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Until a change in the city charter 20 years ago, voters in some parts of Los Angeles were able to take stubs from their ballot, present them to local independent donut shops and receive a free dozen donuts, paid for by local Democrats.
Is it time to bring back donuts for votes? Certainly, the city is full of ideas in the wake of this year’s …
Rent has been steadily rising in Los Angeles County since the Great Recession. In the last year alone, apartment prices have risen by 2.6 percent to an average of $1,688 a month across the county.
This increase has been driven in part by young adults looking to move away from home, the Los Angeles Times reported. But the difficulties inherent in home buying are also …
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President Obama is back in Washington after a two-day swing through Los Angeles. Why was he here? To raise money and highlight the motion picture and television industry’s place in the economy.
In a speech at the DreamWorks Animation studios in Glendale, Obama praised the entertainment industry, noting that it supports “hundreds of thousands of middle-class jobs.”
Obama raised an estimated $2.5 million for House and …
We were inspired by this New York Times series, which asked, “who are the mayors of New York,” and ended up with a series of profiles of community leaders around that city. We want to do the same here in Los Angeles.
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One thing that unites Americans, pretty much wherever they are from, is the conviction that their own state is singularly corrupt. Most states, if not all, have their harrowing stories of arrested governors or legislators, and local political folklore is filled with hair-raising corruption scandals. Just in the past few weeks, in California, State Senator Ron Calderon got stripped of all his legislative assignments, …
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Like most people who move from the east coast to the west, artist Jenny Ziomek approached LA with a mix of wonder and confusion. She was mesmerized by the open skies and the neighborhoods, and has created a charming body of watercolor, pen, and gouache artworks of East LA storefronts.
Starting tonight, her work will be up on display in one of them, in fact–not at …
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Too many streets in Los Angeles have boring names: Fair Oaks, Mission, Palms, etc.
When LA Mayor Eric Garcetti approached Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully with the idea of renaming a street after him, the famously humble Scully politely demurred.
That got the folks at Zócalo Public Square thinking: who else deserves to have an LA street named after them?
Some notable Angelos offered up ideas, like rebranding …
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Catherine Wagley, art critic for LA Weekly, joined KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis to discuss three small gallery shows, with each one being presented in three parts.
The shows include Emilie Halpern at Pepin Moore, Sandy de Lissovoy and David Kelley at Commonwealth & Council, and “The Stand In (Or A Glass of Milk)” at Public Fiction.
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The LAPD received a warning from the family of suspected LAX shooter Paul Ciancia that apparently came just moments too late. CNN reports Ciancia sent text messages to relatives before the shooting – saying that something bad was going to happen. One family member called local police, who contacted the LAPD. Officers reportedly apparently went to Ciancia’s apartment to check on him about 45 …
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A dozen years or so ago, I set out to find connections between the stories of 100 saints and the streets that bear their names here in Los Angeles, a city which itself is named for a saint. (Nuestra Señora de los Angeles, Our Lady of the Angels – that is, the Virgin Mary).
One thing I was fairly certain of at the outset: Nearly …
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This year marks 100 years since the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the pipeline that carries water from the Owens Valley to the San Fernando Valley. It enabled LA to grow into the metropolis it is today, but drained the Owens Valley dry. To recognize that legacy, an LA artist has embarked on a curious adventure: to travel that 240-mile stretch of the …
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Jack Dolan reports for the LA Times. Hillel Aron for LA Weekly. They both joined us for this week’s Friday Mixer.
LAUSD is spending hundreds of millions of dollars for iPads for every one of its students. Some kids who’ve been lucky enough to get early iPads have reportedly already got around restrictions and downloaded some unapproved apps. We also found out more recently that some people are allegedly stealing them.
Can’t we have nice things? …
The Affordable Care Act –AKA Obamacare — takes effect on October 1st. For many, it is still unclear how they will be affected. On KCRW next week, we’ll be trying to get your questions answered, but first we need to know what they are. Please take a few minutes to tell us what questions you still have about Obamacare. Thanks!
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Some fun facts on your trash:
The average American generates seven pounds of trash per day.
Depending on where you live, between 40 and 75 percent of that material is recycled. The rest? It’s trucked to a landfill, dumped and buried.
Some fun facts on your trash:
Garbage as Economic Indicator: When Puente Hills Landfill closes next month, it …
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If you’ve only spent a little time in downtown Los Angeles, you could be forgiven for missing Pershing Square entirely.
Even though it’s right in the heart of LA, it’s built above a parking garage and elevated from the street level, making it hard to see inside. That’s just one of the many criticisms surrounding the design of the five-acre park.
Now Councilman José Huizar is …
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Ninety years ago this year, the Hollywood Sign, those venerable boxy letters that designate an area of LA, were placed near the summit of Mt. Lee. And later this evening, there’s a big celebration to mark nine decades of tinsel-treasure.
Marc Wanamaker is a film historian and Hollywood expert, and spoke with KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis about those letters that spell fabulous.
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The founder of the Kabbalah Centre has died. Rabbi Philip Berg was 86, according to the Los Angeles-based center’s website.
Berg’s teachings of ancient Jewish mysticism attracted a slew of celebrities: Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Britney Spears and, of course, his most famous follower, Madonna.
Berg had been in bad health since a 2004 stroke.
An online announcement says “The Kabbalah Centre is deeply saddened to announce …
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When Margrethe Mather walked into Edward Weston’s photography studio in an LA neighborhood then called Tropico a hundred years ago, both their lives changed.
Mather became the photographer’s muse. At the time Weston was married (to a relative of the Chandler family) and produced four children with his wife while he conducted what he considered the most important relationship of his life with Mather.
But then …
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This weekend, the Rose Gallery at Bergamot Station celebrates photographer Bruce Davidson, who celebrated his 80th birthday yesterday by stopping by our studios.
Perhaps best known for his work covering the Civil Rights era, Davidson said he likes to immerse himself in things he knows nothing about–and, to revisit subjects over time. The focus of this particular gallery show is Los Angeles, where Davidson was …
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Feeling old because you’re stuck on the 101? Or the Southbound 405? Take heart in the fact that you’re not as old as Los Angeles.
The legend goes, on this day in 1781, 44 settlers came to what is today Olvera Plaza and staked their claim on the land. A lot has happened in the past 232 years, including music!
So today, we have a tribute …