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Applications accepted for vacant City Council seat
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April 30, - May 6 , 2009 • Vol. 76, No. 18
Increase in local taxi rates approved
The cost of a cab ride
in WeHo will soon be
similar to that of one in
L.A.
BY ARIN MIKAILIAN
STAFF WRITER
An increase in West
Hollywood’s taxi rates to match
the city of Los Angeles’ will go
into effect on July 1.
Currently, the “drop rate” or
initial fee for getting in a cab is
$2.20, 65 cents cheaper than the
drop rate in Los Angeles.
In addition, the 20 cents that
is being charged for each 1/11 of
a mile will be boosted up to Los
Angeles’ rate of 30 cents for each
1/9 of a mile.
The decision to adjust West
Hollywood’s taxi rates, which
have historically been lower
than most of its neighboring
communities, was approved
by the City Council earlier this
month.
Rob Winrader, taxi specialist
for the city, said confusion was
one of the main reasons why the
city wanted to adopt Los Angeles’
cab rates.
“The boundaries between West
Hollywood and Los Angeles can
be tricky,” he said, “sometimes
it’s even hard to know what city
you’re in let alone the appropriate
rate that should be charged.”
Winrader said the confusion
has resulted in complaints being
filed.
However, the fee increases
could potentially impact some
taxi-related programs that allow
for discounted rides for senior
citizens as well as people with
HIV/AIDS or Alzheimer’s, for
example.
About 1,200 local residents
are coupon book holders, said
Joyce Rooney, transportation and
transit operations supervisor for
the city.
Those people and others are
permitted to purchase $8 coupon
books that afford them $24 worth
of traveling a in a taxi.
With higher fees pending, the
coupon books would purchase
less miles for its holders.
That’s why Winrader said all
seven franchised cab companies
in West Hollywood are planning
on adopting a transportation
program enhancement fee of
$215 per cab to offset any taxi
benefits to local residents.
“We didn’t want to adversely
impact those users, so we had
a serious meeting with the taxi
companies,” he said.
Local cab companies already
pay $1,000 in annual fees for
each cab.
The funds from the
transportation program
enhancement fee would go toward
enhancing the coupon book
program, possibly increasing
its value to $32 in stead of $24
and the Dial-a-Ride program,
Winrader added.
“We think since this is an
TAXIS page 4
GARY MCCARTHY
Cab drivers will soon be charging more for rides originating
in West Hollywood.
Applications
accepted for
vacant City
Council seat
Police raid
abandoned
TV studio;
3 arrested
Police find evidence of
alleged criminal
activity at the vacated
facility, which was
abandoned in 2003.
Council members will
appoint their new
colleague, forgoing a
special election.
BY ARIN MIKAILIAN
STAFF WRITER
Acting on an anonymous tip,
police discovered 15 transients
living at the former site of KCOP
studios, leading to the arrest of
three wanted criminals.
Said to have taken place two
weeks ago, the investigation was
reported on a Web site operated
by the Melrose Action Network,
a group of local residents who
work with the Los Angeles Police
Department’s Wilshire Division.
The report was assembled based
on information provided by the
LAPD.
Law enforcement officials
did not respond to a request
for comment on this story, but
the online report said officers
returned to the site on April 20 and
found nine additional transients
occupying the premises. Three
were on parole for undisclosed
offenses and another was on
probation for prostitution.
“The transients apparently
made use of the electrical,
water, and restroom facilities
inside of the complex while
creating a dysfunctional ‘hotel
like’ atmosphere for themselves
At least 15 transients were found living at the former site of
until police walked in on
them,” according to the Web
site. In addition, officers found
discarded needles, which they
said suggested narcotics use.
The former KCOP studios,
located at 915 La Brea Ave.,
have been vacant since the station
• Calendar, page 2
relocated its operations in 2003.
Since then, the 57,000-square
foot facility has been unoccupied • Arts & Entertainment, page 3
and was purchased for $11
million by Bomel Management, • Crime Blotter, page 4
which plans to replace the studio
with a mixed-use development.
Melrose Action Network cofounder Peter Nichols said the
incidents were no surprise to
him. He said the Melrose section
of Hollywood has a long history
of what he calls “encampments,”
areas like rooftops and garages
where transients take shelter. He
said encampments have been
found in locations ranging from
the roof of a garage attached to
a Melrose Avenue business, to
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a crawl space in the home of an
Staff writer Olu Alemoru talks to filmmaker Scott Hamilton
89-year-old resident.
Nichols believes a high number Kennedy about his new documentary "The Garden" ("Fruit
of transients poses a public of their labor," page 3)
KCOP page 4
INSIDE
BY ARIN MIKAILIAN
STAFF WRITER
GARY McCARTHY
KCOP-TV.
Applications to be considered
for Sal Guarriello’s vacant seat
on the West Hollywood City
Council will be accepted until 5
p.m. this Friday.
The new council member
would fill in for the remainder of
Guarriello’s term, which ends on
March 1, 2011 and would have
the ability to run in that year’s
election as an incumbent.
The announcement of the
application process was made
on Monday during a special city
council meeting held to discuss
various options on how to go
about finding a successor for
Guarriello, who died of a sudden
illness on April 17.
City Attorney Michael Jenkins
stated during the meeting that
state law dictates that California
cities must replace a council
member within 30 days of their
vacating the seat by pursuing one
of two options: The city council
must either appoint a new council
member or hold a special election
on Nov. 3 of that year.
He added that state government
also requires the replacement
council member to be a resident
of West Hollywood and a
registered voter.
Another special meeting will be
held on May 6 at 6 p.m. at West
Hollywood Park Auditorium,
where the council will interview
candidates in public and make a
decision shortly afterwards.
The new selection and
swearing in of the new council
member would have to be done
by May 17, Jenkins said, citing
state law.
Council members unanimously
expressed their interest in
appointing someone versus
holding a special election,
mostly due to financial issues
and timing.
Councilman John Duran said
he did not feel comfortable
leaving a vacant seat on the
council for seven months.
“We’d have to operate on four
wheels four seven months,” he
said. “With the risk of running
2-2 on certain issues, holding an
election could put the business of
the entire community and other
particular controversial issue at a
standstill.”
City staff stated that a
special election could cost the
city between $150,000 and
$250,000.
Councilman Jeff Prang said
COUNCIL SEAT page 4
‘Rent’ sparks protest
Protestors from out of
state descend on an
Orange County high
school that is staging
the acclaimed musical.
FROM CITY NEWS SERVICE
NEWPORT BEACH —
Nearly 300 students faced off
last Friday against about a
dozen demonstrators, some
from a Kansas-based church,
who gathered near Corona del
Mar High to protest a campus
production of the play “Rent.’’
The dueling demonstrations
began about 1:45 p.m. on a street
adjacent to the campus.
A crowd of less than 100
students had expanded to
between 250-300 youths before
the protesters — about five
from Westboro Baptist Church
and their supporters — started
to leave about 2:45 p.m., said
Newport Beach police Sgt. Evan
Sailor.
Sailor estimated those
protesting the play numbered
about 15-20.
Church representatives earlier
this week announced their intent
to picket the staging of the play,
which tells the story of struggling
artists in New York City,
including characters who are gay
and diagnosed with AIDS.
Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter
of the church’s leader, said in
earlier published reports that
eight people were set to travel
to California to picket the play,
which the church’s Web site
described as a “lying, maudlin
piece of propaganda.’’
During the demonstration,
members of both sides hollered
out to passing motorists, cheered
and carried signs, but there were
no problems, Sailor said.
The sergeant said school let
out at 3 p.m., and that those
who gathered before that time
may have been ditching class. A
woman who answered the phone
at the school said students who
do not have clearance from their
parents to be absent from class
could face detention.
School spokeswoman Laura
Boss was not immediately
available.
The play, which continues
tonight at the school, nearly did
not go forward.
Drama instructor Ron Martin
said he decided to stage the
play based on overhearing slurs
and offensive videos posted by
students online.
RENT page 4
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PAGE 2
APRIL 30, 2009
CALENDAR
Compiled by
Marisela Santana
MUSIC
VISUAL
■ The Charles Mingus — Son of Watts — Musical Caravan
Project, Part 2
■ Robin Thicke & Jennifer Hudson
The Grammy-winning stars are co-headlining
a multi-city tour this spring. The six-week trek
takes the duo to more than 19 cities from coast
to coast. The road trip marks the first official
tour for Hudson, who recently won a Grammy
for her self-titled debut and just took home
three NAACP Image Awards: Outstanding
New Artist, Outstanding Album and Outstanding Duo for her collaboration
with Fantasia on “I’m His Only Woman.” Hudson said, “I am so grateful. …
My first Grammy and my first tour; it doesn’t get any better than this!” May
2. NOKIA Theatre LA LIVE, 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles. (213)
763-6030
The yearlong tribute that started in September 2008
continues with a second part of the Mingus Musical
Caravan Celebration, with an array of events and exhibits
throughout the Los Angeles area. Made possible by the
Department of Cultural Affairs, the tribute continues
through a visual arts exhibition of memorabilia relating to the jazz musician. On
display are 70 vintage album covers, which chronicle his recording history from
1946 to 1989. April 30 through May 24. William Grant Still Arts Center,
2520 S. West View St., Los Angeles. (323) 913-4031
■ Sparkle and Twang: Marty Stuart’s American Musical
Odyssey
■ Zapp/Whodini
The Autry National Center of the American West
takes museum-goers on a tour through the life and
times of American music with “Sparkle and Twang:
Marty Stuart’s American Musical Odyssey,” an
exhibition that tells the story of country music icon
Marty Stuart’s personal experiences with some of the
most famous stars of American music, highlighting
several of the greatest performers on the country, bluegrass, rockabilly and
Southern gospel scenes. The exhibit features history makers Ray Charles, Patsy
Cline, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Bob Dylan, among
others. April 30 through August 23. Autry National Center, 4700 Western
Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000
R&B and hip-hop pioneers, Zapp and Whodini will
co-headline at the Grove of Anaheim on Sunday with
special guests Egyptian Lover and Twilight 22. Zapp
had a string of post-Parliament funk hits during the ‘80s
including “More Bounce to the Ounce,” “Dance Floor”
and the technologically inspired slow jam, “Computer
Love.” Zapp’s influence in popular music is highly
evident. “More Bounce to the Ounce” is one of most used samples in hip-hop.
May 3. Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim. (714) 712-2700
■ Katy Perry
The amount of time it took Perry to rise to fame over two
singles she released over a two-year period is unheard of,
especially considering she rose to fame in 2007 with an
Internet hit entitled “Ur So Gay,” and later scored in 2008
with her breakthrough single, “I Kissed a Girl.” May 9.
Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara.
(805) 962-7411
THEATER
SPECIAL EVENTS
■ Seal
The British soul singer and songwriter makes his way into Los Angeles to
promote his sixth studio album, “Soul,” which was released late last year. The
album was produced by David Foster and is made up of cover versions of 11 soul
music classics. The album’s lead single was “A Change Is Gonna Come.” So
far, the album has peaked at No. 1 on French Album Charts for 13 consecutive
weeks. May 6. NOKIA Theatre LA LIVE, 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los
Angeles. (213) 763-6030
■ Stick Fly
An upper-class African-American family wrestles
with parental expectations, sibling rivalry, and issues
of class and race in a play that stars Chris Butler,
Avery Clyde, Tinashe Kajese, Terrell Tilford, John
Wesley and Michole Briana White. Directed by
Shirley Jo Finney, playwright Lydia R. Diamond
opens a portal onto life in the African-American upper
middle class. April 30 through May 31. The Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose
Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 960-7740
■ Lydia
Written by Octavio Solis, “Lydia” is a powerful and
passionate new play that portrays with a deep, emotional
impact the lies and secrets that both bind a family together
and create heartbreaking fissures. In the Texas border town
of El Paso during the 1970s, a Mexican-American family
struggles with the aftermath of an accident that has injured
their beloved young daughter Ceci, and has deeply affected
her family. April 30 through May 17. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand
Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772
■ Bronzeville
Ben Guillory directs the Robey Theatre Company,
in association with the New Los Angeles Theatre
Center, for the premiere of Tim Toyama’s and Aaron
Woolfolk’s “Bronzeville.” It’s World War II and
FDR has signed executive order 9066 requiring that all
Japanese-Americans be transported to internment camps
during the war. High paying factory jobs are luring huge
numbers of Southern Blacks to Los Angeles. “No Blacks
Allowed,” clauses limit housing choices, so Blacks end
up in recently vacated commercial and retail properties in Little Tokyo. When
one of those Black families discovers a young Japanese-American man hiding
in their new home, three generations of family members struggle with doing the
right thing. April 30 through May 17. The New LATC, 514 S. Spring St., Los
Angeles. (213) 489-7402
■ Beneath Rippling Water
Written and performed by Sybyl Walker — directed
by Gregg T. Daniel — “Beneath Rippling Water” is a
compelling, hilarious, disturbing trilogy about navigating
the maze of secrets, life and love. Utilizing drama, comedy,
song and spoken word, Walker creates unforgettable
portraits of three unique and fascinating women in
love. Audiences can journey into the depths of what lies
beneath the surface of 12 womens’ lives; the joys and the
vulnerabilities, and experience a very human story about
hope, love and reclaiming oneself. April 24 through May 17. Fremont Centre
Theatre, 1000 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena. (866) 811-4111
■ The Accomplices
The Fountain Theatre remounts last season’s
hit play based on the true story of Jewish activist
Hillel Kook (aka Peter Bergson). What the U.S.
government and American Jews did — and
didn’t — do to help Jews fleeing the Nazis is the
subject of this blistering account by former New
York Times political reporter Bernard Weinraub.
In 1940, Hillel Kook arrived in the U.S. fresh from the underground resistance
in Palestine. Changing his name to Peter Bergson, he sought aid for the rescue
of European Jews from the Nazis. Shocked to find himself blocked by both the
Roosevelt administration and the Jewish establishment, Bergson spearheaded an
extraordinary campaign of public rallies, hard-hitting newspaper advertisements
and lobbying in Congress in his one-man fight to save millions and end the
conspiracy of silence and inaction that continues to haunt society to this day.
April 30 through June 14. The Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los
Angeles. (323( 663-1525
MUSICAL
■ Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fatts Waller Musical
The production celebrates the 30th
anniversary of the Tony Award-winning
revue, which pays tribute to one of America’s
true originals, the charismatic songwriter,
singer, pianist and superb entertainer from
the 1920s and ‘30s, Thomas “Fats” Waller.
The cast includes Eugene Barry-Hill, Doug
Eskew, Armelia McQueen, Roz Ryan
and Debra Walton. The show includes 30 songs. April 30 through May 31.
Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772
COMEDY
■ Back to Bacharach and David
The Off-Broadway hit begins a 23performance run directed by Kathy
Najimy with musical arranger Steve
Gunderson, in a tribute to the brilliant
songs written by Burt Bacharach and
Hal David between 1960-70. The cast
includes Diana DeGarmo, Tom Lowe,
Susan Mosher and Tressa Thomas.
Through May 17. The Music Box @
Fonda, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 464-0808
■ Bake for Hope
Bake for Hope is the first ever
volunteer-run event hosting a week of
bake sales nationwide. This nationally
coordinated grass-roots event hosted
in communities across the country is
in support of women and the cure for
breast cancer. 100 percent of the bake
sale proceeds will go to local Susan G.
Komen for the Cure affiliates. May
3-9. Hollywood Farmers Market, Ivar
and Selma avenues, Hollywood. 8
a.m. - 1 p.m.
Those wishing to place
announcements in the
weekly calendars should
mail information to The Los
Angeles Independent, P.O.
Box 514479, Los Angeles, CA
90051-2479, fax to (323) 5565704 or e-mail to [email protected]
wavepublication.com. Items
will be published on a spaceavailable basis. The deadline
for all submissions is Friday
at 5 p.m. Please include the
name and telephone number
of a contact person.
■ Carlos Mencia
The mind and body of Mencia is bringing his “At Close
Range” Tour into the L.A. area for a rare appearance at
the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino with his unique
brand of comedy, usually focusing on political, race,
culture, and social class issues, all the while juxtaposing
existing social issues with ethical conventions. This show
is as close to the Los Angeles area Mencia is going to get. He’s hitting 80 cities
in the next couple of months, and L.A. isn’t one of them. May 7. San Manuel
Indian Bingo and Casino, 777 San Manuel Blvd., Highland. (800) 359-2464
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As of 2008, the veteran stand-up performer
continues to lecture to Black communities
(usually at churches) about his frustrations with
certain problems prevalent in underprivileged
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drugs, teenage pregnancy, Black Entertainment
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offensive clothing, vanity, parental alienation,
single parenting and failing to live up to the ideals
of Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the African American
ancestors that preceded Generation X. May 9. Morongo Casino Resort and Spa,
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Fruit of their labor
In depicting the
struggles of a band of
South L.A. community
farmers, Scott
Hamilton Kennedy
thought it best to
abandon any idea of
impartiality.
BY OLU ALEMORU
STAFF WRITER
It has all the ingredients of
a routine Hollywood thriller: a
charismatic underdog battling a
rich and powerful foe, political
skullduggery and — sadly, for
us common folk — an all-toopredictable ending.
However, there is little banality
to be found in “The Garden,” an
engrossing documentary about
the fight to save a 14-acre parcel
of land in South Los Angeles that
was once the largest community
garden in the nation.
Located at East 41st and South
Alameda Streets, the acreage
became home to a thriving,
mostly immigrant community of
local fruit and vegetable growers
who became known as the South
Central Farmers.
Established in the wake of
the devastating 1992 riots, the
collective seemed to achieve a
miracle, creating a sustainable
(a word that’s now all the rage)
community that grew its own
food and fed its families.
But three years ago that dream
came to an end when the garden
was publicly bulldozed after the
city and a partner of the site’s
former owner won a court victory
to evict the farmers.
Produced and directed by
Scott Hamilton Kennedy, the
underdogs, certainly at the
beginning, were self-appointed
farmers’ leaders Rufina Juarez
and “Tezo” Tezozomoc. They
were aided and abetted in their
fight by the aptly-named civil
rights attorney Dan Stormer, and
celebrity supporters like Darryl
Hannah, Danny Glover and
Willie Nelson.
The rich and powerful foe
came in the form of real estate
developer Ralph Horowitz, who
re-purchased the land in a closeddoor deal in 2003. The following
January, Horowitz issued an
eviction notice for the farmers to
leave by Feb. 29, 2004.
As for skullduggery, take
your pick. City Councilwoman
Jan Perry, in whose 9th District
the farm was located; a mayoral
candidate named Antonio
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Villaraigosa, who publicly
championed the growers cause
but was subsequently linked by
the L.A. Times to a company that
is negotiating with Horowitz to
build warehouses on the site.
Then there’s the late Juanita
Tate, the fiery community leader
who formed Concerned Citizens
of South-Central Los Angeles
to fight construction of a waste
incinerator on the site in 1986.
Tate, whose organization has
long supported Perry, died in
2004, the same year Concerned
Citizens was asked to return a
$2.2 million grant from the
state that was to buy land in
South L.A. for a soccer field. It
was subsequently revealed that
some of the grant funds went
to Tate’s two sons; the money
was ultimately repaid, but an
investigation into the matter is
still pending.
“One of my film partners
saw a ‘Life & Times’ piece on
Horowitz and thought there might
be a documentary in it,” Kennedy
said in a Monday telephone
interview with The Independent.
“We had to act fast and started
shooting just five days before
the first eviction notice. The first
time I stepped onto the garden I
was hooked. Local government
and the community had come
together. It wasn’t a fix-all
solution, but it was a step in the
right direction and it worked.”
He added: “Then they got this
mysterious eviction notice and
it became a David-and-Goliath
struggle.”
Kennedy, who employs an
intimate cinema verité approach,
takes full responsibility for the
editorial slant of the film, which
empathizes with the farmers. “We
show opposition to Tezzo and
Juarez and there were elements
where some farmers may have
been misled,” said Kennedy.
“But it’s hard to start your own
democracy because ego and
power come into play.”
That might be a perfect
description for Horowitz, who
later turned down a private
foundation’s offer to repay his
$16.3 million purchase price.
Citing alleged anti-Semitic
remarks and picketing of his
house, Horowitz claimed he
wouldn’t sell the land to the
farmers even if they offered him
$100 million.
“I never saw anything antiSemitic and even ‘The Jewish
Journal of Los Angeles’ backed
that up,” said Kennedy. “Sure,
there was anger and frustration
but I go with Tezzo’s assessment
that this was a smokescreen.”
Friday Night
Lights, Season 3
BY ARIN MIKAILIAN
STAFF WRITER
Given the record of dramas set
in American suburbia created by
such revered teen dramas as “The
O.C.,” much wasn’t expected
from “Friday Night Lights.” Just
another family issues-oriented
show with a few footballs thrown
into the mix. Right?
But after watching a few
episodes of season 3 on DVD, the
first of the series I’ve watched,
I was moved. “Friday Night
Lights,” a spin-off of the 2004
film of the same name (which
was based on a book) doesn’t
make sex, drugs and partying the
core of its promise to entertain
its viewers.
The show is about its characters
and how they cope with the harsh
realities of high school football
— seriously — and what it takes
to be the best on the field and at
home.
For those new to the program,
the show follows the life of Eric
Taylor (Kyle Chander), coach of
the Dillon Panthers as he tries
to take his team to the top and
manages life as a family man as
well.
Instead of going for cheap
laughs or silly dramatic twists,
realistic conflicts and challenges
arise over and over again,
bringing viewers closer to these
small town folk.
As for the season 3 DVD
itself, it doesn’t offer much in
comparison with other television
series that are out on DVD.
There’s a sticker on the box that
promises 13 minutes of deleted
scenes from a lost storyline and
some commentary. But that’s all
folks.
The $29.98 price seems a little
steep for a single season of a littlewatched (but critically beloved)
television show that doesn’t
offer much beyond episodes that
have already been aired. With
all series apparently released for
home video these, it seems that
more attention should be given
to crafting bonus features while
shows are in production.
NBC
Critically-acclaimed but struggling to find an audience, “Friday
In “The Garden,” a band of mostly-Latino community farmers in South L.A. do battle with a stubborn landowner and a local Night Lights” follows a small-town Texas high school football
bureaucracy.
team.
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Aterciopelados wows audience with displays of artistic freedom
BY JOSE RODRIGUEZ
SPECIAL TO THE INDEPENDENT
It was a night of polarities and
sensitivities; both conjugated on
a night that gave the Colombian
rock band Aterciopelados and
Alex Cuba an affirmation of
their passionate and squalid, yet
faithful, group of followers.
People, mostly from the land
of Gabriel García Marquez and
Manuel Patarroyo, converged
into Los Angeles’ newest venues,
The Conga Room, to support
one of their best exponents of
the “rock en Español” genre
for a night of artistic freedom,
explosion, courage and their
signature organic rock sound.
With the birth of the L.A.
LIVE/Nokia Center Square,
Los Angeles is now sporting
a new entertainment center,
a space where one can catch a
performance, dance, or just have
a nice dinner. The Conga Room
is a place beautifully decorated
and accentuated with works
of the multitalented Mexican
artist Sergio Arau. His work
gives the new venue a touch of
authenticity on a city that strives
to find some. Luchadores and
loteria characters are much more Andrea Echeverri leads Arteciopelados onstage at the Conga Room, at the new downtown L.A.
closer to any first, second, or
even third generation MexicanThe show’s first act was Canadian singer/songwriter from fans and followers of the closing
American (or Latino) than Aztec commanded by the courageous Cuba. It is not easy to stand up act, and far more, to embark on
figures or pre-Columbian names and talented Alex Cuba, a Cuban- in front of an audience of avid this endeavor with a guitar as his
in Nahuatl.
that did not need more than
good song writing and a simple,
yet splendid, execution of his
weapon. With a style infused by
reminiscences of Facundo Cabral,
Jorge Drexler, Pablo Milanes and
others, Alex easily captivated the
attention of the audience — that
for approximately 50 minutes
— didn’t mind waiting for the
main act.
After a quick set up on stage,
Andrea Echeverri and her coconspirators held almost 400
followers musically hostage
for more than one hour. With
an artistically courageous set
Aterciopelados maintained the
level of excitement, anticipation,
and enthusiasm of their fans. The
band executed a well-balanced
set presented with emotion and
musical precision. The crowd
was waiting to hear their popular
tunes, like “Baracunatana,” “La
Estaca,” “Rompecabezas,” or
their first grand hit “Floresita
Rockera,” but instead, the
combo presented a refined
and introverted repertoire that
brought the audience to a state of
PHOTO BY JOSUE RODRIGUEZ appreciation and awe.
Live complex.
The more popular tunes came
later, which ignited the level of
enthusiasm of the concurrence
only weapon of combat. But for
that without a doubt gave the
the delight of the crowd, Alex
band a complete and sincere two
gave a spectacular performance
thumbs up.
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City Council to appoint new member
COUNCIL SEAT FROM PAGE 1
that would be a “great deal of
money” to find someone to finish
Guarriello’s current term, which
ends less than a year and a half
after the special election would
take place.
“It just doesn’t make sense
logistically or financially,” Prang
said.
More than a dozen local
residents addressed the council
during the meeting, with a
majority of them urging the
council to appoint someone to
the council instead of holding an
election.
Several of those advocating an
appointee recommended that local
resident Lauren Meister serve as
Guarriello’s replacement.
Meister came in third during
the city’s most recent municipal
election.
Her supporters said the former
candidate is highly qualified
for the job, having being a long
time resident of West Hollywood
and serving on numerous
commissions.
Meister herself reminded the
council during the meeting of her
placing in the recent election and
how that makes her deserving to
be the appointee.
“I would graciously respect
and pledge my commitment to
the City of West Hollywood,”
she said.
But Meister, like anyone else
who is interested in the position
has to file an application with
the city.
The application requires the
applicant to fill out general
contact information, education
and references, as well as a
separate 400 word essay on why
they are the most qualified for
the job.
The application also listed
a series of desired qualities
including: Understanding and
sharing the city’s core values,
good judgment, common
sense, history of service to the
community, ability to work for
a diverse group of individuals
and being respectful of city
employees.
Council members expressed
during the meeting some of the
qualities they would like to see in
a colleague on the dais.
Prang said he believes the
new council member should be
well-representative of the local
Russian community, as well as
the city’s eastside, which he has
been told does not have much
representation on the council.
The ability to juggle a full-time
job and a public office position
is what Land said she wants
applicants to consider that when
applying.
Heilman went down a list
of traits he would like to see,
including one no other council
member mentioned: Being
able to maintain confidential
information.
“We are sometimes privy to
a lot of confidential information
about properties, lawsuits, we
can’t have somebody who doesn’t
understand that,” he said.
Duran said he would like to
see echoes of Guarriello’s wellknown characteristic of finding a
position and sticking to it.
“He or she has to have a
backbone,” he said. “When you
know you’re right, you got to
stick to your guns and explain
why you feel that way.”
Applications are available on
the city’s Web site, www.weho.
org, and can either be submitted
as a hard copy to the city clerk’s
office or to him via email. City
Clerk Tom West’s e-mail is
[email protected]
West Hollywood Crime Blotter
COURTESY OF THE LOS ANGELES an unlocked vehicle and stole
COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT - a gym bag containing a wallet,
identification, credit cards,
WEST HOLLYWOOD STATION
clothing and misc. items.
5:30 pm, 1100 block of
April 13
8 : 0 0 a m , 1 0 0 0 b l o c k o f Formosa. An unknown burglar
Larrabee. During the weekend, stole a $1,500 Apple MacBook
unknown burglars broke into a G-4 laptop computer from atop a
storage closet in a condominium desk in a business office.
complex garage and stole several
April 17
tools and equipment, all valued
5:30 pm, 8500 block of
at about $11,820.
Westknoll. A man reported that
a male African American house
April 14
guest had stolen a $2,000 Apple
No crimes were reported.
MacBook laptop computer and a
wallet containing identification
April 15
8 : 0 0 a m , 9 0 0 b l o c k o f from his residence.
Sweetzer. During the night,
April 18
unknown thieves stole three
1:30 am, 600 block of San
bicycles secured to an apartment
building railing. The loss was Vicente. At a nightclub, a
woman left her purse on a table
estimated at about $1,200.
10:30 pm, 1400 block of and when she returned about
Kings. Following a traffic stop five minutes later, she saw that
for a vehicle code violation, the an unknown thief had stolen the
male Caucasian driver was later purse containing identification,
arrested for possessing false misc. items and a red Palm Centro
documents, false evidence of phone, a silver Blackberry phone
registration, forged government and a silver Sony Cybershot
seal with intent to defraud and digital camera. The loss was
estimated at about $758.
other charges.
broke into a retail business and
stole about $300 from cash
registers and caused an estimated
$400 damage to a large window.
11:40 pm, 8700 block of
Sunset. A man reported that his
valet parked 2008 Nissan 350 was
stolen from a restaurant parking
lot by an unknown thief. The
victim said the vehicle contained
cash and two diamond rings.
April 20
5:00 am, 8400 block of Sunset.
A hotel guest reported that two
women who were guests in his
room stole a black HP laptop
computer and case, a passport,
a Gucci hat and a Gucci belt and
about $500 cash and had fled
in an unknown white two door
vehicle. The loss was estimated
at about $2,450.
April 21
3:24 pm, 7500 block of Norton.
An unknown male African
American burglar entered an
apartment, ransacked it and fled
when the tenant arrived. The
loss was undetermined.
5:15 pm, 7100 block of Santa
Monica. While shopping at a
April 19
department store, a woman
April 16
12:40 am, 8100 block of Santa placed her bag in her unattended
10:10 am, 1200 block of
Olive. An unknown thief entered Monica. An unknown burglar s h o p p i n g c a r t . S h e l a t e r
discovered an unknown thief had
stolen the bag containing keys,
identification and about $30
cash.
6:00 pm, 1000 block of Croft.
A woman reported that an
unknown thief stole a package
that was delivered and left at
her front door. The value of the
stolen package and contents was
$300.
During the Week
Six male suspects were arrested
for burglary or theft after being
observed shoplifting at local
markets and retail businesses.
Following two separate traffic
collisions, two male drivers were
arrested for driving under the
influence of alcohol.
Four vehicles were burglarized
by unknown suspects. Total
estimate of damage and articles
taken was $6,469.
Three vehicles were stolen by
unknown thieves.
Eleven vehicles were
impounded for thirty days since
they were being driven by an
unlicensed driver or a person
with a suspended or revoked
license.
Former studio
Musical protested
KCOP FROM PAGE 1
RENT FROM PAGE 1
safety risk in the neighborhood,
saying, “It’s the Melrose Action
Network’s belief that a portion of
[local] crimes could be connected
to street transients.”
According to Boment
Management development
partner Steven Firtel, the old
KCOP studios have on-duty
security in addition to 24-hour
monitoring. But Nichols said
he does not understand why the
transients are able to continue
returning. “I’m dumbfounded,”
he said, “how this vacant lot,
which makes up nearly three
acres, isn’t secured.”
Firtel said armed security
guards with Select Patrol have
rooted out transients in the past,
and taken various measures to
discourage their return, noting
that the water was shut off about
a year ago. The main problem, as
Firtel sees it, is that the transients
keep finding ways to get in. “No
matter how much we put in or
spend, they still find a way,” he
said. “We root them out, they
come back and we do it all over
again.”
Since January, Firtel said
Bomel Management has been
working with the LAPD to help
better secure the old studio lot.
He said Wilshire Division Senior
Lead Officer Arthur Gallegos
has provided recommendations
on how to reduce the number of
transients at the location. Some
that have already been followed
include removing a number of
abandoned cars from the studio
lot and boarding up windows.
Since following the LAPD’s
recommendations, Firtel
said security guards have not
encountered any transients.
He later added that he is not
certain whether the heightened
measures will solve the problem
completely, but said that Bomel
Management would continue
working to eliminate the entire
problem. “I’m not sure this will
solve everything,” he said, “but
if they come up with any more
recommendations, we’ll follow
it.”
A number of local residents
have responded to the incident
by posting comments on the
Melrose Action Network Web
site. One, who posted under
the name “Down by Law,”
wrote that he does not rule out
the possibility that a transient
stabbed and killed Melrose area
resident Katan Khaimov on a
local sidewalk last year.
“Many of the crimes in our
neighborhood are committed by
vagrants looking to get money
for drugs or booze, and here is a
property owner who is basically
giving the criminals a free base
of operations,” the post read.
“How do we know that one of
these vagrants didn’t kill Katan
Khaimov? That murder took
place five blocks away from this
property.”
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He said the principal questioned
the portrayal of homosexuality
and prostitution in the play —
although Martin said he chose a
version edited for schools — and
requested a copy of the script.
Martin said he could not
provide one in time for Principal
Fal Asrani’s review and to get
clearance from the licensing
company, and that the principal
opted to cancel it.
But Asrani said asking for the
script is common practice, and
that it was Martin that opted to
cancel the production.
Drama students and alumni
later objected to the cancellation,
and the play was reinstated.
The American Civil Liberties
Union of Southern California
subsequently sued the school —
citing the “Rent’’ issue among
others — for allegedly fostering
a “sexist’’ and “homophobic’’
atmosphere.
Staff attorney Lori Rifkin said
the earlier cancellation of the play
and a failure to address a growing
atmosphere of intolerance at the
school paved the way for the
church group to picket.
“Now is the perfect time to
stand up for students, condemn
intolerance and address the
disturbing atmosphere of
homophobia that has flourished
at Corona del Mar High School,’’
Rifkin said.
The Anti-Defamation League
condemned the demonstration by
members of the church.
“The Westboro Baptist Church
is nothing more than a hate group
masquerading as a church,’’ said
ADL Regional Director Kevin
O’Grady. He called the group
virulently anti-gay and antiSemitic.
Westboro Baptist Church
leaders reportedly believe the
end of the world is imminent and
that President Barack Obama is
the antichrist. Church members
have shown up at soldiers’
funerals, contending they were
killed by God because America
is accepting of homosexuality.
Taxi rates to increase
TAXIS FROM PAGE 1
additional tax that we have
agreed to for each of our vehicles,
we think it should be directed
back toward our taxi cabs,” said
Bill Rouse, general manager of
Yellow Cab Los Angeles.
Rooney said a survey was
recently issued to the coupon
users asking them what they
think of the program and if they
have any recommendations on
how to make it better.
Any additional votes regarding
changing aspects of taxi-related
programs could come up for a
council vote by late May or early
June, she added.
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CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD PUBLIC NOTICES
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD
WEST HOLLYWOOD COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
NOTICE OF JOINT PUBLIC HEARING
AND NOTICE OF COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETING
PROPOSED SECOND AMENDMENT TO THE REDEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE
EAST SIDE PROJECT AREA
TO EXTEND THE TIME LIMIT FOR COMMENCEMENT OF EMINENT DOMAIN
PROCEEDINGS BY THE AGENCY
AND RELATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of West Hollywood
(“City Council”) and the West Hollywood Community Development Commission
(“Agency”) will hold a joint public hearing on Monday, May 18, 2009, at 6:30 p.m., or
as soon thereafter as possible, at the West Hollywood Park, 647 North San Vicente
Boulevard, West Hollywood, California, to consider:
The proposed Second Amendment to the
Redevelopment Plan for the East Side Project Area (“Amendment”) and related
Negative Declaration
The East Side Project Area (“Project Area”) was established by the City Council on June
2, 1997. Land uses in the Project Area consist primarily of multifamily and single family
residential and commercial uses. A map showing the boundaries of the Project Area is
attached hereto and made a part hereof. A large scale copy of the Project Area map and
a copy of the legal description for the Project Area that was recorded in the Los Angeles
County Recorder’s office are available for public inspection at the office of the City Clerk
at West Hollywood City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, California.
Copies of the legal description are available upon request, free of charge.
The purpose of the proposed Amendment is to extend the time limit for commencement
of eminent domain proceedings by the Agency to acquire real property in the Project
Area for a period of 12 years, as allowed by the Community Redevelopment Law
(California Health and Safety Code Section 33000, et seq.). Without the Amendment, the
Agency’s eminent domain authority in the Project Area will expire on June 2, 2009. The
Amendment would prohibit the use of eminent domain to aquire property for a project
when any person resides on that property provided that (i) the City’s zoning ordinances,
as they now exist or may hereafter be amended, permit such residency on the property
and (ii) the residency has been continuous from no later than the date the Agency gave
the owner of the property notice of its decision to appraise the property for that project.
At the above-stated day, hour, and place, any and all persons having any comments for
or against the proposed Amendment and related Negative Declaration, or who deny that
significant blight remains in the Project Area, or have any comments on the regularity of
any of the prior proceedings, may appear before the City Council and Agency and show
cause why the proposed Amendment should or should not be adopted. In addition, at
any time not later than the hour set for public hearing on the proposed Amendment, any
person may file written comments with the City Clerk of the City of West Hollywood on
the proposed Amendment or on the related Negative Declaration.
Interested persons may inspect and, upon payment of the costs of reproduction, obtain
copies of the proposed Amendment and related documents, including the related Negative
Declaration, the existing Redevelopment Plan for the Project Area (and the prior amendment
thereto), and the reports and information required by Health and Safety Code Section 33352
(to the extent warranted by the proposed Amendment) (“the Report”) at the office of the
City Clerk at West Hollywood City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood,
California. The Report will be available at the City Clerk’s office on or about April 23, 2009.
If you challenge the approval and adoption of the Amendment or Negative Declaration in
court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the
joint public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the
Agency or the City Council at, or prior to, the joint public hearing.
To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Assistive Listening Devices
(ALD) will be available for checkout at the meetings. If you require special assistance to
attend (e.g. transportation) or to participate in the meetings (e.g. signer for the hearing
impaired), you must call or submit your request in writing to the Transportation Division
at (323) 848-6375 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. The Transportation Division
mailing address is 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069. The City
TDD line for the hearing impaired is (323) 848-6496.
___________________________________
Thomas R. West
City Clerk
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CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
PROPOSED RATE INCREASE - COMMERCIAL
SOLID WASTE &
RECYCLING SERVICES FOR PERMANENT
ROLL OFF BOXES
Pursuant to the provisions of the Franchise
Agreement between the City of West Hollywood
and Arakelian Enterprises, Inc. D.B.A. Athens
Services for Integrated Solid Waste Management
Services, the City Council of the City of West
Hollywood hereby declares its intention to amend
the Franchise Agreement to change the scope
of services and increase rates for commercial
integrated solid waste management services.
This is being considered in order to cover rising
costs to operate the solid waste program as well
as to increase diversion of recyclables away from
landfills by processing 100% of the commercial
waste through Athens Services’ Materials Recovery
Facility.
The City Council is contemplating phasing in a rate
increase over a period of approximately 3.5 years
for commercial customers using permanent roll off
boxes for disposal of rubbish and restaurant food
waste. This would be implemented as a 6.10%
increase to the pull rate on July 1, 2009; October
1, 2009; October 1, 2010; and October 1, 2011.
The disposal rate would be increased to the Athens
Materials Recovery Facility Rate of $76.30/ton on
July 1, 2009. Additionally, the established rates
may be increased annually in accordance with the
Consumer Price Index.
Notice is hereby given that a public hearing shall
be held on such proposed amendment to the
Franchise Agreement on May 18, 2009, at the hour
of 6:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers in the
main auditorium at West Hollywood Park, 647 N.
San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood, California,
at which time any and all interested persons
may present evidence or object to the proposed
amendments to the Franchise Agreement.
Additional information is available regarding the
proposed amendments to the Franchise Agreement
on the City of West Hollywood website www.weho.
org. If you have questions please call the City of
West Hollywood Department of Public Works (323)
848-6375.
Thomas R. West
City Clerk
4/30, 5/7/09
WHI-1575753#
WEST HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON THE
REPORT PREPARED IN CONNECTION
WITH SOLID WASTE AND/OR RECYCLABLE
COLLECTION AND/OR DISPOSAL SERVICE
FEES IN THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD
The City of West Hollywood annually collects solid
waste and/or recyclable collection and/or disposal
service fees (“solid waste fees”) on the tax roll in
the same manner, by the same persons, and at
the same time as, together with and not separately
from, the general taxes of the City.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the City Council of
the City of West Hollywood has caused a written
report to be prepared and filed with the City Clerk
regarding the City’s solid waste fees for fiscal year
2009-2010. Such report contains a description of
each parcel of real property receiving solid waste
and/or recyclable collection and/or disposal service
furnished by the City and the amount of the fee for
each parcel for fiscal year 2009-2010 computed in
conformity with Part IX of Chapter VII of Article V of
the City’s Municipal Code.
NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that on
the 18th day of May, 2009 at 6:30 P.M. in the
West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 San Vicente
Boulevard, West Hollywood, California 90069, a
public hearing will be held on the above-described
report. The report is on file in the office of the
City Clerk, 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard, West
Hollywood, California 90069 and available for
public inspection.
At the public hearing, the City Council will hear and
consider all objections or protests to the report.
Thomas R. West
City Clerk
4/30, 5/7/09
WHI-1575708#
WEST HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENT
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON THE
REPORT PREPARED IN CONNECTION WITH
ANNUAL SEWER SERVICE FEES IN THE CITY
OF WEST HOLLYWOOD
The City of West Hollywood annually collects sewer
service charges on the tax roll in the same manner,
by the same persons, and at the same time as,
together with and not separately from, the general
taxes of the City.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the City Council of
the City of West Hollywood has caused a written
report to be prepared and filed with the City Clerk
regarding the City’s sewer service charge for fiscal
year 2009-2010. Such report contains a description
of each parcel of real property receiving sewer
maintenance services furnished by the City and the
amount of the charge for each parcel for fiscal year
2009-2010 computed in conformity with Chapter
15.12 of Article 1 of Title 15 of the City’s Municipal
Code.
NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that on
the 18th day of May, 2009 at 6:30 P.M. in the
West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 San Vicente
Boulevard, West Hollywood, California 90069, a
public hearing will be held on the above-described
report. The report is on file in the office of the
City Clerk, 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard, West
Hollywood, California 90069 and available for
public inspection.
At the public hearing, the City Council will hear and
consider all objections or protests to the report.
Thomas R. West
City Clerk
4/30, 5/7/09
WHI-1575705#
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