CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
August 5, 2011
'The Future' MPAA rating: R for some sexual content Running time: 1 hour, 31 minutes Playing: At the Landmark, West L.A.; Laemmle's Playhouse 7, Pasadena
June 9, 2011 |
The tagline for Coffee Tomo, a cafe that opened a few weeks ago off the main drag of Sawtelle Boulevard's mini Japan Town, might be: coffee specialists and slightly manic pretzel innovators. Think fresh-baked, intricately structured pretzels stuffed with red beans and cheese. The walls of the brand new, immaculate shop are clean white and dark brown wood — "the color of coffee," explains owner Kibum Sung. Sung is a former landscape architect who designed every element of the shop.
May 20, 2011
'L'Amour Fou' MPAA rating: Not rated Running time: 1 hour, 43 minutes, French with English subtitles Playing: At Royal Theater, West L.A.; Playhouse, Pasadena; Town Center, Encino
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2011 |
My friend Lisa Morocco of the Westside Neighborhood Council knows first-hand that in this era of tight budgets, lots of people are feeling the pinch. She and the all-volunteer members of her council have tried their best to help out, even as the distress calls outrun the supply of available cash. The council has bought books for libraries, crayons for schools and even handcuffs for police. I kid you not. But Morocco thought a firefighter at Station 92, on Pico Boulevard near Overland Avenue, was joking when he gave her this nugget: The station's old, portable air-compressor system is useless for inflating firetruck tires, and fixing it or getting approval for a new one could take half a century.