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News, The Informer Why Is Bill Bloomfield Spending Buckets of Cash on Ben Allen?

Why Is Bill Bloomfield Spending Buckets of Cash on Ben Allen?

Ben Allen and Sandra Fluke running a hotly contested campaign for the 26th state Senate district, which covers much of West L.A., Santa Monica, and the South Bay. But so far, both of their campaigns have been outspent by one man: Bill Bloomfield. Bloomfield, a retired businessman, has spent nearly...…
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News, The Informer Ted Lieu in Hot Water Over Shark Fin Soup

Ted Lieu in Hot Water Over Shark Fin Soup

State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, is the odds-on favorite to succeed Henry Waxman in Congress. But in the closing weeks of the campaign, Lieu is being attacked on an unusual issue: shark fin soup. In 2011, Lieu spoke out against a state law banning shark fin soup. He also suggested...…
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News, The Informer California Voter Guide for Nov. 4, 2014: L.A. Weekly

California Voter Guide for Nov. 4, 2014: L.A. Weekly

Want to meet new people worth having over for poker or with whom to swap your second-hand novels? Try your voting precinct's active voters — also known as neighbors. There are about 1,000 of you per precinct, and it's always interesting to see who's out and about from your enclave...…
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News, The Informer Neel Kashkari Ad Uses Drowning Child to Make Its Case

Neel Kashkari Ad Uses Drowning Child to Make Its Case

It's not every day you see a political ad that should come with a trigger warning. But hand it to Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor, for doing whatever it takes to get noticed. His new ad, "Betrayal," opens with disturbing images of a child drowning in a pool...…
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News, The Informer No, L.A. Does Not Have More Tech Workers Than Silicon Valley

No, L.A. Does Not Have More Tech Workers Than Silicon Valley

There's no denying that Silicon Beach has come a long way in just a few years. L.A. is home to an ever-growing list of important tech companies, like Snapchat, Maker Studios, Nasty Gal, Tinder, and on and on. And it's also chock-full of startups that no one has ever heard...…
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News, The Informer Eric Garcetti Ups the Jargon, Vows to "Follow from the Front"

Eric Garcetti Ups the Jargon, Vows to "Follow from the Front"

Mayor Eric Garcetti took the stage Monday at the Atlantic's CityLab conference and did what he does best — talked fluently for nearly 20 minutes without really saying anything. The event is hosted by the Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropies — it's sort of a second-tier Davos — so Garcetti adopted the...…
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News, The Informer Assemblyman Isadore Hall Spent Campaign Funds at a Strip Club in Las Vegas

Assemblyman Isadore Hall Spent Campaign Funds at a Strip Club in Las Vegas

After four years fighting the D.A.'s office, Sen. Rod Wright has finally been chased from office. Wright's offense — failing to live in his district — was minor compared to the allegations against his colleagues Leland Yee and Ron Calderon, deserving of only a footnote in the annals of Sacramento...…
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News, The Informer Amid Drought, Man Tormented by Hundreds of Thousands of Gallons of Water

Amid Drought, Man Tormented by Hundreds of Thousands of Gallons of Water

As California suffers through a record-breaking drought, Jeff Wagner of Sherman Oaks is having the opposite problem. For the last two months, hundreds of thousands of gallons of water have seeped up from the ground under his house. Wagner says the problem started right around the time of the water...…
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News, The Informer Steve Ballmer To Ban L.A. Clippers From Using Apple Products

Steve Ballmer To Ban L.A. Clippers From Using Apple Products

New Clippers owner Steve Ballmer thinks the team is worth $2 billion, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that he has eccentric views on other subjects as well. In an interview with Reuters, the Microsoft billionaire said he would bar the team from using Apple products.  "And Doc kind...…
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News, The Informer Emanuel Pleitez Bails on L.A. City Hall Job — Already

Emanuel Pleitez Bails on L.A. City Hall Job — Already

Of all the people selected to be part of Mayor Eric Garcetti's administration, perhaps none was less qualified than Emanuel Pleitez. The 31-year-old ran for mayor in 2013, garnering a measly 4 percent of the vote, and then endorsed Garcetti in the runoff. His reward was a spot on the...…
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News, The Informer Sandra Fluke Endured Rush Limbaugh's Attacks. Now She Wants a Seat in the California Senate

Sandra Fluke Endured Rush Limbaugh's Attacks. Now She Wants a Seat in the California Senate

On Feb. 23, 2012, Sandra Fluke sat before a congressional panel and testified about access to contraception at Georgetown University. A third-year law student, Fluke had spent months surveying students about the difficulties they faced getting birth control at the Jesuit institution. At first, her remarks got as much attention...…
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News, The Informer In Hindsight, Maybe It Wasn't a Great Idea for Neel Kashkari to Sleep on the Streets of Fresno

In Hindsight, Maybe It Wasn't a Great Idea for Neel Kashkari to Sleep on the Streets of Fresno

At first, it seemed like a daring move for Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari to spend a week as a homeless person in Fresno. The campaign stunt generated tons of free publicity — he was likely the only homeless person ever invited to share his experiences on a CNBC panel...…
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News, The Informer Apple Zombies Queue up for New iPhones, as Torrance Robbers Swipe 30

Apple Zombies Queue up for New iPhones, as Torrance Robbers Swipe 30

Hordes of hollow-eyed Apple addicts stood in line overnight for the chance to buy the new iPhone 6. But in Torrance, some robbers decided not to wait. Two men broke into the AT&T store at the Del Amo Fashion Center mall just after 9 p.m. on Thursday, and threatened the...…
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News, The Informer Kicked Out of San Francisco, MonkeyParking App Plans a Fresh Start in Santa Monica

Kicked Out of San Francisco, MonkeyParking App Plans a Fresh Start in Santa Monica

You may remember a controversy a couple of months ago about MonkeyParking, an iPhone app that allows users to buy and sell street parking spaces. The concept was evidently too innovative even for San Francisco. The city attorney ordered the company to shut down on the grounds that auctioning public spaces is...…
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News, The Informer Snapchat Settles With Ousted Co-Founder Reggie Brown

Snapchat Settles With Ousted Co-Founder Reggie Brown

Snapchat announced today that it has reached a settlement with Reggie Brown, the Stanford fraternity brother who came up with the idea for the disappearing message service and was then forced out of the company. Brown sued the L.A.-based startup last year, claiming he was entitled to a third of the company,...…
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News, The Informer Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong Pushing for Culver City's Fiber Internet Upgrade

Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong Pushing for Culver City's Fiber Internet Upgrade

L.A. billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong is urging Culver City officials to install fiber Internet at five business districts, including one where his company is located. City leaders are considering a plan that would offer Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabyte per second to business customers, at rates that are much cheaper...…
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News, The Informer Look How Much Money the Entertainment Industry Gave CA Lawmakers

Look How Much Money the Entertainment Industry Gave CA Lawmakers

Hollywood won big this week, as Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to fork over $330 million per year to subsidize film and TV production. This did not seem like a sure thing as recently as last fall, when Sen. Ron Calderon was caught allegedly taking $60,000 in bribes from an independent...…
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News, The Informer Here are the Winners and Losers in California's $330 Million Film Tax Subsidy

Here are the Winners and Losers in California's $330 Million Film Tax Subsidy

Jerry Brown, California's skin-flint governor, acceded Wednesday to an increase in the film tax credit to $330 million. Brown is a well-known skeptic of Hollywood subsidies, but the combined forces of organized labor, multinational entertainment conglomerates, and B-list celebrities proved too powerful to resist. The industry didn't get the $400...…
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News, The Informer L.A.'s Minimum Wage to Increase to $13.25 an Hour Under Garcetti Plan

L.A.'s Minimum Wage to Increase to $13.25 an Hour Under Garcetti Plan

Mayor Eric Garcetti is working on a proposal to raise L.A.'s minimum wage to $13.25 or $13.50 an hour within three years, according to two people briefed on the plan. The mayor is expected to roll out the proposal next week. The details have still not been finalized, and the...…
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News, Features In Silicon Beach, L.A. Angel Investor Paige Craig Sifts Through the Hype for the Next Big Thing

In Silicon Beach, L.A. Angel Investor Paige Craig Sifts Through the Hype for the Next Big Thing

At a party at the True offices on Wilshire, three dudes have just finished pitching an app. They look like design students, with black vests and matching haircuts. One of them boasts that the founder had a chance to be the sixth employee at Instagram. But when the founder starts...…
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