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ICONS OF DOWNTOWN A SpeciAl AdvertiSing Supplement

CONTENTS the Way for 25 Years 4 Leading Central City East Association Serves as the Voice of Industrial Downtown to the Call of Duty 6 Rising The Los Angeles Convention Center Represents and Reflects the Best of Los Angeles


An Unrivaled Portfolio Brookfield Office Properties Defines the Skyline With Many of Downtown’s Most Prestigious Addresses

Icons, One Corner 8 Two The Original Pantry and Riordan’s Tavern Create Culinary History


A VIP Icon Club Nokia Entertains Downtown in Style at L.A. Live

Best Is Yet to Come 10 The Related Continues to Take the Lead in Downtown Revitalization Trendsetter 11 Downtown’s For More Than 40 Years, FIDM Has Led the Industry the Western Skyline 12 Changing Los Angeles Center Studios Plays a Starring Role in Community Revitalization Pilgrim School Priority 12 AVisual and Literary Arts Program Builds on a Distinguished Tradition of Learning Icon Since the 1920s 13 AFirstStandout Homeowners Move Into Alta Lofts the Heart of the City 14 Feeding Historic Grand Central Market Is an Icon for the Generations Public Forum 14 Downtown’s Historic Pershing Square Hosts a Wide Variety of Public Events in the Heart of the City Sweet History 15 AWith More Than a Century of Success, Mikawaya Is a Little Tokyo Pioneer

The Pulsing hearT of The CiTy Downtown’s Iconic Buildings Provide a Sense of History and Place


owntown’s icons – its busi‑ nesses, architecture and in‑ stitutions ‑ often merge the best of tradition and innovation to create something extraordinary. take, for example, the century‑old Japanese confectionary Mikawaya. this well‑known Little tokyo busi‑ ness started as a humble bakery sell‑ ing traditional Japanese sweets to the community. today, the owners have turned it into a multi‑million dol‑ lar venture thanks to a new creation called mochi – pillowy rice dough filled with ice cream. It is this unique spirit of indus‑ try and imagination that marks downtown icons. More than ever before, downtown’s renaissance is shining a spotlight on some of its most treasured icons. the cutting‑ edge fashion Institute of design and

Merchandising is the subject of a re‑ ality television show documenting its students. the stunning Club nokia at L.A. Live has helped reinvigorate South Park with a non‑stop slate of concerts and events. And landmark restaurants like the Pantry Cafe con‑ tinue to be discovered and enjoyed by countless new generations. what is old is new again. As the YwCA marks several decades downtown, the organization pushes forward with construction on a $73 million Job Corps Urban Campus for at‑risk youth. Likewise, the Cen‑ tral City East Association celebrates its silver anniversary with plans to expand its vision of industrial revi‑ talization to the Arts district. thanks to icons big and small, downtown’s landscape is alive with a sense of history and place.

for Change 16 Advocates Central City Association Builds a Legacy Work and Play 16 Live, The Downtown Center Business Improvement District Breathes New Life Into the City Up an Iconic Trio of Eateries 17 Cooking Restaurateur Jason Ha Helps Revive Arts District Dining on Hope Street 18 Miracles Excellence in Trauma Care at California Hospital Medical Center Corps of the Matter 19 The YWCA Greater Los Angeles Provides Hope and Jobs at Its Urban Campus

20 Map Locating the Icons at Its Best 21 Hospitality The Westin Bonaventure Hotel Sets the Standard for Leisure and Business Accommodations Up on History 22 Brushing Honda Plaza Dental Clinic Serves the Little Tokyo Community

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Leading the Way for 25 Years Central City East Association Serves as the Voice of Industrial Downtown


s the Central City East Association (CCEA) celebrates its silver anniversary, it is poised to begin a new and exciting phase of active leadership Downtown. Long recognized as the voice of industrial Downtown, CCEA is now the go-to expert on the district many envision as the final gem of Downtown’s revitalization: the Arts District. Beginning in 1985, CCEA has consistently fought for economic investment and decentralization of social services in Central City East. Today both of these are widely supported as elements necessary to achieve not only a healthy and vibrant district, but a healthy and vibrant Downtown. CCEA was formed in 1985 by a group of property owners representing the produce district, fish district, cold storage and the toy district — primarily between Los Angeles and Alameda streets — as a way to protect property values and have their voices heard. The group’s initial mission was to protect the area from becoming the central location for the region’s homeless services, understanding the social and economic price that would exact not only in property values, but in the outcomes for people desperately seeking assistance. “We believed that a concentration of social service providers in one area was bad social policy,” said Howard Klein, one of CCEA’s founding members. “The burden of helping an entire city and county couldn’t be placed squarely on the shoulders of one community without disrupting its ability to function as a viable part of Downtown. At a certain point, we needed to fight back, and we needed to have someone on our side.” A small ad hoc committee of property owners spoke out against the centralization of services, an unpopular position in those days but one that is embraced today. Twenty-five years ago, the city had very little infrastructure to prevent Skid Row from becoming a flash point for drug dealing, prostitution and violence. What CCEA members predicted unfortunately became a reality: Central City East became a target-rich area for lawbreakers to prey on the vulnerable. The business community’s voice was ignored, and the area paid a heavy price in loss of economic viability. CCEA did not shy away from taking stands that, while unpopular then, were a bellwether of public policy decisions today. In 1999, they formed the Industrial District Business Improvement District, one of the first BIDs in Los Angeles. By providing public safety and street maintenance services, the BID began to make the Industrial District a much cleaner and safer environment. CCEA has worked cooperatively with social service providers and with local

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law enforcement to support policies that protect the health and safety of Skid Row residents and workers. In 2007, CCEA took the leadership role in establishing Downtown’s most recent BID, the Arts District, now the center point of regional interest in clean technology research, development and manufacturing. With the addition of the Arts District BID, CCEA represents and provides services to 97 blocks of Downtown Los Angeles, encompassing roughly the area between San Pedro Street and the L.A. River. “We are at a point where industrial property owners, residential property owners and residents who see the potential in the future of the area understand that there can be a balance between a need for industrial development and housing,” said Charlie Woo, another founding member of CCEA and its chairman emeritus. “This is evident in the recent discussions about the development of a Clean Tech Corridor within the Arts District. All points of view were taken into consideration, thanks in large part to CCEA’s involvement in the process.” A great city center is possible in Los Angeles, according to CCEA Chairman Paul A. Vert. But the commitment to achieve that goal requires a comprehensive strategy that has thus far proven elusive. CCEA is actively involved in citywide discussions about the future of Downtown L.A. “CCEA’s long-term vision for Downtown is to one day have seamless, clean, safe neighborhoods from the 110 Freeway to the L.A. River,” Vert states. “The goal should be to have a balanced urban community with jobs, housing and open space. We have several distinct Downtown neighborhoods and just as many separate plans, but there is no overall unifying plan. The last long-term unifying plan was the Downtown Strategic Plan, and that was 20 years ago. The time is now. Let’s do it!” Everything CCEA has been able to accomplish over the last 25 years is due to the vision and tenacity of its board members — the business leaders who saw the potential in areas the city had long overlooked and ignored. Together, they have invested their time, money and energy to ensure that Central City East becomes an integral part of this exciting and booming Downtown. They are to be applauded for holding fast, through good times and bad, to realize their vision and make Central City East an integral part of Downtown’s past and future. Congratulations CCEA, and thank you for 25 years of hope and promise. The best is yet to come. For information about the Central City East Association call (213) 228-8484 or visit

Rising to the Call of Duty The Los Angeles Convention Center Represents and Reflects the Best of Los Angeles


ituated in the heart of downtown L.A.’s new state-of-the-art Sports and Entertainment district, the awardwinning, environmentally friendly Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) is one of the key contributors to the cultural and economic vitality of Los Angeles. Recognized within the industry as a toptier, 54-acre, 4.1 million-square-foot convention and exhibition facility, LACC provides direct and significant economic value to the city through the secondary spending of clients within the hospitality, retail, entertainment and transportation sectors. Year after year, LACC attracts and retains many of the nation’s most coveted conventions, and collaborates and partners with a variety of organizations to capture the imagination and hearts of the 2.5 million annual visitors who enter its emerald green doors. In the past five years, LACC has been focused on delivering a world-class venue to Los Angeles and to the world within the context of strong business performance. the elevation of the hospitality and tourism sector as the number one engine of the

Los Angeles economy has further cemented the significance and critical nature of LACC’s role as an iconic reflection of this great city and its aspirations. In the midst of continuous and degrading economic trends, impacting all industries and markets — in particular the hospitality, meeting and event industry — LACC is continuously tasked with delivering unsurpassed value in support of both the regional hospitality industry and the L.A. Live campus. for five years, LACC has proudly been among the few convention centers nationwide to exemplify both excellent service and solid business output on a consistent basis. An integral economic component to the Southern California area, total economic flow from client secondary spending tops $1.1 billion annually, generating and sustaining more than 12,000 local jobs. LACC’s unprecedented performance in recent years is truly a testament to its rich culture and pride in representing the best of Los Angeles before a regional, national and international audience. For more information, visit

Los Angeles Covention Center Reflecting the Best of Los Angeles


Meetings, Conventions, Tradeshows, Banquets, Events, and more! * 213 741-1151, ext 5340 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015 6 Icons of downtown

An Unrivaled Portfolio Brookfield Office Properties Defines the Skyline With Many of Downtown’s Most Prestigious Addresses


rookfield Office Properties owns, develops and manages premier office properties in major U.S., Canadian and Australian cities. In Downtown Los Angeles, its holdings include many of the skyline’s most prestigious assets. Brookfield Office Properties’ Downtown L.A. buildings are located in close proximity to exclusive business clubs, world-class hotels, stores and exceptional dining options. The properties themselves feature expansive public spaces, spectacular views, and convenient access to mass transit and major thoroughfares. Among them is Figueroa at Wilshire, Downtown’s preeminent business address. Prominently situated at the intersection of Figueroa Street and Wilshire Boulevard in the heart of the financial and cultural district, Figueroa at Wilshire is a landmark structure on the Downtown Los Angeles skyline. The 1.2 million-square-foot, 52-story office tower features a Brazilian rose polished granite exterior, two dramatic 75-foot-high lobbies, and an inviting open-air plaza highlighted by a three-story fire and water sculpture. Bank of America Plaza, located in Bunker Hill, is one of the most beautiful and prestigious office properties in all of Southern California. The 55-story, 1.8 million-squarefoot building is situated on a 4.2-acre site featuring a unique three-acre formal garden with 200 trees, three 24foot waterfalls and Alexander Calder’s renowned “Four Arches” sculpture at the building’s entrance. The interior public space is equally impressive, with a striking bronze entryway leading to a grand 27-foot-high plaza lobby. The recently renovated lobby features a visually stunning tapestry display by renowned designer Christo-

pher Farr — the largest permanent exhibit of its kind in the United States. Bank of America Plaza also features extensive on-site amenities and services, as well as a 194-seat auditorium that is available for special events and programs. Additionally, the building recently received LEED Gold certification for excellence in environmental friendliness. The company’s Downtown Los Angeles collection is capped by Ernst & Young Plaza, which stands tall among the neighboring towers that paint the beautiful skyline in the heart of the city. The phenomenal 915,000-squarefoot complex, dynamically constructed of steel framing with solar panel plate glass and granite panels, lights up the corner of Seventh and Figueroa streets with elegance. Ernst & Young Plaza was also recently LEED certified. Ernst & Young Plaza is enhanced by a beautifully landscaped 2.5-acre courtyard that includes complimentary wireless Internet access and a Poet’s Walk public art collection, including Allen and Levine’s “Corporate Head” brass sculpture on the north end of the tower. The style and flair of the Class A tower is further enhanced by bountiful tenant amenities and accommodations. At the foot of the building is the al fresco 7+FIG retail and dining center. Brookfield Office Properties’ portfolio is comprised of interests in 108 properties totaling 77 million square feet in the downtown cores of New York, Boston, Washington, D. C., Los Angeles, Houston, Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. In addition to those in Los Angeles, landmark assets include the World Financial Center in Manhattan, Brookfield Place in Toronto and Darling Park in Sydney. For more information on the Brookfield portfolio, visit

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TWO ICONS, ONE CORNER The Original Pantry and Riordan’s Tavern Create Culinary History


magine two Los Angeles landmarks on one corner: The first, established in 1924, is the familiar friend The Original Pantry; the second is the neighborhood’s charming and friendly newcomer, Riordan’s Tavern. The Original Pantry, a Los Angeles institution, offers diners an experience rich in character and history by proudly serving generous portions of traditional American cuisine 24-hours a day in a dining room that retains its opening day charm. The restaurant opened with only five employees and consisted of one room, a 15-stool counter, a grill and a hot plate. The Pantry survived the difficult years of the Depression and even managed to expand by adding a dining room in 1934. When World War II began almost half of the staff joined the armed forces. All but one had returned by the end of the war. In 1946 the dining room expanded to its present day capacity of more than 70 seats. It wasn’t long before patrons formed a line outside the restaurant for a coveted seat. “I fell in love with the Pantry after my first visit,” says owner and former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. In 2007, Riordan opened Riordan’s Tav-

ern adjacent to the Pantry. It has fast become a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Believing restaurants are important to the fabric of the city, Riordan created a tribute to neighborhood bars that saturate the East Coast with rich wood, great food and friendly service. “I wanted Tavern guests to

‘I fell in love with the Pantry after my first visit.’ — Richard Riordan

experience the same back-in-time feeling they get when dining at the Pantry,” Riordan says. Centrally located in Downtown, The Pantry and Riordan’s Tavern are accessible from the 101, 110 and 10 freeways. The Original Pantry is at 877 S. Figueroa St., (213) 972-9279 or Riordan’s Tavern is at 875 S. Figueroa St., (213) 627-6879 or

“We never close, thanks to our loyal customers!” -Richard Riordan

(213) 972-9279 877 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90017

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A VIP Icon

Club Nokia Entertains Downtown in Style at L.A. Live


lub noKIA is the pe(arl)fect new icon in down­ town L.A. on L.A. Live’s oyster of a campus. Vis­ itors live it up at this epicenter of entertainment, and Club nokia serves as the ideal intimate setting for live music and a diverse slate of special events. Gensler designed this versatile and dynamic space with a chic and contemporary feel. occupying the top three floors of a five­floor, multi­use building located at olym­ pic and figueroa, Club nokia offers a superior state­of­ the­art technological element. Consider it the freshest and newest icon to hit the scene in downtown L.A. the main entrance to Club nokia is located on the third floor. Its three levels are packed with possibility: take the elevator up to the third floor or the escalator be­ tween Katsuya and Rock’n fish restaurant up to the top above Lucky Strike, or walk in the main entrance of Club nokia and enter the nokia Lobby. the space has a vari­ ety of customizable floor plans, allowing the versatility to host any style of event imaginable. this is the place where the music and memorable ex­ periences begin. the acoustics and technology will blow you and your guests away. Club nokia is prewired for a three­camera image magnification system with capa­ bilities for broadcast cameras from all major areas. the Club is connected to wi­fi and via fiber and copper to all other entertainment venues on campus. AEG world­ wide hosts All Staff Meetings at Club nokia and employ­ ees outside of L.A. access the meeting via live streaming

webcast or through a conference call number. the flat screen tVs strategically located throughout the venue stream live footage, show dVds and much more, so you never have to miss a thing. the VIP entrance to the Club is located on figueroa Street. this private elevator not only opens up to Club nokia’s exclusive VIP Lounge, but it also offers access to the Grammy Museum and the rooftop target terrace. the space is intelligently and conveniently designed to offer endless options for all event sizes and needs. don’t forget to wear your dancing shoes when you come to Club nokia. through the main entrance the nokia Lobby welcomes and offers an interactive scroll through the photo library archives that have been accu­ mulating since the Club’s doors opened nov. 9, 2008, with a performance by local icon Beck. Boogie through the doors to the main floor of the venue, kick up your heels and kick back a few at the three fully stocked bars on each floor — or simply allow your feet to skip over on the dark wood floors to the pit area in front of the stage. Close your eyes and envision yourself at one of the hun­ dreds of concerts and events that have unfolded in the last two years. StP rang in 2009 at Club nokia with an unforgetta­ ble new Year’s Eve Concert. other iconic musicians and celebrities who have graced the stage of Club nokia have included Lady Gaga, Usher, willie nelson, Max­ well, Kid Cudi, Chromeo, ne­Yo, nAS, George Clinton,

BB King, Prince, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper, Lupe fias­ co, LL Cool J, Boyz II Men, tom Jones, the Black Eyed Peas, Joss Stone, Steve Martin, Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler, Sinbad, tragically Hip, ozzy osbourne, Mar­ ilyn Manson, Chavelle, Honor Society, Boys Like Girls, MuteMath, the Cranberries, Band of Horses, the Black Crowes and A­HA, among others. Most recently, Ellen deGeneres filmed her eighth sea­ son opener for her television talk show after the AMAs. other iconic events at Club nokia have ranged from the Pee wee Herman show to Revolver Golden Gods Awards, the Grammy nominations Show, forev­ er Plaid, Luc Robitaille’s Hall of fame Induction Gala, AMA, AAM and AIA events, Lakers nBA Champion­ ship, St. Jude’s­Estrellas Por La Vida, Japan America So­ ciety’s 101st Gala Celebration and home to Live Church LA weekly. the adaptability of the main floor for seating is ex­ tensive and the venue can accommodate up to 2,300 standing, but comfortably hosts seated dinners for 300. the balcony seating is versatile and there is even a cur­ tain that can segment the seating. the first five rows contain 212 black leather chairs and the remaining 20­ plus rows make up the other 684 seats complete with cup holders. Come on over and welcome the freshest new icon — Club nokia is indeed a downtown pearl . For more information visit

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The Best Is Yet to Come Related Continues to Take the Lead In Downtown Revitalization


aving made a major investment in Downtown Los Angeles over the past decade, Related has been and continues to be a major player in Downtown’s revitalization. Its notable residences Hikari and Sakura Crossing have been completed in Little Tokyo, along with the recent acquisition and restoration of the 1920s building at 740 S. Olive St. Related has developed, and owns and manages, 665 residential units and 32,500 square feet of ground floor retail space in the heart of Downtown. The residential and restaurant offerings at Hikari and Sakura Crossing have helped grow Little Tokyo into Downtown’s most vibrant neighborhood and hottest place to live and play. And from Related’s view, the best is still to come for Downtown Los Angeles. Hikari The 128-unit Hikari is a jewel box of stunning contemporary homes in the heart of Little Tokyo. Each studio, one- and two-bedroom home is designed with oversized windows for views and light, sleek granite kitchens, sumptuous baths, media outlets, and washers and dryers. Residents can swim in a glistening blue pool, sunbathe on a private terrace, socialize in a fabulous lounge, exercise in the state-of-the-art fitness center, and even work in the building’s fully equipped business center.

Sakura Crossing An urban oasis in the heart of the city’s resurgent Downtown, Sakura Crossing is the newest luxury rental in Little Tokyo. Bold and contemporary, its forms, colors and materials were inspired by neighborhood warehouse and Toy District buildings. At the same time, the architecture of Sakura Crossing subtly references its immediate surroundings, especially the revered Noguchi garden directly across San Pedro Street. Modern yet respectful of both its neighbors and of the past, Sakura Crossing is a welcome new addition to the streetscape of Downtown L.A. The Next Chapter As developer of the Grand Avenue Project on Bunker Hill, Related has laid the groundwork for yet another icon of Downtown, the next chapter of Downtown’s renaissance and the further realization of Downtown’s incredible potential. As part of Grand Avenue, Related has funded and facilitated the development and design of the Civic Park, a 16-acre public park, gardens, gathering space and event venue. Construction on the park began this year and will open to the public as Downtown’s next best amenity and attraction in 2012. The Hikari and Sakura Crossing leasing offices are open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (213) 625-8500 for Hikari and (213) 625-9200 for Sakura Crossing.


The resources and financial strength of a major national developer The sensitivity of a community-based builder The capacity and experience to complete projects of the highest complexity A “one-stop shop” for multi-disciplined real estate development services 10 Icons of downtown

Downtown’s Trendsetter For More Than 40 Years, FIDM Has Led the Industry


he internationally recognized fIdM/fashion Institute of design & Merchandising was founded in downtown Los Angeles in 1969. the institute, the largest college of its kind in the nation, specializes in career-oriented higher education. fIdM is the west Coast home of “Project Runway,” the hit show about fashion designers on Lifetime television. the show brings attention to the importance of Los Angeles in the fashion firmament. Every friday at 2 p.m., HGtV is featuring a 10-week series called “design School,” a docu-design show starring eight fIdM Interior design students in a fIdM SuperLab class — all shot at the campus downtown and other Southern California locations. Architect Jon Jerde and the Jerde Partnership designed the fIdM campus building at ninth Street and Grand Avenue, which was completed in 1990. Many sculptures and works of art enhance the building’s exterior and interior. the fIdM campus also features the fIdM Museum & Galleries, which offers three to four free-to-the-public exhibitions each year. In 2011, the fIdM Museum & Galleries will open the 19th annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume design” exhibition, with costumes from more than two dozen 2010 feature films. the free exhibit runs feb. 8 - April 30 and is open tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Be sure to visit the museum shop for jewelry, scarves, accessories, and the bargain-friendly Scholarship Store. After more than 40 years, fIdM has an international network of more than 45,000 graduates. the college es-

The Interior Design students of Design School, a new docu-design series on HGTV, are from FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising where the show was filmed in a FIDM SuperLab. L to R: Paul Templeman-Holmes, Gianna Costa, Olivia Sibert, Mark Griffin, Ashleigh Conn, Chris Cushingham, Marcia Prentice and Danny Luna.

tablished a San francisco campus in 1973, an orange County base in 1981 and a San diego location in 1985. fIdM is accredited by the national Association of Schools of Art & design and western Association of Schools & Colleges. It is a private college for specialized professional education, offering Associate of Arts degrees and Advanced Study programs in industry specific majors: Apparel Manufacturing Management, Beauty In-

dustry Merchandising & Marketing, digital Media, fashion design, film & tV Costume design, footwear design, Graphic design, Interior design, Jewelry design, International Manufacturing & Product development, Merchandise Marketing, Merchandise Product development, textile design, theatre Costume design, Entertainment Set design & decoration, Visual Communications. In 2005, fIdM/fashion Institute of design & Merchandising initiated its first baccalaureate program, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. throughout the apparel world, fIdM alumni are in top positions in their fields. notable graduates include fashion designers such as Monique Lhuillier, Magda Berliner, Randolph duke, nick Verreos, Kevan Hall and Pamela-Skaist Levy (co-owner of Juicy Couture). fIdM keeps abreast of the demands for design and executive talent, continually enhancing its avenues of study and maintaining a thriving career planning and placement center for graduates. the college’s alumni base and industry-wide reputation gives its students a continuous network of exceptional contacts and resources when they enter the marketplace. Home to the largest fashion library, in the western United States, fIdM boasts one of the nation’s finest costume collections. It contains more than 15,000 pieces from the 19th century to the present, including significant ethnic and international designs. FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising has its main campus at 919 S. Grand Ave. Call (800) 624-1200 or visit

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FIDM’s reputation in the fashion industry is legendary, but only part of the story. Our students also prepare for successful careers in Entertainment, Graphic and Digital Media, Interior Design, Business Management, and more. With hands-on learning from industry experts and a network of over 45,000 alumni, FIDM Graduates are ready to succeed. And that’s major. 8,000 Students. 20 Majors. 4 Campuses. Call 800.624.1200 or visit

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Changing the Western Skyline Los Angeles Center Studios Plays a Starring Role in Community Revitalization


os Angeles Center Studios, Los Angeles’ premier independent studio and entertainment campus, changed the Downtown skyline 11 years ago when six state-of-the-art soundstages were constructed. Today, the longterm offices are fully occupied and the sound stages have achieved 100% utilization for the last five years. This 20-acre lot has transformed from a national oil company’s headquarters into a bustling entertainment community, and Downtown has been transformed in unison. The development of Los Angeles Center Studios was a catalyst for other renovations throughout Downtown, particularly on the west side of the 110 Freeway. The creative energy and synergy on the lot expanded to the surrounding community. New and refurbished residences, grocery stores, coffee shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and museums have taken root in the area following the success of LACS. Los Angeles Center Studios is a champion for Downtown business,

continually searching for ways to keep businesses and industries local. There are still opportunities for companies to be a part of this iconic campus. Los Angeles Center Studios recognizes the need, particularly in today’s economy, for a facility that evolves with the changing market. Therefore, LACS is offering a flex plan, wherein a company can lease reasonably priced office space with flexible terms, catered to its specific expansion and contraction needs. For more information about Los Angeles Center Studios visit

A Pilgrim School Priority Visual and Literary Arts Program Builds on a Distinguished Tradition of Learning


ilgrim School has emerged as one of Downtown’s precious gems, a school with a distinctive preschool program that begins at age two, and continues through high school with a college preparatory program. A five-minute drive west on Sixth Street leads to the formidable Gothic tower of First Congregational Church at Commonwealth Avenue. Pilgrim School, established in 1958, is a division of First Church. Weekly chapel celebrates all faiths, and instills moral values in Pilgrim students. Pilgrim students receive a traditional education, all the while using state-ofthe-art technology to help them stay current with new methods of learning. Last spring Pilgrim inaugurated its new Brown Family Fine Arts Center. Now they have launched a visiting artists program that allows students in all grades to work with local contemporary artists on major projects. Edith Abeyta began the year teaching Pilgrim students of all ages how to weave. Each student wove a 10x10 square using ribbon, paper, twine, wool and other materials. Working with Abeyta, students connected the weavings into a gi-

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ant installation that hangs outside of the school’s Fine Arts Center. Other visual artists slated this year are Raoul de la Sota, Sonia Romero, Jaimie Kim, Robert Abeyta, the Echo Park Film Center, James Griffith, Michael Massenburg, and ceramicist Kathleen Wakefield. Pilgrim’s visiting writers program continues with Robert San Souci, who has written more than 100 books for children, along with the screenplay for Disney’s Mulan, along with Gregory Dowling, Cecilia Woloch, Stephen O’Connor, Bernard Cooper, Louise Steinman and David Mason. Presentations by visiting writers are open to the public. Call (213) 385-7351 or email

A Standout Icon Since the 1920s

First Homeowners Move Into Alta Lofts


balance of vintage and contemporary, Alta Lofts in Lincoln Heights stands out as both an L.A. icon and a modern-day wonder. this adaptive reuse building, featuring open, authentic loft-living spaces, blends original 1920’s architectural elements with ultra-contemporary design. Evoking the look and feel of downtown’s classic artist studios, Alta Lofts in Lincoln Heights is a standout in today’s marketplace and among today’s buyers seeking a residential opportunity with distinction. “Alta Lofts is buzzing with activity these days with our first owners moving into their lofts,” says don Mercado, Alta Lofts’ sales manager. “there’s nothing else that compares to Alta Lofts. It has industrialstyle lofts, no pre-sale requirement, fHA financing, a superb location, and an unbeatable value. we have happy buyers who are now happy homeowners.” Appealing to today’s sought-after, loftliving lifestyle, Alta Lofts offers 104 flats and two-story lofts of up to 1,700 square feet with one and two bedrooms. the four historic floors feature hard lofts with original oversized windows, exposed ducts, columns and no drywall. the original windows have been retrofitted with double panes. the fifth and sixth floors offer new, modern, open-style lofts that reflect the

look and feel of the original building. All lofts feature high ceilings, concrete or wood floors, exposed walls and ceilings (in many units), central heat and air, plus laundry hook-ups. Upscale kitchens boast granite countertops and GE Energy-Star stainless steel appliances. Amenities include a large, first-floor courtyard, secured parking for residents and guests, a social room and workout area, plus a front barbecue area. there is an open-air fifth floor deck as well as ground-floor commercial space. Located on San fernando Road in Lincoln Heights, the neighborhood includes the Brewery Arts Complex, recognized as an established artist colony. Alta Lofts is near Silverlake, Los feliz, Glendale, Echo Park, Little tokyo and Pasadena, and is minutes from downtown L.A. discover this L.A. icon today. Alta Lofts offers low HoA fees, fHA financing with only 3.5% down, and so much more. the sales office and furnished models are open daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Alta Lofts is priced from the high $200,000s to the $500,000s. Alta Lofts is at 200 N. San Fernando Rd. in Lincoln Heights. For more information call (323) 223-3100 or visit Connect on Twitter and Facebook.

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Feeding the Heart of the City

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tional diversity of Los Angeles at historic Grand

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he sights, the sounds, the food! It’s no wonder Angelenos have flocked to Grand Central Market for so many generations. the historic market is a bustling bazaar that reflects the vibrant urbanity of downtown life. Each day, more than 40 vendors display rows of aromatic produce, a mind-boggling array of hard-to-find dried goods and spices, and some of the city’s tastiest ethnic and American cuisine. Built in the heart of downtown in 1917, at a time when upscale open-air markets were common, the Grand Central Market stands as a testimonial to the city’s geographic transformation. the market underwent a renovation in the 1990s, under the direction of developer Ira Yellin, which ensured that it would continue serving Angelenos for years to come. the wide assortment of international cuisines makes Grand Central Market the ideal place to sit down and enjoy a different, delicious meal each day of the week. Among the offerings are China Café’s Chinese cuisine, Sarita’s Pupuseria with its authentic Salvadoran dishes, Kabob and More serving Middle Eastern delights, and Casa de dulces specializing in a tempt-

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ing array of sweets and baked goods. Patrons can also sample foods from teriyaki Kings, La Adelita and many more. In addition to food, a variety of vendors includes Grand Central 99¢ Market, a deep-discount retailer offering name-brand merchandise and consumable goods; Economy Meats and Maria’s Seafood, serving fresh meats and seafood; and Mono Studio, providing convenient photography, film development and passport photos. with its history and diversity, Grand Central Market is the perfect one-stop shopping experience! Grand Central Market is at 317 S. Broadway, between Third and Fourth, Broadway and Hill streets, and is open dai‑ ly from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more informa‑ tion visit or call (213) 624‑2378.

urrounded by state-of-the-art glass and steel skyscrapers in the heart of downtown, Pershing Square is one of the oldest and most beautiful parks in the city. the plaza has a long, fascinating history. dedicated in 1866 and originally named La Plaza Abaja (the Lower Plaza), the square underwent its first renovation in 1911 to reflect the social and economic growth of the city. during world war II the park was used for receptions for the militia and provided a public forum much like London’s Hyde Park Corner. In 1918 the park’s name was formally changed to Pershing Square in honor of the world war I general. In the 1950s a three-story garage was built beneath the square to accommodate the growing theater and business district. the department of Recreation & Parks, the Pershing Square Property Association and the Community Redevelopment Agency joined to renovate the park once again in 1989. Pershing Square features an open and elevated Mayan-style amphitheater as well as a grove of orange trees that pays tribute to Los Angeles’ agricultural roots. At the south

end is a large river rock-lined circular fountain with a time-released water flow creating a tidal action. Artists Ricardo Legorreta, Laurie olin and Barbara McCarren helped design Pershing Square. today, Pershing Square hosts summer and winter lunchtime concert series. Starting in november, the popular downtown on Ice turns the park into a winter wonderland featuring private parties, live seasonal music, performances, snow and more. other yearly events include a St. Patrick’s day lunchtime concert with a green fountain, Sprint Egg Hunt and family activities, Meet Your neighbor day with family entertainment and community booths; friday night fright flicks, an outdoor movie program; and Arts Squared outdoor Cityscape Gallery. the entertainment industry also uses the square throughout the year for filming and promotional events. Pershing Square is at 532 S. Olive St. Call (213) 847‑4970 or email pershing‑ Visit‑ shingsquare for history, a venue map, con‑ cert listings and Downtown on Ice infor‑ mation.



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or more than 100 years, Mikawaya has sold traditional Japanese confections, called wagashi, to Little tokyo and Los Angeles residents. over the decades, this once humble bakery has grown into a thriving, multi million dollar a year business — thanks to the invention of its signature mochi ice cream — and established itself as a community icon. President and CEo frances Hashimoto took over the business from her family in 1970. today she oversees five retail stores, a 40,000-square-foot bakery and warehouse downtown, and a 100,000-square-foot facility in Vernon, where the company manufactures its pastel-colored mochi ice cream. the latter product proved to be a stroke of genius for Mikawaya, which now produces the ice cream balls encased in a pillowy rice dough covering for major grocers such as trader Joe’s and Ralphs. Invented in 1984 by the company’s chief financial officer, Joel friedman (who is also Hashimoto’s husband), mochi ice cream blends an American favorite with a traditional Japanese confection. the company spent more than a decade testing and perfecting the sweet treat, which was an instant success upon launching in 1994. Mikawaya now offers seven flavors: strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, green tea, mango, coffee and red bean. the innovative husband-andwife team continues to push the enve-

lope, most recently with the addition of mochilato, which replaces ice cream with gelato. though the company has innovated in unexpected ways, it continues to hold strong to its deep roots in the community. Mikawaya began in the early 1900s, when two Japanese entrepreneurs opened a bakery at 365 E. first St. one owner was from the Japanese province of Mikawa. they added “ya,” which means store in Japanese, to create Mikawaya. In 1910, Ryuzaburo Hashimoto purchased the bakery, and brought in his nephew Koroku Hashimoto, and Koroku’s wife Haru, to help. In 1925, Ryuzaburo returned to Japan and the couple continued running the business. they ran the business until 1942 when they were forced to close due to the war. the Hashimoto family, along with thousands of other Japanese-American families, were moved to an internment camp in Arizona. frances Hashimoto was born in the camp. when the family returned to Little tokyo in december 1945, they quickly reopened the store next door to its original location. As Mikawaya embarks on a new century, Hashimoto and friedman have found a way to seamlessly blend two cultures into one unique product, and take the business to a whole new level — one of iconic status. For more information visit

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Advocates for Change Central City Association Builds a Legacy


ounded in 1924, the Central City Association of Los Angeles (CCA) has forged a pioneering path for the region’s business community. with more than 450 members, this leading advocacy organization has shaped public policy on critical economic issues and helped spearhead the renaissance of downtown Los Angeles. the 85 year-old group lobbies government and advances policies aimed at helping to shape the future of the city. the CCA’s wide reach affects every realm of business and development, from housing and land use to retail and hospitality to public safety and homelessness. Led by President and Chief Executive officer Carol Schatz, the CCA has cultivated a diverse and influential roster of members employing more than 300,000 people in Los Angeles County. Among the cross-section of industries are entertain-

ment, technology, banking, law, insurance, trade associations and non-profits. this year, Schatz marked her 20th year at the organization, where she began as a legislative analyst. In 1995, she became the first woman to head the CCA, and helped guide its membership through a challenging period marked by recession and a devastating flight of corporations from the city center. today, the CCA is stronger than ever, with a dynamic membership and a renewed mission to revitalize downtown Los Angeles. the group’s efforts have yielded a booming housing market, a growing retail sector and sparked a return of business to the city’s heart. As the Central City Association heads into a new decade, this landmark organization will continue to set the bar for business advocacy in Los Angeles. For information visit

CCA Chair Phil Recht (Mayer Brown), Tom Gilmore (Gilmore Associates), Eli Broad (The Broad Foundations), Councilwoman Jan Perry, Tim Leweike (AEG), Nelson Rising (MPG Office Trust), Carol Schatz, Jim Thomas (Thomas Properties).

Live, Work and Play Downtown Center Business Improvement District Breathes New Life Into the City


he downtown Center Business Improvement district (dCBId), consisting of more than 2,200 parcels in 65 square blocks, is committed to enhancing the quality of life in downtown Los Angeles. the organization is helping the central business district achieve its full potential as a great place to live, work and play. Its budget makes it the largest BId in Los Angeles. Since its inception in 1998, the dCBId has been instrumental in creating the renaissance of downtown Los Angeles. the dCBId is one of eight business improvement districts (BIds) in downtown. BIds are coalitions of property owners that have voluntarily assessed themselves to offer services the city is not able to provide. the dCBId has created a better downtown experience through safe and clean programs, as well as economic development and marketing initiatives. the dCBId operates a large safety and maintenance crew, also known as the Purple Patrol, which keeps the area safe and clean. the BId Action program has addressed the homeless issue in downtown by providing essential services to help rehabilitate homeless individu-

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als. It has also helped support residential leasing across downtown. through strong economic development programs, the dCBId has recruited many new businesses to downtown, including: Ralphs fresh fare, famima, Bottega Louie, drago Centro, and takami to name a few. the current emphasis is the Seventh Street Corridor, between figueroa and Main Street. the dCBId’s marketing efforts have also repositioned downtown L.A. as a hot destination for vibrant nightlife, dining and arts and entertainment. the dCBId’s successful staycation campaigns have helped fill hotels, which reported an increase in revenue of more than $500,000 for the summer of 2010. the friendly downtown Guides also provide maps and valuable recommendations to visitors. For information visit

Cooking Up an Iconic Trio of Eateries Restaurateur Jason Ha Helps Revive Arts District Dining


hen Jason Ha opened his first restaurant, Zip fusion, in the Arts district of downtown eight years ago, many of the local residents didn’t think he would last long. “People thought I was crazy. there wasn’t anything or anyone around here except for the homeless and they weren’t paying to eat out in restaurants, but I fed them anyway,” he said. Since those early years, not only did Zip fusion, an unconventional Asian fusion restaurant thrive, but Ha went on to open two more — E3rd and Ktown BBQ — and become a central figure in the burgeoning neighborhood. Locals, many of whom are musicians and artists, now consider Ha’s quirky style and down-home personality an institution, but that’s not the only thing that brings them in again and again. It’s the unconventional, mouthwatering food at low prices. with the realization of how hard Angelenos have been hit by the recession, Ha has strived to make his restaurants and bar/lounges affordable. white collars, blue collars and everything in between flock to his restaurants for the

lunch specials, priced under $10. Generous bento box combinations of sushi, sashimi, tempura and soup along with more than 30 inspired fresh sushi rolls fill the plates of the hungry patrons. “this is a difficult time for a lot of people and I want to offer some amazing deals and give back to this community,” Ha said. “After all, I wouldn’t still be here if it weren’t for them.” diners don’t have to be a resident in the Arts district to qualify for the specials. Anyone is welcome to come

in and partake. A sign in front of Ha’s third establishment, E3rd, reads, “no more starving artists.” It’s here that Jason reaches out to the artists in the area offering them a place to perform their music while getting a free meal and a few drinks to boot. E3rd hosts fundraisers, community events, birthdays, weddings, Christmas parties and any other type of gathering one may need. Many times, party planners can arrange to use the space without a fee with purchase of an agreed upon food

and drink menu. All three spaces are fired up by the fun-loving host Ha, whose boundless enthusiasm, vision and focus has earned him critical acclaim, including a downtown “Mover and Shaker” award, acknowledging his capability to “take a dark spot in downtown and make it bright.” And in his case, make that three bright spots. For more information visit eastthird. com, and

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he Los Angeles County trauma system is one of the oldest and most established in the country. thanks to the vision of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and an overwhelming majority of voters, anyone who sustains traumatic injuries and receives care at a Los Angeles County trauma center benefits from Measure B funds, specifically allocated for trauma care. the L.A. County system includes 13 trauma centers serving 10 million people in 88 cities covering 4,000 square miles. there are more than 20,000 trauma activations annually in L.A. County alone. Seeing a need to better serve the community and be a part of the solution, California Hospital applied for and received Level II trauma designation in 2004. It was the first trauma center in more than 20 years to join the Los Angeles County trauma network. “what California Hospital has done by stepping up to the plate is truly remarkable,” says Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. “no one would have faulted them if they decided against taking on the challenge and expense of becoming a trauma center. But we are very grateful they did.” today, the Leavey trauma Center at California Hospital is a life-saver. It is the busiest private Level II trauma center in Los Angeles County. It is also the top transport facility in the City of Los Angeles for emergency and trauma care, according to Assistant fire Chief daniel McCarthy. More than 12,000 trauma patients have been cared for at California Hospital. of those, more than 10% of patients required operative procedures performed by Board Certified surgeons. A heliport allows for rapid transport to and from the facility when needed. A multidisciplinary team is present for every trauma brought to the hospital. “our patients’ lives depend on the

highest quality of care,” says trauma surgeon and trauma Medical director dr. Gudata Hinika. “It doesn’t matter who they are or what they do, our goal is to provide one standard of care for our patients: the highest standard.” California’s trauma Center has the distinction of receiving two back-to-back verification surveys with no deficiencies from the American College of Surgeons. for the team at California Hospital, saving a patient’s life is just the beginning. the real task is providing the patient with the best possible quality of life. to this end, the hospital works closely with physicians and rehabilitation specialists at Rancho Los Amigos, the country’s top rehabilitation center. “there are miracles on both sides,” says dr. Ziyad Ayyoub, chief of adult brain injury rehabilitation at Rancho Los Amigos. “thanks to a great trauma team at California Hospital and the specialized programs provided at Rancho, our statistical reports show that the outcomes for traumatic brain injury cases are consistently better for California Hospital patients when compared with national outcomes and those of other local trauma centers.” on any given day at California Hospital, former patients visit with nurses, greet physicians, or simply come to share their story. these patients are heroes to staff and physicians alike. “Every patient we treat has made us better — not just as caregivers, but as people,” says hospital president Jerry Clute. “this is why quality and safety are a way of life for our doctors, nurses and employees.” The Leavey Trauma Center at California Hospital is located two blocks southeast of the Staples Center on Hope Street in Downtown Los Angeles. To learn more about California Hospital Medical Center and its services, call (888) 742 CHMC or visit

The corps of the Matter YWCA Greater Los Angeles Provides Hope and Jobs at Its Urban Campus


lose to completion on the downtown Job Corps Urban Campus, YwCA Greater Los Angeles (YwCA GLA) is gearing up to raise funds for Job Corps student soft goods including bedding, bath rugs, clocks, sheets, comforters, shower curtains, electronic equipment and other items needed to make the students’ new campus feel like home. Construction of the Job Corps Urban Campus began in fall 2009 and is slated to be completed in 2012. the YwCA GLA considers its goal now to raise funds to cover the costs of the student’s soft goods as an urgent one, since the students are so close to moving in to their new campus environment. the YwCA GLA will circulate a special Urban Cam-

pus Gift Catalogue for supporters to donate funds to various Job Corps student needs. the catalogue is available online at the YwCA GLA provides housing, medical costs, vocational training and meals at no cost to Job Corps student participants. Most Job Corps students are at risk, previously homeless or emancipated foster kids, ages 16-24 years, and rely on the YwCA GLA’s resources to help provide a second chance in life to become self-sufficient and gainfully employed citizens. Most do not have the financial support of parents or a support system to help them obtain an education or prepare for the workforce. the YwCA GLA Job Corps program won seven awards in 2010 by the national Job Corps office, including #1 in

the region for Job Corps graduate job placement and #5 in the nation for post enrollment placement. “Many of our Job Corps students have endured hardships that many of us could never imagine,” said YwCA GLA CEo faye washington. “Yet, they still have hope that their past does not have to define their future. we believe in our kids. I invite philanthropists, businesses and supporters to partner with us on raising funds for Job Corps programming and the students’ soft goods. together, we can provide these young people, who have endured so much hardship, a soft place to land and an opportunity for them to walk in the direction of their dreams.” For more information about the YWCA GLA Job Corps program visit

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Hospitality at Its Best The Westin Bonaventure Hotel Sets the Standard for Leisure and Business Accommodations


legantly presiding over the City of Angels, the westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites provides the ultimate urban oasis in the heart of the business district. An international symbol that has come to represent the beauty and sophistication of the city itself, this famous westin Los Angeles hotel is one of the most photographed destinations in the world. Stroll through the atrium lobby and you’ll immediately see why. whether you’re visiting for a leisurely weekend getaway, business meeting or special event, the hotel’s deluxe accommodations define the essence of modern luxury. Enjoy spectacular skyline views, access to more than 40 specialty boutiques and restaurants, and unparalleled meeting facilities. discover L.A.’s largest convention hotel — widely regarded as a “city within a city” — which is sure to surpass all expectations. A landmark attraction in its own right, this unique name in downtown Los Angeles hotels beckons with an exceptional setting. Stunning Accommodations within moments of arrival, guests can rest assured that their stay will be nothing short of remarkable. Enjoy an endless array of amenities, including the largest hotel spa in L.A., 19 distinct restaurants and lounges, and a beautifully landscaped outdoor pool deck. for business travelers and corporate event planners, the Bonaventure is proud to offer the largest ballroom in the city, fully complemented by first-class service. Expertly achieving the delicate balance between business and pleasure, each Los Angeles hotel room connects guests with an extraordinary host of features. the hotel features a six-story atrium with myriad specialty boutiques and international restaurants, 1,354 guest rooms and suites with spectacular city

views, and more than 110,000 square feet of meeting space. the Bonaventure has consistently gone to great lengths to provide the ultimate urban oasis. Giving Back and Staying Green the westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites is proud to be L.A.’s first hotel to reach the environmental standards set by Green Seal, as it works to make Los Angeles a greener and healthier city. Guests can witness firsthand how the hotel is helping to ensure a better environment by reducing its carbon footprint through recycling programs, energy conservation and management, water conservation, and more. the westin Bonaventure continuously seeks to achieve a clean, healthy, safe and sustainable environment for guests, the community and future generations. The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites is at 404 S. Figueroa St. For more information call (213) 624-1000 or visit

the evolution of a legend. Located on Bunker Hill and opened in 1976, the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites is a landmark among Los Angeles hotels. Fresh from a $40 million restoration our iconic building combines rich history with modern luxury, innovation and design. for more information or to make a reservation visit or call 213.624.1000

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Brushing Up on History Honda Plaza Dental Clinic Serves the Little Tokyo Community


ocated in the historic Little Tokyo district, Honda Plaza Dental Clinic has served the local community since it opened in 1981 (originally as the Dr. Watanabe Dental Clinic). Dr. Cliff Itoh began working at the clinic in 1996 and took over the practice when Watanabe retired in 2001. Itoh’s Japanese roots led him to practice in Little Tokyo, where he has helped to build a successful and iconic community business. Itoh also has a second location in Costa Mesa. For patients in need of major dental work — ranging from oral care to orthodontics to implants to cosmetic dentistry — the best way to ensure exemplary results and a smooth experience is to find a dentist who can take you from start to finish. “We offer preventative treatments, periodontics, in-office whitening, Invisalign orthodontics, dental implants, a unique gum bleaching procedure, laser treatment, veneers, endodontics, you name it,” says Itoh. “That way, you don’t have to deal with a bunch of different doctors, where when something goes wrong they have the tendency to blame each other. I do it all and take responsibility and pride in my work at every stage.” Although Itoh excels at all dental treatments, he specializes in the very procedure you want the most qualified and experienced dentist to

perform: dental implants. Unlike many dentists who offer dental implants, and have simply taken only a three-day workshop to learn the procedure, Itoh has four years of formal training that enables him to deal with even the most complicated cases. His implantology program consists of oral surgery, periodontics (treatment of gum tissue) and prosthodontics (treatment of crown and bridges). Itoh also teaches and trains dentists from Japan and South America, which translates into his unique “style of working,” where he thoroughly explains his procedures to his patients and helps them feel less apprehensive about dental treatment. “Some patients are concerned about their appearance and some about their simple ability to eat or speak,” Itoh says. “I spend a lot of time listening to what my patients want before I determine a treatment for their specific needs and budget.” Even regular procedures such as fillings and exams are done under the utilization of a dental microscope to ensure no details have been missed during the treatment and diagnosis. To minimize stress, pain and recovery time, Itoh uses lasers instead of drilling for most treatments. To further accommodate his patients, his office is open one Saturday a month. Honda Plaza Dental Clinic is at 400 E. Second St., #207. For more information call (213) 687-3895.

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