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Mixer: Crumbling sidewalks and rising gas prices

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Emily Alpert Reyes is a reporter with the Los Angeles Times and Kevin Smith is business editor for the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group. Both joined us for the Mixer.
We got word this week that money for sidewalk repairs in Los Angeles has gone unspent by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s administration – and City Hall still wants a new tax to pay for sidewalks.
In many …

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Tracing Points: 5 immigration stories you missed this week

Tijuana/Mexico. Flickr photo: Nathan Gibbs.

Each week, we put you on the map with immigration and transnational culture stories you might have missed throughout the week. And if you’ve come across any articles worth mentioning, write to us sonic.trace@kcrw.org or tweet us @SonicTrace_KCRW.
Republicans are moderate about immigration policy
GOP voters may not be as conservative as you think — when it comes to immigration.
About 37 percent of Republicans support a pathway …

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Vape away L.A: New E-Cigarette rules start tomorrow

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If you’re an e-cigarette user in L.A., today’s the day to vape with abandon. Starting tomorrow, the smokeless cigarettes will be under the same restrictions in the city as traditional cigarettes with tobacco. That means no vaping in bars, restaurants, workplaces, parks, beaches and outdoor dining areas. The City Council approved the new rules about a month ago in response to a big rise …

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Griffith Park mountain lion sickened by rat poison

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A mountain known as P-22 that’s been making its home in Griffith Park is suffering from mange, which biologists attribute to exposure to rat poison. The cat appeared strong and healthy when it was photographed by a National Geographic photographer a few months ago. But remote cameras recently captured images of the animal looking sickly. Scientists sedated the big cat and drew blood samples. …

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Coastal agency wants to put Venice curfew to bed

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A long-running fight over a city-imposed curfew on Venice Beach could heat up again. The California Commission has consistently opposed the midnight to 5 a.m. curfew – arguing that the state’s Coastal Act calls for the public to have access to the ocean 24 hours a day. In a letter earlier this month, commission officials asked the city to reopen talks on the curfew. …

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Pact would end battle over firing problem teachers

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After three years of bitter disputes, a deal appears to have been reached in the state legislature that would make it easier for school districts in California to fire teachers accused of abusing students. Democratic Assembly member Joan Buchanan hammered out the agreement with the California Teachers Association and an education reform group called “EdVoice.” Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill by Buchanan …

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Bus crash survivors speaking to investigators today

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Investigators looking into that deadly Northern California bus crash involving L.A. high school students have received conflicting reports about whether the Fed-Ex truck that hit the bus was on fire before impact. But they say there’s no physical evidence that there was anything wrong with the truck. National Transportation Safety Board investigators will be in Los Angeles today to interview some of the 44 …

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Students from 16 L.A. schools on bus in deadly crash

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A 10th person has died this morning from injuries suffered in a horrific crash in Northern California involving a bus carrying L.A. high school students. The CHP says a Fed-Ex truck crossed the median on Interstate 5 north of the town of Orland, hitting the bus head on and igniting a huge explosion and fire. The dead include five students, three adult chaperones and …

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No DWP hikes, early 405 opening, and a business tax cut

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti delivered his first state of the city address tonight, saying that the problems facing L.A. are not new – but, he said new solutions are needed.
“It is time for a modern mayor to help build a new city government, focused on four cornerstones: a well-run government, a strong economy, a high quality of life, and public safety,” Garcetti said.
Garcetti …

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Garcetti to give first State of the City speech tonight

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Mayor Eric Garcetti will deliver his first State of the City speech tonight, offering a preview of how Los Angeles will deal will projected $242 million budget deficit and laying out his spending priorities for the next fiscal year. (Listen at kcrw.com/news24 at 5pm).
His speech comes one day after the release of a report that makes a number of recommendations for improving what its authors …

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Family feud leaves Mickey Rooney’s remains in limbo

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It appears Mickey Rooney’s tumultuous personal life has carried over to his death. Two factions of the Rooney’s family are fighting over the entertainer’s remains. A judge says won’t allow the body to be released from county custody until they settle the feud. The dispute centers over where the entertainer wished to be buried. Meanwhile, the L.A. Times reports that Rooney was broke when …

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LAPD officers pulled the plug on patrol car recorders

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LAPD officers tampered with recording devices inside of patrol cars to avoid being monitored while on duty. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck learned of the tampering last summer – but the problem did not come to the attention of the L.A. Police Commission until months later. The L.A. Times says Beck chose not to investigate who was responsible but instead issued warnings against further attempts …

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Tens of thousands hit the street for Wilshire CicLavia

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The weather was gorgeous and the riders came out in force for L.A.’s 9th CycLavia event. No one knows for sure how many people hopped on their biked or skates to join to the fun yesterday, but organizers say turnout was higher than the last time the event was held on Wilshire Boulevard a year ago. The event covered six miles of Wilshire between …

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Mixer: Sheriff’s union dust-up and school money comes-up

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Cindy Chang from the LA Times and Vanessa Romo from LASchoolReport.com joined us to mix it up today.
There’s a strange battle going on within the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, and now a judge has gotten involved.
Last month, newly elected president Armando Macias was kicked out and a different president installed.
But Macias refused to give up his seat, bringing at least two union board members with …

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Runaway production: Inside the ‘Poacher’s Convention’

Utah's booth at the Association of Film Commissioners International conference at the Hyatt Regency in Century City.

Hollywood is no longer the go-to place for shooting feature films and TV shows.
Just eight percent of big budget Hollywood films were made in LA in 2013, down from 65 percent in 1997.
And from 2005 to 2013, California’s share of one-hour TV series dropped from 64 percent to 28 percent.
Why the big exodus? States like Georgia, New York and Louisiana, and countries like the …

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Bill Maher on political satire and Twitter

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These days, comedy and satire have few boundaries. And the vast echo-chamber of the internet has made any boundaries left, even blurrier. Where tasteful boundaries do exist, and are crossed, the blowback can be not-so-funny.
Take Stephen Colbert, who made a joke on his satire show – in his conservative persona – praising the owner of the Washington Redskins for creating a foundation about Native …

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Dodgers kick off home season amid off-field turmoil

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The Dodgers have high hopes of reaching the World Series this year, but as they get set for their home opener today at Chavez Ravine all is not well off the field. In spite of a roster stocked with high-priced talent, most of the local chatter about the team early on has revolved around lack of access to SportsNet L.A., the club’s new cable …

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Mixer: Yee and others get the soft Senate boot

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The California Senate today voted to suspend three of its members: Senators Rod Wright, Ron Calderon and Leland Yee.
Wright (D-Inglewood) was convicted of lying about his residency, Calderon (D-Montebello) is accused in a wide-ranging bribery scandal, and Yee (D-San Francisco) was arrested this week in a round-up of characters who federal authorities say were involved in a gun-running-for-money operation.
The suspension doesn’t mean much, because the senators will still get paid …

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Lawmakers preparing to kick Yee out of State Senate

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Senate leaders have called for a vote today to suspend Senator Leland Yee from the Legislature if he does not voluntarily resign. Yee was arrested earlier this week and charged with corruption and arms trafficking in an FBI sting that also netted an infamous San Francisco gangster known as Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow. Yee dropped out of the Secretary of State race yesterday, but …

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Infographic: Women, wages, and representation in Los Angeles City government

Photo of Ron Galperin courtesy of his Flickr page.

Even before Ron Galperin beat out Dennis Zine for the Los Angeles Controller’s seat last year, the affable attorney attempted to brand himself as a champion of free and accessible government data.
The latest from the Controller’s open data project — Control Panel LA — supports a well-understood narrative about City Hall: women may be well-represented in certain city government positions, but they are paid less …

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