On the heels of our post on Tierra de la Culebra’s “Ghetto Grounds”, several members of the group have posted in defense of their name. I’ve always aimed to prove Socrates wrong with this blog, and it looks like the written word is able to defend itself. In any event, the group will be serving free Pozole on Sunday morning, so stop in for your SuperBowl breakfast.
The Times put Eagle Rock on the front page of the California section today. The Green Goddess mentioned in the article was previously located where The Flying Pigeon bicycle shop now sits. The unmentioned irony in the story is how outraged the community is to discover so many dispensaries in the neighborhood. The fact that they couldn’t have been that harmful if no one knew they where there in the first place seems to be lost on local NIMBYists.
Want to know what our Councilman Huizar is driving these days? Look at this article describing City Controller Laura Chick’s audit. Beyond his recently raised $178,000 salary, he apparently drives a $48,000 SUV paid for by the city. The city also pays for Mr. Huizar’s gas and maintenance. As usual, necessary services will be curtailed and taxes will rise while an inept group of politicians pad their checkbooks and run the city into the ground.
When I opened up CNN.com this morning I was surprised to find “On the taco trail in LA” leading the top of the Travel section. Much to my delight, it was a short listing of taco trucks around town. Of course no good listing of tacos in LA would miss our neighborhood, and this one didn’t disappoint. Out of the six spots we scored two on the list.
La Estrella is mentioned, but I don’t necessarily agree with their sentiment that the al pastor is the must try. I’m much more partial to the carnitas. I was pleased, however, to see them mention that is the favorite truck of Save Our Taco Trucks. “This location got a lot of press early in 2008, when a motion was passed at the behest of brick-and-mortar restaurant owners to effectively ban taco trucks from parts of Los Angeles County; La Estrella is the favorite of Save Our Taco Trucks, the group who led the fight to overturn it. Luckily for us all, the ban was repealed and the eating continues.” (In fact, I must admit that I suspect the entire list is largely derived from trucks that received acclaim during our famed Taco War of last year.)
Rambo’s is the other truck on the list, and I don’t have much to say there. I’ve always much preferred Leo’s, which is just about a hundred yards down the street. I tried Rambo’s a couple times (back in college, you know how that goes) and never found very appealing. But it has its followers and brings good press to the neighborhood, so for that I should be happy. Still, I like to daydream about fights breaking out between Rambo’s and Leo’s à la West Side Story, with lots of snapping and dancing.
Read the full article here, and pictures can be found here.
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Arts Corps Los Angelesis trying to get some people through the gates of their public park and art space, Tierra de la Culebra, by offering free coffee and pastries Monday and Friday mornings from 6-9AM. They’re starting small, but if this is a hit, they may expand their hours to meet demand. My only bone to pick is that they’ve titled the event “Ghetto Grounds”. Why not “Cafe de la Culebra” or something that doesn’t allude to our neighborhood being a run-down slum? ACLA also runs free afternoon art classes for anyone interested.
The group took abandoned land after the Rodney King Riots and refurbished it with some colorful artwork and a large stone serpent in an attempt to “represent [Highland Park's] diverse cultures”. For those of you who haven’t seen it, the park reminds me of a small, urbanized, and amateur version of Barcelona’s Park Guell, which is to say I like it. Stop by, chat up the friendly artists who live next door, and enjoy one of the little spaces that makes Highland Park such a unique neighborhood.
Tierra de la Culebra
240 South Avenue 57