Race heats up as primary draws near

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 2/26/2015

CD4 hopefuls address traffic, Hollywood Sign

Tourism, development and the Hollywood Sign were the focus of a forum for residents who live in the Beachwood Canyon community. On Tuesday, the Beachwood Canyon Neighborhood Associa-tion and Hollywoodland Homeowners Association (HHA) hosted 11 of the 14 candidates vying to become the next city council representative of the 4th District. Councilman Tom LaBonge currently [...]

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Police search for stolen dress worn at Academy Awards

By Edwin Folven, 2/26/2015

$150,000 dress, worn by actress Lupita Nyong’o, was stolen from London West Hollywood hotel

Investigators from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station are searching for a pearl-studded dress worn by actress Lupita Nyong’o at the Academy Awards last Sunday that was stolen from the London West Hollywood hotel. Lt. William Nash said the theft of the dress, valued at $150,000, was reported at approximately 11.25 p.m. on Feb. 25 by [...]

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Fire guts commercial building in Hollywood

By Edwin Folven, 2/26/2015

Female victim is hospitalized in grave condition

A female victim was hospitalized in grave condition after a fire erupted on Wednesday morning in a commercial building near the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Heliotrope Drive in East Hollywood. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said witnesses reported the fire at 7:11 a.m., and firefighters arrived to find smoke billowing from [...]

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Controversy continues over cat motion

By Luis Rivas, 2/26/2015

Councilman Koretz calls for residents to be allowed five felines

Daniel Chen, a downtown Los Angeles resident and cat owner, came to the West Los Angeles Shelter on Tuesday, Feb. 24, to adopt a third cat. If he could, he would’ve gone home with more than one cat that day. Current city regulations limit cat ownership to a maximum of three per household. This may [...]

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Drought-tolerant plants replace grass at Carthay Circle Park

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 2/26/2015

Community praises joint effort with DWP

The towering stone pine tree and iconic miner statue are well known to the residents who pass by Carthay Circle Park each day, city officials said, but now the newly reopened park will also be known as a beacon for water conservation. Residents and city officials gathered on Thursday afternoon to celebrate the new improvements [...]

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Attorney general gives green light to sale of hospitals

By Luis Rivas, 2/26/2015

St. Vincent Medical Center may have change in ownership

California Attorney General Kamala Harris conditionally approved the contested purchase of six California hospitals — two of which are in Los Angeles County — by Prime Healthcare Services on Feb. 20. Some of Harris’ conditions include ensuring that all six hospitals, still currently owned by the Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS), participate in Medi-Cal [...]

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WeHo candidates spar during latest debate

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 2/26/2015

Voters will choose council members for three open seats

West Hollywood City Council candidates played to their strengths during a student-led debate on Thursday night, one of the last forums before the March 3 election. The West Hollywood College Preparatory School hosted 10 of the 12 candidates for city council, with eight high school students asking the questions in front of a crowd of [...]

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WeHo to offer rides to the polls

2/26/2015

As part of the West Hollywood’s efforts to make polls accessible to all residents who wish to vote, the city will provide transportation to any voters needing a ride to the polls on March 3. Residents will cast votes on Tuesday for three members of the city council, as well as for four members of [...]

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Board of Supervisors backs deferred action extension plan

By Luis Rivas, 2/26/2015

Move could affect hundreds of thousands of immigrants in county

In the midst of contention around the country toward President Barack Obama’s executive action protecting undocumented immigrants, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to support his deferred action extension plan in Los Angeles County. The Obama administration issued an executive action in November 2014 to defer deportation for nearly half-million undocumented immigrants [...]

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Two suspects arrested for robbery spree

By Edwin Folven, 2/26/2015

Photo taken by citizen helps police solve case

Two suspects have been arrested for a series of robberies that occurred in late January and early February in the Wilshire, Melrose, Hancock Park and Koreatown areas. Police believe the pair is involved in additional robberies, and are asking for victims to notify investigators. The suspects were identified as Jose Roberto Junior Marroquin, 18, and [...]

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Former Marlborough teacher pleads not guilty to sex crimes

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 2/26/2015

A former Marlborough School teacher pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges involving an alleged yearlong sexual relationship he had with a former student in 2000. Joseph Koetters, 47, was arraigned Wednesday morning, and pleaded not guilty to two counts of oral copulation of a person under 18 and two counts of sexual penetration by [...]

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Actor dies after being struck by car

By Edwin Folven, 2/26/2015

Investigators have preliminarily determined that a collision on Feb. 21 in Hollywood that resulted in the death of actor Ben Woolf was an accident. Woolf, who was known for his role as the character Meep in “American Horror Story”, was struck in the head by the side mirror of a passing vehicle near Hollywood Boulevard [...]

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Fire damages sound studio at Paramount Pictures

By Edwin Folven, 2/26/2015

A fire that erupted on Feb. 22 inside a wall at a sound stage at Paramount Pictures was extinguished in approximately 35 minutes before the flames spread to other parts of the building. Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main said the fire was reported at 8:30 p.m. on the studio lot at 5555 Melrose [...]

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Parents flock to new park playground

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 2/26/2015

Children enjoy new equipment installed in Seily Park

As city representatives announced the re-opening of Seily Rodriguez Neighborhood Park last Thursday, a number of mothers and their toddlers were already taking full advantage of new playground equipment in the background of the event. Mirna Solorzano, who lives a block away from the park, located at 5707 Lexington Ave., said nearby residents were optimistic [...]

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Dance program helps students flourish

By Edwin Folven, 2/26/2015

Foundation provides $5,000 grant for L.A. High class

The dancers of tomorrow are honing their craft today at Los Angeles High School, which is the beneficiary of a $5,000 grant from the Flourish Foundation for the school’s dance program. The program has thrived under the tutelage of professional dance instructor Jennifer Lee, a 2007 L.A. High graduate who has re-energized the program after [...]

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New ‘Home’ offers WeHo’s LGBT community services

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 2/26/2015

Center is privately owned, operated

Nir Zilberman calls his converted storefront at 7990 Santa Monica Blvd. the Love NO Hate Home. Already, he said, he has backed away from calling it an LGBTQ Center, although it is modeled after such institutes, only privately owned. Home is a more apt title, he said. It is going to be funded exclusively through [...]

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Float designer Raul Rodriguez remembered

By Edwin Folven, 2/26/2015

Former Windsor Square resident had storied career

Renowned float designer and former Windsor Square resident Raul R. Rodriguez died on Feb. 18 at the age of 71 at his home in Pasadena. Rodriguez was perhaps best known for his colorful floral arrangements and elaborate designs for floats in the annual Rose Parade. He began designing floats at age 15, with his first [...]

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West Hollywood preps for Sunset Strip Half-Marathon

By Edwin Folven, 2/26/2015

Runners will pass iconic music venues, famous restaurants and entertainment hot spots during the inaugural Sunset Strip Half-Marathon on April 19, which was organized through a partnership between the city of West Hollywood and the private company, RaceForce, LLC. The 13.1-mile half-marathon will start and finish in West Hollywood Park, and is expected to bring [...]

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‘Kingsman’ is a fun and action-packed spy flick with little plotline

By Tim Posada, 2/26/2015

Ever wish James Bond conceived a love child with Kick-Ass? That’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service”, the first of — I pray to the God-saved Queen — many installments in a flashier take on English secret agents. It’s difficult not to fall in love with Colin Firth as a secret agent and Sam Jackson as a [...]

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