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Mixer: The state of a border state, where Murrieta marks the spot

Posted July 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This week, House Speaker John Boehner said it’ll be difficult to monetarily address the flow of undocumented kids across the U.S./Mexico border, until the 2008 law that allowed their travels to the aforementioned place is changed. Boehner said the anti-trafficking regulations that were put in place during the waning year of the Bush administration are being abused, and that he doesn’t foresee much progress …

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Beds for bucks: L.A. mulls major tax breaks for hotels

Posted June 24, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The L.A. City Council considers giving nearly $180 million in tax subsidies to two big downtown hotel projects. And that could be just the start. The biggest immediate beneficiary would be the long-delayed Frank Gehry-designed Grand Avenue project, which includes housing retail and restaurants, in addition to a hotel. The development would receive $138 million over the next 25 years, according to the L.A. …

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Pres. Obama makes another cash call in California

Posted May 8, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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President Barack Obama has made 17 visits to California since taking office in 2009. More than half have been strictly for fundraising, and 13 of the 17 have involved at least one fundraising event. Folks like Barbara Streisand and Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg paid a minimum of $10,000 to hear Obama make a short speech last night at the home of Disney Studios Chairman …

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Donald Sterling maintains silence amid race firestorm

Posted April 28, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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President Barack Obama is weighing in on the controversy over racially charged comments made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Sterling is facing a torrent of criticism – including a protest by the Clippers players before yesterday’s game with the Golden State Warriors. Obama said the remarks attributed to Sterling show the United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and …

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Dodgers kick off home season amid off-field turmoil

Posted April 4, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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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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Former Bell leaders pressed to cop to more crimes

Posted February 17, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Prosecutors are reportedly offering maximum four year prison terms to former Bell City Council members who were convicted of stealing taxpayer money last year – less time than they are currently facing. But first the former city leaders will have to plead guilty to additional charges. As it stands, Oscar Hernandez, Teresa Jacobo, Victor Bello, George Cole and George Mirabal are facing up to …

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Hollywood writer talks begin amid calls for givebacks

Posted February 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Contract talks get underway today between the Writer’s Guild and Hollywood studios – and they could be contentious. The union has blasted an initial studio proposal to cut health and pension benefits. They say the cuts are unreasonable given the big jump in media company profits in the past few years. Writers are also objecting to proposed reductions in payment rates for screenplays and …

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Nelson Mandela’s impact on a young Barack Obama

Posted December 6, 2013 by | 24 Comments | ]
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On the face of it, President Obama and Nelson Mandela share a lot of similarities – both first black presidents of their countries, both Nobel laureates, and both men have been seen as symbols of racial healing.
Although Obama shied away from direct comparisons, he often said how much Mandela influenced him. Obama said he first got into political action through the anti-apartheid protests when …

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A new sheriff in town for L.A. Sheriff’s Department

Posted November 27, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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One of the lead prosecutors in the Bell corruption case will head a new agency responsible for overseeing the Sheriff’s Department. Deputy D.A. Max Huntsman is a veteran prosecutor who has experience in police misconduct cases. The creation of an inspector general’s office was one of the main recommendations of a citizen’s commission that looked into abuses committed by deputies in the L.A. jail …

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Pockets full: Obama prepares to wrap up L.A. visit

Posted November 26, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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President Obama is attending one last fundraiser before heading to DreamWorks Animation to push his economic agenda as he wraps up a short but busy trip to Los Angeles. Last night, the president’s motorcade tied traffic in knots on some Westside streets. Today it’s Hancock Park and Glendale raises cash for Democrats at the home of “Friends” producer Marta Kaufman and then heads east. …

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Obama arriving in L.A. for a triple-dose of fundraising

Posted November 25, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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President Barack Obama is due to arrive in L.A. today as part of a whirlwind West Coast fundraising spree. He’ll press the flesh at three fundraising events here, as well as paying a visit to DreamWorks Animation in Glendale. Air Force One is expected to touch down at LAX sometime around 4 p.m. That will kick-off 24 hours of traffic disruptions impacting neighborhoods from …

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Supt. Deasy to reveal if he’ll ditch school district

Posted October 29, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Today’s the day we’re expected to learn if L.A. School Superintendent John Deasy will stay or go. Deasy is due to meet with the Board of Education to discuss his job performance and his future with LAUSD. In response to a report that he planned to walk away, Deasy said he would reveal more about his plans after his review. He’s sparred frequently with …

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The doctor is out: Conrad Murray gets shortened term

Posted October 28, 2013 by | 6 Comments | ]
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The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson walked out of an L.A. jail this morning after serving just about half of his four-year sentence. Conrad Murray managed to elude a crowd of reporters and angry Jackson fans. The 60-year-old caused Jackson’s death by providing the pop star with an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol. Murray says he wants to work as a doctor …

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CHP sending out text messages in latest Amber Alert; Obama in L.A.; An Imax makeover for Chinese Theatre

Posted August 6, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Missing children. An Amber Alert has been declared and a massive search is underway for a man suspected of killing a San Diego County woman and kidnapping her children. The alert has prompted authorities to send out a slew of emergency text messages to state residents.
Authorities say James Lee DiMaggio killed 44-year-old Christina Anderson in the rural community of Boulevard, near the Mexican border, …

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Today’s News: Calderon probe targeting water agency; Miramonte settlement is rejected; Obama in California

Posted June 6, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Calderon probe. The FBI investigation into State Sen. Ron Calderon is focused on a San Gabriel Valley water district that uses his brother – former Assemblyman Tom Calderon – as a consultant, according to two people who say they’ve been interviewed by federal agents.
The FBI hasn’t disclosed any details of the investigation and Calderon isn’t talking. The State Senator from the powerful political clan …

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Barred entry: Bid for face time with Pres. Obama falls flat

Posted June 5, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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It’s not just political big shots and corporate CEO’s who get to meet with the president.
For $30,000-plus, you too can bend Barack Obama’s ear. Well, maybe. It depends on what you want to say – and who you’re telling about it.
When electric car salesman and Obama supporter Paul Scott got an invite to a fundraiser with the president in Santa Monica this Friday, he …

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Obama supporters in Hollywood look for diplomatic appointments

Posted May 8, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Normally Hollywood’s favorite game is figuring out who will be nominated, and who will win, in the big awards ceremonies. But right now the biggest guessing game in Hollywood is figuring out who will be tapped by President Barack Obama for some plum diplomatic posts.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis handicapped the odds with Matthew Belloni, executive editor at The Hollywood Reporter.
A White House announcement on the …

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Today’s News: Activists go to court to stop UCLA hotel; Arcadia targeting ‘maternity hotels’; Obama faux pas?

Posted April 5, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
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UCLA Hotel. Opponents of a planned UCLA hotel and conference center are making a last-ditched effort to stop the project. Earlier complaints focused on environmental concerns, but now activists have filed a lawsuit saying that promised tax breaks would give the campus hotel an unfair advantage over competitors. Shovels are scheduled to hit dirt this summer on the $162 million project. L.A. Times

Rescued. Two …

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President Barack Obama’s second term

Posted January 22, 2013 by and | 2 Comments | ]
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President Barack Obama stood on the capitol steps, overlooking hundreds of thousands of spectators packed into the National Mall, and delivered his second inaugural address. It was Monday, Martin Luther King Day, and the world was watching.
KCRW carried live coverage of the swearing-in ceremony and speech, and then began the work of figuring out what it all meant.
To the Point had analysis of the …

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Today’s News: Ban on gay ‘conversion’ therapy thrown out; Murder scene an ‘illegal boarding house’; Tips for a hotter L.A.

Posted December 4, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]

Port Problems. The strike crippling the ports of L.A. and Long Beach has not escaped the attention of President Barack Obama. A spokesman says the president is urging the parties to keep negotiating and to find a solution as quickly as possible. With the economic toll mounting, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reportedly met with both sides late last night to press for a compromise. …

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