This is a weekly roundup of the 90045 online chatter that catches my eye. I tend to hang out mostly on NextDoor and the Moms’ Facebook Group, although I do loosely follow other neighborhood-related platforms. After each blurb below, I reference which platform the conversation is happening on and how you can find it.
The Moms Facebook Group is “secret.” This means that you can’t find it on Facebook unless you are a member. Email me at tracy @ living90045.com and I’ll get you hooked up. It’s a very worthwhile resource for moms and it’s open to moms from 90045, PdR and Playa Vista.
By the way, NextDoor is pretty restrictive with how you deal with your neighbors. There may be super active conversations where the original poster didn’t include my neighborhood, Kentwood South. If you see big conversations that you think the wider 90045 community might want to be aware of and you don’t see Kentwood South tagged, send me a summary and I’ll include it in the roundup.
With that, let’s look at the chatter that caught my eye this week.
Big Event Trashes Westchester Park
This was by far the most active thread on all platforms this week. There is a group that apparently reserves the park each year on Labor Day. This was the 19th year for their event, but I’m not sure how many of those years have been at the park. Thousands turned out this year. For whatever reason (several have been floated), their trash was left all over the park in trash bags. The group had paid for clean up with their permit, but it appears that park personnel dropped the ball and allocated all available trash recovery resources to Venice. Our trash sat out overnight and between birds and homeless people, the bags were ripped apart and the park looked horrible on Monday. I happened to drive by and almost choked. Much finger pointing followed on social media, as you can guess. NextDoor, search “westchester park.” Moms Group, search “westchester park” and “post an update.”
Starting To Look Like We Have More Coyotes Than People
Coyotes are still dominating the conversation and are getting their own town hall. Search NextDoor for “coyotes,” and prepare to be reading for awhile. One interesting development is that the pro-coyote voices are surfacing on the threads. The coyotes even got some play on the NBC4 news. The town hall is scheduled for September 28th. I don’t see an event set up on ND yet, but mark your calendar and stay tuned. We’ll put the event on our events calendar when the details are released, too.
I’m also seeing people share links to buy wolf urine. Apparently, wolves eat coyotes, so you can see the appeal, I guess… If you’re really, really into this topic, don’t miss NextDoor’s “need your help for coyote stakeout.”
Stop Signs Mean “Stop”
Traffic is totally out of control in our little burg and I’m not the only one to notice that lately people are either driving so fast that they don’t see stop signs or they assume nobody is coming the other way and choose to ignore the signs. I’ve seen more than one instance of a person not even slowing down for a stop sign. Are these waze cut-through drivers? Seems like I’m pretty deep in the neighborhood for that, but who knows what’s going on. Passionate discussion on NextDoor, search “stop at stop signs” and “slow down.” On a related topic, search NextDoor for “fed up with speeding cars.”
Suddenly a few realtors have decided that NextDoor is a good place to peddle CMA’s. CMA’s are “free” home valuations offered to flush out potential home sellers. I use that as a marketing tool myself and really enjoy strategically digging in on a valuation because they are more art than science, but I digress. One guy offered the service and got a lot of takers, so now another is jumping in. I’m trying to be on my best behavior and not pile on, but the next thing you know, our NextDoor feed is going to look like our porches. Yet, so hard to take the high road. 🙂
Abandoned Dogs In Westchester Get Love
Twice now I’ve watched chatter on NextDoor follow a dog from being found in our neighborhood, going to the shelter, and then out of the shelter to a furever home. Really, I see it all the time, but a couple of times, the community really super engaged in the conversation and supported the dog with shelter visits, offers to foster, lots of sharing about the animal’s availability and adoption. For one of my favorite recent threads, search NextDoor for “update on beautiful pit mix.” These stories are extra heartwarming when the dog is a pit bull and likely to languish in the shelter without our love and intervention. We have a lot of love for the animals here in 90045 and I think that’s super cool. ❤
What else can I say. Active conversation on NextDoor (search “fleas”).
Water Conservation Citations
A mom on the moms group provided a heads up that there is no hand watering allowed between 9 am and 4 pm any day of the week. She was cited when a city official came around and found her gardener watering. I had no idea. Did you? This mom got a first violation warning, but reports that fines run $100-$600. Ouch! By the way, don’t think that you’re ok because you don’t see a patrol. This mom got her ticket in the mail. Moms Group, search “PSA.”
For weeks I saw people of NextDoor making fun of the woman living out of the ice cream truck on Manchester at Sepulveda. Leave it to the moms to take up her cause. A mom with a non-profit homeless outreach program posted asking for information and the moms swung into action. They started watching her to see if there were others involved (child reported, possible pimp reported), sending information to the outreach mom about her activities and whereabouts. Homeless moms on the street can be a tricky business, but the outreach group is on the job, trying to get help for this woman. Moms Group, search “our non profit, SFS.”
There you go, friends! Now you’re in the 90045 know! Did I miss anything? Drop it in the comments for your neighbors!
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