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Austin Beutner dispatched from LA Times after 1 year

Posted September 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There’s more upheaval at the L.A. Times.
Publisher Austin Beutner has been fired as publisher of the newspaper, just one year after he was hired.
Politico – which first reported the story – says Beutner was forced out because of ongoing tensions with Jack Griffin, the chief executive of Tribune Publishing.
Here’s how the Chicago Tribune put it:
“Beutner, who has been heading up the largest newspaper in …

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Mixer: LAPD focuses on South LA

Posted September 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles Police Department says it’ll send dozens of elite officers into South LA in response to an increase in crime and reported gang violence.
August saw a big rise in homocides in the city, with about half of the 39 killings taking place in the neighborhoods there.
Police Chief Charlie Beck blamed a lot of the violence on an increase in gang crime.
This week alone …

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Mixer: Quick ‘meetings’ for money in Compton

Posted August 21, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office says Compton’s mayor and council members have been illegally boosting their salaries for years by paying themselves for commission meetings that sometimes last only about a minute.
In some cases, officials have been paid whether or not they attended the meetings at all.
Mayor Aja Brown was allegedly paid an extra $4,000 a month on top of her authorized monthly …

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Mixer: El Niño to the rescue?

Posted July 31, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Scattered thunderstorms have been battering the mountain and high desert areas this week with flooding rain, fierce lightning and even hail.
Monsoonal moisture continues across Southern California, and where it’s not raining, there’s plenty of moisture in the air.
Forecasters say the added moisture is part of a warming of Pacific Ocean waters that could continue to have a big effect on California weather in the next …

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Mixer: Is LA making homelessness a crime?

Posted June 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles City Council this week gave the city more power to dismantle homeless encampments.
Police will give 24 hours’ notice before removing personal items on public streets, down from 72 hours. No notice will be needed for removing bulky items.
City leaders say the new rules are needed, because the latest countywide homeless count found a 12 percent increase in the transient population and an …

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Mixer: The force in law enforcement

Posted April 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There’s no doubt, police officers are in a dangerous business.
Their lives can be put in peril when they hit the streets of cities and towns across America.
But, given some very high profile – and videoed – altercations that have taken place in the last few months between police and civilians, the issue of using lethal force and other types of brutality and has hit a fevered pitch.
Protests continue …

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Mixer: LA’s decelerating car culture?

Posted March 13, 2015 by | 17 Comments | ]
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Gas prices have been on a roller coaster ride in Southern California the past few weeks.

From rock-bottom lows at the start of the year because of an abundant global supply, to a quick rise of a dollar or more per gallon because of a new summer gasoline blend that’s being produced and a refinery explosion in Torrance. There’s no shortage of complaints. And, of …

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Mixer: A progress report on California cops

Posted January 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There’s a new poll that came out this week from the Public Policy Institute of California, that asked residents how they feel about Governor Jerry Brown’s job performance, his budget proposal and also things like water use and higher education spending. All important topics, sure.
And then there was this nugget: the poll found that a solid majority of adults think their police departments are doing …

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Meet LA Times’ new publisher Austin Beutner

Posted August 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Austin Beutner has become publisher of the Los Angeles Times.

Former investment banker Austin Beutner was First Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles under Antonio Villaraigosa. He raised $600,000 to run for mayor on his own, but dropped out before the campaign really began. Then, his plan to run the Los Angeles Times as a non-profit with fellow investors fell through, but now he’s signed on as publisher of the paper he wanted to buy. 
“I’ve come to work everyday …

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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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Mixer: More than a case of mistaken ID in Dorner-related shooting

Posted February 7, 2014 by | 4 Comments | ]
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It’s been a year to the day since Los Angeles Police officers shot at a pickup truck in Torrance they thought belonged to fugitive and ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner.
Dorner had been fired from the force, written an internet manifesto alleging a culture of discrimination and intimidation, and went on a killing spree against those he believed were behind his firing.
The pickup truck, which was …

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Mixer: Waxman out. So who’s next?

Posted January 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

Gene Maddaus reports for the LA Weekly and Seema Mehta reports for the Los Angeles Times.
Longtime West LA Congressman and powerful Democrat Henry Waxman announced this week he will not seek another term, after serving 20 of them on Capitol Hill.
That’s 40 years in Washington.
And now the race is on here at home to succeed him, which is landing some familiar names on the ballot.
Officially, …

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Furious Ridley-Thomas says newspaper got it wrong

Posted January 22, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]

L.A. County Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas is lashing out at an L.A. Times report that work done at his home by county crews went beyond permissible security improvements. In his first public comments on the controversy, Ridley-Thomas told KCRW’s Warren Olney that allegations that he allowed taxpayers to foot the bill for extra work are untrue. The Supervisor acknowledged that some of the work at …

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Aaron Kushner’s Grand Plan for Expanding the OC Register to LA

Posted December 16, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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The parent company of the Orange County Register is looking to expand its reach by launching a new daily newspaper – here in LA.
Aaron Kushner, the CEO of Freedom Communications, says the new paper will be known as the Los Angeles Register.
Kushner says the paper will share sports content and other stories of regional interest with the OC Register.
But he says the new paper …

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Mixer: iPads and union contracts – can’t we have nice things?

Posted September 27, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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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? …

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California braces for possible government shutdown

Posted September 27, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

According to Mapquest, it’s roughly 2,670 miles from L.A. to Washington, D.C. And 2,730 from Sacramento to D.C. You’d think that kind of distance would help buffer California from the political ups and downs in the nation’s capitol. But that probably won’t be the case if the federal government shuts down next week because Congress can’t agree on funding for Uncle Sam.
How big a …

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Mixer: Sheriff’s parachute, rideshare apps, and the mayor of Portlandia

Posted September 20, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The end of the week means we have analysis of LA stories and politics. Welcome to the Mixer.
Gene Maddaus reports for LA Weekly, Seema Mehta reports for the Los Angeles Times. They joined us to dissect the big stories of the week.
If someone points a finger at you, go ahead and retire. A new report finds that none of the top managers at the LA …

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Councilman Huizar facing sexual harassment complaint

Posted August 13, 2013 by | 66 Comments | ]
Los Angeles city councilman Jose Huizar, left, and Huizar's former deputy chief of staff, Francine Godoy, right. Photo courtesy LA Times.

A woman who served as LA City Councilman José Huizar’s deputy chief of staff has filed a workplace discrimination and sexual harassment complaint against the city and her former boss.
The complaint was filed in June but only made public yesterday in the Los Angeles Times.
Huizar’s spokesman Rick Coca sent us this response: “The Councilmember is surprised by the claim. He strongly and emphatically denies …

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Police arrest a man in connection with deadly hit-and-run on Venice boardwalk

Posted August 4, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

Police arrested Nathan Campbell, 38, on suspicion of murder in connection with Saturday’s deadly hit-and-run on the Venice boardwalk that killed one woman and left another 11 people injured. He’s being held in lieu of $1-million bail.
In a Sunday morning press conference, Los Angeles Police Department officials also identified the woman who died in incident as Alice Gruppioni, 32, of Italy, according to the …

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The Mixer: A Tale of Two Newspapers

Posted July 12, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]

This week, Tribune Company announced it would split into two entities. One to focus on electronic media. Think broadcast, like KTLA-Channel 5 and other stations. Think internet properties that go along with those functions. The other company will be focused on newspapers of the company. The Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant and, most notably for us, the Los Angeles Times.
To be sure, the Times has already seen …

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