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fter years of sitting unused due to a long-running lawsuit, the Pico-Garnier Block at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is on the road to being re-activated. According to officials with City Attorney Carmen Trutanich’s office, the City Council last week authorized a public bidding process to rehabilitate and lease the seven-building, two-block area anchored by the Pico House, fronting the El Pueblo plaza, and the Garnier Building, which faces Los Angeles Street. A request for proposals for new developers could be released in as little as two weeks, but would first require approval from the El Pueblo Board of Commissioners, said Valerie Flores, managing assistant city attorney. Old Los Angeles Company, an entity whose partners include politically connected attorney and restaurateur Andy Camacho, has long had primary rights to develop the Pico-Garnier Block. However, about five years ago Old L.A. sued the city, claiming the city violated the deal by allowing the Chinese American Museum to expand. Settlement talks have gone nowhere through the years, and previously the city had entered into an agreement with Old L.A. not to solicit bids on the property while pursuing settlement. Terminating that agreement means that Old L.A. no longer has exclusive rights to develop the property and could spark another lawsuit, Flores said. However, the buildings have sat idle and have not been seismically retrofitted for years, and the city wants to see the property activated, she said. She also said Old L.A. could bid on the project. Camacho did not return a call for comment by press time.
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hilanthropist Eli Broad’s proposed $100 million contemporary art museum on Grand Avenue could officially become a go project this week. On Monday,
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EDITORIALS From Baseball to a Game of Chicken
he Los Angeles Dodgers play baseball, but the game getting the most attention in Chavez Ravine these days is one of high-stakes chicken. That’s the scenario as Frank and Jamie McCourt approach an Aug. 30 divorce trial. They are hurtling toward each other, and if neither blinks in the next week — and there has been no indication yet that either will — a situation that has already been embarrassing will turn into a full-blown debacle. One big question is whether they realize that what has already been ugly is little league compared to what lies ahead. They probably do comprehend this, and they probably don’t care, making the proceedings painful for all Dodger lovers. The McCourts and their very highly paid attorneys need to figure out a way to resolve their differences before the trial begins. If this acrimonious situation makes it into the courthouse, the lawyers, in their quest to make a case with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, will use every opportunity to savage the other side. Frank will be vilified (more than he already has been). Jamie will be lambasted (more than she already has been). The media will do its job and dutifully report all the gory details. Even if the judge rules in favor of one side, the comments made and facts revealed will never be forgotten. The stain will live indelibly on the uniform of the “winner.” It is often unfortunate when a relationship spoils. Yet this situation is different because the Dodgers are in play. Although Frank and Jamie are arguing over who should control the team, the Dodgers are not a house, a car or a private plane. It would be nice if the McCourts cared that what they are playing for means more to other people than
it does to them. The team may be run by a family that moved here from Boston six years ago, but in actuality, the faithful are the millions of fans, the people who, in some cases for more than 50 years, have been dutifully plunking down money for tickets, concessions and trinkets. The team may be owned by one or two McCourts, but the Dodgers belong to Los Angeles. There has been plenty of time to avert a trial. News of their separation broke during last season’s playoffs, and at the start of the current campaign a sense of doom wafted through the ballpark; this page published an editorial in April titled “A Dodger Embarrassment” and reminded the McCourts that, when they first bought the team and its holdings from News Corp. in 2004, Frank described the family as the “stewards” of the organization. Unfortunately, it has only gotten worse since then. Arguments over eight-figure houses and hefty spousal support requests have been exacerbated by reports that Frank has had to borrow money from family members to make some payments. Then there was the embarrassing Los Angeles Times revelation that the team pays a Boston psychic/healer to sit in front of a television and think positive thoughts about the Dodgers. The marketing and sales sides made their own gaffes, most notably demanding that fans who wanted to see a Yankees game pay for six additional games. That was pretty close to fan gouging. All of the above are cringe-worthy. But the thing is, what will come out in a trial could be worse. Allegations will be made, likely regarding personal relationships and possibly
financial malfeasance. We are not sure how either Frank or Jamie can believe that victory in court is worth the damage their reputations will suffer. Again, it’s clear they don’t care. Perhaps the worst thing of all is that the groundwork had been laid to restore the Dodgers to glory. The team made the playoffs in four of the six years since the McCourts took over, and advanced to the National League Championship Series the past two seasons. With a clutch of young stars in the making and a capable, experienced and well-compensated manager in Joe Torre, it seemed the squad was just a topflight player or two away from being a championship caliber team for the first time in decades. In a town that has come to expect the class and the championships of the Lakers, the Dodgers were close to the latter; the former would have been easier to secure with a World Series trophy. Instead, the team has endured a disappointing season, and no fan buys the line that the ownership scuffle is not impacting the player payroll. Now, with losses mounting and the Dodgers falling in the standings, attendance is reportedly dropping. Expect this to accelerate as the season winds to a close. Even if some tickets are already sold, there will be increasing no-shows, which means even less money going for hot dogs and tchotchkes. It’s a shame to see what has become of the Dodgers’ front office. It’s embarrassing to observe what has already been revealed. It’s scary to think that the worst is yet to come. Frank and Jamie still have the opportunity to stop the crisis from reaching its apex. If they won’t do it for themselves, then they should do it for those who truly care about the Los Angeles Dodgers.
ugust may be known as a dead time for business and politics, but in Downtown Los Angeles, it’s a great time for entertainment. The only downside of the latter is that three top series are ending. As they come to a close, it is worth noting how lucky the residents and workers of the community are. After all, these activities are all outdoors and all free. Which is a great location and, especially given the economy, a great price.
Last week, the free concerts at Pershing Square put on by the city Department of Recreation and Parks came to a close. This week marks the end of the shows staged by Grand Performances at the California Plaza Watercourt, and the Chinatown Summer Nights program organized by the Community Redevelopment Agency and other stakeholders in Chinatown. The first two series ran for several months, while the latter was staged on Saturdays in
August. Yet every event in all three was essentially a gift for those who spend time in Downtown. Each brought people together and gave neighbors a chance to meet each other. All had the beneficial effect of bringing families out onto the streets of Downtown after dark. It’s hard to predict what will come in the future. Grand Performances will likely be back (they’ve been at it for 24 years, after all), but given the city budget cuts, one doesn’t know what Rec & Parks will be able
to afford next summer for Pershing Square. Chinatown officials probably haven’t determined yet if the economics of another series are there. In an ideal world, all three series will be even more expansive next summer, and will be complemented by other additions. But right now, it’s worth taking advantage of what exists, enjoying the free outdoor opportunities spread across the area. As August ends, it’s nice to know how much Downtown has.
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LETTERS Not the Metro Way Dear Editor, t was irresponsible for Los Angeles Downtown News to publish an editorial cartoon (Urban Scrawl, Aug. 16) depicting what appears to be a Metro train operator, based on the M logo, and a bus operator texting while driving. Cartoonist Doug Davis just assumes this is commonplace. Not on Metro. Long before a state law was passed making it illegal to text or talk on a hand-held cell phone while driving, Metro prohibited its operators from doing this. Our credo is “Safety’s 1st.” Anything that distracts the operator from paying attention to traffic is not tolerated. Period. If an operator is caught texting or talking on a cell phone, it’s a major rule violation and he or she is subject to serious disciplinary action including termination. We have cameras on our buses and trains. If riders see an operator engaged in unsafe behavior, we encourage them to call us at 1-800-COMMUTE or e-mail comments to email@example.com. Let us know the operator badge number on the uniform, the number of the bus or train, location and time of travel and we’ll take swift action. —Marc Littman, deputy executive officer, Metro Public Relations
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from other homeless programs in Los Angeles was that, for the first time, Los Angeles County devoted adequate resources to outreach and ongoing supportive services. Permanent supportive housing is the right model for the chronically homeless, but it can only work if Los Angeles County provides the funding for on-site services to meet the needs of the homeless people we are housing. I believe that the County could achieve better results at a lower cost if, rather than having County agencies directly provide the services, the County would fund the experts: the developers of permanent supportive housing who have produced and managed thousands of residential units throughout Los Angeles. The people who take the risk to construct, manage and provide supportive housing for the homeless are heroes in their own right. As are the many fine homeless policy advocates and social service providers — both faith and secular based — that have worked in the trenches for decades waiting for government to come along. We will not end homelessness just by
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he City Council last week advanced a controversial plan to lease out nine public parking facilities, including the garage at Pershing Square, for 50 years. The Aug. 18 decision paves the way for the city to begin soliciting bids. Before approving the plan, however, the council added several potential changes to the contract in hopes of preventing exorbitant rate increases and preserving access for commercial users at Pershing Square. The 1,590-space Downtown garage, which has no debt and generates more than $2 million in annual income, is considered the prime asset in a portfolio consisting largely of facilities that are losing money (the entire package includes 8,231 spaces). The city’s top budget watcher, Chief Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, said that if Pershing Square were removed, it would be a deal killer for bidders. “Without it, it simply doesn’t make sense to move forward,” Santana said. Taken together, the nine garages are said to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, though city officials have been careful not to publicly discuss a value so as not to set a pricing benchmark for bidders. But the deal has been portrayed as a crucial mechanism to raise at least $145 million: City budget leaders are first looking to use $53 million to cover a current budget shortfall, plus another $91.4 million to pay off outstanding debt on two Hollywood garages that are in the lease plan. Any additional revenue generated would go to replenish the city’s reserve fund, which was used in part to help balance the current budget, Santana said. Santana warned that more delays in sending the plan out to bid (the council already delayed a vote once) could spell additional layoffs, since the city is banking on generating immediate cash flow from the garage deal. The parking plan is structured so an operator would pay a lump sum up front, then share portions of revenue generated from parking fees
and advertising at the sites. Downtown stakeholders, including property owners in the Jewelry District, historic theater advocates and business owners in the Historic Core, have urged the council to proceed carefully. They are wary that a private operator will seize any opportunity to raise rates, and possibly reserve spaces in the future for residential users as more housing is built around Pershing Square. Optional Restrictions Santana and Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller advised the council not to amend the lease proposal, warning that too many restrictions would prompt some bidders to walk away. Fifteen bidders responded to a request for qualifications earlier this year. Anything that would shrink that pool would reduce competition and drag down the deal’s value, they said. Ninth District Councilwoman Jan Perry, whose district includes Pershing Square, and Fourteenth District Councilman José Huizar, who represents parts of the Jewelry District and Broadway, nevertheless sought to include two main restrictions: Reserve 1,200 spaces for commercial use 24 hours a day, and cap price increases at the annual rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index. The plan calls for giving the operator essentially free reign to set prices for the first five years. After that time, rate hikes would be limited to the previous year’s inflation rate. Perry wants the inflation cap to start in year one, not year five. Ultimately, the council voted to include Perry and Huizar’s amendments, but they will be presented to the bidders as options. That means bidders will have to tell the city what they would pay for the rights to operate the garages with the Pershing Square restrictions, and without. The plan will return to the council after bids are received and analyzed. While the council advanced the proposal, it had no outright proponents. Instead, several members acknowledged the plan to lease the operating rights for 50 years during a recession as a necessary evil — necessary, that is, to stave off more layoffs.
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The City Council last week voted to include the Pershing Square garage in a package of parking facilities that could be leased out to a private operator.
Comparing the original lease deal to the amendments proposed by Perry and others, Councilman Greig Smith said, “We’re looking at a really crummy plan versus a really, really crummy plan.” Councilman Bernard Parks, who chairs the council’s Budget and Finance Committee, questioned suggestions that the parking plan is a sort of budget savior. Layoffs, Parks said, seem inevitable even if the garage plan goes through, plugging the immediate $53 million shortfall. A $320 million deficit already looms next year, he noted. “It’s disingenuous to say it’s going to solve the budget problem,” Parks said. “It’s also poor policy making to lump nine parking lots together and sell them so I can keep people on the payroll for nine months. The mistake that I believe consistently gets made is that people push hard decisions down the line and then the consequences become even more severe.” Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at email@example.com.
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Car-less and Loving It City National Plaza Event Looks at Alternate Ways to Get Around Los Angeles by Carren Jao
hey came from everywhere — from the heart of Downtown Los Angeles to the reaches of Los Angeles County — just to prove that getting around town sans car is possible. On Wednesday, Aug. 18, approximately 150 people converged on City National Plaza for a one-night event titled Moving Beyond Cars. For once, the question on everyone’s mind was not “Where did you park,” but rather, “How did you get here?” “The idea was to attract people to come here using different means than the typical car,” said Ashley Hand, secretary of event host railLA. “We’re hoping that we inspire people by that sense of ‘there are others that feel the same way,’ as well as ‘a little bit of action can make a difference.’” Granted, plenty of people in Los Angeles survive without a car every day. Untold thousands stream into Downtown via bus, rail, bicycle and other means. Still, for many attendees, getting where they were going took some planning. Justin Bensan, a 19-year-old college student, relived a piece of his Carson childhood by taking the Torrance Transit #3 bus to the Long Beach Transit Mall, then taking the Blue Line all the way into Downtown. He even found time to take a quick peek at the Watts Towers by getting off momentarily at the 103rd Street-Kenneth Hahn station. Jessica Wall, a program assistant at the Natural Resources Defense Council, took 90 minutes to bike 15 miles from Santa Monica to Downtown. She negotiated the bike laneless Venice Boulevard and dismissed the distance by saying, “It’s not that bad.” Still, she promised to find an alternate route back. Meanwhile Charlie Becker, 59, wowed the crowd in the 15,000-square-foot exhibition space with his Tribred Pon-e, a three-wheeled battery-operated scooter from the L.A. Trikke Shop. He used it to make the three-mile commute from Silver Lake to the Financial District.
Challenge With Curlers The heart of Moving Beyond Cars was a series of creative design challenges moderated by railLA volunteer and Gallery 727 founder James Rojas. Using pink plastic curlers, glowin-the-dark stars, empty shampoo bottles and other found objects, Rojas challenged attendees to imagine their ideal transportation system and build it — in 20 minutes. “Weird objects force you to be creative,” Rojas said. “It allows people to explore ideas about form and shape. It brings urban planning to a personal level.” Deliberately vague, open-ended and time-constrained, Rojas’ instructions were intended to spark a creative urban planning spirit. To that end, Mark DeMarta, a Valencia-based architect working Downtown, envisioned a dense urban environment that still allowed for generous green spaces. Vertical elements made of empty shampoo bottles and bright red curlers stood for live-work buildings, while “spongy, square things” were meant to stand in for park land or open plazas. A wandering martini olive poking out of a shampoo bottle mouth was supposed to be an edible garden on the roof of a building, DeMarta said cheekily. Teri Lucky, who took the Gold Line from South Pasadena and connected to the Red Line, envisioned a more streamlined model. Arched wooden blocks bisected her workspace, symbolizing the planned high-speed railway. On either side, neat rows of red curlers topped with plastic cherries substituted for generous greenery. Lacking the usual clutter of knickknacks, Lucky’s model reflected a call for simplicity and vibrancy. As attendees explained their creations, a clear theme emerged, one calling for seamless transportation and innovative and community-building land-use patterns. A simple addition of shades around bus stops earned approving nods from the group. Concentric circles made out of popsicle sticks connecting one outlying neighborhood to another without having to go through Union Station sparked applause. “We found that people have a lot of great ideas and can
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speak about them very clearly and very creatively for what they want to see the future of their communities look like,” said railLA volunteer Anne Guillebeaux, who helped Rojas moderate the design challenges. The creations were documented by Guillebeaux and can soon be viewed on railLA’s website alongside other creations from previous workshops, says Rojas. L.A. Beyond Cars, an exhibit that showcases designs, plans and creative solutions revolving around California’s planned high-speed railway, provided even more stimuli to the budding urban planners. Invited submissions include those created by architects Eric Owen Moss, Thom Mayne, Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid. While no one expects Los Angeles traffic patterns to change because of the event, some attendees saw a reason for hope. “None of us in this organization want to eliminate the automobile. That doesn’t necessarily need to happen,” said railLA chair Gunnar Hand. “What we’re looking at are other options. Mobility is about providing as many options as you can.” L.A. Beyond Cars runs through Aug. 28 at the Jewel Box in City National Bank Plaza, 525 S. Flower St. Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. More information at railla.org/.
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Students have begun moving in to the $200 million University Gateway project. The development near USC includes approximately 1,600 beds.
Gateway Continued from page 1 in September 2009, and students have been moving in since late June. A mass moving day was held on Saturday, Aug. 14, when more than 300 students lugged their clothes, computers and stereos into the project. Hrovat notes that the occupants don’t need much more than their personal items. “The day you move into your unit the electricity is on, there’s a phone on, the Internet is on, the cable TV is on, there’s a high definition flat screen in your living room. It’s fully furnished,” Hrovat said. “Everything is on, you just bring your bedding and your groceries and your bookbag and laptop. “The whole point of that is focus on school, we’ll focus on your housing needs.” Three security guards work 24 hours a day and greet students in the lobby. Once inside, the first thing people see is a massive video wall comprised of 25 32-inch flat screen televisions. So far they’ve broadcast ESPN, but soon they will display a video art installation. Past that room is an information kiosk where two TVs are mounted on a wall above a couch. They display information about events going on at the campus. Recently the TVs highlighted a pie-eating contest in the building’s courtyard. There is a concierge desk — “It’s staffed 24 hours a day and you ask for anything you would ask for at a hotel,” says Hrovat — and a lounge with couches, chairs and more large televisions. Beneath the TVs are connections where students can plug in everything from iPods to laptops to X Boxes. “Whatever you can throw on it we can display on the TVs,” Hrovat said. “But the idea is not just to be fun, but functional. If students need to come here and practice a Power Point presentation they can plug their computer in here.” There are 27 study rooms spread throughout the building; one includes computers, while most are just tables and tackboards. There is also a gym and a kitchen facility. The laundry facilities, meanwhile, have online connections, allowing students to know which machines are available and when their laundry is done. The building also has roof decks and courtyards with brightly colored outdoor furniture, tables, planters and hanging lights. Utilities are included in the rent. Filling a Need Getting to opening day has not been easy. Early in the planning process, Urban Partners ran into trouble from Conquest Student Housing, a company that at the time had about 20 area housing projects. Although USC and officials including Eighth District City Councilman Bernard Parks strongly endorsed the project, Conquest vigorously opposed the development, and sought to generate more opposition from some in the community.
John Hrovat, a principal at Urban Partners, in the lobby, which is adjacent to the gym. (Below) Units come fully furnished, including flat screen TVs.
In September 2007, USC and Urban Partners sued Conquest, accusing the company of resorting to abusive litigation, extortion and othewr illegal measures to halt University Gateway. They also charged that Conquest was stymieing other projects from Urban Partners, a firm whose developments include the Caltrans headquarters and the California Endowment campus in Downtown. The suit was settled in February 2008, and the project broke ground that July. However, it was two years behind schedule. While difficult, the trouble may now be worth it for USC officials, who have previously stated that University Gateway will help fill the school’s student housing shortfall of about 7,000 beds. USC guarantees housing to freshmen and sophomores, but the institution has also set a goal in its campus master plan to guarantee four years of student housing for undergraduates and one year for graduate students by 2011. While people are moving in, for some students, the cost is too high. “I can’t pay nearly $1,000 in rent,” said Jason Delaney, a junior who shares a two-bedroom apartment in Hollywood with two other roommates. “This is something that I think is out of reach to a lot of students.” Indeed, a recent search on Craigslist showed that a twobedroom apartment near USC could be had for as little as $1,150 a month, making prices considerably lower than those at the new project. But for every student like Delaney, there is someone for whom University Gateway is a fit. Urban Partners hopes to be 100% occupied this semester, and Hrovat said some of the more expensive units near the rooftop deck were amongst the first to be rented. Gerald Fisher, a freshman from Northern California who recently toured the building with his mother Carol, was impressed, despite the price. “It’s steep, but it’s a great building, everything is brand new,” he said. More important was the seal of approval from mom. “It couldn’t be closer to the university and I think the facilities look wonderful,” said Carol. “Time will tell, but it looks like a great deal for a student.” Contact Richard Guzmán at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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he historic Sixth Street Viaduct is in such poor shape that authorities who have been studying the structure refer to its ailment as a form of concrete cancer. Officials with the city Bureau of Engin eering, who since 2007 have been looking at curing, or more likely replacing the ailing structure, had expected to finish an environ mental study on the bridge by this fall. The report, which includes an analysis of several retrofit or replacement options, is now ex pected to take another six months, according to city and state officials. That means a new bridge won’t come until 2017 at the earliest. The project cost is esti mated at $359 million. The environmental portion of the study is actually finished, but the California Department of Transportation’s legal team needs more time to evaluate the report, said CalTrans spokeswoman Judy Gish. She could not comment on specifics of the re view, but confirmed that the analysis con cerns the rightsofway maintained by several rail agencies operating on tracks underneath the viaduct. “Yes, it’s safe to say that some of it has to do with the railroads,” Gish said. As state lawyers continue their review, the Bureau of Engineering seems to have settled on a preferred design option that would re place the bridge’s steel arches with steel cables. Due to the viaduct’s historic, iconic status, replacing it has been a subject of controver sy for preservationists. But the 78yearold bridge’s safety concerns — an unstoppable chemical reaction occurring in the concrete bones of the structure is causing cracks, and officials worry that it might not be able to with
stand a sizeable earthquake — has pushed the city toward examining replacement options. Seven designs, representing an array of architectural styles, received serious study. The preferred design alternative is decid edly more modern in appearance than the existing bridge, though it incorporates some aesthetic details meant to pay homage to the original structure, said John Koo, group manager with the Bureau of Engineering. Koo specified that, even if the bureau’s preferred design is ultimately approved for construction, it will be subject to further de sign review and public comment. If the cablesupported bridge does not immediately remind people of the current viaduct, salvaged and reused portions of the existing structure could serve that purpose. The bridge’s steel arches could be saved and placed at both ends of the replacement via duct to serve as iconic gateways, Koo said. The preferred cablesupported bridge op tion scored the highest in a set of tests that considered flexibility and seismic durability, Koo said. The design would eliminate sev eral of the vertical pylon support structures, lengthening the spans between those sup ports, while reducing the impact on the rail roads underneath, Koo said. If it seems that fewer supporting pylons would make for a less stable bridge, Koo said that with cablesupported structures, the op posite is true. “For seismic design, we look at flexibility,” he said. “A short, squatty structure with a lot of supports tends to suffer more damage ver sus one that’s more flexible and ductile. One analogy in building designs is that highrises tend to ride through the earthquakes better than a midheight, masonry building.” The public will ultimately have a chance
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Environmental and legal review continues on the ailing Sixth Street Viaduct. The report identifies a cable-supported structure (top) as the preferred design alternative for replacing the 1932 bridge.
to weigh in on the design alternatives, but pending the CalTrans legal review, that won’t happen for at least six months, Gish said. Despite the delay, the cablesupported op tion has picked up political support, notably from Fourteenth District City Councilman José Huizar. Speaking at a Los Angeles Current Affairs Forum luncheon this month, Huizar said that he was initially skeptical of any design that would alter the 1932 bridge’s appearance. Now, he’s on board with the
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egan Logan knew she wanted to be a chef from the age of 5. Right after graduating from the Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, she began working for Patina Restaurant Group. In March, the 28-year-old became executive chef of the company’s Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, where she talks up the dry-aged steaks and feeds off the lunchtime rush. Los Angeles Downtown News: What are the lunches at Nick & Stef’s like? Megan Logan: We have entree salads and then all the Oakwood grilled steaks. Each steak or fish comes with a choice of 10 sides. It’s high-end, but it’s comfortable, very good for business lunches. Q: What’s the average someone can expect to pay for lunch? A: That would be between $12 and $25. Q: From the chef’s point of view, what’s the best thing about lunch service? A: It’s really fast, it’s really, really high energy. Everyone comes in at once. Each day is a new challenge, each day you can get killed, but it’s fun. Q: What’s the worst thing about lunch service? A: The worst thing? I don’t have an answer for that. I enjoy it all. Q: When you go out to lunch, what do you pay attention to?
A: The servers keeping in mind your time constraints, the food, the freshness and the variety. I think for lunch it’s important to have a good variety, especially somewhere people go a lot. Q: What’s your specialty at Nick & Stef’s? A: Our dry-aged steaks. We have a dry-aging room on the premises; we’re actually the only restaurant in Southern California that has that. We dry-age our steaks from 21 to 28 days. Q: Is lunch busier than dinner? A: Yes, lunch is busier. It’s different because it’s all at once. We can do the same amount of people for dinner but it’s a lot more spread out and a lot slower paced. Q: Who are your customers? Business people? Tourists? A: It’s a mix; we have a lot of regulars here who mostly work in the building for the law firms. Q: What one lunch dish would you recommend for someone who has never been there? A: Our spa menu is very popular. We have a two-course menu, which is $22, and it changes daily. We’ll usually serve something like a light salad and a seared white fish with sautéed vegetables. Q: When you have time to eat lunch somewhere else in Downtown, where do you go? A: I’ve never eaten lunch outside this restaurant. No, actually, I like the French Garden and Café Pinot, one of our sister restaurants. Q: What’s the one thing a chef hates to hear during lunch? A: The server coming in asking for the chef, asking how long on certain tables, because they all do.
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When It Comes to Lunch, Fred Eric of Tiara Café Wants People to Dine, Not Just Eat by Pamela albanese
red Eric’s vision of healthy, high-quality cuisine for the discerning Fashion and Arts districts is the inspiration behind Tiara Café. At the Ninth Street destination, the chef/owner is redefining Asian and Mediterranean cuisine with an innovative menu that appeals to customers who savor quality over quantity.
Fred Eric started the Fashion District’s Tiara Café with the goal of serving healthy, quick and innovative meals.
Los Angeles Downtown News: From your point of view, what’s the best thing about lunch service? A: I think that we have a broad menu. Once a week we change a percentage of it. We offer a lot of healthy options, a lot of vegetarian options, as well as your carnivorian options. Our service is really quick, and the way the kitchen was designed, it allows for people to come in, get their order and get their food really quickly. Q: What’s your lunch specialty? A: We do this thing called the “freshwich,” which is taking the concept of the Vietnamese spring roll by wrapping grilled meats, vegetables, spicy things and herbs in rice paper. It’s now one of the more popular items that we serve. And for lunch it’s really good. It’s easy to eat and it tastes good and you don’t walk away belly bombed and feeling like you need a nap. Q: What problems have you encountered with lunch service? A: People come and they’re not giving the amount of time for dining, they’re just eating. Their expectation would be kind of like going into a relationship as a one-night stand. You only expect so much and you’re done and out of there. Coming from more of a dining background, you have less time to be romanced by your food and your environment. Q: What does lunch offer that dinner does not? A: One benefit is we have people who come four to five times a week. No one would do that for dinner. You have clients who want to get the same thing, then you get those who love to try new things and are really happy to have somewhere they can go regularly and have that kind of relationship with me. Q: How much time should a customer at Tiara set aside for lunch? A: I think they’re done in 45 minutes. There are those who from when they walk in are gone in 25 minutes. Q: When you are at a restaurant having lunch, what do you pay attention to? A: It changes. I like to eat a lot of ethnic food, and I like to eat a lot of vegetables. Korean places are great because you get a lot of vegetables right when you sit down. I don’t need to know a server’s name. I don’t need someone to chat up. I don’t like blasting or loud music. There are times when I go out and it’s all about the food. And there are times when I just want to have a nice environment to socialize. Q: How has lunch changed throughout the years? A: There are two things that have changed. There was a time when people would go out and basically their lunch was their dinner. They would drink alcohol and hang out and spend an hour and a half, two hours on their corporate card. Now, people have a different mindset about work. Also, I think that people have become a lot more health-conscious, and they don’t just eat a lot and pound a bunch of coffee to make it through the day. People want to eat healthy and feel better about themselves. When I opened Tiara, I envisioned even more pristine, healthy small plates, more culinary-oriented. I romanticized the idea of people coming in, and especially in the Fashion District, being particular and knowing good product and food and enjoying the opportunity to eat smaller amounts of better quality and really savoring that. I hoped for it a little bit earlier than it actually happened. Now, people are much more interested in smaller, healthier stuff. Tiara Café is at 127 E. Ninth St., (213) 623-3663 or tiara-cafe-la.com.
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ucina Rustica debuted in May in the Financial District. For Swedish-born executive chef Hamlet Haghazarian, it’s been a baptism by fire. The restaurant (it has a sister establishment in Montrose) already pulls in lunch crowds of more than 150 people, meaning there is never any time to rest. Los Angeles Downtown News: What kind of lunch do you serve at Cucina Rustica? Haghazarian: We do Italian food. We have lots of different kinds of salads, fish, chicken. I try to keep things healthy, which is why I like our salads a lot. Q: From the point of view of the chef, what’s the best thing about lunch service? A: I like the people that come here. They are nice, friendly people, and there haven’t been many complaints. Most people just want something good and really fast, which we can do. Q: Anything you don’t like about lunch service? A: If there is one thing it’s that everyone comes in at the same time. Sometimes between 12 to 12:30 we get up to 150 people. Q: When you go out for lunch, what do you pay attention to? A: The service and the food of course. Mostly I order salads for lunch, that’s my style. I look for good, fresh, healthy vegetables. Q: How much can you expect to spend on lunch at Cucina Rustica? A: Every day can be different, but maybe around $18 to $25. That’s salad, appetizer, dessert.
Q: How much time should a customer set aside for lunch at Cucina Rustica? A: We try our best, as soon as we get the ticket, to serve the food no more than 10 minutes after. So at most you can spend about 30-40 minutes, depending on what you order. Q: What is your lunch specialty? A: Our fishes are very good. The baked sea bass with creamy tomato spinach Dijon sauce is very, very popular. Q: What do you hate to hear during lunchtime? A: During lunch the kitchen is crazy; we are very busy so it’s hard when people ask for a lot of specific personal changes in the dishes. We have to serve more than 100 people in half an hour. But we have to do it, it’s all part of good customer service. Q: How does the Downtown lunch crowd differ from other parts of the city? A: Here people seem more willing to spend more money for lunch. In our restaurant in Montrose, at lunch they don’t spend that much money. Over here for lunch we serve a lot of seafood, which is not cheap. Q: Are you busier during lunch or dinner? A: Lunch, but we are getting busy for dinner too. We get lots of tourists right now for dinner; for lunch it’s mostly the business crowd. Q: What do you recommend for first timers at Cucina Rustica? A: We have a penne primavera vegetable pasta, very light; definitely the stuffed tomato as an appetizer; and salad wise, we have a beautiful Rustica salad, with mixed greens, asparagus, avocados, cannellini beans topped with crunchy bacon and grilled chicken.
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Although Cucina Rustica has only been open three months, executive chef Hamlet Haghazarian said they already get more than 150 people for lunch daily.
Q: Your name is Hamlet? Did your parents love Shakespeare? A: [Laughs] My dad named me that; he likes him. Q: Do you get a lot of Shakespeare jokes? A: Augh, yeah. Q: Are you tired of them? A: No, no. Cucina Rustica is at 888 Wilshire Blvd., (213) 988-8880 or cucinarusticala.com. Contact Richard Guzmán at email@example.com.
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McCormick & Schmick’s Kina Deth Mixes Speed and Quality by RichaRd Guzmán
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cCormick & Schmick’s Executive Chef Kina Deth has worked her way up the kitchen ladder. She started as a line cook, and at 29 sees herself at the Downtown seafood restaurant for the long haul. So it’s a good thing she loves her job so much, and that she thrives on the lunch-hour pressure. Los Angeles Downtown News: From your point of view, what’s the best thing about lunch service? Kina Deth: The best thing is what we offer here. We do a 45-minute lunch guarantee, which means you’re in and out of our restaurant in 45 minutes. We have enough staff to be able to provide you with that 45-minute guarantee. Q: What happens if you don’t get someone out in 45 minutes or less? A: I haven’t had a complaint about that. Q: That sounds like a lot of pressure on you? A: People normally have only a one-hour break, so 45 minutes is perfect. I think pressure at work is great. It challenges you, it makes you a better chef. Q: Does that guarantee limit what you can serve? A: For the most part we haven’t had a problem with that — fish cooks pretty fast. On the other hand, if someone were to order a
Q: What’s the worst thing about lunch service? A: I don’t think there is a worst thing about lunch service. Everyone comes all at once, but that’s what happens in Downtown. Q: When you’re at a restaurant having lunch, what do you pay attention to? A: Service, details and food. I look for presentation and taste. I think we all eat with our eyes as opposed to our stomachs. Q: What’s your lunch specialty? A: I think people tend to come here for our “10 for 10” menu. We have 10 items for $10. It takes people away from that fast food they would otherwise choose and they come here and spend that $10 for much better food. We offer things like pasta, a tuna melt, BLT, spaghetti Bolognese; it changes daily.
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Q: What’s the one thing you hate to hear during lunch? A: I would never want to hear “that’s ugly” or “that doesn’t taste good.”
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Q: What do you enjoy the most about working at McCormick & Schmick’s?
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t Casa, executive chef Alex Moreno combines his experience at upscale restaurants with an appreciation for authentic Mexican food and fresh ingredients. Casa’s lunch offers a stylish take on the neighborhood taqueria: Customers choose from a selection of meats and homemade salsas to tailor tacos, burritos and salads to their individual taste. Los Angeles Downtown News: What’s the
best thing about lunch service? A: We just revamped our whole lunch menu. I just moved down from San Francisco, and my base for food is more local food. I’m very inspired by the Mission District in San Francisco. We’ve actually lowered our prices for lunch and increased the quality of our food. It’s more of a quick, casual set-up so you can come in and get out very quickly.
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Alex Moreno recently moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles, where he helms the kitchen at Casa. Customers mix and match ingredients to craft tacos, burritos and salads.
Q: What are some of the negatives? A: So far, none. Just our initial launch, trying to get over the bumps, but other than that, I think we’re running a beautiful show. Q: What’s your lunch specialty? A: We’re inspired by our local taquerias, so we have an option for burritos, tacos and some of the meats. We have a traditional barbacoa, which we do with a braised short rib. We have an al pastor which is straight off the spit with a beautiful marinade. We do a grilled chicken which is a mixture of thigh meat and breast, marinated in adobo with chile ancho and a little roasted garlic.
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Theater Continued from page 1 Foundation, turns his attention to the wall behind the stage. He clutches a stack of pictures of the theater and fantasizes about what could be. “One of the best things about this particular theater is that it’s got open space behind this wall,” he enthuses. “If we get it, we could expand the stage and then we could really have any kind of show here.” This is a good time for Wright to dream big. The theater is on the market for $12 million as the owner, the University Cathedral, plans to leave Downtown Los Angeles. Wright hopes to be involved in the deal. In an ideal world he’d find a buyer who would turn control of the building over to the LAHTF so they could present movies and live entertainment. It’s an ambitious if uncertain goal for the LAHTF, which has taken many steps through its 23-year history to try and revive the city’s old theaters. Recently the group launched a series of walking tours of Broadway’s former movie palaces. Their work earns praise from others in the preservation community. “They’re incredibly devoted, passionate and articulate about the history and value of L.A.’s historic theaters,” said Linda Dishman, executive director of the Los Angeles Conservancy. The LAHTF’s roots come from the Conservancy. In 1987, eight members of the Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats committee — which stages the ultra-successful summer movie series — felt it was important to have a group whose sole purpose was protecting and restoring the theaters. “We were organized really in an effort to educate people as to the theaters’ significance, to advocate for their restoration and re-use and simply to bring attention to what we saw as a problem for all of Downtown,” said Mitzi Mogul, a founding member of the LAHTF. “We don’t just try to maintain empty buildings. We want to restore them, use them.” Since its inception, the LAHTF has sought to achieve the goal by focusing on nominating theaters as Cultural Historical Monuments, a designation that carries some protection against structural changes. They’ve nominated more than 20 theaters that later earned monument status. The group has also organized the Theater Watch volunteers, who monitor theaters across the city to prevent illegal alterations and demolitions. Ken Bernstein, manager of the city’s Office of Historic Resources, said one of the most important things the group does is make people aware that the theaters exist. “It always amazes me how many Angelenos are still unaware Los Angeles has perhaps the finest collection of historic movie houses of any city in the nation, and education and awareness is really the first step toward good stewardship and revitalization,” he said. Not that it has always been easy. In 1991, the LAHTF got involved in trying to bring the Broadway (New York’s Broadway) production of the South African musical Sarafina to the Orpheum Theatre for three weeks. “We bet the bank,” Wright recalls. “The Foundation put up our own money, hired a producer, and three weeks before it opened, Gulf War one happens. Ticket sales went down so we ended up not doing the show.” Wright calls it a “magnificent failure.” A few years later, frustrated by conflicts with some theater owners and the city, Wright left the organization. Although the LAHTF remained alive, it effectively dropped off the radar screen.
New Tours and Programming About four years ago, Wright returned to the LAHTF. He is the only paid employee of the otherwise all-volunteer organization, earning $48,000 a year. The group’s annual budget is $73,000. Wright’s love of theater began at the age of 6, when he went on a birthday trip to a downtown Memphis movie palace. “Some kid got sick, they had to turn on the lights and I thought I had died and gone to heaven,” he recalled. “Crystal chandeliers, all this great stuff, so at age 6 I was hooked.”
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The Spanish cathedral-styled theater has been owned since 1990 by University Cathedral, a Protestant congregation made famous by the late Dr. Gene Scott. It has been used regularly for services.
Fifty-two years later, with a healthy beard and short, graying hair, Wright is still every bit a kid when it comes to theaters. As an adult he spent time managing the Carnegie Hall Cinema and the Bleecker Street Cinema in New York City. His smile widens and he almost runs out of breath when talking excitedly about theaters and the LAHTF. The group moved back into the public consciousness in September 2008 with the launch of the “All About” tours. Events such as All About the Orpheum or All About the Mayan gave up to 350 people free, behindthe-scenes looks of the venues. In Downtown, the Million Dollar, Los Angeles and the Globe have also been featured in the tours. Programming stepped up as well. In 2008, the LAHTF teamed with IFC Films and Orpheum owner Steve Needleman to premiere the Downtown-set independent film In Search of a Midnight Kiss. The group has also helped stage Halloween horror films at the Million Dollar Theatre and a screening of Some Like it Hot at the same venue — the latter included an appearance by Tony Curtis. On Aug. 12 they launched a new slate of walking tours of Central City theaters. The events coincide with the monthly Downtown Art Walk. Finding an Angel Still, the group’s biggest challenge may come with the United Artists Theatre. They hope to find a way to keep it busy all the time. The 1,600-seat theater is dominated by its rooftop “Jesus Saves” neon sign. The 12-story office building (the upper floors are empty) is owned by the University Cathedral, a Protestant congregation made famous by its late founding pastor, Dr. Gene Scott. The gray-haired, bearded TV evangelist began broadcasting his Sunday sermons from the theater stage in 1990, when the church bought the building. Although he died in 2005, on stage a 65-inch TV plays sermons by Scott and his widow, Melissa Scott, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Next to the TV are transparent writing boards similar to the ones Scott would mark up while preaching. The church has maintained the building, which boasts a narrow lobby that resembles an old Spanish cathedral. It was built by United Artists founders D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. “When Pickford and Fairbanks were married they went on a honeymoon to Spain and they fell in love with castles and cathedrals, and when they came back and decided to build their headquarters they told the architect that they wanted the essential feel of those castles and cathedral in this new structure,” Wright said. Rare bibles are displayed behind glass throughout the theater. A painting by Rembrandt hangs in the lobby. The church plans to move to its Glendale campus when the building sells. For now, Wright said the LAHTF is showing potential buyers around the theater in hopes of convincing one of them to work with the organization to reactivate the venue. He calls the stack of pictures he carries with him a “billionaire care package.” “We are putting together 15 billionaire care packages that are going to have incredible photographs of the interior as a way to encourage them to come down and take a look,” Wright said. “We’re going to outline the program we see for this building, what could happen here, that it could be self sufficient, and see if we could put together a group of folks who would be interested in sparking a change on Broadway.” After all, the street is about dreaming big. Contact Richard Guzman at email@example.com.
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A Musical Marriage A Blond Ingénue and a Middle-Aged Keyboard Sage Come Together at First & Hope by Kirk Silsbee
trong musical marriages happen when one talent and artistic vision is complemented, encouraged and inspired by another. They flourish through creative stimulation and mutual respect. To musicians, these conjunctions are just as important as the matrimonial kind. Jazz pianist, composer and arranger George Kahn shares one such union with singer Courtney Lemmon. The blond ingénue and the middle-aged keyboard sage make a striking pair and an example of inter-generational synchronicity. When she fronts his band, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Their special blend will be on display Thursday, Aug. 26, at Fedora, a small club inside the restaurant First & Hope. Kahn is a mainstream pianist whose work is a compendium of most of the great styles and motifs of late ’50s to mid ’60s jazz, a glorious period when seemingly anything was possible within the music. He’s capable of introspective lyricism, funkdrenched backbeats, modal ruminations and flat-out swing. His current album, Secrets From the Jazz Ghetto, compiles his original compositions from previous releases and adds seven new pieces. Lemmon is unabashed in her admiration for Kahn. “George has an incredible gift for writing melodies,” she said. “His song ‘Out of Time’ is one of my absolute favorites; it’s so beautiful. He can do that with very little effort.” Onstage chemistry is important in any ensemble, and the creative exchange between Kahn and Lemmon is one of warmth, trust and freedom. Her extroverted, passionate vocals bring out another facet of Kahn’s instrumental gestalt. “We’ve never had a dead audience,” she boasts. Lemmon thinks that an invigorated book is a key to their success, adding, “George not only plays the classic material, he’s constantly bringing contemporary material in and rearranging it in interesting ways.” For his part, Kahn appreciates Lemmon’s contributions. “The bottom line,” he maintains, “is that music is still about touching audiences. Courtney is a great communicator and people respond to her singing in a profoundly emotional way.”
They come by their partnership honestly. Lemmon was a student of Kahn’s wife, a voice teacher, and she babysat the couple’s son. When she attended Santa Monica High, George was — as he is now — a supporter of the SaMoHi jazz program. He stages yearly fundraiser concerts and is an occasional presence in the rehearsal rooms, listening and offering suggestions. Lemmon studied for two years at Santa Monica College before earning a music degree at the Manhattan School of Music. Kahn clearly covets her singing. “She has a real purity of tone,” he says, “and she’s very blues-based. Courtney has a very natural stage presence, and audiences like that.” Kahn is not the first musician to have reservations about singers. He says he has found many of them to be “divas,” prompting him to shy away. “But Courtney is not a diva — she’s very engaged with the musical process and refreshingly free of attitude,” he says. “Courtney has opened me up more to the possibilities of the song form. I like how the vocals enhance the tunes. People relate to it more because it tells a story and gives out information. When I play ballads, I try to tap into the emotions that singers put across so easily. The best singers, that is.” Lemmon, who recently returned from a six-month stint in Hong Kong, has a self-produced CD, Stay With Me, which mostly showcases her original songs. It’s an impressive array of musical styles, from soul shouting to sweet ballads to Thelonious Monk’s melancholy “’Round Midnight” to funk workouts. “Miss Byrd” manages the trick of engaging in the lyrical intricacies of a show tune-style number, which then turns into a bebop flag-waver in an instant. Lemmon may have invented a new genre with that one piece. The intimate Fedora (the capacity is 70) is the music lounge in the back of First & Hope, a lavish Art Deco supper club that opened this year. Lemmon and the Kahn Trio (bassist Carl Vincent and drummer M.B. Gordy) will preside there with no velvet rope to hurdle and the promise of validated parking.
Singer Courtney Lemmon joins pianist George Kahn on Thursday at the Art Deco supper club First & Hope.
“There’s so much good music in this town,” Kahn says. “The biggest challenge is getting people to leave the house to hear it.” The George Kahn Trio with Courtney Lemmon appears Aug. 26 at 7 and 10:30 p.m. at Fedora in First & Hope, 701 W. First St., (213) 617-8555 or firstandhope.com.
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Getting Crafty in Chinatown Monthly Fair Focuses on the Handmade and Quirky by Ryan Vaillancourt staff writer
hinatown may be known for its gift shops and imported tchotchkes, but on Saturday, Aug. 28, the neighborhood will be packed with a different kind of craft: handmade, or vintage and hard-to-find items created by local artisans. The Los Angeles Craft Experience will anchor Central Plaza as part of the Chinatown Summer Nights series, which has run every Saturday in August and concludes this week. The event takes place from 5 p.m.-midnight. The bazaar-like setting features about 50 vendors selling jewelry, apparel and an array of other accessories and gifts, said event organizer Linh Ho. There will be silk-screened shirts, toys made from recycled plastic, jewelry, hand-sewn apparel and vintage clothing items, Ho said. Although Chinatown Summer Nights, a night of family entertainment, dancing and music provided by KCRW DJs, is coming to an end, the Los Angeles Craft Experience will return on Oct. 9, and then take place on the second Saturday of every month from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Each LACE market will include a rotating selection of vendors, and the events will feature hands-on crafts demonstrations, giveaways and DJs and bands, Ho said. Los Angeles Downtown News checked in on three of this week’s vendors to learn what they will be hawking. Tawny Manguerra, QuietDoing: This craft maker specializes in creating an array of vinyl wallets and mini-purses. For $10, Manguerra’s QuietDoing label offers a mini-wallet with slots on both sides for cards and cash. More importantly, they come in several designs, including the moustache wallet, with lip-riders in four colors. That’s right, four colors, including “ginger.” For furious note takers, Manguerra makes a larger wallet that resembles one of those black and white marbled composition notebooks for $25. Or how about a pocketbook, screen-printed to resemble a Qwerty keyboard? Those go for about $40. Brandie Mata, Art+Love+Design=Me: Most of artist and
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designer Brandie Mata’s creations start with a camera. She carries a camera everywhere, capturing images in the urban landscape like “an old motel sign, an old mural that was left on the side of the building or just a series of palm trees that I’m in love with,” she said. Those images make their way into layered, collaged, multimedia pieces, either framed, wrapped around candles ($10 each) or shrunken down to fit into small magnets ($3 each or two for $5). The black and white collage shown here comes as a 4-by-6-inch archival digital photo print for $15. Gina Barnes, Carrot Fever: Gina Barnes’ vendor table is alive with googly-eyed little monsters, pint-sized dinosaurs and miniature owls. Using a brand of eco-friendly felt, made from recycled plastic bottles as well as fleece, Barnes creates little toys by hand. The monsters and owls (the hooters are Carrot Fever’s best seller) go for $17. Dinosaurs are $20 and come in the stegosaurus and T-Rex varieties. Also available are some hatchling dinosaurs that come crawling out of their dinosaur eggs. “The toys are for children,” Barnes said. “Or quirky adults.” Chinatown Summer Nights is Saturday, Aug. 28. More info at chinatownsummernights.com. The Los Angeles Craft Experience is at Central Plaza, 947 N. Broadway, laceevent.com. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tawny Manguerra specializes in custom vinyl wallets, including ones festooned with moustaches.
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Brandie Mata makes an array of multimedia images using photographs and other materials.
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In 2005, three comic book artists conjured a great excuse to hang out in a bar on a regular basis which their significant others couldn’t deny them — exercising their art. Thus, Drink and Draw was born. From the Westside to the beaches to Hollywood, the social club now calls Downtown’s Casey’s Irish Pub home every Thursday night (including Aug. 26) beginning at 8 p.m. Sometimes drawing (pardon me) up to 50 participants, the concept has spawned two volumes of published art books and inspired global offshoots. Get out of the house, grab your sketchpad or a cocktail napkin, partake of your favorite beverage, socialize and you’ll have something to show for your partying when you get home. At 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353 or bigcaseys.com.
It’s alive. And it’s fly. The Pavilion of Wings at the Natural History Museum is a dynamic, changing environment featuring more than 40 species of butterflies and super-sized moths fluttering eco throughout a living, growing ecosystem on the museum’s South Lawn. More than half are native to California; all are native to the United States Our official state insect, the California Dogface, has a pattern of a dog’s head on its wing and is found in the foothill areas. Representing the East Coast is the Spicebush swallowtail, who in the caterpillar stage sports two large eyespots on its dark green back. Hurry up and feast your eyes on all the flying creatures — the pavilion closes Sept. 6. At 900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 763–3466 or nhm.org.
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s it cool to like 1980s supergroup Asia? Is it coolly nostalgic to like Asia? Figure it out for yourself when the band brings its Omega Tour to Club Nokia on Friday, Aug. 27, at 8 p.m. The English rock act reunited in 2006 with original members John Wetton, Carl Palmer, Geoff Downes and Steve Howe, an all-star lineup from the 1970s bands Yes, ELP, King Crimson and The Buggles. Now, 40 Year Old Virgin fans (and maybe some actual 40-year-old virgins) everywhere can enjoy the “Heat of the Moment” live, minus the Steve Carrell on-foot car chase of the movie. The mega-hit single has made appearances in a “South Park” episode too. There’s no keeping a good heartbreak anthem down. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd., clubnokia.com.
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Friday, aug. 27 Metabolic Studio Public Salons 1745 N. Spring St. #4, (323) 226-1158 or farmlab.org. 1-3 p.m.: The Twain, Metabolic Studio’s new red trolley, rolls out for six Fridays of mobile conversation. Each week special guests will narrate the route and explore issues raised by two artworks at either end of the free tour. Angelus Plaza Senior Talent Show 255 South Hill St., (213) 623-4352. 2 p.m.: Angelus Plaza presents its annual Senior Talent Show, proving that your elders can sing, dance and do magic as well as you. Admission is free. Attendance is mandatory, you young whippersnapper.
his is your grandmother’s talent show, but there’s nothing usual about it. Angelus Plaza, Bunker Hill’s housing community for older adults, presents its annual Senior Talent Show on Friday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. Talent comes from all over Los Angeles ($1,500 in prizes is up for grabs), and this being the entertainment capital of the world, contestants include lots of former professional singers, actors, dancers, musicians and comedians. From vaudeville to hip-hop, solo vocalists to tap dancing troupes, acts get three minutes to perform. Go over and the gong sounds. This is serious, folks — serious fun. Admission is free. At 255 S. Hill St., (213) 623-4352 or rhf.org.
Wednesday, aug. 25 FIDM Campus 919 S. Grand Ave., (213) 624-1201 or fidm.edu. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Talk about wow factor. Catch some ’80s style poppin’ and rockin’ with the Fanny Pak Dance Crew and JF Mia with District 78 from MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.” Check it. Thursday, aug. 26 California African American Museum 600 State Drive (213) 744-2024 or caamuseum.org. 7 p.m.: CAAM marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by screening Spike Lee’s HBO documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Parts.
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SPONSORED LISTINGS Grand Performances California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., (213) 6872159 or grandperformances.org. Aug. 27, noon: His voice may be sweet and gentle, but beware, Mathew Stoneman is a thief who will steal your heart with his swooning Spanish boleros. He’s sold more than 45,000 CDs and he’s been a guest on KPCC’s “Off Ramp.” Aug. 27, 8 p.m.: Comedic puppeteer and political satirist Paul Zaloom brings out all the knick knacks and junk that fills his workshop for Paul Zaloom: A Toy Theater Puppet Show. While there will be toys and puppets, the show is intended for a mature audience, so leave the kids at home. Aug. 28, 8 p.m.: The Turtle Island Quartet pays homage to Jimi Hendrix with their mix of contemporary American music and classical aesthetic. Winemaker Dinner Zucca Ristorante, 801 S. Figueroa St., (213) 6147800 or patinagroup.com Aug. 26, 7 p.m.: Executive Chef Lucio Bedon and winemaker Gavin Chanin present a fourcourse tasting menu with wine pairings from three Santa Maria Valley vineyards — Au Bon Climat, Qupé and Chanin. Highlights include scallop crudo with summer peaches paired with Chanin Bien Nacido Chardonnay 2008 and pheasant breast with fig sauce paired with a duo of Pinot Noirs. $75 plus tax and gratuity.
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Continued from previous page Esotouric Bus Tours See web site for departure locations, (323) 223-2767 or esotouric.com Noon-4 p.m.: The Lowdown on Downtown is Esotouric’s bus adventures into the secret heart of L.A. LAVA Sunday Salons Clifton’s Cafeteria, 648 S. Broadway, lavatransforms.org. Noon-2 p.m.: The Los Angeles Visionaries Association presents David Kipen, proprietor of Boyle Heights’ new lending library and cultural center Libros Schmibros, for a loosely structured conversation and some hearty comfort food. Dramastage-Qumran Theater Company The Exchange, 114 W. Fifth St., (323) 850-4436 or dramastage-qumran.org. 5 p.m.: “Affordable Housing for the Homeless” is the theme of a free theater, open mic and poetry slam event featuring guest speaker and unofficial mayor of Skid Row General Jeff.
ROCK, POP & JAZZ Café Metropol 923 E. Third St., (213) 613-1537 or cafemetropol.com. Aug. 27, 8-10 p.m.: LA Music Academy jams for a cool summer jazz party. Aug. 28, 8-10 p.m.: The artsy vocal jazz of Jeri Brown and her trio. Casey’s Irish Pub 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353 or bigcaseys.com. Aug. 27, 9 p.m.: The Fringe Radio Coalition presents Shirley Rolls with their jam glam psychedelic music. Aug. 28, 10 p.m.: Don’t lose ’em, it’s indie pop band Useless Keys. Aug. 29, 3 p.m.: BBQ and live music on the patio with The 1%ers. Ask if they have 2% milk. Conga Room L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic, (213) 749-0445 or congaroom.com. Aug. 26, 8 p.m.: Spanish rock with Jumbo. Or is that El Jumbo? Aug. 28, 9 p.m.: Salsa lessons at 8 p.m. allow you to prep for the La Internacional Sonora Show. Club Nokia Corner of Olympic Blvd. and Figueroa St., clubnokia.com. Aug. 27, 8 p.m.: Rock-n-roll royalty Asia hit Downtown L.A. on the Omega Tour. You’re required to lift a lighter during “Heat of the Moment.” Aug. 28, 9 p.m.: Something Corporate this way comes. Grammy Museum L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or grammymuseum.org. Aug. 23, 8 p.m.: Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde and Welsh singer/songwriter JP Jones discuss their debut CD Fidelity! the day before its release. Following the interview, Hynde and Jones will take questions from the audience and perform a few songs. Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m.: Drum Workshop Inc.’s new documentary The Love Project Journey follows the musical journey of female touring and session drummer Yael as she teams up with drumming legends and guitar aces. After the film she’ll take questions from the audience and perform. Grand Performances California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., grandperformances.org. Aug. 27, noon: Tenor Matthew Stoneman sings classic Spanish-language boleros. Aug. 28, 8 p.m.: The Turtle Island String Quartet pays homage to Jimi Hendrix in the final show of the season for Grand Performances. Redwood Bar & Grill 316 W. Second St., (213) 680-2600 or theredwoodbar.com. Aug. 23, 10 p.m.: An alliterative evening with Blind Boy Paxton and Frank Fairfield. Aug. 24, 10 p.m.: The Neighborhood Bullies, The Stains and U.X.A. with De De Troit rock it three times. Aug. 25, 10 p.m.: Sarah Blackwood. Aug. 26, 10 p.m.: Set a place for Dinner with Spirit Animal. Aug. 27-29, 10 p.m.: Pete Molinari sings the country blues. Saturdays @ California Plaza 350 S. Grand Ave., (213) 434-7944 or downtownmusicproject.com. Aug. 28, 10 p.m.: Trip hop beat and street poet Rich Furgeson and roots rockers Patrolled by Radar. Seven Grand 515 W. Seventh St., sevengrand.la. Aug. 23, 10 p.m.: Katisse Buckingham and his quartet play their blend of jazz, hip-hop and world music. Aug. 24, 10 p.m.: Make it for The Makers. Aug. 25, 10 p.m.: Dante Chambers, the jazzman, not the football player.
THEATER, OPERA & DANCE The Good Boy Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or bootlegtheater.org. Opening Aug. 27, 8 p.m.; Aug. 28, 8 p.m.; Aug. 29, 3 p.m.: The Good Boy, written and performed by Michael Bonnabel, tells the story of Bonnabel’s childhood in 1960s Pasadena. He was raised in a large family by two complicated, and deaf, parents. Through Sept. 19. Grand Performances California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., grandperformances.org. Aug. 27, 8 p.m.: Paul Zaloom’s adults-only Toy Theater Puppet Show. Seriously, don’t bring the kids. Something to Crow About Bob Baker’s Marionettes, 1345 W. First St., (213) 2509995 or bobbakermarionettes.com. Aug. 24-27, 10:30 a.m.: Aug. 28-29, 2:30 a.m.: Bob Baker’s marionettes continues its 50th anniversary season with Something to Crow About, in which the puppets enact a musical “Day at the Farm.” Through Sept. 26.
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FILM Downtown Independent 251 S. Main St., (213) 617-1033 or downtownindependent.com. Aug. 23-26, 8 p.m.: Los Angeles-based comedy group The Vacationeers and Funny Ha Ha present a week-long film and music series featuring nightly screenings of The Scenesters. The dark comedy about a series of hipster murders on L.A.’s Eastside, is not a documentary. IMAX Theater California Science Center, 700 State Drive, (213) 7442019 or californiasciencecenter.org. Through Sept. 6: Hubble 3D enables movie-goers to journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings, and accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history. Through Sept. 6: Journey to the royal tombs of Egypt and explore the history of ancient Egyptian society as told through the mummies of the past. Mummies 3D: Secrets of the Pharaohs follows explorers and scientists as they piece together the archeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies, providing a window into the fascinating and mysterious world of the pharaohs. Through Sept. 6: Featuring nine-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater, The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D will immerse audiences in the story of an ocean wave and the lives it impacts and transforms. From astounding surfing action to the chaos of ocean storms, the film leads audiences on a quest to understand one of this planet’s most intriguing and dramatic phenomena. Regal Cinema L.A. Live 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., (877) 835-5734 or lalive.com. Through Aug. 26: Lottery Ticket (12, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50 and 10:30 p.m.); Nanny McPhee Returns (1:40, 4:30, 7:10 and 9:50 p.m.); Piranha 3D (12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:20 and 9:40 p.m.); Switch (12, 2:30, 5, 7:30 and 10 p.m.); Vampires Suck (12:10, 2:20, 4:40, 7 and 9:20 p.m.); Eat, Pray, Love (1:10, 4:20, 7:40 and 10:50 p.m.); The Expendables (12:20, 1:20, 2:50, 4:10, 5:20, 6:50, 7:50, 9:30 and 10:20 p.m.); Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (12:10, 2:50, 5:20, 8 and 10:40 p.m.); The Other Guys (12:20, 3, 5:30, 8 and 10:40 p.m.); Step Up 3D (1:20, 4, 6:40 and 9:20 p.m.); Dinner for Schmucks (6:30 and 9:10 p.m.); Salt (1:30, 4, 6:40 and 9:10 p.m.); Inception (12:30, 3:40, 6:50 and 10 p.m.); Despicable Me (1:40 and 4:10 p.m.). Aug. 27 (partial list): The Last Exorcism (12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:20 and 9:40 p.m. and midnight).
MUSEUMS African American Firefighter Museum 1401 S. Central Ave., (213) 744-1730 or aaffmuseum.org. Ongoing: An array of firefighting relics dating to 1924, including a 1940 Pirsch ladder truck, an 1890 hose wagon, uniforms from New York, L.A. County and City of L.A. firefighters, badges, helmets, photographs and other artifacts. Annette Green Perfume Museum FIDM, second floor, 919 S. Grand Ave., (213) 6241200 or fidm.edu. Ongoing: One of a kind, the museum is dedicated to enhancing our understanding the art, culture and science of the olfactory. Originally opened in New York City in 1999, the collection — 2,000 bottles, perfume presentations and documentary ephemera dating from the late 1800s to the present — was donated to FIDM in 2005. Also, “High Style: Perfume and the Haute Couture” features a selection of fragrance bottles and packaging that reflect the many ways that fame inspires design. California African American Museum 600 State Drive, (213) 744-7432 or caamuseum.org. Through Jan. 1, 2011: “How We Roll” features
He has one of the great made-up names in music: Carlos Guitarlos. This week, the man who is a pretty much a six-string local legend begins a four-week stint of free shows at Senor Fish in Little Tokyo. Guitarlos, who first caught the attention of Los Angeles as a member of the ’80s punkish outfit Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs, will play at the restaurant from 6-9 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 11. In addition to the Rhythm Pigs, he performed on street corners in San Francisco, got the key to that city from a local politician, has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” and has been honored by the Los Angeles City Council. As for what will be on the set list at Senor Fish, longtime friend and Downtown News photographer Gary Leonard said, “With Carlos you never know. The list is long.” Senor Fish is at 416 E. First St., (213) 625-0566. Carlos Guitarlos performs Aug. 21, 28, Sept. 4 and 11 from 6-9 p.m. —Jon Regardie four decades of skateboarding legends starting with the birth of surfing and the influence of roller skating to its evolution into the dynamic sport of today. Through Oct. 31: “Our Love of John T. Scott” examines the New Orleans artist’s life, artwork, journey and private reflections and the people he influenced. The exhibition includes lyrical sculptures, paintings and four-by-six-foot woodcut blocks used to make large-scale prints. Ongoing: The multi-functional “Gallery of Discovery” offers visitors the opportunity to connect with the lineage of their own family, engage in artistic workshops, educational tours and other programs of historical discoveries. Hear recordings of actual living slaves from the Library of Congress archives and discover stories from the past. California Science Center 700 State Drive, (323) 724-3623 or californiasciencecenter.org. Current limited engagement: “Mummies of the World,” the largest traveling exhibition of mummies ever assembled, presents a never-before-seen collection of both accidental and intentionally preserved mummies including ancient mummies and important artifacts from Asia, Oceania, South America and Europe as well as ancient Egypt, dating as far back as 6,500 years. Through Sept. 6: “Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science” is an immersive quest for knowledge that reveals how archaeologists use modern science and technology to uncover and understand the ancient civilization of Egypt. Through Sept. 26: “Exploring Trees Inside and Out” is designed for young children (ages 2-7) to better understand the significant role trees play in the environment. Ongoing: The Science Center’s permanent exhibits are usually interactive and focus on human innovations and inventions as well as the life processes of living things. The lobby Science Court stays busy with the High Wire Bicycle, a Motion-Based Simulator, the Ecology Cliff Climb and Forty Years of Space Photography. The human body is another big focus: The Life Tunnel aims to show the connections between all life forms, from the single-celled amoeba to the 100-trillion-celled human being. Chinese American Museum 425 N. Los Angeles St., (213) 485-8567 or camla.org. Through May 29, 2011: To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Angel Island, CAM is proud to open an exhibition to honor the history, legacy and unforgettable stories of Angel Island. “Remembering Angel Island” will showcase historic photographs, a reproduction of a poem carved on the barracks of Angel Island, artifacts and a multi-media station featuring personal stories of those who endured or were profoundly affected by the Angel Island experience. Through November 7: “Hollywood Chinese: The Arthur Dong Collection” is an exhibition of movie memorabilia collected during the 10-years of research for Arthur Dong’s documentary on the Chinese in American feature films. Explore the film-
maker’s archive of over 1,000 items, including posters, lobby cards, stills, scripts, press material, and other artifacts dating from 1916 to present-day. Permanent: Re-creation of the Sun Wing Wo, a Chinese general store and herbal shop, and “Journeys: Stories of Chinese Immigration,” an exhibit exploring Chinese immigration to the United States with an emphasis on community settlement in Los Angeles. The display is outlined into four distinct time periods. Each period is defined by an important immigration law and/or event, accompanied by a brief description and a short personal story about a local Chinese American and their experiences in that particular historical period.
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LEGAL Civil Summons STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT SHEBOYGAN COUNTY Case No. 10-CV-0638 Plaintiff: M&I MARSHALL & ILSLEY BANK, 770 North Water Street Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201 vs Defendants: RONALD L. BARCENILLA a/k/a RONALD L. BARCCNILLA and JANE DOE, unknown spouse of Ronald L. Barcenilla a/k/a Ronald L. Barccnilla, 10032 Westwanda Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210, FORTY DAY SUMMONS THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, TO : RONALD L. BARCENILLA a/k/a RONALD L. BARCCNILLA and JANE DOE, unknown spouse of Ronald L. Barcenilla a/k/a Ronald L. Barccnilla, 10032 Westwanda Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210; and 616 1/2 North Doheny Drive West Hollywood CA 90069; and 964 Larrabee Street Apt 106 West Hollywood CA 90069 You are hereby notified that the plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The complaint, which is also served upon you, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within 40 days after August 9, 2010, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in Chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court, whose
address is: Clerk of Circuit Court Sheboygan County Courthouse 615 North 6th Street Sheboygan WI 53081 and to O’Dess and Associates, S.C., Plaintiff’s attorneys, whose address is: O’Dess and Associates, S.C. 1414 Underwood Avenue, Suite 403 Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53213 You may have an attorney help or represent you. If you do not provide a proper answer within 40 days, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may also be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff By: M. ABIGAIL O’DESS Bar Code No. 1017869 POST OFFICE ADDRESS: 1414 Underwood Avenue, Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt. Publish dates 8/9, 8/16, 8/23/2010 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURER AND TAX COLLECTOR Notice of Divided Publica-tion NOTICE OF DIVIDED PUBLICATION OF THE PROPERTY TAX DEFAULT (DELINQUENT) LIST Made pursuant to Section 3371, Revenue and Taxation Code Pursuant to Sections 3381 through 3385, Revenue and Taxation Code, the Notice of Power to Sell Tax Defaulted Property in and for Los Angeles County, State of California, has been divided and distributed to various newspapers of general circu-lation published in the county. A portion of the list appears in each of such newspapers. I, Mark J. Saladino, County of Los Angeles Tax Collector, State of California, cer-tify that: Notice is hereby given that the real properties listed below were declared to be in tax default at 12:01 a.m. on July 1, 2008, by operation of law. The declaration of default was
due to non-payment of the total amount due for the taxes, assess-ments and other charges levied in 2007-08 tax year that were a lien on the listed real property. Property upon which a nuisance abatement lien has been recorded shall be subject to sale if the taxes remain unpaid after three years. The name of the assessee and the total tax, which was due on June 30, 2008 for the 2007-08 tax year, is shown opposite the parcel number. Tax de-faulted real property may be redeemed by payment of all unpaid taxes and assess-ments, together with the additional penalties and fees, as prescribed by law, or it may be paid under an installment plan of redemp-tion. If the 2007-08 taxes remain unpaid on non-residential property after June 30, 2011, the property will be subject to sale at public auction in 2011. All other residential property that remains unpaid after June 30, 2013, will be sub-ject to sale at public auction in 2014. All information concerning redemption of tax-defaulted property will be furnished, upon request, by Mark J. Saladino, Treasurer and Tax Collector, 225 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, Califor-nia 90012, 1-(888) 807-2111 or 1-(213) 974-2111. I certify under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed at Los Angeles, California on August 4, 2010.
MARK J. SALADINO TREASURER AND TAX COLLECTOR COUNTY OF LOS ANGE-LES STATE OF CALIFORNIA Assessees/taxpayers, who have disposed of real prop-erty since January 1, 2007, may find their names listed for the reason that a change in ownership has not been reflected on the assessment roll. ASSESSOR'S IDENTIFICATION NUMBERING SYS-TEM EXPLANATION The Assessor's Parcel Number (APN), when used to describe property in this list, refers to the Assessor's map book, the map page, the block on the map (if applica-ble), and the individual par-cel on the map page or in the block. The Assessor's maps and further
explana-tion of the parcel numbering system are available in the Assessor's office. The following property tax defaulted on July 1, 2008, for the taxes, assessments, and other charges for the fiscal year 2007-08: LISTED BELOW ARE PROPERTIES THAT DE-FAULTED IN 2008 FOR TAXES, ASSESSMENTS AND 0THER CHARGES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2007-2008. AMOUNT OF DELIN-QUENCY AS OF THIS PUBLICATION IS LISTED BELOW. ABRAHAM,YASMINE SITUS 532 N VIRGIL AVE LOS ANGELES CA 90004-2316 5539029-039 $24.68 ASHIKIAN,KARAPET AND YEVAETALASHIKIAN,SARKIS AND MARIAM SITUS 4969 RO-MAINE ST LOS ANGELES CA 90029-3800 5538-003-012 $10,957.09 BRISENO,EFREN SITUS 755 N VIRGIL AVE LOS ANGELES CA 90029-3646 5539-017-014 $24,044.55 CHOI,EURRI SITUS 501 N MADISON AVE LOS ANGELES CA 90004-2222 5539032-013/S2006-010 $3,463.00 DEVITO,NICK INC SITUS 800 W 1ST ST APT 0801 LOS ANGELES CA 90012-2447 5151-027-030 $11,600.52 DHANAPHA-TANA,NAYADA AND ASUNCION,JOEL SITUS 1022 N NORMANDIE AVE LOS ANGELES CA 900292404 5538-001-012 $321.00 EL CENTRO LORETTO LP SITUS 1021 N HOOVER ST LOS ANGELES CA 90029-3086 5539-001-025 $121,311.04 GARCIA,WALTER AND IRENE 5538-005-019 $493.31 GREAT VISION CHURCH SITUS 748 N ALEXANDRIA AVE LOS ANGELES CA 900292502 5538-008-018 $4,237.88 HENRIQUEZ,CLAUDIA L AND HENRIQUEZ,MARTA L SITUS 757 N WILTON PL LOS ANGELES CA 90038-4112 5535-003-013/S2006-010/ S2007-010 $11,298.28 LINARES,RONY A SITUS 811 N EDGEMONT ST LOS ANGELES CA 90029-2519 5538-014-027/S2006-010/ S2007-010 $1,275.97 MARTIN,WILLIAM W SI-TUS 5356 LA MIRADA AVE LOS ANGELES CA 90029-1009 5537-004-002/S2005-010/ S2006-010 $29,469.84 MIZRAHI,SUSAN P SITUS 1166 N EDGEMONT ST LOS ANGELES CA 90029-2630
5540-025-006 $15,586.01 PEREZ,MILTON AND ROSA SITUS 542 N VIRGIL AVE LOS ANGELES CA 90004-2316 5539-029-026/S2006-010 $235.36 SALAZAR,ANDREA SITUS 1168 N BERENDO ST LOS ANGELES CA 90029-1706 5540-021-004/S2006-020/ S2007-010 $35,558.35 TONG,WILLIAM P SITUS 880 W 1ST ST NO 623 LOS ANGELES CA 90012-2474 5151-016-124 $372.95 County of Los Angeles Department of the Treasurer and Tax Collector Notice of Divided Publication Pursuant to Sections 3702, 3381, and 3382, Revenue and Taxation Code, the Notice of Sale of Tax De-faulted Property Subject to the Power of Sale in and for the County of Los Angeles, State of California has been divided and distributed to various newspapers of gen-eral circulation published in said County for publication of a portion thereof, in each of the said newspapers. Public Auction Notice (R&TC 3702) Of Sale Of Tax-Defaulted Property Subject To The Power Of Sale (Sale No. 2010A) Whereas, on June 29, 2010, I, MARK J. SALADINO, Treasurer and Tax Collector was directed by the Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles County, State of California to sell at public auction certain tax-defaulted properties which are Subject to the Power of Sale. Public notice is hereby given that unless said properties are re-deemed prior thereto, I will, on October 18, 19, and 20, 2010, at the hour of 9:00 a.m. at the Fairplex Los Angeles County Fair-grounds, 1101 W. McKinley Avenue, Building 8, Pomona, California, offer for sale and sell
said properties at public auction to the highest bidder for cash or cashier's check in lawful money of the United States for not less than the minimum bid. If no bids are received on a parcel, it will be re-offered at the end of the auction at a reduced minimum price. The minimum bid for each parcel is the total amount necessary to redeem, plus costs, as required by Section 3698.5 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. Prospective bidders should obtain detailed information of this sale from the County Treasurer and Tax Collector. Pre-registration and a $5,000 deposit in the form of cash, cashier's check or bank issued money order is required at the time of registration. No personal checks, two-party checks or busi-ness checks will be ac-cepted for registration. Registration will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., start-ing Tuesday, September 7, 2010, at the Treasurer and Tax Collector's Office lo-cated at 225 North Hill Street, Room 130, Los An-geles, California, and will end on Friday, October 1, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. If the property is sold, parties of interest, as defined by Section 4675 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, have a right to file a claim with the County for any proceeds from the sale, which are in excess of the liens and costs required to be paid from the proceeds. If excess pro-ceeds result from the sale, notice will be given to parties of interest, pursuant to law. All information concerning redemption, provided the right to redeem has not previously been terminated, will upon request be fur-nished by MARK J. SALADINO, Treasurer and Tax Collector. If redemption of the property is not made according to the law before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2010, which is the last business day prior to the
first day of auction, the right of redemp-tion will cease. The Assessor's Identification Number (AIN) in this publication refers to the Assessor's Map Book, the Map Page, and the individual Parcel Number on the Map Page. If a change in the Assessor's Identification Number oc-curred, both prior and current Assessor's Identification Numbers are shown. An explanation of the parcel numbering system and the maps referred to are avail-able from the Office of the Assessor located at 500 West Temple Street, Room 225, Los Angeles, California 90012. A list explaining the abbre-viations used in this publica-tion is on file in the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Col-lector, 225 North Hill Street, Room 130, Los Angeles, California 90012, or tele-phone 1(213) 974-2045. I certify under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed at Los Angeles, California, on August 4, 2010.
MARK J. SALADINO Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector State of California The real property that is subject to this notice is situ-ated in the County oft Los Angeles, State of California, and is described as follows: PUBLIC AUCTION NOTICE OF SALE OF TAX-DEFAULTED PROPERTY SUBJECT TO THE POWER OF SALE(SALE NO. 2010A) 2846 AIN 5535-020-012 SEDLAK,O LOCATION COUNTY OF LOS ANGE-LES $1,696.00 2847 AIN 5537-001-003 HAIAZI DEVELOPMENT INC C/O C/O ARA HAIRA-BEDIAN LOCATION COUNTY OF LOS ANGE-LES $235,242.00
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We Got Games Fight Night Returns to Club Nokia Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., (213) 224-1400 or dodgers.mlb.com. The Dodgers are away all week, with a trip to beer town to take on the Brewers (Aug. 24-26). The playoff picture isn’t looking pretty, but the regular season is far from over. Lately, most of the Dodger talk has concerned trade speculation involving Manny Ramirez, who has been sitting out with a calf boo boo. (Can’t you hear the folks in Boston saying, “We told you so?”) Clayton Kershaw has been a bright spot for the team as of late, and he’s slated to get the ball against the Brewers. After that, the Dodgers head to the Mile High City to take on the Rockies (Aug. 27-29). Los Angeles Sparks Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 929-1300 or wnba.com/sparks.
The Sparks post-season destiny was to be decided after press time. But it’s safe to say that if they snuck into the playoffs, they exceeded expectations. Without Lisa Leslie, who retired last year, or the injured Candace Parker, the Sparks had a rough season. Fight Night Club Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (877) 234-8425 or clubnokia.com. July 22, 7 p.m.: Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and AEG present the latest instalment of the monthly Fight Night Club. The event presents boxing in a nightclub atmosphere, with a DJ, music and a VIP room; the ring is on Club Nokia’s stage, with standing room and balcony seating. The highlights of this month’s card include Ronny Rios and Gary Russell Jr., in separate bouts. Doors open at 6 p.m. —Ryan Vaillancourt
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museum Tower 225 south olive street Leasing Information 213 626 1500
Apartment Amenities: ~ Refrigerator, Stove & Dishwasher ~ Central Air & Heating ~ Solariums and/or Balconies
On Site: ~ Convenience Store / Coffee House / Yogurt Shop / Beauty Salon
Community Amenities: ~ 24 Hr. Manned Lobby ~ Concierge ~ Pool / Spa / Saunas ~ Fitness Center ~ Gas BBQ Grills ~ Recreation Room
Apartment Amenities: ~ Refrigerator, Stove, Microwave & Dish washer (most units) ~ Central Air & Heating ~ Balconies (most units)
It’s our business to make you comfortable... at home, downtown. Corporate and long term residency is accommodated in high style at the Towers Apartments. Contemporary singles, studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartment homes provide fortunate residents with a courteous full service lobby attendant, heated pool, spa, complete fitness center, sauna and recreation room with kitchen. Beautiful views extend from the Towers’ lofty homes in the sky. Mountain vistas and slender skyscrapers provide an incredible back drop to complement your decor. Far below are a host of businesses ready to support your pampered downtown lifestyle. With spectacular cultural events nearby, even the most demanding tastes are satisfied. Downtown, it’s not just big business anymore. Visit the Towers Apartments today.
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MAID SERVICE • FURNITURE • HOUSEWARES • CABLE • UTILITIES • PARKING RESIDENCES: SINGLES • STUDIO • ONE BEDROOM • TWO BEDROOM