Archive | May, 2012

Enoteca Drago: Tantalizing Italian Fare

There are different types of Italian restaurants. The most formal type is a Ristorante. Less formal dining venues are Trattorias and Osterias. Celestino Drago has opened one of each in Southern California. His Enoteca Drago is a neighborhood wine bar and restaurant in Beverly Hills serving small plates and wonderful wines at reasonable prices. For [...] [...more]

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Auto Crimes Increase in Rampart

The Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Rampart Division held a press conference on May 24 in which Capt. Steve Ruiz discussed the increase of auto-related crimes, such as burglaries and thefts from motor vehicles and how to prevent becoming a victim. As of May 24, Rampart had experienced a 27 percent increase in the crimes. [...] [...more]

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LASD Sergeant Sentenced

A former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sergeant convicted of sexually assaulting one woman and inappropriately searching two others was sentenced on May 25, the District Attorney’s Office announced. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Sam Ohta sentenced Mark Fitzpatrick, 42, to a state prison term of nine years, four months. Deputy District Attorney Natalie Adomian, [...] [...more]

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LAPD Shoulder-Tap Operation to Curtail Underage Drinking

The LAPD, in conjunction with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), will initiate the 14th annual Safe & Sober Graduation Operation during June. The project is designed to curtail the accessibility of alcoholic beverages and promote “safe and sober” graduations throughout the 91 Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) high schools. Through June 26, [...] [...more]

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DUI Checkpoint

The Los Angeles Police Department will have a Sobriety and Driver’s License Checkpoint from 6 p.m. on Saturday to 1 a.m. on Sunday on Manchester Avenue between Hoover and Figueroa streets. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and [...] [...more]

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Paper, Not Plastic

Shoppers will soon no longer have the option of “paper or plastic” after the Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to ban single-use plastic shopping bags. The council stopped short, however, of banning single-use paper bags, which was part of an original proposal made by City Councilmember Paul Koretz, 5th District. Koretz said he supports [...] [...more]

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Published Authors at 13

Kevin Almaraz’s book, “Big Game But No Gain”, showcases a nerdy, bullied middle-school student who joins the football team to make friends — only to discover that he’s really good on the gridiron. The protagonist, Bob, begins to make friends and excel at football, and this all culminates with the upcoming high school championship game. [...] [...more]

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Mid-City West Council Elects PLUC Committee

The Mid-City West Community Council (MCWCC) reformulated its Planning and Land Use Committee (PLUC) Monday, electing eight members to serve on the panel that considers proposals for new developments in the local area. MCWCC chair Sheryl Turner dissolved the PLUC on March 6 because “disagreements” between some members had caused it to “deteriorate as a [...] [...more]

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Firefighter Thanks His Lucky Scars

Vincent Cordova considers himself lucky in many ways. As it would turn out, so are some of his fellow Albuquerque, N.M., firefighters, who won $10,000 during the monster Mega Millions jackpot at the end of March. Cordova had been diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening tumor growing at the base of his skull. Though the group [...] [...more]

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Thai Town Leader Honored for Supporting her Community

In honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month, U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-California) honored a Park La Brea resident who has been instrumental in supporting Thai Americans and other API residents in Los Angeles. Chancee Martorell, the executive director of the Thai Community Development Center, received written honors from Bass that will be [...] [...more]

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