Taking steps to counter terrorism

By Aaron Blevins, 9/18/2014

Summit analyzes how residents, officials can be prepared

On the heels of the 13th remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition on Wednesday hosted its annual safety summit to discuss emergency preparedness and homeland security. City officials and first responders attended the event, which was moderated by USC adjunct professor Dr. Erroll Southers. Panelists were Colonel Jeff [...]

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Community court system tries its hand at justice

By Aaron Blevins, 9/18/2014

City attorney’s office launches pilot program

Members of the community could soon have an opportunity to help address quality of life crimes in their neighborhoods as part of the Los Angeles City Attorney Office’s Neighborhood Justice Program. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer last week announced the launch of the pilot program, which will create a community court in South Los [...]

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LAYN opens new emergency shelter

By Aaron Blevins, 9/18/2014

Home will provide services to the county’s foster youth

Former Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) resident Jevon Wilkes recently discovered that a home can be defined as a place of origin, and that origin can be described as a point in which a new life begins or starts its own existence. He said those words could also be used to define LAYN’s new emergency [...]

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Festival mines local talent at the La Brea Tar Pits

By Edwin Folven, 9/18/2014

Large crowds are expected to converge on the grounds of the George C. Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits on Saturday, Sept. 20, for TARFEST 2014, a festival of music and art that showcases up-and-coming local talent. TARFEST, which is now in its 12th year, has grown annually to include live art demonstrations, [...]

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City’s Bus Rapid Transit work drawing to a close

By Aaron Blevins, 9/18/2014

Project to shave time from bus riders’ commutes

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) construction on Wilshire Boulevard has led to mid-day traffic congestion in the Miracle Mile this week, as crews are putting the finishing touches on the bus-lane project. When completed, the project will bring dedicated curbside bus lanes from downtown Los Angeles to La Cienega and San Vicente boulevards during peak traffic [...]

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Metro implements fare increases

By Aaron Blevins, 9/18/2014

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) on Monday implemented fare changes that will generally increase the cost of riding Metro buses and trains throughout Los Angeles County. However, the alterations include a two-hour period of free transfers that will allow riders to switch buses or trains without paying additional money, as long as [...]

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LAPD seeks help identifying body

By Edwin Folven, 9/18/2014

Man found dead in Koreatown after brush fire is extinguished

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying a victim whose severely burned body was found by firefighters last Sunday after they extinguished a small brush fire in Koreatown. The fire was reported at approximately 9:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of South Harvard Blvd., in a residential neighborhood southeast of Western Avenue and [...]

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City attorney files charges against party bus operator

By Edwin Folven, 9/18/2014

Platinum Style Limos accused of multiple violations

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office has filed multiple criminal charges against the owner of a party bus rental company that allegedly failed repeatedly to maintain safely operational vehicles. A 24-year-old passenger was killed last Sept. 29 when he fell from one of the company’s party buses as it traveled on the Hollywood (101) Freeway [...]

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Sketch of burglary suspect released

By Edwin Folven, 9/18/2014

Man wanted in three incidents in Hollywood neighborhoods

Investigators in Hollywood have released a police sketch of a suspect wanted for a series of residential burglaries earlier this year in the neighborhoods around Western Avenue and Sunset Boulevard. Three burglaries that occurred between Jan. 4 and March 27 have been linked to the same suspect, who is described as a Hispanic man between [...]

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City attorney’s office tackles local issues

By Edwin Folven, 9/18/2014

Neighborhood prosecutor meets with community

Medical marijuana, problems with the homeless and issues affecting neighborhood quality of life were discussed on Monday during a community meeting held by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Feuer organized the meeting to introduce the local community’s new neighborhood prosecutor, Mehrnoosh “Nooshi” Zahiri, who works at [...]

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Retailer’s fur ban citation dismissed

By Aaron Blevins, 9/18/2014

Officials say there are no plans to alter the ordinance

An independent hearing examiner has dismissed a citation levied against fashion retailer Mayfair House for violating the West Hollywood Fur Ban Ordinance by displaying a fur product and offering to sell fur items. Mayfair House is currently in the midst of challenging the ban in Los Angeles Superior Court, and according to court information, hearings [...]

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Wood

By Jill Weinlein, 9/18/2014

Artisan Pizza in Silver Lake

Erik Martirosyan and his sister were taste testing pizzas at their home in Glendale while watching the 2014 Academy Awards earlier this year when they got a big surprise. They dropped their pizza slices and screamed in excitement as they saw their brother, Edgar, with Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres delivering pizza to Brad Pitt, Angelina [...]

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Restaurant News

By Jill Weinlein, 9/18/2014

Free Burger Del Frisco’s Grille Santa Monica is celebrating National Cheeseburger Day on Thursday, Sept. 18 by giving away free burgers to anyone with initials D.F.G. For all others, a cheeseburger and craft Angel City Angeleno IPA beer is priced at $18.50. For those who want a healthier alternative, Del Frisco’s Grille serves the burgers [...]

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Oxnard celebrates 10 years after ‘Sideways’

9/18/2014

The Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau is offering citywide discounts and specials for visitors to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the film, “Sideways”. The movie featured Jack (played by Thomas Haden Church) and Miles (played by Paul Giamatii) making their way up the Central Coast on a wine adventure, stopping for a short visit in [...]

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‘Skeleton Twins’ is your indie feel-bad film of the year

By Tim Posada, 9/18/2014

“SNL” alums Bill Hader and Kristin Wiig co-leading an indie flick –– what could be funnier? Alas, if laughs are your aim, fire elsewhere. “The Skeleton Twins”, while humorous at times, is a hard journey through depression. Thanks to a phenomenal cast, what could be a heavy drink goes down smooth. Once connected at the [...]

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Google donates $1 million to LAUSD classrooms

9/18/2014

Boxes of school supplies lined the stage on Sept. 15 at Marina del Rey Middle School, where teachers had requested a variety of school supplies on the education crowd-funding site, DonorsChoose.org, and Google answered the call. The company has made nearly $1 million in donations to Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) classrooms and granted [...]

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Young pianists sought for recital

9/18/2014

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) is seeking middle and high school pianists for its inaugural “Young Pianist Showcase”. Students who play piano and are interested in community engagement and performance are encouraged to apply for the unique opportunity to serve as musical ambassadors on behalf of LAMOTH. Selected pianists will perform for [...]

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Montage Hotels offers teens scholarship contest

9/18/2014

Montage Hotels & Resorts is rewarding young humanitarians with scholarships to pursue their dreams with the second annual Montage Memory Makers contest. The entry period ends on Sept. 26. The luxury hotel group is casting a search for 13- to 17-year-old young humanitarians who are making impactful changes in their communities. Students must display a [...]

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Youth Senate Program competition launched

9/18/2014

California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced on Sept. 15 that high school principals have until Oct. 1 to nominate students for the prestigious U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP), which sends students to Washington, D.C., to learn about the federal government. “Civics education helps students become engaged citizens and critical thinkers who can [...]

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