AHF mourns MH17 crash victims

By Aaron Blevins, 7/24/2014

Six AIDS advocates and researchers killed en route to conference

With heavy hearts, officials with AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) on July 18 paid tribute to the AIDS/HIV advocates who died when a missile struck Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine the day prior. According to the airline, 283 passengers and 15 crewmembers were on the aircraft, which was heading to Kuala Lumpur International Airport from [...]

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Unrest in Mideast hits home in Los Angeles

By Aaron Blevins, 7/24/2014

Jewish Federation’s fund supports impacted civilians

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles held a community briefing conference call on the ongoing violence in Israel on Tuesday, when the Israeli offensive to stop rocket strikes reached its 16th day of operation. David Siegel, consulate general of Israel in Los Angeles, said the conflict originally began with the kidnapping of three Israeli [...]

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Medians make their debut on Larchmont Boulevard

By Edwin Folven, 7/24/2014

Project to spruce up community while improving safety

New flowers, shrubs and trees have added color to the north end of Larchmont Boulevard on three new street medians that were officially unveiled on July 17 between Rosewood and Melrose avenues. Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge, 4th District, was joined by community members and students from Page Private School at a dedication ceremony [...]

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Steps taken to improve pedestrian safety

By Edwin Folven, 7/24/2014

WeHo officials vote to use $15,000 for outreach campaign

The West Hollywood City Council on Monday approved a new public safety awareness campaign aimed a reducing the number of pedestrians who are struck by vehicles in the city. At the request of councilmen John Duran and John Heilman, the council approved $15,000 to create a new public outreach campaign warning about the dangers pedestrians [...]

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Nelson Mandela Day celebrated in L.A.

By Aaron Blevins, 7/24/2014

Officials unveil portrait on city’s Berlin Wall Monument

The city of Los Angeles celebrated Nelson Mandela Day last Friday in fitting fashion — by unveiling a portrait of the humanitarian on a portion of the Berlin Wall Monument, which has become a symbol of unity and reconciliation. The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles performed, and several speakers honored the legacy of [...]

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WeHo commission delays decision on 8899 Beverly

By Edwin Folven, 7/24/2014

Mixed-use project to be revisited on Aug. 7

The West Hollywood Planning Commission postponed its decision on a housing and retail project at 8899 Beverly Blvd. until Aug. 7 after the developer announced last minute alterations to the project’s design. The developer, Beverly Blvd. Associates LP, is seeking to renovate an existing 10-story office building at the site. The plans initially called for [...]

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Accused arsonist faces new court date

By Edwin Folven, 7/24/2014

Harry Burkhart, 27, allegedly set 52 fires during three-day span

A German national who is accused of starting dozens of fires in apartment building carports in Hollywood and West Hollywood over the New Years weekend in 2011 is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 12 for a preliminary hearing. Harry Burkhart, 27, faces 100 counts of arson and related charges, and has been in [...]

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Man sentenced to 620 years for robbery spree

By Edwin Folven, 7/24/2014

A convicted felon who authorities said has a long criminal history was sentenced to 620 years in prison on July 17 for his role in a series of violent takeover robberies throughout Los Angeles that started in October 2007. One of the robberies occurred at Lawry’s The Prime Rib restaurant at 100 N. La Cienega [...]

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Gunman convicted for murder outside nightclub

By Edwin Folven, 7/24/2014

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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Pinnock’s attorneys file suit against CHP

By Aaron Blevins, 7/24/2014

Commissioner Farrow, unnamed officer listed as defendants

Attorneys representing Marlene Pinnock have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner Joe Farrow and the unnamed CHP officer who was caught on video beating Pinnock on the side of the freeway on July 1. According to the CHP, the officer used force after attempting to stop Pinnock from walking [...]

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Stabbing suspect to attend competency hearing

By Edwin Folven, 7/24/2014

Prosecutors are attempting to retry a suspect who is accused of stabbing to death a counselor at a former Job Corps facility in Hollywood in 2012. A hearing has been scheduled on July 29 to assess the suspect’s mental competency, which is a prerequisite in the process leading to a new trial A jury deadlocked [...]

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New center to encompass ‘tikkun olam’

By Aaron Blevins, 7/24/2014

Wilshire Boulevard Temple begins next phase of renovations

The Wilshire Boulevard Temple on Sunday celebrated the groundbreaking of its Karsh Family Social Service Center, which will provide essential services to the neighborhood, possibly as soon as winter 2015. The temple recently celebrated the restoration of its sanctuary, and officials are now looking forward to the next phase of work. Officials will renovate the [...]

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Vehicle shears off fire hydrant on 6th Street

By Edwin Folven, 7/24/2014

A driver crashed into a fire hydrant near the corner of 6th Street and Irving Boulevard on Tuesday morning, shearing off the hydrant and sending water gushing into the air near the mayor of Los Angeles’ official residence at Getty House. The collision occurred at approximately 7:20 a.m., and firefighters and Department of Water and [...]

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Water main rupture disrupts traffic

By Edwin Folven, 7/24/2014

A water main rupture near Santa Monica Boulevard and Highland Avenue caused a small sinkhole that closed the intersection on Monday, causing extensive traffic delays in the surrounding area. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) crews responded to the incident at approximately 9:40 a.m., DWP spokeswoman Michelle Vargas said. A 12-inch water main [...]

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Schiff praises executive order on LGBT discrimination

7/24/2014

President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors and agencies from discriminating against employees on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), vice chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus (Equality Caucus), supports the president’s decision. Schiff earlier led an effort urging Obama to issue such [...]

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Senators author bill on breast cancer reporting

7/24/2014

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) have introduced the Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act, which would improve breast cancer detection by requiring mammogram reports to include whether a woman has dense tissue, so she can discuss with her doctor if she should seek additional screening. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) has introduced similar [...]

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LAUSD supports president’s education initiative

7/24/2014

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) superintendent John Deasy and Board of Education vice president Steve Zimmer joined President Barack Obama on July 21 for an announcement on the president’s plan to change the educational outcomes for African American and Latino boys and young men, beginning in preschool. Deasy and Zimmer joined representatives from a [...]

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La Ventura: Innovative Mexican cuisine in Studio City

By Jill Weinlein, 7/24/2014

Jeffrey Saad, owner of La Ventura Mexican restaurant in Studio City, is charming with a handsome smile. The restaurant opened in the space where Outtake Cafe was located. Saad guided our dining group to a table in the intimate dining area. No wonder the Food Network and the Cooking Channel have cast him in cooking [...]

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Restaurant News

By Jill Weinlein, 7/24/2014

Shots of Tequila at La Cuevita La Cuevita, an old-world Mexican grotto in Highland Park known for its vast tequila and mezcal selection, is celebrating National Tequila Day today, July 24, with tequila old-fashioned cocktails priced at $5. The drinks are made with Sino Irish tequila, which is aged in Irish whiskey barrels. 5922 N. [...]

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