Archive | June, 2010

DNA Evidence Helps Solve 1983 Murder of Young Girl

On June 15, detectives assigned to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD), Cold Case Special Section, filed murder charges against Luis Garcia Villalvazo, for the 1983 murder of 8-year-old Victoria Denise Brown. On March 9, 1983, 8-year-old Victoria Brown finished school for the day and began her walk home. Witnesses, who knew her [...] [...more]

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LAPD Officer Pleads to Embezzlement

On June 15, detectives assigned to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD), Cold Case Special Section, filed murder charges against Luis Garcia Villalvazo, for the 1983 murder of 8-year-old Victoria Denise Brown. On March 9, 1983, 8-year-old Victoria Brown finished school for the day and began her walk home. Witnesses, who knew her [...] [...more]

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The History of Hollywood at The Polo Lounge

Driving up to the Beverly Hills Hotel for lunch, I am always impressed with the array of luxury automobiles parked in front. There are usually a Maybach, Mercedes, and Rolls Royce parked by the entrance. For years, a friend of mine and I celebrate our birthdays at the Polo Lounge with a delightful lunch. At [...] [...more]

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Father’s Day Dining Specials and More…

For the Dad who Loves Lobster! Every Sunday at the Water Grill, Executive Chef David LeFevre offers a 3-course, family-style Lobster Clam Bake feast. Start with a mixed green salad with shaved vegetables, followed by a 1¼ pound Maine lobster served with clams, mussels, potatoes, sweet corn and Linguica sausage. The meal ends with a [...] [...more]

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‘A-Team’ Explodes with B-Movie Goodness

Guilty pleasures. That’s the best way to understand “The A-Team”. When a tank falls from the sky and its occupants start firing straight down to slow the two-ton metal hunk’s momentum, “guilty pleasure” is the only framework that makes sense. Sure, this kind of big budget action may be a perfect example of the low [...] [...more]

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Caped Crusaders Corralled

On Tuesday morning, Hollywood Boulevard buzzed with camera flashes, as tourists snapped photographs of stars on the Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, or a new wax sculpture of Judy Garland that had just been unveiled outside of Madame Tussauds. Notably absent from the scene, however, were any of the masked performers, dressed up as [...] [...more]

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Grad Reaches the Top Despite Rough Start

On June 22, Hayoun Cho will graduate from Hollywood High School with a 4.1 GPA — better than an A average. He’s been accepted to the University of California, San Diego — the school he dreamed of attending. Except, he can’t attend, because he’s not a United States citizen. Though his family emigrated legally from [...] [...more]

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Pot Dispensaries on Melrose Close Their Doors

The City of Los Angeles’ long-anticipated medical marijuana ordinance went into effect Monday, and several dispensaries that were operating illegally in the Melrose area appear to have closed. Paul Lerner, co-founder of the Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch, said his group conducted a survey Monday evening of the nine dispensaries that were still operating in the [...] [...more]

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Bid to Designate Theatre as Historic Rejected

The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted 3-1 on June 3 to deny an application seeking to designate the Fairfax Theatre as a cultural historic resource. The Fairfax Theatre, which is located at the corner of Fairfax Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, has been closed since January after rain caused damage to the roof and ceiling. [...] [...more]

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Murder Victim Discovered in Car

On June 6, at 5:35am, Los Angeles Police Department Wilshire Area patrol officers responded to a radio call at a residence in the 2100 block of South 2nd Avenue after Otto Paiz, a 54-year-old resident of the Mid-city area, was found shot to death in his car. When officers arrived, they found Paiz in the [...] [...more]

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