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The Mixer: Sactown’s Sack of Bills, Bills, Bills

Posted May 31, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

Summer’s in the air, so let’s take a trip… to Sacramento!
Yes, people go to Sacramento in the Summer. Although, technically, we took the trip by phone. Which is what most people prefer when it comes to Sacramento.
We got together with Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee and Patrick McGreevy from the Los Angeles Times.
Today was the deadline to pass bills out of their houses of origin …

Arts & Culture, Commentary, Interviews »

NPR’s Mike Pesca on Noah Baumbach’s latest film, ‘Frances Ha’

Posted May 31, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

Our weekly film critic Joe Morgenstern is out today. Joining us instead is Mike Pesca. You hear him regularly as a National Desk correspondent for NPR. He’s also a panelist on Slate magazine’s weekly sports podcast “Hang Up and Listen.” And he reviews movies for
Mike went out and saw a movie this afternoon for us – so the review is fresh! The movie …

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Ocean lovers gather to honor black surfing history

Posted May 31, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]

Surfers and ocean lovers in general are gathering in Santa Monica on Saturday, June 1st to honor the life of a surfer who died young, but inspired a generation of surfers from diverse backgrounds. While a student at Santa Monica College, Nick Gabaldón perished in a surfing accident at the Malibu Pier in 1951, at the tragically young age of 24.
Gabaldón is Los Angeles’ …

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What makes your dog so awesome?

Posted May 31, 2013 by | 16 Comments | ]
Creative Commons. Via Flickr by

Seriously, we want to know why your dog is special. For an upcoming project we’re calling “Dogs of LA,” we’re exploring the city from the canine perspective. What makes your dog awesome? And what makes your neighborhood particularly good, bad or interesting for your pooch?
You can even submit a photo of your dog through the form below. Woof woof!

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The Tooth: What’s behind that Hollywood smile?

Posted May 31, 2013 by | 223 Comments | ]
Jennifer Garner smiles at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival. 
 Via Flickr by Jonjames1986. Creative Commons.

I remember once seeing a British television documentary on the Cold War in which the cameras were admitted to a bunker built for the use of a U.S. Congressmen in the event of a nuclear attack. Among its enviable amenities was a dentist’s surgery—presumably shown as a chilling hint of the likely duration of a stay underground. It was more effective in reminding me …

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Today’s News: California told to hold off on executions; Pit bull attack leads to murder charges; Fish futures?

Posted May 31, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Death penalty. A state appeals court has dealt another blow to proponents of the death penalty in California. A three-judge panel says that prison officials failed to comply with administrative rules when crafting new lethal injection procedures two years ago.
It’s been seven years since the last execution in California, and the appeals court decision could mean  the state’s capital punishment pause will go on …

Environment, News, Summer »

Can we heal the Ballona Wetlands?

Posted May 30, 2013 by | 12 Comments | ]
A sole egret wades in the restored Malibu Lagoon. Sycamore snag offers a safe landing place for birds in the newly restored Malibu
Lagoon.  Red and blue flags in the mud indicate new native plantings.

The Malibu Lagoon recently re-opened after a controversial restoration that took years to approve. Now the environmentalists are shifting focus to the south as a Ballona Wetlands project is being studied.
Both the Malibu Lagoon and the Ballona Wetlands host dozens of species of birds and fish. Wildlife survives in these two oases, experts say, not because of intense human effort to preserve open space, …

economy, Education, Environment, Issues, Politics, Today's News »

Today’s News: Delta water plan gets more expensive; Boy Scouts tax status challenged; Revenue rebound

Posted May 30, 2013 by | 6 Comments | ]

Water works. A controversial plan to restore habitat and overhaul California’s water system will cost a half a billion dollars more than originally estimated. The price tag of Governor’s Brown Bay Delta Conservation Plan is now almost $25 billion.
Brown’s plan calls for two enormous concrete tunnels that would carry water 35 miles from the San Joaquin River Delta to pumps near the town of …

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Los Angeles HIV clinic in danger of losing its space

Posted May 29, 2013 by | 15 Comments | ]

Researchers at a Los Angeles County AIDS clinic say they’re being unfairly booted out of their space by the University of Southern California.
LA County’s Maternal, Child and Adolescent/Adult Center has offered care to HIV-infected people since 1988. It’s been operating out of the USC-owned Health Research Association building on Marengo Street, near where the 5 and 10 freeways intersect, since 1996.
The center is a …

Arts & Culture, Environment »

Tending Anne Bancroft’s garden: ‘World War Z’ author Max Brooks maintains his mother’s legacy

Posted May 29, 2013 by | 136 Comments | ]
The blueberries remind Max of his summers as a kid in Fire Island

Every day, the best-selling writer Max Brooks drives from his home in Venice to work in the attic of his father Mel’s place in Santa Monica.  It’s a way to check in on his famous dad–and the garden lovingly planted by his late mother, the actress Anne Bancroft.
It seems Ms. Bancroft, in addition to being a beautiful movie star, loved getting her hands in …

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Making the most of maternity benefits

Posted May 29, 2013 by | 33 Comments | ]
Lauren Wallenstein, owner of Milk Your Benefits

For parents of newborns – or those expecting one – congratulations! And start planning.
If you live in California, you’re lucky. To get time off to hang with your kid, you don’t even have to work for Yahoo (whose CEO Marissa Mayer just granted 16 weeks of paid leave for moms and eight weeks for dads).
When Amy Roach, 32, got pregnant, she says her company’s …

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Today’s News: Feds push for Colorado River solutions; Disneyland explosion; Kings quest for repeat skates on

Posted May 29, 2013 by | 7 Comments | ]

Colorado crisis. Water managers from seven western states are pledging to work with the federal government on plans to conserve and distribute water from the Colorado River. A meeting among water managers in San Diego yesterday made one thing clear: there isn’t enough water available to satisfy everyone’s needs.
The Colorado River is the lifeblood of California and six other western states. But drought, population …

economy, News »

Conquering mental illness: Monica Potts’ Skid Row success story

Posted May 28, 2013 by | 7 Comments | ]

For decades, Monica Potts called a tent on the corner of 5th and Crocker on Skid Row home.  Today, she works across the street, at a place called LAMP, where she counsels others to help get off the street.
How did this nearly 50 year old woman finally conquer mental illness, drug addiction, and homelessness?  Force of will, medication, and counseling, she says — lots …

Environment, News »

Where have all the bobcats gone?

Posted May 28, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
A bobcat sits in a Joshua tree near Joshua Tree National Park.  Photo
courtesy of Annica Kreuter.

Traffic on Highway 62 streams through the Southern California desert as Tom O’Key makes his way across his property near Joshua Tree National Park. O’Key hikes past a pile of boulders, through native plants and up to the bush where four months ago, he discovered a bobcat trap on his land.
“And when I saw it, I went, ‘This has got to have to do with …

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Ready to paddle the L.A. River?

Posted May 28, 2013 by | 18 Comments | ]

Once mocked as an eyesore, the Los Angeles River has experienced something of a renaissance  in the last decade. Stretches of the waterway that were once synonymous with blight, decay and ugliness have been cleaned up and safety improved. Where once there was nothing to do along the the L.A. River’s concrete-lined banks, you can now enjoy bike paths, a string of pocket parks, …

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Today’s News: Sen. Boxer slams San Onofre operator; Santa Barbara fire raging; State deer losing their hair

Posted May 28, 2013 by | 12 Comments | ]
San Onofre

Smoking gun? Senator Barbara Boxer wants the Justice Department to investigate the operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant for intentionally misleading federal regulators to avoid a “long and costly review” of the plant.
San Onofre hasn’t produced any electricity since January of 2012. That’s when a small radiation leak led to the discovery of heavy wear on tubes carrying radioactive water in the …

Interviews, News, Politics »

Villaraigosa’s options after leaving Getty House

Posted May 27, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

The clock is ticking away for outgoing Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
The mayor is on one last big mission for the next few days: Better trade with China. He’s overseas looking to seal up some trade deals with that country.
But here at home, the mayor also leaves with very little decided about his future.
Kevin Roderick from LA Observed joined KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis to discuss …

Commentary, Interviews, News »

Is Orange County becoming more gay friendly?

Posted May 27, 2013 by | 10 Comments | ]

A recent Orange County Human Relations Commission report noted that hate crimes against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people are on the rise.
The report came out the same week that the Orange County Board of Supervisors decided to issue a proclamation in honor of Harvey Milk Day for the first time ever.
In this famously conservative county, it seems like the LGBT community is …

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Today’s news: Openly gay athlete debuts with Galaxy; Ceremonies to honor Southern California’s war dead

Posted May 27, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]

Football forward. The L.A. Galaxy’s newest player made sports history during last night’s win over the Seattle Sounders at the Home Depot Center in Carson. And all Robbie Rogers had to do was step on the field.
When Rogers entered the match in the 77th minute, he became the first openly gay male athlete to play in a major American team sport. Rogers, who’s 26, …

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The Mixer: Stick a fork in it

Posted May 24, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Ladies and gentlemen, Los Angeles has a new mayor. If you’ve been under a rock, or refusing to follow the news for some reason, Eric Garcetti will succeed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
The burning question in our LA election post-mortem centers on whether Mayor-elect Garcetti has the political chops to walk into City Hall and make it his show. The still-Councilman Garcetti – who represents Hollywood, Echo Park …

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