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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

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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


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

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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


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

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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


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.

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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

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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



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Endorsement: Jan Perry for Mayor


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.

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


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

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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

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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

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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

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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 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 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, 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

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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

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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 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 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 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 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 Kirsten Quinn contributed to this report. Got any juicy food news? If so, contact Restaurant Buzz at

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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

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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.

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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.


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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

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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

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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,

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


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.

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“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

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EVENTS Wednesday, February 6 Lunchtime Yoga 227 N. Spring St., (213) 972-8080 or grandpark. 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 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 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.

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Thursday, February 7 L.A. Boat Show LA Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., (213) 741-1151 or 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 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 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?

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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



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

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

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Blue Whale 123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka St., (213) 620-0908 or 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 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 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.

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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

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Continued from page 19 Club Nokia 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or 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 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 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 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

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 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 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, 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


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

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


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

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



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

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


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

NEW ’12 Toyota Camry LE Lease for only


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


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


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


Downtown L.A. Motors



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

of Downtown L.A.

888-319-8762 1801 S. Figueroa St. •

888-583-0981 1900 S. Figueroa St. •

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


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


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


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


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


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

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 ..............





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 ..................





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 ...............





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


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


Performance and


350 South Grand Avenue

Los Angeles

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

Norman S. Mitchell Senior Director (213) 629-6516 CA Lic. #00339426

Richard B. Grande Senior Director (213) 629-6552 CA Lic. #1056963

Steven E. Marcussen, MCR.h Executive Director (213) 629-6550 CA Lic. #00656631

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


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