Pocket park shapes up with exercise equipment

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 12/18/2014

Family of park founder says space fulfills legacy

Amid the high-density apartments and cars zipping down Franklin Avenue on Monday morning, city officials and community members gathered to usher in a new era for the Dorothy J. and Benjamin B. Smith Park. Located at 7020 Franklin Ave., the pocket park — a smaller type of park within a dense urban area — received [...]

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Melrose residents protest McMansions

By Edwin Folven, 12/18/2014

Many community members hope homes will be preserved

Residents of the Melrose District are concerned that developers are buying and tearing down houses and replacing them with new larger residences that are out of character with the neighborhood. More than 50 residents came together last Sunday to protest the practice — commonly known as mansionization — in front of a newly built home [...]

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LAPD sets goal to equip force with body cameras

By Edwin Folven, 12/18/2014

Cameras will provide officers with new tool

Los Angeles Police Department officers will be outfitted with body cameras under a new plan announced on Tuesday by Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. The plan calls for approximately 7,000 body cameras to be purchased during the 2015-2016 budget cycle. The department will begin using approximately 800 cameras over the next few [...]

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Hanukkah symbolizes culture and diversity

By Luis Rivas, 12/18/2014

Jewish community celebrates annual Festival of Lights

Celebrating the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah stands as a testament to the diversity of the multicultural metropolitan city of Los Angeles, according to Jewish leaders in the city. Since the founding of the first synagogue in Los Angeles in 1862 as Congregation B’nai B’rith, which later went on to establish the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the [...]

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Report paints current, future picture of WeHo’s Eastside

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 12/18/2014

City council to consider options for improvements

The West Hollywood City Council filed has a report that will help influence and guide the eventual Eastside Community Plan. Consulting firm Rosenow Spevacek Group submitted the Eastside Economic Market Report to the West Hollywood City Council on Monday with a purpose “not only to provide current demographic and economic data, but to identify the [...]

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A new PATH for homeless housing

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 12/18/2014

Service provider is building more units to help the needy

The Los Angeles Planning Commission has approved a new complex to be built by People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), which will focus on low-cost rental units for clients seeking social services. PATH is a private, nonprofit, community-based organization that is dedicated to building a healthy community for homeless and very low-income individuals. According to PATH [...]

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WeHo to hold special election to fill vacancy

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 12/18/2014

Council opts for a vote to replace Jeffrey Prang

Prang’s city council spot will be filled by special election What has been brewing for weeks was confirmed on Monday by the West Hollywood City Council. The governing body voted unanimously for the city to conduct a special election to replace former City Councilman Jeffrey Prang, who had served on the council since 1997. Now, [...]

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4th District race gets more crowded

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 12/18/2014

Candidates list set for city elections

It’s a crowded field in the battle to replace outgoing Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge, 4th District. The Los Angeles City Clerk’s Office certified the city candidates list for the March 3 primary elections last Friday. The list for District 4 candidates, in a random order determined by the state, is as follows: David [...]

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New office building project gets underway on Vine St.

By Edwin Folven, 12/18/2014

Construction has started on an office building at the northwest corner of Vine Street and Selma Avenue in Hollywood that is being built by the J.H. Snyder Company. The eight-story, 107,000 square foot office building will have 2,000-square-feet of ground-floor retail space, and is estimated to be completed in mid-2016. “It will be a new, [...]

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Winkler family sues sheriff’s over son’s death

By Edwin Folven, 12/18/2014

Civil lawsuit claims negligence

The family of a man who was accidentally shot and killed by West Hollywood sheriff’s deputies has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging negligence and a violation of the deceased victim’s civil rights. John Winkler was shot on April 7 after being mistaken for an armed suspect. Sim Osborn, a Seattle-based attorney representing the [...]

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Four people injured in WeHo apartment fire

By Edwin Folven, 12/18/2014

Three people suffered minor injuries and a fourth individual was hospitalized after a fire erupted in an apartment building on Dec. 13 in West Hollywood. Inspector Rick Flores, with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said the blaze was reported at approximately 7:20 p.m. in the 7500 block of W. Norton Avenue. Firefighters arrived to [...]

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Pedestrian dies after being hit by trash truck

By Edwin Folven, 12/18/2014

Special police unit investigates the accident

A 60-year-old Beverly Hills resident was struck and killed by a garbage truck on Dec. 11 near the intersection of 3rd Street and Almont Drive in what investigators called a tragic accident. Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office investigators identified the victim as Flora Kohanbashiri. The incident is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department’s [...]

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Police search for suspects in Mid-City shooting

By Luis Rivas, 12/18/2014

Police were searching for suspects on Wednesday who were involved in a shooting in Mid-City that killed one victim and left two other people in critical condition, LAPD officials said. The shooting occurred at approximately 9 a.m. in the 3100 block of Helms Avenue, near the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, according to LAPD spokesman Drake [...]

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LAFD searches for Da Vinci Fire witnesses

By Edwin Folven, 12/18/2014

Blaze determined to be arson

The Los Angeles Fire Department’s Arson and Counter-Terrorism Section, and authorities from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), have released surveillance camera footage of two individuals who were seen near the site of the Da Vinci Fire that occurred downtown on Dec. 8. Investigators officially ruled the fire was arson on [...]

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Restaurant News

By Jill Weinlein, 12/18/2014

Breakfast with Santa Come enjoy a festive meal with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Richstone Family Center. This annual event is from 9 to 11 a.m. and provides gifts and fun “together time” for families in need. More than 400 children and their families, individuals, companies, and organizations donated toys, clothing, and supplies [...]

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Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse now serving lunch

By Jill Weinlein, 12/18/2014

Beverly Hills is known for some of the finest steakhouses, and a few are chain restaurants, dispelling the myth that restaurant groups are about quantity and not quality. One of the best is Fleming’s, known for its elegant interior and attentive service. A friend and I recently enjoyed a birthday lunch at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse [...]

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Menorah lighting and family fun for the holidays at Farmers Market

12/18/2014

The Original Farmers Market, corner of 3rd and Fairfax, is celebrating its 80th holiday season with music and fun activities, a family Hanukkah celebration and the Dickensian carolers. The holiday activities kick off Friday, Dec. 19 and run through Dec. 24. The entertainment includes strolling carolers, a jazz trio, country band, the “Mele Kalikimaka” Holiday [...]

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Baby, it’s cold outside, so warm up at the new Ford’s Filling Station at JW Marriott

12/18/2014

Ford’s Filling Station L.A. LIVE The JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE opened on December 10, featuring a new concept from chef and restaurateur, Ben Ford. An evolution of Ford’s original vision, the signature restaurant showcases sustainable, regional cuisine and a new cocktail program. Developed with both the local community and business traveler in mind, [...]

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WeHo firefighters honored for life-saving rescue

12/18/2014

Firefighters from Los Angeles County Fire Station 8 in West Hollywood were honored on Dec. 6 for their life saving rescue efforts during an incident on July 4 in which the driver of a stolen Tesla crashed on La Brea Avenue. The driver sped northbound on La Brea Avenue at speeds up to 100 mph [...]

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