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Julia Roberts arrives at a major Hollywood do wearing a shapeless frock, no makeup and hair that looks as if she cut it herself. A wealthy socialite confides to a reporter that her husband's business has seen better days. At a recent charity dinner, celebrities eat rice while sitting on the floor. A radio deejay designs a line of "recession clothing for the '90s."
City and law enforcement officials long ago concluded that much of the prostitution, lewd behavior and other crime as well as the general seediness that plagues Hollywood emanates from the concentration of pornography shops in the area. Now, after years of neighborhood protests, Los Angeles authorities say they are readying a new enforcement offensive against some of the most bothersome purveyors of pornography.
August 11, 2005 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
If everything goes as expected, nobody will really notice. But with the planned flip of a switch at 11:05 p.m. Friday, another piece of Hollywood's golden age will disappear forever. Microphones at the last radio station in Hollywood will go dead as announcers and newscasters complete their final on-air shift at the historic Columbia Square broadcast center.
April 9, 1989 | NINA J. EASTON
Rock 'n' roll blares and nearly a dozen Mouseketeers skip onto a Disney sound stage, past the neon diner counter, past a pink refrigerator labeled "Eisner." Twenty years ago, this would have been Circus Day at the Mickey Mouse Club. But times have changed, so: "It's Thursday, Party Day," exclaims 13-year-old Damon Pampolina, "and it's going to be a hot, hot, hot party!" No somber uniforms and Mickey Mouse ears for these hot partygoers; they're decked out in jeans and high-tops and colorful barrettes.
April 24, 2003 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
Shopper Rosa Chairez was in the dark about why a row of streetlights stands in the middle of a Hollywood parking lot. "They're here for the nighttime?" she guessed. Well, yes. But the 25 lamp poles lined up at a shopping center at the northeast corner of Vermont Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard illuminate a different time too.
January 17, 1997
The owners of an apartment complex in Hollywood are facing criminal charges for allowing slum conditions in the three buildings, said a Los Angeles city attorney's office spokesman. Inspectors from the city's Slum Housing Task Force found tenants of the 194-unit complex on El Centro and La Mirada avenues living without heat and with holes in the walls, said spokesman Mike Qualls.
April 27, 1991 | ROY TRAKIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES: Roy Trakin is senior editor of Hits magazine
The summer of 1966 on L.A.'s Sunset Strip was a time when many young musicians thought anything was possible. A teen-ager from the San Fernando Valley might wind up jamming with Jimi Hendrix, while a 14-year-old hitchhiking on Sunset Boulevard could get picked up by Phil Spector's limousine. It's a time and place that is enshrined in American rock history as surely as '60s Liverpool remains revered in British rock--a time that has become topical again because of yet another Doors resurgence.
October 13, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
The city will spend $732,000 to remodel a municipal building at 6501 Fountain Ave. in Hollywood and convert it into another neighborhood city hall, Mayor James K. Hahn and Councilman Tom LaBonge, who represents the area, announced Tuesday. It will be the fourth neighborhood city hall to open since Hahn announced plans last year to decentralize services, after secession efforts by the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood. Local city halls have opened in San Pedro, South Los Angeles and Van Nuys.
November 14, 1995 | EMI ENDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Sharyn Romano visited Hollywood High School a few years ago, the blighted appearance of her alma mater brought tears to her eyes. Graffiti marred the corridors and bathrooms in the school much as it did many other parts of Hollywood. "It made me sick," she said. That was in March, 1992, soon after Romano started the Hollywood Beautification Team, a volunteer group dedicated to removing graffiti and cleaning up and improving Hollywood. Since then, the grass-roots campaign has grown into a nonprofit organization that is helping change Hollywood's image.
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