Rec and Parks votes to go it alone to operate The Greek

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 4/16/2015

Commission’s decision angers neighbors

The Los Angeles Recreation and Parks (RAP) Commission approved on Wednesday preliminary plans for the city to operate the Greek Theatre. RAP staff recommended the motion after plans to choose a private operator fell through during a drawn out process that began May 2014. The historic music venue, located at 2700 Vermont Ave. in Griffith [...]

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Mid-City West nixes museum’s sphere

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 4/16/2015

Academy project goes to planning commission in May

The Mid-City West Community Council (MCWCC) voted in favor of the proposed Academy Museum on Tuesday, but without a major component of the project — the spherical theatre. The proposed development would rehabilitate and adaptively reuse the exterior of the May Company Wilshire building at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, which is [...]

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Council approves reward system for hit and runs

By Edwin Folven, 4/16/2015

Advocate Damian Kevitt pushes for new laws with Finish the Ride

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a new tiered reward system for hit and runs on Wednesday that will provide monetary incentives for people to report drivers who fail to stop after collisions. The decision was spurred by the nearly 20,000 hit-and-run collisions that were reported last year citywide, which resulted in 150 deaths [...]

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Ryu vows to reform council district ‘slush fund’ policies

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 4/16/2015

Ramsay campaign calls announcement a ‘political stunt’

A week after declaring he would no longer accept developer campaign contributions, 4th District city council candidate David Ryu pledged to reform the district’s discretionary funds system. Ryu, a community health director, sent out letters to 4th District neighborhood council presidents and community leaders announcing that if he won the May 19 election, he would [...]

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Yom HaShoah ceremony unites generations

By Luis Rivas, 4/16/2015

Numerous Holocaust commemorations to be held in community

Los Angeles will commemorate the Holocaust throughout the week and weekend as part of the 62nd annual Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. On Sunday, thousands will gather at Pan Pacific Park at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) for the museum’s 23rd annual “Yom HaShoah Day of Holocaust Commemoration”. Los Angeles Mayor Eric [...]

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Tentative settlement reached in WeHo Sheriffs shooting

By Edwin Folven, 4/16/2015

An attorney for a man mistakenly shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies in West Hollywood last April has announced that a tentative settlement has been reached with the county of Los Angeles. Attorney Sim Osborn, who represents the family of the victim, John Winkler, said he could not provide the monetary amount of the settlement [...]

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Seven suspects sought for break-in at pot dispensary

By Edwin Folven, 4/16/2015

Police release video showing members of burglary crew

Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division are searching for seven male suspects who attempted to burglarize a medical marijuana dispensary on March 6 in the 5100 bock of Venice Boulevard. Police have also released a surveillance camera image of some of the suspects, and are asking anyone who recognizes the men to [...]

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Suspect poses as worker in job site burglary

By Edwin Folven, 4/16/2015

Police in Beverly Hills are searching for a suspect who posed as a construction worker and burglarized a job site at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The burglary occurred on April 7 between 5:30 and 8 p.m. The suspect allegedly entered a construction site near the intersection of Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards, according to Lt. [...]

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Hit-and-run driver crashes through garage

By Edwin Folven, 4/16/2015

An unidentified motorist crashed through a garage at a residence at the corner of South Mullen Avenue and 8th Street last Friday before fleeing the scene on foot. The vehicle, a Chevrolet Tahoe, was left at the scene, and police are in the process of determining who was behind the wheel when the collision occurred. [...]

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Tar Pits folk singer strikes a chord with visitors

By Luis Rivas, 4/16/2015

A crowd of elementary school children on a field trip at the La Brea Tar Pits gathers around Charlie Cox, who is standing near the mammoths, playing his banjo. A growing circle of jumping children dance along to Cox’s rendition of the “Virginia Reel”. Parents and teachers wait seated and resting on the stone benches [...]

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At the Pacific Design Center, 40 is the new 30

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 4/16/2015

Project’s scope has expanded over the decades

Now 40 years old, the Pacific Design Center (PDC) in West Hollywood has woven its way into the fabric of the Los Angeles interior design community. “It’s a big milestone,” said Donna Livingston, who has been a designer for more than three decades. “By having the Pacific Design Center in our neighborhood, it added a [...]

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JFS announces expansion plans for senior center

By Edwin Folven, 4/16/2015

Senior citizens have a reason to jump up and cheer. An expansion of the Freda Mohr Multipurpose Center, operated by Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles (JFS), has been announced. The plan calls for a new three-story building that would consolidate services and JFS administration in one location. JFS representatives stressed that services would remain [...]

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Vinyl is back in style for Record Store Day

By Luis Rivas, 4/16/2015

Local outlets prepare for limited edition music releases

In the age of mp3s and iTunes, vinyl records are not simply surviving — they’re thriving, according to representatives of Record Store Day. This Saturday is the eight annual Record Store Day — a record enthusiast’s dream come true, —which takes place annually on the third Saturday of April. Record Store Day was created by [...]

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Feuer announces 500 pot shops have closed

By Edwin Folven, 4/16/2015

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer proclaimed on April 9 that 503 illegal medical marijuana dispensaries have been shut down since he took office in July 2013. Dozens of the illegal dispensaries were located in the Hollywood and Wilshire areas. Twenty-nine illegal dispensaries have closed in Hollywood during the past two years, and 13 dispensaries [...]

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Disabled students use robots to maintain presence on campus

By Luis Rivas, 4/16/2015

VGo keeps kids connected, both socially and academically

Thanks to new technology, students with health issues and disabilities are able to continue a presence on their school campuses — with the aid of robots. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced the program before a board meeting on Tuesday, April 14, where three students who have used the technology were present via [...]

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Plan ahead: your guide to a blockbusting summer

By Tim Posada, 4/16/2015

For many, April marks the start of another season of “Game of Thrones”. But for me, April just reminds me how close we are to all those over-the-top films that are less than a month away. Brace yourselves my brothers and sisters — summer is coming. Sure, you might witness the occasional indie breakout and [...]

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Not Your Average Chinese Restaurant Contemporary Cantonese Cuisine at Hakkasan Beverly Hills

By Jill Weinlein, 4/16/2015

Cantonese cuisine was the first regional Chinese food to come to America. Over the years, it has developed a reputation of being bland or overly sweet. Hakkasan, on Beverly Drive, has reintroduced Cantonese dining with an intriguing club-like atmosphere and big, bold flavors. The first thing diners will notice when walking into the restaurant is [...]

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Restaurant News

By Jill Weinlein, 4/16/2015

Ray’s & Stark Bar & Park La Brea Residents Ray’s & Stark Bar at LACMA is offering a special promotion for its neighbors at Park La Brea. Diners can pick up a Ray’s & Stark Bar frequent dining card at the Park La Brea leasing office at 6200 W. 3rd St. Park La Brea residents [...]

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‘100 Walkers’ hit the sidewalks in WeHo this weekend

4/16/2015

Los Angeles-based artist Richard Kraft’s unique time-based performance piece “100 Walkers, West Hollywood” will stride through the city on Saturday, April 18, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Each volunteer walker will wear a suit and bowler hat, and a sandwich board with thought-provoking visuals and messages. The walkers will follow a predetermined route through the city, [...]

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