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Discounts on tap for downtown L.A. residents with new card

May 17, 2010 | 10:56 am

The pool deck on the 26th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel downtown in Los Angeles. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Downtown locals in search of discounts at their favorite neighborhood spots can now get a Downtown L.A. Resident Card. Apparently, many businesses, particularly those housed in residential complexes, have wanted to give locals discounts for some time but have had no way to verify who was a resident. BlogDowntown reports:

Gray-Emmer and AP Consulting LA partner Stephanie Estes came up with the DTLA Resident Card in hopes of solving that issue. The company will be conducting signups around Downtown to get the free cards in the hands of residents, eventually adding in online signups and working with buildings to make sure the cards end up in the correct hands.

Here are some other goings-on around Web L.A.:

Gay woman leads WeHo sheriff's station: The new captain of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department West Hollywood station – Kelly Fraser – is the first openly gay person in the position. WeHo News reports:

The historic posting (only openly-gay police commander Dave Kadish served in a similar position for LAPD), places a gay person as [an] LASD branch commander for the first time in Southern California.

Hipster "popcycles": LAist reports on the latest mobile-food find – $3 frozen treats on a stick served up from a bicycle freezer with flavors such as "salty cucumber lime":

The custom-made bike and freezer box created by owner John Cassidy are based on a Dutch design to ride on two wheels instead of the standard three-wheeled bike. There is no truck or a hitch, so sales are limited by leg work. They can only go as far as John can pedal.

18 small ponies rescued: A team of six from the Department of Animal Services rescued 18 pint-sized ponies from "dire conditions" at a ranch in Sylmar. The Daily News reports:

Most of the ponies, which range in height from 2 1/2 feet to 3 1/2 feet, were wild because they had not been handled by humans, Davis said. It took a staff of six Animal Services workers more than a day to corral the skittish ponies and send them off to FalconRidge Equine Rescue in San Diego, where they will be rehabilitated in hopes of being adopted.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Photo: A view of downtown Los Angeles, including the pool deck on the 26th floor of the Ritz-Carlton. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times