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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
SPORTS
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."
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
SPORTS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2007 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
In a strong show of solidarity, leaders from different faiths came together Friday in Los Angeles' Koreatown to urge the release of the remaining 19 South Korean Christian aid workers being held in Afghanistan by Taliban insurgents. In a message directed at the international community, 25 representatives of Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups said hostage-taking violates tenets of all religions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2007 | J. Michael Kennedy and Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writers
Two men were shot and killed Tuesday afternoon at a popular Korean barbecue restaurant in the Koreatown area in what police described as a murder-suicide. The victims were identified late Tuesday as Hyo-Jin Lim, 51, the owner of Suhrabal Restaurant at 100 S. Western Ave., and Sae-Kyoon Na, 47. According to Jason Lee, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman, Na entered the restaurant shortly before 5 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2007 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
Fifteen years after the Los Angeles riots devastated parts of Koreatown, residents are still struggling with low wages, limited healthcare and substandard housing, according to a survey released Thursday. Some areas have undergone a face lift with fashionable new malls and luxury condos, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's trip to South Korea last year helped secure $300 million worth of projects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2007 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
Five Yorkshire terriers, including four puppies offered for sale, were dognapped at gunpoint from a Koreatown home, authorities said Thursday. The home-invasion robbery was captured on video by the family's home security system. Detectives released the tape Thursday in hopes of apprehending the two robbers, who got away with puppies valued at $2,500 each and the family's grown Yorkie, Tang-ja, said Lt. Paul Vernon of the Los Angeles Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two men were charged Wednesday with the shooting deaths of a man and his 17-year-old daughter on New Year's Eve. Matthew Koontz, 33, faces two counts of murder, including the special circumstance allegations of multiple murder and murder during a burglary, which could make him subject to the death penalty if convicted. Jonathan Blackwell, 26, also was charged in the slayings. Koontz was arrested a few hours after the shooting. Blackwell remains at large.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1987 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, Times Staff Writer
Descendants of an early settler in the Western Avenue area wondered for decades what to do with an artesian well that pumped out 250,000 gallons of hot mineral water daily in the middle of Los Angeles. It was not until three years ago that Yang Cha Kim, who holds the Korean degree of doctor of Oriental medicine, and her husband, Chang Bum Huh, a weightlifter for Korea in the 1964 Olympics, came up with the answer--a thermal spa, the only one in Los Angeles.
NEWS
April 29, 1996 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every morning after Korean American grocer Sung-Ho Joo opens his market, he reaches for the white telephone by the cash register to talk with fellow Korean American riot victims. "It is as if I have to call them to confirm that I am still alive--and they are, too," said Joo, past president of the Korean American Grocers' Victims Assn., an organization of 170 market owners hardest hit by the civil unrest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2006 | Sandy Banks, Times Staff Writer
Concern percolating for weeks through the local Korean American community came to a head Tuesday as news of North Korea's purported test of a nuclear weapon sparked anger, worry -- and a small measure of hope -- in Koreatown markets and cafes. The news dominated the front pages of local Korean-language newspapers and television news programs in Los Angeles, which has the largest urban population of ethnic Koreans of any region outside the Korean peninsula.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A family of three who died in a predawn apartment fire March 3 was identified by the Los Angeles County coroner Tuesday as 13-year-old Duke Yi and his parents, Kyung Won Yi, 43, and Chong Kwan Yi, 44. The fire, which occurred in the 500 block of South Ardmore Avenue, burned the victims beyond recognition, and several days passed before officials obtained the dental records used to identify the victims.
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