‘Hooray for Hollywood’ film workers

By Aaron Blevins, 9/25/2014

Gov. Jerry Brown signs film and TV tax credit bill

When prop master Renata Ray’s mother was undergoing chemotherapy, Ray was filming in another state. When her mother reacted badly to the treatment, Ray was hundreds of miles away. When her mother lost her hair, Ray wished that she was home. She is among many production workers who have had to spend time away from [...]

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CHP, Pinnock reach $1.5 million settlement

By Aaron Blevins, 9/25/2014

The woman beaten by a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer as she walked along the Santa Monica (10) Freeway in July has settled with the law enforcement agency for approximately $1.5 million. The agreement was reached on Wednesday, almost three months since officer Daniel Andrew was caught on video straddling and pummeling Marlene Pinnock, who [...]

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City looks to break the cycle of domestic violence

By Aaron Blevins, 9/25/2014

Incidents are up 18 percent citywide this year

The NFL may have carried domestic violence issues into the national spotlight in recent weeks, but the public dialogue that has followed ignores the fact that violence is a part of many American families’ daily lives. During a press conference last Friday, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie [...]

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Latin music ‘royalty’ visits Los Angeles High School

By Edwin Folven, 9/25/2014

Foundation donates instruments to school’s band program

Band members from Los Angeles High School were the lucky recipients of new instruments that were donated on Tuesday by the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation. Although the donation was exciting news, students were even more enthusiastic about a visit from Latin music superstar Prince Royce, who attended the announcement and provided an inspirational message. The [...]

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Law enforcement leader says goodbye

By Edwin Folven, 9/25/2014

Capt. Eric Davis retires from police work after 33 years

Hundreds of fellow police officers, city officials and community members attended a “goodbye” party in the Wilshire Division’s parking lot on Sept. 18 to honor Capt. Eric Davis, who is retiring at the end of the month after 33 years of service with the Los Angeles Police Department. Numerous attendees embraced the retiring captain, and [...]

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City council postpones 8899 Beverly decision

By Edwin Folven, 9/25/2014

Developer asked to modify renovation project proposal

The West Hollywood City Council on Monday postponed making a decision on a controversial development at 8899 Beverly Blvd., and asked the developer to come back to the council at a later date with changes that may make the project more compatible with the surrounding community. The project, known as 8899 Beverly, is proposed by [...]

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Lieu, Carr vie for Rep. Waxman’s seat

By Aaron Blevins, 9/25/2014

The Nov. 4 General Election is fast approaching, and local voters will be tasked with deciding who will fill the congressional seat held by retiring U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.). He has been in Congress since 1974. Either criminal gang prosecutor Elan Carr or state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) will succeed the veteran lawmaker when [...]

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Man killed at Koreatown bus stop

By Edwin Folven, 9/25/2014

Police seek leads in homicide near Wilshire/Western

A 28-year-old man was shot and killed early last Sunday morning at a bus stop near Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue in what police believe was a gang-related homicide. The victim, Bryan Martinez Rubio, was shot at approximately 1:05 a.m. at a bus stop on Western Avenue, at the northwest corner of the intersection. Rubio [...]

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Small fire reported at Van Ness Avenue Elementary

By Aaron Blevins, 9/25/2014

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) responded to a small fire at Van Ness Avenue Elementary School at approximately 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday. No injuries were reported, and school operations were not disrupted. According to LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey, a teacher who discovered the fire was evaluated for smoke exposure, but she was not transported [...]

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FAA to create noise complaint system

By Aaron Blevins, 9/25/2014

Agency to gather data and identify ways to quiet the skies

In response to pressure from homeowners and lawmakers, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is funding and implementing a comprehensive complaint system for residents upset by helicopter noise. While it may not alleviate the issue, it will enable homeowners and renters to assist the FAA in gathering data to quantify the extent of the annoyance and [...]

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LAPA seeks funding for Hollywood Bowl projects

By Daniel Neyman, 9/25/2014

Association applies for Prop. A money to improve venue

The Los Angeles City Council on Sept. 16 agreed to partially fund a Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (LAPA) project to renovate the Hollywood Bowl. To receive funding for major renovation projects, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association applied for the right to receive grants from the Third Supervisorial District Cities Excess Funds, under Proposition A. Public [...]

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City to weigh safety options

By Edwin Folven, 9/25/2014

Nearly 100 ticketed as part of crackdown on drivers who fail to yield

Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department issued 93 citations to drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians during a recent crackdown in West Hollywood. The operation was part of an effort to reduce vehicle vs. pedestrian collisions as the city continues to grapple with the best way to make the streets safer. The [...]

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Restaurant News

By Jill Weinlein, 9/25/2014

L.A. Beer Week Salt’s Cure is hosting an L.A. Beer Week celebration on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Verdugo Bar. The chefs will serve pulled pork sandwiches, housemade hot links and grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, to be paired with a selection of craft beers from New Belgium Brewing. Salt’s Cure’s [...]

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College Football Saturdays: Where to watch the action & enjoy good beer

By Karen Villalpando, 9/25/2014

It’s week five of the college football season, with UCLA playing Arizona State tonight. With a notable loss last week by my own Missouri Tigers, who are headed to the other Columbia this week (South Carolina), and Florida State escaping Clemson, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will be number one at the end of [...]

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BH Infiniti hosts ‘Showroom Chef’ with Porta Via

By Jill Weinlein, 9/25/2014

Seth Waskow, vice president and general manager of Infiniti of Beverly Hills, recently hosted his first “Showroom Chef” celebration on Sept. 18. Customers, guests and dignitaries were invited to the showroom on Wilshire Boulevard for dinner, wine and entertainment. Waskow and his wife, Yasmin, welcomed guests, and the group toasted the dealership’s involvement in the [...]

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Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market donates a bounty to PATH

9/25/2014

The Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market donated fresh cut meats, and fruits and vegetables, last week to more than 150 homeless individuals and families living at People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) shelters in Hollywood and Los Angeles. PATH is a non-profit organization working to end homelessness for individuals, families and communities. The donation was made in [...]

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‘Maze Runner’ is a quick path to box office fun

By Tim Posada, 9/25/2014

I’m sure someone out there feels like “The Maze Runner” — a film based on the first book in a trilogy by James Dashner — further proves young adult novels are just another cash cow. Sadly, such pedants spend so much time searching for entirely original concepts that well-crafted thrillers become little more than another [...]

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Coastal clean-up and ‘Affair of the Arts’ benefit Pinwheels for Peace

9/25/2014

Echo Horizon School students served as ambassadors of peace last weekend to commemorate “International Day of Peace”. Inspired by the Pinwheels for Peace project, students made pinwheels over the past few weeks that were included in a temporary art installation on the front lawn of the school on Friday, Sept. 19. On Saturday, Sept. 20, [...]

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Music school celebrates centennial at star-studded event

9/25/2014

The Neighborhood Music School (NMS) celebrated its 100th anniversary gala at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, Sept. 13, and a dozen of local residents supported the festivities. A banjo band and ragtime music greeted the 250-some guests as they arrived for the evening that was emceed by comic Cheech Marin. Event [...]

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