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Vin Scully is heading into final inning for the Dodgers

Posted August 31, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The end of an era is coming…
Okay, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, we all knew that Vin Scully could not go on forever. Now it’s official, or at least semi-official.
Scully thrilled Dodger fans when he announced that he’ll be back for the 2016 season, his 67th with the club. But the joy in Dodgerville was tempered when, a day later, the …

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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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Dodgers are flush, but blackout has fans seeing red

Posted April 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

As the Dodgers prepare to begin their 57th season in Los Angeles, the team is flush with cash and staring down the barrel of an escalating PR nightmare.
For the second straight year, it appears a majority of fans in the region won’t be able to watch Kershaw, Puig, Gonzalez et al. when the games begin because of an ongoing pricing dispute between Time Warner …

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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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Vote to decide if Golden Gate Bridge gets suicide nets

Posted June 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

Bay Area officials will vote today on a $76 million plan to install suicide prevention nets on the Golden Gate Bridge. The agency that operates the bridge has previously rejected the idea of raising the railings to prevent suicides – arguing that it would drastically change the character of the 77-year-old landmark. But the suicides continue to add up. A record 46 people jumped …

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Dov Charney is stripped of role at American Apparel

Posted June 19, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]

Controversial American Apparel CEO Dov Charney has been ousted by the Board of Directors from the clothing company he founded amid an investigation into alleged misconduct. Charney has become a prominent voice in the business community, both for immigration reform and for paying apparel workers a livable wage. But he’s also been accused of sexual harassment by former employees and has clashed with board …

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Port Hueneme opening its doors to child detainees

Posted June 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

A temporary shelter on a military base in Southern California could fill up next week as authorities contend with a flood of children trying to cross into the U.S. illegally from Mexico and Central America. The shelter at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme can hold up to 575 children. Bunk beds and extra dining tables have been brought in, and dirt soccer …

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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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Clipper ball bounces to billionaire Ballmer’s court

Posted May 30, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]

The sale of the L.A. Clippers to billionaire Steve Ballmer for $2 billion is a done deal…unless it’s not. Shelly Sterling and the former Microsoft executive insist they’ve reached an agreement., but so far there’s no word from Donald. The reported $2 billion price tag is nearly four times higher than the previous record sale of an NBA franchise. The Dodgers – at $2.1 …

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Gamesmanship: Sports franchises seek raffle rights

Posted April 25, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack…and a raffle ticket? The L.A. Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are among a group of pro sports franchises pushing lawmakers to allow high-stakes raffles at games. State law limits raffle winners to 10 percent of the take, with the rest going to charity. The teams are backing a bill that would allow them to …

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Dodgers kick off home season amid off-field turmoil

Posted April 4, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]

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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Yee is third Senate Democrat to face charges this year

Posted March 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

State Senator Leland Yee has been released from federal custody after posting $500,000 bail. But the troubles are just beginning for the Bay Area lawmaker. Yee was arrested yesterday and charged with public corruption and conspiring to traffic in firearms. The accusations throw into doubt Lee’s campaign for Secretary of State, his legislative career, and his freedom. They also further hamper Democrats’ efforts to …

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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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Cyber criminals have California in their crosshairs

Posted March 20, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]

Attorney General Kamala Harris says international criminals are increasingly following the money – straight to California. In a new report, the state’s top law enforcement official says California is a prime target of cybercrime because of the state’s wealth and technological innovation. Harris says California leads all states in the number of computers hacked or infected by malware, has the most victims of cyber …

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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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Split Six: Plan to carve California moving forward

Posted February 21, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]

Backers have been given the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures for a ballot measure to split California into six states. It should make for good water cooler talk, if nothing else. Venture Capitalist Tim Draper is pushing the measure. He says California is too big and diverse to be governable. But even if voters agree, Congress would have to approve the plan, and give …

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