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August 19, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Downtown artist Robert Vargas will be closely watching a vote Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council that could end a 10-year-old ban on public murals. Murals are regulated under city sign laws. But new murals have been banned since 2003, when the City Council began challenging sign companies' efforts to categorize commercial advertising as art murals. Vargas has painted large works on public spaces before and after the ban. Since its imposition, he has created two large public artworks, one in Boyle Heights and one downtown, even though he knew the city could have them painted over.
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August 19, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Downtown artist Robert Vargas will be closely watching a vote Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council that could end a 10-year-old ban on public murals. Murals are regulated under city sign laws. But new murals have been banned since 2003, when the City Council began challenging sign companies' efforts to categorize commercial advertising as art murals. Vargas has painted large works on public spaces before and after the ban. Since its imposition, he has created two large public artworks, one in Boyle Heights and one downtown, even though he knew the city could have them painted over.
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November 14, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Ari Bloomekatz
Joseph Gatto was a fixture in the quiet Silver Lake neighborhood he had long called home. Friends knew the 78-year-old father of state Assemblyman Mike Gatto as an easy person to talk to, a well-liked artist who spent decades teaching at schools across Los Angeles. He was a patriarch - not just to his close-knit family, but to a vast community of artists, former students and neighbors. So when news spread Thursday that Gatto had been shot dead in his home the previous night, those who knew him said it didn't make sense.
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October 2, 1992 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police officers who were involved in the fatal shooting of a homeless man last May have been cleared of any wrongdoing, according to a statement released Thursday by the Orange County district attorney's office. Robert Vargas Duarte, 58, was shot on the afternoon of May 4 while sitting with a companion near some bushes next to a doughnut shop. Police officers concluded that the men were using drugs, identified themselves and drew their weapons.
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August 6, 1985
A Canoga Park man died Sunday when he and a passenger were thrown from the car he was driving swerved off the Golden State Freeway in Glendale and tumbled down an embankment, the California Highway Patrol said. Officer Robert Vargas said Jeffrey Ireland, 36, was killed in the 4:15 p.m. accident, which occurred by the Branford Street on-ramp.
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May 10, 1986
A truck driver trying to avoid a slowing car on the Golden State Freeway in Burbank Friday lost control of his big rig, causing the truck to crash through an overpass guardrail and plunge about 25 feet to Alameda Avenue below, the California Highway Patrol reported. But neither truck driver Cary Lyons of Sylmar, nor his passenger, nor anyone on the street was seriously injured, CHP spokesman Robert Vargas said. The accident occurred shortly before 10 a.m.
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January 11, 1993
A 39-year-old Sylmar man was struck by a train and killed over the weekend when he failed to move off the tracks despite repeated blasts from the train's horn, police said. Robert Vargas was sitting on the tracks at San Fernando Road near Polk Street in Sylmar just before midnight Saturday when a northbound Southern Pacific train approached at 50 m.p.h., Los Angeles Police Sgt. Ken Roth said.
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August 8, 1998 | YUNG KIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A fire broke out Friday night in an Anaheim condominium complex where a 36-year-old man suspected of beating his wife had been barricaded for six hours, keeping police at bay by firing shots at them, officials said. About 9 p.m., the man became agitated and fired several rounds at a police SWAT team that had surrounded the building, Police Sgt. Joe Vargas said. Vargas said the man yelled at officers: "Anybody comes in here, I'm going to blow them up."
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November 25, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Ari Bloomekatz
A funeral mass for Joseph Gatto -- a retired arts teacher and the father of state assemblyman Mike Gatto -- is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday. The public service will take place at Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Los Feliz, according to Gatto's office. A burial and a reception "strictly limited to family and close friends" will follow. Police are still investigating Gatto's shooting. Joseph Gatto, 78, was found dead on Nov. 13 at his home on Bright Lane.
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April 20, 1986 | ARMANDO ACUNA, Times Staff Writer
Two men were listed in stable condition Saturday following a late Friday night shoot-out with police that involved the taking of hostages after a residential break-in went awry, police said. The hostages escaped without injury, as did police, who had surrounded a house at 5260 Mary Fellows Ave. at 9:53 p.m. Friday to investigate reports of a break-in in progress. Soon after police arrived, three men armed with handguns came out the front door.
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March 13, 2004
BASEBALL * Phil Hughes, Santa Ana Foothill: Gave up three hits and no earned runs in six innings and Justin Uribe and Ben Worrall each drove in two runs and scored once in an 8-2 victory over Irvine Northwood in the championship game of the Foothill/Costa Mesa tournament. * Ray Alverez, Santa Fe Springs Santa Fe: Went four for four and scored three runs and Ryan Bateman had a home run and four RBIs in an 8-6, nine-inning victory over tournament host Montebello in the championship game.
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