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 22, 2013 |
The man who came up with the phrase "beautiful downtown Burbank" is not happy that NBC is considering moving "The Tonight Show" back to New York City. "Burbank is a great little place," said Gary Owens, who coined the phrase from his radio days then made it famous when he was the announcer on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" from 1968 to 1973. "If you are in show business in any way, shape or form, you must be here. " Johnny Carson, who moved "The Tonight Show" from New York to Los Angeles in 1972, also used the "beautiful downtown Burbank" line but never tried to take credit for it. PHOTOS: Classic 'Tonight Show' moments "He said, 'We're using "beautiful downtown Burbank," and I told him, 'That's fine - not a problem,'" Owens recalled.
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)
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.
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 19, 2013 |
Here is a lovely country-in-the-city walk, with delightful views, varied greenery and an unlikely hilltop lake - all within 15 minutes of downtown Los Angeles. The Stats Distance: 3.5 miles Duration: 1 hour Difficulty: 2.5 (on a scale of 1 to 5) Details: Park at Hermon Park off Via Marisol or take Metro bus No. 256. FOR THE RECORD: L.A. Walks: In an article in the Jan. 19 Saturday section detailing a hike at Ernest E. Debs Regional Park, the "Stats" box gave an incorrect duration for the hike.
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.