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In Hollywood | Photo by Greg Lilly Photos via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr A new cap planned for the Gulf oil spill could contain the leak by Monday. "In the wake of the death last week of a 15-year-old girl, organizers on Friday for the second time called off an unrelated rave expected to draw 5,000 partiers. Get crunchy! Whole Foods is opening the Raw Bar at their Venice location. The 32nd annual...

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Photo by RebelSciences [Kwasi B.] via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr A Los Angeles jury today convicted bay area transit cop Johannes Mehserle of involuntary manslaughter. SFist has all the coverage. "In a decision they said would define their careers, Azusa City Council members on Wednesday voted 4-1 to approve the Azusa Rock Quarry mining proposal." Eat bagged spinach? Check your bags, there's a recall in effect. Despite not recieving a grant today from...

Violent Crime Down Throughout L.A. County, L.A. City Homicide Rate Up Slightly

Photo by discarted via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Overall, violent crime has trended down during the first six months of 2010. In Los Angeles County, in areas where the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department patrols -- unincorporated areas and in 40 contract cities like West Hollywood -- there's been an 3.81% drop in violent crime, according to the LA Times. Meanwhile, within the city of Los Angeles, there has been an 11.3% drop, according...

Poll: Prop 19, the Marijuana One, Narrowly Opposed

A Field Poll (.pdf) released today shows that California voters are opposed Prop 19, which would legalize marijuana in California. The survey of 1,005 likely voters in the upcoming election found that 48% would say no while 44% were a yes. Voters in L.A. County were nearly split on the issue, with 47% saying yes, 46% saying no. Meanwhile in the San Francisco Bay Area, voters overwhelmingly support the prop, voting 53% yes and 38% no.

Police Try to See if 30 Other Cases are Connected to Alleged 'Grim Sleeper' Serial Killer

As the arraignment of accused serial killer Lonnie David Franklin, Jr. was postponed to August, police were working to see if other unsolved cases are connected to him. Up to 30 cases bare similarities to the serial killer's style. But with no DNA evidence collected in them, it was difficult to connect the murders to the mysterious "Grim Sleeper." That changed Wednesday when police arrested Franklin and searched his home, finding guns that will...

A Dead Heat for Brown and Whitman in Race for Governor, Poll Shows

A Field Poll (.pdf) released earlier this week showed that gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman are in a virtual dead heat. Brown leads by just one point, which poll authors call "statistically insignificant." The poll also found that about four in 10 voters hold positive images of both candidates. That same number was also found for negative images. But that news means Brown's image has dropped, which was two to one last...

Pasadena Playhouse Makes a Comeback

Just a couple months after filing for bankruptcy, the famed theatre has emerged and plans to stage a production this fall. The Pasadena Playhouse, which opened in 1917, announced in early January that it would be closing its doors and laying off staff. A coalition of supporters made up of the city, board of directors and staff “have all combined to create a plan to resurrect the Playhouse from years of unbearable debts,” the...

Naked Man Arrested on the 405 Freeway

Oh, that 405 Freeway, it gets a lot of action. From a skateboarder to a large group of cyclists, from a family of ducks to mountain lions, there's been much craziness. The latest freeway encounter was during the Thursday afternoon rush hour when the California Highway Patrol was flooded with calls about a nude man on the center divider in the Long Beach area. Twitter user GMoney310 snapped a photo (see right) and wrote...

Photos: Natural History Museum to Re-Open the 1913 Building to the Public

This Sunday marks the opening of the newly restored historic 1913 Building at the Natural History Museum. A long time in waiting, the opening of the building, along with three exhibits, is the first to come out in a five-year project that is expected to take the museum to new levels. "While we have lovingly restored our original home, the 1913 Building, we have also provided a very modern renovation of its public and exhibition...

Go See This: Temporary & Edgy Art Gallery in Beverly Hills Gets a Little Naughty

NSFW Warning: the photos in this post are of an explicit nature. Although it may appear safe, a careful look will expose much, much more. From afar, Jonathan Yeo's portraits and nudes look like fragmented acrylic paintings. The style is strong and beautiful in its own way and the works stand out just like that. There's more to this, however -- lots more. The phrase double entendre only begins to describe it. Take a few...

DUI Checkpoint in Echo Park Tonight

If traffic couldn't get worse with tonight's Dodgers vs. Cubs game, just outside the popular Short Stop bar in Echo Park, the LAPD tonight will be holding one of their weekly checkpoints at Sunset Boulevard and Sutherland Street. Within the LAPD's Northeast Division, which covers this intersection, there have been 42 driving under the influence-related and 504 hit and run traffic collisions so far this year. The checkpoint will run from 8 p.m. to...

LAPD Announce Arrest in East Hollywood Transgender Murder Case

Paulina Ibarra Police this afternoon officially announced an arrest in last year's brutal murder of Paulina Ibarra. Jesus Catalan stands accused of killing the 24-year-old transgender woman in her East Hollywood apartment on August 28th, 2009. Catalan became an immediate person of interest a few hours after police reported to Ibarra's home on the 900 block of Mariposa Street. Catalan apparently contacted mutual friends in the LGBT community after the murder, claiming he was...

5.4 Earthquake Strikes Borrego Springs, Felt Widely in Los Angeles [Updated]

Via USGS An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 (previously 5.9, later downgraded) jolted the Borrego Springs area at 4:53 p.m. today. It was widely felt across Southern California, some in the San Diego County area reporting it as a quick jolt and others in Los Angeles as a long deep roll. It was even felt in Las Vegas. The Los Angeles Fire Department said there were no immediately reports of damage or injury...

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Photo by casualtimetravel via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr An uncle of a 21-year-old Canoga Park woman was arrested for killing her and her 6-year-old daughter today. At the 40th annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards, a theme could be found: police stations were a popular building type to win. Not in L.A., but... In Sacramento, there is a proposal to ban people from wearing hoodies on public transit. No more Hare Krishnas, or otherwise...

The L.A. River is Declared Navigable by Feds

River activist George Wolfe navigates the L.A. River through a small rapid (see more photos here, here and here) | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist Lisa Jackson of the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday announced that the Los Angeles River -- the entire 51 miles of it plus some tributaries like the Compton Creek -- is navigable. Why is that big news? "This is very important, because navigability is one of the conditions that assures that...

Santa Monica Likely to Vote on Increasing Sales Tax to 10.25%

City Seal The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday moved forward with a plan to ask residents to increase the sales tax by a half penny on the November balot. Currently at 9.75%, if a majority of voters approve the measure, the sales tax would be hiked to 10.25%. Why a marjority vote and not a two-thirds vote? "As a 'general tax' that would raise revenue to be allocated at the council's discretion, the...

A Solar Powered Trash Bin Appears in Long Beach

Trash cans need power? Well, Long Beach, which wants to be the greenest city in the country, has an idea, and if successful, they might be onto something. The first of three solar trash cans appeared in downtown Long Beach, officials announced Wednesday. It's part of a pilot project by the city, which wants to see if the cans are worth investing in for high traffic areas. With the city planning to reduce trash collection...

Map: The Off-Leash Dog Beaches of Southern California

There's not many of them, but it's good to know where they are. The LA Times today launched added another dog-friendly feature to their website, this one showing where dog owners where to find off-leash beaches. From Santa Barbara to San Diego -- that's about 340 miles of coastline -- there's only 10 of them. And within that, there's only one in Los Angeles County: Long Beach (and the nearby Huntington Beach Dog Beach...

New Lawn Watering Restrictions Proposed as LADWP Receives Another Black Eye

Detail of the LADWP Headquarters in downtown L.A. | Photo by Alberto Cueto via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Tuesday was a big day for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The City Council approved a proposal to let homeowners water their lawns three times a week instead of two days a week while the utility's leadership skipped out on a meeting to discuss a report that accused the agency of lying....

Capture of Suspected 'Grim Sleeper' Serial Killer 'Will Change the Way Policing is Done in the United States'

The Los Angeles Police Department today released various booking photos of suspected "Grim Sleeper" serial killer Lonnie Franklin, Jr. In addition to his booking photo taken yesterday after his arrest, there were three others, all from previous arrests. "We have our suspect," declared Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at a press conference this morning. "He is our man," lead Detective Dennis Kilcoyne told reporters with confidence. Franklin was arrested twice for receiving stolen property in 1993 and...

Streetcar Planned for Downtown Not Included in Latest Round of Federal Funding

An example of a streetcar from Portland | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist 53 transit projects around the country have been selected to receive federal money, the Federal Transit Administration announced today. Four projects in California, including one in Orange County, were chosen, but the one within Los Angeles was not. Los Angeles Streetcar, Inc. (LASI) earlier this year submitted an application to compete for Urban Circulator/Bus and Bus Livability funds. If chosen, the $100...

14 Classic Plays in 6 Weeks with The Antaeus Company in NoHo

How many classic plays can you see performed in just six weeks? Well, stick with the North Hollywood-based Antaeus theater company this month and next, and you can take in no less than 14 of them. And most at just $10 a pop. “It’s like a crash course in the classics,” suggests Antaeus’s artistic director, Jeanie Hackett.

Is Museum Square Trying to Block Food Trucks from Parking on 5700 Wilshire? 'No Comment,' Says Management

The latest development on the 5700 block of Wilshire Boulevard, which is ground zero for the conversation about food trucks parking near restaurants, has been an interesting one. For the past few weeks, there has been an organized effort -- walkie talkies and all -- that involves cars taking up metered spaces for the majority of the day. Everyday, parking enforcement write them tickets. Speculation from office workers pointed towards the management of Museum Square,...

Gold Line Train to Montclair Gets some Funding

The 11-mile extension from Pasadena to Azusa just broke ground, but the Gold Line Foothill Extension goes beyond that. Phase 2B takes the light rail even further, about 13 more miles east to Montclair (some want it to go out to the Ontario airport) and Tuesday big news about funding was announced. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, said $650,000 has been included in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, according to the San...

The Beverly Hills Courier has a Grudge to Pick with the LA Times

Beverly Hills City Hall | Photo by Tyler S. Andrews via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr If you want to be a reporter for the Beverly Hills Courier, there's one job you can't have on your resume."Former full-time staff of the Los Angeles Times need not apply," reads a recent Craigslist posting for the $36,000 - $48,000 salaried job. There's some definite sour apples going on here. For example, this ranting editorial from January...

Lachrymose Lindsay Lohan Drops a Silent F-Bomb During Courtroom Sentencing

It was a dramatic moment as Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating parole, all stemming from incidents in years past. Tearful, she explained to the judge that what she had done was a serious problem. "I am not taking this as a joke, it's my life and career," she explained. "I don't want to you to think I don't respect you and your terms." But the courtroom photographer happened to...

Best Night to See Music in Los Angeles? Monday.

The Like | Picture via the Like's Myspace NPR on Tuesday picked up on one of best aspects of Los Angeles' local music scene: Monday nights. That's when music venues open up their doors for free shows that feature one band and weekly special guests every month. This is how Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Local Natives and the Silversun Pickups got their start. The success is partly with club bookers who have...

L.A. Newspaper Group Launches LGBT Blog for Long Beach

There's a relatively new blog that's produced by the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, which owns the Long Beach Press Telegram, Daily News, Pasadena Star News, the Daily Breeze and various other papers. Out in the 562 focuses on covering LGBT stories in the Long Beach area. Being the second largest city in L.A. County, and also home to a large gay community -- their pride event brought out around 80,000 people -- it's a...

If Marijuana was Legalized, Prices Would 'Dramatically Drop,' Finds Report

Photo by Jaypeg21 via Flickr One ounce of marijuana today is $375. If Californians vote for Prop 19 or if the state legislature and Governor approve AB 2254, the price could drop to $38 per ounce, says the RAND Corporation in a study released today. Called Altered State? Assessing How Marijuana Legalization in California Could Influence Marijuana Consumption and Public Budgets, the report examines the likely increase in usage, how much tax revenue could...

L.A. Serial Killer 'Grim Sleeper' Arrested, Source Says [Updated]

Two age progressed composites, left, of the Grim Sleeper, who is thought to be 45 to 60 years old and 5'8" to 5'10". The original composite is to the right. (read composite story here) An arrest has been made in the Grim Sleeper serial killer case, according to an anonymous source to the Associated Press. Since 1985, one man tied through DNA is suspected of slaying 11 people -- 10 black women and one...

Pencil This In: Paintings Come to Life, Poetry Festival Kicks Off, Mass Happy Hour on the Strip

The Pageant of the Masters Pageant of the Masters Today marks the opening of one of Orange County's flagship events. The Pageant of the Masters -- yes, that scene in "Arrested Development" was based on something real -- is 90 minutes of "living pictures" (see a video showing how it looks here). People pose on intricately designed sets to look exactly like a famous painting. It's all accompanied by live narration and an original...

Long Beach takes Steps to Tax Marijuana & Ban Smoking in 87 Parks

Photo by ELIā–²NA via Flickr Voters in Long Beach may have two marijuana decisions to make when they fill out their ballot this Fall. Along with Prop 19, which proposes to legalize marijuana, the city council is considering placing a marijuana tax -- currently proposed as 15% for recreational use, 5 percent for medicinal -- on the November 2nd ballot. It is unknown how much such a tax could raise, but the city is...

Alleged 'Grim Sleeper' Serial Killer Charged with 10 Murders

Following a lengthy police investigation and killings that spanned more than 20 years, Lonnie David Franklin Jr. was charged today with 10 murders by the District Attorney's office. The 57-year-old so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer was arrested this morning at his home in Manchester Square, a neighborhood in South L.A. From 1985 to 2007, 11 murders were connected through DNA. The prospect of a serial killer wandering the streets of Los Angeles were not...

Map: Suspected 'Grim Sleeper' Serial Killer Lived Near Where Victims Were Left & Billboard Seeking his Arrest

Police and victims of families of the Grim Sleeper serial killer had a feeling he lived in the neighborhood. Today the suspect, 57-year-old Lonnie David Franklin Jr., was arrested at his home on 81st Street in Manchester Square, a South L.A. neighborhood.

No More Local Guacamole? California's Avocado Industry Could Face Severe Threat

Photo by Lucyrk in LA via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr If it happens, some are calling it the end of California's avocado dominance. The state's $300 million-a-year industry -- it brings the United States 90 percent of the nation's avocados, much of it from Southern California coastal areas -- has been facing competition from Peru since January. But competition is not what the industry is, at least, publicly fearing, it's what imported avocados...

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Photo by A.C.Thamer via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr How did the residents of Boyle Heights, Echo Park and Lincoln Heights celebrate Independence Day more than a century ago? Here's how. In Venice, the Fourth of July means a regatta in the canals. Yo! Venice has the photos. You can now get free shuttle service between Burbank Airport and the Burbank Metrolink Station. Raska, a relatively new studio in Culver City, is offering a...

Long Beach May Ask Voters to Tax Marijuana on November Ballot

Photo by TheTruthAbout... via Flickr Long Beach may join three Northern California cities by placing a marijuana tax proposal on the November ballot. The City Council today is expected to consider an item today that would schedule a public hearing in August, which is when the councilmembers would vote to place the tax measure on the ballot. With a $18.5 million deficit this year (and more of the same in future years), city staff...

How You Water Your Lawn Might Soon Change: City Council to Consider New Water Conservation Ordinance Today

Photo by zone41 via Flickr Which days Angelenos water their lawns may soon be determined by their street address. In a proposal to be considered by the Los Angeles City Council today, officials may change the water conservation ordinance to give the system more daily use, which will not increase total usage. The move comes after a study concluded that a series of water main breaks last year -- one flooding an area of...

One Month of Red Light Cameras in Beverly Hills Yielded More than 1,500 Tickets

Photo by TheTruthAbout... via Flickr Nine intersection approaches and 1,586 citations. That's one month -- last May -- in Beverly Hills, finds the Beverly Hills Courier (.pdf). The city isn't planning to add any more cameras to their stock, but they do plan to continue keeping drivers on guard by moving them around. “We find what happens is that when a camera goes up for the first time there are a lot of tickets...

Higher Temperatures and Sunnier Skies Expected to Appear Later this Week

June Gloom in Hollywood | Photo by nailmaker via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr We're used to June gloom, but this July gloom has some down in the dumps (many, however, are praising today's rain). Luckily, a high pressure system heading towards Southern California from Arizona may start lighting up the mood on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. "We're running about eight degrees cooler than normal," explained Stewart Seto, a Weather Specialist...

U.S. Sues Arizona over Immigration Law

Looks like the federal government, like Los Angeles and various other cities, is not thrilled about SB 1070, the controversial Arizona immigration law that's set to take effect later this month. Saying that Arizona "crossed a constitutional line," the Justice Department today filed a lawsuit to block the law. "Setting immigration policy and enforcing immigration laws is a national responsibility," said Attorney General Eric Holder. "Seeking to address the issue through a patchwork of...

Flip Flop: Parts of Orange County May Become L.A. County, and Vice Versa

Consider this housekeeping. Some boundaries between L.A. and Orange counties, mostly by the Alamitos Bay and the San Gabriel River, are considered a bit backwards and "illogical." Now a number of cities are passing resolutions to better organize their borders so things make sense to them. In Long Beach, the city stands to gain about 35 acres and lose around 43 acres, a mix of land swaps with Seal Beach and Los Alamitos. The...

Fireworks May Cause Unhealthy Air Quality, Agency Says

A fireworks show at the Santa Monica Pier in 2009 | Photo by karlo via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr The organization charged with monitoring air quality in parts of Southern California warned that some areas may suffer Sunday evening and on Monday due to fireworks. The South Coast Air Quality Management District says firework emissions are expected to release particulate matter into the air, adding to the fine particles already present due to...

6 Ways Air Travel Is Getting Worse

At LAX | Photo by RuggyBearLA via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr With it being the tail end of a holiday weekend, there's no better time to look at air travel. Mother Jones last week looked at how things seem to be getting worse, which may have some hoping for a high speed rail network sooner than later (but what headaches could that bring?). Of note is reason #1, fees: "Consumer Reports recently found...

How to Park Legally on Fourth of July, Observed

Photo by *Mike Flores via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Yesterday was a holiday, so is today -- observed at least. That means parking enforcement rules within the city of Los Angeles are a bit relaxed. We've confirmed the following points with LADOT about holiday enforcement, but if you're unsure, you can always call 311 and ask to speak to a parking enforcement operator yourself. via LADOT (.pdf)...

Popular Downtown Wine Bar Closed Overnight, Surprising Community -- and Bar Owners

Inside The Must on 5th Street | Photo by Sean_Yoda_Rouse via LAist Featured Photos Controversy spilled throughout the downtown community over the weekend after The Must, a popular wine bar in the Historic Core, was suddenly closed following an apparent surprise business deal over the space's lease. The end result left The Must stripped of furniture and its wine stock. When news first hit The Must ownership on Saturday morning, it was first reported...

Brush Fire in Irvine Caused by Illegal Fireworks

A brush fire burns Sunday in Irvine Regional Park | Photo via the Orange County Fire Authority A 75-acre brush fire in Irvine Regional Park was 100% contained this morning wit firefighters expecting full control later this evening. The Orange County Fire Authority was alerted to the blaze at 3:16 p.m. on the Fourth of July, prompting about 160 firefighters on the ground to respond in addition to helicopters, bulldozers and a fixed wing...

Suspected Drunk Man Jumps off Venice Pier, Prompts Search

A man who was suspected to be drunk jumped off the Venice Pier early this morning, prompting a Coast Guard search by air and water. The man has been identified as 29-year-old Brian Patrick Dunn of West Hollywood. When he jumped in around 2:30 a.m., he was not wearing a life vest. That, combined with a high surf advisory bringing in rip currents and 6 to 8 foot waves, has authorities worried....

Video: An Oasis Amid 4 L.A. Freeways

Hector Becerra at the LA Times this weekend shared the home and musings of Bamboo Charlie, a homeless man who has built a home away from homelessness amid four freeways along the L.A. River and train tracks in Boyle Heights. It's unlike any encampment one usually sees. 59-year-old Charles Ray Walker, who has lived in this spot for 18 years, has a vegetable and fruit garden -- potatoes, strawberries, watermelons, peppers, to name a...

This Week in L.A: Pageant of the Masters, Grand Performances, Music at the Zoo & More

A Guide to Great LA Events this Week: Music at the LA Zoo, Outfest, Old Pasadena Film Fest, InkSlam, Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, Grand Performances and Music on the Santa Monica Pier

14-Year-Old Girl Shot & Killed Near Downtown During 4th of July Celebration

Photo by CarbonNYC via Flickr 14-year-old Daisy Garcia was out with her family on the streets last night celebrating Fourth of July when bullets flew the air, killing her. At about 10:20 p.m., she and hundreds of others were reportedly watching an illegal fireworks show in the Pico-Union neighborhood when shots were fired towards the crowd on the 1300 block of South Toberman Street, just a few blocks from L.A. Live in downtown. Garcia...

Staff for L.A. City Councilman, Accused of Not Living in his District, Called to Grand Jury

Los Angeles City Counciman Richard Alarcon has been the subject of an investigation by the District Attorney's office since the beginning of the year and now six members of his city staff have been ordered to appear before the grand jury, according to the LA Times. Earlier this year, the councilmember was accused of not living within his Northwest Valley district, instead residing at his wife's home in the nearby Council District 2, which...

Smoking Could Get Banned at 87 Parks in Long Beach

Of the 153 parks in Long Beach, 87 of them are considered small. That's small as in less than five acres and even down to the size of a "glorified median." Nonetheless, one smoker in a small park could mean everyone else is dealing with it. "I tend to go to a lot of smaller parks," Long Beach City Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, who wants city staff to draft an ordinance, told the Press Telegram.

County Supervisors Call for a Rave Party Task Force

After a death of a teenager and over one hundred injuries at last weekend's Electric Daisy Carnival, two L.A. County Supervisors today called for a multi-agency task force to address the health and safety issues associated with rave party events and report back with findings and recommendations.

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Tourists at Pink's | Photo by Purple Blossom via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Local and Bay Area police departments are readying up for the verdict in the Johannes Mehserle case, which went to trial in Los Angeles. Oscar Grant was shot and killed by a police officer while lying face down in a Oakland BART station on New Year's Day 2009. Once a giant festival, the Lotus Festival in Echo Park scheduled for...

Schwarzenegger Orders Minimum Wage Salaries for State Workers [Updated]

Drama in Sacramento and workers around the state. With no budget enacted -- it was due today -- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger this afternoon has ordered that wages for state workers, save for 37,000 union employees involved in tentative union agreements, be reduced to the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour. He can do that? Apparently. "In 2003, the California Supreme Court said the state can withhold pay to the federal minimum until there's money appropriated...

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Hollywood & Highland | Photo by Benjamin Heath via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr He's an environmentalist? The L.A. car guy is, says Green LA Girl. Is internet access a right or a privilege? Some don't want taxpayer money going to something that can access adult industry content, others say the U.S. has to be competitive internationally. A plane that crashed on Catalina Island after the pilot apparently had a heart attack sparked a...

Plane Crashes in Venice outside Santa Monica Airport [Updated]

A small plane crashed early this evening at Penmar Golf Course in Venice, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The golf course, which sits at the edge of the border between Los Angeles and Santa Monica, is located on departure side of the runway, according to ABC7, which reported one fatality. The crash occurred around 6 p.m. and near the 8th hole, the fire department noted. [Update: LAFD Spokesman Erik Scott said the...

Decision on L.A.'s Medical Marijuana Ordinance Delayed by Judge

Detail of Santa Monica's official seal | Photo by mares8 via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr A legal challenge to Los Angeles' medical marijuana ordinance, which limits the number that can operate within the city, thus forcing hundreds to shut down, is still in limbo. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr yesterday delayed his decision until after July 23rd, when briefs he requested are due, according to the LA Times. Mohr...

A 10.25% Sales Tax in Santa Monica? Voters May Decide

Photo by GarySe7en via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr The Santa Monica City Council is considering placing a measure on the November ballot that would put the city's budget woes in their hands. City leaders are considering placing a measure on the ballot that would ask voters to raise the sales tax a half cent or a property transfer tax hike of $1.50, according to the Santa Monica Daily Press. At issue is the...

Hints of a Lawsuit in Beverly Hills over the Westside Subway Extension

In Century City, the north station location would bring a subway beneath Santa Monica Boulevard. The south station would mean tunneling under private properties. (image via Metro) More details are coming out about Tuesday's Westside Subway Extension meeting in Beverly Hills. Well over one hundred residents came out, many of them in opposition of a proposed route that would connect a Rodeo Drive station to the middle of Century City. Although residents support the...

Proposal Would Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in L.A. County Unincorporated Areas

Marina del Rey, Altadena, East L.A., Topanga, Stevenson Ranch and other L.A. County unincorporated communities could see an all-out ban on medical marijuana dispensaries if a proposal becomes law. Supervisor Michael Antonovich introduced a motion (.pdf) on Tuesday that requests staff to propose revise county code "for a..."

7.2 Mexicali Quake Could Have Made Other Local Faults Riskier

The 7.2 Mexicali earthquake on Easter Sunday may have put more pressure on neighboring fault lines in Southern California, according to preliminary analysis by NASA. That analysis showed "that the Mexicali quake placed more pressure on at least two Southern California fault lines: the Elsinore and the San Jacinto," reported the LA Times.

1,200 Cell Phone Related Crashes Since Hands-Free Law, CHP Says

Photo by Jim Legans, Jr via Flickr California's hands-free cell phone went into effect two years ago, but the latest statistics from the California Highway Patrol show that there is much room for improvement. In the last two years, there have been 1,200 collisions statewide where "a contributing factor was inattention by the driver due to cell phone usage," said the department. Of those crashes, 16 people died and 850 were injured....

Pencil This In: First Fridays in Long Beach and Venice & More

The art project Superclogger might be on a freeway near you this summer. | Photo: LA> First Fridays Get out with the neighborhood this summer night in Long Beach or Venice where First Friday events are being held. In Long Beach, find your way to the Bixby Knolls are for some food, art and more. Along Abbot Kinney in Venice, much of the same is happening plus activities down a the boardwalk. Shakespeare by...

Shooting Outside K-Mart in Burbank Leaves 2 Officers Injured

Two Burbank police officers were shot outside a Burbank K-Mart store on San Fernando Road this afternoon, according to the Burbank Leader. The circumstances surrounding the noontime-hour shooting are unknown, but the two unidentified officers are expected to survive. One officer was shot in the hand and leg and the other in the chest, where a bulletproof vest may have helped stop the bullet. A man was scene in handcuffs being taken to the...

DUI Checkpoints in the Valley, Pasadena, South L.A. & Other Locations This Weekend

Photo by McBLG97 via Flickr Police aren't taking a vacation this Fourth of July weekend. In fact, more plan to be on the roads watching out for the overly inebriated. Case in point, the California Highway Patrol this weekend will begin a Maximum Enforcement Period at 6:01 p.m., meaning all available officers will be out on the roads through midnight on Monday. For local jurisdictions, expect DUI checkpoints throughout the area. In the Los...

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Photo by Benjamin Heath via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Your tax dollars at work: thousands of dollars in welfare money was found to be taken out of ATM machines at strip clubs, many of them local. Now that Trader Joe's is heading in the direction of selling sustainable seafood, Greenpeace's latest target is Costco. Anthem Blue Cross' latest proposed healthcare rate hike: not a 39% hike, but a 14%. July 1st marks the...

Beverly Hills Community Opposition Building Against Westside Subway

A closer look at station placements for Century City and Westwood/UCLA. A Westside Subway Extension proposal to put a station in the middle of Century City has made some Beverly Hills homeowners irate. It's not about having a station two-tenths of a mile further away than originally proposed -- it was to place a station at the edge of Century City -- but about how that station would mean digging underneath their homes. “We...

L.A. City Hall Only Collects 53% of Bills Owed, Audit Finds

Photo by okarol via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Although governments shouldn't strictly run themselves like a corporation, this is one area where they should. A follow-up audit performed by City Controller Wendy Greuel has demonstrated the city's lack of ability to collect on bills owed. Since a similar audit three years ago, the city has slightly improved, but not by much. “In three years since the previous audit was released, the City has...

Four High Speed Rail Station Locations to be Considered in SFV

The Board overseeing California's 800-mile high speed rail project are scheduled to meet next week and hear reports on possible station locations in the San Fernando Valley. One of the four will eventually be chosen, according to the Glendale News-Press. They are: near the Burbank Airport, in the city of San Fernando, near the Tujunga Wash at Branford Street and near the Pacoima Wash. Specific details are expected to be posted on July 7th...

Santa Monica Announces Sharrows, New Bike Lane and More

On 14th Street | Photo via city of Santa Monica Santa Monica this week announced the arrival of its first-ever street with sharrows. Installed as part of regularly scheduled street maintenance on 14th Street at Montana, the lane markings are anticipated to connect riders from the Montana Avenue bike lane to a bike lane planned for 14th Street two blocks away, south of Washington. "This is a big deal for us," said Michelle Glickert,...

'Office Creeper' Strikes the 5700 Block of Wilshire, LAPD Says

Food trucks aren't the only issue on the 5700 block of Wilshire Boulevard these days. The LAPD today said a man -- they nicknamed him the "Office Creeper" -- during daytime hours on Tuesday walked into a building, stole a large amount of U.S. and European money and walked out casually. He's described as a balding black male, 40-50 years old, standing about 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing about 230 pounds. He...

DUI Offenders in L.A. County Now Have to use Ignition Devices

A new law that takes effect today will force first-time and repeat DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle, according to the Associated Press. In order to start a vehicle up, drivers would have to blow a passing score into the device (see a video from one company on how it works here). The law isn't statewide, but is only in four counties on an experimental basis for five years....

Voters May Choose to Expand L.A. Library Days on November Ballot

At a library protest in May | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist When the year began, Los Angeles' stock of 83 libraries were open seven days a week. Then budget cuts forced shorter hours, leaving them open six days a week. This week -- once again, thanks to budget cuts -- hours will be shortened to five days a week. Now, a proposed ballot measure could be placed on the November ballot. Approved by the...

Verizon to Offer iPhone Service Next Year, Sources Say

If true, this would please many Angelenos exasperated with AT&T service (how many Verizon veterans experience more dropped calls than ever now that they're with AT&T? Why does data not come through on the Sunset Strip?). The rumor began Tuesday in Blooomberg News, which cited " two people familiar with the plans." All companies have no comment on the matter....

Great White Sharks Feeding on Sea Lions at Santa Barbara Island

via Google Maps Despite its name, Santa Barbara Island is located off the coast of Los Angeles. At one square mile, it's the smallest of the eight Channel Islands and is one of five included in the National Park. Today, rangers are warning island visitors to swim at their own risk. "Great white sharks have been observed in this area attacking California sea lions," said a notice released today. "There have been no shark...

Schwarzenegger Appoints 11, Mostly Democrat, L.A. County Judges

Today, Governor Schwarzenegger is appointing judges around the state, filling vacated spots. Of the eleven announced today for Los Angeles County, eight are Democrats, two are Republicans and one is decline to state. Each are paid a salary of $178,789, which does not include the benefits they get from the county, as alleged by Richard Fine. Because judges are rarely reported on, LAist has made this gallery of photos with biographies provided by the Governor's...

Mac & Cheese Maven: Enjoying it Spicy with Wine at Corkbar in Downtown

Southern Californians love their mac and cheese. There's a mac and cheese dedicated restaurant in downtown, there's a menu item at one eatery that relates it to drugs, some deep fry it balls and other shapes and we even put it in grilled cheeses. Downtown has once again proved itself as a regional leader when it comes to mac and cheese. Whether you choose Pete's, the Redwood Bar & Grill, The Must, Mac & Cheeza...

All in One Hollywood Block: Shooting Leaves One Dead, Cops and a Cyclist Hit by Vehicles [Updated]

Things took a turn for the worse yesterday afternoon in Hollywood when multiple incidents occurred all in the same block in separate incidents. A few minutes before 3 p.m., a 20-year-old man was shot while driving his car by a pedestrian who fled on foot. David Juarez, a Hollywood resident who was driving southbound on St. Andrews Place towards Santa Monica Boulevard, crashed into oncoming traffic before his vehicle came to a rest across the...

County Supervisor Calls for Moratorium on Raves at L.A. Coliseum [Updated]

At the Electric Daisy Festival on Saturday | Photo by Nadia Kovacs/LAist Following the death of a teenage girl who attended this weekend's Electric Daisy Carnival at the L.A. Coliseum, a Los Angeles County Supervisor is calling for a moratorium on raves at the location. 15-year-old Sasha Rodriguez was one of the over 100 people transported to local hospitals during the event, which drew around 185,000 people. She died Tuesday afternoon. Yesterday, prior to...

California Plastic Bag Ban Approved by Senate Environment Committee

The proposal to ban plastic and other single-use bags at check-out stands in grocery stores, drug stores, convenience stores and liquor stores took another step towards reality today. AB 1998 passed out of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, but with one proposed amendment to keep the current recycling program in grocery stores until January 1, 2012...

Extra, Extra

Photo by Salina Canizales via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Sorry! Parole for former Charles Manson family member Bruce Davis has been denied by Governor Schwarzenegger. The man killed in a hit-and-run on the 405 Freeway over the weekend has been identified as James Daniel O'Connel, who went missing after a Bel Air party on Friday night. "The Supreme Court held Monday that the Constitution's Second Amendment restrains government's ability to significantly limit 'the...

Minuteman Candidate Wants to Bring Arizona's Immigration Law to California

Democrat Darcel Woods, left, will face Republican Tim Donnelly, right, who wants to bring Arizona's immigration law to California | Photos via candiates' respective websites There's an interesting Assembly district race brewing for the November ballot. It's for the 59th district (map), which covers parts of Los Angeles County, most of the Angeles National Forest and a portion of San Bernardino County. The Republican-heavy district has pitted Tim Donnelly, a minuteman who doesn't believe...

State Democrats Want to Tax Oil Production, but will Schwarzenegger Slip their Way?

An oil drill in Baldwin Hills | Photo by Jonathan Alcorn (Sundogg) via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Surprise, surprise. Cash-strapped California is the only of the 22 major oil states that do not tax companies for taking the black gold out of the ground. Now with the BP oil spill in the Gulf and Prop 23 at the public forefront, Democrats this Summer have crafted two budget proposals that put an oil production...

7-Mile Car-Free Street Festival Coming to L.A. in September

A portion of the proposed CicLAvia route | Download the full map here (.pdf) It's been a bicycle month in Los Angeles. From the LAPD getting together with Critical Mass to the installation of sharrows, even if controversial. Last Friday came the news that CicLAvia was really happening, coming to Los Angeles in September. What is it? "For the uninitiated, the city of Bogota put on the first Ciclovia decades ago by closing several...

Actor Chris Klein to Face DUI Charges

Because this isn't the first DUI arrest for "American Pie" actor Chris Klein, his latest set of charges could mean anywhere between three days and one year in jail. Earlier this month, Klein was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence when he spotted weaving across three lanes of the 101 Freeway at Woodman Avenue in Sherman Oaks. He apparently tested three times over limit.

When Will the Prop 8 Decision Be Announced?

Some LAist readers have been asking when a decision in the Prop 8 case will be made. In short, the answer is: we have no idea. But we do know that whenever a decision, the streets in Los Angeles, West Hollywood and across the state are sure to fill up in celebration... or protest.

State Commission Investigating Mayor Villaraigosa's Free Tickets

And ticketgate continues. California's statewide ethics agency is now investigating free tickets to over 80 events accepted by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, according to the LA Times. The Fair Political Practices Commission will be coordinating with the L.A. District Attorney's Office and L.A. Ethics Commission, which oversees local ethics laws. California's regulation states that "a ticket or pass provided to an official for his or her admission to an event at which the...

Sunset Junction Grows with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

The Silver Lake Jubilee has come and gone, but Silver Lake's other major music festival is coming in August. The people behind the Sunset Junction Street Fair (now in its 30th year!) have been rolling out their line-up piece by piece and most recently added some bigger name acts, including Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Other notables include Fitz and the Tantrums (LAist predicts them as the next up and coming band), Meshell...

3rd CHP Officer Dies in a Month's Time

A 28-year-old California Highway Patrol Officer died this weekend on the 15 Freeway in the Barstow area. Officer Justin McGrory (pictured right) and his partner were conducting a traffic stop when a red 2009 Pontiac G6 rammed into McGrory, according to the San Bernardino Sun. Police do not believe alcohol was involved, but the 18-year-old driver who stopped at the scene was arrested for vehicular manslaughter.

Food Truck Trend Gets a Nod on HBO's 'Entourage'

A quick scene on last night's season seven premiere of "Entourage" showed off one of L.A.'s trendy food trucks (Yes, Hollywood's fictional elite loves them).

Congress Cuts High Speed Rail Funding, California Calls for it to be Restored

The plan in Congress was to put aside $4 billion for high speed rail in 2011 federal appropriations, but it's been cut by 62%, down to $2.5 billion. Tomorrow, a group of Southern California leaders are coming together to rally for that funding restoration.

Library Ballot Measure Should Get Pushed to 2011, Report Recommends

Photo by Matt McGrath Photography via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Los Angeles voters may see a parcel tax measure that would help fund libraries on a ballot next year instead of this November if city budget officials have their way. The Board of Library Commissioners earlier this month approved a $39/year parcel tax for the November ballot that would fund libraries enough to open them six days a week, restore jobs and enhance...

Fecal Bacteria Be Gone! Malibu is Cleaning up Paradise Cove

Despite its beauty and household name among local beaches, Paradise Cove has been one of the most polluted when it comes to water quality. Last year it received an F. Why? "High levels of fecal indicator bacteria," according to Heal the Bay's annual beach report card (eek!). But this year it jumped to a B, thanks to a...

Unarmed Security Guard Foils Suspect with TEC-9

Photo via the LAPD Just because you have a scary-ass gun doesn't mean you're not a fool. A security guard used his hands and flashlight to disarm a suspect who demanded money with a semi-automatic firearm last week. Just after midnight on June 24th, a security guard patrolling the World Trade Center complex in downtown was approached by a man in a Lakers uniform asking for directions. “Where’s Figueroa Street?” he asked. Finding the...

Success! Critical Mass & LAPD Take to the Streets

By all accounts, Friday night's first Critical Mass ride that shared the road with hundreds of cyclists and cops was a success. And it was also a completely opposite scenario from last month when the LAPD used force against cyclists, causing an uproar within the bicycle community and Chief Charlie Beck promising that things would improve. Surrounded by a small group of excited cyclists on the subway late Friday night, Sgt. David Krumer had a...

Pencil This In: Ruined Weddings, Revisiting the 1980s & More

Film Interactive Remember the above viral video from 2008? Tonight at the Downtown Independent, LA Talk Radio’s Film Courage will premiere the full length movie, "Chloe & Keith’s Wedding." with writer/director Archie Gips there to talk about it. The 1980s Relive the 80s movie experience tonight at the ArcLight in Hollywood and Sherman Oaks where Top Gun and Raiders of the Lost Ark screen, respectively (for some 70s action, they're showing Murder on the...

Suspect Caught in Inland Empire Freeway Sniper Shootings

GarySe7en A 40-year-old man was charged today in connection with freeway shootings -- using BBs or pellets -- that left windows shattered and driver rattled over the last couple months, reports the LA Times. William Matthew Frye of Apple Valley could be the man responsible for over 50 incidents on Inland Empire freeways in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. He was arrested Thursday when witnesses said he was allegedly shooting at vehicles on the...

Prop Numbers Assigned, Marijuana Ballot Measure is Prop 19

Photo by mondolind via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Get your creative juices and rhyming schemes together. Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced the proposition numbers assigned to the 10 measures that will appear on the November 2nd ballot. Of note is Prop 19, which will be followed closely across the country. We're curious what rhyming and/or creative slogans will come out with that one (bad example: "get green with nineteen"). Here's the full...

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