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force in Southern California’s push for green companies and jobs has a new leader. The board of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator this month announced that Matt Petersen has been selected as the next CEO and president of LACI. Located at 525 S. Hewitt St. in the Arts District, LACI offers space, support and expertise to a portfolio of startup companies working on eco-friendly products and services. Petersen succeeds Fred Walti, who stepped down this year after leading LACI since 2011. Petersen currently serves as the chief sustainability officer for the City of Los Angeles as part of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office. He will take over at LACI in July. “I look forward to helping LACI’s promising portfolio companies and entrepreneurs deliver innovative solutions that combat climate change and transform the market, while advancing a green economy that works for everyone,” Petersen said in a prepared statement. Before taking the city job in 2013, Petersen was CEO of the nonprofit Global Green USA, which advocates for green jobs and sustainable community projects.
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major step in the renovation of the world’s shortest railway starts this week. On Monday, June 26, crews will begin installing the evacuation stairway for Angels Flight; the California Public Utilities Commission demanded that a walkway be built after a 2013 derailment. The work comes in the wake of the March announcement that the newly formed Angels Flight Development Company, a public-private partnership between the city and the engineering firm Sener and ACS Infrastructure, would undertake repairs of the railway, including building the walkway. Work on the stairway is expected to last a week, according to a representative from ACS, and the funicular connecting Bunker Hill to Hill Street is now scheduled to reopen on Labor Day. No budget for the renovations has been revealed.
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series of free jazz shows are coming to Spring Street Park next month. The Friends of Spring Street Park, a community group that works with the Department
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t’s easy to look at the Wilshire Grand Center and see a game changer for Downtown Los Angeles. The 73-story tower with a budget north of $1.2 billion both reshapes the skyline and provides a booster shot for the local hospitality and convention industry. Still, perhaps what stands out most about the structure (it was scheduled to be dedicated on Friday, June 23, after Los Angeles Downtown News went to press) is the foresight it required — the project was initially broached in 2008, at the height of the Great Recession, and was publicly announced the following year. At a time when credit markets were frozen, construction was sluggish nationwide and most people in real estate were desperately focused on surviving the present, the Wilshire Grand team was looking deep into the future. Credit goes to Yang Ho Cho, chairman and CEO of Korean Air, which in 1989 bought the old Wilshire Grand, an aged 16-story hotel at the northwest corner of Seventh and Figueroa streets, and to Christopher C. Martin, CEO and chairman of Downtown architecture firm AC Martin, which would design and manage construction of the 2.1 million-square-foot development. They settled upon razing the 1952 building and replacing it with one of the biggest projects in the history of Downtown. As is always the case in real estate, things were far more difficult than envisioned. The initial proposal of a 40-story hotel tower and a 60-floor office building was scotched when it became clear that there was no demand for all that office space; instead the team turned to the current superstructure with the hotel rooms above a more absorbable 400,000 square feet of office space. Naturally, the original goal of opening in 2014 proved optimistic. Still, Cho and Martin have been consistent with their vision, and have pushed the envelope architecturally — they also deserve credit for working to change decades-old city code that required high-rises to have a flat roof for helicopter landings. The result is a more dynamic edifice that uses modern technology to meet seismic, fire and safety standards. The timing has proved to be fortuitous. The 889 four-star hotel rooms operated by the InterContinental brand come several months after the arrival of 350 Hotel Indigo rooms a few blocks south. While that might at first seem like competition, together they will appeal to event planners who in the past looked away from L.A. because of a shortage of hotel rooms within walking distance of the Convention Center. Other nearby hotel projects in the development pipeline will further allow Los Angeles to compete with regional convention leaders Anaheim and San Diego. The project will undoubtedly be a draw for Angelenos, too. Its sky-high restaurants and bars will pull people to Downtown. A lot of local projects are underway, but none compare to this. Congratulations to the Wilshire Grand team.
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lease remember that Downtown extends north of the 101, and that there are many great events happenings at Olvera Street, LA Plaza de Cultura Y Arts, Chinatown and beyond. —John Echeveste, CEO of LA Plaza Regarding the article “Alamo Drafthouse to Open in 2018,” by Nicholas Slayton
look forward to Alamo with their no talking and texting policy. Some moviegoers these days are idiots with little regard for the movie experience of others. —Richard M. Darling Regarding the article “The Master Chorale Meets a Master Composer,” about concerts featuring Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna,” by Eddie Kim
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The Wonk Who Would Be King
Can State Treasurer and Gubernatorial Candidate John Chiang Get Past His Personality-Plus Rivals?
By Jon Regardie hen John Chiang appeared at a Downtown luncheon hosted by the Los Angeles Current Affairs Forum this month, the person who introduced him noted that
THE REGARDIE REPORT the California State Treasurer and candidate for governor is a rabid “Game of Thrones” fan. This was promising, and I instantly began wondering which character he’s most like: Is Chiang a heroic Jon Snow, ready to unite disparate people and lead an army? Is he a power-playing Tywin Lannister, pulling strings and working angles behind the scenes? Or is he more like Daenerys Targaryen, controlling literal or figurative dragons that will rain fire upon enemies? Over the next hour I learned that Chiang is none of these. Instead he’s like Benny the Bean Counter, a bespectacled, fiscally prudent and wonkish type who
was cut from the televised adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s books because the highest element of drama concerning Benny is whether he’ll use the blue or gold abacus. OK, Benny the Bean Counter doesn’t exist, and Chiang isn’t quite that bland, though he is that wonkish, which isn’t a bad thing. And even if I’m being facetious, I’m also serious. That’s because while Chiang may have the chops you want in a California CEO, he’s going to have a difficult time outshining his personality-plus gubernatorial competitors, Lt. Gov. and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, and ex-L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Chiang is part of the madding crowd trying to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown (former state schools Superintendent Delaine Eastin is in the race too), who will be termed out in 2018. Chiang’s three years as Treasurer and, before that, two terms as continued on page 12
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By Nicholas Slayton hange at the Top: The transformation of the Broadway Trade Center is one of the biggest projects in Downtown Los Angeles, with the 1.1 million-square-foot structure being turned into a complex with a two-floor food hall, 400,000 square feet of office space, a 150-room hotel and more. Now developer Broadbridge, a subsidiary of the New York City-based Waterbridge Capital, has new plans for the top of the structure: Broadbridge wants to add 15,485 square feet of new penthouse structures to the rooftop. The developer is also seeking approvals for new façade lighting and window planter boxes. The additions come as some of the existing facilities, which will house bars and amenities, are in disrepair and need to be demolished to make way for safer replacements; it was all revealed in documents filed last week with the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee. Work continues on the project on Eighth Street between Hill and Broadway. The Broadway Trade Center is set to reopen in 2019. Leasing Underway at STOA: Vancouver-based Holland Partner Group is in the thick of raising multiple developments in Downtown. Now one is ready to debut. Leasing has begun for STOA at 222 S. Main St.; it has 237 apartments, from studios that average around 480 square feet, with rents starting at $1,930, to three-bedroom units on upper floors that go for $4,735. Many apartments have balconies, and amenities include a rooftop pool, fitness center and a yoga room. STOA, which is next to the former St. Vibiana’s cathedral, is currently offering a month of free rent for new leases. Move-ins are scheduled to begin July 1. More information is at (213) 493-6941 or
stoadtla.com. Meanwhile, Holland Partner Group is finishing up its City West apartment complex, Sofia, and is in the midst of construction on three high-rises: a pair at Eighth and Spring streets, and one at Figueroa and Ninth streets. Those are slated to open in late 2018. Seven Stories in South Park: The team working on a South Park housing complex has revealed new details and designs. On Tuesday, June 20, representatives of property owner the Chernoff Family Trust discussed the project at a meeting of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee. The seven-story effort at 1340 S. Hill St. would span the block between Hill Street and Broadway. According to filings with the Department of City Planning, the building would have 235 units, with 47 apartments set aside for workforce housing and another 12 reserved for very-low income individuals or families. There would be 259 parking spaces on site. Newport Beach-based Humphreys & Partners Architects is designing the L-shaped building that has a pair of courtyards. The project would hold about 9,000 square feet of retail space and would rise a block east of Jade Enterprise’s Emerald housing development at 1340 S. Olive St. No budget or timeline have been revealed. Sixth and Central Project Comes Into Focus: One of Downtown’s early residential developers is at it again. Howard Klein, who created the Factory Place Arts Complex in the Arts District, is moving forward with plans for an eight-story, 236-apartment project in the Industrial District. The project was presented last week to DLANC’s Planning and Land Use Committee. The development at 629 S. Central Ave. would take up the entire block bounded by Sixth, Kohler and Wilde streets and Central Avenue. Plans
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parking spaces for residents, as well as 12,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space; there would be 33 parking spots for customers. Architecture firm Togawa Smith Martin is handling designs. No budget or timeline have been revealed. one of its founding members, Mexican-American actress Lupe Ontiveros, by naming a theater in Spring Street’s Los Angeles Theatre Center after her. The 250-seat space previously known as Theater 2 is now the Lupe Ontiveros Theatre. A donation from Sony Pictures allowed for the rechristened space to also host film screenings along with stage shows. A ceremony celebrating the dedication took place on June 17. “After Lupe’s untimely passing in 2012, we decided that renaming one of the theater spaces here would be a wonderful tribute to our friend who paved the way for so many,” Jose Luis Valenzuela, the company’s artistic director, said. Ontiveros’ credits included the original stage production of Zoot Suit and more than 100 films. The LTC operates the theater complex, which is owned by the City of Los Angeles.
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South Park BID Seeks Five More Years
Rising Realty Partners Buying One California Plaza
By Eddie Kim n recent years, Rising Realty Partners has snapped up and renovated some historic Downtown Los Angeles office buildings, namely the PacMutual Building, Figueroa Plaza (now Park DTLA) and One Bunker Hill (now the CalEdison). Now, the firm led by the father-son team of Nelson and Christopher Rising is embarking on its biggest acquisition yet. Rising Realty Partners and Colony NorthStar, an L.A.-based real estate investment trust, are in escrow to purchase Bunker Hill’s One California Plaza skyscraper from Beacon Capital Partners, according to sources familiar with the deal. The purchase price for the 1 millionsquare-foot skyscraper is estimated at $460 million, according to local real estate sources. Rising Realty Partners, Colony NorthStar and Beacon Capital declined to comment on the deal. One Cal Plaza, at 300 S. Grand Ave., opened in 1992. Beacon Capital purchased the 42-story property in early 2012 for $144.5 million. The following year, New York City firm Madison International Realty acquired a 49% stake for a reported $295 million, according to the L.A. Business Journal. The building’s occupancy has since risen from around 75% to approximately 90% today. Major tenants include law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Bank of the West. Until recently, the California Plaza towers sat on land owned by the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. The organization was dissolved as part of a statewide folding of CRAs in 2011, and many of its holdings have been sold off. Beacon Capital purchased the land under One Cal Plaza for $33.4 million, while neighboring tower owner CIM Group purchased the land under Two
By Nicholas Slayton he South Park Business Improvement District, which for more than a decade has been providing clean-and-safe services to the area, is looking for another five years. In the coming months the property owners who fund the BID will be asked to continue to dig into their wallets to pay for services beyond what the city provides. The BID is set to expire at the end of 2017, and like all business improvement districts in Los Angeles it must be renewed every five years. BID staff have begun the process of getting the green light. If approved, the new term would run through 2022. The BID provides services for a 52-block area that has seen tremendous growth, with even more change coming as projects such as Circa and Oceanwide Plaza are under construction. The BID operates safety patrols on bike and foot 24 hours a day. It also orchestrates a cleaning campaign, with Los Angeles Conservation Corps staffers keeping sidewalks and public areas tidy. According to BID statistics, its workers removed 508,000 pounds of trash and cleared more than 85,000 square feet of graffiti in 2016. The BID also helped install a parklet on Hope Street in early 2016. Most recently, it worked to renovate the Pico/Chick Hearn Metro rail station, adding new signage and improving accessibility. The BID has five people on staff and a $1.8 million budget. BID Executive Director Ellen Riotto said that if the BID is renewed, the budget would increase to $2.4 million.
BIDs must be renewed by people who own property inside the district. The process started on May 15 with a petition phase, which required a majority of property owners to support renewal. The renewal process is now in a formal balloting phase. In this instance, land and building owners who collectively control more than 50% of the assessed property must vote in favor of renewal (while individual condo owners vote, here they carry less weight than a company such as Anschutz Entertainment Group). South Park technically has two business improvement districts. The first, covering 32 blocks, formed in 2005, while South Park II was formed in spring 2015 and added 20 blocks. The renewal would merge the two entities into a single BID. It would run approximately from the 110 Freeway to Broadway, and from the 10 Freeway to Olympic Boulevard and parts of Ninth Street. “Renewal gives the organization an opportunity to restructure and see how we’re allocating things and see what our community is looking for from us,” Riotto said. “It’s a hectic process but very rewarding. We get to define new programs and really look at what the current needs and future needs are.” Riotto said that the BID is focusing on the expected rapid growth of South Park’s residential population. She added that the BID plans to expand the size and scope of the clean and safe teams in the future. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Downtownbased Rising Realty Partners is in escrow on a deal to acquire One Cal Plaza on Bunker Hill. The 42-story building opened in 1992.
Cal Plaza for $70 million. Securing the land was the final step for the skyscrapers to attract attention from potential buyers, according to local real estate experts. CIM Group also put Two Cal Plaza on the market shortly after securing the land last fall. Rising Realty purchased the aging PacMutual Center for $60 million in 2012 and launched a roughly $25 million renovation effort. That building sold in 2015 for $200 million. In addition to the CalEdison and Park DTLA, RRP also owns the Garland Center in City West, which it purchased last year, and is working on a renovation of the Historic Core’s Trust Building (formerly Title Insurance Building) with partners Lionstone Investments and Industry Partners. email@example.com
City, Business Group Settle Property Seizure Suit Homeless Advocates Claim Personal Belongings Were Taken Illegally
By Eddie Kim 2014 lawsuit alleging that police and business improvement district employees in the Industrial District worked together to confiscate homeless people’s belongings has reached its conclusion. The City Council on June 14 approved a settlement that will change how the Central City East Association and its Downtown Industrial BID operates in and around Skid Row. The suit against the city, brought by four homeless people and the organizations the L.A. Catholic Worker and L.A. Community Action Network, alleged that Los 8 DOWNTOWN NEWS
Angeles Police Department officers notified BID workers about the location of belongings to confiscate, then stood by while workers took property, and threatened to arrest anyone trying to stop the act. The suit claimed that the city used private officers in this manner following a series of court rulings that hampered the LAPD’s ability to directly confiscate homeless people’s belongings found on public property. The city, CCEA and the Industrial District BID denied the allegations, but have agreed to stop taking or destroying property, including tents, shopping carts, bicycles, luggage and wheelchairs, from public space unless TWITTER: @ DOWNTOWNNEWS
it is near doorways or loading docks, is impeding disabled people’s access, or has been deemed “abandoned” (the definition has strict requirements, including verbal approval from people near the item and a 24-hour notice period). In addition, the CCEA agreed to pay $25,000 to the Legal Aid Foundation of L.A., which led the plaintiffs’ legal team. The office of City Attorney Mike Feuer and CCEA Executive Director Estela Lopez declined to comment on the settlement. firstname.lastname@example.org JUNE 26, 2017
The Central City Crime Report This Week: Missing Money, Mail Trouble and the Bite Stuff
By Nicholas Slayton n the Central City Crime Report, we survey the recent week in public safety. All information is provided by the LAPD’s Central Division. Mail Trouble: A Post Office worker was delivering mail at Third and Hill streets on May 24. Despite locking the truck, someone broke into the vehicle and stole the driver’s money and personal property.
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Teeth Marks, Part One: Two people got into an argument in an apartment at Fifth Street and Broadway at 6 a.m. on May 27. The fight turned physical and one person bit off part of the other’s finger.
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Teeth Marks, Part Two: At 1 a.m. on May 29, a man walked into a hotel at Sixth and Spring streets and confronted a security guard. The man started hitting the guard and then bit him.
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Smash and Grab: Between midnight and 9 a.m. on May 29, an unidentified individual broke the window of a Toyota parked on Hill Street near Olympic Boulevard. A passport, laptop and camera equipment were taken.
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Unkind Cut: On the afternoon of May 26, a man at Seventh and Flower streets asked another man for money. When the latter said, “Get a job,” the first man pulled out a knife and cut the other guy’s thigh.
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Lost Lexus: At 10:30 p.m. on May 27, an unidentified individual demanded that the owner of a Lexus give up the car keys. The driver refused and was punched by the assailant. At that point the driver handed over the keys and the thief drove away.
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Is Downtown L.A. Getting More
Dangerous? T Stakeholders Worry About More Crime on Streets, With No Quick Solutions
By Eddie Kim he music blaring from boomboxes outside the 7-Eleven at Fifth and Broadway had been bothering residents for weeks. So on June 1, broker and Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council board member Jacob Van Horn picked up his phone, began streaming live video to Facebook, and confronted the men on the corner. The pair of older men with a boombox and a cart complained about Van Horn’s demands for them to pack up and move, but the problem came when a man in blue off screen told him, “Hey, don’t put that camera on me.” “We’re in a public place,” Van Horn replied. The man shot back a threat, and Van Horn stood his ground. “You’re gonna do what if I put the camera on you?” A scuffle broke out, and the phone was knocked from Van Horn’s hand. It escalated to a fistfight that went to the ground. Van Horn wound up with a black eye and cuts. It was the latest in a string of violent moments that are unsettling people across Downtown. Whether the community is truly becoming more dangerous, or if it just seems that way because of how news travels on the Internet, local workers and residents are increasingly concerned about safety. “Every day I get calls, emails, texts talking about harassment on the street, women feeling unsafe walking around, dealers hanging around blasting music,” Van Horn said in a phone call. “I did go out there looking for a confrontation, because if I get attacked, so much the better to make a point.” Van Horn acknowledges that doing so was ill-advised, and something police caution against. Still, the video received a supportive response on Facebook. A number of commenters offered to join him next time, while others cheered the proactive — if vigilante — tactic. The sense that things are changing has been recognized by 14th District City Councilman José Huizar. “Not only have I heard from constituents complaining about increased incidents and even violence in Downtown Los Angeles, I’ve seen and experienced it myself in recent months where I’ve been aggressively approached and was concerned for my safety and completely understand how others would feel the same,” Huizar said in a statement to Los Angeles Downtown News. LAPD Capt. Marc Reina, who took over Central Division on Christmas Day, has made it a priority to increase officer visibility and flexibility with Downtown patrols. He doesn’t deny that people feel the environment is more dangerous, but notes that he must respond to anecdotal experiences and LAPD statistics in a quickly shifting community. “We have 16 footbeats now, and almost every neighborhood has a two-officer beat that doesn’t move around. We do try to balance crime with deployment,” Reina said. 10 DOWNTOWN NEWS
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Jacob Van Horn, a Historic Core resident and representative on the Downtown L.A. Neighborhood Council, was attacked in early June at Fifth and Broadway after he approached some suspected drug dealers. His livestream of the incident on Facebook generated a swell of attention.
“What’s happening in Downtown is a revitalization of new business and housing. If you’re down on your luck, you’re going to go to a target-rich environment.” Quiet Observers Although year-over-year crime boosts are small, figures have been ticking up for several years. Total violent crime in Central Division is up 8.3%, with a 15.7% boost in aggravated assaults, through June 3 compared with the same period in 2015, according to LAPD statistics. Downtown is on pace to have about 450 more violent incidents in 2017 than occurred in 2014. Property crimes, meanwhile, are up 14% compared to 2015, with a staggering 64% rise in burglary and theft from a vehicle. There were 1,880 incidents in the first six months of the year, about 230 more than two years ago. Much of the increase in violent crime can be traced to Skid Row, which is seeing a nearly 10% boost in the category compared to last year, according to Reina. “Much of the concerning activity happens in the HistorTWITTER: @ DOWNTOWNNEWS
ic Core, which has a direct connection to Skid Row,” Reina said. While few people may follow LAPD statistics, wordof-mouth of Downtown crime spreads quickly through Facebook and Twitter. In the past few months alone online communities have raged about incidents including muggings in the Historic Core, assaults by mentally ill homeless people, and constant drug dealing. Reina is taking steps to address the situation. This year, Central Division added footbeat officers to the Financial District, South Park and Skid Row. Central also bumped its bike unit from five to nine officers, including a supervisor. They’re the most flexible component of police patrols, and can move from hotspot to hotspot when needed. Blair Besten, executive director of the Historic Core Business Improvement District, said this has an effect. “I have noticed the comments about an uptick in aggressiveness, yet whenever we have an LAPD presence with foot beats, mounted units, or bike officers, it has a JUNE 26, 2017
palpable influence on the area,” she said. Another matter is the gap between incidents people see versus those that actually get reported to the LAPD. This is a familiar topic to Betsy Starman, a longtime Historic Core resident with professional experience helping homeless people. Her intersection of Fifth and Broadway is rife with drug dealers, and she said there has been little improvement despite police attempts to crack down. “I live in a building where someone’s getting beat up on a daily basis. But people don’t report the crime. We urge them to,” Starman said. “Maybe they have warrants or are here illegally, but they don’t want trouble, either way.” The Homeless Factor Drug dealers at Fifth and Broadway have been a problem for years. Starman said it is especially frustrating to see that dealers and gang members have become accustomed to the schedules of LAPD patrols and feel emboldened to hold court on the streets. An apparent gang killing happened near 800 W. Fifth St. on May 26, when a man was approached by one or more individuals who shot him, then fled in a vehicle, according to LAPD. Other fatal incidents have involved the police. On April 7, officers shot and killed a man who had stabbed multiple people on Skid Row in broad daylight. The spread of tent encampments throughout Downtown, meanwhile, has put many stakeholders on edge, particularly because of encounters where an individual, often mentally ill, acts in an aggressive manner. The killing of an 85-year-old Korean man near Eighth and Olive streets by a homeless person last April spread worry across the community. More common are those who approach strangers and verbally assault or grab at them. The reality is that homeless people are themselves often targets of assaults and robberies, and increased violence
in Skid Row is pushing many individuals to other parts of Downtown, according to Reina. The city and county, meanwhile, lack a framework to get immediate help for homeless people who appear mentally ill but are not actively a danger to themselves or others. Regardless of who is behind a crime, there is a growing sense that Downtown “is not as safe as it could be,” City Attorney Mike Feuer said in a statement to Downtown News. His office is working with the LAPD to create more awareness events, including a forum for women’s safety in early June. “Certainly not all crimes are being reported, especially quality of life crimes,” Feuer said. “Arrests and prosecution are important but they are reactive solutions… our goal is to prevent a crime from occurring in the first place.” The LAPD may lead the way in crime prevention, but Downtown stakeholders are trying to band together. There are increased talks of neighborhood watches (one already exists for South Park) and engaging property and business owners. “We need some of the building and store owners to do their part, because we have a lot of people where, if it’s not affecting them personally, they don’t care,” Van Horn said. “If we really make it an inconvenience for the predators, it’s not going to get rid of the problem overnight, but it will help. We can’t just rely on LAPD.” Starman has been compiling her own list of incidents taken off social media and word-of-mouth to create a picture of daily life, especially around her Fifth Street residence. Last month, she was posted at a Starbucks with a box of pepper-spray canisters, handing them out to anyone who had contacted her in advance online. There were a lot of takers. firstname.lastname@example.org
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moments you want to excite a crowd, even a small one. For long stretches he gesticulated with his right hand while his left was jammed in his pants pocket, like a crab had latched onto his palm and wouldn’t let go. He also showed an ability to squander a softball slow-pitched down the center of the plate. When asked how he differentiates himself from his rivals, Chiang began, “I would argue that I get the job done.” He refrained from criticizing Newsom or AnVil. He referenced his track record, then lost any momentum by discussing a meeting with Exxon shareholders. Given a homerun question, Chiang knocked a solid single. Excitement Factor Being exciting isn’t a requirement to win office. After all, Gray Davis was elected governor of California and Jim Hahn was once mayor of Los Angeles. But neither of those guys lasted two terms — charisma counts for something. That’s part of Chiang’s challenge. So is the fact that Newsom and Villaraigosa both ran cities and have voter bases in strategic geographic and demographic areas. They’re telegenic, with records of progressive values at a time when the aura of Bernie still berns, and when the reign of Trump presents California as the nation’s western wall of resistance. Chiang has a unique angle to worm his way in. “We’re the fiscally responsible progressive,” he told the Current Affairs crowd. He soon added, “At the end of the day, most people, most Californians, want someone who can get the job done, who can make it work.” Newsom and AnVil both have flaws. Each suffered a damaging extramarital affair, and Villaraigosa was a mediocre mayor at best. Plus, once you get beyond their key bases of support, you wind up with a lot of Californians who lean conservative. That may not be definitive in a June primary, but if Chiang finishes in the top two and moves on to the November runoff, you can see him as more palatable to Republicans in places such as Bakersfield and Orange County. Chiang seems ready to swing big. By all accounts he is willing to do do the work the governor’s race requires. His website is decent, even if the main insignia, with a green badge-shaped outline around his name, looks like a pudgy arrowhead turned upside down. This is a fairly calm period, but like all elections, we’ll eventually reach a state of war. Will Chiang emerge victorious? His record and smarts will help, but he’ll need something else. If he wants to be governor, he’ll have to harness the heroic unification power of Jon Snow and display the will-twisting machinations of Tywin Lannister. The ability to rain fire on his opponents wouldn’t hurt either. email@example.com JUNE 26, 2017
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¡Mírame!, which recently opened at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes near Olvera Street, features creations from 11 LGBTQ artists who might have been overlooked in the past. Works include Julio Salgado’s self-portraits (one is shown here).
Breaking Boundaries at LA Plaza New Exhibit ‘¡Mírame!’ Focuses on Works From LGBTQ Artists
By Nicholas Slayton n recent years, LGBTQ issues have become increasingly prominent and have garnered attention across the country. So it makes sense that yet another layer is being explored in Downtown Los Angeles. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes recently opened ¡Mírame! Expressions of Queer Latinx Art. The show, which runs through Dec. 9, explores how a number of artists from different generations, and working in a variety of styles, have explored their identity and place in society.
¡Mírame! (“look at me!” in Spanish), which launched during Pride month in the cultural facility near Olvera Street, features creations from 11 artists who work in everything from painting to video to even knitting. It marks the first time LA Plaza has done an exhibition focused on Latinx (a gender-neutral term encompassing men, women and transgender people who wish to avoid the binary of “Latino/ Latina”) LGBTQ artists, according to museum CEO John Echeveste. “We’re having a discussion about LGBTQ DOWNTOWNNEWS.COM
issues in the community and how they reflect through the years, and how we’re moving toward fuller acceptance, which has been something of a taboo subject in the Latino community, though we’re seeing change,” Echeveste said. The show is presented in a hallway gallery that spills into a wider room. Paintings, photographs and mixed-media works line the walls of the hallway, while a pair of small galleries hold more art, including magazines and photographs. Some three-dimensional pieces, such as Ben Guila’s continued on page 15 DOWNTOWN NEWS 13
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LA PLAZA, 13 knit work of a heart, brain and intestines, are on display. The art is organized around three themes: body, space and language. The exhibition also includes a timeline detailing major events in Latinx LGBTQ history in Los Angeles, from the opening of LGBTQ-friendly nightclubs to protests and rallies. The participants include Joey Terrill, who has been working since the 1970s, and who referred to himself as the “grandpapi” of the exhibit. His four works include two still-life paintings and a pair of issues of his old magazine, Homeboy Beautiful, from 1978 and ’79. “We’re looking at the magazine as a seminal attempt in the 1970s, where my gay sexuality and my advocacy for the Chicano movement intersected,” he said. Many of the artists in ¡Mírame! are decades younger, with some still in art school. Museum curator Erendina Delgadillo said the participants were selected to reflect the evolution in the arts community in both message and medium. “The conversations in the queer and Latinx community are specific,” Delgadillo said. “Previously people focused exclusively on the Chicano identity, class, or sexual orientation. Now we’re seeing more of that coming in all at once.”
She pointed to artist Julio Salgado, an undocumented, self-described queer man. Delgadillo said that all facets of Salgado’s life intersect in his paintings, which depict him staring out at viewers. In one the backdrop is hot pink and bears the phrase “Work in Progress.” Delgadillo noted that some of the younger artists work in a wider range of media than older participants. That includes Guila’s knit creations, Xandra Ibarra’s display of altered hot sauce bottles showing a smiling woman, and a video piece on display in the rear of the gallery. “It could just be access to materials and how mediums evolved over time, but the younger artists are more open to experimentation,” she said. “The work they’ve brought to the show uses more colors and are more tactile. They’re getting out of the two-dimensional rectangular box.” The exhibition was originally set to include a 12th artist, Dorian Wood, but the museum found some of his submissions inappropriate due to sexual elements and nudity. After a dialogue with the museum, Wood chose to leave the show. LA Plaza elected to incorporate that into ¡Mírame!: Two walls that would have held Wood’s work are now dedicated to the idea of exclusion and censorship. The other artists put up creative responses to the issue, and there is a space for visitors to explore the power dynamic.
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Another artist featured in the show is Joey Terrill, whose “Still Life with Videx” is shown here. Terrill, who has been working since the 1970s, refers to himself as the “grandpapi” of the exhibit.
“It’s kind of a comment wall now, where people can discuss instances where they felt their needs and interests had not been respected,” Echeveste said. “We’re welcoming the opportunity for people to express that.” The show is complemented by a lineup of panel discussions and other events. They include documentary screenings on East L.A. bicycle activists, and on coming out in Latino communities. LA Plaza will also hold a poetry reading in August and a dance party in October. Before that, there is the opportunity to see changing art amid a transforming cul-
ture. That has connected with Terrill, who remarked on the evolution he has seen over 40 years. “When I was in the my early 20s trying to exhibit my work, art shows geared toward Chicano art didn’t want to display my stuff because it was too gay or queer. There was always a sense of being marginalized on the outside,” he said. The LA Plaza show reveals just how much the world has changed. ¡Mírame! runs through Dec. 9 at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N. Main St., (213) 542-6200 or lapca.org. email@example.com
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As the sun sets and the temperature cools on Saturday, July 1, the siren song of urban hipsters and independent bands will emanate from Chinatown. Approach, and ye shall find the crowds gathered for Chinatown Summer Nights, the monthly nocturnal gathering that packs the neighborhood’s Central and West plazas with live music, DJ dance parties, arts and crafts stations, food demonstrations, loads of booths selling stuff and, crucially, a beer garden. The free shindig kicks off at 5 p.m. and runs until midnight, when the festivities dissipate and all revelers are encouraged to adjourn to an adjacent bar. Keep your eyes open for the roaming magician. At 943 and 970 N. Broadway, (213) 680-0243 or chinatownsummernights.org.
For those cult-movie fans who came to worship the Point Break Live production in which the Keanu Reeves surf film was re-lived each evening on stage with a new Johnny Utah selected from the audience, prepare to zoom into the danger zone. Goose lives on Friday, June 30, at The Regent theater as the Point Break Live crew returns with Tom Gun Live: A Maverick’s Homage. Less a full recapitulation of the flying film, this interactive experience will select not one, but five would-be Tom Cruises from the audience to initiate a sequence of fan favorite reminiscences. Play your cards right and you may just be the Tom who receives a Val Kilmer punch to the face off camera! Q: What could be better? A: There are two performances, at 8 and 10 p.m. At 448 S. Main St. or theregenttheater.com.
The first rule of attending the Street Food Cinema screening of Fight Club on Sunday, July 2, at L.A. State Historic Park is do not emulate Tyler Durden. Do not pick fights with complete strangers and lose. Do not attempt to render fat into soap. Do not destroy corporate art (as tempting as that may be). Do not abandon your given name and move into a water-logged house in the Industrial District. Do not allow a local bar owner to beat you senseless and then pin him to the ground so your bodily fluids drip onto him. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and George Sarah plays some nice music before the movie starts. At 1245 N. Spring St., (323) 254-5068 or streetfoodcinema.com.
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This week, the Library Foundation’s Aloud program hosts Bad Feminist author (and returning speaker) Roxane Gay. Unlike the traditional Aloud freebies at the Central Library, the happening on Monday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m. is a ticketed event at Little Tokyo’s Aratani Theatre. Gay will discuss personal definitions of the female form that guide her most recent work, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. She’ll be in conversation with journalist Ann Friedman. Get ready to hear a leading and unorthodox light offer an illuminating discourse about what it means to understand oneself in a deeply patriarchal society. Tickets were still available at press time. At 244 S. San Pedro St., (213) 628-2725 or lfla.org. photo courtesy the Music Center
MONDAY, JUNE 26 Roxane Gay at Aloud Aratani Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro, (213) 228-7500 or lfla. org. 7:30 p.m.: The humorist and memoirist joins Aloud for a special evening devoted to the female body. Unlike most free Aloud event, this is a ticketed happening. THURSDAY, JUNE 29 Arundhati Roy at Aloud Aratani Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro, (213) 228-7500 or lfla. org. 7:30 p.m.: The acclaimed fiction writer shares her visions of the Indian sub-continent. Deana Lawson at MOCA MOCA, 250 S. Grand Ave., (213) 621-1741 or moca.org. June 29, 7 p.m.: Deana Lawson, photographer extraordinaire, looks at the Kerry James Marshall exhibit through her own lens. FRIDAY, JUNE 30 Dance DTLA DJ Night Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-8080 or grandparkla.org. 9-11 p.m.: Peanut Butter Wolf of Stones Throw fame does duty on the decks in this night of free music. The Last Book Review Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., (213) 488-0599 or lastbookstorela.com. 8 p.m.: Ever Mainard hosts the monthly literary variety show. SATURDAY, JULY 1 Chinatown Summer Nights Chinatown Central Plaza, 943 and 970 N. Broadway, (213) 680-0243 or chinatownla.org. 5 p.m.-12 a.m.: The summer kicks off right with the first installment of the monthly celebration. Featuring live music, DJs, activities and beer. Matutani/McCarthy/Sosnowska Exhibit Opening 901 E. Third St., (213) 943-1620 or hauserwirthlosangeles. com. 6 p.m.: Curator Heather Pesanti will lead a complimentary gallery walk-through of the new Takesada Matsutani, Paul McCarthy and Monika Sosnowska exhibits at Hauser & Wirth. SUNDAY, JULY 2 The Rock and Roll Flea Market The Regent, 448 S. Main St. or theregenttheater.com. 11 a.m.: Loads of T-shirts, loads of memorabilia, loads of people who love the devil’s music.
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Dog Day at The Cathedral Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St. or downtownla.com/DogDay July 12, 6-9 p.m.: The Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID) invites Downtown L.A. residents and their dogs to a free evening of music, pet-related vendor displays, giveaways, and great food and drink from Levy Restaurants. It all happens on the plaza of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. All socialized dogs are welcome and must be on a leash. Free admission. RSVPs are required. What Is Scientology? Church of Scientology of Los Angeles, 4810 W. Sunset Blvd., (323) 953-3206 7 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: What is Scientology? Find out for yourself by attending recorded lectures by L. Ron Hubbard available at the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles. Call now to reserve your seats.
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By Nicholas Slayton nime Expo may be the most colorful event in Downtown Los Angeles. From Saturday-Tuesday, July 1-4, more than 100,000 Japanophiles and anime fanatics will converge on the Los Angeles Convention Center. Many will be in ornate costumes they spent months putting together. Day passes are $55, while tickets to the entire convention run $90. Anime Expo offers a litany of screenings, panel discussions and guest appearances. Here are some of the highlights, whether you’re an anime obsessive who has seen all the adaptations of “Hellsing,” or a neophyte who just wants to ogle and snap some pictures. Karaoke Contest Saturday, 5 p.m. in 511 AB Anime Expo hosts nightly open mic karaoke sessions, though only the one on Saturday pits singer against singer. The music is all Japanese, from J-pop to anime and video game themes. Check-ins start at noon and the preliminary round begins at 5 p.m. “Welcome to the Ballroom” Premiere Sunday, 10:30 a.m. in Hall B “Welcome to the Ballroom” is a new anmother warned you about. Oh, to hear “Mercy Seat” live. Au Lac/Café Fedora 710 W. First St., (213) 617-2533 or aulac.com. June 1: Paulinho Garcia. Belasco 1050 S. Hill St., (213) 746-5670 or thebelasco.com. June 28: If you’re eager to hear Art Alexakis vent about his absentee father, you’ll love seeing Everclear live. June 29: Power 106 fronts a new music showcase. June 30: If tonight’s Drake Tribute Party doesn’t include an abundance of mirrors to accommodate the above-average quotient of narcissists on hand, then it’s not an actual Drake Tribute Party. Blue Whale 123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka St., (213) 620-0908 or bluewhalemusic.com. June 26: Satoko Fujii & Kaze. June 27: Zephyr Avalon Group. June 28: Sara Leib with Vardan Ovsepian. June 29: Anna Butterss Group. June 30: David Binney Group. Bootleg Bar 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or bootlegtheater.org. June 26: The Walcotts cap off their residency with a fellow named Hamish providing support. June 27: Brooklyn tour-de-force saxophonist Jonah Parzen-Johnson will make pretty sounds. June 28: Lola Marsh is an Israeli duo, not a piece of Louisiana geography. June 29: Bedouine makes smart music for wandering people. June 30: Killradio has apparently returned after 11 years JUNE 26, 2017
ime show about the drama and challenges of ballroom dancing. Yes, really. It comes from the creators of a show about fighting giant monsters. The Anime Expo event marks the first screening of the show — it hasn’t even played in Japan — and will be followed by a Q&A with the director, producer and artistic director. Masquerade Sunday, 8 p.m. in Hall B The Masquerade is the main event at Anime Expo, and it’s pure spectacle. Think of it as both a celebration of cosplay and a contest, part fashion show and part theater. While a few people participate solo, most operate in teams and have choreographed routines; some costumes even include lights and sound effects. Tickets start at $5. We Are X Sunday, noon in Video Room 1 Not to be confused with the California punk rock band, We Are X is a documentary following the heavy metal group X Japan. The film is both a celebration of the music and a look into the struggles the members faced, from family tragedies to the death of a band mate. X Japan frontman Yoshiki will to fight the Trump administration. Sure there wasn’t a better way to do that? July 1: It was a choice between a distinct name and some generic name drenched in knowing hipster irony, and Diana won out. July 2: We’re hoping Adan Jodorowsky will bring one of his Dad’s hats. Escondite 410 Boyd St., (213) 626-1800 or theescondite.com. June 26: We’re happy that Skip Spiros & His 10 Piece Jazz Band are back, but we worry about where the Jazzaholics are tonight. June 27: Serendipitously, six players eager to make music devoted to copulation and the 1968 North Vietnamese offensive stumbled upon the moniker Sextet. June 28: Jeremiah & The Red Eyes are up all night like it’s the first of the month. June 29: Leeann Skoda has an impressive consonant-to-vowel ratio. June 30: Wicklow Atwater warm up the room for Late Slip/ Nocona. July 2: Ben Bostick Honky Tonk has an acronym worthy of an MLB banned substance. Exchange LA 618 S. Spring St., (213) 627-8070 or exchangela.com. June 30: Get devilish with Don Diablo. Grammy Museum 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or grammymuseum.org. June 27: The Revivalists deal in roots music. June 28: Enjoy the heights of commodity fetishism this
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The 26th Anime Expo takes place July 1-4 at the Convention Center. More than 100,000 Japanese animation fans, many in ornate costumes, are expected to attend.
host a Q&A after the movie. Tensai Okamura Monday, noon in Live Programming Room 3 The artist and director Tensai Okamura is making his first appearance at an American convention. He’ll discuss his work on anime classics such as the cyberpunk series “Ghost in the Shell,” the giant robot epic “Neon Genesis Evangelion” and futuristic crime show “Cowboy Bebop.” Neon District Monday, 8 p.m. in Hall B Stepping away from animated characters, the expo delivers a taste of Japanese nightlife in all of its sensory-overload glory. The Neon District is a massive party for convention goers 18 and up, with more than a half dozen DJs including banvox and hardstyle duo Massive New week as people pay $15 to listen to an original mono recording of Sgt. Pepper. June 29: No, Hawaiian musician Henry Kapono will not be playing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Grand Performances California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., (213) 687-2190 or grandperformances.org. July 1, 8 p.m.: Hip-Hop: First Peoples, New Voices brings a variety of indigenous MCs to the forefront for an evening of exploratory music. MOCA Geffen Contemporary 152 N. Central Ave., (213) 621-1741 or moca.org. June 29, 6:30 p.m.: Spaceland presents MOCA Music featuring Surf Curse, Tacocat and Starcrawler. FYI, Tacocat is a palindrome. Orpheum Theatre 842 Broadway, (877) 677-4386 or laorpheum.com. June 29: Carrie Underwood does her TV show-winning thing. Redwood Bar and Grill 316 W. Second St., (213) 652-4444 or theredwoodbar.com. June 27: Blair Sinta. June 29: Public Nuisance, Anti-Matter and Since We Were Kids. June 30: Dr. Savage & The Shrunken Heads. Resident 428 S. Hewitt St. or (323) 316-5311 or residentdtla.com. June 26: School Night! featuring Ray Little. Yes, there will be a test... in rock! June 27: The Social Underground performs pretty close to street level.
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Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles 111 N. Hill Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 Date: June 20, 2017 Hon. Judge Edward B. Moreton Jr. Judge of the Superior Court Pub. 6/26, 7/3, 7/10 and 7/17/2017.
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Michael Jevon U-96 Personal effects $485.00
NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned intends to sell the personal property described below to enforce a lien imposed on said property pursuant to Sections 21700-21716 of the Business & Professions Code, Section 2328 of the UCC, Section 535 of the Penal Code and provisions of the Civil Code. The undersigned will sell on the 27th day of June 2017 at 11: 00 A.M. on the premises where said property has been stored and which are located at Thriftee Storage Company LLC, 1717 N. Glendale Blvd. in the city of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, State of California, the following. Name of owner: Space number Description of goods Amount Gregory Starks C-19 Personal effects $355.56 Morena Calderon D-22 Personal effects
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Natasha Henderson A-19 Personal effects $318.00 Jason Douglas G-3 Personal effects $556.00 Filadelfo Hernandez C-3 Personal effects $607.00 Purchases must be paid for at the time of purchase in cash only. All purchased storage units with the items contained herein are sold on an “as-is” basis and must be removed at the time of sale. Sale subject to cancellation in the event of settlement between Thriftee Storage Co. and obligated party. Thriftee Storage Company LLC Dated at Los Angeles, CA by Felipe F. Islas / Manager, June 15, 2017 .
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address): Christine Lee, CA 107247. 3435 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 420, Los Angeles, CA 90010, filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: Paul Bowhan Kim Proposed name: Bowhan Kim THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Notice of hearing Date: 08/01/2017 Time: 10:00 AM Dept.: 44, Room 418 The address of the court is 111 N. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Branch Name: Central. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in LA DOWNTOWN NEWS, 1264 West 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026 of general circulation, printed in this county. Prepared by: Sherri R. Carter, Executive Office/Clerk.
at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online Self- Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. The name and address of the court is: (El nombre y dirección de la corte es): Los Angeles Superior Court, Stanley Mosk Courthouse, 111 North Hill Street Los Angeles, CA 90012; The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is: (El nombre, la dirección y el número de teléfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante que no tiene abogado, es): Neal S. Salisian, 550 South Hope Street, Suite 750, Los Angeles, CA 90071; Telephone: (213) 622-9100. Date: (Fecha) December 30, 2016, Sherri R. Carter, Clerk of the Court (Secretario), by C.L. Coleman, Deputy (Adjunto).
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