WeHo remains a coalition, 30 years after cityhood

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 11/27/2014

Founders reflect on past while eyeing the future

It came down to the wire. During the final few weeks, proponents of cityhood for West Hollywood were not sure if they were going to have enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot. Larry Gross, who helped lead the effort as executive director of Coalition for Economic Survival (CES), said he got into [...]

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Mr. Lieu goes to Washington

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 11/27/2014

Congressman-elect outlines potential challenges

State Senator Ted Lieu is on the verge of a major milestone in his life. The congressman-elect is in the process of transitioning from Sacramento to Washington D.C., and preparation is ramping up before his Jan. 6 swearing in ceremony. In case the whole whirlwind of the recent election felt too surreal, Lieu said he [...]

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Hundreds to give thanks over dinner at the Taglyan

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 11/27/2014

Community shares Thanksgiving with those who are less fortunate

The Taglyan Cultural Center is a place for people to gather, and what better day to gather people together than on Thanksgiving, executive director Gary Taglyan said. “This year, actually, it finally worked out,” he said. “My family, we’ve always been big on giving back to the community with what we can. This is probably [...]

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Small businesses prepare for big Saturday

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 11/27/2014

Neighborhood stores hope for influx of customers

On Wednesday morning, Christine Johnson found herself explaining what Small Business Saturday is to her daughter. First there was Black Friday. Then there was Cyber Monday. The credit card company American Express five years ago created another day of commerce, Small Business Saturday, which has continued to grow away from its origin and more into [...]

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Bells ring in the Salvation Army’s holiday campaign

By Edwin Folven, 11/27/2014

Red kettle donations help throughout the year

Ringing bells could be heard throughout the plaza at the Original Farmers Market on Monday during the annual Kettle Kick-Off, which marks the launch of the Salvation Army’s holiday collection drive. Salvation Army bell-ringers will be stationed in front of grocery stores, shopping malls and retail outlets throughout the holidays, seeking donations for the organization’s [...]

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Iconic radio tower is on the move

By Edwin Folven, 11/27/2014

Developer plans to preserve the landmark on the property

Workers dismantled the iconic KTLA radio tower at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue on Monday and Tuesday in preparation for its move to a site fronting Sunset Boulevard, where the tower was originally located from 1925 to 1950. The radio tower, one of two towers that were originally on the property, [...]

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World AIDS Day marks a time of reflection

By Edwin Folven, 11/27/2014

Local observances stress prevention

Thousands of people are expected to observe World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 through solemn remembrance of those who have died from the disease, as well as HIV testing intended to stop it from spreading. AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will commemorate the day with the theme, “The war on AIDS in the U.S. is being [...]

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Bighorn sheep makes a dash from the zoo

By Edwin Folven, 11/27/2014

Investigation to determine how animal escaped

A 5-year-old female desert bighorn sheep escaped from its habitat at the Los Angeles Zoo on Nov. 22 and was later struck by a vehicle and killed near the Greek Theatre in the Vermont Canyon area of Griffith Park. Zoo spokeswoman April Spurlock said it was the first time one of the zoo’s desert bighorn [...]

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Prang declares victory in assessor’s race

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 11/27/2014

WeHo council to decide how to select new member

After several weeks of post-election vote tallying, West Hollywood City Councilman Jeffrey Prang is officially poised to be the next Los Angeles County Assessor. The county’s election office announced Monday that the final votes were counted, leaving Prang with 580,479 votes (50.79 percent) against Los Angeles deputy attorney John Morris’ 562,403 votes (49.21 percent). “I [...]

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Police make dozens of arrests during protests

By Edwin Folven, 11/27/2014

Authorities continue to call for peaceful demonstrations

Police arrested 183 people on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning during demonstrations in downtown Los Angeles in protest of a grand jury’s decision not to indict a Caucasian police officer for the shooting death of an unarmed African American teenager in Ferguson, Mo. The arrests came during the second night of protests against the [...]

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Hollywood ready to parade around town

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 11/28/2014

Angelenos will pack the sidewalks along Hollywood Boulevard this Sunday for the 83rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefitting Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Parade festivities will begin at 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 30, along Hollywood Boulevard between Orange Street and Highland Avenue. The parade stretches for approximately 3.2 miles. There will be two elevated stages [...]

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WeHo triple murder suspect gets three life sentences

By Edwin Folven, 11/27/2014

Defendant killed victims during failed drug deal

A 35-year-old defendant was sentenced on Nov. 20 to three consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering three men in West Hollywood in 2010 during a failed drug deal. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham sentenced the defendant, Harold Yong Park, for the Aug. 26, 2010 murders at [...]

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Los Angeles police officer pleads not guilty

11/28/2014

A Los Angeles Police Department officer who has been charged with theft for submitting fictitious military leave documents to the department pleaded not guilty to the charges on Nov. 13, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced. The officer, Christine Lynn Bulicz, 42, is scheduled to return to court on Dec. 10 to [...]

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Authorities search for ATM robbery suspect

By Edwin Folven, 11/27/2014

Man was wearing distinctive clothing

Police are searching for a suspect who was caught on surveillance camera video while robbing a victim at an ATM in Hollywood, and are asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect. The robbery occurred at approximately 9:10 p.m. on Oct. 15 at a Bank of America branch in the 4900 block of Melrose [...]

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Man pleads not guilty to robbing an elderly woman

By Edwin Folven, 11/28/2014

A 38-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he robbed elderly women who had withdrawn money from their banks, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced. The defendant, Dewayne Taylor, 38, is charged with five counts of second-degree robbery and two counts of elder abuse. He is expected to return to [...]

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Charges filed against fake realtor

11/28/2014

Additional burglary and robbery charges have been filed against a suspect accused of posing as a realtor to steal from open houses in the West Los Angeles and Lost Hills areas, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced. Deputy District Attorney Christine Von Helmolt said the defendant, Tony Chung, 39, now faces seven [...]

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Physician’s assistant defrauds Medicare

11/28/2014

A physician’s assistant was sentenced on Nov. 24 to three years in federal prison for defrauding Medicare out of millions of dollars by signing fraudulent prescriptions and other medical documents for durable medical equipment (DME) while working at separate medical clinics in the Los Angeles. Erasmus Kotey, 78, was sentenced by United States District Judge [...]

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CHNC looking to fill board vacancy

11/28/2014

The Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council (CHNC) had a board vacancy it is looking to fill. The community group’s board vacancy term is available through 2016. Members are asking that candidate fill out an application and noted that stakeholders’ participation is very important for CHNC to make decisions that reflect the community’s vision and interests. CHNC [...]

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Residents flock to Bass’ healthcare fair

11/28/2014

Last Saturday, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined hundreds of families, insurance seekers, and healthcare advocates for a Healthcare Resource Fair and Town Hall. More than 300 people turned out for the event at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, which featured dozens of onsite health practitioners as well as enrollment counselors from Covered California, Medi-Cal and My [...]

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