Russians Are Dying to Be Buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery
LA WEEKLY :: JULY 18, 2017
When 88-year-old Ludmila Pasternak visits her husband’s grave at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, she sits on a bench, smoking a cigarette and clutching a bouquet of roses, next to a monument with her husband’s…
West Hollywood’s Russian Population Is Rapidly Shrinking
LA WEEKLY :: APRIL 19, 2017
As large retailers replace family-owned stores previously run by former Soviet Union immigrants and young Russians move to cheaper areas, many Russian expats in West Hollywood are worried they’re losing the familiarity of the…
Russian library faces possibility of a short shelf life
JEWISH JOURNAL :: JANUARY 12, 2017
For two decades, the Russian Language Public Library on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood has been a testament to the large wave of Soviet Jews who immigrated to the Los Angeles region with personal libraries and a passion for…
Many Russian expats expect ‘strong’ Trump leadership
JEWISH JOURNAL :: NOVEMBER 30, 2016
West Hollywood resident Roman Finarovsky was sitting on a bench recently, watching his fellow seniors play chess and dominoes in Plummer Park. Not long before, he had cast his vote for Donald Trump, and now…
Eventful life still happily moving forward at 105
JEWISH JOURNAL :: SEP 28, 2017
Motel Shmulevich says some days he feels lonely because so many people he has known have passed away. Still, the 105-year-old former Soviet Jew has a way to cheer himself up…
In Russia, Ukraine crisis is U.S.’s fault: ‘Who is Obama, the czar of the world?’
LOS ANGELES TIMES :: APRIL 24, 2014
After pro-Russia forces entered Crimea this year, many of my American friends were aghast and worried that the situation might escalate. But in Russia, where I grew up, it’s an alternate universe.
Sugar, corn syrup face off over ‘natural’ claims in U.S. trial
REUTERS :: NOV 4, 2015
Corn refiners cannot “make stuff up” and claim that high fructose corn syrup is the same as sugar, an attorney for big sugar processors said in court on Wednesday.
Raising Image
LA BUSINESS JOURNAL | MAY 30, 2016
New blockbusters’ use of film spurs some projects to roll with format over digital. The success of “The Hateful Eight” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – both shot on old-style celluloid …
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Accused Killer’s Mom Recalls A Troubled Life
NEON TOMMY :: SEP 23, 2015
Andrew Garcia‘s problems started long before the call from the police station.
Drilling Plan Hits Heavy Friction
SF BUSINESS JOURNAL :: JAN 26, 2015
When Termo Co. decided to expand oil production at its Aliso Canyon field near Porter Ranch, it expected the typical regulatory oversight and community concern. But nothing like it has received in the upscale Valley neighborhood. [pdf]
Accused Killer’s Mom Recalls A Troubled Life
NEON TOMMY :: SEP 23, 2015
Andrew Garcia‘s problems started long before the call from the police station.
Suge Knight to face trial on charge of stealing paparazzo’s camera
REUTERS :: OCT 13, 2015
A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday ordered onetime rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight and comedian Katt Williams to stand trial on charges of robbing a paparazzi photographer of her camera.
Artistic Haven
LA BUSINESS JOURNAL | JAN 11, 2016
Gemini G.E.L. sits tucked behind nondescript walls that stand out for their plainnes among the high-end fashion shops and houseware retailers along Melrose Avenue. The simplicity of the building – even of its Frank Gehry-designed extension…
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Leak Fear Rises
LA BUSINESS JOURNAL | APRIL 4, 2016
Southern California Gas Co.’s aging Playa del Rey natural storage facility has been beset by leaks and mechanical failures, forcing state regulators to conduct more than three dozen inspections since the start of the year. Some of the wells…
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Old Tires, New Spin
LA BUSINESS JOURNAL | JUNE 6, 2016
Niki Okuk likes to say she came back to Compton with a truck and a dream. She was also armed with an MBA, a desire to make a mark in her hometown, and the wherewithal to take advantage of a state program offering grants and incentives…
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At Senior Center, She Learns ‘Nobody Can Compete With Putin
JEWISH JOURNAL :: SEPT 1, 2017
Among many Russian-Jewish expatriates in Los Angeles, the second most populated Russian-speaking community in the United States, Putin gets high marks.
For refugee families, Miry’s List is an angel in America
JEWISH JOURNAL :: JULY 5, 2017
When Miry Whitehill-Ben Atar visited a Syrian family newly arrived to Los Angeles about a year ago, with a friend who knew them through church, the 31-year-old mother of two noticed that the refugee family shared much in common with hers: The Syrian…
Turning Garbage Into Profit
PAFICIC STANDARD :: SEP 2, 2015
Last year, Simi Valley Landfill entered what is becoming a fast­-growing business of transforming fetid odors from decaying trash into fuel, a feat made possible by the miracles of modern chemistry and government subsidies.
California’s ambitious renewable energy bill signed into law
REUTERS :: OCT 7, 2015
Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law a bill requiring California to produce half its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, a goal he said was key to combating global climate change.
Brandon Spencer Is Paying a 40-Year Price for Four Shots That Killed No One
LA WEEKLY :: AUG 22, 2014
Like any proud father, James Spencer is eager to show off photos of his son. Seated at a desk in his Inglewood apartment on a recent Friday evening, the 59-year-old shuffled legal…
Porter Ranch residents concerned about proposed oil drilling expansion
LA DAILY NEWS :: JULY 27, 2014
PORTER RANCH >> Kyoko Hibino says she never realized there was oil drilling in her neighborhood, even when she began noticing an oily odor in the middle of the night and started having nosebleeds about two years ago.
L.A. Councilman Mitchell Englander pushes for environmental review of oil drilling site near Porter Ranch
LA DAILY NEWS :: JULY 29, 2014
Councilman Mitchell Englander is urging the Los Angeles County Department…
Basketball coach accused of sexual battery, illegally filming students
LA TIMES :: OCT 28, 2014
A Los Angeles basketball coach who ran a program for aspiring collegiate athletes was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery and illegally filming young men in the bathroom of his home.