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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti on film and TV tax credits

Posted August 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo of The Hollywood Sign by Eugene Wei via Flickr/CC.

Governor Jerry Brown has signaled that he will sign off on a deal that would more than triple the tax breaks for movies and TV shows filmed in California.
The bill would boost the tax credits to $330 million a year over the next five years.
While the legislation would significantly increase the incentive pool from $100 million, it’s still well shy of the $450 million …

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Half-built Target project could face the wrecking ball

Posted August 26, 2014 by | 4 Comments | ]
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A half-built Target store and shopping center going up in Hollywood will be staying in its current, unfinished state for the foreseeable future.
L.A. officials have reluctantly ordered Target to halt work on the project at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue.
The order follows a court ruling that found that city officials improperly approved the project. The issue is height: Community groups sued …

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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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What’s the big f*&#ing deal with the F-word?

Posted June 17, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti at the LA Kings rally at the Staples Center on Monday, June 16.

The F-bomb that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti dropped on the city on Monday has quickly blown up into a debate over what politicians should be allowed to get away with these days.
Speaking in front of thousands of fans at a public rally celebrating the LA Kings’ Stanley Cup victory, Garcetti told everyone there are two things an elected official should never do in …

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Garcetti works blue as Kings celebrate Stanley Cup

Posted June 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Victory Parade

Thousands of fans poured into downtown Los Angeles for a parade and rally to salute the Stanley Cup champion L.A. Kings. The hockey players drew the biggest cheers, but L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti generated the most buzz when he let an “F-bomb” fly during the celebration. Garcetti’s expletive got a roar from the crowd and some Kings players. But not everyone was thrilled with …

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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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Would $23 cap on L.A. parking tickets be just fine?

Posted June 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The rising cost of parking tickets is a sore subject for many Angelenos. Now a group of citizens is taking their beef with the city’s parking enforcement policies to City Hall. A group calling itself the Parking Freedom Initiative is scheduled to meet with members of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s staff today to discuss the high cost of tickets in L.A. The cheapest parking …

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Mixer: Isla Vista, one week later, and an election on the way

Posted May 30, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Nick Welsh reports for the Santa Barbara Independent and Seema Mehta is with the Los Angeles Times. Both joined us this week for their perspectives.
Santa Barbara Sheriff’s deputies who conducted a welfare check on Elliot Rodger less than a month before his deadly rampage in Isla Vista knew of disturbing videos that he posted, but didn’t watch them after determining he was not a threat …

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A major boost for ambitious plan to green L.A. River

Posted May 29, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The city of L.A.’s intense lobbying campaign to get more federal money to revitalize the Los Angeles River appears to have paid off. The head of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is agreeing to recommend approval of a billion-dollar improvement plan to restore habitat and create new access points and recreational opportunities along the river.
The Army Corps initially declined to back the restoration …

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Billions of barrels of Monterey Shale oil out of reach

Posted May 21, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Federal officials have dramatically slashed estimates of the amount of oil that can be recovered from the Monterey Shale, a huge formation of rock under parts of the Central Coast and San Joaquin Valley. The new numbers could put a major damper on efforts to exploit the Shale, which some have called a potential bonanza for California. With current technology, the Monterey Shale could …

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Growing pains: Drought taking a toll on Ag Industry

Posted May 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A new report puts a partial price tag on California’s drought. U.C. Davis researchers say the state’s rainfall deficit could force Central Valley farmers to fallow more than 400,000 acres of land, or six percent of the total. That’s projected to cost the state’s the agricultural industry $1.7 billion and result in the loss of more than 14,000 jobs. Growers are facing a 32-percent …

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Garcetti on film credits, bicycling and Donald Sterling

Posted May 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti rides his bike to work on Monday.

As you’ve probably heard, film and TV production is leaving California, to the alarm of Hollywood and local lawmakers.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the mayors of several other big California cities sent a letter today to legislative leaders in Sacramento, calling on them to pass an extension of the state’s film and TV tax credit program.
“I’ve watched, as an Angeleno, while we see …

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Camera drones don’t fly with Yosemite Park officials

Posted May 5, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Leave the drones at home of you’re going to Yosemite: The National Park Service is reminding Yosemite visitors that current regulations ban the use of unmanned aerial vehicles – or drones – inside the park. The remotely-operated flyers are becoming increasingly popular among photographers and videographers looking for shots they can’t get from ground level. Yosemite officials say the main problem with the drones …

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Councilman Bernard Parks visits ‘The Bold and The Beautiful’

Posted May 1, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
LA City Councilman Bernard Parks in a scene from "The Bold and The Beautiful."

LA City Councilman Bernard Parks will make his soap opera debut on Friday on CBS daytime drama “The Bold and The Beautiful.” The councilman will be on the show to promote animal adoption in a scene with series regulars Scott Clifton and Kim Matula.
This continues the long tradition of Los Angeles elected officials appearing on television playing themselves, including former mayors Sam Yorty, Tom …

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California shoots for 90 percent HS graduation rate

Posted April 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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For the first time ever, more than 80 percent of high school students in California are graduating within four years. New numbers show the graduation rate in 2013 climbed to 80.2 percent. The dropout rate also improved, falling fell from above 13 percent to 11.6 percent. At LAUSD, the graduation rate was 67.9 percent and the dropout rate was 17.3 percent – both improvements. …

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DWP’s trusts remains mysterious

Posted April 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The head of the largest Department of Water and Power union (Brian D’Arcy at IBEW Local 18) says he’s going to appeal a recent court order to turn over financial records for the Joint Training Institute and Joint Safety Institute.
These non-profits have taken in about $40 million in ratepayer money collectively over the last ten years or longer. To be sure, it’s a story that’s been …

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Pipeline to the past: Workers dig up L.A. water history

Posted April 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Local history buffs know that much of the story of L.A. is about finding and exploiting water. Now an early and important piece of the city’s water history has been discovered. Construction workers in Chinatown have uncovered what is believed to be a roughly 100-foot section of the city’s first municipal water system. It’s a 19th Century brick and wooden pipe that connected the …

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Coastal agency wants to put Venice curfew to bed

Posted April 16, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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A long-running fight over a city-imposed curfew on Venice Beach could heat up again. The California Commission has consistently opposed the midnight to 5 a.m. curfew – arguing that the state’s Coastal Act calls for the public to have access to the ocean 24 hours a day. In a letter earlier this month, commission officials asked the city to reopen talks on the curfew. …

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Students from 16 L.A. schools on bus in deadly crash

Posted April 11, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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A 10th person has died this morning from injuries suffered in a horrific crash in Northern California involving a bus carrying L.A. high school students. The CHP says a Fed-Ex truck crossed the median on Interstate 5 north of the town of Orland, hitting the bus head on and igniting a huge explosion and fire. The dead include five students, three adult chaperones and …

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No DWP hikes, early 405 opening, and a business tax cut

Posted April 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti delivered his first state of the city address tonight, saying that the problems facing L.A. are not new – but, he said new solutions are needed.
“It is time for a modern mayor to help build a new city government, focused on four cornerstones: a well-run government, a strong economy, a high quality of life, and public safety,” Garcetti said.
Garcetti …

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