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May 2, 1992 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the shadow of a flaming mini-mall near the corner of 5th and Western, behind a barricade of luxury sedans and battered grocery trucks, they built Firebase Koreatown. Richard Rhee, owner of the supermarket on the corner, had watched as roving bands of looters ransacked and burned Korean-owned businesses on virtually every block. But here, it would be different. "Burn this down after 33 years?"
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January 7, 2010 | By Victoria Kim
In the early hours of New Year's Eve 2006, 9-year-old Henry Cruz lay still under the covers in his family's one-bedroom Koreatown apartment. In the next room, he heard sounds of a struggle, screams and then gunshots. Peering out from under the edge of the blanket, the boy saw a man dressed in black walk into the bedroom, open a drawer and grab his father's wallet before taking off. On Wednesday, that man, Matthew Ian Koontz, and an accomplice, Jonathan Blackwell, were found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of Henry's father and sister, and the attempted murder of his mother, who was shot in the stomach but survived.
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March 4, 1998
It has been a little more than a year since three family members were found gagged, bound and stabbed to death in their Koreatown apartment. Los Angeles police still do not have any clues to who committed the crime. Standing in front of the victims' apartment building at 530 S. Catalina St. on Tuesday, detectives asked "anybody who knows anything" about the Feb. 2, 1997, slayings of Marcelina Barrera, 46, her son, Kenny, 22, and her brother, Cesar Nova, 30, to contact police. In what Det.
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August 23, 2009 | Gerrick D. Kennedy
Hyun Soo Kim moved to Koreatown from Seattle eight years ago, hoping to witness the expansion of the Korean community. He did, but hardly the way he envisioned. "Every day," the 30-year-old lamented, "there seems to be something going out of business." As Koreatown becomes more of a destination and glitzy developments take root, longtime residents and shopkeepers say they are being priced out by luxury apartments and retail chains. There are so many bars, restaurants and karaoke joints that some merchants are slashing prices in a frantic effort to get their share of customers.
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October 29, 2003 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
In a two-county raid, drug enforcement agents seized nearly $3 million worth of marijuana at homes in Fullerton and Koreatown in Los Angeles, where they also arrested four men, authorities said. Investigators discovered more than 3 tons of marijuana, valued at $2.68 million, and a sawed-off shotgun at the Fullerton home on Vista Grande, said Capt.
BUSINESS
March 12, 1990 | ALISA SAMUELS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The annoying back pains that businessman Mitchel Bang endures are constant reminders of the 14-hour days that he spent selling, repairing and delivering furniture when he opened his furniture store in Los Angeles about 20 years ago. Last July, all that backbreaking labor prompted him to put his business on the back burner for a while and do something to help his fellow Korean-Americans.
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October 21, 2000 | GINA PICCALO
Recession, riots and ethnic changes took their toll on the historic Chapman Park Market in Koreatown. But Los Angeles has a way of reinventing itself. What was the city's first drive-in mall, beloved for its Spanish and Moorish architectural styles, is now one of its hippest hangouts. The whims of Los Angeles' fickle club-goers have happily prevailed. "It feels like you're somewhere other than L.A.," said 24-year-old computer specialist Mike Kwn from Orange County.
BUSINESS
December 18, 1995 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Golf is the in thing in Koreatown. Literally. The only indoor driving ranges in Los Angeles County, and maybe in all of Southern California, are a mile apart from each other on Olympic Boulevard in the heart of the Korean American business district. And they are so popular a third driving range is going up between them.
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August 20, 2007 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
A majestic oak tree towers over the gritty neighborhood and shades the backyard of a modest home on a corner lot in Koreatown, its branches and limbs spreading out over the adjacent street and its roots reaching back into history. Though a backboard and basketball hoop are nailed to a low-lying branch, there is no indication that the tree is linked to the 1936 Olympics.
NEWS
May 3, 1992 | IRENE CHANG and GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An estimated 30,000 people--some wearing white headbands of mourning, some carrying brooms and plastic garbage bags--marched through Los Angeles' Koreatown on Saturday in a massive show of support for beleaguered merchants. "It hurts right here," said marcher Joyce Kim of Diamond Bar, putting her hand over her heart to show anguish over the Korean-owned stores that were looted or set afire since the Rodney G. King verdict. "Koreatown is all our family."
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July 19, 2009 | Victoria Kim
Ask Genara Paxtor about her corn stalks, and her sun-baked face breaks into a wide grin as she tosses up her chin and gestures to indicate just how large they've grown. Six months ago, Paxtor began cultivating a patch of earth in the Francis Avenue Community Garden, a small, lush space in the otherwise densely populated Koreatown neighborhood. The 43-year-old is also growing tomatoes, peppers, onions and radishes.
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January 22, 2009 | Jessica Garrison
The owner of an apartment building that collapsed Sunday in Los Angeles' Koreatown, injuring four people, was convicted last fall of numerous fire and health code violations and agreed to sell all of his roughly 150 rental properties as part of a plea agreement that allowed him to avoid jail time, records show. Frank McHugh, 82, of Marina del Rey was given three years to sell his apartment buildings in an agreement approved by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Spurgeon Smith.
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January 18, 2009 | Ruben Vives
Amid musical performances, speeches and cheers, Koreatown residents welcomed their newest neighbor: the Los Angeles Police Department's Olympic Station A large crowd of residents sat or stood outside the front entrance at 11th Street and Vermont Avenue for the festivities. The station will be staffed with at least 293 officers, who will patrol 6.2 square miles and service about 200,000 residents, mostly Koreans and Latinos. "You have a brand-new neighbor and it's Olympic Station.
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May 24, 2008 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
For years, the boxy office building housing the Chinese Consulate on Shatto Place in Koreatown maintained a low profile. Its only major brush with the news came nearly two decades ago after the Tiananmen crackdown prompted Chinese Americans to hold protests there. But after this month's deadly Sichuan earthquake, the consulate has emerged as an unlikely galvanizing force for Southern California's thriving ethnic Chinese community.
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April 18, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles city councilman has proposed the creation of a new billboard district in Koreatown, one that would run 17 blocks from east to west and take in major corridors such as Wilshire and Olympic boulevards. With a separate downtown billboard district scheduled for a vote next week, the proposal by Councilman Herb Wesson has alarmed anti-billboard activists. They said the city should not allow any more outdoor signs until it can show that it is cracking down on the illegal ones.
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February 14, 2008 | Jason Song, Times Staff Writer
The way Jack Shin sees it, he's selling the city's cheapest vacation. Spend $4.95 for a cup of drip coffee and drink it in his 100-foot-long model of the Titanic, which he built on a busy stretch of Western Avenue, and Shin guarantees you'll come away refreshed. "Everyone is working and making money to pay bills and they're very tight. One coffee here and they feel like they've been on a cruise and they're relaxed," Shin said.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2001 | ROGER VINCENT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wilshire Boulevard, the storied spine of Los Angeles, will boast a new landmark this week when a plush $35-million spa, mall and golf complex catering to the city's affluent Korean population opens just east of Western Avenue. Aroma Wilshire Center is believed to be the first entertainment project of its kind in the nation. It was inspired by popular high-rise fitness centers in Asia, where urban businesspeople often line up to get in after work.
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May 26, 2002 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles City Councilman Nate Holden, a crusader against inner-city liquor businesses after the 1992 riots, has cleared the way for dozens of bars and nightclubs to open in Koreatown, many backed by his campaign contributors or represented by lobbyists with close ties to him. As a result, Koreatown has become one of the city's busiest bar zones. The change illustrates how much sway Los Angeles City Council members have over what businesses locate in their districts.
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December 6, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein
The sneaker- and tuxedo-clad thief was all dressed up with somewhere to go. Fast. Los Angeles police said a clean-cut man walked into a Koreatown watch store Saturday afternoon under the pretense of shopping for an engagement ring. While browsing, the thief asked a clerk to show him a set of his and hers Rolex watches worth more than $60,000, authorities said.
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November 21, 2007 | Connie K. Kang, By K. and Times Staff Writer
The possibility that former City Commissioner Kyung Joon Kim could influence South Korea's Dec. 19 presidential election by giving testimony against the leading candidate is generating a lot of passion in L.A.'s Koreatown. On Tuesday, leaders of two nationwide Korean American groups supporting front-runner Lee Myung-bak, denounced Kim, 41, accusing him of trying to "manipulate" the election by giving up his fight against extradition.
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