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NEWS Volume 41, Number 42

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The Civic Center ‘graffiti pit’ could see a brighter future as an extension of Grand Park. The Brewery Art Walk is coming: See artists’ creations, along with their personal space.

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BIG BITES, BIG PROFITS Downtown Gets a Wave of Huge Restaurants, Many With 200 Seats or More

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The 8,200-square-foot Le Ka, which opened last month, is the latest restaurant from Wokcano head Michael Kwan. It is one of at least seven big restaurants to open in Downtown within a year. by RichaRd Guzmán city editoR


or the past five years, the family that owns Figaro Bistrot in Los Feliz has done a tidy business in the 2,500-square-foot spot. The restaurant draws a consistent, hip crowd seeking everything from pain au chcocolat to beef bourguignon. The intent will be the same this month when Figaro Broadway opens in Downtown Los Angeles. The scale, however, will

be drastically different: The $2 million restaurant will feature a 9,000-square-foot ground floor, an 8,600-square-foot upper level and seating for more than 500. The establishment at 618 S. Broadway will have patio dining, an on-site bakery, a bar, deli and a lounge with live music. It’s a massive space that needs a lot of traffic to make a profit. But Yoann Mgaieth, whose family owns both Figaros, thinks it’s just right. “The space is perfect for us,” said Mgaieth. “It’s such a nice

location and really big.” While at first glance Figaro Broadway might seem likely to dwarf its Downtown competitors, that’s not the case. In addition to attracting well-known chefs and adventurous diners, the Central City is luring culinary entrepreneurs willing to think very big. At least seven establishments with almost 6,000 square feet of space or more than 200 seats will either open soon or have come online in the last 12 months (see sidebar p. 23). see Restaurants, page 23

Rising Like a Phoenix From the Meruelo Fire Retooled Real Estate Giant Evoq Properties Tries to Turn Around A Failed Company by Focusing on Downtown by Ryan VaillancouRt staff wRiteR


owntown Los Angeles has been home to numerous rise and fall stories, but few drew as much attention or saw as rapid a plummet as that of Meruelo Maddux Properties, Inc. and its politically connected cofounder Richard Meruelo. From the mid-1990s through the latter part of the last decade, the firm acquired an empire of Downtown development sites and industrial properties, from produce distribution complexes to apparel factories. It became the largest

landowner in the Central City. The potential seemed limitless, and after raising $400 million by going public in 2007, Meruelo, well known as a backer and friend of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and co-founder John Maddux turned their sights to residential development. They spent $28.6 million to build out the Union Lofts, a 92-unit adaptive reuse project at Eighth and Hill streets. Then, they began work on a $110 million, 35-story South Park apartment tower, the tallest purely residential edifice in Downtown. They would never see the opening. By late 2008, MMPI

was suffocating under a mountain of loans it had used to buy property. Facing $368 million in debt as the real estate market settled into an unprecedented paralysis, the firm filed for bankruptcy in March 2009. The tower went bankrupt too; it would later be sold to Watermarke Properties. After a two-year court process, Meruelo and Maddux were ousted as part of a reorganization plan that allowed an outside investment group armed with $23.6 million in private equity to take a majority share of the company. New management was implemented, with Martin Caverly, who previously see Evoq, page 22

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he effort to restore the Los Angeles River received a boost last week with the announcement of a $970,000 grant. The money came from Miss Me, Inc., a women’s fashion company, which donated the funds through the nonprofit Friends of the Los Angeles River. The money will go toward completing the Army Corps of Engineers’ Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study. The donation is the last of the funds needed for the $4.8 million report, said Monica Valencia, a spokeswoman for First District Councilman Ed Reyes, who has spearheaded the revitalization effort. The study focuses on improving water quality and removing concrete on the Glendale Narrows, an 11-mile stretch of the river that runs from Griffith Park to Downtown. It is expected to be complete by June 2013.

Hara, Gardea Hold Council Race Fundraising Leads


hat ka-ching! sound last week was the money pouring into the war chests of the candidates for citywide and council races. In the Ninth District, where Jan Perry is termed out, LAPD Deputy Chief Terry Hara continues to hold a sizable lead. He raised $40,476 in the third quarter period that ended Sept. 30, according to documents filed with the City Ethics Commission. That gives him a total of $158,000, nearly $70,000 more than his closest competitor, Ana Cubas; the former chief of staff to José Huizar pulled in


$39,814 last quarter, for a total of $91,167. The strongest performer by far in the time period was David Roberts. The ex-council aide and USC Government Relations staffer notched $78,553 in his first reporting period. State Assemblyman Mike Davis had an anemic $10,500 in contributions in the quarter, bringing him to $60,505. State Sen. Curren Price, who declared his candidacy days before the reporting period ended, has $1,400 in the bank. In the other race that involves Downtown, the First District, Jose Gardea, who hopes to succeed his termed-out boss Ed Reyes, continues to perform strongly, raising $55,598 for a total of $248,555. He extended his lead over state Assemblyman Gil Cedillo; his $40,595 in contributions gave him $153,309. The primary is next March.

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ack in the late 1990s, then-Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas led a failed effort to bring football to the Coliseum. With what he learned about the tactics of the NFL, the now county supervisor expressed skepticism that the league and Anschutz Entertainment Group will reach a deal on the $1.4 billion Farmers Field project. “I don’t know that you can trust the NFL in terms of negotiating,” said Ridley-Thomas during a Thursday, Oct. 11, event at the Sheraton Hotel hosted by the Los Angeles Current Affairs Forum. Although the City Council last month approved the environmental documents for the $1.4 billion project and the development agreement with AEG, the league has yet to commit to L.A., or even comment publicly

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screening of the film at Grand Park. In addition to showing the 1985 movie, LASI officials will provide information about the proposed $125 million, four-mile urban circulator. The League of Women Voters will be on hand to register people to vote. The future of the streetcar will be decided via mail-in ballot by Downtown residents living within three blocks of the route, which would travel from First Street to South Park. Ballots will be mailed in mid-November and must be returned by Nov. 28. Some have criticized the process because it excludes property owners who do not live in the area from voting, even though they will have to pay about $62.5 million over 30 years. The movie event will include Halloween-themed activities for kids, popcorn will be provided and food trucks will be on hand. More information at Continued on next page

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he USC football game this weekend may be a blowout — the mighty Trojans are facing the Colorado Buffaloes, who were 1-4 at press time. Still, for thousands of local economically disadvantaged kids, the game will be memorable. The Los Angeles Sports Council this week is holding its annual Touchdown for Youth event, during which donors from Downtown and beyond can send a kid to the Saturday, Oct. 20, game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Each $30 tax deductible contribution, whether from an individual or corporation, covers a ticket for one child. The tickets go to youth groups affiliated with USC. “Touchdown for Youth can provide a special experience to young people who may never have been on a campus or inside the Coliseum, perhaps inspiring them to one day pursue a college education,” said USC Athletic Director Pat Haden in a prepared statement. The program was founded in 1993 and so far 46,000 kids have attended games. To contribute, call (213) 482-6333 or email Mona Green at



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ity officials and business leaders for years have been pushing the idea to transform the eastern edge of Downtown into a hub for green jobs and clean technology companies. But there’s a problem. Today, if someone wanted to bring a manufacturing operation to the area to build, say, extra efficient batteries, it would be nearly impossible to find space. The vacancy rate among the industrial properties in and around the Arts District has long hovered at about 2%. The tight market stems in part from the robust cold storage, produce and garment-related businesses that have long anchored the area. There is, however, a significant stock of

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invest about $1 million in a facility. They found candidates in empty or underused industrial buildings in Downtown, but none made financial sense, Johnson recently told 14th District City Councilman José Huizar and a room of developers. “The sheer labor and cost it would take to go ahead and repurpose those buildings, to bring them up to current codes and adaptability to the type of machinery we were looking at, didn’t make sense,” Johnson said during an afternoon meeting at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, a see Cleantech, page 24



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EDITORIALS Another Look at ‘América’

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hen it comes to its “importance” to Downtown, the Oct. 9 unveiling of the “América Tropical” mural doesn’t quite measure up to the debut of the City Target at FIGat7th a day later. The re-emergence of the 18-by-80 foot artwork by David Alfaro Siqueiros probably won’t lead to future major investment in the community. Still, giving the public access to the work 80 years after it was created and then whitewashed is an accomplishment worth noting. The city and the Getty Conservation Institute deserve praise for bringing this long, difficult project to fruition. As Los Angeles Downtown News reported last week, the Siqueiros mural is the focal point of a $9.95 million project at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. Not only is the artwork now open to the public, it has been placed in a context in which visitors can learn why it matters. The debut of the América Tropical Interpretive Center provides instruction on the artist and the time when it was created. In choosing to bring back the mural, the current generation of local leaders have taken an approach 180 degrees different than local leaders did when Siqueiros completed his work in 1932. At the time, officials had been expecting a typical tropical scene. Instead, the fiery Mexican provocateur, who was in Los Angeles for six months, delivered a work which depicted a Native American tied to a cross, just below an American eagle. Two revolutionary soldiers looked on; one had a rifle aimed at the bird. The controversy was immediate and parts of the mural were quickly covered. By 1938, the entire thing had been whitewashed. It remained out of view and largely forgotten for decades. Some 50 years after it was painted, local leaders began discussing how to bring it back, though progress was slow. Time and again there were plans to reveal it, but no one could find the money or the political will. Then, the city and the Getty reached their agreement. Although expensive — the city put in $6 million — this brings to light an important part of Los Angeles’ past. It is beneficial and instructive to know how local leaders reacted in the face of controversy. One big question was whether to “restore” the work, or just to “conserve” it. The former would have involved painting bright colors. Wisely, the decision was made to go the conservation route. While it would be nice to see the original, no one knows exactly what the original looked like — there are no early color photos. We think it is better to have what was unveiled last week than to guess what loomed above Olvera Street eight decades ago. So no, “América Tropical” is not a Target equivalent, but it’s not supposed to be. Still, it is worth celebrating. The mural provides an opportunity to come to terms with Los Angeles’ not always illustrious past, to understand and learn from what happened, and to move forward.

To Target and Beyond


n Wednesday, Oct. 10, local residents and workers had the opportunity to do something rather rare, at least in Downtown: They could buy clothes, food, household items and other gear at a large chain retail outlet. The debut of the City Target at the FIGat7th shopping center is among the most important things to happen to Downtown in several years. Ask any Downtown leader and they’ll wax eloquent on how the store is more than just a store — it’s a symbol of change, advancement and investment. This is a time in Downtown’s ongoing evolution when a business can be just that, a business, but also serve as an indicator of a step into the future. As Target arrives, Downtown eagerly embraces the addition to the retail scene. At the same time, everyone versed in the community knows that it doesn’t take a Target to validate how far the area has come in the last few years. Downtown was a fine, vibrant community before Target, just like it was a fine, functioning place before Ralphs Fresh Fare arrived in South Park in 2007. Ralphs’ role was dual: The opening sent a message about a revitalized area and made the Central City a richer, more complete place, especially for the growing number of residents. The situation is similar with Target — Downtown has fared perfectly well for years, even if people sometimes had to climb into the car to buy certain household basics. With Target, those things are often easier to access, and many people can now walk to get them. Brookfield Properties, which owns the shopping center and the adjacent 41-story office tower at 725 S. Figueroa St., deserves immense credit for its patience with the project and its commitment to the community. The mall and the building were purchased in 2006, and Brookfield has waited until now to unveil the 104,000-square-foot store, which is the anchor tenant of a $40 million renovation. The other anchor, a 26,000-square-foot Sport Chalet, will come online next spring. Six years is a long time, and one can see how another property owner might have put speed above quality when it came to finding a tenant and getting a revenue stream. Rather than opt for the quick buck with a lesser store, Brookfield chose to wait for the right occupant, and then to work out the right deal. That involved trying to solve complex problems such as parking — whereas

most Targets look like a big box island in a sea of a surface parking lot, local officials had to be inventive and come up with a plan in which large purchases can be delivered to cars in a drop-off area. It was one of many time-consuming challenges that needed to be dealt with. Brookfield’s retail selection coincided with an overall renovation of the 1986 shopping center. Throughout the project, the company made choices that serve the community well — the place has improved access points and the main tenant is something locals want. This should not come as a surprise — with its free art series and other moves, Brookfield over the years has proved itself as a responsible corporate citizen. It’s a company whose actions should be an example to other Downtown landlords. But back to Target, and to the question of what it means and where things go from here. As stated above, Downtown’s success predates Target. The area emerged as a residential hub for tens of thousands of people long before there was an inkling of landing the store with the red bull’seye logo. The Central City has become the hottest bar and restaurant scene in Los Angeles, drawing a batch of adventurous chefs, with absolutely no help from corporate retailers. While Target’s presence is rather joyously welcomed, the community is not instantly more worthy because a Minneapolis-based behemoth has decided it can make a profit here. In some ways, the biggest benefit to Target’s opening concerns people outside of Downtown. Retail can be a copycat business, and the arrival of a major chain can persuade others that a community is worth an investment. Ralphs made people who previously ignored the community take notice of Downtown. Target will do the same. It is easy to see how all this could be used to Downtown’s advantage in the future. Area boosters and business officials can approach other retailers and developers armed not just with demographics reports, but also sales records and photos of clogged stores. It is easier to project profits when there is a track record. Downtown today is a vibrant and active community. Like stores that came before, Target is helping make the area more complete. The next major addition, whatever it may be, will do the same.

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‘Graffiti Pit’ Site Could Become a Park With Grand Park Open, City and County Officials Look at Purchasing Notorious Downtown Eyesore by Ryan VaillancouRt staff wRiteR


he recently opened Spring Street portion of Grand Park infused the Civic Center with sorely needed green space. It gave Downtown residents and workers a place to relax and picnic, and also delivered a small, fencedin dog run. The opening of the third and final section of the $56 million park also magnified an adjacent blighted spot known as the graffiti pit. The fenced-in property on the northeast corner of First Street and Broadway has been derelict for decades. Walking by the site, which contains the remnants of an office building razed after an earthquake 41 years ago, it’s hard

lot on the northern portion of the parcel and, until recently, was charged with maintenance. The city once had a thin strip of the property, but later gave up its share to the state. In 2007, a General Services official told Los Angeles Downtown News that there was little chance of the state developing a park on the site. Now, the two potential bidders are, so far, only eyeing it for a park. Gerry Hertzberg, a legislative deputy to County Supervisor Gloria Molina, a key force behind the creation of Grand Park, said there could be other alternatives, including using the site to develop a replacement for the aged County Hall of Administration.

If the county pursues that option, it would still result in an expansion of the park, Hertzberg said. The current Hall of Administration is adjacent to the segment of the park between Grand Avenue and Hill Street. If it moved to the plot fronting First Street, the existing building would likely be demolished and the park would expand onto the resulting footprint, he said. It is unclear where the city or county could find funds for a land purchase and subsequent park development. The state has yet to do an appraisal of the site. Bids would have to equal or exceed that appraisal. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at

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An eyesore property south of the new Grand Park (lower left) has been derelict for years. Now, the state is looking to sell the land, which once held an office building.

not to wonder why it wasn’t folded into the neighboring park. Now, that vision is in the works. Under pressure from Gov. Jerry Brown to sell off unneeded assets to raise revenue, the Department of General Services is putting the graffiti pit on the market. State officials have notified public entities of their intent to sell the parcel, but are waiting to finish a $600,000 cleanup of the site before it formally considers any offers, said GSA spokesman Michael Liang. Both city and county officials have signaled interest in the site. If approval is granted from the Board of Supervisors, the county will submit an offer when the property becomes formally available, said David Sommers, a spokesman for County CEO Bill Fujioka. “The County’s preliminary plan entails incorporating the site into Grand Park,” Sommers said in an email. The city’s interest would also be for the purpose of creating more open space, said Rick Coca, a spokesman for 14th District Councilman José Huizar. “Recreation and Parks is making inquiries about putting a park there, which we definitely support,” Coca said in an email. “The details about how that would play out are still being worked out, but there is definite interest.” State law requires that government-owned surplus property be offered for sale to local agencies and nonprofits before putting it on the private market. The former site of a state office building, which was damaged in the 1971 Sylmar earthquake and later demolished, is now home only to a colony of feral cats. Over the years, it has at times harbored homeless encampments, and has attracted an array of graffiti vandals. State officials said they recently instituted 24-hour security to keep people off the site. Bougainvillea and other overgrown shrubs crawl over the slabs and steps that remain. The portals to a still intact three-level subterranean parking structure are blocked by cross-hatched concrete rebar. Liang said the cleanup work involves addressing water that has accumulated on the lowest level of the parking facility, trash removal and asbestos remediation. The timeline for finishing the work is uncertain. Tangled Control In the late 1980s, the state had a tentative deal with developer Raffi Cohen to construct an office building with retail on the ground floor. The project, known as First Street North, died when the Downtown office market soured in the recession of the early ’90s. Exactly why it was left to languish for so long is unclear. Some have blamed a complicated ownership situation: The state controls the land, while the county retains the parking DowntownNews_HalfPageIsland_bw3b.indd 1

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inancial advisor and restaurateur Kerry Moy calls his 1,300-square-foot luxury condominium at the Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live “a sanctuary.” Located within walking distance of his office, as well as his newest restaurant, the contemporary American establishment Le Ka, the one-bedroom space features hand-laid black oak floors. The home hundreds of feet above the Downtown bustle overlooks Staples Center and the expanse of East L.A. In his Downtown residence, Moy wanted the antithesis of his previous cluttered home. He created a simple decor and employed colors — mostly charcoals and earth tones — that are timeless. It takes only a few key elements to speak volumes about Moy’s design tastes and passions. 1. “The entertainment center may look like it was simple to make, but it’s not. There is limited space here, so we carefully measured the area and then had it made piece by piece in Italy. The stereo and other components fit perfectly, so it’s clean and neat. I have speakers going throughsee What’s in My Loft?, page 10

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ver wonder where to find that ingredient you’re missing when your dinner guests arrive in a hour? What about a place to work out before the sun rises? Or where to go when you’re craving a slice of pepperoni pizza on the weekend? These are some of the questions a Downtowner resident asks, and this is the guide that answers them. GROCERIES Ai Hoa Supermarket 860 N. Hill St., (213) 629-8121 Daily 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m This store in Chinatown has free parking and offers Asian specialty items, fresh produce, meats and fish. Bunker Hill Market & Deli 800 W. First St., (213) 624-1245 Sun.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 7 a.m.-midnight. Basic grocery goods including beer, wine and spirits. They’ll deliver Downtown for $5. City Target 735 S. Figueroa St. Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Groceries, pre-packaged foods, beer, wine, spirits and everything else you need. Famima Cal Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., Suite R-2B, (213) 628-4000 or Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat.-Sun. 7 a.m.-2 a.m. City National Plaza, 505 S. Flower St., B-level, #520, (213) 623-3236 Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite A, (213) 622-2006, open 24 hrs. Pacific Center, 525 W. Sixth St., (213) 629-5100, daily 6 a.m.-2 a.m. Roosevelt Lofts, 727 W. Seventh St., (213) 627-7334, open 24 hours Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., open 24 hours This ubiquitous convenience store has sandwiches, salads, Japanese savories and an impressive magazine selection. Never before have snacks been so cute. Far East Supermarket 758 New High St., (213) 628-8708 Daily 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Fresh produce, meat, fish and Asian products. Fresh & Easy 1025 E. Adams Blvd., (213) 765-0918 or Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Just a couple miles from South Park, this establishment offers an array of ready-made and microwaveable meals, in addition to an impressive produce display and supermarket staples. Enjoy the fresh bread. Pretty good prices too. Grand Central Market 317 S. Broadway, (213) 624-2378 or Daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The place is a Downtown Los Angeles landmark. Stroll the produce and food stalls, butcher counter and spice vendors in the historic and colorful open-air market with sawdust on the floors. There’s also a bakery and a liquor store. One hour free parking with $10 purchase.

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Daily 5 a.m.-2 a.m. The friendly giant of Downtown supermarkets, this South Park establishment boasts a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a deli, fresh sushi, dry cleaning, a florist and a savvy wine expert. Be warned: The deli counter is often packed at lunch. Validated parking accessible from Hope and Flower streets.

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Woori Market 333 S. Alameda St., (213) 617-0030 Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Organic produce, meats and Asian products in the Little Tokyo Galleria. Free parking with validation. DRUG STORES/PHARMACIES CVS 1050 W. Sunset Blvd., (213) 975-1200 or Open 24 hours This well-stocked store offers a pharmacy, cosmetics and spirits. It also has plenty of parking. GNC 510 W. Sixth St., (213) 622-2078 Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 700 S. Flower St., (213) 622-6931 Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. If you need vitamins, or any excuse to be healthy, this is the place. Rite-Aid 500 S. Broadway, (213) 623-5820 or Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Pharmacy Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 600 W. Seventh St., (213) 896-0083

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October 15, 2012 The film and event facility with indie flicks, readings, talks, drink-along double features, world premieres and the occasional rooftop party. Old Bank DVD 400 S. Main St., (213) 613-9654 or Sun.-Thurs. 12-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 12 p.m.-midnight A neighborhood favorite with art house, classic, foreign, independent and new releases on the shelves. There’s candy and friendly, knowledgeable owners who will order or help you find just about anything. Entrance is on Fourth Street. Regal Cinemas L.A. Live 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., (877) 835-5734 or A state-of-the-art complex with 14 screens, including a “premiere house” with 800 seats. Several theaters have 3D capabilities. PET SERVICES Bark Avenue 545 S. Main St., (213) 748-7485 or Weekdays 7 a.m-7 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m-6 p.m. Daily playcare, training, grooming, boarding, pick-up/ drop-off and yes, canine party planning. Bark Avenue’s Pet Project 548 S. Spring St., (213) 688-7752 or Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. A pet supply delivery service with low prices and free delivery in Downtown. They have a walk-in storefront. Go Dog LA 1728 Maple Ave., (213) 748-4364 or Weekdays 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; weekends 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. A 9,000-square-foot open space for doggies. They also have cage-free boarding, grooming and outdoor yards. Woof, here it is. Muttropolitan 408 E. Second St., (213) 626-8887 or

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Tues.-Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. This Little Tokyo salon for pets includes self-service wash stations and drop offs. Pussy & Pooch 564 S. Main St., (213) 438-0900 or Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Upscale pet boutique with grooming services, unique products and pet furniture, plus the Pawbar for pet meals. There are also occasional dog and cat social nights. South Park Doggie Day Care Spa and Supplies 1320 S. Grand Ave., (213) 747-3649 or Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Daycare, boarding, grooming, spa, training and supplies. Walk Fido (213) 479-2426 or Daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Group walks, park trips, dog/cat sitting, and visits to the vet and groomer, including holidays. Petsitting services require a 48-hour notice. Walka-Walka (206) 459-3077 or Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Small group walks and dog/cat sitting available. After hours and weekend walks available for additional fee. DRY CLEANING/TAILORS Bowers & Sons Cleaners

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Shoe Wiz Instant Shoe Repair 514 W. Sixth St., (213) 688-9699 Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Repairs on heels and boots, plus dye jobs, polishing and overnight work.

Bunker Hill Cleaners 800 W. First St., #102, (213) 680-0973 Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Located in the Bunker Hill Towers complex, it’s quick and convenient.

SALONS/SERVICES Bolt Barbers 460 S. Spring St., (213) 232-4715 or Mon.-Wed. 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat. 8 a.m.-midnight. Get your shave, shear and shine at this old school-inspired barbershop.

Cleaners Depot 619 W. Sixth St., (213) 239-9185 Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. 333 S. Spring St., (213) 620-9333 Mon-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free pick-up and delivery and same-day service available. Eddie’s Tailor Shop 115 E. Eighth St., (213) 614-1144 or Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tailor your designer jeans, shirts and suits. Same-day service. Monte Carlo Cleaners 225 W. Eighth St., (213) 489-9400 Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. noon-6 p.m. Organic dry cleaning, fluff and fold with delivery options and housekeeping services. S&H Cleaners 511 S. Spring St., (213) 626-2891 Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cheap, family run and always dependable in the heart of the Historic Core. Sloan’s Dry Cleaners 300 S. Grand Ave., (213) 620-0205 Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 330 S. Hope St., (213) 620-1622 Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This chain has been in Downtown forever, servicing the community. Tokyo Cleaners 426 E. Second St., (213) 628-2474 Weekdays 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A friendly, family-run operation inside Honda Plaza. Validated parking. Urban Life Dry Cleaners 670 S. Bixel St., (213) 488-9063 Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 421 S. Main St., (213) 928-5433 Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Eco-friendly dry cleaning, laundry, shoe/purse repair, sewing and alterations. SHOE REPAIR Shoe Care & Dry Cleaners 543B S. Olive St., (213) 624-3440 Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Across from Pershing Square, two services in one.

Candolyn’s 350 S. Grand Ave., #D-9, (213) 625-7895 or Mon. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; appointments recommended. Hair, nails and massage facing the California Plaza Watercourt. C&J Beauty Center 804 W. Seventh St., (213) 624-3000 Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Full service salon and beauty supply. Jacqueline’s Salon 108 W. Second St., (213) 617-7911 or Tues.-Sat. 6 a.m.-close (also by appointment) A full-service salon in Downtown for 18 years. Nail Service 244 E. First St., (213) 626-0315 Mon.-Tues. 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Nail and spa services, face treatments, lash extensions and nail art in both gel and acrylic. Validated parking on Second Street. Neihule 607 S. Olive St., (213) 623-4383 or Mon. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tues. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. A high-end, full-service salon across from Pershing Square decked out in mod white. Internet service. Neihule 2 512 W. Seventh St., (213) 627-5300 or Mon. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tues. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A state-of-the-art nail spa with a tanning salon and blow-dry bar. Rudy’s Barber Shop 550 S. Flower St., (213) 439-3058 or Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Downtown Standard hotel’s in-house barbershop. Salon Eleven 420 W. 11th St., (213) 744-9944 or Tues. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wed. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A hip, upbeat salon in South Park.

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Salon on Main 403 S. Main St., (213) 626-2131 or Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Hair, nails, make up, facials, waxing and hair extensions. Salon on 6 548 S. Spring St., Suite 111, (213) 623-5033 or Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. by appointment. Salon and day spa in the Historic Core. Salon Pure 117 E. Sixth St., (213) 624-7873 or Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; weekends 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Cuts, color, nails and waxing at the Santa Fe Lofts. Ultima Beauty Hair Salon & Supply 750 W. Seventh St., (213) 689-9308 or Weekdays 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Located in Macy’s Plaza, they offer hair, nail, massage, facials, tanning and waxing, plus beauty supplies. Yolanda Aguilar Beauty Institute & Spa 735 S. Figueroa St. (FIGat7th mall), Suite 100, (213) 687-6683 or Weekdays 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. More than four decades in the beauty business, with everything from facials to massages to body wraps. FURNITURE/HOME GOODS Cleveland Art 110 N. Santa Fe Ave., (213) 626-1311 or Mon.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; closed first Saturday of every month. Industrial machinery and surplus recycled as cool design for the office, home and retail. Dearden’s 700 S. Main St., (213) 362-9600 or Weekdays 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; weekends 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Established in 1910, this five-level store sells furniture, appliances and electronics.

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Chinatown BID Chinatown Patrol (213) 923-2986, press 7; BID office (213) 680-0243 or The BID’s Red Patrol keeps Chinatown’s streets safe and clean.

Design Theory 327 E. Second St., Suite 222, (213) 745-8781 or Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday by appointment. Full-service interior design and a private showroom exhibiting over 350 furniture lines.

Downtown Center BID 626 Wilshire Blvd., (213) 624-2146; after hours (213) 624-2425 or This is Downtown’s largest BID, covering the Central Business District. Its purple-clad officers will help with security, cleanup and any questions when you don’t know who to call.

I Squared 758 S. Spring St., (213) 817-1053 or Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Modern-chic furniture, unique decor items, and a wide selection of home accessories for adults, children and even pets.

Fashion District BID 110 E. Ninth St., A-1175, (213) 741-2661 for 24-hour public safety assistance or The yellow-garbed Clean and Safe Team patrols the bustling Fashion District on bike and via cruisers.

Matteo 912 E. Third St., (213) 617-2813 or Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fine bedding and linens in a minimalist Arts District showroom. Novecento 910 S. Olive St., (213) 622-7700 or By appointment only. Antique furniture and vintage art imported from Europe, with items that date from the 19th century to some contemporary goods. Realm 425 Gin Ling Way, (213) 628-4663 or Mon. and Wed.-Fri. 12-7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. An eclectic modern furniture store and gift shop that also carries novelty books and an assortment of fun decorative goods. Raw Materials 436 S. Main St., (213) 627-7223 or Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. A wealth of art supplies and custom fine art framing. The Sofa Company 1726 W. Pico Blvd., (888) 778-7632 or Daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Build your own sofa, pick from their stock or reupholster your old couch. (Sub) Urban Home 101 W. Fifth St., (213) 243-5881 or Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. noon-6 p.m. Modern designs and shapes combined with expert craftsmanship. FITNESS Bally’s (Macy’s Plaza) 700 S. Flower St., (213) 624-3933 or Mon.-Thurs. 5 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri. 5 a.m.-10 p.m.; weekends 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Personal trainers, tons of equipment, classes and a juice bar. Bikram Yoga Downtown L.A. 700 W. First St., (213) 626-9642 or

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Novecento A series of 26 poses in a heated room. Call for class schedule. CrossFit Mean Streets 265 S. Main St., (213) 290-2367 or Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9-11 a.m.; Sun. 10-11:30 a.m. Train at the Main Street facility where the staff is there to get you in shape, not to be your friend. EducoGym 633 W. Fifth St., Suite 5750, (213) 617-8229 or By appointment Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.noon Located on the 57th floor of the U.S. Bank Tower. The specialty is a 20-minute, thrice a week workout system. Gold’s Gym 735 S. Figueroa St., Suite 100, (213) 688-1441 or Mon.-Thurs. 5 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri. 5 a.m.-9 p.m.; weekends 7 a.m.-9 p.m. You’ll find every class imaginable, from boot camp to cycling to Pilates.

This private club features a pool, personal training, classes, loads of stairmasters and social events. Pilates Plus DTLA 845 S. Broadway, (213) 863-4834 or Weekdays first class at 6 a.m.; last class at 6-8 p.m.; Sat.Sun. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Private training or small group classes. YAS Fitness 831 S. Hope St., (213) 430-9053 or Weekdays first class at 6:15 a.m.; last at 7:30 p.m.; Sat. first class at 9:15 a.m.; last at 11:15 a.m. Push yourself to the limit at this sleek South Park facility. Classes include yoga for athletes, indoor cycling and more. KEYS Roy Hopp and Company 510 W. Sixth St., (213) 622-5153 Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A shop in the basement of a Jewelry District edifice. 1st Security Safe Company 901 S. Hill St., (213) 627-0422 Weekdays 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. They can make some of the trickier loft building keys.

Ketchum-Downtown YMCA 401 S. Hope St., (213) 624-2348 or Mon.-Thurs. 5:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri. 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Pool, basketball, volleyball, aerobics, indoor track and plenty of iron to pump.

POLICE/BID CONTACTS Central Division 251 E. Sixth St., (213) 485-3294; call (877) 275-5273 to report non-emergency crimes. This LAPD division, helmed by Capt. Horace Frank, covers Downtown.

Los Angeles Athletic Club 431 W. Seventh St., (213) 625-2211 or Weekdays 5 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Central City East Association 725 S. Crocker St., (213) 228-8484 or This BID covers the Arts and Industrial districts. It also organizes monthly community walks on Skid Row.

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Food News Continued from page 8 Restaurant Buzz isn’t sure how to feel about this, since frozen food never tastes the same as the freshly cooked deal. But the Tai twins have proved themselves in the kitchen, so hopefully it will be worth the wait… however long the wait may be. National, huh, Food Day?: Finally, after hundreds of millions of years of sustaining life on Earth, food is being recognized for its importance to the human condition. Oct. 24 is National Food Day. Yes, National Food Day. Some organization called the Center for Science and the Public Interest decided it would be scientifically in the public interest to set aside an entire day for the appreciation of healthy food, and so here we are. It may not be Talk Like a Pirate Day, but in Downtown it will be celebrated at Border Grill. On Oct. 24,

the Figueroa Street favorite will serve special healthy meals such as a $16, two-course lunch with vegetarian appetizers and choices such as grilled fish tacos and vegetable chilaquiles. A two-course, $25 dinner will offer more vegetarian appetizers and choices like sauteed shrimp or roasted potato rajas relleno. Hey, since it seems like anyone can just declare a national anything day, Restaurant Buzz would like to announce Friday, Oct. 19, as National Feed a Food Writer Day. Border Grill is at 445 S. Figueroa St., (213) 486-5171 or Fall Into Drinking: Summer has its mojitos, margaritas and a watermelon martini or two, but fall also delivers some seasonal cocktails. Three of them are being served at the Downtown Rosa Mexicano at L.A. Live, with inspiration from apples, pumpkins and sage. The Otoño Michelada is made with pumpkin ale, apple syrup, sage and lemon mixed with Herradura reposado tequila. The Que Pasa Calabaza? (What’s up Pumpkin?) is made, obviously, with pumpkin,

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Continued from page 1 ran a real estate consulting firm, taking over as CEO. Now the new team, which last year rechristened the company Evoq Properties, is tasked with turning around what’s left of MMPI. More precisely, they have to dig the company out of its debt hole. So far, their strategy has been pretty simple: Sell the noncore assets, and when the price is right, part with some of the portfolio gems too. Caverly said the vision for the company is of a real estate entity focused strictly within the freeways that wrap around Downtown and, on the east side, the Los Angeles River. The company’s core holdings include properties in South Park, Chinatown and the Industrial and Arts districts, among them Alameda Square, the massive four-building warehouse complex at Seventh and Alameda streets that houses American Apparel. “We’ve refocused the company on those areas,” said Caverly, “and in the process are going through a, liquidation is too strong a word because it’s not a forced sale, but strategically we’re getting rid of assets that don’t fit the core market.” The Cash Cow According to the company’s 2011 annual report — its most recent public filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission — Evoq trimmed its loan debt by nearly $130 million to $238.3 million by selling an array of properties in the latter half of the year. Under the still heavy debt load, the firm posted a net loss of $60.3 million last year. So far in 2012, Evoq has sold seven more properties for a total of $54.1 million, Caverly said. They included holdings in Vernon, Sylmar and Covina. The stark debt reality has prompted the company to part not only with geographic outliers in its portfolio, but also with some properties that would otherwise fit perfectly in the Downtown long-term vision. For example, one of Evoq’s first plays was to jack up rents at the Union Lofts, doubling its net operating income, then selling it for $34 million — $5.4 more than it owed on the building. After pledging to renovate the Desmond Building at 11th and Hope streets and turn it into creative office space, the firm recently put the edifice two blocks from Staples Center on the market. It is being packaged with an adjacent parking lot where Meruelo had pulled permits to build a 19-story apartment tower. Evoq is also in escrow on the sale of a parking lot at Olympic Boulevard and Hill Street. The buyer is the Hanover Company, which is in the process of securing approvals for a 281unit apartment complex on the site.

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Martin Caverly took over last year as CEO of Evoq Properties, the firm formerly known as Meruelo Maddux. Although some of the company’s holdings have been sold, they are still one of the largest landowners in Downtown.

Cash generated from those sales, Caverly said, will be more valuable invested in what the firm has identified as its top priority: a major renovation of Alameda Square. Although American Apparel occupies two buildings and 700,000 square feet of space, the other two structures in the 1.4 millionsquare-foot complex have long been mostly vacant. The most significant move Evoq has made so far on the property is a deal with VF Corp. The Fortune 500 clothing company plans to move the headquarters of two of its brands into a whole floor, or 80,000 square feet, of one of the empty buildings. From a real estate perspective, the 10-year, roughly $18 million deal is crucial because, with the promise of future revenue from a second anchor tenant, it now makes financial sense to upgrade the rest of the building and ready the other floors for additional tenants. If all goes as planned, more fashion-related creative office users will flock to the complex. It may already be working. Last month, up-and-coming garment maker Groceries, which has been compared to a young American Apparel because it manufacturers its clothes in L.A., signed a deal for 35,000 square feet at Alameda Square, Caverly said. The ground floors will be reserved for restaurants and stores to serve the employee base, in theory converting the sprawling complex into an active mixed-use hub. It’s a five-

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Evoq envisions turning the 1.4 million-square-foot Alameda Square, known for being the headquarters of American Apparel, into a thriving mixed-use destination with creative office space above retail and restaurants.

year vision, said Caverly, and if successful it would allow Alameda Square to function as a cash cow that feeds other Evoq projects. Broker Iqbal Hassan, a principal with Quantum Associates who specializes in the Fashion District, said building out creative office space makes sense. More and more apparel companies are interested in old buildings because of their large windows and the historic aesthetic, he said. “If there were a stronger push to get designers or manufacturers or the creative end of the industry into those buildings, I’d be all for it,” Hassan said. “There hasn’t been that strong of a play yet for people to come into that environment.” Downtown Dreams It is unclear when Evoq will have the money to invest in other projects, though it has several concepts in place. One involves converting a patchwork of cold storage, parking and light industrial parcels at Center and Jackson streets in the Arts District into 88 residential units and 68,000 square feet of creative office space. The firm has partnered on the project with developer Jeff Lee. Caverly said work could begin by late 2013. Evoq also envisions a 614-unit residential complex on a parking lot at Spring and College streets, near the southern entrance to the Los Angeles State Historic Park. The project would require a zone change of the 4.9-acre site. Concepts and future plans, however, will remain on hold until Evoq can generate the revenue needed to launch new projects, said Surj Soni, managing member at Legendary Developments. Legendary acquired the debt on a package of MMPI properties during the bankruptcy process, including the parking lot adjacent to SCI-Arc, which the company then sold to the architectural school. “I think they are still bleeding very heavily and there’s a limit on how long an organization can do that, but I think they’re going to find their mojo,” Soni said. “The assets that they have are game-changer assets.” What Soni considers game-changer parcels, however, come with a downside — to realize their value, the company needs cash. “Money is something that’s in short supply for them,” Soni said. “I don’t think they have come out of the tunnel yet.” The firm is also not entirely free from legal matters. Evoq remains in litigation with Meruelo over terms of the bankruptcy. Caverly, who declined to comment on the case, said it will not interfere with the company moving forward with its new strategy. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at

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Continued from page 1 Others have arrived in the past few years. In addition to Figaro, there is Michael Kwan’s 8,200-square-foot, 220-seat Le Ka, which opened Sept. 18 in the Financial District, and FigOly, with 290 seats in 4,500 square feet of space in the Luxe City Center Hotel. It opened in July. July also marked the debut of the $4 million, 7,000-square-foot Towne, a South Park establishment with 220 seats. Two months before that, Ralph Verdugo debuted his 8,000-square-foot Los Angeles Brewing Company. The Broadway restaurant has 500 seats. Umamicatessen, a Broadway establishment with 170 seats and 7,000 square feet of space also opened this year and in December, the 5,900-square-foot, 150-seat Artisan House began serving in the Historic Core. These come in addition to older big eateries, among them The Palm in South Park, and Bottega Louie and Mas Malo on Seventh Street. Derrick Moore, first vice president at CB Richard Ellis, whose area of expertise includes restaurant spaces in Downtown, notes that these massive restaurants are, for the most part, a relatively new occurrence. “A couple years ago everyone was looking just for small spaces, nothing over 3,000 feet, but we’re in a new day now,” said Moore. The trend does not appear to be letting up. Plans are in the works to open the 250-seat Le Petit Paris in the lobby of the Historic Core condo building the El Dorado. Also planned is a 6,000-square-foot Italian restaurant called Terroni at the National City Bank Building at Eighth and Spring streets. Meanwhile, bar proprietor Cedd Moses has filed plans with the city for a 300-seat brewery in the Arts District, and Moore said he is in the advanced stage of a deal to bring a restaurant back to an 11,000-square-foot space at Union Station. New Day Downtown has had several waves of restaurant openings, the most recent occurring in the first half of 2011, when about 20 establishments debuted within six months. The majority were what industry officials term “mid-size” spaces, which are generally less than 200 seats. At the time, larger restaurants all across the country were having trouble staying afloat, said Darren Tristano, executive vice president of Technomic, which tracks the restaurant industry. In big cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and San Francisco, things are starting to change, he said. “What’s happened over the last year is that we’ve gone from a market that was flat to a market that’s showing a very slow but positive growth pattern,” he said. Bigger restaurants, of course, require more eaters to be profitable. While that presents a challenge from day one, large places that open in areas considered dining destinations, or establishments in high traffic locations such as Downtown Los Angeles, tend to perform better as long as they’re all offering different things, Tristano said.

Having long hours and late night dining is also important to their success, he added. “Anything a restaurant can do to differentiate itself will be relatively important,” he said. Many large venues also rely heavily on banquets, holiday parties and catering to convention crowds, Tristano noted. That’s one of the things Verdugo is banking on with the Los Angeles Brewing Company, which in addition to the cavernous main floor with numerous large TV screens has a mezzanine that can be closed off for private events. “We can accommodate from one to 500 people. We have that flexibility which lends itself to big parties,” he said. Verdugo, who formerly ran a nightclub on Broadway, said he decided to go big with his first restaurant because he is planning for the future of Downtown. He spent $1.6 million on the project. He admits, however, that he opened at the wrong time. Although the restaurant was packed during the evening when Lakers, Clippers and Kings playoff games were on TV, he said the summer, with many people on vacation, was generally slow. Now on the weekends he sees about 300 daily customers, compared to 70 per day during the week. He is happy with those figures and hopes to record about $10 million in sales in his first year. To keep the buzz going, he does things such as allow diners to leave dogs on a front patio while they eat. He also seeks out private parties, such as a recent one for the NBC show “The Office.” “A few years ago it would have been crazy to open something this big,” he said. “Now we have 50,000 people living Downtown who don’t like corporate too much, and they want to support local mom and pop shops.” Kwan, who opened Le Ka last month, already knows the Downtown market well. He has run Wokcano, a 6,000-square-foot, 150-seat Asian restaurant on Seventh Street since 2008. He’s counting on about 600 customers a day in his new place at 800 W. Sixth St. He’s projecting sales of about $9 million per year with the help of banquets, holiday parties and long operating hours. The restaurant is open until 2 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and until 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. “The economy is booming, young professionals are moving in and we’re in a good spot in the Financial District,” he said. Meanwhile, Mgaieth knows his family is facing a challenge with a huge space. The ground floor spot will open first and the upstairs will follow in a few months. He’s planning on having Figaro Broadway be open at least 16 hours a day, seven days a week. He also hopes to draw buzz from the Los Feliz location. “We have celebrity clients who dine with us and I think that will help here,” he said. He is also banking on the revitalization of the street thanks to the Bringing Back Broadway initiative. Success in the new spot will be a challenge, he realizes, but he’s confident he is in the right place. “Of course a small space can be much easier,” he said, “but we’re feeling very good about this.” Contact Richard Guzmán at

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Cleantech Continued from page 5 city-funded Arts District entity that aims to nurture fledgling companies. “I ended up doing it in Ohio.” The Downtown meeting may have spurred what Johnson and other area business leaders believe could be a solution — an adaptive reuse ordinance for industrial properties. The term comes from the 1999 law that made it easier and less expensive for developers to turn old commercial buildings into housing. It directly led to the Historic Core residential boom. Estela Lopez, executive director of the Central City East Association, which manages the two business improvement districts

in the area, said she has floated the industrial adaptive reuse idea for years. “We need something that will invigorate and inspire people to do something with the industrial land on the east side of Downtown,” Lopez said. “It would breathe new life into these buildings that have been sitting vacant or underused and were constructed for the type of industrial use that is no longer a reality and that are not coming back.” No Easy Fix Huizar, who has pushed for an adaptive reuse policy that would facilitate upgrades to office space on upper levels of buildings on Broadway, supports the idea. He said after the meeting that he has directed staff to study how to approach the development of such a policy. The ordinances typically take years to put together.

“People have recognized the huge success of the adaptive reuse ordinance for residential — that’s why so many people have come to live Downtown now,” Huizar said. “I’ve already been looking at this for commercial, so why not look at it for industrial?” Like the residential adaptive reuse ordinance, a policy to create new industrial uses in old buildings would in theory reduce red tape, ease strict code regulations and lower costs. However, it’s not necessarily a simple fix. For example, industrial property owners looking to upgrade their buildings for modern needs could be stymied by having to meet current parking requirements, said Brad Cox, senior managing director of Trammell Crow, which is in the early stage of planning a $40 million industrial facility near Washington Boulevard and the Los Angeles River imagined as a hub for cleantech companies. Many of the old industrial properties in and around the Arts District are built up against a neighboring structure. That leaves little room to satisfy the modern parking requirements that would be triggered by an upgrade. A new ordinance would have to minimize parking requirements, and it might have to coincide with a separate push for more mass transit infrastructure in the area, Cox said. The land use challenges facing the Cleantech Corridor are likely to get attention at City Hall

in the future, if only because the city has already invested in the cleantech vision, though not always with success. It took four years and several botched deals before the now defunct Community Redevelopment Agency finally sold to Trammell Crow the site where the company plans to develop its cleantech hub. The Department of Water and Power paid $11.1 million in 2010 to buy the Hewitt Street property in the Arts District where the city plans to build the La Kretz Innovation Campus. The facility will house DWP innovation labs and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. LACI, which is slated to open by fall 2013, would lease space to up to 50 entrepreneurs. The effort, which was launched with CRA funds, needs to raise $1 million in the next 18 months to cover its operating costs before the La Kretz campus is up and running, said LACI director Fred Walti. In the best case scenario, LACI’s companies in training would graduate to a space of their own in the Cleantech Corridor, which is loosely defined as clustered along the Los Angeles River between Chinatown and the 10 Freeway. As it stands, there is currently not really anywhere in Downtown for a LACI alum to go. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at


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From Beer to Art And Beyond Brewery Complex Marks 30 Years of Open Studios by Kathy Leonardo


n 1982, a small group of Downtown-area artists decided to try something new in the effort to drum up sales. Though it seems commonplace now, at the time it verged on radical: They opened their front doors and let people parade through their studios, which in many cases doubled as their homes. The event, in a former Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery/ bottling plant on the southeastern edge of Downtown, was billed as an art walk. No one knew if it would work. Three decades later, the results of that initial foray into direct-to-the-public art sales are undeniable. Now, the biannual Brewery Art Walk is a prominent event on the city’s cultural calendar. More than 5,000 people are expected to traipse through the Brewery Arts Complex — a unique landscape filled with exposed brick and vintage industrial hardware — when the event takes place Sat.Sun., Oct. 20-21. “Many of the 300 artists-in-residence have been part of the art colony for more than 15 years,” said Carl Smith, one of the event organizers. He said that approximately 140 studios will be open this weekend. “This is an active arts complex. It’s a snapshot of a large group of artists working in a small community,” said Smith, who works as an architect, artist and steel fabricator. Noting a key difference from the popular monthly or ntow Downtown Art Walk in the Historic Core, he added, “All at Dow hand corner maillist ht rig r pe up s/ e com/form mbol in thinside shown the spaces. There WStheLowork ews.individual is sy E-NEof ntownn ok for this www.ladow UP no outside vendors SIGNare or food trucks.” The variety of art on display is vast, from paintings to photographs to sculpture in all manner of materials. Smith said most works sell for anywhere from $15 to $8,000. While many of the customers are return visitors, this marks the first Art Walk as a seller for Charles Swenson. The successful animator, whose credits include the kids’ show “Rugrats,” moved into the Brewery a month ago. He plans on showing a range of works on paper, including some from his self-titled “Nudes and Shoes” series. The work, he said, has been nurtured by the location. “It’s a great space,” he said, “I’ve been able to spread out the finished work and look at it… give it space to breathe, to be.” s owntownNisewRick Robinson. At the opposite endoof the spectrum .A.D m/L Facebook.c The artist and advertising executive has lived at the Brewery for 15 years. In his studio he’ll be showcasing his steel sculptures. He noted the community vibe that comes from having so many artists in such close proximity to each other. “We all landed here in our late 20s or early 30s and stayed,” he said. “Now we’re getting gray and feeling a sense of grace and good fortune for having experienced the core of our lives here in this place.”


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He adds, “The Brewery Arts Complex is like the Hotel California for artists. You move in, but you never leave.” Block Party The Brewery Arts CompComp lex was the brainchild of building owners Richard Carlson and his wife, Kathy Regis. They took advantage of the Artist-in-Residence code, which allowed indi-viduals to inhabit a live/ work space in industrially zoned buildings. At the time, Downtown was home to a batch of artists who lived in large, raw spaces in what is currently the Arts District, though there were few other residents in the community. The Carlsons created customized units in the converted beer factory and rented them out. They filled up quickly, with artists attracted by the large spaces and 5 Smith is one of the organizers of the biannual (top) Carl relatively low rents. The initial Art Walk, which Starts came October Brewery Art Walk, in which about 140 artists open shortly after the Brewery debuted in 1982, was the first their studios in the effort to spur sales. It takes place Oct. real opening of the building to outsiders. 20-21. (bottom) Arts veteran Rick Robinson will also Today, the Art Walk is very much like a community open his studio in the Brewery Arts Complex. block party. Studio doors are open and the public is encouraged to come in and experience each inhabitant’s Check Website for and Fullpersonal Moviespace Listings lair — by Our necessity, bedrooms are on the Altervision 3D Blacklight Experience, which will be display in addition to the art. set up in what is known as the Smokestack Building. Although there is no official starting point, maps are Originally created at Burning Man in 2006, the flamboyavailable, and visitors go at their own pace through the ant project grows bigger with each event. 12 buildings. This year’s maps will also feature a list of Altervision 3D is an interactive art installation approxistudios by medium, to allow visitors to find the type of mately 25 feet by 25 feet. It is one of the few Brewery eleart that interests them. ments with a price tag ($3 for one person or $5 for two) The artists take inspiration from a variety of sources. and comes with 3D glasses. It features the colorful art of Teale Hathaway, a Brewery resident for six years, is re- Debi Cable, and while visitors walk through the exhibit, creating a stretch of Broadway through Downtown in objects appear to float off the walls, bringing to mind mixed media paintings that range from $1,000-$5,000 Alice’s visit to Wonderland. (she’ll also have less expensive work on display). She re- October “In many Starts 12 ways, it’s a labor of love,” said producer fers to her work as “architectonic.” David A. Knudsen, who goes by the nom du art DAK. Over the years, Hathaway has come to prefer the “Setup and takedown is always very laborious, but for Brewery event to the Downtown Art Walk. the thrill that it gives so many people, it is so worth it.” “The Brewery appeals to a more serious art-buying The Brewery Art Walk is 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun., crowd,” she said. “Our artists are on hand to answer Oct. 20-21, at the Brewery Arts Complex, 2100 N. Main Check Our Website for Full Movie Listings questions.” St. Admission and parking are free. More information at Not everything is for sale. The Brewery event includes

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F Marks the Spot Profanity Flies, but the Humor Often Fails in Mamet’s Political Satire by Jeff favre

Contributing Writer bsurdist comedy doesn’t need to have fully realized characters. Even a sensible storyline — or any story at all — isn’t essential. To be successful, however, it helps to be funny. Failing that, a work should at least be original and surprising. David Mamet’s 2008 play November, which opened at the Mark Taper Forum last week, brings the absurd, but it doesn’t deliver the funny. That is, unless hearing the well-worn joke about needing a fence to keep out undocumented immigrants always makes you laugh. The straight comedy is an odd bird in a career that, at times, has been both groundbreaking and profound, to the point that Mamet’s writing style has become its own genre. His sharp wit mixed with uncomfortable drama in Oleanna and Glengarry Glen Ross make them standard bearers for modern theater. Coupled with his courtroom comedy Romance, which ran at the Taper in 2005, November is a clear indication that Mamet’s idea of laugh lines are profanity-laced insults and trying to be outrageous. What’s most disappointing in the current show is that the dream cast delivers exactly what director Scott Zigler desires, which fits the material neatly. The pace is unceasingly fast, the performances are cartoonish and the physicality is pure slapstick. It’s unfortunate that none of the mugging and flopping and blisteringly articulate tirades translate to real


humor (though there were plenty of laughs in the audience on opening night). The conflict between execution and result means Ed Begley Jr. gives an impressive performance without earning one genuine chuckle. Begley stars as President Charles Smith, who according to the polls will be losing his bid for reelection in a week. Put more simply by his top advisor, Archer Brown (Rod McLachlan), no one likes him, so he has to go. Smith has the intelligence of a child. He has no idea until a few days before the election that he is destined to lose. He’s unaware of his vice president’s name or what the word “legal” means. Also, he is more concerned with accepting enough bribes to finance his presidential library than winning the election. Somehow, Smith’s speechwriter, Clarice Bernstein (Felicity Huffman), seems unaware that her boss is an uncaring idiot — at least until he threatens to have her sent to a secret site where she will be tortured if she doesn’t write a speech calling Thanksgiving a mistake. Smith’s assault on the holiday stems from his attempt to extort big bucks from a representative for the turkey lobby (Todd Weeks). The rep arrives with two birds for the president to pardon, an echo of a much wittier storyline in a “West Wing” episode that aired in 2000. The other character is Dwight Grackle (Gregory Cruz), a Native American tribe leader. The president insults him and then says he hopes his second wife will be killed by

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Ed Begley Jr. is flailing President Charles Smith in David Mamet’s November. The show, which runs through Nov. 4 at the Mark Taper Forum, also features Rod McLachlan as his advisor and Felicity Huffman as his speechwriter.

a walrus, the same fate which befell his first wife. It’s not close to the most offensive or insensitive thing Smith utters. Smith’s political leanings are unspecified. Rather, November appears to be a satire on how both liberals and conservatives in Washington, D.C., are motivated by personal gain. It’s a concept as old as political satire, and Mamet adds nothing new to the theme. Like Begley, Huffman is spot-on with her portrayal of a lesbian speechwriter suffering from terrible cold-like symptoms. With a nasal delivery and general weariness, Huffman looks as if she’s about to collapse at any moment. Weeks works hardest for laughs. As a man obsessed with turkeys and industry profits, he’s equal parts mild-mannered nerd and barely contained lunatic. He simply doesn’t have much to say. Zigler’s cast is loaded with Mamet veterans,

all of whom are adept at delivering clipped dialogue filled with repetition and the use of the F-word in a variety of ways. Unlike his dramas, though, the extreme pace and tone negate the typical Mamet rhythm. Even Takeshi Kata’s scenic design, though a decent representation of the Oval Office, lacks personality. The lack of true humor could be forgiven if November contained some surprises or interesting characters. Instead, this is merely a platform for a tirade masquerading as comedy. Ultimately, it is too formally structured to be truly absurd and too nonsensical to be mainstream entertainment. At least Mamet shows mercy with an 80-minute running time. November runs through Nov. 4 at the Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 6282772 or

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thursday, october 18 Chris Anderson at Live Talks Gensler headquarters, 500 S. Figueroa St., business. 7:45 a.m.: The editor-in-chief of Wired magazine shows up to talk about the new industrial revolution at this early morning event. A continental breakfast is served at 7:45 and the talk, moderated by engineer and entrepreneur Krisztina Holly, begins 30 minutes later



Specters, Spirits and Spies Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., (213) 488-0599 or 8 p.m.: Join Los Angeles authors and performance artists Amber Benson, Joshua Dysart, Christina Aimerito Feinberg, Naomi Hirahara, Will Wright and more for dramatic and suspenseful tales.

At the risk of starting mass hysteria, Lars Vogt, pianist and overall good dude, will perform Rachmaninoff three times at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday-Sunday, Oct. 19-21. The German Vogt is a true pleasure to watch; the consummate professional tickles the ivory with a grace and aplomb worthy of Rachmaninoff, the Russian conductor who so frequently wrote piano parts into his music and had the good sense to die in Los Angeles. Vogt will take on Sergie’s “Piano Concerto No. 2,” as well as back-up pieces by Sibelius and Liadov, on Friday at 8 p.m. and again on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. At 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or

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Wednesday, october 17 Taking the Kitchen to the Street at Aloud Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7500 or 7:15 p.m.: Food truck culture is the topic du jour as L.A. rolling culinary heroes Ludovic Lefebvre and Roy Choi discuss the world of mobile delicacies.

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This week marks the final chance for Downtowners to enjoy the FIDM Museum and Galleries Galleries’ sixth annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design Design. It’s an opportunity to feel like a real TV industry insider, as the show holds about 100 costumes from Emmy nominated design designers. Favorites include duds from “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire.” It’s as close as you’ll get in Downtown to Steve Buscemi and Peter Dinklage. Careful! Don’t get too starstruck. The exhibit closes Saturday, Oct. 20. At 919 S. Grand Ave., (213) 623-5821 or

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, the Grammy Museum hosts a true legend. We don’t throw that word around lightly. Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder is in town to celebrate the release of his album Road to Forever. The aptly titled disc finds the guitarist sojourning further into a career already paved with such musical gems as “Hotel California” and the theme to 1981’s cult classic groove film Heavy Metal. Felder will be chatting with Grammy Foundation VP Scott Goldman before offering up a couple tunes. Every fan of the late-era Eagles knows that Felder in an intimate setting with nothing but a guitar is a recipe for musical ecstasy. At 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or

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Things are strange all up in Canada. The coins are referred to as loonies and toonies, everything is written in English and French, and people are far too considerate. And, surprisingly, the land of hockey freaks also has some pretty adept ballet dancers. On Friday-Sunday, Oct. 19-21, the National Ballet of Canada visits the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to unspool its version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. There are familiar characters from Lewis Carroll’s tome, so follow the White Rabbit into a land of misplaced fashion, antiquated madness and irrelevant monarchy. At 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-0777 or

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Monday, october 15 Zocalo: Does Happiness Keep the Doctor Away? MOCA, 250 S. Grand Ave., 7:30 p.m.: Psychologist Matthew Della Porta, life coach Cynthia Loy Darst and psychiatrist Sheenie Ambardar discuss the biomechanics of health and happiness.


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The debut of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid’s Pleated Shell Structures at SCI-Arc proves once again that the Downtown school is at the cutting edge of architecture and that we, the otherwise informed masses, live in blissful ignorance. Hadid’s site-specific work is a rippling incarnation of parametric design and the fluid calcifications of emerging philosophical and practical applications of — ah, forget it. Even we’re confused. Whatever the case, it’s on display in the school’s gallery, and remains up through Dec 2. At 960 E. Third St., (213) 6132200 or

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Continued from previous page Oct. 15, 8 p.m.: Gypsy folk from Kera and the Lesbians. Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.: Brothers Davy and Peter Rothbart celebrate the 10th anniversary of their beloved Found magazine with some idiosyncratic essays and heartfelt jams. Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.: Upbeat, moody, electronic garnished rock from United Ghosts and the Ross Sea Party. Oct. 18, 8 p.m.: The Whigs simultaneously reference commercial pop punk and early 19th century American politics. Oct. 19, 9 p.m.: From the grungy underbelly of contemporary hard line electronica comes Tomas Barfod and his Exchange. Oct. 20, 8 p.m.: Looks like there’s a miniature music festival going down at the Bootleg. The 15th anniversary of promoters Happy Box is the occasion for 15 bands to gather in raucous reverence. Broadway Bar 830 S. Broadway, (213) 614-9909 or Oct. 18, 10 p.m.: Broader Than Broadway weekly electronica, because Bob Baker’s Marionette Theatre doesn’t have a late show. Casey’s Irish Pub 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353 or

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Twitter/DowntownNews Oct. 19, 10 p.m.: The Mo-Odds want your love. They’ve concocted an elaborate scheme to pose as a gritty rock band to get it. Club Nokia 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or Oct. 17, 8:30 and 11:45 p.m.: Homebrewed hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar fronts two shows. Oct. 18, 8 p.m.: This night of country music featuring Josh Turner is sponsored by Cracker Barrel, which is one step above Waffle House in the South’s hierarchy of molasses slow cuisine. Oct. 19, 8:30 p.m.: Oh yeah, time to get sultry when R&B legends Mint Condition hit the stage for their 20th anniversary. Oct. 20, 8 p.m.: Explosive cover songs done vulgar. Yes, the Dan Band is back. Escondite 410 Boyd St., (213) 626-1800 or Oct. 15, 9 p.m.: Bluegrass from the Get Down Boys and Ben Powell. Oct. 16, 10 p.m.: Boom Boom Boom and Bunny West. Oct. 17, 10 p.m.: Bryan Titus and Sunset Drifters. Oct. 18, 10 p.m.: Yonatan and Show Ponies. Oct. 19, 9 p.m.: Johnny Moezzi and Trevor Menear. Oct. 20, 11 p.m.: Charlie Chan & the S.O.B.’s.

Oct. 21, 10 p.m.: Boys School and RT N the 44s. Exchange LA 618 S. Spring St., (213) 627-8070 or Oct. 19, 10 p.m.: If Ben Gold’s performance is anything like his tortured, PTSD press photo, the audience is in for a horrific litany of house music inspired by the demons that haunt his blue-eyed soul. Oct. 20, 10 p.m.: If Adrian Lux ever needs a career outside DJing, he could be Robert Pattinson’s body double. This guy is that good at staring off into space! Grammy Museum 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.: It’s a panel discussion of famous songwriters featuring the minds behind classics from the Dixie Chicks, Sean Kingston, Sugarcult and Justin Bieber. Oct. 17, 8 p.m.: Former Eagle Don Felder drops a fat new album on the Grammy Museum in this installment of The Drop. Nokia Theater 777 Chick Hearn Court, (213) 763-6020 or Oct. 19, 8 p.m.: You don’t know what stand-up comedy is until you see Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughley on the same stage. Nola’s 734 E. Third St., (213) 680-3003 or Oct. 15, 7 p.m.: Love Below jam session with John Usry. Oct. 16, 8 p.m.: Jam session with Reggy Woods. Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.: USC jazz with Scotty Bramer. Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.: South L.A. Blues All Stars. Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.: Palmer Jazz Project. Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m.: Sunday Brunch with Floyd & The Flyboys. One-Eyed Gypsy 901 E. First St., (626) 340-3529 or Oct. 17: Noir folk with RT N the 44s. Oct. 19: Will Magid. Oct. 20: The Icy Hot Club. REDCAT 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or Oct. 19, 8:30 p.m.: Original Faust members Zappi Diermaier and Jean-Hervé Péron are joined by longtime collaborator Amaury Cambuzat of Ulan Bator for an evening of essential krautrock. Redwood Bar and Grill 316 W. Second St., (213) 652-4444 or Oct. 15: Rachel Roberts, S+M and Cornshed. Oct. 16: Electric Children, Fired and Tramp for the Lord. Oct. 17: Echo & the Sound with Inferno of Joy. Oct. 18: The Rebel Set. Oct. 19: Lords of Altamont, Beat Killers, Alucarda and the Savoy. Oct. 20: Speedbuggy, Hollywood Hate and Red Roses. Oct. 21: The Vibrators, Boats, Images and The Flytraps. Seven Grand 515 W. Seventh St., (213) 614-0737 or Oct. 15: Katisse Buckingham Quintet: royal name, flute-based jazz. Oct. 16: The Makers keep lifting their love higher and higher, like Jackie Wilson except with good luck. Oct. 17: Deacon Jones Blues Review is inviting everyone studying for the Blues Exam to come get a quick refresher on the canon. The Smell 247 S. Main St., alley between Spring and Main streets, Oct. 19: The Coltranes and Catheter. Oct. 20: Surgeons, Corners, Froth and Cigarette Bums. Oct. 21: Stab City, Blackie, Antwon and Laughters. Staples Center 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7100 or Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.: Country starlet Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away Tour” channels the emotional heartache any beautiful blond would feel after being publicly seen with Tony Romo.

CLASSICAL MUSIC Tuesday, October 16 John Adams Conducts Green Umbrella Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., (323) 850-2000 or laphil. com. 8 p.m.: John Adams, an icon of contemporary composition, conducts the L.A. Philharmonic’s New Music Group.

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N VERMONT AVE LOS ANGELES 90004 Accessible: Y 9001686A (9001686B and 9001686C CONS) - FARM LAB 1745 N SPRING ST LOS ANGELES 90012 Accessible: Y 9001693A (9001693B, 9001693C, 9001693D, 9002833B, 9002833C, 9002835B and 9002835C CONS) KOREAN AMER. UNI. FOUNDATION 981 S WESTERN AVE LOS ANGELES 90006 Accessible: Y 9001714A (9001702A, 9001702B, 9001702C, 9001702D, 9001714A and 9001714B CONS) - WILTON KOREAN PRESBYTERIAN 470 N ST ANDREWS PL LOS ANGELES 90004 Accessible: Y 9001738A (9001738B, 9001738C, 9005405A, 9005405B, 9005405C and 9005405D CONS) - NORMANDIE RECREATION CENTER 1550 S NORMANDIE AVE LOS ANGELES 90006 Accessible: Y 9001741B (9000997A, 9001000C, 9001022A, 9001739A and 9001741B CONS) - FIRST A M E ZION CATHEDRAL 1449 W ADAMS BLVD LOS ANGELES 90007 Accessible: N 9001751A (9001751D, 9001751E, 9001751F, 9001958B, 9001958F and 9002787B CONS) - CARDINAL GARDENS APARTMENTS 3131 MCCLINTOCK AVE LOS ANGELES 90007 Accessible: Y 9001757A (9001757B, 9001757C, 9001757D and 9001757E CONS) WEEMES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1260 W 036TH PL LOS ANGELES 90007 Accessible: Y 9001762A (9001762B, 9001762C, 9001762D and 9001762E CONS) WEEMES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1260 W 036TH PL LOS ANGELES 90007 Accessible: Y 9001781C (9000996A, 9001781C, 9001781D, 9001781E, 9002859A, 9003645A and 9003645B CONS) NORMANDIE RECREATION CENTER 1550 S NORMANDIE AVE LOS ANGELES 90006 Accessible: Y 9001801B (9001740A, 9001740B, 9001801B, 9001801C and 9001801D CONS) - THE ORIENTAL MISSION CHURCH 424 N WESTERN AVE LOS ANGELES 90004 Accessible: Y 9001804A (9001804C, 9001804D, 9001804E, 9001804F and 9002631A CONS) - ALEXANDRIA AV ELEM SCHOOL 4211 OAKWOOD AVE LOS ANGELES 90004 Accessible: Y 9001810A (9000971A, 9000971B, 9001810A, 9001810B, 9001810D and 9001810E CONS) - FRANK DEL OLMO ELEMENTARY 100 N NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE LOS ANGELES 90004 Accessible: Y 9001814A (9001814B, 9001814C, 9001814D, 9001814E, 9002825A, 9002825B and 9002825C CONS) FRANK DEL OLMO ELEMENTARY 100 N NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE LOS ANGELES 90004 Accessible: Y 9001875A (9001781A, 9001875A, 9001875B, 9001875C, 9001875D and 9001875E CONS) - NORMANDIE RECREATION CENTER 1550 S NORMANDIE AVE LOS ANGELES 90006 Accessible: Y 9001920A (9001028A, 9001920A,

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TOWERS 800 W 001ST ST LOS ANGELES 90012 Accessible: Y 9003465B - The qualified voters shall vote by absent voter ballots or vote at the office of the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk on Election Day. 9003763A (9001629B, 9003763A, 9003763B, 9003763C, 9003763D and 9003763E CONS) - WILSHIRE PARK ELEMENTARY 4063 INGRAHAM ST LOS ANGELES 90005 Accessible: Y 9003961A (9003961B, 9003961D, 9003961F, 9005007B and 9005007C CONS) - MIJOO PEACE CHURCH 170 BIMINI PL LOS ANGELES 90004 Accessible: Y 9004230A (9004230B, 9004230D and 9004230E CONS) - RESIDENCE 445 N BEACHWOOD DR LOS ANGELES 90004 Accessible: Y 9005003A (9001629A, 9001629C, 9001629D, 9001629E, 9002833A, 9002835A, 9005003A and 9005003D CONS) WILSHIRE PARK ELEMENTARY 4063 INGRAHAM ST LOS ANGELES 90005 Accessible: Y 9005006A (9005006B, 9005006C and 9005006D CONS) - WILSHIRE CHRISTIAN MANOR 616 S NORMANDIE AVE LOS ANGELES 90005 Accessible: Y 9005389A (9001613A, 9001613C, 9002720A, 9002723A, 9005389A, 9005389B, 9005389E and 9005389F CONS) - THIRD ST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 201 S JUNE ST LOS ANGELES 90004 Accessible: Y 9005399A (9001781F, 9005399A, 9005399B, 9005399C, 9005399D, 9005399E, 9005399F and 9005399G CONS) - BERENDO MIDDLE SCHOOL 1157 S BERENDO ST LOS ANGELES 90006 Accessible: Y 9005401A (9000360A, 9000991A, 9000992A, 9001009A, 9001009D, 9002229A, 9002233A, 9005401A, 9005401B, 9005401C, 9005401D and 9005401E CONS) - KOREAN AMER. UNI. FOUNDATION 981 S WESTERN AVE LOS ANGELES 90006 Accessible: Y 9005769A (9005769B, 9005769C, 9005769D and 9005769E CONS) IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH 847 GREEN AVE LOS ANGELES 90017 Accessible: Y 9006416B - The qualified voters shall vote by absent voter ballots or vote at the office of the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk on Election Day. 9007016A (9000502A, 9000502B, 9000502E, 9002443A, 9002550A, 9007016A, 9007016D, 9007016E, 9007016F and 9007016G CONS) WOO 209 S GAREY ST LOS ANGELES 90012 Accessible: Y 9007367A (9000418A, 9000418C, 9000418E, 9007367A, 9007367C, 9007367D and 9007367E CONS) LAMLINKS CORPORATION 560 N LARCHMONT BLVD LOS ANGELES 90004 Accessible: N DEAN C. LOGAN Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk County of Los Angeles 10/15/12 CNS-2389417# DOWNTOWN NEWS

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