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The obsessive collectors of Southern California

Posted October 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
David Boulé, California orange enthusiast. Photo by Gary Leonard

Sometimes collecting becomes more than a hobby. A new series of short films called Monomania L.A. profiles people who’ve obsessively collected everything related to a single aspect of Los Angeles history, from the California orange to the Santa Monica beach.

Call them “monomaniacs.” People like David Boulé, who for some reason, buy one thing, and then another thing like it.
“I have the collectors gene,” Boulé …

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How to watch today’s partial eclipse of the sun

Posted October 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
A partial solar eclipse occurs when the moon obscures only part of the sun from Earth's view.
Image NASA: T. Ruen

Today at 2:08 p.m. the Los Angeles sky will start to darken as the moon passes in front of the sun, causing a partial solar eclipse. It will last until 4:40 p.m. (Here’s a schedule for the rest of the country).
Remember, don’t look at the sun directly, you can cause permanent damage to your eyes. Instead, make a pinhole camera or just go outside and marvel at the …

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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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Interview with Democratic Candidate for State Controller Betty Yee

Posted October 20, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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The State Controller is the Chief Financial Officer for the state of California, and is tasked with accounting for every dollar spent. Current Controller John Chiang is termed out this November, having served in the post since 2007, and Betty Yee is the Democratic Candidate for his position. She sat down with Warren Olney to talk about her campaign.
Yee claims that her more than …

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Can hydrogen cars beat electric?

Posted October 20, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
Driving his hydrogen-powered Mercedes-Benz SUV test vehicle, Loki Efaw, an IT manager at a bank, is a rare breed . There are only about 200 hydrogen cars on the streets of California. Efaw chose to lease the car, which is part of test by Mercedes,  because of his environmental convictions and interest in trying new technologies. (Photo: Saul Gonzalez)

California has big plans for hydrogen fueled vehicles in the coming years as part of its effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change.
If your high school chemistry didn’t stick, here are some hydrogen facts: Sitting first on the periodic table, it’s the most abundant element in the universe, the raw material responsible for thermonuclear reactions in stars, including our sun. And, of course, when …

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Petersen Museum shifts into idle for major remake

Posted October 20, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The Petersen Automotive Museum has put on the breaks, shutting down for a year while it undergoes an $80 million remodel.
Before closing down, the Miracle Mile museum held a 20th anniversary fundraising bash this weekend with a concert by the Beach Boys. Museum officials announced a new, $125 million fundraising effort to pay for the renovation and museum operations.
The remodel will include extensive changes …

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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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Twisted history clouds ‘Easy Rider’ chopper auction

Posted October 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Get your motor running…
The “Captain America” chopper ridden by Peter Fonda in the film “Easy Rider” is set to be auctioned this weekend in Calabasas. Sellers are hoping to get more than a million bucks for the bike, which played a central role in the drug-addled road trip flick.
Only one problem – it’s not clear that it’s the original bike.
There were originally two “Captain …

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State Senate President pro tem Kevin De Leon speaks with KCRW’s Warren Olney

Posted October 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The incoming president pro tem of the California state Senate is usually sworn in during a quiet ceremony in Sacramento.
But, last tonight, more than 2,000 guests attended a $50,000 gala inauguration bash for Los Angeles Democrat Kevin De Leon at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
They celebrated De Leon becoming the first Latino to lead the state Senate in more than 130 years.
The California Legislative …

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Quake planning is front and center on ‘Shakeout’ day

Posted October 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s the big one. The big rehearsal, that is. More than 10 million Golden Staters were expected to take part in today’s Great California Shakeout – a massive earthquake preparedness drill.
The exercise comes as Cal Tech seismologist and L.A. quake tsar Lucy Jones warns that a high-magnitude temblor in the L.A. area could cause not only loss of life, but potential economic collapse, water …

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Listen: LA County Supervisors Debate

Posted October 15, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl face off in a debate on Which Way, LA?

The LA Supervisors are a powerful bunch, running a $26 billion budget for a county of 10 million people, and overseeing county employees in public safety, public health and social services. Two candidates on the November ballot are hoping to win a seat at that table: Santa Monica Mayor and councilman Bobby Shriver and former State Legislator Sheila Kuehl. They’re campaigning to represent L.A.s Third District, which stretches from the San Fernando …

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HBO to offer standalone streaming service

Posted October 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The top premium cable TV channel in the U.S., HBO, will start selling a streaming, web-based feed of the movie channel with all its original programs starting next year, for people who do not have cable or satellite TV.
During an investors’ meeting at the New York headquarters of parent company Time Warner today, HBO CEO Richard Plepler said the move will target 80 million …

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Three coyotes killed in Seal Beach eradication effort

Posted October 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A controversial plan by the city of Seal Beach to trap and kill coyotes has netted three of the animals in its first week.
Despite impassioned protests from animal rights activists, the City Council agreed last night to continue the program for three more weeks.
The program was adopted after residents claimed that coyotes were killing their pets and becoming increasingly bold.
The Orange County Register reports …

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Dancing pallbearers at Boyd Funeral Home

Posted October 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Sharply-dressed employees of Boyd Funeral Home of Los Angeles. Photo by Avishay Artsy

In a tough part of South Los Angeles, where gang violence is commonplace and the homicide rate is high, Boyd Funeral Home is changing the way death is marked. Music blares from the hearse, and pallbearers dressed in top hats and tails dance the casket down the church aisle.
Freelance radio producer Kathy Tu recently went to a funeral service conducted by Boyd Funeral Home, …

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Vintners finding sweet solace in California drought

Posted October 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The drought is beginning to take a heavy toll on California’s agriculture industry – but one group of growers is grateful for a silver lining.
The Wall Street Journal reports the drought will help make some of the best wine that Napa and Sonoma counties have produced for some time.Vintners say the dry weather has led to smaller and tastier grapes. It’s also triggered earlier …

Education, Environment, News »

NASA’s JPL opens its doors

Posted October 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This weekend, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory held its annual open house, inviting the public to explore the grounds of the La Canada-Flintridge facility for two days. This was JPL’s first open house in two years as budget cuts kept the doors shut last year.
Thousands strolled from building to building at the college-sized campus to learn about current missions, future endeavors and poignant reflections of JPL’s history in exploring the …

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Mixer: Cashing in on political popularity

Posted October 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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President Obama exited Los Angeles just as he came in: making money for Democrats, and migraines for West LA drivers.
In his 24 hours here, the president toured a business in Santa Monica, speaking about an economic recovery for millennials, designated as national monument 340,000 acres of San Gabriel Mountains land and attended two separate fundraisers.
One of which was at actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s home.
Obama has attended 30 fundraisers in Los …

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Great in any language: Meet the most famous writer and musician from…Estonia

Posted October 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Musician Silver Sepp and writer Kristiina Ehin--Estonia's "it" couple visit LA, and Grand Park

It’s not every day you get invited to meet people from Estonia, much less people who comprise Estonia’s power artistic couple: its most famous writer and in-demand musician.  Where is Estonia?  I myself had to look at a map (N of Latvia, W of Russia,) but after meeting the accomplished writer Kristiina Ehin and her husband of three years, Silver Sepp (yes, Silver is his …

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People died so I could vote

Posted October 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
African American children gather around a sign encouraging people to register to vote.
 
Date: 1960s  Collection: International Ladies Garment Workers Union Photographs (1885-1985) 

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It’s Hard Not to Go to the Polls When a Generation of African-Americans Risked—and Sometimes Lost—Their Lives to Get You There
When we were growing up in South Los Angeles, my siblings and I often heard my dad’s impromptu sermons about matters of importance: the value of education, the perils of purchasing on credit, the virtue of hard work, and the dire necessity of voting.
“People …

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NFL football? Stop me if you’ve heard this before…

Posted October 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Football season is well underway, but for the 20th straight year, professional gridiron is off the grid in L.A. On again, off again talks to bring team to L.A. have led to nothing – frustrating fans, city officials  and billionaire business leaders who want to build a stadium to host an L.A. team.
But Mayor Eric Garcetti remains optimistic. The mayor told KNX radio yesterday …

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