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L.A. County supervisors approve first stage of major Koreatown development

L.A. County supervisors voted Tuesday to approve the first stage of a major planned development in Koreatown, including a community center for which neighborhood activists had lobbied heavily. The so-called Vermont Corridor project will include three county-owned sites along South Vermont Avenue and...

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  • Home of the Day: Historic 1919 home offers storybook charm

    Home of the Day: Historic 1919 home offers storybook charm

    This lovingly preserved historic home in Wilshire Park offers the kind of traditional curb appeal that suggests a lifetime of living happily ever after. The two-story Colonial Revival features oak floors, crown molding, original built-ins, a restored fir wood staircase and a rebuilt fireplace and...

  • Topless Bernie Sanders supporters arrested outside L.A. rally

    Topless Bernie Sanders supporters arrested outside L.A. rally

    Some people are baring their tops, if not their souls, for the Bern. Outside Sen. Bernie Sanders' rally Wednesday evening in Los Angeles, two women were arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure, police said. The two women, both ages 20 to 25, had "disrobed" outside the Wiltern Theatre, revealing...

  • Renegade abstractions of Polly Apfelbaum and Dona Nelson make for a stellar art show

    Renegade abstractions of Polly Apfelbaum and Dona Nelson make for a stellar art show

    If you pay attention to contemporary art, you’re probably familiar with Assemblage, Minimalism and Conceptualism. Those influential movements came to prominence, respectively, in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. The dearth of new “isms” since then can be attributed partly to artists who want to be thought...

  • 'Quantico' creator Josh Safran lists his striking home in Hancock Park

    'Quantico' creator Josh Safran lists his striking home in Hancock Park

    “Quantico” creator and producer Josh Safran has listed his uncommon house in Hancock Park at $3.295 million. There's an arresting charm about the English country-inspired home.  Vaulted ceilings with stenciled beams, leaded glass windows and a round entry ground the place in its 1929 origins.  Yet...

  • Where to go for great hangover soup and bossam (boiled pork belly) in Koreatown

    Where to go for great hangover soup and bossam (boiled pork belly) in Koreatown

    Name of restaurant: Jin Mi Oak. The name loosely translates to "house that makes delicious/honest food." What dish represents the restaurant, and why? The bossam is a platter of pork slices that are steamed briefly at your table. The small, pillowy squares of pork are just the right size to pop...

  • Police look for answers in death of grandmother who was fatally struck by casino tour bus

    Police look for answers in death of grandmother who was fatally struck by casino tour bus

    The Valiente family is uneasy. It has been nearly two months since its matriarch, 85-year-old Encarnacion Valiente, was fatally run down near Koreatown by a tour bus filled with passengers returning from Morongo Casino. After hitting the grandmother, the driver never stopped, instead continuing...

  • This new Koreatown restaurant has 'crack' fries, fancy burgers and pie
    This new Koreatown restaurant has 'crack' fries, fancy burgers and pie

    If you happen to find yourself in Koreatown and somehow without a craving for budae jjigae, you might head to Little Tart. It's the new restaurant in the former Saint Martha space from the team behind Tart at the Farmer's Daughter Hotel. 

    The idea here is comfort food — there isn't a single salad...

  • Albert Pujols puts his home field up for sale: $7.75 million
    Albert Pujols puts his home field up for sale: $7.75 million

    Albert Pujols is taking a swing at a home sale in Irvine.

    The Angels slugger has listed his estate in Shady Canyon, a neighborhood popular among sports stars, for $7.75 million.

    Set on half an acre on a cul-de-sac, the Spanish Colonial-style home was designed by Irvine-based architect John Henderson...

  • Guitarist Dave Navarro gets his price for renovated Larchmont bungalow
    Guitarist Dave Navarro gets his price for renovated Larchmont bungalow

    Musician and television host Dave Navarro has sold a renovated home in the historic Larchmont area of Los Angeles for the asking price of $1.695 million.

    Navarro, who found a more contemporary setting for himself in January, bought the house two years ago for $1.55 million.

    Tucked behind wrought...

  • Hot Property | Dave Navarro
    Hot Property | Dave Navarro

    The gated compound in the Larchmont area of Los Angeles has a 2,100-square-foot main house and a guest house above the garage.

  • Spicy soup and more Korean comfort food at Yook Cal Bop Sang in Koreatown
    Spicy soup and more Korean comfort food at Yook Cal Bop Sang in Koreatown

    Name of restaurant: Yook Cal Bop Sang. "Yook cal" is a mash-up of yookgaejang (a spicy beef soup) and calgooksu (knife-cut noodles). "Bop Sang" literally translates to rice or meal table — because rice is synonymous with meal in Korean — which is to say, a dining table.

    Owner: This is one of the...

  • L.A. teachers union wins dues increase, vows to battle foes of traditional public education
    L.A. teachers union wins dues increase, vows to battle foes of traditional public education

    The rallying cry went out from the leaders of Los Angeles teachers’ union: We need more money to fight the rich and powerful forces that want to take over public schools.Members have responded by agreeing to raise their annual dues by about a third, to $1,000 a year.The increase was approved by...

  • Hot Property | Dave Navarro
    Hot Property | Dave Navarro

    Built last year, the contemporary-style house in Larchmont has vaulted ceilings, an interior atrium and a freestanding wine wall.

  • Tony Shalhoub is on the trail of a buyer for his Windsor Square home
    Tony Shalhoub is on the trail of a buyer for his Windsor Square home

    “Monk” star Tony Shalhoub and his wife, actress Brooke Adams, have put their longtime home in the Windsor Square area of Los Angeles on the market for $3.988 million.

    The classic Mediterranean Revival, built in 1922, sits on a manicured double lot with drought-tolerant gardens, a meditation area...

  • Hot Property | Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams
    Hot Property | Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams

    The 1920s Mediterranean Revival-style house sits on close to half an acre with drought-tolerant gardens, outdoor dining areas and a swimming pool and spa.

  • Man and woman struck by hit-and-run driver in Koreatown
    Man and woman struck by hit-and-run driver in Koreatown

    A hit-and-run driver struck two pedestrians in Koreatown early Saturday morning and remains at large, Los Angeles police said.

    The man and woman were hit near Fourth Street and Vermont Avenue about 1:30 a.m., a sergeant with LAPD'S West Traffic Division said.

    The victims are expected to survive,...

  • Restaurant news: Halal Guys in K-town, Paul Martin's in Pasadena, SOL Cocina in Playa Vista open
    Restaurant news: Halal Guys in K-town, Paul Martin's in Pasadena, SOL Cocina in Playa Vista open

    The restaurant scene in Los Angeles isn't slowing down, and that's a good thing. If you're trying to keep up, here's a roundup of some of the latest news.

    After opening a location in Costa Mesa and a second outlet in Long Beach, the Halal Guys, the popular New York City food cart, is opening its...

  • Woman dead in man's possible murder-suicide attempt in Koreatown
    Woman dead in man's possible murder-suicide attempt in Koreatown

    A woman was shot to death and a man, possibly the woman’s former husband, was left in critical condition in a possible attempted murder-suicide in Koreatown on Friday morning, police said.

    Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department rushed to the 3300 block of James M. Wood Boulevard about...

  • Where to get Korean-style shabu shabu in K-Town, with plenty of cold beer
    Where to get Korean-style shabu shabu in K-Town, with plenty of cold beer

    Name of restaurant: Shabu Me

    Concept:  Korean-style shabu shabu inside Seven Vermont Plaza, where you'll also find Kobawoo, number 85 on Jonathan Gold's 101 best restaurants list.  So what makes Shabu Me Korean? The owners and workers for starters. The sauces lean more towards Korean flavors too,...

  • L.A. firefighters see their first hoverboard fire, captured on video; Metrolink bans devices
    L.A. firefighters see their first hoverboard fire, captured on video; Metrolink bans devices

    Los Angeles firefighters responded to the first documented hoverboard fire in the city on Wednesday, just days before a ban on the devices takes affect on Metrolink trains across Southern California.

    The fire, captured on video and given to KTLA, shows the hoverboard on a Vermont Avenue sidewalk...

  • 2015 in review: How income inequality pervades the L.A. landscape
    2015 in review: How income inequality pervades the L.A. landscape

    Doris Tillman of South Los Angeles had lost her husband, her job and her water service, so she did what people do here in a gilded metropolis that throws curses at people on the fringes — she adapted.

    When I think back on the year 2015, I'll conjure up an image of Tillman at 71, bending into a...

  • Here's why you want to go to K-Town for cold noodles, even in the middle of winter
    Here's why you want to go to K-Town for cold noodles, even in the middle of winter

    Name of restaurant: Hansol Noodle, inside the Madang Plaza Shopping Mall, on the corner of Western Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard. 

    Concept: Hansol took over the upscale Madang 621 restaurant space in July. The open-air space, wooden details and dramatic entryway is a stark contrast to the humble...

  • Islamic Center in Koreatown opens its doors for a holiday giveaway
    Islamic Center in Koreatown opens its doors for a holiday giveaway

    After the November terrorist attacks in Paris, Andrew Boyle felt a need to expand his understanding.

    The 45-year-old actor, who describes himself as “the generic white guy in commercials,” sent an email to the Islamic Center of Southern California.

    Its message: “I would like to know more.”

    Interested...

  • The meaning of makeup in the Instagram age: Artist Gina Beavers strips away the gloss
    The meaning of makeup in the Instagram age: Artist Gina Beavers strips away the gloss

    Many artists, mostly female, have explored the relationship between art and makeup. New York painter Gina Beavers focuses on that relationship too, but with an eye to Internet culture. Her paintings of how-tos and nail art at the Michael Benevento gallery in Los Angeles operate somewhere between...

  • 'I got you' are man's last words to co-worker as bullets fly in San Bernardino rampage
    'I got you' are man's last words to co-worker as bullets fly in San Bernardino rampage

    As bullets rained down during the San Bernardino shooting rampage, Shannon Johnson, 45, wrapped his left arm around 27-year-old Denise Peraza and held her close.

    "I got you," Johnson told her.

    Peraza was shot once in the back and survived.

    Johnson died. 

    Peraza, who is recovering from her injuries,...

  • How LAPD vice is cleaning up K-town's less savory side
    How LAPD vice is cleaning up K-town's less savory side

    "Here's a couple," the sergeant says, motioning toward two young women shuffling past with doll-like makeup, perfectly coiffed hair and dresses clinging tightly to their petite frames.

    There's another scurrying into the club in a black corset dress with a lace-up front, then another, in a dusty-rose...

  • Jennifer Moon's mesmerizing show turns the art world into a punchline
    Jennifer Moon's mesmerizing show turns the art world into a punchline

    Jennifer Moon’s loopy exhibition at Commonwealth & Council is a brilliant sendup of 40 years of Conceptual art.

    “Phoenix Rising: Part 3: laub, me and the Revolution (The Theory of Everything)” takes visitors back to first-gen Conceptualism, when SoCal artists such as John Baldessari, William Wegman,...

  • Korean American lender Hanmi proposes $1.6-billion merger with rival BBCN
    Korean American lender Hanmi proposes $1.6-billion merger with rival BBCN

    The third-biggest Korean American bank has proposed a $1.6-billion merger with the nation's largest in an attempt to block a rival lender from doing the same.

    Hanmi Financial Corp., parent of Hanmi Bank, disclosed Monday that it wants to combine with BBCN Bancorp in an all-stock deal that would...

  • 2 LAFD firefighters hurt battling massive home fire in Koreatown
    2 LAFD firefighters hurt battling massive home fire in Koreatown

    Two firefighters were injured early Wednesday after flames swept through a two-story home in Koreatown and surrounded them, officials said.

    The firefighters were tackling flames at about 1:08 a.m. inside the 3,484 square-foot home in the 800 block of South Crenshaw Boulevard when they were briefly...

  • Escaped fire crew inmate found hiding in hotel spa in Koreatown
    Escaped fire crew inmate found hiding in hotel spa in Koreatown

    Kent Lesporavsky's spa experience was not a relaxing one – and he wasn’t wearing a towel around his waist in a steam room when he was found.

    The 43-year-old Russian was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and white pants, a far cry from the orange inmate uniform he was supposed to be wearing before he...

  • Luke Perry parts with Hancock Park Mediterranean for above asking price
    Luke Perry parts with Hancock Park Mediterranean for above asking price

    Luke Perry of “Detective McLean: The Tie That Binds” fame has sold a gated house in Hancock Park for $2,947,500 -- slightly above his $2.899-million asking price.

    The Mediterranean-style house, built in 1933, sits on a third of an acre with a swimming pool, lawn and a detached three-car garage.

    ...

  • 'Bones' actress Carla Gallo buys vintage Craftsman house in Larchmont area
    'Bones' actress Carla Gallo buys vintage Craftsman house in Larchmont area

    Perhaps actress Carla Gallo of “Bones” fame liked the bones of this home in the Larchmont neighborhood because she just bought the authentic Craftsman for $1.775 million, public records show.

    Shaded by mature trees, the 1914 two-story house has the front porch, interior woodwork and built-ins that...

  • Halloween and Día de los Muertos food and drink specials around town
    Halloween and Día de los Muertos food and drink specials around town

    From a spooky five-course dinner at Melisse to $3 Boorito burritos at Chipotle, we've got your Halloween and Día de los Muertos plans covered. There's also a wine and Halloween candy tasting. You're welcome. 

    Angel City Brewery will feature Halloween-themed vendors and treats from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m....

  • Three new craft beer destinations to visit this weekend
    Three new craft beer destinations to visit this weekend

    Tired of your usual craft beer haunts? You’re in luck, as this weekend sees three hotly anticipated destinations open — plus an anniversary party.

    What’s up? Arcade games, cult-favorite snacks, more craft beer retail offerings and an all-new brewery and tasting room for one of L.A.’s oldest breweries. 

    ...

  • Bulgogi fries and sashimi lunch sets at The Fresh in K-Town
    Bulgogi fries and sashimi lunch sets at The Fresh in K-Town

    Name of restaurant: The Fresh

    Concept: Modern Korean sushi and seafood like you might find in the upscale Apgujeong neighborhood of Seoul. The owner, Chang Soon Son, just opened the place in July.

    What dish represents the restaurant, and why? The sashimi set meal comes with an assortment of raw...

  • Top sales: Britney Spears buys a loaded 21-acre estate for $7.4 million
    Top sales: Britney Spears buys a loaded 21-acre estate for $7.4 million

    The homes of a denim mogul, a pop music singer and a pair of retail fashion executives were among the most expensive residential real estate transactions in the greater Los Angeles area last week.

    $32.67 million — Beverly Crest

    Armand Marciano, cofounder of the denim brand Guess Inc., sold a three-acre...

  • 1920s English-style Tudor in Hancock Park sells for $8.6 million
    1920s English-style Tudor in Hancock Park sells for $8.6 million

    The Tudor-style estate on about an acre on South Hudson Avenue sold for $8.6 million, down from the recent relist price of $9.195 million.

  • This Koreatown liquor store stands out for fighting underage drinking
    This Koreatown liquor store stands out for fighting underage drinking

    Even before they were targeted for arson and looting in the 1992 Los Angeles riots, liquor stores, particularly Korean-owned ones, had a painful resonance in the city of Los Angeles. Their owners, who often lived elsewhere, had a reputation for being eager to make a buck at the expense of the community's...

  • Singer-songwriter James Ingram puts his longtime Hancock Park home on the market
    Singer-songwriter James Ingram puts his longtime Hancock Park home on the market

    R&B singer-songwriter James Ingram has listed his home in Hancock Park for sale at $1,949,500.

    The Spanish-style house, built in 1923, maintains its vintage character with a wrought iron staircase railing, high ceilings, stained-glass windows and original lighting fixtures. Approximately 3,250...

  • Voice coach to the stars Seth Riggs lists his home and studios for sale in Hancock Park
    Voice coach to the stars Seth Riggs lists his home and studios for sale in Hancock Park

    Michael Jackson and Madonna voice coach Seth Riggs and his wife, actress Margareta Svensson, have listed their home in Hancock Park for sale at $3.995 million.

    The Italian Revival-style estate includes the rehearsal studios and concert-lecture room where  superstars and legendary singers worked...

  • A Koreatown comic on jokes, gout and K-town secrets
    A Koreatown comic on jokes, gout and K-town secrets

    Comedian and actor Danny Cho, who was raised in East L.A. and has lived in Koreatown for most of his post-college life, met the California section's Victoria Kim at a sleek coffee shop in the heart of Koreatown that sells both kimchi carbonara and quesadillas. They chatted, and then we emailed...

  • Central L.A. homes with character for less than $1 million
    Central L.A. homes with character for less than $1 million

    The central region of Los Angeles has a diverse housing stock that includes some of the oldest and most individual homes in the county. Here’s a sampling of early 1900s homes for sale in central neighborhoods for under $1 million.

    HARVARD HEIGHTS: On the market for the first time in 50 years, this...

  • Former First AME Church official pleads guilty to insurance scam
    Former First AME Church official pleads guilty to insurance scam

    A former trustee and spokeswoman for First AME Church in South Los Angeles pleaded guilty Thursday to running an insurance scheme that cheated seniors -- including members of the church -- out of more than $100,000.

    Constance Gail Fortune, who was a licensed insurance agent, sold auto, life and...

  • A Chinese-Korean mashup? Here are 5 restaurants to try in L.A.
    A Chinese-Korean mashup? Here are 5 restaurants to try in L.A.

    Love both Chinese and Korean food? Maybe when you’re going out to eat next, try them at the same time. Korean-Chinese cuisine is a hybrid that developed at the end of the 19th century, when Korea and China had, well, closer relations than they do now. Although derived from Chinese cuisine, Koreans...

  • '90210' alum Luke Perry lists vintage Mediterranean-style house for sale in Hancock Park
    '90210' alum Luke Perry lists vintage Mediterranean-style house for sale in Hancock Park

    Luke Perry of “Beverly Hills, 90210” fame has put a gated house he has owned since 1998 on the market at $2.899 million.

    The actor, who has other real estate in Tennessee, bought the Mediterranean-style house for $967,500.

    Built in 1933 and set on a third of an acre, the stately two-story features...

  • Dok Dok Chicken in K-Town: Korean fried chicken and fried Twinkies
    Dok Dok Chicken in K-Town: Korean fried chicken and fried Twinkies

    Name of restaurant: Dok Dok Chicken. Its website states that "dok" means chicken in Korean, but really, I'd spell the word for chicken "dak," instead.

    Concept: Korean fried chicken. What else do you need to know?

    What dish represents the restaurant, and why?  The fried chicken here may be the closest...

  • The 10 best places to drink in L.A., according to Aussies
    The 10 best places to drink in L.A., according to Aussies

    Want to take a guess which Los Angeles establishments are on the radar for Australians visiting our fair city? In the latest issue of the Australian publication Gourmet Traveller Wine, writer Matt Skinner picks his top 10 drink experiences in Los Angeles.

    No surprise that Bar Covell is at the top...

  • There's a cool new craft beer bar and shop opening in Koreatown
    There's a cool new craft beer bar and shop opening in Koreatown

    The next craft beer shopping destination in Los Angeles is coming to Koreatown, with 20 taps alongside bottles to go. Southland Beer, just a few blocks south of Beer Belly on Western Avenue, is putting the final touches on its lounge and getting ready for a late September grand opening.

    Joining...

  • Roy Choi partners with Munchery, brings free food, 20 microwaves to Koreatown
    Roy Choi partners with Munchery, brings free food, 20 microwaves to Koreatown

    Roy Choi wants to save the world, one meal at a time.

    The chef has been trying to do this, at least one taco at time, since he started Kogi BBQ. Over the years, he's brought his social awareness to various endeavors — with his LocoL project, in which he and chef Daniel Patterson are bringing affordable...

  • Jenn and Tonic: What would Malibu Barbie drink in Ktown? Let's find out
    Jenn and Tonic: What would Malibu Barbie drink in Ktown? Let's find out

    If Malibu Barbie could consume alcohol, what would she drink? Lead bartender at the Walker Inn, a new speakeasy at the back of the Normandie Club in Koreatown, has the answer. 

    It's called the Malibu cocktail, a drink on the Walker Inn's PCH-inspired menu. Not only is the cocktail a pretty sunset...

  • Son proud of mother who stood up to 'Speak English' taunts at IHOP
    Son proud of mother who stood up to 'Speak English' taunts at IHOP

    Carlos Vasquez had gone to IHOP to have lunch with his parents to celebrate his birthday.

    While waiting for a table at a branch in Koreatown, a woman interrupted a conversation between Vasquez and his mother. Vasquez started filming.

    In the video, the woman yells at Vasquez's mother for speaking...

  • Nearly 9 in 10 students drop out of unaccredited law schools in California
    Nearly 9 in 10 students drop out of unaccredited law schools in California

    To Omar Medina, a security officer working the graveyard shift, attending Northwestern California University School of Law seemed like the ideal way to fulfill his dream of becoming a lawyer.

    Unlike traditional law schools with high tuitions and entrance requirements, Northwestern California offered...

  • Where to find $1 oysters
    Where to find $1 oysters

    If you love slurping down oysters, pay attention. This is your one-stop guide to finding $1 oysters around town.

    There's a restaurant or bar offering $1 oysters every night of the week. So if you want to indulge nightly, you can. And if you do, we like the way you roll. 

    Bar 10: $1 oysters with...

  • Blast rocks Koreatown building, shatters windows, prompts evacuations
    Blast rocks Koreatown building, shatters windows, prompts evacuations

    An explosion rocked a Koreatown apartment building Wednesday morning, shattering windows and forcing evacuations, police said.

    Officials didn't know what caused the 8:50 a.m. explosion in the 300 block of South Ardmore Avenue, said Officer Christopher No of the Los Angeles Police Department.

    Fire...

  • Jenn and Tonic: How to make a Rock-It Pop cocktail at an '80s speakeasy
    Jenn and Tonic: How to make a Rock-It Pop cocktail at an '80s speakeasy

    The cocktail scene in Los Angeles is booming. There are new bars opening every month — sometimes every week — in trendy rooftops and backrooms. Cocktail menus are loaded with some of the freshest, rarest and most thoughtful ingredients from behind the bar and in the kitchen. And the best bartenders...

  • Woman struck and killed by vehicle in Koreatown
    Woman struck and killed by vehicle in Koreatown

    A 75-year-old woman was killed Sunday in Koreatown after she was struck by a vehicle, authorities said.

    The incident occurred shortly before 9:30 p.m. in the 500 block of South Manhattan Place, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.

    The woman, whose name was not released,...

  • Top sales: Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith set price mark in Hancock Park
    Top sales: Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith set price mark in Hancock Park

    The homes of film stars, a clothing mogul and the creator of “Gilligan’s Island” were among the top residential real estate sales in the greater Los Angeles area last week.

    $15,947,000 — Hancock Park

    Actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas set a price record for the area with the sale of their...

  • Cocktail omakase with smoke, mirrors, and a red light at the Walker Inn
    Cocktail omakase with smoke, mirrors, and a red light at the Walker Inn

    It's 8 p.m. and you're already rummaging through your oversized bag, looking for your ID. The doorman at the Normandie Club in Koreatown wants to see it. 

    Some might say you're starting a little early, but you know you're on an important mission: Get into The Walker Inn, the new secret bar at the...

  • In true rock star fashion, Slash's outrageous villa is over the top
    In true rock star fashion, Slash's outrageous villa is over the top

    Call it a closing act for Slash in Beverly Hills. The top hat-wearing rocker and his wife, Perla Hudson, have put their Tuscan-inspired villa on the market for $10.995 million.

    The one-of-a-kind residence in the guard-gated Mulholland Estates lives up to its owner's rock star status with alligator...

  • Nationally recognized teacher removed from class after allegations of misconduct
    Nationally recognized teacher removed from class after allegations of misconduct

    Attorneys for a nationally recognized Los Angeles Unified teacher, who was removed from his classroom after allegations of misconduct, are issuing an ultimatum to district administrators: publicly apologize and let him return to work, or get sued.

    Rafe Esquith, a longtime educator at Hobart Boulevard...

  • Marital home of actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas brings $15.947 million
    Marital home of actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas brings $15.947 million

    Actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas have sold their marital home in Hancock Park for $15.947 million.

    Known as the Isidor Eisner Estate for its first owner, the 1925 mansion was designed by Hoover Dam architect Gordon B. Kaufmann. Griffith and Banderas combined two properties to create...

  • Secret bar the Walker Inn opens inside the Normandie Club with smoking cocktails
    Secret bar the Walker Inn opens inside the Normandie Club with smoking cocktails

    The Walker Inn, a new 27-seat cocktail bar tucked behind a secret door at the back of the Normandie Club in Koreatown, opens Wednesday.

    “We want to surprise people," said bartender and co-owner Devon Tarby. "I am looking forward to taking people to another land. We want our guest to be able to...

  • Ryu's victory resonates in Koreatown and beyond
    Ryu's victory resonates in Koreatown and beyond

    The Rodeo Galleria strip mall on Western Avenue is right at the edge of newly elected Councilman David Ryu's district. Half of it — a hair salon, a gift shop and a bank — falls in Council District 4, and the other half, with a noodle house and a bakery, is just outside its borders.

    That distinction...

  • Ryu won council seat by seizing outsider status, Korean American backing
    Ryu won council seat by seizing outsider status, Korean American backing

    David Ryu went up against the biggest names in Los Angeles City Hall on election day — and won.

    Branding himself as a City Hall outsider, the City Council candidate defeated a rival backed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council President Herb Wesson and a glut of other local political heavyweights, making...

  • Koreatown celebrates election of David Ryu to L.A. City Council seat
    Koreatown celebrates election of David Ryu to L.A. City Council seat

    The southeastern part of Councilman-elect David Ryu's district curves right around Koreatown, a community that is celebrating the Korean American's election Tuesday to the Los Angeles City Council. 

    Unofficial results show Ryu won the precincts abutting Koreatown, on Western Avenue and in the mid-Wilshire...

  • Garcetti overrules his own appointees for Koreatown developer
    Garcetti overrules his own appointees for Koreatown developer

    It's rare, but not unheard of, for Los Angeles mayors to veto decisions by the City Council.

    It's also not unusual for the council to veto a decision by one of the city's commissions, whose members are selected by the mayor.

    But Mayor Eric Garcetti did something recently that surprised activists,...

  • L.A. Unified after-school coach is suspected of molesting nine girls

    A coach for a Los Angeles Unified School District after-school program was charged Friday with multiple felony counts of committing lewd acts on a child, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said.

    Ronnie Lee Roman, 42, of San Fernando, worked as a Youth Services coach for Beyond the...

  • Where to get a 99-cent burger for National Burger Month, and every Tuesday
    Where to get a 99-cent burger for National Burger Month, and every Tuesday

    May is National Burger Month, otherwise known as a time to get your hands on a 99-cent burger. And no, we're not talking about fast food. 

    Cassell's Hamburgers in Koreatown plans on selling its classic burgers for 99 cents. You know, the ones Christian Page makes with Colorado-raised chuck and...

  • All-you-can-eat Korean BBQ at Jjukku Jjukku
    All-you-can-eat Korean BBQ at Jjukku Jjukku

    Name of restaurant: Jjukku Jjukku, which is a reference to the Korean word for baby octopus, jjukkumi. This explains the cartoon octopus and his friends on the server's logo-ed T-shirts.

    Concept: The restaurant, which opened in October of last year, started life as a regular Korean BBQ joint specializing...

  • Koreatown's Mr. Bossam serves bossam -- and spicy ribs with cheesy corn
    Koreatown's Mr. Bossam serves bossam -- and spicy ribs with cheesy corn

    Name of restaurant: Mr. Bossam. Check out the cartoon mascot, presumably Mr. Bossam himself, who's giving you a thumbs-up as you walk in. Bossam is a boiled pork dish, traditionally eaten during gimjang (in autumn, when Koreans make kimchi from the year's harvest). Today, it's popular as an anju (food...

  • Where to find jeon, Korean flatcakes, in Los Angeles
    Where to find jeon, Korean flatcakes, in Los Angeles

    Jeon is the word for any number of battered and pan-fried dishes in Korean cuisine. Historically, this type was food was reserved for big celebrations (janchi) or ceremonies honoring dead relatives and ancestors (jesa). The jeon used for jesa, called gannap or gannam, is usually more elaborate...

  • Melanie Griffith, Antonio Banderas ready to part with marital home
    Melanie Griffith, Antonio Banderas ready to part with marital home

    Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas have listed their marital home in Hancock Park for sale at $16.1 million.

    They created the 1.5-acre estate, which centers on a 1925 mansion designed by Hoover Dam architect Gordon B. Kaufmann, by combining two properties.

    The Italian Revival-style home features...

  • Melanie Griffith, Antonio Banderas list in Hancock Park
    Melanie Griffith, Antonio Banderas list in Hancock Park

    Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas have listed their Hancock Park mansion for sale at $16.1 million.

    They created the 1.5-acre estate, which centers on a 15,000-square-foot home designed by renowned Hoover Dam architect Gordon B. Kaufmann, by combining two properties.

    The Italian Revival-style...

  • Man bites officer during arrest in Koreatown, LAPD says
    Man bites officer during arrest in Koreatown, LAPD says

    A 20-year-old man who was approached by police in Koreatown after he was reported to be following someone bit a responding officer in the arm during a struggle that also left another officer with an injured shoulder, police said Tuesday.

    “The teeth marks are predominant,” said Sgt. Dino Caldera....

  • 2 LAPD officers injured during altercation with suspect
    2 LAPD officers injured during altercation with suspect

    Two Los Angeles police officers were injured Monday night during a scuffle with a person in Koreatown, authorities said.

    Shortly after 9 p.m., a bystander flagged down the two officers on patrol near Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue to alert them to a person on the street, LAPD spokesman Mike...

  • Slurpin' Ramen Bar brings more ramen to Koreatown
    Slurpin' Ramen Bar brings more ramen to Koreatown

    Name of restaurant: Slurpin' Ramen Bar.

    Concept: Koreatown has a surprisingly underserved population of ramen eaters, so Slurpin' Ramen, which opened recently, might just be the answer to some hungry prayers. The vibe is more Silverlake Ramen than Daikokuya: young and cozy-hip — without a Japanese...

  • L.A. school district approves plan for two all-girls schools
    L.A. school district approves plan for two all-girls schools

    For the first time, the Los Angeles Unified School District will open two all-girls' schools next fall.

    The Board of Education on Tuesday approved two secondary campuses for girls: one will be overseen directly by L.A. Unified; the other will be an independently operated, district-authorized charter...

  • Seven places to get great finger-lickin' chicken wings in L.A.
    Seven places to get great finger-lickin' chicken wings in L.A.

    Eating chicken wings could be considered a sport. There's an art to nibbling every morsel of chicken from the bone, and licking every bit of sauce off your fingers takes stamina, and a palate of steel. 

    For the legions of wing fans in Los Angeles (there's an Instagram account devoted to girls eating...

  • First Look: The Line Hotel's Break Room 86 has Pac Man, fruity drinks, karaoke
    First Look: The Line Hotel's Break Room 86 has Pac Man, fruity drinks, karaoke

    Mark and Jonnie Houston, the brothers behind Houston Hospitality, have created a '70s basement lounge, a rum and cigar lounge, a Victorian mansion turned '20s glam party house, and now, with Break Room 86, their newest venue, an '80s-themed bar with karaoke. The new bar is scheduled to open later...

  • Handcuffed woman who fell from LAPD car sues, says officer assaulted her
    Handcuffed woman who fell from LAPD car sues, says officer assaulted her

    A woman who was handcuffed in Koreatown on St. Patrick’s Day in 2013, then ejected from an LAPD squad car and seriously injured is claiming in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that the officers involved sexually battered her and the department is responsible.

    Kim Nguyen, 29, filed the suit in connection...

  • Where to get soon dubu, Korea's one-pot meal, in L.A.
    Where to get soon dubu, Korea's one-pot meal, in L.A.

    Soon dubu is the silken, uncurdled tofu found in the bubbling hot pots served in Korean restaurants worldwide. "Soon" means pure, and "dubu" is the Korean way of saying tofu. When Koreans say soon dubu, they're referring to the soon dubu jjigae (stew). The stew part is implied, since that kind...

  • Arrests made in 'pay to stay' immigration scheme at L.A. area schools
    Arrests made in 'pay to stay' immigration scheme at L.A. area schools

    Three nights a week, the instructor dutifully showed up to teach at two Koreatown-area campuses that together boasted more than 900 students.

    For Business Law II and U.S. Government at American College of Forensic Studies on Mondays and Thursdays, three students typically turned up. For Introduction...

  • In election with a bid to boost turnout, participation may be lacking
    In election with a bid to boost turnout, participation may be lacking

    In an election Tuesday where voters will weigh in on an idea to boost L.A.’s low voter turnout, it remains an open question how many people will go to the polls.

    With a late winter storm predicted for the weekend, candidates and their teams were scrambling to phone voters and knock on as many doors...

  • Deal: Vintage style and savings at Koreatown's Hotel Normandie
    Deal: Vintage style and savings at Koreatown's Hotel Normandie

    Chalk one up for another L.A. landmark building turned hotel. The Hotel Normandie in Koreatown at the corner of 6th Street and Normandie Avenue has come together nicely since its recent opening.

    It has 94 rooms in a stylish 1920s building and added dining options of chef Gary Menes' Le Comptoir...

  • Controversial Koreatown lounge loses alcohol permit
    Controversial Koreatown lounge loses alcohol permit

    A Koreatown karaoke lounge in hot water with the Los Angeles Police Department has lost its bid for a new permit from City Hall.

    The five-member Central Area Planning Commission voted Tuesday night to reject the request from La Defence to continue selling alcohol. The panel, made up of appointees...

  • Koreatown karaoke spot loses bid for a new L.A. alcohol permit
    Koreatown karaoke spot loses bid for a new L.A. alcohol permit

    A Koreatown karaoke lounge in hot water with the Los Angeles Police Department has lost its bid for a new permit from City Hall.

    The five-member Central Area Planning Commission voted Tuesday night to reject the request from La Defence to continue selling alcohol. The panel, made up of appointees...

  • Angelenos say they generally feel detached from city government
    Angelenos say they generally feel detached from city government

    Against a chilly wind, April Galvan pulled her shawl tight as her 5-year-old daughter romped around a jungle gym in a newly renovated city park in Chatsworth.

    She's lived in the neighborhood eight years, and the Mason Recreation Center, which got a face-lift, is among the things she says have gotten...

  • The Normandie Club, a new cocktail bar, opens in Koreatown
    The Normandie Club, a new cocktail bar, opens in Koreatown

    Just in time for this week's Golden State of Cocktails, a new cocktail bar has opened in Koreatown. The Normandie Club soft opened on Monday.

    The new bar, a partnership between Alex Day, David Kaplan and Devon Tarby of Proprietors LLC, with Cedd Moses and Eric Needleman of 213 Nightlife, was designed...

  • Billboard firm to put up signs backing six L.A. council candidates
    Billboard firm to put up signs backing six L.A. council candidates

    A billboard company challenging Los Angeles' restrictions on digital signs has disclosed plans to donate tens of thousands of dollars in advertising to help Councilman Jose Huizar and five other candidates, all but one of them incumbents, in the March 3 election.

    Lamar Advertising Co. of Baton...

  • Scores of fish, 20 birds and a dog dead after pet store fire
    Scores of fish, 20 birds and a dog dead after pet store fire

    About 100 fish, 20 birds and a dog died in an early morning fire Saturday at a Koreatown pet store, authorities said.

    Firefighters responded to the fire about 8:20 a.m. in the 3900 block of West 6th Street and were able to remove some of the animals from the store, said Katherine Main, a Los Angeles...

  • Koreatown development stirs parking concerns
    Koreatown development stirs parking concerns

    Koreatown resident Daniel Martinez has been driving only a few years. But he says he's already racked up eight parking tickets, five of them for parking on street-sweeping day.

    The 21-year-old mechanic lives on one of the 10 worst blocks in Koreatown for receiving street-sweeping tickets, according...

  • Police seek elevator robber who targeted four women
    Police seek elevator robber who targeted four women

    Police are seeking a man suspected in a string of violent robberies in Los Angeles apartment elevators involving four female victims, authorities said Tuesday.

    The robberies followed similar patterns and took place in different apartment buildings in the Koreatown and East Hollywood areas, the...

  • Kevin Williamson lands century-old manor in L.A.
    Kevin Williamson lands century-old manor in L.A.

    Writer-producer Kevin Williamson has bought a house in L.A.'s Windsor Square area for $8.1 million.

    Although marketed as newly reconstructed in 2014, the Traditional-style manor is a century old. Original craftsmanship is still evident in the wood panels and crown moldings of the Nantucket-inspired...

  • Jonathan Gold's top 10 restaurant dishes of 2014
    Jonathan Gold's top 10 restaurant dishes of 2014

    2014 — I remember 2014. In Los Angeles, it was the year of peak steakhouse. It was a year of artisanal soda pop, $16 cheeseburgers and chef-ly barbecue. Tacos entered their Mannerist period. Cocktails largely supplanted wine, even in fine-dining restaurants. Kale, sea urchin, offal and poached...

  • Cassell's Hamburgers reopens at Hotel Normandie in Koreatown
    Cassell's Hamburgers reopens at Hotel Normandie in Koreatown

    Cassell's, the classic 6th Street Koreatown hamburger joint opened by the late Al Cassell in 1948, has reopened just a few blocks away, on the ground floor of the Hotel Normandie. The new location features the original wooden Cassell's sign inside, the original menus -- and a refusal to serve French...

  • Porridge and its (dis)contents: Congee, jok, haleem and what Grandma ate
    Porridge and its (dis)contents: Congee, jok, haleem and what Grandma ate

    Last week, we visited Porridge + Puffs, chef Minh Phan’s monument to the warm, oozy bowls of happiness that obsess so many of us this time of year, when temperatures plunge into the 50s at night, backyard trees groan with citrus and the waves are a bit too chilly to surf. Winter in Los Angeles...

  • Want a real reason to shop on Black Friday? Rare beer
    Want a real reason to shop on Black Friday? Rare beer

    For just the second year, Los Angeles is one of the few markets that will see official distribution of the rare Bourbon County beers from Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery. The barrel-aged brews are some of the most sought-after and well-regarded brews in the craft world and, after launch events on...

  • Forget mimosas, drink craft beer with your brunch
    Forget mimosas, drink craft beer with your brunch

    In Los Angeles, brunch is a dearly held weekend tradition, and for good reason. A languid pace and cheat-worthy foods that straddle the divide between eggs-and-bacon and soup-and-salad, all alongside boozy beverages served long before the sun gets above the proverbial yardarm, make the meal into...

  • L.A. reacts to Obama immigration pledge: 'We're leaving the darkness'
    L.A. reacts to Obama immigration pledge: 'We're leaving the darkness'

    At a rally in front of the Mexican Consulate in downtown Los Angeles, Citlali Gomez was cautiously optimistic.

    The 34-year-old came to the U.S. 12 years ago and started a family. Life is better in America, she said, though she fears driving and entering government buildings. Her cousin was deported.

    ...

  • The flat white, or how to order a cup of coffee like Russell Crowe
    The flat white, or how to order a cup of coffee like Russell Crowe

    The flat white -- that espresso-and-milk drink that is as ubiquitous to Antipodean culture as meat pies and Lamingtons -- is having something of a moment in Los Angeles. You can, with increasing frequency, find it on the menu boards at specialty coffee shops around the city, from Coffee + Food...

  • Zombie garden gnome in Koreatown
    Zombie garden gnome in Koreatown

    Ricardo Herrera bought a zombie garden gnome recently and has been taking it along with him on outings. He intends to photograph it wherever he goes, he said.

    Herrera took this photo near his home in Koreatown on Friday. He used a Nikon D5200.

    Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California...

  • Libbretist Heather Hach closes the book Hancock Park house
    Libbretist Heather Hach closes the book Hancock Park house

    Heather Hach has sold her home in Hancock Park for $2.675 million.

    Called Villa di Serenita, the Mediterranean/Spanish-style house retains its 1928 charm but includes such modern updates as solar-powered electrical and wiring for electric vehicles. Details include vaulted beamed ceilings, colorful...

  • Photographer accused of sexually assaulting body paint model
    Photographer accused of sexually assaulting body paint model

    A photographer who allegedly attacked a Korean model and threatened her with deportation if she refused to perform sexual acts has been arrested and police said they are looking for additional victims.

    Jung Park allegedly placed ads for Simple Touch Entertainment seeking body paint models, Los...

  • Man stabbed to death in Koreatown after intervening in argument
    Man stabbed to death in Koreatown after intervening in argument

    A man was stabbed to death in Koreatown on Wednesday morning after police said he tried to intervene in an argument between a man and woman.

    Los Angeles police responded to 3rd Street and Serrano Avenue about 3 a.m. and found a man bleeding from a stab wound, said Officer Norma Eisenman. Investigators...

  • Scouting Report: Gwang Yang BBQ in KTown
    Scouting Report: Gwang Yang BBQ in KTown

    Name of restaurant: Gwang Yang BBQ in Koreatown

    Concept: A top-notch Korean barbecue restaurant, where the focus is on bulgogi — galbi's less popular cousin. The barbecue is savory, juicy, charcoal-grilled; and unlike most Korean barbecue joints, Gwang Yang is not afraid to serve its beef several...

  • Like pickled dishes? Here are some tangy dishes to savor around L.A.
    Like pickled dishes? Here are some tangy dishes to savor around L.A.

    Whether it's Indian achaar or Japanese nukazuke, pickles of all varieties are featured on menus around the city, and not just as side dishes. What was once used as a necessary form of preservation is now a way for chefs to playfully showcase their seasonal ingredients.

    The pickle plate began appearing...

  • Café Tacvba lead singer on Mexico violence: 'We live between mafias'
    Café Tacvba lead singer on Mexico violence: 'We live between mafias'

    There are albums. And then there are seminal albums. The kind that mark a before and after point in music, the sort whose influence is long-running and far-reaching. In the world of Latin American rock, that album is "Re," a 20-song release from 1994 by the Mexico City band Café Tacvba (pronounced...

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