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Ninety years ago this year, the Hollywood Sign, those venerable boxy letters that designate an area of LA, were placed near the summit of Mt. Lee. And later this evening, there’s a big celebration to mark nine decades of tinsel-treasure.
Marc Wanamaker is a film historian and Hollywood expert, and spoke with KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis about those letters that spell fabulous.
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The Broad Museum is still under construction in downtown LA. The $140 million complex, named for wealthy LA philanthropist Eli Broad, will be finished sometime next year.
But today, reporters were given a hard-hat tour of the building.
I went along, and talked to Steve Chiotakis about what I saw:
The big piece of news today is that admission to the museum will be free. There will …
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The founder of the Kabbalah Centre has died. Rabbi Philip Berg was 86, according to the Los Angeles-based center’s website.
Berg’s teachings of ancient Jewish mysticism attracted a slew of celebrities: Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Britney Spears and, of course, his most famous follower, Madonna.
Berg had been in bad health since a 2004 stroke.
An online announcement says “The Kabbalah Centre is deeply saddened to announce …
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For her job at the LA Times, Carolyn Kellogg writes about all things having to do with books and publishing. (Full disclosure: We were long-ago cubemates at Marketplace, before we each reincarnated ourselves various times.)
We asked her to wade through all the inevitable hype and such about the fall blockbuster books…to find some gems we’d likely never hear about it. So she showed up …
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Teddy Getty Gaston is 100. She started shopping a book at age 98 because she figured her story might “help other women,” and her opus, “Alone Together: My Life with J. Paul Getty” was just released last week.
Gaston was the fifth wife of J. Paul Getty, who struck oil deals, laid the infrastructure for gas stations and was one of the first people ever …
The NFL last week settled lawsuits with more than 4,500 former players, paying out $765 million.
Some of those players are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or depression, and say the NFL hid information about the long-term risks of concussions.
That’s certainly not the end of the NFL’s problems. Another lawsuit was filed last weekend against the league and a helmet manufacturer.
They might find some solace in …
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This week a granite memorial that marked the victims of a plane crash in the Central Valley was unveiled to honor the people who died.
65 years ago, a group of Mexican farm workers – who were laboring here in California – were being transported in an airplane to a deportation center. Immigration officials say they’d overstayed their work authorizations.
But the plane crashed near Los …
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Michelle Rhee—one of the nation’s most controversial figures when it comes to education reform — is in Los Angeles tonight to host a Teacher Town Hall at the Central Library.
Rhee came to national attention as chancellor of public schools in Washington, DC, where she closed 23 schools, fired 36 principals and 241 teachers. She negotiated pay raises only after teachers agreed to limit seniority …
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It’s been about two years since activists took over Zucotti Park in Manhattan and changed the national debate about income equality and economic justice. The activists called for a shift in power and wealth that they said could lead to a new society. Over the next several weeks, tent camps and demonstrations sprang up across the country as part of what came to be …
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The L.A. Department of Water and Power has come under fire for decades for siphoning water from Mono Lake and the Owens Valley. But in recent years, the utility has taken steps to try to mitigate its impact on the ecosystem in that part of Central California. The latest move – the D.W.P. board signed off on a deal last week to help restore …
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There’s nothing like a long holiday weekend. But the news knows no days off. So, we talk about the long week in LA on today’s Mixer.
Thanks to Dennis Romero from LA Weekly and Claudia Peschiutta from KNX Newsradio for our robust roundtable.
The LA City Council took a first step this week toward lifting a decade-long ban on murals on privately owned buildings. The measure must still come back for …
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Environmental officials are going to start tracking the amount of air pollution in areas near Southern California freeways.
Starting next year, air quality regulators will install monitors at four sites along some of the region’s busiest highways, to see how the air quality is affected by engine exhaust. That will provide some new insight into the health risks of living near these heavily traveled corridors.
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There’s a new city manager in the Orange County city of Santa Ana. David Cavazos, formerly city manager of Phoneix, starts his new post in October. And he doesn’t come cheap.
Cavazos will earn a salary and benefits package of more than half-a-million dollars, making him one of the highest-paid city employees in California, and the second-highest-paid city manager in the state.
Santa Ana officials are …
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On our Mixer this week, Raphael Sonenshein, Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State LA joined us.
The LA City Council today told city staff to finalize a new agreement between the city and the union that represents about 9 in 10 workers at the Department of Water and Power.
The deal will – over the course of 30 years – save ratepayers …
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Could San Diego’s mayor be on his way out?
After a slew of accusations of sexual advances, and a lawsuit against him and the city, San Diego residents could have a new interim mayor as soon as Friday.
Mayor Bob Filner may leave office as part of a mediation deal that the City Council is expected to vote on during closed session early Friday afternoon.
It’s unclear …
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She did what others only dream: this volunteer’s adventure helps young women see beyond Beyonce and Oprah
Peacemaker, entrepreneur, artist: These are some faces of modern Ethiopian women. Mary Jane Wagle wants to print them indelibly in the minds of young women in the country she’s come to love.
After running Planned Parenthood here in Los Angeles, and helping to raise money locally to build affordable housing, Wagle found herself longing for a challenge in a new land. That lead her to …
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33-year-old investigative reporter Michael Hastings died in the early morning hours of June 18 in a fiery car crash in Hancock Park. The coroner’s office this week classified his death an accident.
Hastings was heading southbound on Highland Avenue when his Mercedes-Benz crashed into palm trees in the median and caught fire. Medical examiners say they found traces of methamphetamine and marijuana in Hastings’ system, …
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The Los Angeles City Council today unanimously approved a resolution urging the U.S. government to grant asylum to gay, lesbian and transgender people fleeing persecution in Russia.
The resolution was sponsored by openly gay Councilmen Mitch O’Farrell and Mike Bonin.
This morning they stood at the corner of First and Main Streets, in the shadow of City Hall. Together with a group of other city leaders …
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Many of us think of America’s Founding Fathers as stodgy old white-hair, wig-wearing centenarians. But in fact, some of them were quite young, like in their 20s and 30s.
Todd Andrlik wrote “Reporting the Revolutionary War” and edits Journal of the American Revolution.
Slate published an article of his today about how old American founders actually were when the Declaration of Independence was signed on July …
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New Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin is using some tools at his disposal to gather information that’s germane to his job.
Galperin’s using a huge database to make comparisons of city spending, including salaries at the Department of Water and Power compared with other LA city employees.
The new data release is shedding some light on how tax dollars are being spent here in the …