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Designer Jeans With a Funny and/or Disconcerting Fade: ¾ of all shoppers
Grown Women Dressed Like Teenage Girls: 34
Grown Men Dressed Like Teenage Girls: 24
Sets of Breast Implants: 24 (of which 15 belonged to GWDLTG)
Couples in Similar and/or Matching Outfits: 22
Designer Sunglasses With a Conspicuously Large Label: 18
Anything Sort of Tracksuit-ish: 18
Pregnant/Non-Pregnant "Cool & Hip!!!" Moms: 15
Babies Dressed Like Eastside Hipsters: 12
Funny Non-Trucker Hats: 10
Anything Terrycloth: 6
Fat Dudes in Sports Gear: 5
Passé Trucker Hats: 4
Couples With Both Parties on Cell Phone: 4
Dogs in Sweaters: 3
—Jon Alain Guzik
Melrose: The small intestine of West Hollywood alleys, this bumpy stretch just south of Melrose from Fairfax High to La Brea (.8 miles) is a Saturday winner if you want to avoid the main drag’s clusters of overweight 13-year-olds consuming 60-ounce beverages while strolling ever so slowly in dirty platform flip-flops. (Nightmare.)
Doheny: Go north off Carmelita, north of Melrose just west of Doheny, and this dark, high-walled alley will take you all the way up to Sunset. The bright lights there are visible from the beginning of the journey a half-mile away — it’s like seeing heaven!
Robertson: West of Robertson, the alley from Alden to Burton Way offers a speedy alternative to rush-hour and weekend traffic. Great if you’re in a race for parking; bad if you like to see and be seen.
Fairfax: Start at the parking lot right behind Eat-a-Pita and head south, south, south past that annoying pedestrian free-for-all near Canter’s. You get all of the neighborhood’s flavor and none of its hassles.
Beverly Boulevard: At Croft, south of Beverly, take the alley all the way to the gas station at Fairfax. There’s even an alley intersection — to avoid the Farmers Market traffic make a right on the alley paralleling Fairfax and you’re good all the way to Wilshire.
Wilshire in Beverly Hills: Another small-intestine alley, this long one-way ride starts south of Wilshire at Beverly Drive and takes you east down to Clark. Along the way, tons of north/south alleys that parallel most of the streets in the stretch — Cañon, Rexford, Oakhurst — offshoot from the main artery and make up an impressive alternative network.
The Fairfax/Olympic/San Vicente mindfuck: Not necessarily a frequent-use alley, but good to know about. Behind Starbucks and Shakey’s, this one connects Fairfax/Olympic to Fairfax/San Vicente, essentially making a nifty triangle that connects the three. It’s a gem.
Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills: The autobahn of L.A. alleys begins around the 500 block of Sierra, just north of Santa Monica Boulevard. Aside from the median strip at Rodeo, this lush alley — thank you, Beverly Hills taxpayers — will take you down to Wilshire. Renata Faiman, 23, sums up the alley commuter’s attitude, scoffing at those who think Carmelita is a golden ticket: "Carmelita Shmarmelita. It’s got all those stop signs! In the alley, you just cruise right through."
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2. Bunker Hill Stamp Club
3. California Rare Fruit Growers, West Los Angeles
4. Coalition To Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
6. Fifty Men With One Accord
7. Free Arts for Abused Children
8. Friends of the Los Angeles River
9. Golden State Chinese Shar-Pei Club
10. Habitat for Humanity, Los Angeles
11. Hole in One for Life
12. In the Meantime Men’s Group
15. L.A. Classic Chevy Club
16. Los Angeles Mycological Society
17. Pacific Palisades Stamp Club
18. Pagan Pride Los Angeles
19. Sisters in Crime
20. Socialist Party of Southern California
21. Southern California Transit Advocates
22. Southern California War Tax Resistance
23. Students for Teaching Ethical Awareness Through Movies
24. Virtuous Woman Under Construction
26. World Future Society, Greater Los Angeles Futurist
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6 Wonderful Bush Judicial Nominees and Appointments Full Court PressBy Judith Lewis
"The Senate has confirmed 201 of [Bush’s] judicial nominees, more than the per-term averages for Presidents Clinton, Reagan, and Bush senior. Senate Republicans blocked more than 60 of Clinton’s nominees; Senate Democrats have blocked only 10 of Bush’s. (Those 10, by the way, got exactly what they deserved. Some of them . . . rank among the worst judicial appointments ever attempted.)"
—The New Yorker’s editors, November 1, 2004
Below is a partial list of the Bush administration’s more provocative nominees and "recess appointments" — judges given temporary appointments while the Senate is not in session — to federal courts in 2004:
William Myers III: 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, San Francisco. Myers has little courtroom experience, was rated "not qualified" for a judicial post by the American Bar Association (ABA), and has spent most of his 23-year career lobbying against environmental protections on behalf of developers and coal companies — whose cases often end up in the Western states’ 9th Circuit. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to confirm Myers’ nomination in April 2004; only a Democratic filibuster has so far blocked his confirmation.
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