June 29, 2013
Re "Creative destruction," Business, June 27 The demolition of the Wilshire Grand Hotel is certainly the end of an era for Los Angeles. When the hotel opened in 1952 as the Statler, it signaled a change for downtown Los Angeles. The Statler became the place to go for conferences, meetings and business lunches, taking away from the historic Biltmore. In some ways, the Statler signaled the rebirth of downtown Los Angeles, several years before Security Pacific National Bank decided to keep its headquarters downtown on Spring Street rather than moving west to mid-Wilshire, and 15 years before the completion of the Los Angeles Music Center.
March 1, 2013 |
Nope, the incredibly tenacious cupcake trend isn't going away -- not if the lines at the new Sprinkles Cupcakes at the Grove are any indication. Now Sprinkles Cupcakes, the frosting-covered, quickly expanding empire begat by Candace Nelson (largely credited for spawning "the cupcake craze"), is opening its 12th location. A new Sprinkles outpost will debut at downtown Los Angeles' Figat7th shopping complex. The new store is set to open its doors on Wednesday at 9 a.m. and is baking "Golden Tickets" into 10 of its cupcakes -- each found ticket is worth a $100 Sprinkles gift card.
August 5, 2012
Re "Old shop reveals an L.A. treasure," Column One, Aug. 2 In the late 1950s I worked at the Security Bank at 5th and Spring streets in downtown L.A. The Dutch Chocolate Shop (which was open then but under another name that I can't remember) was our favorite spot for a morning or afternoon break. I knew nothing of tile maker Ernest Batchelder then, but I thought his creation was cute and different. One night I was driving by and saw workers hosing down the interior (all chairs and tables were on the sidewalk)
June 15, 2010 |
It wasn't until the programs came back from the printer that the L.A. Film Festival's leaders saw how tricky the move from Westwood to downtown L.A. might be. Last year's programs were etched in a shade similar to UCLA blue.This year the festival inadvertently picked USC Trojan colors, cardinal and gold. "It was brought to our attention from some of our friends in Westwood that they felt we had shifted allegiances, and I was like, 'Oh my God, no!'" said Rebecca Yeldham, the festival's ever-diplomatic, Australian-born director during an interview last week.
September 8, 2002
Anastasia McAteer writes that "it's disappointing that after so much good press, downtown is still perceived so incorrectly by the majority of Los Angeles, and people continue to perpetuate the 'ghost town at sundown' stereotype" (Letters, Sept. 1). Spare me the political correctness. I worked in downtown Los Angeles for well over two years (at the bottom of Bunker Hill, 5th and Grand), and found it to be appalling, depressing and disgusting. If downtown is so convenient, as McAteer asserts, how come there is no food to be had on downtown's streets between 3 and 7 p.m.?
January 30, 2011 |
The tourists think big. Arriving in Southern California, they expect to conquer Disneyland and Hollywood, perhaps on the same day, in between the surfing and snowboarding. Then they get stuck in traffic. Then come the recriminations, the tears, the vows to visit an island next time. The locals think small. Tracing tight little loops between home and work, they dodge freeways and alien neighborhoods. There are Los Feliz people who haven't set foot in Venice since the latter Bush administration (I'm one)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2013 |
Downtown DASH routes, in addition to 14 other routes, were affected Thursday by a strike, officials said. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 572, which represents bus operators and mechanics who work on DASH routes downtown, in Hollywood and in South L.A., went on strike Thursday over a contract dispute, according to a statement from Veolia Transportation. The company operates the routes under a Los Angeles Department of Transportation contract. "This strike is a surprise to Veolia who has been in productive discussions with the union for months," the statement read. LADOT cannot be involved in such a dispute between between Veolia Transportation and its employees, said LADOT spokesman Clinton Quan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2013 |
Private security patrols and cleanup crews have pulled out of the downtown Los Angeles' Arts District after a court ordered the city to dissolve a special district that had assessed property owners as much as $1.3 million a year to spruce up and protect the neighborhood. L.A. County Superior Court Judge Joanne O'Donnell ruled that the city had improperly approved the area's business improvement district, or BID, spending money on public relations activities including business recruitment tours and hanging street banners as well as cleaning and guard services.