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The Next Italian Job Long-Planned El Pueblo Museum Expected to Open Next Year by RichaRd Guzmán city editoR

Business group fetes L.A.’s ‘Treasures.’


A Latin block party at L.A. Live.


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hen the subject of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and Olvera Street comes up, most people think of a pedestrian corridor packed with Mexican restaurants and shops selling memorabilia and tourist tchotchkes. It’s easy to understand why. The area considered the birthplace of Los Angeles is rich in Mexican culture. Festivities such as the large annual Cinco de Mayo celebration add to the reputation. For a group of Angelenos, however, El Pueblo means something else entirely: Italian culture. Next year, they’ll spread their message when they open the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles. “I’m very excited to be a part of a group that will highlight the Italian community and contributions here as well as the true history of our city,” said Paul Pagnone, president of the board of directors of the $4.5 million museum. Pagnone, a 47-year-old Italian American born in Chinatown, said the purpose of the museum is to preserve and highlight the contributions of Italians and Italian Americans to the city and to help people further understand Los Angeles’ multiethnic roots. The cultural facility will have some 6,000 artifacts in its collection and host social events. Marianna Gatto, the museum’s executive director, pointed out that Italians have a long history in the neighborhood. Before Chinatown became Chinatown, it was Little Italy. see Museum, page 27

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Marianna Gatto, the executive director of the $4.5 million Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, and Paul Pagnone, the museum board president, at the 1908 building that will house the facility.

Picnics, Jogging and Rock ’n Roll Reviewing L.A. Opera’s La Bohème.


Downtown Park Amps Up Concert Lineup in Effort to Be Financially Self-Sufficient by RichaRd Guzmán city editoR



or years the Los Angeles State Historic Park has served as a quiet reprieve from the noise and traffic of Downtown Los Angeles. It’s a place for picnics, pre-sunset runs around the jogging track and a spot for families who need green space for the kids to run around. In the next few months, it could take on another role — major concert venue. The 32-acre facility currently hosts about a dozen shows and events a year, but this summer programming at the attraction on the edge

of Chinatown will increase significantly. While it won’t be mistaken for Coachella, there will be a series of one- and two-day festivals that will have tens of thousands of music fans flocking to Downtown. The lineup is part of an effort to make the park economically self-sufficient. It coincides with an $18 million renovation that is expected to start next year and be complete by mid-2014. In the coming months park officials, who also plan to have special events such as weddings at the site, will have to walk the line between increasing revenue and insuring that the public space remains, well, a public space.

“First and foremost this is a state park,” said Sean Woods, a California State Parks superintendent in charge of the Downtown facility. “What we’re really trying to do here is pay for the operation and keep the park open. Our main goal is to provide open space.” State Park officials have signed a deal to stage the inaugural H2O Music Festival. The Aug. 25 show organized by Univision will be headlined by Snoop Dogg and Ozomatli. It will also include Latin stars such as Paulina Rubio and Alejandro Sanz. Woods said he is working on bringing another see Park, page 25

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park. That plan never came to fruition, and instead the property was purchased by a group of private investors. The group, BIMHF, LLC, has hired an architect and is in the preliminary design and planning phase, said co-owner Rick Son. The group, which has $25 million in financing “lined up,” is looking to open the new hotel in 2014, Son said, though no budget or room count has been decided. The website last week published renderings purportedly of the project by architecture firm Xten. Xten participated in a design competition for the hotel, but did not win, Son said. He also said the images posted online do not reflect the design direction of the hotel. “It’s completely different,” he said. Son said he expects to reveal renderings of the hotel in June. Nora Guthrie

Plan to Shorten City Hall Park Hours Falters



nother hotel is coming to South Park, and although plans for what is now a derelict structure are early, those involved say it will be a boutique establishment. The city had initially looked at acquiring a three-story brick edifice at 1130 S. Hope St. and tearing it down to build a

n April, 14th District Councilman José Huizar authored a motion that would have the soon-to-reopen City Hall park close at 7 p.m. instead of 10:30 p.m., the time it was shut down before the upgrade. The proposal is no longer on the table. The councilman introduced the motion at the request of the mayor’s office, Huizar spokesman Rick Coca said. Weeks later, after further consideration

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of the issue, and with the park scheduled to open early next month following upgrades put in place after the Occupy L.A. protests, the councilman reversed course. “After going over it and vetting it with staff and hearing from constituents, and considering our overall vision for Downtown, it makes more sense to keep them the same,” Coca said, referring to the operating hours. “We’re promoting nighttime business and uses. Ultimately it’s better policy to protect that for the residents

of Downtown.” The city is mulling a separate proposal to limit camping at the site. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich last week presented a draft ordinance that would limit the use of tents and similar structures at all city parks, except where specifically designated. That has been sent to the council’s Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee. Meanwhile, Seventh District Councilman Richard Alarcon is pushing for the city to see Around Town, page 26

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EDITORIALS Urban Scrawl by Doug Davis

Go Teams!


ver the years Downtown has been the site of some significant sports highlights, most of which had to do with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Jerry Bussowned basketball team has captured five NBA titles since moving to Staples Center in 1999. Each was followed by a massive celebratory parade. Still, there’s never been anything in the city’s sports history quite like what is happening now. The only thing better than the highlights and the excitement is how good it is for Downtown, both athletically and economically. As everyone is aware, the Lakers, Clippers and Kings are all currently in the playoffs, with the basketball teams in the second round of the postseason and the skaters having advanced to the NHL Western Conference Finals (at least that was the situation at press time). Interestingly, this marks the first time since Staples Center opened 12 1/2 years ago that all three resident teams have made the playoffs in the same year. It even led to a curious perfect storm of sports this past weekend, with two playoff games each on Saturday and Sunday. Just to complicate things further, there were Dodger home games both of those days, and the Amgen Tour of California culminated Sunday morning with the finish line on Figueroa Street in front of L.A. Live. This is pretty much a local sports fan’s dream, providing said fan can manage to cheer for both basketball teams. The fact that the Dodgers have surpassed expectations and are in first place in their division, with two of the best players in baseball (Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw), gives another reason to lift a giant foam finger while knocking back a drink. There are a couple other reasons to cheer: The attention lavished on the teams means that Downtown Los Angeles gets another extended run in the spotlight. Television cameras will spend plenty of time in the community and all those overhead blimp shots will show off the area to viewers across the country. Perhaps more importantly, these games mean additional patrons for local businesses, which in turn creates sales tax revenue for city coffers. By Sunday, May 20, the three teams had played a total of 17 postseason home games. If each one drew about 19,000 people (roughly Staples’ capacity), then more than 320,000 fans will have filtered through the area in and around L.A. Live. Not only do the fans purchase game tickets, once inside the arena they spring for snacks, drinks and souvenirs. Many will arrive early or linger late and visit local restaurants and bars. Parking lots fill up. It’s ka-ching! all around. This is all very good for Downtown. It’s even better considering that the NBA lockout last fall caused the Lakers and Clippers to play eight fewer regular season games than normal. Only time will tell if any squad can keep it going long enough so that Downtown hosts another championship parade. For now, however, we’re pleased and excited by how well the Kings, Clippers and Lakers are faring. Go teams!

Trouble on Skid Row Sidewalks


early a year has passed since a U.S. District Court judge issued a ruling that would become the first in a distressing string of dominos to fall in Skid Row. Although there is no quick or simple solution to the worsening situation, some area business owners are complaining that their requests for help, along with their offer of a temporary solution, are generating little response from City Hall. It’s a troubling situation, and should be drawing more resources than it has to date. Although the city has not ignored the matter — the recent deployment of up to 50 LAPD officers to Downtown Los Angeles was a responsible and important step — the problems in the community cannot be rectified by law enforcement alone. Nor can the people who live and do business in the area continue to wait while elected officials and others try to solve the problem via the judicial system. Yes, that path needs to be pursued aggressively, especially considering that the decision hurt many more people than it helped. However, while legal avenues are explored, Skid Row is in danger of tripping into crisis mode. Some say the crisis has already arrived. Los Angeles Downtown News last week reported once again on some of the fallout from a June 2011 decision by Judge Philip Gutierrez in favor of a group of homeless individuals who sued, claiming that their personal property was being trashed by police and other city workers while the homeless accessed services such as showers inside area shelters. Gutierrez’s ruling prevented any items from being removed unless they could be stored for 90 days. The city immediately stopped taking apparently abandoned items from the streets, even if they looked like trash. It is easy for Skid Row inhabitants to claim that what appears to be detritus is instead personal property. Almost immediately the sidewalks grew cluttered. The number of encampments has increased and some of the progress that had been achieved in the neighborhood in recent years has started to reverse. There has also been a scary rise in disease, including two cases in which police officers were diagnosed with MRSA, a drugresistant strain of staph infection. With the situation deteriorating, a group of stakeholders has

tried to find a solution. Last week’s Downtown News story reported how the Weingart Center, which provides an array of services to the homeless, is offering a parking lot that it owns for use as a storage facility. The effort would involve getting the Port of Los Angeles to loan shipping containers so that items would not be left out in the open. This is a reasonable offer, and even if it does not solve every long-term problem, it is a creative move to regain some of the ground that has been lost. Local LAPD officials say that their greatest challenge in clearing sidewalks is that they don’t have a place to take seized items. This step would help. The problem is, the city has yet to respond to the offer. Calls from an area business group have been made to the offices of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Councilman José Huizar and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich. The closest thing to a response doesn’t come close to addressing the situation on the streets. A statement from Villariagosa’s office said, in part, “We acknowledge that this is a contentious and complicated issue, which we must resolve in a thoughtful and responsible manner.” Everyone wants to be thoughtful and responsible, but sometimes expedience — remember, Gutierrez’s decision was issued 11 months ago — takes precedent. This seems like one of those occasions. Perhaps a slow approach would be tolerable if the judicial ruling was the only big stone producing ripples in the water. It’s not: The recently enacted state prison realignment plan, which is shifting additional responsibilities for inmates to the counties, is heightening the challenge. People are being released from lockups earlier than before, and some of those who come out without a safety net are landing in Skid Row. This is partly why the number of people sleeping on the streets in the area is increasing. The dedication of more police officers to Downtown was the right step at the right time. However, the community cannot afford to wait while trash piles higher and more people wind up on the streets. We need action by the city and a greater level of cooperation with the private sector leaders who are trying to improve the area. Skid Row needs help now. Further delays are bad for business and the residents, including those on the streets.

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The Super Fantastic Mayor’s Race Quiz! Money! Anagrams! More Money! How Much Do You Know About the Contenders To Replace Antonio Villaraigosa? by Jon RegaRdie

executive editoR he 2013 mayor’s race has been underway for more than a year already. Four principal candidates are raising money and making waves, a fifth was raising money but recently dropped out, and



two other potential entrants are biding their time on the sidelines. The question is, with election day arriving on March 5, 2013 (the runoff, if necessary, would be May 21), how much do you know about those who hope to succeed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa? Here is the first quiz on the 2013 election. One point for each correct answer. 1) Zev Yaroslavsky is: a) running for mayor b) not running for mayor c) currently undecided d) the all powerful San Fernando Valley ruler who will smite you if you dare ask again, and he will reveal his plans only when he is good and ready and not a moment before that. Now fall down and worship King Zev! 2) Eric Garcetti’s ethnic background includes roots that are (pick all that apply): a) Jewish b) Latino c) Angeleno d) American e) Caucasian f) Earthling

g) Freakin’ awesome h) Echo Parkian i) All of the above and whatever else is not represented by any other candidate 3) Jan Perry is (pick all that apply): a) The greatest Ninth District council rep ever b) Being foolishly underestimated by some race observers c) Dude, did you see how Herb Wesson whacked her and Bernard Parks in the redistricting battle? That was vicious. 4) Deep-pocketed financial genius Austin Beutner dropped out of the race having raised $627,000 by the end of 2011. What unlikely thing did he say he’ll do with the money? a) Return it to donors b) Throw a party for donors c) Invest it on the city’s behalf d) I’m going to Disneyland! 5) Before running for mayor, Kevin James was a (pick all that apply): a) talk radio host b) attorney c) Paul Blart! Mall Cop! d) Co-chair of AIDS Project Los Angeles e) Who’s Kevin James? 6) Last May, Rick Caruso, who is still undeclared about a run, gave a political speech in Downtown. Which line did he not say? a) “What’s happening in Los Angeles is

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Which of the above figures have names that can be anagrammed into Jar En Pry, We Nerd Gluey and I Regret Cacti?

frankly painful to me.” b) Regarding the LAUSD: “[It’s] an educational gulag from which we have to free our children.” c) “I believe strongly that City Hall is a roadblock that’s keeping Los Angeles from reaching its potential.” d) Some members of the City Council “have a tough time spelling the word ‘football.’” e) “They may not be accepting bribes, but they sure act like it.” 7) Which two things has Wendy Greuel not done (one point each)?

a) Been a movie studio executive b) Piloted a small plane c) Served on the City Council d) Served as City Controller e) Sat through repeated showings of the bloody musical Re-Animator f) Worked for Mayor Tom Bradley g) Saved a puppy from a burning building h) Posted the salaries of all city employees online 8) Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti were both first elected to City Council in 2001. Which one see Quiz, page 6

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Quiz Continued from page 5 won their primary outright? a) Perry b) Garcetti c) Neither d) Both

12) Zev Yaroslavsky has not decided yet if he is running. At least publicly. If he does run, who will he hurt the most? a) Kevin James b) Wendy Greuel c) Jan Perry d) Your mama

9) Which candidate (or ex-candidate) had raised the most money by Dec. 31, according to documents filed with the City Ethics Commission? a) Austin Beutner b) Eric Garcetti c) Wendy Greuel d) Kevin James e) Jan Perry f) It doesn’t matter because Rick Caruso owns 666 shopping malls 10) Match the candidate (or ex-candidate) with their anagram: a) Austin Beutner b) Rick Caruso c) Eric Garcetti d) Wendy Greuel e) Kevin James f) Jan Perry g) Zev Yaroslavsky

13) Match the candidate with the amount of cash he or she had on hand by Dec. 31, according to documents filed with the City Ethics Commission. a) Eric Garcetti b) Wendy Greuel c) Kevin James d) Jan Perry 1) $943,996 2) $625,514 3) $953,536 4) $25,368

11) Who is the most desired endorsement in the 2013 election? a) Eli Broad b) Maria Elena Durazo c) Magic Johnson

15) The City Ethics Commission requires candidates to provide copies of all emails, flyers and other “campaign correspondence” that it sends. As of May 7, how many thingies had Wendy Greuel’s campaign filed? a) 28 b) 52 c) 65 d) 76 e) 101 16) True or False: Eric Garcetti has sent out more campaign correspondence than Wendy Greuel.

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1) “Good government does get things done for people. The government can work if you know what you are doing.” 2) “I am proud to carry the outsider torch and will work tirelessly to fix our city.” 3) “Please join me, and let’s make Los Angeles a city that works.” 4) “I am running for Mayor to get Los Angeles back to work.” 5) “Everywhere I go, Angelenos tell me the same thing. They’re frustrated with government. They believe the city doesn’t work and they don’t see a clear set of priorities on how to fix it.” 18) True or false: Your head will explode by the end of the race.

14) What percent of the vote will a candidate likely need to be assured of advancing to the runoff? a) 12%-14% b) 19%-21% c) 25%-27% d) 34%-36% e) 51%-53%

1) I Regret Cacti 2) Sky Or Savvy Zeal 3) Jar En Pry 4) We Nerd Gluey 5) Nurse Bite Tuna 6) Our Carsick 7) Sank Jive Me

17) Match the candidate (or former, so long, was nice that you were here candidate) with the line on their official website. a) Austin Beutner b) Eric Garcetti c) Wendy Greuel d) Kevin James e) Jan Perry

Answer key: 1) c or d; 2) all are correct; 3) all are correct; 4) a; 5) a, b, d and e; 6) e; 7) b, g — Greuel’s husband produced Re-Animator the Musical, now running at the Hayworth Theatre for your viewing enjoyment. No, no one asked me to write that; 8) c — Perry got 29% and Garcetti earned 25%; both won in the runoff; 9) c or f; 10) a-5, b-6, c-1, d-4, e-7, f-3, g-2; 11) b. Bonus point for e; 12) b; 13) a-3, b-1, c-4, d-2; 14) c; 15) d; 16) True. He’s actually sent out 110!; 17) a-3, b-4, c-5, d-2, e-1; 18) True Results: Less than 10: You’re not paying attention yet, like most voters. 11-20: You may vote, if you’re not busy doing laundry, shopping or sleeping on March 5, 2013. 21-30: You still read newspapers, or at least spend a lot of time messing around on the web. 31-40: If you’re paying this much attention this early, odds are you’ve already donated $1,000 to at least one candidate. 41-46: Congratulations! You may already be Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Kevin James or Jan Perry, or somebody working for them. Contact Jon Regardie at

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H. Hellman building at Fourth and Spring streets and plans to convert the 1903 former bank facility into 212 apartments. Gross and his wife, Arax Harutunian, run the firm Neighborhood Effort. Gross is awaiting city approvals, along with the close of escrow, to proceed with the conversion. He plans to set aside about 20% of the units for affordable housing. A zoning administrator is expected to consider the proposal this month. At that hearing, the city will also consider granting the project an exception to a rule in the adaptive reuse ordinance that requires, in the case of residential conversions, units in a building to average at least 750 square feet. Meeting that stipulation would mean the structure, also known as the Banco Popular Building, could have no more than 178 apartments. Neighborhood Effort’s proposal instead calls for 212 units averaging 610 square feet. They would range from 481-1,576 square feet, said Elizabeth Peterson Gower, whose land-use firm the Elizabeth Peterson Group is representing Neighborhood Effort.



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n Downtown Los Angeles, what’s old is new again. Literally. In the past few months, the community has seen a flurry of projects either announced or moving forward involving aged and formerly derelict structures. They range from a new plan to activate the strategically located Hellman Building (the 1903 structure at Fourth and Spring streets is also known as the Banco Popular Building) to the decision to have the Alameda and Fourth residences come online as condominiums — the 1923 edifice will see move-ins during the fall. However, not all the action involves transformations of older structures. A seven-story rental complex is rising in City West at 1111 Wilshire Blvd. and the New Genesis apartments are nearing completion in the Historic Core. A June opening is anticipated for the 12-acre Grand Avenue Civic Park. Perhaps the only thing more exciting than what is happening is the projects that are coming. The razing and replacement of the Wilshire Grand will start this summer, as will construction on a South Park building holding two Marriott hotel brands. Meanwhile, Anschutz Entertainment Group has completed a 10,000-page environmental impact report for the proposed Farmers Field. It could lead to the biggest Downtown project in years. Seemingly wherever one looks in Downtown, something is being built or planned. In the following pages, Los Angeles Downtown News details the latest information on 68 Downtown projects.

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The Latest Information on 68 Downtown Projects

PNK I Group, a Hollywood-based hotel developer and operator, is looking to break ground this year on a hotel venture at 419 S. Spring St., where the company has held a lease since 2007. PNK, which develops and operates primarily mid-market hotel brands such as Comfort Inn and Holiday Inn, has not finalized its financing, said company president Jay Kumar. The group is in advanced negotiations to bring a Cambria Suites to the vacant building, Kumar said. The brand, a division of Choice Hotels, is oriented toward business travelers. The company imagines a hotel where the rooms would mimic the residential loft aesthetic of the neighborhood. The project is tied in to Historic Core developer Izek Shomof’s effort to turn the adjacent Title Insurance Building into 250 condominiums.


An investment group led by Historic Core developer Izek Shomof acquired the Title Insurance Building at 433 S. Spring St. in April and plans to build 250 condominiums. Shomof would not disclose the purchase price, but said he partnered on the deal with Naty Saidoff, owner of Capital Foresight, a Bel Air-based commercial real estate holding company. Capital Foresight paid for the property in an allcash deal, Shomof said. Shomof is in the preliminary design phase and hopes to secure entitlements and break ground by September; the project would take three years. The 13-story Art Deco Title Insurance Building opened in 1928. The insurance company left the property in the 1970s and it housed a furnishings design center in the 1980s. The deal is tied in to the adjacent structure at 419 S. Spring St. where PNK I Group plans to create a hotel.

These projects were either publicly announced, were revived or gained prominence in the past three months.

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Developer Izek Shomof heads a group of investors who in March bought the 265-unit Baltimore and the 150-room King Edward hotels for $9.8 million. Shomof is in the process of renovating the buildings at Fifth and Los Angeles streets. Plans call for a range of cosmetic upgrades, including replacing carpet with tile, repairing broken windows and doing some painting. At the Baltimore, there are plans for a recreation room with a plasma television. The work is being carried out incrementally as occupied units in the residential hotels become vacant. Shomof said he expects the work to take place over the next three years. The new owners are also in talks with the operators of the King Edward Saloon about changing its hours (the Skid Row watering hole has long opened at 6 a.m.) and raising its prices.

Onni Group, a Vancouver-based developer that last year bought two Downtown properties, is finalizing plans to build a 32-story apartment tower at Ninth and Olive streets. The proposed $100 million building would rise at 888 S. Olive St. The so-far-unnamed 283-unit project is in the plan check phase of the permitting process and is on pace to break ground by August, said Chris Evans, Onni’s executive vice president. He said financing is in place to start construction, but would not specify how the firm will fund the building.

PWC FAMILY HOUSING A groundbreaking will be held May 31 for a City West project from the Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation and the Pilipino Worker’s Center. The 45-apartment project at 153 N. Glendale Blvd. will include 22 residences for homeless individuals and nine units for what are termed transition-age youth. Birba Group Architects are handling designs for the development known as PWC Family Housing.



The long-empty Hotel Clark could return to life by September, according to project officials. Renovations to the 11-story building at 426 S. Hill St. have been completed and the structure is slated to become a 347-room hotel with three restaurants and an 11,500-square-foot banquet space. New York’s King & Grove Hotels is slated to be the operator of the establishment. The building just north of Pershing Square is one of three large vacant Downtown properties owned by the Chetrit Group.

A nearly $10 million effort to conserve the “América Tropical” mural and create an educational component is 75% complete, and the project is expected to open by October, according to officials with 14th District City Councilman José Huizar’s office. In April, a canopy was raised that will protect the 18-by-80-foot artwork painted in 1932 by Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros. The artwork, on a second-story wall of the Italian Hall, includes a rooftop-viewing platform. There is also an Interpretive Center in the nearby Sepulveda House that will showcase the life and artistry of Siqueiros. The nonprofit group Amigos de Siqueiros will manage the interpretive center.

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Plans are on track to open a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in early 2013. In February, the Bentonville-Ark.-based company signed a lease for a 33,000-square-foot store on the ground floor of Grand Plaza, a 302-unit senior housing complex. Plans call for the space at 701 W. Cesar Chavez Ave., at Grand Avenue, to employ 65 people and to sell groceries and include a pharmacy. Although some protests have been raised over the company’s labor practices and the store’s location near a high school, in March the project received permits from the city Department of Building and Safety.

RESIDENTIAL 1027 WILSHIRE Hamid Behdad of the Central City Development Group continues to work on a 376-unit live/work complex in City West. The company, which is partnering on the project at 1027 Wilshire Blvd. with the Amidi Real Estate Group, views the low-rise rental development as the second phase of 1010 Wilshire, a corporate housing complex across the street that Amidi created. Behdad said the focus continues to be on securing financing for the building. The edifice would also contain 6,500 square feet of retail and 5,000 square feet of office space. The timeline will depend on the financing, said Behdad.

1111 SUNSET Developer Linear City is finalizing design plans for a renovation and residential conversion of the former Metropolitan Water District headquarters building at 1111 Sunset Blvd. Company partner Yuval Bar-Zemer said he expects to break see Projects, page 8

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Projects Continued from page 7 ground in June and for construction to take 16 months. Linear City, which created the Arts District’s Biscuit Company and Toy Factory lofts, paid $6.8 million last year for the sevenstory structure. The project, which will create 92 apartments, is estimated at $15 million. Plans call for taking the horizontal platforms, which jut out a few feet from the façade at every level, and turning them into balconies. Apartments will measure 800-1,000 square feet. Designed by William Pereira, the 1973 building rises on Sunset Boulevard, just north of Downtown and west of Chinatown. At

1111 WILSHIRE Construction is on schedule for a 2013 opening for a 210-unit City West apartment complex from Vancouver, Wash.-based Holland Partner Group, according to a project representative. A groundbreaking took place last summer for the development at 1111 Wilshire Blvd. on the site of a former parking lot. The $60 million project will create a seven-story building with more than 7,750 square feet of retail space with studio to three-bedroom units. There will also be an underground parking garage that will hold 302 cars. The project is near Glo, Holland Partner Group’s first apartment complex in the area.

ALAMEDA AND FOURTH CONDOS Peklar Pilavjian of developer Alameda and Fourth said a $20 million project will open in September as condominiums;

opment represents a downsized version of Astani’s previously planned 875-condominium development. Angelena does not have a firm timeline, but a 240-unit phase would come first. No budget information has been released. Plans include retail space suitable for a grocery store. At


the firm had previously not decided whether to sell or lease the residences. No prices have been set for the 53 artist-inresidence lofts. Pilavjian said the decision to sell the units was made because he thinks the housing market has improved over several years ago and he sees a “window of opportunity” for condos in Downtown. The project is transforming a sixstory, 1923 Arts District building into residences ranging from 650-2,400 square feet. A second phase of the project is in the planning stage. It calls for a new residential structure on the side of the lot fronting Alameda Street.

ANGELENA Sonny Astani is looking to secure financing for a 700-unit apartment complex at Eighth Street and Grand Avenue. He hopes to break ground this year on the project that would consist of two glass, steel and concrete structures. The devel-

The sleek black South Park edifice long known as Concerto got a new name in 2011, after it was taken over by ST Residential. The company purchased the 30-story, 271-unit tower at Ninth and Figueroa streets through a legal dispute with original developer Sonny Astani. The New York-based subsidiary of Starwood Capital had planned to open the building this spring, but that has been pushed back to the fourth quarter of this year. The firm has completed some remodeling of the lobby and the pool deck, and continues to work on final construction inside units. At

AVANT A groundbreaking is set for May 22 for the newly named Avant, now a three-building, 440-unit project in South Park. The complex is from developer Century West Partners, a partnership between Chicago-based Fifield Companies and Los Angeles-based Michael Sorochinsky of Cypress Equity Investments. The Avant was originally envisioned as a $95 million pair of seven-story apartment buildings set to rise on two parking lots at 1340-1360 S. Figueroa St. and 1355-1365 S. Flower St. According to a project spokesperson, plans for a third building at 1500 S. Figueroa St. were added as part of a second phase of the project. The two seven-story buildings see Projects, page 10

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BROCKMAN LOFTS Denver-based Simpson Property Group purchased the 80unit Brockman in April and plans to have the structure ready for move-ins this month. It marks a major step forward for a long-watched project that was originally scheduled to open in 2005 as condominiums. Apartments in the property at 530 W. Seventh St. will start at $2,200 and go up to $10,000 for a penthouse. They range from 802-2,279 square feet. Simpson, which paid $38.75 million for the Financial District edifice, is planning to make the property a luxury address, with 24hour valet and concierge service. The firm is in talks with Bottega Louie, which occupies the ground floor, to provide culinary benefits to Brockman residents. Units have wood floors, high-end appliances, raised ceilings and exposed brick. At

CHESTER WILLIAMS BUILDING Downtown Management continues its transformation of the 75-year-old Chester Williams Building at Fifth Street and Broadway. The company is targeting a July completion of the $15 million effort to convert the former office structure into 88 apartments, said Greg Martin, Downtown Management’s vice president. Rents have not yet been set for the units, which range from about 800-1,500 square feet. The firm is mostly done with construction and only needs to complete final inspection-related details. Pharmacy chain Walgreens has signed a lease to occupy the 13,908-squarefoot ground-floor commercial space. A timeline for the store’s opening is uncertain.

DA VINCI Developer G.H. Palmer Associates is still in the planning stage for a 630-apartment complex in City West, according to company head Geoff Palmer. A June 2015 opening is scheduled for Da Vinci, according to the developer’s website. The complex is slated for the corner of Fremont and Temple streets on a 193,000-square-foot lot that the developer purchased in 2004. Plans call for a 578,172-square-foot complex with five floors of housing above three levels of parking with 8,158 square feet of street-front retail. At

GALLERY LOFTS Sales are underway although no units have closed, and there is no timeline on when move-ins will begin at the development at 120-130 S. Hewitt St., said Reed Nessel, a project representative. Residences range from 900-1,700 square feet and prices are $345,000-$515,000 for the 33 condos. The Arts District project features granite countertops in the kitchens and baths, stainless steel appliances, tiled showers, open beam cathedral ceilings and original brick walls. At


Duke Cook, SRO senior project manager. All apartments will be efficiency units with an average size of 300 square feet. The project will aim for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. Construction is slated to be completed in August 2013. At

LORENZO Construction continues on phase one of G.H. Palmer Associates’ $300 million, 950-unit Flower Street apartment complex, according to company head Geoff Palmer. The Lorenzo will incorporate the same Italian Renaissanceinspired design and amenities as Palmer’s other Downtown projects. The complex is rising at Flower Street and Adams Boulevard on a 9.4-acre lot. Rents in the development with one- to three-bedroom units will start at $826 a bed. The entire complex is slated to include four swimming pools, two indoor basketball courts and a sand volleyball court. Phase one includes 495 units. At

LOTUS GARDEN An anticipated spring completion for the $24 million lowincome housing complex has been pushed back to the winter, said Katelyn Silverwood, a spokeswoman for developer Affirmed Housing Group. She said that the hillside project at 715 Yale St. required more shoring work than previously anticipated, prompting the delay. When completed, the 60unit project will bring an eight-story complex serving families earning 30%-60% of the county’s median income. Rents will range from $370 for a studio to $1,236 for a three-bedroom apartment. The project will include a 63-space garage in which autos will be moved vertically and horizontally to allow for a space-saving stacking effect.


Continued from page 8 will be built simultaneously and will be connected by a walkway. They are expected to be completed by the end of 2013. The second phase is set to break ground in early 2013, though there is no timeline available on when it will be completed. The project will include studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as live-work units above 11,000 square feet of retail space. Previous plans for the phase one site by another developer called for a 43-story tower designed by high-profile architect Daniel Libeskind. Funding was never secured and the project never moved beyond the conceptual stage.

The 300,000-square-foot Chinatown Gateway at Broadway and Cesar Chavez Avenue is on track and scheduled to open in 2013, said Allison Geiman, a development associate for developer Equity Residential. The six-story building broke ground last year. The project will create 280 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, along with 18,000 square feet of retail. Located at 639-643 Cesar Chavez Ave., the project is being designed by Thomas P. Cox Architects and will include a plaza, 17-foot wide sidewalks and a 588-car subterranean garage. Chinatown Gateway was originally announced six years ago with two additional development partners, and in 2007 the cost was estimated at $90 million. The project then stalled. The other developers are no longer involved and no new price estimates have been announced.

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SRO Housing Corp. broke ground in February on a 108unit affordable housing project on a formerly vacant 22,000-square-foot lot at Fifth and San Pedro streets, said

The $44 million Metro at Chinatown Senior Lofts is scheduled for completion by the end of the year, with leasing starting in the first quarter of 2013, said Tim Soule of Meta Housing, the developer. The project is converting two aged Chinatown structures into an apartment complex with affordable housing for senior citizens. Renderings show numerous windows on the building that had long been vacant. see Projects, page 12

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NEW GENESIS Construction continues on nonprofit developer Skid Row Housing Trust’s $22.3 million affordable housing project at 458 S. Main St. Designed by Killefer Flammang Architects, and funded by a mix of local, state and federal sources, the New Genesis will provide 106 residences, mostly for homeless individuals. It is slated for completion in June, said Molly Rysman, director of external affairs for SRHT. Twenty-five percent of the apartments will be set aside for workting people earning less than $35,460 per year. Ninetyeight residences will be efficiency apartments and eight will be one-bedroom, loft-style spaces. The complex will include a solar energy system on the roof and is expected to be the first permanent supportive housing effort in Los Angeles built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum standards. At

ROSSLYN HOTEL APARTMENTS SRO Housing Corp. is in the pre-development stage for a renovation of the 264-unit affordable housing complex at Fifth and Main streets. The company, which bought the property in 2010 with help from the Community Redevelopment Agency, is required to preserve the affordable residences in the edifice. SRO expects to have funding for the project this year and start construction by January 2013. The renovation will take place with tenants still in the building, but SRO expects the structure to be about 35% vacant when work begins. At

SEVEN AND BRIDGE Linear City, developer of the Toy Factory and Biscuit Company lofts, has completed the third and final phase of its 78-apartment, three-building project near Seventh and Santa Fe streets in the Arts District. The building, a nine-unit structure at 712 Santa Fe Ave., is slated to start move-ins this month. Linear City signed a lease with chef Ori Menashe and restaurateur Bill Chait to open an Italian

STAR APARTMENTS Work is underway and a fall 2013 opening is expected for nonprofit developer Skid Row Housing Trust’s 102-unit permanent supportive housing complex at the southeast corner of Sixth and Maple streets. Michael Maltzan Architecture is handling designs for the development, which will reinforce an existing structure and add new residential units above it. It is the first prefabricated multifamily housing project in Los Angeles. At


Legacy Real Estate Holdings expects to complete its conversion of the long-abandoned Jeffries Banknote building at Los Angeles and Winston streets into 43 apartments in June, said Stephan Schmidt, development director for the firm. Legacy broke ground on an approximately $5 million transformation of the 1927 structure in January 2011. The Winston will feature studio, one- and two-bedroom units from 600-1,200 square feet, most of them with balconies. Prices have not yet been determined. A portion of the exterior was buffed to feature the 85-year-old Historic Core edifice’s original brick. The developer has signed a lease with a jazz club operator to bring a venue to a ground-level space. Legacy is also in talks with restaurateurs regarding other spots in the building.

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and Spring streets, said Monica Valencia, a spokeswoman for First District Councilman Ed Reyes. She said the developer, which had been recommended by the CRA after a public bidding competition, continues to look for funding for the project. Detailed plans for Blossom Plaza have not been released, but a Forest City official previously stated that it would likely be similar to what original developer Larry Bond had in place. Those plans have already gone through the entitlement process. They call for a mixed-use development with more than 200 residential units, 20% of them dedicated to affordable housing, in two towers. The budget had been set at $165 million. The project would also have created 43,000 square feet of retail space, a 372-car garage and a 17,500-square-foot plaza to be used for community events.

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Continued from page 10 Funding for the 123-unit rental complex at 808 N. Spring St. came from sources including the Los Angeles Housing Department’s Neighborhood Stabilization program and tax-exempt bonds. At

eatery called Bestia at the site. It is expected to debut in the fall. Bread Lounge, a bakery, is slated to open this month. Linear City is in negotiations with another restaurant operator to take over a commercial space in the third building. At

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IDS Real Estate Group is courting hotel operators to anchor a mixed-use development on a 6.5-acre site bounded by Eighth, Ninth and Francisco streets and the Harbor (110) Freeway. IDS envisions a multi-phase project with up to two hotels and ground-floor retail. Recent plans called for about 300,000 square feet of retail, but that has been scaled back, said IDS senior vice president Patrick Spillane. The development, which still lacks a timeline and budget, aims to transform Francisco Street into an energized pedestrian corridor feeding directly into L.A. Live. The project is looking to piggyback of the business interest that would follow if AEG is successful in its effort to expand the Convention Center and build an NFL stadium.

ONE SANTA FE Work continues on a $160 million Arts District project, according to officials with Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund Investments, one of the partners in the massive development on the eastern edge of Downtown Los Angeles. Completion is expected by late 2014 for a six-story building with 438 apartments and 78,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, including a 15,000-square-foot spot designed for a grocery store. The project is rising on a four-acre portion of a 32-acre plot that is currently a Metro lot used for the maintenance and storage of rail cars. Located just east of the Southern California Institute of Architecture, the project will include a 47,400-square-foot plaza facing Santa Fe Avenue and 802 underground parking spaces. Twenty percent of the units will be aimed at low-income renters. Canyon-Johnson this year joined the development team that consisted of Beverly Hills-based The McGregor Company, Polis Builders and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group. The new addition provided the financial boost needed to

get the long-stalled project off the ground. Groundbreaking took place early this year.

THE GRAND Grand Avenue project developer Related Companies is seeking financing for a 19-story apartment tower that would rise on a plot originally intended for phase two of the three-phase Grand Avenue project. The firm’s development agreement gives it until October to break ground on the tower, which would rise on what is now a parking lot south of Gen. Thaddeus Kosciusko Way on lower Grand Avenue. Bill Witte, president of Related California, said the firm expects to secure financing in time to meet the deadline. Preliminary plans for the edifice call for about 260 units, 20% of which would be priced as affordable housing, and up to 15,000 square feet of retail space. Known as parcel M, the site is cleared for two towers of up to 35 stories. Parcel M is one of four pieces that comprise the project formally known as The Grand. The Frank Gehry-designed complex that was originally envisioned as phase one, and called for two luxury residential towers with a boutique hotel and 250,000 square feet of retail space, remains on hold. Related has missed multiple deadlines to break ground on the largest piece of the project, and instead has secured repeat extensions. Most recently, the Grand Avenue Authority approved a two-year extension for phase one through February 2013.

WILSHIRE GRAND REPLACEMENT Korean Air is considering major changes to its $1 billion plan to replace the aged Wilshire Grand Hotel. Instead of building a 45-story tower with 560 hotel rooms and a secondphase, 60-story office complex, the company is looking at erecting a single tower with 900 hotel rooms and a diminished office component. Martin Project Management, a new venture by architect Chris Martin (whose firm AC Martin is handling the project designs), has been appointed to manage the development, and original development partner Thomas Properties Group is no longer involved. While specifications for the single tower are still under study, Martin said it would be closer in height to the approved phase two office building. That structure was most recently imagined as a 60-story building, but the entitlements would allow for a building of 75-80 stories. If Korean Air goes as tall as approvals allow, it would surpass U.S. Bank Tower as the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. The Seoul-based Korean Air, a subsidiary of the shipping magnate Hanjin, still plans to begin tearing down the 1952 hotel this summer and break ground on the new development next year, Martin said.

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CENTRAL REGION HIGH SCHOOL NO. 12 The charter school organization Camino Nuevo plans to open a 500-seat facility in City West by 2013. The Los Angeles Unified School District owns the site adjacent to the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex on Third Street just west of the Harbor (110) Freeway. Plans call for a 55,361-square-foot, three-story school on a sliver of land immediately east of the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex athletics fields, near the

CITY HALL LAWN The city Department of Recreation and Parks continues to work on a $390,000 renovation of the 1.7-acre lawn and park around City Hall. The space is expected to reopen in early June, said Tom Gibson, a city landscape architect. The makeover calls for a 51% reduction in the amount of waterthirsty grass in public areas that were damaged during the twomonth Occupy L.A. encampment last year. The grassy south lawn will be mostly unchanged. Other areas will get more drought-tolerant plants and permeable surfaces. The council is also looking into a private fundraising campaign to help pay for maintenance, which will cost about $135,000 a year.

FEDERAL COURTHOUSE Preparation continues for the long-delayed plan to build a

federal courthouse at the southwest corner of First Street and Broadway. In late March, the federal General Services Administration named four teams of finalists to design and build the $400 million project. Now, the groups are working on more advanced plans, and an architect is expected to be named by September, according to GSA officials. The project, scheduled for completion by 2016, would be a 600,000-square-foot edifice with 24 courtrooms, 32 judges chambers and 110 parking spots on a 3.6-acre site that is currently empty. It will house district judges, jury assembly facilities, offices for the U.S. Marshals Service and more.

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revive Broadway, has seen some major gains in the last six months, with the opening of several restaurants and the announcement of other projects. In March Umamicatessen, which contains six different restaurant concepts under one roof, opened at 852 S. Broadway, and the Downtown outpost of Two Boots Pizza debuted this month at 828 S. Broadway. Additionally, the Los Angeles Brewing Company, a 7,000-square-foot bar and restaurant, came online in April at 750 S. Broadway. In early 2013 a Ross Dress for Less is expected to open at 719-725 S. Broadway, and Oregon-based Ace Hotel is working on plans to bring a 180-room boutique hotel to the United Artists Theater at 933 S. Broadway. Also in the works for the street is the French restaurant Figaro Bistro, which will fill a former cafeteria space at 618 S. Broadway. Huizar launched Bringing Back Broadway four years ago, and a sign district for the street is in the works; it would aim to preserve and reactivate the historic signs on the street’s buildings. Meanwhile, Huizar’s office continues to try to come up with a set of commercial reuse guidelines to activate the nearly 1 million square feet of vacant space above street level. At

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Continued from page 13 Avenue Civic Park, said Bill Witte of Related California, developer of the Grand Avenue project. The design by Rios Clementi Hale Studios will eliminate the large circular parking ramps at the west end of the site (across from the Music Center) and the L-shaped entrance points near Broadway. The 12-acre facility will feature terraced green space, pathways, an event lawn, additional trees and a small dog run. The historic Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain is being restored. Monuments on the site have been moved to another location or protected from construction. The project was funded by the $50 million up-front payment made to the county by Related, plus accrued interest on that deposit. Work began in July 2010.

HALL OF JUSTICE Kerjon Lee, public affairs manager for the County Department of Public Works, said historic architectural elements are being preserved on several floors of the Hall of Justice. A 2014 opening is expected for the 1925 building at 211 W. Temple St. The $231 million renovation of the edifice that closed after being damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake will include seismic improvements, elevator upgrades, new electrical and mechanical systems and connecting the building to systems for sewage, water and gas. The project will also create an underground 1,000-car garage on the north side of the building and a high-pressure wash of the granite exterior. When upgraded the building will house the Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s office and other county agencies.

LOS ANGELES RIVER First District City Councilman Ed Reyes in May commemorated the five-year anniversary of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan. A recent highlight for the $2 billion, decades-long effort was President Barack Obama’s inclusion of funding for the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study in his proposed fiscal year 2013 budget. Reyes, who will be termed out next year, also continues to lobby for federal dollars for the project; the feasibility study is expected to be complete within a year. The Environmental Protection Agency has designated the river as “traditional navigable waters,” which led to supervised canoe and kayak trips last summer down a 1.5-mile stretch of the waterway in the San Fernando Valley.

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In March the Metro board of directors was presented with the final streetcar route recommendation. The selection of the route clears the way for the start of the environmental review process, which could take up to a year; the environmental study is necessary to get federal funding for the project. The path calls for the streetcar to travel south on Broadway from First Street to 11th Street, turn west to Figueroa Street and go north to Seventh Street. It would then head east on Seventh to Hill Street and go north to First Street. It would end on Grand Avenue near MOCA and Eli Broad’s coming art museum. The exact stops have not been determined. The project is estimated at $106 million and officials with the nonprofit Los Angeles Streetcar Inc. expect to apply for $60 million in Federal Transit Administration Small Starts funds this year. Additionally, officials are working on plans to ask area stakeholders to pay for approximately half of the project through assessments similar to those in business improvement districts. The project already has $10 million from the CRA in place. Metro officials estimate the streetcar could begin operating in early 2016. At

Environmental Impact Report for a bridge replacement in the form of a cable-supported structure; in choosing that option, the board rejected calls to copy the existing design. The city is targeting a groundbreaking for the $401 million project in 2015, and completion could come by 2017. A design team is expected to be chosen in the fall.



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Officials with the city Bureau of Engineering are preparing a draft environmental impact report studying several proposals for razing, replacing or renovating Parker Center, the former LAPD headquarters. The site would then get another, as-yet undetermined use. The building at 150 N. Los Angeles St. was mostly vacated in 2009 when the department moved into the Police Administration Building. Some city staffers remain in the structure, but the building is expected to be empty by the end of the year. The EIR is studying five options for the site, including adaptive reuse of the edifice, partial demolition and renovation, and demolition and replacement with a temporary parking lot. There is no set timeline, but the report is expected later this year, said Eva Kandarpa-Behrend, a spokeswoman for Ninth District Councilwoman Jan Perry.

On April 5, Anschutz Entertainment Group filed a 10,000page environmental impact report for Farmers Field with the city. That opened a 45-day public comment period for the proposed NFL stadium that would rise on 15 acres in South Park. Plans for the $1.4 billion complex call for razing the Convention Center’s West Hall and having a 68,000-seat stadium built in its place. A replacement for the convention On April 26, the Metro board of directors approved the final facility would also be part of the project. Architecture firm Environmental Impact Report for the $1.34 billion Regional Gensler is handling designs of the stadium that would feature Connector, a fully underground light-rail link that would a “deployable,” or removable roof. AEG President and CEO decrease travel times on the regional rail and subway network. Tim Leiweke said he expects the project to be ready to break A legal challenge from Thomas Properties Group, which is ground by the first quarter of 2013, though no construction concerned about construction impacts, could be in the works. will happen until a deal with a team has been signed and an Editor & PublishEr: Sue Laris The firm has until the end of the month toMANAGEr: file a lawsuit GENErAl Dawn chalEastin agreement with the NFL is in place. Leiweke said the curlenging the environmental document. The connector would rent timeline envisions the first professional football game ExEcutivE Editor: Jon Regardie add three underground stations citY in Downtown. taking place in the stadium in fall 2017. The project would Editor: RichardBarring Guzmán a writEr: Ryan Vaillancourt legal challenge, the April decisionstAFF sends the project to the also include a $10 million expansion of the Blue Line’s Pico Kathryn Maese Federal Transit Authority, which iscoNtributiNG expected toEditor: give approval Station as part of AEG’s effort to have 25% of game attendees coNtributiNG writErs: Dave Denholm, Jeff Favre, Los transit. Angeles Downtown News a $10 million that would allow Metro to begin the fundraising effort utilize some sort of public Additionally, Gregfinal Fischer, Kristin Friedrich, Howard Leff, Ryan E. Smith, 1264 W. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026 Marc Porter Zasada for the connector. The tentative timeline calls for a ground- renovation of the Convention Center’s Gilbert Lindsay Plaza phone: 213-481-1448 • fax: 213-250-4617 Art dirEctor: Brian Allison breaking in 2013 with completion in 2019. In the meantime, would create a “gateway” for the stadium by turning the conweb: AssistANt Art dirEctor: Yumi Kanegawa Metro is working on station designs and is forming a com- crete area into a tailgating center with green space. It would email: ProductioN ANd GrAPhics: Alexis Rawlins munity council to fine-tune design and other issues related to be capable of holding 15,000 people. facebook: PhotoGrAPhEr: Gary Leonard the route and the stations. At


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gardens, and the 1913 Garden, featuring flowers and pollinators blooming year-round. The entire campus is expected to open in June 2013, in time for the centennial of the NHM. In December, the museum will open Becoming Los Angeles, a 14,000-square-foot permanent exhibition that will look at 500 years of local history. It is part of the NHM’s seven-year, $135 million transformation that includes the Dinosaur Hall, the most prominent element of the upgrade. That debuted last summer. At

In March, crews finished a three-level parking facility and began work on the $100 million museum known as The Broad. The garage, which will hold space for 370 cars, extends from lower to upper Grand Avenue, which will allow the facility housing philanthropist Eli Broad’s 2,000-piece contemporary art collection to have a street level entrance across from the Colburn School and MOCA. The museum being designed by the New York film Diller, Scofidio + Renfro is on pace for a late 2013 opening, said Broad spokeswoman Karen Denne.


BUSINESS 845 S. FIGUEROA courtesy L&R Group

City officials are reviewing contractor proposals for the project that will turn the L-shaped lot between the El Dorado and Rowan lofts into a park. Preliminary construction on the long-awaited Historic Core amenity began last October. The city spent $5 million to acquire the land. The $3 million construction will create a nearly one-acre public facility with walking paths, a plaza, benches, a fountain, dozens of trees and artwork. The work includes installing an electrical system to power the fountain and park lights, and laying a sprinkler system, a sewer line and a drainage line for storm water. The park is slated to open in April 2013.

out according to tenant interest and specifications. The supermarket will open in the first quarter of 2013. At

ACE HOTEL Oregon-based Ace Hotel plans to open a Downtown establishment in the United Artists Theater at 933 S. Broadway, but no opening date has been announced, according to officials with 14th District City Councilman José Huizar’s office. The establishment would have 180 rooms spread across 13 floors and would include a 1,600-seat entertainment venue in the theater, along with a pool, restaurant and bar. Connecticut-based Greenfield Partners purchased the property last year for $11 million. The onetime movie palace had long had been owned by the University Cathedral, a congregation made famous by the late pastor Dr. Gene Scott. The structure was built in 1927 by United Artists founders D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.


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Parking lot giant L&R Group in April began a major renovation of the exterior of a 1969 office building at 845 S. Figueroa St. This month, it announced that Smart & Final will open a 25,000-square-foot grocery store on the ground floor. The company acquired the South Park edifice in 2004 and let it sit empty for nearly seven years. Plans call for a facelift that will replace the dark facade with floor-to-ceiling windows, said project manager Gilad Lumer. The renovation is expected to be complete in mid-November, said Lumer. L&R moved its headquarters to the top floor of the building last year, but has yet to sign other office tenants. Most of the 125,000-squarefoot interior remains gutted. Lumer said space will be built

Development firm Trammell Crow is slated to close on a deal to buy a 20-acre site owned by the now defunct Community Redevelopment Agency. The firm would then build a $40 million manufacturing facility geared toward clean technology companies. The pending deal, which was approved by the entity that is dispensing with the CRA’s assets, still needs approval from a county oversight panel. That entity is expected to approve the sale this month. The CRA had long struggled to sell the site near 15th Street and Washington Boulevard, in part because the land is contaminated. Trammell Crow has agreed to buy the property for $15.4 million, matching the amount of the outstanding loan made on the site to the CRA, which would then be able to pay off its debt. Multiple previous agreements to sell or lease the property have fallen through.

CLIFTON’S RENOVATION Andrew Meieran, the owner of Clifton’s Cafeteria, continues a major renovation that will add three new bars and another restaurant to the property at 648 S. Broadway. Meieran said see Projects, page 16

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Projects Continued from page 15 he is updating the famous cafeteria on the ground level without altering its historic character; the street-level renovation will anchor the first phase of the project, which will also include the addition of a “neighborhood bar” on the mezzanine. Future phases will include the transformation of the second floor into a jazz and blues lounge/bar called The Brookdale, as well as a speakeasy style bar in the basement. The third floor is slated to get a tiki bar. A fine dining restaurant will go on the fourth floor, and an existing bakery will be renovated. The main cafeteria is tentatively slated to reopen by early 2013, and the new venues will arrive in phases every three months after that. The first phase will include a renovation of the building’s façade. Meieran hopes to get the property listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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met coffee house La Mill Coffee and Hollywood’s Loteria Grill. Ultimately there will be about 18 restaurants in the complex. The project is being designed by Gensler.

LA KRETZ INNOVATION CAMPUS A groundbreaking is expected for a clean technology business incubator in the Arts District this year, with plans to open by June 2013, said Fred Walti, executive director of the project at 411 Hewitt St. The facility, to be built inside an existing structure, was conceived by a partnership between the now defunct Community Redevelopment Agency and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The CRA dissolution is not expected to impact the project, which is in the final design phase. The campus will house the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, which will encompass a group of clean technology companies working with processes related to sustainable uses of natural resources. The DWP paid $11.1 million for the building on the block bounded by Hewitt, Colyton, Fifth and Palmetto streets. A temporary 3,500-square-foot facility is now open nearby. City and LACI officials are trying to secure public funds to turn an adjacent parking lot into a park. At


A fall opening is anticipated for the $40 million facelift of the shopping complex on the southwest corner of Seventh and Figueroa streets. Earlier this year new escalators were lowered into place for the mall that will be anchored by Downtown’s first Target. In March, officials with land owner Brookfield Properties announced the first group of restaurants that will have space in the complex’s Taste Figat7th, a 25,000-squarefoot dining area. They include outposts of Silver Lake gour-

Construction has begun on a renovation of the 25-year-old edifice at 333 S. Alameda St. Crews will create a new entertainment hub anchored by a 24-lane bowling alley, a sports bar and a family restaurant. There would also be an upgraded video arcade. Jay Chun, president of property manager Kaufman Commercial Group, said owners Three Alameda Plaza plan to begin opening the new elements in phases starting in December. The group purchased the 250,000-squarefoot mall in 2008. Other plans in the three-story edifice include the addition of about eight new restaurants and giving a more modern look to the gray, fortress-like exterior.

MARRIOTT HOTELS A $172 million hotel complex from Portland developer Williams/Dame Associates is scheduled to break ground in June. The project on a parking lot at the northwest corner of Olympic Boulevard and Francisco Street will fea-

ture a 174-room Courtyard by Marriott and a 218-room Residence Inn by Marriott in the same 23-story building. The 373,000-square-foot development just north of the 1,001-room J.W. Marriott/Ritz-Carlton hotel was spurred by Homer Williams, who previously developed the Eleven, Luma and Evo condo complexes in South Park. The development is being funded by Seattle-based American Life Inc. The project that will create more than 800 construction jobs and provide nearly 12,000 square feet of meeting space is slated to open in the summer of 2014.

ROSS DEPARTMENT STORE A Ross Dress for Less is expected to open in early 2013 at 719-725 S. Broadway, according to officials with 14th District City Councilman José Huizar, whose office is facilitating the project. The retail outlet will fill the former Woolworth Department Store building. The 39,000-square-foot discount store will take up the basement and ground floor of the edifice. The project will create two new elevators, an escalator system and a DWP substation in the basement to power the property. The grand staircases will also be restored. Ross signed a 10-year lease for the structure and has the option of expanding into the two upper floors of the three-story edifice. The project is expected to generate 50 full- and part-time jobs.

SPARKLE FACTORY Jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino and her husband and partner Alfonso Campos are converting a long-vacant building at 908 S. Broadway into a headquarters for their jewelry business. Dubbed the Sparkle Factory, the structure will house design and production operations as well as a ground-floor retail shop. Originally slated to break ground in February, permitting delays pushed the start of construction back by two months. Work is now underway, Campos said. The store is expected to open by early 2013, he said. The company is planning to move its offices into the building by August. At

SPRING STREET GARAGE Downtown Management, a prominent property owner and

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Development also move into the new building. Architecture firm Ware Malcomb is overseeing the design, while Millie and Severson is handling construction.


weekend. The second phase of the project, which will extend the line from Culver City to Santa Monica and cost $1.5 billion, is under construction and is scheduled to open in 2015. At


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developer in the Historic Core, submitted plans last year for a 500-space parking garage on Spring Street between Fifth and Sixth streets. The firm is in the process of securing city approvals for the six-level structure, which would serve residents of Downtown Management’s three nearby apartment buildings as well as the public. A budget has not been released, though a groundbreaking is expected this summer, said firm vice president Greg Martin. The project has proved controversial because it would block rear-loading access to Broadway’s Roxie, Arcade and Cameo theaters, which for years have operated as swap meets. Theater preservation advocates say restoring the venues would require rear-loading access. Downtown Management owns the theaters.

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NONPROFIT/COMMUNITY BUDOKAN LOS ANGELES The Budokan of Los Angeles, a proposed $22 million recreation center planned by the Little Tokyo Service Center, received a $5 million grant last month. The money, Prop 84 funds distributed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, will go toward construction of the 38,000-squarefoot facility on Los Angeles between Second and Third streets. Much work remains to be done, however, as so far only a little more than $7 million has been raised for the project. The effort would include a four-court gymnasium, community space and a rooftop garden with a jogging track. It would provide space for several sports with an emphasis on martial arts tournaments. No timeline for the development has been released.

The $15.7 million Hope Street Family Center is on track for a summer completion, said Holly Benson, vice president of Housing Development for Abode Communities. The four-story, 25,500-square-foot project, a partnership between Abode and California Hospital Medical Center, broke ground last April. The building at 1600 S. Hope St. will offer services supporting low-income families and will include an outdoor basketball court and a children’s play area. The building is slated to secure LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. At


GOOD SAMARITAN EXPANSION Work continues on a 190,000-square-foot medical office building at Wilshire Boulevard and Witmer Street in City West, and completion is slated for the first quarter of 2014, according to hospital officials. The project will create an $80 million facility with a pharmacy, an outpatient surgical center and five levels of physicians’ offices. The building will also serve as home to some of Good Samaritan’s specialty medical clinics, among them a cardiac care facility and a blood donor center. The radiation and oncology departments will

EXPOSITION LIGHT RAIL Phase one of the $930 million Exposition Light Rail opened to fanfare on April 27. The line now takes passengers from Downtown to the La Cienega station. The Venice/Robertson station in Culver City is scheduled to open in the summer. Rides on the eight-mile route that shares two stops with the Blue Line and has nine new stations were free on opening

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A $15 million headquarters for Lucky Brand jeans opened on Feb. 22. The two-story, 46,000-square-foot edifice at 540 S. Santa Fe Ave. houses about 250 employees. The denim maker’s executive offices, product and store design departments, production, marketing and other units are in the building. The company had been based in Vernon before coming to Downtown. Although the building is new, designs by Patrick Wade, who is also the creative director for Lucky Brand, were intended to look old, with inspiration from 1930s train stations.

YWCA JOB CORPS CAMPUS The $73 million Downtown L.A. YWCA Job Corps Urban Campus is open, said Ann Hickambottom, director of strategic development for the organization. The project at 1020 S. Olive St. consolidated two buildings that housed students and programs. The project includes a medical center, classrooms, a dining hall, a commercial kitchen and 200 rooms that will house 400 Job Corps trainees. Hickambottom said move-ins began in March.

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Continued from page 21 tain that functions as another gathering space for residents. Additionally, there is a “Victory Garden” and potting shed to allow for horticultural pursuits as well as a workshop for the do-it-yourselfers to fix or create things. The building’s architectural design pays homage in both style and detail to the surrounding historic Echo Park neighborhood. The unique design solution of angled balconies maximizes park and cityscape views for residents. “The project will bring beautiful new and needed housing for seniors to Echo Park,” says City Councilman Eric Garcetti. The property will offer comfortable living on single-story flats. Each apartment home comes with eco-friendly heating/cooling, ceiling fan, a walk-out patio or private balcony, energy-efficient appliances, window coverings, washer/ dryer hookups and high speed Internet access. Each unit will also be pre-wired for cable television. A new library is located steps from Parkview’s front door. Several fine restaurants, churches, doctor’s offices and shopping are located within a short walk. In addition to this pedestrian orientation, Parkview Living has been designed to be an environmentally friendly, smokefree residential community promoting healthy living. Parkview is at 1902 Park Ave. For leasing information call (213) 927-0002 or email

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only selling residential units but also leasing apartments and condominiums. “I said, ‘Wow, I have a lot of clients that own a lot of that product. I think there is something we could do here,’” he recalled. “With the next cycle around the corner, this is a ground-floor opportunity.” Luster said the residential business will serve the needs of Major Properties’ existing clients, and that will likely entail handling transactions outside of Downtown on behalf of clients. The new division will be centered in the area. Of course, the housing market is still on shaky ground, slowing Downtown’s emergence as a vibrant residential community. But Silver said investors, spurred by low interest rates, have re-entered the market, buying condos and leasing them as apartments. Major Properties is at 1200 W. Olympic Blvd. For information call (213) 222-1205 or visit


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Continued from page 23 rounding neighborhood also features a pharmacy, a post office, an outdoor shopping mall, Staples Center and L.A. Live. With such a multitude of choices within walking distance, it is difficult to decide which restaurant to dine at. The Metro is a block away, making it a breeze to be in Orange County or North Hollywood in less than an hour. Location, location, location! It is one of the most important things to consider when moving to a new home. Located directly in the center of Downtown Los Angeles, Gas Company Lofts is part of South Village, a multi-block residential and retail community that includes rental housing and a full-service grocery store. These elements make it the hotspot of L.A. The Gas Company Lofts’ historic architecture is complemented by quality finishes in each unit, creating a signature project and luxurious environment. Interior amenities include a variety of granite countertops, dark cherry wood and maple cabinetry with modern design finishes and brushed stainless steel appliances. The “green” floors are reused materials such as cork, bamboo or distressed concrete. All apartments come with garaged residential and gated parking, free of charge. The Gas Company Lofts leasing office is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sunday. Appointments are highly recommended on weekends. For information contact (213) 955-5700 or visit


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Park Continued from page 1 new event this summer, though he would not release details until plans are finalized. Some older events are expanding. The Hard Summer Festival, an electronic, dance and hip-hop concert that draws about 30,000 people, will add a second day this year. The Aug. 3-4 shows will include more than 50 bands on four stages. Additionally, Gary Richards, CEO of Hard Events, said the company will move the yearly Hard Haunted Mansion concert from the Shrine Auditorium to the park. It will take place in October. “We’ve fallen in love with the L.A. State Park,” said Richards. “There are no seats so it really works well for what we try to do.” The additional shows won’t be the only source of new revenue — Woods said the park will be available for weddings and private parties. Rates have not yet been set. The events will not require closing the entire park to the public. Other revenue streams are being explored as well. Woods said there are plans to establish a food concession at the park. Officials are also reaching out to corporate sponsors. “We don’t want to rely heavily on musical events because of the impact with things like noise, so we’re looking at a diverse array of options,” Woods said. In the Green Before it was a park, the whale-shaped site was a business hub. In 1875 it housed the Southern Pacific Railroad River Station. The seeds that fell off trains prompted the nickname of the Cornfield. The land was empty for most of the second half of the 20th century (though a quarter-mile long replica of the New York subway system, completing with working rail cars, was built on the site for the 1995 film Money Train). It was reactivated in 2005 when artist Lauren Bon transformed the land into the “Not a Cornfield” art project. Corn was grown and harvested on the property and weekly cultural events were held. When that project ended Bon donated the lights, irrigation equipment and other infrastructure to California State Parks. The department began holding events there in 2006. The park is one of six within the department’s Los Angeles Sector which operate with a cumulative $1.7 million budget. Woods said that budget is expected to be reduced by $250,000 next year. The Downtown park alone has an annual budget of roughly $300,000, about 20% of which comes from the state, said Woods. Last year the park generated approximately $200,000 from special events. With the new concerts and events, Woods said the park should be able to pull in up to $400,000 this year. That’s important at a time when a major renovation is approaching. An original plan to conduct a $55 million upgrade was shelved during the economic downturn. The $18 million project will create a welcome pavilion, a promenade for a farmers market, an amphitheater and permanent restrooms. Woods said the department has to present a business plan to the Department of Finance by this fall showing that the fully renovated 32-acre facility can be operated without help from the state. “Before we get the final approval to go to construction with this park we have to demonstrate the potential to generate enough revenue to basically be cost-neutral,” he said. “We cannot impact the general fund.” He said annual operating costs after the renovation will be about $1 million. The department expects to meet that by a combination of the special event fees, sponsorships and the food concessions. Off the List California parks have taken a beating amid the state’s ongoing fiscal crisis. In 2009, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed closing 220 state recreation sites, including the Los Angeles State Historic Park. The property was eventually spared. Gov. Jerry Brown’s January 2011 budget proposal called for reducing state parks funding by $11 million. This year the proposed chop for the department was $22 million. Last May the State Parks department announced that budget woes would force it to shutter 70 of its 279 parks (the Downtown property was not one of them). Some sites have since have found donors and financial partners. According to the California State Park website, by January 2012 the department had reached agreements to keep nine of those sites open. While the Los Angeles State Historic Park has survived so far, some Downtown green space advocates support efforts to make the park financially independent. “State parks are all finding themselves in the situation that there’s just not going to be funding down the road,” said Adrian Scott Fine, director of advocacy for the Los Angeles Conservancy, which has called for keeping state parks open. Fine said it is important to create a balance so that the park is not overused with essentially private events, but also so that is has enough money coming in to remain open. Increased concerts could have an impact on neighboring Chinatown. That doesn’t worry George Yu, the executive director of the Chinatown Business Improvement District. He said the park has been a considerate neighbor and officials have done a good job of keeping the “negative impact” to a minimum. He expects that to continue. “The park needs to be activated,” he said. “Without these events there’s no way to maintain a working budget to keep the park open in this day and age.” Meanwhile Woods said he is optimistic about the future of the park. “We know that what we have here,” he said, “is of immense value in terms of what we provide to the public, and also event promoters who see this as just an incredible location with the skyline of Los Angeles in the background.” Contact Richard Guzmán at

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A past FYF Fest concert at Los Angeles State Historic Park, the 32-acre facility on the edge of Chinatown. This year the number of shows at the site is slated to increase. The park will also get an $18 million renovation.

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The Philanthropist, the Playboy and the Prizes photos by Gary Leonard

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arol Schatz is known as the conservatively dressed chief executive of the business advocacy powerbroker the Central City Association. Last week, she was happy to sport a set of shimmering silver Playboy bunny ears. That’s because on Thursday, May 17, the CCA named Hugh Hefner one of its Treasures of Los Angeles. Hefner, honored as much for his legacy as a champion of civil rights as for his publishing career, offered Schatz the ears as a token of gratitude during the noon luncheon at the Westin Bonvaneture Hotel. Most of the honorees had strong Downtown

ties, including Yang Ho Cho, chairman and CEO of Hanjin Group, which is behind the $1 billion plan to replace the Wilshire Grand with a hotel and office tower that could be the tallest building west of the Mississippi. It is slated to open in 2016. “Cho is an international businessman for the world,” said Chris Martin, chairman and CEO of architecture firm AC Martin Partners, designer of the Hanjin project, who also presented the award. “He’s coming back here to Los Angeles to invest $1 billion in a hotel/office building project. We talk about L.A. being an international city. When was the last time we really had an international company coming here and making this investment?” The CCA also recognized Downtown inves-

tor Andrew Meieran for his work restoring historic properties such as the Higgins Building, home of the Edison bar, and the ongoing renovation of Clifton’s Cafeteria. Meieran was feted in part for hiring Clifton’s employees from the Midnight Mission homeless shelter’s job training program. Philanthropist Marilyn Ziering was named a Treasure for her support of Los Angeles Opera’s “Recovered Voices” initiative to stage pieces written by Jewish artists who were killed in the Holocaust, and whose works were suppressed by the Nazis. Also honored were the Good News Girls, a charity founded and run by five female television journalists: KTLA’s

Wendy Burch, CBS2’s Pat Harvey, KTTV Fox’s Christine Devine, “Good Day L.A.” host Dorothy Lucy, and KNBC reporter Ana Garcia. The competing journalists work together to raise money for scholarships and community projects, including the creation of a library for the Downtown Women’s Center. The Los Angeles Galaxy, recent champions of Major League Soccer, took home an award, as did a group of students from the Granada Hills Charter High School who won the National Academic Decathlon for the second year in a row. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at

Around Town Continued from page 2 coordinate with Los Angeles County to ensure that operating hours and other park regulations are consistent between the City Hall space and the Grand Avenue Civic Park, a $56 million public space connecting City Hall and the Music Center that is due to open in late June.

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rown Cards, a family run business that has sold greeting cards to Civic Center workers for nearly four decades in

the Los Angeles Mall, will close this month. Lisa Hoshizaki, whose parents own the store, said the shop has been hurt by early retirements and furloughs among their City Hall customer base. She also blamed conditions in the L.A. Mall, the underground shopping center between Main and Los Angeles streets at Temple Street. Crown Cards is the last remaining original tenant, Hoshizaki said. “It’s gone through so many different changes over the years,” she said. “We’ve had council people come in, Chief Bratton used to come in to buy his cards, Mayor Bradley.” Hoshizaki said her family does not plan to reopen the shop elsewhere.

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When it opens in late 2013, the museum will mix modern technology and historical artifacts in its 4,000-square-foot main exhibition space.



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Night Moves East West Players Delivers an Understatedly Beautiful Revival of a Sondheim Work by Jeff Favre contributing writer


eparated historically by a couple of years and geographically by a few blocks, A Little Night Music and Follies are enjoying a rare simultaneous run. The beneficiaries of the serendipity are Downtown Los Angeles audiences. Though the Follies revival at the Ahmanson Theatre possesses a higher profile and a bigger budget, A Little Night Music, which opened last week at the David Henry Hwang Theater, has no better institutional ally than East West Players. The Little Tokyo company has produced 12 Sondheim works in its 46year history, though never this one. This subtle, sophisticated and musically complicated take on Ingmar Bergman’s 1955 film Smiles of a Summer Night calls for a cast of talented voices and a director who allows the humor and sadness to build gradually throughout its nearly three-hour running time. All of the elements for success are present in the show that continues through June 10. Director Tim Dang has not only reimagined the look and feel of the 1973 musical to create an authentic Asian theme, he also strikes the ideal emotional chord by never overplaying scenes for easy laughs or forced drama. Instead, there’s a maturity that speaks to the story’s subject matter of marriage and fidelity. Hugh Wheeler’s book has not been changed, except that the location has moved from early 20th century Sweden to the same time period in “the most European of Asian

cities,” which possibly is Singapore. The backdrop for the play is a crowd of tall bamboo trees, hanging lanterns and a chandelier. It’s an effective look created by scenic designer Adam Flemming, whose work is complemented by Jessica Olson’s Chineseinfluenced costume designs. Also, the elderly Madame Armfeldt (Karen Huie) is here using a wheelchair, perhaps because of foot binding. She smokes an opium pipe to deal with the pain. The Asian setting doesn’t enhance or alter the story, but it doesn’t detract from it either. At the heart of a series of tumultuous relationships is the middle-aged Fredrik (Jon Jon Briones) and his 18-year-old wife Anne (Katy Tang), who remains a virgin after their 11 months of marriage. Fredrik is frustrated to say the least, which he elaborates in the song “Now.” Soon, he finds comfort in the arms — and bed — of an old flame, actress Desiree (Melody Butiu), who’s having an affair with Carl-Magnus (Marcus Choi), who in turn is married to Charlotte (Tiffany-Marie Austin), whose little sister went to school with Anne. Got it? Adding to the confusion is Fredrik’s son Henrik (Glenn Fernandez), a seminary student who is in love with his new stepmother Anne. These overlapping relationships are given the room to crash and explode into each other after Desiree convinces her mother, Madame Armfeldt, to invite Fredrik and his family to her home for a weekend. CarlMagnus and Charlotte hear about the rendezvous and decide to crash the party.

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Unlike Follies, which is loaded with explosive arguments and fiery up-tempo songs, Night Music is as elegant as the waltzes that are part of the score. Dang wisely remains restrained in his pacing, allowing each relationship to unfold realistically. Only CarlMagnus is played strictly for comedic effect, and even then Choi earns laughs without becoming cartoonish. The sole Sondheim song from the show to become a hit was “Send in the Clowns.” It is one of his simpler melodies, and Butiu’s gentle and emotionally honest rendition defines the sense of loss and regret she and Fredrik feel. The song that fits Sondheim’s style best is the eclectic, tempo-changing, tonguetwisting “The Miller’s Son,” which Maegan McConnell deftly delivers as Anna’s maid Petra.

There are several strong voices, in particular the opera-trained Tang, who as Anne handles the number “Soon,” and Briones as Henrik, who plays cello while singing “Later.” The lush complexities of Sondheim’s score can’t be fully experienced with a small chamber orchestra. Still, there’s an intimacy that fits this revival. There’s little amplification, so the mix of music and voice is genuine and not augmented by technology. There is more humor after intermission, but the gentle moments are what’s memorable. Dang and his cast trust the material of A Little Night Music, and the revival they offer is understatedly beautiful. A Little Night Music runs through June 10 at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts, 120 Judge John Aiso St. (213) 625-7000 or

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The Magic of Puccini and Paris La Bohème Has a Power, Even With Lackluster Principals by Marc Porter Zasada contributing writer


omehow, La Bohème always works. Maybe it’s the music by Giacamo Puccini. Maybe it’s the simple but perfectly balanced story of young love, art and fatal illness. Whatever the case, the show has returned to Los Angeles Opera, and despite a lackluster set of principals and some weak directing, it’s again easy to rush back to the garrets of Paris and the foolishness of youth. Along with the great Italian composer, much of the credit goes to conductor Patrick Summers, who keeps a light hand on the romance of the score and works closely with the singers without falling into melodrama. Even more credit goes to the evergreen production by Herb Ross with its charming set by Gerard Howland. It’s been seen many times before on the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage (where it runs through June 2), but it still manages to evoke the streets and rooftops of the City of Lights, the cold of its winter and the poverty of its Bohemian artists. La Bohème chronicles two parallel love affairs among the artistic down-and-out of Paris circa 1830. The unsuccessful playwright Rodolfo falls for Mimì, a shy and naïve maker of paper flowers. His friend, the painter Marcello, tries to renew a relationship with the tempestuous Musetta, a sometime consort of aristocracy. Everything’s briefly wonderful on the Rive Gauche until poverty, illness and jealousy intrude. The tragedy of La Bohème is the tragedy of idealism running headfirst into real life. Rodolfo and Mimì are one of the great romantic pairs in all of music, and La Bohème is the opera beloved even by people who generally hate opera. Each performance is an op-

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Real life married couple Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello (both seated) play the lovers Mimi and Rodolfo in L.A. Opera’s La Bohème. Also shown are Robert Pomakov (left, who plays Colline), Museop Kim (Schaunard, second from right) and Artur Rucinski (Marcello).

portunity to renew one’s affair with the form, or to drag in newcomers. In a bold attempt to engage a new generation, L.A. Opera this time gambles with a young, lesser-known cast, one in which the singers are all about the right age for the parts. On opening night, however, the principals rarely delivered the presence or punch of world-class opera. One would have gladly sacrificed a little realism for more self-confidence and power. As Rodolfo, Stephen Costello offered some fine musicality. He has a lyric, even Mozartian tenor that suffers only from a slight constriction in the high notes. As an actor, however, Costello has not yet matured, and he entirely failed to grasp the impulsive soul

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secondary singers, especially Rodolfo’s fellow bohemians, happily starving for their art. Of these, Artur Rucinski stood out as a jaunty and lively Marcello and Janai Brugger was a strong, engaging Musetta. Her famous introductory aria “Quando me’n vo,” also known as “Musetta’s Waltz,” was the highlight of the evening. Sadly, the other bohemians didn’t match this energy. Museop Kim as Schaunard and Robert Pomakov as Colline were generally stiff and passive in what should be life-affirming roles — more grad students dressing down. Some of the blame for the uncertainty in this otherwise talented young troupe falls on director Gregory A. Fortner. He clearly put most of his efforts into coordinating the big crowd scenes, which were wonderfully colorful, complex and well staged. The L.A. Opera Chorus, always excellent, was used here to good effect. When it came to the intimate scenes among the key singers, however, Fortner apparently asked them just to sit around and chat. Missed opportunities abounded. There was some silliness with the cafe waiters, but none of the usual interesting interplay with Musetta’s rich lover, Alcindoro. Too little was made of the cold night in Act III. Lighting designer Daniel Ordower seemed equally uninterested in the principals, whose faces often appeared in half-shadow. Despite the shortcomings, the magic of La Bohème manages to shine through like the big moon that appears in Act I. No matter what else happens, nothing can match the magic of Puccini and Paris. La Bohème runs through June 2 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-8001 or Note that Valentina Fleer takes over the part of Musetta May 26.

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Violence never solves anything, except sobriety. On Friday, May 25, the Downtown Independent hosts another installment of its Double Feature Drink-Along with the ultra-smashing Life was so much betcrime capers Reservoir Dogs and Natural ter in 51 B.C. Opening this week at Born Killers. It’s simple: Grab a beer, the California Science Center is Cleopatra: sit down and make some rules that The Exhibition. Ascending to the throne at age 17, encourage imbibing. For instance, if Cleopatra achieved infamy through the magnetic ease with which she seduced two Roman emperors, making her you sip every time a character uses an influential ancient precursor to Kim Kardashian. The exthe F word in Quentin Tarantino’s travaganza of old school Egypt debuts Wednesday, May 23, at directorial debut Reservoir Dogs, the Exposition Park facility, where an audio tour guides guests you’ll drink 269 times. Or if you’d through more than 13,000 square feet and 150 artifacts. like to raise your glass any time If your mind hasn’t been sufficiently blown by priceless Tom Sizemore says “I’m Jack memorabilia and tales of promiscuity, the museum Scagnetti” or the film saturation/ also offers Mysteries of Egypt, an IMAX tour of the stock type shifts in Oliver Stone’s ancient land. At 700 Exposition Park Drive, media critique, you’ll be well on your (213) 744-2019 or californiasciway to sweet inebriation. Don’t watch these movies and then drive. Showtime is 7 p.m. at 251 S. Main St., (213) 617-1033 or Second Street’s Redwood Bar and Grill has a wild week of old-fashioned, eardrum smashing rock. Monday, May 21, finds roots rock extraordinaire and former Blasters front man Phil Alvin playing some tunes and trying not to flaunt his Ph.D. in artificial intelligence. On Tuesday, L.A. punk stalwarts Los Creepers deliver their chaotic noise punk in lovely two-minute bursts. The highlight may be on Saturday, when OG punk and original Minuteman and Firehose four-string soldier Mike Watt lights up the joint. Pack some earplugs and fortify your stomach with carbs beforehand to ensure optimum listening pleasure. At 316 W. Second St., (213) 680-2600 or

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Blue Whale 123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka St., (213) 620-0908 or May 22: Kathleen Grace Group. May 23: Katisse Buckingham with Jerry Watts and Chris Wabich Trio. May 24: Vardan Ovsepian’s Chomaticity CD release and birthday celebration with Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Artyom Manukyan and Kio Griffith. May 25: Nikos Syropoulos Group. May 26: Phil O’Connor Group. Bootleg Bar 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or May 21, 8 p.m.: Harriet is full of youthful vigor and raw piano love. May 22, 7:30 p.m.: Sultry and soulful, Lianna La Havas takes the stage with help from the big-hearted acoustic crooner Ferraby Lionheart. May 23, 7:30 p.m.: Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s will drive a stake of sentimental rock right into your heart. May 24, 8 p.m.: Brit rockers Little Barrie are back in town with a bit of punchy rock. May 25, 8 p.m.: Song length and instrumentation are used economically with production heavy outfit We Are Serenaedes. May 26, 9 p.m.: Jazz influences and Latin flavor shade the ensemble emissions of Cava. May 27, 7:30 p.m.: California style indie rock via Cave Country. Broadway Bar 830 S. Broadway, (213) 614-9909 or May 24, 10 p.m.: HM Soundsystem returns to Broader Than Broadway with their iconic style that reminds one of the Prodigy had they been deprived of oxygen for extended periods of time. Casey’s Irish Pub 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353 or May 25, 10 p.m.: The Gods of Macho aren’t your daddy’s “pinko rock band.” No, their shades of pastel are apolitical and used only to evoke deep irony. May 26, 10 p.m.: Let us cue you in to Downtown’s best keep secret: Animal Raps. A man dresses like an animal and then raps about animals. You’re welcome. Club Nokia 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or May 25, 7:30 p.m.: If you’ve spent the last five years lamenting the fact that the Insane Clown Posse has gone mainstream, you’ll love The Psycho Realm,


De juris accomplishments are the subject of de facto enshrinement at the California African American Museum. This week is your last chance to take in Justice, Balance & Achievement: African Americans & the California Courts. The display, which closes Sunday, May 27, highlights watershed judicial decisions in the state of California and their effect on African Americans. Beyond judicial rulings, the exhibit also delves into the biographical with profiles of 17 African American justices whose presence has been felt in the courts of California. At CAAM, 600 State Dr., (213) 744-7432 or

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sunday, May 27 Art Talk: Ends of the Earth at MOCA MOCA Geffen Contemporary, 152 N. Central Ave., (213) 626-6222 or 3 p.m.: On the day the exhibit Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 opens, co-curators Philipp Kaiser and Miwon Kwon lead an opening day walkthrough and discussion of the show. World Wide Radio The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., (213) 488-0599 or 2 p.m.: The second of three monthly events celebrating music from every corner of the world.

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Monday, May 21 Speakeasy Open Mic The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., (213) 488-0599 or 8 p.m.: Bask in the wonder of the printed word with a bit of the spoken word at the Last Bookstore’s weekly open mic. Thursday, May 24 Arlie Hochschild at Aloud Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7500 or 7 p.m.: Arlie Hochschild, the sociologist and author of The Second Shift, looks at everything from hired mourners who will scatter your loved one’s ashes to nameologists (who help you name your child). She’s in conversation with USC professor Amy Parish.

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Continued from previous page a return to crass, gauche hip hop. May 26, 8 p.m.: El Coyote, fine banda music for you and yours. May 27, 7 p.m.: Korean sensation Jay Park. Exchange LA 618 S. Spring St., (213) 627-8070 or May 25, 10 p.m.: House music with BT, Lange and Audrey Gallagher. Nokia Theater 777 Chick Hearn Court, (213) 763-6020 or May 26, 8 p.m.: Latino men in cowboy hats abound as Julion Alvarez plays L.A. Live. May 27, 8 p.m.: Reggaeton from Don Omar. Nola’s 734 E. 3rd St., (213) 680-3003 or May 21: Jacques Lesure Jam Session. May 22: Sharon Ridley on piano and vocals.


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the fictitious business name or names listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 16, 2012. NOTICE—This fictitious name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et. seq. Business and Professions Code). Pub. 4/30, 5/07, 5/14, 5/21/12. Fictitious Business name statement FILE NO. 2012076185 The following persons doing business as: 1) MR. STITCH EMBROIDERY 2) EBLOCKS USA, 13714 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, is hereby registered by the following registrants: ZELLMAN’S INC., 4525 Varna Ave., Sherman Oaks CA 91423. This business is conducted by a corporation. Registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein in 1996. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 25, 2012. NOTICE—This fictitious name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et. seq. Business and Professions Code). Pub. 4/30, 5/07, 5/14, 5/21/12

sance 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 Collector’s power to sell. The parcels listed will become subject to the Tax Collector’s power to sell on July 1, 2012, at 12:01 a.m., by operation of law. The Tax Collector’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 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.


notice oF DiViDeD PuBLication Made pursuant to Section 3381, Revenue and Taxation Code

MARK J. SALADINO TREASURER AND TAX COLLECTOR COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES STATE OF CALIFORNIA PARCEL NUMBERING SYSTEM EXPLANATION The Assessor’s Identification Number (AIN), when used to describe property in this list, refers to the Assessor’s map book, the

map page, the block on the map, if applicable, and the individual parcel on the map page or in the block. The Assessor’s maps and further explanation of the parcel numbering system are available in the Assessor’s Office, 500 West Temple Street, Room 225, Los Angeles, California 90012. 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 Pub. 5/14, 5/21/12

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$14,488 Certified, White/Beige, Leather, Moonroof. ZV1679 / 9P001079 $19,285 2010 VW Tiguan Turbo ..................... $21,815 Certified, Gray/Gray, Only 14k Miles. ZV1696 / AW524451 2009 VW Jetta S ................................. Certified, California Edition, 2.5L DOHC. ZV1612 / 9M099027

2009 VW Passat Turbo ......................

Plus 295 More New & Used In Stock & On Sale!


888-838-5089 635 W. Washington Blvd. •

$8,999 2005 Nissan Titan XE ......................... $10,999 A Real Beauty. Great Truck. N111432-1 / 5N513889 2007 Nissan Frontier SE ................... King Cab, Low Miles, 4.0L, 6 cyl, ABS. N121283-1 / 7C429668 $14,499 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5S ................... Great Value, Great Car. N120339-1 / 5N444312

Plus 263 More New & Used In Stock & On Sale!

AUDI OF DOWNTOWN L.A. 888-583-0981 1900 S. Figueroa St. •

$22,870 2011 Audi A3 2.0T Wagon ............... Certified, White/Blk, Only 12,937 miles. ZA10368 / BA115968 $26,858 2009 Audi Q5 Quattro ...................... $33,835 Certified, Premium pkg., White/Blk. ZA10345 / 9A047056 2008 Audi A4 2.0T ............................. Certified, FWD, Low miles. ZA10316 / 8A093654

Plus 94 More New & Used In Stock & On Sale!

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


$39,991 2008 Mercedes SL550 Roadster ..... $46,991 Certified, Silver/Blk, 5.5L V8. 5350C / F136283 2009 Mercedes GL450 ...................... $48,991 Certified, White/Blk, 4.6L V8. 112368-1 / A529087 2009 Mercedes CLK350 Conv. ......... Certified, White/Blk, Only 27K Miles. 5716C / F259362

Plus 390 More New & Used In Stock & On Sale!


888-685-5426 1900 S. Figueroa St. •

$39,897 2008 Porsche Boxster ....................... $42,892 Certified, Guards Red/Blk, Like New. ZP1472 / 8U712838 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 ............. Certified, Blk/Blk, One Owner, 32K Miles. P12378-1 / 9S706700 $69,892 2008 Porsche Cayenne ....................... Certified, Slvr/Blk, Only 24K Miles. ZP1445 / 9LA8524

Plus 64 More New & Used In Stock & On Sale!

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May 21, 2012 LAST CHANCE !

vo t I n g e n d s J u n e 1 .

It’s tIme to

cast Your vote! Voting will be open from May 14 through June 3, 2011. Vote online now at! Those weeks will go fast so don’t miss your chance to help define what is best about Downtown.

Win a weekend

on the town and more!

Fill out the ballot and your e-mail address will be entered in our drawing. The grand prize winner will receive a complimentary two-night stay at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel that includes dinner for two at Sai Sai, $200 spending cash, dinner for two at Morton’s The Steakhouse, a $150 Ticketmaster gift card, and a Los Angeles Conservancy walking tour. It’s a great package, if we do say so ourselves, worth $1,000. Additional prizes: iPod Touch, cash prizes, gift certificates and more!

Voting will be open from may 12 through June 1, 2012.


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