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August 10, 2009

Volume 38, Number 32

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What’s on The Menu?

Digging for Dining Dollars New Downtown Restaurants Battle Against Recession, High Competition and A Summer Slowdown

Urban Scrawl on Bratton’s departure.

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How to dispense Downtown knowledge.

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by RichaRd Guzmán city editoR

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n January, the Los Angeles food scene was buzzing over the opening of Rivera restaurant. There was an enthusiastic response to the new project from celebrated fusion chef John Rivera Sedlar. The Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles magazine gave the South Park establishment rave reviews. Food blogs also celebrated the restaurant, which was soon seating up to 400 people a day. Seven months later, business has fallen about 20-25% off its peak, said Bill Chait, managing partner of Rivera. While that might cause some to worry, Chait is taking

it in stride, noting that it comes when the Lakers, Kings and Clippers are all in the offseason, and that programming at the Music Center has slowed. “It’s not bad relatively speaking. We are very happy with the sales we have given the nature of the market,” Chait said. “When you lose some of the Music Center events and the Lakers are out, that’s a significant amount of traffic. And with law firms and other business people going on vacation, the general feeling of commerce Downtown seems a bit sedated in the summer time.” Rivera is not alone. More than two dozen establishments opened in Downtown Los see Restaurants, page 9

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Drago Centro is one of the more than two dozen restaurants that opened in Downtown in less than a year. In addition to arriving during a recession, they face competition from each other.

What I Really Want To Ask the Mayor

The Next Picture Show

Now That He’s Taking Questions on His Website, Here Are 40 Things Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Downtown Film Festival Returns, With 200 Screenings in 11 Days by Ryan VaillancouRt staff wRiteR

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ast month, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa launched a new element of his website. As part of an upgrade of the WWV (World Wide Villaraigosa) portal, he has inTHE REGARDIE REPORT

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cluded a feature at mayor.lacity.org called “Ask the Mayor.” It’s exactly what it sounds like. Seizing the power of streaming video, Villaraigosa seeks to get around the media and instead purports to take inquiries from regular ol’ Angelenos. “This is our chance to have an online dialogue,” he says on the page. It’s nice, this effort to be “of the people.” However, the only problem, if the first installment turns out to be typical, is that “Ask the Mayor” is about as exciting as spending the afternoon with Jim Hahn at a somnambulists’ convention. In fact, the most notable thing from the debut episode was that the voice didn’t match his lips, so it looked like a poorly dubbed Hong Kong action flick. The question now is whether AnVil’s staff will carefully pick/make up questions to be featured, or if they’ll really go for things that the public wants to know. Hoping it’s the latter, and realizing that 98% of the populace will gloss over at party-line policy queries, I’ve come up

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is fielding questions from the public on his website. So far, no one has asked him about Rocky Delgadillo or Lu Parker.

with 40 things I’d really like to ask the mayor. In no particular order, they are: 1) Mr. Mayor, do you plan to date any other brunette television newscasters? 2) Did you really once have a “Born to Raise Hell” tattoo, or is that a Los Angeles rumor? If true, how much hell did you raise? 3) Speaking of hell, do you think you have a snowball’s chance in hell of balancing the city budget for the next couple of years? 4) How was your vacation to Iceland? 5) What did you think of the television newscasters in Iceland? see 40 Questions, page 9

or most of the year, Downtown is fairly barren when it comes to movies. That all changes this week, when the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles brings a trove of premieres, experimental works, low-budget indies and Hollywood classics to the Central City. The festival that crammed nearly 200 films into five days during its debut last year begins its sophomore run on Wednesday, Aug. 12. It continues for 10 more days, with about the same number of films as the 2008 model. By most accounts, the festival’s inaugural year was a success: More

than 10,000 filmgoers from across the city turned out for screenings and related events. But it had a few hiccups. In retrospect, said co-director Greg Ptacek, the five-day event, held mostly at the Barker Block condominium complex in the Arts District, with other screenings in the Laemmle Grande 4-Plex, was probably too short and geographically constrained. This year, the festival is utilizing six primary Downtown venues — including the AT&T Center in South Park, the Grammy Museum and the Downtown Independent theater. Dozens of restaurants and nightlife establishments will host parties and other festival-related activities. see Film Festival, page 17

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Passing Strange The Movie is Spike Lee’s documentary on the Tony Award-winning play Passing Strange. It opens the Downtown Film Festival on Aug. 12.

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AROUNDTOWN Bratton to Stay Until Downtown Police Headquarters Opens

and hopefully we’ll go back to that position with a lease and a landlord, and maybe we’ll have just a little more money in our pocket,” he said.

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APD Chief William Bratton may be moving on to a job in the private sector, but at the press conference for his announcement, he revealed that one of the key elements keeping him in Los Angeles until Oct. 31 is the opening of the new police headquarters building south of City Hall. Bratton said announcing his departure nearly three months in advance allows the city time to look for a new chief, but added, “[On] Oct. 24 we open that magnificent structure directly across the street, and I certainly want to be there for that opening, and so that was in fact one element of my decision.” The $440 million headquarters will replace the aging Parker Center, and Bratton has been talking up the impending debut for months. Yet he noted one regret about leaving the LAPD for a job with the firm Altegrity, where he will help build police forces in developing nations. “I’ve got a beautiful office up there and a patio,” he said. “I guess I won’t have the opportunity to move anything into it.”

Clifton’s Cafeteria Staying Put

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hree years after the family that owns Clifton’s Cafeteria announced a deal to buy the building where it had operated for more than seven decades, they have put the property on the market. However, Robert Clinton, a member of the family that owns and operates the restaurant at 648 S. Broadway, last week said that once a sale occurs, Clifton’s is not going anywhere. “Nothing is going to happen with Clifton’s,” Clinton told Los Angeles Downtown News. “Clifton’s is going to continue doing what we’ve been doing here on Broadway since 1935.” The 1916 building went on the market for $4.7 million. While he acknowledged that the business is “struggling,” which he blamed on the economy, Clinton would not go into details about why the decision was made to sell the building, saying only that it was based on family issues. Clinton said he is looking for a buyer that will allow the restaurant, famous for its woodland decor and low prices, to stay in the building and return to being tenants under a lease. “We paid rent for 71 years,

Homeless Man Murdered Near Sixth Street

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obert Burrus, a 67-year-old homeless man, was found dead near Sixth Street and the Harbor (110) Freeway early on Aug. 1. Later that day, police arrested Timothy Bishop, a 50-year old homeless man on suspicion of the killing. Detectives believe Bishop killed Burrus by slashing his throat with a broken bottle in a dispute over money, LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said. They also believe Bishop gouged Burrus’ eyes out in hopes it would keep the victim from identifying his assailant. Police tied Bishop to the killing with the help of a witness, also a homeless man, who discovered Burrus’ body at a homeless encampment near Sixth Street and the freeway at dawn. “We’ve seen it time and again, that in spite of their condition, many of the homeless Downtown still have a sense of pride among them that they are willing to come forward and report crimes,” said Vernon. “We solve more murders Downtown because of it.”

Police Arrest Man Believed to Be Behind Six Armed Robberies

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owntown police officers got a double bonus last week, when they determined that a 42-year-old man they arrested is the prime suspect in two sets of robberies that had appeared unrelated. Over two months, Central Area detectives had been investigating two suspects believed to be responsible for six armed robberies and an additional attempted robbery. One suspect, described as heavyset, was known as the “Braids Bandit,” because of his braided hair; the other, who appeared slimmer, was labeled the “Do-rag Bandit,” for the head covering — a sort of nylon bandana — that he wore. On Wednesday, Aug. 5, police arrested Anthony Brown, a parolee, in Skid Row. Police believe that

between the start of the spree on July 10, and the time he was apprehended, Brown, 42, had been using drugs, lost weight and shed the braids. He is suspected of staging robberies in banks, convenience stores and a fast food restaurant.

Parking Lot Owner Convicted on Tax Charges

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owntown-based parking lot owner Sohrab Sahab is facing up to 150 years in prison following his Aug. 4 conviction on 295 criminal counts for pocketing an estimated $400,000 in taxes owed to the city. Sahab, 47, the owner of Downtown-based Prestige Parking, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 14 by Superior Court Judge Edmund Clarke. Sahab, whose business operates 29 lots throughout the city, was convicted of 149 counts of failing to file parking occupancy tax report forms, 135 counts of failing to remit parking occupancy taxes to the city, and 11 counts of operating parking lots without a permit. “He’s hanging on to money he collected from the community,” said Richard Kraft, supervising attorney of the City Attorney’s Special Trials Unit. Sahab referred all questions to his attorney, Roger Jon Diamond, who disputed the claims, saying that the company has paid its taxes. “We’re going to be filing a motion to dismiss and if it’s denied, we’re appealing it,” Diamond said.

Potential Jumper Detained After Two-Hour Standoff

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man threatening to jump off the Wilshire Boulevard overpass of the Harbor (110) Freeway snarled traffic for about two hours on Tuesday, Aug. 4, as authorities closed the freeway. At different points, the man, who was not identified, dangled himself from the rails on both sides of the overpass. Crowds of rapt onlookers watched from the Sixth Street overpass and on other streets as law enforcement officials set up airbags on the freeway. Finally, at about 1:30 p.m., the man appeared to heed an official’s plea to get off the ledge. Just after he swung both legs over the railing and took a step toward the center of Seventh Street, authorities rushed him and took him into custody, drawing cheers and expressions of relief from onlookers.

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Six Attempted Suicides, No Easy Answers Downtown Sees a Rise in People Trying to Jump to Their Death by Ryan Vaillancourt staff writer

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efore his body was found on the corner of Third and Hill streets on an early April morning, Sun Sannes was the lively front man of the funky rock and soul group Hot Sauce Johnson. The 32-year-old seemed to like things loud: He sometimes sang into a megaphone that he held in front of a microphone. On April 8, Sannes leapt from the top of the 10-level Grand Central Market parking structure. The singer, who was born Doral Fields and later changed his name, didn’t send any warning signals to his family, said Laura Brown, one of his four siblings. “It was a shock to us,” Brown said. Brown said she later found out that her brother had been using drugs and was about four months behind on some of his bills. The scene after Sannes’ death, set off with yellow police tape, was disconcerting enough for LAPD Central Area Capt. Blake Chow to send a community-wide email that morning explaining what had happened. More alarming than Sannes’ death was that it would turn out to be the first of six “jumper” suicide attempts in Downtown in less than four months. Though LAPD officials could not provide suicide statistics in Downtown from previous years, multiple officers said the area usually has about four such suicides per year. “Does it seem unusual, for this many to jump to their death?” asked LAPD Homicide Detective Robert Nelson. “It does.” About 24 hours after Sannes’ died, 26-year-old Reuben Escocio Bie jumped to his death from his 20th floor apartment at Promenade Towers. Based on a note left behind, Bie appeared to be struggling with depression tied to a troubled relationship, police officials said. On April 20, a 35-year-old man jumped from an interior atrium at the Central Library, in what police deemed an attempted suicide. The man survived but was severely injured, LAPD Lt. Al Pasos said. Two months later, on June 9, Cheryl Ilene Donalds, 36, who lived on the 12th floor of the Hayward Hotel — a 525unit affordable housing development at Sixth and Spring streets in the Historic Core — fell to her death from the

Suicide Signs Things to Watch For and Ways to Help There are indicators when someone is at risk of suicide. Signs to Be Aware of: n Unrelenting low mood, pessimism, hopelessness, desperation, anxiety, psychic pain and inner tension, withdrawal, sleep problems. n Threatening suicide or expressing a strong wish to die. n Making a plan: Giving away prized possessions, sudden or impulsive purchase of a firearm, obtaining other means of killing oneself such as poisons or medications. What to Do n Take it Seriously: Fifty to 75% of all suicide victims give some warning of their intentions to a friend or family member. n Be Willing to Listen: If a person is depressed, don’t be afraid to ask whether they’re considering suicide, or if they have a particular plan or method in mind. In a Crisis If a friend or loved one is threatening, talking about or making plans for suicide, these are signs of an acute crisis. n Do not leave the person alone. n Remove any firearms, drugs or sharp objects that could be harmful. n Take the person to an emergency room or walk-in clinic at a psychiatric hospital. n Call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255). More information is at afsp.org or suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Information reprinted with permission from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

building’s fire escape. Police ruled the incident a suicide. On July 20, at about 4 a.m., 27-year-old Daniel Stanley died after falling from his 10th floor apartment at the SB Lofts at 548 S. Spring St. Police have ruled the death a suicide, though at least two of Stanley’s friends insist it was an accident. The latest suicide occurred on July 23. Multiple witnesses saw Lifang Liang, a 73-year-old woman, jump from the 10th floor of the Cathay Manor Apartments at 600 N. Broadway in Chinatown at about 1 p.m., said Ed Winter, assistant chief of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. There was nearly another incident last week. On Aug. 4, police officials talked down a man who for nearly two hours

was threatening to jump off an overpass of the 110 Freeway. Questions, Prevention and Survival The number of jumper suicides in such a short period in Downtown raises questions about an underlying cause. But finding a link that connects multiple suicides in a general region may be impossible, suicide experts say. Laura Levinsky, the Los Angeles area director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said media coverage of the issue tends to oversimplify trends by connecting suicides to societal woes such as a poor economy. It takes up to four years for groups that compile statistics, see Suicides, page 8


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EDITORIALS Civic Center Graffiti Is, Again, a Public Embarrassment

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n important plot of land in the Civic Center is covered with graffiti. Unfortunately, no one is doing anything about it. The county, which in the past has assumed responsibility for the site, appears to have fallen down on the job. It is time to spend the few hours and the probably few hundred dollars to step up and whitewash the blight on the site of a former office building on First Street between Broadway and Spring Street. After that, officials need to keep a close watch on the land. Blame does not go just to the county. For some reason, no city, state or federal officials — all of whom have stakes in the area — are doing anything about the problem. They need to be the police force here and speak out when a prime spot becomes an eyesore. This is, simply, an embarrassment. The site in question is immediately west of City Hall and north of the Los Angeles Times building. Long empty, it has been defaced be-

fore, and only after questions were raised did anyone act. Now the problem is back. “Tagging” public or private property is, of course, never excusable. But the situation is more bothersome here than in many other instances because of the land’s high visibility. Anyone who comes to one of the jewels of Los Angeles, City Hall, may also glimpse the ugly, blighted block next door. Anyone who drives down First Street to the Caltrans building, or who has an appointment at the County Hall of Administration or the police headquarters building that will open this fall, or who has jury duty at a courthouse, may pass by the dilapidated plot. It is not a good message to send about Downtown. The site has a long and tangled history. It is still known to many as the location of a state office building, even though the 1914 edifice that once stood there was damaged and closed after the 1971 Sylmar earthquake. The building was eventually razed and the site

cordoned off. In ensuing years some proposals were floated for the plot (including a late 1980s vision for an office building; it died in the recession of the early ’90s). However, none gained traction, and the land has stood empty. For a while it was covered by wooden boards, though they were taken down when it was revealed that a homeless encampment has sprung up there. Now it is set off by an iron fence. That is not enough of a deterrent, as evidenced by the ubiquitous tags and the skateboarders who use the remainders of the building. A complicating factor has been ownership. The graffiti-strewn plot shares the block with a parking lot, and at various times the city, county and state have each controlled part of the parcel. The city later gave up its portion. As we said above, this is not the first time that graffiti on the land has grown out of control. In 2007, a Los Angeles Downtown

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lmost every time something new happens at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, we are impressed. The just-ended run of Cirque Berzerk continues that chain of pleasant surprises, and reminds us of what can occur when dead land is re-imagined and reclaimed. For more than a month Cirque Berzerk set up its 1,700seat tent on the 32-acre plot formerly known as the Cornfield. This was not traditional Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey fare — instead, it was a modern, gothic-tinged circus, full of fishnet stockings and references to the underworld. Like in Cirque du Soleil, there were no animal acts, as audiences took in performers including a quartet who pulled some wild feats on trampolines and two men who engaged in a homoerotic aerial ballet. The crowd loved it. The best thing about Cirque Berzerk was not the acts themselves, but rather how the entire presentation activated the park. This is land, after all, that was dead for decades, until 2005 when artist Lauren Bon used the site in her “Not a Cornfield” work. After growing and harvesting corn on the

Urban Scrawl by Doug Davis

property for about a year, infrastructure such as lights and irrigation were left behind and the state took over. The park has been a Downtown jewel ever since, and has hosted some unexpected things, from rock concerts to a field of wildflowers. More importantly, it has been utilized by all manner of Downtowners, from joggers on a running track to families who come to play on the grass. Cirque Berzerk proved that the park can also work as a nighttime entertainment destination. The troupe’s run was extended twice, and during the evening performances colorful crowds showed up. Many people heeded the Cirque’s urge and arrived early to picnic, then stayed after the show to listen to a live band. Granted, there were a couple shortcomings. Ticket prices were on the high side, as much as $85, and charging $10 to park on the Cornfield site smacked of exploitation. The Cirque sought to encourage public transit use, and some people were able to do that, but the car fee was unfair to an audience that had few other options. A $5 parking charge would have been easier to stomach.

News story detailed how tagging proliferated over a five-month span. Only when a reporter began asking questions did change come — and it was shockingly quick, given the stagnation: Three days after the reporter made contact with a county official (who said the county had voluntarily taken charge of the land’s upkeep), the blight was painted out. It would have been nice if that incident sparked future vigilance. We hoped that civic pride, as opposed to more questions from the media, would have compelled those in charge to keep the site clean. Law enforcement and other officials will point out that letting graffiti linger is a bad idea. When tags stay up, it sends a message that people don’t care, and the problem often sorsens. This should not be allowed anywhere, but it is painful and embarrassing in the heart of Downtown and across the street from City Hall.

Despite these issues, Cirque Berzerk was a positive addition to the area, and once again proves how important the turnaround begun four years ago by Bon has been to Downtown. Surely, she never could have predicted that her art installation would lead to a subversive circus complete with a guy in ghoulish makeup who manages to pull a hat out of a rabbit. Cirque Berzerk’s success also shows how important it is that the park not be a victim of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to save money by cutting the budget of the state Parks Department (it was on an early list of possible facilities to close). The benefits to the community from Cirque Berzerk and other events at the Los Angeles State Historic Park far outweigh what would be saved by closing the facility.

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Downtown’s Basketball Bonanza Lakers 3 on 3 Hoops Tournament Tips Off This Weekend by Ryan Vaillancourt staff writer

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his may be a Lakers town, but you don’t need a fourfoot vertical, expert handle or a silky smooth jumper to play at Chick Hearn Court (nor do you have to know what those mean). At least for a weekend. On Aug. 14-16, the Lakers and Anschutz Entertainment Group will put on the inaugural Lakers 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament at L.A. Live. They plan to set up 50 half-courts all over the $2.5 billion sports and entertainment campus. Baskets are slated to line Chick Hearn Court, which will be closed to traffic all weekend, and another main event court will be set up in Nokia Plaza, said Scott Hanley, vice president of AEG Sports. As of press time, about 300 teams of four players each (including one substitute) had registered, Hanley said. “What we’re trying to do with L.A. Live and Downtown is not only attract national events and international events, but also create new events that will bring exposure and really get the community involved with the campus,” Hanley said. In plotting out the event, organizers canvassed Los Angeles County. Teams have registered from everywhere from Venice, home to one of L.A.’s most popular and competitive street basketball leagues, to Skid Row. “We’re talking Brentwood down to Long Beach, Carson and Torrance; really, there’s not a part of L.A. we haven’t hit to try to find folks,” Hanley said. “We want this to be a great local and regional community event.” Help From Up North AEG may be an international sports, media and entertainment titan, and the Lakers may be one of the most storied NBA franchises and the current NBA champions, but for help producing this tournament, the entities turned to an organization in Spokane, Wash. They partnered with the people behind Spokane Hoopfest, a three-on-three tournament that takes over the city’s downtown area for two days. Launched in 1990 by two friends,

the event started with 512 teams that played on 35 courts. In June, at the 20th annual tournament, they had 6,725 teams on 428 courts. “It’s a little nutty,” said Kirstin Davis, Hoopfest’s marketing manager. “We play 13,000 games in two days. That equals 26,656 players.” AEG recognized that 20 years of producing what has evolved into an international draw in Spokane makes the architects of Hoopfest an able partner, Hanley said. Hoopfest annually draws teams from up to 43 states, Canada and far-flung countries such as Taiwan, Davis said. But perhaps the most enviable statistic that applies to Spokane’s event is the estimated $35 million economic impact it has on the city, Davis said. Beginners to Elites Lakers 3 on 3 organizers are going out of their way to ensure the tournament is open to everyone. It features six divisions: wheelchair, Special Olympics, youth, high school, adult and elite. All teams are guaranteed to play at least three games. Hanley is hoping the event draws spectators to take in not just the tournament play, but live music and exhibition games. Actors David Arquette, Dean Cain, Zach Levi (from the television show “Chuck”), boxer Shane Mosely and singer Drew Lachey are among players slated to participate in celebrity games. Additionally, the mascots from a slew of Los Angeles professional sports teams will face off in a mascot game. The event is free for spectators (teams of four paid $160 to register). For much of the city, actually playing on the court is the main draw. “General Jeff” Page, a Skid Row activist and member of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, assembled a team to represent the Skid Row 3 on 3 Street Ball League. “I’m excited because this is the first time that it’s ever happened here,” said Page. “We thought it would be a wonderful way to promote our league and bring positive exposure to Skid Row.”

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Page’s squad, The Skid Row Street Ballers, which will play in the adult division, was sponsored by an anonymous donor. “It was just an act of goodness,” he said. “But it adds a little pressure, because they told us, ‘You better represent.” If 300 teams pales in comparison to the scope of Spokane Hoopfest, Davis said there’s reason to expect the Los Angeles tournament to grow in coming years. “Here’s they key: No matter how many teams you have, what matters is that you put on a good tournament and everyone walks away saying that was great,” Davis said. “What we’ve seen year after year is that when they come back, they’re going to bring two or three more teams with them. They’re going to spread the word.” Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at ryan@downtownnews.com.


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Ask Me! A Reporter Takes the Downtown Challenge, And Finds That Being a Downtown Guide Involves More Than Answering Questions by RichaRd Guzmán city editoR

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was smiling. I said hello to everyone in sight. I waved as people passed and constantly pointed to my secret weapon, a big, round, white button reading “ASK ME!” that was attached to my purple windbreaker. “Any questions? Want to ask me anything? Anything you want to know?” I said constantly to strangers near Pershing Square while pointing to my button. After a few blank stares, some uncomfortable smiles and even one lady who seemed to clutch her purse a little tighter as she went, I found out that it takes a lot more to be a Downtown Guide than looking good in purple and the “ASK ME!” button. If you’re out in Downtown Los Angeles frequently, you’ve seen them. The Downtown Guide program was launched in November by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District as a way to offer personal, helpful tips to tourists and locals. As part of the Downtown Challenge, wherein Los Angeles Downtown News goes along for the ride with people who have diverse jobs in the community, I wanted to see what it is like to help people I’ve never met.

“It’s very hard. Part of the job is to make people feel comfortable,” said Jennifer Becerra, a Downtown Guide who was showing me the ropes as we stood in front of her information booth during the Wednesday Farmer’s Market at Pershing Square. “It’s not easy. Sometimes people will ignore you and not say anything, but you just keep smiling and maybe the next time they see you they’ll say hi.” The guides work in zones around Downtown in eight-hour shifts. They usually walk around in busy areas or set up booths at events. They give directions, recommend restaurants and events, pass out maps and even offer the weather forecast to people walking through Downtown. The six-member team went through a week of training to learn about Downtown. They add to that knowledge base by going to tastings at various restaurants so they can better recommend places to eat, and they meet with business owners to talk about what they have to offer tourists and locals. The team gathers every morning for a briefing about events going on in Downtown and things they should recommend that day. “The Downtown Guides are fun peo-

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The author dons a purple windbreaker and scores an “assist.” The Downtown Guides, organized by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District, have been offering tips to tourists and locals since November.

ple,” said Alexander Stettinski, director of marketing and communications for the DCBID. “They’re customer-service people ready to help.” Ready to Guide I’ve always considered myself a pretty outgoing person. I’m friendly, approachable, a bit charming even. I know Downtown fairly well, I’m talkative and I look decent in purple. So I seemed like the perfect candidate for the job. Leonardo Hoffman, who runs the program for the DCBID, put me right to work.

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Downtown Guide Jennifer Becerra shows the author how it’s done. The guides sometimes set up booths at special events. They meet each morning so they have information about upcoming Downtown happenings.


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Suicides Continued from page 3 like the AFSP, to record annual data. The most recent statistics, from 2005, showed a slight increase from the previous year, over a stretch when the economy was booming — an indication that any increases in frequency since then are not easily tied to the economy, Levinsky said. Roughly 90% of suicide victims suffer from some kind of mental illness, including depression, whether pre-diagnosed or not, Levinsky said. Most victims send warning signs before acting, she said. “I think blaming it on the economy is a cop-out,� she said. “One single event might be a catalyst for someone thinking about doing it, but there’s got to be the underlying mental illness there. You don’t get a suicide because somebody lost a job or lost a business.�

That appears to be borne out in the case of Sannes. Family members, who remember him as a loving father and a kind man, were surprised by his death. Only after he died did they learn he had been using drugs and, in the wake of a strained relationship, was behind on his bills. Investigating possible suicides can also be tricky for police, especially in jumper cases in which the victim does not leave a note and there are no witnesses. That came into play in the case of Daniel Stanley. Two individuals, who identified themselves as close friends of Stanley in emails to Los Angeles Downtown News, insisted that Stanley did not intentionally jump. One friend and former roommate, who declined to be identified, said Stanley had been drinking heavily and abusing prescription drugs, but was not suicidal. The friend thinks it is more likely that Stanley lost his balance while sitting near or trying to close his apartment window. Though Nelson, who investigated Stanley’s death, considers that case closed, he admits that his determination of sui-

cide could be questioned. “My investigation caused me to believe that it was a suicide,� Nelson said. “But there’s only one person that would have an answer to that and that would have been a decedent. What I’m saying is, could he have accidentally fallen? Is there that possibility, no matter how big or small? Yes there is.� If suicides are inherently difficult to analyze and track, there are resources to aid individuals (see sidebar, page 3). There is also help for those dealing with the loss of a loved one to suicide, said Lizette Martinez, a board member of the local AFSP and a member of the Los Angeles Crisis Response Team, which operates out of the mayor’s office. Her brother committed suicide. “Suicide is an entirely different monster compared to any other loss,� Martinez said. “It takes learning about mental illness and understanding it to understand that [someone] did it because of these problems in their mind, not because of their own hand.� Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at ryan@downtownnews.com.

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40 Questions Continued from page 1 6) Regarding that “shared sacrifice” you’ve been touting, how much is Miguel Santana, your new choice for city administrative officer who will make $256,000 a year, sharing? Like, is he sharing any sacrifice? 7) Do you miss Rocky? 8) Who’s your favorite Council member? 9) Who’s your least favorite Council member? 10) If you were trapped on a desert island with a union leader and a developer and you had one cookie, and you weren’t allowed to eat it yourself or break it in pieces, who would you give it to? 11) Were you bummed out that you only learned about Chief Bratton’s departure from the LAPD the night before he told the world? 12) Once Bratton leaves, do you think you can fill the spot of most popular politician in Los Angeles? 13) Do you get a little tingle inside when you veto something the Council passed? 14) Have you tasted Eric Garcetti’s Green Passion Milkshake that is part of the Got Milk campaign? (He does too have a milkshake.) 15) Do you think Garcetti wants your job? 16) What will happen to the mayor’s Partnership for L.A. Schools when you’re no longer mayor? 17) So what are you up to in 2012? 18) Or 2013? 19) Do you miss the days when everyone referred to you as the “Energizer Bunny?” 20) Did you share any sacrifice today? 21) Who will you vote for for governor? You can’t say yourself. Oh, that’s right, you don’t have to. 22) Do you follow Lu Parker’s Twitter account? If so, what do you think was the more informative post?: The July 30 “The Undie Run @ UCLA has been canceled. Will students fight to bring the tradition back? What some say they will do. My story airs @ 10pm”; the July 26 Tweet, “Chipped my tooth…:(”; or the July 12 post, “OMG. Just ran Runyan Canyon with friends and my dog Monkey. It is so hot up there. Too much sun, and ready for a nap”.

23) After sharing some sacrifice, you earn just under $200,000. With the city’s $530 million budget deficit, why should Miguel Santana make $256,000 per year? 24) Remember that time you promised Council District 14 voters you’d complete a full term but then left after two years to run for mayor? Looking back, was that a good idea? 25) How many times have you personally Tweeted on the Antonio Villaraigosa Twitter account? 26) Are you jealous that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom gets to run for governor? 27) Do you still subscribe to Los Angeles magazine? 28) What’s the most amount of money you’ve ever raised in a single campaign event? 29) Lemme get this straight: Do you blame Jan Perry because, while you were on vacation in South Africa, your office sent out a press release saying the city was trying to get public donations to help cover costs for the Michael Jackson memorial? 30) How was your vacation to South Africa? 31) What did you think of the television newscasters in South Africa? 32) Do you like Monkey the dog? 33) Does Monkey the dog like you? 34) Just wondering, who is your favorite local journalist? 35) About that Million Trees L.A. program you announced in 2005 — are we there yet? Are we one-quarter of the way there yet? 36) What do you think of all those posters that have gone up that have your picture, along with some message about coal, and the word “Successful” at the bottom? 37) What do you think about the fact that if you go to the website those posters mention, reapinfo.org, you see that David Freeman, your deputy mayor for energy and the environment, is listed as president emeritus of the organization behind those? I’m not saying it’s not kosher to have your deputy mayor somehow affiliated with a campaign that praises you publicly, but, is that kosher? 38) Have you figured out how the heck you managed to get only 55% in the last election? 39) If you were to run for another office, would you consider the campaign slogan “caveat emptor?” 40) You’re giving Miguel Santana $256,000. What, can the guy turn dust into $530 million worth of gold? Contact Jon Regardie at regardie@downtownnews.com.

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Restaurants Continued from page 9 both their business, in a ground-floor space at Wilshire Boulevard and Flower Street, and in Downtown as a dining destination. The upscale Mexican restaurant is seating about 60-120 people for lunch and 50-120 for dinner, she said. They started with about 40 at each meal and have gown by approximately 10% a month. “This is probably about half what we expected to do, but given the circumstances of the economy and everything, we’re really happy with how it’s moving forward,” Bigelow said. Provecho has partnered with a real estate company to put together pool parties, said Bigelow. She has also hired a PR firm to drum up business from the office crowd. “Our goal is to be here for the long haul,” she said. “Downtown has become a nice community of restaurants. We’re all cheering for each other and I think it’s going to get better when more and more people discover they can come Downtown and pick a place.” Another restaurant that is faring well, but is also not yet where its owners hoped, is Drago Centro. The $7 million, high-end establishment from celebrity chef Celestino Drago opened in a 9,500-square-foot space in City National Plaza in November. Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive at Drago. At lunch the restaurant gets about 120 to 140 people daily, although General Manager Matteo Fernandi, who is also a partner in the restaurant, said they would have liked that number to be 200 by now. The dinner crowd, he added, has slowed from a peak of about 140 on weekdays to around 110 during the summer. Still,

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a DJ on Saturdays and benefit from the crowds that flock to the free weekend Grand Performances shows at the Watercourt stage. Krajewski said that unlike some other establishments, Casa has not been heavily dependent on getting crowds before they go to games at Staples Center. “We never really tapped into that demographic anyway. We get a lot of the pre-theater, the ones that go to the younger, more fun shows like Spamalot,” he said. Waiting for a Hotel The biggest concentration of new Downtown restaurants is at L.A. Live, with 10 arriving since November and one more set to open this month. They range from upscale spots such as Fleming’s steakhouse and Trader Vic’s to mid-range establishments like the burger and beer oriented Yard House. “Like all the other restaurants in Downtown and throughout the city, the smaller amount of events at Staples Center and Nokia Theater has had an effect on the business,” said Michael Roth, vice president of communications for Anschutz Entertainment Group, the developer of L.A. Live. Still, Roth expects that to change soon.

Not only do the sports teams begin playing in October, but in February the $900 million Convention Center headquarters hotel is slated to open. That will come a few months after a 14-screen cineplex debuts. “The restaurants knew that the first summer was going to be a little slower, but we also know that in February when the hotel opens, that’s 1,001 rooms where people will be looking for places to eat when they are Downtown,” Roth said. While summer concerts take place at venues such as the Nokia Theater and the Conga Room, L.A. Live has also lowered parking to $5 for two hours to encourage more people to visit during non-event times. “The restaurants at L.A. Live all have established names and clientele and great track records, and that I think is also helping them now,” Roth said. Meanwhile, restaurateurs like Chait of Rivera are looking beyond the summer and beyond the recession. “I think Downtown is going to be one of the top restaurant markets for the next 10 years,” he said. “The good ones will survive.” Contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.

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A Parade of Tradition Nisei Week Festival Returns to Little Tokyo, Bringing Plenty of Floats and Streamers

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he nine-day Nisei Week Japanese Festival, one of the longest running ethnic festivals in the nation, returns to Little Tokyo this week. It marks the 69th celebration of Japanese-American culture. Held from Friday, Aug. 14, through Sunday, Aug. 23, the festival will include a sumo and martial arts demonstration, a gyoza eating contest, a parade featuring traditional Kodomo Nebuta floats and, for the first time, the Tanabata Festival, in which hundreds of Japanese streamers will decorate the plaza in front of the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. “It displays the Japanese and Japanese-American culture, food and activities that all in Southern California can come out and experience,” said Terry Hara, president of the Nisei Week Foundation, a nonprofit group that organizes the festival. The Nisei Festival was started in 1934 by a group of secondgeneration Japanese Americans to attract business to Little Tokyo. The first festival included poster and essay contests, a fashion show, a few cultural exhibits and an “ondo,” a traditional Japanese street dancing parade. Despite an interruption between 1942 and 1948 during World War II, when many Japanese Americans were placed in internment camps, the festival has continued to draw crowds every year. Recently, in addition to the core attendees, it has also lured many of the people not of Japanese ancestry who have moved into new housing complexes in and around Little Tokyo. “It’s growing every year, and when you see the attendance it’s very much a diverse group of people and newcomers coming into Little Tokyo,” Hara said. The first weekend of the celebration kicks off with the Tanabata Festival opening ceremony at 4:30 pm. on Friday, Aug. 14, at the Geffen Contemporary plaza. Japanese Valentine Known as the “Seven Star Festival,” the Tanabata tradition goes back to Sendai, Japan, where it is celebrated each summer with large streamers known as kazari. The celebration was inspired by the legend of Orihime

and Hikoboshi, a love-struck man and woman who were punished by the gods after neglecting their duties to pursue their romance. They were turned into two stars, Altair and Vega, and placed on opposite sides of the Milky Way. But once a year, they are allowed to reunite in celebration of their love. “It’s the Valentine’s Day of Asia,” said Brian Kito, chairman of the Tanabata Festival. The festival will feature 10 kazari made in Sendai for the Downtown event, as well as 250 pieces created by local organizations. “We’re tailoring this after the festival in Sendai, which is the biggest in the world. They make thousands; we’re making 250, but it’s a good event that has involved a lot of the community,” Kito said. The kazari are comprised of a 12-inch ball decorated with about 150 handmade paper flowers and long, colorful tails. Meant to sway in the wind, they will be hung about 10 feet off the ground. Fans will be on standby in case the wind doesn’t cooperate, Kito said. The Tanabata Festival will also include food booths serving dishes found in Japanese festivals, such as barbecued squid, Kito said. Big Floats One of Nisei Week’s highlights occurs early in the celebration. On Sunday, Aug. 16, the Grand Parade will snake through the streets of Little Tokyo beginning at 5:30 p.m. The parade will take off from Central Avenue, travel west on Second Street, north on Los Angeles Street, then turn east on First Street before ending back at Central Avenue. The parade’s Grand Marshal will be Masaaki Tanaka, president and CEO of UnionbanCal. He will be joined by KTLA news anchor Frank Buckley, who will serve as parade marshal. Also marching will be high schools bands, representatives from Nagoya, Japan, one of Los Angeles’ sister cities, as well as the 2009 Nisei Week Queen and Court. But the main attraction will be the Nebuta, or illuminated Japanese floats. They are built on a wood base and are lit from the inside, and are known for their hefty size and mobility. With its roots in Aomori, Japan, the Nebuta Festival is

one of the largest traditional events in the country. It attracts about 3.5 million participants and spectators to Aomori each year. The first Nebuta float appeared at Nisei Week in 2007, when a 30-foot high, 30-foot wide depiction of a Samurai soldier wowed crowds in Little Tokyo. However, Mike Okamoto, chairman of the Nebuta Festival, said the float was so large that navigating through city streets posed a problem. So this year, the main float will be a scaled-down Kodomo Nebuta, which translates into “smaller” or “children’s” Nebuta. At 12-feet tall and 10-feet wide the main float is considerably smaller than its predecessor. It was created in Aomori and consists of four elements that are meant to celebrate the history of Japan through archeological finds. Surrounding the float will be taiko drummers, Japanese pipers and Haneto dancers wearing traditional outfits. The main float will be preceded by six smaller, locally made Kodomo Nebuta floats. “It a great opportunity for the community to see a part of Japanese culture and come together to participate as well,” Okamoto said. “You don’t see this here a lot.” The weekday activities will be a little more subdued, with the Nisei Week Awards Dinner Aug. 17 to honor various organizations. The Pioneer Luncheon is scheduled for Aug. 18 to pay tribute to community leaders, and the Elder Law Seminar will occur Aug. 19. The final weekend will feature a gyoza (pot stickers) eating contest on Aug. 22 at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, with two-time champ Joey Chestnut defending his title and hoping to best his performance from last year, when he ate 231 gyoza in 10 minutes. Straight from the 1980s, a Rubik’s Cube competition is also scheduled that day. “This event is about community spirit, about reaching out and connecting with the other communities in Los Angeles and getting together and experiencing each other’s cultures,” Hara said. Nisei Week is Aug. 14-23 at various locations in Little Tokyo. Information at niseiweek.org or (213) 687-7193. Contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.

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Film Festival Continued from page 1 “The problem with doing a film festival in L.A. is so many people miss the festival because there’s so much going on,” Ptacek said. “Now, if you’re out of town for a week, there’s still something you’ll be able to see.” The festival has an emphasis on diversity. The lineup includes everything from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, part of a tribute to Paul Newman, to a series of experimental music videos by art rockers Devo. Spike Lee’s documentary on the hit Broadway musical Passing Strange, written by Los Angeles musician Stew of the band The Negro Problem, opens the festival on Aug. 12. The festival is honoring Seymour Cassel, a prolific actor known for his roles both in indie films — he’s been a mainstay in works by John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson — and Hollywood features like Dick Tracy, with a lifetime achievement award. Cassel stars in the festival’s Centerpiece Gala film, Reach for Me, on Aug. 14. He plays Alvin, a bitter man who starts to discover the joys of life only while confined to a hospice. “I play a cantankerous son of a gun but there’s a lot of humor in it,” Cassel said, adding that he hopes the film will encourage people not to forget about their elderly loved ones. “Those people, when you were little and growing up, they were always there. Then when they go to a home, everyone gets so involved in their own life and they forget about going out and visiting them.” The festival closes on Aug. 22 with the West Coast premiere

Good Things Come In Short Packages Festival Features Daytime Screenings of 3-5 Minute Films by Anna Scott staff writer

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he Downtown Film Festival this year will introduce a slew of full-length feature films. But if you do not have the time to take in any of the big movies, one festival event will keep it short and sweet — literally. The festival’s Shorts and Sweets series will take place Aug. 17-21 at the 7+Fig Arts Space, on the second level at Ernst & Young Plaza. The series consists of five free, 90-minute short film programs that will be shown twice daily, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. To sweeten the pot, so to speak, free coffee and desserts will be available during the screenings. Shorts and Sweets was created to draw in Downtown commuters, said Downtown Film Festival Director Greg Ptacek. “This was a concept that we devised last year as a means of reaching the Downtown commuter community,” he said. “If you don’t have time to catch a movie after work… you can still get a ‘taste’ of the film festival. You can pop in for five, 10, 15 minutes at a time.” Altogether, more than 50 short films, averaging three to five minutes each, will be screened as part of the program. The films come from around the world, Ptacek said, and deal with a variety of subjects. Several of the mini-movies were originally created for Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival, which is held in Australia. Tropfest asks filmmakers to create works specifically for the festival, based on a particular theme, Ptacek said. The Tropfest works that will be part of Shorts and Sweets represent a sort of “best of” compilation from that event, he said. Shorts and Sweets will also include several nonfiction segments that first aired on the cable channel Current TV. “It’s really an international showcase for short films from around the world,” he said. In addition to complimentary desserts, the Shorts and Sweets series will offer daily prizes. Goodies up for grabs include gift certificates from businesses at 7+Fig, and of course, Downtown Film Festival merchandise such as hats and T-shirts. Shorts and Sweets will be held Aug. 17-21, from 11:301 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. at the 7+Fig Arts Space, on the second level of Ernst & Young Plaza at 725 S. Figueroa St. More information at (213) 623-1929 or check dffla.com. Contact Anna Scott at anna@downtownnews.com.

DowntownNews.com of Jackson 5 in Africa, an intimate look into the family band, and young front man Michael. It screens at the Los Angeles Theatre on Broadway. Fundraising Challenges In its second year, the festival organizers have some new partners. LBA Realty, owner of the AT&T Center, signed on as a principal sponsor, and the building is functioning as the festival headquarters and primary screening venue. The 32-story South Park office tower has a 500-seat theater, which was originally built as an executive screening room for United Artists, which Transamerica owned, said Eric Brown of LBA Realty. Until now, he said, the facility has never been used for an event like the festival. “There seems to be some momentum surrounding the sports and entertainment district and we feel like we’d like to draw more entertainment related uses and tenancies to the project,” Brown said.

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Another sponsor, Brookfield Properties, is offering its 7+Fig shopping center as a venue for free screenings. The open-air plaza will host the Paul Newman tribute on Aug. 13, the one-year anniversary of the actor’s passing. It will feature free back-to-back screenings of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Hud. Newman’s costar in the former, Cloris Leachman, will introduce the programs. While some things have changed, the festival will again offer a cadre of music-oriented films. But this year, those works have perhaps a more appropriate venue. The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, which has a 200-seat theater, will host seven nights of music films, some of which will be accompanied by live performances. The partnership goes hand in hand with museum executive director Robert Santelli’s belief that film and music, as artistic mediums, are a classic marriage. “You can go back to the ‘soundies,’ in the 1940s; they were kind of like early music videos, or even back to the 1920s with continued on next page


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Film Festival Continued from page 17 performances by Bessie Smith in motion pictures,” Santelli said. “The fact is the film medium and the music medium have always existed side by side, and of course today music is more visual than ever before.” The series, which runs from Aug. 15-21, starts with My Generation, Barbara Koppel’s documentary on Woodstock. It will be shown on Aug. 15, on the 40th anniversary of the original Woodstock. On Aug. 16, Gerry Casale, founder of the art rock group Devo, will attend and discuss a collection of short works, including a compilation of music videos and a new piece of video art called “Don’t Shoot (I’m a Man).” Other highlights include a performance by Poncho Sanchez, the legendary conguero whose Latin jazz is featured in the 2004 film Poncho at Montreux (screening on Aug. 20), and the world premiere of Dirty: One Word Can Change the World, a documentary on the late rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard (Aug. 21). This Is Not Hollywood The Downtown Film Festival will have red carpets. There will be after parties. There will be celebrities. But Ptacek said the organizers are intent on making sure all the swank doesn’t break the average attendee’s bank. Tickets for most single screenings are $12 and the opening, centerpiece and closing night galas are $25. “We treat our ticket holders really well,” Ptacek said. For those not looking to part with any cash, the festival is also ripe with free screenings, including the Paul Newman tribute and a series called “Shorts and Sweet” on Aug. 15 (see sidebar, page 17). “We’re not trying to be Hollywood,” Ptacek said. “We’re all about celebrating the independent and avant-garde filmmaker. Our festival is much more proletariat.” The Downtown Film Festival is Aug. 12-22 at various venues. More information at dffla.com. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at ryan@downtownnews.com.

Green Is In

Highlights and Hot Spots

Downtown Film Festival Event Focuses on the Environment by Richard Guzmán city editor

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nvironmentally conscious filmmakers and fans are uniting under the motto “Living Green. Living Great,” for the Downtown Film Festival’s Sustainable L.A. event. “It’s our commitment to sustainability and particularly, sustainability as to how it relates to the urban setting,” said Greg Ptacek, the festival director. The free Aug. 20 program will take place mostly at the 7+Fig mall. It will feature environmentally themed films and a panel of authors and activists talking about green topics such as water conservation, sustainable gardening and cooking, and even planet friendly fashion. A farmer’s market and product expo is also scheduled for the main level of the plaza, while 20 short films will be featured at the 7+Fig Art Space on the second level of the mall from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. “We’re really going to run the gamut in terms of films people want to see, which will inform as well as delight,” said David Andrusia, the event director. The program will include films that touch on topics such as global warming, ocean pollution, air qual-

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ity and animals affected by pollution. Also screening is a Current TV piece titled World Without Water. It is a 28-minute examination of three places, including the Florida Everglades, where a lack of water has reached crucial levels. Headlining the day is the Los Angeles premiere of Sea of Change, a documentary by Barbara Ettinger, which will show at 7:30 p.m. at the AT&T Center theater. It addresses the dangerous levels of acidity that are developing in the world’s oceans. “It’s the first feature documentary about a frightening phenomena called ocean acidification,” Ptacek said. While many of the topics in the festival can be depressing, organizers said they want to make sure attendees still have a good time. “We wanted to be interactive, to show people it’s not only easy, but fun to be sustainable,” Andrusia said. “The films are not preachy. Some are sarcastic and witty, which I think will keep people on their toes and let them think about sustainable issues in a new way.” A 7+Fig, 735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 623-1929 or dffla.com Contact Richard Guzman at richard@downtownnews.com.

Not-to-Miss Moments From the 11 Days of the Downtown Film Festival Wednesday, Aug. 12 7:30 p.m., AT&T Center: Spike Lee’s Passing Strange The Movie opens the festival. A party at the 32nd floor penthouse follows. Thursday, Aug. 13 Noon-5 p.m., Gallery Row: Digital Art L.A. is a festival within the festival, showing an array of digital and art videos. It runs through Aug. 16. 8 p.m., 7+Fig: Paul Newman tribute (free) features Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and then at 10 p.m., Hud. Friday, Aug. 14 7:30 p.m., AT&T Center: Reach For Me, featuring festival Lifetime Achievement Award winner Seymour Casel. Saturday, Aug. 15 3 p.m., AT&T Center: Free screening of shorts, highlighting the work of young filmmakers in the Downtown area. 7 p.m., AT&T Center: My Suicide, in which a high school student tells his film class that he is going to commit suicide on screen. Sunday, Aug. 16 7:30 p.m., Grammy Museum: Films and videos by Ohio art rockers Devo. Monday, Aug. 17 7:30 p.m., Grammy Museum: In Search of Beethoven is billed as the first truly comprehensive feature length documentary about Beethoven. 9 p.m., Downtown Independent: Aime Cesaire: A Voice of History, part of the African Diaspora program, focuses on the celebrated author from Martinique. Tuesday, Aug. 18 7:30 p.m., AT&T Center: In Commit, two strangers meet at a coffee shop for what seems like a blind date. Viewers soon learn that the two have actually formed a suicide pact. Wednesday, Aug. 19 7:30 p.m., Grammy Museum: Still Bill shines a light on Bill Withers, whose hits “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean on Me” made him an icon. Then he seemingly walked away from music. Thursday, Aug. 20 10 a.m.-7 p.m., 7+Fig: “Sustainable L.A.” (see sidebar) is a day of ecominded programming, including a “slow food” cooking demonstration. Friday, Aug. 21 7:30 p.m., Grammy Museum: Dirty: One Word Can Change the World is a posthumous look at rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard, who managed to be filthy, crass and poetic at the same time. Saturday, Aug. 22 7 and 9 p.m., Los Angeles Theatre: Jackson 5 in Africa closes the festival. The film features rare footage from the band’s first foray into Africa. A full schedule is at dffla.com.


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Thursday, August 13 Downtown L.A. Art Walk Gallery Row, info and map at downtownartwalk.com. Noon-9 p.m.: The Downtown Art Walk is a selfguided tour that showcases the many art exhibition venues in Downtown Los Angeles — art galleries, museums and nonprofit spaces. Pirates of the Comedians Company of Angeles Theater Company, 501 S. Spring St., companyofangels.com. 9 p.m.: This Art Walk comedy event returns, with a Pirate Theme. Knock Knock. Who’s There? Shiver. Shiver who? Shiver Me Timbers. Chrysalis’ Summer Rooftop Event Ten Ten Wilshire, 1010 Wilshire Blvd., (310) 401-9393 or changelives.org/rooftop. 6 p.m.: Chrysalis, the nonprofit that provides job training to low-income and homeless individuals, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with this rooftop fundraiser bash. Open bar courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka, appetizers and complimentary parking at 637 St. Paul St. Friday, August 14 Farmlab Public Salons 1745 N. Spring St. #4, (323) 226-1158 or farmlab.org. Noon: Freya Bardell and Brian Howe of the Los Angeles-based design studio Greenmeme will discuss a variety of their projects. Their cross-disciplinary collective has worked to bridge artistic and scientific disciplines to produce public art, architecture, landscape and ecological design projects that seek to raise awareness of the cultural and environmental conditions around them. Serendipity Madera Design House, 1503 Central Ave., treetopproductions.org. 8 p.m.-2 a.m.: A 3,600-square-foot warehouse space is transformed into a lively enchanted forest, where cocktails, performance art and installations collide. Doors at 8 p.m., performances start at 9 p.m. Also Aug. 15. Lakers 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., lakers3on3.com. Aug. 14-16, all day: The Lakers 3 on 3 basketball tournament is a three-day Downtown hoops bonanza. The tournament will have 50 temporary courts lining Chick Hearn Court and Nokia Plaza, where players in four divisions will compete for the title. The free event includes celebrity games, a mascot competition and more. Saturday, August 15 Junior Scientist at the Natural History Museum 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 763-DINO or visit nhm.org.

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Listings Continued from page 19 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.: Catch a glimpse of the amazing specimens and artifacts you won’t see on a routine visit to the museum, and meet members of the curatorial team. The museum’s land-related specimens from Entomology (insects), Herpetology (reptiles and amphibians), and the tar pits of Rancho La Brea are coming out of the cupboard. Children ages 6-9 and their families are invited to participate in the Junior Scientist component. Vegas in Little Tokyo David Henry Hwang Theater, 120 Judge John Aiso St., (213) 625-7000 x. 17. 6 p.m.: The Asian American theater group East West Players hosts a Vegas-style fundraiser, “That’s Sooo Vegas.” The show puts its twist on Las Vegas traditions, with crooning from an Asian American

Rat Pack, a lounge lizard, female impersonators and the non-verbal theatrical act of an all Filipino Brown Man Group. Used Book Sale Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., lapl.org. 10-noon: This used book sale features hundreds of bargain books, LPs, videos and more. Japanese American Cultural & Community Center JACCC Plaza or Aratani/Japan America Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St., (213) 382-0486 or jaccc.org. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.: 69th annual Nisei Week comes back to Little Tokyo. The two-day, all day street festival features cultural exhibitions, ikebana demonstrations and sumo wrestling (noon). Also on Aug. 16 (10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.).

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August 10, 2009

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LEGAL Adoption/term of pArentAl rights IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE STATE OF OREGON FOR MARION COUNTY JUvENIlE DEpARTMENT IN THE MATTER OF lIlIANA pINTOR-vERMIlYEA A CHIlD. CASE NO. 08J0567 TO: RUbEN pINTOR INOCENCIOT IN THE NAME OF THE STATE OF OREGON: A petition has been filed asking the court to establish permanent guardianship for the above-named child. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO PERSONALLY APPEAR BEFORE the Marion County Juvenile Department, 3030 Center Street NE, Salem, OR 97301, on the 31st day of August, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. to admit or deny the allegations of the petition and to personally appear at any subsequent court-ordered hearing. YOU MUST APPEAR PERSONALLY IN THE COURTROOM ON THE DATE AND AT THE TIME LISTED ABOVE. AN ATTORNEY MAY NOT ATTEND THE HEARING IN YOUR PLACE. THEREFORE, YOU MUST APPEAR EVEN IF YOUR ATTORNEY ALSO APPEARS. This summons is published pursuant to the order of the circuit court judge of the above-entitled court, dated July 16, 2009. The order directs that this summons be published once each week

for three consecutive weeks, making three publications in all, in a published newspaper of general circulation in Marion County, Salem, Oregon. Date of first publication: July 27, 2009 Date of last publication: August 10, 2009 NOTICE READ THESE PAPERS CAREFULLY IF YOU DO NOT APPEAR PERSONALLY BEFORE THE COURT OR DO NOT APPEAR AT ANY SUBSEQUENT COURT-ORDERED HEARING, the court may proceed in your absence without further notice and ESTABLISH PERMANENT GUARDIANSHIP for the abovenamed child either ON THE DATE SPECIFIED IN THIS SUMMONS OR ON A FUTURE DATE, and may make such orders and take such action as authorized by law. RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS (1)YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO BE REPRESENTED BY AN ATTORNEY IN THIS MATTER. If you are currently represented by an attorney, CONTACT YOUR ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY UPON RECEIVING THIS NOTICE. Your previous attorney may not be representing you in this matter. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY, and you meet the state’s financial guidelines, you are entitled to have an attorney appointed for you at state expense. TO REQUEST APPOINTMENT OF AN ATTORNEY TO REPRESENT YOU AT STATE EXPENSE, YOU MUST IMMEDIATELY CONTACT the

Marion Juvenile Department at Marion County Juvenile Department, 3030 Center Street NE, Salem, OR 97301, phone number 503-588-5291, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. for further information. IF YOU WISH TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY, please retain one as soon as possible and have the attorney present at the above hearing. If you need help finding an attorney, you may call the Oregon State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service at (503) 684-3763 or toll free in Oregon at (800) 452-7636. IF YOU ARE REPRESENTED BY AN ATTORNEY, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAINTAIN CONTACT WITH YOUR ATTORNEY AND TO KEEP YOUR ATTORNEY ADVISED OF YOUR WHEREABOUTS. (2) If you contest the petition, the court will schedule a hearing on the allegations of the petition and order you to appear personally and may schedule other

hearings related to the petition and order you to appear personally. IF YOU ARE ORDERED TO APPEAR, YOU MUST APPEAR PERSONALLY IN THE COURTROOM, UNLESS THE COURT HAS GRANTED YOU AN EXCEPTION IN ADVANCE UNDER ORS 419B.918 TO APPEAR BY OTHER MEANS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, TELEPHONIC OR OTHER ELECTRONIC MEANS. AN ATTORNEY MAY NOT ATTEND THE HEARING(S) IN YOUR PLACE. PETITIONER’S ATTORNEY Kristen Palladino Farnworth Assistant Attorney General Department of Justice 162 Court Street NE Salem, OR 97301-4096 Phone: (503) 934-4400 ISSUED this 20th day of July, 2009. Issued by: Kristen Palladino Farnworth #00344 Assistant Attorney General PUB. 7/27, 8/3, 8/10/09

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August 10, 2009

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We Got Games An Old Giant Does It for the Dodgers, And the Sparks at Full Strength Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., (213) 224-1400 or dodgers.mlb.com. The Dodgers, aka The Best Team in Baseball, take their show on the road this week, starting with a trip to face the hated San Francisco Giants (Aug. 10-12), followed by a visit to the Arizona Diamondbacks (Aug. 14-16). The team has been propelled lately by walloping bats throughout the lineup, but keep an eye on the rotation too: Jason Schmidt, the former Giants ace, has reinvented himself and is slated to take the ball in game one against his old squad. Los Angeles Sparks Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St.,

(213) 929-1300 or wnba.com/sparks. Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 11, 6 p.m.; Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m.: This week, the Sparks play three crucial home games, and they need to start winning in bunches if they’re to steal a playoff spot. Only 16 games remain in the regular season, and as of press time, the Sparks were in fifth place in the Western conference — only the top four teams advance to the postseason. But there is good news: Veteran star Lisa Leslie is back after an injury, bringing the team to full strength against Indiana, New York and Sacramento. On Saturday, they visit Sacramento. Lakers 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., lakers3on3.com. Aug. 14-16: The Lakers and Anschutz Entertainment Group are teaming up to produce a three on three basketball tournament at L.A. Live. The sports and entertainment complex campus will be decked out with 50 half-courts, most of them lining Chick Hearn Court, as hundreds of teams vie for titles in six divisions. Celebrity and mascot games are planned, and Laker player appearances are possible. The event is free. There’s live music and other entertainment throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. —Ryan Vaillancourt

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Lisa Leslie is back from an injury. The Sparks hope there is still enough time in the season to make a playoff run.

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