Sunday Morning Mimosa
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The City's density Stasi are bringing the same kind of dystopic bedlam to Ventura Boulevard that they brought to the Westside. The Times is starting to catch up and discovers that the neighborhood councils, though largely powerless, are the organizations that best speak for the opposition. There wasn't a good enough homeowners/renters ratio to combat density on the Westside, but there might be in the Valley.
What went wrong with Drew Street, Glassell Park? The Times also revisits the case of Chata Leon, who's an avatar of everything gone wrong with the City-as-an-immigrant-haven. Haven't we seen this story before, elsewhere? But the article does point to a constant problem in LA:
The number of apartment buildings doubled. City records show that from 1984 to 1992, builders razed 30 single-family houses and erected apartment complexes in their place, adding 480 units to the 12-square-block neighborhood -- between the Glendale Freeway and Forest Lawn Memorial-Park -- that includes Drew Street.
Living conditions began to resemble those of many public housing projects, particularly on Drew Street, where the concentration of apartments was the greatest....
The LAUSD wants to prepare students better---in Chinese, the Daily News informs. How optimistic. We might become the training ground for the Wal-Mart buyers of 2025 yet. Has the district shown a lot of measured growth in English? Just asking.
Yours truly has an article on music and the LA Opera speaker's series at Brand Library Recital Hall in this month's just-issued Verdugo Monthly. Brand has been my home away from home of late. It's a great venue. On a different tack, last week, I had an article on ovarian cancer in the Downtown News---I hope it got emailed around to women and men alike, as everyone benefits from more awareness of this malady that isn't talked about too much.