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Police Commission supports Chief Beck on impound rule

Posted February 29, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
Warren Olney

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has persuaded the City Police Commission to extend “humanity” and “compassion” to undocumented workers. They aren’t allowed to get drivers licenses, and they pay a high price when stopped for minor violations. Now the penalties are being relaxed. Is it a first step to licensing illegal immigrants? We hear both sides of an ongoing controversy. Also, as another powerful committee …

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Action downtown! Take that, Westsiders!

Posted February 29, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
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(update, Thursday AM: a line of cement trucks and a bevy of workers are pouring concrete on the second level of the Broad.)
Each day down here is a steady reminder of the construction boom all around my beloved downtown.  This, for instance, is what we see when we look out of our apartment windows: the unfolding wonder of the Broad Museum.
If you’re a Westside …

Arts & Culture, Issues »

Should condoms be mandated on adult film sets?

Posted February 29, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
By Robert Elyov

If proponents qualify it for the November ballot, L.A. County voters will vote on an initiative requiring the use of condoms during the production of adult films. Supporters see it as a way to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS both on and off the set. But porn producers say prophylactics and porn just don’t mix and are opposed to rolling cameras if …

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Growing support for same-sex marriage in CA

Posted February 29, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
By B Doll Project

Gay marriage is still illegal in the Golden State, but that hasn’t stopped changing attitudes toward same-sex betrothals in California. A new Field Poll shows that 59% of Californians support same sex marriage, while 47% oppose it. Now compare that to three years ago when a Field Poll found 52% in favor and 47% opposed. The Field Poll folks show the changing numbers reflect …

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Finding treasure: LA’s vinyl resurgence

Posted February 29, 2012 by | 122 Comments | ]
Is LA in the middle of an independent record store resurgence?

As digital music takes over the airwaves and our iPods, what keeps music lovers, KCRW fans and dedicated DJs going back to old fashioned record stores? Maybe it’s the striking artwork on the album covers, the feeling of resting a record ever so gently on a turntable, or that warm, vinyl sound. Producers Saul Gonzalez and Michael Garber took their cameras inside three record stores …

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Downtown Walmart grocery store draws fire, sparks excitement

Posted February 28, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
Warren Olney

Walmart plans to start construction on its first grocery story in Los Angeles County this summer at a site on the edge of LA’s Chinatown. Local labor and advocacy groups plan to fight the development, saying the world’s biggest retailer isn’t too kind to new environments and its competition. Downtown boosters, however, say it’s yet another example of how the area has come into …

Education, Food, News, Politics »

Is overregulation killing food trucks?

Posted February 28, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Mmm…. tacos. Angelinos love their food trucks, but a new bill is floating around California’s state legislature that would ban food trucks from parking too close to schools. The thinking goes that food from trucks may compete with the schools’ healthy lunch initiatives. However, in dense city like San Francisco, this would leave very little room for the trucks to set up business. KCRW’s …

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What’s the story behind Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Lady in Gold’?

Posted February 28, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Even though I’m hobbling around with a broken foot, I couldn’t resist the invitation to a fabulous mansion on Sunset Boulevard last weekend for a ladies’ lunch in celebration of former Los Angeles Times reporter Anne-Marie O’Connor and her new book,  “The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer. “
When Ronald Lauder bought the painting known as …

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Should dogs be allowed in restaurants?

Posted February 28, 2012 by | 4 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles-area restaurants are going to the dogs. Thanks to a change of rules by the L.A. County Department of Public Health effective immediately, dog owners will now be able to dine with their pooches on outdoor restaurant patios. Under the old regulations, dogs weren’t allowed into outdoor eating areas if they were enclosed by fencing. Individual restaurants will have the final say over …

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‘A Separation’ Unites Iranian-Americans in Los Angeles

Posted February 28, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

A French director produced The Artist with French actors, but the movie that won for Best Picture was shot entirely here in Los Angeles. How did Harvey Weinstein come up with yet another winner? The Best Foreign Language Film, A Separation (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin), was shot by Iranians in Iran, but the biggest celebrations might have been among expats here. We hear about …

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340 tons, 100 miles, 11 days: ‘Levitated Mass’ is finally rolling to LACMA

Posted February 27, 2012 by | 9 Comments | ]
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You don’t usually associate construction workers with art.  At least, I don’t.  But starting Tuesday, there’ll be a team of hardhats deployed to begin the great march of the 340 ton boulder also known as Levitated Mass to its new home over a giant slit in the earth behind LACMA.
Stalled for months by bureaucratic proceedings to ensure that that march is safe, the eleven-day …

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Take that, Oscars: Making movies, the iPhone and Steve Jobs

Posted February 24, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Today would have been the 57th birthday of Steve Jobs, and this morning I opened my email to find this clever film, made in his honor.  Not only is it about Steve Jobs, kind of, it’s made on one of his lasting legacies: the iPhone. (At least, it was shot on one.  The audio’s way too good to not have been sweetened.)  Since 300 …

Arts & Culture, Interviews »

Will you sign my yearbook?

Posted February 24, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

Portland-based artist Harrell Fletcher has been documenting a year in the “life” of  the Hammer Museum a by taking snapshots of every single person who comes in.  It looks like a yearbook, reads like a yearbook–it is a yearbook! Flip through the entire “Hammer Yearbook” here.

Listen to my interview with Fletcher below.

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How much would you pay for the LA Times?

Posted February 24, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Will what’s worked for the New York Times  to bring in new revenue also work for the  L.A. Times? Southern California’s paper of record has just announced it will start charging for online access. How much? 99 cents for four weeks. The paywall goes up on March 5. Readers who don’t subscribe can read up to 15 stories a month for free.

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Political download: 5 stories you may have missed

Posted February 24, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

Los Angeles is giddy with Oscar ballots, red carpet outfits and the fact that the Kodak Theater had to drop “Kodak” from its name. But outside Hollywood, the presidential race keeps on keeping on. Below are five stories you may have missed, from crazy hand shakes to gun racks suited for an electric car.

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Erin Brockovich Redux?

Posted February 24, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it’s spending $3 million dollars to install monitoring wells in the San Fernando Valley. The reason? Fears of Chromium 6, the industrial chemical made famous by Erin Brockovich (and Julia Roberts) and her crusade to investigate the contamination of groundwater supplies in the small desert community of Hinckley.
Closer to L.A. chromium six (or “chrom 6” to the the …

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Chevy Volt owner: ‘You can put a gun rack in the back of a Volt’

Posted February 23, 2012 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Yahoo’s Motoramic blog caught our eye with this story: Georgia resident and electric car owner takes on Newt Gingrich. First, he says Gingrich has got it all wrong on oil, explaining that the GOP candidate can’t really promise $2.50/ gallon gasoline. And, more importantly, he says that Gingrich’s assertion that you can’t get a gun rack in the back of a Chevrolet Volt, is …

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New documentary probes ‘the Jewish question”

Posted February 23, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman

Berkeley-based filmmakers Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman met and fell in love over their shared cultural identity as Jews.  They’ve built a life together producing documentaries.
And the focus of their latest one, Between Two Worlds. The film is thought-provoking and controversial, to say the least: Should Jews be allowed to criticize other Jews?  Should they be allowed to embrace Palestinians?  Is intermarriage disloyal, immoral?
Snitow …

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Police chief says ‘yes’ to drivers’ licenses for undocumented immigrants

Posted February 23, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Should undocumented immigrants be able to get drivers’ licenses? That question has been one of the most controversial topics in state politics in recent years.
Yesterday, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck weighed in, coming down on the side of issuing licenses to undocumented drivers. Chief Beck argued it would make our streets and highways safer by, for instance, decreasing the number of hit-and-run accidents …

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California Republicans gear up for state convention

Posted February 23, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

Last November, just two percent of California Republicans supported Rick Santorum. Now that number has jumped to 25 percent, within striking distance of Mitt Romney. As the race drags on, will the California GOP have a voice in the nomination process after all, even though this state’s primary is not until June? Also, a special investigator says the Fullerton Police Department did not intend …

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