Hitting Gnome Say What?

One day last week Alex was catching up on some very important issues - the Dodger's offense. LOB for these guys - and we ain't talking golf. We are talking about the Boys in Blue leaving their friends stranded on base, unable to score.

Alex came across an article about Brad Penny and Russell Martin and the introduction of the hitting gnome. Essentially, Brad saw that the Dodger website selling these gnomes, Russell Martin posted a printout of it with a note to "Hitting Gnome. Rub Me Here for Hits".

Alex figured they needed help, so he purchased the hitting gnome, and had it delivered to Russell Martin.

Last night we were watching the game, Alex saw a screen shot online.

But, as soon as we found it online, we saw the television camera zoom in on the gnome from Friday's hellish game. Delwyn Young had his hat sitting on it. At some point, Young picked up his hat, and in some fit of frustration knocked over the gnome.

I gasped and had to console Alex.

Alex is okay now, and feels exceedingly grateful that the hitting gnome is helping out.

However - I think having DeWitt in the line up may be having more of an impact than the gnome.

I'll side with Alex for the sake of peace in the home.

And, then I found out that he purchased the url "hittinggnome.com" and redirected it here.

Believe in the Gnome.

**UPDATE: Alex just texted me to let me know that Joe "You Dirty Boy Get a Haircut" Beimel purchased the gnome for Russell Martin. Oh well... I still think what Alex did was very cool.

Now that my grandparents know...you can too!

Say Hello to our baby. We are due August 27th, 2008.

The head is on the left, and backside on the right.

Mid-City Crenshaw Blvd Visioning and Implementation Study

Mid-City Crenshaw Boulevard Visioning and Implementation Study
Community Workshop #3

Saturday, April 26, 2008; 10 AM to Noon
West Angeles Church, North Campus, Crystal Room
3045 South Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles

A light breakfast will be provided

Free parking available across the street.
Metro service available via Line 210 or 710.

Phone: 323.669.7654
For more information visit:

Hollywood Mobility Study Meetings

The Community Redevelopment Agency for the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA)
Hollywood/ Central Region Office invites you to attend the:

Hollywood Mobility Strategy Plan Open House

Thursday, May 1, 2008; 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Hollywood Presbyterian Church
Mears Room
1760 N. Gower St.
Hollywood, CA 90028

The purpose of the open house is to present the draft recommendations of the Mobility Strategy Plan relating to parking, circulation, and transit, and to get community feedback.

For more information, please contact CRA/LA Hollywood/ Central Region office at 213-977-1677, or email mcortez@cra.lacity.org

Westside Extension Meetings in May

(and come see me @ work)

Westside Extension Transit Corridor Update Meetings - May 5th, 6th, 8th, and 12th

Please join Metro for the next round of community meetings to learn about progress on the Westside Extension Transit Corridor Alternatives Analysis Study. These meetings will update you about the refined set of alternatives that will continue for further study and the schedule for future steps.

Wilshire/Fairfax area: Monday, May 5th, 6 – 8pm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art: West - Terrace Room, 5th Floor
5905 Wilshire Bl, Los Angeles

Westwood area: Tuesday, May 6th, 6 – 8pm
Westwood Presbyterian Church
10822 Wilshire Bl, Los Angeles

City of Santa Monica: Thursday, May 8th, 6 – 8pm
Santa Monica Public Library – Multipurpose Room, 2nd Floor
601 Santa Monica Bl, Santa Monica

City of West Hollywood: Monday, May 12th, 6 – 8pm
Plummer Park
7377 Santa Monica Bl (at Plummer Pl), West Hollywood

Content presented at these meetings will be identical, so make sure to attend at the time and location most convenient for you.

For additional information or questions, please visit the Westside Extension Transit Corridor Study website at metro.net/westside or contact the project information line at 213.922.6934.


Metro’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), which identifies and prioritizes projects for future funding, is currently being updated. Even if you have already commented directly to Metro about the Westside Extension study, Metro’s LRTP planners also need to hear from you about potential transit improvements on the Westside if they are to be included in future regional transportations plans.

For more information about the LRTP, including how to comment, go to http://metro.net/projects_studies/lrtp.htm. The public comment period for the LRTP closes on April 25, 2008 so be sure to weigh in by then!

Big Car + DUI + Crazy Lady = Good Story

This is not a funny story because really...come on...don't hit cops.

Belfair Woman Rams Corrections Office


A 38-year-old Belfair woman was arrested Monday after allegedly hitting five cars and then driving her sport-utility vehicle into a Department of Corrections' field office.

The woman, identified by police as Annamarie Romano, was arrested for felony malicious mischief, DUI and reckless endangerment and taken to the Mason County jail.

Romano apparently struck five vehicles in the office's parking lot, then rammed the building. Witnesses said she was driving at a high rate of speed and yelling obscenities out the window while driving a Land Rover, police said.

No one was hurt in the incident.

DLANC Election Day: June 12

The Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC) elections will take place June 12, 2008. The 28-member board represents seven (7) geographic areas in the downtown area; including Residents; Business Interests; Arts, Cultural, and Educational interests; Social Services Providers; Workforce, an an At-Large seat.

This year’s election will be administered for the first time by the City Clerk’s office, which encourages the Neighborhood Council to focus on generating turnout on Election Day. The Clerk’s office will be distributing a mailer to help register voters and to help candidates secure the application materials.

Two informational meetings will be hosted by the Clerk’s office to provide additional background on the campaign and election’s process. The community is invited to attend these meetings.

April 17, 2008
5-7 p.m.
Los Angeles Central Public Library

April 24, 2008
5-7 p.m.
Los Angeles Central Public Library

Identical information will be presented at each meeting. Attendance is not required in order to be a voter or candidate.

Those who consider themselves “stakeholders” in downtown are encouraged to consider a board candidacy. DLANC holds monthly board meetings, boardmembers also participate in committees that deal with a wide-range of community-specific issues.

If you aren’t interested in running for a DLANC position, the community is encouraged to register to vote in the election, and to participate in other DLANC sponsored activities – like the numeorus committees.

For more information about DLANC, including a full listing of upcoming meetings, please visit www.dlanc.com.