Original Article Created By CBS Local

Random violent crimes downtown have put people on edge, but increased foot patrols in the area have helped put residents more at ease.

Last December, an alleged homeless person pushed another man into an oncoming truck. The man survived, but police said the homeless man went on to attack two other people.

“What we needed more was sort of a forced presence,” Anthony Vejerano, co-founder of Downtown LA Strong.

The neighborhood group pushed the city to bring more foot patrols to the area, but it was LAPD Central Division Capt. Scott Harrelson who brought the much-needed coverage.

Harrelson already had a dedicated foot-beat presence, but he wanted more. And now everyone, including him, within the Central Division walks the same path at some point during their shift.

“It’s a different dynamic,” he said. “You actually get to walk up to people and say ‘hello’ and shake their hand.”

Nick Previsich, who has lived downtown for nine years and helped fight for increased foot patrols in the area, said it’s a good start.

“This isn’t even close to enough,” he said. “This area, but all of downtown really, is just hurting for community-based police model.”

Harrelson told CBSLA’s Jake Reiner that he is continuing his efforts to find ways to add more officers to the district’s foot patrol without impacting the budget.

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Original Article By Nouran Salahieh For KTLA 5

Criminal charges were filed Wednesday against an aspiring rapper who scaled a sign on the 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles, creating an hourslong traffic jam in what turned out to be a publicity stunt, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office said.

Alexander Dunn, 30, was charged with five criminal counts including resisting an officer, causing a public nuisance, trespassing and failing to abide by peace officer’s instructions, authorities said.

The aspiring rapper faces a maximum sentence of three years in jail, a $3,000 fine and will have to pay thousands of dollars in restitution for emergency response costs, the Attorney’s Office said.

The rapper, whose stage name is Dephree, scaled the exit sign for the southbound Wilshire Boulevard and 4th Street off-ramps during morning rush hour in June last year, video showed.

Dunn then placed three banners on the signs and started freestyle rapping and yelling.

The banners reading “fight pollution not each other,” “give a hoot don’t pollute” and “Dephree” were seen hanging next to him.

Authorities say the spectacle that closed all southbound lanes for two hours was being filmed for later use in a music video.

When California Highway Patrol officers approached, Dunn climbed to the top of the sign and then backflipped onto an inflatable mattress, video showed.

He did not sustain any injuries in the jump and was taken into custody, authorities said.

“This outrageous conduct required the intervention of precious emergency services to assure it ended safely, stopped traffic for nearly two hours and interfered with the lives and work of thousands of commuters,” City Attorney Mike Feuer said in a written statement. “We will hold the defendant accountable for his reckless, selfish actions.”

Dunn’s arraignment is scheduled for July 1 at a Los Angeles court.

Original Article By Nouran Salahieh For KTLA 5


Original Article Created By CBS Los Angeles

A Wednesday afternoon power outage knocked out electricity to a portion of downtown Los Angeles, including the Convention Center.

According to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Twitter account, a construction mishap was to blame for the roughly four-hour outage.

According to spokesperson Jessica Johnson, about 30 DWP customers, including the Convention Center, which is hosting the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo, lost power.

Some of the affected customers could include other large facilities such as hotels, but no specifics were available, Johnson said.

According to a Los Angeles Fire Department dispatcher, crews responded to two elevator calls in the area.

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Original Article By Kristopher Gee For Spectrum News 1

Although DTLA arrived relatively late to the e-scooter game, now that city’s one-year pilot program is in full swing, downtown has seen a veritable explosion of them.

In April, the city permitted eight operators and tens of thousands of scooters to be deployed, many going to DTLA. For many, scooters are a great way to ditch the car and get around, but for many others, the sudden onslaught of these electric, motorized vehicles has become a nuisance.

Mario Bardales, who is blind, appeared at a recent town hall meeting to voice his concerns about the now ubiquitous scooters which he believes have significantly altered the sidewalk landscape, increasing the potential for dangerous obstacles for those with disabilities.

“These mobile devices are anywhere in the city,” said Bardales. “It makes me worry when I hit one of those devices on the street, that next time I’m very concerned to go outside. Because I am afraid of hitting myself. That’s my concern not only for me, but for my other friends who are totally blind.”

Even though the city has created “Parking Zones,” many local business owners and residents are fed up with carelessly parked scooters and users riding on the sidewalks. Some, like Bardales, are suggesting the city put a hold on the pilot program until a better system can be worked out.

Also at the town hall was Geoffrey Straniere, the City of L.A.’s Senior Project Coordinator for Department on Disability (Access Compliance).

“I think very few people are actually using the sidewalks as an intent to maliciously undermine the pedestrian traffic and persons with disabilities,” said Straniere. “At the same time, we have to encourage that the roadway is the place for these [scooters].”

Although the L.A. Department of Transportation and the scooter companies pointed out correctly that there are many rules and regulations in place already, critics say there’s no enforcement and that an undue measure of responsibility for marshalling the scooters lies with the public.

But many scooter proponents say any new technology is going to take some patience to work out.

Long-time DTLA resident Josh Gray-Emmer, who loves the scooters, said, “Nothing’s going to be perfect. This is a pilot program. It’s just starting out. I want to see all of the data at the end of the program and I want to see what the companies are willing due to fix any legitimate problems. But I certainly caution against just throwing the baby out with the bathwater.”

“We are discovering they are learning from the implementation of the program,” added Bardales. “They are not experts to have this pilot program running.”

Bardales said he will continue to give his input at these public forums as the LADOT will be holding more of them throughout the duration of the pilot period.

Original Article By Kristopher Gee For Spectrum News 1

nightshade DTLA

Original Article Created By Deyvanshi Masrani For Haute Living

In the hustling and bustling Arts District in downtown Los Angeles lies Nightshade—one of the city’s new must-try restaurants. Chef Mei Lin brings her Chinese roots, having been born in China and growing up in her parents’ multiple Chinese restaurants in Detroit, as well as her extensive experience, from building her resumé in the restaurants of some of the most recognizable and celebrated chefs in the country, including Michael Symons’ Roast in Detroit, Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in Las Vegas and Michael Voltaggio’s ink. in Los Angeles. Together with managing partners Francis Miranda and Cyrus Batchan of No.8 hospitality group, this flagship concept is Lin’s first restaurant, quickly gaining popularity among the locals.

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“Ultimately, my aim is to recreate dishes I’ve come to love over the course of my career and lifetime, learning how to do things the traditional ways, but infusing new flavors and maybe some non-conventional techniques to achieve my ideal version of it,” began Lin. “I’ll learn how to perfect the traditional and classical way to make something so that I have a firm understanding and respect for the process. Then I experiment to see how a new element to the process or a new ingredient might affect it differently, and work on it until it’s where I want it to be.”

nightshade DTLAIn addition to her significantly impressive kitchen experience, Lin enjoyed several nationally-recognized accolades, including winning Esquire TV’s Knife Fight, being named one of Eater’s Young Guns in 2014 and Zagat’s 30 Under 30 list. She also won her season (season 12) of Emmy-winning television show on Bravo TV, Top Chef.

nightshade DTLAThe prospering Arts District in downtown Los Angeles is the perfect area for Nightshade’s Chinese-American cuisine, where its industrial aesthetic coupled with a natural color palette with pops of accent colors, like the lush, emerald green banquette seats, make for a very Instagram-worthy space. Hanging botanical plants with rose gold and soft gray-accented pieces add to the overall vibe, as do the white-washed brick walls, light wood finishes and strong, but elegant marbles. A bar counter with accommodation for 8-to-10 guests is situated in front of a semi-open kitchen, where all the magic happens.

nightshade DTLAMenu highlights include the Hokkaido scallops with coconut vinaigrette, crispy ginger and coriander; truffled Dungeness crab congee; squid ink tagliatelle with cuttlefish Bolognese and gochujang; the prawn toast with Cantonese curry; the Szechuan hot quail with Japanese milk bread and house pickles; the lasagna with pork ragu, tofu cream and prickly ash; and of course, the bone-in Angus short ribs, served with bibb lettuce, bonito habanero emulsion, fermented radish, mint and pickles.

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Original Article Created By Deyvanshi Masrani For Haute Living

Friday, June 14, 2019

 

Interest Rates Unchanged

According to FreddieMac, rates are mostly unchanged this week. These historically low rates are at levels not seen since 2017.

L.A. Rents Rise In May

TheRealDeal Reports that L.A. rents rose 5.4% in May after a slowdown late last year. The high housing costs are a major factor in L.A.’s inflation of 3.1% over last year that exceeds national averages.

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675 Bixel Purchased – Central City West

Connect California reports that Realm Group, LLC has purchased the 1.5 acre site at 675 Bixel St. The purchase includes plans for Bixel Tower, a 36-Story, 422-unit mixed-use apartment building.

The concrete, steel and glass tower and loft design will incorporate a rooftop sky lounge with one of the largest amenity decks in DTLA. At 40,000 Sqft. it will include pool terrace and spacious dog park.

675 Bixel. 36-Story tower planned.

Civic Center Tower – New Look

L.A. Downtown News reports that new designs have been revealed for Tribune’s planned 37-story high-rise just south of Times Mirror Square at 222 W. Second Street. 

Updated designs show a streamlined glass and steel tower that would include 190 studios, 257 1-bedrooms and 229 2-bedroom apartments & four penthouses.

Completion is currently not expected before 2025.

New Look Coming For Civic Center

Another Onni Group Tower Rising

Urbanize reports the L.A. city council has approved Onni’s next tower downtown; a 60-story residential tower that will be located 1000 S. Hill;  occupying the corner of Olympic and Hill.

The current parking lot will be transformed into 700 one and two-bedroom apartments with 15,000 Sqft. of ground-floor commercial space.

Onni has said construction will take 30 months; concluding in 2022.

Onni Group – 1000 Hill St – DTLA

CitizenM Hotel Breaks Ground

Urbanize reports that hotel chain citizenM has broken ground on its 315 room hotel.

The affordable luxury hotel will be 11-Story’s and located in the Historic Core on the corner of 4th and Spring.

With use of prefab components, completion is expected for 2020.

citizenM Hotel coming 2022. Corner of 4th & Spring
Eastern Columbia Lofts – Built in 1930

Built in 1930, The 13-Story Eastern Columbia Lofts is surfaced clad in stunning turqouise terra cotta & gold leaf. With 147 lofts, this L.A. historic landmark offers luxurious contemporary living with classic period details.

Enter into a 43′ long great room with spacious living, dinning, and/or office/den space
Rarely available, 1500 Sqft., SW corner mezzanine live/work loft.

A functional floorplan begins at foyer entry.
An efficient, fully equipped kitchen.
A wardrobe encloses a bedroom suite.
Bathroom housing full-sized laundry machines.
Secure 1-car garaged parking, rooftop pool and fitness center with incredible views of the skyline & clock tower.

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Original Article Created By ABC 7 Eyewitness News

An investigation into a suspicious package prompted a temporary evacuation of Los Angeles Police Department headquarters early Tuesday morning.

Units encountered a vehicle at about 4 a.m. with a package inside deemed to be suspicious near City Hall and police headquarters, according to LAPD.

Traffic was shut down from Temple Street to 2nd Street and from Spring Street to Los Angeles Street as police investigated.

A bomb squad was called to the scene and police headquarters were evacuated. The scene was declared clear shortly before 6 a.m.

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500 Molino St #107

Simple yet sophisticated, this loft living space is the definition of modern loft designs. Reconstructed 3-Bed/2-Bath loft features over 2600 sq. ft. of indoor – outdoor living space. Includes exposed red brick walls, bended corner drywall, high ceilings with exposed piping and wood beams, a custom built music lounge and walk in master closet, and an entertainers – chef’s kitchen with Viking appliances that is the heart and hub of this home.

Barring the original hardwood floors every room in this home has been upgraded with high end finishes. Molino Lofts is 3 stories of classic 1920’s Warehouse Architecture. The Building features a pet friendly atmosphere, is zoned live – work, has two rooftop areas with panoramic city and river view sun decks, a pool and bbq area and gym. Centrally located, you are next to Bavel and Bestia, Zinc & Urth Café, Row DT

Listing provided by Greg Stangl & Arrington Williams / The Agency

realm group dtla

Original Article Created By Rebusiness Online

Realm Group, a joint venture between Newport Beach, Calif.-based Realm Real Estate and Irvine, Calif.-based The Bascom Group, has purchased a 1.5-acre site, located at 675 S. Bixel St. in downtown Los Angeles. Realm Group entitled the site for the development of a 36-story, 422-unit mixed-use high-rise multifamily building.

The concrete, steel and glass tower will have a loft-style design and feature a rooftop sky lounge providing views of the city’s skyline. A 40,000-square-foot amenity deck on the fifth floor will feature a pool terrace and dog park. Construction is slated to commence in 2020.

Charles Halladay, Jamie Kline, Nicholas Lench and Samuel Godfrey of HFF facilitated the land financing. Starwood Property Trust provided the debt financing for the land purchased.

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Sound Festival DTLA

Original Article By Jen Case For EDM Life

One of Europe’s highest regarded music festivals, Barcelona’s Primavera Sound, announced on Saturday that it will debut its American edition in Los Angeles in 2020. The festival will take place at Los Angeles State Historic Park in Chinatown on September 19 – 20, 2020. A limited amount of early bird tickets go on sale this Friday, June 7 at 9am (PST).

Live Nation is partnering with Primavera Sound to produce the Los Angeles festival, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary next year. The LA version will be on a much smaller scale compared to the Barcelona festival, which drew 220,000 fans this year, as the Los Angeles State Historic Park has a maximum capacity of 25,000. The lineup for the Los Angeles edition is still in the making however Primavera is looking to appeal to music fans interested in smaller events that cater to specific audiences looking for a different ambiance.

Los Angeles industry professionals and fans who travel to Barcelona may already be familiar with Primavera due to their annual festival as well as the more techno based Sónar Festival. Unfortunately Barcelona’s nightlife and music culture won’t be exactly replicated in strict Los Angeles however the organizers plan on trying to evoke it as much as possible in LA.

Gabi Ruiz, the director and founder of Primavera Sound, had the following to say:

“We had been thinking about crossing the Atlantic for some time now and, in particular, about Los Angeles. Los Angeles is a city that has always fascinated us. Its vitality, its appeal, its forward thinking. We feel that in some ways, in Barcelona, we share the sensations and way of experiencing things with Los Angeles. We have been competing with the market of festivals not only in Europe but also in the United States for a long time already. We know that we have an increasing American audience at our festival in Barcelona. Obviously our main interest is to be able to transport the vibe of Barcelona and of our festival to California, but we will always find it wherever we go.”

Original Article By Jen Case For EDM Life

 

Donuts DTLA

The second annual DTLA Donut Festival, featuring dozens of different doughnut vendors, was a celebration of all things sweet for National Doughnut Day.

The event in downtown Los Angeles offered a wide selection of tasty doughnut treats that were also drool-worthy for Instagram. Fan favorite Voodoo Doughnut, vegan-based bakery Donatsu, and the ever-so-creative DK’s Donuts are among those who showcased their beloved pastries.

Here are our eight favorite Insta-worthy doughnuts from the edible exploration.

1. Rainbow Vanilla by DK’s Donuts

Donuts DTLAThis show stopper is not skipping out on any color!

2. Voodoo Doll by Voodoo Doughnut

Donuts DtlaKind of frightening, mostly cute…and delicious of course.

3. Rose Pedal Donut by DK’s Donuts

donuts dtlaDelicate and sweet. This donut is full of flowery fun, and it’s pink!

4. Coconut Donut by Glazed Donut Bar

donuts dtlaCo-co for coconuts? The key is in the detail on this one.

 

5. Dragon Fruit Donut (with an edible orchid) by Donatsu

Donuts DTLA

This is a work of art! Bright, tropical, and almost too pretty to eat.

6. Chicken Sandwich by Astro Doughnuts

donuts DTLA

Okay, now we are definitely hungry. Is it lunch time?

7. Rainbow Dreams by DK’s Donuts

donuts DTLASomewhere over the rainbow there must be endless amounts of these.

8. Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Ganache by Voodoo Doughnut

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This bread pudding doughnut is not messing around. We would call this a solid choice.

Bao Hiroo DTLA

Original Article Created By Farley Elliot For LA Eater

Great news for Arts District diners looking to keep things casual: Bao Hiroo arrives next week.

Whereas much of the white-hot Arts District’s dining scene has focused around big, flashy, celebrity-fueled openings and anticipations, Bao Hiroo aims in a different direction. The 1,600 square foot Barling Construction-built space sits on 2nd Street, a block north of one of the busiest drags in the neighborhood, right at the base of the Garey apartment building where Father’s Office will also open. It’s a few-frills kind of counter service restaurant with mismatched chairs and a funky industrial appeal from Mass Architecture and Design, and will serve lunch through dinner to late night.

The food at Bao Hiroo comes by way of namesake chef Hiroo Nagahara, a Tokyo native known for his food truck and restaurant the Chairman. Nagahara offers non-traditional bao buns starting at $4 apiece, in addition to options like $5 fries, and a $12 salad. A beer and wine license means the restaurant can serve sake cocktails or $8 wines by the glass. The opening menus are below.

Bao Hiroo opens next week in the Arts District from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Monday through Saturday.

Bao Hiroo. 905 E. 2nd St. #109, Los Angeles, CA.

Original Article Created By Farley Elliot For LA Eater


Original Articles By Associated Press And Chris Wolfe

The number of homeless people counted across Los Angeles County jumped 12% over the past year to nearly 59,000, with more young and old residents and families on the streets, officials said Tuesday.

The majority of the homeless were found within the city of Los Angeles, which saw a 16% increase to 36,300, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority said in presenting January’s annual count to the county Board of Supervisors.

The increase was registered a year after the previous tally found a slight decrease in the county’s homeless population.

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The problem was apparent just outside the board meeting, where a man and a woman were camped out on a small patch of lawn. Tents regularly pop up on the pavement outside nearby City Hill and hundreds of people live in makeshift shanties that line entire blocks in the notorious neighborhood known as Skid Row.

The county’s Homeless Services Authority said it helped 21,631 people move into permanent housing during 2018 — a pace that would have helped rapidly end homelessness if economic pressures had not simultaneously pushed thousands more out of their homes.

But while some people who had been homeless managed to get permanent places to live, others who had homes were forced onto the streets of metro Los Angeles’ vast urban sprawl.

“People are being housed out of homelessness and falling into homelessness on a continuous basis,” said Peter Lynn, the authority’s executive director.

About a quarter of those counted became homeless for the first time in 2018, and about half of those cited economic hardship as the primary cause, the authority said.

To reduce homelessness, communities must overcome resistance to the placement of housing and shelters, officials said.

Three years ago, Los Angeles voters approved a tax hike and $1.2 billion housing bond to make a decade’s worth of massive investments to help solve the homeless crisis. That bond money has been committed to build more than half of the 10,000 new housing units planned countywide over the next decade, Lynn said.

About three-quarters of the homeless people counted were living outdoors, fueling concerns of a growing public health crisis with piles of garbage and rats near homeless encampments lining downtown sidewalks.

The Skid Row area is “ground zero” for the crisis, where the smell of human waste permeates the air and violence is common, said Estela Lopez of the Downtown Industrial Business Improvement District.

The district’s business members, mainly fish and produce vendors, pay additional property tax for on-demand power-washing of sidewalks and a private security force that mediates disputes and clears people congregating at companies’ front doors and loading docks.

“We’re not the police but we’re increasingly doing police work because we’re out there all day, every day,” said Lopez. “We’re the ones flagged down if someone has a seizure or if someone ODs.”

Lopez estimates her group’s private trash service removes between 5 and 7 tons of garbage every day.

County Supervisor Janice Hahn called the increase in homeless population “disheartening.”

“Even though our data shows we are housing more people than ever, it is hard to be optimistic when that progress is overwhelmed by the number of people falling into homelessness,” Hahn said.

The Los Angeles County figures mirror tallies across California, as state officials struggle to address a lack of affordable housing. In addition, officials said, wages among lower income people have not kept up with the rising cost of living.

Some state lawmakers on Tuesday called for legislation capping rent increases on some tenants and encouraging the construction of more affordable housing.

“We’re seeing folks who are working, have jobs and are homeless. They can’t afford the rent. They can’t afford to live in the communities in which they’ve grown up their entire life. And they’re being displaced,” said Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, a Democrat from Oakland, where a countywide survey this year found a 43% increase in the homeless population over the last several years.

But California tenant legislation faces persistent opposition from landlords and other major housing bills have already sputtered this legislative session.

Officials in San Francisco, which struggles with income inequality and a growing number of homeless residents, are considering a proposal to force mentally ill and addicted people into treatment. Critics say the plan goes against the spirit of a city known for its fierce protection of civil rights.

The Los Angeles County count found a 24% increase in homeless youth, defined as people under 25, and a 7% jump in people 62 or older.

Officials estimate about 29% of people experiencing homelessness in the county are mentally ill or coping with substance abuse problems.

About two-thirds of all people on the streets of metro Los Angeles are male, just under one-third are female, and about 2% identify as transgender or gender non-conforming.

Original Articles By Associated Press And Chris Wolfe

queensberry DTLA

Original Article By Farley Elliot For LA EATER

The long run of Downtown cocktail destination Honeycut ended on New Years Eve, leaving questions as to who exactly would be taking over instead. Now it seems that the Circa 93 group is on the scene, opening a new bar over the weekend in the same space called Queensberry.

Circa 93 is the group behind several prominent LA bars, including the Room in both Santa Monica and Hollywood, as well as the Continental Club and the Association in Downtown. Their latest venture lands in the semi-hidden subterranean bar space off Flower and 8th, and retains the same glowing disco floor that has been there for years.

Otherwise Queensberry represents a pretty big perspective shift, as the new bar hopes to feel like a nod to London’s many members-only clubs, a hideaway for in-the-know imbibers to party the night away. The bar area offers cocktails, champagne by the bottle, and has at least one bottle of whiskey from every state in the union; adjacent to that is the dance room with the disco floor. Each will have its own distinct menu, posted below.

queensberry DTLA

The Queensberry hosted an opening party last weekend, and keeps hours moving forward from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Enter through the alley on 8th between Flower and Figueroa.

Original Article By Farley Elliot For LA EATER