Valerie Watson, DLANC Candidate

Valerie's running for the At-large At-large...

The awesome thing is that she's on Twitter too!

DLANC election is picking up!

DLANC Election Information

DLANC is ON it!  The DLANC election page is up.  Looks great!

Studio City Neighborhood Council Election

Neighborhood Council elections are breaking out all over the place! WOO!

Studio City Neighborhood Council Election will be on Thursday, May 27th from 2 to 8 p.m. at Beeman Park (12621 Rye St, in Los Angeles Studio City, 91604

Got an email forwarded by THE Michael McCue...funny enough - we belong to the same tiny 3rd party - but never met the guy.  That's likely a good sign, esp since Mayor Sam says he talks alot.  So do I.  We would likely talk over each other.  :-)

Watts Neighborhood Council Election

Henry Broomfield passed along the Watts Neighborhood Council election information the other day.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 from 2 to 8 p.m.
George McDonald Courts
1800 92nd St
Los Angeles, 90002

And, there's a candidate forum!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010, starting at 6 p.m.
10221 Compton Ave, Ste 200
Los Angeles Watts, 90002

Put it on your calendar....

Iolani and One Way Glass

When I go to drop off Iolani at daycare, or as we like to call it – School, it’s usually drama. A typical drop-off includes pulling up to the front door, park the car, get out of the car, get the stroller set up, get Iolani and Moe out of the car and into the stroller, make sure I have the keys and keycard to get into the building and scurry to get inside as fast as I can. I feel compelled to do this all very quickly because there is usually a line up of cars, with antsy children, and parents who are most often >ALMOST< late for work.

Is this my problem they are late for work, no. Do I know they are late for work, no. Am I making a horrible assumption, yes. Do I think they are excited to drop off their child for the day, yes. I am always excited to drop Iolani off. Not because I want to get away from her, but I know that she’s have much more fun that I am having during the day – and I already think I have a good time at work.

Once Iolani and I are in her classroom, I try my best to get Moe into her cubbie, get her coat off, and get her situated. Typically what happens is that we get two steps into the room, there’s a kid attaching himself to my leg, and Iolani is whimpering “UP…UP…UP!!!!!” She wants to be picked up and carried.

For god’s sake, she’s almost two, and she’s getting big. Every time I bend over to scoop her up, I’m fearful that it will be this attempt that throws my back out, screws up my shoulder, or whatever an almost 34-year-old woman can do to her body.

Jesus, I’m almost 34.

With child attached to the leg, Iolani hanging off my arm, I attempt to make my way to the cubbie. Once I get Iolani down, I try my best to pawn her off on the closest teacher who doesn’t have a child hanging off them. So, I told her to go to the window, and I’d wave goodbye.

It was supposed to be a one-time thing, just for Iolani. I can get outside and wave a quick goodbye to her, and scoot off to the car.

Oh, no…. Now every kid in that room knows that Iolani’s mom waves byebye in the window. When I say goodbye to her, they ALL scurry to the window. Iolani has somehow claimed the best seat at the window, and I’m able to just make her out.

I’m hopeful that when I do pull way in the car she doesn’t melt to the floor in a dramatic fashion – for which I have no idea (wink wink) where she would have developed such a flair for dramatic tantrums.

So, when I am on Los Angeles Street, looking into a one-way glass waving and blowing kisses, please don’t think I’m a City Worker kissing my fellow furloughed colleagues goodbye. I’m saying byebye to my daughter, wishing her an awesome day. And, I’m hoping she is going to paint me a new painting…because I have an empty wall at work, just waiting to be filled with a new watercolor.

Do you know a vet here LA?

Donate your old cameras!

Come join Skid Row Photography Club at The Exchange for the Skid Row in Black & White Exhibit during the May Art Walk.  They are also accepting donated digital Cameras or Laptops at our tables for our zero-found community organization.

Skid Row Photography Club Meets every Wednesday morning @ 10am call for more information or to volunteer your skills or services, thank you (213) 784-1692 (email

May 13th-The Exchange 114 W 5th St 90013 between Spring and Main Streets.

Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council Results

Did you see this: The unofficial HCNC results from the City Clerk website?

At-Large Rep: Alex Vasquez and George Yo
Arts District Resident: Tim Keating and John Saslow
Arts District Business Owner: Charles Woo
Arts District Nonprofit: Alan Kumamoto
Chinatown Resident: Ne Hay Hom, Ne Hung Hom, Tak Hung Lau, Ly Chou Tran
Chinatown Business Owner: Write-in won with 143 votes...
Chinatown Nonprofit: George Poon
El Pueblo de Los Angeles At-Large: Norma Garcia
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Business Owner: Peter Martinez
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Nonprofit: Steven Jimenez
Little Tokyo Resident: Howard Nishimura
Little Tokyo Business Owner: Brian Kito
Little Tokyo Nonprofit: Ronald Fong
Solano Canyon Resident: Alicia Brown and Danny Young
Solano Canyon Business Owner: Not A Person
Solano Canyon Nonprofit: Write-in with 135 votes...
Victor Heights Residents: (Totally confused....there's 220 write in votes, but beside that Don Toy, Steve Rice, Joseph Wong, and James Miyoshi were the top 4 vote getters... We will see!)
Victor Heights Business Owner: Chase Rummonds
Victor Heights Nonprofit: Hoover Tang
At-Large Employee Rep of Business: Mark Rothenberg
At-Large Commercial Property Owner: Kim A Benjamin
At-Large Senior: Shaojia Luo
At-Large Youth: Gibson Han

Can't wait for the final results...

Who's Running for DLANC

The certified of candidates list is available up on DLANC's website, but I know most of you might be on the little lazy side...

Alameda East Business Director: Melika Jahangiri

Alameda East Residential Director: Lisa K Adams

Area-Wide Business Director: Hal Bastian and Judy Hong (Vote for 1)

Area-Wide Homeless Director: Lawrence Landry or Rick S Young (Vote for 1)

Area-Wide Residential Director: Zane K Tatum or Patricia "Patti" A Berman (Vote for 1)

Arts, Cultural, and Education Interest Resident Director: Sara E Jones, Edgar Varela, Dawna D Nolan (Vote for 1)

Arts, Cultural, and Education Interest Director: Nathan Cartwright, Leslie Colwell, Katie Kay, Jay S Lopez, Shira Blatt, Jose I Herrasti, Marlin Padilla, Kevin W Fleming (Vote for 3)

At-Large Director: Philip E Laventure, Valerie Watson, Simon Y Ha, Olga Lidia Martinez (Vote for 1)

Bunker Hill Resident Director: Russell W Chan

Central City East/Skid Row Resident Director: Jeff "General Jeff" Page

Central City East/Toy District Business Director: Celina A Mancia

City West Business Director: David Hurtado

City West Residential Director: Mamta R Patel

Civic Center Resident Director: Jung "Gatoona" Lee, Stanley B Michaels (Vote for 1)

Downtown Center Business Director: Hyunchul "Jay" Kim, March R Loge, Curt Truman (Vote for 1)

Fashion District Business Director: Lynn Myers

Fashion District Resident Director: Andrew D Ruiz, Daniel L Bartholomew

Historic Downtown Business Director: Michael Delijani

Historic Downtown Residential Director: Barrett C Reiff, Bradley R Henning, Phillip C Estes (Vote for 1)

Private Sector Workforce Director: Niv V Davidovich

Public Sector Workforce Director: Tanner Blackman

Social Services Provider Director: Wendell T Blassingame, La'Shaun P Foster Jones (Vote for 3)

South Park Business Director: Marilou Calderon, Allen P Gross, Malinda K Riesbert, Michael T Pfeiffer (Vote for 1)

South Park Resident Director: Scott A Bytoff, Jeffrey Z B Springer (Vote for 1)

Okay neighbors.  Who are you voting for and why?  Do not tell me your crappy stories about a candidate you don't like.  Ask anyone - I will remove your posting.

I'm sure Eric will cover some of these - -but here at Ginny Here and know...I'm a little bit more free-wheeling and bitter.