Solar Powered Meters

Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa and Tom assembled the final meter to complete the installation of the 10,000 new coin and card, solar-powered parking meters on Thursday. Not just a move towards a more energy-efficient City, the new parking meters will provide more convenient, reliable service for drivers and more revenue for the City.

“I’m a huge proponent for easy parking in the City and the coin and card meters simply make parking easier,” Tom said. “The easier the meter is to use, the better it is for motorists and the better it is for the City. I’m interested in having more of these meters throughout Los Angeles.”


Honor Our Veterans

What: 51st Annual Veterans Day Program at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills

Serving as Master of Ceremonies will again be long-time KTLA-TV anchor and World War II veteran Stan Chambers, while the event’s keynote speaker will be Master Sergeant Kanessa Trent, principle advisor and public affairs sergeant major for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and the International Security Assistance Force in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The Veterans Day program will open with an aerial performance by the Golden Stars Skydiving Team, and will also include a commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War, and patriotic musical performances by renowned soloist Robbie Britt, as well as the Notre Dame Irish Knight High School Marching Band.

Where: The Forecourt of the Birth of Liberty Mosaic, Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive in Los Angeles.

When: Thursday, November 11

Gold, gold everywhere!

An open house gold party featuring psychic readings is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 7135 Hollywood Blvd. #601 and #910 in Los Angeles.

Sell your broken necklaces, gifts from exes or what you no longer wear for cash, premium prices.

You and guests will be paid great prices for unwanted jewelry and have a fabulous time talking about how you’re going to spend your money in #601. Then, in #910 get in the Halloween spirit with tarot card readings. For more information, call (323) 252-0001.


Come one, come all!

Author J.W. Winslow brings her novel “Jasmine Dogs” (Mystic Adventures in Big Sur) Volume I to a garden party at Portrait of a Bookstore on October 23. Winslow is an artist, poet and Green publisher who has her own radio show WinslowArt on KNRY AM in Monterey, California on Saturdays from 12 to 1 p.m.

J.W. Winslow will read from her novel “Jasmine Dogs,” talk about the green publishing business and the new digital book market and read poems from her Websongs series. The event will be held at 4360 Tujunga Avenue in Studio City from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 23. This event is free and open to the public.


Happy Halloween!

One of the world’s most creative, outrageous and original Halloween celebrations will begin early in the City of West Hollywood, as several events get underway over Halloween week. Get the festivities started at the Halloween Youth Carnival, Annual Doggy Costume Contest and end the week at the 2010 West Hollywood Halloween Carnival where a special celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the Rocky Horror Picture Show will take place.

For a hair-raising good time visit the Halloween Youth Carnival on Saturday, October 30 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd. The Halloween Youth Carnival will include game booths, entertainment, a costume contest, moon bounces, candy and prizes. Everyone is encouraged to dress in costume for an evening of fun. Admission to the Halloween Youth Carnival is free.

Doggy Dress Up

The City of West Hollywood will again host the Annual Doggy Costume Contest on Saturday, October 30 starting at 4 p.m. at West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard. Registration begins at 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 23 at the West Hollywood Park office. Proof of immunization must be shown and all animal companions must be on leashes. Entering pets in the Annual Doggy Costume Contest is free. Winners receive prizes for a variety of categories including Scariest Costume; Look-Alike (pet and guardian); Most Creative Costume; Most Colorful Costume; and Best Costume. Prizes are awarded to pets in each category and a Certificate of Appreciation will be awarded to all participants.


Tune In

A new program on KPAS, the city of Pasadena channel, informs residents and businesses about Pasadena First: Buy Local, which encourages businesses to consider the city as a potential customer.

KPAS is on cable channel 3 in Pasadena; all programming is also available via streaming video in real time at www.cityofpasadena.net publicaffairs.

Pasadena Director of Finance Andrew Green, Purchasing Administrator Larry Hammond and Project Manager Antonio Watson are joined by moderator Ann Erdman and with two local vendors who are participating in Pasadena.

Tom LaBonge News

Intersection Complete

From left, LAPD SLO Rob Benavidez, Richard Lee, CD4 Deputy Director Alice Roth, Jeff Miele, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Terry Davis, Betty McDermott, Lance King, Tim Hawkins, Michael Espinosa, Phil Dagort, Reyn Blight, Shirley Duenckel, and John and Peggy Starr.

The weather may be gloomy, but that didn’t stop some Angelenos from celebrating on Monday. The Moorpark Median, at the intersection of Moorpark Street/Moorpark Way and Strohm Avenue, has taken eight years to complete.  Councilmember LaBonge praised the major collaborative effort involving his office, city departments, community organizations and neighborhood volunteers that made the much-needed garden median a reality.
“Through the hard work and commitment of community members and the City of Los Angeles, Moorpark will be a safer, more beautiful thoroughfare,” Tom said.

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