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The Extasy, a Northridge club featuring nude dancers, will remain open through the weekend, despite action against it by the Los Angeles City Council and building inspectors. "We're open and we're planning to stay open," said Steve Gamer, a spokesman for the club on Corbin Avenue near Nordhoff Street. "We're going to adhere to the law. We plan to fight any attempt to close us down."
March 30, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
As bars in the area finished their last call, a fatal gunshot rang out in front of a Hollywood nightclub early Sunday morning, in what police described as a gang-related shooting. When officers arrived at Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas Avenue just before 2 a.m., more than 100 people had spilled into the intersection and were hovering around a man bleeding onto the street, said Sgt. David Legaspi of the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division. He was taken to a hospital, where he died, police said.
February 21, 2013 | By August Brown
For the top brass in the Las Vegas and Los Angeles EDM club scenes, dance music is proving a heck of a payday. The hospitality trade journal Nightclub & Bar released its annual list of the 100 highest-grossing nightclubs in America , and EDM-heavy clubs in Las Vegas dominate the upper reaches. Tied for first are a pair of venues that pioneered and cemented the superstar-DJ club concept as a major moneymaker. Wynn Resorts' XS and Marquee in the Cosmopolitan are tied for first place, each with estimated revenues of $80 million to $90 million in 2012.
March 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The gig: As the head of Sterling Venue Ventures, Lance Sterling runs the recently renovated Saban Theatre concert venue in Beverly Hills and also owns and operates the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Early days: Sterling, 51, studied civil engineering at the University of Arizona. While in school, he worked in bars, nightclubs and concert venues that booked groups such as Grand Funk Railroad. "I was making more money running concerts than I would as an engineer," he said. After college, he briefly worked for a billboard company and then went into the hotel business.
November 15, 1997 | RUSS LOAR
City officials say the Queen Bee Vietnamese nightclub has failed to establish a restaurant as required by its operating permit. The city threatened to revoke the Beach Boulevard nightclub's business permit in June but delayed action to give owners six months to begin restaurant operations. A conditional use permit issued in January 1995 requires the nightclub to maintain a full-service restaurant. City officials say the requirement is intended to limit the number of bars in areas of the city.
November 12, 1997 | TOM BECKER
A nightclub owner recently withdrew his appeal to the L.A. City Board of Zoning Appeals over a list of conditions his club must meet to stay in business, including hiring more security guards and raising the age minimum to 21 from 18. Richard Kritzer withdrew the appeal after a 1 1/2-year battle with area residents over his Ventura Boulevard club, the Aftershock.
February 1, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The owner of a Buenos Aires nightclub where a fire killed 192 people Dec. 30 was indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter in the country's worst fire disaster in decades. Omar Chaban could be sentenced to eight to 25 years if convicted. The judge who filed the charges also ordered a $19-million lien on Chaban's assets.
September 2, 1993 | WILLSON CUMMER
The Police Department will increase patrols at a popular nightclub where a man was shot and critically wounded last weekend, Chief Patrick McKinley said Wednesday. "I want more uniformed presence inside the location," McKinley said. "I want our uniformed officers getting out of their cars and making inspections in there." A Gardena man was shot four times Sunday when a fight broke out among 20 young men outside the nightclub, Diamond Restaurant and Dancing, according to police.
The Los Angeles City Council ended another round of squabbles Wednesday over a former nightclub by adding more restrictions for the Ventura Boulevard property. By a vote of 12 to 0, the council approved several conditions for the new operator at the former Aftershock nightclub at 11345 Ventura Boulevard. Those limitations include closing the business by 11 p.m. during the week and by midnight on weekends, and a ban on couples' dancing.
January 15, 1992 | JON NALICK
After emotional pleas from the family of a man who was fatally injured outside a popular local nightclub, the Planning Commission urged the City Council to prohibit the club from offering live entertainment and selling alcohol. The commission reviewed the conditional-use permit for the club, Tijuana Jones, on Monday after police complained that the club's patrons caused too many disturbances, especially on weekends. Police detective Bob Gill said that since Jan.
March 6, 2014 | By Laura E. Davis
The Sunset Strip isn't exactly the place where religious values have flourished, but back in the 1970s, it was home to the nation's first Christian nightclub. The spot was called Right On, and it was described in an Aug 19, 1971, story in The Times . It had a neon sign and was “psychedelically decorated,” but beyond that it probably didn't have much in common with its Strip neighbors. The clientele were “clean-cut, finely pressed, hair in place, mother's dream, Orange County safe, and even bushy-tailed,” reporter Alan Cartnal wrote.
February 12, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A frantic caller described seeing attackers beat a 23-year-old woman who later died after a brawl outside a Santa Ana nightclub, according to a copy of a 911 tape released by police. The 12:22 a.m. call came in shortly after the fight ended outside the Crosby in downtown Santa Ana, where Kim Pham lay on a sidewalk as a crowd gathered at the scene. Two women have been ordered to stand trial in connection with the Jan. 18 altercation. "There's a girl that's unconscious," the female caller tells a 911 operator.
February 12, 2014 | By Richard Winton, Adolfo Flores and Anh Do
Several legal experts say a secretly recorded conversation by a Santa Ana Police detective of a suspect in the deadly nightclub beating of a 23-year-old woman would be difficult to introduce as evidence during trial. Santa Ana Police Det. Patricia Navarro testified Tuesday that she spent an hour with suspect Vanesa Tapia  Zavala inside a jail holding cell. Navarro had testified Monday that she secretly recorded the conversation after Zavala had refused to talk with police and asked for a lawyer.
February 11, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores, Richard Winton and Anh Do
Two Santa Ana women were ordered Tuesday to stand trial on murder charges in the beating death of a 23-year-old aspiring journalist outside a popular nightclub. Vanesa Tapia Zavala and Candace Marie Brito are accused of killing Kim Pham during a furious altercation that left the young woman comotose, and dead just days later. During testimony Tuesday, it was revealed that a suspect in the beating told an undercover detective that she was only trying to protect herself during the altercation.
February 11, 2014 | By Anh Do and Adolfo Flores
Two women were ordered Tuesday to stand trial for murder in the death of a 23-year-old woman who was beaten during an altercation outside a popular Santa Ana nightspot. The ruling followed a two-day hearing with attorneys dissecting the shaky and sometimes chaotic scene, captured on the cellphones of bystanders. Lawyers for Vanesa Tapia Zavala and Candace Marie Brito, who are accused of killing Kim Pham on Jan. 18, said it was Pham who instigated the brawl by throwing the first punch, then jumping on a woman who had tumbled to the ground.
February 4, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Two women charged with killing a woman outside a Santa Ana nightclub were in court Tuesday, but the hearing to determine whether there's enough evidence to prosecute them was postponed to Monday. Candace Marie Brito, 27, and Vanesa Tapia Zavala, 25, have been charged with murder in the death of Kim Pham. The 23-year-old was taken off life support days after she was pronounced brain-dead following the Jan. 18 melee outside The Crosby nightclub. PHOTOS: Woman killed outside nightclub Video of the incident and testimony from five Santa Ana police officers are expected to be presented at Monday's preliminary hearing in Westminster.
June 23, 1992
A man thrown out of a Pacoima nightclub returned and engaged in a gunfight with the club security guard that left four people injured, Los Angeles police said Monday. Oscar Sandoval, 26, and Inocente Favela, 22, were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Paul Haberman said. Sandoval was identified as the gunman and Favela as driver of the truck in which Sandoval tried to escape. Sandoval apparently was asked to leave the bar at 13535 Van Nuys Blvd. about 7:30 p.m.
July 27, 1999 | Times Staff
A new real estate project in Burbank certainly lives up to its description as a "mixed use" development. The $20-million complex by Gangi Development Co. of Glendale combines a nightclub and trendy retail shops aimed at young adults and 146-units of housing for senior citizens. The Silver Winds Burbank housing complex sits atop 55,000 square feet of retail space called Media Village. The project is located across the street from the Media Center Mall at Magnolia Boulevard and 3rd Street.
February 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
One man was killed and another was shot in the back after a fight outside a Boyle Heights nightclub early Monday morning, authorities said. At about 1 a.m., a security guard at the club in the 2100 block of East Cesar Chavez Avenue heard gunfire outside and, when he went to check, saw one man in his 20s lying on the sidewalk and another who was shot in the back, said Lt. Carlos Solano of the Los Angeles Police Department. The man on the sidewalk, who was not immediately identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
January 31, 2014 | Sandy Banks
The beating death of Kim Pham has begun to morph into urban legend a la Kitty Genovese, the New York City woman stabbed to death 50 years ago while dozens of bystanders supposedly watched but did nothing to help her. In the Genovese case, it took decades to debunk that claim, which became the basis of a psychological concept called the "bystander effect" that explains why crowds fail to come to a victim's aid. In the Pham case, it took...
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