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A Budget Bomb for Downtown Officials Fear Brown’s Cuts Will Kill Plans For Cleantech Corridor and More Affordable Housing
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Jerry Brown at a Downtown appearance last September during the gubernatorial campaign. The new governor’s bold plan to close a $25 billion deficit would eliminate the Community Redevelopment Agency, which for decades has been a major player in Downtown redevelopment. by Ryan VaillancouRt staff wRiteR
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ast Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown dropped a budget bombshell that threatens to derail a slew of Downtown redevelopment projects and eliminate an agency that keyed the area’s commercial resurgence. At risk are projects including affordable housing and a green tech hub. Brown’s bold budget spares no public service, from education to healthcare, but Downtown stakeholders are mostly keyed in on his proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies. The Los Angeles
More Than 100 Galleries and 15,000 Pieces of Work Are on Display at This Week’s Los Angeles Art Show by RichaRd Guzmán
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investments in affordable housing have created or preserved thousands of apartments for low income and homeless individuals, just in Downtown. Like redevelopment agencies statewide, the CRA reinvests a portion of local property taxes known as “tax increment” into economic development projects and affordable housing in blighted areas. By investing in depressed corners of the urban fabric, the agency works to stimulate additional private investment in the same area. “The only way for us to really generate revenue see Budget, page 10
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Community Redevelopment Agency re-invests property tax revenues in depressed neighborhoods as a means to drive economic development. The move would save California $1.7 billion in the next fiscal year. But in inching the state closer to the black, critics of the plan say it would siphon away a critical fuel source in Downtown’s redevelopment engine. The CRA was the leading force behind the building of office towers on Bunker Hill in the 1970s and ’80s. In the ’90s, it played a key role in assembling the land where Staples Center was developed. Its
his is an interesting time for art in Downtown Los Angeles. Last Thursday, new Art Walk Director Joe Moller oversaw his first installment of the popular and sometimes chaotic monthly event. In December, the local creative community went into a tizzy after MOCA whitewashed an antiwar mural on the side of the Geffen Contemporary. The big art happenings continue this weekend. The Convention Center will be site of an art show expected to draw 50,000 people and generate more than $25 million in sales. A smaller effort, the debut of Art Weekend L.A., is anticipated to bring a few thousand people to some Downtown galleries (see story p. 13)
The South Park event is the 16th annual Los Angeles Art Show, which runs Jan. 19-23. It will feature more than 100 galleries and 15,000 works covering all genres and periods from old masters to contemporary creations. Event producer Kim Martindale said the show, which will fill 150,000 square feet of Convention Center space, appeals to both art newbies and collectors. “Novices can come to this show and get a great education about art,” said Martindale. “If you’re a serious buyer or if you’re looking to form a collection of art, then this will also give you the opportunity to come and see what’s available on the market.” The show is organized by the Fine Art Dealers Association and KR Martindale Show see Art, page 13
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AROUNDTOWN Huizar Takes Fundraising Lead in Council Race
ith less than two months until the election for the 14th District City Council seat, incumbent José Huizar has taken a large lead in fundraising over his competitor, restaurateur and reality TV personality Rudy Martinez. According to documents filed with the City Ethics Commission and posted online last week, Huizar raised $113,961 in the reporting period between October and December 2010. In that same timeframe, Martinez raised $7,200. The figures give Huizar a sizeable lead in cash on hand. The councilman first elected in 2005 and re-elected two years later currently has more than $320,000 at his disposal; Martinez has $133,000 available, according to the Ethics Commission. Huizar also out-spent Martinez, who has appeared in the A&E series “Flip This House,” in the recent reporting period, $84,000 to $52,000. Huizar has accepted nearly $90,000 in city matching funds, while Martinez has rejected matching funds, according to the commission. The next fundraising statements are due Jan. 27. The election for CD 14, which includes portions of Downtown as well as Boyle Heights, Eagle Rock and other neighborhoods, is March 8.
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os Angeles and its infamous smog have one less polluted vehicle to deal with, as the last diesel bus in Metro’s fleet was hauled away last week. The occasion was marked at an event at a Metro maintenance yard on Lyon Street on Wednesday, Jan. 12. Metro directors have been ordering only alternative fuel clean air vehicles since 1993, said County Supervisor Don Knabe, who chairs Metro’s board of directors. After trying methanol and ethanol, Metro decided on compressed natural gas buses and currently has 2,221 of those in its fleet, along with six gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles and one electric bus. “CNG buses to date have logged 1 billion miles, which adds up to a lot of pollutants that did not hit the air,” Knabe said. “This reduces cancer-causing particulate matter by more than 80% and avoids nearly 300,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each and every day.” Although CNG buses, at $450,000, cost $50,000 more to make than diesel buses, it only costs CNG buses 40 cents to operate per mile, versus 80 cents for diesel buses due to CNG’s fuel efficiency, said Supervisor Mike Antonovich. After the diesel bus was hauled away and a new CNG bus drove in to replace it, MTA spokesman Marc Littman said the diesel vehicle would be “scrapped.”
Digging Halted at La Plaza
fficials with the under-construction La Plaza de Cultura y Artes halted excavation on the former camposanto area of the project Friday afternoon. The move followed protests from groups concerned that human remains found at the site during digging may belong to Native Americans. Since late October, remains have been found on what will become the outdoor plaza for the $20 million center at 501 N. Main St.; the excavation is taking place at the site of a former Catholic cemetery. Although La Plaza President and CEO Miguel Angel Corzo maintained that excavation has followed archeological standards, he said in a statement, “We believe it is in the best interest of both La Plaza and the larger community to put this section of our project on hold. Moving forward, we will continue to work with all interested parties and proceed with the rest of our construction as planned.” On Jan. 6, Dave Singleton, a program analyst with the Sacramento-based Native American Heritage Commission,
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Exciting Designs, Optimistic Future for Grand Avenue
n Jan. 6, philanthropist Eli Broad and Elizabeth Diller, the chief architect of his $100 million contemporary art museum, unveiled the designs for the Grand Avenue project. While plenty can go wrong between the presentation of renderings and the opening of a building (just ask, among many others, Related Cos., developer of the still-stalled Grand Avenue plan), the current mood is excitement. If the building ends up looking like the designs, if there are no financial or other disasters, and if the notoriously tough Broad can keep his architectural meddling to a minimum, then the street stands to gain another worthy project. If these and a few other things all fall into place, then finally Grand Avenue may begin to look, feel and function like the thoroughfare many have long dreamed it would be. Although it is just one building, a lot is riding on the development now known as The Broad. While Grand Avenue already boasts numerous projects by world-class architects, neither José Rafael Moneo’s Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall nor Arata Isozaki’s Museum of Contemporary Art has elevated the street into a true destination. Instead, the corridor continues to be hindered by long stretches that fail to engage pedestrians or create a pleasant walking environment. To use a phrase uttered many times, Grand is still not yet grand. The Broad could draw hundreds of thousands of people
a year and, if the building engages and the sidewalks are widened (discussions for doing so are underway with the Community Redevelopment Agency) and then activated, the community experience could be much improved. This is an opportunity to better both the quantity of visitors and the
Finally Grand Avenue may begin to look, feel and function like the thoroughfare many have long dreamed it would be. quality of the street. It is worth noting that Broad’s project comes at the same time as work progresses on the Civic Park, where the western edge starts at the Music Center. With that project set to debut in summer 2012, and with The Broad coming online in early 2013, there is another opportunity to alter the public’s experience of the street.
eventh Street continues to be one of the most frustrating corridors in Downtown Los Angeles. Two points of relief are that a long-awaited new restaurant, Mas Malo, just opened, and another anticipated spot, Mo-Chica, is scheduled to begin serving this spring. Yet just as these culinary advancements arrive, so does the news that the Brockman Building will probably continue to sit empty for who knows how long? Los Angeles Downtown News last week reported on the latest machinations for the 1921 structure at 530 W. Seventh St. The 80-unit property has been in turmoil for years, ever since developer West Millennium Group fell into bankruptcy. Although the
$35 million project was nearly completed, it has never gotten close to opening. On Dec. 30, the property went to auction. Although a developer could have made a purchase and readied the structure for move-ins, the only bidder was an affiliate of lender Bank of America. With the banking giant solidifying its hold on the edifice, there does not seem to be any hurry to get it open. From a business perspective, we know why the bank is following this course. It lent $35 million to the developer and, in a down real estate cycle, is holding the property until the market recovers, housing values increase and they can make back their money. It’s not the first and won’t be the last time a bank
In this early design stage, The Broad appears to engage nicely with its neighbor to the north, Disney Hall. The size and shape of the new museum, and the changing concrete patterns on its exterior, complement the shimmering, shining swirls of Gehry’s landmark. Wisely, there does not seem to be any attempt to compete with Disney Hall. Broad and Diller look to have the community in mind and to understand that the building is important, but so is its role and place on the street. One point of worry concerns timing — and in this case it would, ironically, involve erecting the structure too quickly. We can understand that there might be a desire to do so. After all, Broad is 77, and though he has exhibited no signs of ill health, he is no longer young. As the force behind the project, he certainly wants to have time to experience it once completed. We hope he is there for a long time to guide it — after all, he’s pretty good at running things, having founded two billion-dollar companies and considering his key roles in launching and then saving MOCA. In this case, however, the focus must remain on making the building the best it can be for the long haul. Complex designs are not easily rushed. The next two years will be an exciting time, and the city and its arts and business leaders need to get this one right. After The Broad, it may be years, if not decades, before there is another significant addition to Grand Avenue.
behaves this way. Yet in this case it’s particularly galling because Bank of America touts its support for the revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles in its public service announcements, presenting itself as a stellar corporate citizen. Waiting to lease or sell units in the Brockman may be good for the bank’s bottom line, but in this case it’s at the expense of the community. An attorney for the bank told Downtown News that Bank of America and its affiliate are now trying to decide whether to market the entire building for sale, or to sell or lease individual units. That may sound like a strategy, but it only materializes after the bank has effectively been in control of the property for a long time. Plans could have been made months ago, if there really was a desire for action. In
other words, don’t expect any progress any time soon. We wish this was not the case. The Brockman is in a strategic location (at Grand Avenue) and the street needs even more stakeholders. We’d also like to see some positive activity at the mostly empty Roosevelt Lofts, two blocks to the west. All this occurs when the Downtown housing market is actually beginning to improve. As the slowing of new construction results in backlogged existing units being purchased or leased, one can even see a situation where, if fairly priced and effectively marketed, condos or apartments in the Brockman would go quickly. After all, the location is prime. Sadly, this doesn’t seem to be in the cards. It looks like a time of no action. That’s bad for Downtown.
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LETTERS Reactions to the MOCA Mural Dear Editor, am absolutely appalled by your editorial “MOCA, the Mural and the C Word” (Dec. 20). It once again tells “the people” what to think, what to consider as art and what “we” can tolerate as art. I do not like for one minute someone telling me what is appropriate (and what is not) when it comes to art and architecture. According to your editorial, neither the Veterans Administration nor the Go For Broke Monument folks complained. It is ludicrous to assume, therefore, that there would be a huge uproar. Making [MOCA Director Jeffrey] Deitch the scapegoat because he didn’t hold [mural artist] Blu’s hand is also rather insulting. It is no wonder that nothing moves forward in this city. Whether talking about public art or a beautiful building that is different than the rest, there will always be people who don’t like it. It makes me wonder what would have happened back in 1889 when the Eiffel Tower was panned and hated by most Parisians. Should they have torn it down or simply whitewashed it? —Mark Sanchez, Downtown
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The Readers Respond would offend the Japanese community around Little Tokyo. Why would they be any more offended than the rest of us are by U.S. soldiers dying, not because our nation was threatened, but for monetary gain? Japanese families were hauled off and imprisoned in camps during WWII, and their young men were lured into serving the very country that demeaned their families. It seems to me Japanese citizens are more sophisticated about this country’s past than our MOCA director might be. Go For Broke veterans had to fight for years for recognition, not to mention veterans’ benefits, upon their return from service. I’d like to have known the community’s thoughts on the MOCA mural before it was covered by whitewash. —Tobi Dragert Los Angeles Downtown News encourages letters. They become the property of Los Angeles Downtown News and may be edited. All letters should be typewritten and include an address and telephone number for verification. Please send them to: Letter to the Editor 1264 W. First St. Los Angeles, CA 90026 Fax to: (213) 250-4617 Email to: email@example.com
Website Comments on Football, a Dark Walk and More Regarding the column “Tim Leiweke and the Super Bowl Shuffle,” by Jon Regardie, posted online Jan. 7
either rehabilitation or demolition. —posted by Tessa, Jan. 10, 6:56 p.m.
he only stadium proposal that makes sense is the one in the City of Industry. This would succeed where others have failed because the City of Industry is right in the middle of OC, L.A. and the Inland Empire, so a much larger population would be able to make it to the game. —posted by OC Bear, Jan. 7, 10:24 p.m.
s a longtime resident of suburban St. Louis, all I can say is, take the Rams back! They belong in L.A. and the stadium here is a disgrace. No one wants to go downtown, and the city of St. Louis is dead beyond your wildest dreams. The stadium was built without a team, on a tight budget, and is not up to NFL standards. The Rams will always be the L.A. Rams. So don’t steal the Vikings, just put the Rams back where they belong. —posted by Bill Dickinson, Jan. 8, 3:47 p.m. Regarding the Editorial “The Ugly Walk Between 7+Fig and L.A. Live,” posted online Jan. 7
ouldn’t agree more. I believe there was a conference a couple months ago about redoing Figueroa from USC all the way to its end in Downtown. Maybe something will come out of that. There should be uniform landscaping, transit options (bike lanes), lighting, kiosks and the street should be made two-way once again. —posted by D, Jan. 7, 5:05 p.m.
ho owns the building on the west side of Figueroa south of 801 S. Fig? That stretch of dirty pavement with iron rails along one side is not an invitation to walk. The property has no discernible architectural or historic value and is long overdue for
unny you folks brought this up. I recently made the walk from Little Tokyo to Seventh and Grand, and I realized there are quite a few pockets of activity separated by long stretches of darkness and nothing. This is in stark contrast to my experience in Toronto, where nightlife thrives and street design is inviting to pedestrians. There should be an effort to liven up existing street-level facilities in the evening here in L.A., entice businesses to stay open later, and further remove the excess of parking lots and drab one-story buildings between these areas to create a genuine urban late-night experience. —posted by Numan Parada, Jan. 10, 10:48 a.m.
hanks so much for drawing attention to the dark patch between Eighth Street and Eighth Place. It’s outrageous that that building is in its current shape. It appears that the owners draw parking revenue from it in the rear of the building with no intention of reactivating the front. After all, why would they have to if they’re raking in the dough without any investment? Also, the parking lot across from 777 S. Fig is a travesty. There was a hotel project that was in the works, but I’m not sure what happened to that. —posted by Aaron, Jan. 10, 12:53 p.m. Regarding the article “Metro, High-Speed Rail Group May Buy Union Station,” by Richard Guzmán, posted online Jan. 7
opefully, this means the current management team overseeing daily operations at Union Station gets an overhaul as well. Improved customer service and better signage should be major concerns for any new management team. —posted by Kevin, Jan. 7, 1:20 p.m.
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amino Nuevo, a 10-year-old charter school organization that runs five campuses in the WestlakeMacArthur Park area, plans to open a 500seat school in City West by 2013. The Los Angeles Unified School District owns the site adjacent to the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex on Third Street just west of the Harbor (110) Freeway. The move is part of the district’s effort to comply with Prop. 39, a state law that requires school districts to make space available to charters. While the $31 million project still requires board approval, district officials are already proceeding with an environmental study, and Camino Nuevo was selected through a public bidding process. The LAUSD first developed plans for the City West site in 2003. It originally envisioned the property as the home of Central Los Angeles High School No. 12, one of four new Downtown public high schools that would help relieve overcrowding in the area. Amid declining enrollment and rising construction costs, the district built only three of the schools, and High School No. 12 was shelved. Facing pressure from charter school advocates to make more space available for
charters, the district is dusting off plans for the 500-seat school and handing the reins to Camino Nuevo. Ana Ponce, Camino Nuevo’s executive director, said they proposed a middle school but actually hope to open a joint middle-high school serving grades six through 12. Camino Nuevo and the district are in negotiations regarding the high school seats. The organization believes there is more of a need for middle school seats in the area, but also maintains there is a demand for a charter high school. Camino Nuevo’s single high school, at Temple Street and Virgil Avenue, has 430 seats. It uses a lottery system for firstyear admissions, and for the current school year 201 students applied for 112 incoming freshmen seats, Ponce said. “The goal is to serve all the students that would like to be part of Camino Nuevo,” she said. Design Head Start The district’s plan to build its own school more than seven years ago has given the Camino Nuevo facility somewhat of a head start. The district already has a design, prepared by architect Quatro Design Group, and the project previously underwent an environmental analysis. However, because several years have passed
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n response to concerns from Little Tokyo civic and business leaders, officials planning the Regional Connector have altered the rail link’s route. The new path aims to minimize the impact on area shops and parking. The Regional Connector is an underground light-rail track that will connect the major Metro hub at Seventh Street Metro Center with the Gold Line in Little Tokyo. The latest plan envisions three new stations, including a Little Tokyo stop at the northwest corner of First Street and Central Avenue. Under the latest alignment plan, which was presented to the Little Tokyo Community Council last week, Metro no longer needs to take over the site that houses Office Depot, Starbucks and a host of other shops on Central Avenue, just north of Second Street. Originally, the track that approaches Little Tokyo via Second Street would have traveled past Central Avenue and made a sharp turn north toward First and Alameda streets. The route would have required tearing up a block of Second Street for so-called cut and cover construction. Metro now envisions a route that turns northeast from Second Street with a softer, more gradual curve that will tunnel under Japanese Village Plaza. The cut and cover along Second Street would no longer be necessary, said Metro project director Laura Cornejo. Previously, Metro planned to use the Office Depot property primarily as a construction staging area; it would have served as temporary storage for the hulking tunnel boring machine that will work under Second Street. The agency is now negotiating to move staging to the city-owned “Mangrove” property on the northeast corner of First and Alameda streets. A proposed mixed-use development for that site has long been stalled. The changes reflect preliminary solutions to a host of concerns lodged by Little Tokyo stakeholders in response to the draft environmental impact report that Metro released on the project last year, said Metro spokeswoman Ann Kerman.
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Budget Continued from page 1 to do serious economic development in areas defined as blighted… is redevelopment,” said Ninth District Councilwoman Jan Perry, who joined the City Council in voting to oppose Brown’s redevelopment proposal. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is also against the plan. In a statement last week, he called Brown’s proposal to cut redevelopment and state enterprise zones, which give businesses tax breaks for locating in certain areas, a “non-starter.” The CRA’s primary revenue stream is tax increment in the 34 state-recognized redevelopment areas it oversees. Tax increment is the difference in the amount of property taxes between the present and when the redevelopment area was created. In theory, tax increment funding is a winwin for neighborhoods and government. Eyesores become commercially viable properties, benefiting neighborhoods. Property values go up, and so do property taxes, which benefit the state after redevelopment project areas expire. The effort has largely worked in Downtown. When the CRA formed the Central Business District in 1975, property values were at about $300 million. Now the area’s valuation is around $3 billion, said CRA Chief Executive Officer Chris Essel. Unanswered Questions The fact that the CRA has succeeded in generating new investment and upping property values is evidence to some that the agency is no longer needed. In effect, said Dick Carter, a commercial broker and retail expert, the CRA has done its job. “Downtown should be able to now economically be viable because the rents and prices of current product should be in place,” Carter said. “Everyone knows what rents are. There’s enough stats in place. Ten or 15 years ago, there were none. Now we have a basis on which to draw up our economics.” While it has driven economic development Downtown, in recent years the CRA was perceived by many in the private sector as more of an obstacle to business than a
helping hand, said Carol Schatz, president and CEO of the Central City Association. She referenced multiple CRA policies, including a robust green building program, that she believes deterred investment. “Most people who did business with the agency prior to [Essel’s appointment last year] just felt it would be better if it went away,” said Schatz. Brown’s proposal would skim $1.7 billion from new tax increment generated by redevelopment agencies across the state in fiscal year 2011/2012, and phase out the agencies entirely going forward. Successor agencies would administer payments of existing contractual obligations and debt service. The CRA generates about $150 million in new tax increment every year, though that will likely shrink to about $100 million by 2015, when 10 of the agency’s 34 project areas are slated to expire. It has nearly $1 billion in debt obligations, with maturities ranging from 10 to 25 years, Essel said. In theory, Brown’s proposal saves the state money because it frees up more property tax dollars for cities and counties to spend on local services such as education and public safety. If the municipalities have more money to spend on those services, that places less of a burden on the state, according to Brown’s plan. A few days after Brown first detailed the proposal, however, Essel said much remains unclear. Local government is going to have to “perform services that the state performs,” Essel said. “What’s unclear is how much is the state divesting to the localities and is this redevelopment infusion going to be anywhere near enough to cover obligations?” Essel said the agency’s current focus is on determining its contractual obligations going forward, so if Brown’s proposal is implemented, the CRA will have a sound accounting of which dollars are untouchable. Murky Future Across Downtown, stakeholders who depend on the agency’s money are on edge. SRO Housing Corp., one of two leading developers of permanent supportive housing in Skid Row, relies heavily on the CRA for funding to acquire and rehab properties and also for emergency dollars, said Anita Nelson, the nonprofit’s CEO.
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HEALTH A Choice Between the Gym and the Living Room Finding the Right Place to Work Out Is a Personal Decision by DiAnne Crown
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Study Links Close Proximity to Freeways With Autism Report Finds Heightened Risks for Families Within 1,000 Feet of Highways by Ellin Kavanagh
iving near a freeway may be associated with increased risk of autism, according to a study published by a team of researchers from the USC Keck School of Medicine, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and the UC Davis MIND Institute. The paper appears online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Children born to mothers living within 309 meters of a freeway (or just over 1,000 feet) appeared to be twice as likely to have autism, said Heather Volk, first author on the study. Volk holds joint appointments at the Community, Health Outcomes & Intervention Research Program at The Saban Research Institute of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute and the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School. Autism is a developmental disorder that has long been ascribed to genetic factors. While changes in diagnostic criteria and
increased awareness have been thought to contribute to the rising incidence of the disorder, these factors alone cannot explain the dramatic increase in the number of children affected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a 57% increase between 2002 and 2006. The new study supports the theory that environmental factors, in conjunction with a strong genetic risk, may be one possible explanation for the increase. Data from children with autism and typically developing children, who served as controls, were drawn from the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment (CHARGE) study, a population-based casecontrol study of preschool children. Children were between the ages of 24 and 60 months at the start of the study and lived in communities around Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento. Population-based controls were recruited from state of California birth files and were
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A study found that living within 309 meters (about 1,000 feet) of a freeway at birth was associated with a two-fold increase in autism risk.
frequency matched to the autism cases by age, gender and broad geographic area. Each participating family was evaluated in person. All children were assessed for autism using wellvalidated instruments. The study examined the locations where the children’s families lived during the first, second and third trimesters of the mother’s pregnancies, and at the time of the baby’s birth, and looked at the proximity of these homes to a major road or freeway. The participants’ gestational ages were determined using ultrasound measurements and prenatal records. Volk and her colleagues found that living within 309 meters of a freeway at birth was associated with a two-fold increase in autism risk. This association was not altered by adjustment for child gender or ethnicity, maximum education in the home, maternal age or prenatal smoking. The researchers found
no consistent pattern of association of autism with proximity to major roads, as opposed to freeways, however. Traffic-related air pollutants have been observed to induce inflammation and oxidative stress in toxicological and human studies. The emerging evidence that oxidative stress and inflammation are involved in the pathogenesis of autism supports the findings of this study. “We expect to find many, perhaps dozens, of environmental factors over the next few years, with each of them probably contributing to a fraction of autism cases. It is highly likely that most of them operate in conjunction with other exposures and/or with genes,” said Irva Hertz-Picciotto, chief of the division of environmental and occupational health in the Department of Public Health Sciences at UC Davis, and principal investigator on the CHARGE study. Article courtesy USC HSC Weekly.
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CALENDAR A Kinder, Gentler Art Display
Art Continued from page 1 Management. It began in 1995 at the Pasadena Convention Center before moving to the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica. This marks its third year in the Convention Center. The Downtown location allows all of the art to be on display in one place, rather than divided into different sections, said Martindale. Entrance is $20 and he said he expects last year’s $25 million in sales to increase, due to the addition of 20% more exhibitors. Tickets for an opening night ceremony, which is open to the public, start at $125. The event is also tied in to January’s L.A. Arts Month, which aims to draw attention to cultural opportunities across the city. Asian Connection While Downtown will be the center of art during the show, part of the focus will be on China. The Los Angeles Art Show features a Guest Country Exhibition. Last year’s focus was on Uruguay. This week the spotlight is on China, and a dozen galleries from the Asian nation will show off their work. “The 12 Chinese galleries have never exhibited outside of China and I think that’s extremely exciting and important,” said Betina Tasende, president of the Fine Art Dealers Association. “This not only helps develop our relationships with other countries but also gives a wider range of art to be viewed to the public of Los Angeles.” The Chinese program will be highlighted by an exhibit called Three Walkers — Crossing Over, presented by the 53 Art Museum from the city of Guangzhou. The exhibit is curated by the Asian art publications Art Gallery Magazine and Gallery Sights and will include installations and mixed media pieces by three artists from Guangzhou. “This is just one more aspect of art that the public might not be very well exposed to but has developed a big curiosity about,” said Tasende. “The other option is that you would have to travel to China to view this.” Other exhibitions at the show include Sister-Cities, curated by Nancy Meyer and Peter Mays. It will include work from s.com or ew DowntownN corner at artists who hail from Los Angeles sister throughout the ht handcities t rig r llis ai pe m up s/ e /form l in th nnews.com E-NEWS Look for this symbo world. .ladowntow w w w P SIGN U In fact, the international theme is heavy. Several galleries from Seoul, South Korea are slated to participate. Galleries from Cuba and Venezuela will also attend, and Europe will be represented by exhibitors from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Spain. “People will be able to see 110 galleries from around the world under one roof in one afternoon,” Tasende said. Speaking of Europe, Rarely/Unseen: A Private Collection of Photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson will debut more than 35 images from the French photographer known as the father of modern photojournalism. Emerging artists will also be on display. The work “Ghost Grove,” by Los Angeles-based Flora Kao, will feature a forest of translucent panels each painted with a leafless black tree and suspended a few feet apart. It is meant to reference Chinese landscape painting. s The curated works will be among the w few pieces not for nNew /L.A.Downto m o .c k o o b ce sale at the show, where Fa prices will range from a few hundred dollars to more than $1 million. Tasende, who owns a gallery on Melrose, will be displaying a couple of Fernando Botero paintings that reach into that upper price level. “There are certainly buyers for his work,” she said. Closer to Home Other exhibitors are equally optimistic about finding buyers, even the ones who don’t have to travel far to the Convention Center. Marisa Caichiolo is the co-owner of Downtown-based
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A pair of Fernando Botero paintings, including “Fin de Fiesta,” will be exhibited at the L.A. Art Show. Prices range from a few hundred dollars to north of $1 million.
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Edgar Varela is one of the organizers of Art Weekend L.A. The daytime affair takes place Jan. 22-23. by RichaRd Guzmán city editoR
he Downtown art and business communities were aghast last September when then-Art Walk Director Jay Lopez announced that the popular monthly event was ending and would be replaced by a weekend happening focused more on art sales that parties. While predictions of Art Walk’s demise turned out to be premature, and Lopez was relieved of his duties, the more carefully controlled display launches this weekend. In conjunction with the Los Angeles Art Show, Art Weekend L.A. takes place Jan. 22-23 from noon-6 p.m. The event organized by Lopez and gallery owner Edgar Varela will include about 15 galleries located in the Historic Core, Bunker Hill, Chinatown, the Arts District and South Park. Starts Unlike the food truck and drinks-loving Art Walk crowd, the new event is meant for serious art fans, and Jan.7/Jan.14 will take place quarterly. Partiers and temporary or photo by Jana Cruden part-time art exhibitors are not welcome. The Los Angeles Art Show brings together more than 100 galleries “This is a curated gallery tour,” Varela said. “We’ve from throughout the world. specifically gone and seen all the exhibitions we’re touting and we picked out the best ones going on in Downtown. We consolidated them all in a map and a ADC Contemporary Art. Her space in the Factory Place Art guide. We’ve hired shuttles to take people around.” Complex in the Arts District limits the number of visitors she Participants were selected based on criteria includseesCheck — she’sOur not exactly in a high foot-traffic area. Website for Full Movie Listings LADowntownNews.com ing full-time hours with a focus on curated shows At the Los Angeles Art Show, she notes, thousands of eyes and the visual arts. An advisory panel, which included will see the 25 pieces she is bringing from about 10 internaDowntown Art Walk founder Bert Green, helped tional artists. make some of the selections. “I’ll be looking for some sales but I don’t know what to exParticipating galleries include Bert Green Fine Art, pect. It’s been very challenging with the economy,” she said. Edgar Varela Fine Arts, CB1 Gallery, DRKRM Gallery, Heidi Chang, owner of the PYO Gallery in South Park, will Morono Kiang Gallery, PYO Gallery L.A. and ADC be returning as an exhibitor for the third time. She said that Gallery. while she hopes to sell work, exposure is also an important Starts Contemporary Varela said they expect about 1,200 attendees per aspect of the event. Jan.14/Jan.21 day. The larger boundaries and daytime hours will help She added that events like the Los Angeles Art Show and keep the crowds in check, he said. L.A. Arts Month have helped raise the city’s profile in the art Four shuttles will loop the route continuously from world. While it is not yet up to New York or Chicago levels, noon-6 p.m. Saturday. There will be no shuttle service she noted that there is an increase in perception. on Sunday. An information center inside the LATC at “Even three years ago no one talked about L.A., and now 514 S. Spring St. will have docents available. there’s a lot of talk about the L.A. art scene,” Chang said. “The Additional information and guides are at art scene is getting a lot more active. It’s becoming quite excitartweekendla.com. ing, especially in Downtown.” Contact Richard Guzmán at The Los Angeles Art Show for is Jan. at theListings Los Angeles Check Our Website Full19-23 Movie LADowntownNews.com firstname.lastname@example.org. Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., laartshow.com. Contact Richard Guzmán at email@example.com.
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Tales With Heart John Lithgow Goes It Alone at the Taper by Jeff Favre contributing writer
hy do all of us want to hear stories and why do some of us want to tell them?” John Lithgow poses these questions at the outset of his one-man show, Stories by Heart, which is at the Mark Taper Forum through Feb. 13 as part of a tour. His hope is that the answer will reveal itself through the act of storytelling, which has the power to unite, uplift and transfix an audience. The extent of that power, of course, depends on the story and who is doing the telling. In this case, Lithgow and his long-departed collaborators — P.G. Wodehouse and Ring Lardner — are examples of how years of dedication to one’s craft can lead to the illusion of effortlessness. Though carefully constructed on the page by Wodehouse and Lardner, and conveyed with surgical precision by Lithgow, there’s a charming sense of spontaneity, particularly in the first act, which during its first incarnation in 2008 was the entirety of the production. That first half remains the much stronger section of Stories by Heart, in part because it contains Lithgow’s motivation to create the show in the first place — his father. Lithgow, sharing the stage with only a few pieces of furniture and some Oriental rugs, begins by traveling back to the childhood of his father, Arthur, who grew up in difficult times. Arthur’s greatest joy came from listening to stories and poems recited by his mother, which likely guided him to a life in the theater. Arthur also shared stories with his children. Several years ago, when Arthur was suffering from a deep depression after surgery, John Lithgow continued the family tradition by reading to his father from the same book of short stories that he cherished in his youth. The book is Tellers of Tales, an anthology of stories edited by Somerset Maugham, and Lithgow displays the well-worn copy that he found on his parents’ shelf. The first story he tells — his childhood favorite, and the one his recuperating father
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John Lithgow gets familial in Stories by Heart, inspired by tales he grew up hearing.
requested — is Wodehouse’s “Uncle Fred Flits.” “I hope I haven’t promised too much,” Lithgow confides after explaining the transformative powers Wodehouse’s wacky British comedy had on his father. The promise is easily fulfilled, as Lithgow transitions from reading in an easy chair to filling the stage with nearly a dozen characters — including a winking parrot — each defined through slight mannerisms, body positions and vocal intonations. At times, the evening doubles as a kind of acting master class. Lithgow shows that costumes or props are not needed to differentiate characters. What elevates Wodehouse’s tale beyond lighthearted comedy is Lithgow’s personal prologue about his father, which provides a bittersweet subtext. So it’s easy to see how Stories by Heart could have ended there. But selling a one-hour show at full-length prices is a challenge, so practicality calls for a second act. Lithgow doesn’t reach for deeper meaning other than to choose another of his favorites from the same book. Lardner’s “Haircut” was once famous, Lithgow explains, but the story,
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as well as its author, have drifted toward obscurity. Differing starkly in style and tone, “Haircut” is a winding monologue spoken by a barber to a customer. Though “Haircut” is less inviting as a spoken word piece, Lithgow’s mime skills are remarkable. He builds an entire barbershop within the empty space, and performs a minutely detailed shave and haircut on the nonexistent customer. No director is listed for this production, but Jack O’Brien held the title during its premiere. The intricacy of each act suggests that the heavy lifting of seamlessly melding the texts with the action was a two-person job — three, if you count Eric Cornwell’s lighting design, The only bump in the road is that the second act seems to be more of an add-on than an expansion of the initial concept. Unlike the return to Lithgow and his father at the end of “Uncle Fred Flits,” the evening concludes abruptly with the last line of “Haircut.” It comes across as an unnecessary encore, yet is entertaining and adds further evidence that Lithgow is an expert storyteller. Stories by Heart runs through Feb. 13 at the Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 628-2772 or centertheatregroup.org.
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Monday, Jan. 17 Pershing Square 532 S. Olive St., (213) 847-4970 or laparks.org/ pershingsquare. Noon-2 p.m.: Downtown On Ice offers a free lunchtime concert with city loving rastas Urban Dread. Praise Jah and pull a double axel.
Clive Barker’s Back, Puppet Play and Deepak Delivers by Lauren CampedeLLi, Listings editor
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Quick, name the 19th century figure who consulted a Ouija-style board before agreeing to design a Downtown L.A. building? That’d be George Wyman, who was fearful about stealing the business from his boss. But his dead brother said “Y-E-S” and The Bradbury Building was erected in 1893 complete with open cage elevators and ornamental cast iron pieces. Now, 117 years later, The Da Camera Society, an organization that stages live classical music in historic Los Angeles landmarks, takes over the building for an afternoon. On Sunday, Jan. 23, at 2 and 4 p.m., the Amsterdam-based Calefax Reed Quintet will fill the structure with 15th century polyphony in a program of Debussy (Syrinx), Britten (Pan), Arvo Part (Summa and Arbos) and Bach (Goldberg Variations excerpts). If you get bored, look around and think about how they filmed part of Blade Runner in the building. At 304 S. Broadway, (213) 477-2929 or dacamera.org.
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Although he is best known in the fantasy/horror arena, Clive Barker is quite the Renaissance man. He writes (the Hellraiser series), he directs (Lord of Illusions), he produces (Gods and Monsters). So it should come as no surprise that he’s also a fine artist. Barker’s highly imaginative work is exclusively represented at Bert Green Fine Art, and the gallery recently opened his fourth solo show of new paintings and drawings (such as “The Prayer,” left). In neat and thematically related tandem, the paintings of Sandra Yagi are also featured: skeletons and animal musculature in action, chimerical creatures (“Flying Kangaroo Rat,” right) and S&M scenes enacted by a skeletal dominatrix. Experience their fantastical worlds Wed.-Sat., noon-6 p.m., through Feb. 19. At 102 W. Fifth St., (213) 842-8574 or bgfa.us.
It’s a breakfast for champions on Thursday, Jan. 21, at The Colburn School, when the Drucker Business Forum presents Deepak Chopra. The icon, author, lecturer, scientist, businessman and thought leader will serve up his insights on what kind of leader is most needed today; how a leader can make his/her visions real; and the qualities of a “great” leader. The talk is based on a Chopra book, which he’ll be signing afterwards. Breakfast is served at 7:45 a.m. and the talk begins at 8:30. At 200 S. Grand Ave., (909) 607-9043 or druckerbusinessforum.org.
What do you get when you mix up the big orchestral stuff of Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Strauss with the modern orchestrations of Jacques Brel and Tom Waits? Well, jazz pianist Brad Mehldau took that inspiration and composed the double-CD Highway Rider. In conjunction with its much-anticipated release, Mehldau brings the elegant mash-up of jazz improvisation, classical romanticism and pop to Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m., performing with his trio, plus drummer Matt Chamberlain, saxophonist Joshua Redman and a chamber orchestra. At 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or laphil.com.
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Downtown Independent 251 S. Main St., (213) 617-1033 or downtownindependent.com. Jan. 17, 7 p.m.: Moving Magic Media reexamines the modern horror genre with its first feature, Opus. Without a script and with a new media perspective, MMM is creating a new process of filmmaking. Jan. 21, 7 p.m.: Alex Cox follows up his cult classic Repo Man with Repo Chick, not a sequel but a film about a wealthy young woman who finds meaning stealing from the middle class and the poor. Los Angeles Music Video Festival Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St.,(213) 6171033 or lamvf.com. Jan. 23, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.: The fest brings together the independent music and film communities of L.A. Flagship Theatres University Village 3323 S. Hoover St., (213) 748-6321 or flagshipmovies.com. Through Jan. 20: The Green Hornet 2D (11:30 a.m., 2:15, 5, 7:45 and 10:30 p.m.); Yogi Bear 3D (noon, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45 and 9 p.m.). REDCAT 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or redcat.org. Jan. 17, 8:30 p.m.: Radical Light features screenings of experimental films from Beat-era San Francisco, including an array of 16mm shorts: Christopher Maclaine’s apocalyptic comic-tragedy The End (1953); Sidney Peterson’s wittily caustic tale of murder and incest The Lead Shoes (1949); Jane Belson Conger Shimane’s playful image and sound arrangement Odds and Ends (1959); Bruce Conner’s pioneering
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Wednesday, Jan. 19 SCI-Arc Lecture Series W. M. Keck Lecture Hall, 960 E. Third St., (213) 3565328 or sciarc.edu. 7 p.m.: Jorge Francisco Liernur, an Argentinean art and architecture historian, is known for his comprehensive studies on contemporary architecture in Latin America and Argentina. He brings that knowledge to the Arts District.
You’re probably not flying to Taiwan this weekend to take in the authentic arts of that country. No problem, because they’re coming to you. On Saturday, Jan. 22, the outdoor Keck Amphitheatre at Walt Disney Concert Hall will host the Chen Kuai Le Puppet Theater. The performance, part of the Music Center’s World City series, features classic tales accompanied by live traditional Taiwanese music. The free, family-friendly shows are at 11 a.m. (tickets are distributed starting at 10 a.m.) and 12:30 a.m. (tickets at 11 a.m.). FYI, “Chen Kuai Le” means “really happy,” so be prepared to have some fun. After the shows, kids can participate in art-making workshops. At 111 S. Grand Ave., (213) 972-4396 or musiccenter.org.
Tuesday, Jan. 18 ALOUD at the Central Library 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7025 or aloudla.org. 7 p.m.: Tom Rachman talks about his latest novel, The Imperfectionists, about a ragtag staff of an English language newspaper in Rome facing financial oblivion. It’s based on his own experience as a foreign correspondent.
Thursday, Jan. 20 TOWN HALL Los Angeles Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., (213) 628-8141 or townhall-la.org. 11:30 a.m.: Wayne Clough of the Smithsonian Institute speaks on “New Perspectives at the Smithsonian” in a luncheon program with Q&A. ALOUD at the Central Library 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7025 or aloudla.org. 7 p.m. From autism to basic self-awareness, V.S. Ramachandran, author or The Tell-Tale Brain, traces the links between neurology and behavior and reveals what baffling neurological case studies can teach us about normal brain function and how it evolved. Be sure to bring your awesome brain.
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Listings Continued from previous page found-footage A Movie (1958); Hy Hirsh’s Eneri (1953); and Patricia Marx’s Things to Come (1953). Regal Cinema L.A. Live 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., (877) 835-5734 or lalive.com. Through Jan. 20: The Dilemma (12, 1:30, 2:40, 4:20, 5:20, 7:10, 8, 10 and 10:40 p.m.); The Green Hornet 3D (12:40, 1:20, 3:50, 4:30, 7, 7:40, 10:10 and
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ROCK, POP & JAZZ Casey’s Irish Pub 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353 or bigcaseys.com. Jan. 22, 10 p.m.: Rob Campanella from the Brian Jonestown Massacre with his side project The Quarter After. Redwood Bar & Grill 316 W. Second St., (213) 680-2600 or theredwoodbar.com. Jan. 17, 10 p.m.: Phil Alvin of Blasters fame lords over the place, with special guests The Empires. Jan. 19, 10 p.m.: KXLU Live Remote with The Neurotics, The Batbombs and Dirty Eyes. Jan. 20, 10 p.m.: The Silver Chords, VonVeederVeld, Lantvrn and Spirit Vine. Jan. 21, 10 p.m.: Psychedelic rock band VonVeederVeld headlines with Chief Nowhere, Magic Mirror and Ojo Rojos. Jan. 22, 10 p.m.: Kevin K, Pat Todd (of the late, great Lazy Cowgirls) and the Rankoutsiders, Crazy Squeeze and Barrio Tiger.
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20 Downtown News
January 17, 2011
We Got Games Lakers Are Winning, but the Clippers Steal the Show Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7100 or nba.com/lakers. Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m.: The Lakers last week beat the Cavaliers by 55 points. Think they wanted to send a message? This week the Lake Show hosts the young guns of Oklahoma City, before taking off for two road games in Dallas (Jan. 19) and Denver (Jan. 21). The Lakers are without the services of the injured Matt Barnes for several weeks, but Andrew Bynum remains healthy. Fingers, toes, arms and legs are crossed on that one. Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7100 or nba.com/clippers. Jan. 17, 19 and 22, 7:30 p.m.: As of press time the surging Clippers had captured eight of their last 11, including an electric win over the Miami Heat last week at Staples Center. It sounds like a post-game talking point, but it’s true: That win and victories over San Antonio, Denver, Oklahoma City and New Orleans show these Clippers can play with anybody. That’s good news, but it also means Coach
Vinny Del Negro’s job just got a lot harder. Now that we know his team is good enough to win, if they slide back into typical Clipperesque losing streaks, it’s on Del Negro. He’ll try to keep the ship sailing toward consistency in winnable home games this week against Indiana, Minnesota and Golden State, with a mid-week trip to Portland (Jan. 20). Los Angeles Kings Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., 1 (888) KINGS-LA or kings.nhl.com. Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m.: Remember early in the season when the Kings were awesome? No, it wasn’t a dream. Sadly, L.A.’s skate crew isn’t looking very much like NHL royalty these days. They’ve slipped to fourth in their division (eighth in the Western Conference as of press time), so they need to regain the early season magic. They play at Dallas (Jan. 17) and St. Louis (Jan. 18) before returning to host the Coyotes. They finish the week against the Coyotes again, this time in Phoenix (Jan. 22). —Ryan Vaillancourt
photo by Gary Leonard
The Lakers are heating up, and Andrew Bynum is healthy. For now.
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