Runaway construction in Laurel Canyon

jackie-fox-video-grab.jpgResidents of Grand View Drive in Laurel Canyon are mad as hell about a "scofflaw" builder who has already mansionized one lot on the street and started work on two other parcels. They banded together to make an informative video that could serve as a model to other neighborhoods on how to use YouTube to raise their voice. They even have a celebrity cameo, though most who watch the video won't know it's her (or care.)

The blond woman in the white bathrobe who appears a couple of times is Jacqueline Fuchs, an entertainment attorney. Oh yeah — she's also known as Jackie Fox, the bass player for The Runaways. That was before she attended Harvard Law School with Barack Obama. (In a 2008 entry at the Huffington Post, she compared Obama and Joan Jett.)

In Sunset Strip lore, Fox was "discovered" by Rodney Bingenheimer while dancing at the Starwood. The unofficial mayor of the strip reportedly introduced her to Kim Fowley, who was looking to fill a vacancy in the band. Fox came on for a couple of records and tours. She did not agree to be depicted in the recent biopic on The Runaways starring Kristen Stewart.

On her Facebook page, Fox gives herself two thumbs up for her part in the Laurel Canyon video: "Yes, I'm awesome in no make-up and a bathrobe. And mad as hell."

Partial hat tip to the LA Weekly, whose young reporter Simone Wilson didn't pick up on Fuchs/Fox.

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