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Fine dining finds a place at Coachella

LA Thai restaurant Night+Market offers chicken larb and party wings at Coachella. Photo via Food Is The New Rock.

Another several days of music and desert camaraderie continues later this week, as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival hits its second weekend.
Tens of thousands of music fans descended on Indio to enjoy the music with dancing and drinking. All that motion and walking can certainly work up an appetite. And that’s where high-end culinary offerings are trying to fill the void.
As we’ve …

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Garcetti to give first State of the City speech tonight


Mayor Eric Garcetti will deliver his first State of the City speech tonight, offering a preview of how Los Angeles will deal will projected $242 million budget deficit and laying out his spending priorities for the next fiscal year. (Listen at at 5pm).
His speech comes one day after the release of a report that makes a number of recommendations for improving what its authors …

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Inside an Herbalife Training Seminar


It’s a Saturday morning at the Long Beach Convention Center, and the mood inside a second-floor ballroom is gleefully anticipatory. Nearly 1,000 people mill around, chattering and dancing to blaring pop music. It feels like we’re waiting for a concert to start, except that it’s not even 10 a.m.
Eventually, a blonde woman and a thin young man walk onto the stage at the front …

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LAPD officers pulled the plug on patrol car recorders


LAPD officers tampered with recording devices inside of patrol cars to avoid being monitored while on duty. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck learned of the tampering last summer – but the problem did not come to the attention of the L.A. Police Commission until months later. The L.A. Times says Beck chose not to investigate who was responsible but instead issued warnings against further attempts …

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Imperial Valley slaughterhouse closure worries locals


Imperial County in Southern California produces food for much of the country. The economy there depends on agriculture and cattle.  Reporter Caitlin Esch has more on why the planned shutdown of a local beef processing plant is threatening to upset an entire region.

Cattleman Bill Brandenburg walks around a feedlot in Heber, California, a small town just a few miles north of the Mexico border. …

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Clara Cakes, a teen-run vegan bakery

Clara Polito, 17, founder of the vegan bakery Clara Cakes

Clara Cakes is a Los Angeles vegan bakery, run by 17-year-old Clara Polito. While most teens are busy studying – or partying – Clara has created something of her own mini-food empire.
She’s thrived with the support of LA’s underground music scene. She started selling her baked goods at The Smell, an all-ages music venue in downtown LA, when she was around 13, so she …

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$500 million goof for state’s unemployment agency


The bad news is piling up for California’s Employment Development Department. A new state audit says the agency responsible for paying out unemployment claims missed out on more than $500 million in revenue available through a new federal program that allows states to tap the tax returns of people who were overpaid benefits. The Department is billions in the red because of persistently high …

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KCRW’s Oscar interviews

American Hustle

The Academy Awards are Sunday, and the 2014 season has been a landmark year for film. Many of the potential award winners have come through the KCRW studios. We’ve compiled the full list of nominated filmmakers who have appeared on The Business with Kim Masters and Elvis Mitchell’s The Treatment.
More Oscar coverage here
 Here are some highlights:
12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen told The Business contributor John …

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Border Patrol says deadly San Diego shooting justified


The deadly shooting of a suspected illegal migrant is rekindling the debate over the use of lethal force along the U.S.-Mexican border. Investigators say a man who was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent yesterday threw several large rocks, including one that hit the agent in the face. It happened about four miles from San Diego’s Otay Mesa Border Crossing as agents …

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Drought relief gets political… and cable companies want to get together

friday mixer square

President Obama spent a few hours in California’s Central Valley today, where he announced drought aid for farmers, food banks and rural communities. After landing in Fresno this afternoon, the president held what the White House called “a roundtable with community leaders.”
The president’s visit comes on the heels of $173 million his administration announced for California drought relief. ($100 million for livestock; $60 million …

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Scientists attack ‘false’ reports of Fukushima radiation


There is no risk on the West Coast from radiation released by the Fukushima nuclear disaster three years ago – and there never was. That’s the word from state scientists in California. They’ve released a strongly-worded statement to dispel worries stemming from new on-line videos that claim California beaches are being inundated with radiation from the Japanese nuclear accident. State officials say radiation levels …

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Fusion Ethiopian cuisine for a Julian-calendar Christmas

Azla makes a gluten-free injera, the staple bread which doubles as a utensil in Ethiopian cuisine

Nes Abegaze and her mother, Azla Mekonnen, spent this past weekend preparing for Christmas. No, they’re not wickedly late, nor ridiculously early. The food they were cooking is for Tuesday, which, thanks to the Coptic Church’s use of the Julian calendar, is Ethiopian Christmas.
There were two major twists on the meal they were preparing: For one thing, the food is for consumption at the …

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Family finds new facilty for teen declared brain dead


A 13-year-old Bay Area girl who was declared dead after suffering cardiac arrest during a tonsillectomy has been moved from Children’s Hospital Oakland. But Jahi McMath’s family won’t say where she’s been taken because of concerns about her safety. The family’s lawyer says they’ve received hundreds of threatening emails from people angered by the fight to keep the teenager on life support. Children’s Hospital …

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L.A. County due hundreds of millions in lead paint suit


Three paint companies have been ordered to pay $1.1 billion to California cities and counties for selling lead-based products they knew were harmful to children. After a five-week trial in Santa Clara County, a judge found that Sherman Williams Conagra Grocery Products and NL Industries left a toxic legacy by knowingly marketing products that caused serious health problems. The money would be paid into …

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We wish you a merry radish: California Oaxacans celebrate an unusual Christmas tradition

A nativity scene in radish.  Mostly.

No one knows just why, over 116 years ago, the people of Oaxaca began celebrating Christmas by carving radishes into whatever struck their fancy.  Maybe it was a bumper crop of this root vegetable, which, by the way, isn’t even indigenous to the Mexican state. (“Neither is Santa Claus,” said Gabriel Martinez, a writer and brewer who lives in Santa Monica.)
Regardless, it’s impossible for …

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Where to lend a helping hand on Thanksgiving

Via Flickr/ by USDAgov

Do you consider yourself more of a giver than a maker? If you haven’t made plans yet, and the chances of you preparing a meal this Thursday look slim, there is an alternative way to spend Thanksgiving. Almost every area of LA will play host to volunteer opportunities. And many places are still looking for help.
The Fred Jordan Mission offers Thanksgiving dinners to the …

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A new sheriff in town for L.A. Sheriff’s Department


One of the lead prosecutors in the Bell corruption case will head a new agency responsible for overseeing the Sheriff’s Department. Deputy D.A. Max Huntsman is a veteran prosecutor who has experience in police misconduct cases. The creation of an inspector general’s office was one of the main recommendations of a citizen’s commission that looked into abuses committed by deputies in the L.A. jail …

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Coliseum torch lit in memory of President Kennedy


The Olympic torch at LA Memorial Coliseum was lit just after midnight this morning to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy. The 35th president spoke there in the summer of 1960, when he accepted his party’s presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention. President Barack Obama has proclaimed today a national day of remembrance for Kennedy, ordering flags …

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Miramonte teacher agrees to 25-year prison term


Former Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt repeated the phrase “no contest” 23 times in an L.A. courtroom this morning, agreeing to a plea deal that will send him to prison for 25 years. Berndt, who is 62, fed children his semen in a scandal that rocked the school district.  LAUSD has already agreed to pay nearly $30 million to settle lawsuits and claims …

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Camp Pendleton investigates deaths of four Marines


What went wrong at Camp Pendleton? Officials aren’t saying much about an accident that killed four Marines yesterday. They were doing a routine sweep to make a range safe for future training exercises. There was apparently no live firing on the range at the time. The base says the cause of the accident is under investigation, and that more information will be released as …

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