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Pocket park shapes up with exercise equipment

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 12/18/2014

Family of park founder says space fulfills legacy

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

By Edwin Folven, 12/18/2014

Many community members hope homes will be preserved

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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LAPD sets goal to equip force with body cameras

By Edwin Folven, 12/18/2014

Cameras will provide officers with new tool

Los Angeles Police Department officers will be outfitted with body cameras under a new plan announced on Tuesday by Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. The plan calls for approximately 7,000 body cameras to be purchased during the 2015-2016 budget cycle. The department will begin using approximately 800 cameras over the next few [...] [...more]

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Hanukkah symbolizes culture and diversity

By Luis Rivas, 12/18/2014

Jewish community celebrates annual Festival of Lights

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

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 12/18/2014

City council to consider options for improvements

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

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 12/18/2014

Service provider is building more units to help the needy

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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WeHo to hold special election to fill vacancy

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 12/18/2014

Council opts for a vote to replace Jeffrey Prang

Prang’s city council spot will be filled by special election What has been brewing for weeks was confirmed on Monday by the West Hollywood City Council. The governing body voted unanimously for the city to conduct a special election to replace former City Councilman Jeffrey Prang, who had served on the council since 1997. Now, [...] [...more]

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4th District race gets more crowded

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 12/18/2014

Candidates list set for city elections

It’s a crowded field in the battle to replace outgoing Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge, 4th District. The Los Angeles City Clerk’s Office certified the city candidates list for the March 3 primary elections last Friday. The list for District 4 candidates, in a random order determined by the state, is as follows: David [...] [...more]

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New office building project gets underway on Vine St.

By Edwin Folven, 12/18/2014

Construction has started on an office building at the northwest corner of Vine Street and Selma Avenue in Hollywood that is being built by the J.H. Snyder Company. The eight-story, 107,000 square foot office building will have 2,000-square-feet of ground-floor retail space, and is estimated to be completed in mid-2016. “It will be a new, [...] [...more]

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Winkler family sues sheriff’s over son’s death

By Edwin Folven, 12/18/2014

Civil lawsuit claims negligence

The family of a man who was accidentally shot and killed by West Hollywood sheriff’s deputies has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging negligence and a violation of the deceased victim’s civil rights. John Winkler was shot on April 7 after being mistaken for an armed suspect. Sim Osborn, a Seattle-based attorney representing the [...] [...more]

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