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Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Crime

Mother Killed in Front of Grown Kids Over Parking

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Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 11:32 PM
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A 43-year-old woman was fatally stabbed in front of her grown children following a parking-related dispute, and two suspects now face murder charges, Whitter police said.

The victim's teary-eyed son, Daniel Crable, told reporters his mother's throat was slashed and that he tried to give her CPR, not realizing she was probably dead before she hit the ground.

Suspects, 22-year-old Reggie Cervantes and 19-year-old Brenda Rangel, were each charged by the L.A. County District Attorney's office with suspicion of murder, cops said.

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420 Dating Is Now a Thing

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Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 9:03 AM
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It appears to us that nearly half the online dating  profiles out there express affinity for long walks on the beach. The other half seem to say, "420 friendly," at least in L.A.

Los Angeles marijuana entrepreneur Miguel Lozano noticed that too, and this year he launched cannabis dating site my420mate.com with partner Jay Lindberg.

Lozano, a clothier who helped to organize the Bong Olympics way back when and who plans a 20-year anniversary of that event soon, says his was the world's first pot dating platform.

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As we enter the drinking season—Halloween and then the holidays—police are hitting the streets in search of drunk drivers.

While we're sure your haunted mansion party will be off the chain, remember that there's nothing more scary than red and blue lights in your rear view mirror.

The Los Angeles Police Department thinks that warning you about its DUI operations, even telling you when and where they'll be on the lookout for drunk drivers, will dissuade you from getting behind the wheel after one too many drinks. Here's what cops are telling us about this weekend's crackdown:

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Some marijuana proponents are excited by evolving views on cannabis in Washington.

Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder implemented more lax sentencing guidelines for small-time drug crimes, President Obama's nominee to be the nation's top civil rights cop, Vanita Gupta, is a legalization proponent, and Obama himself has said he doesn't think pot is more dangerous than alcohol.

But the the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration still seems to view medical marijuana businesses as illegal drug operations. And this week it raided a pair of well-known L.A. area dispensaries, the Farmacy shops in West Hollywood and Westwood.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WTF

After Videotaped Fight, a Crackdown For Hollywood Blvd.'s Surly Superheroes?

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Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 8:04 AM
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A fight between Hollywood Boulevard's surly superheroes Tuesday was caught on video (see it below), and now one fed-up L.A. City Council member wants to crack down.

Tony Arranaga, spokesman for Hollywood-based Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, confirmed to us the news that his boss was working on a council proposal to address the masked mayhem, but details were not available.

It's going to be an uphill battle to fight with the comic-book and blockbuster-inspired men and women who roam the Walk of Fame in search of tips from tourists with cameras.

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Los Angeles is the most unaffordable city in America when it comes to the cost of putting a roof over your head. Rent is out of control. And even average home prices are laughably beyond the reach of a median-income family.

See also: It's Official: L.A. Is the "Most Unaffordable Rental Market" in America

Forget that we have the nation's worst roads or that our public school system has crumbling classrooms. This is L.A.'s most-pressing crisis by far. The only new affordable housing opening up in a town where the per capita single income is $27,900 and the average rent is $1,716 is next to the curb. Cozy.

What's City Hall doing about it? Not much. The East L.A. Community Corporation, which develops low-income housing on the Eastside and beyond, reminded our leaders about that this week.

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A Bill Bloomfield mailer touting Democrat Ben Allen
  • A Bill Bloomfield mailer touting Democrat 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 $1.3 million* supporting Allen, including $710,000* in the last month. What makes this strange is that it's not entirely clear why.

To hear Bloomfield tell it, he basically just likes the guy.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Police

Controversial Detective Frank Lyga Fired by LAPD Chief, His Lawyer Says

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Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 2:21 PM
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Updated at the bottom: An LAPD spokesman confirms that "Lyga is no longer in LAPD employee."

Controversial cop Frank Lyga was terminated by Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck, the detective's attorney, Ira Salzman, told L.A. Weekly today.

Lyga was sent home with pay in June after a recording of comments he made to an ongoing-training course for law enforcement was brought to the media's attention by political consultant Jasmyne Cannick. The white detective, who justifiably* shot a black officer in 1997 while both were out of uniform, said, "I could have killed a whole truckload of them."

See also: LAPD Moves to Fire Frank Lyga Following Racially Charged Remarks

During the November class at the Police Academy, Lyga also called a black civil rights attorney an Ewok, described a fellow cop as a "fruit," and suggested that an LAPD captain slept around.

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The Hollywood film and TV industry told taxpayers that $100 million a year in tax giveaways to keep the business from heading to other states wasn't enough.

And so Sacramento responded by giving one of California's wealthiest industries nearly $1.6 billion of your money over five years, starting in 2015. This despite a finding by the state Legislative Analyst's Office that such "tax incentives" don't really benefit you, the people.

See also: $1.65 Billion Hollywood Tax Giveaway Approved, and It's a Shame

And now we find out the truth: Hollywood hasn't been hurting much at all this year.

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PETE SOUZA FOR THE WHITE HOUSE
  • Pete Souza for the White House
Do you really care what users of a sexually charged hook-up app for guys' guys think about politics?

We do! Remember we're L.A.'s alternative news source. The gay male community is relatively happy with the performance of President Obama, who has made no secret of his support for LGBT rights.

While Obama's overall average approval rating for his latest quarter in office is about 41.5 percent, according to Gallup, approval among Grindr users seems slightly higher:

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