Results tagged “Zach Behrens”

Photos: The Under-The-Radar Desert Oasis Where You Should See The Super Bloom, Stat

"It could have only gotten better if I came upon a desert tortoise munching on a flower petal."

The 5 Best Places Outdoors To Escape The Heat

During a heatwave the beaches are flocked, energy use soars, and hiking the local trails can turn into a dangerous affair. Luckily, there are alternatives within reach.

Seven Hikes You Can Squeeze In After Work

Instead of sitting in rush hour traffic, why not go enjoy the great outdoors?

10 Great Off-The-Radar Spots To See Wildflowers In Southern California

There's more than just the "super bloom" at Death Valley or the poppies of the Antelope Valley.

6 Great Places To Hike While Runyon Canyon Is Closed

Don't let the Runyon Canyon closure get you down, here are six spots nearby to let you get your hiking done.

8 Places To Train For California's Snowy, Treacherous Mountains

There's a saying that goes something like this: in Southern California, you can surf in the morning and ski at night.

6 Beautiful Desert Day Hikes Within Los Angeles County

For those times you don't want to make the drive all the way out to Joshua Tree, but still want to take in the beauty of the desert.

Porn Shoots Resume after Performers Test Negative for HIV

A performer on the set of 'The Sex Files 2: A Dark XXX Parody' (more SFW photos here) | Photo by Koga/LAist About a month after an adult industry performer had tested positive for HIV, prompting a quarantine for some actors, things are getting back to normal. Adult Industry Medical Healthcare today said two generations of partners of the HIV-positive patient, known as Patient Zeta, have tested negative in a variety of tests, according...

Hollywood Photographer Says He Went 40 Days Without Sleep

KTLA If you thought the DaVinci Sleep Schedule was intense, check out what this Hollywood celebrity photographer is doing: Tyler Shields says that last month he completed 40 days straight without sleep. This story may belong in the nearby Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Odditorium , but if true, experts think it's a very dangerous endeavor. Shields, however, found it "an interesting way to create different brain waves and see things differently," he told...

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Walt Disney Concert Hall | Photo by Greg Lilly Photos via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr A spacecraft from the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena had a close encounter with Hartley 2 comet and sent back a photo. The NFL + downtown Los Angeles by 2016? That's the ideal plan! Were you frustrated with the Secretary of State's slooow website on Election Night when looking for results? The vendor has now offered a mea...

First High Speed Rail Segment Likely to be Built in the Central Valley

Federal officials today told California that it wants the $4.3 billion it has given to the state for high speed rail to be spent in one of two Central Valley segments -- either the Merced-to-Fresno or the Fresno-to-Bakersfield portion of the $43 billion project.

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This morning's sunrise | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist (thanks for all your work over the years, Tom!) Prop 23 was defeated in Tuesday's election, but Prop 26 won. NBC says that means polluters still win. Jessica's Law, which restricts where sex offenders can live in relation to parks and schools has been struck down by a L.A. County Superior Court judge, but the state plans to fight the ruling. L.A. County Sheriff's will get...

More Heat Records Were Broken on Thursday

Photo by Lucyrk in LA via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr High temperatures were broken on Wednesday and they followed suit on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. This time, however, it was not as extreme and only a handful of records were broken: LAX: 96 tied 1976's record Downtown L.A: A new record of 96 tied a record set in 1976 Long Beach: A new record of 96 beat a 1976 record...

3.8 Earthquake Shakes Long Beach

A minor 3.8 magnitude earthquake struck Long Beach Friday at 9:06 a.m., according to the USGS. People reported feeling it as far as Riverside, Orange County and the Antelope Valley. Per the Long Beach Post on Twitter, the quake was centered around the traffic circle in city's Park Estates area. As always, every little earthquake should be a reminder to get prepared for when a large strikes....

Suspects Arrested in Fatal Halloween Shooting of 5-Year-Old

Aaron Shannon Jr. The two suspects sought in a South L.A. shooting that left a toddler dead and two of his relatives injured have been arrested, police announced today, according to the LA Times. It was around 2 p.m. on Halloween when two young men walking down an alley opened fire into a backyard where 5-year-old Aaron Shannon Jr. was showing off his Spiderman costume to his grandfather and uncle. All three were hit,...

California to Send 2,600 Prisoners to Michigan

Photo by sfxeric via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr The prison private sector is big business. So big, in fact, California will spend $60 million a year for three years to send 2,600 prisoners to GEO Group Inc.'s facility in Michigan, according to Neon Tommy's Paresh Dave. Millions more are likely to be spent by sending thousands of more prisoners to facilities owned by Corrections Corp. of America, which was a major player behind...

L.A. Planning Commission Aligns with Cycling Community, Rejects City's Bicycle Plan

Photo by elsief1 via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Los Angeles' Planning Commissioners yesterday rejected the city's long-term vision for bicycles, delaying approval of the city's bike plan until improvements are made. The vote came at the end of an eight hour meeting, in which half of it focused on the document, where cyclists across a wide community of opinion united against its approval. "Members of the Planning Commission listened to bicyclists’ concerns, and...

Man Suspected in 4 Murders Found with 'Grim Sleeper' Serial Killer Newspaper Article

The man accused of killing a married Hawthorne couple in a home-invasion robbery has been connected to two more murders, sheriff's deputies said today. John Wesley Ewell is now suspected to be behind the murder of an 80-year-old Hawthorne man and a 53-year-old Los Angeles woman who was his neighbor, according to KPCC. All victims were found in their homes bound and strangled. When searching Ewell's car, detectives found a newspaper article announcing the arrest...

'Suspicious Container' Shuts Down Ventura & Sepulveda

The bomb squad has been deployed to check out a "suspicious container" tied to a tree in Sherman Oaks, police said today. A coffee can-sized container tied to a palm tree with wires and batteries protruding on the southeast corner of Ventura and Sepulveda (map) -- that's catty corner to the Sherman Oaks Galleria -- was reported to the LAPD around 1:45 p.m. Police activity is affecting traffic at the intersection, which is one...

DUI Checkpoint in the Valley Tonight

Photo by McBLG97 via Flickr The LAPD is once again sending a message to drivers across the city to not drink and drive. There will be at least one DUI checkpoint tonight, located in the San Fernando Valley on the border of North Hills and Van Nuys along Roscoe Blvd. between Woodley and Haskell. The LAPD does not have to announce all checkpoints, so there could be more out there. Traffic deaths statewide have...

It's Official: Downtown Gets a Target Store

Long desired, and more recently rumored, residents and workers will soon have a Target store in downtown Los Angeles. The big box retailer this week finalized its agreement with Brookfield Properties for an approximately 100,000 square foot space -- that's one-third smaller than their typical size -- at the 7th+Fig mall...

LAist Editor Zach Behrens to Move to KCET, Co-Editor Lindsay William-Ross to Take Over

California, you are so beautiful. | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist The U.S. House takeover isn't the only change that's happening these days. Here at LAist, we're mixing up things, too. After almost three years as LAist's Editor, I'm heading over to KCET, L.A.'s public television station that will split from PBS in January, making it the largest independent public television station in the nation. To say the least, this is an opportunity and challenge...

L.A.'s Largest Solar Power Project Moves Forward, Feds Allow Separate Project in Desert

Two major solar power projects in Southern California were announced today, proving that the state's commitment to reducing greenhouse gases may be on target. Locally, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power pushed forward plans for what will become the city's largest solar array. Meanwhile, the federal government approved...

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch Changes for Metrolink's Schedule

Starting Monday, all but one of Metrolink's train schedules will be slightly tweaked, the agency announced today. "We made these adjustments to provide the best service possible to our customers. We added time to many schedules to provide better connectivity, compensate for new safety enhancements such as decreased speed limits in some areas and to make sure we are on time as often as possible," said John Fenton, Metrolink's CEO. "We understand even minor...

Heat Records Broken, but Lower Temps & Possible Rain Expected this Weekend

Photo by maveric2003 via Flickr Yesterday, numerous heat-releated records were broken across the southland. It wasn't 113 degrees like the downtown L.A. record that was broken in late-September, but for November, many are calling the 90s way too hot. In all, 14 records were broken in the National Weather Service's Oxnard office region, which covers L.A., Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties (meaning, it's likely more records were broken in other counties)....

L.A. Residents Can Now Make Their Parkways More 'Green'

via City of L.A. Until last week, you could only plant -- without a permit, that is -- grass or trees in a parkway, that strip of land between the sidewalk and the street. Thanks to a vote by the Board of Public Works last month, the cookie cutter look is no longer Los Angeles residents' only choice when they want to improve their home sans permit. The new rules found in L.A.'s Residential...

Republicans Will Take Control of the House

Several news sources are predicting that Republicans will take control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Although not all races are called, the party is holding a lead in enough for a takeover. Says the The New York Times' FiveThirtyEight blog: "Frankly, this night is looking slightly anticlimactic, with both the House and the Senate having moved in relatively clear directions so far." They predict a 1% chance Republicans will take the Senate....

AP Calls Jerry Brown CA's Next Governor, CNN Projects a Win for Barbara Boxer

28 years after he left the Governor's office, he's back for a third term. Just a hour after the polls closed, the Associated Press called the gubernatorial race for Democrat and current Attorney General Jerry Brown. He becomes the 39th California Governor (was the 34th between in 1975 and 1983) beats Republican and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, who broke records in campaign spending, most of it -- $142 million -- from her personal...

Schwarzenegger Voted 'Yes' for 1 of the 9 Props

Although Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger promised to reveal who he voted to take his job, so far he's only announced his positions on the nine propositions. The only "yes" he casted was for Proposition 20, the California Congressional Redistricting Initiative. Regarding the gubernatorial race, “Congratulations to Attorney General Jerry Brown on his hard-fought campaign and his victory tonight," Schwarzenegger said in a statement. "Jerry has demonstrated his commitment to the people of California throughout a...

Prop 19, Effort to Legalize Marijuana, Loses

As exit polls indicated, it didn't pass, but it definitely fueled a conversation Americans will continue to have for a long, long time. Prop 19, which sought to legalize and tax marijuana, has lost, according to numerous sources, including KPCC and the Sacramento Bee. As of 10:04 p.m., with 20.3% precincts reporting, it was losing 56.1% to 43.9%....

What Won, Lost: The California Proposition Roundup

As of 12:25 a.m., with 56% of precincts reporting, analysts and news sources had called the results for all of California's nine propositions. Four won, five lost. Not many surprises here: Prop 19, Legalize and tax marijuana: Lost Prop 20, Congressional redistricting: Won Prop 21, Fund state parks via $18 vehicle license fee: Lost Prop 22, Bans state borrowing from local governments: Won Prop 23, Suspend California climate laws: Lost Prop 24, Repeals corporate...

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Wins Lt. Governor Race

Although he made an early attempt to run for Governor, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom dropped out of the race last year, making way for Governor-elect Jerry Brown. He later decided to run for Lt. Governor, which proved to be a successful move on Tuesday. Both the Associated Press and LA Times declared the 43-year-old as the winner against incumbent Abel Maldonado, who had yet to concede, during the early hours of Wednesday. "Newsom will...

Marijuana Will be Back on 2012 Ballot, Says Prop 19 Campaign

Oaksterdam University's Richard Lee, the author of the failed ballot proposition that would have legalized marijuana, says an initiative to legalize marijuana will be once again voted on during the 2012 election. "We just need to do some research and see why people voted 'no,'" he told the Sacramento Bee. "We did get more votes than (gubernatorial candidate) Meg Whitman. And she spent more than $140 million. We need to look at the bright...

Bicycle Community Unites Against L.A.'s Bike Plan

Photo by rchiba via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr It isn't often you have most all facets of L.A.'s cycling community in agreement, but today they are coming together to protest the City of Los Angeles' bike plan, which goes up for a vote at Thursday's Planning Commission meeting. Much of the disagreement with the plan comes down to three points: a commitment to bike lanes, defining bicycle friendly streets, and updating the Technical...

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Malibu | Photo by CindiK. via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Candidates have made South L.A. a campaign stop on Sundays. UCS' Kaitlin Parker takes a look for The South Los Angeles Report. Meanwhile, gubernatorial hopefuls today took time to visit with L.A. voters: Jerry Brown in downtown and Meg Whitman in Woodland Hills. But getting out the vote isn't an easy job: one writer is joining the non-voting majority tomorrow -- by choice....

Taxing Marijuana, Funding Libraries, LADWP Reform and More to Be Considered for March 2011 Ballot

It may be election day, but the Los Angeles City Council has their work cut out for them as this week is the last to approve items for the March 8th, 2011 ballot. That's the municipal election where half of the City Council is up for grabs along with a number of measures. A couple ballot items are already approved -- like pension reform -- but at this morning's meeting, several more will be...

L.A. to Consider Banning Smoking in Most Common Areas

Back in 2008, former LAPD Chief and current City Councilmember Bernard Park submitted a motion that never picked up any steam. "We need to implement legislation to regulate cigarette smoking by limiting it to specific places where there...

5-Year-Old Shot on Halloween Dies

Aaron Shannon Jr. Excited to show off his Spiderman costume to his grandpa and uncle, toddler Aaron Shannon Jr. ran into his backyard Sunday afternoon before heading out to trick-or-treat. At the same time, police said one of two young men in their 20s walking in the alley opened fire on the group, hitting Shannon in the head, his 56-year-old grandpa in wrist and his 27-year-old uncle in the leg. Shannon, 5, was left...

Angelenos May Vote to Increase Library Funding in March Election

At library funding protest in May, 2010 (more photos here) | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist When library hours were shortened by two days this summer, thanks to budget cuts, there was a movement to save them via the ballot. The prospect of that is nearing reality. Today the L.A. City Council voted to have language drawn up to put such a measure before voters on March 8th, 2011. If approved -- both by the...

Two Shootings in Hollywood Leave 5 Injured

Police are investigating two separate shootings that took place in the same area early this morning in Hollywood, according to the LA Times. At around 1:25 a.m., one man was shot twice near the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Cahuenga Blvd.. Then shortly before 3 a.m., another shooting left four men injured. In both cases, a suspect was arrested. Police are investigating to see if the two shootings are connected....

Effort to Legalize Marijuana Still Losing in Poll; Study Finds Alcohol Worse Than Other Substances

Photo by anna★b via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr As mentioned in Sunday's edition of Extra, Extra, the latest Field Poll has the Proposition to legalize marijuana on the losing end of the spectrum. According to the pre-election poll (.pdf), which last week found Democrats leading Republicans in the gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races, "opponents now outnumber supporters 49% to 42%, a reversal from mid-September, when it was leading 49% to 42%." 1,092 likely...

Scene and Seen: 'Trust Jesus' Supporter Put in Handcuffs in Hollywood

This is not what you expect to see on Halloween night, but so be it. Hollywood Boulevard last night was packed--so much so that, at one point, pedestrians were not allowed to cross Hollywood and Highland--that if expressing your free speech was impeding the flow of foot traffic, the police asked you to move on. In this case, it appeared, a group preaching the Lord's word would not move on. After a few minutes of arguing with the police, the group's apparent leader was put in cuffs and either detained or booked.

Before You Vote, Make Sure You Can

Tuesday is a pivotal election day and before you hit the polls, the L.A. County Record-Registrar/County Clerk today is urging people to perform a quick pre-election "to do" list before heading out. Thankfully, it's easy to find a lot information about yourself at their website. First, check to make sure you're registered, download your ballot and locate your polling place. Also, remember that if you vote by mail, the ballot must be received at...

Photos: the Political, the Sexy and the Creative at West Hollywood's Halloween Carnival

When 150,000 to 200,000 people show up for a huge Halloween party, you're going to get some of the best of the best when it comes to costumes. As always, that's West Hollywood's annual Halloween Carnival. It was a mix of politics -- especially tea baggers (we didn't see any Christine O'Donnell witches, did you?) -- Chilean miners, sexy superheroes and Childrens' book/movie characters, cute crayons and a plethora of other pop culture references. There...

Your Guide to the Guides: The November 2nd, 2010 Election

Photo by @sevenphoto via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Many have already voted by mail, but there are still a good number who will hit the polls tomorrow. This guide to guides, mainly focusing on the wider Los Angeles region, is for you. If there's anything missing, or if you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments section and we'll try to fill any gaps in coverage. Where to Vote: L.A. County has...

Food Trucks Endorse Santa Monica City Council Candidate

Photo by R. E. ~ via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Once again, a coalition of food trucks are putting their weight behind a candidate in a local election. During the primary, the SoCal Mobile Food Vendors Association successfully put their weight behind Betsy Butler (and they still support her for tomorrow's election), but new to their list is Robert Kronovet, a Rent Board Commissioner running for a seat on the Santa Monica City...

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Enforcement Can Continue, Says Court

A federal appeals court in San Francisco today said "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the military's ban on gays serving openly, can still be enforced as it examines a lower court's ruling. A Riverside district judge in September ruled that the policy was unconstitutional and last month ordered enforcement of it to be halted. Today's decision, however, delays that ruling while the court "considers whether the policy violates the free speech and due process rights...

Foursquare Launches New Swarm Badges in Time for Halloween

via Mashable How big is Foursquare with smartphone users in the Los Angeles area? We're not exactly sure, but at tonight's West Hollywood Carnival we'll see if there are enough users to reach the the geo-location social network tools (if you're not familiar with Foursquare, it's the precursor to Facebook Places) latest swarm badges, which are novelty awards for completing certain tasks like checking in at at STD clinic or farmers markets. If 500...

Latest Field Poll Shows Democrats Beating Republicans in California Governor & Senate Races

The Field Poll late this week released pre-election results of their latest survey about California's most contested races. In the gubernatorial arena, it shows Democrat Jerry Brown leading Republican Meg Whitman by 10 points. There's also a wide lead in the race for a U.S. Senate seat where Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer is ahead of Republican Carly Fiorina by eight points. For both polls, there's a +/- 3.2 margin of error for the nearly...

Voter Registration Up in California, Especially for Decline to State Voters

Seen on the June 8th Primary in Pasadena | Photo by @sevenphoto via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Compared to the the mid-term election four years ago, the number of people registered to vote has increased by 1.5 million to 17.3 million. But what's a record high here is the 3.5 million voters who have declined to state a party preference, Secretary of State Debra Bowen said today. That beats the previous record raw-number...

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More on Mark Z. Danielewski, Jews on marijuana, Echo Park music venue has plans to stay alive, already an advertisement for the March 2011 municipal election, more on the City of Bell scandal, officials get hinky in Hawthorne and more news links from the day.

Win Tix to the L.A. Chamber Orchestra's 'Discover Beethoven 7' Concert

Photo via LACO The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is at it again with another of their interactive concerts. The group, along with conductor and "musical tour guide" Carl St.Clair, will explore the inspirations and influences behind Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony (you know, like the whole dactylic hexameter effect: long - short - short - long - long). The show, which is on November 6th, includes a discussion, a full performance of the symphony, a Q&A...

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Sunset over Long Beach | Photo by J.Rossier Photography via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr It appears the dumping of waste by RV dwellers onto public rights of way in Venice is a continuing issue. The latest documentation is on Yo! Venice! Abdel Ghani Meskini, the terrorist convicted for his plan to blow up LAX, has a hearing scheduled for Friday because he violated probation.. Anna Nicole Smith's psychiatrist and boyfriend today were convicted...

Charges Filed Against LADWP Workers for Stealing $3 Million

LADWP HQ | Photo by Mike Chen aka Metalman via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr On the heels of major proposed reform at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power comes news that two employees have been charged with fraud for stealing around $3 million, according to the LA Times. For six years Anthony Carone and Akbar Fonooni were buying furniture for the department, but allegedly through a dummy company set up by...

Map: What's Next for the Westside Subway?

Yesterday's vote approving a route for the 9 1/2 mile Westside Subway Extension was historic, but there's still a lot of work to do and a few questions to be answered. Following the news, Metro put together this map (above) detailing the route and portions where decisions still have to be made. The approval put the project into its final environmental review period where the route is fully vetted before engineering, and then breaking ground,...

What's the Latest with Public Transit Connecting the Valley to the Westside?

Map via Metro It's often talked about by residents hoping to avoid commuting "over the hill" via the 405 Freeway, but the project is long off. Very long off. That is unless 30/10, the vision to accelerate several projects with federal loans, becomes reality as the Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor is one of the 12 projects included in its framework. Metro blogger Steve Hymon said it's "the one Measure R project in which no...

7 Marathons, 7 Days, 7 Continents: Woman to Run L.A. Course

Talk about a busy week! Zealous 36-year-old runner Marie-Louise Stenild of England is trying to break the Guinness World Record to to become the first woman ever to complete seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. On Monday, her third day of running, she and a support team will run L.A.'s Stadium to Sea marathon route that debuted earlier this year (nerdy fact: the Guinness World Records Museum on Hollywood Blvd. is around...

City May Experiment with an all Vote-By-Mail Election to Increase Voter Turnout

An Angeleno Votes by Mail for the 2010 Election | Photo by Alex de Cordoba via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr The next time there is a special city council district election in Los Angeles, it could end in dramatically different results. Not necessarily about who is elected (there's a chance of that, though), but regarding turnout. The L.A. City Council today voted to draft an amendment to the election code that would authorize...

Creator of Gmail Donates $100K to Prop 19 to Help Legalize Marijuana

41 years ago today at UCLA, the first ever e-mail was sent. The message landed at Stanford University in Silicon Valley where decades later Google made home with the slogan "Don't Be Evil." The man behind phrase, and behind Adsense and Gmail, is Paul Buchheit. And today, in celebration of the anniversary of e-mail, Buchheit, a current Facebook employee, donated $100,000 to Prop 19, the campaign to legalize marijuana in California. "Silicon Valley is...

LAPD to Hold DUI Checkpoints this Halloween Weekend

Photo by McBLG97 via Flickr When it's a holiday, there's drinking, and that has the LAPD on alert for drunk drivers this Halloween weekend. The department announced today that they are holding at least two DUI checkpoints and one DUI saturation patrol. Police announce checkpoints to change behavior citywide -- they also don't have to announce all locations. Tonight, a checkpoint will be conducted in Sherman Oaks at Ventura Boulevard and Columbus Avenue from...

Project Ethos: Championing Local Fashion, Art, and Music

Nearly two weeks ago when researching a piece about L.A. Fashion Week, I came across a contest on the website for emerging artist organization Project Ethos. The winner of the contest, called the "Project Ethos Carlton Salon VIP Experience Giveaway", was to receive a haircut, color and style courtesy of Carlton Salon, a walk down the red carpet, 4 VIP tickets, and bottle service at Project Ethos’ LA Fashion week event.

The Future of Casting a Vote in L.A. Might Include Ranked Choice Voting and Vote-By Mail Elections

Photo by julie wilson world via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr In a city of four million people, how many come out to vote? Unless it's a historic election, not many. And sometimes turnout dwindles to a sad single digit number. That's why two Los Angeles City Councilmembers are trying to encourage more participation through four reforms nicknamed the Los Angeles Voters' Bill of Rights. Three of them must be approved by voters, likely...

Westside Subway: Beverly Hills Opposes Tunneling Under their Properties, but Neighboring Comstock Hills Sees it Differently

Three tunneling options between the Wilshire/Rodeo station and the two Century City station options (click here to enlarge) | Image via Metro Today is a big day for Los Angeles. The Metro Board will vote on two key decisions about public transit in Los Angeles. One is about the Regional Connector in downtown -- a 1.9 mile light-rail route in downtown that will connect the Expo Line to Eastside Gold Line Extension and the...

A Historic, but Expected, Vote: Westside Subway Extension to Just Past 405 Fwy Approved

Metro staff recommended Alternative 2, which terminates at the Veterans Administration | Map via Metro It's been on and off, delayed, banned and fought over for decades, but it has finally happened. The Metro Board of Directors this morning unanimously approved extending the Purple Line 9.5 miles to just past the 405 Freeway. It was one of five alternatives to choose from -- others included a West Hollywood spur and taking the subway all...

Fully Underground Light Rail Train Connector in Downtown Approved

Conceptual regional connector map | Image via Metro After approving the Westside Subway Extension, the Metro Board of Directors this afternoon also voted in favor of another major public transit project: a fully underground regional connector in downtown Los Angeles. The 1.9 mile light rail line would fill a gap missing in Metro's transit network. Currently, to go from Pasadena to Long Beach, you take the Gold Line to Union Station, go down two...

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Found on Olvera Street | Photo by annierobbins via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr NPR takes a look at the rebirth of David Alfaro Siqueiros' controversial "America Tropical" mural at Olvera Street. In Orange County: An Irvine drugmaker says Botox is a great cure for migraine headaches. If Metro digs a tunnel to extend the 710 Freeway, how much will it cost? Opponents say past estimates have been so wildly variable, that...

15 Possible City of L.A. Ballot Measures to be Considered Today, LADWP Reform Targeted

Photo by hall.chris25 via LAist Featured Photos on Flikcr In March, Angelenos will be asked to go back to the polls and vote again. Half of the Los Angeles city council seats are up for grabs, and current councilmembers are proposing more than a dozen ballot measures. This afternoon at a joint city council committee meeting (.pdf) they will be discussed. Here's a quick list of them, divided into two sections: Roads, advertising, oil...

Give More Expensive Parking Tickets to Repeat Violators, Says UCLA Professor

Photo by Atwater Village Newbie via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr As "parking guru," UCLA's Donald Shoup is credited with influencing how cities shape their parking policies to improve mobility and neighborhoods. But today in the LA Times, he goes after a different angle in parking: tickets. Shoup notes that many of the total tickets given out during a year are given to the same people. "In Los Angeles, for example, 8% of all...

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A Hazy Glendale in Pastels | Photo by 27ray via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr The victim in the dumpling fracas that led to the resignation of San Gabriel's mayor cannot be found. And that's why charges have yet to be pressed. The wife of a man auditioning for "America's Got Talent" was found dead at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown. Yes, cargo ships have "streets" of sort -- shipping lanes -- and Yo!...

How to Watch: Brown, Whitman and Schwarzenegger to Speak in Long Beach Today

A little joke (or not) about today's event | Photo by KQED_Capnotes on Twitter Gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman along with the man who holds the job they both want will take the stage at The Women's Conference in Long Beach this afternoon. It's not slated as a debate, more as a panel conversation, but with a week until election day, it's be surprising if there wasn't some sparring. What also could...

U.S. Senate Candidate Carly Fiorina Hospitalized

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Carly Fiorina has been hospitalized with an infection, her campaign announced today. She last year successfully battled breast cancer but "an infection associated with the reconstructive surgery and, as a result, she was admitted to the hospital to receive antibiotics to treat this infection." They said doctors expect her to make a full recovery and be on the campaign trail soon. She was scheduled to be...

Will You 'Friend Out the Vote'? New Facebook App Tells You Which Friends Don't Regularly Vote

Friend Out the Vote logo What happens when you take publicly available data and mix it with your Facebook friends? It could be a recipe for disaster between friends. The California Democratic Party on Monday released a new Facebook app that, with your permission, scours your list of friends and identifies those who are registered as Democrats but don't vote regularly, according to the LA Times. It then encourages you to talk to them...

Majority of L.A. Taxis to Go 'Green' Over Next 5 Years

Other cities do it, but in Los Angeles taxi cab franchises are not required to have a fleet of fuel efficient vehicles. Now, thanks to a vote of the L.A. City Council today, a new contract with nine franchises means that by 2016, 80% of cabs on city streets will have to be green. In past months, the issue has been hotly debated with crowds packing committee meetings. Some argued that phasing in clean...

Will Brown and Whitman Stop the Negative Ads? Issue Dominates Women's Conference Discussion

Okay, that was fun. Gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman sat down for a chat this afternoon at The Women's Conference in Long Beach. "The Today Show" host Matt Lauer led the discussion along with Governor Arnold...

Beaches Reopen Following Fatal Shark Attack

Three Santa Barbara County beaches closed Friday after a 19-year-old man was killed by a shark have reopened, according to the LA Times. Over the weekend, patrols and observations provided no shark sightings at Surf, Wall and Minutemen beaches around the Vandenberg Air Force Base. "During the three-day closure period, base conservation law enforcement officers increased patrols of the base beaches; there were no observed or reported shark sightings off of base beaches during...

Post Office Gives a Warning About Voting by Mail

Unlike tax forms, a postmark date on or by election day on an absentee ballot in California does not mean it's eligible. The United States Post Office today encouraged voters to not just voter early (and often), but to also "mail early." And if for some reason you cannot get the ballot into the mailbox on time, voters can hand-deliver their completed ballot in the official envelope to any polling location on November 2nd...

Brown Leads Whitman by 13 Points in LA Times/USC Poll, Whitman Camp Says Poll is Skewed

As noted in Sunday's edition of Extra, Extra, gubernatorial candidate Democrat Jerry Brown is leading Republican opponent Meg Whitman 52% to 39%, according to the latest LA Times/USC poll, which was released this weekend. The poll, conducted by two firms -- one Democrat and one Republican -- surveyed 1,501 California voters, of which 922 were likely voters. The margin of error is 3.2 points, but widens when subgroups are examined. Whitman, however, was quick...

Laurel Canyon Residents Celebrate 'Photo Day'

Imagine if every neighborhood in Los Angeles took a few minutes each year to come together and take a "family" portrait. That's what community members in Laurel Canyon have been doing since 1989 in an event that has grown large enough to warrant a street closure. Tom Nelson, along with the Canyon Country Store owner Tommy Bina, started "Photo Day" 21 years ago "just to take a picture of the neighborhood," said Nelson (and it...

Windy Day in L.A: Power Goes Out in Park La Brea Area, Tree Falls onto Valley House [Updated]

See a larger image at KTLA Power went out this morning along Beverly Boulevard in the Park La Brea area, most notably causing traffic lights to go down and businesses to shutter along Beverly Boulevard. The LADWP confirms that 664 customers have been affected and that crews are working to restore power. Although it's windy, no official cause has been cited. Out in Granda Hills, a large tree fell onto a house, leaving a...

Dems Outweigh Republicans in Latest Voter Registration Sweep

Photo by delara-photos via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr The fact that there are more Democrats in Los Angeles County than Republicans (51% to 24% to be exact) is no surprise, but a look into the numbers are nonetheless interesting. Last week Monday, the last day to register to vote and when a major registration drive was setup throughout the county, around 17,000 people signed up. And since September, more than 107,000 signed up...

Marijuana Legalization Backers Release 1st Prop 19 TV Ad

With the election just over a week away comes a blitz of new TV ads, many of them from campaigns the wider audience hasn't heard of. Case in point: Prop 19, the effort to legalize marijuana. On Tuesday, the first Yes on 19 ad will appear in the Los Angeles market (and apparently is the first TV spot from either side of the issue). It features former San Jose police chief and current research...

State Launches Website Listing Government Salaries, Handful of Local Cities Not in Compliance

John Chiang arrives at the city of Bell | AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes As promised in August, State Controller John Chiang has launched a website detailing the salaries and other compensation of city and county governments throughout California. The move followed the city of Bell scandal, in which employees and part-time city councilmembers of the Southeastern L.A. County municipality were found to be earning sky high salaries and now face charges. While a majority of...

Teenage Girl Steals Vehicle with Two-Month-Old Child Inside

The LAPD this morning was looking for a teenaged girl who allegedly stole a car this morning with an infant inside. The incident happened around 8:30 a.m. when two-month-old child's grandfather stopped to pick up a newspaper at a newsstand, leaving the red 2000 Ford Expedition running and the child inside. As he returned, an apparent 16-year-old girl wearing a high school uniform jumped in and drove away, according to Police.

Halloween in West Hollywood Means Street Closures, Relaxed Parking Permit Restrictions

Shepard Fairey Obama Poster face in 2008 (more photos here) | Photo by Kim Shattuck via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Hundreds of thousands will descend upon West Hollywood on Sunday night, clad like Lady Gaga, zombies or a plethora of other costumes (read LAist's 2010 trendy predictions) for the annual West Hollywood Halloween Carnival. But such a massive event means a multitude of street closures and parking issues. Of note is that the...

1 Dead in Crash that Involved a School Bus in Boyle Heights [Updated]

twitpic via Mekahlo Medina of NBCLA A school bus carrying 54 high school students was turned onto its side when it was involved in a crash that left one person dead this afternoon. The incident occurred around 3:20 p.m. at 1st and Soto in Boyle Heights (map) under circumstances still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, which takes the lead on school bus crashes. The fatality was initially reported to be the driver...

From Show to Storefront: Unique LA Combines Forces with Apartment 3 to Go Brick & Mortar

L.A. in the past has seen a food truck go brick and mortar, but this weekend a popular event gets a turn. Sonja Rasula's Unique LA has always been a widely-attended seasonal show where shoppers can find a plethora of local and U.S. independent design and gift vendors (get a taste of what is sold in this photo essay), so why not try something a little more full time? Furniture store H.D. Buttercup offered Rasula...

Extra, Extra

Lower and Upper Grand Avenue in downtown L.A. | Photo by jimmay bones via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr This is not local to L.A., but the universe! NASA astronaut Doug Wheelock used Foursquare to check into the international space station. It unlocked a new badge: the "“NASA Explorer." "California's unemployment rate stayed put last month, remaining at 12.4 percent and hinting at some stability after the state has endured a brutal run of...

Proposal Would Give More Rights to Cyclists Involved in Crashes

Photo by work the angles via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Last December Councilmember Bill Rosendahl proposed that the city create a law that would prohibit the harassment of cyclists in Los Angeles. It was cheered by the cycling community, but others were cautious, citing that many existing laws already cover any such harassment. "Many of the harassing actions about which bicyclists complain already constitute California Penal Code and Vehicle Code violations," explained a...

Life after Public Office: Schwarzenegger Plans Autobiography

Yups, that's what he said today in a live video Q&A with his Twitter followers. "I'm sure I'll write a book or two," said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, according to the Sacramento Bee. Whether or not he act again would depend on the script or other factors. And apparently, he's a big chess fan, staying up to 2 a.m. playing with friends....

Crash Involving LAPD Cruiser Shuts Down Traffic in Hollywood

Photo by David Markland, used with permission Police swarmed Franklin Avenue at La Brea shortly after 6 p.m. tonight after a crash between a LAPD unit and SUV occurred. Details from police were not immediately available, but an officer was rumored to have injured his ankle. Traffic flow was diverted off Franklin Avenue and at El Cerrito Place and Sycamore Avenue, according to Weho Daily on Twitter. Traffic in Hollywood tonight was already expected...

Extra, Extra

Photo by Mark Luethi via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Curbed has run Part Two of its look "at a long-standing, but far-from-universally-embraced Los Angeles building code that requires all buildings 75 feet and taller to have a helicopter landing pad." Don't forget, it's the third Thursday of the month, meaning it's Venice Art Crawl night. Yo Venice and Venice Patch offer their guides. "Contrary to what one might believe, the term Westside Republican...

More Traffic? Obama to Head to Glendale after USC Rally

AP Photo/Conrad Schmidt Street closures for Obama's visit to USC are already in effect, but less talked about his what he's doing after the campus rally this afternoon. He's heading to the Valley for a radio interview. ABC7 predicts his motorcade will likely snarl traffic. Glendale police told the LA Times that there may be some temporary road closures along Central Avenue and the 134 Freeway. If there are any freeway closures, it will...

Lindsay Lohan Lucks Out: Jail Time Avoided, Sent to Rehab

Lindsay Lohan was back in court this morning to learn of her fate after violating probation when she failed a drug test. The District Attorney was pushing for the mandatory 180 days in jail, but Judge Elden Fox took Lohan's admission that she was an addict into account, sentencing her to rehab until January 3rd, followed by a court date on February 25th, according to E! But if she violates that, Fox will have...

Obama in L.A: Live Updates from the USC Rally

LAist's Jeremy Oberstein and photographer Joey Maloney are at USC covering President Barack Obama's rally. For live updates, see Oberstein's tweets below and to stay tuned, keep reloading this page or follow @LAistLive on Twitter. Live Updates For previous tweets, go to @LAistLive on Twitter....

Traffic Alert: Police Brutality March this Afternoon between Downtown & MacArthur Park

Detail of Street Closures Map via LADOT If any traffic from President Barack Obama's visit to USC's campus and Glendale wasn't enough, then here's more. A march from Pershing Square in downtown and ending at MacArthur Park in Westlake will begin at 2 p.m. It's just one of the many protests across the nation for the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality. Road closures include 5th Street between Pershing Square and the...

Shark Kills Body Surfer in Santa Barbara County

via Google Maps Three beaches around Vandenberg Air Force Base have been shut down for at least three days after a body surfer this morning was fatally bitten by a shark. The incident happened this morning at Surf Beach, which is officially a base beach, but is publicly accessible via the Lompoc area. "Long considered a “sharky” area by locals, Surf Beach... has been the site of several shark sightings in recent years including...

Man Fired for Wearing Bush Sweatshirt at Obama Rally

A union stagehand working the USC rally for President Barack Obama this morning was reportedly fired for wearing a sweatshirt that said "George H. W. Bush" on it, according to Eric Spillman at KTLA. But get this, it was a shirt that pictured the U.S.S. George H. W. Bush aircraft, where his son is currently serving, the worker said. Duane Hammond said he wasn't making a political statement, just supporting his son. A union...

Legislator Plans Party to Celebrate Mobile Billboard Ban

Photo via Office of Bob Blumenfield With new state legislation giving local governments the power to ban mobile billboards, San Fernando Valley politicians are ready to party. Literally. Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield, who co-authored the ban with Assemblymember Mike Feuer, today announced that next week he's holding a party to celebrate the passing of the legislation. Referred to as mobile billboards, the unhitched trailers display vertical advertisements and are found throughout the city, especially parked...

Brown Leads Whitman by 8 Points in Latest Poll

Once again, Democrat and Attorney General Jerry Brown is leading Republican and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman in the race for California's Governor. The latest poll, compliments of the Public Policy Institute of California, has found that Brown leads Whitman by eight points, or 44% to 36%, with 16% undecided. The margin of error is up to ±3.5%. In a previous PPIC poll from September, the candidates were neck and neck: 38% for Whitman...

Dr. Drew on Legalizing Marijuana: No Position on Prop 19, but...

U.S. "drug czar" Gil Kerlikowske was at the Pasadena Recovery Center today to hold a press conference about the the federal government's opposition to Prop 19, the ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in California. In attendance was Dr. Drew Pinksy. What did he have to say? NBCLA caught up with and grabbed this soundbite: "I do not have a strong opinion about prop 19 -- that is really for the voters to decide --...

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