Author: robwasserman

A memorial to a dog named Max

Two weeks ago I traveled back east to Philadelphia to visit friends, have a few cheese steaks, enjoy a Phillies game at their brand-new stadium, and hang with the family. Those were my intentions, nothing too exciting or dramatic — just a nice, calm stay in the house and city where I grew up. Little did I know that the puppy that I had picked out after a sweaty seventh-grade summer of working as a supermarket clerk to save enough money to buy would die during this trip home. I wasn’t prepared to see Max go, he was my dog in a house of five, with my two brothers, one younger, one older. I had saved the money to get Max, and I can still remember handing my father the 300-plus dollars nearly 14 years ago on the way to the Amish country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where Max was born. I’m told 14 is well past the life expectancy for a Labrador retriever, but of course I thought he would live forever. The past few years Max’s hips became severely arthritic and he could not run or walk around the block without enduring significant pain, which of course neither I nor my parents — whom Max lived with — wanted to subject him to. In addition to the arthritis, Max had a nervous stomach and towards the end of...

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Woman arrested in homicide case near Sixth, Brooks

A woman has been arrested in connection with the homicide of 43-year-old Kenneth Bradford at around 8 a.m. Monday, May 17th, in the area of Sixth Street and Brooks Avenue in Venice. According to Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Area Community Station Detective Mike DePasquale, Bradford and the woman were engaged in an argument, when the woman allegedly shot Bradford with a handgun. DePasquale alleged the confrontation may have been over narcotics. Bradford was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9 a.m. Monday, May 17th. Witnesses to the crime said they saw the woman flee after allegedly shooting Bradford. She was arrested Wednesday, May 19th, and is being held on $1 million...

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Tax attorney files suit against county regarding Archstone-Smith Kingswood Village lease

A tax attorney has filed a complaint against the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, claiming that the county “gave away” $85 million by allowing Archstone-Smith — the trust company that recently acquired the Kingswood Village lease in Marina del Rey — to lease the county land on which Kingswood sits for an additional 20 years for $2.1 million. The county and Archstone-Smith agreed to the additional 20 years Wednesday, March 31st. Archstone agreed to spend $24 million in renovations to the property and in exchange the county agreed to extend the Kingswood lease 20 years for $2 million. Earlier, on Wednesday, March 3rd, the county approved assignment of the remaining 18 years of the original 50-year Kings-wood lease to Archstone. Archstone purchased the remaining 18 years of the lease for $87 million. Attorney Richard Fine filed the complaint against the county for receiving only $2.1 million from Archstone in the second transaction, which extends the lease for 20 years from 2022. “Nobody just gives away $85 million, that’s just unheard of,” says. At issue is whether the county “extended” the Kingswood lease or whether Archstone acquired a “new” lease. County officials claim the county “extended” the term of the existing lease, but Fine says the county issued a “new” lease to Archstone and therefore should have put the lease out to bid. Fine claims that the county did...

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