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Celebrating 40 Years

AROUNDTOWN Council to Honor Jan Perry

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nly two more weeks remain in the tenure of Ninth District Councilwoman Jan Perry. Before she leaves, she is being honored in City Hall. On Tuesday, June 18, the council and many of the people she served and worked with will pay heed to Perry, who for most of her 12 years in office represented the vast majority of Downtown Los Angeles (before the redistricting that took place last year). The council session begins at 10 a.m., and there will be a reception beforehand and a larger celebration at 11 a.m. Perry, 58, was first elected in 2001, and during her three terms was a key player in nearly every major issue and development in Downtown, from the creation of L.A. Live to finding resources, including dollars for housing projects, to combat homelessness. She won election three times, though failed to make the runoff in the March mayoral primary. She will be termed out July 1.

June 17, at 9 a.m. The debut of the $8 million facility — $5 million for land acquisition and $3 million for construction — happened about a month earlier than originally planned because Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wanted the park to come online before his term ends July 1, said Patti Berman, who heads the nonprofit slated to operate the park. The attraction at 426 S. Spring St., between the El Dorado and Rowan lofts, features a fountain, a lawn, trees, a playground and curved benches. Work on the project began in 2009 after Downtown Properties, which developed the condominium buildings on either side, sold what was then a parking lot to the city. Berman’s organization Friends of the Old Bank District Gardens is expected to run the park, which will be a public facility. Mike Shull, a superintendent with the Department of Recreation and Parks, said a three-year agreement with the nonprofit group is going before the department’s Board of Commissioners for approval on June 19.

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include Nashville and Nine to Five. Tomlin, though, is also a staunch animal rights activist and her latest cause is concentrated on Downtown. Tomlin last week announced a donation in an effort to spay and neuter feral cats in Skid Row (she declined to disclose the amount). The poverty laden neighborhood has long been home to colonies of wild felines. The cats are fed and cared for by volunteers, including the nonprofit Voice for the Animals Foundation, which will oversee the spay/neuter effort. Voice for the Animals has been involved in past efforts in Skid Row, including the relo-

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cation of 26 kittens and two adult cats from a church parking lot last year.

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or those who remember life in Downtown Los Angeles before the residential revolution, the wonders never cease. Among the shocking twists is the community’s emergence as a hub for movie going. Today Downtown has a 14-screen megaplex with 3D capabilities. We have another theater with some of the most adventurous independent fare in the region. Now the community is the site for numerous festivals, including the current Los Angeles Film Festival, which is screening some 200 features, documentaries and shorts through July 23. It is mindboggling because there was a time, not all that long ago, when Downtown was just about the last place in the world you would go to see a movie. The once grand palaces on Broadway slowly shuttered, and although a couple theaters still showed films in the mid-’90s, the venues were bedraggled. The basement of the Marriott Hotel at Third and Figueroa streets had four screens operated by the Laemmle chain, but by the early 2000s much of their charm was gone. The easier and more common place to catch a film was in Glendale or Los Feliz. About the only decent game in town was the Last Remaining Seats series organized by the Los Angeles Conservancy. The preservationist organization lured a couple thousand people for a handful of summer Wednesday night events; most attendees would park in lots, watch a classic film in a historic theater, then climb back in their car and head home. We all patted ourselves on the back for being part of the experience, but with hindsight it’s obvious how limited the night was. Today, the shortfalls of the past can barely be fathomed. The Regal Cinemas that opened at L.A. Live in 2009 changed everything, giving locals, workers and tourists a place to catch the biggest blockbusters. The theater has allowed Downtown to hold red carpet premieres and serve as the headquarters of the Los Angeles Film Festival, now in its fourth year of luring more than 80,000 people to Downtown. Many of the visitors have a drink or a meal somewhere before the film or after the credits roll. The Downtown Independent, meanwhile, has held its own, recovering from a shaky beginning as the ImaginAsian Center. It’s hard to think of a one-screen movie house in Los Angeles with a more diverse lineup. The evolving community has attracted other festivals. Next month the opening gala for Outfest, a 31-year-old gay and lesbian-oriented event, will take place at the Orpheum Theatre on Broadway. REDCAT will hold additional screenings. Then there is the really shocking turn: Downtown now has four outdoor summer film series. Pershing Square, Los Angeles State Historic Park, a former produce warehouse and even a rooftop at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College are among the destinations for al fresco cinema. People actually drive Downtown so they can see a movie under the stars. Today the Last Remaining Seats (which continues through the end of the month) doesn’t feel quite so radical anymore. Yet it too is trying new things: It recently moved off Broadway and screened My Fair Lady in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Another unexpected venue for films. Nice.

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few outreach meetings organized by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority the other week were sparsely attended. That’s unfortunate, because the subject of those sessions — when, where and for how long construction crews can work on the Regional Connector — is among the most important issues facing Downtown Los Angeles over the next five years. The Regional Connector is vital to the future of Downtown, but before it powers into the construction phase, the community deserves to know more about what officials want permission to do. If ever there were a situation where the devil is in the details, this is it. We know the good that will come from the Regional Connector, but we also know from past experience that Downtown needs to be protected from the tumult that can result when the ground is torn up and tunnel boring machines begin working. We want Metro to proceed as quickly as possible, but we can’t just trust that things will work out. The best intentions cannot be allowed to undermine the health of some major Downtown buildings and businesses. Los Angeles Downtown News last week reported on Metro’s ramp-up for the Regional Connector. The underground project would be a sort of missing link in the region’s mass transit system, allowing riders to get where they want to go easier and faster than is now possible. For instance, with the $1.366 billion Connector in place, someone could travel from Pasadena to Long Beach without having to transfer. Currently a rider has to change trains twice. The project will require major infrastructure upheaval. That’s partly why, even today, the development is not slated to open before 2019. Having tunneled and built train lines throughout the region, Metro and its watchdogs are aware of precisely what kinds of challenges and potential complications lie ahead. Metro has already held dozens of public meetings on various aspects of the project, and we expect dozens more will occur in the coming years. Currently, the agency is seeking permits to work on the Regional Connector 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Getting those permits, which would be granted by the Los Angeles Police Commission, requires an outreach effort, even if the community does not have to be overwhelmingly supportive of the project. Hence a series of four recent meetings, with three tied to station locations and the other for stakeholders on Flower Street. Metro brass have said they don’t expect to have non-stop construction. Instead, they are requesting the permits, officials said,

because they want to preserve future flexibility, allowing contractors to put in extra time should it be required. We don’t doubt Metro’s intent. Although the agency is sometimes a target for criticism, it has done many admirable things for Los Angeles. The Gold Line is one of numerous fabulous additions to Downtown. Metro is full of people working hard to make the region more navigable and livable. That said, at this point we cannot support an open ticket to work 24 hours. It is incumbent on Metro to come back to the community members who have objected and to have a specific list of what sort of work could be allowed at what time, how often and for what duration. Almost everyone has dealt with losing a night’s sleep due to noise outside a window. Losing more than one night’s sleep opens the door to serious complications, including health issues. Downtown residents and business owners near the construction sites deserve to know specifics. For example, what kind of activities could occur after dark within two blocks of a residential complex in the Historic Core or Little Tokyo? How will complaints be reported and resolved? The list goes on. The problem is, once contracts are handed out, Metro may find its authority limited. If a construction chief has to choose between meeting a deadline that has a financial incentive or bothering a few residents, you can bet the neighbors will be the least of the concerns. Part of the reason the permits deserve such close scrutiny is what happened a few decades ago. During the construction of the Metro Red Line, huge portions of Seventh Street were blocked off and torn up. Although the work was expected to be limited in time and scope, it endured seemingly forever. Many businesses died during construction. Protections must be taken to ensure there is not even the chance of a repeat of that or 24-hour construction noise. As stated above, we want the Regional Connector to happen. We also want it to open by the anticipated 2019 date, and we don’t pretend that can occur without some shake-ups on the street. People and businesses will be inconvenienced. The key is to do minimize the inconveniences. Mutual respect is a necessity. Part of achieving a careful balance is knowing precisely what construction is allowed to occur and when. Metro should be transparent and honest with area stakeholders. Only when all the facts are presented should a decision on granting the permits be made.


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Lots of Suggestions for Eric Garcetti Telling the Next Mayor How to Run L.A. Is the New Black by Jon Regardie executive editor

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ith Eric Garcetti’s inauguration rapidly approaching, there is no shortage of unsolicited advice for what Los Angeles needs. Which is wonderful, because if there’s one thing an incoming mayor wants after an election in which only one out of five eligible people voted, it’s the other four telling him what to do. Some act as if Garcetti hasn’t pondered what happens after his July 1 swearing in, and have pointed suggestions regarding THE REGARDIE REPORT

transportation. Others purport to know just what he should do about the environment. A few folks believe they have the best advice ever on architecture and density. The list goes on, even if almost everyone is pushing a personal agenda. Since telling the next mayor what to do is the new black, I decided to offer my own concepts. With inspiration from his election-abetting Super PAC, the beautifully named Lots of People Who Support Eric Garcetti (really), here are lots of ideas to make Los Angeles the safest, most environmentally friendly, most super-awesome city ever. Get a Monkey Butler: A mayor needs someone who will do what he asks and never leak information to the press. Political aides can only guarantee one of those. A monkey butler, however, can handle both. Garcetti should hire a monkey butler who can wear a cute outfit and do things like fetch coffee, grab pens and, should the need arise, leap from the rafters and bite the ear of Councilman Paul Koretz. The monkey butler should be named José Huizar Jr. Not only would this accomplish important work goals, but a monkey butler would show that Los Angeles has a leader who thinks outside the box. This could also be a pilot program, at least until things go all Planet of the Apes or DWP union boss Brian D’Arcy decides to try to organize them. Yes, José Huizar Jr. the monkey butler would have to wear a diaper. But he probably wouldn’t be the first one in City Hall to do so.

Watch Out for Wesson: The mayor is theoretically the most powerful person in Los Angeles. However, City Council President Herb Wesson has already thrown down the gauntlet, indicating that, like Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction, he will not be ignored. At a Central City Association luncheon in March, Wesson told about 300 of Downtown’s business elite, “You can rest assured that when you go talk to the mayor, whoever that is, you better come talk to me, because I’m going to be an equal partner, the council will be. We’re not going to be a junior partner.” Wesson is the closest thing Los Angeles has to an elected Machiavelli, and I think I mean that as a compliment. With his grip on the council strengthened by having helped engineer the election of several new members (stand up and say hi, Curren Price and Gil Cedillo), he’s got troops at his back. Garcetti needs to be wary and let folks know that he is in charge. His relationship with Wesson will be one of the most interesting stories of the new mayor’s first 100 days. Hire Mayor Tommy Carcetti: The character Aidan Gillen played on “The Wire” was fictional, but every Angeleno who adored the show can’t help but think that Baltimore Mayor Tommy Carcetti (double hard Cs) was based on then L.A. Councilman Eric Garcetti. “Wire” creator David Simon has repeatedly denied this, but so what? It’d be awesome if Carcetti was chief of staff to Garcetti. If that’s a stretch, then they should at least do a YouTube video together, perhaps with Garcetti playing piano. Plus, just think of the sprawling, instant classic 17-minute speech Councilman Tom LaBonge would make the day the two of them appear together in City Hall. OK, I admit this idea isn’t fully baked, but there’s gotta be something here, right? Right? Activate the Cleantech Zone: One of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s biggest screw-ups was failing to launch the Cleantech Manufacturing Center on the eastern edge of Downtown. The 20-acre property has since been sold to Trammell Crow, and this overlooked territory could be a cat-

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Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti is getting inundated with unsolicited advice. He will be sworn in July 1.

alyst for a new area where people make things. With a declining manufacturing base in the city, this is potentially a major employment zone, particularly if there are smart financial incentives and tax breaks for new businesses. Garcetti should piggyback on Trammell Crow’s effort (even if the cleantech requirement, always kind of squishy, gives way to general manufacturing) and ensure the area has the required infrastructure. This territory could support a bunch of 21st century uses, whether cleantech, biotech or secret CIA prisons. Make Trutanich Battering Rams: Speaking of making things, Garcetti could launch a factory that manufactures Carmen Trutanich battering rams, which could be sold to police forces across the country. With Nuch’s noggin on the smash zone they’d be so much more entertaining than the current plain black battering rams, and if scientists can find polymers that replicate the hardheadedness of the outgoing City Attorney, then the closed doors of ticket scalpers, city council members and billboard companies wouldn’t stand a chance. This is a certain moneymaker for the city. Keep Miguel Santana: Garcetti has said all department general managers will have to re-apply for their job. Not a bad idea. Still, whatever happens, he should ignore the pleas of labor leaders and hold tight to City Administrative Officer see Garcetti, page 26

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Zoning Code Rewrite Has Major Downtown Implications Five-Year Process Will Update 1946 Document and Could Bring Relief to Frustrated Real Estate Industry by Ryan VaillancouRt staff wRiteR

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rom parks and schools to apartment buildings and office high-rises, two documents — the city Zoning Code and neighborhood-specific Community Plans — regulate every detail of what can and cannot be built in the

city. The problem is, both rulebooks are badly outdated. Now, those two guides for growth are about to get major updates. The implications for Downtown Los Angeles in particular will be huge. On Tuesday, June 11, the City Council approved a $5 million, five-year contract with Austin-based Code Studio

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to lead a rewrite of the zoning code, the set of building and planning laws that is supposed to implement Los Angeles’ 35 Community Plans. The code has not been overhauled since 1946. Back then the code was a 46-page pamphlet. Over the past 67 years, lawmakers have enacted reams of ordinances and special area-specific guidelines. Now, the zoning code is a disjointed, 600-page book of complicated municipalese. Many of the core rules were codified just after WWII, when city planners would not have considered that L.A. might one day have a subway system, a desperate need for affordable housing, or want to encourage residential growth and recreational access along the Los Angeles River. The first manifestation of the code reform process is a new city website, recode.la., that launched last week. People can submit ideas and stay informed about public meetings. In July, officials will start the update of the Downtown Community Plan, which has not been modernized since 2003. The separate but parallel initiative will also draw heavily from community input. While the verbiage can sound complicated, think of the community plan as a visionary document: It might emphasize a desire for a particular land use in a neighborhood — say more creative office space in the Arts District. The zoning code is the technical document that implements and enforces the goal. When they conflict, the code generally wins out. This has proved problematic in Downtown, where some land-use rules conceived in 1946 no longer make sense. For example, the zoning code dictates that new hotels require a conditional use permit, which triggers a lengthy approvals process that can discourage interest from a builder. That is antithetical to Downtown circa 2013, as the city is now trying to encourage hotel growth in the area. Or, take the Arts District, where some areas zoned for industrial operations with heavy mechanical uses would still allow a slaughterhouse. Given the neighborhood’s evolution into a residential hub, said City Planning Director Michael Logrande, heavy operations may no longer be compatible. That could be reflected in a new code, he said. Downtown Goes First The city doesn’t anticipate having its new zoning code until 2018, because rewriting the document will require extensive outreach to the myriad distinct neighborhoods that comprise Los Angeles. Downtown, however, won’t have to wait as long. The first two years of the process will focus on overhauling the part of the document that deals specifically with Downtown. Logrande said that stems in part from the fact that the Central City is already a development hub, and is best positioned to take advantage of a new code that encourages smart growth. “We think Downtown has the most potential for economic vitality and growth for the future and we wanted [zoning code reform] to be a catalyst, to work with the market forces that are so strong,” Logrande said. The primary objective of code reform is to amend the rules so it is easier for a developer to build the types of projects that stakeholders in an area want and harder to build projects that conflict with the updated Community Plan, Logrande said. In the land-use world, the easiest projects are the ones that are “by right,” because they follow all the existing rules and don’t need special permissions known as variances from the see Zoning Code, page 28


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The Scottsboro Boys

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Minstrel shows are not politically correct. Yet in The Scottsboro Boys, they are both entertaining and the cause of deep thought and analysis. The last musical from John Kander and Fred Ebb had only a short run on Broadway in 2010, but the production at the Ahmanson Theatre through June 30 is powerful and imaginative, thanks to the direction and choreography by Susan Stroman and some standout performances, including Trent Armand Kendall and JC Montgomery (shown here). The plot concerns the fate of nine African-American teens falsely accused of raping two white women, and the legal and societal twists that followed. A heady topic, yes, but it works. At 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-4400 or centertheatregroup.org.

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Grand OzOmatli atPerfOrmance Ozomatli isn’t just an L.A. band. Instead, like X or The Doors, it’s a band that exemplifies an era in L.A. The beloved group mashes together hip-hop, rock, Latin rhythms and more, and their energetic shows have become something of a local legend. The 18-yearold group’s Aug. 2 date at Grand Performances is tied in to the Songs in the Key of L.A. exhibit, and if this show is like any past dates at the same venue, then 1) it will be hard to keep people out of the fountain in front of the stage, and 2) the Cal Plaza Watercourt may actually shake from the thousands of folks dancing. Warm up for the show by checking out the video “Balloon Fest,” a song from Ozokids, their children’s music side project. At 350 S. Grand Ave., (213) 687-2159 or grandperformances.org.

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You’d be hard-pressed to find someone whose favorite Beatle was Ringo Starr. That said, the drummer has plenty of fans, and many of them are heading to L.A. Live’s Grammy Museum to check out Ringo: Peace and Love, which opened June 12. The show highlights Starr’s career, with everything from the drum kit he played on Abbey Road and Let it Be to the cape he wore in the film Help! There are photos, videos, documents, personal letters and even an interactive element where a virtual Ringo gives a drum lesson. It’s enough to make you forget Pete Best. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or grammymuseum.org.

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SAT JUL 13 @8PM SongFest Sings America: Celebrating Leonard Bernstein CO-PRESENTED BY SONGFEST

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Staples Center will be jammed with the 12and-under set July 10-16, when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus takes over for 14 performances. As always, it’s three rings of spectacle, with elephants, clowns, lions and tigers. Other highlight acts in the show titled Built to Amaze! include the Kiev Aerial Enchantresses (lots of hanging upside down in rings), the Trampoline Tower Tumblers (10 Ukrainians bouncing up and down a three-story structure) and the King Charles Troupe, who dunk basketballs on unicycles. Take that, Blake Griffin. At 1111 S. Figueroa St., (888) 9AXS-TIX or axs.com.

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Angelenos will be able to learn a lot more about themselves when Becoming Los Angeles opens at the Natural History Museum. The 14,000-square-foot exhibit debuts July 14 and looks at 500 years of local history by examining the city’s culture and ecology. The show is broken into six major sections: the preSpanish period, the Spanish

Mission era, the Mexican Rancho era, the early years of the American pe period, the late 19th and early 20th cen century, and Los Angeles as a global city. Items in Becoming Los Angeles include a cross from Mission San Gabriel and a sword from the Mexican War of Independence. There will also be videos and interactive components. At 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 7633466 or nhm.org.

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There has never been a film like The Warriors. The 1979 Walter Hill movie tells the story of a Coney Island street gang trying to get back home after they are accused of murdering a charismatic leader. There are elements of Homer’s Odyssey, as well as plenty of leather vests. The film will be screened Aug. 24 on a rooftop at L.A. Trade-Tech as part of the new venue-hopping series Eat See Hear. A band will play at 7 p.m., a battery of food trucks will be on hand and the film will roll at 8 p.m. It is one of many cool Eat See Hear films in Downtown this summer: Other highlights include Boogie Nights at Trade Tech on June 29 and Stripes at Los Angeles State Historic Park on July 6 At 400 W. Washington Blvd. or eatseehear.com.

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American Ballet Theatre is based in New York, but it’s got a solid anchor in Downtown Los Angeles — the five performances July 11-14 mark its 16th visit to the Music Center. Four of the upcoming shows feature Le Corsaire, the 1856 work that debuted in Paris and is full of pirates, slave girls and action. Think Captain Jack Sparrow, but with less Keith Richards and more terpsichorean splendor. The choreography comes from Anna-Marie Holmes (building on the work of Marius Petipa and Konstantin Sergeyez), with a new production design by Christian Prego. The run includes two matinees. At 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-0711 or musiccenter.org.


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Summer’s Top 40 So you think you can ondo dance and believe your bon is the bomb? Prove it on Aug. 23, when the Music Center’s Dance Downtown series focuses on the traditional Japanese dance forms. The ondo/bon night runs from 6:30-10 p.m. on the Music Center Plaza, and the event courtesy of the Active Arts series is free. It is open to beginners and there are complimentary dance lessons. BTW: Dance Downtown takes place every other Friday night through Sept. 6. Additional summer highlights include K-Pop on July 12 and disco on Aug. 9. At 135 N. Grand Ave. or musiccenter.org.

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With his eponym ous exhibit, Urs Fischer turns M OCA’s Grand Avenue campus in to a big, fun playground. There’s a life-size house where the surfaces are covered entirely with bread lo aves. There’s a cut-open wheel of Swiss cheese and a six-foot-high mirr ored cube with coffee and orange juice inside. Or check out the crudely made plywood chair, a collapsing be d that looks like a painted marshmall ow and a kids’ fort fabricated from terra cotta bricks. The Urs Fischer hijin ks continue at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary space, where the artis t teamed with a mass of volunteers to create a forest of sculptural expressio n, all in gray, unfired clay. Watch ou t for the shark’s mouth rising out of the floor. At 250 S. Grand Ave. and 152 N. Central Ave., (2 13) 626-6222 or moca.org.

At the Orpheum theAtre If you’re a real guitar fan, then one of your many six-string altars is dedicated to Joe Satriani. He’s been a guitar hero since long before “Guitar Hero,” and on Aug. 31 he brings his impressive chops, along with a full band, to the Orpheum Theatre. Last month he dropped his 14th album, Unstoppable Momentum, so expect wizardry from that as well as standout works such as the 1987 recording Surfing With the Alien. Satriani has played with everyone from Mick Jagger to Deep Purple and has an all-star side project in Chickenfoot. He’ll do things with that axe that you wish you could. At 842 S. Broadway, (877) 6774386 or ticketmaster.com.

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Nike’s 3 on 3 hoops tourney returns to L.A. Live Aug. 9-11. The fifth annual installment of the weekend basketball bonanza attracts teams from around the country to vie for bragging rights and an array of prizes, including cash. Teams compete in several divisions, among them a wheelchair category and subsets for youth players. Dozens of half-courts are set up all around L.A. Live, along Chick Hearn Court and on Nokia Plaza. The event is free for spectators, who in addition to viewing the competition can take in a slam-dunk contest, celebrity games and other special events. Keep your eyes open for Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. At 777 Chick Hearn Court or nike3on3.com.

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The X Games are back, bro! The highest-flying competition in extreme sports touches down again in Downtown Aug. 1-4. It’s the 11th consecutive year that the Summer X Games will root down in L.A., though next year the ESPN-owned event will pick a new city. So, here’s your last chance to take in activities like streetstyle and half-pipe skateboarding, freestyle BMX biking and indoor Moto X (that’s guys doing big air backflips and such on dirt bikes). The terrifyingly huge outdoor skate ramp will return, but rallycross and other car racing events this year move to the Irwindale Speedway. Bummer, dude. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd. or xgames.com.

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Dog Day Afternoon, which barks up a storm July 10, is sort of like a Dr. Seuss event: There are big dogs and little dogs, black dogs and white dogs, quiet dogs and loud dogs, and so on. The event hosted by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels is also one of Downtown’s great community-building happenings, as more than 2,000 living creatures (slightly more humans than pets) get out and congregate. Humans talk to each other, dogs sniff each other and everyone peruses the booths from local pet stores. The free event runs from 6-9 p.m. Only social dogs, please. At 555 W. Temple St. or downtownla.com/dogday.

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Is sheet music interesting? It is in Songs in the Key of L.A. L.A., a multi-pronged exploration from the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. The thrust of Songs is an exhibit that opens July 1 in the Central Library — it will showcase sheet music from the LAPL’s 50,000-piece collection, which USC professor Josh Kun and a group of his students spent more than a year exam examining. There is also an accompanying book, a July 18 event at Aloud (with the musical guest Quetzal) and the Aug. 2 Grand Performances date with Ozomatli. The sheet music ranges from the 1850s to the 1950s and covers everything from pop to jazz to Mexican folk to blues. Read it and play. At 630 W. Fifth St. and other locations, or lapl.org.

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Perhaps the most peculiar event of the summer at the Walt Disney Concert Hall transpires on July 20. Forget Dudamel, because this is the night that the L.A. Lawyers Philharmonic performs. This collection of judges, lawyers, law students and legal staff join together to perform classical music, including Antonín Dvorák’s Symphony from the New World, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and selections from the Verdi operas Il Trovatore and Nabucco. This is the only concert in town where you can hear arias and have anyone in the band explain Habeas Corpus. Attendees are encouraged to turn off their cell phones or be held in contempt. At 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or lalawyersphil.org.

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At the CAliforniA AfriCAn AmeriCAn museum The vast majority of Africans ensnared in the trans-Atlantic slave trade ended up in South America and the Caribbean, includ including the island of Cuba. In the ongoing exhibition Afrodescendientes, the California African American Museum explores the descendants of slaves in the island nation through the lens of Roberto Chile, the staff photographer under Fidel photo Castro from 1984-2006. The collection of photographs focuses on the Afrocubans of Guanabacoa, the township where slave ships arrived to clean and prepare their captors for sale in Havana. The show is up through Oct. 13. Also on display during the same period is Things That Cannot Be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendives. At 600 State Dr., (213) 744-7432 or caamuseum.org.

EXTRAVAGACHI! FRESNO OPERA AND ORCHESTRA SUMMER ACADEMY Thomas Loewenheim, Artistic Director Scott Piper, Anthony Radford, Co-Artistic Directors with SAN LUIS OBISPO YOUTH SYMPHONY Nancy Nagano, Conductor tHe musiC Center’s Walt Disney ConCert Hall

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Angeles FYF F e s tAtStateLosHistoric Park The 32-acre park near Chinatown will close at the end of the year for a long renovation, but it’s finishing the summer concert season with a very loud bang. The FYF Fest, a two-day show with nearly 60 bands and comedians, returns to the park on the edge of Chinatown Aug. 24-25. Tens of thousands of young folks will come out to rock out. Saturday headliners are New York indie rockers Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TV on the Radio. That day also holds the return of 1990s alt rockers The Breeders (shown here, in 1990s mode). Sunday’s big names include fuzzmasters My Bloody Valentine, MGMT, Washed Out and Beach House. At 1245 N. Spring St. or fyffest.com.

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Grand Park opened last summer and is quickly emerging as the central gathering point Downtown Los Angeles has long lacked. The trend continues on July 4, with an Independence Day block party that starts at 3 p.m. and goes well into the night. Kids will splash in the fountain and revelers will grab spots on the lawn. Picnics are encouraged and, according to the website, so are puppies (we assume adult dogs are also welcome). Bands will play, Anthony Valadez of KCRW will host and food trucks including Greasy Weiner and S’cream Balls will be on hand. It all leads up to some after-dark pyrotechnics. At 200 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-8080 or grandparkla.org.

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There is no better festival featuring films dealing with LGBT stories than Outfest. Once again, the celebration, now in its 31st year, is coming to Downtown, with screenings from July 11-21. The 2013 festival opens with Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s C.O.G., based on a short story by David Sedaris; the gala evening at the Orpheum Theatre includes the presentation of the Outfest Achievement Award to director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry). Films take place at a number of venues across the city, with a healthy handful of features, screenings and events at REDCAT, including the Polish drama In the Name of (shown here) on July 20. That’s just the beginning of the fun. At 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or outfest.org.

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Some Downtowners put a lot of time into making the paper boats that they race across the fountain at City National Plaza. Time, however, does not necessarily produce speed. That said, it sparks plenty of fun at the fundraiser staged by engineering/consulting firm Psomas. The beneficiary of the June 27 event is Downtown’s coming Metro Charter Elementary School. The pintsized yachts will be propelled by huge fans. There is also music, a silent auction, food and entertainment. This is probably the only chance all year that Downtown landlubbers have to win a sailing trophy. At Fifth and Flower streets or psomas.com. photo by Eva Vermandel On June 30, arts and cultur e pro mo ter Gr een Ga lac tic cel ebr ate s 20 years in L.A. with live sets by three internationally known electronic music pioneers. The action at the Cal Plaza Watercourt starts with Pole, the nom d’art of Berliner and glitch master Stefan Betke, a contemporary of the UK’s post-techno duo Plaid. At GrAnd PerformA nces Basically, these guys have been cutting up electronic bea ts into frisky rhythms since Skr illex was in diapers. They’ll sha the Grand Performances stag re e with L.A.’s own techno pro ducer John Tejada (who, inc tally, is married to Green Ga idenlactic founder Lynn Tejada). Other Grand Performances hig lights include funk godfathers hRufus with the BlackLight All -Stars on July 20 and the El Gu Orchestra on Aug. 10. sto At 350 S. Grand Ave., (213) 687 -2159 or grandperformances.org.

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You may have seen Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly during its runs at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. But you’ve never seen it at Good Samaritan Hospital. You will on June 29-30, when the Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera (not to be confused with L.A. Opera) mounts two 3 p.m. matinees in the hospital’s All Souls Chapel. The story of Cio-Cio San, a young Japanese woman, and her relarela tionship with American Naval officer Lt. Pinkerton will be presented in an intimate space, without audio amplification. It’s part of L.A. Met Opera’s belief that the art form should be accessible. It’s affordable too, with seats just $25 (in advance; $35 at the door). Since it’s a hospital, ask about the opera-appendectomy special (joking!). At Good Samaritan Hospital At 637 Lucas Ave., (310) 570-6448 or losangelesmet.com. photo courtesy of Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera

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Outstanding art Of televisiOn COstume design The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising has a special appreciation for hit television shows. Specifically, the South Park museum has an eye for the custom costumes that give programs like “Game of Thrones” its characteristic aesthetic. So, every summer the museum fills its galleries with mannequins decked out in the threads used on the previous year’s most popular shows. This summer, the exhibition goes up on July 30 and continues through Oct. 19. The featured shows in the always-free exhibition will include “Thrones” (again), “Girls,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Nashville.” At 919 S. Grand Ave., Suite 250, (213) 623-5821 or fidmmuseum.org.

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Hubbard street + lines Ballet At the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion You know how great chocolate and peanut butter are together? The dance equivalent of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup comes to Downtown June 21-23, when 16 members of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago join 12 dancers from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet for a performance titled Azimuth. The work in nine sections combines contemporary dance styles with classical ballet. As King, the choreographer said, “If you look at shapes, steps and movement as living things your approach to them changes.” Also on the bill during the three performances (including a Sunday matinee) are Hubbard Street’s “Little Mortal Jump” and LINES Ballet’s “Scheherazade.” At 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-0711 or musiccenter.org.

The collapse in 1928 of William Mulholland’s St. Francis Dam has become one of the most infamous moments in the history of Los Angeles. The topic gets another airing, complete with historic perspective, at the Central Library on July 23 as part of the Aloud speaker series. “Catastrophe in California: A Reappraisal of the St. Francis Dam Collapse” features author Rebecca Solnit and historians William Deverell and Donald Jackson. It is part of a packed summer. Other Aloud highlights include the June 18 event “A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat, and a Murder in Paris,” with writer Jonathan Kirsch, and the July 18 happening “Yet Do I Marvel: Black Iconic Poets of the 20th Century.” At 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7500 or lfla.org.

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Downtown Art Walk

The monthly Downtown Art Walk is not the intimate event it was seven years ago. These days, Art Walk is a massive party, with some galleries opening their doors and a bunch of bars and restaurant doing big business. While some people complain about the lost past, for the vast majority of the crowd it’s simply a fun time in Downtown L.A. The tens of thousands of people who hit the Central City on warm summer nights both boost the economy (Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!) and continue to convince the world that Downtown is a thriving after-dark hub. The center of the action is the Art Walk Lounge at 634 S. Spring St. Summer events are July 11, Aug. 8 and Sept. 12. At downtownartwalk.org.

A Parallelogram At the Mark Taper Forum

Playwright Bruce Norris has a serious rep, and his Clybourne Park, which hit the Mark Taper Forum in 2012, showed why: Downtown News called it “fresh, often uncomfortably funny and fearless.” Expect more of the same in A Parallelogram, which runs July 10-Aug. 18. The show, which premiered in 2010 at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, concerns a couple, Jay and Bee. The catch: Bee thinks she can see the future. The play has jumps in time and plenty of unpredictable twists. Don’t try to figure out where the show starring Tom Irwin and Marin Ireland is going — just enjoy the ride. At 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-4400 or centertheatregroup.org.

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At the Doll Factory The season is underway for the ladies of the banked track. Los Angeles Derby Dolls is actually made up of four teams, and they have four big summer events. The highlight may be July 13, as the roller derby match is part of TwentyWonder, a fundraiser that benefits individuals suffering from Down Syndrome (wrestling and live music are also on the bill). It’s back to a (mem regular match on Aug. 10 when the Varsity Brawlers (members include Long Island Lolita and Fleetwood Smack) take on the Fight Crew (look for Broadzilla and Skeev Jobs). Two weeks later the Tough Cookies (Gori Spelling and Suzy Snakeyes) battle the Sirens (The Jeneral and Raven Seaward). Expect big hits, ladies falling down and flying through the air, and crowds that really get into the action. At 1910 W. Temple St. or derbydolls.com.


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The Bronzeville era has been largely forgotten. Fortunately, Project Bronzeville, which runs through June 30, is a reminder of the period in World War II when Japanese-Americans were moved out of Little Tokyo and placed in internment camps, and African Americans took over. The Robey Theatre Company explores the era in the play Bronzeville, which is at the LATC (514 S. Spring St.) June 29-July 21, and the Union Center of the Arts (120 Judge John Aiso St.) has an exhibition of work by Kathy Foley-Meyer through June 30. There is also a panel discussion June 22 at the Downtown Independent (251 S. Main St.) and a June 23 jazz date at the Blue Whale (123 Astronaut ES Onizuka St.) with the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble. Learn something you never knew about the community you see almost every day. At projectbronzeville.com.

Wow! Wow! Wow! The fine folks at Pershing Square are outdoing themselves with the 2013 edition of the Downtown Stage, their series of seven Saturday night concerts. The highlight is Aug. 17, when X, one of the best bands of any genre ever to come out of L.A., takes the stage. John Doe, Exene Cervenka and the rest of the gang will rip through hits including “Johnny Hit and Run Paulene,” “Blue Spark” and “Los Angeles,” while a crowd of aging ex-punks nods along. It’s not the only worthy show of the season: The Psychedelic Furs kick things off July 13, and The Smithereens play Aug. 3. Blasters master Dave Alvin appears July 27. At 532 S. Olive St., (213) 847-4970 or laparks.org/pershingsquare.

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Visible andInvisible The Japanese American National Museum has a habit of exploring the history of mixedrace Japanese Americans. The Little Tokyo museum is at it again in Visible and Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History. The show, which runs through Aug. 25, features photos, videos, artifacts and paintings of families going back to the late 1800s. The exhibit examines the legal challenges the families faced and the lives their members led. It also explores the histories of modern-day individuals such as Jero, who was born in Pittsburgh with African American and Japanese lineage and sings traditional ballads (he is shown here with his family). Also at JANM through Sept. 22 is Portraiture Now, which showcases the work of seven contemporary artists. At 100 N. Central Ave., (213) 625-0414 or janm.org.

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EVENTS SPONSORED LISTINGS L.A.’s Largest Mixer XV Shrine Auditorium Expo Center, 700 W. 32nd St., (323) 230-5656 or lamixer.com. July 18, 5-9 p.m.: Join Los Angeles area chambers and business organizations for the ultimate business networking event. Mix and mingle with hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of business people representing industries and companies in and around Southern California. L.A.’s Largest Mixer XV is a great opportunity to reach small to large companies, meet new clients and learn how the different chambers of commerce and business organizations can make your business grow. Mixer admission: $20 per person (no credit cards). Downtown LA Housing Bus Tour Downtown Center Business Improvement District, downtownla.com. July 13 and 27, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: This guided bus tour will take you through Downtown’s vibrant neighborhoods and into six residences for sale or rent, from lofts to luxury condos. See the hotspots and amenities that make Downtown living exciting and easy. Hosted by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID). Free, but registration required at downtownla.com/ housingtour. Tuesday, June 18 Jonathan Kirsch at Aloud Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 2287500 or lfla.org. 7:15 p.m.: The assassination of a Nazi bureaucrat in Paris in 1938 and the repercussions from that

event are the topics of discussion between historian Jonathan Kirsch and Aloud head Louise Steinman. Kirsch has a new book fittingly titled A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat and a Murder in Paris. Wednesday, June 19 Loren Glass at Last Bookstore Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., (213) 488-0599 or lastbookstorela.com. 7 p.m.: Author Loren Glass presents his definitive book on iconic publishing house Grove Press. Thursday, June 20 Juan Felipe Herrera’s Poetry at Aloud Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 2287500 or lfla.org. 7:15 p.m.: California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera reads selections from his latest anthology, Senegal Taxi. in an evening titled El Planeta, From Plankton to Afghanistan. Friday, June 21 Hairspray Dance Along Grand Park Performance Lawn, Spring Street, between Temple and First streets, (213) 972-8080 or grandparkla.org. 6:30 p.m.: Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this John Waters musical phenomenon by slapping on your best ’60s garb and partaking in some free dance lessons. saTurday, June 22 Behind the Scenes With TV Writers Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth ST., (213) 2287500 or lfla.org. 5 p.m.: Library Foundation of Los Angeles members are welcome to attend this special discussion with “Walking Dead” writer Glen Mazzara and CAA agent Rob Kenneally. That’s CAA, not CIA. Sorry.

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ROCK, POP & JAZZ Blue Whale 123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka St., (213) 620-0908 or bluewhalemusic.com. June 18: John Egizi Group. June 19: Ferenc Nemeth Trio with Russell Ferrante and Jimmy Haslip. June 20: Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors. June 21-22: Kendrick Scott Oracle. Bootleg Bar 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or bootlegtheater.org. June 17, 7 p.m.: King and Summer Twins bring some succulent tunes to this month’s free residency. June 18, 7 p.m.: Coby Brown’s halcyon brand of rock and roll promises to regulate your heart rate at a level just above catatonic. June 19, 7 p.m.: Travel back in time with Come to the distant wonder of Boston circa 1992, that strange time when the U.S. government had a budget surplus and Cobain was still singing “I don’t have a gun.” June 20, 8 p.m.: More low-key indie rock with all its sonic niceties and measured emotional statements from California natives The Dig. June 21, 8 p.m.: A touch of funk, glassy pop production and jazz underpinning heralds the arrival of Detroit based Zo! June 22, 8 p.m.: UK female trio The Staves further augments a week of shows that feel like a soundtrack for heavy anti-depressant use. June 23, 7 p.m.: We get it Treetop Flyers, you’re

living the bohemian chic London lifestyle, you embody everything Southern California, you’re the heir apparent to Crosby, Stills and Nash. See how we did that in 26 words? Great. Casey’s Irish Pub 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353 or bigcaseys.com. June 21, 10 p.m.: Kind Hearts and Coronets is filling this neighborhood basement. June 22, 10 p.m.: Careful Draemings, wouldn’t want to give yourself an embolism feigning heartache for a press photo. Club Nokia 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or clubnokia.com. June 21, 8 p.m.: Apparently Marisela has been recording music since 1984. June 22, 7 and 9:30 p.m.: The acerbic wit of Lisa Lampanelli. Conga Room 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 745-0162 or congaroom.com. June 20, 9 p.m.: Tito Rojas is good for more than those hot beats. He’s a veritable expert on bleaching white linen shirts! Escondite 410 Boyd St., (213) 626-1800 or theescondite.com. June 17, 10 p.m.: Gather around and enjoy a hootenanny with Yonatan and his live jazz effusions. June 18, 10 p.m.: Bunny West and Boom Boom Boom and, of course, buffalo mushrooms. June 19, 10 p.m.: The Coals and The Kings. Two bands sharing similar consonant/vowel arrangements. June 20, 10 p.m.: Trip Rezac warms up the house before Wicklow Atwater & the Fallen Flame knock it out. June 21, 10 p.m.: Johnny Moezzi & The Drones fight the good fight for blues. June 22, 11 p.m.: Save your guff and wisecracks

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IMAX California Science Center, 700 State Drive, (213) 7442019 or californiasciencecenter.org. Explore the remnants and wisdom of an ancient empire in Mysteries of Egypt. Ice and polar bear enthusiasts will likely dig To the Arctic 3D. Experience the gripping story full of hope, crushing disappointment and triumph in Hubble 3D. LA Film Festival 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., 1-800-filmfest or lafilmfest.com. Through June 23: Film Independent presents some of the finest independent films making the rounds this year in a varied program of narrative features, animation, documentary and shorts. Los Angeles Theatre 615 S. Broadway, (213) 623-2489 or laconservancy.org. June 19, 8 p.m.: Leonard Maltin hosts this screening of one of Bette Davis’ finest film moments, All About Eve. It’s another big evening from the L.A. Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats series. Regal Cinemas Downtown Independent 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 763-6070 or lalive.com/ 251 S. Main St., (213) 617-1033 or movies. downtownindependent.com. Through June 20: Monsters University 3D (8 June 17, 10:45 p.m., June 18, 11 p.m., June 19, p.m.); World War Z 3D (8 p.m.); This Is the End Los Angeles Downtown News 3:30 p.m. and June 20, 6 p.m.: The fragile psyche (1:30, 4:30, 7:30 and 10:20 p.m.); The Purge (12:10, 1264 W. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026 ofphone: a respected British sound engineer starts to crack 2:30, 4:50, 7:20 and 9:50 p.m.); After Earth (2:30 213-481-1448 • fax: 213-250-4617 when goes to work on a •gruesome Italian horror and 7:40 p.m.); Now You See Me (1:20, 4:20, 7:10 web:he DowntownNews.com email: realpeople@downtownnews.com film in Berberian Sound Studio. and 10 p.m.); The Hangover Part III (12, 5, and facebook: twitter: June 20, 7:30 p.m.: In a Goodly Way translates 10:10 p.m.). L.A. Downtown News DowntownNews popular murder ballads of yore into an irreverent story about going on the lam. June 21, 7 and 9 p.m., Editor & PublishEr: Sue June Laris 23, 5:30 and 7 p.m.: InGENErAl the darkly comedicDawn drama Between Us, two cou- Chess MANAGEr: Eastin ples reunite over two incendiary evenings where East West Players, 120 Judge John Also St., (213) 625ExEcutivE Editor: Jon Regardie anything can happen. Hey, anything can happen if 7000 or eastwestplayers.org. citY Editor: Richard Guzmán June 20-June 22, 8 p.m. and June 23, 2 p.m.: you let it. stAFF writEr: Ryan Vaillancourt From the lyricist of Jesus Christ Superstar and the Grand Performances coNtributiNG Editor: Kathryn Maese composers of Mamma Mia!, the story involves a California Plaza,writErs: 350 S. Grand (213)Jeff 687-2159 coNtributiNG DaveAve., Denholm, Favre, Greg Fischer, romantic triangle between two top chess players orKristin grandperformances.org. Friedrich, Howard Leff, Ryan E. Smith, Marc Porter Zasada June 22, 8:15 p.m.: Fresh from Sundance, In- — an American and a Russian — and a woman Art dirEctor: Allison * who manages one and falls in love with the other. equality for AllBrian levels some well to 55678blows IE directed AssistANt YumiVKanegawa OBILE Art dirEctor: M D All of this takes place within the context of the against the income Textgap.TNMO CLUB June 22: The Girls, Cochinas, Buffalo Tooth, L.A. Drugz and Magic. Seven Grand 515 W. Seventh St., (213) 614-0737 or sevengrand.la. June 17: Katisse Buckingham Quintet, an odyssey of the mind executed via flute. June 18: The Makers can’t stop, nay, won’t stop. When it comes to improvised jazz they get down baby, they get down. June 19: Artwork Jamal guarantees to amaze with his catalogue of electric blues. The Smell 247 S. Main St., alley between Spring and Main streets, thesmell.org. June 18: Ex-Cult, Fuzz and Endless Bummer. June 21: Surf Curse and Heller Keller. June 22: Sonic Death Rabbit, Evilwezil, Wizwars, Kool Skull and Timon Marmex.

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June 17, 2013

Celebrating 40 Years

A Future Vision at El Pueblo With Leases and a Lawsuit Settled, City Looks to Have Nicer Olvera Street Restrooms, a New Museum and More by RichaRd Guzmán city editoR

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he past two years have been a time of change at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. During that period, a decades-long rent battle between the city and Olvera Street merchants was settled, as was an eightyear legal fight between the city and a business that hoped to occupy the Pico House. Late last year, David Alfaro Siqueiros’ mural “América Tropical,” which had been whitewashed in 1938, was put back on display on Olvera Street following a $9.9 million restoration project that included a new viewing area and an interpretive center. Now that those hurdles have been cleared, El Pueblo brass are looking at the future of the area known as the birthplace of the city. Specifically, they are looking two and a half years into the future. The El Pueblo Board of Commissioners, the citizen panel that oversees the city-owned site, last week adopted a strategic plan that sets numerous goals for the department by the end of 2015. They include another small museum, new bathrooms and modernizing the area with Wi-Fi and a more active Internet presence. “There are things that we’ve been dealing with for a very long time that are now coming to an end,” said Lisa See, president of the commission. “We’ve been through some tough years and I think it’s time to start looking ahead about what could be happening at El Pueblo across the board.” The major goals include completing projects already underway, such as the restoration of the Italian Hall in order to open the Italian American Museum by late 2014, and the $23 million upgrade of the 1870 Merced Theatre so it can house Channel 35, the public station that airs City Council meetings and other municipal programs. “Although in a sense we’ve already started implementing this, it’s an essential tool to make our goals and objectives

transparent to the public,” said Chris Espinosa, El Pueblo’s general manager. City Councilman José Huizar, whose 14th District covers El Pueblo, said the goals should help guide El Pueblo while also honoring the history, tradition and culture of the area. “The El Pueblo Strategic Plan gives us a means to have a large scope, yet specific and comprehensive conversation on how we see El Pueblo in the future,” he said in a prepared statement. “There is a real opportunity to create a multi-path approach for El Pueblo’s future success.” Long Road The new goals come at a time when the department is still struggling financially, but is better off than it was a few years ago. A 2009 audit blasted the city for charging rents to Olvera Street merchants that were well below market rate. The department for years required a subsidy from the city to stay afloat. In fiscal year 2007-08, that subsidy was $921,000. At the time El Pueblo collected about $800,000 annually from merchant rents. The tumult was settled in 2011, and this fiscal year El Pueblo managed to balance its $4.6 million budget. Still, that involved serious belt tightening. The department today has only eight full-time administrative staffers, down from a high of 24 five years ago. The cutbacks included not hiring an assistant general manager for six months after the person in the post retired. The department now generates about $1.7 million a year in rents and common area maintenance fees from merchants and about $2.3 million from parking revenues. The rest comes from filming and event fees. The financial stabilization allows Espinsoa to focus on the future. One of the first major changes will be upgrades to the restrooms, which Espinosa said are essential to keep tourists coming back. He is working with the city Bureau of Engineering to determine the scope and cost of the work.

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“I’m not happy with the bathrooms,” he said. “Some may need some renovation. Others will need to be town down and rebuilt. We want to improve ventilation and the exterior look.” Other aims are more high-tech, like creating an iPod accessible audio tour of El Pueblo and bolstering the site’s social media presence. The department joined Facebook seven months ago and currently has 308 “likes.” While El Pueblo hopes to attract more families with things like concerts and movie nights or a petting zoo at Father Serra Park, a challenge is the rising number of homeless people gathering at the space across from Union Station, Espinosa said. See agreed that the issue needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. “One of our big concerns right now is homelessness and how to approach it and deal with it in a fair way,” See said. A new exhibit space is also a goal. Espinosa is eyeing a 900-square-foot currently vacant storefront next to the Italian see El Pueblo, page 29

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After CicLAvia, a Mad Bike Ride Around City Hall Cycling Renegades Wolfpack Hustle Continue to Grow Up by Ryan VaillancouRt staff wRiteR

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f CicLAvia is the lazy river of bike rides, another pedal party happening this weekend is the Class 5 white water rapids, rushing through tight bends and carrying boats of seasoned but somewhat reckless passengers. On Sunday, June 23, CicLAvia will have tens of thousands of cyclists rolling slowly between Downtown and the Miracle Mile along Wilshire Boulevard. Once that ends, a smaller group of riders will be mashing full speed in the Wolfpack Civic Center Crit. Crit races, or criteriums, pit riders against each other on looped courses. As they race through the streets — in this case, circumnavigating City Hall — riders that get lapped are immediately disqualified.

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Don Ward started Wolkpack Hustle, a fast-riding bicycle crew, in 2006. He’s behind a race around City Hall on Sunday, June 23.

The Downtown event is organized by Wolfpack Hustle, a group of cyclists known for hosting a fast-paced, 30- to 60mile Monday night ride that starts in Silver Lake and goes anywhere from Magic Mountain to Disneyland to the top of Mt. Wilson. The Central City streets for the course will be closed from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Since starting Wolfpack Hustle in 2006 as a spinoff of the popular group excursion known as Midnight Ridazz, founder Don “Roadblock” Ward has organized an array of recurring races, most of them underground events that go off without the sanction of city permits. The Civic Center Crit, however, is closely coordinated with the city. The course starts by the Spring Street steps at City Hall, heads north to Temple Street, back south via Main Street, west on First Street and then, after a hairpin turn on First Street, back up Spring. For safety measures, sharp turns will be buffered by hay bales. Ward said he has tweaked the layout to minimize the potential for pile-ups and crashes, both normal happenings in crit races. Qualifying rounds, during which riders do four laps with their fastest loop giving them the chance to make the finale, go from noon-4 p.m. The finals, which are broken into groups of geared and fixed-geared bikes, with sections for men and women, start at 4 p.m., just after CicLAvia ends. Each finale race is 20 laps and can have up to 50 entrants. Ward hopes CicLAvia participants will end their day as spectators of the crit race, which will include food trucks and other vendors. Although crit races are often held in suburban areas where weekend traffic is nearly nonexistent, Ward said it is important for the Wolfpack event to be in Downtown. “I want to do it where the audience feels like they’re at one of our authentic races that we’ve been doing,” he said. Riding Toward Officialdom The Civic Center Crit is the latest step in Wolfpack Hustle’s evolution from a semi-renegade group to one that engages with the city process. A drag race in the Second Street Tunnel last year was permitted. The LAPD was on site, as were emergency medical officials. That’s a far cry from the first drag race, in 2007, when the Wolfpack crew simply took over the tunnel, sharing it with cars until a parking enforcement officer saw what was happening and spontaneously directed traffic around the cyclists. The next year the LAPD shut down the race. Then there was the All City Team Race, which from 200709 invited teams of five riders to race from Silver Lake to Dockweiler Beach. Teams picked any route and raced via the

streets. Some took the freeway. Some rode against traffic or sped on sidewalks, prompting Ward to halt the races. “It started to get too crazy,” he said. “It was getting dangerous for others.” The big kahuna of Wolfpack events is the Marathon Crash Race, in which riders of all skill levels meet at 4 a.m. the morning of the L.A. Marathon and complete the course before the runners. The inaugural Crash Race in 2010 involved about 400 cyclists. This year, there were 4,000 mostly spandex-clad racers, including hardcore cyclists who flew in from points around the country, competing for the Wolfpack’s signature dog tags.

Now, by working with the city, Ward and Wolfpack Hustle are also building relationships with civic leaders who increasingly support bicycle-related initiatives. The Civic Center Crit, for instance, has the backing of 14th District City Councilman José Huizar. “Promoting increased bicycle use is a priority for me,” Huizar said in an email. “The Wolfpack Hustle’s Civic Center Criterium is a great event and my office is happy to be assisting them in making sure that this year’s race is successful.” A former art director for the websites of two big car companies, Ward considers himself a kind of countercultural see Wolfpack, page 29

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June 17, 2013

Celebrating 40 Years

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Continued from page 5 Miguel Santana. For one thing, Santana has a rep for talking straight with Villaraigosa on financial matters. Although some want Santana out because he called for cutting city jobs during the worst days of the budget crisis, the fact is that L.A.’s economy remains weaker than the Dodgers’ $200 million lineup. The only way the thing gets fixed is with a refusal to sugarcoat the still-precarious situation. The city can’t afford a repeat of Villaraigosa’s style of delaying tough financial steps so someone else can deal with them a year from now. Garcetti needs Santana.

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Pirate Ship Water Slide: Remember when people took Occupy L.A. protesters seriously? That was funny! Now they’re gone, we have the City Hall park back, and it’s nice… but it doesn’t generate revenue. That’s why Garcetti should turn the South Lawn of City Hall into a water park dominated by a giant pirate ship. It’d be great for tourists, families and any lobbyists who haven’t eaten their young. For staffing, hire former council members like Richard Alarcon, Ed Reyes, Dennis Zine and Jan Perry to dress like pirates. Charge $25 admission and get an animatronic Garcetti with an eye patch and a monkey butler on his shoulder to stand at the entrance. Each time someone pays, techno-Eric can echo his famous early quip to the Occupiers and say, “Stay as long as you like!” Forget Football: It’s frightening to think how much municipal money and time has been sunk into nearly two decades of fruitless attempts to return professional football to Los Angeles. Now, with Tim Leiweke gone to Canada, few believe the AEG effort to bring Farmers Field to Downtown will take root. Garcetti should acknowledge that the NFL doesn’t care about the city and refuse to play their reindeer games, which mainly involve using our city as leverage so that other towns pay for expensive stadiums allowing them to keep their team. If the NFL decides to get serious about L.A. and Farmers Field, then certainly have the talks, but don’t spend any more city resources chasing the league. Besides, we already have winners like the Lakers. Er, never mind. Don’t Dump Your Wife for a Succession of Brunette News Readers, Don’t Party With Charlie Sheen and Don’t Spend Your Days Ignoring the City While Trying to Be Governor or, Once That Proves Impossible, a Member of the President’s Cabinet: This one should be obvious. To everyone. Contact Jon Regardie at regardie@downtownnews.com.

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executive editoR n the May 21 mayor’s race, the city’s biggest labor organization came up short when it backed Wendy Greuel, who lost to Eric Garcetti. Three weeks later, the organization’s leader and the mayor-elect have yet to speak. That is what Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, said last week in her first major address following the union’s backing of Greuel. In addition to endorsing her, the County Fed spent heavily on her behalf. “I have not spoken to [Garcetti] personally myself, but I am positive we will find a way to work with each other based on our issues,” said Durazo during an event on Tuesday, June 11, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel hosted by the organization Town Hall-Los Angeles. “It’s not the first time, as somebody wrote in an article, that our labor-endorsed candidate didn’t win for mayor, and we figured it out before.” The County Fed, which represents more than 800,000 workers in a variety of fields, endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa over Jim Hahn in 2001 when Hahn prevailed, and backed Hahn four years later when he fell to Villaraigosa. Garcetti defeated Greuel 54%-46%. The victory came in spite of Greuel having nearly $7.3 million spent on her behalf by labor organizations including the County Fed and the union representing most Department of Water and Power employees. Garcetti benefitted from about $2.5 million in

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Around Town Continued from page 2 It will replace the former Breadwinner spot. The menu for the French bakery will be designed by well-known chef Laurent Quenioux, who has operated establishments including Bistro LQ in West Hollywood. Other partners in the project are John Baptiste Garacochea of Pioneer Bakery in Venice, Linda Griego, a former L.A. deputy mayor and creator of Financial District restaurant Engine Co. No. 28, and Christine Splichal, the co-founder and former vice president of the Patina Restaurant Group. “This is just going to be your local neighborhood bakery and cafe that you find on every corner,” Splichal said. The seasonal menu will consist of sandwiches, salads, soups, desserts and some entrees that are still being finalized. The bread will be delivered daily from Garacochea’s wholesale

bakery in Hawthorne called Etxea. The focus will be on sourdough breads, Splichal said. Etchea will operate seven days a week from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. A sister location will open in July at Figueroa and 23rd streets.

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undreds of journalists, and the people who like them, will converge on Downtown Los Angeles this week. The Los Angeles Press Club holds its 55th annual Southern California Journalism Awards ceremony on Sunday, June 23, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. During the awards show, which is dedicated to the late Huell Howser, more than 80 prizes will be handed out in the fields of print, TV, radio and online journalism. Los Angeles Downtown News has 11 finalists. In addition to the prizes that mark the best in journal-

ism from last year, the Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement will be given to NBC4 sports anchor Fred Roggin; the President’s Award for Impact on Media will go to Carl Reiner; and the Daniel Pearl Award, which honors courage in journalism, will be given to Mexican reporter Sandra Rodriguez Nieto, who has spent years writing about corruption, the failures of the judicial system and drug cartels in the country. Also, Downtown News Editor and Publisher Sue Laris will receive the club’s Public Service Award, for her 40 years of informing the residents and workers of Downtown. The awards, which start at 6 p.m., are open to the public. Tickets and additional information are at lapressclub.org.

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Zoning Code Continued from page 6 city council. Developers of by-right projects can skip the Planning Department and bring plans straight to the Building and Safety Department for construction permits. Developments that require a variance are called discretionary projects because they are subject to the approval of elected officials, who often use their power to influence a project’s scope, design or impact on an area. Last year, there were more than 1,200 applications for discretionary approvals, which Logrande said is evidence that the exceptions have swallowed the rules. “Many times we’re requiring discretionary

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Celebrating 40 Years processes on things that should be as a matter of right,” he said. Logrande offered the example of a Downtown pizza parlor that wants to serve beer and wine. Today, that’s a discretionary approval and comes with a long and expensive timeline. If Downtown stakeholders want to encourage more restaurants that sell alcohol, a new zoning code could make that by right, he said (though it would still be subject to state alcohol licensing regulations). Power Struggle Many developers, architects and others involved in real estate development have long lamented the city’s complex approvals and permitting process, which can involve signoffs from up to 12 agencies. That’s why the city is also restructuring permitting and inspection functions into a new Department

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El Pueblo Continued from page 24 Hall. He thinks it could be used to display some of El Pueblo’s stored artifacts, among them old documents, furniture and antiques from the city’s past. A side benefit of activating the vacant space is that it has entrances both on Olvera and Main streets, and would help enliven the Main Street storefronts. No specific steps are outlined in the strategic plan on how to accomplish the goals, and they may not all be completed by 2015. Still, See said it is important to have a common focus on where El Pueblo should go in the next couple of years. “If we don’t try, nothing will happen,” she said. Contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.

The Central City Crime Report A Rundown on Downtown Incidents, Trends and Criminal Oddities

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n the Central City Crime Report, we survey the recent week in public safety. All information is provided by the LAPD’s Central Division.

What a Flop: The LAPD rejected a claim by a man who said he was beaten by another man wielding a cane. According to police, the supposed victim was partially blocking the path of a man inside the Los Angeles Mission at 303 E. Fifth St. at 4:45 p.m. on June 4. The other man, who walks with a cane, was there to attend a chapel service. Witnesses said they saw him tap the man in his path with the cane. The purported victim, described as a healthy young man, exaggerated the contact, made a scene and called the police. Sounds like he’s been watching too much NBA.

Wolfpack Continued from page 25 propagandist, a man with a bullhorn and a video camera enticing kids to think bikes are cool. “If you look at the big picture of how our roads have transformed, we’ve gone through this period of propaganda, programming people to want faster, faster cars,” Ward said. “If you’re going to change that, the propaganda has to address that.” At the Civic Center Crit, it will be the bikes that are going faster, faster. There will be plenty of cameras to capture and disseminate the message. CicLAvia, which runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., starts at Wilshire Boulevard and Grand Avenue. Event hubs with activities are at MacArthur Park, in Koreatown at Mid-Wilshire and at the Miracle Mile western terminus. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at ryan@downtownnews.com.

Bad Bottle Service: A woman was at 7 Bar & Lounge at 555 W. Seventh St. on June 8, waiting in line for the bathroom at about 1:15 a.m. After she knocked on the door, she was confronted by two women who had been inside. An argument ensued and one of the women smashed a bottle over the victim’s head, causing a cut on her forehead. Gumshoe Radio: An LAPD officer observed a parked car with its window smashed and the radio missing. He retrieved surveillance video from a nearby business, which had recorded the theft. The officer then canvassed the area and saw a suspect matching the appearance of the man in the video. The radio was found in the suspect’s duffle bag, and the man later admitted to the heist and to another Downtown car burglary. Purse Snatched: A woman walking near Los Angeles and Winston streets with her 4-year-old niece was approached by a suspect who snatched her purse on June 4 at about 5:30 p.m.

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Chris Espinosa, general manager of El Pueblo, said the upgrades will better position the tourist attraction for the future.

Tourism Trouble: Two Japanese tourists were walking near Sixth and Spring streets at about 2 p.m. on June 6 when they were confronted by a man who, according to police, pushed one of the tourists against a building wall and said “bag.” Both victims, fearing for their safety, gave up their bags. —Ryan Vaillancourt

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Plus tax, 39 month closed end lease on approved credit. $0 Sec. Dep. $5359 due at Signing. (Excludes taxes, title, other options & dealer fees). Residual $14,280. Model # 13113. $0.15/mile over 12,000 miles/year. 5 At this Price.

39-month closed end lease, $0 due at signing. (Excludes title, tax, options and dealer fees) Jetta S with manual transmission based on MSRP of $17,515 (including destination charges) Residual $9,282.65. $0.20/mile over 39,000 miles and excessive wear and tear. Offered to highly qualified lessees on approved credit by Volkswagen Credit Additional charges may apply at lease end. VIN 283197 Offer ends May 31, 2013.

Plus tax 39-month closed end lease on above average tier approved credit., $2999 due at signing. (Excludes title, tax, 1st mo. pymt, options and dealer fees). $0 security deposit. $0.20/mile over 12,000 miles/yr. 1 at this offer # C130048/008216.

Plus tax 36 months closed end lease on approve credit “S tier” credit through US Bank $0 down plus, $0 Drive offs Includes $4250 CCR rebate plus $1000 competitive lease conquest cash. $0 security deposit .25 cents per miles over 10,000 miles per year. Based on MSRP of 39,995 3 at this payment DU126570 / DU136200 / DU136183 See dealer for details.

2002 Nissan Altima Sedan ................

2007 VW Passat Turbo 2.0 .............

2007 Nissan Sentra 2.0 Sedan ........

2010 Chevy Impala LT Sedan ...........

Only 87K miles, Looks and Runs great, N130239-1/2C197821

$6,999

6 Speed Auto, Tiptronic, Black/Black, Sunroof, Low Miles. V131680-1/P023805

$12,521

2007 Nissan Altima Sedan ...............

2010 VW Jetta Limited Edition ........

$13,999

$14,640

Only 42,000 Miles, Must See, N130227-1/7N418393

Certified, Blue Gray, 35K Miles, 20V 2.5L MPFI-DOHC. V131434D-1/M100317

2005 Nissan Armada SE ...................

2010 VW CC Sport Sedan .................

$15,999

$18,830

5.6L V8, Silver/Black, Leather, 38K miles, NI4111/5N706134

Plus 325 More New & Used In Stock & On Sale!

ToYoTA

Downtown L.A. 800-574-4891 1600 S. Figueroa St. • toyotadowntownla.com

NEW ’13 Toyota Camry 0% APR for 60 months! Plus $500 Finance cash! On top of paying no interest for 5 years! Plus $500 Loyalty cash! Anyone with a Toyota/Scion/Lexus in household, this is your reward!

Certified, Auto, White/Beige, 33K Miles, 2.0L PZEV. V130705-1/E559644

Plus 417 More New & Used In Stock & On Sale!

2007 Hyundai Entourage GLS ......... 3.8L V6, Cosmic White, 37K Miles, Rear AC, Quad Seating. C130828-1/024178

888-319-8762 1801 S. Figueroa St. • mbzla.com

NEW ’13 Mercedes C250 Lease for only

$319 per month for 27 mos

$10,995

2011 Nissan Sentra 2.0S .................. Certified, Brilliant Silver/Gray, Auto, AC. CU0973R/721251

$13,995

Plus 333 More New & Used In Stock & On Sale!

AuDI

Downtown L.A. Motors

MeRCeDeS BeNz

$9,995

Auto, AC, Brilliant Silver, 1 owner, CD. C130784-1/623686

of Downtown L.A. 888-583-0981 1900 S. Figueroa St. • audidtla.com

NEW ’13 Audi A4 2.0T Lease for only

$369

Red/Gray, 3.5L V6, Auto, AC, ABS. UC1077R / A1107297

$14,995

2012 Chevy Malibu LT ...................... Auto, AC, White/Gray, Low Miles, Alloys. UC1047 / CF139362

$17,995

2013 Chevy Malibu LT ....................... White/Gray, Only 18K Miles, Auto, AC, ABS. UC1039R / DF128314

$21,995

Plus 215 More New & Used In Stock & On Sale!

PoRSCHe

of Downtown L.A. 888-685-5426 1900 S. Figueroa St. • porschedowntownla.com

NEW ’13 Porsche Cayenne Diesel Lease for only

per month for 42 mos

$599 per month for 60 mos

All models except Camry Hybrid. $16.67 per month per $1000 financed. No down payment necessary. In lieu of factory rebates. On approved above average credit. Must finance through TFS. Loyalty cash cannot be combined with Lease-2-Lease Cash. Applicable to Customer Cash when financed through TFS. Expires 7/8/13.

27 Month closed end lease on approved credit Tier 1 credit. $2,899 CAP reduction + first payment, Tax, License, acquisition fees. Total due at signing $4,461, $0 security deposit. 25¢ per mile in excess of 10,000 mi/year. MSRP $38,755. 5 To Choose.

+ tax 42 mo. Closed end lease on approved credit. $0 Sec. Dep. $0 Down plus first month payment, license and registration, and bank acquisition fee. Must qualify for the New Owner Appreciation or Audi Loyalty Rebate of $1000. $0.25 per miles over 10,000 miles/ year. 2 at this offer DA175839, DA175793.

Plus tax 60 month closed end lease on approved credit. $7,999 Down plus tax, 1st month payment, acquisition fee, lic, doc fee. Residual $28,098.35. .30 cents per mile over 10,000 miles per year. No security deposit. Only 1 available at this price DLA41269.

2012 Honda Civic EX-L ......................

2011 Mercedes C300 Sedan .............

2009 Audi A3 2.0T Wagon ................

2011 Cayenne S ..................................

$18,888

$29,980

$22,499

$61,898

White/Gray, Alloy wheels, Power Moonroof, 35K miles. TU0209/313944

2012 VW Beetle ............................. Yellow/Black, Sirius Radio, Prem. Sound, Nav., 1,209 miles. S130007-1/648481

$19,688

Certified, Only 16,000 Miles, 1.99% APR Financing Avaialble. 6792C / A516381

Certified, White/Black, Turbo, 30K Miles, Titanium Pkg. A14108D-1/9A068399

Certified, Blk/Blk, 4.8L V8, One Owner, Only 34K Miles. ZP1588 / BLA42966

2010 Mercedes E350 .........................

2010 Audi A5 2.0T Quattro ..............

2011 Porsche Panamera ...................

$38,991

$32,316

$68,898

Certified, Premium Package 1, Panorama Roof. 6774C / AA168604

Turbo, AWD, Black/Black, 36K Miles, Prem. Plus Pkg. A14122D-1/AA006447

Certified, Blue/Beige, Vent. Seats, XM, Park Assist, Must See! BL010537

2011 Toyota Camry XLE ...................

2011 Mercedes E550 Convertible ...

2011 Audi A6 3.0T Quattro ..............

2012 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet ......

$22,988

$57,982

$40,994

$96,898

Certified, Silver/Gray, Alloys, JBL Sound, XM, 30,429 miles. T130905D-1/139665

Plus 500 More New & Used In Stock & On Sale!

Certified, Diamond White, Premium Pkg. 2, 12,000 Miles. 6796C / F095870

Plus 429 More New & Used In Stock & On Sale!

Certified, Gray/Blk, Supercharged V6, 24K Miles, Nav. A13670D1-1/BN010092

Plus 176 More New & Used In Stock & On Sale!

Certified, White/Blk, PDK, Bose, Chrono, Pwr Seats, Park Assist, Low Miles! CS140519

Plus 119 More New & Used In Stock & On Sale!


32 Downtown News

June 17, 2013

Celebrating 40 Years

State of the Art Spec Suites Available for Lease Featuring Custom Architecture and Innovative Furniture Systems. 1,500 sf – 8,000 sf

www.twocalplaza.com

350 South Grand Avenue

Los Angeles

For more information, or to schedule a property tour, please contact:

www.cushwake.com

Norman S. Mitchell Senior Director (213) 629-6516 norm.mitchell@cushwake.com CA Lic. #00339426

Richard B. Grande Senior Director (213) 629-6552 rich.grande@cushwake.com CA Lic. #1056963

Steven E. Marcussen, MCR.h Executive Director (213) 629-6550 steve.marcussen@cushwake.com CA Lic. #00656631

Cushman & Wakefield of California, Inc. • CA Lic. #00616335 • 601 South Figueroa Street, 47th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017 • (213) 955-5100


06-17-13