El Segundo’s Candy Cane Lane Opens Tonight

El Segundo s Candy Cane Lane_optTonight, 26 homes in El Segundo in the 1200 block of East Acacia Avenue will switch on their holiday lights and welcome the first wave of visitors.

Families have been decorating their homes and yards along “Candy Cane Lane” since 1949. They spend up to a month getting ready for the annual extravaganza.

The display runs through December 23rd. Santa is expected nightly between 7 pm and 9 pm, weather permitting.

Candy Cane Lane is closed to cars, but parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood. Reviewers on Yelp love this event!

They aren’t allowing embedding, but here is a link to a local news video from 2011 that captures the excitement of the event.

Want more holiday lighting goodness? Check out this post over on Mommy Poppins.

Where are your favorite holiday lights? Share in the comments!

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Safety & Security In The Neighborhood

burglarKentwood Home Guardians HOA recently hosted a safety and security meeting with LAPD. 60 guests were expected. Over 300 turned out.

If you missed the meeting, here is a recap penned by Cyndi Hench, President of our Neighborhood Council.

The Kentwood Home Guardians HOA hosted a Safety and Security meeting this evening with the LAPD. Detective Robyn Salazar and Senior Lead Officers Ruben Garcia and Chris Richardson talked about the area crime and how to take steps to avoid becoming a victim. Too many burglaries of homes and cars occur through unlocked doors and windows. They reiterated the “Lock it, Hide it, Keep it” message.

Last Friday there were 2 gun point robberies of cell phones in the area. One at 77th and Truxton, the other 80th and McConnell both occurred around 3:45pm-4pm. The victim at 77th and Truxton was a 13 year old boy who was walking home from school distracted with his phone. The other was a female jogger who had her iPhone in her hand and was using ear phones to listen to her music. The message from LAPD was to keep your cell phones out of sight when you are out on the street and to be aware of your surroundings.

Many of the burglaries in our neighborhood follow the MO of “knock knock” burglars. They will knock on a house door to see if someone is home. If no answer, they will then make their way to the side yard or back yard looking for an opportunity to enter the house thru an open/unlocked door or window or many times will also use forced entry to break in. The officers warned us to not open the door to strangers but to clearly communicate “I am not interested. Please go away”. If they persist, say it again. If they refuse, call 911 and tell the operator that a stranger refuses to leave. If you can get a visual, use the attached Descriptor Worksheet to get a detailed description to share with the operator.

Our SLO’s instructed us that if we see someone knock on a neighbors door and then start making their way to the side or back yard, we should call 911. Explain to the dispatch operator that the suspicious behavior that you witnessed is consistent with the “knock knock” burglar MO that has been prevalent in our neighborhood. Provide as much detail about the physical description of the suspect – see Descriptor Worksheet attached – to the operator so that they can pass it along to the officers. If they will not dispatch an officer, strongly request that they do an “Informational Broadcast” about the incident. (emphasis added) A Broadcast Incident (IB) is a radio broadcast to the Pacific Area officers. Our Pacific Area officers are more informed about the type of crime in our area and if they hear the IB and are available, they can respond. Using this terminology and explaining that your Senior Lead Officer told you to call this in and at a minimum have an Informational Broadcast should get the job done. If not, get the dispatch operators ID # and send a note to your SLO about the incident with the ID # of the operator. Copy me and I will make sure that our Captain is aware of the reporting incident.

I talked about Neighborhood Watch and how to get your group started. I will attach a pdf with information about [starting a neighborhood watch]. The document also includes the phone numbers and email addresses of our Senior Lead Officers and information about when to call 911 and 877-ASK-LAPD.

KHG graciously opened the meeting up to residents outside of the KHG boundaries and we had about 300 people at the meeting. There were only about 15-20 people who raised their hand when asked if they have an active Neighborhood Watch on their block. We need to get more Block Groups in Westchester/Playa. NW can improve the sense of security and community and help to prevent crime through the efforts of watchful people who know their neighbors, their patterns, their cars, etc., and who pay attention to suspicious behaviors and people who do not belong and are confident to call LAPD. The block captains in Westchester/Playa and I are eager to help other Block Groups get started. Please let me know when you are ready.

There is a lot of good information in these attachments. I hope you will review them and share with your friends and neighbors.

Cyndi Hench
President, Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa
http://www.ncwpdr.org

My family thanks Mary Putnam and the rest of the KHG Board for pulling together this important event. We’ve been talking a lot at my house lately about forming a block watch. We used to have an extremely watchful neighbor who, sadly, lost her home to a predatory lender, and has moved on. We miss you, L!

Stay tuned because I’ll be watching these developments closely. What about you? Are you interested in getting more involved?

90045 Homes For Sale Today In The MLS – 30 Listings

90045 trend graph.121213Today’s Westchester, CA MLS real estate information, market snapshot and real estate trend information is available.

There are 30 90045 homes for sale today, priced between $250K and $1.89M, slighly higher than last week’s 28, but down considerably from 42 just a couple of weeks ago. While the holidays are likely the explanation, short inventory still means that sellers are calling the shots.

There are 0 properties available in the MLS to lease in Westchester 90045.

Are you interested in more market trend goodness like the graph above for Westchester CA real estate? I’ve got what you need here for single family homes. Let me know if you need trend information for 90045 condos or other zip codes on the west side.

To get all the details, head over to my 90045 real estate pageContact me with questions, or to see any of these properties.

Toasting The Holiday? Read This First….

celebrationI 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 friends who have had brushes with the authorities on the way home after a “social time” out with friends.

Well, two days ago I was out for dinner with some friends and had a couple cocktails … followed by some rather nice red wine. Feeling jolly, but still having the sense to know I might be “slightly” over the limit, I did something I’ve never done before — I took a cab home (Yep! Took a cab home).

Sure enough, on the way home there was a police roadblock, but since it was a cab, they waved it past. I arrived home safely without incident.

The real surprise is that I’d never driven a cab before. I don’t know where I got it and now it’s in my garage. I’m not sure what to do with it and would appreciate your comments/suggestions.

Be safe out there this holiday season, my neighbors! A good friend of my husband’s was crossing a street this week and was hit by a car. Don’t be that driver!

Proud Bird restaurant at LAX gets 1-year reprieve

Photo courtesy of ProudBird.com
Photo courtesy of ProudBird.com

Did you think you missed your chance to experience the Proud Bird restaurant at LAX?

The iconic restaurant had planned to close in November and then December due to a rent dispute with LA World Airports, but a tentative agreement has been reached allowing the restaurant to stay open at least one more year.

About the Proud Bird from the Daily Breeze:

The Proud Bird, which specializes in steaks and seafood, is located on Aviation Boulevard in Westchester, just east of two parallel runways — Runways 25R and 25L — on the south side of the airport. It’s a popular meeting point for plane spotters, or people (often tourists) who take pictures of airplanes landing and taking off. The restaurant maintains a large collection of historic airplanes parked outside the dining room.

If the agreement is approved by the Board of Airport Commissioners in January, Proud Bird will be open at least until January 31, 2015. Don’t wait, though. I know from personal experience that reservations will sell out long before the actual close. 😉

28 90045 Homes For Sale Today In The MLS

90045 sq ft graphToday’s Westchester, CA MLS real estate information, market snapshot and real estate trend information is available.

There are 28 90045 homes for sale today, priced between $250K and $1.89M, down considerably from 42 just a couple of weeks ago. While the holidays are likely the explanation, short inventory still means that sellers are calling the shots.

There are 0 properties available in the MLS to lease in Westchester 90045.

Are you interested in more market trend goodness like the graph above for Westchester CA real estate? I’ve got what you need here for single family homes. Let me know if you need trend information for 90045 condos or other zip codes on the west side.

To get all the details, head over to my 90045 real estate pageContact me with questions, or to see any of these properties.

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 what if the real problem is school itself? The unfortunate fact is that one of our most cherished institutions is, by its very nature, failing our children and our society.

A very fascinating (and profoundly sad) read.

For the full story, head over to www.salon.com. It’s a wonder this country still finds any innovation to contribute to our increasingly global economy. 😦

What are your thoughts on this article?