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January 8, 2015

Oldest Palm Tree In L.A.

Oldest Palm Tree In Los Angeles (2670)
The oldest palm tree in Los Angeles is this one at the entrance to Exposition Park
(the Coliseum). That's the 110 in the background. Here's what the official plaque says.

This historic palm tree stood for more than twenty-five years at the entrance of the Southern Pacific station. At this railroad portal of the city it became a familiar landmark to many thousands of Los Angeles and southern California citizens and visitors from elsewhere, and was a mute witness to the growth of Los Angeles from a community of pueblo days to a great world metropolis of today. When construction of a new Southern Pacific station necessitated removal, under the auspices of the Los Angeles Examiner it was presented to the City of Los Angeles by the Southern Pacific Company. On September 5, 1914, it was placed here, where it and its sentimental associations will be permanently preserved.

Oldest Palm Tree In Los Angeles (2672)
Note the unusual line lengths used in the plaque.

This story on the KCET website says the tree came from an arroyo north of now-downtown L.A. and is more like 150 years old.

Filed under California,Cities/Urbanism,History,Photography | permalink | January 8, 2015 at 11:06 AM | Comments (0)

January 5, 2015

Florida Goes 3½ Hours Early

The stay in Florida that was set to expire at 5 PM today was lifted by Judge Zabel earlier today. In just a few hours marriages were underway in Miami-Dade County.

A federal court stay will expire at midnight tomorrow, extending equal marriage rights to the entire state.

It was 1977 when Anita Bryant began her anti-gay career with a repeal of the law that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in Miami-Dade County.

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January 4, 2015

GoPro On A Motorcycle Tour

In the Himalayas.


Approximate location of this video.

Filed under GoPro,Photography,Travel | permalink | January 4, 2015 at 11:43 AM | Comments (1)

January 2, 2015

Marijuana Dispensaries Coming To The ALRC

On Thursday, January 8, the Architecture and Landscape Review Committee will meet (at City Hall, Building "A" Conference Room, 65950 Pierson Boulevard) to architecturally consider plans submitted by two the medical marijuana dispensary applicants. The agenda is here. The ALRC, as its name suggests, restricts itself to architecture and landscaping. So, if you have something to say about the location, hours, or anything but the exterior appearance of a dispensary, then those remarks are probably best saved for the Planning Commission, which will be the next step after ALRC recommendation

Unfortunately, the graphics in the online packet were scanned at such low resolution, only the very largest text on them is somewhat readable. The rest are just hieroglyphics. But we have the pictures.

Brown Dog Health & Wellness proposes to locate in the existing building at 66595 Pierson Boulevard. The building has been used as an AA meeting place.

66595 Pierson Boulevard proposal

Guessing from the mostly unreadable scans, I think the upstairs is intended for growing and preparing the plants. On the first floor they will offer acupuncture, yoga and a special event room in addition to the usual facilities. They propose to upgrade the appearance of the building, make it ADA-compliant and to add a trash enclosure.

The Sun Grow Collective Marijuana Dispensary proposes to open a dispensary at 17001 Palm Drive, which is the Valero Gas Station. Because the plans in the packet are so unreadable, I can't tell how much of the existing buildings they plan to take over. The total area of all buildings there is 12,525 s.f. They plan to use 1,522 s.f. for the dispensary and 1,788 s.f. for cultivation of up to 99 plants. They propose to paint the exterior and put in four planter boxes. They will also put new landscaping in around the perimeter of the site. That's the full extent of their proposed exterior renovations (weak!), but they also need to find 9 more parking spaces somewhere. The report doesn't mention any extras like yoga or acupuncture, but if you look at the plan below you may be able to read that the central waiting area is identified as the "healing energy vortex." Whether they are installing a vortex or they discovered a vortex right there at the Valero station, we have yet to learn.

170001 Palm Drive building plan

The third applicant, who is proposing what must be an entirely new building near the AM-PM station at I-10 and Palm Drive will come to the ALRC at a later date.

Filed under Architecture,Desert Hot Springs | permalink | January 2, 2015 at 12:40 PM | Comments (0)