Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Red Car Canyon: Mudwatch, Rainfall Totals

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, February 18, 2017. Hard to believe that pine tree is still standing after more than 23" of rain.

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

February 18-21, 2017: 0.17"
Rain year to date: 23.27"

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Red Car Property: How Long Will It Take To Get This Tree Hauled Away?

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, February 18, 2017.  Last week, someone cut down a large Peruvian Pepper Tree on the Lake View Ave side of the Red Car Property.  It has partially blocked the roadway since then.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

The Red Car Property is a lawless place when it comes to people cutting down trees and leaving them to become fire hazards.  Nor do they seem to care they've created a fire hazard once the trees dry out

The same portion of the Red Car Property seems to attract dead Christmas Trees.

Let the countdown clock start on this one. RIP Peruvian Pepper Tree, February 13, 2017.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Red Car Propery: Mudwatch, Rainfall Totals

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, February 18, 2017.  The Red Car Property was muddy, yet walkable, a day after the deluge.  

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

February 17 - 18, 2017: 2.4" (as of 9:30 AM)
Rain year to date: 23.1" (since Oct. 1)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Corralitas Drive: Mega Wind

Photo: Corralitas Drive Neighbor, February 17, 2017, 10:30 AM.  The wind was pretty incredible in a yard that's usually pretty well protected from wind.  Last night, TV newscasts were warning people not to go to work if they didn't have to today.

Rosebud Ave & Corralitas Drive: Homeless Guy's Upgraded Campsite

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor #1, February 14, 2017.  Homeless or IKEA promotion?   It's hard to tell the difference.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Corralitas Drive residents have been remarkably tolerant of the young homeless guy who took up residence on Rosebud Ave near the stop sign at Corralitas Drive more than a month ago.  The 2 Freeway overpass offers some protection from the rain
Photo: Corralitas Neighbor #2, January 9, 2017. When the young homeless man showed up under the 2 Freeway in the heavy January rains, several neighbors attempted to engage and encourage him to move into supportive housing.  They contacted CD13, who quickly notified PATH, (People Assisting The Homeless).  One even neighbor organized interested neighbors in an effort to help move him off the street and into support services. 

PATH representatives and LAPD Senior Lead Officer Lenny Davis reached out to him Thus far, he's not moved into a shelter, choosing to stay on the street.  Neighbors are skeptical that he will move into one, since (even in each of the photos) there are often open bottles of alcohol near his bed. 

One of the largest impediments to moving homeless into supportive housing, is drug and alcohol dependency.  Unless they are willing to get off drugs and alcohol, they cannot move into housing.  The housing bonds passed in recent elections fail to address this very real problem.  County Measure H, on the March 7, 2017 ballot, would allocate some funds  toward support services, but it seems to be a drop in the bucket.
Photo: Corralitas Neighbor #2, January 13, 2017.  This homeless guy has been tidy and  has not been belligerent like some of the meth-addicted homeless who've lived up on the 2 Freeway's landscaped medians (before the June 19, 2016 Silver Lake Fire).  However, neighbors are concerned that someone who reportedly is there all day and night knows when neighbors are coming and going.  Corralitas Drive is a very isolated street with only one means of vehicle access.  Our isolation makes us more self sufficient than most neighborhoods, but at some point, public safety becomes an issue.

Neighbors who own and live in their duplexes, have sent me email expressing frustration as a number of prospective tenants have told them they fear for their safety because of the homeless guy and the problems homeless attract. The tunnel has been hit with both Frogtown and Echo Park gang graffiti in the past month.  While the graffiti vandalism has always happened here, it now adds to the unease neighbors feel about the homeless guy.

Neighbors' patience has grown thin.  Many have said it's time for the guy to move on.  Hector from CD13 has been communicating with PATH and neighbors regarding this issue.  There are a myriad of issues involved.

Neighbors have been successful in using the City's MyLA311 app to get the graffiti painted out, usually within 24 hours of reporting it.  If the graffiti is on up on the 2 Freeway and inaccessible from the sidewalk, the City will not paint it out.  Report it to CalTrans.
Photo: Corralitas Neighbor #3, January 4. 2017.  A few days before the homeless guy showed up, the tunnel under the 2 Freeway on Rosebud Ave was the cleanest it's been in years.  The tunnel  is usually so trashed, that when it's clean, neighbors get pretty damn excited about it.  

A neighbor was so pleased seeing the clean tunnel, she sent me this photo of a woman walking her dog in the immaculately clean tunnel. As a 27-year resident of Corralitas Drive, I did not want to publish it, because I didn't want to advertise to dumpers and graffiti vandals.  A few days later, the homeless guy took up residence.  File it under: why we can't have nice things.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Red Car Property: Peruvian Pepper Tree Cut Down

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, February 13, 2017.  Someone cut down a large Peruvian Pepper Tree (Schinus molle) between 3 PM Sunday and 10 AM Monday.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 24, 2017.  The pepper tree is the dark green tree on the left side of the above photo.  It was a large and healthy looking tree.  There is a difference between trimming a tree properly and destroying a tree.  This incident doesn't even qualify as tree topping.

At least they didn't cut down the protected native Black Walnut trees (the trees with no leaves - they drop their leaves for winter).  

The Red Car Property includes the slope up to the fence line on the Lake View side. The portion of the Red Car Property between Rose Scharlin Nursery School and the Silver Lake Ave Public Staircase, abutting on Lake View Ave homes, does not have as egregious of encroachments as other sections of the Red Car Property.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 25, 2016.  The Peruvian Pepper Tree looked to be about 30' tall in 2016.  While it was not a protected native tree, it was a "significant tree," with a trunk diameter of at least 8". 
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, February 13, 2017.  The split in the trunk was below the cut, not above.  So a cut was made and the weight of the tree (on the downslope side), split the tree and it went down.  Look at the first photo again if there is any doubt about the cut.

Another neighbor commented, "What is with all the tree hate?!"  Indeed, the Red Car Property is a lawless place.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Corralitas Drive: Rainfall Totals

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, January 23, 2017.  Peruvian Pepper Trees are messy but well suited to our drought/deluge Hillside environment, storing large amounts of water in their deep root systems.

We're tracking rainfall totals in the Corralitas Drive gauge:

February 10 - 11, 2017: 0.7"
Rain year to date: 20.7"

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Corralitas Drive: Moonrise Eastside

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, February 9, 2017.  Super bright moon rising over the Eastside added to an already scenic sunset.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Corralitas Drive: Great Horned Owl

Video: Corralitas Neighbor, February 8, 2017. A neighbor managed to capture video of a very large Great Horned Owl taking off from a telephone pole near his house.  The owl flew southeast, toward the top of the hill.  

Great Horned Owls eat rats, mice, gophers and squirrels.  Cooper's Hawks really hate them.  Click here for all our owl posts.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Corralitas Drive & 2 Freeway: After Record Rains In 2005; Current Rainfall Totals

Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 5, 2005.  Los Angeles had record rainfall in 2005 with nearly 38" Downtown (We usually get about a third more rain than Downtown.)  Most of those trees on the 2 Freeway and Corralitas Drive are gone now.

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

February 7 - 8, 2017: 0.1"
Rain year to date: 20"

Big rain is supposed to hit midday Friday. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Corralitas Red Car Property: Rainfall Totals

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 24, 2017.  We've said it a lot. Don't drive on the Red Car Property.

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

February  5 - 6, 2017: 1.1"
Rain year to date: 19.9" 

LA Almanac rainfall totals 1877-2016 (Downtown)

Next big rain is due midday Friday.  Be on the lookout - trees always go down in February.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Red Car Property: Steep Slopes, No Trees

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 28, 2017.  The steep slope on the south end of the Red Car Property has no trees to hold it together.  The slope below Lake View Ave burned in the June 19, 2016, Silver Lake Fire.  The Red Car Property line is roughly parallel with the power lines above the slope.  With nearly 18'' of rain since Oct 1, neighbors are wondering how much of the slope will slide.  This slope drains directly to Corralitas Red Car Property, into what we refer to as Lake Corralitas. (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 28, 2017.  It's hard to convey just how steep the slopes are above the Red Car Property.  The tree stumps on the opposite slope are from the formerly huge Eucalyptus tree adjacent to Corralitas Walk and the 2 Freeway
Photo: Gary Vlahakis, January 9, 2017.  The dead Eucalyptus trees on the Red Car Property slope were cut down in December by LAFD brush clearance contractors.  Meanwhile the native Black Walnuts and Coast Live Oaks are recovering from the fire.
Photo: Gary Vlahakis, July 9, 2016.  A few weeks after the Silver Lake Fire, one of the two large Eucalyptus trees to the right of and downslope from the power pole was showing new growth.  However the already diseased tree was dry again by October.  In July, neighbors were unsure which trees would survive.  Leson: plant native trees and shrubs; they evolved with our extreme drought/fire/deluge hillside ecosystem.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Corralitas Drive: Rainwatch

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, February 3, 2017.  Non-native but naturalized Peruvian Pepper Trees (behind and to the left of the gargoyle) are a common hillside tree in our area, that managed to thrive during the drought even in areas where the native Black Walnuts were not doing well. 

We're tracking rainfall totals in the Corralitas Drive rain gauge:
February 3, 2017: 0.2"
Rain year to date: 18.08"

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Red Car Property: Mudwatch, Sliding Boulder Near Adelbert

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 24, 2017.  A good sized boulder slid down the Red Car Property slope below Adelbert onto the trail, during the series of weekend storms.  (CLick on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 24, 2017.  There used to be a lot more trees on this slope, so it's hard to find comparable photos in my archives showing where the really big rock came from.  The boulder appears to have slid a good 15' downslope then rolled another 10' feet to the edge of the trail. 
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 24, 2017.  Despite more than 5" of rain Thursday - Sunday, the trail north of the construction fence is walkable.

Note: In 2005, I got stuck in the mud while shooting photos of a mudslide about 50' north of the boulder.  I was standing on the mud when I sunk about 8" into it.  Luckily, I was wearing knee high rain boots.  It was like quicksand.  My foot came out but not the boot.  I had to try to balance on one foot, trying not to slide deeper in the mud, while pulling my boot out of the mud - not easy in the rain. The mud did not want to cough up my boot.  It took me about 20 minutes to extricate myself from the mud. I was on what I thought was the edge of the slide, on the grass, but apparently not.  

Respect the mud.  If you have to go out onto the mud in your yard for repairs, be sure you bring planks of wood or rocks to walk across.  The ground is saturated. 

Corralitas Drive: Let The Clean Up Begin

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, January 23, 2017.  Three storms in five days has neighbors getting fit by cleaning up their yards.  Sure, those iconic Canary Island Palm Trees frame photos dramatically, but your love of the tree will be tested after hauling a few dozen of the 15' to 20' long palm fronds up the hill and cutting them to cram into the green bins. (This is just the first batch.)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Corralitas Drive: Rainfall Totals

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, January 23, 2017.  Taylor Yard is still there.  City Council's Arts Parks and LA River Committee has Taylor Yard on its agenda tomorrow.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

We're tracking rainfall totals in the Corralitas Drive rain gauge:
(Storm #3 of 3 started late Saturday night and scattered showers are continuing as we post .)

January 21 - 23, 2017: 2.5"
Rain year to date: 17.85" 
3 storm total since Thursday: 5.2"
Since January 1, 2017: 10.25"

Downtown Los Angeles (USC) was at 14" for the rain year. 

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Corralitas Red Car Property: Mudwatch, Rainfall Totals

Video: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 20, 2017, 11:20 AM.  After the second of three storms dumped 1.5" of rain on the Red Car Property, this morning alone, Lake Corralitas was overflowing its banks and heading toward the LA River via the Corralitas Drive storm drain (the inlet is about 150' down the street from here).  

The Corralitas Red Car Property serves as a natural catch basin for the stormwater runoff from the very steep slopes rising hundreds of feet to the top of Silver Ridge Ave.  The rain also collects in Red Car Canyon and flows both north (toward Riverside Place and India Street)  and south (toward Corralitas Drive)

In the video, you can catch a glimpse of the predictable mudslides on the Red Car Property portion of the slope, particularly noticeable since LAFD brush contractors took out trees six months after the Silver Lake Fire

We're tracking rainfall totals in the Corralitas Drive rain gauge:
January 20, 2017: 1.7"
Rain year to date: 15.35"

Storm #3 hitting Sunday, is supposed to be the largest of the three this week.  Batten down the hatches!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Corralitas Drive: 1 Storm Down, 2 to Go; Rainfall Totals

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, January 19, 2017,  "We are veering back and forth between eyeball-searingly bright and dark, dark, dark. It switches every 10-15 minutes."  (After storm one of three supposed to hit through Monday.)

Rainfall totals in the Corralitas rain gauge as of 11:30 AM today:
January 19, 2017: 0.9"
Rain year to date: 13.65"

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Corralitas Drive: Disappearing Fire Hydrant, Blocked Sidewalk

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 17, 2017.  Yesterday afternoon, someone tossed the rocks from the street to the sidewalk.  Mud is about to completely cover the fire hydrant.  The sidewalk has been neglected by the current property owner for years, forcing people to walk into the street on a blind curve around which people routinely drive too fast.

The sidewalk blocked by mud has been reported by neighbors to MyLA311.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Corralitas Drive: Neighbors Perplexed By No Parking Signs

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, January 13, 2017.  Neighbors were confused by the no parking signs on both sides of Corralitas. They assumed work was starting on the lot where sliding mud and rocks blocking the sidewalk, and even the street, have  been a problem neglected by the current owner.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, January 13, 2017.  The signs were gone later the same day. No effort to clear the sidewalk of mud and rocks occurred.  There are no plans submitted to Building & Safety regarding the vacant lot.