July 24, 2013 |
The Hollywood Millennium project, which will plant two massive skyscrapers in the heart of Hollywood, got a green light from the L.A. City Council on Wednesday , reports The Times' Kate Linthicum. The news surely came as a disappointment to opponents who've worried that the buildings would sit too close to a fault line and that their tenants and visitors would clog traffic . Some have also fretted that the Millennium skyscrapers would trump the Capitol Records building. “The proposal includes more than four acres of high-rise luxury condos, offices, bars, boutique hotel rooms, restaurants and a vast fitness center, all encased in private towers so tall they will dwarf its centerpiece, the Capitol Records building,” Laurie Becklund wrote in an Op-Ed arguing against the project in March.
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July 24, 2013 |
The Los Angeles City Council approved a plan Wednesday that would radically alter the Hollywood skyline despite warnings from state officials that the project site may lie on a major earthquake fault line. The 13-0 vote in favor of the Hollywood Millennium project allows New York-based developer Millennium Partners to build two skyscrapers and more than 1 million square feet of office, hotel and retail space on several vacant parking lots surrounding the iconic Capitol Records building.
April 1, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- California businesses and other special interests quickly learn that playing politics in the ornate chambers of California's Capitol building is more like a barroom brawl than a civics lesson about how bills become laws. Most days, businesses large and small dispatch squads of hired-gun lobbyists to vie for lawmakers' attention and votes. And that lobbying doesn't come cheaply. Last year special interests reported spending $277.5 million on such advocacy, according to the Secretary of State's office.
February 28, 2013 |
President Obama took time out of his schedule Wednesday to help unveil a new statue of civil rights activist Rosa Parks at the Capitol building in Washington. Parks, who died in 2005, is the first black woman to be honored with a life-size likeness in the Capitol's Statuary Hall. The bronze statue, by Robert Firmin and Eugene Daub, depicts Parks seated with her hands on her lap holding a purse. In 1955, Parks refused to move from her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Ala. Her subsequent arrest turned her into a symbol for the civil rights movement.
June 14, 2012 |
Best known for an artwork commissioned (and later confiscated) by the Dutch intelligence agency, Jill Magid brings her fascination with infiltration to L.A. for the first time in an elegant installation at Honor Fraser. It examines the case of Fausto Cardenas, a young man arrested in 2010 for firing six shots into the air - randomly, it seems - on the steps of the Capitol in Austin, Texas. Magid happened to see the shooting, and quickly became part of the narrative, appearing as an eyewitness on the news and following the case obsessively.
February 17, 2012 |
An immigrant from Morocco armed with a jammed automatic weapon and wearing a suicide vest packed with what he thought were explosives was arrested Friday near the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, officials announced. Amine El Khalifi, 29, who allegedly had overstayed his visa after arriving in the U.S. when he was 16, was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against government property. FBI agents had been closely monitoring him for more than a year in an undercover sting operation.