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Post It Show Second Drop Toy Drive

In what I'd call one of the greatest things I've seen at GR2 aside the line just a week earlier was a line of folks dropping off toys for the West LA Community Coalition X GR Toy Drive. Yes there are many kids in transitional housing who need toys this holiday and YOU made that happen. It was a worry to know that we'd need to get at least 100 toys to make the kids Christmas just a little better, but today it looked easy. I'm unsure if galleries or shops do this - I personally haven't seen it, but I'm glad to be part of a community of artists who are willing to step up and lend their talents...

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Councilman Mike Bonin's Newsletter - Neighborhood Heroes

This is a crazy honor, but first thing I'd say is that there are plenty of heroes in the Sawtelle area and they're not visible. They're behind the scenes making things work better. There's been an ongoing joke by many that I'm the "mayor of Sawtelle" and I've never wanted that title. I'd rather be behind the scenes. Hopefully, I'll get there one day. Here's what's in the newsletter: Eric Nakamura is a lot like the Sawtelle Japantown neighborhood he calls home -- dynamic, creative, and proud of his Japanese heritage and the way it has shaped West LA.Eric is a magazine publisher, gallerist, and entrepreneur. In 1994, at 22 years old, Eric created a print zine which he named...

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The Tracks by My House - A Story about Growing Up at the Metro Tracks

I grew up one block from the just christened Metro Expo line train in West Los Angeles. It was from the days of my earliest memories until we moved away in 1984. Exposition Blvd was a short walk northbound, on my BMX bike perhaps 30 seconds or less, and the sets of tracks were just another 5 or 10 seconds. As a child I remember hearing the train horn blare at 6:30am on most weekdays unless I slept through it. The high pitched sound was the signal of a new day and hopefully a great one for the neighborhood.  The freight cars were the dirty brick red type that had a layer of dirt, dust, and grime from traveling across...

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Thanks Mike Bonin, 11th District

I've received some nice awards and recognition by the City of Los Angeles. I have one or two signed by ex-Mayor Villaraigosa, perhaps one or two by current mayor Eric Garcetti, Little Tokyo Councilmember Huizar, and I'm positive there's at least one or two more signed by a soul I can't remember. But this one, which didn't show up at the opening reception of the Giant Robot Biennale 4 and doesn't quite have the correct name of the exhibition might be the one that I like the most. It mentions the "Giant Robot exhibition" in Little Tokyo and gives a nod to my commitment to Sawtelle Japantown. Thanks Councilmember Mike Bonin and Senior Field Deputy Len Nguyen!

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Giant Robot Small Business Spotlight - Council Person Mike Bonin

Mike Bonin GiantRobot is in this week's Small Business Spotlight. This retail store sells Asian-inspired toys, clothing, bags, pop art, books & stationery, and is often cited as a birthplace for Asian Pop Culture products. Giant Robot can be found in the heart of the newly-branded Sawtelle Japantown, and I'm personally a huge fan of any store that sells products that celebrate their neighborhood (http://www.giantrobot.com/collections/font-page/products/sawtelle-japantown-hat-blue). Stop by Giant Robot on Sawtelle Boulevard, or visit them online at www.giantrobot.com! (link)

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