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January 2, 1994 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, Times Staff Writer
Last year is dwindling in the rear-view mirror, tumbling down the memory hole, shuffling off to the Valhalla of Used Eras to await the whimsical verdict of the nostalgia gods. A serious year in many respects, a time when San Fernando Valley residents were left dazed by streaks of crime, felt the heat of a catastrophic fire, and elected their guy mayor of Los Angeles.
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April 25, 2014 | By David Zahniser
A grass-roots group that has been railing against Los Angeles' parking ticket policies has agreed to team up with Mayor Eric Garcetti to look at changes to the enforcement system. Steven Vincent, founder of the Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative, said Garcetti invited members of his organization to participate in an official city working group. The panel, Vincent said, will look at an array of possible changes, such as reducing certain fines, expanding parking hours in key locations, making no-parking signs less confusing and halting the practice of using ticket revenue as a tool to balance the city's budget.
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BUSINESS
June 24, 2012
Address: 3912 Big Oak Drive, Studio City 91604 Listed for: $799,000 Size: Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, 2,600 square feet Lot size: 0.12 acre Features: The remodeled Mediterranean, built in 1987, features a bonus room and a redwood deck with a spa. MLS ID: 11-562581 About the area: In the 91604 ZIP Code, based on 50 sales, the median price of previously owned homes in the...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By David Zahniser
A grass-roots group that has been railing against Los Angeles' parking ticket policies announced Thursday that it is teaming up with Mayor Eric Garcetti to work on changes to the enforcement system. Steven Vincent, founder of the Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative, said Garcetti invited members of his organization to participate in an official city working group earlier this week. The panel, Vincent said, will look at an array of possible changes, such as reducing the size of certain fines, expanding parking hours in key locations, making no-parking signs less confusing and halting the practice of using ticket revenue as a tool to balance the city's budget.
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July 9, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Actress Jennette McCurdy has bought a home in Studio City for $905,000, public records show. This is her name's first appearance on L.A. County property records, according to Zillow, which uncovered the sale . The contemporary Mediterranean, built in 1987 and updated, features an open floor plan, family room, two fireplaces, a den/office, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 2,600 square feet of living space. There are decks and a hot tub. A star architect to celebrities McCurdy, 21, starred on “iCarly” from 2007 to 2012 and now stars in the series “Sam & Cat.” She starred in the TV movie “Best Player” (2011)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2010
Chi Dynasty Where: 12229 Ventura Blvd., Studio City When: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Price: Appetizers and soups, $2.75 to $15.75; entrees, $11.95 to $16.25 Contact: (818) 753-5300; http://www.chidynasty.com
BUSINESS
July 3, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Musician Nick Valensi of the Strokes and his wife, talk show host-actress Amanda de Cadenet, have listed their Studio City home for $1.799 million. The New England-inspired traditional, built in 2009, features an open kitchen overlooking the family and dining rooms, an above-garage studio, five bedrooms, six bathrooms and 4,000 square feet of living space. PHOTOS: Malibu estate Valensi, 32, plays lead guitar for the alt-rock band. De Cadenet, 41, has hosted "The Conversation" on Lifetime since last year.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Jenna Fischer has sold a house in Studio City for $2.015 million. The gated Moroccan-style house "The Office" star sold is entered through a courtyard with a fountain. Features include panoramic views, two fireplaces, a butler's pantry, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, 3,490 square feet of living space and a three-car garage. Fischer, 39, has played receptionist Pam Halpert since the sitcom began in 2005. She will be in the upcoming films “You Are Here” and "Kiss Me. " Photos: Whimsical Marmont Manor The actress bought the hillside property in 2009 for $1.83 million.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Jackson Rathbone, who plays a vampire in the “Twilight” movie series, has bought a home in Studio City for $1.2 million, The Times has confirmed. The seller was electronic music pioneer Erez Eisen, who bought another house for $820,000. Set in the Colfax Meadows area, the ranch-style home Rathbone bought includes a recently built professional-grade recording studio with a voice booth. The 2,500-square-foot home, built in 1938, has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. There's a lagoon-style swimming pool with a tropical vibe, according to Trulia , which also reported that Rathbone recently sold a Hollywood Hills home for $1.75 million.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Guitarist-songwriter Billy Howerdel has sold his Studio City house for $1.825 million. The Mediterranean-style two-story, built in 2007, features 10-foot ceilings, three fireplaces, five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in 4,000 square feet. Outdoor amenities include a kitchen with granite counters and a barbecue, a patio misting system, a fireplace, a swimming pool and a spa. Howerdel, 43, is a founding member of the rock band A Perfect Circle. He has worked as a guitar technician for bands including Tool, Nine Inch Nails and Guns N' Roses.
OPINION
April 19, 2014
Fancy this: In a city known for its car culture, Angelenos care deeply about their sidewalks. Every time the issue of fixing L.A.'s thousands of miles of neglected walkways gets tackled in the opinion or news pages, at least a dozen readers (not a huge amount, but more than on the average topic) fume about their experiences negotiating sidewalks buckled by massive tree roots or just wear and tear. In response to an editorial  and a news article this week on the city sitting on a $10-million fund for sidewalk repair, 22 readers wrote letters imploring L.A. to take action or offering their advice for improving the walking experience here.
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April 10, 2014 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
Police on Thursday announced a $75,000 reward in the killing of a 28-year-old woman and her 1-year-old son, who died in a March 5 house fire that appeared to be intentionally set. Authorities responded to the fire about 11:30 a.m. in a converted garage in the 100 block of East 50th Street, said Los Angeles Police Det. Louie Calzadillas. Investigators found evidence that Gisella Yauli, 28, had been tied up in a bedroom. Yauli and her 1-year-old son, Dillan Reyes, died from smoke inhalation.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Ryan Hansen of “Veronica Mars” fame has bought a home in Studio City for $1.35 million. The seller was animated movie producer Tom Jacomb. The nearly 4,000-square-foot traditional-style house, built in the 1970s and remodeled eight years ago, features vaulted beamed ceilings, wood plank floors, French doors, four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The grounds of the two-story home contain a swimming pool, a raised outdoor entertaining area and a stone fireplace. Hansen, 32, played Dick Casablancas on “Veronica Mars” during its 2004-07 run and in the recent film, and he is planning a spin-off series.
FOOD
April 5, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
I have such a strong memory of nibbling on charred octopus tentacles between sips of ouzo on a terrace overlooking the sea in Santorini. Much as I've tried, I haven't turned up that particular way of eating octopus in SoCal. The good news, though, is that lately the tasty cephalopod is showing up on more local menus - not only at Mediterranean restaurants but also at places with Mexican and Peruvian dishes. It's about time. Picca Peruvian Cantina At this exuberant Peruvian cantina, one of the standbys on the menu is chef-owner Ricardo Zarate's anticucho de pulpo - a small dish of boiled octopus marinated in lots of Peruvian chiles accented with oregano and cumin, then grilled over charcoal on the robata . It's served with baked and fried Kennebec potatoes and drizzled with a fiery rocoto rustico , a sauce of jalapeño and Peruvian black mint.
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March 25, 2014 | By Veronica Rocha
A 27-year-old man was found guilty Monday of fatally stabbing his on-and-off girlfriend 19 times in her neck at a Studio City park. A jury in a Van Nuys courtroom found Stephen Joanou Jr. of Burbank guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Patrina “Trina” Sabella, who was found dead on March 20, 2012, the Burbank Leader reported . Sabella, 32, was discovered in the early-morning hours lying in a pool of blood behind a shed in...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | Matt Cooper
"Is There Sex After Marriage?" That is the question at Two Roads Theater. Also, Shakespearean characters take part in "Classic Couples Counseling" at the Secret Rose, and you-know-who has got some 'splaining to do in "I Love Lucy: Live on Stage" at Segerstrom Center. Jim Henson's Sid the Science Kid: Live! Family-friendly show featuring characters from the PBS series. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Sunday, 1 and 3:30 p.m. $13.50-$20.
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August 18, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
A hit-and-run driver struck and killed a 35-year-old pedestrian as he walked across the street in Studio City on Saturday night, police said. The victim, a Santa Monica man whose name has not been released, was walking northbound across Ventura Boulevard at Fairway Avenue about 11:45 p.m. when he was struck by a white Mercedes driving east, police said.  The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Mercedes sped away and police were still searching for the suspect Sunday morning, said Officer Bill McConnell of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Anyone in need of an in-house studio should check this out: Electronic music pioneer Erez Eisen of Infected Mushroom has put his Studio City house on the market at $1.199 million. Set in the Colfax Meadows area, the ranch-style home includes a recently built professional-grade recording studio with a voice booth. The 2,500-square-foot home, built in 1938, also features a living room fireplace, a dining room, an updated kitchen, a den, an office, three bedrooms and two bathrooms and hardwood floors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Kim Gutierrez needs help keeping a growing population of homeless men from chasing down customers at her Studio City doughnut shop. A few miles north, Alma Dellafuente is frustrated having to wait weeks - sometimes months - for specialized care at the county-run San Fernando Health Center. And in Sherman Oaks, retiree Hal Schneider and his wife, Rose, worry about taxes going up to pay for mass transit that may never reach their part of the San Fernando Valley. In years past, all could take their concerns to longtime Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.
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February 27, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The California Highway Patrol has recommended a murder charge be filed against the owner of a "party bus" after a 24-year-old man fell out of it and died on the 101 Freeway last year in Studio City.  The CHP submitted its traffic collision report for review last week in the incident in which Christopher "C.J. " Saraceno II lost his balance and fell down the steps of the 2001 Ford F-550. The L.A. County district attorney's office is considering filing criminal charges against Ayrapet Kasabyan, president of Hyros Corp., which operates Platinum Style Limousine Service.
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