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Palmdale to Name Arts Center After Developer

A planned 400-seat performing arts center in Palmdale will be named after Los Angeles developer Ronald Ordin, who donated a 5.7-acre site for it to the city before being shot to death in West Los Angeles, city officials have decided.

The Palmdale City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to name the planned $4-million complex Ordin Hall. The name was requested by the Antelope Valley Cultural Foundation, a private fund-raising support group that persuaded the city to build the center.

Ordin had donated the site east of the Antelope Valley Freeway and south of Palmdale Boulevard, saying he wanted to help the area and his plans for an adjoining commercial project.

Ordin was fatally shot in his car on May 16 by two men on a motorcycle at National Boulevard and Manning Avenue just after leaving the Santa Monica Freeway. The motorcycle pulled up next to the developer, and a passenger fired several shots at Ordin, said Los Angeles Police Detective L. Kingsford.

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Andrew Jackson, 21, of Los Angeles was arrested on suspicion of murder on June 29, Kingsford said. Police are seeking two others--Alfredo Perez Chagolla, 20, and Rene Cruz Reynoso, 29, both of Los Angeles--in connection with the crime.

Reynoso, a commercial tenant of Ordin’s, hired Chagolla and Jackson to kill the developer following a business dispute, Kingsford said.


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