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Anna Nicole Smith Trial Begins today in Downtown

After her death, this photo was seen around the world on CNN | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist Following the legal escapades of Lindsay Lohan, Hollywood's next big celebrity court drama begins today. In fact, it's big enough that the LAPD is sending out alerts to the media, which usually doesn't happen with cases downtown, about the Anna Nicole Smith drug trial. After her 2007 death from "acute combined drug intoxication," Smith's boyfriend Howard K....

MoveOn Threatens National Boycott of Target Over Donation to Anti-Gay Candidate

Photo by ~db~ via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr A donation of $150,000 from Target to a Minnesota gubernatorial candidate who supports Arizona's controversial immigration law, wants to rid the country of minimum wage and a longtime supporter of anti-gay issues has fueled discussion over a possible national boycott of the retailer. The issue, however, appears to be now two-fold more than ever. It's not just about gay rights, but also a recent ruling...

County Approves Money to Study Parks & Greenways Along 17-Miles of River

Image via Amigos de los Rios A plan to bring a network of parks, greenways and trails along 17 miles of the San Gabriel and Rio Hondo rivers in the San Gabriel Valley took a big step Tuesday when L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved money for a feasibility study, according to the Pasadena Star News. The so-called Emerald Necklace plan would connect 10 cities, about 500,000 people, via a loop formed by the...

Brush Fire Closes All Lanes on Northbound 5 Freeway

A brush fire in the Newhall Pass between Los Angeles and Santa Clarita Valley has prompted officials to close all northbound lanes, according to an e-mail alert from KNX1070. Traffic is being re-routed from the northbound 5 freeway to 14. An alternative route that may help is Santa Clarita's cross-valley connector....

Prop 8 Overturned, Banning Gay Marriage Ruled Unconstitutional

The Day of Decision Protest in Hollywood on May 26, 2009 (more photos here) | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist Judge Vaughn Walker today overturned Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California, calling it unconstitutional. "Plaintiffs have demonstrated by overwhelming evidence that Proposition 8 violates their due process and equal protection rights and that they will continue to suffer these constitutional violations until state officials cease enforcement of Proposition 8," Walker wrote in his...

Prop 8 Overturned: What They're Saying...

As soon as news broke that Prop 8 was overturned, statements from politicians and organization lit up e-mail boxes across the country with statements and reactions. Here's a sampling: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Judge Walker had the great responsibility of deciding whether Proposition 8 violates the Constitution of the United States. He heard in-depth arguments from both sides on fundamental questions of due process, equal protection and freedom from discrimination. There are strong feelings on...

Judge Stays Decision, Same Sex Couples Can't Marry Yet

Although today's Prop 8 ruling said "California is able to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples," that may not be happening immediately. Supporters of traditional marriage Tuesday night filed papers requesting Federal Judge Vaughn Walker to stay his decision if he ruled banning gay marriage unconstitutional. "A stay is essential to averting the harms that would flow from another purported window of same-sex marriage in California," they wrote. Walker today temporarily stayed his order...

90 + Bands: Sunset Strip Music Fest Announces Full Line-Up

Beyond the Smashing Pumpkins as the Sunset Strip Music Festival's headliner, organizers today released the full line-up for the three day festival. Over 60 of them will play on Saturday, August 28th, when the Sunset Strip will be closed to traffic for the street version of the festival that includes outdoor and indoor stages. Sharing the outdoor stages with the Pumpkins will be Slash (along with guests Myles Kennedy & Fergie), Common, Kid Cudi,...

Santa Monica Unveils 2 New Pieces of Public Art

As the grand opening of Santa Monica Place nears, the city today officially unveiled two new pieces of public art. Both attached to parking garages, each offer different experiences. On Parking Structure 7 sits a large installation made up of 335 mirror-polished stainless steel spheres hovering above the ground. Together they conjure up the piece's title, Cradle. The work by Ball Nogues Studio is suggestive of foam or sea life, something that relates well to...

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Photo via LCD Soundsystem's MySpace page On October 15th, LCD Soundsystem will join Hot Chip and Sleigh Bells at the Hollywood Bowl for one kickin' concert. The concert is in support of LCD's latest album, "This Is Happening," which since its May release has earned itself on high rankings on multiple lists. To celebrate, LAist is giving away two pairs of tickets and you have two chances to win them ( also at this...

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Main Street in Santa Monica | Photo by Mark Luethi via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr An update on the Chatsworth extension of the Orange Line, which will add four north-south mils to the busway. A fire erupted either at or next to Axe Restaurant on Abbot Kinney Venice today. The Echo Park Lake swap meet was broken up by police this weekend. L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti backed the enforcement: "Turning Echo...

State Politicians Got Free Lakers Playoff Tickets from NFL Stadium Developer

Photo by AdrielH via Flickr In the latest round of lobbying firm disclosures filed to the state, records show that California lawmakers as usual accepts gifts from various corporate entities, according to the LA Times. Of note is the more than $1,400 in basketball tickets given to politicians who helped push through the NFL stadium proposal for the city of Industry. Disney gave thousands of dollars worth of tickets to Iron Man 2 and...

Huntington Beach Votes to Annex Sunset Beach

Despite some opposition, Huntington Beach leaders last night voted to annex Sunset Beach. The move is not final -- paper work and studies must be done -- but the writing is basically all but on the wall. After some Sunset Beach residents failed to be annexed into Seal Beach, they wanted to become their own city, which worried others because it could have meant raising taxes to keep a small city government afloat. Huntington...

In Hollywood, Living Car-Free Means You're a Loser

As seen at "World of Color" at Disney Hall (more info here) | Photo by calvinfleming via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Hollywood is often accused of stereotyping a culture, but it's usually a race thing. A cyclist, however, would argue that no matter the color or their skin or how thick their wallet is, riding the streets of Los Angeles means you will be treated like a second-class citizen and be discriminated against....

Capitol Hill's Beautiful People List has a lot of Californians

Every year Washington D.C. news source The Hill publishes an annual list of the 50 Most Beautiful People and this year, Californians took the majority of spots, finds Kitty Felde at KPCC. 16 percent of the list -- or eight people (one, seen right, works for a Californian, so she's like a Capitol Hill transplant) -- represent the Golden State on the gawking list, which includes young staffers and the politicians themselves like Democrat...

Police Say Murder of a Santa Monica Woman was Random

Photo by CarbonNYC via Flickr A Sunday morning murder in a residential courtyard across from Santa Monica College was a "random attack," police are saying. A 61-year-old woman was sitting in the courtyard of The Manor, which is a semi-indepdent living facility for the mentally impaired, when a confrontation with the suspect occurred, leading to the alleged stabbing. Rigoberto Ruiz, a resident of an affiliated residential facility one block away, was arrested for the...

Want to Legally Kayak in the L.A. River? Speak Up!

As seen here yesterday, the first kayaking trip on the L.A. River since it was deemed "navigable" by the federal government was caught on video. Exciting as that is, the legality of holding such an urban adventure is still in a gray area.

L.A. to Publish City Hall Salaries Online

Photo by calvinfleming via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr In the wake of the sky high salaries scandal in the city of Bell, city of Los Angeles officials got a heads up yesterday: their salaries, along with all of their staffs, would be published online as soon as possible. "At the end of the day, we all work for the citizens of Los Angeles and it is their right to know how their tax...

State to Publish Salaries of Elected Officials & Employees of all California Cities and Counties Online

Just a day after L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel announced that she will publish city salaries online, California State Controller John Chiang said he will be doing the same. “The absence of transparency is a breeding ground for waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars,” said Chiang...

11-Year-Old Girl Stabbed to Death, Teenager Arrested

Sheriff's Deputies quickly found and arrested a suspect in the fatal stabbing of an 11-year-old girl this morning. At 7:40 a.m., deputies were called to a home in Littlerock, an unincorporated town in Antelope Valley. Outside was a wounded 14-year-old girl who was sent to the hospital in critical condition. The 11-year-old was found dead inside. A suspect who may be related to the two girls has been arrested. A motive is still being...

Prop 8 Decision to be Announced Wednesday [Updated]

The Day of Decision Protest in Hollywood on May 26, 2009 (more photos here) | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist [Decision Update: The judge has overturned Prop 8, ruling it to be unconstitutional. Read the full story here.] The judge presiding over the federal trial challenging Prop 8, which banned same sex marriage in California, will announce his decision on Wednesday, according to the Sacramento Bee. No specific release time has been mentioned, but sources...

From Jail to Rehab: Lindsay Lohan a Free Bird

As expected, actress Lindsay Lohan was released at 1:35 a.m. this morning after 13 days in jail. She didn't go home, however, she went straight to a treatment center at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She was supposed to serve 90 days, but no one expected her to serve the whole time. Like her celebrity counterparts of the past, it was only partial. Paris Hilton served 23 days, Nicole Richie spent 82 minutes and...

L.A. Congresswoman Maxine Waters to Face Ethics Trial

She'll be the second Democrat to face such a trial this fall. A representative for portions of central, south and west L.A., including some smaller surrounding cities, Congressmember Maxine Waters will be defending herself against accusations that she violated ethics rules back in 2008. During that year she organized a meeting between Treasury officials and OneUnited Bank executives, where her husband was a board member at one point -- also where he had large...

Poorer Cities Pay Higher Property Taxes in L.A. County

It's not just Bell, which pays the second highest property taxes in Los Angeles County, many cities with median household incomes below $50,000 are found have some of the highest property taxes, finds the LA Times, which has published data from each of the county's 88 cities. Poorer cities that share the a top ten spot with Bell include Compton, El Monte, Huntington Park and Inglewood. The top ten cities with the lowest property...

Caught on Video: First L.A. River Kayaking Trip after EPA Declares it as 'Navigable'

It's been done before, but not since the federal government officially declared the L.A. River as navigable, thus under the Clean Water Act. So last week river activists George Wolfe, Joe Linton and others took to a eight-mile portion of the river down the Glendale Narrows between Griffith Park and towards downtown for an inaugural trip. When it was first announced that the waters were navigable, some LAist commenters asked if it was legal...

Lance Armstrong has a Cycling Tip Mayor Villaraigosa

There's probably a lot more to why cycling champion Lance Armstrong was talking to L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, but all we know is this, via Rick Orlov at the Daily News: "He told the mayor the goal is to stay on the bike, not off it," a mayoral aid said in reference to well wishes after the mayor's bicycle mishap, which left him injured. Random, even slightly humorous, but obvious. Since the incident, Villaraigosa...

State Report Examines Use of Twitter During Elections

When a politician appeals for money on Twitter or Facebook, that action is not necessarily regulated by state like other reportable ones. That could soon change. A report released today by the state's ethics commission details recommendations on full disclosure of official campaign messages via social networking. "Our goal here is to meet the new challenges of 21st Century technology," Fair Political Practices Commission hairman Dan Schnur told the Associated Press. "There's no way...

Mac & Cheese Maven: In the Mountains, with a Salt & Vinegar Potato Chip Crust

Southern Californians love their mac and cheese. There's a mac and cheese dedicated restaurant in downtown, there's a menu item at one eatery that relates it to drugs, some deep fry it balls and other shapes and we even put it in grilled cheeses. One might not think of Agoura Hills as home to one of the more talked about gastropubs in the Los Angeles region, yet it has accomplished just that. 35 miles from...

Big Changes for DASH Service This Month

Photo by fredcamino via Flickr Fares are up, schedules are changed and six routes have been canceled. That's how Los Angeles' Department of Transportation approached the budget crunch this year. As of Sunday, fares increased from a quarter to 35-cents, with a two-quarter-fare approaching next year July. Additionally, six routes have been canceled citywide: Warner Center, Hollywood/West Hollywood, Hyde Park Shuttle, and Routes C, DD and Central City East in downtown. Many of the...

Suspect Arrested in Weekend Murder of Santa Monica Woman

Photo by CarbonNYC via Flickr A man who is believed to have killed a 61-year-old Santa Monica woman on Sunday morning is in custody, according to the Santa Monica Police Department. At 8:03 a.m., police responded to The Manor regarding an "unknown trouble" call, a dispatch classification assigned to calls in which the extant of a crime is unknown. Upon arrival, the woman was found dead with stabbing wounds. Standing right there was 55-year-old...

Consequences for Giving Alcohol to Teens May Become Harsher

Photo by Sarah_Jones via Flickr In California, it's a crime to give alcohol to a teen, but if something bad happens, say death from alcohol poisoning, state law protects you from civil prosecution. Now a bill to allow civil suits over the issue has been approved by the state legislature and heads to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk. “Teens continue to die from alcohol poisoning under adult supervision, even though common sense alone should prevent...

Huntington Beach to Vote on Annexing Sunset Beach

Photo by Paul!!! via Flickr Huntington Beach may someday grow by 85 acres if its city council tonight approves a measure that would signal official interest in annexing neighboring Sunset Beach, an unincorporated neighborhood of around 1,200 people -- Sandra Bullock was one its more notable residents in the past -- in Orange County. If approved, city staff will be directed to "prepare all the necessary documents required for application to the Orange County...

Billboard Tax Initiative in West Hollywood Already Embroiled in Controversy

One of Mike McNeilly's "art" supergraphics | Photo by mondolind via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr A petition to put a local billboard tax measure on a future West Hollywood ballot has been submitted to city hall and it already has city leaders on the defense. Even before a petition has been approved for circulation -- enough residents need to sign it in order to be placed on the ballot -- City Councilmember Jeffrey...

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Sunset in Long Beach | Photo by Bill Geal via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Help L.A.'s neighborhoods out and some do gooding tomorrow, join on in and Serve the City. Now that three news websites are dedicated to covering West Hollywood, LA Weekly asks if there will be increased scrutiny of local politicians. An explosion at a metal works paint company in South L.A. this morning left one man dead and another critically...

Man Impersonating Police Officer Robs Victims, Sometimes Handcuffs Them

A man suspected of impersonating a police officer has robbed at least five people in neighborhoods surrounding downtown L.A., the LAPD said today. Pretending to be a plainsclothes cop, the man would approach victims, flash a fake badge and sometimes handcuff them before patting down their body and searching their vehicle. He would remove money and escape in a 2000-2006 gray or dark blue Chevy Suburban with a luggage rack on top.

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San Pedro | Photo by okarol via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Do you have an iPad? "People Who Own iPads Are Tiresome Hipsters With Awful Personalities," according to some sort of "study." On CNN this afternoon about Arizona's immigration law, L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa today said, “We’re here because the federal government has failed to act... The fact of the matter is that they just failed in that responsibility.” This week's LA Weekly cover...

Around Downtown: Suspicous Package Shuts down Subway Station, Blue Line & Bus Collide

Photo by KingoftheHill. via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr It was a hectic morning for public transit users traveling around downtown as incidents along three lines temporarily halted or slowed service. A white powdery substance found at the 7th/Metro station, which serves the Red, Purple and Blue Lines shut down the station and surrounding area during the 6 a.m. hour, according to KNX1070. The station was later reopened. During that, however, at 6:58 a.m.,...

Crown Fire Continues to Burn in Northern L.A. County

Of the three fires ignited in northern Los Angeles County on Thursday afternoon, one remains a threat as it continues to grow. The Crown Fire has scorched some 8,000 acres between Acton and the Palmdale/Lancaster area. The fire was first reported at 2:22 p.m. and may have started in a vacant lot where "workers were apparently using a hammer to extract nails from tire rims," according to the LA Times. Currently contained at 5 percent...

L.A. City Attorney Takes a Billboard Company to Court

Billboard installers aren't being taken to jail like earlier this year, but the fight over signage in Los Angeles continues. A billboard company accused installing an illegal supegraphic in view of the 10 Freeway in Boyle Heights has been ordered to take it down or pay two $2 million bonds to keep the sign up during the length of the trial.

Smoking Will Get Harder around Apartments & Condos in Santa Monica

Photo by Valentin.Ottone via Flickr Having a smoke on an apartment or condo patio or balcony in Santa Monica will soon be verboten under city law. The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday voted to ban people from smoking "within 25-feet of a door or window in any multi-unit residential building," according to the Santa Monica Daily Press. The city already has some public smoking ordinances in effect, including banning it on city beaches,...

Crown Fire Threatens Power Transmission Line to L.A.

The LADWP is urging residents to reduce energy if possible because the 8,000-acre Crown Fire is burning in an area of one of the utility's power transmission lines. Although the line has not been damaged, it does pass through the Leona Valley where the blaze is located. The LADWP this morning minimized power imports on the line and began generating power at in-basin power plants to deliver energy to the City as a precaution....

Photos: Historic United Artists Theatre for Sale, Can it be Saved?

Hillsman Wright calls this one of L.A.'s best kept secrets. He and his L.A. Historic Theatre Foundation recently got a sneak preview of the beautiful United Artists theatre at 9th & Broadway, which is currently for sale along with the 12-story office building in front. Wright believes the theatre can flourish with film and live performance programming, but his organization needs an "angel" to come forward and help with the purchase. Opened in 1927, the...

After a Yearlong Closure, Manhattan Beach's Sand Dune Park to Reopen Sunday

Before it was developed into the city it is today, much of Manhattan Beach was made up of sand dunes. Now, one dune spared from apparently being shipped off to Hawaii's Waikiki Beach is left as a park in a residential neighborhood. Last year a group of neighbors complained that the park was hurting the neighborhood and the city council promptly closed it to study the issue and come up with solutions. Nearly a year...

Another Anti Museum Square Sign Appears: 'This Car is a Lie!'

And the food truck battle continues on the 5700 block of Wilshire Boulevard. A reader this afternoon sends in this photo of a sign posted to one of the junker cars apparently used by Museum Square management to block food trucks from parking across the street from restaurants that rent space in their building. Last week, someone began posting different signs to the cars. Museum Square management has declined to comment, but employees who...

Gay Atwater Village Man Who Was Denied Social Security Benefits Continues to Get News Coverage

The issue of social security inequality (and in general, the lack of federal recognition of gay partners) for domestic partnerships is getting some more attention. Occasional LAist contributor Shawn Nee produced a video featuring Atwater Village resident Bill Bowersock and his story of being rejected by the feds over survivor benefits. Since last week it has spread to the New Yorker, the Atlantic and most recently on NBC's The Filter with Fred Roggins, who...

LAPD to Ride with Critical Mass Tonight, Cyclists Plan 'Bloody' Protest at Beverly Hills Courthouse

It's the last Friday of the month and that means hundreds of cyclists under the guise of Critical Mass will take to the streets tonight. The LAPD will join in, albeit with a smaller presence than the one made in June. Today's ride, however, will make a special stop at the Beverly Hills Courthouse to announce a new campaign. Following a sentence handed down to a hit and run driver that left a cyclist in...

DUI Checkpoint in South L.A. Tonight

A Friday night tradition in Los Angeles, the LAPD tonight will hold at least one DUI checkpoint in the city this weekend. They do not have to announce all checkpoints, meaning there could be more out there. Moral of the story? Never ever drink and drive. Tonight's announced checkpoint will be in Windsor Hills along Slauson Avenue between Buckler Avenue and Edgemar Avenue (map) from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Statewide in 2008, 7,801...

Crown Fire Grows to 13,000 Acres with 20% Containment

The large conflagration burning in the Leona and Antelope valley areas continues to grow as sunset and predicted forceful nighttime winds near. 10,000 acres had burned this afternoon and around 800 firefighters are on scene, L.A. County Fire Inspector Matt Levesque told KCAL-TV. No mandatory evacuations were in affect as of 4:35 p.m. A few minutes later, the TV station upped burned acreage to 13,000. First reported on Thursday at 2:22 p.m., the Crown...

Where Should the Westwood Subway Station Go? On Wilshire Blvd. or Closer to UCLA?

For the past few weeks, Metro has been "unscientifically gauging" the public on where a few key stations should be located for the Westside Subway. The latest poll focuses on a Westwood Station, which will likely be the busiest station in the system with some 14,300 boardings a day. As discussed last month on LAist, there are a few options within Westwood to place a station, but some come with challenges. Metro further examines...

Get a DUI, Get Shamed by the Internet

Photo: McBLG97 via Flickr The idea is nothing new, but something not applied to the internet so aggressively by a local government agency (or as far as we know). Some newspapers with crime blotter information list DUI arrests, so why not go further and start publishing that online yourself? That's what Huntington Beach Police wants to do, according to The Independent. Since the city's local newspaper stopped publishing names last December -- for editorial...

Most Californians Now Oppose Offshore Drilling, Poll Finds

An offshore drilling rig in the Santa Barbara Channel | Photo by Ken Lund via Flickr Three months after the Gulf oil spill, a survey finds a large increase in opposition against offshore drilling, finds the latest poll (.pdf) from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), which features a variety of environmental issues. Last year, a poll found that 43% opposed, 51% were in favor of it. Now 59% oppose and 36% are...

L.A. Police Commission Launches Tow Truck Complaint Hotline

Photo by Lucyrk in LA via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Got a problem with a bandit towing company or a legit one that's acting out of line? The Los Angeles Police Commission today launched its tow truck complaint hotline where drivers can report unethical and illegal business practices to detectives. “The Police Commission is hopeful that the towing company complaint hotline, in conjunction with our ongoing efforts to aggressively address towing complaints though...

Poll: California Political Races for Governor and Senator Are Close Calls

Like the Field Polls released earlier this month, the environmental polls released today by the Pubic Policy Institute of California (PPIC), also show that races for top ticket seats on the November Ballot are close. In the gubernatorial race, Democrat and Attorney General Jerry Brown leads Republican and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman by three points (37% to her 34%). "Of those saying that a candidate’s environmental positions are very important in determining their...

Immigration Protest Shuts Down Wilshire & Highland [Updated]

Traffic has come to a halt around Wilshire and Highland as a protest about Arizona's immigration law, which goes into effect today, becomes more out of control. Initial reports indicated some 30 to 40 protestors were lying in the street, according to Weho Daily, which monitors police broadcasts, but a further report by the LA Times says about 200 people laid down in the street. 14 people who chained themselves on a downtown street were...

$50K Award Announced in Valley Village Murder/Arson Case

via LAPD Police are looking for the man accused of killing a 34-year-old woman and setting fire to the house last Saturday. Cheree Osmanhodzic's fiance that evening went to the store and returned home to find a man inside. He gave chase, but lost sight of the suspect a few blocks away. When he returned home, the house was on fire. Police believe the suspect killed Osmanhodzic and may have it the place on...

Bell Has the 2nd Highest Property Taxes in L.A. County

The city of Bell is the story that keeps on giving. However, that's unfortunate news. Today's development is that residents have been paying the second highest property taxes in Los Angeles County as part-time elected officials and top city staff we're paid some of the highest salaries for the type of job in the country, finds the LA Times and Bloomberg News. On top the of 1% general property tax levied, property owners also...

State Commission Approves At-Grade Crossing at Farmdale for the Expo Line [Updated]

A recent photo at the crossing | Photo by Gökhan Esirgen A controversial segment of the Expo Line today was put to rest when a state commission officially approved an at-grade crossing near Dorsey High School. Fierce opposition led to much discussion over the years about the street level crossing at Farmdale Avenue, which would have put trains running through the area at speeds that could have been dangerous for students. The California Public...

Brush Fires Break Out in Agua Dulce, Lancaster

At least two brush fires are burning in northern Los Angeles County this afternoon. In Agua Dulce, near Acton, a blaze that broke out around 2 p.m. has burned through some 25 to 30 acres, according to KCAL-TV. At first it burned through grassy fields, but recently went into thicker brush, prompting 15- to 20-foot flame lengths. Two abandoned structures have burned, but no homes are currently threatened, reported the news broadcast. 200 firefighters...

Mysterious Green Slime on Pacific Ocean Explained

Photo by atomicjeep via Flickr That "weird neon green slime in the water" that has puzzled beachgoers throughout Orange County and up as far as Long Beach is nothing to worry about. That's what a USC professor is saying today. David Caron of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies has identified the source of the greenish-yellow foamy patches as "blooms of tiny algae belonging to the Tetraselmis genus," according to a statement from...

Will 74-Year-Old Bar, Ye Coach & Horses, Be Evicted from its Sunset Boulevard Home?

Inside Ye Coach and Horses | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist When a neighborhood establishment is threatened, the story stereotypically is about a proposed condo project or corporate chain taking over. That's not how this one goes. For 74 years Ye Coach and Horses and served up libations to the locals at its Hollywood location on Sunset Boulevard. By the end of this week, however, lights are expected to be turned off when an eviction...

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Downtown | Photo by thedavidbase via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr You never know what you'll find at a garage sale. One man says his $45 purchase of photos ended up being $200 million worth of lost Ansel Adams shots. Nathaniel Ayers, the Skid Row classical musician who was focus of a book and movie, played at The White House with columnist/writer Steve Lopez in tow. The stalking case of ESPN's Erin Andrews has...

State of Emergency Called as Fires Burn in Sequoia National Forest & Near Tehachapi

The immediate Los Angeles area has so far been spared of major wildfires this year, but further up north, things got rough yesterday. More than 15,000 acres have been charred and around than 2,300 people have been evacuated in two blazes burning in the southern Central Valley's Kern County, prompting Governor Arnold Schwarzengger last night to declare a state of emergency. In the Sequoia National Forest, the Bull Fire has burned some 11,000 acres...

Investigations in City of Bell Grow: D.A. Has Been Investigating Since March, State Controller Starts Audit

District Attorney Steve Cooley yesterday said his office has been investigating the city of Bell since March, but until now, the focus was only towards the $100,000 part-time salaries given to City Councilmembers, according to the LA Times. His investigation included how councilmembers were able to make such a high salary when the meetings that earned them that amount -- council meetings earned them very little, per state law, the money was made by...

L.A., Calabasas & Riverside Win Historic Preservation Grants

Over $200,000 was granted to nine historic preservation projects throughout the state today, with four being earned by local governments. Los Angeles was one of them, winning two $25,000 grants for the SurveyLA, which is the city's "comprehensive program to identify significant historic resources throughout" L.A. One of the grants will go towards a public participation and outreach plan for a handful of neighborhoods, including Silver Lake, Echo Park, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Brentwood...

Before Immigration Law Takes Effect, County in Arizona Deports 26,000 Immigrants, L.A. County Deports 13,000

Arizona's controversial immigration law SB 1070 takes effect Thursday, but an Associated Press investigation has revealed that one county in the state has already performed tens of thousands of deportations. Under a federal program that deputizes local law enforcement agencies to help enforce immigration laws, Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputies have deported over 26,000 immigrants. Of the 64 agencies that participate in the program, Maricopa County, home to Phoenix and policed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio,...

Judge Blocks Parts of Arizona's Immigration Law

Just one day before it is set to go into effect, a federal just this morning blocked a part of Arizona's SB 1070, the controversial immigration law. Parts blocks include, per the Arizona Daily Star: "Requiring a police officer to make a reasonable attempt to check the immigration status of those they have stopped, making it a violation of Arizona law for anyone not a citizen to fail to carry documenation, creating a new...

Controversy Ensues Over Target's $150K Donation to Anti-Gay Candidate, but is it Right to Boycott the Store?

Image via SFist As Target plans new stores throughout the Los Angeles area, they've come upon controversy and it's not about city planning. Thanks to a recent Supreme Court ruling that allows companies to make campaign contributions, the hipper alternative to Wal-Mart recently made a direct $150,000 donation to a Minnesota Political Action Committee backing the state's Republican Candidate. "So, to follow the money," Matt Baume writes at SFist, "Target gave $150,000 to Minnesota...

Transit Center for Burbank Airport Moves Forward

The valley's beloved commuter airport will likely get a new $120-million transit center. The Burbank City Council on Tuesday approved a number of issues surrounding the center planned for Burbank Airport, pushing the project forward, according to the Burbank Leader. The center would be directly connected to the airport, include a lounge, a parking structure and room for 14 buses. Funding for the project would come via airport facility fees charged to passengers and...

Now with 3 Local Media Outlets, West Hollywood is Getting More Attention than Ever

Photo by jorizaga via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr On its own, West Hollywood is a small city of around 35,000 people living within 1.9 square miles. But look at it with broader eyes and the island city surrounded by Los Angeles and Beverly Hills is nothing but small. It's played a major role in rock and roll history on the Sunset Strip, is a center of gay culture and is a hot spot...

Awesometown Loves Chick-fil-A

The sunsets are sure pretty in Awesometown, but we're not sure how awesome Valencia really is. Considering that people actually are camping out waiting for the opening of a Chick-fil-A, these people seem awesomely bored. Or maybe they are the smartest people around -- depends on how you look at it. The first 100 people in line get 52 free sandwiches. No, no, not all at once. They get a free sandwich each week for...

Missing for Nearly a Year, Mitrice Richardson May be in Las Vegas

Mitrice Richardson Authorities may be closer than ever to finding Mitrice's Richardson, the 25-year-old woman missing since the day she was released from custody close to a year ago. Richardson's father, Michael, said he was told there's been around 80 possible sightings of her in Las Vegas, according to the LA Times. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Departemnt would't confirm that number, but spokesperson Steve Whitmore told the LA Times that "they wouldn't be...

Report on L.A.'s Gang Program Mostly Positive, but Says Critical Component Still Missing

A former gang member from East L.A. who was in the process of getting his tattoos removed | Photo by NiccollsDP via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr L.A. City Controller Wendy Gruel this afternoon teased the pending release of her audit on the city's gang reduction effort, saying that much progress has been made in the past two years, but over a half million dollars of taxpayer money dedicated to evaluating the program has...

Villaraigosa Pick for L.A. Planning Director Wants to Focus on Customer Service, Transit and Zoning

There's a lot of city planning to be done out there | Photo by WildCAught1 via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Although he still must be confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council, Michael LoGrande appears to be an agreeable pick to head the Planning Department. With 13 years experience at city hall, the current Chief of Zoning Administration says one of his main goals will be customer service. "We’ve got some very, very...

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The pier at Hermosa Beach | Photo by Andy Kennelly via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr Two people were found dead this morning after a tire shop fire on the eastside. Medical marijuana in Beverly Hills? No, said the city council last week. Sad news: back to back blog posts on the LA Times detail the deaths of four marines from California in Afghanistan. Dodgers Stadium and Staples Center were among the list of...

Santa Monica Looking to Bring a Ciclovía to Main Street

Los Angeles already has a seven-mile one planned for September, but Santa Monica also wants a car-free street festival. Tentatively planned for October, a 1.3 mile ciclovía -- that's where a city street is closed down to vehicles, allowing for bicycles and pedestrians to take over -- down Main Street will be considered by the city council tonight, according to the Santa Monica Daily Press.

Oxnard Wants a Name Change. How About Oxnard Shores?

When you hear Oxnard, what do you think of? Maybe strawberry farms, maybe Channel Island Harbor or maybe a sleepy beachside town. But officials of the 112-year-old city are not too happy with the name anymore because it doesn't conjure up images that attract tourists. So now a branding firm has proposed the name Oxnard Shores, already a name given to a neighborhood within the city. "It's meant to add a physical picture," a...

New Piece of Public Art Coming to Santa Monica Tonight

Santa Monica will have a new piece of public art come tomorrow morning. "Cradle," a permanent artwork measuring 39 ft. wide and 36 ft. high, will be installed on the east wall of the city's Parking Structure 7 on 4th Street between Broadway and Colorado. The piece by Ball Nogues Studio is made up of 335 mirror-polished stainless steel spheres that will resemble a Newton's Cradle or sorts. As the city describes, "each ball is...

Where's the Sun this Summer?

Venice | Photo by sirimiri via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr As Summer goes, this hasn't been much of one. Temperatures have been cooler, clouds have been hanging above... this is June Gloom on extension. What's been happening iis that cooler ocean temperatures mixed with inland heat coming towards the coast has created a low and dense marine layer, according to the Daily Breeze. Another reason the paper notes is "the lack of high...

L.A. Approves Contract with Arizona-Based SuperShuttle

Photo by complexify. via Flickr A contract extension with a Scottsdale-based airport shuttle service was unanimously approved by the Los Angeles City Council this morning, but the approval of the usually benign item was not without controversy. Earlier this year the city boycotted doing business with Arizona-based companies in protest of SB 1070, the stringent immigration bill set to become law this week. Councilmembers reasoned that because Supershuttle, which takes passengers to and from...

Bell Councilmembers Agree to Cut Salaries as Allegations of Voting Irregularities are Filed

Bell City Councilmembers yesterday voted to decrease their part-times salaries by 90%. That means their $96,000 salaries will now be just over $8,000. The move comes after a LA Times investigation that revealed their and top officials' salaries -- for example, the city manager was being paid nearly $800,000 a year -- prompting community anger and a movement to remove elected officials from office. Two councilmembers, Mayor Oscar Hernandez and Vice Mayor Teresa Jacobo...

Following Bicycle Incident, Villaraigosa Shows More Cycling Support

Still recovering from a bicycle incident involving a taxi cab over a week ago, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa yesterday released a YouTube video thanking people for their support and announcing a future bicycle summit. "I had a little bit of a scare there," he said, "but I can tell you first hand just how difficult it is to move through our streets, to navigate through a city that is built for the automobile, but...

Part-Time Bell City Council to Consider Lowering their $100K Salaries

Exposed and hung in the court of public opinion, the Bell City Council today will discuss their salaries and the possibility of lowering them, according to the LA Times. As City Councilmembers, they get very little compensation, but they get paid extremely high amounts to serve on other city commissions and panels, some that rarely meet and when they do, sometimes meeting for only a minute. "These outrageous salaries in Bell are shocking and...

7-Foot Boa Constrictor Disappears into Car Engine

What an odd story. A Covina family on Sunday was shopping in Azusa when an announcement came over the store's intercom asking for the owner of his car to step outside -- there was a surprise waiting for him. Witnesses said a seven-foot boa constrictor crawled into his engine and when 25-year-old David Morelli opened the engine hood, he could see the snake wedged in there, according to the San Gabriel Tribune. He touched...

Santa Monica Apartment Renters Could get Expanded Protections

In addition to voting on a sales tax increase that would raise it to 10.25%, Santa Monica voters will be asked on the November ballot about tenant rights. Approved Thursday by the city council, the measure would extend some rights...

HBO's "Entourage" Features Downtown Stadium Proposal

Just like in last week's episode, "Entourage" on HBO continues to comment on local L.A. news topics, most notably the prospect of bringing a NFL stadium to Los Angeles. In Sunday evening's episode, Hollywood power agent Ari Gold brings together high rolling potential funders to back his stadium proposal in downtown Los Angeles, next to L.A. Live. Seen in the group is Casey Wasserman, who in reality is actually proposing a stadium in that...

Photos: Hundreds Walk in Honor of Silver Lake 'Walking Man' Dr. Marc Abrams

If there's one thing that can be said about Silver Lake is that it's truly a community. One where neighbors band together, through good times and bad times, to make it home. When Dr. Marc Abrams, known as Silver Lake's "Walking Man," died last week (Update: now confirmed as a suicide), it struck the neighborhood in a big way. Big enough that four days after his death, around 500 people gathered to walk five miles...

Death of Silver Lake 'Walking Man' Ruled a Suicide

Photo: Gelatobaby via Flickr Just a day after hundreds walked in his honor, the L.A. County Coroner officially announced that Dr. Marc Abrams' death was a suicide, according to the LA Times. The news confirms speculation heard throughout the weekend. Abrams, also known as Silver Lake's "Walking Man," was reportedly under investigation following an overdose death of a patient. Abrams was found dead on Wednesday evening, shocking the community because he was a daily...

Jerry Brown Subpoenas City of Bell Records in Excessive Salary Investigation

If you're going to work part-time as a pubic official and make $100,000 a year in an unheard of city in southeastern Los Angeles County, it's going to get attention once news breaks. And ever since the LA Times broke the story two weeks ago, the small city of Bell has been immersed in controversy. The latest move came this morning when California's Attorney General Jerry Brown announced that he has subpoenaed records. "These...

Photos/Video: The Girls of Comic-Con

When it comes to best costumes, West Hollywood wins the award during Halloween. Any other time of the year, the honor goes to San Diego (perhaps Los Angeles in the future) where the annual Comic-Con was held last weekend. For photographer Jonathan Nafarrete (you might know him as Jonathan360 on Twitter), dressing up is where it's at when it comes to photography. "Their costumes and everything are so elaborate," he explained, noting that well-dressed women...

Street Food Fest Report: Brisker Lines, Indie Music & Lots of Eating

Thousands of people descended upon the Rose Bowl Saturday, but not for sports. Actually, you might consider the new trend of eating street food a sport. Armed with a cell phone and Twitter, Angelenos for more than a year have been hunting down the latest tastes on food trucks that tweet their locations around the city. But this weekend, a mix of vendors -- from food trucks to street food inspired restaurants -- all gathered...

Jerry Brown on City of Bell Salaries & Meg Whitman

Following a press conference about city of Bell salaries, Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown took to TV cable news, speaking with Neil Cavuto on the FOX Business Network. “I want to find out what was the basis," Brown said about the Bell salaries. "Because on the face of it, it seems irrational and capricious. Nobody makes almost $800,000 for being a city manager in a town of less than 40,000 people. That’s...

Beginning Tonight, Half of Sunset Blvd. Bridge over 405 Fwy to be Demolished

Starting tonight and lasting five more consecutive nights, crews will demolish one half of the Sunset Boulevard bridge over the 405 Freeway. The bridges are being retrofitted as part of the $1 billion northbound carpool lane project. "Demolition work and associated closures will be conducted during night-time hours only, with the bridge, freeway and local streets reopened during day-time hours," explains Metro on their blog, which has full details on closures over the next...

DUI Checkpoints in Venice & Studio City Tonight

It's Friday, which means the LAPD is out in force. While the department doesn't announce all checkpoints, they do announce some. Those include in Venice at Venice Boulevard and Walgrove Avenue and in Studio City along Ventura Boulevard somewhere between Eureka Drive and Fruitland Drive. Summer months are notoriously known for drinking and driving incidents. Statewide, 7,801 people were either injured or killed during June, July and August in 2008....

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Downtown L.A., as seen from Vista Hermosa Park | Photo by GarySe7en via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr The LADWP and L.A. City Council are duking it out again, this time over a $600,000 bill the utility's board is refusing to pay. The U.S. House has passed a ban on animal cruelty videos. L.A.'s new head of city planning is said to be the city's chief zoning administrator and Long Beach resident Michael LoGrande....

Video: Take a Partial Tour of the Expo Line's Route between Culver City & Santa Monica

Since last week, this fun video featuring a portion of the right-of-way for the Expo Line's second phase has been making the rounds. "A lot of people are very excited about having a rail line come to West L.A. The video captured places people don't have access to," explained Bart Reed of The Transit Coalition, which produced the steady-cam stop motion video, complete with music by California's rock star classical composer, John Adams. "It's...

Utility Company Diverts Stream, Threatening Wildlife, in Angeles National Forest,

At the top of the stream is Millard Falls | Benjamin Page/LAist Featured Photos A stream that serves rare wildlife in the San Gabriel Mountains dried up this week after a local utility company diverted the water away for a pipe test. That prompted the U.S. Forest Service to send a cease and desist letter to Lincoln Avenue Water Company, according to the Pasadena Star-News. The stream tends to dry up in the Summer,...

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Venice | Photo by Mark Luethi via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr "Los Angeles is not a desert!" Here's why, according to L.A. River maven Jenny Price. Gov. Schwarzenegger's nominee for Chief Justice of California is Tani Cantil-Sakauye. If approved by a state commission and then by voters, she would be the first Asian-American in the job. A changing of the guard of sorts. As blogdowntown prepares its inaugural print issue, another downtown paper,...

Suspect Arrested in Shooting of 7-Year-Old Bicycle-Riding Boy

Photo by guamafro via Flickr The suspect who apparently fired a gun during an argument Wednesday evening, wounding a young boy in a nearby park in Norwalk, has been arrested, the L.A. Sheriff's Department announced. At about 11 a.m. on Thursday, 21-year-old Charles German Vera was arrested during a surveillance when he was driving with his mother on the 5 Freeway. On Wednesday evening, the 7-year-old boy was riding a bicycle with his father...

Sheriff's Helicopter Dumps Fuel Over Long Beach Before Emergency Landing

A sheriff's helicopter at a separate emergency in 2008 | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist A maintenance check flight yesterday afternoon ended up in near disaster for those on board the L.A. County Sheriff’s Air-5 Sikorsky. At about 12:40 when testing the helicopter over the Pacific Ocean, one of the two engines failed, prompting pilots to head back to Long Beach airport, according to Captain Mike Parker. But after detecting a significant loss of engine...

Hundreds of Hotel Workers Protest at the Andaz in West Hollywood, 63 Arrested

A peaceful labor protest that shut down rush hour traffic on a portion of the Sunset Strip Thursday afternoon ended in numerous arrests. It was part of an effort by hotel union workers in 15 cities in the U.S. and Canada to highlight contract disputes with hotel owners. In Los Angeles, the focus was towards the Hyatt Century City and the Hyatt Andaz in West Hollywood, where the protest took place. Workers of all types...

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