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James Franco selling Silver Lake duplex; Monica Garcia is new school board president; more city pension problems

  • Actor James Franco has put his duplex in “hipster-thronged, boho-chic” Silver Lake up for sale at an asking price of $949,000 — $174,000 more than what he paid for the Hidalgo Avenue property in 2012. Variety
  • Mónica García has been elected to serve as L.A. school board president after Ref Rodriguez resigned from the position as he faces felony charges for violating campaign fundraising laws. Rodriguez remains on the board, where he represents several Eastside communities.  KPCC
  • The city’s general fund — used to pay for city services — is going to take a $38 million hit to cover a reduction in earnings that support a municipal employee retirement plan. This and other pension-related issues will cost the general fund an estimated $170 million.   L.A. Times
  • Record producer Nosaj Thing (Jason Chung) of Echo Park released his fourth album, Parallels, this month.  L.A. Weekly
  • Councilman David Ryu, whose 4th District  includes Los Feliz and a portion of Silver Lake, has unveiled an online tool that allows the public to track his office’s discretionary spending. My News LA

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Sparks play El Rey

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Sparks Take Over The El Rey

Musical mavericks Sparks – Californian brothers Ron and Russell Mael – have returned. Described as “the smartest, most consistently evolving band in the history of rock” and internationally acclaimed as pop pioneers, Sparks’ music has always been innovative and instantly identifiable. Sparks will play a special event, 3-day series at the El Rey Theatre starting Oct. 14.

  • El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles
  • Oct 14, 15 & 17, 2017 – 8:30PM
  • Doors Open: 7:30 PM


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