Wednesday, December 6, 2017

LAFD Declares Red Flag Parking Restrictions Will Be In Effect Again Thursday

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, December 5, 2017.  Tuesday, neighbors who parked on the Freeway side of Corralitas Drive, in defiance of the Red Flag Day No Parking signs, got $68 tickets.  The point of the freeway side of the street being clear on Corralitas, where vehicle  access is extremely limited, is to have consistent access for emergency vehicles while leaving the street open for neighbors to escape safely.

After first lifting Red Flag parking restrictions 8 AM today, LAFD has called a Red Flag Day for tomorrow, Thursday December 7, 2017, beginning at 8AM.  Text of the message sent:

DATE/TIME: 12/06/2017 / 03:11:53PM


The City of Los Angeles has declared that Red Flag No Parking Restrictions to be in effect starting 8:00 AM on 12/07/2017 and will remain in effect until further notice.

For additional information please visit our website at: OR call 3-1-1. Thank you for your cooperation.

Note: The Call Center's operating hours are from 08:00 AM to 4:45 PM daily including weekends and holidays.

Corralitas Drive: Maybe He Was Just Looking For A Better View Of The Creek Fire

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, December 5, 2017.  A neighbor followed the source of a small concentrated pile of leaves falling from the Jacaranda tree.  Who was way up in the tree?
Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, December 5, 2017.  The cat who likes to climb trees was way out on a narrow branch.  (No need to worry, he came down without incident.  He climbs trees, because he can.)
Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, December 5, 2017.  Maybe he was just trying to get a better view of the Creek Fire in Sylmar.  

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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

Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 17, 2017.  Red Car Property between Lake View Ave and Corralitas Drive includes the slopes up to the fences on either side of the canyon.  Many of the trees are recovering since they were toasted by the heat of the fire in 2016.
Photo: Jonathan Vandiveer, July 21, 2016. While shot from a different angle, the trees on the Lake View Ave side of Red Car Canyon showed the extent of the heat damage from the fire, a month earlier.  

December 1, 2011, we had a major windstorm that knocked down trees, knocked out power and started a fire on Lake View Ave.  

Monday, December 4, 2017

LAFD Declared Red Flag Parking Restrictions In Effect Tues, Dec 5, 2017, Until Further Notice

Photo: Diane Edwardson September 9, 2009.  LAFD declared a Red Flag Day starting at 8AM, Tuesday, December 5, 2017.  LAFD's website has become difficult to sign up for, or change how you receive notices.  Some of us, who've been signed up for alerts since the program began, got notice; others did not.  Once again, I got a call and email but not a text.  I used to receive all three. I recommend following @LAFDtalk on Twitter.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor June 19, 2016.  The Silver Lake Fire illustrated why Corralitas Drive is a Red Flag Day No Parking street.  There is only one access road, Rosebud Ave, to about 52 homes on Corralitas Drive, a substandard Hillside Street with hairpin turns.  If you didn't drive out before the Fire Dept arrived, you could not drive off the hill.  June 19, 2017 was not a Red Flag Day.  Neighbors a half a mile away, reported 6" embers blowing past their homes.  

The recent fires in Orange County, Napa Valley and Santa Rosa were wind driven fires.

December 1, 2011, we had a major windstorm that knocked down trees, knocked out power and started a fire on Lake View Ave.  

Red Car Property: Leaky Pipe

Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 15, 2017.  If you live on northern end of Lake View above the Red Car Property, you might want to check your backyard for leaky water or sewer lines.  The swath of bright green grass flowing downslope, way above the historic viaduct footings, indicates a problem. 

Native tree note: the small trees in the foreground and to the left of the green grass are protected native California Black Walnut trees.  They are currently dropping their leaves for winter.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Red Car Property: Count The Rings

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, December 1, 2017.  It was a really big pine tree.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Lake View Ave: Dead Pine Tree Removed

Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 15, 2017.  The huge pine tree in a Lake View Ave backyard never recovered after the June 19, 2016 Silver Lake Fire.  The Red Car Property line runs along the power lines.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, November 30, 2017.  Thursday, the sounds of chainsaws caught the attention of neighbors as the tree was finally being cut down.  Neighbors had complained to LAFD Brush Unit as well as CD13 since before the May 1 deadline for brush clearance as nothing on the Lake View Ave lot, including the castor bean forest, was cleared this year.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, December 1, 2017.  By Friday they were chopping up what was left of the huge pine tree.

Video: Red Car Property Neighbor, December 1, 2017.  A better sense of scale is gained with the number of huge trunk slices laid out on  the Red Car Property.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 17, 201.  In case there was any doubt the big pine tree was dead, here's another angle.  

Worth noting: the native Coast Live Oak and California Black Walnut Trees were recovering on the Red Car Property, downslope from the power lines.  In fact, many of the protected native trees were cut down by LAFD brush contractors and overcautious homeowners in the past year and a half.  However, even the the native trees cut all the way to a stump are, for the most part recovering.  Black Walnuts are currently dropping their leaves for winter.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Red Car Property: Toilets, Bumper, Aquarium

Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 15, 2017.  Neighbor reports the toilets, bumper and aquarium arrived on Lot C of the Red Car Property at India Street, as soon as the previous pile of dumping was picked up earlier this month.  They are still there now.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 15, 2017.  Perhaps the dumping would be curtailed,  if the Red Car Property was closed to all motorized vehicles, except emergency vehicles, with steel gates similar to those on every fire road in Griffith and Elysian Park.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

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

Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 17, 2017.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Corralitas Drive: ALERT, Large Coyote Pack

Photo: Gary Vlahakis, June 11, 2017.  Coyote pup on Red Car Property, still photo taken from video.

A Corralitas Drive neighbor, from the middle of the hill, wrote in an email today, "last night at 11pm, I saw a pack of 5-6 coyotes casually sauntering up Corralitas in the middle of the road, as if they were clocking in for the night shift."

It's more typical we see packs of 3 coyotes in the Red Car Neighborhood.  This is the first sighting of such a large pack on the street.  It is likely a family group with the juveniles learning to hunt with the adults.

Los Angeles Animal Services recommends "hazing' coyotes. If you encounter coyotes,  throw small rocks, shout, wave your arms, make yourself larger.  Be sure to keep your dog on leash and do not let your dogs chase coyotes.  

With a pack that large it is easy for them to lie in wait around cars to take unsuspecting pets as prey. Yes, I've stopped a couple of those attacks using the aforementioned techniques. You know the neighbors who walk their dogs regularly in the neighborhood, by the fact we've all said, "I saw two coyotes and I looked around and said to myself, OK, where's the third one?"

If you feed your pets outside, pick up the food bowls as soon as they are finished.  Do not leave even empty trash and recycle bins open.  If the bins are cracked or broken, get them replaced for free by calling 311 or online via MyLA 311.

Living with urban coyotes: LA Animal Services 

Record your coyote sightings: LA Nature Map on iNaturalist 

Click here for all our coyote posts.

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

Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 17, 2017.  A pack of more than a dozen bicyclists sped north on the Red Car Property.  Luckily, no one was on Corralitas Walk, the public sidewalk between Allesandro Way and Corralitas Drive, when they came downhill dangerously fast, taking pedestrians on the Red Car Property by surprise.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Corralitas Public Staircase: Wire Lettuce

Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 17, 2017.  In all the years of shooting photos of Wire Lettuce, I never managed to catch one just freshly opened. The stigmas are still curled.

Click here for our other Wire Lettuce photos.

The Corralitas Red Car Property Blog prefers to quote reliable sources, such as CalFlora and California Poison Control on the issue of toxicity.  We often get email suggesting some plants are edible. If you are eating your way through the Red Car Property, we DO NOT recommend you eat any plant you find in the Red Car Property neighborhood without first doing your own research. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Corralitas Drive: Pink Clouds, Power Lines, Palm Trees, Plane

Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 17, 2017.  The title pretty much says it all. 

Stay calm, however you travel over Thanksgiving weekend.

Corralitas Drive: Construction Hours Until 9PM Monday Through Friday?!

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, November 21, 2017.  Construction notice is posted at 2608-2610 Corralitas Drive.  Two single family homes are approved for the site situated on a blind hairpin curve adjacent to the Corralitas Public Staircase.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Why does the City allow construction activity in a hillside neighborhood with substandard Hillside streets until 9PM?  

The likely answer is to allow extra time for DIY homeowners who don't have time during weekdays to work on their own homes.  But that is a completely different situation than new home construction or permit-triggering renovations.  

Most construction sites don't work past 6 PM on Corralitas Drive, but why is it even allowed?  Considering parking, limited access and heavy evening traffic on residential Hillside streets in any zone, this is absurd.  Multi-family zoned Hillside streets are even more congested and have bigger parking problems than R1 Hillside neighborhoods.  

If it falls within the Hillside Area, no matter the zone, construction should only be allowed until 6 or 7 PM, M-F.  It doesn't even benefit developers if they have to stop work, move trucks, fences and equipment every time people try to drive up the hill.  

Why is construction allowed on all national holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day?!  Neighbors of this site report the developer will be drilling holes with heavy equipment on Thanksgiving.  No grading, hauling, deliveries or heavy equipment use, associated with construction permits, should be allowed on residential Hillside streets on Saturdays or national holidays. This should include any site where vehicle access is via residential Hillside streets.

Corralitas Drive has suffered through construction of 11 lots in the past 27 years, this is now the 12th.  Yet another duplex has been proposed for another lot on the street.  The fastest site took 18 months to build by developers who knew what they were doing in Hillside.  The longest was 5 years.  Corralitas Drive is not a through street and does not have regulation sized cul-de-sacs.  Weekend construction with heavy equipment and deliveries is not worthwhile.

You can file complaints about violations like failure to adequately control fugitive dust, equipment stored in the street or on sidewalks, blocking the street and public staircases, dangerous conditions, damage to adjacent property on Building & Safety's (LADBS) website. 

Neighbors should save the phone number of Parking Enforcement (LADOT) to their phone: (818) 374-4823 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Red Car Property: Marching Band

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, November 19, 2017.  Lake View Neighbors want to know, what's with the Fellini-esque marching band going up and down the Red Car Property late every Sunday afternoon?  Looks like they have drums, brass, at least one guitar and a flag girl or guy bringing up the rear.  

The neighbor who sent the photo says they're not really playing recognizable music, but they're a rag tag group, best described as "Fellini-ish."  Another neighbor speculated, "Maybe they're practicing for the Doo-Dah Parade."

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Red Car Property: Sewer Maintenance

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, November 16, 2017.  The City contracts out routine sewer maintenance on the Red Car Property.  They were scoping the 8" sewer lines with a camera.  Workers explained, the City contracts out maintenance in areas where access is difficult and requires gaining access on multiple private properties.  They also said the City deferred maintenance for decades in difficult areas.

For reference, this post was actually published December 2, 2017 and backdated to when the photo was shot and first appeared on Twitter.

Corralitas Drive: Scenic Sunrise

Photo: Diane Edwardson, November 16, 2017.  Damn power line.  Enough said.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Red Car Property: Shelf Fungus

Photo: s_d_m, October 27, 2017.  Red Car Property neighbor found a large shelf fungus growing out of cracks in the burned stump of a Eucalyptus on the south end of the Red Car Property, just off Corralitas Walk at the 2 Freeway.
Photo: s_d_m, October 27, 2017.  According to Mycoweb, it's most likely Laetiporis gilbertsonii, also known as a Chicken of the Woods.  They commonly grow in Eucalyptus trees in California.  We've documented many through the years in the Red Car Neighborhood.
Photo: s_d_m, October 27, 2017.  Chicken of the Woods often returns annually to the same trees.  This photo shows the fungus growing out of both sides of the stump.  The stump was left behind after LAFD contractors did brush clearance in December 2016, six months after it was scorched in the June 19, 2016 fire.

Related: All our fungus posts

Friday, November 3, 2017

Corralitas Drive: Creepy Sky

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, November 3, 2017, 11:08 PM.  Tiki god, skulls or Iron Man in the clouds? Corralitas Drive.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Corralitas Drive: Lost Dogs Passing Through

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, November 1, 2017.  A couple of good looking, friendly Huskies came romping through the top of Corralitas Drive just before 10 AM today.  Neighbors attempted to corral the dogs but they were having too much fun running free.  Huskies are notorious escape artists.
Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, November 1, 2017.  Both dogs had collars, but no tags.  They took off down the street.  Huskies can run for miles so they may not be from the Red Car Property Neighborhood.

If you find a lost dog, the best thing to do is to take it to LA City North Central Animal Shelter on Lacy Street.  You can put the right of first refusal to adopt the dog, if the owner does not claim him.  

The "pound" is the first place most people look for their lost dogs.  They can also scan animals for microchips.  If you've recently moved, be sure to update your pets' microchip info with the company it's registered with.

UPDATE: Dogs were found by their owner who lives in Elysian Valley via NextDoor.