Aug 312016
 
LAPD Arrests Mother Accused Of Abusing And Killing Her Son

LAPD Arrests Mother Accused Of Abusing And Killing Her Son

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Abused Child Section, arrested mother for child endangerment resulting in death.

 

On August 22, 2016, around 2:15 p.m., Rampart patrol officers responded to a radio call of a, “Suspicious Death Investigation Involving a Child”, in the 2200 block of West Sunset Avenue where Jose Pinzon met with officers. Pinzon stated to the officers that his wife, Veronica Aguilar, told him that her 11- year- old son was dead.

Pinzon located the victim wrapped in a blanket in a closet of the home, located in the 2100 block of Santa Ynez Street in the City of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded and pronounced the victim dead at scene. The investigation revealed that the victim suffered from signs of malnutrition and physical abuse and had been deceased for a few hours. The cause of death is undetermined and is pending the Coroner’s autopsy findings.

The suspect, victim’s mother, Veronica Aguilar, 39 years-old, was booked for 273 a (a) P.C. (Child Endangerment Resulting in Death or Great Bodily Injury.)

Veronica Aguilar, Los Angeles Mother Accused Of Abusing And Killing Her SonVeronica Aguilar Photo of suspect has been provided to locate biological father of victim Anyone with information on this case is asked to call LAPD Abused Child Section, Juvenile Division at 213-486-0586. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

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Anything L.A. Magazine is all for prosecuting criminals in cases of child abuse in particular. But we are very disturbed by the use of the word “mother” in the above article. “Mother” is the synonym for love, care, safety and nourishment. Veronica Aguilar, the woman who abused and starved to death the child she gave birth to isn’t a mother by us.

Criminals get stripped from titles in professions, politics, military, sports, etc. In this case, we suggest taking away the title of “mother” from Veronica Aguilar. Torturer, yes. Murderer, yes. A mother, NO!

Aug 302016
 

Los Angeles Honors Italian Earthquake Victims

L.A. City Hall is lit green, white, and red (the colors of Italian flag) every evening this week in support of Italy following devastating earthquake.

The 6.2 magnitude earthquake caused massive devastation of Umbrian cities, especially Amatrice and Norcia. Nearly 300 were killed by the quake.

To honor victims of the Italian earthquake a candlelight vigil was held at L.A. City Hall. The vigil was led by Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino, Italian Consul General Antonio Verde and Monsignor Antonio Cacciapuoti.

On Monday August 29th Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Joe Buscaino announced that Los Angeles City Hall will be lit in the colors of the Italian flag — green, white, and red — at approximately 7 p.m. every day till Friday of this week as a show of support for the Italian people following last week’s devastating earthquake.

“The thoughts and prayers of everyone in Los Angeles are with the Italian people. We have a strong and historic bond with them, and are all-too-familiar with the enormously difficult aftermath of a major earthquake. Lighting City Hall in the colors of their nation’s flag is a symbol of our commitment to stand with them in a time of sorrow, loss, and recovery.” – Mayor Eric Garcetti

“Last week’s tragedy strikes at everyone’s hearts whether we are living in Los Angeles, London, or Rome,” said Councilman Joe Buscaino. “The heart-breaking images of children being pulled from the rubble reminds us that even nations with sophisticated disaster preparedness and world-class building codes need to realize that much more work remains to be done to ensure that every man, woman and child is safe when disaster strikes.” – Councilman Joe Buscaino

US mobile service providers including AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon made calls and texts to Italy free to facilitate communication between worried relatives in the US and Italian earthquake survivors. The free services make possible also monetary donations by text.

Money is an essential part of the relief efforts in Umbria, Italy. You can help by donating to Italian Red Cross and / or the Italian American Relief Fund.

Like Italy, Los Angeles too is earthquake country. We can appreciate the suffering of Italian earthquake survivors. Let’s pitch in and donate. Sooner or later, we too will need help….

Aug 302016
 

Gene Wilder – Willy Wonka - Dead at 83

Gene Wilder succumbed to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He died earlier this month but his death was announced by the family, today.

Gene Wilder was one of the greatest comedic actors in Hollywood. His unique neurotic persona, make-believe toughness and genuine vulnerability perhaps shone best in his projects with Mel Brooks. The talented actor with curly hair and piercing blue eyes is well remembered for his roles in The Producers, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, The Woman in Red (which he has written, produced and had an acting role in) and many other films.

Gene Wilder is also remembered as the husband of the brilliant comedienne Gilda Radner (best known as the star of Saturday Night Live). She was his third wife and Gene has proven his character as a husband and a human being throughout her brave battle with cancer. Gilda Radner didn’t survive but Wilder’s fight with cancer didn’t end with her death. He founded Gilda Radner Detection Center in Los Angeles and co-founded a cancer support group, Gilda’s Club.

During his career Wilder was twice nominated for an Oscar, twice nominated for the Golden Globes and awarded Primetime Emmy Award and other professional recognitions.

Before making a full time commitment to a career as a novelist, Gene Wilder stated: “I don’t like show business, I realized, I like show, but I don’t like the business.”
He blessed us with “the show”: his performances are rich, usually joyous and always entertaining. His personal trials and tribulations aside, Wilder’s professional legacy is one of joy and laughter and as every actor will tell you, comedy is the hardest part of the craft to master. Gene Wilder was a master of comedy, he created his own “brand” of comedy, if you will.

Gene has earned respect and recognition of his Hollywood peers. He is fondly remembered by Jim Carrey, Mel Brooks, Billy Crystal, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing and many others.

Gene Wilder is survived by his 4th wife Karen Boyer, an adopted daughter – from his marriage with Mary Joan Schutz – and a nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman whom Wilder considered his substitute son.

Every death is a loss and every loss is sad. In the case of Gene Wilder, he knew up till the end that he was loved and appreciated. He left behind precious memories of joy that will last forever. Thank you and rest in peace Mr. Wilder.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Entertainment Editor / I. Sturm

Aug 292016
 
Juan Gabriel Mexican Superstar Dies Suddenly

Juan Gabriel Mexican Superstar Died Suddenly

Fans loved him. His albums flew of the shelves. His concerts were sold out. His stage presence was legendary. No Latin American (and especially, no Mexican) celebration is – or will ever be – complete without his songs. His singing and songwriting enriched the Latino culture and popular culture at large.

Juan Gabriel appreciated the devotion of his fans and worked hard to meet their expectations till the very end. He performed at The Forum in Los Angeles only 2 days before his sudden death. Sunday, August 28th he was scheduled to perform in El Paso, TX. (Both performances were a part of his “MeXXico Es Todo Tour”) Fans in El Paso aware of his sudden passing showed up for the concert anyway: not to be entertained but to pay tribute to the Mexican Superstar.

RCA Records recognized Juan Gabriel’s talent early on and signed him up when he was only 21. Juan (his real name was Alberto Aguilera Valadez) didn’t disappoint and quickly achieved stardom. His songs became hits in Mexico and in the world. He was recognized for his versatility as an artist, created over a 1,000 popular songs in a variety of genres, some for himself and some for other singers.

Juan Gabriel recorded 15 albums and sold millions of records in the course of his career. His tours were sold out. “Querida” (“My Dear”) Juan Gabriel’s most popular song is as popular in Mexico and the Spanish-speaking world today as it was upon its original release 30 years ago.

According to TMZ, Los Angeles police was called to the Mexican singer’s home in Santa Monica on Sunday, August 28th where they found him dead. The actual cause of death isn’t known at this time but a massive heart attack is suspected. (L.A. County Medical Examiner will determine the official cause of death.)

Juan Gabriel sudden death at the age of 66 came as a shock.  He was full of life and love. He continued to dazzle fans with his voice and knack for flashy costumes all the way till his last performance…

Mayor Garcetti expressed his condolences on Juan Gabriel’s death and his recognition for the artist’s contribution to our culture. Masses of fans are laying flowers on Juan Gabriel’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame….

Juan Gabriel, Mexico’s Superstar isn’t with us anymore. He will be dearly missed. Thankfully, his music will continue enriching lives for a long time to come.

On behalf of Anything L.A. Magazine: our condolences go to Juan Gabriel’s family, friends and fans. We share in your grief.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Entertainment Editor / I. Sturm

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I never got to meet him but when he sang you could feel all his emotions in his songs.He was a wonderful singer .i will miss him dearly.
Aug 282016
 

Dream Wedding For A Cancer Patient

The wedding which took place in Brentwood was out of this world! The bride looked absolutely beautiful. The groom couldn’t stop smiling. The love that started 16 years earlier while both attended college was finally properly celebrated. And this couple had more to celebrate than most.

Archie De Asis and Tamara Santo Domingo, originally from the Los Angeles area and currently living in Las Vegas, have been together for 16 years and always intended to get married. Life got in their way.

They already had one child together, when Tamara pregnant with the second baby was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. They had to make a choice: save their baby or fight the advanced cancer. They chose the baby and delayed cancer treatment. Their joyous anticipation of the baby’s arrival was marred by nightmares of the cancer spreading. Archie feared that “I was going to lose her, or worse I was going to lose them both.”

The baby arrived without a scratch. Tamara Santo Domingo was able to get the much the needed treatment and because of the delay caused by pregnancy the treatment was very aggressive. She had to undergo a double mastectomy, lymph node removal, hysterectomy and chemotherapy which she continues to receive still.

Between the expenditures for a new baby and medical costs, the couple eager to get married now was unable to afford a wedding. They shared their story with a non-profit organization called Wish Upon A Wedding and lo and behold their wish was granted!

Archie De Asis and Tamara Santo Domingo wed at Mountain Gate Country Club in Brentwood surrounded by family and friends. Everything from the venue, food, flowers and dress (I’m certain, I omitted something of importance!) was donated. The ceremony and the wedding were grand and the memories will surely last a lifetime. (A wedding like theirs would cost over $50,000.)

The bride is still receiving chemotherapy but her prospects of recovery are good.

Tamara expressed her gratitude to Wish Upon A Wedding explaining that the wedding wouldn’t be possible without their generous support. On the happiest day of her life – her on-going battle with cancer not withstanding – Tamara said: “Look how blessed I am.”

Many blessings from Anything L.A. Magazine, too. We wish Tamara successful recovery and the newlyweds a future together as spectacular and happy as their wedding! Love conquers all!

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor / E. Elrich

Aug 272016
 
Mayor Garcetti launches new loan program to boost small businesses on L.A.’s ‘Great Streets’

Mayor Garcetti launches new loan program to boost small businesses on L.A.’s ‘Great Streets’

A new loan program led by Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets initiative aims to give small business owners the boost they need to open their doors, grow their companies, and create good-paying jobs.

Great Streets Great Business is a $4 million business assistance partnership between Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets initiative and the Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC), a local non-profit financial institution. Mayor Garcetti launched the new program today alongside L.A. City Councilmember Curren Price.

“Small business owners inspire us because their stories reflect the best of our values — courage, hard work and a commitment to serving our neighbors,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Community businesses are the beating heart of our economy, and they deserve our support. That’s what Great Streets Great Business is about.”

Great Streets Great Business will support small businesses located along L.A.’s first 15 Great Streets corridors by providing easier access to capital than a standard business loan. It will also provide resources like site selection and lease negotiation assistance that give businesses the chance to put down roots and thrive in their communities. The loan program will prioritize community businesses, and offer loans of $1,000-$250,000 to qualifying applicants.

“I’m delighted that the Mayor’s office has launched a new small business assistance and attraction program for North Figueroa Street as part of the Great Streets program,” said Councilmember Gil Cedillo, who played a leading role in developing the initiative. “This will help retain and revitalize small business, create economic opportunities and foster a sense of community for the Highland Park business corridor.”

“As a former entrepreneur, I have a deep and very personal passion for serving small businesses in the Ninth District,” said Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr., who chairs the City Council’s Economic Development Committee. “One of the first initiatives I spearheaded coming into office in 2013 was to form a Business Resource Center because I understand the importance of having access to business development tools. I’m honored to lend my support to Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Great Business program because it helps promote the growth of local, small and emerging businesses citywide. Entrepreneurs need capital, services and training and this initiative offers just that.”

Great Streets Great Business is just the latest of Mayor Garcetti’s efforts to support small businesses across Los Angeles. Last year, he announced a $250,000 grant from the Small Business Administration to help fund the development of online tools that will help get small businesses off the ground faster and more efficiently. Mayor Garcetti also launched a Small Business Academy that provides guidance to small business owners learning how to bid successfully for City contracts.

Great Streets Great Business is a close collaborative effort between Great Streets and VEDC. VEDC will work with L.A.’s BusinessSource centers to coordinate free workshops and one-on-one consultations, and provide assistance with site selection and lease negotiation. They will also contribute by providing business loan underwriting, and canvassing all 1,400 businesses on the first 15 Great Streets corridors to offer needs assessments and technical assistance to businesses.

“Great Streets Great Business recognizes the need to attract and retain new businesses such as restaurants and retail stores that can transform busy, but underutilized commercial corridors throughout Los Angeles by generating foot traffic,” says Nishen Radia, Chairman of the Board, VEDC. “These enterprises are essential in creating a sense of community that may be missing or dormant in these areas, and will stimulate progress in surrounding neighborhoods as well.”

In addition to VEDC, Great Streets Great Business is made possible by the Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, with support from AT&T.

About Great Streets
Mayor Eric Garcetti launched the Great Streets Initiative in October 2013 to transform streets across the city into more vibrant public spaces. A Great Street is a street that serves as the center of a neighborhood, where people can walk, meet, learn, and play on a daily basis. The Great Streets Initiative’s goals include improving safety and access, increasing economic activity, and encouraging community engagement. For more information, including a full list of Great Streets corridors, visit www.LAGreatStreets.org.

Aug 262016
 

MayorGarcettiAnnouncesStrongProgressOnHousingGoals

Los Angeles is well on track toward meeting Mayor Eric Garcetti’s goal of building 100,000 new units of housing by 2021, according to a new report released today.

Since Mayor Garcetti took office, the City has permitted more than 40,000 new units — an average of more than 13,600 a year. Those figures put L.A. well ahead of schedule to hit the bold goal of 100,000 units between 2013 and 2021, which includes the addition or preservation of 15,000 units specifically designated as affordable.

“Angelenos everywhere are feeling the pinch of a tight housing market — that’s why I committed to getting more housing built across our city as quickly as possible,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We are making strong progress, but the job is far from finished. We have to continue to think creatively, and use every available tool to ease the pressure on our housing market. We cannot rest until all Angelenos have access to homes they can afford to rent or own.”

The new status report updates progress on Mayor Garcetti’s Executive Directive 13, which set the goal of permitting 100,000 units between 2013 and 2021. It comes as Angelenos continue to endure a years-long crisis of housing affordability brought on by demand that is significantly outstripping supply.

Mayor Garcetti’s “back to basics” approach to streamlining the entitlement and permitting process for new housing is helping the City reach crucial milestones in the effort to address L.A.’s housing crisis. From July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016, the City permitted 40,805 new dwelling units, or an average of 13,601 per year. During the same period, the City added or preserved nearly 6,000 affordable units, putting the City on track to meet the Mayor’s goal of 15,000 affordable units by 2021.

New revenue sources — such as the general obligation bond set for the November ballot and the Mayor’s proposed affordable housing linkage fee — will help the City bring even more affordable housing to Angelenos who are struggling to keep up with their rents and mortgages.

Mayor Garcetti is also working to protect renters in existing housing. Since July 1, 2013, the Housing and Community Investment Department has addressed more than 19,000 tenant complaints and 10,000 illegal eviction cases, bringing more than $23.2 million in relocation assistance to almost 2,000 families.

Future quarterly status reports will also indicate the effects of Home for Renters, the Mayor’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance awareness campaign launched this summer.

This quarter’s full report is available online at http://www.lamayor.org/HousingScoreCard

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Thanks to the streamlined permit process more housing units – including affordable housing units! – are being built and there is hope that the current housing shortage will be relieved in the foreseeable future.

Mayor Garcetti is succeeding in more areas than one. Not only is Los Angeles housing expanding but the Mayor is actively supporting renters’ rights. Fine work, Mr. Mayor!

Aug 252016
 

When the El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles was founded in 1781, the main source of its water was the Los Angeles River-El Río de la Porciuncula. The first settlers took immediate action to use the waters of the river and constructed a crude diversion system consisting of open zanjas (ditches) (pronounced san-haz). By the 1880s there were 10 zanjas that covered 93 miles. The zanjas served the city until 1902, when they were replaced with a system of underground pipes. A portion of the Zanja Madre (mother ditch) serves as the main feature of El Pueblo's "History of Water in Los Angeles" exhibit. It was discovered during the construction of the Avila Adobe Annex, which is adjacent to the oldest surviving home in Los Angeles. This unexpected mirror into our city's past provides and ideal setting to tell the story of water in Los Angeles. This story begins with a crude system of open ditches used to bring water to the pueblo. Additional sources of water and methods of delivery were developed as Los Angeles grew in population and in size. For example, in 1860, the privately-owned Los Angeles Water Works Company constructed the city's first reservoir. Two years later, the use of hollow wooden pipes inaugurated a modern method of delivering water throughout the city. As the population continued to increase, new sources of water were sought. Fred Eaton, superintendent of the private water company, conceived the idea of bringing water from the Eastern Sierra Nevada. His vision became a reality when the new municipal Water Department, under the leadership of William Mulholland, its first superintendent began construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. This five-year project was completed in 1913. It was believed that this additional source would provide the city with enough water to meet all future needs. Mulholland soon realized that this supply would not meet the need of the ever-growing city. As a result of his pioneering efforts which began in 1923, a new aqueduct, originating at the Colorado River, was completed in 1941 to serve Los Angels and much of Southern California. A year earlier, the Los Angeles Aqueduct was extended 105 miles northward to the Mono Basin. In 1970, the need of additional water resulted in the building of a second, but smaller aqueduct parallel to the original Los Angeles Aqueduct. Today, the "History of Water in Los Angeles" is a permanent exhibit located at the Avila Adobe Annex. The exhibit is a joint effort by El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. It is designed to be viewed during a guided tour so that visitors of all ages can learn how water helped transform a small pueblo into a major metropolis. And while Los Angeles' water supplies in the early 21st century are adequate, the city faces new challenges in preserving and protecting its precious water resources. The assistance of each citizen is needed to meet these challenges. One way to help Los Angeles meet its water needs is through conservation.

In Los Angeles, water is a precious resource. Today due to global warming, catastrophic fires and climate change, more than ever. But Los Angeles water has history that goes back to its founding fathers. After all, there would be no Los Angeles without it….

“When the El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles was founded in 1781, the main source of its water was the Los Angeles River, El Río de la Porciuncula. The first settlers took immediate action to use the waters of the river and constructed a crude diversion system consisting of open zanjas (ditches) (pronounced san-haz). By the 1880s there were 10 zanjas that covered 93 miles. The zanjas served the city until 1902, when they were replaced with a system of underground pipes.

A portion of the Zanja Madre (mother ditch) serves as the main feature of El Pueblo’s “History of Water in Los Angeles” exhibit. It was discovered during the construction of the Avila Adobe Annex, which is adjacent to the oldest surviving home in Los Angeles. This unexpected mirror into our city’s past provides and ideal setting to tell the story of water in Los Angeles.

This story begins with a crude system of open ditches used to bring water to the pueblo. Additional sources of water and methods of delivery were developed as Los Angeles grew in population and in size. For example, in 1860, the privately-owned Los Angeles Water Works Company constructed the city’s first reservoir. Two years later, the use of hollow wooden pipes inaugurated a modern method of delivering water throughout the city.

As the population continued to increase, new sources of water were sought. Fred Eaton, superintendent of the private water company, conceived the idea of bringing water from the Eastern Sierra Nevada. His vision became a reality when the new municipal Water Department, under the leadership of William Mulholland, its first superintendent began construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. This five-year project was completed in 1913. It was believed that this additional source would provide the city with enough water to meet all future needs.

Mulholland soon realized that this supply would not meet the need of the ever-growing city. As a result of his pioneering efforts which began in 1923, a new aqueduct, originating at the Colorado River, was completed in 1941 to serve Los Angels and much of Southern California. A year earlier, the Los Angeles Aqueduct was extended 105 miles northward to the Mono Basin. In 1970, the need of additional water resulted in the building of a second, but smaller aqueduct parallel to the original Los Angeles Aqueduct.

Today, the “History of Water in Los Angeles” is a permanent exhibit located at the Avila Adobe Annex. The exhibit is a joint effort by El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. It is designed to be viewed during a guided tour so that visitors of all ages can learn how water helped transform a small pueblo into a major metropolis. And while Los Angeles’ water supplies in the early 21st century are adequate, the city faces new challenges in preserving and protecting its precious water resources. The assistance of each citizen is needed to meet these challenges. One way to help Los Angeles meet its water needs is through conservation.”

From Los Angeles River distributed through ditches, underground pipes and a reservoir to aqueducts importing water from out of state, L.A.’s water demand continues growing.

This fascinating story is reprinted from City of Los Angeles Website. Learn more about the History of L.A.

Aug 242016
 
Hope 4 Adam

Adam Krief with one of his babies

Our fellow Angeleno, Adam Krief is 31. He is married and has three children, the oldest is just 3 years old.

In July Adam was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of blood cancer. The disease is terminal but a bone marrow transplant can cure it.

None of the currently 13 million people on the bone marrow donor registry is a match for Adam Krief. Together with his wife Lia, Adam launched Hope For Adam on Facebook. In only 10 days over 3,000 registered to help. Still, a match wasn’t found.

Many potential donors – including the perfect match for Adam Krief! – are afraid of the test. The test is PAINLESS and involves only a swab that determines compatibility. The life-saving bone marrow transplant itself (for the donor!) is a little more than donating blood.

Saving Adam’s life won’t cause you pain. It won’t make you weak or sick. It won’t shorten your life. It will require very little of your time. BUT if you happen to be a match…. You’ll be a Hero forever. You, one person, can positively affect the lives of – at least! – five people!

Adam Krief is running out of time and is currently receiving chemotherapy to extend his life until a match for his bone marrow transplant is found. He can’t wait long. Blood cancer is the second deadliest cancer in America. Please act NOW!

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor / E. Elrich

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Aug 242016
 

MayorGarcettiBreaksGroundOnFacilityThatWillConserveBillionsofGallonsofStormwater1

More than five billion gallons of water will be saved each year at a new stormwater capture facility now under construction in the northeast San Fernando Valley.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Nury Martinez, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works today broke ground on the Tujunga Spreading Grounds Enhancement Project — a $29 million expansion of an existing facility that will double its capacity to capture stormwater for local use.

“We have to expand our local water supply, and that means investing in stormwater capture,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Tujunga Spreading Grounds Enhancement Project will double the amount of water we capture at this facility — an important step toward securing L.A.’s future in this historic drought. I’m grateful to our County partners for working with us to conserve and capture a precious resource.”

L.A. Builds New Stormwater Capture Facility: currently, the Tujunga Spreading Grounds can capture and store about 8,000 acre-feet, or 2.5 billion gallons of water a year. Once the enhancement is complete in 2018, that capacity will expand to 16,000 acre-feet, or 5 billion gallons — enough water to supply 48,000 Los Angeles households every year. In addition to conserving water, the enhancement will provide new open space and a walking path for neighborhood residents.

“While we’re building an environmentally sound improvement for our city, we’re also beautifying the neighborhood nearby,” Councilmember Martinez said. “I’m especially proud that LADWP worked with the community to mitigate construction impacts on neighborhood residents by implementing a conveyor belt system to transport dirt off site, thereby taking trucks off our neighborhood streets and limiting traffic congestion.”

The enhancement is part of LADWP’s Stormwater Capture Master Plan, which aims to expand Los Angeles’ local water supply and reduce the city’s reliance on imported water. It also advances several of the objectives outlined in Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn, including the goal of increasing local stormwater capture to 150,000 acre-feet per year by 2035.

“In the past, most stormwater was allowed to run off to the Pacific Ocean. Those days are over,” said LADWP General Manager David Wright. “With the Tujunga Spreading Grounds Enhancement Project, we ensure that these valuable water resources don’t go to waste. By doubling this site’s capacity, L.A.’s greatest local water asset, the San Fernando Groundwater Basin, remains replenished with Los Angeles water for Angelenos to drink.”

LADWP plans to continue implementing stormwater capture projects that reduce the amount of runoff lost to the ocean and make more local water available to Angelenos. These projects include large-scale spreading grounds enhancements like the Tujunga enhancement, as well as smaller projects like green streets, rain gardens, and rain barrels.

The Tujunga project is designed and managed by L.A. County Public Works. The department operates 14 major dams and 26 spreading grounds on behalf of the L.A. County Flood Control District, including the Tujunga Spreading Grounds facility.

“Capturing stormwater to recharge local groundwater supplies has always been part of the Flood Control District’s mission,” said Gail Farber, director of LA County Public Works. “But the severity of the current drought and the challenges of climate change, population growth and an unreliable imported water supply require the combined attention and effort of the entire region. The City of Los Angeles has been a fantastic partner in this regard.”

Aug 232016
 

MayorGarcettiLaunchesPartnershipWithAIGA

Mayor Garcetti Launches Partnership with AIGA, Edward James Olmos Spanish-Language ‘Get Out the Vote’ Campaign

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the L.A. launch of “Este Año tu Voto es Cosa Seria (This Year, Your Vote is a Serious Matter),” a non-partisan, Spanish-language voter awareness campaign. The announcement was made in partnership with AIGA, the professional association for design, and the campaign’s non-profit partners, NALEO Educational Fund, Mi Familia Vota, and the League of Women Voters.

“Our democracy is at its best when all citizens have their voices heard on Election Day,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The results of this election will have real consequences in the daily lives of millions of Angelenos — and we can’t afford for anyone to sit this one out.”
The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs will promote “Este Año tu Voto es Cosa Seria” as part of its broader efforts in civic engagement and non-partisan voter education. The campaign features actor and director Edward James Olmos in a series of public service announcements and :05-, :10-, and :15-second spots, which run daily on local Spanish-language networks KMEX Ch. 34 – Univision L.A., Telemundo 52 Los Angeles / KVEA, and Azteca 54. In September, the campaign will roll out posters on bus benches and bus shelters that direct Angelenos to NALEO’s bilingual toll-free number (888-839-8682) and Mi Familia Vota’s website (http://www.mifamiliavota.org) for voter education and registration information.

“No matter what your political affiliation, we cannot say it enough about how important it is to get your vote out,” said actor/director Edward James Olmos. “We need first-time voters, student voters and everybody to vote on November 8. For those unable to vote, please encourage those who can to commit to you that they’ll get their vote out. We’re all in this together.”

Launched nationally on President’s Day, AIGA’s Get Out the Vote campaign wields the power of design to mobilize the communication design profession in support of voter engagement and to motivate the American public to register and turn out to vote in the 2016 election. AIGA is working to amplify the campaign in select major markets across America.

The L.A. Launch Of A Non-Partisan Spanish-Language Voter Awareness Campaign is expected to significantly increase the number of votes cast by Spanish-speaking Angelenos in the upcoming presidential election.

“AIGA, the oldest and largest professional association for design, believes that the power of design lies in its singular ability to deliver a message with clarity, emotional power, and the urgency to act,” said Julie Anixter, AIGA Executive Director. “AIGA’s initiative, Design for Democracy, part of its broader commitment to impact, channels the talent and experience of the most relevant designers in the country to join in on the efforts of community leaders in cities, like Los Angeles, to improve the quality of life for all citizens. Through this Get Out The Vote campaign we are very proud to support the efforts of Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti, Edward James Olmos, Agustín Garza, and so many others to ensure that the call to action, to vote, is taken seriously.”

Aug 222016
 
Rio 2016: American Disgrace

(Photo: Reuters/Ivan Alvarado)

12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte (32) and three U.S. swimmers Conger, Bentz and Feigen managed to cast a shadow over 2016 Olympic Games and the US victory in Rio.

The group reported to Brazilian police and freely shared in interviews with the media that they were robbed at a gun point – during a taxi ride – by men impersonating police officers. Lochte stated that he was in fear for his life…. All four blamed the circumstances – foreign country, foreign language, lack of security, etc. – for their ordeal.

Only after Brazilian police investigation introduced videos documenting their whereabouts and actions did the athletes admit the truth.

They were in fact confronted while in a taxi by a man brandishing a gun. The circumstances however were entirely different from those they initially reported.

The athletes were apparently drunk and caused significant property damage to a Brazilian gas station’s restroom. Having vandalized the property they attempted to escape without paying for the damage. There was no confusion. A volunteer translator facilitated the exchange between the drunken athletes and armed security guard employed by the gas station. He demanded they pay for the damage they caused. The security guard didn’t threaten anyone’s life. He threatened to report the incident to Brazilian authorities.

Instead of compensating the gas station for damages, APOLOGIZING and sleeping off their shenanigans, our guys concocted and reported to Brazilian police the story of a fictitious robbery.

The cowardly lie which eventually exposed the bunch for the vandals they were in this case reflected poorly on the entire American team, if not the Country. It stole the limelight from world-class athletes competing in the Olympic Games in Rio and generated anti-American feelings in Brazil and beyond.

Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo da Costa Paes said: “My feeling is one of pity, they did not represent the (other) American athletes that are here.” In spite of the Mayor’s generous comment, the unpleasant feelings linger.

Lochte came back to the States first thereby avoiding consequences in Brazil. Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger had to testify in Brazil before being allowed to return to the United States. The fourth participant in the lie, Jimmy Feigen made a payment of $10,800 in Brazil in a deal that allowed him to return home as well.

The Olympics might be over, but the scandal isn’t. Lochte and company might have to face consequences at home from USA Swimming AND the United States Olympic Committee. Lochte who won gold metal in Rio in a 4 x 200m freestyle relay race is likely to lose millions in anticipated commercial endorsements.

Lochte publicly apologized. It’s been said that he’s made a mistake. Drunk driving is a “mistake”, too. Still certain “mistakes” don’t go unpunished and intoxication isn’t a valid legal defense. Breaking the law is breaking the law. These four members of US swimming team have broken several laws: vandalism, filing a false police report, making false accusations as well as a bunch of unwritten rules: basic human decency, responsibility, accountability for one’s actions…. Their disgusting behavior embarrassed and disgraced America on International arena.

The lesson? Being on the Olympic team is an HONOR. Athletes competing in the Olympics represent their Country. The actions of Lochte and his friends – his numerous apologies not withstanding – didn’t represent American values or the United States well.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor / E. Elrich

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Aug 212016
 

Kanye West The Master Of HypeKanye West is talented, accomplished and successful. He has a long list of achievements as a recording artist, songwriter, producer, fashion designer and businessman.

 

But Kanye has another talent which gets way too little recognition. He is brilliant when it comes to generating publicity. As most of us know by now, West was never a hoodlum, his public persona is of his own creation. He is a child of well-educated, cultured parents. His mother – Dr. Donda West – undoubtedly raised him with the awareness of what is – and what isn’t – socially acceptable. Considering Kanye’s upbringing, his frequent faux pas (social “slips”) seem to be a deliberate strategy at generating publicity. Still, Kanye West doesn’t shy away from controversy, he seems to be thriving AND capitalizing on it.

 

He follows the maxim, ANY publicity is good publicity. Kanye has a history of attracting attention with his outrageous public behavior.

  • His verbal attack at President George W. Bush during a live TV broadcast following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
  • West interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech during 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • His marriage to Kim Kardashian which continues to be a publicity gift that keeps on giving…. (At the beginning of their romance, many suspected that the coupling was a sham concocted solely for publicity’s sake.)

Kanye West’s latest and again, profitable use of publicity is the way he sells his “The Life of Pablo” line of clothing, inspired by his 2016 album by the same name.

The Life of Pablo pop-up store in L.A.

The conventional way of selling branded clothing calls for a Website or a brick-and-mortar store. Either venue would have produced sales for Kanye. Naturally, the sales would be highest following the opening and then slow down. Kanye liked the idea of initial enthusiasm but not the typical slow down afterwards and came up with an idea to keep the good part only – strong sales, high level of enthusiasm and appearance of scarcity that increases demand – while avoiding tedious slow sales, aging stock and on-going overhead. Hence, Kanye’s popup stores.

His weekend popup store in New Your City made a million dollars over a weekend! (Can the number be exaggerated? Quite possibly, after all the number comes from the hype master himself.)

Kanye’s Los Angeles popup store (at 346 N. Fairfax Avenue) is booming as we speak, it’s open from 12 p.m.-8 p.m. this weekend, Aug. 19-21.

It appears that there is no stopping Kanye. His popup stores are scheduled to make a one weekend appearance allover the US (among the ities mentioned are Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, San Francisco and Portland) and the world (among the locations are cities in Australia, Africa, Asia and Europe). To contribute to the anticipatory excitement, exact dates are to be released only 24 hours in advance on kanyewest.com.

His many talents not withstanding, Kanye West is a gifted (albeit not classy) publicist. His latest venture, The Life of Pablo pop-up stores – a breakthrough in creating shopping fiver – certainly proves it.

Kanye West: like him or not, one has to agree that the man is inventive and knows how to create hype! Come to think of it, the Kim Kardashian / Kanye West marriage could be a match made in Heaven, after all: each of the spouses is a master of hype….

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Entertainment Editor / I. Sturm

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Aug 202016
 

LADWPHasExceededAnnualWaterMainReplacementGoal

Mayor Garcetti announces that LADWP has exceeded annual water main replacement goal

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has replaced more than 32 miles of deteriorating water main across the city over the last year, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today.

The figure tops LADWP’s goal for the 2015-16 fiscal year by more than 20,000 feet, marking the first step in an aggressive effort to replace more than 520 miles of pipe over the next decade. Water main replacements are a critical investment because they produce a dramatic reduction in leaks — enabling more water conservation and fewer service disruptions.

“Every drop counts when we’re in drought conditions, and L.A. can’t afford to let rotting pipes and bursting water mains get in the way of conservation,” said Mayor Garcetti. “These water main replacement numbers show us what we can do to effectively fortify our water system with smart investments. I am confident that we can build on this success in the months and years to come.”

LADWP was able to surpass this year’s water main replacement goal in large part because of a sensible rate increase package approved earlier this year. That plan has enabled LADWP to invest in the city’s water system now and plan for years of future progress.

In addition to planning 520 miles of water main replacement over the next 10 years, LADWP aims to reduce its system-wide water pipe replacement cycle from 225 years to 120 years by 2020.

“LADWP’s top priority is to provide safe and effective water and power service to our customers. Our leak rate in 2015 was less than the national average, with about 17 leaks per 100 miles per year compared to the national average of 25. But we know we can do better,” said LADWP General Manager David Wright. “By continuing to ramp up replacement of aging infrastructure, we hope to lower that rate even further — saving water and improving distribution citywide.”

“My office is working hand-in-hand with LADWP on proactive and necessary infrastructure repairs throughout the Hillsides and San Fernando Valley,” Councilmember David Ryu said. “Investing in our City’s water system will lead to a reduction of pipeline breaks, improved water quality and enhanced fire protection. Additionally, taxpayer dollars will be saved by immediately investing in our water mainlines.”

Aug 192016
 

FREE CLASS California Friendly® Landscape Training

LADWP offers a free class that teaches water-wise gardening. This class is geared for residential customers and is provided at no cost. Learn six ways to make your garden California Friendly:

1. Using a holistic approach to gardening
2. Building a living soil sponge
3. Rethinking elements of your site
4. Right plant, right place
5. Using rainwater as a resource
6. Managing irrigation

DATES AND LOCATIONS:

  • Saturday, August 27 VAN NUYS
  • Saturday, September 10 LOS ANGELES – Downtown
  • *(Español) sábado, 24 de septiembre VAN NUYS
  • Saturday, October 15 LOS ANGELES – Downtown
  • Saturday, October 29 VAN NUYS
  • *(Español) sábado, 5 de noviembre Centro de Los Ángeles
  • Saturday, November 19 VAN NUYS

RSVP:
To RSVP please send an email to waterconservation@ladwp.com and indicate the date you want to attend and include your name, LADWP service address, phone number, and name of guest (limit one guest); or call 1-800-544-4498 and press option 5.
The registration confirmation email reply will include the location details. Free parking will be available. Seating is limited.

Aug 182016
 

NewMetroPedestrianTunnelInNorthHollywood

New Metro Pedestrian Tunnel in North Hollywood Will Improve Connections, Ease Congestion

A new pedestrian tunnel connecting Metro’s Red and Orange lines will improve connections for transit riders, and ease congestion by taking them beneath the busy traffic on a major San Fernando Valley thoroughfare.

The tunnel is expected to save riders up to five minutes from the time they disembark an Orange Line bus to their arrival on the Red Line platform — allowing passengers to make faster bus and rail connections.

“By letting riders make connections underground, we’re making it easier to transfer between the Orange and Red lines, and easing congestion for drivers on Lankershim,” said L.A. Mayor and Metro Board First Vice Chair Eric Garcetti. “This is a smart project that helps Valley commuters and strengthens our regional transportation system.”

Metro has installed ticket vending machines, TAP fare gates, closed-circuit security cameras, Transit Passenger Information System monitors and other amenities within the tunnel.

“Metro’s new tunnel reduces the main point of conflict between high-volume vehicular traffic and transit riders, cuts their travel times and adds capacity to our busy Red and Orange Line stations,” said John Fasana, Duarte City Council Member and Metro Board Chair. “Metro has built an extremely robust facility that will position these stations to better accommodate the San Fernando Valley’s growing demands for transit in the coming years.”

On a daily average, approximately 23,000 vehicles travel along this segment of Lankershim Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Transit riders typically mass on opposite sides of the street to wait for pedestrian signals to turn green, before scrambling across the street in groups of 60 to 80 people at a time. Patrons sometimes cross in the middle of the street or jaywalk against red intersection signals — risky behavior that can jeopardize their safety and impede vehicles.

The tunnel offers pedestrians a completely grade-separated alternative, and allows motorists to enjoy less traffic congestion and shorter traffic signals. The tunnel will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a result of reduced vehicle idling at the intersection.

“Metro is constantly focused on enhancing the customer’s experience. Our new North Hollywood pedestrian tunnel is evidence that we are committed to providing improved safety and mobility as we continue to create a world-class transportation system in Los Angeles County,” said Phillip A. Washington, Metro CEO. “With all the improvements planned in North Hollywood in the coming years, this tunnel will help keep people moving as efficiently as possible.”

The pedestrian tunnel, which fully complies with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, is the first in a series of transportation improvements aimed at continuing the revitalization of North Hollywood as a transit hub for the San Fernando Valley. The design-build project cost $22 million and took approximately two years to construct, and the U.S. Department of Transportation contributed a $10 million livability and sustainability grant for the project.

This is the second pedestrian connection to open this year. This new Metro pedestrian tunnel in North Hollywood will make life easier for transit riders as well as improve their safety. In April, Metro opened an award-winning pedestrian bridge connecting the Universal City Metro Red Line station with the Universal Studios Shuttle stop across the street.

The project is part of Metro’s effort to build greater convenience and safer pedestrian connections. Metro approved a new sales tax measure for the November ballot to fund more than $120 billion in critical rail and road projects, including a subway line from the San Fernando Valley to LAX, and extensions to connect communities throughout the region — from Claremont to Culver City and San Fernando to the South Bay. For more information on Metro’s bold plan, visit theplan.metro.net

About Metro
Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that is really three companies in one: a major operator that transports about 1.4 million boarding passengers on an average weekday on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines, a major construction agency that oversees many bus, rail, highway and other mobility related building projects, and the lead transportation planning and programming agency for Los Angeles County. Overseeing one of the largest public works programs in America, Metro is changing the urban landscape of the Los Angeles region. Dozens of transit, highway and other mobility projects largely funded by Measure R are under construction or in the planning stages. These include five new rail lines, enhanced bus operations, and numerous highway and local projects.

Aug 172016
 
LADWP Energy Conservation Alert

Photo courtesy of LADWP

With The Current Heat Wave Expected Through Wednesday, LADWP Urges Customers to Save Energy While Staying Safe

With temperatures expected to remain high along the coast and reach triple digits in the San Fernando Valley through Wednesday, August 17, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) urges customers to reduce their energy use where possible while not putting their health or the health of their pets at risk.

“During the upcoming heat wave, we advise customers to conserve electricity as long as it does not jeopardize their health,” General Manager Marcie Edwards said. “Putting simple tips into action like closing curtains during the heat of the day and not using large appliances during the peak hours of noon to 6 p.m. will save electricity use and reduce the risk of possible outages due to strain on the electrical grid.”

High heat can impact power reliability as more residents and businesses use their air conditioners all at once, increasing the strain on neighborhood power distribution equipment.

To help reduce energy use, LADWP recommends the following as highly effective conservation measures:

  • Adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher.
  • Be smart about lighting. Turn off unnecessary lights.
  • Adjust your water heater down to 120 degrees.
  • Use your major appliances late in the evening or early in the morning.
  • Turn off your pool pumps.

For more energy-saving tips and information on money-saving energy efficiency rebates, visit www.MyLADWP.com.

How to Prepare for a Power Outage
Following are ways that customers can be prepared for possible power outages:

  • Store flashlights and batteries in easy-to-reach places around the home. Make a mental note to know where they all are.
  • Keep a battery-operated radio nearby for updates on power outages.
  • Ventilate your home in the evening by opening doors and windows to clear out heat and circulate air.
  • Always have a phone charger in the car. Having a fully charged phone to speak with friends and family during an outage can be both comforting and informative.
  • Keep non-perishable food handy. If food in the refrigerator does spoil, you want to be sure and have plenty of alternatives nearby.
  • Keep a cooler nearby to transfer food, using whatever ice you have before the outage.
  • If you are medically dependent on critical equipment, consider purchasing a gasoline-powered backup generator.

LADWP urges customers to be alert and follow instructions when Flex Alerts are issued, signaling an urgent call for conservation during peak energy use periods. For the latest information regarding power outages in Los Angeles, follow LADWP on Twitter @LADWP. Customers may also sign up for LADWP email notifications on www.ladwp.com and www.ladwpnews.com.

Aug 162016
 

Fresh on the heels of the successful CicLAvia – Culver City Meets Venice which took place on August 9th 2015, CicLAvia is getting ready for the next!

Route of CicLAvia October 16th 2016

Route of CicLAvia for October 16th 2016. Map property of CicLAvia.

CicLAvia – Heart of LA is scheduled for October 16th 2016. It will feature its fifth-year anniversary route through the Heart of LA as Boyle Heights, Chinatown, DTLA, and Westlake will host the country’s largest open streets event! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space.

CicLAvia began as an idea with an uncertain outcome when it first removed cars from the streets of downtown Los Angeles on October 10, 2010. Now, five years, fourteen events and hundreds of thousands of participants later, CicLAvia is the largest open streets event in North America.

Heart of LA will have six miles for participants to explore by bike, foot, skateboard, wheelchair and other non-motorized traffic. The route will take people through Boyle Heights, the Arts District, Little Tokyo, Civic Center, Chinatown, Historic Core and as far west as MacArthur Park.

New to CicLAvia? Here are four things you need to know for October 16:

  • It’s FREE!
  • It’s not a race and you don’t need a bike to participate. You can walk or skate to your heart’s content.
  • There’s no beginning or end. You can start anywhere and go as far or as short as you want.
  • The flow of participants goes both ways, just like regular traffic.

For your safety:

  • DON’T RUSH: CicLAvia is all about relaxation, not competition
  • BE MINDFUL OF OTHERS: yes, there will be people on bikes, skateboards and kids
  • DON’T STOP WHILE ON THE ROAD: need a break? No problem BUT get on the sidewalk, why interfere with the road’s flow?
  • LET PEOPLE KNOW WHEN PASSING THEM and always pass on the left
  • WEAR A HELMET! It’s a rule for participants under 18 but even if you are 18 and half: you’ve got only one head!
  • BE MINDFUL OF CROSSINGS! Let people cross and respect the rules
  • COUNT ON CICLAVIA! Volunteers in bright blue and yellow shirts will be there to assist participants.

CicLAvia is a great idea and a cool organization. If you didn’t get involved yet, do: participate, volunteer or donate! CicLAvia is green, it’s good for Los Angeles, our lungs and our future!

Need more info? Visit CicLAvia’s Website.

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Aug 152016
 

The Old Sixth Street Bridge

The Sixth Street Bridge (also known as The Sixth Street Viaduct) has been Downtown Los Angeles landmark since 1932. It “starred” in several box office hits such as “Grease” and “Terminator 2” to mention just a few as well as in a slew of TV shows.

The demolition of the bridge started in February 2016 and caused the closure of 101 Freeway. On Saturday, August 13th 2016 another milestone was celebrated: The Sixth Street Bridge Giveaway. It was called Rock Day L.A. – Own a Piece of the Sixth Street Viaduct. Everybody was invited to get a free piece of the old viaduct. The event was held between 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 585 S. Santa Fe in Los Angeles CA 90015, next to the Sixth Street Viaduct. All rocks included a Certificate of Authenticity. There was food, music and other activities as well as pictures of the new, replacement viaduct that will replace the old, Sixth Street Bridge.

The Sixth Street Viaduct connectes the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles with the Boyle Heights neighborhood since 1932. It bridged the Los Angeles River, the Santa Ana Freeway (US 101), the Golden State Freeway (I-5), as well as Metrolink and Union Pacific railroad tracks not to mention several streets.

Even though the Sixth Street Viaduct was found eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, it was closed for demolition in January of 2016 due to safety concerns.

The original bridge constructed in early 1930 was build of concrete with a high alkali content which led to an alkali-silica reaction (ASR) resulting in cracking of the concrete and weakening of the structure. According to current estimates, there was a 70% probability of the Sixth Street Viaduct’s collapse in a major earthquake.

Earthquake warnings not withstanding, many Angelenos loved the old Sixth Street Bridge. It had sentimental value. It had a place in our hearts, minds and memories. Even the city engineer Gary Lee Moore expressed his nostalgia while watching the initial demolition of the Sixth Street Bridge in February: “These pylons were the gateway to Los Angeles.”

The new Sixth Street Bridge was designed Michael Maltzan, a talented architect who designed several other remarkable projects.
The new Sixth Street Bridge promises to be not only safer and contemporary-looking, but more bike and pedestrian-friendly than the old structure.
The unveiling of the new Sixth Street Bridge is anticipated for 2019.

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Aug 142016
 
Shannen Doherty Makes Her Fight With Cancer Public

This is a picture of a woman with invincible spirit: she’s beautiful, strong and wise!

Famous for her role as Brenda Walsh on Beverly Hills 90210 (and many others!), Shannen Doherty fights breast cancer. She does so with courage, dignity and plenty of support.

Shannen experienced worrisome symptoms months earlier but didn’t go to see a doctor because she didn’t have health insurance at the time. (Doherty blames her ex-business manager for mismanaging her affairs.) She was first diagnosed in early 2015. Doctors found that because of the delay in seeking medical attention, her breast cancer has already spread to one of her lymph nodes.

Shannen had a single mastectomy in May of this year, she’s currently undergoing chemotherapy and plans on radiation treatments. (Doherty has recently learned that her cancer has begun spreading beyond the affected lymph node.)

As it’s the case for most chemotherapy patients, Shannen too experienced hair loss. Like any female cancer patient, she too had to make the difficult choice: hide the hair loss or make it public. Known for her spectacular locks, Shannen made the brave choice of sharing her hair loss with the public. (Incidentally, she looks as beautiful without hair as with it!)

Dealing with cancer and cancer treatments is a heavy burden for the patient AND her family. It’s just as heavy for a celebrity. In the midst of her struggle, Shannen does acknowledge that she isn’t dealing with the disease alone. While speaking with Dr. Oz, she said: “You worry most about the people that you love and making sure that they are going to be okay. For me, that was the hardest part.”
Doherty has a strong support system. Her mother and husband of 5 years Kurt Iswarienko (a photographer) have been towers of strength for the actress. So have been many of her friends, co-stars and yes, fans!

Shannen Doherty is fighting a serious disease. She’s suffering physically. She’s dealing with emotional turmoil, remembering how as a teenager on Beverly Hills 90210 she thought of herself as invincible…. Tougher yet, her struggle is public. That’s more than enough to break a person, make her want to run and hide. True to her famous Brenda Walsh character, Doherty doesn’t let her personal fight break her spirit.
Instead of running and hiding, like many would have, Doherty is using her experience with cancer to warn and educate women.

By the time Shannen sorted out her medical insurance issues and sought medical help her invasive breast cancer has already spread. Now she carries the message of early cancer detection to others: “You have no idea what that extra time might have afforded you.”
Speaking of her cancer, she said: “Mine for instance spread to a lymph node or two. It might not have spread … The most important thing is catching it as early as humanly possible.”

Cancer detected early is easiest to treat. The treatment is less invasive. A chance of complete recovery is best. Shannen Doherty knows. Listen to her and if you notice any changes in your breast seek help as early as you can. Getting help early can save your life!

Message to Shannen: You are still invincible!

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Entertainment Editor / I. Sturm

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