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November 30, 2009
Digging In to the Downtown Crime Drop A Look at How and Why the Area Is Seeing Fewer Criminal Acts by ryAn VAillAncourt StAff writer
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hen it comes to Downtown crime, 2007 was the year everything changed. Under the Safer Cities Initiative, which deployed 50 extra cops to Skid Row, annual crime in Central Division plummeted 30%. In 2008, Downtown saw a slight jump in overall crime. The uptick was not greeted with much alarm, because in effect, Central Division was fighting its own success from the previous year. Now, there is a reversal of last year’s reversal, and although the Downtown Los Angeles population has grown, the area is on pace to record another significant drop. As of Nov. 14, Central had tabulated 3,221 violent and property
crimes, a 7.8% decrease from the same period last year. The number also represents a roughly 3% year-to-date drop from 2007 levels. The reduction comes as Captain Blake Chow, who replaced Capt. Jodi Wakefield in February, is approaching nine months as Central’s top cop. When he started, Chow pledged to build stronger partnerships with entities such as local business improvement districts. So far, mission accomplished, say leaders of the various Downtown BIDs. “Central’s leadership of the past, I can’t say our communication was bad,” said Ken Nakano, director of operations for the Downtown Center Business Improvement District, whose purple-clad see Crime, page 8
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With nearly a year under his belt, Central Capt. Blake Chow has steered the division toward a 7.8% reduction in crime compared to last year. Violent crime is down 9%.
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One Month Before Business Improvement District Expires, Garbage Piles Up by AnnA Scott
Time to inspect the infrastructure.
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Garbage accumulated at Winston and Los Angeles streets on a recent weekday. The business improvement district that has cleaned up trash in the Toy District ends Dec. 31.
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Start Your Engines L.A. Auto Show Returns With 1,000 Vehicles and Nearly 1 Million Visitors by richArd Guzmán city editor
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n August 2008, the Central City East Association announced that come Jan. 1, 2010, it would stop providing trash removal and other services in Downtown’s Toy District, following a group of property owners’ refusal to renew the local business improvement district. Now, just one month from the expiration, cardboard boxes and other garbage are already starting to pile up on the neighborhood’s streets. Last Tuesday afternoon, Los Angeles Street between Third and Fifth streets was littered with packaging materials, paper, food and other refuse,
much of it from area businesses. At the southeast corner of Los Angeles and Winston streets, a trashcan lined with a blue bag was filled to the brim. Another stuffed garbage bag sat on the sidewalk, and the nearby gutter held a small heap of garbage, including large pieces of cardboard and smaller items like plastic bags and food wrappers. “It’s a situation that’s been out of control for a long time, for years,” said CCEA Executive Director Estela Lopez. “We’ve been closing our eyes and taking the path of least resistance, which is picking up the trash. This is it.” The CCEA for the past 11 years has overseen the Toy District business see Toy District, page 10
he American auto industry is still in a downturn, with sales far off their peak and a slew of dealerships closing. The impact has been felt in Downtown Los Angeles, as an anticipated Chrysler sales center instead sits unfinished and empty at Figueroa and 21st streets. Meanwhile, about a mile to the north, two companies dropped out of this week’s L.A. Auto Show. Don’t take that as a sign, however, that the country’s fascination with new vehicles has diminished — at least when it comes to looking, rather than buy-
ing. The 102nd installment of the Auto Show, which opens Friday, Dec. 4, is expected to attract nearly 1 million visitors before it closes on Dec. 13, according to show officials. Approximately 40 cars will make their North American and world debuts at the event. The show will also continue its focus on eco-friendly vehicles with the 2010 Green Car of the Year award and dozens of concept cars with forward-looking technology. In addition, car enthusiasts will get a taste of some good old-fashioned muscle power, with a new Porsche and the see Auto Show, page 14
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The L.A. Auto Show is one of the most popular annual events in Downtown. This year’s exhibit runs Dec. 4-13.
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AROUNDTOWN Broadway Street Plan Gets a Hearing
ore than 100 people attended a meeting in the Historic Core on Tuesday, Nov. 24, to offer input on a plan to give Broadway a pedestrian-friendly makeover. The proposal is part of Councilman José Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway initiative, which aims to revitalize the thoroughfare between Second Street and Olympic Boulevard. The public was invited to The Exchange building to weigh in on final designs for the Broadway Streetscape Master Plan, which lays the groundwork for cosmetic and structural changes to Broadway. Plans, aimed at improving the street’s appearance and encouraging foot traffic, include narrowing the street to three lanes of traffic with parking and loading on both sides, bumping out the sidewalks, planting new trees on the widened sidewalks and adding bus stops. According to Huizar’s office, the Master Plan would cost approximately $30 million; the Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently awarded $4.5 million to the project, and Huizar staff members plan to apply for federal funds. Officials hope to start construction by 2013.
Woman Killed In Skid Row Shooting
46-year-old woman died after being shot in the head last week outside a transitional housing development at 523 S. San Julian St. in Skid Row. Los Angeles Police Department officials are investigating the murder of Sheila Zaldana, who they believe was shot by Michelle Cato, who is in custody. After the shooting, Cato, 26, was chased by witnesses, including the victim’s son, and was then detained
by a motorcycle officer. A small handgun, which officers believe was used in the shooting, was seen on the sidewalk on the north side of Sixth Street, at the base of a roll-up door to a Department of Water and Power building, between San Julian and Wall streets. Zaldana was transported to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center where she died, according to a police statement. Both women were living in South Los Angeles. “The suspect is not talking and we’re trying to get a little bit of insight from the son,” Lt. Paul Vernon said. “We found that [Cato] also tried to shoot him just prior to shooting the woman.” The killing marks the fifth homicide in Downtown in 2009.
Police Looking for Sexual Assault Suspect
olice are looking for a 22-year-old South Los Angeles man accused of four cases of sexual battery against young women while posing as a photographer for Vibe magazine. Four women have reported meeting Keith Nichols since October and submitting to a personal examination to “measure their most intimate body parts for ‘custom-fitted underwear,’” police said in a release last week. During the examinations, Nichols allegedly touched the women’s bare breasts and groins. Nichols allegedly told the women that if their measurements were right, they could get a modeling job with the popular hip-hop magazine. “These crimes amount only to a misdemeanor at this point, but the potential for a more serious crime is there,” Capt. Blake Chow said. “We don’t know how many women Nichols has approached, how many have submitted, or if he has committed more serious crimes.” In two separate cases, Nichols met his victims on the light-rail line
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between Long Beach and Los Angeles, police said. Police believe Nichols may be working as a security guard.
Hip to Be Square
new Downtown furniture and home store is aiming for the hip and educated with semi-deep pockets. I Squared, a spinoff of Interior Illusions Inc., a Southern California-based interior design and furniture company, was set to open Friday, Nov. 27 (after Los Angeles Downtown News went to press) in a 3,200-square-foot space in the Great Republic Lofts Building at 758 S. Spring St. The store’s inventory includes everything from “sofas to candles,” according to company officials. Company President and CEO Michael Valles predicted the typical customer would be an “educated younger professional who will most likely qualify for average tiered credit.” What that means is a price range of $8 for kitchen accessories to $2,000 for furniture.
Downtown was awash in Thanksgiving dinners last week, with one of the biggest taking place the day before the holiday. On Wednesday, Nov. 25, thousands of people from in and around Skid Row headed over to the Los Angeles Mission for the annual Thanksgiving celebration. Servers at the high-profile event included new LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich.
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he turkey, stuffing, potatoes and other sides have been consumed. The dishes have (hopefully) been cleaned. But where did Downtowners spend their Thanksgiving? A poll on downtownnews.com, asked in the weeks leading up to the holiday, found that 32%, or nearly one in three respondents, celebrated at home. Another 38% went to a family member’s home for their meal. Although plenty of restaurants offered Thanksgiving service, only 5% said they planned to go out, and another 5% said they would congregate at a friend’s house. Meanwhile, 10% said they would not be celebrating. This week, Los Angeles Downtown News addresses one of the biggest new dilemmas facing area workers, residents and visitors: Where will you ice skate this winter? For the first time, Downtown has two rinks, the traditional set-up at Pershing Square, and a new facility at L.A. Live. To vote, go to downtownnews.com, scroll down and look on the left side of the page.
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Outgoing CRA CEO Discusses Her Time At the Agency and the Challenges Ahead staff writer
ecilia Estolano marks her last day as CEO of the Community Redevelopment Agency on Monday, Nov. 30. She announced earlier this month that after 3 1/2 years, she is stepping down to take a still untitled job in the new Los Angeles office of Green for All, an environmental and economic organization. The Los Angeles native, Harvard and Berkeley law school graduate spoke last week with Los Angeles Downtown News about the ups and downs of her time as head of the CRA. Los Angeles Downtown News: What will you do at Green for All? Cecilia Estolano: We’re going to be working on helping cities across the country take advantage of stimulus funds or other funding available to make sure that they are creating good paying, career path jobs in the green economy. I’m also helping them head up this fund they have; it’s a $20 million fund that’s going to leverage about $200 million. Q: How is the CRA different now from when you started? A: We can document our performance. We can track our money much better. We have a mission. I think we have transformed this agency’s view of itself beyond just eliminating blight, truly to creating economic opportunities. When I got here it was 212 employees. We’re now at 267, so we went through a great period of growth. Q: The CRA is considering leaving its Spring Street headquarters. If it does, do you think it’s important for the agency to stay in the Historic Core? A: Wherever we can keep our investment in our project areas, we should. Sometimes you can’t. Office space is limited. I think the frustration with the [Downtown] office is that we’re in a place we want to stay in, the Historic Core, but there’s just not available space and our current landlord has been extremely difficult to work with. Q: It’s been reported that there was a dispute between you and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa over a plan to move the agency into a different, city-owned building. A: That’s actually totally inaccurate. We wanted to move into a city-owned building and they didn’t have space for us. We thought Figueroa Plaza would work. Q: Two years ago, a plan announced by the CRA and the Planning Department to preserve Downtown’s industrial-zoned land created quite a bit of controversy. We haven’t heard much about it in recent months — what happened? A: What was leading the controversy, the intense pressure for conversion of industrial property to residential, simply disappeared when the residential market caved. The pressure to convert this land is gone. Q: Speaking of the Industrial District, you helped lead the charge to create a “clean tech corridor” of green businesses there. How much of a setback was it to lose the AnsaldoBreda rail manufacturing deal? A: It’s a major disappointment. I’m not going to deny that. It’s because of the mayor’s office that we put so much energy into trying to make this deal happen. I can honestly tell you there’s nothing more the CRA could have done to make that deal happen. But that’s over, and I would doubt very much those guys would ever do business in this town or maybe this whole country again. There are other companies in the clean tech sector that are interested and our staff is pursuing that, and they’re working really, really hard because we have a loan we need to pay off for that property. Q: What do you think the future holds for the Grand Avenue project? A: I wouldn’t be surprised if that project is re-framed substantially. It was premised on very high-end condos and a very high-end retail market, and it’s just going to be a long time before I think that business model works. I wouldn’t be surprised if [developer] Related [Companies] comes back and tries to reframe the mix of what that project will be, and I think the Joint Powers Authority will be amenable, within reason. Q: What will your successor’s greatest challenge be? A: The state of California and the city of Los Angeles, and the almost irresistible desire to raid every source of funding avail-
able to fill budget deficits. The legislature is in a world of hurt and they now have a $21 billion deficit, and they’re going to go after redevelopment again, I have no doubt. Although we are in a lawsuit fighting their last take, they have no choice. Likewise, the city of L.A. has in times past turned to the CRA to fill its budget deficits. The challenge for my successor will be to make the argument that we still need to have economic development. There have been bad times for the CRA in the past, but this is unprecedented. Contact Anna Scott at email@example.com.
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The Exit Interview: Cecilia Estolano by Anna Scott
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During her three and a half years atop the CRA, Cecilia Estolano saw the agency grow from 212 to 267 employees. She also saw the AnsaldoBreda rail manufacturing deal come together, then fall apart at the last minute.
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EDITORIALS Take Aim at Target
rookfield Properties has a unique opportunity, one that could provide a major benefit to Downtown workers and residents: The company is in negotiations with Minneapolis-based megaretailer Target to bring a store to the 7+Fig shopping mall. This would be a coup for Downtown, and we hope that Brookfield, which has been a responsible and proactive “corporate citizen” since acquiring the mall and the adjacent Ernst & Young office tower in 2006 (as part of its purchase of Trizec Properties), will work aggressively to close the deal. We also hope that any city entities that could facilitate the transaction through incentives or other measures make their presence known in a cooperative manner. The result could be significant not just for shoppers, but also in terms of jobs and in sales tax revenue for empty city coffers. Los Angeles Downtown News last week reported that Brookfield and Target are in advanced negotiations for the former Macy’s spot at the outdoor shopping mall at Seventh and Figueroa streets. Macy’s closed its store earlier this year, freeing up about 125,000 square feet of space. The average size for a
Target, said a company official, is 128,000 square feet. A related option is to also use the 80,000 square feet in the mall that once held Bullocks. There is a big difference between advanced negotiations and a completed deal. We suspect Target is still in the midst of conducting its due diligence, trying to make sure the Downtown demographics (now and in the future) will support such an investment. Plenty of issues need to be hammered out, including parking and how customers would get their carts to their cars, a matter that was raised when Target looked at the Bullocks spot about three years ago. But Target made awkward parking work at its Pasadena store on Colorado Boulevard, and the problem could be solved here, too. They should be confident that the draw is that strong. The deal is not done, and hopeful deals not completed have a way of dissipating into so much hopeless smoke. But Downtown stakeholders and residents have an intense desire to bring the retailer in. For obvious reasons, so does Brookfield. Target’s benefits would be felt on multiple levels. On the practical side, it would deliver to Downtown the major mid-priced
retail option that it currently lacks. Although Downtown has numerous entities that sell some of what Target proffers, the store’s combination of breadth of merchandise, affordability, brand recognition and mass appeal would fill an enormous niche. It would be a strong addition (as well as competition) to the clothing stores, electronics options and drugstores already in Downtown. It would also add housewares, which is largely missing from the community. All told, it would have an instant customer base in the tens of thousands of people who live Downtown and the hundreds of thousands who work here. A Target would also help fill a retail hole that is deepening a few blocks south. The L.A. Central project, east of Staples Center and L.A. Live, has encountered serious financial hurdles, and its New York-based developer now faces the threat of foreclosure. This was supposed to be the major retail engine of South Park, and the project had received entitlements for 250,000 square feet of shopping space. The uncertain situation coupled with the ongoing recession means a project in that location may not get off the ground for years, and that if or when it does, it could be in a completely different format. Target would be well positioned to fill some of that gap. There are intangible benefits as well. In certain ways, Target “validates” the communi-
ties it enters. In this regard, a store could send the most important economic message about Downtown since the Ralphs supermarket debuted in 2007. We recognize that there is an unlikely aspect to this line of thinking, and most everyone in the area understands that Downtown will not suddenly prosper or be a “better” place the day a Target opens. Instead, Target’s impact on the psychological front will be for those who live and work outside the area, and the people who still look askance at Downtown. An investment from Target would again send a signal to the diminishing number of doubters that Downtown is healthy and safe enough to support this kind of business. Retailers traditionally follow trends, and this would help deliver the message that the community is, for lack of a better word, “ready.” A Target might have a similar effect on those considering moving Downtown. Brookfield has been a strong addition to Downtown. At 7+Fig, it has created a community friendly arts program, offering numerous free dance and other thought-provoking performances. The company clearly understands that it has a responsibility to do more than just collect rent. This is partly why we hope they will continue to be aggressive. Target would be an important addition to Downtown. We hope all parties work to make the deal happen, and soon.
Convention Center Needs Pricing Flexibility
very so often, we come across a situation that seems so ridiculous that we wonder why it has not been fixed. The latest of these head-scratchers concerns the Los Angeles Convention Center and the way it prices space for those booking trade shows, business meetings and other gatherings. Due to a quirk in the city administrative code, Convention Center staff currently has no flexibility on price when it comes to wooing potential clients. Whether it is the busiest or the slowest time of the year, whether the halls are mostly full or virtually empty, the building charges $.32 per square foot. The situation drew scorching criticism in a September audit from Controller Wendy Greuel. The pricing set-up is a holdover from decades ago, and why
it has not been challenged before, we have no idea. Too many things in city bureaucracy are a mystery. All of which is why we are pleased to hear that efforts have begun to allow the Convention Center to engage in “demand-based pricing.” This would enable officials to charge up to 50% more or 50% less than that $.32 a square foot. If this goes though, don’t expect higher prices to come into play too frequently — the flexibility will mostly be used to woo meetings and events from regional groups that before the recession might have gone to Las Vegas or other glittery locales, but are now looking to save money. This would not impact the biggest shows at the Convention Center, the so-called “citywide conventions” that book years in advance and fill thousands of nights in
the region’s hotels (those are booked by L.A. Inc., the city’s convention and visitors bureau). Still, bringing in these pharmaceutical meetings and other gatherings could have a big impact on the bottom line. It would be beneficial for the Convention Center itself, and would enhance the revenue streams of area hotels, restaurants, service businesses and numerous other entities. The City Council should move quickly on the motion to adopt demand-based pricing. If approved and signed, it would begin a three-year pilot program for the practice. That would be a smart step, and that time period should allow officials to ensure that the system works as anticipated and truly can make the Convention Center competitive. Amazing that this hasn’t happened before.
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Website Comments on Target, the Police Headquarters and L.A. Live
os Angeles Downtown News posts comments to stories on our website. Here are some of the most recent responses. Additional comments appear on downtownnews.com (comments follow individual articles). Further responses are welcome.
things Target sells aren’t one of them. —posted by Justin Sullivan, Nov. 20, 4:19 p.m. Regarding the Nov. 16 column “Hurricane Carmen,” about new City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, by Jon Regardie
hat I find interesting is that the writer didn’t state whether or not his record is in fact 27-0. Did Trutanich drop cases that he felt he could not win? Were they highly difficult cases? Did he handle these cases from start to finish, or were they the remnants of the prior administration? As in all politics (and reporting), one can always change the figures to one’s favor. It may not be Rockyville but it still smells the same. —posted by E. Wood, Nov. 17, 4:42 p.m.
Regarding the Nov. 20 story “Targeting Target,” about the retailer’s negotiations at 7+Fig, by Richard Guzmán
’ve been pining for a Target in DTLA for the last five years or so. I live in Alhambra, and Alhambra is another city within 10 miles of a Target. However, if there were a Target in DTLA, I would go there before work, on my way home or during lunch. It would be a huge convenience for all who live, work and play in DTLA, not to mention all our tourists. Target really needs to make it work. —posted by Ortega, Nov. 20, 2:25 p.m.
here’s something about “throwing council members in the pokey” that is absolutely hysterical. Thanks for my laugh of the day. I loved it. —posted by Barbara Hamaker, Nov. 19, 5:26 p.m.
s a current DTLA resident and frequent patron to existing shops/restaurants currently in 7+Fig, the addition of a Target in my opinion is much needed and overdue. Target — come & hurry! —posted by BVH, Nov. 20, 3:00 p.m.
Regarding the Nov. 16 editorial “Gold Line Payoff,” about the new light rail line connecting Downtown with East Los Angeles
just told about 10 people that work with me. Everyone had the biggest smile and gleaming eyes. Go Target go! —posted by Mish, Nov. 20, 4:10 p.m.
he Eastside Extension is not a fair use of taxpayer dollars. The majority of Los Angeles still needs an alternative to the 405, the 10 and more. These far east communities want to take even more funding for the Foothill Extension, slowing progress on the completion of the Expo and Purple Line. The Foothill Extension will take precedence over
would love to have a Target so close. Living Downtown has a great many advantages, but affordable home wares and all the other
rail to the San Fernando Valley and other parts of “main” Los Angeles, leaving millions stuck on the freeways for another 20-30 years. —posted by YS, Nov. 15, 1:59 a.m.
he Eastside Extension is an extremely fair use of taxpayer dollars. People who live in Boyle Heights and East L.A. pay taxes. They pay property taxes and sales taxes and income taxes. They deserve mass transit service. Even the people in the far east communities do, but they’ll have to wait in line behind the Expo Line and the Purple Line to (at least) Westwood. It’s the Westside’s turn next. —posted by Scott, Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m.
urple line to the Westside! Now that’ll be a real east-to-west connection. Finally, a real train system in L.A. Can’t wait for the Expo Line. —posted by Jose, Nov. 18, 2:33 p.m. Regarding the Nov. 16 editorial “Don’t Call It the Bratton Building,” about the new LAPD headquarters
t should be named after former Mayor Jim Hahn, who had the political courage to make the necessary changes to the LAPD, including the decision to hire Bill Bratton. Hahn spent a lifetime in service to the city of Los Angeles, and no one has done more over a 24-year career for the LAPD and the city. —posted by Bernie, Nov. 16, 11:02 a.m. Regarding the Nov. 6 downtownnews. com news item “L.A. Live Mega Project Plans Mega Expansion”
his is awesome news! I am very excited. Finally, our Downtown is starting to take shape and to catch up to the rest of the country. Let’s embrace this wonderful project and help our Downtown to become more vibrant and a better place to stay, visit, and enjoy time in together. —posted by Alek F., Nov. 9, 8:14 a.m.
hat about the retail component? When is a developer going to think about retail? L.A. Live is great... for eating. The big hopes for Seventh Street have brought some food and a Walgreens. Big deal. What about retail shopping? —posted by Clark Woolford, Nov. 9, 8:19 p.m.
agree there needs to be some retail stores and more affordable restaurants. This would help AEG attract the locals and not just out-of-towners or tourists. This would also help add a little more life to the area, not just when there is a game or concert. The movie theater is great, but parking to see a movie should be reduced from $5 to $2. —posted by Dell, Nov. 10, 7:15 p.m.
agree with everyone’s comments. Retail would be really great to mix in with the restaurants, sporting events, concerts and movies. I would really love to see something like Best Buy, Target and Barnes & Noble. Also, I agree with Dell about the movie theater parking. They already charge an arm and a leg for a ticket, plus your other arm and leg for the popcorn, drinks, candy, etc. Why not make parking free with movie validation? Lastly, the hotel will be a must. This will help bring more business to the Convention Center. It will truly be an allaround great destination for any purpose while also catering to the local residents. —posted by Solecal310, Nov. 11, 1:47 p.m.
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An Infrastructure Inspection Official Calls for Review of Downtown’s Aging Systems by AnnA Scott StAff writer
owntown Los Angeles is one of the oldest parts of the city. It has the infrastructure to match. Many of Downtown’s streets, sidewalks, streetlights, storm drains, sewers and water lines date back to L.A.’s early expansion, in the early to mid-1900s or even before that, city officials say. While no major recent disasters have occurred due to the age of Downtown’s systems, one City Council member is warning of potential problems if the current infrastructure is left unchecked. “You have a great uptick in population down here in the last 10 years,” said Councilwoman Jan Perry, whose Ninth District encompasses most of Downtown. “We need to start forecasting for the future in terms of infrastructure rehabilitation and construction, new sewer lines, things like that.” The City Council’s Public Works Committee on Wednesday, Dec. 2, is scheduled to consider a motion from Perry asking the Public Works Department and the Department of Water and Power to inspect the condition of Downtown’s water, power and other networks. In her motion, Perry cites past problems such as sewer leaks and power outages in Downtown. If the plan is ultimately approved by the full Council and signed by the mayor, the city Department of Public Works and the DWP would prepare a long-term plan for improvements. Public Works officials say that they have already done extensive studies of Downtown’s systems, and that most of them, while old, are in relatively good shape. “Age is only one indicator,” said Adel Hagekhalil, assistant general manager of sanitation for Public Works. “It doesn’t mean that because a sewer is old, it’s bad.” Storms and Sewers Downtown stakeholders say that some of the area’s infrastructure shows its age. “We do have some significant infrastructure issues,” said Kent Smith, executive director of the business improvement district that operates in the Fashion District. “One of the challenges at the top of the list is storm drainage.” Certain intersections in the Fashion District, Smith said, regularly flood when it rains, including Seventh and Los Angeles streets, 12th and Crocker streets and Los Angeles Street and Pico Boulevard. “When we get those downpours,” he said, “we get a lot of damage.” Hagekhalil agreed that Downtown’s storm drains could be improved and named a few additional locations where flooding has been a problem, including 12th and Santee streets and Fourth and Main streets. The issue, he said, is that much of Downtown’s 58-mile, 67-year-old (on average) storm drain system was not built to accommodate dense urban development or the kind of heavy runoff created by the trash from garment, toy and other modern businesses. “If you redevelop an area that was not intended to be redeveloped,” he said, “then more runoff and flow comes together faster than before, because it’s a smaller drain and a lot more paving.” Downtown’s problematic storm drains, said Hagekhalil, are on a list of approximately 400 priority projects that need attention citywide. The necessary repairs would cost about $1 million per drain, he said, which is not currently available. For now, Public Works staff have been regularly cleaning Downtown’s drains to prevent flooding, Hagekhalil said. Perry, in her motion, also charged that Downtown’s aging sewer systems — which according to Public Works officials have an average age of 89 years, compared to the citywide average of 62 — have been responsible for leaks that have polluted local waterways. Hagekhalil counters that while there have been Downtown sewer leaks in the past, the area’s sewer system has been extensively repaired in the last 10 years. For example, he said, between 1992 and 2004, Public Works built an entirely new system under Figueroa Street from Second Street to Staples Center. “The system performance Downtown is much better than the citywide performance,” said Hagekhalil. “Over the last eight years, we have reduced spills by about 84%. Last year we had 11 spills in Downtown as compared to in 2000, when it was 67.” Trees and Electricity Other infrastructure problems are relatively minor. Smith, for example, said that tree roots have damaged sidewalks in several spots in the Fashion District, including the intersection where Spring and Main streets converge. In South Park, streetlights regularly go out, said South Park BID Executive Director Mike Pfeiffer, especially along Grand Avenue and Hope Street. The DWP, through a spokesperson, declined to comment until Perry’s motion is heard in committee. The proposal that goes before the Public Works Committee
on Wednesday would likely take a few months to reach the full council. It could take approximately a year to conduct the inspections, Perry said, and improvements would take place over 10 years. When those improvements happen, said Perry, would depend partly on funding — which could be a challenge, particularly with the city facing a massive budget deficit. “There is federal funding for road rehab and repaving, street lighting, some of these things we can compete for funds with the federal government,” said Perry. “It’s not necessarily about always having the money, but it’s a matter of prioritization.” Contact Anna Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Crime Continued from page 1 officers provide an extra layer of security in the area. “But Capt. Chow has really made an effort to have his staff talk to us and open up the lines of communication more.” Estela Lopez, executive director of the Central City East Association, which oversees operations of two Skid Row area BIDs, said that her group’s relationship has improved drastically over the past three years, starting with former Central Capt. Andy Smith. That trend continued under Wakefield, but Chow has taken it to another level, Lopez said. “We’re not just at the table,” she said. “We’re part of the conversation.” The partnership boils down to a culture of sharing information, Lopez said. When, for example, a car is stolen in one part of Downtown, Central officers inform the local BIDs of the incident and provide a description of the vehicle. That could help BID officers who discover an abandoned auto tie it to a crime, and they could contact the police instead of having the car towed. Enforce to Prevent Beyond the improved community partnerships and better communication — Chow also emails a weekly crime update to more than 200 individuals and organizations — Central has been even more proactive enforcing low-level crimes such as drinking in public and aggressive panhandling. The focus on so-called “quality of life” crimes is meant to prevent more serious incidents that can stem from minor offenses, Chow said. In the Financial District, for example,
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or better or worse, it’s the holiday season, and gifts are in order. That means there’s something in it for you (assuming you’ve been nice and not naughty). But you’ve got to give to get. For those who recoil at the thought of going shopping, toting bags and swiping plastic, the good news is that if you venture to the Historic Core, you don’t have to leave the neighborhood to check off everyone on your list. It’s a great place to pick up a book, a skirt, a bottle of fancy English shaving gel, or a starter classical guitar for less than $30. Apliiq: This shop run by Ethan Lipsitz specializes in casual clothing — think hoodies, T-shirts and cardigans — tailored specifically to a customer’s taste. Hanging on racks are basic garments with various patches and details added from an array of fabrics and patterns, from seersucker stripes to plaids to African prints. But if you like a certain item, say a gray hoodie, and want some red seersucker fabric on the front pocket instead of the marinethemed pattern on the piece on the rack, you can order it. Custom T-shirts (crew, V-neck, deep V-neck) go for $29. Cardigans and crew sweatshirts are $54 and hoodies are $68. Cotton tank dresses and T-shoulder dresses are $38, and an array of other accessories, including shoes and homemade cell phone pouches, can be fashioned in the same style. Downtown residents get a 15% discount. At 548 S. Spring St., Store 114, (323) 300-6492 or apliiq.com. Bolt: “Mohawk” Matt Berman isn’t shy about the fact that Bolt, his new barbershop, is mostly for men, or men and women who like their heads shorn and not styled, mohawked and not layered. The cutters at Bolt rarely pick up scissors; instead they’re masters of the fade with the buzzer. The place is sort of a haven for those with a hankering for that old barbershop feel and experience. A $50 gift card — excuse me, a “Hairy Beast” card — will get its recipient a shear (haircut), a “four towel” straight edge shave and a shoeshine. Independently, shears and shaves run $22 each, and a shine is $7, or $12 for boots. As customers wait, the Hairy Beast card entitles them to unlimited espresso drinks, old-fashioned orange
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soda or root beer on tap. At 460 S. Spring St., (213) 595-3424 or boltbarbers.com. Kapsoul: This eclectic, vintage boutique loves the 1980s and the early 1990s. That’s why amid the thousands of used records and racks of vintage clothes, there’s an Alf doll, Casio calculator watches ($80) and customized boom boxes ($220). Among the used records (they go for $3-$20) is an array of jazz, rock and hip hop albums. Look for classic titles from artists including Heavy D and the Boys, the Tom Tom Club, the Sugar Hill Gang and Chubby Checker. At 548 S. Spring St., Store 110, (213) 243-5765 or kapsoulstore.com. Metropolis Books: This Historic Core home for bibliophiles has a store-wide 10% off sale (it’s in part to celebrate their third anniversary, but they do the sale every year, owner Julie Swayze said). For friends and family in love with Downtown, Swayze stocks a Historic Core history book, which sells for $21.99 (before the sale). There’s also currently a section dedicated to snark. It includes Stuff White People Like, based on the popular blog, for $14; David Sedaris’ collection of stories (one previously unpublished), Holidays On Ice, for $16.99; and The Snark Handbook: A Reference Guide to Verbal Spanking,
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for $12.95. Swayze also stocks books for kids and books by Downtown authors. Historic Core resident Dana Johnson’s Break Any Woman Down, a collection of short stories, is a strong seller, Swayze said. There are cookbooks too, and yes, the store is stocked with Julia Child’s Mastering the Art ($30). At 440 S. Main St., (213) 612-0174 or metropolisbooksla.com. M&E Discount Center #2: M&E Discount Center looks and sounds like much of the street level retail on Broadway in the Historic Core. Ranchera and salsa music thumps through the myriad home audio systems for sale (you can get the CDs too), the mechanical dog toys yip about the storefront and the stock includes a variety of products from cell phones to blenders to flat screens. But M&E is also a great spot to shop for that friend who keeps saying he or she wants to learn how to play the guitar, or most any other stringed instrument. Starter classical guitars go for $29.99, and while they won’t sound like much to the trained ear, they’re perfect for the beginner. Also available is a starter mandolin, for $69.99, and an array of accordions. Most are painted to resemble a Mexican flag and prices vary. At 450 S. Broadway, (213) 687-7226. Raw Materials: For the artist in the family, Raw Materials, an art and architecture supplies store, is a gold mine — make that a canvas mine. The store, which carries all the essentials for fine art making, is currently hawking canvases at a 70% discount. That means an 18- by 24-inch canvas is $5.01 and a 16- by 20-inch version is $3.96. Also featured during the holiday season are a series of Art Alternatives black sketch notebooks (they come lined, graphed or plain) with 192 pages for $3, down from $10. Other options include a nifty bar of soap, specially formulated for paint on the fingers, for $4.13, and spiral-bound sketchbooks fashioned from old classic and obscure tomes. What looks like Tom Sawyer or the Better Homes and Gardens Meat Cook Book is actually filled with blank pages interspersed with a few from the original hardback. At 436 S. Main St., (213) 627-7223 or rawmaterialsla.com. Contact Ryan Vaillancourt at email@example.com.
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Joey Arias navigates a nightmarish Garden of Eden in Arias With a Twist. The show that was launched in New York in 2008 is an amalgamation of musical theater and puppetry.
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n the space of less that two hours on a recent night, Joey Arias was abducted by aliens, dropped from a spaceship into a nightmarish Garden of Eden and literally danced with the devil. All this occurred while the tall New Yorker was decked out in a corset and strappy high-heeled shoes, channeling divas from Bettie Page to Billie Holiday. Such is the life of a modern, puppet-loving showman. It is all part of Arias With a Twist, currently running at the Music Centerâ€™s REDCAT theater. The collaboration between cross-dressing singer-performance artist Arias and puppeteer Basil Twist combines concert performance, musical theater and puppetry to tell a winding, cabaret singer-in-wonderland story. â€œItâ€™s a love letter to the arts,â€? Arias said a few hours before a recent performance, his rapid-fire speech very different from his languorous onstage delivery. â€œIâ€™m a singer-performer, Basil is a master puppeteer. You put it together and you have something new and magical.â€? Arias With a Twist defies easy description. The curtain rises on four intricate marionettes posed as a supper club jazz quartet: a miniature horn player, drummer, pianist and bassist. Moments later, another curtain opens to reveal Arias, dressed in a dominatrix-style lingerie outfit by fashion designer Thierry Manfred Mugler (who conceptualized the showâ€™s costumes). He is strapped to a rotating wheel and surrounded by alien puppets. As the aliens curiously crowd around him, Arias belts out Led Zepplinâ€™s â€œKashmirâ€? in a throaty voice. The next hour-plus brings a series of similarly surreal, eyepopping and often funny scenes built on Ariasâ€™ performances of mostly pop, rock and jazz standards, and accented by his sassy narration. There are appearances by a pair of towering, dirtydancing red devil puppets, a floating ice cream cone and a giant rotating wedding cake adorned with kicking puppet legs. Twist, who created the puppets and directed and designed
the show, said that while they might seem an unlikely pair, collaborating with Arias came naturally. â€œWe come from the same pool, which is this downtown world,â€? he said, referring to their shared roots in New Yorkâ€™s underground art scene. â€œJoey can be alone onstage and totally transport an audience to another world just by the force of his presence. What I do is manifest that and make that threedimensional.â€? Natural Collaboration Arias, who refuses to give his age (though published reports say that he is 60), is a New York art world fixture who boasts a long resume of theater, film and television credits. Known for his dead-on Billie Holiday impersonation, he is a commanding onstage presence, with a long black ponytail, heavily lined eyes with exaggerated lashes and a curvy, female bodysuit attached to his torso. Twist, who made his name with a 1998 â€œunderwaterâ€? staging of Hector Berliozâ€™s â€œSymphonie Fantastiqueâ€? featuring puppets in a 500-gallon aquarium, has created many productions. He has also furnished puppets for the likes of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Houston Grand Opera. Arias With a Twist was conceived nearly two years ago, after Arias had just returned to New York following a stint as the â€œmistress of seductionâ€? in Cirque du Soleilâ€™s adults-only Las Vegas show Zumanity. Twist at that time had a cancellation at the Manhattan theater he operates. He invited Arias to work with him on a replacement. The two longtime friends and admirers of each otherâ€™s work had never collaborated before. â€œWhen people see the show, they say it mustâ€™ve taken years,â€? Arias said. But in fact, Arias With a Twist is the product of an intense, improvised brainstorming session that lasted just a few months. The process began by compiling a list of songs that Arias would perform, culled from past performances, and continued with the two men creating a rough outline of the images and scenes that could accompany the music.
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â€œIt was very organic and intuitive,â€? said Twist. â€œIt was remarkable how fast it came together. It was good because you couldnâ€™t think about it too much, and that was the right spirit for it.â€? Surprise Hit Arias With a Twist premiered in June 2008. Though originally scheduled for a three-week run, it ended up running for two sold-out months, Arias said, thanks in part to a glowing New York Times review by theater critic Ben Brantley. The show has since gone to locales including Sweden and France. The Downtown Los Angeles installment, which began Nov. 18 and will run through Dec. 13, marks an unusually long engagement for REDCAT, which typically books performances for just a weekend or two. â€œIt is such an elaborate and magical show that it seemed a waste to put so much effort into mounting it for a short run,â€? said REDCAT Executive Director Mark Murphy, who pursued the show after seeing it in New York. â€œIt is also the sort of event that canâ€™t be described with mere words, yet appeals to an amazing cross-section of people from the art, fashion, theater, music, entertainment and club scenes.â€? In addition to Arias and Twist, the show requires six puppeteers, a stage manager, a sound engineer and a backstage helper. Despite all this, Arias said he has not had any trouble interacting onstage with string-operated beings. â€œI believe in them,â€? he said. â€œI look at them, and even if itâ€™s a piece of paper with a string on it, I believe thereâ€™s a spirit to it.â€? Twist said that Arias is uniquely suited to immerse himself in the fantasy of the show. â€œHe is a creature,â€? said Twist. â€œIs he a man? Is he a woman? Is he a human being? He is a living thing and a creature of the stage, genetically engineered to perform.â€? That, he said, makes for a perfect fit. Arias With a Twist runs through Dec. 13 at REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., (213) 237-2800 or redcat.org. Contact Anna Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Auto Show Continued from page 1 unveiling of the last of the Dodge Vipers. “I think we’re seeing a lot of excitement and energy around this show and that’s visible in the amount of new product the manufacturers are unveiling,” said Brendan Flynn, director of communications for the Auto Show. Green Scene The Auto Show is one of the most popular events on the Convention Center calendar. It features about 1,000 cars displayed by approximately 40 manufacturers. It fills the entire Convention Center. Manufacturers set up their vehicles to show the public what will be on sale in the upcoming year. Most also offer a chance to sit in the cars, though some of the more pricey and exotic models are on display for viewing pleasure only. The show also includes panel discussions on automotive topics, as well as contests. Not surprisingly, a focus of this year’s show will be on environmentally friendly vehicles. The Green Car of the Year Award, which recognizes automobiles that are available to consumers during the year, will be announced Dec. 3. Nominees include the Audi A3 TDI, VW’s Golf TDI, the Honda Insight, the Toyota Prius and the Mercury Milan hybrid, an upscale, mid-size sedan. “For me personally, just having been able to witness the importance of environmental stewardship in auto manu-
facturing has been fascinating,” said Pouria Abbassi, general manager of the Los Angeles Convention Center. “Every year we get new cars that push the limit in terms of environmental technology. It’s just exciting to see that manufacturers are realizing what the populace is looking for.” There are downsides this year. Infinity and Nissan both pulled out of the 2009 show (though Flynn said Nissan plans to return in 2010). Still, there will be plenty to see. World debuts will be unveiled from manufacturers including Audi, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Porsche and Toyota. Small cars will again have a strong presence at the show, with the debut of the new Ford Fiesta, the Mazda 2 and the Chevy Cruze. All are expected to get close to 40 miles per gallon fuel efficiency. “The small, four-cylinder, fuel-efficient car is going to continue to be popular,” Flynn said. Fuel efficiency will not be the only thing on the minds of car enthusiasts prowling the South Park complex. They will also be looking for speed, which will come into play with the 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder. Hailed as the lightest production Porsche, the $61,000 convertible comes in at 176 pounds lighter than the Boxter S and with 320 horsepower. What this means is it can hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and top out at 166 mph with the top down. If you can catch one, it goes on sale in February. “Sport car enthusiasts are really excited about this car,” Flynn said. What a Concept Among the biggest draws every year are the concept cars.
This year, the glimpse of the future includes more than a dozen vehicles. For almost all of them, the theme again is green. “We’re seeing a lot of forward-looking technology,” Flynn said. “You’re really seeing the future of the automobile at this year’s show more than any other year, and you’re seeing a lot of products responding to environmental concerns.” Among the vehicles on display will be the Audi E-Tron, an all-electric car with four motors and a lithium-ion battery pack and 313 horsepower. Also showing will be the bulletshaped VW L1 plug-in hybrid, which will push the boundaries of fuel efficiency with its reported 179 miles per gallon driven by a diesel-electric engine. The two-seater has a range of more than 400 miles. BMW’s eye-catching Vision EfficientDynamics delivers 62 miles per gallon and has a top speed of 155 mph. Although it will draw crowds, it probably will not eclipse one of the entire show’s most anticipated, and also most secretive debuts: Honda’s Personal-Neo Urban Transport, or P-NUT for short. Honda says it will “demonstrate a futuristic concept for an ultra-compact, aggressively designed coupe.” But so far, the company has yet to even release a picture. “No one has seen photos of it. I’m assuming it’s a small transportation pod-type thing for an individual’s urban transportation,” Flynn said. There is only one way to find out for sure what it looks like. The L.A. Auto Show runs Dec. 4-13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St. More information at laautoshow.com. Contact Richard Guzmán at email@example.com.
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Thursday, dec. 3 ALOUD at the Central Library 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7025 or aloudla.org. 7 p.m.: Author Susan Griffin speaks with Aloud curator Louise Steinman on her latest work, “Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy.” Friday, dec. 4 Students Artists Take on Wagner Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 744-1404 or ringfestivalla.org. 9 a.m.-noon: Student participants in The Heart Project, which connects young artists with the ideas of professional artists and L.A. cultural institutions, present an exhibition of works inspired by Wagner’s Ring cycle. saTurday, dec. 5 Arts District Open Studio Tours Downtown Arts District, (213) 247-8800. Noon-7 p.m.: The Downtown Arts District will open the doors of its cafes, galleries, performance venues and about 40 studios in the first of a new Open Studio Tour series. The self-guided tour will include lofts (821 Traction Ave; the Toy Factory and more), galleries as EVFA Gallery, Tarryn & Theresa Gallery and ADC Gallery, and many of the area’s well-known restaurants. sunday, dec. 6 Holiday Shopping for a Cause Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., (310) 701-1111 or pvjuniors.org. 10 a.m.: The Palos Verdes Juniors Women’s Club hosts its annual holiday luncheon and shopping boutique, featuring more than 40 vendors offering unique quality merchandise and performances by the Palos Verdes Ballet and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber Choir. PV Juniors supports women and children in crisis throughout the South Bay Area. See Complete Listings on the Web at downtownnews.com/calendar.
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he word Hiroshima carries heavy historical weight, to be sure, but it also happens to be the name of a six-member, Grammy-nominated American band that blends Japanese, Asian and Hawaiian influences into its own brand of jazz, salsa and R&B. The acclaimed group returns to the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 5, for its eighth annual “Spirit of the Season” holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Expect tracks from Hiroshima’s latest CD, Legacy, a greatest hits compilation. At 244 S. San Pedro St., (213) 680-3700 or jaccc.org.
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Tuesday, dec. 1 ALOUD at the Central Library 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7025 or aloudla.org. 7 p.m.: James Bradley, the author of “Flags of our Fathers” and “Flyboys,” offers a new look at the events that set the stage for WWII. Roger Dingman, professor of history at USC, talks to Bradley about his new book, “The Imperial Cruise: A True Story of Empire and War.” USC Author Visit 3470 Trousdale Pkwy, (213) 740-2371 or usc.edu. 8-9:30 p.m.: Playwright and poet Marisela Trevino Orta gives a talk. She won the 2009 PEN Center Literary Award for Drama for her play “Braided Sorrow” and received the UC Irvine Chicano/Latino Literary Prize in Drama.
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Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings — or so says Zuzu Bailey in one of the most famous lines of one of the most famous holiday films of all time, It’s a Wonderful Life. Sure, you’ve probably seen Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a suicidal schlub saved by a lifeaffirming tour of what the world would be like if he were never born, dozens of times. But on Sunday, Dec. 6, the Los Angeles Conservancy is offering a rare opportunity to view the 1947 film on the big screen. The show starts at 2 p.m. in Broadway’s Million Dollar Theatre, an ornate 1918 palace. The historic preservation organization promises candy canes for everyone, but if that’s not enough, Clifton’s Cafeteria at 648 S. Broadway is offering 10% discounts that day to movie ticket holders. At 307 S. Broadway, (213) 623-2489 or laconservancy.org. Contact Anna Scott at email@example.com.
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THAI MASSAGE SPECIALIST VIP Room Available. The Best Way For Business Meetings & Entertainment
Take us home aDoPt (oR FosteR) your forever friend from Bark Avenue Foundation. Beautiful, healthy puppies, dogs, cats and kittens available at Downtown’s largest private adoption facility. Call Dawn at 213-840-0153 or email Dawn@BarkAvewLA.com or visit www.Bark Avenue Foundation.org.
Professional massage for men & women. Services include Thai Massage, Shiatsu Massage, Swedish Oil Massage, Foot Massage, Sauna, Steam, and more. Lounge area.
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First Professionally Licensed Massage Shop in L.A. county.
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November 30, 2009
We Got Games
Dec. 2 and 5, 7:30 p.m.: Which Clippers team will show up? The one that outplayed the Denver Nuggets last week? Or the squad that had to eke out a tough win three days later against the hapless Timberwolves? Wait, the Clippers won consecutive games for the second time this season? Thanks to solid recent play from Al Thornton and back-up point guard Sebastian Telfair, the answer is yes.
It’s Kobe vs. Wade as the Miami Heat Come to Town Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7100 or nba.com/lakers. Dec. 1 and 4, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m.: The surging Lakers are home all week. First up is the New Orleans Hornets, without injured point guard Chris Paul. Then come two games with teams who have their stars: The first, against the Miami Heat, promises to be exciting, as Kobe and Dwyane Wade battle it out. Then Steve Nash and the resurgent Phoenix Suns return to Staples Center with a chip on their shoulders. The Suns were shredded by the Lakers earlier this season, and will be out for revenge. Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7100 or nba.com/clippers.
Los Angeles Kings Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., 1 (888) KINGS-LA or kings.nhl.com. Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 5, 1 p.m.: The Kings continue their surprisingly strong play this season. After a trip down the 5 Freeway to take on the Anaheim Ducks (Dec. 1), they host the Ottawa Senators, before welcoming the St. Louis Blues. They’ll look to take the spirit out of St. Louis. USC Trojans Football L.A. Coliseum, 3911 S Figueroa St., (213) 747-7111 or usctrojans.com. Dec. 5, 12:30 p.m.: The Trojans look to cap their disappointing regular season with a home victory over the Arizona Wildcats. —Ryan Vaillancourt
Downtown, it’s not just big business anymore!
Grand Tower 255 south Grand avenue Leasing Information 213 229 9777
Promenade Towers 123 south Figueroa street Leasing Information 213 617 3777
Community Amenities: ~ 24 Hr. Manned Lobby ~ Concierge ~ Pool / Spa / Saunas ~ Fitness Center ~ Gas BBQ Grills ~ Recreation Room
Community Amenities: ~ 24 Hr. Manned Lobby ~ Pool / Saunas ~ Fitness Center ~ Covered Parking
Apartment Amenities: ~ Refrigerator, Stove, Microwave & Dishwasher (most units) ~ Central Air Conditioning & Heating ~ Balconies (most units)
On-site: ~ Dry Cleaners / Dental Office / Restaurants
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museum Tower 225 south olive street Leasing Information 213 626 1500
Apartment Amenities: ~ Refrigerator, Stove & Dishwasher ~ Central Air & Heating ~ Solariums and/or Balconies
On Site: ~ Convenience Store / Coffee House / Yogurt Shop / Beauty Salon
Community Amenities: ~ 24 Hr. Manned Lobby ~ Concierge ~ Pool / Spa / Saunas ~ Fitness Center ~ Gas BBQ Grills ~ Recreation Room
Apartment Amenities: ~ Refrigerator, Stove, Microwave & Dish washer (most units) ~ Central Air & Heating ~ Balconies (most units)
It’s our business to make you comfortable... at home, downtown. Corporate and long term residency is accommodated in high style at the Towers Apartments. Contemporary singles, studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartment homes provide fortunate residents with a courteous full service lobby attendant, heated pool, spa, complete fitness center, sauna and recreation room with kitchen. Beautiful views extend from the Towers’ lofty homes in the sky. Mountain vistas and slender skyscrapers provide an incredible back drop to complement your decor. Far below are a host of businesses ready to support your pampered downtown lifestyle. With spectacular cultural events nearby, even the most demanding tastes are satisfied. Downtown, it’s not just big business anymore. Visit the Towers Apartments today.
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