Come see a loft or two!

The Downtown Center Business Improvement District will host our final
Housing Bus tour of 2007 this Saturday, December 15! We will be visiting
the following properties:

1. Reserve Lofts - for lease - model units available

2. Mandel Lofts - for lease - model units available

3. Luma - for sale - model units available

4. 1100 Wilshire - for sale - model units available

5. 2121 Lofts - for sale - model units available

6. Roosevelt Lofts - for sale - sales gallery

Space is limited, so we invite you and your guests to register at:

For your convenience, we will resume our bi-monthly Saturday Housing Bus
Tour on January 12, 2008.

Should you have questions or need assistance with registering, you may
contact our office at 213.624.2146 and ask for Jose Flores (ext. 223).

Ain't No Santa Claus

When I was 10 or something, I remember setting up camp in my dad's lazyboy to wait for Santa Claus. Thankfully it was Christmas Eve. In any case, kids at school told me he didn't exist, and I had this sinking feeling that they were right, but I still had to see it for myself.

I had my blanket, stuffed animals, flashlight, and alarm clock. I positioned the chair so that I could see the front door, window, and Christmas tree. I was ready for Santa Claus to come and finish off the gift-giving. 11 p.m. , Midnight, 3 a.m., all came and went with no action.

When my alarm clock went off at 4 a.m., my mom came down the hallway to break the news – No Santa Claus, and if I didn't get into bed the remaining gifts wouldn't be placed under the tree.

So, I went to bed – for an hour. My brother and sister woke up at 5 a.m. ready for stockings, and to shake the presents that Santa left. I didn't say anything to them, they needed to figure it out for themselves.

There was a DVD floating around ArtWalk last night, and it is said to have on it remarks made by the President of DLANC at a December 6 CRA Board Meeting regarding the Skid Row Vision Plan.

I'm set to pick up my copy from the CRA on monday, not because I want to join in some kind of aggression, but rather I'm having a tough time facing the fact that something outrageous might have been said by someone I've been supporting with my good words through the neighborhood, and in my own circle of friends. If what was said was true, I can't in good faith be a supporter.

It's kind of like that night I was waiting for Santa Claus, and the disappointment I felt when I realized that my classmates were right.

Apologies don't fix broken trusts. Especially when the apologies I've heard just don't seem sincere.

When people make apologies for you, and the claim of defense is that you have a million things on your plate, maybe it is time to consider prioritizing?

Or maybe I should start prioritizing differently?

Outreach at Artwalk

Topics of conversation tonight:

The covert overtaking out our country by the King of England.

How certain racial groups have overtaken neighborhood councils.

Don't put my money in stocks, but rather stick it in a mattress.

It's not even a full moon, but it is a typical night on Main Street.

And,'s cold. I've wiped my nose on my scarf a million times.

I moved because I was tired of the rain

From my hometown:

Snoqualmie Falls


From the home of Evergreen State College

As MFM said: High Tide, Snowfall, and a lot of rain made for this trifecta that shouldn't come for another 30 years.

I've sat on the Ohare run way when this happened before...

Ever have a flight like this?

OMG - It's a DLANC mtg

It's like when Alex gives Ginny Instructions

Cute FedEx

Wonder how this works?

Until I guess?

I've been home for about an hour. Where was I? Our DLANC Board of Directors meeting. It's a raucous monthly event that is a true showcase of grassroots democracy - and Russ was right - something was in the water.

I haven't gone on a public rant in quite a while, and I guess it's time has come.

There are a couple of things that bug me about my fellow council members.

God-bless'em, they are good people and their heart is in the right place, but I get frustrated when motions come to the floor that haven't been flushed out, and there's one more word, phrase, or one little thing that needed to be put in there. It bugs me that it seems like motions come to our board meeting, and there's no real proof (granted, I haven't asked for it) that this motion has actually come from a committee, or if it's just a boardmember making a motion.

Board reports - they are verbal...we don't have written ones, and I'd like to see written ones.

Too few people doing all the work. It's starting to catch up with our board, and it seems like all of the boardmembers are doing something, but...

Imagine a see-saw. There's four people on one side, and 20 people on another. How would the see-saw balance? Well, for DLANC - th four people balance the remaining 20 people. And, I admit it - I'm one of the 20 people. Work, Church, UMW, a new building, a lovely relationship, my baseball collections, laundry, houseplants, and I guess I'm supposed to plan a wedding sometime...and I need time to blog - how am I supposed to fit volunteering, finding more people and telling my new neighbors that DLANC is the savior for downtown Los Angeles? OMG - I'm tired just typing it up.

And, to make matters worse (and the way I describe it, you'd think blood was spilling on Broadway) - our secretary is unable to be a notetaker for our meeting. I've got the last two meetings, including the Regional Connector presentation as MP3 files - but we don't have meeting notes.

And, we've got phat bank in our checking account, but no all encompassing plans (right now) to spend it. Why? Because we are too busy doing other things. And, and and and...I know I'm part of the problem.

>deep sigh<

To top it all off, Our DONE rep let us know that our election falls out of some sort of schedule, and our 2008 elections have been postponed until 2010. While I'm not calling for it, but I hope someone recalls me in 2008, just so that I have the opportunity to run on my good name.

2010...I don't know whether or not to be happy about this. I like elections, I want someone to run against me...I need someone to run against me or I'll feel like I really haven't done my job of activating the neighborhood. I want someone out there to say - "I can do a better job than she is, and this is what I would do" Those conversations are good for the neighborhood, and they should happen.

Okay okay...

I think I'm just punchy at this point.

There's one more item to cover, but I'm just going to wait until tomorrow night. (Before ER maybe?)

I think the machines are after me

First I had a flat tire.

Then, the printer gave me attitude.

Then, the scanner kept eating my paper.