Thursday, July 20, 2017

Red Car Property North: Still Needs Brush Clearance

Photo: Jay Lieske, July 13, 2017. The grass is dry and mostly mashed down but not cleared between the construction fence and Fletcher on the Red Car Property.  Protected native Black Walnuts are repopulating the slope.  A number of trees died after five years of drought.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Jay Lieske, July 13, 2017.  The Red Car Property is between Riverside Drive and Fletcher and Adelbert Ave.  Adelbert is a substandard Hillside Street with a number of hairpin turns to reach Lake View Ave.  It has only one means of access.  We don't know why Adelbert is not a Red Flag No Parking street.
Photo: Jay Lieske, July 13, 2017.  A year ago, the construction site on Riverside Drive, directly below the Red Car Property, took a lot of the Red Car Property with their construction fence, in addition to clear cutting trees on the Red Car Property.  This is the pedestrian path they left us.  Last year, their agreement with the property owner was to do the brush clearance on both sides of their fence.
Photo: Jay Lieske, July 13, 2017.  The construction site appears to have done brush clearance on the portion of the Red Car Property behind their fence.  It also looks like a few native trees are returning and recovering to the flat portion of the Red Car Property above the construction site.

Neighbors have expressed concerns that the native saplings and recovering native trees should be preserved as the brush clearance contractors are not known for their care with young trees.  

As with other parts of the Red Car Property, neighbors want to know why the property owner is allowed to get away with not doing brush clearance by May 1, every year?

Click here for all our brush clearance posts.

Red Car Property: Squatters' Camp Today

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 20, 2017.  Early this morning, the tent is gone, but the camp, still there.  It first appeared behind homes on Riverside Place and behind Rose Scharlin Co-op Nursery School more than a month ago.  

Since it first appeared, neighbors have been calling the police asking them to enforce the trespass order.  Unfortunately, the squatters never seem to be home when the LAPD drops by.  Silver Lake LAPD Senior Lead Officer Lenny Davis spoke to the property owner's son regarding removing the camp earlier this week.  CD13 notified the property owner of the camp last month.  It is the property owner's responsibility.  But then, it's also the property owner's responsibility to do brush clearance by May 1, every year.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Red Car Canyon: Chainsaws, Dry Brush, Dead Trees, Power Lines, What Could Go Wrong?

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor #1, July 17, 2017.  Around 10 AM the sound of chainsaws echoed through Red Car Canyon.  Luckily, there was no accidental sparking of fire. (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Red Car Property Neighbor #1 documented the canyon's dry brush on video (posted on our Twitter feed) with the sound of chainsaws grinding away in the background.  The video missed the tree going down, however the neighbor witnessed it happen, texting, "This guy chopped down a dead tree and NARROWLY MISSED THE POWER LINES." 

With so much dry brush on the Red Car Property, neighbors are always on fire watch and alert to potential hazards.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor #2, July 6, 2017.  We  published this photo last week.  Here, the photo is enlarged, with arrows added showing the location of the two dead trees that died prior to, but were also burned in the 2016 fire.  They appear to be on Lake View Ave lots near the power lines. The smaller of the two trees is the one Red Car Property Neighbor #1 witnessed falling to a chainsaw today. However, because the property lines have an odd arrangement right about there, it's hard to tell which lot the trees are on from the photos.

AT&T has been doing work on their lines on the telephone poles on the slope.  LADWP trimmed trees in April.  We were surprised DWP left the larger of the two trees, considering we'd had two fires in less than two years on the same slope. 

We know LAFD cited the Red Car Property owner as well as adjacent property owners who had not done their brush clearance.  Deadline for at least one adjacent property owner to comply with brush clearance was July 16, 2017.  According to the LAFD website, The Red Car Property owner was sent notice twice, and they failed to meet their compliance date of June 28, 2017.  

Since the first week of May, neighbors have been reminding LAFD Brush Unit and CD13, brush clearance had not been done on the Red Car Property.  We wonder when the property will be red tagged.  But it's not like the Red Car Property owner hasn't ignored the red tags for many years.  Even after last year's fire, they ignored the LAFD red tag order to comply.  LAFD brush clearance contractors cleared the property in December

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Corralitas Drive: Urban Skunk Kits Making Themselves At Home

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor #1, July 11, 2017. A neighbor, upon turning on the bathroom light at 3 AM, was surprised to find a young skunk asleep in the  bathtub.  The neighbor has no idea how it got into the tub.  It made it self quite at home on a washcloth and left its calling cards near its "bed."

The neighbor surmised the young skunk came in earlier in the evening, while the door was open and fan on.  It must have wandered in and seeking relief from the relentless heatwave, found its way into the cool bathtub.  "Actually, it seemed totally content and not at all agitated by my presence." 

As for removing the skunk, the neighbor continued, "I got two large old beach towels, put on my gardening gloves and dropped the towels over it and quickly wrapped them around and carried it out the back door and by that time there was definitely a skunk odor in the towels. I loosened the towels and came back inside. End of story. I now use my fire screen in the door when I leave it open." 

Photo: Corralitas Drive Neighbor #2, July 7, 2017.  At least one skunk kit has a taste for the plentiful rubber tree fruit around the yard.  

A Corralitas neighbor sees the baby skunks pass through the yard daily.  At least one skunk kit, or as the neighbor refers to them, "skitten" routinely pauses at the open door looking to be invited in (not going to happen).  The neighbor's cats are so complacent, "they don't even growl when the kits come by, let alone when the skunks try to come in the door!"

The other day, I got a text from Corralitas Neighbor #2, who was lying on the couch with the door open in the midday heat.  The neighbor "felt a very smooth little tongue licking her big toe."  Knowing it wasn't a cat or dog, she looked down and was surprised to see a skunk kit kissing her toe.  Unfortunately, the neighbor couldn't reach her cell phone to shoot a photo without standing up.  At which point the little skunk kit made a hasty retreat for the door.  The skitten was really sucking up in the hope of some relief from the heat.  

The same neighbor has told skunks trying to enter the house, in a calm voice, "No, no, no you can't come in.  Away with you."  The skunks go without argument. Sometimes you have to get up slowly and walk calmly toward the skunk while telling them, in a calm voice, to leave.  Skunks don't see well.  As long as you stay calm and make no sudden movements, they have no need to spray. 

No, neither neighbor feeds their pets outside.  Nor do they leave food around.  The rubber tree fruit attracts all types of urban wildlife.  It's hard to control the rubber tree fruit, even if you sweep daily.  If there is food a skunk wants, it will do almost anything to get to it.  I've seen skunks move rocks significantly larger than themselves, in broad daylight, to get into a yard.  I've also watched them squeeze through a single chain link in a fence (skunks are mostly fur).   

If wildlife wants to use your yard as a thoroughfare, it's not worth the trouble of trying to stop them.  Skunks and raccoons will move rocks and big pots, dig up plants, dig under fences to get back on their routine path.  It's better to find a way to coexist with them so you know where they come through the fence rather than be surprised in the middle of the night.  Jade plants are resilient enough to place near openings in the fence where urban wildlife insists on using a path. 

Don't feed your pets outside.  Keep your all your pets' vaccinations up to date.  Do not attempt to feed or pet wildlife.  Be sure you throw away any and all food trash (like from a BBQ or fruit fallen from trees) directly into a the large City trash bin and be sure the lid is tightly closed. 

Additionally, it is a myth that seeing a skunk in the daylight means it's sick or injured.  Corralitas skunks are out in the middle of the day.  We see them frequently, even when the dog is in the yard.  

Click here for all our skunk posts.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Corralitas Red Car Property: Still Needs Brush Clearance

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 6, 2017.  Neighbors are downright angry that the Red Car Property owner still has not done brush clearance.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Little has changed since May except a few more neighbors cleared brush back from their property lines on the Red Car Property out of self preservation.  In many places the dry grass has been mashed down by people driving cars and trucks across it.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 6, 2017.  The Red Car Property includes the slope up to the telephone poles that run across the middle of the slope.  Protected native Black Walnut Trees are recovering from the 2016 fire.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor July 6, 2017.  The large protected native Coast Live Oak is still showing dry branches and leaves toasted by the fire.  However, there is a lot of new growth on the tree.  Looks like LAFD brush clearance contractors and adjacent property owners went a bit overboard cutting down Black Walnuts on the Red Car Property.  
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 6, 2017.  Some Lake View Ave property owners did their brush clearance last week.  Looks like their trucks mashed down the dry grass or they cleared some of it so they wouldn't inadvertently spark a fire with their trucks on the flat part of the Red Car Property. 
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 6, 2017.  Nothing has changed on the Corralitas side
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 12, 2017.  Lest you think things are different today, reports from neighbors along the entire property, as well as photos from above, confirm they still haven't done brush clearance on the Red Car Property.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 6, 2017.  Corralitas Walk, a public walk street is sandwiched between the 2 Freeway (to the right of the chain link fence) and the Red Car Property (upslope from the sidewalk).  The upslope neighbor appears to have cleared some brush from the Red Car Property adjacent to their home.  However the brush still needs clearing here too.  The protected native Black Walnuts and Coast Live Oaks on the slope are recovering here too.

We've talked about the failure to do brush clearance on the Red Car Property for the past decade.  Nothing ever seems to change.

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Red Car Property: Owner's No Trespassing Signs Not Deterring Squatters

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 11, 2017.  Neighbors are increasingly frustrated with the month-old campsite on the Red Car Property, near Rose Scharlin Nursery School.  The squatters go to great lengths to hide their camp with dry brush colored umbrella and dry bamboo screening.  They drive in and out of the property in a white 4-door car.  

Neighbors report cigarette butts strewn around perimeter of the camp as well.  With the rash of fires in Elysian Park in the past two weeks, is there any wonder why neighbors are nervous.  These squatters appear to be the same couple removed from the Red Car Property by the owner several years ago. They were also associated with an ongoing problem at, or around, the squatter camp in a house on Riverside Drive that backed into the Red Car Property.

The Red Car Property owner needs to take responsibility for this nuisance.  While there may be a trespass order on file with the LAPD, the property owner has to call the overworked LAPD while the squatters are present and wait for LAPD to arrive to remove them.  Or the property owner can take their own steps to remove the squatters, keeping in mind that could be a potentially dangerous thing to do without LAPD present.

Send your concerns questions and complaints regarding the Red Car Property to hector.vega@lacity.org.  Be sure to include your name, street address and phone number.  If you see fire or smoke rising from this site, or are physically threatened by these squatters, call 911 immediately and be prepared to give dispatch directions to the site from Riverside Drive to India Street (east of the Red Car Property) and south toward Rose Scharlin.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Corralitas Drive: Who Needs An Alarm Clock When You've Got Juvenile Hawks?

Photo: Corralitas Drive Neighbor, July 10, 2017.  Like clockwork, at dawn, one of the recently fledged Red Tailed Hawks calls to be fed from just outside a Corralitas neighbor's window.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Another Corralitas neighbor named one of the juveniles, Rodan, for its constant calling starting at dawn and continuing for hours.  

The Red Tailed Hawks help control the rodent population.  Our resident Red Tails have a taste for squirrels. 

Click here for all our hawk posts.
 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Riverside Place: Neighbors Defending Their Own Driveways From Short Term Rental Parking

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 2, 2017.  Neighbors put up no parking signs to deter party-goers and tourists from parking in their driveway.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)  

Neighbors on Riverside Place are fed up with a single family home recently sold and turned into a short term rental home (like Air B&B).  Neighbors report short term rental tenants are  there usually only for a few days at a time.  They also complain about large parties at least once a month at the home.  

Riverside Place is a substandard Hillside Street that narrows to a width of about 14'.  There is no City Standard turn-around nor cul-de-sac, nor are there sidewalks.  The southernmost portion of the street is owned by the surrounding neighbors with a public pedestrian easement to the Red Car Property.  Neighbors have limited street parking and things get chaotic when there is a party at the short term rental house.  Even just guests at the house bring parking problems as they are unaware of what is and is not a driveway on the street, often parking in neighbors' driveways.

City Council's Planning & Land Use (PLUM) Committee is supposed to hear fro the public again sometime in July or August.  Click here for City Council File 14-1635-S2.  

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Corralitas Drive: Young Hungry Hawk

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, July 1, 2017.  Corralitas Drive neighbors report hearing hawks calling for hours outside their homes.  This telephone pole near the top of Corralitas Drive is a regular perch for Red Tails in the neighborhood.  (Click on photo to enlarge.) 

Last Saturday and again today, starting at dawn and continuing for hours, a recently fledged Red Tail Hawk was calling to be fed.  This is a particularly large youngster.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 1, 2017.  Even young hawks are aware of  people watching them.
 
We suspect the Red Tails have a nest in a tall pine tree on Corralitas Drive.  About a month ago, one neighbor reported seeing a large adult Red Tail pluck a squirrel out of a palm tree, then fly less than 100' to another neighbor's pine tree, landing in an opening of the branches near the top of the tree.  It appeared to be doing something in the tree with the squirrel as if it were feeding chicks.  It was too far for photos with a cell phone.  We usually see Red Tails eat meals atop telephone poles around the neighborhood.

The neighbor with the pine tree reported hawks frequently circling and calling in and around the tree and house this year.  This is typical nesting behavior in our neighborhood (we've watched the Red Tails in the nest on the 2 Freeway for years).  Since they nest high in the trees, neighbors are not always aware of the nest.  We've seen Red Tail juveniles return to the nest in the evenings months after they've fledged.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Red Car Property Neighborhood: There's Nothing Scarier On The 4th Of July Than Hipsters With Fireworks*

*Post originally published July 2, 2014.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 4, 2013.  That giant airborne explosion is not a professional fireworks show, but illegal fireworks shot off by some idiot on the south (Silver Lake & Elysian Heights) side of the 5 Freeway, close to Corralitas Drive.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

It seems every year we see more people shooting off illegal fireworks in the hills.  You can hear the gunpowder raining down on your roof, patios & trees - as I witnessed on Corralitas a couple years ago.  That same year, another neighbor was dumbstruck when he saw drunken hipsters shooting off similar fireworks way up on top of Micheltorena.  

ALL FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES, UNLESS THEY ARE IN A PROFESSIONAL FIREWORKS SHOW.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 27, 2014.  The dying Eucalyptus tree is still hanging above Red Car Canyon today.  (APN 5440-030-033)  

In fact, only 2 of the dozen or so dead and dying Eucalyptus we highlighted in May trees were significantly trimmed back.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 27, 2014.  The dead weeds are taller than the allowed 3" within 100' of homes. 

Links: LAFD Brush Clearance Unit
All our brush clearance posts

LAPD and LAFD are telling people, if you see someone shooting off fireworks, call 1-877-ASK-LAPD. If you see smoke, safely investigate.  If you see fire (not a BBQ) call 911.

Reminder: Keep A Fire Lane Open*

*Post originally published July 2, 2015.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, October 4, 2014. Last October's fire on the slope between Lake View Ave and the Red Car Property (caused by a blown transformer), showed just how tricky it is for the LAFD to navigate our narrow winding streets.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Luckily, there was no wind and the damage was confined to the brush on a slope where homeowners had done their brush clearance.  A lot of neighbors on Lake View got a wake up call about the importance of keeping a lane of traffic open for emergency vehicles.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, October 4, 2014.  Most neighbors on this part of Lake View already  took brush clearance and tree trimming seriously. 
Photo: Jonathan Vandiveer, August 13, 2010.  Riverside Place is one of the narrowest streets in the neighborhood.  Many of our streets have only one access point.  It's not just the 4th of July when we need to keep a lane of traffic open to for emergency vehicles, but all year round.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 22, 2012.  LAFD Company 56 is our local fire station and they are about the only crew with a small truck who really know the intricacies of our often substandard hillside streets, as seen above on Peru and Walcott in the Semi Tropic Spiritualists Tract

Some of our narrow streets and "corners" have hairpin turns and steep grades and only one means of access.  Don't block the street because you couldn't walk a few hundred feet.  If it's too far for you to walk, it might be time for you to clean out your garage and park in it.   
Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 12, 2015.  The short end of Corralitas is the widest and flattest part of the street.  It's also only part of the street where people can park cars on both sides. 

A few minutes before the above photo, I watched as a LAFD ladder truck, responding to the same call, made several attempts at a left turn from Rosebud onto Corralitas.  It could not make the turn.  This compact fire engine LAFD 220 was already on scene of the car accident.

Since record drought and 4th of July fireworks (that started in May) have hillside homeowners a little more on edge than usual this year, we remind you to take responsibility for your own neighborhood, beyond just doing your own brush clearance.  

If you see someone blocking the street, fire hydrant or red curb, politely ask them not to park there.  If they're "unloading their car," offer to help them, so they feel compelled to move their car faster.  If you're having a party, ask your guests to carpool, wear walking shoes, park legally and don't block anyone's driveway.  We actually a sign on our front door for parties "Did you park legally? Are you blocking neighbor's driveways?"  Inevitably, a handful of people turn around and move their cars before coming in the door.  

LAPD and LAFD are telling people, if you see someone shooting off fireworks, call 1-877-ASK-LAPD. If you see smoke, safely investigate.  If you see fire (not a BBQ) call 911.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Red Car Property: "Today's Nature Walk, From Tinderbox To Rain Forest!"

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 2, 2017.  Another Red Car Property Neighbor had a prettier view of the depressingly dry conditions on the Corralitas end of the Red Car Property. (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 2, 2017.  Who was guarding the trees in Red Car Canyon? Summer is a great time of year to watch lizards in Red Car Canyon. The dappled light and cooler temps in the canyon attract lizards  and their insect prey. 

The LA County Natural History Museum wants your neighborhood photos of Lizards taken June 1 through July 31, 2017.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 2, 2017.  Mourning Doves tend to be nervous visitors to the shade of Red Car Canyon.  Cooper's Hawks tend to hunt birds and likely nest in the canyon too.  We've witnessed a number of Cooper's Hawk vs Great Horned Owl smackdowns in the canyon through the years.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 2, 2017.  Cooper's Hawks prefer the dense trees in Red Car Canyon.  They have  keen eyesight good maneuvering ability to catch prey by surprise in the high contrast lighting conditions in the Canyon.  It's hard to believe this scene is a few 100' from the first photo in the series.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 2, 2017.  And yes, the neighbor saw the No Trespassing signs on the ground.  

As always, we are grateful for the contributions of photos from our many Red Car Property neighbors.

Corralitas Red Car Property: No Trespassing Signs Appear. How About Red Tags?

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 2, 2017. No Trespassing signs appeared on the ground at the Corralitas end of the Red Car Property.  The signs neighbors wanted to see for the past 2 months are LAFD Red Tag notices for brush clearance.  The Red Car Property extends up to the telephone poles, running across the slope.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 2, 2017.  This sign will not stop anyone.  

We've highlighted brush clearance issues on the Red Car Property for the past decade.  Click here for all our brush clearance posts.

Red Car Property At India Street: Oh Sure, That'll Work

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 2, 2017.  A neighbor found a No Trespassing sign on the ground at India Street on the Red Car Property.  Looks like the Red Car Property owner is enabling neighbors to call the LAPD to enforce the trespass order on the homeless camp south of India Street near Rose Scharlin Nursery School

Red Car Property Lot C: Needs Brush Clearance

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 1, 2017.  Two months since the deadline for brush clearance passed (May 1, every year) and the Red Car Property (in this post, north of India Street) has yet to be cleared.  That huge dead Eucalyptus is in the 40' wide City street right-of-way for Silver Lake Court.  High voltage lines appear to go through the tree to the adjacent telephone pole.  The crumbling slope is Lot C of Red Car Property.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 1, 2017.  Just north of India Street, the grass is taller and much more dense than a year ago.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor July 1, 2017.  Another dead Eucalyptus was trimmed back during brush clearance in December 2016, only after the Red Car Property was red tagged and cleared by a LAFD brush clearance contractor.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 1, 2017.  The grass is so thick, you'd never know how crumbly the slope really is.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 1, 2017.  The 4th of July is 2 days away, but cigarettes can be tossed any day of the year. 

Send your concerns about brush clearance on the Red Car Property to CD13's Hector.Vega@lacity.org.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Red Car Property South: Really Needs Brush Clearance

Photo: Red Car Properrty Neighbor, June 30, 2017.  After the 2016 Silver Lake Fire, you'd think the Red Car Property owner would clear the brush by May 1, like responsible hillside property owners.  Nope.  Nor did a number of neighboring properties on Silver Ridge Ave, Lake View Ave and one on Corralitas Drive bother with brush clearance.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, June 30, 2017.  When the slopes are so steep you can't see them from above, it's a clue you need to clear the dry brush and arundo from your lot. 
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, June 30, 2017.  The fire was spread by the dry grass on the Red Car Property and in particular, by the dry brush  and dry Eucalyptus on steep slopes.  This year, the dry brush is much taller and more dense than before the fire.

According to CD13, the Red Car Property owner was cited by LAFD.  Then why hasn't it been cleared yet?  Red Tagged? Neighbors on Corralitas and Silver Ridge received citations, dated last week, from LAFD, for failure to clear minor piles of debris their brush clearance guys failed to remove.  More than one remedied the hazard immediately.  Yet, these persistent non-compliant lots put everyone in the neighborhood at risk.  It's the same lots, year after year.

Illegal fireworks have been exploding in the neighborhood since the end of May.  In February, when it was clear we were having a big rain year,  I began reminding CD13 we would have explosive brush conditions on the Red Car Property.  Other neighbors have also been reminding CD13 and LAFD's Brush Unit of the hazardous conditions.   We're still looking for the Red Tags.

Send your concerns about the dry brush, homeless camps, unrestricted vehicle access or any other nuisance on the Red Car Property to Hector.Vega@lacity.org in CD13.  Be sure to include your name, street address and phone number.

4th of July is Tuesday.  Call 911 if you see smoke or fire in the neighborhood.  If you think you smell fire, go outside and walk around your house and investigate the source.  It's a good idea to become familiar with the neighborhood streets,  Due to the steep topography, you are more likely to see a fire on another street than the neighbors right there.  For instance, I had to learn how to direct the LAFD dispatch to an obscure spot on the LA River because I was often the first to report fires caused by the homeless camp on a portion of Parcel G  in Taylor Yard.  There's no excuse now with 3-D maps on your phone.  Take a few minutes this weekend and learn the streets you have a view of from your house, so you can help save the neighborhood if there's a fire.

I've written ad nauseum about brush clearance.  Click here for all our brush clearance posts.

Historic Viaduct Footings: Need Brush Clearance

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, June 29, 2017.  If you can barely see the tops of the viaduct footings on the Red Car Property, then the dry brush is about 3 - 4 feet tall.  Still flowering at the top of the slope: white Native Dandelions.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)  

Note: If you buy gas at the Arco Station at Riverside and Fletcher, ask them to please paint the graffiti out on their back wall.

Red Car Property North: More Dry Brush

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, June 29, 2017.  Heading towards Fletcher from the construction fence, you get a better idea of how much the grass has been mashed down.  Some of the dead  Eucalyptus still needs removal.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, June 29, 2017.  The native trees came back nicely.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, June 29, 2017. The native Blue Elderberry (on the far left) is beginning to fruit.  It looked dead this time last year.  The native Black Walnut saplings never went away. Native trees evolved with our drought/deluge/fire Southern California landscape.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, June 29, 2017.  The protected native Back Walnut Trees above the historic landmark viaduct footings recovered well from 5 years of exceptional drought.