Discontent Brewing Under The Hollywood Sign

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Jason Wolstone, 33, and Brian Widdows, 34, are charged as accessories after the fact. Both suspects have also pleaded not guilty. During a preliminary hearing, prosecutors presented their evidence against the three suspects. It included testimony from Robert Harden, who was with Calderon on the night she was killed. “When we reached the corner, I realized she was covered in blood,” Harden said. He testified that both he and Calderon took photos of the suspects, who were panhandling and holding obscenity-laced signs. When he and Calderon refused to pay the suspects for the photos, Harden says Kinnear attacked Calderon. “I saw him on top of her,” Harden said. Calderon died of a stab wound to her upper torso. Kinnear was arrested hours later. Attorneys for Kinnear and the other two suspects argued that Harden’s story was inconsistent, and that there wasn’t enough evidence to support the charges against their clients.

John Lennon’s Hollywood Star defaced by vandals

The damage was noticed by a Beatles tour guide Gillian Lomax, who organises A Magical Mystery Tour around California. According to The Hollywood Reporter , she was showing a group of tourists John Lennon’s star on Vine Street on October 5 when she discovered that vandals had covered it with graffiti, which included drawings and the words “I love you,” and “Blackbird… Rain was here.” “Morons did it,” Lomax said. “Rather tacky. There was a group of them, judging from the different coloured pens. I tried to rub it out, but to no avail.” Representatives from the Hollywood Walk Of Fame reacted promptly when alerted to the damage, by October 7 the graffiti had gone. “We don’t mess around,” Ana Martinez from the Hollywood Walk Of Fame said. “I think Capitol is looking into seeing if there’s any video [of the crime]. They’re registered state landmarks. Those are my babies! We’ve had people destroy stars, cracking or prying out parts of the stars, and they do go to jail and they have to pay back for the repairs. We just had one recently damaged Arsenio Hall’s, and a couple near him.” The Hollywood Walk Of Fame consists of over 2,500 stars, which are embedded into the pavement along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

Hollywood stabbing: Transient ordered to stand trial

Transient ordered to stand trial for stabbing

| single page Waldemar Scott jumps in front of the Hollywood sign last month as a friend snaps his picture near Canyon Lake Drive in the Hollywood Hills. The rising number of tourists has “really gotten out of hand,” one nearby resident says. (Gary Friedman, Los Angeles Times / September 26, 2013) Also By Bob Pool October 8, 2013, 8:19 p.m. To understand how ugly the battle over the Hollywood sign has become, just look at the fliers that have been popping up recently in the hillside neighborhoods below the landmark. In a call to arms, the fliers warn of the tourists who swarm in “like locusts from all across the world” and suggest the city establish “armed checkpoints.” The anonymous author then makes a radical proposal: Dismantle the Hollywood sign. It’s a joke, of course. But for both residents and city officials, it’s evidence that the long-running debate about sightseer traffic around the Hollywood sign is reaching a tipping point. Those who live in the upscale hillside homes of Beachwood Canyon and Hollywoodland have long grumbled about tourists making the pilgrimage up the hill, hoping for that perfect shot. But in recent years, they say, the flow of visitors has grown intolerable. The once-sleepy Hollywood tour bus business has become increasingly competitive. Just a few years ago there were only a few operators offering Hollywood sign viewing tours. Now, there are more than 40 tour companies running buses and vans in and out of the canyon. PHOTOS: The Hollywood sign through the years Then, there are the technological advances. Many tourists now use GPS devices on their cars and phones to map out the best views. And the directions send them not just down the main roads but into narrow residential canyons.