The notice from the DMV about renewing my Driver’s License stated that I had to actually show up at a DMV office this year. The notice also stated that I could pre-register online so I did and found out info about the new ‘Real ID’ licenses. ‘I might as well get one of those’, I thought, so I dug out the appropriate documents for “Real ID’ and showed up at the DMV on Rosemead at 7:50 on Tuesday morning.
Not only was I armed with a certified birth certificate, my real SSN card, and a bill from So. Cal Gas to prove that I was an American who lived in Pasadena I brought along my Kindle Paperwhite so I could read while waiting. After reading all the horror stories about the lines at the DMV I thought I’d be waiting a half a day or longer.
Didn’t happen that way at all. Here is what really occurred.
I watched the last U. S. government Delta rocket launch from Vandenberg AFB on the central California coast this morning. It is carrying a satellite that will survey the ice in Antarctica.
From now on SpaceX and other private companies will be used to send satellites into space. I took this photo from my balcony and the distance to that red dot which is the rocket is over 100 miles. It quickly disappeared behind the palm tree on the left.
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The woman who owns this home told me that she decided to take up lawn replacement design on her own. She said she had no art training of any kind, so I have begun to think of her as a self-taught primitive landscape designer, a kind of “Grandma Moses of lawn replacement”.
The design of this front garden breaks almost every rule of conventional garden design.
The result is astonishing. Unlike anything else in the staid, quiet Madison Heights neighborhood of Pasadena. And I love the whimsy of it all!
The Gold and Red Lines of the Los Angeles Metro should be designated as the “art and culture Metro Lines”. They were among the earliest ones built and the Metro invested a significant amount of money in site-specific artwork for each station along these two lines. The newer Metro stations still have art–mostly in the form of tile panels–but nothing quite like the Gold and Red Line stations.
At the Del Mar station the artwork designed by Ries Niemi is dwarfed by the massive rental apartment complex that surrounds it. But go inside the plaza behind the old trolley station and here is what you will see:
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Setting up bike rental stations around Pasadena was a silly idea in the first place and as of Thursday, August 16th, the bikes and their stations are being removed. And, so far, I have not seen any of those electric scooters on the streets here in Pasadena to take the place of bikes.
UPDATES: 1) It turns out Pasadena was paying Metro $100,000 PER MONTH for the bike rental stations and bikes.
2) As of August 24th The City of Pasadena is developing regulations for electric scooters and
3) I saw three guys on electric scooters over by the Westlake Apartments, that huge rental complex at Green and Pasadena St.
From the beginning when Metro installed bikes in downtown L.A. and I saw them at a CicLAvia bicycling event, I had questions. The biggest was why on earth was Metro wasting public funds setting up a bike rental business when there were many private, local bike companies who could do it easily.
Metro is supposed to built tracks and trains — not worry about getting their passengers through the last mile or last block home.
I guess the blessing in all this is that the Metro bikes, at least in Pasadena, have failed. Maybe that’s why private bike businesses didn’t set up rental stations before. It wasn’t a viable business. The only successful bike rental businesses I know about are at the beach. Tourists love them.
As long as I am on the topic of Metro financial expenditures–bureaucrats spending taxpayers’ money–I like to know why Metro Link (the Inter-urban train that runs on train tracks from downtown L.A. to San Bernardino) is dueling with Metro Rail about establishing a Metro Gold Line station in Claremont, a city that Metro Link already serves. It’s a crazy duplication of effort!
And the last of this rant: why isn’t the Gold Line being extended beyond the Atlantic Station in East L.A.? Anyone have an answer?
Since Valentine’s Day in 1918 the League of Women Voters has encouraged citizens across the nation to register to vote and then actually vote on election day.
On Sunday the Pasadena League held an ice cream social on a patio adjacent to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court. It was a fundraiser and a fun-raiser as the League is gearing up for the next round of voter registration.