September 29, 2012
Re "Shoddy care for veterans becomes campaign issue," Column, Sept. 26 I'm not in Rep. Henry Waxman's district, so I have no dog in his political fight over healthcare for veterans. But I am a disabled Vietnam War veteran who has received treatment at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs hospital. Nurses and doctors there have saved my life. I have had my eyesight restored and a life-threatening condition caused by Agent Orange treated on an ongoing basis. During this time, the repair and rehabilitation of old clinics has continued.
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August 11, 2012 |
One person was killed Friday evening when a small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in West Los Angeles, fire officials said. The pilot of the single-engine Cessna 210 was returning to Santa Monica Airport and declared an emergency shortly before crashing about 6 p.m., said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor. The plane came down near the intersection of Westwood and Olympic boulevards. It did not hit any buildings despite crashing in a community dense with homes.
June 3, 2012 |
DENVER -- The Dodgers still have the best record in baseball, but their lead in the National League West is down to three games. The Dodgers have lost six of their last seven games, the most recent of them a 3-2 defeat to the Colorado Rockies on Sunday at Coors Field. On the same day, the second-place San Francisco Giants claimed a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs to further reduce a deficit in the standings that was at 7 1/2 games a week earlier. The Dodgers, who dropped two of three games in Denver, have seven games remaining on their 10-game, three-city trip.
HOME & GARDEN
April 21, 2012 |
I'm behind a Honda Element with three bullet holes across the back. You guessed it - West L.A., specifically that gritty stretch near the Overland exit. No, I don't know for sure that they are real bullet holes. But in this end of town, I just assume everything I see is authentic. I am on my way to Hunger Games Training, a Saturday class in the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center, near Fox Studios. Archery. Self-defense. Primping. Sarcasm. The four horsemen of the Apocalypse. If you were looking at how to behave during some sort of cataclysmic meltdown, where better to learn?
March 16, 2012 |
Big changes have hit Little Osaka, the iconic Japanese neighborhood that runs along Sawtelle Boulevard in West L.A. Take, for example, Plan Check Kitchen & Bar. The 4-week-old restaurant serving gourmet burgers, American comfort food and curated cocktails is Sawtelle's first gastropub. The street has for decades been a Japanese restaurant row: sushi, curry, yakitori, Franco-Japanese small plates, izakaya fare and land-of-the-rising-sun snacks. In the days just before opening, Plan Check owner Terry Heller wondered half-jokingly, "Do you think I'm crazy not to open a sushi place here?"
March 14, 2012 |
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" co-creator Kevin Eastman has listed a house in West Los Angeles for $1.69 million. The contemporary Mediterranean, built in 2005, features high ceilings, archways, a bar with a wine refrigerator, four bedrooms and 21/2 bathrooms. French doors open to an enclosed front patio, a front-facing balcony and the backyard. Behind the house sits a saltwater pool, a flagstone deck, a pool house/office and lawn. The cobblestone driveway is gated. The comic book writer and artist's Ninja Turtles, created with collaborator Peter Laird, became a cartoon series starting in the late '80s.
February 5, 2012 |
The Smoking Deaths billboard isn't famous. It's not the Hollywood sign or Rodeo Drive. Tourists don't come to town clamoring to see Disneyland, Grauman's Chinese Theatre and a billboard that counts up annual smoking deaths. But if you live in West L.A. anywhere near the 405, you know the sign. You've seen it looming over Santa Monica Boulevard, quietly toting up the number of Americans who've kicked the bucket after years of sucking on cancer sticks. The Smoking Deaths billboard is black, with big white letters that say "Smoking Deaths This Year.
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October 31, 2011 |
Matthew Dunn, 34, flashed his best Popeye the Sailor grin as he boarded the van from Venice Beach to the Westside winter shelter. Julie "Julez" Arispe, 42, roused from a beer-induced slumber on the grass near Windward Avenue, clambered aboard with her guitar and bags of belongings and launched into an upbeat rendition of Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz. " With darkness bringing a damp chill to Ocean Front Walk one recent evening, both appeared relieved at the prospect of a hot meal and a cot inside the West Los Angeles National Guard Armory, about 7 miles inland.
October 15, 2011 |
After a two-year renovation, the iconic Hotel Bel-Air in West Los Angeles reopened to a spirited protest by about 300 activists and former union workers who were laid off when construction began in 2009 and were never rehired. As guests arrived, they were greeted by the demonstration Friday afternoon organized by Unite Here Local 11, whose leaders contended the hotel used the multimillion-dollar upgrade to force union workers out. The union activists were joined by protesters from Occupy L.A., who rode two buses from downtown Los Angeles, where they have been demonstrating against corporate greed.
September 16, 2011
'Happy, Happy' MPAA rating: R for sexual content including brief graphic nudity Running time: 1 hour, 28 minutes, Norwegian with English subtitles Playing: At Landmark's Nuart Theatre, West L.A.; Regency's South Coast Village 3, Santa Ana