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Surfacing a street resurfacing map, a world-record spaghetti bowl, medical marijuana 101

March 15, 2010 | 11:40 am

Map: City Councilman Paul Krekoria's Google Map of street resurfacing progress.

City Councilman Paul Krekorian is taking advantage of Google Maps to show residents progress on street resurfacing efforts and to publicize locations for sandbag pickups.

LAist writes that the effort is a positive step, but calls on the councilman and his colleagues to make more data publicly available:

This is a simple idea, but one that's much needed. Residents in other parts of the city should demand this sort of transparency for their neighborhoods (we'll be bugging Paul Koretz, that's for sure). The unfortunate thing is that Krekorian's staff are the ones creating these while this data should be provided to the public (and council offices) through the city's in-house technology agency.

Read the full story here.

Some other interesting L.A.-area items around the Web:

Pool of spaghetti sets record: A Garden Grove branch of restaurant chain Buca di Beppo filled up a swimming pool with more than 13,000 pounds of pasta to beat a Guinness record. KPCC reports:

The spaghetti will not be wasted but donated to the local agricultural community and used for animal feed, said Steve Cervenka, vice president of Buca di Beppo.

Medical marijuana school: A Sunset Beach school opened recently to teach people how to use medical marijuana. The Orange County Register reports:

Cannabis State opened Friday in Sunset Beach and on Sunday will be holding its first class: an introduction to medical marijuana. The school's founders hope local seniors will be among their first students.

"Charmed" manor attracts fans: The Eastsider LA reports that the Angelino Heights Victorian house featured on the TV show "Charmed" is attracting fans. Here is one fan's You Tube video, and an excerpt from the post:

The show's final episode aired four years ago but passionate fans continue to search out the "Charmed House" and have posted videos of their visits on YouTube.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: City Councilman Paul Krekorian's Google Map of street resurfacing progress.