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March 11, 1990 | DAVID FREED and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Los Angeles Police Department is examining allegations that its drug czar, Deputy Chief Glenn A. Levant, dispatched a team of elite narcotics detectives outside city limits to investigate burglaries at a chic hotel whose owner has business ties to two relatives of Levant, The Times has learned. Detectives spent two days last November staking out Le Mondrian hotel in West Hollywood after a representative of the hotel's owner called Levant, sources said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1990 | DAVID FREED and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Los Angeles Police Department is examining allegations that its drug czar, Deputy Chief Glenn A. Levant, dispatched a team of elite narcotics detectives outside city limits to investigate burglaries at a chic hotel whose owner has business ties to two relatives of Levant, The Times has learned. Detectives spent two days last November staking out Le Mondrian hotel in West Hollywood after a representative of the hotel's owner called Levant, sources said.
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March 1, 1987
The West Hollywood Rent Stabilization Board last week denied a tenant's request that laundry facilities be installed for the 11 tenants who rent apartments at Le Mondrian hotel. Gina Rae, 48, asked for laundry facilities or a rent decrease on her unit at the 8440 Sunset Blvd. luxury hotel. Rae said that she had lived in the building--formerly the Park Plaza Apartments--before it was sold and converted to a hotel in 1983.
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April 4, 1991 | BEA MAXWELL
Mark Taper Forum's opening-night benefit performance of "Jelly's Last Jam" March 7 netted $13,500. Proceeds will support the work of black playwrights in the Center Theatre Group's Mentor Playwright Program. The after-party at Stepps Restaurant was attended by author and director George C. Wolfe and cast members Leilani Jones, Obba Babatunde and Freda Payne.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 1985 | RUTH REICHL, Times Restaurant Editor
Below are preliminary reports, not intended as definitive reviews, on new restaurants. Three new hotel restaurants have opened in the last few weeks. Although none of them is a typical hotel restaurant, that is the only quality they share. La Chaumiere, in the Century Plaza Hotel (277-2000), is the stuffiest of the three. Meant to "reflect the grace and comfort" of 18th-Century chateaux, the room is all dark wood and old paintings.
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November 13, 1992 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For those who can't--or don't wish to--attend the opening of Spike Lee's controversial film "X" this Wednesday, there is a de cidedly tamer alternative. Michael Feinstein--the cabaret artist who has made a career of revitalizing American popular music from the 1920s, '30s and '40s--will play a free concert to celebrate the renovation of the Topanga Plaza in Canoga Park. "Obviously he doesn't play malls very often," said a spokesman for the musician, who used to live in Canoga Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1985 | STEPHEN BRAUN, Times Staff Writer
Two men have been ordered to stand trial in Santa Monica Superior Court on homicide, kidnaping and robbery charges in a murder case that revolves around a fatal limousine ride from an opulent hotel suite in West Hollywood to a shallow stream bed in Topanga Canyon. Superior Court Judge David N. Fitts ordered Mark Steffan Smith, 29, of West Hollywood, and Kevin Leigh, 21, of Canoga Park, to face charges stemming from the killing in February of 28-year-old Rick Diamonon.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 1990 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Michael Feinstein was playing small nightclubs in his native Columbus, Ohio, nobody predicted the musical success that was awaiting him. He began and ended his formal piano training at 5, when his piano teacher realized that he was not learning to read music, but was playing everything by ear. And, as for the music he liked to play, well, popular standards from the 1920s to the 1950s hardly seemed a way to reach one's contemporaries in the 1970s to 1980s--or so he was told. Never mind.
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June 21, 1989 | ZAN STEWART
Chuck Morris, formerly with Cameo, Chaka Khan and most recently saxophonist Paul Russo, has been hired to replace Terri Lyne Carrington as the drummer on "The Arsenio Hall Show." Carrington gave up her lucrative position--union scale for musicians on a TV show is approximately $1,350 per week--to promote her debut recording, "Real Life Story" (Verve/Forecast), which has been one of the Top 5 contemporary jazz albums on the Billboard magazine charts for several weeks. "She wanted to leave the show occasionally and go on the road in support of her album," said Hall musical director Michael Wolff.
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August 24, 1986 | COLMAN ANDREWS
Last week in this column, I reprinted part of a long and reasoned letter on the subject of tipping from veteran Arcadia restaurateur Eric Greene. In the letter, Greene also proposed five "rules" for the dining public in this matter, noting that for the tipping system to work properly, "customers must play their part intelligently and well."
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