Friday, May 31, 2013

  • LCA's LAX-adjacent billboard.
Air France is under fire for transporting monkeys and other primates to what could be their last destinations -- small cages housing them in between scientific experiments.

That's the claim of L.A.-based Last Chance for Animals (LCA), which recently announced it has put up not one but two billboards taking Air France to task for its alleged monkey business. The group also mocks an Air France TV ad with a YouTube video of its own:

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Rich Llewellyn, at left, consults his phone on election night. With Jeff Millman, Bill Carrick and Douglas Herman - PHOTO BY MARTA EVRY
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  • Rich Llewellyn, at left, consults his phone on election night. With Jeff Millman, Bill Carrick and Douglas Herman
So you want to work in Eric Garcetti's administration, but you don't know who to talk to? We're here to help. Today, the mayor-elect announced that his transition team will be led by Rich Llewellyn, a longtime adviser.

Llewellyn is a City Hall veteran who served as Garcetti's first chief of staff at city council. He was a fixture on the mayoral campaign, though he tended to stay on the periphery in public. Above, you can see him celebrating victory on election night by staring deeply into his phone, along with the rest of the Garcetti war room.

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After a little two-game winning streak was followed quickly by a more familiar losing streak of the same length -- all courtesy of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim -- and players requiring medical treatment all over the bleeping place, there is little joy in Dodgerville this afternoon.

Nor in Denver, where L.A. plays three with the Rockies beginning tonight at 5:40 p.m., Clayton Kershaw versus Jon Garland. The Dodgers are 22-30, sit 7 ½ games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks in last place, and win or lose tonight will complete their worst May in franchise history, Brooklyn and Los Angeles. They're 9-17 now.

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  • 'Ghost' statue from Call of Duty might have spooked LAPD. Photo courtesy Robert Bowling.
Talk about your contracted seat muscles. The LAPD raided a video game studio, guns drawn, yesterday. And one lonely soul who stayed at work late was there to face the barrels of those guns: The company's president, Robert Bowling.

It wasn't a swatting, as some initially believed. Nope. It was all for nothing:

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  • Amestoy, left, with Gloria Allred via Allred / YouTube
When teenager Monica Amestoy landed at LAX on Oct. 21, she immediately told her awaiting father what had happened: A man allegedly masturbated and stared at her from across the isle during some of the 6-hour flight.

Cops investigated and the jerk was successfully prosecuted, says Amestoy's lawyer, Gloria Allred. But United Airlines basically stood by and did nothing. At least that's the claim:

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You probably think that, after the Memorial Day Weekend smack-down that included hundreds of arrests in L.A. County, your friendly neighborhood law officers are going to take a break.

Wrong again, mojito breath. The LAPD never sleeps! This weekend they have two checkpoints waiting for you, including one in Silver Lake:

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  • File photo by Ted Soqui for LA Weekly.
It was a story published by some outlets yesterday. And, frankly, we were about to pull the trigger on publishing it too, right before the City Attorney's office said, "This is not true."

Literally -- that's what the office stated.

Lawyer Fred Dorton apparently told reporters that charges against six students arrested during what some have alleged was a racially motivated raid on a party near USC earlier this month had been dropped. Now the City Attorney's office says that's not true:

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  • Ted Soqui for LA Weekly
Turns out the LAPD is not only "majority minority," but it's also dominated by Latino officers.

That's according to the latest data about the department's sworn personnel, which was circulated this week by the Latin American Law Enforcement Association, a.k.a. LA LEY:

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Eric Garcetti
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Eric Garcetti did poorly in Westchester in the March primary, finishing third behind Kevin James and Wendy Greuel. But in the runoff, he came out against moving the LAX north runway. That changed everything.

Garcetti won 69% of the Westchester vote last Tuesday -- far outpacing his 54% showing citywide. Thanks to that one decision, Westchester became one of the most pro-Garcetti neighborhoods in the city. (In Silver Lake, his hometown, he got 73%.)

"He really really killed it," says Mike Bonin, the councilman-elect in the coastal 11th district. "Clearly Eric's decision on LAX resonated really clearly with people in Westchester and Playa del Rey."

Now that Garcetti has been elected, Westchester activists want their due.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Added at the bottom: We found out how much this thing's going to cost.

See also: Antonio Villaraigosa's Quest for Wall Street, Washington and Wealth.

For the man who has nothing, there's always party time. And partying is one thing outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa got right, whether it was traveling to Europe, cavorting with TV newscasters, attending the Oscars, or hanging with Charlie Sheen in Baja.

Villaraigosa couldn't fix L.A.'s reputation for having the worst roads in the nation, but he can do this: Throw himself a going away party. Bill Clinton, Ryan Seacrest and Wanda Sykes, among others, are scheduled to attend. And you're invited:

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