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Week in Review: Transgender Killing, Robbery Attempt in Plummer Park and Sex Offender Under Investigation

Los Angeles County officials investigate two crimes against transgender women, as well as a registered sex offender who has been working in movie casting for much of the past decade under a different name.

This week in West Hollywood, Hamburger Mary's bagged Eater LA's , a black transgender woman was the victim of an , a on Sunset Boulevard near the Andaz hotel, and West Hollywood sheriff's detectives launched an investigation into the activities of Jason James Murphy, a and Weho resident who has been working in movie casting under another name.

Editor's Picks:

Over 1,500 readers took our this week. West Hollywood's ordinance banning the sale of fur apparel citywide is up for one final vote on Nov. 21. If passed, it will take effect Sept. 21, 2013. The poll results show that 73 percent are against the first-in-the-nation fur ban. Take our poll and share your thoughts .

The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that sponsors of Proposition 8 are legally entitled to defend the same-sex marriage ban in court when the state refuses to do so. Mayor John Duran believes that .

Despite residents' concerns, the to General Plan, 6-1, while recommending clarification on builders' "bonuses" at their meeting Thursday. The panel also backed one-year extension of law allowing annually.

West Hollywood Crime:

The Los Angeles County metro region, stretching from West Hollywood to Boyle Heights, was recorded second to Antelope Valley for the , according to the county Commission on Human Relations' annual report released earlier this week.

Police have connected the in Hollywood to the attempted robbery of another transgender woman in West Hollywood, who was shot at but uninjured. Both incidents occurred on Thursday night. According to police, the attacker in both cases was black, in his late 20s and was 5-foot-9 or 5-foot-10 in height.

The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that Jason James Murphy, 35, who has spent nearly a decade casting actors, including children, in films (Super 8, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, The School of Rock), served five years in prison for the 1996 kidnapping and molesting of an 8-year-old boy in suburban Seattle.

Local Voices:

Patch's new blogger for renovations. She writes: "The city says $3 million has already been spent on renovations to Plummer Park. Why not cut their losses and restore the park to its former glory? Find another place to put a garage."

"Adventurize Your Life" vlogger Tracy Pattin put the spotlight on . Designed by Leland Bryant and built in 1929, it was originally built for the film industry, actors and other professionals.

Mark Your Calendar:

West Hollywood City Council is meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. A hearing on the mixed-use project at 9001 Santa Monica Blvd. and an appeal for the Pacific Design Center's green building located at 8687 Melrose Ave. in on the agenda.

Thursday is Thanksgiving. City Hall will be closed and all regularly scheduled meetings have been cancelled. For cooking tips, volunteer opportunties and more, check out our Holiday Guide 2011 all week long.

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Wendy November 22, 2011 at 06:33 AM
I wonder why the Studios hired a guy for casting children who had a record for sodomy and child abduction of an 8 year old boy? It goes to show you that the studios have no class. You try to get your kid into acting and a pervert is waiting for you. You let your guard down because you really want your kid to be a star. A perfect setting for a Chester.

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