Court papers: Retirement community funds used to pay transvestite prostitute
WILD CHARGES: A court claim by the former general manager of Laguna Woods Village in Orange County contains some serious accusations. The Orange County Register has reviewed the claim, in which the former official "accuses his ex-boss of using company money to pay for a transvestite prostitute and of ignoring warnings that a million-dollar incentive plan might be illegal." The Register's Teri Sforza reports that there is a long and involved backstory to the charges and to the general unrest in the retirement community.
ECHO SHOOTOUT: L.A. Weekly investigates the June 2010 shooting at the Echo nightclub, a bizarre incident in which a member of a biker gang shot into a crowd of "nerdy indie-rock kids."
IN AND OUT: Is L.A.'s beloved Umami Burger expanding into a national fast-food chain? Owner Adam Fleischman "plans to re-conceptualize the Umami model into a Chipotle-style fast-casual version slated to roll out nationwide," reports Eater L.A.
SIGN LANGUAGE: The "G" in the Highland Theatre sign stands for "gay," according to Eastsider L.A. The Uptown Gay & Lesbian Alliance sponsored the light bulb in a campaign to repair the 1924 sign.
BIKE RAGE: Blogger and cycling enthusiast Ted Rogers went biking in Santa Monica and discovered that road rage isn't limited to drivers.
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Photo: Umami burger. Credit: Los Angeles Times