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News, The Informer L.A. Bankruptcy Inevitable, Though Probably After Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Leaves To Become A Male Spokesmodel

L.A. Bankruptcy Inevitable, Though Probably After Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Leaves To Become A Male Spokesmodel

Marc Lacter's column in Los Angeles magazine looks at whether the city of Los Angeles is headed for bankruptcy, and it's not pretty. His diagnosis: We're headed there, though probably not until after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa leaves office...…
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News, The Informer Hey Steve Cooley: Time To Take A Closer Look At Former Bell Police Randy Adams And His Shady Pension

Hey Steve Cooley: Time To Take A Closer Look At Former Bell Police Randy Adams And His Shady Pension

The L.A. Times reports that former Bell police chief Randy Adams, who quit in July when it was revealed he was making nearly $500,000 per year, is quite the physical fitness buff, despite claiming a disability. The whole story raises more questions about why L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley,...…
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News, The Informer Californians Spending Their Welfare $$$ In Vegas Is Great Tea Party Fodder. But It's Less Than 1 Percent Of Total.

Californians Spending Their Welfare $$$ In Vegas Is Great Tea Party Fodder. But It's Less Than 1 Percent Of Total.

A lead story in today's L.A. Times reports that Californians on welfare spent more than $69 million out-of-state in recent years. Get ready John and Ken and all you other shock jock talkers: Included in the spending were "millions in Las Vegas, hundreds of thousands in Hawaii and thousands on...…
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News, The Informer Meg Whitman And Jerry Brown First Debate Smackdown; Their Goal: Don't Say Anything Stoopid

Meg Whitman And Jerry Brown First Debate Smackdown; Their Goal: Don't Say Anything Stoopid

As Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman debate for the first time tonight at 6 on ABC 7 in Los Angeles, advisers are no doubt deep in fear, hoping their candidates avoid: 1)Saying something stupid that can be used in an advertisement, ala, Gerald Ford's gaffe in a 1976 debate that...…
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News, The Informer David Brooks, New York Egghead, Comes To California, Says Pox On Both Your Houses

David Brooks, New York Egghead, Comes To California, Says Pox On Both Your Houses

With a dateline of Atherton, David Brooks, The New York Times conservative columnist who liberals and NPR listeners can love, has come West to diagnose California's problems. As he is wont to do, he splits the difference, saying both left and right, Republicans and Democrats, abandoned the state's tradition of...…
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News, The Informer Rigoberto Ruelas Suicide At LAUSD: L.A. Media's Rampant Speculation Blaming L.A. Times Is Based On One South Gate Cop's Psychological Musings

Rigoberto Ruelas Suicide At LAUSD: L.A. Media's Rampant Speculation Blaming L.A. Times Is Based On One South Gate Cop's Psychological Musings

The apparent suicide of Rigoberto Ruelas, an LAUSD teacher at Miramonte Elementary School in South Gate, has led to rampant speculation by Los Angeles TV and radio stations that Ruelas couldn't bear to live following an L.A. Times series that published the names and scores of 6,000 teachers -- and...…
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News, The Informer Ken Roberts, KROQ Founder, Loses The Robert Taylor Ranch Mansion -- Now The Dream Home Is On The Market

Ken Roberts, KROQ Founder, Loses The Robert Taylor Ranch Mansion -- Now The Dream Home Is On The Market

Ken Roberts, founder of KROQ and the guy who brought modern rock to L.A., has been ordered by a judge to pay a greasy Connecticut hedge fund $27.5 million. Because he can't pay, he's losing his 112-acre Brentwood estate, aka The Robert Taylor Ranch, Forbes blogger Teri Buhl reports. It...…
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News, The Informer Jeff Corliss of Venice Needs $3 Million To Fly Without Parachute: Dude, I Can Do This

Jeff Corliss of Venice Needs $3 Million To Fly Without Parachute: Dude, I Can Do This

Of course he's from Venice, Los Angeles, California. Smithsonian has the story of Jeb Corliss: The dream has recurred since childhood: I jump, and I can fly. Corliss hopes the wing suit he designed (photo), will enable him to jump from a building, cliff or the like. But without a...…
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News, The Informer Snakes On The Loose Terrifying New York City Residents

Snakes On The Loose Terrifying New York City Residents

Our inaugural week of detailing all the ways New York City is a horrible place has focused on pests, first with news that bedbugs had shut down a Niketown store in Manhattan. We followed up with a report on the city's ingenious plan to harvest opossums to kill rats, a...…
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News, The Informer Knife-Wielding Robber Breaks Into Room At Downtown L.A.'s Alexandria Hotel, Gets Cards And ATM Codes From Terrified Couple

Knife-Wielding Robber Breaks Into Room At Downtown L.A.'s Alexandria Hotel, Gets Cards And ATM Codes From Terrified Couple

The Alexandria, the historic residential hotel on 5th and Spring that has a checkered past, advertises rents of "$650 to those tenants that (sic) income qualify." Perhaps The Alexandria, which has long seemed poised to joint downtown's  gentrification wave, should consider raising the rent and investing in better security now...…
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News, The Informer L.A. Suburbs Get What's Coming To Them: West Nile Virus Has Been Detected in Mosquitos

L.A. Suburbs Get What's Coming To Them: West Nile Virus Has Been Detected in Mosquitos

West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes who can transmit to humans in Cerritos, Whittier, Rowland Heights, Encino and Reseda, making 47 cases in Los Angeles County in 2010. Of people who get West Nile, one in five get symptoms. Of those, one in 150 end up in the...…
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News, The Informer The Warner Brothers Gate Crasher's 5 Real Reasons For Plowing Through Gate With Camaro And Flammable Liquid

The Warner Brothers Gate Crasher's 5 Real Reasons For Plowing Through Gate With Camaro And Flammable Liquid

A guy crashed his Camaro through Gate 5 at the Warner Brothers lot last week and got charged Tuesday with attempted arson because of all the flammable liquids found and igniton device found stuffed inside, the Daily News reported. As if driving a Camaro isn't hot enough. Anyway, his motive...…
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News, The Informer New York City's Plan To Use Opossums To Kill Off Its Rat Population Fails Spectacularly

New York City's Plan To Use Opossums To Kill Off Its Rat Population Fails Spectacularly

Continuing our series on why New York sucks compared to L.A.: In a truly genius plan, New York City let loose a hoard of opossums to kill the rat population in Brooklyn. To begin with, why are opossums any better than rats? They're furry and beady-eyed and have tails. But...…
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News, The Informer California Cannabis Association Is Against Proposition 19 Pot Legalization? Really? Yes.

California Cannabis Association Is Against Proposition 19 Pot Legalization? Really? Yes.

Counterintuitive news of the day: The California Cannabis Association is opposing the Proposition 19 pot legalization initiative on the November ballot. It's not as crazy as you think. This trade group of sorts represents medicinal marijuana dispensaries, and they fear Prop. 19 will make life harder for dispensaries and patients,...…
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News, The Informer City Of Bell Officials Arrested

City Of Bell Officials Arrested

Updated after the jump with arraignment time tomorrow plus more community reaction, including quotes from Bell activist Cristina Garcia. Originally posted at 9:50 a.m: By J. Patrick Coolican and Dennis Romero In what may be an unprecedented crime sweep of sitting and former politicians and government officials in Southern California,...…
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News, The Informer Priceofweed.com Shows Californians Pay $351 Per Ounce, New Yorkers $447, for Top Quality Bud

Priceofweed.com Shows Californians Pay $351 Per Ounce, New Yorkers $447, for Top Quality Bud

One annoying thing about enjoying a product only found on the black market is that it's hard to comparison shop: How much am I supposed to pay for a Tec-9 or eight ball of coke? We have some intuitive sense, or we get info from TV or newspaper reports quoting...…
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News, The Informer SEIU Backs Proposition 19 Pot Legalization In Great Score For Legalizers

SEIU Backs Proposition 19 Pot Legalization In Great Score For Legalizers

Take your mouth off the bong and cheer, you legal pot advocates, because this is a good score: One of the state's biggest and most powerful unions, the Service Employees International Union, has endorsed Proposition 19, the November ballot initiative that would legalize pot and its cultivation and distribution. The...…
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News, The Informer Beer Lobby Gives $10,000 To 'No' On Proposition 19 Pot Legalization

Beer Lobby Gives $10,000 To 'No' On Proposition 19 Pot Legalization

Update: We got an email from Tom McCormick of the California Small Brewers Association -- they're the ones who make good beers. He says, whoa, we got nothing to do with this effort to beat Prop. 19. Text of the email appear at the end, after the jump. A political...…
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News, The Informer NYC Niketown Closes Due To Bedbugs -- Another Reason L.A. Is Better Than NYC

NYC Niketown Closes Due To Bedbugs -- Another Reason L.A. Is Better Than NYC

There's been a lot of smug talk coming from back East about how New York City continues to thrive and evolve and is home to lots of movie sets and cool TV shows and bands and art and authors, while L.A. has hit a funk, with the goofy, vaguely embarrassing...…
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News, The Informer Paris Hilton Pleads Guilty In Las Vegas

Paris Hilton Pleads Guilty In Las Vegas

Yeah, remember when I said the coke wasn't mine? Nevermind that. That's the story this morning, as Paris Hilton pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession and obstructing an officer in Las Vegas...…
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