Monthly Archives: January 2014
Jan 15 2014
Hottest Neighborhoods of 2014 #2 Eagle Rock @redfin #redfinreport

Eagle Rock claims the #2 spot in the Hottest Neighborhoods Redfin Special Report for 2014.


Neighborhood (Metro Area) Pageviews
Median Sale
Price in 2013
#1 Bernal Heights North SlopeSan Francisco, CA 196% $982,500
#2 Eagle RockLos Angeles, CA 128% $539,000
#3 Morningside-Lenox ParkAtlanta, GA 271% $540,375
#4 Upper Chevy ChaseWashington, D.C. 430% $873,000
#5 Desert ShoresLas Vegas, NV 61% $179,525
#6 Barrington OaksAustin, TX 316% $303,750
#7 Phinney RidgeSeattle, WA 178% $502,625
#8 ConcordiaPortland, OR 305% $355,000
#9 City ParkDenver, CO 276% $394,500
#10 Humboldt ParkChicago, IL 158% $189,450


The list measures “the greatest growth in popularity over the last four months”

Jan 15 2014
Jean E. Ensminger – Aiding and Abetting a Culture of Corruption @caltech #pasadena
Jean E. Ensminger – Aiding and Abetting a Culture of Corruption
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
8:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium

How do we study corruption?  Follow the money.  Penetrate the networks.  Model the system.  In this talk we examine a large World Bank project right down to the village level.  We learn how an African cartel is born, nurtured, and propagated.  Through this case study we can see the process by which individuals, institutions, and ultimately entire states, get tipped into the vortex of systemic corruption.  What role does aid money play in this process, and what does forensic economics have to offer in both the diagnosis and the cure?

Presented by: Caltech Committee on Institute Programs

Aiding and Abetting a Culture of Corruption
Watson Lecture Preview

Jean Ensminger is studying a corruption network linked to aid money, using interviews and quantitative analytical methods to follow the money disbursed by a large World Bank project in Africa. Ensminger, Caltech’s Edie and Lew Wasserman Professor of Social Sciences, will explain the magnitude of the corruption problem and share some forensic economic techniques that could allow development donors to combat corruption by tracking potential fraud in real time. The talk will be at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. Admission is free.

Q: What do you do?

A: I’m an economic anthropologist. I have spent my career trying to understand how economic systems work from the grass roots up in developing countries. Right now I’m studying the role of corruption in that process. Most corruption studies look at grand scandals on the national level, but I also want to understand the impacts of corruption when it percolates down to ordinary people at the village level. Once corruption reaches this level, it has usually become the social norm and works like a vortex sucking more and more systems and individuals into its grip.

There is no methods book that teaches one how to conduct a study of this sort. But that has been part of the excitement, as I had to invent the process as I went along. Had I not built up a lot of trusted networks from 30 years of research in Kenya this would not have been possible. Trust is everything in a project of this sort. Another thing this process has taught me is that time is your friend. The data get better and better.

Q: How did you get into this line of work?

A: I have worked with the Orma people in a remote part of Kenya for about 30 years. In 2004 a small micro project came to the village in which I stay, and it was part of a large World Bank project. I did a research paper on the corruption in that micro project that caught the attention of the World Bank. Given the reaction to my work by those running the project, I suspected that “where there is smoke there is fire.” As I broadened my inquiries, I rapidly deduced that the entire project was ripe for further investigation and important enough for me to redirect my primary research orientation.

Research like this is unusual even for an anthropologist. I was in the right place at the right time to do something that, to the best of my knowledge, has never been done quite like this before. I had a sabbatical coming up; I had research money available to me; and, because I had been working in Kenya so long, I had a network that gave me access to the top of civil society—people who are household names in Kenya helped me get started. I have never regretted this decision.

Q: Why are you doing this?

A: Although economists have written a great deal about the negative impact of corruption upon economic growth, the level of corruption in aid is not well measured, and I think it’s important to know more. People may love foreign aid or hate foreign aid, but one thing most agree upon is that they would like to see it spent effectively, and certainly not to do harm. Corruption has a corrosive effect upon many individuals who are virtually compelled to participate because the system is pervasive. That is part of the human story.

In spite of all this, there is hope. What keeps me particularly fired up is that this project resonates with so many of the wonderful citizens of Kenya, including the scores of people who bravely provided evidence for this project. People have literally pounded the table to encourage me to keep going, to dig deeper, and to get the word out. It is a good feeling to have the passion I hold for my research shared with Kenyans.

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Jan 14 2014
Artisanal LA for The Trade Event – @artisanalla


January 24 – 26 | 9a – 6p

This Winter, LA Mart is partnering with Artisanal LA for the Trade to offer their buyers and designers unprecedented access to shop ten thousand-plus world-class gift, home, furniture, and lifestyle lines, all in one lavish market.  GALLA, Give And Live Los Angeles, is the new identity of LA Mart’s bi-annual Gift + Home + Design Center trade shows.  Artisanal LA is a pop-up community event celebrating the country’s finest local, sustainable and handmade edibles, home goods and lifestyle products.

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LA Mart/a.LA for the Trade’s Admissions Policy:

LA Mart is open to the wholesale trade only. For admittance, proper credentials are required. If you are unable to provide these, you must be accompanied by a qualified buyer and pay a $20 guest fee. For a list of acceptable credentials, please click here:


Jan 14 2014
Free Food Garden at Arroyo Food Co-op


Free Food Garden at Arroyo Food Co-op

Come join the fun!

Come join the FUN!, The free food garden outside the Arroyo Food Co-op is a neighborhood volunteer project, a place to meet neighbors and a place to learn about gardening and growing food. This is a Placemaking project sponsored by Transition Pasadena and the Arroyo Food Co-op.

You are invited to join us:
Monday, January 13, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Thursday, January 16, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Friday, January 17, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Saturday, January 18, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Sunday, January 19, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Contact: [email protected]

Arroyo Food Co-op
494 N Wilson Ave, Pasadena
(Corner of Villa and Wilson)

You are invited to join us!
Scheduled workdays:

Thursday,  January 16,  9:00 – 10:30 am,
Friday,  January 17,  9:00 – 10:30 am,
Saturday,  January 18,  9:00 – 10:30 am,
Sunday,  January 19,  9:00 – 10:30 am.

Sponsored by The Arroyo Food Co-op and Transition Pasadena, this free food garden, located at the site of the Arroyo Food Co-op, is a neighborhood volunteer project. It’s a place to meet neighbors, and a place to learn about gardening and growing food.

Additional dates and times will be scheduled.

Jan 13 2014
Muir Ranch Ranch Longtable Dinner March 1, 2014, @chefsundeep of @KingsRowPub @muirranch @Cocoxochitl

March 1 is the 1st 2014  farm dinner at Muir Ranch with @chefsundeep of @KingsRowPub.

Tix $60 via indiegogo: Ra Sol is this seasons event producer and it’s going to be grand!

Here’s the link on eventbrite to previous events. More details to follow.

Jan 13 2014
Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard State of City Event Jan. 23, 2014 at Pasadena City College

Mayor’s State of City Event Jan. 23, 2014 at Pasadena City College

Mayor's State of City Event Jan. 23, 2014 at Pasadena City College


PASADENA, Calif.—The public is invited to join Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, City Councilmembers and other civic and business leaders for the annual Mayor’s State of the City event on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 in the new Center for the Arts building at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the formal program starting at 7:00 p.m.

The State of the City theme this year is “Arts + Innovation = Pasadena” and the City is proud to be partnering with Pasadena City College,, as it celebrates the grand opening of the College’s new Center for the Arts building, also on Jan. 23, and its 90th academic year.

The State of the City event will be held inside the Robert & Adrienne Westerbeck Recital Hall at the new Center for the Arts building.  Free self-parking is available in the Lot 5 parking structure off Bonnie Avenue.  Signs will be posted and guides available to assist attendees to the Center for the Arts.  Spanish translation and assisted hearing services will be available on site.

Mayor Bogaard will provide his report on recent accomplishments by the City as well as future plans for Pasadena’s city government in 2014.  Vice-Mayor Jacque Robinson will serve as emcee.

KPAS, the City’s cable TV station, will record the event for future broadcast and webstreaming.  A broadcast schedule will be announced.  For more information, call Lorain Nagahiro with the Mayor’s Office at (626) 744-7210 or by email to [email protected].

The year’s event will see the return of information tables and displays from several of the City’s departments.  The information tables will be outside the new Arts building in a covered courtyard area near the theater’s main entrance.  The displays will be available before and after the event.  Light refreshments also will be available after the event.

For more information about the City of Pasadena, go online to or follow us on Twitter @PasadenaGov.

Jan 12 2014
Cheeseburger Week Pasadena 2014 – Home of the Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger Week Pasadena 2014 – Home of the Cheeseburger
Sunday, January 12, 2014 – Friday, January 17, 2014

With over 25 restaurants participating in this years Pasadena Cheeseburger Week it is slated to be one of the best years.

With special offers for cheeseburger lovers. You can participate in voting for the best.

The official website

The cheeseburger was said to be invented in the 1924 at Rite Spot which was located near the Colorado Bridge. The Rite Spot is gone, but the cheeseburger has been adopted by millions of foodies and tens of thousands of restaurants offer the dish.

Here’s the list of participating restaurants:

Some restaurants which appear to be missing:
Rounds Burgers
Hook Burger Bistro
Habit Burger
Russell’s Burgers
Novel Cafe


Jan 11 2014
Quality HDMI Cables with Lifetime Warranty – Starting at $1.97

Quality HDMI Cables with Lifetime Warranty

Monoprice, Inc is an e-commerce leader specializing in high quality cables for electronics, home theater & audio components, PC & mobile accessories, and other consumer electronics & IT equipment. Established in 2002 and based out of its 173,000 square foot headquarters/distribution facility in the greater Los Angeles area, Monoprice has built its reputation over the last 10 years through positive word-of-mouth comments from its loyal customers.

Monoprice consistently delivers premium quality products at prices far below other national brands, and also provides unmatched customer service. Many of the company’s products are produced in ISO certified facilities that maintain the highest standards for production quality and work environment. Monoprice’s products have received positive reviews from several press sources, such as The New York Times, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, The Today Show, CNET, and Engadget, to name a few. In addition, Monoprice is a Better Business Bureau accredited business and was named an Inc Magazine “500 fastest growing company”` in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Jan 10 2014
Target Credit Card Breach Could Reach 110 Million

Target Credit Card Breach Could Reach 110 Million

If 1 is not bad enough, apparently Target saw it fit to announce that the credit breach which occurred several months ago could affect upwards of 100 million people.

Basically if you paid for anything at Target or with any sort of non-cash payment your credit card info was compromised and I would the only way to not be affected would be to go to the store and pay cash. Which appears to be a growing trend with consumers looking to stay off the radar of hackers.

Jan 10 2014
IHOP All You Can Pancakes – Limited Time

IHOP All You Can Pancakes – Limited Time

New! All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes

AYCE Buttermilk

Stacks and stacks (and stacks) of our classic buttermilk pancakes. With authentic country flavor, our fluffy buttermilk pancakes are the signature favorite we’re famous for. Order early and often—All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes are unlimited!

Jan 9 2014
Cameron Diaz Book Signing – ‘The Body Book’ @vromans Pasadena

Cameron Diaz at Vromans

Hollywood starlet Cameron Diaz will present and sign The Body Book on Saturday, January 18, 4 p.m. In The Body Book, Diaz shares her formula for becoming happier, healthier, and stronger in this positive, essential guide that is grounded in science and inspired by personal experience. Ms. Diaz will only be signing books, no memorabilia. No posed pictures.
Cameron Diaz at Vroman’s 
Saturday, January 18, 4 p.m.
695 E. Colorado Blvd.

Info: 626-449-5320

The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body

The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body

Jan 9 2014
Raw Living Expo Westlake 2014 #rawlivingexpo #bestofrawawards @bestofraw

Best of Raw & Raw Living Expo

Best of Raw and the Raw Living Expo help the world add more raw organic plant foods to the diet by celebrating and honoring the People, Places, Products & Media of the vegan raw foods movement through Annual events such as our Online Awards, the Raw Living Expo, the Best of Raw Awards Gala Dinner, plus special events throughout the year & media production. We invite humanity to add more raw, organic plant foods to the diet, to increase health, decrease our eco-footprint, and raise our spirits. Visit us on the web at Raw Living Expo and Best of Raw.

Enjoy four tracks of Professional Chef Demos, Main Stage Speakers, Workshops, RawTalks Dialogues, plus live music, DJ Dance Parties, over 50 healthy, conscious and raw lifestyle exhibitors, outstanding networking opportunities and an environment of high vibe fun at the Raw Living Expo!


Lisa Wilson“I speak at events all around the country. However, the Raw Living Expo was absolutely, hands down one of the best events I’ve ever attended. Thank you Laura, soooooo much for hosting this event. I had the weekend of a lifetime. It was completely wonderful. The speakers were genuine & delightful in every way. The attendees were among the smartest & most passionate in the nation. Raw Living Expo is fantastic & I give it my strongest endorsement!”
~ Lisa Wilson, The Raw Food Institute, Founder

Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD“It’s an honor to be participating in [Best of Raw & The Raw Living Expo] and to be participating in the vision of bringing the live foods vegan movement to the world. Live food is the most optimal diet for helping us to become superconductors of the divine.”

~ Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD, Tree of Life

I had the best time EVER attending The Raw Living Expo. I got exactly what I needed & then A WHOLE LOT MORE! I came home a new person with new friends, knowledge, a vision, a purpose, and a FIRE LIT UNDER MY BOO-TAY! Thank you so much! I can’t wait for the next one! RAWK ON!

~ Shannon H (Northridge, Ca), The Greens Guru

“The Raw Living Expo is destined to become the world’s premier raw foods lifestyle event.”

~ Filmmaker Michael Perlin, 3 Magic Words Movie


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The Raw Living Expo is a plant-based raw foods extravaganza & power packed weekend featuring:

• World Class Speakers
• Workshops
•Professional Raw Food Chef Demos
•Friday Night Green Carpet Walk-In Awards Dinner Gala
•Sunday After Party & Dinner
•Eco-conscious and Raw Foods Exhibitors
•Delectable Raw Vegan Cuisine
•A Gorgeous Southern California Setting
•Networking Activities
•Discussion Groups
•Open Mic Experiences
•DJ Dance Parties & Live Music
•Ongoing Film Screenings, and
•NEW THIS YEAR, a Raw Entrepreneurs Mini-Conference!

Celebrate with raw foods enthusiasts from around the world at this outstanding community learning extravaganza!

• Meet new friends, business partners, and maybe even your soul mate! We’re bringing in Conscious Quick Date for 2014!
• Get leading edge information on plant-based raw foods nutrition
• Take your raw business to the next level at our NEW Raw Entrepreneurs Mini-Conference (Friday 10 am to 4 pm – included in the All Inclusive Packages)
• Experience the High Vibes of a conscious, activated community!
• Dance, Shop, Dine, Play, Swim in the heated pool, and Learn from Master Raw Foods Teachers!
• Enjoy luxurious accommodations at a truly affordable price! Our group rate: $125 per night for up to four people per room


Reserve Hotel Room At The Hyatt


• A variety of raw vegan vendors will share their delectable delights for purchase at the Expo

• Barry Coral will be making his gorgeous fresh, organic fruit available for purchase

• We will have another “farm stand” with fresh produce

• The Harvest Organic Restaurant at the Hyatt Westlake Village offers several raw vegan dishes including fresh pressed juice on the menu

• Our Friday night Awards Gala Dinner* will be created by our Celebrity Chefs, who will teach the recipes to the Hyatt Chefs so they can lovingly prepare a gorgeous raw vegan multi-course meal for us to enjoy together.

• Our Sunday night After Party Dinner* will likewise be created by our Celebrity Chefs, who will teach the recipes to the Hyatt Chefs so they can lovingly prepare a delcious casual meal for us to enjoy together.

* When you register, you can let us know if you have specific dietary needs.


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Jan 9 2014
Holistic Health Treatment Center – Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP®) Therapy

Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP®) Therapy

eecp treatments

Holistic Health Treatment Center in Ingelwood

35 Treatments are required

Jan 8 2014
Future of Nutrition Online Conference
It’s Laura Klein writing to you personally. I’m super excited to share that I am a featured speaker in the 1st Online Future of Nutrition Conference with host, and one of my favorite nutrition experts, Marc David, Sponsored by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating! 

This FREE online event brings together leading food and nutrition thought leaders and experts with diverse expertise who’ll share innovative ideas and compelling insights on the latest in nutrition science and trends.

You’ll enjoy an information-rich conference that will help take your health, metabolism, weight, energy, digestion, immunity, mood, cognition, to the next level. It will empower you to become your own health advocate and help you take control of you and your family’s health.


This unique online event is live January 27-31, and you can sign up for FREE here: Future Of Nutrition Conference

I have applied much of this to my own life and it has taken me to the next level in terms of my energy, health, productivity and more. Once you start taking control of your health and personal development, there is not one area of your life it doesn’t touch. It has a ripple effect of self improvement in every facet of your life including your health, relationships, work and finances.


Topics include: 

  • Science of Nutrition
  • Energetics of Food
  • the Addictive Brain
  • Plant Based Diets
  • New Clinical Insights and Research
  • Ancestral Approaches to Nutrition and Health
  • Nutrigenomics and Epigenetics
  • the Power of Your Gut Microbiome
  • Food Allergies
  • Eating and Exercise
  • Nutrition and Immunity
  • Insulin Resistance and Health
  • Managing Inflammation
  • Nutrition and Autism
  • Food and the Brain
  • Dieting and Metabolism
  • Nutrition for Fatigue
  • the Power of Fermented Foods
  • the Future of Supplements
  • Eating for Longevity
  • Food and Weight
  • the Brilliance of Raw & Wild foods
  • the Hidden Politics of Nutrition and so much more!


Dates: January 27-31, 2014

Price: FREE

Location: Online
Join me! Sign up at: Future Of Nutrition Conference. 



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Jan 7 2014
Dog Haus 1st Ever Slider Competition Is This Saturday
Dog Haus' 1st ever Slider Eating Competition this Saturday, January 11th. Last chance to qualify is Thursday 1/9.
Dog Haus' 1st ever Slider Eating Competition this Saturday, January 11th. Last chance to qualify is Thursday 1/9.
Dog Haus' 1st ever Slider Eating Competition this Saturday, January 11th. Last chance to qualify is Thursday 1/9.
Dog Haus' 1st ever Slider Eating Competition this Saturday, January 11th. Last chance to qualify is Thursday 1/9.
Dog Haus' 1st ever Slider Eating Competition this Saturday, January 11th. Last chance to qualify is Thursday 1/9.
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Jan 7 2014
Caltech Students Prank BCS Game with PASADENA Arroyo Sign

Caltech Students Prank BCS Game with PASADENA Sign

Apparently weeks in the making on the hill with dozens of volunteers the sign was erected successfully on game day and could be seen from across the arroyo.

The 20′ letters illuminated with orange LEDs once dusk fell.
We are searching for an image of the sign at night.

We found this one by
David Needham
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Here’s another perspective on the sign from Rod Bramblett@VoiceofAUTigers

Jan 7 2014
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca Retiring

71 Year old Lee Baca is said to be retiring after serving the LA County Sheriff department since the mid 60’s.

After 15 years in office and several investigations and FBI probes.

An interim  Sheriff will be named once the retirement is announced.

Rather than face the reelection and controversy Baca has chosen to retire. More details coming today.

Sheriff Lee Baca resides in the suburb of San Marino.  Was born in East Los Angeles.

Married long time girlfriend Carol Chiang in 1998

Outside home of Sherrif Lee Baca

To be retiring before the end of the month

Paul Tanaka

Bob Olmsted – Retired Sherrif

Jim Mcdonnel

Todd Rogers


Jan 6 2014
LA River Bike Tour with Good Eggs LA (Pass) @GoodEggs

LA River Bike Tour with Good Eggs LA (Pass)

This is your pass to join the LA River Revitalization bike tour with Good Eggs LA. Good Eggs LA feels obligated to support the river revitalization, because we believe in a brighter future for our most important fresh water resource.

On January 11, 2014 we’ll be leaving from our food hub in the Arts District and heading up the river to enjoy the bike path in all its glory! Good Eggs will provide a lunch and some beer and wine.

The tour will leave the Arts District at 1pm and we’ll return to the starting location at 5pm for drinks and food. Brings friends and family!

All the proceeds raised from selling passes to the event will go straight to the revitalization effort (LA River Revitalization Corps)

With no shortage of Good Eggs events, we’re inviting you to join our exciting community bike tour of the LA River this Saturday 1/11 (for bikers of all levels). We’ve teamed up with the LA River Revitalization Corps to host a family friendly LA River bike ride party. We’ll ride, eat, drink, and celebrate the progress of our fair city togther! Join us this weekend!
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Jan 6 2014
TheFitExpo returns to LA Jan 25-26: Start the New Year right!
TheFitExpo - California's Largest Fitness Expo

TheFitExpo Los Angeles: Parking and Public Transportation Info Presents TheFitExpo returning for the 11th year on January 25-26, 2014 at The Los Angeles Convention Center. Start the New Year off right by checking out over 400 amazing exhibits filled with the the latest and most cutting edge fitness products and services. Come and meet the pros: we have a sensational line-up of fitness stars to learn from or just grab autographs or photos from! Your $20 daily admission also covers 20 incredible LIVE competitions featuring some amazing athletes and suitable for the entire family. In fact with non-stop programming and the immense exhibit floor we even have a two day ticket of $30 because there’s no way to see it all in just one day!

Click on over to and get set for a fantastic weekend: we promise a great time for all! And don’t forget to get your share of all the free samples!

For a complete run-down of what is planned so far (with more to come) click on over to the official site of TheFitExpo at:

Your friends at TheFitExpo Los Angeles


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