From Driverless Lyft’s to Dislikes on Twitter: This Week’s Tech News

This week’s tech news features all the latest in tech. Power up your week with all that’s happening in the tech world. From driverless Lyfts to dislikes on Twitter, we’re dishing out the tech news of the week!

World’s Fastest Train Debuts

From Driverless Lyfts to Dislikes on Twitter: This Week's Tech News

While the U.S. still has some work to do on catching up to the rest of the world’s rail services, this latest train news serves as a landmark. This week the world’s fastest train debuted, clocking in at speeds up to 373 miles per hour, a report says. The magnetic levitation (maglev) debuted in China and will not be as loud or require as much maintenance as other trains. With speeds up to 600 kilometers per hour (373 miles,) the train will be capable of cutting a 5 ½ hour trip down to just 3 hours. The high-speed maglev lets the train float while traveling, without touching the rail. China spent close to two decades developing the technology and research needed to launch its latest transportation venture. 

Twitter Testing a Way to Dislike Replies

From Driverless Lyfts to Dislikes on Twitter: This Week's Tech News

If you have always wanted to dislike a particular tweet, a new tool will be making its way to you soon. This week, Twitter announced that they are testing a way to up-or down-vote replies. The effort comes as a way to better understand what users find as relevant content. The company shared the news in a Tweet to their Twitter support page, notifying users that some iPhone users may see the option show up on their app. Currently, the feature has not been opened up to all Twitter users, with only a small undisclosed number being able to test the feature. “This gives people the power to privately voice their opinion on the quality of replies without publicly shaming others while also giving us more nuanced feedback,” Cody Elam, a user researcher at Twitter, said in a thread of tweets. 

Microsoft-Powered Autonomous Robot is Here to Clean our Beaches 

In eventual good news for California coastlines, robots may be helping to keep our beaches clean soon. A Dutch startup’s BeachBot robot has launched an initiative to rid our sands of cigarette butts. The start-up now has Microsoft’s artificial intelligence on hand to help the robot learn how. While the robot will only be learning how to pick up cigarette butts, the company hopes to clean up other waste soon. The startup was highlighted by Microsoft this week, with the company showing off the prototype machine. The robot uses the software giant’s Trove AI system as part of its learning process.

Lyft to Get Self-Driving Cars from Ford and Argo AI

Lyft will be joining the autonomous vehicle race this year in a new venture with Ford and Argo AI. The ride-hailing service will debut its “driverless cars” in Miami. The announcement was made this week after the company had to delay its efforts due to the pandemic. The company has high hopes to commercialize its autonomous ride-hailing service. Lyft will join the likes of Uber and Waymo as they work to provide a 21st-century option for ridesharing. Ford and Argo AI are working to create defined zones for autonomous pick-ups in Miami using the Ford Escape. A human safety driver will be onboard for pickups but the vehicle itself will drive riders to their end destinations.

Weekend Events: July 23-25, 2021

This weekend features no shortage of fun options to keep you entertained. From rooftop flicks to 80’s tributes in the park, make the most of your weekend with our list of things to do. Read on for events from L.A. to the coast, and Conejo Valley, and SFV.

Los Angeles

Melrose Rooftop Theatre

movies

When: until August 30, 2021

Where: E.P. & L.P. | West Hollywood

What: This Sunday fall in love with the Oscar-nominated film ‘ A Star is Born. Melrose Rooftop Theatre will be taking over WEHO’s E.P. & L.P. for their weekly film screening series. The outdoor theatre offers great movies, fantastic views, and an open-air bar. What more do you need on a Sunday Funday?

Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Yuz Foundation

When: Until March 13, 2022

Where: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Miracle Mile

What: In this collaborative exhibition of contemporary art, see stunning works of art from Shanghai’s Yuz Museum. The featured artists of the exhibit include Ai Weiwei, Huang Yong Ping, Wang Guangyi, Xu Bing, and Yue Minjun. The artist’s pieces were created in response to international trade, political conflict, and global artistic exchange.

Hollywood Artisans Market

When: Until August 29, 2021

Where: 1715 N Cahuenga Blvd | Hollywood

What: Hollywood creativity is not just limited to the film industry. See the other side of Angeleno’s artistic flair at the Hollywood Artisan’s Market. Browse through rows of locally-made crafts, clothes, jewelry, and food. What’s better? Free entry AND On-site parking. Talk about a win-win.

 

Westside and Beach Communities

Night Dive

When: July 23-December 31, 2021

Where: Aquarium of the Pacific | Long Beach

What: Dive into a magical evening at the Aquarium of the Pacific (not literally). This event serves to entertain the 18+ crowd after hours with art installations and live bands. Other features of the evening include food trucks and DJs, for the hungry music lover in you.

 

OC Fair

When: until August 15, 2021

Where: OC Fair & Event Center | Costa Mesa

What: It’s the best time of year! Besides the warm breeze, the OC Fair has officially returned as one of the highlights of summer. The fair has been providing fun and smile since 1889 and continues to be a community favorite to this day. Enjoy all the deep-fried, carnival rides, and rodeo fun your heart desires at the fair!

Poolside Cinema at the Fairmont Miramar

When: Until August 28, 2021

Where: Fairmont Miramar | Santa Monica

What: In true Cali style, the Fairmont Miramar brings fun movies to a poolside setting where you can enjoy in luxury. Every Saturday night at sunset, visitors and guests are invited to partake in the hotel’s ‘Poolside Cinema’. Enjoy popcorn and a family-friendly flick all while lounging around one of Santa Monica’s most luxurious pools. 

San Fernando Valley

‘Ted Lasso’ Biscuit Pop-up

When: July 24-25, 2021

Where: Studio City Farmer’s Market

What: If you are not a Ted Lasso fan by now, where have you been? Catch up! The beloved Apple TV+ comedy hit is here to bring you some off-screen delight. Taking place in multiple venues for the week, fans can enjoy the show’s recognizable biscuits at a delightful fan pop-up. This weekend the English-set series will be offering their free biscuits and tea at the Studio City Farmer’s Market. Arrive early, because biscuits will only be available while supplies last.

California Women’s Film Festival

When: July 23-25, 2021

Where: Whitefire Theatre | Sherman Oaks

What: Celebrate women filmmakers, artists, and writers at the California Women’s Film Festival. The event will showcase the work of selected women filmmakers by providing a showcase and networking forum in the heart of Hollywood. 

Holly Weird Film Festival

When: Jul 24, 2021

Where: Good Nite Bar | North Hollywood

What: The First Annual Holly Weird Film Festival (HWFF), founded by Festival Director Jack Truman, celebrates independent movies of all genres. This film showcase serves as a showcase for truly original Independent and DIY film and video. Enjoy underground cinema from around the world at this weekend event.

Conejo Valley

Rachel Bloom Comedy Show

Movies, Music and Fun

When: until August 20, 2021

Where: Dynasty Typewriter | Westlake

What: Don’t miss out on the hilarious comedy show from Golden Globe winner Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend). The actress and writer will be showcasing her comedy chops during this limited event at the Dynasty Typewriter. Snag your tickets early!

Music in the Park

Movies, Music and Fun

When: Saturday, July 24 @ 6:30

Where: 5600 Hollytree Dr. | Oak Park 

What: We’re taking all the way back this weekend to the ultimate ’80s! Enjoy an evening of free and fun entertainment in Oak Canyon Community Park. Fast Times – Ultimate 80s Tribute will be sure to give you the perfect dose of nostalgia while taking in the summer air. 

Movies in the Park in Moorpark Presents: Galaxy Quest

Movies, Music and Fun

When: Saturday, July 24 @ 7:00

Where: 4550 Tierra Rejada Rd. | Moorpark

What: We love cult classic movies, with a cast that’s too perfect to miss. See Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, and the late Alan Rickman in the sci-fi comedy hit, ‘Galaxy Quest’. This weekend’s feature takes place at Arroyo Vista Community Park with advance ticket purchase required. 

LA Eats of the Week: The Top Seafood Restaurants

Nothing feels quite like summer, like California fresh seafood. With so many seafood restaurants around town, your options are endless for something from the sea. Rather than feel like you’re stranded in an ocean of possibilities, we have you covered. Check out our list of the top seafood restaurants in your area.

 

Los Angeles

Angler

Location: 8500 Beverly Blvd Suite 117 | Los Angeles

When it comes to “hidden gems”, nothing sets the bar quite as high as Angler. Located inside the Beverly Center, the restaurant is not visible to those driving down the boulevard. As far as LA’s seafood restaurants go, this one tops the list. From the decadent palm-sized banana pancakes topped with caviar to the harissa-slicked spot prawns, it’s mouth-watering good. Indulge in the thoughtful creations of chef and restaurateur Joshua Skenes at Angler in LA.

 

Providence

Location: 5955 Melrose Ave. | Los Angeles

A two-star Michelin restaurant from Chef Michael Cimarusti, Providence, offers award-winning food in a sophisticated atmosphere. For seafood restaurants, Providence has been serving up unique options for over a decade. The restaurant offers three tasting menu options with the freshest and most sustainable ingredients available. While most menu options are from the sea, patrons can also enjoy choices like the Liberty Farms Duck or A5 Wagyu Beef. This restaurant is a splurge, so be prepared to dish out between $225 to $475 per person depending on wine pairing. 

Orsa & Winston

Location: 122 W 4th St, Los Angeles

Another Michelin star selection, Orsa & Winston, brings decadent seafood to Downtown L.A. in an artsy fashion. The food itself is Asian-Italian, inspired with a prix-fixe that comprises seasonal ingredients infused with wide-ranging flavors. While the menu can only be seen once in the restaurant, diners can expect options like the soft-shell crab tempura and the Satsuki porridge. Likewise, among offering perfectly delicious options, one can also expect a perfectly designed ambiance. 

 

Westside and Beach Communities

Blue Plate Oysterette

Location: 1355 Ocean Ave. | Santa Monica

Enjoy all that old-school East Coast clam bars and seafood shacks have to offer in an upgraded setting with a fresh take on coastal fare. Blue Plate Oysterette serves as an excellent choice for seafood restaurants in Santa Monica. The dining establishment offers crab cakes, lobster rolls, and fish and chips for classic options. Those seeking more L.A. style options can dig into selections like fish taxes, lobster mac and cheese, and more. 

 

Fishing with Dynamite

Location: 1148 Manhattan Ave. | Manhattan Beach

When it comes to seafood restaurants in the city, Fishing with Dynamite takes you away from the hustle and bustle to a more casual affair. The food remains on par with other fine-dining seafood establishments, but the setting bodes casual comfort. This neighborhood joint is located in Manhattan Beach, offering delicious seafood options like the Peruvian Scallop and yellowtail tacos. However you choose to dine from the sea, you’ll feel right at home here. 

 

Dudley Market

Location: 9 Dudley Ave, Venice

Enjoy a seafood and wine-focused menu that caters to the beachside neighborhood at Dudley Market. The menu is reasonably priced and expansive (there’s meat and veggies too). From their wide-ranging wine menu to the freshest fish and seafood you’ll ever taste, consider this Venice spot a must. 

 

San Fernando Valley

Shin Sushi

Location: 16573 Ventura Blvd. | Encino

We may be on a Michelin-rated kick this week, as Shin Sushi lands on our list of best seafood restaurants with one-star from the acclaimed publication. Looks may deceive those who venture to the shopping center Shin Sushi resides in, but true patrons know the establishment to be a great find. From the mastery of Taketoshi Azumi comes a menu worth indulging in. Enjoy fresh and delicious options like the Hokkaido uni or scallops and fatty tuna. All of which are sure to delight even the most discerning seafood connoisseurs.

EMC Seafood & Raw Bar

Location: 6252 Topanga Canyon Blvd #1695 | Woodland Hills

EMC Seafood & Raw Bar has found a way to perfectly combine casual comfort food options with sophisticated fine dining selections, and we are HERE for it! As another one of the best seafood restaurants in town, it should come as no surprise that we have no menu dislikes. You will be satisfied with their array of options, from the fried fish tenders and garlic noodles to the toto tuna tartare with quail eggs. 

Tel Aviv Fish Grill

Location: 19014 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana

For those seeking a fantastic seafood experience in Tarzana, look no further than Tel Aviv Fish Grill. Not only does Tel Aviv Fish Grill serve as one of the best seafood restaurants in town, but it also serves as one of the few with an array of kosher and gluten-free options. “With an extensive fish menu, breakfast options, and authentic salads, everyone will have something to smile about at Tel Aviv Fish Grill.”

Conejo Valley

Broad Street Oyster Company

Location: 23359 CA-1 #3874A | Malibu

It’s safe to say that Malibu has no shortage of excellent seafood restaurants, with Broad Street Oyster Company being at the forefront of the list. What started as a pop-up took shape as a welcoming seafood staple in the neighborhood. Enjoy a stunning view of the Malibu Lagoon while you dig into tasty options like the Sea Bream Fillet and the Eggplant Carpaccio.

Mastro’s Steakhouse

Location: 2087 Thousand Oaks Blvd. | Thousand Oaks

What seafood list would be complete without Mastro’s? While most may mistake this for being just a steakhouse, Matro’s offers some of the best seafood in town. From their famed seafood tower to their Blackened Swordfish, the options are endless. Treat yourself to an evening at Mastro’s; you’ll be glad you did!

Lure Fish House

Location: 30970 Russell Ranch Rd. | Westlake Village

A family-owned establishment, Lure Fish House serves up delicious seafood in a California coast setting. The seasonally sourced menu offers selections like mussels, ceviches, fish tacos, lobster, organic salads, and simply seared fish. With satisfying menu options like the Miso Glazed Sea Bass Bowl and Branzino, you can’t go wrong with their well-rounded menu.

Economic update for the week ending July 16, 2021

Stock markets ended the week slightly lower – Stock markets had a relatively quiet week. Second quarter corporate profits have come in strong which was expected. Unfortunately, investors sold off stocks Friday on fears of rising COVID cases. That brought stock markets down at the close of the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week at 34,687.85, down 0.5% from 34,870.16 last week. It is up 13.2% year-to-date. The S&P 500 closed the week at 4,327.16, down 0.7% from 4,369.55 last week. It is up 15.5% year-to-date. The NASDAQ closed the week at 14,427.24, down 1.9% from 14,701.92 last week. It is up 12% year-to-date.

U.S. Treasury bond yields – The 10-year treasury bond closed the week yielding 1.31%, down from 1.37% last week. The 30-year treasury bond yield ended the week at 1.93%, down from 1.99% last week. We watch bond yields because mortgage rates often follow treasury bond yields.

Mortgage rates – The July 15, 2021, Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported mortgage rates for the most popular loan products as follows: The 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 2.88%, down slightly from 2.90% last week. The 15-year fixed was 2.22%, almost unchanged from 2.20% last week. The 5-year ARM was 2.47%, down from 2.52% last week.

California home prices continue to rise at record pace in June – The California Association of Realtors reported that existing home sales totaled 436,000 on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate in June. That marked a year-over-year increase of 28% in the number of sales last June. The median price paid for an existing home in June was $819,630, up from May’s $818,260 median price. Year-over-year the median price increased 30.9% from last June when the median price was $588,070. June marked a third straight month of year-over-year gains of over 30% in the median price. The California Association of Realtors tracks inventory levels based on how many months it would take to sell the active listings in all MLS systems at the current sales level. There was a 1.7 month supply of homes for sale in June, down from a 2.7 month supply of homes for sale last June. Active listings are beginning to climb, and are at the highest level since last October.

Below are median price and sales data by county.

California home prices continue to rise at record pace in June

California home prices continue to rise at record pace in June

The California Association of Realtors reported that existing home sales totaled 436,000 on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate in June. That marked a year-over-year increase of 28% in the number of sales last June.

The median price paid for an existing home in June was $819,630, up from May’s $818,260 median price. Year-over-year the median price increased 30.9% from last June when the median price was $588,070. June marked a third straight month of year-over-year gains of over 30% in the median price.

The California Association of Realtors tracks inventory levels based on how many months it would take to sell the active listings in all MLS systems at the current sales level. There was a 1.7 month supply of homes for sale in June, down from a 2.7 month supply of homes for sale last June. Active listings are beginning to climb, and are at the highest level since last October.

Below are median price and sales data by county.

Out & About: The Best Places for Stargazing in SoCal

How long has it been since you stepped out on a warm summer night to savor California’s spectacular night sky? Well, between working long hours and taking care of your family, you might easily miss out on this glorious after-dark action. So, clear your schedule, grab a blanket and step out into California’s night-time marvels. What’s more, the region’s sandy shorelines, rugged mountains, and desert landscapes are all perfect backdrops that add to this divine experience. Read on below for the best places for stargazing throughout SoCal!

Below are some great places in SoCal to view the constellations:

Joshua Tree National Park, Riverside County

Lone Joshua trees, a striking rock-strewn landscape, and vast desert oasis, Joshua Tree National Park is a perfect stargazing site in Los Angeles. Here, you will enjoy a perfect getaway away from the city’s chaos and light pollution and step into the awe of naturally dark clouds, serene desert air, and a tranquil atmosphere.

Siskiyou County

California’s Siskiyou county hides miles away from the city’s glaring lights offering a perfectly dark atmosphere for the ultimate night-sky viewing. Besides a night full of stargazing adventures, you can also enjoy horseback riding, rafting, and fly-fishing activities during the day.

 

Milpitas Wash in Imperial County

Milpitas Wash offers you a perfect getaway Experience-Just you, the dark-filled night, and the great Palo Verde mountains obstruct the light from Blythe. You might also have one or two owls to keep you company. For convenience, carry along some food or snacks, water, and your full sense of adventure.

 

Borrego Springs, San Diego County

Borrego Springs is an excellent gateway to the largest state park in California- Anza Borrego. Suffice to say, the state’s residences and business operators have made it their goal to keep the night glaring light to the minimum in a bid to conserve the county’s natural night-time spectacular beauty.

Point Dume State Preserve, Malibu

Malibu gives you every reason to venture out and enjoy the star-filled canvas of a clear SoCal night sky. Malibu offers you a great escape away from the city’s light pollution. Even better, the city successfully implemented its dark sky ordinance last fall, making Point Dume a preferred star gazing site. 

 

Red Rock Canyon State Park

One of the best things about living in Santa Clarita is not having to travel far for a stargazing experience. For instance, the Red Rock Canyon State Park makes for a perfect stargazing location. Approximately 45 minutes from Santa Clarita, it’s an amazingly rugged destination full of geologic formation. Just make sure to find a clear space with fewer trees to enjoy the spectacular views.

Are you looking to refresh your mind and feel fabulous again? Well, get out of your house, bathe in some fresh air, and get lost in South California’s spectacular views. Taking a short drive to these SoCal perfect sites and reconnecting with mother nature may be all you need.

How to Add a Pop of Color to Your Bathroom | Home Tips

A bathroom is one of the most critical parts of your home experiences. If you seek to transform your bathroom from drab to luxury, you should be ready to make it happen. Here are some DIY home improvement tips that will help you add a pop of color to your bathroom:

Add a Pop of Color Through Paint 

Color is a critical aspect of a room as it affects most of the décor. Using neutral color allows flexibility. White, for instance, makes a perfect color for a luxurious bathroom. Consider having white cabinets and countertops. You can also throw in splurge high-quality rags and towels. Pairing your white linens with accessories will help tie in everything.

Gray also makes a superb color choice for your bathroom. It brings a soothing effect and a sense of luxury. Greige is a warm form of gray which can improve your bathroom experience. It is also easy to match. You can match the color with brushed silver fixtures and wood vanity in the space.

Alternatively, you can create a spar theme for your bathroom. Monochromatic colors such as aquatic paint color or pretty blue bring a feel of spa luxury to a bathroom. If you are going for this color, consider using varying shades.

Create Pop of Color with Lighting

Lighting a bathroom can be challenging if you have limited space as it can cause reflection effects from angled mirrors. To counter this problem, you can use a diffuse ceiling light and position the downlights carefully to avoid shadows. For makeup application, use vertical lights flanking the mirror for maximum lighting. If you are looking for DIY home improvement, you can use excellent cove lighting for a modernized bathroom and add mini recessed light to your cove lighting to expound on the touch of a spa in your bathroom. The mini recessed lights are pretty relaxing with a theatre touch. Cove lighting also creates an excellent bathroom experience taking you to the future.

Add Pop of Color with Space

You can add a pop of color to your bathroom by creating more space. Space is very critical in the design and more so in the bathroom. Most bathrooms have limited space, and if your bathroom is small and you want to make it appear more extensive, you can use mirrors to your advantage. Apart from making areas appear bigger by reflecting light, mirrors also enhance colors. If you don’t have much space, you can consider installing vessel sinks which take up less space and creates a sense of style and creativity.

Achieve a Pop of Color with a Backsplash

The backsplash is critical for a bathroom as it prevents the walls from mold formation and rot and if you work it up, it could add a pop of color to your bathroom. You can add a backsplash as a DIY home improvement or hire a professional. The choice of backsplash should complement your designs in terms of color, shape, and texture. Space is also a big factor to consider, and glass tiles will reflect light and make your bathroom space appear bigger.

A bathroom design is personal, and you can combine different features to create a pop of color for your bathroom. If you have these ideas, you can consult an interior designer to help you figure out what works best for your DIY home improvement project.

From the Rise of LA Social Clubs to the 65th Annual Conejo Valley Days | Cit

Stay current with the latest news in your area! From the rise of LA Social Clubs to the 65th Annual Conejo Valley Days, read this week’s city news.

Los Angeles City News

LA Social Clubs Poised for Growth Post-Pandemic

From the Rise of LA Social Clubs to the 65th Annual Conejo Valley Days

From Spring Place to NeueHouse, LA saw a growth of social clubs pre-2020. Experts believe as reopening continues, that the hype and demand of members-only clubs will continue to grow. In a recent LA Business Journal article, LABJ spoke with experts on how lockdown led to a greater want of exclusivity. Graham Culp, a partner at Meriwether believes it comes down to pent-up demand, stating demand was “off historic levels, but we didn’t see a lot of attrition.”. It was not until the last few months, as Culp continued on, that they saw a vastly growing demand for membership applications. With new social clubs arising, for what seems like every other day, Angeleno’s are left with a vast array of options. With the recent opening of Britely, the club joins San Vicenta Bungalows, Soho House, and many more.

California Lawmakers to Aid Small Theatres with a Portion of $50M State Budget 

From the Rise of LA Social Clubs to the 65th Annual Conejo Valley Days

Small Theatres in California will receive much-needed aid in the recovery process from the pandemic. Lawmakers in California have set aside $50 million to assist small, nonprofit theaters. According to the NY Times, Small theatres had worked to lobby state officials for the one-time subsidy. This comes as theatres and venues of all sizes remained closed over the last 15 months due to the pandemic. The small theatre subsidy serves as one of several subsidy and assistance programs in the state’s $262.6 billion budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Lawmakers worked out the deal over the last several months with Governor Gavin Newsom enacting the budget in recent weeks. 

Westside & Beach Communities City News

Tyra Banks Opens Smize Cream Shop in Santa Monica

From the Rise of LA Social Clubs to the 65th Annual Conejo Valley Days

Supermodel Tyra Banks is turning her popular coined term into a new venture in Santa Monica. The frozen custard shop, Smize Cream, opening earlier this month in Santa Monica Place. Original plans for the space were meant for Banks’ 20,000 sq ft ‘Modelland’ attraction but was canceled due to the pandemic. Smize Cream tested the waters in the community by operating as a springtime pop-up before its opening debut on July 3. Dr. Maya Warren, an ice cream scientist and Banks’ team worked together to develop the flavors. Dr. Warren has a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in food science

New Relief Coming to Santa Monica Small Businesses

From the Rise of LA Social Clubs to the 65th Annual Conejo Valley Days

Santa Monica city officials announced this week that a new wave of relief will be coming to small business owners. The City of Santa Monica has partnered with LISC LA to launch the Santa Monica Small Business Recovery Grants. The aid will go to support Santa Monica’s small business community. Eligible businesses will be able to receive $5,000 in grant funds. Businesses are urged to apply from July 16 to July 30 at www.santamonica.gov/bizgrants with early applications encouraged. Over 75 small brick-and-mortar businesses will be eligible for the grant. Businesses that apply must be located in the City of Santa Monica. 

 

San Fernando Valley City News

House approves $19.1 million for San Fernando Valley transportation projects

From the Rise of LA Social Clubs to the 65th Annual Conejo Valley Days

With the U.S. House passage of the five-year $715B measure, several San Fernando Valley transit projects will receive federal funding. The bill will set aside $19.1 million for the region’s infrastructure to allow for modernizing roads, bridges, and transit among other needs. Legislators are hopeful that the new bill will also create jobs in the community while connecting communities around the region. Representatives like Congressman Tony Cardenas believe the measure will make a huge impact in San Fernando Valley. In a statement, he shared:

 “This funding will help us fix our roads, get more buses on our streets, create jobs, and keep our community safe and connected”. 

Burbank Library Eliminates Overdue Fines

From the Rise of LA Social Clubs to the 65th Annual Conejo Valley Days

If you have overdue library books from the Burbank Library, you’ll no longer have to worry about your late fees. As of this month, the library will no longer charge fines for late returns. The move to remove overdue fines was made in order to encourage item returns and increase library usage. “While fines for overdue items may seem like a small burden, they can create a major barrier to service for those who are struggling financially,” said Library Services Director Elizabeth Goldman in a statement. Burbank Library has made this move as an effort to follow other cities that have instituted the same revised policy.

Conejo Valley City News

The 65th Annual Conejo Valley Days Carnival Returned this Month

The much-beloved community fair, Conejo Valley Days returned this month to Conejo Creek Park. The event has drawn out community members as well as those in the surrounding area to the fun-filled carnival. For this year’s event, community organizers opted to celebrate with a rides-only affair. This year’s event took place over the span of two weekends instead of its normal 4-day schedule. Frank Akrey, Conejo Valley Days president said the following, “We hope CVD will bring members of the community together and provide a place to have fun and enjoy carnival rides, games, and food.”

From a $100k LG TV to DMs on Clubhouse | This week’s Tech News

For the week of July 12, we are breaking down all things tech from a $100k LG TV to DMs on Clubhouse and more. Read on for the latest tech news happening around the world!

Twitter Says Goodbye to Fleets

From a $100k LG TV to DMs on Clubhouse | This week’s Tech News

Much like the purpose of the feature, Twitter’s Fleets were here a gone before we noticed or remembered to use it. The disappearing Tweet feature will be shutting down due to low usage, after launching just eight months ago. So what will be replacing that space at the top of your feed? Spaces…literally. Spaces — Twitter’s live audio chat rooms will take over the top of your timeline beginning August 3rd. In other great news, your traditional tweet composer will also get an update. Expect to see more camera editing features from Fleets, like text-formatting and GIF stickers over photos. Fleets were launched by Twitter as an attempt to get more users actively tweeting on the app. In a statement by Twitter’s VP of Product, Ilya Brown, the company admits the usage results were less than favorable. Stating, “In the time since we introduced Fleets to everyone, we haven’t seen an increase in the number of new people joining the conversation with Fleets like we hoped.” So use your Fleets while it’s there before it takes its final flight on August 3rd.

 

Google is Working to Make Browing More Secure

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Google wants to ensure you have a safe browsing experience. So much so that the company will soon offer an HTTPS-first option. As the company announced this week, this will show a full-page warning when you try to load up a site that doesn’t support HTTPS. For those wanting to know the difference between the two or if it matters, we will explain. HTTPS is a more secure version of HTTP ( the “S” stands for “secure”). The majority of the websites we visit every day likely already support HTTPS. According to Google, the HTTPS-First Mode will be available starting with Chrome 94. The release date for Chrome 94 will be September 21, but HTTP will still be supported on browsers beyond that date. 

Facebook Ditches Brain-typing as an AR glasses interface

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You are probably thinking BRAIN TYPING! Yes, one of the world’s largest tech giants wanted to provide you with a way to message with AR glasses through brain signals. The multi-year collaboration between Fb and UC San Francisco, Project Steno aimed to create a system that translates brain activity into words. This week Facebook announced it would be backing off the idea of a commercial head-mounted brain-reading device. Instead, the company will continue its focus on building out wrist-worn interfaces instead. In a press release, Facebook clarified its current objectives. Stating, “To be clear, Facebook has no interest in developing products that require implanted electrodes,” Facebook said in the press release. They continued by stating, “while we still believe in the long-term potential of head-mounted optical BCI technologies, we’ve decided to focus our immediate efforts on a different neural interface approach that has a nearer-term path to market.”

Rollable LG OLED TV Launches to US Market for $100,000

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If you have $100k and feel like splurging, the latest LG TV may catch your fancy. The futuristic rollable LG OLED 4K TV can roll itself up and then back down to fully disappear into its housing unit. Beyond being something straight out of a James Bond film, the TV is as luxurious as it sounds. The OLED 4K TV was first introduced as a prototype at CES 2018. This stunning 65-inch TV comes with a front-firing Dolby Atmos sound system, Dolby Vision, 120Hz 4K gaming, variable refresh rate, auto low latency mode, and more. Preorders will open for the LG OLED R in August and can be purchased through LG’s website.

Clubhouse Launches DM Feature

From a $100k LG TV to DMs on Clubhouse | This week’s Tech News

If you are a Clubhouse user and have been looking for a way to connect with other users in-app, Clubhouse has heard your request. The social audio app launched its direct messaging feature, Backchannel, this week for all users on both iOS and Android. This means you will now be able to chat one-on-one, in groups, and send links. Users will not be able to send images or videos, but a spokesperson says that functionality is coming. There will also be additional features on the way in the near future. The new feature was designed to help moderators chat among themselves during an active room. It will also let people connect after an event and be able to foster text conversations that otherwise would have to occur in a separate app. Backchannel will bring Clubhouse up to par with its competitors while giving users more of a reason to stay on the app than to venture off.

The Almost Amazon Wearable for Kids

In a recent report by Bloomberg, a wearable for kids had apparently been in the works at Amazon. The Alexa-enabled device was originally considered as part of Amazon’s 2020 roadmap as a part of the company’s kid-focused tech product portfolio. The wearable, codenamed “Seeker”, would cost $99 and include a GPS feature, voice activation, and be for children ages 4-12. According to Bloomberg, the wearable may come as a clip, keychain, or wristband. The device will also allow parents to track and communicate with their children. 

Weekend Events: July 16-18, 2021

From The Addams Family 30th Anniversary screening in LA to concerts outdoors in Conejo Valley and SFV, enjoy this weekend’s best events!

Los Angeles Weekend Events

Cinespia Presents: The Addams Family 30th Anniversary Screening

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When: Jul 17, 2021

Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetary

What: Join Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday Pugsly, and the gang for a 30th-anniversary screening of this cult classic. Can a con man trick the macabre and magnificent Addams family out of their bewitched and beloved home? Go stargazing with a cast so perfect it’s cruel: Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christina Ricci, and Christopher Lloyd. A themed photo booth will be open for your own ghoulish family portraits.

Portraits of Freedom: Building a Life in L.A.

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When: until Jul 31, 2021

Where: Grand Park, Downtown LA

What: Enjoy art in the outdoors for this monthlong exhibition. Portraits of Freedom examines what it means to call yourself an Angeleno through a mix of installations. From large-scale murals about being Black in America to a photo gallery dedicated to childcare providers and a street vendor documentary. Experience it all during this limited engagement in DTLA. 

Museum of Dream Space

When: Ongoing

Where: Marina del Rey

What: Make your way to the land of dreams. Museum of Dream Space (MoDS) is a one-of-a-kind interactive and mesmerizing digital art museum. Enjoy new interactive installations, bigger exhibitions, and a magical experience that takes you into a world of pure imagination and wonder!

Westside and Beach Community Weekend Events

The DiscOasis

When: July 16 through Labor Day Weekend

Where: South Coast Botanic Gardens

What: Constellation Immersive, an affiliate of leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), has announced the launch of The DiscOasis. This music-driven interactive fantasy invites you into a glittering disco paradise for the soul.

Marina Drive-In Presents: Raya and the Last Dragon

outdoors

When: July 16, 2021 @ 5:00 PM

Where: Marina del Rey

What: The Marina Drive-In movies mean old-school entertainment in the comfort and safety of your own car! Gather with your family and friends to watch movies on the big screen by the sea in Marina del Rey. This weekend’s feature is the Disney hit film ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’, a flick that’s perfect for the entire family!

HBO MAX Presents: Premiere Pier ‘Space Jam’ Celebration

outdoors

When: July 15-18, 2021

Where: Santa Monica Pier

What: HBO Max will celebrate the same-day premiere of “Space Jam: A New Legacy” this weekend at Pacific Park. Enjoy content-themed experiences and rewards all weekend long. After sunset, the HBO Max film-inspired Ferris Reel light show will light up the pier, highlighting some of this year’s biggest film releases in theaters and on HBO Max.

Conejo Valley Weekend Events

Canyon Comedy feat. Karen Rontowski

When: July 18, 2021 @ 6:00 PM

Where: The Canyon, Agoura Hills

What: Enjoy a well-deserved laugh this weekend at Canyon Comedy. The show will kick off with a few newcomers before the headline act takes the stage. This Sunday features comedian Karen Rontowski. Karen has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Sirius Satellite Radio, Comics Unleashed.

Concerts by the Sea

When: July 17, 2021 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Where: 3401 Peninsula Rd | Oxnard

What: Concerts by the Sea is a free concert series at Peninsula Park with musical genres that include Rock, R&B, Jazz, Blues, and Swing. This weekend will feature the music of Psychedelic Summer, a Woodstock Era Tribute Band. 

Conejo Valley Days

When: July 8-July 18, 2021

Where: Conejo Creek Park South, Thousand Oaks

What: Don’t miss the final weekend of Conejo Valley Days! Have fun with the entire family at this year’s fun-filled community event. Conejo Valley Days (CVD) will be a carnival-only event this year and will run July 8 through July 11 and July 14 through 18 at Conejo Creek Park South.

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events

Electric Dusk Drive-In Presents: Armageddon

When: July 17, 2021 | 8:20PM–10:20PM

Where: Electric Dusk Drive-In | 236 N. Central Ave. | Glendale

What: Everyone’s favorite Valley drive-in returns this weekend for the cult classic ‘Armageddon’. Tickets can be purchased early or same-day. Films are screened in the Glendale Sears Parking Lot. 

Valley Relics Museum Experience

When: July 17, 2021 | 8:20PM–10:20PM

Where: 16781 Stagg Street Hangar C3 & C4 | Van Nuys

What: Visit the Valley’s beloved museum of Pop Culture this weekend! The Valley Relics Museum invites you to join them for a day full of nostalgia and fun. Their one-of-a-kind museum features neon signs, classic cars, a playable retro arcade, and much more!

Sun Sets Concert Series at Calabasas Lake – Stone Soul

From The Addams Family 30th Anniversary screening in LA to concerts outdoors in Conejo Valley and SFV, enjoy this weekend's best events!

When: July 18, 2021

Where: 23400 Park Sorrento | Calabasas

What: The traditionally private Calabasas Lake opens its doors to concert-goers for a relaxing sunset concert series. Enjoy a scenic backdrop and ample field seating for picnickers. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and sweaters. All performances are free to the public. This weekend will feature the musical stylings of Stone Soul.