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the skunks of los feliz
If you're among the many Angelenos who mourned the loss of yet another L.A. cultural landmark with the destruction of the Ambassador Hotel by the "build schools and damn the collateral damage" gang at the LAUSD (who also took the Hollywood Star Lanes away from us), take some comfort: you'll soon have a chance to gather with other preservation geeks to drown your sorrows, curse Roy Romer's name, and perhaps help plot the future of L.A.'s increasingly energized preservation community.

Seems the L.A. Conservancy and Mike of Franklin Avenue have merged their respective planned wakes for the Ambassador into one giant, booze-soaked hoo-haw at the HMS Bounty (on Wilshire, across from the remains of the once-grand hotel, and just down the boulevard from the travesty that is the Brown Derby strip mall), and they're inviting pretty much anybody who wants to come out and hoist a gin and tonic in memory of the historic site to join them.

Details are sketchy at present, as the two camps hammer out the merger terms, but expect an announcement as to time and date soon.

My humble request?

Wait until after Sundance!
As a resident living only blocks away from the former Ambassador I am furious at its demise. I'm hearing so much about some so called "revitalization" yet, all I see are more landmarks and beautiful buildings being destroyed. I worry that the future LA will look like those god awful condos that were constructed in Silverlake along Glendale Blvd. Not to mention those horrible looking new apartment buildings on the outskirts of downtown. LA is so full of history and wonderful buildings that are just being destroyed right and left. We must rebel and take action against all of the hideous new architecture, fast food establishments, and Starbucks! And another thing, am I the only one who would like to see parking permits offered to residents of that area? It's a pain in the ass moving my car all of the time to avoid parking tickets.
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