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November 21, 2012 | By David A. Keeps
Have more than a dozen new stores made La Brea Avenue a shopping magnet once again? For more than two decades, a roughly 1.5-mile stretch of La Brea between Melrose Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard arguably has been the city's most diverse and densely packed district for Old World antiques, vintage furniture, contemporary décor and urban fashion. Other destinations (La Cienega, Beverly, Abbot Kinney) have challenged it, but La Brea keeps bouncing back. PHOTO GALLERY: New shopping on La Brea Avenue Although much of the change this time centers on the burgeoning District La Brea   development between 1 st  and 2 nd  Streets, stores have been opening, almost monthly, along the blocks to the north.
March 29, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun, Paloma Esquivel and Catherine Saillant
When the first jolt hit, Fullerton Mayor Pro Tem Greg Sebourn was on the couch getting his 4- and 8-year-old daughters ready for bed. As Sebourn rushed his screaming girls toward the door, another violent lurch knocked the mayor and one of his daughters to the floor. Sebourn skinned his knee and his daughter bumped her head on a door jamb. On Saturday, the mayor was thankful their injuries weren't worse. "It's the strongest jolt I've ever felt, and I've been in the same town for 41 years," he said.
September 25, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
Cisco Home is moving only a few blocks down La Brea Avenue, but the Los Angeles-based sustainable furnishings manufacturer is consolidating inventory and discounting select pieces through October. The moving sale will include furniture, artwork, lighting and accessories. New furnishings will be added to the sale as time goes on. Discounts spotted over the weekend included pillows made from vintage quilts, regularly $195, now $75 to $100. An Atar armchair upholstered in blue linen, regularly $3,625, was reduced to $1,450.
March 28, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
A magnitude 3.6 earthquake was reported Friday evening in northwest Orange County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey . The quake occurred at 8:03 p.m. and was reported to be 3 miles deep. The epicenter was between La Habra and Brea, about three miles north of Fullerton, according to the USGS. NEW: 5.1. earthquake strikes La Habra area shortly after 9 p.m. The temblor comes nearly two weeks after a magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck near Westwood in the early morning on March 17, rattling nerves.
August 31, 2012 | By David A. Keeps
A + R, the Venice store widely regarded as one of Los Angeles' top destinations for modern home design, is expanding with a La Brea Avenue store that officially opens Saturday. The new A + R will be twice the size of the Venice shop, with enough space to showcase upholstered furniture, large bookshelves and storage units as well as quirky accessories and gifts. Among them: the Chick-A-Dee , an adorable Dutch smoke detector ($75) that chirps its alarm at 85 decibels. The Pik vase ($98)
February 4, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
The smell of barbecue has hit La Brea Boulevard. The highly anticipated Bludso's on La Brea is set to open this month, bringing Kevin Bludso's Texas-by-way-of-Compton barbecue to Hollywood. "Presently we are shooting for an opening next week," says co-owner Jason Bernstein. "Might not be Monday but pretty locked into the week of the 11th. "  Bernstein and James Starr, owners of the Golden State on Fairfax, have teamed with Bludso and transformed the former Tar Pit space to accommodate barbecue-eaters and beer-drinkers.
August 5, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
Work is underway on a $105-million apartment and retail development at the crossroads of two major Los Angeles thoroughfares, Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea Avenue. The six-story complex called Wilshire at La Brea is being erected by San Francisco apartment developer BRE Properties. It will house 480 residential units and fill the block at the southeast corner of the intersection. “Through careful planning, this project comes to market at the right time and provides much-needed housing in an area already rich with valuable amenities and easy access to mass transit,” BRE Vice President John Selindh said.
March 21, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
Two luxury apartment buildings under construction in West Hollywood are aimed at mobile, creative tenants who make a living on the go, often tapping on their laptops in coffee bars and other hangouts. The goal of developers Essex Property Trust and the Monarch Group is to rethink apartments for people who don't work 9 to 5 in a traditional office - a generally younger demographic found in abundance in West Hollywood. Named the Huxley and the Dylan, they are being built on two busy intersections on La Brea Avenue at a cost of more than $150 million.
December 27, 2003 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Whoever takes the $250,000 La Brea Stakes today at Santa Anita will have to go some to match the accomplishments of last year's winner. Got Koko went on to win the El Encino Stakes and La Canada, becoming only the third filly to sweep the three-race La Canada Series. Elloluv, a contender for the Eclipse award for 3-year-old filly, is the 2-1 morning line choice against nine others in the seven-furlong La Brea. Elloluv, a daughter of Gilded Time who is trained by Craig Dollase for owner J.
February 26, 1998 | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Gerard Santana was a bass player in an English rock band called Zodiac Mindwarp, he used to shop at British designer Lloyd Johnson's signature men's store on London's Kings Road in search of iridescent silk suits and ruffled "Vegas" shirts that would give him a mod look all his own. Over the years, Santana became enthralled with Johnson's retro fashions, which have been sold to rockers such as Rod Stewart and the Rolling Stones under the La Rocka label.
February 19, 2014 | By Bob Pool
The guy who runs the street-corner gas stations at the bustling Fairfax-area intersection gets them going and coming. The filling station owner operates not one but two Chevron stations at the corner of La Brea Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, a sight that often leaves motorists doing double takes. And that may have been Ben Pouldar's plan 15 months ago when he opened a Chevron service station right across the street from the Chevron station he already owned. "It really is incredibly weird," said Davon Williams as he gazed across the street while pumping $3.699-a-gallon unleaded into his car. "I actually saw the other Chevron station first but I was in the wrong lane to turn into it," said Williams, an actor and writer who moved to Hollywood 11 months ago from Philadelphia.
February 18, 2014 | Steve Lopez
I had breakfast at Republique on La Brea Avenue on Tuesday, and here's how the tab broke down: Cafe Americano - $3.25 Quiche - $5 Tax - 0.77 Surcharge Healthy LA - 0.25 The last item is the one creating a little controversy at the new high-end restaurant in the old Campanile space. The owners are adding a 3% fee to every bill, which they say will pay for healthcare insurance for all their employees, from hostesses and bartenders to dishwashers and potato peelers. "This is offensive," snapped one Yelper, who called the fee "a 3% surcharge for Obamacare.
November 21, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
When Nino Mier spotted an unoccupied retail space a few doors down from Foodlab, the cafe he owns with his mother, he imagined it as a "not-so-general store. " He impulsively rented the storefront "without a concept," and that might be what makes the recently opened Max & Moritz home store so much fun. Mier, who developed the store with his mom, Esther Linsmayer, and longtime friend Ashley Bell, said he wanted the store to be like an apartment, with an eclectic mix of home goods, antiques, jewelry and gifts.  PHOTO GALLERY: Inside Max & Moritz His idea worked.
November 6, 2013 | Patt Morrison
Downtown L.A. - it's not a punchline anymore; it's a destination. It's vital in a way it hasn't been since the 1940s, and hip in a way it never was to begin with. Carol Schatz, president and CEO of the Central City Assn. of Los Angeles, has pushed and prodded the makeover, wielding what the CCA calls L.A.'s most powerful Rolodex. It hasn't been friction-free. Now, in the conflict over homeless people living on downtown streets, Schatz is the voice of the CCA's business leaders, and the face of the enemy for some homeless advocacy groups.
October 28, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The Los Angeles County Natural History Museum celebrated its 100th anniversary of excavation at the La Brea Tar Pits Monday with a guided tour by the dig site's museum curator and free admission for visitors. As giddy paleontologists and curious schoolchildren roamed the park and museum, county officials and the head of the Natural History Museum boasted of the area's place in Los Angeles history. In essence, it all started right there beneath their feet. “This site is not just a backdrop.
October 28, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
The La Brea tar pits are marking 100 years of digging history out of the muck.  The aroma of the pits is notorious along Los Angeles' Miracle Mile, where they have been burbling since prehistoric times. It's an incredible site that has fascinated scientists for more than a century - the kind of place where construction of an underground parking garage means the discovery of a near-complete adult Columbian mammoth .  They call him Zed. PHOTOS: Beautiful, bizarre bugs Those who have visited or live near the pits know the place by its smell - which can approach a freshly tarred road on a hot summer day - and an ooze that has been known to invade the surrounding area.
August 5, 1993
It was that quiet time before dawn. The neighborhood was La Brea and 9th avenues. The driver stole up to the trash bin and, in the dark, unloosed his hydraulic-driven prongs, seizing and emptying the container in one noisy, window-rattling motion. But by then, it was already too late. Patrolling the area were two members of the LAPD's Noise Enforcement Team (NET), diligently watching for violations of the city's anti-noise ordinance.
January 26, 1989 | BARBARA HANSEN, Times Staff Writer
Would that every neighborhood could have access to a bistro that is as personable and unpretentious, yet serious about food, as Louis XIV. The site on La Brea Avenue near Melrose was formerly occupied by an engaging little restaurant called Options. That restaurant's bright contemporary look has been reworked into low-budget medieval French.
October 27, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Perhaps in pursuit of prey, a senior saber-tooth cat with chronic arthritis and damaged teeth fell into the death trap now known as the La Brea tar pits and died, attracting swarms of scavenging insects and rodents. Eventually, the rotting carcass and its parasites were entombed in the sticky mire, continuing the cycle of death in a site renowned as the world's richest deposit of late Ice Age fossils. This is only part of the story emerging from remnants of the big cat and other animals excavated by Page Museum paleontologists at the La Brea tar pits.
August 25, 2013 | Amy Uyematsu
This morning the sound of a helicopter wakes me. It hovers in the sky over a park two blocks away. Its blades chop out a menacing hum, warning that police are watching every move below. I'm reminded of a long-ago apartment near La Brea — at night we'd have to close our curtains to keep the searchlights from peering in.   But I have only read and watched news reports about the drones my country sends overseas. In our war against terror, we can destroy military targets, mosques, schools, homes remotely, the American shooters aiming from computers that make enemy assault as easy as the latest high-tech video game.
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