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NEWS
February 23, 2001 | LOUISE ROUG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the Grammy parties, which lasted into the wee hours Thursday, Eminem played the part that a skimpy Versace dress did last year: He was on everyone's lips. From the EMI party at the Hotel Figueroa across from Staples Center to the BMG bash next to the Conga Room on Wilshire Boulevard--and everywhere in between--the topic of conversation at the rock 'n' roll water cooler (the bar) was the controversial rapper.
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BUSINESS
December 6, 2001 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Film and TV workers told state lawmakers Wednesday that they must pass meaningful tax incentives and cut bureaucratic red tape if California is to thwart competition from Canada and other low-cost countries that are siphoning off production. But while sympathizing with their plight, state officials repeatedly warned that the climate in Sacramento for Hollywood tax breaks increasingly is cloudy because of the state's worsening financial picture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2010 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Proposition 19, the California initiative that would legalize marijuana, got a boost Thursday from several Hollywood celebrities who announced they were throwing their support behind the measure. Rock singer Melissa Etheridge joined actors Danny Glover and Hal Sparks, former LAPD Deputy Chief Steve Downing, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and activist Sarah Lovering at a news conference at Cafe Was in Hollywood to announce their support for Proposition 19. The ballot measure would allow adults 21 and older to grow and possess marijuana and would authorize cities and counties to approve the cultivation, sale and taxation of pot. Etheridge said she was not a regular user of cannabis until she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy.
BUSINESS
December 21, 1999 | BRAD BERTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A San Francisco-based real estate company has closed one of the biggest industrial-property sales transactions in Southland history. Bristol Group and its institutional investor partners bought 53 buildings with 3.8 million square feet of floor space for $190 million in cash.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2005 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles' film permit coordinator is getting a Hollywood-style makeover. Seeking to jazz up its image to filmmakers, the Entertainment Industry Development Corp. is scheduled to announce today that it is shedding its lengthy bureaucratic name for the punchier Film L.A. Inc. "Now, you actually know what they do," Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2010 | By Martha Groves
Alerted by Facebook, Twitter and plain old word of salivating mouth, foodies by the thousands descended Saturday on downtown Los Angeles for the "first annual" LA Street Food Fest. By midday, the line of eager epicures extended for blocks along South Beaudry Avenue, outside the grounds of Los Angeles Center Studios, and the wait to buy a $5 entry ticket was two hours. Once inside, the hordes queued up again to grab tidbits for a dollar or two or three from about 30 of the city's most popular food trucks, among them Flying Pig, Fishlips Sushi, Komodo, Frysmith and Coolhaus.
OPINION
July 26, 1998
Competing visions of the future of downtown Los Angeles have become a fixation among developers and policymakers. Should we, can we, have a "real" downtown again that attracts upscale shoppers and an after-hours dinner and theater crowd? Or because Los Angeles is so different from other cities, so widespread and diverse, must we settle for a smaller vision, one that sees a downtown of cultural attractions but not the thriving commerce and night life of other cities?
BUSINESS
January 4, 2007 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
What better place to launch a cable channel with the lofty ambition of being the authority on movies than in the industry's own backyard? From its headquarters at the bustling Los Angeles Center Studios downtown, the new ReelzChannel resides in a complex where countless commercials, TV shows and movies are shot every year.
BUSINESS
August 18, 2010 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
On the walls of his office on the second floor of the Los Angeles Center Studios, veteran filmmaker and Latino activist Moctesuma Esparza displays posters from some of the dozens of movies and TV series he has produced in his career. There are banners from the 1988 film "The Milagro Beanfield War"; "Selena," the story of the slain Tejano singer; and the HBO film "Walkout," about the 1968 Chicano student walkouts in East Los Angeles to protest school conditions and prejudice. The last one is a particular favorite.
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