Council deputy files lawsuit against West Hollywood and John Duran

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 5/21/2015

West Hollywood City Council deputy Ian Owens has filed a lawsuit against the city and Councilman John Duran, alleging unfair treatment, sexual harassment and soliciting bribes. The lawsuit was filed by the law firm Rushovich Mehtani LLP on behalf of Owens on May 20. “In short, Mr. Owens alleges that he has been subjected to [...]

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Commission gives green light to Academy Museum plan

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 5/21/2015

Project next moves to city council committee

The proposed Academy Museum has passed another hurdle — this time more smoothly — on its way to becoming fully realized. The Los Angeles Planning Commission voted 6-0 last Thursday to support the project virtually unchanged from the plans outlined in its final environmental impact report, almost a month after the Mid-City West Community Council [...]

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Ryu declared victor in 4th District race

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 5/21/2015

Candidate outlasts Ramsay in runoff campaign

In the last hour before his 4th District city council campaign concluded Tuesday night, candidate David Ryu drove three people to a polling location. He knocked on his last door at 7:55 p.m., just five minutes before polls closed. He said his campaign staff and volunteers were no different, and because of their hard work, [...]

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Concrete repairs coming to Hancock Park, finally

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 5/21/2015

Residents worked for years to have streets fixed

After five years of requesting concrete repairs on the streets of Hancock Park, residents’ wishes will finally be granted. The Los Angeles Board of Public Works unanimously approved improvements to five intersections in the neighborhood, with work scheduled to begin on June 15. “We’re certainly happy that it’s been approved and it will be done,” [...]

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Council approves plan to raise minimum wage to $15 by 2020

By Dana Bell, 5/21/2015

Business owners warn plan may cause prices to go up

The Los Angeles City Council voted 14-1 on Tuesday to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour by 2020. The minimum wage would be raised incrementally each year until 2020, where it would then be tied to the consumer price index for urban wage earners and clerical workers. Small businesses with [...]

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Tree removal plan to be reviewed at meeting

By Edwin Folven, 5/21/2015

Metro could start cutting down trees if city gives approval

Notices have been posted on trees along Wilshire Boulevard sidewalks and medians indicating they are scheduled for removal as part of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro) Purple Line subway project. Metro construction relations manager Kasey Shuda said the posting gives the public a 30-day notice about a hearing on the trees that [...]

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Transient found dead inside burning building in WeHo

By Edwin Folven, 5/21/2015

Authorities investigate death to determine if foul play was involved

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives are investigating the death of a man who was found unconscious on May 21 inside a burning building in West Hollywood. Authorities believe the unidentified victim was a transient who had been living inside the vacant structure at 9080 Santa Monica Blvd. The building, located just west of Doheny [...]

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Fire damages Little Spain at the Original Farmers Market

By Edwin Folven, 5/21/2015

LAFD is investigating the cause of the blaze

An early-morning fire erupted on May 15 inside an office located above the Little Spain restaurant at the Original Farmers Market. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said a witness called 911 at approximately 4:17 a.m. to report the blaze above the restaurant near the corner of 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue. Firefighters arrived [...]

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Helicopter noise issue reaches impasse

By Pat Morgan, 5/21/2015

Residents’ groups claim little progress is being made

A citizens group formed to address concerns over noise generated by low-flying helicopters in Los Angeles County is refocusing its efforts following a recent report issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, citing a report from the Federal Aviation Administration, announced on April 21 that “significant progress” has been made in [...]

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LAUSD afterschool coach charged with molestation

By Edwin Folven, 5/21/2015

Defendant previously worked at Cahuenga and Vine Street schools

A 42-year-old Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) employee who worked for the district’s Youth Services afterschool program was arrested on May 13 and charged with nine felony counts of engaging in a lewd act with a child. The defendant, Ronnie Lee Roman, of San Fernando, is accused of molesting seven victims when he worked [...]

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Council approves historic designation for Norms

By Edwin Folven, 5/21/2015

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to designate Norms restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard as a historic-cultural monument. The approval came nearly five months after the Los Angeles Conservancy called for the designation because of plans it believed were pending to demolish the restaurant. “We are excited. This sets the stage for [...]

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No easy solution for rise in homelessness

By Dana Bell, 5/21/2015

Report shows increase even as more services become available

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s (LAHSA) homeless count revealed that despite efforts at the city and county levels to fight homelessness, the number of people without shelter has risen across the city. The count, which takes place once every two years, shows that the number of homeless individuals rose from 39,461 people in 2013 [...]

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New actor’s union wage threatens Theatre Row

By Dana Bell, 5/21/2015

Rule could alter types of actors used and plays produced

Since the 1980s, members of the Actor’s Equity union have been able to volunteer their time and perform in theatres with fewer than 99-seats for small stipends of $7 to $15 per show, helping small theatres in Los Angeles thrive. But in a decision on April 21 that overruled a union member advisory vote, Actor’s [...]

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House parties remain irritating to Hills residents

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 5/21/2015

A neighbor’s house near Sandy Martin’s home on Mulholland Drive turned into a veritable gambling casino for more than three months. People arrived late, played into the early morning and there was full “military security,” she said. “They brought hookers, who were very nice, and they would leave in the morning by limo,” Martin said. [...]

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Griffith Park garden named cultural monument

By Luis Rivas, 5/21/2015

Every morning — with very few exceptions — Councilman Tom LaBonge, 4th District, wakes up early and hikes in Griffith Park. Upon reaching the top of Mt. Hollywood, he takes a moment to appreciate one of the park’s soon-to-be historic-cultural monuments, the secluded garden known as Dante’s View. Hikers have visited the two-acre, terraced garden [...]

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Drought takes its toll on Pan Pacific Park

By Luis Rivas, 5/21/2015

With city and state regulations calling for stricter water conservation efforts, Los Angeles public parks have also had to adapt to drought conditions by restricting outdoor watering. Dry patches of browning and yellowing grass riddle several portions of Pan Pacific Park — while park workers continually repair broken sprinklers and irrigation pipes. Pan Pacific Park [...]

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Drama teacher becomes part of school legacy

By Luis Rivas, 5/21/2015

Teachers leave lifelong impressions on their students, especially the good ones. Former students, colleagues and friends recently honored the memory of one of those teachers at Fairfax High School, Marilyn Moody. On Friday, May 8, Fairfax High School celebrated its 90th anniversary with a ceremony re-dedicating the D.S. Swan Auditorium’s stage in honor of the [...]

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Metro tests multi-door boarding on BRT line

By Edwin Folven, 5/21/2015

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has launched a pilot project allowing passengers to board Metro Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) buses using any of three doors, as opposed to only the front door. The pilot project runs through July 10 and applies only to Metro’s Wilshire Rapid Line 720. Passengers can board westbound buses [...]

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is a lovely day

By Tim Posada, 5/21/2015

Speechless. Breathless. Pulse pounding. “Mad Max” began in 1979 as a B-movie that eventually developed a cult following, but “Fury Road” is something new. George Miller, I’m forever grateful you returned to the post-apocalyptic world you know so well. As Nux (Nicholas Hoult) says, “What a day. What a lovely day.” And may we enjoy [...]

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