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Puppet theater for sale, a Skid Row fire, and other happenings Around Town. Despite an increase in police, crime is rising in Downtown.

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Focus on Education

The Papier-Mâché Playground The Artists Behind the Civic Center Sunbathers and the Grazing Downtown Deer

Looking at the Trutanich flameout.


Downtown to get a Sport Chalet.


A new heart center opens.


photo by Gary Leonard

Calder Greenwood and an anonymous partner known as Wild Life are the creative forces behind several recent Downtown street art installations, including the deer on the hillside at Fourth and Hill streets. by Ryan Vaillancourt staff writer


Days later, on the hillside at Fourth and Hill streets, where the now defunct Community Redevelopment Agency once dispatched goats to eat up the overgrowth, a trio of grazing deer were spotted. Amid the sprays of foxtail and stalks of wild fennel, the creatures were the first signs of life on the unattended site in more than a year. Then there is the Spring Street stump, severed years ago from the rest of its trunk and left to die. Two weeks ago it suddenly “grew” into a full-size tree with a lush canopy of green leaves.

Welcome to the playful imaginations of Calder Greenwood, 32, and his partner, who has not identified himself but goes by the nom d’art Wild Life. The Downtown residents claim credit for the papier-mâché and cardboard creations, the latest of which, a pair of surfers, showed up in the same pit at Second Street and Broadway and in the middle of the Los Angeles River. The eye patch-bearing and black vest-wearing surfer in the river was modeled after Snake Plissken, see Street Art, page 8

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ome of the most lifeless pockets of Down­ town’s urban fabric suddenly have a spirited pulse. First came the beach-going family who popped up on May 22 inside the fenced-off plot at Second Street and Broadway. The long-neglected blight zone, slated to be the site of a federal courthouse, is just about the last place anyone would expect to see a happy child digging in the “sand.”

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Popular Downtown Event Gains Its Financial Footing, in Part From An Infusion of Corporate Sponsors by Richard Guzmán city editor


y Art Walk standards, May was quiet. An estimated crowd of about 20,000 people felt far smaller. Unlike some past events, the sidewalks were easily navi­ gable and there were few lines outside bars. This week’s event could be far different. Art Walk crowds traditionally spike when the heat rises. Past estimates from Art Walk officials have put attendance at some of the summer happenings at 30,000. There are other factors that raise attention in advance of the Art Walk on Thursday,

June 14. The size and crowded sidewalks were seen as factors in the tragic accidental death of an infant last July after a car drove over a curb. Additionally, Art Walk has been transitioning from an event supported by area stakeholders to one that mostly relies on corporate sponsorships. “Art Walk is on its way to financial sustain­ ability,” said Joe Moller, the event’s executive director. “We pay every bill we get. The or­ ganization is paying two salaries and we are meeting all financial commitments.” It’s a significant turnaround from just a see Art Walk, page 7

The Voice of Downtown Los Angeles

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With summer approaching, huge crowds are likely to return to the monthly Downtown Art Walk.

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AROUNDTOWN Puppet Theater On the Block


lthough the string pullers are assuring audiences that the show will go on, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater is tangled in financial trouble again. Theater owner Bob Baker has put his property at 1345 W. First St. up for sale for $2 million. The listing includes the theater, which is a registered historic landmark, a warehouse and an adjacent corner parking lot. “I’ve personally run out of money,” said the 88-year-old puppeteer, who cited the economy, lagging business, expensive upkeep and trouble meeting the $6,000 monthly mortgage payments as reasons for selling the City West landmark. Baker, however, said there are no plans to close the theater or cancel any shows. He said he hopes either to lease the theater back from a new owner, or sell the corner lot to an investor for a price that allows him to keep the venue. The Academy of Puppetry and the Allied Arts, a nonprofit associated with the theater (Baker sits on the board) is trying to raise money to buy the lot and build a puppetry academy. The goal is $350,000. This is not the first time the theater has been on the block. In 2008 it was briefly for sale as Baker tried to raise $30,000 to avoid foreclosure. Donations then helped save the theater.

Shipping Containers Arrive for Skid Row Storage wo shipping containers donated by the Port of Los Angeles arrived last week at


a Skid Row parking lot where the city plans to operate a storage facility for the homeless. A mayor’s office representative declined to comment, but according to Kevin Murray, executive director of the Weingart Center, which controls the property, the city is working out logistical details before making use of the containers. “The city is supportive,” Murray said. “I suspect we’ll be up and running relatively soon.” The Weingart Center, a homeless services provider, offered the use of a parking lot it leases at Sixth and San Pedro streets in February. The lack of storage space has been perceived as a key obstacle to cleaning the streets. A federal injunction issued last year bars the city from seizing and destroying apparently abandoned property in Skid Row and mandates that any items taken from sidewalks be stored for 90 days before they are trashed. Jane Usher, a special assistant to City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, said the containers are one piece of a multi-pronged plan to address public health concerns in the community.

Two Injured in Skid Row Shooting


olice are investigating a Skid Row shooting that left one man in critical condition and another with a bullet wound in the leg. The incident occurred at about 2 a.m. on June 3 on the 600 block of Maple Avenue after an argument broke out among a group described by police as transients. Paramedics rushed both wounded men to the hospital. “We have not determined the exact motive for the argument

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or the shooting,” said Lt. Paul Vernon in a statement. Detectives interviewed a number of witnesses but police said they were uncooperative. “We’re encouraging anyone with information to come forward and tell us what happened,” Vernon said. “One of the best ways for the residents of Skid Row to protect themselves is to turn over any information about anyone with a gun.” Anyone with information is asked to call (213) 972-1203.

Building Damaged in Gladys Avenue Fire


fire that officials believe was started in a sidewalk homeless encampment spread to an adjacent building, causing damage estimated at $70,000. Los Angeles Fire Department officials responded to the

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blaze at 512 Gladys Ave. at about 3 a.m. on June 3, said Norman Labrecque, assistant manager with Mutual Wholesale Liquour, which operates the building as a storage facility. Labrecque said the fire spread from an exterior wall to inside the facility, damaging electrical and plumbing infrastructure. “It was due to the homeless parking their belongings there on the sidewalk,” said Capt. Walter Duffy of the Fire Department. “They probably had a warming fire and it caught the exterior of the structure.” Duffy said these types of fires are “fairly common” in Skid Row, and are rarely tied to a particular individual. “Nobody’s going to admit to anything so it’s very difficult to put blame on it,” Duffy said. The incident comes as local businesses have grown increasingly fed up with a rise in the number of homeless encampments on Skid Row sidewalks.

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EDITORIALS Déjà-Vu at The Pico House

Urban Scrawl by Doug Davis


here’s a sense of déjà-vu concerning the Pico House, the historic structure near where the city of Los Angeles was founded. A public bidding competition has been launched to find an operator for the 1869 edifice, which today holds little more than sporadic arts events and monthly meetings for the commission that oversees El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. It’s nice to know that the city hopes to fill the structure, which was the first three-story building in Los Angeles. However, we’re not particularly confident that the effort will be fruitful. After all, just two years ago another attempt to find a developer to take over the Pico House and three other nearby buildings fell flat — the request for proposals, as these documents are known, did not generate even a single bid. The city seems to have learned from that fumble. This time the bidding process is narrower. As Los Angeles Downtown News reported last week, the 20-year lease would be for only the 20,000-square-foot Pico House. Developers have the option of including the adjacent 1,650-square-foot Hellman-Quon Building in their plans. Once an operator for the Pico House is selected and a deal is signed, officials would look at launching a competition to take over at least two other structures in what is known as the Pico-Garnier block. The tightened bidding process seems like a good idea. However, an event last month for interested parties garnered low attendance, raising questions as to whether the city will wind up with a sufficient competition that leads to a beneficial deal. Any would-be operator was required to attend the May 22 event — only about six teams showed up, according to El Pueblo officials. Bids are not due until July 20, but it is uncertain if any of those developers will think it’s worth trying to make a deal with the city. The big question is why a historic jewel is so hard to fill. El Pueblo attracts 2 million visitors annually, most of them coming to stroll along Olvera Street and maybe buy a meal or a souvenir. The area got a significant boost last year with the opening of the $27 million La Plaza de Cultural y Artes. Union Station is a short walk away. Seemingly the right restaurant or retail outlet could capitalize on this foot traffic. Maybe there is a problem with the building that has not been publicly disclosed, but that potential bidders know about. Or perhaps developers are wary of dealing with the city on this property. After all, Olvera Street was the site of a bitter, decades-long rent battle, which was only resolved last year. Additionally, the Pico House itself has been the subject of litigation, and a developer known as Old Los Angeles (which includes prominent restaurateur Andy Camacho) has sued the city over a lease for the property. The Pico House should be activated. We think it’s time for the city not only to put it on the market, but to resolve any issues that may leave naturally cautious developers skeptical. Get beyond the political machinations and get the building filled. It will be good for all involved.

Bad to Worse in Skid Row


t is rare when one can legitimately say that a portion of Downtown Los Angeles is unsafe. Unfortunately, that is now the case in part of Skid Row. The situation stems from the biohazards and garbage that city officials have been loathe to remove from the sidewalks for fear of legal ramifications. The filth has gotten so bad that the county recently declared a portion of Skid Row an immediate public health risk. Some quick steps were taken, but unless this signifies the start of major and consistent change, it’s next to useless. Band-Aids won’t do the trick. The situation has been bad for a while. The matter has also been controversial because of a judicial ruling issued last June that outlawed the clearing of property unless it could be stored for 90 days. The misguided decision by Judge Philip Gutierrez put the rights of a few homeless individuals over the rights of the greater community to have a clean, safe and hospitable neighborhood in which to live and do business. In the past year the sidewalks have grown cluttered and sometimes impassable as police and other city officials stopped removing even abandoned items for fear they might be claimed as personal property. The mess has become a breeding ground for roaches, rats and the diseases they carry. The city has moved slower than it should have given the impact on the community. We understand the desire to cover legal bases, but the methodical approach has allowed conditions in the area to worsen. The outcry from a frustrated business community has been largely ignored. People living in low-income hotels and addicts trying to turn their lives around have been footsteps from peril. Los Angeles Downtown News last week wrote about a 32-page report issued May 21 by the County Department of Public Health. The report, which had been requested by the city, examined nine blocks of Skid Row. The story by Ryan Vaillancourt is worth quoting from extensively because of the portrait it paints of the area. The story said: “The report documented 88 vermin burrows, 13 hypodermic needles and 90 accumulations of human or animal waste. A bucket of urine had been dumped into a storm drain on San Julian Street, and an accumulation of vomit, urine and feces was observed in a Seventh Street storm drain.” That is stomach turning. That is frightening. That should not

happen in any community. The report went on to cite a public health risk and ordered that the city immediately clear the streets of the feces and hypodermic needles. The pressure washers were out soon after. The problem is, there’s no telling if that response will continue or if it was a onetime thing. It is even more frightening considering that serious public health matters arose in the community months before. In April Downtown News reported that two police officers working in Skid Row had been diagnosed with MRSA, the dangerous and virulent drug-resistant staph infection. Two other officers came down with scabies. We’re not saying the city has ignored the matter. A police redeployment plan in April sent approximately 50 additional officers to Downtown, allowing patrols to increase both in and around Skid Row. However, when it comes to the refuse, the city has behaved too conservatively. Again, such reticence might be OK in certain legal situations, but not when there are such important stakes impacting so many individuals. Gutierrez’s decision contained a provision allowing police to remove items if there is a risk to public health. That’s why the city wanted to wait for the county report — now there is empirical evidence of the dangers. That step, however, should have been taken long ago. Additionally, the city was extremely slow to respond to an offer that would have created a temporary storage facility on a parking lot at Sixth and San Pedro streets. The owner of the lot, homeless services facility the Weingart Center, was offering the land and efforts were underway to get donated shipping containers to hold personal items. Although the offer had reached the offices of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich in February, there had been no public response (late last week some containers were delivered to the lots, though when and specifically how they will be used has not been disclosed). Now Skid Row is beyond issues of shipping containers and parking lots. Now we’re into dangerous diseases, rats’ nests and piles of excrement. It is time, once and for all, for an aggressive and immediate change, starting (but not ending) with routine sidewalk cleaning. The city has done a few good things, especially with the police deployment, but it is not nearly enough. The community is unsafe. That’s not OK.

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Tru-ly Stunning Carmen Trutanich’s Third-Place Finish Shocked Everyone, But Maybe it Shouldn’t Have by Jon RegaRdie executive editoR


ru disaster. Tru devastation. Tru-ly stunning. That’s the only way to describe the spectacular flameout of Carmen Trutanich in last week’s District Attorney’s race. The man who every observer expected would waltz into the THE REGARDIE REPORT

runoff, if not win the seat outright, suffered a cataclysmic failure, stumbling into a third-place finish. Even if he somehow squeaks into second place once provisional ballots are counted and the race is certified, the net result is the same: The man who outraised his competitors by a more than twoto-one margin pulled barely 22% of the vote. Tru failure. Trutanich received 142,576 votes on Tuesday night. By contrast, in May 2009, when he beat Jack Weiss in the runoff election for City Attorney, he notched 150,726 votes. This means Nuch got more votes four years ago in one city than he did last week in 88 cities (the number of cities in L.A. County, even if it includes graft towns like Vernon and Bell). Tru-ly shocking. The analysis will go deep in coming months, and arrows will be directed at Nuch and John Shallman, who ran his campaign. Every move or lack thereof will be examined, from Trutanich officially entering the race just four months ago (though he had formed an exploratory committee, allowing him to raise money, in April 2011) to his refusal to engage his competitors — though many of the five other candidates showed up at numerous public forums, Trutanich only once graced them with his presence. Tru downfall. Nuch wasn’t even close to the top finisher, Jackie Lacey. The current chief deputy district attorney, who had the endorsement of D.A. Steve Cooley, clocked 204,000 votes, or

nearly 32%. She was followed by prosecutor Alan Jackson, who notched 23.69% and finished some 8,600 votes ahead of Trutanich. Lacey and Jackson raised almost $1.1 million combined. Nuch’s war chest was $1.5 million. How unexpected was this? Imagine if someone conducted a poll of the best James Bond, and Sean Connery came in third place, behind Pierce Brosnan and Roger Moore. If six weeks ago people were asked to guess which Staples Center team would go deepest in the playoffs, most respondents would have said the Lakers and then the Clippers. The Kings, seeded eighth in the conference, would have been lucky to garner 22%. Tru-ly unexpected. Establishment Backing The most astounding thing about the result is that no one saw it coming. Although Lacey scored a major endorsement from the Los Angeles Times, Nuch had a boatload of big-shot supporters. Gov. Jerry Brown had endorsed him. So had prosecutor Mario Trujillo, an early D.A. candidate as well as the race’s only Latino (he dropped out for health reasons). Even Shaquille O’Neal recorded a Nuch robocall, though whether this counts as a good thing is up for debate. Los Angeles’ political elite also misjudged the race. Local office holders and groups frequently throw their weight behind the presumed frontrunner to ensure smooth relations after the election. In recent months Trutanich’s campaign had sent out press releases trumpeting the endorsement of everyone from former Mayor Richard Riordan to City Council members José Huizar and Dennis Zine to various unions, among them the uber-powerful Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. Despite all this attention, Trutanich had an 800-pound gorilla on a monkey’s back sitting on a skeleton in his closet: People, apparently, thought he was a bully and a fibber. Trutanich had displayed a propensity to throw down since just after winning the City Attorney’s post, and it may not have played well in Tuesday’s low-turnout election. He

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The most astounding thing about Carmen Trutanich’s third-place finish in last week’s District Attorney’s race is that absolutely no one saw it coming.

famously threatened to toss Councilwoman Jan Perry in the pokey. He had a bitter showdown with Controller Wendy Greuel over an audit of his office’s worker’s compensation program. He seemed to calm down over time, at least publicly, and he had achievements such as filing an injunction against Skid Row drug dealers. However, other accomplishments may have worked against him. He moved hard against billboard companies and rapidly sprouting medical marijuana clinics, trying to undo the damage of the soft approach perpetrated for years by the city council and his predecessor, Rocky Delgadillo. While Nuch made significant progress on these fronts, the tough stance might have boomeranged back at him. So might a past pledge, and that’s where Jackson’s campaign did serious damage. During the City Attorney race Trutanich and Weiss both promised to give $100,000 to charity and take out a newspaper ad reading “I Am a Liar” if they chased higher office before completing a full term. I was one of many people who thought the issue wouldn’t stick, that voters expect elected officials to climb the ladder see Trutanich, page 9

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Downtown Takes It to the Limit With Sport Chalet Retail Giant to Fill Space at FIGat7th


port Chalet, the prominent La Cañada Flintridge-based sporting goods chain, has signed a 10-year lease for a Downtown store at FIGat7th. The 26,800-square-foot business will be the second anchor of the shopping center that will reopen this fall with Downtown’s first Target. Building owner Brookfield Office Properties, which is undertaking a $40 million renovation of the mall, announced the deal for the ground-level space last week. “There’s a huge void in retail in Downtown,” said Ed Hogan, national director of retail leasing for Brookfield. “We really want to bring in a collection of brands like this that are reflective of Downtown today with its young, exciting and energetic population.” The Sport Chalet will open in May 2013 and will be next to a Gold’s Gym. It will be smaller

than most stores in the chain, which are traditionally about 42,000 square feet, said Craig Levra, chairman and CEO of Sport Chalet. He would not disclose a cost for the project. Levra said the company has experience with smaller spaces, and Sport Chalet has gone as small as 20,000 square feet. “That was the space that was available and the space we liked best,” he said of the Financial District site. “It’s next to Gold’s Gym and close to parking in the back.” Levra said the primary target audience will be Downtown residents. “There’s enough customers to support a Sport Chalet with high-end people who believe the right gear will help them improve their sports activities,” he said. The company is also looking at workers who will stop by on their lunch break or on their way home, and residents just outside of Downtown.

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Sport Chalet has signed a lease for a 26,800-square-foot store on the ground level of FIGat7th. It is slated to open next May.

The Downtown Sport Chalet will deliver items to local residents. The store will also seek to address the specific needs of the Central City, including a bicycle department that will focus more on road bikes and cruisers and less on items such as mountain bikes. The company was started in 1959 in La Cañada when Norbert Olbertz bought a small ski shop and renamed it Sport Chalet. Since then the company has opened more than four dozen stores in California, Utah,

Nevada and Arizona. The closest stores to Downtown are in La Cañada and Burbank. The Downtown Sport Chalet will be the second FIGat7th retail draw behind a 104,000-square-foot Target. Brookfield’s makeover will also include a 25,000-squarefoot dining area with outposts of Silver Lake gourmet coffee house La Mill Coffee and Hollywood’s Loteria Grill, among others. Contact Richard Guzmán at

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Art Walk Continued from page 1 few years ago. Art Walk almost saw its demise in late 2010 after a tumultuous leadership battle led to the cancellation, then quick revival, of the happening that takes place on the second Thursday of every month. The save came only after a group of about eight property owners pledged approximately $200,000 to keep Art Walk running. Many things behind the scenes have changed and costs have risen — Art Walk is now responsible for paying for city services such as traffic control officers and fire inspectors. Despite the increased costs, and the fact that only two property owners continue to provide financial support, Old Bank District developer Tom Gilmore thinks Art Walk has put its troubles in the past and is here to stay. “Art Walk is just an extraordinary thing and it was really important for the property owners to join the way they did at that moment of crisis,” said Gilmore, who along with nightclub operator Cedd Moses are the only two area stakeholders still financially supporting the event. “I don’t believe Art Walk is in crisis any longer.” Courting Sponsors Gilmore said he puts in about $2,000 a month. These days, said Moller, who took over in December 2010, the event is mostly funded by corporate sponsors. Although that may rankle art-world purists who initially launched and ran the event as an independent operation, Moller said it is the only way to meet the annual $200,000 budget. The list of corporate sponsors includes such prominent brands as Red Bull and SOBE, which in 2011 collectively netted more than $50,000 for Art Walk. WSS shoes, Pepsi, Converse and Zippo sponsorships are expected to net approximately $100,000 for Art Walk in 2012. Moller said he is in “active dialogue” with Puma, KCET and Vidal Sassoon. What exactly that will mean for people attending Art Walk will vary with each sponsor, Moller said. “Each partnership will include different activation elements, such as an art exhibit, a live music performance and, when appropriate, giveaways,” he said. Last month, for example, Naked, a Monrovia-based juice and smoothie company, partnered with the nonprofit to give away

Downtown News 7 free product samples at the Art Walk Lounge. The juice company was also heavily promoted on Art Walk’s Facebook page. This week Zippo will be the official host of the Art Walk Lounge at The Exchange LA, a nightclub at 618 S. Spring St. The lighter company will host a concert by Venezuelan band La Vida Boheme and performance artist Robert Vargas will create Zippo-inspired work. About 300 lighters will be given away. Moller said the organization is also working on getting grants, and Art Walk’s Facebook page has a section where people can donate to the nonprofit. So far that has raised “several hundred” dollars, Moller said. Gilmore concedes that in a perfect world there would be no need for corporate sponsorship. But for better or worse, he said, it is necessary to keep the event alive, and free. “Sponsorships are an important component for nonprofits in particular to survive and to get us all the things we want for free,” Gilmore said. Break on Fees Art Walk was launched in 2004 by gallery owner Bert Green as a way to get more attention and drum up business for the small but growing Historic Core gallery scene. It quickly grew into a major attraction and, within a few years, was criticized by some for being more of a party than an art showcase. Moller, an events producer, is the first paid head of Art Walk. Former director Jay Lopez left in cloud of acrimony in 2010; he had replaced Richard Schave, who took over from Green. The event’s low point came last July, when 2-month-old Marcello Vasquez was killed by a car that jumped the curb and rolled onto a packed sidewalk. His death led to the formation of a city task force that instituted new rules that attempted to thin out crowds. Those are still in place, and include banning food trucks, vendors and street performers from the core of the event between Spring, Main, Third and Seventh streets. The food trucks are now mainly based in lots just north of Third Street and south of Seventh. Some street performers still set up inside the Art Walk core, though they are mostly active outside the main event area. The task force meetings also led to a requirement for Art Walk to pay about $8,800 for city services for each event. Previously, Art Walk organizers spent only a few hundred dollars a month for Department of Building and Safety permits. Andrea Alarcon, president of the Board of Public Works and chair of the Art Walk Task Force, said that the require-

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Street performers used to set up in the core of Art Walk. Now in an effort to thin out crowds, they have been moved to other areas.

ment has changed and Art Walk now falls under a new designation as a “seasonal special event.” That means the nonprofit is only required to pay for full city services during its busy season. That timeframe is being worked out, Alarcon said. Art Walk already got a break from paying for city services. From December 2011 to April, Alarcon said, Art Walk only had to cover Building and Safety permit fees. Except for police, no additional city services were deployed during this time. In May the permit fees rose, and this month they will likely reach the $8,800 level. That figure will remain in effect until at least August, when discussions will resume with the city. Although the costs are higher, Alarcon said she thinks the arrangement is fair both to the city and the event organizers. “I think it specifically addresses the needs of Art Walk and the type of event that it is, since during off-peak months, the winter months, they don’t need special event and city services,” Alarcon said. The break in paying higher permit costs will give Art Walk some breathing room. It allowed officials to save money that will be needed to pay for more services in the busy summer months. “We all want Art Walk to thrive and succeed,” Alarcon said. Contact Richard Guzman at


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Street Art Continued from page 1 the Escape From L.A. protagonist who rides a massive earthquake-caused wave through the middle of Los Angeles. The installations have caught the attention of pedestrians and the media, which has rushed to cover each next project. The spotlight was not anticipated, but it has encouraged the pair to make new works, Greenwood said during a Tuesday morning visit to the deer pen. He has returned several times to maintain the deer. “We didn’t intend to do anything after the sunbathers went up, but we thought if people were reacting to it, we might as well keep doing it because the turnaround time is fast, the materials cost next to nothing and they’re just fun to make,” he said. Greenwood, a New York native who has lived in Los Angeles for seven years, said there was also no intention to spotlight urban blight or to make any artistic statements about languishing government property. In the case of Plissken in the L.A. River (which was removed last Wednesday by the Fire Department), Greenwood said he was motivated simply by the prospect of realizing a zany idea, even if it happens to call attention to the neglected site. With the hillside deer, which stand in the shadow of the California Plaza office towers, Greenwood saw not a blight zone but a slice of nature in the city. “It’s not cut grass… this is how nature grows, so if anything the deer are right at home here,” he said. “We’re not pointing out that it’s ugly. It’s that this is nature, and up

above is everything else.” No Property Damage If on the surface Greenwood and Wild Life’s works seem harmless, they could also be interpreted as small crimes, namely trespassing. Even though the sunbathers and the surfer models were promptly removed, authorities have not reached out to Greenwood, who said he’s not hiding. The pair has been careful not to deface any private or public property, he said. Still, Wild Life’s anonymity will allow him to continue to put up works if authorities come down on Greenwood, Greenwood said. As long as they continue to respect others’ property, the work is welcomed by Ninth

photo by Gary Leonard

The artists affixed a plywood tree to the top of an abandoned stump on Spring Street.

photo courtesy of Calder Greenwood

An artwork based on Snake Plissken from Escape From L.A. was set up on a platform in the middle of the L.A. River by Greenwood and Wild Life. It was later removed.

photo courtesy of Calder Greenwood

The first piece from Greenwood and Wild Life was set up on May 22 in the pit at First Street and Broadway. It was taken away a few days later.

District City Councilwoman Jan Perry. “I think it’s exciting,” Perry said. “These artistic expressions soften the hard edges of our day to day life. I think it reawakens people.” When Joe Moller, director of the Downtown Art Walk, noticed the sunbathers while riding his bike past the site, the models caught his attention — at first he thought the faux people were real. “Initially like everyone else I thought, ‘Wow those people are idiots,’ and then when I realized what it was I thought it was really cool,” Moller said. “I love it.” Street art, even in the style of public installations that draw attention to abandoned or underused spaces, is not a new phenomenon in Downtown Los Angeles. In the 1980s and early ’90s artist Brett Goldstone did things such as activate a steam-powered rail car on an abandoned railroad track along the river, and redirect unknowing gallery and museum-goers to see his public installations






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in Skid Row. In the mid-1990s, still before street art took off as a pop culture craze, Rebecca Midwood, or “Becca” as she signed her works, gained local acclaim for the playful paintings and cutouts that she affixed to area buildings. Big-name street artists including Shepard Fairey and Banksy have also used Downtown as a canvas. Greenwood said he didn’t set out to be next in line in the art world. A digital special effects professional by day, he doesn’t fashion himself a devoted or even a budding street artist. For now, he and Wild Life are just having fun. “My favorite part about this whole thing is in general people are just warm to the idea,” he said. “When they see it, it lightens them up a little bit. They smile because it’s not dark and ominous and aggressively trying to say anything. If anything, I just like the fact that someone’s out there doing it.” Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at




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Trutanich Continued from page 5 when it suits them. Jackson and his campaign team pounded the issue, even creating a mockup “I Am a Liar” ad and putting together a barbed video labeled “Election Hangover Part II” that lambasted Nuch for jumping. It had a monkey in it and referenced former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Of course, Trutanich isn’t dead and buried yet. He’s still the city attorney and the next election for the seat is in March. More famous politicians have come back from worse — Antonio Villaraigosa got clobbered in the 2001 mayoral election and won the seat in 2005. In 1990, Washington, D.C. Mayor

Marion “Night Owl” Barry was videotaped smoking crack. Four years later he was again elected mayor. Outdated Expectations The Tru Tumble is shocking, but maybe it shouldn’t be. After all, it’s just the latest in a series of election results suggesting that old expectations that machine candidates will roll are outdated. After all, Joe Buscaino seemingly came out of nowhere to claim the 15th District council seat vacated by Janice Hahn. Although the San Pedro-based former LAPD senior lead officer was ingrained in the community, a year ago most political observers had never heard of him, and instead predicted victory for an establishment candidate, whether Assemblyman Warren Furutani (backed by Villaraigosa), firefighter’s union leader

Pat McOsker or former council rep Rudy Svorinich. The money followed the political support, as Furutani spent $426,000 in the primary, far surpassing Buscaino’s $287,000. No matter — Buscaino finished first in the November election and then thumped Furutani in the January runoff, grabbing 59% of the vote. That’s not the only twist. In 2009 Villaraigosa and other connected types backed Chris Essel in a special election for the Second District council seat. She was felled by state Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, despite having a fundraising advantage and a whopping $800,000 in independent expenditures directed her way. Krekorian had just $176,000 of outside spending on his behalf. Really though, the map for beating Trutanich may have been drawn by, uh, Trutanich. In late 2008 Nuch was a little-

known lawyer who, after being tapped by his friend Steve Cooley, entered a City Attorney’s race where Councilman Jack Weiss was the presumed shoo-in. Weiss, backed by Villaraigosa and many others, outspent Trutanich by $600,000 in the March primary. Nuch, who at the time had current Jackson campaign manager John Thomas on his team, turned the race into a street fight. He made the runoff, trailing Weiss by 23,000 votes. Three months later it was a different story. Money flowed toward Nuch like water. The media battered Weiss. Trutanich won the May election by almost 30,000 votes. What goes around comes around. Tru dat. Contact Jon Regardie at



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A Leader in Quality Human Services A Hidden Gem MAOF Celebrates a Rich History of Sacred Heart High Inspires Students to Live in Faith, Truth and Service

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rom its humble beginnings in 1963, MAOF (Mexican American Opportunity Foundation) has become one of the largest Latino nonprofits in the country. Its late founder, Dr. Dionicio Morales, saw the


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need and envisioned an organization that would facilitate the movement of Mexican Americans up the social and economic ladder. Dr. Morales was able to grow MAOF over a lifetime of service through support from corporate America and government contracts. One of the first programs funded by the Department of Labor in the 1960s was for job training, including an apprenticeship program targeting Hispanic women. But in order for Hispanic women to succeed in this program, they needed help with their preschool children. Thus, MAOF opened its first licensed preschool center in East Los Angeles in 1973. Today, MAOF operates 48 center-based preschool programs across seven California counties, including Head Start, state preschool and full-day general child care and development centers serving more than 3,000 preschool children. One of MAOF’s core services, this program has a dual benefit: It prepares preschool children to be school ready and allows their parents to keep working. While the majority of these licensed facilities are located in Los Angeles County, other such centers are located in San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Ventura, Kern and Monterey counties. When welfare reform was enacted into law in 1997, MAOF was designated as one of the agencies to provide the child care subsidy to welfare recipients in the greater East Los Angeles area. In 2009, the State Department of Education’s Child Development Division awarded MAOF this same type of contract to serve Monterey County. More than 5,000 children are served through these two programs


in Los Angeles and Monterey County. MAOF also offers job training to youths and adults in East Los Angeles and in Kern County. A food bank in East Los Angeles serves more than 400 individuals each week by providing families and seniors one to two weeks of emergency staples. The Senior Hispanic Information and Assistance Program offers referral services to seniors as well as taxi vouchers for medical appointments. A Handyworker Program funded by the City of Los Angeles provides minor home repairs to elderly homeowners at no cost. Finally there are a number of corporate-funded service projects including financial literacy, income tax assistance, a monthly immigration forum, and adult education classes as well as parent engagement classes. In 2013, the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation will celebrate its 50th year of providing quality services to the Latino community. For information on these services please call (323) 8901555 or (323) 890-9600.

inspire young women to live in faith, truth and service. Educating young women of the Los Angeles area for 106 years, Sacred Heart High School offers a well-balanced program in honors and advanced placement courses, visual and performing arts, innovative science and technology programs, athletics and campus ministry. These programs that exceed the California State Standards in academic excellence have led to a 100% college acceptance rate upon graduation. This all-girl, Catholic college preparatory high school is an Archdiocesan School, administered by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. “The school provides a safe environment where students are encouraged to reach beyond themselves, thereby adding value to their lives and their community at large,” says Sister Janice. With science and technology at the forefront of employment opportunities, students must have the opportunities to learn and be competitive. The newly renovated biology and chemistry labs enable the school to prepare its students for and experience 21st century science. The fields of BioMed/ BioTech and Health Sciences are thriving in the Northeast areas of Los Angeles (USC Medical, USC Health Sciences Campus, White Memorial Medical Center, etc.). A strong science department working in collaboration with existing partnerships and plans for future projects is essential for students. The Sacred Heart High School Comets have also experiContinued on next page

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The Home-School Connection St. Anne’s Child Development Center Develops a Basis for Lifelong Learning


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Continued from previous page enced great recognition through their video production classes. Since becoming part of the school’s curriculum a decade ago, it has won numerous awards, particularly from the California Student Media Festival and more recently, was the grand-prize winner of the Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) Teen Video Contest and claimed an Honorable Mention award for a national C-SPAN video competition on the U.S. Constitution. Culminating a high school experience of many accomplishments, senior Katherine Morales has been awarded the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholar award, a first in the school’s history. This award will offer Morales a “good-through-graduation scholarship to be used at any college or university of her choice.” Morales was admitted to several very competitive universities, including the University of California Berkeley, Loyola Marymount University, and Wellesley College. She will attend the University of California Los Angeles in the fall. This local high school is located in the Northeast area of Downtown Los Angeles, with easy access from the 5, 10 and 110 freeways. Sacred Heart is currently holding open enrollment for grades 9-11. Day visits can also be scheduled for current eighth grade girls. Sacred Heart is at 2111 Griffin Ave. For more information call (323) 225-2209 or visit

Affordable and flexible scheduling is available for fullor part-time needs. St. Anne’s Child Development Center’s mission is to provide high quality childcare services to both children and families. The group considers childcare an extension of the child’s family and believes that building partnerships with parents for a home-school connection is essential to each child’s development. The goal is to help children develop a basis for life-long learning, where their natural gifts for exploration and experimentation are established. Infants and Toddlers Infants grow and thrive at their own pace, in their own way in our nurturing family-style environment. Each child is assigned to a highly trained personal caregiver who provides hands on, consistent care while giving infants ample opportunity to explore the world in which they live. Toddlers are provided hands-on learning opportunities through age-appropriate activities in settings designed to promote self-esteem, confidence, language acquisition and socialization. Activities include: block building, music, storytelling, art, sand/water play and nature. Each toddler’s learning process is respected as teachers allow each child to develop at his or her own pace. Preschoolers St. Anne’s Preschool offers a “Head Start” curriculum that focuses on giving each child a solid educational foundation, including parent involvement and support, to best prepare him or her for a lifetime of successful learning. Using activities that include language, literacy, art, dramatic play, science, physical activity and educational field trips

within the community, the school environment fosters creativity, experiential learning and self-discovery. Program Features The Child Development Center curriculum is geared to the individual needs of the child because all children develop at different rates and in different ways. The highly trained staff promotes each child’s development to his or her highest potential, while at the same time creating and maintaining a caring environment that is respectful to their individual needs. Program highlights include: n Low teacher to child ratio n Individualized curriculum n Individualized family support services n Parent support and education group n Healthy meals and snacks served family style St. Anne’s Preschool is open Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m. If you would like to enroll your child in the Child Development Center or need additional information about the program please call (213) 381-2931 ext. 247 or email

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The Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Los Angeles knows this all too well. “It’s very difficult out there,” said Constance Anderson, director of the SBDC, hosted by Pacific Coast Regional Corporation. “But there are resources to assist the aspiring or existing business owner and the Pacific Coast Regional SBDC is one of them.” The center that Anderson leads served more than 1,270 clients last year alone. With that service, her team helped create more than 40 new businesses and create or retain more than 530 jobs. That’s the number one goal for Anderson. “We have to create economic impact,” she said. “Our goal is to help as many small businesses as possible.” The center provides workshops and training, one-onone consulting engagements, networking and other resources to the small business community. As a nonprofit


organization, businesses have the unique opportunity to consult with SBDC Business Advisors at no cost to them or their business. Training and workshops are provided at a nominal cost. The results speak for themselves. Network wide, it is estimated that each hour of business advising has the potential to generate $14,000 in access to capital. All of this leads to what Anderson is after: economic impact. These impacts come from the creation and retention of jobs and providing small businesses the support they need. To Anderson, it’s a linear relationship. “Small Businesses are struggling in this economy,” she said. “But we can be a resource to help them grow. If they can grow and flourish, they create jobs. If they create jobs, it helps with the current economic situation in the country.” Financial programs available include: loan guarantees, disaster bridge loans and direct (environmental) loans. The only qualification for these loans is that the business is located within the state of California. Technical services include: face-to-face consulting, training institute and small business seminars. For more information on the SBDC in Los Angeles, call (866) 301-9989 or visit at

and honorable alumni making its mark in the world. “I remember being a happy child in a positive environment at Immaculate Conception School (ICS) where I was able to thrive and grow,” says UCLA graduate and law school student Johanna Rodriguez. “The teachers challenged me to the fullest. I felt there was no limit to the things I could achieve. ICS was the stepping stone to my entire education.” Current fifth grade student Kevin Aparicio agrees. “In my school everyone cares about you. I’m lucky, and I thank my parents for supporting me to come to this school,” Aparicio says. “My dreams are to have a good life and teach at Stanford. Stanford is one of the best universities. I will go to Stanford and teach there.” Located on the western edge of Downtown Los Angeles adjacent to the Convention Center and L.A. Live, ICS partners with many of its exciting neighbors including the Staples Center Foundation and the Grammy Museum. Foremost, it is an outstanding elementary and middle school of strong tradition and high standards where students are driven to be involved citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and individuals prepared for life. Leading the way is ICS’ impressive faculty focused on academic achievement and advancement. Principal Mary Ann Murphy has been serving the school with dedication for 25 years. “Our school has a lot of heart. We have an energetic, very well-prepared and intensely dedicated team of teachers committed to doing everything Continued on next page


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Ripples of Hope YouthBuild Charter School Empowers Students To Transform Their Lives


very 26 seconds, a student drops out of high school. In Los Angeles, it is estimated that nearly 50% of students do not graduate. There is a place that digs deeper than statistics to uncover a sea of potential. YouthBuild Charter School of Continued from previous page possible for our students,” says Murphy. “As a result, our alumni have attended major universities all over the country, including the UC system, LMU, Brown, Cornell and NYU, to name a few.” ICS boasts 10 Masters Degrees amongst its faculty, and the children’s gratitude is prevalent. “When time has passed I have learned that teachers are the real heroes,” says ICS student Kamila Osorio in her scholarship essay. School pride is prominent, having attracted notable figures such as First Lady Nancy Reagan and Pope John Paul II. ICS unites this rich tradition with cutting-edge 21st century instruction via SMART Board Classroom Technology, a $2.5 million addition with a new Dell computer laboratory, library, pre-K/Kindergarten classrooms plus Title 1 intervention reading programs. The school is moving to an ambitious 200-day academic school year as well, a major step of commitment in preparing young minds for a rapidly changing and globally connected world. Significant tuition assistance is available, too. ICS works closely with parents to meet the individual needs of each family’s budget. Welcoming students of all faiths, core academics are augmented by music, art and a robust physical education program. It offers before- and after-school childcare. ICS is fully accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). “I have made my mom proud because I have a 3.79 G.P.A.,” Osorio says proudly. “If I were another person I would say you got a big school in Los Angeles, and it is called ICS.” Immaculate Conception School is at 830 Green Ave. For more information call (213) 382-5931 or visit


California (YCSC) offers young people the opportunity to re-engage and complete their high school education while becoming “ripples of hope” in their communities. At YCSC young people, ages 16-24, rediscover a passion for learning after being pushed out, aged out, or failed by the traditional public school system. With year-round enrollment at 12 YouthBuild programs throughout Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Fresno counties, YCSC offers students an authentic education that strengthens their technical, academic, and leadership skills. When students commit to YouthBuild Charter for a year and a half, they have an 85% chance of graduating, launching a successful transition from YCSC to their post-secondary education, careers and beyond. In order to meet the unique needs of its students, YCSC uses a project-based, interdisciplinary curriculum model that relies on authentic assessments and applied learning. Students are empowered to take what they learn in the classroom into their communities to promote social justice through volunteerism and advocacy. Unlike traditional schools that employ standardized curriculum and classroom practices that often disempower and alienate marginalized students, YCSC’s project-based approach allows young adults to take ownership of their education. In addition to providing a rigorous education, YCSC partners with local community-based organizations to provide students with counseling services, college preparation, leadership development, vocational training in fields such as construction, solar technology and

nursing, and the unique opportunity to revitalize their communities while earning school credit by building low-income housing. YouthBuild Charter’s caring staff believes that all young people, regardless of their circumstances, should have access to an education that will prepare them to counter social inequalities and realize their full potential. Students drop out of high school for a number of reasons — broken households, teen pregnancy, gang-infested neighborhoods, homelessness, personal or family illness — but no matter the obstacles, YCSC provides an education that caters to each student’s individual needs. In the words of Robert F. Kennedy, “ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” With YouthBuild Charter School of California as a springboard, students can make a splash that will change the world. To learn more about YouthBuild Charter School, call (213) 741-2600 or visit


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HEALTH CHMC Opens $9 Million Cardiac Care Clinic by Kat Mabry


he California Hospital Medical Center opened a $9 million cardiac care facility on May 31. The project, which took three years to develop, vastly expands the services that the institution at 1401 S. Grand Ave. provides. The new additions include a two-room cardiac catheterization laboratory, an operating suite and a five-bed holding bay. Dr. Faye Lee, medical director of the Los Angeles Center of Heart Health at CHMC, spoke with Los Angeles Downtown News about the new facility, and provided a primer on heart surgery. Los Angeles Downtown News: How long do heart surgeries take? Dr. Faye Lee: It really depends on what needs to be done. Normally, in a routine procedure, it takes two to three hours. Q: How many people are in the operating room during surgery? A: There’s a primary surgeon, a secondary surgeon, a physician’s assistant, anesthesiologist, circulating nurse, sometimes a scrub nurse and a cardiologist to help with the visualization of the heart and valve. Q: Is heart surgery as scary as people think? What should patients know that might put them at ease?

A: The mortality rate from a simple bypass procedure with a patient who has good heart function is 2%-%4. Q: How common is open-heart surgery and what factors make it necessary? A: In this country less and less open-heart surgery is done. There are still certain cases in which heart surgery is recommended, but it’s quite safe. Your health history determines the percentage for death or stroke, which are the biggest risks from open-heart surgery. Q: How long does it take to recover and is there anything a patient can do to lessen recovery time? A: With an uncomplicated bypass surgery a patient can leave the hospital within three to four days after the operation, meaning you’re walking; you can go out to dinner and do your usual things. It takes about four to six weeks before you feel totally like yourself. Normally we’ll send a patient for cardiac rehab, which helps speed up recovery. Q: What can patients can do to keep a healthy heart? A: Control your blood pressure, diabetes, have optimal cholesterol numbers. Exercise is important and depression is also a factor in coronary disease. And smoking, obviously. Q: What percentage of heart surgeries are con-

sidered emergency surgeries? A: Nowadays it’s very rare to require emergency open-heart surgery. Q: What information should patients provide you? A: It’s very important for patients to know their family history. They should bring all their previous workups and be able to describe their symptoms, like shortness of breath or any previous history of stroke.

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The cardiac catheterization lab in the recently opened $9 million Los Angeles Center of Heart Health.

Q: What will this new center allow you to do that CHMC couldn’t do before? A: The hospital has never had this capability before. We’ve never been able to take total care of the Downtown community.

A: We won’t transfer patients now. In the past they’d come into the emergency room and we’d have to transfer them. Every minute counts when you have a heart attack. Unfortunately, many of our patients didn’t get the cardiac care they needed because they were uninsured. We would treat them and just discharge them once they were stabilized.

Q: Where did the money for the project come from? A: Some of it was federal money, but a lot of it was through donations and the California Hospital Foundation. Q: What new equipment are you excited about? A: In the noninvasive lab we have all new ultrasound equipment and digital medical records equipment. In the new two-room cath lab we have all new Toshiba equipment, including X-ray equipment to visualize the heart.

Q: Is there anything else like this Downtown? A: There are other emergency rooms, but there’s not another center like this one with a one-stop shop where you can get your cardiac workup and mammogram. Everything’s done under one roof. The Los Angeles Center for Heart Health is at 1401 S. Grand Ave., (213) 748-2411 ext. 5410 or

Q: Do you anticipate fewer patients will need to be transferred to other medical centers?

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Colburn School Hosts a Free Month-Long Concert Series photo by Gary Leonard

Baritone Matthew Morris (left) is one of the participants and instructors at SongFest, a month-long event at the Colburn School. There will be free concerts through June 27. by RichaRd Guzmán

cal movement to one on women poets. more representative of the majority of con- composers. After class the students and teachers will certs. Morris, accompanied by a pianist, will “There’s really no place like this where any of the young participants in take part in free noon and evening concerts perform works from Franz Shubert, consid- many of the composers are here,” Morris SongFest, which takes place June at the school’s Thayer Hall, although a few ered one of the most prominent composers said. “You can meet them and sing their mu10-27 in Downtown, had to audi- performances will be at Zipper Hall. Shows of the genre. The show will include works sic and learn about it from them.” tion in cities across the country. If that sounds are on both mweekdays and weekends. from composers Charles Ives and Irvin Fine. One prominent figure the students can or ownNewis like “American Idol” or another reality singing “This really an ideal setting for them, Morris, whose repertoire ranges from mumingle with is composer and pianist John er at Downt rn co nd ha upper right com/forms/maillist bol in the— S stop s. symthere show, then right the musical and to us it was a perfect fit,” said Sel Kardan, sical theater to art song to opera, is a graduate Musto, who will participate in several connnew E-NEW ow nt w Look for this do P N Uthe SIGat event Colburn School on Grand Avenue president and CEO of the Colburn School. of the Juilliard School and received a Master certs, including a noon show on June 22. will not feature even a single bad pop cover, “We’re excited that they’re bringing the art of Music degree from the Bard College He is also the focus of the closing night Starts May & Juneof1 performance at Zipper Hall on June 27. It tacky group number or elimination vote. form to Downtown.” Conservatory. He is also an25 alumnus Instead, SongFest will present more than Since 2002, SongFest had been held at SongFest and a current faculty member. is fittingly titled “The American SongBook 20 concerts dedicated to the art of the song. Pepperdine University in Malibu. Ritter said “We want the audience to be entertained with John Musto.” In most instances there will be no more than the program outgrew that facility. She said and moved, to see up-and-coming stars of Sophie Wingland, a singer and graduate a singer accompanied by a piano. The lyrics she hopes to make the Colburn School the classical music and beautiful music you al- of the USC Thornton School of Music, was Check Our Website formost Fullnever Movie Listings are often derived from poetry. permanent home for the summer event. hear,” Morris said. one of the 400 musicians who tried out for “People will be able to come in during their The free concerts began June 10, and five Other highlights include a June 20 concert the program this year. This marks her second lunch break or after work to see these really others are scheduled this week. The main titled “Songs of William Bolcom.” SongFest summer with SongFest. talented singers performing,” said Rosemary public launch of Songfest will be June 16 with commissioned Bolcom, a composer-in-resi“I’m really excited,” she said. “I feel like I’m Hyler Ritter, who founded SongFest in 1996. a double header. dence for this year’s program, to write a song going to be able to absorb more of this amazSongFest is an intense summer school of The night starts with a 5 p.m. concert set to the Jane Kenyon poem “Gettysburg: ing information and work with distinguished sorts that brings together singers and pianists by baritone Matthew Morris and pianist July 1, 1863.” coaches.” with experts in the field of what is known as Tomasz Lis called “Traveling Mercies.” It On June 26 the students will perform a Of course, Ritter noted, there’s also the fact classical art song. The 120 participants range will be followed by a more conventional piece called “España!” The concert, devised that the students get to take the stage in front wnNews nto .Dow .A from promising high bschool talents to stu“Night at the Opera” at 7:30 p.m., featurand coached by pianist and SongFest faculty of an and demonstrate what they’ve /L m o .c k o Face o StartswillJune 8 the pickedaudience dents from distinguished music institutions ing arias and ensemble pieces written by member Graham Johnson, feature up from the pros. such as New York’s Julliard School to gradu- Mozart, Verdi and Strauss. music of Spanish composers Luis Mison and “Everyone likes to perform,” she said. ate students pursuing a music career. Ritter, who recognizes that many people Amadeo Vives, as well as German composer “They are working all day and learning and All of the students will take classes at are unfamiliar with art song, said they chose Robert Schumann. they like to show off what they learn.” Colburn. The sessions will be taught by the more familiar opera format to headline The public can attend some of the classes Songfest runs through June 27 at the Colburn well-known composers and artists including the opening gala in hopes of getting people offered to students, although there is a $15 School, 200 S. Grand Ave., (213) 621-220 or Pulitzer Prize winner William Bolcom, John interested in the other performances. fee to observe each class. Additional information and Check Ourmore Website Listings Musto, pianists Margo Garrett and Martin “Opera is what people know of, andfor Full Movie Learn From Living a complete schedule are at Katz, and singer Mathew Morris. Classes that will get you in the door,” she said. In addition to staging shows, SongFest ofContact Richard Guzmán at cover topics from vocal techniques to physiMorris’ performance, however, will be fers its students a chance to learn from active

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A Film Fest Six-Pack The Los Angeles Film Festival Returns to Downtown. Here’s How to Enjoy It by RichaRd Guzmán

June 16 at 1 p.m. Civil war and immigration are the focus of All Is Well, written and directed by Pocas Pascoal. The film about Angolan sisters who arrive in Portugal and struggle to survive as exiles runs June 16 at 5 p.m. and June 19 at 8:10 p.m. The biggest attention getter from a female director is Lorene Scafaria’s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. The comedy starring Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley is the festival’s gala presentation and will have its world premiere June 18.

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he Los Angeles Film Festival returns to Downtown this week. For the third year in a row, the event with some 200 features, documentaries, shorts and music videos will be headquartered at the Regal Cinemas 14-plex at L.A. Live. Tickets for most events are open to the public. The June 14-24 festival opens with the North American premiere of Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love and closes with the world premiere of the beefy comedy Magic Mike, starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConaughey as male strippers. In between, about 90,000 people are expected to come Downtown for the festival that for the first 15 years called the Westside home. There is too much for any one person to see, so here are six helpful tips for setting an agenda.

Let’s Talk: The festival isn’t just about watching movies, it’s also about talking about them. There is a series of discussions and panels, including one with Oingo Boingo-leaderturned film composer Danny Elfman at 8:30 p.m. on June 16. There’s a TV twist that same day at 5:30 p.m. when Vince Gilligan, creator of the show “Breaking Bad,” and series star Bryan Cranston discuss the AMC hit. Then there’s the festival’s Coffee Talks series, which take place June 17 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and includes sessions with actors, directors, composers and screenwriters.

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Arts Brookfield, which programs cultural events at the FIGat7th Plaza (Seventh and Figueroa streets) will host Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. With the film’s famous bike scene in mind, the 8:30 p.m. show will include a free bicycle valet. The next night brings a screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, also at 8:30 p.m. Those in costume or who can speak Vulcan will get tickets to other festival screenings (seriously). Meanwhile, on June 22 at 8 p.m., Grand Performances at the Cal Plaza Watercourt hosts a screening of and dance-along to Dirty Dancing. Please don’t try the lift move without the help of a professional. Freebies: People who want to experience the festival but don’t want to pay for it aren’t left out. On June 17, Downtown’s Homeboy Industries will be in the spotlight with G-Dog. The film follows Father Gregory Boyle, who started the gang intervention program in 1992. It screens at 4:20 p.m. at L.A. Live. On June 16 at 1:30 p.m. there’s a showing of Kirby Dick’s The Invisible War, a documentary about sexual assault in the military. Get Animated: Animated movies are no longer just for kids, though the wee ones are

welcome. The hottest ticket will be a June 19 screening of Pixar’s Brave (7:30 p.m.), which follows the adventures of Merida, an archer and daughter of a Scottish king and queen. The story of an android that crash-lands on a mysterious planet is told in the short 3113, presented June 15 at 11 p.m. and June 18 at 10:10 p.m. Then there’s Cadaver, in which a dead body wakes up to say his goodbyes to his wife. It screens June 16 at 4:30 p.m. and June 17 at 9:20 p.m. and stars the voices of Christopher Lloyd and Kathy Bates. Downtown Deals: Since popcorn and Milk Duds are not complete meals, the festival has partnered with a handful of Downtown restaurants and bars. Destinations including Caña Rum Bar, Border Grill, Chaya, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge will offer deals for those who present their ticket stubs or a festival badge. Border Grill, for example, is offering a free margarita when you buy an appetizer or entree. The Los Angeles Film Festival is June 14-24. Tickets, information and a full schedule are at Contact Richard Guzmán at


Tuesday, June 12 Gail Collins at Aloud Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7500 or 7:30 p.m.: The New York Times columnist delves into all things Texas and oil, and looks at how the Republican heartland duels with the two liberal coasts. She’ll discuss the redefining of our national identity with columnist Anne Taylor Fleming. DLANC Meeting Los Angeles Theatre 615 S. Broadway, 6:30 p.m.: The Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council holds its monthly board meeting, where all matters of public concern are up for discussion. It is open to the public.

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Instrument maker, composer and professional itinerant Harry Partch had a lot to say about the complex world of early 20th century America. In his years he wandered through the United States and travelled across vast oceans in a perpetual state of wonder. To celebrate the publication of Bitter Music, Partch’s autobiographical chronicle of his sojourn through deep poverty, REDCAT, on Thursday, June 14, hosts an evening of the composer’s music. In addition to the performance, the Partch program features recorded interviews and discussions of his influence in the literary, theoretical and purely musical realms. At 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or

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The broad globe seems more intimate each winter as the Music Center hosts its World City program, which features planet Earth’s finest dance and music. With the coming of summer, World City is wrapping up its 2011-2012 season on Saturday, June 16, with a performance from Kùlú Mèlé. The troupe founded in Philadelphia in 1969 practices authentic African dance and drum styles in a tribute to the continent. These cultural celebrationists shed new light on vast societies with the illuminating glow of rhythm. Performances at the W.M. Keck Amphitheatre atop Walt Disney Concert Hall start at 11 a.m. (free tickets will be dispensed at 10 a.m.) and 12:30 p.m. (tickets at 11 a.m.). At 111 S. Grand Ave., (213) 9727211 or


Wednesday, June 13 Tales From the City at Aloud Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7500 or 7:30 p.m.: A program of live storytelling features the distinctly Angeleno voices of writer Erin Aubry Kaplan, awesome actor Philip Littell, journalist Héctor Tobar and others. Thursday, June 14 The Life of Harry Partch REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or 8:30 p.m.: REDCAT celebrates the release of the first recording of the complete Bitter Music, composer Harry Partch’s often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, long-lost hobo journal from 1935. The work will be performed as a multimedia presentation.

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The good folks over at the Los Angeles Theatre Center are currently hosting Language Rooms, a play carefully crafted to critique the longstanding trends of xenophobia and ethnic suspicion — we hate that stuff! The treatment of Muslim-American identity and national loyalty was written by Yussef El Guindi. OK, that sounds heavy, but know that the show also includes the setting of an office comedy and father-son dynamics. Language Rooms runs until June 24 at the LATC with shows Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. At 514 S. Spring St., (213) 489-0994 or photo by Paul Kawabori


Friday, June 15 Dana Johnson at the Last Bookstore 453 S. Spring St., (213) 488-0599 or 7:30 p.m.: Fiction writer and USC English professor Dana Johnson celebrates the release of her newest novel with a reading at the Historic Core literary destination.

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n Saturday, June 15, the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall celebrates the 15th anniversary of Vox Femina. These women remain one of the most cohesive and consistently awesome vocal groups performing classical music in Los Angeles. The program titled “Celebrating the Muse” commemorates the decade and a half


of fantastic chorale action with a bevy of favorites from their first performance and an appearance by Vox Femina alumna Cris Williamson. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are available via the group’s website. At 200 S. Grand Ave., (213) 621-2200 or or

For three decades, Outfest has been staging the best of international gay and lesbian cinema. This summer the celebration will be bigger than ever, with 11 days of screenings and parties, many of them in Downtown. As a sort of tease, Outfest also has the downtown 30 series, a set of screenings featuring LGBT movies not yet available on DVD. On Wednesday, June 13, the downtown independent is the site of a showing of 1980’s Little Darlings, in which Tatum O’Neil and Kristy McNichol are summer camp rivals striving to see who can lose their virginity first. Oh, the folly of youth. Showtime is 8 p.m. at 251 S. Main St., (213) 617-1033 or Send information and possible Don’t Miss List submissions to

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gramming, the Fold is hosting some music from the Philippines — hard rock quartet Typecast and the Filipino answer to Ill Nino, metal gang Greyhoundz. Broadway Bar 830 S. Broadway, (213) 614-9909 or June 14, 10 p.m.: With the addition of pork rich Umamicatessen and deliciously addictive Two Boots Pizza, the block on Broadway between Eighth and Ninth streets is close to being renamed “Fat Row.” Thanks to the pulsing electro beats of Broader Than Broadway, and their cardio inducing rhythms, we’re all staying on the slim side. Casey’s Irish Pub 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353 or June 15, 10 p.m.: Why is the Casey’s website called Is there a Little Casey’s? Either way, The Terrapin returns with some hard rock. June 16, 10 p.m.: Rock by committee with Planets. Club Nokia 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or

cocaine? If you answered yes, there’s a good chance you’ll fall hopelessly in Zooey Deschanel-type love with Neighbors. June 13, 7:30 p.m.: Sneakpeek and Basement Babies is one of those unfortunately titled show bills that combines unintentionally perverse connotations with rumors of all-encompassing lo-fi. June 14, 8 p.m.: Aussie duo I Am Apollo bring heartfelt, stripped down rock with a certain flair that reminds one of Silverchair on a heavy dose of lithium. June 15, 8 p.m.: When a music video opens with a singer-songwriter flipping through Neil Young and Merle Haggard albums, it is presumptuous to then show the artist picking out her own album. Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to introduce Nicki Bluhm, a musician whose self espoused place is filling “a void in music with her brand of vintage-tinged rocking country soul.” June 16, 8 p.m.: In an uncharacteristic bit of pro-



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Editor & PublishEr: Sue Laris GENErAl MANAGEr: Dawn Eastin ExEcutivE Editor: Jon Regardie citY Editor: Richard Guzmán stAFF writEr: Ryan Vaillancourt coNtributiNG Editor: Kathryn Maese coNtributiNG writErs: Dave Denholm, Jeff Favre, Greg Fischer, Kristin Friedrich, Howard Leff, Ryan E. Smith, Marc Porter Zasada Art dirEctor: Brian Allison AssistANt Art dirEctor: Yumi Kanegawa ProductioN ANd GrAPhics: Alexis Rawlins

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AccouNtiNG: Ashley Schmidt AdvErtisiNG dirEctor: Steve Nakutin clAssiFiEd AdvErtisiNG MANAGEr: Catherine Holloway AccouNt ExEcutivEs: Catherine Holloway, Sol Ortasse, Brenda Stevens sAlEs AssistANt: Claudia Hernandez circulAtioN: Norma Rodas distributioN MANAGEr: Salvador Ingles distributioN AssistANts: Lorenzo Castillo, Gustavo Bonilla

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Editor & PublishEr: Sue Laris GENErAl MANAGEr: Dawn Eastin

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

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

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AccouNtiNG: Ashley Schmidt AdvErtisiNG dirEctor: Steve Nakutin clAssiFiEd AdvErtisiNG MANAGEr: Catherine Holloway AccouNt ExEcutivEs: Catherine Holloway, Sol Ortasse, Brenda Stevens sAlEs AssistANt: Claudia Hernandez circulAtioN: Norma Rodas distributioN MANAGEr: Salvador Ingles distributioN AssistANts: Lorenzo Castillo, Gustavo Bonilla

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

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

PhotoGrAPhEr: Gary Leonard

One copy per person.

June 11, 2012

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June 11, 2012


Despite Police Surge, Crime Rises LAPD Deployment Plan Leads to Spike in Arrests by Ryan Vaillancourt staff writer


n April the Los Angeles Police Depart­ ment transferred approximately 50 offi­ cers to Central Division. Although police are now making about 100 more arrests per week, crime in the area is rising. Violent and property crime jumped 5% in May, the first 30-day period in which the addi­ tional officers were working in Central. There were 357 such incidents that month, compared to 340 in April. The crime uptick comes even as arrests for those types of offenses rose 62%. The officer surge sent more cops to walk foot beats in areas surrounding Skid Row. That allowed the department to have officers with the Safer Cities Initiative concentrate on the impoverished community. Previously, the specialized Safer Cities unit had been

responsible for an area wider than the neigh­ borhood most consider to be Skid Row. The change has allowed the department to make additional drug related arrests, about 100 more per week; most of these are serious fel­ ony offenses involving sales, said Lt. Shannon Paulsen, who oversees the Safer Cities unit. “Unfortunately the crime rate is increas­ ing,” Paulsen said. “Without this concen­ tration of our efforts it would probably be higher than it is even now.” The additional officers are assigned to Central for at least another 30 days, but the transfer was considered temporary. Central Area Capt. Horace Frank said that the department is battling a criminal justice system that, in the wake of Assembly Bill 109, the controversial prison realignment law, has low-level offenders being released from jail

early with little supervision or incentive not to break the law again. “These are people who are committing crimes repeatedly,” Frank said. “If these are your profile suspects, the fact that we’re get­ ting them off the streets is huge.” Critics of the department’s concentra­ tion of resources in Skid Row, including the homeless advocacy group the Los Angeles Community Action Network, questioned the surge given Downtown’s often touted low crime levels. LACAN has long pushed for more housing and services for the poor, as opposed to increased law enforcement. Local business stakeholders, however, have welcomed the extra cops and may fight to keep them indefinitely. “I think people have generally felt saf­ er seeing the police walking on the street,”

photo by Gary Leonard

Central Area Capt. Horace Frank oversees a division that has received an infusion of approximately 50 officers. That has led to more arrests, though crime is also rising.

said Blair Besten, executive director of the Historic Downtown Los Angeles Business Improvement District. “I think, honestly, there’s going to be a push to not let them go. I think people are going to get used to seeing it.” Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at

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museum Tower 225 south olive street Leasing Information 213 626 1500

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

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

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

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

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





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