WeHo remains a coalition, 30 years after cityhood

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 11/27/2014

Founders reflect on past while eyeing the future

It came down to the wire. During the final few weeks, proponents of cityhood for West Hollywood were not sure if they were going to have enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot. Larry Gross, who helped lead the effort as executive director of Coalition for Economic Survival (CES), said he got into [...]

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Mr. Lieu goes to Washington

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 11/27/2014

Congressman-elect outlines potential challenges

State Senator Ted Lieu is on the verge of a major milestone in his life. The congressman-elect is in the process of transitioning from Sacramento to Washington D.C., and preparation is ramping up before his Jan. 6 swearing in ceremony. In case the whole whirlwind of the recent election felt too surreal, Lieu said he [...]

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Hundreds to give thanks over dinner at the Taglyan

By Edwin Folven, 11/27/2014

Community shares Thanksgiving with those who are less fortunate

The Taglyan Cultural Center is a place for people to gather, and what better day to gather people together than on Thanksgiving, executive director Gary Taglyan said. “This year, actually, it finally worked out,” he said. “My family, we’ve always been big on giving back to the community with what we can. This is probably [...]

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Small businesses prepare for big Saturday

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 11/27/2014

Neighborhood stores hope for influx of customers

On Wednesday morning, Christine Johnson found herself explaining what Small Business Saturday is to her daughter. First there was Black Friday. Then there was Cyber Monday. The credit card company American Express five years ago created another day of commerce, Small Business Saturday, which has continued to grow away from its origin and more into [...]

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Bells ring in the Salvation Army’s holiday campaign

By Edwin Folven, 11/27/2014

Red kettle donations help throughout the year

Ringing bells could be heard throughout the plaza at the Original Farmers Market on Monday during the annual Kettle Kick-Off, which marks the launch of the Salvation Army’s holiday collection drive. Salvation Army bell-ringers will be stationed in front of grocery stores, shopping malls and retail outlets throughout the holidays, seeking donations for the organization’s [...]

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Iconic radio tower is on the move

By Edwin Folven, 11/27/2014

Developer plans to preserve the landmark on the property

Workers dismantled the iconic KTLA radio tower at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue on Monday and Tuesday in preparation for its move to a site fronting Sunset Boulevard, where the tower was originally located from 1925 to 1950. The radio tower, one of two towers that were originally on the property, [...]

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World AIDS Day marks a time of reflection

By Edwin Folven, 11/27/2014

Local observances stress prevention

Thousands of people are expected to observe World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 through solemn remembrance of those who have died from the disease, as well as HIV testing intended to stop it from spreading. AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will commemorate the day with the theme, “The war on AIDS in the U.S. is being [...]

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Bighorn sheep makes a dash from the zoo

By Edwin Folven, 11/27/2014

Investigation to determine how animal escaped

A 5-year-old female desert bighorn sheep escaped from its habitat at the Los Angeles Zoo on Nov. 22 and was later struck by a vehicle and killed near the Greek Theatre in the Vermont Canyon area of Griffith Park. Zoo spokeswoman April Spurlock said it was the first time one of the zoo’s desert bighorn [...]

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Police make dozens of arrests during protests

By Edwin Folven, 11/27/2014

Authorities continue to call for peaceful demonstrations

Police arrested 183 people on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning during demonstrations in downtown Los Angeles in protest of a grand jury’s decision not to indict a Caucasian police officer for the shooting death of an unarmed African American teenager in Ferguson, Mo. The arrests came during the second night of protests against the [...]

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Prang declares victory in assessor’s race

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 11/27/2014

WeHo council to decide how to select new member

After several weeks of post-election vote tallying, West Hollywood City Councilman Jeffrey Prang is officially poised to be the next Los Angeles County Assessor. The county’s election office announced Monday that the final votes were counted, leaving Prang with 580,479 votes (50.79 percent) against Los Angeles deputy attorney John Morris’ 562,403 votes (49.21 percent). “I [...]

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WeHo triple murder suspect gets three life sentences

By Edwin Folven, 11/27/2014

Defendant killed victims during failed drug deal

A 35-year-old defendant was sentenced on Nov. 20 to three consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering three men in West Hollywood in 2010 during a failed drug deal. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham sentenced the defendant, Harold Yong Park, for the Aug. 26, 2010 murders at [...]

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Authorities search for ATM robbery suspect

By Edwin Folven, 11/27/2014

Man was wearing distinctive clothing

Police are searching for a suspect who was caught on surveillance camera video while robbing a victim at an ATM in Hollywood, and are asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect. The robbery occurred at approximately 9:10 p.m. on Oct. 15 at a Bank of America branch in the 4900 block of Melrose [...]

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The Palm Restaurant

By Jill Weinlein, 11/27/2014

Silver trays of three-pound lobsters were paraded through the dining room, exemplifying one of the main themes at The Palm Restaurant — the bigger, the better. When the iconic Palm Restaurant in West Hollywood closed its doors in September, patrons wondered where they would find a classic steakhouse that serves ‘Palm-sized’ portions. Fortunately, Bruce Bozzi [...]

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Holiday Events & Dining

By Jill Weinlein, 11/27/2014

Thanksgiving at Montage Beverly Hills Scarpetta restaurant has created a festive backdrop for a memorable holiday dining experience at the Montage Beverly Hills.  The Thanksgiving buffet will be held today, Nov. 27, from noon to 7 p.m., and is priced at $105 for adults, and $45 for children. The Rooftop Grill will also serve pumpkin [...]

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Black Friday at Whisper Restaurant and Lounge

11/27/2014

After shopping for deals at The Grove and Farmers Market, diners can enjoy an all-day happy hour on Black Friday, Nov. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the at the Whisper Restaurant and Lounge. Discounted bites and drinks will be available, including cocktails like the “Rac in Repose”, bar manager Lawrence Long’s spin [...]

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La Brea Bakery Holiday Bread Drive

11/27/2014

This holiday season, La Brea Bakery is again giving back to the Southern California community. For every loaf of bread purchased at the La Brea Bakery cafés in Los Angeles and Downtown Disney during the month of November, a loaf will be donated to the Midnight Mission in Los Angeles with the help of Chefs [...]

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A Black Friday deal we can all howl about

11/27/2014

Black Friday will have a lifesaving element this year with the “#Holiday100” adoption marathon being held at Best Friends Animal Society’s Pet Adoption & Spay/Neuter Center in Mission Hills. Best Friends will open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 28, and stay open until Sunday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. for adoptions. Fees for [...]

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‘Dog friendly city’ becomes friendlier

By Edwin Folven, 11/20/2014

City council adds two off-leash areas to park master plan

Portions of West Hollywood Park will be going to the dogs after the city council voted on Monday to incorporate plans for two dog areas into the Phase II master plan for the park. The decision to create a 4,000-square-foot area for small dogs and a 7,500-square-foot area for larger breeds was met with optimism [...]

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Cat & Fiddle owners seek a new place to call home

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 11/20/2014

Popular Hollywood pub to close in December

The Cat & Fiddle Restaurant and Pub has been a staple at the historic 6530 Sunset Blvd. building in Hollywood, known for its large outdoor patio courtyard catering residents and industry clientele. But that run has come to an end, the restaurant’s owners said. On Dec. 15, The Cat & Fiddle will close its doors [...]

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