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
aren't all in, but this is shaping up to be a great night," Garcetti told supporters
at the Hollywood Palladium.
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."
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]
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.
Stuart visited LA and liked it enough to move to the city in
2005. I was in need of a new poster printer, so Stuart signed on for the
job. He would also go on poster missions with me and took the
initiative to put posters up on his own as well. Stuart became an Obey
ambassador of sorts, talking to property owners about walls for my art.
Many of the murals I have done in the downtown LA Arts District were
organized by Stuart. Stuart was quite a prolific purveyor of Obey on
I’m eternally grateful for Stuart’s friendship and passion for my work. Stuart, thanks for everything… I’ll miss you man!
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
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]
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,
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.
"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.
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.
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
"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
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.