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Mixer: Corruption and Corrosion that stink

Posted February 12, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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Former L-A County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty this week to lying to federal investigators about their ongoing probe of corruption at the department.
Did the buck stop there?

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Car Talk: The Parlance of Cars

Posted January 29, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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In the aftermath of the Second World War, California’s population grew by roughly 500,000 people a year.
By 1963 it passed New York as the country’s most populous state.
And no place had higher levels of growth than Los Angeles. The city added 500,000 between 1940 and 1950. By 1960, the population was almost 2.5 million. By 1980 nearly 3 million.

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Mixer: Goodbyes to Bowie, Frey and more

Posted January 22, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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In the past few weeks, the world of music has lost some gentlemen and geniuses, and a lot of melodic eloquence.
We’re still reeling from the death this week of Glenn Frey the co-founder of the Los Angeles-based band “The Eagles”, who gave us so many hits to remember. He was 67.
Frey passed away this week from complications of colitis and rheumatoid arthritis.
We also recently lost …

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Remembering The Eagles’ Glenn Frey (1948-2016)

Posted January 18, 2016 by | 1 Comment | ]
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There’s another heartbreaking loss for an entertainment industry that’s lost a few people over the last couple of weeks.
The co-founder of the Los Angeles band, ‘The Eagles’, has died. Glenn Frey had been stricken with rheumatoid arthritis and colitis. He was 67.
The band’s website announced his death today.
The guitarist joined with drummer Don Henley and, in Los Angeles, formed one of history’s most successful songwriting …

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Mixer: Build it, but who will pay?

Posted January 15, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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The National Football League makes a return to the Los Angeles media market with the Rams trekking back west from St. Louis, Mo., to a new behemoth facility in Inglewood.
Owner Stan Kroenke took to the podium today at Inglewood’s Forum to introduce himself to Southland fans. That city will host the team, eventually, when a stadium is finished at the site of the old …

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Mixer: When Tech trumps the Tach

Posted January 8, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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For decades, automakers have looked to the auto shows of Los Angeles, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and others to unveil their latest luxury vehicle and concept cars of the future.
But more and more, it’s the Consumer Electronic Show – or C.E.S. as it’s called – in Las Vegas where they’re making their big splashes.
So far, at C.E.S. 2016, General Motors …

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Mixer: Ooh That Smell

Posted January 1, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Weeks have turned into months of a sulfuric stench in Porter Ranch, a pretty idyllic part of the northern San Fernando Valley.
A gas leak in the region – emanating from the Southern California Gas Company Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Field – started small, with a few residents complaining.
Now, hundreds of homeowners – and thousands of school children – have been relocated out of …

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Mixer: A Tale of Two Cities

Posted December 18, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles Unified School District closed all of its campuses and facilities this week because of an emailed terror threat.
It claimed bombs, nerve gas and automatic weapons were stashed at several schools and an attack – the threat said – was imminent.

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Mixer: Campus Activism Roils the Southland

Posted November 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Today, Occidental College President Jonathan Vietch announced some steps he’s taking in the wake of protests on campus over lack of diversity and racism at the school.
To be sure, Occidental — in the past — has ranked very high on lists of the most diverse liberal arts schools across the country.
But Vietch responded to demands on campus by saying the school will increase funding for the school’s …

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Mixer: Guns in the crosshairs

Posted October 30, 2015 by and | 1 Comment | ]
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In a unanimous vote this week, the Los Angeles City Council approved a measure that would require handguns be stored in locked containers or disabled with a trigger lock.
Councilman Paul Krekorian, who authored the measure, says the law is all about preventing children from unintentionally harming themselves or others.
“There are more preschoolers killed with guns in this country than police officers killed by guns,” …

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Steve Martin the Art Curator

Posted October 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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To name Steve Martin’s many achievements in the arts would be a lofty task.

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Mixer: Gov. Jerry Brown flexes his green thumb

Posted October 9, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s been a busy week for the Governor, and his pen.
Jerry Brown signed a number of contentious bills in to law—from climate change, to equal pay and medical-aid-in-dying.

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Mixer: Remembering the OJ trial and verdict

Posted October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since a jury acquitted Heisman Trophy-winning-football player-turned-TV-and-movie star O.J. Simpson of murdering his wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson and a friend, Ron Goldman, at their Brentwood home.

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Mixer: Climate change legislation melting

Posted September 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Governor Brown’s push to make California a worldwide leader in fighting climate change has suffered two major defeats this week.
On Wednesday, Brown and Democratic leaders eliminated a key portion of a climate change bill that would have required California to cut its petroleum consumption in half in the next 15 years.
And yesterday, the bill by state Senator Fran Pavley of Simi Valley to reducing …

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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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The Los Angeles homes of the future

Posted August 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The concept of the densifying Los Angeles isn’t a new one. We’ve reported before on “building up,” in the city that established itself as ground zero for sprawl.
But neighborhoods are running out of ground, which has designers and architects considering new and untried ways for the people of LA to live in the years to come.
Some of those ideas are being presented at a …

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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: LA’s gold medal push

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles has a lot going for it as the potential host of the 2024 Summer Games.
The city hosted the Games back in 1932 and 1984, and there are stadiums already built for another summer games event around the area.
U.S. Olympic Committee officials want an official bid to send on to their international counterparts within the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, the USOC says there is …

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Mixer: Dropping the A-bomb, 70 years ago

Posted August 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This week marks 70 years since the United States dropped two atomic bombs – within three days of each other – on two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The heat and radiation from those bombs incinerated both cities, and caused untold thousands of others to develop cancer and other diseases.
Japan surrendered, and World War II ended.
The American government and military explanation has always been that …

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Mixer: California gun-control program firing blanks

Posted July 24, 2015 by , and | 0 Comments | ]
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Gun sales in California continue to rise.
According to the Attorney General’s office, there were close to a million guns sold last year.
An increase of close to 100 percent since 2010.
And of all the people who applied for a background check in 2014, fewer than 9,000 were denied. Less than one percent.
In a report released last week by California’s state auditor, a program to recover …

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