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L.A. minimum wage taking a big jump July 1

Employers in the City of Los Angeles with 26 or more workers must start paying at least $12 an hour on July 1 under the new citywide minimum wage. That’s a $1.50-cent increase– or nearly 15% — above the current $10.50 minimum. “I think it’s great,” said Lauren Gardiner, who works at Wacko, a gift shop and gallery in Los ... Read More »

Brooklyn Bagel clears hurdle to reopen Beverly Boulevard bakery

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN — Brooklyn Bagel has taken a big step toward reopening its Beverly Boulevard bakery but expect some changes when it gets back in business, according to Eater LA. The bakery closed its bakery and store in Filipinotown in May 2015 after an exterior wall collapsed and the building was declared unsafe by city inspectors. While wholesale production for Brooklyn ... Read More »

The once great Eagle Rock Plaza fades over the decades

EAGLE ROCK — The enthusiastic rise and gradual decline of Eagle Rock Plaza gets an overview in the L.A. Times. Eric Warren, president of Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society, told the Times that Eagle Rock Plaza has become outdated – with a two-level parking garage that separates the mall from foot traffic by almost half a block. But when the ... Read More »

Tenants in Highland Park rent strike lose crucial court battle

HIGHLAND PARK – Bad news for some residents at the Marmion Royal Apartments. A judge has rejected their claim of discrimination by the management company, according to the L.A. Times. This clears the way for tenants to be evicted in the wake of redevelopment. here is no evidence of disparate treatment.” — Superior Court Judge Rupert A. Byrdsong This ruling ... Read More »

Will El Sereno become the gateway to “Biotech Valley”?

EL SERENO — A ceremonial groundbreaking was held last week at Cal State L.A. for a $13 million complex designed to nurture a fledgling biotech industry on the Eastside and nearby communities. It’s an area some have have dubbed “Biotech or Bioscience Valley.” The 20,000-square-foot Rongxiang Xu Bioscience Innovation Center and LA Biospace incubator will house and support biotech start ... Read More »

Akbar Turns 20: A gay bar survives in a changing Silver Lake

SILVER LAKE — Keeping a bar in business for 20 years is tough — especially a gay bar in a neighborhood that has become less gay. But Akbar at Sunset Boulevard and Fountain Avenue is still thriving as it prepares to celebrate 20 years under the same ownership, according to LA Weekly. The Weekly reports on the history of the ... Read More »

An “urban winery” prepares to celebrates 100 years in Lincoln Heights

LINCOLN HEIGHTS — It’s hard to imagine any business lasting more than 20 years in one place in Los Angeles. Let alone 100 years. Let alone a winery – near Downtown L.A. But San Antonio Winery is now preparing to celebrate a century of operations on Lamar Street, according to ABC7. Founded in 1917 by Santo Cambianica, an immigrant from northern Italy, ... Read More »

Cafe Birdie takes off in Highland Park

HIGHLAND PARK — Cafe Birdie is the sort of “trendy, New American, cocktail-heavy restaurant” that one normally associates with Hollywood or downtown, according to LA Weekly. Except it’s in Highland Park — the latest trendy restaurant to pop up in a neighborhood that was once given over mainly to Mexican food. Run by Friends & Family Hospitality Group (which also ... Read More »