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One of the oldest music stores in DTLA, The International House of Music, Inc., was ransacked by looters over the weekend, who stole an estimated hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment.


DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Employees at The International House of Music, Inc., started cleaning up the shattered glass and destruction left by looters after the store was ransacked Saturday night.

“We just went through COVID and we were just barely about a week opening in, trying to get back in, trying to get our employees back in,” said Oscar Naranjo Jr., co-owner of the store. “We got to move forward and now with this, it’s hard.”

The owners estimate hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise was stolen from the music store.

“It’s mixed feelings because they didn’t take everything, they didn’t burn it down. So, we’re grateful for one thing,” said Naranjo. “But the reality is they did … it’s not just on TV anymore, it’s real.”

The looters left a large display of guitars nearly empty, but they didn’t ransack the entire store. The acoustic room, with about $150,000 worth of equipment was untouched. According to the owners, the lights were off in this room and the door was closed.

“There were items in here from other stores. Some bags,” said Naranjo. “Mixed in with shoes thrown everywhere. Because maybe they had one pair of shoes and they’d rather take a guitar than a shoe.”

The store will temporarily be closed to the public until it’s safe to reopen, according to the owners.

“It’s so many mixed feelings. We understand why this is going on and I think there needs to be a change,” said Naranjo. “But I don’t think this is the right way.”

The business is one of the oldest music stores in Downtown Los Angeles — which dates back to 1902.

During the LA riots, individuals shattered the windows but didn’t ransack the store, according to the owner.

“We don’t know exactly why they stopped at breaking the windows in 1992,” said Naranjo. “We were blessed for some reason, and we’re still blessed that the store is still standing after what happened last Saturday night, too.”

The owners moved in October 2019 to their new location in the Fashion District.



As thousands of demonstrators continue to take to the streets throughout Southern California to protest police brutality after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, public health officials said people should take precautions to prevent spread of COVID-19.
Downtown LA Protests 2020
Marcus Owen, with bullhorn, leads a rally for George Floyd as hundreds of protesters gather outside Los Angeles City Hall in a daylong protest. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)


For The LA Times 

JUNE 3, 2020

More peaceful demonstrations occurred across Southern California on Wednesday, with thousands converging at the Los Angeles civic center to protest Dist. Atty Jackie Lacey.

The downtown protest was the biggest of numerous marches to express outrage at police brutality and the killing of George Floyd. There were marches in Hollywood, Whittier, Hancock Park, Long Beach, West Hollywood and Newport Beach.

Lacey has long been a target of some activists, who have criticized her for not prosecuting more police officers for misconduct. She’s locked in a runoff for reelection.

Thousands were standing in Grand Park in front of the criminal courthouse.


In West Hollywood, protester Nick Atkinson said: “I’m so freaking mad.”

He repeatedly yelled at sheriff’s deputies who were present about how they should be wearing masks, taking a knee and be held accountable for their actions.

He said he has lived in Los Angeles 20 years and wanted to publicly protest to make clear that the killing of black men and women is wrong.

Downtown LA Protests 2020
Downtown LA Protests 2020

“Where are your masks. Why aren’t you wearing your masks? You’re all paid to serve and protect us,” he yelled. “Where are your masks?“

For Gale Oliver Jr., a pastor at the Greater Light Family Church in Santa Ana, a protest against racism and police brutality in one of Orange County’s wealthiest enclaves was a sign of the times.

“It’s a blessing that this is going on in Newport Beach,” Oliver, who is black, said. “I mean, this is going on in Newport Beach? I guess America is finally listening.”

Oliver said pastors in Santa Ana began meeting regularly with Orange County law enforcement officials about five years ago in hopes of ending “policing from the point of view that they’re under attack.” He’s seen progress but more needs to be done, he said, here and throughout the country.

“Two men have said, ‘I can’t breathe.’ One said it eight times, one said it 11 times,” Oliver said, referring to the deaths of Floyd and Eric Garner, who died while being restrained by a New York City policeman. “I can’t breathe — what that really means is there’s things that will suffocate you. Racism will suffocate you. Hate will suffocate you.”

Kyle Scallon, 21, turned out Wednesday to protest not just Floyd’s death, but a discriminatory approach he believes law enforcement in Orange County has practiced for too long. Driving in his hometown of Mission Viejo and elsewhere in the county, Scallon said, he has been pulled over by officers intent on questioning his girlfriend, who is Creole.

“They ask me for my license,” he said, “and they ask her where she lives, where she’s going, what she’s doing in the car.”In his experience, Scallon said, the default view for police is to assume people of color are doing something wrong, no matter the circumstances of the encounter.

“I’m here because I just want cops to realize not everyone’s bad,” he said, standing with a group of protesters on the corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway. “It’s become the system, but they need to realize not everyone they meet is bad.”


The mayor added that the program would provide people with up to three months of support.

Councilman Curren Price said the program could be launched as soon as mid-March, and is also supported by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

“We can’t build our way out of this disaster,” Price said. “Individuals … are falling into homelessness faster than our services can help them out. We’ve seen the positive effects of these programs in Chicago and New York, and I firmly believe that it can be part of the solution in Los Angeles.”

Garcetti said an average of 150 people become homeless each day in Los Angeles County, but 133 are housed at the same rate, and if the city and county could find a way to close that gap, it could be the beginning of ending homelessness.

Another program that’s coming online is LA: EnterPRISE, which is intended to give people who are living on the street or nearly homeless a chance to get job training and assistance in finding a career path. About 200 people will be entered into the program.

“Every Angeleno should have a chance to nurture their talents, pursue their dreams and earn an income,” Garcetti said. “The goal of LA: EnterpRISE is to empower people in need, to give them the support, training and encouragement they need to start a new chapter.”

Ana Zimmerman, who said she was living in a shelter before she started working with a similar program, FreeFrom, said she was able to move into her own apartment within 19 months by selling inspirational cards.

Vans Downtown LA
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Despite California being the skate brand’s base, Vans has never opened a retail store in Downtown Los Angeles — until now.

Finding its home at 808 S. Broadway, the DTLA store doubles as an events space, its design and decor paying homage to both the local and skate communities. Featuring a mural by LA-based artist Geoff McFetridge, as well as various works by local sign painter Julien Besser, other walls of the 11,500 square-foot space are dotted with photographs taken by legendary skateboarders such as Anthony Acosta, Tino Razo, Mike O’Meally, and Ray Barbee.


Vans Downtown LA
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Aside from artists and skateboarders, the Vans DTLA store also hopes to represent local skate brands, offering a skate shop stocked with brands such as Baker, WKND, Girl, and Alva, along with its own Vans Pro Skate collection. Its second floor houses Studio808, a gallery collaboratively created with lifestyle magazine Monster Children, which will host various talks, exhibitions and workshops every month.


Finally, to make an even bigger impact on its local community, the skate company has partnered up with non-profits Chrysalis and Goodwill — both of which have workforce development initiatives for previously homeless or underprivileged youth — to recruit new talent and staff for its brand new store.

For those interested, you can learn more about Vans’ DTLA branch and its upcoming events over on its website.


9th Street Ramen’s sleek, slightly futuristic Downtown space at 11 W. 9th Street should be ready for its big reveal next week. Reps for the restaurant say the plan is to keep daily hours from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and on to midnight Thursday through Saturday.



LA Art Show: The reasons we seek to connect with art are as plentiful as paintings in a museum, which means that the thousands of visitors at this colossal convention of modern and contemporary art, art dealers, artists, and art fans will be there looking to buy, see, ponder, find inspiration, find surprise, and meet other aficionados of paint, clay, and other media. It’s on at the Los Angeles Convention Center through Feb. 9, so go admire, absorb, and art-it-up.


Los Angeles has emerged as a global epicenter of art & culture, with a distinct, interwoven multi-cultural influence unique to the city. Diversity is our strength and art is most impactful when it includes or transcends all borders. As LA rises as the world-class destination for art, the LA Art Show continues to lead the way with innovative programming and one-of-a-kind experiences for an expanding collecting audience. LA Art Show is the unparalleled international art experience with over 120 galleries from more than 20 countries exhibiting painting, sculpture, works on paper, installation, photography, fashion, design, video and performance. All works presented by galleries are available for your purchasing pleasure.

More than 200,000 square feet of exhibition space is committed to today’s prominent galleries. These domestic and international galleries, beyond their booths, curate special exhibits that are at the forefront of the burgeoning contemporary art movement. The fair offers an extraordinary array of works and experiences in specialized sections.


Kobe Downtown LA


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Soon after his passing, Bryant received a number of tributes from local leaders. In a statement, Mayor Eric Garcetti gave condolences to Bryant’s family and said that the former Laker “will live forever in the heart of Los Angeles.”

“Kobe Bryant was a giant who inspired, amazed, and thrilled people everywhere with his incomparable skill on the court — and awed us with his intellect and humility as a father, husband, creative genius, and ambassador for the game he loved,” Garcetti said in the statement.

Bryant was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996 out of Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia, but was traded that same night to the Lakers for Center Vlade Divac. During his professional career, Kobe won five NBA Championships, two-time NBA Finals MVP, an 18-time all-star and earned the 2008 league most valuable player awards. He was also a prolific Olympic player, taking home two Olympic gold medals as part of the U.S. National team. After their 2010 championship, the Lakers entered a slump and Bryant retired at the end of the 2015-2016 season. By the time of his 20-year career with the Lakers ended, Kobe had scored the third-most points in NBA history. He was surpassed by LeBron James on that list just a day prior to his death.


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James released a long statement on Instagram Tuesday morning.

“Man I love you big bro,” James wrote. “My heart goes to Vanesa and the kids. I promise you I’ll continue your legacy man.”

Bryant will be honored posthumously as a 2020 inductee in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this summer alongside Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.

HOF chairman and former USA Basketball Director Jerry Colangelo told the sport’s website The Athletic that with Kobe added to the 2020 class, that “Kobe will be honored the way he should be.”

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver shared a statement remarking on Bryant’s contributions to the game of basketball.

“He will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability,” Silver’s statement read. “He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna.”

Bryant was in the early stages of the second leg of his career, focusing heavily on youth basketball, with a particular eye on the women’s game. Bryant was an outspoken supporter of the WNBA, actively working alongside his friend and former teammate Derek Fisher, who now serves as head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks. His Thousand Oaks multi-sport facility Mamba Sports Academy, also placed a particular focus on women’s sports.

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert highlighted Bryant’s support for the league in a statement on Sunday.

(Photo by Ted Soqui)

“Kobe’s support for the WNBA and women’s basketball along with his passion for helping young girls and boys follow their dreams made him a true legend for our sport,” the statement read.

As the day stretched into night on Sunday, some fans left Staples. At the Golden Gopher bar on Eighth Street a few blocks away, Michael Carroll reminisced about the late player. Wearing a Bryant jersey, he said that when he first saw the news he thought it was a joke, as Lebron James had just passed Bryant for third in all-time NBA scoring the night before.

“I can’t [expletive] believe it. I can’t believe it,” Carroll said. “He’s not family but I’m devastated.”

It capped a playing career that was not without its controversy. His career was marred by a 2003 allegation that he raped a hotel worker in Colorado. The criminal charges were dropped and a civil case was settled out of court. After leaving the NBA, he worked as an investor. He also won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2018 for the movie Dear Basketball.

A game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers set for Tuesday, Jan. 28 has been postponed, with a makeup date yet to be announced. The Lakers, on Monday broke their daylong silence with a statement, thanking fans for their support during a difficult time.


Original Article Credit:  Connect California

DTLA’s long-awaited Park Fifth tower has arrived in grand style, and MacFarlane Partners is celebrating the completion of the 24-story high-rise tower and the adjacent seven-story Trademark building, both overlooking Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles.

“As downtown continues to evolve as a thriving center within Los Angeles, Park Fifth and Trademark offer an ideal location with its proximity to public transit and the major office employers of DTLA,” said Victor B. MacFarlane, chairman and CEO of MacFarlane.


Park Fifth, located at 427 W. 5th St., offers 347 apartments and 5,300 square feet of retail space, while Trademark features 313 apartments and 7,500 square feet of retail. Designed by Ankrom Moisan Architects, Park Fifth is LEED-Silver certified. Both Park Fifth and Trademark are located at the Pershing Square Metro Station.

Suffolk Construction provided construction management services for Park Fifth, and Bernards was construction manager for Trademark.


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Original Article Credit:  Kelsi Maree Borland For Globe St.com

In the fourth quarter, a near record number of apartment units delivered in Downtown Los Angeles. For only the second time in the market’s history, more than 2,000 units hit the market in a single quarter, according to research from the DCBID. Four properties—a total of 2,011 units—came onto the market, second only to the third quarter 2018, when 2,027 units came to the market.

“It is affirming. It is the second highest number of units that have ever delivered in a quarter, and all of the properties are impressive properties,” Nick Griffin, executive director at the DCBID, tells GlobeSt.com. “It feels very impressive to have this quality of properties coming online at the same time, and it is also a continuation of the strength of the market.” The four properties include Park Fifth with 347 units; Trademark with 313 units, THEA at Metropolis with 685 units and Hope + Flower with 666 units.


The flood of deliveries will likely mean a temporary dip in apartment occupancy, but Griffin says that the impact is a mere side effect. “You cannot deliver that number of units all at once and not have occupancy rate dip,” he explains. “But, the really relevant stat to us is that if you only go back one quarter, meaning everything that has opened prior to quarter four, the vacancy rate is 91.6%. If you look at mature properties, which we define as being open for one year, the occupancy rate is at 95%. That is what we really base our judgment on. We feel pretty good about the market’s ability to absorb these new units.”

The developers are actually exceeding their leasing timetables, even with the completion from other properties. “I have pretty good communication with most of these developers, and they are very pleased with the activity so far,” says Griffin. “Most of the properties that have delivered in the last year have leased up faster than the game plan. Generally speaking, there is a good bit of confidence going forward.”

The growing construction pipeline is yet another sign of the market stability. While more than 2,000 units delivered in the fourth quarter, another 2,500 broke ground, including Fig at 7th and The Grand on Bunker Hill. “The number of new projects that started construction in the last quarter is another really good indicator of the continued strength,” says Griffin. “There is a lot of confidence in the Downtown market. Clearly the investment and development community sees continued strength in the market. That is the important thing to see.”


Original Article Credit:  Kelsi Maree Borland For Globe St.com

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Crime once again rose in Downtown Los Angeles, with a 4.2% increase in 2019 over 2018, according to data from the Los Angeles Police Department. The rise marks the sixth straight year of increases.

The LAPD’s Central Division, which is based in Downtown and covers most of the area, recorded a total of 7,850 Part I crimes, which counts violent and property crimes, compared to 7,536 in 2018, as of Wednesday, Jan. 22. That includes a rise of 60 violent crimes over 2018, from 1,935 to 1,995. This comes as violent crime fell overall across the city.

LAPD Central Division Capt. Timothy Harrelson, who took over running the division in early 2019, said that nearly 50% of Part 1 crime takes place in Skid Row, with other trouble areas continuing to be the Historic Core, and the Seventh and Fifth streets corridors.

“Downtown has a pretty historic trend and pattern and it stayed consistent,” Harrelson said. “We have Skid Row. Generally speaking approximately 50% of our Part 1 and violent crime, especially more violent crime, will occur in Skid Row. The rest is scattered throughout.”

The biggest driver of the overall increase in crime was property theft, specifically grand theft person. Harrelson said most of that was in the form of phone or purse snatches. In part, that’s because more people are coming into Downtown, be it tourists or people coming for events, shows or to Downtown’s restaurants. He added that the property theft has been exacerbated around the Metro rail station at Fifth and Hill streets and the Seventh Street/Metro Center station.  The speed in which people can get in and out of Downtown via Metro trains and buses, helps spark crime around the stations. Visitors and tourists can quickly travel into Downtown, but so can thieves.


“That’s a major point,” Harrelson noted. “It’s a major hub of activity; thousands of people come through daily. They can come in and do whatever crime and be on a train and be out.”

Blair Besten, executive director of the Historic Core Business Improvement District which operates clean and safe teams around the neighborhood, said that they have noticed an increase in shoplifting from businesses along the Fifth Street corridor. She agreed that the Fifth and Seventh streets Metro spots have been trouble areas for the Historic Core.




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California Chicken Cafe Downtown LA


Original Article Credit:  Yahoo News/Hoodline

Chicken fans, take heed: You’ll find a new California Chicken Cafe location at 809 S. Hill St. in Downtown.

California Chicken Cafe, which has locations in the Los Angeles metro area, specializes in rotisserie chicken, with menu items ranging from chicken rice wrap to California chicken salad to a quarter breast chicken. View the menu here.

The new locale has gotten off to a solid start thus far, with a four-star rating out of 17 reviews on Yelp.


California Chicken Cafe Downtown LA


Maggie F., who was among the first Yelpers to review the new spot on Jan. 9, wrote, “The best chicken in Downtown LA. I love their decor and the workers are very helpful and friendly. Their chicken is so fresh and juicy. Had it with the broccoli pasta and roasted potatoes, which were amazing.”


Yelper Ezra N. added, “This place is insanely good — so delicious and healthy. Not the cheapest, but for the taste and quality, [it’s] definitely an amazing deal.”

Intrigued? Stop in to try it for yourself. California Chicken Cafe is open from 10:45 a.m.–10:05 p.m. on Monday-Saturday. (It’s closed on Sunday.)


California Chicken Cafe Downtown LA

California Chicken Cafe Downtown LA

Original Article Credit: Peter Kiefer For The Hollywood Reporter


NeueHouse Bradbury


The private membership club and co-working space is taking over a floor in the iconic Bradbury Building, with plans for Venice Beach: “We really want to own L.A.”

Undeterred by a recent surge in private membership clubs in Los Angeles, NeueHouse is set to launch two new L.A. outposts — one opening Jan. 20 in the iconic Bradbury Building downtown; the other due later this year in Venice Beach, THR has learned.


NeueHouse Bradbury


NeueHouse is taking over the entire second floor — 25,000 square feet — of the Bradbury, a five-story office building that has long been a top tourist attraction because of its skylit atrium, ornate wrought-iron latticework and M.C. Escher-like stairways. The Bradbury, built in 1893, is not only the city’s oldest landmarked building but one with enough film appearances to fill out an entire IMDb page, having served as a location in such films as Double IndemnityChinatownBlade RunnerLethal Weapon 4(500) Days of Summer and The Artist.

NeueHouse BradburyOriginal Article Credit: Peter Kiefer For The Hollywood Reporter


“This is the most extraordinary building I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with,” says NeueHouse CEO Josh Wyatt, seated on the building’s second-floor atrium level moments before providing THR with an early peek and walk-through of NeueHouse Bradbury. So how did Wyatt land an entire floor in one of L.A.’s most prized architectural gems? “It’s like hunting truffles,” he says. “You have to have a nose for it.”



The King Cigar Lounge Downtown LA


Downtown LA welcomed a beautiful new cigar lounge a few months ago; and locals are already taking a liking to the new establishment.

The King Cigar Lounge is an exclusive yet friendly space for cigar connoisseurs and newfound enthusiasts alike.  Located just a few blocks from LA Live & The Staples Center it’s the perfect space to hang out before or after a big game or a satisfying dinner.


The King Cigar Lounge Downtown LA

It’s an exciting addition to the South Park Area, and as Downtown becomes more of a community and location for the Top Businesses in the nation; the lounge should definitely have a bright future.  The King Cigar Lounge has quite a few things going for it. One major strength being it’s highly skilled staff.  Lounge attendants have years of experience in cigars and have  all received an official certificate as Cigar Sommelier.

The King Cigar Lounge Downtown LA

Which means, clients can expect the very highest standards in service and product knowledge available anywhere.  So whether you’ve been a cigar lover for decades of mere months, they can help you get up to speed and into enjoying everything about cigars.


The King Cigar Lounge Downtown LA


The lounge is also home to a gorgeous  walk in humidor that’s stocked with famous and exclusive cigars from all over the world.  And we mean STOCKED; there is something for everyone, and just about every budget.

The King Cigar Lounge Downtown LA

Upon entering you’ll be greeted with a comfortably furnished public area open to everyone who’s interested in enjoying a cigar; as well as a plush private area with over 100 cigar lockers , and a private conference room reserved for exclusive members of the lounge.

The King Cigar Lounge Downtown LA

The King Cigar Lounge Downtown LA

So it’s official;  Downtown LA has a beautiful new space for the cities cigar lovers to hang out, have meetings, network, or just lounge.  It is yet another exciting addition to the rapidly expanding Downtown LA community that we’re all so thrilled about.

The King Cigar Lounge Downtown LA

The King Cigar Lounge 

Monday – Sunday : 12 Noon – Midnight

1117 S. Hope Street LA, CA 90015​