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Monday, September 22, 2014

The Republican candidate for governor campaigns in Fresno - VIA KASHKARI FOR GOVERNOR
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  • The Republican candidate for governor campaigns in 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 — allowing him to slam Gov. Jerry Brown's "California Comeback."

But in recent weeks, the shine has worn off. Evidently, the mayor of Fresno is still irked about the whole thing. That would be a minor inconvenience, were the mayor, Ashley Swearengin, not also the Republican nominee for state controller. In a striking show of Republican disunity, Swearengin has refused to endorse Kashkari. At the party convention over the weekend, she continued to refuse to endorse him, which led to an open conflagration among party elders.

Maybe Kashkari should have camped out on L.A.'s Skid Row?

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CARPE NOCTIS
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There are many ways to capture the attention of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Aiming a massive white light toward the sky can probably be added to the list. At least that's the story of 29-year-old Greg Cayea, a public relations and marketing guru who's producing next month's edgy Carpe Noctis theater festival in Hollywood.

See also: Why Is That LAPD Helicopter Circling Overhead?

He told us he's been looking to get a lot of bang for his marketing buck, and that's what led him to a stunt that might have drawn the attention of the world's preeminent airborne cops:

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Why Fall Is L.A.'s Best Season

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Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 7:38 AM
TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. (WANG CHUNG) SOUNDTRACK COVER ART
  • To Live and Die in L.A. (Wang Chung) soundtrack cover art
Many people have an almost superstitious hatred of fall in Los Angeles.

Admittedly, it hasn't always had a good track record. Fall is the time of merciless Indian summers, apocalyptic brush fires and that natural sandblasting better known as Santa Anas but also referred to, more ominously, as the devil winds.

If there's an archetypal image of the L.A. dreaded by out-of-towners, it's set in fall in a vast industrial wasteland saturated in ungodly sunlight and capped by gritty, suffocating smog. It's an image captured by the 1985 film To Live and Die in L.A.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

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Is the Los Angeles Register About to Go Kaput? Already?!

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Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 3:17 PM
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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 reporters, most of whom relocated to L.A. from Orange County, have been desperately trying to set up job interviews this week and many were expecting L.A. Register to go belly up by today's end. 

And now this, from Aaron Kushner, CEO of Freedom Communications: He told the publisher of Portada (a news site, not some delicious drink sold at taco trucks) at its 8th Annual Hispanic Advertising and Media Conference that he will "evaluate 'in the next few weeks' whether the Los Angeles Register has a viable future as a daily."

Oh, and have a nice weekend everyone!

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SLIDE THE CITY
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The city of Los Angeles has rejected plans for a giant water slide event on a downtown street.

Organizers today informed those who purchased tickets to the sold-out, Sept. 28 happening that it has been canceled. The Slide the City event had received the approval of local city Councilman Jose Huizar, but the Bureau of Street Services, citing concerns by the Department of Water and Power about the use of so much water during a drought, denied organizers' application for a special event permit yesterday, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works, which oversees Street Services, told us.

See also: It Looks Like the Downtown L.A. Water Slide Is Going to Happen

Organizers believed they had the water issue licked:

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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 cashiers. They made off with about $30,000 to $40,000 worth of Apple merchandise, including iPads and at least 30 of the new iPhones, Sgt. Paul Kranke said. The suspects remain at large.

Elsewhere around the Southland...

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Update: The City Council today voted 12-0 to have select departments (see below) report back on how this high-tech 911 communication can happen in L.A.

Don't try this at home, kids, especially if you have a real emergency.

According to a motion from city Councilman Paul Krekorian, "Today, in Los Angeles, if residents send a text message to 911 they will receive a return message telling them to call 911."

Yeah, and flaming emojis probably won't help your situation. But Krekorian wants the city to start looking ahead to a day when we would be able to FaceTime with first responders, send those S.O.S. texts, and even transmit photos and videos:

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2oz of hashish oil - PHOTO BY JLCOVING
The popularity of marijuana-derived concentrates, including wax, honey oil, and shatter, has correlated to a rash of extraction-lab explosions across Southern Calfornia over the last two years.

But police operations specifically targeting the makers of this potent form of medicine have been few and far between, with authorities often breaking out the handcuffs only after the firefighters have arrived.

See also: Hash-Oil Blast In San Diego Investigated By DEA

It turns out that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has been quietly on the case of concentrates in SoCal for a while, though:

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You know what this guy at the Brass Monkey is thinking? "You're never gonna make it, lady." - ERICA ZABOWSKI/FLICKR
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  • You know what this guy at the Brass Monkey is thinking? "You're never gonna make it, lady."
We've said it so many times, it's a wonder that it bears any more repeating: L.A. is the greatest city on the planet. Hands down. Fact. People come here every day on buses, trains, planes and hand-made art cars just to bask in our sunshine, taste our tacos, stare at our beautiful people, and turn their creative pursuits into dollars.

But not everyone is going to last in our fair burg. Many people will self-select out of here, self-absorb up their own assholes, or simply self-destruct. Here are the ten types of those folks who won't make it:

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Watts and a cop. - CHEFBELIVE (BRIAN JAMES LUCAS)/INSTAGRAM
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  • Watts and a cop.
The tide of public opinion seems to have fully turned against actress Daniele Watts after she suggested racial profiling was behind her police stop in Studio City last week.

Her white boyfriend, self-proclaimed "rawk star chef" Brian James Lucas, went so far as to say cops questioned Watts and himself as if they were "ho and trick." Los Angeles Police Department audio of some of the confrontation, however, revealed absolutely zero racism at play. And TMZ photos of the pair appeared to show them having sex in a car, or something close to it, which was the reason for a police response all along, according to the LAPD.

See also: Daniele Watts' Story About a Racist LAPD Stop Is Falling Apart

Now some of L.A.'s most prominent African American leaders are denouncing Watts:

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