Not Our Fault: Opponent of Millennium Hollywood Project Says He’s Spotted The Elusive Fault


George Abrahams, noted Hollywood Hills NIMBY, member of the Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee (who gave this guy power to decide land use issues??), and occasional Curbed commenter has used his discerning eye to spot what he calls a fault in a picture taken inside a trench dug near the proposed site of the massive Millennium Hollywood project. Abrahams, who is not a geologist but is a rabid opponent of the development (and really almost all development in Hollywood), says he spotted the fault after examining pics from inside the trench. An NBC-LA report states that documents obtained from the City of LA describe the previously unknown fault found on the southeast corner of Yucca and Argyle inside a trench dug in front of an apartment complex, but a video obtained by a drone fails to show the same fault line in the trench dug at the site of the proposed 6230 Yucca project across the street. Official word from the Building and Safety department about what was found in the new trench remains outstanding, but if the fault is found to continue through the site the multi-million dollar project could be derailed leaving us with boring, but safe parking lots for generations to come.
· Faulting "Previously Unrecognized" Observed in Hollywood Near Development Sites [NBC-LA]

Weekend Linkage: Cities Reacting to Drought, SoCal’s Tough Housing Market

[1957-59 N. Alexandria Ave by Michael Locke/Curbed LA flickr pool]

· Long Beach trying to keep parks green as drought rages on [Gazettes]
· Audit finds ethics and finance issues in OC's Great Park development [DP]
· Glendale has tip line for you to narc on water wasting neighbors [GNP]
· Sierra Madre enacts building/water hook-up moratorium to deal with drought, unpopular development [PSN]
· Buyers & sellers face rough going in SoCal housing market [Daily News]
· Plan to split California into 6 pieces may bring water wars [New Scientist]
· Animation takes you on trip through iconic modern homes around the world [Arch Lab]

Weekend Open House: 1908 Craftsman in North Pasadena Asking $799k

Open House: Sunday, July 27, 2014 between 2 PM - 4 PM

488 E. Claremont St, Pasadena

Price: $799,000
Beds, Baths: 4 beds, 2.75 baths
Floor Area: 2,242 sq. ft. on 10,060 sq. ft. lot
Per the Listing: "This handsome Craftsman, built in 1908, is located on a quiet, tree-lined street in the heart of Pasadena. Its main level offers a broad front porch, gracious living room, formal dining room, den, kitchen with breakfast nook, one bedroom and one full bath... Period details -- beamed ceilings, benches, double-hung windows, wood trim and five-paneled doors -- are found throughout. Recent updates include central heat and air, new electrical wiring and newer hardwood floors. In the back, the large, beautifully landscaped lot features patios, pathways, fountains, a stream and a wisteria-covered trellis, plus a detached single-car garage with workshop. Here is a wonderful opportunity to own a classic home in the Arts & Crafts style."

A beautiful craftsman with some slight misses on upgrades, in our humble opinion, specifically in the kitchen which has strayed a bit too much to the white side. But the tile work throughout is pretty spot on. North Pasadena (that's north of the 210 Freeway) tends to get a bad rap for being scary and gang ridden in some neighborhoods, but this little stretch along Claremont looks pretty decent, according to Google Street View. Maybe one of our readers more familiar with that area can offer some insight? Heh? The home last sold in 2004 for $696k.
· 488 East Claremont St, Pasadena, CA 91104 [Redfin]

Week in Review: Droning Over Downtown LA, Gold Coast’s Glorious Past

[Vincent Kartheiser is selling his really cool little house in Hollywood for $808k]

This Week's Top Stories: Drones: Friend or foe? It's too soon to know, but we found a cool one that flew over Downtown LA and filmed stuff and that was pretty okay. Curbed Features took an in-depth look at the role of Old Hollywood in creating the Gold Coast along the beach in Santa Monica, and how there might be a revival in our lifetime. The old Robinson-May building in Beverly Hills finally made its date with the wrecking ball this week, and now its in ruins. Better pedestrian and bicycle connections to surrounding neighborhoods may be in the works for the revamped Union Station, but only if funding becomes available. A terrible AirBnB guest is refusing to leave the property he rented in Palm Springs. Renderings for the long-awaited 1200 Figueroa project in the parking lots across from Staples Center have been released, revealing some tall glassy towers. Rumors of the President and Mrs. Obama buying a home in Rancho Mirage are swirling, but we're not believing it until the President tells us it's true in a national address from the home's living room.

On the Racked: Angelyne Tells All, LA’s Best Facials, Madison Shuttering Soon


HOLLYWOOD: Racked scored an exclusive chat with Hollywood billboard queen Angelyne. The 20-question feature is filled with golden one-liners from the busty icon, including: "I love Hollywood because I am Hollywood. Everybody loves me here—from the resident to the President." (Racked is also hosting an Angelyne-themed giveaway here.)

CITYWIDE: Here's a handy guide to LA's best beauty spots for facials. Highlights include Face Haus in Studio City and Skin Laundry in West Hollywood.

MELROSE: Madison's trendy designer boutique on Melrose is closing soon. They're having a huge sale now through Saturday to clear the space, offering markdowns as low as 75 percent off.
· Racked LA [Official Site]

Regional Connector: The Metro board voted today to…

Screen Shot 2014-07-25 at 5.46.14 PM.pngThe Metro board voted today to fund the much-discussed pedestrian bridge that will allow direct access to Grand Avenue from the Second/Hope station on the forthcoming Regional Connector rail line. The bridge/elevator project will help riders avoid an uphill climb to destinations like Disney Hall and The Broad museum. [LADN]

The Commute: Caltrans Forcing the OC to Get Toll Lanes on the 405

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The California Department of Transportation has overridden Orange County's decision to reject toll lanes on the 405 from the 73 to the LA County line, LA Times reports; the project will be similar to the ExpressLanes on the 10 and 110 in LA County, where solo drivers can pay to drive in the carpool lane. The 405 may be the third-rail in toll-happy OC—some people argue the "Lexus lanes" will hurt average commuters and deter those in the toll lanes from getting off and patronizing businesses (they also don't know what to do with the money). Caltrans still has to complete an environmental report on the project, but either way, this 14-mile stretch is getting a lane in each direction, plus space to build another later on, at a cost of $1.7 billion, according to the OC Register.

Caltrans has final say on freeways on the state, so most likely it will get its wish in transforming the new lane and the current carpool lane into toll operations; the agency doesn't yet know if carpoolers will be exempt from paying. Meanwhile, Metro is probably chomping at the bit to add toll lanes to LA County's section of the 405 and get the money rolling in.
· Caltrans will put toll lanes on 405 Freeway despite objections [LAT]
· Caltrans wants toll lanes on I-405… someday [OC Register]

Cornerspotter: Cornerspotted: Highland & Willoughby, Sunset & Sunset Plaza


Congratulations to first-time commenter JC, who correctly guessed that the building that was a linen supply company on The Rockford Files sits at the northeast corner of Willoughby and Highland, and is home in real life to the Alsco linen service. Coincidence? Probably. (Fun fact: that episode—season four's "A Second Chance"—featured Isaac Hayes and Dionne Warwick!) That second building, which played a photography studio, is today a paycheck-demolishing BCBG Max Azria clothier at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Sunset Plaza Drive, right on the Sunset Strip.

· And Now: A Two-Part, All Rockford Files Cornerspotter [Curbed LA] · Rockford Files Filming Locations [Official Site]

Flipping Out: NYC’s Famed Novogratz Design Team Flipping Del Rey Dump

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The husband-and-wife design/home rehab duo of Robert and Cortney Novogratz has built its rep in NYC over the last two decades, sprucing up spaces and putting basketball hoops everywhere. Now, they've hit Los Angeles for the first time, rehabbing this formerly sad little four-bedroom house in Del Rey. The listing from when the Novogratzes purchased the property (for a shocking $743,00) proclaimed that the "House needs everything!!!" and declared it was a great opportunity for anyone "willing to handle a major renovation" (More photos here.) The Novogratzes really worked their magic here.

So much has been done to make this house into the "casual, fun, happy, cheerful, hip, artsy, edgy and unique" home it is today. A rep for Novogratz tells Curbed that the plumbing and tile in the bathrooms has been replaced and a double shower's been created in the master bathroom; in the now-family-friendly kitchen, a new island's been added as well as all new appliances have been installed. The current listing says that the fourth bedroom's even been converted into a den. The yard, once a dry dirt lot, is now sporting a wide deck.

Clearly aimed at the Silicon Beach set, this house is now asking $1.299 million.

· 12715 Short Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90066 [Redfin] · California Style Mid-Century Bungalow [Novogratz]

Century Crunch: Your Guide to Surviving This Weekend’s LAX Traffic Nightmare


Weekend travelers take heed: there's some serious business going down at the airport this weekend. The Century Crunch should have been called the Century Crumble because it centers on the demolition of an old bridge over Century and Aviation Boulevards, which is getting out of the way for a Crenshaw Line/LAX rail stop; in order to do that, the intersection will be shut down and serious delays are expected, says KPCC (also: duh). The intersection sees about 93,000 cars pass through on an average day and is the busiest portal into the airport, so if you were planning on going to LAX this weekend (never a fun trip anyway), here's what you need to know to cut down on major headaches:


· The Crunching begins tonight at 9 pm, meaning that the Aviation/Century intersection will be closed beginning then.
· The Crunch is scheduled to cease at 6 am on Monday morning.
· Sepulveda will be open, and there's also a three-mile detour route, but Metro says that drivers should still budget plenty of extra time to get where they're going (they suggest tacking on about an hour).
· Seriously though: allow lots of extra time. "We anticipate there is going to be a lot of congestion in and about the airport. We just don't want to see people missing their flights because they are affected by the extended time frames," a spokesman for Metro told the Daily Breeze.
· If you happen to be in this mess tonight, take a gander at those iconic LAX light-up pylons and you just might catch them lit up in the official colors of the Special Olympics—red, yellow, blue, pink, green and purple—in honor of the Games starting one year from today. (LA's hosting.) The lighting will commence at about 8 pm, just before the Crunch officially begins.

· Mayor Garcetti, in his PSA about the construction project, reminds travelers in English and Spanish that public transit is also a viable option. (Don't forget the Flyaway bus!)
· Speaking of public transit, Metro Bus 117 and 40 (owl service), Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Line 3, Culver City Bus Line 3, and Beach City Transit Line 109 will all be traveling along the detour routes. Updates for bus service will be posted here.
· Non-traffic-app users can get real-time traffic updates by calling 511 and saying "Century Crunch" anytime during the closure to get automated info, says Metro.
· The LAPD suggests its own detours: drivers coming from the south go north on the 405 freeway, west on the 105 freeway, take the exit at Sepulveda and go north to LAX. Drivers coming from the east on the 105 are advised to exit north on Sepulveda and proceed to LAX. Those coming from the north can drive south on the 405 freeway and exit at either Howard Hughes Parkway or La Tijera Boulevard, then at Sepulveda go south to LAX.
· Century Crunch Fact Sheet [Metro]
· Avoid LAX "Century Crunch" traffic July 25-28 by taking public transit [The Source]
· First Look at the Crenshaw Line's LAX-Adjacent Century Station [Curbed LA]

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