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City Council Approves DWP Rate Increases


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  Partly cloudy,                                                                                                                                                                             sheriffs. pg. 3
  with temps                                                                                                                                                                           • Names of debtors
  around 64º                                                                                                                                                                              published. pg. 4

Volume 20 No. 13                          Serving the West Hollywood, Hancock Park and Wilshire Communities                                                                        April 1, 2010

  Hundreds Protest Cuts to Services City Council Approves
  n Demonstrators are
  Particularly Concerned
                                    DWP Rate Increases
  About Childrenʼs                                                                                                          n Decision Will Raise Customersʼ
  Programs                                                                                                                  Utility Bills 4.5 Percent
  BY AMY LYONS                                                                                                              BY EDWIN FOLVEN                        solvent, and .1 cents per kilowatt
                                                                                                                                                                   hour going towards creating new

  A                                                                                                                         T
           rmed with signs about the                                                                                               he Los Angeles City Council     jobs and moving towards using
           needs of the city’s chil-                                                                                               approved a 4.5 percent          more environmentally-friendly
           dren and dressed in t-                                                                                                  increase in Los Angeles         technology. The mayor was seek-
  shirts with slogans about the                                                                                             Department of Water and Power          ing a .8-cent per kilowatt hour
  importance of parks, libraries and                                                                                        (LADWP) rates on Tuesday,              increase per customer to cover
  other children’s services, more                                                                                           approximately 25 percent less than     increased costs incurred by the
  than 100 people gathered at                                                                                               a rate increase proposed by Mayor      LADWP and to expedite the goal
  Pershing Square Park on                                                                                                   Antonio Villaraigosa.                  of reducing the city’s reliance on
  Wednesday morning to protest the                                                                                             In a tight vote, the city council   coal powered energy and to
  1,000 layoffs approved by Los                                                                                             approved the increase 8-6. Los         increase green jobs within the city.
  Angeles        Mayor       Antonio                                                                                        Angeles City Council President            “I agree that the department must
  Villaraigosa in recent weeks, say-                                                                                        Eric Garcetti, 13th District, pro-     be fiscally solvent and that we must
  ing too many child service                                                                                                posed a compromise that increased      move toward a greener DWP, but in
  providers are being cut. They                                                                                             rates by .6-cents per kilowatt hour    the middle of this economic reces-
  came from all over Los Angeles to                                                                                         per customer, with .5-cents of the     sion, the timing just is not right for
  make the half-mile march to Los                                                                                           money generated going towards          an increase of the size that had been
  Angeles City Hall, where many of                                                                                          keeping the LADWP financially                          See Council page 22
  them later gave testimony in front
  of the city council with children in
     Eric Calhoun, a senior recre-
  ation director for the City of Los
  Angeles, led the rally and march.
                                                                                                     photo by Amy Lyons
     “We are here because the mayor
  has proposed to layoff 160 library     Children joined the demonstration Wednesday to denounce cuts to
  staff and 125 recreation staff peo-    city services, including major reductions in child care workers.
  ple,” Calhoun said. “This is basi-
  cally an attack on all the children    affordable childcare for the citi-        by the recession.”
  of Los Angeles. The majority of        zens of Los Angeles. If you take            According to a layoff list of
  people being laid off from recre-      that away in a time of recession,         1,000 cuts composed by Miguel
  ation and parks are our childhood      that is just victimizing families         Santana, the City Administrative
  service providers. They ensure         that have already been victimized              See Demonstrators page 20

Liquor License Hurdle is Hard to Overcome
BY IAN LOVETT                            ment, and thought that would be           bar with beer and wine,” Vacco
                                         enough to realize his vision of a         said. “But if I had a dollar for every
                                                                                                                                                                        photo courtesy of the Hollywood Bowl

           hen Angelo Vacco              “Cheers”-style neighborhood bar.          time that someone asked me for a
           opened the Little Bar         From the first day, however, cus-         spirit…Not only have we lost so            Hundreds of people usually attend the Hollywood Bowl Easter sun-
           Lounge in April 2005, he      tomers started asking when he was         much business, but people say, ‘We         rise service, which has been cancelled this year.
inherited a beer and wine liquor         going to serve vodka or whiskey.          love your bar but I don’t drink a lot
license from the previous establish-       “I thought it would just be a brew      of beer. If you just had vodka or
                                                                                   Jack Daniels I’d be here more
                                                                                   often.’ So it’s been in my head since
                                                                                   day one that we needed a full liquor
                                                                                                                             Sun Wonʼt Rise on Easter
                                                                                   license in order to survive.”
                                                                                      Five years after he opened the
                                                                                                                             Services at Hollywood Bowl
                                                                                   bar — after sustaining losses in his                                            Los Angeles Citywide Children’s
                                                                                   first three years, and breaking even       BY AMY LYONS
                                                                                                                                                                   Christian Choir; six Los Angeles
                                                                                   in the next two — Vacco is now try-

                                                                                                                                   ince 1921, the Hollywood        clergy people; and approximately
                                                                                   ing to obtain a full liquor license.            Bowl Easter sunrise service     1,000 attendees from all over the
                                                                                   The long process, which Vacco said              has drawn massive, multi-       city. Thousands of Easter lilies,
                                                                                   he expects to take at last a year-and-    denominational worshippers to         donated from gardens all over
                                                                                   a-half, involves a Conditional Use        the Bowl in the wee hours of          Los Angeles, decorated the
                                                                                   Permit (CUP) from the City of Los         Easter morning. Much to the dis-      Hollywood Bowl, and a slew of
                                                                                   Angeles; another from the                 may of many early risers the          white doves were released at the
                                                                                   California Department of Alcoholic        show will not go on Easter            event’s culmination. More than
                                                                                   Beverage Control (ABC); and the           Sunday, April 4.                      700 volunteers helped produce
                                                                                   purchase of a liquor license on the         Produced by the volunteer-run       the spectacle.
                                                                                   open market, which can cost up to         Hollywood Bowl Easter Sunrise            But last year, just a few days
                                                                                   $80,000.                                  Service Inc. (HBESS), last year’s     before Easter, then-HBESS pres-
                                                             photo by Ian Lovett      To help navigate the first of these    service included an adult choir       ident, Norma Foster, suffered a
The owner of the Little Bar on La Brea Avenue is trying to obtain a liquor         steps — the CUP — Vacco turned            that was 240 voices strong; the            See Easter Service page 21
license, which he said would dramatically improve business.                              See Liquor Licenses page 22


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2 April 1, 2010                                                                                                                                                     Park Labrea News/Beverly Press

2 Book Sale at
Fremont Library                                       Calendar                                                                                                               Hollywood Fringe Festival coming to
                                                                                                                                                                             the area in June. Potential festival par-
                                                                                                                                                                             ticipants are encouraged to attend to

T    he Friends of the John C.
     Fremont Library will hold a book
sale on Friday, April 2 at 1:30pm and
                                                                                                                                    comedy “The Arsonists”, opening
                                                                                                                                    Saturday, April 3 at 8:00pm. In the
                                                                                                                                                                             hear about the 14-venue arts festival
                                                                                                                                                                             and inquire about getting involved. A
                                                                                                                                                                             mixer will follow at 8:00pm at the
Saturday, April 3 at noon. The sale                                                                                                 play, Biedermann faces the invasion
                                                                                                                                                                             Pig’n Whistle. Theatre of Arts, 1625
includes bargain books, rare books,                                                                                                 of his sacred home by a pair of arson-
                                                                                                                                                                             N. Las Palmas; Pig’n Whistle, 6714
CD’s, audio books and DVD’s. John                                                                                                   ists in a witty and dazzling parable
                                                                                                                                                                             Hollywood Blvd. RSVP by sending
C. Fremont Library, 6121 Melrose                                                                                                    about accommodating the very thing
                                                                                                                                                                             an email to support@hollywood-
Ave. Book donations welcome, items                                                                                                  that will destroy you. Tickets are $25
must be in good condition. Call                                                                                                     to $30. Call (310)477-2055. The
(323)962-2531.                                                                                                                      Odyssey is located at 2055 S.
                                                                                                                                    Sepulveda Blvd.                          Back to the 80s at
Romantic Comedy                                                                                                                                                              ArcLight
A     new play, “Alter Ego” will begin
      preview performances on Friday,
                                                                                                                                    4 Chamber Music at
                                                                                                                                                                             A    rcLight Cinemas is bringing
                                                                                                                                                                                  back the 80’s with some favorite
                                                                                                                                                                             teen classics throughout the month of
April 2 at 8:00pm at The Beverly
Hills Playhouse. Produced by the
Katselas Theatre Company, “Alter
                                                                                                                                    O     n Sunday, April 4, the Los
                                                                                                                                          Angeles County Museum of Art
                                                                                                                                    (LACMA) will present a free chamber
                                                                                                                                                                             April. The series of films featuring
                                                                                                                                                                             feathered hair and acid-washed jeans
Ego” is a candid, funny and some-                                                                                                                                            kicks off on Monday, April 5 at
                                                                                                                                    concert as part of an ongoing concert    8:00pm with a screening of “The
times poignant story of relationships,
                                                                                                                                    series, Sundays Live. The Angeles        Goonies.” The film is Richard
fidelity, monogamy and addiction.
                                                                                                                                    Consort, which is comprised of Jason     Donner’s 1985 comedy about a group
The Beverly Hills Playhouse, 254 S.
                                                                                                                                    Yoshida (lute), Suzanna Giordano         of neighborhood kids on an adventure
Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills.
                                                                                                                                    Gignac (baroque violin and viola),       involving pirate treasures and exciting
Tickets are $20. (310)358-9936.
                                                                                                                                    Janet Worsley Strauss (baroque vio-      antics. ArcLight Hollywood, 6360
                                                                                                                                    lin) and Leif Woodward (baroque          Sunset Blvd.; (323)464-4226.
Easter Cheer With                                                                                             photo by Ed Krieger   cello), will perform works by Cazzati,
Bugs Bunny                                      Winston J Rocha and Justin Huen share stage time in “Oedipus el                     Handel, Purcell, Couperian, and          8 Jerry Seinfeld at
                                                Rey.” There are only two weekends left to see the lauded production at              Vivaldi. The concert begins at
O    n Saturday, April 3, at 4:00pm,
     the Aero Theatre will present a            The Theatre @ Boston Court. The show will close on Sunday, April 11.                6:00pm. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire             Saban Theatre
family matinee that’s all about Easter
laughs. The event will include Bugs
                                                In this gritty reimagining of Sophoclesʼ Oedipus Rex, the modern king-
                                                dom is the barrio of East LA. The new ruler, just released from prison,
                                                                                                                                    Blvd. Call (323)857-6234.
                                                                                                                                                                             O     n Thursday, April 8 at 8:00pm,
                                                                                                                                                                                   comedian Jerry Seinfeld will
                                                                                                                                                                             perform a comedy show at the Saban
Bunny cartoons and an Easter egg                is in search of a new place called home. The word on the street is not              5 Hollywood Fringe                       Theatre. The one-night-only show is a
hunt. Classic Warner Brothers shorts            good. The Theatre @ Boston Court, 70 N. Mentor Ave. Pasadena.
including in the program are “Duck!             Tickets are $32. Call (626)683-6883.                                                Festival                                 benefit for Reprise Theatre Company
                                                                                                                                                                             and is hosted by Jason Alexander,
Rabbit! Duck!”, “Devil May Hare”
and “My Bunny Lies Over the Sea”.               begin lining up with their pets at noon.   The Arsonists
                                                                                                                                    T   he Hollywood Fringe Festival is
                                                                                                                                        holding its second town hall
                                                                                                                                    meeting on Monday, April 5 at
                                                                                                                                                                             artistic director of Reprise and
                                                                                                                                                                             Seinfeld’s former cast-mate on the hit
The Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana                  For more information, call (213)485-                                                6:00pm at Theatre of Arts Arena          TV show, “Seinfeld”. 8440 Wilshire
Ave., Santa Monica. Call (310)260-
                                                9769.     El     Pueblo      Historical
                                                Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza.
                                                                                           T   he Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
                                                                                               will mount a production of Swiss
                                                                                           playwright Max Frisch’s absurdist
                                                                                                                                    Stage. The meeting will center on a
                                                                                                                                    discussion about the first annual
                                                                                                                                                                             Blvd. For tickets, which range from
                                                                                                                                                                             $40 - $150, call (323)655-0111. 

Blessing of the
T   he “Olvera Street Blessing of the
    Animals” will take place at El
Pueblo Historical Monument on
Saturday, April 3 from noon to
5:00pm. The procession with Cardinal
Mahoney from Olvera Street to the
main stage, located on Los Angeles
Street, next to Father Serra Park,
begins at 2:00pm. Attendees will





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Park Labrea News/Beverly Press                                                                                             3 April 1, 2010

New Captain                                 Republicans Scrutinized for
Takes Helm at                                 Meeting at Nightclub
WeHo Sheriffʼs
n Capt. Kelly Fraser is
Viewed as a Good Fit
for the City

A     change in leadership is occur-
      ring at the West Hollywood
Sheriff’s Station this Sunday, with
Capt. Kelly Fraser taking the helm
from Buddy Goldman, who has
been promoted to commander and
will be taking an assignment at the
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s
Department Headquarters.
   Fraser is a 24-year veteran of the
sheriff’s department, and most
recently was assigned to the
Emergency Operations Bureau of
the department’s Office of
Homeland Security Division. She
has also served as lieutenant for the
sheriff’s department’s Temple City                                                                   photo by Ian Lovett
Station, and as a sergeant with the
Emergency Operations Bureau’s
Tactical Planning Unit.
                                          D    espite the “No Photos” sign displayed outside, a local West
                                               Hollywood nightclub, Voyeur, has found itself at the center of a
                                          media frenzy this week.
   Fraser said she is looking forward        Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele came under fire when it
to starting her new position, and         was brought to light that almost $2,000 of Republican National
added that one of the most impor-         Committee (RNC) funds had gone towards reimbursing a trip to the
tant things is improving the quality      nightclub, where topless women dance provocatively and servers dress
of life for residents.                    in bondage style clothing.
   “I am extremely excited for the           Allison Meyers, head of the RNC’s “Young Eagles” program for
opportunity to work in the City of        donors under the age of 45, has since lost her job for signing off on the
         See New Captain page 20          reimbursement to Erik Brown, an Orange County political consultant.

Police Search for Clues in Murders of Family Members
n Third Vicitm is Found                  Whelan said. “It is obviously a very     It’s a working class neighborhood
                                         difficult time for her.”                 with mostly Armenian families.
Outside Her Hollywood                       Detectives had been investigating     Right now, we don’t know why
Apartment                                the murders of Khachik and Lucine        these killings occurred, and we are
                                         Safaryan for nearly 16 months with-      not ruling anything out.”
BY EDWIN FOLVEN                          out any major breaks in the case,           Safaryan and his family immi-
                                         and Whelan said investigators are        grated to the United States from

T    he murder of a 38-year-old
     woman who was found in her
car outside an apartment in
                                         now looking into several possibili-
                                         ties for a motive. He ruled out rob-
                                         bery, and declined to elaborate on
                                                                                  Armenia in 2003, and settled in the
                                                                                  Hollywood area. Safaryan worked
                                                                                  as a butcher at an undisclosed loca-
Hollywood last Friday may be             any other theories.                      tion near the family’s apartment.
linked to the slayings of her hus-          “There is nothing evidentiary         Whelan described the family’s
band and eight-year-old daughter in      connecting these three murders,          lifestyle as “mundane”, and said
December 2008. According to              other than that they were all shot       there was no evidence that Safaryan
reports, police are investigating        within sixteen months of each other.     or Hakobyan had been involved in
whether the murders may be con-          That’s the only connection right         criminal activity in the United
nected to a personal relationship        now, and I can’t comment on any-         States or Armenia.
involving the victim’s deceased          thing else because we are right in          Safaryan and his daughter Lucine
husband, 43-year-old Khachik             the middle of the investigation,”        are believed to have been shot to
Safaryan.                                Whelan said. “It’s not a dangerous       death on December 11, 2008, some-
   The bodies of Safaryan and his        area. It’s not a gang neighborhood.
                                                                                                   See Clues page 20
daughter Lusine were found on
December 11, 2008 by his 15-year-
old daughter, who had returned to
the family’s apartment in 1200
                                                       Letters to the Editor
block of Tamarind Avenue around
2:00pm. The 15-year-old daughter                                                  coming and pristine. It is costly?
also discovered her mother’s body
                                           L.A. Officials Should                  Sure, but those are dollars that
outside their apartment in the 5800        Look Into Revitalizing                 would be employing people.
block of Lexington Avenue just
after 8:00pm on March 26. Det.             Santa Monica Blvd.                       David Reid
Michael Whelan, with the Los                                                        Vista Street
Angeles Police Department’s
Robbery-Homicide Division, iden-
                                           R     egarding the article titled
                                           Hollywood Stretches Eastward”
tified the victim as Karine
Hakobyan, a patient care worker at
                                           in the March 25 issue, stand at the      Have an Opinion?
                                           intersection of La Brea Avenue
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.           and Santa Monica Boulevard and           Sound Off!
Whelan said Hakobyan had been              look east. It looks like something
shot in the back of the head, and          out of Oklahoma, with ugly and               The Park Labrea News and
added that investigators are trying to     dangerous utility poles. Look             Beverly Press encourages our
determine whether anyone wit-              west and there are no utility             readers to submit Letters to
nessed the shooting. He described          poles. The difference is those            the Editor. Letters must be
the daughter as being very dis-            pesky poles, which only get in the        signed by the author, and a
traught, and added that she is cur-        way of an errant auto or worse,           contact phone number must
rently staying with family members.        could snap and fall in a major            be included. If you would
Police are keeping a close watch on        earthquake.                               like to have your opinion
the daughter to ensure her safety,            If the leaders of the City of Los      heard, e-mail us at :
Whelan said.                               Angeles had much foresight, all 
   “We are doing everything we can         of Hollywood could look wel-
to help her get through this,”
4 April 1, 2010                                                                                                                                            Park Labrea News/Beverly Press

    Grand Opening Planned City of L.A.City
                             Some Hope the
                                               Shines Spotlight on Major Debtors
                                                                                  n                                         tion agencies. In addition, he said     claimed bankruptcy, and the City

    for Sierra Bonita Apts. Will Get TougherOwe
                            Companies that
                                                                                                                            the City Attorney’s office is cur-
                                                                                                                            rently working to prepare an ordi-
                                                                                                                            nance “that would allow the city to
                                                                                                                                                                    Attorney has admitted that, whatev-
                                                                                                                                                                    er the results of the criminal pro-
                                                                                                                                                                    ceedings, the city is unlikely to
                                                                                                                            expand its use of liens, particularly   receive any funds from him any-
                                                                                  BY IAN LOVETT                             on unsecured liabilities such as        time soon.
                                                                                                                            business taxes.”                           Meanwhile, 17 other parking lot

                                                                                  O    f the many refrains that have
                                                                                       echoed across the city as Los
                                                                                  Angeles attempts to close its pro-
                                                                                                                               For the moment, though, the          operators and valet companies,
                                                                                                                                                                    including Prestige Parking, still
                                                                                                                                                                    retain their Los Angeles Police
                                                                                  jected $484 million budget deficit          “I want to see                        Department Commission approved
                                                                                  for the 2010-2011 fiscal year,                                                    permits, despite owing the city hun-
                                                                                  among the loudest is the call to col-     enforcement and                         dreds of thousands, or in some
                                                                                  lect the half billion dollars the city     I want to see it                       cases millions, of dollars, and the
                                                                                  is owed by its debtors.                                                           city doesn’t currently have the
                                                                                     At a January meeting at                      through                           authority to shut the businesses
                                                                                  Hamilton High School to discuss                process.”                          down.
                                                                                  the budget, City Councilmember                                                       “I want to see enforcement and I
                                                                                  Paul Koretz, 5th District, was met                                                want to see it through process,”
                                                                                  with cheers and applause from the                            -Jay Handal,         Handal said. “I want to see an ordi-
                                                                                  crowd of 200 people when he tout-                  chair of the West L.A.         nance change, which would give
                                                                                  ed the practice of publishing the                  Neighborhood Council           the Office of Finance the power to
                                                          photo by Edwin Folven
                                                                                  names of the debtors.                                                             suspend or revoke permits for com-
  The West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation is holding a                      However, Jay Handal, chair of                                                  panies with outstanding debts. The
  grand opening for the Sierra Bonita Apartments on Saturday, April 3             the West L.A. Neighborhood                city’s options for trying to collect    council has to take action, the
  from 10:00am to noon. Designed for low‐income individuals with                  Council, asked why the city didn’t        funds from debtors remain limited.      Office of Finance has to take
  special needs, the Sierra Bonita Apartments features 42 one-bed-                simply shut down businesses that          The city’s top debtor, Sohrab           action, and I think everyone on the
  room apartments over ground-floor retail space. The building, which             failed to pay their taxes.                Sahab, whose company, Prestige          top 250 list should have their per-
  is located at the corner of Sierra Bonita Avenue and Santa Monica                  The Office of Finance has been         Parking, owes the city an estimated     mits suspended immediately.”
  Boulevard, is the first all‐affordable, mixed-use project in the                publishing the list of the city’s top     $72 million, has been charged in           Handal also said that in conver-
  Eastside Redevelopment Area of West Hollywood. West Hollywood                   250 debtors since February of             criminal court. But Sahab has                        See Debtors page 21
  Mayor Abbe Land will officiate at the grand opening. For information,           2009. But the debate continues over
  call (323)874‐0018, or visit
                                                                                  the program’s effectiveness at
                                                                                  recovering funds, as well as what
                                                                                  other measures the city could take.
                                                                                     Jeffery Whitmore, revenue man-
Cuts to School Year Expected                                                      ager for the Office of Finance, said
                                                                                  that since the list was first pub-

to Ease Districtʼs Budget Crisis                                                  lished, the city has recovered $4.18
                                                                                  million from debtors, most of
                                                                                  whom previously had not been pay-

T    he Los Angeles Unified School
     District (LAUSD), United
Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) and
                                         school year and unpaid furlough
                                         days to generate $140 million in
                                         savings that will be used to address
                                                                                  ing at all.
                                                                                     “Publishing the list, and the sub-
                                                                                  sequent efforts by the city to
Associated Administrators of Los         a $640 million budget deficit.           aggressively pursue large debts,
Angeles (AALA) have reached a               In another move to bridge the         can be credited with bringing some
tentative agreement to take five         deficit, LAUSD Board of                  much-needed funds to our city at a
days off this school year, which         Education members are taking four        time when we’re working desper-
would result in five unpaid furlough     unpaid          furlough        days.    ately to protect and preserve key
days for their members, and anoth-       “This effort must be collective,”        city programs and services,” Koretz
er seven furlough days for the           said Board President Mónica              said. “The City Attorney’s Office
2010-2011 school year. In return for     García. “We all have to come             and other relevant city departments
the 12 furlough days by UTLA             together to help the district save       and offices needs to continue to
members, class size increases slated     money to maintain as much stabili-       devise and implement the best
for July 1 will not take place, and      ty for our students as possible. This    strategies for collecting from the
current student-to-teacher ratios        is truly the time to join together for   big debtors who are severely delin-
will be maintained.                      the good of the whole.”                  quent in paying their debt to the
   As a result of the deal, LAUSD        The Los Angeles School Police; the       city.”
will restore a number of the nurses,     California School Employees                 Whitmore said that in addition to
counselors, librarians and adminis-      Association, representing office         the publication of the list, his office
trators who were scheduled to be         workers; and the Skilled Trades          is also referring cases to the city
laid off on June 30.                     Union, representing cnstruction          attorney for litigation, making
   LAUSD Superintendent Ramon            workers, have also agreed to take        small claims filings, revoking cer-
C. Cortines sought the shorter           four days off without pay.               tain permits, and employing collec-

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  Theatre to be Considered as                                                                                                             City Seeks
                                                                                                                                          Volunteers for
  Cultural Historic Landmark                                                                                                              Crisis Team
  S   everal dozen people gathered
      outside the Fairfax Theatre at
  Fairfax Avenue and Beverly
                                       The building owner is seeking to
                                       turn the theatre and some adja-
                                       cent shops into a condominium                                                                      T   he City of Los Angeles is seek-
                                                                                                                                              ing volunteers for the Crisis
  Boulevard last Saturday to cele-     complex. A group called the                                                                        Response Team (CRT). The volun-
  brate its 80th anniversary and to    Friends of the Fairfax Theatre is                                                                  teers are community members who
  raise awareness about a bid to       seeking to have the site designat-                                                                 respond to traumatic incidents at the
  designate the theatre a historic     ed a cultural historic landmark,                                                                   request of the Los Angeles Police
  landmark. The Theatre has been       and the City of Los Angeles                                                                        Department or the Los Angeles Fire
  closed since January 19 when         Cultural Affairs Department is                                                                     Department. The eight-week train-
  heavy rains damaged the roof,        holding a hearing today on the                                                                     ing session runs from April 13
  and the building’s owner             designation. Visit www.beverly-                                                                    through June 3.
  announced last week that the the- for updates on the                                                                         For information, contact CRT
  atre would be closed indefinitely.   decision.                                                                                          Manager Jeffrey Zimerman at
                                                                                                          photo courtesy of Don Solosan

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Postal Commission Seeks Input Flowers Memorialize Actress June Havoc
on Ending Saturday Mail Service F                                                     lowers were placed Monday at
                                                                                      the Hollywood Walk of Fame

T   he      Postal      Regulatory
    Commission is asking for pub-
lic input on a plan by the U.S.
                                         provide multiple opportunities for
                                         the public to be heard and for all the
                                         facts to be considered before the
                                                                                  star of actress June Havoc, who
                                                                                  died on March 28 at age 97. Havoc
                                                                                  began performing as a child on the
Postal Service to end Saturday mail      commission issues its advisory           vaudeville circuit, and went on to a
delivery.                                opinion.”                                lengthy career on Broadway,
   Ending Saturday service is one of       The post office is considering         appearing in plays that included
the most significant changes the         ending Saturday service due to           “Pal Joey” and “Mexican
Postal Service has ever presented to     reductions in mail volumes and rev-      Hayride”. Havoc also appeared in
the commission, according to chair-      enues. Ending Saturday service           many films and television shows
person Ruth Y. Goldway.                  would pertain to all mail collection     from the 1940s through the 1980s,
   “The Commission is the watch-         and delivery except for Express          including “The Untouchables”,
dog agency that determines if the        Mail, and existing post office box       “The Paper Chase”, “Murder She
Postal Service meets its universal       service.                                 Wrote” and “General Hospital”.
service obligation to the nation,”         The public is invited to share         Havoc’s star is located at 6618
Goldway added. “Our process will         their views at              Hollywood Blvd.                        photo by Edwin Folven

Support for
Marriage Grows
in California
F   ifty percent of Californians
    now support the right for same-
sex couples to marry, according to
results of a poll recently conducted
by the Public Policy Institute of
California (PPIC), a non-profit and
non-partisan think tank. A signifi-
cant six-point jump from last
year’s March 2009 PPIC poll, the
findings are the highest result PPIC
has ever recorded on this issue. The
poll also illustrates a trend of
increasing support for other basic
rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and transgender individuals and
their families among Californians.
In response to the new data,
Equality California’s executive
director Geoff Kors said his organi-
zation’s outreach campaign to edu-
cate voters on same-sex marriage
rights will continue in a lead-up to
the 2012 election, when same-sex
marriage supporters will rally for a
ballot initiative.
   “We are very pleased that the
more than 700,000 conversations
about marriage that Equality
California has initiated over the
past year with Californians across
the state, alongside our tireless vol-
unteers and coalition partners, are
making a remarkable difference,”
Kors said.
   For more information about
Equality California or the same-
sex marriage rights movement,

MOCA Elects
New Trustees
T   he Museum of Contemporary
    Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) has
elected Lauren King, Timothy J.
Leiweke, Catherine Opie and
Donald Tang as new members of
the museum’s Board of Trustees.
   King owns a firm specializing in
residential design, and has a strong
interest in architectural preserva-
tion. Leiweke is president and
CEO of AEG, a collection of com-
panies specializing in sports and
entertainment programming, and
the operator of venues including
the Staples Center and the Nokia
Theatre at L.A. LIVE. Opie is a
Los Angeles–based photographer
whose work has been exhibited
extensively throughout the United
States, Europe and Japan. Tang is
the founder and chief executive
officer of CITIC Securities
International Partners.
8 April 1, 2010                                                                                                                                               Park Labrea News/Beverly Press

                                                                                        between human and beast unfolds,
ʻHow to Train Your Dragonʼ                                                              with emotion and endearing spirit.
                                                                                        There are inconsistencies in the
                                                                                        moral core of the film, but the sig-

Burns Animated Competition                                                              nificant message does not get lost.
                                                                                        Taking the focus off human phys-
                                                                                        ical strength and winning battles,
                                                                                        the film reminds us there is beau-
F   ire-breathing dragons got you
    down? Then try out “How to
Train Your Dragon”, one of the
                                         vicious of all the known dragons
                                         with a sonic boom, fire burst.
                                         Nobody believes Hiccup did it
                                                                                        ty in the act of simply being.
                                                                                          While we’ve seen this all before
                                                                                        (“Avatar”, “Dragonheart”), “How
best dragon films in the business        since he’s normally viewed as the
and the first official reel victory of   village klutz who will never
the year. Action, emotion, come-         match up to his warrior father. But
dy, and singed hairs from dragon         when he finds the downed dragon
breath, it’s all here wrapped into
one fantastic 98-minute package
                                         he can’t bring himself to kill it and
                                         take his place among the dragon
                                                                                           On Screen
that flies by.                           slayers. Instead he lets the dragon                           WITH

                                                                                               TIM POSADA
                                                                                                                                                                              photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures
  Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) isn’t            go and develops a friendship with                                                      In “How to Train Your Dragon”, Astrid (America Ferrera) tries to
your average Viking. While his           the      misunderstood        beast.                                                   comprehend what Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) has just told her: that all these
father, Stoik (Gerard Butler),           Together, Hiccup and his dragon,
                                                                                                                                years, dragons have been misunderstood, they are not the enemy.
leads the village of Berk against        Toothless, journey between the
wave after wave of dragon raids,         human and the dragon world, all                to Train Your Dragon” has a few
Hiccup remains in the back-              the while trying to unite both                 tricks up its sleeve that transcend
ground, fixing weapons and               sides.                                         cliché. Think you know how it all
dreaming of the day he’ll become            The plotline features familiar              goes down? There are a few twists       film out there; “Shrek”, “Ice Age”     League”. His hot streak doesn’t
a dragon slayer just like pops. But      material, but the visual story is              that just might cause a few tears.      and “Kung Fu Panda” can’t touch        stop with “Dragon” either; “The
unbeknownst to his fellow vil-           full of surprises. The heart of                Be warned.                              the caliber of this surprise success   Sorcerer’s Apprentice” will fea-
lagers, Hiccup sneaks out into the       “How to Train Your Dragon” lies                   Dragons have always had a spe-                                              ture the rising star again in July.
fight and successfully brings            in the visual spectacle of dragon              cial place on the big and little                                               His awkward articulation works
down a Night Fury, the most              flight and how the relationship                                                                                               wonderfully on camera and cre-
                                                                                        screens. Remember all those                 As far as                          ates the essence of Hiccup’s com-
                                                                                        morning cartoons and animated
                                                                                        features that put the fantastical           animation                          puterized self.
                                                                                        creatures center stage? The title of                                             Hats off to the rest of the voice
                                                                                        “How to Train Your Dragon”                coupled with                         acting cast as well. Butler is out-
                                                                                        alone is compelling: a boy gets to                                             standing, and “Superbad” stars
                                                                                        ride a dragon! How can taming              storytelling                        Christopher Mintz-Plasse and
                                                                                        Black Beauty compare? The film                                                 Jonah Hill provide solid perfor-
                                                                                        highlights the visual splendor             goes, Pixar                         mances in their supporting roles.
                                                                                        often flat in fantasy films. Here,                                             America Ferrera, as the voice of
                                                                                        the joy of flight transforms a mere     finally has some                       Astrid, also provides several
                                                                                        film into a roller coaster of nostal-                                          enjoyable moments as the love
                                                                                        gia and adventure.                        competition.                         interest.
                                                                                           As far as animation coupled                                                   This is what solid entertainment
                                                                                        with storytelling goes, Pixar final-                                           looks like: simple storytelling
                                                                                        ly has some competition. “How to                                               with a dash of spirit. “How to
                                                                                        Train Your Dragon” has strong           of the season.                         Train Your Dragon” taps into the
                                                                                        franchise makings and its narra-          Baruchel is on fire this year        dream of many people: flight. All
                                                 photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures
                                                                                        tive gems will likely make it a         with another film premiere less        we have to do is befriend our
                                                                                        substantial success. It’s easily the    than a month after his hilarious       enemy and we just might be able
Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) befriends Toothless, an injured Night Fury, the
                                                                                        best non-Pixar digital animation        effort in “She’s Out of Your           to soar.
rarest dragon of all, in “How to Train Your Dragon.”
Park Labrea News/Beverly Press   9 April 1, 2010
12 April 1, 2010                                                                 Park Labrea News/Beverly Press

                                        menu on Easter Sunday for just $15
Easter Lunch Train                      per person. Diners can enjoy the
                                        holiday meal on the newly opened
                                        garden patio for an extra special bit
A    ll aboard for an Easter feast.
     Fillmore & Western railway
will offer the Easter lunch train on
                                        of ambiance. Brunch will be served
                                        from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Call
Sunday, April 4, departing at noon      (310)314-0004. Lilly’s French
and returning at 3:00pm. Enjoy a        Café, 1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd.,
scenic ride through the Heritage        Venice.
Valley where the fragrance of
orange and lemon blossoms signal
Spring. Bring the family for lunch
                                        Easter at Beverly
while looking at beautiful scenery.
The Easter Bunny will visit with
treats for all. Adults will enjoy
black forest ham, while the little
ones will munch on sliders and mac
                                        T   he Blvd, the restaurant at The
                                            Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons
                                        Hotel, will host an Easter brunch fit
& cheese. Tickets are $47 for           for world-class food connoisseurs
adults,  $14-$22 for children.          on Easter Sunday, April 4. The
Reservations      required.     Call    brunch will be a three-course prix
(805)524-2546.       Fillmore     &     fixe menu, including a glass of
Western Railway, 250 Central Ave.,      Nicolas Feuilatte rose champagne
Fillmore.                               and exceptional menu options,
                                        including crispy duck confit salad
                                        and smoked salmon. Easter brunch
Easter Brunch at                        is $95 per person. In addition to the
Brooks                                  Easter offerings, The Blvd has new
                                        Spring menus and décor. Tulips and
                                        spring blossoms abound in this gor-
E   aster is a great time to visit
    Brooks, where a special brunch
menu will make it a special holiday
                                        geous dining room, a great place to
                                        enjoy the season. For more infor-
for all. The menu includes Kenter       mation, call (310)275-5200. 9500
Canyon Farms’ young field greens        Wilshire Blvd.
topped with crumbled goat cheese
and spiced pecans. Steamed north-
ern mussels, risotto with calamari,     Easter Larchmont
chopped hearts of Romaine, and
cream of cauliflower soup are also      Grill
among the scrumptious starter
options. Main course offerings vary
from slow roasted leg of Colorado
lamb to sourdough French toast.
                                        I f you want the best eggs Benedict
                                          in town on Easter Sunday, head to
                                        Larchmont Grill. This cozy dining
10:00am      –     3:00pm.      For     spot will be offering its famous
Reservations, call (805)652-7070;       Easter brunch buffet on April 4,
space is limited. Brooks, 545 East      complete with a carving and omelet
Thompson Blvd.                          station this year. In addition, you
                                        can get crab and shrimp enchiladas,
                                        thick slices of country bacon,
                                        chicken Dijon and made-to-order
Easter at The                           waffles. The fun goes from
                                        10:00am to 3:00pm, so you have
Hilton LAX                              plenty of time to hop on by. The
                                        price is $34.95 for adults; $19.95
T    he Hilton LAX will host Easter
     brunch on Sunday, April 4,
from 10:00am to 3:00pm.    The
                                        for children 13 and under.
                                        Reservations recommended. Call
                                        (323)464-4277. 5750 Melrose Ave.
hotel’s onsite restaurant, The Café,
will feature chicken apple sausage,
maple-glazed bacon, baguette
French toast with vanilla bean          Montage for Easter
syrup, crab cake benedict, corned
beef hash, and pancake and omelet
stations. Lunch classics will also be
offered via a carving station, which
                                        M      ontage Laguna Beach is
                                               offering an array of festive
                                        spring dining options for Easter
will feature prime rib au jus, bour-    weekend. The resort is bursting
bon-glazed ham with honey mus-          with a complete calendar of activi-
tard, and leg of lamb with mint         ties for children ages 2-12 and sev-
sauce. A selection of artisan breads,   eral special treats from the Easter
antipasto, charcouterie and an          Bunny. Simply select your pre-
assortment of salads will round out     ferred Spring Montage experience
the meal. From seafood lovers to        and head to Laguna Beach. There’s
kids looking for a simple plate of      Easter brunch in the Grand
mac n’ cheese, there’s something        Ballroom, complete with a 12-sta-
for everyone at this Easter Sunday      tion holiday buffet, a jazz trio, a
affair. The cost is $42 for adults,     visit by the Easter Bunny and com-
$16 for children ages four through      plimentary family photography, all
12, and free for children under age     for just $95 for adults, $40 for chil-
four. Hilton LAX, 5711 W. Century       dren ages 4-12. It runs from
Blvd. Call (310)410-6166.               10:30am – 4:00pm.
                                           Or how about Easter dinner at
                                        The Loft, the resort’s bistro-style
Easter at Lillyʼs                       restaurant with panoramic ocean
                                        views? A four-course prix fixe lun-

L   illy’s French Café will offer
    customers a prix fixe brunch
                                        cheon menu with choices of appe-
                                        tizer, entrée, cheese and dessert will
14 April 1, 2010                                                                                                                                              Park Labrea News/Beverly Press

                                                                                  the 600 block of Robertson at
                                                                                                                            Police Shoot at Unarmed Teen
        POLICE BLOTTER                                                            10:45pm, two men were forcibly
                                                                                  robbed by two African American
                                                                                  male suspects who took a cellular
                                                                                  phone, valued at $600, and fled on        A    Los      Angeles        Police
                                                                                                                                 Department officer shot at a
                                                                                                                                                                      tered the subject, he turned
                                                                                                                                                                      toward them holding something
                                                                                  foot.                                     suspect who turned toward him             in his waistband.  Officer Ruben
 The following information was reported to the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station
 between March 17 and March 22, 2010. If you are a victim of a crime, here are                                              holding an unidentified object in         Chavez, who has been with the
 the telephone numbers of local law enforcement agencies; Los Angeles Police
                                                                                  March 22                                  his waistband.  The suspect was-          Department for two years and
 Department, Wilshire Division (323)485-4022 and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s                                               n’t hit and no one was injured.           eight months, fired but missed the
                                                                                  At 8:00am, a man reported that               On March 19, at 7:40pm, offi-          suspect.
 Department West Hollywood Station (310)855-8850.                                 unknown thieves had entered his
                                                                                  unlocked vehicle in the 8900 block
                                                                                                                            cers from Operations West                    Prior to the incident, investiga-
WEST HOLLYWOOD                           A guest at a hotel in the 8300 block     of Rosewood and stolen a laptop           Bureau Violent Crime Task Force           tors believe that the two 17-year-
                                         of Sunset reported at 3:45pm that        computer and bag, cellular phone,         went to a radio call of a man with        old subjects stole liquor at a CVS
PROPERTY CRIME                                                                                                                                                        store.  After canvassing the area,
                                         his laptop computer, valued at           prescription glasses, sunglasses,         a gun near Wilshire Boulevard
                                         $4,500, had been stolen from his         cash and miscellaneous items.             and Fairfax Avenue.                       a liquor bottle was recovered on
March 17                                 room by an unknown thief.                The loss was estimated at about              When the officers got to the           the rooftop of a business build-
                                                                                  $11,300.                                  scene, they spotted two subjects          ing.  No weapon was found.
At 11:00pm, after leaving her purse      March 21
unattended for a few minutes at a                                                                                           who ran away.  One of the sub-            Both subjects were given cita-
                                                                                  During the week, seven suspects           jects ran into a nearby fast food         tions and released on their own
nightclub in the 7900 block of           At 9:00am, an unknown thief              were arrested for theft or burglary
Santa Monica, a woman discov-                                                                                               restaurant.  He was later taken           recognizance.
                                         entered an unlocked vehicle              after being observed shoplifting at
ered that an unknown thief had           parked in the 1100 block of Olive        local retail businesses.
                                                                                                                            into custody without incident.               Los        Angeles        Police
stolen the purse containing a pass-      and stole a GPS system and sun-                                                       The other fled to a back alley in      Department’s Force Investigation
port and a cellular phone valued at      glasses all valued at about $350.        During the week, following two            the 1000 block of South Fairfax           Division is investigating the inci-
$200.                                    Damage to the dashboard and              separate traffic collisions, two dri-     Avenue.  When officers encoun-            dent.
                                         glove compartment was estimated          vers were arrested for driving
March 18                                 at about $600.                           under the influence of alcohol.

During the night, unknown burglars
broke into a business in the 8100
                                         While shopping at a retail store at
                                         6:50pm in the 8300 block of Santa
                                                                                  During the week, seven vehicles
                                                                                  were burglarized by unknown sus-
                                                                                                                          LAPD Officer Killed in Afghanistan
block of Santa Monica, causing an
estimated $1,450 damage to doors
and interior areas. Nothing
                                         Monica, a man had his messenger
                                         style bag stolen by an unknown
                                         thief. The bag contained a cellular
                                                                                  pects. Total estimate of damage
                                                                                  and articles taken was $4,490.          S   ergeant Major Robert J. Cottle,
                                                                                                                              United States Marine Corps
                                                                                                                          (USMC), a former Los Angeles
appeared to have been stolen from        phone, digital camera, digital cam-      During the week, one vehicle was        Police Department officer, was
the location.                            corder and prescription eyeglass-        stolen by an unknown thief.             killed during combat operations in
                                         es. The loss was estimated at                                                    Afghanistan while serving in sup-
March 20                                 about $1,020.                            During the week, two reported           port of the Global War on
                                                                                  stolen vehicles were recovered and
At 1:30am, two unknown African           At 10:30pm, an unknown thief stole       the owners notified.
American male suspects entered a         a bicycle, valued at $1,500, from                                                   Cottle had been deployed on
retail business in the 8200 block of     the laundry room of an apartment         During the week, fourteen vehicles      active duty since August 2009. He
Santa Monica and stole two bottles       complex in the 1200 block of             were impounded for thirty days          served with the 4th LAR Battalion,
of liquor, valued at about $42, and      Flores.                                  since they were being driven by an      Headquarters Company, 4th Marine                               photo courtesy of LAPD
miscellaneous items and fled on                                                   unlicensed driver or a person with      Division,     Camp      Pendleton,          Sgt. Cottle was pictured here with
foot.                                    As they walked on the sidewalk in        a suspended or revoked license.         California.                                 his dog, Tank, at Christmas.

                                                                                                                             “This deeply                             his most recent assignment was in
30 Years Later, Motorcycle Accident Proves Deadly                                                                            saddens me.                              “D” Team, Special Weapons and
                                                                                                                                                                      Tactics (SWAT) as a Police Officer
                                                                                                                            I’ve known RJ
Cold Case       A                                man was killed Saturday
                                                 after his motorcycle collided
                                            with another vehicle in the West
                                                                                  from his motorcycle and landed
                                                                                  on the pavement.
                                                                                     Paramedics responded and                 for over 20
                                                                                                                                                                         “This deeply saddens me, espe-
                                                                                                                                                                      cially since I’ve known RJ for over
Arrest is Made                              Los Angeles Area.
                                              On March 20, at 9:40pm, 35-
                                                                                  pronounced him dead at the
                                                                                  scene.  The driver of the Land
                                                                                                                                years.”                               20 years,” said LAPD Chief Charlie
                                                                                                                                                                      Beck. “He is a fine man and a great
                                            year-old Robert Harry Lowson          Rover was not injured.                                                              example of the best LAPD has to
in WeHo Murder                              was traveling west on Olympic
                                            Boulevard, when he collided
                                                                                     Anyone with information
                                                                                  about this traffic collision case is
                                                                                                                              --Charlie Beck, LAPD Chief
                                                                                                                                                                      offer. He will be missed.”
                                                                                                                                                                         The LAPD asks that community
                                            with a Land-Rover sports utility      urged to contact the Los Angeles                                                    members keep Officer Cottle’s fam-
O    n April 9, 1979, Sandra Faith
     Phillips, who was 33 years old,
was found dead inside of her West
                                            vehicle traveling east on
                                            Olympic near Beverly Glen
                                                                                  Police Department’s
                                                                                  Traffic Division at (213)473-
                                                                                                                            Cottle was appointed to the
                                                                                                                          LAPD on September 10, 1990. He
                                                                                                                          had been assigned to Metropolitan
                                                                                                                                                                      ily members, friends and his
                                                                                                                                                                      extended LAPD family in their
Los Angeles residence.                      Boulevard.  Lowson was thrown         0222.                                   Division since February 1996 and            thoughts and prayers.
   Phillips’ death was attributed to
strangulation and the apparent
motive for the crime was of a sexu-
al nature. 
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Six People Arrested in Connection                                                Man Pleads Guilty to Murder-by-Fire                                        28 in Department 55 of the Foltz
                                                                                                                                                            Criminal Justice Center.   Martin
with Medical Marijuana Dispensary                                                                                                                           faces a sentence of life in prison

                                          and searches of all the premises
                                                                                 A     31-year-old man accused of
                                                                                       setting a homeless man
                                                                                                                       arson causing great bodily injury.
                                                                                                                       The defendant additionally admit-
                                                                                                                                                            without the possibility of parole.  
                                                                                                                                                              The charges stem from an inci-
O    n March 23, Los Angeles
     Police Department Gang and
Narcotics Division officers served
                                          yielded a substantial amount of
                                          cash and marijuana.  One firearm
                                                                                 ablaze pleaded guilty to murder
                                                                                 on March 30, the District
                                                                                                                       ted allegations that the murder
                                                                                                                       was intentional and involved the
                                                                                                                                                            dent on October 9, 2008, during
                                                                                                                                                            which Martin doused John
                                                                                 Attorney’s Office announced.          infliction of torture and that the   McGraham with gasoline and
six search warrants and three arrest      was also recovered during the
                                                                                   Head        Deputy       William    offense was committed by means       used a road flare to set the victim
warrants related to the investigation     investigation.
                                                                                 Hodgman of Target Crimes              of lying in wait.                    on fire, prosecutors said.  Martin
of two local medical marijuana dis-         Rinaldo Cruado, 36; Stas
                                                                                 Division said Ben Matthew               Los Angeles Superior Court         was arrested January 22, 2009 by
pensaries.                                Dolinsy, 40; and Noah Kleinman,
                                                                                 Martin pleaded to one count each      Judge Terry Bork is expected to      Los Angeles Police Department
   The investigation, which was           34; were arrested, and bail for each
                                                                                 of first-degree murder, torture and   sentence the defendant on April      Robbery Homicide detectives.
launched in February, was in              was set at $20,000.
response to community complaints
of a medical marijuana dispensary
operating in proximity to a school.
   Investigators were initially direct-
ed to the “Medco Organics” dispen-
sary at 326 North Vermont Ave
regarding        the       complaint.
Investigators discovered a second
dispensary where the illegal sale of
marijuana was taking place.  This
second dispensary, known as “The
Relief Co.” or “TRC” was located at
5669 West Pico Blvd. 
   In addition to the two dispen-
saries, search warrants were also
served at four residences, which
were identified during the investiga-
tion as being related to the dispen-
saries and the persons involved in
their operation.  
   All of the search and arrest war-
rants were served without incident,

Annenberg Space
Exhibits National
Geographicʼs April
Issue Photos
T     he Annenberg Space for
      Photography presents a three-
month photographic and multime-
dia exhibit based on the work of six
photographers featured in National
Geographic’s April issue.
    Titled “Water: Our Thirsty
World”, the exhibit runs through
June 13 at the Annenberg Space for
Photography, located at 2000
Avenue of the Stars in Century City.
It features the work of photogra-
phers Jonas Bendiksen, Edward
Burtynsky, Lynn Johnson, Paolo
Pellegrin, Joel Sartore and John
Stanmeyer. Each photographer shot
a specific story for the issue, which
is devoted to the single topic of
fresh water. The Annenberg exhibit
is designed to capture the photogra-
phers’ unique photographic styles,
while broadening visitors’ under-
standing of the issues surrounding
fresh water, one of the world’s most
essential resources.
    More than 700 photographs are
featured in the exhibit, as well as
multimedia productions offering the
photographers’ individual perspec-
tives. Topics include Himalayan
glacial melt; California’s water
infrastructure; how thirst affects
women and children in Africa;
water rights in the Middle East; ani-
mal species that live in fresh water;
and the spiritual connection
between human beings and water.
    “I am especially grateful that
National Geographic has teamed up
with us to create this exhibit and the
lectures and films that will be a part
of it,” said Wallis Annenberg, chair-
man, president and CEO of the
Annenberg Foundation. “We’re in
this for the same reason, to start a
conversation about the world we
share, about the water we cherish
and about the ways we must secure
it, for all of humankind.”
    For        information,      visit
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                                                                       Stars Light Up
                                                                       St. Judeʼs Gala
                                                                       S   t. Jude Children’s Research
                                                                           Hospital is holding its inaugural
                                                                       “Estrellas por la Vida (Stars for
                                                                       Life)” gala on April 6 at Club
                                                                       Nokia at LA Live. The gala will

        Hunting for Eggs in                                            benefit children who are battling
                                                                       cancer and other catastrophic dis-
                                                                       eases. St. Jude will honor actresses

          Park La Brea                                                 Daisy Fuentes and Zoë Saldana,
                                                                       and director and producer Kenny
                                                                       Ortega, for their continuing support
                                                                       of the children.
                                                                          The evening will feature a live
                                                                       performance by Latin superstar,
                                                                       Beto Cuevas.   
                                                                          Fuentes and Saldana have been
                                                                       supporters of St. Jude, and Saldana
                                                                       has championed the hospital’s work
                                                                       by selecting St. Jude as her charity                                                       photo courtesy of LACMA
                                                                       of choice in several fundraising        On Saturday, LACMA will host a town hall discussion on Chicano art
                                                                       events. Ortega, a three-time Emmy       from 1:00 to 4:00pm.
                                                                       award-winner, will be recognized
                                                                       for his commitment to the well
                                                                       being of children and his contribu-
                                                                       tions to the music industry. 
                                                                          The gala will begin at 7:00pm at
                                                                                                               Art from Chicano Community
                                                                       Club Nokia at LA Live, 800 West
                                                                       Olympic Blvd. For information,
                                                                       call (800)227-6737,  or visit
                                                                                                               is the Hot Topic at LACMA
                                                                                                               T    he Los Angeles County
                                                                                                                    Museum of Art presents a
                                                                                                               town hall discussion on Chicano
                                                                                                                                                     efforts of artists unified during
                                                                                                                                                     the Chicano sociopolitical move-
                                                                                                                                                     ment; and “Space is the Place:
                                                                       Local Completes Air                     art on Saturday, April 3 from
                                                                                                               1:00 to 4:00pm.
                                                                                                                                                     Revisiting Chicano Public Art of
                                                                                                                                                     the 1970s” at LACMA, a mixed
 The cover of the March 29, 1956 issue of the Park Labrea News fea-    Force Basic Training                       The event is titled “The Raza’s
                                                                                                               Edge: The Chicano Presence in
                                                                                                                                                     media installation incorporating
                                                                                                                                                     light boxes, video and audio
 tured a photo of Carol Hyland and Jay Hathaway, both six years old,                                           L.A. Art History” and will fea-       soundtrack by artist Sandra de la
 during preparations for the Park La Brea Easter egg hunt. Both
 Hyland and Hathaway were students at Hancock Park Elementary
                                                                       T    he United States Air Force has
                                                                            announced that airman Alfonso
                                                                       Flores has graduated from basic
                                                                                                               ture two panel discussions focus-
                                                                                                               ing on three upcoming Chicano
                                                                                                                                                        Members from the major Los
 School. An accompanying article stated that more than 100 children    military training at Lackland Air       art exhibits that will be held con-   Angeles Chicano art groups and
 participated in the Easter egg hunt. This year, the holiday is on     Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.       currently at LACMA, the Autry         centers that formed in the 1970s
 Sunday, April 4, and the staff at the Park Labrea News and Beverly      Flores completed an eight-week        National Center and the UCLA          will be featured in the town hall
 Press wish everyone a happy Easter.                                   program that included training in       Fowler Museum.                        discussion, including representa-
                                                                       military discipline and studies, Air       The exhibits include “Los          tives from the Goez Gallery,
                                                                       Force core values, physical fitness     Angeles: The Mexican Presence         Mechicano, Plaza de la Raza,
                                                                       and basic military principles and       in L.A. Art, 1945-80” at the          Asco, Self-Help Graphics, Los
                                                                       skills. Airmen who complete the         Autry, which will showcase the        Four, the Social and Public Art
                                                                       program earn four credits toward an     contributions that Mexican            Resource Center, and East Los
                                                                       associate in applied science degree     American and Chicano artists          Streetscapers.
                                                                       through the Community College of        have made to Los Angeles’ artis-         The free event will be held in
                                                                       the Air Force. Flores, who is the son   tic development; “Los Angeles:        LACMA’s Bing Theater, 5905
                                                                       of Jose Flores of North Alexandria      Chicano Art Groups, 1965-1980”        Wilshire Blvd. For information,
                                                                       Avenue, is a 2009 graduate of           at the Fowler Museum, which           call (323)857-6000, or visit
                                                                       Hollywood High School.                  will examine the collective 

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 Volunteers      California Science Center Exhibit Offers Hands-on Show of Ecosystems
 Prepare for     T                             he California Science Center
                                               has unveiled a new permanent
                                                                                   ogy of Los Angeles.
                                                                                      “Ecosystems will give our guests
                                          exhibition        wing          titled   an appreciation for how the living
 Disaster Relief                          “Ecosystems”, which nearly dou-
                                          bles the exhibition space at the cen-
                                                                                   world and physical world are inter-
                                                                                   connected as well as how scientists
                                          ter.                                     use the key principles of ecology to
 T   he American Red Cross and
     Farmers Insurance Group
 of Companies have formed a
                                                                                   explain ecosystem processes,” said
                                                                                   Jeffrey N. Rudolph, president and
 new partnership to prepare vol-           “‘Ecosystems’                           CEO of the California Science
                                                                                   Center.      “We     believe     that
 unteers to assist during a large-        shows the living                         Ecosystems will provide guests
 scale disaster.
   Called “Ready When the                 world and physi-                         with the knowledge to become bet-
                                                                                   ter stewards of the environment.”
 Time Comes”, the program is                  cal world                               The journey begins as guests
 seeking volunteers to partici-
 pate in Los Angeles.                       are intercon-                          enter an introductory gallery with
                                                                                   the sights and sounds featured in
   “We are in the disaster                    nected.”                             “Ecosystems”. Some of the other
 response business and see this
                                                                                   attractions include the “River
                                                      --Jeffrey N. Rudolph         Zone”, which allows visitors to dis-
                                                President and CEO of the                                                                                                              photo by Leroy Hamilton
                                                                                   cover the power and impact of cur-
    “We greatly                                 California Science Center          rents; the “Island Zone”, which lets    Visitors to the California Science Centerʼs “Ecosystems” wing can expe-
                                                                                   visitors see the difficulties species   rience how animals such as barnacles catch food in the “Rocky Shore”
    admire the                                                                     face in getting to an island and how    portion of the exhibit.
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                                          science exhibits and live plants and     such as dwarfism and gigantism;
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 Minotaur to Haunt Hammer Museum                                                      KCCLA Exhibit Shows Thereʼs an Artist in All of Us
                                                                                      T    he Korean Cultural Center, Los
                                                                                           Angeles (KCCLA) presents an
                                                                                      exhibit titled “Art Is Me, Art Is
                                                                                      You” running Friday, April 2-24.
                                                                                      The exhibit includes works by
                                                                                      artists     from      New       York,
                                                                                      Philadelphia, Dallas and New
                                                                                      Mexico displayed at the KCCLA,
                                                                                      as well as a public art performance
                                                                                      that will take place on April 24.
                                                                                      Artists will walk, in public loca-
                                                                                      tions to be announced, with their art
                                                                                      attached to their bodies. The exhib-
                                                                                      it is designed to symbolize the
                                                                                      places where the individual pieces
                                                                                         “I sincerely hope that this exhibi-
                                                                                      tion will aid the community by
                                                                                      helping them believe that there is
                           photo courtesy of Daria Martin and Maureen Paley, London
                                                                                      an artist in all of us and that art is
 The Hammer Museum presents “3M: Daria Martin Minotaur” running
                                                                                      not limited to a few distinguished
                                                                                      persons,”       KCCLA         Curator
 April 10 through July 3.
                                                                                      Heeseon Choi said. “Art is being
 Martin, an American artist who is now based in London, creates enig-                 able to express what is in one’s
 matic films that include “Minotaur”, which pays tribute to the work of               mind and conscious to the outside
 dance pioneer Anna Halprin. The film is centered on a Halprin dance                  world through any medium.
 based on the 1886 sculpture “Minotaur” by Auguste Rodin. The                            The Korean Cultural Center is
 Hammer Museum is located at 10899 Wilshire Blvd. For information,                    located at 5505 Wilshire Blvd. For
                                                                                      information, call (323)936-7141, or                                                               photo courtesy of KCCLA
 call (310)443-7000 or visit
                                                                                      visit                     “Art is Me, Art is You” will run at KCCLA April 2-24.
20 April 1, 2010                                                                                                                                       Park Labrea News/Beverly Press

Demonstrators Call for Fewer Cuts
From page 1
Officer, approximately 80 of the         tree surgeons and child care work-          Sarah Dobbs, a 13-year-old stu-
125 layoffs in the Department of         ers who rallied on Wednesday, want       dent at Palms Middle School,
Recreation and Parks are childcare       to see less cuts to what Calhoun         attended the rally with her father,
workers, including more than a           called “front-line” workers, and         Steve.
dozen childcare center directors,        more cuts to management positions.           “I know a lot of children are
and more than 60 childcare associ-          “We have this bloated layer of        being affected by these cuts,”
ates. In addition to the 1,000           management in the city,” Dobbs           Calhoun said. “I’m not part of any
announced layoffs, the city council      said. “The mayor has a huge staff,       after school programs, but I know a
is working to identify 3,000 more        the city council has a huge staff, but   lot of kids who are and I see the
positions that can be cut to reduce      it’s the workers on the front lines      damage that these cuts can do.”
the budget gap. According to the         who are on the layoff list,” Calhoun        Jack Foley, president of People
CAO’s report, the elimination of         said. “The community members             for Parks, a non-profit that raises
4,000 positions would address a          and children see and interact with       funds for parks countywide, said if
majority of the projected deficit of     these people on a daily basis and it’s   children don’t have access to parks
$484 million in 2010-11.                 not right to shut the doors on our       due to a lack of staff, the outcome
   But Calhoun and the librarians,       families.”                               could be disastrous.
                                                                                     “We have to support parks and                                                                   photo by Amy Lyons
                                                                                  libraries,” Foley said. “You can’t
                                                                                                                         Protesters carried signs calling for child care service to be preserved as
  Clues Sought in Murders                                                         cut back on services that families
                                                                                  need during a recession. We call it
                                                                                  the thin green line…parks can real-
                                                                                                                         part of plans to balance the city budget .

  From page 3                                                                                                            vices and crime.                       get them back,” Perez said. “It costs
                                                                                  ly keep kids out of trouble. The
                                                                                  people working in the parks with         “I know how important parks are      more money to send a kid to college
                                                                                  the kids, those are the jobs we have   to students, particularly students     today than ever before, so the qual-
  time between 7:30am and                normal lives.
                                                                                  to save.”                              who live in poverty and don’t have     ity of life for families is deteriorat-
  8:00am, after Hakobyan and the            Whelan added that it is highly
                                                                                     John Perez, a retired teacher and   any other place to go. If you don’t    ing. The people who come to our
  15-year-old daughter had left the      unusual for three members of the
                                                                                  former president of United             have parks, more students will get     parks are the average Angeleno –
  apartment on Tamarind Avenue.          same family to be murdered, and
                                                                                  Teachers Los Angeles, spoke about      in trouble, crime will go up…once      many of them can’t go to the state
  The family’s vehicle was found a       said detectives from the LAPD’s
                                                                                  the links between cuts to park ser-    you lose kids to crime, it’s hard to   parks.”
  couple of blocks away from the         Robbery-Homicide Division are
  apartment, which was not the           handling the case because of its
  usual place it was parked, but offi-   complexity.
  cials have not been able to deter-        “It is a difficult case because we
  mine who moved the car, accord-        are dealing with the cultural issues
  ing to Whelan. No forced entry         and there are a lot of questions
  was detected in the vehicle or the     that we don’t have answers to,”
  apartment.                             Whelan added. “It’s a horrible
     Whelan said Hakobyan was            way to die and now the fifteen
  found slumped in the driver’s seat     year old is left with no parents and
  of her Honda CR-X, which was           no sister. We are doing the best we
  parked in the carport of her apart-    can.”
  ment on Lexington Avenue.                 Anyone with information about
     Whelan added that she had           the murders is asked to contact
  been depressed over the loss of        detective Michael Whelan with
  her husband and daughter but was       the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide
  moving forward with her life. She      Division at (213)486-6850.
  and her daughter had moved to          During weekends and off-hours,
  the new apartment and continued        contact the LAPD’s 24-hour toll-
  to live what Whelan described as       free hotline at (877)LAPD-24-7.

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Easter Service at The Bowl is Cancelled
From page 1
stroke. She remains hospitalized,        stroke, and that we just don’t have   Mayor of Hollywood, playing a
bereft of the power of speech. That      the funding we need this year,”       big role in the early days.
fact, combined with increasing           Carey said. “Last year, Norma            “It was always a wonderful,
debt and the loss of financial sup-      was hospitalized right before         spiritual inspiration for the whole
port from donors due to the reces-       Easter and we barely got the show     community,” Parr said. “From big
sion, means the group does not                                                 stars to local friends, it seemed
have the resources to mount the                                                like everyone would just pitch
huge production, according to cur-        “Unfortunately,                      in…I used to help every Saturday
rent HBESS president, Trina                                                    to prepare the service. We would
Hermann Boychenko.
                                           this is one of                      gather thousands of lilies from
   “There have only been a handful           those rare                        people all over, from the San
of times throughout the sunrise                                                Fernando Valley to Hollywood.”
service when there has been an           interruptions, but                       Parr’s favorite part of the ser-
interruption,” Boychenko said.            we are going to                      vice is when all the choirs sing the
“Unfortunately, this is one of those                                           “Hallelujah”.
rare interruptions, but we are             be back next                           “It’s really uplifting and that’s
going to be back next year full           year full force.”                    exactly what we need in a time
force.”                                                                        like this, when people are strug-
   Boychenko, whose father was             -Trina Hermann Boychenko,           gling economically,” Parr said.
president of HBESS until his death         president of Hollywood Bowl            For those who want to worship
in 1985, has been involved with             Easter Sunrise Service Inc.        at the Hollywood Bowl in the late
the service her entire life. Whether                                           morning on April 4, there will be
going to the event as a child or sit-                                          an 11:00am Easter Service, hosted
ting on the organization’s board as      off the ground, but everyone did it   by Bel Air Presbyterian Church.
an adult, her ties to the event run      for Norma.”                           Doors open at 9:00am.
deep.                                      Hollywood Hills resident Julie         Donations to the Hollywood
                                                                                                                                                                              photo by Amy Lyons
   Her goal is to raise approxi-         Parr has attended the sunrise ser-    Bowl Easter Sunrise Service, Inc.,
mately $60,000 for next year’s           vice for 30 years. She remembers      can be sent to P.O. Box 93667,         The Hollywood Bowl will not host the traditional Easter sunrise service
service, which will cover the cost       Johnny Grant, the late honorary       Hollywood, CA 90093-0067.              this year, but organizers hope to bring the event back next year.
of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s
fees for its hundreds of union
workers that do set up and techni-
cal work on the show, and will
also allow for the use of the L.A.
Philharmonic’s orchestra.
   Boychenko will be at the
Hollywood Bowl at 4:30am on
Easter morning, re-directing those
who show up for the sunrise ser-
   “I will be there to re-direct peo-
ple to Forest Lawn or other places
with        sunrise        services,”
Boychenko said. “I think a lot of
people will show up, because this
event is such a tradition. I feel ter-
rible for all of the families that
look forward every year to the
sunrise service, but we hope to
make it bigger and better next
   Joan Collins Carey, who has
been stage manager for the show
for the last several years, said
Easter won’t be the same without
the service.
   “I am so sad that this magnifi-
cent woman, Norma Foster, had a

Debtors Prompt
New Look at
City Policy
From page 4

sations with the City Controller’s
Office, he was informed that the
cost and manpower involved in
building cases against debtors is
another reason why many of the
businesses have been allowed to
continue to operate.
   Stuart Waldman, president of the
Valley Industry and Commerce
Association, has long advocated
for a more fundamental change in
the way the city collects the money
it’s owed.
   “Right now, each department
collects its own debts,” Waldman
said. “Some do a very good job,
others don’t. The Fire Department
is busy protecting the public, so
they don’t necessarily have the
manpower or the time to go after
people who don’t pay their ambu-
lance fees. We’ve proposed creat-
ing a single city agency that all the
debt would go through, which
would have the power to collect
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Liquor Licenses Present Challenges
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to Bill Bergstrom, principal of          liquor license.”                          ty-five people out of five hundred
Wilshire Management Group.                  The committee’s recommenda-            or more who enter,” Vacco said. “I
Bergstrom said applicants for CUPs       tions will now go to the full             don’t know how long that’s going
usually wait six to nine months for      MCWCC governing board, which              to take. I’d love to have a full
a hearing with a Los Angeles             will send its recommendation to           liquor license by New Year’s, but I
Department of Planning zoning            the zoning administrator, as well as      don’t know if that’s realistic, to be
administrator, who decides to            the local city council district office,   honest.”
approve or deny the application.         which Jacobberger said often                 While Vacco patiently joins the
Despite filing an application in         proved influential in the zoning          line of business operators waiting
December, the Vacco is still waiting     administrator’s decision.                 for a hearing with the zoning
to find out when Little Bar’s hear-                                                administrator, some members of
ing will be held.                                                                  the community are working to
   “Any consultant or restaurant              “In this                             expedite the process.
operator is going to tell you it takes    economy, most                               Leron Gubler, president of the
too long,” Bergstrom said. “It’s                                                   Hollywood         Chamber          of
intimidating for a lot of local oper-       restaurants                            Commerce, has met with city offi-
ators to go through the process. A         without liquor                          cials to advocate streamlining the
lot of people end up hiring expedi-                                                process for renewing CUPS, which
tors to help them through it.”             licenses are                            he said currently takes 18 months
   While the Little Bar has waited             really                              and costs upwards of $35,000,
for a hearing date, Bergstom has                                                   between city fees and the cost of an
helped Vacco conduct a public               struggling.”                           expeditor.
relations campaign, holding meet-                                                     “The economic difficulty for
ings with resident associations, Los                                               businesses is immense,” Gubler
                                                        -Jeff Jacobberger,
Angeles Police Department vice                                                     said. “It’s clogging up the system
                                               chair of the Mid City West
officers, and the Mid-City West                                                    and putting a burden on small busi-
                                                      Community Council
Community Council (MCWCC).                                                         nesses. What makes sense is to
   Last week, the MCWCC’s Land                                                     reward those businesses in compli-
Use Committee took up five appli-                                                  ance with CUP, and not put them
cations for on-site (restaurants and        Even if Little Bar does obtain a       through the same process as those
bars) and off-site (retail stores)       CUP from the city, Vacco will then        who have caused problems.
alcohol CUPs. The committee              have to apply for a permit from           They’re down from eleven zoning
voted to support the Little Bar’s        ABC, which he expects will take           administrators to just four. Why                                                                            photo by Ian Lovett
application, along with two appli-       an additional six months, during          not cut through the red tape? That’s       The Little Bar currently only sells beer and wine, but the owner wants to
cations from the Gilmore Land            which time he will also try to            in everyone’s interest.”                   offer spirits, and is trying to obtain the proper liquor license. The Mid City
Company to operate at the corner         obtain the liquor license itself.            Gubler has suggested that busi-
                                                                                                                              West Community Council recently endorsed the ownerʼs plan.
of Third Street and Fairfax Avenue,         Vacco needs a 41 license, which        nesses that were able to obtain let-
and the sale of wine and beer at 88      allows an establishment to serve          ters from local police and neigh-
Chinese & Sushi, an existing             liquor without also serving food.         borhood councils affirming their           ports the idea. But a code amend-            “I never thought it would be so
restaurant on Fairfax Avenue.            These licenses retail from any-           compliance with their CUPs                 ment would take at least 18                complicated, but I will say that
   “In this economy, most restau-        where between $40,000 and                 should be able to receive automat-         months, especially with the city           everyone from the city to the
rants without liquor licenses are        $80,000, and Vacco has taken out a        ic renewal for an extended period          council preoccupied with trying to         neighborhood council to ABC
really struggling,” said Jeff            small business loan to help cover         of time.                                   solve the budget crisis. Gubler said       seems to be working for the same
Jacobberger, chair of the MCWCC.         the cost. He said he plans to go             The MCWCC Land Use                      he is looking for ways to expedite         goal,” Vacco said. “There are a lot
“These businesses have been oper-        through a broker to help find an          Committee also voted last week to          that process as well.                      of regulations, but everyone wants
ating for some period of time now        existing Los Angeles County busi-         support the changes the Hollywood            Despite all the time and money           to see you in business, and they
without any problems we’ve heard         ness looking to sell its license.         Chamber of Commerce has sug-               involved, however, Vacco remains           want businesses to do well.
of, so we had a level of comfort in         “The lottery is a lot cheaper, but     gested. Gubler said that every city        optimistic that his investment will        They’ve all been very helpful and
allowing them to move to a full          you have be one of the lucky twen-        official he has met with also sup-         eventually pay off.                        forthcoming.”

  Council Approves DWP Rates New Captain Selected for Sheriff’s Station            From page 3
  From page 1
                                                                                                                                                                         said one reason Fraser stood out
                                                                                   West Hollywood,” Fraser said. “I
 proposed,” Garcetti said. “We           said he believes it is a fair compro-                                                                                           was that she had prior experience
                                                                                   think my predecessor, Commander
 called for greater accountability at    mise.                                                                                                                           in assisting personnel in West
                                                                                   Goldman, has done an outstanding
 DWP. We want to know that any              “No one wants to see anything                                                                                                Hollywood with major public
                                                                                   job in addressing the unique needs
 increases to ratepayers will be used    raised, but you have to reinvest in                                                                                             events such as the Halloween
                                                                                   of the community, and I hope to
 efficiently. We also do not want to     the infrastructure. I think it is a                                                                                             Carnival and the Christopher Street
                                                                                   build on that. I also plan to support
 lose businesses because utility         more prudent increase to cover the                                                                                              West L.A. Pride event.
                                                                                   the troops who are out there every
 rates get too high.”                    costs,” LaBonge said. “It’s a bal-                                                                                                 “She is very familiar with this
                                                                                   day doing the job.”
    Depending on their usage,            ance, but it also takes the first steps                                                                                         area, and additionally, we found
                                                                                      City officials have hailed Fraser
 ratepayers will see different           in moving away from using coal.”                                                                                                her to be very personable and
                                                                                   as a welcome addition to the sta-
 increases to their bills during the        The council’s decision was met                                                                                               friendly,” Cook said. “She is some-
                                                                                   tion, including West Hollywood
 next three months. Residential cus-     with mixed reactions locally, with                                                                                              one with a tremendous amount of
                                                                                   City Councilman Jeffrey Prang, a
 tomers who use the least amount of      some people stating that there is a                                                                                             field experience, and has the right
                                                                                   former assistant to Los Angeles
 electricity are included in the Tier    need to look for new sources of                                                                                                 philosophy and personality to fit
                                                                                   County Sheriff Lee Baca.
 One category, which makes up 58         revenue. Jeff Jacobergger, chair of                                                                                             with this community.”
                                                                                      “I had the opportunity to meet
 percent of LADWP customers.             the Mid City West Community                                                                                                        Goldman was captain at the West
                                                                                   Captain Fraser when I worked for
 They will experience increases          Council, said they had opposed                                                                                                  Hollywood Sheriff’s Station for a
                                                                                   the sheriff’s department, and I think
 between $1.70 and $2.40 per pay-        LADWP rate increases in the past,                                                                                               little more than three years, but has
                                                                                   she is a brilliant appointment,”
 ment cycle. Customers in the Tier       but had not taken sides with the lat-                                                                                           been with the sheriff’s department
                                                                                   Prang said. “She has a resume that
 Two category, which use more            est proposal.                                                                                      photo courtesy of the LASD   for more than 20 years. In his new
                                                                                   demonstrates a lot of depth and a lot
 electricity and comprise 36 percent        “There is a need to shift to other                                                Capt. Kelly Fraser, of the Los             position at sheriff’s headquarters,
                                                                                   of experience. She is a no-nonsense
 of customers, will see increases        power sources than those that are                                                    Angeles       County     Sheriffʼs         he will work closely with Baca and
                                                                                   law enforcement professional, and I
 between $4.50 and $5.65. The            currently being used, like coal, but                                                 Department, will assume command            other high level officials on ways
                                                                                   think she will be a great asset to the
 highest energy consumers — cus-         on the other hand, I’m not sure                                                      of the West Hollywood Sheriffʼs            to address budgetary challenges
                                                                                   City of West Hollywood.”
 tomers in the Tier Three category       there has been a big enough push                                                     Station on Sunday, She replaces            facing the department.
                                                                                      Fraser will command the sta-
 — could experience increases            to make that a reality,” Jacobergger      tion’s 165 deputies and professional       commander Buddy Goldman, who
 between $9.88 and $13.50.               said. “We need more control to            personnel. Lt. Gary Honings, the           has taken a new position at the
    The mayor’s proposal could           make sure the money is being              acting captain at the station until                                                   Answers From Page 16
                                                                                                                              Sheriffʼs Headquarters.
 have raised the rates as much as        spent in the way it is supposed to        Fraser assumes command, said
 2.7-cents per kilowatt-hour over        be.”                                      everyone is looking forward to the         in the county, Kelly has been on it.”
 the next several months, but many          Others members of the commu-           change in leadership.                         Kristen Cook, the public safety
 members of the city council said        nity, including Mansfield Avenue             “We are very excited that Captain       manager for West Hollywood, said
 they were in favor of a reduced         resident, Eric Spielman, said he          Fraser is about to assume command          city officials learned in February
 increase, or no increase at all. The    doesn’t believe the rates should be       at the station, and I believe it will be   that Goldman was being promoted.
 six councilmembers who voted no         increased at all.                         a very smooth transition,” Honings         The sheriff’s department provided
 were Bernard Parks, Paul                   “Everything just keeps going up.       said. “She has experience in some          the names of potential candidates
 Krekorian, Greig Smith, Dennis          When does it end?” Spielman said.         very visible jobs throughout the           for the position, and Fraser was
 Zine, Richard Alarcon and Jose          “The city has a big budget prob-          department, and most recently, she         selected from six individuals who
 Huizar.       Councilman        Tom     lem, and they expect a bailout.           was involved in the Emergency              were interviewed by the city man-
 LaBonge, supported the increase         Nobody I know is getting a                Operations Bureau, which means             ager and all members of the West
 that was approved Tuesday, and          bailout.”                                 that anytime there is an emergency         Hollywood City Council. Cook
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