YMCA hosts 75-floor stair climb fundraiser at L.A.’s tallest building

“So, what kind of shape are you in?” Michael Villalpando, publisher of Park Labrea News and Beverly Press, asked with a laugh when he suggested that this reporter cover a YMCA event in downtown Los Angeles, which also may have been a challenge. More than 3,300 people ran or walked up 75 stories of the [...] [...more]

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Proposal calls for digital billboards on city property

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian, 2nd District, has proposed allowing digital billboards on city-owned property outside of sign districts. The proposal was made in a letter sent to the Los Angeles Planning Commission, which is expected to continue to consider changes to the city’s sign regulations at a hearing on Oct. 22. The councilman [...] [...more]

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Citywide funds to provide art showcase

A Citywide Mural Program is set to brighten the streets of Los Angeles and boost community pride and engagement through public art. The city’s department of cultural affairs (DCA) has received $750,000 to restore city-sponsored fine art murals and produce new murals through June 2016. Many of the murals in Los Angeles sat dormant and [...] [...more]

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Kip’s Toyland to celebrate milestone anniversary

At a toy store on the west side of The Original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax, smiling faces greet shoppers as they enter the store which is filled with countless model cars, stuffed animals and board games for sale. The classic toy store, Kip’s Toyland – a place to bring children to buy a [...] [...more]

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Project to make streets more bike-friendly passed

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board on Sept. 24 approved the Bicycle Friendly Streets Plan, which was developed by the Mid-City West Community Council (MCWCC). The Metro Board approved approximately $1.8 million in funding for the project, which will be matched by approximately $483,000 in funding from the city of Los Angeles. [...] [...more]

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LADWP clears hurdle in litigation for botched billing system

Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle rejected a motion filed by PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PwC) last week to dismiss the claims asserted by the city of Los Angeles that PwC fraudulently drew the city into a contract to replace Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) customer billing and information system. The judge held that the [...] [...more]

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Food trucks jockey for position no more

Chaos among food trucks operators on Wilshire Boulevard’s Museum Row – a location many in the mobile eatery industry include in the top three spots in the city ­– has calmed since the introduction of a special events amendment that allows one person to determine the parking at the stretch. The rise of the food [...] [...more]

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TarFest showcases Miracle Mile for 13th year

LAUNCH LA and 88.5 FM KCSN are bringing the best of Museum Row together again on Saturday for the 13th annual TarFest music and art fair at Hancock Park. The free, all-ages event will feature local artists, musicians and bands featuring something for the whole family, food, drinks, art, activities and more. TarFest utilizes the [...] [...more]

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Council declares homeless state of emergency

The Los Angeles City Council declared a state of emergency Tuesday after the city’s homeless population increased 12 percent in the past two years. The council tentatively committed to spending $100 million to address the situation. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined members of the council’s committee on homelessness and poverty Tuesday to announce a [...] [...more]

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Tree removal on Wilshire Boulevard imminent

Removing 22 trees on Wilshire Boulevard near La Brea Avenue is scheduled during the next week, as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) moves forward with the initial phase of new subway station construction at the intersection. Metro spokesman Dave Sotero said the exact date the trees will be removed is still being [...] [...more]

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