Massive blaze destroys apartment complex

By Edwin Folven, 12/11/2014

Federal authorities investigate fire at building under construction downtown

Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting Los Angeles Fire Department arson investigators at the scene of a massive downtown fire on Monday at the Da Vinci apartment complex. The fire was reported at approximately 1:20 a.m. on Dec. 8 at the seven-story complex, which was under construction at 906 [...]

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Armed suspect shot in Hollywood

By Edwin Folven, 12/11/2014

Police continue increased presence around boulevard

Authorities on Wednesday said they are still in the process of identifying a suspect who was shot by police last Friday evening at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, and who later died at a hospital. Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office spokesman Ed Winter said the deceased individual was a 42-year-old Caucasian male, [...]

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4th District candidates spar at debate

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 12/11/2014

Minimum wage and business taxes are key issues

The field for the Los Angeles 4th District Council Office stretches beyond a dozen candidates, but on Tuesday night, members of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce took their first look at six presumed frontrunners. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee invited Teddy Davis (attorney/educator), Wally Knox (attorney), Joan Pelico (chief of staff for [...]

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Mayor’s earthquake plan could shake up rules for buildings

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 12/11/2014

Many structures may have to be retrofitted

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday a significant plan to address the city’s earthquake vulnerabilities — which would include building-retrofit standards that could impact thousands of structures. Garcetti unveiled his Resilience by Design plan, which was put together by seismic experts who consulted with businesses, property owners and other stakeholders. Dr. Lucy Jones, a [...]

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Barham/Bennet offramp to close

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 12/11/2014

Change causes conflict in the community

Construction began this week on a new Hollywood (101) Freeway southbound onramp for Universal Studios Boulevard, much to the dismay of some nearby residents who are concerned with an offramp closure that will follow. Once the new Universal Studios Boulevard ramp is finished, the nearby Barham/Bennett offramp must close. “We’re organizing and trying to reverse [...]

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Farmers Market celebrates with family portrait

By Edwin Folven, 12/11/2014

Nearly all of the 100-plus merchants, employees, management and facility staff members at the Original Farmers Market gathered in front of the iconic clock tower on Wednesday for a photograph celebrating the Market’s 80th anniversary. It was the first “All Farmers Market” photo ever taken, and represents the many multi-generation, family-owned and operated businesses, as [...]

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Bandits arrested for luxury store burglaries

By Edwin Folven, 12/11/2014

Investigators are trying to determine if crimes are linked

Five suspects in two separate burglaries at luxury clothing stores in Beverly Hills have been arrested by the Beverly Hills Police Department. Lt. Lincoln Hoshino, with the Beverly Hills Police Department, said the most recent arrests were made on Dec. 1 after a burglary at 347 N. Rodeo Dr. Undercover officers conducting surveillance during the [...]

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Deaths at Palazzo ruled a murder-suicide

By Edwin Folven, 12/11/2014

Gunman, victim identified as celebrity couple

Police are investigating a shooting that occurred on Monday morning at the Palazzo East residential complex at 3rd Street and Hauser Boulevard as a murder-suicide. Authorities received a 911 call at approximately 7:30 a.m. from an individual in the complex who heard gunshots and a woman screaming. Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Drake Madison said [...]

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Four men sought for stabbing in WeHo

By Edwin Folven, 12/11/2014

Victims confronted while walking on Palm Avenue

A male victim was stabbed and a second man was physically assaulted during an incident in West Hollywood on Dec. 8 that police said was likely a failed robbery attempt. Two unidentified male victims were walking in the 800 block of Palm Ave. at approximately 1 a.m. on Dec. 8 when they were confronted by [...]

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New photos show mountain lion improving

By Edwin Folven, 12/11/2014

P-22 in Griffith Park is showing fewer signs of mange

Biologists with the National Park Service Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area have captured new photographs of a mountain lion living in Griffith Park that show the animal is recovering from mange. Wildlife biologists fitted the mountain lion, called P-22, with a GPS collar in March 2012 that allows researchers to monitor his movement. Biologists [...]

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Romans emerge as football champions

By Edwin Folven, 12/11/2014

Team wins CIF Div. III title agains after nearly 50 years

The Los Angeles High School varsity football team won the CIF Div. III Championship on Dec. 6 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, marking the first time the team has accomplished the feat since 1965. The L.A. High Romans beat the Monroe High School Vikings by a score of 22-14. Coach Eric Scott, who is [...]

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Muscle car builder hangs up the keys

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 12/11/2014

Chuck Francis was mechanic to the stars

Chuck Francis is a man who has known hard work. His story is one of the American dream. “Stories like this just can’t happen like this anymore,” he said last Friday, overlooking his property at 105 S. Fairfax Ave. Francis is the owner of Chuck’s Auto and Dream Machines, which has been near the corner [...]

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Prang bids farewell to WeHo council

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 12/11/2014

Ex-city councilman moves on to county assessor’s office

Jeffrey Prang doesn’t care much about giving you pomp and circumstance surrounding his exit from the West Hollywood City Council. He isn’t into pointing to one piece of “signature legislation.” “A number of people running for office — they all want that big thing that gets them in the newspaper,” he said. “That’s fine, and [...]

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Restaurant News

By Jill Weinlein, 12/11/2014

Santa Monica Holiday Pub Crawl Thirty bars and restaurants on the Santa Monica Pier, 3rd Street Promenade, Main Street and Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica will host a citywide pub crawl on Saturday, Dec. 13 beginning at 5 p.m., with proceeds benefitting the Westside Food Bank. Last year, the event raised enough money to provide [...]

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Pitfire Artisan Pizza: Pizza with Pizzazz!

By Jill Weinlein, 12/11/2014

On opening night at the new Pitfire Artisan Pizza location in Pasadena, the restaurant hosted a dinner for the Pasadena Education Foundation (PEF) and Pasadena Unified School District. General manager Ken DiCross said 100 percent of net proceeds from the evening were donated to support PEF teacher grants. “We do this with every Pitfire restaurant [...]

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Tormented geniuses soar in ‘Imitation Game’, ‘Theory of Everything’

By Tim Posada, 12/11/2014

‘The Imitation Game’ Alan Turing might not be a household name, but it should. Mathematics is hardly a sexy field, but few have advanced it like this man. He also might have played a key role in ending World War II. But that’s just part of the story in “The Imitation Game”, a compelling historical [...]

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You can now make an appt. with Santa

12/11/2014

Save time, don’t wait in line to meet Santa! Santa House visits and picture orders can now be reserved and pre-purchased through thegrovela.com, americanaatbrand.com or via Caruso Affiliated’s newly launched mobile app. This year, guests can experience a magical Santa House at The Grove that includes live entertainment, a chestnut roaster, hot chocolate and cider [...]

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Friedman hosts Hungarian delegation

12/11/2014

A seven-member delegation from Hungary recently visited Los Angeles and attended a breakfast reception at the Hancock Park home of attorney and Los Angeles County Commissioner Andrew Friedman. The delegation was led by Zoltan Balog, Hungarian minister of human capacity; and Katalin Novak, state secretary for family and youth services. Pictured at the reception are [...]

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‘La Brea Holiday Shop + Walk’

12/11/2014

District La Brea presents the “La Brea Holiday Shop + Walk” on Saturday, Dec. 13 from noon to 7 p.m. Retailers and galleries on La Brea Avenue between 1st and 2nd streets have partnered for the special holiday event. Participating businesses will offer exclusive discounts, sidewalk sample sales, complimentary refreshments, giveaways and holiday fun. Participating [...]

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