Carl’s Blog

Concerns Clash Over Possible Changes to Fletcher Drive

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Carl recently reported on the possibility of “safety enhancements” to Fletcher Drive in Atwater Village, Los Angeles. Outspoken road-safety advocates say major changes are required for the roadway while business community activists worry that slowing traffic down on the thoroughfare will create gridlock in the neighborhood.

8 Big Time Bummers – Baby Idiots Fourth Story

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Technology is changing at breakneck speed and it's changing the world around us, or at least it is for some people. For the nameless narrator of this flash fiction story, “8 Big Time Bummers About Buying A New Phone,” mobile technology is for suckers and smartphones are dumb anyway. See what happens when he hits a few speed bumps at his local phone store. In this fourth installment of the Baby Idiots series, our hero will defend the honor of a damsel in destress, even if she’s not a damsel or in distress.

Scooter-mania Gets Curbed in LA

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You’ve seen them, you might have ridden them and possibly even been endangered by them. Carl recently reported on attempts by Los Angeles City Council to bring a sense of order to the bonanza of app-rented electric scooters which have been lauded by the companies as the future of affordable transportation.

The Spot – Baby Idiots Third Story

Accidents happen. So do intentions. Sometimes the two get mixed up together and somebody’s head happens to smash into a brick wall. In a city where there are more cars than parking spaces, you can’t be too careful about where you leave your vehicle. See what happens when the narrator of “The Spot” defends his own treasured vehicular real estate. Baby Idiots #3

LA City Budget Breaks $10 billion

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Carl recently reported on the 2019-2020 Los Angeles City Budget. Get the local spin on the big city problem for Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, Hollywood Hills and more. “The street you commute on, the trees on your block, the safety of your neighborhood—these are bread and butter issues,” Ryu said in a recent statement. “I’m glad to see these priorities get the funding they deserve.”

Affordable Housing Crisis = Homelessness Crisis?

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Carl recently reported on the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles and the impact of a housing shortage that has left the city about 517,000 housing units short. Get the local spin on a big city problem for Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, Hollywood Hills and more.

Enjoi – Baby Idiots Second Story

Even in the best-case scenario, every love-based relationship ends with heartbreak. “Happily ever after” never meant anything except one living to see the other die. In this second installment of the Baby Idiots series, we find our nameless narrator love sick and down on his luck, until she comes into his life. But love is fleeting, especially for the narrator of “Enjoi.”

High Fever Fiction and Crazy Drug Headlines

High Fever Fiction and Crazy Drug Headlines. Read to get some background on Carl Robinette's flash fiction "High Fever"... She doesn’t know where her son is. She doesn’t know if she’ll make it. She has to make it.

Red Car Trolley Mural “Leaves the Station” in Atwater Village

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Carl wrote about the Red Car Trolley mural that was removed in Atwater Village to make way for a pedestrian and cycling bridge. Check out pictures of the old mural. Checkout the artist Rafael Escamilla. ATWATER VILLAGE—An iconic 30-foot by 40-foot mural on the Los Angeles River, depicting a red trolley car, was recently demolished to make way for a new pedestrian and cycling bridge, despite previous plans to keep the mural intact.

Femme Fatale and Female Workplace Murders by the Numbers

Female workers are more likely to be murdered in on-the-job fatalities than men. Twenty-two percent of fatal injuries suffered by females in the workplace in 2017 were the result of homicide. That number was only 8-percent for males according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.