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Mixer: Which Way, LA?

Posted January 29, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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KCRW’s Warren Olney moderated KCRW’s Which Way LA? for 23 years before wrapping up the program on January 28.
But he’s not going away.
He will continue to host To the Point, weekdays at 1. And, beginning next week, a new, regular segment called Olney in L.A.
And while Warren is staying put, so too are the issues he spent countless hours trying to make sense of on his …

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Car Talk: The Parlance of Cars

Posted January 29, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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In the aftermath of the Second World War, California’s population grew by roughly 500,000 people a year.
By 1963 it passed New York as the country’s most populous state.
And no place had higher levels of growth than Los Angeles. The city added 500,000 between 1940 and 1950. By 1960, the population was almost 2.5 million. By 1980 nearly 3 million.

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Mixer: Goodbyes to Bowie, Frey and more

Posted January 22, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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In the past few weeks, the world of music has lost some gentlemen and geniuses, and a lot of melodic eloquence.
We’re still reeling from the death this week of Glenn Frey the co-founder of the Los Angeles-based band “The Eagles”, who gave us so many hits to remember. He was 67.
Frey passed away this week from complications of colitis and rheumatoid arthritis.
We also recently lost …

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Mixer: Build it, but who will pay?

Posted January 15, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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The National Football League makes a return to the Los Angeles media market with the Rams trekking back west from St. Louis, Mo., to a new behemoth facility in Inglewood.
Owner Stan Kroenke took to the podium today at Inglewood’s Forum to introduce himself to Southland fans. That city will host the team, eventually, when a stadium is finished at the site of the old …

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Inglewood Mayor Says City Ready for the NFL

Posted January 13, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The city of Inglewood is celebrating the NFL decision to allow Rams owner Stan Kroenke to move his team from St. Louis, Missouri, to Los Angeles starting this fall.
That will put the Rams in the Coliseum, or perhaps another stadium in greater L.A. for a few years while a new home for the team is built in Inglewood.
Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts tells KCRW …

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Mixer: When Tech trumps the Tach

Posted January 8, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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For decades, automakers have looked to the auto shows of Los Angeles, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and others to unveil their latest luxury vehicle and concept cars of the future.
But more and more, it’s the Consumer Electronic Show – or C.E.S. as it’s called – in Las Vegas where they’re making their big splashes.
So far, at C.E.S. 2016, General Motors …

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Mixer: A Tale of Two Cities

Posted December 18, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles Unified School District closed all of its campuses and facilities this week because of an emailed terror threat.
It claimed bombs, nerve gas and automatic weapons were stashed at several schools and an attack – the threat said – was imminent.

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Mixer: A Mayoral Endorsement Flap

Posted November 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The LA City Ethics Commission says it cannot confirm or deny whether there will be an investigation of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office, after an official endorsement went out yesterday of Democratic president candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Twitter’s new heart

Posted November 3, 2015 by and | 2 Comments | ]
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Your friends on Twitter are either aglow or aghast, depending on whom you talk to, about the social app’s decision to get rid of its star, and exchange it with a heart. 

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Mixer: Guns in the crosshairs

Posted October 30, 2015 by and | 1 Comment | ]
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In a unanimous vote this week, the Los Angeles City Council approved a measure that would require handguns be stored in locked containers or disabled with a trigger lock.
Councilman Paul Krekorian, who authored the measure, says the law is all about preventing children from unintentionally harming themselves or others.
“There are more preschoolers killed with guns in this country than police officers killed by guns,” …

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Walking a City Where the Car is King

Posted October 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Los Angeles is a city that’s constantly reinventing itself and, in many ways, a place where people come to reinvent themselves.
It’s also a place defined by cars and car culture – where people drive from point A to point B, rarely stopping along the way.
Author David Ulin writes about a the spaces you might miss while car commuting in his new book, “Sidewalking: Coming to …

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Steve Martin the Art Curator

Posted October 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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To name Steve Martin’s many achievements in the arts would be a lofty task.

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Mixer: Gov. Jerry Brown flexes his green thumb

Posted October 9, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s been a busy week for the Governor, and his pen.
Jerry Brown signed a number of contentious bills in to law—from climate change, to equal pay and medical-aid-in-dying.

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Outside the GOP Debate, anti-Trump, pro-immigration demonstrators rallied

Posted September 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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While GOP presidential hopefuls were straightening their red and blue ties getting ready for last night’s debate, about 200 people gathered down the hill from the Ronald Reagan Library to protest what they see as the “anti-immigrant” undertone of the GOP primary race.
“We’re looked at as contaminants to the American society,” said Eric Jimenez, a resident of Rosemead in L.A. County. “We are looked at as people that are …

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Watts: Riots, rebellion and rethinking Watts

Posted August 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When the Watts rebellion broke out 50 years ago this week, the predominantly African American neighborhood was rife with poverty, pervasive police brutality and a lack of access to quality education and employment.
The Watts of today may look a lot different than it did in 1965 — more than 70 percent of Watts residents identify as Latino. But many locals say the same problems that plagued Watts at the …

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The Armenian Genocide: 101-year-old survivor tells her story

Posted April 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Yevnige Salibian remembers peering through the wooden panels of her family home in Aintab, Turkey as a young girl and seeing throngs of Armenian women, children and elderly being marched out into the desert to their eventual deaths.
“I saw the Turkish people, long whips in their hands… and the children were crying, ‘Mama I am hungry. I want some bread. Mama I am thirsty. Mama I cannot walk,’” Salibian says, …

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Coachella at the Rose Bowl? A music and arts festival is on the horizon

Posted April 2, 2015 by | 8 Comments | ]
Concert goers toss t-shirts in the air at the 2014 Coachella Music & Arts Festival. The Rose Bowl is pursuing a music festival of its own, slated for the summer of 2016.

It took Darryl Dunn just one visit to San Francisco’s beloved Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival to be convinced — this is the future of Pasadena’s Rose Bowl.

“It was a great vibe,” Dunn, the CEO of the Rose Bowl Operating Company (RBOC), which manages the Rose Bowl, recalled. “It was fun. And we were like, ‘could this happen at the Rose Bowl?’ And we thought ‘ya …

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Will LA crackdown on Airbnb?

Posted November 12, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
Pictured: Joel Mandelkorn and Mandee Johnson's living room in their Del Rey apartment. The couple rents their second bedroom out on AirBnB.

Vacationing in Los Angeles can be pricey. Hotel rooms can cost hundreds of dollars, and living conditions at hostels — long the dominion of young backpackers– don’t appeal to all travelers.
Airbnb seems to offer a solution. The social networking site, which connects vacationers with short-term rentals, has exploded in popularity. There are 14,000 listings currently available in LA, up from 4,000 just two years ago.
But current laws governing the hospitality business are …

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Interview with Republican Candidate for State Controller Ashley Swearengin

Posted October 20, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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In a state dominated by Democratic lawmakers, Fresno’s two-term Republican mayor Ashley Swearengin faces an uphill climb in her race for California State Controller.
A Field Poll from last month had her trailing her challenger, Democrat Betty Yee, nearly 2 to 1, and the share of registered voters in California strongly favors the Democratic Party — Republican voters make up just 28.4 percent of the electorate, while Democrats make up 43.4 percent.
Swearengin admits …

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‘Why do you have to post that stuff?: LA’s Iranian diaspora responds to the arrest of Washington Post journalist

Posted August 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Jason Rezaian, Tehran Bureau Chief for the Washington Post, was arrested three weeks ago on unspecified charges by the Iranian authorities (Photo credit:  Jason Rezaian's Twitter page).

The arrest of Jason Rezaian — the Washington Post’s Tehran Bureau Chief — his wife, and two other journalists in Iran three weeks ago has sparked an international outcry for their immediate release.
Here in Southern California, Rezaian’s detainment is both troubling and, in many ways, predictable for the Iranian-American community.
Referred to “Tehrangeles” by local residents, L.A. is a nexus for Iranians in the U.S., with an estimated half a million …

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