TOM LABONGE NEWS
Ventura Boulevard ‘Street-Lift’ Continues
The “street-lift” on Ventura Boulevard continued this week. Above, see Ventura Boulevard in the midst of its resurfacing effort. Below, a new concrete bus pad has been installed to preserve the life of the street. Work on Ventura Boulevard should wrap up by the end of the month. Enjoy the new street!
Made in Hollywood Awards Honor Television Shows
Councilmember Tom LaBonge celebrated local television production this week with the third Made in Hollywood Awards ceremony, honoring 15 Emmy-nominated productions. (The first two events honored The Artist and Argo films, which both went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.) Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Mitch O’Farrell, together with actor Angie Dickinson, recognized the productions in an event co-sponsored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Klein Financial. The “Made in Hollywood Award” was conferred upon the following productions: Mad Men (Outstanding Drama Series); The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family (Outstanding Comedy Series); American Horror Story: Asylum and Behind the Candelabra (Outstanding Miniseries or Movie); Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and The Voice (Outstanding Reality-Competition Program); Jimmy Kimmel Live and Real Time with Bill Maher (Outstanding Variety Series); Mel Brooks Strikes Back! With Mel Brooks and Alan Yentob (Outstanding Variety Special); Good Luck Charlie and iCarly (Outstanding Children’s Program); Shark Tank (Outstanding Reality Program); and Stand Up To Cancer (Outstanding Informational Series or Special).
Van Nuys Airport Hosts Community Day
Join in for a free Community Day on Saturday, Aug. 31, for a behind-the-scenes look at Van Nuys Airport as it celebrates its 85th anniversary and the grand opening of its newly improved main runway. Enjoy free parking, guided airfield bus tours, plane-spotting, vintage aircraft displays, and more. Come be a part of history! Tours are limited and advance reservations are required. Register at vny85.eventbrite.com.
More West Nile Virus Activity as Summer Progresses
West Nile virus has been discovered in the 91604 zip code in the San Fernando Valley, and 23 mosquito samples and 14 dead birds have tested positive for the virus in Los Angeles County in the past week. The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District reminds residents to Dump/Drain standing water on your property where mosquitoes may breed, avoid outdoor activities when mosquitoes are most active at Dusk/Dawn, and wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts and apply insect repellent to Defend against bites. For more information, please contact the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District at (562) 944-9656 or visit glacvcd.org.
Award-Winning Reporters Join NBC4 News Team
NBC4 Southern California announced that Adrian Arambulo and Gadi Schwartz have joined the station. Arambulo will co-anchor the weekend edition of ‘Today in L.A.,’ and serve as a general assignment reporter, while Schwartz will serve as a weekly general assignment reporter for NBC4 News at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m.
Arambulo comes to NBC4 after spending six years at KDFW-TV, the FOX station in Dallas-Fort Worth, where he served as a weekend morning anchor and reporter for the ‘Good Day’ morning show. Recognized for his in-depth coverage of breaking news, Arambulo has reported on a variety of news stories from Hurricane Ike and the Fort Hood shooting massacre, to more recently the murder of a Navy SEAL sniper by a fellow veteran, and the aftermath of the massive fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. Starting on August 31, Arambulo steps in as weekend co-anchor, while Ted Chen continues at the station as a full-time weekday general assignment reporter.
Schwartz joins NBC4 after spending nearly a decade at KOB-TV, the NBC affiliate in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There, he served as the station’s weekend co-anchor and managing investigator for the “4 On Your Side” Investigative Unit. He is credited with breaking some of the most important and memorable investigative stories in New Mexico’s recent past, including an expose into a Public Regulation Commissioner’s embezzlement of government money and prescription drug addiction.
Of Hispanic descent, Schwartz was born in Guatemala City, and moved with his family to Belen, New Mexico, and later to Albuquerque. Fluent in Spanish, he spent a great deal of his childhood shadowing his father, Sergio Schwartz, who reported for the Univision station in Albuquerque.
“Adrian and Gadi are two excellent journalists and we’re thrilled they have joined the news team,” said Todd Mokhtari, NBC4’s vice president of news. “They will join our talented group of reporters to bring viewers the best breaking news, in-depth coverage and meaningful stories that connect people in Southern California.”