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Mixer: Is LA making traffic inroads?

Posted October 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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I don’t know where you are right now… but if you’re reading this, chances are you’re close to a web page that will show a geographic freeway map of Los Angeles.
And the 10, 110, 101 or 405 may not be cooperating with your travel plans.
But is it getting better, or are Angelenos still languishing in congested ridiculousness, with no end in sight?
Laura J. Nelson …

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When LA’s infrastructure fails, who pays?

Posted August 1, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Tens of millions of gallons of water poured down Sunset Boulevard and onto the UCLA campus Tuesday, the result of a rupture in a massive, high-pressure water line more than nine decades old.
Hundreds of cars that were parked in underground decks were flooded and ruined, and at least a half dozen buildings on the college campus suffered various degrees of damage.
The court inside of …

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Mixer: Tripping on sidewalks and all those pot shops

Posted June 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A Los Angeles City Council committee has voted to conduct a pilot program to replace some problem sidewalks, with a material that’s a bit more resilient and porous.
Those are things like rubber, crushed asphalt, or decomposed granite.
Adrian Glick-Kudler, senior editor at Curbed LA, says the idea is that the more porous the material, the more water that material will allow to seep into groundwater …

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Mixer: Smooth electric technology, bumpy LA roads

Posted June 13, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Dave Zahniser reports for the Los Angeles Times. Alan Ohnsman is with the LA Bureau of Bloomberg News, who covers Tesla.
This week the LA City Council nixed their push for a half-cent sales tax increase to pay for more than 8,000 miles of much-needed street repairs.
City Council members Mitch Englander and Joe Buscaino dropped their ballot measure proposal that would’ve raised the city sales tax rate to 9.5 …

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Mixer: Mistrial and Metro hike

Posted May 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Laura Nelson from the Los Angeles Times and Fred Shuster from City News Service joined us this week.
The Metropolitan Transportation Board voted this week to increase bus and rail fares by 25 cents beginning in September.
Fares will go from $1.50 to $1.75. Passengers will be given two hours of free transfers.
It was a 12-1 vote. The dissenting vote was LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina, …

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Mixer: Unions protect some jobs, while we watch others go

Posted May 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Reporters Dakota Smith from the LA Daily News and Tim Logan from the Los Angeles Times joined us this week.
Los Angeles area labor leader Maria Elena Durazo is calling out the city’s pension fund investments in Walmart, saying pension boards should not invest in companies that pay their workers low wages.
May Day protests and demonstrations took place in downtown LA yesterday, as thousands of labor activists and immigration reform …

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Mixer: Crumbling sidewalks and rising gas prices

Posted April 18, 2014 by | 5 Comments | ]
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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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Mixer: Mayor douses city Fire Department recruiting

Posted March 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered an immediate stop to the recruitment of firefighters in the city’s department.
He called the hiring process “fatally flawed” and he’s enlisted Santa Monica-based think tank RAND Corporation to study the process.
That means a scheduled fire academy class with about 70 cadets will no longer be held, and no more firefighters will be hired from the current …

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Mixer: Is LA hungry to close medical pot shops?

Posted March 15, 2014 by | 4 Comments | ]
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This week, LA City Attorney Mike Feuer and Police Chief Charlie Beck announced an effort to help property owners and real estate agents comply with Proposition D, which banned all but about 100 medical marijuana dispensaries that opened before 2007.
But that’s not the only crackdown.
Four LA dispensaries were raided by DEA agents, along with two homes.
We’re devoting today’s Mixer to the issue of medical …

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Mixer: Bits & Flicks, and the money they make and take

Posted March 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The man who reportedly created Bitcoin is 64 year-old Satoshi Nakamoto.
Newsweek magazine says he lives in a house in Temple City, with his mother, and has a $400 million fortune thanks to the virtual currency.
But then, Nakamoto gave the Associated Press a two-hour interview yesterday claiming that he is NOT the creator of Bitcoin, adding further mystery to the story of how the world’s most popular digital currency came …

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Calderon shoe drops and Dodger beating suspects plead guilty

Posted February 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A federal grand jury has indicted State Senator Ron Calderon and his brother Tom on multiple corruption charges.
The US Attorney’s Office says the Calderons face charges of mail and wire fraud, bribery and money laundering.
Gene Maddaus is a reporter with LA Weekly, and Andrew Blankstein is with the NBC News Investigative Unit based here in LA.

Did we see all of this coming? Especially given the Calderon …

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Mixer: Resignation and designation

Posted January 10, 2014 by | 4 Comments | ]
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In the midst of growing criticism about his leadership at his department, LA County Sheriff Lee Baca announced this week he’s stepping down on January 31 from the post he’s held for more than 15 years.
Baca says he doesn’t want to be a distraction going forward.
Baca’s been under intense scrutiny for accusations of abuse at jails and, of course, the indictment of 18 former …

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Mixer: Our Year in Review

Posted December 20, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The year is coming to a close and we look at some of the biggest stories of 2014.
There were a couple of high profile shootings underscored security and response at public places across LA.
One tragic day in June turned an idyllic Friday in Santa Monica into a horrible day for people in around the Santa Monica College campus.
That’s when a man who grew up not …

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Sheriff’s Department scrutiny. Is density destiny? And DWP gets a contract

Posted December 13, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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On this week’s Mixer, we covered several stories included on our newsroom’s whiteboard.
There’s an ongoing FBI investigation into the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that’s already led to the indictment of 18 former and current deputies for misconduct in county jails.
We learned today that the feds are seeking to expand their investigation by convincing deputies to provide evidence against colleagues and the department brass.
Also, this week …

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Mixer: iPads, Ports and Power

Posted November 22, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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The price-tag for a 173-acre Port of Los Angeles freight terminal upgrade has doubled in just four years, from $245 million to $510 million. And the design changes that ballooned the cost were made without the knowledge of the LA City Council. Despite council concerns, members ratified the revised costs.
So the question is whether this represents a complete lack of accountability. Who is the person, or …

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Mixer: LA wifi and bacon-wrapped hot dogs in the air

Posted November 8, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Gene Maddaus from LA Weekly and Kate Linthicum from the Los Angeles Times joined us.
Taxpayers may have to dig into their pockets to sustain the LAUSD’s plan to equip teachers and students with iPads. It could take bond measures to keep the program going long-term.
The school district is using money from construction bonds to pay for the iPad rollout. The iPads are only guaranteed to …

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LAX shooting update: 6:20 PM

Posted November 1, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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The federal ground stop at Los Angeles International Airport is over now, but trying to get flights and people in and out is proving slow and difficult.
That’s after a man walked into Terminal 3 this morning about 9:20, pulled out a high-powered, semi-automatic rifle from a duffle bag and began firing at TSA agents.
One agent was killed, though his name has not been released. …

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Mixer: LAUSD Sup. Deasy looking for the exit

Posted October 25, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As the week draws to a close, Howard Blume and Dave Zanhiser — both from the LA Times — help us tie a ribbon on it.
The bell reportedly may be ringing for John Deasy.
The LAUSD superintendent may be about to resign. That story reported by Howard and the LA Times, who say Deasy could be leaving in the next few months.
Deasy has neither confirmed nor denied the …

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Mixer: Shake, rattle and baseball

Posted October 18, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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After taking a couple of weeks off, we mixed it up again. Gene Maddaus, from the LA Weekly, and Seema Mehta, from the LA Times, offered their insights.

LA City Councilman Jose Huizar has admitted to having an affair with a former aide, after she filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him.
His former office employee Francine Godoy claims he waged a “campaign of retaliation” against her after she turned down requests for “sexual …

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Mixer: iPads and union contracts – can’t we have nice things?

Posted September 27, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Jack Dolan reports for the LA Times. Hillel Aron for LA Weekly. They both joined us for this week’s Friday Mixer.
LAUSD is spending hundreds of millions of dollars for iPads for every one of its students. Some kids who’ve been lucky enough to get early iPads have reportedly already got around restrictions and downloaded some unapproved apps. We also found out more recently that some people are allegedly stealing them.
Can’t we have nice things? …

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