LEXINGTON SOCIAL HOUSE
HOSTS HURRICANE SANDY FUNDRAISER
A Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser was held at Lexington Social House recently and raised nearly $6,000 for the many victims that were affected by the horrific storm.
Lexington Social House team members and New York natives Junella Chin, Tanjee Mahdavi and Jeremy Chin hosted this charity event along with Wilmer Valderamma for the countless number of Hurricane Sandy sufferers. The night kicked off with DJs Chris Kennedy, Edski, and Bobby Normound playing music for the crowd as guests sipped Patron and Svedka sponsored cocktails. Mark Foster, from the band Foster the People, was the surprise musical guest of the evening performing an acoustic set.
Celebrities in attendance included Rumer Willis, Wilmer Valderamma, Mark Foster of Foster the People, Lance Bass, choreographer Cris Judd, and DJs Chris Masterson, Edski, Bobby Normound, and Danny Boy of House of Pain fame.
Lexington Social House is located at 1718 Vine Street in Hollywood.
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BIKE SHARE PROGRAM COMES TO L.A.
At the recent CicLAvia event in downtown Los Angeles, where roughly 100,000 bike riders hit the streets, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced plans for a $16-million bike sharing program. According to Villaraigosa, who has always stressed his desire for “Angelenos to get out of their cars and on to the streets,” the new program aims to put thousands of bicycles at hundreds of rental kiosks across the city.
Fully funded from a private investment from Bike Nation, the only southern California-based bike share company, the plan is to install 400 kiosks with a total of 4,000 bikes throughout Los Angeles, including downtown, Hollywood, Playa del Rey, Westwood and Venice Beach. The first kiosks are expected to be in operation by the end of the year. According to Bike Nation, a smaller bike-share program will open in Anaheim in June.
"In tough economic times like these, we knew it wasn't feasible to start a public bike-share program,” Villaraigosa said. “But we do know it's what L.A. needs. We're building the infrastructure, we're making it safe, and we're making it practical for Angelenos to get from point A to point B on two wheels."
“Bike share programs have proven successful in urban areas around the world and in major cities in the United States,” added Bike Nation founder Navin Narang. “We are excited to work with the City of Los Angeles to implement this demonstration project and provide healthy, low-cost transit options and connectivity between transit connections, business centers and regional destinations.”
As part of the program, bicycles will be made available for public use and will be checked-out and returned to self-service kiosks. Would-be cyclists can pay $6 to rent a bike for the day; $1.50 for an hour or $4.50 for 90 minutes. Trips shorter than 30 minutes will be free; one-year passes will cost $75.
The bicycles will be made without a chain and have special tires to reduce the possibility getting a flat tire. Riders will need to bring their own helmets. There will also be GPS on the bicycles (partly a counter-theft) so they can be easily located.
“In addition to this added connectivity, this bike sharing demonstration project will be located where people live, work and visit, helping reduce the carbon footprint and promoting a healthy alternative for Los Angeles area residents and commuters,” said Narang. “Bike Nation has always made manufacturing and assembling our product in the United States one of our top priorities, with the bike assembly plant located in the City of Los Angeles.”