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Police arrest a man in connection with deadly hit-and-run on Venice boardwalk

Posted August 4, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

Police arrested Nathan Campbell, 38, on suspicion of murder in connection with Saturday’s deadly hit-and-run on the Venice boardwalk that killed one woman and left another 11 people injured. He’s being held in lieu of $1-million bail.
In a Sunday morning press conference, Los Angeles Police Department officials also identified the woman who died in incident as Alice Gruppioni, 32, of Italy, according to the …

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Remembering one of the victims of Friday’s shootings

Posted June 9, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]

The Los Angeles Times has a remembrance of Carlos Navarro Franco, 68, who died after being shot Friday in a rampage that left five people dead and culminated in a shootout in the Santa Monica College campus library. From the Times:
For 22 years, Carlos Navarro Franco tended the grounds of Santa Monica College. An immigrant from Mexico, he was proud that his hard work …

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California at the crossroads

Posted June 7, 2013 by | 106 Comments | ]
California freeway by Ken Lund/ Flickr/ Creative Commons

Today is a rare day when it feels like California, and Southern California in particular, is the crossroads of all things in the news.
Google, Apple and Facebook – all California companies – are at the heart of the Internet surveillance story that broke yesterday and will inevitably continue to develop in the week ahead. Coincidentally, President Barack Obama is in Silicon Valley today, where …

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L.A. votes: Garcetti wins race for mayor

Posted May 21, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

6:31 am: Eric Garcetti wins, Wendy Greuel concedes. Well, it happened in the wee dark hours (the LA Times posted its story at 3:27 am), but as Los Angeles wakes up Wednesday morning, the results are unambiguous: Eric Garcetti will become the next mayor of Los Angeles, succeeding Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is termed out of office. The final count is Garcetti 54 percent …

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Updated: March 5th Primary results are in

Posted March 4, 2013 by and | 0 Comments | ]

Election Results:
Updated 7:30 am: With the results of the March 5 primary now tallied, we now know that Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel will face each other in a May run-off election that will determine the next mayor of Los Angeles. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is being termed out of office.
A meager 16 percent of the city’s registered voters showed up at the polls yesterday – …

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A long look at Wendy Greuel

Posted February 14, 2013 by | 86 Comments | ]
Wendy Greuel makes the cover of the LA Weekly

Mayoral candidate and City Controller Wendy Greuel makes the front cover of the LA Weekly this week. The story by Gene Maddaus, a regular on our Friday mixer segment, talks about Greuel’s connection to some of the city’s most powerful unions and how that might come back to bite her on March 5. Greuel is one of the leading candidates for mayor, along with …

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Friday mixer: Running for mayor of Los Angeles

Posted February 2, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The primary election in the race for mayor is a month away – but the campaign isn’t getting much traction with voters. Is it the candidates? Is it the issues – or lack thereof? And what’s next for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa?
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis sat down with city reporters Gene Maddaus and Dakota Smith to get some answers.
Steve Chiotakis: All right, happy Friday to you …

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President Barack Obama’s second term

Posted January 22, 2013 by and | 2 Comments | ]
Obama Sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts - Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert

President Barack Obama stood on the capitol steps, overlooking hundreds of thousands of spectators packed into the National Mall, and delivered his second inaugural address. It was Monday, Martin Luther King Day, and the world was watching.
KCRW carried live coverage of the swearing-in ceremony and speech, and then began the work of figuring out what it all meant.
To the Point had analysis of the …

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The Red Scare and the Hollywood Blacklist

Posted November 21, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]

This week’s Hollywood Reporter carries the story, “The Most Sinful Period in Hollywood History,” about that publication’s role in the anti-Communist witch-hunt that led to the blacklisting of movie stars, writers and others who refused to cooperate with the House Committee on Un-American Activities.  Accompanying the story is an apology from Willie Wilkerson, whose father founded the Hollywood Reporter itself — and then used …

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LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will not run for mayor of Los Angeles

Posted August 23, 2012 by | 9 Comments | ]
Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said Thursday he will not run for L.A. mayor, ending speculation that he’d join the 2013 race to replace termed-out Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Instead, Yaroslavsky will finish out his final two years on the board, where he’s served since 1994, and then leave elective politics. In a message posted on his website, Yaroslavsky said he’s served long enough as …

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Is MOCA in trouble?

Posted July 5, 2012 by and | 10 Comments | ]

UPDATE 7/7/12: Eli Broad, billionaire philanthropist and founding chairman of the MOCA board of trustees, tries to answer the question posed in our headline. He wrote an op-ed in today’s LA Times defending museum director Jeffrey Deitch and the decision to part with longtime curator Paul Schimmel.
Broad argues that MOCA needs to be more thrifty and populist with its exhibitions:
In today’s economic environment, museums …

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Zócalo Public Square: Wet and Wild

Posted July 4, 2012 by | 50 Comments | ]

This post comes via Zócalo Public Square:
The Chlorinated Water and Scantily Clad Bodies of Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography 1945-1982
No dream of Southern California is complete without a swimming pool. What started as a totem of status and privacy became, in the postwar years, an affordable luxury for middle-class families who wanted a taste of the celebrity lifestyle. Even the empty pool …

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Louis CK bypasses the ticket brokers, who probably aren’t laughing

Posted June 28, 2012 by | 6 Comments | ]
Photo by Bil Zelman

KCRW stocked up on ice cream – four kinds – for a visit of one of the funniest guys on television. And he left without even a scoop.
But Louis CK did take time this week to sit down with The Treatment’s Elvis Mitchell to talk about his remarkable career and his recently hatched plan to skip the brokers and sell tickets to his comedy …

LA Noir, Politics, Warren Olney »

Supreme Court overturns Stolen Valor Act in case originating in L.A. County

Posted June 28, 2012 by and | 1 Comment | ]

Does the First Amendment guarantee of free speech extend to lying about being a military hero? In a 6-3 decision handed down today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it did, invalidating the 2005 Stolen Valor Act in the process.

The case centered on Xavier Alvarez, who as a member of the Claremont-based Three Valleys Municipal Water District board, claimed to have won the Congressional …

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California primary election results: June 5

Posted June 5, 2012 by and | 7 Comments | ]
By kristin_a via Flickr

Good morning! Results are in.
In the race for LA County District Attorney, Jackie Lacey and Alan Jackson won the top two slots and will head for a runoff in November. Putative favorite Carmen Trutanich came in a close third, about 9,000 votes behind Jackson, but will not make the final ballot. That’s a big loss given his money and backing.
Prop 28, which shortens term …

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Two men arrested in double murder of USC students

Posted May 18, 2012 by | 5 Comments | ]

Los Angeles Police Department officials on Friday confirmed two Southern California men were arrested for the killings of USC students Ming Qu and Ying Wu.
Police said the likely motive for the April 11 shootings was robbery. From the Los Angeles Times:
At a news conference, Police Chief Charlie Beck declined to go into details but said police have linked the slayings, which stunned the USC campus, …

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20 years of ‘Which Way, LA?’

Posted April 23, 2012 by | 4 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

On April 29, 1992, a Simi Valley jury acquitted four police officers charged with beating motorist Rodney King, and a tense city erupted.
Some called it civil unrest, others a riot. Looters and arsonists destroyed buildings and businesses – property damage topped $1 billion. Fifty three people died in six days of violence. Los Angeles was a city undone.
In those mad hours, KCRW General Manager …

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