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THE SHUTTLE HAS LANDED
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The Space Shuttle Endeavour and a companion exhibit opened at the California Science Center last week. A $200 million permanent exhibition space will open by 2017. See story on p. 17.
A New Housing Model at the New Genesis Those Just off the Streets Live Alongside Others With More Means In a $22.3 Million Main Street Complex by Ryan Vaillancourt staff writer
hen Erica Thompson heard about the New Genesis, an affordable housing complex then under construction near Fifth and Main streets, the aspiring songwriter jumped at the chance to snag one of the subsidized rooms. With an annual income below $35,460, Thompson qualified for one of the 24 apartments reserved for individuals who
want to live in the $22.3 million building a block south of the Old Bank District’s busiest corner, but who can’t afford prevailing market rate rents. She now pays $738 a month for her 400-square-foot unit. The fee includes utilities and an onsite parking space. Like most deals, it came with a catch, though many would consider the catch to be more of a glaring red flag: Of the 104 apartments in the building, 79 are reserved for people who were recently homeless and who suffer from a physical dis-
ability or mental illness. Thompson was undeterred. “People have fears because of the stigma of mental disability, but for them to go through the whole process of even getting in here, there has to be some stability mentally,” Thompson said. “And it was such a good deal as well that I couldn’t pass it up, even if I had an issue with it.” Like developer Skid Row Housing Trust’s last four projects, see New Genesis, page 8
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AROUNDTOWN Huizar Aims to Activate Hidden Bridge ‘Atrium’
or decades, a somewhat hidden atrium beneath the road level of the Seventh Street Bridge has been the province primarily of graffiti taggers and the homeless. Now, 14th District City Councilman José Huizar hopes to make it a public gathering spot, potentially with eateries and vendors. Huizar recently introduced a motion directing city staff to study the feasibility of revitalizing the space. The concept stems from architect and Los Angeles River enthusiast Arthur Golding, who partnered with the nonprofit L.A. River Revitalization Corp. to bring the proposal to Huizar. “What I’ve imagined is a festival marketplace and I think it’s very important that it’s a public space that’s available to all,” Golding said. The atrium was created in 1925, 15 years after the bridge was constructed. The original bridge was level with the ground, and was later raised to allow trains to pass underneath. The at-grade portion of the bridge remained intact, resulting in an atrium between the original platform and the elevated road, said Huizar spokesman Rick Coca. As part of the process, city engineers will need to confirm that the bridge can handle an additional load, a likely scenario given that the structure had a seismic upgrade in 1995, Coca said. Huizar’s motion was introduced to the council’s Ad Hoc River Committee. The plan’s timeline and budget are uncertain.
plan was cleared last week. On Thursday, Nov. 1, AEG and the Play Fair at Farmers Field Coalition announced a settlement to a legal action that had been launched in September. According to a prepared statement, the settlement includes a pledge for AEG to establish a $15 million trust fund to create affordable housing in Pico-Union, South L.A. and Downtown. “This began as a legal negotiation but soon evolved into a cooperative dialogue about how we could work together to achieve the common goal of serving the needs of all segments of the community on important issues such as affordable housing,” said AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke in the statement. The coalition, which includes the Los Angeles Community Action Network, a Downtown-based advocate for the low-income and homeless communities, had filed a lawsuit challenging SB 292. The bill shortened the window during which entities could pursue legal challenges to the Farmers Field environmental impact report. AEG officials had warned that the suit could imperil the project. Even with the matter settled, AEG’s plan still faces several key obstacles, including the attempt to secure an NFL team. The announced sale of the company by Phil Anschutz has also created an air of uncertainty.
Grand Park Celebrates Cherry Blossom Trees
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ounty Supervisor Gloria Molina joined Japanese officials last week for a ceremony to mark the 24 cherry blossom trees at Grand Park. The Friday, Nov. 2, event took place at the flag garden between Hill Street and Broadway. It included the unveiling of a plaque highlighting the friendship
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between the United States and Japan. The trees were donated by the nonprofit conservation organization American Forests. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the donation of 3,000 cherry blossom trees from Japan to Washington, D.C. Some of those original trees still bloom annually.
Teen Charged With Manslaughter in Death of Two Transients
19-year-old woman faces two counts of vehicular manslaughter after her car last week jumped a curb on Crocker Street in Skid Row and ran over a homeless man and woman. Police said Carmen Chavez was under the influence of alcohol while driving at a high rate of speed shortly after midnight on Sunday, Oct. 28. She allegedly lost control
when attempting to make a right turn near Crocker and Fourth streets. Victims Randall Milton and Teryl Sageser, both 51, had been sleeping on the sidewalk. They were dragged and trapped beneath the car and died at the scene, police said. According to police, Chavez took a breathalyzer test; although she had been drinking, she registered a reading below the legal limit of .08. The District Attorney’s office last Tuesday filed two counts of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence against Chavez. She entered a not guilty plea and was released from custody on $100,000 bail. She faces up to four years and eight months in prison if convicted. A makeshift memorial with flowers and handwritten notes to the victims has gone up on the sidewalk where the impact occurred. “They were joyful people,” said Diane Merritt, who sleeps about 10 feet from where the accident happened. “They didn’t disrespect nobody.”
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EDITORIALS Don’t Smash The City Attorney’s Office
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he relationship between the Los Angeles City Council and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is not something anyone would call strong. Nor does Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa seem particularly fond of the person whom voters in 2009 elected to be the city’s top lawyer. It has been this way for years, and in recent weeks both Villaraigosa and the council have taken steps to strip power from the city attorney’s office. The attacks, and they are clearly that, come after Trutanich’s budget has been slashed, resulting in a series of layoffs and employee furloughs that have overburdened and angered the remaining workers. We recognize the fractious nature and the difficulties and discomfort it creates when these 15 council reps, the mayor and the city attorney are forced to work together on matters of public interest. Still, we cannot condone the actions that would seriously weaken the city attorney’s office and instead give more power to other branches of government. It would be foolish as well as shortsighted to change the entire makeup and function of the city attorney’s office simply because some elected leaders don’t like the person who has the job right now. The council and the mayor should each back off their proposals to decimate the department Trutanich helms. Villaraigosa recently broached the concept of taking away the city attorney’s ability to represent the city in civil cases. That move would require a charter change, which would need to be approved by the public. A few days later came a push, spearheaded by Councilman Paul Krekorian, to let the council choose when to reject the city attorney’s office and instead to hire their own lawyer. Again, this would require the approval of voters. Part of the reason for the council’s move, at least according to the spin, is dissatisfaction with the speed at which the city attorney’s office handles tasks such as writing new ordinances. If there’s a slowdown, that’s not surprising — one can hardly expect the same pace when staffing has been cut precipitously. We understand that money is tight, but it’s hard to think that going to outside law firms that thrive on billable hours is the best solution and will ultimately cost less than paying attorneys whose sole job is to represent the city. We think it would be wiser to direct some of that money back to the city attorney’s office. Get the right people and give them the resources to do their jobs. (The issue was still being talked about late last week.) More than anything, this seems to be about opportunism, about striking when someone is at a low point. Trutanich is very unpopular right now. He finished third in the June District Attorney’s election and is being heavily outspent in the current city attorney’s campaign. He’s vulnerable, and in politics that’s when competitors pounce. Still, he’ll be out of office either next July or in 2017, which means that sooner or later Los Angeles will get a new city attorney. That person should have the resources to handle the city’s legal business. Folks need to grow up and work together. Don’t punish the office and the city because the mayor and the council don’t like the current office holder.
Planting the Seeds For Cleantech Growth
he area east of the Arts District is sort of Downtown Los Angeles’ “forgotten zone.” Filled with warehouses and industrial properties, it is physically close to but psychologically worlds removed from daily life in Bunker Hill, the Financial District and the Historic Core. It is easy for most Central City workers and residents not to give the area a second thought, even if it is an employment hub with only about a 2% vacancy rate. It is time to take another look at the area, and to consider not just the present, but the future. Although the cold storage, produce and garment-related jobs give the neighborhood an important functionality, its best and most important days could be to come. It is time, finally, to seize upon the opportunities that exist and turn acres upon acres of Downtown into a vibrant clean technology and manufacturing zone. This suggestion is not new. For the better part of the past decade we have heard talk of a “cleantech corridor” along the western banks of the Los Angeles River. There have been studies from experts in the field touting the potential. The city tried to turn 20 acres of land into a vision dubbed the Cleantech Manufacturing Center. The good ideas have not come close to changing the neighborhood. The Cleantech Manufacturing Center has been a disaster, with the city stumbling through a series of failed deals before finally selling the property. All the talk and studies have yet to lead to action. Finally, however, there is real potential for change. Although major upgrades won’t happen quickly or cheaply, if all goes
right this portion of Downtown could emerge as a leading technology center. It could be a jobs generator that propels the city forward and makes Downtown a place where people actually make things. Progress requires a few things to happen simultaneously. They are achievable, but they need the input and the backing of leaders from the public and private sectors. Build Upon Cleantech: The city’s effort to lease the 20-acre site of the Cleantech Manufacturing Center was a boondoggle — back in 2009, a deal to build rail cars there imploded just weeks after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had announced it. Other near-deals also died. Finally, after a long process that involved the dissolution of the Community Redevelopment Agency, the city sold the property to Trammell Crow for $15.4 million, the amount remaining on its loan. Trammell Crow officials have said they intend to build a $40 million manufacturing facility and look for clean technology tenants, but they are ultimately not required to sign such leases — they can get out of the clean technology requirement, and find other kinds of tenants, by paying $1 million. That’s where the city comes in: Local leaders need to ensure that the company pursues clean tech. They need to make life easy for Trammell Crow, whether that involves helping find potential tenants or something else. This massive property can and should set the tone for everything around it. A New Land Ordinance: As Los Angeles Downtown News reported last month, 14th District City Councilman José Huizar is taking steps to create an adaptive reuse ordinance that would make it easier and less
expensive for developers to turn old buildings into hubs for modern businesses and technologies. Right now, developers say that outdated codes make it cost prohibitive to move forward. We’re glad Huizar recognizes the potential for space that is often underutilized. A new ordinance, however, will require focus and dedication. He’ll need to work closely and effectively with various city departments. Nurture Innovation: The La Kretz Innovation Campus in the Arts District doesn’t generate a lot of attention. However, the businesses and technology that emerge from here could prove crucial. The Department of Water & Power paid $11.1 million for the Hewitt Street property, and permanent space for DWP innovation labs and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator is scheduled to open by fall 2013. LACI would lease space to about 50 entrepreneurs and help them get on their feet. If all goes as planned, the “incubated” companies will grow and, within a few years, require their own buildings. In an ideal world, these buildings would be in the neighborhood, and new companies that are born in Downtown would stay in Downtown and create jobs in Downtown. Incubation is a tricky business, and that’s where community support could come into play. The in-house backing at La Kretz should be bolstered by an emerging and collaborative Downtown cleantech sector. Changing the area will require serious investment. It will take leadership, financial aid and infrastructure improvements. Success won’t come for years and the delayed gratification might make some beg off. That would be a mistake. The pieces exist today. The benefits in jobs and vitality would be worth the investment. Make this part of Downtown the center for clean tech business in Los Angeles.
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The Readers Respond Website Comments on the Expensive Streetcar, A Ghost Building Comeback and More
Regarding the story “For Streetcar, It’s the $62.5 Million — Make That the $85 Million Question,” by Richard Guzmán, published online Oct. 26
ow, some people really have a grudge against progress. I’m not the biggest defender of the streetcar; I wish it would go to USC. But if you’ve missed how this is all working, then you’re not paying attention and that’s your fault, not the streetcar project’s. I’ve heard about the $85 million at least three different times, and plus, it’s common sense. I saw the bond language when it was mailed out this summer at the very beginning of the process. The amount being raised for the streetcar is clearly spelled out in there as $62.5 million within the bond amount of $85 million, because there are costs to the bonds and obviously it’s not an interest free deal. —B.R. Toushian, Oct. 26, 11:09 a.m.
will be totally gray probably before I see it, but why so much against this? Many cities have a streetcar. Property owners that don’t like it are not part of the solution but may be part of a problem. Property prices goes up when tourists can come enjoy the city and spend more money. The streetcar should go more places though — up to the concert
halls and theaters of Bunker Hill. —Mike Demirakian, Oct. 28, 3:30 p.m. Regarding the story “Breathing Life Into the Downtown Ghost Building,” about a plan to revitalize an annex of the Alexandria, by Richard Guzmán, published Oct. 22
rom the fire escapes of the Alexandria you can also get a glimpse inside the building. Many of the window frames have fallen in, there are bottles and cans and other bits of trash courtesy of Alexandria residents who have good aim, and a wheelbarrow is on the eighth floor. I am assuming it was left behind by the construction crew who bricked up the halls. —Horthos Maus, Oct. 23, 7:57 p.m. Regarding the story “Graffiti Pit Site Could Become a Park,” about a plan to activate the plot across from City Hall, by Ryan Vaillancourt, published online Oct. 12
his would be amazing if it plays out like that. More open space and that block gets cleaned up. On the First Street side there is so much garbage strewn everywhere. It looks awful. —Morgan T, Oct. 12, 8:14 a.m.
nother option — which would make an expansion of the park more feasible — could be to use part of the site for commercial development, such as a narrow condo tower, which would start the process of build-
ing a 24/7 residential community in the Civic Center. That, along with retail that would be open nights and weekends, would give more life to the area. The money from that project could then pay for the land and the development of the rest of the site as park space. —Brady Westwater, Oct. 12, 9:12 a.m.
h joy! Finally! At first, I thought it would make for a fine addition to Grand Park. However, since the county has shown interest in building a new Hall of Administration at the site, that may actually be a much better idea. That way, you can demolish the existing and hardly inspiring County Hall and expand Grand Park there. Bonus points if there’s a way to move the Stanley Mosk Courthouse elsewhere. —Numan Parada, Oct. 12, 8:07 p.m.
raffiti does a wonderful job of showing different aspects of the city and the culture, but parks and green space are ultimately of greater value to the community. I would be interested to see how they intend to integrate the graffiti pit into the park. —Ysmay Gray, Oct. 14, 4:14 p.m. Regarding the editorial “Downtown, WalMart and a Dangerous Direction,” published online Oct. 29
t is unfortunate for us citizens of Los Angeles that our City Council does not believe in free markets and free people. Instead they want to distort the marketplace with their allegiances to unions and therefore make the city business-unfriendly. Decades ago the city welcomed business, but that was when the city leaders understood business economics. Without business growth, any society is doomed, but the takers and moochers don’t understand this. They’d rather complicate business creation. —Rex Darling, Oct. 30, 2:15 p.m.
Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in suburban Panorama City recently opened without a hitch, providing badly needed jobs to that low-income community. Why can’t the labor extremists and their lackeys on the Council let this much-needed neighborhood market open on the outskirts of Downtown? —Thomas Lucero, Oct. 30, 2:48 p.m. Regarding the article “Finally, Target Hits Downtown,” published Oct. 8
K, now we need an IKEA and a Best Buy store. —Sebastian Mele, Oct. 9, 9:46 a.m.
Regarding the article “New Bike Lanes on Grand, Olive,” published online Sept. 27
t would be nice if people would stop riding their bikes super fast down crowded sidewalks. I saw a guy swerving in and out of pedestrians the other day, going very fast, and almost ride straight into a baby stroller. Bikes shouldn’t be on sidewalks, period. The police officers and the Downtown safety officers need to start doing something about this problem. —Christopher Petryk, Sept. 27, 3:48 p.m.
he green zone bike lane on Spring is a good, first attempt. But the paint debacle needs to be addressed. Notice where the severe wear is: It is where vehicles pull in and out of parking lots, pull over for a right-hand turn, and more severely, where buses transition from the curb, causing a scrubbing action. When the tires are turning briefly to merge either way, the wear is there. It is compounded hourly, daily and weekly to what you see today. The city needs to lay down the glossiest paint possible, epoxy paint, even powder coated, if technology allows. Flat paint is out — it cannot be built up in layers. —Stan Fujimoto, Sept. 27, 4:01 p.m.
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Brown’s Big Battle Comes Downtown At the 11th Hour, the Polymath Governor Tries to Drum Up Support for Prop 30 by Jon RegaRdie executive editoR
bout the only thing missing from Gov. Jerry Brown’s speech in Downtown last week was the Grim Reaper outfit. Virtually everything else was shoved in there during the scary Halloween afternoon address presented by the organization Town Hall Los Angeles. The meat of the 27-minute talk (with another 23 minutes for a question and answer THE REGARDIE REPORT
session) was a horror story about what will befall California if voters shoot down Proposition 30 on Election Day. While Brown didn’t quite say that the measure’s defeat would unleash zombies who will despoil the land, he was clear that schools and colleges will take a scythe-like cut. This being the polymath that is Brown, the speech featured a weaving of facts, history and way-out-there references. It wasn’t enough simply to describe how things went so terribly wrong in the Golden State. Instead, the man who received a BA in Classics from Berkeley 51 years ago managed to get in, and I swear I’m not making any of this up, Microsoft, the state of California 12,000 years ago, Argentineans searching for gold, the word “obfuscate,” Qualcomm (twice), Jesuit thinking, the Bible (Book of Luke), Blade Runner-style dystopia and Russian writer and activist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The outlook, by the way, was ultimately optimistic. Sure, Brown referenced the challenges, and they appear Everest-like. Still, the man who is both California’s 34th and 39th governor, as well as the former mayor of Oakland and the ex-state Attorney General, sought to look on the bright side. “This is still a state of incredible imagination and enterprise and invention,” he said. Uncertain Prospects The Downtown Los Angeles stop was part of Brown’s desperate, 11th hour attempt to boost support for Prop 30 on Nov. 6. The measure calls for instituting a quarter-cent sales tax hike in the state for four years and raising income taxes
for those who earn at least $250,000 for seven years. The measure’s prospects are uncertain. It appeared to have early support, but in recent weeks Prop 30 has been buffeted by a wave of attack ads, with tens of millions of dollars being spent against it. Some have come from the traditional anti-tax lobby, though the measure was also temporarily pummeled by attorney Molly Munger, whose rival Proposition 38 also aims to tax the wealthy to raise money for schools. Although Brown on Wednesday professed that his measure has the support of everything from the Teamsters to Blue Cross to the soda industry, the most recent polls show it pulling slightly below the 50% needed to pass. Saving it could depend on persuading undecided voters and turning out reliable Democrats, who appear more supportive of it than members of the GOP. Hence the dash across California. A ballot box defeat, Brown said, would trigger $6 billion worth of immediate cuts. That, he said, is because the current budget was written with the assumption that voters would pass his tax plan. Rejecting Prop 30 would mean the alreadyrelied on money has to come out, and the dollars would be sucked up from schools and colleges. That means teachers would be laid off and the current educational year would be slashed by weeks. “It’s almost like third grade arithmetic,” Brown said. “Money goes in by the billions, or it goes out by the billions.” Cut the Kitchen The money has been going out since the moment Brown was sworn in two years ago, succeeding Arnold Schwarzenegger. He arrived with a $27 billion deficit and, pledging to avoid the smoke-and-mirrors fixes endemic in California politics, began chopping. Brown on Wednesday detailed cleaving 30,000 positions from state government, killing community redevelopment agencies and spending $9 billion less on education than California did five years ago. He wasn’t apologetic. He even described taking out a kitchen in the governor’s office and covering one of the resulting holes with an Oriental rug. “Whatever I can cut and get away with, I will,” he said. Overall, it was intriguing political theater, albeit it a show
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Gov. Jerry Brown at the California Science Center on Tuesday for the unveiling of the Space Shuttle. The following day, it was back to business as usual — trying to spur support for Proposition 30. He talked up the measure at a Downtown luncheon.
with an uncertain ending. Brown tried to inject the positive, saying hiring has increased in California in the last two years. He cited the building of the Space Shuttle in the state decades ago and the more recent construction of the Mars Rover in Pasadena. He even played the card that the taxes voters are being asked to pass Nov. 6 are just half of what he tried to get through two years ago (those failed due of opposition from Republican lawmakers). He said he thinks Prop 30 will pass, though it was impossible to tell if he really believes that. Even if it wins, he said, it will only mark the beginning of getting on the path to balancing the budget. Debt needs to be paid off. It wasn’t a pretty picture, but then again, it’s not a pretty situation. Or an easy one. “Cutting the budget,” he pointed out, “is not for amateurs.” Contact Jon Regardie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Idaho Man Is a Model Downtown Citizen Larry Kmetz, 70, Has Created a Central City Replica, With a Few Twists, in His Basement by Richard Guzmán city editor
or Larry Kmetz, growing up in Los Angeles was a memorable experience. He recalls marveling at Downtown structures such as City Hall and the Eastern Columbia Building. Kmetz, who is now 70 and lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, even has fond memories of living in a hotel on Skid Row for a time in 1948, after he moved from Indiana to L.A. with his family at the age of 6. Back then, he would explore the area on his bicycle and the Yellow Cars that would roll down Main Street. All those childhood memories had an unlikely effect: Kmetz recently completed a 10-year effort to recreate the city of his youth — with a few time and space twists — in the basement of his home. For the past decade, Kmetz worked daily on creating a scale model of Downtown Los Angeles. It is fashioned from a combination of modeling kits and buildings manufactured from scratch, some out of a thick, cardboardlike material. The Spokesman-Review, a daily newspaper based in Spokane, Wash., recently profiled his endeavor. Kmetz estimates he’s spent about $6,000 on his model. The finished version covers an 18-by-8-foot space in his cramped basement “I call it L.A. Creation,” he said during a phone interview from his home in the city of approximately 44,000 on the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene. “Some of this is from memory, some of it is from fantasy, but it’s my version of L.A.” Kmetz’s city includes streetcars, light
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Larry Kmetz with “L.A. Creation,” the 18-by-8-foot scale model of Downtown Los Angeles that he built in the basement of his Coeur d’Alene, Idaho home. The former L.A. resident has worked on it for a decade.
poles and more than two dozen buildings, among them City Hall, the Eastern Columbia Building and the Rosslyn Hotel. It has industrial zones along Alameda Street. There are even a few fictitious structures, as well as some that arrived here well after his youth. Still, they had an impression — he remained in Los Angeles, living in various neighborhoods and ultimately working for Kaiser Permanente, until retiring to Idaho in 2002. Thus, his scale model of historic Downtown contains the Bonaventure Hotel, which was
erected in 1976. It also has the Art Deco Wiltern Theatre at Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue, though in Kmetz’s version it’s at Washington Boulevard and Broadway. “I had to put the building in the Downtown section,” he said. “I wanted to use it because it’s so unique looking.” The marquee bears the phrase “The Wiltern Theatre Presents The Johnny Otis Show,” a reflection of his love for rhythm and blues. Widespread Attention Kmetz’s model has trolley cars en route
to Pasadena and buses with signs that read “Travel Smart Take Metro.” There are about 40 traffic signals and street signs, as well as trees on some street medians. The model doesn’t convey a particular time period. The marquee on his re-creation of the Palace Theater touts Eddie Murphy’s 1984 comedy Beverly Hills Cop. Due to space constraints, Kmetz couldn’t replicate every street in Downtown. Thus, he built some of the ones that stood out in his memory. He re-created Broadway and Figueroa, Hill, Los Angeles and Alameda streets. Crossing those are Washington Boulevard and First and Seventh streets. “This is the L.A. I loved as a kid, so it brings back a lot of memories,” he said. This is not the first time someone has made an imaginative model of Downtown. James Rojas, an urban planner and artist, has become known for his interactive scale models of places such as Downtown and Long Beach. He generally uses movable blocks as buildings meant to engage people in all aspects of community planning. Rojas isn’t surprised that Kmetz has dedicated so much time to his memories of Downtown. “I like the idea of how powerful memories are and how they’re affected by your city,” he said. “The models give people time to reflect on your city. A lot of times people don’t have time to reflect on it, and this gives people a chance to see how beautiful it really is and how they can improve it.” Kmetz has received a lot of attention since the Spokesman-Review article was published see Model, page 10
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New Genesis Continued from page 1 the New Genesis is considered supportive housing because it includes onsite social services. Tenants access everything from medical care to drug counseling to mental health treatment without leaving the building. The New Genesis represents a distinct evolution in the nonprofit’s model. To qualify for a unit in Skid Row Housing Trust buildings such as the New Carver, the Rainbow or the Abbey apartments, tenants had to have been homeless for a year or more, and needed to have a documented disability. The restrictions ensure that the subsidized apartments are filled by those
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Skid Row Housing Trust Executive Director Mike Alvidrez in one of the New Genesis’ loft apartments.
other people who live in Downtown want.” The New Norm Jonathan Hunter, a managing director with the nonprofit Corporation for Supportive Housing, which arranges financing for supportive housing projects nationwide, said the practice of mixing units for the formerly homeless with traditional affordable apartments has been happening in cities such as New York and San Francisco for at least 15 years. Recently, he said, the trend has become more widespread. While part of the driving force of the mixed-income model stems from a desire not to “ghettoize” tenants, the change is also driven by economics. Many people living on the streets survive on federal Supplemental Security Income, which in Los Angeles County works out to about $8,860 a year (15% of the Area Median Income of $59,100). The difference between what an individual on SSI can pay in rent and the cost of operating their apartment is “enormous,” Hunter said. So, including a low-income component reserved for people earning closer to 60% of the AMI not only makes for a more integrated community, it also generates crucial additional revenue for the project. The New Genesis model was also partly driven by community input. When the project was being planned, the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council and the Historic Downtown Los Angeles Business Improvement District opposed building more very low income housing on Main Street. The corridor has emerged in recent years as a popular spot for loft dwellers and visitors to the hub’s bars, restaurants and other businesses. The community groups instead urged SRHT to pursue an affordability mix. “We felt that it was appropriate to build new housing when there are a lot of people living on the sidewalk,” said Russell Brown, who at the time led both DLANC and the HDLABID. “But at the same time, do you want to concentrate more and more people and more and more social services Downtown and not also have a balanced approach in every neighborhood in the city?” Community groups also wanted more commercial activity to continue Main Street’s momentum. A housing project with social services on the ground floor would deaden another stretch, Brown said. Partly to engender community support, and partly because
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element, as the flood of natural light will help the growth of a lush Queensland umbrella tree planted in the middle of the courtyard. Thanks in part to the courtyard, the New Genesis has a peaceful feeling to it, especially for residents like Floyd Cole. Cole, 62, has stayed on and off the streets and at the New Image Homeless Shelter in South Los Angeles since 2003. He ended up homeless after he fractured his neck in a car accident and felt he had become too much of a burden on his family. On the streets, he turned to drugs and alcohol. Now sober, Cole moved into the New Genesis last week. “I love it because I’m up on the sixth floor and once I close my windows I can’t hear the outside,” he said. “I don’t hear the yelling, the horns, nothing.” Tenants are slated to continue move-ins through November. All of the supportive housing units have been leased, though some of the low-income residences remain available. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Downtown Center Business Improvement District Leading Downtown’s Renaissance for 15 Years
oday’s Downtown is a vibrant, 24/7 destination, boasting nearly 50,000 residents; 500,000 workers; Staples Center and L.A. LIVE; the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels; Walt Disney Concert Hall; five weekly farmers’ markets; award-winning restaurants; the new CityTarget; and a Metro system that runs until 2am on weekends. The driving force behind this Renaissance is the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID), a coalition of property owners consisting of more than 2,200 parcels
committed to enhancing the quality of life in Downtown Los Angeles. They believe that Downtown is a wholly unique place, one with an exciting and prosperous future. Since its inception in 1998, the DCBID has continued its mission as the most valuable resource to Downtown property and business owners by providing safety, cleanliness, marketing, and economic development programs. “The DCBID’s mission has always been: make it safe, make it clean and market it. Every aspect of Downtown has
The Foundation of the Downtown Housing Boom
pearheaded by Carol E. Schatz, President and Chief Executive Officer of the DCBID and the Central City Association, the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance (ARO) was adopted by the City of Los Angeles in 1999. The ARO created the groundwork for the Downtown housing boom by giving functionally obsolete and vacant historic office buildings a new economic life. Tom Gilmore, the first developer to take advantage of this new law, redeveloped three buildings in a $35 million project he dubbed the Old Bank District. Geoff Palmer also fueled the current
changed, for the better, as a result of their work” said Peklar Pilavjian, one of the owners of St. Vincent Jewelry Center. The DCBID has been, and will continue to be, the catalyst for Downtown’s revitalization. Since its founding in 1998, the DCBID has helped to recruit over 200 restaurants, bars, nightlife destinations, retailers and amenities, including Ralphs Fresh Fare and CityTarget. The burgeoning residential population and the opening of new restaurants and nighttime entertainment have transformed the landscape of the Central City.
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housing boom by believing that there was a market for new construction luxury style apartments in Downtown. All 335 units of the first phase of the Medici quickly leased. A number of major commercial, cultural, civic and real estate developments and events followed, continuing the renewal. Since 1999, almost $16 billion has been invested in Downtown Los Angeles for arts and entertainment; civic and institutional projects; the Figueroa Corridor/Expo Park; and commercial, mixed-use, and residential developments, resulting in over 93,500 new jobs.
“The DCBID has changed the face of Downtown over the last 15 years. We’re now a vibrant City Center with music, entertainment, and restaurants.” — Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, Co-Chefs/Owners, Border Grill Restaurant & Truck
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Keeping Downtown Safe and Clean
he DCBID operates a large safety and clean team, also known as the Purple Patrol, which keeps Downtown safe and clean and provides much needed services that the city is unable to provide. Over the last 15 years, the DCBID’s maintenance team has collected nearly 1.3 million bags of trash. In the last five years, they have swept and cleaned over 4 million square feet of Downtown sidewalks. The DCBID’s safety staff maintains a working relationship with all local law enforcement and city entities. Downtown resident Joseph Flueckiger remarked “The DCBID safety team does an outstanding job. You see them out all the time. It’s a comforting feeling.” Over the last 15 years, the DCBID has responded to over 875,000 calls for service. The DCBID Service Center, located at 528 S. Spring Street, is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is available 24 hours by phone at (213) 624-2425. They also provide safety services during public events throughout all of Downtown, including the Los Angeles Marathon, Fiesta Broadway, and more. The DCBID is the first BID to start its own academy in which safety staff members attend classes above and beyond state requirements. In addition, the BID ACTION outreach program connects homeless individuals to needed services including drug treatment referrals, medical care, housing and transitional services.
“Economic development and marketing are key components of the DCBID that provide tremendous value to a property owner.” —Patrick Spillane, Senior Vice President, IDS Real Estate Group
“Over these last 15 years, the evolution and Renaissance of Downtown has been phenomenal. The DCBID was very key in making that happen.” —Kathy Faulk, General Manager, Omni Los Angeles Hotel
“The DCBID safety team does an outstanding job. You see them out all the time. It’s a comforting feeling.” —Joseph Flueckiger, Downtown resident
Downtown Then and Now: 7th Street photo courtesy of Bottega Louie
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he DCBID’s marketing efforts have repositioned Downtown as a destination for vibrant nightlife, dining, arts, and entertainment. The DCBID’s website, DowntownLA.com, has become the “go to” resource for everything happening in Downtown Los Angeles with over 1.2 million visits in 2011. Marketing efforts include consumer advertising and promotions, public relations, social media, a new app, printed collateral,
monthly e-newsletters, and quarterly printed newsletters for Downtown stakeholders. The DCBID’s roaming Downtown Guides provide valuable information and brochures to residents, workers, and tourists. They have distributed over 500,000 Downtown maps in the last five years. In 2011, they provided 43,000 directions and gave 4,300 welcome bags to Downtown’s newest residents and workers.
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2008 Church & State Bistro Cole’s Drago Centro Downtown Independent Theatre L.A. LIVE (GRAMMY Museum, Club Nokia, Lucky Strike, ESPN Zone, New Zealand Natural, Fleming’s, Lawry’s Carvery, The Farm of Beverly Hills, and Yard House) LAPD Headquarters Neihule Salon Nickel Diner Panini Café StarLine Tours UCLA Extension Urth Caffe Wokcano Restaurant and Lounge Wurstküche
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hrough strong economic development programs, the DCBID has helped recruit over 200 new establishments over the past 15 years, resulting in thousands of construction and operational jobs, as well as millions in sales tax revenues. The organization’s current emphasis is the Seventh Street Corridor, with the goal of attracting unique and vibrant retail businesses. Restaurants and other hospitality tenants have opened in the last 15 years including the Michelin-starred Patina at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the ever popular Bottega Louie and recently opened Towne Food and Drink and Le Ka Restaurant and Lounge. Co-Chefs/owners Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger of Border Grill Restaurants & Truck remarked “The DCBID has changed the face of Downtown over the last 15 years. We’re now a vibrant City Center with music, entertainment and restaurants.” In 2011, the DCBID property value was assessed at $9 billion, a dramatic increase from $4.4 billion in 1998.
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“The force behind the rebirth of Downtown Los Angeles is the DCBID. I am a believer and supporter of all the DCBID has done and continues to do... in a word IMPRESSIVE!” —Jim White, Downtown Resident and Business Partner, L.A. Lofts Realty
“The DCBID has been to the business community what it expects of it - effective, efficient, and energized. Without the DCBID, the collaborative and coordinated efforts to bring commerce, customers, interest and response would be generations behind.” —Kuo Yang, Owner, Brigade LA Women’s Fashion Boutique
DCBID Accomplishments n $15.7 billion invested 1999-2011 n 93,500 jobs created 1999-2011 n Over 200 restaurants, bars, nightlife and amenities opened 1998-2011 n Property values of the assessed parcels more than doubled from $4.4 billion in 1998 to $9 billion in 2011 n 1.3 million bags of trash collected 1998-2011 n 4 million square feet of sidewalks swept and cleaned 2008-2011 n 875,000 calls for service 1998-2011 n 95% residential occupancy in 2012 n 1.2 million annual visits to the DCBID’s website DowntownLA.com
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he DCBID is the information source for Downtown Los Angeles. It has compiled a diverse library of data and statistics related to various markets including residential, retail, office development, and investments. Each year, the research department responds to over a thousand requests for market information from developers, real estate brokers, appraisers, bankers, investors, students, and media. No other organization compiles data that focuses solely on the Downtown market. The DCBID’s unique demographic studies in 2008 and 2011 were the most effective marketing tools for bringing retail to Downtown. They showed doubledigit population growth and new amenities, attracting highly-educated and affluent residents. The 2011 study showed increases in the number of residents (15%) and residential units opening (11%) since 2008, propelling even more new restaurants, nightlife spots, and amenities. The residential population growth was underscored by this group’s spending power. The 2011 study found that Downtown residents fared better than the rest of Los Angeles during the economic downturn. Residents reported a median income of $86,300, which was higher than the reported median income of $85,500 for total respondents of the study (which also included employees and visitors to Downtown), and 83% of Downtown residents reported being employed, compared to 78% of total respondents. The 2011 study also showed that residents are eager to spend their cash at more mid-level, sit-down restaurants and mid-level department and fashion stores. “The DCBID’s studies provide key insights for businesses in better understanding and meeting the needs and preferences of this community,” said Schatz. “In the 2008 study, residents vocalized their desire for more stores, particularly Target. Since then, the retailer has just opened CityTarget at FIGat7th. This is a population that knows what they want and is prepared to spend on what they want. They are a marketer’s dream.”
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— Peklar Pilavjian, one of the owners of St. Vincent Jewelry Center
“Target’s decision to locate Downtown was largely driven by the information contained in the DCBID’s demographic study.”
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he Renaissance is in full swing and the buzz about Downtown continues to grow,” added Schatz. “We are seeing more people being drawn to Downtown for different reasons – some are here for the arts, cultural and sporting events, some for nightlife, while others are enjoying our great restaurants. The beauty is that Downtown is attracting all types of Angelenos and visitors from around the country.” This trend will be enhanced with the opening of The Broad, a new contemporary art museum in 2013; the new Wilshire Grand Redevelopment, estimated to be completed in 2017; and Farmers Field - Football Stadium and Event Center. Downtown Los Angeles will continue its renewal, offering nothing but opportunity for those who invest here. For information about the DCBID and its services, visit DowntownLA.com. photo by Mario de Lopez
“The DCBID’s mission has always been: make it safe, make it clean and market it. Every aspect of Downtown has changed, for the better, as a result of their work.”
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The Central City Crime Report A Rundown on Downtown Incidents, Trends and Criminal Oddities
here’s a lot to like about life in Downtown los Angeles. There are also unsavory elements, like crime. This week, Los Angeles Downtown News introduces “The Central City Crime Report,” in which we survey the recent week in public safety. All information is provided by the LAPD’s Central Division. The Great Razor Caper: When City Target opened at the renovated FIGat7th shopping center last month, many rejoiced at the chance to snag clothes, electronics and toiletries. One woman had something else in mind: On Oct. 20, she entered the store and walked out with $500 worth of mini blades. Two days later, she returned and took $300 more
worth of the goods. She was caught on Oct. 24, when she tried to make off with another $147 worth of beard erasers. The woman is accused of the same caper at a Target in Commerce, where she would return the heisted blades for cash value. Four other people were arrested last week for unrelated thefts at the new store. Division-wide, thefts are up 26% year-to-date. No Head on Shoulders: On Oct. 21, a man was caught sneaking out of the Rite Aid at 600 W. Seventh St. with some pilfered goods. His booty? How about $41 worth of shampoo. Two days later, another man was caught after thieving $25 worth of soap. Both suspects are now cleaning up their act.
Lock Down: When we learned that four locked bikes were stolen last week by thieves who used bolt cutters, we assumed the brazen heists took place on dark corners late at night. Well, you know what they say about people who assume. Although two thieves were caught in the act, at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, an $800 Schwinn was reported stolen five minutes after the owner locked it to a pole outside Rite Aid at Fifth Street and Broadway. The next day at 10:30 a.m., some bad seed cut the U-lock securing a $455 Trek bike in front of the Rite Aid at 600 W. Seventh St. The Case of the Missing Clarinets: Has anyone offered to sell you a case of clarinets lately? Well, careful Coltrane, they might be hot, and not in a snazzy jazz way. At 7 p.m. on Oct. 22, a man at Union Station set down his case of clarinets and approached a ticket kiosk. When he returned to his woodwinds, they were gone. Police have no information on the suspect, so keep an ear out. — Ryan Vaillancourt
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fter traveling a total of 122,883,151 miles, circling the globe 4,671 times, riding piggyback across the country on a tricked-out 747 and then traversing 12 miles through the streets of Inglewood and Los Angeles, the Space Shuttle Endeavour has landed in Downtown. “It’s thrilling, and best of all is that it’s here to inspire people and in particular kids to learn more about science and engineering,” said Jeffrey Rudolph, president and CEO of the California Science Center, after an hour-long opening ceremony for the new shuttle exhibition on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The 122-foot-long orbiter is now housed inside the Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion. The 18,000-square-foot structure in Exposition Park will be the Endeavour’s home for about five years while the $200 million Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center is being built. That is expected to debut in 2017. Right now the shuttle is being displayed horizontally on a steel support structure about 15 feet off the ground. In the new building, it will stand vertical, along with the fuel tank and rocket boosters as if it’s set to launch. Even in its temporary digs the impact is expected to or nNews.com be immediate. With the shuttle, Rudolph at Downtowpredicted hand corner maillist ht rig r pe the updraw 2s.million com/forms/ visitors a year, Center will symbol in WSScience E-NEthe ntownnew Look for this www.ladow P SIGaN U 600,000 increase over the current annual 1.4 million guests. “It has an incredible power to reach people deeply, emotionally and engage their interest,” Rudolph said. The Launch Perhaps it should not come as a surprise that the ship that traveled in outer space has serious star power. Attendees at the opening event included singer James Ingram, who belted out a version of R. Kelly’s “I Believe
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espite what the name implies, don’t bother looking for an actual storefront or try to window shop at a new Arts District vintage store. But if you can find the tiny white button next to a large metal door on Traction Avenue, and you have at least $50 in your wallet (but preferably more), Storefront has a battery of items you might be tempted to term high-end flea market finds. Resist the urge (reasoning below). In August, film and commercial set decorator and production designer Coryander Friend opened Storefront in a hard-to-find, 1,000-square-foot brick-walled space next to the popular sausage joint Wurstküche. Her inventory ranges from vintage furniture to industrial pieces to photography. Prices go from about $50 to $8,000. As part of a series highlighting local retail, Los Angeles Downtown News takes a look at what’s in store. Curated Finds: Don’t confuse Storefont with a high-end flea market. Instead, said Friend, think of it as a curated collection of vintage items that happen to be on sale. “I wanted a store because I love beautiful things and I love to put them on display,” she said. She chose the Downtown location after it was offered to her by the owners of the Third Street gallery Apolis, who also own the space. Friend said she was attracted by the growth of the area, including the restaurants. The current inventory, which includes more than 150 items and can be glimpsed online, is a blend of her finds from flea markets, various collectors and estates sales. Additionally, there are items from her friend, director and writer Jonathan Pessin, who used to sell his wares at his now closed Appt. Only store. Pessin’s items bring a more masculine, “mantique” vibe to the store, Friend said. They include a non-operational bomb
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Film industry set decorator and production designer Coryander Friend opened Storefront on Traction Avenue in August. Items for sale include a $6,500 Borge Mogenson couch and a 1950s coin operated horse (right). It works, but the ride is fairly violent and not recommended for kids. It sells for $3,750.
that’s purely for decoration and costs $1,600. Pessin’s contributions also include a rusted metal can marked with the words “Carter White Lead.” Friend didn’t know much about the can, which goes for $220. In the future, she plans to invite artists and designers whose items she likes to help stock her store. Value Is in Eye of Beholder: It may be hard to understand the high price points at Storefront. Friend said the value comes in part from each item’s essence, history and the time she puts into the hunt for vintage collectables. It’s a good thing to keep in mind when considering things like a large rusted metal nut for $55, an aluminum wire basket for $220 or a $225 pair of rusted ice hooks. So far, Friend said business has been good, although she wouldn’t get specific.
“We are pioneering in an area that isn’t vintage retail,” she said. “We’re not on Melrose, we’re not on La Brea or La Cienega. We don’t have a storefront. We have a lot of challenges but I think we’re doing well anyway because we have a supportive community.” She said customers are mostly people who have read about the store in publications including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and on design blogs. There are also those who are just curious about the button outside, she said. Rough Ride: One of the most eye-catching items at Storefront is a 1950s coin-operated pony ride similar to those found in front of grocery stores today. The horse, which costs $3,750, runs on a dime and still works, but Friend warns see Storefont, page 24
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suNday, November 11 Cities and Interiors REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., (2130 237-2800 or redcat.org. 7 p.m.: Writers Amina Cain, Renee Gladman and Matias Viegener converge for an evening of new writing centered around “external constructions and interior depths,” whatever that means.
ROCK, POP & JAZZ Blue Whale 123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka St., (213) 620-0908 or bluewhalemusic.com. Nov. 6: Chris Speed, Jeff Parker, Devin Hoff and Matt Mayhall. Nov. 7: Joh Bremen, Ariel Alexander, Vardan Ovsepian, Tim Lefebvre and Louis Cole. Nov. 8: Kathleen Grace Group. Nov. 9: Alphonso Johnson Group. Nov. 10: Gene Coye Group. Bootleg Bar 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or bootlegtheater.org. Nov. 5, 8 p.m.: This month’s resident band In the Valley sounds like a pair of Amish kids out on rumspringa who get really excited after someone slips them an MGMT album. Nov. 6, 8 p.m.: With a noodle scratching name like the Moth & the Flame, this Salt Lake City bred alternative rock band promises a bevy of contradictions in one act. Punchy rock from Utah? Indie rock that isn’t stale and derivative? So many possibilities! Nov. 7, 8 p.m.: Imagine this Listings Editor’s disappointment to discover Mr. Gnome was a Cleveland-based fuzz-psychedelic band and not a gathering of garden dwelling fantasy creatures. Nov. 8, 8 p.m.: If the Charlie Daniels Band, Steely Dan and Dionne Warwick had a group romantic encounter, the child would sound remarkably like Sweetwater and the Satisfaction. Nov. 9, 8:30 p.m.: Benjamin Francis Leftwich is the Nick Drake of the Chicken Soup for the Soul generation. Nov. 10, 8:30 p.m.: What sets the Sea and Cake apart from other synth pop bands is their name, which is not currently used by any other synth pop band. Broadway Bar 830 S. Broadway, (213) 614-9909 or broadwaybar.la. Nov. 8, 10 p.m.: HM Soundsystem’s weekly show Broader Than Broadway is the electronica experience you’ll be telling your kids about when they ask about your high-frequency hearing loss. Casey’s Irish Pub 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353 or bigcaseys.com. Nov. 9, 10 p.m.: Indie rock band The Health Club in no way promises a nutritional show. Nov. 10, 10 p.m.: Vise Versa is here to flip rock on its head. Instead of watching them on a stage, they’ll
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hings are totem pole-tacular up at the Music Center, where on Saturday, Nov. 10, the wide-reaching World City program presents the Git-Hoan Dancers, who will dish out a serving of the folk traditions of the Tsimshian Native American tribes. These descendants of the original inhabitants of the Pacific Northwest use hand-carved masks and authentic skin and wood drums in performances of pieces including “The Shaman and the Land Otters” and “Killerwhale, Chief of the Sea.” The outdoor W.M. Keck Amphitheatre at Walt Disney Concert Hall plays host to the two shows at 11 a.m. (free tickets will be dispensed at 10 a.m.) and 12:30 p.m. (tickets at 11 a.m.). Line up like an eager beaver at 111 S. Grand Ave., (213) 972-7211 or musiccenter.org.
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Thursday, November 8 Daniel Mendelsohn and Jonathan Lethem at Aloud Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7500 or lfla.org. 7:15 p.m.: Two award-winning writers discuss the craft of essays and the flow of narrative in a blend of fact and fiction.
aving an intimate relationship with classical music can be difficult. The form is age-old, the canon wide and appreciation of the many concertos, operas and symphonies requires a knowledge of history and musical theory. Well, fret not Downtown, Le Salon de Musiques is here to help you cozy up to classical. On Sunday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m., the top floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion will host a concert of chamber music featuring work by Charles Marie Widor and Andre Caplet. It will be accompanied by champagne and thoughtful discussion. Go ahead, embrace the sounds. At 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-7211 or lesalondemusiques.com. photo by Carole Sternicha
WedNesday, November 7 Desert America at Aloud Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7500 or lfla.org. 7:15 p.m.: In this discussion titled “Boom and Bust in the New Old West,” journalist, poet and author of the new book Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail Rubén Martinez joins author Alison Hawthorne Deming. SCI-Arc Lecture Series SCI-Arc, 960 E. Third St., (213) 613 2200 or sciarc.edu. 7 p.m.: Bureau Spectacular founding architect Jimenez Lai drops a little knowledge about the ways of the design world.
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Tuesday, November 6 Election Day Viewing Party Grand Park, Between Spring, Temple and First streets and Grand Ave., (213) 972-8080 or grandpark. lacounty.gov. 5-10 p.m.: Watch on the big screen as the 2012 election results roll in. As all the talking heads update the latest returns, a DJ will spin (“Living in America,” anyone?) and food trucks will hawk hot edibles. The event takes place in the performance lawn, just west of Hill Street.
rolific and diverse, Leonard Cohen’s nearly 50-year career has encompassed 12 full-length albums, two novels and volumes of poetry. At 78, his probing lyrics seem now like the fruit of a long life, but Cohen’s wonderful secret is that his wisdom far presaged his success. So, it would be extra special if you, the concert-going masses, could take a break from the Taylor Swifts and R. Kellys and LMFAOs to come down to the Nokia Theatre on Monday, Nov. 5, and witness a living legend as he passes the torch of pensive culture to another generation. At 777 Chick Hearn Court, (213) 7636030 or nokiatheatrelalive.com.
he Grammy Museum canceled its Nov. 8 event withMC5 founder Wayne Kramer. No problem, for on Friday, Nov. 9, the museum screens Big Easy Express, a rock doc about bands Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show gallivanting across the United States in a journey to New Orleans. The film promises to be more awesome than searching for the bathroom in the basement of Dillon’s Irish Pub, but potentially less impactful than 1969’s Easy Rider. It starts at 8 p.m. at 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 7656800 or grammymuseum.org.
ver since the Down and Out lost its permit enabling patrons to drink on the patio, it has been very difficult to combine intoxication and laughing at the myriad forms of ridiculousness in Downtown Los Angeles. Fear not friends, the L.A. Brewing Company has an alternative. On Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m., roll over to Broadway and pack the pub for its relatively new Dog Day Afterwork stand-up comedy night. Host Tom Sibley welcomes the likes of Ron Funches on stage. Bonus: The LABC has more than 100 beers on tap. Have a few and you won’t be the only one laughing. At 750 S. Broadway, (212) 622-0500 or dogdayafterwork.tumblr.com.
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Continued from previous page be playing on floor level. Take that, predictable rock! Club Nokia 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-7000 or clubnokia.com. Nov. 9, 8 p.m.: Minus the Bear’s bubbly electroindie practically oozes into the ear. Exchange LA 618 S. Spring St., (213) 627-8070 or exchangela.com. Nov. 9, 10 p.m.: This week’s Awakening features DJs Myon and Shane54’s blistering techno with an important message about rickets prevention. Who said house music isn’t altruistic? Nov. 10, 10 p.m.: If Dennis Ferrer’s soulful house set at Inception is loaded with subliminal messages, don’t blame the organizers for the rounds of top shelf tequila shots you were compelled to buy. You knew what you were getting into. Grammy Museum 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6800 or grammymuseum.org. Nov. 5, 8 p.m.: Move yourself, you always live your life never thinking of the future. Well, plan ahead for once and come see former Yes frontman Jon Anderson. Nokia Theater 777 Chick Hearn Court, (213) 763-6020 or nokiatheatrelalive.com.
ot content to sit on the couch and watch Wolf Blitzer as the election votes are tallied on Tuesday, Nov. 6? Then head over to Grand Park, where the people will gather to watch the election returns together. Which means lot of pictures of candidates’ heads on very big screens. There will be a DJ and food trucks. The party (or potential mourning session, depending on your partisan tendencies) goes from 5-10 p.m. at the performance lawn, the section of the park just west of Hill Street. More information at (213) 972-8080 or grandpark.lacounty.gov.
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Nov. 5, 8 p.m.: Canada’s finest music export. No, we are not talking about Drake (and what sort of skewed world do you live in where Drake is Canada’s finest musical export?). It’s Leonard Cohen. Nola’s 734 E. 3rd St., (213) 680-3003 or nolasla.com. Nov. 6, 8 p.m.: Open jam session with Reggy Woods. Nov. 8, 7 p.m.: X-Perience. Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.: Oui’3. Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.: Dave Williams and MBT. Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m.: Sunday Brunch with Jeff Robinson Band. One-Eyed Gypsy
901 E. First St., (626) 340-3529 or one-eyedgypsy.com. Nov. 7: Folk noir with RT N the 44s. REDCAT 631 W. Second St., (2130 237-2800 or redcat.org. Nov. 9, 8:30 p.m.: Electronic music pioneer and Looney Tunes composer Raymond Scott is the subject of a tribute night featuring Steve Bartek and Ego Plum. Nov. 10, 8:30 p.m.: The SCREAM finale closes the gathering of Southern California Resource for ElectroAcoustic Music with four masters of the craft. Redwood Bar and Grill 316 W. Second St., (213) 652-4444 or theredwoodbar.com. Nov. 5: Derron Wade, Peter McGowan, Abby
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ny Knoxville, Rob Riggle and Patrice O’Neal, Nature Calls is the story of two polar-opposite brothers. Don’t expect Knoxville to hurdle a bull in this one. Nov. 9-14, 9 p.m.: Middle of Nowhere is a story of dedication and incarceration. IMAX California Science Center, 700 State Drive, (213) 7442019 or californiasciencecenter.org. Explore the remnants and wisdom of an ancient empire in Mysteries of Egypt. Ice and polar bear enthusiasts will likely dig To the Arctic 3D. Experience the gripping story full of hope, crushing disappointment and triumph in Hubble 3D. MOCA 250 S. Grand Ave., (213) 626-6222 or moca.org. 7 p.m.: In conjunction with the exhibition Blues for Smoke, Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA presents “Impulse to Archive,” a program of short films and videos evoking the spirit of the blues. REDCAT
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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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