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The final day of the Santa Monica Post Office

Posted June 28, 2013 by | 9 Comments | ]
Santa Monica Post Office

The historic and much-beloved Santa Monica Post Office is shutting down on Saturday, June 29.
The building was opened in 1938 with great fanfare, as part of FDR’s Works Project Administration. The post office is distinguished by its Art Deco-inspired features including beautifully detailed paneling and the original lighting fixtures of the lobby.
But as less of its business comes from walk-in customers, there’s less need …

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The Mixer: Bye, Mayor V.; Hello, Mayor G.

Posted June 28, 2013 by | 89 Comments | ]
LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa tests a toy guitar at a Mexican crafts stand on Olvera Street on Friday, June 28. Photo by Avishay Artsy.

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spent most of his remaining hours as the city’s chief executive on a bus, touring areas where he campaigned in his quest for the job in the first place. KCRW’s Avishay Artsy rode along with the mayor, asking him to remember the places he’s seen and people he’s talked to over the years.
So we asked this week’s Mixer guests, Gene Maddaus …

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Rush for marriage licenses as gay couples tie the knot

Posted June 28, 2013 by , and | 80 Comments | ]
Anti-Proposition 8 protesters wave a rainbow flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, March 26, 2013. Two members of the U.S. Supreme Court, both viewed as potential swing votes on the right of gay couples to marry, raised doubts about California's gay marriage ban on Tuesday as they questioned a lawyer defending the ban. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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Updated Monday, July 1: Same-sex couples rush to get married in Southern California today. 
More than 500 gay and lesbian couples have applied online to the L.A. County Clerk’s office for marriage licenses since Friday afternoon, when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order allowing same-sex weddings to resume in California. Long lines are expected as people try …

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Today’s News: Alarms sounded over Prop. 8 decision; Extreme heat roasts Southland; Garcetti inauguration

Posted June 28, 2013 by | 9 Comments | ]
Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John G. Roberts, Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Smauel Alito Jr., Elena Kagan

Prop. 8 fallout. Gay rights supporters rejoiced over this week’s Supreme Court decision that will allow same-sex marriage to resume in California – but now activists on both sides of the ideological divide are raising concerns about the decision. The worry is that the court set a dangerous precedent by giving elected officials undue power over ballot initiatives.
The Supreme Court decided the Prop. 8 …

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The secret life of the Goodyear Blimp

Posted June 27, 2013 by | 6 Comments | ]
The Spirit of America blimp covers more than 80 events a year, from professional and college sporting events to the Oscar and Emmy awards. Goodyear has barter arrangements with broadcasters, trading the use of the blimp for aerial footage in return for on-air commercial spots. The most difficult events to fly over for the blimp pilots are golf tournaments. The players don't like the shadow the airship casts over the golf green and the sound of the engines. Photo: Saul Gonzalez

Personally, I think you have to be a pretty hard person not to be a little enchanted by the sight of a blimp or dirigible floating in the sky. In an age when air travel has become ho-hum and associated with annoyance and aggravation, blimps harken back to a more romantic era of flight, when breaking the bonds of earth was nothing short of …

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Today’s News: Same-sex marriages just weeks away; AEG will manage Convention Center; Owens Lake dust

Posted June 27, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

Prop. 8 Ruling. It’ll be a few weeks before the wedding bells ring once again for same-sex couples in California – but there was a big engagement party of sorts last night in West Hollywood.
Hundreds of revelers, many donning red, white and blue, celebrated the Supreme Court decision that will allow same-sex marriage to resume in California.
Before same-sex marriages can resume, a federals appeals …

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Updated: Reactions to Supreme Court rulings on same-same sex marriage

Posted June 26, 2013 by and | 3 Comments | ]
Street celebration on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Crescent Heights in West Hollywood. Photo: Saul Gonzalez

It’s been a long and exciting day for supporters of same-sex marriage. On this evening’s Which Way, LA? we looked at how soon gay marriage might be reinstated in California, what it could mean for various same-sex couples and where public opinion stands now. Listen below:

KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis looks at how same-sex marriage supporters and opponents are responding to today’s Supreme Court decisions on …

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LA City Council deems Tuna Canyon historic-cultural monument

Posted June 25, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]
View of Tuna Canyon, c. 1934. Courtesy of Little Landers Historical Society at Bolton Hall Museum

The Los Angeles City Council voted today to designate a former World War II-era internment camp in the San Fernando Valley as an historic-cultural monument. That overturns an earlier decision by the Cultural Heritage Commission.
The former site of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station is now the Verdugo Hills Golf Course. More than 2,500 Japanese nationals and Japanese-Americans – along with Japanese-Peruvians, Germans and Italians …

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Metta World Peace talks Lakers and mental health advocacy

Posted June 25, 2013 by | 107 Comments | ]

Metta World Peace is staying put with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The veteran small forward formerly known as Ron Artest will finish the final year of his contract, worth a reported $7.7 million dollars.
World Peace came to the Lakers as a free agent in 2009 and was a key part of their championship team that season.
But that’s not the only news Metta is making these …

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Norman Rockwell’s Boy Scouts re-imagined for the modern age

Posted June 25, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
Untitled by Kime Buzzelli-Hosford

What happens when you take classic images by painter Norman Rockwell, put them in the hands of 20 contemporary artists, and ask those artists to re-cast them for the modern era?
You can see the results of that assignment at Good Intentions: Re-imagining Rockwell’s Boy Scouts, which just opened at Subliminal Projects in Echo Park.
Andrew Pogany and Ben Lee Ritchie Handler co-curated the show. It all began …

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California and the Voting Rights Act

Posted June 25, 2013 by | 108 Comments | ]
Photo by KCIvey/ Flickr/ Creative Commons

The Supreme Court ruled today to strike Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which determines which regions of the U.S. need federal approval before changing their voting laws. Ruling on Shelby County v. Holder, the court basically said that Congress had been relying on outdated data to determine these areas of the country. The Voting Rights Act is as major piece of Civil …

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Today’s News: Massive manhunt ties up Mid-City area; Brown gets one week to move inmates; Homeless win

Posted June 25, 2013 by | 7 Comments | ]

Prison problems. Gov Jerry Brown is asking the state Legislature for nearly half-a-billion dollars to move 9,600 inmates out of overcrowded state prisons. The governor’s request comes as the state faces an order to transfer thousands of prisoners who are at risk of contracting Valley fever. The transfers must start within a week.
California has already reduced its prison population by thousands of inmates in …

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Doc Rivers to leave Celtics, coach Clippers

Posted June 24, 2013 by | 104 Comments | ]
Celtics coach Doc Rivers at the Boston Garden, Jan. 11, 2013. (Photo by Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)

Looks like the Los Angeles Clippers have a new coach. Doc Rivers has reportedly been signed to a three-year, $21 million deal.
The Clippers would get a new head coach, paying Rivers the same amount he was owed by his current team, the Boston Celtics. In exchange the Clippers would send the Celtics an unprotected 2015 first-round draft pick.
The deal has reportedly been approved by …

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A showdown over prison population reduction; LAX gets a makeover

Posted June 24, 2013 by | 38 Comments | ]

It’s been more than two years since the US Supreme Court gave California just that much time to reduce its prison population to 137.5 percent of capacity.  Governor Brown says he’s done all he can, and today he said he’ll file a second appeal with the highest court in the land. This comes after last week’s scathing opinion by a three-judge panel, which repeated its threat …

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Ciclavia brings LA to Wilshire Boulevard

Posted June 24, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
Riders during Ciclavia on Wilshire Boulevard, June 23, 2013. Photo by LA Wad via Flickr/CC.

Organizers are calling the latest installment of CicLAvia a big success.  An estimated 150,000 bicyclists and pedestrians took over a 6.3-mile stretch of Wilshire Boulevard between downtown and the Miracle Mile yesterday.
That’s fewer than participated in the last CicLAvia in April, when 15 miles of city streets between downtown and Venice Beach were reserved for riders and walkers.
L.A. has now hosted seven CicLAvia events.  …

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Little Saigon at 25 Years: What’s Next?

Posted June 24, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

It’s been 25 years since the creation of Little Saigon in Orange County, with an official proclamation coming from then-Governor George Deukmejian at Asian Garden Mall. It’s the largest Vietnamese enclave in the world outside Vietnam. The district’s borders spill over into Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and Westminster.
At first it was criticized as discouraging assimilation. But since then, Little Saigon has largely been embraced …

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‘Mad Men’ meets the space race: Astronaut wives get their say

Posted June 24, 2013 by | 97 Comments | ]

Tonight at Griffith Park, you can go to the moon–and back to the origins of the space race, from a fresh perspective.
Writer Lily Koppel is speaking there about her new book, already a bestseller, called “The Astronauts Wives Club.” It’s about early American space exploration–through the eyes of the women who supported the heroes of their day.
Like Joan Aldrin, ex-wife of Buzz, the second man …

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Today’s News: DWP will tap tainted water for drinking; Clippers lure Rivers from Celtics; DGA has new leader

Posted June 24, 2013 by | 88 Comments | ]

Water wells. The Department of Water and Power plans to build a pair of new groundwater treatment plants to tap an old source of water: deep wells under the San Fernando Valley. But they’ll have to solve some major pollution problems first.
The plants will restore groundwater pumping of drinking water to dozens of wells that DWP started closing in the 1980s. The two plants …

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‘What a country': comedian Yakov Smirnoff’s post cold-war reinvention as relationship guru

Posted June 21, 2013 by | 103 Comments | ]
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A few weeks ago, I had just finished interviewing Deepak Chopra at a church in Beverly Hills in front of 500 people, and a man approached me to pay a compliment.  I shook his hand, asked his name, and he responded, almost surprised that I hadn’t recognized him: “Yakov Smirnoff.”
Now, I haven’t heard of or thought that name in quite a while, and suddenly …

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Beyond the dog house: DIY dog structures from real architects

Posted June 20, 2013 by | 7 Comments | ]
Pointed T by the Hara Design Institute for the Japanese Terrier

Opening today at the Long Beach Museum of Art is a show called “Architecture for Dogs,” featuring 13 innovative designs custom-made for different breeds. There’s some seriously cool stuff here: a knitted piece for the fuzzy white Bichon Frise, a cooling lounge chair for the overheated pup, and several innovative updates to the dog house. The best part, for those of you who have …

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