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

Lights, stop signs and crossing guards aim to improve safety

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 Jonathan Van Dyke, 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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No place like NOLA

By Karen Villalpando, 10/30/2014

August humidity has evaporated giving way to fall weather, which provides the perfect backdrop to dining in the Crescent City. New Orleans is in full bloom now and we recently visited our daughter who is attending Tulane University. With Rebecca now in her sophomore year, she knows her way around the city and has a [...]

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Horror films that’ll make you rethink the genre

By Tim Posada, 10/30/2014

Tired of the same old horror films? It’s easy to find the classics, but perhaps you crave something from this century — something you probably haven’t seen yet or are resistant to see. With few enjoyable options on the big screen right now, you must turn to the abyss of Netflix or IMDb for suggestions [...]

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Restaurant News

By Jill Weinlein, 10/30/2014

Halloween at Andaz West Hollywood Tarot card reader Sterling Mire will offer free readings to members of the public and hotel guests on Friday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Andaz West Hollywood. Participants must sign-up for readings in the hotel lounge, located on the first level. Visitors can also mingle at [...]

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WeHo fetes partnership milestone

10/30/2014

The City of West Hollywood marked a major milestone last week as the city clerk’s office filed its 10,000th couple as registered domestic partners. When West Hollywood residents Kevin Carter and Ali Babu Che Johnson arrived at city hall last Thursday to file as domestic partners. The city clerk informed them that they were the [...]

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NKLA Adoption Weekend coming to La Brea Tar Pits

10/30/2014

More than 1,000 pets will be available for adoption at the No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) Adoption Weekend on Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at La Brea Tar Pits. The NKLA Adoption Weekend is part of Best Friends Animal Society’s “Super Adoption” series, which launched 15 years [...]

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Los Angeles Unified officals vow to correct problems with records system

10/30/2014

After identifying problems that affected student transcripts through a new student record system, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) officials said they are working diligently to correct any problems. “As superintendent, I take full responsibility for ensuring that our systems are functioning correctly in support of students,” Superintendent Ramon Cortines said in a letter to [...]

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