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Mixer: Is LA making homelessness a crime?

Posted June 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles City Council this week gave the city more power to dismantle homeless encampments.
Police will give 24 hours’ notice before removing personal items on public streets, down from 72 hours. No notice will be needed for removing bulky items.
City leaders say the new rules are needed, because the latest countywide homeless count found a 12 percent increase in the transient population and an …

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Mixer: Bradley legacy one of coalition and change

Posted June 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Tom Bradley was Barack Obama before “Yes We Can” and predominantly white Los Angeles was forbearer to a nation that would eventually elect its first black leader.
Bradley moved west with his family, early in his life, settling in LA. After public school, he attended UCLA and later went to work in the Los Angeles Police Department, promoted as far as Lieutenant.
He won election to the …

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Mixer: Cue LA’s on-screen destruction

Posted May 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Whether or not a movie is made in this company town, Hollywood seems to really like one thing: destroying Los Angeles.
Some examples include the movies The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Escape from LA (1996), Battle Los Angeles (2011), Earthquake (1974), This is the End (2013), and Independence Day (1996).
Maybe your plans include the latest iteration of imagination and conflagration on the big screen: San Andreas.
That …

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Mixer: What other cities can teach LA about the minimum wage

Posted May 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles City Council is moving forward on a plan to raise the citywide minimum wage to $15 by 2020, up from the current $9 an hour.
Labor leaders call it a major step forward for lifting workers out of poverty.
But some business leaders – particularly restaurant owners – are pushing back. They want an exemption for workers who earn tips.
The issue of raising the minimum …

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iPhone-wielding gawkers blinded by whiteout on Sunset

Posted April 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Locals have long called the scary-looking dilapidated structure at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Bates Ave. the Bates Motel, though that’s not really its name. It just reminds people of the iconic motel in Hitchcock’s Psycho.
The former Sunset Pacific Hotel has been long-abandoned. Back when he was a City Councilman, Mayor Eric Garcetti called this one of the most troublesome properties in the city. …

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Mixer: The force in law enforcement

Posted April 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There’s no doubt, police officers are in a dangerous business.
Their lives can be put in peril when they hit the streets of cities and towns across America.
But, given some very high profile – and videoed – altercations that have taken place in the last few months between police and civilians, the issue of using lethal force and other types of brutality and has hit a fevered pitch.
Protests continue …

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Mixer: Will California’s economy dry up?

Posted April 10, 2015 by | 19 Comments | ]
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Governor Jerry Brown has ordered cities throughout California to cut their water use by 25 percent – or more – as the state struggles with a fourth year of an historic drought.
Meanwhile, state residents cut their water use by less than three percent in February. It’s the lowest reduction since last July.
Are people getting the message, or do they not care? And can California’s economy continue …

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Mixer: Dodger Blues

Posted April 4, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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First pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine is Saturday evening at 6:10 PST, when they’ll play the Angels in a Spring Training ‘freeway’ matchup.
They’ll start the season on Monday for the official home opener against the Padres.
And they’ll be looking to advance further into the playoffs than they did last year, when they came up short.
But most fans who want to see …

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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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Mixer: Hollywood’s diversity problem

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 30 Comments | ]
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This Sunday, hundreds of millions of people around the world will gather at their sets to watch stars walk the red carpet, and then award each other with golden trophies.
It’s an annual tradition, but one thing you won’t see this year is a lot of diversity. In fact, the last time there were this few Oscar nominees of color was in 1998.
The Washington Post even had …

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Mixer: A progress report on California cops

Posted January 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There’s a new poll that came out this week from the Public Policy Institute of California, that asked residents how they feel about Governor Jerry Brown’s job performance, his budget proposal and also things like water use and higher education spending. All important topics, sure.
And then there was this nugget: the poll found that a solid majority of adults think their police departments are doing …

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Mixer: Is California doing enough for the poor?

Posted January 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As the budget debate continues over how to deal with the least among us in California, there are calls from the extreme left for Governor Brown, and the legislature, to devote more to those people and social programs that were hit hard in the state budget by the Great Recession, and they haven’t much recovered.
Here in Los Angeles, there are proposals to raise the …

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Mixer: The year of the microscope…on police

Posted January 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Federal prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty in the case of the LAX shooter.
24-year old Paul Ciancia is accused of opening fire inside Terminal 3 of Los Angeles International Airport back on November 1, 2013.
That rampage left 39-year old Transportation Security Administration agent Gerardo Hernandez dead, and several other TSA agents and a traveler injured.
That case also highlighted a big lack of communication at LAX between …

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Mixer: Port parties negotiating again

Posted December 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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We’ve been highlighting the importance of the ports all this week inside the KCRW series Cargoland. And the one thing we keep talking about is the sheer volume of items that pass through those harbors.
But why is the port where it is? And how many people work there and are affected by what happens there?
The news that goes on there means a lot to …

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Lessons from a veteran haunted house builder

Posted October 30, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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I took Stewie out of storage on the first of October. The eight-foot-tall scarecrow with a massive, mutated pumpkin head (he may have grown in the abandoned gardens near Chernobyl) is always the first prop I put up in my Hallowe’en yard display.
I debated for a minute whether “Uncle Albert,” a “groundbreaker” zombie that jerks out after visitors step on a pressure-triggered mat, should …

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How Jewish émigrés impacted the birth of film noir

Posted October 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Film still for Double Indemnity (1944), © Paramount Pictures. Courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Shown from left: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck.

In the 1930s, as the National Socialist Party gained power in Germany, people around the world did what they could to help Jews escape the Nazi threat. Jewish filmmakers and producers found refuge in Hollywood, and their contributions forever changed American cinema and culture. Those stories are told in several new museum exhibits across Los Angeles.

The 1942 classic Casablanca follows a complicated love story …

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Mixer: Pushing Deasy; from iPads to iQuit

Posted October 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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After more than three years heading the LA Unified School District, John Deasy stepped down from his post this week.
Howard Blume is longtime education reporter at the Los Angeles Times, and Vanessa Romo writes for the news website LA School Report. Both joined in for the Mixer.

Deasy is set to remain with the district on “special assignment” (read: a little golden parachute) through the end of …

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Mixer: Is LA making traffic inroads?

Posted October 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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I don’t know where you are right now… but if you’re reading this, chances are you’re close to a web page that will show a geographic freeway map of Los Angeles.
And the 10, 110, 101 or 405 may not be cooperating with your travel plans.
But is it getting better, or are Angelenos still languishing in congested ridiculousness, with no end in sight?
Laura J. Nelson …

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Mixer: Thread and bread, the cartel connection

Posted September 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Hundreds of federal agents descended this week on downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District, making arrests as part of what prosecutors say is a sophisticated operation to launder money for Mexican drug cartels.
Authorities took 9 people into custody, and seized more than $90 million.
Federal prosecutors are calling it “Operation Fashion Police”.
Joe Mathews, from Zocalo Public Square, and Joe Mozingo, who reports for the Los Angeles …

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Mixer: Tinseltown tax credits and jobs

Posted September 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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On this first Friday of the month, we got a jobs report from the Labor Department. A lackluster one, nationally, for sure.
But here in Los Angeles, there’s some optimism from city officials and state lawmakers about film and television production jobs sticking around instead of being exported to other parts of the country.
The California legislature passed a bill that gives $330 million in tax …

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