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Week in Review: Duran's Legal Defense Fund, El Mirador and Worst Intersections in Town

Here's a review of the headlines in the past week.

This week in West Hollywood, City Councilman John Duran has possible legal woes, El Mirador apartment building's rehabilitation plans are denied and the intersection of Santa Monica Blvd and La Brea Avenue is voted Worst Intersection in Weho by Patch readers.

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West Hollywood Patch was the first to report the news of City Councilman in the event the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office decides to file criminal charges against him for improper use of his city-issued credit card. Duran told Weho Patch the DA was questioning his using the card to pay for 128 meals over three years, totaling about $7,000. He said he was discussing city business over those meals.

The Planning Commission . Nash proposes to rehabilitate the 83-year-old, 7-story, 32-unit building and transform it into an urban inn or condominiums. The City Council will have the final say on the development agreement.

The . The busy intersection received 29 percent of the votes. Placing second was the triple intersection of Sunset Blvd-Holloway Street-Horn Avenue with 20 percent of the votes. The intersection of Fountain Avenue and La Brea showed up in third place with 8 percent.

The city is with numerous activities for the thriving senior community that lives in West Hollywood. Meanwhile the as a nonprofit offered makeovers there for chronically and terminally ill.

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In a letter to the editor, lifelong Weho resident proposed for the southwest corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Crescent Heights. Maggio called the project, which the City Council will hear at its meeting Monday night, a “win-win” for the city.

Former Weho resident Mike Szymanski, now editor of the Studio City Patch, . Szymanski said he and his roommate watched from the rooftop of his home as the helicopters swooped overhead, gunshots were head and smoke was spotted coming up La Brea. He also shared photos he took on that day and in the following days.

Blogger Cherry Davis was busy this week, offering a and . Meanwhile blogger Tracey Paleo discussed attending a on La Cienega. 

Finally, blogger E.M. Fredric shared a moving recount of a . The story takes several unexpected twists that make in a must-read.

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Pastor Scott T. Imler May 08, 2012 at 05:05 AM
You make an important distinction, Sheila. "Electeds" are restricted in their receipt of all mannner of "gifts" which includes free meals. I don't know if city employees are bound by similar rules. I suspect they are to some extent. Eliminating the obvious solution to the whole mess of "going Dutch." I guess I'm more comfortable as a tax-payers picking up the tab at Joey's than having the developers and lobbyists picking up the tab at (fill in the blank of swank).

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