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AHF mourns MH17 crash victims

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 [...] [...more]

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Medians make their debut on Larchmont Boulevard

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 [...] [...more]

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Steps taken to improve pedestrian safety

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 [...] [...more]

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Nelson Mandela Day celebrated in L.A.

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 [...] [...more]

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WeHo commission delays decision on 8899 Beverly

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 [...] [...more]

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Academy taps new museum director

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 [...] [...more]

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Fallout from video of CHP beating continues

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 [...] [...more]

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Help them help Hollywood’s homeless

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 [...] [...more]

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Commission to mull WeHo condo project

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 [...] [...more]

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Morning fire guts industrial building

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, [...] [...more]

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