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.

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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.

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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 

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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: RedCarProperty@gmail.com.

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)

Rosebud Ave Under SR2 Freeway: Looks Like A Stolen Car Torched

Photo: Eli Shamszadeh, April 11, 2016.  (Photos shot between 10:13 to 10:35 PM.)  It's disturbing when you try to turn the corner on the only access road to Corralitas and you find a truck on fire under the 2 Freeway on Rosebud Ave.  One neighbor left the hill at 9:50 PM, only to return 15-20 minutes later to this scene.

Texts and emails came in around 10:20PM as frustrated Corralitas neighbors heard what they thought was an accident, explosions and lots of black smoke. Neighbors called 911 before contacting me.   After I put out word to the Corralitas Neighborhood Watch list, more reports from neighbors and photos came in. 

Photo: Eli Shamszadeh, April 11, 2016.  Shamszadeh shot photos from a safe distance across Allesandro Street from the Rosebud underpass while he waited to get up the hill. 
Photo: Eli Shamszadeh, April 11, 2016.  According to another neighbor, LAFD rolled up on Rosebud without sirens.  We know it's a torched stolen car because 1. there is no parking anytime under the SR 2 Freeway on Rosebud, and 2. this used to happen almost weekly in the early 1990s.  It's been so long since we've had one, at least one longtime neighbor on the 2 Freeway side of the hill thought it sounded like a horrible accident.
Photo: Eli Shamszadeh, April 11, 2016. According to Shamszadeh, by 10:48 PM, LAFD was gone and Rosebud was open again.  

While there have been very few torched stolen cars under the 2 Freeway in the last 10 years, the last one we documented was in 2007. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Silver Ridge Way: Rainbow Crashes Into Glassell Park, Rainfall Totals

Photo: Joan Stevenson, April 9, 2016.  Nothing makes a rainbow more magical than golden light at sunset.  (Looks like the guard rail on Silver Ridge Ave could use a coat of paint.)
Photo: Joan Stevenson, April 9, 2016.  Hey developers, it looks like the pot of gold is in Glasell Park.

We're tracking rainfall totals in the Corralitas Drive rain gauge...

5 PM, April 8, 2016 to April 10, 2016: 0.2"
*Rain year to date: 9.1"
 
*Normally, the "rain year" would have ended June 30.  However, this rain year, California joined the rest of the country, reporting rainfall totals between October 1 to September 30.  Who expected to have significant rain between July 1 and October 1?  There will always be an asterisk next to the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 rain years on Corralitas Drive.  The 2014-2015 rain year ended with 15.17."  We got an unprecedented 4" between July 1 and September 30, 2015. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Corralitas Drive & Rosebud Ave: Watch Out For Falling Rocks, Rainfall Totals

Photo: Gary Vlahakis, April 8, 2016.  Yesterday, another neighbor asked about the falling rocks from the construction site above the intersection of Corralitas & Rosebud.  Yeah, they're tumbling down.  Mud is also sliding down the public staircase and sidewalk.

Preliminary rainfall totals this afternoon:
April 8, 2016, 9 AM - 5 PM: 0.2" 
*Rain year to date: 8.9"

*Normally, the "rain year" would have ended June 30.  However, this rain year, California joined the rest of the country, reporting rainfall totals between October 1 to September 30.  Who expected to have significant rain between July 1 and October 1?  There will always be an asterisk next to the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 rain years on Corralitas Drive.  The 2014-2015 rain year ended with 15.17."  We got an unprecedented 4" between July 1 and September 30, 2015.

Corralitas Public Staircase: Mudwatch, Rainfall Totals

Photo: Gary Vlahakis, April 8, 2016.  Before dawn this morning, the mud run-off was significant from the Corralitas Drive construction site above the public staircase.
Photo: Gary Vlahakis, April 8, 2016.  By 9 AM we'd only gotten a 1/10 of an inch of rain.  Th construction site needs to control the dirt and rocks tumbling down from their extremely steep site onto the public staircase and sidewalk.

We track rainfall totals in the Corralitas Drive rain gauge...

April 7 - 8, 2016 by 9 AM: 0.1"
*Rain year to date: 8.7"

*Normally, the "rain year" would have ended June 30.  However, this rain year, California joined the rest of the country, reporting rainfall totals between October 1 to September 30.  Who expected to have significant rain between July 1 and October 1?  There will always be an asterisk next to the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 rain years on Corralitas Drive.  The 2014-2015 rain year ended with 15.17."  We got an unprecedented 4" between July 1 and September 30, 2015.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Viaduct Footings: Take Your Trash With You When The Party's Over

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, April 5, 2016.  Enough said.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Corralitas Drive: Odd Behavior

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, March 31, 2016.  A neighbor noticed the cats acting strangely.  Fred the cat seemed to be focused on not moving, while the other cat watched at close range.  Look closely at the cat's feet, a reptile tail is poking out.  The neighbor shooed the cat off.
Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, March 31, 2016.  Indeed the cat had been sitting on a rather large Alligator Lizard. The other cat was making sure the lizard didn't get away.  Alligator lizards are nasty lizards that snap and bite and will actually lock their jaws onto you if necessary to defend themselves.  Since the neighbor knew this, the cats were herded into the house and the neighbor let the lizard escape. 
Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, March 31, 2016.  How big was the lizard? The detached tail was 7" and the lizard was significantly longer.  The lizard got away, later seen way up on the side of the house where the cats couldn't reach it.

Knowing Alligator Lizards' penchant for biting with a bacteria filled mouth that  can easily cause infection, the neighbor checked the Fred for bites and found none.  Luckily if he was bitten, the lizard just got a mouthful of long fur. 
Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 6, 2013.  Fred is known to pal around with lizards.  This one was just playing dead.   Yes, really. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Red Car Property: High Surf Warning

April Fool's Post 2016

Photo: Diane Edwardson.  Early this morning, neighbors were alarmed to find a Killer Whale beached on the Red Car Property's Lot C.  Sea World was called to rescue the Orca but officials are not confident the whale would survive the road trip to San Diego. 

Some residents speculated the whale must have been an escapee from the mayor's planned Orca Park in the Elysian Valley Aquatic Preservation Zone, which includes Taylor Yard, in the soon to be revitalized LA River.  (Conditional Use Permits have not been issued for the Orca Park, as environmentalists are suing to block the salination of the LA River.)  The mayor has championed the Exotic Endangered Species Breeding and Preservation Overlay Zone (EESBPOZ) which would include Griffith & Elysian Parks, the river, all unbuilt hillside parcels between the parks and K-zoned parcels (horsekeeping parcels) in Atwater. 

The more likely scenario is the Orca is a member of a resident Southern California pod of Killer Whales that got caught in last night's high surf.  Why would anyone outside the actual coast take last night's high surf warning issued by the National Weather Service seriously?  The Red Car Property is a few hundred feet from the 5 Freeway and a couple of hundred feet above sea level. 
 
Disclaimer, the preceding portion of this post should not be taken as anything more than April Foolishness.  However... 

Actual High Surf Warning Map issued by the NWS on March 7, 2016.  This map has not been edited nor doctored. 

For months, whenever the NWS issued a High Surf Warning, the associated map showed the green warning area extending all the way to the 5 Freeway.  East of the 5 is the LA River. Maybe they need a new color for Urban Flood Advisory or LA River Flood Advisory does anyone more than a mile inland consider themselves as on the coast?
Enlarged from the previous map.  If the high surf reaches the Red Car Property or the 5 Freeway in Silver Lake, we're all in a lot of trouble.