Academy taps new museum director

By Aaron Blevins, 7/17/2014

Kerry Brougher has a long history merging art and film

Throughout his career, Kerry Brougher has sought to merge art and film in museum settings, and now, the former Park La Brea resident will have an opportunity to do so on a grand scale. Brougher became the new director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on July 1. Bill Kramer replaced Heather Cochran, who [...]

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Power outage affects more than 2,200 LADWP customers in Hollywood

By Edwin Folven, 7/21/2014

More than 2,200 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) customers in Hollywood lost electricity late Sunday after a Mylar balloon came into contact with wires at approximately 11:30 p.m. near Santa Monica Boulevard and Cole Avenue. Electricity was restored t at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Monday, DWP spokesman Albert Rodriguez said. The outage [...]

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Defendant convicted for murder outside Hollywood nightclub

By Edwin Folven, 7/17/2014

A 23-year-old defendant from Los Angeles was found guilty of first-degree murder on July 17 for a homicide that occurred outside a nightclub in Hollywood on Jan. 13, 2013. The defendant, Robert Earl Thomas, is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 2 for sentencing. He faces 50 years to life in prison. Thomas was [...]

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Fallout from video of CHP beating continues

By Aaron Blevins, 7/17/2014

Attorney expects lawsuit to be filed soon

An attorney representing the family of Marlene Pinnock said a lawsuit will soon be filed against the California Highway Patrol (CHP) as a result of the July 1 incident in which Pinnock was struck multiple times by a CHP officer. The incident outraged civil rights leaders after a video of the beating was uploaded to [...]

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Help them help Hollywood’s homeless

By Aaron Blevins, 7/17/2014

The Center at Blessed Sacrament looks to fill funding gap

Officials at the Center at Blessed Sacrament have launched a capital campaign to fill a $200,000 funding gap in their attempt to renovate the nonprofit’s headquarters at 6636 Selma Ave. in Hollywood. The project budget is $2 million, and the group has secured $1.5 million in funding from the Community Redevelopment Agency, Los Angeles, though [...]

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City attorney looks to halt marijuana farmers market

By Edwin Folven, 7/17/2014

Restraining order issued as city seeks permanent solution

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer passed another hurdle in his effort to combat illegal medical marijuana operations on Tuesday, when a Los Angeles Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order to halt operations at what is being called a medical marijuana farmers’ market. The market opened at 1500 Esperanza St. in Boyle Heights [...]

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Commission to mull WeHo condo project

By Edwin Folven, 7/17/2014

Developer seeks amendment to city’s general plan

The West Hollywood Planning Commission is scheduled to consider a project at 8899 Beverly Blvd. this evening that would convert a 10-story office building into a residential and retail complex. The project, which is proposed by Beverly Blvd. Associates, LP, calls for 56 condominiums to be built in the existing tower, along with eight affordable [...]

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Farmers Market celebrates 80th birthday

By Edwin Folven, 7/17/2014

The Original Farmers Market celebrated its 80th anniversary at the corner of 3rd and Fairfax on Tuesday with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” and free pieces of “fraisier” — or French strawberry shortcake — created by Normandie Bakery. Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge, 4th District, and state Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) presented [...]

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Lot sought for homeless sleepers

By Aaron Blevins, 7/17/2014

Council seeks space for people sleeping in their cars

The Hollywood United Neighborhood Council’s Public Safety and Transportation Committee on Monday discussed the possibility of identifying parking lots that homeless individuals could use to sleep in their cars. Erik Sanjurjo, who chairs the committee, said the council is simply gauging interest, and that no particular locations have been identified. He said he isn’t sure [...]

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Morning fire guts industrial building

By Edwin Folven, 7/17/2014

Clean-up continues at Highland Plating Company on Orange

Crews are still cleaning up after a major fire gutted a commercial building at the corner of Orange Drive and Romaine Street on Sunday, sending nearly 150 firefighters into action in an attempt to stop the blaze from spreading. The fire was reported at approximately 9 a.m. on July 12 at the Highland Plating Company, [...]

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Business owners team up on Pico Blvd.

By Aaron Blevins, 7/17/2014

Community events to help spruce up neighborhood

A group of business owners along Pico Boulevard have banded together to further promote the neighborhood, and the undertaking will culminate in a community event being held today. Third Thursdays on Pico will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Pico Boulevard, between Fairfax and Cochran avenues. Organizers will offer food, music, culture, art [...]

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School offers class for younger students

By Edwin Folven, 7/17/2014

Christ the King to open new transitional kindergarten classroom

The youngest students at Christ the King School in Hollywood will have a new space to call home when the school year begins on Aug. 11, as a new classroom is being constructed to house the school’s transitional kindergarten class. Principal Ruth Anderson said the school previously integrated the transitional kindergartners, who are 4 years [...]

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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ surpasses its predecessor

By Tim Posada, 7/17/2014

In a sea of franchises that drown thanks to the dead weight of each passing sequel, few stay afloat, let alone rise above. Thanks to the strategic opposable thumbs of some splendid filmmakers, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is more than a watered-down sequel/prequel in a franchise dating back to the 1968 film [...]

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Mixin’ it up at Ca’Brea

7/17/2014

The Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce recently held an evening social mixer at Ca’Brea Restaurant on La Brea. The group, including from left, Jonathan Engel, D.D.S., Meg McComb from the Chamber enjoyed wine and hors d’ouervres prepared by George Sarkis, executive chef and owner of Ca’ Brea, center. Ca’Brea serves authentic Nothern Italian cuisine and [...]

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Restaurant News

By Jill Weinlein, 7/17/2014

Tonight at Andaz Andaz West Hollywood is offering a complimentary wine tasting this evening, July 17, at 5 p.m. The V Wine Room’s sommeliers will lead the tasting of curated wines from boutique California wineries in the Andaz lounge on the first level. Self parking and valet is available for a fee. 8401 Sunset Blvd. [...]

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House of Blues: Groovy Blues with Southern Cuisine

By Jill Weinlein, 7/17/2014

I recently visited the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip to try celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez’s new menu. You may know Sanchez from Food Network’s hit series, “Chopped”, or from “Aaron Loves NY” and “Motochefs”. Ashton Spatz, the new senior marketing and promotions manager of House of Blues, invited me to experience the new “Summertime Blues” program on Mondays [...]

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Get ready for Roaring Nights at the L.A. Zoo

7/17/2014

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens presents a performance by the multi-faceted rock band Kiven, and DJ Caroline D’Amore, on Friday, July 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. as part of the “Roaring Nights” summer music series. Guests can also enjoy a dance party, food trucks, full-service bars, pop-up zookeeper talks, animal encounters and [...]

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Terranea’s mar’sel hosts cooking series dinner

7/17/2014

On Thursday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m., Terranea Resort will hold its fourth dinner in their Chef’s Cooking Series led by Executive Chef Bernard Ibarra. The dinner, themed “Fire and Water”, will feature dishes crafted to emphasize the best of what land and sea have to offer. Ibarra and his team have put together a [...]

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Pirates Invade Ventura Village

7/17/2014

The 9th annual “Pirate Days Festival” will be held on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ventura Harbor Village. The free festival attracts “pirates” of all ages who dress up for swashbuckling fun. This year’s theme is “Hook, Jack and Tinker”, with the introduction of a Tinker [...]

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