New law bans tour ticket sales on city sidewalks

10/29/2013 2:41 pm0 comments
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Los Angeles City Councilmen Mitch O’Farrell, left, and Tom LaBonge discuss the new city law banning the sale of sight-seeing tour tickets on city sidewalks with reporters while Luis Ferrel of Value Tours holds up a  protest sign behind them.

From Staff and Wire Reports HOLLYWOOD — City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell walked along the tourist area of Hollywood Boulevard Monday to remind tour-bus company operators that a new law prohibits them from selling sight-seeing tickets on city sidewalks. The City Council unanimously approved the ordinance in September. It took effect [...]

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L.A. City Council Votes to Ban Elephant Bullhooks

10/23/2013 2:19 pm0 comments
Elephant bath no Bullhooks please.

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By ELIZABETH HSING-HUEI CHOU City News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles City Council today voted unanimously to ban the use of bullhooks in wrangling elephants — a move that could prevent the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from making a stop here. Bullhooks are “cruel [...]

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Home Sales

10/16/2013 2:32 pm0 comments
Home sales LA

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The median price of a home in Los Angeles County jumped by 25 percent in September, compared with the same month a year ago, while the number of homes sold rose by 5 percent, a real estate information service announced today. According to DataQuick, the median [...]

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Drive launched to save Tower Records building

10/14/2013 12:15 pm0 comments
TOWER RECORDS BUILDING  2011.

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  Independent Staff Report WEST HOLLYWOOD — An online petition was launched this past week on the website: www.Change.org to save the world famous Tower Records store on the Sunset Strip. Local resident and community advocate Jerome Cleary, who is one of the leaders of the petition drive, said this [...]

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When the Rain comes

10/09/2013 2:37 pm0 comments
LA Rainwalker taking the kids for a stroll.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Fall’s first rainstorm spread across droughty Southern California today. An upper-level low-pressure system swept south and east across the state, with light rain arriving in West Los Angeles about 9:30 a.m. National Weather Service forecasters predict that as much as a half-inch of rain could fall [...]

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NFL LA and when?

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Tom La Bonge- Ready for some football.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Amid skepticism that Los Angeles would be a successful home to a professional football team, the Los Angeles City Council today went on record to urge the National Football League to bring in one, maybe even two teams to the city. Councilman Tom LaBonge introduced a [...]

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Royal Court 2014 Tournament of Roses

10/07/2013 1:35 pm1 comment
And then there were seven. The princesses who'll preside over the 20-14
Tournament of Roses have been selected, but the lucky young ladies will have to
wait until October 24th to find out who'll reign as Rose Queen for the 125th
flower fest.
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  PASADENA (CNS) – The seven members of the 2014 Tournament of Roses Royal Court, which will attend more than 100 community events and functions leading up to the 125th Rose Parade and 100th Rose Bowl Game, were announced today in Pasadena. The seven Royal Court princesses were chosen from among nearly [...]

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Trammell Crow Residential Purchases West Hollywood Site to Develop 166- unit Apartment Complex

10/04/2013 4:29 pm0 comments
Picford Lot demolition

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WEST HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – Trammell Crow Residential’s Western Division announced today the purchase of a 1.33-acre site in West Hollywood for a mixed- use development that will include 166 apartments and 9,300 square feet of ground floor retail and restaurant space. TCR expects to begin demolition of the sound studio [...]

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Hollywood parade salutes public safety officers

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Vintage police cars pay tribute to cops and the actors who portray them.

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From City News Service HOLLYWOOD — The annual 10-4 Day Parade, a salute to public safety officers featuring vintage police cars, was held Friday here. The parade began at the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum at 1327 N. Cahuenga Blvd. and arrived 15 minutes later at the Walk of Fame [...]

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Santa Monica plane crash

09/30/2013 4:22 pm1 comment
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Santa Monica plane crash
A hangar at Santa Monica Airport collapsed Sunday after a twin-engine Cessna Citation crashed into it. Investigators are waiting to examine the scene to determine how many people were on board.

By Independent / Wire staff SANTA MONICA — Authorities hope to gain access Monday to the fuselage of a private jet that crashed and burned at Santa Monica Airport, killing all aboard. At a news conference Monday at the airfield, Van McKenny of the National Transportation Safety Board said two [...]

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