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Republicans on the Westside 'fear putting a sign in their yard, a bumper sticker on their car'

October 20, 2010 |  8:39 am

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0133f4fedafa970b-piWESTSIDE REPUBLICANS BOND: The national polls showing a Republican surge in the midterm elections have even emboldened GOP stalwarts on the the liberal-leaning Westside.

The Santa Monica Daily Press attended a "Republicans coming out of the Closet" event over the weekend in Santa Monica, held by various GOP community groups to allow Republicans to mingle and discuss strategy. About 100 people attended -- and got a chance to vent.

"The unfortunate truth is that many Republicans on the Westside fear putting a sign in their yard, a bumper sticker on their car or even expressing an opinion at social gatherings," said Donna Block, first vice president of the Santa Monica Republican Women Federated told the paper.

A DRINK AT THE MALL: A Little Tokyo shopping mall is struggling. So its owners now want to start selling booze, according to Curbed L.A.

SMALL BURGLAR?: Eastsider L.A. reports on a burglar who got into an Echo Park home using a very small window.

TOO SCARY: Sometimes, Halloween can be too much for some young kids, reports the O.C. Register.

-- Shelby Grad