Results tagged “Zach Behrens”

Actress & Singer Juliette Lewis Injured in Hit & Run

A hit-and-run crash Wednesday evening in Burbank left actress and singer Juliette Lewis injured, according to the Associated Press. At about 10:15 p.m. a car ran a red light at Olive Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard (map) and collided with a Lincoln Town Car carrying Lewis. She was bruised, but not seriously hurt and brought to the hospital after she complained of head, back and neck pain....

No Help for State Parks in State Budget

At the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in Baldwin Hills | Photo by Mike Chen via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr This year's approved state budget looks very similar when it comes to state parks. What that means is the continuation of partial closures, reduced staff and hours and no end in sight for the $1.3 billion backlog in needed maintenance and repairs. "This budget simply puts another band-aid on the crisis that has...

Santa Monica Gets a Solar Powered Stop Sign

Via TAPCO, the company Santa Monica is working with on this project No, it's not a photo-enforced stop sign powered by the sun (but how appropriate would that be for those controversial signs only found in state-owned parks), but Santa Monica is experimenting with curbing close calls at a stop sign near city hall at Olympic Drive and Avenida Mazatlan. The city testing out a stop sign that has blinking solar powered LED lights...

KCET Says Goodbye to PBS, Will go Independent January 1st [Updated]

Those two logos will soon no longer be paired Los Angeles public television flagship station KCET is severing ties with PBS, it announced today. The station, which is located near Sunset Junction, will become the largest independent public television station in the country on January 1st, meaning PBS national content such as "Sesame Street," "Masterpiece," "Charlie Rose" and "NewsHour" will be cut from the schedule. “After four decades as the west coast flagship PBS...

Runway Incursions Go Up at LAX, Luckily All are Minor

Runway incursions were up at LAX in 2009, the FAA has announced. In 2008, there eight such incidents, four less than in 2009, according to the LA Times, which explains that "incursions happen when pilots fail to stop at hold lines on taxiways that lead to runways." 10 of the incursions were caused by pilot error with the remaining two to blame on the air traffic controllers. Although there was an increase, it's a...

Gloria Allred Chimes in on Meg Whitman 'Whore' Comment

In a brief statement this afternoon, high-profile attorney Gloria Allred, a staunch supporter of equal rights, entered the conversation about the recent controversy, in which an unidentified associate of Brown called gubernatorial hopeful Meg Whitman a "whore." "The person who referred to her as a 'whore' was wrong. It is offensive for anyone to have used that term," Allred said. "The individual who said it should apologize." Allred is currently representing Whitman's former undocumented housekeeper,...

Photos: On the 9th Anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, Protesters take to Hollywood's Military Recruitment Station

Around one hundred people, including eight veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, this afternoon have gathered outside a military recruitment center in Hollywood to protest. "We're really here to say, on this ninth anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan, that the U.S. should end the war right now," explained Ian Thompson, a coordinator with the Answer L.A. Coalition. "We wanted to show that there are still people against this war and we think the...

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End of the Day Links: California's budget, LA Weekly's "Best of L.A. 2010," more on the City of Bell scandal, condos in Studio City, a new car wash in Silver Lake this rainy week, where to somewhat affordably crash downtown after a late night and more.

2 Men Impersonating Police Kidnap Delivery Driver in Sherman Oaks [Updated]

Photo by CarbonNYC via Flickr A delivery truck person is missing after two men impersonating police approached the driver, according to the LAPD. The driver and the truck, which was carrying "controlled substances" (most likely pharmaceuticals) are still outstanding. At 7:15 a.m., two men wearing black sweatshirts with "Police" written on the back apparently took the driver and truck from the parking lot of a Rite Aid at the corner of Riverside and Fulton...

Truck Jumps Divider on 210 Freeway, Blocks Gold Line Tracks

A collision between two trucks on the eastbound 210 Freeway has left one of them laying on its side and over the divider, blocking Metro light trail tracks, according to live reports on KTLA and an e-mail from Metro authorities. The incident, which occurred around 8:03 a.m. over San Gabriel and Sierra Madre boulevards (map), has delayed Metro Gold Line service for up to 20 minutes as officials work to remove the tractor-trailer from...

Goodbye, Rain: Weather to Warm Up for the Weekend

Enjoy the outdoors, like this spot in Griffith Park, this weekend | Photo by Archie Tucker via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Welcome back, Sun! The stormy weather we've had for the past three days is heading out and it's time to welcome a warming trend. As usual after a stormy session, the air mass is still unstable, so there may be some isolated showers around the Southland this morning along with temperatures in...

Reminder: The 6 Best Post-Rain Hikes in the L.A. Area

Hiking at Sandstone Peak in the western Santa Monica Mountains (more photos here) | Photo by Jake Dobkin/Gothamist The skies are not totally clear today, but with clearer skies and the weather warming up over the weekend, it's a great time to get out and hike. That's because post-rain hikes tend to offer the best views, thanks to the way the rain clears the atmosphere. After the massive storms in January, we told you...

Alhambra Gets a Local News Website

AOL's network of Patch neighborhood news websites have been popping up over the past year in places like the South Bay, Chatsworth and Venice. Beyond the corporate take on hyperlocal news, there are smaller businesses like blogdowntown and other neighborhood newspapers. Enter Alhambra Source.

Tour of California Bicycle Race Announces Route, 2 Stages Will to be in L.A. Region

An 800-mile Tour de France-style road race tailored for California will be back next May and include two stages in the Los Angeles region, race officials announced today. The Tour of California is scheduled for May 15 through 22 and will hold stages between Claremont & Mount Baldy and Santa Clarita & Thousand Oaks, home to the sponsoring company Amgen. Specific routing, however, has not been announced. For example, the route for the last...

Recession Blues: Fresh & Easy to Temporarily Close 13 Stores

Produce at the Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market in South L.A. (Lindsay William-Ross/LAist) Before you freak out, the stores are not in the immediate Los Angeles area. Just as El Segundo-based Fresh & Easy's parent company Tesco announced a 15% profit for the first half of 2010, it also said it would be doing some belt tightening in the American Southwest. 13 underperforming stores will be closed, mostly in the Phoenix and Las Vegas...

Why L.A. Could go Bankrupt (or Make More Massive Cuts)

Photo by i_hate_my_screen_name via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Journalist Mark Lacter this month in Los Angeles Magazine and at his L.A. Biz Observed blog nicely explains why the city of Los Angeles is still facing major budget problems. I say "still" because if you follow the news, it may seem like the crisis mode we were in earlier this year is over since the city's budget was passed. Yes, there were cuts made...

Poverty Rate Jump in the Inland Empire is the 3rd Highest Increase in U.S.

via Wikipedia Last week, census data revealed that 16.1% of L.A. County residents are living in poverty. Now data about the Inland Empire is surfacing and it's telling an even worse story: the region saw a 15.4% poverty rate in 2009. That's a lower number than L.A. County, but the difference comes in the uptick. The Inland Empire's number comes after a 3.6% increase since 2007, L.A. County's is a 0.9% increase since 2008....

Be the Designated Driver and Get Rewards at 40 Downtown Establishments

DD's at The Library Bar get a free RADD Library Lemonade | Photo by Ernesto D. Arias via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Downtown Los Angeles may be a public transit mecca, but thousands still drive there to eat, drink and play. Starting next week, a program will encourage at least one person in a group to be the designated driver. And if they do, they can reap, not only the reward of being...

Police Sergeant Stabbed 3 Times in the Head, 4 Military Servicemen Subdue Suspect

Four servicemen happened to be in the right place at the right time when a man attacked Long Beach police sergeant, putting him in the hospital. Long Beach Police Wednesday evening were searching for a suspect who had threatened people with a butter knife at a laundromat. After an unsuccessful search, officers were preparing to leave when the suspect, 19-year-old Junior Antonio Fonseca apparently ran out from between homes and began stabbing the sergeant in...

Whitman's Ex-Housekeeper Speaks Out, Media Still Curious About How Case Came About

High-profile Attorney Gloria Allred held her third press conference about the recent Meg Whitman controversy from her Los Angeles office this week. This time it was to let Nicky Diaz Santillan, the ex-housekeeper for Republican gubernatorial candidate and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, speak out and let the world know that she's not a puppet. “Meg Whitman was wrong when she said somebody put a gun to my head. Nobody did. I spoke out...

The LAPD is Buying 10,000 Jetpacks, Reports FOX News Show in Erroneous Report

Well, if the rain has you down, maybe this video will make you laugh. The Fox News Channel show "Fox & Friends" yesterday reported that "the city of Los Angeles already ordered 10,000 jet packs for its police, paramedics and fire department." At $100,000 each, that's one billion (what budget crisis!?)

LAPD Wonders if Red Light Cameras Could Be Used to Catch Other Violations

Photo by TheTruthAbout... via Flickr Texting, a cellphone to your ear, expired registration, not wearing a seat belt, failing to yield to a pedestrian. These are all violations officers notice when enforcing red light violations at intersections with enforcement cameras. In last week's audit of them, the LA Times noticed some language buried in the document indicating that there was opportunity to possibly increase revenues by citing for these other violations. Per state law,...

Eating, Applying Makeup While Driving Will Also Get You Pulled Over

Not a good idea: rubbernecking, taking a photo and eating a granola bar -- all while driving | Photo by killbox via Flickr It's the day after the first county-wide zero tolerance distracted driving enforcement campaign and various TV media reports yesterday showed viewers that it was not only about texting and having a cell phone to your ear, but also eating, drinking coffee, reading, doing your makeup and other random things people do...

LA Times Endorses Republican Steve Cooley for Attorney General

Steve Cooley | Photo via L.A. District Attorney's Office It wasn't an easy decision, but the LA Times today endorsed L.A. County's Republican District Attorney Steve Cooley over San Francisco's Democratic D.A. Kamala Harris. Why? It's not his stance on social issues like gay marriage, but he's a centrist who can manage: One of the biggest troubles facing the state of California in recent years has been the dissolution of the political center and,...

Hollywood Fringe Festival Will Return in 2011

After 175 groups performed in 30 different venues, filling up a combined 17,000 seats, this summer, the people behind the first Hollywood Fringe Festival announced today that they'll be back next year. The news also means performers and troupes can sign up for the uncurated festival, provided they can find a venue -- traditional or found spaces -- within their Hollywood boundaries. The event, which LAist approves up whole-heartedly, will take place over ten...

Green Line Extension Could Give South Bay More Light Rail Miles

Phase I would extend the Green Line to Torrance. A later phase, if ever funded, would continue the line as far as Long Beach | Map via Metro The Westside Subway may be the popular kid on the block, but let's not forget about possible plans to extend the Green Line deeper into the South Bay. Specifically, Metro is looking to extend the Green Line 4.6 miles from its terminating Redondo Beach station to...

City of L.A. Online Salary Database Updated, but No Word on LADWP

Photo by hall.chris25 via LAist Featured Photos on Flikcr The city of Bell scandal, in which employees and elected officials were earning astronomical salaries, prompted local governments across California to try to be a little more open with how much they pay workers. Los Angeles became one of those municipalities when City Controller (and likely Mayoral hopeful) Wendy Greuel quickly jumped in and released a massive database -- actually, it's a one long PDF...

Underage California Drivers Will Now Get a Vertical License

The Department of Motor Vehicles announced big changes today, but it's not about making your visit to their offices any smoother. The news should, however, make licenses harder to counterfeit and forge, thus more secure, and help businesses easily I.D. those who cannot drink alcohol. The new licenses and state IDs debuted earlier this week with changes that include a vertical layout for people under 21 years old, images that can only be seen...

KPCC to Host Food Truck Debate Tuesday (Food to be Served)

The Grilled Cheese Truck | Photo by polaroid-girl via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Tuesday's gubernatorial debate may be canceled, but that doesn't mean sparks will be flying during a different event. 89.3 FM KPCC will be hosting a their own debate about food trucks and L.A.'s driver to curb them. On one side of the table there will be Tom LaBonge, the L.A. City Councilmember who has introduced motions and held a public...

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Photo by nicadlr via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Amid controversy and criminal charges over sky-high salaries, a city of Bell councilmember resigned today. A big win for Schwarzenegger: the state supreme court ruled that the Governor legally furloughed state employees during the last fiscal year. Although there is a bike path currently on the Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, plans for its replacement scrapped the path -- that is until recently and...

LADWP: 32,000 Customers Without Power

Photo by girl42 via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr It gets hot -- like last week -- and the power goes out. It gets stormy -- like today -- and the power goes out. As of 9 p.m., some 32,000 LADWP customers across Los Angeles were without power, according to utility. 10,000 customers were affected in South L.A., 9,000 in Hyde Park, 3,700 on the Eastside, 2,000 in Koreatown and another 2,000 in Southeast...

Police Begin 2-Day Zero-Tolerance Distracted Driving Campaign

Photo by sergeant killjoy via Flickr They warned you on Twitter and it starts today. The California Highway Patrol, along with other agencies across Los Angeles County, today are taking a zero-tolerance approach to the state's hands-free mobile laws. You cannot text while driving (basically) or hold a phone to your ear. “These two days of targeted enforcement are intended to educate through visual presence and enforcement of the laws,” said CHP Chief Steve...

City Told Not to take Legal Action Against Medical Marijuana Landlord

Photo by Caveman 92223 via Flickr It only applies to one landlord, but it could indicate what future cases hold. A judge yesterday barred Los Angeles city attorneys from taking action against a landlord of a medical marijuana dispensary who is currently part of a lawsuit challenging the city's medical marijuana ordinance, according to the LA Times. Natural Ways Always in Palms is one of the 45 dispensaries that prompted the city to send...

How to Watch Today's Attorney General Debate

Harris and Cooley | Photo via Prop8TrialTracker In one corner you have Republican Steve Cooley, the current District Attorney for Los Angeles County. In the other is Democrat Kamala Harris, the current District Attorney for San Francisco. The two are vying to be California's next Attorney General, a spot to be vacated by Jerry Brown, who may or may not become the state's next Governor. The two will debate today at noon on the...

WeHo Deputy Who Mistakenly Shot at Robbed Victim 8 Times was a Trainee

Orange = clerk, Red = sheriff | Map by WeHoNews, click here to see full size The L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy who shot at a just-robbed store clerk eight times and missed Sunday morning was in training. Not only that, the deputy's training officer had responded to an armed robbery call at the same store just three weeks earlier, according to the LA Times. When responding deputies arrived early Sunday morning, the store clerk...

Nearly 10,000 Still Without Power in L.A.

Of the some 40,000 LADWP customers left without power over the last stormy (kinda) day, about 9,900 are still in the dark, according to the utility. That number is made up of 4,800 customers in South L.A., 1,800 on the Eastside and another 1,800 in Koreatown. Crews are still working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible....

Do Restaurants Need Help to be 'More Competitive' with Food Trucks? L.A. City Council Seeks Proposal

In a move to perhaps "even the playing field," the Los Angeles City Council this morning directed city staff to create a proposal that would help the restaurant industry compete with food trucks. The report, due back in 30 days, should look at decreasing business taxes for restaurants, but also confusingly requests...

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At Burning Man Decompression Saturday evening | Photo by parlance via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr $700 million spent on housing and zero to show for it. Check out the LA Times' two-part story on cities across California have mismanaged housing funds. The Echo Curio Curiosity Shop & Gallery, which is known for its music shows in Echo Park, has been shut down by the LAPD. The reasons are still unknown. The Valley is...

Plane Crash on Catalina Island Leaves 3 Injured

A small plane crash on Santa Catalina Island Sunday afternoon left three people injured and ignited a brush fire. The incident occurred around 3:40 p.m. when a twin-engine Cessna 310 experienced a failed engine as it left the the island's "Airport in the Sky," crashing about a half-mile away, according to the Associated Press. The 52-year-old pilot and the two passengers in the Orange County-bound plane were all airlifted by helicopter to hospitals. A...

Keep Your Eyes on the Road: Police to Get Aggressive on Distracted Drivers

Photo by stevendamron via Flickr With the federal government calling distracted driving an "epidemic" -- and for good reason, 16% of U.S. roadway deaths in 2009 were thanks to distracted driving -- and one study concluding that texting while driving is up, several policing agencies in Los Angeles County will be keeping a watchful eye on where drivers are looking on Tuesday. "You've been warned," tweeted the California Highway Patrol's Southern Division about a...

Wrong Guy: Deputy Shoots 8 Bullets at WeHo Store Clerk Who was Just Robbed

Photo by CarbonNYC via Flickr A just-robbed store clerk who was trying to get the attention of responding sheriff's deputies soon found himself in danger again. One deputy who thought the clerk was a suspect and pointing a gun at them fired eight shots at him, luckily missing and hitting a building across the street and breaking windows, according to WeHo News. Th shooting occurred shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday when deputies were responding...

Cooler Temperatures to Start off the Week

Last Monday, a record breaking 113 degrees downtown. Today, overcast, fog and rain. Expect these conditions, with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50, through at least Wednesday. Then things should clear up, hit the 80s and otherwise make for a nice sunny weekend. What type of weather do you prefer?...

Pollution Alert: Avoid the Beaches for 72 Hours

Trash found near a Ballona Creek storm drain outlet | Photo via Heal the Bay This cool weather has brought Southern California its first significant rainfall after a long drought period and that means stay away from the beach water, says Heal the Bay. That's because the county's 2,800-mile storm drain system, which is meant to prevent local flooding on rainy days, also moves pollution into the Santa Monica and San Pedro bays. "After...

Schwarzenegger Vetoed Lowering Fines for 'California Stops' at Photo Enforcement Intersections

Among the many bills Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger approved and vetoed was one that would have significantly lowered the fine for drivers caught on camera slowly blowing a red light to make a right-hand turn. If approved, the fine would have dropped from $450 to $219, which is the fine given to motorist caught running a stop sign, according to the Mercury News. "A driver running a red light, whether they are traveling straight or...

Get Nerdy: New Book Will Obsess About Maps of L.A.

This has to be the best thing since sliced bread. Los Angeles in Maps by L.A. City librarian Glen Creason will feature 70 "reproductions of seminal and historic documents," ranging from Spanish explorers' charts to the old streetcar system and beyond. The book is set to release on October 19th and includes a forward by D.J. Waldie (City of Lakewood/KCET) and contributions from Joe Linton (L.A. Creek Freak/CicLAvia) and Morgan Yates (AAA). (via LA...

LA Times Endorses Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer, Daily News for Carly Fiorina

L.A.'s bigger newspapers are starting to roll out endorsements for high profile races. The LA Times this weekend took to the Democrats and the Daily News sided with Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Carly Fiorina. In their editorial, the Daily News took a page from the Obama campaign and said change is needed. Citing Barbara Boxer's main attack on Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who cut thousands of jobs at HP, they argue that...

L.A. is Owed More than a Half Billion, Why Aren't We Collecting?

Photo by okarol via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Los Angeles has been dealing with a severe budget crisis this past year, forcing elected officials to make draconian cuts to the workforce and services. To name a few of the effects, libraries are now closed two days a week, employees across the board must take furloughs and the LAPD has had to make adjustments to how it deploys officers. Part of the budget gap...

LAX Police Chief Responds to European Travel Alert

Photo by Mark Luethi via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Prompted by this weekend's travel alert issued by The State Department -- be vigilant, Americans! -- Chief George Centeno of the Los Angeles Airport Police said his office is on guard. "Los Angeles Airport Police are aware of, and closely monitoring the reported terrorist threat to Europe," he said today. "We will continue to collaborate and work in close partnership with our law enforcement...

Happy 10-4 Day! Classic Police Cars Go on Parade in Hollywood

There was 9/02/10 day last month and 10/10/10 this Sunday, but today is 10-4 day. In police code talk, it means message received. But many Angelenos probably didn't understand that message during a mostly unknown parade today celebrating those who protect and serve the public. A group of classic police cars lined up at the LAFD's Hollywood Fire Museum (there's also one in San Pedro) and headed to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “While the...

Feds Give Metro Nearly $50 Million for Bus Maintenance

Metro will be receiving $47.75 million, thanks to the federal government's State of Good Repair program, to build a new bus operations and maintenance facility in downtown Los Angeles. To be located near Union Station, the facility, which they hope earns the environmentally Gold LEED status, will provide service for up to 200 buses and include two structures: a 16,300 square-foot bus operations and administration buildings and a 500,000 square-foot bus maintenance building. A...

Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman Cancel 3rd Debate

For reasons not stated by either candidate, the third gubernatorial debate scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled, according to Politico. The debate would have aired on San Francisco’s KGO with radio host Ronn Owens moderating. “The Brown/Whitman debate scheduled for tomorrow on my show isn't going to happen. I'm beyond disappointed," Owens tweeted. Both camps for Attorney General Jerry Brown and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman would not give reasons, but speculation points to...

Downtown's Art Walk is Saved

Photo by Ray_from_LA via Flickr Last Friday it was canceled for the rest of the year, only to be reborn into a new quartly weekend-long daytime event. Then on Monday it is was back -- at least for October as boardmembers figured out funding. And today, it was announced that funding was found and that the Downtown Art Walk will continue as it does every month, attracting 20,000 people to the streets, galleries and...

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Photo by girl42 via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr October isn't only about Halloween, it's also about walking. Yes, happy Walktober! "The Eastside has emerged as a center of Los Angles culture and entertainment, and music is at the heart of the scene," says Jennifer Cuevas in her first In the Mix column about Eastside events. Most notably this weekend is the Eagle Rock Music Festival. Beaches near Ballona Creek have been reopened after...

L.A. City Council Meetings Come Back to the Valley

At a previous City Council meeting in Van Nuys | Photo by alexbcthompson via LAist Featured Photos Does this mean the budget is fixed? For a few years, the Los Angeles City Council met in the San Fernando Valley monthly to add great accessibility -- after all, the Valley is nearly half the physical size of the city -- but then the idea was shelved due to budget cuts earlier this year. Well, it's...

12 Suffer Heat-Related Injuries at High School Track Meet [Updated]

Photo: Gamma Infinity/LAist Featured Photos 45 firefighters were sent to Pierce College this afternoon where 12 people were injured at a high school track meet. A majority of the patients were sent to the hospital, said LAFD spokesperson Erik Scott over the phone. Authorities were alerted shortly before 4 p.m. Temperatures in the area were in the low 90s at the time. KTLA reported that the event was believed to be a high school...

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A nice spot at UCLA | Photo by Joséphine Runneboom via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr The accused ringleader of the "Hillside Burglars," who are believed to have broken into some 150 homes in wealthy neighborhoods, was sentenced to 17 years today. Here's KPCC's recap of yesterday's debate between U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. A great take on the news and a safety tip for hikers: "Canyons Are Best...

In Arcadia, Police Ticket School Parents for Traffic and Parking Violations via Video

Photo via the Arcadia Police Department Have you ever been to a public school during drop-off or pick-up time? It's a madhouse and parents are willing to break the law -- great example, guys! -- to get in and out fast. In the Los Angeles suburb Aracadia of the San Gabriel Valley, some members of the community and police have had enough. Today the city's police department is reminding the public that they have...

Schwarzenegger Signs Paparazzi Bill into Law

Photo by pointnshoot via Flickr California's celebrity governor had no problem signing this bill into law yesterday. AB 2479 by Karen Bass (D - Los Angeles) takes some illegal tactics used by paparazzi and upgrades them to misdemeanors. "Existing law makes it a crime to willfully interfere with the driver of a vehicle or with the mechanism thereof so as to affect the driver's control of the vehicle, to follow another vehicle more closely...

Voters can Request Vote-By-Mail Ballots Starting Monday

Photo by mondolind via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr In Los Angeles County, there are 689,307 people who choose to vote by mail permanently. Then add those of the 4.3 million total registered voters who choose to do it, but haven't signed up for the permanent program. If you're not already automatically getting ballots, you can, starting next Monday and through October 28th, can request a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 2nd election. To...

Mobile Billboard Ban Approved by Schwarzenegger

Cities and counties will now be able to create local ordinances banning mobile billboards on streets, thanks to a state bill that was approved by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday. Unattended unhitched trailers left on city streets have been an...

Lightning Causes Fire in the OC, Man Struck in Fontana

Be careful out there, the wild weather continues in areas surrounding Los Angeles. Lightning strikes in Orange County have caused at least three tree fires and Fullerton community college to close after a strike hit campus, knocking out power. Out in Fontana, a man was injured by lightning that apparently struck a crane he was touching. He survived, according to the Press-Enterprise....

Photos: More Rainbows and Vivid Sunsets

The weather this week has brought some extremely memorable sights, from double rainbows and vanilla skies to a rainbow "ending" at the Hollywood Sign. Over the past two days many of our readers who contribute photos to the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr have shared more beautiful photos and we just had to share. Enjoy and happy Friday!...

Win Tickets to Tonight's Yoko Ono Show!

Yoko Ono and her Plastic Ono Band are playing tonight and tomorrow at the Orpheum Theater. This is a big deal, as she's bringing in some very special guests: Nels Cline and Iggy Pop tonight and Lady Gaga and Mirror/Dash on Saturday. The band is also playing with Cornelius, Perry Farrell, Carrie Fisher, Vincent Gallo, RZA, Mike Watt and others (see the full line-up on this poster here). To enter our contest, enter via...

Carrying 1 Ounce of Marijuana will be an Infraction

Get caught with marijuana these days and you might be in big trouble, but beginning next January, getting busted over one ounce or less and will be an infraction instead of the current misdemeanor punishment, according to the LA Times. That means no court cases and no jail time, but the fine would stay at up to $100. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill last night, but opposes Prop 19, which would legalize marijuana...

Sorry, L.A. Comic-Con to Stay in San Diego

Mega conference Comic-Con will stay put in San Diego through at least 2015, organizers announced last night. Officials in both Anaheim and Los Angeles were hoping they could woo the conference, which would be a major boost to tourism. The four-day summer event draws 125,000 people annually. Although the bids were confidential, rumors surfaced that L.A. offered the convention space at no cost. Even if the Comic-Con moved to L.A., some believe downtown doesn't...

Found in L.A: Broadway's Biggest Fan

Reader submitted photo, used with permission Think you're a fan of Broadway musicals? Think Again. Caught this week on the 704 Metro Rapid down Santa Monica Boulevard was this guy, complete with tattoos on his legs and arms featuring, not intricate designs, but logos from musicals such as Cats, Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, Dreamgirls, A Chorus Line, Rumors and 42nd Street. Now that's awesome dedication. On Facebook, where a friend of LAist posted this...

Animal Rights Activists Target Long Beach Restaurant over 'Lobster Zone' Game

Remember claw cranes? Those ubiquitous arcade devices that give you a chance at a free stuffed animal if you lower the claw in the right spot? The concept was eventually expanded in the 1996 to live animals -- specifically lobsters -- and is now known as the Lobster Zone game. Basically, if you catch one, the restaurant will cook it for you.

Video: Violent Attempted Purse Snatching in Venice Caught on Security Cameras

The LAPD is searching for suspects involved in an attempted purse snatching caught on video last week. At around 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, September 19th, a passenger exited a mini-van and approached a lone woman walking down a Venice street.

Photos: Double Rainbows and Vanilla Skies Across L.A.

The tail end of this heat wave has brought the Southland some unexpected, but nice weather. Commuters stuck in evening rush hour in parts of Los Angeles saw double rainbows and an intensely beautiful sunset. In Sherman Oaks and Studio City, there was rain, thunder and lightning. What did you see and hear tonight?...

Equinox Gym in West Hollywood Locked Down by Deputies [Updated]

Photo: Darwyn DJ Metzger via Twitter Sheriff's Deputies locked down the Equinox gym on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood this evening after a female was found inside not breathing. It was unknown if her condition was caused medically or by another person, but deputies treated the area as a crime scene, according to Sgt. Z. Conner of the West Hollywood station. The unidentified woman was transferred to Cedars-Sinai in unknown condition. One person Twittered...

Photos: The End of the Rainbow Found Behind the Hollywood Sign

Now here's a real treat. Photographer Mike Meadows, who is known for his fabulous work of the Los Angeles Fire Department in action, yesterday caught some amazing photos of the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Park, as first pointed out by KNBC's Robert Kovacik. First there's the photo of the rainbow seemingly ending behind the Hollywood Sign (you're going to have to use some ninja skills to allude police and motion sensors to get that gold!)....

What's Happening in Your Neighborhood? L.A. Times Launches Crime L.A.

What's going on here, West Valley? Where is crime trending right now in Los Angeles? Mostly in the Valley. To be specific, the West Valley. Violent crime is up significantly in Northridge, Chatsworth, Canoga Park and West Hills and property crime is up significantly in Winnetka and Porter Ranch. All this is according to the LA Times' new data-based project called Crime L.A. Using their neighborhood mapping project as a launching point, the paper...

Not a Warm Welcome for AOL Patch in Some Communities

Patch, the AOL-owned hyper-local neighborhood news website, is springing up in communities all over the Los Angeles region, but not all communities are handing out a warm welcome. Over at Yo! Venice! writer Bret bemoans that the new Venice news site is run by someone who does not live in the community, but rather Hollywood. He compares the portal to Walmart, which, interestingly enough, is the same comparison Timothy Rutt of Altadenablog makes in...

The Gubernatorial 'Political Race Blow-Up': Whitman Responds to Allegations, Brown Chimes In

Gubernatorial Candidate and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman held a press conference in Santa Monica this morning, once again defending herself against allegations made by her former housekeeper, who is represented by high-profile attorney Gloria Allred. "This is truly a polical smear... based on lies," Whitman said. "Frankly I think Jerry Brown should be ashamed of what his allies have done here." KABC's John North called the situation a "political race blow-up," explaining that...

The Smoking Gun, err Letter, Against Meg Whitman? Gloria Allred Holds 2nd Press Conference

Gloria Allred showed this afternoon in a press conference what she said is proof that Meg Whitman and her husband knew that they were employing an illegal immigrant years. And if Whitman denies it, she is ready with even more proof, Allred said......

Meg Whitman's Husband Responds to Allegations, Says it was 'Possible' he Saw the Letter

The ball is now back in attorney Gloria Allred's court. Dr. Griff Harsh, the husband of Republican gubernatorial candidate and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, this afternoon released a statement regarding today's allegation that he knew their housekeeper was an illegal immigrant for at least seven years.

L.A. County Supervisor Slams Jerry Brown in Recent Controversy

The Meg Whitman campaign today gathered a handful of leaders from around California to speak out against Democratic candidate Jerry Brown and Gloria Allred regarding the drama about an alleged hiring of an illegal immigrant. "These manufactured scandals are what's wrong with politics today..."

30,000 Still Without Power in the L.A. Region

Utility crews are continuing to restore power around Southern California this evening. The most recent updates from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Edison indicate that some 30,000 customers are still without power this evening. As of 5:30 p.m., fewer than 5,000 LADWP customers were affected. Neighborhoods suffering the most impact include Los Feliz (938 affected customers), North Hills (800), Bel Air (372), Mount Olympus (356) and Cheviot Hills (349).

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L.A.'s Red Light Enforcement Cameras 'Not Necessarily' at Most Dangerous Intersections

Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist How effective is Los Angeles' Photo Red Light Program? That's the question City Controller Wendy Greuel will be talking about at a press conference later this morning. The enforcement cameras, which record drivers who will eventually receive a ticket in the mail running red lights, are supposed to improve public safety by reducing accidents at the city's highest risk intersections. Greuel's office, however, said the city's 32 cameras have "not...

Meg Whitman Knew Employee Was Undocumented, Former Housekeeper Alleges

Just a day after last night's gubernatorial debate between Attorney General Jerry Brown and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has real drama begun. This morning high-profile attorney Gloria Allred held a press conference where Whitman's former housekeeper Nicky Diaz alleged mistreatment from the candidate, who knew said Whitman also knew that she was undocumented. But before Allred's press conference, Whitman's campaign went on the offensive a half hour prior. Calling it a "post debate...

Pencil This In: Old Jews Telling Jokes, Letting Go of Bad Habits & More

Jokes Tonight at the Skirball Cultural Center comedians Sam Hoffman and Eric Spiegelman will talk about their newsest book, "Old Jews Telling Jokes." LAist's Jonathan Peters interviewed the two earlier this week. Meditation Do you have bad habits you need to let go of? Do you need the confidence in yourself to make that change?

Photos: Natural History Museum's Automobile Collection Opens to the Public

The Natural History Museum in Exposition Park is known for it collections of dinosaurs and mammals, for its exhibits about history and Native Americans and for interactive opportunities like the Spider Pavilion. In L.A.'s Miracle Mile, the museum operates the famous La Brea Tar Pits.And in the Santa Clarita Valley, they operates silent cowboy film star William S. Hart's former home and ranch. Now another facility is gearing up to open to the public on...

Strong Leads for Brown and Boxer in CNN/Time Poll

With less than five weeks to November's election, polls about California's two biggest races are seemingly coming out daily. Today is one from CNN/Time, which shows Democrats in the lead. Among likely voters, it shows incumbent U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer leading former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina 52% to 43%. The exact same numbers were reflected in the gubernatorial race with Attorney General Jerry Brown ahead of former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. However, the range...

Photos: Blown Transformer Catches Fire, Causes Power Outage in Sherman Oaks & Studio City

About 240 LADWP customers are without power this extremely hot afternoon after a transformer apparently overheated and caught fire. At 3:36 p.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to Fulton Avenue and Valleyheart Drive (map) at the border of Sherman Oaks and Studio City, and just south of the Los Angeles River, to find a power pole aflame, sending a plume of black smoke into the sky. One witness said he could see it as...

Villaraigosa Back in D.C., Wants Transit Money for L.A.

It's round two for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. He's in Washington D.C. today rallying for rail in a Senate committee meeting, says KPCC. Last week he did the same in the House of Representatives. It's all about his 30/10 vision, which would take 12 projects -- the Westside Subway for example -- planned for completion within 30 years and finish them within 10 years with a $30 billion bridge loan from the federal government.

From Westside to Eastside: Over 11,000 LADWP Customers Still without Power

Photo by arne meyer via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Hundreds of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews are out in the field this morning trying to restore power across the Los Angeles. Citywide, an estimated 11,775 customers are currently without power, the department says. Blacked out areas include 2,411 in Westchester, 1,679 in Hollywood, 993 in Silver Lake, 925 in Mar Vista, 879 in Los Feliz and 843 in Southeast Hollywood....

Around 34,000 Without Power in L.A. and Surrounding Region

Beyond the 11,000 or so affected LADWP customers in the city of Los Angeles, Southern California Edison is reporting that close to 23,000 of their customers are without power. The hardest hit area was Whittier with 2,366 outages, followed by Carson and Long Beach with 1,709 and 1,292 outages, respectively. The utility said demand for energy hit its record peak usage for the year.

L.A. Power Outage Update: Over 8,000 Without Power

Prior to a 3 p.m. press conference about the outages and energy conservation, the Los Angeles Department of Power and Water is reporting that power has been restored to about 3,000 customers. What neighborhoods are still in the dark? Hollywood (965 customers), Mar Vista (925), Los Feliz (879), Cypress Park (535), Brentwood (393), Bel Air (372), Mount Olympus (356), Echo Park (349), Cheviot Hills (317) and Pacific Palisades (301). "Our crews won’t stop til...

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

Five weeks from today, voters will head to booths to choose California's new governor. Polls pretty much have them in a dead heat, but with tonight's first of three televised debate, things could change. The event is taking place on the campus of UC-Davis, but there are a handful of ways here in L.A. to watch or hear it. Online: Head over to http://debate.ucdavis.edu to watch it live. A number of TV stations will also...

The Downtown Art Walk: It's Back and On Schedule for October

Megan Geckler's "Set a Course for Wayward Schemes" at BGFA at 5th/Main in 2008 | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist What a whirlwind of events! On Friday it was announced that the Downtown Art Walk was temporarily canceled, only to return in January as a weekend-long quarterly event. That sure sparked a lot of disappointment and controversy among fans of the event. Apparently, it was also controversial within the organization that runs the event. On...

Poll: Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxer Gain on Republican Opponents

One poll says they're tied, another say the Republicans will win and this one indicates the Democrats are gaining momentum. The latest news comes via the LA Times/USC poll that was released this weekend. Attorney General, a former California governor, Jerry Brown has a five-point lead over former eBay CEO Meg Whitman -- 49%to 44% -- among likely voters, the poll found.

Cop-a-Doodle-Doo! LAPD Could Soon Have Power to Enforce City Rooster Ordinance

Photo by JZphotos via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr In Los Angeles, you can only own one rooster per property, but in this cash-strapped city, who is going to make it a priority and enforce that? When the rooster law was written last year, the only department given authority to write citations was the Department of Animal Services. Yes, that's one of the numerous departments earlier this year that suffered furloughs and job cuts,...

AOL Launches Local News Websites in Venice & in 3 Valley Neighborhoods

Four neighborhoods this month became the first within Los Angeles city limits to become home for AOL's hyper-local initiative called Patch, which are those community news sites that have been popping this year in surrounding cities like West Hollywood, Calabasas and Redondo Beach. What's unique about them is that they each carry full time editors, mostly all with a degree or background in journalism (or example, check out the above video featuring Chatsworth's Saul...

L.A. Announces Cooling Centers, but -- Psych! -- Libraries Aren't Open Due to Budget Cuts

Photo by Xanetia via Flickr Triple digit temperatures are, unfortunately, nothing unusual across the Southland today. In fact, many areas are experiencing 110 or higher. As usual when weather gets this intense, Los Angeles encourages people to use cooling centers if they need to. In an e-mail to the public, the Emergency Management Department lists a number of options, including Senior Centers, Recreation and Parks facilities and libraries. Wait. Libraries? Those buildings that are...

Brush Fire Burning in Thousand Oaks [Updated]

More than 75 firefighters are fighting a 2 or so-acre blaze in Thousand Oaks this hot, hot, hot afternoon. First reported around 2:12 p.m., the fire is burning light to medium brush on a hillside across the 101 Freeway from the Performing Arts Center and city hall, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. Two helicopters and dozers have been deployed. Updated: Acreage has been upped to fifteen acres....

Take the Money & Run: L.A. Gives Most Money to Meg Whitman, Oakland for Brown

When it comes to in-state gubernatorial campaign donations, where's the money coming from? USC's Neon Tommy looked into that and found that for the first half of 2010, Attorney General Jerry Brown saw a majority -- 45% -- of donations come from individuals, businesses and groups located in Oakland, where he served as mayor from 1999 to 2007.

Editor's Picks: The 7 Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Los Angeles

I've been a vegetarian for around 15 years and will say this about Los Angeles: this is one hell of a veggie friendly city, perhaps the most friendly in the states. Since it's Hug a Vegetarian Day (sweet!), these are my picks, based on the vegetarian-only places I desire the most (actually, six of these are vegan). It's Valley-focused, but this is where some of the best kept secrets can be found. Here's my list,...

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