Tonight's episode kicked off the first Los Angeles project ever of the venerable public television franchise "This Old House." The show opens on Venice Beach and the guys from Back East visit Hollywood, Beverly Hills and a full remodel of a six-level house in the Hollywood Hills where they get a lesson in seismic reality. Home base, though, is a 1933 Spanish-style house on Balmer Drive, in the same block west of the reservoir where ex-councilman and planning commissioner Mike Woo has a house. Plans are for the renovation to add a story, leaving some neighbors steamed about the lost views. It's such a narrow street anyway the construction disruption must be pretty horrendous. You probably won't see that on PBS.
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