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L.A.’s plastic bag ban: 6 months after

Posted July 1, 2014 by | 10 Comments | ]
These pellets are made at Command Packaging's Salinas facility. The plastic pellets are shipped to Vernon to be made into reusable plastic bags.

Today, the second phase of Los Angeles’ plastic bag ban went into effect. That means smaller grocery stores can no longer hand out plastic bags, and have to charge 10 cents for paper bags. The law went into effect for large grocery stores in January, making LA the newest of over a hundred cities and counties in California outlawing single-use plastic. State lawmakers are …

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LA County CEO William Fujioka to step down

Posted June 26, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Outgoing LA County CEO William Fujioka

Los Angeles County CEO William Fujioka says he will retire in November, after more than seven years as the county’s top official and more than 40 years in public service. Fujioka says he planned to leave five years ago, but the Great Recession led him to postpone his leave.
He spoke to KCRW’s Avishay Artsy about whether the County is better off now than it …

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What’s the big f*&#ing deal with the F-word?

Posted June 17, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti at the LA Kings rally at the Staples Center on Monday, June 16.

The F-bomb that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti dropped on the city on Monday has quickly blown up into a debate over what politicians should be allowed to get away with these days.
Speaking in front of thousands of fans at a public rally celebrating the LA Kings’ Stanley Cup victory, Garcetti told everyone there are two things an elected official should never do in …

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Mixer: Election recap and scathing LASD report

Posted June 6, 2014 by | 4 Comments | ]
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Gene Maddaus is reporter for the LA Weekly, and Seema Mehta joined us from the LA Times to talk elections and Sheriff’s Department.
Last Tuesday was primary election day in California and a handful of other states across the country.
With candidates from both parties on the ballot, in a new, open primary.
Governor Brown won big in the gubernatorial contest… and he’s set to take on Republican …

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Steve Ballmer offers $2 billion for the LA Clippers

Posted May 29, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has made a bid to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team for $2 billion.
The Los Angeles Times reports that would be a record price for an NBA team. The next highest sale in the league was for the Milwaukee Bucks, which garnered $550 million.
In today’s announcement, Ballmer reportedly beat out LA investors Tony Ressler and Steve Karsh ($1.2 billion), …

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Chronicling the demise of Hollywood Park, one frame at a time

Posted May 28, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
photo by Michele Asselin

Often, the best stories can be found right in your own backyard.
Photographer Michele Asselin has realized this figuratively before, chronicling stories and photos of nannies for the New York Times after she herself became a mother.
This time, she trained her lens on her neighbor in Inglewood, Hollywood Park, the racetrack that was lost to developers late last year. With just two weeks until demolition, Asselin …

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Isla Vista killer’s misogynistic rant spurs #YesAllWomen response

Posted May 26, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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As UC Santa Barbara students and members of the Isla Vista community continue to deal with the shock of Friday night’s stabbings and shootings, people on social media over the weekend started responding to the misogynistic messages in Elliot Rodger’s YouTube video and e-mailed manifesto.
In the video, he blames women for rejecting him.
A trending topic on Twitter became #YesAllWomen, in which women talked about …

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A student’s deadly rampage stuns Santa Barbara

Posted May 26, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
Isla Vista murder victims. Top row from left to right: Weihan Wang, George Chen, Cheng Yuan Hong. Bottom row from left to right: Christopher Martinez, Katie Cooper, Veronika Weiss

Police say the 22-year-old who went on a killing rampage on and near the UC Santa Barbara campus was obsessed with exacting “retribution” for a lifetime of isolation he said he experienced.
Authorities say after Elliot Rodger killed three people in his apartment, he shot and killed three other people at random Friday, and injured 13 more with either gunshots or with his car.
Rodger’s parents …

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When doing laundry is just too much work

Posted May 22, 2014 by | 5 Comments | ]
A marketing photo for the laundry delivery service Washio.

Doing laundry can be such a drag. For those of us who are lucky enough to have a washer and dryer in our homes, it’s not that big of a deal.
But if you’re forced to go into that dark, creepy basement of your apartment buildings to use the coin-operated machines – or even worse, the fluorescent-lit neighborhood Laundromat – you’ve probably thought to yourself, …

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No gas, no emissions, no engine: The world’s first cardboard car revs up DTLA

Posted May 21, 2014 by | 4 Comments | ]
The Pantone Silver model

Kilduff Motors claims the K100XL, now on display at its new showroom at 9th and Broadway downtown, is the world’s first cardboard car. But when was the last time you believed a car salesman?
What we do know about this new entry to the motor world is this: it’s cute, if a bit boxy, and it’s hand-crafted right in DTLA, so you’d be buying local. …

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A Socialist colony in Southern California, founded 100 years ago

Posted May 21, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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On May 1, 1914, the Socialist colony of Llano Del Rio was founded in the Antelope Valley, about 70 miles northeast of Los Angeles, in the southern edge of the Mojave Desert.
It lasted about three and half years, and at its peak over a thousand people lived there.
On a recent weekend, a couple dozen Southern California artists paid tribute to the centennial of this …

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An astronaut’s biography, and a musician’s novel

Posted May 16, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Landing June 3rd in bookstores

The Echo may not seem a place for a book party, much less a pajama party, but last night it served as both those things.  Writer Willy Vlautin came to town from Portland to launch his fourth novel, The Free, and attendees were encouraged to wear their PJ’s and bring their pillows.  The event was hosted by Chuck Palahniuk of Fight Club fame, and …

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Sci-fi takes center stage at Sci-Fest in Hollywood

Posted May 14, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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The idea came to actor David Dean Bottrell (“Boston Legal,” “And the Band Played On”) a few years back, after he’d read a short story by Ursula K. Le Guin: How about a festival of science fiction-themed stage plays?
The genre had morphed and changed over recent years thanks to high-tech wizardry in movies and on TV; Bottrell liked the haunting, more suggestive possibilities of live …

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Sen. Barbara Boxer on decommissioning nuclear plants

Posted May 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The nuclear decommissioning process is flawed. That’s the message coming out of Washington D.C. today.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, which held a hearing this morning on retired nuclear power plants. Senator Boxer introduced one of three bills yesterday to change how the Nuclear Regulatory Commission oversees decommissioning.
The move comes as Southern California is preparing for the …

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Garcetti on film credits, bicycling and Donald Sterling

Posted May 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti rides his bike to work on Monday.

As you’ve probably heard, film and TV production is leaving California, to the alarm of Hollywood and local lawmakers.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the mayors of several other big California cities sent a letter today to legislative leaders in Sacramento, calling on them to pass an extension of the state’s film and TV tax credit program.
“I’ve watched, as an Angeleno, while we see …

Interviews, Issues, LA Noir, Politics »

Mixer: County lockup and Clippers lockout

Posted May 9, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Douglas Morino reports for the newly-created Los Angeles Register, and  Ben Bolch covers the NBA for the LA Times. They both joined us for this week’s Mixer.
The LA County Board of Supervisors, who voted this week to approve a nearly $2 billion plan to tear down and then rebuild Men’s Central Jail and build a campus-like women’s jail at the former Mira Loma Detention Center.
Central …

Arts & Culture, Interviews »

How to tell a fake laugh from a real one

Posted May 6, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo by y i v a via Flickr/CC.

Admit it: you’ve done it. You’re on a bad date, or maybe in an awkward job interview, and you HAVE to fake-laugh at a dumb joke someone told.
Luckily it’s hard to tell the difference between that and the real thing. But some people can tell.
Greg Bryant teaches Communication Studies at UCLA, and he’s done research to find the small nuances that differentiate phony chortles …

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Torrance mayor ‘very disappointed’ Toyota is moving jobs to Texas

Posted April 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Toyota today said it is moving its U.S. headquarters from greater Los Angeles to the Dallas area.
The Japanese automaker says it’ll break ground this year on a new headquarters in Plano, Texas, about 25 miles north of Dallas.
The new campus will bring together about 4,000 employees from sales, marketing, engineering, manufacturing and finance. And that includes 2,000 employees at the current headquarters in Torrance, …

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A day in the life of Los Angeles

Posted April 24, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Professional filmmakers and aspiring documentarians are going to fan across Los Angeles County on Saturday to capture their visions of the city – what they love, and what could be improved.
It’s part of a day long event called One Day in LA.
The result will be turned into a three-part television program and website.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis discussed the project with Rory Mitchell and Kyle Ruddick, organizers …

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Dodgers fans strike out with TV deal

Posted April 24, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The Los Angeles Dodgers host the Philadelphia Phillies again tonight at Chavez Ravine. First pitch is at 7:10. The Dodgers won last night.
Good luck in watching the game, though, if you’re not one of the more than 40,000 going to the game tonight, or a subscriber to Time Warner Cable.
The cable giant signed an $8 billion deal with the Dodgers to create SportsNet LA, …

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