May 14, 2012
Volume 41, Number 20
Park money, a Metro meeting, and other happenings Around Town. A top mayoral contender drops out of the 2013 race.
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Are You Ready for Some Cycling? Amgen Tour to Open Streets for World Class Racers, and For Everyone Else
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Vote for the Best Of Downtown.
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The Amgen Tour of California will send a peloton of world-class cyclists through Los Angeles on Sunday, May 20. Before the race, locals can pedal on a five-mile portion of the course that winds through Downtown.
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n Sunday, May 20, some of the world’s best athletes will zoom into Downtown for an international sporting bonanza that will be seen live on television in more than 100 countries. The most celebrated among the competitors will don a gold jersey. And it has nothing to do with the Lakers. More important for Downtown Los Angeles
stakeholders may be what happens before the pros arrive. For 90 minutes, anyone with a bike will get to ride five miles of closed-off streets that later will serve as the culmination of the country’s biggest professional bike race. Downtown will be the site of the final sprint for 128 of the world’s fastest-pedaling cyclists who are competing in the 750-mile Amgen Tour of California. The eight-stage race, which started in San Francisco on May 13, culminates at L.A. Live,
where the riders are expected to cross the finish line between 11 a.m. and noon. Now in its seventh year, the Amgen Tour, which is owned and operated by L.A. Live and Staples Center developer Anschutz Entertainment Group, is increasingly seen as a high-profile preparatory event for cycling’s most famous contest, the Tour de France. That endurance race starts on June 30. This marks the first year that the tour will be on see Ride, page 12
Smart & Final to Open Downtown Market South Park Grocery Store Will Have Bulk Items Along With Fresh Foods by Ryan VaillancouRt staff wRiteR
mart & Final, a Commerce-based grocery chain specializing in bulk food items at low prices, has inked a 20-year deal to occupy a space at 845 S. Figueroa St. The company plans to open its Smart & Final Extra concept, a larger version of its traditional store that includes fresh foods, in a 25,000-square-
foot space. The store will be on the ground floor of a South Park office building that is undergoing a $20 million renovation. The deal was finalized on Wednesday, May 9, said Gilad Lumer, a partner with property owner L&R Group, which has been working on the deal for more than a year. Traditional Smart & Final stores measure about 17,000 square feet. Smart & Final Extras stock
more perishables, including fresh meat, produce, dairy and deli items, in addition to low-cost packaged edibles, bulk food service provisions and janitorial supplies. “There’s obviously a huge demand from all of the offices Downtown for supplies for their office needs, and then as far as the residential population, I personally believe that an alternative to existing see Supermarket, page 15
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AROUNDTOWN Time to Vote for The Best of Downtown
o you have an opinion on Downtown’s best restaurant, best cupcake or best book store? Sure you do, and we want you to share it with the world. On Monday, May 14, Los Angeles Downtown News will open the polls for the 24th annual Best of Downtown issue. Readers will have the opportunity to weigh in on more than 100 categories and all voting will take place online at votebestof. com. There’s a bonus: Voters who fill out at least 30 categories will be entered in a contest to win prizes including an iPod, cash and gift certificates. The grand prize package includes a two-night stay at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, dinner for two at Sai Sai, $200 cash, dinner for two at Morton’s The Steakhouse, a $150 Ticketmaster gift card and a Los Angeles Conservancy walking tour. Voting will continue until June 1 and the Best of Downtown issue will publish July 16.
LAPD Park Finally Gets City Money ince it opened in 2009, the lawn on the south side of the Los Angeles Police Department’s new headquarters has lingered in a municipal budget no-man’s land. When the $440 million Police Administration Building opened, there were no public dollars to pay for maintenance of the lawn facing Second Street or the landscaped areas that surround the building. Weeds soon overtook succulent beds, plants died and local stakeholders also found that some trees were literally sinking into their wells. The lawn’s sorry state sparked a group of volunteers organized by the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council to hold a monthly cleanup. Now, the
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city is finally stepping up, and on Tuesday, May 8, Ninth District Councilwoman Jan Perry announced that $800,000 had been located to cover maintenance at the park. The Department of Recreation and Parks will be responsible for the work, according to Perry’s office. The problem of the sinking trees is also slated to be fixed. The city found that the subcontractor who installed the landscaping used the wrong soil. According to Eva KandarpaBehrend, a spokeswoman for Perry, the contractor will replant the trees at no cost.
Help Clean Skid Row, Welcome New Residents
n Saturday, May 19, volunteers will join forces on two Skid Row neighborhood efforts. At 10 a.m., good samaritans will meet at San Julian and Sixth streets to help clean up Skid Row. The effort organized by the LAPD’s Central Area CommunityPolice Advisory Board follows in the footsteps of Operation Facelift, an ongoing weekly cleanup on San Julian Street led by OG’s N Service Association. For the Saturday cleanup, Universal Protection Services has donated a power washer to clean sidewalks. Volunteers must rsvp to mbmetcalfe@yahoo. com and participants will get a free barbecue lunch at the Midnight Mission. Also at 10 a.m., volunteers are invited to help nonprofit housing provider Skid Row Housing Trust prepare 300 “Welcome Home” kits. Each year, some 300 homeless individuals move off the streets and into one of the buildings operated by the SRHT. The kits, which include toiletries, cooking utensils, towels and other household items, are designed to facilitate the transition off the streets. RSVP to Jennifer Kim at (213) 683-0522 ext. 152 or email@example.com.
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Discuss the Metro Budget Grand Performances Goes Dirty Dancing here are no plans to raise bus fares in
Metro’s proposed $4.5 billion budget, but people can still weigh in on other issues regarding the agency’s fiscal proposal for the coming year. On Wednesday, May 16, at 2:30 p.m., Metro will hold a budget workshop and public hearing in the third floor boardroom at Metro Headquarters at One Gateway Plaza. In addition to maintaining the current fares, the budget includes $1.4 billion for transit operations, $1 billion for construction of Measure R projects, $278 million for maintenance of buses and trains and $35.2 million to operate the new light rail Expo Line. Metro’s funding comes from local transportation sales tax revenue, transit assistance and grants from the state and federal governments, along with fare revenue, advertising, land leases and filming fees. The budget can be viewed online at metro.net.
rand Performances, the annual free summer music and performing arts spectacular at the Cal Plaza Watercourt, announced its 2012 schedule last week. The 26th installment of the series kicks off June 22 with a Dirty Dancing Dance-a-Long, with professional dancers performing along with the film and offering lessons to the crowd. There are numerous highlights, including on June 30, when a collection of poets will read from Charles Bukowski’s repertoire. World music is again a focus, with British Indian polymath Nitin Sawhney and his orchestra performing on July 14. On July 21 it’s all about Afro Cuban music as bassist Israel “Cachao” Lopez performs with a mambo-making big band. Surf rockers Allah-Las play July 6 and pop rockers The Belle Brigade appear Aug. 3. A full schedule is at grandperformances.org.
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Subway Extension, Regional Connector Approved
Metro’s Board of Directors approved the >nal environmental impact reports for both the Westside Subway Extension to the Mid-Wilshire area and the Regional Connector through Downtown LA. Both rail projects are now a step closer to awarding contracts and beginning construction. More details are available at metro.net/westside and metro.net/regionalconnector.
78 New Rail Cars to Join Metro’s Fleet
Metro’s Board of Directors has approved a $299-million contract to buy 78 light rail cars from Kinkisharyo International, LLC, with the option to buy 157 more cars. These cars will be used on lines under construction, including the Expo Line to Santa Monica and the Gold Line Foothill Extension.
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Bike to Work Day – May 17, 2012
Show your pedal power for Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 17. Metro and community partners will host pit stops for two-wheeled commuters throughout Los Angeles County, with snacks and bicycle resource information. For more information about Bike Week events and pit stop locations, check metro.net/bikeweek.
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EDITORIALS A Powerful Partnership
Urban Scrawl by Doug Davis
owntown Los Angeles has long had a batch of small businesses, cultural organizations and nonprofits that succeed by wit and scrap. Over the years many of these entities have woven themselves into the fabric of the community. Listing all of these groups and businesses could fill this entire paper, but a new partnership raises a reason to mention a couple of them. It’s something we never would have expected. On May 5, the play Café Vida opened at the Historic Core’s Los Angeles Theatre Center. The world premiere, which runs through May 20, is a partnership between the Arts District’s Cornerstone Theater Company and Homeboy Industries, the pioneering gang intervention and prevention organization run by Father Gregory Boyle and headquartered in a building on the edge of Chinatown. Both Cornerstone and Homeboy are adored by the community, and yet each faces a constantly uphill battle. Several years ago Homeboy endured a serious financial crisis related to the move into its new structure (previously it was in Boyle Heights). Costs had increased and the poor economy made it more challenging to raise money. Boyle observed that, despite all the accolades granted Homeboy, many people are reticent to give money to an organization that helps former gang members. It’s hard to imagine something more difficult to sustain than a small theater company, especially one that confounds expectations of what community theater should be. Cornerstone, headquartered on Traction Avenue, has done that for a quarter century. The troupe has managed to survive while presenting original plays and updates on classics, and they regularly address weighty subjects such as religion and justice. Cornerstone also routinely features non-professional actors in high-profile roles. Imagine wooing new audiences to these nontraditional shows and explaining all that to foundations unfamiliar with the group. Over the years Cornerstone and Homeboy have, through grit and persistence, found a way to survive. The latter even has an exceptionally popular restaurant, the Homegirl Café. Now, through Café Vida, they are working together. Cornerstone somehow persuaded prominent playwright Lisa Loomer (she has had three shows at the Mark Taper Forum) to pen the script. She spent months immersing herself in the culture of Homeboy to create authentic characters. The two leads are played by women who spent recent years working maintenance jobs at Homeboy. The result is excellent (see our review on p. 26). There’s a third player in the partnership. The LATC, run by the Latino Theatre Company, is an appropriate home for the show. Like Cornerstone and Homeboy, the Spring Street building is not part of the mainstream. The company has endured numerous challenges with the property and still manages to offer quality entertainment for Downtown. It’s a nice achievement. You can never predict who will work with whom in Downtown. You can never predict the results. Fortunately, they yield some uplifting surprises.
Mixed Results in Dodger Land
he purchase of the Los Angeles Dodgers by Guggenheim Baseball Management closed on May 1, and the following day the new ownership group was introduced during a press conference/dog and pony show at Dodger Stadium. On May 7, the team played its first home game in front of the new owners, as well as tens of thousands of fans. While we recognize that it is early, the behavior of the new group is, so far, mixed. There have been a couple notable advances, but also a glaring mistake. We believe that the collective has the potential to be effective stewards of this historic community resource — yes, even if the Dodgers are privately owned, they “belong” to the people. However, as Mark Walter, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Stan Kasten, Peter Guber, Bobby Patton and Todd Boehly move forward, they need to keep one important thing in mind: transparency. Spending $2.15 billion buys the team and its related holdings. It doesn’t buy the right to obfuscate. First the positives. Although the introductory news conference was short on details, it was a well-orchestrated event with plenty of bright, symbolic moments. The ownership group, led by Walter (despite public perception, Johnson is a minority partner), did its best to present a move away from the era of Frank McCourt. Having former owner Peter O’Malley front and center, and having a batch of past Dodger stars including Steve Garvey and Ron Cey on hand, were savvy efforts to create a link to the team’s glory years. It was appropriate and inspiring to have Vin Scully serve as master of ceremonies. Having Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Councilman Ed Reyes address the crowd was unnecessary — they’re not baseball people. Although Reyes has been a strong, effective leader for the First District, where Dodger Stadium is located, the crowd had gathered to hear from the owners, not politicians. Once the owners began speaking, they pretty much hit the right points. Pledging to drop the price of parking from $15 to $10 was the Los Angeles equivalent of Angels owner Arte Moreno lowering the price of beer as his first major step in Anaheim. (It was also one of seven suggestions to the new owners this page made last month, though we urged parking be rolled back to $8.) They also promised to address the terrible waits at concession stands and to put money into improving the 50-year-old stadium. No specifics were offered, but for the moment, the public recognition of the problems and the pledges to fix them will suffice. We
look forward to hearing the details very soon. Additionally, the buyers have demonstrated a willingness to commingle with the fan base. On the first day at least one owner, Kasten, was walking the concourses and chatting with ticket buyers. The Dodgers also created firstname.lastname@example.org, an email address where people can submit feedback on what works in Dodger land and what doesn’t. Hopefully this will be read. Hopefully everyone who sends in a suggestion will get a response that is not autoreply. Then there are the stumbles of the new ownership group. The most troublesome concern McCourt, though they aren’t so much about him as about behavior and matters relating to him. One of the biggest concerns of the fan base is the role McCourt still plays. He has become a poisonous figure in Los Angeles for all that occurred while he and Jamie owned the team. The initial announcement of the deal revealed that McCourt would have a stake in the parking lots around Dodger Stadium. This made many fans angry, though it’s not something we’re overly bothered by if McCourt has no ultimate decision-making authority. We understand the preference to cut ties completely, but in an auction setting this relationship may have been necessary to complete the deal. If McCourt makes money down the road it may be distasteful, but it won’t hurt anyone. The problem is that the exact nature of McCourt’s role remains unclear. After repeated queries on the matter during the press conference, the owners stated that McCourt would only gain financially if the land is one day developed. A few days later, however, the Los Angeles Times reported that McCourt will get some of the annual $14 million in rent the Dodgers are paying for the lots. Why the flip flop? The new owners need to give the fan base credit and be transparent. If McCourt will make money, then say exactly how much, under what conditions and why, and trust that honesty will win the day. They need to think for the long-term, not just the coming months. Don’t make the same PR gaffes the McCourts did. Additionally, we need clarity on future plans for the land. No one expects the property will remain parking lots forever. It’s better to acknowledge the concept of development now, even if it’s preliminary, and work openly with the neighbors. Also, tell the truth about potentially selling naming rights to the stadium. Baseball in Los Angeles is about more than winning on the field. The new owners need to remember that.
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L.A. Kings Playoff Hockey for Dummies How Our Team Has Come Alive, and Why the Surge Will Continue by Dave Denholm contributing writer
ur Los Angeles Kings are making history with their playoff run. Already defeating the number one and two seeds in the West (something no eighth-seeded squad has ever done), the Kings this week will take on the number three seeded Phoenix Coyotes in the Conference Finals (the series started Sunday). The winner moves on to the Stanley Cup Finals, a place the Kings have been only once. They lost. I’m not surprised the Kings got this far, but I didn’t think it would be this easy. L.A. dispatched the Vancouver Canucks in five games and swept the St. Louis Blues. They’re an amazing 5-0 on the road. All of that is making hockey a true talking point for Downtowners. So, I thought I’d help out anyone who doesn’t want to be left out of the fun. Here are some quick answers to questions your friends and neighbors might hit you with at the water cooler, the gym or the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet (my favorite place to talk puck). Question: How did the Kings get this far? Short Answer: Jonathan Quick Long Answer: The NHL playoffs are about defense and, more specifically, goaltending. The Kings have jumped on the large back of netminder Quick. I’ve been talking this guy up for a while and with good reason. His 1.56 goals against average in the first two rounds of the playoffs and .949 save percentage are sick. Question: Why has it been so easy for the Kings? Short Answer: They scored their second goal first. Long Answer: Goal scoring is at a premium during the playoffs, so when a team with a great goalie can get ahead, they are in for a much smoother ride. The Kings are doing just that. Against Vancouver and St. Louis, L.A. was 7-0 when they got to two goals in a game first. Last I checked, that’s perfect. It shows the offense is working fast, but also indicates how tough their defense is with an advantage. Good sign. Question: Besides Quick, who’s starring? Short Answer: Everyone.
Long Answer: It’s not a cliché to say that a total team effort has propelled the Kings to the Western Conference Finals. Offense was lacking at times in the regular season, but lately, so many guys have contributed. Dustin Brown led the way with six goals and five assists, followed by Anze Kopitar’s three goals and seven helpers. Mike Richards and Dustin Penner tallied eight and seven points, respectively. The Kings averaged exactly three goals a game, which will get you far in the postseason. Question: So, how do the Kings beat Phoenix? Short Answer: Improve their power play and avoid overtime. Long Answer: Despite all their success in the first two rounds, L.A.’s power play was as weak as me on the free weights at Gold’s Gym. The Kings scored just four times in 48 chances. That’s 8.5%. Unless we’re talking about what you’d like your federal income tax rate to be, 8.5% is not good. That has to improve to beat the Coyotes. Phoenix also allowed less than two goals per game to get this far. Avoiding overtime hopefully means the Kings don’t get dragged into a long, brutal series. L.A. has been successful by playing fast and jumping on teams. They must keep doing that. Plus, the Coyotes were 4-2 in overtime games in the first two rounds. Question: Why will the Kings beat Phoenix? Short Answer: Grit. Long Answer: One statistic stands out from L.A.’s first two rounds: four shorthanded goals. When you can score while your opponent is on the power play, that’s a backbreaker. When you do it four times in nine games, that is Stanley Cuphoisting material. How does a team score so much shorthanded? Grit and fight and determination. That’s it. Shorthanded goals are rare — six teams scored less than four of them in the entire 82game regular season. Question: What else sets the Kings apart? Short Answer: Hunger. Long Answer: Any team that takes it to the top seeds on
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A Skid Row Storage War Group Offers Parking Lot for Seized Items, But City Has Not Responded by Ryan Vaillancourt staff writer
ast June, a federal judge ordered the city to stop seizing and destroying abandoned items from Skid Row sidewalks. The unintended side effects of the ruling have been well-chronicled: Pile-ups of random belongings have proliferated and homeless encampments have multiplied. The scenario has vexed city officials, but a growing chorus of Skid Row area business owners believes that those same officials may be dragging their feet on a potential solution to the cluttered sidewalks.
The Weingart Center, which provides transitional housing and other services to the homeless, has offered the city a parking lot it controls for use as a storage facility, said Kevin Murray, interim CEO of the nonprofit. The site at Sixth and San Pedro streets could be crucial because the injunction allows the city to seize abandoned items as long as they are stored for 90 days. “We’re committed to helping and allowing the use of our parking lot,” Murray said. He said the Weingart is in talks with the Port of Los Angeles to get donated shipping containers to use as storage lockers
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Some Skid Row area business owners complain that city officials are dragging their feet on a proposal that would help reduce the clutter on area sidewalks.
on the lot. Officials in the offices of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich were notified of the offer in February, but have made no public moves to take advantage of the site, nor have they explained the apparent lack of action to local business owners who have been pleading for help, said Estela Lopez, executive director of the Central City East Association. “It’s taking too long to bring relief to a community that is being intimidated, frightened and who is suffering crimes against the economy of this community,” said Lopez, who recently led a caravan of 24 Skid Row area property owners to City Hall. The group met with representatives of Villaraigosa and 14th District Councilman José Huizar. Peter Sanders, a spokesman for Villaraigosa, declined to comment on the Weingart site specifically. In a prepared statement, he said that discussing the city’s strategy for working within the injunction would be “premature.” “Our office is working in conjunction with numerous city departments to deal with ongoing issues regarding personal belongings on Skid Row,” the statement said. “We acknowledge that this is a contentious and complicated issue, which we must resolve in a thoughtful and responsible manner.” In the meantime, local business officials say the constant presence of encampments is scaring away customers and empowering more people to bed down on the street. “What you see now is not only your typical homeless person or drug user, but it seems people are just camping out,” said Mitch Baker, marketing director of True Life Foods, which sells ready-made lunches to school districts. The company operates a facility on the same block of Towne Avenue where people affiliated with the Occupy movement have been camped out on the sidewalk for weeks. Wait and See Central Division Area Captain Horace Frank said the lack of an adequate storage facility remains the department’s chief hurdle to clearing the sidewalks. “You can enforce [the law], but if you take their property you cannot discard it. That’s what the judge is concerned about,” Frank said. Huizar spokesman Rick Coca said that the councilman is working with Villaraigosa and Trutanich on a strategy for dealing with the sidewalk pile-ups. The Weingart site is a topic of discussion, he said. “If we can work that out with the Weingart, we would love to see that happen, and we thank them,” Coca said. “We’re dealing with the legalities. But we’re working on it fairly aggressively at this point.” Not aggressively enough for Cindy Lopez, property manager of the Catalina Building, a live/work property at Sixth and San Pedro streets. Lopez, who has lived there since 1988, has watched as conditions in Skid Row have deteriorated over the past year. She joined the business group that went to City Hall on May 4. “It seems like nobody is following up on the storage issue,” she said. The city appealed the injunction and is awaiting a decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In the meantime, Jane Usher, special assistant to Trutanich, said city lawyers are mulling questions about storing seized items. “It’s a double-edged sword because what do you store and at what point have you exhausted resources for the so very many needs of stakeholders asking us for a free public storage service?” Usher said. The injunction protects belongings such as medication, identification, documents and personal keepsakes from seizure and destruction, but Usher said the city remains uncertain as to whether the law might also protect couches and other generic items now cluttering area sidewalks. Storing bulky furniture would be very different than providing space for small personal items, she said. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BEST L.A. LIVE RESTAURANT
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BEST MID-RANGE RESTAURANT
Yxta Cocina Mexicana SugarFish Mas Malo Church & State Chaya Downtown Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine R23 Portofino Cucina Lazy Ox Canteen Wokcano First & Hope El Cholo San Antonio Winery & Maddalena Restaurant
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Weiland Brewery Bäco Mercat Lazy Ox Canteen The Gorbals
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Water Grill Drago Centro Daily Grill Patina Morton’s The Steakhouse Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse Engine Co. No. 28 Checkers Downtown The Palm Chaya Downtown
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Farid Restaurant Kabab & More California Kabob Kitchen Sevan Garden Kebab House Shekarchi Shish Kabob and Much More Sultan Chicken
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Fat Spoon Wokcano Zip Fusion Chaya Soi 7 Starry Kitchen District BBQ & Lounge
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Water Grill McCormick & Schmick’s Fisherman’s Outlet ABC Seafood Full House Seafood CBS Seafood Ocean Seafood Senor Fish Rock’N Fish
HEAD TO HEAD BEST INDIAN
Saffron Indian Cuisine Gill’s Cuisine of India
Mas Malo Rivera El Cholo Yxta Cocina Mexicana Border Grill Barragan’s La Luz Del Dia La Parilla La Adelita Ensenada Chichen Itza Rosa Mexicano Mo-Chica Homegirl Cafe
Café Pinot Kendall’s Brasserie Patina Taix French Garden Church & State
Morton’s The Steakhouse Tommy’s Five Star Bar Umamicatessen The Escondite The Counter Original Pantry Café Pete’s Café & Bar Redwood Bar & Grill Farmer Boys Weiland Brewery D-Town Burger Bar Library Bar Nick’s Café Spice Table
Takami Tenno Sushi R23 Arashi Sushi Daikokuya Honda Ya Shabu Shabu House Octopus Yojie Izakaya Fu-Ga Oiwake
Esaan Thai City Thai Soi 7
SugarFish Arashi Sushi Takami Sushi Sushi Gen Sushi Go 55 R23 Tenno Sushi Oomasa Frying Fish Zip Fusion Octopus
Philippe, The Original Cole’s Schnitzly Mendocino Farms Groundfloor Café Tossed Blue Cow Night Toast Cafe Yorkshire Grill Eastside Market Italian Deli Tommy Pastrami Sandwich Joint LA Café Green Hut Cafe
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CBS Seafood Restaurant Empress Pavilion Ocean Seafood
Yang Chow Full House Hop Li Plum Tree Inn Empress Pavilion Green Bamboo
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Pete’s Café & Bar Nickel Diner Cork Bar Nola’s Cole’s Bar & Kitchen Engine Co. No. 28
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Shojin Organic & Natural Cabbage Patch Tiara Café Blossom
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BabyCakes Big Man Bakes Village Kitchen
Tulip Café Groundwork Coffeebar LA Café Spring for Coffee Daily Dose Café Café Dulce Café Demitasse Handsome Coffee Roasters Urth Caffe Café de Camacho First Cup Caffe
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Cicada Takami Patina Rivera
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Border Grill French Garden Traxx Restaurant Takami Cafe Pinot Zip Fusion Chaya Downtown Bonaventure Brewing Co.
BEST FOOD COURT
505 Flower/City National Plaza St. Vincent Court Los Angeles Mall California Plaza 444 S. Flower/Citigroup Center Macy’s Plaza Bonaventure Galleria & Food Court AT&T Center Grand Central Market
BEST DOWNTOWN VIEW
Takami Sushi & Robata Restaurant L.A. Prime WP24
BEST RESTAURANT ATMOSPHERE
Artisan House Pete’s Café & Bar Border Grill Bottega Louie Chaya Downtown Spice Table Gorbals Nickel Diner Restaurant Standard
BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT
Azalea Restaurant & Bar – Kyoto Grand Back Porch – Los Angeles Marriott Downtown Brasserie – Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Checkers Downtown – Hilton Checkers LA Market – J.W. Marriott LA Prime – Westin Bonaventure Lakeview Bistro – Westin Bonaventure Bar & Kitchen – O Hotel Smeraldi’s Restaurant – Biltmore Hotel Restaurant Standard – Standard Downtown
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MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT
L.A. Prime Drago Centro Cicada Café Pinot Pacific Dining Car Rivera WP24
Restaurant Standard Checkers Downtown L.A. Café The Gorbals Baco Mercat Pete’s Café & Bar Bottega Louie
BEST BARGAIN LUNCh
Eastside Market Italian Deli LA Café La Adelita Café Nine Mendocino Farms Fashion Cafe Philippe, The Original Farmer Boys Chichen Itza Wurstküche Ensenada Tommy Pastrami Sultan Chicken Spitz Regent China Inn Gus’s Drive-In Gill’s Indian Restaurant Skews
BEST OLD-SChOOL RESTAURANT
Philippe, The Original The Original Pantry Café Nick’s Café Uncle John’s Café Yorkshire Kouraku Hop Louie
BEST ICE CREAM/YOGURT
Cherry on Top New Zealand Natural Ice Cream Pinkberry Tutti Frutti Yogurtland Mikawaya
Drinking BEST WINE BAR
Corkbar Tapas and Wine Bar C Bottlerock Mignon Le Pour Haus
BEST SPORTS BAR
Big Wangs ESPN Zone at LA Live The Down and Out
Urth Caffe First Cup Caffe Spring for Coffee Groundwork Coffee CoffeeBar Handsome Coffee Roasters L.A. Café Daily Dose Café Café Dulce Café Demitasse Prime Grind Coffee
Edison Elevate Lounge Crocker Club BottleRock Redwood Bar & Grill Seven Grand Bar 107 Library Bar Grand Star The One Eyed Gypsy Monty Casey’s Bar & Grill Cole’s La Cita Pattern Bar Salvage Silo Vodka Bar Las Perlas Hank’s Bar Golden Gopher Big Wangs Broadway Bar The Down and Out Suede Bar & Lounge Tony’s Saloon Villians Tavern The Falls King Eddy Saloon Spring Street Bar The Varnish Cana Rum Bar Onyx
BEST RESTAURANT hAPPY hOUR
McCormick & Schmick’s Barragan’s Weiland Brewery Pete’s Café & Bar Daily Grill Morton’s The Steakhouse Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse Border Grill Takami Blue Cow
The Palm Bonaventure Brewing Co. Roy’s Oiwake Yxta Cocina Mexicana Wokcano Katsuya Bar & Kitchen Escondite Izakaya Fu-Ga
BEST BAR hAPPY hOUR
Edison Elevate Lounge Crocker Club BottleRock Redwood Bar & Grill Seven Grand Bar 107 Library Bar Grand Star Casey’s Bar & Grill Cole’s La Cita Pattern Bar Salvage Silo Vodka Bar Las Perlas Big Wangs Broadway Bar The Down and Out Suede Bar & Lounge Tony’s Saloon Villians Tavern The Falls King Eddy Saloon Spring Street Bar The Varnish Cana Rum Bar
BEST hOTEL BAR
The Mixing Room – J.W. Marriott Glance – J.W. Marriot BonaVista Lounge – Westin Bonaventure Gallery Bar – Biltmore Hotel Standard Rooftop Bar – Standard Downtown The Veranda Bar – Figueroa Hotel Bar & Kitchen – O Hotel Noe Bar – Omni Los Angeles Hotel Hank’s – Hotel Stillwell
BEST LATE NIGhT SPOT
Pete’s Café & Bar Redwood Bar & Grill Rocket Pizza Restaurant Standard Bonaventure Brewing Co. Casey’s Irish Bar & Grille L.A. Cafe Weiland Brewery Wokcano Bar & Kitchen The Original Pantry Pacific Dining Car Master Chef Kouraku Garage Pizza
B52 Elevate Lounge Seven Forty Vertigos Club Mayan La Cita Conga Room Edison Belasco Exchange LA
BEST RESTAURANT BEER SELECTION
Spring St. Smoke House Yard House Big Wangs Casey’s Weiland Brewery Wurstküche Bonaventure Brewing Co. ESPN Zone Little Bear Los Angeles Brewing Co.
entertainment BEST MUSIC VENUE LARGE
Orpheum Theatre Nokia Theatre Club Nokia California Plaza (Grand Performances) Pershing Square Staples Center Walt Disney Concert Hall
BEST MUSIC VENUE SMALL
2nd Street Jazz Conga Room The Bootleg Bar Fedora Nola’s Blue Whale Colburn School Grammy Museum The Smell Redwood Bar & Grill
BEST FREE EVENT SERIES
ALOUD at the Central Library Grand Performances at California Plaza Pershing Square Summer Concert Series World City at Disney Hall Dance Downtown at the Music Center Plaza Summer On The Plaza at FIGat7th JAM! In L.A. Jazz Series – artsBrookfield
BEST FILM SERIES
Last Remaining Seats
Downtown Film Festival L.A. Film Fest Angel City Drive In Pershing Square’s Friday Night Flicks REDCAT Film Series Million Dollar Theater Series
BEST FILM VENUE
Downtown Independent Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Flagship Theaters University Village 3 California Science Center IMAX
California Science Center Museum of Contemporary Art The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Natural History Museum Japanese American National Museum California African American Museum FIDM Museum Chinese American Museum Grammy Museum La Plaza de Cultura y Artes African-American Firefighter Museum Italian American Museum
BEST DOWNTOWN TOURS
Architecture Tours L.A. Downtown L.A. Walks Las Angelitas del Pueblo Esotouric Los Angeles Conservancy Metro Rail Art Tours Segwow Undiscovered Chinatown Tour Walt Disney Concert Hall Tours Los Angeles Central Library Tour
BEST TOURIST ATTRACTION
Walt Disney Concert Hall L.A. Live Broadway Theaters Angels Flight Union Station Grand Central Market Olvera Street
BEST FAMILY ATTRACTION
Downtown On Ice (Pershing Square) Bob Baker Marionette Theater Natural History Museum L.A. Live Ice Rink California Science Center Central Library Olvera Street Target Free Family Saturdays at JANM Play area at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Los Angeles Historic State Park Vista Hermosa Natural Park
BEST PERFORMING ARTS VENUE
Ahmanson Theatre Dorothy Chandler Pavilion David Henry Hwang Theater at East West Players Los Angeles Theatre Center The Hayworth Mark Taper Forum REDCAT Bootleg Theatre 24th Street Theatre
BEST DOWNTOWN EVENT
Downtown Art Walk Pershing Square Ice Rink Motorexpo Golden Dragon Parade Blessing of the Animals Autumn Lights Nisei Week National Train Day at Union Station Last Remaining Seats Downtown Film Festival Psomas Paper Yacht Challenge Dance Downtown (Music Center) Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival Grand Performances at California Plaza Pershing Square Summer Concerts Lucha VaVoom L.A. Film Fest
sHoPPing BEST FARMERS MARKET
Pershing Square Farmers Market City Hall Farmers Market FIGat7th Farmers Market Bank of America Farmers Market
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DTLA Bikes Downtown LA Bicycles El Maestro Bicycles RYD Bikes
BEST PET SUPPLIES/ BOUTIQUE
Bark Avenue’s Pet Project Pussy & Pooch South Park Doggie Daycare Spa and Supplies Pet Care Inc. Muttropolitan
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IBEX Bridal & Tuxedo Center Bella Bridal & Tuxedo Tokyo Bridal & Tux
Hilda’s Bridal Shop & Formals Plaza Suit & Tuxedo Minguita’s Bridal
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Novecento Antiques I Squared (Sub) Urban Home Realm Design Theory Dearden’s Tiffany Antiques Cleveland Art
BEST UNIQUE STORE
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Macy’s American Apparel Le Monsieur Roger Stuart Clothes Crack Gallery & Boutique Art Lewin & Co. Kimski Makes Stanton James SixHundred Denmbar Stock & Bond 1 Man’s Trash Skingraft PopKiller Second Illest
BEST WOMEN’S CLOThING
Macy’s Express American Apparel FIDM Scholarship Store Kimski Makes Crack Gallery & Boutique Buttons and Bows Stock & Bond Stanton James SixHundred Denmbar 1 Man’s Trash bliss Brigade Skingraft PopKiller Second
Caravan Bookstore Central Library Store Christian Science Reading Room Kinokuniya Bookstore The Last Bookstore
BEST AUTO DEALER – NEW CARS
California Floral Company
Good Samaritan Hospital White Memorial Medical Center St. Vincent Medical Center California Hospital Medical Center Silver Lake Medical Center Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital
BEST ChURCh/SYNAGOGUE/ PLACE OF WORShIP
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Centenary United Methodist Church Founder’s Church New City Church of L.A. Live Church L.A. First Congregational Church St. Peter’s Italian Church Union Church of Los Angeles The Bridge Los Angeles Chabab of Downtown Los Angeles Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple Third Church of Christ Scientist St. Vincent De Paul Roman Catholic Church
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BEST NAIL SALON
Neihule Nail Service Nails on 9th Soleil Beauty Salon
BEST BARBER ShOP
Rudy’s Barber Shop Bolt Barbers Pacific Center Barber LA Barber College Imperial Barber Shop
DENTIST OR DENTAL OFFICE
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Esthetic Dentistry Dental Group James C. Feng, DDS Zen Dental Plaza Dental Downtown Dental Calm Dental Silvia Kasparian, DDS West Coast Dental Honda Plaza Dental LA Dental Clinic Kathy Maasoumi Family Dentistry
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Courtyard Wellness Dr. Boris Mayzels Chiropractic & Wellness Center Chiropractic Injury Care Chiropractic Care Center Akimoto Chiropractic Office I Chiropractic
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St. Vincent Jewelry Center Broadway Mall California Jewelry Mart Chester Williams Building Fox Jewelry Plaza Great Western Jewelry Plaza International Jewelry Center Jewelers Mall Jewelry Theatre Building Jewelry Theatre Center Jewelry Trades Building Jewelry Design Center Los Angeles Jewelry Center West Coast Jewelry Center Wholesale Jewelry Mart 818 Plaza 556 S. Broadway Building Jewelry Tools and Findings Park Central Building Jewelers Wholesale Building 716 Broadway Building
services BEST FLORIST
Downtown Flowers.Net Paradise Florist Basic Flowers Bloomies Flowers and Gifts Athletic Club Flower Shop
BEST GYM/WORKOUT FACILITY
Educogym Gold’s Gym Ketchum-Downtown YMCA Los Angeles Athletic Club Pilates Plus Downtown LA The Yard Tapout Training Center The Nine Bikram Yoga Downtown LA 24 Hour Fitness CrossFit Mean Streets Yas Fitness
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Bunker Hill Cleaners Monte Carlo Cleaners Sloans Dry Cleaners Tokyo Cleaners Urban Life Cleaners Cleaners Depot
Downtown LA Optometric Vision Center Kurata Eyecare Center Los Angeles EyeCare Optometry Group East West Eye Institute Robert Shapiro, OD, FAAO LA Vision Optometry Richard Hoffman Optometrist LA Optical Gallery Dr. Gary Reiger – Optometrist
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AAA Travel Liberty Travel Udaan Travel Jumbo Travel World Travel
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E&L Auto Body Downtown Auto Repair & Body Shop Globe Auto Body 1st Choice Collision Center Motor Village A.C. Auto Finishing Downtown LA Motors Honda of Downtown LA
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DASH METRO Subway/Lightrail METRO Buses Regional Rail Services (Metrolink)
La Petite Academy Lumbini Child Dev. Center Pilgrim School Nishi Hongwanji Child Dev. Center Chinatown Service Center Child Dev. Center Joy Picus Child Dev. Center Harry Pregerson Child Dev. Center Salvation Army LA Daycare Center Hope Street Friends
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Bark Ave. Go Dog LA Walka-Walka Walk Fido Bark & Clark South Park Doggie Daycare Spa and Supplies
BEST PET GROOMING
Bark Ave. Pussy & Pooch Muttropolitan South Park Doggie Daycare Spa and Supplies Downtown Doggie U Wash
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Brookfield Office Properties CALCO Management CB Richard Ellis Charles Dunn Real Estate Services Cushman & Wakefield Newmark Grubb Knight Frank DAUM Commercial Real Estate Services Jones Lang LaSalle MPG Office Trust Inc. Manulife Financial Downtown Properties Holdings LLC Milbank Real Estate Services Morlin Asset Management, LP Thomas Properties Group, Inc. Transwestern
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Downtown Center BID
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Historic Downtown BID Fashion District BID Chinatown BID Arts District BID Industrial District BID Little Tokyo BID South Park BID
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Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles Theatre Million Dollar Theatre Palace Theatre Tower Theatre State Theatre Mayan Theatre Belasco Theater
BEST DOWNTOWN COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE FIRMS
Brookfield Office Properties Thomas Properties Group Cushman & Wakefield of California Inc. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Colliers International Charles Dunn International Studley CB Richard Ellis DAUM Commercial Real Estate Services Major Properties MPG Office Trust Inc. Realty Advisory Group, Inc. DAK Realty Bieker Real Estate Milbank Real Estate Services Rising Realty Partners Jones Lang LaSalle
BEST LAW FIRM
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Thriftee Storage Company Remington Moving and Storage Los Angeles Self Storage Los Angeles Movers StorQuest Self Storage
BEST ShOE REPAIR
Sears Shoe Repair Shoe Masters Shoe Wiz
BEST ARChITECTURE/ DESIGN FIRM
Leo A Daly, Los Angeles SmithGroup JJR. Gensler Altoon Partners NBBJ Arquitectonica Levin & Associates Architects RAW International Inc. RMCA Architecture Design Planning Inc. RTKL Associates Inc. HNTB Architecture Inc. HMC Architects AC Martin Partners Johnson Fain Pfeiffer Partners
BEST BANK/CREDIT UNION
Bank of America Bank of the West CA Bank & Trust Cathay Bank Citibank City National Bank Chase Bank East West Bank First City Credit Union State Bank of India Union Bank of CA Wells Fargo LA Financial Credit Union
BEST INVESTMENT/ STOCK BROKERAGE FIRM
Morgan Stanley UBS Financial Services Wedbush Securities SFE Investment Counsel Payden & Rygel Crowell, Weedon & Co. Raymond James Financial Services Wells Fargo Merrill Lynch
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Act 1 Personnel Services Manpower Apple One Employment Services Adams and Martin Group Helpmates Staffing Services Teruko Weinberg Incorporated Workplace Hollywood Zion Partners Advantage Professional
Staffmark Stivers Staffing Services
MOST ROMANTIC hOTEL
Millennium Biltmore Ritz Carlton Westin Bonaventure Omni Los Angeles Hotel Figueroa Hotel Hilton Checkers
The Standard Figueroa Hotel O Hotel Stay Hotel Millennium Biltmore Ritz Carlton Luxe City Center
BEST WEDDING SPOT
Guadalupe Chapel Exposition Park Rose Garden Los Angeles Athletic Club Kyoto Grand Garden (Doubletree by Hilton) Walt Disney Concert Hall Music Center Vibiana Figueroa Hotel City Club on Bunker Hill Cafe Pinot Biltmore Hotel St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church Cicada Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
BEST PRIVATE EVENT VENUE
JW Marriott Los Angeles Convention Center Center at Cathedral Plaza California African American Museum AT&T Center Millennium Biltmore Loft 7 Los Angeles Center Studios Lucky Strike ESPN Zone Orpheum Theatre Figueroa Hotel Alexandria Ballroom
BEST RESTAURANT MEETING SPACE
Drago Centro Plum Tree Taix French Restaurant Maria’s Italian Kitchen Morton’s The Steakhouse Patina Café Pinot Daily Grill Palm Restaurant Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine San Antonio Winery & Maddalena Restaurant
BEST ADAPTIVE REUSE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING
San Fernando Building Continental Building Hellman Building The Flat 1010 Wilshire Glo SB Tower Chapman Flats Gas Company Lofts Pegasus Pan American Lofts Little Tokyo Lofts Santee Village Pacific Electric Eastern Columbia Metro 417 Orpheum Lofts Packard Lofts The Reserve Lofts Toy Factory Lofts Biscuit Company Lofts Sky Higgins Building Flower Street Lofts Library Court Douglas Building Mercantile Lofts Cooper Bldg. Alta Lofts Roosevelt Lofts 655 S. Hope Gallery Lofts El Dorado Rowan National City Towers Metropolitan 940 E. 2nd St. The Haas Bldg
BEST BUILT-FROM-ThEGROUND-UP RESIDENTIAL BUILDING
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hen it comes to the $1.4 billion football stadium/expanded convention center project proposed for L.A. Live, the operative word is “tight.” It fits the physical boundaries, with the desire of squeezing a 72,000-seat stadium into a 14-acre plot surrounded by other heavy-use buildings. It fits the construction schedule, as crews will have to raise the massive structure in 32 months, and that’s only after a new convention facility gets going. It also describes the relationships between architecture firms who in other instances are business rivals, and the way the two components of the project will interact. In fact, according to officials working on the development, it makes more sense to think of the elements together, even if one will be known for football and Final Fours and the other gets attention for hosting events such as E3 and the Los Angeles Auto Show. “The key to the success of the project is that it’s one building,” said Ron Turner, the director of Sports/Entertainment for Gensler, the architect of the proposed Farmers Field. Turner was part of a panel discussion on the project held Tuesday, May 8, at the Convention Center. Although the conversation, part of the interestingly named Stadia Design & Technology Expo didn’t deliver a lot of new information, it held the release of what developer Anschutz Entertainment Group called a “fly-thru” video (available at downtownnews.com) that depicts how the buildings will interact with and be sited around existing structures in L.A. Live and at Staples Center. It also gave the first prominent visions of an upgraded Gil Lindsay Plaza, the public area in front of the Convention Center along Figueroa Street. Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of AEG, previously said the space would get a $10 million makeover and could hold 15,000 people before football games. “It will be the largest urban tailgate [space] in America,” Turner said at the stadium event. The chief drawback of the Convention Center, said Pouria Abbassi, the South Park venue’s general manager, is that it lacks the half million square feet of contiguous space that top facilities boast. The Downtown venue is divided into two separate buildings, one of which, the West Hall, is 40 years old. The AEG plan calls for razing that structure and building a new convention facility that attaches to the main building. Todd Voth, a senior principal with Populous, the firm designing the conven-
tion building, showed images that he said were “extruding the exhibit hall over Pico Boulevard.” This would also create an 800-foot long tunnel. Voth said a series of changing LED light displays would prevent it from becoming a dark, dead space. There are, he said, “a lot of options to make it a lot more friendly.” Long Time No Change Abbassi said that 93% of all major convention centers in the United States have had significant upgrades in the last 12 years and 60% have seen improvements in the past five. The Downtown destination’s most recent renovation, he said, was 17 years ago. Turner described how luxury suites and other elements of Farmers Field would be on the same level as parts of the new convention building, and would be available for trade shows. Abbassi noted that this would help when wooing major pharmaceutical conventions: He said they won’t talk to cities unless a building has at least 90 meeting rooms. The Los Angeles Convention Center currently has 54. Tim Romani, president and CEO of Denver-based ICON Venue Group, which is serving as AEG’s “owner representative” on the project, said that he will begin soliciting construction firms within the next two weeks. Schematic designs have been completed, as has AEG’s 10,000-page EIR. The public comment period on that document ends this month, and Ted Tanner, AEG’s executive vice president for development, said he expects it to be approved by the city by the end of the summer. “We anticipate by the early part of next year to identify a team that will relocate to Los Angeles,” Tanner said. Leiweke has long said construction will not happen until a deal with a team and the NFL is in place, and if Tanner’s schedule is met, that will set up a furious construction pace. Romani said work on the new convention wing would begin in the summer or fall of 2013, and would be scheduled so that it allows marquee events such as E3 and the Auto Show to continue without interruption. Creating Farmers Field necessitates tearing down the West Hall, and that part of the project would begin in the summer or fall of 2014, said Romani. The new convention hall would open by the end of 2014 or early 2015 (the Auto Show traditionally takes place in November). Farmers Field, he said, would open in time for the 2017 football season. Construction would take 30-32 months. Contact Jon Regardie at email@example.com.
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Ride Continued from page 1 live television, courtesy of a deal with NBC. The network will cover the entire race, but only the final stage in Los Angeles will be broadcast live. For Downtown, that means a free opportunity to watch athletes at the top of their craft — many of the riders will compete in the Tour de France and the Summer Olympics in London. It also means an extra media spotlight on Downtown during a time when the community is already shining brightly in the sports world — the Lakers, Clippers and Kings are all in the playoffs (as of press time). “There are international sporting events that bring stature and eyeballs and attention to communities and to show the world-class communities that host these events,” AEG spokesman Michael Roth said. “The Kentucky Derby is one of them. So is the Indy 500 and so is the Amgen Tour.” AEG estimates that the event will generate about $100 million in economic activity throughout the state. It’s unclear how many spectators will take in the Los Angeles leg of the race, in part because the 44.7-mile route spans much of the region. It begins at 10 a.m. in Beverly Hills and tracks east on Sunset Boulevard through Hollywood before sending riders up Grand Avenue into Chinatown. The course curls into the Civic Center, sprints down Hill Street and eventually turns back north for a climb up Olive Street. Riders will cycle through the five-mile Downtown loop five times before the race is done. The finish line is on Figueroa Street at L.A. Live.
All Ages Ride The Amgen Tour has coursed through Los Angeles since 2006. In addition to the live broadcast, the 2012 installment has another key change: You can ride the course. So can your child, even if he or she is still using training wheels. The Nissan Ride Before the Pros event will open up the five-mile Downtown segment of the race route from 8-9:30 a.m. for anyone to ride. Entry is free, though participants must pre-register. “All cyclists, all experience levels from a tricycle to a mountain bike to a road bike, everybody is welcome,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the tour and vice president of AEG Sports. The tour has opened portions of the ride to the public before, but never in Los Angeles, and never for free. In previous years, cyclists could pay to ride some of the more challenging tour stages, including one that includes a strenuous climb up Mt. Baldy. The race finishes with a cycling festival at L.A. Live, where thirsty fans can guzzle post-ride beers without jeopardizing their pedal-powered figure — the low calorie Michelob Ultra is sponsoring the adult beverage tent. It marks the second large community cycling opportunity in just over a month. On April 15, 10 miles of city streets, including roads in the Civic Center and Historic Core, were closed off to cars for the fourth CicLAvia event. Cycling enthusiasts this week also have the chance to explore the staging area for the 16 professional teams competing in the race. The space, slated to occupy a parking lot on the west side of Figueroa Street at 11th Street, will be packed with trailers and de facto bike mechanic workshops. It’s the
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Beutner Continued from page 13 cess for developers. Beutner left Villaraigosa’s office in April 2011 and launched his campaign for mayor. He quickly picked up the endorsement of Riordan. He had raised $627,000 by the end of 2011, though he also had recorded expenses of $536,000, according to documents filed with the City Ethics Commission. In his statement to supporters last week, he said he will return the money that was contributed to his campaign. Off-Broadway Rigors Beutner’s run seemed modeled in part on the 1993 election of Riordan, who followed a
successful private sector career by serving two terms as mayor. Beutner’s campaign, however, was not without hiccups. In January he parted ways with two key campaign strategists, Ace Smith and Sean Clegg. Before joining the city Beutner had a long career in business. He was named a partner at financial services firm Blackstone at the age of 29. He later spent time working for President Bill Clinton to help establish a market economy in post-Soviet Russia. In 1996, he co-founded the venture capital firm Evercore with Roger Altman, Clinton’s former Deputy Treasury Secretary. Beutner, who has four children, ages 9-15, equated being on the campaign trail to being part of an “off-Broadway” show with four performances a day and no understudy. “[The children] have needs. They need a
dad around,” he said. “I realize I’m missing things. Over the last month or so, as you campaign on Friday nights, you come home and hear what you miss.” He said he has not made a decision on if he will endorse any of the remaining candidates in the race, who include City Council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry, City Controller Wendy Greuel and former radio host and attorney Kevin James. Three of those contenders rushed to issue statements praising their now former combatant. Greuel called Beutner a “leading voice for more focus on economic development and job growth, helping streamline the permit process and having a lasting impact on how L.A. attracts and retains businesses.” Garcetti declared, “Austin has elevated the debate around jobs, reform and the need to move every Los
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Continued from page 1 grocery stores is needed both from a selection point of view and a price point of view,” Lumer said. Lumer said Smart & Final plans to start construction near the end of the year and open during the first quarter of 2013. It will include a deli and an outdoor patio that will front Figueroa Street, he said. The company generally targets a dual customer base, said Smart & Final spokesman Randall Oliver: Business entities stocking up on office supplies — from bulk bottled water to paper towels — and household shoppers looking to fill the pantry for the week or host a big party on a budget. “Wherever we go, we’re certainly looking for a place that offers that combination of businesses as well as residents, and I think everywhere people are looking for value these days,” Oliver said. “It seems like an excellent location.” Budget-Conscious Boom The Smart & Final agreement marks the third recent deal to bring value-oriented groceries to the Downtown area. WalMart in February announced plans to open a 33,000-squarefoot Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, which includes a heavy concentration of groceries, at Grand and Cesar Chavez avenues in 2013. Just a block from Smart & Final’s new space, Target is readying its store at the Figat7th shopping center for a fall opening. Although the nearly 100,000-square-foot business will have many signature Target items, officials have said it will also hold a large food selection. Those stores will join Ralphs, the first large chain to debut in Downtown when it opened its upscale Fresh Fare store at Ninth and Flower streets in 2007. The community is also home to Woori Market, an Asian-focused supermarket in Little Tokyo, and Grand Central Market. Oliver acknowledged that Smart & Final Extra and the nearby Target will compete for some customers, but he also sought to draw differences between the two. “Target has a very good, strong concept, and I think we have a very good, strong concept,” Oliver said. “But all we do is food and food-related types of products. So we have a broader selection in that area.” As Smart & Final expands the roster of affordable grocers, there are indicators that the growing Downtown residential population still pines for specialty markets like Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. In its 2011 Downtown Demographic Survey, which polled 4,347 area residents, the Downtown Center Business Improvement District found that 73.8% of respondents now shop at a Trader Joe’s (the company has long resisted entreaties to come Downtown). Seventy-six-percent shop at a Ralphs and 44.5% patronize Whole Foods. Eighteen percent of respondents said they shopped at traditional grocery chains other than Ralphs, among them Vons or Pavilions. “We obviously would welcome other options like a Trader Joe’s and so forth that continue to rank high on our demographics survey, but I think Smart & Final will meet a lot of the needs and the desires of the Downtown community,” said Carol Schatz, president and CEO of the DCBID. The Smart & Final is also expected to enliven a stagnant segment of Figueroa Street between the bustling L.A. Live area and the Figat7th mall. L&R is repositioning its long vacant building as a complex for creative office tenants. The project, which began last year, includes an overhaul of the property’s façade. The black opaque skin will be replaced with glass. “I can see that that patio out front will be occupied by people enjoying their lunches,” Lumer said. “Between that and all of the work we’re doing to that portion of the building, I think it will eliminate the black hole that was here for 20 years.” Smart & Final operates some 250 grocery stores in the state and is considered the 57th largest grocer in the country, according to the trade publication Supermarket News. The closest Smart & Final Extra to Downtown is in Lincoln Heights at 2511 Daly St. A traditional Smart & Final shop is just west of Downtown at 2720 Beverly Blvd. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The 10 Questions Downtown Caterers Offer Tips on Preparing the Perfect Corporate Event by Kat Mabry
hat are the secrets of planning and catering a corporate event? How does the business providing food and other items make sure the
host is happy? What is the biggest common mistake? There is a lot of variety in the answers. In the following pages, we posed the same 10 questions to five Downtown Los Angeles businesses that have catering
arms, hoping to provide tips on how to bring off a perfect event. They offer a wealth of advice, from menu suggestions to food costs to whether serving booze is a good idea.
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On Traxx for a Party Venerable Union Station Establishment Knows the Corporate Crowd When should it be a fancy meal as opposed to more casual fare? A: It depends what the planning coordinator wants, what the company wants. I always encourage cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to mingle rather than the sit-down dinner. If you want to get your people integrated with each other that allows people to connect.
Tara Thomas opened Traxx at Union Station 15 years ago.
Q: In addition to food, what other things do you offer for events at your place? Staff? Entertainment? Decorations? A: We can take it from A to Z. We are happy to handle or make recommendations to vendors that we have worked with in the past, be it the florist or the rental company. We prefer that we know the people and that they’re going to deliver a good product.
when planning an event? A: One of the biggest mistakes is they try to plan everything themselves. They should trust the people that they book with and be open to our suggestions. Obviously we’re going to work with anybody to create their vision, but some things are just impossible. You don’t have to spend a zillion dollars to have a great event, but you have to understand that at $20 a head you’re not going to get caviar and champagne.
Q: How much should you expect to spend on each person for an office party? A: We’ll work with you to do the best we can to satisfy your budget.
Q: Should corporate events include alcohol? A: It depends on the company’s alcohol policy and you can control it with drink tickets. We can do a specialty champagne cocktail if they don’t want to serve hard alcohol, but I think it’s nice to offer that option. Being in a train station people can encourage their guests to take public transportation.
Q: If someone is planning a corporate event at your establishment, what is the number one thing you recommend? For example, is there a dish you specialize in or a particular dessert or drink? A: We have a wonderful mixologist, Curtis Wells. He’s my beverage director and one thing we’re doing is creating custom cocktails for each event.
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Los Angeles Downtown News: How early should people start planning a corporate event? Tara Thomas: Ideally two months before. If it is a last-minute thing we’ll always try to fit you in. If you’re planning between Thanksgiving and Christmas and you want one of those Fridays or Saturdays, do it now.
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ocated on the fourth-floor pool deck of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in the Financial District, the Bonaventure Brewing Company has one of the more popular patio scenes in Downtown. It can seat 125 people outdoors (and many more inside), though Wally Moran, the events manager and a former wedding planner, said he has hosted parties from 10 to 1,000 guests at the restaurant. In addition to the space and the food, the
A: We always offer a vegetarian option, if not a vegan one. For example, right now I’m doing a wonderful curry quinoa stew that’s completely vegan, no gluten, no lactose. Q: What happens to leftovers? Can office workers take some home or are they usually thrown away? A: Ideally we don’t have any leftovers because we planned it right, but of course the client can take leftovers home. Q: Should corporate events have a strict start and end time, or is it OK for people to stay after? A: We generally do a two to three hour event, but of course people are welcome to stay. The host may not be paying for it, but they’re welcome to have another drink or even sit down for dinner if it’s just an appetizer event. Traxx is in Union Station at 800 N. Alameda St., (213) 625-1999 or traxxrestaurant.com.
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hen a business has an event at Traxx, the employees and guests get to eat and drink in a glorious Art Deco-style restaurant with dark wood furniture, patio dining and a courtyard with a fountain. They also get to patronize a solid purveyor of California cuisine, one that has been Downtown since 1997, long before the flood of new restaurants and foodies arrived in the area. Since it’s located inside Union Station, customers can easily hop on a train or bus after the event. Restaurant owner Tara Thomas offered a few tips for corporate clients.
BBC stands out for its selection of handcrafted ales, among them a pale ale and a strawberry blonde. Los Angeles Downtown News: How early should people start planning a corporate event? Wally Moran: It depends on the size and your level of anxiety. The larger the event, the more lead time you need. A lot of the smaller stuff could really be booked in a see Bonaventure, page 21
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A Musical Party Creole Food and Live Jazz Pump Up the Celebration at Nola’s
ola’s, housed in the former home of Jason Ha’s E3rd Steakhouse, has been in Downtown less than a year. In that time, it has become a happening spot for Creole cuisine and live jazz. Nola’s is one of three Arts District venues that third-generation restaurateur Ha owns on a block of Third Street. Nola’s is decorated in dark reds, black and gold, with rich red curtains covering the stage where a baby grand piano sits. It has room for 200 people. Ha usually handles the plans when it comes to corporate events, which he says can include catered luncheons, dinners and parties. One key ingredient to any successful happening, he says, is live music. At Nola’s, it’s always included. Los Angeles Downtown News: How early should people start planning a corporate event? Jason Ha: That’s definitely based on the availability, but you should know two weeks in advance. Then we can set it up if we have space available. Q: How much should you expect to spend on each person for an office party? A: It really depends. If their budget starts at $10 then we can create a pass-around hors d’oeuvres/cocktail-style menu. For $40 we can do an open buffet including all the seafood. All those events come with free live entertainment. Our lunch catering menu runs from $10-$12 and we can come up with any menu based on the budget.
Q: How do you decide what food to serve? When should it be a fancy meal as opposed to more casual fare? A: We have a lunch catering menu, but if there’s a bigger number and they want to work with us in planning the menu then we can be flexible. It depends on the budget. We customize based on the client’s budget and what they want to accomplish. Q: In addition to food, what other things do you offer for events at your place? Staff? Entertainment? Decorations? A: We have a full bar and live music is always provided. If the party goes beyond 10 we’ll provide a DJ as well. Q: Should corporate events include alcohol? A: I think so. It’s an office party, so that would be nice. We don’t serve alcohol outside our premises, so for outside catering it’s only food. If we host corporate events at our venue we can have a full bar. Q: What’s the biggest mistake people make when planning an event? A: Trying to find locations too late. We have three venues, so a lot of times we try to help them with different options, but it always pays to at least reserve tentatively ahead of time. Q: If someone is planning a corporate event at your establishment, what is the number one thing you recommend? For example, is there a dish you specialize in or a particular
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Corporate events at Nola’s on Third Street always include live jazz. Jason Ha, who owns two other restaurants on the same block, opened the establishment specializing in Southern cuisine last year.
dessert or drink? A: Our catering arm offers a unique menu that cannot be found in Downtown L.A.: We do Southern cuisine. Think jambalaya, gumbo and shrimp étouffée. Q: How do you deal with vegetarians and vegans? A: If we know there are vegans in advance then we can offer them some options. We have a sushi restaurant [on the same block] and we have veggie rolls or salads. Q: What happens to leftovers? Can office workers take some home or are they usually thrown away? A: We encourage customers to have the stuff sent home, otherwise it will be wasted. If they have a buffet set-up then obviously we’ll provide them with a lot of food.
Q: What questions should customers should always ask when planning a corporate event? A: The most important things are dates, the budget and how many people will attend. Q: What questions do you ask your customers? A: We ask if there’s anyone with a special need, any allergies, so that we can prepare separately for those people. Q: Should corporate events have a strict start and end time, or is it OK for people to stay after? A: Corporate events or private events are for them, so we let them utilize the space so they have a great time. Whatever their needs are we can accommodate. We’ll try to do whatever they want. Nola’s is at 734 E. Third St., (213) 680-3003 or nolasla.com.
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they want to order, what kind of wine they want and what kind of tiers they want as far as alcohol, whether well and premium.
Q: How do you decide what food to serve? When should it be a fancy meal as opposed to more casual fare? A: We have different special event menus and within those menus there are a number of courses and price ranges. Beyond that they can substitute and the sky is the limit. Meeting the demand of the client and their expectations is very important to us. However, we don’t want to say yes to a request if the guest will have to wait longer than expected and be unhappy at the end.
Los Angeles Downtown News: How early should people start planning a corporate event? Erwan Ehanno: It depends on the season. If it’s in the summer, two weeks in advance is fine. During Christmas time, I would say a month in advance at least.
Q: In addition to food, what other things do you offer for events at your place? Staff? Entertainment? Decorations? A: We had a party not too long ago when we brought in a French woman to sing French jazz songs for the whole evening. We can bring in different live music and sometimes we bring in a gentleman with an oyster bar to shuck the oysters on the premises.
Corporate Events Get a French Twist at Kendall’s endall’s Brasserie and Bar isn’t exactly Paris, but the restaurant at the Music Center does put a French twist on corporate events. The establishment, part of the Patina Group, has several rooms for private parties. General Manager Erwan Ehanno talked about the offerings, the options and the best time to go.
Q: How much should you expect to spend on each person for an office party? A: The minimum is $50 to $60 a person depending on what
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Q: Should corporate events include alcohol? A: Very often we do Christmas parties, so I would say yes, include alcohol. Funny enough, you notice a big difference in customers when they’re drinking.
Q: How do you deal with vegetarians and vegans? A: We can modify a dish that we are making for them. Otherwise we always offer a vegetarian option, like a risotto or fresh pasta.
Q: What’s the biggest mistake people make when planning an event? A: Not working with the restaurant. We’ve done hundreds of parties and people often want set-ups that won’t work in our restaurant. Too often a restaurant will say yes to get business, which is wrong. If you offer another idea to a client that might work better, in the end the client will be happier.
Q: What happens to leftovers? Can office workers take some home or are they usually thrown away? A: When they are leaving they can ask us to pack it for them. Q: Should corporate events have a strict start and end time, or is it OK for people to stay after? A: Quite often we have large parties and people will stay a while after that and they’ll realize that people are finished and leaving. Then those people will decide to move to the bar. Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar is at 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-7322 or patinagroup.com/kendallsbrasserie.
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Making an Event a Fiesta Rosa Mexicano Combines Modern Mexican Food and a Bright Atmosphere
ith a bright, lively decor dominated by pinks, reds and oranges, Rosa Mexicano has a decidedly festive vibe. Erika Breitkopf, the director of catering at the L.A. Live restaurant that specializes in modern versions of classic Mexican dishes, said they can host events for up to 230 seated guests, and more for a cocktail reception. Los Angeles Downtown News: How early should people start planning a corporate event? Erika Breitkopf: It really depends on the size. The larger the event, the more time you should allow for planning. When we’re talking about holiday parties and things like that, people start planning, gosh, sometimes a year ahead. Generally speaking two to three months is pretty safe. Q: How much should you expect to spend on each person for an office party? A: Everything we do is customized based on the client, their budget and style of event. When you’re looking at just a drop-off it can be anywhere from $20-$30 a person. If you’re looking for something that’s more of a sit-down dinner it could go up to $50-$60 depending on what’s on the menu. Q: How do you decide what food to serve? When should it be a fancy meal as opposed to more casual fare? A: It’s going to be based on whatever vibe and feeling the person planning the party wants. Do they want something that’s fun and a little more relaxed? Is this an office party or are they celebrating something? Are they thanking their employees for a job well
done? Because we’re Mexican food it tends to be a little more fun and a little more relaxed, yet we still are what I consider fine dining. Q: In addition to food, what other things do you offer for events at your place? Staff? Entertainment? Decorations? A: We do full-service catering both onsite and off. We can plan anything whether you need a little help with the timeline or the execution of the event, or assistance in hiring other vendors. Q: Should corporate events include alcohol? A: Most of them do. It’s very rare that you find a corporate event that doesn’t include any alcohol. If it’s an office event where you’re thanking you’re employees, or a holiday party, I think alcohol goes hand in hand in that. If it’s a meeting then they might not want to. They might want people a little more focused. Q: What’s the biggest mistake people make when planning an event? A: Not educating themselves on what it takes to plan an event and not knowing the pricing. I get a lot of calls saying, “I want to plan a party and I have 200 people and my budget is $2,000.” If you would think that through, you would obviously know that’s not possible. Q: If someone is planning a corporate event at your establishment, what is the number one thing you recommend? For example, is there a dish you specialize in or a particular dessert or drink? A: Our margaritas are fantastic and we have a lot of different styles. Our pomegranate mar-
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he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that more than 1,000 food-borne disease outbreaks occurred in 2008, the latest year for which information is available. This led to more than 23,000 illnesses. Nearly 1,300 people were reported hospitalized and 22 died. The actual number of food-borne illnesses is almost certainly higher, as the vast majority of them go unreported. The CDC believes that more than 48 million infections occur annually. Salmonella is the most common type of
bacteria that contaminate beef, poultry and fish. It can also be found in fruits, vegetables and nuts. Salmonella infections cause abdominal pain, fever, nausea and diarrhea. This usually occurs 12 to 72 hours after contamination and resolves within four days to a week. On rare occasions salmonella can spread to the bloodstream, leading to a lifethreatening illness. The deadliest food-borne outbreak in the past decade occurred recently and stemmed from contamination of cantaloupes with listeria. According to the CDC, at least 139 illnesses and 29 deaths were reported in 18 states in the West and Midwest.
High-Tech Surgical Suite Debuts at USC Facility Is One of Only Three in Southern California by Alison Trinidad high-tech operating room that will help improve patient care debuted at Keck Hospital of USC on April 24, making it one of three Southern California hospitals with such a room, often called a “hybrid OR.” Cardiothoracic surgeon Vaughn Starnes and interventional cardiologist Ray Matthews led three back-to-back heart valve replacements on patients who are part of a U.S. clinical trial testing a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment for aortic stenosis. To complete the experimental procedure, doctors need advanced imaging equipment to replace the diseased valve by threading a narrow catheter through the skin. Typically, interventional procedures such as a transcatheter aortic valve implantation are performed in a catheterization lab, which is not equipped for surgery. Imaging instruments are usually not found in ordinary operating rooms, since surgeons do not use cameras for open surgical procedures. The new 1,100-square-foot hybrid room at Keck Hospital is designed for both catheter-based and surgical treatments. “We would have done this procedure in the cath lab… but the real concern here is when things go bad,” said Matthews, who is also a professor of clinical medicine and director of the interventional cardiology program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “We want to be in the best position to take care of the patient, and in an operating room like this we can instantly convert to an open surgical procedure without mov-
ing the patient [from the lab to the OR]. It’s a much safer situation for the patient.” The hybrid room is equipped with multiple high-definition cameras and video monitors that give surgeons better views of the operating field during minimally invasive surgery. Using technology developed by Karl Storz EndoscopyAmerica, the audiovisual system links with electronic lab records and hospital information systems and can support live, on-demand teleconferencing. The system allows surgeons to use a laptop device to access live and stored surgical video files through an Internet link, watch live cases as they are being performed, and communicate between ORs. “This combines the operating room and catheterization laboratory into one, giving us the capability to perform procedures like coronary or aortic graft stenting and open heart surgery at one time,” said Starnes, chair of the Department of Surgery and surgeon-in-chief of the USC hospitals. “This opens a whole new portal for us, in terms of the types of therapy we can provide to our patients.” Mark Cunningham, assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the Keck School, spearheaded the design of the hybrid suite at Keck Hospital, visiting hospitals across the country for the best technology available. Although the room is targeted to augment cardiovascular therapies, Cunningham said the setup will also benefit general surgery and other specialties such as neurological and laparoscopic services. Article courtesy USC HSC Weekly.
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A recent outbreak of listeria in cantaloupes killed more than two dozen people.
Listeria is the deadliest type of bacteria that contaminates food. The recent outbreak is the worst on record. In 1985, cheese contaminated by listeria led to 28 deaths, and in 1998, listeria-contaminated hot dogs caused 21 deaths. This organism is particularly dangerous, as it can survive in the refrigerator for prolonged periods and remain viable in many heated foods. Listeria is most serious in those older than 70 and in people with underlying illnesses that impair the immune system. The first evidence of illness may occur within a few days to as long as two months after the initial infection. In most cases the illness is mild — abdominal pain and diarrhea that suddenly disappear. In susceptible people, listeria can enter the bloodstream, causing flu-like illness with fever, headache and muscle pain. The organism may then invade the nervous system, resulting in meningitis or encephalitis, which can cause a severe headache, confusion and disorientation, gait and balance problems, as well as convulsions. For reasons that are not well understood, listeria infections are more common in pregnant women. Though listeria causes only mild symptoms in the mother, the bacteria
frequently infect the fetus and can lead to miscarriage, premature delivery, permanent brain damage and, in some cases, death. In those with a serious illness, identifying the organism in the stool, blood and cerebrospinal fluid, and treating with antibiotics may prevent major adverse effects. Patients always require hospitalization. Antibiotic treatment is given for two weeks or, if the brain is involved, for four weeks. Clearly, contaminated foods are a serious health threat. There is, however, much that can be done to reduce the risk of food poisoning. The way food is handled is particularly important. When shopping, separate raw meat, poultry and seafood from other foods in the grocery cart, and place them in plastic bags to prevent their juices from contaminating other products. Separate these foods at checkout and keep them in separate grocery bags. When refrigerating foods, place raw meat, poultry and seafood in containers or sealed plastic bags to prevent their juices from dripping onto other foods. Do not leave eggs, meat or milk for extended periods of time at room temperature. Promptly refrigerate leftovers and food prepared in advance. Do not consume food that has been refrigerated for too long, and never consume outdated foods or liquids. Always wash your hands with soap and warm water before and after handling food. Prepare animal products on clean cutting boards and use separate utensils. Cook foods to the recommended temperature prior to eating and beware of undercooked or rare meat. Thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables under running water rather than in a bowl or sink, and ensure that they do not come into contact with other raw foods or unclean surfaces. Never cut meat with a knife and then immediately use it to chop or slice vegetables. Dr. David Lipschitz’s weekly column “Lifelong Health” can be found at creators.com. Copyright 2012 Creators.com.
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20 years ago after marrying U2 guitarist The Edge, she was immediately drawn to the paintings of Louis le Brocquy, a widely hailed Irish artist and close friend of the band. “He is a towering figure in Irish art,” said the dancer and choreographer who now divides her time between Los Angeles and Ireland. “I had just moved to Ireland feeling quite disconnected and unfamiliar with Irish culture, but when I saw his paintings I felt like I could connect with his art.” She imagined his paintings in multi dimensions, filled with movement and grace. So she asked him an obvious question, or at least one obvious to artists: Had he ever seen his paintings “danced.” Le Brocquy said no, but that he would be honored if it could happen. That was the launch pad for Cold Dream Colour. The dance wnNews homage to the painterbthat debuted innto Ireland in 2010 will /L.A.Dow m o .c k o o Face have its American premiere at REDCAT May 16-20. The five performances will feature an original score by The Edge (Dave Evans) in collaboration with composer and musician Paul Chavez. The piece involves three choreographers. In addition to Steinberg there is Oguri, who is internationally known for his presentation of the languid, Japanese dance form butoh, and Liz Roche, artistic director of the Dublin-based dance company Rex Levitates. Steinberg, who also serves as artistic director, and Oguri will be on stage as dancers.
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The subject may seem impenetrable to some, but Mark the complex layers of le Brocquy’s work. The movements Murphy, executive director of REDCAT, said that it works, are combined with minimal set design, a dimly lit stage and even for audiences who have never heard of le Brocquy. dancers dressed in off-white and gray barely-there tones. “Even if people aren’t familiar with his work, it is still a The overall feeling is reminiscent of a blank canvas that is beautiful and absorbing performance about a love for artistic being filled with movement. Starts May 4“His & 11 expression in general,” said Murphy. “Its themes are universal images were very strong,” Oguri said. When apbeyond a specific artist.” proaching his choreography, he added, “I wanted to see Behind the Dance through the paintings, not like a reflection.” Born in Dublin in 1916, le Brocquy passed away recently at Steinberg, who is also a filmmaker, has a long history of the age of 95. collaboration with Oguri. He was the subject of her first feaCheckhisOur Websitecareer for Full Movieprimarily Listings LADowntownNews.com During seven-decade he worked in oil ture documentary, Height of Sky. It aired on the Sundance and watercolors. He was also an illustrator, sculptor and tap- Chanel in 2008. estry maker. His work has been exhibited in museums such Many U2 fans will know Steinberg not for that work, but as the Guggenheim in New York and the Tate Modern in as the belly dancer in the band’s 1991 “Mysterious Ways” London. video and Zoo TV tour. She married The Edge in 1992. She He is perhaps best known for his abstract portraits of fa- said she hopes his involvement with the piece brings new mous figures including Irish writers William Butler Yeats and audiences to dance. James Joyce. He also painted U2 frontman Bono. “One thing that interests me [is] to have a music audience Just as those unfamiliar with le Brocquy shouldn’t be come in and see something they normally wouldn’t see,” she scared of the performance, those who know his art should said. “I like that cross audience.” not expect exact re-creations that simply move to music. Murphy said that while the music is specific to the show, “We tried not to be literal, like this painting is taking this and inspired by le Brocquy, rock fans may recognize The Starts May 11&16 shape so we’ll take this shape,” Steinberg said. Edge’s distinct guitar sound, often marked by a shimmerInstead, she said, an effort was made to examine the con- ing, vibrating echo. Murphy said he likes the interplay with tent of the work and use it as inspiration for the dance. While Chavez’s gentle escalation of sound. she considered things like light and color, the aim was to “There’s this intense buildup and anticipation created by the capture the spirit of the paintings and use it as the basis for a music that matches the work on stage beautifully,” he said. Check Our Website for Full Movie Listings LADowntownNews.com three-dimensional performance. Cold Dream Colour runs May 16-20 at REDCAT, 613 W. This comes through in the dreamlike pieces, and the hyp- Second St., (213) 237-2800 or redcat.org. notically calculated dance movements are meant to portray Contact Richard Guzmán at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A Faultless Follies Revival Reminds of the Genius of Sondheim in His Prime by Jeff Favre contributing writer
f you’ve been around long enough to recall the thrill that accompanied the arrival of a new Stephen Sondheim musical, then watching the ghosts gliding across the Ahmanson Theatre stage during the current run of Follies might stimulate a mixed emotional bag worthy of clinical study. There’s the joy of discovering this revival from the Kennedy Center that appeared last year on Broadway (it plays Downtown through June 9). It’s as vibrant and riveting as any new show on the block. Then there’s the angst that accompanies anyone who empathizes with Buddy, Sally, Phyllis and Ben, the regret-filled and cynical, middle-aged quartet that craves nostalgia. To top it off, it’s startling to a mature viewer to realize that Follies, once a modern piece with a nostalgic look back at the 1930s, is itself now a period production. It has been 40 years since Follies served as an impressive follow-up to Sondheim’s Company. They were the first two in a 20-year run of groundbreaking musicals that cemented Sondheim’s reputation. This Follies could easily be Exhibit A in a case for Sondheim’s standing in musical theater. Under Eric Schaeffer’s crisp direction, assisted immensely by Warren Carlyle’s choreography and a stellar ensemble, Follies reaches new heights in anger and despair, as a fresh veneer has been shellacked over both the 1971 segments and the flashbacks from decades earlier. The memories flood the stage before the arrival of the girls from Weismann’s Follies, a musical revue that ran between the two world wars. Women from the past, dressed in grayscale versions of the revue outfits, designed by Gregg Barnes, wordlessly haunt the stage. They are the uninvited guests to the first and last reunion of Weismann’s Follies at the old theater, which is about to become a parking lot (Derek McLane’s set design even includes aged fabric covering parts of the Ahmanson’s ceiling and balcony). Sally (Victoria Clark) arrives before her salesman husband Buddy (Danny Burstein). Phyllis (Jan Maxwell) and her husband Ben (Ron Raines) come together, but emotionally they
are worlds apart. In the flood of regret Sally wishes she had convinced Ben to marry her, Buddy is sad that he loves Sally, Phyllis views her potentially bright past as an era she can’t regain, and Ben appears simply to have given up on life. They’re an unhappy bunch to be sure, but fortunately, Sondheim and book writer James Goldman lighten the mood of the first act with a variety of vaudeville-style numbers, including a rousing version of “Broadway Baby” performed by Jayne Houdyshell, and Mary Beth Peil’s sultry rendition of “Ah, Paris!” The respite from the good old days is short-lived, as best exemplified by Maxwell’s searing performance as Phyllis. She’s always elegant despite a continual air of apathy. She also provides the evening’s best bit of humor when Phyllis, who has invited a young waiter to make out with her, appears so bored that she could be waiting in line at the post office. Maxwell shows tremendous range with a venomous version of “Could I Leave You?” Not to be outdone, Burstein’s “The Right Girl” is electric. Each barb toward his failing marriage is accented by Carlyle’s hyper choreography. Clark’s literal and figurative moment in the spotlight is her soulful take on “Losing My Mind.” Sally is a challenging role because, as the song implies, she suffers delusions about the past and the present. Clark ably conveys the predicament through a restrained portrayal. One of the directing challenges is maintaining smooth transitions between the 1971 characters and their younger selves. Schaeffer keeps the stage balanced, and the give-andtake from the two time periods is seamless. Natasha Katz’s Tony-nominated lighting (one of eight nominations for the show, including Best Revival of a Musical) sets the ideal tone for each scene. The ghosts are bathed in an almost sepia tone, while the “Loveland” finale is blinding Technicolor. From lighting to costumes, this Follies never misses an opportunity to convey what Sondheim and Goldman put on paper. The only real regret is that Sondheim set the bar so
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Jan Maxwell (left) and Victoria Clark look longingly to the past in the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies.
high with Follies that, at 82, he likely will never again create a work that continues to resonate as strongly as this one does, 40 years after its premiere. Follies runs through June 9 at the Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-4400 or centertheatregroup.org.
Was it Murder? Or Justice? 1917, Texas – After weeks of constant conflict and harassment from the white citizens and the local Houston police, members of the 24th Infantry Regiment, an all black battalion, took up arms and marched into the west end of Houston, Texas from their bivouac at Camp Logan — what happens next is history.
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The Hot Corner LATC Play Based on Homeboy Industries Is Vibrant and Uplifting by Jeff favre contributing writer
ew information and entertainment technologies are born and older ones die almost daily, it seems. Meanwhile, the millennia-old art form of live theater maintains its popularity because there’s an intimate and potentially transformative bond between performer and audience that cannot be equaled. For a quarter century, Arts District-based Cornerstone Theater Company has harnessed that ability to transform lives by having its members dive headfirst into a community. The term is malleable, and can apply to everything from people who live in a certain geographic area to those who share a religion or have something else in common. The professionals of Cornerstone immerse themselves in a chosen topic, then recruit amateurs to join them on stage to share what they’ve experienced. The Cornerstone method is unique in Los Angeles, as are its productions. Its latest, the vibrant and uplifting Café Vida, appearing at the Los Angeles Theatre Centre through May 20, kicks off a multi-year cycle of plays surrounding the theme of hunger. To pen the work, Cornerstone brought in heavy hitter Lisa Loomer, whose Distracted, Living Out and The Waiting Room all premiered at the Mark Taper Forum. Given that Cornerstone productions blend professional and amateur actors, Loomer’s script is more basic than her better-known works, though there’s a sense of authenticity that comes from her spending more than a year interviewing employees at Chinatown’s Homeboy Industries and Homegirl Café, which hire and train former gang members. They include Lynette Alfaro and Sue Montoya, who portray protagonist Chabela and her sworn enemy Luz. Recently released from prison, Chabela hopes to turn her life around by getting a job through her childhood priest, Father Tim (Cornerstone founding member Peter Howard’s
character is clearly based on Homeboy head Father Gregory Boyle), who places her in the yearlong Café Vida program. Everyone at Café Vida must be drug free, and they can’t associate with their old gang. Chabela joins new members, first cleaning, then moving to gardening, working the kitchen line and, finally, serving customers. The hard work is the least of Chabela’s issues, as she is living with her abusive husband Eddie (Jesse Gamboa) and hoping to regain custody of her daughter, all while trying not to battle at the cafe with Luz. A few fantasy elements are included, most notably the appearances of Magaly “La Voz de Oro” and Page Leong, each dressed in bright red, who serve as the personal soundtracks for Chabela and Luz. They sing songs to fit the emotion of that moment, such as James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” Theater 3 at the LATC, a concrete indoor amphitheater, is an ideal venue for an urban landscape piece. Nephelie Andonyadis’ minimal set includes three metal roll-up garage doors that allow for swift location shifts and easy entrances and exits. Cornerstone productions fluctuate on how well the professional and amateur actors blend. With Café Vida the differences are stark and, at first, jarring. Director Michael John Garcés is working with a novice in Alfaro, who anchors almost every scene of the nearly two-and-a-half-hour production. Recalling lines is challenging enough without having to stay true to the character and situation. Only one amateur, Felipe Nieto, as the fun-loving Café Vida member Rafi, appears completely at home on stage. While she lacks experience, Alfaro brings truth to the role, in particular at a Criminals & Gangs Anonymous meeting when Chabela details her life. There’s a matter-of-factness that a skilled actor could have achieved, but with Alfaro there’s a stronger resonance because it’s coming from someone who knows this world through personal experience.
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Café Vida, written by Lisa Loomer after extensive interviews with individuals who work at Homeboy Industries, is at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
Loomer assists Alfaro, Montoya and the other newcomers by keeping the language simple and limiting the length of the monologues, though it’s a bit like removing a couple of strings from Itzhak Perlman’s violin. Fortunately, Loomer stretches her artistic muscles once with a rant that traverses the history of corn in Mexico, the North American Free Trade Agreement and Los Angeles demographics. Delivered with humor and a captivating intensity by Cornerstone member Shishir Kurup, the monologue is the evening’s high point. More important, however, is that there are no low points, as the story remains interesting, if not surprising, from start to finish. Also, Loomer’s script has positive messages, while making it clear that there are no easy answers to changing one’s life. What’s most exciting is that women and men who have never acted are sharing a story that has personal meaning to their lives, which remains the key component to theater’s enduring relevance. Café Vida runs through May 20 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., (866) 811-4111 or thelatc.org.
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Q: If an uninvited dog approaches your pet while on a walk, what should you do? A: Have three questions at the top of your head at all times: Is your dog friendly? Do they have their shots? Have they ever bit someone?’
Pooch Parade Shows Downtown Dogs Some City Manners
t’s not like Downtown has gone to the dogs, but for pooches, living in the neighborhood isn’t bad. Many buildings allow canines, there’s the annual Dog Day Afternoon at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, and there are an increasing number of pet stores. There are also challenges to being an urban dog, including navigating crowded sidewalks and dealing with traffic. With those issues in mind, Tamara Clark, a Downtown resident and owner of the dog training business Bark and Clark, organizes the Pooch Parade. The “walking workshop” held ev-
ery three months is intended to help dogs and their owners behave appropriately in Downtown Los Angeles. It is $40 per dog. In anticipation of the pooch parade on Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m., Clark discussed some Downtown dog etiquette. Los Angeles Downtown News: What should Downtown dog owners never let their pet do? Tamara Clark: I would never walk any dog in Downtown off-leash; it’s an accident waiting to happen. Never assume all the other dogs are friendly. There are actually some very aggressive dogs in Downtown that I’ve watched attack little puppies be-
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Q: What advice do you give Downtowners with nervous dogs? A: I own a very shy and fearful dog that was a rescue dog. I walk him at off hours when it’s not the busiest. That means getting up a little earlier than I would like and maybe walking a little later than I would like. If you have to walk through crowded areas, allow for breaks so your dog can regain composure. But the biggest thing I can say is have patience and support your dog. Don’t force them or flood them with situations they’re uncomfortable with.
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The Grammy Museum is L.A.’s finest repository of music memorabilia, but this week it gives an extra triple dose of aural awesomeness. On Monday, May 14, at 8 p.m. the museum features an interview and performance with LP, a singer and songwriter who has worked extensively with talent like Heidi Montag. Wednesday finds Belle Brigade (shown here), a sibling duo who dish out sublime, halcyon rock. Finally, Thursday finds First Daughter of Rock and former First Lady of Pop Lisa Marie Presley stopping by to promote her new album Storm and Grace. It’s a full and diverse week in the intimate performance space at 800 W. Olympic Blvd. Reservations recommended. At (213) 765-6800 or grammymuseum.org.
The only thing more impressive than seeing Gustavo Dudamel conduct Don Giovanni, the first opera in Mozart’s da Ponte Trilogy, is seeing that opera performed with stage design by Frank Gehry in a building designed by Frank Gehry. Beyond the wonder of Don Giovanni’s apparent architectural meta quandary is a panoply of talent. Performances in Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday, May 18, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m. feature an all-star cast of singers. Meanwhile, Dudamel leads the L.A. Phil troops, Christopher Alden directs and the costumes come from Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte. The performance repeats May 24 and May 26. At 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or laphil.com.
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Downtown’s summer of Sondheim continues. Following last week’s opening of Follies at the Ahmanson Theatre comes A Little Night Music, which debuts Wednesday, May 16, at the East West Players’ David Henry Hwang Theatre. The 1973 Broadway classic tells the story of summer romance and an illicit tryst. Originally set in Sweden around the turn of the 20th century, director Tim Dang has reimagined the production, as EWP usually does. Of course, the enduring number “Send in the Clowns” remains. The show that runs through June 10 is up Wednesday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. This week features a paywhat-you-can performance on Thursday at 8 p.m. At 120 Judge John Aiso St., (213) 6257000 or eastwestplayers.org.
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saTurday, May 19 DTLA Prom Alexandria Ballroom, 501 S. Spring St., or dtlaprom.com. 9 p.m.: The bouquet of personalities and lifestyles that calls Downtown home are all invited to the cavalcade of celebration that is the DTLA Prom. Baz Luhrman’s Romeo + Juliet is the theme and the event boasts DJ sets from KCRW’s Valida and Anthony Valdez. Halau O’ Keikiali i at World City W.M. Keck Amphitheatre, 111 S. Grand Ave., (213) 972-7211 or musiccenter.org. 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.: Traditional Polynesian dance takes center stage at this installment of the Music Center’s World City program. See Don’t Miss List.
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Wednesday, May 16 Marina Goldovskyaya at Aloud Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7500 or lfla.org. 7 p.m.: Documentary filmmaker Marina Goldovskyaya screens her A Bitter Taste of Freedom, about the slain Russian investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya. Writers’ Row The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., (213) 488-0599 or lastbookstorela.com 7:30 p.m.: Writer’s Row hosts readings by upand-coming poets Jessica Ceballos and Uriel, plus novelist Bradd Saunders. Poet Brendan Constantine headlines.
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Tuesday, May 15 Brain Talk at Aloud Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7500 or lfla.org. 7 p.m.: Neuroscientist and all around brainiac David Eagleman wrote the book Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. He talks about it with New Yorker scribe Susan Orlean.
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In the rock canon there are few creations as immense and celebrated as Pink Floyd’s seminal 1980 double album The Wall. On Saturday, May 19, group founder and solo artist Roger Waters returns to the City of Angels to play the album in its entirety at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Not since Pink Floyd had a seven-night stand at the Sports Arena 32 years ago has the album been heard live in this city. A tale of disaffection and the electric shock of a society roused from apathy and self-loathing await concertgoers eager to probe the alienation of the modern age. On and on, it’s just another brick in the wall. At 3939 S. Figueroa St., (213) 747-7111 or lacoliseumlive.com.
From the ancient inventors of surfing and the modern masters of destination tourism comes Halau O’ Keikiali i. On Saturday, May 19, pack up a pork feast and get ready to sway because the World City series at the Music Center is presenting two performances of pristine Polynesian dancing straight from the Hawaiian islands. Authentic costumes and traditional steps take center stage in the shows at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are firstcome first-served and are distributed one hour before the 11 a.m. performances and 90 minutes before the latter show at the W.M. Keck Amphitheatre at Walt Disney Concert Hall. At 111 S. Grand Ave., (213) 9727211 or musiccenter.org.
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her Indian summer. Broadway Bar 830 S. Broadway, (213) 614-9909 or broadwaybar.la. May 17, 10 p.m.: It’s broad, it’s broad, it’s Broader Than Broadway. Casey’s Irish Pub 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353 or bigcaseys.com. May 18, 10 p.m.: The Gods of Macho are here to smear you with hard rock. May 19, 10 p.m.: Animal Raps is a man who dresses like an animal and then raps about animals. The bar has been raised. Club Nokia 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or clubnokia.com. May 18, 9 p.m.: The Dan Band, Todd Phillips’ crude cover band of choice. Exchange LA 618 S. Spring St., (213) 627-8070 or exchangela.com. May 18, 10 p.m.: House music all night long with Julien Nolan, Arthur Galestian and JOMG. Grammy Museum 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or grammymuseum.org. May 14, 8 p.m.: The spotlight’s on singer/songwriter LP. May 16, 7:30 p.m.: The Homegrown series presents sibling rockers The Belle Brigade. May 17, 8 p.m.: Lisa Marie Presley drops her new album Storm and Grace. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 3939 S. Figueroa St., (213) 747-7111 or lacoliseumlive. com. May 19, 8 p.m.: Hey you, out there in the cold, getting lonely, getting cold, can you feel me? Roger Waters live. Nola’s 734 E. 3rd St., (213) 680-3003 or nolasla.com. May 14, 7:30 p.m.: Jacques Lesure Jam Session. May 15, 7:30 p.m.: Sharon Ridley. May 16, 7:30 p.m.: Aalon. May 17, 7:30 p.m.: Rick Olson. May 18, 7:30 p.m.: Lorenzo Grassi Trio. May 19, 7:30 p.m.: 3rd Wave. May 20, 11 a.m.: Tita Farrar and Friends. Redwood Bar and Grill 316 W. Second St., (213) 652-4444 or theredwoodbar.com. May 15: Los Creepers, Waterhead, Morgan Freeman Fight Club and Deadend Stiffs.
May 17: Buried Treasure Comedy Showcase & Burlesque Show. May 18: 13 Guitar Rumble with Deke Dickerson, Phil Alvin, Paul Johnson and More. May 19: JFA, Johnny Madcap & the Distractions, Sidekick, White Flag Down and Killing California. May 20: Electric Children, Brainspoon, Plainfield Butchers and The Romps. Seven Grand 515 W. Seventh St., (213) 614-0737 or sevengrand.la. May 14: Sax master Ron King is here to please. May 15: The Templeton Rye Whiskey tasting at Seven Grand tonight will have to play second fiddle to the Makers’ improvisational jazz. May 16: If you’ve experienced it before, you already know — there’s nothing quite like Artwork Jamal and his Acid Blues Band. The Smell 247 S. Main St., alley between Spring and Main streets, thesmell.org. May 23: TraPsPs, Whitman, Ezra Buchla and Nora Keyes. May 24: Poor Songs, Meat Market, Honey Badgers and the Gospel. May 25: Mutations, the Spyrals, Cab 20 and Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel. The Varnish 118 E. Sixth St., (213) 622-9999 or thevarnishbar.com. May 15, 9 p.m.: Jamie Elman tickles the keys. May 16, 8:30 p.m.: Somewhere deep in a Downtown back room Mark Bosserman will play you a song
FILM Downtown Independent 251 S. Main St., (213) 617-1033 or downtownindependent.com. May 18, 8 p.m.: Entrance is a psychological thriller centered upon Suzy, a young woman who can’t get comfortable in her own skin. She finds herself wandering aimlessly through life in Los Angeles. Hate when that happens. May 14, 5 and 9 p.m., May 15, 5, 7, 11 p.m., May 16, 5 and 9 p.m. and May 17, 5 and 9 p.m.: For everyone who can no longer tolerate the rapid devolution of American culture into a cesspool of mediocrity and self-involvement comes God Bless America. The indie film follows a terminally ill man and his 16-year-old accomplice as they go on a murderous
rampage of vigilantism. IMAX Theater California Science Center, 700 State Drive, (213) 7442019 or californiasciencecenter.org. Soar over primordial earth in Flying Monsters 3D. Some 220 million years ago dinosaurs were beginning their domination of Earth. But another group of reptiles was about to make an extraordinary leap: pterosaurs were taking control of the skies. The story of how and why these mysterious creatures took to the air is more fantastical than any fiction. Experience the gripping story full of hope, crushing disappointment, dazzling ingenuity, bravery and triumph in Hubble 3D, the seventh awe-inspiring film from the award-winning IMAX Space Team. Million Dollar Theatre 307 S. Broadway, (213) 617-3600 or milliondollartheater.com. May 18, 7:30 p.m.: Banal settings and grotesque violence cover this week’s double feature with 1986’s River’s Edge and 2007’s Paranoid Park. Regal Cinemas LA Live 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., (877) 835-5734 or lalive.com. See website for schedule.
the life and begin anew at Café Vida — the only place in the city that gives young women and their troubled pasts a genuine second chance to start a new life free of violence. Through May 20. See review p. 26.
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THEATER, OPERA & DANCE A Little Night Music At 120 Judge John Aiso St. #C, (213) 625-7000 or eastwestplayers.org. May 16-19, 8 p.m. and May 20, 2 p.m.: A Stephen Sondheim Broadway classic is reimagined by director Tim Dang of East West Players. Send in the clowns, baby. Through June 10. Arcane Collective: Cold Dream Colour REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or redcat.org. May 16-19, 8:30 p.m. and May 20, 3 p.m.: Los Angeles choreographer Oguri collaborates with Dublinbased choreographers Morleigh Steinberg and Liz Roche in a dance/theater performance by with music from U2 guitarist The Edge. See story p. 24. Café Vida Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., (213) 489-0994 or thelatc.org. May 17-20, 7 p.m.: Lisa Loomer pens the first production in Cornerstone Theater Company’s Hunger Cycle with an original work, Café Vida. Chabela and Luz are rival homegirls ready to leave
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LEGAL CIvIl SuMMONS NOTICE AND SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON COUNTY OF KLICKITAT JUVENILE DIVISION THE STATE OF WASHINGTON TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN And TO: 1. EDWARDO MENDOZA, Alleged Father of HERMELINDA MENDOZA, dob 2/10/98, Dependency Petition #12-7-000062 filed 1/17/12 (natural mother Estela Mendoza) and CYNTHIA MENDOZA, dob 1/28/97, Dependency Petition #12-7-000054 filed 1/17/12 (natural mother Estela Mendoza); A Dependency Petition was filed; A Fact Finding hearing will be held on this matter on: June 19, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at Klickitat County Superior Court, Juvenile Division, 205 S. Columbus, Goldendale, WA 98620. YOU SHOULD BE PRESENT AT THIS HEARING. NOTICE: You have important legal rights and you must take steps to protect your interests. 1) You have the right to a factfinding hearing before a Judge/ Court Commissioner. 2) You have the right to have a lawyer represent you at the hearing. If you cannot afford a lawyer, the
FICTITIOuS BuSINESS NAME FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2012066957 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: DOWNTOWN WEEKLY, 1264 W. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026, is hereby registered by the following registrants: CIVIC CENTER NEWS, INC., 1264 W. 1st Street, Los Angeles CA 90026. This business is conducted by a corporation. Registrants has not begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 16, 2012. NOTICEâ€”This fictitious name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et. seq. Business and Professions Code). Pub. 4/30, 5/07, 5/14, 5/21/12.
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NOTICE OF DIVIDED PUBLICATION Made pursuant to Section 3381, Revenue and Taxation Code Pursuant to Sections 3381 through 3385, Revenue and Taxation Code, the Notice of Power to Sell Tax-Defaulted Property in and for Los Angeles County, State of California, has been divided and distributed to various newspapers of general circulation published in the County. A portion of the list appears in each of such newspapers. NOTICE OF IMPENDING POWER TO SELL TAX-DEFAULTED PROPERTY Made pursuant to Section 3361, Revenue and Taxation Code Notice is hereby given that real property taxes and assessments on the parcels described below will have been defaulted five or more years, or, in the case of nonresidential commercial property, property on which a nuisance abatement lien has been recorded or that can serve the
public benefit by providing housing or services directly related to low-income persons when three or more years have elapsed and a request has been made by a city, county, city and county, or nonprofit organization that property will become subject to the Tax Collectorâ€™s power to sell.
map page, the block on the map, if applicable, and the individual parcel on the map page or in the block. The Assessorâ€™s maps and further explanation of the parcel numbering system are available in the Assessorâ€™s Office, 500 West Temple Street, Room 225, Los Angeles, California 90012.
The parcels listed will become subject to the Tax Collectorâ€™s power to sell on July 1, 2012, at 12:01 a.m., by operation of law. The Tax Collectorâ€™s power to sell will arise unless the property is either redeemed or made subject to an installment plan of redemption initiated as provided by law prior to 5:00 p.m., on June 29, 2012. The right to an installment plan terminates on June 29, 2012, and after that date the entire balance due must be paid in full to prevent sale of the property at public auction.
The real property that is the subject of this notice is situated in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, and is described as follows: PROPERTY TAX DEFAULTED IN YEAR 2009 FOR TAXES, ASSESSMENT, AND OTHER CHARGES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2008-2009 4330 $7,065.36 SYNOD OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND HAWAII SITUS:964 N VIRGIL AVE LOS ANGELES CA 90029-2943 AIN: 5539-006-011 4333 $36,655.47 BRISENO,EFREN SITUS:751 N VIRGIL AVE LOS ANGELES CA 90029-3646 AIN: 5539-017015 4334 $7,692.41 THE FOUNTAIN THEATRE SITUS:5058 FOUNTAIN AVE LOS ANGELES CA 90029-1422 AIN: 5540-001-022 PROPERTY TAX DEFAULTED IN YEAR 2007 FOR TAXES, ASSESSMENT, AND OTHER CHARGES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2006-2007 3645 $2,368.20 EGBASE,ANTHONY AND EGBASE,VICTORIA SITUS:800 W 1ST ST APT 1308 LOS ANGELES CA 90012-2421 AIN: 5151-027-087 4331 $5,290.80 RAINBOLT,LEROY SITUS:4333 NORMAL AVE LOS ANGELES CA 90029-2704 AIN: 5539-010012 PROPERTY TAX DEFAULTED IN YEAR 2005 FOR TAXES, ASSESSMENT, AND OTHER CHARGES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2004-2005 4328 $13,499.47 CERON,REYNALDO A SITUS:5336 LA MIRADA AVE LOS ANGELES CA 90029-1009 AIN: 5537-004-006 4329 $27,716.95 Y E Z E G E LYA N , N E R S E S SITUS:5079 ROMAINE ST LOS ANGELES CA 90029-2462 AIN: 5537-019-016 4332 $54,182.47 123 RAMONA LLC SITUS:4119 NORMAL AVE LOS ANGELES CA 90029-2907 AIN: 5539-012020
The right of redemption survives the property becoming subject to the power to sell, but it terminates at 5:00 p.m. on the last business day before actual sale of the property by the Tax Collector. All information concerning redemption or the initiation of an installment plan of redemption will be furnished, upon request, by Mark J. Saladino, Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector, 225 North Hill Street, First Floor, Los Angeles, California 90012. The amount to redeem, in dollars and cents, is set forth opposite its parcel number. This amount includes all defaulted taxes, penalties, and fees that have accrued from the date of tax-default to the date of June 29, 2012. I certify, under penalty of perjury, that the foregoing is true and correct. Dated this 2nd day of May, 2012.
MARK J. SALADINO TREASURER AND TAX COLLECTOR COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES STATE OF CALIFORNIA PARCEL NUMBERING SYSTEM EXPLANATION The Assessorâ€™s Identification Number (AIN), when used to describe property in this list, refers to the Assessorâ€™s map book, the
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The Kings Are Reigning Supreme Los Angeles Kings Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., 1 (888) KINGS-LA or kings.nhl.com. TBA: Anze Kopitar’s Kings are the hottest pro sports outfit in Los Angeles. After smoking the Canucks, they swept the Blues. This week they try to reign supreme over the Phoenix Coyotes in the Western Conference Finals. Game one was Sunday and game two is also in Phoenix (May 15). Expect home matches this week sometime around Wednesday and Friday. Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7100 or nba.com/clippers. TBA: The Clippers series against the
Memphis Grizzlies proved to be every bit as exciting and unpredictable as analysts, well, predicted. The Clips were up 3-2 at press time, and if they won, they’ll start the week visiting the white hot San Antonio Spurs. Games three and four would be at home late in the week. Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7100 or nba.com/lakers. TBA: Many experts counted the Lakers out at the beginning of the season. Kobe was aging. Pau was soft. Bynum was immature. Lamar was in Dallas. At press time the Lakers were tied 3-3 with the Nuggets. If they win, they’ll face the young, speedy Oklahoma City Thunder.
Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., (213) 224-1400 or dodgers.mlb.com. May 14-15, 18-19 7:10 p.m.; May 20, 5 p.m.: The first-place Dodgers welcome the Diamondbacks to town to start the week, then jaunt down the 405 to San Diego for a two-gamer (May 16-17). After that the Cardinals come to town. Los Angeles Sparks Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 929-1300 or wnba.com/sparks. May 20, 5:30 p.m.: Welcome back Sparks fans. Welcome to the club, WNBA first overall draft pick Nneke Ogwumike. And most importantly, welcome back Candace Parker. On Sunday, the Sparks host Seattle in their home opener. —Ryan Vaillancourt
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Community Amenities: ~ 24 Hr. Manned Lobby ~ Concierge ~ Pool / Spa / Saunas ~ Fitness Center ~ Gas BBQ Grills ~ Recreation Room
Apartment Amenities: ~ Refrigerator, Stove, Microwave & Dish washer (most units) ~ Central Air & Heating ~ Balconies (most units)
It’s our business to make you comfortable... at home, downtown. Corporate and long term residency is accommodated in high style at the Towers Apartments. Contemporary singles, studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartment homes provide fortunate residents with a courteous full service lobby attendant, heated pool, spa, complete fitness center, sauna and recreation room with kitchen. Beautiful views extend from the Towers’ lofty homes in the sky. Mountain vistas and slender skyscrapers provide an incredible back drop to complement your decor. Far below are a host of businesses ready to support your pampered downtown lifestyle. With spectacular cultural events nearby, even the most demanding tastes are satisfied. Downtown, it’s not just big business anymore. Visit the Towers Apartments today.
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MAID SERVICE • FURNITURE • HOUSEWARES • CABLE • UTILITIES • PARKING RESIDENCES: SINGLES • STUDIO • ONE BEDROOM • TWO BEDROOM