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Mother Of Teen Shot To Death By Off-Duty Border Agent Speaks Out

PASADENA   (CBSLA.com) —     The mother of a teen fatally shot Friday in an officer-involved shooting is speaking out. The woman’s son was shot along with another teen, a cousin.  A third boy,  who was with the two, was not wounded. The cousin is expected to recover. The three  juveniles were reportedly trying to rob the off-duty agent, he told authorities. The man works for U.S. Custom and Border Patrol at San Francisco International Airport and lives in Arcadia. He says he acted in self-defense after the teens attacked him. He was bruised but did not require medical treatment, officials said. Reshawna Myricks, mother of the deceased, disputes the officer’s account. “I’m hurt,” she told KCAL 9’s Cristy Fajardo. “I’m hurt! I’m hurt, I’m hurt. I’m hurt. You all robbed me to the core..” For the last 24 hours, the mother of 15-year-old Darius Smith of Pasadena has wept but not slept. She says she’s been kept awake by nagging questions over the shooting death of her son. “They going to walk home, they’re going to see their kids tonight. I got to go  back and tell my other three that one of them ain’t coming back no more ,” Myricks said. The Sheriffs Department says the officer told hem at about 8 Friday night, he got off the Gold Line and and so did Smith and the other two teens. He said at Colorado and First they attacked him from behind. He said Smith held a gun to him while another hit him in the head demanding money and valuables. That’s when he says he reached for his own weapon, killing Smith and wounding the 15-year-old cousin. The third teen he said ran away. That teen was later arrested. “Them  boys didn’t do that,” Myricks maintains ,”they aren’t those type of boys to do that.” The Sheriffs Department says the officer was bruised on his face and investigators found what turned out to be a replica handgun at the scene. Smith’s mother says she doesn’t believe the son who loved video games and dreamed of playing in the NFL. would rob anymore. “First, they said there was no crime me committed,” Myrics says, “Now there is a crime committed. Now it’s  a gun, then they said  there was a fight. I don’t know what to believe. All I know is my baby [os] gone and I’ll never know his story.” But deputies are hoping video will tell the entire story. They believe cameras were rolling on the Gold Line and nearby businesses. Deputies said because of the holiday weekend detectives haven’t been able to access the video. Myrics says the family hasn’t been able to speak to Smith’s cousin or the third teen who was arrested. Read More »

Suspicious Device Found At Newark Airport Cleared By Authorities

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork)  — A suspicious device found at Newark Liberty International Airport has been cleared by authorities, Port Authority police say. Terminal A was evacuated for about 45 minutes Saturday after the device was found on Level 3. Package has been cleared by authorities at Terminal A at Newark Liberty Airport. Passengers should expect some residual delays. — Port Authority NY&NJ (@PANYNJ) May 27, 2017 “They blocked it off as soon as we came right here. Then, we tried to go to Terminal B and walk across. They blocked us off down there too, as well,” traveler Tameerah Jackson, of Newark, said. Police said the situation started when officers found an unattended brown shopping bag near a trash can. Inside, they discovered a pressure cooker. EWR NEWARK BOMB THAT CLOSED DOWN THE AIRPORT pic.twitter.com/gObqPqttEC — Patrick Yan (@patrickyan) May 27, 2017 The Essex County bomb squad responded and the device was cleared. Police now plan to review surveillance video to identify who left the package. Authorities said passengers should expect residual delays. Terminal A is the regional terminal for United Airlines, and Level 3 is the check-in area, CBS News reports. Stick with CBSNewYork.com for more on this developing story. Read More »

Study: International Tourism On Decline Since Trump Became President

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) —  Tourism in the United States has taken a hit since Donald Trump became president, a new study says. The number of foreign visitors coming to the states has dropped 16 percent in recent months compared to the same time a year ago, according to an analysis by Foursquare . Los Angeles and San Diego are most impacted by the decline. Barry Gunter from South Africa says he did think twice. “People are more hesitant to come due to Donald Trump and the political side and everything,” he says. Katya from Russia says: “Makes me even more interested to come here [to see] what people think.” “We are French. It’s easy for us to come to the United States. Maybe for other countries, it’s a little bit more harder,” Paul Jouvet from France says. “It’s worth coming, definitely worth coming. It’s amazing. It’s nice. It’s not as bad as everyone says it is with the political stuff.” The Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board just updated its predictions based on the current climate. The agency projects a three-year loss of 800,000 international visitors to Los Angeles. That means an estimated loss of $736 million in direct tourism spending. The decline comes after a steady increase in the past years of overall visitors and an all-time high of foreign tourists in 2016. Los Angeles tourism officials are fighting back against the downward trend with a promotional video called “Everyone Is Welcome.” It ran as paid ads in five countries for five weeks and just ended Sunday. Read More »

Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Against Trump Travel Ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban “speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination,” a federal appeals court said Thursday in ruling against the executive order targeting six Muslim-majority countries. In a 10-3 vote, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the ban likely violates the Constitution. And it upheld a lower court ruling that blocks the Republican administration from cutting off visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th Circuit is the first appeals court to rule on the revised travel ban unveiled in March. Trump’s administration had hoped it would avoid the legal problems that the first version from January encountered. A second appeals court, the 9th U.S. Circuit based in San Francisco, is also weighing the revised travel ban after a federal judge in Hawaii blocked it. White House spokesman Michael Short said the administration was confident that its order is legal. “These clearly are very dangerous times and we need every available tool at our disposal to prevent terrorists from entering the United States and committing acts of bloodshed and violence,” he said. The Supreme Court almost certainly would step into the case if asked. The justices almost always have the final say when a lower court strikes down a federal law or presidential action. Trump could try to persuade the Supreme Court to allow the policy to take effect, even while the justices weigh whether to hear the case, by arguing that the court orders blocking the ban make the country less safe. If the administration does ask the court to step in, the justices’ first vote could signal the court’s ultimate decision. A central question in the case before the 4th Circuit was whether courts should consider Trump’s public statements about wanting to bar Muslims from entering the country as evidence that the policy was primarily motivated by the religion. Trump’s administration argued the court should not look beyond the text of the executive order, which doesn’t mention religion. The countries were not chosen because they are predominantly Muslim but because they present terrorism risks, the administration said. But Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory wrote that the government’s “asserted national security interest … appears to be a post hoc, secondary justification for an executive action rooted in religious animus and intended to bar Muslims from this country.” The three dissenting judges, all appointed by Republican presidents, said the majority was wrong to look beyond the text of the order. Calling the executive order a “modest action” Judge Paul V. Niemeyer wrote that Supreme Court precedent required the court to consider the order “on its face.” Looked at that way, the executive order “is entirely without constitutional fault,” he wrote. Ilya Somin, a law professor at George Mason University, said the partisan split was troubling. If the Supreme Court follows the same kind of partisan divide, the Trump administration may fare better since five of the nine are Republican nominees. Still, he said, it’s difficult to make a confident prediction because “Supreme Court justices don’t always vote in ideological lockstep.” The first travel ban issued Jan. 27 was aimed at seven countries and triggered chaos and protests across the country as travelers were stopped from boarding international flights and detained at airports for hours. Trump tweaked the order after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate the ban. The new version made it clear the 90-day ban covering those six countries doesn’t apply to those who already have valid visas. It got rid of language that would give priority to religious minorities and removed Iraq from the list of banned countries. Critics said the changes don’t erase the legal problems with the ban. The Maryland case was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigration Law Center on behalf of organizations as well as people who live in the U.S. and fear the executive order will prevent them from being reunited with family members from the banned countries. “President Trump’s Muslim ban violates the Constitution, as this decision strongly reaffirms,” said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, who argued the case. “The Constitution’s prohibition on actions disfavoring or condemning any religion is a fundamental protection for all of us, and we can all be glad that the court today rejected the government’s request to set that principle aside.” (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Read More »

Get Ready For More Screening At LAX As Electronic Devices Raise Concern

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Travelers at some U.S. airports are being asked to place electronic devices bigger than a cellphone in separate bins so that they can be examined more closely. The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that it has been testing the procedure at 10 airports for more than a year, and it may be expanded nationwide. TSA officials say overstuffed bags take longer to examine with X-ray machines. The pilot program is “an effort to de-clutter baggage,” said agency spokesman Michael England. There are no changes to what is allowed in carry-on bags, and people enrolled in the Precheck program can still leave laptops in their bags during screening, he said. Most travelers already must remove laptops from bags when they go through security checkpoints. In the test lanes at the 10 airports, they are no longer being allowed to lay machines on top of bags or with other electronic devices — each device must have its own bin. Requiring travelers to spread their belongings among more bins could slow down the screening process. TSA said it is testing ways to make screening quicker and more targeted. Unless the pilot program is expanded, most travelers will never experience it. Even if goes nationwide, it would be a far less dramatic change than the ban on laptops and tablets in the cabin of U.S.-bound planes from the Middle East and North Africa. The TSA’s parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, is considering expanding that ban to flights from Europe to the U.S. but has run into opposition from business travelers, airlines and European governments that fear it will create chaos and delays. The new screening measures are being tested at the following airports: Boise, Idaho; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Detroit Metropolitan Airport; Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida; Logan Airport in Boston; Los Angeles International Airport; Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport in Lubbock, Texas; Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico; McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas; and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Read More »

LAX One Of Several Airports Chosen For Expanded Security Screening

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Travelers at some U.S. airports are being asked to place electronic devices bigger than a cellphone in separate bins so that they can be examined more closely. The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that it has been testing the procedure at 10 airports for more than a year, and it may be expanded nationwide. TSA officials say overstuffed bags take longer to examine with X-ray machines. The pilot program is “an effort to de-clutter baggage,” said agency spokesman Michael England. There are no changes to what is allowed in carry-on bags, and people enrolled in the Precheck program can still leave laptops in their bags during screening, he said. Most travelers already must remove laptops from bags when they go through security checkpoints. In the test lanes at the 10 airports, they are no longer being allowed to lay machines on top of bags or with other electronic devices — each device must have its own bin. Requiring travelers to spread their belongings among more bins could slow down the screening process. TSA said it is testing ways to make screening quicker and more targeted. Unless the pilot program is expanded, most travelers will never experience it. Even if goes nationwide, it would be a far less dramatic change than the ban on laptops and tablets in the cabin of U.S.-bound planes from the Middle East and North Africa. The TSA’s parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, is considering expanding that ban to flights from Europe to the U.S. but has run into opposition from business travelers, airlines and European governments that fear it will create chaos and delays. The new screening measures are being tested at the following airports: Boise, Idaho; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Detroit Metropolitan Airport; Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida; Logan Airport in Boston; Los Angeles International Airport; Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport in Lubbock, Texas; Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico; McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas; and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Read More »

Funds For Route 66 Towns May Be At Risk

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Route 66, the historic American roadway that linked Chicago to the West Coast, soon may be dropped from a National Park Service preservation program, which would end years of efforts aimed at reviving old tourist spots in struggling towns. A federal law authorizing the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is set to expire in two years, and some lawmakers are working to save the program or get Congress to designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail. That designation would set aside preservation funds annually. The deadline, first reported by The Herald-News in Joliet, Illinois, also has Route 66 enthusiasts and preservation advocates scrambling to make sure the program or an alternative is maintained for the “Mother Road.” The program is credited with helping bring back to life forgotten landmarks along the route, many in disrepair because of sharply lower Route 66 traffic. Development of the interstate highway system after World War II diverted motorists away from Route 66 and economically hurt communities along the road. A bipartisan bill in Congress to designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail, sponsored by Rep. Darin LaHood, an Illinois Republican, is supported by 12 other members of Congress from Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma and California. New Mexico has the longest stretch of Route 66 passing through urban communities, but state Tourism Secretary Rebecca Latham said she did not know whether the program would have an adverse impact on the state if it is not eventually refunded. Preservationists fear that small towns along Route 66’s 2,500-mile (4,020 kilometer) path will miss out in much-needed investment if the funding program is not extended or if the route does not get the historic trail designation, said Frank Butterfield, director of the nonprofit group Landmarks Illinois. “Route 66 runs through a lot of very small towns where there is not a lot of economic development,” Butterfield said. “It’s been quite impactful so it would be a great loss to the town where Route 66 passes.” The uncertainty comes as the Trump administration is proposing deep cuts to domestic spending and various agencies. Established in 2001 by Congress, the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program began as an effort to save aging landmarks and dilapidated structures. The program has given out $2 million for nearly 150 projects and has generated another $3.3 million in matching funds, said Kaisa Barthuli, program manager for the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The program has helped fund projects like the El Vado Motel neon sign restoration in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Baxter Springs Independent Oil and Gas Station restoration in Baxter Springs, Kansas. Other grants are being used to repair the roof of the Historic Navajo County Courthouse in Holbrook, Arizona and restore a free-standing neon sign of the Donut Drive-In in St. Louis, Missouri. Some places that have received preservation funding are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tourism and local officials believe the grants help revitalize forgotten structure and spur tourism, especially by international visitors who flock to Route 66. Decommissioned as a U.S. highway in 1985, Route 66 went through eight states, connecting tourists with friendly diners in welcoming small towns. It was once an economic driver for small towns from Illinois to California. Nat King Cole famously sang “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” in a 1946 hit that has been remade by countless other groups. Use of Route 66 dropped significantly after highways were built as part of the interstate system, forcing businesses to close and leaving others in disrepair. Barthuli said the program has funded 20 projects in New Mexico and given out $340,000 in grants, including $8,000 to help fix up the windows and neon sign of the historic Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico. That grant helped attract an additional $27,000 for restoration. Read More »

Jet, Truck Collide At LAX, 6 Hurt

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – A commercial passenger jet and a utility truck collided on a taxiway at Los Angeles International Airport Saturday afternoon, leaving six people hurt. The Los Angeles Fire Department reports that the collision between the single-aisle jet and airport supply truck occurred before 2:30 p.m. on a taxiway shortly after the plane had landed. The crash caused the truck to overturn. Six people in the truck were hurt, LAFD said. One of the patients was in critical condition. There was no report of any injuries to passengers or crew aboard the plane. The circumstances of the crash were not immediately confirmed. Airport Police have responded to an incident involving a vehicle and an aircraft on a service road LAFD on scene more to follow — LA Airport PD (@LAAirportPD) May 20, 2017 Read More »

Report: Qantas Plane Returns To LAX After Engine Mishap

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – A Qantas Airways flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne was forced to turn around and return to Los Angeles International Airport for an emergency landing early Saturday morning following an engine mishap, according to a report. Qantas Flight 94 departed LAX at 10:21 p.m. Friday and returned to Los Angeles at 2:56 a.m. Saturday, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware. In a Twitter response, Qantas confirmed that the flight was “diverted back to LAX due to operational reasons.” A Qantas spokesperson told the Herald Sun that the Airbus A380 carrying 480 passenger experienced a loss in power in one of its four engines and turned around. “The pilots followed standard procedure, shut down the engine, and the flight landed normally in LA at around 3am local time on Saturday,” the spokesperson told the Herald Sun. “Engineers are now inspecting the aircraft.” No further details were confirmed. @gpyman Hi Geoffrey QF94 has been diverted back to LAX due to operational reasons. Sam — Qantas (@Qantas) May 20, 2017 #QF94 redirected back to LAX due to blown engine. @QANTAS crew were fantastic pic.twitter.com/l7Uz50eWOo — Larry (@larry_deee) May 20, 2017 Read More »

Report: Passenger Who Tried To Access Cockpit Was Arrested At LAX Prior To Flight

HONOLULU (CBSLA.com/AP) — Police say a man who caused a disturbance on a flight between Los Angeles and Honolulu had been arrested hours before his flight for opening a door that led onto an airfield ramp at Los Angeles International Airport. Los Angeles Airport Police say 25-year-old Anil Uskanil had opened the door in an airport terminal around 2:45 a.m. Friday. They say he was spotted by a contractor and detained until police officers arrived. Police say officers determined Uskanil had been drinking but didn’t meet the criteria to be arrested for being drunk in public. They say Uskanil was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing and was given a date to appear in court. He then boarded Flight 31 to Honolulu. Law enforcement officials say Uskanil caused a disturbance while attempting to access the cockpit of the plane. The official told The Associated Press the man had “tried to breach the cockpit door” and was taken into custody in Honolulu by federal agents when the plane landed. American Airlines spokeswoman Katie Cody said Flight 31 landed in Honolulu at 11:35 a.m. local time. Two eyewitnesses said the man did not make it to the cockpit door. Instead they say he was stopped by a flight attendant who had jammed her serving cart in the doorway that separates first class from coach. Lee and Penny Lorenzen of Orange County were sitting in first class and saw a strange look on the flight attendant’s face. The attendant then took off down the aisle with her cart to block the passenger from advancing, saying: “You’re not coming in here.” Passenger Allison Forberger, an eyewitness who lives in Kapolei, Hawaii, was seated right behind first class. She also says the passenger who created the disturbance never stepped foot into the first-class area Lorenzen says other passengers grabbed the man. They took him to the back of the plane and duct-taped him to his seat. “Crazy! Someone tried to break into the cockpit on my flight from LA to Honolulu,” one Instagram user wrote. “Due to a disturbance during the flight, the crew requested that law enforcement meet the aircraft upon landing in Honolulu,” American Airlines said in a statement. “American is in touch with federal law enforcement.” There were 181 passengers and six crew members, Cody said. She was not aware of injuries. (© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.) Read More »

L.A.’s Best Restaurant & Bar Openings (Spring & Summer 2017)

Now that spring is in full swing and summer is knocking on the door, you may be wondering where you should be eating in Los Angeles right now. New bars, restaurants and cafes have opened their doors recently inviting Angelenos to enjoy great food and drinks. Whether you are in the mood for something sweet, savory or a drink to wash them all down with, follow our guide to visit restaurant and bars that have just opened or are opening soon. (credit: Warren Jagger) TAO 6421 Selma Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90028 (323) 593-7888 www.taolosangeles.com Opened: April 5, 2017 TAO Los Angeles features a dynamic two-level space, a custom grand staircase which will connect TAO’s ground and lower level seating. The restaurant is also complete with four private dining rooms and a large bar for visitors to enjoy. Developed by chef/partner Ralph Scamardella, the menu features a diverse selection of Asian-inspired specialties, and exclusive cocktails for TAO LA such as the California Dreaming. As in downtown New York, a 20-foot tall Quan Yin statue stands atop a koi pond, and using 3D projection mapping technology, Rockwell Group’s LAB designed subtle animations will bring this signature statue to life. (credit: Scott Suchman for Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken) Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken 510 W. 6th St. Los Angeles, CA 90014 (213) 622-7876 www.astrodoughnuts.com Opened: April 5, 2017 Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, the Washington DC-area fried chicken and doughnut phenomenon recently opened in DTLA and Angelenos are quite excited. The small 400-square-foot space serves their signature menu featuring an evolving array of seasonal doughnuts, creative takes on fried chicken, unique side dishes and specialty doughnut sandwiches. (credit: FELIX) FELIX 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291 (424) 387-8622 www.felixla.com Opened: April 7, 2017 FELIX, by chef Evan Funke, formally of Bucato, delves deep into all regions of Italy using deeply rooted culinary traditions of Italy’s most celebrated regions: North (Il Nord), Central (Il Centro), South (Il Mezzogiorno) and the Islands (L’Isola). Chef Funke explores pastas from throughout the country, using the time-honored techniques of pasta fatta a mano. FELIX has an open kitchen, a wood-fired pizza oven, Tuscan grill and features a glass-enclosed, temperature-controlled pasta laboratorio, which is centrally located in the restaurant for those diners wishing to view Funke’s pasta-making.    (credit: Jakob Lyman) Woodley Proper 16101 Ventura Blvd Suite 242 Encino, CA 91436 (818) 906-9775 www.woodleyproper.com Opened: April 10, 2017 Woodley Proper is a collaboration between cocktail maven Devon Espinosa and Scratch|Restaurants’ duo Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee. Espinosa takes up permanent residence at Woodley Proper hosting guests nightly, preparing delicious coktails and creative concoctions which are paired with rotating snacks and meaty plates amidst a cozy atmosphere of eclectic sofas and vintage wood. The fun doesn’t stop there though as pastry chef and partner Kallas-Lee whips up simple sweets to finish. (credit: Oriana Kore) Lasa 727 N Broadway #120 Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 443-6163 www.lasa-la.com Opened: April 12, 2017 Brothers Chad and Chase Valencia started with small backyard summer dinners and have now expanded to their first brick and mortar restaurant Lasa, in Chinatown. The modern Filipino-American restaurant whose name means taste or flavor in Tagalog, is rooted in the Valencia brothers’ upbringing. Food was always a centerpiece to the Filipino-American brother’s upbringing and they wanted to share the joy of a memorable dining experience with their guests. Lasa features a takeout window for lunch offerings Tuesday through Sunday and a slightly larger dinner menu with both a la carte items and prix-fixe menus Wednesday through Sunday. (credit: Skandia Shafer) nice City National Plaza. 515 S. Flower Street Los Angeles, CA 90071 www.nicecoffee.com Opened: April 14, 2017 Tyler Wells has opened his first solo venture, a coffee bar called nice. The Gensler designed modern bar features wide-swinging doors to welcome guests into the open-air space, to either a walk-up style bar or the 10 cozy bar seats. With Nick Howell at its helm of the coffee program, the bar serves 49th Parallel coffee exclusively, and in addition to espresso drinks, the menu offers brewed coffee, tea, iced tea, cold brew, vanilla lattes, and seasonal signature drinks. The pastry program offers a combination of house made donuts and sweets with pastries from Sugarbloom along with other offerings such as fresh sandwiches and breakfast bites. (credit: Sweet Chick) Sweet Chick 448 N Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 592-3423 www.sweetchick.com Opened: April 20, 2017 Sweet Chick, the New York City transplant from owner John Seymour along with partner and rapper Nas, has officially opened in Los Angeles! Promising great food, good vibes, guzzle-worthy cocktails and an occasional live music break out along with a private room, Sweet Chick brings a fresh taste to beloved, Brooklyn-born chicken & waffles to Los Angeles. (credit: Amy Neunsinger) Pizzana 11712 San Vincente Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90049 (310) 481-7108 www.pizzana.com Opened: April 21, 2017 Candace & Charles Nelson, the couple behind Sprinkles Cupcakes, opened Pizzana in Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighborhood with partners Chris & Caroline O’Donnell. Bringing together their shared passion for pizza and fascination with the science behind baking, their first savory venture features handcrafted Neo-Neapolitan pies from Naples-born master pizzaiolo Daniele Uditi with housemade sauce and signature pies like the Amatriciana, the Corbarina and the spicy Messicana. (credit: Alen Lin) Mama Lion 601 S Western Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90005 (213) 377-5277 www.mamalion.com Opened: May 2, 2017 Mama Lion, L.A.’s new lively supper club has opened! The restaurant combines the elegance of mid-century glamor with modern day epicureanism in the heart of Koreatown. Kim has assembled an all-star staff with chef and partner Michael Hung, general manager Aidan Demarest, and head barman Todd Eames to bring a high-class social club that is affordable to all. (credit: The Hollywood Roosevelt) The Rosy Oyster The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel 7000 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028 (323) 466-7000 thehollywoodroosevelt.com Opened: May 2, 2017 In celebration of its 90th anniversary, The Hollywood Roosevelt opened its newest venue, The Rosy Oyster pop-up wine and fresh oyster bar. The Rosy Oyster is an experiential concept led by Sal Imposimato which brings together renowned model-turned-sommelier Lelañea Fulton and Brooklyn-based artist Amit Greenberg in a 35-seat oyster bar with an oversized communal table. With rosé wines and champagnes as the main characters and the freshest selection of bi-valves, including Marin Miyagi and Kumamoto, along with Beau Soleil and Wellfleet oysters, the menu will also feature shareable plates from land and sea. The Rosy Oyster is open through October and is first come first serve and does not take reservations. (credit: Alan Gastelum) Botanica 1620 Silver Lake Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026 (323) 522-6106 www.botanicarestaurant.com Opened: May 3, 2017 Botanica is a restaurant, market, and magazine whose founding philosophy is that healthful cooking can be delicious, colorful, creative, and accessible. The restaurant serves dishes comprised of the highest quality California produce, natural, biodynamic and organic wines, craft beer and produce-driven cocktails, along with Coffee Manufactory coffee and Leaves & Flowers teas. The market is stocked farmers’ market produce, local dairy, and olive oil, as well as fresh bread and house made items like Botanica’s cocao coconut granola, chile oil, smoked labne, cashew-date milk, and dukkah. (credit: Peter Stanislaus) The Slipper Clutch 351 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90013 (213) 265-7477 www.theslipperclutch.com Opened: May 3, 2017 Eric Alperin (The Varnish) and Richard Boccato (Fresh Kills), along with Cedd Moses and Eric Needleman of 213 Hospitality opened this classic punk, rock-and-roll, 1980’s New York City bar concept in the heart of downtown L.A. They currently serve a range of inspired highball classics on tap that include Alperin and Boccato’s takes on the Vodka cranberry, gin & tonic, whiskey ginger, and more. A host of refurbished classic pinball games, such as Dr. Dude, Future Spa and The Pink Panther, will also be available at the new bar. The bar is accessible via Downtown LA’s Bar Clacson hallway or through the back alley. (credit: Lula Fotis) Breakfast By Salt’s Cure 7494 Santa Monica Blvd. (323) 848-4879 www.breakfastbysaltscure.com Opened: May 8, 2017 Breakfast, the newest concept from Chris Phelps of Salt’s Cure, brings breakfast all day to West Hollywood in the original Salt’s Cure location. The restaurant brings diners crave-worthy oatmeal griddle cakes made famous by Salt’s Cure, with new flavors like apple pie, banana nut, blueberry crumble, and chocolate chip. The hybrid between a modern quick-service spot and a pancake house also serves eggs, sausage patties, molasses cured picnic ham, and hash browns available as sides. (credit: Jules Exum) Friends & Family 5150 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027 (323) 668-2000 Opened: May 9, 2017 Friends & Family, the highly anticipated passion project of Chef Daniel Mattern and Pastry Chef/Baker Roxana Jullapat, opened on May 9 in LA’s Thai Town neighborhood. The hybrid dining/takeaway concept developed with partners Ash and Niroupa Shah offers a market-driven, vegetable and grain-centric menu for breakfast and lunch to start and dinner down the line – serving heartier items complemented by beer and wine – as well as a bakery/marketplace that will feature a selection of Jullapat’s preserves, baked goods and retail items. Made in-house with heritage grains and largely locally-sourced ingredients, the counter features an assortment of morning pastries, breads, and desserts while the grab ‘n’ go case offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, soups, pickles, cheese plates, and more. (credit: Rick Poon) Tallula’s 118 Entrada Dr. Santa Monica, CA 90402 (310) 526-0027 www.tallulasrestaurant.com Tallula’s is the latest addition to the Rustic Canyon Family of restaurants where Executive Chef Mario Alberto’s menu features ingredient-driven, rustic, Mexican comfort food made with fresh, organic, and sustainably sourced ingredients. Taking over the long-standing Tex Mex restaurant, Marix, where partners Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan used to go as kids, the restaurant is named after their daughter and offers a fun and relaxed dining experience in a colorful space filled with lush plants and beachy, south-of-the-border décor. (credit: Joanna Wilson) Cruciferous 1253 Vine St. Los Angeles, CA 90038 www.cruciferousla.com Opened: May 10, 2017 Cruciferous is an upscale-casual vegan restaurant serving vegan small plates in a modern yet intimate and inviting atmosphere. Born of the collaboration between chef and entrepreneur Doomie, Doomie’s Home Cookin’, and Shane Stanbridge and Marie Chia, the duo behind the Bay Area based pop up S+M Vegan, the vegetable-centric menu encourages sharing and features from-scratch pastas, bread which is baked in house daily, and a focus on fermented foods such as vegan nut cheeses and preserved produce as umami boosters. (credit: Lindsay Kennedy) Mixed Company 3909 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA (323) 661-6307 www.mixedcompanyla.com Silver Lake’s new all-day restaurant Mixed Company is officially open in Silverlake. Open until 11pm Sunday-Wednesday and midnight Thursday-Saturday, the Mediterranean-inspired spot serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus brunch on weekends. The restaurant is the brainchild of the guys behind The Village Idiot, and The Black Cat in Silver Lake. (credit: Erin Doll) Lunetta 2424 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405 (310) 581-4201 www.address.com Opened: Mid-May Opening in mid-May in Santa Monica, longtime California chef Raphael Lunetta and Daniel Weinstock and Mike Garrett of Divide + Conquer, Inc have opened Lunetta. The restaurant features seasonal, California cuisine, showcasing what Chef Raphael Lunetta is best known for: pairing simple, clean flavors paired with local, farmers market ingredients. Adjacent to the trio’s casual concept is Lunetta All Day, which opened in late March. Lunetta features an open kitchen surrounded by dark wood and brass elements with floral wallpaper and a cozy fireplace accenting the bar and lounge. (credit: Rossoblu) Rossoblu 1124 San Julian St. Los Angeles, CA 90015 www.rossoblula.com Opened: May 18, 2017 Rossoblu, by chef Steve Samson of Sotto, is located in DTLA’s Fashion District at City Market South. Rossoblu is the first chef-driven restaurant to break ground in the Fashion District and is inspired by Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region where Chef Samson’s mother is from. Rossoblu menu is hyper-focused on the food of Samson’s family and heritage, so expect tasty Italian-inspired dishes. (credit: Cesar Lopapa) Cosa Buona 2100 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026 www.cosabuona.com Opened: May After much success with Alimento in Silverlake, chef/owner Zach Pollack is bringing Cosa Buona, a casual Italian-American restaurant to Echo Park. The menu features Italian comfort food like pizza, antipasta, chicken parmesan sandwiches and other special menu items. The restaurant is located on the corner of Sunset and Alvarado and housed inside the former Pizza Buona space. (credit: Fox Restaurant Concepts) North Italia 1442 2nd Street. Santa Monica CA 90401 (310) 382-2460 www.northitaliarestaurant.com Opens: May 30, 2017 Fox Restaurant Concepts will open their third North Italia in Santa Monica. Located on 2nd Street, just steps away from other popular Sam Fox restaurants (True Food Kitchen and Flower Child), the modern 6,957 square-foot space will feature a an exhibition kitchen overlooking the dining room, a bar, and seating for up to 211 guests. The traditional cuisine will feature antipasti, handmade pizzas and pasta dishes where the dough is made fresh on the premise daily, and much more (credit: Frankland’s Crab & Co.) Frankland’s Crab & Co 16101 Ventura Blvd #250 Encino, CA 91436 (818) 906-9609 franklandscrabandcompany.com Opened: May 2017 Chef Phillip Frankland Lee of Scratch Bar & Kitchen and Woodley Proper has opened Frankland’s Crab & Co., a fast seafood shack for dine-in, delivery and carry-out. Located in the space adjacent to Scratch|Bar & Kitchen in Encino, the restaurant is inspired by his love of seafood from an early child driving down the PCH with his parents in search of weekend eats. Lee brings his favorite kind of food for valley residents to enjoy and savor. (credit: Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills)  Jean-Georges Vongerichten Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills 9850 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 860-6666 www.hilton.com Opens: June 2017 The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills luxury hotel is set to open June 2017 and they have collaborated with Michelin-star rated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten for their signature restaurant. Inspired from his travels across the globe, Jean-Georges is involved in every facet of the restaurant, and although the crafting of the menu is still underway, we know that guests will enjoy contemporary fine dining and an array of hand-crafted cocktails sourcing ingredients from local and organic California farmers and fishmongers. (credit: Dylan + Jeni) The Mighty 108 W 2nd St. Los Angeles, CA 90012 Opens: Late June 2017 LA chefs Quinn & Karen Hatfield of Odys + Penelope and The Sycamore Kitchen, will be opening a new restaurant in late June in DTLA called The Mighty. Located in the landmark Higgins Building at 2nd and Main, The Mighty will be an all-day urban eatery open for light breakfast, lunch and dinner. Serving Quinn’s rotisserie chicken, house-made pastas, grilled open-faced focaccia sandwiches and farmers market salads, the eatery will also feature Karen’s signature rustic pastries, old fashioned layer cakes, and seasonal pies on the sweet side. (credit: Kimpton) Jane Q & Ever Bar Kimpton Everly Hotel 1800 Argyle Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90028 (213) 279-3534 www.kimptonhotels.com Opens: June/July 2017 The Kimpton Everly Hotel will be opening in June/July of this year and will feature a rooftop pool, 216 guestrooms and 12 suites, along with a signature cafe and bar. Located at street level, Jane Q will be a counter-style cafe helmed by Executive Chef Bryan Podgorski in collaboration with Chef de Cuisine Jason Hall. The eatery will feature coffee from LAMILL, focus on farmer’s market breakfasts and unique shared plates and refreshing takes on entrees and desserts. Their signature bar Ever Bar will be an indoor 12-seat bar with an 80-seat lounge offering guests a laid-back vibe serving creatively curated cocktails from Bar Director Dan Rook. (credit: InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown) InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown 900 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90017 (213) 688-7777 www.ihg.com Opens: Early Summer 2017 Opening in early summer 2017 and serving as the tallest building west of Chicago, The InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown will feature 889 rooms. The property will boast five food and beverage concepts. La Boucherie, on floor 71, is a high-end, French-inspired steakhouse with an extensive wine list. It will offer private dining and hidden booths to accommodate VIP clientele. Located atop the property’s 73rd floor, Spire 73 will be the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere. The bar will offer breathtaking views of the entire city, along with chic fire pits, signature cocktails and a wide selection of whiskey. Located on the 69th floor, Dekkadance offers a farm-to-fork, international market experience with live cooking and carving stations, chocolate fountains and more. Sora will also be located on the 69th floor and offer a wide selection of Japanese whiskey and both made-to-order and fresh-cut sushi presented on a sky-view conveyor belt. For those afraid of heights, the Lobby Lounge on the first floor will turn from a coffee and pastry stop in the morning to an upscale lounge experience at night. (credit: @pappysseafood) Pappy’s 301 W 6th St. San Pedro, CA 90731 www.address.com Opens: Mid-July From the owners of the Santa Monica Pier staple, The Albright, Pappy’s is scheduled to open in July in downtown San Pedro and will embody the seaside soul of a port town and feature fresh, sustainable and local seafood fare and craft beer. The building’s design exposes original clerestory windows, a concrete/brick façade and salvaged nostalgic interior decor which pays homage to San Pedro, the Papadakis Taverna and the Port of L.A. Pappy’s owner is also collaborating with the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District, Gabba Gallery and The San Pedro Business Improvement district to create murals that represent the past and the future of San Pedro. Jarone Ashkenazi is a freelance writer who covers: restaurants, bars, dating, relationships, sports and other lifestyle topics. View more work at www.jaroneashkenazi.com . Connect with him on Twitter at @JaroneAsh . Read More »

CBS All Access Releases First-Look Trailer For New ‘Star Trek’ Series

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)   —  CBS All Access on Thursday released the first trailer for the latest series in the “Star Trek” franchise. “Star Trek: Discovery” will run exclusively this fall on the All Access platform after the premiere episode airs on CBS. The series will now feature 15 episodes, up from the announced 13, as well as a companion after-show “Talking Trek.” The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers for decades. The series is set 10 years before the original series. To see the two-minute, 24-second trailer, click here. Released Wednesday morning, by 9:30 p.m., it was viewed nearly 1 million times. “Star Trek: Discovery” will be shown on All Access in the U.S. as well as distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space channel and OTT service CraveTV. CBS All Access had successful showing of a “Big Brother: Over the Top” and a “Good Wife” spinoff called “The Good Fight.” All Access is the CBS Television Network’s digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service. In addition to its upcoming original CBS All Access is currently available online at CBS.com, on mobile devices via the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, and on Roku Players, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Fire TV. To sign up for All Access, click here . Read More »

LAX Airline Terminal Reshuffle Wraps Up

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)  — A massive reshuffling of terminals is ahead of schedule at Los Angeles International Airport, as five airlines complete their moves to new gates Wednesday. The shuffling of airlines, called “LAX on the MOVE,” began Friday night. By the time it is completed Wednesday morning, 15 airlines will have relocated terminals. The final moves planned for Wednesday are: — Delta Air Lines will complete its relocation to Terminals 2 and 3; — Air Canada will move from Terminal 2 to Terminal 6; — JetBlue will move from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5; — Hawaiian Airlines will move from Terminal 2 to Terminal 5; and — Southwest will move its international flights to the Tom Bradley International Terminal, with passengers checking in at Terminal 1 and bused to TBIT. Passengers are being urged to arrive at LAX earlier than usual – three hours for a domestic flight and four hours for international trips. New signage at the airport will be updated to reflect the moves and new airline terminal locations. Volunteers in green vests will also be on hand on both the upper and lower-level roadways to help guide travelers to their correct terminals. For more information on the terminal relocation, visit laxishappening.com . The moves are a precursor to the Delta Sky Way at LAX — the airline’s $1.9 billion plan to renovate Terminals 2, 3 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal over the next seven years. (© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.) Read More »

New Luxury Airport Terminal For Celebrities At LAX Opens

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sorry, paparazzi. Celebrities who are sick of being stalked by photographers at Los Angeles International Airport can now find some privacy — not to mention luxury — at a new terminal. The facility called the Private Suite opened Monday and offers an exclusive entrance, one-on-one security screening and plush lounges. And privileged travelers get a private car ride across the tarmac to and from the aircraft, head-of-state style. The terminal is available to anyone who can afford fees up to $4,000 for a single flight. Here are some things to know. ____ PRIVACY PLUS CONVENIENCE It’s being called “premium class” — a terminal far from the crowds and lines of public concourses. Celebrities, executives and other wealthy travelers are greeted on a driveway that’s behind gates to keep photogs at bay. A team of eight attendants handle their luggage and whisk them through a dedicated security gate into one of more than a dozen suites. There VIPs can nap on daybeds, watch TVs, snack from stocked refrigerators and use their own private bathrooms. When it’s time to catch their flights, passengers get a ride in shiny BMW sedans across the runway and straight to the planes. Private Suite officials estimate the typical LAX passenger takes 2,200 steps from car seat to plane seat. For those who pay for the pampering, it’s a mere 70 footsteps, according to the service. It’s available for all departing and arriving commercial flights at LAX. ____ COMFORT AT A PRICE Access to the Private Suite is available for a fee of $3,500 for each domestic flight or $4,000 for each international flight. That covers up to four passengers. Those who purchase an annual membership for $7,500 will get a discount of about $1,000 on per-flight fees. ____ PRIVATELY RUN The new facility was built for $22 million by Gavin de Becker and Associates , a security consulting firm, at no cost to the airport or taxpayers. The Los Angeles company said it’s the first terminal of its kind in the U.S. — but it’s based on a facility at London’s Heathrow Airport that offers private high-end service for members. Private terminals also can be found at international airports in Dubai, Munich, Zurich and other cities. De Becker said it’s in negotiations to open a similar one at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The company said the terminal has created 125 new jobs and will generate $35 million in revenue for the airport over the next nine years. The terminal benefits the airport, the company said, because it reduces the potential for drama and delay from celebrities and other attention-getting VIPs moving through public areas. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.) Read More »

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