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Volume 21 No. 38                     Serving the West Hollywood, Hancock Park and Wilshire Communities                                                               September 22, 2011

  Fear of Serving Openly Comes to an End Traffic to Hollywood Sign
  n Servicemembers
  Celebrate Repeal of
  ʻDonʼt Ask, Donʼt Tellʼ
                                                                                                                         Angers Hillside Residents
                                                                                                                         n Issues Include Street Congestion,
  BY EDWIN FOLVEN                                                                                                        Parking and Fire Danger

           uring the five years Army                                                                                                                               Tuesday, when neighbors had an
                                                                                                                         BY AARON BLEVINS
           specialist William Hayes                                                                                                                                opportunity to let their grievances
           served in the military, the

                                                                                                                                    ith tourists in their neigh-   be known.
  22-year old soldier who was                                                                                                       borhoods on a daily              Los Angeles Police Department
  assigned to a Patriot missile bat-                                                                                                basis, residents near the      officers, Los Angeles Fire
  tery kept his sexual orientation a                                                                                     Hollywood Sign are looking for            Department personnel and repre-
  secret, fearing he would be kicked                                                                                     their own escape.                         sentatives from other city depart-
  out of the service.                                                                                                      Resident issues with increased          ments also attended the standing-
     On Tuesday, Hayes said that                                                                                         tourism have escalated to the point       room-only meeting, which was
  fear had ended, as the repeal of the                                                                                   that      Los      Angeles         City   held in the community room of
  “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy                                                                                         Councilmember Tom LaBonge, 4th            Hollywood City Hall. Each resi-
  went into effect. Hayes was part of                                                                                    District, held a town hall meeting                   See Residents page 22
  a group of military service mem-
  bers who gathered at the L.A. Gay
  & Lesbian Center Village at Ed
  Gould Plaza to celebrate the
  repeal, and call for an end to other
  restrictions that they claim are dis-
  criminatory to the gay members of                                                          photo by Edwin Folven

  the armed forces.                     Army reservist William Hayes said he kept his sexual identity a secret
     “When I first went into the mil- during his five years of active duty.
  itary, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was
  pretty much the last thing on my charge.”                                 bers of the U.S. military who are
  mind, I just wanted to get through      Hayes, whose active Army duty gay, and added that it will ensure
  basic training. But when I got to service ended a little over a month future recruits don’t have to live in
  my first duty station, I saw there ago, is now a member of the Army secrecy.
  was a good possibility I could be Reserve, stationed in the City of         The repeal of the 18-year-old
  kicked out because of who I am,” Bell. He moved to the Miracle “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy
  Hayes said. “I had to safeguard Mile on Sept. 1, and is happy to was approved by Congress in
  myself by keeping quiet and keep- now be free to express his sexual December, but implementation
  ing things secret. I was concerned orientation. He said the repeal of was pushed back until September
  about being kicked out, earning “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is so the Pentagon could train mem-
  benefits and losing them all, and extremely important to the esti- bers of the military to conform to                                                                              photo by Aaron Blevins
  not getting an honorable dis- mated 65,000 active duty mem-                            See Military page 22            Some Beachwood Drive residents are upset over tourists who block the
                                                                                                                         street to take photos of the Hollywood Sign.

City Attorney Sets Sights on Skytag                                                                                       Project at Tower Records
n Lawsuit is Filed
Over Signage
at 17 Sites                                                                                                               Site Still Needs Work
BY EDWIN FOLVEN                                                                                                           n Development Planned three-story building’s 51,220
                                                                                                                                                                   square feet of space to house
                                                                                                                          on Sunset Boulevard                      retail, office space, a spa and a

       he Los Angeles City
       Attorney’s Office filed a civil                                                                                    Sent to Subcommittee                     David Barton’s gym.
       lawsuit against the outdoor                                                                                                                                    Centrum representatives will
advertising company Skytag Inc.                                                                                           BY AARON BLEVINS                         now work with the two-person
last Friday for putting up illegal                                                                                                                                 subcommittee, comprised of

supergraphics at 17 locations in                                                                                                 he West Hollywood City            council members John Heilman
Hollywood, the Miracle Mile and                                                                                                  Council has moved the             and John D’Amico, to revise the
other parts of Los Angeles.                                                                                                      Centrum Sunset project,           project to the council’s liking.
   The lawsuit does not identify                                                                                          which would redevelop the for-              “We heard the council mem-
specific damages being sought, but                                                                                        mer Tower Records site at Horn           bers’ comments, and we look for-
Frank Mateljan, a spokesperson for                                                                                        Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, to          ward to working with the sub-
the Los Angeles City Attorney’s                                                                                           a subcommittee. During this              committee,” said Brian Lewis, of
Office, said it will likely add up to                                                                                     week’s meeting, council mem-             Marathon Communications, the
“millions, if not tens of millions of                                                               photo by Amy Lyons    bers expressed concerns about            company handling media rela-
dollars”. The lawsuit also names         Supergraphics with Skytagʼs Statue of Liberty graphic were placed on             parking, signage and public              tions for Centrum. “We will come
Skytag’s president and owner,            several buildings on Wilshire Boulevard in 2009.                                 access.                                  up with something that is work-
Michael McNeilly, and the owners                                                                                             The project passed through the        able for everybody.”
of 21 buildings where the super-         companies that allow illegal sig-     illegal, unpermitted and can be dan-       city’s Planning Commission in               Lewis said Centrum is confi-
graphics were allegedly installed.       nage. Supergraphics are large         gerous, according to the lawsuit,          August, although commissioners           dent the proposal will eventually
   Mateljan said the civil action is     advertisements that wrap around       which also alleges they present a          did not recommend the project            be approved, as council members
part of City Attorney Carmen             one or more facades of multi-story    traffic hazard for drivers who pass        due to similar concerns.                 spoke highly of the design and
Trutanich’s effort to crack down on      buildings. The supergraphics are                                                 Developers are aiming to use the                    See Centrum page 20
                                                                                              See Lawsuit page 21



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2 September 22, 2011                                                                                                                                                  Park Labrea News/Beverly Press

22 Cancer Benefit                                                                                                                                                               Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award

T    he Dr. Susan Love Research
     Foundation is hosting the 2nd
annual “Love Jam: Boogie to End
                                                      Calendar                                                                                                                  nominee Matthew Morrison on
                                                                                                                                                                                Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                Morrison is well known for his current
Breast Cancer” on Thursday, Sept. 22                                                                                                 the Cuckoo’s Nest” on Saturday, Sept.      role as Will Schuester on Fox’s musi-
beginning at 7 p.m. The event is a                                                                                                   24. The special guest will be actress      cal comedy series “Glee”, but has
dance benefit in support of the breast                                                                                               Louise Fletcher, who played Nurse          enjoyed a long history in music and
cancer research of the Dr. Susan Love                                                                                                Ratched and will share stories about       theatre. Morrison will discuss his
Research Foundation. Celebrity guest                                                                                                 the classic film. A question and answer    debut album, his rise to stardom and
Louis Van Amstel, from ABC’s                                                                                                         session begins at 6:30 p.m., followed      current success, followed by a ques-
“Dancing With the Stars”, will lead                                                                                                  by the screening at 7:30 p.m. Adult        tion and answer session with the audi-
attendees in popular dance moves.                                                                                                    tickets are $20; $10 for children 12       ence, and a performance of songs.
Tickets are $55. Club Rise at the                                                                                                    and under at www.brownpapertick-           Tickets start at $20. Clive Davis
Highlands, 6801 Hollywood Blvd.,                                                                                            905 Country Club Road, Ojai.      Theater, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste.
Ste. 433.                                                                                                             (805)646-1111,         A245. (213)765-6800, www.grammy-

23 1940’s Radio                                                                                                                      Film Noir Tour
                                                                                                                                                                                25 TarFest
T   he Actors Co-op presents a stag-
    ing of “The 1940’s Radio Hour”                                                                                                   T    he Los Angeles Visionaries
                                                                                                                                          Association presents “The Birth of
running from Friday, Sept. 23 through
Nov. 13. The drama, music and
                                                                                                                                     Noir: James M. Cain’s Southern
                                                                                                                                     California Nightmare” bus tour on
                                                                                                                                                                                T    arFest continues this Sunday,
                                                                                                                                                                                     Sept. 25 with a free outdoor music
                                                                                                                                                                                festival in the park next to the George
dreams of World War II-era America                                                                                                   Saturday, September 24 from noon to 4      C. Page Museum at the La Brea Tar
come to life in the play at the Actors                                                                                               p.m. The tour celebrates the life, work,   Pits from noon to 6 p.m. Headliners
Co-op’s Crossley Theatre in                                                                                                          myths and passions of novelist James       Everest and Saint Motel will perform,
Hollywood. Showtimes are at 8 p.m.,                                                                                                  M. Cain through his books, “The            along with OBI Best, A House for
Fridays and Saturday; 2 p.m.,                                                                                                        Postman Always Rings Twice”,               Lions, Infantree and Ash Panda. Live
Sundays. Tickets are $34. 1760 N.                                                                                                    “Mildred Pierce” and “Double               painting, art installations, children’s
Gower St. (323)462-8460 ext. 300,                                                                                                    Indemnity”, and how their screen adap-     activities, a beer garden and gourmet                                                                                                                 tations shaped film noir. The tour         food trucks will also be on hand to cel-
                                                                                                                                     departs from Philippe The Original         ebrate life in the Miracle Mile. 5801
                                                                                                                                     restaurant, 1001 N. Alameda. Tickets
Critter Club                                                                                                                         are          $58.           www.lava-
                                                                                                                                                                                Wilshire      Blvd.     (323)899-1363,
T    he Los Angeles County Natural
     History Museum (NHM) is hold-
ing the “Critter Club: Cretaceous
                                                                                                             photo by Austin Young

Critters” class on Friday, Sept. 23 at
                                                Iranian born musical artist Azam Ali will perform on Sunday, Sept. 25 at
                                                                                                                                     Cherry Blossoms                            Benefit Play
                                                the El Rey Theatre. Ali will perform music from her recording, “From
10 a.m. and Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10
a.m. and 11 a.m. The classes for chil-
                                                Night to the Edge of Day”, which explores exile and love, motherhood
                                                and motherland in Iranian, Turkish, Lebanese and Kurdish lullabies. Her
                                                                                                                                     T    he Cherry Blossom Festival SoCal
                                                                                                                                          celebrates its 10th anniversary       N     ational Council of Jewish
                                                                                                                                                                                      Women/Los Angeles’ Women
                                                                                                                                                                                Helping       Women        Community
dren three-to-five years old will edu-                                                                                               with “Blossoms in the Fall” on
                                                music is rich in strings, with bursts of Middle Eastern percussion, and                                                         Counseling & Support is hosting a the-
cate about dinosaurs and creatures                                                                                                   Saturday, Sept. 24 and 25 in Little
                                                contributions from virtuosic players. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are                                                          atrical fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 25.
from the Cretaceous Period. The                                                                                                      Tokyo. The festival promotes and edu-
                                                $35      to    $65.      5515     Wilshire      Blvd.   (323)936-6400,                                                          The event features an exclusive pre-
events will also feature a crafts ses-                                                                                               cates people on the Japanese culture,
                                                                                                                                                 sentation of the play, “No Word in
sion, and children must be accompa-                                                                                                  and the culture of Americans of
nied by an adult. The Saturday event                                                                                                 Japanese ancestry. It includes music,      Guyanese for Me”, written by Wendy
is free with paid museum admission,             Theatre. The show, which will offi-       Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m.; and             dance, Taiko, a fashion show and           Graf. The one-woman play is about a
while the Friday class requires pre-            cially run from Oct. 1 through Dec.       Sundays at 7 p.m. tickets are $34. 544     awards ceremony. The events run from       gay Muslim woman struggling to rec-
registration. 900 Exposition Blvd.              30, is adapted from the popular televi-   N. Fairfax Ave. (800)595-4TIX,             10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 24;       oncile her faith and sexuality, and was
(213) 763-ED4U,                sion series and features a musical                     10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 26 next to   inspired by the stories of real
                                                comedy tribute to Lucy, Ricky, Fred,                                                 the Little Tokyo Metro Station, Temple     teenagers. A reception will be held at
                                                and Ethel. Audiences can travel back                                                                                            1:30 p.m., with the performance at 2
24 ‘I Love Lucy                                 to the 1950s and Desilu Studios to
                                                                                          Classic Film                               and Alameda Streets, downtown.
                                                                                                                                                                                p.m., followed by a discussion moder-
on Stage’                                       watch the “filming” of two episodes,      Screening                                                                             ated by Steve Julian, host of “Morning

P   reviews for the world premiere of
    “I Love Lucy Live on Stage” will
be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, 25, 29
                                                and will enjoy vintage-style live musi-
                                                cal commercials and the music of the      T   he Ojai Valley Inn & Spa and
                                                                                              Diablo Magazine present the 2nd        Matthew Morrison
                                                                                                                                                                                Edition” on KPCC Southern
                                                                                                                                                                                California Public Radio. Tickets are

and 30 at the Greenway Court
                                                “Ricky       Ricardo       Orchestra”.
                                                Performances are Fridays at 8 p.m.;
                                                                                          annual “Outdoor Classic Film Series”
                                                                                          with a screening of “One Flew Over         T   he Grammy Museum presents a
                                                                                                                                         discussion and performance by
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Park Labrea News/Beverly Press                                                                                                                                         3 September 22, 2011

Judge Rules Public Can                                                             WeHo Council Approves Nationʼs First Fur Ban
View Prop. 8 Trial Tapes                                                           n Ordinance Applies to
                                                                                   Apparel Made of
R    ecordings documenting the
     legal challenge to Prop 8 (Perry
v. Brown) will be made available to
                                          across our state,” Villaraigosa said.
                                          “The public deserves to see the
                                          weak and unsubstantiated argu-
                                                                                   Animal Pelts or Skin
the public, Federal District Court        ments made by those who opposed          BY AARON BLEVINS
Judge James Ware ruled this week.         civil rights and marriage equality.
Proponents of Prop 8 argued that
tapes of the trial, which resulted in a
2010 ruling that Proposition 8 is
                                             “I look forward to presiding once
                                          again over same sex marriages at
                                          city hall; however, until that day, I
                                                                                   W      est Hollywood, a city that
                                                                                          prides itself on socially-
                                                                                   progressive policies, has banned
unconstitutional, should be kept          will continue to fight tooth and nail    the sale of fur within city limits.
secret.                                   for all citizens to be able to legally   The ban was passed on first-read
   In his decision, Ware ruled that       solidify the bonds of love and for       during a council meeting Monday,
public access to trials and court         full federal equality for all LGBT       and is set for a second vote in
records are “foremost among the           Americans.”                              October.
aspects of the federal judicial system       Representatives with the U.S.            The ordinance prohibits the sale
that foster public confidence in the      District Court said Ware stayed his      of fur apparel products, which
fairness and integrity of the             own order until Sept. 30. The pro-       means any item of clothing that
process.” The recordings could be         ponents         of      Prop.       8,   features the pelt or skin of any ani-
unsealed on Sept. 30.           , can seek an         mal with its hair, fur or wool,                                                               photo by Aaron Blevins
   “During the trial, proponents of       order from the Ninth Circuit U.S.        including fox, mink, rabbit, bear,        West Hollywood City Councilmember John DʼAmico proposed the ban
Prop 8 based their arguments for          Court of Appeals to extend the stay      seal or chinchilla. The ordinance         on fur clothing, and was joined at a press conference Tuesday by
preserving the amendment on mali-         while they file a stay-pending           does not ban all wool products; the
                                                                                                                             West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Jeffrey Prang (left) and Chris de
cious lies and cruel stereotypes          appeal. However, if that does not go     ban only applies to wool if it is still
about gay, lesbian, bisexual and                                                                                             Rose, founder of Last Chance for Animals.
                                          through, it’s likely that the record-    attached to the skin of an animal.
transgender people,” Equality             ings could be made available as             The ordinance does not prohib-
California Executive Director             soon as Oct. 3. More information is      it all wool products. The ordi-           from wool would not be included      Wednesday, Mayor Pro Tempore
Roland Palencia said. “Proposition 8      expected to be posted on the court’s     nance includes the pelt or skin of        unless the wool was still attached   Jeffrey Prang said the city will
supporters wanted to keep these           website,, in       any animal with the fur, hair or          to the skin of the animal.           likely wait one year before
tapes secret because they reveal the      the near future.                         wool attached. So, items made                During a press conference                      See WeHo page 21
ugly truth about the extremist moti-
vations behind this and other anti-
equality efforts, such as a referen-
dum to overturn the FAIR Education
Act, that they try to cloak behind
‘pro-family’ rhetoric. The public has
the right to know the truth. Today’s
ruling is a victory for equality, for
transparency and for the fundamen-
tal principles of our democracy.”
   Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
   “Judge Ware’s decision to release
the Proposition 8 trial video is an
important step forward in preserving
the integrity of our judicial system
and overturning a law that has taken
a deeply painful toll on families

WeHo Chamber
of Commerce
Hosts Job Fair
T    he West Hollywood Chamber
     of Commerce will host a free
“Job & Career Development Fair”
on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m. at Fiesta Hall in Plummer
   The fair is co-sponsored by the
City of West Hollywood and
Jewish Vocational Services (JVS),
and will feature nearly 30 employ-
ers looking to fill positions immedi-
ately. There will also be workshops
and speakers on topics relating to
the current employment market-
place. One-on-one career consulta-
tions and résumé reviews by
experts will also be available, and
there will be advice for the LGBT
community about finding a job.
Companies with recruiters attend-
ing include Union Bank, Cedars-
Sinai Medical Center, U.S. Bank,
Caltrans, House of Blues, the
LAPD, Backlar Consultants, the
Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center
and the City of West Hollywood.
The speaker programs will include
“Resume Do’s and Dont’s” led by
Angela Showell, of CPEhr;
“Finding         your         Passion,
Entrepreneurship”, led by Regina
Lark, of Q2D Speed Dating; and
“The Power of Your Brand/Your
Competitive Edge”, led by Marshal
Backlar, president of Backlar
Consultants, a firm that specializes
in career and executive coaching.
   For information, call Keri
Shaffer at (323)650-2688, or e-mail
4 September 22, 2011                                                                                                                                      Park Labrea News/Beverly Press

  ‘Two and a Half Men’ Star Neighbors Unite in Call for Veto of Senate Bill
    Honored in Hollywood Some226 Would Exempt
                                Projects From
                                                                                  n                                        EIR, or include significant features
                                                                                                                           that are environmentally beneficial
                                                                                                                           such as solar energy and water
                                                                                  Environmental Reviews                    usage reduction systems, to be
                                                                                                                           exempt from having to complete
                                                                                  BY EDWIN FOLVEN                          EIRs under CEQA. The legislation
                                                                                                                           has been sent to the governor for his

                                                                                  A     group of Los Angeles residents
                                                                                        known as L.A. Neighbors
                                                                                  United has come out in opposition
                                                                                                                              Cary Brazeman, founder of L.A.
                                                                                                                           Neighbors United and a member of
                                                                                  of Senate Bill 226, which would          the Mid-City West Community
                                                                                  provide exemptions for some              Council, has called on Gov. Jerry
                                                                                  developments from California             Brown to veto SB 226. He claims
                                                                                  Environmental        Quality      Act    the law would allow cities and
                                                                                  (CEQA) regulations.                      counties to use old EIRs when con-
                                                                                     Under CEQA, projects that may         sidering zoning changes; and
                                                                                  have a significant impact on the         would allow cities and counties to                 photo courtesy of Cary Brazeman
                                                                                  surrounding neighborhoods can be         circumvent having to examine how        Cary Brazeman, founder of the
                                                                                  required to undergo an environ-          new projects would impact emer-
                                                                                                                                                                   L.A. Neighbors United, is calling
                                                                                  mental impact report (EIR). The          gency services, schools, libraries
                                                                                  CEQA requirements are generally                                                  for a veto of SB 226 because he
                                                                                                                           and traffic congestion. Brazeman
                                                                                  set in motion when a city council or     also contends that the law would        believes it would limit environmen-
                                                                                  other governing body determines          have a severe impact on areas           tal reviews on development.
                                                                                  that a project will not have a signif-   where there is not enough infra-
                                                                                  icant impact, and a lawsuit is filed     structure in place to support           out Los Angeles, but declined to
                                                                                  to force the EIR to be conducted.        growth. His organization ran a full     provide any of their identities. He
                                                                                     The bill, introduced by Sen. Joe      page ad in the Sept. 18 Los Angeles     added that he learned about SB 226
                                                                                  Simitian (D-Palo Alto) and co-           Times.                                  a little over 10 days ago, and moved
                                                                                  authored by Sen. Juan Vargas (D-            Brazeman said L.A. Neighbors         quickly to secure donations from
                                                                                  Imperial Valley), calls for projects     United is comprised of approxi-         members to pay for the ad because
                                                                                  that have previously undergone an        mately 100 residents from through-                  See Residents page 20

                                                         Photo by Aaron Blevins
 Jon Cryer (middle), who won an Emmy for playing Alan Harper on
 “Two and a Half Men”, was awarded the 2,449th star on the
 Hollywood Walk of Fame by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
 on Monday. Many of the crew members from “Two and a Half Men”
 were on hand, including Ashton Kutcher (left) and Angus T. Jones
 (right). The premiere of the new season, Kutcherʼs first, was shown
 Monday night. Cryer has also starred in several films, such as “No
 Small Affair”, “Pretty in Pink” and “Hot Shots!” His television credits
 include “The Famous Teddy Z”, “Getting Personal”, “Partners” and
 “The Trouble with Normal”. Cryer was also recognized for his the-
 ater performances and charitable endeavors. He has directed and
 produced as well.

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6 September 22, 2011                                                                                                           Park Labrea News/Beverly Press

Triathletes Run Through                                                          Dolores Hope Remembered With Flowers
Los Angeles This Sunday                                                          F   lowers were placed Monday
                                                                                     at the Hollywood Walk of
                                                                                 Fame star of Dolores Hope, wife
T   he 12th annual Kaiser
    Permanente Los Angeles
Triathlon presented by Herbalife
                                         in the 2011 Life Time Triathlon
                                         Series.  The total 2011 Race to the
                                         Toyota Cup professional division
                                                                                 of actor and comedian Bob
                                                                                 Hope, who died on Sept. 12 at
                                         cash purse  includes $584,000 in        102 of natural causes.
will be held on Sunday, beginning at
                                         individual race awards. In addition,       Dolores was a nightclub singer
Venice Beach and ending at L.A.
                                         a 2011 Toyota vehicle and the cov-      in the 1930s when she met Bob
                                         eted Toyota Cup will be awarded to      Hope after a show in New York
   Ranked as one of the top destina-
                                         the top female and male champions       City. The couple had been mar-
tion events in the country, the event
                                         as determined at the Toyota U.S.        ried 69 years when he passed
will result in street closures in the
                                         Open Triathlon in Dallas. Premiums      away in 2003. She was known as
area. According to the Los Angeles
                                         totaling $5,000 also will be awarded    a tireless fundraiser for charity
Police Department, they include
                                         for the fastest swim, bike and run in   and the philanthropic force
Venice          Boulevard          to
                                         each event for both men and             behind the the Eisenhower
Fairfax/Wilshire, approximately
                                         women. For information visit            Medical Center in Rancho
6:50 to 11:15 a.m.; Fairfax/Wilshire
                                                   Mirage. Hope’s star is located at
to Olympic/Cherry, approximately
                                                                                 7021 Hollywood Blvd.                                          photo by Edwin Folven
7:10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.;
Olympic/Cherry to 1st/Hope Ave.,
approximately 7:30 a.m. to 1:30
p.m. The cycle and run portion of
the triathlon is managed in three
sectors, with streets closing and

2,500 tri-athletes
from 30 different
   states, the
    District of
Columbia and 11
                                                                                            Organic since 1969

  countries will
opening in waves as the competitors
move from Venice to downtown. To                        

ensure the safety of the competitors,               
spectators and vehicular traffic, L.A.                   *"'$
Police Department and Department                         ,*$' +
of Transportation officers will be
monitoring intersections.                               

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and 5k run); and a bike-only course
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of 24.8 miles.
   Approximately 2,500 tri-athletes
from 30 different states, the District
of Columbia and 11 countries will
compete Sunday. Fourteen local tri-
athletes, all men and ranging in age
from 37 to 62, will compete in their
12th        consecutive        Kaiser
Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon.
   The triathlon is the sixth of seven
                                                                                             (/ * /$'"
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Residents Urged
to Apply for
Civil Grand Jury
                                                / +(&  %$ !(* -'#                            $'' *               -* &(-+ ('$ *
T   he City of West Hollywood has
    partnered with the Superior
Court of Los Angeles County to
find qualified citizens for the 2012-
2013 Civil Grand Jury pool.
   All interested candidates are
encouraged to apply to fulfill a
requirement that nominees are rep-
resentative of the Los Angeles
County population. The deadline
for Civil Grand Jury volunteer
applications is Monday, Nov. 28.
   Service on the Civil Grand Jury is
virtually a full-time obligation,
                                                *( *$ + $' / ((+ -,*$,$('% , &+
requiring 30 to 40 hours of volun-
teer time each week for a one-year
period. Responsibilities include
investigating county, city and joint-
power agencies, as well as acting as
“watch-dogs” by examining the
operations of government agencies
in     Los     Angeles        County.
For more information or to request
an application packet, contact Cora                                    . *%0 %. 2 (+ '" % +  

Artizada at (213)893-1047, or visit                                                        
Park Labrea News/Beverly Press                                                                                                                                              7 September 22, 2011

         WeHo Honors Public                                                        Controller Seeks Stronger Laws to Prevent Fraud
          Safety Personnel                                                         C    ontroller Wendy Greuel
                                                                                        recently      called
                                                                                   Councilmember Dennis Zine, the
                                                                                                                             cern,” Greuel said. “There are alle-
                                                                                                                             gations of illegal activities and
                                                                                                                             misappropriation of city resources
                                                                                                                                                                       city’s Fraud, Waste and Abuse
                                                                                                                                                                       Hotline, (866)428-1541.
                                                                                                                                                                          Greuel asked Zine to consider a
                                                                                   chair of the city’s Audits and            occurring in the Department of            change      to     Los      Angeles’
                                                                                   Governmental            Efficiency        Building       and    Safety,    the      Administrative Code that would
                                                                                   Committee, to strengthen a city           Department of Transportation and          strengthen requirements that
                                                                                   ordinance that could help Los             theft at the city’s animal shelters.      departments report any allegations
                                                                                   Angeles become less susceptible to        We must guard the city against this       of wrongdoing to the Fraud, Waste
                                                                                   fraud and corruption. Greuel’s pro-       type of abuse, particularly if the        and Abuse Unit.
                                                                                   posed changes would increase the          abuses are systemic.”                        City departments would also be
                                                                                   flexibility of the Controller’s              A new website, http://con-             required to assist the unit with staff
                                                                                   Fraud, Waste and Abuse Unit,          and information. Greuel also pro-
                                                                                   broaden city employee training            htm, has been created for                 posed new online training for all
                                                                                   regarding waste and create an out-        Angelenos to recommend depart-            supervisors and city employees on
                                                                                   reach program to encourage fraud          ments or programs to be consid-           how to abide by city anti-corrup-
                                                                                   reporting.                                ered for future audits. Greuel also       tion policies and how to properly
                                                                                      “Recently, the city has experi-        asked Angelenos to report waste           identify and report fraudulent
                                                                                   enced a wave of fraud, waste and          and abuse via e-mail at con-
                                                                                   abuse, which causes great con-   or via the

                                                         photo by Richard Settle                                                                                          &,1)"  2# 
 The West Hollywood City Council honored the recipients of the 2011
 Public Safety Awards on Sept. 19. Mayor Pro Tempore Jeffrey                       Regulatory Reforms Sought                                                              4'2'+% .1/05
 Prang (right) presented the Deputy of the Year Award to Randall
 Slate, of the West Hollywood Sheriffʼs Station. The Public Safety
 Awards honor individuals and businesses that have made outstand-
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                                                                                       spur job creation and improve
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 Contribution to Public Safety; and the Los Angeles County Sheriffʼs               617, jointly authored by Pavley (D-       ways of manufacturing and recy-           '-&,$ + !'& /!, '-, '-*,
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 Reserve Task Force, which received the Public Safety Volunteer of                                                                                                     +-(*.!+!'&
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8 September 22, 2011                                                                                                                                      Park Labrea News/Beverly Press

 LAUSD Adopts Early Start                                                       City Hosts Latino Heritage Month Celebration
 School Year Calendar                                                           F   estive live music, dancing and
                                                                                    food will be featured at the
                                                                                “Latino Heritage Carnaval” on
 T    he Los Angeles Unified
      School District (LAUSD)
 will implement a district-wide
                                         tage of an early-start calendar.”
                                            Currently, 20 schools — 19
                                         high schools and one elementary
                                                                                Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1 to 5 p.m.
                                                                                at the at EXPO Center, located at
 early-start calendar for the 2012-      — in the LAUSD start the school        3980 Bill Robertson Lane near
 13 school year. All students in         year in August. Three high             Exposition Park.
 grades K-12 on a traditional, two-      schools opened Aug. 5 under the           The carnaval is being presented
 semester instructional calendar         “Balanced Traditional Calendar,”       by the EXPO Center, the
 will begin Aug. 14, 2012, three         and 16 high schools and one ele-       Brotherhood Crusade, and the City
 weeks earlier than usual.               mentary school started the school      of Los Angeles Department of
    While board members’ opin-           year Aug. 15 on the “Early Start       Recreation and Parks, and is part of
 ions varied, they ultimately voted      Instructional Calendar.”               the city’s Hispanic Heritage Month
 against delaying implementation            Principals whose students           celebrations in September. It will
 of the early-start calendar. Board      already begin the school year in       also include games, free computer
 members Tamar Galatzan, Nury            August instead of September say        classes and crafts. For information,
 Martinez and board President            the earlier start date means less      call (213)763-0114.                                                                   photo by David Starkopf/L.A. Mayor’s Office
 Mónica García voted against             loss of learning, more students           To officially kick-off Latino           Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (center) joined public officials and others dur-
 postponement. Board member              passing classes and the semester       Heritage Month festivities, Mayor
                                                                                                                           ing a Latino Heritage Month ceremony at Los Angeles City Hall that
 Bennett Kayser and board Vice           ending before vacation so stu-         Antonio Villaraigosa joined mem-
                                                                                bers of the city council, residents,       included Councilmember Richard Alarcon (left), 7th District; legendary
 President Richard Vladovic voted        dents don’t have homework                                                         Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Fernando Valenzuela; City Council
 in favor of the postponement,           assignments during school              and business and community lead-
                                                                                ers on Sept. 16 at city hall, where he     President Eric Garcetti, 13th District; and Councilmember Ed Reyes, 1st
 while board member Steve                breaks.                                                                           District.
 Zimmer abstained. Board mem-               “The impact of the early-start      honored Sal Castro, Cesar Millán
 ber Marguerite LaMotte was              calendar has been more students        and Fernando Valenzuela. Castro is
 absent from Tuesday’s meeting.          passing classes, including A-G         a Mexican American educator and            Latino community’s values of            presented by the Department of
    Under the schedule change, the       classes. The teachers didn’t have      activist who is known for his role in      pride, sacrifice, and hope for the      Cultural Affairs’ (DCA) Music LA
 last day of instruction will be June    to do as much review for each          the 1968 East Los Angeles high             future, “Villaraigosa said. “A com-     Program. A poster contest is open to
 4, 2013.                                subject, as there is not a loss of     school walkouts; Millán is a dog           munity as rich and diverse as Los       all Los Angeles County students,
    Supporters of the early-start        learning due to the three-week         behavior specialist and best-selling       Angeles itself, Latinos through         grades K-12), that encourages the
 calendar say district-wide imple-       break,” said Pam Hamashita,            author known for his television            their contributions have been and       creation of original artwork based
 mentation will provide greater          principal of Canoga Park High          series, “Dog Whisperer with Cesar          will remain essential to the spirit     on their interpretation of the 2011
 continuity and uniformity for stu-      School, an early-start school.         Millán”; while Valenzuela is a leg-        and success of our great city.”         Latino Heritage Month’s theme,
 dents and employees across the          “Any loss of learning did not          endary Los Angeles Dodgers pitch-          Latino Heritage Month features          “Celebrating a Culture of Hope and
 district, which currently operates      impact the students’ final grades,     er and current broadcaster.                cultural events, arts activities, and   Progress”.
 five, separate instructional calen-     and there was not high stakes loss     “These three remarkable honorees           free music classes for elementary,         For information, cal (213) 922-
 dars for students attending tradi-      of learning.                           and their achievements reflect the         middle, and high school students        9762, or visit
 tional and year-round schools.             “Our drop-out rate was less as
    “LAUSD must embrace                  we retained more students,” she
 instructionally-sound calendars
 that maximize environments for
                                         added. “And lastly, our parents
                                         commented that it was nice to
                                                                                   Garcetti Pledges Support for Filipino War Veterans
 learning,” García said. “I am glad      have the semester finish before
 that we are making a commitment
 to every student in the district that
                                         vacation so there were no home-
                                         work assignments to get done
                                                                                   L    os Angeles City Council
                                                                                        President Eric Garcetti (sec-
                                                                                   ond from left), 13th District, was
 they will be able to take advan-        during vacation.”                         joined recently by Filipino World
                                                                                   War II veterans after the city
                                                                                   council passed two resolutions

Senior Living Expo Opens                                                           that put the city officially on
                                                                                   record in support of legislation
                                                                                   related to Filipino veterans.

A    ARP will host its “Life@50+
     National Event & Expo” from
Thursday, Sept. 22 through 24 at the
                                         demonstrations and music classes.
                                         The Expo will kick off with Carol
                                         Burnett in conversation with Tim
                                                                                   Assembly Joint Resolution 6 sup-
                                                                                   ports the federal legislation, H.R.
                                                                                   210 — the Filipino Veterans
Los Angeles Convention Center.           Conway on Sept. 22. Morning fit-          Fairness Act of 2011, which
   “Life@50+” will include enter-        ness classes led by tennis legend         would provide the benefits to
tainment, celebrity appearances,         Martina Navratilova and fitness           Filipino veterans who fought
information from experts, exhibits       guru Richard Simmons are also             alongside American soldiers dur-
and concerts. Attendees can also         being held.                               ing World War II. Assembly Bill
attend lifestyle and education ses-        The Los Angeles Convention              199 would encourage teachers in
sions; fitness classes; hands on         Center is located at 1201 S.              the Los Angeles Unified School
technology classes; the “Movies for      Figueroa St., dowtown. For infor-         District to include the history of
Grownups” film festival; cultural        mation, call (800)883-2784, or visit      Filipino veterans in World War II
events; health screenings; cooking                      as part of lesson plans.

                                                  photo courtesy of the 13th Council District Office

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Centrum Project Heads to Subcommittee
From page 1
expressed their desire to see the site                                            cil’s decision to call for further revi-
redeveloped. He said one of the key                                               sions.
issues is parking.                          “We believe                              “We look forward to seeing a
   Centrum has proposed 238                                                       smaller, revised project with less
spaces, which representatives said           something                            signage,” Haber said. “We believe
would meet hourly demands.
However,        council     members
                                          should go there,                        something should go there, just not
                                                                                  the huge project Centrum was
requested that the company add              just not the                          proposing.”
more spaces or reduce the project’s         huge project                             He said IAC has 450 employees
square footage, further lessening                                                 and owns the properties at 8833
the hourly demands. West                   Centrum was                            Sunset and 8800 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood requires 276 parking                                                    Haber said that in the past, employ-
spaces for such a project.
                                             proposing.”                          ees were disturbed by Tower
   Also of concern, at least for some                                             Records’ signage. IAC also wants
council members, was a proposed                 -Attorney Jeffrey Haber,          to ensure that its employees can get
park at the site. One suggestion was          whose firm represents IAC           to work in timely fashion and cross
to move the park to the rooftop,                                                  the street safely to work in both
allowing the company to use that             Other issues included the pro-       buildings, he said.
space to alleviate other concerns         posed video sign and the impact it         During the meeting, the council
such as parking. While the council        may have on residents. The council      held a public hearing for the pro-
liked the design, members believed        also called for public access on both   ject. More than 50 speakers took to                                             photo courtesy of Centrum Sunset LLC
it wasn’t compatible with the neigh-      Horn and Sunset.                        the podium, with 19 in favor of the        The Centrum project at the former Tower Records site on Sunset
boring IAC building, which is                Attorney Jeffrey Haber, whose        project.                                   Boulevard would include a David Bartonʼs Gym.
home to more than 50 internet com-        firm represents IAC, said he and his
panies such as and              clients were pleased with the coun-

Residents Organization
Opposes SB 226
From page 4

he believes SB 226 threatens resi-           Simitian was out of the country
dents’ ability to fight unwanted          and was not available for comment,
development. Of particular concern        but a member of his staff, who
are provisions within the bill that       declined to be identified, only
encourage in-fill development, or         offered information on back-
projects on vacant parcels.               ground. He said the bill is an
  “Our fear is that in our area, and      attempt to make it easier for pro-
throughout the city and the state,        jects to move forward in dilapidat-
we will see traffic increases and         ed neighborhoods where many
pollution increases because we will       vacant lots exist, and to encourage
no longer be available to challenge       more environmentally-friendly
them on the basis of an environ-          development. The bill would not
mental impact analysis,” Brazeman         automatically exempt projects, but
said. “It significantly undermines        would set guidelines that would
CEQA. CEQA requires that when             apply on a case-by-case basis. If a
you want to allow additional              developer had completed a previ-
growth, you look at the impact of         ous EIR but delayed construction
that growth. This law would basi-         and new potential impacts were
cally waive the cities’ requirement       identified, the project could still
to do that. You wouldn’t have to          have to have a new EIR. Projects
analyze the impact on fire service,       would also have to meet strict envi-
and wouldn’t have to look at street       ronmental standards such a requir-
capacity or traffic. We feel there is     ing a solar energy system, or
a hidden agenda. We think the pol-        requiring that the projects reduce
icy makers are trying to pull a fast      greenhouse gas emissions.
one.”                                        Evan Westrup, a spokesperson
                                          for Gov. Jerry Brown, said the gov-
                                          ernor’s office does not comment on
Zimmer Museum                             legislation that has not yet been
                                          signed. Westrup added that SB 226
                                          is one of 500 to 600 bills currently
Hosts Rosh                                awaiting the governor’s review and
T    he Zimmer Children’s Museum
     is hosting a day of reflection and
celebration on Sunday, Sept. 25
from 12:30 to 5 p.m. as it welcomes
the Jewish New Year with friends
and families. Rosh Hashanah, the
Jewish New Year, begins on Sept.
28. The Zimmer will host a Rosh
Hashanah story time at 1 and 4 p.m.,
and an “Apple Stamp Art” activity
from 2 to 3 p.m. Apple stamping is
messy fun for Rosh Hashanah and
fall, and eating apples and honey is
a Rosh Hashanah tradition to repre-
sent a sweet new year. There will
also be a concert by award winning
children’s singer/songwriter Charlie
Hope from 3 to 4 p.m.
   The Zimmer Children’s Museum
is a non-profit cultural institution
located at 6505 Wilshire Blvd. Ste.
100. For information, call (323)761-
8984, or visit events, please visit
Park Labrea News/Beverly Press                                                                                                                                   21 September 22, 2011

Lawsuit Targets Skytag’s Signs                                                                                                            $ 
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by the buildings, that they cause
visual blight, and that they could trap                                                                                                   
people within the building during
emergencies or hinder access for                                                                                                      ! 
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allegedly in place at various times
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addresses include 11600 Wilshire
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Highland Ave., 8555 Beverly Blvd.,
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fines of up to $5,000-per-day, per         of the locations listed in the lawsuit. A sign with the Statue of Liberty was
location, and the total dollar amount
                                           affixed to the building in 2009.                                                              32.(& *:*0
would be determined as proceedings
move forward.
   McNeilly said Tuesday that he          in 2010 by the 9th Circuit Court of          Mateljan added that the City
                                                                                                                                            ,634)&8 (51'*3 
had not yet been served with the          Appeals. McNeilly claims all of the       Attorney’s Office will continue to                   &5 
 2 /
lawsuit and was not aware of its spe-     billboards in question were up dur-       target companies and property own-                             %*78 300=;33) &6/ 9).836.91
cific allegations. Assistant City         ing the period when the injunction        ers who allow illegal supergraphics                            

  !&2 $.(*28* 390*:&6)
Attorney Jose Egurbide confirmed          was in place and were taken down          and billboards to be installed. The                            %*78 300=;33)   
Wednesday that the defendants were        when it was overturned.                   lawsuit is the eighth filed against
still in the process of being served         McNeilly also claimed that many        outdoor advertising companies since
and that they should receive the law-     of the supergraphics were artworks        Trutanich took office in 2009, and          %               31192.8= 311*6(.&0
suit over the next few days.              he created featuring the Statue of        $6.3 million in penalties have
   McNeilly claims the supergraph-        Liberty, and were not advertise-          already been won.                           " 
ics his company installed were legal.     ments. He added that they were               “We are taking an aggressive pos-          !     &8*,36.(&00= *<*148 +631 8-* 463:.
The City of Los Angeles passed a          placed on buildings, with the per-        ture and have seen some positive
                                                                                                                                            7.327 3+ 8-* &0.+362.& 2:.6321*28&0
ban on new supergraphics and large        mission of the owners, to convey a        results,” Mateljan said. “The city
billboards in 2002, but the ban was       message of freedom.                       will be enforcing its billboard laws,                   9&0.8= (8          49679&28 83
not enforced for years because of            “When we lost in the 9th Circuit       and will continue to go after them.”                    !*(8.32 >       *; 327869(8.32 36
ongoing litigation initiated by multi-    Court of Appeals, they came down.            Dennis Hathaway, president of the                    32:*67.32 3+ !1&00 !869(896*
ple outdoor advertising companies.        That’s why this lawsuit doesn’t           Coalition to ban billboard blight,
In response to what many city offi-       make sense,” McNeilly said.               added that he believes the lawsuit
cials and residents believed was an          Mateljan said he was not certain       against Skytag is justified.
unabated proliferation of the signs,      whether any of the supergraphics in          “I am very happy the city attorney        ,* 45&++ 3*2135 ;.00 '* &:&.0&'0* 32 "-967)&= !*48*1'*6
the city council passed a moratorium      question are still up, but the City       has filed the lawsuit as part of his                 &8 .8= &00       !&28& 32.(& 0:) &2) 8-*
on new supergraphics and digital          Attorney’s Office stands by the           ongoing pursuit of sign scofflaws,”         %  .'6&6= 
   !&2 $.(*28* 390*:&6)
signs in 2009. Skytag sued in feder-      claims in the lawsuit that the signs in   Hathaway said. “Of all the compa-
al court and won, receiving an            question were put up illegally, and       nies, this is the one that thumbed its       $!  8-.7 .8*1 .2 (3968 =39 1&= '* 0.1.8
injunction that was later overturned      that will have to be proven in court.     nose most at the city.”
                                                                                                                                *) 83 6&.7.2, 320= 8-37* .779*7 =39 36 731*32* *07* 6&.7*)
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WeHo Bans Fur Apparel                                                               not recommend other fashion busi-
                                                                                    nesses lease in West Hollywood.”
                                                                                       Also at the press conference were
                                                                                                                                0&22.2, 311.77.32 :.& 8-* 31192.8= *:*0341*28
                                                                                                                                *4&681*28 &8 36 46.36 83 8-* 9'0.( *&6.2,
From page 3                                                                         Chris de Rose, the founder of Last
                                                                                    Chance for Animals, and Ellen
enforcing the ban and applying            disadvantage, while opening the           Lavinthal, the founder of Fur Free            1 (1/2.8 7-5, 5,* 1*6.(&2 ;.8- .7&'.0.8.*7 (8 3+
civil penalties, though it could go       door for West Hollywood to ban            West Hollywood. Both applauded                 77.78.:* .78*2.2, *:.(*7  ;.00 '* &:&.0&'0*
into effect 30 days after the council     other products sold within the city.      the city’s effort.                          +36 (-*(/398 &8 8-* 1**8.2, + =39 6*59.6* 74*(.&0 &77.7
makes its final determination.               In a letter to Duran, chamber             “There are no words that can
   “We recognize that we’re not           President Genevieve Morrill asked
                                                                                                                                8&2(* 83 4&68.(.4&8* .2 8-.7 1**8.2, * , & 7.,2*6 +36 8-*
                                                                                    express how much we appreciate
stopping the sale of fur in this          the city to educate consumers about       the council, the mayor and the city         -*&6.2, .14&.6*) =39 1978 (&00 36 79'1.8 =396 6*59*78 .2
country,” Prang said.                     how fur products are acquired, in         of West Hollywood,” de Rose said.           ;6.8.2, 83 8-* ++.(* 3+ 8-* .8= 0*6/ &8   
   Councilmember John D’Amico,            lieu of banning the fur apparel           “It wasn’t profit that came out. It         0*&78 
 -3967 46.36 83 8-* 1**8.2, "-* .8= " 0.2* +36
who proposed the ordinance with           products altogether.                      was compassion.”                            8-* -*&6.2, .14&.6*) .7         
Mayor John Duran, said the ban               “Allow a consumer to learn                According to city documents,
falls in line with the city’s mission     whether a product was illegally or        animals that are slaughtered for
to be socially proactive.                 inhumanely acquired,” Morrill             their fur, whether on a farm or             !4*(.&0 1**8.2, 6*0&8*) &((3113)&8.327 * , 86&27
   “I think West Hollywood, in            wrote. “Investigate accountability        trapped in the wild, endure “tremen-        4368&8.32 1&= '* 463:.)*) 9432 ;6.88*2 6*59*78 83 8-*
some ways, that’s what we do              measures designed to educate the          dous suffering,” and more than 50           ++.(* 3+ 8-* .8= 0*6/ &8 0*&78 
 -3967 46.36 83 8-* 1**8
best,” D’Amico said, adding that          consumer and regulate the retailer.       million are killed by the fur industry      .2, 36 .2+361&8.32 32 49'0.( 86&274368&8.32 (&00 
the city tries to be cognizant of its     There are resources for this mission      each year.                                  #" 36 ,3 83 ;;; 18& 2*8
effect on the rest of the U.S.            to enable the city of West                   “It’s an ugly industry,” de Rose
“That’s important to me, and it’s         Hollywood to take thoughtful steps        said, “and it needs to be exposed.”
important to my colleagues.”              to raise the consciousness of con-           Lavinthal said the ordinance is a             &6* .2:.8*) 83 &88*2) 7&.)
   However, he acknowledged that          sumers and retailers, at the same         very positive step considering the          9'0.( *&6.2, 83 *<46*77 8-*.6 34.2.32 .2 8-.7 1&88*6
the ban will have an effect on the        time sending a powerful message           nation’s negative political and eco-
local economy. D’Amico said the           to those countries and distributors       nomic atmosphere.                           13 +635,*3 -0+13/&5-10 (328&(8 *22.+*6 0/.6* 773(.&8*
West Hollywood Chamber of                 who continue to abuse animal                 “West Hollywood was already
Commerce is in the midst of con-          rights in how they obtain prod-           humane, and it was fashionable.
                                                                                                                                0&22*6 .2 8-* 31192.8= *:*0341*28 *4&681*28 &8
ducting an economic study, but he         ucts.”                                    Now we can link the two,”                         

found few retailers in the area that         Darren Gold, the chair of The          Lavinthal said. “Although today is a
sell fur products. Therefore, the         Avenues: Art, Fashion & Design            historical one, it’s only the begin-        36*= !(-&++*6
effect should be minimal, D’Amico         District, also opposes the ban.           ning.”                                      .8= 0*6/
said.                                        “The Avenues board knows that it          In 1989, the West Hollywood
   “I am certain there will be some       is quite difficult to thrive or survive   City Council declared the city a
impact,” he said.                         in our recuperating economy, and          “cruelty free zone” for animals, and
   The idea was originally pro-           instituting another hurdle for busi-      later adopted policies that included                        


posed at the council meeting in           nesses to jump will surely produce        a no-kill policy for stray and aban-         


May, when members asked city              harmful effects for fashion retailers     doned animals. In 2003, the city              

staff to research the feasibility of a    in the city,” Gold wrote. “Quite a        banned declawing cats. In 2008, it
ban and speak with local business.        few businesses that expressed opin-       supported Prop. 2, which led to
According to city documents, some         ions stated if the ban is adopted,        statewide policy changes on caging
organizations feared the ban would        they would not renew their lease in       chickens. In 2009, the city took a
put some retailers at a competitive       West Hollywood or if asked, would         stand against puppy mills.
22 September 22, 2011                                                                                                                                         Park Labrea News/Beverly Press

 Military Members Can Serve Openly
 From page 1
the new standards. While it allows                                                   I always had to live a double life,”
gays, lesbians and same-sex cou-                                                     Greene added. “It’s ingrained in me
ples to serve openly, and permits          “It will increase                         now. I have a hard time telling peo-
them to appear together at public                                                    ple I am gay. It’s not something I
functions, there are still restrictions     unit cohesion,                           go around discussing, and it has
that deny them health, education
and housing benefits. Same-sex
                                                and will                             affected relationships.”
                                                                                        Other members of the military
couples are also denied many feder-          increase the                            present Tuesday, including Navy
al benefits under the Defense of           readiness of our                          petty officer Luz Bautista, added
Marriage Act (DOMA).                                                                 that there are still other challenges
   But those celebrating the repeal         armed forces.”                           ahead. Bautista is currently preg-
of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Tuesday                                                   nant, and she and her partner, who
said they would continue the fight          -Tom Carpenter, board mem-               is also in the military, are not sta-
for equality and would push for a             ber of the Servicemembers              tioned together. But Bautista said
repeal of the other restrictions. Tom             Legal Defense Network              being able to openly discuss her
Carpenter, a veteran of the U.S.                                                     sexual orientation is a huge first
Marine Corps and a board member           in he U.S. Marine corps, offered a         step in the right direction, and she
of the Servicemembers Legal               different portrayal. Greene, who           is hopeful now that “Don’t Ask,
Defense Network, characterized            served for three years during the          Don’t Tell” has been repealed, she
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as “the           1990s, said he had to leave the ser-       and her partner can soon live
only law that mandated discrimina-        vice in 1997 when his fellow               together.
tion against an entire class of           Marines found out he was gay.                 “Because of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t
American citizens.” He added that         According to Greene, a fellow              Tell’ I couldn’t be stationed any-
the U.S. military will benefit from       Marine was caught making fraudu-           where near my partner, so I am
personnel being able to serve open-       lent ID cards and identified               now being stationed in Illinois and
ly.                                       Marines who were gay, including            will be there for three years,”
   “These young men and women             Greene, in exchange for a lesser           Bautista added. “But all of this will
had to stay in the closet, and will       punishment.                                be a good thing in the future.”
now be able to be part of the team,”         “I got interrogated and was won-           Jim Key, chief public affairs offi-
Carpenter said. “It will increase         dering what was going on,” Greene          cer for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian
unit cohesion, and will increase the      added. “After that, I started the          Center and a former U.S. Marine,
readiness of our armed forces.”           paperwork to get processed out.”           also expressed optimism about the
   Hayes said there were approxi-            Greene said up until that time, he      future for LGBT members of the
mately 15 LGBT servicemembers             had a stellar record and had               military. While on active duty from                                                                  photo by Edwin Folven
in his battery of approximately 230       received two promotions. He has            1984-93, Key said he also had to         Navy Petty Officer Luz Bautista (left), former Marine Corporal Mervil
soldiers, and that they generally         lived in West Hollywood since              keep his sexual orientation a secret,    Greene and Army Reservist William Hayes were among the representa-
knew of each other’s sexual identi-       1998 and now runs a landscaping            but is relieved new servicemem-          tive of the U.S. Military that celebrated the repeal of “Donʼt Ask, Donʼt
ty. They didn’t encounter any prob-       business. Greene added that he             bers will not have to endure the         Tell” on Tuesday.
lems as long as they didn’t discuss       feels like he was forced out of the        same hardship.
their sexual orientation while on         Marines because of his sexual ori-            “I was there when ‘Don’t Ask,         ple knew my sexual orientation           courage [then] to come out. Now,
duty.                                     entation, and the emotional pain           Don’t Tell’ was first being debated.     that I would be physically harmed,       members of the service can fight
   But West Hollywood resident            still exists.                              I heard so many homophobic and           or at the least, would be ostra-         for our country without the fear
Mervil Greene, a former corporal             “What has stayed with me is that        troubling things. I believed if peo-     cized,” Key said. “I wish I had the      that they will be persecuted.”

Residents Angry Over Tourists                                                                                                   “That’s why                               One resident asked Castro if it
                                                                                                                                                                       would be possible to put a sprinkler
From page 1                                                                                                                    everyone is so                          system in the hills. LaBonge said
                                                                                                                                                                       his office would look into it.
                                                                                                                               emotional. We                              Maddie Dillard, the LAPD
dent who opted to speak had 60            being rude to neighbors. These             curves could lead to severe acci-
seconds, and many voiced concerns         issues have been compounded by             dents, especially when tourists are       attract people                          senior lead officer for the area, said
                                                                                                                                                                       the department has issued tickets
about trash, fire safety, congestion,     GPS devices and Internet sites that        willing to stand or park in the street   365 days a year.                         for parking and smoking in the
parking and more.                         direct tourists to the residential         for pictures.                                                                     area. But it’s difficult to follow
   “The sign was a wreck (a few           areas near the sign.                          “We want a solution for all of         We are totally                          through, as tourists can simply dis-
years ago), and we hoped it would
stay that way,” said Hank
                                             Sarajane Schwartz, the current
                                          president of the Hollywoodland
                                                                                     Hollywoodland,” she said.
                                                                                        However, that neighborhood was
                                                                                                                               defenseless.”                           regard the citations when they
                                                                                                                                                                       return home, she said. Dillard
Pinczower, former president of the        Homeowners Association, said the           not the only one experiencing prob-                -Sarajane Schwartz,            asked residents to not get into argu-
Hollywoodland          Homeowners         biggest concern is public safety.          lems. Fran Reichenbach, the presi-              current president of the          ments with tourists, and if they’re
Association.                                 “That’s why everyone is so emo-         dent of the Beachwood Canyon               Hollywoodland Homeowners               threatened, they should call police.
   Residents told stories of tourists     tional,” Schwartz said. “We attract        Neighborhood Association, said the                          Association              Joseph Orlanes, of LAPD gener-
stopping in the middle of the street      people 365 days a year. We are             neighborhood’s concerns have                                                      al services, said the officers
to take pictures of the sign, parking     totally defenseless.”                      exponentially increased since the                                                 patrolling Mount Lee have a large
illegally, smoking cigarettes near           She said each cigarette butt that       “GPS genie has gone out of the bot-      problem for residents in the area. In
                                                                                                                                                                       coverage area, so residents should
dry brush, dangerously posing for         neighbors find is a potential fire.        tle.”                                    response, Patrick Hickey, of Rockin
                                                                                                                                                                       aim to be the department’s “eyes
pictures, creating congestion and         And the winding streets and blind             “Public safety is our main issue,”    Hollywood Tours, suggested that
                                                                                                                                                                       and ears.” He said an officer is
                                                                                     Reichenbach said.                        the city require permits for busses
                                                                                                                                                                       always in the area, augmented by
                                                                                        She said Mount Lee, near the          to travel in the area. For the cost of
                                                                                                                                                                       “sophisticated” surveillance cam-
                                                                                     sign, is home to a communication         the permits, the city may be able to
                                                                                                                                                                       eras that are on at all times.
                                                                                     hub that could impact police and         hire a security guard to keep the
                                                                                                                                                                          LaBonge, whose office staff
                                                                                     fire frequencies if a serious inci-      peace, he said.
                                                                                                                                                                       recently upset some residents by
                                                                                     dent, such as a fire caused by a lit        The city could also replace faded
                                                                                                                                                                       putting gravel down to create a spot
                                                                                     cigarette, were to render it silent.     signs and fight to have their neigh-
                                                                                                                                                                       for tourists at a small park in the
                                                                                        “We’d have no communication           borhoods listed as restricted on
                                                                                                                                                                       area, said he aims to protect neigh-
                                                                                     access,” Reichenbach said. “This is      websites and GPS devices, as some
                                                                                                                                                                       borhoods. He said he would look
                                                                                     a larger issue than us.”                 residents suggested.
                                                                                                                                                                       for other sites for tourists to utilize
                                                                                        Solutions to the problems varied.        LAFD Battalion Chief Joe
                                                                                                                                                                       when photographing the sign.
                                                                                     Pinczower suggested that a tram be       Castro said the department has
                                                                                                                                                                          “I want to try to buffer it away
                                                                                     constructed that would take tourists     approximately 175 firefighters in
                                                                                                                                                                       from you,” LaBonge said. “I also
                                                                                     from Travel Town and Griffith Park       the area, and nothing is more
                                                                                                                                                                       don’t want to be harsh on tourists.”
                                                                                     to the back of the sign. Other resi-     important to them than fire safety.
                                                                                     dents simply wanted a designated         However, the neighborhoods repre-
                                                                                     area — outside their neighborhoods       sented Tuesday were not the only         Answers From Page 13
                                                                                     — for tourists to photograph the         ones with fire, parking and conges-
                                                                                     sign. Some called for the signs that     tion problems, he said, adding that
                                                                                     state “This way to the Hollywood         accessibility is a constant issue.
                                                                                     sign” to be taken down, or for secu-        “That’s why (LAFD Battalion
                                                                                     rity guards to patrol the area.          Chief) Chuck (Butler) and I don’t
                                                                                        “You’re going to have a catastro-     have a lot of hair,” Castro said.
                                                                                     phe there,” resident T.J. Escott said.   “There is no one single solution.”
                                                                                        Residents made it clear that their       He said the department would
                                                                                     patience is wearing thin.                implement a multi-tiered approach
                                                                                        “I see my own neighbors trying        to lessen response time hazards in
                                                            photo by Aaron Blevins
                                                                                     to hit people in the street,” resident   the area, although he couldn’t
Councilmember Tom LaBonge held a meeting Tuesday to address con-                                                              remember a time when firefighters
                                                                                     Scott Thaler said, somewhat jok-
cerns about tourists flocking to areas around the Hollywood Sign, More               ingly.                                   couldn’t get access to Mount Lee.
than 100 people attended, including Hollywood resident Joy Efron                        Tour busses are also part of the         “We’re sensitive to it,” Castro

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