Archive | October, 2011

Bill Could Mean Bigger Hay Day for Payday Loans

A bill that would allow payday loan lenders to raise their maximum loan from $300 to $500 is expected to be discussed during the Assembly’s next session, much to the dismay of some consumer advocacy organizations. The bill, authored by Majority Leader Charles Calderon (D-City of Industry), is currently in the Senate Judiciary Committee after [...] [...more]

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Opposition Surfaces to Olympic Blvd. Project

Residents who live near Olympia Medical Center submitted a petition containing nearly 400 signatures to Councilmember Tom LaBonge, 4th District, last Saturday, hoping to ensure that their concerns are heard as some of the hospital’s physicians continue to plan for a new residential property. The project has been proposed by a separate partnership of physicians [...] [...more]

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Residents Turn to Garcetti To Mend Fences

In a land with a complaint-driven system, the man with government contacts is king. Some East Hollywood residents are learning that lesson all too well, as one resident in a particular neighborhood has called in more than 100 complaints over the last few years. Those calls have led to citation after citation, with some property [...] [...more]

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WeHo Seeks Input on City’s Automated Garage

Valet services without the valet. Park, swipe, leave. That’s the plan for the new West Hollywood City Hall Automated Garage and Community Plaza Project now entering in its 21-day public comment period. But whether or not this project is a veritable drive-through or destined to be stuck in traffic remains to be seen. The Automated [...] [...more]

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‘Bernie Madoff of Beverly Hills’ Gets Seven Years

On Tuesday Oct. 11, Ezri Namvar, the man known as the Bernie Madoff of Beverly Hills, was sentenced in Downtown L.A. Federal Court to 7 years in prison, 3 years of supervised release, and $21 million in restitution after his conviction for four counts of wire fraud. Once a well-respected local civic leader, Namvar, 60, [...] [...more]

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‘Gay Prey Bandit’ Found Guilty of Robbing Victims Found Online

He’s been called the “Gay Prey Bandit” for trolling the online classified website, Craigslist, where he found gay male victims looking for sex, and later robbed them at gunpoint. Angel Pena Ayala, 25, a reputed member of the White Fence gang, targeted gay victims in West Hollywood, Hermosa Beach, Bell Gardens and Los Angeles. Ayala [...] [...more]

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Detectives Seek Clues on Hollywood Homicide

A 20-year-old reputed gang member was shot and killed on Oct. 14 in a mini-mall parking lot in Hollywood, making it the third shooting in three weeks on and around Hollywood Boulevard. Two people have been killed, and another has been seriously injured in the three separate incidents, which were all unrelated, according to Lt. [...] [...more]

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Costume Sale Benefits the Arts at Fairfax High

From glitzy and glamorous to period pieces, a famous Fairfax High alumna has donated thousands of costumes to its theatre program. Anita Mann, a Fairfax graduate from the class of 1964 who owns and operates Anita Mann Productions, and a choreographer for many celebrities and television shows, said she donated the costumes as a way [...] [...more]

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Law Enforcement Puts Plan in Place for Realignment

With the realignment plan underway, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and local Los Angeles Police Department divisions are continuing to modify their procedures for supervising thousands of parolees who will be transferred to their jurisdiction. In January 2010, a federal court ordered California to reduce its inmate population to 137.5 percent of design capacity. [...] [...more]

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Council Faces Dilemma in Support for Occupy LA

City officials’ love affair with Occupy LA may be grinding to a halt. After passing a referendum in support of the group last week, and maintaining solidarity with their disenfranchised constituents, L.A. officials may pump their brakes now that they know that severing ties with the city’s financial institutions may grind city services to a [...] [...more]

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