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 Volume 21 No. 35                       Serving the West Hollywood, Hancock Park and Wilshire Communities                                                                  September 1, 2011



  Hit & Run Victim Pleads for Help Supervisors Wrestle Over
  n Myoung Ja Kim
  Attends Press
                                                                                                                              Redistricting Maps
  Conference Where                                                                                                            n Yaroslavsky Opposes Proposals That Would
  Police Give Safety Tips                                                                                                     Dramatically Alter 3rd District
  BY AARON BLEVINS                                                                                                            BY AARON BLEVINS                           Thus far, three new maps have
                                                                                                                                                                      been      proposed:     S2,     from

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            young Ja Kim limped

                                                                                                                              T
                                                                                                                                     he Los Angeles County            Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas,
            toward the microphone                                                                                                    Board of Supervisors is          2nd District; A3 Amended, from
            stand and explained the                                                                                                  working to redraw district       Supervisor Don Knabe, 4th
  events of July 20, when she was                                                                                             lines that have the potential to        District; and T1, from Supervisor
  struck by a two-door sedan while                                                                                            affect millions of residents and the    Gloria Molina, 1st District.
  in a crosswalk at 4 a.m. at the                                                                                             county services that they rely on.         Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, 3rd
  intersection of Santa Monica                                                                                                   A final vote on the matter is        District, who is in his final term,
  Boulevard and Vermont Avenue.                                                                                               expected by the end of September,       said he is concerned about two of
     The impact fractured the 64-                                                                                             but the supervisors are holding a       the proposals, S2 and T1, and how
  year-old woman’s skull, cheek-                                                                                              public hearing next week to further     they will impact his district and the
  bone, spine and knee. The driver                                                                                            analyze redistricting proposals. If     county at large. He said those maps
  of the sedan pulled off the road for                                                                                        the supervisors cannot reach an         could shift 3.5 million residents
  15 seconds or so, but then drove                                                                                            agreement, the district lines will be   into new districts while splitting
  away, according to investigators                                                                                            drawn by a commission of Sheriff        communities.
  with the Los Angeles Police                                                                                                 Lee Baca, District Attorney Steve          “That’s a huge shift of political
  Department Central Traffic                                                                                                  Cooley and County Assessor John         influence and political attention,”
  Division.                                                                                                                   Noguez, per state law.
     “My entire body hurts — my                                                                                                                                                 See Redistricting page 26
  face, my neck, my leg,” Kim said
  through a Korean translator at a
  press conference Thursday. “I’m
  suffering greatly.”
                                                                                                                               Taggers Skee-daddle on Cahuenga
     The driver of the sedan, a dark-
                                                                                           photo by Aaron Blevins
  gray or gold Infiniti, has yet to be
  apprehended. LAPD officers used      Hit and run victim Myoung Ja Kim, who is wearing a leg brace and
  Thursday’s press conference, using a walker because of her injuries, attended a press conference
  which was held at the intersection where police appealed for the publicʼs help in locating the driver.
  where the collision occurred, to
  disseminate information about the       “We truly need the public’s       After striking Kim, the driver of
  case, while also offering pedestri- help,” Capt. Ronald Marbrey said. the Infiniti traveled northbound on
  an safety tips in hopes of prevent- “You have been our eyes and Vermont Avenue. Since the inci-
  ing future incidents.                ears.”                                           See Safety page 26



Olympia Hopes Project Brightens Area
n Building May Offer                     the ground level.                          ty employees from outside the area
                                           Dr. Shahram Ravan, the presi-            who can’t afford housing,” Ravan
Staff Affordable Housing                 dent of Olympia, said the plan is to       said.
BY AARON BLEVINS                         construct rental properties for               With the proximity of the proper-
                                         potential hospital employees, while        ty to the hospital, it could be attrac-


O
       lympia Medical Center             offering retail space for a company        tive to potential employees as well
       officials are trying to turn a    that would complement Olympia.             as seniors, he said. It would also
       parking lot near the hospital     He said there are also plans for           spruce up the hospital campus,
into a 44-unit residential structure     senior housing.                            Ravan added.
with small office or retail space on       “We’d like to attract some quali-           “What we have right now [at that
                                                                                    site] is not the image we’d like to
                                                                                    have for the hospital,” he said. “It’s
                                                                                    a nice project. I think it’s a beauti-
                                                                                    ful project.”
                                                                                       While the project is by no means
                                                                                    finalized, hospital representatives
                                                                                    have been meeting with local
                                                                                    neighborhood councils and resi-
                                                                                    dents associations to gauge com-
                                                                                    munity opinion about the potential                                                                photo by Edwin Folven
                                                                                    development. Ravan said those               A building in the 1900 block of Cahuenga Boulevard has been trans-
                                                                                    meetings will continue until resi-          formed into a public artwork, with mannequins representing graffiti tag-
                                                                                    dents and hospital representatives          gers spray painting the face of the building, and other mannequins rep-
                                                                                    come up with something “more                resenting the police SWAT Team watching them from a nearby light
                                                                                    palatable” for the community.               pole. The building is a new studio for SkeeTV, an Internet production
                                                                                       Thus far, one floor has been
                                                                                                                                facility operated by DJ Skee, who has radio shows on Sirius/XM and
                                                           photo by Aaron Blevins   shaved off of the plan and the resi-
Olympia Medical Center is proposing to build a housing and retail project                                                       KIIS FM. The façade was recently completed by Hollywood-based
                                                                                    dential units have been reduced
on a parking lot near the hospital.                                                                                             artist, Aaron Axelrod.
                                                                                                   See Hospital page 26
2 September 1, 2011                                                                                                                                                                                        Park Labrea News/Beverly Press


2 ‘Totally ‘80s’                                                                                                                                                                                                     he gained national attention as a par-


T    he “Totally ’80s Hollywood
     Bowl” returns on Friday, Sept. 2
at 7:30 p.m. with The Human League,
                                                      Calendar                                                                                                                                                       ticipant in a 1986 veterans fast on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     steps of the U.S. Capitol in response to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     funding of the Contra wars in Central
The B-52s, The Fixx and Berlin. The                                                                                                                                       Monday, Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. George will      America. 5726 Hollywood Blvd.
evening will be hosted by Berlin’s                                                                                                                                        be joined by special guest, John C.        (323)463-3500,              revolution-
vocalist, Terri Nunn, and is part of the                                                                                                                                  Reilly, and performers such as Justine     booksla.blogspot.com.
group’s “Regeneration Tour”. Tickets                                                                                                                                      Kragen,  Eleni Mandell, Sara
                                                                                                                                                                          Melson,  Philip Littell,  Charlie
are $20 to $95. 2301 N. Highland Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                          Wadhams,  Mike Andrews and  Alex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     European Art Forum
(323)850-2000, www.Hollywood-
Bowl.com.                                                                                                                                                                 Lilly in performing the songwriting
                                                                                                                                                                          duo’s memorable works, including
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     T    he Los Angeles County Museum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of Art (LAMCA) presents gallery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     discussion titled “The Art of Looking”
Book Sale                                                                                                                                                                 “The Look of Love”, “Raindrops Keep
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 12:30 p.m. The
                                                                                                                                                                          Fallin’ on my Head” and “I Say a Little
T    he Friends of the John C.
     Fremont Library is holding its
monthly book sale on Friday, Sept. 2
                                                                                                                                                                          Prayer”. Tickets are $25 to $40. 1419
                                                                                                                                                                          N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. (310)455-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     event is free with museum admission,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and guests can join museum educators
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     in a one-hour discussion on late 19th
and 3 at the library. A large selection                                                                                                                                   3723, www.theatricum.com.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     century European art in the permanent
of used books, compact discs, audio                                                                                                                                                                                  collection. BP Grand Entrance, 5905
books and videos will be included.                                                                                                                                        Art Exhibit                                Wilshire Blvd.
Donations of used books, CDs and
DVDs are also accepted. The hours
are noon to 4 p.m., Sept. 2; noon to 5
                                                                                                                                                                          8    The Fahey/Klein Gallery is hold-
                                                                                                                                                                               ing concurrent exhibits by artists
                                                                                                                                                                          Shelby Le Adams and Roger Ballen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     New Works Festival
p.m., Sept. 3. 6121 Melrose Ave.
(323)962-3521.
                                                                                                                  photo courtesy of the Salastina Music Society
                                                The Salastina Music Society will present a concert on Sunday, Sept. 4
                                                                                                                                                                          running from Thursday, Sept. 8
                                                                                                                                                                          through Oct. 15. Ballen’s exhibit is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     R    oy and Edna Disney/CalArts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Theater (REDCAT) is holding its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     8th annual “New Original Works
                                                at 6 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The program fea-                                                       titled “Boarding House & New
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Festival” running from Thursday,
Jazz Festival                                   tures baritone Rod Gilfry, and artistic directors and violinists Kevin                                                    Works”, while the exhibit by Adams is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sept. 8 through 24. REDCAT will
                                                Kumar and Maia Jasper, joined by instrumentalists from throughout                                                         titled “Salt & Truth”. A reception for
T    he 16th  annual “Sweet & Hot
     Music Festival” will take place
from Friday, Sept. 2 through 5 at the
                                                Southern California. The diverse program includes everything from clas-
                                                sical and tango to a world premiere written for Gilfry. Bing Auditorium,
                                                                                                                                                                          the artists will be held on Sept. 8 from
                                                                                                                                                                          7 to 9 p.m. 148 N. La Brea Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     serve as a laboratory where Los
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Angeles artists will push the bound-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     aries of creative expression in dance,
Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel.             5905 Wilshire Blvd. (323)857-6000, www.salastinasociety.org.                                                              (323)934-2250,        www.faheyklein-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     theater, music and multimedia perfor-
The event features the music of the                                                                                                                                       gallery.com.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     mance works. On Sept. 8 through 10,
‘20s through ‘50s, including swing,                                                                                                                                                                                  the program will feature “Marissa
big band, classic jazz, and traditional         Cancer Convention                                             “Jeopardy”. Trebek will take the audi-                      Diabetes Support                           Chibas: Clara’s Los Angeles”, a live
blues, as well as New Orleans and                                                                             ence through 20 multiple choice ques-
Chicago-style jazz. It will also include
four dance floors, and live perfor-
                                                T    he    39th     annual     “Cancer
                                                     Convention” will be held on                              tions covering film trivia from every
                                                                                                              genre and decade. Members of the
                                                                                                                                                                          O    lympia Medical Center is hosting
                                                                                                                                                                               a meeting of its Diabetes Support
                                                                                                                                                                          Group on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 7 to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     performance piece where Chibas inte-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     grates silent cinema shot by John
                                                Saturday, Sept. 3 through 5 at the                                                                                                                                   Hawk with live music inspired by the
mances by artists such as Herb                  Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal                         audience, each furnished with a set of                      9 p.m. The free meetings are held the      Roaring ‘20s. Tickets are $18; $36 for
Jeffries, Ernastine Anderson, Banu              City. The convention will feature the                         multi-colored glow sticks, will be                          second Thursday of each month, and         a festival pass. 631 W. 2nd St.
Gibson and Rebecca Kilgore. 5855 W.             latest information on treatments and                          asked to reveal their answers by select-                    provide a safe and open atmosphere         (213)237-2800, www.redcat.org.
Century     Blvd.      (310)641-5700,           alternative therapies, as well as more                        ing the glow stick that corresponds to                      where people can learn about the dis-
www.sweethot.org.                               than 40 speakers, 80 exhibits and five                        their choice. Questions are then                            ease and share experiences. Pavilion
                                                film screenings. The event, which runs                        answered live by the Hollywood Bowl                         Conference Room (PCR), 5900
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Ongoing
3 Kids’ Fun                                     from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day, is                            Orchestra, conducted by one of                              Olympic Bl. 1st Floor. (323)932-5264,

at the Petersen                                 sponsored by the non-profit Cancer
                                                Control Society. Daily admission is
                                                                                                              Hollywood’s foremost film com-
                                                                                                              posers, David Newman. Tickets are
                                                                                                                                                                          www.olympiamc.com.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     T    he        Hollywood        Senior
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Multipurpose Center is holding

T    he Petersen Automotive Museum
     is holding an installment of its
children’s program titled “Discovery
                                                $40. 333 Universal Terrace Pkwy.
                                                (323)663-7801, www.cancercontrol-
                                                                                                              $11 to $122. (323)850-2000. 2301 N.
                                                                                                              Highland                           Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                          Veteran’s Book
                                                                                                                                                                          Signing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     classes     in     September
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “Commercial Acting for Senior
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       titled

                                                                                                              www.hollywoodbowl.com.                                                                                 Performers”. The courses are led by
                                                society.com.
Day’ Race Car Design” on Saturday,
Sept. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants
will enjoy an arts and crafts activity          4 Live Trivia                                                 5 Bacharach and                                             R    evolution Books is hosting a book
                                                                                                                                                                               signing and discussion with
                                                                                                                                                                          Vietnam War veteran S. Brian Wilson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     actor Buddy Powell, and are designed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     for seniors and beginners interested in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     performing in television commercials
where they draw on a mini race car,                                                                           David Tribute                                               on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. Wilson
and at 2:30pm, actors from L.A.
BookPALS will read stories. 6060
                                                T   he Hollywood Bowl will host
                                                    “AFI’s Great American Movie
                                                Quiz” on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m.                         T   he Will Geer Theatricum
                                                                                                                  Botanicum presents a perfor-
                                                                                                                                                                          will discuss his new memoir, “Blood
                                                                                                                                                                          on the Tracks”. Wilson’s wartime
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     or learning about acting and show busi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ness. Classes are held Mondays from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1:30 to 4 p.m. at 1370 N. St. Andrews
Wilshire     Blvd.    (323)964-6308             The first-ever live movie trivia experi-                      mance by Inara George in a “Tribute to                      experiences transformed him into a         Pl. Admission is $10. (323)957-3900,
www.petersen.org.                               ence will be hosted by Alex Trebek of                         Burt Bacharach and Hal David” on                            revolutionary, non-violent pacifist, and   www.buddypowell.com.


                                                    
   
                                                       
 
 
                                                                                                                                   


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Park Labrea News/Beverly Press                                                                                                                                            3 September 1, 2011



L.A. Greek Fest Takes a Sabbatical
n Event Will Return                       the district,” Pastras said. “We
                                          wanted to enhance the diversity of         “We wanted to
Next Year After                           the community and bring people
                                                                                      enhance the
Community Center                          together. This new center is intend-
is Completed
                                          ed as a resource for the communi-          diversity of the
                                          ty.”
                                             The L.A. Greek Fest, which was          community and
BY EDWIN FOLVEN                           founded in 1999 to bring people in          bring people
                                          the neighborhood, and throughout
                                                                                        together.
T    he smell of sizzling lamb skew-
     ers, garlic-seasoned gyros and
pistachio-laden baklava won’t be
                                          Los Angeles, together, has grown
                                          considerably since its beginning,
                                          and attracted 35,000 people last                             -Ted Pastras,
wafting through the air around Pico       year. The festival also celebrates
and Normandie next weekend.                                                                          organizer of the
                                          many Latino cultures and other eth-                        L.A. Greek Fest
   The annual L.A. Greek Fest,            nic groups who live nearby. In addi-
which is regularly held on the            tion to traditional Greek food, a tav-
weekend after Labor Day, has been         erna and dancing, are booths devot-      the Greek Orthodox religious com-
put on sabbatical while a communi-        ed to the Mexican, Central and           munity in Los Angeles. The new
ty center is constructed next to the      South American communities. The          CES complex is being constructed
grand Saint Sophia Cathedral.             Greek Fest also has a celebrity          in the same Byzantine architectural
   According to festival organizer        component, with actors Tom Hanks         style as the cathedral, and will
Ted Pastras, a 57,000-square-foot         and his wife Rita Wilson, who are        include a banquet hall/multipurpose
Cultural, Education and Sports            members of the Saint Sophia con-         room, classrooms, computer rooms,
(CES) complex is being built, and         gregation, serving as guest hosts.       a gymnasium, library and book-
is scheduled to open early next year.     Pastras said plans are being formu-      store. It will be available for use by
Pastras said it was not possible to       lated to make the festival even bet-     community groups, as well as the
hold the festival while the construc-     ter next year, with a special VIP        nearby Loyola High School,
tion is ongoing, but assured festi-       celebrity night being considered.        Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of                                                                           photo by Edwin Folven
val-goers the celebration will return        Saint Sophia Cathedral, a land-       Loretto High School, and the St.         Ted Pastras, and his wife Jan, have helped organize the L.A. Greek Fest
next year. He also said the CES           mark in the community, was com-          Thomas the Apostle Catholic              since 1999. The festival is on “sabbatical” this year while a new facility is
complex will bring a new resource         pleted in 1952 and is the center of                                               being constructed on the grounds of the Saint Sophia Cathedral.
to the surrounding community,                                                            See L.A. Greek Fest page 22
which is known as the Byzantine-
Latino Quarter.
   “This is a very high density area
with a very diverse population, and
we [are building the complex] to
expand the dynamic of the neigh-
borhood and create an identity for



Emergency
Preparedness
Audit Ordered
in Wake of
Hurricane Irene
I  n the wake of hurricane Irene’s
   devastation along the Eastern
Seaboard, City Controller Wendy
Greuel has announced a new review
of Los Angeles’ emergency pre-
paredness in the event of a natural
disaster. 
   “The destruction and wreckage
along the East Coast remind us that
natural disasters, including earth-
quakes, flash floods and fires can hit
at any time and ravage communi-
ties,” Greuel said. “I am announcing
an audit of the city’s emergency dis-
aster plans to ensure the safety of
the millions of people who live and
work in Los Angeles.”
   Greuel said her audit will follow
up on the progress the city has made
in the past few years to update its
emergency preparedness plans.  In
2008, the City Controller’s Office
determined that the city lacked an
overall strategic plan to respond to a
natural disaster or other calamity,
such as an earthquake.
   “I believe that some new emer-
gency preparedness directives are
being implemented; however, I
want to make sure Los Angeles gets
this right — we need to be prudent
to ensure we are fulfilling our most
important obligation to protect
Angelenos,” Greuel said.
   In addition to evaluating the city’s
preparedness, Greuel also urged
Angelenos to maintain basic emer-
gency supplies including flash-
lights, batteries, canned food and
water, and to update evacuation
plans and encourage emergency
drills.
   For more information, visit con-
troller.lacity.org.
4 September 1, 2011                                                                                                                                     Park Labrea News/Beverly Press


ʻTourist Banditʼ Arrested After Armed Robbery Little Armenia Murder Suspect
n  Suspect Had Escaped
from Halfway House
                                              Indicted by Grand Jury
                                                                                                                                                                 5800 block of Lexington Avenue.
BY EDWIN FOLVEN                                                                                                             n Prosecutors Will                   Hakobyan was the widow of
                                                                                                                            Decide Later Whether                 Safaryan and the mother of
A    parolee who had escaped from
     a prison halfway house in
Victorville in early August was
                                                                                                                            to Seek Death Penalty                Lusine.
                                                                                                                                                                    Authorities believe Tersar-
                                                                                                                            BY EDWIN FOLVEN                      gyan, who was a family friend of
arrested in Hollywood on Aug. 26                                                                                                                                 the three victims, killed Safaryan
after he attempted to rob a customer
at a Bank of America branch in the
6300 block of Sunset Boulevard.
                                                                                                                            A    suspect accused of killing
                                                                                                                                 three members of a family in
                                                                                                                            Hollywood’s Little Armenia
                                                                                                                                                                 and the couple’s eight-year-old
                                                                                                                                                                 daughter in an attempt to become
                                                                                                                                                                 closer to Hakobyan, and later
   The suspect, identified as Rex                                                                                           District pleaded not guilty to       murdered her when she rebuffed
Lutton, 54, is also suspected of rob-                                                                                       murder charges Monday after a        his advances.
bing a Bank of America branch on                                                                                            grand jury indictment was               The indictment also charges
Santa Monica Boulevard in West                                                                                              unsealed on Aug. 26.                 Tersargsyan with the shooting of
Hollywood on Aug. 22, and rob-                                                                                                 The     defendant,      Alberd    Julie Kates in March 2010 on
bing another Bank of America                                                                                                Tersargsyan, 61, has been in cus-    Sunset Boulevard. Kates, who
branch in Venice on Aug. 24.                                                                                                tody since 2010 and was previ-       police have described as a prosti-
According to FBI spokesperson                                                                   photo courtesy of the FBI   ously facing four counts of mur-     tute, was standing on the corner
Laura Eimiller, Lutton had been           A suspect authorities dubbed the “Tourist Bandit” was captured on sur-            der, including three for the mur-    of Sunset Boulevard and
nicknamed the “Tourist Bandit”            veillance camera footage during the robberies.                                    ders of the family members, and      Kingsley Drive when she was
because he wore clothing with                                                                                               an additional count accusing him     shot      once in the temple.
“Venice Beach” and other locations                                                                                          of murdering a prostitute on         Investigators believe Tersargsyan
that reminded authorities of items        was attempting to leave the branch     as the suspect in the two earlier          Sunset Boulevard. The new            killed Kates after he tried to con-
mainly marketed to tourists.              when he was confronted by Lutton,      bank robberies. She added that the         indictment supersedes the origi-     tact her for sex the previous day,
   Eimiller said Lutton claimed he        who was armed with a knife.            FBI would be pursuing federal              nal charges, which have now          and then later accused her of
had a bomb while robbing the bank         Instead of handing over the money,     bank robbery charges against the           been dropped, and were the result    stealing a DVD from his van.
in Venice, and threatened that he         the victim pulled out a hand-held      suspect for those incidents, while         of a lengthy investigation by the    Police identified Tersargsyan as a
had a knife during the other two          taser and attempted to shock the       the robbery in Hollywood would be          grand jury. Prosecutors will         suspect in that murder after an
robberies. No one was injured in          assailant, but the device malfunc-     handled by the LAPD and the Los            decide later whether to seek the     acquaintance of Kates recog-
the incidents, and an undisclosed         tioned. Lutton then ran from the       Angeles County District Attorney’s         death       penalty        against   nized the defendant as the person
amount of cash was stolen from the        scene as the victim was yelling, and   Office would handle the prosecu-           Tersargsyan.                         who confronted her the day
banks.                                    was apprehended a short distance       tion.                                         The suspect is accused of mur-    before.
   During the robbery last Friday,        away by two security officers             “He was obviously a dangerous           dering Khachik Safaryan, and his        In addition to the murder
Lutton is believed to have gone into      patrolling in the area. When police    guy, so it was good we got him in          eight-year-old daughter, Lusine,     charges, the grand jury indict-
the bank with the intention of com-       arrived, he was taken into custody     custody before anyone got hurt,”           in December 2008. The victims        ment alleges the special circum-
mitting a robbery, but then noticed       without any further incident, and      Eimiller said. “He was an escapee          were found shot to death inside      stances of lying in wait, multiple
a customer withdrawing money. Lt.         was booked at the Hollywood            who had a previous conviction for          their apartment in the 1200 block    murders and murder of a witness,
Michael Oreb, of the Los Angeles          Division for robbery.                  bank robbery.”                             of Tamarind Ave. Tersargsyan is      Lusine Safaryan. Tersargsyan is
Police Department’s Hollywood                Eimiller said FBI agents later         Sgt. Jason Schreiner, with the          also accused of killing 38-year-     being held without bail, and
Division, said the victim had with-       learned about the incident in                                                     old Karine Hakobyan in March         returns to court on Oct. 17 for a
                                                                                       See ʻTourist Banditʼ Page 22
draw approximately $33,000 and            Hollywood and recognized Lutton                                                   2010 outside her apartment in the    pretrial hearing.


Trutanich Hails
Passage of Bill
on Recording
Evidence
T    he State Senate has passed a bill
     authored by Assemblymember
Warren Furutani (D- Los Angeles)
and sponsored by the Los Angeles
City Attorney’s Office that allows
city prosecutors to record conversa-
tions during the course of criminal
investigations.
   The law would add city attorneys
to the designated list of law enforce-
ment officers permitted to record or
overhear investigative communica-
tions, which currently includes coun-
ty prosecutors. The bill is known as
AB 1010, and applies only to first
party conversations in person or over
the phone. It does not include autho-
rization for wiretapping or other third
party recordings requiring a warrant.
The bill was praised by City
Attorney Carmen Trutanich.
   “AB 1010 will assist our prosecu-
tors’ in protecting public safety,
including catching and detaining
fraudsters and child predators and
environmental polluters,” Trutanich
said. 
   The bill contends that prosecuting
city attorneys who are investigating
complaints by consumers and busi-
nesses about fraud and abuse must
have the ability to record confidential
communications when posing as
customers or responding to adver-
tisements. It is particularly important
in effectively investigating cases
such as loan modification schemes
targeting the elderly, phony talent
auditions for children, and predatory
“notarios” who falsely promise to
help persons obtain immigration
documents.
6 September 1, 2011                                                                                                                                 Park Labrea News/Beverly Press



     Actor Ed O’Neill Gets                                                     WeHo Affordable Housing Project Recognized
     Walk of Fame Honors                                                       T   he City of West Hollywood’s
                                                                                   Sierra Bonita Apartments have
                                                                               been given an Award of Excellence
                                                                               for Project Design by the National
                                                                               Association of Housing and
                                                                               Redevelopment              Officials
                                                                               (NAHRO). The award will be pre-
                                                                               sented at the NAHRO 2011
                                                                               National       Conference       and
                                                                               Exhibition in St. Louis in October.
                                                                                 The Sierra Bonita Apartments
                                                                               were designed by Patrick Tighe,
                                                                               winner of the Rome Prize for
                                                                               Architecture, and are home to very
                                                                               low-income people with special
                                                                               needs.  
                                                                                 “The Sierra Bonita Apartments
                                                                               are a great example of successful
                                                                                                                                                                            photo by Edwin Folven
                                                                               collaboration between multiple
                                                                               governmental agencies and non-         The Sierra Bonita Apartments project in West Hollywood has received
                                                                               profit organizations like the West     national honors for its design .
                                                                               Hollywood Community Housing
                                                                               Corporation (WHCHC),” Mayor            space for community-serving non-          For more information, visit
                                                                               John J. Duran said.                    profit organizations. An outdoor        www.whchc.org  or contact Jeff
                                                                                 The Sierra Bonita Apartments         courtyard atrium features a garden      Skorneck, housing manager, at
                                                                               contain 42 affordable one-bedroom      for residents. Each apartment has its   (323)848-6596. For the hearing
                                                                               units, and ground floor commercial     own private outdoor space.              impaired, call (323)848-6496.




                                                      photo by Aaron Blevins
 Actor Ed OʼNeill, best known for his role as Al Bundy in FOXʼs
 “Married…With Children,” was honored with a star on the Hollywood
 Walk of Fame on Aug. 30. The Golden Globe nominee has also
 appeared in several movies, including “Little Giants”, “The Bone
 Collector”, and the “Wayneʼs World” series. Currently, OʼNeill plays
 Jay Pritchett on the ABC sitcom, “Modern Family,” which will be
 releasing its Season Two Blu-ray and DVD on Sept. 20.
 Accompanying OʼNeill were “Modern Family” creator Steve Levitan,
 and his television wives, Katey Sagal (left) and Sofia Vergara (right).
 OʼNeillʼs star, which was purposely located outside the DSW Shoe
 Store because of Al Bundyʼs occupation as a shoe salesman, is the
 2,446th on the Walk.
Park Labrea News/Beverly Press                                                                                                                                                7 September 1, 2011


   Feuer Awarded for Work State Senate Approves Anti-Discrimination Bill
   on Environmental Laws T                                                                  he California State Senate
                                                                                            passed the Gender Nondis-
                                                                                       crimination Act on Tuesday in a
                                                                                                                                887 explicitly identifies gender
                                                                                                                                identity and expression as protect-
                                                                                                                                ed categories in state codes. The
                                                                                                                                                                        for business owners, employers
                                                                                                                                                                        and other entities required to com-
                                                                                                                                                                        ply with the anti-discrimination
                                                                                       25-13 vote.                              bill is designed to provide clarity     protections.
                                                                                          The bill, AB 887, was authored        for people who are victims of             

For      information,       visit
                                                                                       by Assemblymember Toni Atkins            unlawful discrimination, as well as     www.eqca.org.
                                                                                       (D-San Diego) and is sponsored by
                                                                                       Equality California (EQCA), the
                                                                                       Transgender Law Center and the
                                                                                       Gay-Straight Alliance Network.
                                                                                                                                Law on Gender Identification for
                                                                                       AB 887 seeks to strengthen
                                                                                       employment, housing, and other
                                                                                       civil rights protections, particularly
                                                                                                                                Judicial Prospects Passes
                                                                                       for individuals who face discrimi-
                                                                                       nation based on gender identity and
                                                                                       expression.
                                                                                                                                T   he California State Assembly
                                                                                                                                    on Tuesday passed the Judicial
                                                                                                                                Applicant       and Appointment
                                                                                                                                                                        Californians,” Corbett said. “For
                                                                                                                                                                        Californians to have confidence in
                                                                                                                                                                        the judicial system, it would be
                                                                                          

“AB      887     protects     all   Demographics Inclusion Act, also        helpful to know that our judges rep-
                                                                                       Californians.  No matter your skin       known as SB 182, which was intro-       resent the diversity that makes
                                                                                       color, your age, where you come          duced by Sen. Ellen Corbett (D-San      California unique among states.”
                                                                                       from or whether you’re gay,              Leandro).                                  

The governor’s office already
                                                                                       straight or transgender, we are all         The bill would add gender identi-    collects demographic data provided
                                                                                       protected by the same rights,”           ty and sexual orientation as self-      by all judicial applicants relative to
                                                                                       Atkins said. “We share equal pro-        reported demographic information        ethnicity, race and gender, and SB
                                                                                       tection in employment, housing,          that is collected by the governor for   182 would amend state code to
                                                                                       and education.  This bill ensures        state and county judicial appointees    include questions on sexual orienta-
                                                                                       that no one is left out.”                and applicants.                         tion and gender identity on the
                                 photo courtesy of the 42nd Assembly District Office                                               “As Senate Majority Leader and       appropriate forms. 
 SB 182 passed
                                                                                          

While California anti-discrimi-
 The Sierra Club California has recognized Assemblymember Mike                         nation laws already define gender        as a member of the Senate Judiciary     the State Senate in July, and will
 Feuer (D-Los Angeles) with the 2010 Byron Sher Award for                              to include an individual’s gender        Committee, I have worked tireless-      now be forwarded to the governor
 Achievement in Environmental Protection by a Public Official. Feuer                   identity and gender expression, AB       ly to achieve equality for all          for consideration.
 (left) accepted the award from Kathryn Phillips, director of Sierra
 Club California, and Jim Metropulos, senior advocate for the Sierra
 Club.   
 The award recognizes Feuerʼs longstanding commitment to protect-
 ing Californiaʼs natural resources, his support of the California
 Environmental Quality Act, and his authorship of green chemistry
 legislation.
 “Iʼm humbled to receive this honor from an organization I respect so
 much,” Feuer said. “Sierra Club California is one of our stateʼs lead-
 ing environmental advocates, and I am proud of the work we have
 done together to protect Californiaʼs natural resources and public
 health.”




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 Building Owner Recognized for Using Solar Energy System Coalition
 A    major solar panel installation
      project was recently complet-
                                                         Defends the
                                         Los Angeles Department of Water
                                         and Power’s (DWP) Solar
 ed at the Walter J Towers at 1930
 Wilshire Blvd., and city officials
 are hailing it as an example of how
                                                         FAIR Act
                                         Incentive Program. The DWP is re-
                                         launching the program to continue
                                         providing customers with a finan-
 solar power can drastically reduce      cial incentive for solar installation.
 energy costs.
    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
                                            “The collaboration…on this
                                         solar project will reduce energy
                                                                                                                                                                               L    ed by Equality California, the
                                                                                                                                                                                    Gay-Straight Alliance Network
                                                                                                                                                                               and the California Foundation for
 joined other public officials and       costs for the Walter J. Towers and                                                                                                    Independent Living Centers, a
 representatives from the private        support the LADWP’s efforts to                                                                                                        broad coalition of advocates for
 sector at the office and commercial     reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.”                                                                                                 equality have launched a coordinat-
 building on Aug. 26 to encourage        DWP general manager Ronald O.                                                                                                         ed effort to protect the Fair,
 consumers to use solar energy. The      Nichols said.                                                                                                                         Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful
 Walter J Towers project will use           The new SIP guidelines incorpo-                                                                                                    (FAIR) Education Act and to edu-
 1,135 photovoltaic panels, elevated     rate public input received during                                                                                                     cate the public about its impact.
 above the building’s surface park-      workshops last month. The pro-                                                                                                        The coalition includes people of
 ing lot, to reduce the building’s       gram had been placed on tempo-                                                                                                        faith; labor organizations; lesbian,
 annual energy costs by 30 percent.      rary hold April 9 as the demand for                                                                                                   gay, bisexual, and transgender
    “The Walter J Towers project         incentives was far outpacing the                                                                                                      (LGBT) rights groups; disability
 represents how investing in solar is    available budget. The suspension                                                                                                      rights advocates; racial justice orga-
 good for the environment, and           was initiated to catch up with a                                                                                                      nizations and many other groups. 
 good for a business’ bottom line,”      backlog of applications and solar                                                                                                        Signed into law by Governor
 Villaraigosa said. “We are provid-      inspections, increase customer                                                                                                        Jerry Brown last month, the FAIR
 ing incentives for more innovative      education to address safety con-                                                                                                      Education Act ensures the fair and
 and forward-thinking companies to       cerns, and gain input on improving                         photo courtesy of David Starkopf/Office of Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa   accurate portrayal of the LGBT
 invest in L.A.’s most abundant nat-     the program, and identify alterna-        Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa (third from left) honored building owner,                     civil rights movement and people
 ural resource, and in the process       tive financing options. LADWP                                                                                                         with disabilities in social science
                                                                                   Dr. Walter Jayainghe (second from left), for installing a major solar
 build a local Twenty-First Century      will resume accepting applications                                                                                                    instruction. Some advocates,
                                                                                   energy system at his building on Wilshire Boulevard. Public officials
 green workforce.”                       Sept. 1.                                                                                                                              including the Capitol Resource
    The project qualifies for a rebate      For       information,         visit   attending the event also included Councilmember Jan Perry, 9th
                                                                                   District (right).                                                                           Institute, are circulating petitions
 of more than $475,000 through the       www.ladwp.com.                                                                                                                        for a referendum that asks voters to
                                                                                                                                                                               overturn the FAIR Education Act.
                                                                                   WeHo Council Endorses Federal                                                               They will need to collect more than
                                                                                                                                                                               a half million signatures in order to
                                                                                                                                                                               qualify for a referendum on the
                                                                                   Resolution on Helicopter Noise                                                              June 2012 ballot.
                                                                                                                                                                                  “Learning the contributions made

                                                                                   T   he West Hollywood City
                                                                                       Council has adopted a resolu-
                                                                                   tion supporting federal legislation
                                                                                                                                involved in urging the Federal
                                                                                                                                Aviation Administration (FAA) to
                                                                                                                                better manage helicopters in dense
                                                                                                                                                                               by activists of the disability rights
                                                                                                                                                                               movement is essential to a full
                                                                                                                                                                               understanding of our history, just as
                                                                                   that would restrict helicopter flight        urban areas. The disturbance to res-           an understanding of the civil rights
                                                                                   paths and set minimum altitude               idents are intolerable,” West                  movement and the pioneers of
                                                                                   standards in residential areas in Los        Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore                    women’s suffrage and the LGBT
                                                                                   Angeles County.                              Jeffrey Prang said.                            rights movement are an essential
                                                                                      The bill, H.R 2677, is sponsored            H.R. 2677 will require the                   part of our history lessons,” Teresa
                                                                                   by     Representative        Howard          Federal Aviation Administration to             Favuzzi, executive director of the
                                                                                   Berman, and co-sponsored by                  restrict helicopter flight paths and           California       Foundation        for
                                                                                   Representatives Brad Sherman and             set minimum altitudes within                   Independent Living Centers, said.
                                                                                   Henry Waxman.                                twelve months of being signed into             “The FAIR Education Act truly is a
                                                                                      “Cities have been deeply                  law.                                           step in the right direction.”
10 September 1, 2011                                                                                                                                Park Labrea News/Beverly Press


ʻColombianaʼ, ʻDonʼt Be Afraid of the Darkʼ
Make for a Sad Combination of Films
T    his is the week of renowned
     filmmakers proving their falli-
bility. Taking virtual unknown
                                          mad at the end of his life. Years
                                          later, restoration architect, Alex
                                          (Guy Pearce), and interior designer,
                                                                                   “play” with her in the basement.
                                                                                   But don’t worry, they’re afraid of
                                                                                   light just as much as we’re all
directors under their wings, film-        Kim (Katie Holmes), are close to         afraid of the dark.
making greats, Luc Besson and             renovating the house and turning it         Apparently the MPAA gave
Guillermo del Toro, might not have        into a viable addition to the com-       “Don’t Be Afraid” an R-rating for
the eye for finding new talent.           munity’s historic architecture.          “pervasive scariness,” proving,
“Colombiana” and “Don’t Be                Meanwhile, Alex becomes respon-          once again, just how out of touch
Afraid of the Dark” aren’t the worst      sible for his daughter, Sally (Bailee    the organization is. They overrate
out there, but you might be better        Madison).                                the sexually explicit and underrate
off catching up on some summer               Getting used to a foreign home        the violent, and now they’ve
reading.                                  and daddy’s new significant other        proven their limited experience in
  ‘Colombiana’                            is enough for any child to cope          the ways of the “jump” moment.
  Besson has long survived off the        with, but the house has even darker      Plenty of PG-13 movies do more
popularity of his 1994 hit, “The          plans for the child. Unleashed from
Professional”, even catching a few        their captivity under the house,                       See FILMS page 20
                                          ominous creatures begin antagoniz-                                                                                           photo courtesy of Sony Pictures
lucky swings with “La Femme
                                          ing poor Sally, desperately trying to                                          Zoe Saldana plays Cataleya in “Colombiana”.
Nikita” and “The Fifth Element”,
but his screenwriting fare without




the directorial touch, is all too often
tarnished goods. Destined for a


                                                                                        Organic since 1969
similar fate, “Colombiana”, written
by Besson and Robert Mark
Kamen (the man behind “The
Karate Kid”), is a stock revenge
film that starts well and ends as pre-
dictably as possible.
   Cataleya (Zoe Saldana) helpless-
ly witnesses the murder of her par-
ents. Vowing to never be a victim
again, she becomes a rather
promising hit-woman — though
the FBI is convinced that no
woman could be such an effective
                                                                  


  
killer — who’s working her way
towards the crime lords responsible
                                                                
  
for her loneliness.
   Much like “Taken”, another                                
  
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screenwriting dud by Besson,                                    #        #  
there’s little concern for ethics. In a
film that emphasizes the emptiness
of vengeance (in some of the most                     "#  
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pathetically on-the-nose moments),
it does little to show a better option.
In fact, it merely concludes with a
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corny everything’s-gonna-be-all-                                              # !     !       #
right sense of bloody justice. Of
course, few people attend these                                         #      " "  +($ !%)&'
films for moral lessons, but the
action scenes offer just as little
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engagement as the beaten-to-death
concept. At least “Taken” has solid
combat scenes with Liam Neeson.
   The role is a strong fit for rising
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star, Saldana, but everything goes
flat soon after her character
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changes from age eight when
Cataleya is played by Amandla
Stenberg (definitely pay attention
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to her next major role as Rue in
“The Hunger Games”), to a 20-
year-old Saldana.
   There’s a few engaging
moments, but everything feels
exhaustingly simple. And to see
Saldana outdone by an eight-year-
old meant to introduce the film
makes for an hour and a half of lit-
tle else to look forward to.
   ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’
   Del Toro has made his mark sev-                                          ()&# 
%%' &"(
eral times over as a master of hor-
ror, action and fantasy through such
films as “Hellboy”, “The Devil’s
Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth”.
With “Don’t Be Afraid of the
Dark”, del Toro writes a screenplay,
based on a 1973 made-for-televi-                                                                   *&#, #*
sion movie, that focuses so much
on evil critters, the scare factor is                                                       %' $ #' 

lost amidst special effects and
some, perhaps, unintentionally
laughable scenes.
   Emerson Blackwood was a bril-
liant man who mysteriously went                                                                       

Park Labrea News/Beverly Press                                                                                                            11 September 1, 2011

                                                                                                                                       65. Increase, with “up”
                                                                     Crossword Puzzle                                                  66. “Trick” joint


                                                                                                                                       Down
                                                                                                                                       1. Ado
                                                                                                                                       2. “Major” animal
                                                                                                                                       3. Kosher ___
                                                                                                                                       4. Caught in the act
   Shirley Templeʼs Double Taps                                                                                                        5. Yellow fruit
                                                                                                                                       6. Bind
        Her Way Into History                                                                                                           7. Fertile soil
                                                                                                                                       8. Legal prefix
                                                                                                                                       9. Wreath for the head
                                                                                                                                       10. Completely fix
                                                                                                                                       11. Blockage
                                                                                                                                       12. Pianist, Dame Myra
                                                                                                                                       15. Build on
                                                                                                                                       20. Precipice
                                                                                                                                       21. Lagos currency
                                                                                                                                       24. Hex
                                                                                                                                       25. “It’s a Wonderful Life” role
                                                                                                                                       26. Isuzu model
                                                                                                                                       27. “You stink!”
                                                                                                                                       28. Make, as a CD
                                                                                                                                       29. Cornered
                                                                                                                                       30. Treat rudely, in a way
                                                                                                                                       31. Ratty place
                                                                                                                                       33. Abandon
                                                                                                                                       34. “Seinfeld” uncle
                                                                                                                                       37. Claw
                                                                     Across                            35. Not just “a”                38. About to explode
                                                                     1. Brewski                        36. Pot of gold site?           39. “What’s ___?”
                                                                     5. Orange juice factor            40. Golf term                   44. Pooh’s pal
                                                                     9. Bow                            41. Quite a stretch (var.)      45. Hodgepodges
                                                                     13. Certain surgeon’s “patient”   42. Seize forcibly (old word)   46. Drag
                                                                     14. Celebes beast                 43. Indiana town                48. Condescending one
  Park La Brea was once home to famous dancer Joy Healey,
                                                                     15. Anoint                        46. Finn’s friend               49. Chopin piece
  who was featured with dance partner Pat Gilbert in the Aug. 23,    16. Romantic setting              47. 1969 Peace Prize grp.
  1951 issue of the Park Labrea News. Healey was known for                                                                             50. Hit
                                                                     17. Dock                          48. The Amish, e.g.             51. “Terrible” czar
  being the stand-in for Shirley Temple in films during the 1930s,   18. Carpentry grooves             50. 1952 musical                52. Canceled
  and she had appeared in “The Little Rascals” film shorts, and in   19. Come down hard                58. Convex molding              53. Doctrines
  the 1945 feature film, “State Fair”. The Joy Healey Dancers        22. Cleaning cabinet supplies     59. Music genre                 54. Dry biscuit
  were also a popular part of USO shows during World War II, and     23. Absorbed, as a cost           60. Annul                       55. Soon, to a bard
  after the war in Las Vegas revues. An accompanying article stat-   24. Yugoslavia, now               61. Locks up                    56. Doing nothing
  ed that Healey was teaching tap and ballet in the early 1950s.     28. Plant fuel                    62. Fashion                     57. Central point
  One of her students at the time was Rebecca Welles, daughter       32. 86 is a high one              63. Auction cry
                                                                     33. Aspersion                     64. Bow
  of actor Orson Welles and actress Rita Hayworth.                                                                                     Answers page 26
Park Labrea News/Beverly Press                                                                                                                                                  13 September 1, 2011


ʻDay-Drinkersʼ Dulls the Senses
I f I have to see one more bar play,
  I might disappear with a bad case
of “the morning after”. Playwright
Justin Tanner knows better, or
should by now.
   Let me be the first, or maybe one
of the horde, to say, “Time out,
Justin, until you find a real plot for
one of your classically hilarious
comedies.” We couldn’t stop laugh-
ing through much of the 1980s and         Better Not Take It With You”, or
‘90s, and even into the “oughts”,         “The Porn Star Who Came To
whenever there was a Justin Tanner        Breakfast”. As a matter of fact,
play on the boards. One after             don’t think of it at all; it just wasn’t
another, they came, almost as regu-       worthy of bearing the encomium of
larly as the seasons: “Teen Girl”,        Justin Tanner’s name on the pro-
“Bitter Women”, “Pot Mom”,                gram.
“Heartbreak Help”, “Coyote                   “Day Drinkers” (It’s all in the
Woman”, “Wife Swappers”, “Voice           title), made us hope Justin had
Lessons”, “Oklahomo!”. If I’ve left       come home again to make us help-
out some, it’s not because they           less with one of his trademark com-
weren’t the tops when it came to          edy-farces. Despite a lively cast of                                                                                               photo courtesy of Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
real comedy with one rollicking           Tanner regulars: Todd Lowe, Tom                Danielle Kennedy and Tom Fitzpatrick star in ʻDay-Drinkersʼ, a Justin Tanner play.
laugh after another keeping us help-      Fitzpatrick, Chloe Taylor, Danielle
less; it must have been because I         Kennedy, Maile Flanagan, Melissa
                                          Denton, Cody Chappel and                       most of it, done in the name of love,       board on opening night. One has to    Sundays,     through     Oct.    9
was tiger-hunting in New Guinea,
                                          Jonathan Palmer, all first-rate                or a simulacrum (fraternal, lesbian,        hope, despite my personal disap-      (Wednesdays Sept. 9 and Oct. 5
or “on a mountain peak in Darien”,
                                          actors, and directed by one of                 marital, extra-marital, parental), as       pointment, that we may one day get    only at 8 p.m.). Audience members
or sliding on thin ice at the North
                                          L.A.’s major directors, Bart De                well as greed, moral laxity, suspi-         back to what was once the best        can also meet the cast and the
Pole. But even from there, we
                                          Lorenzo, it doesn’t! What we have              cion, hate and deception, all the           hope for theatre in town, before it   Odyssey Staff at “Friday Nights
could’ve heard the laughter and
                                          here is a mean-spirited, unfunny,              stuff that breaks out when desperate        got caught in the shallows.           Wine Salons”, free with the ticket
dearly wished we were back home
                                          pub crawl with “types” — such as               people seek boringly desperate                 Justin, you can come home          price. For information, call
watching a Justin Tanner Festival.
                                          the surly barkeep and his dissatis-            measures to resolve their meaning-          again…please!                         (310)477-2055,        or      visit
   But they tell me all good things
                                          fied wife and his rakish brother; the          less lives. This is all so bleak and           “Day Drinkers” is presented by     www.odysseytheatre.com.
come to an end, and everything
                                          dipso lady (to be kind) who’ll get it          hopeless and, unless one is severely        the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and
comes to he who waits — and not
                                                                                                                                                                           !   
                                          on with anyone who can handle the              skewed, not just unfunny, but nasty         Linda Toliver and Gary Guidinger
just on tables. After a spell of not
                                          freight; and the lesbian couple who            and downright disappointing.                at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble,
seeing Justin around for a while,
                                                                                                                                                                             
                                          don’t really seem to trust each                Welcome to the 21st Century.                2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
“Procreation, the Play” happened.
                                          other, or even themselves — all for-              The play gets laughs from the            Performances are at 8 p.m. on
Or at least it slid in through the key-
                                                                                         “faithful”, who were strongly on            Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. on
                                                                                                                                                                           
hole when we weren’t looking.             ever having just one more drink to
And the truth is, we weren’t watch-       ease the last one down while they

                                                                                                                     
                        

                                                                                                                                                                           

ing, because this abortion was            practice mutual hate and suspicion,
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Cody Chappel and Chloe Taylor share a kiss in ʻDay-Drinkersʼ.                                                                                                              
      
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crawlers, who act like horrific tooth
fairies with quite the taste for                                                                                                                                                                            
younglings’ pearly whites, keep
their gaze set on this young star
                                                                                                                                                                                                   

who sure knows how to take on a
role.
                                                                                                                                                                               

                     

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visuals are professionally done, and
the actors perform adequately. It
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16 September 1, 2011                                                                                                                                    Park Labrea News/Beverly Press

                                                                                 committed a burglary in the 1500
                                                                                 block of N. Poinsettia.                 DUI Crackdown Planned for
        POLICE BLOTTER                                                           An unknown suspect committed a
                                                                                 petty theft in the 8500 block of
                                                                                 Beverly at 6 p.m.
                                                                                                                         Labor Day Weekend
   The following information was reported to the West Hollywood Sheriff’s
     Station and the LAPD’s Wilshire Division between September 4 and
                                                                                 Aug. 26                                 T    he Los Angeles Police
                                                                                                                              Department is launching an
                                                                                                                         intensive crackdown on impaired
                                                                                                                                                                 centage of alcohol-impaired driving
                                                                                                                                                                 fatalities.
                                                                                                                                                                    “All too often, innocent, law-
  September 10, 2011. If you are a victim of a crime, here are the telephone                                             driving during the upcoming Labor       abiding people suffer tragic conse-
                                                                                 At 6:30 a.m., an unknown suspect
 numbers of local law enforcement agencies; Los Angeles Police Department,                                               Day weekend. Numerous sobriety          quences and the loss of loved ones
                                                                                 burglarized a vehicle in the 7600
     Wilshire Division (323)485-4022 and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s
                                                                                 block of Melrose.                       checkpoints and DUI saturation          due to this careless disregard for
             Department West Hollywood Station (310)855-8850.
                                                                                                                         patrols are scheduled throughout        human life,” said Lt. Ron Katona,
                                                                                 An unknown suspect committed a          the city.                               of the LAPD’s Traffic Coordination
The following crimes occurred in         Beverly at 7 p.m.                       petty theft at a store in the 7600         In the area patrolled by the         Section, Emergency Operations
West Hollywood and the areas                                                     block of Melrose at noon.               LAPD’s West Traffic Division, a         Division. “Since twice as many
patrolled by the LAPDʼs Wilshire         Aug. 24                                 At 12:30 p.m., an unknown sus-
                                                                                                                         sobriety and driver’s license check-    alcohol-impaired accidents occur
and Hollywood Divisions between                                                                                          point will be held on Saturday,         over the weekend, and four times as
Aug. 23 and Aug. 28, and were            An unknown suspect physically           pect assaulted a victim during a
                                                                                 domestic incident in the 500 block      Sept. 3 and 4 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.     many occur at night, we will be
compiled from www.crimemap-              assaulted a victim in the 9200
ping.com.                                                                        of N. Poinsettia.                       at the intersection of Venice           especially vigilant during these
                                         block of Sunset at 2:35 a.m.                                                                                            high-risk times when impaired dri-
                                                                                                                         Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue.
Aug. 23                                  An unknown suspect burglarized a        An unknown suspect burglarized a           The LAPD takes impaired dri-         vers are most likely to be on our
                                         vehicle parked in the 8200 block of     vehicle parked in the 1400 block of     ving very seriously, and the check-     roads.”
At 2:55 a.m., an unknown suspect         W. 3rd at 1:20 p.m.                     N. Formosa at 6:30 p.m.                 points and saturation patrols are          Motorists arrested during the
committed a burglary in the 300                                                                                          designed to keep the public safe. In    crackdown and convicted of drunk
block of N. Hayworth.                    At 1:30 p.m., an unknown suspect        At 7 p.m., an unknown suspect           2009, the last year for which statis-   driving face jail time, loss of their
                                                                                 attempted to burglarize a structure
                                         burglarized a vehicle parked in the                                             tics are available, 10,839 people       driver’s licenses, thousands of dol-
An unknown suspect burglarized a         8700 block of Melrose.                  in the 400 block of Alfred.
                                                                                                                         died nationwide in collisions in        lars in fines, and the required instal-
residence in the 1100 block of                                                                                           which a driver or motorcycle rider      lation of ignition interlocks.
Kings at 4:40 a.m.                       An unknown suspect burglarized a        Aug. 27                                 was at or above the legal blood            “Our message is simple and
                                         vehicle parked in the 600 block of                                                                                      unwavering. If we find you driving
                                                                                 At 1 a.m., an unknown suspect           alcohol limit, according to the
At 6 a.m., an unknown suspect            N. Kilkea at 4:30 p.m.
burglarized a vehicle parked near                                                committed a grand theft in the          National Highway Traffic Safety         impaired, we will arrest you. No
the corner of Fairfax and Sunset.        At 7:30 p.m., an unknown suspect        6800 block of Sunset.                   Administration (NHTSA). The 21-         exceptions,” Katona added.
                                         assaulted a victim in the 9000                                                  24 age group had the highest per-
An unknown suspect committed a           block of Sunset.                        An unknown suspect pickpocketed
grand theft in the 1400 block of                                                 a victim in the 8800 block of Santa
Laurel at 2 p.m.                         An unknown suspect physically           Monica at 3:28 a.m.

At 2:30 p.m., an unknown suspect
committed a petty theft at a store
                                         assaulted a victim in the 8000
                                         block of Santa Monica at 8:05 p.m.      At 3:30 a.m., an unknown suspect
                                                                                 stole a vehicle parked in the 300
                                                                                                                          ID Sought on Alleged Robber
                                                                                 block of S. Doheny.
in the 8400 block of Melrose.

An unknown suspect burglarized a
                                         Aug. 25
                                         At 2:05 a.m., an unknown suspect        An unknown suspect committed a
                                                                                                                         I nvestigators with the Los
                                                                                                                           Angeles Police Department’s
                                                                                                                         Olympic Division are asking for
residence in the 8800 block of           committed a petty theft in the 7600     grand theft in the 500 block of N.
                                                                                 La Brea at 2 p.m.                       the public’s help in identifying a
Beverly at 5:30 p.m.                     block of Sunset.                                                                suspect who robbed a Koreatown
At 6 p.m., an unknown suspect                                                    Aug. 28                                 pharmacy on Aug. 24.
                                         An unknown suspect committed a
burglarized a residence in the                                                                                             The robbery occurred around
                                         petty theft in the 300 block of S. La
8300 block of Willoughby.                Cienega at 3:50 p.m.                    At 4:30 a.m., an unknown suspect        9:25 p.m., when a Caucasian male
                                                                                 assaulted a victim during a domes-      suspect entered an unidentified
An unknown suspect committed a           At 4 p.m., an unknown suspect           tic violence incident in the 1100       pharmacy in the 3700 block of
petty theft in the 8500 block of                                                 block of Spaulding.                     Wilshire Boulevard and presented
                                                                                                                         a note to the clerk demanding
                                                                                                                         Oxycontin. The suspect simulated
Alleged Gang Member Faces 50 Years to Life                                                                               having a weapon under his shirt,
                                                                                                                         and fearing for his life, the clerk

for Pizza Delivery Driver Murder                                                                                         handed over an undisclosed
                                                                                                                         amount of the drug. Oxycontin is                        photo courtesy of the LAPD
                                                                                                                                                                 LAPD investigators are seeking
                                                                                                                         potent narcotic available only by
                                                                                                                         prescription. The suspect fled the      information about this man, who
A     n alleged gang member has
      been charged with murder for
a homicide on Aug. 7 that claimed
                                         gang allegations, according to
                                         Deputy District Attorney Amy
                                         Ashvanian, with the Los Angeles
                                                                                 occurred in the 1400 block of Silver
                                                                                 Lake Boulevard.
                                                                                   Beltran was arrested on Aug. 19
                                                                                                                         pharmacy on foot.
                                                                                                                           He is described as being approx-
                                                                                                                                                                 allegedl robbed a Koreatown phar-
                                                                                                                                                                 macy.
the life of a 25-year-old pizza deliv-   County District Attorney’s Office’s     for driving with a loaded firearm in    imately 25 years old, five-feet-
ery driver in Silver Lake.               Hardcore Gang Division.                 an unidentified location within the     eleven-inches tall and around 170         Anyone with information is
   In addition to one count of mur-        Beltran allegedly shot the victim,    jurisdiction of the LAPD’s Rampart      pounds. He has blond hair and blue      asked to call Olympic Division
der, Jose Beltran, 18, was charged       Juan Vazquez, shortly after 5 a.m.      Division. If convicted, Beltran         eyes, and was wearing a brown           Robbery Detectives at (213)382-
Monday with one count of shooting        as Vazquez was driving co-workers       faces more than 50 years to life in     beanie, gray hooded shirt, brown        9493. During weekends and off-
at an occupied motor vehicle, and        home from work. The shooting            prison.                                 jacket, black jeans and black           hours, call the LAPD’s 24-hour,
                                                                                                                         shoes.                                  toll-free hotline at (877)LAPD247.




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Museum Hosts Exhibit on Racing Legend
T    he    Petersen     Automotive
     Museum is holding an exhibit
titled “Phil Hill: The Life of a
                                             tos, memorabilia, and trophies from
                                             Hill’s career, as well as vehicles that
                                             he raced and restored. They include
                                                                                       Formula One racing career and his
                                                                                       participation at the Le Mans 24
                                                                                       Hours race, in which he drove from
Legend” running from Saturday,               the Ferrari 250TR that Hill drove to      1953 through 1967. Following the
Sept. 3 through Nov. 26.                     victory at Le Mans in 1958; the           film, veteran automotive and motor-
   The exhibit provides a revealing          1966 Chaparral 2-E in which he            sports TV commentator, and master
look into the life and work of the           won his last race; the 1931 Pierce-       of ceremonies, Bill Stephens, will
racing legend, whose accomplish-             Arrow in which he learned to drive;       interview drivers who accompanied
ments include being the world’s              and the 1927 Packard in which Hill        Hill to Europe, and others who
first and only American-born                 won Best of Show at the Pebble            came after, to share their stories of
Formula 1 champion, and the first            Beach Concours d’Elegance.                friendship and racing. For informa-
American to win the Le Mans 24                  The exhibit was created in collab-     tion on the tribute, call (323)964-
Hours race. In addition, he was a            oration with Hill’s son, Derek, and       6359 or (323)964-6325.
student of automobile history, an            the Petersen Automotive Museum               The     Petersen    Automotive
accomplished mechanic, a classic             will also honor Hill during its annu-     Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire
car restorer and a skilled photogra-         al “Tribute Night” on Nov. 10. The        Blvd. For information, call
pher.                                        event will include a dinner and a         (323)930-CARS,                     or                                      photo courtesy of the Petersen Automotive Museum
   The exhibition will include pho-          film program highlighting Hill’s          visit  www.petersen.org.                A display honoring racing legend Phil Hill will run through Nov. 26.



City Holds
Memorial for
Longtime WeHo
Resident




           photo courtesy of David Eichman
Kathy Page, 83, was well known
for her generosity.



T    he City of West Hollywood
     held a community memorial on
Aug. 30 for Kathy Page, a long
time resident who passed away on
July 17 at the age of 83.
   Page was a member of the West
Hollywood             Transportation
Commission since 2001, and was
also a member of the West
Hollywood Senior Advisory Board
from 1995 to 2001. She was a
staunch advocate for “her seniors”,
as she referred to them, and was
known for her generosity, a strong
character and an ability to get
things done.
   According to the memorial pro-
gram, people who knew her “have
a story to share that frequently ends
with a laugh, a head shake and the
words, ‘that’s Kathy!’”
   Page was born in Brooklyn, New
York, and moved west to California
in 1955 with Disney Studios for
Disneyland’s opening. She worked
in the entertainment industry for
more than 50 years with performers
such as Henry Mancini and Johnny
Mathis. Page was a member of the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences since 1959.
   She is survived by her nephew,
Richard Johnson, and his wife,
Pamela, of Morristown, New
Jersey, and her great-nephew, Eric
Johnson, and his wife, Heather, of
West Warwick, Rhode Island.
   Page was honored by family,
friends, and neighbors, including
Don Wayne, her travel companion
and friend for more than 50 years.
22 September 1, 2011                                                                                                                                           Park Labrea News/Beverly Press



      ‘Street Beat’ Highlights Domestic
    Historic Sites in Hollywood Violence Bill
                                                                                       Reviewed by
                                                                                       Governor
                                                                                       I n early August, Gov. Jerry Brown
                                                                                         signed a bill by Sen. Fran Pavley
                                                                                       (D-Agoura Hills) that would put in
                                                                                       place new protections for domestic
                                                                                       violence victims. SB 723, which
                                                                                       passed both houses of the
                                                                                       Legislature without a single “no”
                                                                                       vote, will allow criminal courts to
                                                                                       issue restraining orders for up to 10                                                             photo by Edwin Folven
                                                                                       years in all felony and misdemeanor        The community center is being built next to the grand Saint Sophia
                                                                                       domestic violence cases resulting in       Cathedral near Pico and Normandie.
                                                                                       a conviction.
                                                                                          “I’m pleased the governor saw the
                                                                                       importance of this bill. We simply

                                                              photo courtesy of Enci
                                                                                       must protect victims from the threat
                                                                                       of further attack from an abuser,”
                                                                                                                                  L.A. Greek Fest Will
                                                                                       Pavley said. “Misdemeanors are
   T   he East Hollywood Street Beat held a walk down historic Route
       66 (Santa Monica Boulevard) on Aug. 25, beginning at Linoleum
   City, 4849 Santa Monica Blvd. Linoleum City’s Fred Stifter (back
                                                                                       wake-up calls and too often are the
                                                                                       gateway to more serious crimes.
                                                                                                                                  Return Next Year
   row, third from right) joined the group to provide stories about his                We’ve all heard the stories of esca-       From page 3
   family’s journey from Chicago to East Hollywood in 1948, their expe-                lating violence with families that has
   riences building a business that has occupied three different locations             culminated in the death of the victim      Church. Father John Bakas, the         a bad reputation as a crime-rid-
   on Route 66, and Linoleum City’s role in providing the red carpet for               or the victim’s children because           priest at Saint Sophia Cathedral,      den area after the L.A. riots in
   the Academy Awards. Other participants included event organizer                     early signs and acts of violence           said he is also excited about the      1992, but has steadily removed
   Stephen Box (front row, center), representatives from the California                weren’t taken seriously enough.”           new CES complex.                       that stigma. The CES is another
   Historic Route 66 Association, senior lead officers from the Los                                                                  “There will be a focus on the       major step in that process, he
   Angeles Police Department, and numerous community members. The                                                                 religious community, but above         added.
   group walked west on Route 66 to Western Avenue, and later returned                 “We simply must                            and beyond, it is going to be a           “There are very few places
   to Linoleum City.                                                                                                              center and gathering place with        where you can go to Papa Cristos
      The East Hollywood Street Beat is holding the walks to point out                  protect victims                           access for the whole communi-          and C&K, which are Greek, and
   places of historic interest in the East Hollywood area. Additional East              from the threat                           ty,” Bakas said. “It is intended to    then go to a papuseria and a
   Hollywood Street Beat walks will take place on Thursday, Sept. 1                                                               bring new blood and healthy            Chinese restaurant, all within the
   from 7 to 9 p.m. in Thai Town, beginning at Santa Monica Boulevard                  of further attack                          attention to our community.”           same area,” Pastras said. “We
                                                                                                                                     Pastras added that the L.A.         wanted to encompass and
   and Normandie Avenue; and on Sept. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the                        from an abuser.”                           Greek Fest was started the same        enhance the richness of the
   Kingsley Vista neighborhood, starting at 802 Normandie Ave. For
   information,          call         (213)422-7694,        or        visit                           -Sen. Fran Pavley           year as the Byzantine-Latino           diversity of the community, and
   www.route66hollywood.com.                                                                                                      Quarter Business Improvement           this is going to be a great addi-
                                                                                                                                  District (BID), which also strives     tion.”
                                                                                                                                  to make the area a better placer          For information on Saint
                                                                                          Currently, in California, only          to live and visit. Pastras, who is     Sophia Cathedral or the L.A.
Grand Marian Procession                                                                felony convictions of serious bodily
                                                                                       injury and stalking can lead to a
                                                                                                                                  executive director of the BID,
                                                                                                                                  said the neighborhood developed
                                                                                                                                                                         Greek Fest, call (323)737-2424,
                                                                                                                                                                         or visit www.lagreekfest.com.

Celebrates Birth of the City                                                           criminal protective order for up to
                                                                                       10 years. In all other domestic vio-
                                                                                       lence cases — felony and misde-
                                                                                                                                City Attorney Implements
T   he     Queen      of    Angels
    Foundation will be at the birth-
place of Los Angeles to preview the
                                                The historic and religious event
                                             will commence at 3 p.m. at the La
                                             Placita Plaza and lead through the
                                                                                       meanor — once the offender is
                                                                                       released from jail or prison there is
                                                                                       no protection for the victim unless a    Cost Saving Measures
Grand Marian Procession from El              streets of downtown Los Angeles to        new restraining order is sought in
Placito to the Cathedral of Our
Lady of the Angels on Sept. 3. 
  The procession, which falls on
                                             the cathedral. The rosary will be at
                                             4:30 p.m., with a procession into
                                             the cathedral sanctuary occurring at
                                                                                       family court. The filing in family
                                                                                       court has additional burdens such as
                                                                                       court fees, additional testimony,
                                                                                                                                L   os Angeles City Attorney
                                                                                                                                    Carmen Trutanich is continu-
                                                                                                                                ing his office’s implementation of
                                                                                                                                                                         relocation of the office’s Civil
                                                                                                                                                                         General Litigation Section from
                                                                                                                                                                         Van Nuys to City Hall East locat-
the same weekend as the city of Los          5 p.m. Those events will be fol-          documentation relating to the abuse      several consolidation and cost-          ed downtown.
Angeles’ 230th birthday on Sept. 4,          lowed by a votive mass and a              and more. This can be time-consum-       saving measures to create staffing         Other recent consolidation mea-
commemorates and celebrates the              reception.                                ing and expensive, especially for        and resource efficiencies.               sures undertaken by the City
founding and dedication of the city.            For more information about the         low-income victims, jeopardizing            The changes are expected to           Attorney’s Office have included,
The organizers plan to make this             event, visit www.thequeenofan-            the victim’s safety unless or until      save at least $250,000 in annual         among other things: the consoli-
parade and celebration a Los                 gels.com.                                 further protections are in place.        costs, in addition to the millions       dation     of     the     Workers’
Angeles birthday tradition.                                                               SB 723 will go into effect on Jan.    already saved by the City                Compensation branch offices; the
                                                                                       1.  At that time, sentencing judges      Attorney’s Office, Trutanich said.       centralization of criminal filing
                                                                                       will be able to issue protective            “My office is committed to            operations from various parts of

‘Tourist Bandit’ Apprehended                                                           orders for up to 10 years in any
                                                                                       domestic violence case for which
                                                                                       the offender has been sentenced to
                                                                                                                                effectively operating and provid-
                                                                                                                                ing the necessary services to the
                                                                                                                                city and its residents, even in the
                                                                                                                                                                         the city to the downtown offices;
                                                                                                                                                                         the consolidation of the Safe
                                                                                                                                                                         Neighborhoods         and    Gang
From page 4
                                                                                       jail or prison. The law gives the        face of limited resources,”              Divisions within the Criminal
West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station,            to have the taser for protection, and     court full flexibility to decide what    Trutanich said. Recent consolida-        Branch, as well as the closure of
confirmed that at the Bank of                said the only regulations restricting     length of time is appropriate, on a      tion measures include the closure        the San Pedro and Hollywood
America in the 8000 block of                 people from carrying the devices          case by case basis, for the protection   of the City Attorney’s Criminal          criminal branches and the West
Sunset Boulevard was robbed                  are if they are convicted felons.         of the victim.                           Branch in Chatsworth and the             Los Angeles Building.
around 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 22. Oreb
added that it was legal for the victim
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West Hollywood.
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    Covenant House Raises Legislature                                                                                       Local Attorney Reappointed
  Funds for Relief in Somalia Approves
                              Same-Sex
                                                                                                                               to Fire Commission
                                                                                   Benefits Law
                                                                                   T    he state legislature has approved
                                                                                        a law that will bar the State of
                                                                                   California from entering into con-
                                                                                   tracts in excess of $100,000 with
                                                                                   businesses and other entities that
                                                                                   deny equal benefits to the same-sex
                                                                                   spouses of their employees.
                                                                                      The Equal Benefits bill, SB 117,
                                                                                   was passed with a 22-13 vote. 

The
                                                                                   bill was authored by Sen. Christine
                                                                                   Kehoe (D-San Diego).
                                                                                      “Providing the same benefits to an
                                                                                   employee with a domestic partner,
                                                                                   or same-sex or opposite-sex spouse
                                                                                   ensures that workers receive equal
                                                                                   pay for equal work,” Kehoe said.
                                                                                   “California should lead the way for
                                                 photo courtesy of Steve Daniels
                                                                                   other employers to provide benefits                                                 photo courtesy of Andrew Friedman


  Y    oung people from Covenant House California, along with staff
       and volunteers, organized a car wash on Aug. 27 to raise funds
                                                                                   that are non-discriminatory.”


                                                                                      Numerous cities in California
                                                                                   already have equal benefits ordi-
                                                                                                                            T   he Los Angeles City Council has unanimously confirmed attorney
                                                                                                                                Andrew Friedman (left) for a four-year term as a city fire commis-
                                                                                                                            sioner after he was reappointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
  for drought victims in Somalia. The proceeds were given to Father
  Ken Deasy, of the Los Angeles Mission, who will be traveling to                  nances, including Los Angeles,           Friedman heads the Friedman Law Offices and is president of
  Somalia in the near future to provide assistance. The car wash raised            Santa       Monica,       Sacramento,    Congregation Bais Naftoli. He was born in Hungary and his parents are
  more than $300 in four hours. The fundraiser was part of Covenant                Oakland, Berkeley, and San Diego.        both Holocaust survivors who emigrated to Los Angeles after the 1956
  House California’s Spiritual Ministry Program, which provides com-               It is estimated that thousands of        Hungarian Revolution. Friedman is currently also a special advisor to
  munity service opportunities for youth and staff. Covenant House                 businesses and other entities also       Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca; a hearing officer for the Los
  California is located at 1325 N. Western Ave. for information, call              currently offer the benefits, includ-    Angeles County Civil Service Commission; and a Los Angeles County
  (323)461-3131, or visit www.covenanthousecalifornia.org.                         ing automobile companies, most air-      judicial procedures commissioner.  The Los Angeles Fire Commission
                                                                                   lines and many Fortune 500 compa-        oversees the fire department, which has an annual budget of $500 mil-
                                                                                   nies.                                    lion and nearly 4,000 sworn and civilian personnel. 
                                                                                      

Educational Research Institute
Receives $150,000 Grant
T    he Los Angeles Education
     Research Institute (LAERI) has
received a $150,000 grant from
                                       minority and vulnerable popula-
                                       tions.
                                          LAERI is independent of, but
JPMorgan Chase to support              works with, LAUSD to provide
research aimed at improving student    access to key district data for
outcomes in the Los Angeles            research purposes. LAERI will use
Unified School District.               the funds provided by JPMorgan
   The institute is a non-profit       Chase to hire researchers, establish
research organization dedicated to     a secure archive of longitudinal stu-
using evidence to inform education     dent, teacher and school-level data,
policy and practice in Los Angeles.    and begin the process of analyzing
   “LAERI’s goal is to build a         that data. LAERI is focused on pro-
coherent and cumulative program of     viding rigorous research to inform
research to help the district better   decisions about how to accelerate
meet students’ needs,” said Kyo        student achievement and close
Yamashiro, executive director. ”       achievement gaps.  
   JPMorgan’s grant is the second         “LAERI provides us with a
seed grant awarded to establish        unique opportunity to draw on evi-
LAERI. The California Community        dence from a much-needed, exter-
Foundation (CCF), a nonprofit          nal, critical-friend perspective that
organization dedicated to strength-    can help us understand our progress
ening Los Angeles communities          and make important adjustments to
through effective philanthropy and     better serve our students,” LAUSD
civic engagement, provided the first   Superintendent Dr. John Deasy said.
seed grant. CCF seeks to improve          For        information,      visit
outcomes for low-income, ethnic        www.laeri.org.




                    
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    Councilmember Wesson Italian-American                                                                                                Dance Group Celebrates
                           Project Unveiled
    Hosts Annual Kids Camp                                                                                                               Jackson’s 53rd Birthday
                                                                                             A     ssemblymember         Anthony
                                                                                                   Portantino (D-La Cañada
                                                                                             Flintridge), along with seven fel-
                                                                                             low Italian American legislators,
                                                                                             has unveiled the “Italian American
                                                                                             Legislator Project of 2011: A
                                                                                             Legacy of Service to the California
                                                                                             Legislature”.
                                                                                                Project organizers are hoping to
                                                                                             create a list of current and former
                                                                                             Italian American legislators to pro-
                                                                                             mote their contributions to the
                                                                                             political life of California.
                                                                                             The legislator project has identified
                                                                                             51 current or former state senators
                                                                                             and assemblymembers of Italian
                                                                                             American heritage, including for-
                                                                                             mer Senate Pro Tem David Roberti
                                                                                             and the oldest living former legisla-
                                                                                             tor, Larry Chimbole, age 92. Both
                                                                                             took part in a ceremony recently,
                                                                                             along with former Assemblymen
                                                                                             Sal Canella and Roger Niello.  The                                             photo courtesy of the Chinese Theatres



                                        photo courtesy of the 10th Council District Office
                                                                                             legacy legislators were joined in
                                                                                             the Senate and Assembly chambers
                                                                                             by current legislators: Assembly-
                                                                                                                                     T  he “Thrill the World Flash Mob” dancers performed last Sunday
                                                                                                                                        in the courtyard of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in celebration of
                                                                                                                                     Michael Jackson’s birthday on Aug. 29. The tribute consisted of a
 M       ore than 100 inner city youth recently participated in a three-day
         camping trip at “Camp Wesson”, a youth retreat organized by
 Councilmember Herb Wesson (right), 10th District. 
                                                                                             members Ammiano, Galgiani,
                                                                                             Gatto and Hill; Senators Cannella,
                                                                                                                                     melody of song selections including “Bad”, “Ghosts”, “Thriller” and
                                                                                                                                     “We Are Here to Change the World”. Jackson, who passed away on
                                                                                             La      Malfa       and     Wyland.     June 25, 2009, would have turned 53 years old last Monday.
    The camp was held in Griffith Park at the Department of Recreation
 and Park’s “Camp Hollywoodland”, which was transformed into
 “Camp Wesson” for the program. The children enjoyed swimming,
 rope and wall climbing, archery, astronomy, yoga, and arts and crafts.
 This is the fifth year that Wesson has organized the camp, in partner-
 ship with Project SAVE; Community Build Inc., a gang intervention
 organization; and the Department of Recreation and Parks. 
    “This was a totally new experience for most of these kids,” Wesson
 said. “We got them out of their day-to-day environment and into the
 fresh air where they can make new friends and learn to relate to others
 from different races and backgrounds.”
    Funded by the City of Los Angeles, Project SAVE was founded by
 Wesson and receives administrative support from Community Build,
 Inc. In addition to its work with at-risk kids, Project SAVE has spon-
 sored the “Late-Night Hoops” basketball league, a flag-football league
 and a co-ed softball league. Project SAVE also offers job referrals, con-
 flict resolution, and anger management counseling, as well as programs
 at Dorsey and Hamilton High Schools, and Cienega and Hillcrest
 Elementary Schools.




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Safety Warning Issued by LAPD
From page 1
dent, LAPD officers have “scoured        assigns an officer to enforce traf-
the streets” in the area in search of    fic laws near the schools in the            Pedestrian safety rules
the suspect’s vehicle, but have          bureau’s coverage area.                     offered by the LAPD:
been met with negative results              The officer “also  helps  school
                                                                                        • Be extra alert in rainy or
thus far, Marbrey said.                  administrators develop traffic
                                                                                     foggy weather.
   Marbrey said the burden of            plans to ensure the safe and expe-
                                                                                        • Cross only at corners so
maintaining safe streets does not        ditious flow of traffic around the
                                                                                     drivers can see you.
fall primarily on drivers or bicy-       school,” he said, adding that the
                                                                                        • Always use a crosswalk
clists. Pedestrians must do their        officer will attend parent meetings
                                                                                     when it is available. But
part, he said.                           to further stress the importance of
                                                                                     remember, painted lines can’t
   “They have a responsibility to        pedestrian safety.
                                                                                     stop cars.
be safe also,” Marbrey said.                Smith said each division has
                                                                                        • Use the push-button when
   According to Sgt. O.C. Smith,         information on pedestrian safety
                                                                                     possible and cross with the
LAPD’s Operations West Bureau            in their station lobbies. Those
                                                                                     “walk” sign only.
reported 68 serious pedestrian           divisions also visit areas that have
                                                                                        • Look all ways before
injuries and 27 fatalities due to        experienced an increase in pedes-
                                                                                     crossing the street to see cars,
traffic collisions in 2010. Two of       trian traffic collisions in order to
                                                                                     pedestrians and bicyclists.
those deaths occurred at the inter-      hand out pedestrian safety materi-
                                                                                        • When crossing, watch for
section of Vermont Avenue and            als and post signs in business win-
                                                                                     cars that are turning left or
Venice Boulevard. So far in 2011,        dows.
                                                                                     right.
34 serious injuries and 10 deaths           “The key to pedestrian safety is
                                                                                        • Never cross the street from
have been reported, Smith said.          to always be aware of what’s
                                                                                     between parked cars. Drivers
   With the beginning of school          going on around you when  there
                                                                                     can’t see you.
approaching, pedestrian safety           are vehicles present,” Smith said.
                                                                                        • If sidewalks are not pro-
becomes an even bigger issue for            Anyone with information per-                                                                                                                  photo by Aaron Blevins
                                                                                     vided, walk on the left side of
the police department. Smith said        taining to Kim’s case is asked to                                                     Capt. Ronald Marbrey, with the LAPD Central Division, outlined the dan-
                                                                                     the road, facing traffic so you
the Operations West Bureau               call the LAPD at (213)972-1853.                                                       gers pedestrians face.
                                                                                     can see oncoming cars.



Hospital Plans Mixed-Use Project                                                                                                 Redistricting Considered
From page 1                                                                                                                      From page 1

from 49 to 44, the CEO said. He                                                                                                  Yaroslavsky said. “There’s a lot
said Olympia has made many revi-                                                                                                 riding on this. This isn’t just a       “I’m not going
                                                                                                                                 political decision.”
sions and will continue taking resi-
                                                                                                                                    He fears that S2 and T1 could          to go down
dent suggestions into account. The
project has been a year in the                                                                                                   seriously harm his district, which     without a fight
works.                                                                                                                           has worked for years to become
                                                                                                                                 more cohesive. Approximately            “I’m not going
   “The whole thing, ultimately,
would come before the (Los                                                                                                       one million residents in the 3rd            to let my
Angeles) city council,” said plan-                                                                                               District would be shifted to anoth-
ning deputy Doug Mensman, of                                                                                                     er district under those plans, and         district go
Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s                                                                                                      transportation and healthcare ser-     down without a
office.                                                                                                                          vices could suffer as a result,
   Mensman said the proposal con-                                                                                                Yaroslavsky said.                             fight.”
cerns the northside of Olympic                                                                                                      He said officials had finally
                                                                                                                                 gained some momentum in                          -County Supervisor
Boulevard between Alandele                                                                                                                                                          Zev Yaroslavsky,
Avenue and Spaulding Avenue. As                                                                                                  addressing the transportation
                                                                                                                                 needs in the 3rd District, which                         3rd District
it stands now, the structure would
be just more than 50,000 square                                                                                                  includes Mid-City, Miracle Mile,
                                                                                                                                 the Westside and the West San         services and funding, should be
feet, rising up four stories in one
                                                                                                                                 Fernando Valley. Plans to add a       considered as well.
corner and three on another, he said.
                                                                                                                                 light rail system to Santa Monica        He said the supervisors will
   Developing the existing parking                                                                    photo by Aaron Blevins     and extend the subway down            have opportunities to make mod-
lot would require a zoning change,       A parking lot near Olympia Medical Center would be the site of the pro-                 Wilshire Boulevard could be com-      est adjustments, and he hopes the
as the lot currently has commercial,
                                         posed project.                                                                          promised by the two proposed          board would work off of the A3
multi-family residence and single-
                                                                                                                                 maps, Yaroslavsky said.               Amended plan, which looks simi-
family residence zoning, Mensman
                                         said the proposal includes three lev-   the city’s planning commission                     “That could all be put in jeop-    lar to the existing district map. If
said. He added that the proposed
                                         els of subterranean parking, with       before being considered by the                  ardy. …The same goes for health-      the supervisors are seriously con-
zoning change would be to residen-
                                         extra parking spaces for guests and     council. Mensman said no public                 care,” he said.                       sidering T1 or S2, Yaroslavsky
tial accessory zoning, which would
                                         visitors.                               hearings have been scheduled as of                 Yaroslavsky also said the exten-   would rather the county sheriff,
allow for a mixed-use structure.
                                            With the zoning changes, the pro-    yet.                                            sive, integrated network of health-   assessor and district attorney tack-
   Mensman said no reduced park-
                                         posed project would come before                                                         care providers and clinics that       le the issue.
ing requests have been filed. Ravan
                                                                                                                                 serves the area’s uninsured and          “I’m not going to go down
                                                                                                                                 under-insured could possibly be       without a fight,” he said. “I’m not
                                                                                                                                 harmed. The proposals could have      going to let my district go down
Exhibit on Chicano Art Opens at LACMA                                                                                            a “profound effect” on the deliv-
                                                                                                                                 ery of such services and the avail-
                                                                                                                                                                       without a fight.”
                                                                                                                                                                          When the county selects the
                                                                                                                                 ability of funding to support them,   new district maps, they will stay in
A    n exhibit titled “Asco: Elite of
     the Obscure, A Retrospective,
1972–1987” will be displayed at
                                         put of this important yet underrat-
                                         ed art group,” said Rita Gonzalez,
                                         LACMA’s curator of contempo-
                                                                                 exhibition also features a large
                                                                                 selection of “No Movies” —
                                                                                 Asco’s signature images that
                                                                                                                                 he said.
                                                                                                                                    Factored into the redistricting
                                                                                                                                                                       effect for the next decade. To
                                                                                                                                                                       approve a new redistricting map,
the Los Angeles County Museum            rary art. “Asco’s retrospective will    imbue performance art with a cin-               discussion is the proper represen-    four of the five supervisors must
of Art running from Sunday, Sept.        include works by the artists and an     ematic feel.                                    tation of Latinos, which would        vote in favor of the motion. They
4 through Dec. 4.                        extended network of collaborators,        The Los Angeles County                        have two district majorities of       have until Sept. 27 to make a deci-
   The exhibit is the first retrospec-   many of which have not been seen        Museum of Art is located at 5905                Latino voting-age citizens instead    sion. Next week’s public hearing
tive of works by the Chicano per-        since they were produced.”              Wilshire Blvd. For information on               of one, if either S2 or T1 are        will be held at 1 p.m. on Sept. 6 in
formance and conceptual art                 The core team of artists from        museum programming and related                  approved. Yaroslavsky said that       Room 383 of the Kenneth Hahn
group, Asco (1972–1987), and it is       Asco — which include Gronk,             events, call (323)857-6000, or                  while proper representation of        Hall of Administration, 500 W.
co-organized with the Williams           Willie F. Herrón III, Harry             visit www.lacma.org.                            minorities is important, other        Temple            St.          Visit
College Museum of Art. Asco              Gamboa, Jr., and Patssi Valdez —                                                        redistricting byproducts, such as     redistricting.lacounty.gov.
members united to explore the            met in and around Garfield High
conceptual art medium, creating          School in East Los Angeles in the                                                                                             Answers From Page 11
art by any means necessary, often
using their own bodies. Asco
                                         late 1960s. The emerging artists
                                         took the name Asco from the
                                                                                 WeHo Lifts Parking Restrictions
merged activism and performance,
and pushed the boundaries of what
                                         Spanish word for disgust or nau-
                                         sea, and used art as a response to      in Observance of Labor Day
Chicano art can encompass. The           socio-political issues in Los
exhibit includes nearly 150 works
including video, sculpture, paint-
ing, performance ephemera and
                                         Angeles at the time. Asco eventu-
                                         ally expanded to include a larger
                                         group of artists and performers,
                                                                                 I  n observance of Labor Day on
                                                                                    Monday, September 5, the City
                                                                                 of West Hollywood will not
                                                                                                                               and all other restrictions will be
                                                                                                                               enforced. West Hollywood City
                                                                                                                               Hall will be closed on Labor Day,
documentation, collage, photogra-        and the exhibition will highlight       enforce parking meters and associ-            but visitor permits will be available
phy, and a series of works com-          the contributions of the group’s        ated time limits, as well as peak             on Sept. 5 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at
missioned for the exhibition.            many participants and collabora-        hour tow away restrictions.                   the Kings Road Parking Structure
   “This is the first opportunity to     tors including Teddy Sandoval and          In addition, there will be no              or West Hollywood Sheriff’s
expose the nearly fifteen-year out-      Jerry Dreva, among others. The          street sweeping, but permit parking           Station.

				
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