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NEWS July 2, 2012

Volume 41, Number 27

INSIDE

Welcome War Horse 13

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A park opening, a big site sells, and other happenings Around Town.

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Cheers and concern over plans to place a new federal building next to a new courthouse.

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The Rise of Ricardo Zarate How the Peruvian Food Stall Mo-Chica Turned Into a Culinary Empire

Urban Scrawl on the City Council recess.

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Trouble at the Travelers Hotel.

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Some big Downtown food news.

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photo by Gary Leonard

Peruvian-born chef Ricardo Zarate used his life’s savings, $30,000, to open the food stall Mo-Chica in Mercado La Paloma three years ago. Now he has two nearly million-dollar restaurants, including a new version of Mo-Chica on Seventh Street. by RichaRd Guzmán city editoR

A glimpse at ‘Outsiders’ art.

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Five great entertainment options.

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t about 3 p.m. on May 30, Ricardo Zarate stood near his bustling open kitchen, the scents of freshly sliced vegetables and spices wafting in the air. His Seventh Street restaurant Mo-Chica had opened just three hours before. This was his first extended break. With his short dark hair falling over his fore-

head, Zarate leaned his stocky frame against a booth. He flashed a bright, easy smile while he looked around his new place with a sense of wonder and a bit of pride. Although the rush was slowing down, he was still buzzing with excitement. “I’ve been amazed and so grateful for the reaction from people,” he said. “This is where I always wanted to be, in Downtown, and this is what I always wanted Mo-Chica to be.”

He then ran into the back of the restaurant to grab a large Peruvian flag for a photo shoot. With a desire to turn his country’s food into a familiar California flavor, Mo-Chica has been the 38-year-old chef’s dream for more than a decade. Still, that long-running desire could hardly prepare him for the long, winding road he endured. Zarate literally travelled the globe, hopping see Zarate, page 10

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It’s tIme to vote!Asked WWW.VOTEBESTOF.COM Downtowners to Pay $62 Million for Streetcar Divided Community Will Vote on Whether to Help Fund the Overall $125 Million Project

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Property owners closest to the streetcar tracks would pay 59 cents per square foot annually, with the assessment based on parcel size rather than a building’s overall square footage. For example, if a 10-story structure was on a 10,000-square-foot lot, the tax would be based on that ground level figure, not the 100,000 total square feet of space in the building. For condo owners the parcel size determinant still holds, with individual fees determined by the size of the residence — unit owners will pay on a proportional basis of their home compared to others in the building. Shiraz Tangri, general council for Los Angeles Streetcar Inc., the nonprofit overseeing the effort, said the average condo owner will likely have an assessment of $100-$200 a year. Fees fall for those further away from the route. Those in the second zone, or tier, would be assessed see Streetcar, page 8

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a cumulative $62 million. The City Council on Wednesday, June 27, approved the formation of a special tax district for the project that is now estimated at $125 million, including support facilities. Rates will vary depending on how close the property is to the streetcar; the route will connect Bunker Hill and L.A. Live, with a principal spine on Broadway.

ly gets rolling, customerssee will have It’s tIme to vote! pAgE 8 FoR a lIst oF CateGoRIes & NomINees. to pay a nominal fee for each ride. Downtown property owners, however — including those who live in condominiums — will have a much larger tab: They will be asked to shell out

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AROUNDTOWN Grand Park to Have Partial Opening In Late July

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n less than two months, Downtown workers and visitors will have access to part of a revamped 12-acre green space in which to stroll, gather, picnic and, on opening weekend, dance. Last week officials with the county and the Music Center announced that two blocks of Grand Park will open on July 26. A dedication event that day will mark the debut of half of the park, between Grand Avenue and Hill Street. Dance and music performances are planned. The other half of the park, between Hill and Spring streets, is in the final stages of preparation and will come online in the fall, said park spokeswoman Bonnie Goodman. The opening festivities continue on July 28 when professional dancers will lead the public in free group routines to celebrate National Dance Day. Artists from Cirque du Soleil’s Iris will also perform. On July 29, Grand Performances will present local musicians. Additional information is at grandparkla.org.

Downtown News Gets Prizes for News Reporting, Columns

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egendary Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein was the big draw at the Los Angeles Press Club’s annual awards ceremony in Downtown. But Los Angeles Downtown News had a good evening too. During the event at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel on Sunday, June 24, Downtown News received a first place prize in the Hard News category for staff writer Ryan Vaillancourt’s story “Racism, Sexual Harassment Lawsuits Roil Central Division.”

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Another top honor, in the Columnist category, went to executive editor Jon Regardie, who won for four Regardie Report columns published during 2011. Downtown News also earned second place honors in the categories of Personality Profile, Design and Entertainment News or Feature. Honorable Mention awards were given to the paper in Feature Photo, Photo Essay, Investigative/Series, Editorial Cartoon and Journalist of the Year, the latter for a collection of Vaillancourt’s work. Nearly 500 people attended the dinner. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Press Club’s President’s Award to Bernstein and Bob Woodward on the 40th anniversary of their Watergate reporting. Although Bernstein was on the stage, Woodward, who was in Washington, D.C. finishing a book, appeared via Skype.

Astani Sells ‘Angelena’ Site

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an Francisco-based Carmel Partners has purchased a three-acre Downtown site slated to hold a 700-unit apartment complex. Seller Sonny Astani last week announced the $63 million deal, which he said amounts to a record Downtown land sale price of $500 per square foot. The transaction was first reported by the Los Angeles Times. Carmel Partners’ plan for the project at Eighth Street and Grand Avenue is uncertain, but Astani had been pledging to start construction on the mixed-use development this year. He said he expects the firm to break ground within 60 days. “Being an institution, they don’t need financing,” Astani said. “They basically have cash. That’s the beauty of the deal for them.” The entitled project, which Astani had dubbed Angelena, calls for a 700-unit steel and con-

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crete apartment complex with 36,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. A Carmel representative confirmed the acquisition, but company officials did not respond to a request for further comment. Carmel Partners’ nationwide portfolio includes eight apartment complexes in Los Angeles County, but none in Downtown, according to the firm’s website. Astani said he sold the project in part because of a difficult financing environment, but also to free up funds for other investments. He said he is in escrow to buy another Downtown site that would allow a residential development of up to 200 units. He would not reveal the property.

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two Marriott hotels in a single South Park building. American Life Incorporated and Williams/Dame & Associates are behind the plan to build a 373,000-square-foot project on what had been a surface parking lot just north of the Ritz-Carlton/J.W. Marriott. The development, slated to open in the summer of 2014, will put two Marriott brands — a 174-room Courtyard by Marriott and a 218-room Residence Inn — in one 23-story high-rise. Crews began pouring concrete footings for the project at Olympic Boulevard and Francisco Street last week, according to a press release. The action comes just two weeks after the City Council approved a tax incentive for the project. The developers have said that construction will generate more than 1,000 jobs and help the Los Angeles Convention Center attract more major confabs. The project is being built by SODO see Around Town, page 6

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EDITORIALS Urban Scrawl by Doug Davis

Fueling the X Factor

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rom June 28-July 1, Downtown Los Angeles was filled with the young and the tattooed. They came, they saw and they did amazing tricks and performed incredible feats on skateboards, BMX bikes and motorcycles. They roared through the streets in souped-up racecars. That’s a lot of superlatives, but what the heck — it was, in a word, awesome. The gathering was X Games, which has now spent a full decade in Downtown Los Angeles. Hard as it is to fathom, the international center of the summer’s extreme sports scene is a veteran of this community. The competition run by ESPN planted a foothold here long before a majority of the new wave of Central City residents. It started luring Westsiders well before a spate of hip chefs created new-school foodie destinations. When X Games first came to the area a decade ago the organizers also staged activities in other parts of Southern California. Over the years those competitions and sites have been jettisoned. Event brass have realized that everything they need for the extreme sports extravaganza exists right here. The X Games competitions are all held around the L.A. Live campus, and specific events have been designed to take advantage of the physical terrain. Organizers have realized that the Big Air competitions look spectacular outdoors on Chick Hearn Court. BMX biking, surprisingly, works well inside the Nokia Theatre, which normally holds concerts. The rallycross fills Figueroa Street and other roads around Gilbert Lindsay Plaza. It even includes a ramp for cars to fly through the air. Those are not the only places to catch the athletes. They, and the people who come into town for the annual competition, fill area hotels. The weekend before the games some competitors were seen in the historic Millennium Biltmore, the tattoos and mohawks a somewhat unexpected yet sight in what is known as the grande dame of Los Angeles hotels. X Games also does what all big events are supposed to do these days — it generates revenue for local businesses and the city. All those hotel stays produce a room tax that goes to Los Angeles’ general fund. The athletes and the spectators cram area restaurants and the plethora of bars. The broadcasting of events generates worldwide interest in Los Angeles, and the outdoors competitions naturally show off Downtown. None of this could have been predicted a decade ago when just a handful of events took place Downtown. Even when L.A. Live and the Convention Center hotel were under construction few local boosters would have assumed that Downtown would be a hospitable locale for everything the X Games offers. However, that is exactly the case today. It is, in a word, awesome.

Mayor Needs to Focus on City, Not Democratic Party Needs

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ntonio Villaraigosa now has less than one year left as mayor of Los Angeles. While the following may be as lofty a dream as his 2005 “Dream With Me” inauguration speech, we hope that in his remaining time Villaraigosa can focus on the city and dedicate himself to solving its problems. We hope that he can shrug off what seems to be his weightiest demon — a seemingly desperate personal ambition — and serve in the best interests of the people who twice elected him to the city’s highest office. On July 1, 2013, Villaraigosa’s successor will be sworn into office. That gives the current mayor about six months until he is a lame duck, someone whom opponents will wait out, knowing he’ll soon be gone. Some observers would suggest he has already attained that status. There is one major step Villaraigosa could take to show the city, show the country in fact, that he is committed to Los Angeles during that time frame. Sadly, we can’t see him doing it — it would go in the face of his constant need to plan his Next Big Move. It would mean making a decision with no near-term political payoff. In an ideal world, Villaraigosa would announce this week that he is resigning his post as chair of the September Democratic National Convention in North Carolina, that the magnitude of that task simply chews up too much time that could be spent on his current job. In an ideal world he would recognize that the city needs him focused on issues such as unemployment, transportation and business development. In an ideal world he would follow up this announcement by stating that, in the months after the convention, he will ignore most entreaties to travel the country stumping for President Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders. In an ideal world, Antonio Villaraigosa would do what he was elected to do — serve the people of Los Angeles. In one way it is silly that this idea even needs to be broached. Seven years ago voters chose to oust a sitting mayor, Jim Hahn, and go instead with the excitement and potential of Villaraigosa, the charismatic former Assembly speaker and short-term Los Angeles councilman. Four years later, with the national economy in a tailspin and the city in a period of severe budget shortfalls and layoffs, voters elected him again, in part because there was no credible challenger. Three years after that election, Los Angeles, like most of the nation, is struggling to recover. Unemployment remains stubbornly high, the city workforce has been slashed and the political talk is of

determining what core services government can and should provide. There are concerns and debates about what should happen with pensions for both existing and future city employees. These are conversations Villaraigosa should be enmeshed in every day. The problem is not just the convention that takes place Sept. 4-6. This is not an ideal world and realistically, Villaraigosa should be in North Carolina — as the chief executive of the nation’s second largest city, and one that votes overwhelmingly and reliably Democratic, he can do good for L.A. by pressing the flesh for a few days and maintaining the relationships that he has built. If this also nets him a primetime speaking gig during the convention, then good for him. The issue, instead, is that this is much more than a ceremonial or three-day commitment. Villaraigosa’s chairman post will almost certainly require a lot of his attention in the coming months through meetings, planning sessions, etc. The job will demand that after the convention he hit the campaign trail, drumming up support for Obama and other Democrats. He will be expected to help bring Latino voters to the polls in key battleground states. We can foresee him spending a lot of time outside L.A. We are not saying those are unimportant matters. We are not saying his party doesn’t need him. However, the city that elected him needs him more. Los Angeles should not be essentially rudderless during the last period in which Villaraigosa can be truly effective. Villaraigosa has long seemed to have trouble putting his constituents’ needs over his own. He spent too much time in his first term as mayor waffling over a gubernatorial bid. He continues to be dogged by speculation that what he really wants is a Cabinet post in a second Obama term. Maybe the speculation is unfair, but it is the result of the persona Villaraigosa has built over time. Will Villaraigosa walk away from the national spotlight and realize that his time would be better spent working on what ails his home city? Could he possibly go against what seems to be his natural appetite for attention and allow someone else to bask in the Obama glow? Certainly not. But he should. As painful as it may be, Villaraigosa should recognize that Los Angeles needs him more than the Democrats do. He should serve those who put their trust in him.


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Cheers, Concern Greet New Federal Building Plan

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Some Skeptical That Two Structures Will Rise in Civic Center Pit by RichaRd Guzmán city editoR

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owntowners were nearly euphoric in January when Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard suddenly announced that long-stalled plans to build a federal courthouse on a notorious Civic Center blight spot were being fast-tracked. Now there is an equal level of joy, with the recent anphoto by Gary Leonard nouncement that the $400 The pit at First Street and Broadway could house not just a million courthouse on the courthouse, but also a new federal building. southwest corner of First Street and Broadway will be “I just think it’s a pretty farfetched idea,” joined by a new federal building. he said. At the same time, there is a level of cauHis position was echoed by Paul Keller, a tion, with concern that the project relies on principal at the Downtown based planning too much speculation at a time when the and development firm Urban Partners. economy remains soft. “I think that in today’s economy, speculative On June 22, officials with Roybal-Allard’s office building development is out of the quesoffice made an again surprising announce- tion,” he said. With additional hurdles such as ment, this time that the federal General the amount of money needed to renovate the Services Administration plans to transfer Spring Street property, Keller said he doesn’t ownership of the Spring Street Courthouse, see the historic building as a profitable project. which is set to be vacated when the new Delayed Plans courthouse is completed, to a developer. The The General Services Administration, developer, in exchange, would be required which acts as a landlord for federal agencies, to build a new federal office building with a spent $16.9 million to acquire and prepare similar value to the Spring Street courthouse the Civic Center site, and another $16.3 milon the First and Broadway site. lion on designs for a 41-room courthouse. “It’s a win-win,” said Ninth District The project hit a wall in 2008 when delays Councilwoman Jan Perry. “How many years and design changes pushed the estimated have we been talking about this? I think this cost to the $1.1 billion level. is great.” Roybal-Allard’s January announcement Like most Downtown stakeholders, Perry revealed that the scaled-back courthouse had grown frustrated with the state of the site would include 24 courtrooms and 32 judges’ — plans had stalled when the 41-courtoom chambers. As part of the plan, the 1938 Spring project’s estimated cost soared to $1.1 billion. Street Courthouse, which along with the 1992 January’s $400 million proposal represented Roybal Federal Building currently house feda downsizing of the effort. eral courthouse operations, would be vacated. According to a spokesman for RoybalGSA officials said the $250 million retrofit Allard’s office, the 1938 courthouse at 312 and renovation cost spurred the need for the N. Spring St. is valued at $53 million. That swap. means a developer would have to build an “This plan would save millions in tax approximately 150,000- to 175,000-square- dollars and ensure the North Spring Street foot building on the 3.6-acre site that will also courthouse does not become another exhouse the federal courthouse. Plans call for cess property on the government’s books,” the courthouse to open in 2016. Tangherlini said in a statement. Once the new federal office building is GSA officials said the next step will likely completed, the developer would take over be to solicit project bids. Once a developer is the Spring Street Courthouse. If the plan handed the deed to the Spring Street property, comes to fruition, it would be a stunning any proposals would be subject to local land turnaround for a Civic Center property use and building regulations. They would also where the biggest claim to fame in recent likely have to be in compliance with National years has been an artist placing a family of Register of Historic Places regulations. papier-mâché beachgoers. The trade, however, does not require any “I applaud GSA Acting Administrator Dan other agency approval. Tangherlini for finding an innovative, practiThe new building would consolidate the cal, and fiscally responsible solution to meet Office of the US Attorneys and certain our judiciary and federal workspace needs Department of Homeland Security personnel, in Downtown L.A.,” said Roybal-Allard in a and open up more office space at the 300 N. statement. Los Angeles St. Federal Building, according to However, some Downtown real estate ex- Roybal-Allard’s office. There is no timeline yet perts are not as confident of the deal. on when a developer will be selected or when “I think it’s an extremely speculative deal the structure would be completed. that’s fraught with problems in a difficult Carol Schatz, president and CEO of the marketplace,” said Chris Martin a partner at Central City Association, said that while the AC Martin Architects. GSA’s proposed trade is “unusual,” she welMartin, the architect and project manger comes the plans for two buildings on the for the nearby $231 million restoration of the blighted spot. Hall of Justice, said the trade may not pencil “I think it can work, and we think having out financially since a developer would have these two buildings on that site is going to to retrofit and renovate the courthouse, a be terrific for the community,” she said. “It’ll project the GSA estimates at $250 million. probably require a very sophisticated develThey would also have to come up with a oper. And we have plenty of those.” profitable use for a building that Martin said Contact Richard Guzmán at is best suited as a courthouse. richard@downtownnews.com.

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SAN PEDRO SQUEEZE: AN ACCORDION FESTIVAL

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Get keyed into a survey of world music through this versatile box, first valued for its ability to be heard above the din in crowded pubs and outdoor gatherings. The evening celebrates the accordion music from the many ethnic communities that call San Pedro home. Featuring Joel Guzman’s traditional Mexican music-fused blues, rock, country, and salsa; digital accordion champion Cory Pesaturo; accordion diva Gee Rabe; Jelena Milojevic on the classical chromatic button accordion; and more. THIS SOUNDS

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This celebration of the late great Gil ScottHeron’s legacy explores the soul, vitality, power, humor, social activism, humanity, and dynamic messages of the artists’ music and poetry through an enthralling musical, visual and interactive arts journey. Special guests include Gia Scott-Heron, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Jeremy Sole, Roger Guenveur Smith and more. THIS SOUNDS

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¶VAMOS AL MAMBO! Grand Performances honors the legendary Cuban musician Israel “Cachao” López. Come dressed in tropical finery, and sway to music from the man credited for inventing the mambo by introducing African rhythms to Cuban’s Danzon in the late 1930s. The all-star band features an unmatched ensemble of Latin musicians, most of whom recorded and played with Cachao throughout his career:

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JAZZ MAFIA

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After making their debut with the highly acclaimed Brass, Bows, & Beats, the Jazz Mafia present their 38-piece symphony #2, The Emperor Norton Suite. The Jazz Mafia is bravado post-modern orchestration, blistering solos, spoken-word, Latin poly-rhythms, boom-bap rhymes, and emotive ballads, all spun together with the spirit of improvisational jazz. THIS SOUNDS

MASTERY & LEGACY: THE MUSIC OF HAWAI`I An evening of distinct voices and musicians paying homage to and sharing music, stories, and culture from Hawai`i.

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Sat, Aug 4 @ 8pm Strunz & Farah | Niyaz

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soundtrack that includes narration by artist Mark Bradford, who has two pieces in the current MOCA show The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Warhol. The 30-minute performances will be July 19 and Aug. 2 and 9. Admission is free. Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project will have its world premiere Sept. 2223 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Choreographer Millepied First Republic Bank To Dance in MOCA Signs $17 Million Lease

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n September Los Angeles will get its first performances from a new dance company helmed by rising star Benjamin Millepied. Downtowners, however, don’t have to wait that long for a sneak peek. The Museum of Contemporary Art last week announced that Millepied, the choreographer of Black Swan, husband of Natalie Portman and, more recently, founder of the L.A. Dance Project, will appear three times at the Grand Avenue institution in July and August. In the event titled “Framework,” he will dance with Amanda Wells on Rudolf Stingel’s artwork “Untitled.” “This rare collaboration will add a new layer to the exhibition and explores the convergence of dance and painting, as Millepied adds his footprints to Stingel’s signature white carpet,” a MOCA press release stated. They will be accompanied by a

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change has come to the Downtown skyline. First Republic Bank has signed a 15-year lease for 15,000 square feet of office and retail space at 888 S. Figueroa St. The $17 million deal includes signage rights. It marks the first time the tower at Ninth and Figueroa streets has had corporate signage on its upper levels, said broker Adam Tischer, vice president at Colliers International. First Republic had been based in the Wilshire Grand. However, the hotel’s closure to make way for a new $1 billion project meant First Republic was in need of a new space. “They wanted to be visible and present and within walking distance of their customer base,” said Tischer, who along with broker Mark Tarczynski represented the tenant and landlord Jade Enterprises. “The

building-top signage afforded visibility from Staples Center events and it was close to the Central Business District and the densely populated and active South Park district.” First Republic opened its new branch on the ground floor of 888 S. Figueroa St., along with an office on an upper level, this month. With the lease, the office building is now 92% occupied, Tischer said.

Downtown Projects Win Architecture Awards

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ive Downtown projects were winners recently at the Los Angeles Business Council’s 42nd annual Architectural Awards. The Ford Hotel at 1000 E. Seventh St. won in the Renovation category at the June 20 event. In the Healthcare category the Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health at 1513 S. Grand Ave. received a prize for its interior design. The recently opened offices of architecture giant Gensler at City National Plaza won the Interiors award for its “highly open, flexible and transparent workspace focused around a three-story, daylight-filled atrium with a connecting feature stair,” according to the LABC. Under Construction awards went to the Spring Street Park and Skid Row Housing Trust’s Star Apartments at 240 E.

Sixth St. A total of 34 projects were honored for being examples of cutting edge design.

Skid Row Parks Get Temporary Funding

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wo Skid Row parks are getting a little financial help from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. On June 26, the City Council authorized the use of $175,000 in LAHSA funds to operate the San Julian and Gladys parks. However, the money will only cover the next six months, so the search for funding will continue, said Eva Kandarpa Behrend, a spokeswoman for Ninth District Councilwoman Jan Perry, who authored the motion to fund the parks through LAHSA. “We’re just going to have to continue to look at our savings or see if there’s a more permanent source,” Behrend said. The only green spaces in Skid Row and prime gathering spots for many in the community, San Julian Park at Fifth and San Julian streets and Gladys Park at Sixth Street and Gladys Avenue are, according to the motion, “important safety zones.” The funding will allow the parks to remain open seven days a week. Security and maintenance will continue to be provided by SRO Housing Corportation.

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Skid Row hotel that was declared a public nuisance more than a decade ago could finally be shut down. However, the owner said he may sell the property

first. “I don’t want to keep fighting with people. I already have people that are interested in it,” said Balubhai Patel, who bought the Travelers Hotel at 553 Ceres St. in 1999, just before the city declared it a public nuisance. On June 8, the City Council revoked the land use operations permits for the 26-unit two-story single room occupancy hotel that currently houses about 20 people. According to officials with the Office of Zoning Administration, Patel has exhausted all of his administrative appeals. It is still unclear

On a recent afternoon, the metal door to the lobby of the Travelers Hotel was locked and there was no answer to a doorbell. A handwritten sign visible through a hole in the gate warned residents in English and Spanish not to drink in the lobby or outside the hotel. Martine Singer, president and CEO of Para Los Niños, which operates its Child Development Center on Sixth Street and shares an alley with the hotel, said her staff has long complained about the property. “There has been for many years prostitution taking place, people being propositioned. It’s all happening out in the open, people leaning out the window and shouting at the

kids,” she said. Estela Lopez, executive director of the Central City East Association, also urged the city to revoke the hotel’s permit in a letter dated May 22. “This owner continues to invoke his right to appeal these conditions demonstrating his determination to operate this hotel in a manner that is detrimental to the community and that causes significant waste of our precious police resources,” she wrote. Huizar said the decision to revoke the hotel’s permit occurred after Patel’s latest appeal came before the city’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee this year. The appeal was denied. Patel said he has yet to put the hotel on the market, but doesn’t think he will have trouble finding a buyer. He said there are other properties nearby he may be interested in purchasing. Contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.

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when the hotel would be shut down, which is the next step following the permit revocation. The story was first reported by KPCC. Patel said that while he was told by the city that the hotel would be shuttered, he has not been given a timeline for the proceedings. City Councilman José Huizar, whose 14th District includes the property, said the hotel’s battles with the city have gone on for too long. “It was just unbelievable that we as a city had allowed this property to continue as it did,” Huizar said. “Take this hotel and pluck it down anywhere else in the city and this would never have been allowed to happen.” Huizar said the tenants of the hotel would qualify for relocation assistance, which would be paid for by the building owner. In 1999, according to city documents, the property was declared a public nuisance due to issues including harboring criminal activity, the use and sale of drugs, prostitution and other crimes. The city has since placed numerous conditions on the building that the owner is required to meet. Patel has instead appealed the terms and at times even unsuccessfully sued the city, according to public documents. The conditions that have allegedly gone unmet include a requirement to retain a full-time security guard, to meet quarterly with the Los Angeles Police Department to address criminal activity in and around the hotel, and to document and register guests and residents. “It’s been over 13 years that they haven’t followed any conditions,” Huizar said. “They keep saying, ‘We’re going to do it this year.’” Tough Conditions Patel said some of the conditions are impossible for the hotel to meet. He said hiring a full-time security guard could cost up to $18,000 a month, while the hotel only makes about $8,000 each month from rents that range between $350 and $500. He said the city requirement to document tenants and visitors by taking their fingerprints as they enter is a violation of privacy. Patel also disputes accusations that drugs are dealt from the hotel or that prostitution takes place on or near the premises. “We keep it neat and clean always,” he said.

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Zarate Continued from page 1 continents and paying dues in his evolving culinary career. Then, in the last three years, he took off like a rocket. In that time he went from running a tiny food stall in a far-off-the-beaten track locale to opening two nearly million-dollar restaurants in the space of nine months. “He didn’t give up. He stuck to his dream,” said Walter Manzke, a well-known chef who is working on opening a French restaurant in the Arts District and who got to know Zarate after Mo-Chica debuted. Manzke, who has helmed the kitchens of Bastide and Downtown’s Church & State, praised Zarate’s skills as a chef

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Twitter/DowntownNews and his tenacity as a businessman. “He’s a great chef and he has fantastic energy and great training,” Manzke said. Widespread Praise Zarate got on Los Angeles’ culinary radar screen in 2009, when he opened the first MoChica in Mercado La Paloma. The indoor market at 36th and Grand Avenue features a combination of food stalls and vendors selling things such as artisan jewelry, pottery and even sports equipment. The approximately 11 items on the menu were a hit. Crowds came for dishes like his ceviche and seco de cordero (lamb shank). Then there were the glowing reviews and awards. Los Angeles Magazine named MoChica one of its Best New Restaurants of 2009. Last year, after Zarate opened Picca, a Peruvian establishment in Beverly Hills, Food

& Wine Magazine awarded him its Best New Chef prize. Merrill Shindler, who hosts a weekly radio show on dining and restaurants on KABC 790 AM and who is a contributing editor to the Zagat Los Angeles restaurant guide, praised Zarate’s strategy. “Opening in el Mercado La Paloma was really clever,” said Shindler. “The cost was low so he was able to do it on a shoestring budget, get photo by Gary Leonard himself noticed and find a Zarate was one of 13 children in a working-class family in Lima. cult following.” “We all had to take a turn in the kitchen helping my mom,” he The following will only exrecalled. “I just happened to get ahead of everyone else.” pand at the new Mo-Chica, an 1,800-square-foot spot on the ground floor of the Coulter and Mandel For Zarate, it’s a point of pride to serve the Building at 514 W. Seventh Street. The mod- cuisine of his homeland. It’s a subject that ern, lounge-like restaurant features rich red makes him wax eloquent. walls, a graffiti-style mural, cement floors and “Peruvian food is like a pot that has been a full bar. cooking for more than 500 years,” he says, There are nearly three times as many his constant smile flashing even wider. “It has menu options as there were in Mercado La ingredients from the Incas — the potatoes, Paloma. They include unexpected offerings the yucca, the maize. It has Spanish and Arab such as a hamburger with a Peruvian twist influences and European as well. — the patty is a mix of alpaca and lamb “It was then followed by Chinese and covered in an aji amarillo (a Peruvian yel- Japanese influences and all this fusion that’s low chile) yogurt dressing. been cooking for hundreds of years,” he Other dishes include the hefty Cau Cau, a continued. “It’s something that’s ready to be tripe stew served with Peruvian potatoes and exported.” mint chimichurri, and the Paiche, a large fish Lima Beginnings found in the Amazon. It is served with ajiaco Before the food could be exported, Zarate de arroz, a sort of stew, and cherry tomato had to export himself. escabeche. As one of 13 children in a working-class Shindler credits Zarate for generating inter- family from Lima, cooking was never really a est in Peruvian food, noting that it has been a choice for Zarate. It was more like a duty. seeming next-big-thing for a few years. “We all had to take a turn in the kitchen

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DowntownNews.com it now or it’s over.” Double Tasking Mo-Chica opened at Mercado La Paloma in the summer of 2009. Still, Zarate was working two full-time jobs, getting up at 5 a.m. to pick up his Mo-Chica sous chef and buying ingredients, then heading in the afternoon to Wabi-Sabi, where he often worked until midnight. It was a brutal schedule but also a smart move, said James Sinclair of OnSite Consulting, a hospitality and restaurant consulting firm based in Los Angeles. “I always advise newcomers to just do it. Do it on a shoestring budget,” Sinclair said. “Work sleepless night and prove your concept. This puts you in a better position after you’ve proven yourself.” More than a year later Zarate was able to ditch the second job and focus exclusively on Mo-Chica. As crowds and glowing reviews came, so did those who wanted to invest in his Peruvian vision. Among those who came knocking were Stephane Bombert and Bill Chait, the latter a partner in Downtown’s acclaimed Latin food restaurant Rivera. They teamed with Zarate to spend $800,000 to open Picca, an upscale version of Peruvian cuisine with a Japanese edge, last August. The reviews were effusive. This year GQ Magazine named Picca one of the Ten Best New Restaurants in America. Still, Zarate’s true dream was to expand his original location. That finally began to come together when the Seventh Street space became available (it formerly housed a Sandella’s Flatbread Cafe). He and Bombert spent another $800,000 on the project, which food blogs tracked relentlessly. The opening was perhaps the city’s most eagerly awaited restaurant debut of the year. It’s everything Zarate dreamed of all those years ago. “This is what it was always meant to be,” he said. “This is the vision I always had for Mo-Chica.” Mo-Chica is at 514 W. Seventh St., (213) 6223744 or mo-chica.com. Contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.

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helping my mom,” Zarate recalled at the restaurant, during a break between lunch and dinner service about two weeks after Mo-Chica opened “I just happened to get ahead of everyone else.” After learning from his mom, who was a good cook but didn’t really enjoy the kitchen, Zarate picked up tips from his friends’ mothers. He became known in the neighborhood as the kid who could cook. As a teenager he got a job catering a banquet. He recruited friends to help him buy the ingredients, which included a live octopus they had to haul back in a taxi. At 17 he applied to Lima’s top culinary school, the Institute of the Americas. After graduating two years later a cousin told him there was a wealth of restaurant jobs in London. Zarate made the move but it didn’t turn out as he had hoped — his first job was as a dishwasher atv Benihana. Unwittingly that exposure to Japanese cuisine would pay off. After six months Zarate convinced his bosses to let him try out for a position as hibachi chef. He would ultimately spend about 12 years cooking in England, taking jobs at places such as Axis at One Aldwych and Zuma, a respected Japanese restaurant. It was during this time that he started dreaming of Mo-Chica and showing off the cuisine of his homeland. “I must have cooked 50 or more dinners for investors to get them interested,” he said. “They all loved the food but said the same thing: that no one knew about Peruvian food here.” With his attempts to open his own place in England going nowhere, Zarate accepted an offer from the Millennium Hotel Group to run the kitchen at Sai Sai in Downtown Los Angeles’ Biltmore Hotel. He arrived in 2003 and spent 18 months revamping the menu. He said sales increased by 300%. After a short stint back in London he returned to the United States and landed at Wabi-Sabi in Venice. Still determined to open Mo-Chica, he decided to invest his life savings of $30,000. “It was time,” he recalled thinking. “Either I do

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Sunny Sipping: Water may be the best thing one can drink during the summer. That’s nice and all, but Drago Centro and Church & State have other ideas for the season — each recently introduced a new summer cocktail menu. At Drago the selections includes something called the “Down the Rabbit Hole,” made with Novo Fogo Cachaca, a Brazilian liquor fashioned from sugarcane, blackberries, kiwi, lime and sage. There’s also the “Summer Dalliance,” with Nolet’s gin, St. George absinthe, lemon, cherries and prosecco. At Church & State, thirsty visitors can try the “Strawberry Fields,” with vodka, strawberries and sage, or “Splendor in the Grass,” made with gin, lime, parsley and cucumber. Take that water! Drago Centro is at 525 S. Flower St., (213) 228-8998 or dragocentro.com. Church and State is at 1850 Industrial St., (213) 405-1434 or churchandstatebistro.com.

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The drama War Horse won five Tony Awards, including Best Play. The show, now at the Ahmanson Theatre, is known as much for its plot as for the puppeteers who control Joey, the equine lead.

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anny Yoerges takes his horseplay very seriously. As part of a team controlling the lead puppet in the wildly acclaimed play War Horse, his preparation involved more than practicing his best whinny. “We spent two weeks learning everything there is to know about horse psychology,” he said, “and to mimic sounds and run the gamut of all horse actions, like galloping and trotting and eating.” That, Yoerges explained, is part of the magic that breathes life into Joey, the horse in the play that won five 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Play. The National Theatre of Great Britain’s touring production of War Horse opened at the Ahmanson Theatre on Friday, June 29, and will continue through July 29. Based on the 1982 novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse has had lauded stagings using life-size equine puppets, first in London and then on Broadway. It was also made into a film last year by Steven Spielberg — despite an Oscar nod for Best Picture, reviews were mixed. War Horse tells the story of an English boy named Albert and his beloved horse. When World War I strikes, Joey is sent to France as part of the cavalry. Although Albert is too young to enlist, he is determined to find the horse. From its inception in Nick Stafford’s adaption for the stage, the star of the show has been Joey. That’s thanks to the wizardry of the Handspring Puppet Company, which received a special Tony Award, and the stress placed upon character over simple construction. “Joey really does have a personality. It’s not just some random horse-like thing,” said Andrew Veenstra, who plays Albert. “We have charts from rehearsal that have all the character attributes true to the horse.” The large horse requires a three-person team of puppeteers, working closely together, to manipulate it. In his particular team, Yoerges oversees the head, Brian Robert

film The Black Stallion, anyone? — but cast members said the story is told originally and packs an emotional wallop. “There are so many heartwarming messages,” said Yoerges. “You walk away from the theatrical event with so much hope for human kind.” Adds Veenstra, “It’s a life-affirming story about love, about friendship, about taking risks and taking changes and putting yourself out there for something you care about.” There are other things that set the show apart from past equine-propelled productions. The setting during the action of World War I is unique and provides larger insights, as does telling the story through a horse that ends up serving on both sides in the horrific conflict. “[The horse] is completely unbiased in how it views people from different countries and different backgrounds,” Yoerges said. “If we all treated each other the same way, we would have more compassion for each other and we might then find similarities.” Audience members who have already seen the play will note a number of changes to accommodate the different facilities with different dimensions on the tour. Those who haven’t may learn a thing or two about world history. “What’s unique about this story that I didn’t realize is the role that horses in particular played in the history of World War I,” Veenstra said. “It’s something that we all studied in school, but never once did I see mentioned the role of the cavalry.” War Horse runs through July 29 at the Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 628-2772 or centertheatregroup.org. by to pho

Burns controls the heart and Gregory Manley executes the movements of the hindquarters. All three were originally trained as actors, but that only went so far in preparing them for some of the unique challenges of War Horse, such as making realistic horse sounds. “It can’t be done convincingly by one person alone,” Manley said. “So we need to be able to breathe together and also pick up vocal cues inside the horse describing different moves and different whinnies. It sounds much better if it’s multi-phonic.” Original Package Despite the puppet’s central role in the play, Joey’s operators never attempt to mask the fact that they are the ones controlling the creature. Veenstra observes that the tactic is different than most theater, where sleight of hand or visual tricks are meant to provoke oohs and aahs from the audience. There are no secrets here, allowing the audience to stop worrying about “how they did it” and focus on the story and characterization. “What’s unique about War Horse is they don’t try to hide it,” Veenstra said. “You’re very much aware of the puppeteers, but what’s also special is that within 10 seconds or less you forget that they’re there, which I think is pretty brilliant.” At its core, War Horse is about a boy and his love for an animal. It’s certainly not the first production to take on that theme, not even when it comes to horses —1979’s classic

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Inside the Outsiders Debut Show at Chinatown Gallery Showcases Work by Mentally Challenged Artists by Richard Guzmán city editor

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hen it comes to the artists and their place in the art world, the new Chinatown show The Outsiders has no credentials whatsoever. After all, the artists are complete unknowns. The gallery, Exhale Unlimited, is brand new, led by an individual with no art world track record. The 800-square-foot space on Chung King Road is easy to miss. That’s not the point, however, for the real-life outsiders whose work is featured in the show. Nor is it the point for Ansen Yew, the full-time physician who is putting his money into his artistic passion. “The Outsiders really encompasses artwork that’s not really the mainstream art or that most artists or an art culture would consider,” said Yew. “We’re going to be a little different than the other galleries because we’re not representing artists. What we are representing is giving.” The Outsiders features about 30 pieces including paintings, prints and sculptures. The show opened June 30 and runs through Aug. 1. The exhibition will benefit two Downtown organizations that work with people who have mental disabilities or suffer from mental illness: the ECF Art Centers and Lamp Community’s Fine Arts Program. The work in the show was created by members of these groups. “This helps them in many ways,” said Hayk Makhmuryan, fine arts coordinator for Lamp. “It helps them to interact with the larger community and helps them overcome the insulation that comes hand in hand with being in an underprivileged community.” It will also give the artists the chance to sell their pieces. Most of the proceeds will go back into the organizations’ art programs. Mid-Life Crisis Lamp Community is a Skid Row-based based nonprof-

it that helps mentally ill homeless people find permanent homes. It also provides various support services, among them an art program. ECF Arts Center is funded by the Exceptional Children’s Foundation, an organization that helps children and adults with mental disabilities. Their studio and gallery space at 828 S. Main St., one of three run by ECF, helps adults from 18-65 with art training. The term “outsider art” has been widely utilized in recent years, usually for people who have a talent but not a traditional arts background or a way into the mainstream arts scene. It has applied not just to visual art, but music as well. The artwork in The Outsiders includes colorful abstract paintings and prints, papier-mâché sculptures depicting wild and chaotic structures that appear to be broken homes, a painting of City Hall from a distance, and a realistic portrait of a woman, possibly a musician, with a penetrating stare. The latter, painted by an ECF artist named David Foster who recently died, is priced at $1,000. Most works in the show cost far less. Raising money is an aim, but so is increasing exposure, said Virginia Arce, gallery coordinator for the Downtown ECF Art Center. “We’re hoping to introduce a lot of new people to all of this work,” Arce said. Arce added that an ancillary aim is to boost attention for the new gallery, which was created with the sole purpose of organizing shows to benefit nonprofit organizations. Referring to Exhale as a “social justice company,” Yew said it came about as the result of a mid-life crisis, but instead of buying a convertible, he decided to invest in an art gallery. “My wife and I had a little money that we were thinking of investing,” he said. “So we decided to invest in trying to make this world a better place.” Yew said he plans to sell merchandise at the gallery, with proceeds from T-shirts and bags also benefitting nonprofit organizations.

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Physician Ansen Yew’s “mid-life crisis” led to the opening of Exhale Unlimited, a Chinatown art gallery dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations.

Since he has limited experience in the art world, Yew also relates to the theme of his debut show. “I too am an outsider,” he said. “I’m coming in as a physician to a business that I’m not completely familiar with, diving into a different culture. But we are all in a sense an outsider trying to find our place and purpose in the world.” Exhale Unlimited is open Wed.-Sat. from noon-6 p.m. at 953 Chung King Road, (213) 620-8888 or exhaleunlimited.com. The Outsiders runs through Aug. 1. Contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.


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Everybody needs to relieve a bit of tension every now and then. Some people join a gym and others watch mixed martial arts. Downtowners, meanwhile, can take up the offer of the Music Center’s Active Arts program and participate in the Drum Downtown Latin Rhythm day. On Saturday, July 7, at 10 a.m., join your neighbors at the Music Center Plaza where the ghosts of Tito Puente and Abbie Hoffman join together in an allinclusive Latin drum circle. Bring your friends, bring your drum (though they have plenty of these on hand) and bring your innate sense of rhythm. This percussive frenzy is open to all, but bring earmuffs too, because it gets loud. At 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-7211 or musiccenter.org.

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Dan Finnerty is a comedian by trade. You may recognize him as the Best Man from The Wedding Planner or Stacee Jaxx’s manager in the new Rock of Ages. More than likely, you’ll know Dan from the vulgar spectacle of his magnetically irreverent Dan Band. A satirical take on that lousy house band you’ve seen at a thousand Midwest bars, the Dan Band takes your favorite rock songs and pushes them to the extreme. Histrionic-riddled delivery and interposed profanity are on display on Saturday, July 7, as Finnerty and company take Club Nokia by storm. Leave the kids at home. Showtime is 9 p.m. at 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or clubnokia.com.

Wednesday, July 4 Fourth of July Celebration California African American Museum, 600 S. State Drive, (213) 744-7432 or caamuseum.org. 11 a.m.: CAAM celebrates America’s 236th birthday with patriotic musical performances and spoken word. The show begins at 6 p.m. with fireworks afterward.

MORE LISTINGS Hundreds of listings of fun and interesting things to do in Downtown Los Angeles can also be found online at ladowntownnews.com/calendar: Rock, Pop & Jazz; Bars & Clubs; Farmers Markets; Events; Film; Sports; Art Spaces; Theater, Dance and Opera; Classical Music; Museums; and Tours.

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There’s nothing funny about climate change, environmental catastrophe and the plunder of the natural world. Well, usually. This week, there’s a chance to turn all the talk of planetary doom into sustainable laughs. Comedian and environmentalist Kristina Wong is the force (read, writer and star) behind the new play Going Green the Wong Way. The show, which opened at the Bootleg Theater June 28 (it runs through July 15) highlights the hazards of living clean in a dirty world and the inherent struggles of being responsible to Mother Nature. Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. At 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or bootlegtheater.org.

It wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without copious fireworks. Sadly, Los Angeles County has some pretty strict rules about novelty explosives, so save yourself the hassle of heading on a Tijuana M-80 run for a backyard extravaganza and instead enjoy this Independence Day in the relative comfort of Exposition Park. Starting at sunset, the park’s complimentary Wednesday evening fireworks show will illuminate the night sky. Civic explosions are only the capstone to a day of fun. The California Science Center, California African-American Museum and the Natural History Museum will all be open. From Dino tours at NHM to spoken word at CAAM, enjoy a multitude of America. At 700 Exposition Park Dr., (213) 744-7458 or expositionpark.org.

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