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                         SPECIAL REPORT
                        CONFRONTING
                        HOMOPHOBIA
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                                                                                                                                                                Stow beating. On June 20, he

Ramirez ‘upset’ over                                                                                                                                            was sentenced to 10 months in
                                                                                                                                                                prison for violating his parole,
                                                                                                                                                                with a commissioner ruling that

mistaken arrest in beating                                                                                                                                      Ramirez had access to a weapon
                                                                                                                                                                that was found in the apartment
                                                                                                                                                                where he was arrested.
                                                                                                                                                                   He is serving his sentence at a
FROM CITY NEWS SERVICE                 set,” Giovanni Ramirez said                         suspect in the beating of Bryan                                      prison in San Diego.
  The man originally arrested          in a July 29 statement released                     Stow in a Dodger Stadium park-                                          Last week, Ramirez was exon-
— but later exonerated — in            through his attorney, Jose Rome-                    ing lot. Attorneys and relatives of                                  erated in the Stow case, with Los
connection with the opening-day        ro. “Not for myself but for the                     Ramirez insisted, however, that                                      Angeles police arresting two oth-
beating of a San Francisco Giants      grief and embarrassment that my                     he was not involved in the beat-                                     er suspects — Louis Sanchez, 29,
fan outside Dodger Stadium said        friends, family and loved ones                      ing and was not even at Dodger                                       and Marvin Norwood, 30. They
from prison today he was “upset”       have been put through.”                             Stadium that day.                                                    were charged last week with
over what he and his family have          Ramirez was arrested May                           Ramirez, 31, remained jailed                                       mayhem, assault by means likely
been put through since his arrest.     22 in east Hollywood and was                        on a parole hold but was never                                       to produce great bodily injury
  “More than anything I’m up-          labeled by police as the prime                      charged in connection with the                                       and battery with serious bodily
                                                                                                                                                                injury, all felonies, according to
                                                                                                                                                                the District Attorney’s Office.
                                                                                                                                                                Sanchez is also charged with two
                                                                                                                                                                misdemeanor counts of battery
                                                                                                                                                                stemming from another alleged
                                                                                                                                                                run-in the same day, when he al-
                                                                                                                                                                legedly attacked another man and
                                                                                                                                 Giovanni Ramirez, the man woman, according to the criminal
                                                                                                                                 originally arrested by Los complaint.
                                                                                                                                 Angeles police in connec-         In announcing their arrests,
                                                                                                                                 tion with the assault of a LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said,
                                                                                                                                 San Francisco Giants fan at “I want to tell the world, Giovan-
                                                                                                                                 Dodger Stadium March 31, ni Ramirez is no longer a suspect
                                                                                                                                                                in this case. In policing it is just
                                                                                                                                 is 'upset,' according to his as important to exonerate the in-
                                                                                                                                 lawyer. Ramirez remains in              See RAMIREZ on page A5
                                                                                                                                 prison for a parole violation.

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                                                                                                                                  AROUND WEST HOLLYWOOD
                                                                                                                         Officials celebrate ‘Walkable’ WeHo




Los Angeles police block off Hollywood Boulevard July 27 after a crowd drawn by the pre-
miere of 'Electric Daisy Carnival Experience' and an after party became unruly.


1,000 deep,unruly mob
overwhelms film premiere                                                                                         The City of West Hollywood has
                                                                                                            been named the “Most Walkable City
                                                                                                            in California” by WalkScore.com
                                                                                                            WalkScore.com calculates the walk-
                                                                                                                                                         with the dogs is how West Hollywood
                                                                                                                                                         has earned its rightful place at the
                                                                                                                                                         top of the list of walkable cities,”
                                                                                                                                                         said West Hollywood Councilmember
Rocks and bottles                     The disturbances on Holly-        artists perform.”                   ability of an address by locating nearby     John D’Amico. “The improved health
                                   wood Boulevard, between High-           Rotella said that because of     stores, restaurants, schools, parks and      of our residents, our community and
are thrown at police,              land and Orange avenues, where       “the crowd’s unruly behavior,”      more. The City of West Hollywood             the environment is a beneficial by-
                                                                                                            scored an 89 out of 100 which is             product of who we are. Our residents,
after electronic dance             a screening of an “Electric Daisy    he was “unable to attend the
                                                                                                            interpreted as “Very Walkable: Most          our urban plan and our commitment
                                   Carnival” film and an after-party     premiere of a movie that I have
music fans grow angry              were scheduled, began about          worked tirelessly to produce.”
                                                                                                            errands can be accomplished on foot.”
                                                                                                            The City of West Hollywood ranks
                                                                                                                                                         to future walkability will ensure that
                                                                                                                                                         West Hollywood will continue to be
over non-entrance                  5:40 p.m. Wednesday and con-            An after-party had been sched-   fourth in walkability out of 2,500 of        the kind of place that people can enjoy
                                   tinued past 9 p.m., Rayner said.     uled at Supperclub LA, but the      the largest cities in the United States,     one step at a time. Nancy Sinatra said
to free “block party”              The crowds set fires and were         management issued a statement       beating out both New York City and           it best, ‘Ready boots? Start walking,’”
                                                                                                            San Francisco.                               continued Councilmember D’Amico.
performance promised               fired on by riot police shooting      addressed to those expected to          “I live, work and play within a              Throughout the years, West
                                   bean bags.                           have been there: “For the safety    few thousand feet of San Vicente             Hollywood’s pedestrian-friendly poli-
on social media.                      Pasquale Rotella, the chief       of our community, do not come       Boulevard,” said West Hollywood              cies have included improving pedestri-
                                   executive officer of Insomniac,       to Supperclub tonight.”             Mayor John Duran. “My quality of             an connections to city parks, increased
FROM CITY NEWS SERVICE             the concert promoter which pro-         Hollywood Boulevard be-          life is vastly improved because I don’t      green-space and encouraging the loca-
  Three people, including a                                                                                 have to get in a car or freeway as much      tion of neighborhood-serving busi-
                                   duced film, said in a statement       tween Highland and Orange av-                                                    nesses and amenities within walking
teenager, were in custody last                                                                              as other Angelenos. West Hollywood
                                   the film premiere “was designed       enues and the Hollywood and         is very European on walkability - and        distance of all residential neighbor-
Wednesday after an explosion       to highlight one of the largest      Highland Metro Red Line sta-        that’s great!” continued Mayor Duran.        hoods in order to encourage walking
of vandalism blamed on an un-      and most prestigious music fes-      tion were reopened by 10 p.m.           “I read somewhere that every min-        as a desirable mode of transportation.
ruly crowd of about 1,000 people   tivals in the world.”                Wednesday, Rayner said. Metro       ute of walking can extend one’s life         Recently, the City added a Long Range
who went to a social media-an-        “Unfortunately, a small group     diverted Hollywood Boulevard        by 1.5 to 2 minutes. Our residents           Mobility Planning Division to ensure
                                                                                                            are going to live a very long time           that a wide-range of mobility options
nounced block party that never     of people chose to disrupt the       buses along Highland and La                                                      including walkability are included in
                                                                                                            here in West Hollywood,” said Mayor
happened following the “Electric   film’s premiere due to their mis-     Brea avenues and Sunset Boule-      Pro Tempore Jeffrey Prang. “So, get          all long-range land-use and transporta-
Daisy Carnival Experience” film     taken belief that a block party      vard late Wednesday.                out of your cars. Walking is not only        tion planning projects.
premiere at Grauman’s Chinese      with a popular artist was going         The Electric Daisy rave — or-    healthy and fun, it’s a much better way          “Early in the City’s history we took
Theatre.                           to occur,” he said, referring to     ganized by Insomniac — drew         to explore our City. Not to mention a        steps to make West Hollywood pedes-
                                                                                                            great way to meet new people,” contin-       trian friendly. Santa Monica Boulevard
  Three police vehicles were       postings on social networking        criticism from officials after 15-                                                was at that time a state road,” said
                                                                                                            ued Mayor Pro Tempore Prang.
damaged by people who threw        websites by the DJ known as          year-old Sasha Rodriguez of At-         “We were thrilled to see West            West Hollywood Councilmember John
rocks and bottles Wednesday        Kaskade.                             water died from a drug overdose     Hollywood leading the state in               Heilman. “We acquired the abandoned
night, but no one was injured,        “... While this film showcased     at the June 2010 event at the Los   walkability,” said West Hollywood            median and beautified it. We removed
said Officer Karen Rayner, a        an Insomniac event, Insomniac        Angeles Memorial Coliseum and       Councilmember Abbe Land, a long-             large wooden telephone poles and put
                                                                                                            time advocate for creating a walk-           the telephone lines underground. We
Los Angeles Police Department      had nothing to do with the sup-      Exposition Park.                                                                 fought with the state to allow outdoor
                                                                                                            able environment and a major force
spokeswoman.                       posed block party, which was            The death prompted a rave        behind creating fitness walking routes       dining. Eventually, we were able to
  One man was in custody for       not part of the premiere,” Ro-       moratorium in Los Angeles           throughout West Hollywood. “I love           take over the Boulevard. We widened
failure to disperse, a transient   tella said. “The crowd issues that   County and restricted the age       to walk in all of the various neigh-         the sidewalks to encourage outdoor
woman for battery on a police      arose were a result of individuals   of attendees to 18 and older.       borhoods in our City, and know that          dining and pedestrian activity. I’m glad
officer and a 16-year-old boy for                                                                            others do as well. It’s a great way to       our long-term efforts have been rec-
                                   responding to social media in-       Insomniac has since moved his                                                    ognized,” continued Councilmember
                                                                                                            support West Hollywood businesses
vandalism for allegedly jumping    formation, which mistakenly led      electronic-dance festival to Las    and not have to deal with the hassles        Heilman.
on a police car, police said.      them to believe they could see       Vegas.                              of traffic and parking. It’s also a great        A recent example of improving the
                                                                                                            way to socialize and get exercise,           City’s pedestrian orientation include
                                                                                                            especially by using our Well West            the completion of the award-winning
                                                                                                            Hollywood walking routes,” continued         Sunset Strip Beautification Project
                                                                                                            Councilmember Land.                          which included replacement of broken
                                                                                                                One of the urban design goals in         and damaged sidewalks; newly-land-
                                                                                                            the City’s first General Plan, which         scaped medians; creation of flowering
                                                                                                            was adopted in 1988, was to incor-           tree districts; and sidewalk widening at
                                                                                                            porate extensive landscape along the         Sunset Plaza.
                                                                                                            sidewalks and street median, as well             “Having a walkable community is
                                                                                                            as lighting, attractively-designed street    great for business,” said Maribel Louie,
                                                                                                            furniture and signage to create a pedes-     the City’s Economic Development
                                                                                                            trian-friendly urban environment.            Analyst. “It is the City’s walkability
                                                                                                                “The simple act of walking to the        that allows customers to park once and
                                                                                                            store, or to dinner or to a protest          get to several businesses in one trip.
                                                                                                            demonstration, or around the block           See AROUND WEHO on page A5
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                                                                                                                                                                Photo by Gary McCarthy

   Bumper to bumper
   A typical summer day along Sunset Boulevard with cars stuck in traffic as far as the eyes can see in both directions.




Obama signs debt ceiling bill, averting crisis
BY ALAN SILVERLEIB                              in savings over the next decade, raises         Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe                The committee would comprise
AND TOM COHEN                                   the debt ceiling through the end of 2012     Springs, issued a statement explaining           12 members, six from each chamber,
CNN                                             and establishes a special congressional      her no vote.                                     equally divided between Democrats and
   WASHINGTON — President Barack                committee to recommend long-term fis-           “This bill makes steep cuts to critical       Republicans. The panel’s recommenda-
Obama signed a last-minute compro-              cal reforms.                                 programs that seniors and working fami-          tions would be due by Nov. 23 and
mise plan to raise the nation’s $14.3             Emotions ran high during the final         lies rely on, including possible future cuts     guaranteed an up-or-down vote without
trillion debt ceiling Tuesday afternoon,        debates on Capitol Hill. Numerous            to Medicare, in order to protect unneces-        amendments by Dec. 23.
narrowly averting what could have been          Republicans remain worried about cuts        sary tax breaks and loopholes for oil com-          The committee is expected to consider
an unprecedented default with calamitous        in defense spending and the lack of a        panies and millionaires,” she said.              politically sensitive reforms to the tax
economic consequences.                          required balanced budget amendment to           “We should not be balancing our bud-
                                                                                                                                              code and entitlement programs, though
   The U.S. Senate passed the plan, which       the Constitution. Progressive Democrats      get on the backs of those least able to bear
                                                                                                                                              Democrats and Republicans disagree on
imposes sweeping new spending cuts              are livid over the extent of the deal’s      the burden, especially when the wealthi-
over the next decade, shortly after noon        domestic spending cuts, as well as the       est among us have not yet had to make a          the likelihood of any eventual revenue
Eastern time. The bill was approved in          absence of any immediate tax hikes on        single sacrifice. In recent days, hundreds       increases.
a 74-26 vote; 60 votes were required for        high-income Americans.                       of my constituents have called or emailed           If the committee’s recommendations
passage.                                          GOP leaders sold the deal to skepti-       my office to express their opposition to         are enacted, Obama would be authorized
   The measure was approved by the              cal rank-and-file Republicans in recent      this bill, and with good reason. It is unfair,   to increase the debt ceiling by up to $1.5
House of Representatives on Monday by           days by arguing that it will finally begin   unbalanced, and a blow to all of the work-       trillion. If the recommendations are not
a 269-161 vote, overcoming opposition           the process of reforming spending and        ing people in this country who are already       enacted, Obama can still raise the debt
from unhappy liberal Democrats and tea          taming the growing debt, a key goal of       struggling to make ends meet.”                   ceiling by $1.2 trillion. At that point,
party Republicans.                              conservatives who fueled the GOP take-          The final agreement revolves around a         however, a budget “trigger” would kick
   Obama praised the deal moments after         over of the House in last year’s midterm     two-stage process.                               in, imposing mandatory across-the-board
the Senate passed it, calling the measure       elections.                                      The first stage includes $917 billion in      spending cuts matching the size of the
“an important first step for ensuring that        Top Democrats have focused on the          savings, including a roughly $420 billion        debt ceiling increase.
as a nation we live within our means.”          fact that the bill preserves benefits from   reduction in the national security budget.          The cuts would be split between defense
   But the American economy “didn’t             popular entitlement programs such as         The cuts would be accompanied by a               spending and non-defense programs, an
need Washington to come along with a            Medicare and takes the politically prob-     $900 billion increase in the debt ceiling.       unpopular formula intended to motivate
manufactured crisis,” the president noted.      lematic debt ceiling issue off the table        Because of the pending Tuesday dead-          legislators to approve the committee’s
“It’s pretty likely that the uncertainty sur-   until 2013.                                  line, Obama would have immediate                 recommendations.
rounding the raising of the debt ceiling          In the end, the majority of both           authority to raise the debt ceiling by $400         The final debt ceiling increase in the
— for both businesses and consumers             Democrats and Republicans supported          billion, which will last through September,
                                                                                                                                              agreement would also be subject to a con-
— has been unsettling, and just one more        the legislation in the Senate.               according to the White House.
                                                                                                                                              gressional vote of disapproval that can be
impediment to the full recovery that we           In the House, Speaker John Boehner,           The other $500 billion increase in the
need. And it was something that we could        R-Ohio, was able to round up the support     debt limit would be subject to a congres-        vetoed by Obama.
have avoided entirely.”                         of most of his GOP caucus, while the         sional vote of disapproval that can be              The agreement calls for both houses of
   “Voters may have chosen divided gov-         chamber’s two top Democrats — Minority       vetoed by Obama.                                 Congress to vote on a balanced budget
ernment, but they sure didn’t vote for          Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and           In the second stage, a special joint com-     amendment to the Constitution, though
dysfunctional government,” the president        Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland        mittee of Congress would recommend               it does not make a further increase in the
said.                                           — voted for the plan along with more         further deficit reduction steps totaling         debt limit subject to congressional pas-
   The agreement — reached Sunday by            than 90 of their caucus members.             $1.5 trillion or more, with Congress obli-       sage of such an amendment — something
Obama and congressional leaders from              Southland Democrats in the House all       gated to vote on the panel’s proposals by        tea party conservatives were initially
both parties — calls for up to $2.4 trillion    voted against the measure.                   the end of the year.                             demanding.
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                                                           INTOLERANCE WATCH                                                                     Ramirez angry
                                                                                                                                                 RAMIREZ from page A2
                                                                                                                                                 nocent as it is to implicate the
                                                                                                                                                 guilty.”
                                                                                                                                                    Ramirez’s attorneys filed a peti-
                                                                                                                                                 tion Wednesday seeking his release
                                                                                                                                                 from prison, claiming he was denied
                                                                                                                                                 due process in his parole hearing.
                                                                                                                                                    “Everyone is asking what am I
                                                                                                                                                 going to do next,” Ramirez said in
                                                                                                                                                 his statement. “My only focus and
                                                                                                                                                 attention is with the writ that has
                                                                                                                                                 been filed this week. I know the
                                                                                                                                                 judge in Superior Court will do the
                                                                                                                                                 right thing.”
                                                                                                                                                    Romero said the judge reviewing
                                                                                                                                                 the petition has 60 days to make a
                                                                                                                                                 decision. That decision could be a
                                                                                                                                                 simple denial or acceptance of the
                                                                                                                                                 request, a request for a hearing or
                                                                                                                                                 a request for a response from pros-
                                                                                                                                                 ecutors, the attorney said.
                                                                                                                                                    Ramirez “is doing very well,”
                                                                                                                                                 Romero said. “He’s excited. He’s
                                                                                                                                                 looking strong. He’s ready to get
                                                                                                                                                 his life back on the right track.”
                                                                                                                                                    Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic
                                                                                                                                                 from Santa Cruz, remains hospital-
                                                                                                                                                 ized at San Francisco General Hos-
                                                                                                                                                 pital.

                                                                                                                                                 Around WeHo
                                                                                                                                                 AROUND WEHO from page A3
                                                                                                                                                 Business owners are able to develop
                                                                                                                                                 relationships with their neighbors which
                                                                                                                                                 leads to sharing customers and cross-
                                                                                                                                                 promotional opportunities. A walkable
                                                                                                                                                 community also allows pedestrians to
                                                                                                                                                 experience other city amenities such as
                                                                                                                                                 summer concerts, public art installations
                                                                                                                                                 and access to city parks and open spaces,”
                                                                                                                                                 continued Louie.
                                                                                                                                                     As part of the city’s continuing com-
                                                                                                                                                 mitment to pedestrian-friendly land use
                                                                                                                                                 policies, the draft general plan (antici-
                                                                                                                                                 pated to be adopted in September) places
                                                                                                                                                 renewed emphasis on walkability as part
                                                                                                                                                 of a comprehensive approach to land-use
                                                                                                                     Photo by Paul Courson/CNN
                                                                                                                                                 and mobility. These policies include:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who made comments that some took as accepting same-sex marriage as a state’s rights issue, supports                           • Prioritizing space for pedestrians and
a federal marriage that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.                                                               bicycles in the design and improvement
                                                                                                                                                 of public rights of way.
                                                                                                                                                     • Encouraging the location of neigh-



Perry: Same-sex marriage is not OK
                                                                                                                                                 borhood-serving businesses and ame-
                                                                                                                                                 nities within walking distance of all
                                                                                                                                                 residential neighborhoods in order to
                                                                                                                                                 encourage walking as a desirable mode
                                                                                                                                                 of transportation.
The conservative Texas              ness, and that’s fine with me.”          Perry kicked up a firestorm    passed during his administra-            • Encouraging the retention of existing
                                                                                                                                                 and the incubation of new commercial
governor — a potential                 “I probably needed to add a        among social conservatives, a     tion that defines marriage as a
                                                                                                                                                 establishments that serve the needs of
                                    few words after that ‘it’s fine       group of which he includes him-   union between one man and one
presidential candidate              with me,’” Perry admitted to          self as a member. And among       woman.
                                                                                                                                                 residents.
                                                                                                                                                     • Continuing to improve the pedes-
— toughens his stance               Perkins last Thursday.                the GOP presidential field of        “To not pass the federal mar-     trian environment through a coordinated
                                                                                                                                                 approach to street tree planting, sidewalk
on marriage equality.                  And he repeated his commit-        candidates, a group that he may   riage amendment would impinge        maintenance and enhancement, pedestri-
                                    ment to the 10th amendment as         join soon, Perry drew heavy       on Texas and other states not        an amenities and a focus on human-scale
BY REBECCA STEWART                  well as his conviction that mar-      criticism from fellow social      to have marriage forced upon         frontage design for building renovations
CNN                                 riage should be between a man         conservative Rick Santorum.       them,” Perry said.
                                                                                                                                                 and new development projects.
                                    and a woman. “It’s fine with me          The former Pennsylvania                                                 • Providing wider sidewalks, street
   Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants                                                                                 “Our     Constitution    was      trees/landscaping, seating areas and
you to know he isn’t fine with      that a state is using their sover-    senator quickly slammed Perry                                          pedestrian-oriented lighting where fea-
                                                                                                            designed to respect states…I
gay marriage.                       eign rights to decide an issue.       on Twitter Saturday saying, “So                                        sible.
                                                                                                            have long supported the appoint-         • Requiring commercial development
   In an interview with Family      Obviously gay marriage is not         Gov Perry, if a state wanted to
                                    fine with me. My stance hasn’t        allow polygamy or if they chose   ment of judges who respect the       projects to provide for enhanced pedes-
Research Council President                                                                                  Constitution and the passage of      trian activity through techniques includ-
Tony Perkins he hedged contro-      changed.”                             to deny heterosexuals the right                                        ing: minimizing vehicle intrusions across
                                       “My comments reflect my rec-       to marry, would that be OK        a federal marriage amendment.        sidewalks, allowing for outdoor plazas
versial comments made at a din-
ner in Aspen last month when        ognition that marriage and most       too?”                             That amendment defines mar-          and dining areas, locating the majority of
                                                                                                            riage as between one man and         a building’s frontage in close proximity to
he said, “Our friends in New        issues of the family have histori-       But almost a week later, the                                        the sidewalk edge.
York six weeks ago passed a         cally been decided by the people      three-term governor sought to     one woman and it protects the            • Seeking opportunities to create new
statute that said marriage can be   at the state and local level. And     pacify his critics as he voiced   states from being told other-        public open spaces throughout the city.
between two people of the same      that is absolutely the state of law   support for a federal mar-        wise,” he affirmed.                      For more information regarding the
                                                                                                                                                 City of West Hollywood’s pedestrian-
sex. You know what? That’s          under our Constitution,” Perry        riage amendment similar to the       CNN’s Peter Hamby contrib-        friendly policies, please contact Maribel
New York, and that’s their busi-    continued.                            statewide amendment in Texas      uted to this report.                 Louie, at (323) 848-6303.
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The challenge of overcoming
homophobia in Black America
At a gathering of civil               legend who co-chairs an NAACP         religious bigotry close the door
                                      task force on LGBT issues,            to justice to anyone.”
rights activists, panelists           said one of the group’s goals is         Sykes, who came out during
discuss building bridges              “building relationships among         the Prop. 8 debate, has spoken
between groups with                   civil and human rights organiza-      often about the religious barriers
a common interest in                  tions that focus on LGBT strat-       that sometimes result in hostil-
                                      egy and advocacy.”                    ity to gay rights among African-
battling discrimination.                 This is key, many agreed, par-     Americans. She was particularly
                                      ticularly after passage of Prop.      incensed by what many see as a
BY ANDRÉ HERNDON                      8, the 2008 statewide voter ini-      condescending approach to gay
EXECUTIVE EDITOR                      tiative that effectively outlawed     sexuality in black churches and
   Few topics can become so           same-sex marriage in California.
heated, so quickly, as the subject                                          other religious organizations that
                                      In the wake of that outcome,
of Black America’s complex and                                              promote the idea that same-sex
                                      many have pointed to the state’s
often frayed relationship with        African-American electorate,          attraction can be overcome with
the LGBT community.                   where the measure enjoyed wide        prayer.
   That much was in evidence          support; however, some stalwart          “If you try not be gay, you are
last month when the NAACP             black members of the LGBT             being this other person and mis-
hosted a town hall-style meeting      activist community have charged       erable,” Sykes said. “You can’t
on the topic in downtown Los          the anti-Prop. 8 forces with          pray it away.” She later added:
Angeles, where the nation’s old-      reaching out too late to influence    “I consider myself a Christian
est civil rights organization held    black voters.                         and the one thing that Jesus told
its national convention this year.       “Gay and lesbian rights are        us was to … above all, to love
   In a half-filled room at the       not special rights in any way,”       thy neighbor. What’s this crap
L.A. Convention Center, a rol-        said Bond, taking on a com-           about ‘Hate the sin, but love the
licking two-hour discussion           mon refrain of those who do not       sinner’? That doesn’t even make
touched on topics ranging from        support same-sex marriage and         any sense. Either you love some-
why black voters are singled          other rights being fought for by      body or you’re judging them;
out for the passage of Prop. 8        LGBT activists. “It is not special    you can’t have it both ways.”
in 2008, to feelings harbored by      to be free from discrimination. It       The day’s most explosive
some that “gay male privilege”        is an ordinary, universal entitle-    moments came when transgen-
too often results in the exclusion    ment of citizenship.”                 der activist Ashley Love charged
of the transgender community             “Sexual disposition paral-         Lemon and others with not doing
from dialogues like the one held      lels race,” Bond said. “I was         enough to combat transphobia
July 25.                              born black and had no choice.         or highlight the specific issues
   Moderated by CNN anchor            I could not — and would not           faced by transgender people. She
Don Lemon, who recently               — change it if I could. Like race,
                                                                            called the short shrift given to
revealed publicly that he is a        our sexuality isn’t preference. It
gay man, the “Our Collective                                                transgender issues “extremely
                                      is immutable, unchangeable, and
Responsibility: Overcoming            the Constitution protects us all      frustrating.”
Homophobia” panel also includ-        from prejudices and discrimina-          “The statistics say that trans
ed NAACP Chairman Emeritus            tion based on immutable differ-       women of color suffer the most
Julian Bond; comic actress and        ences.”                               violence, and deaths, of anyone
LGBT rights activist Wanda               Added Bond: “If you disagree,      in the LGBT coalition,” Love                                                     Photos by Gary McCarthy
Sykes; filmmaker Patrik-Ian           or if your Bible tells you that gay   said. “Just remember, everyone       (Clockwise from top left) Transgender activist Ashley Love was
Polk; Spelman College profes-         people ought not be married in        in the LGBT community: It            among the audience members who attended “Our Collective
sor and feminist scholar Beverly      your church, don’t tell them they     was transgender people of color      Responsibility: Overcoming Homophobia,” a panel discus-
Guy-Sheftall; and writer Kenyon       can’t be married at City Hall.        that initiated Stonewall in 1969,    sion that included filmmaker Patrik-Ian Polk, NAACP Chairman
Farrow.                               Marriage is a civil rite as well      which … actually initiated the       Emeritus Julian Bond and comedienne Wanda Sykes.
   Bond, a civil rights movement      a civil right — and we can’t let      LGBT movement.”
  West Hollywood | LOS ANGELES INDEPENDENT                                                                                              THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011 I PAGE 7




                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Gary McCarthy

   Actress gets her star
   Actress Sissy Spacek shows off her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during ceremonies Monday. The Academy Award-winning actress is flanked
   by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Marty Shelton, left, and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leron Gubler.

Miley inks
support for
equality
BY LINDSEY HUNTER LOPEZ
SPECIAL TO CNN
   Miley Cyrus temporarily quit
Twitter last year, but the former
“Hannah Montana” star is back
in business, stirring up contro-
versy with new body art.
   On Friday, Cyrus tweeted a
photo of her new marriage equal-
ity-themed tattoo. Along with the
picture of her fresh ink — a small
equal sign on the side of her
ring finger — Cyrus wrote “All       Singer-actress Miley Cyrus tweeted this photo of her new mar-
LOVE is equal.”                      riage equality-themed tattoo last Friday.
   In response to one fan’s nega-
tive tweet, Miley retorted, “where
does it say in the bible to judge    2009 that she didn’t believe in    very sad!” she wrote at the time.
others? Oh right. It doesn’t. GOD    gay marriage, Cyrus also took      “Like I said everyone deserves to
                                                                                                                                                   PHOTO BY GARY MCCARTHY


is the only judge honey. ‘GOD is
love.’”
   The former Disney kid has a
                                     to Twitter.
                                       “Jesus loves you and your
                                     partner and wants you to know
                                                                        be happy. I am a Christian and I
                                                                        love you — gay or not. Because      Anniversary gift
                                                                                                            Frederic von Anhalt, the husband of Zsa Zsa Gabor, stands
history of supporting gay rights.    how much he cares! That’s like a   you are no different that [sic]
                                                                        anyone else! We are all God’s       on Sunset Boulevard beneath the billboard he paid for to
When Carrie Prejean announced        daddy not loving his lil boy cuz
during the Miss USA contest in       he’s gay and that is wrong and     children!”                          celebrate the couple’s 25th wedding anniversary.
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Creators of ‘Phineas and Ferb’ ready for their first movie
BY OLU ALEMORU                           Marsh: Originally, we were
STAFF WRITER                          thinking of doing something
                                      that had a mix of live action
   It took Dan Povenmire and          and animation. But we ended up
Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, the cre-         dropping the whole idea of live
ators of top-rated primetime ani-
                                      action for budget reasons. How-
mated kids series “Phineas and
                                      ever, we had this great kernel of
Ferb,” just over a decade and a
                                      a story built so we kept it.
half to get it on the air.
                                         Povenmire: Actually, [the Big
   But, much like their dastardly
                                      Reveal] was something pitched
scientist Dr. Heinz Doofensh-
                                      as an 11-minute episode and we
mirtz, they seem to have wasted
                                      started going into storyboards on
little time in plotting potential
                                      it. Then we found it was a story
world domination.
                                      that could really be expanded,
   Launched in 2008, the show
                                      so we ended up using it for the
is currently in its third season
                                      mainstream hook to this film.
on the Disney Channel and The
Disney Channel Original Mov-
ie, “Phineas and Ferb: Across           Is there a frantic writing and
the 2nd Dimension,” premieres         animating process on such a
this Friday at 8 p.m., re-broad-      project?
casting on Disney XD Aug. 13            Marsh: We have an amazing
at 10 a.m.                            team of writers and storyboard
   And fans of the triangular         artists and the truth is we ended
shaped Phineas Flynn and his          up with so much more material
English stepbrother Ferb Fletch-      and probably could have easily
er, whose grandly themed re-oc-       done a three-hour film.
curring summer vacation adven-          Povenmire: We wanted to
tures are put in jeopardy by their    have Dr. Doofenschmirtz go to
controlling sister, Candace, will     a world where it’s emerged that
no doubt warm to this likable         he’s already taken over; to be a
two-hour original movie.              really bad guy, but still have the
   Without spoiling a Big Re-         same, fun sense of humor.
veal, the “2nd Dimension” takes         Marsh: He has that potential.
on a “Flash Gordon” meets               Povenmire: [But] within the
James Bond’s “Goldfinger” riff         canon of the show, it’s just an-
when the duo travel to another        other day in summer.
dimension to thwart a more evil
Doofenschmirtz.                         Does the film maintain the
   Meanwhile, Candace is con-         comedic style of the series?
vinced that she will lose her           Marsh: Yes. The style of the
beau Jeremy before he heads off       show is that we tend to avoid
to college.                           easy humor. It’s not derived
   As with the series, its comedic    from a mean, stupid place; the
musical numbers provide a good        characters aren’t idiots or jerks
dose of the hilarity with ironic      … we try and keep the jokes
nods to rice pudding and killer       smart.
robots.                                 Povenmire: We steer away
   Forming an instant friendship      from fart or drool jokes … any-
when they worked across from          thing that’s kinda gross.
each other as layout artists on
“The Simpsons,” Povenmire and            Are you surprised at the suc-
Marsh (who got his nickname           cess you’ve had?
working in London for several            Marsh: It’s beyond our wildest
years) developed Phineas and          imagination. We never imagined
Ferb as a writing team on the         it would have the overwhelming
Nickelodeon series “Rocko’s           worldwide success. We always
Modern Life.”                         though it was a good show and
   Stephen Hillenburg, creator        one we wanted to work on and
of “Spongebob Squarepants,” a         make.
major influence on Povenmire’s            Povenmire: We thought it
work, is a Rocko alum.                might do well and find an audi-
   As the creators enjoy a little     ence one day.
bit of down time before starting
                             What can we expect for the
work next month on a script for
                           big screen adventure and do
a theatrical Phineas and Ferb
                           you have any other projects on
adventure, they talked to The
                           the horizon?
Independent about crafting the
second dimension, the show’s Povenmire: We’ve been on                      Dan Povenmire, left, and Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh talk about their creation ‘Phineas and Ferb’
                           the story for a while and we’ll
comedic style and success “be-                                             and their movie project that debuts on the Disney Channel this Friday night.
yond their wildest imagina-actually start writing the script
tion.”                     next month. In this one they go                 er makes us laugh. In terms of    dimensions. Well, they keep us      London and some other Europe-
                           to the second dimension. May-                   other projects … there are some   pretty busy with Phineas and
                                                                                                                                                 an cities to see the broadcasters
 How did the idea for this be in the next, they’ll go to the               concepts floating around.          Ferb. In fact, they’ve scheduled
movie come about?          third. Our usual rule is whatev-                  Marsh: There are plenty of      a trip for us in October to go to   and affiliates out there.
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  CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD PUBLIC NOTICES                    CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD PUBLIC NOTICES                            CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD PUBLIC NOTICES
                                                        Hollywood, California.
                                                        (Palm Restaurant Mixed-Use Project)
                                                                                                                          NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the West
                                                                                                                          Hollywood Planning Commission will hold a Public      CUSTOMER SNAPS AT CLERK
                                                                                                                          Hearing to consider the following item:
         GOVERNMENT                                     REQUEST: Request to amend Development                                                                                   BEXAR COUNTY – Finding that the grocery store was out of  THERA­GESIC®
                                                        Agreement 2006-003 to extend the time period to                   LOCATION: 1232-1236 N. Kings Road, West
                                                        commence the phases of construction by two (2)                    Hollywood, California.                                Pain Cream, Tom W. snapped (“like a terrier”) at the drug department clerk.  After 
                                                        years and amend conditions of approval in City
                                                        Council Resolution No. 07-3625 to be consistent                   REQUEST: Request to demolish two single-family        promises to have it back in stock the next day, Tom W. regained his composure and 
         NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING                       with the revised time schedule. Previously                        residences on two separate parcels and construct
               CITY COUNCIL                                                                                                                                                     apologized for the incident.  When asked to explain his dog­like behavior, he painlessly 
                                                        approved project is for the construction of a new                 a four-story, twenty-five unit apartment building
         CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD                         mixed-use building with retail, restaurant, market-               with semi-subterranean parking.                       replied, “None of your dang business!”
                                                        rate and affordable housing and two levels of
LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION REPORT SELF-                       subterranean parking.                                             PERMIT(S): Demolition Permit, Development
CERTIFICATION OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE                                                                                      Permit, Modification Permit, and any other
CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM                           PERMIT(S): Amend Development Agreement                            required permits.
Time/Place: August 15, 2011 at 6:30 PM
West Hollywood Park Auditorium
                                                        2006-003, and conditions of approval for
                                                        Demolition Permit 2006-011, Development Permit
                                                        2006-015, Minor Conditional Use Permit 2006-
                                                                                                                          APPLICANT: Levin-Morris Architects, LLP                                              THERA­GESIC                      ®




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            THG-11904
647 N. San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood,
California
                                                        004, and Administrative Permit 2006-021 (AMP
                                                        2011-020).
                                                                                                                          TIME/PLACE Thursday, August 18, 2011 at
                                                                                                                          6:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                          OF HEARING:West Hollywood Park Auditorium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Go Painlessly.
APPLICANT: City of West Hollywood                       APPLICANT: 9001 Santa Monica Blvd LLC                             647 N. San Vicente Boulevard
                                                                                                                          West Hollywood, CA 90069
REQUEST: Approve the Local Development                  TIME/PLACE Thursday, August 18, 2011 at
Report to comply with the Congestion                    6:30 p.m.                                                         ZONE: R4B (Residential, Multi-Family High
Management Plan (CMP)                                   OF HEARING: West Hollywood Park Auditorium                        Density)
                                                        647 N. San Vicente Boulevard
The staff report will be available on August 11,        West Hollywood, CA 90069                                          ENVIRONMENTAL
2011, after 4 PM at the Community Development                                                                             STATUS: Exempt from California Environmental
Department in City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica              ZONE: CC (Community Commercial)                                   Quality Act (CEQA) Regulations pursuant to
Boulevard. For further information contact the                                                                            Section §15332 (In-Fill Development Projects)
Long Range Planning and Mobility Division at            ENVIRONMENTAL                                                     of CEQA.
(323) 848-6337.                                         S TAT U S : N e g a t i v e D e c l a r a t i o n A d o p t e d
                                                        December 3, 2007.                                                 The staff report will be available on Thursday,
California Government Code Section 65089                                                                                  August 11, 2011, at City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica
requires all California Cities to comply with           The staff reportwill be available on Thursday,                    Blvd., and the W.H. Library, 715 N. San Vicente
Congestion Management Program requirements or           August 11, 2011, at City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica                  Boulevard.
risk losing gas tax funding pursuant to Proposition     Blvd., and the W.H. Library, 715 N. San Vicente
111. This resolution is a resolution whereby the        Boulevard.                                                        IF YOU CHALLENGE this item in court, you
City self-certifies that it is in compliance with the                                                                     may be limited to raising only those issues you
Plan for Los Angeles County and reports on its          IF YOU CHALLENGE this item in court, you                          or someone else raised at the Public Hearing
local development activity.                             may be limited to raising only those issues you                   described in this notice, or in the written
                                                        or someone else raised at the Public Hearing                      correspondence delivered to the West Hollywood
NOTE:If you challenge the approval or denial of         described in this notice, or in the written                       Planning Commission, via the Community
this permit application in court, you may be limited    correspondence delivered to the West Hollywood                    Development Department at, or prior to, the Public
to raising only those issues you or someone else        Planning Commission, via the Community                            Hearing.
raised at the public hearing described in this          Development Department at, or prior to, the Public
notice, or in written correspondence delivered to       Hearing.                                                          To comply with the Americans with Disabilities
the City Council at, or prior to, the public hearing.                                                                     Act of 1990, Assistive Listening Devices (ALD)
                                                        To comply with the Americans with Disabilities                    will be available for checkout at the meeting. If
To comply with the Americans with disabilities          Act of 1990, Assistive Listening Devices (ALD)                    you require special assistance to attend (e.g.
Act of 1990, Assistive Listening Devices (ALD)          will be available for checkout at the meeting. If                 transportation) or to participate in this meeting
will be available for checkout at the meeting. If       you require special assistance to attend (e.g.                    (e.g. signer for the hearing impaired), you must
you require special assistance to attend (e.g.          transportation) or to participate in this meeting                 call or submit your request in writing to the
transportation) or to participate in this meeting       (e.g. signer for the hearing impaired), you must                  Transportation Division at (323) 848-6375 at least
(e.g. a signer for the hearing impaired), you must      call or submit your request in writing to the                     48 hours prior to the meeting. The City TDD line
call or submit your request in writing to the           Transportation Division at (323) 848-6375 at least                for the hearing impaired is (323) 848-6496.
City Clerk at (323) 848-6356 at least 48 hours          48 hours prior to the meeting. The City TDD line
prior to the meeting. The City TDD line for the         for the hearing impaired is (323) 848-6496.                       ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are invited to
hearing impaired is (323) 848-6496.                                                                                       attend said Public Hearing to express their opinion
                                                        ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are invited to                             in this matter.
Corey Schaffer                                          attend said Public Hearing to express their opinion
City Clerk                                              in this matter.                                                   For further information contact Antonio Castillo,
8/4/11                                                                                                                    Associate Planner, in the Community Development
WHI-2150815#                                            For further information contact Jennifer Alkire,                  Department at (323) 848-6475.
WEST HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT                              Associate Planner, in the Community Development
                                                        Department at (323) 848-6475.                                     Thomas R. West
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the West                                                                                      City Clerk
Hollywood Planning Commission will hold a Public        Corey Schaffer                                                    8/4/11
Hearing to consider and make a recommendation           City Clerk                                                        WHI-2147990#
to City Council on the following item:                  8/4/11                                                            WEST HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT
                                                        WHI-2148356#
LOCATION: 9001 Santa Monica Blvd, West                  WEST HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT
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