own Moon seemed!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Ferrel garden

a thriving garden secreted between two buildings
 We who spend a lot of time, energy and money gardening are obviously doing it all wrong. This garden by all accounts shouldn't work. the "soil" is rock hard clay, there is zero direct sunlight and it's in the grand central concourse for ferrel cat commuters. And yet. And yet the plants are healthy and thriving.  If you have spotted a feral garden in the hood let us know!

A Safo Day in the hood

The city's anti-grafitti paint crew destroyed our lovely new mural and locals are not happy. But do not despair! there is hope it may magically re-appear in coming days.
Silver Lake arts council will meet this Monday July 8th from 6:45-7:45PM at the Silver Lake Library to discuss what can be done.  Please come!
Breaking news alert! Locals have discovered that the lady who owns the pet shop on sunset down by The Tropical is the owner of the building. So stop in and buy a can of cat food (you can donate it to the Coronado st. Kitten Society if you are cat free) and tell the sweet elderly lady how much you miss the mural and hope she might allow it to be re-instated. 
Deeply Safo.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

new mural magically appears on corner of Coronado and Sunset

A new mural has magically appeared on the corner of Coronado and Sunset in the very heart of HafoSafo and we couldn't be more amazed!  
the sunstroke inducing 603 bus stop on the corner of Coronado and Sunset

The mural stage 1

bunnies  magically appear

bunnies magically appear for blocks around!

the magician's assistant

more bunnies!

pure bliss
coyote and raven join the mix
Check out Root Simple's take on the mural as well:

Sunday, February 3, 2013

on Superbowl sunday why I prefer croquet to football

 What sports can teach us about the local real estate market.
Gov. Scott Walker playing Croquet

Today is Superbowl Sunday and I was musing on what sports I like to watch. I do not like to watch football. I prefer croquet. Why? The simple answer is that I find there is more to learn about the world by watching vicious people behaving in a civilized way than ostensibly nice enough people behaving viciously. Croquet players are much more dangerous than football players.
A nice football player.
Landlords, or The Landed Gentry as they are called here in Hafo Safo are often much like croquet players.  New lows have been reached by landed Gentry Jill Hardin, the owner of a property at 821 N. Coronado st. in her effort to evict an 84 year old tenent who has lived there for 36 years. Ms. Hardin bought the property a few years ago and was incredibly sweet to her her tenents as she handed out eviction notices-rumour has it they all claimed she was going to reside in each of the fourplexes apartments. But one tenent, an elderly lady, resisted. The housing department was called in, along with some concerned neighbors. Many tense meetings were held (one in which Ms. Hardin's partner claimed he could not give anything in writing since he did not know how to write) and the aged resident stayed, much to the chagrin of the Hardin and Co. Now Ms. Hardin is selling the building and tried again to pull a fast one. She sent a large burly man with a new rental aggreement who told the senior she must sign in order that Ms. Hardin could sell the building. She was told it was just a formality. But the whily senior, smelling a trap, again consulted neighbors and the housing department when she noticed the new contract had been made up by:

She and her neighbors carefully read the lease and found a very serious problem in the terms.  on page one the lease states:
2. TERM: The premises are leased on the following lease term: (please check one item only) ______ month to month (OR) __x____ until __________________.
but then on page 4 it says this:
18. TERMINATION OF LEASE/RENTAL AGREEMENT: If this lease is based on a fixed term, pursuant to paragraph 2, then at the expiration of said fixed term this lease shall become a month to month tenancy upon the approval of LANDLORD. Where said term is a month to month tenancy, either party may terminate this tenancy by the serving of a 30 day written notice.
Had this lovely lady and WWII concentration camp survivor signed this document she would have given Ms. Hardin the right to evict her in 30 days. When this was explained to the burly agent, he agreed this was actually true. The neighbors, a couple of aging hipsters and members of the gentry themselves,  credit years of watching Scoobie Doo for their desire to foil Ms. Hardin's plans and help the little old lady. There is the desire to grow up and be one of those pointed to when the bad guy says "if it hadn't been for you meddling kids!"
So if you are a renter in Hafo Safo watch a couple of old episodes (before scrappy ruined everything) of Scoobie and then go out and meet your neighbors. You never know when you might get the chance to come to their defense.