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H&M to Open ‘Flagship’ Store At FIGat7th
he Downtown retail explosion is continuing in a big way: By spring, H&M will be in the Central City. Officials with the Sweden-based chain and Brookfield Properties announced last week that H&M will open a 30,000-square-foot “flagship” store at the FIGat7th shopping complex. The deal is for 10 years; financial details were not disclosed. “Signing H&M at FIGat7th is a defining moment for our center and for retail in Downtown Los Angeles,” said Ed Hogan, national director of retail leasing for Brookfield Office Properties, in a prepared statement. “H&M is the perfect fashion anchor to compliment[sic] our dynamic retail mix of fashion and dining.” The deal continues the strong run of retail additions at FIGat7th, which Brookfield bought in 2006 and spent $40 million upgrading. A 104,000-square-foot City Target opened there in October 2012, and Sport Chalet debuted a 26,800-squarefoot outpost this spring. A 27,000-square-foot shop for Spanish fashion retailer Zara is also slated to open in the spring. H&M could face competition: Urban Outfitters is scheduled to open a shop at 812 S. Broadway in the old Rialto Theatre by the end of the year, and Swedish company Acne is readying a store at Ninth Street and Broadway. A Ross Dress for Less opened at 719 S. Broadway in March.
October 21, 2013
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS
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he LA Law Library is hosting a Public Legal Services Fair in Downtown on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 25 legal aid organizations, government agencies, social service and community-based groups will assemble at 301 W. First St. to host a series of clinics and consultations. Topics will include how to get your record expunged, family law and citizenship eligibility. There will be a variety of resources for people seeking jobs, including resume reviews, and interview and wardrobe consultations. The fair will offer free makeovers and haircuts for lowincome women. Additional information is at (213) 784-7372 or email@example.com.
Peking Tavern Brings a Taste Of Beijing to Downtown While Chinatown is full of authentic Chinese establishments, there have historically been few options for the cuisine in the heart of Downtown. Now, that is changing. Peking Tavern, a Chinese gastropub from first-time restaurateurs Andrew Chiu and Andrew Wong, opened this month at Eighth and Spring streets. The restaurant offers a menu of Chinese favorites that the proprietors said will change every week. Dishes that have already appeared on the menu include beef roll, scallion pancakes and zha jiang mein, or hand-pulled noodles in a black bean and pork sauce. Unlike most Chinese restaurants, Peking Tavern offers a wide array of craft brews as well as a cocktail program from Cari Hah, who had stints at The Varnish and the Glendale bar Neat. Peking Tavern opens at 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; the kitchen closes at 10 p.m. and last call is at 11 p.m.
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hen Eric Garcetti beat Wendy Greuel in the May mayoral election, only 23.3% of eligible voters cast ballots. Now, a pair of city officials are trying to combat the turnout that made Los Angeles something of an electoral laughingstock. Last week, Garcetti and City Council President Herb Wesson announced that they will form a nine-person citizens’ panel charged with finding ways to increase participation. Four members of the commission will be appointed by Garcetti and four more will
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October 21, 2013
Angels Flight Management Should Step Down
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he Sept. 5 derailment of Angels Flight was shocking. Though no one was hurt, it was impossible not to be reminded of the tragic 2001 accident that killed one man and injured seven other people. Angels Flight was closed for nine years after that accident, and when it reopened, the operators went to great lengths to assure the public that the faulty gear and drive system that caused the crash had been replaced. The California Public Utilities Commission approved the resumption of service, and until the latest disturbing turn of events, there had been a de facto assumption by riders that there is no risk in boarding the inclined railway connecting Bunker Hill and Hill Street. The derailment nearly six weeks ago proves that the assumption was misguided. However, that is not the extent of the problem: An Oct. 10 report from the National Transportation Safety Board reveals that Angels Flight has been plagued by a series of safety and operational issues that would certainly worry any rider aware of them. While an investigation into the cause of the crash has not been completed, the NTSB was moved to issue an “urgent safety recommendation” to the CPUC, which again has the ultimate say as to if and when the railway can reopen. The NTSB finding that Angels Flight operators used a tree branch to override the funicular’s safety system is jaw dropping (more on that below). That was only one in a series of five safety concerns cited in the NTSB report. Several weeks ago, this page pondered whether Angels Flight could ever be made safe. The details in the “urgent recommendation” seem to indicate that no matter who runs it, it may be impossible to make it safe in its current form. That said, the full safety question remains unanswered and will until the final report. We say the following with great reluctance: While Angels Flight has a long and admirable history of dedicated, well-intentioned volunteer leadership, it is unlikely that the public will ever trust this group again, and with obvious caveats they almost certainly shouldn’t. With sadness we have come to believe that the solution for Angels Flight does not include the current leadership. Even in the unlikely event that management is entirely cleared by the CPUC, there will still be a taint on the Angels Flight management team. That’s the best case. Thus, John Welborne, the volunteer president of the Angels Flight Railway Foundation, should step down from his position. Any other upper-level staff who it is determined knew about the safety risks but did nothing to stop them, also need to resign. This applies as well to any members of the board of directors who were aware of the problems but did not step in to halt them. The board is supposed to provide oversight, and its members were either uninformed of the issues, didn’t think they were serious or were willing to ignore them. Angels Flight’s problems are encapsulated by (but not limited to) the tree branch. The NTSB report notes that the railway had been experiencing unintended stops for months, and that when the two cars suddenly halted during their rise or descent, the only way to get them going again would be to manually depress the “start” button. It goes on to state that by the day of the accident, “these undesired stops were occurring multiple times on each trip.”
The report then states, “The operators had broken a branch off a nearby tree and wedged it against the start button to keep it depressed, negating the safety feature. According to the individual operating at the time of the accident, operators had been using the branch for months, and senior Angels Fight management officials were aware of the practice.” Two things in particular stand out about this: First, we struggle to comprehend how a jammed stick could ever be construed as a reasonable solution for something that carries members of a trusting public. Wedging a tree branch into the “start” button sounds like something a child might invent. It is astounding to hear that this remained in place, and apparently became accepted as normal, over the course of months. Second is the line about management being aware of what was happening. Though no one is mentioned by name, the line implies that Welborne and others knew about the practice. If, for some reason, Welborne was ignorant of what was occurring, then that is equally unacceptable. Unlike, say, Metro, Angels Flight has one route: up and down the hill. Any manager should know what is occurring in this very limited operation. The tree branch was not the only problem. The NTSB also found that “CPUC inspectors have observed abnormal wheel and rail wear,” and although grease was applied to segments to alleviate concerns, the abnormal wear remained. Then there was a section about the track brake system. “In summary,” stated the report, “multiple issues with the design and operation of the track brake system bring into question its effectiveness as a safety brake.” The NTSB report also cited end gates that it said are too low to prevent people from being ejected in a crash, and a lack of safety walkways for when evacuations are required. On Sept. 5, the report stated, “There was no walkway or railing to prevent either the firefighter or any of the passengers from falling about 25 feet off the ends of the railroad ties to the concrete sidewalk below.”
Imagine if a stoppage occurred during a school field trip or another time children were riding. The concerns of a fall are terrifying. These problems are appalling in their own right, but they take on added weight given Angels Flight’s past. The railway’s present is inextricably linked to the death of an 83-year-old Holocaust survivor 12 years ago. A failing gear and drive system caused one car to slip down the tracks and slam into the other. Given that history, a series of current unknown forced stops should have been a spur to immediately halt operations, conduct an investigation and make repairs. Overriding the safety feature with a stick makes no sense when unintended stops were occurring several times each ride. Having a safety brake with questionable effectiveness is not acceptable. Welborne and other Angels Flight officials would not speak with Los Angeles Downtown News in the wake of the NTSB report. Their only communication was an Oct. 11 written statement that was generically assigned to “an Angels Flight spokesman.” It did not address the tree branch or the assertion that management knew about it. It said, in part, “Replacement equipment to improve the car braking (the system’s fifth level of redundant braking) is being manufactured and will be installed when it is available.” Welborne did admirable work to bring Angels Flight back to life. Without his leadership, Downtown Los Angeles would not have had an endearing funicular that, when operational, connects us to our past and makes the community a more enjoyable place. He deserves credit for this. However, just because someone brings back a railway does not mean that person is the best one to run it and to ensure that members of the public are safe at all times. Clearly, that is beyond the scope of Welborne and the current brass. If Angels Flight is ever to run again, and if the public is ever to trust in its safety, then a new leadership team is needed.
October 21, 2013
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The Future Of the Arts District By George Rollins and Paul Solomon n the Sept. 2 editorial “Competing Arts District BID Groups Should Work Together for the Common Good,” Los Angeles Downtown News said the two entities seeking to create a replacement for the Arts District Business Improvement District should overcome egos and unite for the benefit of the community. This admirable sentiment ignores the fact that we, the founders of the Arts District Community Council LA (ADCCLA), have tried to do exactly this. Our proposal offers many benefits to the Arts District. The ADCCLA’s proposed BID is a Community Benefit District that requires only 30% of the community to petition to trigger a vote
GUEST OPINION to disband. In other words, the community can shut the BID down when they do not want it. Additionally, there is community input and transparency: The ADCCLA includes an oversight board for clean and safe services comprised of representatives from each area homeowners association and from commercial and industrial properties. The ADCCLA board founders and initial advisory board members are a diverse group, representative of the community. ADCCLA is efficient and appropriate in financial matters; its year one budget is $793,000 and grows 3% annually, as needed. The ADCCLA is a coalition of diverse, resident property owners who believe it is better to have a long-term vision of the Arts District developed and implemented by people who actually live and work in the Arts District. We see the establishment of a clean and safe program as just one element to support the intelligent growth of the Arts District. ADCCLA intends to add public spaces, green the streets and improve the quality of life for all residents and businesses, utilizing grants and partnerships as complementary sources of funding. ADCCLA has created a land use committee to generate ideas and a forum to safeguard the unique character of the neighborhood while promoting sustainable development that will provide for the long-term increase in the value of all properties. The ADCCLA advocates improving quality of life, which will build community and sustainable, long-term value, and guarantee significant returns — financial, social and emotional — to all who care about the Arts District. For the ADCCLA, the district is our home and workplace, not only an investment, and we are here to stay. George Rollins and Paul Solomon represent the ADCCLA board.
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Regarding the article “Huizar Motion Would Prohibit Low-Rise Buildings in Parts of Downtown,” by Eddie Kim, published Oct. 14 Huizar’s motion is the right thing for Downtown for a lot of reasons: proximity to transit, proximity to jobs, tourism. But also if we want Downtown to be the true center of L.A., it needs architecture to support that. The boring, Continued on page 13
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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS
iPadcalypse Now Getting Apple Devices Into the Hands Of LAUSD Students Is Worth the Fight By Jon Regardie hicago had the Great Fire of 1871. San Francisco experienced the Great Earth quake of 1906. Now, Los Angeles is in the midst of the Great iPad Blowup of 2013. OK, comparing the conflagration wrought by Mrs. O’Leary’s cow and the devastation caused
THE REGARDIE REPORT by the rubbing of tectonic plates to the high minded aim by the Los Angeles Unified School District is preposterous. Still, the iPad debate has erupted into one of the hottest, most important and most entertaining stories of the year. The iPadapalooza has everything you could ask for in a scandal, if only it were anything close to a scandal. It’s got technology and the future of the education of Los Angeles’ chil dren. It’s got a billiondollar budget. It’s got the secretly preserved brain of Steve Jobs wired to 1,001 servers in an underground bunker in Cupertino. It’s got a reformminded LAUSD su perintendent kicking against complacency. It doesn’t actually have the Jobs’ brain/bunker part, but it does have everything else, including a plethora of observers who think that because they own a $499 iPad (with Retina display!) or have seen one on TV, they’re qualified to weigh in on the subject. Which, in the modern era with blogs and stuff, they probably are. For the record, I don’t have an iPad, but I do have a first grader enrolled at a LAUSD school
and a second child who enters kindergarten next year. I also own stock in Apple, which seems like the type of thing I should disclose, though I’d be far happier about disclosing this if I’d sold most of it back when the price was hovering near $700 a share. Longterm capital gains taxes aside, the iPad calypse is at a crucial moment. On Oct. 29, the LAUSD board is primed to dig into the issue, with a special iPad ihearing at its iheadquarters. At that meeting, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, who has spearheaded the project, believing it is necessary to ensure that children from lowincome households have the same tools as more affluent students, will detail his revised rollout plan for the magical devices. This is probably a wise move, because his goal of dispersing about 650,000 of them by fall 2014 is part of what ignited the current fracas. Deasy’s 2.0 vision involves getting the final iPads into all students’ hands a year later, in fall 2015. It’s not surprising that some people are clucking over the move that will essentially tell LAUSD students that they should be Apple customers for life. Deasy has taken a giant, bold step with iPadathon, and the last time the dis trict did something so audacious was in 1997 when the board finally voted to stop using aba cuses and instead try calculators (joking!). While some question the device’s worth in a classroom setting, in general I’m in favor of iPadding the schools. I’m 94% certain that this
LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy wants to give every district student an iPad. Whether the kids will be able to use the devices to visit websites such as Facebook and Foxnews.com has not been determined.
Internet and tablet thing will stick around for a while, and given that society will become increasingly techdriven, it makes sense to ensure that all of today’s students are prepared for tomorrow’s jobs. Whoa, I just wrote some thing that sounds like a commercial slogan! Some wonder whether the iPad is the appro priate device. But it’s the best thing out there, and what else are you going to try, a Microsoft Surface tablet? The problem, in this case, is that an entire army of devils is in the details, and the initial test dispersal of iPads to a few schools was not accompanied by a clear explanation about the little things. The biggest hubbub came when about 300 high school students worked around their de vices’ firewalls and opted to surf the web freely. The only surprising things about this are that a) anyone was actually surprised, and b) the
workaround took longer than 10 minutes. If the iPad planning team had ever met a high school student, they would have known that telling kids, “You can’t use this amazing de vice to access Facebook, YouTube and the other sites you want” is basically daring them to do so. Additionally, unless the firewall is designed by Mark Zuckerberg, the kids are going to get around it, and it’s going to be like a zombie apocalypse — once the first one cracks the code, he or she will share it with everyone they know, and the entire system will break down in a few days. That brings up a point no one wants to dis cuss, but that everyone had better face: If you give middle and high schoolers iPads, they are going to use the machines to visit the most vicious, disgusting, offensive websites ever cre ated: No, I’m not talking about Foxnews.com or Continued on page 20
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October 21, 2013
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Nine-Story Steel-and-Glass Structure Could Rise Next to Vibiana Developer Aims to Create 238 Housing Units in Historic Core By Donna Evans ix years ago, with the Downtown residential revolution in full swing, a literally high-minded proposal was floated for a lot next to an approximately 130-year-old historic cathedral: A development team wanted to build a 41-story condominium tower. That project, which called for 300 residences, never got off the ground, in part because of the recession that froze most development in Downtown. Now, the site is back in play. The high-rise vision, however, is long gone. Weintraub Real Estate Group is in the early planning stage for a nine-story steel-and-glass housing complex that would rise just south of the former St. Vibiana’s cathedral. The project would include 238 residential units with 3,600 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The project comprises seven parcels of land totaling approximately 83,000 square feet, and extends south of Second Street through the block between Los Angeles and Main streets. The project would include three levels of underground parking for residents. Jim Pugh, an associate in the real estate, land use and environmental practice group at law firm Shepherd Mullin, presented the plans to the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee last week. Pugh said the project is at the site review stage, having received approvals from the Department of City Planning’s Urban Design Studio and the city’s Office of Historic Resources. The next step is
a Zoning Administration hearing, which should be scheduled in the next few weeks, Pugh said. Financial details and a timeline for the project have not been released. The project would stand in sharp contrast to the 1876 deconsecrated cathedral. Developer Tom Gilmore purchased the earthquake-damaged building for $4.6 million and, with partner Richard Weintraub (head of the Weintraub Real Estate Group), spent $8 million turning it into a private events space. The environmental impact report that was previously approved for the proposed 41-story tower is still intact, Pugh said. He added that the revised plan from Nadel Architects includes a recreation area on the roof with a pool and spa, as well as pedestrian walkways connecting Los Angeles to Main streets on the north side of the project. The proposal drew a positive response from the DLANC committee members, who have only advisory powers on projects. “This is more appropriate for the neighborhood than what we had before,” committee member Russell Brown said. Renderings of the steel and concrete structure, projected onto the wall, prompted questions from Simon Ha, an architect and cochair of the DLANC committee. The drawings showed balconies and a more pronounced depth to the windows on the Main Street side of the edifice, with a seemingly flatter design on the north side facing the cathedral, and the rear of the structure on Los Angeles Street.
A rendering of Weintraub Real Estate Group’s proposed project next to the former Vibiana cathedral.
image by Nadel Architects
“These designs look very conceptual to me. I just want to make sure what you’re presenting to us is what’s getting built,” Ha said, pointing out that the building is several stories taller than the cathedral. Nadel architect Dale Yonkin said the Los Angeles Street side would match the depth and design of the front. Pugh added that the intent is to build what the renderings represent, with room for minor changes. Both Brown and DLANC president Patti Berman raised concerns about a loss of public parking, as the project site is currently a lot used
by patrons of businesses including Pitfire Pizza, Groundwork Cafe and the Downtown Independent theater, all of which are across the street. The committee voted 7-0 to send a letter in support of the project to the city. The project would not be the only new addition to the area. Gilmore is part of a group looking to turn a portion of the cathedral’s former rectory into Red Bird, a restaurant that will be helmed by chef Neal Fraser. Bill Chait, a partner in establishments including Downtown’s Bestia and Rivera, is also involved with the project. firstname.lastname@example.org
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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS
Developer to Buy Park Fifth Site And Build Mid- and High-Rise Project MacFarlane Partners Working on Designs for Lot North of Pershing Square By Eddie Kim he Park Fifth project was one of the most notable casualties of the recession. Instead of a $1.3 billion complex highlighted by a 76-story condominium tower overlooking Pershing Square, Downtown ended up with a parking lot. For months the closest Park Fifth came to reality was a paintsplattered sign. Those who fretted over the failure of a high-rise at the northeast corner of Fifth and Olive streets might be able to take a breather: Heavyweight real estate investor MacFarlane Partners is in escrow to purchase the 99,000-square foot Park Fifth parcel and plans to construct a mid- and high-rise complex for residential and retail use. Escrow is scheduled to close next March, said MacFarlane Partners Managing Principal and President Gregory Vilkin. The negotiations for the purchase began about nine months ago, and MacFarlane is aiming to begin construction in the fourth quarter of 2014. The company declined to divulge the purchase price for the lot. Vilkin said MacFarlane Partners is in the midst of the project design process and is amending the existing entitlements on the parcel. He said the development will have around 600,000 square feet of space, about half the square footage of the Park Fifth plan.
“This reduction will also cut back the environmental impacts such as pollution and traffic, which were also points of conflict with the old project,” Vilkin said. “It’s more realistic.” Park Fifth was one of the most attentiongenerating projects of the previous Downtown real estate boom. Developer David Houk en- visioned a 76-story tower and a 44-floor structure connected by a 15-floor residential building, a 212-room hotel and retail and restaurant space. In a June 2007 “introduction” of the project to Downtowners held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, servers passed out Wolfgang Puck appetizers and drinks dubbed Park Fifth Martinis. The project was approved by the Commu nity Redevelopment Agency in April 2008 and by the City Council a month later. Houk planned to break ground by the end of 2008. However, that timeline coincided with the onset of the national recession, and Houk was never able to move forward as the lending markets froze. The proposed MacFarlane development comes amid a debate about how to spur more high-rise development in Downtown. There are increasing concerns that low-density, woodframe construction is taking over key parcels across the Central City, as these projects tend
The site on the northeast corner of Fifth and Hill Streets was once intended to become Park Fifth, a complex highlighted by a 76-story condominium tower.
photo by Gary Leonard
to be easier to finance and build than highrises. In an effort to combat the trend, 14th District City Councilman José Huizar authored a motion that would push incentives for highrise development while prohibiting low-rise structures in certain parts of Downtown for 18 months. The area around Pershing Square is one of the places where the moratorium would be in effect. Vilkin said that MacFarlane’s plans for the parcel would not conflict with the moratorium. Huizar’s office is in favor of the company’s current plan, in fact. “We saw a number of proposals for that parcel and there was a lot of inconsistency with regard to the vision of a denser, more efficient Downtown,” said Paul Habib, chief of staff for
Huizar. “So it was great to see a big name backing an ambitious project that really has optimal growth in mind.” MacFarlane has collaborated on several highprofile Downtown Los Angeles projects, most notably partnering with Anschutz Entertain ment Group on the 1,001-room Convention Center hotel. It was also a development partner for the Sakura Crossing and Hikari apartments in Little Tokyo, Metropolitan Lofts in South Park and the residential conversion of 1100 Wilshire. “We’re delighted to be back in Los Angeles to develop an underutilized parcel of land, one that’s been promised development for decades — and now we’re going to make it happen,” Vilkin said. email@example.com
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The Arts District Becomes The Coffee District One Small Neighborhood Hosts Three Big Roasters, And That’s Just the Start of the Caffeine Scene By Donna Evans t just keeps getting easier to find a cup of artisan coffee in Downtown’s Arts District. Portland’s Stumptown moved into a 7,500-square-foot space on Santa Fe Avenue in September. Handsome Coffee Roasters celebrated its one-year anniversary at 582 Mateo St. in March. Urth Caffe, the first specialty coffee house to move into the then-predominantly industrial area back in 2008, keeps increasing sales of whole bean coffee from its headquarters at 451 S. Hewitt St. They’re not the only ones brewing up business. Santa-Cruz based Verve Coffee Roasters is planning to open a training facility and tasting room in the neighborhood dotted with industrial brick and concrete lofts. Zinc Café will be more restaurant than coffee, but it will also be pushing caffeine drinks when it debuts at 580 Mateo St. early next year. Then there are the other places to sit down and grab a double decaf cappuccino or a halfcaf, nonfat double pump mocha: Novel Café has long had a spot on Traction Avenue, and Daily Dose is a small cafe on Industrial Street near the Toy Factory and Biscuit Company lofts. So, what is it about the Arts District, which comprises approximately 52 blocks and has only a few thousand residents, that makes it a percolating coffee district?
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Representatives of the three big roasting companies all point to the increasingly vibrant community. The neighborhood in the last few years has experienced a commercial and residential renaissance, and these days common sights include parents pushing strollers and loft dwellers walking dogs, running, bicycling and skateboarding. Additionally, hundreds of new apartments and condominiums will be opening in the next few years, bringing even more customers through the coffee houses’ heavy glass doors. “Community develops around restaurants and coffee bars. It’s a historical precedent, and it certainly rings true here,” said Anthony Carnazzo, general manager for Handsome Coffee, a 3,500-square-foot establishment with concrete floors, a high ceiling and interior windows that offer a peek at its Probat roaster. Carnazzo believes the more amenities a neighborhood offers, the better it is for everyone in the area. Carnazzo acknowledges that the competition could be a challenge in the short term. However, he takes a long-term approach. Actually, it may not be that long. Next fall, the first move-ins are expected at One Santa Fe, a 438-apartment complex across from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. In the spring of 2014, Legendary Development plans to break ground on a 472-unit apart-
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Handsome Coffee Roasters General Manager Anthony Carnazzo says having three prominent coffee makers in the Arts District may mean short-term competition, but he thinks the growing area can ultimately support all the businesses.
Urth Caffe was the first upscale coffee purveyor to set up in the Arts District, opening its headquarters on Mateo Street in 2008.
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can happen in Los Angeles.” Lounsbury, who grew up in Portland, said the Arts District has the feeling of a neighborhood on the cusp. The Stumptown team looked for a year and a half before setting up their first Los Angeles outpost. Other cafes sell their product line — Spring for Coffee in the Historic Core, Café de Leche in Highland Park and The Trails in Griffith Park — but the Arts District was the perfect spot to fire up their roaster and open a tasting room, he said. If business owners are welcoming competition with a more-the-merrier attitude, it’s little surprise that customers share the perspective.
On the patio at Stumptown one sunny morning last week, Ruben Hughes waited, beverage-less, for a friend to arrive before ordering the day’s drip. The New York resident is used to walking through neighborhoods offering a variety of choices. While he imagines it could be a challenge for the owners, Hughes sees it as a positive for the consumer. “Options are always a good thing,” he said. While observers may not have expected a clutch of coffee houses in the compact neighborhood, Shallom Berkman is not surprised. Five years ago he and his wife and business partner Jilla brought coffee roasting to the Arts
District. They made the Downtown Urth the hub for the mini-chain’s operations. Berkman, who was instantly drawn to the industrial feel of the converted brick warehouse, also noted a parallel between the bohemian culture of coffee houses of the 1960s and ’70s and the makeup of the Arts District: Both are filled with artists, musicians and designers. “All those fields go great with coffee,” he laughed. In addition to selling a wide array of food, Urth Caffe roasts beans across the spectrum, from light to dark, while Handsome focuses on the lighter end. Although Stumptown also
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Huizar Sued for Sexual Harassment by Former Staffer Councilman Admits ‘Consensual’ Relationship, Denies Illegal Behavior By Donna Evans rancine Godoy, the former deputy chief of staff to 14th District City Councilman José Huizar, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against her ex-boss last week. Hours after the suit was filed on Thursday, Oct. 17, Huizar admitted to having an “occasional and consensual relationship” with Godoy, but denied any illegal activity. The complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by attorney Michael Eisenberg of Eisenberg & Associates, alleges that Huizar engaged in a “campaign of sexual harassment and retaliation” against Godoy, who left Huizar’s office in the spring. Godoy initially filed a workplace discrimination complaint against the councilman on June 7. In an emailed statement from the law firm Walsh & Associates, attorney Robert Alaniz said Huizar is “shocked and surprised” by the claims in the lawsuit, adding that the allegations of illegal behavior are “absolutely false and malicious.” Alaniz went on to say that the lawsuit does not mention the romantic relationship, “which the Councilmember deeply regrets.” According to the lawsuit, in October 2012, Huizar suggested to Godoy that she run for a position on the Community College Board of Trustees. He told Godoy that with his endorsement, she would be the Faculty Guild’s candidate, the document states.
On Oct. 8, in Huizar’s City Hall office, the councilman told Godoy he would support her in her campaign if she had sex with him, the complaint states. After refusing Huizar’s advances, the councilman went into Godoy’s office, opened her drawers, and took her belongings and files into his office. The suit also alleges that at about 10 p.m. on Nov. 1, Huizar called Godoy and told her to meet him in his car, parked down the street from her home. During that meeting, Huizar told Godoy he “doesn’t feel close to her” and that they needed to be closer in order for him to support her candidacy. Godoy interpreted this as a sexual advance and refused. At that point, the complaint states, Huizar said he would cancel Godoy’s endorsement meeting scheduled for the next morning. The complaint alleges that Godoy showed up, only to have the Faculty Guild look surprised to see her. She was later told that Huizar had pulled his support, telling the Guild that Godoy had an ailing brother who needed her care and that she was no longer able to run for the position. In late December and early this year, the complaint says, Godoy was told that she should no longer show up at the office and instead work from home. Her assignments and duties were cut significantly. “Plaintiff would sit home much of her time with no work to perform since she was being retaliated against by Huizar due to her refusal
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to have sex with him,” the complaint states. Godoy eventually left Huizar’s office and took a position with the Bureau of Sanitation. The lawsuit claims that Huizar acted in a “deliberate, cold, callous, malicious, oppressive and intentional manner.” Godoy is asking for “sufficiently high” damages that would punish Huizar, along with court costs and attorney fees. Huizar and his wife Richelle have four children, the youngest of whom, a daughter, was
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A Rundown on Downtown Incidents, Trends and Criminal Oddities. By Donna Evans n the Central City Crime Report, we survey the recent week in public safety. All information is provided by the LAPD’s Central Division.
Spray Painting Problem: A security guard patrolling SB Lofts on Oct. 11 at 1:30 a.m. spotted a woman spray painting the wall at Fifth and Los Angeles streets. The woman then spray painted the guard’s helmet and ran, but he caught up and held her down. At that point, she bit the man’s finger. Herbal Heist: Unidentified suspects smashed the skylight of a medical marijuana dispensary in the 200 block of Washington Boulevard late on Oct. 5 and made off with $40,000 worth of drugs. The surveillance camera might not have been working and, police noted, this marked the third burglary report from the establishment in sixth months. Herbal Heist II: A man with proceeds from a marijuana dispensary was robbed at gunpoint on Oct. 2 in the 500 block of Fourth Street by two men pretending to be police officers. The man was carrying $7,500 out to his car at about 9:20 p.m. when someone yelled, “LAPD! Freeze!” A gun was placed
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against the man’s stomach and the suspect snatched the bag and his wallet. The suspects fled in a black Dodge charger with no plates. Herbal Heist III: Two men tried to steal another man’s medical marijuana at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 11 as he walked north on Flower Street toward Pico. The man ran into a store, The Holy Grail, and the suspects chased him. The victim tossed the bag of marijuana to the store manager, who lobbed it back to one of the suspects. After a short scuffle, both suspects fled.
Regarding the article “Skid Row Toilets Vandalized, Closed,” by Donna Evans, published online Aug. 23 The Skid Row toilets need light around them. Currently they are shrouded in darkness (expect for the one at Gladys Park because that park has night lighting). The first rule of thumb to increasing public safety is light, so why is it not being employed in Skid Row? There should be multiple sources of light streaming down on all these machines 24/7. There is no excuse not to have them illuminated, especially since the LAPD has repeatedly mentioned the crime that can occur around them. —Katherine McNenny, Aug. 23, 12:19 p.m.
Cell Phone Robbery: A man walking west on Sixth Street at Wall was offered drugs by two men just after midnight on Oct. 11. After he said no, he was attacked and forced to the ground. The assailants stole his cell phone and $55 in cash from his wallet. They tossed the wallet back to him and told him not to tell the police.
More bathrooms are not the answer. I would recommend a public hygiene center that is a clean, safe and dignified environment that would be free and open to all members of the public and include toilets, showers and laundry facilities. This kind of an urban rest stop has been successful in downtown Seattle and I believe a similar idea would benefit the homeless individuals in Skid Row. Instead of
Domestic Shootout: A woman and her boyfriend shot each other during a fight at 18th and Main streets on Oct. 12 at 7:20 p.m. The woman was hit in the shoulder and taken to California Hospital. The man was struck in his upper thigh and back. Both suspects were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
more bathroom politics on Skid Row, why don’t we start actually pursuing constructive, alternative approaches to dealing with concerns about homeless people? —Trent Bolden, Aug. 24, 1:19 p.m. Regarding the article “MyFigueroa Street Plan Released,” published online Aug. 14 My question is, when are those who make the decisions going to realize that DTLA will not evolve with thinking like this? Yes, traffic should be a concern, but if the goal is to be more pedestrian friendly, cars will have to take a lesser priority. There has got to be give and take, otherwise things will stay the same. And this is one of the most pedestrianunfriendly cities I’ve lived in. —Mark Johnson, Aug. 14, 1:19 p.m. Regarding the article “Grass at Spring Street Park Fenced Off,” published online Aug. 10 At least the closure is temporary, unlike Angels Knoll. It just goes to show everyone that there is not enough green space to handle the needs of the community. For such a small park there is way too much hardscape, and I don’t think the grass gets enough sun — a problem which will only get worse in the winter months. —Brandon Guzman, Aug. 10, 6:27 p.m.
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Of S e p y t O e r Ste and Men JANM Exhibit Explores How Comics Depicted Asians Over Four Decades Marvels and Monsters highlights the portrayal of Asian characters — from villainous masterminds to seductive spies — over four decades of comics.
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restaurant in the Higgins Building is the boys’ father, Pawan. The brothers are pushing a menu that they say combines traditional Indian food with their modern Canadian upbringing. The hashtags on the menu reveal their social media savvy, and indeed, they are getting some attention from reputable food figures. “Indian has always been very, very traditional, and Badmaash has changed everything by being a gastropub,” said Merrill Shindler, a contributing editor to the Zagat Los Angeles restaurant guide and the host of a weekly radio show on dining and restaurants on KABC 790 AM. “They’re doing that lamb burger. It’s an American-Indian dish. They’re doing poutine, which is a French-Canadian heart attack dish that’s basically fries with gravy.” Family Business The family has long been in the restaurant business. Pawan learned classical French cooking techniques and earned a culinary degree from the Institute of Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition in India. He did not want to be interviewed for this story because he said Badmaash is his sons’ place. In 2002, Pawan opened Jaipur Grille, an Indian restaurant in Toronto. It was a traditional family business: Pawan was in the kitchen, his wife Ana handled the books and Nakul and Arjun did everything else. “We grew up in restaurants. That was our life,”
By Richard Guzmán everal things set Badmaash apart from most Indian restaurants. To start, there’s the decor. Rather than a milquetoast room with light color schemes, Badmaash is dominated by a wall with orange, black, blue, pink and purple stripes. At the base of the wall is a light red leather couch that sits on a distressed concrete floor. Then there’s the treatment given to Mahatma Gandhi. Instead of a regal, stoic portrait of the legendary civil rights leader, Badmaash has a series of second-story images of the man; in each he sports a different pair of brightly colored sunglasses. One is hot pink. When it comes to the food, things are also, well, different. The one-page menu offers a section called #foodporn#badmaashla. The dishes include a spiced lamb burger, something called Holy Cow! Keema POW!!, and a “Badass” chicken tikka. It is all as intentional as it is unusual, said Nakul Mahendro, who co-owns the restaurant with his brother Arjun. It also, he believes, reflects the evolving neighborhood. “Downtown is where we feel at home,” Nakul said. “Everyone here is cool and accepting and we feel like it’s the best place for a cool, openminded restaurant to do its thing.” Badmaash, which loosely translated means “badass” in Hindi, opened in May. Working the kitchen of the 2,000-square-foot, two-story
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Mr. Kanye West is the greatest rapper of our time. Or so he would have you believe. He would also like you to know that he is in fact a god, a “creative genius” and a “messenger.” On Saturday, Oct. 26, and again on Oct. 28, you can judge for yourself as the tight-jawed sensation seizes the stage at Staples Center. As the demi-deity churns through blistering tracks off this year’s offering Yeezus, you’ll be so enchanted that you may almost forget he spawned with Kim Kardashian. Also on the bill is Los Angeles’ own rap phenom Kendrick Lamar who, despite a recent and auspicious diss track, seems to have retained his sense of objectivity. At 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7100 or staplescenter.com.
WEDNESDay, OcTObER 23 Andrew Demetre at Last Bookstore Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., (213) 488-0599 or lastbookstorela.com. 7 p.m.: Demetre discusses and signs his latest work of nonfiction, Drinking and Driving in Urumqi, in which he chronicles the culture of China’s Uyghur ethnic minority. Yes, you’ve heard this story 10,000 times, but Demetre has a true way with words. The New Office, at Town Hall LA CBRE Headquarters, 400 S. Hope St., 11th floor or townhall-la.org. 8:30 a.m.: Gaze upon the corporate wonder that is CBRE’s new headquarters as experts pontificate on the work environment’s ability to keep an employee productive, happy and, once again, productive.
FRIDay, OcTObER 25 Mindshare Masquerade Lot 613, 613 Imperial St. or mindshare.la 7 p.m.: The curious collection of inquisitive souls and free spirits hosts a night of black-light DJs including Pumpkin!, Anton Tumas, the Black 22s and more. Additionally, lecturers will discuss the psychology of fear, virtual reality and artificial smells. So bring grandma! Four Worthy Adversaries 1820 Industrial St. #103 or fourworthyadversaries.com. 6 p.m.: Live art, film and performances by Bunny West and Yonatan Monster round out the bill for this benefit for the Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center. SaTuRDay, OcTObER 26 Noche de Ofrenda Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-8080 or grandparkla.org. 6 p.m.: Kicking off the week preceding Dia de los Muertos,
With the Dodgers’ playoff run and the impending start of the NBA season, it may have slipped your mind that the polar ice caps are melting at record rates. That’s where Cynthia Hopkins comes in. The filmmaker/performance artist/musician/social commentator will be presenting This Clement World, a multimedia treatise on our volatile planet, on Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 24-27, at REDCAT. We know harsh truths that come with a moral imperative to reassess the current global paradigm are not terribly well received in the Kanye era, but for those looking for a change, Hopkins will be on hand for some witty re-analysis. At 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or redcat.org.
When it comes to the dynamic world of consumer electronics, few design gurus are as gilded as Tom and David Kelley. As founders of Palo Alto design firm IDEO, the Kelley bros have had their hands in countless projects, among them the first mouse for Apple. They’ve just released the book Creative Confidence, and will talk about it on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 8 a.m., at a breakfast gathering hosted by the Live Talks Business Forum. For early birds who make it out to the headquarters of architectural firm Gensler, the Kelley brothers will be bringing the proverbial “worm” in the form of years of hard-won knowhow. At 500 S. Figueroa St. or business.livetalksla.org.
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ThuRSDay, OcTObER 24 Jean-Christophe Valtat at Last Bookstore Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., (213) 488-0599 or lastbookstorela.com. 8 p.m.: Throw on your goggles and dream of an alternate gilded age reality as steampunk author Jean-Christophe Valtat debuts his latest novel, Luminous Chaos.
Calling all arachnophiles: We are rapidly approaching the close of the Natural History Museum’s creepy crawly Spider Pavilion. Come Nov. 3, your local repository of eight-legged creatures will enter hibernation. The exhibit features a variety of spider species going on about their spinning business. You can purchase tickets ($3 adults, $2 students/seniors, $1 children) for 30-minute intervals each day between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Fans of the Marvel superhero are reminded that intentionally getting bitten by a spider and then exposing oneself to large dosages of radiation via your microwave has been disproved as a source of super powers. At 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 763-3466 or nhm.org.
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TuESDay, OcTObER 22 Andrew Solomon at Aloud Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7500 or lfla.org. 7:15 p.m.: Author Andrew Soloman illuminates (or tries to illuminate) the great crisis of personal understanding and identity in the age of alienation. He’ll read and talk with Thomas Curwen of the L.A. Times.
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6th Annual Halloween Party for Downtown LA Kids Grand Hope Park at FIDM, 919 S. Grand Ave. or www.DowntownLA.com/Halloween This annual event for Downtown LA’s children and families includes trick-or-treat doors, face painting, crafts, a bounce house, video game truck, puppet shows, hot dogs, and candy. Avoid the lines and buy your tickets today! Hosted by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District, FIDM, and Ralphs Fresh Fare. Thursday, October 31, 5-8pm.Tickets are $5 (children under 2 free). “Day of the Dead!” Where the Show Belongs! Pico House, El Pueblo Historical Monument, 424 N. Main St. or www.YaleCabaretHollywood.com Yale Cabaret Hollywood performs a live reading of Dyanne Asimow’s one-act play “Day of the Dead.” An old Olvera Street candlemaker chooses between immortality and love. Anything can happen. Sunday, October 27, 2:30pm. Free.
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Halloween’s right around the corner and on Saturday, Oct. 26, the Eat See Hear film series celebrates the season with a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. The film playing at Los Angeles State Historic Park has something for everyone: Downtowners will relate to the hardships of maintaining an old hotel. Proud matriarchs will identify with doting Wendy. Many fathers will chuckle knowingly at Jack Torrance’s need to get away. CEOs will understand the rivers of blood coursing from elevators. Tickets are available online to the event, which also features a robust lineup of food trucks. At 1245 N. Spring St. or eatseehear.com.
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October 21, 2013 Noche de Ofrenda invites Angelenos to participate in the season of remembrance with Tongva-led indigenous prayers, poetry and spoken word, and a community altar.
ROCK, POP & JAZZ Blue Whale 123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka St., (213) 620-0908 or bluewhalemusic.com. Oct. 21: Tatiana Parra’s Birthday Concert with Vardan Obsepian and special guests. Please, no presents. Oct. 22: Anthony Shadduck’s Double Quartet featuring Norton Wisdom. If it’s a double quartet, why don’t they just say octet? Oct. 23: Nick Mancini Trio with Gabe Noel and Zach Harmon. Oct. 24: Mark Dresser, Joshua White, Ben Schachter, Michael Dessen and Kjell Noredeson. Oct. 25: Michael Mull Octet (see, that was easy!) and Adam Kromelow Trio. Oct. 26: The Danny Janklow Quintet with Jon Pinson, Miro Sprague, Dave Robaire and Mike Cottone. Oct. 27: Andrea Wolper, Dennis Hamm and Ken Filiano. Bootleg Bar 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or bootlegtheater.org. Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.: Max and the Moon’s band bio claims the indie residents emerged “out of the combustive indie music scene of Southern California in 2009.” If anyone knows the whereabouts of these pyro-chic venues, be sure to let us know. Oct. 22, 8 p.m.: Electric Wire Hustle’s brand of synth pop is strangely soulful for two dudes from Wellington, New Zealand. Oct. 23, 8 p.m.: After the whole Yellowcard debacle we understand if you’re a bit gun shy when it comes to harder bands prominently featuring a violin, but the Sanglorians may just surprise you. Oct. 24, 8 p.m.: With their luchador masks and copious cover songs, El Conjunto Nueva Ola is Mexico City’s answer to Ghost, except without all those pro-Satan connotations. Oct. 25, 9 p.m.: Synth trio The Moth & The Flame are a testament to the enduring importance of innovative producers. Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.: Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds’ latest EP has Randy Jackson’s fingerprints all over it. Oct. 26, 9 p.m.: Greek chillwave heroes Keep Shelly in Athens are packing their brooding, ambient wash-heavy show into the darkest recesses of the Bootleg. Club Nokia 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or clubnokia.com. Oct. 23, 10 p.m.: If you like your electro loud, grimy and unorthodox, you’ll likely get a kick out of No Curfew featuring Diplo and Chromeo. Oct. 24, 8 p.m.: Some ground rules for Boston-built electro pop duo Timeflies: When you are two fashion-oriented dudes propagating bland pop music, you are not allowed to cite Robert Johnson as an influence. Oct. 26, 8 p.m.: If you long for 2002 (and who doesn’t?!) Club Nokia will be hosting a pop-punk time machine in the form of a Newfound Glory and Alkaline Trio tag team line up. Both bands have more hair left than expected. Escondite 410 Boyd St., (213) 626-1800 or theescondite.com. Oct. 21, 10 p.m.: Brian Walker resolutely refuses to be assimilated into Monster Mondays. Oct. 22, 10 p.m.: It’s Tuesday. Do you know where your children are? They’re likely not checking out Bunny West and Boom Boom Boom, but while you’re out searching, why not drop by and enjoy this terrific double bill? Oct. 23, 10 p.m.: Sam Outlaw and Ocha La Rocha embody the spirit of the American West by packing themselves into the corner stage. Oct. 24, 10 p.m.: Trip Rezac and Blackwater Jukebox will be getting back to their musical roots with some titillating guitar jams. Oct. 25, 9 p.m.: For the Kings gets the super big font on the Escondite calendar, just to remind you of their status as regent-worthy. Oct. 26, 10 p.m.: Lonesome Shark. Selachimorpha enthusiast or a loan payment enforcer suffering through a bout of isolation? You decide. Oct. 27, 10 p.m.: RT N the 44s’ habitual spot atop the Honky Tonk Sundays bill proves that various and sundry tasteful exercises in redneckery still have a place in these United States. Exchange LA 618 S. Spring St., (213) 627-8070 or exchangela.com. Oct. 25, 10 p.m.: Tonight’s Escape From Wonderland pre-party begs the question: If one goes through the looking glass in Downtown Los Angeles, do they arrive at someplace normal and well adjusted? Oct. 26, 10 p.m.: Boy George is back with his latest album This Is What I Do, which is hopefully less graphic than it sounds. Either way, he’ll be invading Spring Street this weekend. It’s too early to tell which L.A. Café dish he’ll be indulging in, but the super chili cheeseburger is a safe bet. Grammy Museum 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or grammymuseum.org. Oct. 22, 7 p.m.: Songwriters-in-the-Round features a group of splendid female tune penners. The program features Claudia Brant, Deana Carter, Christina Perri, Lauren Christy and Makeba Riddick. Ham and Eggs 433 W. Eighth St. or hamandeggstavern.com. Oct. 24, 9 p.m.: The Echo and the Sound. Oct. 25, 9 p.m.: Plateaus. Continued on next page
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Continued from previous page Honeycut 819 S. Flower St., (213) 688-0888 or honeycutla.com. Oct. 22, 10 p.m.: Strangeheart’s synth pop takes over the lightup dance floor yet again. Nokia Theatre 777 Chick Hearn Court, (213) 763-6030 or nokiatheatrelalive.com. Oct. 24, 8 p.m.: Self-proclaimed Born Sinner and rap sensation J. Cole drops by to bring Nokia Theatre’s psychic vibes back to neutral after Hillsong Conference USA. Oct. 25, 8 p.m.: Music 4 The Soul: A Spectacular Funk Fest is a benefit for low income kids who attend private schools. The show features Cameo, The Dramatics, Tierra, DW3, New Birth Los Angeles Downtown News and more. 1264 W. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026 Oct. 26, 8:30 p.m.: It’s Iranian singer/songwriters Ebi & Shadphone: 213-481-1448 • fax: 213-250-4617 mehr. web: DowntownNews.com • email: email@example.com facebook: L.A. Downtown News
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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS
Nola’s 734 E. Third St., (213) 680-3003 or nolasla.com. Oct. 25, 7 p.m.: South LA Blues All Stars. One-Eyed Gypsy 901 E. First St., (626) 340-3529 or one-eyedgypsy.com. Oct. 23: RT N the 44s. Oct. 25: Will Magid. Oct. 26: Olive and the Mob. Oct. 27: Lil Death. Orpheum Theatre 842 Broadway, (877) Sue 677-4386 Editor & PublishEr: Laris or laorpheum.com. GENErAl MANAGEr: Dawn female Eastin singing trio Pandora prom Oct. 25, 8 p.m.: Mexican ises to open up a box of chaos more explosive than a plate full of ExEcutivE Editor: Jon Regardie Umamicatessen’s cured pork. stAFF writErs: Donna Evans, Eddie Kim Redwood Bar andKathryn Grill Maese coNtributiNG Editor: coNtributiNG Jeff Favre, Fischer, 316 W. SecondwritErs: St., (213) 652-4444 orGreg the redwoodbar.com. Kristin Kylie&Jane Wakefield Oct.Friedrich, 23: Tim Greene The Saviors.
MORE LISTINGS Hundreds of listings of fun and interesting things to do in Downtown Los Angeles can also be found online at ladowntownnews. com/calendar: Rock, Pop & Jazz; Bars & Clubs; Farmers Markets; Events; Film; Sports; Art Spaces; Theater, Dance and Opera; Classical Music; Museums; and Tours.
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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS
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Twitter.com/SarahPalinUSA. Seriously, if you hand the average hormone-ravaged 16-yearold an iPad that can be taken home, once he or she has dispensed with your silly firewall, they are going to spend four to seven hours a night in some combination of playing video games, watching pornography, stealing music or mercilessly slagging each other. If there’s an hour left over some homework might get done. Does the LAUSD want to deal with the legal tangles related to what happens on school-provided devices? That is one reason a high-ranking educator friend, whom I’ll call Michael Vick because he is silly enough to like the Philadelphia Eagles, suggests keeping the iPads locked in school cabinets every single moment that they are not in use in the classroom. Michael Vick has also heard rumors of kids getting jumped, with thieves hanging out near schools, knowing that students will be walking home with expensive iPads (with Retina display!). Then there are the issues that concern younger children. I haven’t given my 6-year-old an iPad because a) she is 6, and b) I can’t fathom hearing “Can I play Candy Crush on my iPad?” 219 times an hour. Kids this age have a hard enough time keeping track of their shoes, and if you give them a $499 Apple device you’ll get what you deserve. They simply have no idea what it’s worth — heck, give a 6-year-old $5 and they’ll think they’ve hit the mother lode. These youthful tendencies will quickly become like an elementary school math problem: If you give 50 LAUSD first graders an iPad, and 10% of them drop it in the toilet, the bathtub or on the concrete, 5% spill milk or soda on it, and 15% just can’t remember where they left it, maybe in the closet or under the refrigerator or at the park, then how much money have you just cost the taxpayers? The answer: A lot! There are also worries and a lack of understanding on how much parents will get zapped when these things break or go missing. Some parents I know don’t want their kids to receive school iPads for this reason. Also, Michael Vick asked what happens if a child in a low-income household loses or breaks the device and it is his or her fault but the parent can’t pay? Is the child denied the equivalent of a 21st century textbook? These are serious issues, and they are only the proverbial tip of the iceberg. However, all the problems can probably be solved and the questions, even the hard ones, can likely be answered. In that regard the slower rollout should provide some learning room. The good news is that, under Deasy’s leadership, the LAUSD is ahead of the curve, and though this will likely become a tough battle for him, it’s a battle worth fighting. The other good news is that, amazingly, the LAUSD didn’t do something silly like purchase Microsoft Surface tablets. email@example.com
BADMAASH, 15 Also on the menu are three samosas. A traditional version made with potatoes and peas stands alongside a butter chicken samosa, which was Arjun’s idea, and the short rib with charred pineapple and cilantro, which was Nakul’s creation. “We had this thing before we opened the restaurant about which one was going to sell more,” Arjun said. “They’re neck and neck, but to be honest the short rib is phenomenal. I eat it when Nakul is not around.” One traditional element at Badmaash is the tandoori oven that’s used to cook familiar Indian dishes such as chicken tikka. At Badmaash, it is also used for the chili cheese naan. It is stuffed with hot chilies, American cheddar cheese and yogurt raita. Think of it as an Indian play on a quesadilla. Shindler said these types of dishes are making Badmaash stand out from other Indian restaurants in the city. More importantly, he thinks it may help redefine Indian food. “I think Badmaash is a nice addition to the restaurant scene,” he said. “It’s nice to see Indian food sort of coming out the dark ages, as it were. It’s not the same ol’ same ol.’” Badmaash is at 108 W. Seventh St., (213) 221-7466 or badmaashla.com.
Published on Oct 18, 2013