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Bag Ban: Farmers Markets & Your Sweaty Mushrooms

Photo by Sundogg via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr When the Santa Monica single-use plastic bag ban goes into effect on September 1st, it could change the way you experience farmers markets in the area. Instead of a straight ban of all bag types in favor of one eco-friendly BYOB alternative, the LA Times notes that the new ordinance will treat different bags...differently. Though the standard flimsy two handled bags are completely...

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Convicted Sex Offender Reads to School Children, Officials Have "Questions"

Photo by banspy via Flickr John W. Davis, 56, is a registered sex offender. In 2000, he was convicted in San Diego for a felony violation of attempted lewd acts with a child under the age of 14. In November of 2010, he was allowed to read to students at Los Altos Elementary school as part of "heros day." LA Now reports that "officials are trying to sort out" exactly how such a thing...

Teens Violently Attack Eagle Rock Jogger with Skateboards, Steal His MP3 Player

The LAPD has arrested one suspect and are looking for "four or five male youths in their teens" after an Eagle Rock resident was violently assaulted while running at the Yosemite Recreation Center last night, according to the Eagle Rock Patch. The attack left the victim with severe lacerations to his head, a broken hand and possibly broken ribs.

Who's Checking Out Your Check-Ins?

Photo Lucyrk in LA by via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr You may already think twice about checking-in to a venue on Foursquare if you don't want people to know where you are, but do you exercise the same caution when you take a photo with your iPhone and share it on Twitter? The LA County DA's office is warning Angelenos to think carefully before enabling geotagging features on your cell phone,...

Round 'Em Up: "John" Sting Leads to 18 Prostitution Arrests

In response to complaints about prostitution-related activity on Castaic Road, Vice Detectives setup a "John" sting and prostitution sweep in Castaic last night, according to CBS Los Angeles. The result? Eighteen people were arrested including 16 men for solicitation of prostitution, two women for loitering for the purpose of prostitution and two other men were arrested for interfering with a police officer. One of the men arrested was also charged with sexual battery. No...

Did Americana Construction Force Recording Studio Closure?

Construction site of Americana at Brand in 2007 / Photo by Lushbunny via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A judge has ruled that Caruso Affiliated's 2005 to 2008 construction at Americana at Brand forced nearby recording studio Backroom Entertainment to close, according to Glendale News Press and Caruso plans to appeal. Backroom Entertainment, once used by several rap artists and singers, is now surrounded on three sides by the Americana mall and...

2.5 Men Crew to Charlie Sheen: Your Behavior Blows

And the Charlie Sheen dramedy train continues to roll on at sad-bizarre-funny-weird speeds straight through Hollywood. Despite multiple sources confirming cocaine-bender rumors, LAPD says they "found no signs of illegal activity" at Sheen's home and won't be launching a criminal investigation. Now that Sheen is in rehab (at home) for the umpteenth time, his show Two and a Half Men has been forced into hiatus again and the crew is furious.

Banning Bath Salts, Harshing Your High

Put down those bath salts, step away from the tub - we know what you're up to! LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz is calling for a citywide ban on the sale and use of "bath salts" and has deemed them a designer drug, according to KTLA. How have seemingly innocuous bath salts become a dangerous substance?

Another Day, Another Hoax: No Charges for Firefighter Who Faked His Stabbing Downtown

A LAFD Ambulance | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist Remember that firefighter that was stabbed during a rescue at the Cecil Hotel last year, was hailed "Paremedic of the Year," and then questioned heavily after all the "hero" hoopla? LA Now reports that prosecutors will not bring charges of filing a false police report against him "due to the lack of sufficient evidence." Charles Anthony MacDougall, the city firefighter in question, was placed on administrative...

LAUSD's Early Start Program to Get Late Start

Photo by loop_oh via Flickr Last December, LAUSD agreed to have the new school year start on August 15th instead of starting the day after Labor Day to allow students to complete final exams before the winter break. The "Early Start Calendar" plan has just been delayed, according to a statement released by LAUSD Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines. Why is an approved-weeks-ago program being halted so soon? Cortines cited several reasons for the delay,...

Electric Daisy Returning to Coliseum?

Los Angeles Coliseum commissioners will decide today if they will issue a permit for the Electric Daisy Carnival to return to the venue this June, according to ABC. The event was discontinued after 15-year-old Sasha Rodriguez collapsed from an ecstasy overdose at last year's event and died days later at a local hospital. Her death resulted in a moratorium on raves for several months, but the rave ban was lifted last November. The Electric...

Pencil This In: Groundhog Day, Sake & Sushi, Charles Gaines Art Talk and Gypsy Rose Lee's Life in Fiction

Movie poster from Groundhog Day GROUNDHOG DAY If ever there was a Wednesday to go see a film you've already seen (and seen and seen) at The Egyptian Theater, it's tonight and that film is Groundhog Day considering that it is, ahem, actually Groundhog Day. Roll your eyes if you want, but consider this: at least spring is on its way soon and The Egyptian is always a classy spot to hang out for...

Faux Shooting LAUSD Officer: "Gun Accidentally Went Off"

Jeffrey Stenroos, the officer accused of faking his own shooting by claiming he was attacked by an assailant outside El Camino Real High School which set-off a wide and very expensive manhunt, is now saying his gun went off accidentally, according to LA Now. Stenroos gave police several contradictory statements about what went down that day, began behaving strangely after the faux shooting, and began avoiding the scheduling of an incident interview, which ultimately...

Monster Storm Forces 1,000 Flight Cancellations, Could Cover One-Third of the U.S.

Flights grounded at LAX due to "monster" East Coast/Midwest storm / Photo by tomms via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr If you're leaving our lovely sunny L.A. weather to go somewhere less sunny, you might want to check your flight before heading down to LAX. A massive winter storm on the East Coast and Midwest has forced thousands of flight cancellations and has stranded many would-be travelers at LAX, according to CBS...

LA Stadium Named Farmers Field, AEG Makes Bold Promises

AEG has struck a naming rights deal with Farmers Insurance Exchange on the planned NFL stadium downtown that's worth $700 million over 30 years, according to ESPN Los Angeles. The deal means you may be flocking to see football games at "Farmers Field" but many hurdles remain before construction could begin on the newly named venue

Zsa Zsa Rushed to Hospital

Zsa Zsa Gabor was rushed to Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center this morning and her condition is not known, according to LA Now. Just two weeks ago, Gabor had part of her right leg amputated and it is unclear if today's hospital emergency is related but her publicist has said she "fell ill this morning." Gabor is 93 and has been in and out of the hospital for months. Someone speaking on behalf of Gabor's...

Rape Kit Backlog Finally Eliminated

After two years of frustration and anger and concern over 6,000 untested rape kits that were reported in 2008, the backlog has finally been eliminated, according to CBS Los Angeles. Though the results from the last few hundred kits still need to be reviewed, the once mammoth-sized backlog is now down to zero.

Hate Crimes Investigated in Rowland Heights

Two churches in Rowland Heights are part of a hate crime investigation after they were vandalized this weekend, according to KTLA. A Jehovah's Witness church at 19111 Killian Avenue was vandalized with graffiti on it's exterior walls that contained "offensive words, phrases and symbols" sometime between 10 p.m on Friday and before 6 a.m. on Saturday. The graffiti has since been removed and the details of the offensive writing haven't been released.

First Separated Bikeway in SoCal Underway in Long Beach

Construction begins in Long Beach today on the first-ever separated bikeway in Southern California, according to ABC. The new bikeway, modeled after a similar design in New York City, will be in downtown Long Beach along Broadway and 3rd Streets between Alamitos Avenue and Golden Avenue. It will have a painted median and a curb next to street parking to separate bikes from cars.

Gas Station Credit Card Skimmer Arrested in Glendale

After a lengthy investigation, 27-year-old Akop Tadevosovich Changryan of Glendale is in custody on suspicion of using a credit card skimmer at a Shell gas station in Laguna Beach, according to Glendale Press News. The skimming devices Changryan placed on gas pumps allowed him to steal customer information, produce fake credit cards and make unauthorized purchases with them. To date, nine victims have been identified and thousands of dollars worth of merchandise was charged...

26 New Fruit Trees at King Middle School

L.A. schools are getting garden-friendly these days and King Middle School is the most recent campus to benefit from some green thumb goodness with the planting of 26 fruit trees, according to the Echo Park Patch. The trees were planted on Friday by volunteers from Friends of King Middle School, TreePeople and Disney VoluntEARS. Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge was even on hand to celebrate the planting and pose for tree-education photos. In...

Iconic "History of Highland Park" Mural Restoration Begins

The highly anticipated restoration of the "History of Highland Park" mural began on Saturday as over 100 volunteers devoted their time to start the clean up process on the much-loved but recently much-maligned neighborhood artwork. Using biodegradable soap, elbow grease and a healthy dose of neighborhood pride, community members helped kick-off the vision of years of work by the Highland Park Heritage Trust, the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council and Councilmember José Huizar.

DTLA Filming Up 20%, Local Business and Residents Suffer

Photo by ricardodiaz11 via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Downtown residents and visitors know the tell-tale signs: motorcycle cops standing next to their bikes at key locations, cones blocking streets, fake police cars for a city we don't live in whizzing by, star wagons clustered a parking lot away, detours a-plenty and no parking for blocks means there's yet another film shoot taking place. Filming in DTLA is up 20% and old...

How to Get Sued: Fake Your Own Shooting, Waste Taxpayer Dollars, Scare the Bejeezus Out of Everyone with Faux Danger

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to file a lawsuit against Jeffrey Stenroos, the LAUSD police officer who pretended he was shot by an on-the-loose-assailant when he really wasn't, according to LA Now. The council, led by a proposal from council member and former police officer Dennis Zine, was unanimous in their decision to demand that Stenroos reimburse the city for the costs of the extensive police manhunt.

Taco Bell Thankful for Lawsuit, Snarkily Reveals Recipe

The top portion of Taco Bell's new ad in the New York Times today It looks like Taco Bell's PR team has been working overtime after a how legit-is-your-meat lawsuit alleged that the meat in your Chalupa is full of "extenders" that add fake volume. The Huffington Post reports that a new "Thank You for Suing Us" campaign hit today's editions of the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times and other papers....

Suspicious Package in Santa Monica Leads to Evacuations

The area near Third Street and Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica was evacuated after a suspicious package was found in a dumpster between 3rd and 4th Streets, according to Santa Monica Patch. Several other streets were closed off while Santa Monica Police Department and the Los Angeles Bomb Squad investigated further. Nick Wilson, writer for LAist, was part of the nearby lockdown and said police tape was up when he arrived to work at...

$5.6M in Stem Cell Grants Awarded to UCLA & Cedars-Sinai

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine awarded UCLA and Cedars-Sinai researchers $5.6 million in grants aimed at bringing stem-cell research projects to clinical trial more efficiently, according to the Daily Breeze. CIRM was established in November 2004 as California's stem cell agency after voters passed Prop 17.

Checked-In: Hollywood Bowl a Top Foursquare Music Venue

Photo by JessicaLA via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr To celebrate their 3400% growth in 2010, Foursquare has put together a cool infographic on last year's check-ins and our own Hollywood Bowl made its way into the Top 3 Music Venue check-ins list, according to HubSpot. So what were the Top 3 Music Venue check-in spots last year? -Terminal 5, New York -Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles -Mercury Lounge, New York Foursquare's check-in...

Jet Skids Off Runway During Takeoff in Van Nuys

A twin-engine jet skidded off the runway during takeoff today at Van Nuys airport, according to CBS Los Angeles. The aircraft is a Mexican-registered Falcon jet that aborted its takeoff and skidded into a dirt area 100 feet off the runway before coming to a full stop. LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey said the incident was reported at 1:14 p.m. and that were no injuries and no fire. No details have been released on why...

Caruso vs. Patel: Competing Plans for Americana at Brand

Ray Patel wants to hold on to his Golden Key Hotel. Rick Caruso wants to buy the land, raze the hotel and erect an Americana at Brand expansion in its place. Patel refused Caruso's $6M offer to buy the property and was given a 45-day deadline by Glendale City Council to revamp it or sell it to Caruso. The plans are in and a hearing will usher in the next stage of the showdown, according...

Lingerie Store Named FUK U Feels Like One to Community

The "offensive" store name in question / Photo via KTLA A sexy new lingerie-love shop is opening next week on Melrose Avenue and its neighbors are none too happy, according to KTLA. Though opening a new business in these tough times should be a positive sign for the local economy, many simply can't get past the name of the shop: FUK U. Neighbors want the sign bearing the store's name to be removed because...

BYO(Bag) or a Dime Next Time You Shop in Santa Monica

After years of threats from the plastics industry, Santa Monica has finally passed a single-use plastic bag ban, according to the Santa Monica Daily Press. The council voted 4-0 to approve the ban which will go into effect this September. Plastic bags will no longer be available at any retailers in Santa Monica except for take-out restaurants and food delivery.

3 Flu Deaths + 10 Severe Cases = "Get your flu shot"

Three flu deaths in Los Angeles County and another in Orange County have health officials singing from the "get your flu shot" songbook once again, according to CBS Los Angeles. In addition to the recent deaths, 10 people under the age of 65 (5 are children) have been recently hospitalized in intensive care for severe flu cases. Health officials are letting area residents know that it's "not too late to get vaccinated." You can...

Pencil This In: Maxine Hong Kingston, Christian Moeller, Blanc & Rouge

Big Windmill by Christian Moeller / Photo by Koonisutra via Flickr TANGIBLE CARTOONS Christian Moeller, known for his large robotic sculptures in public spaces, will be sharing his perspective on how cinema, music and physical space collide to create art at a SCI-ARC lecture tonight at 7:00 p.m. The lecture is free and if you can't make it downtown tonight for what promises to be an excellent art/sci chat, you can watch the livestream....

L.A. Among Top Cities to Embrace Google eBookstore

The Product Manger for Google Books spoke at Digital Book World yesterday and shared that Los Angeles is among the top five cities that have most embraced Google's eBookstore, according to Mediabistro. Does this bolster our belief that L.A. is truly a literary city or simply prove that L.A. is a tech-savvy city? Either way, we're pleased to be at the top five of a literary list for once and we'll take it! As...

Transportation Transformations: New Bike Paths & Subway Extension Details

Photo by @sevenphoto via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr LADOT announced two new bike lane projects yesterday which is welcome news after the PR problems of April 2009 when it was believed LADOT planned to remove bike lanes - not add to them - to allow for more car traffic. LA Streetsblog is pleased to see that not only is the Valley getting a better bike network, but "it's also good to...

City to Angelenos: Budget Only Covers Four Days a Week

The Los Angeles City Council is considering a plan to cut many critical city services down to a "four days a week" program in an attempt to deal with the $40 million budget deficit, according to the Daily News. While many plans have been carefully weighed over the past few months to sort out L.A.'s budget crisis, this plan cuts the deepest and would have the most significant impact on the daily lives of Angelenos.

Jackson's Doctor Pleads Not Guilty, Speedy Trial May be Televised

Dr. Conrad Murray said "Your, honor, I am an innocent man..." and plead not guilty today to involuntary manslaughter charges in the death of Michael Jackson, according to LA Now. After entering his plea, Murray, whose medical license has been suspended, invoked his right to a speedy trial. Judge Michael Pastor commented on how rare it is for a defendant to push for a quick trial but honored the request and set jury selection for March 28.

LAX Steps Up "Vigilance" After Moscow Airport Bombing

The LAX police department has "stepped up its own levels of vigilance" and is on "heightened alert" today after the suicide bombing at a Moscow airport that killed 35 people and wounded 180, according to CBS Los Angeles. The terrorist bombing in Moscow and several recent shootings at U.S. law enforcement officers, including two officers killed in Florida, have added to the increased awareness at the airport. The TSA has not issued any new...

Despite Looming $30M Deficit, Santa Monica Employees Get $1.4M in Bonuses

Though recent projections show that Santa Monica's budget deficit could top $30 million in the coming years, City Manager Rod Gould approved $1.4 million in bonuses for Santa Monica municipal employees, according to the Santa Monica Daily Press. Gould believes the big payout, noted to be "far less" than the bonus amounts employees grew "accustomed to" before the current recession hit, "struck the right balance between appropriately rewarding employees who are entitled to bonus consideration under their contracts and helping reign in City Hall's expenses."

Kobe's Getting Grauman-ed

Kobe Bryant will be the first athlete (ever, ever, ever!) to have his hand and foot imprinted in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, according to KTLA. The ceremony for Bryant's cementing will take place on February 19th just one day before the All-Star game at Staples Center and amid a flurry of All-Star weekend festivities.

Disney Wonder Cruise Ship to Create Jobs, Stimulate Local Economy & Hopefully Not Get People Stuck and Really Sick

Ah, Disney. We were just thinking it's been so quiet on the Disney front. No complaints about major lines, or being turned away, or not having a magical time in the Magical Kingdom. It's also been quiet on the Carnival cruise-ship-drama front. The wait is over: Disney's new cruise ship, the Disney Wonder, pulled into port this morning, according to CBS. The 964-foot mega ship can carry 2,400 passengers and a crew of over...

Garcetti Moves to Ban "Open Carry" Handguns

In the wake of several high profile shootings and school lockdowns, City Council President Eric Garcetti submitted a motion today to ban "open carry" handguns within the city limits, according to LA Now. Garcetti is calling the move "common sense" and urges council members to approve it. "No one needs a gun on their hip when walking down the street or going to the store," Garcetti said. "The open carry of a handgun can be intimidating and threaten public safety."

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In today's déjà vu Extra, Extra we've got more guns, more school lockdowns, more loud restaurants, a house that moved, a stabber sentenced, a new teacher layoff policy and so much more! Plus: Keep up with us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter: @LAist @LAistFood @LAistSports.

One Worker Dead, Two in Grave Condition from Ethanol Fumes at Atwater Pharmaceutical Company

A LAFD Ambulance | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist A worker died this morning after trying to help two unconscious colleagues who were knocked out by ethanol fumes while cleaning blood plasma from a container at Baxter Healthcare, an Atwater pharmaceutical company, according to LA Now. The two colleagues he tried to help are in grave condition at the hospital. Firefighters and paramedics arrived on the scene at 4 a.m. and found all three workers...

No Charges for Students Who Aided Gardena High Gunman

The two students who were arrested Tuesday for aiding the suspected gunman at Gardena High after his gun discharged and he fled from the classroom will not face charges, according to KTLA. A 16-year-old girl is believed to have taken the suspect's backpack and a 15-year-old boy is believed to have given the suspect his sweatshirt and money for bus fare to leave campus. The D.A. doesn't believe there is enough evidence to make...

$80k Reward in LAUSD Officer Shooting Case

Authorities are offering an $80,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman who shot LAUSD police officer Jeffrey Senroos outside of El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills on Wednesday, according to CBS.2:37 P.M. UPDATE: The reward has been increased to $100,000 with a contribution from the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL).

Jerry Brown Graffiti Warnings are a "Terrorist Threat"

Santa Ana police and Governor Jerry Brown's own security detail are taking the graffiti threats of killing Brown on Valentine's Day very seriously, according to LA Now. The first graffiti threat was discovered Thursday on a block wall on South Greenville Street near Alton Avenue. It includes a Nazi swastika and the phrase: "We gonna kill Gov. Brown 2/14/11" in black paint.

Sharon Tate's Killer & Manson Family Member Denied Parole

Patricia Dianne Krenwinkel, Charles Manson associate convicted of seven counts of first-degree murder, has been denied parole according to a statement released today by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Krenwinkel, 63, was convicted for her involvement in the killing of Sharon Tate-Polanski (pregnant at the time of her death), Thomas Jay Sebring, Abagail Ann Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Steven Earl Parent, and Leno and Rosemary La Bianca in the now-infamous murders of 1969.

"Survivor" Winner Skating Under Influence in Santa Monica

Judson Birza, winner of "Survivor: Nicaragua," was arrested yesterday. Birza was riding his skateboard in the middle of the street in Santa Monica when police detained him for a vehicle code violation. The police database showed he had a warrant out for his arrest and a prior DUI "incident." Worse still: Birza was "under the influence of a controlled substance" when officers caught him skating in the street. Have we reached a new celebrity...

Average L.A. Driver Stuck in Traffic 63 Hours a Year

Photo by Mark Luethi via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr The annual Urban Mobility Report results are in and...whoa: on average, a driver in Los Angeles spends sixty-three hours wasting away in traffic delays. Just. Ouch. The news isn't all bad though: other cities have it worse and L.A. once topped the charts in traffic-delay rankings (we steering-wheel-tapped our way through 84 wasted hours on freeways in 2006.) According to the LA...

Beetles in Your Basmati! Larvae Found in Long Beach

Customs inspectors have found larvae of the khapra beetle in a shipment of rice from Pakistan, according to CBS. The larvae-riddled finding was made on January 13th and has just been established as a pest that did not originate in the United States. Jaime Ruiz of U.S. Customs and Border Protection says this is the fourth seizure of khapra beetle larvae in the last two and a half months. So before you start stirring...

$1.7M Settlement Awarded to Man Wrongly Imprisoned for Eight Months

Photo by Tim Pearce, Los Gatos via Flickr The city of Glendale has agreed to pay $1.7 million to Edmond Ovasapyan after he was wrongly imprisoned during a murder investigation and was exonerated through DNA evidence, according to the Glendale News-Press. The settlement comes nearly a year after a jury determined last February that Ovasapyan should not have been held in prison for eight months while the DA's office reviewed the charges against him...

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Police Show Force at Gardena High, Gunman to be Charged with Lesser Crime

An increased police presence will grace the halls of Gardena High School on what will be a difficult day for many students after yesterday's "accidental" shooting of two students, according to the Daily Breeze. Grief counselors will also be on campus to help students work through what they witnessed during the shooting and lockdown. The 17-year-old student who brought the gun to school in his backpack was arrested and booked for assault with a...

Our Mayor's Making Nice-Nice in D.C.

Photo by GarySe7en via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Antonio Villaraigosa will be among 230 mayors introducing a civility accord today at the 79th Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. and he's packed in quite a few meetings while he's in our nation's capitol, according to the Daily Breeze. His appearances include a news conference with fellow mayors and Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. to support the Community Development Block Grants program, a...

Patient Rights Expanded, LGBT Families Can Comfort Loved Ones without Discrimination

As of yesterday, hospitals that participate in Medicare and Medicaid must allow all patients to decide upon visitation rights and who to entrust with making medical decisions on their behalf regardless of sexual orientation or identity, according to The Huffington Post. Brian Bond, White House deputy director of public engagement, said that "This policy impacts millions of LGBT Americans and their families. The President saw an injustice and felt very strongly about correcting this and has spoken about it often over the years."

Lasers Pointed at LAX Planes 108 Times Last Year

Photo by Greg Lilly Photos via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr The Federal Aviation Administration has released information about "laser incidents" in 2010 and identified there were 108 such incidents at LAX in 2010, according to the Daily News. What, exactly, defines a "laser incident?" A laser being pointed at a plane that can temporarily blind pilots or permanently damage their eyesight. The FAA says that many of the laser-situations involve planes...

Pencil This In: New Filmmakers Night, Jeff Garlin Reads, Nightmare Curators Chat, L'Arpeggiata Debuts

Image from Riding Bikes with the Dutch Trailer FILM The New Filmmakers Los Angeles will screen 14 short films tonight and you'd be crazy to miss it. The last film of the night is our top pick: show your bike-friendly love by attending the screening of Riding Bikes with the Dutch at Sunset Gower Studios. The film follows a Long Beach family as they travel to Amsterdam to experience how the Dutch use bikes...

Downed Power Line Electrocuted Family, Investigation to Take Months

The investigation into the fallen power line that killed three in their own San Bernardino backyard is under way and "it could be months" before it's clear what happened last week, according to LA Now. Steven Vega, 44, came into contact with a fallen power line in his backyard after a windstorm last week. His wife and 21-year-old son rushed to his aid and were also shocked by the 12,000 volt line. All three were electrocuted.

Details Emerge in "Horrific" PCH Crash, Prescription Drugs Might be Involved

Details surrounding the 10-car pileup crash that killed three people including Julia Allen, the 27-year-old driver of the Ford Taurus that hit three vehicles and then flew airborne before landing on a motorcycle, are emerging and questions remain about what may have caused the accident. KTLA notes that speed was a factor in the crash and that Allen was traveling at 90 mph when she swerved into oncoming traffic. LA Now has confirmed that...

Traveling LAX --> NoHo --> Your Coke Warehouse = Busted

More details have emerged in the case of the coke warehouse in Valencia. The two Canadians that were arrested for stashing 100 pounds of cocaine and $2.4 million in a Valencia warehouse were tracked from LAX to NoHo by police, according to CBS Los Angeles. A task force made up of Santa Monica officers and federal law enforcement investigators raided the warehouse on January 12th and seized the cash and the coke after tracking suspects from the airport to the location of the stash.

Three Shot at Gardena High, School on Lockdown

Police are searching for a gunman, believed to be a student, who has shot three students at Gardena High School and is at large, according to LA Now. The school is on lockdown and several agencies including the LAPD, L.A. School police and Gardena police are on the scene. The condition of the victims is not known and it is unclear what sparked the violence. It is believed the suspect fled on foot. This...

Gardena High Student Gunman Surrenders

The student gunman who reportedly shot three students at Gardena High a few hours ago and forced a school-wide lockdown, has surrendered to police, according to LA Now. 3:57 P.M. UPDATE: The student held for the "acccidental" shooting of two students had brought a gun to school "a couple times" before after having been in a fight outside of school that made him fear for his safety, according to LA Now. When the gun went off in his backpack and struck two students, he apologized before running out of the classroom. Investigators are looking into how a student could so easily enter the school with a gun.

Dining Noise: Loud & Proud or Quiet & Quaint?

Bottega Louie / Photo by pink_fish13 via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr It's an age-old discussion in Los Angeles (and many foodie cities across the globe) that's front and center once again now that a few noisy eateries have become hot spots: how loud is simply too loud for dinner and drinks? Blogdowntown points to two popular spots - Bottega Louie and the just-opened (and just reviewed by LAist) Mas Malo -...

Born on the 605: Dad Delivers Daughter on Freeway

Photo by GarySe7en via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr While en route to the hospital with his about-to-deliver-our-baby wife at 1:30 a.m. this morning, a father realized his daughter wasn't going to wait until they reached the emergency room at Los Alamitos Medical Center to make her world debut so he had to act quickly. KTLA reports that he pulled his SUV over on the shoulder of the 605 and called 911....

Student Flees Practice, Jumps to Death Off Hotel Balcony

14-year-old Matthew Mezza, a Freshman at Santa Monica High School, committed suicide on Friday afternoon in a series of events that have left students, teachers, family and friends horrified and saddened and confused, according to the Santa Monica Daily Press. Mezza attended baseball practice on Friday afternoon and "abruptly fled" from practice to run across the street, enter the Sheraton Delfina hotel and jump from a 10th floor ballroom balcony. Witnesses said Mezza yelled...

Brown vs. Ahnold: Who Will be Better for CA?

Photo by sfxeric via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr The Los Angeles Business Journal asked readers "Will Jerry Brown be a better governor than Arnold Schwarzenegger?" The answer was a resounding "YES" with a strong hint of "who really knows given how jacked up our state is at the moment." Here are the poll results: 48% YES 31% NO 21% DON'T KNOW The journal singles out a particular poll comment as representative...

Bold Graffiti Vandals + Slash in Removal Budget = ?

As the debate swirls around Miguel Santana's quest to cut L.A.'s graffiti removal budget in half to balance the city's budget, the Chatsworth Patch wonders if graffiti vandals are stepping up their game and getting bolder. Their evidence? A recent vandalization of a DWP building at the corner of Devonsire Street and De Soto Avenue. Does graffiti on DWP property demonstrate an increased boldness? Or is this just a matter of us noticing it...

Not So Literate L.A. Strikes Again

Photo by Mick ㋡ via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Flavorpill recently created this really cool list of 10 books for America's 10 most literary cities. The annual results are in on Central Connecticut State University's ranking of the 75 most literary cities in the country and Flavorpill wanted to do each city proud. Cool, right? So what book did they ascribe to L.A.? They didn't. Out of seventy five cities, Los...

Hustle Down to Trader Joe's for Charles Shaw Redux

Hustle Buys have come to signal the new "Two Buck Chuck" era at Trader Joe's and The OC Register is encouraging us to get on down to TJ's for the latest in very good, but very cheap wine. Trader Joe's has secured more "grown-up grape" at deep discounts and all that deliciously boozy savings gets passed on to us - often at prices that are 50 to 75 percent less than retail.

More Graffiti Coming to a Wall Near You?

Miguel Santana, Administrative Officer for the City of Los Angeles, wants to cut the graffiti removal program in half to save city budget dollars and residents in graffiti-heavy neighborhoods are none too pleased, according to the Venice Patch. Slashing the graffiti program down to the bare essentials will save the city $1.5 million - a figure that many supporters of the program believe is paltry compared with other programs that could be cut and would save the city far more dollars with less negative impact.

Rookie Deputy Shot by Gang Member in East LA

While investigating suspicious activity in a car parked in a red zone last night at 7:20 p.m., a sheriff's deputy was shot in the face by a paroled gang member, who was then shot and killed by a second deputy, according to ABC. The injured deputy, 27-year-old Mohamed Ahmed, was in his third week of training and was shot during his first assignment in the field. He remains in critical condition at USC Medical Center with a bullet lodged in the right side of his face.

Lawsuit Might Be Filed Against Nuñez Sentence Reduction

When Arnold reduced Esteban Nuñez's prison sentence from 16 years to 7 years in the stabbing death of a San Diego college student for what appeared to be overtly political reasons attributed to his close relationship with former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, many California residents were outraged, including the vicitm's family. The victim's family is so upset, they may file a lawsuit calling for the commuted sentence to be overturned, according to LA Now. The...

8 Months + $150 in House Paint = Stunning Mural by 94-Year-Old Artist

Photo by ~db~ via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr 94-year-old Mid-City artist Erma Winfield has finally completed a 40-foot mural that depicts the many "seasons" of her life. It took eight months of daily work, $150 worth of exterior house paint, some good-natured ribbing from friends and willing neighbors, but the mural is now a welcome addition to Spalding Avenue, according to the LA Times. Winfield's initial Los Angeles experiences weren't exactly...

Pencil This In: Tom Morello, David Rosenboom Septet, Posers & Wine Tasters

LIVE MUSIC The Daniel Rosenboom Septet, brainchild of composer and trumpet artist Daniel Rosenboom, will be jazzing it up at ROYAL/T tonight. If you're down for saxophone, progressive jazz and good vibes, this could be just the thing. General admission is $10, lucky students get in for $5. Show starts at 8:00 p.m. MUSICAL DISCOURSE Tom Morello -- guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave and The Nightwatchman among others -- will be talking political...

Prescription Drug Arrests on the Rise at Santa Monica High, No One Knows Why

Parents, teachers and police officers are concerned over a dramatic increase in drug arrests at Santa Monica High, according to the Santa Monica Daily Press. 35 drug arrests have been made so far this school year, up from 17 during all of last year. Are these students getting mellow with a little marijuana? Oh no. Most of the arrests have been for prescription drugs and the school is now focused on educating parents about keeping pills out of their kid's hands and recognizing signs of drug abuse.

Take the Metro, Save Big

Riding public transportation saves you roughly $10k a year, according to the monthly Transit Savings Report released by the American Public Transportation Association. Los Angeles ranked 8th in the transportation savings report, showing that on average, a Metro-riding Angeleno can save $860 per month just by ditching their car and taking public transport.

Anti-Gang Officers Quit Over Anti-Corruption Rules

LAPD officers in anti-gang units are choosing to work regular patrol shifts instead of keeping their anti-gang assignments because they don't want to reveal their personal financial information - a strict requirement under the anti-corruption rules set up in the wake of the Rampart scandal in the 90's, according to CBS News. Instead of filling in financial disclosure forms due at the end of March, officers are choosing other assignments now

Rumors True: MySpace Reduces Staff by 47%

Turns out the MySpace rumors were true. The Beverly Hills-based social networking company will give roughly 500 employees the heave ho, according to Mashable. The site relaunch and logo rebranding wasn't enough to stop the declining traffic and revenue woes that have plagued MySpace for some time and CEO Mike Jones acknowledged that "today's tough but necessary changes were taken in order to provide the company with a clear path for sustained growth and...

Memorial Fund for Dodger Scout's Daughter

In response to the overwhelming offers of support for the family of Los Angeles Dodgers scout John Green after the tragic death of their daughter Christina in Saturday's gruesome attack on Gabrielle Giffords in Tuscon, the Dodgers have created a special email address (greenfamily@dodgers.com) where family, friends and Angelenos can send their thoughts and condolences. The Green family has also created a charitable memorial fund to honor the memory of their daughter. You can...

Street Art Eye Candy

Some recent put-ups, some updated put-ups and some humorously altered scenes, all through Lord Jim's lens on the ever-fascinating streets of Los Angeles....

Dangerous Chatsworth Intersection Finally Gets a Signal

Photo by dreamyshade via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr After his friend Yao Lu was struck by a car while crossing Reseda Boulevard at Vincennes Streat near CSUN, Andreas Lazaris was angry enough to make sure the same fate didn't meet future students trying to cross the street. Lazaris contacted Councilman Greig Smith's office last February about adding a traffic light and as of yesterday, the new signal is in place, according...

Aussies Push L.A. Tourism to New Heights

Roughly 25.7 million tourists photo-snapped, food-spotted and Star-toured it through Los Angeles last year, up from 23.8 million in 2009. Yet of all the domestic and international visitors that spent a combined $13.1 billion on hotels, restaurants and theme parks in 2010, most came from Australia. That's a first, according to the Daily Breeze. Why are Aussies flocking to our shores? Though we'd like to think it's for our culture and our food and our uniquely LA vibe, we suspect it's not for our beaches.

New Intel "Reinvigorates" Notorious B.I.G. Case

The ongoing investigation into the 13-year-old unsolved murder of Christopher Wallace, aka Notorious B.I.G., was "reinvigorated" a few months ago as a result of new information according to CNN. Sources are not elaborating further on the nature of the new information that has re-focused attention on the case that is being investigated by LAPD, the L.A. County District Attorney's Office and the FBI. Retired LAPD Detective Russell Poole told CNN he believes Suge Knight was...

Naked Man in 'Dr. Phil House' Fails to Help Women Feel Better

What do you get when you ask Dr. Phil to help you improve your interpersonal dynamics with others? A naked man running through your house, according to the Daily Breeze. Two women participating in "The Dr. Phil House" reality TV show got far more than they bargained for when they agreed to take part in an episode that was supposed to help them overcome difficulties interacting with others.

LA: A Not Very Smart Small Business Mecca

Photo by Mark Luethi via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Planning to open a small business this year? If you live in L.A., you're in the right place. New federal data shows that Los Angeles ranks second nationally with 339,782 private sector businesses and that the vast majority of those businesses had 99 or fewer employees, making it quite the small business mecca, according to Biz Journals. New York City led the...

Whey to Go: 144,000 Pounds of Tamales Recalled

144,000 pounds of frozen tamales made and sold in California by Homestead Pasta Company have been recalled after the dairy allergen whey was found in the tamales but was not listed on the packages. The products recalled include the Garibaldi Beef Tamale, the Garibaldi Turkey Tamale, The Golden West Traditional Beef Tamale with Sauce in Husk, the Golden West Traditional Turkey Tamale with Sauce in Husk and the Casper Beef and Casper Chicken Tamales....

Surfers: Take Your Keys When You Paddle Out or Risk Burglary

Huntington Beach police are warning surfers not to do the typical "leave your keys under the grill of your car" thing before they hit the water, because a smart burglar has been finding the secret key stash spots, taking wallets, iPods and other property out of vehicles, then returning the keys to the "hiding spot," according to OrangeCounty.com. Police believe a string of recent surfer-car-theft is linked to the same man, described as a...

Disturbing Details Emerge, 2 Suspects Id'd in Case of Video Sexual Assaults on Disabled Women

Images of suspects courtesy Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Following the disturbing reports of a tipster-provided DVD that contained 100 hours of video footage showing disabled women in diapers being sexually assaulted, police have identified two of the suspects in the video because they were recognized in connection with other investigations one of which was for sexual assault, according to KTLA. One suspect, seen in the video footage in a wheelchair and removing his...

School Cancels Rent Production: "There is a stripping scene and a prostitute"

Rent Broadway Tour Desktop Wallpaper from Official Site Officials at Monrovia High School have halted a production of the musical Rent after deeming the subject matter "inappropriate" and finding that several students and parents were not comfortable performing in a play that dealt with AIDS and homosexuality and that contains "a stripping scene and a prostitute," according to Monrovia Patch. The school's long-time drama teacher, Marc Segal, is surprised that his request to put...

Check Yo' Wallets: 120 Days to Claim $340k Lotto Win

A winning lottery ticket in the amount of $340,608 was purchased two months ago from Al's Market in Westminster yet the winner has not yet stepped forward to bask in lotto winning glory, according to LA Now. The ticket matched five of six numbers missing the "mega number" 43, but $340k is nothing to shake a stick at so folks are wondering where the winner may be and the California Lottery is asking all...

OC Cabbie Rapes Customer, Could Have Other Victims

Orlando Bruce Bosley, a 57-year-old cab driver in Orange County, is facing charges for raping a customer and knocking her unconscious after she got into his taxi on July 6th, according to ABC. The victim had been drinking and called a cab to be taken to her mother's Seal Beach home. On the way, Bosley allegedly punched the victim in the face

Last Day to Get Your Bird Nerd On

Today marks the official end of the Christmas Bird Count season, a time in which bird enthusiasts, aficionados and full-on bird geeks take daily nature walks armed with binoculars, bird guides and notepads to provide information for the longest-running wildlife census, all in the name of helping conservation....

Pencil This In: Hitchcock's Vertigo, Zin Tasting, Improv Detention, Glenn Gould Documentary

GET VERTIGO Hitchcock's masterpiece Vertigo is playing tonight at the Hammer Museum as part of Julian Hoeber's Demon Hill installation that is "an homage to the anxiety-producing, perception-warping" spots of the American roadside tradition. Sounds hoity-toity but...come on...it's Vertigo! Jacque Tati's Playtime will also be screened. Tickets required, but they're free. GET ZIN Mr. Hipster Enology is hosting a Zinfandel from Paso Robles tasting at Whole Foods in Venice tonight. $20 for five wines...

Bookish Bars: Pretend Lit for the Pretentious?

The not-so-bookish side of Library Bar / Photo by Ernesto D. Arias via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Styleture posted a very cool round up of Los Angeles bars that feature books prominently in the decor. You know the kind. Library Bar. Hyperion Tavern. The Wellesbourne. Heck, even Molly Malones once featured a fully-stocked, well-loved library of books on their worn shelves. If literary decor is all that's considered, these spots certainly...

Glendale & Burbank Residents Less Likely to Visit Hospital

Photo by Robbie via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A new state study shows that the lucky folks living in Glendale and Burbank are less likely to be admitted to hospitals for preventable medical problems than other California residents, according to Glendale News-Press. The study was commissioned by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development and focused on how preventive care can reduce medical emergencies and hospital stays. What made...

Arnie Reduces Nuñez Sentence, Victim's Family Outraged

With only a few hours left as California's Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger reduced the prison sentence of Esteban Nuñez, son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, from 16 years to 7 years. according to the LA Times. Esteban Nuñez received a 16 year prison sentence in May when he plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon in the stabbing death of college student Luis Santos in San Diego. Schwarzenegger...

Zsa Zsa Gabor's Leg Amputated to Stave off Gangrene

Zsa Zsa Gabor was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center last night to have part of her leg amputated, according to LA Now. She suffered from complications to a lesion on her leg for awhile and doctors made the decision to remove part of her leg to prevent gangrene from setting in, which would have posed a more serious health threat. Gabor had a hip replaced in July after falling in her home...

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