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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 John Deasy Might Run For Public Office

John Deasy Might Run For Public Office

Newly freed from the shackles of running the second largest school district in the country, former LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy took part in a conference call this morning, answering reporters' questions for the first – er, second, if you count his Morning Edition interview he did earlier. See also: LAUSD...…
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News, The Informer LAUSD Chief John Deasy Resigns

LAUSD Chief John Deasy Resigns

The long soap opera starring L.A. Unified Superintendent John Deasy and the 7-member school board is finally over, as the embattled Deasy tendered his resignation this morning, after the board ratified a separation agreement. In a surprise twist, Deasy's interim replacement will be the man whom Deasy replaced in 2011...…
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News, The Informer Harry Major Took in Ex-Cons for Sex and Friendship. Then He Turned Up Dead

Harry Major Took in Ex-Cons for Sex and Friendship. Then He Turned Up Dead

Harry Major was ready to die. The 82-year-old retired Hollywood High School English teacher had been preparing Steve Schulte for the job of executing his will, and gave him strict instructions: no funeral. "No memorial, no funeral. Just burn the carcass," Major told Schulte. "You know, we live too long...…
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News, The Informer LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy Appears Headed for the Exit

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy Appears Headed for the Exit

We've written the "John Deasy's days are numbered" story so many times, the words have lost all meaning. However, it sure looks like Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy's days are, in fact, numbered. Like, in the single digits. The seven-member LAUSD board, which sets overall district policy...…
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News, The Informer The 10 Most Shameful Things to Admit in Los Angeles

The 10 Most Shameful Things to Admit in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is one of the most diverse cities in the world. Unfortunately, that diversity doesn't always extend to its opinions. This is a city that has virtually no Republican Party to speak of, that has banned plastic bags in supermarkets and condomless porn (while the state of California has...…
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News, The Informer L.A. Hotel Workers May Get Huge Pay Increase to $15.37

L.A. Hotel Workers May Get Huge Pay Increase to $15.37

The Los Angeles City Council is set to vote today on what could be a huge windfall for hotel workers, raising their minimum wage to the oddly specific $15.37 an hour.  But a number of business groups, including the L.A. Chamber of Commerce, the Central City Association, and the Valley...…
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News, The Informer L.A. Skies May Quiet Down, as FAA Plans Helicopter Noise Complaint System

L.A. Skies May Quiet Down, as FAA Plans Helicopter Noise Complaint System

Ghetto birds — scourge of the city. They make your bedroom quake, pour light through your window, and sound like God's very own lawnmower is bearing down on you. But help may be on the way. The Federal Aviation Administration has allocated $250,000 to establish a complaint system for helicopter...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle A Party for Sugar Babies and Sugar Daddies Makes Us Question Our Faith in Humanity (VIDEO)

A Party for Sugar Babies and Sugar Daddies Makes Us Question Our Faith in Humanity (VIDEO)

There are things in the world that, yes, have been going on forever. But then someone goes and puts them on the Internet, and they become so attainable, so convenient that they became crass, devoid of subtlety. There's nothing particularly offensive about the thing, but the lack of shame is...…
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News, The Informer R.I.P. Los Angeles Register, 2014-2014

R.I.P. Los Angeles Register, 2014-2014

Death came like a thief last night for the Los Angeles Register, via an 11:00 PM memo from DoNotReply@Freedom.com. Sent by the ever-optimistic Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz, who own the Register's parent company, Freedom Communications, the email took six paragraphs to get to the bad news: We have made the decision to...…
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News, The Informer The Los Angeles Register Has In Fact Gone Kaput. Already.

The Los Angeles Register Has In Fact Gone Kaput. Already.

That was fast. Rumors have been furiously flying (if anyone has a better verb/adverb combo for "rumors" please email this reporter immediately) about the impending closure of Los Angeles' newest newspaper, the L.A. Register, which joined our fraternity of of local print publications in April. We now understand that its...…
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News, The Informer Encyclopedia Britannica Insulted L.A. — So I Fought Back

Encyclopedia Britannica Insulted L.A. — So I Fought Back

Every once in a while, some well-meaning but ignorant individual accuses me of hating Los Angeles. You don't understand, I say. I was born here. I've lived here my whole life. I know the entire lyrics to Randy Newman's I Love L.A. You don't understand: I saved this city... from a...…
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News, The Informer iFail: Why John Deasy's Risky iPad Gambit Crashed and Burned at LAUSD

iFail: Why John Deasy's Risky iPad Gambit Crashed and Burned at LAUSD

In a surprising reversal, L.A. Unified Superintendent John Deasy has abruptly halted the district's billion-dollar technology program, which aimed to put an iPad into the hands of every student and teacher by the end of, yes, this year. It's a rare retreat for the headstrong superintendent intent on getting the...…
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Child Sex Abuser Who Sued 1,000 Firms Under Disability Act Commits Suicide

Late in 2013, I wrote an article outing Jon Carpenter, a prodigious filer of hundreds of lawsuits against small businesses in Los Angeles, as a convicted child molester who never did his prison time. In March, nearly four months after L.A. Weekly's story, the wheelchair-bound Carpenter traveled to Zurich, Switzerland...…
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News, The Informer L.A.'s 10 Most Pervasive Stereotypes: True or False?

L.A.'s 10 Most Pervasive Stereotypes: True or False?

Has there ever been a more misunderstood American city than Los Angeles? Despite being the nation's second most populous metropolitan area, despite being the entertainment capital of the world, and despite having near-perfect weather 300 days out of the year, L.A. is routinely reduced to the most banal of stereotypes...…
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News, The Informer George McKenna Defeats Alex Johnson in LAUSD Special Election

George McKenna Defeats Alex Johnson in LAUSD Special Election

Longtime school administrator George McKenna has defeated political aide Alex Johnson in a special election for the L.A. Unified School Board. The District 1 seat, which covers most of South Los Angeles and parts of the Westside, was left vacant by the death of Marguerite LaMotte.  The result is yet...…
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News, The Informer The Beutner-fication of the <i>L.A. Times</i>: What Changes Will the New Publisher Make?

The Beutner-fication of the L.A. Times: What Changes Will the New Publisher Make?

About two years ago, investment banker Austin Beutner let it be known that he wanted to buy the L.A. Times. Today, he got the next best thing when he was appointed publisher and CEO of the struggling newspaper.  It was a surprising choice – an outsider with no publishing experience,...…
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News, The Informer Voter Guide: 5 Differences Between LAUSD Candidates Alex Johnson and George McKenna

Voter Guide: 5 Differences Between LAUSD Candidates Alex Johnson and George McKenna

Little known fact: there's an election tomorrow! A very special election! A special election, that is, for the District 1 L.A. Unified Board of Education seat, which pits political aide Alex Johnson against longtime administrator George McKenna. Turnout is expected to be depressingly low, perhaps less than 10 percent of...…
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Why LAUSD's District 1 Race Between George McKenna and Alex Johnson Matters

What if they held an election and no voters came? That's the very real scenario facing South Los Angeles next week, when voters decide who should replace the late Marguerite LaMotte on the Los Angeles Unified School District board. Their choices: George McKenna, 73, a longtime LAUSD administrator; or Alex...…
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News, The Informer <i>L.A. Times </i> Reporters Continue Exodus as Newspaper Group Is Spun Off

L.A. Times Reporters Continue Exodus as Newspaper Group Is Spun Off

Yesterday, the Tribune newspapers – including the Los Angeles Times – began life on their own, liberated from the Tribune Company (or, if you prefer, amputated) and "spun off" into their own company, Tribune Publishing, now listed on the New York Stock Exchange as TPUB. We'll get to how that...…
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