How Did 90035 Vote?

At least 10% of 90035 are Orthodox Jews, most of whom voted Trump, I suspect.

Joe* emails: You might want to report on how 90035 voted per the LA Times interactive site.

I was surprised to find that [24]% of the voters in 90035 went for Trump. Who knew there were so many closeted Nazis and KKK supporters in our haimish community? I’m truly frightened and need to find someone wearing a safety pin ASAP.

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When Alexander Hamilton High School Was Nice

In 1965, Hamilton High School was 60% white but the non-whites didn’t act disruptively. Then you had the Watts Riots in August of 1965 and the non-white kids at Hamilton took their cues from their elders and became increasingly violent and disruptive.

Civil Rights sounds wonderful but it turned out to be a disaster for blacks. With their increased freedom and power, they became more violent and disruptive while under repressive Jim Crow laws, they behaved better and had stronger families.

According to Wikipedia, Hamiltion’s demographics in 2012 were:

Black 28%
Hispanic/Latino 37%
White 25%

From Google reviews:

* Hamilton High use to be the #1 school scholastically in the nation many many years ago. Not anymore. So sad what it has become.


“* Terrible schoolll!!! The education at my elementary school was so much better than this. The teachers don’t care at all. I haven’t learned anything new at all. The teachers don’t care if you’re on your phone or not paying attention. Very messy and unorganized. VERY RUDE AND MISELEAING FACUILTY. A lot of drug use at that school. Don’t send your child here unless you want him to use his phone all day at school. Terrible terrible school.”

Black economist Walter Williams writes:

If we put ourselves into the shoes of racists who seek to sabotage black upward mobility, we couldn’t develop a more effective agenda than that followed by civil rights organizations, black politicians, academics, liberals and the news media. Let’s look at it.

First, weaken the black family, but don’t blame it on individual choices. You have to preach that today’s weak black family is a legacy of slavery, Jim Crow and racism. The truth is that black female-headed households were just 18 percent of households in 1950, as opposed to about 68 percent today. In fact, from 1890 to 1940, the black marriage rate was slightly higher than that of whites. Even during slavery, when marriage was forbidden for blacks, most black children lived in biological two-parent families. In New York City, in 1925, 85 percent of black households were two-parent households. A study of 1880 family structure in Philadelphia shows that three-quarters of black families were two-parent households.

During the 1960s, devastating nonsense emerged, exemplified by a Johns Hopkins University sociology professor who argued, “It has yet to be shown that the absence of a father was directly responsible for any of the supposed deficiencies of broken homes.” The real issue, he went on to say, “is not the lack of male presence but the lack of male income.” That suggests marriage and fatherhood can be replaced by a welfare check.

The poverty rate among blacks is 36 percent. Most black poverty is found in female-headed households. The poverty rate among black married couples has been in single digits since 1994 and is about 8 percent today. The black illegitimacy rate is 75 percent, and in some cities, it’s 90 percent. But if that’s a legacy of slavery, it must have skipped several generations, because in the 1940s, unwed births hovered around 14 percent.

Along with the decline of the black family comes anti-social behavior, manifested by high crime rates. Each year, roughly 7,000 blacks are murdered. Ninety-four percent of the time, the murderer is another black person. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 1976 and 2011, there were 279,384 black murder victims. Using the 94 percent figure means that 262,621 were murdered by other blacks. Though blacks are 13 percent of the nation’s population, they account for more than 50 percent of homicide victims. Nationally, the black homicide victimization rate is six times that of whites, and in some cities, it’s 22 times that of whites. I’d like for the president, the civil rights establishment, white liberals and the news media, who spent massive resources protesting the George Zimmerman trial’s verdict, to tell the nation whether they believe that the major murder problem blacks face is murder by whites. There are no such protests against the thousands of black murders.

There’s an organization called NeighborhoodScout. Using 2011 population data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 crime statistics from the FBI and information from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies in the country, it came up with a report titled “Top 25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in America.” ( They include neighborhoods in Detroit, Chicago, Houston, St. Louis and other major cities. What’s common to all 25 neighborhoods is that their makeup is described as “Black” or “Mostly Black.” The high crime rates have several outcomes that are not in the best interests of the overwhelmingly law-abiding people in these neighborhoods. There can’t be much economic development. Property has a lower value, but worst of all, people can’t live with the kind of personal security that most Americans enjoy.

Disgustingly, black politicians, civil rights leaders, liberals and the president are talking nonsense about “having a conversation about race.” That’s beyond useless. Tell me how a conversation with white people is going to stop black predators from preying on blacks. How is such a conversation going to eliminate the 75 percent illegitimacy rate? What will such a conversation do about the breakdown of the black family (though “breakdown” is not the correct word, as the family doesn’t form in the first place)? Only black people can solve our problems.

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Jews Moving Into Blacks Areas In & Around 90035

I think there were a lot of Jews in 90035 in the 1950s and then integration happened and blacks moved in and Jews moved out. Then Jews started moving back in in the 1980s and 90035 has become more Jewish every year since.

Here is a typical pattern for Jews expanding into black areas in and around 90035:

* First, unmarried IDF veterans move in. They don’t have possessions. They’re not afraid of blacks. They’re tough.

* Then, after the Israelis move in, other Jews without kids move in.

* Then married Jews move in and start families.

* Jewish families move in.

From the Jewish Journal in 2013:

Pico-Robertson’s Orthodox head east

Three years ago, when Edo Cohen’s observant friend moved several blocks away from the center of Pico-Robertson’s Orthodox community to an area east of La Cienega Boulevard, he remembers thinking, “I can’t believe he moved there.”
Now, Cohen, his wife Merav and their two daughters have joined the increasing number of observant Jews who are heading in the same direction — east, past the far reaches of the area traditionally considered Pico-Robertson to an adjacent, up-and-coming community known as Faircrest Heights that extends beyond the other side of La Cienega Boulevard.
At the time Cohen’s friend moved, the region bordering Pico-Robertson and Faircrest Heights, also known as the Pico-Fairfax corridor, was not known as an ideal location. Commercially, it was — and still is — a mixture of down-market retailers, medical marijuana stores and auto mechanic shops.
Residentially, though, the neighborhood is becoming an attractive spot for middle-class families. There are Spanish Colonials, one-story homes with front and back yards and ample street parking.
“It’s a little bit more quiet,” Cohen said, comparing the area around his residence on Point View Street to his former home in Pico-Robertson. And, Cohen added, “You get more bang for your buck.”
Whereas Pico-Robertson offers a middle-class environment with upper-class property values, homes less than 2 miles to the east offer similar living at a lower cost. This contrast appears to be the primary ingredient drawing observant Jews east.
But how far are observant families willing to move? As one goes east of La Cienega, the number of synagogues within reasonable walking distance, particularly for families with children, dwindles with each block…

Walking down Pico, with its medley of kosher grocers, delis, Judaica shops and synagogues, it’s difficult to imagine a time, not so long ago, when a yarmulke sighting would have turned heads. The observant Jewish community of Pico-Robertson has been developing since the 1980s, but not until the 1990s did it become the go-to location for Orthodox Jews in the city.
According to Brander, the area east of Shenandoah Street — just a couple of blocks from the intersection of Pico and Robertson — “could have been Texas” when he moved to the neighborhood in the early ’90s.
Rabbi Aaron Parry grew up in Pico-Robertson in the 1950s, lived there until the 1990s and now lives in the La Brea neighborhood. He said that one “would need a microscope to see a Jew walking on the street” for most of the time that he lived there.

“Pico-Robertson has always been the landing strip” for new, particularly young, Jews moving to L.A., said demographer Pini Herman, who also writes a blog for the Journal…

The increasing home prices remind demographer and Herman’s Journal co-blogger Bruce A. Phillips, of what happened to Pico-Robertson decades ago. That’s when rising property values priced out many lower-income renters and persuaded some long-time homeowners to sell and cash out, in effect gentrifying the area.

Alana Samuels writes for The Atlantic:

Has America Given Up on the Dream of Racial Integration?

Across the country, communities are starkly divided, with African Americans living in one section and whites living in another, and a lot of people seem to be okay with that.

The Fair Housing Act became law in 1968, a week after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Its goal was to prevent landlords and lenders from turning away tenants and homebuyers because of their color, but Senator Edward Brooke, one of the sponsors of the bill (and the first black man elected to the U.S. Senate), had bigger ideas. He wanted to use the law to integrate cities and suburbs, reversing the effects of decades of housing discrimination, discrimination that had often been perpetuated by the federal government…

Affluent neighborhoods throughout the country resist the construction of affordable housing in their backyards. White residents self-segregate, and though poverty might not be limited to urban areas, it is often the most concentrated where minorities live. In places such as Beaumont, federal funding to build homes for black residents in white areas is lost because neither white nor black residents want that to happen.

From Princeton University Press:

In The Shifting Grounds of Race, Scott Kurashige highlights the role African Americans and Japanese Americans played in the social and political struggles that remade twentieth-century Los Angeles.

Linking paradigmatic events like Japanese American internment and the Black civil rights movement, Kurashige transcends the usual “black/white” dichotomy to explore the multiethnic dimensions of segregation and integration. Racism and sprawl shaped the dominant image of Los Angeles as a “white city.” But they simultaneously fostered a shared oppositional consciousness among Black and Japanese Americans living as neighbors within diverse urban communities.

Kurashige demonstrates why African Americans and Japanese Americans joined forces in the battle against discrimination and why the trajectories of the two groups diverged.

You could remove “Japanese” and insert “Jews” and you would have a similar narrative. Sometimes different groups have shared interests and sometimes they have clashing interests. Neither Jews nor Japanese, in general, want to live, work, socialize or worship with blacks, but in politics, they are all important members of the Coalition of the Fringe and thus vote for the Democrats.

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Does Pico-Robertson Need Public Basketball Courts?

I argued with Orthodox Jewish friends the other day about who owns the neighborhood. They say nobody owns the neighborhood and people should be able to do what they want with the property they buy, including building a giant mansion.

My Orthodox friends are opposed to legislative attempts to limit mansionization. Orthodox Jews tend to have large families and on average they don’t care as much as goyim do about maintaining certain neighborhood aesthetics. For instance, are Orthodox Jews more or less likely than Presbyterians to keep a clean and neat lawn and garden? Modern Orthodox Jews tend to like to keep up their laws and gardens, traditional Orthodox Jews vary widely.

Who’s more likely to leave trash on the roof of their garage? Orthodox Jews or Anglicans or blacks?

Who’s more likely to yell? Orthodox Jews or WASPs or Puerto Ricans?

Who’s more likely to have a lot of loud rambunctious children? Orthodox Jews or WASPs or Africans?

Ryan Bradley writes in the Los Angeles Times:

Earlier this month, the city planning commission released a report on so-called mansionization. It found that from 2005 to 2015, 57,224,810 square feet of either new additions or new construction had been developed in single-family zones throughout the city. Recently, the commission took steps to mitigate the problem. It voted to eliminate various loopholes, including one that grants a 20% square footage bonus for building “green.” But the City Council must review and sanction these changes before they become law, and plenty of loopholes still exist — attached garages, for example, do not count against total built space if they’re located at the back of the property.

Unfortunately, very little about the proposed adjustments will do anything to curb the underlying realities that incentivize such unlovely building choices. Much of Los Angeles is still zoned for single-family house construction, so developers can’t maximize the space available — and their profits — with multiple units. Instead, developers drive up the asking price by piling up the square footage.

It’s not just the aesthetics that bother me. All those additional square feet add up to an enormous waste of space.

In “Life at Home in the 21st Century,” UCLA researchers tracked 32 middle-class Angelenos, trying to measure and analyze how we live today. One family in particular they followed intimately, tracking how they moved around the house during the mornings, evenings, and weekends — when they were all home. The results were amazing: the family huddled around the kitchen and family room nearly all the time, leaving the living room, porch, and more than 50% of the rest of the first floor communal spaces almost entirely empty. The habit of gathering around the kitchen to eat, or huddling in front of the TV to watch, hasn’t changed much since the 1950s, but the average home size has — from 983 square feet in 1950 to more than 2,660 square feet today. Meanwhile, the average family size has shrunk and so has the average number of people living under one roof, from 3.3 in 1960 to 2.54 today.

We’ve managed to build more space for fewer people in a city with arguably the worst housing crisis in America. Mansionization is the inverse of densification—less space for more people—which we desperately need to keep L.A. halfway affordable and environmentally sustainable in the long term. Community groups rail against the large apartment buildings going up in Hollywood and downtown, but it’s the mansions that are terribly out of step with the reality of this city.

I wanted to know the moral reason why my Orthodox friends held that nobody can own a neighborhood. From what I deduced, they had the libertarian view that people should do what they want so long as they don’t hurt others and they didn’t want more city rules about how they build and renovate.

I guess I have a citizenist or nationalist view that people should be able to band together to maintain neighborhoods as they see fit. If a neighborhood or block doesn’t want Jews or blacks or whites or asians in it, they should be allowed. If a neighborhood doesn’t want mansions, they should be allowed. In Jerusalem, there are requirements to build with Jerusalem stone to maintain a certain aesthetic. My Orthodox friends don’t like it. People should be able to build what they want.

I think this discussion gets at deeper points than just mansionization. Who owns a neighborhood or city or country? I think its citizens do and they should be able to determine who gets to move in and what the rules are. In short, I think they should be able to discriminate just as Orthodox Jews discriminate in favor of other Jews.

Homeowners at Robertson Blvd and Airdrome are not happy with the basketball courts in the park because basketball courts attract young black men who commit high rates of crime, including violent crime, theft, and drug pushing. Blacks are selling drugs at the park at Robertson Blvd and Airdrome, sometimes to Orthodox Jewish kids. Residents are not happy. They don’t want young black men hanging around. They don’t want homeless setting up camp in alleys. And they don’t want more public parking. They want people to have to buy a monthly sticker to park.

Here are some Yelp reviews of the Robertson Recreation Center:

* The outdoor/indoor basketball courts are okay. Between the guys doing drugs in between buildings of the Rec Center and the homeless guys that leave their trash by one of the doors to the center and “work” at the Ashram temple across the street, you’d have a better time crawling into a sewer for your own amusement than coming to this place. It’s a travesty.

* Mom’s perspective here:

I came here with my husband and 18 month old on a Sunday afternoon for the playground. There was trash scattered throughout the sand and I would not let my kid take off his shoes to play in the sand because I felt it may not be safe. There were two men sleeping on benches in very close proximity to the playground. When one of them woke up and stared at us, my husband requested we leave.

The play yard was small and the basketball courts were full of grown men playing games. I was the only woman there. I would not feel comfortable here alone with my child.

Needless to say, I will not be back.

* It’s a police check in station, so it’s relatively safe-ish. I come here to shoot hoops and only see shady things going on once in awhile, like people smoking joints or sleeping in the bushes.

I remember one time I was walking by this park and a bunch of black guys on the court started making fun of a studious black kid going by with library books under his arm. They said he was acting white.

I don’t like walking by this park. I don’t like many of the people it attracts. I remember one day there was a homeless guy who died right beside the park. I notice some shady types park their vans by the park and live there. I’m not thrilled with all the homeless in 90035.

The La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills (near Olympic Blvd) used to have public basketball courts but they tore them down because they attracted too many blacks. The park has sterling ratings on Yelp.

This reminds me of a story from psychologist James Flynn who spent a year in Virginia in an upper-class suburb. The neighbors were all professionals. After dinner in the Asian family, the kids would settle down to do their homework. Meanwhile, the Jewish family after dinner would all yell at each other and then the kids would settle down to do their homework. And the black family? They’d gather to play basketball.

So I guess in some areas, my Orthodox friends do want to own the neighborhood. They don’t want public basketball courts. They don’t want loitering by young black men and the homeless. They don’t want open air drug sales. They don’t want illegal immigrants urinating publicly. If they can clean up the neighborhood, they’ll increase property values, which in turn will keep out undesirables. Our prices discriminate so you don’t have to!

I like the old days in America and Australia and Canada and England where homeowners banded together and kept up their neighborhoods by keeping up their standards. There was a sense of “We own the neighborhood.” With ownership, comes increased care and increased demands. I think that makes for better neighborhoods than everyone doing their own thing.

That phrase, “You don’t own the neighborhood!” bugs me. It reminds me of Jon Stewart’s epic rant, “This country isn’t yours!” Jews certainly feel, correctly, that they own Israel.

Homeowners feeling ownership of the neighborhood strikes me as a good thing.

It seems to me that ownership belongs to those who can take power. If you can control your neighborhood, you own it. If you can control your city, you own it. If you can control your country, you own it. If you can control your religion, you own it. If you can control who identifies as Alt-Right, you own it.

Ownership requires power effectively demonstrated.

Right now, the hardcore Muslims control Islam because the softcore Muslims don’t intimidate anyone. The Pope seems to have a lot of power over the Catholic church. He’s changing the church.

The Alt-Right is fighting back against Jews who claim to be Alt-Right. If the leading intellectuals of the Alt-Right declare that Jews can’t be in the party, then any Jew who claims to be Alt-Right appears foolish.


Well, the convention’s over. I thought Donald Trump was going to speak. Ivanka said that he was going to come out. She said he was really compassionate and generous, but then this angry groundhog came out and he just vomited on everybody for an hour.

The Republicans appear to have a very clear plan for America, and they’ve articulated it throughout the convention. One, jail your political opponent. Two, inject Rudy Giuliani with a speedball and Red Bull enema. Three, spend the rest of the time scaring the holy bejeezus out of everybody. But I’m not interested in that. I’m actually interested in gymnastics.

With the Rio Olympics coming up, I’m enjoying the gymnastics portion of the program that’s about to occur. That would be the contortions that many conservatives will now have to do, to embrace Donald… J. Trump, a man who clearly embodies the things that they have, for years, said that they have hated about Barack Obama.

(Clip of Fox News presenters calling Barak Obama thin-skinned, straightforwardly authoritarian, and a raging narcissistic who has no grip on reality.)

Yes. A thin-skinned narcissist with no government experience. Yes, that sounds exactly like… Barack Obama. So now the right-wing media’s going to have to spend 24 hours a day, seven days a week, justifying this choice they’ve made. Can they make the turn? They already are. Let’s trace their journey through the eyes of one of their most talented gymnasts.

(Photograph shown of Sean Hannity.)

Uhhhh, his name escapes me. Let’s just refer to him as Lumpy. Hey, Lumpy. For instance, here’s how Lumpy felt about Barack Obama’s divisiveness.

(Clips of Hannity calling Obama the most divisive president in history, bringing up black vs white, racial lines)

Cats versus dogs! Batman versus Superman!

(Photographs of Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.)

That one against the other two! I’ve been out of the business a while, I don’t know what that is. If you don’t like divisiveness, what about when Trump suggested Mexico is sending us their rapists?

(Clip of Hannity explaining how Trump ‘didn’t call all Mexicans rapists’)

You’re right, and on Cinco de Mayo, we had the Trump Tower taco bowl, and that’s one of the healing-est meals on the Trump Tower menu. I’m not an expert on racial unity. But I do believe that some of our more vaunted historical leaders in that area did retweet white supremacists less than Trump. So I believe… I’m just saying. Then there was the Obama crony that Lumpy couldn’t stand. His old friend, Teleprompty.

(Clip of Hannity saying Obama ‘can’t read a sentence without using a teleprompter’.)

He probably sleeps with the darn thing and then probably doesn’t call it the next day because it didn’t say so on the teleprompter. Lumpy, your 180, please.

(Clip of Hannity praising Trump’s use of teleprompters.)

[Shouting] You hate teleprompters! You’re saying now, “Teleprompters are for stupid people, and I thought Trump handled it pretty good.” O.K., inexperience aside. Divisiveness aside. The worst thing about Barack Obama is his elitism.

(Clip of Hannity asking the audience ‘we have to wonder how in touch’ Obama is because he has a $1 million home and ordering a burger with Dijon mustard.)

Yeah, you elitist! You probably eat that burger with your mouth instead of acting like a real American and having a Magnum fire it up your ass. Like they serve them at Arby’s. That’s how they serve them, actually, at Arby’s, they shoot them right up your ass. Meanwhile, here’s how Lumpy feels about the guy who sits in a literal golden throne at the top of a golden tower with his name in gold letters at the top of it, eating pizza with a knife and fork. How do you feel about that guy?

(Clip of Hannity describing Mr. Trump as a ‘blue-collar billionaire.’)

That’s not a thing. You know what? It is true, Trump does seem like the kind of guy you want sit down and own a fleet of airplanes with. Look, all that stuff is actually superficial and I’m sure it’s easy for people without ethics or principles to embrace someone who embodies everything that they said they hated about the previous president for the past eight years. Because, really for a president, it’s about what’s inside. And that’s where Lumpy and friends, this is where they really have found the president lacking.

(Clip of Hannity criticising the Rev. Wright Jr. and saying he would not go to his church.)

Obama would. He’s the type of Christian that’s, you know, [whispers] not Christian. When the pope said that Trump’s talk about immigration was not Christian, surely that gave Lumpy pause.

(Clip of Hannity asking how the pope can decide who is a real Christian ‘at heart’.)

Yeah. Who died and made that guy pope? So let’s just say, for real, here’s where we are. Either Lumpy and his friends are lying about being bothered by thin-skinned, authoritarian, less-than-Christian readers-of-prompter being president. Or they don’t care, as long as it’s their thin-skinned prompter-authoritarian-tyrant-narcissist. You just want that person to give you your country back. Because you feel that you’re this country’s rightful owners.

There’s only one problem with that. This country isn’t yours. You don’t own it. It never was. There is no real America. You don’t own it. You don’t own patriotism. You don’t own Christianity. You sure as hell don’t own respect for the bravery and sacrifice of military, police and firefighters.

Trust me. I saw a lot of people on the convention floor in Cleveland with their ‘blue lives matter’ rhetoric, who either remained silent or actively fought against the 9/11 first responders’ bill reauthorisation. I see you and I see your .

We’re live. [Colbert gives audience thumbs up] Never been on a television show with stakes before. So I see you. You’ve got a problem with those Americans fighting for their place at the table. You’ve got a problem with that because you feel like — what’s Representative Steve King’s word for it? Subgroups of Americans are being divisive. Well, if you have a problem with that, take it up with the founders. We hold these truths to be self-evident. [Singing.] “That all men are created equal.” Respect, Lin-Manuel. Those fighting to be included in the ideal of equality are not being divisive. Those fighting to keep those people out are. So, Lumpy, you and your friends have embraced Donald Trump. Clearly, the ‘c’ next to your names don’t stand for constitutional or conservative. But cravenly, convenient [Colbert interrupts with an air horn.]

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Hostile Mixed Race Couple In White Van Without License Plates Casing 90035 Shuls

A white van without license plates has been seen casing at least two shuls in 90035 and also it was spotted driving around a yeshiva. This has all happened in the past three weeks.

The van is driven by a black man and a latino woman. They often have their kid in the van with them.

The van will circle around a shul and the woman takes photos with her white iPhone. When told to move on, the black man yells, “My wife likes photography.”

The van has no license plates.

It was first seen, according to what I have heard, on Shuvuot and then again last Sabbath. A police report was filed.

The couple appear to be in their early 30s and seem aggressive and hostile. They remind me of the San Bernardino terrorists. Their identity is unknown.

Most major shuls in 90035 have armed security guards on Shabbos.

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Let’s Make 90035 Great Again!

Friend: “Truth be told, I hate that place. I hate Pico, it’s dirty, overcrowded, smoggy and I don’t like most of the people there. The only good thing is walking distance to shul and convenience of kosher items. I’m also tired of “orthodoxy” in general. It seems more like an “act” that people like to play over their beards and wigs, but under their hypocrisy and insensitive emotions. Sadly, people act like “Pico” is the bright light of the country….the place to be. All its bug infested 6 blocks strip of land. A world wonder.”

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When meeting someone in Los Angeles people often ask “where did you grow up?”

Well, in my case I was born in Philadelphia, attended F.S. Edmonds Elementary, Leeds Jr. High and Central High. I left Philadelphia for Penn State and then Brown University. I lived for a while in the Poconos in Pennsylvania and then returned to the Philadelphia area where I joined the nascent Subaru Financial Services (the financial services division of the car company). While at Subaru I lived briefly back in New England and then in South Jersey. When I left Subaru I helped form Aon Capital Corporation in Chicago, and moved to California to manage a lending subsidiary of Aon. That subsidiary was eventually sold. I spent a few years consulting, and somehow added a wholesale international travel company to the consulting. When my company’s focus on Asia became a liability during the SARS epidemic I decided to pursue my love of high-tech, and joined Panasonic Avionics Corporation. More recently I left Panasonic to return to my own business. Currently I develop software, and am working on a hardware start-up.

So where did I grow up? I grew up right here in Los Angeles, and I continue to grow up here.

Why re-elect Ken for the SORO Neighborhood Council?
The South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (SORO NC) is part of the Los Angeles city government, and has direct influence on community issues which will, over time, directly impact all of us who have a stake in SORO. What kind of issues come before the council? Some recent examples are: How can we get better management of a local city park, to make it a friendlier, safer place for our kids, families and friends? Should we support a new (eyesore) cell tower installation for the carrier that already claims to have the best coverage in the neighborhood? Should liquor sale hours be extended for a local store? Should the community support the building of a new synagogue or church or a new housing development? How can we support more growth of small businesses in our community (while I advocate for small businesses generally, my interest is seeing a growth over many types of businesses and services, and not just medical marijuana and massage stores). The list of issues goes on and on.

Vote for me because I will approach each vote with core values that reflect my life as a well-educated religious father, husband and businessperson. I want a safe, inclusive and vibrant community for my family and for yours. I want to see our community act as a model for interpersonal decency and responsibility in the way we treat each other – from the poorest to the richest. And my board involvements and actions will always reflect these values. Vote for me.

The text that follows comes from the SORO website –

The eligibility test for voting in the SORO election is much more generous than other city, state and federal elections.

If you are 15 or older, and a SORO stakeholder (even if you are not a US citizen), you can vote.

A stakeholder is someone who can say yes to any of the following:

Do you live within the SORO borders?
Do you work within the SORO borders?
Do you own real property within the SORO borders?
Can you affirm that you have ongoing and substantial participation in a community organization within the SORO borders, whether an educational and/or non-profit organization (like a synagogue church, temple or mosque), or other SORO local organization?
Voting in the SORO election is especially meaningful for teenagers who are 15 or older, but not yet old enough to vote in general elections. What a great way to participate in American democracy in a meaningful way.

What is SORO NC?
The South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (SORO NC) was chartered on August 13, 2002 as 40th Council within the City of Los Angeles’s Neighborhood Council system. The NC system was created in 1999 to allow those who live, work, volunteer, learn, or worship in a particular neighborhood—stakeholders—an opportunity to have a voice in community and city decisions. Each of the 96 neighborhood councils is currently funded with $42,000 yearly by the City.

How does SORO NC run?
The Board of SORO NC has 25 seats, all or part of which are filled at any given time. These seats represent geographical areas [zones], organizations and businesses. Any stakeholder within the SORO NC borders may run as a candidate in ageneral NC election, or submit an application to be appointed to a vacant seat, if he or she meets the criteria for that particular position. The full Board meets once a month, at the General Board Meeting. In addition, the NC operates committees to address a wide cross-section of community issues. These committees meet throughout the month and are attended by both Boardmembers and stakeholders.

What does SORO NC do?
In addition to working closely with City departments, our neighborhood council is very active in the community. We are dedicated to the economic revitalization of our area, and run a number of projects and events. Check out our Programs area and individual Committee pages for more details.

How did SORO NC start?
In December 1996, residents within the South Robertson Blvd. area were asked by Fifth District City Councilmember Mike Feuer if they were interested in participating in the formation of a “livable neighborhood council” to improve the quality of life in their community. Tenth District Councilmember Nate Holden joined the revitalization efforts, and in 1997 the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (SoRo) was formally established with Susan Bursk as its first President.

This early experiment in community participation was incorporated as a non-profit organization focused on improvements to the southern portion of Robertson Blvd. It quickly won a $400,000 grant for civic improvements and organized the first annual SoRo Community Festival. Indeed, it was successful enough that SoRo became a model used by the 1999 City Charter commission when drafting the framework for a citywide neighborhood council system.

By 2002, voters had approved the new city charter (officially making NCs part of the city government) and a plan for a full NC system was in place. SoRo applied for and received City certification, becoming SORO NC.

Some of the founding members preserved the non-profit as a separate entity, now known as the SoRo Community Foundation, Inc. SoRo CF continues to produce the SoRo Festival each year.


Housing Up 51% Since 2004 In 90035

Washington Post: A single-family home in Zip code 90035 in Los Angeles, Calif., was worth $1.3 million on average in 2015, about 51 percent more than in 2004. It’s a moderately populated, mostly white area.

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The Sad Decline South Of Pico

Comment: I used to live in Beverly Hills and the ladies there were gorgeous. Would dress well, showing God-given cleavage at times in lovely sundresses.

Moved 5 miles south. Eesh

And this was before the proliferation of yoga pants, aside from actually doing yoga.

Now I’ve got the United Nations supermarket in my ghetto area and you’ll see one hot Latina or Armenian girl dolled up out the 1000s of fatassery there.

I was south of Pico Blvd which is ’nuff said.

Surprising how shit can deteriorate in such close proximity.

For those not in CA, do a google maps “drive” on Sunset Blvd from east to west and be amazed at the transition.

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There’s Got To Be A Story Here

Case Type: Civil Petition – Change of Name (General Jurisdiction)
Case#: BS157102
Attorneys: MEYERS AMI – Attorney for PL/PET
Date Filed: 08/04/2015

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