Friday, August 14, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Getting Fresh with Fish
I sometimes have this urge to cheat...with fried food! I passed by this fairly new restaurant, Island Fresh, many times and was always a bit curious, but had never crossed that line. What I had finally experienced was incredibly fresh, perfectly seasoned and lightly fried fish and seafood. I talked to the owner, Andrew, a very friendly and welcoming Jamaican guy, as he fixed me up a combo of oyster, catfish and shrimp. Even the side of greens was delicious.
5101 W. Pico Blvd. (at Redondo)map
Monday, July 20, 2009
7/18 PVCA Meeting Minutes
by M. Frank
The biggest news that came from the meeting on Saturday, was that VONS on Fairfax and Pico will be demolished in order to make way for a state-of-the-art Pavillions with deli/cafe, Starbucks and upper level parking. Supposedly it will be something along the lines of the West Hollywood Pavillions on Santa Monica Blvd. Permitting alone will take up to 10 months so who knows when this all could be completed, but this is very exciting news.
Crime is on the rise, including a rash of break-ins. One break-in consisted of the perpetrators climbing over a fence to get to the back door, through which they crow-barred their way in before pepper spraying the resident's large dogs. The pepper spray trick seems to becoming more and more common. A lot of these break-ins are occurring between the hours of 10am and 4pm (during the workday). Be alert and communicate with your neighbors. We're all in this together.
In these terrible economic times, everyone is looking for ways to make more money, including the city and utilities. Inspectors are reviewing trash separation practices and fining where households are not making the grade. Ticketing for parking in driveways while blocking even just mere inches of the sidewalk are on the rise as well.
For all of this info, as well as much more about our neighborhood, please visit www.picfairvillage.com
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
General Membership Meeting: Picfair Village Community Association
The petition for preferential parking on the 1400th block of Sierra Bonita Ave. (between Pico and Saturn) will be available for signing.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
A ManiPedicure for Under $20
Mani/ Pedi $17.99
For months, I've been doing my own nails, resulting in a professional-looking job, but with 2x the effort and no Us Weekly/ People/ Latina magazine perusal.
The Kim Ly wall o' varnish presented no familiar brands, but plenty of options. It was between two hot summer colors: a grown-up hot pink and a bright "red alert" red, by MonaLisa and Santee Plus, respectively. Having worn lacquer from little known brands as well as the well-marketed pricey ones, I can say that all polish chips with abuse. Top/base coat and maintenance are key. Nevertheless, Technician Jenny's manipedicures at Kim Ly last longer, in comparison to others.
Like a seasoned farrier, Jenny filed, trimmed, and smoothed like it was her job, which is more than I can say for some slicers and ticklers. She whipped out a Pedi-Paws-type tool for the rough spots and took a tiny paint brush dipped in remover to erase a little bit of the misplaced color.
Heels - less clickable
Nails - smooth and polished
KIM LY Nails
5103 Venice Blvd. (Redondo)
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Mon - Sat: 9:30am to 7pm
Sun: 9:30am to 6pm
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Under construction, the new Sanctuary. Urban bazaar, the old space on Pico and Arlington.
Image by artist Sydney James.
Sanctuary, the brainchild of Kenyetta Smith, is a new retail and art gallery space on Pico, and an open invitation to like-minded creatives to sell their goods in a cooperative, entrepreneurial environment. Permanent residents of the co-op, Kenyetta's own Butterfly Kisses Botanicals (http://www.bkbstore.com/) and her partner Gail Hawkins' Cultural Interior Home Furnishings (http://culturalinteriors.com/) will make room for vendors during "MarketPlace" Saturdays at the co-op. Merchants may apply online for a spot.
Sanctuary's opening reception is this Friday, July 3rd from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. There will be an exhibition of celebrity-inspired paintings by artist Sydney James called "Full Deck" (http://www.sydneygjames.com/home/home.html).
5372 W. Pico Blvd. (at Ridgeley)--across from La Maison du Pain
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Monday, Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday - Friday: 12n - 6:30pm
Saturday: 11am - 6pm
Sunday: by appointment, TBA
Sale: Visionary Boutique
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Pinky Rose Boutique Side Walk Sale
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Spicy, tossed Fruit Salad
Whether your destination is the gas station, Bank of America, or the National Council of Jewish Women Council Thrift Shop, a stop at Juan's fruit-stand is worth the slight detour. In front of the B of A parking lot on Pico Blvd. at La Cienega, Juan is serving up fresh fruit salads to please all palates, Monday through Saturday. The twist is that at your discretion, your salad can be tossed with Pico de Gallo chili pepper, fresh-squeezed lime, and Morton's salt. A $4 bag of chopped pineapple, jicama, watermelon, mango, coconut, cantaloup, and cucumber (the lone vegetable) makes a satisfying lunch.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Doors open at 2pm
Pinky Rose Boutique
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Mom Lounge members are invited to Meet Up at the Apple store located at the Grove in LA, Saturday, May 30, from 9am -10am. One lucky Mom will receive a One to One Apple membership good for 1 year! An Apple applications specialist will show you how to integrate iPhoto with your browser. We will upload pics to Flickr and showcase them on momlounge.com. Space is limited, please RSVP with Sheinina@momlounge.com.
A Dedicated Post: The Southern California Counseling Center
1.) NEW 10-week Parenting Class: Best Practice Parenting
GOAL: Tuned-in Parents, Thriving Children
Begins: June 4, 2009 on Thursdays from 4PM to 5:30PM
2.) Ongoing group for people affected by the current economic crisis: Recession, Unemployment, Foreclosures...
These are hard times, but you DO NOT have to face them alone. The Southern California Counseling Center, in partnership with Jewish Vocational Services, offers a group for people impacted by the current economic crisis. The time-limited, low-cost group will provide:
A safe place to discuss the challenges you are facing. Peer support and experienced group leaders. Techniques to cope with stress and reduce anxiety. Help to reconnect with your strengths and regain the confidence you need to move forward.
Monday, 4PM to 5:45PM. For information, call Clay Crosby, MFT at 323-937-1344, ext. 207. Limited spaces - call immediately to reserve your place.
Satellite Auto Body Shops on Residential Streets?
Thursday, May 21, 2009
ATTN Residents: Dept. of Transportation Preferential Parking Meeting
There will be a "mandatory" meeting of all residents of the 1400th block of Sierra Bonita Ave. with the field office located at 5631 Pico Blvd. at Stanley Ave. The petition in favor of Preferential Parking will be available for signing as well. For RSVPs and questions, please contact Ron Smith at or .on Friday, concerning Preferential Parking (District 137) on your blocks. At this time you will have the opportunity to diplomatically voice your concerns with your neighbors and the DOT. This meeting will be held at the 10th Council District
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
A Pico Life Tale: Kittilocks & The Three Hummingbirds
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Beware: Strange Folk Abroad
I doubt this stranger is a "new neighbor" because we don't know him. He could have been casing our home and going through our mail. Pico Life, please be on alert.
I have been crazy about horses since gestation and kids since I was a kid, so when I learned about the Compton Jr. Posse Youth Equestrians, becoming involved with this unique 501 c(3) non-profit was imminent. This past Sunday I volunteered for the Posse at a horse show where the promising riders (ages 5 to 20 years old) competed and were consistently "in the ribbons."
The Posse's Annual Benefit Gala will be held at Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank on May 30, 2009 (http://www.comptonjrposse.org/events/annualfundraiser/auction-add-donor-form). Led by Founder & Executive Director Mayisha Akbar, this year's goal is to develop the first inner city equestrian charter school and riding team. Please visit www.comptonjrposse.org to: learn more; donate $$$, expertise, English riding equipment and apparel, barn equipment, silent auction items; purchase event tickets; and/or to sponsor the event/ the Posse/ a horse/ a rider.
Hanging it up: Sierra Cleaners To Close
[See September 2008 archive for Sierra Cleaners post.]
Sunday, May 17, 2009
by M. Frank
Claudia Bayard led the meeting and started things off by introducing Elizabeth Carlin, Field Deputy for Council Member Herb J. Wesson's district office. Liz filled us in on a fair amount of things and here are the highlights:
1. Motion to extend the number of terms possible for Police Chief. Our Chief has drastically reduced crime in the area and a large majority would like him to stay on.
Claudia took the floor again and the meeting switched focus to "Preferential Parking" for the 1400 blocks of Carmona, Sierra Bonita, Curson, Ellsmere, Stanley and the stretch of Saturn spanning those blocks. An informal vote was taken where 100% of residents residing upon those blocks voted in favor of Preferential Parking, primarily to remove the auto body shops' cars from their streets, which are sometimes parked for days at a time. 65% of that vote were in favor of 2-hour parking from 9am-6pm and 35% were in favor of 1-hour parking from 9am-6pm.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Although the DWP Committee's primary activities are directed at DWP ratepayers' issues, the indiscriminate slashing of funding must be addressed by all Council Boards, their stakeholders and ratepayer advocates. By reducing funding by 80%, the Budget and in effect will be closing down Neighborhood Council representation at City Hall.
The City Council Budget Committee has gone beyond the Mayor's recommendation of a 10% funding cut for the FY 2010. It would behoove us all to support the Mayor's proposal of $45,000 for each Neighborhood Council.
Every one is aware that the City has a $500 million budget deficit. Many have opinions on the reasons for the deficit, but the focus here should be on the appropriate reduction of $5,000 to neighborhood councils. Every Neighborhood Council has contributed to Community improvement where the City has not. Every Neighborhood Council has contributed to the education of the neighborhood on City-wide issues, security and emergency preparedness and representing the Community on matters of importance to the stakeholders.
As representatives of Neighborhood Councils, write, email and phone the Budget Committee--Chairman Bernard Parks, Wendy Greuel, Greig Smith, Bill Rosendahl, and Jose Huizar. Let your own as well as the other members of the Council know of your budget reduction concern. And while you're at it, let the stakeholders know they can write too. Be sure to send a copy to the media.
Very Important: Go to the Budget/Finance Committee at 12 PM on Tuesday, May 12th at . and to the Special City Council meeting meeting. If you have time, stop by City Council at 10 AM any time before the final vote to support the ten percent reduction and briefly tell them what your Neighborhood Council has done to improve the Community.
Stand up for Neighborhood Councils,
Soledad S. Garcia
DWP Committee President
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Roman Raygoza is primed to revolutionize the design world with his unique upholstery creations, trimmings, and accessories. Upon walking into Roman Raygoza Design Studio on Fairfax, I was instantly convinced...that I loved what I saw. The studio is reminiscent of a posh yet unpretentious friend's home, except for the floor-to-ceiling custom made shelves, lined with Roman's beautiful pillows. I suppose an accent wall could be made of pillows. Your imagination will wander too and this is what Roman loves about working with his clients---the opportunity to go where no designer has gone before...
PLLA: Where are you from?
RR: I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. My grandmother, who made the most beautiful pieces of jewelry, inspired me to become a designer.
PLLA: Were you an apprentice?
RR: I began working at an early age in my family's furniture manufacturing company. I learned to make furniture before I went to school.
RR: I custom made a 16' long sectional sofa for one of my clients in Long Beach. We brought it up through the 4th floor window with a crane because the stairs were so narrow.
PLLA: What trends or techniques have you started?
RR: I have created a new technique of making antique mirrors look more interesting by adding patterns to the mirror.
PLLA: What is the best fabric?
RR: Blended fabrics, like polyester/cotton and polyester/ linen.
PLLA: In addition to your showroom, where can we see your work next?
RR: Everybody can see it at The Pasadena Showcase House of Design 2009. This year I sponsored 4 different designers with furniture, wall upholstery, and accessories.
PLLA: Where have we seen your work already?
RR: The Pasadena Showcase House of Design, designer trade catalog www.designertrade.net, and p. 18 of Lucky magazine's February issue.
Roman Raygoza Design Studio
1080 S. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Plant-a-Tree for Mom: A Dedicated Post from Visionary Boutique
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
A Dedicated Post from Pinky Rose Boutique for Mother's Day
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
This past Saturday marked the first time that Saturn Street School participated in Big Sunday, "the largest regional community service event in America" [from the Big Sunday website]. About 50 volunteers were expected, yet over 100 pitched-in to give the school a makeover, which included intense cleaning, landscaping, and painting. The Pico Neighborhood Council sponsored a delicious lunch and at the end of the day Carmen from La Maison du Pain bakery brought by some yummy treats.
Saturn Street School still needs volunteers to help maintain the landscaping. If you like to play in the dirt, contact organizers Melissa Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rayna Saslove at email@example.com.
IMAGES (top-bottom; left-right): Saturn Street School; Principle Tracie Bryant, Pico Neighborhood Council VP Claudia Bayard, & Pico Life LA's M. Frank Emanuel; volunteers uprooting a bush; Pico Neighborhood Council's Ron Smith, Rayna Saslove, & Melissa Patrick; volunteers cleaning and re-painting the blacktop mural of the U.S.A.; volunteers gather.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
On the Market: Wilshire Vista Real Estate, $680K+
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Professional photographer and "Pico Lifer" Sharon Montrose has launched the photo gallery, TheAnimalPrintShop.com, where her limited edition prints of live animals are available for purchase. My favorite is the baby crowned crane...and the bunnies...and the Nubian goat...and the pheasants....
Sharon also has a store at the online marketplace for handmade things, ETSY.
To purchase prints: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6390564
Monday, April 27, 2009
My party of four devoured the #14 meat combination entree with a couple vegetarian samplers. We scooped up tangy lentils and tender stewed lamb with the spongy "injera" bread, which must have been some inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien's "lembas" bread. Lord of the Rings fans will know what I'm talking about.
1076 S. Fairfax Ave.
Little Ethiopia, Los Angeles 90019
Saturday, April 25, 2009
The brand's Managing Director Andrew Sedlock, whose mere presence diminishes "spendxiety," guided me through each little luxury: a hand balm, rich body butter and wash, and a body lotion. But it was the iris-scented (with cedar and vetiver) Huiles Precieuses Body Oil that put me over the edge. A friend helped me back over, as did the $78 price tag, which I tried to justify due to the fact that a little of this precious oil goes a long way.
Calmly and gratefully, I walked away with a generous sample. I've since found 4 additional justifications/ uses----hair, bath, cuticles, and fragrance----so now that $78 seems more like $20.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Saturday -- 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm
(First come - First served)
Counseling for Families, Couples and Children:
Please call Clay Crosby, Assistant Clinical Director
General Office Hours:
Monday-Friday -- 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday -- 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Monday, April 13, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Neighborhood State Farm agent Scott Langley and fashion designer Perry White are upping the retail ante on Pico. Top Spot, a new showroom and boutique sells shirts, blouses, dresses, and denim from Perry's line and others, at wholesale prices ($15 to $20). Scott expects that the shopping habits born of this economy will transcend the "recovery" and he plans to have 10 retail locations by year's end. One possibility is a partnership with shoe boutique Charli, owned by Jeanene Conley. Meanwhile, back at headquarters, Top Spot's weekly inventory influx and helpful Showroom Sales Specialists are building a following of frugal fashionistas. Try saying that fast 5x!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The term SRA or State Recreation Area simply does not do Kenneth Hahn Park any justice. It took a year to venture out of Runyon Canyon and take a chance on a park that's only 5 minutes away from the neighborhood. Better late than never!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Dr. Tatt-on: Mi Vida Loca Tattoo Opens on Pico
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
PLLA Fashion Selects: Y. BYNU
Sunday, March 8, 2009
OPENING SOON: Pico's Resale and Vintage Boutique is the answer to, "Why buy new?"
More to come on opening day...
Friday, March 6, 2009
Hi-Fashion is like a drug
CONS: 1) No trying on apparel at the store; 2) No refunds; 3) No guy stuff, except for some unisex large tees and the "Moc Croc" shoes.
5818 W. Pico Blvd.
(catty-corner to VONS, east of Fairfax)
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
UPDATE: New home for shaggy dog
The neglectful owners, having allowed Bella to accumulate uncomfortable mats in her fur and fleas, simply couldn't wait a day or two for the GN's to find her permanent placement. So, they dumped Bella at the local VONS parking lot, where she wandered east, and was saved by a few dog-lovers on Tuesday morning.
Now, Bella has been reunited with her saviors, sporting a newly shorn-look and a super-bright future. Good luck, Bella and thanks to everyone who helped her along the way (you know who you are)!
[Pics to come!]
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Darren's Gifts: PICO LIFE HOLIDAY FAVORITES
I went to Darren's (right next to Sky's Gourmet Tacos) the other day to find that a holiday shopping party was in full-swing. Champagne, sweets, and treats from Sky's was more than enough to get shoppers into the holiday spirit. Then I came across the following:
-Buddha Head lamp - $20
-this works "5 essential problem solvers" - $43
-Musco Real - great men's grooming items - $30
-"Garden Pitcher" vase - $50
-Picnic Time neoprene wine totes with wine bottle opener - $25
-cuddly Ty Baby bear in rabbit suit - $10
-Polish glass oil lamps - price ?
Darren's Gifts 323-965-8181 Open Wednesday--12/24 from 11am to 3pm Friday--12/26, 11am to 5pm --- 50% to 70% off Holiday items
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
charli: PICO LIFE LA HOLIDAY FAVORITES
A sexy heel is the most important part of a holiday or New Year's Eve party outfit---if you wear heels. Jeanene Conley's new shoe boutique, charli, is committed to cute and stylish kicks without the Manolo or Gucci price tags. How about $30 to $45 for the holiday collection? She carries women's footwear labels such as Michael Antonio and Anna Michelle that feature comfortable (for a stiletto) and well-made (rubberized soles) styles.
11AM to 6PM
5565 Pico Blvd. (across from Selam Market) LA, CA 90019
…and a prosperous New Year!
Thanks for your patronage this year, and, our best to you and yours this Christmas Season. Looking forward to the New Year!
We know you will likely not be able to make a snowman this winter, but you can enjoy some of Sky’s holiday savings::
· Save 15-20% on our Homemade Cheesecakes (Caramel Crunch, Pineapple, Mango and Plain), or,
· Enjoy this 15% off coupon, which can be used until January 15th 2009.
Just our way of saying Thank you!
Sky and the Sky’s Gourmet Tacos Team"
Monday, December 22, 2008
Get these pets home for the holidays, PL-LA!
PICO MODERN: Pico Life LA Holiday Favorites
Pico shops are lit up this time of year with pocket-friendly splurges, so whether you're shopping for "a partridge in a pear tree" or "12 drummers drumming," you'll find the offerings to be diverse and abundant.
Pico Modern - Vintage furnishings & home decor. Open Mon. - Wed. this week & Fri. 5449 Pico Blvd., LA 90019; 818.480.8800.
1- Metal Owls (L- $35.00, R- $29.00) and amber-colored Glass Pitcher - $65.00
2- Vintage Scandinavian eggs cups - set of 6 for $35.00
3- Japanese Wood Miniature Case w/ interchangeable drawers - $65.00
4- Italian Ceramic Horse & Bull - $55.00/ pair
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The Holiday Sale: El Mercado Lays It Down
Count to X-mas (a.k.a. spending-more-money-than-you-normally-would)
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Guess Who’s Coming to Pico?
Ok, folks, here’s the scoop. We all love our Bloom Café, but who wouldn’t want another great restaurant for the area? Well, word has it (and I can’t reveal my sources), that Arnaud Palatan, Bloom’s owner, is taking over the old Little Owl Café (5545 W Pico Blvd, LA, CA 90019) space. The Little Owl did have a beer and wine license that is still valid until January 2009 and hopefully Palatan can transfer this and extend it. The only other information we have is that the menu will be very French-influenced (surprise surprise). Hopefully we’ll be able to get more information to you about this exciting development.
Pico's Golden Stitch: Hand & Sewn by Daniel
Sharon Stone, Kid Rock, Sidney Poitier, Damon Dash, Cheryl Tiegs, Angela Bassett and countless others have enjoyed the fruits of home textiles designer, Daniel Zayas,’ labor and creativity. You have probably noticed and even admired the turquoise sign with recycled foam letters that is directly across the street from Bloom, but I doubt that you have knocked on the coral door to find out what HAND & SEWN BY DANIEL (“Drapes, Pillows, Roman shades, Cushions, &…more”) is all about.
In spite of Daniels' star-studded jobs, featured in Elle Décor, InStyle Home, Hollywood Life, Western Interiors & Design, CHILD, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Hotel Bel-Air Magazine, and House Beautiful, he has kept both feet on solid ground and possesses a willingness to work with good people who present him with interesting projects, regardless of budget. Daniel's practical approach to taking on new clients and solving design problems has earned him career-long partnerships with some of the biggest names in interior design, including Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Michaela Scherrer, and Sybil J.B. van Dijs. Lawrence-Bullard has touted Daniel as “the best drapery guy in the world” and a client's note on Daniel's thank-you collage reads, “You made our house a home.” What else could be more gratifying, you ask? Perhaps his own line. More to come...
Hand & Sewn by Daniel
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Bloom Cafe's front counter, on the take-out side, is an excellent source for neighborhood happenings. That's actually how I found Pico-based certified massage therapist, Angel Castillo. She made a housecall recently, bringing along the tools of her trade: a very comfortable massage table covered in fleece and outfitted with a heating pad, a bolster and headrest that made me feel weightless, and her own blend of aromatherapy oils, creams and sprays, and her specialty which is a blend of "Swedish, deep tissue, holistic, craniosacral and shiatsu techniques." Buttah.
Angel also makes office visits and does events big and small with her massage table and/ or chair. Rates: hourly outcall - $70/ hour; $50/ hour introductory rate for new clients (first session only). To schedule call: 805-405-4150.
Now, I subscribe to "none of the above," except for the occasional yoga class, but I can appreciate the foundation---making yourself and the world around you...better. The flyer reads:
-Come hear positive words of hope for your life. [Positive. Good.]
-Receive prayer for any situation [ANY situation? My mind wanders...]
-Fresh coffee & refreshments [Nice.]
Sundays @ 11am.
5525 W. Jefferson Blvd #3 Los Angeles, CA. 90016
Call: 310. 621-5950