A Decade Reprise for ‘The Flip Side’

The Flip Side's cast, L to R: Esther Pulido, Abe Pagtama, Rona Par Miyasaki, Jose "Flipchild" Saenz and Verwin Gatpandan with director Rod Pulido

The passing of Filipino community icon Faustino “Peping” Baclig last March inspired filmmaker Rod Pulido (brother of Cerritos city councilman Mark Pulido – see how all these […]

Dude, Where’s My Bike?

It began just like any other visit to the Council District 13 field office on Hollywood and Western. I was there to meet with District Director Marta Segura to talk about ways I can help do  outreach (especially with regard to social media) for their upcoming Los Angeles Neighborhood Dreams (LAND) workshop […]

The Other Kind Of Hollywood Dreams: Garcetti’s LAND Visioning Workshop In Hollywood

The thing with having friends and contacts in your City Council office means that it’s going to be difficult to ignore an event from them. Such as the case on Saturday, where it was hard for me to avoid attending L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti’s District 13 Hollywood LAND (Los Angeles Neighborhood Dreams […]

A Call for Responsible Banking

On Monday night I attended an action rally meeting in support of a proposed Responsible Banking Ordinance for the city of Los Angeles, organized by LA Voice PICO, a multidenominational, faith-based group advocating social justice issues. Over 800 people representing various churches, synagogues, temples and mosques from across Los Angeles gathered at Church of […]

Streets For Feet – Hollywood Community Studio’s Open Space Experiment

In conjunction with Friday’s Park[ing] Day L.A., the Hollywood Community Studio closed off Hudson Avenue north of Hollywood Boulevard and turned it into a pedestrian plaza on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I didn’t have the time to check it out on Friday and I totally slept on it Saturday, so I […]

Tak[ing] In Park[ing] Day

Today was Park[ing] Day LA,  the local version of an international event where street parking spaces are converted into makeshift, guerrilla-style open space for a number of hours for the day. The purpose of the event is to create a dialogue to call attention to the fact that more space in cities is dedicated […]

Do The Walk, Do The Walk Of Life: Relay For Life Hollywood

Early Sunday morning, I walked in the annual Relay For Life, a 24-hour fundraising and awareness event benefiting the American Cancer Society. The event’s origins go back some 25 years, when a doctor in Washington state ran around a high school track in honor of his patients and raised $27,000 walking for 24 hours. […]

A Saturday of State Senators, Servicing Cycles and Sharrows

Hooray for alliteration! How’s this for a Saturday:

State Senators: Cafe Cedillo

I was invited to a “coffee” event with State Senator Gil Cedillo, as many (but not all) elected officials are apt to do in order to be more in touch with their constituents. It took place at Sabor y Cultura Coffeehouse in […]