Mayor Garcetti ups city’s water conservation ante

By Aaron Blevins, 10/16/2014

L.A. to reduce fresh water usage by 20 percent

In response to a “record” drought, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday set new benchmarks for water conservation in Los Angeles after signing an executive directive at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) headquarters. The directive calls for a 20-percent reduction in the city’s fresh water use by 2017 and a 50-percent reduction [...]

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Green thumbs get green light in WeHo

By Aaron Blevins, 10/16/2014

City officials praise edible parkway gardening program

West Hollywood city officials are leading residents down the garden path — in a positive way — by accentuating the benefits of the city’s new edible parkway gardening program. On Tuesday, Councilwoman Abbe Land, Mayor Pro Tem John Heilman and other city staff members visited the home of Todd Hunter and Jason Currie near Santa [...]

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LGBT anti-bullying program extends to school athletics

By Edwin Folven, 10/16/2014

'OUT for Safe Schools' initiative aims to be a game-changer

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) launched a program on Tuesday to raise awareness about bullying and discrimination against LGBT students, and educate coaches and school athletics employees to identify signs of discrimination. Known as “Blow the Whistle Against Hate,” the program is part of the LAUSD’s “OUT for Safe Schools” teacher training initiative. [...]

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Academy Museum opposition surfaces

By Aaron Blevins, 10/16/2014

Project officials say traffic, parking issues can be mitigated

The 45-day comment period for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ draft environmental impact report (DEIR) ended on Tuesday, and at least one community group is opposing the proposed project. The Miracle Mile Residential Association’s president, Jim O’Sullivan, said the 290,000-square-foot museum will cause parking, traffic, infrastructure and public safety issues in the area while [...]

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Grants to improve school pedestrian safety

By Edwin Folven, 10/16/2014

Funding to benefit students at Selma Elem., Hollywood High

The city of Los Angeles has received $3.1 million in state funding for pedestrian safety improvements around Hollywood High School and Selma Avenue Elementary School, and will be working with school staff and parents in the near future to determine the best use for the funding. Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, said [...]

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Reward offered in Hollywood murder

By Edwin Folven, 10/16/2014

LAPD releases photo of homicide suspect

Police have released an image of a suspect who is believed to have murdered a 54-year-old disabled Navy veteran in Hollywood on Sept. 21, and authorities are hoping a $50,000 reward that was announced on Wednesday will encourage someone with information to come forward. The victim, Louie Rodriguez, of Monterey Park, had attended the Sunset [...]

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Kinnear sentenced to 12 years

By Edwin Folven, 10/15/2014

Potential deadlocked jury leads to voluntary manslaughter change

A 27-year-old transient was sentenced on Oct. 10 to 12 years in prison for the June 2013 murder of a woman near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. The defendant, Dustin Kinnear, pleaded no contest on Sept. 30 to voluntary manslaughter for the fatal stabbing of Christine Calderon, 23, on June 18, 2013. Kinnear stabbed Calderone [...]

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LAPD hopes reward generates new tips

By Edwin Folven, 10/16/2014

Police believe murder stemmed from a botched robbery

The Los Angeles City Council has approved a $50,000 reward for information that will lead police to three men who allegedly murdered a transgender woman on Oct. 2 on Melrose Avenue, just east of the Hollywood (101) Freeway. Det. K. White, with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Rampart Division, said investigators are uncertain about an [...]

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Promise Zone designation delivers

By Aaron Blevins, 10/16/2014

City receives $36 million to benefit Los Angeles students

The first round of funding from the Promise Zone designation has made its way to Los Angeles, and a portion of the $36 million will be used to benefit thousands of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students. On Oct. 8, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the city has received the funding, which will also [...]

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Spear Steak and Seafood House: a ‘uni’-que experience

By Karen Villalpando, 10/16/2014

After seeing the movie “The 100 Foot Journey”, where sea urchin – or uni – plays a “starring role” I have been anxious to try the delicacy. At Spear in downtown Los Angeles, Chef Greg Paul pairs uni with risotto and the result was amazing. Spear Steak and Seafood House at the corner of 6th and [...]

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Restaurant News

By Jill Weinlein, 10/16/2014

Gracias Madre Happy Hour Diners are invited to try the new $5 happy hour on weeknights at Gracias Madre, with $5 plates and $5 cocktails, beer and wine. Selections include chef Chandra Gilbert’s flautas, as well as beverage director Jason Eisner’s purista margarita. A new outdoor patio bar is also open from 3 to 6 [...]

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Fall Festival celebrates 80 years of food, fun and families

10/16/2014

The Original Farmers Market, corner of 3rd and Fairfax, will host its 80th annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19 beginning at 11 a.m. The first festival in 1934 was held to celebrate the harvest and the success of the new Farmers Market, and the 2014 festival will continue the tradition [...]

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‘Whiplash’ drums up Oscar gold

By Tim Posada, 10/16/2014

In a just world, a film like “Whiplash” would be a frontrunner for Best Picture. Sadly, the Academy cares little about visceral indie films. Sure, J.K. Simmons’ brilliant performance as a drill-sergeant of a conductor won’t go unnoticed, but it probably won’t go all the way. It should. Music conservatory “freshy” Andrew (Miles Teller) obsessively [...]

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Feuer aims to reduce gun violence in schools

10/16/2014

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced on Wednesday that his office has filed multiple criminal charges against a parent who allowed her juvenile son to take a loaded firearm and ammunition to a high school in Van Nuys. The charges represent the first ever filing of a criminal case by the city attorney’s office [...]

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CHLA honors benefactors

10/16/2014

More than 1,200 philanthropists, business and entertainment community leaders, local dignitaries and hospital supporters attended Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) “Gala: Noche de Niños” on Oct. 11 at LA Live. Pictured at the event are Costco Wholesale senior vice president and general manager for Los Angeles Bruce Greenwood; CHLA Board of Trustees co-chair Cathy Siegel [...]

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Infiniti of Beverly Hills hosts red carpet grand opening

10/16/2014

Infiniti of Beverly Hills hosted its grand opening on Oct. 9 with a star-studded bash in its 20,000 square-foot showroom. Actor Dylan McDermott and actresses Michelle Monaghan and Katharine McPhee attended the event, as well as members of the Beverly Hills City Council and the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, Roundtree Automotive (the dealership’s parent [...]

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Echo Horizon School welcomes graduate students

10/16/2014

Echo Horizon School, an independent pre-kindergarten through 6th grade elementary school in Culver City, will host 15 students from California Lutheran University’s Graduate School of Education Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) credential program on Mondays, Oct. 20 and 27, and Wednesday, Oct. 29. The graduate students will tour the school and learn about the [...]

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Loyola presents Cahalan Awards

10/16/2014

Loyola High School of Los Angeles honored four alumni with the Cahalan Award during the 13th annual Alumni Awards Dinner on Oct. 4 at Xavier Center on the Loyola campus. Pictured at the ceremony are Vic Harewood, president of the Loyola Alumni Association; Judge Margaret Murrow and Patrick Boland (accepting for the late honoree Paul [...]

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‘Pippin’ premieres at The Pantages

10/16/2014

The Tony Award-winning musical “Pippin” runs from Tuesday, Oct. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 9 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. The plays stars Sasha Allen, Andrea Martin, Kyle Selig, John Rubinstein, Sabrina Harper and Kristine Reese. It tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence, and is [...]

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