Downtown - Chime In!

The Downtown Center Business Improvement District has launched a study to compile data in part to help lure new businesses to Downtown. The Downtown Demographic Survey, available at www.downtownla.com, is open to anyone who lives and works in the community, as well as those who come Downtown for entertainment and events. Respondents are asked to identify information such as marital status and age, their association with Downtown, the types of attractions and restaurants they frequent and what sorts of businesses they would like to see move into the area, including specific grocery stores. All questionnaires are anonymous, though those who provide a name and email address will be entered in a sweepstakes to win prizes from the Daily Grill, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Hilton Checkers hotel and other Downtown-area operations. 

The survey is an expanded follow-up to a poll conducted by the BID! in 2006. “This is one of the most important endeavors of our business improvement district,” said Downtown Center BID President and CEO Carol Schatz. “It’s an excellent marketing tool and a way to assess how we attract different populations to come Downtown.” Los Angeles Downtown News is a sponsor of the project.


In preparation for the Rally Flower and Olympic



On Oct 30, 2008, at 5:10 PM, Sandie Richards wrote:

photos of our banners, installed

Dear MFSA, Phil, Jonipher, Harold, Marx, Ginny, Ben and Jessie, and cc to Lincoln:

Our banners are up on our signs at Flower and Olympic, and they look amazing!

Marx Gutierrez put up 'temporary' yard signs before we got the banners, and so we've already gotten some reaction. A woman called today to let me know about the No on 8 signs, in case we didn't know they were there. You can imagine the discussion we had when I explained that our church as taken a 'No on 8' position.

I wanted to say a heartfelt thank you for each of your efforts to make this happen. Even though the banners will be up slightly less than 1 week, it is an important witness as literally hundreds of cars and thousands of people pass this corner each day, on their way to a Lakers game or Convention activity or riding on the bus that is taking them to and from work. It's such a public corner, and we are saying that there are Christian Churches who don't agree with Prop. 8.

I am grateful to be part of a church for whom this decision was an easy one: we stand for human rights, and for equality. I'm equally grateful to those of you in our broader community who gave your time and efforts to ensure that our position is posted at the corner of Flower and Olympic!!

Thanks again, and blessings! Whatever happens on Tuesday, people will know where we stand.

love,
Sandie

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first.
First United Methodist Church of Los Angeles
office address: 714 W. Olympic Blvd, Suite 508
worship site: Villa Flores Multipurpose Room, 1020 S Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
tel: 213.749.0212 ext 1# fax: 213.749.0232
Website: fumcla.org

Don't forget...Rally November 2

And, if you happen to be in a pissy mood, the "yes" people will be hosting their thing close to City Hall.

11/2/2008 Say Yes to 8
TIME: 12:00 PM - 5:15 PM

ASSEMBLY: Corner of 1st Street and Main Street

ROUTE: Main Street north to Cesar Chavez then west on Broadway north on Ord west on Hill then South on 1st Street East.

CONTACT:
Save Marriage & Family Coalition
Yu Nancy Huang at 626.286.0765


Roots of Equality
Contact: Teresa Wang
Founder
P: 562‐833‐0320


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

No on Proposition 8 Rally to be Held November 2nd at Pershing Square

Los Angeles, Calif. (October 23, 2008) ‐‐‐ Opponents of California Proposition 8 from across Southern California will gather on November 2nd in Pershing Square for a rally to defeat Prop 8. The rally will take place at 1:00 pm is meant to serve as a grassroots avenue to voice disapproval of this latest attempt to undermine civil and human rights.

This rally is intended as a means for attendees to interact with the public, clear up confusion surrounding the facts of Prop. 8, and discuss strategies for individuals on a personal level to defeat this prop on Election Day. Participants are encouraged to make their own signs, bring signs from the No on 8 campaign (www.noon8.com), or use signs provided by the organizers.

Pershing Square is located at 532 South Olive St. in Downtown Los Angeles. The rally is currently looking for public officials and/or celebrities who would like to participate in the day’s festivities. Those interested in more information can contact rootsofequality@gmail.com or find the facebook event by searching for “Roots of Equality”.

Roots of Equality aims to organize grassroots efforts to combat discriminatory legislation, initiatives, and laws based on sexuality and protect existing rights. Our goal is to motivate like‐minded individuals to join us and provide an outlet to express themselves through organized visibility and individual expression.

Roots of Equality was founded by Tom DeSimone, Jason Wright, Kersu Dalal, Justin Emerick, Melissa Lopez, and Teresa Wang to fill the need for grassroots efforts in fighting for and protecting LGBT civil rights.
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NO JEFF NO!

I just saw (thanks to all the people visiting ginnycase.com) that Jeff Kent is a "yes on 8" guy. How disappointing!

Jeff. How could you do this?

Jeff, you support treating people unequally?

Jeff - reconsider.

Unless you are at a wedding, you'll need to be at this

Our second speaker confirmed!
Chastity Bono

Chastity Bono (born March 4, 1969) is an American LGBT rights
advocate, writer, actress and musician. She is the daughter of the
American entertainers Sonny and Cher. To learn more about her visit
the links below:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chastity_Bono

Meet Chasity Bono by clicking on the links below or come meet her at
the Rally this Sunday!
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=53499891
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0095106/

To learn the latest DETAILS about what has been added to this the Vote
No on 8 Rally in Downtown Los Angeles, please visit the link below:
http://www.OutinDowntownLosAngeles.com

We are still looking for additional speakers. Please call
213-891-9345 at let us know of your interest.

Voting No on 8,
Ted and Drew

Hasta La Vista Vista!

October 29, 2008
Microsoft Introduces Windows 7, Ending Vista Brand

By JOHN MARKOFF
LOS ANGELES — Microsoft introduced what it said would be a slimmer and more responsive version of its Windows operating system on Tuesday, while unceremoniously dropping the brand name Vista for the new product.

The new version will instead be branded Windows 7, because it is the seventh of a long line of operating systems for PCs developed by the company since the 1980s. The company did not say when it would sell Windows 7 to the public.

The company also said that it was planning to introduce a Web-based version of its Office programs, which is aimed at heading off a new wave of competitors like Google Docs and Zoho, which have deployed word processors, spreadsheets and presentation programs that run on a Web browser. The company was vague, however, about how it would price the programs and acknowledged that it would face skeptical Wall Street analysts who think the strategy would cannibalize the company’s profitable Office franchise.

After almost two years, Windows Vista is still getting a lackluster reception from consumers and facing a relentless marketing barrage from Apple.

The problem was highlighted last week when Microsoft reported its financial results for the most recent quarter. Its Windows unit reported just a 2 percent rise in revenue against a 4 percent decline in operating income. The computer industry viewed the setback as a shift of historic proportions. The company acknowledged last week that the mix of Windows sales in both mature and emerging markets had tipped more toward low-cost PCs, which come with lower-margin versions of Windows and often not Vista. Sales of Office software rose 23 percent, bringing in more revenue than the operating system.

On Tuesday morning, the company demonstrated Windows 7 before a group of more than 6,000 programmers attending the company’s Professional Developers’ Conference being held here through Thursday.

“We’ve done a lot of work around how you manage the windows, how you launch programs and how you manage the windows of the programs that you’ve launched,” said Steven Sinofsky, the Microsoft technologist who has led the development of the new version of Windows. “It’s all about personalization and putting you in control of the PC, and that’s a big initiative that we’ve had.”

Mr. Sinofsky took the stage and issued an apology of sorts for the problems and frustrations associated with Windows Vista. He said the company had listened to and was responding to the feedback.

“We got feedback from reviews, from the press, a few bloggers here and there, oh, and some commercials,” he said, with a nod to a lengthy Apple advertising campaign that has mercilessly poked fun at Microsoft’s woes.

He also said that he had not taken particular offense at Apple’s ad campaign teasing the giant software developer. However, the laptop did have an “I’m a PC” sticker on its cover, a reference to a recent series of ads Microsoft ran that were widely viewed as a somewhat belated response to Apple. “As an engineering team we have to do what engineers do, when you build a product, when you build a service, you step back and say what have we learned from this, what can we do better, what went well, how do we build on our experience,” he added.

He then demonstrated a “pre-beta” version of Windows, acknowledging that some features were still missing. The presentation focused generally on the more polished control features of Windows 7 including how on-screen notifications are handled, an issue that was an irritant for early Vista users who complained about the nannylike behavior of the software.

Other new features in this very early version included an enhanced and more flexible task-bar, more powerful search features, and an easier-to-use home network and file sharing. There was also a hint that Microsoft plans to revise Windows 7 to take advantage of the coming wave of multicore microprocessors from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices. Mr. Sinofsky said the company would give more details on the ability of the new program to handle up to 256 processors.

Mr. Sinofsky, who previously led the development of the company’s Office application, showed Windows 7 running on a low-priced Lenovo notebook computer equipped with just one gigabyte of memory and a relatively low-power Intel Atom microprocessor. This suggests that the new version of the program will require far fewer resources than its predecessor, although Mr. Sinofsky declined to make specific performance promises.

Microsoft also said that it planned to offer versions of a number of its Office applications via a Web browser instead of as an application on a PC, via the Microsoft Office Live Web service, and to businesses through a hosted subscription.


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I like this No on 8 post!

The Ugly Betty's say No on 8

Halloween for the kids!

REMINDER!!!

Dear Downtowners,

The 1st Annual Halloween Party for Downtown L.A. Kids is here!

Please remember:

Please come at 6pm. There will be activities all evening until 9pm.
Ralphs Fresh Fare is hosting the food and drinks at no charge! Bring your appetite and thirst.
No dogs allowed in the Grand Hope Park. Sorry.
Bring your already carved pumpkin for the contest.

When

Friday, October 31st from 6pm-9pm

Where

Grand Hope Park at FIDM
Southeast Corner of Hope & 9th
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Parking

$5 in the FIDM Garage
Enter from the south side of 9th Street, between Hope and Grand


See you there!                                                                         

Boo!


Jose A. Flores
Administrative Assistant
Marketing & Economic Development

Downtown Center Business Improvement District
626 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 200
Los Angeles, California 90017
213.624.2146 office | 213.624.0858 fax
jflores@downtownla.com | www.downtownla.com

Watching West Wing

Oh how I love West Wing.

And, tonight on Bravo two episodes of West Wing include the re-election of Jed Bartlett.  I told Alex that I will be so happy to have a joyful election night.

I'm hopeful for a joyful election night.  All you bitter liberals get out there and vote.  

Aren't you tired of sad election night parties?  

We should all wake up on Wednesday morning with a hangover due to joyful drinking...not drinking away our sorrows.

Quick Peep at Website Statistics

Pacific Electric Lofts should know...this is the most visited page on my website:

PE: Only for the Drunks

Second most visited:

PE: My New Years Post to BlogDowntown

Then, everything else everyone wants to look at is all about Iolani.

No on Proposition 8 Rally to be Held November 2nd at Pershing Square

Los Angeles, Calif. (October 23, 2008) ‐‐‐ Opponents of  California Proposition 8 from across Southern California will
gather on November 2nd in Pershing Square for a raly to defeat Prop 8. The rally will take place at 1:00 pm is
meant to serve as a grassroots avenue to voice disapproval of this latest attempt to undermine civil and human rights.

This rally is intended as a means for attendees to interact  with the public, clear up confusion surrounding the facts of
Prop. 8, and discuss strategies for individuals on a personal level to defeat this prop on Election Day.

Participants are encouraged to make their own signs, bring signs from the No on 8 campaign (www.noon8.com), or use
signs provided by the organizers.

Pershing Square is located at 532 South Olive St. in Downtown Los Angeles. The rally is currently looking for public officials and/or celebrities who would like to participate in the day’s festivities. Those interested in more information can contact rootsofequality@gmail.com or find the facebook event by searching for “Roots of Equality”.

Roots of Equality aims to organize grassroots efforts to combat discriminatory legislation, initiatives, and laws based on sexuality and protect existing rights. Our goal is to motivate like‐minded individuals to join us and provide an
outlet to express themselves through organized visibility and individual expression.

Roots of Equality was founded by Tom DeSimone, Jason Wright, Kersu Dalal, Justin Emerick, Melissa Lopez, and Teresa Wang to fill the need for grassroots efforts in fighting for and protecting LGBT civil rights.
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For additional information, visit http://www.OutinDowntownLosAngeles.com

Group Study Exchange: South Korea

The Rotary Club of Los Angeles – Morning Club is looking for young business and professional people to represent them on a cultural and vocational exchange to South Korea. Participants will meet with South Koreans who are in your field. In addition to “vocational days”, you will get the opportunity to enjoy cultural and humanitarian experiences, while representing Rotary International.

Airfare is paid for by Rotary International. Housing and meals provided by host District 3660.

Application Guidelines

•    Participants cannot be current members of any Rotary organizations
•    Be currently employed for at least 2 years in any business or profession on a full-time basis
•    Be between 25-40 years of age
•    Work or live in District 5280 (Los Angeles County)
•    Able to travel from March 28 to April 25, 2009 with your employer's consent

The 2008 Group Study Exchange will make a presentation to the Club the morning of November 6, 2008.  They will discuss their experiences in Central America. We would like to invite those interested in applying for the 2009 trip to see the presentation and meet with the Club to discuss your interest.

To attend the presentation and receive the application, please RSVP to ginny@ginnycase.com.

The group generally meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:30am at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, located at 431 W 7th St (NE corner of 7th & Olive).

For more information about the Rotary Club of Los Angeles Morning, visit http://lamorningrotary.org/

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary’s global membership is approximately 1.2 million men and women who belong to more than 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

Million Trees Los Angeles


MTLA x LAHD Handyworker Program together provide clients with free trees to be planted at their property. Today, the first tree was planted at Ruby’s place. It was a Sweet Bay and will have white flowers. Attached is a picture of the scene. More information about the pilot program will be available on the up coming LAHD Handyworker Program Newsletter.

Downtown LA Voters - Be sure you are on the list!

From: Ashley Zarella
Date: October 8, 2008 8:18:27 AM PDT
To: CommunityDLANC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: New Residential Buildings - Make Election Day Count

Through some recent investigation, it has been discovered that some of
the new residential buildings downtown may not be recognized as such by
the LA County Registrar. If you live in a new residential building, you
may want to double check that the Registrar will let you into the polls
on Election Day. For instance, the Chapman Building at 8th/Broadway
recently opened and was still identified as an office building. The
County quickly sent out an inspector, however, to verify the change in
use and now all registered voters at the Chapman are eligible to vote.

If you are not sure about the status of your residential address, call
562-466-1310 today. Every vote counts and you have the right to
participate in the upcoming election.

67 to go

I just saw that I'm 67 clicks away from hitting 10,000 hits on my website. 

I like watching the number portion of my website, and I'm even more curious about what people are looking for when they get here.

August 2008 was the busiest month ever for the site. 

The top 5 favorite posts:
5. In Memory of Col. Hall
4. Moving to SB Manhattan
3. No on Prop 8
2. No Love For PE
1.  Liqour in Downtown


The favorites used to be the Marching Band posts, and the one about the rats in the PE Basement. 

This is still my all time favorite post: Santee Court and the Boy who called his Mommy

California Faith for Equality to speak at First UMC

From Pastor Sandie Richards:

Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kwong will be our guest speaker this Sunday at First UMC Los Angeles. He will bring a unique sermon style along with a message from California Faith for Equality.

Ca. Faith for Equaltiy is an interfaith organization working for marriage equality for same sex couples. You can find out more about California Faith for Equality at cafaithforequality.org

The Cal-Pac Conference of the United Methodist Church has taken a stand against Proposition 8, and in favor of Marriage Equality, a stance that is contrary to the international United Methodist Church at this time. Many United Methodist churches in the state of California are working to save legal marriage for same sex couples, and Dr. Kwong will tell us some of the things that California Faith for Equality is doing.

Dr. Kwong is a strong leader, and we are fortunate that he is able to come and speak-- you'll be blessed and enriched by his presentation.

This Sunday, October 4, is also World Communion Sunday, so we will celebrate the Eucharist along with Christians across the globe. Come and worship, and be blessed. The Eucharist is open to anyone who wants to participate.

Peace,

Pastor Sandie

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first.
(first united methodist church of los angeles)
worship= villa flores multipurpose room 1020 s flower st los angeles 90015 (enter @ back of bldg)
office= 714 w olympic bl suite 508 los angeles ca 90015 213.749.0212 www.fumcla.org