Homeless activist groups protest outside Garcetti’s home

7/03/2015

Approximately 30 people voicing opposition to city ordinances on Thursday morning were outside Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s residence calling for his veto. The ordinances, approved by L.A. City Council last week, are attempts to address the city’s growing homeless population and encampments. The ordinances, motions 56.11 and 63.44, prohibit someone from leaving personal belongings [...]

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LAPD seeks public assistance in identifying Park La Brea burglary suspect

7/03/2015

The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking public assistance in identifying a suspect involved in two incidents, an assault with deadly weapon and a residential burglary, that both occurred in the Park La Brea Apartments.   According to a news release from LAPD, the suspect entered a victim’s Park La Brea residence at approximately 1:40 [...]

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David Ryu sworn in to L.A. City Council

By Edwin Folven, 7/01/2015

First Korean-American councilman pledges transparency and community involvement

Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu, 4th District, was officially sworn in Sunday during a ceremony held on the south steps of Los Angeles City Hall, becoming the first Korean-American member of the council. Former Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke administered the oath of office. Ryu, 39, officially joined the city council Wednesday, [...]

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Ban on digital billboards upheld

By Luis Rivas, 7/01/2015

However, planning commission to review ordinance and report back in 60 days

A citywide ban on digital billboards outside of designated sign districts has been upheld, for now. The Los Angeles City Council Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee met Tuesday to consider proposals to amend sections of the ban, and sent the issue back to the planning commission for further review. The city department of [...]

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Funding for programs cut at Pan Pacific senior center

By Luis Rivas, 7/01/2015

Exercise classes scheduled to close on Aug. 7

Seniors may soon need to find another place to exercise this summer after funding for several senior fitness classes at the Pan Pacific Senior Activity Center have been cut by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). LAUSD’s budget for 2015-2016, which was approved by the Los Angeles Board of Education on June 23, cut [...]

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Police will crack down on illegal fireworks

By Edwin Folven, 7/01/2015

Authorities encourage viewing fireworks at sanctioned sites

People planning to light off fireworks in Los Angeles over the Fourth of July weekend are being warned that all fireworks are illegal in the city. The Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division will deploy a patrol car with officers who will specifically look for people lighting off fireworks. The Los Angeles Fire Department will [...]

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Patriotic parade rolls through the The Grove

By Gregory Cornfield, 7/01/2015

Organizers hope to make the parade an annual event

Shoppers were in for a star-spangled surprise Monday at The Grove when police cars, fire engines, vintage vehicles and a fife and drum corps paraded down Main Street led by grand marshall “Shotgun” Tom Kelly. Bystanders lined the American flag-decorated sidewalks to watch the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition’s first annual patriotic parade, honoring the spirit [...]

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Utility relocation work continues ahead of subway project

By Edwin Folven, 7/02/2015

Underground utility relocation work is continuing near Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in preparation for construction of the Purple Line subway extension project. This week, crews are relocating gas lines near the intersection in advance of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) subway project. Mindy Lake, a senior construction relations officer for Metro, [...]

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Two suspects sought for West Hollywood robbery

By Edwin Folven, 7/02/2015

Authorities believe crime was an isolated incident

Authorities in West Hollywood are searching for two male suspects who robbed a couple at gunpoint as they returned on June 18 to an apartment building at 1129 N. Larrabee St. Sgt. Richard Bowman, with the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, said the robbery occurred at approximately 4:45 p.m. The couple pulled into a subterranean parking [...]

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Detectives investigate series of mail thefts

By Edwin Folven, 7/02/2015

Multiple crews may be committing the thefts in Wilshire Division

Investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division are warning residents about a series of mail thefts that have been occurring over the past month and a half. Det. Carmine Sasso, with the Wilshire Division Burglary Unit, said a male and female suspect are being sought in at least two separate thefts from a [...]

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Leaders work to improve safety in Hollywood

By Matthew Thacker, 7/02/2015

Summer brings an increase in visitors, and property crimes

With the busy summer season bringing in thousands of tourists, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Hollywood Business Improvement District want to ensure visitors and residents remain safe. Kerry Morrison, executive director of the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance, said her organization works with the LAPD to address potential problems [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court extends marriage equality nationwide

By Gregory Cornfield, 7/02/2015

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 ruled 5-4 in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, eliminating bans in 13 states and extending marriage equality nationwide. Marriage equality advocates hailed the ruling Friday morning. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer called the day “extraordinary.” “Today, across [...]

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Thousands gather at WeHo ‘Decision Day’ rally

By Gregory Cornfield, 7/02/2015

Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri Jean said it took decades of “blood, sweat and tears” for marriage equality advocates to reach a Decision Day celebration held on Friday at West Hollywood Park. But only tears of joy remained as thousands of people gathered to applaud the United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision in the [...]

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LADWP says no correlation between water main breaks

By Luis Rivas, 7/02/2015

Three water mains ruptured earlier this week, sending water gushing onto streets in Hollywood and Hancock Park, and caking sidewalks, streets and lawns with mud. Although water main breaks are a daily occurrence citywide, there is no correlation between the back-to-back pipe ruptures, according to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) officials. “The [...]

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LADWP, West Basin Municipal District increase conservation efforts

By Gregory Cornfield, 7/02/2015

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has moved to phase 2 of its plans to cut water usage, and sent letters to the highest 1 percent of residential water users in mid-May — 4,600 homes. The department used meter readings between May 2014 and April 2015 to determine who was using the [...]

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Vendor protests at Hollywood Walgreens

By Luis Rivas, 7/02/2015

A small group demonstrated in front of Walgreens at Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street on Tuesday morning, alleging that Walgreens owes their company approximately $100,000. Demonstrators held signs that read, “We don’t shop at stores not paying their vendors.” All of the demonstrators were employees of Marz Sprays, a Los Angeles-based vitamin company that specializes [...]

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Tom LaBonge Square dedicated in front of his alma mater

By Edwin Folven, 7/02/2015

Former Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge’s name officially became a fixture in Los Angeles on Monday when an intersection in front of his alma mater, John Marshall High School, was dedicated as Tom LaBonge Square. The dedication was spearheaded by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, in honor of LaBonge’s contributions to the school. O’Farrell [...]

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House of Blues prepares final shows before closing doors

By Gregory Cornfield, 7/01/2015

The venerable music venue, House of Blues in West Hollywood, is scheduling its final shows at the Sunset Boulevard location after it was announced it is closing Aug. 7 to make way for a mixed-use development. After 21 years, House of Blues informed its nearly 200 employees that they will all be laid off starting [...]

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Little Next Door

By Jill Weinlein, 7/02/2015

European charm meets upscale bistro fare

Little Next Door is an alluring, European bistro located amongst the trendy shops of Third Street. The décor of Little Next Door marks the confluence of a classic French Brasserie and an al fresco Mediterranean Kasbah. They say we eat with our eyes first, and the ambiance of Little Next Door definitely entices diners to [...]

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