Pipe breaks snarl traffic in Hollywood

By Matt Sanderson, 10/30/2014

Water mains rupture at busy intersections

Water mains ruptured and flooded the Fairfax District and the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Highland Avenue between Sunday and Tuesday, causing road closures, lane reductions and minimal customer impacts, according to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) officials. The underground pipe at Santa Monica and Highland experienced three leaks between Monday [...]

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Changes at Greek Theatre playing out like a drama

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 10/30/2014

Live Nation and Nederlander compete to run venue

“This is like a marathon, I’m not sure what mile we’re at but it’s definitely not over.” Nederlander Company general manager Rena Wasserman made this statement after reflecting on a decision last week by the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Commission to recommend control of the Greek Theatre to Live Nation. “We take this seriously [...]

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Court ruling may bring back digital billboards

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 10/30/2014

Opponents fear city’s ban may be overturned

A recent court decision could pave the way for electronic signs and larger billboards to be resurrected in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Luis A. Lavin, in a decision filed on Oct. 14, ruled that the city’s ban on billboards “runs afoul of the California Constitution’s protection of free speech.” Specifically, the court [...]

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Measures make for safer school crossings

By Edwin Folven, 10/30/2014

New flashing lights and signs were unveiled in front of Joseph Le Conte Middle School in Hollywood on Monday as part of a program to improve safety for students as they walk to and from classes. Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, and representatives of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) announced [...]

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Voters to decide key races next Tuesday

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 10/30/2014

Candidates vie to replace Congressman Waxman, Supervisor Yaroslavsky

After hard fought primaries in June, local candidates are hitting the home stretch of election season, culminating in the Nov. 4 General Election, which also features various state and county propositions. Third District County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky is retiring after serving approximately 20 years overseeing Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. His career began [...]

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Yaroslavsky stays neutral in race

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 10/30/2014

As reported in the Park Labrea News/Beverly Press last week, retiring Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Third District, has not made an endorsement regarding his potential successor, but he said he felt compelled this week to make a statement. On Saturday, District 3 candidate Bobby Shriver ran an ad in the Los Angeles Times [...]

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Construction imminent for Wilshire project

By Edwin Folven, 10/30/2014

Developer is in final stages of obtaining city permits

Construction is anticipated to get underway in November on a six-story, mixed-use project known as The Mansfield that will bring 138 apartments to the 5100 block of Wilshire Blvd, between Orange Drive and Mansfield Avenue. A Burger King restaurant closed last week at the site, and a Korean church group that leased space in a [...]

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DEA raids medical pot dispensary in WeHo

By Edwin Folven, 10/30/2014

Authorities are remaining tight-lipped about a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) raid on Oct. 23 at a medical marijuana dispensary in West Hollywood, refusing to confirm anything more than the raid occurred and there is an ongoing investigation. Vijay Rathi, a public information officer for the DEA office in Los Angeles, said the operation occurred around [...]

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Police search for suspect who robbed elderly man

By Edwin Folven, 10/30/2014

Detectives need help in identifying attacker

Police have exhausted all leads in their search for a suspect who assaulted and robbed an elderly man in Hollywood in August, and are turning to the public for help. The incident occurred on Aug. 19 at approximately 3:30 p.m. near Hollywood Boulevard and Bronson Avenue. The 88-year-old victim exited a bus near the corner [...]

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Basketball coach charged with sexual assault, illegal filming

By Edwin Folven, 10/30/2014

A 50-year-old basketball coach has been charged with misdemeanor sexual battery and other charges in a case involving four players who he allegedly filmed and inappropriately touched at his residence at an undisclosed location in East Hollywood. The suspect, Michael Miller, was formerly a basketball coach for Los Angeles City College, but the alleged crimes [...]

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Target site collects dust while court date awaits

By Matt Sanderson, 10/30/2014

Construction equipment and materials sit untouched at the Target project site at Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue while a court date remains to be scheduled over the proposed development. Opponent Doug Haines of the La Mirada Avenue Neighborhood Association said on Monday they are still waiting for the California Supreme Court to review whether to [...]

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Getty House gets drought conscious makeover

By Matt Sanderson, 10/30/2014

Mayor hopes project will inspire other residents to follow suit

Windsor Square residents with lush lawns now have a plain view of water reduction efforts being made during the state’s historic drought. On Oct. 14, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s home, the Getty House, received turf replacement and an upgrade to its irrigation system, personally following up on his directive for Angelenos to dramatically reduce water use.  [...]

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Marionette theater hopes to pull some strings

By Edwin Folven, 10/30/2014

Popular puppet show faces uncertain future

Bob Baker performed with his marionettes until he was 86, however, the theater that bears his name remains in limbo moving forward. Several weeks ago, The Albert Group (TAG) Architects presented a new vision of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater property, called Marionette Square, to the Cultural Heritage Commission. Baker, now 90 and in hospice [...]

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Change comes from the top at LAUSD

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 10/23/2014

Cortines vows to keep district on track

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) stakeholders stressed harmony and stabilization moving forward after Superintendent John Deasy resigned on Oct. 16 and former superintendent Ramon Cortines was appointed in his place. The 83-year-old Cortines previously led LAUSD from 2009 to 2011, and on an interim basis in 2000. He also has been superintendent of districts [...]

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Tree removal plan begins to take root

By Edwin Folven, 10/23/2014

Metro, community coalition discuss project details

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is rolling forward with preliminary plans for construction of the Purple Line subway extension, and is planning to remove approximately 100 trees along the four-mile stretch between the Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/La Cienega stations. The tree removal has generated concern among members of the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition, and [...]

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Marlborough School celebrates a milestone

By Aaron Blevins, 10/23/2014

It’s 125 years and counting for all-girls campus

In 1889, teacher Mary Caswell relocated to California and established an all-girls school in Pasadena. Little did she know that the school would continue to prepare young girls for adulthood more than a century later. Marlborough School is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, and last weekend, the Los Angeles landmark hosted a party, complete [...]

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Venerable county supervisor prepares to say farewell

By Aaron Blevins, 10/23/2014

Yaroslavsky retires after 40 years of service

For the first time in 40 years, the local area will not be represented by Zev Yaroslavsky when the Los Angeles County supervisor and former Los Angeles City Council member retires on Dec. 1. In August 2012, Yaroslavsky announced that he would retire from politics at the end of his term. At the time, many [...]

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WeHo accelerates plans for safety measures

By Edwin Folven, 10/23/2014

Council also calls for study of long-term plan for new signals

The West Hollywood City Council on Monday approved short term plans to improve public safety on busy streets, but opted to take the long route on deciding whether new traffic signals or other permanent measures are necessary. The council approved a plan to add three new electronic mobile messaging signs ahead of crosswalks to notify [...]

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Suspect sought in thefts from luxury stores

By Edwin Folven, 10/23/2014

Burglaries occurred in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood

Investigators are searching for a suspect who has been stealing items from luxury clothing and accessory stores in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and the surrounding areas. Most of the incidents have occurred in Beverly Hills at stores on Rodeo Drive, and investigators from the Beverly Hills Police Department are working with authorities from the West [...]

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