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Masa is celebrating its fifth birthday today. Stop in and say hello; there will be birthday cake!


Since the recent fire is outside of LA County, the La Canada fire updates can be found here.

This cell phone photo was taken from in front of my other office in Atwater Village. No news yet on where the fire is or what’s going on, but it almost looks like Forest Lawn is on fire! (It’s not, but just check out the photo from our point of view).

Check out the photo here.


Community Meeting Inviting Angelinos to Share Their Desires for What They Would Like to See in Their New Chief of Police…

September 2, 2009
Friendship Auditorium
6:30 pm
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles, California 90027

Meeting will be attended by two Police Commissioners and will be facilitated by Police Commission Executive Director Richard Tefank.

For more information call (213) 485-3531.

The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability. Sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices and other auxiliary aids and/or services are available upon request. To ensure availability, all requests for reasonable accommodation must be made at least three business days (72 hours) in advance. Please contact the Police Commission at (213) 485-3531 Voice or (213) 485-9818 TTY.

FoodThe LAist food section posted a wonderful interactive map marking the best LA places to eat that fill you up without breaking the bank. The only problem? The Echo Park area seems pretty darn empty despite the many places to eat well and cheaply. (Even Atwater Village is lacking the popular Hugo’s Tacos.)

Check out the map here and make sure you add some comments to include your favorite cheap eateries in Echo Park.

The past couple of weeks have been busy weeks in the office, and in these situations we find ourselves, well, going through more bottles of wine than usual. While we recycle all those delicious wine bottles, the cork usually ends up in the trash.

Not anymore! A company in Missouri will alleviate your wine cork pains. Donate your unwanted wine and champagne corks to Yemm & Hart and they’ll turn it in to floors, walls, and other products.

You can send your corks to:

Wine Cork Recycling

Yemm & Hart Ltd

425 North Chamber Dr

Fredericktown, MO 63645

And find more information on their website.

Want to support local community services?

Thanks to a couple of fellow Echo Park/Elysian Park Neighborhood Council Discussion Forum contributors, there is an online database for local services that you can rifle through to find anyone from a tree trimmer, to a house sitter or a carpenter. You can also add the information of someone you recommend for any of the services. The best part? You can read the comments posted by your neighbors about each person/business, so no more guessing about which appliance repair business to choose!

Click here to check out the database (you may have to log in to yahoo and sign up for the forum if you aren’t already).

“Bring your stuff to Echo Curio on Sat, August 22nd from 12-4 PM and trade it in for something new. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Clothes, furniture, tools, gadgets, appliances, shoes, books, telescopes, toys, collectables, helicopter rides, pets, home grown fruits and vegetables…bring it all. A recession can be fun! Lets celebrate at the swap.”

The Echo Curio is at 1519 Sunset Blvd.


Click here to check out Dave Boehne from Infinity Surfboards stand up paddling down the LA river and in Echo Park Lake.

Drinking AND rollerskating? Rainbow thigh-highs and head bands? Tomorrow (Thursday, August 20), the Echoplex is hosting Down & Derby:


Be sure the RSVP for half the price ($5 instead of $10 at the door)

See you there!



August 19 from 6p-11p (time may vary depending on business)

What: EP local businesses will keep their doors open later than usual so stop by after work!

Start just west of Alvarado and head east towards Dodgers stadium (don’t forget to stop under the bridge on Glendale to check out participating businesses under Sunset!). Finish up the crawl at Warwick around 9p for live musical performance by local Echo Park band Whiskey Circus then finish off the night with a drink at Shortstop! And don’t forget it’s $2.50 Margarita night at Barrigan’s!

Why? Because it’s about time.


Sirens & Sailors

Beauty Box

Lemon Frog Shop

826 LA

K9 Loft


Haute Olive


Artillery and Ammo

Luxe de Ville

Origami Vinyl

For more information on Echo Park Hospitality night please contact or visit us at


Join the Chamber of Commerce for its general meeting tomorrow at 7:00 pm at Taix Restaurant in Echo Park.

The F Yeah Fest has announced this year’s lineup. The fest is on September 5th at the Los Angeles Historic State Park. Apparently the Echo had enough. Last year got so big that people with tickets couldn’t get back into some of the venues for the evening performances. Visit their website for more details. Tickets got on sale tomorrow.

The Black Lips
Lightning Bolt
Tim & Eric
F* Up
The Thermals
No Age
Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio
Times New Viking
Darker My Love
Peanut Butter Wolf
Crystal Antlers
AA Bondy
Mika Miko
Glass Candy
Cold Cave
The Strange Boys
Katie Stelmanis
Kurt Vile
Eat Skull
Avi Buffalo
+ More to be artists and comedians to be announced

Check out your neighborhood gallery/venue this month for lots of shows. Echo Curio is located on the corner of Sunset and Laveta.

The following was posted by the Echo Curio myspace.


Tuesday, August 4th – ART DROP for IMAGINARYLAND : RAINBOWS AND UNICORNS exhibition

Friday, August 7th – IMAGINARYLAND : RAINBOWS and UNICORNS opens


Read more for the whole month’s events and summaries!

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From Machine Project:

Public Fruit Jam 2009! Our Fourth Annual Jam with the Fallen Fruit Collective.
Sunday, August 2
10am to 1pm

Yesiree, it’s that ripe time of year again! Making jam and getting into sticky situations with Fallen Fruit collective is one of our favorite summertime traditions! Bring along your home-grown or public fruit and any clean, empty glass jars you have. At the end everyone will leave with a jar of communal jam. If enough people bring surplus, even the empty handed will leave with jam. Vats of fun for all!

The kinds of jam we make will improvise on the fruit that people provide. The fruit can be fresh or frozen. Fallen Fruit will bring public fruit. We are looking for radical and experimental jams as well, like basil guava or lemon pepper jelly. We’ll discuss the basics of jam and jelly making, pectin and bindings, as well as the communal power of shared fruit and the liberation of public fruit.