Friday, January 30, 2015

“BIKE JIHAD” DECLARED AS SOME CYCLISTS SEEK TO CONFRONT COMMENTERS

Photo featured on original  posting

The fallout continues from the AVNews Facebook post featuring a photo of 4 cyclists on the Hyperion Bridge with the caption: “Lane Hog”. The post was removed on January 29 after a visceral response from bicyclists caused it to go viral. The posting had reached over 47,000 people, over 11,000 post clicks, over 680 likes (both on the post and shares) and over 850 comments in just two days.

Despite deleting the original post certain members of the “Stop the Hyperion Bridge Freeway” group sought to confront commenters that expressed either frustration or raw anger about how some bicyclists conduct themselves on L.A. roads.  On the group’s message board a member, Abraham Figtree, reports on his efforts to locate a specific commenter. He goes on to describe his calls to the commenter’s home and speaks to his wife. Figtree even determines the commenter’s work schedule and asks the group’s administrator, Don Ward, if he should forward the information to anyone else. See discussion tread below:


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The “Stop the Hyperion Bridge Freeway” group is a loose association of individuals that seek to force a “road diet”, or traffic lane reduction, on the Hyperion Bridge as part of the bridge’s restoration and seismic retrofit. For more information go to their Facebook group page:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

ATWATER AVE ELEMENTARY GETS A NEW SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

Atwater Ave Elementary got new school principal, Ms. Brenda Garcia. 

Ms. Garcia replaced Terry Burge who only served briefly and departed before completing his first school year. It’s rumored that Burge and “some moms” may have had disagreements about his leadership style at the school. Shelli-Anne Couch, president of the school’s booster club, was quoted saying that Burge “was allowed to resign”. 

Good luck Ms. Garcia… you’ll need it

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS RESTAURANT TAKES A CHANCE ON ATWATER LOCATION


Mediterranean themed restaurant, Momed of Beverly Hills, has opened a 2nd location at the ATX Complex (3245 Casitas Ave.) in Atwater Village. Momed touts itself as a eastern Mediterranean “restaurant, deli, espresso bar and marketplace”.

Momed is the 5th restaurant and management team to occupy the ATX location since 2011. Atwater Crossing Wood Fire Kitchen, ATX Kitchen, ATX by Kitchen12000 and The Crossing have all closed; in some cases in as little as two months. Can Momed overcome the “ATX Curse”? Time will tell.

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Momed
3245 Casitas Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039


Now Open in Atwater Village, Lunch only until August 4th, 2014 from 11:30am to 2:30pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday. Dinner starts at 5:30pm on August 4th.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

ALMOST “RIVER ADJACENT” PROPERTY SELLING FOR 1.8 MILLION

2728-2734 Fletcher Drive
Gentrification seems to be making it’s way to Atwater’s most southern commercial corridor, Fletcher Drive. The corner mixed-use building located at 2728-2734 Fletcher Drive is up for sale… the asking price: $1,895,000.00

The 8,114 square-foot mixed-use property is situated on a 12,037 square-foot lot and consists of 4 retail units on the bottom floor along with 6 apartment units on the second floor. The apartments are comprised of (4) 1 Bed + 1 Bath units, which are rent control units, and (2) 3 Bed + 2 Bath units. The property also has 15 on site and “ample” street parking.

The seller touts this as a “river adjacent” investment opportunity in “famous Atwater Village on desirable Fletcher Dr. and Atwater Ave.” A possible reference to the scene in Pulp Fiction where Bruce Willis runs into Ving Rhames?

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Highlights:

Asking price - $1,895,000.00
Location 2728-2734 Fletcher Drive
Approximately 18,000 cars traveling on Fletcher Dr per day
8,114 SF Mixed Use property situated on a 12,037 SF Lot
3 Bedroom units have no rent control
Located in the Enterprise Zone
Great investment opportunity
Plenty of on-site parking
Unit mix consists of 2 (3 bd + 2 ba) and 4 ( 1bd + 1 ba )

For more information contact:
Patrick Dilanian
Direct: (213) 233-4393
Pdilanian@remaxcir.com

Friday, July 18, 2014

PROPOSED ROAD DIET GIVES THE HYPERION BRIDGE INDIGESTION

Bicycle advocates are still pushing for a “road diet” or lane reduction on the Hyperion Bridge, despite already getting bike lanes incorporated into the Hyperion renovation plan. Check out the traffic simulation video and the backed-up traffic on the bridge with the 3-lane proposal (video time index 4:43).

Sunday, June 29, 2014

RUMOR MILL: ATWATER’S “MEAN MOMS” STRIKE AGAIN?

Have Atwater’s “Mean Moms” struck again? The grapevine is abuzz that Atwater Ave School Principal, Terry Burge, has resigned after serving less then one school year. Burge replaced widely loved Charles Smith as school Principal. It’s rumored that Burge and “some moms” may have had disagreements about his leadership style at the school.

Friday, May 9, 2014

NEWBIE TAKES THE HELM OF ATWATER’S LAND USE COMMITTEE


Meet Larry Hafetz. Atwater resident since July-2012 and new appointee to Atwater’s Neighborhood Council as a “Special Interest” Representative and new Chairman to the Environment & Land Use Committee (ELU). Hafetz originally ran for a seat on the AVNC governing board as a “North Atwater Resident” Representative in the April 12th general election. He finished dead last in that election with just 44 votes.

Hafetz applied for and was appointed as both “Special Interest” Rep. and Chairman of the ELU by AVNC’s newly elected board at their May 8th meeting. He won the chairmanship of the ELU by one vote.

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The AVNC is a quasi-governmental city agency that serves as an advisory board to the City of Los Angeles.  It counsels the City on a wide range of local issues. These issues often include environmental and land use issues, such as small lot subdivision housing developments.

Friday, April 18, 2014

REJOICE ATWATER, BON VIVANT MARKET & CAFÉ IS HERE TO STAY

Sometimes the local rumor mill passes along tips that don’t pan out.  A recent posting stated that Bon Vivant Market & Café, located at 3155 Glendale Blvd, was rumored to be closing in the “near future”. This rumor proved to be incorrect.

Bon Vivant owner, Tricia La Belle, writes:
“Bon Vivant Market & Cafe isn't closing but will be opening 7 days a week starting June 1st with later hours effective this coming week in preparation for an incredible summer serving the people of Atwater Village... a community we truly love!”


AV News is glad to hear that Bon Vivant is here to stay. For more information about Bon Vivant go to their website at www.bonvivantmarketcafe.com. Bon Appétit.