CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2011 |
Stephen Maranzano had a long list of concerns: the war in the Middle East, corporate tax breaks, rising unemployment and the fact that he's working three part-time jobs and still barely makes ends meet. "I don't know if we can be successful in changing all of that, but we have to do what we can," said the 58-year-old Costa Mesa resident, who gathered with several hundred fellow demonstrators Saturday afternoon outside Los Angeles City Hall. The protest was organized by a group called Occupy LA and is modeled after a similar movement in New York that has been staging a sit-in on Wall Street for almost two weeks.
August 12, 2011 |
Perch is a new rooftop bar and restaurant that's making downtown L.A. rethink the way it does night life. Unlike downtown's most famous rooftop bar — the ostentatious poolside lounge crowning the Standard Hotel — Perch doesn't have a pool or red Astroturf or gaggles of scantily clad partiers. It doesn't have a million-dollar lighting system or a make-believe speak-easy either. What Perch does have is a fine cocktail program, an impressive selection of French wines and spirits, a French-inspired dinner menu, panoramic views, live music and a palpable lack of pretension.
July 7, 2011 |
Paying steep prices for concert tickets is such a pre-recession mentality. This summer, the city's cup overflows with free (or practically free) pop, rock and dance music options, no matter what neighborhood or musical genre you call your own. Here's just a taste of the summer's offerings. Cee Lo Green The voice behind smash hits "Crazy" and "Forget You" gives a free concert for the launch of the new 5 Towers outdoor stage at Universal CityWalk. The venue, decked out with a jumbo video screen and thousands of LED fixtures, will be presenting a host of free pop, rock and Latin music shows in the coming months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2011 |
Hundreds of teachers, parents and students rallied in Pershing Square on Friday to protest budget cuts and urge legislators for ballot measures to help fund education. The protest was part of a weeklong series of events around the state intended to draw attention to education funding. Over the past three years, state lawmakers have approved nearly $20 billion in cuts to K-12 schools and public colleges. On Thursday night, 26 people, including California Teachers Assn. President David Sanchez, were arrested in Sacramento after they refused to leave lawmakers' offices.
March 31, 2011
EVENTS Don't miss out on this perfect excuse for childhood wish-fulfillment at Los Angeles Pillow Fight Day, a massive pillow fight in the wide open air. The featherier your pillow, the better — just don't leave before cleanup or take out any inner aggression on an unsuspecting reveler. Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles. 2 p.m. Sat. Free. (213) 485-1645. http://www.pillowfightlosangeles.com
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2010 |
The day at Pershing Square begins with the sky turning yellow over the buildings of the Jewelry Mart, and with a 64-year-old homeless man named Edward Reifsteck claiming his spot on one of the park's concrete benches. By 6:30 a.m., he's packed up his tent on Los Angeles Street and walked the four blocks to the park. I found him there just after noon with "The Story of Bohemia," a book from the nearby Central Library, reading, scratching his chin and looking out across a landscape of fountains and fake snow.
November 18, 2010
EVENTS Just because you live in L.A. doesn't mean you can't conjure up an East Coast-style winter wonderland for yourself. Come downtown to Pershing Square for a spin around the ice rink, and, if you squint, it'll be just like Rockefeller Center. Well, almost. Pershing Square Park, 532 S. Olive St., L.A. Fri.-Jan. 18. Mon-Thurs, noon-10 p.m., Fri-Sun, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. One-hour sessions: $6; skate rental: $2. http://www.laparks.org , (213) 847-4970.
October 18, 2010 |
J.C. Penney Co.'s board adopted a "poison pill" plan as it begins to build its defense against the still-unclear intentions of activist investor William Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management and Vornado Realty Trust. The plan will make it harder for any group to acquire control of the company. Together, the investment firm and real estate investment trust said Oct. 8, they have acquired a combined 26% stake in the Plano, Texas, department store chain. Ackman and management are meeting this week, according to a source close to the situation.
October 15, 2010 |
For Amy Lee and her friend Ashley Wright, the decision to organize the Los Angeles-based Rally to Restore Sanity was an easy one. All it took was the urging of Jon Stewart ? and tight finances. "We were having dinner together a few weeks ago, and we were talking about how we really wanted to go to the D.C. rally," said Lee, 38, who works in production and human resources. "But that's quite a trip. We couldn't afford to travel all that way. " Two weeks and a Facebook page later (with 3,100 followers to date)