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Los Angeles lights up City Hall with Bat-Signal

Friday, June 16th, 2017

The “Bat-signal” is projected onto Los Angeles City Hall in a tribute to the late actor Adam West who played the caped crusader in the 1960s TV series

 

Daily Mail

A giant Bat-signal lit up the side of City Hall in Los Angeles Thursday night to honor Batman actor Adam West, who played the superhero role in the 1960s television series. He died on Friday at age 88 following a battle with leukemia.

The caped crusader helped protect the fictional Gotham City in a franchise that began as a DC Comics strip before also moving to television and film. When Gotham’s authorities needed Batman’s help, they projected a light beam with his logo into the sky. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and police chief Charlie Beck led Thursday’s tribute. Hundreds of fans thronged the ceremony, many dressed up in costumes from the television series and films.

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Hollywood Santa Parade…

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Hollywood Santa Parade still sparkles at 80

 

About 10,000 people turned out Sunday for the 80th Hollywood Santa Parade. The event was canceled in March 2007 when the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce found it could no longer afford to produce the event. But the city of Los Angeles rode to the rescue and put on a renamed event last year that kept the tradition going. “This was something that I couldn’t in good conscience let die,” City Council President Eric Garcetti told The Times last year. “This parade is one of the last free things families can do.”

 

This year, organizers added a Winterfest street festival to the band-filled pageant.

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By Jean Merl
Los Angeles Times
December 1, 2008

 

Call it the parade that almost wasn’t.

 

When the annual Hollywood Santa Parade began shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday, it would have been hard to guess that the tradition dating back to 1928 had nearly faded into history a little more than a year ago.

 

The band-filled pageantry — which began 80 years ago as the Santa Claus Lane Parade and later was known as the Hollywood Christmas Parade — was canceled in March 2007, when its sponsor, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, found it could no longer afford to produce the event. It had cost $1 million in 2006 and had left the chamber with a $100,000 deficit.

 

But at the last minute, after months of lobbying by Hollywood holiday parade boosters, the city of Los Angeles rode to the rescue and put on a re-named event last year that kept the tradition going.

 

“This was something that I couldn’t in good conscience let die,” City Council President Eric Garcetti told The Times last year. “This parade is one of the last free things families can do.” (Unless, of course, they wanted to trade a curbside spot for a grandstand seat, which cost $35.)

 

This year, city officials partnered with Radio Disney and other sponsors to put on Winterfest, a street festival leading up to the parade.

 

The parade followed its familiar, U-shaped route along Hollywood and Sunset boulevards.

 

“I’m very happy to keep this great holiday tradition in Hollywood,” Councilman Tom LaBonge, one of the city’s most enthusiastic boosters, told City News Service.

 

“Long live the Hollywood Santa Parade,” LaBonge added.

 

Merl is a Times staff writer

jean.merl@latimes.com

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Hollywood Heritage Receives Eviction Notice…

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

L.A. orders Hollywood preservation group out of mansion

 

 

City says Hollywood Heritage ignored rules and rented out the Wattles Mansion for disruptive parties. The organization denies the events are a nuisance and says the eviction notice was a shock.

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By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

 

NOTE: The following is from an Los Angeles Times article from September 20, 2008. A response from Hollywood Heritage follows on this blog and you can also check it out at their website, http://www.hollywoodheritage.org/

 

Hollywood’s leading preservation group has been ordered out of the community’s most prominent historic estate for allegedly ignoring city rules and renting out the mansion for disruptive parties.

 

Hollywood Heritage has supervised the famed Wattles Mansion for 25 years under an exclusive agreement with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. The city purchased the mansion for about $2 million in 1968.   (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Larry King Square…

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Larry King’s a square and on the streets in Hollywood

 

 

 

L.A. will name an intersection in honor of the longtime CNN broadcaster as part of Hollywood’s ‘second golden era.’

 

 

By Joanna Lin
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
July 10, 2008

 

Coming soon to Hollywood: Larry King Square.

 

Courtesy of Los Angeles City Hall, the intersection of Sunset and Cahuenga boulevards will be named in honor of the longtime CNN talk show host today.

 

Julie Wong, communications director for City Council President Eric Garcetti, said her boss sees the designation as “yet another sign of Hollywood’s second golden era,” with “entertainment and news programming such as Larry King Live shooting right out of Hollywood.”

 

Wong said it is relatively rare to name squares in honor of people. The last one she could recall was naming East 3rd Street and Traction Avenue for Joel Bloom, the unofficial mayor of the downtown Arts District. Bloom’s square was approved shortly before he died of cancer last summer.

 

King’s square, she said, honors the television host’s 50th anniversary in broadcast journalism.

 

King, 74, also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his 40th anniversary in television (see above photo). Larry King Live debuted in 1985 and is among CNN’s most viewed shows.

 

King and Garcetti are scheduled to attend the square’s dedication today at 2 p.m., Wong said.

 

joanna.lin@latimes.com

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