Sunday, January 31, 2010

Taken For Granted: WATER and City Services

Earlier this week around 7 AM as I was doing the dishes, the water from the faucet became weaker and weaker until it stopped completely. I wondered if it was something wrong at my home or a bigger problem? I dialed 311 and without delay spoke with a very helpful operator. She said nothing had been reported in my area except a leaking fire hydrant a couple blocks away. She took my address and phone number to report the problem.

Within 20 minutes I was called back notifying me that there was a broken water main in my neighborhood and the water had been shut off. It was being repaired and I could expect water service to resume in about 6 hours.

City government agencies, including the Los Angeles Fire Department have worked together to develop a Citywide Services Directory and a single toll-free phone number to contact City of Los Angeles officials for any non-emergency public service: 3-1-1

Later that morning on our walk, Wilson and I discovered the source of the problem.

The culprit.

I love this: A neighbor went to Starbucks to buy the workers some coffee drinks. (See lower left of photo).

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Later that afternoon, all fixed, almost like there was never a problem, just a patch and some signs. As I let the water run through my faucets to clear out the air, I thought of the situation of the people in Haiti and how fortunate we are here. What I had taken for granted: WATER and the services provided by this great City of Los Angeles (even with all its faults). And as I am well aware that we pay for these services, I am actually grateful for that too.

My link and Help Haiti here: Food For The Poor

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Feliz Cumpleaños!

The Quinceañera, Quinceañero, or Quince años ("fifteen years" in English), in Latin American culture, is a coming of age ceremony held on a girl's fifteenth birthday. The term Quinceaños refers to the birthday of the celebrant, and the term Quinceañera refers to the celebrant herself. Like many other coming-of-age ceremonies, the Quinceaños is associated with the Quinceañera "becoming a lady."

(more from wikipedia here)

Friday, January 29, 2010

SkyWatch Friday - Paseo del Mar

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Have an excellent weekend!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


LA City Lifeguard
Cabrillo Beach

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Guy at the Beach

Monday, January 25, 2010


Wilson makes a new friend at the beach.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Surf 'n Spray

From Cabrillo Fishing Pier.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Mermaid's Hair

Friday, January 22, 2010

SkyWatch Friday - Point Fermin Park

That's Catalina Island off in the distance to the right.
Visit other skies at the SkyWatcher site here.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Outlook Point

Between storms.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Wet Commute

Monday, January 18, 2010

I Have A Dream

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Yesterday morning.
6:42 AM
Point Fermin Park.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Theme Day: Best Photo of the Year 2009

City Daily Photo has chosen January 15th as the day where we showcase our best photo of 2009. I chose this one, shot from the Ports O' Call Village, of the brigantine Irving Johnson, docked on the main channel here at the Port of Los Angeles. I picked this one because of the community service this program provides to at-risk youth, and how well the photo represents San Pedro. You can see the shipping containers and the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the background.

In sailing, a brigantine is a vessel with two masts, only the forward of which is square rigged.

The twin brigantines Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson are the flagships of the Los Angeles Maritime Institute's (LAMI) TopSail Youth program, a non-profit organization created as a character building organization to help at risk youth prepare for life through the discipline and teamwork required to safely handle a tall ship. They join LAMI's topsail schooners the Swift of Ipswich and the Bill of Rights in introducing youths to the subtle but profound influence presented by the sea.

Named for sail training pioneers Irving and Electa "Exy" Johnson, the brigantines take on a proud history initiated by their namesakes. Seven time veteran circumnavigators of the world on board two different boats both named Yankee, each trip with a new crew of boys and girls armed only with a sense of adventure and curiosity. For 25 years beginning in the late 1930s, Irving and Exy did what was thought impossible, and lived a life now legendary. (more from wikipedia here)

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Be sure to check out the best photos of 2009!
Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Helping Haiti

Folks I trust recommend this organization which helps the needy in the Caribbean and Latin America. To specifically assist the people of Haiti through Food For The Poor, go here.

"A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday afternoon. Devastating aftershocks followed. Your help is urgently needed to bring immediate emergency relief to those affected."

Please join me if you are so inclined.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

To the People of Haiti

Offering our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

English Countryside?

A bit of English countryside style on Weymouth Ave.
I like the dog bowl by the steps too.

Monday, January 11, 2010

French Black Winter Truffle GIVEAWAY!

The wonderful folks at Gourmet Attitude have generously offered Taste With The Eyes the opportunity to host a GIVEAWAY of one French Black Winter Truffle! Merci Beaucoup! It is intensely fragrant and the most cherished of them all, the Queen of French Truffles, Tuber melanosporum, also known as the Périgord Truffle.

Fresh Black Winter Truffle
Tuber melanosporum vittadini
  • Available: December to March
  • Shape: more or less round. size varies from an hazelnut to an orange, typically 2 to 3 oz.
  • Skin: small pyramid shaped warts, black with sometimes dark brown patches
  • Flesh: first white, then gray and eventually black at maturity with a hint of purple and with distinctive white veins, crunchy and soft
  • Perfume: intense, wet forest, humus, chocolate, hint of hazelnut

To my friends and followers of San Pedro Daily Photo, I couldn't let you miss out on the opportunity to win a French Black Truffle, please come by my other blog, Taste With The Eyes, and join in the chance to win "earth's black diamond!"

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Where I Sit

Saturday, January 9, 2010

On My Desk

Pink & White: April in Paris Hybrid Tea Rose
Pink & Cream: Secret Hybrid Tea Rose
Apricot: Honey Perfume Floribunda Rose

Friday, January 8, 2010

SkyWatch Friday - A Reason to Wake Early

Wake up to other beautiful skies here.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Corner of 8th & Weymouth

Fleur de Lys
Artistry in Flowers

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Original Tile

A 1930s house for sale on Bluff Place. The house has 4 bathrooms, all with different colored original tile; black & yellow, black & peach, lavender & seafoam, pink & green. I love the black & yellow design.

Separate tub and shower enclosures.

Visiting Open Houses is a great way to experience some of San Pedro's charming homes.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sailing into Port

View from Bluff Place.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Cabrillo Beach

Viewed from the END of 40th Street.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

One Year Old Today

San Pedro Daily Photo is one year old today!

It has been such a neat experience taking photographs and writing about this charming corner of Los Angeles for the past year. Since some of the photos require explanation and research, I have learned a lot about my town, the port, and about the trees and plants that flourish here. Also, it is terrific exercise to take Wilson and walk about the town, especially the hilly areas! And one of my greatest pleasures is to wake up early and take photos of a gorgeous sunrise from my deck to share with you.

I am grateful for the friends I have made through this city daily photo blog and look forward to visiting your cities throughout the coming year. Here's to a fabulous photogenic twenty-ten!

So thank you for visiting San Pedro Daily Photo and helping me celebrate a one year milestone. Since many of my posts are of roses I thought this darling rose cupcake was particularly apropos for the party. I bought them at Vons supermarket (for 99 cents each)! Please have a virtual taste!

Lori Lynn
P.S. I'm serving Champagne too :)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Auspicious Pink Sunset

Auspicious pink sunset yesterday at 5 PM.
Happy New Year! Wishing you a rosy 2010!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Theme Day: Changes

UNWELCOME CHANGES to the former McGowan's Market property.


20th & WALKER

Neighbors still miss the market that stood for over 60 years on the corner of 20th and Walker. It was purchased in the summer of 2007, remodeled, then closed that December due to lack of business. The market was demolished and the developer planned to build up to 18 condominiums on the site.

Neighbors united to prevent the developer from building condos in this quaint San Pedro community. Councilwoman Janice Hahn proposed a "Q" classification which would limit residential development to one every 5000 sq. ft.; meaning only 3 homes could be built on this site. In April 2008 Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to restrict the property to single-family homes.

January 1, 2010 - the property is for sale, and the Neighbors Unite signs still remain on lawns and poles surrounding the property.

Regarding CHANGE - no one wanted to see the market go, but we can live with a change to 3 single-family homes rather than 18 condos. Looking forward to meeting our new neighbors one day. I hope they will be as passionate about the neighborhood as the current residents.