L.A. goes for Olympic gold in 2024

By Jessie Lingenfelter, 9/02/2015

Council negotiates financial responsibility of hosting the summer games

After hosting two successful Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984, Los Angeles is going for gold again. Following a unanimous vote by the Los Angeles City Council on Sept. 1, the city submitted their bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Within hours, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) named Los Angeles [...]

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Frank Gehry design unveiled for 8150 Sunset Blvd. project

By Gregory Cornfield, 9/02/2015

Opposition subsides after developer addresses community concerns

Joni Mitchell can sleep well knowing that, in contrast to the lyrics of her song “Big Yellow Taxi”, they’re going to pave a parking lot and put up a paradise at 8150 Sunset Boulevard. Hollywood lore says Mitchell’s lyrics, “they paved paradise, and put up a parking lot,” were inspired by the 1959 demolition of [...]

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Lieu discusses Iran, national and local issues

By Gregory Cornfield, 9/02/2015

Congressman visits Park Labrea News & Beverly Press for Q & A session

Congressman Ted W. Lieu, (D-Los Angeles), and the other members of the U.S. House of Representatives are on recess until Sept. 8. Lieu visited the offices of Park Labrea News and Beverly Press last week for a question and answer session with the editorial staff. The following is part one of the discussion with the [...]

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Miracle Mile Democratic Club honors Ben Allen, Wendy Davis

By Gregory Cornfield, 9/03/2015

Lawmakers lauded for vaccination bill, marathon filibuster

The Miracle Mile Democratic Club hosted its annual “Miracle” awards ceremony on Sunday to honor lawmakers and groups for their progressive values over the past year. “If you see the people who are getting awards, one thing that runs through them is courage,” said Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles). State Senator Ben Allen, 26th District, [...]

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Drone interferes with LAPD helicopter

By Edwin Folven, 9/02/2015

City council backs laws regulating unmanned aircraft

Charges are being considered against the operator of a drone that flew over a crime scene perimeter in Hollywood on Aug. 27, causing a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter pilot to make evasive maneuvers to avoid a mid-air collision. The incident occurred at approximately 11:55 p.m. over a crime scene near Sunset Boulevard and Western [...]

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Warnings issued about mail thefts in WeHo, Wilshire area

By Edwin Folven, 9/03/2015

Authorities tell residents to take precautions

Law enforcement authorities have been dealing with an increase in mail thefts occurring countywide, and the city of West Hollywood has issued a warning to residents to take precautions to protect themselves. Sgt. Richard Bowman, of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, said the city has experienced mail thefts during the past several weeks, but he [...]

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Police need help identifying hit and run drivers

By Edwin Folven, 9/03/2015

Two motorists allegedly struck WeHo resident

Authorities in Beverly Hills are searching for the drivers of two vehicles who allegedly struck and killed a 58-year-old West Hollywood resident on Aug. 25 as he exited his vehicle. The hit and run occurred at approximately 10:55 p.m. in the 300 block of N. Crescent Drive, between Burton Way and Wilshire Boulevard. The victim, [...]

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Officers arrest suspect who entered victim’s home

By Edwin Folven, 9/03/2015

Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division arrested a burglary suspect on Monday who entered a victim’s residence and fled after being confronted by the homeowner. The suspect, who police described as a transient in his 30s, allegedly entered a residence near Willoughby Avenue and Poinsettia Place at approximately 8 a.m. The homeowner [...]

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Netflix adds new side of industry to Hollywood

By Gregory Cornfield, 9/02/2015

Civic leaders praise company’s decision to relocate

In a deal that will bring a leader in the entertainment industry to Hollywood, Netflix signed a lease to relocate its Southern California staff to a production studio to expand its original content. The video streaming company will move its current operation from a Beverly Hills building to a 200,052-square-foot space in the $200 million, [...]

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New renderings provide detailed vision into Hollywood’s Academy Square

By Jessie Lingenfelter, 9/03/2015

In response to community interest since the announcement of its plans to develop Academy Square in June 2014, Kilroy Realty Corporation recently released a video that offers a virtual tour of the four-acre block. The renderings in the video provide an in-depth look into the $300 million mixed-use project, which will include offices, residences, retail [...]

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Councilman announces too soon to close Hollywood Pool

By Edwin Folven, 9/03/2015

Oasis to stay open on weekends until late October

Swimmers can find respite from the late summer heat at the Hollywood Pool, which will stay open on weekends through Oct. 25. Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, and the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks are partnering to keep the pool open on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. [...]

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West Hollywood Ethics Reform Task Force to recommend digital campaign filing system

By Gregory Cornfield, 9/03/2015

New system will help residents compare, analyze operation reports

West Hollywood’s Ethics Reform Task Force decided unanimously on Monday that it will recommend to the city council that the city start electronic filings of campaign finance statements, among other recommendations. The task force, formed by the city council earlier this year to keep city officials accountable, looked at the city’s possibilities to enact and [...]

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Reading to dogs boosts skills, confidence in ‘shy readers’

By Jessie Lingenfelter, 9/03/2015

A nice book, a good dog and a passion for learning – what else does a kid need? Beach Animals Reading with Kids (BARK), a nonprofit that utilizes therapy dogs to improve reading skills and encourage self-confidence in young students, recently received a $20,000 grant from Big Heart Pet Brands to assist in expanding their [...]

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New Immaculate Heart Academy president returns to the halls of her alma mater

By Jessie Lingenfelter, 9/03/2015

The new president of Immaculate Heart Academy, Maureen Diekmann, recalled her first day at the school in 1964. Costumed upperclassmen greeted the incoming freshmen with a personalized song and skit routine on “Welcome Day”. She warmly recalls being overwhelmed by the feeling of community. It’s that same feeling of community that made her decision to [...]

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New L.A. High band leader marches back to where he started

By Edwin Folven, 9/03/2015

The students in the Los Angeles High School marching band have a new director who knows the nuances of the program because he was formerly a student in the band himself. Akhani Cacao was hired as the new band director after the departure of former band director Darnella Davidson, who held the position for 28 [...]

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‘Turbo King’ vs. ‘Kung Fury’: experiments inside pastiche

By Tim Posada, 9/03/2015

This is not a review. It’s not condemnation or praise. While such statements might slip through, they are not the point. For the next 729 words, I use and misuse a simple term to better understand something that parades as parody but arrives at something more closer to tribute: pastiche. It’s a simple concept, an [...]

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The Front Yard: Exquisite food in a playful environment

By Jill Weinlein, 9/03/2015

The patio at The Front Yard restaurant at the Garland Hotel in North Hollywood twinkles with strings of lights near a cozy fireplace and comfortable seating. It was slightly toasty on the evening we visited, with So Cal enduring a heat wave, so we opted for the air-conditioned interior. The former space of Warren’s Blackboard [...]

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Wine: A California chardonnay in the Burgundy style

By Kyle Rachal, 9/03/2015

Napa Valley, quintessential wine country in California, is known for producing some of the best wines in the United States and some say the world. Big bold cabernet sauvignon, buttery rich chardonnay, lean pinot noir, and just about every other well-known international grape variety. When a wine is simply from Napa, the assumption is that [...]

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Council weighs merit of short-term rentals

By Gregory Cornfield, 8/26/2015

PLUM committee examines taxes and impacts on neighbors

Los Angeles City Hall experienced a very “shared” day on Tuesday. After the city council approved plans to allow services like Uber and Lyft to operate at LAX, the planning, land use and management (PLUM) committee opened discussion on a motion for the city to regulate services that share rooms instead of cars. In June, [...]

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