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Commission gets more power to ensure coast access


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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New carpool lane means smooth(er) sailing on 405


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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Mixer: LAPD Shooting and San Diego Wildfires

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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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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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Planning for huge Grand Park concert hits a sour note


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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Mixer: Murals, Millennium, Prisons and Porn

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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 …

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A call for barriers at Venice boardwalk; Ratliff has advice for teacher’s union, Adios X-Games


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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Photos: Honoring the spirits at LA’s Obon festivals

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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

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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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Food fests and night markets make for a summer of good eating

LA Street Food Fest (Courtesy: flickr/victoriabernal)

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 …

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Today’s News: Shaken students, faculty return to SMC; Vigil tonight for shooting victims; Looking for a motive

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Aftermath. It’s a somber day at Santa Monica College. Students and faculty are returning to campus for finals week – just three days after a heavily armed gunman went on a shooting spree that fatally wounded five people before he was shot dead.
Authorities today are expected to interview the mother of the shooter – John Zawahri – as they try to decipher of a …

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Ocean lovers gather to honor black surfing history


Surfers and ocean lovers in general are gathering in Santa Monica on Saturday, June 1st to honor the life of a surfer who died young, but inspired a generation of surfers from diverse backgrounds. While a student at Santa Monica College, Nick Gabaldón perished in a surfing accident at the Malibu Pier in 1951, at the tragically young age of 24.
Gabaldón is Los Angeles’ …

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Can we heal the Ballona Wetlands?

A sole egret wades in the restored Malibu Lagoon. Sycamore snag offers a safe landing place for birds in the newly restored Malibu
Lagoon.  Red and blue flags in the mud indicate new native plantings.

The Malibu Lagoon recently re-opened after a controversial restoration that took years to approve. Now the environmentalists are shifting focus to the south as a Ballona Wetlands project is being studied.
Both the Malibu Lagoon and the Ballona Wetlands host dozens of species of birds and fish. Wildlife survives in these two oases, experts say, not because of intense human effort to preserve open space, …

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Today’s news: Openly gay athlete debuts with Galaxy; Ceremonies to honor Southern California’s war dead


Football forward. The L.A. Galaxy’s newest player made sports history during last night’s win over the Seattle Sounders at the Home Depot Center in Carson. And all Robbie Rogers had to do was step on the field.
When Rogers entered the match in the 77th minute, he became the first openly gay male athlete to play in a major American team sport. Rogers, who’s 26, …

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