Page 1

LOS ANGELES

DOWNTOWN

40

C

NEWS Volume 42, Number 5

EBRATING EL

February 4, 2013

YEARS

Since 1972

Our Endorsement For Mayor

A Political Pupu Platter

4

5

W W W. D O W N T O W N N E W S . C O M

A Halfway Point For Bringing Back Broadway After Five Years, José Huizar’s Decade-Long Plan to Revive the Historic Corridor Has Seen Successes and Stumbles

photo by Gary Leonard

Councilman José Huizar unveiled the 10-year Bringing Back Broadway initiative on Jan 28, 2008. Five years later, he has seen progress on things like business development and the streetcar, while sidewalk improvements and an effort to reactivate dead office space have stalled. by RichaRd Guzmán city editoR

O

n the chilly evening of Monday, Jan. 28, 14th District City Councilman José Huizar walked up Broadway near Ninth Street. As usual, the corridor was busy with pedestrians and shoppers. Some darted into discount clothing and electronics stores. Others waited to catch a bus. Then there was the crowd that five years ago wasn’t here. A group of stylish 20-somethings were having a bite at Umamicatessen. Just up the street, the Los Angeles Brewing Company had a batch of office workers gathered at the bar for happy hour. Some well-dressed diners were beginning to trickle in to Figaro, a massive new French restaurant near Sixth Street. The evening stroll came five years to the day after Huizar brought hundreds of people together in the Los Angeles Theatre to announce the formation of Bringing Back Broadway. The 10-year plan, which came on the heels of a number of failed efforts to improve the corridor that holds a collection of faded movie palaces, envisioned reviving Broadway between Second Street and Olympic Boulevard with more nightlife, a streetcar, new restaurants and shops and better sidewalks. “It looks different and it feels different,” Huizar said last week during a pause on the trek. “It’s just a nicer place to be, but it’s still in transition.” They key words are “in transition.” Huizar’s initiative, which includes a staffer, Jessica Wethington McLean, dedicated full-time to the street, has yielded more success than any

previous government-led effort to turn Broadway around. In addition to the new restaurants, construction on the street is underway for a department store and boutique hotel. Downtown residents recently approved a crucial taxation plan for the $125 million streetcar. The Delijani family, which owns four of the aged movie theaters, has announced plans to renovate and program them. Those successes correspond with work that has not advanced. Some needed sidewalk repairs have stalled due to a lack of funding. Despite the new businesses, most of the theaters remain empty on most nights. A touted effort to bring life to some 1.5 million square feet of empty aboveground commercial space has gone virtually nowhere. Huizar, who joined the City Council in 2005, is aware of the progress and the hurdles. Even with the stumbles, he proclaims that, halfway through the initiative, his team is further along than he expected. “I think we’ve exceeded our expectations,” he said. “We have many more businesses looking at Broadway and that have located here than we thought we would have at this point.” Signs of Change Perhaps the most significant component of Bringing Back Broadway won’t come online for a few years. Huizar predicts that once the Los Angeles Streetcar begins operating, everything will change, with businesses benefitting from an active urban circulator. In December, Downtown residents approved taxing area landowners up to $85 million for the project. The vote allowed the streetcar team to seek federal funding for the effort

that would connect the Civic Center and South Park with Broadway serving as the principal southbound spine. The project is now in the environmental review stage. Huizar hopes the streetcar will open in 2016. Longtime area stakeholders are pleased by the street’s progress, which echoes the overall revival of Downtown Los Angeles. “On a retail level it’s made tremendous inroads, more than I ever thought we would,” said Steve Needleman, a property owner whose Broadway holdings include the Orpheum Theatre. He is also a “trustee” of Bringing Back Broadway, the term for the group’s 29-person board. Needleman notes that the success also stems from business people willing to take a chance on a still developing street, along with some landlords taking a long-term vision. That’s key in a corridor where the street-front vacancy rate hovers in the 15%-20% range, according to Bringing Back Broadway statistics. Much of the activity has come south of Sixth Street. The $2 million Les Noces du Figaro opened late last year at 618 S. Broadway and the 7,000-square-foot Los Angeles Brewing Company is at 750 S. Broadway. Umamicatessen and Two Boots Pizza are both in the 800 block and the acclaimed new restaurant Alma is at 952 S. Broadway. Although architect David Gray is converting a long-vacant building at 351 S. Broadway into office space with a bar on the ground floor, most of the coming activity will also be in the southern portion of the stretch. A Ross Dress for Less see Broadway, page 14


2 Downtown News

AROUNDTOWN Work Starts on $100 Million Tower

T

he Downtown skyline is changing once again. On Monday, Jan. 28, Canadian developer Onni Group began construction on a 32-story high-rise at 888 S. Olive St. The development, which according to a project press release is estimated to cost more than $100 million, will create 283 one- to three-bedroom luxury apartments. The building is slated to open in early 2015. “We believe that at project completion… Downtown Los Angeles will be the place to live in the region and we look forward to being a part of the continued transformation,” said Apriano Meola, the company’s vice president of USA Operations, in the release. This is the first of three highrises that Vancouver-based Onni is planning in Downtown. The company, which has built more than 5,000 housing units and has 4,000 more under construction, is also working on projects at 1212 S. Flower St. and a second Olive Street building. A formal groundbreaking ceremony will be held Feb. 14.

Blossom Plaza May Break Ground This Year

I

f all works out, the eyesore Little Joe’s in Chinatown could soon disappear. Officials with development firm Forest City last week said that they are targeting a mid-2013 groundbreaking for the long awaited Blossom Plaza project, which would rise on the site of the shuttered restaurant at 900 N. Broadway. Plans for the $90 million development call for about 240 market rate and affordable rental units, 20,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and a 175-space parking lot, as well

February 4, 2013

Celebrating 40 Years TAKE MY PICTURE GARY LEONARD

as a public plaza that would connect Broadway to the Gold Line Station. The project has been in the works in one form or another for nearly a decade. In November 2011, the city entered into a negotiation agreement with Forest City to replace the original developer, Bond Companies, on the project, although a development deal still has not been signed. Forest City officials told Los Angeles Downtown News that they envision opening the project in 2015.

Council Delays Boarding House Vote

T

he City Council has opted to delay voting on a controversial law to regulate boarding houses and group homes. On Wednesday, Jan. 30, the council chose not to vote on the Community Care Facilities Ordinance, and instead sent it back to committee for potential revisions. Under the legislation championed by 12th District Councilman Mitch Englander, shared living environments would be restricted in low-density zones. Landlords could, however, be allowed to operate boarding houses in any zone through a new permitting process. Critics of the ordinance, who ranged from the nonprofit Inner City Law Center and United Way to the business group the Central City Association, argued that the law would put the squeeze on a crucial segment of affordable housing. Doing so, critics contend, would send more people to Downtown in pursuit of the area’s abundant social services, further concentrating homelessness in the Central City. Englander and supporters of the ordinance said the law contains protections that would preserve group homes for the disabled, and actually increases housing options by providing the new permitting process.

Why does this little burger stand attract over a million people a year?

Downtown Poet

Dr. Mongo Taribubu

7th Street

AEG Giving Seed Money To Pershing Square Effort

S

ome big changes could be coming to Pershing Square. Councilman José Huizar, whose 14th District includes the park at 532 S. Olive St., said that officials with Anschutz Entertainment Group have agreed to provide $700,000 in seed money to help “re-envision” the park. Huizar said the city will put together a task force that will be charged with coming up with potential changes to the much-maligned park. “Everything is on the table,” Huizar said. “If that task force comes back and says we want to scratch the thing and start anew, so be it, or we just want to change a few parts. Everything is on the table.” There is no timeline yet on the project or details on how the seed money will be used, Huizar said. The idea was sparked by problems that arose at Pershing Square last year after members of

January 29, 2013

the Occupy L.A. movement made the place their headquarters. Some camped out at the park, prompting complaints from stakeholders including merchants at the weekly farmers market, who said they were being harassed by members of the group.

Downtown JCC Hosts ‘To Catch an Anti-Semite Event’

I

n 2010, longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas was forced to resign amid a cloud of controversy after making antiSemitic comments on video. This week, the story of how that happened will be told in Downtown Los Angeles. On Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m., the Downtown Jewish Community Center-Chabad of Downtown Los Angeles hosts David Nesenoff, the filmmaker and see Around Town, page 13

NOLA’S

T FFE T U H B ALE C LUN EE V FR

Open 7 Days a Week For Lunch & Dinner Featuring Free Live Jazz Nightly

Find out at the landmark location near Downtown. Home of the original Chili-burger. Quality and value since 1946:

Chili Hamburger .............. $2.15 Chili Cheeseburger ........... $2.55

JAMBALAYA, RED BEANS AND RICE, GUMBO FRIED CHICKEN, COLLARD GREENS, SHRIMP ETOUFFEE

tax included

Get to New Orleans and Back to Work in an Hour

EVERYDAY CAJUN LUNCH BUFFET

WITH THIS AD

ONLY

Many Imitate, But None Compare!

$9.99

REGULAR PRICE

$14.95

Offer Valid Mon. thru Wed., for up to 4 people per group. Dine-In only.

DINNER BUFFET w/LIVE JAZZ FRI. & SAT. NIGHT

$24.95

734 E. 3rd St., Downtown 213.680.3003 ~ www.NolasLA.com “A” DASH and Gold Line adjacent


February 4, 2013

Downtown News 3

Celebrating 40 Years

Real People, Real Stories

Becca Doten, Chief Deputy, Los Angeles City Council Currently Driving: 2013 Volkswagen EOS Komfort.

Customer since 2012

I’m extremely excited about leasing my brand new 2013 Volkswagen EOS Komfort from Volkswagen of Downtown L.A. My salesperson Eddie was awesome. He knew the cars very well and was able to demonstrate and teach me all of the various features. GM Roger Chammas was also amazing. He presented me with a clear picture of the cost, payment, etc. I was even able to just drop off my old Mazda at Volkswagen of Downtown L.A. and they paid off the remainder off the lease as part of my new deal. That made it so much easier for me. I can’t say enough about how great the Volkswagen of Downtown L.A. team was during my visit and I will highly recommend them to all my friends. — Becca Doten

Downtown L.A. Auto Group Family Owned & Operated Since 1955 W W W . D T L A M O T O R S . C O M

AUDI

PORSCHE

OF DOWNTOWN L.A. OF DOWNTOWN L.A. 1900 S. Figueroa St. 888-583-0981 audidtla.com

1900 S. Figueroa St. 888-685-5426 porschedowntownla.com

FELIX CHEVROLET 3330 S. Figueroa St. 888-304-7039 felixchevrolet.com

VOLKSWAGEN

NISSAN

OF DOWNTOWN L.A. OF DOWNTOWN L.A. 1900 S. Figueroa St. 888-781-8102 vwdowntownla.com

635 W. Washington Blvd. 888-838-5089 downtownnissan.com

DOWNTOWN LA MOTORS 1801 S. Figueroa St. 888-319-8762 mbzla.com

CARSON

NISSAN

1505 E. 223rd St. 888-845-2267 carsonnissan.com

TOYOTA

SCION

OF DOWNTOWN L.A. OF DOWNTOWN L.A. 1600 S. Figueroa St. 800-399-6132 toyotaofdowntownla.com

1600 S. Figueroa St. 800-560-9174 scionofdowntownla.com


4 Downtown News

Celebrating 40 Years

February 4, 2013

EDITORIALS Urban Scrawl by Doug Davis

Endorsement: Jan Perry for Mayor

O

n March 5 voters will head to the polls to pick the next mayor of Los Angeles. It is a monumental decision, as the successor to Antonio Villaraigosa will be responsible for resolving a series of entrenched problems, including a long-running budget crunch. That’s just the start, as the next mayor will have to make hard choices regarding everything from city employee pensions to public safety to potholes to the environment to homelessness to a crumbling municipal infrastructure. The opportunities are as great as the challenges, with our next elected leader getting the chance to apply fresh thinking to the difficulties that have dogged the current administration. Fortunately, we think there is an overall good field of candidates, even if a few other contenders would have made it stronger. Although the race has been less substantive than hoped, we believe that three individuals have the capacity to be effective, thoughtful and forward-thinking leaders. Councilwoman Jan Perry, Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti would all be a marked improvement over the often-unfocused Villaraigosa. Angelenos would make a good choice if they choose Greuel or Garcetti. Each cares deeply about the city and its people. Each boasts an impressive resume and a long list of accomplishments. However, we think there is a better choice: Los Angeles Downtown News firmly endorses Jan Perry for mayor. She has shown significant skill in creative problem solving, which is the most important trait a leader has to possess, as evidenced by her key role in the last decade in the phenomenal emergence of Downtown Los Angeles as a place to live, work and spend free time. At the same time, she has found ways with her leadership skills to aid and improve Skid Row and South Los Angeles. One of our favorite traits about Perry is her personal and professional courage in her nearly 20 years as either a council aide or as a councilmember herself. Almost immediately after her first election, she took a one-person, fact-finding walk down Skid Row. Multiple groups do so now, but she was the first politician to talk seriously to people she met there about their lives and their needs, and to follow up. She made Skid Row more than a Thanksgiving photo opp. Perry is not the best funded of the candidates, but she is the

best choice for mayor for her financial judgment and many other reasons. During her 12 years on the council representing the Ninth District, which for most of her tenure included a large portion of Downtown Los Angeles, she has, as we say, displayed smarts and fortitude. Downtown is a far better place today than it was when she arrived. We think that Downtown, and indeed all of Los Angeles, will be even better four years from now if Perry is elected. There is no question that she would bring her leadership, creativity and courage to the city at large. The next mayor will need to stimulate business growth in Los Angeles, and as every businessperson knows, a politician can be a help or a hindrance to a project or deal. Sometimes success requires an elected leader to step in and be creative, and other times the pol’s role is simply not to get in the way. Perry has routinely understood when her active involvement was required, and she often worked out of public view to move housing or other projects forward. These developments made Downtown a more vibrant place and created thousands of jobs, including many in the construction field. Perry has long been good for business and job creation. Regarding Skid Row, her early walk was only the beginning. She has had numerous successes there, particularly in the field of low-income housing creation and other community projects. Again, Perry has routinely been thoughtful and creative on the funding side, to the point that Downtown has gained thousands of low-income housing units. It’s time to use that expertise to get this type of housing in other parts of Los Angeles and not congregate the lion’s share of the services in one neighborhood. When it comes to dealing with the long-term fiscal issues facing the city, we think Perry is more likely to be tough than her competitors. Many observers believe the budget crunch will only be resolved when public employee pensions are carefully adjusted (not gutted) to a level that makes fiscal sense for the city. This will almost certainly mean some form of additional contributions from city workers, and we question whether Greuel and Garcetti will be able to play hardball with union leaders who have backed them in current and past races. We think Perry, who does not have the same kind of history with labor leaders, is better situated to hammering out a deal that works for the whole city, meaning its workers

and its residents. We also appreciate her stance in interviews with union leaders saying she would keep City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana in his position, despite his past calls for layoffs. Is Perry perfect? Certainly not. Her recent public feud with Council president Herb Wesson seems to have been unavoidable — he marshaled forces to gut her district. We give her credit for standing up to bully tactics. She also gets credit for being that rare politician who almost always speaks her mind. That said, if she wins she would need to find some way to work with enough of the 15-member council to get things done. Another trait which some would call a shortcoming is that she has not mastered the art of the sound bite. It makes her less gripping in the 10-second clip on the nightly news, but it also speaks to genuine depth. We prefer the latter over the former. There is plenty to like in those we are not endorsing. The turnaround in Hollywood that Garcetti has facilitated over the past dozen years mirrors some of the advances witnessed in Downtown. His years as council president demonstrate an ability to lead. He’s charismatic and can get people excited, and we like his understanding of the importance of the technology sector in the future of Los Angeles. This industry is potentially a huge generator of jobs and it needs to be served. We also like what Greuel has done in her long career in public service. Her time on the council gave her experience dealing with constituents, and she has been an effective, aggressive controller who built upon the groundwork laid by Laura Chick, her predecessor in the job. Two other candidates in the race deserve mention. Attorney and former radio host Kevin James has run an effective, energetic campaign. The lone Republican in the field has routinely asked hard questions, which benefits everyone in L.A. However, his resume has nothing on it that indicates he can lead a city with a $7 billion budget (co-chairing AIDS Project Los Angeles, while admirable, is not comparable). His claim of being the race’s only true outsider is not sufficient reason to vote for him. A fifth candidate, Emanuel Pleitez, is also running. We give him credit for energizing some younger Angelenos and getting them involved in the political process, but like James, we see nothing that indicates he is ready for the challenges of running a city of 4 million people. We hope he brings his energy and ideas first to another political position. Los Angeles’ future will change next month when voters go to the ballot box. It’s clear that change should include Jan Perry.


February 4, 2013

Celebrating 40 Years

Downtown News 5

A Political Pupu Platter A Sampling of the Good, the Bad and the Odd in Pre-Election Action by Jon Regardie executive editor

O

n March 5, Angelenos will head to the polls to elect the next mayor. Voters that day will also choose a city attorney, a city controller, eight council members and the cutest puppy in Los Angeles (one of those is fake). With absentee ballots going into the mail this week, the candidates’ campaigns are hitting high gear. TV ads are airing and enough mailers are landing at voters’ homes to kill a forTHE REGARDIE REPORT

est of old-growth redwoods. There are dueling endorsements, proclamations that have nothing to do with reality and dirty tricks galore. With so much happening, I’ve assembled a political pupu platter. Named for the wonderful Hawaiian sampler plate, here are some of the best, most interesting and most curious elements of the races. Buscaino Gets the Hang of It: In January 2012, Joe Buscaino won a special election to fill the vacant 15th District council seat. He’s up for re-election in March, and it appears he’s figured out this politics thing. According to City Ethics Commission documents, Buscaino by Jan. 19 had spent $171,000 on the race — including more than $2,300 this month on Facebook ads — even though the only other person on the ballot, James Law, had not reported raising even a single penny. In the effort to make doubly sure he can thwart Law and any phantoms who wage a write-in campaign, Buscaino has accepted $78,400 in city matching funds. Hey, it’s not like L.A. is in a budget crunch. Oh, wait… In the Time It Takes to Read This, Wendy Greuel Will Ask for Money Three Times: The mayoral candidates’ stances may be bland, but one thing is clear about Controller Wendy Greuel — she loves money! Sure, every campaign seeks out donations, but Greuel is becoming the political equivalent of that panhandler who stands outside your office each af-

ternoon asking for a dollar. She asked for $35 after a Kevin James Super PAC was announced and used a Gloria Molina endorsement to call for $20 contributions. Nods from John Perez and Janice Hahn prompted a plea for a curious $24. In the last four days of 2012, her team sent at least three moneyseeking emails. On Jan. 24 she asked for another $25. I could go on and on and on and on. Quick, Someone Call Salma: I have no doubt that Councilman Eric Garcetti cares deeply about Los Angeles and really wants to be mayor. But I was perplexed by his team’s emailed video endorsement from Salma Hayek. I assume it’s part of a carefully constructed plan to target Latino voters, but I couldn’t help giggling when the actress who starred in Frida and played the voice of Kitty Softpaws in Puss in Boots proclaimed, “He’s also a good gardener.” She also attested to his skills in the kitchen and on the dance floor. On the bright side, the video didn’t include a plea for $24. On the brighter side, I’ve now gotten the words “Kitty Softpaws” into a column. Not the Monkees: Speaking of endorsements, I’m trying to figure out which two voters in L.A. will be swayed by the Jan. 23 announcement that Councilwoman Jan Perry has received the endorsement of California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. I assume it’s part of a plan to demonstrate support from officials throughout the state, but who has heard of Dave Jones? Perry might pull more votes with the backing of Davy Jones of The Monkees. But she probably shouldn’t seek that endorsement. He died last year. Poor Fox: Like many people, I got a laugh out of the “Henhouse” hit piece/web video that adman Fred Davis recently orchestrated, via independent expenditure, for Republican attorney Kevin James. But the mayoral candidate better hope that Davis has 137 more of these planned, because James is almost broke. According to City Ethics Commission documents, James on Jan. 19 had approximately $49,000 in his campaign coffers. Garcetti, by contrast, leads the field

photo by Branimir Kvartuc

Although 15th District Councilman Joe Buscaino faces only token opposition next month, he has accepted $78,000 in city matching funds. His $171,000 in election spending includes $2,300 this year on Facebook ads. Hey, Like him!

with $3.5 million in cash on hand. Unless Davis steps up big or James stumbles across the war chest belonging to the guy with the monocle in Monopoly, he’s in trouble. Why, Emanuel, Why?: I can’t figure out the mayoral candidacy of Emanuel Pleitez. If he’s smart enough to raise more than $500,000 through donations and matching funds, then he’s also smart enough to realize that his political resume will soon have “two-time loser” on it (he finished third in a 2009 Congressional campaign). Does he hate Garcetti and want to steal the Latino vote? Is it a publicity ploy for his tech company Spokeo? I have no idea, but I do know his campaign website includes a picture and bio of the campaign cat, who happens to be named Booger. I swear this is true. Why isn’t there a campaign sign reading “Vote for Pleitez! He’s got Booger!” The Inside-Outside Game: Ana Cubas is making strides in the Ninth District council race, and the $126,000 she had raised by Jan. 19 puts her behind only LAPD Deputy Chief Terry Hara in the money tote board. She’s positioning herself as an immigrant success story (she’s a native of El Salvador), and in see Politics, page 6

We work twice as hard for your business. Advanced technology. Expert advice and support. As a business owner, you understand it takes more than the latest technology to run your business. You need the know-how that goes with it. When you switch to Time Warner Cable Business Class, you get it all: fast Internet speeds up to 50 Mbps, reliable phone service at a great value, along with business-grade support. And it is easy to get started, so call today.

Switch and get 10 Mbps INTERNET for

$

99

95

PER MONTH

Add Nationwide Calling for only $29.95 per line per month when bundled with a 3-year agreement.

1.866.460.0829 TWCBC.COM/WEST

IN T E RN E T | VO I C E | T E LE V IS IO N | NE T W O R K S ERVICES | CL OUD SERVICES Promotional price for new customers who subscribe to Business Class Phone and Internet with a three-year agreement. Phone offer requires subscription to at least one phone line of nationwide calling. Internet offer requires subscription to 10Mbps x 2Mbps in TX market, 10Mbps x 1Mbps in MW and LA markets and 10Mbps x 1.5Mbps in Insight Business markets. After promotional period, regular monthly rate in effect at that time will apply. Earlytermination fees may apply. Offer is not transferable and may not be combined with any other offer. Time Warner Cable Business Class Phone customer-premise equipment is electrically powered, and in the event of a power outage or network failure, enhanced 9-1-1 (“E911”) services may not be available. Additional charges apply for installation, taxes, fees, surcharges, Directory Assistance, Operator Services, calls outside the state and to international locations. Offer valid for business customers in Business Class Phone–serviceable areas. Offer ends 3/31/13. Products, offer and services not available in all areas. Actual speeds may vary.  Some restrictions apply. Time Warner Cable Business Class is a trademark of Time Warner Inc. Used under license. ©2013 Time Warner Cable. All Rights Reserved.


6 Downtown News

February 4, 2013

Celebrating 40 Years formidable contender in a race for the district that includes the L.A. Live campus.

Politics Continued from page 5 a Dec. 27 email to supporters wrote, “When I first started my campaign, I was told I couldn’t do it. I was too young, I was Latina and, despite my longstanding employment in public service, I was not considered an ‘insider.’” There are only about 9,000 things wrong with that claim, but the most egregious is the “insider” line. Before running, Cubas spent three years as chief of staff to Councilman José Huizar. She also did time as chief legislative analyst for then Council President Alex Padilla. How do you get more inside City Hall than that? Please, the line would make Pinocchio gag. He’s in the Money: Speaking of the Ninth District, watch out for state Sen. Curren Price. The favorite of council strongman/president Herb Wesson raised nearly $115,000 in the last four months, more than twice as much in that period as anyone else running. Dollars don’t automatically mean victory, but that money, along with union support — the County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO has already dropped more than $12,500 on his behalf — makes Price a

Hey Big Spender: As Price pulls in the money, ex-USC government relations employee David Roberts is sending it out. Roberts, also a past city redistricting commissioner and a longtime economic development deputy in the Eighth Council District office, spent almost $118,000 in the last four months. He was the first candidate to drop mail in the race, but his $60,000 in cash on hand trails the $125,000 Price has. Hara, meanwhile, still has $221,000 to spend. Saving the First for Last: The fun is just starting in the First District race, which is the ballot’s clearest example of a city/ state divide. Jose Gardea, the chief of staff and favorite son of current council rep Ed Reyes, has $273,000 in his coffers, a huge lead over the $151,000 in cash on hand claimed by longtime state legislator Gil Cedillo. On the other hand, Cedillo’s team has already sent at least four pieces of mail to voters in the district that includes City West and Chinatown. Cedillo also has the lion’s share of the endorsements and has seen more than $24,000 in spending on his behalf by the County Fed. Call it man versus the political machine. Contact Jon Regardie at regardie@downtownnews.com.

photo courtesy Curren Price

State Sen. Curren Price is raising big money in his quest for the Ninth District City Council post. He pulled in $115,000 in the last four months, more than twice as much as any other candidate in the race for the seat that includes L.A. Live

Downtown, it’s not just big business anymore!

Grand Tower 255 south Grand avenue Leasing Information 213 229 9777

Promenade Towers 123 south Figueroa street Leasing Information 213 617 3777

Community Amenities: ~ 24 Hr. Manned Lobby ~ Concierge ~ Pool / Spa / Saunas ~ Fitness Center ~ Gas BBQ Grills ~ Recreation Room

Community Amenities: ~ 24 Hr. Manned Lobby ~ Pool / Saunas ~ Fitness Center ~ Covered Parking

Apartment Amenities: ~ Refrigerator, Stove, Microwave & Dishwasher (most units) ~ Central Air Conditioning & Heating ~ Balconies (most units)

On-site: ~ Dry Cleaners / Dental Office / Restaurants

Now For l l a C n Specials Move-I

8 7 7 - 2 65 - 714 6

museum Tower 225 south olive street Leasing Information 213 626 1500

Apartment Amenities: ~ Refrigerator, Stove & Dishwasher ~ Central Air & Heating ~ Solariums and/or Balconies

On Site: ~ Convenience Store / Coffee House / Yogurt Shop / Beauty Salon

Community Amenities: ~ 24 Hr. Manned Lobby ~ Concierge ~ Pool / Spa / Saunas ~ Fitness Center ~ Gas BBQ Grills ~ Recreation Room

Apartment Amenities: ~ Refrigerator, Stove, Microwave & Dish washer (most units) ~ Central Air & Heating ~ Balconies (most units)

It’s our business to make you comfortable... at home, downtown. Corporate and long term residency is accommodated in high style at the Towers Apartments. Contemporary singles, studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartment homes provide fortunate residents with a courteous full service lobby attendant, heated pool, spa, complete fitness center, sauna and recreation room with kitchen. Beautiful views extend from the Towers’ lofty homes in the sky. Mountain vistas and slender skyscrapers provide an incredible back drop to complement your decor. Far below are a host of businesses ready to support your pampered downtown lifestyle. With spectacular cultural events nearby, even the most demanding tastes are satisfied. Downtown, it’s not just big business anymore. Visit the Towers Apartments today.

TOWERS T H E

A PA RT M E N T S

www.TowersApartmentsLA.com

MAID SERVICE • FURNITURE • HOUSEWARES • CABLE • UTILITIES • PARKING RESIDENCES: SINGLES • STUDIO • ONE BEDROOM • TWO BEDROOM


February 4, 2013

Downtown News 7

Celebrating 40 Years

HEALTHY LIVING NewYear... NewYou!

What Is a Cardiac Stress Test? The Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health Talks About the Do’s and Don’ts

A

cardiac stress test helps physicians assess the flow of blood to the heart during physical activity and can judge the condition of your heart. The heart pumps faster when under physical stress, and it is from our advertisers

during these times that the chances of a heart attack are also increased. How Does It Work? Participants are asked to walk on a treadmill during the stress cardiac test. An ECG machine is connected to your chest and the activity level of the treadmill is increased every three minutes. The response of the blood pressure and the heart rate is then monitored in order to evaluate the results of the test. The test starts slowly and builds in pace. You will probably perspire and your heart rate will increase just like it does when you exercise normally. If you don’t usually exercise, you might find the test challenging. If you have any unusual reactions, such as being out of breath, feeling faint, or having chest palpitations, tell the attending technician or your doctor immediately.

If you haven’t exercised lately, you may have some concerns about taking a stress test. It may help to know that the average exercise portion of a stress test takes 15 minutes or less, and it’s not necessary to be in good shape to perform it. Is There Anything I Need to Do Before the Test? Talk to your doctor about any medications you take before the test. Ask if you should stop taking any of them or continue your usual routine, especially if you take medications for high blood pressure or diabetes. You should also do the following: n Wear comfortable clothes and walking or running shoes. n Bring an inhaler if you use one for breathing. n Find out if you need someone to drive you home after the test. It is best not to eat or drink anything except water for four hours before a stress test. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions or the stress lab’s directions. How Do I Know I Should Get One? The American Heart Association recommends a cardiac stress test as the first choice for

patients with medium risk of coronary heart disease according to risk factors of smoking, family history of coronary artery stenosis, hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol. The new Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health has expert doctors specializing in heart

care. It provides cardiac stress tests, as well as many other screening and diagnostic procedures, in a beautiful, calming environment Downtown. To make an appointment call (213) 7426400 or visit lacwh.org.

In-Home Oxygen Facials Now Get State-of-the-Art Spa Treatment In the Privacy of Your Own Home

Safe, sanitized treatments performed by a professional esthetician, this noninvasive procedure is the gentle approach to skin care. The application involves spraying hyperbaric 98% pure oxygen, infused with a serum that contains essential nutrients and antioxidants onto the skin.

Why Oxygen? • Oxygen enhances the skins ability to heal and regenerate • Eliminate free radicals that cause premature aging • Promote the production of collagen and elastin • Creates firmer and smoother skin • Erases fine lines and wrinkles • Enhances skins elasticity • Immediate hydration

Valentines Day Special v

v v v

A one-hour customized Oxygen and botanical infused facial, with a dark chocolate antioxidant rich masque. A one-hour therapeutic massage A hand/arm organic scrub and massage A $20 Gift Certificate towards our next visit REG. $ PRICE

295

INTRO PRICE

$

195

THE NAKED TRUTH (We want you to be more than OK with it.)

*

*Packages of 3 visits or more available also at intro price.

All in the comfort of your own home. Let us bring our therapeutic and organic spa services to you. So keep your robe and slippers on and call for appointment today!

213.688.7812 256 S. Robertson Blvd., #7007 | Beverly Hills, CA 90211

www.FutureHealthWorld.com


8 Downtown News

A Breath of Fresh Air OxyAire Facials and Therapy Help Reduce Stress and Reverse Aging

O

ver the decades, the incredible regenerative powers of oxygen have been used by medical professionals to successfully treat burns, gangrene and hard-to-heal wounds. In an oxygen-rich en-

these antioxidants (amino acids, peptides, botanicals, vitamins) at the cellular level, thereby destroying free radical scavengers. Oxyaire is the solution, a breath of fresh air in a chronically stressed world. The company offers mobile services for its sought-after O2 with serum infused facials and O2 therapeutic

massage. No more fighting traffic, searching for parking meters or hiring a babysitter. OxyAire’s highly qualified practitioners come and destress you at home, work or even special events. For more information about OxyAire Oxygen treatments, visit OxyAire.com or call (213) 688-7812.

A Triathlon Resolution Three Sports to Get in Shape in 2013, Without Leaving Downtown

from our advertisers

vironment, bacteria, fungus and viruses simply do not survive. The abundant benefits of oxygen treatment extend to overall health and well-being. There is plenty of evidence that the air we breathe contains less oxygen now — especially in densely populated metropolitan areas — than ever before. Air pollution levels are constantly increasing. Likewise, those who live at higher elevations are at an automatic disadvantage — the higher the elevation, the lower the oxygen content of the air they breathe. Most people don’t breathe well. Many are shallow breathers. This seems to be the result of an increasingly sedentary lifestyle and chronic levels of stress. Enter Beverly-Hills based OxyAire, which is leading the way in the field of oxygen treatments to help reduce stress, restore energy, increase brain function and slow the appearance of aging. Whether clients seek oxygen therapy, facials, scalp treatment or massage, the result is dramatically improved health across the board. Among the most popular services is the OxyAire Oxygen Facial, which has received rave reviews from a loyal clientele, among them a growing cadre of celebrity followers such as Madonna, Eva Longoria, Justin Timberlake and Naomi Campbell. With the OxyAire facial, clients see rehydrated,

February 4, 2013

Healthy Living

by Ryan VaillancouRt staff wRiteR

plumped up skin in less than an hour, setting the treatment apart from others. Free radicals are cellular killers and play a major role in premature aging and disease such as cancer, heart disease, stroke and arthritis. While they are unavoidable realities, they can be eliminated with the help of antioxidants. Oxygen facials with rich antioxidant serums combat the visible signs of aging. As time goes on, oxygen levels in the skin decrease and cell turnover is reduced. As you age, you lose some of your capacity to utilize oxygen/O2 — this loss is estimated at 1% per year from the age of 20. The treatment reverses this effect by replenishing lost oxygen and moisture to the skin through the use of a high-powered airbrushing tool. Unlike other oxygen facials, which atomize or spray oxygen on the skin, the Topical Hyperbaric Oxygen System uses therapeutic oxygen under hyperbaric pressure to infuse

T

he thought of competing in a triathlon is unnerving for many, but combining three sports doesn’t have to mean two hours of training every day. You don’t have to sign up for an Ironman to swim, bike and run to your New Year’s fitness resolutions. If you stick to triathlon sports, you can do it all without leaving photo by Gary Leonard Downtown Los Angeles. The area The bike lanes on Olive and Spring streets are great has pools (both public and pri- options to get some pedaling exercise. vate) along with plenty of streets and paths for biking and running. yard lap pool under a skylight that helps There’s even free yoga to stretch those keep the temperature a comfy 82 degrees. muscles. You’ll need it. Here’s a guide for Members can participate in twice-weekly training like a triathlete in Downtown. coached swim master classes, or swim at Go, Fish their own pace during regular hours. At In most triathlons, the water portion 431 W. Seventh St., (213) 625-2211 or laac. comes first. Those who haven’t swum laps com. in a while, or ever, won’t find it easy. But Echo Deep: For those who don’t want to that’s the point. Swimming is a low-im- join a gym and pay membership fees, Echo pact cardio workout that burns calories Deep, the public pool near Vista Hermosa without pounding your joints. Downtown Park, is a great option. The facility enjoyed currently has two options for lap swim- a $6.9 million makeover in 2009. It’s also ming (the pool at the Ketchum YMCA is Olympic-sized, so having to share a lane is closed for repairs, and a reopening date is rare. After your workout, reward yourself unknown). with a plunge from the springboard in the Los Angeles Athletic Club: The sixth deep end. Lap swimming hours are 6-8 Continued on next page floor of this historic building holds a 25-

BIRDSONG’S

VEGGIETARIA

VEGAN / VEGETARIAN LUNCH Salads • Burgers • Spareribs • Kale/Greens BBQ Drumsticks • Smoothies • and More!

20 OFF FREE %

SOUL PLATE

SMOOTHIE

WITH ANY COMBO

With this ad. Dine in only. Not available with other offers. Expires 2/28/13

112 W. 9th St. • 213-622-1900 • Mon. thru Fri., 11am to 5pm • FREE Delivery (Min. Required)

GET STRONGER GET HEALTHIER GET LEANER GET BOLDER GET FITTER GET CROSSFIT MEAN STREETS CrossFitMeanStreets.com

CALL FOR A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL!

265 South Main Street (NW corner of 3rd and Main)

213-290-2367

Healthy Smile, Healthy Life! 213-620-5777 | www.DowntownDentalLA.com


February 4, 2013

Downtown News 9

Healthy Living

Educogym Is Now Future Health Downtown’s Best Gym Gets Even Better With Remodeled Facility

T

he newest addition to the Downtown health and fitness scene has arrived. Future Health, a beautifully remodeled facility in the heart of Downtown, with its friendly and knowledgeable staff, is setting the new standard for excellence. from our advertisers

Aiming to combine health and science of the future for today, founder Thurston Pym explains, “More people are exercising and dieting than ever before, yet as a whole our health and shape is deteriorating at an alarming rate. We believe a major part of this problem is the huge disparity between conventional wisdom (i.e. eat less, exercise more, a calorie is a calorie, etc.) and what the actual science tells us.” With a lofty goal of making science sexy, Pym notes, “If conventional wisdom was correct we’d all be in amazing health, planet Earth would be flat and there would be no need for science.” The idea is simple and personal. “This ain’t your grandma’s gym,” says Justin Fielding, manager of Future Health. “People of Downtown come here because they want more than a treadmill and a television. The community aspect and personal experience is so important when it comes to long-term success with health and shape. The community we’ve built is woven from the busy professional to the student to the artist to the athlete to the retiree and beyond. We are flipping the traditional way of diet and exercise upside down.” Most Downtowners loath the idea of leaving work after too Continued from previous page a.m., 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 3-9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-5 p.m. on weekends. Admission is $2.50, or $2 with a Los Angeles Public Library card. At 1419 Colton St., (213) 481-2640 or laparks.org. Le Tour de Downtown The bike portion of the triathlon comes second. Whether riding on city streets or a stationary bike, cycling strengthens the legs and bolsters cardiovascular health. There’s another reason so many people swear by the sport: It’s really fun. Here are several places to get your spin on in Downtown. Olive Hill: Those comfortable with riding on the streets should look to lung-busting Olive Street. Pedal to Olive and Washington Boulevard, then head north on the Olive Street bike lane. At Fifth Street, it turns into a nasty little hill. Keep going up to Second Street, head east on the bike lane, then south via the Spring Street bike lane. Loop back to Olive and repeat. Take It Inside: Not comfortable riding on the street? Or maybe you don’t even own a bicycle. No problem. Try spinning, the intense indoor group workouts on stationary bikes. The Ketchum-Downtown YMCA (401 S. Hope St., 213-624-2348 or ymcla.org/ketchum-downtown) offers up to four hour-long indoor cycling classes per day. Try it out with a free seven-day guest pass. Or visit YAS Downtown LA (831 S. Hope St., 213-430-9053 or go2yas.com), which focuses on spinning and yoga. Dropin classes are $19, but the first one is free. The spinning sessions are known for high-energy instructors who blast pulsing tunes to inspire your pedal power. Run, Forrest, Run After the swim and the bike, it’s time to lace up the running shoes and hit the pavement, of which there is plenty in Downtown. But you don’t have to stay completely on the road to put in a few miles. Park Track: The 32-acre Los Angeles State Historic Park, just east of Chinatown, is encircled by a path that makes for a nice track. Because it’s dirt, it’s also easier on the joints and spine. One lap around the track is about one mile. Try running from home or the office to the park, doing a couple laps, and trotting back. The park closes at sunset. At 1245 N. Spring St. Run to the View: Reward yourself for running with one of the best views of the Downtown skyline. Head west on First Street to Vista Hermosa Park in City West. Enter the park via Toluca Street. Head up the dirt path that winds to the top of the hillside park. Rest up at the overlook that has sweeping views of the Central City. You deserve it. At 100 N. Toluca St. Stretch It Out Aid those aching muscles with some free yoga. The still new Grand Park has free group classes on the lawn every Wednesday and Friday at 12:15 p.m. At 227 N. Spring St., (213) 972-8080 or grandpark.lacounty.giv. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at ryan@downtownnews.com.

many hours behind a desk just to spend a couple more in a crowded and often complicated gym. Future Health asks for 20 minutes. The mantra is “focused, simple, personal, challenging, friendly, social, genuine and real,” all of which sums up the facility’s new atmosphere and look. Lead instructor Adrian Kaczmarek says, “If you miss an appointment you’re getting a phone call. If you miss another you might get a visit from me, and then you’re in trouble.” Through regularly scheduled consultations, members can be assured that their desired results will be achieved. Whether it is weight loss, athletic training, increased energy, better sleep or even reducing cholesterol, Future Health has something to

The newly remodeled Future Health Center is on the 57th floor of the US Bank Tower.

offer for everyone regardless of age. Future Health is at 633 W. Fifth St., Suite 5750. To schedule a visit or complimentary training session call (213) 617-8229. For more information visit futurehealthworld.com.

One Act of Love That Can Save Your Life. A Cardiac Stress Test. It’s Heart Month. It’s Valentine’s Day. Combine the two, and do something important for yourself. Get a cardiac stress test. The new Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health has expert doctors specializing in heart care. We provide cardiac stress tests, as well as many other screening and diagnostic procedures. And they’re offered in a beautiful, calming environment close to where you work or live — right downtown. We also offer exceptional breast and gynecological medical care, so that all of your unique needs can be taken care of in one convenient location, by one coordinated team of specialists. Make an appointment today. Call 213.742.6400. We accept most insurance plans.

visit www.lacwh.org Heart Health

Cholesterol and Blood Sugar Screenings

Blood Pressure Testing

1513 South Grand Avenue

Echocardiogram

Electrocardiogram

Downtown Los Angeles

An Exceptional Healthcare Experience You Deserve


10 Downtown News

February 4, 2013

Celebrating 40 Years

RESTAURANT BUZZ Mouse in the House, a Bittersweet Departure and Other Food News by RichaRd Guzmán

find some Babycakes goods at Artisan House at Sixth and Main streets.

city editoR

H

ere Comes the Mouse: Downtown parents rejoice! Or recoil in nervous anticipation. Either one is an acceptable reaction to the following news: A Chuck E. Cheese is being built on the outskirts of Downtown, but close enough for the Central City kids to party it up with the oversized clothes-wearing rodent. Construction is underway for the kid’s pizza/party palace on Wilshire Boulevard just west of Rampart Boulevard. There is no information yet on when it will open, but the sign is up as is the figure of Chuck E. giving us all a thumbs up, because he knows, one way or another, Downtown parents will be spending their money there for loud parties and pizza. Bye Bye Baby: After three years of giving Downtown vegans the sweet life with organic donuts, cupcakes and cookies, Babycakes has closed its Central City doors. Michelle Yee, general manager of the Larchmont Babycakes, said the location on the ground floor of the Pacific Electric Lofts at Sixth and Los Angeles streets was shuttered because foot traffic was slower than anticipated. That dovetailed, she said, with a desire to free up resources to open Babycakes outlets in Chicago and San Francisco. Yee said that public sales halted in the middle of January. However, Downtowners can still

Arts District Dining: The food options are continuing to grow in a once gritty but now kind of hot portion of the Arts District. Beau Laughlin and Mike Jay, the owners of The Churchill gastropub near the Beverly Center and The Hudson in West Hollywood, are planning a new spot at 712 S. Santa Fe Ave. There aren’t many details available yet, but according to a spokesman for the restaurant the eatery will fill a space that was once used as a loading dock for Heinz. There’s no name for the restaurant yet either, but it will be around the corner from Bestia, the recently opened and highly acclaimed Italian spot. Just across Seventh Street is Church & State, which was also built out of a loading dock. At 712 S. Santa Fe. Ave. Spice It Up: Bryant Ng knows he’ll have to shut down The Spice Table to make way for the Regional Connector, but that doesn’t mean he is letting things fizzle out at his Little Tokyo spot. Instead, he has revamped the menu with dishes inspired by a recent trip he took to Singapore and Vietnam. “The idea was to be inspired, to have the food at hawker centers and street side restaurants and translate it here,” Ng said. New dishes include Singaporean “carrot cake,” grilled

Open m! tilDE4LIVa ERY

photo by Richard Guzman

Downtown’s first Fatburger is slated to open this month at 888 S. Figueroa St.

beef salad, dried pho with marrow broth and duck rice. Also, in what he called an “ode to Campanile,” the Hollywood restaurant that closed last year, Ng added his version of the restaurant’s flattened chicken to the Spice Table menu. Ng worked at Campanile in 2003. The Spice Table also recently opened for Saturday brunch from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The restaurant could close by the end of this year in order to ac-

Multiple policies. One agent.

AVAILABLE

Dine-In | Take Out | Delivery | Catering | Pizza | Pasta | Calzones | Grinders | Low Carb Appetizers | Desserts

20off %

Leonard Therrien Downtown Insurance Agency (213) 622-3307 700 South Flower Street, #1202 Los Angeles, CA 90017 LTherrien@allstate.com CA Lic: 0C63543

YOUR ENTIRE LUNCH OR DINNER ORDER.

Dine-in only. 7 days/week. Not valid with other offers. Limit 1 coupon per table. Specials not included. Expires 6/30/13

213.488.4999

155 E. Olympic Blvd. (Main & Los Angeles) • Mon-Fri 10am-4am, Sat-Sun 11am-4am

www.amantepizzaandpasta.com

Insurance and coverages subject to terms, qualifications and availability. Actual savings will vary. Allstate Indemnity Company: Northbrook, Illinois © 2010 Allstate Insurance Company.

(An Equal Opportunity Employer) seeks sub-trade bids from all qualified Subcontractors and Suppliers and requires Community Business, Disabled Veteran, Disadvantaged, Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises participation for:

HALL OF JUSTICE REPAIR AND REUSE Los Angeles, California

1) ACOUSTICAL CEILINGS Bid Date: Feb. 21, 2013 at 3pm | Subcontract Award Date: Feb. 28, 2013 at 5pm 2) ACOUSTICAL WOODWORK AND CASEWORK Bid Date: Feb. 21, 2013 at 3pm | Subcontract Award Date: Feb. 28, 2013 at 5pm 3) CARPET Bid Date: Feb. 21, 2013 at 3pm | Subcontract Award Date: Feb. 28, 2013 at 5pm 4) RESILIENT BASE AND ACCESSORIES Bid Date: Feb. 21, 2013 at 3pm | Subcontract Award Date: Feb. 28, 2013 at 5pm Qualification packages, including plans and specs are available for review and may be downloaded for FREE beginning February 4, 2013 at Davis Blueprint at: http://www.biddox.com/PNOnline/viewdetails.asp?prid=1068&a=details&ppwd=HOJTIBP

Davis Blueprint can also be reached at (323) 225-7483 for additional assistance on the Hall of Justice Repair and Reuse Project. Additional project information is available at Clark’s Hall of Justice website: http://www.clarkhallofjustice.com/ Clark Construction Group, California-LP requires all qualified subcontractors to be prepared to furnish a bondability letter issued by an admitted “A Listed” surety in the amount of their bid. Clark Construction Group, California-LP intends to seriously negotiate with all qualified subcontractors, and requires each selected to execute the Clark Master Subcontract. Copy of the Master Subcontract is available for review at our office.

Clark Construction Group, California-LP 575 Anton Blvd, Suite 100, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 License No. 839892 Contact for Acoustical Ceilings, Carpet, Resilient Base and Accessories: Josh Cortez Phone: 714-830-6191 Email: josh.cortez@clarkconstruction.com Los Angeles, CA · www.singlestone.com | t 213.892.0772 San Marino, CA · www.singlestonemissionstreet.com | t 626.799.3109

Contact for Architectural Woodwork and Casework: Robert Sandberg Phone: 714-830-6190 Email: robert.sandberg@clarkconstruction.com


February 4, 2013

Downtown News 11

Celebrating 40 Years

commodate work on the $1.37 billion Regional Connector. Ng is still looking for a location to reopen the restaurant. At 114 S. Central Ave., (213) 620-1840 or thespicetable.com. Getting Fatter: Break out the sweats and prepare to welcome more chins, because Fatburger is landing in Downtown. Yes, the place that offers the 2,050-calorie XXXL Fatburger is expected to open on the ground floor of the building at 888 S. Figueroa St. this month in a space that formerly housed Christie’s Gourmet Coffee and Sandwiches. The Fatburger franchise was launched in 1952 in Los Angeles. The 50-seat Downtown restaurant is owned by Atif Sheikh, who has owned several other franchise restaurants in the past. But seriously, is there really a need for the XXXL Fatburger? Yes, yes there is. At 888 S. Figueroa St. or fatburger.com. Lounge at FIG: There may be an increase in sick calls around the Financial District this fall. That’s when City Tavern, a popular Culver City bar and restaurant, is expected to open a second location at FIGat7th. The Culver City spot is known

for its old school look that mixes brick walls with wood floors, booths and a long bar. The tavern serves a large selection of craft beers and a tasty comfort food menu. Those elements can also be expected at the Downtown location, which could easily turn into an after-work hangout. City Tavern frequently holds “Pint Nights” in which area brewers bring their latest batches, meaning there could be many mid-week hangovers and subsequent sick calls. It is all part of the expanded food court at the shopping center which reopened in October following a $40 million renovation. At 735 S. Figueroa St. or citytavernculvercity.com. Truffle Time: February means Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day and… black truffle week? That’s the situation at Patina on Grand Avenue, which will hold its annual Black Truffle Dinners Feb. 5-8. The meals will include three, five and seven course menus with each dish integrating the humongous fungus among us. The cost is $85-$175 per person. Dishes include butternut squash velute with black truffle brioche

and Scottish wood pigeon and black truffle roule. At 141 S. Grand Ave., (213) 972-3331 or patinarestaurant.com. From Eggs to Kegs: There won’t actually be any kegs in the place, but the spot that once housed the tiny but usually busy Uncle John’s Ham ‘N’ Eggs restaurant is now called Ham and Eggs Tavern. The original Uncle John’s moved to a larger location at 834 S. Grand Ave., and the Eighth Street spot is focusing on beer and wine. Actually, according to the website, the tavern serves “Charming Beers & Wines.” Although the joint’s Facebook page says it is open from 6 p.m.-2 a.m., the owner told Restaurant Buzz that no official opening day has been set. It’s a small place with a room that houses a bar and uses wine barrels as tables. At 433 W. Eighth St. or hamandeggstavern.com. Kirsten Quinn contributed to this report. Got any juicy food news? If so, contact Restaurant Buzz at richard@downtownnews.com.

L Fi

OPEN DAILY AT 11AM LUNCH • HAPPY HOUR • DINNER LATE NIGHT DIM SUM AND BAR

38 NEW MENU ITEMS

20% off your ENTIrE orDEr! With this ad. Dine-in only. Not available with other offers. Expires 2/28/13

all a ll MoviES a all ll d day ay EvEry 1St tuESday of thE Month

kick off: Tuesday february 5, 2013 Walk The l.a. live red carpeT 200 movie posTers spin The prize Wheel To Win movie TickeTs and oTher prizes

lalive.com/movies

C DIM SUM LOUNGE Happy Hour Daily 4pm to 7pm Late Night Mon-Wed 10pm-12am $5 all Drafts $8 Specialty Cocktails Little Tokyo | Woori Plaza 333 S. Alameda St. #115 213-625-2001 Hours: Sun: 11am - 9pm Mon - Wed: 11am - 12am Thurs - Sat: 11am - 2am chynnadtla.com


12 Downtown News

February 4, 2013

Celebrating 40 Years photo by Gary Leonard

Skid Row Parks to Stay Open City and Nonprofit to Split Operating Duties by Ryan VaillancouRt staff wRiteR

A

pair of Skid Row parks that were facing the specter of abrupt closure will now remain open under a new funding and operations plan. The parks were slated to run out of money and close on Friday, Feb. 1. Three days before that, Rick Coca, a spokesman for 14th District City Councilman José Huizar, said that Huizar has set aside $50,000 in discretionary funds to pay for operations at San Julian Park. Additionally, the city Department of

Recreation and Parks will take over maintenance and operations of Gladys Park. Both sites have been operated by the nonprofit SRO Housing Corp. since 1988 through a contract with the now defunct CRA. Armed with the $50,000 in city funds, SRO will continue to operate San Julian Park until city officials can establish a long-term solution. Recreation and Parks can simply take over Gladys Park because the facility at Sixth Street and Gladys Avenue is city-owned. The department is using existing resources and staff to operate the park, Coca said.

Because San Julian Park is owned by the CRA, the city does not have the authority to access it. Going forward, city officials plan to work on a deal to have San Julian Park, and several other CRA-owned park-type lands, transferred to the city. Since redevelopment agencies were dissolved by the state last year, the CRA successor entity has required state approval for all decisions related to its hundreds of properties. The law that killed redevelopment agencies allowed some types of public-interest assets, such as parks, to be transferred to local municipalities. The CRA successor agency has already identified San Julian as one of the candidates for transfer to the city, but the state Department of Finance has yet to consider the recommendation. It is not slated to take up the proposed transfer until April 1. Community advocate “General” Jeff Page, who represents Skid Row on the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council and had been lobbying for a solution to the park fund-

Gladys Park (shown here) and San Julian Park were out of money and nearly closed on Feb. 1. The city worked out a deal to keep the facilities open.

ing woes, welcomed the transfer of operating duties at Gladys Park to the city. “It’s a stay of execution,” Page said. “Also, SRO Housing, their focus is in their name — housing. We need dedicated park management whose skill and experience is park management, so this only makes sense.” Page said he is working to create a task force of community and city leaders who would focus on programming and development of Skid Row public spaces. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at ryan@downtownnews.com.

rity Officers

Armed and Unarmed Secu Specializing in: Markets, High Rise Buildings, Lofts, unites Parking Lots, Gated Comm

Special Incentive for New Clients!

Premiere Security Group 11610 Olympic Blvd.

PRE-FIXE MENU $40

Va l e n t i n e ’s D ay

310-312-8820

First Course

Watermelon Salad Watercress, Cambozola Cheese, Cayenne Citrus Vinaigrette s eCond Course

Prawn & Vegetable Tempura sriracha Aioli third Course

Filet Mignon Chorizo rice, Parmesan Creamed Corn, Chile Ancho red Wine Glace

or Pan Seared Halibut Lentil ragout, Crispy eggplant, Lemon Butter Fourth Course

Dark Chocolate Pudding rasberry Chantilly Cream

or Drunken Pears Frozen White Chocolate Mousse, toasted hazelnuts

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE COMMUTER TAX BENEFIT & SAVE UP TO $245 A MONTH WITH OUR CORPORATE PASS PROGRAM. “Roll” to work with the Metrolink Corporate Pass Program. Save on gas and enjoy less traffic, less aggravation and unrestricted travel on weekends. Sit back, relax, crank up some tunes in your headphones and rack up some sizable tax savings, too. Up to $2,940 annually. When you and your employees ride with Metrolink, your commute will totally rock.

LUNCH - DINNER Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4pm to 8pm Wine-O Wednesday: All bottles of wine 50% Off Every Tuesday: $8 Kobe Burger Special

4512 East Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles 90022 323-526-4555 ~ www.citiesflavor.com

metrolinktrains.com/iloverockandroll


February 4, 2013

Around Town Continued from page 2 rabbi who captured the 89-year-old Thomas saying that Jews “should get the hell out of Palestine” and making other comments during a Jewish heritage celebration at the White House. The video caused an immediate uproar and led to the end of Thomas’ long career. Admission for the event, titled “To Catch an Anti-Semite,” is $10, and it is open to the public. The Downtown JCC is at 219 W. Seventh St., suite 206.

legend Jerry West was the star attraction at the Jan. 30 fundraising reception “An Evening with Jerry West.” The event, which also benefitted City of Hope, took place in Little Tokyo. Many of the 150 people in attendance posed for pictures with the retired NBA player, coach and general manager. About $5,000 was raised for the Budokan project that night. The Budokan is a proposed $22 million recreation center that would include a four-court gymnasium, community space and a rooftop garden with a jogging track. The 38,000-square-foot facility would rise on Los Angeles between Second and Third streets. The developer is the Little Tokyo Service Center.

New Name Sought for Arts High School

Budokan Project Gets Assist From Jerry West

O

Downtown News 13

Celebrating 40 Years

fficials behind the proposed Budokan of Los Angeles project got a boost last week from an unlikely figure: NBA

W

hat’s in a name? In the case of the Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts on Grand Avenue, a lot. A group of parents and students have launched a

campaign to rename the school before graduation in the spring. Gavin Glynn, a member of the school’s Parent Teacher Student Association, said members of the group feel they did not get to provide enough input when the school got its current name in 2011 (the facility opened in 2009). He also cited concerns regarding Cortines, a former LAUSD superintendent who retired in March 2011 and was later involved in a scandal after a former LAUSD employee alleged that Cortines made unwanted sexual advances toward him in July 2010; the claim was settled last year for $200,000. Although Glynn said the input issue is the primary driver for the name change request, he acknowledged that parents and students “have shared concern about the reputation of Mr. Cortines.” Glynn said the group is compiling a list of potential new names after figures including George Lucas, Walt Disney and Eli and Edythe Broad. He said his group will conduct a vote and present the selected name to the LAUSD board in March. District officials directed questions regarding the renaming effort to School Board President Monica Garcia. Officials with Garcia’s office said she had no comment.

©

NOW OPEN! A Winning Combination

AL A VE

PROPANE, GAS & DIESEL 7 TH S

PI

C

S ALAMEDA

OL YM

ST

S CE

NTR

T

BL VD

H

24 Hours/ 7 Days a Week Fast & Friendly Service Se Habla Español

1800 E. Olympic Blvd. (On the corner of Olympic and S. Alameda St.)

213-627-5008

Dudamel Conlon Gilad

One Orchestra Three Great Concerts as seen on

ORCHESTRA

Yehuda Gilad, Music Director & Conductor

February 19, 8:00 pm Gustavo Dudamel conducts Walt Disney Concert Hall April 4-6, 5:30 pm James Conlon conducts Opera at Colburn Zipper Hall April 20, 7:30 pm Yehuda Gilad conducts Ambassador Auditorium Tickets: colburnschool.edu/tickets 213.621.1050

Colburn

www.colburnschool.edu


14 Downtown News

February 4, 2013 photo by Gary Leonard

Celebrating 40 Years

Broadway

Sushi Counter in LA!

VOT.A. Downtown by L

Featuring

sashimi, yakitori, Tempura, different kinds of sushi open 7 days a week, 11 am - 10 pm 120 Japanese Village plaza (Little Tokyo)

(213) 680-0567

For the past 30 years

Validated FREE Parking (Enter on Central Ave.) or use DASH Route A–Bus

Since 2008, the street has seen a number of additions, including the opening of Umamicatessen.

Redeem this offer at your initial examination and cleaning appointment and receive a FREE whitening kit

Pro Audio-Video Equipment Auction Sale

Friday, Feb. 8 at 1PM Go to www.BSTOCK.TV to register, bid and view lots

Call 213-926-7000 for more info

Offer expires: 2/28/2013

• Digital x-rays • Oral Cancer and Periodontal screening • Flexible financial options Silvia Kasparian, D.D.S. | USC Graduate | A.D.A., C.D.A. Member 601 W. 5th St. , #1110 | (213) 892-8172 MAKING QUALITY DENTISTRY COMFORTABLE AND GENTLE for over 18 years in Downtown LA

A better commute? It’s about time. Starting February 23, Metro ExpressLanes will save you time in tra;c on the 10 freeway. The lanes are toll-free for carpools, vanpools and motorcycles. Solo drivers have the choice to use ExpressLanes by paying a toll. ®

All vehicles, including carpools, need a FasTrak account and transponder to use the lanes. Pre-order your FasTrak today at metroexpresslanes.net. 13-1319bg ©lacmta 2013

I SUSeH T ers Original Revolving d S a E R ED B News

Huizar announced his initiative during a splashy 2008 event at the Los Angeles Theatre. “With Bringing Back Broadway, we’ll make sure Broadway hasn’t seen its last premiere,” he said at the time. photo by Gary Leonard

Continued from page 1 is under construction at 719-725 S. Broadway and the 180room boutique Ace Hotel will fill the United Artists Theater at 933 S. Broadway. The Sparkle Factory, the headquarters of jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino, is slated to open this year at 908 S. Broadway. Even if it is not yet a critical mass, those working on Broadway are enthused by the cumulative interest and investment. “I’m very excited about the street and all the retail pieces that are coming,” Gray said. Of course, not all the questions have been answered, and the crowds don’t always materialize. Jonathan Mgaieth, whose family in December opened the 17,000-square-foot Les Noces du Figaro with help from Huizar’s office, said that business has been slow. He was hoping for about 500 daily customers. Instead, only about 100 people a day come through the doors. Whether big businesses like Figaro make it will be an important factor in the success of Bringing Back Broadway, Huizar acknowledged. “It would be a huge setback if Figaro Bistro, or Ross or any of these businesses shut down,” he said. “[If they fail] then there’s something wrong in the vision that we created, the movement that we created.” Sidewalks and Theaters For all the progress, there are portions of the initiative that, if not quite failures, certainly have not met expectations.


Those include the space on the upper floors of buildings on Broadway. When he launched his initiative, Huizar planned on creating a law similar to the 1999 Adaptive Reuse Ordinance, which paved the way for turning faded Downtown office buildings into housing. Huizar hoped to secure relaxations of certain building codes so the upper levels could be renovated for use as creative office space or retail. Progress has been hampered by disagreements with Fire Department officials who are concerned about safety issues such as emergency exit access and windows. Although Huizar last week said he expects an ordinance to be adopted this year, with activation of some of the space within two years, that is uncertain. John Vidovich, the Fire Department official who has been working with Huizar’s office, did not return a call for comment. Another disappointment is the state of the sidewalks. The 2008 initiative called for spending $35 million to repair crumbling sidewalks, including reconstructing the basements below where pedestrians walk. However, only about $7 million worth of work has taken place, with repairs to portions of Broadway between Third and Fifth streets. Funding has yet to be identified for the rest of the project. “The millions of dollars it’s going to take to reconstruct these sidewalks is what concerns me,” Huizar stated. Along with the streetcar, the biggest key to turning around Broadway, say observers, is reactivating the dozen theaters that line the street. Most remain empty or are used sporadically for filming. In September, the Delijani family, which owns the Palace, State, Los Angeles and Tower theaters, announced a phased, long-term plan to upgrade the venues and hold concerts and other events there, while also creating restaurants and bars. No timeline has been announced, though in September Shahram Delijani told Los Angeles Downtown News that programming at the Los Angeles and Palace would increase within a year. It is another situation where, according to Huizar, the corridor is in transition. “I’m really happy with the progress of some of these theaters, but I think we are also on a holding pattern right now where we really need to see more parking options. For us to deliver those options we need to see more of a critical mass of people that will come here,” Huizar said. New Look Numerous other efforts to improve the street are also at an early or mid-point. A streetscape plan, also known as “The Road Diet,” would reduce the lanes of traffic on Broadway from four to three, with one southbound and two northbound lanes. The plan calls for widening sidewalks, creating more sidewalk dining and increasing loading areas to help businesses. The plan has completed its environmental review and goes before the Planning Commission for approval Feb. 14. The work would be done in phases as funding is identified, but by June Huizar plans a “dress rehearsal,” which will utilize temporary benches, striping and other elements to showcase what would happen permanently. His model, for an as-yet-undetermined site, echoes what was done with Sunset Triangle Plaza in Silver Lake last year. That turned a primarily auto corridor into a community gathering point with seating and other elements. “That will allow us to redesign the street, slow down traffic and make it more pedestrian friendly,” Huizar said. “It will create more of a community with people walking around.” Also still in the early stage is the Broadway Arts Center, a facility that would contain a theater, an art gallery and affordable housing for artists. Although a site has not been identified, the project last year received a $470,000 grant for predevelopment work. The project could include a Downtown campus of the Valencia-based California Institute of the Arts. Huizar’s vision extends to signage. This year, $800,000 will be available to Broadway property owners for façade lighting and signs that enhance the street. A so-called Broadway Sign District, which is currently in early draft form, will encourage things like neon signs. Huizar said he will consider Bringing Back Broadway a success if, by 2018, he has accomplished about 80% of what he originally set out to do. Considering that his 14th District includes all of Downtown after redistricting, he said the corridor will remain a priority. Meanwhile, as Huizar continued his stroll on Broadway, he darted into Julio’s Burgers, a tiny Mexican-American restaurant that has been on the street for 30 years. It lacks the style, flair and fancy menus of the new spots. Still, after getting a cup of coffee and chatting with the woman behind the counter about the improvements on the street, Huizar said there remains room for these businesses on Broadway. “While people may say there’ll be some type of gentrification, all businesses will benefit,” he said. “There will be a better mixture of businesses here on Broadway in the future.” Check back on that future in five years. Contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.

Downtown News 15

Celebrating 40 Years image courtesy Bringing Back Broadway

February 4, 2013

Green Hut Downtown News Ad 6.75x12 B 1/29/13 7:55 AM Page 1

A rendering of a public space that could pop up on Broadway in June. Modeled after Sunset Triangle Plaza in Silver Lake, the temporary facility would be a “dress rehearsal” for a future permanent amenity.

OYSTER BAR BEER & WINE

1

$

green hut

OYSTERS available everyday starting at 4pm. offer may change at anytime without notice.

Mention promotion code “Downtown News” and get

5 pcs Buffalo Wings or 2 pcs oysters

free! LiMiteD tiMe offer

Hours: Mon - thu 10am to Midnight fri 10am – 2am | sat 2pm – 2am | sun 2pm – 10pm

808 W 7th street, los angeles, ca 90017 t: 213.627.8166 | greenHutcafe.com


16 Downtown News

February 4, 2013

Celebrating 40 Years

40th Anniversary Edition T

his keepsake edition of the Los Angeles Downtown News will celebrate our 40 years being the voice of Downtown. Features will include a profile of the 40 most important Downtowners of the last 40 years, a look at the best and worst of Downtown over the past 4 decades plus lots of historical information and a reflection on the past with a look into the future of Downtown.

A Great Place to Advertise

SAVE

% 25

on all ads (1/8 Page or Larger. Contact your advertising representative for details.)

Glossy Pages Available: This special edition of the Downtown News will include full color glossy pages on the Front Cover, Page 2, Inside Back Cover and the Back Page. Ad space sold on a first come basis. Glossy ad space deadline is Monday, February 11, 2013.

Half Page (10.25 X 7.625) ..................$2032 Front Page Strip (10.25 X 1.5) ............$1295

CEL E

Full Page (10.25 X 15.5) .....................$3365 WN ES EL TO NG N SA O L W DO uary Jan

ber

42,

m Nu

3

201

2

os by phot

d onar y Le Gar

EBRATING EL

40

C

14,

ce

12

OSS L G E BI N O NS, GAI

RS YEA 1972

Sin

EE THR

me

publiSheS: February 18, 2013

40

WS E N BIG Volu

Space DeaDline: February 13, 2013

ATING BR

cil oun A C Race p ts U Hea 5

ew AN n ow nat ow i h C Sh

W

W

W

O .D

W

NT

OW

N

W NE

S.

CO

M

e rk th rary ma mpo ay to conte ue. en uesd on d T milli nd Av n a a 0 h r 0 s on his $1 d on G wa ad t” of Broa e Bro ou Eli pping um Th “to muse t ar

the saw a ted y hit Rela nall on a rm ct fi ing p. 6. nt fi oje inn me nue pr k beg ory on p r lo eve Ave h wo See st it of d and er. itte ed Gr king, w t tow n lW Bil -delay dbrea artme g n lon grou on ap li il 0m $13

iled eta rades 10 . yd . sda upg ry p Tue th of e sto s on n wor m. Se r e wn lio diu er o mil sta odg $100 ar-old D ew ately 1-ye en 5 Th roxim the app ing to com

YEARS

Since 1972

For more information please call your Account Executive at

213-481-1448

ndly se fo ho tho r, w . ong Howse y p. 13 r am ere Huell ee sto w S s ner icon . 7. tow vision ay Jan wn Do g tele ed aw in pass ber em rem

w

w

w

w .t

m co a. az pl al c o


February 4, 2013

Celebrating 40 Years

Downtown News 17

Fashion District Mega-Project Proposed A $1 Billion Plan, Still in the Very Early Stage, Calls for Apartments, a School and Office Space by Ryan Vaillancourt staff writer

A

Fashion District property owner is in the very early stage of planning a transformation of 10 acres of mostly unused produce warehouses into a $1 billion hub of housing, office space, hotel rooms and a college campus. The proposal to reinvent the 1909 produce mart known as City Market is in its infancy, project organizers say. It would require an environmental impact report and, at the earliest, an initial phase of the project could break ground in mid-2014, said Peter Fleming, president and CEO of City Market of Los Angeles. The project site comprises the blocks bounded by Ninth, San Pedro, San Julian and 12th streets. The plan calls for a campus anchored by a college-level institution that focuses on fashion, architecture, design, culinary arts or another creative industry, Fleming said. It would also include 945 housing units, 210 hotel rooms, 225,000 square feet of retail and 295,000 square feet of creative office space. The plan was first reported by the Los Angeles Times. “We looked at the area and tried to assess some needs and think that we can help the entire city by providing goods and services and amenities to the local community and citywide,” Fleming said. City Market officials have been meeting with Downtown and Fashion District stakeholders in recent months to share plans. Among the early supporters is the Fashion District Business Improvement District, said Kent Smith, the BID’s executive director.

Currently, City Market is somewhat of a dead zone in the heart of the otherwise busy district. It also is between two of the area’s most important commercial anchors in the San Pedro Wholesale Mart and Santee Alley. “It sits in the most vibrant part of the district and we’re in desperate need of the infill,” Smith said. “It’s a missing piece of our body. It’s not just a missing tooth.” Fleming said he plans to initiate the environmental review process in the coming days. While he intends to secure entitlements from the city to develop the entire 10-acre site before any construction begins, the project would likely rise in phases over as much as 20 years. Still, he said, a first phase could break ground as soon as mid-2014. During the entitlement process, project organizers will also begin engineering and design work for a 150-unit residential phase. That way, once approvals are in hand, construction could begin on that portion, Fleming said. Dying Fruit The corporation that owns City Market has controlled the site since it opened in 1909. It functioned as a produce wholesale district until 2009, when business withered under new food safety and distribution standards. Instead of investing in facility upgrades, City Market officials opted to look toward a better use for the land, Fleming said. According to a study compiled by land-use giant AECOM for the Fashion District BID, the area may be able to support a mixed-use development like City Market. That 2011 report found that the area could immediately hold at least 75 hotel rooms to house travelers

photo courtesy of City Market of Los Angeles

A proposed mixed-use development would transform 10 acres of underused land in the Fashion District. It would rise in phases on the blocks bounded by Ninth, San Pedro, San Julian and 12th streets.

who visit the district for the wholesale fashion business. The study also estimated support for up to 1,340 additional housing units over the next 30 years. There are currently 725 marketrate residences in the Fashion District, according to the AECOM study. The educational component is seen primarily as an asset that would populate the area, helping to support neighborhood retail much like SCI-Arc has spurred growth in the Arts District. Still, Fleming said officials do not have a particular school in mind. “We’re going to go in search of the right institution,” he said. “We feel that there are many that would like to have a presence here.” The preliminary stage of the effort means there are many unanswered questions, including how the landowners would finance the project. While officials plan to handle the initial 150-unit residential phase in-house,

1055 Wilshire Blvd Ste.1555 Los Angeles CA 90017 www.escrowworldinc.com 213.344.5000

the remainder of the site could be done in partnership with a veteran developer. The group will also consider divvying up the 10acre property into smaller parcels, then grant long-term ground leases to developers. “It’ll be entitled with a 20-year development agreement so we can respond to the market differently,” Fleming said. City Market’s plan to tackle a massive development in phases is part of what could be a new trend in post-recession mega-projects. Grand Avenue project developer Related recently canned its $2 billion plan approved in 2007 for a major mixed-use complex across from Walt Disney Concert Hall. Instead, it is proposing a scaled-back development with housing, hotel rooms and retail that would be done in phases, according to market demands. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at ryan@downtownnews.com.


February 4, 2013

Celebrating 40 Years

photo by Gary Leonard

CALENDAR

photo courtesy Stephen Seemayer

18 Downtown News

Chasing the JAN 14 Young in! W d n a s U e Lik turks

photo courtesy Stephen Seemayer

Stephen Seemayer turned the camera on his friends to film the documentary Young Turks.

Artists depicted in the film include Andy Wilf, a talented painter inspired by animal skulls he found in Grand Central Market.

Stephen Seemayer and Pamela Wilson personal diary kind of thing,” Wilson said. shine a light Starts 18 The film begins with the January narrator talking on the gritty sarcastically about the scenic splendor of late Downtown art scene of the ’70s Downtown, the fine dining and friendly late 1970s and neighborhood. early ’80s with “They didn’t come for any of that,” the film Young Morrison intones. Turks. The Instead, Morrison explains, they came for documentary the rent, which was as low as eight cents per screens this square foot. week at the LikeMovie with Seemayer, the rent is exactly what Check OurDowntown Website for Full Listings Independent. attracted Peterson, who fondly recalls the era.

skulls and tripe and started painting them,” Seemayer said. Wilf died of a drug overdose shortly after s ew N ntown om/L.A.Dow the film was completed in 1981. Facebook.c Foreshadowing Change The film transitions between scenes Like Downtown News on Facebook that focus on the artists with scenes of the & Be Entered to Win Movie Tickets! area homeless talking about their lives in Downtown. Some speak of the importance of having friends. Others discuss how their lives have gone wrong and how they ended LADowntownNews.com up on the street. “It was a very exciting time,” he said in an The film also foreshadows the changes interview. “We had a lot of fun. We were all that would eventually come to Downtown. by RichaRd Guzmán Long-lost Downtown hangouts are shown making art and had a lot of time to hang out.” It laments the gentrification that the artists city editoR in their heyday, among them Al’s Bar, a punk Peterson, now a 67-year-old father of a predict would arrive in the future. hen Stephen Seemayer moved to music haven in the Arts District, the Terminal 17-year-old son, lives in Pasadena. That comes into play in footage of perforStarts January But 25 at Downtown from the Valley in Café at Eighth Street and Central Avenue, the time of the film, he hopped from one mance artist Richard Newton. In Young Turks, 1976, it was for one reason: s.com Rent and the Atomic Café, a late-night diner in Downtown location to another, including he gives a satirical tour of the yet-to-open EWScheap. p at DowntownNew N wasEdirt Little Tokyo. Also depicted is a somewhat a 2,500-square-foot space near Fourth and Museum of Contemporary Art. He predicts all u n ig P S U N SIG Seemayer, then 22, was able to rent an hostile Downtown landscape that had yet to Spring streets that he rented for $75 a month. the things that will follow the facility, among entire abandoned 16-room hotel at 851 S. be colonized by loft dwellers. His closest neighbors were some of the area’s them hip bars, nice shops, clothing stores and Sign Up E-News Blasts & Central Ave.for forOur $150 a month. The multi“I didn’t think it would be a movie, but homeless individuals, which in the film are quality oriented art galleries. Be Entered tosix Win Movie Tickets! media artist spent months cleaning up the after a while I literally had piles and piles of referred to by the artists as “bums,” a term that The film ends with a fictional scene of a dusty, pigeon-infested edifice. He ended up this Super 8 film that had been developed,” although politically incorrect today was com- man in shorts and flip-flops pulling up to a with a projection and editing room, a room Seemayer said last week. “I realized, I think I mon and not intended as offensive at the time. gritty lot in a Porsche. His young wife is on for his art and plenty of space to live. could put it together as a movie.” “I was pretty Listings directly affected by the home- roller skates. The actor talks about getting Check Our Website for Full Movie LADowntownNews.com He wasn’t the only one who heeded the Talented Friends less in the area,” Peterson recalled. “I was a loft in Downtown and maybe opening a call. At the time, a number of young artists While many artists lived in the area at the dealing and living with the homeless on a boutique, since the area is so artsy and cool. were moving to the gritty community, drawn time, Seemayer focused on a group of friends daily basis.” A lot of what the filmmakers and the resiby big spaces and cheap rents. he dubbed the Young Turks. They included As a result, Peterson created “bum shelters.” dents either feared or jokingly predicted has In 1977, Seemayer picked up his Super 8mm performance art duo Bob & Bob, photograThe artworks were colorful geometric sculp- come true. Three decades after the camera camera and began shooting some of his friends. pher Monique Safford, sculptor Woods Davy tures made from fiberglass Starts February or wood. Many1 rolled, Seemayer and Wilson are OK with the He continued doing it for the next four years, and painter and sculptor Jon Peterson. resembled futuristic tents. Peterson placed new reality. capturing their lives as they partied, Seemayer actually screened what he termed them around Skid Row and some quickly “I actually think there are a lot of good 678* art 55made OBILE MOVIE toLos andMCfound Angeles. a rough cut of the film in 1981 at a four-story went missing. Others were used as homes, and things in Downtown,” said Seemayer. “Sure ext DinTNDowntown LUB aThome Three decades later, Seemayer, now an Arts District warehouse. He stored it away Young Turks shows some homeless individuals there are a lot of people who aren’t artists, to 55678 to Join Our Movie EchoText ParkDTNMOVIE resident, is sharing that footage. after that and didn’t dig it back out until sleeping inside the pieces of art. but any thriving community needs all kinds The 95-minute Young Another person shown in the film is Andy of people.” Club and documentary be Entered to WinTurks Movierecently. Tickets!He then teamed up with his wife, will screen at the Downtown Independent Pamela Wilson, who re-edited and digitized Wilf, a talented painter also influenced by Young Turks screens Feb. 8-14 at the theater Feb. 8-14. the film. They added a narration from Los what he saw in his neighborhood, in particu- Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St. or The film looks at the art scene in Downtown Angeles Times columnist and radio host Patt lar at Grand Central Market. His paintings downtownindependent.com. Additional informsg1970s & data rates apply. Reply’80s HELP for help. STOPthe to quit. 4Morrison, msgs/month max. in *Carrier the late and early through and integrated a fewWebsite images offorincluded the lamb and pigLADowntownNews.com skulls that were mation is at youngturksthemovie.com. Check Our Full Movie Listings stories of 13 artists and the homeless residents modern Downtown. for sale at the market. Contact Richard Guzmán at in the area, which inspired some of the art. “It feels intimate and homemade, like a “Andy started buying cows’ heads and richard@downtownnews.com.

Documentary Focuses On the Downtown Art Scene of the Late ’70s

JAN 21

nes! li d a e H y il a ✔ Sign Up for D

W

JAN 28

Club! e l i b o M r u Join O

FEB 4

n! i W d n a s U Like

Starts February 8

ntownNews om/L.A.Dow Facebook.c

Like Downtown News on Facebook & Be Entered to Win Movie Tickets!

Check Our Website for Full Movie Listings LADowntownNews.com


February 4, 2013

Downtown News 19

Celebrating 40 Years

Another Magical Mystery Tour Ahmanson Show ‘Backbeat’ Brings Back an Oft-Forgotten ‘Fifth Beatle’ by Jeff favre contributing writer

S

everal people have claimed status as the fifth Beatle, but the only true holder of the title is Stuart Sutcliffe. Known to ardent fans as an early influence on the cool factor of the Fab Four, Sutcliffe has remained a mostly forgotten historical figure. His time with the group came before The Beatles began a reign as the most popular band in rock ‘n’ roll history. Sutcliffe’s name gained some recognition with Iain Softley’s 1994 movie Backbeat. He is being revived again as Softley has transported his celluloid creation to the stage. The energetic, often dynamic but also uneven play with music (don’t come expecting a full-on “Beatles musical”) premiered in Glasgow, Scotland, and now has landed stateside at Downtown’s Ahmanson Theatre in anticipation of a Broadway run. Directed by David Leveaux and starring much of the original cast, the show plays through March 1. Like the internal struggle Sutcliffe faces between following his art and his girlfriend, or sticking with his band and his buddy John Lennon, Backbeat can’t decide if it’s a tepid love story or a rousing rockudrama. Softley and co-writer Stephen Jeffreys start with the rock elements, as Lennon (Andrew Knott) buys a guitar for his art school roommate Sutcliffe (Nick Blood) and convinces him to join the band even though Stu can’t play. In a blitzkrieg of action, the play shifts rapidly to Hamburg, Germany, where The Beatles honed their chops through months of six-hour sets at a seedy club. Lennon and Paul McCartney (Daniel Healy) share most of the lead vocals, with a few turns by the youthful George Harrison (Daniel Westwick). The beat is maintained by thendrummer Pete Best (Oliver Bennett). Live songs come fast and furious. They aren’t Beatles originals, but early rock songs that influenced the group, including “Rock ‘n’ Roll Music,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Good Golly Miss Molly” and “Money.” Sutcliffe, sporting sunglasses and smoking an ever-present cigarette, stands with one leg bent, a position that evokes the

cool of James Dean. It’s his aloofness that seems to attract fan Klaus (Dominic Rouse), who brings his girlfriend Astrid (Leanne Best) to see The Beatles. She falls for Sutcliffe, whose interest in her rises as his interest in the band falls. The Beatles’ rough-and-tumble life in Germany, from George losing his virginity in the presence of his band mates to their discovery of drugs to keep them going through the long hours, is captivating. It is all interspersed with tightly performed songs by a multitalented group. Healy and Knott produce the sound and energy of McCartney and Lennon without appearing to be a Beatles tribute band. When not singing, they deliver Softley’s simplistic characterizations, with Paul the earnest go-getter and John the always-angry cynic. This version of the young McCartney and Lennon is fascinating to watch. Seeing them work on songs together, as they do in two scenes, may lack historical accuracy, but it conveys the bigger picture of two young talents combining to create a music revolution. The energy ebbs when the focus shifts to Sutcliffe, whose romance with Astrid lacks conflict other than the brief moment when Klaus realizes he has been replaced. Blood, whose brooding and depression fit the role, is not the problem. Rather, it’s the overemphasis on Sutcliffe as a key to the Beatles’ success that rings false. What feels authentic, though, is the atmosphere. The raw sound of the instruments and the industrial backdrop provide a sense of a club. Also, Backbeat may be the smokiest play in history, with an ever-present cloud of fog mixed with an intense amount on smoke from stage cigarettes (anyone with smoke allergies may not want to sit too close). Beatles fans are ultimately rewarded with songs from the group. Only a couple are sung during the play, but the show ends with a five-song encore, which includes “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “I Saw Her Standing There.” This finale is a mini concert, which brings the running time to more than two-and-a-half hours. It adds nothing to the story, but it’s enjoyable as pure performance.

photo by Craig Schwartz

“Fifth Beatle” Stuart Sutcliffe (played by Nick Blood) gets close to his girlfriend Astrid (Leanne Best) while drummer Pete Best (Oliver Bennett) waits in Backbeat. The show at the Ahmanson Theatre runs through March 1.

Backbeat may not convince you that Sutcliffe’s role as the fifth Beatle held much importance, but it’s an engaging, plausible examination of what it took for the Liverpool lads to go from unknowns to superstars, fused with a healthy dose of killer rock ‘n’ roll. Backbeat runs through March 1 at the Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 628-2772 or centertheatregroup.org.

THE PETROLEUM BUILDING Commercial Office Space for Lease

BUILDING HIGHLIGHTS Beautiful 236,900 sq. ft. 11 Story Office Building. Parking Available on Premises Conference Room 24 Hour Security $1.55 Interior $1.65 Exterior Per

HU

Y RR

A SP

LE S CE

A

SIN

G

F

T AS

!

Rentable Sq. Ft.

2 SUITES AVAILABLE Suite 1000 - 7,400 approximate rentable square feet. 8 offices, 1 executive office and large creative space. Access directly off elevators. Suite 1011 - 7,812 approximate rentable square feet. Large, open creative space with one office.

Suite 1011

Suite 1000

Will consider division and space build-outs.

The

Petroleum Building 714 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90015 Phone: 213.746.6300 Ext. 1455 Fax: 213.765.1910 ghollis@shammasgroup.com


20 Downtown News

February 4, 2013

Celebrating 40 Years

EVENTS Wednesday, February 6 Lunchtime Yoga 227 N. Spring St., (213) 972-8080 or grandpark. lacounty.gov Feb. 6 and 8, 12:15 p.m.: Join your neighbors in a bit of soulful stretching each Wednesday and Friday on the lawn of Grand Park. Downward dogs don’t bite. SCI-Arc Lecture Series SCI-Arc, 960 E. Third St., (213) 613-2200 or sciarc.edu 7 p.m.: Today’s installment of architectural selfenchantment features Andrew Zago and his musings on the vague abstraction “an awkward position.” Bernard Cooper and George Saunders at Aloud Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 2287500 or lfla.org. 7:15 p.m.: Writing, one of our noblest pursuits as a species, is the topic of this discussion with penmen Bernard Cooper and George Saunders. Of specific interest is the relative ignorance and informational limitations that surround each literary endeavor.

by Dan Johnson, listings eDitor | calendar@downtownnews.com

F

photo courtesy Jim Jeffries

Thursday, February 7 L.A. Boat Show LA Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., (213) 741-1151 or lacclink.com. Feb. 7-8, 12-9 p.m., Feb. 9, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Boating enthusiasts of Downtown Los Angeles unite to scope out the finest outboard motors, pontoon rigs and flotation devices that will no doubt be making waves in the L.A. River and Echo Lake… some day. Punit Renjen at Town Hall LA Millennium Biltmore, 506 S. Grand Ave., (213) 6288141 or townhall-la.org. 11:30 a.m.: A networking reception precedes this address by Renjen, chairman of the board at Deloitte LLP. From his Pershing Square adjacent podium, Renjen will espouse his beliefs as to “how companies with a higher purpose win.” Friday, February 8 SCI-Arc Lecture Series SCI-Arc, 960 E. Third St., (213) 613-2200 or sciarc.edu 1 p.m.: Twice in one week? Who gets this lucky?! Downtown does with this double dip architectural lecture “Genetic Bastards” by Christoph Korner. Who let the architects out?

One W

ith atheist convictions and anatomically precise set ups, Australian stand-up comedian Jim Jeffries has built a reputation on informing, insulting and enlightening. Before you spend your hard-earned pennies seeing Jeffries on Friday, Feb. 8, at Club Nokia, you should know that not all feel comfortable in the scathing presence of this pasty ringmaster of blue humor. It’s safe to assume that nothing is sacred and no boundaries will be respected. So if you grew up in a strictly religious household or work for the FCC, this eye opener might not be for you. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or clubnokia.com.

Four

ROCK, POP & JAZZ

Its 1938, Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann synthesized lysergic acid, aka LSD. In the ensuing 75 years, the potent hallucinogen has occupied a lofty space in the pantheon of pharmacology. But like all things your parents’ generation enjoyed in excess, it seems LSD’s mantle as a hip drug might be on the decline. From Feb. 9-March 23, the Bermudez Gallery hosts an exhibit of psychedelic photography shot in Los Angeles. John Rabe’s Acid Free captures the uniquely apparent vistas of KPCC “Off-Ramp” host John Rabe. The self-espoused pot sampler doesn’t shy away from a good psychotropic, but claims never to have needed LSD. Oh John, no one needs acid, you just… well anyway, the exhibit’s opening reception falls on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 7-10 p.m. At 117 W. Ninth St., or julian-bermudez.com.

If the doldrums of this cruel Los Angeles winter have you pining for the revelry and blood alcohol level of Mardi Gras, the Bootleg Theatre is happy to accommodate. On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the Big Easy’s own Hot 8 Brass Band will whip you into a froth. Since 1995, the motley collection of players has kept the traditions of Crescent City music alive and well. Come get a little second line action and a healthy buzz with the copious craft brews on tap. Before you get a little too much Mardi Gras spirit, remind yourself that the Bootleg isn’t Metro accessible. At 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 3893856 or bootlegtheater.org.

Send information and possible Don’t Miss List submissions to calendar@downtownnews.com.

photo by Joseph Yoon

Speaking of entities that make you think your job is futile, the world’s standards are skewed and moving to Portland is a good idea, sonic folk hero M. Ward drops by the Orpheum Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 7. Come see the artist who launched a thousand indie acts with his laid back aesthetic, introspective lyrics and a skillful commandeering of country steel guitars and song structure from their rightful owners — a generation of gun wielding Nashville musicians. The show starts at 8 p.m. At 842 S. Broadway, (877) 6774386 or laorpheum.com.

photo by John Rabe

Blue Whale 123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka St., (213) 620-0908 or bluewhalemusic.com. Feb. 5: Dylan Ryan. Feb. 6: Tigran Solo. Feb. 7: Afro Cuban Jazz Project. Feb. 8: Anthony Crawford, Virgil Donati, Dennis Hamm, Katisse Buckingham and Shemika Secrest. Feb. 9: Daniel Rosenboom, Gavin Templeton, Alex Noice, Kai Kurosawa and Dan Schnelle. Feb. 10: Jam Session with Dan Schnelle, Max Haymer and Hamilton Price. Bootleg Bar 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or bootlegtheater.org. Feb. 4, 8 p.m.: Do androids dream of major label 360 deals? Ask electronic artist Mystery Skulls. Feb. 5, 7 p.m.: If you’re jonesing for new episodes of “Treme,” New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band is probably the closest you can get. Feb. 6, 8 p.m.: Wardell is a brother/sister act whose jarring indie stomp sound puts the Osmonds to shame. Feb. 7, 9 p.m.: Hey Ocean! Bubbly Canadian rock band or what a clam says when s/he wakes up? You decide. Feb. 8, 8 p.m.: To celebrate Diplo’s Grammy nomination for best producer, Mad Decent and Subsuelo are throwing him a little shindig with Toy Selectah and Nadastrom. All are invited to come and don their Supreme hats. Feb. 9, 8 p.m.: In case you’ve never heard a rock band with heavy synthesizers, check out Plus! Feb. 10, 8 p.m.: Oh, things will be heartfelt and sincere and perhaps a bit jaundiced, but in a warm and intimate way when “4 Singer-Songwriters, 1 Night” kicks off. Broadway Bar 830 S. Broadway, (213) 614-9909 or broadwaybar.la. Feb. 7, 10 p.m.: Broader Than Broadway partners with Universal Music Group to offer up the Skandl Launch Party. We’re not sure what this means, but with enough beverages from the bar, it’ll all make sense.

photo by Takashi Okamoto

rom the remote expanse of the island Sado, located off the coast of Japan, comes an extravaganza so percussive it’ll help you forget all about Muse. On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the Walt Disney Concert Hall hosts Kodo, an ensemble of traditional Japanese percussionists. Their 2013 One Earth Tour finds the heritage of taiko drumming exploring a delicate balance between pounding history and modern nuance. As a wise man once said about something or other, it might get loud. Tickets are still available via the L.A. Philharmonic. At 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or laphil.com.


February 4, 2013

Continued from page 19 Club Nokia 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or clubnokia.com. Feb. 5, 8 p.m.: Washington, D.C.’s answer to Josh Groban is Nathan Pacheco. He shall wow you with his pipes. Feb. 8, 8 p.m.: Jim Jeffries, a paragon of confrontational comedy, comes to entertain Downtown’s functioning alcoholics and their friends. Feb. 9, 9 p.m.: Excision derives its name for a surgical procedure of removal that accurately presages the process in which their bass heavy music will deprive you of your hearing. Exchange LA 618 S. Spring St., (213) 627-8070 or exchangela.com. Feb. 8, 10 p.m.: House producer BT is the craftiest thing to come out of Maryland since Martin O’Malley. Feb. 9, 10 p.m.: According to his press materials, some call DJ Sander Van Doorn a “genius.” However, this outlet of the fourth estate will reserve judgment pending further investigation. Nola’s 734 E. Third St., (213) 680-3003 or nolasla.com. Feb. 5, 8 p.m.: Reggy Woods Jam Session. Feb. 6, 8 p.m.: Aalon. One-Eyed Gypsy 901 E. First St., (626) 340-3529 or one-eyedgypsy.com. Feb. 6: RT N the 44s. Feb. 7: Ubiquity presents Frolic. Feb. 8: The Downtown Train. Feb. 9: AK and Her Kalashnikovs. The Orpheum 842 S. Broadway, (877) 677-4386 or laoprheum.com.

Feb. 7, 8 p.m.: M. Ward with Karen Elson and Soul Junk. Redwood Bar and Grill 316 W. Second St., (213) 652-4444 or theredwoodbar.com. Feb. 4: Blackwater Jukebox. Feb. 5: Billy Bones, who actually has bones. Feb. 6: Thy Squid and 22 Miles. Feb. 7: Early Bird Circus, Deepakalypse and Truck D. Feb. 8: The Flytraps, Smelly Tongues, LA Tinas and Somedays. Feb. 9: JR Juggernaut, Barrio Tiger, Your Favorite Trainwreck and the Blackerbys. Feb. 10: Coed Pageant, Pretend Electric, Moonchao and Summer Loverbirds. Seven Grand 515 W. Seventh St., (213) 614-0737 or sevengrand.la. Feb. 4: Emile Poree will be on hand. Feb. 5: The Makers’ ability to improvise entire sets of jazz music will be inspirational as you arrive home early Wednesday morning and are forced to fabricate an account of your whiskey-soaked evening to your significant other. Feb. 6, 10 p.m.: Deacon Jones Blues Review. The Smell 247 S. Main St., alley between Spring and Main streets, thesmell.org. Feb. 5: David Scott Stone, Dolphins ‘N “poop,” Hex Horizontal and Catheter. Free vegan tacos will be provided as well. Feb. 8: Field Trips, Hermit Convention and She Wolf. Feb. 9: Feather Wolf, TraPsPs and Moi, which



 Suim nner m i D ch and D Lun 

Downtown News 21

Celebrating 40 Years

An Extensive Seafood Menu including Dim Sum at Moderate Prices Relaxed Dining in an Elegant Ambiance Live Lobster Tank

Free Parking Next to Restaurant

700 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Tel: 213.617.2323



is to say a band that has adopted the French word indicating oneself and not me, the Listings Editor. Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or laphil.com. Feb. 9, 8 p.m.: With accompaniment from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, jazz legend Wayne Shorter blends his quartet with the vocal stylings of bassist Esperanza Spalding. Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.: Songwriter extraordinaire Ann Hampton Callaway presents the Streisand Songbook, a collection of Barbra’s finest pieces.

2 your EvEnt InFo

EAsy WAys to suBMIt

4 WEB: LADowntownNews.com/calendar 4 EMAIL: Calendar@DowntownNews.com

Email: Send a brief description, street address and public phone number. Submissions must be received 10 days prior to publication date to be considered for print.

FILM Downtown Independent 251 S. Main St., (213) 617-1033 or downtownindependent.com. Feb. 8, 8 and 10 p.m., Feb. 9, 7 and 9 p.m., Feb. 10, 8 p.m. and Feb. 11-14, 5 and 7 p.m.: For the nostalgia of longtime Downtowners and the edification of those who think the neighborhood began with the opening of Bottega Louie comes Young Turks. The documentary focuses on the artists who made DTLA a proud fixture of creative might in the 1980s. See story on p 18.

THE ANSWER

TO LAST WEEK’S PUZZLE

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.

Regent China Inn Authentic Chinese Cuisine in Chinatown

✤ Delivery, Minimum Order $15 ✤ Party Tray Available ✤ Lunch Special $4.95 M-F 11-5, Sat.-Sun. 11-3 739-747 N. Main St., Los Angeles, 90012 213.680.3333 • Regentchinainn.com FREE PARKING

LA International New Music Festival The Colburn School at 8 pm 2013 January 26, February 2 & 23, March 2 Southwest Chamber Music Jeff von der Schmidt, Artistic Director

For tickets or information

www.swmusic.org

CROSSWORD PUZZLE

800.726.7147


22 Downtown News

February 4, 2013

Celebrating 40 Years

CLASSIFIED

plaCe your ad online aT www.ladownTownnews.Com

FOR RENT

l.a. Downtown News classifieds Call: 213-481-1448 Classified Display & Line ad Deadlines: Thursday 12 pm

“Be wary of out of area companies. Check with the local Better Business Bureau before you send any money for fees or services. Read and understand any contracts before you sign. Shop around for rates.”

Los Angeles Downtown News 1264 W. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026 phone: 213-481-1448 BUSINESS REAL ESTATE • fax: 213-250-4617 apartmeNts/fUrNIsHeD web:RESIDENTIAL DowntownNews.com • email: realpeople@downtownnews.com OPPORTUNITY $375/MO. ShARE apartment twitter: Private with another woman. DowntownNews room/Private entrance. Utilities paid. Quiet, clean, garden, references. Near Downtown L.A. Editor & PublishEr: Sue Laris 213-482-1417 after 3 p.m.

facebook: lofts forL.A. saleDowntown News

TheLoftExpertGroup.com GENErAl MANAGEr: Dawn Eastin Downtown since 2002

ExEcutivE Editor: Jon Regardie citY Editor: Richard Guzmán apartmeNts/UNfUrNIsHeD stAFF writEr: Ryan Vaillancourt 213.598.7555 SENIOR APARTMENTS 62 + coNtributiNG Editor: Kathryn Maese Studio $800 1 Bedroom $921 coNtributiNG writErs: Dave Denholm, JeffKitchen, Favre, Greg Fischer, Balcony, Full A/C, Clubacreage/lots house, BBQ, Marc Resource Kristin Friedrich, Howard Leff, Ryan E. Smith, Porterroom, Zasada

Bill Cooper

Laundry, SEC 8 O.K. Visit GSL dirEctor: Brian60 Allison SAN LUCAS.com 213-62320Art ACRES FREE! Own acres forAssistANt 40 acre price/payment. Art dirEctor:$0 Yumi 2010. Kanegawa Down, $198/mo.ANd Money Back Alexis Rawlins ProductioN GrAPhics: Guarantee, No credit checks. Beautiful Views, West PhotoGrAPhEr: GaryTexas. Leonard 1-800-343-9444 (Cal-SCAN) Homes/UNfUrNIsHeD

AccouNtiNG: Ashley Schmidt

hOUSE: LARGE 3 BDRM. AdvErtisiNG dirEctor: Steve Nakutin FOR RENT 1BATh, New kitchen, windows, clAssiFiEd AdvErtisiNG MANAGEr: Catherine Holloway carpet & paint $1400 Downtown, AccouNt ExEcutivEs: Yoji Cole, Catherine Sol Ortasse West 8th Holloway, Street/Garland Ave. 213-383-9082. sAlEs AssistANt: Claudia Hernandez

circulAtioN: Jessica Tarr distributioN MANAGEr: Salvador Ingles lofts/UNfUrNIsHeD distributioN AssistANts: Lorenzo Castillo, Gustavo Bonilla art WorK space

sales/marKetINg MARKET RESEARCh analystMasters Business Administration or Related required. $34,070 salary, No Benefits. Hermosa Beach. Fax resume: 310-7984957, 310-372-8033.

EMPLOYMENT DrIvers

DRIVER: Team Drivers Needed. 51 cpm split. Long haul. CDLA with 1 year OTR and hazmat endorsement. Willingness to attain tanker endorsement within 30 days. 888-705-3217, or apply online at www.drivenctrans.com (Cal-SCAN)

The Los Angeles Downtown News is the WORK must-read newspaper for Downtown ONLY/NOT LIVE-IN TwoLos Angeles DRIVERS: Coast to Coast Team and is distributed every Monday throughout the offices andlarge residences of Downtown Los studios 300sf, skylights, CO - O/Os. Class A-CDL O/Os Angeles. internet, private, gated parkTop Pay, Minimum Guarantee ing, quiet. Part of larger studio from One copy per$1,295 person. Pay/Co Drivers Call 1-800-695at Santa Fe Art Colony, near Cafes, Bars, Shops, Galleries, 9643 or www.driveforwatkins. downtown, freeways. $460/mo Parking adjacent. Pets no charge com (Cal-SCAN) and $480/mo, respectively. 213-

509-4403

LOFT LIVING Your number 1 source for Loft sales, rentals and development! ladowntownnews.com

the LOFT expert!

DRIVERS: Inexperienced? Get on the Road to a Successful Career with CDL Training. Regional Training Locations. Train and work for Central Refrigerated (877) 369-7091 www.centraltruckdrivingjobs.com (CalSCAN) DRIVERS: job stability. Ashley Distribution Services seeks Regional/LTL Drivers CDL A, min. 1yr OTR & yard drivers - 2nd shift! Great Pay / Benefits! 1-800837-2241 jobs@ashleydistributionservices.com (Cal-SCAN)

TM

Downtown since 2002

Bill Cooper 213.598.7555

Casaloma L.A. Apartments

TheLoftExpertGroup.com RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE

DRE # 01309009

Voted BEST Downtown Residential Real Estate Agent!

Furnished single unit with kitchenette, bathroom. Excellent location. Downtown LA. Weekly rate $275 inc.

Monthly from $600 utilities paid. (213) 612-0348

facebook: L.A. Downtown News

twitter: DowntownNews

2009 MERCEDES CLK350 AMG Certified, White Stone, 3.5L, low miles 5940C / F270087 ONLY....$25,991 Call 888-3198762. www.mbzla.com

citY Editor: Richard Guzmán stAFF writEr: Ryan Vaillancourt coNtributiNG Editor: Kathryn Maese 2011 NISSAN SENTRA 2.0S DRIVERS: Top coNtributiNG Pay for LimitedwritErs: Dave Denholm, Jeff Favre, SAVE ON Cable TV-InterneteDUcatIoN SEDAN Certified, Red Brick LosPackages Angeles Downtown News Experience! 34 cpm 1 month Digital Phone. start GregforFischer, Kristin Friedrich, Howard Leff, Ryan E. Smith, Pearl/Silver, 30mpg, CU0827R Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026 OTR experience plus benefits. at $89.99/mo.1264 (for W. 12 First months.) / L651168 ONLY....$11,995 call Marc Porter ZasadaAIRLINES ARE hiring - Train for New equipment & 401K. 877hands on Aviation Maintenance Art dirEctor: Brian Allison 258-8782 www.ad-drivers.com Career. FAA approved program. AssistANt Art dirEctor: Yumi Kanegawa (Cal-SCAN) Financial aid if qualified - HousProductioN ANd GrAPhics: Alexis ing available call Rawlins Aviation Institute of Maintenance 877-804PhotoGrAPhEr: Gary Leonard 5293 (Cal-SCAN)

Options fromphone: all major service 213-481-1448 • fax: 213-250-4617 888-845-2267 www.carsonnisproviders. Call Acceller today san.com web: DowntownNews.com to learn more! Call 1-888-897email: realpeople@downtownnews.com 7650. (Cal-SCAN)

For a complete list of our

pre-owned inventory, go to facebook: ShARI`S BERRIES - Delight all www.DTLAMOTORS.com of your valentines with our freshL.A. Downtown News AccouNtiNG: Ashley Schmidt ly dipped strawberries, decadent ATTEND COLLEGE online truffles and hand-crafted sweets! BUsINess servIces 100%.Steve *Medical, twitter: AdvErtisiNG dirEctor: Nakutin *Business, Save 20 percent on qualifying aUtos WaNteD *Criminal Justice, *hospitalDowntownNews clAssiFiEd AdvErtisiNG MANAGEr: Catherine Holloway gifts over $29! Visit www.berries. MANY A SMALL thing has been ity, *Web. Job placement ascom/enticing or Call 1-888-721AccouNt ExEcutivEs: Yoji Cole, Catherineavailable. Holloway, made large by the right kind of sistance. Computer DONATE YOUR car – Fast Free 8829. (Cal-SCAN) SolTwain. Ortasse advertising – Mark AdverFinancial Aid if qualified. SCHEV The Los Angeles Downtown News 24 is the Towing hr.must-read Response - Tax sAlEs Hernandez tise your business card AssistANt: sized ad Claudia newspaper for Downtown Los AngelesUnited and is Breast disauthorized. Call 888-210-5162 Deduction. Cantributed every Monday throughout the offices and in 140 California newspapers for www.CenturaOnline.com (Calcer Foundation. Providing Free circulAtioN: Jessica Tarr residences of Downtown Los Angeles. one low cost. Reach over 3 milSCAN) Mammograms & Breast Cancer distributioN lion+ Californians. Free brochureMANAGEr: Salvador Ingles One copy per person. Info 888-792-1675 (Cal-SCAN) elizabeth@cnpa.com (916)288-AssistANts: Lorenzo Castillo, Gustavo Bonilla distributioN HealtH 6019. (Cal-SCAN) DONATE YOUR car, truck or pre-oWNeD boat to heritage for the Blind. CANADA DRUG Center is your ThE BUSINESS that considFree 3 Day Vacation, Tax Dechoice for safe and affordable ers itself immune to advertising, ductible, Free Towing, All Papermedications. Our licensed CaEditor & PublishEr: Sue Laris finds itself immune to business. work Taken Care Of. 888-902nadian mail order pharmacy will Reach Californians with a MANAGEr: Clas6851. (Cal-SCAN) GENErAl Dawn Eastin provide you with savings of up sified in almost every county! to 90 percent on all your mediOver 270 newspapers! Comboneeds. Call today 1-800Editor:cation Jon Regardie California DailyExEcutivE and Weekly 273-0209, for $10.00 off your Networks. Free citY Brochures. elizEditor: Richard Guzmán first prescription and free shipabeth@cnpa.com or (916)288stAFF writEr: Ryan Vaillancourt ping. (Cal-SCAN) 6019. (Cal-SCAN) coNtributiNG Editor: Kathryn Maese meDIcal mercHaNDIse

SERVICES

Clean unfurnished bachelor rooms with shared bath at $550/mo. with private bath at $695/mo. sec. Deposit special @$100 Includes utilities, basic cable channels, laundry room on site. Gated building in a good area. 208 W. 14th St. at hill St. Downtown LA

For English Call Pierre or Terri 213.744.9911 For Spanish Call Susana 213.749.0306

DoWNtoWN l.a. aUto groUp

or 818-409-9183.

ment. (Cal-SCAN)

PhotoGrAPhEr: Gary Leonard

compUters/It

ITEMS FOR SALE

Over 1000

coNtributiNG writErs: Denholm, Jeff Favre, HealtHDave & fItNess Greg Fischer, Kristin Friedrich, Howard Leff, Ryan E. Smith, Porter ZasadaDO YOU KNOW your TestosterCONCEPTO’S MarcCLEANING one Levels? Call 888-904-2372 Crew. Professional, experi- Brian Allison Art dirEctor: and ask about our test kits and enced, cleansAssistANt apartments, Art dirEctor: Yumi Kanegawa get a free Trial of Progene Allhomes, offices and restaurants. Natural Testosterone SuppleProductioN ANd GrAPhics: Alexis Rawlins Call for a quote. 323-459-3067 cleaNINg

mIsc. servIces

Los Angeles Downtown News ATTENTION SLEEP APNEA sufferers with CA Medicare. 1264 W. First Street, Los Angeles, 90026Get free Supplies at phone: 213-481-1448CPAP • fax:Replacement 213-250-4617 No Cost, plus free home delivweb: DowntownNews.com ery! Best of all, prevent red skin email: realpeople@downtownnews.com sores and bacterial infection! Call

vehicles on 888-699-7660. (Cal-SCAN) ALERT for Seniors Sale Now!facebook:MEDICAL - 24/7 monitoring. Free Equip-

L.A. Downtown News Nearly Every Make & Model ment. Free Shipping.

NationAT&T U-Verse for just $29/ wide Service. $29.95/Month call MY COMPUTER works. Comtwitter: Visit us online mo! Bundle & save with AT&T Medical Guardian Today 866puter problems? Viruses, spyDowntownNews AdvErtisiNG dirEctor: Steve Nakutin and get a Internet+Phone+TV 944-5935. (Cal-SCAN) ware, email, printer issues, bad free pre-paid Visa Catherine Card! (select clAssiFiEd AdvErtisiNG MANAGEr: Holloway internet connections - Fix it now! plans). hurry, call now! 800-319AccouNttechniExEcutivEs: Yoji Cole, Catherine Holloway, Professional, U.S.-based mIsc. Items 3280. (Cal-SCAN) Sol Ortasse cians. $25 off service. Call for im2005 NISSAN ARMADA SE mediate help. sAlEs 1-888-865-0271 AssistANt: Claudia Hernandez 5.6L V8, Silver/Blk, Leather, DISh Starting at The Los AngelesOnly Downtown NewsNETWORK. is the must-read hIGhSPEED INTERNET every(Cal-SCAN) 38K Miles. NI4111 / 5N706134 (foris dis12 mos.) & newspaper for Downtown$19.99/month Los Angeles and where by Satellite! Speeds up to Only...$15,999tributed call every 888-838high Speed Internetand starting at Monday throughout the offices 12mbps! circulAtioN: Jessica Tarr (200x faster than dial5089 www.downtownnissan. $14.95/month (where available.) fINaNcIal servIces residences of Downtown Los Angeles. up.) Starting at $49.95/mo. Call distributioN MANAGEr: Salvador Ingles com Save! Ask About Same Day Innow & go fast! 1-888-718-6268. One copy per person. stallation! Call Now! 1-888-540distributioN Lorenzo Castillo, Gustavo Bonilla EVER CONSIDER a ReverseAssistANts: (Cal-SCAN) 4727 (Cal-SCAN) 2008 PORSChE CAYENNE Mortgage? At least 62 years old? GTS Certified, Sand White/Black, Stay in your home & increase PROFLOWERS - Enjoy 60 4.8L V8, Low Miles ZP1556 / PhOTO WITh SIG. hector “Macash flow! Safe & Effective! Call percent off Tender hugs and 8LA73049 ONLY....$50,898. Call cho” Camacho, $250. Rogelio at Now for your free DVD! Call Now Kisses with Chocolates for your 888-685-5426 www.porschedo323-666-7892. 888-698-3165. (Cal-SCAN) valentine! Site price: $49.99, you wntownla.com pay just $19.99. Plus take 20 GET FREE of credit card debt percent off other gifts over $29! tv/electroNIcs/compUters 2008 VW JETTA PASSAT 2.5ST now! Cut payments by up to half. Go to www.Proflowers.com/ Certified, 5cyl PZEV., Gray/Blk, Stop creditors from calling. 888secret or call 1-888-717-7251. FOUR POWER BOOK 1400C & Only 10,115 miles ZV1959 / 416-2691. (Cal-SCAN) (Cal-SCAN) 3400C LAPTOPS. XLNT. ThE CC059045 Only...$18,980 Call LOT. $299 818-545-8282 888-781-8102 www.vwdowntownla.com art 2009 AUDI A5 2.0T QUATTRO Certified, Turbo, Gray/Black, WWW.PhOTOASART.COM Fully furnished with TV, AWD, 35K Miles A13424D-1 / Sale of fine art photography for telephone, microwave, AA065553 ONLY....$32,995 Call home, office and business. View refrigerator. 888-583-0981 www.audidtla. our gallery 24 hours. 213-247Full bathroom. com 8198

AccouNtiNG: Ashley Schmidt

dtlamotors.com

Excellent location. Downtown LA. Weekly maid service.

Editor & PublishEr: Sue Laris GENErAl MANAGEr: Dawn Eastin

Los Angeles Downtown News 1264 W. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026 phone: 213-481-1448 fax: 213-250-4617 web: DowntownNews.com email: realpeople@downtownnews.com

2009 ChEVY MALIBU hYBRID 4DR. Gray/Gray, Great Mileage, AC, Loaded F13074-1/ F131890 ONLY....$13,995 Call 888-3047039 www.felixchevrolet.com

AUTOS

DRIVER - Qualify for any portion of $.03/mile quarterly bonus: $.01 Safety, $.01 Production,$.01 MPG. Two raises in first year. 3 months recent experience. 800414-9569 www.driveknight.com (Cal-SCAN)

olD BaNK District The original Live/Work Lofts Call 213.253.4777 laloft.com

All submissions are subject to federal and California fair housing laws, which make it illegal to indicate in any advertisement any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familial status, source of income or physical or mental disability. We will not Editor & PublishEr: Sue Laris knowingly GENErAl accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. MANAGEr: Dawn Eastin All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an ExEcutivE Editor: Jon Regardie equal opportunity basis.

ExEcutivE Editor: Jon Regardie citY Editor: Richard Guzmán stAFF writEr: Ryan Vaillancourt coNtributiNG Editor: Kathryn Maese coNtributiNG writErs: Dave Denholm, Jeff Favre, Greg Fischer, Kristin Friedrich, Howard Leff, Ryan E. Smith, Marc Porter Zasada

Monthly from $695 utilities paid. (213) 627-1151

AccouNtiNG: Ashley Schmidt AdvErtisiNG dirEctor: Steve Nakutin clAssiFiEd AdvErtisiNG MANAGEr: Catherine Holloway AccouNt ExEcutivEs: Yoji Cole, Catherine Holloway, Sol Ortasse sAlEs AssistANt: Claudia Hernandez circulAtioN: Jessica Tarr distributioN MANAGEr: Salvador Ingles distributioN AssistANts: Lorenzo Castillo, Gustavo Bonilla

Art dirEctor: Brian Allison AssistANt Art dirEctor: Yumi Kanegawa ProductioN ANd GrAPhics: Alexis Rawlins

The Los Angeles Downtown News is the must-read newspaper for Downtown Los Angeles and is distributed every Monday throughout the offices and residences of Downtown Los Angeles.

PhotoGrAPhEr: Gary Leonard

One copy per person.


February 4, 2013

Downtown News 23

Celebrating 40 Years

ANNOUNCEMENTS Notices DID YOU KNOW that Ten Million adults tweeted in the past month, while 164 million read a newspaper in print or online in the past week? Advertise in 240 California newspapers for one low cost. Your 25 word classified ad will reach over 6 million+ Californians. For brochure call Elizabeth (916)288-6019. (CalSCAN) WANTED DIABETIC test strips. Cash Paid. Unopened, Unexpired Boxes Only. All Brands Considered. Help Others - don’t throw boxes away. For more Information, call (888) 491-1168 (Cal-SCAN)

CAREGIVERS AND convalescent Home Workers. You may be owed wages for overtime and for missing meal breaks. Call Attorney Michael Carver toll free (877) 219-8481. (Cal-SCAN) MEET SINGLES right now! No paid operators, just real people like you. Browse greetings, exchange messages and connect live. Try it free. Call now 1-800-945-3392. (Cal-SCAN)

LEGAL civil summoNs SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA NO. 111CV211712 PLAINTIFF:

WILLIAM FOSTER, JR., ET AL VS DEFENDANTS: SIMON BRODIE, ALLERCA LIFESTYLE PET, INC. AND DOES 1-100, INCLUSIVE You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form, if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www. courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time,

you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. The name and address of the court is: Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara 191 N. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113 Case Number: 111CV211712 Dated: October 21, 2011

The name, address, telephone number, and fax number of Plaintiff’s attorney is: Scotty Storey (State Bar No. 227124) Law Offices of Scotty Storey 100 Saratoga Ave., Suite 100 Santa Clara, CA 95051 Telephone: (408)920-6300 Pub. 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18/13 Fictitious BusiNess Name FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2012257489 The following persons doing business as: KUISHIMBO, 3407 West 6th St., #101-A, Los Angeles, CA 90020, is hereby registered by the following registrants: (1) TETSUYA TAKAYAMA, 5103 Vista Del Monte Ave., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, (2) KEIKO TAKAYAMA, 14632 Otsego St., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403. This business is conducted by a general partnership. Regis-

trants began to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on September 10, 1979. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on December 31, 2012 NOTICE—This fictitious name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et. seq. Business and Professions Code). Pub. 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4/13 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2013014404 The following person is doing business as: CENTER BUSINESS

SYSTEMS, 323 W. Valley Blvd., Suite 202, Alhambra, CA 91214, are hereby registered by the following registrant: MOE ESSA, 323 W. Valley Blvd., Suite 202, Alhambra, CA 91803. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrants has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with DEAN LOGAN, Los Angeles County Clerk on January 22, 2013. NOTICE—This fictitious name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et. seq. Business and Professions Code). Pub. 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18/13

DOWNTOWN L.A. AUTO GROUP WWW.DTLAMOTORS.COM

NISSAN

of Downtown L.A. 888-838-5089 635 W. Washington Blvd. • downtownnissan.com

NEW ’13 Nissan Altima 2.5S Lease for only

$129

VoLkSwAgeN

Carson

NISSAN

of Downtown L.A.

888-781-8102 1900 S. Figueroa St. • vwdowntownla.com

NEW ’13 Volkswagen Jetta S

$139

Lease for only

per month for 39 mos

888-845-2267 1505 E. 223rd St., Carson • carsonnissan.com

NEW ’13 Nissan Rogue S

$179

Lease for only

Felix

CHeVRoLeT 888-304-7039 3300 S. Figueroa St. • felixchevrolet.com

NEW ’13 Chevy Cruze

$199

Lease for only

per month for 39 mos

per month for 36 mos

per month for 24 mos

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

Plus tax 36-month closed end lease on approved VW Credit., $1,999 due at signing. (Excludes title, tax, 1st mo. pymt, options and dealer fees). MSRP $17,470 with manual trans. $0 security deposit. $0.20/mile over 30,000 miles. # 411061. Model #1622J1.

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

Plus tax 24-month closed end lease on approved credit., $0 due at signing. (Excludes title, tax, 1st mo. pymt, options and dealer fees). MSRP $19,035.20. $0 security deposit.. $0.20/mile over 20,000 miles. 5 at this offer. D7201244

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

2010 VW Tiguan S ..............................

2007 Dodge Ram Pickup ..................

2010 Chevy Cobalt Sedan ................

$6,999

$17,994

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

2007 Nissan Altima Sedan ............... Only 42,000 Miles, Must See, N130227-1/7N418393

$13,999

Certified, Turbo, Black/Black, Only 22K miles. ZV1916/AW534741

2012 VW Routan .............................. 3.6L V6, Auto, White/Gray, Only 7106 Miles. ZV2043 / CR355755

$18,980

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

2010 VW CC Turbo Sport ..................

$15,999

$19,890

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

Plus 296 More New & Used In Stock & On Sale!

ToYoTA

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

NEW ’12 Toyota Camry LE Lease for only

$199

Certified, Only 22K Miles, Gray/Black. ZV2010 / AE525542

Plus 392 More New & Used In Stock & On Sale!

2007 Hyundai Tucson GLS ................

4.0L V6, Auto, Silver Lightning, Running Brds. C121462-1 / C534861

$10,995

2008 Nissan Xterra S ......................... 4.0L V6, Auto, Silver Lightning, Running Brds. C121462-1 / C534861

$12,995

Plus 311 More New & Used In Stock & On Sale!

AuDI

Downtown L.A. Motors

MeRCeDeS BeNz

$10,995

3.7L V6, Auto, Red/Gray, Leather, 1 owner. CU0893P / 604015

of Downtown L.A.

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

888-583-0981 1900 S. Figueroa St. • audidtla.com

NEW ’13 Mercedes C250

NEW ’13 Audi A3 2.0T TDI

Lease for only

per month for 36 mos

$299 per month for 48 mos

Lease for only

$299

Silver/Gray, Low miles, Great condition, UC336R/A7185887

$12,995

2009 Chevy Malibu Hybrid .............. Sedan, Gray/Gray, Great Mileage, F13074-1 / F131890

$13,995

2008 Cadillac SRX V6 ........................ Black/Black, Bose, Leather, Low miles, UC202R-1/80142946

$18,995

Plus 198 More New & Used In Stock & On Sale!

PoRSCHe

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

NEW ’13 Porsche Boxster Lease for only

per month for 42 mos

$499 per month for 24 mos

+ tax 48 month closed end lease on approved credit. $2399 due at signing excluding title, taxes, options, acquisition fees, dealer fees & first payment. Zero Sec. Dep. .25cents/ mile over 10K miles/year. 5 to choose. MSRP $36255.

+ tax, 42 month closed end lease on approved credit. $350 Sec. Deposit. $4343.26 Due at Signing. Excludes taxes, title, other options and dealer fees Lease price includes Audi Loyalty Rebate. Residual $18,099.20. $0.25 per mile over 10,000 miles per year. 1 at this payment DA011080

Plus tax 24-month closed end lease offered to highly qualified lessees on approved credit. $2995 due at signing. (Excludes title, tax, 1st month’s pymt, options and dealer fees). $0 security deposit. Residual of $39,436.40. $0.30/mile over 5,000 miles/year. 1 at this offer #DS113366.

2009 Toyota Prius IV .........................

2009 Mercedes C300 .........................

2011 Audi A4 2.0T .............................

2008 Porsche Cayenne GTS ..............

$21,988

$22,991

$25,980

$50,898

Plus tax 36-month closed end lease on approved above average credit. In lieu of factory rebate. $3425 due at signing. $24,060 MSRP, $13,208 residual. $0.15/mile over 36,000 miles. All Model #2532 Offer ends February 4, 2013.

Pearl/Gray, 51 MPG, Low Miles, Prem. Sound. TU0003/262487

Certified, Mars Red, 34K Miles, 7 Spd., Auto, 6174C/9R070114

Certified, Turbo, FWD, Gray/Black, Only 20K Miles. A13344-1/BN045638

Certified, 4.8L V8, Sand White/Black Low Miles, ZP1556/8LA73049

2009 Hyundai Genesis .....................

2009 Mercedes CLK 350 Coupe ......

2012 Audi Q7 3.0T Quattro .............

2002 Porsche 911 Turbo ..................

$21,988

$25,991

$48,889

$52,898

Silver/Black, Alloy Wheels, Prem. Stereo. TU0013/679656

Certified, AMG, White/Stone, 3.5L, 5940C/F270087

Supercharged V6, AWD, Silver/Blk, Premium Plus Pkg. ZA10388 / CD001528

Silver/Black, 3.6L V6 24V, Only 24K Miles, ZP1560/2S686321

2007 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner ......

2010 Mercedes ML350 ......................

2012 Audi A7 Quattro Sdn ..............

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

$22,288

$31,991

$56,890

$78,898

White/Gray, Low Miles, Double Cab. TU0041/384691

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

Certified, 3.5L V6, Silver/Black, 36K Miles. 6248C / AA535033

Plus 419 More New & Used In Stock & On Sale!

6 cyl, 3.0L Supercharged, Gray/Black, AWD, 11K Miles. A13597-1/CN019185

Plus 116 More New & Used In Stock & On Sale!

Certified, Silver/Blk, 20” Turbo Wheels, Burmester Sound, P13281-1/BL060773

Plus 112 More New & Used In Stock & On Sale!


24 Downtown News

February 4, 2013

Celebrating 40 Years

State of the Art

Workplace

Two California Plaza is a Downtown Los Angeles landmark surrounded by world-class

Art,

Performance and

www.twocalplaza.com

Culture.

350 South Grand Avenue

Los Angeles

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

www.cushwake.com

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

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

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

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

02-04-13  
02-04-13  

Los Angeles Downtown News is a free weekly newspaper distributed in and around downtown Los Angeles.

Advertisement