Saturday, September 30, 2017

September Words of Wisdom

Any fool can know. The point is to understand. --Albert Einstein

No matter how many times a snake sheds its skin, it will always be a snake. Remmber that before allowing people back into your life.  --Unknown

One of the risks of being quiet is that other people can fill your silence with their own interpretation...you're bored, you're depressed, you're shy, you're stuck up, you're judgmental. When others can't read us, they write their own story - not always one we choose or that's true to who we really are. --Sophia Dembling

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead. --Thomas Paine

Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think. --Robert Henri

Don't bend; don't water it down/ don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. --Franz Kafka

Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one. --Terry Pratchett

Your dresses should be tight enough to show you're a woman and loose enough to show you're a lady. --Edith Head

Being a little weird is a just a natural side effect of being awesome. --Sue Fitzmaurice

The secret to permanently breaking any bad habit is to love something greater than the habit. --Bryant McGill

I have a lot of respect for genuine people. They might not be perfect, but at least they're not pretending to be. --Anthony Gucciardi

The best revenge is always just to happily move on and let Karma do the rest. --Unknown

You're under no obligation to be the same person you were a year, month, or even fifteen minutes ago. You have the right to grow. No apologies. --Unknown

Everything will change when your desire to move on exceeds your desire to hold on. --Alan H. Cohen

The thing about smart people is that they seem like crazy people to dumb people. --Stephen Hawking

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world is upset. --St. Francis de Sales

Term limits would increase the likelihood that people who come to Congress would anticipate returning to careers in the private sector and therefore would, as they legislate, think about what it is like to live under the laws they make. --George Will

If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. --Roald Dahl

My dreams did not come true. But I worked really hard. And I ended up building an empire out of my imagination. --Shonda Rhimes.

I think Bette Davis is one of the most beautiful women I know...She's coped bravely with so many things. She has a wonderful face. --Elizabeth Taylor

Be happy for no reason, like a child. If you are happy for a reason, you're in trouble, because that reason can be taken from you. --Deepak Chopra

What is broken can be mended. What hurst can be healed. And no matter how dark it gets, the sun is going to rise again. --Unknown

Be brave enough to live creatively. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You cannot get there by bus, only by hard work, risking and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you will discover will be wonderful: Yourself. --Alan Alda

Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way. --Ray Bradbury

Because there's nothing so beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it's sent away. --Sarah Kay

You believed in Santa for 8 years. You can believe in yourself for 10 seconds. --Unknown

Every five to ten pages I want a big fist to come out of the screenplay and punch the reader in the gut. --Allan Durand

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Before and after pics of Hollywood

I love looking at pictures of historic Hollywood and Los Angeles. If anyone ever invents time travel, forget the future. I'm going back to old Hollywood.

I have this really great coffee table book called The Story of Hollywood: An Illustrated History. It's a beautiful book with hundreds of pictures of period buildings, and after almost every caption, in parentheses, is the word "demolished".

From Curbed L.A. comes before and after pictures of Hollywood. Each shows a historic building alongside what currently stands there. It's almost impossible to imagine how rural and beautiful it was back then. Yeah, I need a time travel machine.

Snicked from the linked article.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Gotta admit, I'm pulling for the Vegas Golden Knights to do well this season. They and their fans deserve it.


Their Twitter account has been loads of fun since it was launched and the Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL's newest franchise, has shown itself to be a first class organization at every turn. Last week they had players delivering season tickets and jerseys to season ticket holders. This is just another example: Golden Knights Inscribe Names of Season Ticket Members in Ice.

Pics snicked from the article:




This is a very cool nod to their fans. Check out the article, it has video of the process.

I can see hockey here in Southern California, but when I'm in Vegas, I think I'm going to have to add a Golden Knights game to the to-do list. Well done, guys.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Challenge accepted!!!

From Los Angeles Magazine, it's the 100 Places Where You Can Experience Retro Los Angeles.

Some of them I've never even heard of, a lot of them I'm aware of and a number of them I've driven by countless times but never stopped in. I'm embarrassed to say I can only check off seven of the places on this list so far:

26. Canter's Deli
29. Larry Edmund's Bookstore
35. Kip's Toyland
53. The Apple Pan
54. Mel's Drive-In (Hollywood and West Hollywood)
55. Canterbury Records
62. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (work lunches in the restaurant in the lobby)


Going to have to hit some of those other places and flesh out this list.

H/T to The Streamline Moderne Era on Facebook for the link.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

She did it her way

In the early 1970's, after the embarrassing horror film Trog put the final nail in the coffin of an illustrious acting career, Joan Crawford added author to her list of accomplishments with the release of a very unique memoir. My Way of Life wasn't an autobiography per se, but more about how the former Lucille LeSueur navigated Hollywood, her marriages and life in general as the glamorous Joan Crawford. And then the book was made into what I guess would have been the 1970's version of an audiobook - on vinyl - narrated by who else? Joan herself, of course.

Today The Hollywood Revue blogged about the book and included a link to the audio version on YouTube. I started listening to it earlier and it's absolutely addicting.

Although there's some seriously dated advice - like how to basically kowtow to your husband(s), it is a fascinating look at what life was like for women in the 1920's through the 1970's. And Joan has detailed opinions on everything from cooking, decorating, entertaining (including extensive discussion of menus), budgeting (seriously) and fashion, and I'm not even halfway through it.

And for Joan's fans, despite how far her star had fallen at the time this was recorded, there's the trademark loftiness and obsession with order, and she name drops like a champ. It is Joan not only in her own words, but delivered in her own voice as well.

One thing that I found interesting is that despite how cringeworthy some of it is, Joan the regal, dignified mega star is out in full force. There's no hesitation in her reading and no sign of the frail, pathetic mess that Feud: Bette and Joan portrayed her as in the waning years of her stardom and life. Either they overplayed that or, like the trooper she'd always been, Joan got her act together at least during the recording, and that wouldn't surprise me - Joan went through life as a persona of her own creation. I've read that several places and Feud addressed it in a heartwrenching scene in which Joan breaks down and admits she doesn't know who she really is because she's been playing the role of Joan Crawford for most of her life.

Whatever Joan's true frame of mind at the time, the recording is a fascinating piece of Hollywood history and I'm glad someone got it up on YouTube where it can be enjoyed. Do check it out.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Writers' Police Academy - Day 3 (Saturday) & Wrap-up

Our morning demo involved how police face off with an armed, uncooperative individual. One of the things they demonstrated was how quickly someone with a knife can cover the ground between themselves and an officer (very quickly), giving the officer precious little time to draw their weapon before the attacker is upon them.

Death Scene Investigation
Instructor: Curtis Green, Manitowoc County Coroner

  • He averages one case per day.
  • Curiosity, intelligence and a strong stomach are required for the job.
  • Definitions of manners of death fall into one of these categories: homicide, suicide, accidental, natural, undetermined, pending.
  • Religious and cultural objections to autopsies are usually honored, but may be overridden in the event of a homicide/criminal investigation.


Long Gun: Live Fire
Instructors: 
Back at the range! Today I got to fire an AR-15, which is not an AK-47, but looks similar and a lot of people lump them in together. According to the instructors, these are apples and oranges in terms of firepower. I still wouldn't want to be shot with one.

I forgot to mention it in my previous post, but while learning to take aim I discovered that while I'm right-handed, I'm left eye dominant. Also on both days, the casings were flying all over the place as they were being ejected from the guns. Several of them bounced off of me. 

Hello baby.


We weren't suited up in protective gear yet because we were
just practicing. On a shallow note, my hair looks fantastic.

This jackass again.



Cordite, Perps and Badge Bunnies: Everything You Thought You Knew About Cops
Instructor: Lee Lofland

  • Murder and homicide are not the same things. A murder is always a homicide, but a homicide isn't necessarily a murder. Examples: self-defense, killing someone to prevent them from taking the lives of others, state executions. A murder is an unlawful homicide.
  • Badge Bunny = cop groupie. 

Here is a list of no-no's for crime writers:
  • Just say no to cordite! This is one of Lee's pet peeves.
  • Do not have your hero shoot a gun out of someone's hand. It's possible to do so, but extremely improbable. 
  • The FBI does not waltz in and arrogantly take over local cases. They will come in and assist if requested.
  • Speaking of the FBI, they do not have to be automatically called in for a kidnapping. Local law enforcement is free to work with whoever has jurisdiction in other areas. However, the Feds have resources that smaller departments won't have and they have jurisdiction everywhere, and again, they will assist if requested to do so.

And some sobering bad news: We have already surpassed the number of cops killed in the line of duty last year, and it's only August. 


Talking with Serial Killers
Instructor: Dr. Katherine Ramsland

Dr. Ramsland co-authored Dennis Rader's "guided autobiography" and had much to say about dealing with serial killers, much of it not terribly flattering to some other writers and reporters who have done the same. Mainly she felt that they gave their subjects too much freedom (like calling whenever they felt like it) and that strict boundaries need to be set.

She seemed pretty dismissive of Rader, the BTK serial killer who murdered ten people. She admitted to letting him think he was "playing" her during the writing of the book and also had to "bracket" what she thought of him during the process. Now that the book is done, she feels that she can judge him. She said that he sees himself as a James Bond/spy type. I don't remember if she actually used the term "delusions of grandeur" but if not, it still came across. She described the book as 85% Rader and the rest was her setting things up and giving them context.

You know, in case you ever find yourself interviewing a serial killer.

And that, sadly, is the end of my WPA 2017 experience. Due to an extreme lack of sleep I was exhausted, so I not only skipped the banquet Saturday evening, but slept in the next day and had to miss the Debriefing and get to the airport. On the bright side, planning has already begun for WPA 2018, which will be its 10th anniversary, and based on my experience they will really knock it out of the park to celebrate.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Writer's Police Academy - Day 2 (Friday) - Part 2

Handgun: Live Fire
Instructors: Walters/Haines (I didn't get their first names - sorry guys, you were amazing!

So I finally got to fire a gun!

I actually got to shoot twice, once on Friday and again on Saturday. Friday was handguns - 9mm to be exact - and good God do they pack a punch. From now on, when I see a movie or TV show that has a character firing this gun one-handed, it's going to take me out of the story. Maybe a big guy, but not a small guy and definitely not a woman, not unless their shots are wildly off-target. I kept thinking about what it must be like to be on the receiving end of those bullets, and wondering how anyone survives it. Big bullets and serious firepower.

Our targets. The paper over his face was for our first shot,
to make sure we were at least in the general vicinity.

Taking aim.

It's hard to tell, but I got him in the throat.


CSI: From First Responder to Evidence Collection
Instructor: Michael A. Black

  • The actions of the first officer on a crime scene are crucial. He/She must secure the scene, determine if medical attention is needed and preserve the scene.
  • Paramedics are able to save more lives than ever, but they are focused on that and not on preserving evidence. As a result, they can really contaminate a scene.
  • There are three types of evidence: Direct/Testimonial (eyewitness testimony), Circumstantial (logical inferences drawn from facts) and Physical (prints, DNA, video). The last is the most reliable because it is what it is. It is tangible and can be observed. 
  • When bagging evidence: biologicals in paper bags, non-biologicals in plastic bags.
  • Once a crime scene is released, law enforcement needs consent of the owner to return. If they can't get consent, they need a warrant.
  • Not properly securing a crime scene can call how it was handled and processed into question during a trial. However, if the defense is attacking the police, it's a good sign the defendant is guilty.
  • Your fingerprints will be entered into CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) only if you are convicted and imprisoned. However, they also go in if you're a homicide victim.

Evidence bag.

7-Step Crime Scene Protocol


Interview and Interrogation
Instructor: Paul Bishop


Paul Bishop is a veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department (primarily sex crimes), a published author, and even appeared on a reality television show. The man is also world-class when it comes to interrogation techniques and detecting deceptive behaviors.

  • False confessions happen and are often the result of the suspect protecting someone close to them. You do not want an innocent person to confess.
  • The more confessions they can get, the less time the victims have to spend in court reliving the trauma.
  • The key to interrogation is anxiety. You want to get suspects to the point where they exhibit deceptive behaviors.
  • 7% of communication is verbal. The rest consists of gestures, facial expressions and intonation. Not just what they're saying, but how they're saying it.
  • "I did it," is an admission, not a confession. It's only a starting point.
  • It's not always necessary for police to bring a suspect into the station for interrogation. Sometimes questioning them at their home or job increases their anxiety level because if they're guilty, they want the cops to go away.
  • Bishop prefers not to have a table between him and a suspect. The table is a barrier between them and can give the suspect the feeling of being protected. Bishop likes them face to face.
  • He also discussed the psychology of anxiety (along with how if affects people physically) and how they ease suspects into confessions. It's not a lot of good cop/bad cop drama, or yelling and slamming fists on tables like you see on TV and in the movies. He also discussed behavioral differences between people who are guilty and who are innocent.

Bishop covered a lot of ground during this session. I took about eight pages of notes. If you get the chance to see him speak, do it. 

Next up: Saturday! With more firepower!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Writers' Police Academy - Day 2 (Friday) - Part 1

Our Friday morning surprise was a demonstration of how law enforcement approaches an officer down situation. In this scenario, an officer had pulled over a car whose driver opened fire on him, then ran. What we learned:

  • Officers carry a BOB (Bail Out Bag) in case they're in a situation where they may have to remain in place for an extended period of time. The bag includes water, snacks and additional ammunition.
  • There is no such thing as a "bulletproof vest". The vests are "caliber resistant". The vests along with the duty belts add about 25 pounds.
  • In addition to mirror and flashlight sticks to look around corners, police have taken to using selfie sticks with cell phones instead of sticking their heads into attics and room. They can also take video and send it to other LEO.

Scumbag is pulled over. He will fire on the officer
 and flee like the coward he is.

Backup arrives to assist the downed officer.

Scumbag passenger is removed from the vehicle.

Instructor Colleen Belangea, beloved by WPA attendees,
handled the Q&A.

I just liked this guy's shirt.


Horsey Cops!!!
No demo, but it was nice just to be up close to horses again. This is how much of a horse-crazy girl I still am: I know the horses' names, but neglected to get the names of the officers.

One of the things I was surprised about was how young both horses are - 7 and 9. For you non-horse people, that makes them comparable to people in their early and late twenties. Horses are what I refer to as "live and learn" animals and tend to mellow out as they age. I expected older horses to be used for police work. One of the officers told me that they have a great trainer who does a terrific job of getting the horses accustomed to things they might come across on duty that could spook them.

Say hello to Officers Cooper and Cole! (and their partners):


Yep, they have badges!

Officer Cooper. Look at that face! The guy
next to him ain't to shabby either.


Officer Cole.

Calm, cool and collected.


Understanding the Link in Animal Abuse
Instructor: Karen Hensen

Hensen's background not only includes working with law enforcement in the field of animal abuse, but she spent three years as an elephant trainer. No joke.

  • Abusers of animals are five times more likely to harm humans than people who don't mistreat animals. 
  • Not all animal abusers become serial killers, but almost all serial killers have abused animals.
  • 80% of abused women who have pets won't leave abusive situations because shelters won't take their pets.
  • Children who witness animal abuse are at greater risk of becoming abusers themselves.

She also played a horrific 911 tape of a little girl identified only as "Lisa" who called because her mother's boyfriend was beating her (the mother). There was also a younger sibling in the house and at one point in the call Lisa screamed, "He's got the baby!" Karen assured us that Lisa and her family were rescued and that she grew up to work with domestic violence victims. We needed to hear that. It's not the first 911 tape I've heard, but it was probably the worst. You see and hear all kinds of crazy stuff at WPA, but this was really traumatic. I don't know how 911 operators handle these calls, but I'm glad they do.


Markers for Fake vs. Genuine Suicide Notes
Instructor: Dr. Katherine Ramsland

  • With a lot of law enforcement if there's a suicide note, as far as they're concerned it's a suicide, but this isn't always so. They want it to be a suicide because they can quickly close the case on move on to the next one.
  • Only 25-30% of suicide victims actually leave notes.
  • She mentioned that she is not a fan of the show 13 Reasons Why - thinks it's harmful to kids.
  • When a suicide note is faked to cover a murder, the killers almost always mentions themselves in it, often attempting to deflect blame from themselves.

Wes killed her.

  • Suicide notes can come in strange forms. One person left a suicide note in the form of a six foot tall needlepoint project. You think I'm kidding?


More to come!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hemingway's polydactyl cats live!!!

I'm not a fan of people ignoring mandatory evacuation orders, but in this case dude knew what he was doing. Hemingway's Key West home and famous cats escaped Hurricane Irma without a scratch: What has six toes and nine lives?

From the linked article:

We are thrilled to report that all 54 of the late author's polydactyl cats survived Hurricane Irma's ire at his residence in Key West, FL.

Dave Gonzalez, the executive director of the Ernest Hemingway House, came under fire last week after he and 10 members of his staff decided to ignore mandatory evacuation orders and weather out the storm with the famous felines inside the home.

Apparently the home's location and build saw it through Irma, as it's seen it through many other hurricanes in the past.

Do check out the article for more info and video of Papa's cats.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Writers' Police Academy - Day 1 (Thursday)

Okay, I totally flaked out on blogging lately. Now I'm really back. There's no reason it should have taken me a month to blog Writer's Police Academy, but better late than never - here we go!

Thursday at Writers' Police Academy used to be just registration and orientation, but they've really expanded on it in the past few years. And it was fun.

Drones!
Retired Green Bay PD Captain Bill Bongle introduced us to the wonderful world of drones, and as someone who wasn't previously all that interested in them as anything other than a story device, I came away from this session kind of wanting one, if for no other reason that I live by the ocean and the photography possibilities are amazing.

Bongle got interested in drones after his retirement and now runs Titletown Drones, which offers training and repairs. He opened the session with some of his drone photography, plus some drone fail videos that everyone really enjoyed.

The Drone Master

Buzzing around.

Drones-eye view.

Some things I learned about UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems, aka drones):
  • You can see your drone photos/vids in real time - the remote control has a screen. Video is transmitted via digital signal.
  • The most popular drone these days is the DJI Phantom, which runs in the $1400-$1500 range. 
  • A good starter drone is the DJI Spark, which Bongle described as a "cool little toy." So tempting.
  • If you're traveling, you can take your drone as a carry-on, although the airline may want you to pull the battery out.
  • Needless to say, drones are very popular with law enforcement. They can be used to fly into a dangerous situation for risk assessment. However, because they're noisy (they buzz really loudly) they're not much use for surveillance.  
  • Other Wi-Fi can cause interference, but on the other hand they're almost impossible to hack and hijack.
  • Flight time is actually very limited. Extending this is probably the next big technical advance for drones.
  • You can do live Facebook video from DJI drones.

DJI Spark sitting on my lap. So tempting.


Oneida Color Guard and Welcome/Blessing
The WPA takes place on Oneida Nation land, and they've been a part of the event since it moved to Green Bay last year. Members of the Oneida Tribal Police, Tribal Leaders, Color Guard and dancers were kind enough to kick off the 2017 WPA with a welcome, blessing and performance.

The Color Guard. Not gonna lie, I got a little teary.




The dancers were terrific, but that little girl in the Aaron Rodgers jersey (remember, this is Green Bay) stole the show. Bonus: the Packers played that night and won.





Usually WPA is photos only, no video, but we were allowed to film their performance. Next time I need to get there early and get better seats.

video

After the orientation, there was a TV writing class but since I'm in both the UCLA Extension and Shonda Rhimes classes, I figured I was covered and opted to try and get some rest so I'd be ready for Friday and Saturday, the two full days of WPA. More on that to come!

More pictures and videos from both sessions are here.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Return of the Los Angeles County Restaurant Closures

I used to blog these all the time. Not sure why it fell by the wayside, thanks to a gross post by Eater L.A. on Facebook, I decided to take a look and see who the recent offenders are. I decided to limit myself to the past quarter, and it gave me more than enough material. In fact these barely crack the surface. The actual list goes on for pages.

A couple of observations. I'd say 99.9 percent of the closures are due to vermin infestation. If you look at the most recent closures, they're pretty detailed and it's kind of mind-boggling that you can have that kind of bug action and just keep serving. Would it kill them to employ a pest control service? It's really disgusting. It makes me want to avoid restaurants like the plague.

Another thing you notice is that they hit certain areas at once. Hollywood, Larchmont, Rowland Heights and the Fairfax District stood out to me.

Anyway, here we go. Comments/observations are mine, all other info is from the County's online list linked above.

Some heavy hitters ran afoul of the County:
Lawry's, 1011 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles (L.A. Live)
Date closed: August 21, 2017
Date reopened: August 28, 2017
Reason for closure: Vermin infestation

Canter's, 419 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles
Date closed: August 7, 2017
Date reopened: August 10, 2017
Reason for closure: Vermin infestation

Pavilions, 727 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Date closed: July 18, 2017
Date reopened: July 21, 2017
Reason for closure: Vermin infestation

Ralphs, 3300 W. Slauson Avenue, Los Angeles
Date closed: June 12, 2017
Date reopened: June 14, 2017
Reason for closure: Vermin infestation

Thou shalt not interfere with the Health Officer:
Hambones BBQ, 9342 Alondra Boulevard, Bellflower
Date closed: July 25, 2017
Date reopened: July 27, 2017
Reason for closure: Vermin infestation, Interfering with the duties of the Health Officer

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Hooter's, 6922 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood
Date closed: August 3, 2017
Date reopened: ?
Reason for closure: Vermin infestation

I have no idea what this is:
Harbin Deer Antler Trading, 186 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles
Date closed: July 20, 2017
Date reopened: July 25, 2017
Reason for closure: Not given

And now, the chains!:

Umami Burger, 4655 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood
Date closed: August 30, 2017
Reason for closure: Vermin infestation
Umami Burger, 12159 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City
Date closed: August 22, 2017
Date reopened: August 24, 2017
Reason for closure: Vermin infestation

Rooty-tooty, fast and...infested?
IHOP, 913 N. San Fernando Road, Burbank
Date closed: August 29, 2017
Reason for closure: Vermin infestation
IHOP, 19100 Ventura Boulevard, Tarzana
Date closed: August 25, 2017
Date reopened: August 27, 2017
Reason for closure: Vermin infestation
IHOP, 2200 E. Palmdale Boulevard, Palmdale
Date closed: August 10, 2017
Date reopened: August 14, 2017
Reason for closure: Vermin infestation

McDonald's, 3454 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
Date closed: August 21, 2017
Date reopened: August 23, 2017
Reason for closure: Vermin infestation
McDonald's, 2707 E. Carson Street, Lakewood 
Date closed: June 13, 2017
Date reopened: June 15, 2017
Reason for closure: Vermin infestation

Hat trick!!!
Jack in the Box, 11010 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica
Date closed: August 27, 2017
Date reopened: August 19, 2017
Reason for closure: Vermin infestation
Jack in the Box, 3399 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach
Date closed: July 26, 2017
Date reopened: July 28, 2017
Reason for closure: Vermin infestation
Jack in the Box, 18950 E. Colima Road, Rowland Heights
Date closed: July 18, 2017
Date reopened: July 20, 2017
Reason for closure: Vermin infestation

Church's Fried Chicken, 500 E. Holt Avenue, Pomona
Date closed: August 14, 2017
Date reopened: August 16, 2017
Reason for closure: Vermin infestation
Church's Fried Chicken, 15816 S. Pioneer Boulevard, Norwalk
Date closed/reopened: June 23, 2017
Reason for closure: No water/Hot water

Starbucks, 6102 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood
Date closed/reopened: August 8, 2017
Reason for closure: No water/Hot water
Starbucks, 20240 Avalon Boulevard, Carson
Date closed/reopened: August 3, 2017
Reason for closure: No water/Hot water

I wouldn't eat at a clean Subway. Their food is the worst.
Subway, 26511 Golden Valley Road, Santa Clarita
Date closed: August 1, 2017
Date reopened: August 3, 2017
Reason for closure: Vermin infestation
Subway, 11050 S. Prairie Avenue, Inglewood
Date closed: July 20, 2017
Date reopened: July 22, 2017
Reason for closure: Vermin infestation
Subway, 13321 Burbank Boulevard, Sherman Oaks
Date closed: July 19, 2017
Date reopened: July 21, 2017
Reason for closure: Vermin infestation

Taco Bell, 8220 DeSoto Avenue, Canoga Park
Date closed/reopened: June 28, 2017
Reason for closure: Sewage discharge
Taco Bell/A&W, 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson
Date closed: June 23, 2017
Date reopened: June 26, 2017
Reason for closure: No water/Hot water

Happy eating!!!