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Via Lezle Stein: Fireworks and your cats and dogs-Keep them apart!

Every year the skies light up with beautiful fireworks displays, which we love to watch.
To dogs and cats, these bright light bursts and bangs are terrifying and completely stressful.


And it's not just the big fireworks display events on the 4th of July, but the weeks before and after when individuals love to have their own backyard fireworks' parties.

Dogs can become irrational when frightened. The instinct to run sets in and the need to escape kicks in so hard they will chew through a door or window frame or even break out a window! After the 4th of July,too many dogs can be seen running in a blind panic down
the streets, and stepping out into the streets. Our local shelters are already full to capacity with stray, un-identifiable dogs and cats.


Dogs have super-sensitive ears and can hear sounds up to 4 times the distance as humans can. Loud noises can actually cause pain to their ears!

Here is a list of stress and anxiety behaviors your dog may exhibit:
trembling
restlessness
pacing
whining, barking
panting
hiding
attention seeking behaviors
loss of appetite
loss of house training
escape behaviors
destructiveness

What you don't ever want to do:
-Don't take your dog to a fireworks display.
-Don't punish your dog for being frightened
-Don't try to comfort or reassure your dog with petting or telling them its OK
when frightened as this just re-enforces nervous behavior. Only reward calm behavior.
-Don't leave your dog outside. They will do anything to get out. If your dog lives outside, this would be the time to bring them indoors.
-Don't leave your dog alone if possible.


What you can do:
-Now is a great time to make sure they have an ID tag on their collar.
This should contain a current phone # and address.
-Is your dogs license current? Do you know where your local city
shelter is?
-Are they micro-chipped?
-Bring your dog inside and if possible, don't leave them home alone.
If you have to leave them alone for a few hours, how about in an enclosed room with the curtains drawn and a fan and/or radio, TV on to block out the noise?
-Have a safe place or den for them to hide-like a crate or covering a table with a blanket, or placing their beds behind a sofa so they can feel safe, secure and comfortable.
-Give them food filled toys or special toys to try and occupy them.
-Vets do dispense doggie downers(sedatives) if you have a pet that get highly
stressed.
There are many holistic calming products on the market now too.
-If necessary, there are vets, dog day care centers, kennels, and dog sitters to safely, care for your animals.

If you lose your dog or find one:
-Make sure you have a current photo to make a flyer. Post flyers!
-Go to your local city shelter.
Ours is North Central Animal Shelter located on 26th St/Lacy St. between Figueroa St. and Broadway. http://www.laanimalservices.com.

-In the event of a medical emergency,do you know where your local 24 hour emergency hospitals are? There is Eagle Rock Emergency, TLC in So.Pasadena, and Animal Specialty Group in Glendale to name a few..

With all that being said, good luck and have fun!
Prepare now so you can have a safe and happy 4th of July.
If you need further help for you and your dog, or have any questions please feel free to contact me.

best,
lezle stein
Dog Training & Behavior Specialist
Handle With Care Dog Training
Director of Animal Welfare/ Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council
Advisor/ Hermon Dog Park
Head Volunteer Trainer/Downtown Dog Rescue
323.225.6700
http://www.handlewoofcare.com


Please visit our open house at 2559 Langdale Avenue, today June 27 1:00 - 4:00 PM

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, JUNE 27 1:00 - 4:00 PM
2559 LANGDALE AVENUE, EAGLE ROCK

You can walk up the driveway around the corner on Medlow
and enter by the back door.

Situated high above the street, this 1933
vintage English Revival cottage features
panoramic views of the Eagle Rock Valley.
Many original details are beautifully
preserved including: Tiger Oak hardwood floors
and light fixtures. Distinctive fireplace
with decorative tiles and tile vents.
Coved ceiling with open beams.

Note: Rear access to property via
driveway belonging to 2460 Medlow.

Year built: 1933
Lot size: 5,380 square feet

This is a short sale, subject to approval of existing mortgage lender.

More information at:  http://www.2559Langdale.com

Represented by Bob Taylor Properties, Inc.
323-257-1080
5526 North Figueroa Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90042
DRE License # 01304057

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Los Angeles Mortgage Rates Report- June 17, 2010

Q: Why are mortgage rates in Los Angeles low but nobody ever seems to get the rate that's advertised?

A:  It's getting harder and harder to qualify for the "best offered" mortgage rate.

Let me start at the beginning:  How do Los Angelenos qualify for the "best" mortgage rate?

Firstly, have great credit.  This means you need to have a credit score of 740 or higher.  For each 20 points below the magic 740, there is an upfront fee to qualify for that great rate.  Credit score of 640 are the minimum for both conventional and FHA loans and VA loans will fund down to 600 credit score. 

but...that's not all!

Secondly, your debt-to-income ration has to be aligned with the underwriting guidelines.  For conventional loans, your monthly debt payments (inclusive of your total housing expense) can't exceed 36% of your monthly income.  If it does, there's an upfront fee to qualify for that great rate.  If it exceeds 45%, no loan conventional loans are available.  For FHA loans, the debt-to-income ratio allows up to 55%.  VA loans use a different underwriting formula called residual income analysis.

Still, there's more!

Finally, the collateral position needs to be solid.  There are three components to the collateral position:

  • how much equity (or down payment) you have in the home
  • the type of property
  • the use of the property

Equity positions of 25% or more are required for the best conventional loan rate.  FHA loans allow for as little as 3.5% and VA loans have no equity requirement.

The "safest" property is a single-family detached home (not on more than five acres).  If the property is more than five acres...upfront fee.  If the property is an attached home or condo, even more upfront fees.  Manufactured homes are nearly impossible to finance.

Owner-occupied homes have no additional upfront fees nor do vacation homes.  Investment properties have a healthy upfront fee.

In some cases, "upfront fees" can be traded off for a higher rate.  Does this sound confusing?  It is to me and I deal with it daily.  This is why you haven't seen me post the Los Angeles Mortgage Rates Report in over a year.  Rather than represent rates that most folks can't get, I spent thousands of dollars on a search engine, which allows you to input the relevant criteria, to get competitive rate quotes.

Search for your personalized mortgage rate quote here.


Their Rights and Nothing Less: Commenorating the 90th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage

We are very proud to be a co-sponsor of this exhibit, "Their Rights and Nothing Less: Commenorating the 90th Anniversary of Women's Sufferage" at Heritage Square Museum:

Heritage


Opening Reception is Saturday June 19, (Heritage Square members remember to RSVP for Saturday's opening reception (hosted by Panera Bread) by calling (323) 225-2700 ext. 223. The reception is from 4 to 6:30 PM.

As the only museum in Southern California commemorating this momentous anniversary, we hope everyone will visit the museum to learn about the early years of the suffrage movement, the philosophies and attitudes of the times and the individual stories that made the fight for women's equality so interesting.

A special section of the exhibit will be dedicated entirely to the efforts of women in Los Angeles, who led the fight for equality 9 years before its ratification at the National level. You can find a brief desciption of one of the women featured in the exhibit on the Heritage Square Museum blog.

The year 2010 marks the 90th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution giving women the right to vote. More accurately, the language does not reference women in the affirmative; what it does is not deny the right to vote based upon gender.“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” The 19th Amendment was ratified August 18, 1920 by Tennessee, by a one-vote margin.

Of course, the fight for women’s rights began much, much earlier. In 1792, AVindication of the Rights of Woman: With Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects was published by Mary Wollstonecraft, which responded to an issue even more basic and immediate than voting rights—the right—indeed the necessity for women to receive an education. Although almost inconceivable to think of now, this was considered a radical position which provoked a dramatic, although not necessarily negative, response. Starting with this simple idea, women have been fighting for equal rights ever since.

Curated by Mitzi March Mogul, Their Rights and Nothing Less will take a critical look at the incredible effort it took to gain that right and will include original artifacts from the early years of the struggle. Including ephemera and artifacts from a never-before-seen private collection, the exhibit is a must for every woman...and man.

Entrance is included with museum admission (free for members, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children 12 and under). Visit any Friday, Saturday orSunday between 12 pm and 4 pm. The exhibit is up through September 26th.


The exhibit runs through September 26th and is made possible thanks to sponsors Bob Taylor Properties, Planned Parenthood of Pasadena, 9 to 5 Working Women Los Angeles, the Glendale Printing Center. You can also become a Friend of Suffrage by making a donation in any amount through our new facebook cause page to support the exhibit Their Rights and Nothing Less: A Celebration of Women's Suffrage.


NELAArt Second Saturday Art Walk Gallery Night, June 12

Saturday, June 12,  NELAart presents: SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY NIGHT

WHEN: The Second Saturday of Every Month  7:00-10:00p.m.
WHERE: Highland Park and surrounding neighborhoods.

NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night is a free self-guided tour of the galleries, non-profits and artist run project spaces located in Northeast Los Angeles (NELA).

NELA has a tradition in the arts that dates back to the early 1900s.

The tradition continues with new spaces opening regularly. NELA is now one of L.A.'s most exciting destinations to view contemporary art.  

(Individual gallery hours may vary)

Avenue 50 Studios, 121 North Avenue 50

Bike Oven, 3706 North Figueroa Street

Cactus, 5434 Eagle Rock Boulevard

Cafe de Leche, 5000 York Boulevard

drkrm, 2121 San Fernando Road, Suite #3

Future Studio, 5558 North Figueroa Street

hi tree, 131 North Avenue 50 (behind Avenue 50 Studio)

Jose Vera Fine Art, 2012 Colorado Boulevard

Kristi Engle Gallery, 5002 York Boulevard,

Land of Odd Gallery, 4690 Eagle Rock Boulevard,

La tierra de la Cuebra, 240 South Avenue 57

MorYork Gallery, 4959 York Boulevard

New Puppy, Unit 1, 2808 Elm Street

New Stone Age Mosiacs, 4532 1/2 Eagle Rock Boulevard

Outpost for Contemporary Art, 1268 North Avenue 50,

Route 66, 5917 North Figueroa

She Rides the Lion, 133 North Avenue 50

Toros Pottery, 4962 Eagle Rock Boulevard

2 Tracks Art Studio, 135 North Avenue 50 (Next to Avenue 50 Studio)

Verbre Studio and Gallery, 4540 Eagle Rock Boulevard

West of Rome, 1669 Colorado Boulevard (at the Farley Building)

York Studios, 5029 York Boulevard


Food trucks are rolling to Second Saturday Gallery Night for the THIRD month:

FOOD TRUCKS & GALLERIES

Cactus Gallery, 4534 Eagle Rock Boulevard  w/ COOL HAUS

Jose Vera, 2012 Colorado Boulevard w/ The Sweets Truck

MorYork, 4959 York Bouldevard w/ DOSA Truck

York Studios, 5029 York Boulevard w/ Reggae Chicken Truck FROM 9PM-1AM

Late Night/ After Party The Verdugo Bar @ 3408 Verdugo Road w/ Baby's Badass Burgers


Lummis Day 2010: Ann Likes Red performs

 



 

I went to Lummis Day Sunday with a fully charged camera battery, and a backup battery. Turns out it was not quite enough for a full day of video. And I sadly sat out some numbers by Ann Likes Red.

Then the light went on! My phone! I can shoot some video with my phone!

To my surprise, the sound/picture quality is OK. Not great, but OK.


I always learn something useful at Lummis Day

I always learn something useful at Lummis Day, The Festival of Northeast Los Angeles.

The photography lesson is learned from Lummis Day 2009: If you plan to video most of a day-long event, take 10-12 4 gig memory cards*; change the card inbetween each performer, even if the card is not full. That way you never run out of memory in the middle of a song.

Lesson learned yesterday at Lummis Day 2010: One backup camera battery is NOT, Repeat NOT, enough. And I think I'll change the battery every two or three hours, so I don't have a camera die in the middle of a performance.

By the time a favorite local rock band, Ann Likes Red, came on stage my backup battery was deep in the red zone. The sound and picture quality of this video would have been better and truer with a fully juiced battery.... But hey, ALR classic rock is great, not matter what.


 


 

*Memory cards are fairly cheap these days, and you can buy in bulk from Amazon.


Free Shuttles on Lummis Day: The Festival of Northeast Los Angeles Today June 6

A shuttle bus will provide Festival-goers with convenient access to Lummis Home and Heritage Square Museum this Sunday (June 6) with eight shuttle stops located in the surrounding streets.

The primary parking area for Lummis Day is the Heritage Square/Arroyo Metro Station, located at 3545 Pasadena Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90031.

 Heritage-square-map

Lummis Day Shuttles will pick up At Heritage Square/Arroyo Metro Station beginning at 10:00AM, and run every 20 minutes (maybe 15), and they will run until 8pm.

Shuttles will also service street parking on Avenue 43 and Carlotta Boulevard.  Download a PDF showing all shuttle stops here. 

The fifth annual Lummis Day Festival moves its main stages to a new location, Heritage Square Museum (3801 Homer Street) this year, where the best of home-grown Northeast L.A. music, dance, food and community resources will be presented amid the historic buildings that are preserved on the Heritage Square site.

Before shifting to Heritage Square, the two-part Festival will stage its opening event at Lummis Home (200 East Avenue 43), beginning at 10:30 am with readings by some of L.A.'s most critically acclaimed poets along with music, art exhibits and free refreshments.

Nearly 100 performers and artists from 17 bands and dance troupes, plus dozens of artists, craftspeople, and community groups are participating at this year's event. In the tradition of the Lummis Day Festival, performers on the three stages at Heritage Square Museum will represent an eclectic mix of cultural traditions and artistic styles.

 


Countdown to Lummis Day, The Festival of Northeast Los Angeles, June 6, Susie Hansen Latin Band

The fifth annual Lummis Day Festival will move its main stages to a new location, Heritage Square Museum (3801 Homer Street) this year, where the best of home-grown Northeast L.A. music, dance, food and community resources will be presented amid the historic buildings that are preserved on the Heritage Square site.

The Susie Hansen Latin Band will perform on Stage One at 4:45 PM. 


 




Before shifting to Heritage Square, the two-part Festival will stage its opening event at Lummis Home (200 East Avenue 43), beginning at 10:30 am with readings by some of L.A.'s most critically acclaimed poets along with music, art exhibits and refreshments.

Nearly 100 performers and artists from 17 bands and dance troupes, plus dozens of artists, craftspeople, and community groups are participating at this year's event. In the tradition of the Lummis Day Festival, performers on the three stages at Heritage Square Museum will represent an eclectic mix of cultural traditions and artistic styles.

Paintings, sculpture and assemblage by a dozen artists will be hung at Lummis Home, which will remain from noon to 5:00pm.  Food and crafts will be sold at Heritage Square Museum.  Dozens of community groups will be represented at the Heritage Square location with booths and information tables.

Admission to all events is free.

For updates, including parking information and performance schedules, visit www.lummisday.org.

This year's Lummis Day Festival is sponsored by the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, the Highland Park Heritage Trust, City Council Districts 1 and 14, Eagle Portables Inc. and Home Depot Cypress Park. The Festival's poetry events are sponsored by Poets & Writers Inc. through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation. Media sponsors include KPFK public radio 90.7, Univision KMEX-34 and the Arroyo Seco Journal.