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Blue breakthrough: Roberts hired as Dodgers’ skipper

Posted November 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The Los Angeles Dodgers have hired the first minority manager in the baseball club’s 100-year-plus history.
Numerous media organizations are reporting that Dave Roberts – a former player for the team – has accepted the job. A formal announcement is expected today.
Roberts’ father is African American and his mother Japanese. He grew up in Japan and San Diego. His hiring comes almost 70 years after the …

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Dodger blue is incredibly green

Posted July 24, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]

The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to top the National League West this season, albeit barely.
And, really, it didn’t matter that they topped the NL West at the end of last season, because they blew it in the playoffs.
But with the biggest payroll in the major leagues, an ownership group that paid $2 billion for the team a few years ago, and an $8 billion deal …

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Failed cable merger may keep Dodger fans in the dark

Posted April 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Comcast and Time Warner Cable officially called off their planned $45 billion merger this morning in the face of skepticism from U.S. media regulators.
The question now in Southern California is how that decision will affect the long-running impasse over the Dodgers TV channel.
Dodger officials had said that the merger of the cable giants would smooth the way to a solution to the TV mess, …

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It’s no day in the park for tailgating Dodgers fans

Posted April 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The Dodgers season got off on the right foot as they staged a late comeback to beat the San Diego Padres at Chavez Ravine. But the experience wasn’t so pleasing for some fans who complained of a heavy-handed police presence during traditional Open Day tailgating parties in Elysian Park and extended waiting at the turnstiles.
The club and the LAPD have put extra security measures …

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Deja-blue: Another year without the Dodgers on TV?

Posted January 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

L.A. baseball fans could be in for another blue bummer this year.
Far from being resolved in the offseason, the dispute that’s kept Dodgers games out of about 70 percent of the region’s homes has become increasingly tangled.
Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter says there have been no new negotiations to end the pricing tiff between Time Warner Cable and other TV providers. Time Warner owns the …

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This could be the season for a So-Cal World Series

Posted October 1, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

Freeway (World) Series anyone?
It may not feel like fall in Southern California, but it’s definitely time for October baseball.
For the first time since 2009, both the Dodgers and the Angels are in the postseason. And both clubs are harboring realistic championship aspirations. The Angels, led by all-everything outfielder Mike Trout, finished with the best record of in baseball this year. After a slow start, …

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Vin Scully to return, now if we could just hear him…

Posted July 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully says he’ll return next year for a record 66th season calling the games.
A trio of Dodgers players made the announcement in three languages in a video played on the big screen during the second inning of last night’s game. Fans erupted in cheers and gave Scully a long standing ovation.
Scully, who’s 85, began doing Dodgers broadcasts in …

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Lawmakers ask FCC to help end Dodger TV impasse

Posted July 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

Some local lawmakers want the Federal Communications Commission to jump into the Dodgers TV mess.
Eight Congressional representatives from the L.A. area have signed a letter asking the FCC to mediate a dispute between Time Warner Cable and most of the region’s other major television providers.
Time Warner, which is paying the Dodgers $7 billion for exclusive TV rights, has been unable to make deals with …

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L.A. moves to impose $15 wage for hotel workers

Posted June 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

Activists have cleared a major hurdle in their effort to boost the wages of non-unionized L.A. hotel workers. Despite warnings from business groups that the move could cost jobs, a City Council committee signed off on a plan to increase hotel worker pay to more than $15 an hour, nearly twice the state’s $8-an-hour minimum wage. Labor groups say L.A. hotels have been raking …

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Dodgers prep for Aussie debut, but few fans will see it

Posted March 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

The Dodgers open up a new baseball season tomorrow – and they’ll be doing it in Sydney, Australia. It’s part of an ongoing drive to plant the seeds of baseball fandom Down Under and around the world. The Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks will play two games at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The Dodgers will carry the games live on their new cable station …

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Security heightened in run up to L.A. Marathon

Posted March 7, 2014 by | 5 Comments | ]

Security will be tighter than it has been in the past for Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon. That’s a direct result of last year’s Boston Marathon, where two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 250 others. The heightened security begins with the runners themselves: all 25,000 racers must pick up registration packets in person today and tomorrow. In …

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Many Dodger fans facing ‘blue-out’ as games begin

Posted February 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

The Dodgers new Time Warner cable TV station has debuted just in time for the team’s first spring training game today against the Arizona Diamondbacks. For fans who can’t get enough the boys in blue, it’s a 24-hour network. But as of now, most denizens of Dodger nation are blacked out. That’s because Time Warner has yet to reach deals with many of the …

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

Posted October 29, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

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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Tomatoes and traffic: Council mulls vegetable gardens

Posted October 23, 2013 by | 7 Comments | ]

The L.A. City Council will consider a proposal today to allow residents to plant vegetable gardens on strips of city-owned land between streets and sidewalks. The gardens would be allowed as long as they don’t keep people from walking on sidewalks. The plants cannot be poisonous, invasive, or controlled substances, like marijuana…L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar says his extramarital affair with a former staffer …

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Foster care children face daunting achievement gap

Posted October 14, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Foster Care children in California do worse in school than their peers, dropout twice as often and are more likely to be enrolled in failing schools. That’s the takeaway from a new study that will be released today. It finds that thousands of California students in foster care have suffered greater levels of emotional trauma than their peers, which is a significant impediment to …

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LAUSD President Vladovic denies harassment claims

Posted October 8, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

L.A. School Board President Richard Vladovic is denying charges that he sexually harassed a district employee a decade ago. That accusation and others were revealed in documents obtained by the L.A. Times through a public records request. One accuser says Vladovic made off-color jokes, used slurs about an employees’ sexual orientation and once handed her a swingers magazine to look at. Through an aide, …

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Environmentalists file suit over Ballona nature center; LAUSD deputy chief rips School Board; Dodgers’ drive

Posted September 16, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Ballona Wetlands. Environmentalists suing a state agency to stop a nature center? It sounds odd, but that’s the scenario playing out over a proposed educational facility in the Ballona Wetlands near Marine del Rey.
The Annenberg Foundation wants to build a $50 million interpretative nature center in what is known as Area C of the 600-acre Ballona Wetlands. The philanthropic organization says the center would …

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State high court holds fate of undocumented lawyer; Councilmen pursue fracking ban; Cudahy corruption

Posted September 4, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

Immigrant lawyer. Sergio Garcia is not a legal U.S. resident. But the Chico man graduated from a California high school, a California college and a California law school.
The question of whether Garcia will be allowed to practice law in this state goes before the California Supreme Court today.
Garcia’s bid to obtain his law license is supported by the state bar association and Attorney General …

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Anaheim could be shut out by Angels name change; Woman fell from LAPD car; LAUSD iPad costs go up

Posted September 3, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

Name game. First they were the California Angels. And then the Anaheim Angels. Now they are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but perhaps not for long. There’s another name change in the offing for the professional baseball team that plays in Orange County.
Arte Moreno – the Angel’s billionaire owner – took a lot of flak from local fans when he changed the …

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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

Posted August 30, 2013 by | 84 Comments | ]

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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