Archive | April, 2011

2012 Campaign Barrels Through L.A.

Amid chants of “Yes, We Can” and the new campaign slogan, “I’m In”, President Barack Obama brought his 2012 re-election campaign to Los Angeles on April 21, addressing a large crowd that gathered for a political rally at the Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City. The president outlined many of his successes since being elected [...] [...more]

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Summit Offers Fresh Ideas for Landing a Job

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 aimed to boost the economy and create jobs for a struggling country falling into a recession. A couple of years later, the money is still flowing, but many residents remain unemployed and uneducated as to how the more than $700 billion act can benefit them. Congresswoman Karen [...] [...more]

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Club Punches Out Childhood Obesity

The fight against childhood obesity went into full swing Monday as the Prime Time Boxing Club kicked off its “Knocking Out Obesity” tour at Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle School in Hollywood. The tour was started in the spirit of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative against childhood obesity. “It’s not a direct part of [...] [...more]

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Extra! Extra!

Hancock Park and Wilshire Center residents, beginning today, we will now be distributing the Beverly Press newspaper with the Los Angeles Times every Thursday to your neighborhoods.  And to all of our readers, today we proudly announce our special 65th Anniversary Issue, celebrating the Park Labrea News’ 65 years of publishing.  “Our People, Our Places” [...] [...more]

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New Mayor Takes the Helm on WeHo Council

West Hollywood City Council-member John Duran was sworn-in on April 25 as the city’s new mayor, beginning a year of work that he said will be rewarding and challenging. Duran was appointed mayor for the third time since first being elected in 2001. The city’s mayor and mayor pro tempore positions are rotated between the [...] [...more]

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Mural Puts Recycling Into Focus

At first glance, the new mural at the Fountain Day School in West Hollywood looks like a pair of innocent eyes gazing into the sky in search of guidance. A closer look reveals what the eyes are composed of: old toys, milk crates, copper wire, broken baby strollers and other recycled materials. The mural, “Through [...] [...more]

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Project Brings New Housing to Hollywood

A new residential project known as 1800 Whitley will be built in Hollywood on the site of a vacant lot at Yucca Street and Whitley Avenue, just one block north of Hollywood Boulevard. The project is being built by CIM Group, the owner of the Hollywood and Highland Center, the Sunset and Vine Tower and [...] [...more]

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City Council Weighs Mayor’s Budget Proposal

Members of the Los Angeles City Council are currently reviewing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s proposed $7 billion budget for fiscal year 2011-12, which attempts to balance the city’s $457 million deficit through a combination of structural reforms, operational efficiencies and furloughs. The furloughs for the majority of the city’s civilian workforce can be eliminated if members [...] [...more]

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Prop. 8 Supporters File Lawsuit to Invalidate Judge’s Decision

Supporters of Proposition 8, the initiative that sought to ban same-sex marriages, have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a decision by the San Francisco judge who declared that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. According to, the organization that sponsored the 2008 ballot initiative, Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who retired from the San Francisco-based [...] [...more]

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Officials Call for Audit of DWP Billing Policy

City officials on Tuesday addressed allegations that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) used faulty billing practices. Councilmember Dennis Zine, 3rd District, chair of the Audits and Government Efficiency Committee, has introduced a motion instructing the DWP to address its customer billing and collection issues. Zine also requested that Los Angeles City [...] [...more]

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