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Downtown business owners survey post-Lakers game damage

June 18, 2010 | 10:46 am

Workers at Valet Parking Service on South Flower Street surveyed the fallout Friday morning from the violence and vandalism that erupted throughout downtown after the Lakers won the NBA title against the Boston Celtics.

They came into the office about 6:30 a.m. to find the entire front window broken. Although it was protected by a bar, a cement block had been thrown through the window.

“The police said don’t touch anything,” said Jolene Taylor, claims manager for the parking service.

“It’s a shame. All this over a basketball game when there were 3,000 police here,” said Shawn Pajohesh, president of the company. “It could be worse. At least no one was hurt.”

Pajohesh had closed his business two hours early Thursday and told everyone to leave at 4 p.m., two hours before the game started, because fans were already beginning to stream into downtown.

“Thank God we closed early,” he said.

Over at the McDonald's restaurant at Washington Boulevard and Olive Street, restaurant manager Laura Martinon said bars on the windows kept people from jumping in. She said she received a call from the night manager Thursday that people were throwing trash cans outside in the parking lot.

“It was a mess,” she said.

She told the night manager to call the police and to close the restaurant. They kept the drive-through open all night.

The restaurant looked normal Friday morning and was full of people eating breakfast.

-- Robert Faturechi in downtown L.A.

Photo: Police remove a fan from the ESPN Zone in downtown L.A. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times / June 17, 2010)

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