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More beer, Eli Broad’s museum advances, and other happenings Around Town.

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How snacks, a toy elephant and a cell phone store get a child through a Clippers game.

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Trouble in Paradise

Artwork Lost, Artwork Found Muralist Kent Twitchell Channels the Past With New Creations

Urban Scrawl on the Wal-Mart controversy.

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Kent Twitchell in front of the unfinished “Free Ballot,” one of three murals he is working on for the renovation of Bob Hope Patriotic Hall. The artworks will replace “lost” murals created by Helen Lundeberg in 1942. by Richard Guzmán city editor

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nside his spacious studio in a building near Downtown, famed muralist Kent Twitchell has covered a wall with a handful of colorful images of people ready to cast votes. The acrylic designs have nothing to do with the upcoming state ballots or the November

presidential election. Instead, they are homages to that past that, in a few months, will be revealed to Downtowners. At the same time, the works will mark a return to the community for an artist who six years ago endured a wellpublicized setback. The images, consisting mostly of veterans or others associated with the military, including his

own father, will make up one of three murals that Twitchell was commissioned to create for the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall. The building at 1816 S. Figueroa St. is undergoing a $45 million countyfunded renovation, and as part of it, Twitchell will replace the “lost” murals created by Helen Lundeberg in 1942 (the year Twitchell was born). see Mural, page 9

Wal-Mart Battle Takes a Turn Reviewing ‘Waiting for Godot.’

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Councilman Introduces Retail Ordinance That Some Believe Could Thwart Controversial Project by Richard Guzmán city editor

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al-Mart’s effort to open a 33,000-squarefoot grocery store on Cesar Chavez Avenue near Chinatown has hit a speed bump, with a City Councilman surprising many with a recent introduction of a retail-related motion. Although the proposed ordinance authored March 16 by First District Councilman Ed Reyes does not specifically mention Wal-Mart or any

retailer, local observers and even Wal-Mart representatives say it could impact the Bentonville-Ark.based company’s plan to open its first outpost in Downtown Los Angeles. Reyes denied that the motion, which was scheduled to go before the full City Council for a vote on Friday, March 23 (after Los Angeles Downtown News went to press), was intended to target the proposed Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. The motion calls for the City Attorney’s office and the city Planning Department to prepare

an Interim Control Ordinance that would prohibit the issuance of demolition, building and all other permits for “New Formula Retail Uses” in Chinatown. Reyes told Downtown News that the ordinance is intended to address concerns about traffic and public safety, and to preserve the historic nature, the balance and diversity of services in the Chinatown community. He also said the motion is meant to protect small business owners. see Wal-Mart, page 8

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Lake’s Lamill Coffee, Hollywood’s Loteria Grill and Juicy Lucy, a burger establishment. Also coming are Oleego, a Korean barbeque restaurant, Indian establishment Indus and gourmet sandwich joint Choppe Choppe. “We planned this unique dining experience to reflect the heart and soul of Downtown — fresh, creative and eclectic,” said Edward Hogan, Brookfield’s national director of retail leasing, in a statement. The renovated retail center on the southwest corner of Seventh and Figueroa streets is slated to open in October. The new restaurants will fill the first of up to 18 spots available for eateries in the dining area.

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o far, construction activity at the Grand Avenue site of philanthropist Eli Broad’s $100 million museum has been limited to a three-level parking structure. Now, it’s time to build the art venue itself. On March 16, the city Department of Building and Safety issued building permits for the three-level structure designed by New York architecture firm Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, and crews are already at work. The garage extends from lower to upper Grand Avenue, allowing the museum to have a street-level entrance.

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Broad Art Foundation spokeswoman Karen Denne said the project is on schedule, with completion expected in late 2013. Those interested in watching the construction can see the site in real time via a webcam feed streaming at broadartfoundation.org.

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EDITORIALS Urban Scrawl by Doug Davis

The Best for Andy Bales

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t’s hard not to feel a range of emotions for Rev. Andy Bales. There’s fear. There’s awe. There’s tremendous respect and tremendous worry on his behalf. Most of all, there’s hope that he can overcome the hurdles that are in his path. Los Angeles Downtown News last week reported on the unenviable challenges confronting Bales. The 53-yearold CEO of the Union Rescue Mission is in need of a kidney transplant, though that’s only part of it. His rare blood type, O negative, means there is a limited pool of donors. Making matters worse, he has a serious heart condition, and until he undergoes heart surgery, he won’t be able to get on the list for a kidney transplant. The choice might seem easy to an outsider: Get the heart surgery, get on the transplant list, save your life. For Bales, it’s more complicated. He knows that having the surgery would almost certainly lead to kidney failure, which in turn would require him to go on dialysis. That would force him to cut back heavily on his job of overseeing the mission in the heart of Skid Row. It’s something Bales is reluctant to do. This is a choice almost none of us can understand in the way that Bales does. We can feel for him and guess what we might do in such a situation, but no one can really fathom having to make the decisions he faces. Bales didn’t set out to make his health a public issue. The media came to him and he only spoke out because he hopes doing so will bring attention to the work he and others do each day at the mission. That, by the way, is a tremendous amount of work, and it’s a job that has become more challenging in the past few years, as the slow economy has lessened the amount of financial donations to nearly all nonprofits. The mission at 545 S. San Pedro St. seeks to aid the impoverished community in numerous ways. There are drug and alcohol counseling for hundreds of individuals. There are meals served, an average of 3,000 a day, every day of the year. There are the shelter beds provided, more than 900 a night for men, women and families. There are clothing and medical services dispensed. The list goes on — much of it can be glimpsed at urm.org. Bales’ condition is serious, but it would be wrong to see this as a death sentence. He continues to show up at the mission each day, to work to better the lives of others. It’s easy to find people who sing his praises. Right now all we can do is wish for the best for Andy Bales. We hope that in the coming months the community will continue to support him and the mission.

End of Redistricting Reveals a Cowardly Council

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t’s fitting that the effort to rejigger the boundaries of Los Angeles’ 15 City Council districts ended so close to the Ides of March. On March 16, 2012, City Council members Jan Perry and Bernard Parks may have felt a bit like Julius Caesar, who on March 15 in 44 BC was stabbed to death by political conspirators in the Roman Senate. A dying Caesar uttered the phrase, “Et tu, Brute,” after a trusted friend was among those who stuck a knife in him. Like Caesar, Parks and Perry were vanquished. In being on the very short end of a 13-2 vote, they saw many longtime allies cast ballots that may have been motivated less by civic consideration and more by political fear. It seems no one dared to cross the most powerful players for worry of future repercussions. It was stab or be stuck with the losers. OK, we’re overstating it — but only to a degree. Unlike Caesar’s comeuppance, no one was surprised by what was formalized that day in Council Chambers. The lines that will impact the city for the next decade had been drawn, literally and figuratively, months before. Still, we’re severely disappointed by how the full council behaved over the past several months with regard to redistricting, and in particular with how it ended. In the final vote, council members skewered the territory and the records of two of their colleagues. It’s hard to think that any of these individuals would have accepted such a fate if they were the ones being singled out. The redistricting saga has been ugly. The loudest cries have come from the Korean-American community and from stakeholders in Downtown and South Los Angeles. Lawsuits have been threatened, and we’ll soon see if they are filed. Although this page agrees that in an ideal world Downtown would be unified in a single district, we were unable to support the current maps because doing so would have meant essentially ghettoizing the Ninth District, long represented by Perry, and the Eighth District, served for years by Parks. We reasoned that our gains — in this case moving nearly all of Downtown into José Huizar’s 14th District — should not come at the expense of creating two districts that lack viable economic engines that could be leveraged for a greater community good. Although redistricting is ultimately a policy issue, the process was hampered from the beginning by politics. Parks and Perry were warring with City Council President Herb Wesson, who almost everyone

believes was pulling the strings. In the mapmaking sessions held over several months, the 21 members of the Redistricting Commission (all of whom were appointed by elected city officials) drew boundaries that benefitted the people who currently hold the most power in City Hall. Not surprisingly, Wesson was one of the winners when the Commission finished its work at the end of February and turned the proceedings over to the council. Then came an unnecessary fast-tracking. Although the council by law had months to consider the boundaries, Wesson compressed the timeframe to a little more than two weeks. No one except Parks and Perry were willing to voice opposition to the schedule. The March 16 discussion and vote was the only time that the full council publicly took up redistricting. Here is how power almost always works in City Hall: Council members are mini-mayors, and say yea or nay to projects or issues in their own district. The other 14 members go along, reasoning that they don’t want to face opposition when it comes time for them to bring something from their area to the floor for a vote. Often (though not always) this makes sense, as the individual who represents the territory best knows the matter and the community. In the case of redistricting, however, individual members should have been thinking not about personal power grabs and gains, but about what is best for Los Angeles. That is why the final vote is so galling: We think any of the 13 people who cast a ballot in favor of the new maps would have protested furiously if they were the one stuck with an overwhelmingly impoverished community. We question how they can vote for treating other council members and other districts in a way they would never want to be treated. For the record, those who voted for the majority were Ed Reyes, Paul Krekorian, Dennis Zine, Tom LaBonge, Paul Koretz, Tony Cardenas, Richard Alarcon, Wesson, Bill Rosendahl, Mitch Englander, Eric Garcetti, Huizar and Joe Buscaino. In general we think highly of several of these individuals, and respect the work they have done for the city. In redistricting, however, their efforts to protect themselves, to ensure that they not fall on the wrong side of the majority, are a letdown. They had the opportunity to do what is right for Los Angeles. Instead, they did what is right for their own hides. It’s sad. It’s cowardly. We expected more from the city council.


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Kids, Clippers, Snacks and an Elephant Navigating a Staples Center Game With Little Ones by Jon RegaRdie executive editoR

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wo things stood out on a recent Saturday afternoon as hundreds of people waited in snaking lines to enter Staples Center to see the Clippers take on the Houston Rockets. One was a purpleTHE REGARDIE REPORT

clad usher who, despite the swirling mass of humanity in front of her, was focused on a Sudoku puzzle. The other was the grown man and little boy playing “Ring Around the Rosie” as the line inched forward. I’m not sure why the usher felt Sudoku was more important than her job. I do, however, know that the song and the hand-holding twirling game erupted because, while waiting in the queue, my 3-year-old son George looked up at me and chirped, “Let’s play ‘Ring Around the Rosie,’ Daddy.” Since there was no real reason not to, we did. That wasn’t part of the plan when I decided to take George to his first NBA game. Although he has seen some basketball on TV, I knew he wouldn’t fully understand what was happening. Still, I figured he’d be interested in the spectacle — the noise, the Jumbotron, the snacks, etc. My wife and I often take our kids Downtown. On the way to MOCA once we saw two street performers dressed as Mary Poppins (at the time the musical was playing at the Ahmanson Theatre) and Bert. Our then 3-year-old daughter Vivian had no idea it wasn’t the Mary Poppins from the classic film. She was so awestruck that she literally couldn’t speak to Busker Mary.

Once inside MOCA, I told Vivian to let me know if she was interested in something, that I’d lift her up so she could see it closely. It was a great idea for the splattered Jackson Pollock paintings. It didn’t work so well when we entered the room with a black-and-white photo of a junky shooting up. Of course that’s what she pointed at. “What’s he doing, Daddy?” she asked, and while I generally tell her the truth, in this instance the only thing I could get out was, “He’s taking medicine.” The Doggie Show Downtown Los Angeles, it turns out, has a lot to do for kids, as long as you don’t expect it to be a suburban, playground-filled neighborhood. Many people find fun with little ones at the Central Library, Grand Hope Park, Grand Central Square and the summer concerts at Cal Plaza. We live 15 minutes away but come down for many events. We’ve made the last few Dog Day Afternoons (“the doggie show!” in the kids’ lexicon). We’ve hit several MOCA exhibits (“George, please stay back from the art”). Vivian has seen Heidi Duckler’s site-specific dance company three times and we’ve eaten sausages and fries at Wurstküche. We’ve wandered through festivals in Chinatown and Little Tokyo, taking the Gold Line when possible. I took Vivian to her first Clippers game when she was 2, which in the pre-Chris Paul/ Blake Griffin era might have been tantamount to child abuse. She made half the game and insisted on introducing herself to people next to us (“Nice to meet you”). She’s now been to five games and likes to

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George was intrigued by the Kiss Cam, and when other kids were shown waving on the Jumbotron, he usually waved back. He yelled ‘De-FENSE!’ a lot, sometimes even when the Clippers were actually on defense. laughed, they didn’t get all the nuances. Vivian was particularly concerned that the Globetrotters might lose. Bathroom Visits I’ve learned a few things about visiting Staples Center with the under-5 set: you can’t get there early enough; you can’t underesti-

mate how appealing the souvenirs are; and you have no idea exactly what will capture their attention. Vivian’s favorite part of her first Clippers game was the cheerleaders who, she said, “dance real hard.” George twice wanted to visit the cell phone store on the lower concourse of the arena. There’s another important thing I’ve learned about Staples and kids: The bathrooms are nice. Unlike Dodger Stadium’s Reserve Level, which has metal troughs and conditions more fitting for Visigoths than modern families, Staples’ spaces are clean and well-lit. I’ve changed many a diaper both in the stalls and on the fold-out kid’s Koala — yes, that’s what it’s called, and yes, I’m the guy toting the pink diaper roll. George fared pretty well at the game. He wasn’t very conversational with our neighbors, even when they told him, “I like your green froggy boots.” However, he was intrigued by the Kiss Cam, and when other kids were shown waving on the Jumbotron, George usually waved back. He yelled “DeFENSE!” a lot, sometimes even when the Clippers were actually on defense. Sure, there were dull moments, which were broken up variously by food, visits to the cell phone store, and the never-gets-dull game of stuffing a small gray elephant into a seat’s cup holder so it can “sleep.” The other thing I’ve learned about kids and Staples is to bring along a book for emergencies. Nothing gets a grownup through a crucial stretch of a close game like letting a child page through “The Happy Man and His Dump Truck.” George made the whole thing, didn’t cry once, and the Clippers won. When I asked later what his favorite part of the game was, he answered, as he is wont to do, “Not anything.” However, during dinner the next evening, he couldn’t stop chanting “De-FENSE!” Contact Jon Regardie at regardie@downtownnews.com.

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WHAT’S FOR SALE A Sky-High Penthouse Sets a Sales Listing Record by Ryan Vaillancourt staff writer

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n the column “What’s for Sale,” Los Angeles Downtown News looks at everything from condos to multi-family buildings to vacant lots now on the market. We hope that regular snapshots of individual properties will make for a wide-ranging survey of the overall state of Downtown real estate. This week, the focus is on a penthouse at the Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live with a record listing price for a Downtown condominium. The Property: The 5,862-square-foot penthouse, unit 51F, in the Ritz-Carlton Residences at 900 W. Olympic Blvd. is listed for $9.3 million. The building contains 224 residential units atop 1,001 hotel rooms. Spec This Out: Unit 51F is a sprawling, twofloor condo on top of the skyline-defining Ritz-Carlton and J.W. Marriott tower at L.A. Live. The penthouse is situated on the northern end of the coffin-shaped tower, and has spectacular views to the north, west and east. There are three bedrooms and three-and-ahalf bathrooms. The floor plan also identifies two dens (one upstairs, one downstairs), two libraries and an exercise room. Compared to What: Quantifying the value of a two-level penthouse at the Ritz is tricky — there’s really nothing like it in Downtown. The listing price translates to $1,586 per square foot, more than three times the rate

buyers generally encounter with Central City condos (the price-per-square-foot generally decreases with larger units). The HOA dues are an additional $3,207 per month. The Ritz’s only other penthouse, which at 5,798 square feet is slightly smaller than unit 51F, recently sold for $8.55 million. A 3,436-square-foot three-bedroom condo on the 50th floor fetched $5.22 million. Buyers at the Ritz, however, are not likely considering other Downtown comps. They’ll probably measure it against units in luxury high-rises in Hollywood, on the Westside, or even in Manhattan, said Billy Rose, president of The Agency, the brokerage firm handling sales at the building. To put the price in perspective, consider the 36-unit Binford Lofts at 837 Traction Ave. The entire building is listed at $9.25 million. Before the Ritz, the record for a Down­ town condo listing was believed to be a 3,500-square-foot, four-level unit in the Arts District’s Biscuit Company Lofts. In 2007 it was on the market for $4.9 million. You Down with GAT?: The $9.3 million listing price will only appeal to a small portion of society, a subset Rose describes as “global affluent travelers.” “The collection of individuals are exceptional,” Rose said. “They’re sort of like the top of their class in whatever they do.” Rose said the building might also appeal to Downtown executives and owners of Fortune 500 companies looking to live near

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The penthouse at the Ritz-Carlton Residences is listed for sale at $9.3 million. The two-level unit has astounding views of the city.

where they work. Picking Up the Pace: The Ritz-Carlton Residences got off to a slower-than-expected start. In February 2011, building developer Anschutz Entertainment Group announced that it closed its first escrow — what it didn’t acknowledge was that the buyer was AEG itself, as the Associated Press reported last year. The company also told the AP last year that it had opened escrow on 60% of the 224 condos. Today, only 53 sales have closed. That said, the project, where units range from $850,000-$9.3 million, is picking up steam. Eleven contracts worth a total of more than $14 million were signed in the past month, according to The Agency. Luxury DIY: Unlike most condos, unit 51F is unfinished. Floors, cabinets and other built-ins

have not been installed. This allows the buyer to select their color and materials, whether picking from the stock of flooring and cabinetry available through the Ritz, or by designing the unit themselves (in which case the buyer gets a credit to pay for the built-ins). Location Cubed: Among the amenities that come with living inside a four-star hotel — 24/7 valet, concierge, maid service, room service — owning 51F also buys access to a Staples Center suite, co-owned by the building’s HOA, and gets the buyer privileges at Ritz-Carlton and AEG-owned venues worldwide. Contact: The listing agent is The Agency at (213) 622-4242. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at ryan@downtownnews.com.

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he Hotel Clark, a centrally located but long-empty structure, could open within six months. Elizabeth Peterson, a representative of New York-based building owner the Chetrit Group, said she anticipates the property opening as a hotel by September. Although she would not detail a specific timeframe for when business activities would begin, she said renovations to the building have been completed. “We’re really close,” she said. An official with Peterson’s consulting company, Elizabeth Peterson Group Inc., presented plans about the project last week to the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council. Peterson, who is seeking a liquor license for the project at 426 S. Hill St., said the Clark will be a 347-room hotel with three restaurant spaces and an 11,500-square-foot banquet space. The 11-story structure is one of three large vacant Downtown properties owned by the Chetrit Group, a family-run batch of investor-developers led by Joseph Chetrit. Like the Clark, the Embassy Auditorium and Hotel in South Park and Giannini Place in the Financial District have long sat empty, frustrating area stakeholders who want to see the buildings activated. Sources familiar with the project confirmed reports that New York’s King & Grove Hotels will manage the Clark. It would be the first

West Coast property for the company, which was founded in 2010 by Ed Scheets and Ben Pundole. King and Grove officials have yet to confirm their involvement with the Clark, but according to the hotel operator’s website, last year the Chetrit Group partnered with King & Grove to “dramatically and positively expand the brand.” King & Grove currently operates the Surf Lodge and Ruschmeyer’s in the Hamptons and the Tides in Miami, which according to the website hotelchatter.com, is owned by CG Tides, a company overseen by Joseph Chetrit. Michel Attias, the Downtown-based representative for the Chetrit Group, did not return a call for comment. Jennifer Foley, vice president of media relations for King & Grove, also did not respond to requests for an interview. Good Timing The Chetrit Group has owned the Clark since at least 2001, according to the county recorder’s office. The 1914 building stands on Hill Street just south of Fourth Street, near Pershing Square and residential projects such as Metro 417 and the Title Guarantee lofts. Bruce Baltin, senior vice president of hotel industry research firm PKF Consulting, said that if the hotel does indeed open within six months, it would come at a much-needed time in Downtown. “Downtown could support more hotels, and it’s a good time for a hotel to open with the Wilshire Grand closed,” Baltin said, referring to the December shuttering of the 896-

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The Hotel Clark at 426 S. Hill St. has sat vacant for more than a decade. A Downtown business consultant said there are plans to open it as a 347-room boutique hotel within six months.

room Financial District hotel to make way for a $1 billion replacement project. The Clark Hotel would not be the only new boutique establishment in Downtown. In January, Oregon-based Ace Hotel revealed plans to open a 180-room property in the United Artists Theater building at 933 S. Broadway. The 13-story project will include a 1,600-seat entertainment venue in the theater as well as a pool, restaurant and bar. Plans for renovating the Clark have been floated before. In 2008, Attias said that the building would open as a 350-room boutique hotel within eight months, but nothing happened. Daniel Swartz, who oversaw the $35 million transformation of the Title Guarantee Building at 411 W. Fifth St. into housing in 2007, said he would be happy to see the Clark open. However, he is skeptical of the timeline.

“I drove by there the other day and I looked at it specifically, and I thought it looked like there hasn’t been any progress whatsoever,” he said. “I think it’ll be fantastic if it happens.” A new hotel could add to the walkability of the area, he said. “The building is ugly, it takes up almost half the street and it has frontage on Hill Street, so it makes it an uncomfortable walk,” he said. The only currently active Downtown property owned by the Chetrit Group is an office building at 611 W. Sixth St. formerly known as the AT&T Center. In 2005, plans surfaced for a $30 million transformation of the Embassy into a Gansevoort Hotel. The project never came to fruition. Contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.

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Wal-Mart Continued from page 1 The motion describes the “Formula Retail Uses” as businesses that contain two or more features from a defined list of specifications. The features that could be cited include a standardized façade, signage, décor, color scheme, merchandise and even a trademark. The ordinance also contains an “Urgency Clause” that would make it effective after it is adopted by the council. Traditionally, an item passed by the council doesn’t become law until it is signed by the mayor. Wal-Mart officials and several Chinatown leaders believe the ordinance is aimed directly at thwarting plans to open a grocery store on the ground floor of Grand Plaza, a 302-unit senior housing project. Wal-Mart hopes to begin operations in the store by 2013. Steven Restivo, a spokesman for the retail giant, said the project is still on track, though he is unsure what impact the ordinance will have. “It’s unclear at this point,” he said. “The way it’s written now, it could pose a threat to our project.” Community Growth In February, Wal-Mart announced that it had signed a lease for the corner space at 701 W. Cesar Chavez Ave. The building opened in 1991 and was originally intended to hold a supermarket, though one never arrived. With the lease, Wal-Mart, which has struggled in recent efforts to open its superstores in Los Angeles, appeared to have found a way to establish a beachhead without requiring city approvals. Indeed, the only outstanding item left for Wal-Mart’s project is a building

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Twitter/DowntownNews permit, which should come “any day now,” Restivo said. The issuance of building permits is one of the things that would be prohibited by the new ordinance. Nicki Ung, executive director of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles, said the ordinance could ban nearly all chain stores from Chinatown, including Trader Joe’s, Starbucks and Fresh and Easy, since they all meet the criteria of Formula Retail Uses. “I think it’s pretty clear that it’s targeting Wal-Mart, but it would also affect any other chain store that wants to come into the area,” she said. “This would eventually hinder the growth in our community.” Reyes said that the ordinance is in the early stage and can be amended to prevent unintended consequences such as eliminating or creating obstacles for new investments. Despite the urgency clause, he said the ordinance is not aimed at Wal-Mart. However, he spoke specifically of traffic and crowd issues in the area near the planned store. He noted a large amount of pedestrian traffic from the Ramon C. Cortines School for the Visual and Performing Arts, which sits caddy-corner from the planned store, as well as foot traffic from senior citizens at Grand Plaza. “When we start looking at those priorities, this became a vehicle by which we can address it,” Reyes said. “It’s important to do it now because by the time the store opens, I would hope we could have conditions and understandings or agreements to address these concerns in a very direct way.” Union and community groups have long criticized Wal-Mart for its labor practices

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The fate of a proposed Wal-Mart at 701 W. Cesar Chavez Ave. is uncertain after the introduction of an ordinance by City Councilman Ed Reyes.

and for concerns that the stores’ low prices, achieved through buying in bulk, can decimate nearby independent retailers. Business organizations have generally been in favor of Wal-Mart, saying the stores create jobs and sales tax revenue. The Downtown-based Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy has spoken out strongly against the proposed Wal-Mart, vowing to prepare for a “major battle.” When asked if the concerns, of LAANE and other groups played a role in the ordinance, Reyes said, “We listen to everybody. We listen to the property owners, we listen to people who rent stores, people who lease the stores and the workers who work at the stores, and that includes the unions.” Some Chinatown business leaders say

they feel left out of the latest move. A few local stakeholders have said that area markets carry largely ethnic fare, and would not be compromised by Wal-Mart’s mainstream merchandise. “This community wants a market and deserves a market,” said George Yu, executive director of the Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council. “The city shouldn’t need to be reminded that Chinatown’s redevelopment plan remains in place for the life of the plan and that a supermarket at Grand Plaza was part of the original development deal with not only the CRA but with the community as well.” It is uncertain what will happen next. Contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.

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Mural Continued from page 1 “I try to make each portrait look like a monument to that person,” Twitchell said last Tuesday, speaking to more than a dozen people who had gathered at his studio near USC for a sneak peak at the unfinished artworks. In 2010, Twitchell won a $285,000 commission to create the murals. The 12-by-15foot paintings will be completed in time for the fall reopening of the Patriotic Hall, which will again house the county’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “The goal is for individuals who come and use this facility to remember the role of the military in preserving the values of democracy,” said Letitia Ivins, assistant director of Civic Art for the L.A. County Arts Commission. “It’s also to show the diversity of those that served.” Permanent Mark Twitchell is an Air Force veteran known for large-scale creations. His Downtown work includes “Harbor Freeway Overture,” which overlooks the 110 Freeway on the side of the Figat7th shopping center and depicts members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Many people know Twitchell for an incident that occurred in 2006. One morning, his 70-foot-tall “Ed Ruscha Monument,” which adorned a building at 1031 S. Hill St., was whitewashed by a work crew preparing the structure for its future as the YWCA Job Corps Center. The paint-over of the 1987 artwork sparked an uproar, including charges that Twitchell had no advance notice and thus no chance to preserve the piece he spent nearly a decade creating. Litigation followed, and in 2008 Twitchell won a $1.1 million settlement

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Downtown was outraged in 2006 when Twitchell’s 70-foot-tall “Ed Ruscha Monument” was painted over by a work crew. Twitchell ultimately won a $1.1 million settlement for the destruction of the artwork.

from the federal government and 12 other defendants, including the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles. His current project is painted on thin paper and clipped to a wall that faces his cluttered desk, which is buried under scattered papers and a bucket filled with colored pencils. Near his desk are pictures and sketches of the Ruscha mural, which for Twitchell is a reminder of the importance of his current project. He knows he is replacing another

artist’s work while hoping to cement his own legacy in a protected setting. “It was when I lost ‘Ed Ruscha’ that this project came along, and that caused me to think about doing this work,” Twitchell reflected. “I’m 70 and pretty soon I’m not going to be able to do this anymore, so it’ll be nice to have one left.” Lundeberg’s original murals, created in the midst of World War II, depicted historic elements and some basic rights of citizens

of the United States. “The Preamble to the Constitution” showed some of the founding fathers flanking said document under the Statue of Liberty. “Free Ballot” and “Free Assembly” portrayed, respectively, people ready to vote and people speaking at a public meeting. Although Lundeberg’s art was highly praised, the murals were removed in the 1970s. Later, they were misplaced, hence their description as “lost” artworks. “Kent had a lot of empathy for Helen, having lost murals too,” Laura Zucker, the executive director of the L.A. Arts Commission, told the group gathered at his studio. Wearing a green bomber jacket with paint-splattered sleeves, the gray-haired and bearded artist explained that he approached the project as if he were on a team with Lundeberg. His vision, he said, follows the same basic idea as the art created 70 years ago. Like Lundeberg’s work, Twitchell’s pieces will show scenes with a few different positions, though with new bodies and faces. He took most of the pictures of the models himself. Twitchell said he hopes his work does justice to veterans and the country. “I’m one of those square, old-fashioned people,” he said. “I love this country, I get tears in my eyes when I hear the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. So this is an opportunity for me to do a major mural that I can honor America with.” Once the murals are completed on the thin paper, they will be transferred to a thicker canvas that in turn will be attached to the walls in the lobby of the Patriotic Hall. After they are moved, Twitchell will add the finishing touches to the works, which he hopes will remain in place a lot longer than some of his previous pieces. Contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.

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HEALTH Don’t Sit Staying Active at Work Is a Key to Staying Healthy by AnicA Wong

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e’ve all been there before. After sitting at your desk for five hours straight, your vision starts to get blurry, your fingers are covered in potato chip grease, and your thoughts are getting derailed every time someone walks into your office. When you leave for the night, you can’t help but think, “Ugh. I feel gross and unhealthy.” It seems that more and more workers are becoming tethered to their desks, unmovable from their computers and phone systems. While this may increase the productivity of a company, it also can decrease the health of its employees. Many studies have shown that sedentary office environments lead to health complications. A report from the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research found that sitting at a desk for long Creators.com photo courtesy of Steve Bordley periods of time increases the TrekDesk’s treadmill desk allows workers to be active while working. risk of colorectal cancers by 200%. A 20-year Nurses’ Healthy Study of 72,000 female nurses who exercised regularly from 1980 to 2000 showed that those who walked three hours remained the same, but the amount of peoa week greatly reduced their risk of breast ple who spent time sitting (especially at their cancer. desks) rose by 8%. The more hours each day According to a 2006 University of you sit at a desk, the report said, the higher Michigan study, the percentage of people the likelihood of your dying an early death

from a variety of health-related issues, including diabetes and heart disease. This is what Steve Bordley is trying to battle. He is CEO of TrekDesk, a company that creates desks that can be placed over a treadmill so workers can walk on the treadmill during their time at the office. It was spawned by a personal condition. After an accident rendered Bordley temporarily inactive, he gained weight and his cholesterol levels shot through the roof. He then found that walking during the day enabled him to lose 25 pounds, cure his back pain and lower his cholesterol. It was, he said, as simple as walking. “Our whole goal is just to start a movement revolution,” says Bordley. He points to the surgeon general’s recommendation of 10,000 steps a day as the key to a healthier America. “The American Heart Association says that if people walk those 10,000 steps a day, we’d reduce initial heart attack rates by 90%.” The question is, how do workers walk during the day if they need to create spreadsheets and presentations? That’s where the TrekDesk comes in. By placing a desk over the treadmill, the worker can continue to perform while walking. Although the idea is simple enough, there is still some hesitation to “exercising” while

on the job. People don’t want to sweat in the office. Bordley calls that a common misconception, and says that an employee only walks about 1 to 1.5 miles per hour while using a treadmill and associated desk. A person can reach the 10,000-step level in two to three hours while on a treadmill. TrekDesk’s treadmill desk has a pricetag of $479, and to use it, one has to have a treadmill and, more importantly, the space to put a treadmill in an office. If your cubicle doesn’t allow this, there are other ways to stay active while at work. According to the Mayo Clinic, one suggestion is to look for opportunities during the day to stand. This could include standing while on the phone (a technique Bordley suggests for everyone) or even getting a standing desk (where you stand instead of sit). Another good idea is to take regular breaks and move around during the day; avoid extended periods sitting at your desk. Instead of hanging out at the water cooler, take a walk around the office or down the hall. Climb a few flights of stairs to get your heart rate up. If you have colleagues who are up for it, create walking meetings, where instead of sitting around a conference table, you take the meeting to the sidewalks and enjoy the sunshine. Bordley believes that walking is the magic pill that we’ve all been looking for to become healthier, happy individuals. “TrekDesk doesn’t cure cancer, but walking does,” he says. “The magic is in movement.” Article copyright 2012 creators.com.

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and others. The Chicano influence is also represented in numerous “We will record most of them on video, some audio, and ways in the exhibit. There are videos of anti-war demonhave them all available for scholars, research, fans and even- strations in East L.A. as well as guitars and records from tually in the museum,” Santelli said. Thee Midnighters. The East L.A. band was one of the first L.A. Story Chicano groups to have a major hit (with the song “Land of a The current exhibit includes photographs, album covers, Thousand Dances”). concert posters, musical instruments, videos and a digital Lalo Guerrero, who is regarded as the father of Chicano jukebox with more than 100 songs. Among the key figures of music, is highlighted in the exhibit with record covers and a the era highlighted are Ritchie Valens, Lalo Guerrero, Buffalo poster for his regular weekend performance at the Paramount Starts Mar.Club 9 & 16 Springfield, El Chicano, the Byrds and the Beach Boys. on Brooklyn Avenue. There is also a postcard from a The show on the fourth floor of the South Park museum nightclub Guerrero owned. also holds a re-creation of a drive-in with seats made to look While Guerrero touched on politics in some of his songs, like classic cars and a screen projecting images of L.A. traffic. he was not thought of as a traditional activist musician. A display case shows items from pioneering local disc jokey However, Kun said the very act of opening his own venue Art Laboe, who coined the term “oldies but goodies” after as- was a seismic event. Check Our Website for Full Movie Listings LADowntownNews.com sembling a compilation album with that title. “For a Chicano musician to not just make music but to beKun said the organizers specifically did not want to create a come an entrepreneur and create a stage and nightclub that’s show that covers the entire musical landscape of that innova- a community space, and a space that helps support fellow tive time period. Instead, he said, Trouble in Paradise looks at Mexican American artists, that’s a political move,” Kun said. the popular music that followed some of the most significant Some of the items that attract the most attention are those social, political and economic upheavals of the era. that once belonged to Ritchie Valens. The San Fernando“The show really is about using the popular Starts music ofMar. the 23born & 30artist died in a plane crash in 1959. He was just 17. period to think about the role of social change and social criValens was immortalized in the 1987 movie La Bamba. His sis in the history of Los Angeles,” he said. guitar, a shirt he wore and the handwritten lyrics to the song To that effect, the show delves into transformative events “La Bamba” are on display. The text is deceptively simple, such as the 1965 Watts Riots. Trouble in Paradise features blue ink on white notebook paper, and hardly hints at the Los Angeles Times clippings about the uprising and footage posthumous legend Valens would become. of the riots. There are also posters from Wattsax, a concert Kun hopes those who attend Trouble in Paradise will leave held in 1972 to commemorate the riots. The show brought with a richer understanding of the multicultural and multiramusicians such as Isaac Hayes and Rufus Thomas to the Los cial worlds of Los Angeles, and maybe even with an old song Angeles Memorial Coliseum. or two stuck in their head. “The riots came out of a place of unrest and of anger and Trouble in Paradise: Music and Los Angeles 1945-1975 Check Our Website for Full Movie Listings LADowntownNews.com produced a kind of cultural and artistic rebirth in Watts that runs through June 3 at the Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic gave birth to so much music and culture that we inherited,” Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or grammymuseum.org. Kun said. Contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.

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here’s a moment in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot that, if it’s clicking with an audience, that should receive one of the biggest laughs of the performance. Vladimir, one of the two hobos who has waited endlessly for the non-arriving titular character, says, “This is becoming really insignificant.” Beckett’s “this” could refer to a seemingly aimless conversation between friends, to life, or to the play itself, though few critics would call Godot anything but one of the most influential plays of the 20th century. Much of that praise comes directly from the ambiguity that Beckett infused into nearly every line of his 1953 masterpiece, which has finally, and triumphantly, reached the Mark Taper Forum stage. Downtown Los Angeles audiences are fortunate in that the production pairs, for the first time, two of the most renowned Beckett actors, Alan Mandell and Barry McGovern. Despite a reputation as nothing short of the Hamlet of absurdist theater, Godot scares away some people who are afraid they won’t “get it.” Anyone who fits that category should be aware that no one gets it, at least not with any certainty. That’s how Beckett wanted it. Instead of worrying about meaning, audiences should ask three questions: Does the meticulously crafted language sound natural? Does it feel as though things are happening? And most important of all, is it funny? In the Taper production, which runs

through April 22, the answer to all three is a hearty yes. Under the fluid and lighthearted direction of Michael Arabian, who sticks to a traditional staging and costumes, Mandell and McGovern portray Estragon and Vladimir as lovable clowns without resorting to buffoonery. As older actors (Mandell is 84 and McGovern is in his 60s), their hapless despair and fear of the coming night resonates strongly. Mandell also uses his age for laughs by coming across at times as impossibly feeble. This adds to the physical humor, in particular when he tiptoes in too-tight shoes, and how he nibbles on a carrot like Bugs Bunny. The actors share a gentleness toward each other in the way they hold hands. They show looks of concern that emphasize their care for one another, despite their differences. That’s crucial, because it’s clear that these men who are waiting by a rock and a mostly barren tree along a path have been there for years — or even for lifetimes — and there’s no end in sight to their waiting. Their bond is most evident with the first arrival of Pozzo (James Cromwell) and his slave Lucky (Hugo Armstrong). Cromwell portrays Pozzo with barely restrained ego and cruelty, as witnessed by his sharp tone as he barks at Lucky, and in the way he appears only to listen to himself. Though Lucky is a mostly silent role, Armstrong delivers one of the most memorable renditions of the character’s famed monologue. He imbues wildness, as though this would be Lucky’s one and only chance

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Longtime Beckett performers Alan Mandell (left) and Barry McGovern finally get the chance to share a stage. The Mark Taper Forum production of Waiting for Godot runs through April 22.

throughout eternity to say everything. The remaining role, Boy, who appears at the end of each act, is ably handled by LJ Benet. On its surface, this is classic Godot, including Christopher Acebo’s costumes, which include the recognizable shabby jackets and shirts and black bowlers worn by the leads. Arabian makes full use of the stage, a sparse design by John Iacovelli, which includes a foreboding backdrop of a dusk-covered cloudy evening. The director also connects with the audience by creating actor exits through the theater aisles, and by having the performers use glances to suggest that the viewers also can’t escape the waiting. Ultimately, what makes this Godot special

is Mandell and McGovern, who have spent decades with the material. Their intimate knowledge of Beckett is evident, from the way they play with simple phrases, such as “Nothing to be done,” to the refrain of the title. Every utterance sounds and feels different, and each conveys different meaning. That, along with laughing at the absurdity of existence, is what makes Godot in creative hands such as these so exciting. The words and thoughts remain fresh, and the audience is challenged to think about life’s journey, but they are given plenty to smile and laugh about along the way. Waiting for Godot runs through April 22 at the Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 628-2772 or centertheatregroup.org.

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Friday, March 30 First Fridays at the Natural History Museum 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 763-3466 or nhm.org. March 30, 5:30 p.m.: This monthly gem blends the wonders of science with the mystique of music. Lectures from Dan Keeffe and Jared Diamond wash with the delicious waves of live rock from Matthew Dear and Songodsuns. BTW, this First Friday happening takes place on the last Friday in March because the first Friday of April is Good Friday, which is no good for a museum gathering. Get it?

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he Blankenship Cabaret Theatre, Downtown’s resident purveyors of pomp and pirouettes, returns on Saturday, March 31, with a show that’s decidedly risqué. The exotic decadence of Paris’ Moulin Rouge dance hall is the inspiration for the performance. More than 20 artistes embrace a Parisian sensibility, though some acts touch on Cuban and more traditional ballet influences. Expect a broad blend of styles and sensuous moves at the 8:15 p.m. show at the Alexandria Hotel. At 501 S. Spring St., (866) 922-5538 or blankenshipcabarettheatre.com.

saturday, March 31 Folk Art Walk Olvera St., (323) 937-4230 or cafam.org. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: The Craft and Folk Art Museum comes Downtown to host a walking tour devoted to pre-European craft and art in Los Angeles.

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sunday, april 1 Easter Egg Hunt Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive Street., (213) 847-4970 or laparks.org/pershingsquare. 12 p.m.: Colorful eggs and community spirit as Pershing Square hosts a rollicking Easter Egg hunt. The event starts at noon and there are four separate hunts for various age groups. Sunday Studio MOCA, 250 S. Grand Ave., (213) 626-6222 or moca.org. 1 p.m.: In a workshop designed and led by artist Pearl Hsiung, participants will translate recognizable images and objects and create new narratives and personal meanings. Learn about techniques inspired by some of the artists from MOCA Permanent Collection Masterworks 1945-1975.

On any other day of the year, rooting through the underbrush and secluded nooks of Pershing Square looking for prizes without protective gloves is ill-advised. On Saturday, March 31, it’s not only allowed, but encouraged. The Financial District park will host an early Easter Egg Hunt (the holiday is actually April 8) with prizes, inflatables and live entertainment. It’s strictly for the 12-and-under set, and there will be four separate hunts for various age groups. No birth certificates required, but registration begins at noon so as to avoid overcrowding and any overzealous egghunting adults. At 532 S. Olive St., (213) 8474970 or laparks.org/pershingsquare.

Blue Whale 123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka St., (213) 620-0908 or bluewhalemusic.com. March 27: Dwight Trible Quartet. March 28: John Escreet Group. March 29: Jesse Palter Group. March 30-31: Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble. Bootleg Bar 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or bootlegtheater.org. March 26, 7 p.m.: Gregory Alan Isakov practically oozes pastiche through his meaty, deep folk. March 26, 8:30 p.m.: Mondays in March mean its time to take your meds and the Janks are playing. This is the last Monday in March. Sad. March 27, 8 p.m.: If you’re not on board with Harriet’s upbeat indie the instant you hear their track “I Slept With All Your Mothers,” you either don’t have a taste for indie music or have a severe oedipal complex. Probably the former. March 28, 8 p.m.: Fashionable kids who like to make accessible music and hang out with beautiful blond girls comprise Gold Fields. They’re Australians importing a little slice of Orange County electro rock. March 31, 8 p.m.: Embrace the ever-molted forms of punk rock in the digital age with Dunes, Abe Vigoda and Stephanie. April 1, 8 p.m.: Charlotte Martin brings that polished, yet damaged pop vibe that sounds like Mandy Moore with a bad case of PTSD. Broadway Bar 830 S. Broadway, (213) 614-9909 or broadwaybar.la. March 30, 10 p.m.: HM Soundsystem’s weekly

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From the Last Bookstore comes Downtown’s most bookish excuse to host a massive three-level party: It’s the end of the first quarter of 2012. OK, it’s a weak excuse, but who cares? On Thursday, March 29, from 7-11 p.m., Spring Street’s crown jewel of literacy is ground zero for frustrated accountants and fans of underground music alike. An eclectic lineup including Geoff “Double G” Gallegos (shown here) and the daKAH HipHop Orchestra, Killsonic and HM Soundsystem provides the soundtrack for a celebration that spans the gallery space above the Last Bookstore as well as the Crocker Club below. Minimum reading ability isn’t mandatory — this event’s free for all! At 453 S. Spring St., (213) 488-0599 or lastbookstorela.com. Long before the dusty pueblo was known as Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles del Rio de Porciuncula, the humble area was the exclusive claim of the Gabrieleno Indians. Pre-Colombian art and the folkways of the region’s native people are the subject of a tour of the Downtown spot settled by Spanish pobladores in 1781. Join folk artist Votan Henriquez in a program hosted by the Craft and Folk Art Museum on Saturday, March 31, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The tour meets on the south side of the bandstand by Olvera Street and is free of charge. RSVPs are encouraged via the museum’s website. At Olvera Street, cafam.org. If you subscribe to the notion that a man’s true wealth can only be measured by counting his friends, then Donovan is one of the richest men in the world. The Mod-styled Scot drops by the Grammy Museum on Thursday, March 29, for an informal evening of musical nostalgia. Known for his gentle folk and impressive finger picking technique, Donovan was an instrumental nucleus of the British Invasion, counting John Lennon, Paul McCartney and even the dark minded Jimmy Page among his friends. Donovan will sit for an interview, a Q&A session and a brief performance as he gears up to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. Note, the show is sold out, but there are often a few standby seats on performance nights. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 7656800 or grammymuseum.org.

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See the GENErAl MANAGEr: Dawn Eastin dudes who appeared in so many movies. ExEcutivE Editor: Jon Regardie March 31: The club will be turned up to 11 with Los Angeles Downtown News citY Editor: Richard Guzmán Mindless Self Indulgence. 1264 W. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026 stAFF writEr: Ryan Vaillancourt April 1: You’ll love the penultimate musical expecoNtributiNG Editors: Kathryn Maese phone: 213-481-1448 • fax: 213-250-4617 Los Angeles Downtown News rience of hearing rapper TYGA’s hit single “Coconut coNtributiNG writErs: Jay Berman, Jim Farber, Jeff Favre, web: DowntownNews.com • email: realpeople@downtownnews.com 1264 W. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026 Juice” live and in person. Kristin Friedrich, Howard Leff, Rod Riggs, Marc Porter Zasada twitter: phone: 213-481-1448 • fax: 213-250-4617 Grammyfacebook: Museum Art dirEctor: Brian Allison L.A. Downtown News765-6800 or DowntownNews web: DowntownNews.com 800 W. 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We Got Games From Lob City to Clogged City Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7100 or nba.com/lakers. March 29, 7:30 p.m.; March 31, 12:30 p.m.; April 1, 6:30 p.m.: The Lakers are adjusting nicely to newly acquired point guard Ramon Sessions. Although The New Derek Fisher is still coming off the bench, many expect that to change soon. The Lakers start the week in Golden State (March 27), then begin a homestand with the week’s marquee matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder. After tangling with the Durantula and company, the Lakers host New Orleans and Golden State. Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7100 or nba.com/clippers. March 26, 28, 30, 31, all 7:30 p.m.: If the Clippers keep up their inconsistent play, they may have a precipitous fall ahead of them. As of press time, the Clips were 6-9 since the All-Star

break. Lately, it looks like Vinny Del Negro is running an offensive scheme dubbed “Get it to Blake and let him post-up oneon-one, or let Chris Paul take it to the hoop and get fouled.” The Clippers clogged half-court offense is the anti-triangle. It’s time for Paul to get the ball moving again. Lob City is fun, but without Chauncey Billups it’s not working. The Clips are home all week, hosting the Hornets, Suns, Trailblazers and Jazz. Los Angeles Kings Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., 1 (888) KINGS-LA or kings.nhl.com. March 20 and 24, 7:30 p.m.; March 24, 6 p.m.: Holy win streak Batman! The Kings won five in a row! Their longest string of Ws all year! And just like that, the Kings slide into eighth place in the Western Conference. They take their ice reign on the road this week to visit the Canucks (March 26), Flames (March 28), Oilers (March 30) and Wild (March 31). —Ryan Vaillancourt

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The Clippers offense has stalled. Chris Paul, it’s time to start a ball movement clinic.

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