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side from the massive chipmunk mural on its eastern wall, there’s never been anything special about the 8,200-square-foot metal structure at 660 Mateo St. That will change on Thursday, July 4, when the building, basically a large shed, transforms into Urban Radish. All of a sudden it may be the most popular destination in the Arts District, as it becomes an upscale grocery store that focuses on farm-fresh produce, meat, artisan cheeses and prepared foods. “We thought that opening a store in the Arts District was going to be a great opportunity,” said Carolyn Paxton, a former sales and marketing executive in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. She is the co-owner of Urban Radish along with business partner Keri Aivazis. It’s an eagerly anticipated addition to a quickly changing neighborhood that has seen an influx of restaurants and cof-

fee shops. Yet until now, anyone needing a big grocery run had to trek to the Ralphs Fresh Fare, a car ride away in South Park. “We’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” said Jonathan Jerald, an Arts District resident and secretary of the Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association. “It’s got nothing but unanimous support. It’s a much needed resource for our community.” Paxton, a Barker Block resident, spent about a year looking for the right location for Urban Radish. She decided to come out of retirement to open a grocery store after Aivazis approached her with the idea. When they came upon the Mateo Street shed they saw a lot of potential, even if it was basically a collection of metal sheets on a frame. The nine-month construction process added interior elements such as walls, lighting, a commercial kitchen, back offices, windows and a patio. Paxton said the project cost about $1.7

million. It will create 25 jobs. Paxton said the July 4 date is a “soft opening,” and warned that it could be pushed back. Although she said all permits have been secured, everything depends on making sure the software system for the cash registers works as planned. Early last week the market was mostly bereft of groceries, with a few items such as bottles of olive oil, chips, cookies and honey stacked on shiny metal shelves on a polished cement floor. Variety of Goods Although far smaller than a traditional full-size supermarket, which is about 35,000 square feet, Urban Radish has a variety of goods pitched to the fairly affluent Downtown loft resident. At one end of the store is a small section with dog food and other pet products, an important element considering the animal-loving neighborhood, Paxton said. see Groceries, page 11






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ometimes the printed word doesn’t tell the whole story. So starting this week, Los Angeles Downtown News will have a video component to help us cover the community. Every Monday morning we will post a new episode of DTTV, which will deliver news stories and highlight events in the local arts and entertainment scene. You can watch the episodes, each about three minutes long, at our homepage, This week, check out DTTV to get a close-up look at the new Spring Street Park and to see the highlights from last week’s Psomas Paper Yacht Challenge. And, we’re rolling.

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he Downtown subway and light rail system is usually thought of as a way to get people from here to there. It is that, but the Metropolitan Transportation Authority also wants area workers and residents to know that it is full of creativity. The transit agency is launching Metro Art Moves_DTLA, a monthly tour of creative pieces at three Downtown Metro stations. Tours will run the first Thursday of every month from 5:30-7 p.m. through




September, with the first installment on July 4 (yes, the 4th of July; it ends well before skies darken and fireworks begin). Metro docents and artists will lead the walking tours, which are designed to attract new riders. In addition to showcasing and sharing facts about public art, the guides will, according to a press release, speak “secret words into a special voice-activated artwork at Union Station.” Tours will begin at the 7th Street/Metro Center Station, at the northeast corner of Figueroa and Seventh streets. Participants get free TAP cards loaded with day passes.

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owntown’s Central Library is known as a place to get books and take in cultural events. This summer, it has another function: It is a place for needy children to get a meal. The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank recently kicked off its eighth annual Summer Meal Program, which distributes a total of about 3,500 lunches a day to kids at 86 locations through the first week of August. This year, for the first time, the Downtown library has joined the program; the addition is part of the organization’s expansion from 59 sites last year. Other distribution points include Boys and Girls Clubs, Salvation Army locations and community centers. The program from

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by Monday, July 1. Leia Castañeda and Eve Flores, who have operated DTLAvets as a house-call service since May 2012, will have a 5,000-square-foot business at 333 Spring St. The duo focused on Downtown because they noted that, despite a rapidly increasing pet population, the neighborhood lacked its own vet. “There was nobody here to service the dog and cat populations,” Castañeda said. “It’s a huge hole in the needs of the community.” With the permanent space operating, the house calls will be phased out. The facility will offer everything from see Around Town, page 12


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EDITORIALS Twists in the Arts District

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he Arts District has garnered a huge amount of attention recently. Los Angeles Downtown News is among the publications that reported on the dissolution in May of the community’s Business Improvement District; the ramifications to the judicial ruling that led to the demise are still playing out. Also that month, the L.A. Weekly did a large package of stories on the evolution of the community. Blogs are replete with details of restaurant comings and goings. The attention and activity show no sign of letting up. As Downtown News reported last week, an Umami Burger will open this summer on Traction Avenue. As we detail this week, the long-awaited Urban Radish grocery store is scheduled to debut on Thursday, July 4 (see story on p. 1). As with many of the current development happenings in Downtown Los Angeles, this is an amazing transformation for a community that before 2000 was a sort of lost zone, a place popular with artists, their friends and few others. It was long known for the punk club Al’s Bar and the independent spirit evidenced in Bloom’s General Store. Theaters would spring up and then close down. The change to what exists today was gradual and can be traced to the Southern California Institute of Architecture’s 2000 move to a quarter-mile long former freight depot on Santa Fe Avenue. That provided a base of about 500 students and instructors. There were numerous opportunities for early adopters (though the resident artists point out, correctly, that they were the true pioneers). One interesting aspect of the evolution of the community is that it took place in multiple areas that only now are beginning to connect. SCI-Arc was joined by a group of restaurants on Traction Avenue and several housing complexes opened just to the north, on the border of the district and Little Tokyo. Meanwhile, at the southern tip of the district, the development team Linear City turned some defunct buildings into fancy housing complexes. A pizzeria and a few bars followed. In the middle of all that was another hub of activity, with projects including the first phase of the Barker Block (the final stage broke ground in the spring) and the insta-destination Urth Caffe. Also in that area is the L.A. Cleantech Incubator. A groundbreaking for the project’s 60,000-square-foot La Kretz Innovation Campus took place last month. Some longtime stakeholders are probably displeased by the flavor-of-the-month status, and a variety of area inhabitants have protested a new brewpub from bar innovator Cedd Moses, fearing it will be too much for the increasingly residential community. Obviously these are problems that no one could have foreseen a decade ago. Like many other communities in Downtown, the Arts District is in the midst of its evolution, not at the end. The action today may seem little league compared to the developments that will ultimately materialize. The longtime stakeholders will have to find a way to work effectively with the investors and business owners who see further profit potential. This almost certainly will be a difficult and sometimes combative process. Umami and Urban Radish will push the area forward. They will also result in more attention for the Arts District. Whether that’s a good or a bad thing depends on who you are and what you want.

Good Moves for Garcetti, But the Tough Stuff’s Ahead


he weeks between an election and an inauguration are usually a time of excitement and speculation. It certainly has been that way for Eric Garcetti, who since becoming mayor-elect on the night of May 21 has pretty much made all the right moves. This bodes well for the future of Los Angeles, and while the hard work is to come, one has to be pleased with how the successor to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has read and responded to the political, economic and societal tea leaves. Garcetti’s moves have been notably restrained, a wise decision considering that Los Angeles continues to struggle with a chronic budget deficit and that unemployment in the city remains stubbornly high. Garcetti hasn’t quite adopted an austerity position; rather, he has been fiscally thoughtful, and has displayed initiative and a willingness to question how things are traditionally done, and then to buck tradition if necessary. One place this approach comes into play is his transition operation. Eight years ago, after beating incumbent Jim Hahn, Villaraigosa announced a splashy 81-person transition team, with a roster of high-profile figures serving as sounding boards and offering advice. This is how things are often done, with a city’s political, business, labor and nonprofit elite being called on to help determine priorities for the new mayor. Garcetti, by contrast, picked a single trusted advisor, Rich Llewellyn, to direct his transition team, and then held a series of community meetings to seek buy-in from the general public. A website was also created allowing people to voice their opinions, and it is a refreshing change of pace. There was nothing inherently wrong with Villaraigosa’s approach, and it certainly mirrored his outsized personality. In the same way, Garcetti’s transition decision (of course, others besides Llewellyn are also counseling him) reflects what he deems important. Another twist is the decision to forego the black-tie ball and upscale inauguration celebration. Rather than get sworn in on the traditional July 1, Garcetti scheduled his ceremony for the evening of Sunday, June 30, when temperatures are cooler and there is less of an impact on traffic in Downtown Los Angeles. It was followed by a community party in Grand Park. This means no elitist extravaganza, which could be criticized at a time when belt tightening remains the norm. Part of what allows Garcetti to make these decisions is the time

he has spent in office and his grasp of the issues that Angelenos face. His 12 years on the council, including six as its president, have provided him an understanding of how the city works and where the pitfalls lie. He also doesn’t have to worry about ramping up in the way that past mayors such as Villaraigosa, Hahn or Richard Riordan did. Garcetti arrives already comprehending the players and the machinations that occur in City Hall. This doesn’t make any of the coming tasks easier. In the next four years Garcetti will be tested time and again. He already knows, for example, that job creation is a priority. He is also aware that he will have to go head-to-head with labor negotiators as the city crafts new contracts with the unions that represent tens of thousands of municipal workers. Knowing Garcetti, he probably already has the outline of a game plan for this in place, even if it is being kept close to the vest. Then there are the unknown tests, the challenges every mayor faces but that are impossible to predict on inauguration day. Riordan’s defining moment came when he had to lead the recovery of Los Angeles following the devastating 1994 Northridge earthquake. Hahn, similarly, waged his fiercest and most important battle when combating Valley secession (his success, ironically, would be a key factor in his losing a 2005 re-election bid). Garcetti’s obstacles will be different. Maybe they will involve a response to an earthquake or another natural disaster. Perhaps he will face the fallout of a riot or, in a frightening scenario, a terrorist attack. The only thing certain is that at some point, something will happen, and the city will see how he responds to a crisis and leads in a time of trouble. It is tempting, in analyzing Garcetti’s moves to date, to compare them to those of Villaraigosa, whose legacy is one of tremendous potential squandered, with a few key wins (e.g. important transportation advances) and too many dispiriting losses. Villaraigosa tried desperately to think huge from the outset. Sometimes he lacked the ability to make his lofty dreams real (think taking control of the schools). Other times he just lost interest. Garcetti seems cognizant of the dangers of aiming too big too early. It’s a smart restraint, one that has the potential to pay off as he settles in for a marathon tenure rather than a sprint. We look forward to seeing how Eric Garcetti leads Los Angeles.

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After 12 Years, The Plan Changes First District Councilman Ed Reyes Reflects on His Time in City Hall by Jon RegaRdie executive editoR


n the afternoon of May 20, First District City Councilman Ed Reyes was beaming. Standing at a podium set up in a Chinatown parking lot on a warm afternoon, he was presiding over the groundbreaking ceremony for Blossom Plaza. It was no small feat, considering the $95 million development had bedeviled him for more than a decade. Community cheer was high for the project that will connect to the nearby Gold Line station. Five weeks later things are completely different. I come by Reyes’ office on the fourth floor of City Hall to find that pictures and plaques have been pulled from the walls. With less than a week until he is termed out, packing boxes are everywhere. Though a Monday afternoon, a skeleton crew is in the office. Reyes has been trying to help find positions for many of the staffers who won’t have a job come July 1, when he is replaced by Gil Cedillo. During an extended conversation, Reyes is cordial and thoughtful, reflecting on the past but still eager to look forward. He’s battling a

harsh cough, but has plenty to say about topics including the Los Angeles River, affordable housing and the future of the city. Los Angeles Downtown News: You’ve got just a few days left. How do you feel about your 12 years in office? Ed Reyes: I’m being very nostalgic as I go through the files and package the different awards and plaques. I’m getting flashbacks from great moments on a whole range of projects, programs, people and policy that is now coming to an end. It is bittersweet because it is sad to leave. I love my job. This job, I woke up looking forward to each day, and as tough as it was I knew there was something good that would come from that day. Q: I realize it’s ridiculous to boil a decade’s worth of work into a single answer, but what do you think people will say about the Ed Reyes era? A: I think the community leadership, the folks who sacrificed their time and weren’t on anyone’s payroll and were doing it because see Ed Reyes, page 6

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Ed Reyes Continued from page 5 they wanted to see something better for their neighborhood, I think those people will probably say that we didn’t forget about the basics. That we responded to them. Even though at times we couldn’t give them the answer they wanted or have the result they sought, that we were very honest with them about what we could and couldn’t do. That wasn’t always the answer they wanted to hear, but it was the real answer. I can honestly say that I never forgot what a public servant is supposed to be. It wasn’t about entitlement or my title. It was the privilege, and I am very blessed about that. Q: At the Blossom Plaza event, you said the groundbreaking was important “because most people say planners just plan and

do nothing, most planners just do a lot of talk and no action.” Is that how you view yourself in office, as a planner also able to implement? A: It’s my first calling as a strategist, using the planning discipline. To me the planning discipline was like a giant toolbox that spoke of space and use of land and trying to find that scenario that speaks of relief. But when it comes to elected officials with term limits, the understanding of what the planning discipline can do is easily forgotten because the result takes so long, and they’re not going to be there for the ribbon cutting, for the most part. Half the projects I’ve been working on, I won’t be there for the ribbon cutting. It will be somebody else. And that’s OK with me, because I knew that from the very beginning. What is more important is to have a safer crossing, a bike path, a wider sidewalk. Q: What do you expect Blossom Plaza will bring to Chinatown

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n the era of term limits, many politicians jump to the next elected office. That’s not the case for Ed Reyes, who was termed out of his First District City Council seat after 12 years. Reyes, 55, doesn’t have his next job lined up yet, but he isn’t about to run for a State Senate or Assembly seat. “I have good options. I’m weighing them,” he said last week. “I know I can do a whole range of functions, but I want to love what I do. I want to have the passion so it’s not work the way this wasn’t work for me.” Reyes says an ideal next step would involve working on improving the Los Angeles River. He chaired the council’s Ad Hoc River Committee and eagerly describes a vision of tearing the concrete from the waterway and installing rubber dams. That, he noted, could lead to water from winter rains remaining there for eight months a year, enabling kayaking and other activities. It would all improve neighboring communities. Does that job exist? “I think so,” he said. “If I could find a university that would work with me to push this scenario, and working with the mayor in some capacity in his office, I could probably harness the energy and leverage both worlds, because now I can promote policy based on studies, based on research, based on consensus building, and that is what the university could offer with great exposure to students.” He continued, “From the mayor-elect’s point of view, it would make him the most effective mayor in seeing a whole new revenue base evolve from this district that would benefit the general fund and create an amenity base that is based on public-private partnerships.” —Jon Regardie

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The Two-for-One Special During the Day James Ta Operates Sandwich Smith. At Night, the Business Turns Into Fickle by RichaRd Guzmán city editoR


ames Ta does not listen to his parents. The retired restaurant owners wanted their son to do anything but go into the family business. They encouraged him to try business school or maybe sell insurance. Anything but a restaurant owner. Of course, as all parents find out, kids do the darenedest things. Instead, Ta went to the Culinary Institute of America. His

choice has produced The Sandwich Smith and Fickle, two restaurants in a single Downtown space. The former focuses on quick lunch service. In the evening it flips and becomes a sit-down dinner spot with a constantly changing menu. “I never wanted to do anything else but this,” said Ta, a youthful looking 32-year-old with a booming voice, while sitting in the patio of his restaurant on the southwest corner of First Street and Central Avenue. Ta opened the $700,000 project in March. The restaurant in a former health spa that is part of the Japanese Village

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Ed Reyes Continued from page 6 As a kid I understood what relief meant when I got to the river. To go down there, the acoustics are such that you don’t hear the freeway, you don’t hear the noise of the city. The only noise that is coming at you is the water running as it flows through the rocks. That is such a calming sound. For a kid who could not play in the local park — my brother had so many fights it wasn’t funny. But when we found that river, boy, me and my friends, that was our ShangriLa. If I could feel that — when I realized what the planning powers of the city could be, I just went for it. Q: You spent a lot of time and energy on affordable housing, on trying to ensure that as many residential projects as possible had a low-income component. Why was this so important to you? A: Because it’s our home. I see the goodness in people that are hard-working. Because you’re poor doesn’t mean you’re dirty. Because you’re poor doesn’t mean you’re foul. Because you’re poor doesn’t mean you’re corrupt or suspect. I strongly believe that the mixed-income environment is healthy. You decentralize poverty. Inherent in your own day-to-day experience you create role models, whether you know it or not, and the youngsters who are struggling, who are hurting, who don’t get to see their parents because they are commuting across town, have someone nearby to look up to. We have to do everything we can to inspire kids. Q: Many people would agree with you in concept, but there’s a big difference when it come to persuading or twisting the arms of developers to include an affordable component in a project. A: As chair of [the council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee] I was very respectful and cognizant of everyone’s rights, but it did not mean I could not share with them the advantage of looking at scenarios differently, and I was very opportunistic. I’m very, very grateful that some of my colleagues listened in cases. At least now it’s on the radar. If I could do it all over again I’d probably push even harder, knowing what I know today. But you can’t take away — and this is a very delicate thing to say: Sometimes the players of the theater, when they are doing a change on this scale, you will see are not in the most timely position to take on these kinds of policies because it hurts them and their careers, their political opportunities. Ta said he gets about 300 lunch customers each day and approximately 100 diners every night. In addition to different crowds and menus, the day and evening spaces have a different philosophy and even slightly different ownership. The Sandwich Smith was Ta’s original project. He sought out investors and partners, and while he is the chef, his partners have an interest in the way the business is run. At Fickle, Ta is the sole owner. That gives him the independence to do whatever he wants. “The night restaurant is all me,” he said. “I can cook the way I want to cook. I can serve the way I want to serve and I have no one to answer to.” While crowds are steady, the dual identity presents some risks. Paul Pruitt, a principal at New School Restaurant Consulting, a Santa Monica-based firm, said Ta’s business model has some inherent challenges. “By branding themselves separately they risk losing some synergy from one place to another,” he said.” If the sandwich shop takes off it may not help Fickle.” Still Pruitt, who is familiar with Downtown and has eaten at The Sandwich Smith, said Ta chose a good location that has a lot of activity both day and night. Ta acknowledges the risks of confusing his clientele. Still, it doesn’t dissuade the brash restaurateur from doing it his way “Customers don’t know what they’re walking into,” he admits. “But we always have a staff member approach someone when they walk up to the door. We want you to know where you are and what we’re doing right away.” Ta’s parents continue support their son. They also come to the restaurants once in a while to make sure everything is OK. With their experience in the industry, if they suggest something, he listens. So he doesn’t ignore everything they say. At 362 E. First St., (213) 628-1888, or Contact Richard Guzmán at

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Celebrating 40 Years Q: Your chief of staff, Jose Gardea, lost the recent election to Gil Cedillo. During the campaign, Cedillo repeatedly described a wave of enduring failure across the district. What was it like to hear that criticism and to recognize that that won the election? A: I don’t think that won the election. I think $2.2. million [in spending, including independent expenditures] won the election. I think his ability to say yes to different masters is what won the election, to have the money to describe a picture that was very superficial I believe won the election. I wish him the best, because if he succeeds the district and the communities benefit. And the failures he described are the superficial failures that he could only see because he didn’t understand how deeply organized the communities really are. But it was very difficult to overcome monies from the billboard companies, money from Wal-Mart and money from the special interests, the corporate special interests that doused him

with millions of dollars, literally. Q: What was the most surprising part of your job? A: The influence this job has at the neighborhood level, citywide, national and international. It’s the second largest city in the country, in addition to [the job] being one of the most highly paid — people make you understand that, and they have expectations. But to be able to go to Israel, to go to Oslo, to go to London, Mexico, [El] Salvador, and be treated with the decorum that speaks to that respect is an eye-opener. Q: Not bad for a guy who grew up in the First District. A: A kid from Cypress Park. The son of a janitor. That took me by surprise. You see that in other people. You don’t see that in yourself. Contact Jon Regardie at

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The Central City Crime Report A Rundown on Downtown Incidents, Trends and Criminal Oddities by Ryan VaillancouRt staff wRiteR


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

Cigg Snatch: Two men were involved in a dispute over some cigarettes near Boyd and Wall streets at 3 p.m. on June 22. One of the men, who is 55, reported being hit repeatedly in the head and face by the suspect with a cane. So that’s another downside to smoking. For the 743rd Time, Please Hide Your Valuables: Last

week brought 12 reports of burglaries from cars in Downtown. Most of the cases involved property left in plain site, with suspects breaking windows to grab the items. Cars parked in lots were frequently targeted. The LAPD has told you time and again, don’t leave anything that looks enticing in plain view. Taco Break-In: Mexicali Taco Co., home of such culinary delights as the spicy Vampiro quesadilla, was ransacked some time after 11 p.m. on June 23. Suspects broke into the restaurant at 702 N. Figueroa St., took some loot (exactly what was snatched was not revealed), and fled via a rear exit. Police are looking for three men.

Plush Fuss: An unknown suspect or group broke into Plushland, a stuffed animal manufacturer that makes toys primarily for charities, located at 308 S. Alameda St., on June 17. The perpetrator took an unspecified amount of cash from a deposit box and fled. No stuffed animals were reported harmed. Knife’s Edge: A 74-year-old man was threatened by a man wielding a butcher knife near Francisco and Eighth streets at about 12:05 a.m. on June 16. The septuagenarian gave up his wallet. Bus Stopped: A 66-year-old woman was sitting at a bus bench at Grand Avenue and Pico Boulevard on June 19 at about 8:20 p.m. when she was approached by a man on a bicycle. The scofflaw rider snatched the woman’s purse. She held on and suffered injuries after being dragged. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at

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Groceries Continued from page 1 There’s a section where produce will be displayed in a way similar to farmers markets. Nearby is a table with several large glass jars containing spices such as paprika, oregano and garlic powder — customers will scoop what they need into containers. Next to that, in front of a white tile wall, is a refrigerated glass display case where fish, poultry and beef will be sold. A butcher will be on hand to slice meat and help customers. A counter near the front of the store will serve made-toorder sandwiches and coffee. It will also have a selection of small production artisan cheeses chosen by the store’s enthusiastic cheese monger, Kia Burton, who sports a tattoo of the Parmigiano cheese label on the inside of her right forearm. A wine section is next to the deli counter. A patio with about 30 seats is in front of the entrance. For Yuval Bar-Zemer, the developer of the nearby Toy Factory and Biscuit Company lofts and the 7+Bridge apartments, Urban Radish is a sort of missing link in the development of the area. “It’s going to be a new era in the Arts District,” said BarZemer, who is also the market’s landlord. “It’s the first medium-sized market in the Arts District and it’s the first time people can walk to buy their groceries.” Further proof of the neighborhood’s desire lies in a 2011 survey commissioned by the now defunct Arts District Business Improvement District. It found that, like the rest of Downtown, Arts District residents wanted a grocery store, preferably an upscale chain. The top choice was a Trader Joe’s. Urban Radish does not have the selection or financial power of a Trader Joe’s, and despite the desires of the neighborhood, it is usually difficult for small markets to survive, said David Livingston, a Milwaukee, Wis.-based supermarket consultant who specializes in site analysis and planning. “Generally they don’t do very well,” said Livingston, who was not familiar with the Urban Radish concept before being contacted by Los Angeles Downtown News. “Primarily people shop for groceries based on price, so they have to offer them a compelling reason not to go out to another place.” There is also increasing competition in Downtown. The Ralphs Fresh Fare is a little more than two miles from Urban Radish in South Park and Woori Market, a Korean-based grocery store, is less than a mile away in Little Tokyo. Groceries are sold in the Target at Seventh and Figueroa streets and other under-constriction options include the Smart & Final Extra in South Park and a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market near Chinatown. Livingston said success also depends on population density, and that a market the size of Urban Radish ideally should have about 10,000 residents living within a half-mile radius. Although some housing complexes are close by, a June 2012 estimate from the office of 14th District City Councilman José Huizar found the residential population of the entire Arts District at about 2,600. More densely populated areas, such as the Historic Core, are about a mile-and-a-half from Urban Radish. Still, Paxton is confident that Downtown residents will come to the market. “What people are going to find is a full-range grocery store of products they would look for in a Ralphs, a Whole Foods,” she said. “The difference is in the types of quality and the products.” Paxton pointed to the cheese and meat selections as elements that will stand out. Leading the meat department is Chad Christianson. He said they will stock items such as cured hams, prosciutto and a selection of American dryfermented salamis “Our goal is to bring people the old world tradition of cured meats,” he said. “Our offerings are going to be European and American.” Burton said the cheese selection will focus on small production artisan brands, among them a Manchego with an unwaxed exterior. “That allows it to develop a full flavor, and it’s really hard to find,” she said. What may also be hard to find is parking, since there are only 16 spots designated for the grocery store through its Imperial Street entrance. Paxton, however, expects Urban Radish to be a place where people from the community walk for a few needed things. She also believes they will return frequently and stay for a meal. Just don’t try to walk home with one of the charcoal-colored shopping carts. There are no electronic stopping devices like at some big chain stores, but someone will posted at the entrance, keeping an eye on them. Urban Radish is at 660 Mateo St., (213) 892-1570 or Contact Richard Guzmán at

(left) A view of the store. (right) Chad Christianson and Kia Burton will run the meat and cheese stations, respectively, at Urban Radish.


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Around Town Continued from page 2 pet vaccinations to spay and neuter procedures to X-rays, ultrasounds and advanced surgeries, Castañeda said. In addition to Castaneda and Flores, DTLA vets has 10 staffers, and the office has five exam rooms. Area residents will be able to make appointments to drop off their pets for treatment in the morning, then pick them up at the end of the day. Hours will be 8 a.m-7 p.m. Mon., Tues, Thurs. and Fri., and 8 a.m.noon on Wed. and Sat. It will be closed on Sunday. Additional information is at (213) 293-7163 or

Weiland Brewery Closes After 14 Years


fter 14 years, Weiland Brewery in Little Tokyo is no more. The destination at First Street and Central Avenue was set to close on Sunday, June 30 (after Downtown News went to press). “We’ve been in limbo for years. We found a new spot and it’s time to roll,” said owner Rick Bennett, who plans to reopen in Long Beach, although it may be under a different name. Housed in a former ice factory, the bar and restaurant with the big beer selection and the addictive garlic fries is being displaced by Metro’s $1.37 billion Regional Connector, a rail facility that will have a station at the site. Other nearby businesses, including the Spice Table and Senor Fish, will also have

Single Stone Welcomes Same-Sex Couples by Erika Winters ith more same-sex couples marrying today than ever before, engagement ring shoppers are looking for retailers that serve the gay community. And local jewelry retailer Single Stone welcomes this community with their antique and vintage-inspired bridal collections. On Wednesday, June 26, the Supreme Court found a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, so same-sex couples will now have the same civil rights as heterosexual couples. What does this mean for bridal jewelers like Single Stone? Many will likely evolve to meet the growing demand for same-sex bridal jewelry, and the companies that have always


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welcomed the gay community will only grow, as leaders who support this new trend. Single Stone has lead the industry with innovative bridal designs, so it makes perfect sense that the company is yet again ahead of the curve. I asked Single Stone owner and designer Ari Madilian what he thought about serving the gay community, and this is what he had to say: “We at Single Stone celebrate love in all of its forms and support same-sex couples in their quest for equality. Love is love is love.” Indeed. Erika Winters is a jewelry writer and GIA graduate gemologist. She writes an independent blog, JEWELS, at

to move, but they likely have until late this year to find a new home. Bennett said he is jumping ship early because he found the Long Beach location and does not want to lose the spot. Weiland’s for years was a lonely outpost in a sleepy corner of Downtown. Before the residential revolution, it was a hangout for police, City Hall employees and Arts District denizens. The Weiland’s in the underground mall at Fifth and Flower streets continues to operate, though Bennett sold his interest years ago.

Downtown News Grabs Five Press Club Prizes


os Angeles Downtown News last week recorded its best ever showing at the Southern California Journalism Awards, picking up five first place prizes. At the Millennium Biltmore Hotel event organized by the Los Angeles Press Club, Downtown News staff writer Ryan Vaillancourt earned the prestigious Print Journalist of the Year award for all daily or weekly newspapers with a circulation under 50,000. At the June 23 event (the 55th annual awards ceremony), Vaillancourt also notched top honors in the News Feature Under 1,000 Words category, for his piece on a pair of papier-mâché guerrilla street artists, and in Personality Profile, for his story on dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied. Other first place awards went to City Editor Richard Guzmán in the Hard News category for his piece “For Streetcar, It’s the $62.5 $85 Million Question,” and to editorial cartoonist Doug Davis, for a work about Mayor Antonio Villariagosa hoping to springboard to higher

office. During the event, Downtown News owner, Editor and Publisher Sue Laris received the Press Club’s Public Service award for her 40 years of running the paper. OK, we’re done patting ourselves on the back.

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he Broadway Trade Center, a 1.08-million-square-foot former department store that takes up half a block, is on the market. Shahram Afshani, who represents the ownership group that bought the three-building complex at Eighth Street and Broadway in 1998, had long envisioned a mixed-use redevelopment of the property with housing above street-level retail. He said the decision instead to sell the complex came down to the ownership group lacking the expertise to oversee what would be an extremely complex transformation. The building opened in 1908 as Hamburger’s Department Store, which at the time was billed as the largest department store in the West. The sixstory edifice was expanded in 1928 and again in 1931, Afshani said. The move comes as the area surrounding the Broadway Trade Center has seen significant investment. Across from the building on Broadway is the shuttered Rialto Theater, which is slated to become an Urban Outfitters. The Ace Hotel project is two blocks away, and within a four-block radius there are three apartment buildings in various stages of construction. “We’re hoping that we’ll be able to attract a developer who is interested in doing a major redevelopsee Around Town, page 20

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CALENDAR images courtesy Los Angeles Public Library Sheet Music Collection

Exhibit and Book Examine Los Angeles History Through Old Sheet Music

Some of the sheet music covers that USC professor Josh Kun and his team found during the nearly two year process. by Ryan VaillancouRt staff wRiteR


fter the Ball,” released in 1891, was the first song to sell 100,000 copies in the United States. It wasn’t a recording. It was printed as sheet music for people to buy, take home and play on the piano. In Los Angeles in the first half of the 20th century, the local music industry had little to do with Hollywood recording companies. Instead, the music scene was anchored in Downtown, in the offices of busy sheet music companies that lined Broadway. Here printers churned out reams of sheet music, much of it detailing notes and arrangements of songs that were about Los Angeles. These are among the findings uncovered by Josh Kun, a USC musicologist and professor who spent two years combing through the Central Library’s special collection of sheet music to mount a new exhibition called Songs in the Key of L.A. The show, which has an accompanying coffee table book, opens on July 1. It is also the impetus

for an event with Kun and songsmith Van Dyke Parks at the Central Library on July 13, and an Aug. 2 Grand Performances concert featuring Ozomatli. Kun and a team of undergraduate researchers spent more than a year digging into a trove of some 50,000 pages of sheet music at the Central Library, which is typically accessible only with the help of a reference librarian. The project came partly at the behest of Ken Brecher, president of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles (the nonprofit is the fundraising arm that supports an array of special programming for the LAPL, including the Aloud series). When Brecher took the job three years ago, he was looking for innovative ways to expose the museum’s special collections, which he likens to mines full of golden stories and knowledge. This is a challenge, he realized, because few people ever think to sift through the archived material. “There is a whole range of knowledge being deprived to us as a people because we don’t have access to it or we

don’t know about it,” Brecher said. “If someone doesn’t make it available to you, or if you always have to pay for it, it might as well not be there.” Two years ago, Brecher tapped Kun to be the lead miner of the sheet music collection. When Kun and his team dove into the boxes, which were organized alphabetically by song title, they didn’t know what they would find. They quickly realized that much of the collection was songs about Los Angeles or California, with titles including “I Love You, California,” “Los Angeles, Los Angeles, I Wish I’d Come Before” and “Dear Old Chinatown.” Kun focused on songs written before 1940. Not only were many songs about the city, but often they were borderline jingles for the region. “Sheet music, like orange crate art, like chamber of commerce tourist pamphlets, like the railroad, like the citrus industry, was part of a larger booster culture,” Kun said. “Its job was, yes, to advertise the music, but also to see Library, page 14


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Library Continued from page 13 advertise the city.” Take “I Love You, California.” The 1913 tune, a soupy ode that was named the state song in 1951, was co-written by lyricist Francis B. Silverwood and composer Abraham F. Frankenstein. Silverwood owned a clothing company on Broadway, on the same block as the Orpheum Theatre, where Frankenstein was the house orchestra’s music director. Silverwood and Frankenstein may indeed have shared a love for California’s “Redwood forests,” “skies of azure blue” and “rugged shores,” but they also shared a personal interest in beckoning more people to L.A. “These are two guys who work on the same block, who are

Celebrating 40 Years part of Downtown’s commercial culture,” Kun said. “As early as the 19-teens, music and commerce, particularly the commerce of the city, were linked.” Multi-Modal Museum The book Songs in the Key of L.A. was published by Angel City Press. The tome is packed with prints of the covers to sheet music found in the library’s collection. The images are interlaced with essays addressing what the music reveals about L.A. and Southern California; they were written by Kun, his research partner and exhibition co-curator Inna Arzumanova, and Parks. The same colorful images are the visual anchor for the exhibition that takes over the library’s first floor galleries. The show includes photographs of the Central Library’s old practice rooms, where patrons could play the sheet music, and of the music-oriented businesses that lined Broadway between Fourth and Ninth streets. Some of the sheet music covers are accompanied with

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USC professor and musicologist Josh Kun combed through the Central Library’s special collection of 50,000 pieces of sheet music. The result is Songs in the Key of L.A., a book and exhibition.

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Early in the last century, Broadway was the epicenter of the music business in Los Angeles.

stories about the featured song, like “A Sun-Kist Cottage in California.” The text explains that it was given as a souvenir to tourists after they took a tour of orange groves. Unearthing special collections is not necessarily a new endeavor for the Library Foundation, but Songs in the Key of L.A. represents something of a multi-platform experiment. In addition to the book and exhibition, Kun tapped five Los Angeles musicians or groups — Aloe Blacc, I See Hawks in L.A., La Santa Cecilia, Julia Holter and the Petrojvic Blasting Company — to record some of the collection’s old songs. They are available for free download via the library’s website. A documentary team from KCET also produced short videos of each recording session. Two upcoming events will give the project a live element. Kun will help narrate the Grand Performances concert, which will be anchored by Ozomatli. The L.A. natives have rearranged a set’s worth of old L.A. songs. They will be joined by the Petrojvic Blasting Company, I See Hawks in L.A., Santa Cecilia and others. City Librarian John Szabo said he hopes the multi-modal delivery of Songs in the Key of L.A. will function as a wide net that pulls more people into the physical library system. “I think this is a broader theme across the country, this idea of utilizing technology to surface hidden collections that are in libraries and memory institutions across the world,” Szabo said. After the exhibition, Kun said the project could live on through more research — he likens Songs in the Key of L.A. to starting a conversation about the city’s early music history. Brecher and Szabo hope that it inspires other academics and specialists to conjure up projects that highlight additional collections such as the historic photographs or restaurant menus (the library has a menu from the last restaurant to serve fish from the L.A. River). Otherwise, those collections are, well, just collections. “It became to us not enough to identify a collection and to have a collection,” Kun said. “I wanted people to sing this stuff, to hold it, to see it on the walls, to hear it and we could do millions of spin-offs with this down the road.” Then there’s the old-fashioned way to engage the collection: Make an appointment, wander through the stacks of songbooks and borrow whatever catches your imagination. Then take it home and give one of these old songs new life. The Central Library is at 630 W. Fifth St. Additional information about the project at Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at

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Pyrotechnics, Fleetwood Mac, Anime and More Fill Downtown


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Yes, America, it is time to celebrate the nation’s origin with a day of sloth, gluttony and controlled aerial detonations. It’s happening in Downtown at Grand Park, which is offering up its spacious lawns and cavorting fountains for the inaugural Fourth of July Block Party. Expect a bevy of BBQ and other food trucks as well as finely spun tunes from KCRW’s Anthony Valadez and performances by Ethio Cali and Jungle Fire. The party starts at 3 p.m., but you’ll want to stick around into the night for what organizers bill as the “first ever light and pyro show in Downtown L.A.” We think they mean the first “city sanctioned” light and pyro show. At 200 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-0711 or


Listen gold dust women of Downtown: You can go your own way, just be sure to arrive at Staples Center by 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, as transAtlantic rock gypsies Fleetwood Mac take the stage. With the re-release of their landmark album Rumours and a recent surge of nostalgia for the relative simplicity of 1976, you can expect multigenerational fanfare for this show. A word to aging Stevie Nicks fans who plan on wearing their vintage maxi skirts and ’70s suede vests: Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow. At 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7326 or


ROCK, POP & JAZZ Blue Whale 123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka St., (213) 620-0908 or July 1: The Pacific Rim Projekt and Ted Byrnes. July 2: Jam Session with the Dan Schnelle Group. July 3: Justo Almario and Marcos Ariel. July 5: Hadrien Feraud Group. July 6: John Daversa Small Band. July 7: Fabiano do Nascimento and Sam Gendel.

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Friday, July 5 Friday Night Sing-Along W.M. Keck Amphitheatre at Disney Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., 6:30: The finest Downtown group vocal performance outside of the Master Chorale gets crazy with a night of “Soul Train” classics. Space is limited and wristbands are handed out at 6 p.m. Easy-to-use song sheets are provided. saTurday, July 6 Drum Downtown Grand Park Fountain Overlook, 200 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-0711 or 10 a.m.: The theme is Brazilian Beats. The skin pounder is you. Bring your own drum, or use one of the hundreds that are provided. Bring ear plugs for little kids. The Undiscovered Chinatown Tour Chinatown, (213) 680-0243 or 10:30 a.m.: Now a monthly fixture, this tour promises to take you off the beaten path to discover the hidden treasures of the historic neighborhood.

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Every now and then, an exceptionally gifted person is born in exactly the right time to fully employ the broad gamut of their talents. Classically trained soul pianist Nina Simone was one of the lucky few. During the late 1950s and early ’60s she fused her strong compositional background with the burgeoning Civil Rights movement and developing pop music genre to make intensely passionate, widely celebrated music. On Friday, July 5, Grand Performances will host a tribute to the performer at the Cal Plaza Watercourt. The program “Young, Gifted & Nina” starts at 8 p.m. and features Joi Gilliam, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Jimetta Rose, Sjonja Marie and many more. At 350 S. Grand Ave., (213) 6872159 or

From block party to ballet in one week, Grand Park’s versatility has made it the belle of the metaphorical Downtown ball. On Saturday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m., the Los Angeles Ballet presents a free under-the-stars rendition of Anon and Rubies. Both pieces are set to the rousing score of Igor Stravinsky, which should be enough of a cultural delight to entice you to attend. As an added bonus, you’ll get to see the expertly helmed delights of contemporary ballet set within the spacious and verdant confines of our own crown jewel park. At 200 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-0711 or

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Thursday, July 4 Anime Expo Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., (213) 741-1151 or July 4-7: Anime fans, rejoice! The annual convention of like-minded aficionados of comic illustrations returns to haunt Downtown with thousands of cosplaying enthusiasts. There’s a huge amount of activity each day. Check the website for full details. 4th of July Block Party Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-0711 or 3 p.m.: Music, BBQ and nighttime fireworks will all be enjoyed from within the splendid confines of our glorious park.

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4 In the spirit of liberty, anime fans are invited to deck themselves out in full costume, pack a couple beloved manga and head to the L.A. Convention Center where the annual Anime Expo will be encouraging people to take their love of the genre out of the city’s back rooms and into the public eye. From July 4-7, the halls of the LACC will ring with cheers of glee at sightings of famous animators and voice over artists. There’s also an anime-oriented Battle of the Bands. It would appear there’s something for everyone, so be sure to snag a ticket online. At 1201 S. Figueroa St., (213) 741-1151 or

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July 1, 10 p.m.: With Yonatan, the improvised jazz will continue long after the alcohol prevents your brain from forging new memories. July 2, 10 p.m.: Ever-radiant Bunny West and the cramped trio Boom Boom Boom. July 3, 10 p.m.: Welcome to Downtown, Smooth Hound and the Ferocious Few. July 5, 9 p.m.: Trevor Menear and Johnny Moezzi again perform a blues tag team on your eardrums. July 6, 11 p.m.: It’ll be past his bedtime, but nevertheless, Charlie Chan and the SOBs will be on hand. July 7, 10 p.m.: The real question is whether RT & the 44s make their special musical guests construct their own instruments before playing with the honkytonk outfit. Exchange LA 618 S. Spring St., (213) 627-8070 or July 3, 10 p.m.: Old glory will wave proudly during the Exchange’s house music salute to the red, white and blue. 3LAU + Carnage are the John Jay and Caesar Rodney (go ahead, Google them) of the

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July 1, 2013

Celebrating 40 Years

Downtown Charter School Finds Home


he last big puzzle piece has been put into place for the organizers of the upcoming Metro Charter Elementary: They have found a location for the long-desired school. Chinmaya Misra, a Metro Charter board member, said a lease was signed on June 27 to take over the space currently used by the Hope Street Family Center, a daycare and social services program at the California Hospital Medical Center at 1401 S. Grand Ave. The school will occupy about 12,000 square feet of ground floor space once the Family Center moves out in August. The center is moving into a new home at Hope Street and Venice Boulevard. Misra said the space includes classrooms and a playground that will be used by the kindergarten to second grade students at Metro Charter. The school year will begin Sept. 3.

“It’s in move-in ready condition,” Misra said. The site will be temporary, housing the school for approximately 18 months; the institution will open with up to 150 students and will eventually grow to 500 students as it expands to fifth grade. A permanent location has not been decided upon. The school will be headed by principal Marcela Barragan. She was hired last month. The Metro Charter effort has been headed by a group of South Park parents who wanted to create a facility that appeals to Downtown’s growing cadre of residents. In February, the LAUSD Board approved the charter school application. Enrollment information is at —Richard Guzmán

Around Town Continued from page 12 ment in the Downtown area to really take advantage of all the momentum that has been developed in this immediate market area,” Afshani said. A price for the property has not been revealed. Brokerage firm CB Richard Ellis has the listing.

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Skid Row Case


he Supreme Court last week declined to review an appeal of a District Court ruling that prohibits the city from seizing and destroying homeless peoples’ belongings from sidewalks in Skid Row. The court’s decision not to weigh the city’s appeal is likely the final chapter in a drawn-

out legal battle over sidewalk storage. It stems from a 2011 lawsuit filed by eight homeless individuals whose belongings were seized and destroyed by city sanitation workers while they accessed indoor social services. District Court Judge Philip Gutierrez issued an junction barring the city from taking sidewalk items unless they constituted immediate public health or safety risks. The city can still take abandoned property, but it must store items for 90 days to allow individuals to retrieve them. City officials blamed the injunction for causing trash pile-ups and a public health crisis. However, backers of the ruling point to the ongoing Operation Healthy Streets initiative to clean sidewalks as evidence that the injunction still allows comprehensive street cleaning.

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