Archive | February, 2012

Academy Awards Show Goes On Without Kodak

Suffice it to say, this year’s Academy Awards could be the last at the Kodak Theatre. No, the Oscars hasn’t announced that it is will be moving out of Hollywood; U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper has allowed Eastman Kodak Co. to terminate its sponsorship of the theatre, effective immediately. “It’s served a good purpose, but [...] [...more]

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Officers Kill Man After Police Chase

An alleged carjacker is dead after being shot by law enforcement officers following a televised police chase that ended in Koreatown on Thursday. According to Los Angeles Police Department Commander Andrew Smith, Shonchy Thaopraseuth allegedly had stolen an Acura from a 30-year-old woman in San Bernandino at approximately 3:15 p.m. Three hours later, he allegedly [...] [...more]

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St. James’ Breaks Ground on New Preschool

Young students from St. James’ Episcopal School’s preschool donned hardhats Thursday morning at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new preschool, which will be located on Gramercy Place, just north of Wilshire Boulevard. The new preschool is expected to be completed in September, and will serve approximately 60 students. The current preschool is located at 4270 [...] [...more]

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Competing for Lunch Money

One restaurant owner who has grown weary of food trucks on Wilshire Boulevard stealing his lunch has hit the streets to take it back. Dick Messer, owner of Johnny Rockets at the Petersen, donned an apron and white hat last Friday and handed out $5 coupons for a burger, fries and a drink — good [...] [...more]

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Miracle Mile Redrawn into 4th District

The Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission has released an updated map of the proposed new council districts that retains Hancock Park and the Miracle Mile in the 4th Council District. The redistricting commission was scheduled to meet once more at Los Angeles City Hall for a final vote on Wednesday evening, and as of [...] [...more]

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Lawsuit Filed to Block SAG/AFTRA Merger

While officials with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) are pushing a merger between the two unions, several SAG members — including Martin Sheen, Ed Asner and Ed Harris — have sued to block the upcoming vote. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, [...] [...more]

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Wesson Faces Plenty of New Issues as Council President

Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, 10th District, has had his hands full since assuming the council’s top leadership position, and his plate now includes redistricting and the 2012-2013 budget. Since Wesson has taken the helm, the council has passed an ordinance to require condoms in adult films, hired a Los Angeles Department of [...] [...more]

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WeHo Takes Control of City Development Agency

The city of West Hollywood has opted to see its way through the dissolution of its West Hollywood Community Development Commission. The commission, dissolved through AB 1X26, was created in 1996, but unlike some municipalities, West Hollywood didn’t hire separate staff for its redevelopment agency. Allyne Winderman, director of the city’s rent stabilization and housing [...] [...more]

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Three Women Face Charges for Distraction Burglaries

Three women, including a mother and daughter, were arrested on Feb. 16 for burglarizing apartments in the Olympic area. Police found a large amount of jewelry and other items in their vehicle that investigators believe was stolen from other victims. The women are described as “distraction thieves” because they use a ruse to distract the [...] [...more]

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Gunman Sets House Ablaze in East Hollywood

Two people were found dead inside a house that erupted in flames in the 500 block of North Harvard Boulevard on Thursday in what police are describing as a domestic violence incident that led to a murder and suicide. One of the deceased has been identified as the gunman, while the other is an unidentified [...] [...more]

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