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Track 16 reincarnates, with a twist, as the Expo Line barrels toward the beach

Posted April 30, 2013 by | 51 Comments | ]
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It was with mixed emotion that we saw the enormous art and performance space mowed down to make way for the Expo Line. On the one hand, who wouldn’t support more mass transit, especially in our gridlocked part of the world? On the other, more mass transit meant the end of this dynamic space that had showcased so many for 20 years. This is what …

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Today’s News: State ordered to move 3,000 inmates

Posted April 30, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

Prison problems. California is going to need to find a place to put more than 3,000 inmates currently serving time at the Pleasant Valley and Avenal prisons. The federal official responsible for overseeing healthcare in state lockups says prisoners who are at high-risk for contracting valley fever will have to be housed elsewhere. That includes inmates with chronic illnesses, such as HIV infection, but …

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Jason Collins and the acceptance of gay athletes

Posted April 29, 2013 by | 30 Comments | ]
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We’re hearing a lot today about Washington Wizards center Jason Collins, a native Angeleno, who announced to Sports Illustrated that he’s gay. He’s the first player in one of the major men’s professional sports leagues to come out.
Collins wrote on Sports Illustrated’s website today – “If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising …

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The Classic Car Rally: Over 8,000 miles from Peking to Paris!

Posted April 29, 2013 by | 63 Comments | ]
Stanley Gold's Porsche.

The first Peking to Paris rally was run in 1907. Despite two thousand applicants, only 5 cars actually arrived at the dock in Beijing and the winner was an Italian prince named Scipione Borghese, who drove a 45 horsepower Italia. Apparently, he didn’t endear himself to his fellow competitors when, upon arriving at the first hotel in Mongolia and discovering that it had 5 …

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Evangelicals and immigration reform in Orange County

Posted April 29, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]

Congress is in the midst of debating a proposed bill that would grant some type of amnesty to the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Meanwhile, a different debate is happening in some of Orange County’s major evangelical churches. Pastors are joining other Christian leaders to push for immigration reform. But they’re finding resistance among their congregants, some of who are actually leaving their churches in …

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Today’s News: Who’s to blame for King of Pop’s death?

Posted April 29, 2013 by | 24 Comments | ]

Jackson trial. Michael Jackson has been dead and buried for nearly four years. But the answer to the question of who bears responsibility for the pop star’s overdose on the narcotic propofol could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, or a billion, if you believe the Jackson family. Arguments are scheduled to begin today in L.A. in the family’s wrongful death lawsuit against concert …

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Friday Mixer: Change in temperature and tone in mayor’s race?

Posted April 26, 2013 by | 23 Comments | ]

Another week has passed in LA politics and the race for mayor is getting uglier between City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel.
The runoff is Tuesday, May 21.
Both attacked each other’s integrity in Monday’s debate and now are running TV ads. Garcetti’s the newest entrant on the ‘boob tube’. (Can we even call it that anymore? There are no more tube TVs.)
But …

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Not-so-silent films: A Wurlitzer organ for Buster Keaton

Posted April 26, 2013 by | 32 Comments | ]

Who says southern California has no history?
On the sprawling campus of Santa Monica High School are two hidden gems: first, the 1937 Barnum Hall, a 1200-seat theater done in “streamline moderne” style.  This is not your typical high school assembly hall.  It predates the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium that will soon be mothballed, and in fact, before that ill-fated structure was built, Barnum Hall …

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Warren Olney is hosting a mayoral debate and you should come!

Posted April 26, 2013 by | 22 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

Who will be the next LA mayor? Do you have questions you still want answered?
With just a few weeks left until Election Day, it’s time to get beyond the campaign rhetoric and 30-second commercials in the race for mayor of Los Angeles. Candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti visit Zócalo for a live debate. They’ll take questions—and follow-ups—from Warren Olney, host of KCRW’s “Which Way, L.A.?”
It’s a chance to demand specifics …

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Today’s News: Poll says Greuel is leading mayor’s race; Dems challenge Brown’s education plan; FasTrak fees

Posted April 26, 2013 by | 6 Comments | ]

Who’s in first? A new poll finds a dramatic turnaround in the L.A. mayor’s contest – with City Controller Wendy Gruel edging ahead of City Councilman Eric Garcetti by three percentage points. But not everyone is convinced it reflects the true state of the race. The poll by Survey USA It shows Greuel with 45 percent support, Garcetti with 42 percent, and 13 percent …

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Stand-off between the courts; governor on prison overcrowding

Posted April 25, 2013 by | 63 Comments | ]
n 2006, California prisons were forced to house inmates using double and triple bunking in gyms and day rooms. Since then, overcrowding has been reduced by 43,000 inmates, from 200 to 150 percent of capacity. Photo: California Department of Corrections

In 2011, the US Supreme Court ruled that overcrowding in California’s prisons was “cruel and unusual punishment” with suicidal inmates held in cages without toilets and with treatment unavailable to the one-third who are mentally ill. The population was 200 percent larger than the prisons were designed for, and the court gave Governor Brown two years to reduce that to 137.5 percent. He created …

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Zach Braff turns to Kickstarter to fund ‘Garden State’ sequel

Posted April 25, 2013 by | 13 Comments | ]

Actor Zach Braff wants to raise $2 million to make a sequel to his cult hit “Garden State.”
But instead of going to Hollywood producers or a studio with his idea, the star of the TV show “Scrubs” went directly to fans on the money-raising website Kickstarter.
Cash those fans can shell out for the forthcoming flick – “Wish I Was Here” – but for which …

Education, Environment, News »

Children’s Nature Institute shows kids nature in urban spaces

Posted April 25, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]

A few years ago, the Children’s Nature Institute moved its headquarters from a rustic outpost in Franklin Canyon to the very urban Pico-Union neighborhood with the mission of raising awareness of the nature that exists in the urban world. They also started taking kids and their families on urban nature hikes —  in their own neighborhoods. The Institute also takes nearly 20,000 kids, ages three to …

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A $2 Catholic education in 1930s LA

Posted April 25, 2013 by | 7 Comments | ]
St. Columbkille School was established in 923

We lived in a white, wood frame house a half-block east of 61st and Main Streets in South Los Angeles. It was a pleasant and quiet neighborhood. Our street was lined with houses that looked much like ours. Well-tended front lawns doubled as playgrounds for the children. Backyards gave us even more room to play in. I was seven years old; brother Raul was …

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Today’s News: Bloomberg opening wallet for L.A. race; Valley schools in Decathlon duel; Minimum wage hike?

Posted April 25, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

Bloomberg bucks. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is throwing more money into the L.A. School Board race. Bloomberg gave $350,000 this week to the Coalition for School Reform. The political committee is led by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and supports the policies of L.A. Schools chief John Deasy. Prior to the March primary, the New York’s billionaire mayor donated $1 million to the committee. …

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What does Fisker’s failure mean for California’s green car industry?

Posted April 24, 2013 by | 75 Comments | ]
© REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - Nicholas Whitcombe (L-R), supervisory senior investment officer for the DOE, Fisker Automotive founder Henrik Fisker and co-founder Bernhard Koehler are sworn-in to testify during a hearing held by the House Oversight and Government Reform committee on the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) decision to grant Fisker Automotive a $529 million loan in 2009 on Capitol Hill in Washington April 24, 2013.

Electric-car maker Fisker is headquartered in Anaheim… if it can stay in business.  CODA was lured from Santa Monica to Los Angeles—but it, too, may be on the edge of collapse.  We’ll hear about what looks likes the failed promise of a new “clean” industry subsidized by local and federal taxpayers. Also, a battery recycler in Vernon is shut down after accusations of risks …

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How to find the best streaming TV

Posted April 24, 2013 by | 41 Comments | ]
Via Flickr by espensorvik

Roku Box? Netflix? Hulu? iTunes? So many choices. Not much convergence.
There’s a certain joy and angst that comes from being a modern TV viewer. Joy at the choices of quality television shows and movies that we can access without leaving our cozy living rooms. Angst that we don’t know where or how to best spend the money to get that content.
To help you cope, The …

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Today’s News: Foreclosure crisis easing in California: Southland air quality is improving but traffic is not

Posted April 24, 2013 by | 13 Comments | ]

Safe(r) at home. Foreclosures in California are way down. The improving economy and rising home prices are factors in the downturn. The real estate firm DataQuick says lenders are also struggling to adjust to a new state law known as the “Homeowner Bill of Rights.” During the first three months of the year, the number of defaults in the Golden State dropped by more …

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Fire season comes early

Posted April 23, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
Banner image: Edward Vielmetti

Southern California’s received 5.14 inches of rain so far this year compared to the normal 14. It was just enough for grass to spring up, providing fuel for what could be an epic fire season. We hear what’s in store and what it’s like to fight fast-moving blazes on steep hills where the last resort is a portable tent compared to tin foil on …

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Today’s News: L.A. looks into Nevada patient dumping; Villaraigosa lays out final budget: Universal expansion

Posted April 23, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

Patient dumping. L.A. is investigating allegations that Nevada’s main psychiatric hospital has been busing indigent patients to California cities. L.A. County mental health officials say no patients from Nevada have been identified so far. But they plan to take a closer look. The Sacramento Bee has reported that more than 200 patients released from the Nevada facility were given one-way bus tickets to L.A. …

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