March 22, 2018

Slide Photos Of The Past (well, we couldn't have future, could we?)

Autumn River (2)
Somewhere in New England (Maine, most likely).

Walden Pond
Walden Pond.

View of Downtown Boston from Alewife Station, Cambridge, Mass (BW)
A view of the skyline of downtown Boston from Alewife Station on the Red Line.
I think the very white steeple you can see towards the left part of the downtown skyline is a church that used to stand in Porter Square. You can see the Federal Reserve building on the righthand part of the skyline.

Stacey - August 1986
My brother's stepdaughter at the wedding between her mother and him in 1986, Fremont, California.

Polaris - Kodachrome - 1986
Polaris and the star trails around it.
I probably shot this while out camping, which means it's probably Maine.

Sculpture - Kodachrome - 1987
I can't remember where this is, but I'm tempted to say Chicago.
Kodachrome, 1987.

Prometheus, Boston Prudential Center - 1986 (2)
Prometheus in front of the Prudential Center in Boston, 1986.

Leaves
More New England nature.

John Hancock Building - Kodachrome - 1986
The old John Hancock, Back Bay, Boston.
Kodachrome, 1986.

Christian Science Mother Church Reflecting Pool, Boston - Agfachrome - 1985 (1)
The reflecting pool at the Christian Science Center in The Fenway, Boston.
Agfachrome, 1985.

Chicago City Hall - Kodachrome - 1987
Chicago City Hall, Kodachrome, 1987.

Christian Science Center, Boston - Kodachrome - 1986
The Christian Science Center in Boston.
Kodachrome, 1986.

Boston Pride Parade - 1985
Boston Pride Parade, 1985.

More scanned slide photos can be seen here.

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February 2, 2018

A lot of slides from around 1987, mostly

Chicago Architecture - Kodachrome - 1987
Chicago, Kodachrome, 1987.

Allerton Hotel, Chicago - Kodachrome - 1987
Also Chicago, Kodachrome, 1987.
This is probably the last time I saw this sign on the Allerton Hotel. I had always wondered if the Tip-Top-Tap was still a going concern or was it just too expensive to take down those letters. But that was before the internet. Now I can find out without having to actually go to Chicago and ride an elevator to the top. The Tip-Top-Tap opened in the 1920s and closed in 1961. It is used now as a ballroom or meeting room for private parties, but the bar is gone.

Chicago Buildings - Kodachrome - 1987 (2)
Chicago, but I can't identify these buildings
. The sleek one is not the Willis Tower. This is 1987 (Kodachrome again). If anyone can identify these buildings please leave a comment or email me.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum & fern
Ferns in the inner courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Kilauea Lighthouse - Kodachrome - 1986
Kilauea Lighthouse, Kauai; Kodachrome 1986.

Morning - Kodachrome - 1989
Kodachrome, 1989.
I don't recall where this is.

Lower South Branch Pond, Baxter State Park, Maine - Kodachrome - 1987
Lower South Branch Pond, Baxter State Park, Maine; Kodachrome 1987.

Nantucket Light Ship - Kodachrome (2)
The Nantucket Light Ship, Kodachrome, early 1980s.

Robie House, Oak Park - Kodachrome - 1987
The Robie House by Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park, outside Chicago. 1987, Kodachrome.

Reserve Channel, Boston - Ektachrome
The Reserve Channel in Boston on Ektachrome, early 1980s.
When I lived in South Boston in the early '80s, I worked downtown at 100 Summer Street, so most mornings I would walk to work (a couple miles) rather than suffer the crowded bus. This was along the way and almost always offered a photogenic view. But it never changed much, either. Sometimes a ship would tie up and stay for more than a year.

Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu - Kodachrome - 1986
The Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach, Kodachrome, 1986.

View Of MIT Across Charles River - Kodachrome - 1987
On the Charles River Esplanade in Boston looking across the river at MIT in Cambridge.
Kodachrome, 1987.

Vietnam Memorial, Washington - Kodachrome - 1987
My first visit to the Vietnam Memorial Wall on The Mall in Washington, Kodachrome, 1987.
I was quite impressed with the feeling of grief that grows to almost overwhelming levels as I walked down into the memorial and the walls rose higher than my head.

Wrigley's Spearmint at The Art Institute of Chicago
A serendipitous moment at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1987.

Cape Cod - Kodachrome - 1987
Dunes on Cape Cod near Provincetown, Kodachrome, 1987.

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January 22, 2018

Slides, Slides and Slides

Reverend Ch's T. Torrey, Abolitionist, Mt. Auburn Cemetery (3)
Reverend Ch's T. Torrey in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"It is better to die in prison with the peace of God in our breasts. than to live in freedom with a polluted conscience.
Torrey's Letter Feb. 7. 1846

Reverend CH'S T. TORREY.
Born at Scituate Nov. 21. 1813
Graduated at Yale College Aug. 1833.
Ordained at Providence
March. 1837.
Arrested at Baltimore
June 24. 1844.
Died in the Penitentiary of that City May 9. 1846

The friends of the American Slave erect this stone to his memory as a Martyr for Liberty.

Niʻihau Sunset - Kodachrome - 1986
Sunset view from Kauaʻi.
That island on the left is Niʻihau. Kodachrome 1986.

Isabella Steward Gardner Museum (2)
The interior courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in The Fenway, Boston.

Connecticut State Capitol (2)
The Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford.

Colonnade - Kodachrome - 1987
I have no recollection of where this is.
Kodachrome, 1987. In 1987 I lived in New England and traveled to Chicago, Washington DC and New York City. If you recognize this place, please leave a comment.

Chicago Water Tower - Kodachrome - 1987
Chicago Water Tower, Kodachrome, 1987.

Alcatraz - Polapan - 1985
Alcatraz 1985 on Polapan film.

Sunset Behind Beacon Hill Viewed From Charles-MGH Station - 1980s
Sunset behind Beacon Hill in the 1980s
.The point of view is the Charles/MGH Red Line station.

The Drake, Playboy Club - Kodachrome
Chicago, Kodachrome, probably 1987.

Yellow Hibiscus - 1986
Yellow hibiscus, probably in Hawaii.

Alcatraz - Agfachrome - 1985 (2)
Alcatraz, Agfachrome, 1985.

Bob and Ron on the Provincetown II - 1986
Myself (on the right) and Bob, aboard the Provincetown II ferry between Boston and Provincetown, 1986.
IIRC, we just went to P-town for lunch and then came right back to Boston. That was a thing to do back before the higher speed ferries appeared. The ferry would depart Boston about 9 AM, taking about 3 hours to get to P-town. Then you could do whatever until 3 or 3:30 when the return ferry embarked.

Boston Main Post Office - Kodachrome
Boston General Mail Facility (i.e., main post office) in Boston on Fort Point Channel.
This panorama was shot on Kodachrome.

Charles River Esplanade - Kodachrome
Flowering trees on the Charles River Esplanade, Kodachrome.

Charles River, Back Bay - 1985
Boats on the Charles River with the Longfellow Bridge and Back Bay skyline in the background, 1985.

Christian Science Mother Church - Agfachrome - 1985
The dome of the Christian Science Mother Church Annex on Agfachrome, 1985.

Dan & Ron, Hawaii - Kodachrome - 1986
Myself (with the camera, duh!) and Dan in Hawaii, 1986.
The film is Kodachrome.

Flower On A Stalk - Ektachrome - 1985
Ektachrome, 1985.

Dandelion - Polapan
Polapan film.

John, Charles River - 1985
John alongside the Charles River, 1985.

Pond With Ducks - Kodachrome - 1987
Kodachrome, 1987.

Memorial - Kodachrome - 1987
I don't recall where this is, but it must be in New England - probably the Boston area.
Kodachrome, 1987.

Steam Generation Plant at Sunset - Agfachrome - 1985, Kneeland Street, Boston
Steam generation plant on Kneeland Street in Boston.

San Francisco Pride - 1985
San Francisco Pride, 1985.

Trinity Church & John Hancock - 1986
A roof peak on Trinity Church in Boston with the old John Hancock building in the background.

White Tulip - 1987
1987.

The complete collection of scanned slide photos can be seen here.

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January 19, 2018

Desert Hot Springs City Council - January 16, 2018

These are some of what I think are the important bits of the January 16, 2018, meeting of the Desert Hot Springs City Council.


Fully Staffed Police Department

Five new police officers were sworn in. Chief Mondary said the police department is fully staffed. I think the definition of fully staffed is "up to the limit authorized by the City Council," because we all know our PD has never been staffed up the level we really need.


AIPP Cut To 0.25% In Industrial Zone

Some people didn't like that the AIPP rules were being assessed fairly for all kinds of property. That is, the value of the art or the amount of the in-lieu fee in effect since the program was approved in 2009 has been 0.5% of valuation for residential property and 0.75% of valuation for commercial and industrial properties.

The proposal was to eliminate the choice of putting a piece of art on site in the industrial zone. Development in the industrial zone would have to pay the in-lieu fee. I am not sure who didn't like it that the art paid for by the industrial developers would be displayed on the property developed. I didn't hear any of the City Council members express an objection to that.

This proposal went to the Planning Commission first, and they didn't like it. I could explain just why the Planning Commission didn't like it if the city's damn website would actually play the audio of that meeting, but it doesn't and they don't upload the audio to Youtube or any of the other several easy, reliable websites that actually play recorded audio flawlessly.

The choice before the City Council seemed to be to follow the Planning Commission's recommendation (leave things unchanged) or to re-insert the language taking the choice away from industrial developers. So imagine our surprise when Mr. McKee suddenly proposed to drop the rate for industrial development from 0.75% to 0.25%! Even more surprising was that Russell Betts immediately agreed to it! Ever since this program was approved, any mention of it would trigger a story-telling by Mr. Betts, in which story he would cast himself as the lonely white knight standing against everybody else who hates art. In reality, support for the AIPP program was widespread and the only discussion was the rates. The proposed rate was an even 1%, I believe, and Mr. Betts will tell you a story about how he had to fight to keep it as high as 0.75%. But now that it is 2018, he easily agreed to a two-thirds reduction in the rate.

Yvonne Parks had said she wouldn't vote for an ordinance that retained the 0.75% rate because she thought it was too high. But when the vote came, she still voted against it, even though the rate had been lowered to 0.25%. The vote was 4-1.

Some of the cannabis developers got up and complained about the surprising costs they've run into, and seemed to think this AIPP was something recently concocted to get more money out of them. In reality, the reason the cannabis developers are running into these expensive surprises is that many of them don't do sufficient due diligence (probably due to lack of experience in real estate) to find out all the expenses before they commit themselves. One cannabis developer argued that since he was having to build a road and put in underground infrastructure he ought to be excused from paying the AIPP. Again it's probably due to inexperience in real estate, but he didn't realize every developer is responsible for all that work and all those expenses. The city didn't come up with any new ideas to get in the way of cannabis development. Quite the contrary, they've now given them a two-thirds fee reduction.

In case you thought that the super-high price of land in our industrial zone would offset this rate cut, the cost of land is not included in the valuation against which the fee is assessed. IOW, it is a percentage of the value of the building only. Once you've removed the land cost, the value of the buildings will be whatever the usual value of such buildings are. The reduction in this fee is, therefore, a genuine cut to the amount of money that we would have expected to come into our AIPP fund.

Mr. McKee said he intended this to be temporary, and the council has asked that the ordinance be brought back before them in about 6 weeks to re-examine the rates. Mr. Betts said he didn't think it needed to be brought back; he was happy with the new 0.25% rate.


Resolution Setting Forth Certain Regulations Pertaining to Dispensaries

This item was removed from the agenda to be brought back at a later meeting. The proposed text in this agenda packet would have permitted a marijuana dispensary to change location, but they would still have to get a new CUP and any other of the usual necessary paperwork. The city started with 19 people who were allowed to seek a CUP and open a dispensary. Three of those people withdrew, leaving 16. Eight of those people have, indeed, opened dispensaries in town. The remaining eight still have all their rights intact, but the resolution would have specified that the right to apply for a CUP and open a dispensary is NOT transferable. The resolution also would have set the limit for cannabis dispensaries in the city at 16.

Here is a handy table provided in the agenda packet which you can use to keep track of the players. Click it for a bigger version.
DHS Marijuana Dispensary scorecard


New (and Re-Appointed) Commissioners

 MatasParksZavalaMcKeeBetts
CCACMichael PicardiBarbara EastmanMichael BurkeUntumane TurnerDonna Poyuzina
PlanningDirk Voss[hasn't decided]Jan PyeLarry BuchananScott De La Torre
Public SafetyDonna LozanoLee EastmanNina DuarteWalt MeyerTed Mayrhofen [this is not a typo]


New Library

Riverside County has proposed to build a completely new library on the vacant land between Aqua Soleil and the new county building at Park Lane and Palm Drive, entirely at County expense. The current library is 3,500 s.f. The proposed library would be 15,000 s.f.

When the current library opened in 1972 the population of the city was less than 3,000 and half of it was senior citizens. The official population is 9 times greater now, and it's 40% kids 18 and under.

This item simply authorizes city staff to continue to work with the county on this. After construction of the new library the old library will be converted to a broom closet, but it won't be big enough to let everybody keep their brooms there.

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December 26, 2017

Slide Restoration

On the left is the slide as it actually appears. It's about 30 years old and I don't know what kind of slide film it is, but I can say for sure it is not Kodachrome. Even though it appears to have faded to just monochrome, there is actually still color info in it and a few clicks in Photoshop, will bring those up. That's the photo on the right.

Boston City Hall Plaza (unedited)
Before Photoshop
Boston City Hall Plaza
After Photoshop

The photo depicts Boston City Hall, Faneuil Hall, the JFK Building and part of the Quincy Market as viewed from atop the Customs House Tower.

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August 11, 2017

Los Angeles Neon Tours

Recently I went on two different bus tours offered by the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale. We toured on two Saturday nights, starting at 7:30 PM in downtown Los Angeles. The tours, while mostly about neon, become tours of architecture and history as well as drinking and dining suggestions. The buses rarely stop and stand still just where you want them to, but the surprisingly good image stabilization and fast focusing of one of my cheap Canon cameras managed to produce some good images.

Tower Theater (1024)
Tower Theater, which has been acquired by Apple to become the downtown Apple Store
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The Last Book Store (1459)
Just like it says, in downtown LA
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Palace (1537)

Out Of The Closet (1599)

L.A. City Hall (1485B)

KFC (1601)
Neon KFC!

KLYT Entrance (1447)
To my utter surprise, I learned this is the oldest gay bathhouse in LA!
I'd never heard of it before...nor had any of my friends who I asked. Klyt (I don't know what it stands for) opened in the 1920s on 4th Street not as a gay bathhouse, but evolved into one. How this escaped the 1980s, I can't imagine. My fear of bedbugs will keep me from exploring this one, although I'd really like to check it out.

K.G. Louie (1507)

Hotel Rosslyn (1453)

Downtown Los Angeles August 2017 (1488)
The Chinatown Chevron must have the highest prices in the state
. The price at Furnace Creek this day was only $3.069.

Downtown Los Angeles (1464)

Downtown Los Angeles (1440)

Coffee Breakfast (1615)

Chinatown (1510)

Bradbury Building (1437)
The Bradbury Building
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Angels Flight (1426)
Angels Flight
, which is supposed to return to service in 2018.

2nd Street Tunnel - Los Angeles
2nd Street Tunnel video
. Click through to see the video.

US Bank Building (0899)
Still the tallest building in L.A., IMO
.

Eric Tour Guide (0821)
Eric, the tour guide for the first tour I went on
. The guide for the second tour was also named Eric, but looked a little different.

New Chinatown dates from the 1930s (0855)
"New Chinatown" is Chinatown
, which was moved here in the 1930s to clear way for the construction of Union Station.

Hotel Normandie (0936)

Bend (1010)
"Bendix," of course, but the bus was rolling and by the time I got the camera aimed, this is all I got
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Axis on 12th (1008)

Mayan Theater (1002)
Mayan Theater

Eastern Clock (1018)

Clifton's Cafeteria (1029)

Bradbury Building New Lights (1046)
The Bradbury Building with its controversial new lighting
.

Main Street Garage (1051)
A parking garage at 4th & Main
. I think it's just art.

The complete sets of photos can be seen here.

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August 4, 2017

Dore Alley 2017 Photos

A few photos from this year's Dore Alley ("Up Your Alley") in San Francisco.

Dancers (1289)

Pink Man (1191)

Hug (1400)

Dore Alley was a sausage fest (1082)

Dore Alley (1114)

Dore Alley nude

Dore Alley nude seated

Many more NSFW images available here.

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June 30, 2017

Some Photos

Some photos not previously shared.

The Perfect American - Long Beach Opera (3397)
The stage at Long Beach Opera at intermission during The Perfect American
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Precision Electric Company (3909)
This is not an old sign
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Pink Barbie (6811)
I've got my eye on this pink Barbie
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Edward Wenzlaff Education Center (0484)
Edward Wenzlaff Education Center
, formerly Edward Wenzlaff Elemntary School in Desert Hot Springs.

Desert Hot Springs Police (0486)
Like it says on the label
.

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June 18, 2017

L.A. World Naked Bike Ride Photos

LAWNBR Route 2017 (2)

LAWNBR (0310)

LAWNBR (128)

LAWNBR (324)

LAWNBR (0529)

LAWNBR (0534)

LAWNBR (0540)

LAWNBR (7082)

LAWNBR (7086)
Here's a link to the full size photo if you want to read that tattoo.

LAWNBR (7092)

LAWNBR (7114)

LAWNBR (205)

LAWNBR (0610)

More photos here.

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June 17, 2017

Pink Houses

I visited these houses in L.A. that have been painted entirely pink, pending their demolition. NBC had a story about them.

L.A. Pink Houses (3975)

L.A. Pink Houses (3960)

L.A. Pink Houses (3972)

L.A. Pink Houses (3940)

L.A. Pink Houses (3933)

L.A. Pink Houses (3915)

Complete set of photos here.

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June 13, 2017

LA World Naked Bike Ride


Actual video of part of the Los Angeles World Naked Bike Ride, 2017.

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May 18, 2017

New York At Stress Levels


A Taste of New York.

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March 6, 2017

P-45: The Studly Mountain Lion King of Malibu

Here's a really interesting New Yorker article about the mountain lions of the Santa Monica Mountains which run from Malibu to Griffith Park. The highways have isolated this area, in terms of mountain lions traveling. P-45, however, was able to cross a highway to get into this genetic island and sow his genes. The article describes the isolation of the mountain lions which may result in their extinction (in the Santa Monica Mountains) within 50 years...which is why a land bridge is going to be built in Agoura Hills.

On this map you can see the underpass at Liberty Canyon that they believe P-45 may have used to get across the 101 and into the Santa Monica Mountains. You can see there are gaps in the residential developments there that would allow a mountain lion to pass through without having to deal directly with humans. This is where the land bridge will be built.

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November 27, 2016

Palm Springs Construction

Construction in Palm Springs (0964)

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November 21, 2016

Hotel Cecil

The L.A. Cultural Heritage Commission visited Hotel Cecil on Main Street. The lobby is quite nice. They also took us up to the 14th floor to see a couple of typical rooms. Most rooms do not have baths, so there are shared toilets and showers on each floor. All of the rooms are small; about 11' by 17'. We saw one room that had no bath and it was pretty small, but included a small flat screen TV and a clock radio that included a mount for an iPod (the old Apple connection, not Lightning). Then they showed us a room with a bath. It was still 11' x 17', so they just used almost all the open floor space to put a bathroom (shower, toilet, sink) in there. There was about 18 inches of clearance on either side of the bed, and if there was any furniture besides the bed, I can't recall it. The hotel is now doing business as "Stay On Main." The rooms are very plain,

Hotel Cecil Lobby (3089)

Hotel Cecil Lobby (3086)

Hotel Cecil Lobby (3061)

Hotel Cecil Lobby Entrance (3137)

Hotel Cecil Lobby (3124)

View From 14th Floor Hotel Cecil (3115)
Looking out the window of a 14th floor guest room, this is the view
.

More photos of Hotel Cecil can be found here.

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Catalina Swimwear Building

On a tour with the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission. Here's the Wikipedia article for Catalina Swimwear.

Los Angeles from the Catalina Swimwear Building (1010)

Loft - Catalina Swimwear Building (1008)
The building is live/work lofts
. That's one of the Commissioners front and lower center.

Catalina Swimwear Building (1007)

View From Catalina Swimwear Building (3167)

Facade Catalina Swimwear Building (3161)
A bit of newer stuff was pulled off to reveal some of the original facade
, which will be restore.

More photos of the Catalina Swimwear Building are here.

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Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission

On Thursday morning last week I attended a 9 AM meeting of the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission in LA City Hall. They had two things on their agenda that morning: first was to consider designating the Bob and Dolores Hope Estate in Toluca Lake as a monument; second was to go visit and tour Hotel Cecil and the Catalina Swimwear Building. It was the second thing that I came for, but the Bob Hope house issue was very interesting.


Above is the Google Earth view of the estate.

Below is what the public could see from the street.

The place is owned by the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation. First the staff made its presentation with a slide show and talk all about how ultra famous Bob Hope was. Under Los Angeles law there are two different bases that can justify declaring something a monument. One basis is the usual: great cultural, historical, architectural (etc.) significance. The second is that it was the home of a celebrity. The Bob Hope house was proposed (by a city council member) due solely to the celebrity status. Staff admits it has no cultural, historical, architectural (etc.) significance. In discussion the Commissioners said that in L.A. they obviously are not going to declare every residence of every celebrity a monument or they would consume a significant portion of the housing market. But they agreed that Bob Hope was just about the most famous person in the world.

After the staff report the Foundation got up to make their comments. They were daughter Linda Hope and a couple of other people, one of whom may have been an attorney. They told us quite a different story than staff told. Right off the bat, Linda Hope said they had the wrong address. The correct address is 10346 Moorpark Street. Staff had supplied the address as 10350 Moorpark Street. No points for staff there. Then she went on to explain that while staff had described the house as French Chateau style, only the original house was French Chateau and that Dolores Hope had almost continually added wings and additions so that now the house was some sort hodge-podge of no significance. She also disputed their description of the grounds which staff said included a "one-hole par 3 golf 'course'." Linda Hope said it was only a small decorative thing that could not really be used for golf.

Worse, she said, was that there was no way the Los Angeles public could access the house. In the '90s the Hopes had considered making it into a museum, but quickly learned that since it was in a quiet upscale residential area with narrow streets, there was no way it could be a museum open to the public. So the Hopes' final instructions were to use the estate to help fund the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation. The intention of the trustees was to sell it. The place had been sitting on the market for ages but not long ago the first decent offer was submitted. That was when the city council member asked that the Cultural Heritage Commission consider the property. The decent offer was immediately withdrawn.

Linda Hope listed all of the memorials to Bob Hope that are scattered over the Los Angeles area. She said each and every one of those was more significant to the legacy of Bob and Dolores Hope than the estate. Later, Commissioners said they were surprised by the list, not realizing there were already so many memorials; so obviously staff didn't do that research either.

A couple of residents got up to also speak against the designation, but the essence of their arguments was that Toluca Lake is a beautiful, quiet community and any kind of monument there would bring traffic, noise and lower property values. The President of the Commission interrupted both of those commenters (!) to tell them that was of absolutely no concern to this Commission.

One Commissioner suggested giving monument status to only the hedge and gate in front of the house, because those were the only things the public would ever see. I was pretty sure that was a joke, but the President went ahead and explained how impractical that would be.

Finally, a Commissioner made the motion to deny monument status and that was approved 5-0. The decision now goes to city council, since it had originated there and city council could overrule this decision.

The meeting was adjourned and we headed out on our field trip.

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August 18, 2016

L.A. World Naked Bike Ride

The Los Angeles World Naked Bike Ride took place on June 11. I had three cameras, each one shooting a still photo every five seconds. One camera was mounted on the handlebars, facing forward; another on my helmet facing backwards, and the last one also facing backwards, but mounted on the rear rack of my bike. That camera takes good video, but only 5 mp photos, so those turned out to be a lot lower quality than I had hoped for.

The complete set of photos is here. These photos are on Flickr, so in order to see them, you must...

  1. Have registered an account at Flickr (it's free and uses your Yahoo ID).
  2. Be logged into that Flickr account.
  3. Have your Flickr safe search settings turned OFF (here).

2nd Street Tunnel (6902)
2nd Street Tunnel
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Andy (6873)
Andy
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Jeff (062)
Jeff
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LA World Naked Bike Ride (6864)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (6871)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (6896)

3rd Street Tunnel (327)
3rd Street Tunnel
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LA World Naked Bike Ride (0047b)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (228)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (6879)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (6885)
The man with the beard
. More photos of him here.

Myself With Jeff
Jeff and I, R to L
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LA World Naked Bike Ride (213)
That tight black outfit is body paint
.

LA World Naked Bike Ride (391A)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (902)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (981)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (6889)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (1775)
That's Rocky with the GoPro on his handlebars
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LA World Naked Bike Ride (101)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (1499)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (833)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (304A)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (0979)
Provocative dresser
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LA World Naked Bike Ride (578b)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (2000)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (707)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (661b)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (341)
Tim from Boston. Well, Dorchester, but Boston
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LA World Naked Bike Ride (204A)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (0096B)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (651b)

At Least His Leg Is Naked (62a)
Yes, the ride is clothing optional, but this is really overdoing it
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LA World Naked Bike Ride (265A)
Tim
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LA World Naked Bike Ride (306a)
Jim
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LA World Naked Bike Ride (747)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (2092)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (533)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (317)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (273)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (38B)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (451)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (249)

LA World Naked Bike Ride (1868)

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July 11, 2016

Aerial Video Of Los Angeles

A bit better than previous ones.

If you go to 1:12 you'll find a segment showing Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook which I recommend for its great view of the city that isn't the same old view you've seen a million times. Also, it's a great place to exercise...if you've already been exercising.

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June 3, 2016

Santa Monica Photos

Things seen on a Sunday near the Santa Monica downtown Expo Line stop.

Sidewalk Along Colorado (0840)
See how nicely they do the trees, with a big expanse of wood with lots of spaces to allow rain (as if it ever rained!) to get to the soil
. Also expensive, I'm sure. But how much does it cost to replace dead trees?

In Santa Monica (0830a)
I think the Big Blue Bus garage is behind this, or I may just be imagining that for obvious reasons
.

Full Intersection Cross Walk (0843)
The street intersection at the Expo Line goes all four ways whenever it goes into Walk mode
and so, knowing how L.A. drivers are, no expense was spared in slapping paint all over the place. Also, there's a cop on duty.

Hollywood & Highland
Back in Los Angeles proper, this is how they've painted the Hollywood & Highland intersection for the same purpose
. Photo by LA Great Streets.

Panorama of crowd streaming from Expo Line (0839)
Pedestrians streaming away from the Expo train
.

Expo Line Sidewalk (0835)
This was a bit of a challenge for me
. Even when you're walking on this flat surface, your brain tells you its wavy. Easiest solution was to look away.

Expo Line Compass Rose (0836)
Simple and durable directions
. Now, try to find that in the press of a crowd.

Solar Panels arrayed vertically (0847)
I'd like to see their calculations on the efficiency of putting solar panels in a fixed vertical array like this
. Their western wall, where these are mounted, is a lot bigger than their roof.


Please excuse my stupid finger in the view. I want you to notice how they handle their public education campaign.

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