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Race heats up as primary draws near

Tourism, development and the Hollywood Sign were the focus of a forum for residents who live in the Beachwood Canyon community. On Tuesday, the Beachwood Canyon Neighborhood Associa-tion and Hollywoodland Homeowners Association (HHA) hosted 11 of the 14 candidates vying to become the next city council representative of the 4th District. Councilman Tom LaBonge currently [...] [...more]

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Fire guts commercial building in Hollywood

A female victim was hospitalized in grave condition after a fire erupted on Wednesday morning in a commercial building near the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Heliotrope Drive in East Hollywood. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said witnesses reported the fire at 7:11 a.m., and firefighters arrived to find smoke billowing from [...] [...more]

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Controversy continues over cat motion

Daniel Chen, a downtown Los Angeles resident and cat owner, came to the West Los Angeles Shelter on Tuesday, Feb. 24, to adopt a third cat. If he could, he would’ve gone home with more than one cat that day. Current city regulations limit cat ownership to a maximum of three per household. This may [...] [...more]

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Drought-tolerant plants replace grass at Carthay Circle Park

The towering stone pine tree and iconic miner statue are well known to the residents who pass by Carthay Circle Park each day, city officials said, but now the newly reopened park will also be known as a beacon for water conservation. Residents and city officials gathered on Thursday afternoon to celebrate the new improvements [...] [...more]

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WeHo candidates spar during latest debate

West Hollywood City Council candidates played to their strengths during a student-led debate on Thursday night, one of the last forums before the March 3 election. The West Hollywood College Preparatory School hosted 10 of the 12 candidates for city council, with eight high school students asking the questions in front of a crowd of [...] [...more]

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Water main rupture causes a big mess in Hollywood

A water main that burst early Wednesday morning in Hollywood flooded a residential street north of Franklin Avenue and partially submerged four vehicles in an underground parking lot. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) officials said an 18-inch cast iron water main broke at approximately 4:30 a.m. near the corner of Ivar Avenue [...] [...more]

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Manzanar milestone sparks memories

When he was 7 or 8 years old, Jim Matsuoka remembers hating himself for being Japanese. Hundreds were gathered outside his elementary school during the winter listening to an administrator who was lecturing on the horrors of the Pearl Harbor attack by Japan. Matsuoka and his classmates were listening, shivering in the desert cold. “She [...] [...more]

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Civil rights activists honored for courage

The National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles (NCJW/LA) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act with former 1960s-era civil rights activists as guest speakers on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at their headquarters on Fairfax Avenue. The speakers included former voter registration volunteers, former Freedom Riders and civil rights activists — both black and [...] [...more]

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Saga continues over who will operate Greek Theatre

The Los Angeles Recreation and Parks (RAP) Commission is staring down the possibility of hitting the restart button. Last week, the Los Angeles City Council voted against concurring with the commission’s recommendation to enter into contract negotiations with Live Nation to run the city’s famed Greek Theatre live music venue. In the same motion, the [...] [...more]

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Norm’s preservation continues to gain steam

The effort to save Norm’s Restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard from the wrecking ball remains on the front burner for many people in the community, including members of the Mid-City West Community Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee (PLUC), who voted on Tuesday night to support preservation. The Norm’s restaurant property at 470-478 La Cienega [...] [...more]

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