Results tagged “Zach Behrens”

Harbinger? Eric Garcetti to Play Mayor of L.A. on TV Tonight

Eric Garcetti It's been teased for years. Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti will run for Mayor of Los Angeles. That's yet to be seen, but Hollywood seems to like him and his father Gil, a former Los Angeles County District Attorney. For example, a fictional character running for D.A. of Gotham in the viral campaign for The Dark Knight was named Roger Garcetti, and in HBO's "The Wire," Baltimore City Councilmember Tommy...

Brush Fire Burning in Porter Ranch [Updated]

A fire is burning in the Porter Ranch area this afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. At 1:50 p.m. a half-acre brush fire north of the 19100 block of Sesnon Boulevard prompted officials to call for additional firefighters. By 2 p.m., the northwest-moving blaze had consumed to two to three acres of "light brush," said LAFD Spokesperson Erik Scott. The area burned two years ago in the a large 14,000 acre fire...

West Hollywood Parking Enforcement Cracks Down on Misuse of Handicap Placards

Photo by AlishaV via Flickr Last month, DMV employees conducted a "sting" of sorts that nabbed 18 people in the Van Nuys civic center area abusing handicap placards in order to get free or closer parking. Now comes news, via AOL's Patch West Hollywood, that the city's parking division will be cracking down on scofflaws. Parking enforcement officers will begin to randomly approach drivers who display disabled placards to show proof o ownership. If...

Letter Grades to be Considered for Food Trucks

Photo by Lucyrk in LA via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr As food trucks and carts gain a foothold in Southern California's political spectrum, Los Angeles County's Public Health Department is proposing to even the playing field, at least when it comes to letter grading. Restaurants currently have to display health inspection-based letter grades, but food trucks and carts do not. Currently, mobile food facilities, as the county calls trucks and carts, must be...

There's a Ferris Wheel on Rodeo Drive -- and more on Fashion's Night Out

via Beverly Hills Courier There are a plethora of events, including LAist's five picks, taking place across the city tonight for Fashion's Night Out. In Los Angeles, there five areas that will have a good amount of couture concentration. Those neighborhoods are Venice's Abbot Kinney Boulevard, downtown, Los Feliz Village, Melrose Avenue, Robertson Boulevard and West Third Street. Maps, schedule of events and trolley information can be found on the city's webpage. But what's...

Where Should the Eastside Gold Line End?

View a larger version of this map here (.pdf) | Map via Metro Just like the Gold Line's expansion beyond Pasadena in the foothill neighborhoods, it's also likely to get an extension east of the Eastside. At the moment there are two alternatives being discussed: one along the 60 Freeway from East Los Angeles to South El Monte and another that takes the 60 Freeway to Garfield to Washington, ending in Whittier. That's about...

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Photo by melissssaf via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Watch out: "Robbers armed with baseball bats assault victims in Echo Park & Franklin Hills." Employes and customers were detained, some reportedly arrested, by the LAPD in a raid of a Venice marijuana dispensary Thursday night. Another train crash: "A surgical team amputated the arm of a conductor Friday to free him from the wreckage of a locomotive that struck a slow-moving freight train on...

10 L.A. City Councilmembers Take Pay Cuts, Which 5 Haven't?

Taken in August from Bunker Hill | Photo by Andy Kennelly via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr John North at ABC7 this afternoon took a great look at the salaries of Los Angeles City Councilmembers. The question is, with a $179,000 salary and other compensation -- you'll often hear people say this makes them the highest paid councilmembers in the nation -- how can they justify furloughing city employees during this massive budget deficit?...

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It's Ricky from Ricky's Fish Tacos! More about him here. | Photo by R. E. ~ via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Would you pay $25 a day to legally drive on state roads at speeds up to 90 mph? L.A.'s income from police tows has nearly doubled over the last year. After one year, Chief Deputy Mayor Jay Carson, who once was an aide to both Clintons, has resigned, but that was his...

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Judge in California

On the heels of a decision last month that deemed a ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, a federal judge in Riverside today ruled that the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy is also a constitutional violation. "U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips said the policy banning gays did not preserve military readiness, contrary to what many supporters have argued, saying evidence shows that the policy in fact had a 'direct and deleterious effect’'...

Protestors in Westlake Demonstrate for the 4th Night in a Row

Another night, another protest in Westlake over the police shooting death of Manuel Jamines. But this one on Thursday, unlike other day, was truly peaceful, reported the LA Times. “I know the guy was a threat to the public. He was intoxicated. That’s why the cops were dispatched, but not to kill him,” one demonstrator told the paper. A bigger protest is planned for Saturday morning at 10 a.m....

Schwarzenegger Pokes Fun at Sarah Palin on Twitter

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is China-bound and yesterday made an observation while flying over Alaska. "Over Anchorage, AK. Looking everywhere but can't see Russia from here. Will keep you updated as search continues," he tweeted in reference to Sarah Palin, noted LA Observed. Awesome (but doesn't make up for the fact that the state is in dire straights). During the 2008 presidential campaign, the vice president candidate Palin claimed she had foreign policy experience in...

Another Homicide in Westlake

Attention is currently is drawn to protests in Westlake over the officer involved shooting that left a man dead on Sunday, but the fatal Thursday morning shooting of a 19-year-old man just a mile away has failed to see much attention. Celeste Fremon at Witness LA describes Irvin Panameno, nicknamed Smiley, as a reformed gang member.

Over 15 Parking Spaces to be Converted into Temporary Mini-Parks

A [Park]ing Day spot in Studio City in 2009 | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist The national annual event known as [Park]ing Day, where city street parking spaces are turned into mini-parks for a day, is no stranger to Los Angeles. For some, however, parks and open space might be a stranger to their neighborhoods. Despite having Griffith Park and lots of access to nature surrounding Los Angeles, the city is actually park poor. "Per...

Tracks Installed at Last Street Crossing for Train between Downtown & Culver City

Photo by Friends 4 Expo Transit Rail tracks were installed at Farmdale Avenue yesterday, which means all street crossing the first phase of the Expo Line are completed. Darrell Clarke at Friends 4 Expo Transit called it a milestone. The Farmdale crossing, which is next to a high school, had become the project's controversial chokehold until July when a state commission gave it the go-ahead. "I believe there are continuous rails now all the...

New York Times takes a Stab a Downtown Dining

Green Eggs & Ham | Photo by djjewelz via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr What do the Lazy Ox Canteen, WP24, Church and State, Rivera and Starry Kitchen have in common? They're all relatively new to downtown and today made a New York Times list of "Delicious Ways to Love Downtown Los Angeles." The Times admits there has always been great spots like Philippe the Original, "but true destination restaurants have been...

Local Clergy Won't Hold a Quran Burning, but a Quran Reading

A unknown Florida pastor has been rocketed into infamy for his plans, which may end up being canceled, to hold a Quran burning event. Terry Jones' rally, which would take place on Saturday, September 11th, is in protest of the controversial Islamic community -- erroneously called a mosque -- center planned for near Ground Zero. The news has sparked protests in the Middle East and offiicals are worried that if the Quran burning goes...

Headline of the Day: 'Restaurant closes without ever opening'

Mark Lacter at LA Business Observed today picks up on a piece at blogdowntown about a restaurant closing with that gem of a headline. The problem is, a planned Tony's Steakhouse for downtown Los Angeles had its lease terminated after two years and never seeing the day of light. Plans for the restaurant and others from the same owners were announced "just before and during the height of the recession."...

Protest Planned in Redondo Beach Tonight: 'Tear Down This Power Plant!'

A Redondo Beach power plant that's been an issue of contention over the years could be sticking around longer than locals hope. That's why tonight a group of people tonight will be protesting at a corner on the Pacific Coast Highway. Because of the environmental impacts, the state has put a stop to coastal power plants that use ocean water for cooling. By 2020, all must be phased out, including the AES power plant in...

Following Bicycle Lane Confusion in Northridge, Councilman Wants Cyclists and Neighorhood Councils to Work Together

Photo by @sevenphoto via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Following confusion about bicycle lanes that suddenly appeared along Wilbur Avenue in Northridge, Councilmember Greig Smith is taking action so people aren't taken off guard again. "The City's present outreach process appears to be to implement new bike facilities and wait for community feedback, which is counterproductive and confusing to everyone," Smith wrote in a motion. "The City should prepare a transparent community outreach process...

Female Body Found inside Bag in Chinatown Area

Officers responding to a call this afternoon discovered a deceased female body, reportedly in a bag. A 3:05 p.m., the police were alerted to a death investigation at a recycling center on the 1000 block of North Main Street (map), according to LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera. The location is north of downtown in an industrial area abut Chinatown. KTLA, which reported it "near" Dodger Stadium, said the body was found inside a bag....

Walk Among Arachnids: Spider Pavilion to Open Later this Month

Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging There may be no better way to get over your fear of spiders by entering a room full of them. Hundreds of them. And did we mention there were no barriers between you and the arachnids? Now in its sixth year, the Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum is gearing up to launch at the end of this month. Visitors can walk through the 3,200 square foot habitat,...

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Sunset and Crescent Heights | Photo by Mark Luethi via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Hello, Rosh Hashana! KPCC today checked in with Michael Chusid, "an Angelino who has taught hundreds of people to blow the shofar." An Orange County fisherman has been sentenced to "three years' informal probation and 20 days in jail" for stomping on a California brown pelican. The Mount Olympus man who sued a production company for significantly inconveniencing him...

L.A. Named as One of the Top 10 Most Global Cities

Photo by hinducow via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr So many of these top ten lists put Los Angeles in a bad light. Not today. The magazine Foreign Policy has named L.A. the 7th most global city, placing us in a club with New York City, Chicago, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney. "So what makes a Global City? Not size alone, that's for sure; many of the world's largest megalopolises, such as...

Poll: Which L.A. City Councilmember Has the Better Looking Post-Labor Day Facial Hair?

Garcetti's beard and Reyes' mustache | via LA City View 35 After a two week break, the Los Angeles City Council went back to work on Tuesday. And it wasn't too long before there was a collective WTF going on around City Hall. It's apparently not unusual for the post-labor day facial hair game, but this year some are questioning Council President Eric Garcetti's approach. "Garcetti looks like he got gorilla masked," said one...

City Panel Approves Expanding Car Sharing to Hollywood, Could Start in November

Photo by La Citta Vita via Flickr By November, a small car sharing program run by Zipcar could be up and running in Hollywood near Metro Red Line stations. On Wednesday, a city panel recommended the full City Council approve moving the concept beyond the campus neighborhoods of UCLA and USC and try to fully integrate into a community. The concept, however, is nothing new for Los Angeles. Car sharing, in which people can...

Traffic Deaths in California Declined in 2009

Photo by bcmacsac1 via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Nationwide, traffic fatalities in 2009 declined by so much, it hit the lowest level since 1950. Still, 34,000 deaths on the road doesn't mean the problem is solved, but things could be heading in the right direction as more people buckle up, car safety features improve and roads receive better design, according to the federal government. But the question remains how much the recession affected...

Schwarzenegger: Eat Local, California Eggs are Safe

Left to Right: Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura. | Photo via the Governor's Office Last month's major recall of Iowa-produced eggs has consumers wary of just about all eggs found on grocery store shelves. That's why Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (or SchwarzenEGGer -- we couldn't resist) today dropped by a Sacramento supermarket to assure Californians that eggs from the Golden State are a-okay....

Protest Over Deadly Police Shooting Forms Again in Westlake, LAPD Uses Non-Lethal Projectiles to Quell Crowd [Updated]

For a second consecutive night, protestors took to a street corner west of downtown where a man was shot and killed by police over the weekend. Four people were arrested Monday after rocks and bottles were thrown at LAPD officers clad in riot gear. Tonight, authorities declared an unlawful assembly after firing "at least two volleys of non-lethal projectiles" into the crowd at 6th and Union in Westlake, according to the LA Times. [Update, 11:24...

Zev Yaroslavsky: Los Angeles' Next Mayor?

via ZevWeb He's been a steady name in Los Angeles politics for decades, from the Los Angeles City Council to his current long-term spot with the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. Now, he's seriously being asked -- apparently by "people you just can't ignore" -- to consider making a stab at running for Mayor of Los Angeles next year, when Antonio Villaraigosa's term is up. "I will consider it, but it's not first and...

Study: Los Angeles is the 2nd Most Stressful City in the U.S.

Photo by A.C.Thamer via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Small business journal Portfolio.com yesterday released a study detailing the most and least stressful cities in the country, finding Detroit at the top of the list and Salt Lake City at the bottom. It wasn't based on personal interviews, rather it was based on data from issues that contribute to a populace's stress: Unemployment, poverty, unhealthy air, commuting and sunshine, to name a few. L.A....

Southern California Left Out of Gubernatorial Debate Circuit -- Again

Now that Labor Day weekend is past, the political season is heating up. As of this morning, there were three debates scheduled between gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown, who finally began running ads this week, and Meg Whitman -- two in Northern California and one in Central California. Noticeably, Southern California, where most voters live, is missing from that list and it's become a political talking point for Brown. "I call on my opponent to...

Community Meeting Scheduled about Fatal Westlake Police Shooting

After two days of protests, the LAPD hopes to calm tensions by holding a meeting tonight to address Sunday's fatal police shooting that left a day laborer dead. Community members will be able to ask questions and hear speakers talk about incident, LAPD's Use of Force Policy and how it reviews use of force incidents. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck will be joined by Inspector General Nicole Bershon, other officers, Councilmember Ed Reyes and the...

Road Rage Attacker Climbs on Car, Hits Passengers through Sunroof

Photo by gtall1 via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr It's random timing, but on the heels of Glendale falling to the bottom of the "Best Drivers Report" and Los Angeles being named the second most stressful city in the country, comes this report about road rage. Police are searching for a man who got out of his car at a red light at a Glendale intersection and attacked a couple through the sunroof of...

New Pay to Park Policy Angers Angelenos, LADOT Says New Meters Rarely Fail

Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist LAist's story yesterday about the new pay to park policy for the newly installed coin and card meters spread virally throughout the internet. Angelenos bemoaned on Twitter, Faceboook and blogs that it was unfair. At issue was that no matter what, even if the new meters read FAIL, you have to pay. But there are some key points that we should have especially emphasized. The new policy is only for...

Pencil This In: Burger Night, Mystery Beer Night and Cocktails in a Japanese Garden

Photo by Lord Jim via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Burger Night Every Wednesday evening at the Larchmont Grill is Burger Night, complete with a specials for the weekly event only. Take a stab at their menu of 12 burgers, which includes salmon, kobe, carnitas jalepeno and veggie burgers. Mystery Beer Night Also on Wednesdays at Good Microbrew in Silver Lake, it's Mystery Beer Night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. It's $3 for...

Another 5700 Wilshire Food Truck Video Surfaces, This Time it's Political [Updated]

Yesterday, a video showed that things on the 5700 block of Wilshire Boulevard were getting ugly, or at least in one instance where a Museum Square employee lashed violently out at a pro-food truck office worker (for background on the issue, read this story). Now, posted under the same anonymous YouTube account, comes this video that shows LaBonge with Museum Square management. The photos in the video were taken last week and LaBonge confirmed...

CNN Poll Finds Meg Whitman and Barbara Boxer Pulling Ahead of Opponents

The poll, however, found that the two candidates were only ahead within the margin of error. Like many other polls trying to determine who is ahead in the California Senate and governor races, the results are pretty much the same: it's too close to call (but not all of them). Incumbent Barbara Boxer leads former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina 48 to 44%, according to CNN's survey of 866 registered California voters. In the race for...

Police ID Body from Last Week's Burning Car

Police today identified a 50-year-old man as the deceased person discovered inside a burning car under the 101 Freeway last week. But until the coroner's office receives the final toxicology report, the final cause of death for Russell Rathert of Van Nuys is listed as undetermined. "During the initial autopsy examination, no injuries were found on Mr. Rathert and evidence indicated he was deceased prior to the fire," police said in a statement today....

Car Thefts Down by More than 15%, Says CHP

Photo The Eye of Brad via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr As the economy tanked in 2009, so did car thefts, which saw a 15.4% decline in areas patrolled by the California Highway Patrol, the agency announced today. Police credit the drop from nearly 200,000 cars in 2008 to 169,000 in 2009 to enforcement, education and technology. “Vehicle theft prevention efforts by law enforcement agencies and the public are paying off,” said California Highway...

After Police Shoot & Kill Man in Westlake, Protestors Take to Rampart Station

Location of the shooting | View map Outrage over a Sunday afternoon police shooting west of downtown that left a day laborer dead spilled out onto the streets Monday. The protest of about 50 people moved up and down 6th Street in Westlake, mainly at Union Avenue where the incident took place, and Valencia Street, outside LAPD's Rampart Division station. Police say an intoxicated man, now reportedly identified as Manuel Jamines from Guatemala, was...

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Mount Lee, home to the Hollywood Sign at Sunset | Photo by Mark Luethi via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr It got a bit crazy in Hollywood last night when a club was closed due to overcrowding, prompting trouble on the streets and the LAPD to put on their riot gear. Labor Day: UCLA today released a study showing that union jobs in Los Angeles are disappearing faster than anywhere else in the country....

Protest of Officer Involved Shooting Leads to Arrests

Photo by CarbonNYC via Flickr A peaceful demonstration west of downtown yesterday took a turn to the unruly side of things as the evening progressed. Dozens of people angered by an officer involved shooting that left 37-year-old Manuel Jamines dead on Sunday afternoon had gathered Monday at the scene to protest. Four people were arrested for inciting a riot when bottles and rocks were thrown at police, according to the LA Times. Some mattresses...

Map of the Day: 61 Coastal Cleanup Day Locations Where You Can Help the Ocean Out

It's an international annual event that draws some 14,000 people in Los Angeles County who altogether pickup around 300,000 pounds of trash from the beaches and inland waterways. Coastal Cleanup Day is September 26th and local organizer Heal the Bay is calling for action, asking people to a few hours that Saturday morning.

City Attorney's Office Charges 33 Immigration Protestors After Blocking Traffic

Ever since Arizona passed it's strict immigration law SB 1070, immigration protests have taken Los Angeles by storm. While many were peaceful and legal, three caused street closures, forcing police to make arrests.

Pay to Park: New Parking Meter Stickers Carry a Warning

The days of parking at a failed meter and getting a free spot are about to get harder. Last week Los Angeles' Department of Transportation began marking the new card & coin meters with a red sticker warning drivers that you must pay to park, no other way about it. If the coin slot is jammed, pay with a credit card. If the credit card swipe won't register, pay with coins. If both don't...

Rodney King Engaged to Juror Who Sat on his Trial

Rodney King is reportedly engaged to a juror who awarded him $3.9 million in a civil case, reports the New York Daily News. "King and Cynthia Kelley said they first felt a romantic spark when they met in a Newport Beach pizzeria the day after the controversial 1994 jury award," the newspaper said. "Both were married at the time, which complicated the blossoming relationship." They split up before King's appearance on "Celebrity Rehab with...

City Announces L.A. Bicycle Plan Meetings

A series of public hearings about the draft Los Angeles Bicycle Plan, which seeks to bring the city 1,633 miles of bikeways, have been announced. The five meetings (,pdf), including one to be held online, will take place between Sept. 25th and Oct. 2nd. "This is the third time they’ve released dates for hearings on the Bike Plan, and the last two times the meeting schedule was met with outrage from the cycling community...

Obama Wants $50 Billion Invested in Transportation, Villaraigosa Chimes In About 30/10

At a very energetic campaign-like event in Wisconsin on Labor Day, President Barack Obama announced a proposal to bring $50 billion in transportation funding to update the country's infrastructure and create jobs. Specifics were not laid out, but the framework was. "We’re talking investments in tomorrow that are creating hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs today," said the President. "Over the next six years, we are going to rebuild 150,000 miles of our...

Metro's 'Boondoggle' of a TAP Story Starting to Get National News Airtime

$46 million spent on turnstiles for Metro stations and they still are not operational. That's what the Daily News exposed last month in a story, which was followed by a LA Times editorial slamming the program. Add today when Fox News took it on with Kymberleigh Richards of Southern California Transit Advocates laying out the issue.

Bobcat Runs Up Power Pole, Goes Aflame, Starts Brush Fire

Last week it was an Orange County golfer who sparked a fire last week when he swung, hitting a rock and sparking a 25-acre blaze. And yesterday it was a bobcat that ignited a five acre fire in the small town of Piru, east of Santa Clarita. “It looked like he was climbing up a pole to chase an owl or another bird,” Capt. Dan Preston told the Ventura County Star. "The animal apparently...

Video: Food Truck War on 5700 Wilshire Gets a Little Violent

The battle for parking spaces on Wilshire Boulevard got a bit crazy on Friday when an apparent Museum Square employee threw something at an officer worker filming him and others re-feed parking meters.

How to Park on Labor Day in L.A.

Photo by Lucyrk in LA via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr It's a national holiday and in Los Angeles city limits, that means relaxed parking rules. Obvious things like parking in red zone, handicap areas and on sidewalks will still be enforced, but most meters and preferential parking districts will not. The following is via LADOT's website:...

Does Weaving in Traffic Actually Get You There Faster?

Photo by Dan Wuh via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr NPR's Weekend Edition on Sunday broadcasted a story on how Dangerous Drivers' Worst Habits Might Be Yours. Cell phones? Yes. Hands-free devices? Yup. Then the interview with Don Redelmeier of University of Toronto took a turn when the topic of weaving came up. "Does changing lanes make any difference in whether or not you actually get to where you're going faster?" asked Liane Hansen....

Response Times Lag in Areas Patrolled by L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies

Photo by denisetaylor☼ via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Last year, a 911 call prompted, on average, a 4.9 minute response time from L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies. Right after the department suffered a $128 million budget cut six months ago, it rose to 5.5 minutes. And last month, response times hit nearly six minutes, according to the LA Times. The news comes in a report delivered to the L.A, County Board of Supervisors by...

Glendale, Los Angeles Fail 'Best Drivers Report'

Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist When it comes to collision frequency, the Southland isn't doing all that great. Well, that's according to Allstate Insurance's 6th annual "Best Drivers Report" that is based on company claim data. Of the 193 largest U.S. cities, Glendale came in at 191, which chances of getting into a collision in the city 70.8% more than the national average. Los Angeles ranked 183 (44.7%), just two of cities ahead of San...

Bill to Ban Mobile Billboards Heads to Governor

An unhitched advertising trailer sits on Woodman Ave. in Sherman Oaks outside Notre Dame High School | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist A bill that would allow cities and counties to regulate mobile billboard advertising displays was approved by the state legislature last week, sending it to the Governor's desk for approval. Unhitched advertising trailers dot the San Fernando Valley and are seen as blight to community members, a safety hazard to some officials and...

Councilman Calls L.A. the 'Virtual ATM Machine for the National Political Parties'

Air Force One landing in Los Angeles in August | Photo by tara_photos via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Remember when President Barack Obama last month came to town for a fundraiser, prompting the ultimate rush hour traffic hell? Traffic is bad in Los Angeles -- we all know that -- but that was just ridiculous. A couple days afterwards, westside L.A. City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl said he wanted a report on how the...

Study: Cops with College Education Use Force Less Often

Photo by bbones1 via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr A police officer with just a high school degree is more likely to use force -- verbal threats, grabbing, handcuffing, throwing to the ground, shooting, etc. -- on a suspect than an officer with some college education, a study in Police Quarterly has found. But results also concluded there's no difference when it came to arrests or searches. “There’s so much more discretion with the...

Car Sharing Should Expand to Hollywood, Recommends City Report

On-campus and on-street car sharing around USC Imagine this. You live in the Valley, work in Hollywood and you faithfully take the Metro Red Line subway every day to work. Why even bother with traffic? Or maybe, why even own car? Sometimes, however, you just need one in the middle of the day, say for a dentist's appointment across town. Thankfully, there is a car sharing program in Hollywood, so you go online, reserve...

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In the Angeles National Forest | Photo by Jennifer Gaillard via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr How long does it take a criminal to notice something in your car, break in and get away? It's only a matter of seconds. Watch this video of it happening in Venice. Have you visited the new Jew-food fusion taco truck, Takosher? They have brisket tacos, a latketaco and much more fun. A man who "apparently won several...

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Photo by Jack Rodriguez/FYF Fest Since there was so much enthusiasm surrounding last week's contest to win tickets to FYF Fest, we're doing it again! The one-day festival is this Saturday -- that's what we're giving away five pairs of General Admission tickets to -- but you should know that organizers just announced pre, post and after parties. On Friday night, the pre party will be held at the Grand Star in Chinatown where...

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The 134 Freeway in the Glendale/Eagle Rock area | Photo by melissssaf via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Demand for food from pantries is up. Here's by how much: 21% more than last year, 48% more than two years ago. A court has ruled that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown do not have to defend Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California. Rumor has it that the billionaire Russian --...

Union Moves Hyatt Protest from WeHo to Century City

Just in time for the Labor Day weekend, a union that represents Hyatt workers across the country is highlighting their labor contract problem with the hotel company. In July they held a major demonstration that shut town traffic on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood outside the Andaz Hotel, which led to over 60 arrests. Yesterday they went back, but reportedly stuck to the sidewalks. And today it's the Hyatt in Century City....

Poll: Republicans and Marijuana will Win in the November Election

The latest Survey/USA poll conducted for a handful of California TV stations, including KABC-TV locally, continues to show that Republicans have the lead. That's a pretty consistent theme if you take a look at other recent polls. The poll, which surveyed 569 likely voters, also found that the legalizing marijuana initiative, Prop 19, would pass. The difference, however, between the past two Survey/USA polls and this one is that Prop 19 is losing support....

KCRW Invites LAist's Co-Editor to Share her Favorite Pie Recipe

It's now an annual tradition at KCRW. Evan Kleiman of Good Food last summer baked a pie a day. This year, she's having guests share their pie recipes and today is none other than LAist's very own Co-Editor Lindsay William-Ross! Although she knows Los Angeles like no other, she's representing her Canadian roots in her holiday recipe of "ground meat, seasoned with herbs and spices." All that combined, along with some kitchen savvy, will...

Metro Staff Prefers Underground Route for Regional Connector [Updated]

Conceptual regional connector map | Image via Metro As expected, Metro today released the draft environmental reports for the Regional Connector today and for downtown residents and commuters it carries some good news: staff recommend taking the route fully underground instead of at street level. As Metro explains, the nearly two-mile light rail segment will have a big impact on public transit in the region. "It connects four light rail corridors covering over 80...

Study: Organic Strawberries Are Better in Many Ways

A new study that compared Calfornia-grown organic strawberries to conventional ones found that organic ones win. That is to say, organic ones "were more nutritious, had a longer shelf life, and left the soil in healthier condition compared to the conventional crop," says KPCC. The upside is the higher concentration of antioxidants and vitamin C, the downside is the smaller size and less potassium and phosphorus. Strawberries are a $1.6 billion industry in California,...

Westside Subway Report Released: it Won't Relieve Westside Traffic Congestion, but Does that Matter?

One of the Westside Subway Extensions under consideration. See them all here. | Image via Metro Just as Metro did for the regional connector, Metro today released the draft environmental report for the Westside Subway Extension, the proposed project that would extend the Purple Line down Wilshire Boulevard and possibly add a spur in West Hollywood. But just as soon as it was released, fuel was added to opposition's fire. "Westside subway extension won’t...

What Makes You More Attractive: Your Life has Meaning

Photo: Lucyrk in LA Angelenos, think about this the next time you're on a date. A recent study published in the journal "Social Psychological and Personality Science" finds that looks, obviously, are not everything. There's something else heightens the attraction and it's just not your shared taste in music: we are more attracted to people who have meaning in their life. As GOOD Magazine puts it, "the moral of the story, perhaps, is that...

7.4 Earthquake in New Zealand a Grim Reminder of Emergency Preparedness Month in L.A.

A car damaged by rubble from a building is seen following a 7.4-magnitude earthquake in central Christchurch, New Zealand, early Saturday morning. A 7.4 earthquake struck New Zealand's south island this morning, causing widespread damage. It struck near the city of Christchurch where around 400,000 people live. So far, there are no reports of casualties, reported the Associated Press. With it just being the beginning of September, Angelenos should expect to hear a lot...

Sheriff Lee Baca says Most Medical Marijuana Dispensaries are Criminal

Los Angeles County's elected Sheriff today upped his fight against marijuana, calling most medical marijuana dispensaries criminal enterprises. "Millions of dollars are being made for profit, and it's all illegal," Lee Baca said, according to the Associated Press. Baca said there could be as little as 3% of dispensaries that are legitimate. The rest are likely criminal and could be obtaining the plant from Mexican cartels and selling it to customers with no medical need...

Help Save the City's Budget by Shopping Locally, Urges Villaraigosa

Once you buy your new locally-purchased outfit on Fashion's Night Out, you can go pose for photos at Walt Disney Concert Hall Photo by >vivre sa vie via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr There's nothing new about this concept, but Los Angeles and its $250 million budget shortfall could use the boost. Today Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced two new programs that he and others hope will spur local economic activity. That is to say,...

Shop Owner Fatally Shoots Suspected Burglar

Two men apparently breaking into a Lancaster store on Wednesday afternoon came face to face with the store's armed owner, according to officials. Responding deputies to the 3:30 p.m. burglary call arrived to the shop on the 200 block of East Avenue K-8 to find a man outside suffering from a gunshot wound. 28-year-old Robert Summers of Lancaster was taken to the hospital where he died shortly after. Detectives found property from the store...

Labor Protestors are Back at the Andaz Hotel in WeHo

At the July Protest | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist Remember when 63 workers were arrested for blocking traffic on Sunset Boulevard back in July? Well, the group came back this morning. About 100 began protesting at 4 a.m., but deputies reported no problems or arrests, according to West Hollywood Patch on Twitter. Today's action is a part of a multi-city strike representing "a major escalation in a labor dispute," United Local Here 11 says....

8 Tips One Blogger Learned from a Recent Mugging in Hollywood

Blogger e*starLA recently moved to Hollywood from Beverly Hills-adjacent. It was a choice, and one partly based on living a life where you can leave your car behind and walk. "From Farmer’s Market on Sundays to the movie theatre, the largest independent music store and Trader Joe’s - I can walk anywhere, and I started to, immediately," she wrote about her neighborhood. And that's what she was doing on Sunday afternoon, walking near DeLongpre...

Hot Weather Making a Comeback, Officials Release a 'Heat Alert'

We've had two days of record low temperatures this week, but that trend is quickly dying. High temperatures are forecasted for Friday and Saturday in, not just the Valleys, but the L.A. Basin. Expect temperatures there to be in the high 80s. Valleys will see mid 90s and some may get close to 100. As always, L.A. County's Department of Public Health is asking everyone to take precautions, especially those who are sensitive to...

Does the LAPD's Enforcement of Jaywalking Put Jerry Ferrara in Danger in NYC?

When Jerry Ferrara moved to Los Angeles, he got a $425 jaywalking ticket. He says he now won't jaywalk in New York City where a recent New York City study found jaywalkers to be safer than law-abiding citizens.

100 Citations Written at Today's Pedestrian Crosswalk Sting in Northridge

Photo by RobeRt Vega via Flickr If you don't yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, whether it's marked or not, you might be in violation of the law. That was the message in a pedestrian safety enforcement operation this morning near Cal State Northridge where LAPD traffic officers and campus police stopped 117 people. 17 were let go with warnings, leaving 100 with citations, including five whose vehicles were impounded for driving on...

At Least 9 DUI Checkpoints this Holiday Weekend in L.A. [Updated]

Photo by McBLG97 via Flickr [Update: 9th location announced for Saturday in Reseda. Added to list below.] Like every weekend, the LAPD will be holding DUI checkpoints around the city. But unlike other weekends, this three-day holiday one is going to see a more scrutinized focus because officials always see an uptick in drunk driving. And so Friday through Monday, expect to see more police out on the streets. Today the LAPD announced eight...

Perris City Council to Consider Banning Sex Offenders from Celebrating Halloween

Photo by elleinad. via Flickr Registered sex offenders in one Riverside County city might have to leave if they want to celebrate Halloween. A motion (.pdf) before the Perris city council tonight (.pdf) could offenders from decorating their home. It would also instruct them to keep outside lights off not answer the door to trick or treaters. The idea follows in the footsteps of the city of Orange, but it originally was modeled after...

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Downtown L.A. | Photo by dreamyshade via LAist Featured Photos "It is time to turn the page," said President Barack Obama in a speech tonight announcing the end of the combat effort in Iraq. Nonetheless, we're still at war. Your dinner, made with ingredients from within 100 miles: Grist takes a look at urban farmers and locavores in various cities, including Forage in Silver Lake. County Supervisors are demanding answers about underreporting of children...

Tense Moments for California's Proposed Plastic Bag Ban [Updated]

Although some reports are indicating that a bill to ban plastic and other single-use bags in California has failed in the State Senate, ultimately killing the bill, that was not the case as of 11 p.m. Tuesday night. An e-mailed update from the office of the bill's author, Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D - Santa Monica), explained the technical details...

California Fails to Approve Plastic Bag Ban [Updated]

>Single-use bags like this plastic one would be banned from a majority of stores in California under Assembly Bill 1998 | Photo by cuttlefish via Flickr A state bill that sought to ban plastic and other single-use bags from supermarkets and other retailers in California failed to garner approval in a late-night Senate vote Tuesday evening. Bill author Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D - Santa Monica) and sponsor Heal the Bay's goal with Assembly Bill...

West Hollywood Triple Murder was a Marijuana Robbery Gone Wrong

Neighbors gather around a memorial set up in front of the Kings Road Arms Apartment in West Hollywood on Saturday afternoon | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist Detectives investigating the Thursday night slaying of three men inside a West Hollywood apartment are calling it "a drug deal that didn’t go well." That's Homicide Lt. Pat Nelson speaking to the LA Times about motive in the murder case. “He came for the drugs and decided he...

Map: L.A.'s 7+ Mile Car-Free Party will be on 10/10/10

via CicLAvia In July, we brought you a map of the proposed map of CicLAvia event, which back then was scheduled for this month. It's now on for October 10th, the same day Santa Monica is looking to do it, and a new map has been released. If you're not familiar with the Ciclovia concept, which began in Bogota, Columbia, it's a reoccurring event where city officials close down major streets to vehicles and...

5 L.A. Bands Make Stereogum's Top 40 Best New Acts of 2010

Warpaint at the L.A. Street Food Fest in the Rose Bowl (more photos here) | Photo by Koga/LAist Okay, so UK-based music news magazine NME last month released their list of best new bands of 2010. It, of course, named a handful of local bands. Now today comes music blog Stereogum's 40 best new bands of 2010. Once again, local heroes are named. No surprises with Best Coast and Warpaint making the list. The...

Feinstein, Baca to Co-Chair Fight Against Marijuana Legalization

Two prominent California names will co-chair the campaign against Prop 19, the ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in the Golden State, the prop's opposition announced today. And it didn't take long for the two, both Senator Dianne Feinstein and L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, to get to work on the issue. "California will not see a single positive result if Proposition 19 passes," said Feinstein in a statement. "It is a poorly constructed...

Now that the Plastic Bag Ban has Failed, What's Next?

The effort to ban single-use plastic and paper bags from grocery stores failed to win support in the State Senate last night, effectively killing the bill. Now there's talk of next steps, which a coalition of local leaders had previously warned of. "We are now going to turn our attention to all the pending local regulations," explained Matt King, a spokesperson for Heal the Bay, which sponsored Assembly Bill 1998. "We and retailers had...

Hollywood Landmarks to go Blue in Support of Prostate Cancer Research Tonight

A handful of Hollywood buildings will be bathed in blue light starting tonight and it's not for the Dodgers. Today actually marks the beginning of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The disease, identified as blue on awareness ribbons, is the most common cancer in males the U.S. Approximately, there are 180,000 diagnoses each year and it kills some 40,000 annually. The Capitol Records Building, Paramount Studio’s Melrose Gate and Water Tower, the historic Roosevelt...

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Santa Monica | Photo by arne meyer via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr A former charter school principal in Canoga Park is said to have "misappropriated $2.7 million in public funds, including more than $1 million deposited into his personal investment account." You shouldn't bother them, but if you enter the waters these days, you can come home say you swam with the sharks because it's leopard shark season at the beach. Before you...

Suspect Arrested in West Hollywood Triple Murder [Updated]

Neighbors observe a memorial set up on Saturday outside the Kings Road Arms Apartment. Pictured are two of the victims with a still-living relative in the center. A photo of the third victim was not displayed. | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist A suspect has been arrested in connection with a shooting that left three men dead inside a West Hollywood apartment Thursday night. 31-year-old Harold Yong Park, a Korean man from East Hollywood, was...

Decision on High Speed Rail Station Location in Valley is Far Off

Officials with California's High Speed Rail Authority recently held community open houses for the L.A. to Antelope Valley section of the route to give updates on the project. Station locations, otherwise known as alternatives, under consideration basically remain the same as before with two in Burbank at the downtown Metrolink station or at San Fernando Blvd. and Ontario St. and three others in the northeast Valley. Only one is expected to be chosen. But...

Does the Expo Line Need an Independent Inspector General/Ethics Officer?

The first phase of the Expo Line will be 8.6 miles between downtown L.A. and Culver City As work crews hit the home stretch on finishing the first phase of the Expo Line between downtown Los Angeles and Culver City, one politician is calling for more accountability. Unlike many Metro projects, the Expo Line is currently under the control of the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority and doesn't have any objective and critical oversight....

40,000 More Solo Drivers Allowed to Use Carpool Lanes

Spotted Monday on a GMC Envoy in North Hollywood. Funny sticker, but a solo driver in this vehicle still cannot use carpool lanes. | Photo by Boris Zelkin/The Playground While state politicians were wrapping up the penultimate day of the this year's legislative session, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger took the time to sign two bills into law. One of them was San Francisco Leland Yee's carpool lane bill. Senate Bill 535 "extends the lifespan of...

Bomb Squad Called to Torched Car Under 101 Freeway

A vehicle found on fire with a body inside this morning on a Studio City/Valley Village street has now turned into a bomb squad situation. Upon investigation, "some sort of wire" was found underneath the body, prompting them to call the bomb squad, according to a LAPD spokesperson. Because the vehicle was found in an underpass on Radford Street (map), the 101 Freeway may be shut down, warned KNX1070, which states a possible "Intermittent...

When it Comes to Walking, L.A. is More Deadly than Other Cities

Detail of GOOD Magazine's chart. See it in full and in interactive mode here. If Los Angeles is going to be the greenest city in the nation, making it walkable should be a major part of that effort. Part of walkability is planning a neighborhood or commercial district with the right mix of amenities and destinations. Another part is safety. Because if walking to the nearby grocery store means putting your life overtly at...

Plastic Bag Ban: Officials, Environmentalists Make Last Pitch Before State Senate Takes a Vote

Sunday morning shoppers at Vons in Wilshire Center had an unusual sight to see from the checkout line. Feet away from them were TV cameras, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and others talking about Assembly Bill 1998, known to many as the plastic bag ban. AB 1998, which would ban single-use plastic and paper bags from supermarkets, liquor stores, pharmacies and other small food stores by 2013, must go before a State Senate vote before...

Electric Daisy Carnival Promoter Sues L.A.

Tiësto Pasquale Rotella is comparing it to "Footloose." In the movie dancing is banned, but here in Los Angeles, his company got the boot from the city of Los Angeles for a concert he had scheduled for October. Rotella's Insomniac, Inc. organized the Electric Daisy Carnival, which ended in hundreds of injuries and the death of a 15 year-old-girl and prompted local politicians to discuss how to approach permitting rave events in the future....

LA Times Slams Metro over TAP Mess

The LA Times really let Metro have it in a weekend editorial about their TAP system, a multi-year $100 million-plus project that still hasn't seen full realization yet. Times writers used words and phrases such as disheartening, embarrassed, headaches, bad planning, dumb, complicated, insecure, and even a "D'oh!", to explain their position on the Transit Access Pass system...

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