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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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News, The Informer L.A.'s 10 Greatest Cultural Landmarks You've Probably Never Heard of

L.A.'s 10 Greatest Cultural Landmarks You've Probably Never Heard of

David Kipen, the founder of Libros Schmibros and all-around cultural maven, once said, "Los Angeles is like your brain. You only ever use 20 percent of it." It turns out that the part about our brain is a myth; the part about L.A. feels eerily true. For every famously iconic landmark such as the...…
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News, The Informer Sterling Verdict: Clippers Sale Can Go Through

Sterling Verdict: Clippers Sale Can Go Through

Clippers fans can breath a sigh of relief. Donald Sterling no longer owns the Clippers. Judge Michael Levanas issued a tentative ruling today, saying that Shelly Sterling acted properly when she sold the Clippers to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. Her husband, Donald Sterling, had argued that the team is his...…
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News, The Informer L.A.'s Skid Row Through the Eyes of Pimps, Prostitutes, Dealers and Dope Fiends (VIDEO)

L.A.'s Skid Row Through the Eyes of Pimps, Prostitutes, Dealers and Dope Fiends (VIDEO)

See also: L.A.'s Culture War Over the Last True Skid Row in America  The first night Australian filmmaker Shanks Rajendran visited Skid Row, he nearly got the crap beaten out of him. As he sat in his car at 5th and Maple, shooting through the windshield, a half-dozen or so pissed-off...…
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News, Features L.A.'s Culture War Over the Last True Skid Row in America

L.A.'s Culture War Over the Last True Skid Row in America

"Yo!" A black man in a filthy, yellow, collared shirt lies sprawled out in the middle of the Sixth Street sidewalk, out cold. No more than four inches from his face is a Business Improvement District officer, who shouts again: "Yo!" "Is he breathing?" asks a woman passing by, worried...…
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Sterling v. Sterling Court Battle Gets the Old Razzle-Dazzle

Donald Sterling's sanity is not on trial. No, the trial, a dispute between real estate tycoon and Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling and his wife, Shelly, concerns itself with trusts and revocations, doctor-patient confidentiality and so on. Yet the substance of Sterling's curious mind hovers over the proceedings, his dark,...…
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News, The Informer Did Angry Neighbors Beat the Plan for Skyscrapers in Hollywood?

Did Angry Neighbors Beat the Plan for Skyscrapers in Hollywood?

How do you make Hollywood laugh? Build a community plan. That's what happened when the City of Los Angeles tried to update its 1988 Hollywood Community Plan, which would have allowed for much taller buildings in certain areas, especially near subway stops. Three community groups sued, saying the city used fictitious...…
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News, The Informer Eastern Columbia Residents Unamused by <i>L.A. Weekly</i>'s Pool Sneak-In Tip

Eastern Columbia Residents Unamused by L.A. Weekly's Pool Sneak-In Tip

We caught a lot of flack recently for our post, 10 Essential Life Hacks That Make L.A. So Much Better. Residents of the Eastern Columbia building in downtown Los Angeles were particularly irate after we suggested that readers looking to cool off might try sneaking into their breathtaking rooftop pool. "I remember...…
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News, Features How Michael Trujillo, California's Bad Boy of Politics, Screws the Opposition

How Michael Trujillo, California's Bad Boy of Politics, Screws the Opposition

Michael Trujillo can't quite shake this cough. He's had it for weeks, picked up on the campaign trail. He needs to meet his mother in the Valley to get one of his old inhalers, which he places on his desk next to a laptop and a bottle of Advil. "There's...…
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News, The Informer Vergara Trial Bombshell: Judge Declares California Teacher Protection Laws Unconstitutional

Vergara Trial Bombshell: Judge Declares California Teacher Protection Laws Unconstitutional

In a landmark decision handed down today, Judge M. Rolf Treu has declared five statutes in the California education code to be unconstitutional. The Vergara v. California ruling is sure to be appealed, and may make its way to the state supreme court. But for now, the reverberations will be felt...…
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News, The Informer Torlakson, Tuck Win School Superintendent Primary - Big War Ahead

Torlakson, Tuck Win School Superintendent Primary - Big War Ahead

The early vote-by-mail ballots are in, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is in the lead with 49 percent, followed by well-known charter school proponent Marshall Tuck with 27.4 percent and teacher Lydia A. Gutiérrez with 23.4 percent.   If Tuck and Gutierrez keep Torlakson below 50 percent...…
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News, The Informer Carr, Lieu Win Primary in Waxman's Congressional District 33 - Greuel Out

Carr, Lieu Win Primary in Waxman's Congressional District 33 - Greuel Out

With early vote-by-mail ballots partly counted, Republican Elan Carr and Democrats Ted Lieu and Wendy Greuel are in a tight battle to replace Henry Waxman in the Westside's 33rd Congressional District. Carr has 23.4 percent, Lieu has 19.8 percent and Greuel has 18.5 percent. Spiritual guru Marianne Williamson is well...…
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