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

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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?

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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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Tribune Co., owner of LA Times and KTLA, splits into two companies

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The Los Angeles Times’ corporate parent, the Tribune Company, is spinning off its struggling newspaper unit into a separate company. That frees the media conglomerate to focus on its TV and Internet properties.
The new Tribune Publishing Company would include the L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune, and six other daily papers. Until now, Tribune had appeared to be taking steps to unload the newspapers in …

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The Mixer: Bye, Mayor V.; Hello, Mayor G.

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa tests a toy guitar at a Mexican crafts stand on Olvera Street on Friday, June 28. Photo by Avishay Artsy.

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spent most of his remaining hours as the city’s chief executive on a bus, touring areas where he campaigned in his quest for the job in the first place. KCRW’s Avishay Artsy rode along with the mayor, asking him to remember the places he’s seen and people he’s talked to over the years.
So we asked this week’s Mixer guests, Gene Maddaus …

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The Mixer: The Santa Monica shootings, one week later – what have we learned?

Mourners pay tribute to the victims of the June 7 shootings at a vigil at Santa Monica College on Monday, June 10. Photo by Avishay Artsy.

One week has passed since 23-year-old John Zawahri opened fire in Santa Monica, killing five people, starting with his father and brother.
Last night, Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks revealed that Zawahri left behind a farewell note. She summarized some new information in the case, such as how Zawahri had been denied the ability to buy a gun two years ago, and how he …

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Remembering one of the victims of Friday’s shootings

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The Los Angeles Times has a remembrance of Carlos Navarro Franco, 68, who died after being shot Friday in a rampage that left five people dead and culminated in a shootout in the Santa Monica College campus library. From the Times:
For 22 years, Carlos Navarro Franco tended the grounds of Santa Monica College. An immigrant from Mexico, he was proud that his hard work …

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The Mixer: Sactown’s Sack of Bills, Bills, Bills

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Summer’s in the air, so let’s take a trip… to Sacramento!
Yes, people go to Sacramento in the Summer. Although, technically, we took the trip by phone. Which is what most people prefer when it comes to Sacramento.
We got together with Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee and Patrick McGreevy from the Los Angeles Times.
Today was the deadline to pass bills out of their houses of origin …

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Why Los Angeles residents don’t vote

Los Angeles voter Amanda Sutton casts a ballot in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Photo by Avishay Artsy

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to vote for the next mayor of Los Angeles and several other key offices. But will there be a flood of ballots, or merely a trickle?
Used to be, a lot more votes were cast in L.A. during big city elections. Here we are on the cusp of selecting a new mayor for the second most populous …

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Friday Mixer: Mayor’s race enters the final-stretch run… OMG!

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The L.A. mayor’s race is entering the final-stretch run, with Monday being the final day to register  to vote in the May 21 election. In today’s mixer: union money, endorsements, and the dangers of texting.
Our panelists: Hillel Aron, a contributing writer to the LA Weekly, and Kate Linthicum from the Los Angeles Times.
So what happened this week? Candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti, are …

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Friday Mixer: Change in temperature and tone in mayor’s race?

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Another week has passed in LA politics and the race for mayor is getting uglier between City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel.
The runoff is Tuesday, May 21.
Both attacked each other’s integrity in Monday’s debate and now are running TV ads. Garcetti’s the newest entrant on the ‘boob tube’. (Can we even call it that anymore? There are no more tube TVs.)
But …

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Friday Mixer: Mayoral candidates play nice; then don’t

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The LA mayor’s race kicks it up another notch (apologies to Emeril Lagasse). There’s new acrimony in the campaign to succeed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Gene Maddaus (LA Weekly) and Jim Rainey (Los Angeles Times) joined us for discussion on all the recent debates. There was one this week. Another tonight. There’s also one coming up Monday.
The candidates started the week keeping their campaigns low-key to …

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Critics slam MPAA’s latest movie rating moves

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The Motion Picture Association of America is making some tweaks to its movie-rating system. The changes announced this week in Las Vegas at the movie theater industry’s CinemaCon gathering are being promoted as a way to give parents more information about potentially objectionable content – so they can make better choices about what their children watch.
But not everyone is impressed. L.A. Times staff writer …

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