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DotDotDash: Noir Edition

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2007, at 09:10AM

Ddd Downtown just left the grip of a brief June gloom that brought an angst-filled haze of moral ambiguity over the City. The sources and storytellers uncovered mysteries, only to find new ones. The titles are real and so are the names, because in today's column . . . no one is innocent. It's DotDotDash: Noir Edition.

NoirEdition IT’S STILL ‘CHINATOWN’, JAKE: This week a San Berdoo judge ruled that DWP pay back $225 million to the overcharged..— A lot of smacks may be returning to MTA, LAUSD, UCLA, LACC and the County. Proudly, MTA has the news on their website.

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'NOTORIOUS' (1946): With the news of wife Corinna filing for divorce, it’s been open season on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, up for reelection in 2009. Some print political commentators are calling for confessions, or at least a recall of his name: a hybrid of his and her last names. We suggest for the future Gov candidate: The Villanator..— BTW: The tagline for the 1946 Hitchock noir film was "Adventurous man of the world."

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'WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS' (1950): The Los Angeles Times broke the story that led to an apology from L.A. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. His city-issued 2004 SUV was being driven by his wife with a suspended license when it struck a pole. ..— This after Delgadillo's office recommended that heiress Paris Hilton receive 45 days in jail for driving on a suspended license while on probation in a drunken driving case.

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ASK THE DUST (2006): This Saturday, author John Fante's 1930’s Bunker Hill and Pershing Square were alive thanks to Richard Schave. The tour happens again July 22..— The film "Ask the Dust" could have been a noir classic, but was sweetened to be a pure romance..— Where did they film to recreate a depression era Downtown Los Angeles? Cape Town.

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IN A LONELY PLACE (1950): Also produced by Esoteric, a partner in crime with the 1947 project, an encore to Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles bus tour July 21 that will lead guests down Chandler's characters went down “the rabbit hole of isolation, depression, and drink.” It sounds like a good time..— Also, they write that seats are available on Saturday's Weird West Adams tour, closing with snacks and beverages with the West Adams Heritage Association..— In one undisclosed West Adams home, the owner has a Chandler novel displayed in the foyer; the house itself was a location in one of his novels.

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BADGE 714: For those who like to search films for Downtown locations from a different time, the early television versions of Dragnet use the same opening format as Dragnet 67. You can glimpse an early 50's Downtown.

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SNAKESKIN SHANESIN: Not a film . . yet . . .but the Japanese American gardener Mas Arai in Naomi Hirahara's mysteries is a prime film noir character..— The books themselves (a three-part series) are displayed at the end of at the timeline for the Japanese American National Museum's Landscaping America : Beyond the Japanese Garden exhibit. ..— More Talk Wanted JANM has been collecting oral histories and according to co-curator Carla Tengan, they are looking for more. Anyone who has a relative, or knows anyone who was once a Japanese gardener are encouraged to click on their website and share stories..— Add Talk: On Saturday, June 23, at 2 p.m. Hirahara and author Sunny Seki will discussing poetry that the west coast Japanese gardeners wrote. "It's called senryu, like haiku, but way more ironic." says Hirahara.

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'NIGHT AND THE CITY'(1950): Blind ambition, self-deception, and broken dreams..— BTW: This week Kobe Byrant wants out of the Lakers.

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