WENDY J. GREUEL
Source: City Clerk, 1:38 a.m.
The election to decide the next mayor of Los Angeles started as a dead heat between City Councilman Eric Garcetti and city Controller Wendy Greuel, then opened to a lead comfortable enough for Garcetti to give a cautious victory speech by midnight.
"The results aren't all in, but this is shaping up to be a great night," Garcetti told supporters at the Hollywood Palladium.
Before leaving her supporters, Greuel did not concede the election. "No one said it was going to be easy or quick, but when you're playing the championship of L.A. politics,” said Greuel at Exchange LA in downtown. “Sometimes, the game goes into overtime."
By 2 a.m., with just over 15 percent of precincts reporting, Garcetti had 150,877 votes and Greuel had 128,335.
ADD: An hour later, Gruel called Garcetti to concede. [KCET]
Stuart Noble by Birdman
The Arts District lost a local when Stuart Noble was struck by a car while crossing a Pasadena street last Friday morning. He helped make art, and street art, a visible force in downtown Los Angeles, including curating exhibitions for Pershing Square, and helping out one particular street artist. The renegade has something to say about Noble's passing.
I met Stuart in 1999 on my first trip to London. Stuart was a partner in a flyer distribution and promotions company called Don’t Panic! Don’t Panic curated an art poster supplement that was distributed with the flyers. I think their goal was to mix art and commerce. I was offered the Don’t Panic art poster as a means of promoting my London art show, but I had to drive straight from the airport to their offices and work on the art in order to meet their print deadline. Stuart and the rest of the Don’t Panic! crew were very enthusiastic about the design I made. Stuart then offered for me to tag along to put up posters as he drove the Don’t Panic! delivery van around London dropping off flyers. Stuart was on the job, so I wanted to respect his time, but I kept seeing good spots, so I would ask him if we had a second to pull over. The answer was always “yes!” and as he started to understand my modus operandi he would drive out of his way to take me to great spots.
Obey Giant [view]
First Street Store Mural concept drawing: Berliner and Associates.
“Story of our Struggle” is moving forward under the watch of the Chicano/Jewish Coalition. Often known as the First Street Store Mural, it makes a final step toward it's preservation as a Community Revitalization Project, according to Irma Beserra Núñez, coalition chair. The idea behind the rehabbed First Street Store Mural Wall, which will be called the Quetzalcoatl Pyramid Fountain and Educational Plaza, comes from a coalition press release.
Following a stringent Mural Preservation Plan, the entire Mural Wall will be moved back ten feet as the facade of the new charter high school. This will create an approximately 3,200 sq. ft. Educational Plaza in front of the building for students, the community, and tourists to gather, enjoy a more comfortable view of the Mural Panels, and gain an appreciation of community culture and history. Educational plaques will be placed below each Mural Panel describing the meaning in English and Spanish.
A Quetzalcoatl Pyramid Fountain will be constructed with a seating area around the Pond. In addition, there will be benches to sit and relax while viewing the mural, fountain and plaza. Lighting will be provided for each Mural Panel, the plaques, fountain and plaza to make it possible for everyone to enjoy, night and day, this exciting Chicano/Jewish Cultural Heritage Landmark.
The mural was to be taken down by Pacific Charter School Development to make room for a new building. After protests, portions of the mural were to be saved. Then through terse advocacy, the mural and facade is intact and will be part of the Alliance Media Arts & Entertainment Design High School.
The public hearing is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, in Room 150 at the L.A. County Hall of Records (320 West Temple Street).
East Los Angeles Mural's Struggle is Over I KCET [view]
Los Angeles River Artist and Business Association will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, for locals to bring ideas to the table.
It's the first mess to be cleaned up.
With the ruling that the Arts District Business Improvement Association must dissolve within 75 days, the first thing to end was maintenance services. It began with the sign on the Arts District dog park implying it was closed, when in fact BID were ending their service of opening and closing the park, plus scooping after pups. Then trashcans were immediately taken off the streets.
Comments from locals have been flying around with fury, sharply divided between those who came after, and those who came before, the BID was established.
Some say the RID THE BID had no contingency plan, and for now the only immediate resolution is clean it up yourself, as a dedicated neighborhood volunteer that is. There is also the logic that ADBID may not have had a lawsuit directed at them if they did not include property owners -- who resisted being under ADBID's jurisdiction -- during a 2011 expansion.
Community Meeting via LARABA [view]
If you are not up to speed:
Judge Orders BID to Dissolve via DTNews [view]
Private security pull out of downtown Arts District via LATimes [view]
BID Pimpin' via CurbedLA [view]
"You know it baby!' is all the caption De Perez needed for this image she captured in the Fashion District this morning. The Phantom Gallery curator De Perez saw him walking at the corner of at Los Angeles and Eighth street, walking with mission. It's downtown stylin' and you can't keep a man with a crown, down.
Photo: De Perez
Downtown Los Angeles Then & Now - Part 2 (2013) Dir: nicolewonders
YouTube user nicolewonder found the 1946 night time footage of Downtown Los Angeles and matched the route with new footage. It makes an interesting look at two eras. The mash-up is in three parts, and the original source is below.
Part 1 [view]
Part 3 [view]
Original 35mm via Internet Archive [view]
Gone are the days that had you take the Metro Red Line to the Vermont/Sunset station to reach a Fatburger. The popular burger brand is back in downtown Los Angles, and held a grand opening Wednesday. And it’s not just a midday meal option. Fatburger is open 24 hours.
The modernized interior of Fatburger Downtown LA has electronic menus and a touchscreen soda fountain, but still hints of the California burger stand aesthetic, similar to Original Tommy's and In-N-Out.
A biography of John Parkinson by Stephen Gee has been out since early May, and it’s "the first book to detail, in words and images, this master architect's incredible contribution to Los Angeles." With City Hall, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Bullock's Wilshire, Union Station, the architect and his firm gave the city a look that has become a cultural reference.
"His buildings are an essential part of Los Angeles. City Hall is still the hub of political power in the city," Stephen Gee told KCRW earlier this month. "There are thousands of people who live and work in Parkinson’s buildings. Union Station is still a tremendously important train station on the west coast. These structures are just as important now as the day that they opened."
A documentary on Parkinson is also planned. Donations are being sought.
Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles [view]
Some of Parkinson's earlier buildings may not have the cultural visibility of City Hall. You can see that in a dedicated list by German photography Martin Schall, who stalked Arts District gems like the Spreckel Bros. Warehouse and the Joannes Bros. Building.
You-Are-Here I Parkinson [view]