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December 31, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A 20-year-old gas station cashier has been arrested in a Christmas Day shooting in Westwood Village that left a bystander in grave condition, Los Angeles police said Friday. Rafael Martirosyan was arrested at his Hollywood apartment Tuesday morning in connection with the shooting of Fouad Salik, 36, who was wounded as he ate with friends at the Habibi Cafe in the 900 block of Broxton Avenue. Martirosyan was charged with attempted murder and is being held on $1-million bail.
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January 11, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The same man appears to be responsible for at least four sexual batteries in Westwood Village, where most of the residents are UCLA students, police said Tuesday. The suspect is white, of medium height and build, and appears to be in his early 20s, campus police said. On Saturday evening, the assailant fondled a woman's breasts as she got into her car, then ran away, investigators said. Similar attacks had occurred in the three previous weeks.
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November 3, 1991 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the day after 48 people were hurt in a sudden rush toward the stage at a Pauley Pavilion concert, UCLA officials and a concert promoter blamed English pop singer Morrissey for the melee, saying he should not have urged the audience to move in closer. Morrissey's invitation to "get up out of your seats" and "come down here" prompted a massive surge, officials said, forcing people at the front of the audience against wooden barriers near the stage and touching off near-panic.
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December 31, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A 20-year-old gas station cashier has been arrested in a Christmas Day shooting in Westwood Village that left a bystander in grave condition, Los Angeles police said Friday. Rafael Martirosyan was arrested at his Hollywood apartment Tuesday morning in connection with the shooting of Fouad Salik, 36, who was wounded as he ate with friends at the Habibi Cafe in the 900 block of Broxton Avenue. Martirosyan was charged with attempted murder and is being held on $1-million bail.
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March 10, 1991 | ELAINE WOO and IRENE CHANG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Shop owners were sweeping up broken glass and community leaders were searching for explanations Saturday, hours after hundreds of youths rampaged through Westwood Village, some looting stores, throwing beer cans, vandalizing cars and tearing branches off of trees to smash store windows.
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July 5, 1987 | WILLIAM TROMBLEY
The fate of a new plan to limit development in Westwood Village and in the greater Westwood area could be crucial to the future of the "slow-growth" movement that is gaining momentum in the city and also to the political fortunes of City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky.
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January 11, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The same man appears to be responsible for at least four sexual batteries in Westwood Village, where most of the residents are UCLA students, police said Tuesday. The suspect is white, of medium height and build, and appears to be in his early 20s, campus police said. On Saturday evening, the assailant fondled a woman's breasts as she got into her car, then ran away, investigators said. Similar attacks had occurred in the three previous weeks.
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November 23, 1996
In an effort to making visiting Westwood Village more attractive to shoppers, free validated parking will be offered at five private lots, business owners announced Friday. The parking validation program is part of a major effort to revitalize the shopping area by the Westwood Business Community Alliance, a business improvement district and city officials. Other planned improvements include street and sidewalk beautification and a 400-space public parking garage on Broxton Avenue.
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November 14, 1997
Westwood residents who are vigilantly watching a proposed shopping and theater complex go through the planning process expressed concern Thursday that Councilman Mike Feuer has decided to hold a closed-door meeting of a community planning group. The 20 members of the Village Center Westwood Working Group began meeting a year ago to give Feuer opinions about the proposed Village Center Westwood project.
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November 14, 1997
More than 100 business owners and city and county officials turned out Thursday morning to celebrate the completion of a parking garage and street improvements in Westwood Village. The opening of a 366-space parking structure in the 1000 block of Broxton Avenue is a step toward revitalizing Westwood, said Daniel Hinerfeld, a deputy to City Councilman Mike Feuer, whose 5th District includes Westwood.
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March 12, 2004 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Planning Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve a $100-million mixed-use project in Westwood Village after Councilman Jack Weiss' office helped broker a compromise between community activists and multimillionaire developer Alan Casden. The deal laid to rest most of the key issues that had prompted Westwood activists to sprinkle their lawns with signs reading: "Jack Weiss, Stop Casden." But several Glendon Avenue merchants noted that one big difference remained.
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March 10, 2004 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
With just two days left to pound out a compromise on a controversial $100-million complex in Westwood Village, merchants and residents said Tuesday that sharp differences remained between them and developer Alan Casden. The Los Angeles Planning Commission is expected to vote Thursday on the Palazzo Westwood project. That vote was postponed from Feb. 12, when the panel, faced with opposition from Councilman Jack Weiss and homeowner groups, gave the sides time to come to terms.
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April 10, 2003 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
Shoddy accounting and management's failure to rein in spending led to hefty deficits for the city-approved entity responsible for improving Westwood Village's business climate, an audit released Wednesday shows. The audit, released during a meeting at Westwood Hills Christian Church, uncovered "significant deficiencies" in the internal controls of the Westwood Village Community Alliance, the nonprofit corporation that administered the business improvement district.
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September 27, 2002 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Councilman Jack Weiss said he has decided against renewing the 7-year-old city-chartered entity responsible for improving the business climate of Westwood Village. As of Monday, the Westwood Village Community Alliance, as the business improvement district is known, will no longer be authorized to collect assessments from property owners in the area. However, its obligations to maintain and protect Westwood Village will continue through June.
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August 20, 2002 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The long-standing effort to revive Westwood Village has produced uneven results despite its prime location and hundreds of millions of dollars in private and public investment. The arrival of new restaurants and a much-needed supermarket are offset by the absence of high-profile retailers and stalled development projects.
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December 18, 1998 | JOSH MEYER and MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A suspected terrorist incident in Westwood Village was deemed a hoax Thursday, but not before it forced authorities to strip and decontaminate 21 terrified office workers for fear they had been exposed to the deadly anthrax bacterium via the U.S. mail. The FBI and city and county fire and health officials swarmed into a bustling 21-story tower at 1100 South Glendon Ave. about 10:30 a.m., after a parking company employee there opened a letter and read that the paper was laced with the biotoxin.
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August 25, 1990
Weekend closure of Westwood Village's thoroughfares to vehicles took effect Friday night, prompting anxiety from local merchants concerned about the effect the restrictions would have on the popular entertainment district.
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November 14, 1992 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Westwood Village, where blockbuster films are viewed as a breath of fresh air for a beleaguered economy, merchants are cautious about Wednesday's opening of Spike Lee's controversial film "Malcolm X." They look forward to the crowds expected to flock to the commercial area next to UCLA, but they fear the possibility that violence might erupt, as it did when "New Jack City" opened in 1991.
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August 17, 1998 | PATRICK KERKSTRA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On any given evening at the Duet restaurant and nightclub in Westwood Village, patrons are inspired by the live salsa music or the sounds of a deejay's rhythm and blues records to get up and form an impromptu dance floor next to the stage. But the dancing doesn't last long. "We have to interrupt them and ask them to stop," said Duet co-owner Chris Mallick. "It can get very awkward and embarrassing." Mallick has little choice if he wants to avoid citations and possibly even jail time.
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May 29, 1998
The Westwood Village Community Alliance, sponsor of the weekly farmers market, announced plans to move the market from Weyburn Avenue to Broxton Avenue by the end of the year, officials said. The directors of the alliance, which is Westwood's business improvement district, hope the Thursday afternoon market will move to Broxton between Weyburn and Kinross avenues, pending approval from merchants and permits from the city, said Patty Evans, operations manager for the district.
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