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Cabrillo Beach in San Padro | Photo by airbutchie via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Safety vs. appearance: Curbed LA is investigating "a long-standing, but far-from-universally embraced Los Angeles building code that requires all buildings 75 feet and taller to have a helicopter landing pad." Reacting to the City Attorney and LAPD having two journalists smoke dope and drive under the influence, Streetsblog LA's Damien Newton points to real studies on the issue. A...

Plan Ahead: Street Closures for Obama's Visit Announced

Let's hope it works this time. Rather than surprising millions of Angelenos, which really didn't work out last time, officials have announced streets closures for President Barack Obama's visit to Los Angeles on Friday.

Long Beach State Senator, Jenny Oropeza, Dies at 53

Senator Jenny Oropeza (D - Long Beach) has died, according to the Sacramento Bee. The 53-year-old was diagnosed with a blood clot in her abdomen earlier this year and had been largely missing from the floor since. She was an State Assemblymember from 2000 to 2006, when she was elected to the Senate. Before that she was a member of the Long Beach School Board and Long Beach City Council. R.I.P. Jenny Oropeza....

Prop to Legalize Marijuana Losing in Latest Poll

The same poll that said Jerry Brown has an eight point lead over Meg Whitman also says Prop 19, which would legalize marijuana, will lose. It found that 44% of likely voters are for it while 49% are against it, leaving 7% undecided. "This is an 8-point drop in support since September (52% yes, 41% no, 7% undecided). Support has declined among Democrats (56% today, 63% September), dropped sharply among independents (40% today, 65%...

17,000 People in L.A. County Registered to Vote on Monday

Photo by toastyphotos via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr A big push earlier this week resulted in big results. On Monday, which was the last day to register to vote before the November 2nd election, some 17,000 people came out to fill out and turn in forms at more than a dozen registration drives through L.A. County. Before that, over 150,000 voter registration forms were received by the Recorder-Registrar/County Clerk's office. "Every election is...

Photos: Canned Food Art Exhibit Will Soon Feed the Needy

It's art mixed with tasty do gooding. The 5th Annual Canstruction is now on display, showing off the work of seven teams of architects, designers, builders, and engineers who took canned food to build structures meant for feeding instead of housing. After November 6th when the exhibit ends, the 10,000 or so cans will go to the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. “The Foodbank is grateful for the design community’s support,” said Michael Flood, president and...

Latest Poll Shows Boxer Leading Fiorina by 5 Points

As usual, it's a tight race when it comes to polls between Democratic U.S. Senate incumbent Barbara Boxer and former Republican and Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. The latest poll from the Public Policy Institute of California (see results for the gubernatorial race and Prop 19) shows Boxer at 43% and Fiorina at 38%, with 17% undecided. The margin of error is up to 3.5%. Previous PPIC polls showed an even tighter race, but always...

Report Recommends that L.A. Regulate Food Trucks via Permits

Lake Street Creamery serves customers on Hollywood Boulevard in Thai Town (more info here) | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist Two years ago this month, a group of friends after a night of Hollywood clubbing had the munchies, but had no where to turn for some late-night eats, specifically Korean food. A month later, one of them took that inebriated desire and turned it into a business: Kogi BBQ, an agglomeration of the classic L.A....

Melissa Etheridge, Danny Glover & Others Speak in Suppor of Legalizing Marijuana

Actor Danny Glover, left, singer Melissa Etheridge, center, and actor/comedian Hal Sparks take part in a news conference in support of California's Proposition 19 to regulate, control and tax marijuana (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Well, the word "bud" is in Buddha. Today, organizers of Saturday's first-ever Buddhafest held a press conference in which celebrities and other big names spoke in favor of Proposition 19, the November 2nd ballot measure to legalize marijuana. “I don’t want...

'This Old House' to Film in L.A. for the First Time

When "This Old House" premieres in January, it will a first in its 30 seasons to tackle a home in Los Angeles. Not only that, it will be their first Spanish Colonial Revival project. "Southern California is rich in architectural history, but much different than the New England homes we normally feature on the show," said host Kevin O'Connor.

Appeals Court to Hear Prop 8 Arguments on December 6th

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu The Federal Appeals Court today announced that oral arguments for the appeal of Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California, will be heard at 10 a.m. on December 6th. Prop 8 backers are appealing a lower court desicion from August where Judge Vaughn Walker's August struck the voter-approved initiative down, calling it unconstitutional. The American Foundation for Equal Rights, which filed a lawsuit against the state to fight Prop 8,...

Photos: Halloween House in West Hollywood Takes a Stab at the Catholic Church

What's a West Hollywood Halloween season without some political displays? Couple ChadMichael Morrisette and Mito Aviles, who made national headlines when their 2008 display included an effigy of Sarah Palin, are at it again and this year it's about the Catholic church. The scene is made up of "soulless parishioners" surrounding the Pope, who is leading the church on a crusade against equality. In a sense, this is an extension of their "forces of evil"...

Win Tickets to See the Gorillaz at the Gibson Amphitheatre on October 27th
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So the Gorillaz are in the midst of their "Escape to the Plastic Beach" world tour and on October 27th -- that's next week Wednesday -- they'll hit up the Gibson Amphitheatre here in Los Angeles. Do you want to go? Well, we're giving away a pair of tickets! To have a chance at winning, leave a comment below on this post and share with us a great area restaurant to complement a concert at the Gisbon.

Obama Traffic Hell this Friday? Maybe Not This Time

AP Photo/Dave Martin The White House is not going to announce days ahead what streets President Barack Obama will be using when he comes to town on Friday, but the administration is definitey aware of the anger caused back in August when a 30 minute drive turned into a three hour one. If anything, things shouldn't be as crazy this time. Obama is scheduled to attend a fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Barbara Boxer...

LAPD, City Attorney Ask Reporters to Smoke Marijuana, Then has them Drive

So, does marijuana impair driving? That's the question City Attorney Carmen Trutanich wants to answer in his crusade against Prop 19, the November ballot initiative that seeks to legalize and tax marijuana in California. This week, Trutanich and the LAPD invited LA Times columnist Steve Lopez and...

Big 'Earthquake' Scheduled for 10:21 a.m. Thursday

via DropCoverHoldOn.org For the third year in a row, California will hold a statewide earthquake drill. An estimated 7.7 million people are taking part, and organizers behind the Great California ShakeOut are hoping for more (yes, you can still register, or just do it on your own without registering). Their message may be lifesaying, yet simple -- "drop, cover and hold on" -- but it's something that isn't necessarily engrained in the minds of...

Former Playmate of the Year Charged with Attempted Murder

via TMZ A 1968 Playboy playmate of the year has been charged with attempted murder of her husband, who is currently listed in grave condition after being shot Saturday, according to the LA Times. 68-year-old Victoria Rathgeb, who posed under the name Angela Dorian (and is also known as Victoria Vetri), told police that a drug dealer shot her husband, but investigators concluded that she pulled the trigger. Rathgeb is being held on a...

If Marijuana is Legalized, the Federal Government May Sue California

The movement to legalize marijuana in California via Prop 19 is worrying the federal government. Last week they, along with L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, vowed to enforce federal drug laws, even the November 2nd ballot measure passes. And today, the Associated Press has learned that the Obama Administration will sue. "People don't want to see someone jump in from Washington and tell them how to vote," the federal "drug czar" Gil Kerlikowske told them....

Worst Frame Job Ever: Mark Sanchez Did Not Rob a South Bay Bank

via the Daily Breeze Police are searching for a balding heavyset sexagenarian man who allegedly robbed a Manhattan Beach bank on Monday, according to the Daily Breeze. Most memorable about the suspect was what he was wearing: a "Mark Sanchez" New York Jets jersey. "I'm being set up. I swear it wasn't me," Mark Sanchez himself jokingly claimed on Twitter, where he added the humorous hashtag "#worstframejobever." Anyone with information is encouraged to call...

Photos: Zombies Take Over Hollywood Boulevard, Plans Surface for Inebriated Orange County Attack

If part of your Sunday included seeing hundreds of zombies on the Metro Red Line Subway or on Hollywood Boulevard, we hope you survived (no word on what happened to Captain America yet). It was all part of the 2nd Annual Hollywood and Highland Zombie Walk. And If you missed out on the fun, don't fret. Random zombie happenings seem to happen year-round in L.A. and another one is planned for this Saturday in Newport...

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Hikign Elsmere Canyon in the Santa Clarita Valley | Photo by puck90 via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr A neo-Nazi is running for a seat on Riverside County's water board. "A federal judge said on Monday that she is inclined to deny a government request to delay her order that immediately stopped the military from enforcing its ban on openly gay service members." Magic Johnson sold his ownership stake in the Lakers to UCLA...

Some of the Best Theatre in L.A: Ovation Award Nominees Announced

Los Angeles' version of The Tony's (or Obies) is coming up in January and last night the nominees were announced. Coming out on top was Pasadena's The Theatre at Boston Court with 17 Ovation nominations, followed by 16 nominations for...

LA Phil Launches Smart Phone App

After launching a useful Hollywood Bowl mobile app this summer, the LA Phil is at it again. With the season at Walt Disney Concert Hall in full swing, the organization has now brought patrons another mobile tool. Their free "LA Phil," which is available on Blackberries, Androids and iPhones, includes concert schedules, program notes, options to buy tickets, performer biographies...

'21 Reasons I'm Voting Yes on Prop 21': Voters and Yes Campaign Launch TV Spots

Today the campaign to pass Prop 21 launched their first TV spots. If approved by voters, an $18 fee will be added to annual car registrations, thus funding state parks and allowing free entrances to parks. The advertisements do their job, but they're nothing exciting (see one of them below).

San Gabriel Mayor Resigns After Alleged Food Fight & Crime

Mayor Huang It was 1 a.m. at the New Taste Dumpling House last Friday in San Gabriel. Mayor Albert Y. M. Huang and an unidentified women apparently got into a fight over money -- she reportedly throws a a steamer of dumplings at him and he returns with throwing vinegar. Huang then allegedly took her purse, tried to take her SUV before fleeing in his own vehicle, which she clung onto as he drove...

Health Grades for Food Trucks & Carts Gets Final Approval

Photo by Alex de Cordoba via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr It's official. Food trucks in L.A. County will have to go through twice-yearly inspections and display the resulting health grade just like restaurants do, thanks to the approval of an ordinance today the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. The law will go into effect in 30 days, but don't expect "A's," "B's" and "C's" clinging to the windows of food trucks and carts...

Last Day to Register to Vote in California is Today: Here's How

November 2nd is a big election for Democrats, Republicans, gubernatorial candidates, marijuana, state parks, climate law, the state budget and so much more. To say the least, groups want residents to arm themselves with the right to vote. Today in L.A. County, there will be 11 "drive thru" sites open through midnight (that started at 8 a.m.) where you can register in person.

AOL Launches Patch News Websites in North Hollywood/Toluca Lake and Monrovia

Map via Patch AOL's brand of local news websites are growing faster than ever. Just last week, LAist posted about two new Patches in the San Gabriel Valley and today are two more in North Hollywood/Toluca Lake and in Monrovia. Craig Clough will take the helm for North Hollywood/Toluca Lake, which is likely going to be tough. While some of his fellow site editors have very defined and sometimes relatively small cities and neighborhoods,...

L.A. is $63 Million Overbudget

One quarter into the 2010-11 fiscal year and Los Angeles' "spending is running $63 million more than expected," according to the Daily News. The information comes from City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, who warned the City Council last week in the latest financial status report. The overrun can be covered by the reserve and unappropriated balance accounts, but come June, there's an anticipated $318 million deficit expected. (h/t LA Observed)...

Today Through Thursday: Rain, Rain, Rain

Hello, Fall! Expect temperatures in the 60s throughout the week and weekend, accompanied by clouds and rain for at least four days, according to the Weather Channel. By Friday, the sun should start peaking out, and by next week Monday, it's expected to be sunny, but still in the 60s....

Billboard Tax and Pension Reform Could be on March Ballot

Photo by fredcamino via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr L.A. has suffered a blow this year in regards to the budget. Job cuts, furloughs, impacted city services and more have had a ripple effect on the pubic (library hours shortened by two days, for one). To avoid more of this in the future, city officials are acting now to save the budget, which includes going to the voters at the March 8th municipal election....

Daily News Endorses Jerry Brown for Governor

Although they endorsed Republican and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina for U.S. Senate, the San Fernando Valley's flagship paper The Daily News endorsed Democrat Jerry Brown for Governor on Sunday. To them, he's not Mr. Right, but rather Mr. Right Now. "To be sure, this longtime politician - current attorney general, former governor, former mayor, former secretary of state - is less than the dream candidate that California deserves," the paper said. "He's not...

Scene and Seen: 7 Feet Tall and Wearing Heels

On Hollywood Boulevard, if you're around seven feet tall, the paparazzi will love you, even if you're not a star. LAist photographer Tom Andrews last week was walking when he spotted the paparazzi, most notably TMZ, going nuts over her outside Katsuya, almost as if it were Lady Gaga. Surreal? Sure. A Hollywood moment? Definitely....

The Future of CicLAvia: 4 to 6 Events in 2011?

Last week's car free party on 7.5 miles of Los Angeles streets -- aka CicLAvia! -- was such a success, there are talks of bringing it back at the City Council level -- after all, the route went through five political city districts -- and within the nonprofit that organized the event. "It’s all somewhat up in the air at this time - subject to change - but we decided to plan on 4-6 CicLAvia events in 2011!"

First U.S. Detection of Palm Tree Killing Bug Found in Laguna Beach

via Wikipedia California's iconic symbol is under attack! Well, at least for now, it's isolated. A pest, which the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) considers to be "the world’s worst pest of palm trees," has been found in the Laguna Beach area, state officials announced today. They said this is the first-ever detection of the red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) in the United States. The Southeast Asia native insect has spread throughout...

Orange County's Crystal Cathedral Files for Bankruptcy

Detail of the Crystal Cathedral | Photo by loop_oh via Flickr What looked like a possibly just a few days ago became a reality today. "Crystal Cathedral Ministries, an Orange County landmark and megachurch founded by television evangelist Robert H. Schuller, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday morning," reports the OC Registar. $55 million in debt, today's filing by the mega-church is over $7.5 million owed to creditors who "filed lawsuits and obtained writ...

Video: Checking in on the Construction of the Expo Line

The first portion of the the Expo Line, the light rail train between downtown L.A. and Santa Monica, is expected to open in August 2011. That portion will travel from the 7th/Metro to La Cienega (cruising by USC just in time for the school year), with completion of the first phase to Culver City in 2012. Three years later, in early 2015, the train should be full operation all the way to Santa Monica.

Some Streets to Close in WeHo and Hollywood Sunday for AIDS Walk

Map via AIDS Walk The 26th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles is this Sunday, meaning thousands of people will be taking to the streets to fundraise and bring awareness to the disease. It also means some streets will be closed during the morning. Some streets will close as early as 6 a.m., but the walk starts at 9:15 a.m. at West Hollywood Park. It will head East on Santa Monica, South on La Cienega,...

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Thursday night at the Downtown Art Walk | Photo by meddzilla via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Are you part of this trend? Sales of e-books are up 193% this year. Last night's Downtown Art Walk was well attended, despite confusion if it was really on or not (it really was). This haunted house in Sherman Oaks might be worth checking out. AOL's West Coast editorial director for Patch spoke at last night's L.A....

Old Pasadena a Win, Westwood a Fail and What Parking Rates Could Have to do With it

Photo by red.dahlia via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr In today's LA Times, Martha Groves profiles UCLA Professor and "parking rockstar" Donald Shoup. If you don't know about him, you should, as he's someone local whose ideas about urban planning are affecting cities everywhere. One of his most frequently cited concepts is not subsidizing free parking, putting it at fair market value and using the revenues to improve that neighborhood directly. So what did...

AIDS Healthcare Foundation Wants L.A. to Pull Film Permits for Porn Shoots

From a 2009 adult film shoot (Photo by Koga/LAist) News of an actor who has tested positive for HIV has put the spotlight on a heated debate between the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the adult entertainment industry. Although a quarantine has gone into effect and four production companies have voluntarily shut down for the time being, the nonprofit says it's not enough. “A voluntary and partial suspension of production is simply not enough in...

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Sunset over the San Fernando Valley | Photo by Mark Luethi via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Abbot Kinney is quite popular these days: parking, valet and food trucks will be a big topic issue at the Venice Neighborhood Council next week. Sarah Palin on California: it "has unfortunately become a case study in failed liberal policies." Intelligentsia in Pasadena will start serving alcohol tomorrow. The White House will be lit in pink tonight...

AOL's Patch Launches 2 San Gabriel Valley News Websites

Love 'em or hate 'em, AOL's push for hyper local news took two more steps this week in Southern California. More specifically, Patch.com launched websites in the unincorporated community of Altadena and the city of South Pasadena. Behind the two sites are editors with masters degrees in journalism.

New Year's Day Could be D-Day for Mobile Billboards in L.A.

A mobile billboard on Fulton Avenue in Sherman Oaks | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist A state law that will take effect January 1st will allow local governments to regulate mobile billboards, those unhitched trailers that display advertisements and are left on streets for weeks or months at a time, mostly in the San Fernando Valley. Complaints over the years have piled up about the signs because residents see them as blight, a public safety...

San Gabriel Mayor Arrested for Stealing Purse and Worse

Mayor Huang Well here's a lede you don't read everyday. Courtesy of the LA Times's Sam Allen: "The mayor of the city of San Gabriel was in custody Friday on charges of felony robbery and assault after he allegedly took a woman’s purse and sped down a residential street with her clinging to the side of his sport-utility vehicle." Luckily the woman, who clung to the car for more than a quarter mile, was...

Pro-Business, Big Oil, Alcohol Industries Fund Prop 26, Unions Fight Against It

Industries that support Prop 26 | Chart via MAPLight.org Among the nine propositions Californians will be voting on in the November 2nd election, Prop 26 is not getting much attention. How could it, though? Taxing rules, when compared with marijuana, state parks and climate, is not exactly a sexy topic. But that doesn't mean it's important and could mean major change for the state. Basically, Prop 26 "expands the definition of a tax and...

Garcetti Finally Gets the Balls to Cancel a City Council Meeting Because of Tardiness

He warned them nearly nine months ago and last Tuesday, L.A. City Council President finally took them on his promise. "We have an obligation to be here at 10 o'clock on meeting days," Garetti said about canceling the meeting around 10:20 a.m., when there still were not enough present members to legally conduct a meeting.

Pershing Square Cites Holiday Preparations in Denying Permit for Jon Stewart's 'Rally To Restore Sanity'

Detail of the L.A. rally logo There was major disappointment earlier this week when organizers of the L.A. offshoot of Jon Stewart's rally in Washington D.C. were denied a permit to gather in downtown's Pershing Square. Officials with L.A.'s Recreation and Parks Department told the LA Weekly the park could not accommodate crowds as it prepares for Downtown on Ice, which begins November 18th and were willing to work with organizers in finding a...

Most Recent Gubernatorial Poll: Brown 50%, Whitman 44%

Supporters and protesters gather during a news conference in front of Dorris Place Elementary School in Elysian Valley where California Attorney General and Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jerry Brown spoke on Thursday (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Despite the "whore" controversy, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown is leading Republican opponent Meg Whitman by 6 points, according to the latest poll from Rasmussen. "The numbers: Brown 50%, Whitman 44%. likely voters has a ±4% margin of error," explained...

Last Day to Register to Vote is Monday

November 2nd is a big election day for California. Residents will vote on nine propositions and for a number of elected officials, most notably Governor, Attorney General and U.S. Senate. Currently, 16.99 million Californians are registered to vote, but are you? Monday, October 18th is the last day to register. If you need, the Secretary of State's office has put together an informative webpage on registering....

Feds to Loan Metro More than a Half Billion for Crenshaw/LAX Transit Line

View a larger version of this map (.pdf) Public transportation in Los Angeles today received a boost with the news of a large loan from the federal government. Metro will receive more than a half billion in loaned funds for it's nine-mile Crenshaw/LAX light rail line, which will take riders between the Green Line at LAX and the Expo Line, which is currently under construction. "Today is a very good day," said Senator Barbara...

The Feds to California Voters: Whether You Legalize Marijuana or Not, We're Still Going to Enforce It

The Obama Administration this week said they would "vigorously enforce" marijuana laws, even if voters approve Prop 19, which would legalize the drug for recreational use. "Let me state clearly that the Department of Justice strongly opposes Proposition 19. If passed, this legislation will greatly complicate federal drug enforcement efforts to the detriment of our citizens," Holder wrote in a letter to former chiefs of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the LA...

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At the Watts Towers | Photo by fe2cruz via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Happy 100th Birthday, Daily News! The paper today kicks off a year-long celebration with an article detailing their history, starting with its first iteration as the Van Nuys News. Like many cities, Inglewood is also facing a budget crunch and will lay off 27 full time employees. One day after a Riverside-based Federal Judge placed an injunction on "Don't Ask,...

County to Finalize Food Truck Letter Grading System Next Week

Fry Smith visits Sherman Oaks | Photo by polaroid-girl via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr The L.A. County Board of Supervisors this week approved the expansion of its letter grading system for (.pdf) food establishments to include food trucks and carts. That means your favorite mobile eatery could soon be displaying an acceptable "A," a bummer of a "B," or a cautious "C." But a number of things must first happen before this actually...

More Porn Production Companies Stop Shoots

Photo by joanna8555 via Flickr An unidentified performer who has tested positive for HIV has sent waves through the adult entertainment industry, prompting a quarantine and a number of companies to halt production. So far, four have taken action: Vivid Entertainment, Wicked Pictures, Hustler Video and Digital Playground, according to the LA Times. The incident has activists once again calling for mandatory condom use in films, something that is generally frowned upon in the...

Map: Bike Racks to Bloom in Pico-Union and Westlake Neighborhoods

Maroon dots mark bike rack locations | Map via LACBC Often legally parking a bicycle is very hard to do, and beyond that, sometimes it's even hard to find a tree or pole or something to lock your bike to. In Pico-Union at the CARECEN day labor center, there are about some 50-100 Spanish speaking cyclists who use the center daily to find work and yet little bicycle parking is to be found. Enter...

New Card & Coin Meters Net Nearly a Quarter Million in One Month

Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist Looks like Angelenos will be seeing more of those Card & Coin meters in Los Angeles. City officials announced this morning that the approximately 10,000 recently installed meters netted $230,000 in September. That's a huge boost from expectations, they said, which would probably generate $83,000 to $125,000 a month (that translates to $1 million to $1.5 million). “Since we installed the first of these new meters in May, they immediately...

CVS Pharmacy Admits to Illegally Selling Key Meth Ingredient, Will Pay $77.6 Million [Updated]

Photo by Rich Anderson via Flickr CVS Pharmacy has agreed to settle with the federal government after admitting it illegally sold a key ingredient to criminals who made methamphetamine, the United States Attorney's Office said today. The company will pay a settlement of $77.6 million. $2.6 million of that represents the profit the company made from selling pseudoephedrine, the rest is a civil penalty, which is the largest ever paid under the Controlled Substances...

Big Blue Bus Now on Google Transit [Updated]

The Big Blue Bus Line #1 | Imaga via Google Maps It looks like Big Blue Bus finally jumped on the Google train! Today transit activists were excited to find that Google Maps offered transit directions via Big Blue Bus, something that has been desired for awhile now, even prompting a petition last month. Neither Google or Big Blue Bus have made an official announcement about the feature, which could mean today's discovery is...

Meg Whitman Begins Bus Tour with a French Dip Sandwich at Philippe's, Queen Meg to Follow?

It's the final stretch before the November 2nd election and Republican candidate and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has begun her "Take Back Sac Express" bus tour to rally for votes. On Wednesday, one day after that fiery gubernatorial debate, Whitman made her first stop, stepping off her bus, which carries the message "Jobs are on the way," at one of downtown's classic eateries, Philippe's.

Traffic Alert: Full Closure for 710 Freeway on Sunday

Heads up, Sunday morning commuters! All northbound lanes of the 710 Freeway between the 10 Freeway and Valley Boulevard will be closed from 4 to 10 a.m. on October 17th. But that's not all, all Southbound lanes will be shut down from 4 a.m to 6 p.m. Why? It's Hollywood, they're filming....

Full 405 Fwy Closure of Northbound Lanes Tonight

All northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway will be closed tonight from midnight to 5 a.m. to make way for the partial demolition of the Skirball Bridge. But unlike what Metro warned drivers of earlier this week, this should be the last night because crews are two days ahead of schedule. Sepulveda Boulevard will remain open as a detour while the Skirball Bridge and and Skirball Center Drive on- and off-ramps, save for the...

A Look at Artisanal LA's Line-Up of Local, Seasonal & Sustainable Vendors & Workshops

Artisanal LA artwork Ice cream from Malibu, vegetables from Silver Lake, Beer from Northeast L.A. and salsa from Chinatown. First-time event Artisanal LA today announced its complete -- save for a few expected additions -- schedule and line-up for its October 23rd and 24th event. The event is meant to bring together the region's unique local, sustainable and handmade food businesses all in one space. Think craft beer (Eagle Rock Brewery, for example), baked...

Jerry Brown or Meg Whitman: Who Won Tonight's Final Gubernatorial Debate?

Now that was a debate! It was lively, informative, had good back-and-forth and was nearly void of campaign slime (read: housekeeper and "whore" controversies). Topics and questions from veteran newsman Tom Brokaw included...

Donating to a L.A. Political Campaigns Could be Banned for Bidders of City Contracts

Photo by hall.chris25 via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Should a construction company seeking a contract from the city for its next big project be able to donate to or fundraise for political campaigns? If you ask the Los Angeles Ethics Commission and at least one-third of the City Council, the answer is "no." The Commission already last month urged councilmembers to adopt an ordinance forbidding companies with pending business before the city from...

3 Proposals to Kill Mobile Billboards in L.A.

Woodman Avenue in Sherman Oaks | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist Thanks to a law signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger earlier this month, cities now have the power to ban mobile billboards, and Los Angeles, which pushed the issue with state legislators, will be no exception. Today a city council committee (.pdf) will discuss three motions that could spell out the death for the unhitched trailers that display ads throughout the city, mostly in the...

Books, Not Drugs! Encino Residents to Protest Loss of Barnes & Noble and Pending CVS Takeover

Photo via Save Our Encino Barnes & Noble on Facebook Barnes & Noble last month announced they're closing two stores in Valley on properties owned by Rick Caruso. While the high-profile developer, who is known for The Grove and The Americana, wants to keep the bookseller in Calabasas, he's ready for the Encino location to be turned into a CVS Pharmacy. For Encino residents, however, the loss of books and the addition of an...

Seen Around Town: Bangkok Deaths Remembered on Hollywood Boulevard

If you were on Hollywood Boulevard last Saturday night, you may have seen this demonstration, something that mirrored, but on a smaller level, a rally of remembrance in Bangkok. While the political and violent drama that's been taking place in Bangkok this year hasn't exactly been played out in local media, other outlets have been following the drama. Here's what the Telegraph said in May: In the full glare of the world's media, Thailand's military...

Incumbent & Businessman are Neck & Neck in Campaign Financing for L.A.'s 14th District

Rudy Martinez While the November election is at the top of everyone's mind these days, the municipal election next March is making news today. Yesterday, campaign finance disclosure statements were due to Los Angeles' Ethics Commission and they've revealed that a real race is developing in Council District 14, which covers parts of downtown, the Eastside (Boyle Heights, El Sereno, etc.) and Northeast L.A.(Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, etc.). Eagle Rock sushi restaurant owner and...

Win Tickets to Friday's LCD Soundsystem Concert!

via LCD Soundsystem's MySpace When we ran a ticket giveaway in August for this concert, you responded with zeal. So, heck, we're doing it again! This Friday LCD Soundsystem is playing the Hollywood Bowl with Hot Chip and Sleigh Bells and we're giving away another two pairs of tickets (if you want to buy them, here's the Ticketmaster link). To enter, head on over to our Facebook page, "like" us if you haven't already...

Angelenos 'Say No to Coal and Oil' at CicLAvia Rally

Sunday's CicLAvia event was not just about taking back the streets for people (not cars), but it also for the environment and health. And that provided the perfect backdrop for a rally that urged Los Angeles to rid its dependence on coal and oil for electricity. Currently about 44% of L.A.'s power is derived from the two energy sources that are blamed for pollution. In fact, "the out-of-state coal-fired power plants that power Los Angeles...

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Obama is coming back to L.A. (let's hope for better traffic this time), Delta earns $256 million in baggage fees during the second quarter of this year, the best of Orange County, a look at Julius Shulman, a new ramen shop in Little Tokyo, Bruce Lisker and the LAPD vs. the Venice Drum Circle.

How to Watch and Listen to Tonight's Final Debate between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman

If there's a gubernatorial debate to watch, it's the one tonight. And, well, it's the last one between Democrat & Attorney General Jerry Brown and Republican & former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. Expect it to be fiery, not just because the distractions -- Whitman's undocumented housekeeper and Brown's "whore" controversy -- are front and center, but because veteran newsman Tom Brokaw is moderating. Brokaw plans to keep the two on point and hopefully he...

14-Month Bridge Replacement Project Begins Tonight with 405 Freeway Closures

Detail of tonight's detour map. All maps can be found at Metro's project website Work to replace the Sunset Boulevard bridge over the 405 Freeway has been going on for a few months now, but tonight marks the beginning of a second bridge's replacement, and it once again brings some traffic headaches. For five night this week, crews will demolish half of the Skirball Center Drive bridge in the Sepulveda Pass. That means full...

California To Sell 24 Buildings for $2.3 Billion

Trying to save the budget in Sacramento (this building will not be sold) | Photo by AdrielH via Flickr A group of private investors will be purchasing several of state-owned buildings for $2.3 billion, the California Department of General Services announced Monday. California First LLC, a partnership between a Texas real estate firm and an Orange County private equity firm, will soon own 7.3 million square feet of office space across the Golden State,...

Traffic Alert: Music Group Causes 101 Freeway Jam for Publicity Stunt [Updated]

The southbound 101 Freeway in Hollywood are jammed this morning after a musical group blocked lanes in a publicity stunt -- they were singing on the roof -- that ended in their arrest. Because the driver left the scene with the keys to the bus, the California Highway Patrol is waiting for a tow-truck to arrive. In the meantime, traffic is backed up to at least the 170 Freeway, according to KABC.

Federal Judge in Riverside Orders Military to Stop Enforcing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

An Inland Empire-based Federal Judge today ordered the U.S. Military from enforcing the 1993-enacted "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which discharges openly gay service members. The Obama Administration requested U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillip, who ruled the policy unconstitutional last month, to delay an injunction on enforcement, but today she ordered the government to "immediately to suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation or other proceeding" into a service member's sexual...

Metro Staff Recommends Westside Subway to Go West of 405 Fwy, West Hollywood Spur Left Out

Metro staff recommended Alternative 2, which terminates at the Veterans Administration | Map via Metro Transit planners at Metro today released their recommendations (.pdf) for the Westside Subway extension, and for many, the preferred alternative is no surprise. A nine-mile route from Koreatown to the Veteran's Administration, just west of the 405 Freeway, was chosen, but preference for some hotly debated sections, such as tunneling under Beverly Hills, were carried forward for further study....

Suspicious Package Prompted Street Closures in Echo Park

As if there wasn't enough hinky traffic today. A suspicious package prompted the LAPD to close down streets around the intersection of Echo Park and Sunset boulevards this afternoon. Luckily by around 4:30 p.m., traffic slowly crawled back to its normal crawl once police destroyed the package and deemed the area safe. At around 3:30 p.m., police were notified of the suspicious package in the parking lot at Walgreens....

Santa Monica Likely to Lift Law that Bans Dating Services

As cities age, so do their laws. Sometimes they get outdated and sometimes hardly enforced. Such is the case with this old 1920s or 30s Los Angeles law: "No person shall play ball or any game of sport with a ball or football or throw, cast, shoot or discharge any stone, pellet, bullet, arrow or any other missile, in, over, across, along or upon any street or sidewalk or in any public park, except on those portions of said park set apart for such purposes."

Cost-Cutting Directive May Have Delayed Serious Attention to Station Fire

What the Station Fire looked like on its second day from La Canada (more photos here) | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist Sometimes cutting the budget to public safety departments can cost you more in the long run. Case in point, the Station Fire, which lasted months and charred some 250 square miles. On day two of the blaze, when it was still relatively small, the Forest Service may have not ordered more state and...

Google Tested a Car that Drove Itself on Hollywood Boulevard and in Santa Monica

Not all of Google's cars were for mapping | Photo by sanchom via Flickr Last month Google CEO Eric Schmidt hinted towards a big announcement they made Saturday: “Your car should drive itself. It just makes sense,” he said at a conference. “It’s a bug that cars were invented before computers." And this weekend that statement became even more clear. Posted to the Official Google Blog on Saturday, Google announced that they've been testing...

Body Found After Grass Fire in Angeles National Forest

Firefighters dousing a small one-acre grass fire in the northern part of the Angeles National Forest this morning found a body among the ashes. The unidentified corpse was discovered around 7:30 a.m. about one mile east of the 5 freeway near Templin Highway. Sheriff's Deputies had very little information, but the Daily News points out that the body was burned beyond recognition: officials cannot tell if it was even a male or female....

LAPD's Union Responds to Jerry Brown 'Whore' Comment Controversy

When gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown incorrectly hung up the phone and left an inadvertent conversation on the voicemail of the LAPD's union director last month, it a smoking message of sorts.

Photos: CicLAvia was 7.5 Miles of 100,000 Smiles

By all accounts, Los Angeles experienced something amazing for five hours on Sunday. An estimated 100,000 people took to a stretch of 7.5 miles of streets closed off to cars and open to people. And those people responded with positive zeal. Based on Ciclovia in Bogota, Colombia (and later in U.S. cities like San Francisco and New York City), CicLAvia was an open streets festival that let Angelenos claim public space, usually reserved for vehicles,...

L.A.'s Oaxacatown and its Growing Mezcal Liquor Scene

When downtown bar impresario Cedd Moses opened Las Perlas, he was on to something. The downtown Oaxacan-themed bar focuses on not just tequila, but also mezcal, the Mexican hard liquor which KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez today reports that is gaining popularity in Los Angeles. Also of note is what people these days are calling the Byzantine-Latino Quarter in the area of Pico and Normandie (map). "Historically this used to be Koreatown," says Gabriel Martinez, who...

All Libraries in Long Beach Now Closed 2 Days a Week

Just like Los Angeles' budget-saving move in closing libraries twice weekly earlier this year, Long Beach today followed suit. Its system of 12 libraries will all now be closed two days a week (Sundays and Mondays). Previously, four libraries were open six days a week, with Monday on the schedule. "This action is a result of the Long Beach Public Library's implementation of the City's adopted budget to offset a structural deficit of $18.5...

Auto Industry Group and Enterprise Rent-A-Car Finance Campaign Against Prop 21, the State Parks Measure

Two auto industry-related companies have made donations to fight Prop 21, the November ballots measure that would add an $18 annual fee for vehicle registrations to fund state parks. On Thursday Enterprise Holdings, parent...

Here are Your 31 Tournament of Roses Royal Court Finalists

Photo courtesy of the Tournament of Roses The Tournament of Roses Thursday announced the 31 finalists for its Royal Court. On Monday morning the final seven, otherwise known as the Royal Court, will be announced. That group, which will include the Queen, will reign over the January 1st parade on their own float, but will also attend some 150 events throughout the year. Thousands of high school seniors from the Pasadena area are interviewed...

Schwarzenegger Signs State Budget, Vetoes Close to $1 Billion

After a successful marathon overnight session by the state's legislators to propose a state budget, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger finally gave his approval with his signature this evening, ending the longest California has every been without one (100 days!). In it, he approved of $87.5 billion and vetoed $962 million in 23 line items. "The vetoes included $366 million from CalWorks, the state's welfare-to-work program, and $256 million from subsidized child care," explained the Sacramento...

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An early morning in Venice | Photo by dogma623 via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Sunday is a big day for Los Angeles. CicLAvia will bring over seven miles of public space to city streets for the five hours. Here's your activity planner. See you on the streets! What's the difference between gantlet and gauntlet? LA Times readers get caught up in the non-error. Drivers who cut you off, tailgate and flip you the...

It's Opening Night for the L.A. Phil at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

You might not be going to the LA Phil's opening night concert and gala, but there's a way you can be there somewhat vicariously. KUSC 91.5 FM will carry the "celebración" live tonight at 7 p.m. Conductor Gustavo Dudaml and his friend Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez have put together a "special program of bel canto arias and popular Latin American canciones." Works to be played includes those from Italian composer Gioachino Antonio Rossini,...

Shooting Prompts Large Police Response in Watts, 'Angry Crowd' Prompts LAPD Skirmish Line

The LAPD has surrounded the Imperial Courts Housing Project and shut down westbound traffic on the Imperial Highway following a shots fired call that apparently got of hand. Details were sketchy, but a police spokesperson said they were notified of gunshots at 5:03 p.m. Responding officers were met by a large crowd (reportedly angry), prompting a large police response and the formation of a skirmish line. As of 5:45 p.m., there was no word...

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Laying out at the Getty Museum | Photo by danimaniacs via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Meet the largest unofficial dog park in the world: Burbank Airport. A LAPD officer who hit two pedestrians with his Hummer and fled the scene was convicted of a felony today and faces up to six years in prison. Remembering rain: KCET has a nice photo retrospective of this week's weather. Now here's a headline: "California officials secure...

100 Days Later, California's Legislature Finally Passes a State Budget

On the 100th day of the fiscal year, the California legislature finally approved a budget after both houses suffered through overnight sessions lasting more than 20 hours. The Assembly approved the $87.5 billion spending plan before 6 a.m. and the Senate at 8:25 a.m. In theory, the budget will fix the state's $19 billion budget shortfall, but with projections -- some are calling these overly optimistic -- that rely on taxpayer revenues and money...

National Unemployment Stays Put at 9.6%

With only 64,000 new private sector jobs last month, combined with 159,000 jobs cut in the government sector (about half of that is thanks to the U.S. Census Bureau letting go of 77,000 temporary employees), the national unemployment rate went...

Newly Released Book Focuses on 'Weird Hollywood'

There's a reason some call it Hollyweird. When it comes to peculiar, creepy, odd, bizarre and haunted stories, Hollywood is full of them. Now the publisher house behind the "Weird" book series has finally released a Tinsel Town version. Tonight "Weird Hollywood" will get its official launch at Boardners, which apparently has its own haunted history, at a free party from 8 to 10 p.m. tonight.

'CHiPs' Star Larry Wilcox Accused of Securities Fraud

Actor Larry Wilcox celebrating 10-4 Day in Hollywood earlier this week | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist On Monday, "CHiPs" actor Larry Wilcox was all smiles in Hollywood as he celebrated 10-4 Day, which honors and celebrates the work police officers do. Then came Thursday, when federal regulators went after and charged several penny stock promoters, including Wilcox, according to the LA Times. Promoters were caught in "various illicit kickback schemes to manipulate the volume...

The Duke Spirit, Cut Chemist to Headline KCRW's Halloween Masquerade

Little Dragon performed at last year's Masquerade | Photo by Koga/LAist KCRW's massively big Halloween party is back. The radio station today announced the lineup and details about the October 30th 21-and-over event, which covers five themed rooms inside downtown's Park Plaza. Masquerade: A Halloween Costume Ball & Dance Party includes the vaudeville circus troupe Lucent Dossier, food trucks, 13 KCRW DJs and performances by Cut Chemist, The Duke Spirit and Gram Rabbit (KCRW...

Jerry Brown in Hot Water after Associate Calls Meg Whitman a 'Whore'

You and your salty language, Jerry Brown. The Meg Whitman campaign may be finding a way to distract from the housekeeper controversy thanks to an inadvertent voicemail left with the Los Angeles Police Protective League.

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