When Ana Martinez heard vandals had covered John Lennon’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with graffiti, she couldn’t just let it be. Martinez had produced the dedication ceremony for the star near the Capitol Records building in 1988, and Wednesday marks what would have been the former Beatles 73rd birthday. “I am really, really protective of these stars,” Martinez told the Daily News. “I yelled out, ‘Help, we really need somebody!'” she joked Tuesday, confirming that a worker returned the star to its pristine condition Monday. “This is history. It’s a historic monument and should be respected, not desecrated like that.” George Stroud/Getty Images The star was defaced with markings over the weekend – just days before what would have been Lennons (pictured in 1969) 73rd birthday. Martinez, who produces the Walk of Fame ceremonies for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, said she learned about the vandalism Sunday night after a tour guide discovered the markings Saturday and alerted Beatles journalist Steve Marinucci, who in turn reached out to her. I saw it and just thought, ‘What morons did this?’ It was just so tacky,” tour guide Gillian Lomax told The News Tuesday. “Maybe John would have liked it if it said something funny, but it was stupid teenage crap.” RELATED: ONO! YOKO ACCUSED TO STYLE PLAGIARISM Lomax visits the Vine Street location regularly for her Beatles-based “A Magical History Tour” and said the adjacent stars for fellow Beatles George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney were untouched. She said it looked like multiple people were involved because the scribbles, which included a cartoon mushroom and smiley face, appeared to be in different handwriting styles. MICHAEL THURSTON/AFP/Getty Images The nearby stars honoring Lennons fellow Beatles – Paul McCartney, Ringo Star and George Harrison — were left untouched.
Ho, Los Angeles Times / July 25, 2013) Also By Seema Mehta October 8, 2013, 5:35 p.m. The price of many tickets to see the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl will increase for the 2014 season, according to a pricing plan approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The ticket increases range from $1 to $9, while some tickets will stay the same price or decrease by $1. Overall, the price changes are expected to bring in an additional $30,000 of revenue, which will be used to fund “increased production, labor, marketing, and artists’ costs,” according to a staff report prepared by the county Department of Parks and Recreation. Two county critics faulted the move, saying such ticket price increases are too common. “This should be accessible to ordinary residents,” Eric Preven testified. “We need to hold the line on some of these ticket prices.” Arnold Sachs questioned whether parking and food costs would increase in the future. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky , whose district includes the bowl, countered that the price increases were “de minimus,” and noted that there were still many low-cost ticket options. “It is still the people’s amphitheater,” he said. “There is no place [else] in the world where for $1 or $2 or $5 you can go hear one of the world’s great orchestras.” The ticket changes vary by section and event type, with the closest seats seeing the greatest increases. The most expensive tickets, in the pool circle and garden boxes during special events, are increasing $9 to $310. A breakdown of the changes: Tuesday and Thursday classical nights: a $4 increase for 164 seats; a $3 increase for 2,923 seats; a $1 increase for 2,853 seats; and a $1 decrease for 4,178 seats.