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Karim Akbar: ‘I think the rent has finally caught up with us’

Posted March 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Karim said he's intent on leaving L.A. for Portland.

Karim Akbar
Moving to Portland, Or.
Karim, an aspiring writer and radio broadcaster, hasn’t left L.A., but he said as soon as he gets a job in Portland, he is out of here.
“I think the rent has finally caught up with us. A lot of it has to with the luster of L.A. fading.” Karim lives in the valley and said he doesn’t go west of Sepulveda, …

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EPA tests for toxic air near South Bay Superfund sites

Posted March 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Environmental Protection Agency has begun testing the air inside dozens of South Bay homes. The houses sit near former industrial properties that have been designated as “Superfund” sites because of high levels of toxic pollution.
The tests will reveal whether dangerous vapors are seeping into the homes from polluted groundwater in a process called vapor intrusion. The tests come decades after the discovery of …

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Do you remember ‘We Are the World’?

Posted March 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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On March 7, 1985, singers and songwriters heeded a certain call, and released a monumental song.
‘We Are the World’ – written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian – was recorded for an organization called USA for Africa (USA standing for United Support of Artists).
The studio tracks were laid down over the course of several days 30 years ago at two …

Issues, News »

Courts order thousands of immigrant kids deported

Posted March 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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More than 7,000 immigrant children who missed court hearings have been ordered deported by the federal government in recent months – and that’s raising alarms from immigration activists.
The minors were part of a wave of undocumented children from Central America who illegally crossed the border in 2013 and 2014.
The government has filed more than 60,000 deportation cases against minors in the past 18 months, …

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At last! Virtual reality becomes virtually real

Posted March 4, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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The futuristic-minded among us have been fantasizing about and prototyping virtual reality for decades now. Back in 1965, the pioneering professor Ivan Sutherland wrote a seminal essay on the subject called “The Ultimate Display” and went on to co-create what’s believed to be the first VR headset, which he called The Sword of Damocles. The street artist who calls herself Zenka has been captivated by …

Arts & Culture »

What I learned from taking my 11-year-old to Magic Mountain

Posted March 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Unfictional Producer, Bob Carlson and his daughter Tess

One day just after my daughter Tess had finished 5th grade, she mentioned how often kids at school would return after a weekend at Six Flags Magic Mountain with stories about extreme rides full of high speed, big drops, and loops. Tess mentioned that she felt immature when she heard these stories, because she felt that she was nowhere near brave enough to ride …

Environment, Issues, News, Water and the Drought »

Threat to drinking water is the pits in Central Valley

Posted March 4, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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A dozen oil and gas wells in the Central Valley have been ordered to shut down over concerns that they could contaminate underground drinking water.
The operators of 10 of the wells voluntarily flipped the switch, but state officials issued cease-and-desist orders for two others.
The orders came just as California’s Environmental Protection Agency issued a report saying that lax oversight and years of confusion among overlapping …

News, Politics »

Are you ready for today’s election?

Posted March 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Today, March 3 is an election day – polls are open from 7am-8pm.
First things first, check out SmartVoter.org and find out where your polling place is, and who is on your local ballot.
Then, use this handy League of Women’s Voters guide (pdf) to learn more about the candidates.
Voters will be deciding on:

City Charter Amendments 1 & 2, which will determine if the election date should change for …

Arts & Culture, economy, Environment, Issues, News, Water and the Drought »

Climate trumps traffic, crowds for California residents

Posted March 2, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Yes, we have traffic, a high-costing living and a historic drought. But more than seven in 10 Californian voters say the Golden State is still the best place to live.
A new USC Dornsife-L.A. Times poll finds that state residents remain smitten with California’s weather, its beaches and its cultural offerings. But especially the weather. Sixty-nine percent of people said the state’s mild climate was …

California Elections, Issues, LA Noir, News, Politics, Zocalo Public Square »

Mixer: Who’s on the ballot, and what’s up for grabs?

Posted February 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Voters in Los Angeles County will head to the polls on Tuesday.
They’re set to cast ballots for City Council, School Board and Community College District Board members.
And then there are also a couple of charter amendments that would change when we hold local elections, with the goal of boosting voter turnout.
Only 23 percent of voters turned out for the last mayoral election.
Dave Zahniser covers city …

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Hearing Martin Luther King, Jr. at Temple Israel of Hollywood

Posted February 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Los Angeles, holding a sermon at Temple Israel of Hollywood just a few weeks before the marches in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery. Last month, the congregation celebrated the anniversary of this historic moment.

During the commemoration, Martin Luther King’s recorded words filled the sanctuary of Temple Israel of Hollywood. He had talked about the Hebrew people’s escape from …

Environment, Issues, News, Water and the Drought »

Support for mandatory water cutbacks is growing

Posted February 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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More than a third of Californians now believe the state should put into place mandatory water restrictions – instead of the voluntary cutbacks that are currently being urged.
The last time California had a major drought – back in the 1970s – just 51 percent of state voters described the situation as “extremely serious.” A new Field Poll says that nearly 70 percent of California …

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Web site puts L.A.’s cultural bounty at your fingertips

Posted February 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Getty Conservation Institute and city officials have collaborated on a new web site that aims to be a one-stop-surfing destination for the culturally curious in Los Angeles.
HistoricPlacesLA.org has borrowed from sources like the National Register of Historic Places and city historic preservation zones to create a database of L.A.’s cultural heritage sites, everything from office towers and museums to delis and individual homes.
Users …

Arts & Culture, News »

Eeek Ticket! Disneyland flirting with $100 entry

Posted February 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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You’re going to have to dig a little deeper if you want to hang out with Mickey and Minnie.
The Walt Disney Co. has raised ticket prices to Disneyland, Walt Disney World and the rest of its theme parks. The new prices went into effect yesterday.
Single-day tickets to Disneyland and California Adventure in Anaheim are now $99 for anyone 10 or older. The price for …

Arts & Culture »

Oscars 2015: Full list

Posted February 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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*It’s okay. Made my own! pic.twitter.com/kgyu1GRHGR
— philip lord (@philiplord) January 15, 2015

The full list of Oscar nominees and winners is below, with links to relevant KCRW interviews.
The 87th Oscars:

Best Picture:
“American Sniper”
** WINNER “Birdman”
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Selma”
“The Theory of Everything”
“Whiplash”
Best Actor:
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
** WINNER Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
Best Actress:
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, ‘The Theory …

Arts & Culture, Interviews, News »

‘Sacred Faces’ finds inspiration in religious imagery

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
"Chuang Yen Monastery, Carmel, NY.  I came back a second day to photograph more of  the figures.  Anruddha Thera sits on the Bohdi pathway leading up to the temples.  His serene face charms everyone who sees him."

Whether it’s a crucified Christ’s downcast eyes, the serene smile of the Buddha, or the quixotic grin of a Hindu god, Jewish photographer Andy Romanoff has a way of capturing the ineffable beauty of religious imagery, and the striking similarities in the iconography of different faiths.
“Why have we all decided to do it this way? Almost from the first moment we know about human …

Issues, News, Sports »

Yet another NFL stadium proposal…still no team

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 4 Comments | ]
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Is it real, or merely a last-ditch attempt to extract concessions from the citizens of San Diego and Oakland?
The Chargers and the Raiders football teams say they’re making plans to build a shared stadium in Carson. The clubs are bitter rivals on the gridiron. Their business partnership stems from each team’s inability to get a stadium built in their home cities. The teams say …

Health Care, Issues, News »

A plea for measles vaccinations before spring travel

Posted February 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Leaving the country for spring break?
If so, California health officials are urging you to get vaccinated for measles, if you haven’t already.
More than 150 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with measles in the past couple of months, including at least 113 in California. Most of those cases are linked to an outbreak that started at Disneyland in December
The California Department of Public …

Arts & Culture, News, Summer »

Universal Studios greenlights a sequel for tram tour

Posted February 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Okay, parts of the Universal Studios tram tour are pretty hokey. The old shark from “Jaws” is showing its age and the falling bridge hardly counts as a thrill ride by modern standards. But the tour – which first started shuttling guests around the back lot in 1964 – remains as popular as ever. Universal officials say more than 90 percent of visitors take …

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Bringing the war home: Inventive photographs tell the stories of veterans

Posted February 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Captain Elizabeth A. Condon, New York Army National Guard, veteran of Operations Iraqi Freedom, with daughter, Kate, and mother Elizabeth; Troy, NY, June 2008, Fujiflex Super Glossy optical c-print, from In Country: Soldier’s Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan, © Jennifer Karady

If you’re headed to Palm Springs for modernism week, or any other reason, here’s a possible, if unrelated, detour: an exhibition at the Palm Springs Art Museum of photographs by the Brooklyn-based artist, Jennifer Karady.
An hour and a world away from the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, where soldiers are trained for ground combat in the middle east, the museum commissioned a piece from Karady, …

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