Last night was first candidates' information meeting for the upcoming Atwater Village Neighborhood Council elections. I've decided to put my money where my mouth is and declare my candidacy for a seat, representing North Atwater. It was a really interesting and informative meeting, led by Stephen Box, and attended by many of the candidates, some current representatives, and the independent election board.
My father is in city politics back home in North Dakota, and I'm really looking forward to picking his enormous brain. I've wanted to get involved in government for as long as I can remember, but never really had the opportunity. Plus, I never felt so strongly about a neighborhood, in all the places I've lived, than I do for Atwater. I see an incredible foundation here, upon which we can build more opportunity.
I'm excited! Even if I don't win, I know this will be a great experience.
In other news, I finally went into Woof! Dog Boutique yesterday with Little Miss Molly Malone. The owner, Diane, is a terrific gal who really took a shining to wee Mols. Mols was very busy checking out Diane's wares, and came away from the store with some salve to aid her overwhelming itchies and a new squeeky toy. It's a beautiful store - great for gifts for friends with pets!
Branching out into Echo Park, I have to very highly recommend The K9 Loft, which is a brand spanking new doggie day care, grooming, and boarding facility right here in NELA (NorthEast LA - shall we start introducing this into the lexicon? I mean, when I first moved to NYC, there was no such thing as NoLita. We just said it enough until people bought it.).
K9 Loft did a gorgeous job grooming my little Scottie pup, and their facilities are second-to-none. They have a vet on staff, a large indoor pen for playing, a smaller pen for smaller dogs, individual large crates for puppies and older pups and sleeping time, and a big backyard for romping. Their prices are pretty competitive, too. The staff was friendly and accomodating. Lovely!