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Please Tell The County We Need A Safe Parking Program

Comments to the County are due by Monday. I’ve made it super simple to comment by sharing the link and a proposed comment for you below. As you might know, the City was sued a few years ago by a group of homeless people who had been prosecuted under the City’s “no vehicle dwelling law.” […]

❤ Westchester Weekly – April 9, 2017 ❤

 The Westchester Weekly – your weekly round-up of news for Westchester CA Families Here’s your weekly recap of what’s new and notable in Westchester 90045, including fun things to check out this weekend! Happy Sunday! This Thursday is the town hall I mentioned a few weeks ago, intended to provide more details about the LAX Northside […]

Westchester Weekly – November 27, 2016

The Westchester Weekly – your weekly round-up of news for Westchester Families Here’s your weekly recap of what’s new and notable in Westchester 90045, delivered to your inbox! Happy Sunday!And a belated happy Thanksgiving as well! We are so grateful for our readers and take our job bringing you the 90045 news very seriously. News came […]

Westchester Weekly – November 12, 2016

  Westchester Weekly – Week Ending November 12, 2016 Westchester Weekly – a weekly round-up of news for Westchester Families Here’s your weekly recap of what’s new and notable in Westchester 90045, including fun things to check out this weekend! Happy Sunday! Well it’s been a week, hasn’t it? My family was super happy to […]

Zoning Changes Coming To A Neighborhood Near You – As In Yours

Westchester Zoning Changes Are Headed To A City Council Vote Just this week, the Planning Commission’s final proposed amendments to the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO) were referred to the City Council’s Planning & Land Use Management Committee for review. The next step is a full Council vote to adopt the recommended restrictions. In a nutshell, the BMO […]

Want The RV’s Off Your Street? Here’s Your 90045 RV Fix

90045 RV Fix As I mentioned in my last post, the City is not legally able at this time to outright ban people from living in vehicles, so don’t wait on the City for your 90045 RV fix. But if you’ve got some RV bad apples parked in your neighborhood, you are not without recourse. Your […]

Houston, We Have A 90045 RV Problem

The 90045 RV Problem What is up with all those RV’s? You know the ones. You’ve seen them everywhere. Recently, they were parked all along Manchester until shiny new restricted parking signage recently put a stop to parking between Sepulveda and Emerson. RV’s parking on our City streets is not unique to Westchester. People are complaining in […]

Anti-Mansionization Proponents Score Big Win But Are We Losing Sight Of The “Bigger” Picture?

Many of the proposed changes were welcomed by local residents worried about mansionization: The new rules would no longer allow a 20% bonus in square footage for using ecologically friendly building methods. They would also reduce the square footage that would generally be allowed for homes in residential areas, changing it from 50% to 45% […]

8 Reasons to Eat Local Foods – Holistic Squid

The average produce grown in North America spends anywhere from 5 days to several weeks in transit after harvest. According to Michael Pollan, author of the best selling book, Food Rules: An Eaters Manual, the average food item travels approximately 1500 miles and comes from 5 countries to get to your table. Buying local means […]

Toasting The Holiday? Read This First….

I caught this on the neighborhood yahoo group this morning. I think it’s a “fable,” but just in case, I’ll skip attribution to the author just this once. 😉 With the Christmas holidays upon us, I would like to share a personal experience with my friends about drinking and driving. Some of you may have […]

4 Reasons to Let Your Kids Eat Junk this Halloween

We’ve certainly seen at our house time and time again that if we don’t make a big “no” deal out of things, our daughter has a lot less interest in them. She’s 11 now and every year without fail, we put her candy in the cupboard right away. She knows she can ask for it, […]

Home School Enters The Mainstream

When he was a toddler, Joseph Biner of Westchester was shy and withdrawn. And yet he couldn’t sit still in a chair for any length of time. His mother, Patty Biner, began to dread the prospect of sending him off to kindergarten. “I wanted to find a more constructive way to teach him,” she said. […]

School is a prison — and damaging our kids

Parents send their children to school with the best of intentions, believing that’s what they need to become productive and happy adults. Many have qualms about how well schools are performing, but the conventional wisdom is that these issues can be resolved with more money, better teachers, more challenging curricula and/or more rigorous tests. But […]

Virtual Public Schools Versus Homeschools

On Friday, Tavia Fuller Armstrong posted an article on Yahoo! Voices titled “Why Virtual Public School Is Not Really Homeschool.” From the post: There has been much debate in homeschool circles over the past couple of years about whether families using virtual programs like K12 or the Connections Academy, offered through the public schools, are truly homeschoolers. Some […]

Incubator School awarded national grant

From the Argonaut: A Los Angeles Unified School District pilot school has been selected to receive a $100,000 “Next Generation Learning Challenges Breakthrough Schools Grant.” The Incubator School, which will be colocating on the campus of Playa Vista Elementary School this fall, is one of 30 schools nationwide to receive the national grant. I’m rooting […]

We’re Back, Westchester!

After a prolonged absence, is back, reporting on what matters to families in Westchester 90045. It’s going to take more than a %@&$’ing hacker to keep us down!