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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 [...] [...more]

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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 to approximately 1,450 customers at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Monday, and the power is [...] [...more]

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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 [...] [...more]

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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 [...] [...more]

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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 [...] [...more]

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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 [...] [...more]

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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 [...] [...more]

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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 [...] [...more]

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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 [...] [...more]

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

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