Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Ww apologize to our readers. For a variety of reasons having nothing to do with the Red Car Property, we have not been posting to the blog.  We should be back on schedule soon.  In the meantime you can follow us on Twitter @RedCarProperty.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Corralitas Drive: Purple Rain Last Night

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, May 14, 2016.  Jacaranda season.  Watch your step - the bees get drunk, stumble around and partake in even the spent flowers on the ground.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Corralitas Drive: No, Live Gophers Are Not Indoor Toys

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, May 5, 2016.  A neighbor moved quickly when one of the cats brought a fat, fluffy gopher,  "skeezicked but alive," into the living room.  The neighbor immediately jumped up and flung the gopher out the door and took some photos.  "The gopher was clicking its teeth ferociously." 

Apparently, the cats thought it was too plush to kill.  The neighbor spotted the still skeezicked gopher hanging out on the patio a few hours later.

While unusual, it's not the first time we've seen gophers above ground.  You just don't expect them in your living room.

Gophers are annoying in the garden, taking entire tomato plants down into their holes (yes, really, I watched it happen last year) and killing your favorite young fruit trees.  However, they serve and essential role in the food web, tilling the soil, providing flood control as well as serving as food for coyote, fox, bobcat, hawk and snake.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Red Car Property: Not A Park, It Just Looks Like One

Photo: Stephanie Bartron, May 8, 2016.  Bartron and her family walked to Mother's Day brunch using the trail on the Red Car Property.  Regarding the large protected native Black Walnut Tree (dwarfing her daughter on the trail), Bartron said the tree is "healthy and full of walnuts!"

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Corralitas Drive: Where Wildlife Comes To Your Door In Broad Daylight

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, May 7, 2016.  A neighbor was shocked that her cat just watched from the doorstep as the little white opossum strolled by late this morning.  The cat usually screams bloody murder from behind closed doors when opossum walk by the windows after dark. He has a special and unexplained hatred of opossum, but not today.

This is not the first photo the neighbor has sent of the opossum strolling through the yard in the daytime.  It's the best one.  I'm starting to think the white opossum walk around more in the daytime than night.  I've often seen dark opossum on the street and yard at night.  The little white opossum, often comes by with a much larger white opossum friend.   Of course, the neighbor's other cat, a semi-feral, neutered male cat who is not allowed in the house, tends to hang out with a raccoon, a skunk and probably opossum too.

Do not feed your pets outside.  If you must, pick up the bowls as soon as they finish.  Do not attempt to feed or pet wildlife.  No matter how accustomed wild animals are to humans, they are not pets.  Broken and open trashcans attract wildlife.   Replace your trashcans for free on the City's website (now you have to register an account to use the online request services) or call 311.

Click here for all our opossum posts.

If you live near the Red Car Property, send us your wildlife encounters (backyard, street or on the Red Car Property):  Please send photos as .jpg attachments, preferably along with a wide shot of the same location.  Include your name, location of, and brief account of the encounter.  

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Rosebud Ave: 2016 Match To 1961 Photo

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, May 3, 2016.  This is currently the best match to the 1961 photo.  If you look really closely you can catch a glimpse of Rosebud Ave going straight up the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' hill, across the 2 Freeway from Corralitas Drive.  Neighbors are grateful for any trees to block the oceans of concrete poured for the 2 and 5 Freeway construction 1960 - 1962. 
Photo: Smith, 1961.  Shot from a little higher on the hill than today's photo.  There were no houses on this location in 1961.  

Click here for our Smith Family photo archive.  

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Rosebud Ave: Moved For Freeway Construction, 1961

Photo: Smith, 1961.  Prior to freeway construction, Rosebud Ave used to go straight across from Corralitas Drive, cross Allesandro and up the Semi Tropic Spiritualists Tract.  They created a dogleg (to ease the steep rise in Rosebud) from Allesandro to Rosebud and Sunflower on the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract side of the 2 Freeway. 

On the Corralitas side (this vantage point), Rosebud was moved a couple hundred feet south (to the right), where Rosebud presently crosses under the 2 Freeway, ending at the Corralitas Public Staircase.

It's difficult to match this shot today because of the trees on the 2 Freeway (foreground) and homes on Corralitas Drive. The 5 Freeway (on the left) is also under construction on the left side of this photo.  

Click here for all the 2 Freeway History related posts.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Red Car Property: Not A Park, It Just Looks Like One In Need Of Brush Clearance

Photo: Jonathan Vandiveer, April 27, 2016.  Watch out for those foxtails!  Hard to believe the Red Car Property, above the historic landmark viaduct footings, was so green just 2 months ago.  While the native black walnut trees are green again, while the non-native weeds are drying out and going to seed.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Red Car Property Lot C: That's "C" As In Crap

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, April 22, 2016.  The large pile of dumped drywall remains where it was dumped  on the Red Car Property's Lot C (north of India) in January 2016.  It's been joined by a weight bench and other dumping that has been shifting around this portion of Lot C for months.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 21, 2016.  The drywall pile has gotten larger since we first published it.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, April 8, 2016.  The piles of dumping seem to get cleaned up periodically, but the drywall has remained constant.  We get tired of being the Red Car Property dumping blog, so we send the photos on to the property owner's rep as we receive them and consolidate them for posting in a periodic dumping wrap-up.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, April 8, 2016.  It appears that someone is still living in the Toyota truck too.

Click here for all our dumping posts.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Corralitas Drive: This Morning's Police Activity

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, April 25, 2016.  Before 6AM, a Corralitas Neighbor out for a morning run was stopped by CHP at the Corralitas end of the Red Car Property.  When the first photos came in, officers were investigating an abandoned car on the SB 2 Freeway, and searching the dense foliage on the side of the freeway and Corralitas Drive.  CHP was looking for a suspect, and not letting the neighbor pass on foot. 

Video sent before 6AM showed officers with flashlights, traffic halted on the 2 Freeway.  It was surreal video as there were no sounds of traffic, just birds and crickets chirping.  Subsequent video shot a few minutes later, you can hear a helicopter arrived and CHP continued the search.  Twenty minutes later they let the opened up Corralitas to foot and vehicle traffic.   

The Eastsider, reported CHP was looking for an armed suspect near the 2 Freeway  Terminus.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Silver Ridge Way: Defensive, Drought Tolerant & Fire Resistant

Photo: Joan Stevenson, April 21, 2016.  And beautiful too. 
Photo: Joan Stevenson, April 21, 2016. If you want to ignore the landscaping on your steep hillside lot, Opuntia cacti are a good choice for our dry hillsides. There's an impressive patch of this hardy cactus, on the Red Car Property, below a home on Lake View.  The cactus stores water in its large pads so it does not burn easily.  It's also an attractive cactus to plant near windows and fences to discourage criminals.

Click here for all our defensive landscaping posts. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Red Car Property: Not A Park, It Just Looks Like One

Photo: Jonathan Vandiveer, April 19, 2016.  Reminder: keep your dogs on a leash and always pick up after them.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Red Car Property: Time For Brush Clearance

Photo: Gary Vlahakis, April 19, 2016.  May 1 is around the corner, and as usual, brush clearance has not started on the Red Car Property.  Shouldn't the big vacant lots be penalized commensurate with their square footage?  And shouldn't the large lots where brush is routinely not cleared by May 1, be prioritized by LAFD?

If the rest of us have to clear brush by May 1, how come the Red Car Property doesn't have to be cleared by then?  We've documented the brush clearance, or the lack thereof since 2007-2008.

What is the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone? LAFD 

Click here for all our brush clearance related posts.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Corralitas Public Staircase: Verdugo Hills Sierra Club Adopted Staircase

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, April 19, 2016.  The day before the DWP dug a trench up an upper landing of the Corralitas Public Staircase, Vedugo Hills Chapter of the Sierra Club pulled weeds at the base of the public staircase at Rosebud.  The chapter adopted the public staircase a year ago.  They had hoped to plant wildflower seeds prior to the rainy season this year, but the construction site above was using it to dump dirt and debris temporarily.  The succulents were planted by neighbors years ago.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Corralitas Public Staircase: Let's Hope This Is Only Temporary

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, April 19, 2016.  Asphault is no substitue for concrete on a well used public staircase.  We will follow up with the DWP on this one.

Corralitas Public Staircase: DWP Digs Up Landing

Photos: Corralitas Neighbors, April 19, 2016.  Today, the DWP dug up a landing on the Corralitas Public Staircase to put in water main connections for a duplex under construction at the top of the public staircase.
Neighbors were advised the DWP would be putting n a water main connection off the public staircase this week.  However we had no idea the DWP would be digging up the public staircase and started sending photos first thing this morning.  We posted the photos to our Twitter feed as soon as we received them. 
According to one neighbor, the DWP dug a trench all the way up the hill, on the opposite side of the public staircase, then crossed under the staircase at the base of the last flight of stairs.  According to the workers on site, they would only be replacing the landing they dug up.
We hope the work doesn't undermine the Corralitas Public Staircase.  The staircase dates to at least 1922 as shown in the Hunter Terrace - Elysian Gardens real estate brochure).  Portions of the staircase are in dire need of repair.  

The two flights at the bottom of the public staircase were rebuilt in 1961, when the state cut deeply  into the hillside for construction of the 2 Freeway.  From 1960 - 1962, Rosebud, Corralitas and the pubic staircase were moved to accommodate freeway construction. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Red Car Canyon: Not A Park, It Just Looks Like One. Rush Hour

Photo: Jonathan Vandiveer, April 11, 2016. Morning rush hour: families walking to Rose Scharlin Co-op Nursery School, neighbors jogging and walking dogs - it's just another day on the trail on the Red Car Property.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Corralitas Drive: Temporary No Parking Zone Reduced

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, April 12, 2016.  Tuesday, the City Department of Transportation (DOT) mistakenly placed temporary No Parking signs on both sides of Corralitas Drive between Rosebud and the top of the hill - covering 80% of the entire hillside street with only one means of access.

Today, we learned the signs were for the DWP to put in a water main connection to a duplex under construction at the top of the Corralitas Public Staircase.  After I spoke by phone to the DWP site supervisor this morning, he went to the street and removed all the unnecessary signs.  The remaining signs are around construction site at either end of the public staircase.  DWP needs the parking for their vehicles and to leave a lane open for cars going up and down the hill. 

Work should be complete next week.  The Corralitas Public Staircase will be closed to the public on the days they are working there.  Work should start later this week and take about 2 days (not a month as the no parking permit was issued to the DWP).

Tuesday, neighbors were fuming as there was no information, nor warning prior to the signs showing up.  Corralitas neighbors worked together quickly sharing information so we could follow up.  A number of neighbors spoke to the DWP site supervisor in the street today.    He encouraged us to talk to them on site if there are questions or problems.

Good work neighbors!

Previous: Mystery No Parking Signs

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Corralitas Drive: Mystery No Parking Signs

Photos: Corralitas Neighbors, April 12, 2016, 12:50 PM.  This morning, temporary No Parking signs showed up on Corralitas Drive for the entire hill between Rosebud and the top of the hill.  The signs gave no indication of the dates for the temporary no parking.
Many neighbors called, texted and emailed me about the signs that showed up sometime between 9AM and noon today.
Signs were on both sides of the street.  Several neighbors contacted City Dept of Transportation (DOT), but they closed at 1PM today.  (Seriously, the Dodgers really take over the City on Opening Day.)
One neighbor learned via 311, the dates for the no parking zone are April 14 through May 12 - for the entire hill between Rosebud and the top of Corralitas.  The 311 operator did not know who pulled the permits.

We've asked CD13 to look into consolidating and expediting the work, which has happened in the past.  Corralitas Drive is a substandard Hillside Street with only one means of vehicle access: RosebudCorralitas was last resurfaced in 2014.

There are elderly and disabled neighbors unable to walk the hill.  There are also several homes without off-street parking parking at all, in addition to totally inadequate off street parking for  the number of people who live on Corralitas Drive.  Neighbors are rightfully annoyed that we don't even know exactly what the work is supposed to be, since no notice has been given to anyone on the hill.  

We don't know if they'll be restricting access for everyone, or just people who park on the street.  We will update here and more immediately on our Twitter feed: @RedCarProperty. Send us your photos of the potential mayhem:

Dodgers Opening Day Today

Photo: Joan Stevenson, 2015.  Expect traffic on the local freeways and streets (including Riverside Drive), loud stereos and a blimp or two, starting as early as 9AM for the game that starts at 1:10 PM.  If you don't need to drive through Elysian Park any time today, take another route into downtown.

Read more on parking restrictions and road closures: The Eastsider 

Dodger Stadium: Mother of All Grading Projects (with photo from 1960)