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July 15, 2013 | By Ben Welsh and Thomas Suh Lauder
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 13 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database . 11 neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Encino (A) was the most unusual, recording six reports compared with a weekly average of 0.7 over the last three months. Larchmont (L) topped the list of two neighborhoods with property crime alerts. It recorded 11 property crimes compared with its weekly average of 4.3 over the last three months.
June 1, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Actor Ryan Stiles has sold his Robert Byrd-designed home in Encino for $3.1 million. The two-story French country-style house, built in 1976, is made for entertaining, with a pool, a spa, park-like grounds and a barbecue area on the nearly 1-acre gated site. Byrd is known for his indoor-outdoor designs. The 7,631-square-foot house features vaulted ceilings, hand-hewn wood flooring, French doors, a formal dining room, a den, an eat-in kitchen, four fireplaces, five bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms.
May 21, 2013 | By Frank Shyong and Kate Mather
Encino residents Ian and Susan Buda said they voted for Eric Garcetti in L.A.'s mayoral race Tuesday. The reason? "The DWP," Susan Buda said, pointing to a nearby white Department of Water and Power truck. "The two of them haven't got much to say in terms of differences, so the DWP was a big factor," her husband added. PHOTOS: L.A. voters head to the polls The biggest single contributor to the $33-million-plus, two-year mayoral race has been the pro-Wendy Greuel "super PAC," Working Californians.
April 30, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Actor-singer David Hasselhoff has sold his longtime family home in Encino at $3.549 million. The 8,947-square-foot Southern Colonial, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms, sits on nearly 1.5 acres entered through double gates. A tree-lined drive leads to the two-story home, which has a two-story great room with soaring ceilings looking out on the backyard and a boulder-lined swimming pool with spa. There is a formal dining room, a screening room, two guesthouses and a tennis court.
April 25, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
At an otherwise tame candidates' forum, City Atty. Carmen Trutanich again pounded his rival, Mike Feuer, for an unusual campaign contract that Trutanich said amounted to an unlawful manipulation of city election laws. "You have to ask yourself why anyone would lie to get $300,000 in matching funds," Trutanich thundered while waving a sheaf of documents that the former prosecutor said proves his case. "He's lying to you now and he will continue to lie if you elect him. " Feuer, a former state Assemblyman and City Council member, disputed Trutanich's assertion, assuring an Encino audience late Wednesday that the contract had passed scrutiny with the city's Ethics Commission.
April 23, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Actor Chris Meloni and his wife, Sherman Williams, have leased a gated compound in Beverly Hills. The Spanish-style house, built in 1929, belongs to dancer-actor-choreographer Grover Dale and had been listed at $25,000 a month for a one-year-plus term. The 6,000-square-foot home features a courtyard entry, four fireplaces, a card room, a den, an office, four bedrooms and six bathrooms. There is a guesthouse and a swimming pool. Meloni, 52, is in “42” and “Man of Steel.” Often associated with his cop roles on “NYPD Blue” and “Law & Order,” he will star in the upcoming  TV comedy “I Suck at Girls” and played a vampire last year on the series “True Blood.” Dale, 77, appeared in the musicals “Li'l Abner” and “West Side Story” and the films “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and “The Landlord.” He choreographed the musical “Billy” and shared a Tony Award as co-director of “Jerome Robbin's Broadway.” Brent Watson of Coldwell Banker's Beverly Hills North office was the listing agent.
April 4, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Father Tom Batsis, the new president of Encino Crespi, loves opera, plays and movies. If he didn't have to attend a single football or basketball game, he jokes, "I'd die a happy priest. " "I'm about as non-jock a jock as you're going to find," he said with a chuckle. And yet, as most principals and those in charge of high schools soon learn, it's athletics that quickly become their center of attention, whether they like it or not. Batsis made a quick, decisive judgment call last month in his fourth month on the job. Crespi's football coach of three years, Jon Mack, had decided to resign.
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