WeHo voters head to polls to fill final seat on council

By Bonnie Eslinger, 5/28/2015

Candidates take aim at issues and each other at forum prior to June 2 election

A debate last week between four candidates vying for the fifth seat on the West Hollywood City Council drilled down on a handful of hot-button issues including development, affordable housing, traffic, parking and historic preservation. Former West Hollywood Councilman John Heilman appeared to be a clear target for the other candidates. He was voted out [...]

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Mansion project more pleasing to neighbors

By Dana Bell, 5/28/2015

Paint altered at Chandler mansion after complaints

Community activists are calling it a victory for historic preservation. Just a few months ago, the mansion formerly owned by Los Angeles cultural icon Dorothy Chandler, which she named “Los Tiempos”, was being painted bright white — and that didn’t sit well with local community members. Now, renovation on the house is continuing with historically [...]

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Sunset and Gordon tenants remain — for now

By Dana Bell, 5/28/2015

Court of appeals allows residents to stay pending new ruling

After the Los Angeles Board of Building and Safety Commissioners upheld an earlier order to vacate the Sunset and Gordon apartments in Hollywood last month, the tenants are now being allowed to remain in their apartments — for now. An appellate court issued a stay of the order to vacate, allowing the tenants to remain [...]

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LaBonge looks back on 14 years representing 4th Council District

By Edwin Folven, 5/28/2015

Councilman to leave office on June 30

With the 4th Council District election over and Councilman-elect David Ryu preparing to take office on July 1, termed-out Councilman Tom LaBonge is looking back on his 14 years in office. While LaBonge said he plans to spend more time with his family after he leaves office on June 30, he is not slowing down [...]

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WeHo council considers minimum wage increase

By Dana Bell, 5/28/2015

City conducts study on impact to workers and businesses

West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath and the West Hollywood City Council are considering an increase in the minimum wage, and Horvath said it might be even higher than Los Angeles’ recently approved wage increase. The city council of Los Angeles voted last week to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 by 2020, [...]

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Council deputy files lawsuit against city

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 5/28/2015

WeHo Councilman John Duran is also targeted in suit

West Hollywood City Council deputy Ian Owens has filed a lawsuit against the city and Councilman John Duran, alleging unfair treatment, sexual harassment and soliciting bribes. The lawsuit was filed by the law firm Rushovich Mehtani LLP on behalf of Owens on May 20. “In short, Mr. Owens alleges that he has been subjected to [...]

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Natural gas leak closes Wilshire Boulevard

By Luis Rivas, 5/28/2015

An unrelated fire also erupts in building across the street

A natural gas leak was detected early Wednesday morning in the 5100 block of Wilshire Boulevard that led to the evacuation of residences and nearby businesses, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Margaret Stewart. Firefighters arrived at the scene at approximately 6:45 a.m. and closed Wilshire Boulevard for approximately two hours until the gas [...]

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Suspect sought in shooting at pot dispensary

By Edwin Folven, 5/28/2015

Victim suffers gunshot wound to his leg during robbery

Police are searching for three or four suspects who robbed a medical marijuana dispensary on Pico Boulevard on May 24 and shot an employee in the leg. The robbery occurred at approximately 7 p.m. at the Natural Way of L.A. dispensary in the 5800 block of Pico Boulevard. The dispensary is operating in compliance with [...]

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Authorities investigate cause of fatal fire in WeHo

By Edwin Folven, 5/28/2015

Sheriff’s department looking into whether foul play was involved

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives are investigating the death of a man who was found unconscious on May 21 inside a burning building in West Hollywood. Authorities believe the victim, identified as Eric Von Young, 53, was a transient who had been living inside the vacant structure at 9080 Santa Monica Blvd. The building, [...]

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Suspect shot by police after altercation in Hollywood

By Edwin Folven, 5/28/2015

Foot beat officers saw armed suspect on Cherokee Street

A 33-year-old suspect is recovering after being shot by police on May 24 in Hollywood following an altercation in which he pulled out a handgun. The shooting occurred at approximately 2:10 a.m. on Cherokee Street, just north of Hollywood Boulevard. The suspect, identified as Tegan James Stephens, of Las Vegas, was involved in an argument [...]

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Murder suspect commits suicide during standoff in Koreatown

By Edwin Folven, 5/28/2015

Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide Unit are investigating a murder and suicide that occurred in Koreatown. On May 9 at approximately 8:10 p.m., officers from the LAPD’s Olympic Division responded to a call about a shooting at a bar near 14th Street and Western Avenue. Police and firefighters responded and [...]

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Diver reaches new heights at state competition

By Edwin Folven, 5/28/2015

Immaculate Heart senior is also preparing for Olympic trials

Immaculate Heart High School senior Olivia Rosendahl reached a new high in her budding career as a diver after taking first place on May 22 in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Diving Championships. “It’s really exciting because it was the inaugural state championships for swimming and diving,” Rosendahl said. “It’s great to set a [...]

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Boy Scouts to potentially allow gay scout leaders

By Luis Rivas, 5/28/2015

L.A. troops are supportive of possible change

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will soon be reversing a policy by allowing gay men to become members, according to an announcement by the organization’s leader made on May 21. During a national meeting in Atlanta, BSA president Robert M. Gates announced that changing the membership policy to allowing gay men to join would [...]

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Beverly Hills to install new red light cameras

By Edwin Folven, 5/28/2015

The city of Beverly Hills has announced plans to reactivate nine red light cameras and install six new cameras at intersections in the city. Nine of the cameras have been in place for more than 15 years, but were de-activated in October while the city searched for a new contractor to operate the cameras. The [...]

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Hollywood youth center reopens to seniors

By Luis Rivas, 5/28/2015

After more than a year of being closed, the Weingart Youth Center in Hollywood will be opening its doors again to the community on Monday, June 1. However, the center is looking for funding assistance for its newly-refurbished gymnasium. The Weingart Youth Center, founded in 1996, is a program of the Salvation Army in Hollywood [...]

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Commission gives green light to Academy Museum plan

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 5/21/2015

Project next moves to city council committee

The proposed Academy Museum has passed another hurdle — this time more smoothly — on its way to becoming fully realized. The Los Angeles Planning Commission voted 6-0 last Thursday to support the project virtually unchanged from the plans outlined in its final environmental impact report, almost a month after the Mid-City West Community Council [...]

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Ryu declared victor in 4th District race

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 5/21/2015

Candidate outlasts Ramsay in runoff campaign

In the last hour before his 4th District city council campaign concluded Tuesday night, candidate David Ryu drove three people to a polling location. He knocked on his last door at 7:55 p.m., just five minutes before polls closed. He said his campaign staff and volunteers were no different, and because of their hard work, [...]

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Concrete repairs coming to Hancock Park, finally

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 5/21/2015

Residents worked for years to have streets fixed

After five years of requesting concrete repairs on the streets of Hancock Park, residents’ wishes will finally be granted. The Los Angeles Board of Public Works unanimously approved improvements to five intersections in the neighborhood, with work scheduled to begin on June 15. “We’re certainly happy that it’s been approved and it will be done,” [...]

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Council approves plan to raise minimum wage to $15 by 2020

By Dana Bell, 5/21/2015

Business owners warn plan may cause prices to go up

The Los Angeles City Council voted 14-1 on Tuesday to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour by 2020. The minimum wage would be raised incrementally each year until 2020, where it would then be tied to the consumer price index for urban wage earners and clerical workers. Small businesses with [...]

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