First Year of Motherhood - Done

At 11:56 p.m. tomorrow night, Alex and I will have been parents for exactly one year. She's a happy and healthy baby girl. Plus...she's been walking for weeks now. The year has flown by (although there have been some very long nights). I will say that I think our secret to success has been the support of all of our friends and family.

So - here's to Iolani's First Birthday! (Party on Sunday!)

Just for Robby Scharf

In response to your article

When we moved to the neighborhood in 2004 we realized that we had practically moved into Rural Los Angeles. Here's why: there's no HOA that covers a large area, the NC was trying to get it's legs underneath it, and the neighborhood is divided by a city council district.

So, the question is how do you stay in the loop?

Want to know when to expect a parade, protest, or community festival? LAPD will 9.9 times out of 10 know WTF is going on. And...even better...LAPD sends out these things called "First Amendment Notifications"
Sign up here:

Want to know about filming in the neighborhood? Sign up for FilmLA's notices. Be warned: Nearly all of the notices come out between 5:10 and 6:30 at night. Sign up using an email address you can access on the evenings and weekends.
Sign up here:

City Council
There are two City Council members who cover most of Downtown. Each have newsletters that you should be interested in:
Huizar and Perry

Finally, DLANC. Your Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council

It will be more email (esp FilmLA) but at least you will be in the know.

A piece of a peace

Holy cow. (Big sigh)

There is a lot going on right now. If you follow twitter or facebook, you can tell that I'm sucked in by everything but keeping my blog up to date on current happenings. Eh, something had to drop.

Iolani's birthday is in two weeks (the 30). If you are reading this, you should considered yourself invited. Please remember to RSVP.

I was thinking about what would it be like if my mind could just automatically blog when something came to mind. I do get these 5 minute stretches where I look down at my feet and I have a moment to blog?

Then someone either calls my name, the phone rings, or the baby is ready for her next step in the day.

All of which I do not mind at all. I enjoy it when Alex asks (or more likely implies the need) for something, or trying to decipher Iolani's grunt. I don't mind it when I'm asked some obscure question about a computer. I usually don't mind when someone asks me where the 7th Street Metro station is (this is usually when we are standing right by the sign).

Oh...I just remembered something.

I don't like it when...

I was strolling with Iolani to Starbucks at 6th and Grant (I keep thinking it's Hope). The door is a little tricky when you have a stroller (not as bad as it could be, but with the is possible). I've got this process for getting into the door, I use one hand to hold the door open, and the other to swing Iolani through the door.

We are half way through the door and a guy asks me if I could get him some food.

Now, this is a difficult question for me. If you know me, you know I'm more likely to blow my paycheck on every needy person between my desk and Starbucks. But (!) at that very moment I'm focused on getting Iolani in the door before my hand gives out.

And, the guy has some how positioned himself between me and the baby.

(Don't people know not to get between parent and child...or suffer their wrath????)

I tell the guy "Hey, back off"

Then I swing the stroller into the store, get Iolani breakfast and myself my double-shot-dry-cap. And I sit there on the verge of tears! What am I so upset about? That I as consumed my drink and Iolani ate her food - there's a guy right outside the store hungry. And, at the same time I'm upset that he had to see that was busy with a tricky door entry.

There. Finally -that is off my chest. it only happened like a month ago.

Central Division Cops give Neighborhood Councilman meaningless ticket

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: General Jeff
Cc: Captain Blake Chow
Sent: Friday, August 7, 2009 1:32:30 PM
Subject: Central Division Cops give Neighborhood Councilman meaningless ticket

August 7, 2009

Deputy Chief Diaz and
Captain Chow,

Yesterday at apprx. 6:25 p.m. in Skid Row, L.A.P.D. officers issued a ticket marked "infraction" to a well-respected community activist for what said officers described as "standing in the street".

The community activist was none other than General Jeff, who sits on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council and heads a positive, grass-roots organization called ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS in the Skid Row community.

The involved officers were Officer Galvez( badge number 37964) and his partner Officer Valenzuela( badge number unknown).

Without any warning, the officers jumped out of their squad car and immediately told General Jeff, who was speaking to his constituients as he usually does, to get up against the wall and they quickly put him into handcuffs along with the two gentlemen he was conversating with. After searching his person and running his license(and finding nothing illegal of course), the officers still continued to keep the handcuffs on all three men. When General Jeff asked, "why are these cuffs still on me?", Officer Galvez replied, "for your safety".

This is the same General Jeff that has worked extensively with Central Division's S.C.I. unit( Safer Cities Initiative) for almost three years, has often spoken highly of L.A.P.D.'s efforts in the community ( e.g. L.A.P.D. versus the Skid Row 3on3 Streetball League and S.L.O. Joseph's "Ladies Night Out" event) and has put his street credibility/reputation on the line over and over again by continuing to suport the department at events such as L.A.P.D.'s National Night Out, which was just held on August 4th on Olvera Street.

When the concept and strategy of S.C.I. is discussed at meetings, officers are always quick to elude to statistics that show that "meaningless tickets" are not issued as widely as it is being rumored and/or reported. Now, General Jeff has no choice but to think otherwise. Is meeting a ticket quota more important than "protecting and serving" a community? What is being served to the community, tickets?

Just last week, General Jeff was helping at the City Attorney's Project HALO Citation Clinc, where citizen's could have their infraction tickets erased in exchange for community service. Now will General Jeff stand in line with them?

What, then, does this do to the communtiy-officer relationships that are necessary to heal this abused area? What message does this send out to the rest of society that truly believe that the L.A.P.D. is doing everything possible to "clean up" this area? Will General Jeff join other activists that are already against the L.A.P.D. and S.C.I.?

Stay tuned...

I get to be proud and snobby all at once!

First, let's think back to all my rants about unruly children at restaurants.

Second, let me tell you what happened at dinner tonight.

Did you read the previous post? Yes...then continue.

The five of us were at dinner at Enterprise Fish Company. Alex, his parents, Iolani and I were all having dinner. Iolani munch on bread while we all waited for dinner. Dinner arrived and Iolani munched on her broccoli and green beans, and clam chowder.

The couple behind us finished their meal, paid for their dinner and got up to leave for the evening. But first they stopped at our table to ask us where we got our delightfully behaved baby.

I must say she has such a great disposition, especially when we go out for dinner. I'm not sharing the secret...but I will confirm it does not involve alcohol or drugs. Well...maybe a little bit of alcohol for Mommy, but definitely not for baby.

So, yes...Iolani is the best child in the whole wide world.