Pocket park shapes up with exercise equipment

Amid the high-density apartments and cars zipping down Franklin Avenue on Monday morning, city officials and community members gathered to usher in a new era for the Dorothy J. and Benjamin B. Smith Park. Located at 7020 Franklin Ave., the pocket park — a smaller type of park within a dense urban area — received [...] [...more]

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Melrose residents protest McMansions

Residents of the Melrose District are concerned that developers are buying and tearing down houses and replacing them with new larger residences that are out of character with the neighborhood. More than 50 residents came together last Sunday to protest the practice — commonly known as mansionization — in front of a newly built home [...] [...more]

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Hanukkah symbolizes culture and diversity

Celebrating the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah stands as a testament to the diversity of the multicultural metropolitan city of Los Angeles, according to Jewish leaders in the city. Since the founding of the first synagogue in Los Angeles in 1862 as Congregation B’nai B’rith, which later went on to establish the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the [...] [...more]

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Report paints current, future picture of WeHo’s Eastside

The West Hollywood City Council filed has a report that will help influence and guide the eventual Eastside Community Plan. Consulting firm Rosenow Spevacek Group submitted the Eastside Economic Market Report to the West Hollywood City Council on Monday with a purpose “not only to provide current demographic and economic data, but to identify the [...] [...more]

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A new PATH for homeless housing

The Los Angeles Planning Commission has approved a new complex to be built by People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), which will focus on low-cost rental units for clients seeking social services. PATH is a private, nonprofit, community-based organization that is dedicated to building a healthy community for homeless and very low-income individuals. According to PATH [...] [...more]

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Massive blaze destroys apartment complex

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 [...] [...more]

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Armed suspect shot in Hollywood

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, [...] [...more]

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4th District candidates spar at debate

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 [...] [...more]

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Barham/Bennet offramp to close

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 [...] [...more]

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Farmers Market celebrates with family portrait

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 [...] [...more]

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