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The movement to convert a landmarked LA bridge into a park

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There’s a growing movement to turn the last steel bridge in Los Angeles into a park. The Figueroa Bridge stands a bit north of downtown, in the shadow of Dodger Stadium, where a tangle of roads runs above busy thoroughfares below: active train tracks, and two rivers below.
Workmen are wrestling rebar here as they put the finishing touches on a new overpass. The land-marked last steel …

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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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No DWP hikes, early 405 opening, and a business tax cut

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti delivered his first state of the city address tonight, saying that the problems facing L.A. are not new – but, he said new solutions are needed.
“It is time for a modern mayor to help build a new city government, focused on four cornerstones: a well-run government, a strong economy, a high quality of life, and public safety,” Garcetti said.
Garcetti …

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Inside an Herbalife Training Seminar

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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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Mixer: Sheriff’s union dust-up and school money comes-up

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Cindy Chang from the LA Times and Vanessa Romo from LASchoolReport.com joined us to mix it up today.
There’s a strange battle going on within the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, and now a judge has gotten involved.
Last month, newly elected president Armando Macias was kicked out and a different president installed.
But Macias refused to give up his seat, bringing at least two union board members with …

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Runaway production: Inside the ‘Poacher’s Convention’

Utah's booth at the Association of Film Commissioners International conference at the Hyatt Regency in Century City.

Hollywood is no longer the go-to place for shooting feature films and TV shows.
Just eight percent of big budget Hollywood films were made in LA in 2013, down from 65 percent in 1997.
And from 2005 to 2013, California’s share of one-hour TV series dropped from 64 percent to 28 percent.
Why the big exodus? States like Georgia, New York and Louisiana, and countries like the …

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Bill Maher on political satire and Twitter

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These days, comedy and satire have few boundaries. And the vast echo-chamber of the internet has made any boundaries left, even blurrier. Where tasteful boundaries do exist, and are crossed, the blowback can be not-so-funny.
Take Stephen Colbert, who made a joke on his satire show – in his conservative persona – praising the owner of the Washington Redskins for creating a foundation about Native …

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Making art through sickness and health

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31-year old Dominic Quagliozzi is like other young artists who move to Los Angeles in search of community, inspiration, and better weather than can be had on the east coast. He arrived here from Massachusetts 7 years ago with his wife, who herself is a painter; each earned MFAs.
But most young artists don’t have the struggles Quagliozzi faces each day. He was born with …

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Imperial Valley slaughterhouse closure worries locals

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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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That’s Amazing! The legacy of Huell Howser

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It’s been more than a year since we lost Huell Howser. The folksy, twangy, host of KCET’s California’s Gold traveled all across our state – to every nook and cranny – looking for the stories of everyday people.
Starting next week, there’ll be an exhibit to celebrate his public TV travelogues and his love for all kinds of out-of-the-way places.
The exhibit will be called — …

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Mixer: Yee and others get the soft Senate boot

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The California Senate today voted to suspend three of its members: Senators Rod Wright, Ron Calderon and Leland Yee.
Wright (D-Inglewood) was convicted of lying about his residency, Calderon (D-Montebello) is accused in a wide-ranging bribery scandal, and Yee (D-San Francisco) was arrested this week in a round-up of characters who federal authorities say were involved in a gun-running-for-money operation.
The suspension doesn’t mean much, because the senators will still get paid …

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All the world’s a stage

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It used to be that attending a concert consisted of buying a ticket, taking a seat and watching the same thing as everyone else in the room. But a recent spate of shows in the Southland have taken performance off the stage — and into public places like train stations and historic buildings, letting viewers wander around.
This week artist Emily Mast will be staging …

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The scary-sounding “mor” in evil characters’ names

Harry Potter's nemesis, "The Dark Lord" Voldemort.

Yes, it’s Monday. The dreaded words starts with the letters M-O-N, which also includes the Middle English word for moon – Monen Day.
But how about the syllable M-O-R? There’s an odd similarity among the names of bad guys in movies and books.
Sherlock Holmes had the criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty. Harry Potter had “The Dark Lord” – Voldemort. And there was Morbius the Living Vampire …

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Trail to Hollywood sign temporarily closes

View from behind the Hollywood sign, reached by Hollyridge Trail. Photo via OrangesandAvocados.com.

This week it’s going to get a little harder to get an up-close view of the Hollywood sign.
The entrance to the Hollyridge Trail near the Hollywood Sign will be closed for about five weeks, starting Tuesday.
The city of Los Angeles is about to erect a heavier and bigger gate that’s harder for people to jump over.
Residents are celebrating. Tourists are grumbling. And it’s all …

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Covered California prepares for deadline deluge

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There’s just one week to go to beat the deadline to sign up for health insurance this year through California’s new healthcare exchange. Folks who don’t sign up could face a tax penalty, along with the risk of not having medical coverage.
The impending deadline has led to a surge in the number of people looking into their coverage options. But a recent L.A. Times …

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Mixer: Mayor douses city Fire Department recruiting

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This week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered an immediate stop to the recruitment of firefighters in the city’s department.
He called the hiring process “fatally flawed” and he’s enlisted Santa Monica-based think tank RAND Corporation to study the process.
That means a scheduled fire academy class with about 70 cadets will no longer be held, and no more firefighters will be hired from the current …

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Shelling out for California lobster

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If you’ve ever found yourself wondering why it’s getting harder and harder to afford local California lobster, look no further than the exploding middle class in China. Its demand for the red spiny creature over the past decade or so has driven market value of spiny lobster through the roof, leaving locals hard pressed to even find it in restaurants or farmers’ markets. And …

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The wildlife of Echo Park inspired these artists to sing

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Singer and performance artist Weba Garretson has lived in Echo Park for over 20 years, long before the yoga studios and cafes and condos began indelibly changing the landscape there. Along with an unusual feature for most LA domiciles–a basement–she was drawn to the tree-lined backyard and the wildlife at the house that became her home: the skunks, hawks, owls, birds, bees and cats …

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Can fracking cause earthquakes in California?

The Lost Hills oil field in the California's San Joaquin Valley. Photo by Richard Masoner via Flickr/CC.

Could yesterday’s “Shamrock Shake” have been triggered by fracking?
That’s what three L.A. City Council members want to know.
Councilmen Paul Koretz, Mike Bonin and Bernard Parks today called on city staff to investigate whether oil and natural gas drilling methods helped trigger the magnitude-4.4 earthquake.
The motion calls for collaboration between local and state energy officials and the U.S. Geological Survey to look into whether a …

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St. Patrick’s Day has local businesses seeing green

St. Patrick's Day Pooping Leprechaun at JoAnns Stores. Photo by Mike Mozart via Flickr/CC.

Before today was Earthquake Day in LA, it was St. Patrick’s Day. Although getting rudely awakened by a magnitude 4.4 shaker certainly can mimic some of the hard knocks you had planned for tonight.
Which, in a lot of places, will consist of green beer, corned beef, potatoes and a hint of Irish. And booming business for green t-shirt makers, sports teams and bars and …

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