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Kenneth Hahn state park, in Baldwin Hills, is a place where two landscapes collide. The park covers a lush, green expanse of hills and hiking trails. But when you look out at the view from those trails, it’s anything but idyllic. The park sits right beside the huge Inglewood Oil Field. All around, industrial-looking oil rigs stretch for acres.
It looks like a slice of Bakersfield or West Texas …
Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since a jury acquitted Heisman Trophy-winning-football player-turned-TV-and-movie star O.J. Simpson of murdering his wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson and a friend, Ron Goldman, at their Brentwood home.
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The Los Angeles Police Department says it’ll send dozens of elite officers into South LA in response to an increase in crime and reported gang violence.
August saw a big rise in homocides in the city, with about half of the 39 killings taking place in the neighborhoods there.
Police Chief Charlie Beck blamed a lot of the violence on an increase in gang crime.
This week alone …
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The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office says Compton’s mayor and council members have been illegally boosting their salaries for years by paying themselves for commission meetings that sometimes last only about a minute.
In some cases, officials have been paid whether or not they attended the meetings at all.
Mayor Aja Brown was allegedly paid an extra $4,000 a month on top of her authorized monthly …
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Los Angeles has a lot going for it as the potential host of the 2024 Summer Games.
The city hosted the Games back in 1932 and 1984, and there are stadiums already built for another summer games event around the area.
U.S. Olympic Committee officials want an official bid to send on to their international counterparts within the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, the USOC says there is …
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In recent weeks and months, we’ve seen a flurry of coverage from national outlets like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, citing the great weather and the burgeoning gallery scene as reasons why it’s great to be a creative professional in LA.
There’s even the comparison of LA with other, denser cities like New York and San Francisco in how comparatively inexpensive …
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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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 …
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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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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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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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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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 …
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 …
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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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 …