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Housing prices cause many to flee big cities

Nickel Diner in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Ryan Vaarsi via Flickr/CC.

We got official word earlier this month about something most of us in LA already knew. Housing is ridiculously expensive here.
A new study by the listing site Redfin found middle class families in the area can only afford about 12 percent of homes on the market. Housing prices are up, while incomes in the area are stagnant. And that’s leading a lot of folks …

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


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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Inside an Herbalife Training Seminar


It’s a Saturday morning at the Long Beach Convention Center, and the mood inside a second-floor ballroom is gleefully anticipatory. Nearly 1,000 people mill around, chattering and dancing to blaring pop music. It feels like we’re waiting for a concert to start, except that it’s not even 10 a.m.
Eventually, a blonde woman and a thin young man walk onto the stage at the front …

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Who was Skid Row’s ‘Avant Guardian’?


In the 1980s, Skid Row was still home to the poorest people in Los Angeles, but it also had a thriving avant garde theater scene. Actors like Tim Robbins, John Cusack, and Jeremy Piven got their start at the Wallenboyd, an experimental theater space at the corner of Wall and Boyd St., in the heart of Skid Row.
Another permanent fixture was Clyde Casey, a …

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Mixer: Sheriff’s union dust-up and school money comes-up

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Cindy Chang from the LA Times and Vanessa Romo from joined us to mix it up today.
There’s a strange battle going on within the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, and now a judge has gotten involved.
Last month, newly elected president Armando Macias was kicked out and a different president installed.
But Macias refused to give up his seat, bringing at least two union board members with …

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Infographic: Women, wages, and representation in Los Angeles City government

Photo of Ron Galperin courtesy of his Flickr page.

Even before Ron Galperin beat out Dennis Zine for the Los Angeles Controller’s seat last year, the affable attorney attempted to brand himself as a champion of free and accessible government data.
The latest from the Controller’s open data project — Control Panel LA — supports a well-understood narrative about City Hall: women may be well-represented in certain city government positions, but they are paid less …

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Trail to Hollywood sign temporarily closes

View from behind the Hollywood sign, reached by Hollyridge Trail. Photo via

This week it’s going to get a little harder to get an up-close view of the Hollywood sign.
The entrance to the Hollyridge Trail near the Hollywood Sign will be closed for about five weeks, starting Tuesday.
The city of Los Angeles is about to erect a heavier and bigger gate that’s harder for people to jump over.
Residents are celebrating. Tourists are grumbling. And it’s all …

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Can fracking cause earthquakes in California?

The Lost Hills oil field in the California's San Joaquin Valley. Photo by Richard Masoner via Flickr/CC.

Could yesterday’s “Shamrock Shake” have been triggered by fracking?
That’s what three L.A. City Council members want to know.
Councilmen Paul Koretz, Mike Bonin and Bernard Parks today called on city staff to investigate whether oil and natural gas drilling methods helped trigger the magnitude-4.4 earthquake.
The motion calls for collaboration between local and state energy officials and the U.S. Geological Survey to look into whether a …

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A brighter vision of LA’s future


Late last year, a blue ribbon panel called the LA2020 Commission said Los Angeles was “barely treading water,” has “failing schools,” suffers from a “crisis of leadership” and called the city’s outlook bleak.
It cited all the things we already know: unrelenting traffic, poverty, and a lackluster job growth strategy.
But that’s not the only opinion out there.
A new report that looks farther into LA’s future …

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A film festival devoted to architecture and design


In the movies, you see architecture and design generally play a supporting role. They provide the backdrop to complement the mood of the story and the characters.
Sometimes however, those things take a starring role, in films where the story IS the design and architecture… and the hope, passion and tears that go into creating objects and buildings.
More than two dozen such films will be …

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Years before 9/11, an LA-mole was gathering al Qaeda intel

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This week marked the 21-year anniversary of the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City.
On February 26, 1993, terrorists, who were later convicted, detonated a truck full of explosives in the parking garage of the Twin Towers complex in an effort to topple the buildings. Their plan didn’t work.
But it set into motion a serious effort to strike the United States at …

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Edit-a-thons aim to erase Wikipedia’s gender gap

Participants in the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in Los Angeles. Photo by Avishay Artsy.

Wikipedia, that free online repository of information that’s made old-school print encyclopedias obsolete, has more than 30 million articles, written by thousands of authors. But most of those authors are men. A 2010 study found that fewer than 13 percent of Wikipedia editors were female.
In response, cities and college campuses across the world are holding Wikipedia edit-a-thons to close the gender gap. One was …

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Los Angeles in a new light

Photo by Hector Sanchez via Flickr/ CreativeCommons

In a move to make LA more energy-efficient, the city has been changing the light bulbs. Since 2009, over 140,000 sodium-vapor street lights were switched to new LED ones in the first phase of the world’s largest lighting retrofit.
According to Forbes, “The City of Los Angeles estimates it will see at least $7 million in electricity savings and $2.5 million in avoided maintenance costs …

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Radio host Chery Glaser interviews the band Cherry Glazerr

Members of the band Cherry Glazerr (from left, Clementine Creevy, Hannah Uribe and Sean Redman) with KCRW host Chery Glaser.

Listeners to KCRW are well acquainted with the name Chery Glaser. She’s the local host of Morning Edition, updating the news, music and traffic for Southern California listeners as they start their days and commute to work.
Her name also inspired a group of young musicians to name their band after her. Chery agreed to sit down with the band Cherry Glazerr for an interview.
The …

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Silver Lake residents: We are not Eastsiders

Silver Lake photo by Eric Allix Rogers via Flickr/CC.

For someone who’s not a native Angeleno, the distinction of East versus Westside can be a little confusing.
Those hip, creative neighborhoods northwest of downtown LA, like Silver Lake, Echo Park and Los Feliz are often referred to as the Eastside.
But a group of Silver Lake residents has had enough. Anne-Marie Johnson is one of them. She co-authored a motion that’ll be voted on at …

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Photos: Making LA a bee-friendly city

Rob McFarland is the co-founder of HoneyLove, a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect honeybees and promote urban beekeeping. He's seen here harvesting honey from a hive of bees we visited in West Los Angeles. "Bees are the most fascinating creatures" says McFarland. "The more you learn about them, the more they pull you into their world." (Photo by Saul Gonzalez)

In many parts of the world honeybees are in trouble, with their populations in sharp decline. That decline has scientists, environmentalists, farmers and bee lovers worried because of the bees/ importance to pollination and, thus, agriculture.
But there’s some good news: here in Los Angeles the wild bee population is thriving, with as many as a dozen hives per square mile in some neighborhoods. And …

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Timeline: The legacy of Sheriff Lee Baca

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announces his retirement during a news conference at Los Angeles County Sheriff's headquarters in Monterey Park , California January 7, 2014. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Reuters

Today, John Scott replaces Lee Baca as sheriff of Los Angeles County. Baca served for 15 years. When he announced his retirement back in January, he said, “I don’t see myself as the future. I see myself as part of the past.” It’s a past plagued by scandals, including abuse at the county jails. We take a look at his tenure going all the …

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Rep. Henry Waxman, liberal lion, exiting after 40 years in Congress


Democratic Representative Harry Waxman was first elected to represent the Westside in 1975, during the Gerald Ford Administration. Now the dean of L.A.’s congressional delegation is calling it quits.
“I agonized over it, but I decided that after 40 years in Congress, with a record of accomplishment for which I take an enormous amount of pride, it’s time for somebody new, someone younger, to …

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Scenes from the Kingdom Day Parade in South LA

(From left) Raquel Miller, Dominique Gordon and Rosland Torres with the nonprofit Rolland Rocky Miller Foundation

Had he lived to see this day, Martin Luther King Junior would have been 85 years old.
Thousands of people paraded through L.A.’s Crenshaw District today in the hopes of keeping his dream of racial equality alive.
The theme for the 29th annual Kingdom Day Parade was “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us ‘Round,” from the Gospel hymn that became a civil rights anthem.
Today, King Day …

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The Northridge Earthquake and Seismic Risk, 20 Years Later

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At 4:31 a.m. on January 17, 1994, the Northridge earthquake shook Southern California.
“I actually fell out of bed, it moved the bed out from under me,” said Caroline Veach, a Sunland resident.
The quake cost $20 billion in property damage — the most expensive U.S. natural disaster until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005.
“My most vivid memory was the pitch darkness and the loud …

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