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Okay, parts of the Universal Studios tram tour are pretty hokey. The old shark from “Jaws” is showing its age and the falling bridge hardly counts as a thrill ride by modern standards. But the tour – which first started shuttling guests around the back lot in 1964 – remains as popular as ever. Universal officials say more than 90 percent of visitors take …
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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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As the severe drought continues in California, the state’s water authority is now actively imposing fines of up to $500 on people who are wasteful.
The Los Angeles Times reports the city’s Department of Water and Power has increased its patrol of water wasting by quadrupling the number of its city-wide inspectors: from one to four.
Los Angeles has about four million people.
Water tables are at …
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I don’t have to tell you how much time we spend in our cars here in Southern California. You’re probably reading this in your car right now.
I hope not.
Because it’s hard (and illegal) enough to take your eyes off the road to avoid crunching the guy in front of you. You also have to look left or right to make sure you don’t cause …
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Beach access activists have won a big victory. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law giving the California Coastal Commission the authority to fine property owners who illegally block beach paths to the beach. The commission has never had that authority before. Previously, it had to go to court to have fines imposed on intransigent property owners. The new powers come as a …
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Finally…After years of construction, Carmegeddons and untold traffic-induced headaches, the carpool lane on the northbound 405 between West L.A. and Sherman Oak is now open for business. The $1.1 billion freeway improvement project was beset by delays and cost overruns and has been a major source of griping for L.A. drivers over the past four years. Transit officials say the carpool lane will shave …
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Joel Rubin joined us from the Los Angeles Times, and Megan Burks from public radio KPBS in San Diego.
Two LAPD officers — Detective Humberto Tovar and Officer Bernard Romero — last year said a man approached their police car and shot through the back window, then escaped.
But an ensuing investigation found no bullet casings or other evidence to support that the alleged gunman fired a weapon. And a gunman was …
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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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Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Councilman Jose Huizar are clashing over a proposed Labor Day concert in Grand Park that could bring 50,000 people to downtown L.A. Huizar wants the city to withhold approval of permits for the two-day event until more details are provided. Huizar, who represents downtown, says he was left out of discussions for the Budweiser Made in America Music Festival, …
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Dangerous heat to stick around through the weekend; Hunter started Yosemite blaze; Scully comes up roses
Hot. If you’re looking for the heat to retreat, you’re out of luck.
The National Weather Service says temperatures in Southern California will stay above average through the weekend, with perhaps some relief beyond that.
Weather officials say a stubborn ridge of high pressure is standing in the way of cooler Pacific air. Instead of average highs topping out in the low 80s in the LA …
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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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UCLA, others could lose their leases at West L.A. V.A.; LAUSD bucks state trend on test scores; Beach grades
V.A. Campus. A federal judge says the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs misused its West L.A. campus by leasing land for purposes that have nothing to do with veteran’s healthcare.
UCLA’s baseball team has played at Jackie Robinson Stadium on the V.A. grounds for nearly 50 years – and the V.A. has also leased land for such things as movie studio storage, a hotel …
Venice hit-and-run. A vigil is planned this afternoon for those caught up in an apparently intentional hit-and-run rampage that left one woman dead and 11 others injured on the Venice Boardwalk.
The vigil will be held at 5 p.m. at Candle Café and Grill on Ocean Front Walk.
Meanwhile, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin says barriers should be erected to prevent non-emergency vehicles from entering …
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Last weekend Little Tokyo was filled with drumming, the scent of Teriyaki chicken, and the colorful fabrics of summer kimonos as Los Angeles’ Japanese American community came together to pay tribute to its ancestors. Obon carnivals were held in the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple and Zenshuji Soto Mission on Saturday and Sunday, and there many are more to come.
Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor …
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Today’s News: Janet Napolitano leaving DC for U.; Review of prison psych care ordered; Fire ring finale?
Napolitano to U.C. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has resigned her post and is coming to the Golden State to serve as president of the University of California. Napolitano, a former governor of Arizona, will become the first woman to head the 145-year-old university system. The L.A. Times says Napolitano was nominated by a committee of regents after a secretive search process. The current U.C. president, …
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Today’s News: SFO victims were headed to L.A. camp; Prisoners vow hunger strike; Mission finds a treasure
Plane crash. Officials looking into the cause of that Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport this weekend say that Flight 214 was traveling too low and too slow it approached the airport.
The investigation is in its early stages, but FAA officials say they’ve already determined that the Boeing 777 was flying far below its intended landing speed and nearly stalled as it …
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Today’s News: Officials warn of 4th of July fire danger; Court won’t delay inmate release; Tom Bergins to shut
Independence Day. With Southern California roasting under a week-long heat wave and fuel moisture levels at record lows, local officials are concerned about the possibility of fires breaking out on this 4th of July – and they’re pleading with residents to leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals.
Fireworks are illegal in most L.A. County cities. In Los Angeles, police say they will be enforcing a …
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Today’s News: Newport fire ring fight moves to AQMD; Garcetti taps Perry for Economic post; Exide reprieve
Ring of fire. If you’re headed to Newport Beach for the 4th of July holiday, go ahead and light a bonfire…It could be your last chance.
Yes, Newport Beach officials sent a letter to the California Coastal Commission yesterday nixing the city’s application to remove about five dozen fire rings from city beaches. But the bonfire battle is far from over. The decision had more …
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Today’s News: Alarms sounded over Prop. 8 decision; Extreme heat roasts Southland; Garcetti inauguration
Prop. 8 fallout. Gay rights supporters rejoiced over this week’s Supreme Court decision that will allow same-sex marriage to resume in California – but now activists on both sides of the ideological divide are raising concerns about the decision. The worry is that the court set a dangerous precedent by giving elected officials undue power over ballot initiatives.
The Supreme Court decided the Prop. 8 …
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Los Angeles’ foodies are having a very busy summer. L.A. is swamped with food festivals and night markets this summer, offering locals a never-ending quest to find the latest and greatest.
Chinatown Summer Nights opened last week in the Central Plaza of Chinatown, bringing new life to the old town. The schedule changes every month, but there are entire nights of food trucks, contests, cooking …