Ramsay and Ryu face off in campaign for CD4

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 3/26/2015

City clerk finalizes primary vote tallies

The dust has finally settled on the city council primary election for the 4th District — Carolyn Ramsay will face David Ryu in the general election on May 19. In the official final results, Ramsay received 15.25 percent (3,719) of the vote, Ryu received 14.9 percent (3,634) and Tomas O’Grady received 14.05 percent (3,427). Ryu, [...]

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Coffee lovers can fill up at former gas station

By Edwin Folven, 3/26/2015

Historic site was originally a Gilmore Oil Co. franchise

Customers will once again be saying “fill ‘er up” when they pull up to a former Gilmore Oil gas station on Highland Avenue that is scheduled to open tomorrow as a new Starbucks. The former gas station at the southwest corner of Highland and Willoughby avenues had been vacant for the past six years and [...]

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Senate committee OKs $1 billion for drought

By Luis Rivas, 3/26/2015

Pipe ruptures continue to plague the city

Gov. Jerry Brown announced late last week a $1 billion emergency drought package that focused largely on fast-tracking funding to areas affected by the drought in the state. The Senate budget committee approved the proposal Wednesday. Some of the measures in Brown’s drought package include expediting $128 million from the governor’s budget to go toward [...]

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Kuehl builds on pledge to produce for constituents

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 3/26/2015

County supervisor is committed to a broad agenda

Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, 3rd District, has had no shortage of issues to deal with since she took office late last year, but she said she was more than ready. During her first board meeting on Dec. 2, Kuehl was thrust into the conversation regarding the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and [...]

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Schiff tackles tough issues in Congress

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 3/26/2015

Representative also weighs run for U.S. Sentate

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has kept a busy calendar this year, especially since he was named Ranking Member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence — a move that increased his national visability. On Tuesday, Schiff joined several of his colleagues on the committee to introduce the Protecting Cyber Networks Act. The bill [...]

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Full council approves plan to limit mansionization

By Edwin Folven, 3/26/2015

Measure will protect homes until permanent rules are established

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a temporary anti-mansionization measure authored by Councilman Paul Koretz, 5th District, that places a moratorium on tearing down houses in 15 different neighborhoods throughout the city. Koretz said the motion will go into effect within a couple of days and will prevent the demolition [...]

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Construction begins on the exterior of The Petersen

By Luis Rivas, 3/23/2015

Construction began today on the new conceptual-art exterior of The Petersen Automotive Museum on the Miracle Mile. A crane lowered curved, metal ribbons to construction workers who positioned the pieces onto newly-installed red paneling on the side of the museum on South Orange Grove Avenue. The flowing, metal installation is an artistic rendition of the [...]

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Melrose may become canvas for street art museum

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 3/26/2015

BID looks to sanction more mural projects

To the business owners on Melrose Avenue, the outdoor walls and streets are covered with art worthy of a museum. Last Thursday, they announced a new initiative intended to better realize that idea. “The basic concept is that Melrose Avenue will be a museum of street art,” said Donald Duckworth, executive director of the Melrose [...]

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Fresh & Easy remains committed to locating store on Melrose Ave.

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 3/25/2015

Recently announced closures will not impact company’s plan

Fresh & Easy will be closing 50 of its stores, but the closures will not directly impact the potential for a store to open at 7500 Melrose Ave., company representatives said. The supermarket chain will close and then attempt to sell 30 stores in California and 50 stores overall. The company is operating 167 total [...]

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Cultural commission moves Norms to city council vote

By Edwin Folven, 3/26/2015

The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted unanimously on March 19 in favor of preserving Norms restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard as an historic-cultural monument. The commission acted on a petition by the Los Angeles Conservancy to designate the restaurant as historic based on it being a significant example of Googie architecture, and an example [...]

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Purple Line construction arrives at La Brea

By Edwin Folven, 3/26/2015

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is preparing to begin construction at the northeast corner of La Brea Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard, the site of a future Purple Line subway station. A parking lot at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Detroit Street will be closed on April 1, and a fence will [...]

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LAPD mourns the loss of trailblazing lieutenant

By Edwin Folven, 3/26/2015

Members of the Los Angeles Police Department and the community are mourning the death of Marion Hellenkamp, the first female African-American lieutenant in the LAPD. Hellenkamp died on Saturday, March 14 at the age of 83 in Los Angeles. No cause of death was released. She joined the LAPD on Dec. 11, 1961, at the [...]

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Fairfax’s magical season ends

By Luis Rivas, 3/26/2015

The Fairfax High School boys basketball team, the Lions, lost Saturday’s game against the Mater Dei Monarchs, 51-40, at the Water Pyramid at California State University, Long Beach, eliminating the Lions from competing in the state championship. The game was a match between two strong teams, each with respectively high rankings. The Lions kept the [...]

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Power outages strike West Hollywood, Beverly Hills

By Edwin Folven, 3/26/2015

More than 6,000 customers in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills were without electrical power on Tuesday night after winds caused two separate power outages. The outages occurred in areas where electricity is provided by Southern California Edison. The first outage occurred in West Hollywood at 8:02 p.m. in an area between Marmont Lane and Holloway [...]

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Pass explores Hollywood institutions

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 3/26/2015

Five attractions team up for specially priced tourism bundle

Five well-known Hollywood tourist destinations are joining forces in a new ticket venture that representatives hope will attract more customers and invigorate the area. Madame Tussauds Hollywood, the Hollywood Museum, Dolby Theatre, Red Line Tours and Starline Tours will now be part of the Hollywood Explorer Pass. Smart Destinations and Merlin Entertainments are running the [...]

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PAWS/LA founder Sutton named WeHo Woman of the Year

By Luis Rivas, 3/26/2015

Organization’s services expanded to include low-income seniors

During the 1980s when the AIDS/HIV epidemic was just starting to devastate communities in the United States — especially the LGBT community — many of Nadia Sutton’s gay and lesbian friends were dying. She remembered going to hospitals to visit her sick friends two, three and four times a week. “We were losing everyone that [...]

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Legendary visit by Earhart to The Ebell proven when missing photo surfaces

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 3/26/2015

When more than 1,300 people packed into The Ebell of Los Angeles on April 7, 1937, to listen to a lecture by aviation icon Amelia Earhart, no one could have known it would be one of her last talks. On March 30 at 11:30 a.m., The Ebell will host “Women Take Wing”, an event examining [...]

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Is your child the next Nastia Liukin?

By Edwin Folven, 3/26/2015

Gymnastics school welcomes students of all ages and skill levels

Aspiring gymnasts are encouraged to join the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics’ (LASG) in-house programs or annual summer camps that provide instruction for all skill levels. The nonprofit school was founded in 1975 by executive director Alla Svirsky and offers instruction in gymnastics for children 18 months and older through adults. The school is recognized [...]

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Transgender supporters take to streets

By Luis Rivas, 3/26/2015

Protesters rally to raise awareness on transgender killings

Edxie Betts was participating in a political rally in Los Angeles a while back when a man approached Betts and asked whether Betts was a man or a woman. Betts answered, simply, “No.” The man grew angry, impatient and began insisting that Betts leave the rally. “Faggot,” the man said. “That shouldn’t be accepted.” Betts [...]

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