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News, The Informer Space Nazis and Giant-Ass Spiders Fight for Their Lives in Terrifying New World of Low-Budget Films

Space Nazis and Giant-Ass Spiders Fight for Their Lives in Terrifying New World of Low-Budget Films

For eight days each November, the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel closes down. Guests of the luxury hotel — who typically pay $500 or more a night — are turned away, as the entire place is handed over to movie executives from more than 70 countries. This is the American...…
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News, The Informer Silicon Beach Startup Aims to Disrupt AAA

Silicon Beach Startup Aims to Disrupt AAA

Tech startups are constantly in search of new industries to disrupt. Taxis? Check. Music? Check. Laundry? Check. Well, cross another one off the list. Today, Honk is unveiling its new service, which it describes as "Uber for roadside assistance." Next time you have a flat tire or a dead battery,...…
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News, The Informer Garcetti's Mayoral Mansion Uses Five Times as Much Water as Typical L.A. Home

Garcetti's Mayoral Mansion Uses Five Times as Much Water as Typical L.A. Home

Getty House, the mayoral residence, uses 2,100 gallons of water every day — more than five times as much as the average L.A. home, according to figures released by the L.A. Department of Water and Power. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who moved into the mansion late last year, has called on...…
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News, The Informer Sandra Fluke, Feminist Made Famous by Rush Limbaugh, Loses Badly in Bid for State Senate

Sandra Fluke, Feminist Made Famous by Rush Limbaugh, Loses Badly in Bid for State Senate

It's been a rough night for Democrats, and here in L.A., there's one more disappointment for national Democratic activists. Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student who rose to fame when Rush Limbaugh called her a slut, is losing her bid for California state senate. Ben Allen, a Democrat who serves...…
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News, The Informer Election Results: California, November 4, 2014 (Updated Live)

Election Results: California, November 4, 2014 (Updated Live)

It's election night in America, and Jerry Brown is up for an unprecedented fourth term as governor of the great state of California. Will he defeat Republican and fake homeless man Neel Kashkari? Will State Superintendent Tom Torlakson win re-election over school-reform upstart Marshall Tuck? Will Sheila Kuehl defeat the...…
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News, The Informer Consumer Watchdog Gets Blown Out on Health Care Propositions 45 and 46

Consumer Watchdog Gets Blown Out on Health Care Propositions 45 and 46

It's hard to imagine that anyone in California had a worse election night than the folks at Consumer Watchdog. The non-profit advocacy group lost not one but two ballot propositions — seeing both Proposition 45 and 46 go down to defeat by wide margins. Proposition 45 would have given the...…
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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 Nancy Pelosi and Consumer Watchdog Duke It Out Over Prop. 45

Nancy Pelosi and Consumer Watchdog Duke It Out Over Prop. 45

Consumer Watchdog, the non-profit group behind Proposition 45, is firing back at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi over her opposition to the measure. The proposition would give the state's insurance commissioner the power to reject excessive rate hikes for health insurance. In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial...…
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News, The Informer In California, Consumer Watchdog's Prop 45 Challenges Obamacare — From the Left

In California, Consumer Watchdog's Prop 45 Challenges Obamacare — From the Left

Blue Shield of California, one of the state's four major health insurers, has a sales office on the 20th floor of the Pacific Corporate Towers in El Segundo. Had the employees peered down to the plaza on a recent Tuesday morning, they would have seen a small cluster of picketers...…
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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 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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