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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1992
L.A. Project, an ad-hoc group of high-tech companies that works with state, county and city officials, has placed state-of-the-art talking touch-screen computers at six sites in Los Angeles to provide residents with up-to-date information on social services. The computer systems will advise residents--in English or Spanish--where to find food, clothing, shelter, counseling, emergency job-placement training, small business assistance and numerous other services.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
A nearly $1-billion contract to build a downtown subway that would close one of the most frustrating gaps in Los Angeles County's rail network should go to two companies with experience in local rail construction, according to a Metro report published Tuesday. The recommendation comes even though the firms were not the lowest bidders. In the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority analysis, staff members recommended awarding a $927-million joint contract to Skanska USA and Traylor Bros., two firms now building other regional rail projects.  The Downtown Regional Connector is a 1.9-mile, $1.46-billion underground link between rail lines that skirt opposite ends of L.A.'s downtown, one near Union Station and the other near Staples Center.
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OPINION
December 3, 1995
The brouhaha over the 81st and Vermont Avenue mixed-use project is fueled more by rhetoric than reality. Talk of empowerment, economic development and high government subsidies by the opposition are powerful buzzwords. These interests often conflict and are hard to reconcile. Yet, they have been effectively balanced in the First Interstate project. Private sector financing--equity and debt--for commercial development is virtually nonexistent for inner-city retail projects. A stand-alone commercial development, therefore, requires public financing greater than the proposed project and beyond what is currently feasible to get. This mixed-use development offers a financially sound alternative, and serves as a prototype for balancing the housing and retail needs of the inner city.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By Lewis Segal
Notwithstanding its name, the L.A. Dance Project is an international touring company that spends most of its time in Europe. On Thursday it launched a residency (reportedly through this fall) at the Ace Hotel downtown with a three-part program notable for large-scale production values and a commitment to contemporary expression. The venue itself, located on Broadway at 9th Street, is anything but contemporary. Built as the United Artists Theatre in 1927, it's an overwhelmingly ornate structure in Neo-Inquisition style (officially Spanish Gothic)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2010 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
When even fellow developers and local politicians looking to generate jobs call your proposed project way too big, it's probably time to go back to the drawing board. That appears to be the case with the plan for Bundy Village & Medical Park, which earlier this year prompted street protests, petition drives and hundreds of "Fight Bundy Village" lawn signs from Westchester to Pacific Palisades. The Los Angeles Planning Commission in March approved the proposed 1.3-million-square-foot complex of medical offices, retail stores and housing despite residents' and business concerns about increased traffic in the busy Olympic Boulevard corridor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2009 | Doug Smith
There are nearly 30,000 city blocks in Los Angeles, and over the last several weeks, my colleague Maloy Moore and I have examined them all. We've considered each one's size and population density, its racial and ethnic makeup, its proximity to landmarks, its topography and history. Then we listened to what readers told us about the deeply rooted perceptions that make them see a block as belonging in one community instead of another.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 1994 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One-act play festivals have been flooding Los Angeles in recent months. Now, the Ensemble Studio Theatre's L.A. Project dives into the spate with "Summer Shorts," a collection of five one-acts at the Fountain Theatre. The offerings range from genuinely amusing to mere drops in the bucket.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2013 | By Victoria Looseleaf
Some heavy lifting took place on Sunday night at American Jewish University's Gindi Auditorium, when Bodytraffic performed excerpts from its 2009 work, “Transfigured Night.”  One of three pieces on a shared bill with L.A. Dance Project, the lifting, unfortunately, had nothing to do with partnering, but instead featured dancers awkwardly raising and lowering Ascon de Nijs' hefty lighting sticks shrouded in wood and made of PVC pipe.  Perhaps...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2012 | By David Ng
"So You Think You Can Dance" received a modest dose of high-culture class on Wednesday in the form of Benjamin Millepied , who served as a guest judge for the Fox reality-competition series. The choreographer's recently launched group, L.A. Dance Project, performed a new number at the end of Wednesday's broadcast -- a level of national exposure that is out of reach for most fledgling dance troupes. Millepied, who is married to actress Natalie Portman, is a former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet and has choreographed for some of the world's top ballet companies.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
The bid to revive the stately old theaters of downtown L.A. has intersected with hopes for boosting the city's chronically undernourished scene for major resident dance companies.  L.A. Dance Project, launched in 2012 by star choreographer Benjamin Millepied, announced Monday that its new home venue will be the Theatre at Ace Hotel, an ornate,  Spanish gothic-style  auditorium  that's at the base of a newly-opened boutique hotel in a 1927 structure...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By David Ng
The Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles will be partnering with the L.A. Dance Project to create a new program designed to train young dancers between the ages of 14 and 19. The newly announced Colburn Dance Academy, which is scheduled to launch this fall, will be a program offering dance instruction and education with an emphasis on ballet technique. Jenifer Ringer, a former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet who retired from the company earlier this month, will lead the new academy.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
The bid to revive the stately old theaters of downtown L.A. has intersected with hopes for boosting the city's chronically undernourished scene for major resident dance companies.  L.A. Dance Project, launched in 2012 by star choreographer Benjamin Millepied, announced Monday that its new home venue will be the Theatre at Ace Hotel, an ornate,  Spanish gothic-style  auditorium  that's at the base of a newly-opened boutique hotel in a 1927 structure...
BUSINESS
January 8, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
On a honeymoon trip to Southern California in 1974, Yang-ho Cho and his new bride drove into downtown Los Angeles only to get lost among the dark, empty industrial buildings and shuttered shops. Cho remembers he could find no one on the streets to ask for directions to his hotel. Nearly 40 years later, Cho is heading the development of the tallest building west of the Mississippi, a $1-billion downtown hotel complex that no one will have trouble finding at night. It represents only the latest investment of major South Korean capital that Cho has helped bring to Southern California as chairman of Hanjin Group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Mayor Eric Garcetti, on his first trip to the nation's capital as Los Angeles' chief executive, isn't letting Washington's preoccupation with budget deficits get in the way of his push for federal approval of a $1-billion project to restore the Los Angeles River. In meetings on Capitol Hill and at the White House, Garcetti lobbied officials to support a project that is more than double the cost of the one recommended by the Army Corps of Engineers. He even got about 15 minutes in the Oval Office with President Obama, who brought up the river project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
When downtown voters agreed last winter to bring back the Los Angeles streetcar, the campaign pitch sounded simple: a $125-million trolley through the heart of the central city, with funding split between federal grants and a new property tax. Inside City Hall, however, staff members had been quietly warning that the project's price tag was not a detailed estimate and could rise, a Times review of city memos, emails and meeting notes has found....
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
The idea of a headphone opera was hatched over drinks at a downtown Mexican bar. The production design was partly inspired by flash mobs and silent disco. And the setting won't be a proscenium theater, but the majestically melancholy Union Station train terminal in downtown Los Angeles. These are someways in which Saturday night's world premiere performance of "Invisible Cities" won't be a conventional night at the opera, and why the audience it attracts likely won't be conventional either.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2010 | By Morris Newman, Los Angeles Times
It's not surprising that the Los Angeles Unified School District would build a preschool next to a new apartment building. What is surprising, however, is that the early education center and the 50-unit apartment complex are both being built on land owned by L.A. Unified in a dense urban neighborhood between Atwater Village and Highland Park. And district officials say they hope teachers will rent units in the new affordable-housing development. The Glassell Park project is an example of joint use in which two different organizations ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2009 | By Phil Willon
Los Angeles could face a $1-billion deficit by the time Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wraps up his second term in 2013, a dire forecast driven primarily by escalating employee pension costs and stagnant tax revenues, the city's top budget analyst said Wednesday. The grim financial outlook came a day after the city's credit rating was downgraded by Wall Street-based Fitch Ratings. That could worsen L.A.'s already precarious financial situation by making it more expensive for the city to borrow money.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
At the inaugural gala on Thursday for the L.A. Dance Project, more than 150 dance supporters joined founding director Benjamin Millepied and his wife, actress Natalie Portman, at the Bel-Air home of Sutton and Christian Stracke. Sutton and Catharine Soros co-chaired the affair; Portman served as the gala's honorary chairwoman. Optimism for L.A. Dance Project's future pervaded the crowd, as guests expressed their enthusiasm for both contemporary and classical dance. Never mind that Millepied will be moving to Paris to become director of dance for the Paris Opera Ballet beginning in 2014.
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