Articles by: lawavestaff

Hollywood’s Redbury hotel sold to Pebblebrook Trust

08/12/2013 3:39 pm0 comments
Hollywood’s Redbury hotel

From City News Service HOLLYWOOD — The CIM Group sold the Redbury, a 57-room boutique hotel in the heart of Hollywood, to the Pebblebrook Hotel Trust for $34 million, it was announced Friday. Pebblebrook also owns the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, the W Los Angeles-Westwood and the Sheraton Delfina, [...]

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Minority contractors invited to $1 billion Wilshire Grand project information session

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Minority contractors invited to $1 billion Wilshire Grand project information session

By Olu Alemoru, Staff Writer It is set to become an instant Los Angeles landmark and the tallest edifice on the West Coast at a cost of $1 billion and now local minority contractors are invited to a project seminar to see how they can bid for some of the [...]

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Sunset / La Cienega Project coming down , going up

08/09/2013 3:51 pm0 comments
Sunset / La Cienega Project coming down , going up

    Independent Staff Report WEST HOLLYWOOD — Two new, private developments are preparing to break ground Monday following the demolition of the current structures, which began this past week. The projects, located at 8490 and 8500 Sunset Blvd., will bring a new hotel, residential and commercial uses to the [...]

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Margaret Pelligrini, onetime Munchkin, dies

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Margret Pelegrini 

Photo Gary McCarthy / Los Angeles Indepent

By Alan Duke CNN Margaret Pelligrini, one of the last surviving Munchkins from the original production of “The Wizard of Oz,” died Wednesday, the Munchkins spokesman said. She was 89. Pelligrini played the flowerpot Munchkin and one of the sleepy head kids in the classic 1939 film, according to spokesman [...]

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Keyboardist George Duke dies

08/06/2013 8:44 pm0 comments
Keyboardist George Duke dies

By Olu Alemoru, Staff Writer Early tributes are coming in for legendary jazz artist George Duke, who died  Monday at age 67. According to a representative, the keyboardist, known for his blend of acoustic and electric jazz, funk and R&B, said he was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. In [...]

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Venice Beach temporary barriers

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Venice Beach boardwalk

Photo by Gary McCarthy / Los Angeles Independent

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles City Council approved an emergency motion today requesting a study into enhancing public safety along Venice’s Ocean Front Walk, the beach boardwalk where a car fatally struck a 32-year-old Italian woman Saturday. The motion, proposed by Venice-area Councilman Mike Bonin and approved on [...]

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‘The Flying Man’ creeps out viewers

08/05/2013 3:45 pm0 comments
‘The Flying Man’ creeps out viewers

By Olu Alemoru, Staff Writer It’s “Man of Steel” meets “Paranormal” and it’s spooking up the Internet. A short film, “The Flying Man,” co-written, directed and financed by special effects artist Marcus Alqueres, has garnered nearly 115,000 views on YouTube. Alqueres has worked on “300,” “Source Code,” and the upcoming [...]

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Joan Jett kicks off Sunset Strip Music Festival

08/02/2013 2:23 pm0 comments
Joan Jett and Mayor of the Sunset strip Rodney Bingenheimer

Photo By Gary McCarthy / Los Angeles Indpendent

    The city honored the musical legacy of Joan Jett on Thursday, declaring the day Joan Jett Day in West Hollywood as the singer-guitar player kicked off the Sunset Strip Music Festival with a live performance at the House of Blues. The former member of the Runaways walked the [...]

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Lula Washington and dancers are home for rare appearance

07/31/2013 7:56 pm0 comments
Lula Washington and dancers are home for rare appearance

By Olu Alemoru, Staff Writer It may surprise people that the acclaimed Crenshaw-based Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT), which has built an international reputation with overseas tours to countries like Russia, China, Brazil, Mexico and Germany, hasn’t performed as a full company in Los Angeles for about a decade. But [...]

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Medical Marijuana-threats of legal action

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Henry Hemp

Photo By Gaty McCarthy / Los Angeles Independent

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles City Council went behind closed doors today to discuss  threats of legal action by two medical marijuana dispensary operators who contend they should be allowed to remain open despite voters’ passage of Proposition D, which pared back the number of pot purveyors allowed [...]

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