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Fight for the ‘heart’ of Silver Lake

Posted August 7, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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A battle is raging over the look, and some say the heart and soul, of one of L.A.’s hippest intersections – the block known as “Sunset Junction” in the Silver Lake neighborhood.
West Hollywood developer Frost/Chaddock plans to build three multistory apartment buildings at the intersection of Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards. The projects would include 324 units and a 5-story building, eclipsing the mostly one- …

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Shippers get paid to slow down for California whales

Posted August 6, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Wildlife advocates and air-quality regulators have come up with a plan they hope will help solve two environmental problems at once: They’re going to pay shipping companies to slow down cargo vessels through the Santa Barbara Channel to avoid collisions with blue whales and reduce smog.
The shippers will be paid $2,500 for each trip completed at 12 knots or fewer between Point Concepcion and …

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Bill aims to take the profit out of mugshot websites

Posted August 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Perhaps you’ve seen those websites that specialize in mugshots…They’re usually good for a laugh, unless your face happens to be a part of the rogue’s gallery. But state lawmakers are not amused: A bill that would require websites to remove booking photos – for free – has passed both houses of the state Legislature.
State Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo authored the bill. He …

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A push to reintroduce grizzlies in California

Posted August 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California has a grizzly bear on its flag, but it hasn’t had any grizzly bears in its forests, meadows or mountains for 90 years.
It’s possible that could change, however.
The L.A. Times reports federal wildlife officials are weighing an environmental group’s request to set aside 110,000 square miles of land for grizzlies in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. The Center for Biological Diversity …

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Movie studios. Kodak team up to save film, for now

Posted August 1, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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We live in a digital world, and Hollywood is no exception. But that doesn’t mean film is obsolete just yet, at least not in the hearts of some filmmakers.
In order to secure a steady supply of actual film, a coalition of major Hollywood studios has agreed to buy up to 450 million feet of the stuff a year from Eastman Kodak. The Wall Street Journal …

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Kashkari goes homeless for knowledge and votes

Posted July 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Screengrab: California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari spent a week trying to learn what it's like to be homeless.

Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor, has been taking a low profile of late… really low!
In an editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal, Kashkari says he just finished spending a week living as a homeless person to better understand the struggles facing many Californians despite improvement in the state economy.
Kashkari is a multimillionaire who lives in Laguna Beach. But he says he took …

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Vin Scully to return, now if we could just hear him…

Posted July 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully says he’ll return next year for a record 66th season calling the games.
A trio of Dodgers players made the announcement in three languages in a video played on the big screen during the second inning of last night’s game. Fans erupted in cheers and gave Scully a long standing ovation.
Scully, who’s 85, began doing Dodgers broadcasts in …

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Lawmakers ask FCC to help end Dodger TV impasse

Posted July 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Some local lawmakers want the Federal Communications Commission to jump into the Dodgers TV mess.
Eight Congressional representatives from the L.A. area have signed a letter asking the FCC to mediate a dispute between Time Warner Cable and most of the region’s other major television providers.
Time Warner, which is paying the Dodgers $7 billion for exclusive TV rights, has been unable to make deals with …

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James Cameron’s Malibu land will remain open space

Posted July 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Oscar-winning director James Cameron has sold a big chunk of his holdings in the coastal Santa Monica Mountains to a conservation group – a move that will create a contiguous stretch of public wild areas from Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu Creek State Park.
The price of the 703-acre Puerco Canyon parcel – the largest privately-owned open space in the Santa Monica Mountains – was …

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Am I wasting water?

Posted July 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California is in the grip of a three year-long drought, a drought that shows no sign of ending soon. In response, water districts across the state are urging their customers to take sensible measures to conserve water.
To convince people to conserve water, agencies like the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are using both carrots and sticks. The carrots include public education campaigns …

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Wrecking ball claims Beverly Hills retail landmark

Posted July 24, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Demolition work has begun on a dilapidated Beverly Hills department store that once represented the height of elegant shopping in L.A. The old Robinson-May building on Wilshire Boulevard is coming down, but it’s not yet known what will be going up in its place. A previous owner had secured city approval to build a large condo complex designed by Getty Center architect Richard …

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Photos: Remembering Pacific Ocean Park

Posted July 23, 2014 by | 10 Comments | ]
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From the late 1950s to the late ‘60s, Angelenos looking for music, dancing and rides, found the party at Pacific Ocean Park.
The beachside theme park – that jetted out into the Pacific – sat on 28 acres of land at the border of Santa Monica and Venice.
It featured rides created by Hollywood set designers, setting it apart from the standard, ordinary rides at Santa …

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Amid strike threat, LAUSD and teachers ready to talk

Posted July 23, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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What’s a school district chief to do?
Superintendent John Deasy and the LAUSD have presented a contract proposal that would help reverse recent salary cuts by giving their biggest pay hike in a decade. But before negotiators even go back to the table this week, new United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl has given the offer a resounding thumb’s down, calling it a “non-starter.”
Caputo-Pearl …

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Watering wars: Is brown the new green?

Posted July 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California residents who are trying to save water during the drought can no longer be punished by homeowner associations concerned about the appearance of brown lawns.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a new law that removes the threat of fines for people who choose to let their grass and other greenery die.
The bill was spurred by the case of a Bay Area man who was …

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Is fracking waste tainting Central Valley aquifers?

Posted July 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California regulators have ordered seven companies to stop injecting wastewater from fracking operations into underground aquifers in Kern County out of concern they could be contaminating drinking water.
The Bakersfield Californian reports the emergency cease and desist orders apply to 11 wells east and northeast of Bakersfield. State oil and gas regulators are also reviewing more than 100 other injection sites in the Central Valley.
Companies …

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Skid Row artists display their work at MOCA

Posted July 18, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Downtown LA’s Skid Row hosts the largest concentration of homeless people in the country.
KCRW’s Press Play  covered the city’s latest efforts to address the growing number of people affected by homeless.  The recent Department of Veterans Affairs scandal has motivated many, including First Lady Michelle Obama, to scrutinize how we care for our country’s homeless veterans.
Local officials are trying to change their approach to homeless …

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Hueman walks the line between fine art and street art

Posted July 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Last year, Los Angeles City Council got rid of a decade-long ban on murals, which means that LA’s future is looking more brightly colored than ever. One artist who is already bringing new work to the street is a woman who goes by the name Hueman.
Allison Torneros, aka Hueman, doesn’t fit the typical street artist image. She’s a petite woman in her late twenties …

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One person’s trash is another’s masterpiece: Found objects as art in ‘Diverted Destruction’

Posted July 16, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Liz Gordon has been in the salvage business her entire adult life.  For the past 7 years, besides selling old stuff – knobs, chandeliers, fixtures of all sorts – she’s given it away, and encouraged people to make art with it.
She calls the effort “Diverted Destruction.”
This year’s theme is paper, aka the pulp edition.  (She’s already got next year’s picked out: Textiles.)  A show she’s …

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Wearables: cool gadgets or another distraction?

Posted July 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Wearable technology is one of the hottest trend in gadgets right now. What’s is wearable technology exactly? Think Google Glass, Fitbit and Nike Fuel Band, and these devices are oftentimes referred to as wearables.
Amazon UK just launched a wearable technology store this week, selling fitness trackers, smart watches, and wearable cameras. Sales of wearables are expected to top $1.5 billion this year and be …

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The hidden history of California’s parks

Posted July 7, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Crystal clear water, kelp forests, sea caves, sea birds, and sea lions all may be seen from the Cathedral Cove overlook on East Anacapa. (Photo: NPS.gov)

July 4th has come and gone, which means that summer is officially here. Given any thought yet to where you might go on vacation?
We’re looking at some of California’s less well-known state and national parks—going beyond the superstars like Yosemite, Sequoia, and Joshua Tree to some of the places that tend to get passed by. Some of them, you can cover in a few hours. …

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